Tuesday, August 26, 2014

TEASER TUESDAY : Undeniably Chosen, A Significance Novel

My hand still gripped my shirt at my chest from where he scared me, my breaths rushed from me, but I just watched me as he watched me.
“I went to your house, but you weren’t there,” he stated the obvious. “I called your cell and you didn’t answer either.”
“How did you get my number?” I asked, but even as I said the words I realized. “You put your number in my phone last night, didn’t you?”
He nodded, maybe even a little sheepishly, his lips twisting, and then he looked me square in my eyes. His beautiful blue eyes pleaded with me.
“It wasn’t hard to find you though with the withdrawals kicking in this morning.” His brow lowered, the skin around his blue eyes crinkling a little as he thought about something. It was so totally adorable that it pissed me off because I wanted to be angry with him.
“What?” I asked.
“What are you doing here?” He rubbed his chin, looking uncomfortable. I realized then that he was trying to hide a smile. Why… I looked up to see that I had pulled over across the street from the fire station. There was a large ‘22’ on the front and I remembered that from the shirt he was wearing in the coffee shop that day. I would never be able to forget that. “I thought you wouldn’t want anything to do with me and then you come here?”
“I didn’t realize I did,” I answered softly. I shivered.
“Please, Ava,” he said and when I looked back at him, he was looking right at me. In me, through me, to me. “I know you doubt me and I’m sorry for that. I’ll spend as long as it takes proving that I want to be worthy of you one day. You can doubt me all you want, just let me help you. Please,” he practically growled and that’s how I knew he was for real. He sounded just like Daddy did when it came to Mom, her safety. 

There is NO official release date for this book.
When it gets closer to time, I may give a date, but all I can say right now is that I'm working on it and hope to have it done by the end of the end year sometime. 
Or "fall" :) 
Thank you!

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Undeniably Chosen Teaser Tuesday : A Significance Novel

“The Watsons led a hard life because of the people in this room. We were never meant to scrounge and beg like humans. Virtuoso are a powerful people with powerful blood in our veins.” He looked at my mother. “Did you really think we’d just lie down and accept your punishment?”
      Seth jerked and looked at my mother, but she kept her gaze on Gaston.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Teaser Tuesday : Undeniably Chosen (Significance Novel)

I found myself smiling, then I was biting my lip to contain it. And then he did the strangest thing. He took his thumb and tugged down, freeing my lip from my teeth.
“You shouldn’t ever try to stop that smile,” he said softly, but his own crooked smile was coming through. His thumb moved against my cheek and I felt my eyelids flutter from the pleasure. When I opened my eyes again he looked ready to fall over. He crawled closer, which was almost impossible which mere inches between us. “Ava,” he whispered. His phone buzzed with another text and he remembered the one he’d gotten earlier. The look of awe vanished from his face and I cursed whoever it was who was texting him. He leaned back a little. “Ava, we really do need to talk before—”
The back door slammed open, revealing several dark-haired men who rammed their way in before I could even think. Seth had stood and thrown me behind him on instinct, but then he realized who it was. “Uncle Leeland.”
The tall, slender man stared at me over Seth’s shoulder like a prize and had the audacity to smile. “Seth, you’ve done marvelous. We’ll take it from here.”

Monday, June 23, 2014

Undeniably Chosen : Cover Reveal, Synopsis, & TEASER!

Ava has watched her parents, Caleb and Maggie, live the perfect fairy tale, the perfect love story, played out in front of her eyes her entire life. Her family is love, life, and happiness. The Jacobsons are everything a family should be and Ava is loved and well taken care of. But the one thing that’s missing from her life is the one thing she’s waited for every day, the one thing her kind knows will make them complete, the one thing they thought was gone and lost forever.

Her significant.

Seth has lived with the Watsons his entire life. They’re the only family he knows, but he knows that there are things they keep from him. He knows that they lie and they do unspeakable evil, things from when he was a child that he can barely remember that cling to the edges of his memory. He barely remembers his real mother and all he knows is what he’s told. He doesn’t know what to trust. He wants to believe that the Watsons love and care for him, have his best interest at heart, but isn’t so sure of that anymore when he finally—after a lifetime of waiting for her—meets his soulmate, and the Watson’s first act is to try to take her away from him.

The Virtuoso worlds collide, hearts are exposed, humans are endangered, and the lives of Seth and Ava are changed forever. They’ll have to love without judgment or reservation, they’ll have to be wise and accepting beyond their years, they’ll have to forgive for things before they’ve even happened, they’ll have to trust without seeing, have faith without knowing, and they’ll have to light their own way in the dark when everyone else is blind to show them the way. And more than anything else…

they’ll fight like hell to keep each other. 

