That Moment When YA Anthology #1 In Dystopian and Short Stories!

That Moment When is an anthology of young adult writing featuring some of today’s hottest new talent in young adult fiction. Find your next favorite author as you read through 40 thrilling short stories.

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Love YA paranormal, urban fantasy, science fiction and dystopian books?

We’ve gathered a handful of thrilling stories from all of your favorite genres and put them together into an epic anthology of young adult fiction. Some of them are just the beginning of a unique adventure, while others are complete stories that will spark your imagination.

With over 200,000 words (about three full-length novels) That Moment When will provide weeks of reading pleasure.

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Have you ever reached a moment in your life when everything changed? A crossroads of sorts; a point of no return. An event or realization so enormous you knew it would impact you forever in ways you couldn’t begin to understand? Discoveries so momentous they changed everything you thought you knew about the world, and yourself?

That Moment When is filled with exactly these kinds of moments.

If you read the stories in this anthology, I guarantee you’ll find at least a few that thrill and excite you. Make sure to follow the authors if you want to read more – most of us have at least one free book on our sites.

All your favorite YA genres!

PARANORMAL & URBAN FANTASY

SCIENCE FICTION

DYSTOPIAN & POST-APOCALYPTIC

FANTASY

THRILLER & HORROR

AND MORE (UNIQUELY SPECULATIVE FICTION)

 

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The Alliance of YA Authors is a community of over 1000 young adult writers. Many of us are award-winning, bestselling authors; others are brilliant debut authors just starting out. We team up to make it easier for you to find your new favorite reads, with book giveaways, contests and joint book promotions.

That Moment When is an anthology of young adult writing featuring some of today’s hottest new talent in young adult fiction. Find your next favorite author as you read through 40 thrilling short stories.

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IMMORTAL ALIENS: DAWN OF THE VIE Cover Reveal!

Dawn of the Vie
Laura Diamond
(Immortal Aliens, #1)
Published by: Curiosity Quills Press
Publication date: October 3rd 2016
Genres: Dystopian, Science Fiction, Young Adult

Since their Arrival less than 30 years ago, immortal Vie rule the planet like the super-predators they are. Enslaved humans are their servants…their entertainment…and their food. Anemies—humans with various types of anemia—are simply exterminated. Their nutritionally deficient blood is useless to the Vie.

Or so it’s thought…

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Alex, an Elite Vie, is a bit of a Renaissance Alien. Part scientist, part Raid Specialist, part drug addict, he knows Anemie blood is valuable. Rather than blindly carrying out his boss’s kill order, he convinces some colleagues to spare a few Anemies, not only for study, but also to reserve a secret stock.

The more Anemie blood Alex drinks, the more he slips into delusion, and the more his double life threatens to crumble. But quitting Anemie blood is not an option. Every Anemie has their own personal flavor. Each gives a unique high.

When Alex takes a hit of Justin’s blood, his hallucinations bleed into reality…

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Anemie Justin knows his little sister, Sammie, and he are living past their expiration dates. It becomes a guarantee when they’re bitten by a Vie named Alex during a raid. (The bite is fatal, thanks to a toxin carried in Vie saliva.) Alex adds insult to injury by promising Justin a second chance—an antidote in exchange for agreeing to be a lab rat.

And a mule…of his own blood.

When Justin says no, Alex takes off with Sammie.

All Justin has to do is find them, beat Alex, and cure himself and Sammie. All he has is a stake and serious lack of self-preservation.

No problem.

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Alex wants Justin’s blood.

Justin wants his sister back.

GAME ON.

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Author Bio:

Laura Diamond is a board certified psychiatrist currently specializing in emergency psychiatry. She is also an author of all things young adult—both contemporary and paranormal. An avid fan of sci-fi, fantasy, and anything magical, she thrives on quirk, her lucid dreams, and coffee. When she’s not working or writing, she can be found sniffing books and drinking a latte at the bookstore or at home pondering renovations on her 225 year old fixer upper, all while obeying her feline overlords, of course.

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The Big Deal

Guys. GUYS. This is so exciting. A bunch of Spencer Hill Press Teen and Young Adult ebooks are discounted via Amazon’s The Big Deal NOW through May 24 AND The Zodiac Collector is one of them!

Please check it out if you haven’t already purchased The Zodiac Collector, and please share the news!

If you’ve read The Zodiac Collector, please consider writing a review–it’s SO important for authors to get reviews because it helps improve visibility and outreach.

Thanks so much!

THE BIG DEAL

The Zodiac Collector ebook for $2.99 

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Book News!

A few months ago the rights for my YA dystopian duology were returned to me. I was bummed about my book babies leaving the virtual bookshelf, but also excited at the prospect of breathing new life into the series.

Last week, something wonderful happened–Endure & Evoke got a second chance to greet the world!

Vicki Merkiel, the Acquisitions Editor at Curiosity Quills Press, offered contracts for both books…and I accepted. (Yay!!!)

The Publisher’s Marketplace announcement: 

 

“Laura Diamond’s ENDURE, about a seventeen-year-old who must try to save his kidnapped sister from an immortal race of aliens known as the Vie, while keeping the Vie from draining his anemic blood and using it as a drug, and EVOKE, to Vicki Merkiel at Curiosity Quills Press, for publication in Spring 2016.” 

