Monday, December 9, 2013

12 days of Kickass posts: Cindi Madsen!

Happy Holidays!

Join us in celebrating Entangled Teen’s 12 Days of Kickass Event! We are joining together to share some exclusive content with you all! There will be 2 teams, The Smartass Team, who will post a good or swoon worthy deleted scene or an excerpt, and The Badass Team, who will post a villainous deleted scene or excerpt. And the cool part is we’ll be posting on each other’s blogs! The party starts on December 2nd and goes all the way to December 13th! We will wrap up the event with our monthly twitter party on December 13th 9 PM EST/6 PM PST as well! Each day will have 2 posts from us along with an EPIC giveaway!

So how do I join in you ask? It’s easy just follow along with the tour and find the hidden word (it will be highlighted) in each post and fill out the Rafflecopter form! What can I win you ask? You can win one of 2 Kindles (valued at $69) and we’re giving away 5 sets of 5 Entangled Teen Print Books US Only, and 10 Entangled Teen eBooks International! Also we will be giving away more books and Amazon and Barnes & Noble Gift Cards during the twitter party! That means 2 people will win a kindle, 5 people will win 5 of our amazing print titles, and 10 people will win eBooks!

Today I am hosting the amazing Cindi Madsen!  

About Cindi: Cindi Madsen sits at her computer every chance she gets, plotting revising, and falling in love with her characters. Sometimes it makes her a crazy person. Without it, she’d be even crazier. She has way too many shoes, but can always find a reason to buy a new pretty pair, especially if they’re sparkly, colorful, or super tall. She loves music, dancing, and wishes summer lasted all year long. She lives in Colorado where summer is most definitely NOT all year long) with her husband and three children.

Cindi writes adult and YA, but for today, she's offering an excerpt from one of her YA novels, ALL THE BROKEN PIECES.

Publisher: Entangled Teen
Release Date: December 11, 2012
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher
Genre: YA, mystery, contemporary romance
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What if your life wasn’t your own?

Liv comes out of a coma with no memory of her past and two distinct, warring voices inside her head. Nothing, not even her reflection, seems familiar. As she stumbles through her junior year, the voices get louder, insisting she please the popular group while simultaneously despising them. But when Liv starts hanging around with Spencer, whose own mysterious past also has him on the fringe, life feels complete for the first time in, well, as long as she can remember.

Liv knows the details of the car accident that put her in the coma, but as the voices invade her dreams, and her dreams start feeling like memories, she and Spencer seek out answers. Yet the deeper they dig, the less things make sense. Can Liv rebuild the pieces of her broken past, when it means questioning not just who she is, but what she is? 

Sounds amazing, right? Now for the excerpt!


