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4th Reason to Vote #TeamUll

4th Reason to Vote #TeamUll

He’s not just hot. He’s not just a natty dresser. He;s also well-educated, erudite, and sensitive.

Boo-yah!

Vote Ull on July 2 at the NA Alley’s Crush Tournament!

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A Third Reason to Vote for Ull

A Third Reason to Vote for Ull

If you haven’t even read ST Bende’s Elsker yet, let me remind you that the hero is based on this guy and that he is a god (not god-like. He’s a straight-up bona fide immortal). So go get yourself a copy. And then vote at the NA Alley Crush Tournament. Ull’s first round is July 2d!

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awesome cover reveal #2

awesome cover reveal #2

Kenya Wright’s COMPLICATED, soon to be released by Swoon Romance!

Get your summer reading on.

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Awesome cover reveal #1

Awesome cover reveal #1

Lizzy Charles’ EFFORTLESS WITH YOU coming soon from Swoon Romance!

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Reason #2 to Vote #Team Ull!

Reason #2 to Vote #Team Ull!

Don’t forget! July 2 we put our favorite Norse god through the first bracket of the NA Crush Tourney over at NA Alley. And stay hydrated, my friends.

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I’m on Dear Teen Me Today!

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As the commercial says, depression hurts, especially when you’re a kid.  So I give my depressed teen self a little pep talk over at Dear Teen Me today. I’m nervous about it, because it’s probably the most honest thing I’ve ever written.  Kind of like living out all those nightmares in which I stumble into some public space and realize too late that I have forgotten to put on a shirt. Or anything else but pants. But if it helps any sad kids see the light at the end of the tunnel that is so hard to catch sometimes, even if you squint really hard, then it is worth it.

 

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NA Crush Tournament This Week

NA Crush Tournament This Week

Please support TEAM ULL, from ST Bende’s Elsker as your #1 New Adult Crush. Go to http://www.naalley.com/2013/06/na-crush-tourney-advocates.html on July 2d to vote Ull and follow this blog each day for a reason to vote for him.

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A Sassy Summer Read Debuts Today

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Looking for a good read, now that it’s officially summer? Then check out Nazarea Andrews’ THIS LOVE!

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Thank you so much for having me!!! I’ve got a bit of an angsty excerpt for yo’all today:

“Did y’all see the yummy prof in the history department?” 

I jerk, spilling my tea, and Kelly shoots me a worried glance. The girl, Mandy, continues on, my personal crisis unnoticed. “He’s so fucking hot. I hear he graduated from here—and played ball.”

“Was he Greek?” 

I nod, but Mandy answers, “Yep. Sigma Phi Epsilon.” 

“So, has he hooked up with you?” 

I gasp, paling, and Kelly squeezes my knee. “No.” Mandy frowns. “I talked to him last week, but he’s pretty reserved. I mean, he’s a professor. That’s to be expected.” 

“I got a hundred bucks that says you won’t get him in bed before the end of the semester.” 

Mandy’s eyes narrow, and I stand up. I can’t stay and listen to this—I want to rip her hair out and be sick and tell all of the stupid bitches to back the fuck off. 

And none of that is the least bit rational. I walk, blindly, headed for my next class. It’s in the History Hall, and I know this campus better than I know Grovetown. Kelly catches me in the stairwell. “Is that him? Who they were talking about?” 

I nod and shove out of the staircase, into the hallway. There are a few students coming out of a classroom, and I dodge through them. “It doesn’t matter,” I say over my shoulder. 

I collide with something, and start to rebound off it, but two arms slip around me, catching me to his chest. 

My heart shatters. I have a heartbeat—less—to revel in the feel of him holding me, the warmth of his arms around me, and then it’s gone. 

I push my bangs out of my eyes and look up at Atticus. 

He looks tired, but a smile is playing at the edge of his lips, and I want, more than anything, to kiss him. To feel that smile spread against my lips. 

“Ms. Emili.”

