Monday, February 3, 2014

Pink Shades of Words...An Anthology to Raise Money for Breast cancer Research.


I am honored and very humbled to be a part of something that moves the world beyond just the limited space I am in. When Glorya Hidalgo asked me to contribute a short story to her Avon breast cancer project I was more then willing to jump in with both feet. Then when I heard she had big name authors like Emily Snow, Jessica Sorensen, Julie Prestsater and CJ Roberts, I knew I was putting my name on something truly special. Breast cancer (<---notice I didn't capitalize the insidious bitch), has made a mark in everyone's lives one way or another. It has become a too common household conversation regarding our mothers, sisters, aunts, and girlfriends. We've ALL become affected by this disease. Whether a personal story of survival or of a loved one, this disease is finding its way into too many people's lives.

I wish I had magic pill that would wipe this gnarly, insidious disease from the face of the earth, but the fact is...I don't. But what I do have is a story. MAX, A Wilson Mooney Series Prequel, a short snip-it of Max Goldstein's life up to where Almost Eighteen (book 1) begins. I wrote this short story especially for Pink Shades of Words, I figured what better way to help out then to contribute what I know. I hope you enjoy the 16 other authors that poured their hearts into this project along with countless contributors that donated their time!

Below is all the information....even links to purchase it! 
 
17 of Today’s Best Selling Authors in Young Adult, New Adult & Romance came together to support Breast Cancer Research.

Proceeds from the sale of this book will be donated towards Fifty Shades of Pink Avon Breast Cancer Team- Santa Barbara, CA.

FIFTY SHADES OF PINK team participates in the 2 Day, 39.3 miles Breast Cancer Walk in beautiful Santa Barbara, CA. For one weekend- we wake up at 5am, deal with blisters the size of mountains, body aches (from body parts we should never ach from) and become one big family with the other thousands of walkers. We do this all in hopes that no other Mother, Sister, Aunt or Friend will have to deal with Breast Cancer.

Ready to Wed by J.L. Berg
Forgetting by JL Brooks
Max by Gretchen de la O
Fate by Dani Hart
Final Stage by Jade C. Jamison
Choices by Sloan Johnson
Leap of Faith by Shayne McClendon
Trying by J.B. McGee
Ruby and Finn by Maggi Myers
A Bend In the Road by Tess Oliver
More Than A Friend Request by Julie Prestsater
Songs of Dominance by CD Reiss
Falling by Julie Richman
Determined to Obey by CJ Roberts
Meeting Sin by Emily Snow
Lies & Deceit by Jessica Sorensen
Don’t Close Your Eyes by Hilary Storm
 

Sunday, December 8, 2013

I'm Taking Over Panty Dropping Book Blog's Facebook Page Today!



Hey My Lovelies! I have the privilege of taking over Panty Dropping Book Blog's Facebook page today! I am so excited, because it is the first time I will actually take over someone's Facebook. AND....NO, I didn't have to tie them up or bribe them to do it. They were cool enough to invite me! So here are the deets! Go to this link >>>>>> https://www.facebook.com/pages/Panty-dropping-Book-Blog/295274823946802 at 4pm PST/ 7pm EST and hang out, answer some questions, ask some questions and maybe even win some prizes! I am hoping some of my writing buddies come hang out for a moment or two! Maybe even win some cool stuff they have out! Get ready with your best pictures, some really deep questions, and maybe even get ready to drop trou!

See you later today!

 

Monday, November 4, 2013

Grateful Journey...


I can say I would never change my life for all the money in the world or all the friends I could squeeze into an Amtrak train. I know that I am the fortunate one…I’m the person that skips across the crosswalk in rush hour traffic wearing a grin and dances down the sidewalk of my life in the pouring rain without an umbrella. 

Writing the Wilson Mooney Series was an amazing journey, but taking the series on the road to book signings has made the journey phenomenal. Where else could I meet some of the most supportive, dynamic, talented, people I know?

Where could I fulfill my dreams and aspirations but amongst the people that see me for who I truly am? To wake up to the true validation that what I do isn’t just a spoiled girl’s attempt to be something she wasn’t meant to be. 

I am an author…Validated by some pretty established, talented, and amazing writers. And as I make my mark on the hearts of my readers and fellow writers…one beat at a time, I attempt to stay authentic to who I truly am. 

I can’t find the difference between my life and how I’m supposed to act. As I drag my hands across the dark tweed curtains on center stage, I struggle just like anyone else for that opening where the edges meet and the lights beg to push them part. I squint as the spotlights penetrate the most private corners of my soul. I’m the person who still cries at moments of weakness and cheers at the smallest moments of strength.

