Wednesday, July 30, 2014

News about BRUTAL!

Hey, friends!

I thought I'd update you on what's happening with BRUTAL (Fatal, #1.5). If you read this post, then you know the plan was to release it in serial form (a chapter at a time) on Wattpad, starting August 1st before it goes up for sale in November. That plan is still intact, BUT there is a new exciting development. A whirlwind of late-night, mid-thunderstorm, patchy internet, power outage thwarted emails AND frantic, speed demon-like drafting over the past week has resulted in this:  

BRUTAL has been picked up by my publisher, Omnific! 

The best part is, they have been so wonderful about sticking to the release schedule I promised you guys. For those who don't know, books released through publishers (rather than self-published) can take much longer to release. They follow a strict schedule in order to fit all their authors in, and it takes time. It will be no easy thing to get this through editing and out to you by November, but they are making it happen! They also agreed to let me post the ENTIRE (unedited) story for FREE on Wattpad, until it is released in November. That means, for those of you who have been waiting for more of the Fatal world, you will get to read Leiv, Raina, and Grayson's story BEFORE it's full release. Isn't that great? I seriously just want to hug them right now. 

Okay, so here's the plan for Wattpad:
~Starting August 1st (yes, that's only a day away!), I'll post two chapters to my Wattpad account. Depending on how it goes with my beta readers, some weeks I might post a bonus chapter.
~At that rate, the entire story should be available by the end of September (for those of you who aren't interested in reading tiny bites at a time).
~Talk about it! If you like what you read, share! If you're a member of Wattpad, vote and comment (I reeeeeally want to know what you guys think). Review on Goodreads. Any little bit helps this author BIG TIME.  

So, there you have it. I can't wait to share this story with you. It ended up being a pretty personal journey for me (which was unexpected), and I'm hoping you will love it as much as I do. I appreciate all of you more than you could ever imagine!!! I'm getting sappy. Do you guys feel that? It's getting sticky with feels in here.



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Creative Process Blog Hop

Today, I'm thrilled to take part in an author blog hop all about my creative process. My wonderful Twitter friend, Nina Lemay, tagged me. Click on over and check her out!
1) What am I working on?
As of writing this, I'm hard at work trying to finish BRUTAL, my Fatal novella! Starting August 1st, it will be available on Wattpad. I'll post 2 chapters per week, on Fridays. This will be an unedited early version, for readers who are just DYING to read the story. The actual release will be Oct/Nov, through my publisher. 
2) How does my work differ from others of its genre?
When it comes to my Fatal world, specifically, it's quite a deviation from the normal zombie book. It's more paranormal than horror. There's very little gore, lots of smoochy romance-y stuff, and absolutely zero apocalypse. 
3) Why do I write what I do?
The element that ties all my books together is romance. I write it because I'm a strong proponent of love. Love can fix a wealth of mistakes, heal broken hearts, encouraged confidence, and stop wars. Also, it's smart to write what you like to read, and I like reading romance. I think it's interesting to see two people go from not-in-love to smitten.  
4) How does my writing process work?
For me, it starts as an idea that I can't stop thinking about. I'd say 75% of writing a book is me thinking everything through in my head. If I can get a good handle on the story, actually writing it is relatively easy. I'm basically recording a story I already know. When I'm ready to start writing, sometimes I'll do it chronologically, other times, I'll choose certain scenes that I'm excited about. I'm definitely not an outline person but I do make lists or beat sheets to remind me of the scenes I've planned out.
Tag:
I'm supposed to tag a person to continue the hop but I've been crazy busy and haven't been able to touch base with anyone to tag. SO... if you want to participate in the hop, leave your short bio in the comments, with a link to your blog. Then, anytime in the next two weeks, answer the four questions above in a post and link back to this post (mention I tagged you), and tag one of your friends! That's all you have to do. You can check out Nina's post to get an idea of how to format yours. 

Monday, July 21, 2014

Introducing The Characters From Fatal!


Corinne (Cori) Abbott

After her dad's sudden death, Cori and her mom relocate to Asher, Oregon in hopes of a new start. She is quiet and more like a social moth than a social butterfly. But her new school is smaller than her old one so she's hopeful. She meets an eclectic group of students, including one who makes her head spin as if she's some cliche romance heroine. Except, clearly the guy has problems in the attitude department. Cori's tougher than she seems and she's not going to let him push her around. Kiss her, maybe, but only if he can quit being a grump. 



