Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Release Day Blitz + Giveaway: BYRONIC by Sandi Beth Jones

Byronic a supernatural YA by Sandi Beth Jones

When the creatures in her dark drawings come to life, Chelsea finds that the mysterious Geoff is the only person she can confide in. But she can't help wondering who shes kissing: her tender confidant or the dangerous Byronic rebel bent on shocking his detached father.


Starting over in the South Carolina Low country is just
what sixteen-year-old
Chelsea needs. Unfortunately,
moving also means living with her mom's snobbish
British novelist employer and his moody son Geoffrey.
Knowing that her new home likely used to be a slave
holding plantation doesn't make her feel any more at
home.
Troubled and reckless after his brother's mysterious
death, Geoff often mimics his fathers literary favorite,
Lord Byron, acting "mad, bad, and dangerous to know."
She's determined to keep her distance and buries
herself in her art, though the darkness of her drawings
troubles her and others who see them. When people in
the Gullah and Geechee community point out that she
has been drawing Boo Hags and haintspowerful
and terrifying creatures of local legend and superstitionshe
starts to wonder about her own heritage and her
connection to the Sea Islands. She begins to question
her own grasp on reality when it seems those creatures start making their way out of her
drawings and into real life.
It's clear that Geoff has some secrets of his own, but he might be the only person she can
confide in. Chelsea must decide who she can trust, when nothing in the Low country is what it
seems.

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Byronic is Book One in the Prometheus Series
Available in Paperback and eBook June 24th, 2014 on Amazon, BN.com, or ask for it wherever books are sold.
Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22011427byronic
Author Website: http://www.sandibjones.com/
Twitter: sandibjones



Author Bio:
Born and raised in the American South, Sandi spent her youth reading Edgar Allen Poe, Stephen King, and Agatha Christie. She spent many vacations traveling to Low Country South Carolina where she fell in love with the local ghost stories and folklore. Sandi currently lives in Arkansas with her husband, where she works as a high school teacher. She's reviewed many YA novels for school library journals and has also published adult romance novels.

Release Day Blitz + Giveaway: THE ROSE MASTER by Valentina Cano



About The Rose Master:

The day Anne Tinning turns seventeen, birds fall from the sky. But that's hardly the most upsetting news. She's being dismissed from the home she's served at since she was a child, and shipped off to become the newly hired parlor maid for a place she's never heard of. And when she sees the run-down, isolated house, she instantly knows why:
There's something wrong with Rosewood Manor.
Staffed with only three other servants, all gripped by icy silence and inexplicable bruises, and inhabited by a young master who is as cold as the place itself, the house is shrouded in neglect and thick with fear. Her questions are met with hushed whispers, and she soon finds herself alone in the empty halls, left to tidy and clean rooms no one visits.
As the feeling of being watched grows, she begins to realize there is something else in the house with them--some creature that stalks the frozen halls and claws at her door. A creature that seems intent on harming her.
When a fire leaves Anne trapped in the manor with its Master, she finally demands to know why. But as she forces the truth about what haunts the grounds from Lord Grey, she learns secrets she isn't prepared for. The creature is very real, and she's the only one who can help him stop it.
Now, Anne must either risk her life for the young man she's grown to admire, or abandon her post while she still can.





Valentina Cano is a student of classical singing who spends whatever free time she has either reading or writing. She also watches over a veritable army of pets, including her five, very spoiled, snakes. Her works have appeared in numerous publications and her poetry has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and Best of the Web. She lives in Miami, Florida.



Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Cover Reveal: THE UTTERLY UNINTERESTING AND UNADVENTUROUS TALES OF FRED THE VAMPIRE ACCOUNTANT by Drew Hayes

I'm SUPER excited to share this book with you all! One, because it's a seriously HILARIOUS story and, two, because I know the author and he's good peeps. If you haven't read any of Drew Hayes' work before, now would be a great time to start. Laughage is guaranteed. 

About FRED:
Some people are born boring. Some live boring. Some even die boring. Fred managed to do all three, and when he woke up as a vampire, he did so as a boring one. Timid, socially awkward, and plagued by self-esteem issues, Fred has never been the adventurous sort.
One fateful night – different from the night he died, which was more inconvenient than fateful – Fred reconnects with an old friend at his high school reunion. This rekindled relationship sets off a chain of events thrusting him right into the chaos that is the parahuman world, a world with chipper zombies, truck driver wereponies, maniacal necromancers, ancient dragons, and now one undead accountant trying his best to “survive.” Because even after it’s over, life can still be a downright bloody mess.


