Friday, August 30, 2013

Here Ye! Here Ye! Wilder Mage is Among Us

For some of you, this is just a formality. You've seen CD Coffelt (aka Huntress) prowling about the blogosphere. If you haven't been to her personal blog haunt, then you may have seen her at Unicorn Bell where she and other writers share, critique and spread their wealth of writing knowledge. And they do it just because they're awesome like that :-)

So it is my pleasure to announce the release of her fantasy novel: Wilder Mage
About Wilder Mage:
Justus Aubre is a wilder. A mage unbound to the Imperium, and therefore a dangerous wild card in their eyes. The Imperium wants him, wants his power, but Justus has hidden for many years and now has some semblance of a normal life. All that’s about to change when Sable Rounds walks through the door of his antique shop, looking for work. Justus instantly knows what Sable is, he just doesn’t know the danger he’s in.
Alone, also on the run from the Imperium, Sable longs for a normal life. For somewhere to belong. She finds this when Justus hires her, but she knows it’s temporary and fragile, an illusion. Though she hates to think about it, she knows that one day she will have to move on.

The Imperium is always behind her, waiting. When they finally find Sable, they find Justus. And all hell’s about to break loose.

And here's an excerpt for your sheer enjoyment:
“What about the cellar?” Sable said.
When he didn’t respond, she threw him a sidelong glance. “The cellar,” she said again. “Is there anything down there I need to…know about?”
“I’ll leave…” He stopped when she turned to him fully, her mouth shaped into a firm line. “I wrote down how to get into the cellar. It’s in my rooms.”
Absently he brushed away a bug that landed on his forearm, the glimmer of her full eyes taking every conscious thought from him. There was no mistaking the sparkle for stars now. Her shoulders slumped, and then she straightened them again. “Okay, it sounds like you have everything covered…for the window display,” she said. The brisk tone didn’t hide the break in her voice.
Another insect crawled on his arm and he felt the wind begin to pick up. He brushed his forearm again. A distant motor sounded, but he didn’t pay any attention to the thrum of the engine. Sable was pushing the silver charms down to cover the scars on her wrists, turning them as she did. Her sleeveless blouse had a deeply scooped neck in the back and her collarbones stood out from her shoulder. She had one arm crossed and was holding it with her other hand, her neck slightly bowed. As he watched, she brushed her bare forearm with her hand and the charms jangled.
A small breath of wind caught his clothes, smelling of cool wetness and the hairs on his arm crawled as if a thousand bees were humming there. His stomach dropped and he gasped. She whirled to face him with the same mask of fear he knew she saw in him.
“You have to leave. Now,” she said. Panic threatened to control her and as he watched, she fisted her hands at her side.
“It is too late.” Justus smiled. How strangely calm he felt. His eyes never left hers as he nodded at the approaching car. “They are here.”
Bert stood abruptly and Justus heard his gasp but he could do nothing for him. Sable’s mouth trembled then firmed. She faced the car. Justus stepped to her side. He found it surprising that none of the emotions he thought he should feel, nothing of panic or fear, were a part of this moment. Running was not an option.
To avoid confrontation, unthinkable.
The emotion sifting into him was something different, harder. Resolved. He felt like he was poised on the edge of a high cliff preparing to jump. Or fly. The choice was his to make. And with that, calm washed over him.
He loved flying. 

CD Coffelt (Huntress) bio:

CD Coffelt lives outside Maryville, Missouri with a bemused husband and way too many cats. She adores all things fantasy with a special love for urban and epic.
With a passion for good writing and Doritos as companions, locating Middle-Earth on a dusty road in rural Missouri wasn’t difficult. All it took was a little Magic, hours of reading, and an overactive imagination.
Find out more by visiting her favorite haunts:

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Pull Back the Curtains...Time to Show It Off :-)


It is with great pleasure and a thrill in our hearts that Gwen Gardner and I (Angela Brown *hugs*) reveal the covers for our follow up stories to our currently available novels: Givin' Up the Ghost (Gwen) and Neverlove (Angela)

