Excerpt/Teaser Share, Release Day/New Release, Year in Releases - 2020

New Release – Echoes of You by Margaret McHeyzer

RELEASE BLITZ
Title: Echoes of You
Author: Margaret McHeyzer
Genre: NA Dark College Romance
Release Date: May 18, 2020
BLURB

At seven I was adopted by the most loving parents in the world.
In this perfect family, I also found my best friend, and sister Tina.
Throw into the mix my boyfriend Dylan, and my dog Zhen, life was good… until it wasn’t.
A catastrophic incident unearthed echoes of my past.
It left me no choice but to confront my inner demons.
Will I be able to live through this again?

GOODREADS LINK:  https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/48749749-echoes-of-you

PURCHASE LINKS

US: https://amzn.to/2wMIHgh
UK: https://amzn.to/2XJ8XTK
CA: https://amzn.to/2KpgPlP
AU: https://amzn.to/3aiHv1M

Free in Kindle Unlimited

Also available in paperback: https://amzn.to/2ySuQGx

EXCERPT

Prologue

The palms of my hands are sweating.
Standing in front of an unassuming building, I look up to see its sheer size. Still, it’s inconspicuous because it looks exactly like all the other buildings surrounding it.
The sun breaks out just behind the brick building, casting the entrance into shadow.
Funny, that. Because I’ve been living in the shadows all my life. Now is the time for me to come out of the shadows, and speak my truth.
Speak our truth.
There’s a line of cars in front of the building, all marked with the same lettering.
My heart beats quickly as a shock of finality runs through my veins.
This is where part of me will die and another part of me will live.
All my life I’ve been worried about what people think of me. But I can’t continue on in a life where I’m only breathing. I need to learn to live.
I take several deep breaths, ready to cross the street and take the leap I’ve been longing for.
“You can do this,” I say to myself. The sun is moving higher, the shadow becoming smaller.
Yes, you can.
I look to my left, and to my right, checking for oncoming cars.
I keep walking, crossing the street. I know if I stop for even a second, I’ll talk myself out of going.
You can do it.
I walk until I come to the automated doors that slowly slide open.
Hopefully, they’ll believe you.
I head to the counter, where a woman with dark hair pulled back in a severe ponytail and wearing a uniform is working on a computer. She looks up, but remains seated. “Can I help you?” she says in a flat voice.
My hands tremble, so I knit them together to stop the emotion bursting to come forward.
“I, um,” my voice quivers with uncertainty.
“Are you okay?” She stands and comes closer to the counter. She looks behind me, searching for a hint as to why I’m so edgy.
“I, um, need to talk to the police unit who deals with sexual abuse.”

AUTHOR BIO

STRONG, BRAVE AND COURAGEOUS CHARACTERS.

**Write something worth reading**

I’m Margaret and I’m a self-published author.

Recently I was fortunate in obtaining New York Times best-selling status on my YA/NA book – Ugly, and my YA book – Mistrust.

My last six books have been YA and I’m completely in love with the genre. I love being able to communicate with people through my words and stories.

My writing genres all differ, but the one thing I keep consistent is my heroines. All my female lead characters are strong, gutsy and not the ‘perfect’ woman. While my books all have romantic elements in them, they aren’t just about the romance. They’re about finding strength, acceptance and making life long connections.

I hope you enjoy my stories as much as I have while writing them.

AUTHOR LINKS

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/authormargaretmcheyzer
Facebook Profile: https://www.facebook.com/margaret.mcheyzer
Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1113831098729993
Newsletter: https://bit.ly/2WOM3Zd
Twitter: https://twitter.com/MargaretMAuthor
Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/margaretmcheyzer
Bookbub: https://www.bookbub.com/authors/margaret-mcheyzer

GIVEAWAY

There is a giveaway for a $25 Amazon gift card

http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/ba3ffd552589

Cover Reveal, Excerpt/Teaser Share, New Releases

Cover Reveal – Luna Caged Part One by Margaret McHeyzer

COVER REVEAL
Title: Luna Caged Part One: Behind the Wall
Series: Luna Caged Duet #1
Author: Margaret McHeyzer
Cover Designer: Book Cover by Design
Genre: YA/Cult
Release Date: TBD