I am grateful for everything that I’ve experienced, learned from choices I’ve made, and grew from watching the experiences of others. I get giddy at the moment I discover someone has fallen in love with my writing, and get overwhelmed at the support from other authors with my process.  I’ve gained trust and earned respect of my peers, not by asking them to do for me…but by sharing my heart openly with them. 

YES…I have days were I want to stop. Days where I’m tired of having my heart ripped out of my chest. Days where I just need someone to tell me that I am worthy.  But with each turn of events…with each breath that leads me back to my passion; I learn just that much more about my industry. I learn that what I put out…will be drawn back into my life. I know if I turn away from the sun I will cast a shadow in front of me, I know that as I close my ears to the discontented I won’t be able to hear, and I know as I speak…so shall my life mirror my words.
I’ve learned so much in the infancy of my career, and in learning…I’ve discovered there is still so much I have to learn. But it is in that space...of not knowing that the greatest growth takes place for me…and for all of that…I am truly grateful.

Sunday, October 20, 2013

New Covers for the Wilson Mooney Series!

I just wanted you to see the new covers for the Wilson Mooney Series. Thank you Sommer Stein from Perfect Pear Creative and Toski Covey for their patience and creativity. And Liza Aharonovich for the amazing photos! 

 
Find your copies at:

Amazon
Barnes and Noble 
Smashwords


Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Beyond Eighteen...is OUT to the World!



Beyond Eighteen is out to the world! Amazon is up and people are clicking….Barnes and Nobel is taking a little longer…keep checking back with their site. Smashwords is up but am still waiting on the approval for distribution to iTunes/iBooks.




So here are the links…



For all electronic platforms at Smashwords.com here 

Nook at Barnes and Nobel…still waiting for link…

This has been one amazing journey. From the first time I starting writing Wilson’s story to the moment I wrote the last word on the screen. I’ve cried, laughed, became frustrated, loved it, hated it, and basically felt the entire gamut of emotions with this series. It has been a ride I only dreamed of. Thank you for making it a reality! Truly, without you, this couldn’t have taken place. Thank you for supporting my passion, thank you for cheering me on when it became difficult, thank you for letting Wilson and Max into your heart and most of all….thank you for letting me take you away from the realities of life so you could have some time with the characters that flooded my mind.

I love you all and honor you as a fan of the series.

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Beyond Eighteen Blurb and Cover Reveal...10 More Days!


Can you believe that in 10 days Beyond Eighteen will be out to the world? In 10 days…the series you fell in love with, will finish its run with its third and final book.

There’s this part of me that is breaking inside. I ache because I know there is a moment where I will sit at the computer and tap out lives that have nothing to do with Wilson and Max. And yet, there is this excitement that boils inside of me for the new characters that are dancing around my head. I can’t wait to introduce you to them, and their stories. My heart rate speeds up when I think that you are going to meet people who have nothing to do with the Wilson Mooney Series. It’s like the first day you bring home a friend or lover to meet your parents.

Today I am going to give you…my subscribers the first look at the blurb for book 3 and the new covers. Yeah, you read right…I reissued new covers for book 1 and 2.

Before you start screaming or emailing me…I want you to know…I loved the butterfly covers…but I needed the books to become something different when people saw the covers. I needed them to reflect what the story was about…and the butterflies just weren’t enough. At first the covers were my attempt to be different, but just as caterpillars morph into butterflies; my books needed to evolve into something that let people know it was a contemporary new adult romance.
Soooo…without further ado….here is the blurb for Beyond Eighteen and the three new book covers. 

Beyond Eighteen Blurb
Max Goldstein has been confronted by death, betrayal, and unwanted expectations. He must work to find the delicate balance of a love that has been tested and a family that has been broken. Returning to the warmth of Wilson’s arms, he finds the only place he can be truly healed. Unfortunately, teetering on the edge of losing everything he’s ever wanted, Max must make decisions that pull at his sense of responsibility and push at his desire to protect the life he’s found with Wilson.

When Wilson Mooney is thrust into adulthood, she never expects her childhood demons to come knocking. Struggling to balance the delicate nature of her relationship with Max and the burning sting of betrayal; Wilson realizes she must dig deep within her soul to find forgiveness. Will she allow circumstances out of her control to shape her future? Or will she find the strength and maturity to go beyond eighteen and have the life she desires with the man she loves?

Will Wilson and Max ever get to have their happily ever after?


Watch for Beyond Eighteen October 2nd, 2013. 







With Gratitude and Love,
Gretchen