Sunday, May 28, 2017

Happy Everybody Reads Y.A. Sunday- The Sister Sleuths And The Wailing Darkness

Happy Everybody Reads YA Sunday. Today I sharing  an excerpt from Sister Sleuths and The Wailing Darkness.



Blurb: Strange things began to take place when a wailing woman shows up around the same time as the new girl Darcy Sullivan. Samantha deduces that the woman is a banshee and her prediction is that one of their own will die.



Excerpt: A small knot of worry spins itself into a heavy ball at the center of my chest and makes my blood run cold. This can’t be happening. Not again. The last time my sister saw a ghost, we nearly ended up dead.

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Watch the trailer:
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About the Author: M. A. Cortez loves to solve mysteries. She watched a movie about a banshee once when she was very young and always wanted to write a story about one. And now she has.





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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.


Excerpt:
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.






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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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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.


Sunday, March 26, 2017

Everybody Reads YA

Happy everybody reads YA Sunday.
Spring is here, and summer is just around the corner. Time to unpack all those warm weather clothes than haven't seen the light of day since November.
To help get you in the mood, I'm sharing a excerpt from my book 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.

'The longest day can have the sweetest ending'




Excerpt: Nina hops back onto the car. “We need to hurry, if we want to find a parking spot.” She cranks up the music, grabs her phone, and uses it like a mic, making faces and dancing all crazy in the driver’s seat. The wind catches our hair and blows it behind us as we jump on the 55 and head toward Newport. Salty sea air and shimmering water, here we come.


About the Author:
M.A. Cortez grew up spending her summers on the beach. Admittedly, she tends to be more of a sand shark than a mermaid.



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http://mybook.to/KissmeSlowly 
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Sunday, March 19, 2017

Everybody reads YA / Sister Sleuths and The Wailing Darkness

Happy Everybody Reads YA Sunday.
Today I'm sharing an excerpt from The Wailing Darkness. A Sister Sleuths Mystery.



Blurb: The Sister Sleuths are at it again. Strange things began to take place when a wailing woman shows up around the same time as the new girl Darcy Sullivan. Samantha deduces that the woman is a banshee and her prediction is that one of their own will die.



 http://getbook.at/SisterSleuthsandTheWailingDarkness



Watch the trailer:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BC6VrrdWWyQ


Excerpt: A small knot of worry spins itself into a heavy ball in the center of my chest and makes my blood run cold. This can’t be happening. Not again. The last time my sister saw a ghost, we nearly ended up dead.


About the Author: M. A. Cortez loves to solve mysteries. She watched a movie about a banshee once when she was very young and always wanted to write a story about one. And now she has.




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Sunday, March 12, 2017

Everybody Loves YA ~ Nixie Stories

Happy Everybody Loves YA Sunday.

If you haven’t read the Nixie stories You should really check them out. 
Nixie works at Recurve, a popular shooting range. She spends all of her free time at work or at practice. She's grown accustomed 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.


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Nixie and her friends are back. Still stinging from her breakup with Garrett, Nixie didn’t expect love to find her again, but it did.
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About the Author:
Always a sucker for a good love story. M.A. Cortez lives with her family in Colorado. She spends her days reading, writing, and drinking lots of coffee. 

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Friday, March 3, 2017

My 50 words or less Children's Picture book story challenge.

I've decided to step up my game this year with my writing goals. One of those goals is to improve my writing in the area of picture books. I've joined new groups and tried new things. One is a challenge to write a picture book story in 50 words or less.
This awesome contest is hosted by picture book author Vivian Kirkfield. You can check out the details here. https://viviankirkfield.com/

My story is a simple one but it was fun to write. This is my first time attempting such a feat, so hope I did okay. 





SAM AND JAKE BAKE A CAKE
"It’s Mommy’s birthday."
"Let’s make her a cake."
First a bowl. Then a spoon.
Pour the flour in.
Eggs, milk, sugar too.
Give it a spin Sam.
Give it a taste Jake.
Yum.
Splat!
Quick!
Cupboard. Cupcake. Candle.
"What’s all this?"
"Happy Birthday Mommy. Look what we made for you."

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Everybody reads YA ~ Let's Have Fun Summer Solstice 2016 Volume One


Happy Everybody Reads YA Sunday!


Wow! With Feb. already on it's way out and March on it's way in I'm craving some time in the sun, sadly, summer seems like a long way off. If you feel the same, warm yourself up with these ten summer stories. You'll  discover several new authors to follow.These stories had me trying on shorts and sandals that haven't seen the light of day since last November. I'm so inspired I'm booking our summer vacation now! 
My story Moon Dance is among them.

  


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 have the sweetest ending'


Excerpt:

Every year on my birthday, my mom—whose name is Sunny—reminds me that I was born during the summer solstice, a day when opposites come together. Sun and moon, light and dark, then dad jumps in and says, coffee and cream, like us, at which my mom always blushes. I used to hope for the kind of relationship my parents have, but I’m not sure that kind of love exists anymore.





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M.A. Cortez grew up under the California sun. The sound of waves crashing on the shore and the feeling of her toes in the sand are two of her favorite things ever. 
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Sunday, February 19, 2017

Everybody Reads YA- Double Exposure

Happy Everybody Reads YA Sunday. Today I am sharing an excerpt of my book Double Exposure.




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. 


This coronation would be her legacy. Stupid Tyler Collins may have upset her vision of how it would all play out, but she wouldn’t let him ruin it completely. She’d hoped to talk to Mr. Miller himself, to ensure he understood just how important it was that she had complete artistic freedom to bring her vision for this event to life.



                                                   
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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, February 14, 2017

Cupid's Arrow




Valentine’s Day is filled with romance and special relationships. The sweetness of a couple coming together is perhaps the best part of this very special day. Will these couples share that very important first kiss?



Will Millie be a victim of, hot, passionate, and fleeting war kisses?
Romance has no age barrier
The biggest mistake of Aly’s life could turn into the promise of new love…
Can love be rekindled after a lifetime?
Victorian diary surprises modern bride
Just when she thinks she’s through with love, Cupid aims his arrow at Nixie again.
Support your local bartender, Stacey Jennifer Longacre at Tough Luck Lounge.
There is nothing sweeter than pure, unrequited love.


Sweet romance, the moments leading up the first kiss, a spark of love between a couple. E.B. Sullivan, Archimede Fusillo, Marie Lavender, K.C. Sprayberry, Debbie De Louise, M.A. Cortez, Lois Crockett, and Leah Hamrick team up to bring you eight tales of love in its early stages.


As an extra special added bonus, we also present When Jack Trumps Ace from Solstice Publishing Author Debbie De Louise!

Jackie Riordan’s in trouble . . . 

When her jewel-thief father is caught in the middle of a heist, Jackie makes her getaway to his ex-jail pal’s apartment. A man called Ace, who lives in an upscale neighborhood of Chicago. What she doesn’t count on is falling in love with him and becoming his partner in crime. She also doesn’t expect to compete with Ace’s old flame or deal with his cat Roxie who causes her allergy attacks.

All bets are off . . .

After Jackie discovers clues left by her father which lead her to a treasure that Ace may have stolen, she contemplates her next move. Should she trust Ace and believe her father gave him the money, or head home to her mother, a religious hypocrite who would have no qualms about ratting out her own daughter to the cops? 

Things that sparkle aren’t always Diamonds . . . 

Before Jackie can decide who the good guys really are, she finds herself atop the Willis Tower carrying her father’s ashes in her pocket and aiding Ace in the largest jewelry heist of his life. Things go terribly wrong, and Jackie’s only choice seems to be to walk away from Ace or face imprisonment. 

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Everybody Reads YA ~ CUPID'S ARROW





Happy everybody reads YA Sunday! Valentines Day's is upon us. All you need is love, right?  Oh, and a box of chocolates, a bottle of wine and a book full of love stories.  If your Valentine is bookish (or not), this is a must.




