Friday, March 28, 2014

DIVIDE by Jessa Russo - Full cover reveal and trailer!

Last week, on my blog you got to see 1/9 of Jessa Russo's gorgeous new cover for DIVIDE. Now, you can see the whole thing! This striking cover was designed by Michelle Johnson, the same artist who designed the covers for The Charge and Destruction.





Blurb:
From senior class president to dejected social outcast, with just the flick of a match.
After accusations of torching her ex-boyfriend’s home are followed by the mysterious poisoning of her ex-best friend, seventeen-year-old Holland Briggs assumes her life is over. And it is. But not in the way she thinks.
As Holland learns the truth about her cursed fate—that she is descended from the Beast most have only ever heard of in fairytales—she unites with an unlikely ally, good-looking newcomer Mick Stevenson. 
Mick knows more about Holland’s twisted history than she does, and enlightening as it is to learn about, his suggestion for a cure is unsettling at best. Holland must fall in love with Mick in order to break the spell, and save their future generations from repeating her cursed fate. Having sworn off love after the betrayals of her ex-boyfriend and ex-best friend, this may be difficult to accomplish. 
Complicating things further for Holland and Mick, time runs out, and Holland’s change begins way before schedule. With Holland quickly morphing into a dangerous mythical creature, Mick struggles to save her. 
Should they fail, Holland will be lost to the beast inside her forever.

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Tuesday, March 25, 2014

My current work in progress

Today is the last week in a writer's blog hop I'm participating in! Click the image to join. Yes, you can join at the very end! :)


This week we're supposed to talk about our work(s) in progress. Honestly, that question makes my head hurt a little. In the first thirty two years of my life, I published a total of ONE novel. And, that seemed to fill a surprisingly large amount of time.

However, in 2014-2015, my goal is to publish FOUR novels, each of the novels in The December People Series. The release date for book one is 4/14/14, so that's pretty much signed, sealed, and delivered, but there is a lot of work to do to prepare for the release, so it definitely still feels like a work in progress!

I recently completed book 2 and sent it to beta readers. Soon, I'll probably be working on some edits.

And, I'm currently writing book 3. Since none of the books are even out yet, I don't want to say too much about this WIP because that would involve spoilers! However, I will say that each book centers around one of the four seasons. Book 3 is spring, and I've been enjoying embracing my springtime self. And for once, the timing is perfect. I love watching spring gradually trickle in around me as the story progresses.

So, I'm marketing one book, editing another, and writing a third. That's a lot more than I'm used to! But, so far anyway, I haven't lost my mind. It helps that I am hopelessly in love with The December People Series. I don't think I could stop writing if I tried.


Heirs of War: Crown of Flames Cover and Trailer Reveal!

I'm a little slow on this one. I'm sure you've already seen this awesomeness all over the internet today. But, I still wanted to share it because it's so great!


Book two of the Heirs of War series is right around the corner! Heirs of War, Crown of Flames is set to be released this summer, and we have the first look at the cover for the book today! If you haven't already read Heirs of War, it is on sale this week for $0.99 cents from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Smashwords, and other retailers. Here's what you have to look forward to in book two:

Weeks have passed since Ariana and Alec escaped from Kellen's dungeon, but danger isn't far behind them. As they travel through unknown lands and encounter multiple threats, their biggest challenge might be trusting one another.

Despite the danger and the war closing in around them, all of Anscombe seems to be more interested in the upcoming Imbolc festival than rescuing Ariana. Well, not everyone

Tired of waiting for the Duillaine to help her twin, Zelene starts plotting on her own and finds a surprising ally in Rhaya, even as the Cynewards prepare to make a move of their own. But Zelene’s plans go awry when she finds herself with a new ability, a mysterious new friend, and more enemies within the walls of Anscombe than she thought.

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About Mara
Mara Valderran is not just an author of young adult and new adult novels. She has dabbled in screenwriting, retired from acting, and drawn some pretty mean stick figures in her time. She is an avid reader and loves all things fantasy. She contributes to the fantasy blog There and Draft Again: A Fellowship of Fantasy Writers. 

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 to be released in Summer 2014. Her short story "The Austenation" will be included in the Borderlands Anthology and she is looking forward to publishing her young adult dystopian ALTAR OF REALITY with Curiosity Quills Winter 2014. 

