Sunday, July 31, 2016

Everybody reads YA / Sister Sleuths and the Wailing Darkness

Hi Everyone happy everybody reads YA Sunday.
If you've read The Sister Sleuths and the Shadowman you have to pick up the second book, The Wailing Darkness to see what the girls are up to next.

Blurb:
 THE WAILING DARKNESS puts sisters Sam and Sandy in the middle of another puzzling mystery. Only two people know the real reason Darcy O’ Sullivan, fainted in the middle of her performance, and one of them is Sam. When the girls discover that a banshee has been making appearances all over town, the race to find out who she’s after begins. Is Darcy the person destined to die, or, is the wailing woman after Sam, Sandy, or Jeremy? After a series of close calls, it seems no one safe from the banshee’s predictions of death.



Excerpt:
“Sam, you can’t find the crying lady on Google,” I grumble, from inside my pillow hat.
The keyboard clacks as she continues to type away. “I can,” she says. “Look, I did.”
This gets me up and awake. I extract myself from the coziness of my warm blankets and blink bleary-eyed at the screen.
 A lady dressed in a flowing white gown, her frost white hair billows over her shoulders and around her narrow waist. One hand rests over her heart; the other points a bony finger out to the abyss. Her eyes are half closed, her mouth twisted in an agonizing scream.
 The word banshee appears below it.

About the Author


 M.A. Cortez is the author of The Sister Sleuths and the Shadowman, 27xs, and Moondance. She lives in Colorado surrounded by the beautiful Rocky Mountains. You can visit her at
https://twitter.com/@maryanncortez16

 Check out her other books
getBook.at/SisterSleuthsandTheShadowman
 getBook.at/27xs
viewBook.at/Moondance

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Everybody Reads YA - Moon Dance

Happy everybody reads YA Sunday. Today I'm sharing a bit from my story Moon Dance.

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.

Moon Dance by [Cortez, M. A.]

Excerpt:

As I step into the warm sand, my thoughts of Tony and missing him begin to float away. Nina marches ahead. Watching her long hair float behind her like sunshine on the ocean makes me painfully aware that I’ve neglected my looks since Tony and I broke up. Who’s going to look at me now? 
Only .99 on Amazon

About the Author:  
Born and raised in southern California, M.A. Cortez spent many summer afternoons on the beach. Those memories served as inspiration for the short story Moon Dance.
Check out her other books



Sunday, July 17, 2016

Happy Everybody reads YA Sunday 27xs

Happy everybody reads YA Sunday. Today I'm sharing a tidbit from my short story  27xs.

Blurb:
Nixie has never been one to back down from a challenge so when Gwen boasts that she can win the Archery tournament and the guy, Nixie's competitive nature takes over. Find out what happens in this short but sweet romantic adventure.


 Excerpt:
The arrow flew furiously to the target. Hitting a hard spot, it bounced off and headed right back toward the shooter. A few of the archers instinctively moved out of the way but it hit Nixie in the arm just above her elbow.  “Ouch!”  Garrett dropped his bow and ran to her. “Oh my gosh, I’m so sorry. Are you okay?”



About The Author



Mary Ann Cortez lives in Colorado with her one true love. She spends her days reading, writing, and loving her grand kids.  Check out my other books.

Happy Everybody reads YA Sunday 27xs

Happy everybody reads YA Sunday. Today I'm sharing a tidbit from my short story  27xs.

Blurb:
Nixie has never been one to back down from a challenge so when Gwen boasts that she can win the Archery tournament and the guy, Nixie's competitive nature takes over. Find out what happens in this short but sweet romantic adventure.


 Excerpt:
The arrow flew furiously to the target. Hitting a hard spot, it bounced off and headed right back toward the shooter. A few of the archers instinctively moved out of the way but it hit Nixie in the arm just above her elbow.  “Ouch!”  Garrett dropped his bow and ran to her. “Oh my gosh, I’m so sorry. Are you okay?”



About The Author



Mary Ann Cortez lives in Colorado with her one true love. She spends her days reading, writing, and loving her grand kids.  Check out my other books.

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Everybody Reads YA - Moon Dance

Hi, Everyone.
 Happy Everybody reads YA Sunday!
I have good news to share. My summer short story Moon Dance is now available as a stand-alone purchase on Amazon. I hope you'll check it out, and give me some feedback. In the meantime here's another sneak peak.

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 lead to the sweetest ending.


Excerpt:
My mom and dad are polar opposites. He was born into a family of field workers.  She came from a family who started out with lots of money. Still, they somehow found each other at the same dance under a full moon. 
Click here to get the book.



About the Author







M.A. Cortez grew up in sunny California and has many fond memories of hot summer days on the beach. 
She now resides in colorful Colorado with her husband. Occasionally, they still find themselves dancing under a full moon.

Sunday, July 3, 2016

Happy YA Sunday! - Moon Dance




Happy YA Sunday!
How has this summer been treating you so far? Need an escape? Cool down with ten summer short stories sure to help you beat the heat. You'll find my story Moon Dance in there too!




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





Excerpt: Nina goes for her purse. The sound of tires slowing gets my attention. A truck with tinted windows merges to the shoulder of the road in front of us and parks.  A barrage of warning signals goes off in my brain. “Is your location turned on?” I ask quickly. “Always. How else is anyone going to know I am where I say I am?” Maybe from your fifty-million photos on Instagram. The truck door opens


About the Author:
As a teen M.A. Cortez spent many of her summer afternoons at Newport beach in Southern California. She now lives in Colorado with her husband surrounded by the beautiful Rocky Mountains. Like all California girls, when summer comes around she feels the pull of the ocean and must revisit it, even if it’s just in a story like this one.