Archive | May 2014

What’s your summer favorite? Pinterest and giveaway fun!



I am super excited to announce a fun summertime giveaway and prize!

Who would like a personalized signed paperback from one of the attending authors at UTOP YA (an awesome Young Adult book convention in Nashville)? I am counting down the days until I get to go, and besides signing my own books for readers, I plan to play the part of a fan and get a few books for myself as well πŸ™‚ If you are the lucky winner of this giveaway, I will get you a signed paperback of your choosing from any of the authors in attendance. The UTOP YA link is located at the bottom of this post so you can see the list of authors who will be there πŸ™‚

Now the fun giveaway part πŸ™‚ Starting next week, I plan to kick off a summer weekly Pinterest and Book review post. Along with a book review, I will also post pictures and reviews of Pinterest projects that I have been wanting to try. Now that the kids are out of school for the summer, I’m looking for healthy summer recipes, art projects, etc… Each week I will review a book I’ve been wanting to read and I will share my Pinterest experiments with everyone πŸ™‚

I have a few Pinterest ideas that I plan to try but I’m looking for more and I would love to hear your ideas. To enter the giveaway, follow the Facebook link and post your favorite Pinterest link in the comments section of the top pinned post or send me your own picture of an idea that fits into one of the following categories. Every shared idea will count as an entry. Limit 3 entries per person πŸ™‚ I can’t possibly pick just one favorite so I will hold a random drawing on Saturday, May 31st at 9:00am PST. Please check back on my Facebook page to see if you have won πŸ™‚

– Fun kid food project (ex: along the lines of ants on a log)

– Healthy summertime recipe (favorite healthy salad, bread, snack, whatever)

– Kids craft project

– Favorite household organization tip

– Favorite household decorating idea

Follow the Facebook link to enter:


Facebook Release Day Party for Indigo Instinct

release party may 20

2 DAYS until the release of Indigo Instinct. If you haven’t joined already, sign-up to be a part of the Facebook release day party on May 20th! It will be my birthday, too. So stop in and celebrate with me, play some fun games, and try to win a fun prize or two πŸ™‚ Everyone’s invited. Just follow the link now so it will be on your calendar πŸ™‚

Indigo Instinct Excerpt #3

Indigo Instinct for Kindle

Only one week until the release of Indigo Instinct! Here’s a third excerpt to keep you entertained until you can read the book in its entirety πŸ™‚ Enjoy!Β 

“Mrs. Hughes, are you still there?”

“I’m here,” Sarah replied.

“Oh good. I thought I’d lost you for a second. As I was saying, we believe he’s still alive. They found the helicopter wreckage, but your husband was missing. It’s believed he’s been taken hostage.”

“Wait. What? He’s alive?”

“We don’t have confirmation, ma’am, but at the moment, that’s what we believe. Usually in circumstances like this, someone will come forward with claims to the hostages. As soon as we get additional information, we’ll contact you. In the meantime, can I get your current address so I can send someone out to you?”

“Um…my address?”

“Yes, ma’am. I can locate the closest military office to send someone out to visit with you. If you could just give me your address so I can add it to your records, I’ll see that you’re taken care of.”

“Taken care of?” Of course he referred to her mental well-being, but the first thought that crossed her mind was sending someone out to “take care of her.” She’d been in hiding for five months. She wasn’t about to give up her location now. “Um, no, I’m sorry. I’m actually traveling right now…on vacation. You’ll give me a call if you hear anything else?”

“Of course, ma’am. You’ll be the first to hear of any updates. But if I could just get your addressβ€””

“I have to go. I’m sorry.”

She pushed “end” to discontinue the conversation and let the phone drop to the floor.

She hadn’t been aware of Ian’s presence, but sometime during the conversation, he had sat in the chair behind her. He placed both hands on her shoulders, and she leaned her back against his legs.

“Sarah, I’m sorry.”

He had known. That was why he had been on the phone all morning with Will.

She spun around with an accusing glare. “You knew, didn’t you? You knew and you didn’t tell me.”

“Sarah, Iβ€””

“Don’t bother, Ian. There’s nothing you can say.”

She tossed her phone into her purse, pushed herself off the floor, and without another word, walked out the door.

Have you read INDIGO INCITE, book 1 of the Indigo Trilogy? If not, there’s still time to get caught up before INDIGO INSTINCT is released on the 20th. Get INDIGO INCITE now on Amazon for only 99 cents πŸ™‚


Taking orders now for INDIGO INSTINCT

Indigo Instinct for Kindle


The YA Indigo Trilogy continues… 8 DAYS!!!

