Tuesday, October 22, 2013

A RISK WORTH TAKING Blog Tour and Release-day Blitz!


A RISK WORTH TAKING released today and now I'm going to tell you what we have planned for it! We have a fabulous tour lined up for this title and you can find the release-day blitz participants at the bottom of this post. Check out the rafflecopter giveaway for a gift basket and gift card, too.




--Wednesday, October 23rd

sofia loves books -Review Stop

Reading Rainblog -Review Stop

--Thursday, October 24th

Anonymous Interests -Review Stop

Contagious Reads -Review Stop

--Friday, October 25th

Keep Calm & Read Romance -Top 10 & Review

--Saturday, October 26th

aliennation -Review Stop

Book Crazy -Review Stop

--Sunday, October 27th


--Monday, October 28th

Books Like Breathing -Review Stop

Reader Girls -Playlist

--Tuesday, October 29th

Book Wookie -Excerpt

Ticket to Anywhere -Review Stop

The Geekery Book Review -Author Interview

-Wednesday, October 30th

Shawna's Survey -Excerpt

FTLOBbyJBlog -Review Stop

--Thursday, October 31st

Magnet4books -Top 10 List

--Friday, November 1st

Paige -Excerpt

Fictional Candy -Top 10 List

Lis les Livres -Excerpt

--Saturday, November 2nd

A Life Bound By Books -Character Post & Review

read that Review Stop


--Sunday, November 3rd

Rumpled Sheets Blog -Review Stop


--Monday, November 4th

--Tuesday, November 5th

My Daily Romance -Author Interview 

--Wednesday, November 6th

Paulette's Papers -Guest Post

Madison Says -Review Stop

--Thursday, November 7th

The Book Cafe  -Review Stop

Deal Sharing Aunt -Top 10 List

--Friday, November 8th

The Autumn Review -Review Stop

Stories and Swag -Review Stop

--Saturday, November 9th

Booked On Romance -Review Stop

Books Over Boys -Top 10 List

Hardcover Therapy -Review Stop

--Sunday, November 10th

I Read Indie -Author Interview


--Monday, November 11th

Booklovers LaceyCat -Review Stop

--Tuesday, November 12th

Pete de violet -Review Stop

Lovin' Los Libros -Review Stop

Crim Reviews -Excerpt

--Wednesday, November 13th

Reading Bliss -Review Stop

NightlyReading -Excerpt

--Thursday, November 14th

Paperbook Princess -Review Stop

The Reading Cow -Review Stop

Always YA at Heart -Review Stop

--Friday, November 15th

Book Addict Mumma -Review Stop

a Rafflecopter giveaway


Everyone listed posted today for the blitz -- Tuesday, October 22nd

The Reading Cow 

Bibliophile Mystery 


Lis les Livres 

deal sharing aunt 

happy tails and tales 

Hackaroo's Reviews 

Ticket to Anywhere 


The Geekery Book Review

Rumpled Sheets Blog 


Owl Always Be Reading 

Madison Says 

Shawna's Survey 

Reading Rainblog 

Books Like Breathing 


Pete de violet

Charlotte's Tangled Web of Books 

Bound By Books Book Review 

Booked On Romance 

The Whispering Pages Book Blog 

The Book Cafe 

My Daily Romance 

Cocktails and Books 

Reading Bliss 

Book Addict Mumma 

Book Crazy 

Reads and Thoughts


Everything But the Books 

I Read Indie 

Starbucks & Books Obsession

Paperbook Princess 

Wolfel's World of Books 

Globug and Hootie Need a Book

SassyCat's Books Review 

read that 

TSK TSK What to Read

Booklovers LaceyCat 

Winding Stairs Book Blog 

A Life Bound By Books 

Paulette's Papers

Anonymous Interests 

The Phantom Paragrapher

Keep Calm & Read Romance 

Hardcover Therapy 

Jess Time To Read

Contagious Reads

Crim Reviews 

sofia loves books

Living in a Bookworld

A Bookworm Confessions 

Reading Past My Bedtime 



Amazon: http://amzn.to/H70sHD

B&N: http://bit.ly/1h5ixUe


New Adult... New beginning

I have started and stopped this blog post forty-bagillion times. Okay, like three. Feels like a lot.
I've written it in my head as I fall asleep at night. I've composed witticisms to include while I do dishes or mow the grass or ride my motorcycle.
I've debated and chewed on it. Spit it out. Walked away.
All to figure out how to say it.
That post where I explain where I've been, the reason for going "dark" for months--I've scaled WAY back on my social media time of late, or haven't you been refreshing your screen for the awe-inspiring prose that is my status updates???--and an all-around explanation of the stuff that makes up my personal life. In my head, it all sounds too revealing or too boring or too drama. It depends on my mood as to which.