Oh, Jesus. Hearing his voice wrapping around my name. It’s intimate and distant all at the same time, and it knocks the breath right from me. I step back, away from the hand he’s using to help support me. Force my legs to steady and a smile to appear. 

“Professor.” 

Definitely NA (New Adult) and a little steamier than what you usually see here on this blog, but you want to read it now, right?  Here’s some more form Nazarea:

About This Love:

She wants a summer job and a ride to a wedding.
He wants an assistant and a distraction from the mess life his had become.
They didn’t know they needed each other.

Avery Emili needs two grand. Two grand and a plane ticket–her sister is counting on her to get to Jamaica for her wedding. But the semester is over, and tutoring college freshman and high school students has dried up until the fall.
Atticus Grimes needs help–the messy split with his wife left the twenty-eight year old professor scrambling to keep things together as the semester winds down. Now he’s got a research grant he has to actually do research for and all he wants to do is drown himself in a tall bottle of bourbon.
When Avery sees his ad for an assistant, all she’s thinking is a summer job. But as they spend time together, in the office and out, both of them begin to realize something is there. Something that can’t happen–he’s a professor and she’s a student. And both of them have histories, pasts that won’t let go. Can two broken people pulled apart by expectations find a way to be whole?

 I’m rooting for Avery and Atticus, and if you are, too, you can grab a copy of THIS LOVE on Amazon (also on Kindle) or Barnes and Noble.

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Nazarea Andrews is an avid reader and tends to write the stories she wants to read. She loves chocolate and coffee almost as much as she loves books, but not quite as much as she loves her kids. She lives in south Georgia with her husband, daughters, and overgrown dog.

You can follow her on Facebook and Twitter.

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Attention, Doodlers! Contest alert!

Now that Book 2 of the Snark and Circumstance series is out,Image

 

I have to start thinking about the release of Book 3, Pride and Prep School, in August.

In this installment, among other things, Georgia becomes a baker to the stars — her friends’ punk rock band, The Cryptic Pigs from Hell.  She also applies her fierce doodling skills to creating an awesome logo for the band’s t-shirts and CDs (if anyone still plays them?).

The only problem.  I do not possess fierce doodling skills.  So I am calling on you to send me your best illustration of a cryptic pig from hell.  In return, I will feature your drawings on this blog and others when the book releases, garnering you fame and fortune beyond your wildest imagination.*  So send me pics of your cryptic pigs to my Facebook page or my Twitter feed and we’ll pick some winners to be featured on some blogs AND win copies of the series.

Here is an example, Imagefound by Googling “devil pig”. It’s by @Bannerwega from Dreamstime.com. Now show me what YOU can do!

Happy doodling!

*This may be a slight exaggeration.

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A Visit from a Gargoyle

Today my humble blog is being visited by two new characters you’re going to want to meet.  They’re Beau and Jack from Louise D. Gornall’s IN STONE which releases July 1st 2013.  And they’re as unusual a pair to walk into a New England coffee shop as the visitors in another recent post, two Norse Gods from ST Bende’s Elsker.

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SCENE:  A busy coffee shop in a New England town. A dark-haired boy is returning to a small table where a dark-haired girl sits.  He frowns when he sees that she is drawing in a notebook.

 MICHAEL: This is why we should have waited for the whole group to be here to start the project. When Shondra’s not here, you send too much time doodling and no time thinking.

GEORGIA (tapping her pencil against her drawing): This is how I think.

MICHAEL (sits and pulls the notebook toward him): George, we’re working on British Romantic poetry.  Not The Hunchback of Notre Dame.

GEORGIA (shrugs and sips her iced soy chai latte): I just felt like drawing a gargoyle, I guess.  Maybe your perpetual frown inspired me.

ABRUPTLY A GIRL SEATED ON A COUCH TO THEIR RIGHT TURNS TOWARD THEM.  SHE IS THE GOTH TYPE WITH SHOULDER LENGTH BROWN HAIR, WEARING TOO MUCH EYELINER AND A RAMONES TEE. SHE LEANS TOWARD THE BOY SITTING NEXT TO HER. HE’S BRITISH, BLONDE WITH BRIGHT BLUE EYES. SHE WHISPERS.

