Cover Reveal – Sweet Fifteen by Beth Rodgers

Today on Paws 4 Thought I’m happy to welcome YAAR author Beth Rodgers who has a cool new cover and a super offer to share. Over to Beth:

I am thrilled to share that my second novel, ‘Sweet Fifteen’ – the sequel to ‘Freshman Fourteen’ – is available for pre-order on Amazon Kindle! The release date is Wednesday, December 7th! Check out the cover and a link to the pre-order page below!


Also, if you’re looking for an AWESOME Cyber Monday deal, check out this one: – follow that link to pick up your FREE copy of ‘Freshman Fourteen’ on Kindle – FREE today through Friday, December 2nd! Get a head start on being ready for ‘Sweet Fifteen’ by getting up to speed on main character Margot’s ninth grade year! Share the link with friends and family! The pre-order link for ‘Sweet Fifteen’ is: ________________________________________________________

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Sophomore year starts off on a positive note, with Margot Maples enjoying a circle of new friends, an influx of confidence, and the attention of the oh-so-cute new basketball player, Kirk. But she quickly finds herself stuck in a rut, battling mean girls, and getting caught up in Kirk’s past. Margot’s friendships, heartaches, and presidential campaign lead her on a path to self-discovery, making sophomore year one to remember.

Come along on Margot’s journey in this sequel to Freshman Fourteen that has new faces, backroom politics, and a few twists and turns along the way.

Meet L.J. Higgins


Tell us a little bit about yourself. First and foremost, I’m a mother to two gorgeous children that at times know how to drive me crazy, but I love them to death. Secondly, I am a wife to a very supportive husband, then I am a writer. As well as writing I love to paint and draw and of course read. I’m addicted to Green Tea and I’m easily distracted from my writing by my new little kitten Buster, because he’s just too darn cute.


Here’s Buster – isn’t he adorable!

When did you start writing? I’ve been writing short novels and stories since I was twelve. I use to take my drafts to my teachers who would give me feedback. I feel sorry for them now because reading back over them they were pretty terrible, but they always encouraged me to keep at it.

What attracts you to writing YA? The age group it covers. I think it’s the period in most of our lives where we are trying to figure out who we are and what we want to do with our lives, chuck in a crazy twist or plotline and you have a makings of a great story.

Who are your favorite authors? I try to read books from as many different authors as I can to hear their different styles and help my own writing. But my favourite series would have to be Harry Potter by J K Rowling. I’m in awe of how she managed to weave the storylines through each book.

Tell us about your latest release? Fall of the Dreamer is the second book in the Dreamer Trilogy. After the events of book one (Dawn of the Dreamer) Amelia and her friends are settling back into their lives when the threat they thought they had destroyed reappears.

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If you could hang out with a fictional character, who would you choose? Harry Potter! He could magically do my housework while we snuck out to ride hippogryphs and see dragons.

Ninjas or pirates? Pirates, I’ve always wanted to be a pirate.

What do you like to do to relax? I love relaxing on the beach when I can, reading and painting or drawing.

So what’s next? What are you currently working on? I’m currently working on Book Three of the Dreamer Trilogy so that it can be released in the second half of 2016. I have another few works up my sleeve, but I’m not going to say much about them at this stage.

How can readers connect with you?


Twitter & Instagram: @lj_higgins


Wattpad (for sneakpeaks of my writing):

And my Amazon page is:



Choices by Michelle Lynn




Everyone makes lots of little decisions from the moment they wake up until they sink back into sleep at night. Decisions that have no
consequences or expectations. But, what about the rare choices that could
change everything? How do you know what is right for you?
Happiness is something you have to choose again and again,
each day.
Michaela Matthews wants that more than anything. Standing in
her way is a family pushing her down a specific path and the man she loves preventing her from choosing anything different. When she moves to the city for the next step in her parent’s plan, she starts to figure out what she wants – or more importantly, what she doesn’t want. She thinks she has to leave her old life behind to discover a new one. This throws every choice she has made into question. It isn’t until tragedy strikes that she learns that sometimes there is no choice at all. Sometimes you can have it all.
Jason Marks has had the kind of life where things have seemed to just happen to him, no choice involved at all. It’s a struggle for him to keep the past at bay while he tries to move forward. He is no longer the unwanted foster kid. He is a business owner, surrounded by people that love him. But, he isn’t in love. He’s not even sure he believes in it. Not anymore.
At least, not until a heartbroken girl falls apart in his arms. It’s enough to
make him a believer. Make him a dreamer. Enough to force him to answer that question. Do you give all of yourself to someone who might not choose you in return?
Yes. Yes, you do.  




Michelle Lynn is an author living in Venice, Florida. This is her first foray into romance and she is loving it. It is much different than the world of dystopian writing that she had been in before. She has published
three other novels, all part of the Dawn of Rebellion trilogy. 
When she’s not lost in worlds of her own making, Michelle is
reading, watching hockey, or doting on her niece.




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YAAR Blog Blitz!

Today on Paws 4 Thought I’m happy to host the YA Author Rendezvous blog blitz. YAAR is a group of like-minded authors who have to come together to share and promote YA literature. I am happy to be part of this group.

In this guest post Sarah Wathen, author of the catchpenny series talks about covers and cover art.

A Picture Worth 100,000 Words


Woe to the author who has written her brain into knots, strangled her editor, and reworked her novel until she puked…who can’t find the right darn cover art. And if she could, would the perfect cover be worth $100,000 for her 100,000 words? My starving artist friends would say, “Heck, yes!” But many authors can’t afford to shell out even $1,000.


Luckily, plenty authors are also artists, especially in YA Author Rendezvous!

For me, it was a no-brainer, since my words and my artwork flow from the same creative well. I painted The Tramp long before I wrote it, and drawing the morphing figure for Catchpenny was just plain fun.

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Angela Caldwell is also a photographer, so she had the chops to pull off a great book cover. Her own father created some of the artwork, which made it even more special to her, because of the father/daughter relationship in her novel.

For Lauren Mayhew, it was about the entire package: “I wanted my book to be all my own creation, especially as it’s self-published.”

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Debbie Manber Kupfer feels privileged to use her late father’s photographs of Jerusalem in her cover art. “My dad passed away before I became a published author and the difficult time of my life after his passing is talked about in my memoir, The Big C.”


Jason Latshaw worked with an artist friend to produce exactly what he needed. He created a photo mock-up and directed how his monsters should be drawn, as the terror that lurks below the clouds.

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Veda Stamps hosted a competition on DesignCrowd for the artwork and then used her own graphic design skills to finish the job.

T.D. Shields designed her first, but needed an artist for her second book cover. “I think it’s important to have a really attractive, professional-looking cover in order to catch people’s attention, so I was willing to put out the money.”


Music to any starving artist’s ears! Though maybe hard for the struggling author to stomach, we aren’t strangers to paying it forward. Whatever it takes for that picture worth your 100,000 words!



Written by Sarah Wathen, with plenty of help from her friends in Young Adult Author Rendezvous! Sarah works as an artist and author in Florida, with her husband, son, and about a dozen imaginary friends from her books, The Tramp and Catchpenny, both released in 2015.

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