            The more the guys drank, the more adventurous they got. They started challenging each other to do stupid things. Only they thought they were hilarious.
            Of all the “firsts” I’ve checked off, this one has been the least fun.
            Every so often Clay would turn and shoot her a smile, and it was nice; it just wasn’t what she wanted.
            Liv pulled out her phone and looked at the time. “I better get going. I don’t want to be late for curfew.”
            Clay slid his arm off her shoulders and took her hand. “Okay, let’s get you home.”
            He couldn’t even walk in a straight line, and she realized they had a problem. “Aren’t you too drunk to drive?”
            “I’m fine.”
            The image of a rain-soaked windshield and hazy headlights coming at her flickered in her mind. The feeling of being completely out of control engulfed her. The screech of metal against metal echoed through her ears. No, no, no. Do not get in the car with him.
            She yanked her hand from his and took a step back. Hysterical emotions she didn’t fully understand overwhelmed her. “You’re too drunk. I’m not getting in the car if you’re driving.”
            “Fine. I’ll let you drive.” He dug his keys out of his pocket and extended them to her.  
            “I don’t know how.”
            “Don’t worry. I’ll help you.” He swayed and then steadied himself on her.
            Liv heard footsteps and turned around to see Spencer coming. “What’s going on?” he asked.
            “I need to go home, but Clay’s too drunk to drive.”
            “I’ll take you,” Spencer said.
            Clay tightened his arm around her waist. “No way. I’m taking her home.”              
“You don’t want to get hurt, do you?” Spencer’s jaw was set, fists clenched by his sides.
Is he threatening Clay?
            “And you don’t want Liv to get hurt, either. Right? That’s why I’m going to drive her home.” Spencer held out his hand. “Come on, Liv.”
            She almost took his hand—she really wanted to—but her conscience wouldn’t let her leave Clay like this. “What if he tries to drive himself home and something happens?”
            Spencer glanced from her to Clay and made a sort of half-sigh, half-groan noise. “Give me your keys, Armstrong.”
            Clay glowered at him for a moment, then handed him the keys. “Fine.” He pulled her toward his car and opened the back door. “You can watch us cuddle in the backseat.”
            Liv stepped out of Clay’s grasp. “I’m going to sit up front with Spencer. I’m not sure I want this night to end with me being puked on.”
            Clay fell into the seat, a hurt look on his face.
            Spencer shoved the door closed and shot her a sidelong glance. “Funny, I’d think you’d be extremely sure about not wanting to be puked on.”
            “Very funny.”
He held the passenger door open for her, waited for her to get in, and then walked around the front of Clay’s car.
            Liv wanted to hug him—of course, she always wanted to hug him, but tonight, even more than usual. With him behind the wheel, she felt safe again.
“Hey, Hale,” Clay said from the backseat as they pulled onto the road, “remember that night we got wasted and woke up with cactus all over? There were those two hot chicks there, too. That was a really good party.”
Spencer looked over at her, then back at the road. His voice was quiet when he spoke. “Yeah. The reason I know he’s a jerk is because I used to be just like him. Bet you’re rethinking my friendship now.”
“You’re not a jerk,” she said.
“What did you think about me when we first met?”
“Well, your words said mean, but your actions said nice. So yes, I thought you were rude at first. But then I got to know you, and I don’t buy the jerk thing.”
“That’s because you don’t know the whole story.”
“So tell me.” Liv kept her eyes trained on him. “Just tell me already.”
            His gaze remained on the road and his mouth set in a straight line.
            With every second that passed, it became clearer and clearer that he wasn’t going to answer. “You know what? It doesn’t matter to me. Because I know who you are now. You’re the guy who made sure I was safe tonight, even though I didn’t ask you to. That’s what matters to me.” She reached over and squeezed his hand.
            He moved his hand from under hers and she thought he was pulling away, like he always did. Instead, he twisted it so their palms were together, and he laced his fingers with hers.
            Heat ran up her arm; her heart raced. Worried the slightest movement or wrong word would cause him to pull away, she held her breath and stayed perfectly still.
Spencer’s solemn expression relaxed. Calm replaced the storm.
            When Clay groaned, Liv jumped. She’d forgotten he was even in the car with her and Spencer. “Dude, I’m so going to ralph if you don’t stop taking those turns so fast.”
Great. Now Spencer’s going to pull away.
She braced for it, telling herself not to let it hurt her feelings. But Spencer gave her half a smile and squeezed her hand.

Haven’t read today’s other post? Stop by Cindi’s blog and check out my deleted scene (Hint, hint: It's from GRAVITY!).

Giveaway Details:
2 Kindles (valued at $69) US ONLY
5 sets of 5 Entangled Teen Print Books US Only
10 Entangled Teen eBooks International!
(no purchase necessary)
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And here’s the post schedule so you can follow along each day!
12/2/2013           Kendra Highley will host Rachel Harris with a Smartass post.
12/2/2013           Rachel Harris will host Kendra Highley with a Smartass post.

12/3/2013           Christine O’Neil will host Vivi Barnes with a Badass post.
12/3/2013           Vivi Barnes will host Christine O’Neil with a Badass post.

12/4/2013           Karri Thompson will host Danielle Ellison with a Smartass post.
12/4/2013           Danielle Ellison will host Karri Thompson with a Smartass post.

12/5/2013           Princess Sophie will host Cecily White with a Badass post.
12/5/2013           Cecily White will host Princess Sophie with a Badass post.

12/6/2013           Jolene Perry will host Lea Nolan with a Smartass post.
12/6/2013           Lea Nolan will host Jolene Perry with a Smartass post.

12/7/2013           Victoria Scott will host Sara Hantz with a Badass post.
12/7/2013           Sara Hantz will host Victoria Scott with a Badass post.

12/8/2013           Kelley York will host Tiffany Truitt with a Smartass post.
12/8/2013           Tiffany Truitt will host Kelley York with a Smartass post.

12/9/2013           Melissa West will host Cindi Madsen with a Badass post.
12/9/2013           Cindi Madsen will host Melissa West with a Badass post.

12/10/2013        Rebekah Purdy will host Shea Berkley with a Smartass post.
12/10/2013        Shea Berkley will host Rebekah Purdy with a Smartass post.

12/11/2013        Lisa Burstein  will host Jus Accardo with a Badass post.
12/11/2013        Jus Accardo will host Lisa Burstein with a Badass post.