Mara is more than just a madwoman with a writing box. She loves roller skating and movies, though typically not together. She lives in Las Vegas with her husband and demanding cat. 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 spending time at her favorite local coffee shop.

For more on Mara or her latest projects, check out her website

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Don't forget to enter the Fan Favorites and Shipping Wars contests running on her website! By choosing your favorite character or you favorite relationship in the Heirs of War series, you can win a chance to star in a brand new scene with those characters or help bring them to life in a new scene. Just fill out the forms and you will be entered to win!   

Monday, March 24, 2014

Fairy, Texas by Margo Bond Collins

I'll be sharing my review of Fairy, Texas in early April!


Fairy, Texas. A small town like any other.

Laney Harris didn't want to live there. When her mother remarried and moved them to a town where a date meant hanging out at the Sonic, Laney figured that "boring" would have a whole new meaning. A new stepsister who despised her and a high school where she was the only topic of gossip were bad enough. But when she met the school counselor (and his terminal bad breath), she grew suspicious. Especially since he had wings that only she could see. And then there were Josh and Mason, two gorgeous glimmering-eyed classmates whose interest in her might not be for the reasons she hoped. Not to mention that dead guy she nearly tripped over in gym class.

She was right. Boring took on an entirely new dimension in Fairy, Texas.

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Saturday, March 22, 2014

Looking for an agent? Check out #NestPitch!


I'm participating in #NestPitch this year as a mentor, and you should check it out! Here is the info from http://nestpitch.wordpress.com/:

"There’s a special Easter tradition throughout central and northern Croatia – making Easter Nests. On the afternoon or eve of Easter Saturday children go out into the garden and collect leaves, grass, twigs, flowers and then make a “nest” for the Easter Bunny – that’s where he places his Easter-Egg-Presents. The children go to bed that eve wondering if the Easter Bunny will like or love their nest, because the best nest gets the best and biggest eggs!

#NestPitch is based on this idea where an author’s ‘pitch’ is the nest and the Easter Treats are the Agents requests.

But wait, there’s more.

The Agents ‘wear’ Secret Agent Bunny Masks so when they visit your pitch, you’ll not know which agent has liked your Nest Pitch enough to leave you a Treat.

So how does it work?

This will be an annual event and will (naturally) depend on when Easter falls each year.

This year (2014), the submission window will open on April 1st.

Once Submissions are closed, firstly the SLUSH BILBIES will go through the submissions and pick the top 100-120

Then the NEST BLOGGERS will each pick eight of their best and brightest NESTS and post on their Blogs.

This year there are NINE BLOGGERS, that’s 72 opportunities!

After that, the SECRECT AGENT BUNNIES will jump from blog site to blog site & leave their Easter Treats.

But wait; there’s still more!

We also have MAGIC BUNYIPS!

Magic Bunyips are Agents who didn’t get a disguise, but after lurking around the blogs, they liked a few nests so much that they too leave a a treat or two.

For more information, and for more clues and surprises as well as a list of the Bloggers, the Bilbies and The Agents check out the posts and follow us here so you’ll always be updated."

Now...go check out all the rules and see the agents participating here.




Friday, March 21, 2014

Interview with Katie Hamstead, author of the Kiya Trilogy

I am very pleased to welcome Katie Hamstead, author of the Kiya Trilogy, to talk about the series finale, KIYA: Rise of a New Dynasty.



1) I can imagine that it's very bittersweet to end a series. How are you feeling about saying goodbye to the Kiya trilogy?
Yes, it is bittersweet. Kiya has been a wonderful journey and has taught me so much. I couldn't have asked for a better series to debut with. But I do feel ready to move to the next stage of my writing endeavors and explore what else I can do.

2) Which of the three books was the hardest to write and why?
Book 2. With a great deal of time to fill and not much going on within the timeline that Naomi saw on her own, I had to use a great deal of filler. It ended up being a butt load of character and plot development to create a bridge between books 1 and 3.

3) As the series went along did any of the characters or plot turns surprise you? Or did you have it all plotted out beforehand?
Honestly, Horemheb and Tut took a life all of their own. They did quite a few things I didn't anticipate when I first thought up the series, especially Horemheb who was only supposed to be a minor character. I guess he really didn't like that idea!

