Saturday, November 30, 2013

Black Friday Extravaganza and Small Business Saturday

Two important announcements today! First, as you probably know, today is Small Business Saturday, Black Friday's much cooler and far less evil cousin. To celebrate, visit a small business in your area. For those of you in Austin, may I suggest The Book Spot or BookPeople. For extra karma points, buy a copy of The Charge at a local store and you also support Curiosity Quills Press and me (the smallest business I can think of).

On that note, I want to remind you that not all small businesses are places you can visit! Shop small by buying a book from a small press or indie author. May I suggest one of my favorite small businesses, Curiosity Quills Press.



Announcement #2! I'm a day late, but I wanted to let you know about the Black Friday Giveaway Extravaganza! The giveaway form is right here, so enter to win some gift cards to jumpstart your holiday shopping, and connect with some awesome YA and NA authors at the same time.




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Saturday, November 23, 2013

The story behind The Devil's Flower by Lisa Collicutt - The real Rose, the not-so-real Steele, and Lisa's Canadian motorcycle gang


I throughly enjoyed reading The Devil's Flower by Lisa Collicutt. It's got all the right parts of a hot paranormal romance. Rose is a running away from an abusive stepfather and has no place to call home. She frightened and vulnerable enough to need Steele's protection, but also very strong and dangerous in her own right. Steele is the perfect dark hero. Dark and threatening, but a hero on the inside. And can't help breaking out of his dark, protective shell to fall in love with Rose. And, when they find out that they're made to destroy each other, and not love each other, everything gets all the more complicated. A very sexy, and enjoyable read!

My newly found fandom will be proven by these completely fangirl style interview questions. Enjoy!

So, do you also ride? And if so, are you a member of a Canadian motorcycle gang of fallen demons?

Haha, I love this question! We sort of have our own unregistered motley gang (friends with bikes). No that's not a club name, just literally friends with bikes. My husband has had motorcycles since he was 7-8, and we've been together since I was 17, so I spent many years riding on back. Only a few years ago while writing The Devil's Flower did I become brave enough to get my own motorcycle. I rode it around the yard a couple summers and sold it this past spring, deciding not to get my license. I'm truly happy sitting on back –and I'm still the boss. I dream up so many story scenes during riding.

You mention in the dedication that Rose is based on a real person. Can you tell us more about the person who inspired Rose?

Rosalie Reeves is my nephew's girlfriend and a beautiful part of our family (on the inside as well as the outside). Because I had the title before the story, I needed a flower name for the main female character and almost picked Lily, but thought it might be overused. Then I realized the name Rosalie was right under my nose. The real Rosalie is also one of my first readers and fell in love with Steele.

What about Steele? Is he inspired by anyone?

Well, my husband would like to think Steele is inspired by him, but not so. They only thing they have in common is their bikes. Steele is the guy I would like to go off on a fantasy/book adventure with—as long as there was real life to come home to. I drew his character completely from my imagination, and wanted to write a motorcycle themed story, inspired by my own love of motorcycles, and thus—Steele was born. Incidentally; his name was originally, Darkstar. You can go on the Curiosity Quills website and read why I changed it to Steele.

Is Nowhere, Colorado a real place? If not, are there any other places that inspired your setting?

Nowhere is not a real place. I once was given a piece of advice that made a lot of sense to me. "Create fictional places; that way you can do whatever you want and not offend anyone." For The Devil's Flower I decided on the State of Colorado, because mountain vistas along highways, and backwoods river settings, were the sceneries in my head for this story. But even though Nowhere isn't a real place, a lot of research was required. I still like to pinpoint the fictional towns on the map. And this one is located somewhere between Pueblo and the Kansas border.

So...what happens next? What can we expect from book 2 in the series?


The Demon's Wrath begins two seasons later in spring. I wanted to give Rosalie and Steele significant time to build their relationship without us intruding J There will be some steamy moments between lovers, as well as high-speed outlaw danger and even some tragedy. And of course, someone is a little pissed and has a score to settle.

Monday, November 18, 2013

Quill Don't Kill - Help us raise money for no-kill animal shelters!

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My publisher, Curiosity Quills Press, is trying extra hard to emphasize giving in their agenda this year, and they're starting with our favorite furry friends.  In October they launched two anthologies, Prime Time and After Dark, full of fun sci-fi, paranormal, and quirky horror, and 10% of the proceeds go to no-kill animal shelters across the U.S.  Now they have launched an Indiegogo fundraising campaign called Quill Don’t Kill, in which all funds raised besides a small production cost will also be donated to no-kill animal shelters.


