Come Join in the Fun

ScavengerHuntThis summer I’m one of many authors taking part in the Summer Fun Scavenger Hunt being put on by Night Owl Reviews. There are lots of awesome prizes available and not only that, you’ll have a chance to discover some new, awesome authors.

Make sure to enter for a chance to win the $100 Amazon Gift Card and lots of other great prizes:

And be on the look out for my latest release, A Face In the Crowd, along the way.

Stay cool out there friends and happy hunting!

Author Carly Jordynn is Back

Did you love Slayer, the first book in Jordynn’s Sasha Bishop Vampire Slayer series? Like so many others I did too and like those same fans, I’m thrilled to announce the second book is available now, Sasha Bishop: Shifter.

Read more about it and the author who created this fun series below.


Sasha Bishop is the Slayer. With her Halfling and Vampire allies by her side, she had fought and won a vampire war. Now some of her classmates are missing. When they resurface as vampires; they accuse Sasha as being their Sire.

Trouble brews for Sasha and her vampire boyfriend, Hutch when he sides with the newborns. It takes the war to a whole new level. It’s become personal. Angry and hurt, Sasha finds comfort with handsome vampire, Rhydian McDavid, who has an alarming connection to her Slayer past. Now, she must pair up with some unlikely allies to stop a vampire massacre at the Prom, all while being crowned the Prom Queen.

The battle doesn’t stop there. The Vamps of Craig’s Creek are back with a vengeance and plan on making Graduation a buffet. A storm, tornado, and some surprising revelations, guarantee Sasha’s life will never be the same.

Get your copy here.

carlyCarly Jordynn is a writer from Northern Kentucky who loves to weave tales of fantasy, paranormal, and romance. When she isn’t writing a book, she writes lyrics for the Christian band, Phil Parks and One Step Closer.

Carly loves to travel. You can find her at various conferences and other author events throughout the year. Her hobbies include: travel, photography, reading, party-planning, dinner with friends, and hanging out with her family.

Carly is a member of the Romance Writers of America and the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators.





Cover Reveal Time

As promised there’s a new book on the horizon just in time for your summer vacation. I’m thrilled to finally get to share a few details for my latest book with everyone. I hope you’ll follow me from the small town of Warm Springs into the heart of Atlanta where you’ll meet sexy, rocker Oliver and hardworking Lexie as their worlds are turned upside down.


Alexis Hightower considers trust a four letter word, and she has no intention of getting serious with anyone. After all, her day job as a nurse is plenty serious enough. On one of her nights off, she attends a concert for her favorite band and ends up on stage. She never expected to meet the legendary singer in person or that he would be the one to make her question her way of life. But how do you learn to trust again when the one you want is desired by thousands?

Oliver Honeycutt has it all, success, fame, admirers, but when his family is faced with the unthinkable, none of it matters. Stranded in Atlanta, he meets Alexis who’s unlike any woman he’s known before. As his attraction grows, plans for the future change which leaves someone desperate to keep them apart. But Oliver won’t be easily discouraged. To have a future with Alexis he’ll do whatever it takes to make her see the man behind the image.

Mark your calendars for July 20th and have a wonderful summer.

The Latest YA Adaptations on TV

This winter has brought in more than just the white stuff. With it, we’ve also gotten a double dose of YA on TV. Freeform (what was once ABC Family) is breathing new life into the Shadowhunter world and MTV has launched a series called The Shannara Chronicles. Naturally, both shows are full of hot young people, but where do they stand now that several episodes have aired. Are they a credit or discredit to the world of YA? Let’s discuss.

shadowhuntersShadowhunters is based off of the bestselling Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare. I’ll be the first to admit the series is a favorite of mine and after the movie was a bust I assumed that was the last chance I had to see my beloved series come to life, but low and behold now it’s on the small screen. A better fit in my opinion since there’s so much ground to cover, but I digress.

I want to like this show, but there are issues, like the acting for one. It’s showing signs of getting better, but there is work to be done. And what’s crazy is that I can’t figure out if it’s the actors or if the fault lies with the writers. I’m not sure Robert Downey Jr. could make some of the cheesy lines work. (And people wonder why YA gets such a bad rap… sheesh) It makes me wonder if the show would’ve been better suited on The CW. They’ve turned out lots of YA-style shows and they’ve done it well.

All negativity aside though, the show is including great details from the book which as a fan makes me very happy. Fingers crossed this show ups the ante, because its online presence is staggering.


On a different channel on the same night, we have The Shannara Chronicles which is based off the books by Terry Brooks. I haven’t read them, let me say that right out of the gate, but based on the first four episodes, I’m loving the show. It appears MTV hasn’t skimped on expenses which is nice because the setting is important on this show and the actors, while still young and ridiculously good looking, are just plain better.

I have high hopes for The Shannara Chronicles and pray MTV doesn’t cancel the show before it has a fighting chance.

How about you? Have you checked out either of these new shows? And if so, what do you think?


My First Book Signing

So, this post is about a month late, but tis the season, right? It seems that if you don’t A. work at Target, B. work at Barnes N’ Noble, or C. aren’t singing dressed as either a snowman or reindeer, I probably haven’t spoken to you in the last month. Why you ask? Because on top of being an author, I’m a mom, and like those of you with kids know, moms are responsible for putting the magic into the holidays.

Before all the Christmas crazy took over my life, something awesome did happen. I had my first book signing in Warm Springs, Georgia, where my trilogy is set. It was wonderful. Several members of my family stopped by as did some of my friends who I haven’t seen in a long time. I also had the privilege of meeting some new, wonderful people, who I hope will enjoy the book. It was everything I dreamt it would be and more. Easy peasy, right? Well, sort of.

