Monday, 24 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?

Friday, 14 November 2014

Gears of Brass Steampunk Anthology & Mega Giveaway

Today I'm featuring an exciting new steampunk anthology from Curiosity Quills Press - Gears of Brass. It contains stories from eleven talented YA authors, such as S.A. Larsen and Eliza Tilton. Over to Curiosity Quills Press to tell us more.

A world like ours, but filled with gears of brass, where the beating heart is fueled by steam and the simplest creation is a complex clockwork device.  

Within this tome, you’ll find steampunk fairy tale re-tellings, as well as original stories that will send your gears turning.  

Welcome to the steampunk realm, with eleven authors guiding your path. 

Gears of Brass is a steampunk anthology published through Curiosity Quills. Within the pages, you’ll come across clockwork inventions and steampunk-ified fairy tale retellings.  Eleven authors will guide you through worlds filled with airships, top hats, and corsets.


“Stealing a few steps backward, I reached for him and brushed my fingertips along his cheek. Static energy crept across my palm. It glowed blue and pulled like taffy, sticking to my fingertips, then snapping back to his skin. My hand jerked back so hard I hit myself in the chest. My eyes traipsed down his neck, his shoulders, finally stopping at his midsection. It was almost as though I could see inside him. ”

“The guards struggled forward, but failed to move even an inch. Everyone was frozen in place, except the uninvited guest. The man floated toward Lord and Lady Miller. “You see, my lord, your wife made a deal with me that cannot be broken. Your daughter is mine.”

“I swiped my hand across my nose, wishing I could smell the green of the trees. Eyes burning, I swallowed hard, feeling the incision in my throat where they’d cut out my sinus enhancer. I would never be able to smell my exotic perfumes again.”

“Anthie watched the lissom liquid slip inside the carrying tube. I could see her inhaling the smell of the lubricating oil. So could Dr. Holmgren. From time to time he looked across at us through his reinforced goggles. They gave him the appearance of a baby owl, which was at odds with his general nastiness. I knew he was taking everything in. And I knew he had a special eye on Anthie.”

“In a hidden room deep inside the base of the great clock there was a click, a whir of gears, a valve opened, and the key chamber was flooded with air. Several minutes later, Bella awoke. The girl coughed, choked then screamed as blood began to once again flow through her veins: the first time in a millennium.”

“Something growled near to her right. The hairs along Redyn’s arms stood up and she held her breath. The sound came again, deep, guttural. Redyn turned her head, her lips parted, her gaze scanning the forest. They’d told her not to wander far from the cottage, but they couldn’t have expected her to play with that hideous excuse for a doll near everyone else. 
 A wolf crept out of the shadows, his gray fur standing on end like hers.”

“Three years ago, your father ruined my life. He terminated my family’s reputation.” 

“Um…” Amethyst wished she could back up further. Wind pushed at her top hat, so she shoved it up higher to straighten it. “I don’t understand.”

“Now, I’ll ruin his life.”

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Learn more about the authors behind Gears of Brass over at Curiosity Quills Press

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Congratulations to Curiosity Quills Press and all the authors involved in this steampunk anthology. Another one to add to my TBR list!

Monday, 10 November 2014

The 2014 Realms Faire Begins. Huzzah!

Let the fun, games, and prizes commence. Today is the start of M. Pax's annual Realms Faire. Huzzah!


Twitter hashtag - #grogz

2014 Events:


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The Joust, hosted by M. Pax

Cheer up to 3x daily for the knights. Win prizes daily.


Soak-a-bloke and Drench-a-wench, hosted by Christine Rains

The rules of this event are simple:
1. The dunkee is chosen by committee.
2. I post a link to the dunkee's blog and you click on it.
3. You leave a comment, soaking the person in blog love.
4. You're entered into a drawing for a chance to win ...

Stockade Brigade, hosted by Mary Waibel
Who is on trial for wizardry this year?

Dueling Bards, hosted by Cass Web
Wordsmiths battle it out in this fun and interactive game. Prizes awarded daily.