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In order to raise the 10k we are striving to, we need your help. Every little bit helps, and for every donation, we will send you personalized prizes to say thank you for being awesome, including a hardcover special edition of the anthologies.  I know during the Christmas season money can be tight; so if you really can’t spare the money, don’t worry! You can still help us by sharing this campaign with your friends, coworkers, followers on social networks etc! To see our Quill Don’t Kill campaign, learn more, check out the perks, and share with friends, you can visit igg.me/at/QuillDontKill.

Why is this important?

Last year, over 3 million animals were euthanized in the US alone, costing us taxpayers almost a billion dollars! If we spent just 5% of this amount on the low-cost spay and neuter clinics that no-kill shelters have, we could open over 250 clinics and sterilize 4 million animals, drastically reducing the overpopulation of animals, and thus the need to euthanize healthy pets.

Thanks for your support!


Saturday, November 16, 2013

Excerpt from Waking Up Dead by Margo Bond Collins

Dead and in Alabama? That's a horrible fate.

Check out Waking Up Dead by the very sweet and friendly and fellow Texan, Margo Bond Collins.



When Dallas resident Callie Taylor died young, she expected to go to Heaven, or maybe Hell. Instead, when she met her fate early thanks to a creep with a knife and a mommy complex, she went to Alabama. Now she's witnessed another murder, and she's not about to let this one go. She's determined to help solve it before an innocent man goes to prison. And to answer the biggest question of all: why the hell did she wake up dead in Alabama?


EXCERPT:

When I died, I expected to go to heaven.
Okay. Maybe hell. It’s not like I was perfect or anything. But I was sort of hoping for heaven.
Instead, I went to Alabama.
Yeah. I know. It’s weird.
I died in Dallas, my hometown. I was killed, actually. Murdered. I’ll spare you the gruesome details. I don’t like to remember them myself. Some jerk with a knife--and probably a Bad-Mommy complex. Believe me, if I knew where he was, I’d go haunt his ass.
At any rate, by the time death came, I was ready for it--ready to stop hurting, ready to let go. I didn’t even fight it.
And then I woke up dead in Alabama. Talk about pissed off.
You know, even reincarnation would have been fine with me--I could have started over, clean slate and all that. Human, cow, bug. Whatever. But no. I ended up haunting someplace I’d never even been.
That’s not the way it’s supposed to work, right? Ghosts are supposed to be the tortured spirits of those who cannot let go of their earthly existence. If they could be convinced to follow the light, they’d leave behind said earthly existence and quit scaring the bejesus out of the poor folks who run across them. That’s what all those “ghost hunter” shows on television tell us.
Let me tell you something. The living don’t know jack about the dead.
Not this dead chick, anyway.


Buy Waking Up Dead on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Waking-Up-Dead-ebook/dp/B00FOXWLM8/
 
Margo Bond Collins lives in Texas with her husband, their daughter, several spoiled cats, and a ridiculous turtle. She teaches college-level English courses online, though writing fiction is her first love. She enjoys reading urban fantasy and paranormal fiction of any genre and spends most of her free time daydreaming about vampires, ghosts, zombies, werewolves, and other monsters. Waking Up Dead is her first published novel. Her second novel, Legally Undead, is an urban fantasy, forthcoming in 2014 from World Weaver Press.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Cover Reveal for Branded by Katie Hamstead

Another awesome book is coming out soon! Check out the cover for Branded by Katie Hamstead.


Terrorists have invaded Sydney, and Allison King barely escapes her brother’s wedding reception alive. She and her siblings flee, but their parents are killed by firing squad.

Now Ali’s on the run and terrified. While searching for other survivors, she is captured by the General who leads the invasion. He’s smitten by Ali, and when she refuses to submit to his whims, he brands her for death. In a wild act of defiance, she snatches the branding rod and sears the mark onto his face. Marking not only him but also sealing her fate. Ali manages to escape and flees into the bush once more where she finds a group in hiding. Even with the scars left by the General, Ali learns to love and falls in love with the young man who found her—Damien Rogers.

But the General is hunting her. When he discovers their location, and finds her with another man—Damien—his wrath is kindled and his obsession is inflamed. Ali must put herself on the line or the General could kill her family, those who help her, and most significantly, the man she loves.