Sarah at 
Okay Creations
is responsible for this goodness.

And a little tease... :)

“I don’t know if I can even sleep tonight,” I muttered and rubbed at my arms. They were restless. “I can already feel myself twitching.”
“Tomorrow…” Dad began, but stopped. He sighed forcefully and tightened his fists. “I’ll go find him and make him come here if he doesn’t come on his own.”
“Dad, you didn’t see him. He was…” I bit into my lip hard. Just talking about him was making me ache all over. I closed my eyes and tried to breathe.
I heard Mom say, “Baby, I think we need to stop talking about this. It’s just making things worse for her.”
“I know, but…maybe I should go over there. Maybe I should try to find him and—you know what? No.” I looked up to find him looking down at me. “I’m not going to do that. It has to be his choice until it’s not. I’ll give him until tomorrow to be the good guy. If he doesn’t, then I’ll go get him and make him. I can tell by looking at you that you want to have faith in him.”
“You didn’t see him, Dad,” I reiterated. “He wanted this. He was worried about me. He’ll come. He’ll find me.” I hoped. “If what you said is true, then he didn’t choose any of what happened. He’s not a Watson.”
“But he’s lived with them his whole life,” Mom reasoned. “We have no idea the things they’ve done to him, the things they’ve made him do. We have to be cautious. You have to cautious.” She went into the kitchen and I heard a pill bottle shake before she came back. “Here. Take these. They’ll help you sleep tonight. They were Grans,” she said softly.
I ached as the pills went down. I heard Rodney coming in the back door loudly. Dad went right to him and put his hand on his chest to stop him. They whispered back and forth and Rodney looked at me over Dad’s shoulder. Dad wasn’t going to be able to stop him. He didn’t know that, but I did.
“Come on, Dad,” Rodney said gruffly and looked at him right in his face. “Move.”
He pushed his Champion gently in the shoulder and I watched Dad’s stunned face as he watched Rodney come and sweep me up in his big brotherly arms on the couch. He said low in my ear, but I knew that they still could hear, “Tell me who I have to hurt. Who is this guy and why isn’t he here with you right now?”
I looked at Dad and he looked so amused and bemused all at once. He waved me on and leaned his hip against the counter, pulling Mom into the ‘v’ of his legs so he could wrap his arms around her from behind. I heard her so sigh loud and hated that I was causing them so much distress.
“Seth,” I explained. “Seth Watson,” I said with as much gumption as I could muster.
His eyes rounded. I told him everything and he tightened his arms on me as he listened.
“Okay,” he said and kicked his shoes off the end of the couch. Mom was two seconds from scolding him when he asked, “So where is he? He should be here.”
       Like fate usually worked, there was a knock on the front door. An insistent knock. Dad shot me a look before taking a loaded breath. I started to shake and stood from the couch quickly. It was him; I knew it like I knew my own name.
“Ava, wait,” he told me.
“You, sit,” he said in his Champion voice. “I’ll answer and let him in. What if the Watsons were planning something and knew you’d run to the door to answer it thinking it was him? We know nothing about him yet. Until we do, we go at this with caution.” I sighed. I hated that I had to look at my significant with anything but reverence, but Daddy was right. I mean, I was the one that had run right out of the coffee shop this afternoon. “I mean it, baby girl,” he said softly.
Rodney turned me to look at him and held my upper arms in his hands. “If he hurts you, I can’t be held accountable for what I do.”
“I love you, you know that?” I replied and kissed his cheek. I tried to smile, but think I failed epically when he put one arm around my shoulders and tugged me close, as if to shield me from whatever or whoever was coming.
Dad had to know I was anxious—he didn’t make me wait. He went to the door quickly. I could hear them in the other room with deep, urgent tones. My significant.
And then there he was.

Coming Fall!

