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Snippet Saturday: New Adult “Breathe Into Me” – Chapter 2

Last week I released the first chapter of my new, out-this-week New Adult release “Breathe Into Me”. It ended on a bit of a cliffhanger and, well, I figured you’d appreciate more. ;)

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BREATHE INTO ME
by Sara Fawkes

CHAPTER TWO
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BREATHE INTO ME release day – giveaways and prizes!

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BREATHE INTO ME
A New Adult Romance

AVAILABLE TODAY, GRAB YOUR COPY!!

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Author Sara Fawkes had fans clamoring for more with her New York Times bestselling e-serial erotic romance, Anything He Wants. Now, she’s giving readers exactly what they want with her New Adult debut and first full length novel, Breathe into Me, a sexy, deeply emotional romance that brings Fawkes’ signature heat to a highly popular new genre.

How did my life get so broken?

It’s a question Lacey St. James asks herself every day. Stuck raising her little brother in a trailer park while she works a dead end job at a grocery store, she has a stalker exboyfriend, a bad reputation, and no way out.

And then she meets Everett, whose presence changes her entire existence.

Everett is an outsider to her small community, in town for the summer housesitting one of the grand mansions off the Mississippi coast. When he saves her in a bar one night, she’s grateful but wary of his intentions. Lacey doesn’t trust most men in her life, but for reasons Lacey she understand, Everett is completely captivated by her. He’s determined to show her that life can offer more than she’d ever hoped for, if only she believes in herself. As she works with him to free herself, Lacey desperately yearns to trust him, to move on and perhaps start fresh.

But what happens when she finds out that everything he’s told her about himself was a lie?

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I just received word that the “Breathe Into Me” paperback ARCs are on their way and I should have the first two in my hands by Thursday. So you know what that means.


GIVEAWAY TIME!!!!


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*1* GRAND PRIZE WINNER WILL RECEIVE: a paperback ARC of “Breathe Into Me”, and a “Breathe” iPhone 5 case & journal.

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All you have to do is enter below!! This is available worldwide, if mail can get to you then I’ll send it. Good luck, and very happy reading!!! :D :D

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Thoughts on Writing: “The End”

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It’s so easy to come up with story ideas. The hard part about writing is, quite honestly, finishing.

One of the hardest things I had to learn is that, if I keep flitting from one idea to the next as my whimsy takes me, I’ll never finish anything. I spent umpteen years never finishing a story, too tempted by the shiny new idea that came into my head. I’d come back, I always told myself. I’ll finish it as soon as I exorcise this new idea out of my head, as soon as I’m done with this new project.

Countless stories piled up on my hard drive, on 3.5″ floppy disks (remember those?), in my journals. I’d be so excited by the new shiny that, when the inevitable NEW new idea came along, I’d forget my pledge to move back to the other and instead become seduced by this shiny, beautiful set of characters. This, surely, would be the one, the story that would finally keep my attention long enough to get to those words “The End.”

Yeah. No.

One of the hardest things for me to learn is that writing a story, like any other kind of responsibility in our lives, takes dedication. Writing was always a hobby for me, something fun. But the longer I did it (and considering I started in preschool – seriously, my mother still has those “books”), the longer I went on, the more it rankled that I never saw “The End” at the back of my stories. Part of that was my fault: the story always continued, life went on for my characters. I didn’t understand about character arcs, or plot climaxes, or things like that. Heck, in the beginning, I didn’t even PLOT: I wrote characters living out their interesting lives, and if a baddie did show up it was almost an afterthought. Invariably, however, I’d switch stories at this point.

It took me doing something so far out of my comfort zone that I never thought I’d accomplish: I wrote a short story.
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Snippet Saturday: BREATHE INTO ME – New Adult Romance – Chapter 1

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I’ve been a fan of what used to be called “Upper YA/Young Adult” for a very long time. When the New Adult genre first emerged, I was all over that puppy, sucking down everything I could get my hands on. Tamara Webster, Colleen Hoover, Jamie McGuire – I ate those books up like nobody’s business.

As a writer, it was only a matter of time before I wrote one myself, and on this Tuesday that story will be published.

I’m SO EXCITED about this release!! I fell in love with Everett and Lacey almost immediately; I wrote the first quarter of the book in record time, even for me. This is a full novel, not a serial like most of my publications. I can’t wait to share it with you, it’s been such a wild and fantastic ride!

