Monday, March 2, 2015

It's my debut novel's 2nd birthday! #giveaway




Two years ago today I stayed up all night waiting for my first book to show up on Amazon. It feels like it's been a lot longer than two years! For a lot of my life I had the goal to publish a book, and that goal felt like the finish line. Turns out, it's not the finish line, just the start of a whole new race--an even tougher one. I now know there is no finish line in publishing, just a whole lot of running, and sometimes running in circles and running backwards and standing still and doing cartwheels and lying on the racetrack in the fetal position. But I plan to keep on running indefinitely!

To celebrate my book birthday, I'm giving away 5 autographed copies of my debut novel, The Charge. International entries ARE welcome.





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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

#CoverReveal for Belong To Me by @laurahoward78 #NA #romance

Congratulations to Laura Howard on the upcoming release of another lovely novel! Here is the cover for Belong To Me...



Belong to Me by Laura Howard
(A Moore Crossing Novel)
Publication date: March 31st 2015
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance

Synopsis:
Kate and Noah thought they had the kind of love that could last through anything. Until their world crumbles out from beneath them.

After months of separation, the tragic death of Jack, Kate’s twin and Noah’s best friend, throws them back together. As they try to heal from the horrific loss, will they be able to overcome old wounds or are they destined to live separately forever?


AUTHOR BIO:
Laura Howard lives in New Hampshire with her husband and four children. Her obsession with books began at the age of 6 when she got her first library card. Nancy Drew, Sweet Valley High and other girly novels were routinely devoured in single sittings. Books took a backseat to diapers when she had her first child. It wasn’t until the release of a little novel called Twilight, 8 years later, that she rediscovered her love of fiction. Soon after, her own characters began to make themselves known. The Forgotten Ones is her first published novel.

Author links: 

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Visit me in #Houston this weekend at the #HoustonAuthorsBash


I'll be Houston this weekend signing books! Copies of my books will be available for purchase from Katy Budget Books at the event or you can bring your own to have signed. And don't forget, there will be LOTS of other authors to visit too!



Harmony Science Academy – West Houston

22400 Grand Corner Dr. Katy, TX 77494



FIND TICKETS HERE: http://tinyurl.com/HAB2015

I love meeting readers so much, I am willing to bribe you to visit my table! :D Enter for a chance to win a signed paperback. You MUST pick up your prize at the event.


#CoverReveal for Ravished by @AKMorgen #romance

RAVISHED (The Teplo Trilogy)
By: Ayden K. Morgen
Publication Date: 04/05/15
 Genre: Erotic Romance/Suspense
Pages: 432        

Summary

When Tristan Riley drags Lillian Maddox onto the dance floor at Teplo, he intends only to protect his cover… at least that's what he tells himself. But the lovely Lillian would tempt a saint, and Tristan is far from a gentleman. Beneath the bright lights of the Vetrov family's dangerous club, the weary DEA agent finds himself captivated by the ballerina, coaxing them both into a reckless, erotic encounter.
But Tristan isn't prepared for the intense connection between him and Lillian, or for the fallout of their tryst. In a matter of days, their lives careen wildly off course, catapulting them both into a deadly game of hide and seek with the Vetrov family and one of Mexico's deadliest drug cartels.
Trying to keep his hands to himself while working alongside Lillian to stop Anton Vetrov's deadly new drug proves almost impossible for Tristan, but what choice does he have when being with her might get her killed? He should know: his entire family was murdered by people just like Anton.
When the stakes are raised and innocent lives are lost, will Tristan be able to let go of the guilt, or will he destroy his chance at happiness with Lillian before it ever truly begins?

