Sunday, January 29, 2017

Everybody Reads YA ~ 27xs

Happy Everybody reads YA Sunday! Today I’m sharing an excerpt from 27xs.

Seventeen-year-old Nixie works at Recurve, a popular shooting range. She spends all her spare time at work, or at practice, and has grown accustomed to an almost nonexistent love life, but when good looking Garrett shows up for lessons, Cupid shows up 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. 

Excerpt: The sound of several bows releasing arrows through the air echoed off the walls and made it hard to hear. Nixie had to find an excuse to get closer to their shooting line.
As he focused on the target, Nixie took in his profile. Strong nose, square jaw and long, dark lashes that any girl would envy.  Gwen tilted her head and bit her glossy, bottom lip. Nixie watched her look Garrett over. 

Coming soon!  Kiss Me Slowly, a new Nixie story. Look for it in the Cupids Arrow Anthology. Release date February 14, 2017
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 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, January 24, 2017

Writing and The Stairway to success

I am a writer and like most writers I’d like to feel successful someday.  So imagine my reaction when I puled this from a fortune cookie the other day. Sure, I was hopeful, but I also know that if it's ever going to happen it will take hard work.

The stairway to success is a steep one. A winding staircase lined with joyful and depressing moments you'll experience as you ascend. Distractions come at you from all directions, and you’ll come upon a few squeaky steps that make you wonder if you should stop where you are. But I say, move forward.
Don’t rush. With each step look around, see what is happening and take that image with you, there may be good to be gleaned from it. If you can’t find the good, then observe the bad and learn from it.
Prepare yourself, because you will have battles to fight.  External and internal battles. There’s that inner critic that deceives you, makes you want to turn away from your goal and run back down those stairs. Don’t listen. Keep climbing.

Some of the most famous authors in the word were told they didn’t have what it takes to get to the top. Here are a few names you might recognize.
Theodor Seuss Geisel, aka Dr. Seuss- Mulberry Street
Anne Frank -The Diary of a young girl
William Golding - Lord of the Flies
 Margaret Mitchell - Gone with The Wind
JK Rowling- Harry Potter
So I say keep climbing. One day your name might be on that list. Here are a couple of websites to keep you motivated.
Publishers are always looking for new talent. You can find some here.
And of course my favorite publisher

M.A. Cortez lives with her family in Colorado. She spends her days reading, writing, and drinking lots of coffee. 
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Sunday, January 22, 2017

Everybody Reads YA Sunday -

Hi All,

 Christmas season is over. The stores are clearing out Christmas clearance and setting up for Valentine's day. But as we move forward into the new year let's remember that wonderful line Mr. Dicken's wrote  “I will honour Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year"   

Winter is here. There will be days when you want nothing more than to curl up with a hot beverage and a good book. Pick up that Winter Holiday collection.

If you don't have time for a whole book, check out my short-story.  

Being a teen mom is hard enough, but feeling like you are alone in your struggles is awful, especially around the holidays. Mari is determined to prove that she can make a life for herself and her daughter without anyone’s help. She works hard, saves money and plans the perfect Christmas. But just two days before the biggest holiday of the year Mari experiences a setback that she never planned on.

Excerpt: Mari never expected to be a mother at eighteen. She never thought Jack would leave her or that she could fall in love again, but all of those things happened and only three months after she had given birth.
                                          She was Stressed, blessed and Grace-obsessed

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M.A. Cortez lives with her family in Colorado. She spends the cold winter days reading, writing, and drinking lots of coffee. 
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Sunday, January 15, 2017

Everybody Reads YA - Moon Dance

Happy Everybody Reads YA Sunday. I know, it's winter, and it's all you can do to keep your toes warm and your teeth from chattering.
Pick up a copy of this summer story and let it take you away to sandy beaches and sweet summer romance. You might just get the urge to pull off those winter boots and slip on your flip flops. 

It’s the longest day of the year and all Luna wants is to forget about her ex and celebrate her seventeenth birthday at the beach with her family. Her morning starts out dreary, but as the day drags on things heat up and take a surprising turn.
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I sit back and try not to think about him with another girl, especially a girl I once considered a good friend. Every time I do, it creates a little fracture in my heart. I should move on. 

About the Author:  As a teen M.A. Cortez spent many a summer afternoons at New Port 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.

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Thursday, January 12, 2017

Fight those Winter Blues

It’s only the second week of January and I’m already looking forward to Spring.
To chase away those winter blues, I have compiled a list of things I can look forward to until spring arrives.