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A GUILTY GHOST SURPRISED by Gwen Gardner (Add to Goodreads)
An Angel Among Us
Paranormal happenings at the Eady household are the norm. Recently, things have become downright peculiar. Childish giggles at odd hours of the night lead Indigo Eady to her little cousin, Bryan, a guileless cherub spirit, complete with Spider Man pajamas and a set of faux angel wings. The problem is that Bryan died nearly three years ago in a hit and run that killed him and his mum. The driver was never found.  Now the gang must solve the mystery of his death in order to send him back to heaven.  But where to start when the trail is three years cold?
Indigo Eady
Indigo Eady is not clumsy. At least, that’s what she keeps telling everyone. Can she help that the overactive spirit community of Sabrina Shores causes her psychic abilities to short-circuit? It’s unfortunate that her cute friend Badger is often on the receiving end of her mishaps. At times, she is positively hazardous to his health. Even so, sparks fly in more than one direction.
(Fabulous cover design by Corona Zschusschen)

THEY ALL FALL DOWN by Angela Brown (Add to Goodreads)
Abby and Basil: New love reaches new heights as they finally give in to their lust and desire for each other.

Q: Consumed by the Devourer within and his base need to claim Abby as his own.

The crave: What it all boils down to. A crave for souls. A crave to keep love intact beyond betrayals. A crave for a second chance. A crave for power and The Fall of mankind.


“Love can conquer all” is put to the test and salvation may be impossible when it’s “ashes, ashes…they all fall down.”
(Heat-seeker cover design by McCorkle Creations)

About Gwen
Gwen Gardner is a native Californian living in sunny San Diego, where her love of reading and writing led to a BA in English literature. Life is now complete with her husband, two dogs and a daily call from her daughter.

Since ghosts feature prominently in her young adult Indigo Eady Paranormal “Cozy” Mystery series, she has a secret desire to meet one face to face - but will run screaming for the hills if she ever does. Gwen adores travel and experiencing the cultures and foods of different countries. She is always up for an adventure and anything involving chocolate - not necessarily in that order.
Haunt at the following: Blog | Twitter | Facebook

About Angela
Angela is a lover of Wild Cherry Pepsi and chocolate/chocolate covered delicious-ness. Steampunk, fantasy and paranormal to contemporary - mostly young adult - fill her growing library of books. Mother to a rambunctious darling girl aptly nicknamed Chipmunk, life stays busy. Her favorite quote keeps her moving: "You may never know what results come of your action, but if you do nothing there will be no result." ~ Mahatma Gandhi
Haunt at the following: Blog | Twitter | Facebook

Monday, August 26, 2013

Not Just a Blip on the Amazon Radar

That's what I'd like for Indiestructible to be.
In all honestly, it would be DY-NO-MEETAY if any and every publication I've written or contributed to had a big she-bang, but I'm a little extra hopeful for Indiestructible.

You see...

100% of the purchases for this collaborative project will go towards Buildon.org (find out more about this fantastic group here). Being a part of something bigger than my tiny sphere, well, that sorta gets me at my heart.
About Indiestructible:

Need motivation and inspiration to self-publish or sign that contract with an interested small press? Have you done all the research you can, but still feel ambivalent about the idea? Indiestructible: Inspiring Stories from the Publishing Jungle brings you the experiences of 29 indie authors—their passions, their insights, their successes—to help you make the leap into indie publishing.

This is not a how-to guide. This is the best of the indie tradition of experienced authors paying forward what they’ve learned, giving you information to help you on your journey. The personal essays in this book will leave you itching to get your work into the hands of readers and experience, first-hand, all the rewards indie publishing has to offer.

Oh and I'm so feeling like I'm among publishing rock star glitter and glam. Check out these contributors:

Alex J. Cavanaugh <> Angela Brown <> Anne R. Allen <> Briane Pagel <> C.S. Lakin <> Ciara Knight <> Cindy M. Hogan <> D. Robert Pease <> Dawn Ius <> Emily White <> Greg Metcalf <> Jadie Jones <> Jessica Bell <> Karen Bass <> Karen Walker <> Kristie Cook <> Laura Diamond <> Laura Pauling <> Laurel Garver <> Leigh Talbert Moore <> Lori Robinson <> Melissa Foster <> Michael Offutt <> Michelle Davidson Argyle <> Rick Daley <> Roz Morris <> S.R. Johannes <> Stephen Tremp <> Susan Kaye Quinn

Check it out on Amazon. It's available now.
Purchase:
Amazon US
Amazon UK
Amazon CA


Have you ever participated in something bigger? How did it make you feel?

Friday, August 23, 2013

The End is Just the Beginning

Summer camp is coming to an end.

School starts in a blink of an eye.

