Monday, August 3, 2015

Cover Reveal + Giveaway: Born of Treasure by @JayliaDarkness #steampunk



Clark used to be a miner, until he drank from a vial he swore was absinthe but was actually an invention to give him the ability to raise the dead. Now Clark seeks to fulfill his father's wishes to keep inventions away from Senator Horan and his beloved Amethyst is along for the ride. Deceit, drama, romance, the insidious underbellies of gangs...How can she not be involved?

Clark can't hide behind the Treasure name forever and the army still wants him for his secret abilities. If Captain Greenwood can't snare Clark, then he'll use the Treasures as collateral. Saving his
father's inventions will just have to wait, especially now that the Treasures have been kicked off their ranch and driven into exile. Clark knows how to survive on the run, but that’s not the fate the Treasures deserve. He can surrender to the army or fight for his freedom, but Amethyst has other plans for fixing their troubles.

She’s come across another one of the vials that gave Clark his abilities, and it looks mighty tasty.


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BORN OF TREASURE, book 2 of the Treasure Chronicles


This young adult fantasy turns the Wild West into a steampunk adventure. It is released September 12, 2015, but in the meantime, enjoy the stunning cover, a contest, and an excerpt!


Enjoy the following excerpt…



Clark eased the door open enough to peer into the closet. Scratch that, make it a ballroom. Faded curtains with moth-chewed holes were fastened to the walls to display a stage. Forgotten props leaned against the back, a mixture of painted shrubbery and constructed balconies, as though the musty room couldn’t decide what it wanted to be.


This would be fun. He’d never come across a rundown, exotic hideout in the desert. Clark tucked his lock-picking kit into his jacket pocket and nudged the door shut behind him. His breath sounded too loud in the still room, but no ghosts appeared to haunt the memories. Dust motes floated in the sunbeams coming through the windows near the ceiling. One window, of stained glass, sent a distorted image of the late king onto the hardwood floor. He pictured the theater where he’d grown up back in Tangled Wire, a space in the corner of the saloon where alcohol hadn’t puckered the floorboards too much. Sometimes, the saloon owner had made his mother dance with the younger Tarnished Silvers.


“Mum would’ve shone on this stage,” Clark whispered. She could’ve worn her favorite green dress, to go along with the emerald shade of the curtains.


Tables covered what remained of the room, littered with piles of gears and cogs. Broken clocks glared at him through their cracked faces.


“Check near the stage.” The spirit of Clark’s father appeared beside him. Perfect, the ballroom needed a ghost. Black holes peered out instead of eyes, matching the space in his chest where a bullet had stolen his life. At last, a ghost to match the dismal space.


“Your inventions show up in the weirdest places.” Clark stepped over a heap of clock keys, but one crunched beneath the heel of his riding boot.


“Senator Horan never got this one, and he’s looked. Trust me, he’s looked. See, it was stolen right from my jacket! Never trust a girl wearing too much lip paint. She’ll slip her hand in your pocket and you’ll never see your watch or billfold again.”


This had to be the point where a son grew tired of his father’s rambling and zoned out. He’d seen it enough on ranches, especially when the father wanted the son to follow in reluctant footsteps. “Senator Horan wanted to buy the pocket watch right after I finished it.” Eric waved his hands. “Nope, I told him. You’re too late. A pretty Tarnished Silver made off with it. He didn’t believe me, swore I was lying. He tried to pay me another small fortune in land.”


Clark grinned. He could listen to his father, Eric, all day and never grow weary of his words. His mother must’ve felt like that, getting lost in Eric’s passion.


Clark lifted the corner of a striped sheet thrown over a table, revealing glass plates for clock faces. “Don’t worry, your time travel device is safe.”


Eric floated closer. “I told you, son. It’s not time travel.”


“Right,” Clark teased, drawing out the word. At least if the pocket watch had to have been stolen, it hadn’t been tossed down a privy with other garbage. A clock collector—obsessed fellow, more likely—turned out to be a great alternative. “If I was going to collect something, I would definitely keep it in an old railroad station.” Not that he’d ever had the luxury of collecting anything. If he managed to own a second pair of shoes, he felt like a king.


“It’s a magnificent workspace,” his father said. “Pity I didn’t think of using an old ballroom. Perfect light from every angle, lots of room to spread-out.”


