19 May 2017

Enter to win 3 signed paperbacks by Amy Sparling

Because I love you guys, I'm running a summer giveaway! See the form below to enter to win 3 signed paperbacks of the Immortal Mark series, a teen paranormal romance. If you've already signed up for my newsletter, just enter your email address in the box on the form. You don't have to sign up twice. :)

Please tell everyone you know! This giveaway runs until July 30th.


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17 May 2017

Read the first 2 Chapters of Natalie and the Nerd + a preorder giveaway!

You can now read the first 2 chapters of my new book Natalie and the Nerd on Wattpad before it's released on 5/30/2017!

I'm also doing a last minute pre-order giveway. If you preorder Natalie and the Nerd and email me proof of purchase (copy your receipt, take a screenshot, etc) to admin @ amysparling.com (take out the spaces), I will send you a special edition signed Natalie and the Nerd bookmark, plus a few bookmarks from my other books and from other authors.

Sound fun? Here's the pre-order link:




See below to read the first two chapters on Wattpad:


16 May 2017

Amy's Favorite books - May

It's time for another round of books I love and want to share with the world. Are you getting your summer book list ready? Here are some great options to load onto your Kindle! (You can thank me later)

ALTERATIONS by Stephanie Scott



At the time of this blog post, the eBook is on sale for only 99 cents!! Get on it! 

As Liam and Amelia get closer, Ethan realizes that this newly confident, stylish girl may be the one for him after all . . . even though he has a reality TV star girlfriend he conveniently keeps forgetting about. The "new and improved" Amelia soon finds herself in between two brothers, a whole lot of drama, and choice she never dreamed she'd have to make.


ZENN DIAGRAM by Wendy Brant



An irresistible novel about math and romance, with a hint of the paranormal.

Being a math genius is not exactly a ticket to popularity for seventeen-year-old Eva. Even worse, whenever she touches another person or their belongings, she gets glimpses of their emotions, secrets and insecurities, making her keep her distance from everyone. So when Eva realizes she can touch Zenn, a handsome and soulful artist, without getting visions — only sparks — she finds herself drawing closer to him. But then she discovers the history that links them, and the truth threatens to tear the two apart.



ANY BOY BUT YOU by Julie Hammerle




The girl Oliver's fallen head-over-heels for online had better not be Elena Chestnut. She's his angry, vindictive Latin tutor, the daughter of his dad’s business rival, and the one girl he’d never even think of kissing. She’s definitely not his online crush, because that girl is funny, sweet, and perfect.
When Oliver asks to reveal their names at the Valentine’s Day dance, their IRL relationship will either ruin what they have online, or they’ll discover just how thin the line between love and hate really is.

ALWAYS YOU by Kirsty Moseley



Riley Tanner has a best friend, the best friend a girl could ask for. He’s supportive, loyal, honest, trustworthy, kind, and thoughtful. He’s also the biggest player in school.

Their relationship has always been easy and affectionate, but after Riley’s month long vacation, things become a little strange. She starts to look at him in ways that go way beyond the ‘friend zone’. Add in her best friend’s rival, and things become a whole lot more complicated.



Let me know what you think of these books! do you have any books you're looking forward to reading? Tell me in the comments!


06 May 2017

Summer Alone on Wattpad

Hey everyone! I'm super excited to announce that I'm finally getting back into Wattpad! I started it a couple of years ago and then kind of forgot about it. Not anymore! Over the next few weeks, I'll be posting new stories and chapter previews from my upcoming novels!

I recently added the entire Summer Alone book, which is the first part of the Summer Series! Check it out below:

04 May 2017

WHO SHE WAS by Stormy Smith

Who She Was is full of rich, small details that bring the characters to life...A deft, emotionally resonant tale about family, love, music, and finding oneself.” - Kirkus Reviews


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WHO SHE WAS is many things. It’s a friends to lovers story. It’s a hate to love story. It’s a story of how life is shades of gray amidst the seemingly endless rainbow of everyone else’s world.


Who She Was takes you down the path of childhood best friends separated by tragedy and reunited only to find themselves drawn to safety the other represents, even while it threatens their very existence.


Right now you can read Who She Was for just 99 cents. So take a spin through the first chapter and hopefully, you’ll join in for the rest of the story.


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Who She Was by Stormy Smith


Chapter One
Charlie


August


“Are you guys ready for this?”


The overly-excited frat boy in charge yelled into the microphone and the backyard of the Sigma Alpha house hit deafening levels. Inside their dingy kitchen, I shared a wary look with a few of the Kappa pledges.


