Yeah, so....welcome to the blog of Judith Tewes, young adult contemporary fiction author. Here be edgy stories with a side of snark.


Right Kind of Mistake: Book One LAUNCH!

It's the launch day for Leap Books: SHINE's first new adult romance by the very
 talented, Rebecca Thomas, entitled: RIGHT KIND OF MISTAKE: Book One!


Rebecca Thomas has a love-hate relationship with Alaska, where she lives with her bush pilot husband and two teenaged sons. When she’s not reading, writing, or playing board games, she’s cheering for her sons at their hockey games and tennis matches.
A reluctant reader as a child, Rebecca didn’t become interested in books until her teen years when she discovered historical romance. Now she loves all sub-genres of romance and can’t decide which one is her favorite.
Rebecca earned a bachelor’s degree in Education from the University of Alaska and she was employed in the airline industry for several years before working in her current position as a program manager in higher education.
Follow Rebecca on TwitterFacebookTumblr, and her website.

Haylie Keene wants to put the past behind her and move on after her jock boyfriend
cheats on her. Her friends convince her that a hook-up (or maybe a little revenge sex) is the best place to start. Except she’s steering clear of hockey players, as in, never ever again.

Alaska State all-star defenseman Cam Erickson is a calculated risk taker. He weighs the pros and cons and knows Haylie is a bad investment on so many levels, but something about her gets under his skin. And once he makes up his mind, he pulls out all the stops to make her his.

Haylie soon realizes that Cam’s quiet charm and unfaltering confidence is like a magnet she doesn’t want to refuse. Their chemistry is undeniable and maybe the rules she set up for herself are worth reconsidering.


Leap Books is also giving out 5 beautiful Right Kind of Mistake necklaces and one $10 Amazon Gift card. ENTER HERE.


Sex in Teen Lit Month

Jo Stapley has a fantastic event happening this month on her blog, Once Upon a Bookcase. She's analyzing young adult fiction titles for depictions of sex in teen literature.

My Soon-To-Be Sex Life is also included in her thoughtful reviews and you can read her take here. And I also contributed a guest post: Didn't We Already Have a Sexual Revolution?

But do drop by her blog to check out the full review SCHEDULE.


FALL in love with Bloomsbury Spark titles!

This October, fall in love with these great titles at a special price for a limited time!

And to celebrate, author, Theresa DaLayne is here to answer a few questions. Get her title: THE EDGE OF YOU!

They call it "falling" in love for a reason. What are some key seasonal elements of FALL that lend themselves to telling a great romance?

On Kodiak Island there really is no fall season, so to speak. Sure, the climate transitions, animals prepare their winter homes, and everyone slips on their gloves and boots. But the fall trademark of the autumn season we know here in the “lower forty-eight” is non-existent.

For me, that trademark is the changing of the leaves.

Most of Kodiak’s trees are of the spruce, alder, birch, and hemlock variety. In other words, there are very few trees with leaves that change into those beautiful orange and red hues. In fact, the very few trees with leaves were the stars of fall on Kodiak Island because they were the few splashes of vibrant color in the sea of murky green.

Now I relate a good fall romance book to colorful leaves, chilly winds, and S’mores roasted over a crackling campfire under the stars.

Do live in a perpetual summer climate? Or do you experience the wonderful madness that is ever changing seasons? How does your own personal geography factor into your fiction?

I’ve lived in Ohio for ten years, where autumn is home to the seasonal Pumpkin Spike Latte (though I have to admit I actually don’t like it), pumpkin pie, red and orange leaves, boot socks, and fall sweaters. We also see OSU fans loyal to their team, piled on bleachers, bundled in red and black apparel with giant foam fingers. If I lived in a place like Florida I would miss fall. I’ve never been much of a hot weather girl myself. Go figure!


Racing Hearts: Book Two Book Blitz

Such fun to take part in the launch of the sequel to the first book in the Racing Hearts novella series by Laura Lascarso and just in time for the long, swoonworthy days of summer.

About the Book

See you at the finish line…

With the big race weeks away, eighteen-year-old Jesse Copeland struggles to keep his head in the game and his hands off his smoking hot competition. But when Brooke reveals a secret that could destroy Jesse’s family, it sends him into a tailspin of self-doubt.

Jesse must pull himself together if he hopes to have a shot at the prize money, save his home, and win the heart of the girl he loves.

Can these two competitors overcome the sins of their fathers or will a shadowed history destroy their dreams forever?

Author Bio

Laura Lascarso is the author of RACING HEARTS, an e-novella series, which tells the story of two star-crossed lovers set in the world of competitive car racing. Her debut YA novel COUNTING BACKWARDS, which deals with mental illness, won the Florida Book Award gold medal for YA literature in 2012. Laura lives in North Florida with her two children, darling husband and a menagerie of animals. Follow her on Twitter @lauralascarso

Read an Excerpt

“You’re back.” She smiled and swam toward him, slowing to stand in the shallow end. Her body filled out the thin fabric of her bikini in a way that forced Jesse to shift in his seat. He glanced back over his shoulder to see which Bradley might be spying on them. They appeared to be alone on the patio, for now.          
  “I had a revelation while you were gone, Jesse.” She reached behind her to squeeze the water out of her long blond hair. Her nipples punctuated the triangles of her bikini top and Jesse was torn between needing to cover her up and wanting to tear the flimsy material away.           
He lifted his gaze to meet her eyes. Was this another of Shep’s tests? To see if he could be trusted to be alone with his daughter? Because the answer, most assuredly, was, no.“Here I was, worried about my dad not liking you, when really I should have been worried about him liking you too much.”“I don’t think that’s going to be a problem.” He was still rattled from their conversation. He felt like he needed another shower he’d sweat so much.She tilted her head and gazed at him as if sizing him up. Her brothers and Shep had done the same thing earlier that evening. “So, what did you and my dad talk about?” she asked sweetly.           
“Cars mostly.”           
“Did my name come up?” She narrowed her eyes as if gauging his level of confidence.           
“Once or twice.”           
She came closer, appearing before him like a lioness about to pounce. Jesse knew they were in dangerous territory.“Anything that should concern me?” she asked.           “He’s suspicious. But he didn’t ask me outright if you were entering the race and I didn’t offer it up.”She chewed on her bottom lip, perhaps imagining the flavor of their conversation. “Do you think he knows about the car?”“He didn’t mention it. He seems to think you’ve retired from racing, at the old age of 17.”           
She considered this information. Jesse could see the wheels turning. “So, by your estimation, we’re good?”           
Jesse swallowed, questioning again where his loyalties should lie: with Brooke who he knew was being dishonest or with Shep, who seemed to be trying to protect his only daughter? 
“For now, it seems we are.”


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