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Happy 3rd Birthday to Buzz and Pub Day to Kiss and Tell

14 Feb
Photo credit: booktini.blogspot.com

Photo credit: booktini.blogspot.com

We’re blowing out our honey lemon cupcakes with three candles today. Each year we love that we get to celebrate our birthday and Valentine’s Day on the same day. Love our authors. Love reading. Love our team at the Hive. So thank you, thank you, from the bottom of our honey pot.

To celebrate we have two #FreeBees to give you!

mythreflectemmycoverOne is a Mythology High short story REFLECTING EMMY that kicks off Diana Wallach’s Mirror/Mirror trilogy so try it and if you like it buy the compilation ebook! Whether you love or hate #selfies, this myth based on Narcissus is a sweet Valentine treat. It’s free today only so grab it now. 

Second, we have the first Timeshifters book MARK OF THE CENTIPEDE by Cara Brookins free all weekend. The YA time travel action adventure book is perfect for boys and girls ages tween and up so check out some fun sci-fi with an ancient past unlike anything in the history books. Get it here. markcentipedekcoverborder

Next up we have a special Valentine launch for KISS AND TELL by Sandy Green, a young adult novella told in alternative points of view between an ancient “mean girl” water spirit and the modern teen she’s sent to help through magic…lip gloss. That’s right, Jenna’s lip gloss tells the truth. Can she handle it? Get it for just $2.99 over on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

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BIG NEWS!

We’re finally launching our honey romance ebook imprint. We’ve got an acquisitions editor and a great process to deliver quality romance to readers – and every author signed to honey will get a minimum two-book deal, so stay tuned for the video and submissions information on our honey page! buzz_honeyogo

Cover Reveal: EAT YOUR HEART OUT

7 Feb

Jenny Peterson’s second DESCENDANTS novella, EAT YOUR HEART OUT, will publish in ebook format for Kindle and nook on Tuesday, March 18th – just in time for Spring Break! If you like BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER, you’ll love the half-demons and Descendants in her series. 

We’re pleased to announce the cover reveal for Jenny’s second new adult fantasy. Her first book, CREATURE DISCOMFORTS, will be .99 all week next week to celebrate Buzz’ third anniversary! If you’re a book reviewer, fill out the form below to request an e-ARC.

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CHLOE IN BLOOM Launch Day and KISS AND TELL Cover Reveal

31 Dec

What better way to end the year than with a final day of special .99 ebooks (see last post), a launch and a cover reveal? It’s the past, present and future all rolled up into one beautiful end to 2013. Thanks so much for supporting our Buzz Books authors this year! A champagne toast to you, readers! Mwah!

CHLOE IN BLOOM by Jammie Kern

np_cover_imageIn Jammie Kern’s third Mythology High short story, she takes on the myth of Apollo, Diana, Eros and Daphne. Daphne doesn’t feel love the way her father thinks she should and wants to escape Apollo’s grasp. In this modern retelling, Chloe steps into the role of Daphne who cares much more about her high school track career and getting to graduation than prom and getting a boyfriend like her father wants her to. He thinks she’s missing out on a “typical” high school life, but she has a secret she’s afraid he won’t understand. Is keeping the secret worse than taking the risk and sharing it with those she loves?
A poignant and important story about sexuality, acceptance, and being brave enough to be who we really are.

Get the short story for just .99 at Amazon or Barnes & Noble.

COVER REVEAL

Sandy Green’s buzzTeen novella, KISS AND TELL, gives readers alternating points of view between a teen girl who receives magic lip gloss and tells the truth whenever she uses it in the present tense, and the ancient past of the water spirit who is paying penance by telling the truth through the magical lip gloss. What did Amelie do to get such a destiny? And can she help change lives for the better in present day after what she’s done? Find out in February!

The cover depicts the magic – and mischief – of the water spirit.

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If you’d like to be an early reader and reviewer of the story, message buzzbooksusa (at) me (dot) com with the title KISS AND TELL and in the email give us your blog address if you have a  blog and where you’d leave a review (Amazon, B&N, Goodreads). Thanks!

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#SchoolBuzz promo plus cover reveal and a new deal

22 Sep

Here at the Hive it’s time for the State Fair, Friday night football, college game day tailgates, and our new #schoolbuzz promotion to celebrate all that back to school means for our readers–and a chance to win a $25 gift card to Amazon just for sharing our pic. With adult and young adult reads, fiction and non-fiction titles, and stories in all sizes, from our Stingers like Mythology High to anthologies, novellas and novels, Buzz has you covered.

