Today is the cover reveal for After I Break by Mandy Peterson. This cover reveal is organized by Lola's Blog Tours. The cover MSN Art Studio (Maduranga Sampath).
After I break is a direct sequel to the first book Before I Shatter.
After I Break (Before I Shatter #2)
By Mandy Peterson
Genre: Science Fiction
Age category: Young Adult/ New Adult
Release Date: July 28, 2017
You can find After I Break on Goodreads
You can pre-order After I Break for only $0.99 here:
Excerpt Chapter One
The first book in the series!
Before I Shatter (Before I Shatter #1)
Vita must make the choice:
About the Author:
Mandy Peterson grew up all over Nebraska and eventually settled down there with a family of her own: husband, daughter, and son.
When she isn't writing about herself in third person, Mandy the high school librarian can be found digging through young adult and new adult lit. An avid reader of all genres (but she secretly told me she loves sci-fi the most), you will usually see her with her nose in a book or face to her Kindle app, iced or blended coffee drink in hand. A former roller girl and roller derby referee, she can also be found watching roller derby online or dragging her family behind her to cheer on teams in person all over their great state.
You can find and contact Mandy here:
There is a cover reveal wide giveaway for the cover reveal of After I Break. This giveaway is open international. One winner will win a $10 Amazon gift card.
For a chance to win, enter the rafflecopter below:
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Welcome to #50 on your scavenger hunt list! My name is Mandy Peterson. I'm the author of sci-fi "Before I Shatter", its upcoming sequel (releasing in 6-8 weeks!) "After I Break", and urban fantasy novella "Double-Back Charmer" in the "Ever in the After" charity anthology! If you want to know more about any of the released titles, please click on the covers below. They'll take you straight to my favorite place to shop online: Amazon! "Before I Shatter" is 99 cents right now, and "Ever in the After" is $2.99 (but free if you read in KU!).
Because Amazon is my favorite place to shop online, I'm also offering my own giveaway in addition to the grand prize giveaway for the scavenger hunt.
Finally, the moment you've been waiting for! My secret word is:
Best of luck as you enter! I've provided the link to #51 below as well as a link to the grand prize entry. If you're a little fuzzy on the rules, scroll down to my previous post. If you have any questions, don't hesitate to reach out and ask either by posting a comment here, finding me on Facebook, or reaching out on Twitter.
On to #51, Audrey Gray!
Finally getting back on my feet and I am so excited to share with you this fantastic giveaway opportunity with over $1000 in prizes. Yeah, it's kind of a big deal. Check out the rules and 'how to' below then visit me again June 1-7 for your chance to win!!! EEEEEE!
In June, the Alliance of Young Adult Authors is sponsoring a massive young adult scavenger hunt. This is a chance to meet some new authors, grab a bunch of free books, and sign up to win a whole bunch of epic prizes!
RULESEach author will be given a special keyword, which will be bolded and all caps like this: BUTTERFLIES. All you have to do is visit all the author's sites in this order, write down the special keywords to discover the short story, then enter the giveaway with the completed secret legend HERE. There will be one main giveaway for the main prize, but most of the participating authors will also have smaller giveaways for free books, amazon credit and author swag, so make sure you read their post carefully to see what else they're offering while you're on their site for the keyword.
THE MAP (PARTICIPATING AUTHORS)
Starts June 1st!Just go through the "treasure map" above to find the keywords and reconstruct the secret legend. Once you've got it, enter for the grand prize HERE. Don't forget to keep an eye out for other giveaways or free books as you search for the keywords, most authors will be offering their own prizes as well.
For rules, updates or trouble-shooting, make sure to check out this main post which will stay updated.
Have you ever been cracked?
Have you ever been barely able to get out of bed in the morning because... you just can’t?
Can’t live up to the expectations.
Can’t take care of anyone – not even yourself.
Can’t put on pants.
You’re trapped in a million little pieces scattered on the floor. You don’t know if you’re waiting to be put back together again like Humpty Dumpty or if you’re waiting to be tread into tiny grains of sand by the unyielding boots of others.
That photo on your wall from senior year with the wide grin and radiant eyes is an image of a complete stranger.
You’ve rallied so many times; it’s impossible to build up the strength to assault the demons whispering in your ear, hanging onto your pants legs (hence no pants), and shuffling your feet.
I’ve been there. Lord, have I been there.
Here’s how I got out of the wasteland:
No "April Fools".
The seed was planted long before, when I was still the girl in the photos with her arms slung around new friends in new places. A simple song download by an indie band from somewhere in the middle of the country. Not my usual style but I liked it. Even though it was about drag racing, it spoke to me. I listened to it over and over when I felt like my frustration and anxiety needed an outlet.
“Light ‘em up, and watch me go!”
Years later, on the cliff of a failed marriage with a 10 month old child caught in the wreckage, it was me too afraid to sleep at night. Too beaten down to believe that I could be anything good. Ever. Too scared to do anything but focus on my child and getting us on our own.