You all know I am not an over-sharer. I tend to err toward the less-is-more school of thought. But then a couple of years ago, something monumentally tragic happened to me when I lost my baby boy, Tyler, at the age of five days old. And then I blogged about it and you guys were so fracking AWESOME in your response that I am still, to this day, smiling as I remember the flood of love and support and strength I received--and then in turn gave back to my readers. Thank you guys for stepping up and being real with me when I got real with you. I am so much more grateful for you guys after connecting that way.

So. with that warm fuzzy feeling in mind, I'm going to tell you what's been up with me. Mostly because I feel like there's this whole taboo mindset that I shouldn't say it publicly. And if you know me, you know I hate secrets. Which is the exact reason I will, after a year of shutting up, tell you: I am getting divorced.

It's so weird how simple the sentence is to write when I could barely say it aloud a year ago. And not because I'm ashamed or sad or broken up or worried what people think. I haven't said it because I have this nonsense ingrained into me that you don't share your problems with the world. But over the past year or two, my world has become so built up with people who welcome the opportunity to support me and so this is me letting go--and letting them.

In A Risk Worth Taking, my NA that just released (ohmygod I wrote sex!!!!!! my tagline is now: "Heather Hildenbrand, not just for YA anymore."), Summer's parents get divorced and it hits her hard. A lot of her emotions and anxieties were inspired by the events in my own life. I always find real-life emotions are best for funneling into my work and this was no exception. I won't say mych more than that about the book because I don't want to give it away. BTW, A Risk Worth Taking or #ARWT is now available in ebook so go grab yours!

AND enter the giveaway for the "country beauty basket and gift card here

But before everyone gets sad and comments below with how sorry you are, DON'T.

I am happy with my choice and I am living such a full and purposeful and successful life now, and I don't want sympathy or pity or sadness. I want everyone to know that while it was SCARY as hell, it was my choice. And I don't apologize for it (there was a time that I did) and I don't care what people think of it because it was the right thing for me. It has freed me. And while I wish my (ex)husband well, I know I've done what I needed for me, for the first time in so long I can't remember.

This past year has been tough and sad and lonely sometimes but also so amazing and full of the biggest adventures I never would have had otherwise. I learned how to ride motorcycles and I've owned a total of 3 in the past year. Currently still have 2 of them. Traveled more. Discovered I actually do like tent camping--under the right conditions, gotten to know my kids better, stood on stage at a Zac Brown Band concert to a sold out crowd, met Plain White T's, released three books, lived off my writer income as a full-time work-from-home mom, rented my own house in MY own name, visited CO--a lifelong dream of mine, stood front row-center at a Rocket to the Moon/Andy Grammer concert, learned how to hang and twist on silks (you know that aerial ribbon at the circus???), went swimming on horseback, fallen in the kind of love I thought only existed in stories, and SO MANY MORE AMAZING THINGS!!!!

And right now, I have a special project in the works that is the next building block in my dream of being a successful entrepreneur and a mom who is always home to get her kids off the bus. And it includes giving back to the very people who have helped put me where I am today. I can't wait to tell you more about it. (Look for an announcement in November!!)

I honestly wake up every morning loving my life. Thank you for that. Readers, Fans, Friends--you are the best part of me.

So, this is not a "Woe is Me" post. This is a, "Be strong and claim your happiness" post. And a post to say: Just like Summer in A Risk Worth Taking, let go of the struggle, let go of a past you couldn't control and can't change, and face forward.

Take a Risk. Seize the Day. Create a purposeful life filled with things that make you smile.

"Set your life on fire. Seek those that fan your flames." -Rumi