4) I know that some of your recent and upcoming works (Branded, Deceptive Cadence) are contemporaries. What will you miss and not miss about writing historical fiction?
I will miss diving into the research of times long past, but I definitely won't miss the criticism that often gets down right mean. I love history, and when I write hist fic I just want to tell a story to provoke interest in times long forgotten. I will miss learning about people who have laid silently in their graves for hundreds, even thousands of years ad wondering what their life could have been like. But there is safety in Contemp/alternate world fiction that you don't have to please fanatics in the same way.

5) I for one am very excited about Deceptive Cadence. I still remember reading and loving your query from way back when. Can you tell us a little bit about it?
Deceptive Cadence is the first of two books. I had meant for it to be one, but Cadence and her gaggle of family and friends made me split it in two. It's a story of mending your past to make the future brighter. Right at the beginning, you find Cadence in deep grief after discovering her husband and 18 month old have died in a freak earthquake. This is her driving motivation, trying to prevent their deaths. But as a bonus, she has the chance to repair other relationships along the way, relationships long lost, or crumbled through neglect. But most importantly, the learns about herself, who she is, and how one little life can change so many.

6) And, finally, presuming you're a wizard...what kind of wizard are you? (Summer, Spring, Winter, or Fall)
Ohhhh hard one... I'd say fall. I'm pretty upbeat, but I have a dark side too. ;-)

Update: Katie did take the wizard quiz and did in fact get fall. :)


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Thursday, March 20, 2014

A Tribute To Spring Wizards

A depiction of how I imagine Samantha Carthage...




Happy Spring Equinox! In fact this post was scheduled for the exact moment when the sun crosses the equator, which was 11:57 am in central daylight time.

The spring equinox is the most important day of the year for spring wizards. It's a day to celebrate life, hope, and triumph over darkness. Aside from the copious partying, feasting, and getting it on, on the spring equinox, spring wizards will conduct rituals to celebrate life. Many of these rituals can be completed by Mundanes, so feel free to get in on the party. Most importantly, get away from that computer! Spend time with people you love, get out in nature, and say a prayer of thanks for miracle of live and survival through adversity. Some good non-magical rituals to celebrate life are planting seeds or bulbs, meditating outdoors, and a spring wizard favorite...have sex to celebrate conception. And, don't worry, spring wizards use sex to celebrate life and creation regardless of desire or ability to make a baby. ;)

Very recently, I started writing book 3 of The December People Series, which focuses on the spring. Even at less than 15,000 words in, I'm already surprised and impressed by my spring wizards. Spring wizards are often misunderstood and disrespected by other wizards, especially the summer and winter. If summer and winter wizards agree on anything, it's that they enjoy making fun of spring wizards. They consider spring wizards to be flighty, spacey, prone to new-agey type nonsense. They are rarely taken seriously or considered to be any sort of threat. If you're a Potter fan, think of them as the Hufflepuffs.

However, spring wizards are more than just party loving flower children. In fact, one of the exciting and interesting thing about spring wizards, is that they can be complete wild cards, you never know exactly what to expect. Just like spring days, spring wizards can be almost anything. They can be unseasonably warm, unseasonably cold, stormy, or an absolute prefect 72 degrees and sunny. And, sometimes the same wizard can be all of those things at once.

Spring wizards are also a lot more powerful than many people realize. They carry the power of life--the most sacred, miraculous, and resilient force in the universe. Here is how Samantha describes in spring wizards in Destruction:

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"What's the only thing that can break the winter?" Samantha asked.


"What?" Patrick asked.


"The spring, of course."


Patrick laughed. "That's awesome."


"We're the toughest wizards. No matter how cold or long the winter, we break through the ice. Every single year, since the dawn of time."

"And you look pretty when you do it, too. All covered in flowers."


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I can't wait to show you everything spring wizards can do in book 3 of The December People Series. In the meantime, have a lovely and vital spring equinox!

Want to know what season you belong in? Take the quiz!

Cover Reveal for DIVIDE by Jessa Russo - Day 2

I'm excited to participate in the piece-by-piece cover reveal for Jessa Russo's upcoming release, DIVIDE. I've seen the whole cover, and it's stunning!

Here is your little taste...