“As much fun as we’re already having tonight, it’s about to get real! The fifth annual dating auction is about to start. That means the only thing standing between you and a hot little sorority pledge is your parents’ money!”


A petite redhead who barely looked fifteen, let alone eighteen, drew back the curtain of the kitchen window to peek out as he continued and then giggled.


“I can’t believe rush week is finally here and tonight is the auction!” She actually clapped her hands together and I forced my eyes not to disappear into the back of my head. “I hope Austin bids on me,” she gushed. “He’s so hot.”


“And you will be yet another notch on his freshman bedpost,” I muttered before I could stop myself. The girl behind me in line stifled a chuckle, and I smiled knowing there was someone else who understood how absurd this was.


“Your mom was a Kappa, too?” She asked.


I nodded. The line of sorority pledges filed forward through the kitchen to the back door as the emcee announced the next piece of meat up for bid. I kept my eyes forward and not on the half-filled keg cups and ripped open chip bags.


“Can you believe we have to go through with this just to pledge?” The girl twisted a piece of her hair and I didn’t miss the fear that flashed in her eyes. “The worst part was when I told my mom, she was actually excited.”


We took another step forward as I shook my head in disbelief. I hadn’t bothered to even tell my mother since it wouldn’t have mattered. Getting in was all she was worried about and Katie was the only one who ever mattered to her.


Then, I was next. I swallowed down my own anxiety and pressed my sweating palms down my skirt. It was tight and high-waisted, and my heels were higher than I was comfortable with.
Katie would have loved me in it.


I missed my Chucks.
My name came over the crackling sound system and I felt warm fingers encircle my own.


“You’ll do great, Charlotte,” she encouraged. I hadn’t even bothered to ask her name and she’d been astute enough to pluck mine from the bio being read to the crowd. I gave her a tight-lipped smile and returned the gesture even though I wanted to yank my hand from hers and wipe it off again.


I pushed through the torn screen door and pulled the humid August air into my lungs as I straightened my posture and put one foot in front of the other. My smile was so automatic it didn’t matter that I didn’t feel it anywhere but the shift in my cheeks—not too much teeth to seem fake, just enough for no one to ever think anything was wrong.


The emcee’s voice was lost in the cat calls. I heard bids of anywhere from five dollars to twenty as they commented on my rack or how my long hair would come in handy. My fingers tapped out a familiar rhythm onto my hip, one that I refused to acknowledge, but it was the only way I could keep circling the rickety stage.


I had to get into this sorority. It was what she wanted. It wasn’t optional.


“Two hundred and fifty dollars.” His voice silenced the crowd.


My smile didn’t waver as I let out a longer exhale and thanked whoever he was while also praying he wasn’t a psycho.


A sweaty, drunk guy helped me off the stage, and I was thankful when my heels sunk slightly into the ground because it was over and all the attention shifted to the next piece of cattle. I followed the turning heads in the direction of my bidder, who was still lost in the crowd.


The crowd shifted as their attention focused back on the next pledge up for bid. The light from the porch found him and he stood facing me, clearly waiting. For a split second, time stopped.
He smirked, catching my pause. The baby-face Trevor had the last time I saw him was gone. Instead, angular features and questioning eyes stared back at me.


I wanted to spin on my heel and run the other direction. Trevor was the slip knot of my life. The carefully intertwined ropes I’d wrapped around the person I used to be — the one he alone had understood and yet still abandoned — could be unraveled with one tug. He could destroy me and everything I’d done to atone for my mistake.


No one knew what I’d done. How it was all my fault. I’d never told anyone so he couldn’t know. It was a secret I desperately wanted to share so I no longer had to bear it alone, but knew I couldn’t.


“Fancy meeting you here, Charlie,” Trevor said as he pushed his thick-rimmed glass up his nose, failing to convince me he was any more comfortable with our impromptu reunion than I was.


I didn’t need him anymore. He was the who’d disappeared and left me all alone. It didn’t matter that he was the one who knew the rhythm I tapped out to get through the worst of times. Or that in an instant I remembered what real laughter felt like and the feel of ivory under my fingertips. It couldn’t matter. Not anymore.


I charged forward, auto-smiled and played the part I’d cast for myself.


“Charlotte,” I stated. “My name is Charlotte.”


If you’re ready to spend 99 cents to find out what happens next, click here. I can’t wait to hear what you think!

Full book synopsis: Trevor Adler loathes the music he used to love, but it’s the key to his full-ride scholarship and the ticket away from his dysfunctional parents. To kick off their freshman year, Trevor’s roommate drags him to a frat party, where he ends up face-to-face with his childhood best friend and finds himself entrenched in memories he’d rather forget.


