BY L.S. MURPHY
I am so excited to host the author of PIXELATED, the YA contemporary romance by L.S. Murphy!! If this book isn’t on your To-Be-Read list, then it should be (*ahem* you can add it here: Add to Goodreads).
Not only is L.S. celebrating her release, she also signed on to do a guest post on piracy, which you can read below, but first let’s celebrate PIXELATED!!! *releases balloon drop and throws confetti*
Middle of nowhere.
What’s the new girl to do?
For Piper Marks, the answer is simple. She’s determined to have her photography rock the cover of National Geographic someday, and moving to Clarkton, Iowa for her last year of high school is not going to stop her. Even if her usual subjects have changed from bright lights and skyscrapers to fields, cows…and more fields.
But when photographer at the local paper quits in a huff, she steps into his spot. Her new job keeps Piper busy capturing tackles, and zooming in on first downs and end zone dances, not to mention putting her directly in the path of varsity football star Les Williams IV. Her new friends warn her off, but she can’t resist the pull she feels toward this mysterious country boy. But this small town is keeping a secret, and it’s one that could destroy any chance they have to be together.
It’s up to Piper to decide what to do with the distorted truth. Can she risk exposing her heart? It might be worth it, ’cause Les is about to change her world from black and white to fully saturated color.
Praise for Pixelated:
“In Pixelated, L.S. Murphy weaves a complex web of secrets and lies with a ‘will they or won’t they’ romance that kept me turning pages and holding my breath!” ~ Julie Reece, author of The Artisans and Crux
“Beautifully written, with a full spectrum of emotion and complex characters, Pixelated will tug at all your heartstrings. I easily lost myself in the world L.S. Murphy created and couldn’t stop reading because I needed to see how the story ended.” ~ Kelly Oram, author of Cinder & Ella
“L.S. Murphy brings something for every reader with Pixelated: romance, secrets, mystery, and a main character torn between two choices. Murphy’s writing is sharp and steeped in emotions, deftly hooking her readers from the first sentence to the last.” ~ Sarah Bromley, author of A Murder Of Magpies
About the Author
L.S. Murphy obsesses about St. Louis Cardinals baseball, fangirls over her favorite authors, and watches every
episode of Doctor Who like it’s the first time. When she’s not doing those time-consuming things, the former farm-girl turned city slicker turned suburbanite writes sweet romances for teens and adults.
It’s PIXELATED’s book birthday, so naturally, there has to be a gift, right? How about a $25 Amazon Gift Card? To enter the giveaway, click on the link below!
I also want to thank L.S. for putting together this short message on piracy. Take it away, L.S….
Back in March, before PIXELATED was even on NetGalley or had eARCS available, I discovered something disturbing. Of course, googling isn’t always going to bring sunshine and roses, but I digress.
I searched for PIXELATED just to see if it would pop up on any blogs. Lo and behold, I stumbled across a discussion thread. Someone had asked where they could get my book for free.
Um… excuse me?
Well, for one, it hasn’t been released yet. For another, go to the library. For a third, WHAT?
Now, a few peeps responded that it’s never okay to download books from the internet illegally. Yay them. They also directed her to some sites for purchase and recommended she request the title from her library.
So all good, eh?
Of course not. Silly me. I kept reading. It turned from “don’t do piracy” to “another author pulling the wool over our eyes.” I’m not sure how I’m pulling the wool over someone’s eyes. I work a full-time job. Most authors do. It’s almost impossible to make a living as an author these days. Yeah, there are some that do. Great for them. But they’re in the 1%.
I’m not out to get rich. Don’t get me wrong, I would LOVE to be in the 1%. But I’m not doing this for free either. I work my tail off. All authors do, even the 1%. I sacrifice time with my family, my friends, and even downtime to relax. All because I love to write.
And I worked my rear off to get an agent who worked her rear off to get me a deal.
None of us are doing this for free.
So, the next time you hear someone saying all authors are rich, remember me. I may be sitting next to you at Starbucks counting change so I can have another latte to get me through another thousand words.
As an author too, I agree with everything L.S. mentioned, one hundred percent. For all authors, their agents and editors, and everyone else that’s behind the scenes when it comes to getting a book on the shelves, writing is our livelihoods. Books put food on our tables. Please do not download illegal copies of our books. We sincerely appreciate it, thank you!
Thanks for stopping by and celebrating the release of PIXELATED!! Don’t forget to enter the giveaway above and check out L.S. Murphy’s fabulous new release, you won’t be disappointed!