Monday, June 10, 2013

How to Date A Nerd

I was so lucky to read How to Date a Nerd when it was still in rough draft form. Cassie sent it to me for a once over after having an agent ask for it. I COULDN'T PUT IT DOWN... and that isn't always to case with first drafts. I have a special place in my heart for this book and for Cassie.

SO EVERYONE GO CHECK IT OUT! You will love it.


Zoe has a great pair of legs, perky boobs, and wears exactly what she needs to show it all off. She works hard for the easy sleazy ‘you only wish you were me’ reputation, burying who she really is—an all-out nerd.

The only time Zoe gets to be herself is when she hides under her comforter to read X-Men comics, sending jealousy stabs at everyone who attends Comic-Con. Keeping up her popular rep is too important, and she’s so damn insecure to care about the consequences. But when Zoe’s sister takes her car for a ‘crash and burn into a tree’ joyride, her parents get her a replacement. A manual. Something she doesn’t know how to operate, but her next door neighbor Zak sure as heck does.

Zak’s a geek to the core, shunned by everyone in school for playing Dungeons and Dragons at lunch and wearing “Use the Force” t-shirts. And Zoe’s got it bad for the boy. Only Zak doesn’t want Popular Zoe. He wants Geek Zoe.

She has to shove her insecurities and the fear of dropping a few rungs on the social ladder aside to prove to Zak who she really is and who she wants to be… if she can figure it out herself.

Cassie Mae is a nerd to the core from Utah, who likes to write about other nerds who find love. She’s the author of the Amazon Bestseller REASONS I FELL FOR THE FUNNY FAT FRIEND, and is the debut author for the Random House FLIRT line with her New Adult novels FRIDAY NIGHT ALIBI and PULLING THE SWITCH. She also has a three book deal with Swoon Romance Publishing, including her book HOW TO DATE A NERD. She spends her time with her angel children and perfect husband who fan her and feed her grapes while she clacks away on the keyboard. Then she wakes up from that dream world and manages to get a few words on the computer while the house explodes around her. When she’s not writing, she’s spending time with the youth in her community as a volleyball and basketball coach, or searching the house desperately for chocolate.

Spell for you guys today (because I'm just so happy!)

Cassie Mae Author of Reasons I Fell for the Funny Fat Friend Friday Night Alibi to be released July 29th by Random House Flirt How to Date a Nerd to be released November 5th by Swoon Romance Publishing Blog

Monday, May 6, 2013

Anything for Cassie Mae :)

I feel like I've known Cassie forever. I knew her back when she was writing Fantasy and hadn't found her love of Contemporary yet. I'll do anything for her. Including coming out of my pregnancy induced exile to promote her books. If you haven't read her work yet you are in for a treat. I love you girlfriend!!! - Angie

Take it away Cassie!!!

Dance Party!!! I'm super thrilled to show you all my cover for my New Adult debut, FRIDAY NIGHT ALIBI, published by Random House Flirt. This baby comes out on July 29th, but you can buy it now! And it'll just zap onto your ereader the day it's released.

Wanna know what it's about? Well, it's about this pig who learns how to fly, but only on friday nights and he grants wishes to people who are not where they're supposed to be, to get them out of a bind. You know I'm totally joking. I just wanted to see how many people just skipped over all these words to get to the pretty cover, lol. You mention the pig in the comments and you get cyber gold stars.

Here's the blurb :D

Rising star Cassie Mae introduces New Adult readers to a practical soon-to-be college freshman who seems to have everything—until a special guy shows her what she’s been missing.

In the wealthy town of Sundale, Kelli Pinkins has hatched the perfect plan to capitalize on her sweet reputation. For a generous fee, she will be every trust-fund baby’s dream: a Friday-night alibi, the “girlfriend” or “BFF” that parents dream about. With college approaching in the fall, Kelli’s services are in demand more than ever, which means that her social life is nonexistent. But Kelli is A-okay with that. She’s raking in cash for school. Besides, relationships are tricky, and sometimes very messy. She’d rather be at home on Xbox LIVE, anyway. Then the unexpected happens: She meets college stud Chase Maroney.