Preorder Link

Excerpt

"I need you naked. Now."
Lillian froze as soon as the frantic confession left his mouth.
"No," she said, no longer pulling him close but pushing him away. "No, Tristan. Let me go."
"Shit." Heat gave way to ice in an instant.
His arms slipped from around her as soon as her feet were on the ground. She stumbled and then righted herself, one hand pressed to her mouth and her eyes wide and wary in her flushed face.
Tristan cursed at that look. "Lillian, I'm-"
"No." She shook her head, her hand still pressed to her swollen lips. Her expression hardened. "You don't get to kiss me like that, Tristan. You don't get to rile me up and then walk out. I won't-" She gulped, practically babbling. "You can't just… Not again."
"I'm not going anywhere," he said, looking down at her. "I'm not going to-"
"Not going to what?" Her eyes flashed, daring him to answer that question.
"I'm not-" He wanted to tell her he wouldn't walk away, but he wasn't so sure that was true. He wanted her, but he wouldn't fuck her when she'd only regret it, and she would have regretted it. "It's not you," he told her instead, wishing he could take back the ill-advised words the moment they left his mouth.
Lillian flinched as if he'd struck her, her face paling beneath the flush in her cheeks. "Not me?" She laughed, the sound jagged and harsh, angry. "Right."
Way to go, you moron, he cursed himself.
"I want you, Lillian. That hasn't changed." He blew out a breath, frustrated that he couldn't seem to think straight around her, let alone find words to explain why he kept walking away from her. "I just-"
"You want me, just not enough." Her wide, angry eyes met his, held for a moment, and then darted away. She ran a hand through her hair, fingers catching in snarls he'd helped cause. "Fine. What happens now?" The faint tremble in her voice screamed that he'd hurt her.
"I want you more than I did the first night," he said, ignoring her question. They weren't doing that shit, avoiding the issue until one or the other of them snapped. Christ, his blood still boiled. His mind was clouded by her scent, her taste. And yet again, she got it all wrong, assumed he didn't want her enough when the problem was that he wanted her too much. But he didn't want her to hate him, and he certainly didn't want her to regret what he'd do to her when she finally gave in to him.
"Do you trust me, Lillian?" he asked instead of trying to explain.
She took another shaky breath and then cursed and squared her shoulders. Her expression firmed into one of cool resolve. "No, I don't trust you. And I'm not sure I even like you."
He nodded once, refusing to give in to the little ripple of hurt threatening to shoot through him at her answer. It wasn't like he hadn't expected that truth. Hell, wasn't like he didn't deserve it, either. "I want you, Lillian. I want you against that fucking wall." He jerked his chin in the direction of the wall in question. "I want you bent over the table by the door. On the floor. In your bed. In mine. Across the street in the middle of the dance floor. Anywhere you'll let me and every way you'll let me." He looked at her, letting her see exactly how much he meant that.
She swallowed, her wide-eyed gaze darkening, held captive by his own.
He took a step toward her, reached out and tucked a strand of hair behind her ear. Sparks sizzled and popped where his skin met hers. He let his arm drop slowly, dragging his fingertips down her cheek and onto her neck before shoving his hands deep into his pockets.
Pitching his voice low, he killed them both with words and one long, heated looked. "I want you panting, moaning, and screaming until you can't move, baby. But I'm not going to fuck you when you'd just regret it later. When I take you to bed – and I do mean when, Lillian, not if. When I take you, you're not going to regret sleeping with me. You're going to know exactly how much I want you, and you're going to beg for it."

Author Bio

Ayden lives in the heart of Arkansas with her childhood sweetheart and husband of ten years, and their five furry minions. When not writing, she spends her time hiking, reading, volunteering, causing mischief, and building a Spork army. Ayden graduated summa cum laude with her Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice and Forensic Psychology in 2009 before going on to complete her graduate degree in CJ and Law. She currently puts her education to use in the social and public services field. 
Ayden also writes Young and New Adult fiction under the penname A.K. Morgen.
You can find her on Twitter, Facebook, or via her website at http://aydenmorgen.com. You can learn more about her YA/NA fiction at http://akmorgen.com.

Monday, February 16, 2015

#Excerpt from Treasure Darkly by @JayliaDarkness #steampunk

Beware a Treasure Darkly…



(The stunning cover art is thanks to Amalia Chitulescu)

Seventeen-year-old Clark Treasure assumes the drink he stole off the captain is absinthe…until the chemicals in the liquid give him the ability to awaken the dead. A great invention for creating perfect soldiers, yes, but Clark wants to live as a miner, not a slave to the army—or the deceased. On the run, Clark turns to his estranged tycoon father for help. The Treasures welcome Clark with open arms, so he jumps at the chance to help them protect their ranch against Senator Horan, a man who hates anyone more powerful than he.

