the penalty kill trilogy

All about the Penalty Kill!

 

This week is all about the Penalty Kill trilogy I wrote with Mary Smith. It was our first series together and we had a blast writing them. It's hard to believe that with our anniversary this year, we've only been writing together for two years. Two years and eight books. It's crazy talk!

Anyway, we loved these characters and still think about them from time to time. I'll be posting more this week (either here or on Facebook) about this trilogy, so stay tuned!

Levi Carr is captain of the Roxboro University Lions hockey team. His rival is James Wayne University and their captain, Trevor McCarthy. After an incident in high school and his mother’s death, Levi does whatever he can to make McCarthy’s life a little harder. When leaving the rivaling campus one night, Levi meets one person who can unknowingly help him mess with McCarthy. 
My one job in this is to mess with McCarthy’s head and all it has done is mess with mine.  
Presley McCarthy lives in the shadow of her twin brother, Trevor. After being separated when their parents divorced, all Presley heard about was Levi Carr being a bully to Trevor. Now in college, Presley is trying to be her own person, but when she meets Levi Carr, it all changes. But will the changes be good or bad? 
He is nothing like my brother described. Maybe I’ve been wrong all along.

You can follow this link to learn more about each individual book. Be sure to add the trilogy on Goodreads, too. Plus, Breakaway is free! If you haven't snagged it, I have no clue what you're waiting for! You can check out the series on Amazon, iBooks, B&N, Kobo, or Smashwords.

And, here's a giveaway! :)
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Free? 99 cents? A New Release?

Basically, this is one big ICYMI post on (semi) new prices or updates on my books. Buy links for all books are at the bottom of this post.


Starting with the completed Bold as Love series, the first two books are available for a sweet deal! Sweetness is free and I'm Yours is only 99 cents. If you haven't started the series yet, what's stopping you?! The first book is FREE.



The Penalty Kill Trilogy, which I coauthored with Mary Smith, is now complete as well! The first book, Breakaway, is only 99 cents! It's a New Adult Romance with a hot hockey player. What more of an incentive do you need?


Last, but certainly not least, You Before Me released on the 21st. Go check it out!

This month, only on Smashwords, you can purchase You Before Me and Don't Panic 50% off with this coupon code: SSW50.  Check out all the other books in this July Summer/Winter sale.

(Title links go to Goodreads.)


My Birthday = Awesome Things for You!

Today, I turn 20. I’ve been thinking about it for months now, and it’s finally here. My main thought is that I can’t believe I’m 20 already! I was so excited about turning 18, and now I’m hitting a new milestone. I’m sure you don’t want to hear me go on and on about this, so I’ll just get to the good stuff.

First, I would like to tell you a little more about my characters in one of my WIPs. I just wrapped up two rounds of revisions and soon, it'll go back to my betas. I actually really enjoyed revisions and it's because I love these characters so much.

A few weeks ago, I shared a little about them. I’m going to elaborate today. Well, I’m going to share what my super duper, fantastic, totally wonderful beta readers said about this pair. I asked them to describe Ryan, Gabe, and their story. Here is what they said:

“Ryan is emotionally distraught, independent and yet through it all, she is strong.

Gabe is kind hearted, self confident and goal oriented. He's the guy who will be there to save you... in every way a person can be saved.


Their story is tangled, dramatic and delightful. I feel that together they are strong but their story weaves in and out of their own personal struggles to live up to their families expectations. In the end, they know they can only move forward by working together because together they can do anything.”

And...

“Ryan is broken, brilliant, and bodacious. Gabe is steady, committed, and strong. The story is complex, emotional, and fulfilling.”

How excited are you about this WIP now? Hmm? Because I’m freaking excited! I want to jump up and down, go stand at the top of a mountain, and scream about this WIP. That’s how much I love it. Be sure to keep a watch here for more information. If you want some of that information first, sign up for my newsletter. Subscribers will be the first to know!

One more thing...

The date is 2/20 and I’m turning 20. There’s a lot of twos in there. And because of that, this day of celebration, and finishing the first draft of the final book in The Penalty Kill Trilogy, two lucky winners will win a signed copy of these two books!