I’ve got some plans on how to revamp the duology, adding twists that weren’t seen in the first version, so it looks like I’ll be busy over the next few months refining the prose, solidifying the world building, and brightening the characters with the goal of bringing you a new and improved dystopian tale of survival and sacrifice. (Double yay!!!!)

And the series will likely get new titles too, so stay tuned. (Triple yay!!!)

I can’t thank Vicki and the wonderful team at Curiosity Quills enough for the opportunity.

THANK YOU!!!!!  *** group hug ***

When The Movie Is Better Than The Book

I watched Insurgent yesterday (YAY!) and thoroughly enjoyed it. I think it’s better than Divergent turned out, though I really enjoyed it too.

The book Divergent was the reason I saw the movie. 

I cannot say the same for Insurgent. For whatever reason, I just couldn’t get into the book and gave up 40 pages in (something I rarely do). That didn’t deter me from watching the movie and I’m glad it didn’t.

So what happened? Is the movie really better than the book? Is Insurgent the exception to the rule (where the book is always better) for me?

Looks like.

Honestly, I’ll prolly try reading Insurgent again at some point…I just can’t give up on the story. Nevertheless I still feel the film was fantastic.

  

Interestingly, I’m also reading Shutter, a new YA book about the descendants from characters in the novel Dracula (Harker, Stoker, Helsing, etc). They fight paranormal creatures like ghosts, zombies, and vamps. It’s a good book, however, I’m struck with the thought that this may be another case of the film having the potential to be better than the book. Now, this book isn’t being adapted to film as far as I know, but if it was, I’m sure the special effects would be beyond cool to see. 

  

Gosh, I can’t believe I’m saying this! 

How about you? Have you ever experienced a film that’s better than the book? Do tell! 

Spencer Hill Press Third Annual Giveaway

I’m so excited to take part in SHP’s third annual giveaway extravaganza! Read on to see what’s up for grabs and enter ASAP as the deadline is December 19. 🙂

(Giveaway is limited to US residents only.)

GRAND PRIZE BASKET

Spencer Hill Family-$30 Amazon Gift Card, Candy, and Neat Things
Darby Karchut – THE STAG LORD (signed copy)
Errick Nunnally- BLOOD FOR THE SUN (signed copy)
Elizabeth Langston- WHISPER FALLS (signed copy)
Heather McCollum-SIREN’S SONG (signed copy) and Swag
J.K. Rock -CAMP BOYFRIEND (signed copy) and Swag
J.L. Spelbring-PERFECTION (signed copy) and Swag and FLAWED (signed copy) and Swag
Suzanne Rigdon-INTO THE NIGHT (signed copy)
Kelly Hashway- THE MONSTER WITHIN (signed copy)
DK Mok-THE OTHER TREE Magnet and HUNT FOR VALAMON Swag
Jennifer Murgia-FOREST OF WHISPERS Swag
Laura Diamond- ZODIAC COLLECTOR, LORE, and TSAVO PRIDE Swag
Wendy Brotherlin-FREAKS OF NATURE Swag and $20 Staple Gift Card
Kelly Hashway-THE MONSTER WITHIN (signed copy) and CURSE OF DEATH Swag
Brenda St John Brown-SWIMMING TO TOKYO (e-book)
Rich Storrs- Synopsis Critique and Query Letter Critique
Sarah Guillory-RECLAIMED Swag
Jennifer Carson-HAPENNY MAGICK (signed copy) and Swag
Michelle L. Johnson-DIVINITY (signed copy)
Dahlia Adler-BEHIND THE SCENES Swag and UNDER THE LIGHTS Magnet
Megan Whitmer-BETWEEN (e-book)
Tracy Bilen-WATCH YOUR BACK (copy) and Swag
Cheryl Ann Smith-LEADING HER WITNESS Swag and Author Tote Bag
Kelley Lynn-ROAD TO SOMEWHERE (signed copy)
Collete Ballard-RUNNING ON EMPTY(signed copy)and Swag, and TEMPORARY HIGH ​Swag
Trisha Wooldridge-McAUTHOR CHRONICLES Set: THE KELPIE and THE EARL’S​​​ CHILDE and Swag
Lisa Amowitz-VISION (signed copy) and Swag