And he is not alone. His new found sister, Amethyst, thinks that's rather dashing, until Horan kidnaps her, and all she gets is a bullet through her heart. When Clark brings her back to life, she realizes he's more than just street-smart - and he's not really a Treasure. Amethyst’s boring summer at home has turned into an adventure on the run, chock full of intrigue, danger, love, and a mysterious boy named Clark.

TREASURE DARKLY, book 1 of the Treasure Chronicles

The young adult novel is a dark mix of steampunk, the paranormal and romance in a “Wild West” setting. 

Below is an excerpt from TREASURE DARKLY.  You can read more on the Curiosity Quills Press website.



“Looks like he did drink it up.” The general client spoke from the right. “Must’ve interacted with all that bloody hertum. Look at ‘im, he’s bleeding already.”


“What’s it gonna do to him?” the guard from the morning asked.


“Lots of stuff.” The general laughed. “When he touches the dead, he’ll be able to bring them back, and exchange that life for another. Perfect soldier, huh? We only have one vial ready and I was going to give it to a lucky fellow. Guess it will be this boy.”


“Whatcha gonna do with him?” The guard snickered.


“Have to be a test subject,” the general said. “Sure thought it was that Judy who stole my bottle. Pity I killed her. She sure knew how to make my pecker sing.”


Judy.


Clark’s mother.


Clark bolted off the ground and ran. He could hide in the hole under the shed behind the brothel. Mable never found him under there. He might be cursed with raising the dead—he’d already done that to the poor mine worker—but it didn’t mean he’d let them take him for tests.

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TREASURE DARKLY is only Book 1 of the Treasure Chronicles.  Clark’s adventures continue in BORN OF TREASURE, available September 21, 2015.  

To whet your appetite, here is an excerpt:

The clock smith crouched to look under the tables. “I ain’t fooling, you idiot.”
Clark held his breath to keep his chest still as he eased away from the curtain, careful to keep the thick velvet from moving. He stepped to the ladder on his tiptoes, dreading a creak, but the ancient boards remained steady.
“We’ll just talk,” the clock smith sneered.
Talk. Right, with a handgun barrel pressed to his skull.
Clark grasped a rung and swung up.
The floorboard creaked.
“Aha,” the man called.
“Brass glass.” Clark scrambled upward. The metal bit into his gloved palm and his soles thumped against the rungs. The trap door had better not be locked. He didn’t have time to pick it.
“Think you can make off with my stuff, eh?” The man scrambled onto the stage.
Clark slammed his fist into the trapdoor and it lifted with a moan, dust falling around Clark like snow. He coughed, blinking to clear his stinging eyes.
“He’s aiming at you,” Eric exclaimed.
Who cared what lay above? He’d had to have spent a night before in worse squalor than whatever waited for him up there. Clark grabbed the edge of the opening and pulled himself up. A bullet pinged against the ladder as the boom of the handgun echoed through the ballroom.
“Ain’t getting away from me,” the clock smith hollered.
Clark rolled from the opening and yanked a linen handkerchief from his jacket to wipe dirt from his eyes. Light entered from a grimy window to illuminate more props and trunks. An old dress hung over a dressing screen in the corner… near a door.
“I’ll getcha!” The metal ladder clanked as the clock smith grabbed it.

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You can read more about Amethyst Treasure in GEARS OF BRASS, a steampunk anthology from Curiosity Quills Press available now from Amazon and Barnes & Noble.



Jordan Elizabeth, formally Jordan Elizabeth Mierek, is the author of ESCAPE FROM WITCHWOOD HOLLOW, available from Curiosity Quills Press.  Check out Jordan’s website, JordanElizabethMierek.com, for contests and book signing locales.  Jordan is represented by Belcastro Agency and she is president of the Utica Writers Club.