#schoolbuzz Pick up lane read: TMI MOM: OVERSHARING MY LIFE by Heather Davis

#schoolbuzz Post-homework chill read: REFLECTING EMMY, a Mirror/Mirror story in Diana Rodriguez Wallach’s collection for Mythology High

#schoolbuzz Sunday afternoon on the back patio read: FAMILY CHARMS by Malena Lott

Make reading a part of your busy Autumn schedule by taking books with you wherever you go. Stash your Kindle or nook in your purse or stash a paperback in your car so you can sneak in some quality reading time.

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COVER REVEAL FOR NARA GAZING, the second Mirror/Mirror story, coming Oct. 1st with this fabulous blurb by DEMONOSITY author Amanda Ashby, “For anyone who loves Greek mythology, feisty heroines  and second chances.”

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DEAL NEWS

Joyce Sterling Scarbrough has accepted a three-book deal with Buzz Books in our buzzTeen line for a series of young adult fantasy novels about teens sent back to earth from the after life to right wrongs and seek justice. Her first book will be released in late spring 2014. Get to know Joyce on her Facebook fan page and on Twitter. Welcome to the Hive, Joyce!

PRODUCTION NEWS

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Buzz is shooting a book trailer for Kelly Parra’s Oct. 1 novella, SUPERNATURAL HUNTERS, so check back for the premiere next week!

Pub Day for REFLECTING EMMY plus Swarm Cover Reveal

3 Sep

mythreflectemmycoverHappy book birthday to Diana Rodriguez Wallach for REFLECTING EMMY, her first short story in the Mirror, Mirror trilogy in buzzTeen’s Mythology High series.

Diana puts a modern spin on the myths of Narcissus and Nemesis:

Meet Emmy, Nara, Luke, Echo, and very infamous great grandmother, GiGi.

Eighteen-year-old Emmy is in the family business-trapping vapid narcissistic souls into her silver compact mirror for all eternity. It’s what the Rhamnusia family has been doing for thousands of years, all under the direction of Great Grandmother. Only Emmy’s latest assignment, Nara, is about to prove more challenging than she ever expected.

Gorgeous and self-absorbed, Nara is unflinchingly cruel to her classmates. Even her boyfriend, Luke, can no longer tolerate her actions–much to Emmy’s relief since she finds Luke a little more than intriguing. But when Emmy tricks Nara into gazing into her mystical mirror, what she finds there is not what she’s expecting.

The first story, Reflecting Emmy, is available now for the nook and Kindle for just .99.  Nara Gazing and Shattering GiGi will follow in October and November.

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COVER REVEAL

chicagofellfirstcoverAaron Smith (Prom Dates to Die For, Something Wicked) will debut his first Swarm horror title CHICAGO FELL FIRST later this year. The zombie tale looks explores science and civilization in a race for a cure to a zombie outbreak wiping out Chicago. Can one man’s illness be another man’s blessing? If you’d like to be an early reviewer, contact publicity at buzzbooksusa (at) me (dot) com with your blog address, where you would leave a review, and your Twitter and Facebook urls.

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HIVE PAPERBACK SALE

Love to hold a “real” book? We’re clearing out some space in the Hive for our fall titles and have a few copies of the following books to offer to readers on a first-come, first-sold basis at a special price and some fun extras.

$12 plus FREE shipping PLUS an advance reader copy of TWIN FALLS by Lena Brown:

The Stork Reality by Malena Lott  - SIGNED

Family Charms by Malena Lott – SIGNED PLUS a free charm

TMI Mom: Oversharing My Life by Heather Davis

Distortion by Lucie Smoker

$10 plus FREE shipping PLUS an advance reader copy of TWIN FALLS by Lena Brown and dance forever tattoos:

Dance Mom Survival Guide by Jill Martin and Malena Lott (signed)

$7 plus FREE shipping PLUS  an advance reader copy of TWIN FALLS by Lena Brown:

Something Wicked (YA anthology)

Submit the form to order and an invoice will be sent to you. Once payment is received, the books will be mailed within 24 hours. Books will not be held so please pay upon receipt of invoice.

 

Last Splash Sale plus cover reveal for REFLECTING EMMY

22 Aug

Where did the summer go? Let’s hold on to it for a bit longer by celebrating stories with some fantastic deals on ebooks on Kindle and nook!

