I love my fans and readers. You don't even know.
Some of them email me to tell me how much they liked my work, others write reviews or leave star ratings, still others tell their friends about my books and then others, just because they want to, do amazing things like this.
Thank you Yvonne! It's so cool, right? How clever is she? (Answer: Very.)
The amazing and hilarious Red Tash's Troll Or Derby is a 4.7 star fantasy with 58 reviews. The ebook normally retails for $4.99, but to celebrate its return to Nook, iTunes, and other epub platforms, the book will be on sale for only $.99 on all ebook stores, including Amazon, from April 19-22nd (so get it NOW while it's cheap. I already have it!).
Links: Amazon Kindle, Barnes & Noble Nook, Apple iTunes, Kobo
“Your parents probably won't want you to read this book. Read it, anyway. Five stars.” Ian Seta, Floating Leaves Reviews / Indie Bookshelf
What's it About?
Debra Wheeler seems like any other high school reject: at fifteen, she's more into roller skating than boys, and Mom plays favorites with big sister Gennifer, the homecoming princess. With little to love in ultra-rural Bedrock, Indiana, Deb's counting down the days until she can skate away to join the roller derby.
When Gennifer is kidnapped, Mom's breakdown forces Deb to take charge. With no clue where to start and thugs on her tail, she turns to the only adult who has ever helped her out in a jam: Coach, the owner of the skating rink. So what if he has tusks and might be a troll? Coach gives her a pair of magical skates and sends her off into a world that reveals a magical, if somewhat sinister, nature. Deb soon discovers that beneath the "glamours" of everyday life flit a million fantastical stories--and her own might be the juiciest gossip in town.
The Midwestern lifestyle every teenager loves to hate is turned inside out as Deb careens through Rumspringa, biker gangs, flea markets and tractor pulls--all teeming with fae. The valiant troll Harlow tries to intervene before Deb strays from her mission into romance and roller derby, but will they join forces to save Gennifer, or be lost to this strange new realm, forever?
Readers will find Deb a smart and witty narrator who--like them--says the wrong thing, wishes she could be someone else, and falls for the wrong person. They'll be drawn in by a girl who is independent and street smart, and they'll fall for her destined BFF, the whimsical troll loner who guides them through this quirky dark fantasy romp.
About the Author
Red Tash is a journalist-turned-novelist of dark fantasy for readers of all ages. Monsters, SciFi, wizards, trolls, fairies, and roller derby lightly sautéed in a Southern/Midwestern sauce await you in her pantry of readerly delights. Y'all come, anytime.
I turned 29 yesterday.
And as it's that much closer to the big 3-0 it has made me reflective on how I have changed as a person, which has made me think about what I like to write about: the trials and tribulations and pretty horribleness of being a teenager.
Teenage years are hard, you guys. I'm sure this isn't news to you; some of you are probably nodding along with me, going 'oh yeah, girl speaks truth, ya'll' (I don't know why I imagine you're a southern belle, but I do, so just go with) to your memories as well, and others of you are living those tough teenage years right now.
Well I want to tell you, it gets better. You grow up, not just in age but in your self-belief and confidence, as well. You start to become you.
I used to have a bit of social phobia and be so scared of public speaking. Wow, was that terrifying, and it made me not do things. Not go to parties, not introduce myself to people and definitely not stand up in front of a crowd and have my opinions heard, let alone present a speech! But over time, I guess I've slowly built up my confidence. Introduced myself to one person, and then a group. I've taken charge of situations and shared my experiences to help others.
Heck, I moved to England for a semester at University and if I was going to have any friends for those six months I had no choice but to take the bull by the horns and introduce myself (whattup Leeds Swing Soc!) as best I could.
Okay, my fears haven't gone away ENTIRELY, I can still draw blanks and be all paranoid when introducing myself to strangers, and talking on a STAGE in front of a CROWD is still pretty scary, but I know I CAN do these things now. I say yes to the opportunity even THOUGH I'm scared. When I was younger, I thought these fears that stopped me doing things were just a part of me. They would be with me forever.
But I want to tell you it's not the case, and it probably won't be for you either. You'll change. Grow. You'll become you, because you might not be YOU yet, not completely, and that's okay. I'm not completely ME, but I feel like I'm getting there. I know who I am.
