Showing posts from July, 2012

Monday's Muse~Great Contemp Read and Giveaway

For you contemporary fans out there today I'm wishing happy anniversary to a fantastic book that just got a new look, I Loved You First by my friend Reena Jacobs. Here is a bit about it: Alexandria (Alex) Carmichael guards two secrets close to her heart. One―she’s in love with her best friend, Seth. Two―he’s gay. As a freshman in college, Alex looks forward to fun times with her best friend. When Seth decides cycling through girlfriends is the way to fit in with the straight crowd, Alex must make a choice: watch Seth give his affection to another while her heart breaks or come clean with her feelings and risk losing his friendship forever. I LOVED YOU FIRST is a new adult love story told through the eyes of Alex, an African-American/Caucasian student, who takes a journey of self-discovery while watching her best friend come to terms with his sexuality. Available at Barnes & Nobles || Smashwords || The Book Depository || Amazon || CreateSpace Are you ready to s

Anne Riley's Cover Reveal

Today I'm very excited to be sharing in on the fun with my good friend Anne Riley during the cover reveal for her YA paranormal novel, Shadows of the Hidden . This one is special to me in many ways, partially because I designed the cover ( CP Design )! In celebration of that I'm doing a special promotion on my design site so be sure to stop by for a great deal if you need authorly type designs, including the design of a book cover. Now on to the fun. Here is a bit about Shadows of the Hidden: (Originally published under the title THE CLEARING and was purchased by Compass Press who will be traditionally publishing it this December): Natalie Watson doesn’t believe her parents are dead, even though they disappeared five years ago. Discovering the truth about their fate is one of the only things that gets her out of bed in the morning. But after moving from her home in Georgia to her aunt’s boarding school in Maine, solving the mystery of her parents’ whereabouts is just one o

Spreading The Word Giveaway

Want to win an eBook of The Secret of Spruce Knoll or Channeler's Choice (if you've already read Spruce Knoll? Then read on! My fellow press sister, Christine Fonseca, and I are coming together to do a giveaway to help spread the word about our novellas being free. As many of you know, my channeler novella, Born Of Fire, is currently free on Amazon . My press can't seem to get B&N to play along so if you'd like a Nook version please contact me here , and I'd be thrilled to send you a copy for your Nook. Christine's novellas, Dies Irae, and Mea Culpa are both free on Amazon and B&N right now though! If you haven't read those, trust me, you need to! Our goal is to get as many downloads as possible to see how high we can reach up the ranks. To help, we're hoping to enlist you. From the smallest shout out to the screaming from the rooftops, every little bit helps and we want to reward you for it. One winner will get a signed paperback of Bor

Tuesday Teaser~Foreboding Feelings

This teaser is from my channeler novella, Born of Fire , which is now free on Amazon  and holding strong in the top 100 for both contemporary fantasy and science fiction, fantasy and magic catagories.       In only a few blocks their little home with its quaint American picket fence came into sight. Seeing it strengthened the sense of foreboding until it felt like it was choking the breath from her. From within, her son gave her a hard kick that sent a pain shooting through her back. She rubbed her belly and tried to think soothing thoughts.       “Easy Aiden, mum’s alright,” she lied.  Since Barnes and Noble isn't wanting to play along and set it at free, if you'd like a free copy for your Nook just let me know in the comments and I'd be happy to send the file to you. If you have a Kindle, just click on the title above and it will take you to Amazon where you can download it.  Your turn, any good teasers for me? Either from your work in progress, or from someth

Monday's Muse~New Chapters and Winners

First for those who are dying to know the winners of my Channeler's Cause giveaway, here they are: a Rafflecopter giveaway Congratulations Angela and Saba! And thank you all for participating in my giveaway. If anyone would like swag just let me know and I'd be happy to send some along as a thank you. My muse this last week was fed by new music (old actually, Black Betty , Rolling in the Deep , Queen of England ~you can see the kind of mood I've been in. ;) and by Transcend by Christine Fonseca , which I just finished reading an advanced copy of. OMG, you peeps are going to love it. It is one of the most amazing books I've ever read, seriously. I'm so beyond lucky to have gotten a sneak peak at this one. And it will be out in just a few months! As for writing, yet another new chapter has demanded that I write it. *sigh* But I must acquiesce to my muse's demands because he is always right. Still, I fear my editor may want to have me flogged if I don

