Sunday, September 25, 2016

Everybody Reads YA / 27xs

Happy Everybody Reads YA Sunday.Today I’m sharing an excerpt from my short story 27xs.

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: “Hold on.” Gwen pulled Garrett’s shoulders back and guided his arm into place so that the bow was properly positioned. She let her hand linger on his arm and raised a brow at Nixie. Garrett pulled the trigger.
About the Author:

Mary Ann Cortez lives in Colorado with husband and family.
She spends her days reading, writing, and loving her grand kids.  
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Sunday, September 18, 2016

Happy Everybody Reads YA / Double Exposure

Happy Everybody Reads YA Sunday. 

Today I’m sharing an excerpt from my newest short story. Double Exposure.

Blurb: 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.

Every school, old and new, had them. The haves and have nots, and they never failed to make themselves known. She was most definitely one of the haves. He pulled his gray hood over his head, flicked the half-smoked cigarette to the ground and crushed it under his shoe with a smile as the school bell rang.

About the Author:
M. A. Cortez was born and raised in southern California. She's always been a bit of a dreamer and a storyteller. She now resides in Colorado surrounded by the beautiful Rocky Mountains. She spends most of her days doing the things she loves most, reading , writing and hanging out with her family.  
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Sunday, September 11, 2016

Everybody Reads YA- Moon Dance

Happy Everybody Reads YA Sunday.  Don't Say goodbye to summer without one more visit to the beach. My short story Moon Dance will have you feeling the spray of the ocean, your toes in the sand and tasting the salt in the air. You'll even get to meet a baby seal.

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.

I make my way down to the shore and let the small waves ripple over my feet and legs, cooling me down. As much as I love the ocean, I’ve never been much of a water baby, but I’ve always loved watching my feet as the water recedes into the ocean, making it look like I’m sliding backward on the shore. 

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 summer moon.
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Sunday, September 4, 2016

Everybody Reads YA Sunday/ The Sister Sleuths And The Shadowman

 Happy everybody reads YA Sunday. I'm sharing an excerpt from book 1 in the Sister Sleuth series. If you loved Nancy Drew Mysteries, check out this series.

Blurb: Sisters Samantha and Sandy meet a mysterious girl on social media, but when they go to see her in person they find out she was murdered. Her ghost refuses to leave them alone until they help bring her killer to justice.

 Excerpt: The wooden steps creak as we climb them. The old platform floor feels fragile under our weight. The wind picks up and blows our hair in all directions. Static is heavy in the air. I knock on the door.

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About the Author

As a small child M. A. Cortez lived in a big old house with plenty of secret passageways and hidden doors, which, fueled her overactive imagination. She used those memories to create the setting for this story.
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