Clark studied the table closest to the stage. Pocket watches of various sizes ranged from thumbnail small to fist-size large, most dented. A polishing cloth had been thrown over a triangular-shaped one.


“This was the first train station in Hedlund,” Eric rambled. “All they had here was a mission and a few shacks. The mountains were just starting to be mined and the king was encouraging farmers to come out here to the land. They wanted this station to be the hubbub of life. A great encouragement to the weaklings back east.”


“Like you?” Clark lifted an oval pocket watch with diamonds on the front. The spaces of missing stones reminded him of a face scarred by the pox.


“As the rest of Hedlund built up and the main cities extended to the ocean, this little town became quite little. It’s still a stop on the main railroad, but people don’t want to stay for dancing or a show. Did I tell you I wanted to be a professor?”


The other gang members might not laugh if they knew Clark’s father was loaded—lots of the wealthy slept around with Tarnished Silvers—but they’d have a good roar over Brass Glass Clark having a professor for an old man. Univeristy brats hid behind books in shadowed libraries. They didn’t run around the desert with steamcycles and pistols.


They didn’t get shot by mercenaries hired by a senator, either.


Clark spotted a pocket watch with the Grisham family crest on the front: a swan with a key hanging from its beak. “Got it.” A tiny diamond winked from the swan’s eye.


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Jordan Elizabeth, formally Jordan Elizabeth Mierek, is the author of ESCAPE FROM WITCHWOOD HOLLOW and a contributor to GEARS OF BRASS, both available from Curiosity Quills Press. GEARS OF BRASS includes a short story featuring Amethyst Treasure, one of the main characters in the Treasure Chronicles. Check out Jordan’s website for contests and book signings. Jordan is represented by Belcastro Agency and President of the Utica Writers Club.


Don’t miss any of the Treasure Chronicles. Book 1, TREASURE DARKLY, is on sale for 99 cents this week only!


Mark BORN OF TREASURE to read on GoodReads and check out the Facebook Release Party.


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Monday, July 27, 2015

#CoverReveal for SIMULATION by @taratylertalks #scifi

To go with the cover reveal, here's a bit of writerly advice from Tara Tyler...

"Stay in the know. Read articles about the publishing industry. Follow agents on twitter. The biz is ever changing and we need to keep up or get left behind, just like everyone else. Got a good feed to recommend?"

Now,
It's finally here!! I give you the taunting cover of SIMULATION!

SIMULATION by Tara Tyler
Release Date: September 14, 2015

In 2082, androids are an essential part of daily life. Some are helpful, some would make better toasters, and some are so human-like they're creepy. Back in Atlanta, Detective Cooper's latest client has him searching for her boyfriend who she thinks was replaced by a simulation, an illegal clone android. The guy also happens to be a popular new congressman.

To make matters more frustrating, Cooper keeps crossing paths with his ex, FBI Agent Geri Harper who is looking for the same guy. As Cooper closes in, Geri is kidnapped. But when she resurfaces in Washington and goes on a killing spree, he knows it isn't her. Now under suspicion himself, Cooper must find the real Geri to prove her innocence, not to mention hunt down the powerful villain behind it all. Never a dull moment.




Book One, POP TRAVEL
Re-released July 1, 2015

In 2080, Detective J.L. Cooper thought he could avoid pop, until he stumbles onto a video of a traveler who turns to dust. With help from the neurotic, genius “Creator” and a beautiful Southern charmer, Cooper has to expose the deadly glitch and shut it down or die trying. No problem.

Available now!
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Tara Tyler has a loud voice, loves to help others, and is ever forgetful. That's why she always writes things down, sings, and teaches. She has no idea how she became a writer, but as long as the characters and stories are flowing, she'll never stop! Tara is also the Lazy Housewife, one of the Really Real Housewives of America - a new blog dedicated to doling out tips and advice on how to economize time and money for a happier life (starts in Aug)

Twitter ~~~ Facebook ~~~ Blog ~~~ RRHA


Also by Tara Tyler, MG/YA Fantasy series, Beast World,

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Monday, July 20, 2015

#Review of Deceptive Cadence by @KatieTeller1


Katie shared the premise of this story with me a long time ago (I can't recall when...I think it was a query contest). In any case, I loved the idea so much that I remembered the story line clearly, which says a lot considering how many books that have floated in and out of my consciousness over the past few years. I was so excited to see that her idea had become reality!

