Wednesday, July 30, 2014

THE WANTED COVER REVEAL!!!

COVER REVEAL: 
THE WANTED by Lauren Nicolle Taylor




We are so excited to share the official cover reveal for the fourth and final book in The Woodlands Series by Lauren Nicolle Taylor. The Wanted is scheduled for release on October 17, 2014. Don't forget to add The Wanted to your TBR List on Goodreads. If you haven't started The Woodlands Series, check out the first book for free! 



What would you be willing to sacrifice to get what you Wanted? 

It’s the question facing both Rosa and Joseph as they are pushed and pulled in unimaginable directions. 

It’s the question Superior Grant answered with a resounding, “Anything and everything.” 

The only thing they want is to be back in each other’s arms. But what will it cost them to get there? 

Separated after a failed mission, they are caught in dual hells. Joseph, sinking as he struggles to face what he did to escape and who he had to leave behind. Rosa, straddling the divide between fighting the evil, calculating Superior Grant and trying her best to stay alive. 

When what they Wanted seems unreachable, can they find the strength—the will—to keep trying? To keep fighting? And find their way back to each other and to Orry?

The Wanted is the stunning conclusion of The Woodlands Series. 

The Woodlands Series by Lauren Nicolle Taylor


THE WOODLANDS by Lauren Nicolle Taylor
(Young Adult Mature- Dystopian Romance)
Published by: Clean Teen Publishing

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Rosa never thought she’d make it to sixteen...

When being unique puts you in danger and speaking your mind can be punishable by death, you might find yourself fighting to survive. Rosa lives in The Woodlands, one of eight enclosed cities where the lone survivors of a devastating war have been gathered. In these circular cities everyone must abide by the law or face harsh punishment. Rosa's inability to conform and obey the rules brands her a leper and no one wants to be within two feet of her, until she meets Joseph. He's blonde, fair skinned, blue eyed and the laid back, ever-grinning, complete opposite of Rosa. She's never met anyone quite like him, and she knows that spells danger.

But differences weren't always a bad thing. People used to think being unique was one of the most treasured of traits to have. That was before the bitter race war decimated most of the planet, leaving the Russian wilderness as the only scrap of land habitable for survivors. Now, the Superiors, who ruthlessly control the concrete cities with an iron fist, are obsessed with creating a 'raceless' race. They are convinced this is the only way to avoid another war. Any anomalies must be destroyed.


The Superiors are unstoppable and can do anything they want, after all, they are considered super heroes by the general public. But not everyone see's them this way. When they continue to abuse their power by collecting young girls for use in their secret, high-tech breeding program, they have no idea that one of those girls has somehow managed to make friends even she didn't know she had. And one man will stop at nothing to save her.




THE WALL by Lauren Nicolle Taylor
(Young Adult Mature- Dystopian Romance)
Book 2 in The Woodlands Series





Joseph, wake up, wake up, wake up.

She says it over and over. It’s her plea, her prayer, her mantra. But life doesn’t stop while he’s sleeping. Rosa’s been thrown into a new world, with new rules, and a philosophy that sounds too good to be true. She’s also sure they didn’t rescue her out of the goodness of their hearts.

The Survivors must want something from them… but what?

The Wall finds Rosa eagerly entering a new life, yet struggling to keep the demons and ghosts of the past from dragging her backwards.

She’s left so many people behind and isn’t sure how to start over.

There’s freedom in the Survivors’ world, more than she’d ever dreamed of, but there’s also secrets. The darkest of which pulls Rosa headfirst into a trauma, forcing her to reevaluate her past and pushing her to make a choice that may destroy the tenuous, sewn-together family she’s built on the outside.

Will Rosa make the right choice… or will she lose everything she has fought so hard for?





THE WOUNDED by Lauren Nicolle Taylor
(Young Adult Mature- Dystopian Romance)
Book 3 in The Woodlands Series



You think you’re in control, that you have your hands on the reins. But I’m starting to think either someone else is driving or the reins are attached to nothing. Just flapping and snapping in the breeze. What could be simple, never is.

