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Thursday, August 30, 2012

Teaser Thursday~Graduation Nerves

To help celebrate the cover reveal for Rise of a Rector, I thought I'd give you a sneak peak at the opening paragraph for Rise of a Rector. Here it is:

This was not how Eren had pictured spending the last day of her senior year, but it had to be done. Her best friend Caitlin clutched her hand so tightly it was starting to cut off the circulation. If they didn’t get this over with soon her fingers would go numb. Eren’s cousin Fane stood to Caitlin’s left looking as though he was sharing her misery, which he probably was considering how close the two of them were. How Caitlin had managed to keep her and Fane’s relationship from her parents this long was a mystery to Eren.

That's right, they're finally telling Caitlin's parents! A lot of tough decisions are coming for Eren's Society in this novel and this is just the first of those decisions. The cover release celebration is still going on so there's still time to enter to win a copy of To Ride A Puca. Check it out below:

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Monday, August 27, 2012

Rise of a Rector Cover Reveal

It's finally here, the cover reveal for Rise of a Rector, the final novel in my channeler series (due out this October). There are a lot of wonderful people celebrating with me (thanks everyone!) so you'll be seeing it all over this week. If you'd like to help me spread the word, you can win an eBook of To Ride A Puca. There will be two winners! Before we get to that though, here is the cover I've been dying to share with you:


To add it to your Goodreads lists click here. And now for the giveaway:

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Friday, August 24, 2012

Friday Creature Feature~Narechnitsa



A cry arises from new and untried lungs, filling the room with its exuberance. The sound draws me closer to the birthing bed. Spent, the mother lies back upon the sweat-soaked pillows, her labored breathing beginning to return to normal. I pull my iridescent wings in close to my back to better fit within the small, crowded room. Handmaidens part before me, bowing. The midwife meets my gaze for but a moment, then lowers her eyes as she steps back.

Moonlight spills in the nearby window, illuminating the cradle from which the cry emits. A hum builds within my chest, making me feel as though my soul is a tuning fork. The sensation grows stronger with each step I take. Stealing myself, I grasp the cradle with both hands and lean in to look inside. Tiny, perfect limbs thrash with an energy that matches it’s cries. Pale blue eyes stare up at me out of a pudgy face, the intelligence within them far too great for a newborn.

The humming within me explodes, nearly buckling my knees. But I’m prepared and can withstand it. The vision that follows is another shock entirely, though. I see the child as it grows; crawling, running, playing, and finally fighting valiantly against a legion of invaders. He is victorious many times in many battles. Ultimately, he falls to the enemy. The vision leaves me as quickly as it came, taking my breath with it. I can feel the expectant eyes of the child’s loved ones upon me and I hesitate to turn and face them.

This work of fiction is original and my own. Please do not copy or reproduce it in any way without my permission and linking back to me with credit. Photo credit: Altered and designed by CP Design, with free image used from: © Haak78 | Stock Free Images & Dreamstime Stock Photos.


Monday, August 20, 2012

Rise of a Rector Cover Reveal Contest


It’s coming, the final book in my channeler series, Rise of a Rector. Though the scheduled release date is for the first of October, it’s looking like it will be a few weeks earlier (if all goes well, fingers crossed). I’m finally revealing the cover and you’re invited to the celebration. All next week from Monday the 27th through Friday the 31st those who would like to reveal the cover with me will also get an excerpt to post as well. And there’s more!

Every blogger who participates will be entered into a contest to win an eBook of their choice. And, for your readers, I’ll be giving away an eBook of To Ride A Puca. I’ll make it nice and easy for you with rafflecopter forms and a readymade post that you can copy and paste.

If you’d like to participate by helping me shout out about the cover (and enter to win an eBook of your choice) please fill out the rafflecopter form below.

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Saturday, August 18, 2012

Winners of the Latest Contests

The winner of the Free Novellas Celebration (and a n eBook of Lacrimosa and The Secret of Spruce Knoll, or Channeler’s Choice if you’ve read Spruce Knoll) is: 

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Natalie has won an eBook of Lacrimos and Nikle has won an eBook of The Secret of Spruce Knoll (or Channeler's Choice if they have already read Spruce Knoll). Congrats to both of you! And to see the winner of the bookmark design by CP Design (that celebrated the reveal of Shadows of the Hidden by Anne Riley) go here. Didn't win? You can still get my channeler novella, Born of Fire for free on both Amazon and Barnes and Noble!. And you can get Christine Fonseca's novellas, Dies Irae and Mea Culpa free on Amazon and B&N as well.

