Thursday, January 31, 2013


Um... So, yeah. *looks around* image

I uploaded Fighter early, so it should be available tomorrow morning!

As soon as I have the links, I'll post them. :)

Reminder: Fighter will be .99 cents through the actual release day (which is Saturday). That means you have approximately 2 days to get it at a lower price! Once it goes up to regular price it will not be going on sale again.

And don't forget, the first 20 reviews on Amazon will receive a free signed Fighter bookmark! All you have to do is email me the link to your review and your address! (Information on how to send the link is in my previous post)

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

***Final Teaser Tuesday for Fighter! Eeeeek!***

I can't believe that it's time for the final Teaser Tuesday for Fighter! In just a few days Fighter will be in your hands and I sincerely hope you all love it! I swear, I've never been so nervous to release a book before, as I am with Fighter.
If I liked gum, I would probably be doing this right now.

Right now, I plan to upload Fighter to Kindle and Nook, Friday morning. Depending on how quick they are, you could be reading Fighter, Friday afternoon! So, let's keep our fingers crossed!

NOTE: Paperbacks probably won't be available for another week or two. I have to get the interior ready, have the cover measurements right, and then I have to approve it. Once it's approved it usually takes a few days to go live. I'm very sorry for the delay!

And remember, the first 20 reviews on Amazon will get a free signed Fighter bookmark! (U.S. ONLY, sorry!) BUT you have to send me an email ( with the direct link to your review and your address info.

If you don't know how to send the direct link, here's instructions on how:

1. Click on YOUR ACCOUNT

2. Scroll to the bottom where it says, PERSONALIZATION

3. The first column under personalization should say: COMMUNITY

4. Click under community where it says, PRODUCT REVIEWS WRITTEN BY YOU

5. You should now see all the reviews you have written, and beneath them it should say, COMMENT/PERMALINK. Click on PERMALINK.

6. Just copy and paste the url into the email and you're good to go. :)

And don't forget to include your address in the email. I don't have bookmarks yet, but as soon as I have them I will send them out. (I should have them in the next week)

Also, if you write a review and don't send me the link and your address, I'll just assume you don't want one. So, be sure and send me the info as soon as you write the review. :)

EDIT: Ugh! I forgot the Teaser! Sorry! Editing is making my brain foggy! 

“Watch me,” he said. He slung the pole back and then forward. It made a noise as the line rolled out and then the hook plopped in the water.
“That looks easy enough.”
He chuckled.
I threw my arm back like he had done, and brought my arm forward.
The line tangled around me. I screamed. “Eeeeew! Get it off of me! The worm is going to touch me! Get it off! Get it off! Get it off!
Caeden dissolved into laughter.
I screamed again, and then fell into the water trying to get away from the squirming worm.
I untangled myself from the fishing pole and came up sputtering.
Caeden was still sitting on the dock, laughing with tears streaming out of his eyes.
“I hate you,” I growled.
“Oh my God, that was the funniest thing I’ve ever seen!” he hiccupped.
“I’m glad you get amusement out of my fright. I hate worms and for the record, I’m never, ever, going fishing again.”

COVER REVEAL- The Space Between by Victoria H. Smith

Title: The Space Between
Author: Victoria H. Smith
Expected release date: April 2, 2013
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Age Group: New Adult
Cover Designer: Okay Creations;
Cover reveal organized by: AToMR Tours
Links to find the book:

Book Description:
When Drake started the night at his father’s campaign fundraiser, he never imagined he’d end it being conned into buying drugs on the West Side. Losing high-stakes poker has its consequences, but he’d repeatedly face them just to hear Lacey Douglas sing. Drake sees Lacey light up the stage, and he has to have her. But his intentions for being on her side of town turn out to be the reason he can’t.
Chicago native Lacey has dreams of the opera, but life has its obstacles. Lacey has come to know her hardships as part of living in the real world and accepts them fully. When Lacey meets the intense and invigorating Drake, a fire is lit inside her, unleashing those dreams again.
Two paths that should have never crossed prove to create the exact pairing the other needs. But when their worlds take time to catch up, everything they have is tested. Finding the space between the two sides that challenge them will be hard, but it’s the only place that will keep them together.
The Space Between is a new adult contemporary romance.