The Fine Print: Open internationally. Giveaway ends February 28, 2014. There is one mandatory entry, which is to provide your mailing address. All the rest are extra entries.

Each winner will receive one signed paperback of Breakaway and one signed paperback of Off the Ice. By entering, participants are confirming that they are 13 years of age or older. Winners will be notified by email shortly after the giveaway has ended and the winners are picked. I will ship the books to the winners within five weeks of the giveaway ending. Good luck, everyone!

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HUGE 99cent sale with TNVAE Authors


A bunch of authors attending the Tennessee Valley Author Event in July are putting their books on sale this weekend! Go here to see all the sales! This is a great opportunity to read more books by the authors attending.

Sweetness, Don't Panic, and Breakaway are on sale as well. If you don't have any of these yet, be sure to grab them!

Amazon:
Sweetness (Bold as Love, #1)
Breakaway (The Penalty Kill Trilogy, #1)

Smashwords:
Sweetness (Bold as Love, #1)
Breakaway (The Penalty Kill Trilogy, #1)


An Interview with Mary Smith

Some of you know Mary Smith as my co-author for The Penalty Kill Trilogy. Did you know that she is also the author of Melting Away the Ice? Today, you can learn more about Mary and her book because I interviewed her!


Let's learn a little more about Mary! 


Q: How would your husband describe you in 10 words?
A: I actually asked him this question and this was his answer: loving, selfless, funny, caring, smart, addicted to hockey, book nerd, obsessed with hockey, obsessed with Patrick Sharp, and obsessed with my kindle.

Q: Do you have a guilty pleasure? If so, what is it?
A: Books and Movies are my true guilty pleasure.

Q: What is one place in the world that you would like to visit?
A: I love to travel and the one place I keep trying to get to (and never seem to make it) is Paris.

Let's learn more about Melting Away the Ice.



Q: In one sentence, how would you describe Sara?
Melting Away The Ice (THE ICE SERIES #1)A: Sara is a good-hearted person who is trying to find herself after a really bad relationship.

Q: How would you describe Lucas in one sentence?
A: Lucas is a determined hockey player with a big heart.

Q: Aside from Sara and Lucas, do you have a favorite out of one of the other characters? What makes them your favorite?
A: I love Sara and Lucas so much, but Rachel is my fave. I like her because she is a lot like me.

Let's learn about her writing process.


Q: Is there anything you have to have/do when you write?
A: Don’t laugh but my writing “fuel” is a peanut butter and jelly sandwich with a glass of milk. AND if I write past my set “goal” of that day I reward myself with a Milky Way Carmel candy bar.

Q: What inspires you?
A: My life. The books I have written so far have actually experiences of my life.

Q: What are you working on now?
A: Currently I am working on Book 2 of the Ice Series: Breaking the Ice. This is Rachel and Max’s story. I am working with the legendary Lindsay Paige on Book 2 and Book 3 of our Penalty Kill Trilogy. Plus, I have a few others that I will talk about when I dive into them more.

One last question!


Q: Where can readers find you?
A: Usually readers can find me at a local bar - drinking. Oh, wait you didn’t mean that way, did you, HAHA! Well, they can find me on Facebook and Twitter =)

Thanks for stopping by, Mary! Would you like to say something to Mary? Would you like to see more author interviews on the blog? Tell me your thoughts in the comments!

A Girl's Best Friend GIVEAWAY!

There won't be a Monday's Book Spotlight this week. Instead, we are having a giveaway! Below, you can find all the details about entering and winning.  If you have any questions at all, email me at lindsay_paige(AT)ymail(DOT)com with Giveaway Question as the subject.

The Prize:
One winner will win one of my six books in ebook format: Sweetness, I'm Yours, Whatever It Takes, Always, Don't Panic, or Breakaway.

To Enter:
-Enter using the Rafflecopter widget below.
-You must be 13 years or older to enter.
-There is one mandatory question and a few ways to gain extra entries.

To Win:
-To be eligible to win, you must answer the mandatory question correctly. With a little searching, the answer can be found here on the blog, in past tweets, on Facebook, or on Pinterest.
-The winner will be contacted by email shortly after the giveaway ends. The winner will have 48 hours to respond to my email with which of the books listed above they would like and in which e-format. If I do not hear back from the winner when that time frame ends, I will choose another winner in their place.