Now, brace yourselves for this cover because it is SO cool. I mean, what else would you expect from the talented people at REUTS? (I've really loved every REUTS cover so far)

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Drew Hayes is an aspiring author from Texas who has written several books and found the gumption to publish a few (so far). He graduated from Texas Tech with a B.A. in English, because evidently he’s not familiar with what the term “employable” means. Drew has been called one of the most profound, prolific, and talented authors of his generation, but a table full of drunks will say almost anything when offered a round of free shots. Drew feels kind of like a D-bag writing about himself in the third person like this. He does appreciate that you’re still reading, though.
Drew would like to sit down and have a beer with you. Or a cocktail. He’s not here to judge your preferences. Drew is terrible at being serious, and has no real idea what a snippet biography is meant to convey anyway. Drew thinks you are awesome just the way you are. That part, he meant. Drew is off to go high-five random people, because who doesn’t love a good high-five? No one, that’s who.

Saturday, June 14, 2014

I'm All Up in Your Wattpad, Reading All Your Stories...

... and sharing some of my own.

So, I snuck through a hidden door in the webz and entered a strange alternative reality called Wattpad. Perhaps some of you have ventured to this particular realm of the WWW. It's a wonderful world of writers AND readers where stories are shared and discussed and made better. There's also a plethora of fan fiction, if that's your thing. I've never tried that on for size but I know some who've dabbled in the fine arts of fanfic. Sounds like a fun place, right? 



I'm still getting my feet wet, but so far, I'm really enjoying the feedback from readers. It can be very different from the feedback I get from fellow writers. BOTH are needed, but it always surprises me what readers think versus those of us who live for drafting, character development, and plot arcs day in and day out.

If you read this post, then you know that later this year, the prequel to the Fatal series will be made available on Wattpad. Even though it discusses the events of Leiv, Raina, and Grayson's tribe prior to the first book, and is technically a prequel, I would suggest reading it AFTER Fatal, in order to get a good grasp on the world. I'm also planning on posting some short stories, FATAL outtakes, and a little YA serial that I've been playing around with ever since the Project REUTSway competition. Hint: It's a vampiry retelling of Tinkerbell/Peter Pan.

Alrighty then. I'm just gonna leave this right here and hope to see a bunch of you over in Wattpad-land: http://www.wattpad.com/user/TABrock



Tuesday, June 10, 2014

FATAL Series News!

FATAL is only a couple months old. Or, this version of it anyway. Which, might I add, is quite different from the original that was first released in February, 2013. That's right, 2013. That means some of you have been faithfully and patiently waiting for the sequel FOR OVER A YEAR. I never meant for you to have to wait that long, and I'm so, so sorry.

*slaps own wrist* Bad, author, bad.

But here's the deal. Aspects of the story have changed in such a way that most of what I had written on the sequel, needed to be rewritten. And I think we can both agree that the story is what really matters. You guys want good stuff, right? Not just something I threw on a page. 

SO....

In order to develop the FATAL world more fully, I needed to get Grayson's history out of my head and into a story. I ended up writing a novella sized prequel that tells Leiv and Raina's story and how Grayson came to be part of their family.

NOW FOR THE GOOD NEWS...

After talking with my publisher and getting the go ahead, I've got a little surprise for you! You're going to get to read that prequel very, very soon! To help hold you over until LETHAL is complete, the prequel, BRUTAL, will be available for free on Wattpad. I'll start posting chapters no later than August 1st, but it could be sooner if everything goes smoothly. And for those who want it in book form, it will be available on Amazon, November 1st. 

Okay, so what do you think? Is my little peace offering acceptable?

Blog Tour: JUST SING by Rene Gilley + Giveaway





Today, I'm excited to be part of the JUST SING blog tour! I had the opportunity to read this book prior to its release and I loved it! Stay tuned for my review which will be posted tomorrow. And don't forget to enter the giveaway!




Just Sing
Book One

of the

Seven Oaks Series

by 

René Gilley

“Follow your dreams, follow your heart, love your family and Just Sing."



Release Date: 5th June 2014


Genre: Young Adult/Performing Arts/Music

Published by: The Writers Coffee Shop

Available from: AmazonKoboBarnes and Noble, and TWCS PH


Summary:

Sixteen-year-old Lily O’Brien has one goal in life—to sing. Her dream is to get into a top notch college vocal program, but the summer before her junior year, her high school cuts their awarding-winning vocal ensemble. She might as well kiss her dreams goodbye.
When the snobby new neighbors move into their mansion up the hill, Lily is positive summer can’t get any worse, and she’s determined to hate and ignore them—until she meets Aiden.
He’s broken and beautiful, and they become reluctant friends. Through her newfound friendship, she finds the strength to step outside the comfort of her plan and follow her dream.
But when Lily’s family is about to lose their home, she puts her wishes aside and finds the answer to save their generations-old ranch in the last place she expected.


Guest Post with Author of Just Sing- René Gilley

Is the YA genre a difficult genre to write and succeed in? Or do
you think the YA genre is becoming more popular in the literary world?