Friday, August 17, 2012

Elle's Alter Ego and New Book

My good friend, and fabulous author, Elle Strauss, has an alter ego that I am dying to introduce you to. She now also writes edgy young adult titles under the name of Lee Strauss. Here is a bit about her first novel, Perception:

Seventeen year old Zoe Vanderveen is a GAP—a genetically altered person. She lives in the security of a walled city on prime water-front property along side other equally beautiful people with extended life spans. Her brother Liam is missing. Noah Brody is a natural who lives on the outside. He leads protests against the GAPs and detests the widening chasm they’ve created between those who have and those who don’t. He doesn’t like girls like Zoe and he has good reason not to like her specifically. Zoe’s carefree life takes a traumatic turn. She’s in trouble and it turns out that Noah, the last guy on earth she should trust, is the only one who can help her.

 PERCEPTION is a ( SF/mystery/romance) Young Adult novel that takes place in the not too distant future in a world changed by climate extremes, natural disasters and impending wars, and where scientific breakthroughs cause class divisions—both financially and philosophically. It explores the clash between faith and science and how differences can separate us as enemies or alliance us together. And in some cases, even in the midst of betrayal and personal crisis, there’s room to fall in love. This is the first book in a planned three book series.

You can "like" Lee Strauss on facebook and mark Perception to read on goodreads.

PERCEPTION will be for sale on Amazon and at other e-retailer stores SEPTEMBER 12!

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Tuesday Writing Tip~Cut Parts

This week on the #WritersRoad (a weekly reoccurring chat on Twitter that I co-host) we chatted about reviews, tours and launches. What works for author, what they should do, shouldn't do, that kind of thing. It was a great chat, I hope you had a chance to drop in.

#WriteTip: When going through the editing process, keep those chapters that you end up deleting, especially the one's on back story. Those tidbits can make excellent promotional material and could even turn into a novella that you can price at free to help get your name out there.

Skeptical? It worked for me. My novella, Born Of Fire has been downloaded 10,000 (yay, can you believe it?! *dances in confetti*) times this month alone (however it takes a lot of work and getting the word out on the right sites to accomplish this). That is a lot of readers who now know my name and may end up purchasing the full-length novels in my series.

In other news, my novel, The Secret of Spruce Knoll was reviewed by Indie Reader who then recommended it to USA Today who posted it on their blog. I'm still in shock!

Monday, August 13, 2012

Monday's Muse~Great Foundation

My very good friend and fellow author, Christine Fonseca were so inspired by the wonderful things they're doing, that we have joined the volunteer team at the IS Foundation (Ian Somerhalder Foundation. Yes Vampire Diaries fans, that Ian Somerhalder ;). They are an amazing organization that protects endangered species, abandoned and abused animals, works toward cleaner energy, and helps kids of all ages by educating them about the world around us and being a support net for them.

So what does a volunteer do? Well, Christine and I work for different departments within the IS Foundation. I write for the environment department as their Environmental Division Content Coordinator (my first article is up now! Click here to read it.) and Christine writes for their youth page as their Youth Program Content Coordinator. You don't have to be a volunteer to make a difference though. Check out the site if you'd like to learn more.

Currently one of the big projects the foundation is working on is an animal shelter that will take in abused animals and rehabilitate them. You may have heard me say that a portion of the proceeds of my channeler series is going toward the foundation, and now hopefully by learning a bit more about this amazing foundation, you'll understand why.

Friday, August 10, 2012

Friday Creature Feature~MurĂșch


In the distance the dark shadow of a broken vessel is slowly swallowed by the aquamarine sea. Arms and tail pumping, I swim toward it, not wanting to miss my opportunity. In a few heartbeats I’m amidst the sinking wreckage. White sails billow in the water to my right, sunlight from above filters through them, casting an eerie glow upon me. A wave of guilt washes through me but I force it to flow off my shoulders. I have no time for such things.