My schedule is about to get even crazier. But it's worth it to be a mother to my kiddo, able to pay some of my bills with my day gig until the fates align the planets and hundreds of thousands of readers download my 99cent ebooks, and to give a little time to my passion of reading and writing.

I salute you all to the end of one season in life and the beginning awaiting our next step.

Hugs to everyone and have a great weekend :-)

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Calling All Cars...Erm...Writers for Upcoming Contests

Whatever stage you're at in your writing journey, you've probably thought about participating in a contest or have participated in one.

Though I've self-published and intend to continue to do so for some of my writing, I have my MG project that I wouldn't mind tossing into the contest game. Here are two that I'm looking at right now:

Pitch Madness is going down at Brenda Drake Writes...under the influence of coffee. Brenda has mad skills and is the diva of keeping writers in the "get your stuff in the face of agents" game. Click here for the Pitch Madness deets. While you're at her page, make sure to add LIBRARY JUMPERS, by Brenda Drake, to your Goodreads TBR :-)

And...

Miss Snark's First Victim is another wonderful author and blogger helping writers and agents connect. The Baker's Dozen will soon blast off. There are two entry dates, depending on if you write Adult or YA/MG. NA is even being considered as a possible genre but that is still in the works. Click here for the deets.

Have you participated in a contest? Any other contests you scoping out for possible entry?

Monday, August 19, 2013

Okay, So Monday Follows Sunday

Things have been a tad interesting. I've been occupied with Chipmunk's birthday weekend extravaganza and have to admit defeat.

Monday...you win lol!!!

Friday, August 16, 2013

Long Live Reading Variety

I love my paranormal, fantasy, sci-fi, steampunk and so much more. Horror...not so much.
So it is a pleasure to share a few titles of interest
For the fantasy lovers:
Graeme Ing's Ocean of Dust
Lissa, a fourteen-year-old-girl, is snatched from everything she knows, enslaved on a ship that traverses the intriguing ocean of dust.

My thoughts: I loved it! It was such an adventure read. Page after page I wanted more. Graeme Ing delivered with fantastic world building and drew me in with his characterizations.

For the sci-fi lovers:
Follow Craze on a journey from family betrayal to building his own life in the Backworlds.

My thoughts: I heart Craze! He's such an easy character to cheer for, especially given the way things go for him. His journey is much like any new adult starting on their own, except his is forced in a not so wonderful way.

Cherie Reich's Gravity trilogy
Three short stories of how love pulls, like gravity, and is even harder to resist (sci-fi and romance smashed well together)

My thoughts: Each story proved how love is universal. I adored reading each story to see how things would turn out...truly, would love conquer all? Only reading the stories will you find out :-)

For contemporary lovers:
Derinda Love's Today Only
Living life daily can be hard when tragedy is ever present, waiting to strike. But living and loving for Today Only can make life worthwhile.

My thoughts: Have some Kleenex handy. I shed tears of pain, joy, and just because while reading this story. Some things just aren't fair, but love, in this beautiful story, proves stronger than sorrow or self-pity.

These are just a few of the stories I've been cramming into my tight-rope-of-a-schedule. Each one well worth the time spent. And I've got more to get to. So excited about that, too. After all, I am an author, but reading started it all for me.

What are some titles you've finished in the last month or so? Please feel free to share in the comments.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

A Rose By Any Other Name - Title Thoughts

Would a rose smell just as inviting if it were called a boot? If we didn't have pre-existing knowledge of roses and boots, it probably would. But the world we live in has names already established, along with images, scents, tastes, flavors and more conjured up with the use of certain words. This is also the word power that comes with titles.

1.) I like to consider my audience when it comes to titles: When it came to the title of Neverlove, I pondered different ideas like, SECOND CHANCES and LOVE AFTER. I liked all three but Neverlove touched on part of the budding romance and dark, twisted nature of the book. As much as there is a story line for redemption, the ever present tone of the book hinges on two teens who'd never truly known love and their fight to keep a fate of neverlove at bay.

2.) Titles do not require a marriage license: I have a work-in-progress that has had a few name changes. It is a YA fantasy with dragons, elves, swords and sorcery. It's current name is AMONG DRAGONS and MEN. I started on this some years ago and can't remember the title it had then. But that's part of the point. Titles carry importance when attracting an audience, however, it isn't necessary to stick to the first title that you come up with. If you happen to get an agent and an editor that suggest a title change, having an open mind is best.

