Treading Water Cover Reveal

I’m super stoked to finally be able to share with you the cover of Treading Water, the second book in the Spark of Life series. This book was so much fun to write, exploring the mermaid world Ava Adair dove into in Diving Under.

So without further ado, the cover for Treading Water…

 

COMING AUGUST 29, 2017

After being transformed into a mermaid by the irresistible Carter Stevens, Ava Adair finds herself submerged deep in the sea without the ability to return to land. She trades a beachfront condo with her best friend and future plans to go to college for a life where her sole purpose revolves around Carter and the mermaid traditions she wants nothing to do with.

Fitting in with other mermaids is the last thing Ava wants, and after refusing to go through the coupling ceremony with Carter, Ava falls under the scrutiny of the colony’s mighty king, who would wipe out towns to keep his kingdom safe. When the king threatens not only her relationship with Carter but also the chance of reuniting with her family, Ava must figure out how to escape from the ocean and the king’s rule or never see the beloved shores of her home again.

Isn’t it so cool? I just love it!

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Anxiety and Social Media – A Blog Response

*This is a long, personal post that discusses my journey with anxiety and how I deal with social media.*

I know most of my blog posts are related to my books, but I’ve decided to participate in a blog response to Platypire Reviews on the topic of anxiety and social media. Because I try to keep my personal life separate from my professional life, many of you don’t know that I have suffered from anxiety since I was a teen. It’s been something I’ve never really opened up about due to shame. But I’m opening up now because anxiety is nothing to be ashamed about. It’s more of a shame that I felt that way in the first place and took so long to talk about it.

You see, I used to internalize everything, and it’s one of the reasons I began writing in the first place. My journal was my safe place to talk about things, to write down what I was going through, and to sort through my emotions. And then, my characters became my safe place for the struggle I face every single day. It’s what led me to write my next book, Life After Lila, the story of a girl who suffers from extreme anxiety and depression after losing her best friend. It was my way of speaking out about my anxiety through the story of Coco Caraway. Coco’s story is NOT my story. It is hers and solely hers. I did take inspiration from my everyday life, though.

My anxiety wasn’t always so bad. When it came to socializing both online and in person I was able to manage. I could push through it and act like I wasn’t freaking out inside. But over time and after experiencing some life-changing circumstances, my anxiety peaked. I started closing myself off to the world because every little thing would make me panic. I stopped answering my phone, stopped going out, stopped driving, stopped watching the news, and basically only left my house with my husband. My anxiety isolated me from the world I used to love to be a part of. It made me physically ill even thinking about stepping outside or talking to someone on the phone. It even got to the point where I’d go days without sleeping. The only thing that kept me in touch with the world outside of my house was social media.

Being an author, talking to readers, bloggers, and other authors online became my social life. It was social media and interacting with others that helped me recognize I’d fallen so deeply into my anxiety that it affected my way of life. It was then that I sought help from my physician and started speaking out about what I was going through with people closest to me, and the reason I’ve pursued publishing Life After Lila. It helped me see that I wasn’t alone, and I wanted others to see that they aren’t alone either. Social media has allowed me to grow relationships with people I’d never get the chance to meet otherwise. And while having to force myself to interact or to schedule posts to stay active, social media has given me a way to cope as long as I avoid the things that give me anxiety.

But navigating social media and dealing with my anxiety hasn’t been easy. For one, putting myself out there, even online, was difficult. Everything takes so much longer because I will read a single sentence over and over again before deciding to post it, and sometimes, I’d end up not posting it. The hardest part of social media and anxiety, especially when it comes to being an author, is that I feel like I must always be around online and always respond to people who reach out to me—and I do try. I love when people contact me and want to talk to me, but I get anxiety when I can’t answer right away. Because a lot of platforms tell the sender that a message has been opened, I find myself not opening messages until I can sit down to reply even if I do want to read it immediately. So, if you ever message me, thank you! I appreciate hearing from you, and I love interacting with you. Know that I always do my best to respond, but it might not always be immediately and sometimes I just can’t. It took me a long time to realize that it’s okay if I don’t always reply to posts or interact. Realizing my limitations has made managing my social media so much better.