Grayson Patch

Grayson is a zombie. A Riser, to be exact. Which means he hasn't even come close to rotting yet. Good thing, because he intends to find his Save (the human who can cure his zombie problem and return his humanity) and use her, as is his right. To use her, he'll have to kill her. But he almost thinks the trade off is worth it... until he can no longer deny the way she makes him feel. Like he's worth something. He's caught love and now he'll have to make a choice: her life or humanity.



Aiken McGrath

Aiken is a zombie, but more importantly, he's a Reaper, sworn to protect humans from the dangers of the zombie race. When a rogue Rotter threatens Asher, Aiken's team is sent to dispatch it. But the case isn't as cut and dry as he'd hoped it would be. Instead, he finds Cori, who's very existence is being threatened by a local Riser tribe. But Aiken's hands are tied. Reapers can't interfere with Saves. All he can hope to do is distract her enough that she doesn't go running into the arms of death.



Peg Matthews

Peg is charasmatic, smart, and quirky. She's the butterfly to Cori's moth. The yin to Cori's yang. She'll tell you how it is, but she'll also have your back when you need it most. Best thing about Peg though? She doesn't take crap from dudes. Call her a man-eater if you must, but you won't find her sobbing over a careless guy... in this book anyway. ;)



Rex Davidson

Rex is a smarty pants in the best way. Like, he's actually smart. Being best friends with Peg since they were tots has made him careless to what other people think of him, so he just does his thing. He's faithful and level-headed. Unless he's behind the wheel of his Passport. Then, he's a really, really bad driver.  



Leiv Patch

Leiv is a Riser, and Grayson's "adopted brother" (according to the humans) or tribe mate (according to the zombies). He is oooooooold in zombie years (almost 100), and nearing the Age of Death, when he will become a crazed infectious Rotter. He likes 80s hair band music, keeping secrets, and long walks on the beach.



Raina Patch

Raina, like Leiv, is also a Riser, and Grayson's tribe mate. She's a computer geek who designs video games, but she's all about the glam. Her jewel encrusted keyboard might as well be her best friend and her faith to the tribe, her downfall. She learns the hard way, it IS possible to care too much. 








Release Day Spotlight: DEVOTED TO THE BEAR by T.S. Joyce


Devoted to the Bear
By T. S. Joyce
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Length: 100 pages
Book 2 in the Bear Valley Shifters series

Blurb:
In the riveting second book in the Bear Valley Shifters series, Hannah Michaels must find her way among the bear shifters she's promised to help Benson Riker lead. And he's going to show her just how hot being mated to the alpha can be.

When a chance encounter from her past shows her she is still being hunted by the man she put behind bars, she must decide whether to put her new clan in jeopardy by seeking sanctuary, or to strike out on her own and save herself.

Weathering treacherous enemies, blurred loyalty lines and heart pounding first love, Hannah will strive to prove her devotion to Riker and his bear shifters. If she can walk the fine line between surviving her new clan's primal sides and the vengeful humans of her past, she just might find her place in Bear Valley.

A Hot Bear Shifter Romance.

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Author Bio:
As a writer of hot shifter romances, T.S. Joyce is devoted to telling stories readers can connect with on a heart level. A native of Texas, she’s spent a good deal of time in the wilderness of her family’s land, which has given her a wealth of experience to draw from when writing stories.

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Friday, July 18, 2014

Cover Reveal: SHAMELESS by Nina Lemay



IFB is hosting the cover reveal for Nina Lemay's NA Contemporary Romance. See it below and continue for the giveaway:



Release date: August 18th 2014

Synopsis via Goodreads:
~New Adult Contemporary Romance -- recommended for mature readers~

Girls like me don’t get happy endings.

I know what I am. At worst a cliché, at best a cautionary tale. I put an international border between me and my past, only to wind up working in a low-end titty bar. Even my excuse is as lame as it gets: I’m paying for college, getting my art degree from Montreal’s most prestigious school. Although some days it becomes confusing: am I just a student who moonlights as a stripper, or a stripper who masquerades as a student?

But the inevitable happens and my two lives collide. And now there’s one other person who knows both the quiet, antisocial Hannah and the sensual, shameless Alicia. One person who keeps my secret.

He’s beautiful, he’s sophisticated. He comes from the other side of life, the one where I’m not wanted or accepted. But he calls me la petite Américaine, and his hot, hot hands on my skin promise me things I long ago gave up on.

The problem? He teaches my Classic Photography class.

This is a standalone novel, no series, no cliffhanger.