Great topic. To me the YA or young adult
genre is easy to write. It’s a genre I feel comfortable in and I think I have a
good grasp of the teen voice. But, I think it depends on the author. I took a
workshop a few years ago about writing in the young adult genre. There was an
author in there and she stated, “I need to learn about this young adult thing,
it seems like a gold mine.” Right then and there I knew she would not succeed.
First, everyone will tell you if you write for the money, good luck. I compare
writing to acting--a lot of people act and act well, but very few in the trade
are rich and famous. Second, if you have to try and write YA, I don’t think
your voice will come through to your reader. Writing young adult is natural to
me, it’s like I can’t get to the computer fast enough to get the YA stories out
of my head. So to me writing young adult is natural and easy, but nothing about
succeeding in the literary world is easy. It’s a lot of work, but like being a
parent it is a real labor of love. I write because I love it and I want to
share my stories with the world. I hope one day I’ll be considered successful,
but I know there will be a lot of blood, sweat, and tears shed to get there.
With all of that being said, I do think now
is a good time to write young adult. So many people are flocking to the new
adult genre, I’ve noticed in contests that agents and editors are actually
asking for young adult. And I really truly believe if you keep at it and you
love to write it you can be successful in the young adult genre. You may not be
rich and famous, but I do believe if you write a good story and continue to
write good stories, with interesting and strong characters you will gain
readers. And one thing I learned from writing fan fiction is that readers can
be very loyal and if they like one of your stories they will mostly likely
follow you and read more of what you write.



Thank you for your time and support ~ René


Connect With René Gilley
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Author Bio: 


By day, René Gilley works as a portfolio manager for a Fortune 50 company, but her nights and weekends are spent writing young adult and new adult romance books. Her brain never shuts off—always dreaming up new situations her characters can get into. 
Her California home is often the backdrop for her books. Her debut novel, Just Sing of the SEVEN OAKS SERIES, was years in the making. Like her character, René seeing Just Sing being published is a dream come true.
She’s a wife, mother to two beautiful daughters, and four dogs. She’s proud to be a triple negative breast cancer (TNBC) survivor and believes in giving back through book profits to charities that support breast cancer. 





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Praise:

Just Sing evolves mostly around Lily’s struggle with her family, the reality of her dreams, and her first relationship issues with the neighbors’ son Aiden. Honestly Lily is a truly amazing... She is strong-willed and her loyalty and love for her family is admirable. -Between Dreams and Reality Blog

With the popularity of shows like American Idol and The Voice, Gilley's Just Sing promises to bring high engagement to any YA reader who dreams of the stage, lives the stage, or enjoys the stage as a spectator... -Fictionally Yours Blog

Just Sing was a complete and pleasant surprise. There's not many YA novels out there that can capture my heart and soul wholly. And this book is definitely one of them. -Goodreads Review








Monday, June 9, 2014

What to Do When You Find Out Your Favorite Author is a Jackhole

If you’re anything like me, you don’t just have a favorite author, you have a mile-long list of them. You love their writing or the way they tell stories or the way they make you feel when you’ve invested yourself in their characters. You follow them on every social media site imaginable. You tweet them and sometimes they tweet back; sometimes they don’t but it’s okay because you know authors are busy people. Maybe they 'like’ or ‘favorite’ your comment and that’s enough because they’re currently writing that sequel you’ve been waiting for and you don’t want them to take any time away from that. WRITE, AUTHOR, WRITE.
But then this happens: Following them as you do on the webz, you see all their opinions, their gripes, their MISOGYNY or RACISM or GENERAL UGLINESS. And you are devastated. Just devastated. Because how can someone who writes such beautiful words be so icky?
If you are an avid reader, perhaps you’ve been in this position.
This has happened to me several times in my life, and since the tweet that spawned this Ranty McRantpants blog post was approximately 140 characters of pure sexism, I’m going to say this: EVERY time I’ve learned one of my favorite authors is a giant douchecanoe, said author has been of the male variety. I’m not saying this will always be the case, but to date, this is how it’s been. Draw your own conclusions from that.
The latest author to be put on my Jackhole Of Epic Proportions list is a super famous dude. If I spoke his name you would ALL know him. Even if you aren’t an avid reader, his book was made into a movie so I’m sure you’ve heard of him. To avoid hate spam, I’m not going to call him out. *

Friday, June 6, 2014

Blog Tour: FLUX by Ellie Carstens


FLUX Available June 10, 2014

The last thing sixteen-year-old Alaina Oftedahl-Miller expected was to watch her mom brutally destroy their life. 

But, in the wake of tragedy, strength forms. Shipped off to live with her birth father, Alaina finds herself dealing with more than just being the new Canadian girl in a Norwegian school. Juggling the formation of a relationship with the man who abandoned her as a child, and a budding attraction to Kaius Vargøy--the mysterious, beautiful classmate who's been assigned as her personal translator--Alaina can't shake the feeling that every move she makes is being watched. Judged.