BLURB 

I often stare at the walls and wonder what’s beyond them.
The Elders tell me that nothing but sin, sadness, and disease lie beyond the wall.
Sometimes I hear things, noises that are strange to me. They’re often faint, and when I ask the Elders what those sounds are, they tell me they are the tortured souls of thousands of people behind the gates of hell. I don’t know what they mean.
I dream of leaving these walls, but the Elders insist this is the only place we’re safe. They talk about danger, hatred, and the devil himself waiting just beyond. They tell us the walls were built to keep us safe.
Although I believe the Elders, I want to see the outside world for myself.
But there’s no way out.
Or so I thought…

GOODREADS LINK:  https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/42115007-luna-caged-part-1

EXCERPT

He grabs the back of my neck, squeezes, and pulls me along to the bath. He dunks my head into the water, I try to scream and fight him. As I inhale, I take in water, unable to catch my breath because my head is held under.

He lifts my head, and I try to suck air into my lungs. “Stop!” I manage to splutter.

The voice plays in the background. “We are your family. Beyond the wall is death. Beyond the wall is evil. You will die if you leave. Only we can protect you.”

He dunks my head straight under the water again. I barely have the chance to get air into my lungs. I’m trying to fight him, clawing at his arms to let me up. I try to scream again, but I’m only taking in more water. My body is in agony, my chest is exploding with fire and sizzling pain.

He lifts my head, leans down and whispers, “We are your family. Beyond the wall is death. Beyond the wall is evil. You will die if you leave. Only we can protect you.”

“No, you’re not! Family doesn’t do this.”

He chuckles, then adds, “You’re a hard one to break.” Then quickly submerges my head again under the water. I try to fight him again. But I feel his other hand come up to the back of my head, holding me under.

The words are loud, and I can still hear them. But the panic inside my body is enough to fuel me to hold strong. “We are (not) your family. Beyond the wall is (life not) death. Beyond the wall is (good and not) evil. You will die (live) if you leave. Only we can (won’t) protect you.”

He lifts my head. I try to breathe in, knowing what he’s going to continue doing. I save my words and strength, it’s no use fighting with him. Not when he’s got control over me just by his mere size and power.

AUTHOR BIO

STRONG, BRAVE AND COURAGEOUS CHARACTERS.

**Write something worth reading**

I’m Margaret and I’m a self-published author.

Recently I was fortunate in obtaining New York Times best-selling status on my YA/NA book – Ugly, and my YA book – Mistrust.

My last six books have been YA and I’m completely in love with the genre. I love being able to communicate with people through my words and stories.

My writing genres all differ, but the one thing I keep consistent is my heroines. All my female lead characters are strong, gutsy and not the ‘perfect’ woman. While my books all have romantic elements in them, they aren’t just about the romance. They’re about finding strength, acceptance and making life long connections.

I hope you enjoy my stories as much as I have while writing them.

AUTHOR LINKS

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/authormargaretmcheyzer
Facebook Profile: https://www.facebook.com/margaret.mcheyzer
Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1113831098729993
Twitter: https://twitter.com/MargaretMAuthor
Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/margaretmcheyzer
Bookbub: https://www.bookbub.com/authors/margaret-mcheyzer

GIVEAWAY

There is a giveaway for 2 x $10 Amazon gift cards

http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/ba3ffd552162

Excerpt/Teaser Share, New Releases

Audio Blitz – Ugly

AUDIO BLITZ
Title: Ugly
Author: Margaret McHeyzer
Genre: YA/NA
Narrator: Becca Ballenger
Audio Release Date: August 7, 2018

BLURB 

From New York Times bestselling author Margaret McHeyzer….

If I were dead, I wouldn’t be able to see.
If I were dead, I wouldn’t be able to feel.
If I were dead, he’d never raise his hand to me again.
If I were dead, his words wouldn’t cut as deep as they do.
If I were dead, I’d be beautiful and I wouldn’t be so…ugly.

I’m not dead…but I wish I was.

GOODREADS LINK:  https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25987654-ugly

BOOK TRAILER

https://youtu.be/szh5JBd5fbs

PURCHASE LINKS

Audible: https://adbl.co/2RtFIiw
Amazon: https://amzn.to/2Ru5Qty
iTunes: https://apple.co/2y15a6W

Also available as an ebook

US: http://amzn.to/1R2UjdD
UK: http://amzn.to/1H0n8BR
CA: https://amzn.to/2O5RYYh
AU: https://amzn.to/2QwSnQ9
B&N: http://bit.ly/1LMvYoU
Kobo: http://bit.ly/1SaOmO3
iBooks: http://apple.co/1H0ng4g

