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Sometimes life smacks you right in the kisser with a whole lot of ohhhh craaaaap.

Just ask Darcy Walker.

100 Proof Stud picks up four months after No Brainer’s cliffhanger ending, and Darcy discovers the aftermath pales in comparison to the crisis her heart is in. All of a sudden it’s raining men, and this teenage heroine’s personal life turns her inside out.

Before she can sort out her feelings, she chases a spray-painting vandal and stumbles upon a case of identity theft right in her own backyard. Darcy jumps into the fray headfirst to prove she can hang with the big boys.

But it’s not just to hang…nope, she’s chasing reward money.

Tapping her band of misfit brothers for help, she turns Valley upside down trying to unearth the criminals. Problem is, the cloak and dagger goes high-octane, and she raises the bar on “crazy” in the process.

Bullets ring out…dead bodies appear…and Darcy rubs shoulders with the ultimate sociopath. In the midst of murder and mayhem, will she finally follow her heart or build a fortress of lies around it? Will she even get the chance?

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I’M TAKING PART IN A BLOG HOP WITH SOME OTHER AWESOME AUTHORS! HERE’S A LETTER I’D WRITE TO MY SIXTEEN-YEAR-OLD SELF ABOUT LOVE AT SIXTEEN.

First off, I want to say I love you. You’re beautiful. You’re smart. You’re funny. But sweet Jesus, girlie-girl, take a look at yourself in the mirror. The t-shirt clips, plastic lattice jellie shoes, and mascara two days, too thick make you look like a hobo who’s fallen off the train–okay, not really, but you get my drift. But if you want to wear them, then own the look because YOU want to. Not because Madonna or someone from Hollywood said it’s a good thing. Be you … whoever you truly are down deep that is knocking on your soul to get out. But do not throw the t-shirt clips away. You will eventually have two daughters (yes, God must hate you a little) that will buy big t-shirts and tie them in knots and show their lower backs which will drive you certifiably INSANE. It seems like bad fashion recycles itself when people get bored as a society.

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Now regarding communications, HO. LY. COW. It’s mind boggling. There’s this thing called the Internet and social media, so get ready to have your world rocked. It’s also an entertaining pastime when you see how Grade-A Stupid (trust me, this phrase will make you some money) people can be. It seems it’s normal to post your deepest darkest secrets online for the world to comment on. Seriously, it might be best it wasn’t invented when you were a teen since your mouth didn’t really have a filter then.

Here comes the main reason I’m writing. Sit down. Take a deep breath. You’re not going to die because dumb-butt just broke up with you, cheated on you, and shoved your heart in a blender and hit shred. My word of advice, please, PLEASE stay away from Boyfriend Zero. The boyfriend that started your crazy train on its path of destruction that made you think it was normal to puke your guts out because some guy couldn’t follow through on what he promised. It’s not normal to think you deserve bad. It’s not normal to think you can transform people because they have to want to be good on their own. And if they don’t? Then, girl stay away from their black soul.

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If a guy makes you have exorcist-like vomiting, RUN. Run to the freaking hills and take enough food to sustain you until you work him out of your system. It’s much more attractive to find a guy that calls when he says he is going to call, arrives when he says he’s going to arrive, and listens to you with apt attention even if he doesn’t understand a bloody thing you’re talking about.

Love Jesus.
Listen to your parents.
Always tell the truth.
Keep your friends’ secrets.
Keep smiling at your neighbor that has no family.
Forgive those that hurt you.
Remember the bad things, though, so you can put it in a book–hehehe (career research).
Go out with that crazy guy in the band.
Go out with that geeky guy who sells brownies in the cafeteria (think of the fringe benefits)
Go out with that gorgeous guy who drives a car as big as a battleship.
Treat that angel of a guy who you dated after Boyfriend Zero a little better.
Take that job as editor of that small town paper even though you’re afraid.
Travel the US for two years even though you get lost in airports.
Take every opportunity life throws at you … you only live once. In today’s society we call it YOLO. By God, be a YOLOer.
And I can’t believe I’m saying this, but when all is said and done–FORGIVE BOYFRIEND ZERO. Yep, forgive the Fastard (another word that will make you some cash and look good on a t-shirt).

And above all, don’t beat yourself up over the mistakes that you make. Because you make a heckuvalot of them. We live, we learn, we move on. Be proud of yourself that you at least … lived. You lived and have bad stories that you can share with your kids. But you’ve also got some really, really good ones.