Monday, January 28, 2013

Fighter Playlist

I thought I'd go ahead and release the playlist to Fighter. I will also be adding this under the Outsider Series tab after Fighter releases, and list which songs go with a certain scene. :) (Also, these are NOT in scene order and not all of them go with a specific scene) And thank you to everybody that recommend songs to me! Ya'll know me well and picked some good ones, and even if you don't see the song you suggested on this list, it may show up later for another one of my books. ;)

1. Radioactive- Imagine Dragons (Theme song)
2. Little Things- One Direction
3. Naked-Dev
4. Give Me Love-Ed Sheeran
5. Save the World-Swedish House Mafia
6. Lose Your Soul-Dead Man's Bones
7. Ho Hey- The Lumineers
8. Boy in a Rock and Roll Band- The Pierces
9. She Wolf- David Guetta
10. You're the Reason (Acoustic)- Victorias Cast
11. Too Close- Alex Clare
12. Don't Wake Me Up- Chris Brown
13. Only if For a Night- Florence + the Machine
14. Perfect for Me- Ron Pope
15. Monster-Meg and Dia
16. Rush-Dance Movie
17. Your Life Over Mine- BriBry
18. Fighter- Christina Aguilera (FUN FACT: I was debating between the title Fighter, and another, when the music video for this song came on TV. I was like, "It's a sign! The title is meant to be Fighter!" Haha)
19. Cray Button-Family Force 5
20. Finally Found You- Enrique Iglesias
21. It's Time-Imagine Dragons
22. No Light, No Light-Florence + the Machine
23. Autumn Leaves-Ed Sheeran
24. Little Talks- Of Monsters and Men
25. Wake Me Up- Ed Sheeran
26. Every Night-Imagine Dragons
27. On Top of the World-Imagine Dragons
28. No Church in the Wild- Kanye West and Jay Z
29. Overwhelmed- Tim McNorris
30. Bleeding Out- Imagine Dragons
31. Red- Taylor Swift
32. Wanted-Hunter Hayes
33. You Can Go Your Own Way-Lissie
34. Kill of the Night- Gin Wigmore
35. Hall of Fame-The Script
36. Lil' Red Riding Hood- Laura Gibson
37. Somewhere Over the Rainbow-Israel Kamakawiwo'ole (FUN FACT: I listened to this song, 42 times while writing the wedding chapter. ;) This song was just sooooo perfect)
38. Kiss Me- Ed Sheeran
39. Never Stop (Wedding Version)- Safetysuit
40. Burn it to the Ground- Nickelback
41. When We Stand Together-Nickelback

Sunday, January 27, 2013

COVER REVEAL- Flame by Mari Arden

Woohoo! Cover Reveal!

I think this cover is absolutely GORGEOUS! And the book sounds incredible! I'll definitely be reading it!

Some secrets change your life forever.
Have you ever felt invisible? I do. Everyday. I can't get close to anyone, and people can't get close to me. Everytime I feel a friendship beginning, something inevitably happens, and I become invisible again. Unseen. Ignored. It's been a part of me for so long that it's hard to imagine anything different.

Then the Saguinox arrive, and my life is forever altered. People are fascinated by these beautiful creatures who look and talk like us. They're alluring. Seductive. Intoxicating. And two of them are going to my school. Rhys is everything I shouldn't want, but his eyes are like something from a memory. I can't help but be intrigued. He's the only one who can really see me.

Some secrets you're better off not knowing.

I had been found on a cold winter night with nothing but a blanket, and ashes covering my skin. My mother saved me from death, and took me in with love. But she couldn't save herself. I didn't think heroes were real anymore until the day Kaiden saved me. I couldn't believe in miracles until the day he revealed I was the miracle they had all been hoping for. Deep inside I always knew my past mattered.

I just didn't know my life would depend on it.

My name is Mari Arden (Mari- rhymes with safari). Teacher by day, author by night. I love my double life. You can also catch me at the gym attempting to sweat out all the sweets I eat when I write. Key word: TRY. I adore sushi and Chipotle burritos, and wouldn't it be paradise if they could be combined somehow?.... Well on second thought, maybe not. I'm one class away from my masters in education, and feel so fortunate to do two things I'm passionate about: teaching and writing. Adventurous? Come join my double life!


Saturday, January 26, 2013

Fighter-First Chapter

Woohoo! 500 likes on my facebook page! You know what that means?! The whole first chapter of Fighter!


A year ago, I never could have imagined this.
But that’s the thing… a lot can happen in a year.
I met my mate and fell in love.
I nearly died.
I became a wolf.
And as insignificant as it seems compared to all of that, I graduated high school.
I also got engaged to the most wonderful man.
I close my eyes and envision his face before me. His blue eyes, chocolate brown hair, and the adorable scruff that always covers his cheeks.
I take a deep breath and finger the white material clinging to my body.
This is it.
The day all girls dream of.
Despite the nervous butterflies flooding my tummy, a smile spreads across my face.
I know that no matter what, Caeden, is it for me.
He’s my mate.
My life.
My love.
My future.
My husband.

