Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Two fabulous reviews for SINFUL!

So far, SINFUL has been reviewed by two book reviewer!  I have added the links below if you prefer to go directly to the reviewers sites, or you can read what I cut and paste below.

Night Owl Reviews - http://www.nightowlreviews.com/nor/Reviews/Kiki-reviews-Sinful-by-Sara-Dailey-and-Staci-Weber.aspx

For the Love of Reading - http://ikissbooks.blogspot.com/2010/11/sinful-by-sara-dailey-and-staci-weber.html

Kiki from Night Owl Reviews gave SINFUL 4 3/4 stars and called it a top pick!  See review below:
High school senior, Elizabeth Carrington always thought that something or someone had reached out to her in the hospital room, the night her mother died. It was almost as if she was being surrounded by comfort and solace. She never forgot that moment and thought back on it often as she began to establish a new life for herself in League City, Texas with her father.
Michael, the angel assigned to bring Elizabeth’s mother over to Heaven, is so touched by Elizabeth’s grief that he reaches out to comfort her. He is puzzled over the way that this young woman seems to affect him; after all, he has taken many people over to Heaven, and seen many grieving family members. No one has ever affected him like Elizabeth has.
Michael cannot seem to stay away from Elizabeth and follows her in spirit in order to remain close to her. Eventually, Michael takes human form and befriends Elizabeth outright. Friendship soon blossoms into something more personal and tender, and they fall in love. The road to happiness is not an easy one though, and they must face a few obstacles. The first and most obvious obstacle is the issue of Michael’s immortality and Elizabeth’s mortality. There is also the matter of Daniel, a hunky fallen angel with a vendetta, who is out to hurt Michael, even if he has to use Elizabeth to do it.
This was a wonderful romantic story about a teenage girl who falls in love with the angel who is watching over her. The theme of good versus evil in this story is an old tried and true one, but it is executed with finesse by the authors, who add twists and turns keeping the story engrossing and fresh.
The characters are well developed and Elizabeth is courageous as well as funny and exasperating at times. Many of her actions drive home the point that she is only a human teenage after all, further highlighting differences between her and Michael. Michael, while appearing pretty much perfect (he is an angel after all!), also shows flaws in his character. These flaws show us that even though he is a celestial being, he is actually far from perfect. He can get jealous, angry or afraid at times just like the next guy. The chemistry between the two is wonderful. They seem to balance each other out perfectly, and together, they are an unbeatable team, creating an atmosphere of love and peace that is all their own.
I really, really enjoyed this book and hated when I got to the last page. I wished the story could have kept going. It is definitely a keeper for all fans of young adult paranormal romance. I know it has earned a permanent home on my eBook reader. So, if you are into stories about tough heroines and hunky angels, both good and bad, then this book should definitely be the top contender for your next read.

Kate from The Love of Reading gave it 4 kisses!  See review below:

First off I want to say thank you so much to both Sara Dailey and Staci Weber for letting my review this book before it comes onto shelves! This book is coming out on November 16th so mark your calenders!
Now for the review. This book was not what I was expecting. I find that more often than not these days books are not what I was expecting, which is not a bad thing. This was a very good book, even if not what I expected. So we start off with our main character Elizabeth whose mom just died and she has to move with in with her estranged dad and start a new school for her senior year, that would really suck. The plot was very fast-paced, at the beginning it seemed a little to fast for me at times. Now I hate it when books go on and on with descriptions about certain things, this book was completely different. Sometimes I feel there just wasn't enough description, since I personally feel when you are new at a place that you pay a lot more attention to things. But it got a lot better as the book went along. Also, sometimes there were scenes that were not really scenes per-say but more of Elizabeth telling you, she was narrating, that so-in-so talked with her about this. Sometimes I really wanted to be around for those scenes, if you know what I mean, I wanted to experience them too. I found that a lot of things got better as the book went on. Back to the plot, it was fast and very straight forward and gets to the point, no useless and taking up space scenes as well as long descriptions, which I had a love hate relationship.
I also really liked the characters. They were very high school characters, which I really liked. What I mean is they are in high school and you can definitely find these people in your own high school, with a little editing of course but it's nice to be able to relate to. I really liked a lot of her friends and her enemies too, that's something Dailey and Weber hit right on the nail, the characters and high school. I really liked that Micheal was different than the normal love interest in a book. He was very kind, sweet, and sensitive. He is definitely not a bad-boy and I surprisingly did not mind, and I love bad-boys. He brought something very different to the book and to the whole YA genre. So I'm very glad he was different. Naturally I also fell in love with the bad guy in the book as well but that's another story. Elizabeth, however, I have to admit that I didn't really like her in the beginning at times. It seemed like she could be a little mean and kind of... not haughty and not judgemental but a little bit in between the two, but thinking about how I would feel in her situation I can empathize with her a lot more. Elizabeth is also independent and can also kick-your butt type of girl, which I also really like. She also speaks her mind, which could explain my feelings about her before, meaning she was just very blunt. Either way I did grow to like Elizabeth. Now the relationship between Micheal and Elizabeth happened really fast for me, it seemed like they saw each other, fell in love, then needed to be together. I just wish it would have been drawn out a little more, not love at first sight. But it was a very sweet relationship and it worked for them. Oh, and this book was really funny. Not constantly, I mean it wasn't a comedy but it had a bunch of parts that made me smile or laugh. Overall it was a fast, easy, and enjoyable/good read, three...well four of my favorite adjectives when reading a book. I'm really looking forward to the next in this new series!