And remember all of those times you cried and prayed that you just weren’t good enough for anyone to love? Well, guess what, someone who has your back comes along (refer back to the gorgeous guy who drives the battleship). So enjoy the life you have because good things are coming. Now go eat that slice of pizza, eat the whole dang pie, and don’t worry that you won’t fit into those size three jeans … because guess what, some girls today actually wear double zeroes!

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Sending you Big Love and Girl Power,
AJ Lape, from the future

P.S. MOISTURIZE EVERY FREAKING DAY…TRUST ME.

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Young Adult & Teen Readers 2013 Nominations

No Brainer is nominated over at Young Adult and Teen Readers for Best Laugh Out Loud Book of 2013!!! I’d be thrilled if you could go cast a vote for Darcy!!

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12 Days of Christmas Blog Hop

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December 1st – 12th 2013
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My daughters loooooooove pretzels (frankly, I think they taste like cardboard), but when you dip pretzel rods into white chocolate, now you’re speaking a language I understand. Translation!!!! Sugar!!!! This recipe is super easy, and it’s one of those good family-bonding moments that you perform every so often to remind yourself that you love one another. The best part is that not only are they a delicious treat, but you get to flex your creativity and have lots of fun making them!

Recipe Prep Time: 10 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 12 pretzel rods 2 cups white chocolate morsels (or dark chocolate morsels)
  • 1/2 cup fruity pretzels, sprinkles, crushed candy bars, mini-redhot candies

Directions:

In a large microwave safe mug, melt the white chocolate morsels in microwave until melted, approx 2-3 minutes. You may need to remove the chocolate after the first minute to stir. While chocolate is melting, pour the sprinkles on to plate. When the chocolate is gooey and melted, dip the end of the pretzels into the melted chocolate, about 3/4 of the pretzel should be covered. Lift the pretzel from the chocolate and rotate until evenly coated. Lay the chocolate-coated pretzel in the bed of sprinkles and rotate to coat. Let the pretzels dry and allow chocolate to harden. Enjoy!!!!

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Sometimes that light at the end of the tunnel’s not the Hereafter … it’s a train…Darcy Walker, No Brainer

DARCYVILLE … where stupidity is celebrated … with a deadly dose of sin.

Two weeks before junior year, Darcy hops a plane to Orlando for a little R&R with her best friend Dylan and his family. Fresh off the heels of solving three murders in Valley, you’d think she’d sit back and enjoy the vacation capital of the world … maybe if you’re a noun. Darcy Walker, however, is nothing but verb.

Before her feet hit the Orlando soil, she’s meddling in the disappearance of a five-year-old boy who vanished six months earlier. With authorities still no closer to solving the case, Darcy is shanghaied by her impulsivity and runs headlong into that proverbial burning building, convinced she can bring him home. She travels down a road that not only follows this missing child but branches off into the corrupt and sinister world of mob activity when she tampers in a case on which Dylan’s detective grandfather is working. After a near disastrous midnight meeting in a warehouse and a date with a mechanical bull, Darcy realizes she might’ve bitten off more than she can chew. Add the boiling flirtationship with her best friend and the appearance of his romantic rival, and she is in over her head. Will she survive a life of flirting with death too easily? Or will her flirtationship with Dylan become the actual death of her instead? For a girl with a habit of finding dead bodies, No Brainer gives Darcy Walker more of the same … surprising twists and turns … and running for her life.

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Almost Matched Blog Blitz!

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AUTHOR SPOTLIGHT

1) What was the hardest part of writing your book?most Matched is the first book in the Almost Bad Boys series. Because of that, this particular book might have present more challenges than all the next installments will, because of a whole aspect of the story and character development. That being said, I expect the next books in the series bring their own set of demands, like keeping in par with Almost Matched as far as staying true to the voice from book one, developing good conflict, throwing compelling trials at the protagonists, and his/her personal growth based on overcoming those challenges.

2) What were the challenges (research, literary, psychological, and logistical) in bringing it to life?

Finding large blocks of time to write with no distractions and interruptions was probably the biggest challenge. Although, I think I did pretty good, since it took me only four months from the moment when the idea of the plot blossomed in my head until the completion of the second draft.

3) Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?

I have been writing since my childhood. There were always new stories that needed to be told.

4) How much of the book is realistic?

The whole book might be considered realistic, although most of it, including the characters, is the product of my imagination.

5) Do you have a specific writing style?

I don’t consider having just one specific writing style. My voice changes, depending on the story and the characters. My Young Adult paranormal/urban fantasy series the Forged is written in a different style than my upcoming New Adult contemporary romantic comedy series.