Another struggle I face when it comes to my anxiety and social media is that I do put my work out there for people to read—hopefully to enjoy, but there are times people don’t. And I get that. Not everyone loves everything, me included. While I’ve grown used to it, I’ve struggled with that aspect of social media because of how certain retailers put a huge emphasis on reviews. The worst thing to ever happen to me on social media was having someone tag me in a less than stellar review of one of my books, a review I would not have seen otherwise, and it led me to the decision not to always read reviews posted to save me from anxiety.

Before I published my first novel, I used to go to author signings and writers’ conferences. It was one of the aspects I really loved. And it was something I always dreamed about doing. Being an author means so much more than someone who writes a book. I must also market my books and be present online. My first book, Destined for Dreams, came out in 2014. And even though it’s been almost three years, I’ve never accomplished my dream of doing a signing due to my anxiety. The thought of having people focus on me brings on a wave of dread. But I do plan on having a signing in the next year or two. But when? Where? I have no idea yet.

With saying all of that, if you suffer from anxiety, I want you to know that you should never be embarrassed about it. You might not want to publicly write a blog post like I have, but you should tell someone, even if it’s anonymously. Talking to my doctor and coming up with a plan was the best thing I’ve ever done. My biggest regret with my anxiety is that I suffered in silence for so long. I just thought it was the way my life would always be—but that was my anxiety shutting me down, shutting me out, taking away my way of living. It was forcing me to think that the girl who would jump in the car without a real destination and drive, who would smile and talk to strangers in hopes of brightening their day, who would make plans and follow through, who didn’t think the world was ending at any moment was just a stranger from my past. I want you to know that it is okay to get help—you have nothing to be ashamed about. I only wish I had known this sooner. Also, never apologize for what you’re dealing with, because apologizing means it’s your fault, and it’s not.

Thank you so much for reading about my journey with anxiety. Everything stated above is solely my opinion and what has been my experience. I recognize that everyone’s story with anxiety is different. But know you’re not alone.

This blog was in response to a post from Platypire Reviews. If you’d like to share your own response, follow the instructions below.

XOXO,

Ginna

Discussion Challenge (From Platypire Reviews)

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  1. Have you come out about your anxiety?
  2. How does your anxiety ever impact how you interact on social media?
  3. Do you have to push yourself to reply back to people?
  4. Is there anything that spurs you on to complete a goal?
  5. When your anxiety gets bad, how is your presence affected?
  6. When you finally come out of a bad period of anxiety do you feel you need to compensate with lots of material?
  7. What’s one of the worst experiences (you feel comfortable sharing) you’ve had with your blog/page because of anxiety?
  8. Do you participate in book signings?  If so, how do you handle them?
  9. What sort of support system do you have in place, if any?
  10. Is there any advice you wish you had before you started your page/blog?
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Demon Within Series Bonus Scene

I posted this bonus scene a few months ago in one of my newsletters and thought I’d post it to my blog as well. The scene is from a day in the life of Cadence while she was busy hunting with Cami during the time between Crushed and Haunted. Be warned, it contains spoilers for Crushed, so do not read if you haven’t read Tainted or Crushed.

Since the scene is six pages long, I’ve included it as a PDF. Enjoy!

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Text Message Story – If This Was a Movie (Nora & Eli)

This message between Nora and Eli was inspired by a scene from If This Was a Movie where Eli asks Nora on a date. I hope you enjoy it!

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Text Message Story – If This Was a Movie (Nora & Taylor)

Enjoy this text message story between Nora and her best friend Taylor from If This Was a Movie! It’s a retelling of the scene where Nora tells Taylor about meeting Eli Evans at the farmers market.

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Life After Lila Cover Reveal

I’m so excited to share the cover of my next YA Contemporary novel, Life After Lila, which releases on July 25, 2017. I hope you love it as much as I do!

