Sunday, August 31, 2014


 Thank you so much for being a part of my Blogiversary celebration! 
Shayna Varadeaux Books & Reviews is 1 Year old!
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Be sure to stop by EVERY day from August 30th - September 30th! 
New Giveaways every day! 

Release Day Blitz - Anchored by Rachael Wade

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Genres: Contemporary, New Adult

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Thursday, August 28, 2014

BLOG TOUR - Rival Love by Natalie Decker

Title: Rival Love
Author: Natalie Decker
Release Date: August 26th
Swoon Romance

RELEASE DAY LAUNCH - Iron Pendulum by Megan Curd

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Release Day Launch for Megan Curd's IRON PENDULUM! IRON PENDULUM is Young Adult Steampunk Fantasy and the second book in Megan's The Periodic Series!!


RELEASE DAY BLAST - Stolen Moon by Kimber Leigh Wheaton

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RELEASE DAY LAUNCH - Guardian by Courtney Cole

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GUARDIAN is a YA Paranormal Romance, 

and a book close to Courtney’s heart

Not only is this fabulous book back in a big way, it's Courtney's birthday! To celebrate all of the awesome she is making a few select titles only .99 TODAY ONLY! Grab them all and thank us later.


Tuesday, August 26, 2014

RELEASE DAY LAUNCH - I Want It That Way by Ann Aguirre

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I WANT IT THAT WAY is a New Adult contemporary romance and is the first book in the 2B Trilogy Series, published by Harlequin HQN

We are already in love with this series and Ann's characters! Read the excerpt, then go grab your copy today!!

RELEASE DAY BLITZ - Ignite by Lily Paradis

Title; Ignite
Author: Lily Paradis

Thursday, August 21, 2014


The Fated 5 have come together to bring you a collection of five steamy new adult urban fantasies about sacrifice, second chances, destiny and love against all odds.
With fan favorites from new adult and urban fantasy bestsellers Rachael Wade, Nikki Jefford, Stacey Marie Brown, Alyssa Rose Ivy and Heather Hildenbrand.

BOOK BLITZ - Double Negative by C. Lee McKenzie

Title: Double Negative
Author: C. Lee McKenzie
Published by: Evernight Teen
Publication Date: July 25th 2014
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult

“My life was going, going, gone, and I hadn’t been laid yet. I couldn’t go into the slammer before that happened.” Hutch McQueen.

Sixteen-year-old Hutchinson McQueen is trapped between an abusive mother and an absentee father. Shackled by poor vision and poor reading skills, he squeaks through classes with his talent for eavesdropping and memorizing what he hears. After another suspension from school and suffering through one of his mother’s violent attacks, he escapes to a friend’s house that turns out to be a meth lab. 

The lab is raided and Hutch lands in juvenile detention. When the court sentences him to six months in a new juvenile program, he meets a teacher with Alzheimer’s who will change his life and hers.

So often I have to cut something that doesnt add to the story or that takes the story in a direction Id rather not have it go. These tangents require some dealing with, and I go through several stages before I make the final decision to take them out.

Stage One: I ignore them and keep writing, hoping that there will be a light at the end of the tangent tunnel. . .and soon.

Stage Two: I stop writing and cut the part thats giving me fits. Paste it into a new document and play with the possibilities. What will happen if I continue down this path? Will I eventually end up where I want the story to go? Where could I end up if I keep going with this?

Stage Three: I take a hike. Always my last resort and usually the one that works.

I went through all of these stages before I removed this tangent.

In my original version of Double Negative, I had the mom leave, then return. This is a scene that never showed up in the book because I changed my mind, and she never came back, The impact of her disappearance was much stronger, than if Id had her return and continue interacting with her son, my main character, Hutch.

In this scene, Hutch enters the kitchen to find his dad. Hes heard his mom come in during the night, and hes tense about the reunion.

         Jimmys at the counter, sipping from his mug, looking out the window. He looks over his shoulder at me when I come. You get in late last night?
         “About midnight. Had a job with Eddie.
         “Your moms back. Did you know?
         “Yeah. I heard her come in.
         He puts his mug in the sink. Im leaving today for Arizona.
         “You coming back?I try to stifle the choke, but Jimmy catches it.
         “Come on, kid, I never know what what Im going to do till I do it.He reaches across and touches my arm. 
         “So whys she here?
         His smile spread off to one side of his mouth. Guess.

I love to read my out-takes because it makes me remember what I was thinking of doing during the drafting of the book. If Id kept scene like this, my story would have been very different.

In my other life--the one before I began writing for teens and younger readers--I was a teacher and administrator at California State University, San Jose. My field of Linguistics and Inter-cultural Communication has carried me to a lot of places in the world to explore different cultures and languages. I can say, “Where’s the toilet?” and “I’m lost!” in at least five languages and two dialects. Go ahead. Pat me on the back.

My idea of a perfect day is one or all of the following: starting a new novel, finishing writing a blockbuster novel, hiking on a misty morning trail in the Santa Cruz Mountains, saying Namaste after a great yoga practice, sipping a cappuccino topped at a bustling cafĂ©, reading in front of a fire with snow outside, swimming in an ocean someplace.

I've just set out my perfect life. Day after day after day.

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