EXCERPT

Prologue

It’s days like today I wish I was dead.
“Lily Anderson, you get your ugly ass out here right this minute. Don’t make me come after you,” Daddy screams.
He’s so angry. I knew the moment I heard him come home from work I was in for it. I was in my bedroom, lying on the floor trying to do my math. He slammed the front door so hard the windows in my room shook.
And then I knew, I knew I was in for it.
“Lily Anderson!” he yells again.
As soon as I heard him yell I ran to my hiding spot. I’m inside the closet in the hallway, wedged as far into the corner as I can get. Mom’s old coat hangs in front of me and I can still smell a faint waft of the perfume she used to wear.
“Lily Anderson!” he shouts. I can hear the anger in his voice and I can already feel the pain he’s going to inflict on me when he opens the closet door. I know what’s coming.
I close my eyes tight, scrunching them up so no light can seep through. I put my hands over my ears so I can’t hear him.
“I swear to God; if I have to find you, you will not sit for a month.”
My knees are folded into my chest. I’m trying to make myself small, invisible, so he forgets I’m here. I’m rocking myself, trying to block out what he’s saying.
School is safe. School is safe. School is safe. I keep repeating the mantra because in a few short hours I’ll be back at school. Maybe tomorrow I can go to the library after school, stay there until it closes and then sneak in after Dad’s passed out, because he’s had too much to drink.
It was never like this before. Ever.
I’m twelve years old and I can remember when Mom, Dad, and I were all happy. But that was years ago. It’s been a long time since there’s been any happiness in this house.
Well, before Mom died anyway, and not a day since.
Mom died when I was nine. I don’t remember much about her, except I remember her telling me how ugly I am. How life would be better if I was taken away from them. How I’ll never be anything, because I’m stupid and ugly.
Sometimes I dream happy things. Like me, Mom, Dad and a little blond-haired boy all going for a picnic. The sun beamed down on us as we played outside and laughed. We’d eat yummy sandwiches Mom made for us, and we’d drink homemade lemonade. We’d spend hours outside, laughing and talking and just having fun. Mom would tell me how pretty I am, and how much she loved me. She would play with my hair, braid it, and then we’d go and pick bright flowers to take home and put in a vase. Dad would smile and call us “his girls”, always kissing Mom and hugging me. Dad would put the little boy on his shoulders and run around the park, trying to catch the clouds.
I love those dreams, and I hold onto them; wishing they were real. But I’ve never had a mom like that, and my dad doesn’t talk much unless it’s with his fists, or to tell me how ugly and useless I am.
I feel him walking around the house. The floorboards creak and the vibrations from his footsteps come through the floor to where my bottom is. I close my eyes tighter and try and breathe as quietly as I can.
Please go away, Daddy. Please go away.
My heart is beating so fast. My hands are shaking and I’m trying really hard not to think about what’s going to happen the minute he opens the closet door.
Shhh, it’s so quiet. The only sound is my heart thrumming in my ears. Nothing else. Not a whisper, not a rattle…nothing.
Maybe Daddy’s left. Maybe he’s gone to the pub to have a few drinks. Maybe, just maybe, he’s left…forever.
I take a deep breath and just relax for a moment. My shoulders drop and I finally stop rocking.
Slowly I take my hands down from my ears, and I’m so happy because I can’t hear him yelling at me. I can’t hear him at all.
Gradually, I begin to unscrunch my eyes from the way I’ve tightly closed them. But something’s not right. There’s light coming into the closet.
I don’t even get a chance to open them fully before a rough hand reaches in, latches onto my ponytail and yanks.
“I told you it’d be worse for you if I had to find you,” Dad says, as he drags me out of the closet by my hair.
I’m desperately trying to hold onto my head so he doesn’t rip my hair out. My feet are trying to find traction on the dirty floorboards.
“Please, Daddy. Please. You’re hurting me,” I begin sobbing as I plead with him.
“Then your ugly ass should’ve come when I called you, you stupid bitch. You’re fucking worthless, you ugly idiot,” he says. But now his voice is calm as he continues to drag me toward the family room.
That’s when he’s most scary. When his voice is low and his eyes are filled with hate.
He throws me against the side of the sofa and takes a step back to look at me.
I look up and can see he’s the angriest I’ve ever seen him. “You dumb, ugly piece of shit,” he says, as he paces back and forth in front of me.
“Sorry, Daddy. Whatever I did, I’m so sorry.” I cower into myself, trying to make myself as small as possible.
“You’re just too fucking stupid, aren’t you?” he spits toward me as he brings his hand up to scratch at his chin.
“I’m sorry,” I say again. Tears are falling hot and fast down my cheeks. My head hurts from where he was pulling my hair, but I don’t dare try to rub the spot.
“You ugly fuck.” He kicks a boot into my leg.
The pain is instant and my leg feels like it’s shattered. “Please, Daddy,” I beg again, burying my face into my hands.
But ‘please’ never seems to work.
Nothing does.
I’ve just got to take the beatings, because that’s what stupid, ugly girls do.

