Book Release!

The release of Ruhk’s Rising; Phoenix Elite #2 has been bumped up from February 2013 to January 28th, 2013!!! It will release first to Fire & Ice YA Imprint of Melange Books, then Amazon, Barnes & Noble and so on… I am currently running a contest on my Facebook Fanpage to win a copy of Phoenix; Book 1 & Ruhk’s Rising; Book 2. All you have to do is go to the page and ‘like’ it for your chance to win! I will randomly pick a winner from all of my page ‘likes’ at the end of February and announce it on my blog and Facebook page. Good luck!!!

Ruhk’s Rising available January 28th from Fire & Ice!

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Ruhk's Rising



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This guest post is part of the Turning Points blog series here on distraction no. 99—in which I asked authors the question: What was your turning point as a writer? Here is Kristin Halbrook, debut author of Nobody But Us and one of my Anticipated Debuts for January 2013, sharing hers…

Guest post by Kristin Halbrook

When I was little, I had lofty goals. I was going to be president! I was going to be the first female NFL quarterback! I was going to be a writer!

During grad school, my aspirations changed. Did I want to be a teacher? Did I want to continue into the Phd program in Women’s Studies or in Social Geography? No matter how my path changed, I always was setting goals for the next stage. Always looking to meet the high expectations I had for myself. Before any of these possibilities came to…

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Help me hit 500 likes on my Facebook author fan-page before the release of RUHK’S RISING; Phoenix Elite Book 2 and I will give away ten free copies of Phoenix in the winner’s choice of either paperback or ebook!!!! If I reach 500 likes before the release in February, I will draw 10 lucky names from the “likes” on my page and then notify the lucky winners. Spread the word!

Melissa Starr

Phoenix Elite Book 1

The January 2013 Anticipated YA Debuts

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Did you read my post yesterday about my own debut experience and how much I like celebrating other writers’ debuts? If you did, then you know what this post is! I’m excited to share the two January 2013 Anticipated YA Debuts I’ll be featuring here on distraction no. 99 this month. This is a happy accident, but I like the way these two books connect visually, cover-wise… Here are the two YA debut novels I want to run out to the nearest indie bookstore to buy this month:


Coming January 15…


Uses for Boys

The story:

Anna remembers a time before boys, when she was little and everything made sense. When she and her mom were a family, just the two of them against the world. But now her mom is gone most of the time, chasing the next marriage, bringing home the next stepfather. Anna is left on…

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