Cover Reveal and Free eBooks

My friend, and fabulous author, Magan Vernon is revealing new covers for her two novels today and I was lucky enough to be one of the revealers. Not only do the readers get hot new covers, but the first novel in the series if free right now on Amazon  and Barnes and Noble ! Here is Magan to tell us a little bit about why she switched to new covers: Magan: Now don't get me wrong, I LOVED my original covers for How to Date an Alien and How to Break up with an Alien, but to some people it was giving off the impression that it was a cutesy MG book. These new covers will be uploaded to Amazon ASAP so hopefully the rest of the world can understand the hotness of aliens. Here is a bit about How To Date An Alien: High school senior Alex Bianchi's estranged father gets her an internship at Circe Operations Center to pad her college applications. But Circe isn't your typical military base. It's an alien-run operation center and not all of the aliens are friendly, espec

Tuesday Writing Tip~Great Twists

Everyone loves a plot twist that is pulled off just right. The key is getting it just right. Readers don't like to be tricked or feel as though you've just dropped something in that doesn't fit. #WriteTip: Weave in details that lead up to the twist early on in the action or emotion of your novel. Make it natural, fluid, so that when it's revealed they will have an 'ah ha' moment instead of a 'what the..?' moment. What are some of your favorite plot twists in books you've read or movies you've seen? Why did you like them so much? Think about that and it will help you develop your own. If you haven't yet, don't forget to enter my Channeler's Cause  contest. There are books to be won and a great cause to be supported!

Monday's Muse~Supporters

This last week my muse was inspired by the show of support for Channeler's Cause , my new campaign to raise money for the IS Foundation . I can't thank you all enough for the support you've shown by spreading the word and purchasing one of the channeler novels. But I'll try, thank you SO much! To show my undying thanks, the eBook of my novella Born Of Fire is free right now on Amazon. I'm working on getting it free on B&N and will let you know the moment they cooperate. Speaking of readers and supporters, To Ride A Puca is one of many great novels up for the Reader's Pick Award on Melissa Luznicky's blog. For those who have read and enjoyed it, I'd love a vote if you have time. Just lick on Melissa's name to go to the link. Then on her right sidebar you'll see the voting area. My reading muse last week was fed by Breathkept by Saundra Mitchell. It is fantastic peeps! Click on the title to check it out, you won't be sorry! What

Happy Independence Day

As a country we certainly have our problems, but as someone who travels a lot I've realized, every country has problems. Just like people, no one country is perfect. Despite our problems I've always been proud to be an American and I still am today. Thank you to all who have served our country, and all those who have loved someone who has served our country. You've helped keep us free and for that we celebrate today. My gift to all of you, my novella, Born Of Fire , is free on Amazon. It's about a special couple who come to America to keep their unborn son safe. Just click on the title to download, and if you enjoy it I hope you'll spread the word. Have a safe and happy 4th of July! Also don't forget to enter my Channeler's Cause giveaway and the Indelibles Indiependence Day celebration.

Tuesday Teaser~Awakening

Before I get to today's teaser I wanted to let you know that To Ride A Puca is one of many great novels up for the Reader's Pick Award on  Melissa Luznicky's blog.  For those who have read and enjoyed it, I'd love a vote if you have time. Just lick on  Melissa's  name to go to the link. Then on her right sidebar you'll see the voting area. And my novella, Born of Fire is finally free on Amazon! Yay! If you have a Kindle or know someone who does please go download it at this link . Let's see if I can make it into the top 100 free ebooks! So far it has made it into the top 20!!! That's HUGE! Thank you all so much. In honor of the  Channeler's Cause , today's teaser is from The Secret of Spruce Knoll . In this excerpt Eren has just discovered that she is more than average:      The energy covering her hands disappeared, taking the disconcerting vibrations with it. Eventually her heart slowed and the dizziness passed. A breeze blew through the

INDIEpendence Day Author Celebration

As many of you know, I've been singing the praises about author Denise Grover Swank all over the internet. A short while ago I just finished reading her novel Twenty-Eight and a Half Wishes and I LOVED it. Seriously, I've already started buying it for all the ladies I know. When the opportunity came up to feature a great indie author for INDIEpendence day, I knew it had to be Denise. INDIEpendence day is a celebration of fabulous indie authors hosted by the Indelibles, which I am honored to be a part of. To find out more about INDIEpendence day or to join in on it, go here . Don't forget to check out the links at the bottom of this post for more great indie features. Here is an interview I had the pleasure of doing with Denise: Hi Denise! Your novel was not only a great mystery with a touch of magic thrown in, it was one of the funniest books I've read in a long time. I laughed so hard I cried. What inspired you to write such a touching, funny, and excit