From senior class president to dejected social outcast, with just the flick of a match.
After accusations of torching her ex-boyfriend’s home are followed by the mysterious poisoning of her ex-best friend, seventeen-year-old Holland Briggs assumes her life is over. And it is. But not in the way she thinks.
As Holland learns the truth about her cursed fate—that she is descended from the Beast most have only ever heard of in fairytales—she unites with an unlikely ally, good-looking newcomer Mick Stevenson. 
Mick knows more about Holland’s twisted history than she does, and enlightening as it is to learn about, his suggestion for a cure is unsettling at best. Holland must fall in love with Mick in order to break the spell, and save their future generations from repeating her cursed fate. Having sworn off love after the betrayals of her ex-boyfriend and ex-best friend, this may be difficult to accomplish. 
Complicating things further for Holland and Mick, time runs out, and Holland’s change begins way before schedule. With Holland quickly morphing into a dangerous mythical creature, Mick struggles to save her. 
Should they fail, Holland will be lost to the beast inside her forever.

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Please be sure to visit Tabitha Williams' website tomorrow, for the second piece of the reveal! 

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

St. Patty's Day Pinterest + Facebook Party: Win books and cookies!!



Join your favorite YA and NA authors as we celebrate being Irish for a day and play on Pinterest. There will be over 45 e-book giveaways! 

You can join the Facebook party HERE!

You won't want to miss it!

Participating Authors:


Lila Felix   A. W. Exley  Melissa Pearl   
Jessica Gibson  Cindy M. Hogan  Sarah Ashley Jones  
Marie Landry  Rachel Morgan  Jennifer Snyder 
Stacey Marie Brown  Jessica Therrien  D.L. Raver 
Stacey Wallace Benefiel  Marilyn Almodóvar  Angee Taylor 
A.O. Peart  Devyn Dawson  Rick Chiantaretto 
Raine Thomas  L.P. Dover  Tamara Hart Heiner  
Leigh T Moore  Meradeth Houston  Amber Argyle 
Tawdra Kandle  Carlyle Labuschagne  Lisa Collicutt
Christy Dorrity  Stephanie Fowers  Kristina Renee
Faith McKay  Charlotte Abel  Jamie Ayres
A.M. Hargrove  Charli Webb  Amy Harmon  
Alyssa Rose Ivy  Kristie Cook  Lani Woodland
T.M. Franklin  Laura Howard  Sharron Riddle
Eliza Tilton  S. M. Boyce  Bethany Lopez 
Dawn Leigh  L.A. Casey  Emma Adams  
Amber Garr  Liz Long





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The Most Awesome Genre

I am participating in a writer's blog hop and this week's topic is "What's Your Favorite Genre?" The answer is easy--science fiction and fantasy. I don't care if that counts as two. If you like, I can lump it all together as "speculative fiction."


The bottom line is this...I live every day in the real world. I find the real world to be a wonderful place, but come on, I spend all day here, I want to escape to somewhere else. I want to go to a place where magic is real and anything is possible. Within the speculative umbrella, my favorite stories are the ones that are magical and realistic at the same time. I like books that are set in the real world, preferably the present. I like imagining magic could exist in my own world.

I also want to say that I have a special place in my heart for novels that are "genre confused." I really struggled with defining my first novel, The Charge. And, I'm proud to say that I never really did. It's unique and doesn't fit well into any specific category. Yes, it's harder to market these books! But, I don't mind being a little different.

What's your favorite genre?

Friday, March 7, 2014

Win The Devil's Flower Goodies! Signed paperback and swag!

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In a town called Nowhere Colorado, Angels and Demons battle for salvation. Who will win? And what will be the cost?

Killing isn't exactly on Rosalie Lockwood's list of things to do when she runs away from home. But, despite the search for peace, guns and motorcycles become her latest fashion accessories as Divine interference leads her to Steele, co-leader of the Fallen Paladins motorcycle club.

Leathered and tattooed, Steele's presence scares off most people he comes in contact with--but not Rosalie. She's immediately drawn into the dangers of his biker world--and into his heart.

But Steele guards a secret that if Rosalie knew, could shatter their new love--and destroy the human race. And the truth comes at a price.

Will Rosalie risk her soul to prove her loyalty to Steele?