12/12/2013        Renee Collins will host Tracy Clark with a Smartass post.
12/12/2013        Tracy Clark will host Renee Collins with a Smartass post.

12/13/2013        Chloe Jacobs will host Brooklyn Skye with a Badass post.
12/13/2013        Brooklyn Skye will host Chloe Jacobs with a Badass post.

We’re super excited to share all of these awesome posts with you. Make sure to follow along on Twitter and Facebook using the hashtag #12DaysOfKickass!

Monday, November 18, 2013

I have news! I have news!!

I have been holding in this news for what feels like forever, and finally, I can shout it from the rooftops!!

From Publishers Marketplace:

Melissa West's PIECES OF OLIVIA, about a college freshman who survived a fire that killed all her friends, and meets an unlikely fisherman who heals her deepest scars -- and opens her heart, to Laura Fazio at Intermix, in a nice deal, in a two-book deal, for publication in Summer 2014, by Nicole Resciniti at The Seymour Agency.

To tell you a little more about PIECES OF OLIVIA, it is set in Charleston, SC and has a strong focus on setting, characters, and really pulling those heartstrings. You will laugh, you may tear up, but in the end, I think--I hope--you will find yourself as attached to these characters as I am! 

This project was originally titled BROKEN WINTER, and it has been my pet project for half a year now. It has seen hesitation and doubt. It has heard the dreaded, "This won't sell," but my super agent, Nicole Resciniti, felt differently. She read BW and immediately loved it. We spent a few weeks perfecting the synopsis, and then went out on submission. Within a week, we had multiple offers, but I spoke to the amazing Laura Fazio at Penguin on the phone and just loved her and her vision for this project. 

We have since spoken numerous times, including re-titling the project to PIECES OF OLIVIA and developing cover ideas. The utter coolness that Penguin's creative team has in store for my book gives me chills. I cannot wait to see the final cover and to share PIECES OF OLIVIA with each of you!

So this wouldn't be a party without gifts, right? Ya'll know me too well. Enter below for a chance to win a $25 Amazon, Book Depository, OR Barnes & Noble giftcard. It's your choice. All you have to do is add PIECES OF OLIVIA to your TBR and give me a quick tweet. That's it! :) 

Now, I'm off to go celebrate! You can add PIECES OF OLIVIA to your TBR by clicking here. :)

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Monday, October 21, 2013

OVER THE EDGE with excitement!

I am very excited to share that I am diving into the New Adult market. I have two books coming out with Entangled Embrace in 2014...and perhaps some additional news to share in the coming weeks. Lots of fun for sure, so to celebrate I'd like to offer a fun giveaway.

This is how this will work: add OVER THE EDGE to your TBR on Goodreads and tweet and/or mention it on Facebook and you are entered to win a signed copy of GRAVITY and HOVER. Already have both books? Well, I love you now, don't I! No problem, I will give you a $10 Amazon Giftcard. Sound fun? Yay!

To tell you a little bit about OtE, it is set against a New York City backdrop and surrounds the falling for the boss trope. It is seriously intense and romantic and at times juicy. In short, I think ya'll are going to love it!

So go enter and help me spread the word! :)" rel="nofollow">a Rafflecopter giveaway

Thursday, October 3, 2013

YA Scavenger Hunt: Fall 2013!

Welcome to YA Scavenger Hunt! This tri-annual event was first organized by author Colleen Houck as a way to give readers a chance to gain access to exclusive bonus material from their favorite authors...and a chance to win some awesome prizes! At this hunt, you not only get access to exclusive content from each author, you also get a clue for the hunt. Add up the clues, and you can enter for our prize--one lucky winner will receive one signed book from each author on the hunt in my team! But play fast: this contest (and all the exclusive bonus material) will only be online for 72 hours!

Go to the YA Scavenger Hunt page to find out all about the hunt. There are THREE contests going on simultaneously, and you can enter one or all! I am a part of the GOLD TEAM--but there is also a red team and a blue team for a chance to win a whole different set of signed books!

If you'd like to find out more about the hunt, see links to all the authors participating, and see the full list of prizes up for grabs, go to the YA Scavenger Hunt homepage.


Directions: Below, you'll notice that I've listed my favorite number. Collect the favorite numbers of all the authors on the gold team, and then add them up (don't worry, you can use a calculator!).

Entry Form: Once you've added up all the numbers, make sure you fill out the form here to officially qualify for the grand prize. Only entries that have the correct number will qualify.