Nina LemayAbout the Author
Nina Lemay is a YA writer by day and author of sinfully twisted New Adult…well, also by day. She loves all things dark and edgy and never tires of tormenting her characters. While Nina is a fan of all things scary, Gothic, and fantastic, she doesn’t shy away from a gritty contemporary romance when the muse strikes. She lives in Montreal, a city that never fails to inspire, with her partner and her dog.










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Thursday, July 17, 2014

Release Day Spotlight: ENDRE (Elsker Saga, #2) by S.T. Bende



We're celebrating the release of Endre (Elsker Saga #2) by S.T. Bende!
Endre (Elsker Saga #2) by S.T. Bende
Upper YA/NA Paranormal Romance

Blurb:
Sometimes, finding your destiny means doing the exact opposite of what The Fates have planned.



Winning the heart of an immortal assassin was a dream come true for Kristia Tostenson. Now she’s knee deep in wedding plans, goddess lessons, and stolen kisses. But her decision to become immortal could end in heartbreak -- not only for Kristia, but for the god who loves her. Because while Ull would do anything to protect his bride, even the God of Winter is powerless against the Norse apocalypse. Ragnarok is coming.



And the gods aren’t even close to ready.




Excerpt

When I came to, my chest heaved with sobs. Cold sweat cloaked my body from my forehead to the backs of my knees. My hair was damp, my pulse was racing, and my fingers gripped the sheets so tightly my knuckles ached. I was in my room at Ýdalir, the one place I had always felt safe. Only now I was absolutely terrified.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Cover Reveal: BRUTAL (Fatal #1.5)

Hi friends!

I'm super excited to share the cover and blurb for the novella I've been working on! This is a prequel to Fatal, but I think it should be read AFTER Fatal, so I'm calling it a #1.5. Don't forget, this will be available on my Wattpad in August and on Amazon in November. Yayzzzzzzzz!

For those who have asked about the actual sequel, just hang tight, it's coming. I promise.

Alright then. Here it issssssss!

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No matter how brutal, the law must be kept...

Leiv Patch was killed, turned, and left to his own devices. With nothing more than an ancient tome to educate him in the zombie ways, he’s eeked out a lonely—and sometimes miserable—fifty years of undead existence. When he meets raven-haired Iraina Lukin on a 911 call, he begins to realize that being a Riser doesn’t mean he has to go it alone. Having a Save means anything is possible. Love, family, a future. The only problem? A Riser/ human union is against the Oracles’ law… and Iraina doesn’t want to be turned.

Conner Grayson lives as a street kid in the windy city after his father is locked away for murder and his mother overdoses on drugs. Street savvy, he becomes extremely good at surviving. Never make friends. That’s the key. Then nobody can screw you over and you never owe a soul. It works. Until he meets Leather. She’s quiet and sad, but something about her draws Conner in. He looks for her every morning in the shelter lines and before long, they’re inseparable. But Leather is not as she seems, and soon his friend is making him an offer he can’t refuse: she can make it all go away. All the brutal heartache and struggle to survive, she has the answer. All he has to do is say yes.

Okay, so what do you guys think?!

Saturday, July 5, 2014

New Release Spotlight: THE WITNESS AND THE BEAR




The Witness and the Bear
By T. S. Joyce
Genre: Paranormal Romance/Shifter Romance
Length: 115 pages

Blurb:
Hannah Michaels is on the run, and the protection detail assigned to her case have her wondering who, or what, she’s trusting her life with. After testifying against a criminal with a long reach, her days are numbered if her handler, Jeremy, can’t find a safe place for her. Out of options and with nowhere to go, she’s dropped off in the Big Horn Mountains of Montana with a duffle bag of her belongings and little explanation.
Jeremy swears she’ll be safe in this wilderness sanctuary, but when she meets Benson Riker, leader of the bear shifter clan of Big Horn Valley, she doesn’t feel safe at all. In fact, the man is just about as feral as they come.
In a bout of epically bad timing, she accidentally vies to be mated to the alpha, and no matter how much she tries to escape the competition for Riker’s affection, he is having none of it. He cites upholding clan law as his reasons for wanting her to stay, but the hungry look in his eyes says it’s more personal than that.
Weathering deep secrets and danger from all sides, she’ll have to decide if Riker is the shifter who deserves her heart.

A Hot Bear Shifter Romance.



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Author Bio:
A writer of hot shifter romances, T.S. Joyce is devoted to telling stories readers can connect with on a heart level. A Texas native, she's spent a good deal of time in the wilderness of her family's land, which has given her a wealth of experience to draw from when writing stories. For more information about Joyce and her work, visit http://tsjoycewrites.wordpress.com.

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