Chalcedony (Chalcey) has given up on men. Who’s got time for all that angsty dating crap when she’s got a new dance studio to run? Then she’s given a piece of wulfenite crystal and Lord Wulfenite, Keeper of the Shifting Sands fief, literally pops out of the crystal and plants one on her. Wulf is the man of her dreams… or at least, dressed like an ad for We Love Leather, with killer abs and delectable pectorals, he sure looks like the man of her dreams. But if there’s one thing Chalcey’s learned: If it looks too good to be true, then it sure as heck probably is too good to be true! And Wulf proves to be no exception. Wulf doesn’t stop to wonder why he’s so attracted to Chalcedony. All he knows is he’s finally escaped from a centuries-long hell and he wants this woman – more than anything he’s wanted in his entire life. Chalcey doesn’t stand a chance. Before she realizes what’s at stake, she’s bonded with him and his life is in her hands. She knows she should walk away and leave him to his fate. No way is she planning on getting stuck with a guy who used to steal women for breeding stock! But the more she learns about Wulf and his past, the more conflicted she becomes. Only when the Crystal Guardian’s curse threatens everything Chalcey’s worked so hard for, does she finally realize what’s truly important. But even if she can figure out how to save Wulf from his fate, it might be too late.
“[ Jay and Tyler’s] personal growth as well as their relationship issues are true to life–both heartbreaking and heart warming. This author has become a must read for me. Although this book is a YA, I found I couldn’t put it down and read into the early morning hours.” ~ L.J. Charles
“This book has one of the best heroines ever. When I started the book, I was just going to read a little before going to bed. I ended up finally shutting off my Kindle at 2am. I finished the book the next night. A really enjoyable story. It moved fast, and I think adults will like this as well as teens.” ~ E.S. Rose “There are three things I’d like to see more of in fiction: ninja, bionics, and cyborgs. Maree Anderson has provided us with the latter, enclosing it in a YA tale of…well, coming to terms with feelings, but the author takes that sap and executes it superbly so it’s no way near as cheesy as it sounds. Read this, and you’ll understand why Jay Smith is so awesome – she’s my new favourite heroine.” ~ Tez SaysBut the reeeeally big news is....6) Freaks of Greenfield High was chosen in December by the Wattpad crew to be one of their featured stories. Huge coup because it means mega-exposure, and a way for me to get my story out there to my target audience. As at about five minutes ago, Freaks has had more than 103,000 reads from Wattpad readers, and more comments and votes than I can poke a stick at. The feedback has been incredible and the support I've had from the Wattpad community continues to astound me. Looks like I'm going to be writing a sequel to keep the Wattpaders happy *g*7) If you can't remember what the heck Freaks of Greenfield High was even about (hey, it was released in September, after all) here's the blurb:
When a teenage cyborg is forced to hide out at a small-town high school, the unthinkable happens: she falls in love. (Winner of the Maryland Romance Writers Reveal Your Inner Vixen contest, YA category.)
Jay’s a cyborg who looks just like normal teenage girl. She’s super-strong, super-smart, and she can even appear to grow and age like a human. When a covert organization intent on using Jay as a weapon comes after her, she needs to find a place where she can blend in. Greenfield High seems perfect… except that the boys all think she’s totally hot and keep hitting on her, and she has no clue how to handle the attention. Who knew high school could be so perilous?
To add to her confusion she’s evolving – experiencing human emotions for the first time. And when she encounters ex-jock-turned-outcast Tyler, he sends her logical brain into a spin. She’s just starting to get the hang of this girlfriend/boyfriend thing when her pursuers track her down. Now’s sooo not the time for a cyborg to fall in love and get all emotional!
And finally, just for fun (and because we're all grownups here on Writers Gone Wild)....8) This from Jim Johnston: "There are some literary subjects that have become total cliches and an attempt to describe an erect penis is one of them." Click here to read more "On the subject of penises". WARNING: Do not attempt to drink coffee--or anything for that matter--while reading this or you will be sorry.
Cheers, and Happy New Year!