After a fatal car accident leaves seventeen-year-old Coco Caraway covered in scars and kills her best friend, Lila Olivier, Coco struggles with depression and anxiety. She spends her days hiding behind a mask of makeup and layers of clothing, treating each day like another one toward her last. Because life without her best friend is a life she doesn’t want to live.

The arrival of Xander Romano, a new boy at school more scarred than she is, forces Coco out of her isolation when she stands up to school bullies harassing him. Her action sparks a friendship with Xander that Coco had no idea she wanted—or needed. He reminds her of Lila, and through him, she reflects on her life before and after the accident, trying to make sense of living a future without her best friend.

Despite the happy moments Coco finds with Xander, her strained relationships with her shallow mother, overworked father, and meddling, overprotective twin brother weigh heavy on her, and Coco can’t seem to hang on. Giving up on life seems a lot easier. As Coco’s world spins out of control and her home life nearly breaks her, she must decide what’s important in life and if she’s willing to live for it.

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YA Scavenger Hunt #59

Welcome mateys! Thanks for docking at port #59! I’m Ginna Moran, a YA author of paranormal, fantasy, and contemporary novels all with a dash of romance, and I’m so excited to be participating in this YA Scavenger Hunt with an amazing group of authors from Alliance of Young Adult Authors.

Scroll down below to find the keyword that’ll lead you to some incredible bounty, and don’t forget to enter my giveaway and download my free and on sale books along the way! Good luck on your journey!

 

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Revived Deleted Scene

Miss Cami and Dylan? Here’s a glimpse at a deleted scene from Revived: Demon Within Book 5. It contains spoilers for the series, so read at your own risk. Also, this scene was cut from the very first draft and has not been edited.

REVIVED DELETED SCENE

Fog hovers over the sleepy town of Shadow Meadows as I watch the sun peak over the horizon from my place on the hillside. The world explodes with golden hues, covering everything in ethereal light. Tilting my head back, I soak in the warm rays. Sunrises never get old now that I know what life is like without them. I half expect the daylight prison realm to steal me away at any second, but it doesn’t. Not with Zach’s heavenly light swirling through my soul, anchoring me to this plane.

I cross my legs out in front of me and dig my dirty fingers into the dry grass that hasn’t seen rain in months. Somewhere down below, people are stirring, getting ready to face the world. Jealousy sneaks into my mind, catching me off guard. I’ve never felt so jealous for the oblivious in so long. It’s tempting to knock on everyone’s door and tell them who I am. Maybe I’ll discover something that makes me want to actually save the world.

A soft thud sounds from my right as someone lands nearby, interrupting my peace and quiet. Expecting that Zach would leave me alone for longer than an hour was wishful thinking. He always returns as my ever-present shadow. My protector of sorts. Funny to think that a demon would need an angel’s protection, but I never thought I made a very good demon in the first place.

“I’m starting to think you’re obsessed with me,” I comment, keeping my gaze trained on the small town below. I still want to tear off his head after last night.

The scent of dewy apples catches on the breeze, encompassing me in its familiar scent. “I thought we had already established that, love?”

Heat crawls up my cheeks as embarrassment grabs hold of me. “Oh, hey,” I say without looking at Dylan. “I didn’t know you were in town.”

He plops down next to me and bumps me with his shoulder. “Just got back.”

“How’s Faith?”

“She’s holding up.”

Like most of the demonic world, Faith believes that I sacrificed my life to save Malicevile. Even though she isn’t Hell-bound, she still remains in her demonic father’s care. The less she knows about me, the better. I feel guilty that she had to mourn me, but guilt is nothing new to me. I hope one day, when everything is said and done, I’ll be able to show myself to her again. You say that like you’re still willing to destroy your father…

I push the thought away. “Any other news?”

He shrugs. “Nothing important, and I haven’t seen him if that’s what you’re really wanting to know.”

Him. Dylan refuses to even speak Evan’s name. I don’t know if he thinks it hurts for me to hear it or if he just hates him so much he refuses to acknowledge he even has a name. Either way, it doesn’t matter.

Sighing, I lean back until I’m flat on the ground with a clear view of the crystalline sky. It’s so blue that I feel as if I could get lost in it.