Twenty-five year old Cadence has a happy life with her husband Austin and baby daughter Melody. Then she wakes in the hospital after a mysterious earthquake/accident and discovers that her husband and daughter are both dead. The first chapter alone nearly had me in tears, especially when Cadence visited the morgue and held her infant's body. Any mother (or really any human with feelings) would feel for Cadence and support her desire to do absolutely anything to get her family back.

Then the magical realism kicks in. A guardian angel visits Cadence and offers her a chance to go back in time to save her husband and child. Of course, she's on board, but it's not the easy fix you might think. Cadence has to go all the way back to ninth grade, years before she met her husband and a decade before she gave birth to her child. The twenty five year old finds herself in her fourteen year old body faced with having to life a decade of her live all over again in order to save her family. A great premise, right!? I love it.

On a random side note, I love how the new mom looked at her fourteen year old body and wondered why she had once been so critical of it. I think that every time I see an old picture of myself. Why did I think I was fat?? But I digress.

This is an engaging and creative read, with plenty of twists and turns to keep you interested throughout. With every choice she makes, little things change, creating new even more complicated choices. I just wish all the books were out now! I had thought I was going to get all my answers at the end of book one, not fully understanding that there was more to come. But that's okay, I have something to look forward to.

I also loved the daring genre twist. It's almost like a young adult book written specifically for an adult audience. Or perhaps a book that's YA and adult simultaneously. In any case, I think it would be an appropriate read for both YA and adult audiences.

Bring on book 2!




Cadence Anderson has the perfect definition of happily ever after . . .

Until she doesn't. A freak earthquake shatters her life as surely as her home, taking away everything she holds dear. She wakes in a hospital to find that her beloved husband and infant daughter have been killed, crushed by the earthquake's wrath. Disoriented, injured, and alone, Cadence refuses to accept the loss. So when a man claiming to be her guardian angel appears and offers her a chance to go back in time to save her family, she doesn't need to give it a second thought. She accepts.

Thrust back eleven years, she now faces the ordeal of high school all over again. But this time, she's armed with all the knowledge of her adult life and the determined to do everything better, from preventing the loss of her best friend to avoiding her original, drama-inducing boyfriends. She's focused solely on Austin, her future husband, and is content to bide her time until she meets him again.

But then James Gordon crosses her path. Cadence wants to remain single, but James has his sights set. He is determined to win her over, and he's very hard to resist. As Cadence starts to develop unwanted feelings for him, she realizes he threatens to disrupt everything, changing the future and distracting her from her original goal. Now, Cadence must choose: deny the unpredictable and exciting path James offers her, or stay true to the life she had and is trying desperately to resurrect. Second chances are more complicated than they seem.


Deceptive Cadence combines the soaring emotion of a heartfelt romance with the innovative storytelling of magical realism, crafting a uniquely moving, intricate tale about love and loss that asks: what would you do if given the chance to right all your wrongs?




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Thursday, July 9, 2015

Cover Reveal Dancing in the Athenian Rain by @KatieTeller1

I had the pleasure of being one of the first people to read Dancing in the Athenian Rain, quite some time ago now as a beta reader. I loved it then, and I'll be so excited to see it in print! It's such a fascinating love story about a modern woman dealing with romance in ancient times.



Title: Dancing in the Athenian Rain
Author: Katie Hamstead
Publisher: Soul Mate Publishing
Genre: New Adult Time Travel Romance

Blurb:
When Donna is sent back in time to Classical Athens, she's furious at Dr. Stephens for sending her against her wishes. Then a Greek soldier purchases her to be his wife.

She's forced to learn a new language and culture, and faces her fears of never returning to her own time. The society hates her, especially because they think she’s an Amazon, which forces her to confront her issues—being compared to her genius brother, borderline abusive friends, and a cheating boyfriend.

But her husband, Peleus, is kind and patient. Although against her best judgment, she allows him into her heart. He counters all the negative voices from her past, but those voices drive a wedge between them. She must let go of her fears, her inhibitions, and insecurities, and admit her feelings, or she could lose him and the life they’ve built.


About the Author:

Born and raised in Australia, Katie’s early years of day dreaming in the “bush”, and having her father tell her wild bedtime stories, inspired her passion for writing.

After graduating High School, she became a foreign exchange student where she met a young man who several years later she married. Now she lives in Arizona with her husband, daughter and their dog.