Chase isn’t like the preppy, privileged guys Kelli usually meets in Sundale. For starters, he’s twentysomething, always wears black, and he shoots back one-liners as fast as she can dish them out. But Kelli’s attempts to drive Chase away falter when she realizes that he treats her like he really knows her, like he cares about knowing her. When Kelli finally gives in to the delicious kiss she’s been fighting for so long, she faces a tough decision: make Chase a real-life boyfriend and risk her heart . . . or keep her clients and lose her first true love.

Advance praise for Friday Night Alibi

“Totally entertaining with as many swoon-worthy moments as hilarious ones, Friday Night Alibi is a must-read.”—Jolene Perry, co-author of Out of Play

“A fun, funny, and fantastic story, this is one you will read in a day, and pick up to re-read again the next.”—Kelley Lynn, author of Fraction of Stone

Oh, and stuff about me too.

Cassie Mae is a nerd to the core from Utah, who likes to write about other nerds who find love. Her angel children and perfect husband fan her and feed her grapes while she clacks away on the keyboard. Then she wakes up from that dream world and manages to get a few words on the computer while the house explodes around her. When she’s not writing, she’s spending time with the youth in her community as a volleyball and basketball coach, or searching the house desperately for chocolate.

And now the pretty!

Pre-order Friday Night Alibi: 

Cassie Mae

Author of Reasons I Fell for the Funny Fat Friend 
Friday Night Alibi to be released July 29th by Random House Flirt
How to Date a Nerd to be released November 5th by Swoon Romance Publishing Blog

Friday, March 15, 2013

Super Secret Project

I know. I know. I said I was going to post every week, but I have a good reason why I’ve been MIA. No, seriously. It’s really good.

I’ve been working on a super secret project—one that has taxed every bone in my body and zapped all my mental strength. I’d like to say it’s been fun, but for the most part it’s been absolute misery. It’s one of those projects that starts off terrible, eases up in the middle, then gets really uncomfortable before you get this AWESOME reward at the end.

You guys are so smart to guess it right…Yep…I’m pregnant J

We can throw confetti and strike up the band, because when my mom asked, “On purpose?” The answer was YES. This is number four for me and my hubby. My youngest is eight, so that’s a big gap, but what can you do?

I love writing, but if I had to say what my number one mission in this world is, it would be my kids. Although they may debate that idea around bed time (I’m kind of mean).

So I haven’t been online much, and only writing sporadically, but both are hard to do with your head in the toilet. Go ahead, try it—I dare you. I’ve been crazy sick with this baby, tons more than with the others. Here are the highlights: 24/7 nausea, repertory infections, forced bed rest, early contraction—and I’m only at 16 weeks. Heaven help me.

My baby the size of a gummy bear.
Don't blink or you will miss it.
I wish I was more like Cassie and I could pop out 9 books, one for each month I was with child and then sell them all the day my baby was born J Or like Erin Summerill who, I would bet my last nickel, ran at least one marathon while pregnant with each of her five kids. Tell me if I’m wrong someone. No, I’m the lame one who is sick all the time and people wonder if they have died.

So long story short, I haven’t died (even though I’ve wanted to) and I miss all of you and your wonderful energy. Now that I’m in my second trimester I’ll try to do better, but I’m making no promises.


P.S. I need to send a public shout out to the amazing Emily King. We started working on a project together before all of this started and she’s been the best friend to me. She patiently listens to my whiny texts and doesn’t complain when I am a week or two…or three late with a chapter or critique. I love you girl J

Friday, February 1, 2013

My FAVS of 2012

I know this is extremely late, but about a month behind seems like how I’ve been rolling lately—better late than never right?

I read 90 books in 2012—10 short of my goal, but still impressive. I was surprised how many books were just okay with only a few terrible ones. Here are 5 of my favorites. Add them to your TBR list.

CINDER—Best fairytale retelling I’ve ever read! Super creative with fabulous characters. This book is a great example of using more than one great high concept idea—Cyborg Cinderella in Asia, mixed with creepy invaders from the moon.

THE SCORPIO RACES—The writing in this book was AMAZING. Lyrical just like I like it.  It was so cool how Stiefvater mixed the macabre with the beautiful.

 THE NIGHT CIRCUS—This book was GORGEOUS! It’s a little bit of a slow moving story, but the fact that you want to stay in the world the author has created makes it worth it. The setting is just as much of a character (maybe more) then the actual characters. I seriously felt myself relax every time I opened it up. Fabulous writing!!! But if you are looking for plot you might be a bit thrown off.

FRIENDS AND FOES—I love Sarah Eden. She has such a talent for crafting believable and moving romances. I will read anything she writes.

SAVE THE CAT—AMAZING!!! Seriously, the best book on story structure I've ever read. Even though it is for screenwriters the principles really are universal for all storytellers. If you don’t own it, you should.

 Here are 5 other books that made my favorites list:
EDENBROOK – Julianne Donaldson
PALACE OF STONE – Shannon Hale
SHADOW AND BONE – Leigh Bardugo
LEGEND – Marie Lu

Happy Reading in 2013

Friday, January 25, 2013

When the going gets tough…

I failed to blog last week, so far my resolution isn’t going well. I’m old enough to know goals rarely work for me. I pretty much do what I want :)

Has anyone been hit with the killer flu that’s been stalking America? I don’t have that but I’ve been sick for almost three weeks. I’ve had good days and bad days (mostly bad) and you know what I’ve found out about myself? I’m a big baby and a whiner? Yes, but that isn’t what I was going to say. I can write (at least a little) through lame situations.

Have you ever written while really sick? Do you muscle on or wait until you are 100%? I’m generally not one to push myself too much, but I’ve found that if I do, I can accomplish a lot.

Monday, January 7, 2013

I’m back and with a treat :)

The rumors are false…I am not dead. I guess that would be considered good news :) I have no real excuse for my blogging absence besides just plain crazy BUSY. But starting this week I’m going to try to ease back into it.

So to start I get to be a stop on Elizabeth Seckmans Blog tour for her new book—Healing Summer. I asked Elizabeth about writing pitfalls and of course she gave me a super clever answer. Take it away Elizabeth!

Hey Angie! Here’s my list of pitfalls. There are plenty more…probably as many pitfalls are there are form letter rejections.
Petulance. No one likes a brat, whether they are four-years-old or forty. As a writer, you are working for the reader. You are on this Earth to make them happy. Not the other way around.
Insecurity is to writing as a water hose is to a flame. You have to have faith in yourself, even when no one else does.
Time. Finding it, managing it, and never having enough of it.
False hopes. We all want a break out hit first time out of the gate. If you think it’s the only measure of success, you’re probably in for a let-down.
Anglais. (added some French in here to make this work!) Failing to study the language and master its usage will lead to failure.
Languishing. You can’t pine over a single work. Do it till it’s done, then do another.
Lollygagging. Okay, me calling my Facebook obsession platform building makes me guilty of lollygagging and that’s bad.
That was awesome Elizabeth! Everybody check out her book. It sounds awesome. Also you can vote for Elizabeth’s best post on her blog :) I missed you guys. It’s nice to be back.

Healing Summer
Maybe Love, Not Time, Heals All Wounds
Ditched at the altar…biopsied for cancer…Mollie Hinkle is having a bona fide bitch of a summer. When life sucks so hard it takes your breath away, what's a girl to do? Pack a bag, grab a few friends, and leave the past and the worry in the rear view mirror. What wounds can’t be healed by a drive across the Heartland, where quarter flips at cross roads determine the route and the future? All roads lead to Craig, the second son and bad boy of the haughty Coulter line. Has fate brought her to the miniscule Montana town to find happily ever after or will it just break her heart?
“Healing Summer” is the second book in the Coulter Men Series.

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