The Mandatory Question is:
What is the name of my dog?

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Happy Release Day!


I'm happy to announce the release of my first coauthored book! Mary Smith and I are very excited about this book and we're thrilled that it's releasing today. Be sure to grab a copy over on Amazon

Levi Carr is captain of the Roxboro University Lions hockey team. His rival is James Wayne University and their captain, Trevor McCarthy. After an incident in high school and his mother’s death, Levi does whatever he can to make McCarthy’s life a little harder. When leaving the rivaling campus one night, Levi meets one person who can unknowingly help him mess with McCarthy.


My one job in this is to mess with McCarthy’s head and all it has done is mess with mine.


Presley McCarthy lives in the shadow of her twin brother, Trevor. After being separated when their parents divorced, all Presley heard about was Levi Carr being a bully to Trevor. Now in college, Presley is trying to be her own person, but when she meets Levi Carr, it all changes. But will the changes be good or bad?

He is nothing like my brother described. Maybe I’ve been wrong all along.

Never Have I Ever

I love all my characters and stories. Every last one of them. How could I not? There is a part of me in their words, their actions, and their feelings. I'm a part of them just as much as they are a part of me.

Never have I ever been high on my characters, though.

Never have I ever been so addicted to my characters that it's hard to even think about any other story.

Never have I ever been so attached to my characters that I didn't want to ever let go.

Never have I ever been this close to a male character.

Here I am, though. Wishing I could forever be stuck inside this character because I never want to let him go. I don't know what it is exactly about him so that I could pinpoint why, because I'm pretty sure it's everything about him. He's the book boyfriend that claims the number one spot and stays there. He's my favorite out of them all. 

You'll meet him soon, I promise. If you want to get teasers and stay up-to-date on when you can meet him, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, or follow the blog just for the project.


All About Nicknames

For whatever reason, I got to thinking about nicknames today. Over my nineteen years, I've gathered quite a few. Some have stuck, some haven't. Mostly depends on the person. Anyway, back to the point, I have noticed that I use nicknames in most of my books as well. That thought process led me to this post.

In the Bold as Love series, Jake calls Emily Sweetness or Sweets (as shown below in an excerpt from Always)

I'm in a light slumber when someone jumps on the bed. That someone is Jake.
Sweetness, wake up!”
I'm awake!” I grumble.
Sweets, guess what that phone call was about?”
Sweets? What the hell? Jake, I was almost asleep.”
I like Sweets. And I'm in an extremely good mood. Don't you want to know why?”

Mike will say honey and Emily will refer to Jake as love. For example of the latter, here's two more lines from Always:


When are we getting cable and internet, love?” she asks before even saying hello.
Yeah, when are we, love,” Drake teases.


Even in my new project with Mary, Levi will sometimes call Presley Smarty

Then I started wondering, do a lot of people use nicknames as much as I apparently do? I sometimes refer to the BFF with the nickname my sister somehow came up with: Angelitiki, pronounced An-gel-a-tiki. Mostly, I call her Ang, though. I'll call my sister Bobs and my other sister Bec. We'll shortened my brother's name to his initials. 

I have a list of nicknames for myself: Linds (only the BFF can get away with that one and that depends on my mood,) Lulu, Lindsay Lu, Lindsay Lulu, Eloise, Ellie, LP, and my full initials. My sister came up with the Eloise/Ellie combo after she watched Eloise At Christmas. I don't know why, but that's how that nickname came about.

The point of this mostly pointless post is that I wanted to ask a few questions: What nicknames do you have? Any you can't stand? Any unusual/funny/off the wall nicknames? Tell me all about it!

BIG Announcement

As you may know, I've been wanting to co-write a book for a long time. So far, it hasn't really worked out for one reason or another.

Until now.

That's right! Mary Smith and I are in the process of writing The Penalty Kill trilogy. See the full announcement over at the blog created just for the trilogy. Mary is the author of Melting Away the Ice, which releases July 1st.

I'm so excited about this project and I can't wait to share it with you all! Be sure to head over to see the official announcement and to learn a little more about the project.