Skip To The Good Part Vol. 1 Is Out!


Skip To The Good Part Vol. 1 is out today, featuring an excerpt from my book MORE THAN EXES. If you like steamy scenes and want to discover a lot of great new authors, get it now! It's 99c ONLY during release week!



Want a taste? Here's a teaser from my scene in it:



New Book Deal: FUTURE SHOCK!

I have some VERY exciting news! My YA sci-fi novel FUTURE SHOCK has sold to Albert Whitman & Company, along with a sequel! Here's the announcement from Publisher's Weekly:
Wendy McClure of Albert Whitman has bought NA author Elizabeth Briggs's first YA project: a science-fiction novel called Future Shock plus a sequel. In the books, a Latina teenager raised in Los Angeles's foster care system with an eidetic memory is recruited by a tech company for a mission – a trip 30 years into the future. Publication is slated for March 2016; Kate Testerman of KT Literary brokered the deal for world English rights.
This has been me since finding out:


FUTURE SHOCK is probably the best book I've written so far. It was also the most difficult to write. Time travel is HARD! But it's also a really personal book in a lot of ways.

As some of you may know, I mentor "at-risk" teen girls (and a few boys) here in LA, using creative writing to help them express themselves. Most of the teens I've mentored have been Latino or black. Some were pregnant or had already had kids. Some were in foster care, or had been incarcerated or homeless at some point. I will never know most of their stories, except for the few brief snippets they chose to share with me, but they've all been through some horrible things that no kids should ever have to experience. They're also the most amazing teens I've ever met.

Many of the teens I've mentored told me they love sci-fi, fantasy, and superheroes but wished they saw more of themselves in books, movies, and TV shows. I'm trying to do my small part to help with that. FUTURE SHOCK has a Latina main character in foster care who goes on a time travel adventure, kicks a lot of butt, and falls for a hot geeky guy - because teens of all backgrounds can be heroes.

This book is very different from my New Adult romances. It's a lot darker and it's not as steamy, but I think if you like my writing, you'll probably like this too. Or if you haven't read my books because you're not into NA romance, maybe this will be more your type of story.

I'm so grateful to Wendy McClure and Albert Whitman & Company for loving this book as much as I do, and giving me a chance to share it with the world. And of course, my amazing agent Kate Testerman, who never gave up during this long journey. Not to mention my wonderful critique partners, writing friends, and family members who always believed in me.

FUTURE SHOCK will be out March 2016, but you can add it to Goodreads now, sign up for my newsletter to get updates on my books, or check out the Pinterest board:

New Book: Skip to the Good Part Vol. 1

I'm so excited to announce that I'll be a part of this amazing anthology:
Find your next red-hot read in this sizzling collection of sexy scenes.

Skip to the Good Part: 20 Authors Reveal Their Steamiest Scenes offers face-fanning romance and tie-me-up sizzle (and everything in between) from top authors including New York Times and USA Today bestsellers.

The collection features a British alpha who wants to turn a good girl bad, a woman realizing her impetuous marriage to a stripper isn’t all bad, a bad boy boxer who could use a large dose of sexual healing, a carnie who has found new and inventive uses for fun house mirrors, and a rocker who wants to woo the girl who got away: his high school sweetheart.

This excerpt collection features 20 of the best steamy scenes in contemporary romance and erotic romance today. Each scene in this 250-page collection will get your blood pumping, your heart racing, and your skin tingling.

You’re sure to discover a new favorite.
My scene from More Than Exes is the one mentioned in the blurb as "a rocker who wants to woo the girl who got away: his high school sweetheart." I'm so honored to be part of this set with all of these other amazing authors!

The anthology comes out on November 20th for only $0.99. You can preorder it now on AmazoniTunes, and Kobo. Barnes & Noble will be up soon too.

And if you're a blogger, sign up to be part of the release day blitz and possibly win $50 just for participating!

Cover Reveal for VIP by Riley Edgewood

Today I'm overjoyed to be part of Riley Edgewood's cover reveal for her upcoming New Adult romance, VIP. I was lucky enough to read an early copy of it (and the next two parts of Rock & Release), and it's AMAZING. So sexy and fun! You'll definitely want to keep an eye out for her books! And now... on to the gorgeous cover:

When Cassidy Evans scores VIP tickets to a concert, she decides to use them for one carefree night before beginning a summer internship at her father’s Fortune 500 company. But one carefree night turns into a few too many martinis—with two unexpected twists: A steamy encounter with Gage Logan, sexy singer and guitarist, and a tempting job offer from Gage’s boss to work at the concert venue she now knows quite intimately.