“I miss him,” I say more to myself. I know it’s the last thing Dylan wants to hear, but I don’t care.

He ignores my comment and says, “I heard about the demi-demon.”

“So that’s why you’re here? Zach can’t bother to face me so he sends you in to try to reason with me. It’s not going to work, Dylan. You weren’t there. You didn’t see her. I—”

He cuts me off by pulling me from the ground and into his arms. His arms wrap around me in a hug that suffocates me with his scent despite how gross and crusty my clothes are—not to mention smelly—and rests his chin in the crook of my neck.

I’m too surprised to move, so I keep my hands pressed into his chest, feeling his rhythmic heartbeat under my palms.

“You don’t have to explain yourself. I went to Hell for you, remember? And I wouldn’t expect anything less from you, love. If my soul were bound to Malicevile, I’d hope you would be considerate as to what happened after he died. But Zach and the others? They’ll never understand what it’s like to be in love. I’m just lucky I’m only half angel. I couldn’t imagine life without being able to have experience what I do for you.” He squeezes me a little tighter, like his embrace has the power to stop the battle raging within me.

“You don’t think I’m selfish for dooming the world to Hell?” I ask, breathing into his neck.

He chuckles into my hair. “Of course not, but I also don’t think you’re solely responsible for the state of the world. You’d have to have a pretty extreme complex for that.”

I crinkle my nose, pulling back to stare into Dylan’s chocolate-brown eyes. He grins at me, flashing his dimples, and I reach up and rub his cheek. “You can thank that jerk, Zach, for that. Those were his words.”

Dylan leans forward, brushing his nose against mine for a split second before pushing from the ground with me still in his arms. Usually I’d protest, but the world doesn’t feel so heavy when someone else is holding me.

“Well, I don’t know about you, but I think the world will wait a few hours to combust. Want to grab breakfast?”

“Think we can make a quick stop first?”

“Whatever you want, love.”

With those words, Dylan bends his knees, launching us into the air. I keep my eyes trained on him instead of watching the world disappear below. I’ve had enough of the world. I’m sure it’s had enough of me.

***

I hope you enjoyed this deleted scene with Angel Boy!  Thanks for reading!

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Revived Playlist

I had intended to post the playlist for Revived, Demon Within Book 5, a while ago, but it completely slipped my mind. So, here it finally is for those of you who are interested in the music inspirations behind the book.

You Found Me by The Fray really captures the essence of how Cami feels throughout Revived. In Scorned, she felt so lost and alone, like the world was against her and in Revived she realizes that she’s not alone after all, that there are people who truly do care about her and who stand up beside her, even if she didn’t see it before.

Favorite Lyrics:

“Lost and insecure
You found me, you found me
Lying on the floor
Surrounded, surrounded
Why’d you have to wait?
Where were you, where were you?
Just a little late
You found me, you found me.”

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Sing for Me by Yellowcard is Dylan’s anthem in Revived. He’s tried his best to be the type of Demon Watcher Cami deserves, but Cami is quite the fighter and doesn’t want to be coddled or looked after. Their deep-seated connection really does surpass human relationships, and they’ll always have something special between them that Cami has with no one else.

Favorite Lyrics:

“Every lock, on every door
I put them there to try and hide you from the world
And you kicked, yeah, you screamed
You never understood you’re everything to me.”

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Your Guardian Angel and Cat and Mouse by Red Jumpsuit Apparatus

Your Guardian Angel is Zach’s anthem to Cami in Revived because his whole purpose in life is to stand by her side and protect and guide her. His love for her is the purest, on a heavenly level, and no matter how much Cami will deny it, she likes having Zach around.

Favorite Lyrics:

“I will never let you fall
I’ll stand up with you forever
I’ll be there for you through it all
Even if saving you sends me to heaven.”

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Cat and Mouse is the perfect song to portray Cami and Evan’s relationship through the whole series. They’re constantly unintentionally playing games with each other and having games played with them. They struggle to find balance with each other and their relationship at some points is toxic for the both of them due to demonic circumstances.