It didn't happen suddenly, there wasn't this one moment and I didn't just snap out of my fears and am this big extrovert who does cartwheels and stand up comedy in front of auditoriums, but it's happening slowly, and only in reflection do I realise that things that used to scare me just don't anymore.
I'm running the first of three intensive workshops today on self publishing. People are paying for my expertise. I'm an EXPERT. For someone who compares herself to others and often feels like she falls short, this is a pretty big deal.
But you know what? I AM an expert. I know this stuff and I have valuable experiences of failures and successes to share.
And I don't feel as nervous as I thought I would at teaching a four hour class.
I don't actually feel that nervous at all.
I was surprised at that, which is what got me thinking on all this in the first place.
I'm proud of who I'm becoming as a person, and I hope you take the time to think about it and are proud of you, too.
I have been seeing some amazing covers over the past couple of months and have been saving them up for the blog and some good ol' cover lovin'.
Have I been posting them?
Here is a mixed bag of covers I think are super pretty or atmospheric or simply made me take a second look. One of them (above) is brand-spanking new (today!) and by a certain author you may recognise. :)
What do you guys think? Are these covers amazing or what?
Let me know what you think!
Ciao for now,
Here They Are!
Due to the upcoming release of the second book in the series, The Kiss Off has a brand new cover!
Isn't it pretty? I love it. What do you think? Scroll down some more and you'll find the cover for Over It (The Kiss Off 2).
Scroll down even FURTHER and find the 22 EBOOK WINNER TAKES ALL giveaway!
Warning: Sexual References, occasional coarse language.
Teen Youtube song writing sensation Poppy Douglas's lead singer boyfriend Ty's been criss-crossing the country and living it up on tour for months while Poppy has been stuck in the boring suburbs, finishing out the school year.
But it's Summer now, and the best thing just happened: Poppy's royalties for writing the hit song The Kiss Off just came in. She's minted, and she knows just what she's going to blow it on.
Ty's band Academy of Lies are headlining a summer music festival, and Poppy is taking her girlfriends along for the best weekend of their lives. It's all organized: the weekend is going to be full of camping under the stars, backstage passes, VIP rooms and partying like rock stars, not to mention some long awaited one-on-one time with America's favorite front man.
Except, when someone drops out of the trip and Poppy takes the opportunity to mend a broken friendship, it doesn't quite go according to plan. And when she meets her boyfriend's BFF from another band, the paparazzi form their own totally wrong conclusions.
There's also the matter of Ty's 'super fan' stalker, but the less said about her the better. The biggest test of all comes in the form of an opportunity too good to pass up. But will insecurities and jealousy stand in Poppy's way? Can Poppy and Ty's relationship even survive it?
Life is about to get much more complicated for Poppy Douglas, but what can you expect when your boyfriend is a rock star?
ONE WINNER (enter via rafflecopter below) will
YOUNG ADULT EBOOKS
from all different YA genres.
Multiple ways to enter!
The Kiss Off by Sarah Billington
Over It by Sarah Billington (on release)
Freak of Nature by Julia Crane
Dark Summer by Lizzy Ford
Boys of Summer by CJ Duggan
From Fame to Shame by Veronica Blade
Shaken by Susan Hatler
Starkissed by Brynna Gabrielson
Wicked Sense by Fabio Bueno
Equal Parts by Emma Winters
Heaven Below by Nolia McCarty
Myth by Jolea M Harrison
Sword of Sighs by Greg James
Forged by Greed by Angela Orlowski-Peart
Footsteps in Time by Sarah Woodbury
Troll or Derby by Red Tash
Curse of the Ice Dragon by Tara West
The Alpha Girls: Flutura by Angela Muse
Don't Fear the Reaper by Michelle Muto
Foxworth Academy by Chris Blewitt
Visions of the Witch by Tara West & Heather Marie Adkins
Souled by Diana Murdock
Good luck everyone! Let me know what you think of the covers!
Thank you to Xpresso Book Tours and all the many, wonderful book bloggers taking part in the tour, and authors donating books to the giveaway. I was overwhelmed with enthusiasm and generosity. I heart you all.
I, Sarah Billington, am an Australian writer of romantic comedies, thrillers, zombies, a TV extra, travel blogger for Expedia and animal blogger for Zookie. I also edit other peoples work sometimes, be they authors or businesses, and design their page layout and book covers.