This year's Solstice Valentines Anthology  CUPID'S ARROW  is filled with a decadent assortment of stories.  You'll find my YA story, KISS ME SLOWLY among them. CUPID'S ARROW releases Feb. 14th. 2017.






KISS ME SLOWLY picks up where 27xs leaves off. Surprise your valentine with a book. The sweetness will last long after the cork is popped and the heart-shaped box is empty.

Blurb: Just when she thought she was through with love, Cupid aims his arrow at Nixie again.

Excerpt: Wizard had tried to warn her. “Protect your heart with that one, Nix. He loves attention, and he’s getting plenty of it from the girls around here.”


You can find 27xs and other great love stories in this collection. 





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Friday, February 10, 2017

8 Things To Keep In Mind When Writing A Character With Special Needs




You want to diversify your characters? Write in a character with special needs, but be true to the challenges that character faces.

  1.      Don’t write your character as helpless. People with special needs may use different methods of getting things done, but they can get things done.
  2.     Show their strengths. Every person has strengths and weaknesses. People who can’t speak, walk, see, hear, or control their muscles, still, have a lot to offer. People who look different and act differently can have the most extraordinary gifts. Show them off in your story. Your readers will love them.
  3.        Do not use terms like handicapped, retarded, slow, autistic, or palsied to describe your character. Those words can be offensive. Find more positive terms, if you have to use any at all.  
  4.      Show their emotional side. Everyone has something they do when they are trying to hide how nervous or stressed they are. They may curl their hair around their finger, bite their nails, twitch their nose, clear their throat or shift in their seats. People with special needs are no exception to this rule, their way of communicating their emotions may look different, rocking, yelping, tapping, laughing,  singing quietly, or loud. It's all communication. Don’t leave that out.      
  5.       Get them involved. In Sister Sleuths and the Shadowman, Samantha is very involved, in fact, she leads the way to solving the mystery.  
  6.       Show your character’s personality. Sam is blunt, honest and super smart. She is also beautiful, logical, and scientific. Her honesty makes for some funny scenes. She solves supernatural mysteries and she loves doing it.
  7.        Do your research. I didn’t rely on only my personal experiences with people on the spectrum, for Sam's POV.  I also interviewed people with ASD and family members of people who are on the spectrum. Every person is different and every situation is unique.  
  8.          Show how spirited your special needs character can be. People who are differently abled face tremendous challenges every day and yet they show up. They are resilient, forgiving and full of life. They give us their best efforts. We should give them ours in return.

It wasn’t hard for me to come up with Samantha who is one of the main characters in my book Sister Sleuths and the Shadowman, Some people may think she is too generic, but her character was inspired by real people with the same developmental disability. 
My main purpose in writing a story around a character with ASD was to bring awareness. Awareness of Autism Spectrum Disorder, and a glimpse into the struggles of a family with a member on the spectrum.  My hope was to show the word how amazing they can be.

I knew I loved Sam even before the story was formed, what I didn’t know was that the readers would love her too. Just like in real life, when you get to know someone with special needs, you eventually don’t see the ‘disability’ you see the person. Their silliness, their passion, their strength, and resilience. Their true self.  You root for them, spur them on. You want them to win. You laugh with them and cry with them. Better yet you begin to understand them and discover that they are not so different after all. 


Books  I love that have characters with special needs.

Rules by Cynthia Lord

Out of My Mind by Sharon Draper

mockingburd by Kathryn Erskine

Al Capone Does my Shirts by Gennifer Choldenko

Sister Sleuths and The Shadowman by M.A. Cortez   


About the author: 



M.A. Cortez is a mother, grandmother, and writer. She lives with her family in Colorado and spends most of her days reading, writing, and drinking lots of coffee. 

Check out her books. 
http://getbook.at/SisterSleuthsandTheWailingDarkness