She definitely can’t take the job. Her internship is an opportunity any business major would kill for. But the thought of working with her father, a man furious with grief over a family tragedy that struck six months ago, fills her with dread.

Then there’s Gage. Working with him all summer could be hot. Cassidy can’t stop flashing back to their night together. Molten kisses. His hands smoothing across the skin of her belly. The weight of his body above her own…

And suddenly the decision about how to spend her summer is much, much harder to make.
VIP is the first act of the three part sexy romance serial, Rock & Release, launching November 17, 2014. The final two acts, Starstruck and Show Stopper, will release on December 1 and December 15, respectively.

Add it to Goodreads or preorder it on Amazon now for only $0.99!


Riley lives in the DC area and spends most of her time with her characters, playing with her toddler and husband, and pretending she knows how to be an adult. Former dancer. Current writer. Lifelong lover of accessories, books, and the beach. And cats. Can't forget the kitties. Of which she has two.

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Pitch Wars - Team Briggs 2015


The Pitch Wars agent round is this week and I'm thrilled to announce Team Briggs 2015! This year we had a bit of a switch-up when my first mentee Emily Skrutskie got an agent before the agent round (yaaaaaaaaaaaaay!). As such, my alternate became my mentee and I got to pick a new alternate. This meant I got to work with three awesome writers, which was even better! I'm so proud of their hard work, and I know they will all go on to great things in the future!


Mentee Name: Tara Sim
Title: Timekeeper
Category: Young Adult
Genre: Historical Fantasy/LGBTQ
Word Count: 84,000

Pitch: When clock mechanic Danny falls for Colton, a boy who controls time, he’ll have more to worry about than what his mother will think. A terrorist is freezing time across England, and only Danny and Colton can stop him before time separates them forever.

First 250 words:

Two o’clock was missing.

Danny thought it must be a joke. The clock tower and the silver timepiece in his hand read 3:06 in the afternoon, when not fifteen minutes before they had read 1:51.

Because the hour between no longer existed.

He looked back at the clock face and swallowed. Not a joke.

The man beside him wrung his hands together and cleared his throat with a sound like an engine stalling. “Can it be fixed?”

Danny wrenched his eyes away from the clock. The mayor of Enfield was sweating, but then again, so was Danny.

“Er, yes,” Danny said, trying not to make it sound like a question. “Yes, it can be fixed.”

The set of the mayor’s shoulders relaxed, but not by much. “Then, please, by all means.” He gestured to the tower as if Danny had forgotten where it was.

Colton Tower was a pillar of limestone and plated cast iron that gleamed bronze in the weak sunshine. A pointed spire stood like a sentinel above the shingled roofs of Enfield. The clock face shone yellow, its numbers and hands black against the opal glass, making it even easier to see the empty space between one and three o’clock.

The clock ticked on, but Danny felt the lost hour as he would a missing finger. That wrongness, sharp and shocking, bore down on his body until he could barely breathe.

Stolen. An entire hour, a chunk of time, taken like it was the last piece of cake on a neglected platter.



Alternate Name: Natasha M. Heck
Title: Follow the Moon
Category: Young Adult
Genre: Fantasy
Word Count: 76,000

Pitch: When Kin’s sister is summoned to return to the moon, Kin decides to climb the tallest mountain to change her sister’s fate. To do so, she must face a forest of monsters and reveal she can speak to them to protect those who will shun her— or she’ll lose her sister forever.

Excerpt:

It was more than the usual prickle on the back of Kin’s neck, or a nudge in her mind. It hit her like a full force wind storm with battering rain.

A yokai was out there. It wound around each of her thoughts with swift precision. Her head pounded, her eyes watering. Then, all of sudden, the sensation was gone.

Her hands curled into fists while she eyed the trees surrounding her and her brother, Daitaro. She didn’t want to alarm him quite yet. He knew better than to bother her when she was quiet. Silence was savored when their two bickering siblings weren’t around.

They stepped out of the bamboo grove and headed into the outskirts of the village when someone shouted, “Daitaro!” A boy their age was kneeling in the tall grass in the ditch, a basket at his side. Kin didn’t recognize him while he waved. There was something about him she couldn’t quite place when he smiled. It was a nice smile. Maybe the nicest smile any boy had ever given her, and she liked it.

She hesitated following her brother. All the boys in the village had eyes for her sister Yugao, the girl from the moon, with her unusual blue eyes, long midnight hair, and moonlight skin. With Yugao around, Kin didn’t exist. It didn’t help that she had no idea how to be herself around other people since they weren't aware what she could do.

That she could speak to monsters.