She has a diploma in travel and tourism which helps inspire her writing. She currently works as an Acquisitions Editor with Curiosity Quills Press to help support her family.

Katie loves to out sing her friends and family, play sports and be a good wife and mother. She loves to write, and takes the few spare moments in her day to work on her novels.


Monday, July 6, 2015

Cover Reveal for POP TRAVEL by @TaraTylerTalks

The new cover is gorgeous and the book is great! A creative and thrilling sci-fi. I look forward to SIMULATION!! Over to Tara...

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Thanks for allowing me to take up some space here, Sharon! Sharon and I have been friends for a long time, even before we both found a home at Curiosity Quills, and she's been nothing but helpful and encouraging every step of the way!

Sharon read and reviewed POP TRAVEL when it first came out and has offered to read and review SIMULATION next. She's so awesome! So I decided to share some fun quotes from PT plus a few teasers from Simulation...

Quotes from POP TRAVEL:

As his grandfather used to say, "If you want something done right, don't screw up."

He didn't know which was worse, full-on lies or partial truths.

People could pop around the world in seconds but elevators still took ten minutes to go up eight floors.

We all have problems to deal with and don’t have to get sloshed to do it. – Geri

He scooted off, afraid she might say it again like an auto-flushing toilet, to shoo you away and make room for the next customer.

Home improvement was not her forte.

Everyone paid for their choices, one way or another.

Quotes from SIMULATION:

He'd let fate decide his future for him, come what may. Some might call that laziness, but he called it patience.

Men are a-holes. Geri waited for the day the universe would prove her wrong.

She wished she had Santa powers to fly up the chimney. Most uncomfortable situation ever.

Only two people who felt completely comfortable around each other could volley insults back and forth so naturally.

Thanks again, Sharon for giving me space to reveal the new POP TRAVEL cover - it's amazing! And the re-release has a sneak peek at the first chapter of SIMULATION which comes out Sept 14th!

POP TRAVEL
by Tara Tyler
Re-released July 1, 2015

In 2080, technology has gone too far for private detective J. L. Cooper. He thinks he can avoid pop travel teleportation, until he stumbles onto a video of a pop traveler who turns to dust.

Sparking a series of murders, attempts on his life, and threats to his brother, Cooper wants to pass off the evidence but knows he’s being watched and can’t trust anyone. And who would believe him?

With help from the neurotic genius “Creator” of pop travel and a beautiful Southern charmer, Cooper must expose the deadly glitch and shut it down or die trying. No problem.

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Tara Tyler has had a hand at everything from waitressing to rocket engineering. After living up and down the Eastern US, she now writes and teaches math in Ohio with her three active boys and Coach Husband. Currently, she has two series, The Cooper Chronicles (techno-thriller detective capers) and Beast World (MG fantasy) She's an adventure writer who believes every good story should have a moral, and a few laughs!



Also by Tara Tyler, MG/YA Fantasy series, Beast World,

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Sunday, June 21, 2015

Summer Solstice Read-A-Thon #Giveaway - Paperbacks & Jewelry!


Happy summer solstice to everyone in the northern hemisphere! And happy winter solstice to my friends in the south. It's the perfect day to celebrate the sun. Here are some links with ideas on how to honor the solstice:

http://glad.is/article/five-ways-to-celebrate-the-summer-solstice/

https://www.pinterest.com/momz39/summer-solstice/

http://www.mysticmamma.com/summer-solstice-northern-hemisphere-rituals-ideas-and-significance-june-20th-2013/

And if you're near Seattle, check out the http://www.fremontfair.com. I have friends who post pictures every year, and it's EPIC.

And a giveaway! 

PRIZES:

Stainless Steel Cross Star Sun Totem Pendant













Saturday, June 13, 2015

Watch Me Burn Summer Solstice Read-A-Thon


The summer solstice is coming soon! On Sunday, June 21, 2015 at 11:39 AM CDT to be precise. 

To celebrate, I'm handing out free digital copies of Watch Me Burn to anyone who is willing to start, continue, or finish the book on June 21st. If you've already read the book, join the celebration by writing a review for Watch Me Burn sharing it on 6/21 (I need more reviews of book 2!).

Everyone who participates by reading, reviewing, or simply sharing on social media will be eligible to enter a giveaway on my blog on 6/21-6/25.




If you need your free copy, enter the form below: