Sunday, April 23, 2017

Everybody Reads YA / Moon Dance

Happy Everybody Reads YA Sunday.
 Today I'm sharing an excerpt from my book Moon Dance. I love a good summer story, and though this is a short one, its sure to make you feel like you've spent time at the beach.

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.

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. We straighten up, ready to run or fight or whatever.


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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Sunday, April 9, 2017

Everybody Reads YA~ Sister Sleuths and The Shadowman

Happy Everybody reads YA Sunday! 
I'm so excited to share an excerpt and the new cover of my book The Sister Sleuths and the Shadowman.

 Sandy and Samantha may be twins, but sharing the same birthday is where their similarities end. It seems the girls will never find common ground until they stumble upon another set of siblings hiding secrets, lies, and shadows of the past. 
 A big gray cloud covers the sun and most of the blue sky. There is an icy bite in the air. “Snow’s coming,” Sam says. She knows things like that. Maybe she is just more attuned to nature than I am. I never really pay much attention unless she mentions it.  We walk briskly through the neighborhood, and in about five minutes we are standing by the side entrance of the house. “Let’s go to the front door,” 

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M.A. Cortez loves creepy old houses, sister stories, and mysteries. That's why she just had to write The Sister Sleuths and The Shadowman.

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Friday, April 7, 2017

Be A Dreamer

I used to consider myself a realist. Not in the beginning, in the beginning, I was a dreamer. Then, my life took a different course. Before I knew it I was a busy wife and mother and my dreams had been buried so deep I'd forgotten what they were.
After a time the nest became empty and I went in search for that one thing that I had been passionate about before. Before diapers, and bottles and the never-ending cooking and cleaning that comes along with raising a family.
It didn't take me long to remember the thing that I had loved was books.
Oh, how I treasured the stories I had read as a child. My books took me on adventures. They made me laugh and cry and see myself in the characters that lived among their pages.
Once I started reading again, (now that I finally had the time.) I remembered that I had once loved writing too.  As a child, I wrote poems almost as soon as learned to put words on a page.

I was a quiet kid. My thoughts were deep. I was frequently referred to by teachers and adults as a daydreamer. In those days, teachers didn't have much patience for a kid with her head in the clouds. So as I grew older it seemed the natural thing to do was put aside those dreams and get on with the business at hand. Which I did.
But when I finally reconnected with that dream inside of me, my life opened up. I wrote stories, long stories, short stories, poems, and finally my first novel. 
My dream didn’t just happen. It took, and still takes, a lot of hard work and dedication. I’m not always up for the challenge. But the important thing is, I keep coming back to it. I won’t bury my dreams, not ever again. And neither should you. Be a dreamer, be a doer, and a thinker. And encourage those things in the children in your life.

Want to reconnect with your dream? Ask yourself these 3 questions.

1. Aside from normal daily activities, what do I enjoy most?
Think about what makes you feel joyful and connected.

2.What was my passion as a child?
Remember when you had no worries or fears? Nothing seemed impossible. Get back to that place in your head.

3. If I only had one day left to do something for myself, what would it be?
Our lives are full of responsibilities. Imagine that everything you are responsible for has been taken care of, now you can spend the day doing something you've always wanted to do. No limits.
                            Now go follow that dream.