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One thing to remember is that as a writer, I spend lots of time alone in my writing cave. I’m happy there. In fact, I’m comfortable in my solitude, but this whole book signing thing forced me out into the big, wide world. Was I scared? Oh yes. Did it go smoothly? Yes and no. While there were lots of faces and hugs, there was also a shortage of books.

Gasp! A lack of books you say? That’s right. I had a place all lined up and a banner printed, but the books coming from my publisher didn’t arrive on time. It was through no fault of theirs. They did everything possible to get them there, including expedited shipping, but as we all know shipping can be a funny thing with a timeline all its own.

Now, since I’m a crazy person with no trust for the shipping world, I ordered a handful of my own copies to drag along in my suitcase and boy was I glad. They made it to my house the day before I jumped on the plane. So, with my handful of books I went to my signing where I sold them all and then some. I handled the drama by shipping books to close friends and family because they still love me snafus and all. It was quite a day.

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After it was all said and done was it worth all the stress you ask? Definitely. The store owner is now selling my book, I added a few names to my newsletter list, and I picked up a few new readers along the way, which is what we all want in the end, am I right? If you have the chance to do a signing, no matter how big or how small, do it. Get out there and share yourself and your story with the world. Who knows, you might meet some interesting people who would make excellent future characters along the way.


My Top 10 Literary Villains

With Halloween lurking around the next corner, I thought now would be a great time to list my top ten literary villains. Who doesn’t like a top ten list, am I right? As my readers well know, I love a good villain and not just any old antagonist will do. To make the top ten they have to be truly sinister. The kind who keep you up at night and make you wish for their demise. Generally, the more painful, the better. So, here goes my top 10 literary baddies in no particular order.

  1. Nils Bjurman – The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo – This guy was a piece of work, but boy did he get it in the end. He becomes the overseer of Lisbeth’s finances in the first book after her previous caregiver has a stroke. Unlike the sweet man who cared about her, Bjurman forces her to partake in sexual acts to get access to her money. Horrible, horrible man. Don’t worry, if there’s one girl you don’t want to mess with, it’s Lisbeth Salander.
  2. Nurse Ratched – One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest – Abusive, sadistic, truly evil. I’d say that about covers it. Next time you have a nurse caring for you, just be glad it isn’t old Ratched.
  3. Mrs. Coulter from “His Dark Materials Trilogy” – She was beautiful, smart, and also the main little girl’s mother, but that didn’t stop her from destroying children by separating them from their souls or ‘daemons’.
  4. President Snow – “The Hunger Games” – This guy set up games where children kill other children to keep from having any sort of uprising. He lived like king while others starved. He wiped out an entire district and he did it all with a smile on his face and a white rose pinned to his lapel.
  5. Annie Wilkes – Misery – If you’re ever stranded on the side of the road and are found by your ‘number one fan’, might I suggest you stay on the side of the road? When the author in the story is taken in and nursed back to health by his fan, he has no idea how unstable she is, but he sure does find out. Let’s just say you will never look at a sledgehammer the same way again.
  6. Randall Flagg – “The Dark Tower” – Shows up in nine Stephen King novels including The Dark Tower series where I was first introduced to him and The Stand. You know you have an evil character when the King, no pun intended, himself uses the same character in that many horror novels.
  7. Mrs. Danvers – “Rebecca” – This is one creepy housekeeper. She manipulates a man’s new bride until she is a nervous wreck on the brink of killing herself. Why does this woman hate the new lady of the house so much? Because Mrs. Danvers is attached to the previous mistress and the house in a way that isn’t healthy. Don’t worry, this one is going down with the ship.
  8. Pennywise – “IT” – A being who was around before humankind who becomes whaITt you truly fear. Oh, and did I mention he kills kids? If the pointy teeth, clown costume, and murderous nature aren’t enough to freak you out, wait until you hear the character brought to life by Tim Curry in the film. This character will haunt me FOREVER.
  9. Professor Umbridge – “Harry Potter Series” – Okay sure, Lord Voldemort is the big baddie from the Harry Potter series, but can you honestly say Umbridge didn’t upstage him just a little? She got under my skin in a way that made me grind my teeth. When she had Harry write that sentence over and over again as it simultaneously carved into the back of his hand, I saw red. Luckily, ol’ J.K. gave her a proper end. Good riddance lady we weren’t sad to see you go and that’s no lie.
  10. Jack Randall – “Outlander Series” – For those of you familiar with this series you know who I’m talking about and you probably just got fired up reading his name. Captain Jack Randall will stop at nothing to break our hero Jamie Fraser. And by nothing I mean, rape, murder, torture, you name it, it happens. This guy is one of the worst I’ve ever come across.

Didn’t see a villain on the list who tops yours? Please share your picks below in the comment section.

Fall TV is Back… Halleluiah

It’s been awhile since my last post, but in my defense, it’s been a little crazy around here. Between finishing the final book in the trilogy, school starting, and an unexpected trip to Georgia, there hasn’t been time to do much other than scramble around trying to find my scattered brain. Fortunately, enough weeks have gone by that my family has found its rhythm. Now if the weather would just cooperate so I can wear my boots . . .

And, speaking of boots, it’s fall! My favorite season has arrived. College football, changing leaves, and best of all, fall TV is back. New shows. Old shows. Cable. Network. It’s all coming back.

It may seem like I’m a little too excited about TV, but new shows beat reruns any day of the week. I love the characters, the drama, and sometimes, the deeply flawed villains. So, let me hear from you. I want to know what show you’re excited about. Scandal? The Walking Dead? The Blacklist? Or maybe something new, Quantico? Blindspot? Heroes Reborn? Heck, all of them? What’s got a season pass on your DVR?

Happy Fall Y’all!