Rosa doesn’t want to get used to being separated from Joseph, from Orry. But now she must battle her way back to her family, her future, at the same time struggling to come to terms with her father’s past, his secrets and what he means to her now.

With her best friend Rash by her side she feels blessed and cursed. He is her saving grace but will Joseph accept him, and will he forgive her for leaving? More importantly will she manage to return to him? Rosa must pull these threads together. Hold herself in as she hacks her way back to The Wall with the aid of new companions but not the one person she’d planned on saving.

Finding her way back is only the beginning. The biggest changes, the shocking outcomes are waiting. Hovering over the town like a menacing vapour.

The Wounded have waited, nursed, and been dormant for too long and now they’re coming, dragging the ghosts of their lost ones behind them.



About Lauren Nicolle Taylor


Lauren Nicolle Taylor is a 33-year-old mother living in the tiny, lush town of Bridgewater on the other side of the world in Australia. She married her high school sweetheart and has three very boisterous and individual children. She earned a Bachelors degree in Health Sciences with Honours in Obstetrics and Gynecology and majored in Psychology while minoring in Contemporary Australian Writing.

After a disastrous attempt to build her dream house that left her family homeless, She found herself inexplicably drawn to the computer. She started writing, not really knowing where it may lead but ended up, eight weeks later, with the rough draft of The Woodlands.

In 2013, Lauren Nicolle Taylor accepted a publishing contract with Clean Teen Publishing. Her first published novel, The Woodlands, was released on August 30, 2013 and followed shortly by The Wall and The Wounded. The Wanted—the stunning conclusion to the series— is scheduled for release in October of 2014. 


Where to find Lauren: Blog / Facebook / Twitter

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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

THINGS I'VE ALWAYS WANTED BUT CAN NEVER HAVE



To celebrate the upcoming release of the cover for THE WANTED, I thought I'd let you know some of the things that I've always wanted that my husband has told me 'NO' to.

1. A pony.
Not to ride and I'd probably forget to feed it, but just so I could look out my window and squeal, "look a pony, a pony!!" (This is what I currently do whenever we drive past one)
The reason I was told 'no' to this was the not riding it, not feeding it and a general lack of a field to put it in. And my husband says, "you can't buy something just to scream at it."

2. A deep fryer.
Apparently I have no self-restraint and if I bought a deep fryer I would deep fry everything and become enormous.

3. To be perfectly round.
The deep fryer would probably help with this but if I was going to get bigger I wanted to go all in. Be perfectly round. Of course this is terribly unhealthy and impractical but I always loved the idea of looking like Violet Beauregarde from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

4. An alpaca.
They are just soooo cute. But I'm terrified of them. This would fall into the same category as the pony, I guess. You can't own an animal just to squeal at it.

5. A hill.
I always wanted to own a hill. I haven't been specifically told 'no' to this one but I don't think there are a lot of hills on the market.

6. A clothes dryer.
Now this may sound seriously boring but I hate laundry, I hate hanging it up. And like the deep fryer, if I had a clothes dryer I would put everything in it. So I've been told 'no'.

7. A tinny.
I LOVE fishing. And I NEED a boat. But apparently they are a little out of my budget of $6 and there's all that practical stuff about where to keep it etc etc.

8. A firemans pole.
How fun would that be? But again the practical side always ruins the fun. We live in a one story house and besides if we didn't, I don't fancy shimmying back up one to get to the top level.

9. An F100 truck.
They are so cool. So boxy. That's all I need in a car. But husband says 'no' because they are gas guzzlers, and they are so wide I wouldn't be able to park it. I disagree. I think if I had one I'd be queen of the road and everyone would just get out of my way!

10. Every kitchen appliance known to man.
I am fascinated with all the different 'makers' out there. Donut makers, waffle makers, fairy floss makers, pie makers... I want them all. But since a kitchen the size of our whole house isn't on the cards then maybe not.

What are some of the ridiculous things you've always WANTED?