Snow days
Believe it or not, these are rare but we make the most of them.
If the weather says a snowstorm is coming people usually flock to the stores to stock up on food. Here are few other things to consider as prep for snow days.  
You never know if the power will go out in your area.
Make sure all of your electronics are fully charged. So get out your tablets, phones. (I’ve heard Alexa can lose her little mind in a power outage but that may be old news.) So anyway, power up just in case. We like to have a few board games handy as well. Don’t forget candles, matches, and flashlights (don’t use your flashlight app if you don’t have to during an outage because they drain your battery fast!)
A thermos of hot water for cocoa is a good idea as well, especially if you don’t have a gas stove.
Notebook and pen. (Nothing should stop you from getting your writing in.)
At his point, we gather together and play board games or read or write.  For more ideas check out

Hot Cocoa
I am a chocoholic, but I don’t hot cocoa unless It’s snowing outside. Then I go all out, marshmallows, whipped topping (sometimes peppermint schnapps) Yum. Here’s a site that knows how to do hot cocoa right.  
Soft scarves
I LOVE wearing scarves. Sometimes I crochet my own. Don’t know how to crochet? Check out this YouTube channel to learn how to make lots of cozy things.

When my kids we little we lived by the perfect sledding hill (not too high, not too small.) I would send them out bundled up with their sleds and a thermos of hot cocoa. They’d meet up with the rest of the neighbor kids and sled for hours. They’d come in red-cheeked and tired. Great memories they still talk about today and we try to make a point to get out with the grandkids at least once during the winter so they can experience the joy of sledding too.  

Warm socks
January is the perfect time to buy those warm cushy socks because the stores are already marking them down to make room for their spring inventory.  

Umm yeah, I kind of have a thing for cute boots. I can wear every pair in my collection because in January (at least where I live) it is always boot weather.

Books: I love snuggling up in a warm blanket on a cold day with a book. If you’re looking for something to read during the cold winter months check out my books.

Nixie works at Recurve, a popular shooting range. She spends all of her free time at work or at practice. She's grown accustom 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.

Double Exposure
Ashleigh gets what she wants most of the time. After being dumped by Ty Collins in front of the entire school, she vows revenge and will do anything to get it. New guy Keegan Smith can help her settle the score, but will the cost be more than she can afford?

Moon Dance
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 Sister Sleuths and The Shadowman
Sandy and Samantha may be twins, but sharing the same birthday is where their similarities end. It seems like the girls will never find common ground, until they stumble upon another set of siblings hiding secrets, lies, and shadows of the past.

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.
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Sunday, January 8, 2017

Everybody reads YA - Sister Sleuths and The Shadowman

Happy Everybody reads YA Sunday. Today I’m sharing an excerpt from my first published book. The Sister Sleuths and the Shadowman.

 The thing about a secret is, it always comes back to haunt you…


A pair of twin sisters befriend a lonely girl on Facebook, and soon find themselves in the middle of a mystery. With each clue they uncover, the girls get closer to discovering a secret that has been buried for decades.


"I felt it you know, when her spirit left her body I collapsed. When I woke up and they told me about Annabelle, I already knew. I didn't cry and I guess they thought I had something to do with her death, although no one ever said it out loud."

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See what the sisters are up in book 2

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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Monday, January 2, 2017

Happy New Year

Happy New Year!

May 2017 be your year, our year, The year we step out of our comfort zone and do something we've always wanted to do. It's a new year, a new day, the beginning of a new story. Let's write it together.

I started my writing journey because I felt I had something to share, yet many times when I sit at my computer I freeze. Writing with the knowledge that others will be reading and critiquing my work puts a whole new spin on things. I am grateful that there are a few of you out there that enjoy my work and support me in my writing. As I step forward into the new year I like to think that I’m going hand in hand with many of you. I leave 2016 with sweet memories, lessons learned, and hopes for a more enlightened self. I don’t do resolutions I hear they are passé anyway. But I do keep a mental list of things I want to improve about myself. (Okay, it’s probably a resolutions list, ugggh.)

 I am a creature of habit. At times change is very hard for me. The unknown can leave me paralyzed if I don’t stay focused on my goals. This year I promise to keep moving forward. I hope to embrace the unexpected and meet change with optimism instead of dread. I hope to learn something new and good about myself. I will step up my game and work hard to bring you enjoyable stories that you’ll want to read again and again. I hope you’ll stick with me through my adventures because having friends like you give me the encouragement I need to go forward into the unknown with a smile on face and hope in my heart. 

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Happy Everybody Reads YA Sunday -Double Exposure

Happy Everybody reads YA Sunday. Today I’m sharing an excerpt from my short story Double Exposure 

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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.

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M.A. Cortez lives in Colorful Colorado. When she's not writing she spends her time reading, crafting, sewing and hanging out with her family.

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