3.) Less is more: Neverlove. Atone. Both one-word titles that are quick to say and share with others. Frailties of the Bond and my soon-to-be-released THEY ALL FALL DOWN. Longer but again, quick to share with others.

4.) What does the title say about the book? Aside from attracting attention, it's a good idea to have a title that is a link, somewhere, some way, somehow, with the story itself. When I came up with the title of Frailties of the Bond, I considered what the story was about. There are a few things happening with this novella. A boy with a strong bond with his mother loses her in a terrible way. He discovers he's bonded to a man he knows little about. A new bond presents itself when he goes on a mission of vengeance. For every bond, there's something fragile about it hence, Frailties of the Bond.

What are some of your thoughts when it comes to titles? Any titles that are a fave for you...and why?

Monday, August 12, 2013

Win-Win Situations: WriteOnCon and Tree of Life

Conferences can be expensive. There's the cost to register, then the possible extra for pitch sessions with agents, then the airfare, hotel stays, food and the occasional sip of "spirits" to relax and wind down.

Yes...the cost for conferences can rip at your wallet like a hungry wolverine.

This is where WriteOnCon (August 13 - 14, 2013) differs. It is an online writing conference that costs you the time to invest in live sessions, forum goings-ons or follow-up on forums so you can stay in the know. You can attend in the comfort of your jammies with your fave cup of whatever at your side. Plus, your wallet will thank you.

Check it out here and prepare to learn so much more :-)

And...

Writing is completed, all excerpts posted for your perusal. You can read any piece for The Tree of Life collaboration or the saga in it's entirety. You can also participate in the next stage of The Tree of Life wonderment. You can vote for your favorite excerpt or, if you've commented, be in the running for a random selection to win a great prize as well.  Go read, vote or up your chances to win here.

Sometimes, a win-win situation is hard to find. WriteOnCon and The Tree of Life are two rarities. What are some other win-win situations you can think of?

Friday, August 9, 2013

Author Shelley Munro Stops By

I've gotten a chance to interact with some awesome authors because of the interwebs. Shelley Munro is one I've grown to respect and admire. Plus her writing can be quite the.tantalizing experience. So it is my pleasure to give my blog over to her today.

Take it away, Shelley :-)

The Love Train to Middlemarch

Writing is like cooking. The author takes a pinch of this, a pinch of that, stirs and mixes and a plot pops out the other end.

My Middlemarch series (paranormal shapeshifter) emerged like that. I gathered together interesting snippets and spun them into a plot. First there were the mysterious alien black cat sightings in the Canterbury area of New Zealand and then came the Middlemarch Singles Dance—a real event to attract women to the small country town of Middlemarch. They even have a special train that goes from Dunedin through the Taieri Gorge laden with single women who hope to find love with a Middlemarch farmer.

Excellent, I thought. I can use that in my series.

The third part of the plot equation was my interest in leopards and feline shapeshifters. Mix, stir and voila!

I’ve visited the real town of Middlemarch a couple of times, but I’d never had a chance to do the train trip through the Taieri Gorge until this year.

Building started on the railway in 1879, but lack of money meant that the first part of the line didn’t open until 1889. The tracks follow the Taieri River as it twists and turns through rocky valleys and past towering hillsides. The scenery is stunning. In 1990 it was decided to close the Otago railway line, but a private company purchased the railway and since then it has become a popular tourist route.

The carriages are all original, but they come from different eras so they are not identical. The carriage we rode in was the oldest with wooden seats and tables and lots of windows to appreciate the scenery. There was a volunteer hostess in each carriage and they came through with drinks and food and answered questions. We made a couple of stops and disembarked to better appreciate the views and stretch our legs. I was a little disappointed that our particular train didn’t go all the way to Middlemarch, but we still enjoyed the trip.

So, if anyone is searching for a husband, come to New Zealand at Easter and ride the special Taieri Gorge train—dubbed the Love Train—all the way to Middlemarch to attend the Singles Ball. You never know what might happen!

Here are some photos of our trip on the Taieri Gorge train:
Getting ready to board the train at Dunedin.

Inside our carriage.

Another interior shot of one of the original carriages.

View out the window as the train approaches the Taieri Gorge.

An arty shot from the door of our carriage.

The gorge and the river below. You can see a viaduct in the distance.

And here’s an earlier photo taken in Middlemarch during an earlier holiday as the train pulls into the station.