Saturday, July 26, 2014

THE WOODLANDS IN A DYSTOPIAN COLLECTION!!!

THREE AMAZING COVER REVEALS AND THREE AWESOME GIVEAWAYS! 

Clean Teen Publishing and Crimson Tree Publishing have both been growing by leaps and bounds. With so many amazing best-selling authors and award-winning books, they decided to create three new digital boxed sets to feed your reading addiction. These boxed sets will include multiple full-length novels, excerpts and sneak peeks at upcoming releases and more! Check out these stunning stories and make sure to enter the giveaway at the bottom! Three winners will be chosen for some amazing prize packs including a $10 Amazon gift card! 



Nothing is as it seems in Worlds Between. There are places where hunger can't be contained and telepathy is possible, where the afterlife brings about more adventure than the living can handle, and sometimes employers might just bite.

Worlds Between features six novels from bestselling authors. Dive into these paranormal worlds that will have you reaching for the safety of your covers and reading well into the night. Check out more about the included stories below: 

Wicked Hunger by DelSheree Gladden

Born with an insatiable hunger for pain and suffering, Vanessa and Zander Roth struggle to hide the truth of who they really are. Keeping their secrets becomes even harder when Ivy Guerra arrives and stirs their hunger into a frenzy. Will their need to feed on others’ agony turn them into villains, or can they somehow find a way to become the heroes of their own dark story?

Haunting Zoe by Sherry D. Ficklin

Logan woke up with a big problem. He’s extremely dead. No one from his former life seems able to see or hear him, making his afterlife little more than a nightmare. That is, until his funeral, when the bitterly sarcastic Zoe, a friend from his childhood, calls him out at his own wake. Now his only chance at moving on means dealing with his sordid past—and the girl he never really got over.

The Mind's Eye by K.C. Finn

A girl with a telepathic gift finds a boy clinging to his last hope during the war-torn climate of 1940s Europe. Kit Cavendish has psychic powers that allow her mind to travel to places her disabled body cannot follow, so when war breaks out across Europe, curiosity gets the better of her. The Mind's Eye is a story of personal triumph and young love set against the harsh realities of life at war.

Reluctant Guardian by Melissa J. Cunningham

She's dead, and would give anything to have her life back. He's alive, but demons conspire against him. Can two lost souls save each other from destiny? Death is nothing like Alisa thought it would be. Rather than peaceful rest, she must become a guardian to Brecken, a dark and dangerous rebel, who hides a terrible secret. When feelings develop between them, everything spins out of control.

Kindling Flames by Julie Wetzel

Fresh from college and with no real work experience, Victoria Westernly considers herself lucky to land the coveted position of personal assistant to Darien Ritter, the CEO and owner of a multibillion-dollar company. His busy schedule and eccentric ways are enough to keep her on her toes. But, all is not what it seems when she discovers the handsome man employing her just happens to be the most powerful vampire in the area. 

And sneak peeks from Aftermath by Sandy Goldsworthy, Hidden Monster by Amanda Strong, The Awakener by Amanda Strong, The Eye of Tanub by M.E. Cunningham, Angus MacBain by Angela J. Townsend and River of Bones by Angela J. Towsend. 




Love can be many things in Worlds Entwined. It's a place where the fate of a kingdom can rest with an unlikely princess, the sea holds more than just dreams, and a heart can be mended amidst a tragedy. While fairytales are few and far away, Worlds Entwined will be sure to keep your blood pumping and your heart fluttering through to the very last page. 

Worlds Entwined features five novels from bestselling authors. Dive into these romantic and light fantasy worlds that show love is cruel, painful, sweet, wonderful and inspiring. Worlds Entwined is sure to keep you reading well into the night. Check out more about the included stories below: 

The Key by Jennifer Anne Davis 

Prince Darmik's kingdom is on the brink of upheaval and at the center is a girl who could be the key to its undoing. When given a choice, will he choose love or the kingdom he swore to protect? Rema's an ordinary girl with an extraordinary past… All she wants is to be free. But it comes at a price. She is forced to accept the proposal of a cruel prince, even though she loves another… his brother. 

