Monday, July 30, 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 see the fabulous new cover? Well before we do, here's a bit about the giveaway Reena is hosting. 

Reena: Every day between today and August 3rd I'm going to do a giveaway. Each giveaway will run from 12:01 am to 11:59 pm. At the end of each giveaway, I'll randomly select a commentator from the posts featured that day. Readers can find a list of the daily winners on my blog. What’s up for grabs? The winner will be able to select one eBook from Smashwords. I don’t know if any indie publishers have lost their minds, but just in case, the upper limits of this prize is $9.99. 

GRAND PRIZE: One commentor over the course of the tour will win a $25 gift certificate. For further details stop by Reena's blog, but don't forget to comment here first to enter to win both the daily and grand prize.

Thanks Reena! Now on to the fabulous new cover:

Here's how to enter the giveaway: Fill out the rafflecopter for below and answer this question in the comments: How much would you give up to protect a friend?

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Wednesday, July 25, 2012

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 of several challenges she must face. When she’s not fending off attacks from the popular kids, she puzzles over the rumors about a strange boy in her math class–one with fiery red hair who rarely speaks.

Despite suspicions that he murdered his sister a year earlier, Natalie finds it impossible to stay away from Liam Abernathy–especially when he confesses to knowing something about her parents. Soon she’s following him into the forest, where things happen she doesn’t understand…things that shouldn’t be possible.

Natalie soon realizes her connection to Liam is deeper than she ever imagined, and not everyone she counts as a friend can be trusted. When she finds herself at the center of a centuries-old quest for immortality, she must work with Liam to stay alive–even if it means facing a truth about herself and her family that will not only shake her perception of herself, but of the entire world around her.

Anne Riley's site, Goodreads, Facebook.

And a giveaway to celebrate! Need a bookmark designed? You can win one from my design company, CP Design just for liking Shadows and adding it to your Goodreads lists. Enter below:

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Monday, July 23, 2012

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 Born of Fire and Dies Irae, another will get a channeler notebook and swag bag. Be sure to stop by Christine's blog for more prizes. Anyone who participates and leaves a way to contact them in the rafflecopter form will receive free swag (bookmarks, magnets, postcards). Just leave us a way to contact you in the comments. Enter between now and the 13th!

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Tuesday, July 17, 2012

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 something great that you're reading? Leave it in the comments!

Monday, July 16, 2012

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:

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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't get the entire finished product to her soon. ;)

Friday, July 13, 2012

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, especially the one that tries to kill Alex on her first day. When Ace, a dark-eyed Caltian, enters and saves the day, she can't help but be drawn to him. Can these star-crossed lovers survive when they're on the brink of intergalactic war?

Available at AmazonBarnes and Noble and Smashwords 

Here is a bit about the sequel, How To Break Up With An Alien:

Face it, long distance relationships in high school are hard, especially when the other one in the relationship is an alien. Alex Bianchi may have survived an intergalactic battle, but that still doesn't excuse her from her senior year of high school, or qualify her for any sort of scholarship. To make up for college tuition costs, she takes a job at a local coffee shop. If only coffee could solve all of her problems. As Alex's senior year progresses, everything changes and she can't figure out if it is interstellar or if it is just time to break up with an alien. 

Available at Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

What do you think of the new covers? Have you hopped over to Amazon yet and picked up How to Date an Alien for FREE? 

Also FREE on Amazon:
My channeler novella Born Of Fire
Dies Irae and Mea Culpa, Christine Fonseca's Requiem novellas free on Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

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, July 9, 2012

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 inspired your reading or writing last week?

Before you go, don't forget to enter my contest and in doing so help a great cause!

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Wednesday, July 4, 2012

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, July 3, 2012

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 trees, lifting her hair and cooling her sweating skin. She could feel the life energy of countless tiny birds, squirrels, and rabbits. Then she realized she could easily discern which energy belonged to a feathered creature, and which belonged to a furred one, even though she couldn’t see them. Being able to sense such things made her feel like some kind of freak or monster. Using the word channeler instead of witch didn’t make her feel any better about it. 
     Eren leaned back against a tree, pulled her knees to her chest, and tucked her head between them. Sobs shook her body as she wept for the world she’d lost.

To enter the Channeler's Choice giveaway~and in doing so help a great cause~fill out the form below:

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Monday, July 2, 2012

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 exciting book?
Denise: I'd just finished Chosen which is much darker and edgier and decided I wanted to write something that was lighter and humorous. Twenty-Eight and a Half Wishes is more like my family blog, There's Always Room for One More. I used to take my children's zany often disastrous adventures and put a humorous spin on them. But I'm a widow with small children so I would sometimes interject things I struggled with. I think Twenty-Eight is a combination of my old blog posts with a sweet, funny, endearing main character who finally decides to live her life. In some ways, I guess Rose is a bit like me.

Knowing that adds so much more, love that! I'm going to have to read it again (with pleasure)!What was your favorite part of writing Twenty-Eight and a Half Wishes?
Denise: Wow, that's hard. Honestly, I think it was the scene when Joe finds her drinking on her front porch and teaches her the rules of drinking (as well as giving her her first kiss). I was on Twitter and Facebook that night asking people to help me come up with the rules. And also encouraging them to drink with me. (I had a glass of wine.) I turned it into a competition seeing which social network had more people joining me. Twitter won, of course.
How fun! Our Twitter peeps are the best! I loved Rose, she was reluctantly innocent, adventurous, and never gave up. But I'm curious, who was your favorite character to write? 
Denise: Rose, Her enthusiasm to embrace what little life she thought she had left was inspiring to me-- and still is. But I also really liked Mildred, her eighty-two year old neighbor across the street. She'll be in the next book in a bigger capacity. And truth be told, although Momma's only in the book in the first two chapters, I had a lot of fun coming up with things she erroneously told Rose. I think my favorite was that Momma didn't let any computers into the house because she took the brand name Gateway to mean the gateway to hell.

That was one of my favorite things about Momma too! I know you have a great looking paranormal thriller, Chosen, coming out later this month, but can you tell us if you have anything more in store for Rose from Twenty-Eight and a Half Wishes?
Denise: I plan to write Sacrifice, the third book in my Chosen series and then hopefully write Twenty-Nine and a Half Reasons for NaNoWriMo. Technically, I'll be cheating a bit since I've already started it and have about two chapters. So shhh... Let it be our secret. I have three Rose Gardner Mystery books semi-plotted out. I plan (at this point) to write one a year.

No worries, I won't tell a soul. *hides computer and clears throat...* Thanks so much for joining us Denise. Any closing thoughts to leave us with?
Denise: I had always heard write your story and don't worry about trends. So I wrote Twenty-Eight and a Half Wishes and sent it out into the publishing world and heard over and over and over "great story, great voice, not for me." But I also realized Twenty-Eight doesn't fit neatly on a book store shelf. It's not just a mystery, yet it's not a true romantic suspense. Then there's the tiny bit of women's fic and not to mention the humor. But when I considered taking any of those pieces out, I lost the heart of the story, Rose's story.It just wasn't the same. My gut told me to keep it and I'm so glad I did.

I'm so glad you did too because it was amazing, so amazing that it convinced me traditional publisher make mistakes and pass up fantastic books. I loved Twenty-Eight and a Half Wishes so much that you made a fan for life in me and I'm looking forward to reading everything you write! :) I hope you'll all join me in ordering Chosen here and I hope you'll pick up Twenty-Eight and a Half Wishes too because you'll love it! 

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