Riddle Me This, hosted by Cherie Reich

Description: Come one, come all! Guess the creature and win. Is it a dragon? A phoenix? Read the riddle and decide what creature I'm talking about. Every correct guess posted in the comments section of Cherie Reich's blog each day during Realms Faire will enter you in for a chance to win a prize pack.

Phasers, hosted by Untethered Realms

A simple word game on Untethered Realms. Ie, if the posted word of the day is Phasers, you might type in 'stun' in the comments. The next commenter then goes off 'stun', perhaps by typing 'gun', and so on. Prizes daily.

Dragon Hunt, hosted by L. Diane Wolfe

Thread is falling on Pern and we need dragonriders! Find the hidden dragon on each of the participating sites.

Wisdom of the Creative Realms, hosted by Nicki Elson

Our 2013 Joust champion, Lady Elson, seeks wisdom from the creative realms to deepen the thoughts at her Not-so-deep Thoughts blog. Throughout the Faire, she asks subjects to share bit of wisdom they’ve gleaned from the creative arts. Each day features a different media---books, movies, music & Jester’s Choice. Beauteous prizes to be had.

Thank you to the event sponsors and hosts!

Friday, 7 November 2014

PK Hrezo's Induction Day & Book Swag Giveaway

I'm excited to be hosting another friend and YA author on my blog this week. PK Hrezo is back with a sequel to her stunning Butterman (Time) Travel, Inc. She's also giving you a chance to win some cool book swag. Over to you, PK.


Induction Day
Induction Day (Butterman {Time} Travel, Inc #2) 
Ages: 16+
Pages: 247

The year 2069 is coming to a close, and eighteen-year-old Bianca Butterman's time-craft license is finally official. She's ready for the Induction Day she’s waited for since she was a kid—the one that will secure her name on the Butterman family tree of time travelers. But ever since the media discovered Bianca is pop superstar Tristan Helms’ latest new honey, everything Bianca does or says becomes a target of criticism. Having her professional credibility topping the gossip sites across social media is an open invitation for the government to step in and regulate Bianca’s Induction. Now she will have to ask herself if saving 1500 people from drowning is worth losing everything she’s ever worked for, including the Butterman family biz.

Welcome to Butterman Travel, Incorporated; a full service agency designed to meet all your exclusive time travel needs. We’re a family owned and operated business with one hundred years of experience. A place where you can rest assured, safety and reliability always come first.

Anxious to attend some special event from the past? Or for a glimpse of what the future holds?

You’ve come to the right place. We’re a fully accredited operation, offering an array of services; including, but not limited to: customized travel plans, professionally piloted operations, and personal trip guides. *Terms and conditions do apply

Use our Web conferencing to contact our frontline reservation specialist, Bianca Butterman, who will handle all your inquiries in a professional and efficient manner, offering a tentative itinerary and free fare quote, so you can make the most of your time trip.

We look forward to serving you at Butterman Travel, Inc., where time is always in your hands.


Okay, this is weird. Why do I feel like a total prude around this chick who’s old enough to be my great, great, great grandma? And who’s got her collar buttoned up to her neck and the hem of her dress grazing her ankles in crew-enforced modesty.

But that thought is interrupted with something far less trivial—a fact that’s so morbid my mouth goes dry. I remember Adelaide’s fate aboard Titanic. She doesn’t survive.

Dread wells up inside me now, and even though this person has been long dead in my own timeline, she’s alive and energetic in hers. And perfectly clueless of what’s about to happen.

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   Information on Butterman (Time) Travel, Inc 

Description: Welcome to Butterman Travel, Incorporated. We are a full service agency designed to meet all your exclusive time travel needs. Family-owned and operated, we offer clients one hundred years of time travel experience. A place where you can rest assured, safety and reliability always come first.Anxious to attend a special event from the past? Or for a glimpse of what the future holds? You’ve come to the right place. We’re a fully accredited operation, offering an array of services; including, but not limited to: customized travel plans, professionally piloted operations, and personal trip guides. *Terms and conditions do apply

Conference us directly from our Website. Our frontline reservation specialist, Bianca Butterman, will handle all your inquiries in a professional and efficient manner, offering a tentative itinerary and free fare quote, so you can make the most of your time trip.We look forward to serving you at Butterman Travel, Inc., where time is always in your hands.


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  About the author:

PK Hrezo
PK Hrezo is a native Floridian whose life could easily be a Jimmy Buffet song. She shares her home with her firefighter husband and their two children. When not creating characters and their worlds, PK can be found at her other job of rearranging passenger’s itineraries for a major international airline. The only hobbies she loves more than traveling, are reading, writing, and music, and when the four are combined she exists in total bliss.  She blogs regularly at PK HREZO: Fearless Fiction.

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To be entered into a special giveaway, copy one of these ready-made posts and share it. Make sure PK’s name is tagged so she can see it and enter your name into a giveaway. The more you share, the more entries you receive. Five winners will receive a time traveler’s book thong:


Induction Day by @PKHrezo is a #timetravel #mustread. Retweet this to be entered into a special #giveaway. Add it to #AmazonCart here.


Induction Day is here! A taut, fast-paced, engrossing read by PKHrezo. Find it on Amazon here:

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Induction Day by #PKHrezo is a #timetravel #mustread. Retweet this to be entered into a special #giveaway. A taut, fast-paced, engrossing read. Find it on Amazon here:

Also, share this post for an entry into a special giveaway.

It was a pleasure hosting you again, PK. The story of the Titanic has always fascinated me. Couple the Titanic with time travel and I'm in. I'm really looking forward to reading Induction Day.

That's it for this week. Have a great weekend whatever your plans.

Wednesday, 5 November 2014

The Soulless Are Coming: Casting A Trilogy

Today I'm thrilled to have friend and YA author, Crystal Collier stopping by to tell us about casting her Maiden of Time trilogy. How cool is that? Over to you, Crystal.

Casting is especially difficult for me because I'm a SUPER visual person, so when I create characters, I have a VERY specific image in mind. It's almost impossible to find a match. Because of that, there are no easy-fit actors or actresses for my characters. (Contains spoilers for those who haven't read MOONLESS. Get your copy October 13, 20, 27, 31 or November 7 for FREE.)

Villains first (because they're so stinkin' interesting):


(Olivia Little...but a unique angle on her.)

Bellezza is driven by only one motive: revenge. She has no qualms with killing or initiating a war to get what she wants, and she especially enjoys head games. With unique abilities to travel by mist or kill with a scream, she's a formidable foe. 


(Amos Oz and Skull Face)
(Before and After)

Amos has been one of the Soulless for centuries, slowly decaying but unable to die. Since the battle between the Soulless and Passionate began, he's been leading a faction of the Soulless to undermine the Passionate and take absolute control of his kind.

Now to the Outcasts (who are equally as awesome):


(Katie McGrath)

Sarah is a total flirt and Alexia's (the lead's) best friend/aunt. She's also recently become one of the Soulless, and went into hiding. Lighthearted, vivacious and occasionally unladylike (despite her noble upbringing), she is always the heart of the party. 


(Jamie Bell)

Miles is a friend, protege and sidekick to the leader of the Passionate. He has a gift to "see through other's eyes." Because of that, he's been feared and avoided by most the Passionate. His parents became Soulless when he was 4 (enemies to the Passionate who hunt them on moonless nights) and he hears them calling for him every new moon. Loyal to the death, he's a timid soul who truly and deeply desires to do what's right, willing to sacrifice everything for the greater good. A recent turn of events made him too dangerous to remain among the Passionate.


The Soulless are coming.

Alexia manipulated time to save the man of her dreams, and lost her best friend to red-eyed wraiths. Still grieving, she struggles to reconcile her loss with what was gained: her impending marriage. But when her wedding is destroyed by the Soulless—who then steal the only protection her people have—she’s forced to unleash her true power.

And risk losing everything.

Book 2 in the Maiden of Time trilogy.

Meet the characters for yourselves by getting the books HERE,
or enter to win some AWESOME prizes.

Thank you, Crystal. I loved seeing something of the world you've created. Like you, I'm a visual person. I like to create picture boards for my books, either on hard copy or on Pinterest. It's a great way to both inspire and brainstorm.