Sunday, March 19, 2017

Everybody reads YA / Sister Sleuths and The Wailing Darkness

Happy Everybody Reads YA Sunday.
Today I'm sharing an excerpt from The Wailing Darkness. A Sister Sleuths Mystery.

Blurb: The Sister Sleuths are at it again. Strange things began to take place when a wailing woman shows up around the same time as the new girl Darcy Sullivan. Samantha deduces that the woman is a banshee and her prediction is that one of their own will die.

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Excerpt: A small knot of worry spins itself into a heavy ball in the center of my chest and makes my blood run cold. This can’t be happening. Not again. The last time my sister saw a ghost, we nearly ended up dead.

About the Author: M. A. Cortez loves to solve mysteries. She watched a movie about a banshee once when she was very young and always wanted to write a story about one. And now she has.

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Sunday, March 12, 2017

Everybody Loves YA ~ Nixie Stories

Happy Everybody Loves YA Sunday.

If you haven’t read the Nixie stories You should really check them out. 
Nixie works at Recurve, a popular shooting range. She spends all of her free time at work or at practice. She's grown accustomed to an almost nonexistent love life, but when good looking Garrett shows for lessons, Cupid shows too. This new development brings out Nixie's competitive nature and pits two rival shooters against each other for first place in the tournament and in Garrett"s heart.


Nixie and her friends are back. Still stinging from her breakup with Garrett, Nixie didn’t expect love to find her again, but it did. 

About the Author:
Always a sucker for a good love story. M.A. Cortez lives with her family in Colorado. She spends her days reading, writing, and drinking lots of coffee. 

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Friday, March 3, 2017

My 50 words or less Children's Picture book story challenge.

I've decided to step up my game this year with my writing goals. One of those goals is to improve my writing in the area of picture books. I've joined new groups and tried new things. One is a challenge to write a picture book story in 50 words or less.
This awesome contest is hosted by picture book author Vivian Kirkfield. You can check out the details here.

My story is a simple one but it was fun to write. This is my first time attempting such a feat, so hope I did okay. 

"It’s Mommy’s birthday."
"Let’s make her a cake."
First a bowl. Then a spoon.
Pour the flour in.
Eggs, milk, sugar too.
Give it a spin Sam.
Give it a taste Jake.
Cupboard. Cupcake. Candle.
"What’s all this?"
"Happy Birthday Mommy. Look what we made for you."

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Everybody reads YA ~ Let's Have Fun Summer Solstice 2016 Volume One

Happy Everybody Reads YA Sunday!

Wow! With Feb. already on it's way out and March on it's way in I'm craving some time in the sun, sadly, summer seems like a long way off. If you feel the same, warm yourself up with these ten summer stories. You'll  discover several new authors to follow.These stories had me trying on shorts and sandals that haven't seen the light of day since last November. I'm so inspired I'm booking our summer vacation now! 
My story Moon Dance is among them.


Blurb: Luna has one wish for her birthday. She wants to spend it forgetting her ex and celebrating with her family. When her plans fall through she and her cousin Nina decide to cruise along the coast. Once again, her plans go awry. Summer Solstice is the longest day of the year and Luna feels every minute drag by before the sun gives way to the moon and she realizes her wish has been unfolding all day long.

'The longest day can have the sweetest ending'


Every year on my birthday, my mom—whose name is Sunny—reminds me that I was born during the summer solstice, a day when opposites come together. Sun and moon, light and dark, then dad jumps in and says, coffee and cream, like us, at which my mom always blushes. I used to hope for the kind of relationship my parents have, but I’m not sure that kind of love exists anymore.


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M.A. Cortez grew up under the California sun. The sound of waves crashing on the shore and the feeling of her toes in the sand are two of her favorite things ever. 
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Sunday, February 19, 2017

Everybody Reads YA- Double Exposure

Happy Everybody Reads YA Sunday. Today I am sharing an excerpt of my book Double Exposure.

Ashleigh gets what she wants, most of the time. After being dumped in front of the entire school she vows revenge. Getting back at Tyler Collins tops her new list of things to do, and the new guy Keegan Smith is the one who can help her get it, but the cost may be more than she can afford. 

This coronation would be her legacy. Stupid Tyler Collins may have upset her vision of how it would all play out, but she wouldn’t let him ruin it completely. She’d hoped to talk to Mr. Miller himself, to ensure he understood just how important it was that she had complete artistic freedom to bring her vision for this event to life.


M.A. Cortez lives with her family in Colorado. She spends her days reading, writing, and drinking lots of coffee. 
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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Cupid's Arrow

Valentine’s Day is filled with romance and special relationships. The sweetness of a couple coming together is perhaps the best part of this very special day. Will these couples share that very important first kiss?

Will Millie be a victim of, hot, passionate, and fleeting war kisses?
Romance has no age barrier
The biggest mistake of Aly’s life could turn into the promise of new love…
Can love be rekindled after a lifetime?
Victorian diary surprises modern bride
Just when she thinks she’s through with love, Cupid aims his arrow at Nixie again.
Support your local bartender, Stacey Jennifer Longacre at Tough Luck Lounge.
There is nothing sweeter than pure, unrequited love.

Sweet romance, the moments leading up the first kiss, a spark of love between a couple. E.B. Sullivan, Archimede Fusillo, Marie Lavender, K.C. Sprayberry, Debbie De Louise, M.A. Cortez, Lois Crockett, and Leah Hamrick team up to bring you eight tales of love in its early stages.

As an extra special added bonus, we also present When Jack Trumps Ace from Solstice Publishing Author Debbie De Louise!

Jackie Riordan’s in trouble . . . 

When her jewel-thief father is caught in the middle of a heist, Jackie makes her getaway to his ex-jail pal’s apartment. A man called Ace, who lives in an upscale neighborhood of Chicago. What she doesn’t count on is falling in love with him and becoming his partner in crime. She also doesn’t expect to compete with Ace’s old flame or deal with his cat Roxie who causes her allergy attacks.

All bets are off . . .

After Jackie discovers clues left by her father which lead her to a treasure that Ace may have stolen, she contemplates her next move. Should she trust Ace and believe her father gave him the money, or head home to her mother, a religious hypocrite who would have no qualms about ratting out her own daughter to the cops? 

Things that sparkle aren’t always Diamonds . . . 

Before Jackie can decide who the good guys really are, she finds herself atop the Willis Tower carrying her father’s ashes in her pocket and aiding Ace in the largest jewelry heist of his life. Things go terribly wrong, and Jackie’s only choice seems to be to walk away from Ace or face imprisonment. 

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Everybody Reads YA ~ CUPID'S ARROW

Happy everybody reads YA Sunday! Valentines Day's is upon us. All you need is love, right?  Oh, and a box of chocolates, a bottle of wine and a book full of love stories.  If your Valentine is bookish (or not), this is a must.

This year's Solstice Valentines Anthology  CUPID'S ARROW  is filled with a decadent assortment of stories.  You'll find my YA story, KISS ME SLOWLY among them. CUPID'S ARROW releases Feb. 14th. 2017.

KISS ME SLOWLY picks up where 27xs leaves off. Surprise your valentine with a book. The sweetness will last long after the cork is popped and the heart-shaped box is empty.

Blurb: Just when she thought she was through with love, Cupid aims his arrow at Nixie again.

Excerpt: Wizard had tried to warn her. “Protect your heart with that one, Nix. He loves attention, and he’s getting plenty of it from the girls around here.”

You can find 27xs and other great love stories in this collection.

M.A. Cortez lives with her family in Colorado. She spends her days reading, writing, and drinking lots of coffee. 
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