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Tuesday, February 10, 2015

#Review of Altar of Reality by @MaraValderran #YA #scifi



I'm thrilled to review the YA sci-fi Altar of Reality by the awesome Mara Valderran. I had a lot of fun reading this story. 16 year-old Madeline has epilepsy, which already makes her feel like a bit of a freak, but things get weirder when her seizures begin transporting her into an alternate timeline. After a seizure, she wakes up in a hospital in an abandoned, post-apocalyptic world where her parents are dead, her uncle is the evil Lord Commander, and the only constants are her best friend Brandon and her crush Thomas. The alternate world seems too crazy to be real, and she assumes that world is the dream world, but as her seizures catapult her back and forth between the world she knows and this new horrible alternative, it's not clear which world is the true reality.

For starters, I loved the plot. Waking up in two alternate worlds isn't completely new. I'm reminded of the show Awake, for example, but her version of this high concept plot still felt fresh. You're driven to keep reading to learn the truth. And as the story progresses, there is plenty of juicy teenage drama for the YA crowd to enjoy. I also loved the creative take on epilepsy, a clever twist turning a disability of sorts into more of a super-power.

I think fans of books like Hunger Games and Divergent, and sci-fi YA in general, will really love Altar of Reality.



Altar of Reality, by Mara Valderran

Genre: young-adult, dystopian, science-fiction romance

Publisher: Curiosity Quills Press

Date of Publication: January 22, 2015


Description:

Sixteen year-old Madeline has struggled with epilepsy for most of her adolescent life, leaving her something of a social pariah. Things go from bad to worse when she wakes up from her first grand mal seizure in an extremely unfamiliar world but surrounded but familiar faces. Her hometown is in ruins, the aftermath of a Cold War turned hot.

Thomas, the boy that stomped on her heart a year ago, and his brother Brandon have been hiding her away since the explosion that killed her parents. The Lord Commander, now running the southern territories, believes Madeline died with them and the brothers need to keep it that way.
The biggest problem? The explosion happened when she was twelve.

Madeline isn’t sure what to believe. The brothers insist her memories must be of a dream life she created while in her coma. But when she returns to the reality she knows, they insist this war-torn world must be the dream. She doesn’t know if she’s truly caught in the middle of a brewing rebellion or teetering on the brink of insanity. As she finds herself flipping between the two lives, her heart becomes torn between two versions of the same boy and the lines between her realities begin to blur.




About Mara Valderran:


Mara Valderran is an author of young adult and new adult books, but she's more than just a madwoman with a writing box. She is an avid reader and fan of all things sci-fi and fantasy. She loves roller skating and movies, though typically not together. She hopes to one day meet Daniel Jackson from SG1, or at least the actor who played him. When she’s not writing, you can find her reading, playing video games, or counting down the days until DragonCon.

Her debut novel, HEIRS OF WAR, has been met with great reviews and was featured on Wattpad in 2013, raking in over 600k reads. The series continues with the second book, HEIRS OF WAR, CROWN OF FLAMES, released in Summer 2014. Her short story “The Austenation” will is included in the Borderlands Anthology and she is looking forward to publishing her young adult dystopian ALTAR OF REALITY with Curiosity Quills Spring 2015.

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Thursday, February 5, 2015

Who Is Your Favorite Villain? #Bloghop #Giveaway

                   
I find villains fascinating, usually a lot more fascinating than heroes. I like them so much, I wrote a whole series about them!

I saw some other participants interviewing villains from their own stories. I have to say, I was tempted. As a narcissistic egomaniac villain myself, naturally I am most fond of my own villains. But my favorite villain of my own creation is from book 2 in The December People Series, and mentioning that name would be a spoiler for those of you who haven't read it yet, so I will keep mum.

But that's okay, there are lots of other villains that I like. I'm sure you will all be shocked that I have chosen a character from Harry Potter as my favorite villain...


At the end of the day, I think Snape's intentions were too noble to make him an official villain, but obviously that's what I like about him. He's a hero and a villain all wrapped up into one. He's remarkably brave and can love fiercely, but he's also a big greasy-haired meanie.

As a special welcome to new visitors from the hop, I'd like to giveaway book 1 and book 2 of The December People Series--a series where the dark wizards are the heroes. Don't forget to also scroll down and enter the giveaway from Literary Addicts.

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