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Monday, June 2, 2014

3 Year Anniversary BLAST!


It's been three years.
Did you hear me? June 15th, I said it'll be three years since I published my very first book!!
I am so in awe, still, that I can look back and this is my life. I never imagined that anything would come of it. I took Significance and Collide and ran with them. I had been turned down 27 times and thought that meant I wasn’t good enough. But I thought, hey, they’re just sitting here, I should do something with them. What could it hurt? If no one buys them, I’ll just tuck my tail between my legs and go back to my life that I already love and things will be back to normal. So I did it, on my wedding anniversary, because my husband wasn’t able to be home - he was traveling with his job and gone to Chicago for a few weeks – so to keep me from missing him I decided to keep myself busy all night. I published my books on my wedding anniversary.
And then I waited.
I continued to be a stay-at-home-mom and was shocked when 5 people bought my book the next day. I called my husband, freaking out. Then the next week, 50 people bought. Then the next week, 100 people bought it. By the next week, 2000 people had bought it. By the next end of the month, over 20,000 people had bought Significance.
Color me floored.
So I got busy with more books. Thus began the journey. Now, I have 19 books under my belt and working on number 20 with the new Significance book that will release in the fall, Undeniably Chosen. My happiest decision was deciding to return to the Significance series, and when I sat down to write it, it flowed so easily. I knew I’d made the right decision. Ava and Seth bugged me all the while I finished Altered and Wide Open so I'm happy to dive in and hand them over to you soon. AND I’ll answer all your questions about the series soon. I know you have many and I’ll answer them as soon as I can.
I have so much to celebrate right now and I want you guys to help me do it.

-My 3 year publishing anniversary-
-My site hit 1 MILLION hits (wow)-
(And, as I said, my 13 year wedding anniversary to the best man on the planet, Axel)

So what are we doing to celebrate?
Well I’m going to give you everything but the kitchen sink!!
This giveaway is MASSIVE. I’ve been stockpiling for it all year. It’s going to be a sharing giveaway where the more you share, the more opportunities you have to win. I wouldn’t be here without you. I heart you all to little bitty bits and pieces. You’re amazing, you’re the reason I do this.
Now, here’s what you’ll be winning. I tried to round it out and give you a taste of all of my series. I’m spreading it out and each prize will be given to a different person. So, one person will get a signed book, one gets a giftcard, one gets a mug, etc.

-       $50 digital Amazon or B&N giftcard (your choice)
-       3 $10 physical Amazon Giftcards to 3 people
-       Signed Significance paperback
-       Signed Significance Collectors Movie Edition, previous cover
-       Signed Collide Paperback
-       Signed Devour Previous Cover
-       Signed Smash Into You Paperback
-       Signed Reverence by Caleb and me Paperback
-       Infinity Bracelet
-       Wide Open Audiobook (I know you aren’t supposed to choose between your books because they’re like your kids and all, but this book was my absolute favorite of my books, ever. I’ve gone back to this book several times, which all authors do, but Milo and Maya just grabbed onto me for some reason. I can’t even really say why, but anytime I have someone ask me which book they should read, I want to say this one! J This may not be the one I actually suggest in the end, but this is my gut reaction because this—I have a feeling—will always be my favorite book of mine.)
-       Significance Mug
-       3 Significance Rubber Bracelets to 3 people
-       Signed Wide Open Totebag
-       Significance t-shirt
-       Signed Book Boys Postcard & Bookmark Set
-       3 Significance Paperback Page Bottlecap Necklaces to 3 people
-       Caleb’s Girl Totebag
-       Notebook Because you are my significant…”
-       Pillow “I chose you, you chose me. End of Story.”
-       2 Caleb’s Girl Trucker Hats to 2 people
-       Handbag\Coin purse “I chose you, you chose me.”
-       3 Signed Posters to 3 people: Significance, Smash Into You,  and Wide Awake
-       3 of any eBook of mine you’d like that you haven’t read to 3 people. If you’ve read them all, I’ll either gift you one of my favorites or put you on the list for an ARC for the new Significance book, Undeniably Chosen, for when it’s finished in the fall.

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Best wishes and many, many more happy endings,
Shelly Crane

Monday, May 26, 2014

Seth & Ava - Watsons

Hey, guys! 
So I feel like I need to address the Seth and Ava "Watson" issue. I've gotten quite a few emails and messages, some of them kind of not nice, lol, about how could I let such a huge plot hole happen. They're kin, they'll both be Watsons, it'll be incest, etc. If you've read CONSEQUENCE, the novella that released a couple months ago, you'll see how that's not true and all is well. And you'll get a 2 chapter sneak of the new Significance book that I'm working on right now, Undeniably Chosen. It's coming out next up on the line-up in the fall. 
So...thanks for worrying about the series. I was pretty shocked at how many of you sent me messages actually about this, but I promise it was part of my plan all along.

The cover reveal is coming up on June 23rd and lots of stuff coming up, starting in a couple days for my anniversary with TONS of giveaways, so stay tuned.