I will be placing my first order of Indigo Instinct paperbacks THIS Thursday. Do you want a signed copy? Send me a private message on Facebook or my email address:Β  jaybuch78@gmail.comΒ  so I can make sure you’re in on the first shipment.

$10 – Local pickup
$12 – Ship anywhere in the U.S.
I’m happy to ship international – let me know where you live & I will figure out shipping costs

Would you like to share the trilogy with a friend? With your order of Indigo Instinct, I will send one friend of your choosing an eBook copy of book one in the trilogy, Indigo Incite.

Sci-fi convention today and tomorrow!

Today and tomorrow I will be at the LepreCon Sci-fi convention in Mesa, AZ! Stop by to say hi and get your own signed copy of Indigo Incite. Tomorrow (Saturday) at 9:00 I will be speaking on a panel to discuss the realm of self-publishing, and at 4:00 I will be discussing the ins and outs of successful book covers.

Marriott Mesa Hotel and Convention Center is the place to be this weekend πŸ™‚

What’s in a cover?

what's in a cover


I will be speaking on a panel this weekend to discuss the ins and outs of book covers. It’s very true that people judge a book by its cover, but the question is – what do we look for in a cover that makes it seem appealing…or not appealing? I’ve put together a short survey to get your opinion. The results gathered from the survey will be used during my panel discussion πŸ™‚ Thank you for your assistance!!! πŸ™‚ I will post results of the survey and my panel discussion in the upcoming weeks πŸ™‚



Indigo Instinct for Kindle

Two weeks until the release of Indigo Instinct! That means it’s time for another excerpt. Enjoy πŸ™‚

“Mmm,” Tyler sighed a minute later. “We could just sit here for the next couple of hours, and you could keep showing me your appreciation.”

“We could,” Liliana agreed. “We would definitely be safer in the car instead of wandering around out there.”

“Then again, staying safe is never fun. We could meander inside to pass the time. Who knows the next time you’ll get to come to Vegas.”

“I thought you wanted to lay low until your brother shows up.”

“I’m sure we’ll be fine inside. We’ll just get lost in the crowds. You watch auras. I’ll listen to thoughts. We’ll stay aware of our surroundings and be fine.”

“That sounds like a bit of a gamble, don’t you think?”

Tyler laughed. “Was that meant to be a joke? Get it? Gamble. Vegas.”

“I’m glad one of us is amused by this whole situation.”

“Look. How about we roshambo it?”

“Huh? Ro Sham who it? Come again?”

“It’s another term for rock-paper-scissors. Best two out of three. You winβ€”we sit nice and tight until Toby and Rebecka show up. I winβ€”we meander inside and check out the action.”

“You’re serious?”

“Absolutely. After all, we are in Vegas. Remember? Are you up for a little gamble?”

She chewed on her lower lip and sighed. “Fine. Best two out of three?”


“No cheating.”

“You can’t cheat at this game.”

“Sure you can.”

“Okay. Maybe. I won’t cheat…I promise.” He held a hand out to her, palm up. His other hand formed a fist and hovered over his open palm. “Ready?”

She sighed again and rolled her eyes. “Fine. Let’s go.” She mirrored his hand motions, and on the third fist pound onto her palm, she opened her fist flat to indicate paper.

Tyler grinned when his own hand opened in the paper hand symbol as well. “Again.”

“All right. Go.”

After the fourth attempt at the game, which resulted in a fourth tie, Liliana giggled. “You’re cheating.”

“Seriously? I could say the same about you. You’re reading my mind.”

She giggled again. “Maybe. But you’re reading mine, too.”

“So we’re never going to win this game. It’s like playing tic-tac-toe. We could go round and round all day. There’s no way to win.”

“Sure there is. We just both have to agree not to read each other’s mind.”

“Is that possible?”

Liliana attempted to look serious. “Sure. See, I’m blocking my thoughts from you now. Try to read my mind.”

Tyler was silent for a moment as he stared at her. “Oh, you’re good. You’re right. I can’t read your thoughts. Okay, one more time. One try. Whoever gets it is the winner.”


They held their palms up once more, and on the third fist pound, Tyler held his fist in the rock symbol while Liliana held hers like scissors.

He pounded his rock on top of her scissors. “I win.”

“No! That’s not fair,” she whined. “I knew you were going to do rock, but I couldn’t think fast enough to think what beats rock.”

“Why, whatever do you mean, dear sweet Liliana? Do you mean you were trying to read my mind and…cheat?”

“You forgot to block your thoughts. It’s not my fault.”

“Well, my little cheating vixen. I win. You lose. Let’s go inside.”

“Do you want to rethink this?”

Tyler smirked and with a wink said, “Nope. We’ll leave our stuff in the car. Let’s go.”

INDIGO INSTINCT coming May 20th!!