Purchase one of these 8 titles and get an advance reader copy of one of our upcoming fall titles for FREE.

See details here.

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And – drumroll, please – the cover for Diana Wallach Rodriguez’ first book in her Mirror, Mirror trilogy of short stories as part of our Mythology  High line in buzzTeen. Narcissistic? Yep. Time for a selfie!

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Cover Reveal and Goodreads Giveaway

5 Aug

This fall, readers who fell in love with Supernatural Hunters Jaz and Blake in PROM DATES TO DIE FOR and SOMETHING WICKED get a full dose of kick-butt awesomeness in Kelly Parra’s novella, SUPERNATURAL HUNTERS.

SH_PARRAcoverAt Buzz, we get a lot of input on covers from our authors – especially in terms of direction. Kelly provided us with notes on landmarks and details she thought might work well for a cover, including a cemetery and the color purple. We stumbled across a spooky cemetery picture, did some magic in Photoshop to recolor it and voila! While so many YA covers feature people (or parts of people), we liked the idea of showing ambiance without the need to show people in this one. We hope readers will be drawn to it.

Now available in trade paperback and ebook.

Now available in trade paperback and ebook.

Are you on Goodreads? If so, click over to enter to win a paperback advance reader’s copy of Malena Lott’s FAMILY CHARMS about three sisters who travel the world to see where their mother has been and what kept her away.

Malena’s final Sisterhood #flytour book party will be this Wednesday in Frisco, Texas, so if you’re in the Dallas area, bring your girlfriends for some queso and book talk.  RSVP and get details here. 

Cover Reveal: CREATURE DISCOMFORTS #YALIT

26 Jul

We’re thrilled Jenny Peterson is continuing her story that first began in PROM DATES TO DIE FOR. We (and readers!) liked it so much, we asked her to continue it on in SOMETHING WICKED. And then we wanted to know what happens next? So readers! Readers! You will soon get, not one, but THREE, digital novellas to know what happens to BFF demon hunters, Rachel and Kendra. In PROM, they wanted a night to remember and ended up fighting for their lives – and learning their true nature - Rachel is a Descendant, a demon hunter, and Kendra is half-demon.

In WICKED, they are joined by Descendant Sidney, who battles a new threat – sirens.

In the Descendants trilogy: Creature Discomforts (Fall 2013), Eat Your Heart Out (Spring 2014), Demon Over Easy (Summer 2014)

Best friends Rachel and Kendra are well past ready for things to go back to normal … or as normal as it can get for a demon hunter and a half-mermaid. College is supposed to be about study sessions and sneaking beer, not fighting monsters, right? But when co-eds on campus start disappearing, Rachel, Kendra and fellow demon hunter/annoyance extraordinaire Sid start investigating. The closer they get to the truth, the more they realize there’s something hiding in the Georgia mountains that is much older and deadlier than your everyday demon. Forget studying for finals, these three need to fight just to survive.

Coming Fall 2013

Coming Fall 2013

About the author:

Jenny Peterson is a writer and editor based in Denver, CO. Reading and writing YA (and new adult!) is her first love, and she spends an inordinate amount of time dreaming up fantastical worlds for her ass-kicking heroines. Jenny also splits her time as an editorial assistant for a YA publisher. When not writing or editing, Jenny enjoys hiking in the mountains, checking out local restaurants, and traveling. She lives in an old Victorian house with her husband and two lazy tabbies. Learn more about Jenny at www.jennycoonpeterson.com and follow her on Twitter @JenC_P.
Behind the cover:
Executive editor and creative director Malena Lott and author Jenny discussed the story elements and how the cover could stand out and be different from the sea of YA and New Adult covers out there. First, they looked at illustrations, but none of them were “just right.” Lott then suggested photos that captured the water element. This one best provided not only the right feel, but provided a beautiful color palette to work with. The model is the right age (college/young adult). Again, hundreds of fonts later, this cursive title font best showed off the lighter nature of the book and the series and author font provides a crisp balance. That dagger is the signature icon and is used in demon hunting. We hope you like it!

#FREE TMI Mom Essays, FAMILY CHARMS Cover Reveal

10 May

by Malena Lott

tmi_fb1Happy Mother’s Day to all of you mamas out there. To help you celebrate, we’re giving you some laughs on Kindle with a free download of Heather Davis’ TMI MOM BITES THE BIG APPLE, essays on her first trip to NYC last year when she was on a national talk show that begins with an “O” and ends in a “Z.”

