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As I sit here on the 30th of December…

Unsolved Mysteries plays in the background, as does as baby monitor so I can listen to my little one sleep. Scrivener’s pulled up, with book three of the Darkness Falls series on it, and I just finished updating my main page with information on What Darkness Hides.

2017 has been a challenging year on a lot of levels, but I’ve learned a lot about perseverance. I can’t control everything, but that I need to focus on what I can. What are you going to focus on for the new year? My resolution: spend more time looking up. Stop letting life and everything else get me down and focus on what I can control, and then work the hell out of it until I get it the way I want.

I’ve got a lot planned next year: Darkness Falls book 3, and three books in a new UF series planned for late summer, early fall, but I also want so much more. Health, like most people, and a chance to really focus on finding a future where I’ll be happy, which will make me a better writer, mom, and overall person. Life’s too short for anything less.

Have I really not posted since October?

Wow, I really dropped the ball there. I swear I was regularly posting… Must have been in my head. It happens. So, is now the right time to tell you that the sequel to When Darkness Falls will  come out December 26th? It’s the perfect thing to use your Amazon gift cards on, right? It’s called What Darkness Hides and it’s on pre-order for only $.99! Click HERE to pick up your copy. After the 26th, the price will go up, so make sure you grab your copy before then. Want to read the first chapter? I just made a shiny new page for What Darkness Hides, so click HERE.  Hope everyone has a peaceful and happy holiday season, I’ll try to write more soon!

YA Scavenger Hunt – Fall 2017

Welcome to YA Scavenger Hunt! This bi-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 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 until Sunday, October 8th!

As you can see, I’m a member of the Gold team. Check out all of the awesome books you could win if you finish the hunt!

I’m hosting the AMAZING Nikki Katz.

Bio:

You can find out more information about Nikki and her awesome upcoming book, the Midnight Dance, by clicking HERE. It releases October 17, 201.  Click on the pic of her book cover if you’d like to pre-order your own copy.

For her exclusive content, Nikki has decided to share a  deleted scene from an early chapter of THE MIDNIGHT DANCE:
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Rehearsal had finally ended and Penny lay in her room, sprawled on the threadbare quilt with Leon curled against the curve of her waist. She’d escaped another trip to the library with Maria, claiming she needed to rest. But dinner was only an hour away and a nap seemed out of reach.
 
She changed into a long skirt and sweater and slipped down the hall to the servants’ exit. Dense clouds filled the sky, sagging and ready to drop buckets of rain. The entire landscape seemed drenched in gray. At least the gala meant spring was on the horizon with all its pastel colors and fragrant blossoms. That was one thing she could look forward to.
 
Holding her skirt so it skimmed the tops of her boots, Penny dashed down the cobbled path to the lake. The water was a seamless echo of the sky, disorienting in its perfect reflection as if she could fall into the clouds. She squatted at the edge, peering further into the depths to watch as minnows chased each other in a never-ending game of tag. With a deep breath, she closed her eyes, concentrating on the cool air, feather soft against her forehead. A breeze carried the smell of the spruce and pine trees, reminding her of Christmas when garland draped the staircase and ribbon-draped trees brushed the ceiling in nearly every room. At night the girls would spend hours singing carols around the fire and peeking at wrapped presents piled high in the drawing room. This year Master had gotten Penny a Michaux bicycle from Paris. She had very little time to ride, especially in this weather, but it was a grand gesture.
 
It wasn’t always terrible at the estate. The girls had everything they needed; beds to sleep in, decadent food, friends, and schooling in the arts.
 
So why did she always want to run away?
 
A screech tore through the air and Penny’s eyes squinted open against the sudden brightness. A black-winged stilt landed on the lake and stared at her, its beady eyes and parted beak seeming to tell her to return to her room.
 
The temperature dropped and shivers raced down her skin. The supper bell echoed a distant gong, calling her back to the safety of home. With a last glance at the bird, she hastened back up the path and indoors.

Before you go, enter my giveaway to win a free signed copy of one of my books!
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For your next clue, check out Sarah K. L. Wilson’s page.

Are you ready yet?

I’m working on the final read-through of Harbinger (even though I know there’s always something I miss), and I’m starting to freak out. I can’t believe this trilogy, this series that was born so long ago, is finally coming to an end. I won’t give out any spoilers, but I love it. It’s perfect and terrible and awesome and everything else all rolled into one. It’s the only way it could end, and one of many ways it could end, all at the same time. The possibilities when I started were endless, but as the series grew, there became only one possible way. This way. I hope you like it. You can still pre-order your copy for $.99.

Happens every time…

Every time I plan on releasing a book, I go into it thinking I’m going to some elaborate cover reveal and really get people excited, but in the end, I’m too excited and impatient myself to hold on to the secret much longer. So, without further adieu, here’s the cover for Harbinger, book three of the Live Once Trilogy.

I’m working on a pre-order right now, and I’ll send out a  link when it’s ready. Are you excited? I know I am!

Harbinger update

Guys, I’m not gonna lie, this was a tough book to write.

I’ve lived with Mira and her world for so long, I didn’t want it to end, but I have to tell the final part of her story. Our girl has some tough choices to make, and a lot to live up to, and boy does she deliver.

If you’re interested in reading an advance copy of Mira’s story, before it’s released, here’s your chance. I’ll send you a free copy, as soon as the final proofing is done, if you’ll read it, tell me if I screwed up, and leave a review the week it’s released. Interested? Send me an email and I’ll add you to the list. If this works, I’ll do it again for Darkness Falls 2, which will be coming out later this year! (eek!).

Guess what’s coming?

Drum roll please…..

Harbinger!