She soon learns there's far more to this sleepy Norwegian town than she ever imagined. Kaius and his friends aren't exactly what they seem, and the repercussions of that could send her traveling through the most unexpected experience of her life. Murder and relocation is one thing, but add in supernatural occurrences and Vikings, and even she may not have the strength to survive.

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Inspired by FLUX’s location, we’ve gathered some basic Norwegian words to help you out if you ever find yourself in Norway!
Ja – yes
Nei - No
Takk - Thank you
Hei sann – hello, or hi
Ha det bra - Goodbye
Kjære – dear, honey, sweetheart
Takk Gudene – thank God, thank the gods
Lofðungr – Prince/King
Hvor er ... ? - Where is ... ?
And my all-time personal favorite appears in FLUX
Hvis du tilbyr kanelboller, vil jeg ikke avta. – If you are offering cinnamon buns, I won’t decline.



Excerpt from Chapter One of Flux
(Featuring a first look at the mysterious male lead: Kaius)


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Kaius

Usually, when the town drifted under the heavy spell of sleep, I used the time for quiet reflection, or spent it with the others.
Tonight felt different, poignant—if I had to choose a precise word to describe the tightness in my stomach and the way my skin tingled.
With my eyes shut, I willed my mind to show me something, anything that might be the reason. It happened rarely, but I was sometimes able to pick things up.
This was one of those occasions.
Each of my visions occurred in the same manner—the room or location I inhabited dissolved away piece by piece, much like the pixels on a computer screen. Then, the same process repeated, bringing the new setting into focus. Only when the very last piece was in place would the vision reveal itself to me:
A flash of metal . . .
Armor.
A pair of feminine hands swinging a blade—small, though still every bit as deadly—with some difficulty . . .
Hands I’d seen in my visions many, many times before.
But, rather than focusing on the girl, I gave the entire scene my attention. A severe lack of structures, combined with the girl’s attire, gave me cause to assume this vision didn’t take place anywhere near the present time.
I guided my mind’s eye across the wide expanse of field packed with warriors and knights who didn’t belong in the same timeline, let alone the same region. I didn’t understand.
Ancient Scottish Picts, smeared with the ashes of their dead and the enemy’s blood, sparred with true Viking warriors, men of impressive stature and terrifying expressions.
Then, as suddenly as the images had arrived, they vanished, leaving me shrouded in a severe case of heartache. My ribs tightened, snakelike, as a strange sensation burned through me and my breath came in short gasps.
Unable to keep my current form, I allowed the release of energy, shedding my body and drifting out into Earth’s atmosphere. Only then did I truly understand what the strange new feeling was, and more importantly, what it meant.
She’s finally here.



For as long as she can recall, Ellie Carstens has been a huge fan of reading. The genre and content are not important as long as the story holds her captive. She believes that life is too short to be taken seriously all the time and to lose one’s self in a good book is an escape worth taking. Now, she writes science fiction, fantasy, romance, and beyond, creating stories that will hopefully bring that same passion for reading to others.

Flux is her debut title and the first in a Young Adult sci-fi/romance trilogy.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Cover Reveal: THE ROSE MASTER by Valentina Cano

I have another cover reveal for you, my lovelies! Gahhhh, this one is pretty. If you follow this blog, you know how much I truly love REUTS Publishing. They are super supportive and so easy to work with, AND they have the most GORGEOUS covers. Check it...

THE ROSE MASTER

Blurb:
The day Anne Tinning turns seventeen, birds fall from the sky. But that's hardly the most upsetting news. She's being dismissed from the home she's served at since she was a child, and shipped off to become the newly hired parlor maid for a place she's never heard of. And when she sees the run-down, isolated house, she instantly knows why:
There's something wrong with Rosewood Manor.
Staffed with only three other servants, all gripped by icy silence and inexplicable bruises, and inhabited by a young master who is as cold as the place itself, the house is shrouded in neglect and thick with fear. Her questions are met with hushed whispers, and she soon finds herself alone in the empty halls, left to tidy and clean rooms no one visits.
As the feeling of being watched grows, she begins to realize there is something else in the house with them--some creature that stalks the frozen halls and claws at her door. A creature that seems intent on harming her.
When a fire leaves Anne trapped in the manor with its Master, she finally demands to know why. But as she forces the truth about what haunts the grounds from Lord Grey, she learns secrets she isn't prepared for. The creature is very real, and she's the only one who can help him stop it. 
Now, Anne must either risk her life for the young man she's grown to admire, or abandon her post while she still can.



Author Bio:
Valentina Cano is a student of classical singing who spends whatever free time she has either reading or writing. She also watches over a veritable army of pets, including her five, very spoiled, snakes. Her works have appeared in numerous publications and her poetry has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and Best of the Web. She lives in Miami, Florida.