My big brother stepped in as he had so many other influential nights in my life and took me out to do something I had never done before: drink (legally) at a bar and listen to live metal bands.
At a time in my life when everything was Dave Matthews Band, the music (and alcohol) was bracing. Everyone knew each other and seemed like a family with my brother as a kindly if creepy uncle. Between rounds, I tried to hide away. So scared. So unbelieving that I could find any sense of belonging amongst these people.
And it happened.
One band in particular captured me from the very first note. In the madness, I felt the power of the guitar seep through my pores. The bass and drums rattled my chest cavity. The vocalist’s growls mirrored the pain I felt.
I felt validated.
I felt understood.
I felt an iota of strength that was buried deep inside of me awaken...
One of my tiny pieces began to rumble.
It didn’t happen all in one night.
I looped this music whose roots had been in the song I had downloaded years earlier. Many others found their way into my rotation:
An all female metal band whose songs were brave and daring. They told me that I was beautiful because of what I had been through, not in spite of it.
A country/metal mash-up band who reminded me of days along the river and reminded me that I was a bad mamma-jamma.
Mainstream classic metal bands who taught me that life isn't supposed to go the way you planned.
With each one, they delivered a powerful message:
FIGHT. YOU MATTER.
They gave me the tenacity to completely rebuild myself as someone new.
Made of metal.
So if you are in pieces, take heart. Fortification is coming, and it may come from the most unlikely of places.
Disclaimer: I actually wound up marrying the bassist of that magical band, and we found out that he was ALSO in the band with the drag racing song all those years ago! True story. You can't make that up.
Here's an old band photo: (My very talented husband is on the far left.)
Why re-release a book that just came out less than 8 months ago?
You deserve an answer - especially if you invested your hard-earned money in the first edition!
First, I found an editor while I was writing the novella for "Ever in the After" (coming at you April 1 but you can preorder now on Amazon for just 99 cents!). Want a confession? I was very very nervous about sharing my work with an editor. Some editors can be overbearing, silence your voice, etc. I knew I didn't want that. My stories may not be perfect, but they are mine. You know? So, I got a fantastic recommendation from another author friend of mine, and this editor is awesome. We have a great relationship. I trust her to help me tell Vita's story better than I could alone.
Second, I am hoping "Ever in the After" raises a ton of money for Lift 4 Autism. By providing better quality books, I can help do just that.
Third, one thing was really bugging me, and I had the chance to 'fix' it. Vita's relationship with James. Some of you are nodding. Yes, I know. I got it. :) If you are puzzled, I don't want to put any spoilers on here, but I did attach a handy document below that you can see all the major changes made from the first printing to this new one.
So, if you have an old paperback, you have something amazing and no longer available! Gone are the washed out photos of my daughter's sunburn (seriously, that's what that X is from) on the first page of each chapter. Now there are beautiful scene separators instead of *****.
The new ebook is professionally formatted (she does good work, y'all!).
And now I get to completely focus on bringing you "After I Break". My hope is to publish May 1, but I have to be honest. I'm not going to rush through writing it to meet that day. You deserve the best book I can deliver - an honest ending to Vita's story. And I intend to deliver.
All my love,
Today, I'm so excited to share the wonderful cover for Ever in the After: 13 Fantasy Tales. This anthology of fantasy/SFF short stories has been put together in aid of Lift 4 Autism, and releases April 1st, 2017. 100% of the proceeds will go to Lift 4 Autism. Annnnnd it features a brand new novella written by yours truly and I'm sharing the cover here first!
So, let's take a look at the gorgeous cover!
Isn't it beautiful?
The cover was designed and created by Stephanie Keyes, and it fits the stories in the anthology perfectly.
About the anthology...
In Ever in the After, 13 authors come together to explore fantastical realms full of supernatural creatures, dark intrigue, and spells that may--or may not--be curses.
This anthology features work by:
A must-have fantasy collection full of surprises, secrets, and strong teenagers who know what they need to do to succeed in these mystical realities.
Add Ever in the After: 13 Fantasy Tales on Goodreads now! Buy your copy of Ever in the After: 13 Fantasy Tales on April 1st, 2017!
Know what I like?
It's ungodly how much I enjoy doing dishes, shampooing carpets, dusting shelves....not sweeping and mopping. NEVER sweeping and mopping. But almost everything else. I love it. Headphones on my ears and either music I can sing along to or waaaay inappropriate comedy blasting away, I can clean up a storm and have a ball.
Know what I don't like?
A lot of other stuff.
Waking up early.
Going to visit the elderly. (Egads! I know that's a rough one to admit.)
Picking up not-my-underwear off of the bathroom floor when we've been married for 8 years now and can't-you-learn-to-do-this-for-yourself-what-if-I-die-is-there-going-to-be-an-awkward-pile-of-man-panties-in-the-bathroom-during-the-wake?
Trying on clothes that don't fit correctly.
Writing something and feeling like it's not working but IT MUST! IT MUST! (not really)
Giving up valuable reading time for aforementioned cleaning time.