AUTHOR BIO

NEW YORK TIMES BEST SELLER OF UGLY AND MISTRUST

**Write something worth reading**

I’m Margaret and I’m a self-published author.

Recently I was fortunate in obtaining New York Times best selling status on my YA/NA book – Ugly, and my YA book – Mistrust.

My last five books have been YA and I’m completely in love with the genre. I love being able to communicate with people through my words and stories.

My writing genres all differ, but the one thing I keep consistent is my heroines. All my female lead characters are strong, gutsy and not the ‘perfect’ woman. While my books all have romantic elements in them, they aren’t just about the romance. They’re about finding strength, acceptance and making life long connections.

I hope you enjoy my stories as much as I have while writing them.

AUTHOR LINKS

Website: http://mackandmilo.wixsite.com/margaretmcheyzer
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/authormargaretmcheyzer 
Facebook Profile: https://www.facebook.com/margaret.mcheyzer
Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1113831098729993
Twitter: https://twitter.com/MargaretMAuthor
Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/margaretmcheyzer

GIVEAWAY 

There is a giveaway for 2 audiobooks of Ugly (1 x US only, 1 x UK only)

http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/ba3ffd552015

New Releases, Release Day/New Release

New Release – Addiction

RELEASE BLITZ
Title: Addiction
Author: Margaret McHeyzer
Genre: Dark YA/NA
Release Date: July 24, 2018

BLURB

Meth, crank, ice, glass, fire, tina, chalk, crystal or crystal meth.
Whatever you call it, it’s the same thing. Addictive.

Drugs ruin people’s lives.
I should know, they destroyed mine.
I’m Hannah and I got hooked on ice. What started as a trickle, ended with a tsunami washing everything away; my family, my life.
I’m not sure you’re ready to read my story; it’s real and confronting.
Open the book, read the pages and see how easy it is for anyone to get addicted.
Ice affects all types of people. It doesn’t discriminate.
It will SCREW. YOU. UP.

*Dark YA/NA story- Recommended for 16+. Strong drug abuse, physical abuse, emotional abuse and emotional conditioning. Contains distressing content. It will cause you anger, frustration and you’ll want to hurt some characters.

GOODREADS LINK: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/38459835-addiction

PURCHASE LINKS – $2.99 for release day ONLY!

US: https://amzn.to/2uDXaXN
UK: https://amzn.to/2uSoyk6
CA: https://amzn.to/2zTsUNm
AU: https://amzn.to/2O59hoN
B&N: http://bit.ly/2KBxANa
Kobo: http://bit.ly/2ugGmoq
iBooks: https://apple.co/2KWpkGC
Google Play: http://bit.ly/2LeB9J8

AUTHOR BIO

NEW YORK TIMES BEST SELLER OF UGLY AND MISTRUST

**Write something worth reading**

I’m Margaret and I’m a self-published author.

Recently I was fortunate in obtaining New York Times best selling status on my YA/NA book – Ugly, and my YA book – Mistrust.

My last five books have been YA and I’m completely in love with the genre. I love being able to communicate with people through my words and stories.

My writing genres all differ, but the one thing I keep consistent is my heroines. All my female lead characters are strong, gutsy and not the ‘perfect’ woman. While my books all have romantic elements in them, they aren’t just about the romance. They’re about finding strength, acceptance and making life long connections.

I hope you enjoy my stories as much as I have while writing them.

AUTHOR LINKS

Website: http://mackandmilo.wixsite.com/margaretmcheyzer
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/authormargaretmcheyzer 
Facebook Profile: https://www.facebook.com/margaret.mcheyzer
Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1113831098729993
Twitter: https://twitter.com/MargaretMAuthor
Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/margaretmcheyzer

GIVEAWAY 

There is a giveaway for a $25 Amazon.com gift card

http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/ba3ffd551902