Rumors by Erica Kiefer 

Seventeen-year-old Allie Collins would rather hide behind rumors than face the truth—her life will never be the same as it was before the accident. As a star athlete grieving in the shadows, she hopes to find normalcy in boys and basketball. When her best friend sets her up with the popular Shane Moretti, Allie drags her feet, reluctant for added complications. Then she decides that dating Shane would be the perfect shield from last summer’s tragedy. However, what starts as a mere distraction proves much more complex. As Shane leads Allie into questionable situations, gossip continues to swirl. 

Never Forgotten by Kelly Risser 

Life tasks a drastic turn for Meara Quinn. Her mom’s cancer returned, and they are moving to her mom’s childhood home in Peggy’s Cove. Meara has never met her grandparents and doesn’t know much about her mom’s childhood. Dreams of her dad help her realize that all is not as it seems. With her new boyfriend, Evan, and his sister, Katie, she embarks on a journey to discover who—or what—she is. 

Rising by Holly Kelly 

Sara is a criminal with a death sentence hanging over her head, who is being stalked by the deadliest assassin in the sea—only she doesn’t know it. Xanthus’s job is simple. All he has to do is break into her apartment and slit her throat. If only she weren’t so beautiful… so innocent. Will he do his duty and slay her, or will the executioner become the protector, and the hunter become the hunted? 

Finding Willow by Michelle Pickett 

Finding Willow is the prequel to Unspeakable, which will be releasing in 2015. This touching romance between Brody and Willow explores one girl’s quiet strength to survive the unbearable weight of a family secret alone, and the love and resolve of a boy determined to help her. 

And sneak peeks from Queen of Someday by Sherry D. Ficklin, Sweet Contradiction by Peggy Martinez, and Moonflower by Angela J. Townsend.



It’s a fight for life in Worlds Undone. The only way to live through these post-apocalyptic times is to stand up against authority, hone in on special gifts, and learn to control the elements. In these stories of survival against all odds, heroes will rise and the evil ones will fall; and amidst the darkness, they might just find hope and love.

Worlds Undone features five novels from bestselling authors. Dive into these dystopian and apocalyptic worlds that will keep you rooting for hope and reading well into the night. Check out more about the included stories below:

The Woodlands by Lauren Nicolle Taylor

In Russia, after a race war has decimated the planet, the Superiors who control the compounds of the Woodlands are obsessed with creating a ‘raceless’ race, convinced it is the only way to avoid war. Collecting troublemakers for use in their high-tech breeding program, they should have lifted the claw when it passed over sixteen-year-old Rosa’s head. She is strong. She is loved. She will fight.

Project ELE by Rebecca Gober and Courtney Nuckels

With millions dying each day from a brutal heat wave, fifteen-year-old Willow relocates to a government shelter—where chaos, romance, and strange new powers await her. A must-read doomsday saga with nearly 100 five-star Amazon reviews! 

Concealed in the Shadows by Gabrielle Arrowsmith

Sydney will escape with her sister if they’re denied the right to be together. Chip implants, the electric barrier, and the interest of two opposing forces amplify the danger. Can she trust the side she fights for? Can she receive unexpected love? When her sister's life is jeopardized, she’ll have to weigh new love against the only one she has known. The cost could be deadly. How will she choose?

The Bionics by Alicia Michaels

All I wanted was to be a normal girl. But the nuclear war that laid waste to our country killed any hope I had. They took everything, including my humanity. I’m now half-human, half-machine, part of the freak show that is the Restoration Project. They hate what they created, fearing us for being strong. What they don’t know is—there’s a Resistance and The Bionics aren’t going down without a fight.

Wind Warrior by Jon Messenger

Xander’s simple life is turned upside down when he discovers he’s the newest Wind Warrior, a race of supernatural men and women who control the air. However, they’re not alone and as their time comes to an end, the Fire Warriors grow more and more eager to claim the planet as their own. 