SECOND PLACE BASKET

Spencer Hill Family-$10 Amazon Gift Card, Candy, and Neat Stuff
DK Mok-THE OTHER TREE Swag and Magnet
Errick Nunnally-BLOOD FOR THE SUN Shot Glass
Jennifer Murgia-FOREST OF WHISPERS Swag and Query Critique
Heather McCollum-SIREN’S SONG Swag and Musical Notes Fingernail Tattoos
J.L. Spelbring-PERFECTION (signed copy) and Swag and FLAWED (signed copy)and Swag
JK Rock-CAMP BOYFRIEND (signed copy)and Swag
Suzanne Rigdon-INTO THE NIGHT (signed copy) and Swag, and 1 Chapter Critique
Laura Diamond- ZODIAC COLLECTOR, LORE, and TSAVO PRIDE Swag
Wendy Brotherlin-FREAKS OF NATURE Notepad and $15 Starbucks Gift Card
Sarah Guillory-RECLAIMED Swag
Angelica Jackson-CROW’S REST Swag
Jennifer Carson-HAPENNY MAGICK Swag and First Chapter Critique
Michelle L. Johnson- DIVINITY (signed copy)
Dahlia Adler-BEHIND THE SCENES (signed copy) and Swag and UNDER THE LIGHTS ​Magnet
Megan Whitmer-BETWEEN (ebook)
Tracy Bilen-WATCH YOUR BACK Swag, and a Query and 10 Page Critique
Cheryl Ann Smith-$10 Amazon Gift Card, LEADING HER WITNESS Swag and Author Tote
Kelley Lynn-ONE WISH AWAY (signed copy)
Colette Ballard-RUNNING ON EMPTY(signed copy)and Swag, and TEMPORARY HIGH ​Swag
Kristy Shen-Query Critique
Trisha Wooldridge-DOORWAYS TO EXTRA TIME (copy) and Swag
Lisa Amowitz- VISION (signed copy) and Swag

THIRD PLACE BASKET

Spencer Hill Family- $5 Amazon Gift Card, Candy, and Neat Stuff
DK Mok-THE OTHER TREE Swag and HUNT FOR VALAMON Swag
Elizabeth Langston-I WISH (signed copy)
Jennifer Murgia-FOREST OF WHISPERS Swag
Heather McCollum-SIREN’S SONG Swag and $10 Amazon Gift Card
J.L. Spelbring – PERFECTION Swag and FLAWED and Swag
JK Rock-CAMP BOYFRIEND (signed copy)and Swag
Suzanne Rigdon-1 Chapter Critique
Laura Diamond-ZODIAC COLLECTOR (ebook) and ZODIAC COLLECTOR, LORE, and ​TSAVO PRIDE Swag
Wendy Brotherlin-FREAKS OF NATURE Swag
Brenda St John Brown-SWIMMING TO TOKYO (ebook)
Angelica Jackson-CROW’S REST Swag
Jennifer Carson-HAPENNY MAGICK Swag
Michelle L. Johnson-DIVINITY(signed copy)
Dahlia Adler-BEHIND THE SCENES Swag and UNDER THE LIGHTS Magnet
Megan Whitmer-BETWEEN (ebook)
Tracy Bilen-WATCH YOUR BACK Swag
Cheryl Ann Smith-LEADING HER WITNESS Swag and Author Tote
Kelley Lynn- Query Critique and One Chapter Critique
Colette Ballard-RUNNING ON EMPTY(signed copy) and Swag, and TEMPORARY HIGH ​Swag
Trisha Wooldridge-SILENT STARSONG(copy) and Swag
Lisa Amowitz- VISION Swag

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It’s THE ZODIAC COLLECTOR’s Birthday!!!!

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It’s finally here–ZODIAC’s birthday!!!! *throws confetti*

Click HERE to check out a giveaway on Chandara Writes blog. 

It looks like Zodiac is earning some FIVE star reviews–thank you!!!!

“FIVE STARS. I knew this novel was promising when I read the blurb on Goodreads, and it far surpassed my expectations. A dystopian with mounting suspense, tons of conflict, and an interesting theme, this novel was hard to put down! Anything but predictable, Laura Diamond had me guessing what was going to happen next, throughout!” ~April Wood, blogger of A Well Read Woman

In case you haven’t seen it, here’s what THE ZODIAC COLLECTOR is about:

For almost-16 year-old Anne Devans, the annual Renaissance Faire means three things—her dad spending weeks in the smithy, her bipolar mom doing some manic costume making, and another ruined birthday for her and her twin sister, Mary.

This year, Anne wants things to be different, and she’s going to do things her way.

On the eve of the Faire, Anne (along with a reluctant Mary) conjures up a spell that will make their 16th birthday party a whirlwind event. Little do they know that it’s a literal request.

After the mini tornado in their room subsides, the girls realize they’ve invoked the power of the Gemini Twins, Castor and Pollux. That’s the good news. The bad news is they also caught the attention of a sorceress named Zeena who has been collecting children born under each Zodiac Sign to enhance her power. Once she captures Anne and Mary, Gemini twins, the entire Zodiac—and the world—will be hers.

Anne leads the fight against Zeena, but her one-sided decisions could throw them into a world so far from home, even the Renaissance Faire would seem like a brilliant vacation. Between managing their new Zodiac powers, dodging their manic mother and trying to stop Zeena, they’ll get a 16th birthday they’ll never forget.

Book Details:

Young Adult Fantasy/Paranormal

Paperback, 328 pages

Published by Spencer Hill Press

Publication Date: September 23, 2014

Purchase Links:

Amazon.com

Barnes and Noble

Kobo

Goodreads 

So I thought it would be fun to share information about our zodiac signs (you’ll see me posting on Twitter and FB about it!). Please add your zodiac sign and a couple characteristics in the comments. 😉

I’m LIBRA–fair, indecisive, and must have balance!!!