BEAU: Your secret’s out. That girl just doodled a picture of a gargoyle.  What are the odds of that happening?

JACK: (sing-songy) Paranoid.

GEORGIA OVERHEARS AND WHISPERS TO MICHAEL.

GEORGIA: Hey, remember the last time we worked here, and we met those two crazy people who thought they were Norse gods?

MICHAEL (looks up from his book and smirks at the memory): Well, yeah. You don’t run into that kind of delusional thinking everyday.

GEORGIA (nods toward the couple on the couch): Well, these two are definitely from out of town.

MICHAEL (after sneaking a peek): She’s definitely not your usual Longbourner. She dresses like you, sort of.  I could see you in combat boots.

MICHAEL ROLLS HIS EYES. THEY HAVE DEFINITELY GOTTEN THE ATTENTION OF THE OTHER COUPLE.

MICHAEL: Sorry.  My friend, Georgia, here, was just admiring your shoes.

GEORGIA (embarrassed): I don’t often see anyone around here in Doc Martins.  Are you visiting town?

THE GIRL, WIDE-EYED, LOOKS TO THE BLONDE GUY. HE PUTS A HAND ON HER KNEE AND SQUEEZES REASSURINGLY.

 JACK: I’m from the UK…

GEORGIA: Love the accent. (seems embarrassed, especially when BEAU EYES GEORGIA AND MICHAEL SUSPICIOUSLY.)

JACK: And Beau’s from a little place called Plumbridge, right, Beau?

BEAU: Right. (clears throat) Right.

JACK: What are you drawing?

GEORGIA TIPS THE DRAWING TOWARD JACK.

BEAU: Cool (grins) in a super gross kind of way.

GEORGIA:  Oh, I don’t think of him as gross at all.

JACK (looking at Beau): Some people might say he’s cute.

 BEAU: Oh really? What people?

 JACK: Perceptive people.

 BEAU: You mean blind people?

 JACK: If I’d meant blind people I wouldn’t have said perceptive…

 MICHAEL AND GEORGIA SHARE AN AWKWARD GLANCE AS BEAU ROLLS HER EYES AND OPENS HER MOUTH.

MICHAEL (trying to cut the tension): Uh, I think I read somewhere that they’re meant to be ugly. It’s by design.

GEORGIA: Not all of them.  Some are supposed to be comical.  (With a glance at Jack). Even `cute.’

JACK GRINS.

JACK: Ahh! Perceptive people.

GEORGIA (elbowing Michael slightly):  Well, one of us is.

MICHAEL (ignoring her): So how long are you guys in town?

JACK: Not long. (sees Beau rising and gathering her bag). In fact, it looks like we’ve got to go now.  (Looks down at Georgia’s drawing again, then at Beau with a mischievous grin). I’d offer to autograph it for you . . .?

BEAU flicks her eyebrows.

Beau: Or if you wanna take your top off he’ll autograph your chest.

BEAU SLAPS HER HAND OVER HER MOUTH, EYES WIDE, HORRIFIED.

Beau: I’m sorry. That was…I mean…I’m really sorry.

GEORGIA just looks confused.  JACK laughs nervously and snatches Beau’s hand. BEAU is still smiling an apology over her shoulder as JACK tows her out of the door.

MICHAEL: Okay.  What was that all about?

GEORGIA (uncertainly): Something between the two of them?  She seems to think he’s a gargoyle or something. (sighs and puts away her drawing).  You meet the most interesting people in this coffee shop.

MICHAEL:  Yeah.  We really need to find another place to work.

 

The release date for In Stone is 1st of July 2013, this is a buy link http://www.entrancedpublishing.com/imprints/blush/in-stone/ (or it will be very soon) and you can catch Louise on:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Louise-D-Gornall/111420465709804?ref=hl

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Rock_andor_roll

Website: http://bookishblurb.com/

 

I’ve read an excerpt and can’t wait to read the rest! Leave a comment when you read it, too. Happy reading!

 

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