6) How did you come up with the title?
Coming up with a compelling title is always difficult for me. I’ve had several of them in mind for Almost Matched. But I knew I wanted something with word “matched” in it, since my female protagonist owns a boutique-style matching company.

7) If you were attending a Halloween party, what would your costume be and why?

Definitely nothing scary, bloody etc. I like all kinds of Halloween costumes for myself as long as they are feminine and sexy, but not too revealing. A dark, mysterious, and elegant witch maybe? Or Cat Woman from Batman (*chuckles*)

8) If you had to describe yourself using three words, it would be…

Hard-working. Funny. Positive.

9) If you could visit any place in the world, where would you choose to go and why?

Taj Mahal. I’m infatuated with old architecture. I would like to see Taj Mahal before its amazing glory is gone forever.

10) What takes you out of your comfort zone?

Self-centered, unpleasant people.

11) Sitting alone in a big field, looking at stars, what do you think/feel?

Is someone sitting in a big field, looking at the stars on some planet in a galaxy far far away right at this very moment?
Thank you for interviewing me! ☺
A. O. Peart

Almost Matched Cover Reveal – by A. O. Peart

ALMOST MATCHED – BOOK ONE in the ALMOST BAD BOYS series.

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This novella is approximately 39k words. It is scheduled for publication on November 8, 2013. The cover was designed by Regina Wamba of Mae I Design and Photography.

Spooky Spectacular

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The Spooky Spectacular Event will kick off Friday and run through midnight Sunday (Oct 18-20). Featuring 60+ of today’s hottest authors, $1,000 in prizes and tons of awesome giveaways (Kindle Fires anyone? Coach wristlets?), the event is going to be a blast!

And most importantly, readers will be able to fill up their Kindles with incredible ebooks, all priced at .99! Check out all the gorgeous books at the event’s webpage. Just click here!

RSVP at the event’s FB page to be automatically entered into the drawing for one of three Kindle Fires! Click here to visit the event page. Instructions for earning extra entries for the drawing will be on the event page! Additional links to Rafflecopter entries for other giveaways will also be available on the event page as well.

A special thank you goes out to Lisa Markson, Leanne Jacobson, Stephanie Shaw and Emily Rae for all their help with the event. You all rock!

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LP Dover’s Trusting You Cover Reveal!!

My friend, LP Dover has a new romance book coming out in October!! Here are the details!



Title: Trusting You

By: L.P. Dover
Cover Design: Eden Crane Designs
Release Date: October 2013
 
 
 

Blurb

I trust you …

These are the three words that Melissa Ashford wishes she could say to someone; to the one person she can fully give herself to and not worry about being betrayed.

There’s something about the alluring Brett Walker that has Melissa feeling things she’s never had with any other man; feelings that not only scare her, but push her past her limits. Just when she begins to open her soul to this new love their bond is put to the test when jealousies from the past try to break them apart.

It’s not only Melissa’s trust that’s put on the line, but Brett’s as well. Will their love be strong enough to get them through the lies? Will Melissa finally be able to say those three words she’s been dying to say?

I trust you …Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17874058-trusting-you

Author Bio

L.P. Dover lives in the beautiful state of North Carolina with her husband and two wonderful daughters. She’s an avid reader that loves her collection of books. Writing has always been her passion and she’s delighted to share it with the world. L.P. Dover spent several years in college starting out with a major in Psychology and then switching to dental. She worked in the dental field for eight years and then decided to stay home with her two beautiful girls.

Her works consist of the Forever Fae series, and the Second Chances series. She’s really excited to be able to experience writing in the different genres. Her reading used to consist of nothing but suspense thrillers, but now she can’t get away from the paranormal/fantasy books. Now that she has started on her passion and began writing, you will not see her go anywhere without a notebook, pen, and her secret energy builder … chocolate.
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The Search – A Review of the Second Book in The Descendant Vampire Series by Kelley Grealis

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Hello, Darcyville!!

Today marks the first day of the No Brainer Book Club!! Whoo-hooo!! I’m sooooo excited! We’re going to be meeting on a Facebook Event Page every night this week from 8-10PM EST. Bring your game faces, food, questions, and be ready for some FUN!!! Heather Mcguire of Lady Pink’s Bookshelf will be co-hosting with me, and we can’t wait to party with you guys, Darcy Walker style!!

NOTE: We’re going to try to get through the first seven chapters tomorrow.

Hope to see you there!!

AJ and Heather

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