HAPPY Book Birthday: THE DOLLHOUSE ASYLUM by Mary Gray!!


Paperback, 296 pages
Expected publication: October 22nd 2013 by Spencer Hill Press
ISBN 1937053644 (ISBN13: 9781937053642)
Edition language: English

Book Blurb

A virus that had once been contained has returned, and soon no place will be left untouched by its destruction. But when Cheyenne wakes up in Elysian Fields–a subdivision cut off from the world and its monster-creating virus–she is thrilled to have a chance at survival.

At first, Elysian Fields, with its beautiful houses and manicured lawns, is perfect. Teo Richardson, the older man who stole Cheyenne’s heart, built it so they could be together. But when Teo tells Cheyenne there are tests that she and seven other couples must pass to be worthy of salvation, Cheyenne begins to question the perfection of his world.

The people they were before are gone. Cheyenne is now “Persephone,” and each couple has been re-named to reflect the most tragic romances ever told. Everyone is fighting to pass the test, to remain in Elysian Fields. Teo dresses them up, tells them when to move and how to act, and in order to pass the test, they must play along.

If they play it right, then they’ll be safe.

But if they play it wrong, they’ll die

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Excerpt from Chapter One

Gruff fingers yank a blindfold off my face, light splashes into my eyes, and I blink. Gray walls swim about my head, and the ceiling soars much too high above me. I don’t know this place. I was walking to my bathroom when someone grabbed me from behind and forced a sour-smelling cloth over my face and—someone grapples with my hair, and I flinch. Who—who is touching me?

I try turning in the flimsy chair, but someone’s grabbing my shoulders, forcing me not to move. Spasms of fear shoot up and down my arms and legs. I try swinging my fists to make them loosen their grip, but my captor’s fingers only tighten.

Raising my arm to jab my captor in the gut, I pause. Someone’s laughing. How do I know that sound? It’s beautiful and low, a laugh I could recognize anywhere. Glancing around the sun-filled room, I find the source almost immediately. It’s Teo, my Teo, standing across from me on the hardwood floor, beaming at me. His ebony eyes shine forth like two onyx stones, and even his olive-toned skin makes me breathe a bit shallower. Choking back a strangled laugh—no one’s here to hurt me—I reach out for the love of my life, too tongue-tied to say anything.

His lips spread into a thin smile, reminding me of his mouth melting into my own. Fire raged beneath my skin with that kiss and it felt like I was lifted up into the air and floating. It’s been six days since our kiss and we still haven’t been able to talk about it. I tried repeatedly to go into his classroom, but it was like our school had purposely decided to schedule a more than average number of parent-teacher meetings.

Locking his eyes on mine, Teo asks, “Manicure?”

I glance down at my fingernails, trying to see why he would think I needed a manicure, when my shoulders are released and pale, icy fingers grip my hand. Chills run through me.

A flat, tenor voice says, “Yes.” And I’m startled to see my fingernails are actually painted. Clear and shiny.

The fingers drop my hand, and my captor walks around to face me. White uniform, white skin, white hair. He’s albino. Who is he?

About the Author

Mary GrayMary Gray has a fascination with all things creepy. That’s why all her favorite stories usually involve panic attacks and hyperventilating. In real life, she prefers to type away on her computer, ogle over her favorite TV shows, and savor fiction. When she’s not immersed in other worlds, she and her husband get their exercise by chasing after their three children. THE DOLLHOUSE ASYLUM is her first novel.

Author Links:

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To celebrate the release of THE DOLLHOUSE ASYLUM, author Mary Gray is giving away one signed copy of THE DOLLHOUSE ASYLUM (U.S. only) and an unsigned copy of THE DOLLHOUSE ASYLUM  (open to all). Ends 10/23/13 (midnight).

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Happy Book Birthday: RECLAIMED by Sarah Guillory!!

16045763Paperback, 296 pages
Expected publication: October 15th 2013 by Spencer Hill Contemporary
ISBN: 1937053881 (ISBN13: 9781937053888)
Edition language: English

Book Blurb:

Jenna Oliver doesn’t have time to get involved with one boy, let alone two.
All Jenna wants is to escape her evaporating small town and her alcoholic mother. She’s determined she’ll go to college and find a life that is wholly hers—one that isn’t tainted by her family’s past. But when the McAlister twins move to town and Jenna gets involved with both of them, she learns the life she planned may not be the one she gets.

Ian McAlister doesn’t want to start over; he wants to remember.

Ian can’t recall a single thing from the last three months—and he seems to be losing more memories every day. His family knows the truth, but no one will tell him what really happened before he lost his memory. When he meets Jenna, Ian believes that he can be normal again because she makes not remembering something he can handle.

The secret Ian can’t remember is the one Luke McAlister can’t forget.

Luke has always lived in the shadow of his twin brother until Jenna stumbles into his life. She sees past who he’s supposed to be, and her kiss brings back the spark that life stole. Even though Luke feels like his brother deserves her more, Luke can’t resist Jenna—which is the trigger that makes Ian’s memory return.

Jenna, Ian, & Luke are about to learn there are only so many secrets you can keep before the truth comes to reclaim you.

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About the Author
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Sarah Guillory is a YA author. In addition, she teaches sophomore English and loves that they pay her to fan girl over books and authors and to watch her students fall in love with the written word. Sarah lives in Louisiana with her husband and ridiculously spoiled bloodhound. RECLAIMED is her debut novel.