The Dark and Light Realms collide as Rosalie chooses between life, death, and the ever-after to become that which she is fated to destroy.


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Thursday, March 6, 2014

Destruction Trailer Reveal!

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Wednesday, March 5, 2014

The cover for Destruction is here!

I am absolutely thrilled to share the cover for my upcoming novel, Destruction (Book One of The December People Series), a family drama about dark wizards living in Houston.



The cover turned out exactly as I wanted it, thanks to cover artist Michelle Johnson, and the marketing team at Curiosity Quills Press. In true diva style, I had a very specific idea of what I wanted, and no idea what I wanted at the same time. However, in the end, we came up with something even better than I envisioned.

The butterfly will show up on the cover of all four books in the series, as a symbol of redemption, hope, and re-birth. Despite the dark themes in the series, I believe that the most important themes of the series are hopeful ones, such as love, family, and triumph against adversity, which is why the butterfly is in the center.

The broken glass surrounding the butterfly rather obviously symbolizes the concept of destruction, which is also a central theme. The title Destruction refers to the fact that dark magic is inherently destructive, but also refers to how a person can be destroyed, in body or soul.

One thing I was sure of, I wanted the word, Destruction, to be in "pretty" letters. I loved the contrast of having a dark and violent word look beautiful. This also fits the theme, as I wish to show the beauty in darkness and destruction, and the good in people who are supposed to be evil. You also see this in the iridescent colors. This refers to a scene in the novel,

"He ran his fingers across the smooth feathers. They weren't black. Not really. Each feather had the sheen of a different color. Blue. Red. Orange. Green. Yellow. Violet. The feathers fell around his fingers like water."  

I love the idea of the rainbow of colors showing up within the darkest black.

Here is the blurb for Destruction, coming out 4/14/14 (and yes, the number four was also chosen for symbolic reasons, meaning the four seasons):

David Vandergraff wants to be a good man. He goes to church every Sunday, keeps his lawn trim and green, and loves his wife and kids more than anything. Unfortunately, being a dark wizard isn't a choice.

Eleven years ago, David's secret second family went missing. When his two lost children are finally found, he learns they suffered years of unthinkable abuse. Ready to make things right, David brings the kids home even though it could mean losing the wife he can’t imagine living without.

Keeping his life together becomes harder when the new children claim to be dark wizards. David believes they use this fantasy to cope with their trauma. Until, David's wife admits a secret of her own—she is a dark wizard too, as is David, and all of their children.

Now, David must parent two hurting children from a dark world he doesn’t understand and keep his family from falling apart. All while dealing with the realization that everyone he loves, including himself, may be evil.


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Monday, March 3, 2014

Review of Don't Tell My Parents I'm a Supervillain by Richard Roberts


I'm excited to share my review for the young adult superhero fantasy, Please Don't Tell My Parents I'm a Supervillain by Richard Roberts.

I have to admit, he had me at the title. I think that the title and the premise are absolutely adorable. So, I had high expectations, but wasn't disappointed. The story is as fun and cute as the title suggests. Penny Akk is the daughter of two "out" superheroes and is desperate to gain her own superpowers. When her powers first show up, her parents think it's a fluke, and she won't really be a superhero for several more years. However, her powers just keep coming, and she decides to develop them in a secret lair with the help of her best friends Claire and Ray.

One of my favorite things about the story was the character development. Penny, Claire, and Ray are all at a formative age and they change and develop before our eyes...and I don't just mean by developing super powers. :) I enjoyed watching them go from children to superheroes/supervillains in the course of the novel.

This book would be appropriate for advanced middle grade readers and above. However, adults, please do not be turned off by the age range. I'm not the type to generally enjoy reading middle grade or young YA for pleasure, but I thoroughly enjoyed this. If I have one complaint, dear sir, please lay off the explanation points!! ;)

I highly recommend this! I look forward to checking out more of the books by Richard Roberts.




Saturday, March 1, 2014

Pot of Gold Giveaway--Win a Kindle Fire HD with 30 Books!

Welcome to the Pot of Gold Giveaway

Three winners will receive
 free glitter text and family website at FamilyLobby.com 

But in addition....

One Very Lucky Leprechaun 

will receive a 

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with 30 great books!  


Click on the covers to get to know the authors 
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"LUCK MAITH" to you all!