This had to be some cruel, sick, joke. My jaw opened and closed, and my eyes were bugged out. I knew I looked like a demented fish but I couldn’t stop my reaction.
“What?” I gasped, hoping my ears had mistaken what Caeden said. He couldn’t have possibly said that, could he?
 He closed his eyes, and flinched as if in pain. “Travis isn’t dead.”
I jumped up from the settee. “No, no, no, no, no!
“Sophie, please sit down,” he said softly.
“I can’t sit down! Are you crazy! He’s still out there, Caeden! He’s been out there for months and you didn’t tell me!” Anger bubbled up in my chest and I clenched my fists. “Why didn’t you tell me, Caeden!?”
He buried his face in his hands. “I’m ashamed.”
“Well, I’m angry!
“You have every right to be mad at me.”
“You’re damn right, I do.”
He flinched. I never cussed. Ever.
“Do the others know?” I crossed my arms over my chest and stared him down.
“No,” he breathed.
I paced the room, at a loss for words. Finally, I came to a decision. I stood in front of him and held out my hand. He looked up at me with a question in his eyes.
“Give me your keys,” I hissed out, opening and closing my hands in a ‘gimme’ maneuver.
“What?” His brow furrowed. “You can’t just leave!”
“I need to get out of here… I need to get away from you,” I whispered.
He flinched as if my words had cut him with a knife. I had never seen Caeden look so hurt before but I was too pissed to care.
“I need to get away from you,” I repeated, “before I do something I’ll regret.”
“Don’t leave me,” he pleaded.
“If you don’t hand me the keys right now, Caeden, so help me God, I’ll do something reckless and stupid.”
He dug around in his pocket and tossed me the keys.
“How long will you be gone?”
“As long as I need to be.”
I was almost out of the master bedroom when he whispered, “I love you.”
I closed my eyes and heaved a sigh. “I’ll be back.”
I stomped down the stairs.
“Hey!?” Bentley called.
“Are you okay?” Chris asked.
“I don’t know,” I stopped with my hand on the doorknob.
“What happened?” Bentley came around the couch. His golden brown eyes scanned the room for a threat.
I shook my head. “Talk to Caeden.”
And with that, I was out the door.
I climbed in the driver’s seat and slammed the lock button down, just in case Caeden decided to stop me. I quickly adjusted the seat and mirrors, and went to put the key in the ignition.
But there was no keyhole.
Instead there was a button.
What the heck was I supposed to do with a button?
I’m a smart girl. I can figure this out. How hard can it possibly be?
It took me a minute, but the engine purred to life.
I knew all three of them were watching me leave, and a part of me almost put the car in park, but I truly didn’t want to do or say something to Caeden that I would regret. I wasn’t running away, trying to be some petty, whiny, little girl. I was doing this because I knew I needed a moment to think and calm down without his guilty eyes searing into me.
I drove around the beach town and was content with that for a while. But finally, I just needed to get out of the car. I pulled over and grabbed some change. I shoved it into the meter and turned it.
It was starting to get late. The colors of orange and purple blending together to form the night sky. A star or two blinked cheerily at me.
I stuck my hands in my pockets and started down the street.
I walked with no particular destination in mind.
I scanned the windows of the odds and ends stores, but I was too numb to enter any of them. I came upon a bench that sat on the sidewalk overlooking the sand and ocean. I claimed it, and made sure to give out an aura that said, ‘don’t mess with me’.
My head dropped into my hands and I sobbed.
Travis was alive.
Caeden had lied.
Somehow, the fact that Caeden lied to me seemed almost worse somehow.
I was supposed to be able to trust him unequivocally. 
My breath came out raggedly and I found myself looking over my shoulders. What if Travis was here? Watching me? Right now?
Panic surged in my stomach and my hands began to shake. I knew I was having a panic attack. I scanned every man that walked by, looking for blond hair and soulless black eyes. My heart raced in fear.
I had lived in fear for so long and that weight had been lifted from my shoulders, when I believed that Travis was dead. Knowing that he was out there, alive, made that weight come crashing down on my shoulders once more, and this time it was ten times heavier.
I dammed the tears back. I didn’t want to cry in front of all these strangers. I didn’t want to cry at all. Crying seemed like I was letting him win.
I covered the scar on my arm and closed my eyes.
I gritted my teeth.
I’m not a liar.
I’m a fighter.
And it’s time I stand up and do something.
* * *
I tried to calm myself the whole drive back to the beach house. This wasn’t Caeden’s fault. He was obviously torn up about it. I couldn’t blame him. I wouldn’t blame him. This was our fight. We needed to take down Travis, together.
I pulled into the driveway next to Bryce’s Jeep.
The gang was all here.
That thought made me feel better.
I opened the door and went inside.