And sneak peeks from The Last Orphans by N.W. Harris, Wolves of the Northern Rift by Jon Messenger and Voodoo Moon by June Stevens. 

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Friday, July 4, 2014

25 things I've learned from being a mother for nine and a bit years.


The Taylor kids in a box.
1. Couches are not for sitting on, they are for jumping on, doing handstands on and staining with milky things that make the couch smell like cheese. Don't bother cleaning said couch as it will come in handy for your kids first science project on 'fungi around the home'. And also, it will smell of cheese no later than 24 hours after you cleaned it, so why bother. (hint: buy a dark coloured couch, it will still smell but you won't be able to SEE the smell)

2. Wanna know how many kids fit in a box? If you have two kids it two, if you have three kids, it's three, if you have five kids, it's five...you see where I'm going with this? Kids in a box are like clowns in a clown car. It's some sort of little person magic.

3. Walls are not just for holding up the house that in no way contains the noise of the supposed fifty elephants that live in it. Walls are for smearing, drawing and hiding behind when the offending artwork is discovered.

4. You should never, ever get used to the smell of poo. If you have, you've totally lost the battle.

5. Food simply cannot stay on plates. It is not just for eating, it is for experiementing with how much you can fit in your belly button, how crusty you can make your hair and for sticking behind your ears for later. And sugary food is about as over stimlulating as crack with a chaser of...well...crack. And no matter how entertaining it is to watch your kids talking and running around at the speed of light, man, the comedown is brutal.

6. Don't fall into the trap of following up on the statements,
'smell this',
'I need to show you something' and
'come see what (insert siblings name) did'
It's never good and you don't want to know.

7. Absolutely everything can go in the washing machine. And if you're silly enough to buy something non-machine washable, errr, yeah good luck with that. Unless you're a cartoon character that can dodge projectiles by making a hole in the middle your body, that outfit is headed for the ragbin.

8. If your husband is late it's not because he's having an affair, he's most likely hiding from you and the rabble that frequently greets him at the door like a four-headed, eight-legged scream machine.

9. Witching hour is real and I'm starting to wonder if it's called that because only a witch threatening to boil your kids up in a caudron would contain the chaos.

10. A Wonder Week is just a cute way of saying your kid's being a little turd and you need something to blame.

11. Parenting books are good for making you feel bad and propping up wobbly table legs.

12. Your dog now hates you.

13. Your kids will take the following statements as challenges rather than warnings:
'It won't fit',
'It will take too long' and
'I'm not sure you can make a house out of slips of A4 paper and stickytape'.

14. Just say everything at least five times but then call it eleventy million times. (eg) "I've asked you eleventy million times to get up to the table!"

15. The water in the bath belongs OUTSIDE of the bath.

16. Kids freakin' love bubbles, things that glow in the dark and will eat their weight in playdough if you let them.

17. You might have gotten away with it when they were young, but your swearing will come back to bite you in the form of your nine year old saying 'shit' when he drops things and your daughter saying, 'you're a turd' to the nice old lady who smiled at her at the supermarket.

18. Redheads are some other, special and separate species of human.

19. If you can't find something and it's small enough to fit in someone's mouth, it is most likely in someone's mouth.

20. All children have an evil laugh, the sooner you work out what it sounds like the better.

21. When one of your kids starts scream-crying, don't drop everything and come running. Stop, wait a few seconds and if the screaming stops you'll know it's all good. (Peek your head out the door just to check that they're not unconscious though.)

22. Things that should never be sticky are now sticky.

23. The statements 'calm down', 'settle down' and 'be quiet' all have the opposite effect, especially when you're on the phone.

24. The bargain you just struck after much negotiation is always up for further negotiation. (ie) a set bedtime is open to interpretation. And a set wake time? Bahaha, that's a good one, excuse me while I wipe the tears of laughter from my tired, tired eyes. Become a lawyer, it might help, maybe...

25. You'll love your kids forever, no matter what they put you through, drag you through, wipe on you, scream at you and/or throw at you.