Unable to let Charlie go again without understanding the truth of why she disappeared from his life and chose to become the type of person they always hated, Trevor is relentless in his pursuit of the girl he once knew.


Charlotte (Charlie) Logan is broken. Under her perfectly-crafted exterior are the shards of a shattered heart. A handful of angry words changed her life completely and Charlie’s never been able to forgive herself for the truth she’s hidden from everyone.


While Trevor pushes Charlie to remember the music that lit her soul and the laughter they shared, they find themselves reverting to a banter-filled rhythm that feels all too familiar, yet different now. When Trevor’s own secrets come to light, it becomes clear he and Charlie both must face their tragic pasts if they have any hope at a future together.




Author bio: Stormy Smith calls Iowa’s capital home now, but was raised in a tiny town in the Southeast corner of the state. She grew to love books honestly, having a mom that read voraciously and instilled that same love in her.


When she isn’t working on, or thinking about, her books, Stormy’s favorite places include bar patios, live music shows, her yoga mat or anywhere she can relax with her husband, twin sons or girlfriends.


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02 May 2017

Cover Reveal ~TIDE~ By Deirdre Riordan Hall

Today is the cover reveal for Tide by Deirdre Riordan Hall. This cover reveal is organized by Lola's Blog Tours. The cover is designed by Nova Book Covers.



TideTide (The Sea & Sand series #1)

By Deirdre Riordan Hall

Genre: Fantasy

Age category: Young Adult

Release Date: May 16, 2017



Blurb:

Never trust a mermaid's kiss.



Tyler McColdrum has a bright future on the professional surfing circuit until his father tragically dies at sea. Unable to pay the bills, Tyler and his mother leave California and move to his late grandfather's cottage in Land's End, Maine—a world away from the life he's known. Not even the stormy Atlantic can douse Tyler's surf stoke, but when mariners go missing off the coast, legends as old as the sea itself suggest something lurks beneath the surface. As the police investigate, his friend Kiwa—the only female surfer for miles—indicates there's more to the McColdrum family history than blood and bone.



Amara is a beautiful mermaid, a mero, who wants a life on land away from her sinister sisters. As charming as mero are, with musical voices and a tempting gaze, they're also brutal and cruel, stealing the souls of sailors. As Initiation nears, Amara learns Poseidon selected her as consort and her desperation for freedom increases. When Tyler encounters Amara, he falls hard for her. The ocean is no longer safe for him, but he trusts their love can overcome her mero nature. As locals and officials wage war against the sea, trying to keep mariners safe, Tyler and Amara struggle with how to protect each other.



With one foot in the sand and the other in the sea, Tyler must choose love or the surf as the tide quickly rises.




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Deirdre Riordan Hall is the author of the young adult bestsellers, Sugar and Pearl along with women's fiction. When she's not writing, she's probably surfing or in pursuit of magic. She also has a healthy case of wanderlust, loves chips and salsa, and dreams about learning no less than three languages. Join her monthly newsie.



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21 April 2017

Natalie and the Nerd Cover Reveal


Introducing Natalie and the Nerd

I'm so happy to share the cover reveal of my next book with you! If you follow me on Instagram, you've already seen it, and I had a lot of fun revealing the cover in pieces this week! (If you don't follow me on Instagram, here's the link: https://www.instagram.com/writeamysparling )

This book is a sweet YA romance, but it also has some more character depth and struggles with Natalie as she goes through senior year trying to fix everything that's gone wrong in her life. I hope to have this book released by the end of May, maybe sooner! I've been very busy with my pen name lately so it's taking me longer to write books for this name, but don't worry, my "One book a month" goal is still on track! 

You can find more about Natalie and the Nerd below, and make sure to add it to Goodreads


Natalie’s school work is the last priority on her long list of things to worry about. Since her parent’s divorce, her mom’s boutique—their only source of income—is about to go under, and Natalie spent all summer and most of her senior year trying to save the little shop. Now that she’s in danger of failing high school, the assistant principal (who happens to be her evil step mother) is making Natalie join daily tutoring sessions with Jonah Garza, the school’s valedictorian. 

Taking math lessons from the rich nerdy boy is the last thing Natalie wants to do, but Jonah needs these community service hours to get into Harvard, so he’s not going to give up on her. In addition to working at the boutique and studying with Jonah, Natalie’s lifelong crush just started paying attention to her. She’s being pulled in so many directions, she doesn’t think to question why the son of the biggest business mogul in town is suddenly trying to win her affections. 

When her crush betrays her and the store goes into foreclosure, Natalie has to choose between fighting harder to keep her mom’s dream alive, or fighting to pass high school and start a future of her own.