Bodies begin to fill the water around me, arms and legs sprawled out, hair floating about their heads. It’s surreal, almost peaceful, the way they sink. But there is nothing peaceful about the faces. They are frozen in a mask of fear, mouths open in an endless scream, eyes wide and bulging. The sight of them makes me shudder. So much death is a bad omen. I want to get this done and get as far from here as possible. But I must wait.

Finally, the first body shimmers, almost like the water around an eel does. With a whispered magic word, I activate the bracelets on my wrists, making them shimmer as well. Now, half in their world, half in mine, I reach for the body, grasping at the shimmer that has formed into a shape vaguely resembling the body it just vacated. Though it struggles in my grasp, I haul it easily away. Beneath the blue coral on the ocean floor lies the crowded cage where I take the soul. Poseidon will be pleased.

This work of fiction is original and my own. Please do not copy or reproduce it in any way without permission and linking back to me with credit. The picture isn't my usual, art-like photo because of this important post on using photos found on the internet. If you don't know about the post and use photos on your blog or site, I highly recommend you read the post. Photo credit: Stock Free Images.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

The Kindness Project~Unity From Tragedy


The second Wednesday of every month, The Kindness Project members~headed by the wonderful Carolina Valdez Miller~post about kindness and inspiration. 

This week my life was profoundly touched by a tragic event. A co-worker took his own life. He was a wonderful young man who made everyone laugh, always smiled and joked, had a bright future ahead of him, two small children... I have an overwhelming need to do something. That something is to express how much each of you (my blogging friends, writing friends, and reading friends) mean to me. Please know that you are loved deeply by someone, you are needed, you matter, and you are not alone. Your burdens do not need to be carried alone, your trials do not need to be fought alone. You are important, special, and precious.

Make sure those in your life know you care about them. Be there for them, tell them you support them, reach out to them. It is a hard world and you never know when someone will need a hand up. I’m making it my mission to offer my hand whenever I can.

To learn more about The Kindness Project, join in, or see the others who have posted today, please visit this link

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Tuesday Writing Tip & Winners

Today's writing tip is actually more of a marketing tip based off the #WritersRoad chat we had yesterday. Our chat was all about swag, what kind we like, what we pick up at conferences, where to get it and what it costs.

#WriteTip: Authors should always carry bookmarks and business cards with them. You never know when the chance will arise to hand them out and you don't want to need them and not have them!

If you are an author who needs a bit of swag (or even a book cover) designed, be sure to drop by my design site, CP Design

Congratulations to the winners of the Born Of Fire signed paperback giveaway that helped spread the word about author Kristie Cook's campaign to fight domestic violence:

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Monday, August 6, 2012

Monday's Muse~Snorkeling


This lovely picture is one that I took while snorkeling during my trip to Maui a few months ago. Talk about inspiring! My muse was working over time while I was there. Can you blame him though, who wouldn't want to work in a place like this?! I discovered a love of snorkeling on this trip and was inspired to write the chapter that I worked on last week.

As for reading, I'm beta reading Libera Me, the sequel to Christine Fonseca's Lacrimosa. It is amazing, that's all I can say for now. I'm also reading Dragon Champion by E.E. Knight and am loving it as well. It is most certainly an adult novel though.

This week my novella, Born Of Fire (which is currently free on Amazon!), has broken the Amazon top 100 books!!! Not only has it broke the top 100 bestsellers but it is also currently #5 in Science Fiction/Fantasy/Magic and #5 in Contemporary Fantasy. Thank you to everyone who has downloaded it. I can't tell you how much it means to me.

What inspired your muse this week? Don't forget to click on the right sidebar to join in my online signing celebration and be sure to click on the Events tab above for even more giveaways!

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

You're Invited to an Online Signing Party

In celebration of the release of the paperback of To Ride A Puca (which is out now!), I'm doing a special online signing party right here and you are invited. As it is a party, there are of course prizes. You can enter by joining in on the signing party and ordering a signed copy here, or simply by helping to spread the word.

The prizes are a hardback of Lacrimosa by Christine Fonseca and a paperback of The Secret of Spruce Knoll by myself. To enter to win fill out the rafflecopter form below.
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Order your signed copy of To Ride A Puca here. It is available in paperback or hardback, just click the drop down menu on the order button below. The order is handled through Paypal.


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