Author Links:

Goodreads | Website | Blog | Twitter | Tumblr


In honor of Teen Read Week, Sarah Guillory is donating several copies of RECLAIMED to school libraries.  She’s also having a huge giveaway that includes a $100 giftcard to the bookstore of your choosing and a 30 minute Skype chat with you or the classroom of your choosing. Stop by her blog to learn more!

Also, on Friday, October 18th, at 5:00 PM EST, we will begin the 24-hour RECLAIMED read-along. This is the time for everyone to be reading, tweeting, and reacting to RECLAIMED.  No Spoilers, please, just good reading fun!   Sarah will also be doing a live online chat on Monday, October 21st, at 9:00 EST so tweet your spoiler-free questions using the hashtags #RECLAIMED and #askGuillory. To learn more about these wonderful events, stop by Sarah’s blog!

The 1000 Word Cliffhanger Project

Hi-ya!  Today I am announcing an exciting new writing contest hosted by  Thriller author J.E. Fishman.  The prizes include an Apple iPad Mini for 1st place, a Kindle Paperwhite for 2nd, and a signed copies of Fishman’s latest books for 3rd.

Below is the who, what, when, how, and why so get started and…

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Over The Cliff: New writing contest
Thriller author challenges writers to The 1000-Word Cliffhanger Project

WHO: J.E. Fishman, critically acclaimed author, former Doubleday editor and literary agent.

WHAT: Fishman is challenging writers everywhere to create the most suspenseful and thrilling cliffhanger possible in just one thousand words or less.

WHEN: All cliffhangers must be entered on Fishman’s Facebook Page by Jan. 31, 2013. The first round voting will begin Feb. 1, 2013. The second round of voting will begin Feb. 9, 2013.

HOW: After Jan. 31, readers will be able to cast their votes for their favorite cliffhanger. Then, the top six with the most votes will move on to the second round of voting, where readers will be able to vote again for the winners.

Third Place: Signed copies of Cadaver Blues (StoneGate Ink, Sept. 2011) and Primacy (Verbitrage, Sept. 1, 2011).

Second Place: Amazon Kindle Paperwhite

First Place: Apple iPad Mini

WHY: Fishman wants to encourage writers to push themselves to their creative limit by creating a story readers can’t get off of their minds.

For further details visit the contest page on Fishman’s blog 🙂  Also be on the look for an interview with J.E. Fishman and a giveaway of a couple of his books here on Whimsically Yours!

About J.E. Fishman
J.E. Fishman is a former New York literary agent, Doubleday editor and ghost writer. As an author he delights in keeping readers guessing, laughing and eager to find out what will happen next. He is author of the critically acclaimed thriller Primacy (Verbitrage, September 2011) – which Kirkus called “more fun than a barrel of overgrown monkeys” and Publishers Weekly called “an appealing debut thriller” – and Cadaver Blues (StoneGate Ink, October 2012), the first book in the “Phuoc Goldberg Fiascos” mystery series. Fishman’s upcoming book, The Dark Pool (StoneGate Ink, February 2013), is a financial thriller inspired by the corruption of Wall Street and its impact on the common man. A contributor to the online literary magazine The Nervous Breakdown and entrepreneur-in-residence at Acorn Energy, Fishman splits his time between Chadds Ford, Pa., and New York City. For more information and to learn more about The Clliffhanger Project please visit www.jefishman.com.

**I am not being paid in any way to promote this contest nor do I have any affiliation with the author.**

~Happy Writing~

Whimsically Yours,


Giveaway of Sovereign by E.R. Arroyo


Today I am announcing a giveaway of one copy (ebook or paperback) of the YA Dystopian novel Sovereign by E.R. Arroyo!

The Rules:

or (if you don’t have Twitter)

  • Comment below (anything appropriate goes) & try to publicize it via any other social media site/blog you have

Whimsically Yours’ Book Review of Sovereign

Whimsically Yours’ Interview with Author E.R. Arroyo

So enter today and may the odds be ever in your favor 🙂

Whimsically Yours,



Updates – 11/29/12


  1. eXpose – my college fashion org’s student run fashion show has been postponed until next semester which means I have all of Winter break to work on my designs!!!
  2. At 4pm EST today 12/3/12 look for a review of the YA Dystopia Sovereign by E.R. Arroyo, check out her interview with moi 🙂
  3. Tomorrow On 12/4/2012 I will announce a book giveaway of Sovereign (ebook or paperback) so look for that then
  4. Tomorrow On 12/4/2012 I will also post a list of MUST follow industry blogs for writes, they are my favorite writing blogs above and beyond the rest
  5. And last but certainly not least congratulations to Stephanie Diaz, who I interviewed for Whimsically Yours‘ Teens Can Write TOO Week (she’s now 20), for selling her YA novel EXTRACTION to St. Martin’s Press for publication in 2014!!!!! 🙂  Check out her website to learn more 🙂

Also there are a couple pits contests coming up/going on that if you have a completed & polished manuscript you should definitely look out for and enter:

  • Pitch Wars You have until December 5th to enter – it’s a contest where agented authors, industry interns, and editors team up with aspiring writers to shine up their manuscripts and pitches to present to some awesome agents.




  • Pitch Mas – Tuesday 12/4: 11pm-2am EST is the first submission window  with Thursday 12/6 being an all day Twitter pitch fest!




And for the record my life is in a much better state, haha, minus the fact that I still have tons of papers, finals coming up, and internships to apply for (aka the usual).  A little stress never hurt anyone I suppose…

Best of luck to those of you NaNoWriMoing (1-2 more day(s)!!!)

Whimsically Yours,