Finally, right? Seriously though, live as a writer/mom/teacher/a million other hats we wear is pretty exhausting, but I’m sure everyone else feels the same way sometimes. Nonetheless, I have the cover done (sneak peek above), and am working on editing and formatting. However, the person I used as a proof reader either skipped a bunch of stuff, or I’m really that good with my grammar (ha!), so I’m not sure what I can do on that front. Two options: wait to afford another proofreader (good ones are worth their weight in gold, but unfortunately I’m fresh out of gold), or publish as is. There might be a few grammar issues, even though all books have them, and let you all have it.

Or, I guess there’s an option three, create a team of super readers for an advanced reader copy (ARC), and when you guys read it, have you point out any huge errors that I missed in the 2 million times I’ve read it. The only other thing I’d ask is that you post a review of Harbinger during release week. And that you’ve read First and Imposter, so I guess there’s two things.

Interested? Send me an email and let me know. If this works out, I’d like to form an ARC team for ALL of my new releases (like Darkness Falls 2!!!).

A new cover and a new start for one of my favorites!

A few months ago, I decided to re-release Burning Bright with a new cover that better depicts it’s YA vibe and nature. I’d also found the same cover art used in at least one other book, and thus I wanted something original (this is a whole ‘nother can of worms). As soon as I saw this model, I knew she embodied the soul of Sam, my main character, and that this was “the” cover.  Because I was taking the time to re-release it anyway, I figured I might as well go through the manuscript and see if I can add anymore awesomeness (and I did, to the tune of about 3,000 words). So here it is! If you want your chance to get a free copy, sign up for my newsletter! (This is an extremely limited time offer, so sign up today! ) 🙂 I hope you love the new look and the new content just as much as I do!

And now I promise to get back to Harbinger and Darkness Falls 2.

Check out this new release if you love Practical Magic (I know I do)

So yeah, Practical Magic is one of my favorite books/movies of all time. It doesn’t matter how many times I’ve watched the movie, if I turn on the TV and it’s playing, I have to keep watching. So when I saw Stephanie’s book and read the description, I knew I had to check it out. And I’m glad I did! I know I should be editing, or writing, or editing some more, but some times you just have to take a break to read. If you’re interested, check out the excerpt and see for yourself!

NEW RELEASE

June 7, 2017

Stefanie Spangler’s Urban Fantasy Dark Designs

51UHj2aObTLMagic calls out to other magic, and the Grant sisters are about to find out they’ve drawn the darkest kind to their doorstep.

Twins Ivy and Violet Grant are opposites. Ivy, a hot-tempered redhead, couldn’t wait to get off the farm and see the world. Violet, a quiet brunette, was content to stay home and help their grandmother with the family business. The one thing they have in common is their magic.

Charlie Logan’s sinister obsession with Ivy Grant has ruled his life. When he discovers a book of dark magic during a burglary, he decides to return to Oak Hill and use his newfound power to gain control over Ivy.

Ivy and Violet, with help from their grandmother, need to practice their magic to overcome the evil seeping into their lives. A battle is coming, and Ivy’s life is not the only one at stake.

 

 

Buy it now: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07123MWW7

 

Excerpt

Slowly, Ivy became aware of another presence in the barn. Her eyes roamed away from the kitten cradled in her arms to the boots standing just beyond the stall door, next to her discarded sandals. Eyes wide, she sprang to her bare feet as fast as she could without trampling the kittens.

Charlie Logan was blocking the way out of the stall. The sunlight that slipped in through the gaps in the barn’s wooden planks cast his face in mottled stripes. She knew him because Grandpa Jack had always let his granddaughters roam the farm freely, and Charlie had spoken to her many times. Never alone, though. She stood awkwardly, her eyes darting around the dimly lit solitude of the barn.

“Nice kittens you got there.” He nodded cheerfully toward the kittens then smiled. His hand twitched as if he might reach out and touch her.

“Yeah,” she said quietly, looking back and forth between Charlie and the kittens. “None of them are sick or anything. Sometimes there are sick ones…” Ivy rambled nervously until her eyes settled on Charlie’s face, and then she stilled, wishing she could disappear.

Charlie moved in closer, trapping her in the corner of the stall. “They’ll all be good mousers, I bet.”

His tone was friendly, but Ivy’s guts tensed up. She desperately wanted to be away from the stall that had, without warning, become too dark and far too secluded. If she shouted, someone would likely hear her and come, but Charlie had always seemed nice enough. Maybe he did just want to talk about kittens, and she didn’t want him to get in trouble for not being busy at work.

When she made a move toward the door, his tall frame shifted. She jerked back, away from his body, pushing herself tighter into the corner of the stall. He was close enough that his scent of stale cigarette smoke and sweat forced its way into her nostrils and stomach. When he exhaled, his breath smelled of strong coffee. In slow motion, Charlie reached out and touched her hair just over her ear. Heart in her throat, she froze. Charlie Logan had not come to discuss anything good. He smiled at her affectionately as he stroked her hair.

 

Title: Dark Designs

Author: Stefanie Spangler

Genre: Urban Fantasy

 

 

About the Author

Stefanie Spangler has always loved books and reading, and one day, she decided to write a book of her own.

Stefanie lives in central Illinois with her husband and daughters. When she’s not reading or writing, she’s usually editing someone else’s book. But she also enjoys gardening, knitting, and forcing others to read her favorite books.

 

Follow Stefanie:

https://twitter.com/StefanieAuthor

https://www.facebook.com/StefanieAuthor/

www.stefaniespangler.com

 

 

And the winner is….

Penny Olson! Please email me your address and I’ll send your book out right away! 🙂 Thanks for everyone who entered and participated in the Summer YA Scavenger Hunt. I hope you had a great time and I look forward to seeing you in the fall!

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