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2014 – a year in review

It seems that every other post consists of me apologizing about not updating my blog enough, so I’m going to skip that and dive right into the meaty part of the post. (But I really am sorry)

I have several projects in the works for this year, and that is SUPER exciting to me. Through winter and into spring, I’m basically releasing a new story every month, and I hope to keep up that pace as well as my muse will allow. :D For two years now I’ve been defined by the “Anything He Wants” series, and while yes, there is one more story for Lucy/Jeremiah left (AND Lucas, don’t think I forgot him!), I’m also looking to branch out into new territories. I’ve loved New Adult stories since before I knew what that was, and this April I have my very first coming out. I’m also a biker, and the recent surge in motorcycle club romances makes my inner biker chick wanna dance for joy.

How does 2014 break down in the way of releases? Well, let’s see:
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Not dead yet… ;)

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So it’s no surprise that I’ve been a little quiet the last couple weeks. We had the big release with “Unraveled”/AHW10, and then I went quiet on social media and blogs. Well, I’m here to say that rumors of my demise have been greatly exaggerated…

Wait, no such rumors? Really? …dang.

I’m currently in the middle of edits for “Breathe Into Me” and the Avon anthology story, both of which are due very soon. We’ve hit that wonderful snag during edits where things kind of go belly-up, I realize I’m a terrible writer, and just want to stick my head in the sand. Or, in this case, that consists of me pulling out my trusty violin and trying to saw some tunes.

Of course, then strings break, pegs break, I have to take a trip to the luthier (violin doctor) to get things repaired, etc. Yup, first world problems, right? Around winter time, when I’m cooped up inside more often, I tend to get a tiny bit stir crazy – already, I can feel it happening.

On a more serious note, my grandmother was rushed to the hospital a couple nights ago. I found out about it yesterday when my mother texted they were coming down early to take care of my grandparents. Despite all the tests, they don’t know yet what’s wrong with her; high blood pressure (over 200), numbness in her arm, fatigue and, well, age. She’s tough, I know this, but in the last few years she’s grown much more frail than I ever remembered.

So yeah. I have a few things weighing on me, but I wanted to apologize for being so darned quiet. Several of you have reached out via Facebook and Twitter, asking if things are alright. You deserve to be answered individually because, seriously, I adore you guys, but it’s hard for me to focus right now. My brain feels scattered in a million different directions, and once again I’m making no progress forward. :/

It’s depressing and a bit disappointing, but you know what? I’m still so thankful that I can do something I love. Even during weeks like this, when I feel like a failure, I’m so incredibly thankful that I’m able to make a living with this writing stuff. It’s not always smooth sailing (*take a deep breath Sara*) but, man, I wouldn’t have it any other way. :)

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Ooh, awesome: just got a text from my father saying my grandmother will be released tonight. Still no word on what if anything happened, but she’s out of the hospital!! Another thing to be thankful for this holiday season!!! :D :D :D :D

“Unraveled” Snippet 7 – Julia Kent’s “Complete Abandon”

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Julia Kent and I met on an online forum around the same time my “Anything He Wants” series took off. We became friends and, this year at RWA, we met in person for the first time. To say this lady is a spitfire is an understatement: the woman has a wit and a turn of phrase my little introverted self can only dream of! Dinners with her are a constant laugh riot – give her a little alcohol to drink, and it gets even better. :D

Earlier this year, Julia hit the USA Today list with her New Adult book “Random Acts of Crazy”, bringing menage to a whole new audience. It was last month, however, when Her Billionaires boxed set reached the prestigious New York Times list. Her stories are sensual, incredible, and outright hilarious – the PERFECT combination.

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And now, a taste of Julia Kent’s “Unraveled” story, “Complete Abandon.”

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“Unraveled” Snippet 6 – Lauren Hawkeye’s “Three Little Words”

Last year, at my first RWA conference, by total chance I met this wonderful lady named Lauren. It was totally by accident: we started talking about the merits of self- and traditional-publishing (me self, she traditional) and just…clicked. Come to find out, she was the same Lauren Hawkeye who would be in the Avon FLING anthology with me, and whose roommates I’d sat down with, also out of the blue, and discussed self-publishing. :D To say it was a small world was an understatement. Since then however, she’s become one of my closest friends (despite the California/Canada divide) and my mentor in all things publishing. So when she asked me to be part of an anthology/boxed set she was putting together, it was a total no-brainer.

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And now, a snippet from Ms. Hawkeye’s “Three Little Words”:

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