Working when my kiddos have the day off of school and missing that time with them in the morning when they are calm and sweet.
Here's the thing: we all have to do stuff we don't like. It's kind of what makes the world go 'round.
You - going to work or school when it's the last thing you want to do is what keeps us as a society going.
You - cleaning when you'd rather personally test an atomic bomb on your house instead is giving yourself, your pets, and your family a safe space they can be proud of.
You - driving to see family that you might not really want to hang out with over your ONLY day off.
You - doing that homework.
You - waking up early to exercise. (More power to you! Do an extra lap for me!)
You are a valuable part of our global society. You can do the difficult/mundane/un-motivated stuff.
YOU contribute more than you know. So keep rocking it.
I spent my day on Saturday with two dear friends, walking through stores, picking out AH-MAY-ZING outfits, dreaming of the organization that comes with the funds and space you must have if you shop at The Container Store, eating ourselves silly on Chinese, and making my maiden voyage by trying something that I've never done before for the first time. After spending this time together, one of my friends said this morning, "I missed you this weekend."
What? We were together the whole time. But I know what she meant.
You see, I haven't been sleeping well, and my whole wellbeing revolves around getting 8-9 hours a night. If I don't, I'm instantly cranky and a general lack of fun. Debbie Downer. A lump. Physically there but mentally in and out.
Obviously, I immediately messaged my girls and said something like, "We need to do this again when I am well rested! I had so much fun!"
I started thinking about the word 'togetherness'. In this instance, we were together but not. So I checked out the info on Google about it. (This is how my brain works!)
Check out the trend of using the word 'togetherness'. It wasn't even a thing until just before the 1900s but look how huge it is now! So, I thought, why is that?
Amongst all the possible reasons, like technology and grouping, I can't help but feel deep inside that it's BECAUSE of all this amazing stuff that we have. Not just because tech makes it easier to stay in touch, but because on the most basic of levels, we humans have a desire to be TOGETHER physically. In a group or with a friend who understands us. Who you can be yourself with, even if it's something not so pleasant. (Like you're too tired to BE there.) Or even if it IS pleasant. (Like belting out Matchbox 20 tunes with your buddies.)
So amidst all of the uncertainty I am seeing on social media right now, please take a moment to log off and hang out with your friends live and in person. It's amazing what togetherness can fix. It fixes darn near everything - if that doesn't work, try more cowbell.
Image taken from: http://www.bathroomreader.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/Walken-Cowbell_DS.jpg
Peacefully loading the dishwasher with hamburger browning on the stove next to a sputtering pot of boiling water, a shout of pain pierced my world. Not the kind that means his big sister poked him or he's frustrated with some toy or another. The kind that makes you drop the slippery plate in your hand and run. Lip torn and bleeding, he recounted his tale of how he bit himself. His cries turned to whimpers as the flow slowed to a trickle. My heart ached as he got up and trudged back to his toys, still sniffling with a paper towel clinging to his perfect little mouth. Makeshift first aid for the win! The blood has stopped, but the pain is still there.
Casually texting, a woman who runs the world confides her deepest insecurity. It makes me pause. She's one of those amazing women who hangs the stars, even though she doesn't know it, and she's hurting. Through the phone I feel it too. My heart aches as I type in all caps, shouting her insecure thoughts down like a ruffian taunting a downed opponent. I know the pain is within her still - it's still in me too - but maybe it's quieter or kinder or can't be heard over the laughter.
Because one thing I can't abide by is the people I love being in pain. I become Buffy the Vampire the Slayer - a Terminator - or better yet a Dalek! EX-TER-MIN-ATE! EX-TER-MIN-ATE!
I'm willing to wager a bet: most of you are like that too. Pain assassins. But...deep down, you refuse to acknowledge your own. Push it into a fire-proof safe and lock it tightly away.
Because you can deal with it later.
Maybe you don't feel entitled to it.
Maybe you feel like it's not yours to have or it should be long gone.
But it's not. It revisits in the night when you hear the even breath of the one slumbering next to you. It revisits when you forget to keep your armor on. It picks at the corners of your mind keeping the wound fresh when your inner monologue runs amok.
We've convinced ourselves that we are brave in putting it aside. Strong in refusing to acknowledge our own struggles while accepting little pieces of others' to help them carry the load of life day after day. Are we?
In giving away little pieces of our pain, power fills the void. By breaking off a piece of the mass and having someone else there saying, "You just give that to me. You have enough.", you start to feel the ability to breathe - to heal - to be powerful enough to break the whole wall apart brick by brick, claw mark by claw mark, like in Berlin, until it is completely down and you am united again.
I hope you have someone in your life who has their hand out - poised and ready to shout down your pain, to take it from you and let that space be filled with power and love. If you don't, I am here. A stranger, yes. But a stranger who has her hand out. A stranger who is ready to help you rip chunks away and patch the holes with empowerment and encouragement. Simply a keystroke away.
Mandy Peterson is the author of "Before I Shatter". She is also a mother, wife, librarian, book reviewer, and self-proclaimed chocolate connoisseur.