Rules: Open internationally, anyone below the age of 18 should have a parent or guardian's permission to enter. To be eligible for the grand prize, you must submit the completed entry form by October 6th, at noon Pacific Time. Entries sent without the correct number or without contact information will not be considered.


Today, I am hosting Lea Nolan for the YA Scavenger Hunt! Lea writes the kinds of stories she sought as a teen—smart paranormals with bright heroines, crazy-hot heroes, diabolical plot twists, plus a dose of magic, a draft of romance, and a sprinkle of history. She holds degrees in history and women’s studies concentrating in public policy and has spent nearly twenty years as a health policy analyst and researcher. She lives in Maryland with her heroically supportive husband and three clever children. You can learn more about Lea at or chat her up at @Lea_Nolan.

Find out more information by checking out Lea's website or find out more about her book here!


Book Descriptions:
Emma Guthrie races to learn the hoodoo magic needed to break The Beaumont Curse before her marked boyfriend Cooper's sixteenth birthday. But deep in the South Carolina Lowcountry, dark, mysterious forces encroach, conspiring to separate Emma and Cooper forever. When Cooper starts to change, turning cold and indifferent, Emma discovers that both his heart and body are marked for possession by competing but equally powerful adversaries. Desperate to save him, Emma and her twin brother, Jack, risk their lives to uncover the source of the black magic that has allured Cooper and holds him in its grip. Faced with the horror of a soul-eating boohag, Emma and Jack must fight to resist its fiendish power to free Cooper long enough to join their strengths and face it together, before it destroys them all.

Exclusive Content:
My book, Allure, the second installment in The Hoodoo Apprentice series features three teens who use Gullah hoodoo magic to battle an ancient-soul sucking curse and a hideous monster that will stop at nothing to consume its prey.

Hoodoo magic is an African American folk healing and magical art, not to be confused with voodoo, which is a religion. Hoodoo originated among enslaved Africans in the South Carolina and Georgia lowcountry and is largely based on African traditions, but has also been influenced by Native American, European and other practices.

In Allure, Emma Guthrie uses many hoodoo spells to protect her twin brother Jack, and their best friend (and Emma’s boyfriend), Cooper Beaumont. She’s also called upon to break some of the jinxes laid by her enemies. To give you an idea of the kind of hoodoo charms Emma confronts, I thought I’d share a few with you today. These come directly from one of my favorite spell books, Encyclopedia of 5,000 Spells by Judika Illes.

Gambler’s Hand: High John’s Snake Charm
Wrap a freshly shed snakeskin around a rattlesnake root and a High John the Conqueror root, then place it in a conjure bag along with seven tonka beans for good fortune.

Hoodoo Love Magic Wishbone Spell
To make your wish for love a reality, clean and dry a whole, unbroken wishbone, then decorate it with red or gold glitter glue. Make a braid from a few strands of your hair and tie it to the wishbone. Place the wishbone and braid into a red mojo bag with an Adam and Eve root, then sprinkle a love drawing powder over the items
Magical Protection Candle Spell
Hollow the bottom of a black, blue or red candle, then stuff it with a combination of five, seven, or nine different botanicals, then burn the loaded candle. Botanicals that offer an aura of protection include: betony, black cohosh, cactus, calamus, fig leaf, five-finger grass, garlic, hyssop, lavender, mugwort, peppermint, rose, rue, Saint John’s Wort, snake root, stinging nettles, wormwood, and yarrow.

I hope you enjoyed this introduction to hoodoo magic. Though these spells seem simple, may people believe in their power and rely on them to offer protection or grant their most fervent desires. For more information about hoodoo magic and more examples of spells, I highly recommend that you check out the Lucky Mojo Curio Company’s website at It’s owner, Catherine Yronwode, has painstakingly recorded the history of hoodoo, collected oral histories of spells, and is a well respected manufacturer of authentic charms.

So what do you think? If you were headed to Vegas, would you carry a Gambler’s Hand into the casino for extra luck? Or would you prefer to go it alone and hope Lady Luck joins your on her own?


Wow! I am completely amazed by hoodoo magic and can't wait to read ALLURE. Now, don't forget to enter the contest for a chance to win a ton of signed books by me, Melissa West, the amazing Lea Nolan, and more! To enter, you need to know that my favorite number is 2. Add up all the favorite numbers of the authors on the gold team and you'll have the secret code to enter for the grand prize!


To keep going on your quest for the hunt, you need to check out the next author,  GINA ROSATI!

But while you're here, leave a comment below and enter to win a signed copy of HOVER!

Thank you so much for stopping by! Enjoy the hunt!

:) Melissa