The Middlemarch Mates series consists of twelve books about the Mitchell family and their friends. The series started with Scarlet Woman. Lightning Strikes Twice is a free read and it takes place at the same time as Scarlet Woman. To learn more about this series http://www.shelleymunro.com/series-guide/

*Now, here comes some extra fun*
CONTEST: Leave a comment, ask a question or just say hello, enter the rafflecopter and go into a draw to win an Amazon gift certificate.

a Rafflecopter giveaway Shelley Munro is tall and curvaceous with blue eyes and a smile that turns masculine heads everywhere she goes. She’s a university tutor and an explorer/treasure hunter during her vacations. Skilled with weapons and combat, she is currently in talks with a producer about a television series based on her world adventures.
Shelley is also a writer blessed with a VERY vivid imagination and lives with her own hero in New Zealand. She writes mainly erotic romance in the contemporary, paranormal and historical genres for publishers Carina Press, Ellora’s Cave and Samhain Publishing.
Links:
TWITTER: http://www.twitter.com/ShelleyMunro

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

When You've Been Tagged and Breaking Rules

I've been tagged by the AWESOME and INCREDIBLE Tara Tyler, the queen of haiku and author of July's smash debut, Pop Travel.

So here are 4 questions and my answers :-)

1. What are you working on right now?
I'm currently getting things in order for releasing THEY ALL FALL DOWN (follow up to Neverlove) October 2013. I'm also working on my MG Sekrit project and learning about picture book writing.

2. Why do you write what you do?
I love to read...a lot. So I write things I would want to read. Like Neverlove...I don't want to read it because I authored it, but because the action, paranormal and budding romance really make me want to sit down with a bottle of wine and enjoy the story of pained teenagers and their forbidden love.

3. What is the hardest part about writing?
Time. Time isn't something for wasting, though I procrastinate like the dickens lol!! It is hard to make time for writing when you have a full time day gig, a kiddo deserving of my time and attention, along with marketing and promoting that is helpful in trying to get my name out in the world of readers. Somewhere in there, writing happens.

4. What scares you?
LOL!! The list for this could go on for a while, but I fear snakes and things that go bump in the night (even though I write about them lol!!!). I maintain just enough fear of failure that I keep trying and trying and trying some more so I can keep that darn beast at bay :-)

Here's where I break the rules. I'm supposed to tag 3 to 4 others. And I would if it weren't for this pesky inability to pick just 3 or 4 or 6 or 10. So, if you'd like to answer any of these questions, do so below OR you can blog your answers and just link back to me here :-)

Monday, August 5, 2013

Abby, Basil, Indigo, and Badger...the Fun Never Ends

That's right. Very soon, Abby and Basil will open their world to us again. No budding romance this time. A bit of time has passed quietly. Their love has grown strong. So have certain - ahem - cravings. It's when things are going their best that all cock-a-doodle hits the fan. Can their love survive another test?

Indigo and Badger will bring us into their world again, a world where Indigo Eady is cursed, or blessed, with her ability to commune with the dead. Lots of short-circuiting went on last time. That can happen when untrained with a mighty power. But this time, will Indigo survive?

Please add THEY ALL FALL DOWN by Angela Brown (follow up to Neverlove) to your Goodreads list by clicking here and A GUILTY GHOST SURPRISED by Gwen Gardner (follow up to Givin' Up The Ghost) by clicking here.

AND...

Gwen and I would be thrilled to have you participate in the cover reveals for both books. We're planning a dual reveal for August 27th. If that specific date is a conflict, we'd be happy to have you reveal the covers Wednesday, Thursday or Friday of that week.

Please link up to participate :-) Thanks many times over in advance!

Friday, August 2, 2013

Sometimes You Want to Go, Where Everybody Knows Your Name

Although a number of you know my name, it was fun doing The Good, The Bad and The Quirky last month to share a little more about myself.

Here's another Q&A moment:

From Heather McCorkle:
I'm dying to know, who is your favorite character so far?

My answer:
Now see, I'm actually torn. As much as I love the things Abigail has in common with me, I have a major crush on Basil, yet Caine, from Atone, just makes me want to hug him. NOT kiss him, just hug him until he feels somewhat whole...Oh dear...did I even answer the question? lol!!!

Yeah, I have so many feelings when it comes to the characters that have let me share their stories.

Have you read Neverlove, Frailties of the Bond or Atone? Do you have a fave character among them? If you haven't got a copy yet, click either title above to get yours :-)