Staci and I are very excited to see some good feedback!  We hope you all read it and enjoy it too.  By the way, if you have ordered our novel already, please be patient.  It should be in your mailbox soon.  Our publisher let us know that there was an issue with the printers, and it got delayed a bit, but don't worry; you should have your book soon!



Tuesday, November 16, 2010

SINFUL is for sale!!

Our debut novel, SINFUL, has been released.  You can order it today here: http://www.mundania.com/book.php?title=Sinful

It shouldn't be long before it's online at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and other online book retailers.  Keep your fingers crossed :) 

But, if you live in the Houston area, we will hopefully be having a book signing soon, so you might want to wait and come see us in person and get your book signed!  Be on the look out for more information about that!

In the meantime, if you haven't already, check out our new website, designed by Patrick Golden (http://artzimedia.com/).  He is a rockstar!  There is a playlist for SINFUL under its link, and there is some pretty good music there, thanks to Staci :)


Sara Dailey

Sunday, November 14, 2010

We are in our local paper - The Galveston County Daily News

It's pretty cool to be awoken by a text telling you that you novel is in the paper!  Good way to start the morning, so thanks to Mary Strickland!

The Galveston Daily News printed our press release!  Check it out here: http://galvestondailynews.com/story/190642/

It's in the Lifestyle section if you get that paper :)

Here's the article:

‘Sinful’ book debuts Tuesday

From staff reports

The Daily News

Published November 14, 2010
LEAGUE CITY — Two local authors have written a compelling, romantic novel, set in League City called “Sinful.”
Sara Dailey and Staci Weber are avid readers, English teachers, friends, wives and mothers. They teach at Creekside Intermediate School in the Clear Creek Independent School District.

The book is about 17-year-old Elizabeth Carrington, who is coping with the death of her mother and falling in love at the same time.
It’s not long before she realizes her new love-interest, Michael, is the angel who took her mother to heaven. Seeing Michael so happy doesn’t sit well with his archenemy Daniel. And when the fallen angel comes to town, Elizabeth suddenly finds herself in the middle of a battle between good and evil.

When Elizabeth and Michael’s one chance for “happy ever after” is threatened, Elizabeth has to face her fears and defeat an evil angel with a grudge.
“Sinful” will be released Tuesday by Mundania Press. The book is a paranormal romance, and it’s sure to spark the interest of young adults looking for something fresh and new to read.
The book will be available online and at local bookstores. (ISBN No. 978-1-59426-253-1)

So, don't forget, you can order SINFUL at mundania.com on Tuesday, and you can still sign up to win a free copy on Good Reads at http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/9274485-sinful.

A Barnes & Noble book signing is still in the works, so hopefully we will have a date set soon.



Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Want to know how to purchase SINFUL ...

So... Staci and I just got word from our publisher about when and how SINFUL can be purchased.  SINFUL is set to be released on November 16th (only 6 days away!).  BUT ... on the 16th, it will only be available to order in trade paperback or ebook through mundania.com.  When you go to that site, you should see a link for new releases, and you will be able to place your order.

Within the following week or so, it should be available online on Amazon.  Hopefully, it won't take too much longer than that for Barnes & Noble, Borders, and other book retailers to have it available online as well. 

And ... if we are really lucky, we might just get to see it in the book stores.  Keep your fingers crossed. 

Mundania Press is a small publishing house, so they don't work the same way as the big houses where the books are at your fingertips the day of release, but it shouldn't take too long for it to be in your hands.

And Staci and I are working with the customer relations manager at the Bay Area Barnes & Noble in Webster to set up a book signing, probably towards the end of November, and of course, we hope to see you all come out and show your support, the locals at least.  We will get word out about that date on here, facebook, and our website saraandstaci.com as soon as it is set.  So be on the look out for that. 

We appreciate everyone who has shown us their support through this process, and we couldn't be more excited to see our first novel in print!  Clocks a tickin' and the 16th will be here before we know it!