Tuesday, 25 November 2014

A Writer's Thanksgiving & Get Your Beacon On

A shorter post than usual post this week, because I'm over at Untethered Realms sharing all the things I'm thankful for as a writer. Drop by and share what makes you thankful during this American holiday or any other time of the year.

The insanely talented and always cool, Angela Brown has launched another book baby into the world - YA dystopian, Beacon, published by Evernight Teen. Congratulations, Angela! As she so aptly put it in her recent blog post, get your Beacon on.

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Tsunamis reduced the USA into a shell of itself, called The Fold. Surviving humans and vampires joined forces to form The Colony, where registered citizens do as they're told. 
They donate blood quarterly and dream of being chosen as Attendees for the Jubilee celebrations, that is, everyone except Macie Breen. With high school graduation near, she’s anxious to ditch the rules in hopes of starting a new life with Thane, an unregistered and also her best friend.  
Her hopes fizzle when Macie is selected as an Attendee, forever registered. Any future with Thane…impossible. Being chosen comes with another unexpected price.  
Truths about The Colony blaze into ashes and lies when she discovers the vampires haven't kept their part of the bargain. Worst still, Macie’s life unravels as her stint in the city of Bliss forces her to face daunting truths about who, and what, she really is.

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About the Author
Born and raised in Little Rock, AR, Angela now calls Central Texas home. She’s a lover of Wild Cherry Pepsi and chocolate/chocolate covered delicious-ness. Steampunk, fantasy and paranormal to contemporary – mostly young adult – fill her growing library of books. Mother to a rambunctious darling girl aptly nicknamed Chipmunk, life stays busy. Her favorite quote keeps her moving: “You may never know what results come of your action, but if you do nothing there will be no result.” ~ Mahatma Gandhi ~ Website

Well that's it for this week. I'll be back on December 1st. Did I just say December 1st? Where have the last 11 months gone?

Monday, 17 November 2014

News, News, News & A Nano-fantastic Offer

Another post jammed-packed with exciting news from the blogging and writing worlds. Plus, a Nano-fantastic offer from my cover designer.

Where to begin?

Alex J. Cavanaugh revealed the cover for his eagerly-awaited Dragon of the Stars earlier this month. Isn't it stunning? I can't wait to add this alongside his CassaStar Trilogy on my bookshelf.

The ship of legends…

The future is set for Lt. Commander Aden Pendar, son of a Hyrathian Duke. He’s poised to secure his own command and marriage to the queen’s daughter. He’ll stop at nothing to achieve his goals.

But when the Alliance denies Hyrath’s claim on the planet of Kavil and declares war on their world, Aden finds his plans in disarray. Entrenched in battle and told he won’t make captain, Aden’s world begins to collapse. How will he salvage his career and future during Hyrath’s darkest hour?

One chance remains–the Dragon. Lost many years prior, the legendary ship’s unique weapon is Hyrath’s only hope. Can Aden find the Dragon, save his people, and prove he’s capable of commanding his own ship?

Dragon of the Stars releases April 7th. It's also made it on to Goodread's Most Anticipated Sci-Fi, Fantasy, and Horror of 2015 list. If it's on your TBR list, drop by and vote for it. There's also a Goodread's giveaway for those in the US and Canada. 

Angela Brown has an upcoming YA urban fantasy/dystopian being published by Evernight Teen. Last week she shared the gorgeous cover for Beacon.

I'm sure Angela will sharing more news about this exciting release soon.

Charity Bradford has decided to self-publish her latest novel, urban fantasy Fade Into Me. To make sure it's the very best it can be, she launched a Kickstarter campaign to help 'Fund the cost of an editor, cover artist and formatting for print and e-publishing of a new romance novel with a magical twist to it'.

As with all Kickstarter campaigns, it needs to be 100% funded to receive any funding. Even if you can't help financially, please help to spread the word. Here's Charity to tell you more.

Untethered Realms has another amazing release coming this December - a collection of nine fantastic, spine-tingling stories. Magic. Mystery. Murder. Heartbreak and Hope. Defeat and Victory. Fantasy Uprising delivers a heaping serving of the best of fantasy.

Reborn by Cherie Reich: To save a kingdom, a prophetess must challenge Fate.

Fireseed One by Catherine Stine: On a devastated Earth in 2089, the son of a famous marine biologist must travel to a lethal hotzone with his worst enemy who helped destroy the world’s food source, to search for Fireseed One, a mythical hybrid plant that may not even exist. 

Givin' Up the Ghost by Gwen Gardner: In the haunted modern day medieval village of Sabrina shores, indigo eady must help a ghost solve his murder before she And her gang become the next victims.

The Marquis by Christine Rains: A retired demon must become the beast he loathes to save the woman he loves.

The Alpha by Christine Rains: A werewolf hunted by her pack must find a way hide or fight a battle she believes she cannot win.

The Rifters by M. Pax: In a strange wilderness town, a misplaced city gal must deal with a secret organization, a man from 1888, and a head-stealing phantom to save her missing sister.

Neverlove by Angela Brown: A tormented suicide survivor must find the power in her pain or risk the Devourer robbing her of a second chance to live, a first chance at love, and her very soul.

The Fall of Shaylar by River Fairchild: Magic is real. So is betrayal. Rivalry, jealousy, a desperate attempt to grab the magic of Shaylar—all converge to bring about the end of the precarious balance between the Five Kingdoms.

Diamonds & Dust by River Fairchild: Magic is real. So is betrayal. Two heirs. A Kingdom of dust on a troubled world. One might resurrect it. One might destroy it all.

Finally, Ida Jansson at Amygdala Design is offering 30% off all pre-designed covers in celebration of NaNoWriMo. If you're looking for a more affordable cover option, drop by and check out her designs. She also offers custom cover designs and many more design services.

Well that was a lot of news! Do you have any you'd like to share?