Anyhoo, please tell anyone and everyone in your life about it because even my dark-humored sweetheart – a dude –  thought it was funny. At FREE, why not give her a try? We’d love to share it with as many people as possible. Special ends Sunday night so download it here. 

We’ve also reduced the price of the ebook TMI MOM OVERSHARING MY LIFE to just $3.99 through Mother’s Day on Amazon so load your Kindle now for those summer vacations!

Cover Reveal!

My fifth novel, FAMILY CHARMS, is coming this summer (July) and after a lot of contemplation on what/who to put on the cover, we settled on this “journey” familycharmskindlecoverpicture. The novel is about three sisters who get an invitation from their estranged mother to take a trip around the world to see where she’s been the last twenty years. The genesis of the book came from my own experience being estranged from my mother for twenty years, but unlike the book, I did not get a trip around the world. I hope readers can identify with the story about hope, forgiveness and sisterhood. I’ll be doing a Sisterhood tour to promote FAMILY CHARMS and my first YA novel, TWIN FALLS (Lena Brown), so if you’d like to host me for your book club, e-mail us at buzzbooksusa (at) me (dot) com.

If you’d like a school or book club visit (real or virtual) from any of our authors, please let us know and we’ll help you set it up!

Buzz Signs Sandy Green to YA Novella

We’re pleased to announce a new author in the Hive: Sandy Green  is writing a contemporary young adult novella with a magic twist. Digital release planned around Valentine’s Day 2014.

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TMI Mom Heather Davis, Malena Lott, senior editor Mari Farthing

We had a great time at the Oklahoma Writers Federation Conference in Norman, OK last weekend! Check out our pics on Facebook. (Not only was it fun to hang with our Hive, but we met cool book folks like Lela Davidson, Jane Friedman and Patrick Rothfuss.

Hope you get some R&R&R this weekend – rest, relaxation and READING.

Buzz Books Turns 2! Happy Birthday!

1 Feb

Look who’s TWO! Happy birthday 2 Buzz! It’s great 2 be the birthday bee in the Hive and all of our authors are blowing honey kisses for being such supportive readers the last two years. Valentine’s Day 2011 was our official launch into the literary world and we’ve got special promotions, giveaways and fun planned with some even bigger surprises on Feb. 14th.

A month-long book birthday party and YOU’RE INVITED! If you don’t follow us on Facebook and Twitter, you’ll want to join us to make sure you don’t miss out on any of the festivities.

Here’s our Official Birthday card featuring some of our titles, including some of our upcoming releases. We’re proud of our bookshelf and the quality of authors who have joined us and the diverse stories we’ve been buzzing. In this day of “what will happen next” in the publishing industry, we’re proud to be a hybrid in partnership with our authors. They are social media savvy and appreciate the creativity, editorial and marketing guidance we provide and we’ll continue to expand and try new things as we grow. SHARE this birthday card on Facebook for a chance to win ANY EBOOK in our catalog, present or coming soon. SIGN THE BIRTHDAY CARD BY LEAVING A COMMENT BELOW and you’ll be entered to win a $20 gift card to the book retailer of your choice. (Drawing on Feb. 14th at 9 p.m. CST) Send us your birthday wish and leave your email or Twitter address so we can notify you if you win (and you can come check back.) If you’ve been to a Buzz event, read a Buzz Book or if you’re a Buzz author, share your story below. Readers, the authors would love to hear from you!

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See our CONTEST page for ways to party with us this February including an auction where we’re selling our trade paperbacks at the best prices available and we’re letting our readers pick an ARC of your choice (first come, first-served) thanks to donations by our sister sites Book End Babes and Bookgasm. Remember, advance reader’s copies are not to be resold. We’re giving these authors extra publicity and we hope you’ll consider leaving a review on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Goodreads or reviewing those books on your blogs, as well.

On the digital front, if you buy any Buzz title that’s $2.99 or more, we’ll GIVE you any of our Stingers (.99 ebooks) for FREE from Kindle or nook. See the list on the CONTEST page to see what’s included.

And to kick off the party, we’ve got a cover reveal for Cara Brookin’s upcoming young adult Timeshifters series featuring a male hero. The first title in the series is MARK OF THE CENTIPEDE. 

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Ooh, I can’t wait for readers to go back in time with Timeshifters, coming this spring.

Now, who wants cake? 

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