Favorite Lyrics:

“We made plans to grow old,
Believe me there was truth in all those stories that I told.
Lost in a simple game cat and mouse are we the same people as before this came to light?

Am I supposed to be happy?
With all I ever wanted, it comes with a price.
Am I supposed to be happy?
With all I ever wanted, it comes with a price.
You said, you said that you would die for me…”

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Burning Bridges and Something I Need by OneRepublic

Burning Bridges is Evan’s anthem in Revived because he’s so tainted and out of control of his life, but he does love Cami even if he’s under Malicevile’s influence. Cami’s had Evan’s heart from the first time he laid eyes on her, and he is one of the only people who can relate to her and understand what it’s like being born demi-demon.

Favorite Lyrics:

“Look for my heart
You stole it away
Now I’ll never sing the road that I could take

Listen, I want you to burn my bridges down (down)
I said, I want you to burn my bridges down, down, down
Set me on fire
You set me
Set me on fire
You can burn my bridges down.”

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Something I Need is another song for Cami and Evan, because they do understand each other on a different level. They do some crazy things for each other and that’s what I love about their relationship. It’s imperfect but their strong wills are a match.

Favorite Lyrics:

“And I had the week that came from hell
And yes I know that you could tell
But you’re like the net under the ledge
When I go flying off the edge
You go flying off as well.”

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Leave Out All the Rest by Linkin Park

This is another song that captures Cami’s essence in Revived. She’s been through so much and has been broken and had to put herself back together all while dealing with her morally ambiguous actions she thought were justified. In the end, she hopes that people can forgive her for her flawed humanity, because it’s her most precious thing and she’d never trade it for anything.

Favorite Lyrics:

“Don’t be afraid
I’ve taken my beating
I’ve shared what I’ve made
I’m strong on the surface
Not all the way through
I’ve never been perfect
But neither have you
So, if you’re asking me, I want you to know

When my time comes
Forget the wrong that I’ve done
Help me leave behind some reasons to be missed
And don’t resent me
And when you’re feeling empty
Keep me in your memory
Leave out all the rest.”

***

This Love by Taylor Swift

This Love is Cami and Evan’s theme song for their relationship throughout the series. They’ve been through so much together—good and bad—but they always find a way back to each other. They have a sometimes brutal relationship, but they’d also do anything for each other, even if it might not be what is best, which neither of them really know what is best, just that they’d do anything to see that they’re okay in the end.

Favorite Lyrics:

“Your kiss, my cheek, I watched you leave
Your smile, my ghost, I fell to my knees
When you’re young you just run
But you come back to what you need

This love is good, this love is bad
This love is alive back from the dead
These hands had to let it go free
And this love came back to me.”

Thanks for reading more into my Revived Playlist. You can check out the videos on my YouTube playlist below.

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Diving Under Cover Reveal

I’m thrilled to finally be able to share the cover for Diving Under: Spark of Life Book 1, my next YA paranormal romance. This book was one of my favorites to write because I’ve been obsessed with mermaids since The Little Mermaid came out when I was a little girl, and one of my favorite pass times is to look at all the amazing professional merpeople on Instagram. If you don’t follow them, you’re missing out! Any way, I hope you love the cover for Diving Under!

Book Information:

Release Date: June 27, 2017

Genre: YA Paranormal Romance

Pages: 286

Eight years after her older sister was swept out to sea, eighteen-year-old Ava Adair still swears off the ocean. It takes a promise of the best vacation of her life aboard the Ocean Jewel with her friends to get her even within reach of the waves. When she steps aboard the luxury yacht to sail the California coastline, the last thing she expects is to gain the attention of gorgeous Carter Stevens, the yacht’s deckhand, who becomes the perfect distraction against her fear of the open water.

On the yacht, a freak accident involving Carter reveals a secret he’s been hiding from Ava. She discovers that he’s a merman and by saving her, he changed her life. One misstep could reveal the new secret they share and ruin the life on land she’s desperate to maintain. Torn between a future on land with her family and a new life at sea, Ava must decide—is her former life worth fighting for, or can she accept that she belongs to the ocean?

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