Everyone was seated at the white sectional with stunned looks on their faces. Either I looked really horrible or Caeden had dropped the bomb.
“Did you tell them?” I asked, while my back was to the room, as I closed to door.
“Yes,” he croaked.
I turned to face them, the air rushing out of my lungs in a gust.
I squared my shoulders and braced myself. I plastered my Alpha face on and strode across the room to them.
I looked into each and every one of their eyes.
Determination flooded my veins. “This is just a minor setback.”
“A minor setback? The psychopath tried to kill you,” exclaimed Bryce.
“I’m aware of that,” I replied calmly.
“Should we go home?” Bentley rubbed his face before stretching his arm across the back of the couch. Chris leaned into him.
Caeden opened his mouth to agree and I held up my hand to shut him up.
“No,” I shook my head. “We’re going to have fun. For just this one week we’re going to be normal teenagers. Shifter talk needs to be kept to a minimum…” I paused. “Preferably non-existent.”
Caeden looked up at me, shocked. I wasn’t sure if he was more shocked by my words or the fact that I was overriding him. I guess it’s the Beaumont coming out in me.
“Travis can be dealt with later.”
Bryce looked at Caeden and pointed at me. “Is she off her rocker?” he stage whispered.
Caeden shrugged.
“I’m serious guys. There’s nothing we can do right now and rushing home doesn’t change the fact that he’s alive. Besides, he’s been alive for months,” I looked pointedly at Caeden. “And from past experiences, we know that just rushing into things doesn’t solve anything. We need a strategy.”
My pack looked back and forth between each other.
“You’re right,” Bentley said.
“Yeah, you are,” Caeden sighed. “I’m going upstairs,” he left the room without a backwards glance and ice drenched my veins. He was mad about something.
“I’ll see you guys in the morning,” I said and ran up the steps. “Caeden?” I called, pushing open the bedroom door. He was sitting on the bed with his head in his hands. “Caeden?” my voice was soft and hesitant.
He looked up at me and his blue eyes were pale, steely, and bloodshot.
“What’s wrong?” I crooked my head.
“I’m not cut out for this.”
“For what?” I was confused.
He stood so quickly that it frightened me, and I jumped back. “To be Alpha!” he yelled. I flinched and his face softened. “I’m sorry, Soph, but it’s true.”
“No, it’s not.”
“When they kidnapped you, I should have gone after them, but instead I let them run away. At least, Travis killed Peter, but I think Travis has always been a bigger threat than Peter. He’s unstable. Volatile.” He took a deep breath and ran his fingers through his dark, wavy hair. “Then, when I get the chance to take the psycho out…” he collapsed to his knees and buried his face in his hands and sobbed. I had never seen Caeden look so fragile and broken before. “I thought he was dead! Why didn’t I stay to make sure?! How could I be so stupid?! I know better than that! You killed Robert, and Bentley killed Hannah, but I couldn’t kill Travis when I had the chance! There was so much blood I thought he had to be dead.” He crumpled completely to the floor and his fingers dug into the thick carpeting. “I don’t deserve to be Alpha and I don’t deserve you.”
I sighed and closed my eyes. A part of me was still mad at him for not telling me that Travis was alive, but I could see how much pain he was in, and I knew that we needed each other. Fighting wouldn’t fix this.
I lowered myself to the floor and crawled to him. I picked his face up in my hands and lifted him up until we were eye level.
His blue eyes were so full of pain that my heart broke.
“You didn’t know that he was still alive when you left, Caeden. That’s not your fault.”
“Yes it is,” he shook his head. “And if I hadn’t went back to get his body, I’d still think he was dead. You have every right to hate me.” He put his hand over my left one and fingered the ring. “I’d understand if you called off the wedding… indefinitely.”
“Caeden,” I shook my head back and forth. “You silly, silly, man. Do you really think I don’t want to marry you anymore?”
“I lied to you.”
I didn’t really need to be reminded of that.
“You did what you thought was right, even though you were completely wrong,” I smiled. “I’m your mate Caeden. You need to tell me this stuff. I’m not some precious flower that’s going to get crushed. I’m your she-wolf, remember?”
“I thought you hated that nickname.” His lips quirked in an almost smile.
I leaned in closer to him so that my lips brushed his when I spoke, his breath hissed out. “And aren’t you the one that’s always telling me that I secretly love it?”
He grinned. “I knew it.”
He leaned in to kiss me but I pushed his shoulders back. Hurt flashed across his face, but he quickly tried to hide it.
I smiled. “Before you kiss me senseless, can we please get off the floor? My knees hurt,” I giggled.
“Good idea,” he grinned.
“We still have a lot to talk about,” I warned him as he helped me up.
“As long as it’s together.”
“Always,” I wrapped my arms around his neck and pressed my lips firmly against his.
This was where I had always belonged.
In Caeden’s arms.