Sunday, November 27, 2016

Everybody Reads YA / Grace at Christmas and Solstice A Winter Holiday Anthology 2016

Get ready to celebrate Christmas with this holiday short story collection. Don't forget to pick up a copy as a gift to your favorite reader.




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A season for joy…

A season for celebration…

A season for family…

Solstice Publishing presents eleven talented authors with a dozen stories that portray the winter holiday season in many ways. Each tale will fill you with wonder, joy, and a sense of earned togetherness.



Celebrate with K.C. Sprayberry, Donna Alice Patton, Johnny Gunn, Susan Lynn Solomon, Debbie De Louise, Elle Marlow, Leah Hamrick, Eden S. Clark, E.B. Sullivan, M.A. Cortez, and Rebecca L. Frencl this winter holiday season.

My story in the collection is Grace At Christmas. When teen mom Mari tries to make the perfect Christmas for her newborn daughter , she finds herself blessed, stressed, and Grace-obsessed.  

About the Author:


M.A, Cortez loves Christmas time. She spends the holidays listening to nonstop Christmas music, eating too many Christmas cookies and embracing the true meaning of Christmas.  

Friday, November 18, 2016

Solstice A Winter Holiday Anthology 2016






The end of year holidays are filled with joy as decorations go up worldwide. Parades give everyone a chance to join with others in happiness. Families make plans to gather for meals and celebrations.




A season for joy…

A season for celebration…

A season for family…

Solstice Publishing presents eleven talented authors with a dozen stories that portray the winter holiday season in many ways. Each tale will fill you with wonder, joy, and a sense of earned togetherness.



Celebrate with K.C. Sprayberry, Donna Alice Patton, Johnny Gunn, Susan Lynn Solomon, Debbie De Louise, Elle Marlow, Leah Hamrick, Eden S. Clark, E.B. Sullivan, M.A. Cortez, and Rebecca L. Frencl this winter holiday season.

Sunday, November 13, 2016

YA Sunday - Double Exposure

Happy Everybody Reads YA Sunday.
Today I'm sharing an excerpt from my new short story Double Exposure. it's on sale right now on Amazon for only .99 cents.


 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 seems a little off. He never leaves home without his vintage camera. But he just might be the one but to help Ashleigh settle the score, 


Excerpt:
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.

                                                      It's dark magic: get the picture?                                                  
                                                          
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About the author: M.A. Cortez lives in Colorado with her family. She loves stories of all kinds but supernatural mysteries are among her favorites. 

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Sunday, October 16, 2016

Everybody Reads YA Sunday~ 27xs


Happy Everybody Reads YA Sunday.








Today I am sharing an excerpt from my short story 27xs.


Except:
Gwen’s eyes narrowed. “Wanna shoot against me? Just for fun. I’ve been shooting X’s all week, especially with Garrett.”  Nixie knew she was probably lying but hated to back down from a challenge. Gwen would not let up. “Bet I can make first place in the tournament on Saturday.”

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About the Author





Mary Ann Cortez lives in Colorado with husband and family.
She spends her days reading, writing, and loving her grand kids.  
Check out my other books.
viewBook.at/Moondance

Coming soon!
Double Exposure 10/28/16



Sunday, October 2, 2016

Everybody reads YA~ The Sister Sleuths and The Wailing Darkness

Happy Everybody Reads YA Sunday.

Today I am sharing an excerpt from the second Sister Sleuth’s book THE WAILING DARKNESS. If you read book one The Sister Sleuths and the Shadowman, book two is a must.




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Sam and Sandy find themselves in the middle of another mystery when they discover a banshee has been making appearances all over town.




“You told me people don’t like to talk about death, and a banshee is all about death. You said not to talk about the banshee in front of Darcy or Mom, and they were there. Sandy, why do you say don’t talk about things in front of people, then get mad at me when I do what you said to do? You are confusing me.”


About the Author:



Mary Ann Cortez lives in Colorado with husband and family.
She spends her days reading, writing, and loving her grandkids.  
Check out her other books.

Look for my story Double Exposure in the Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep Vol 4 Anthology,which will release on Oct. 28th.





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.  
Check out my other books.




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.




Excerpt:
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.  
Check out her other books



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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.



Excerpt:
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.
Check out her other books at



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.



Other Books by M.A. Cortez

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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Sunday, August 7, 2016

Everybody Reads YA / Moon Dance

Everybody reads YA Sunday.


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.



 Excerpt: I walk out of the water like Scuba Steve and see Nina waving at me from our spot. I do my best to look straight ahead and pretend I don’t notice my ex, with yet, another girl. 
                                                
                                                     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.
Check out her other books at


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
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 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. 
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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.