Monday, September 30, 2013

Cover Reveal - The Ghosts of Aquinnah

It is a pleasure and a thrill to share in the cover reveal for Julie Flanders's latest work of writing art :-)

Are you ready?

So am I.

Here it is...


Blurb:


A brilliant flash of light transcends through time.

Another freezes a cloaked figure within a frame of salty mist as waves crash against a rocky shore. Her harrowing expression shadows the beacon to a pinprick.

By the next blaze, she is gone. Only the lighthouse remains.

Hannah’s eyes blink in step with each heartbeat. Images of her deceased parents and Martha’s Vineyard explode like firecrackers inside her mind.

She shakes her head.

For weeks this eerie woman dressed in nineteenth century garb has been haunting my webcam, but tonight she stared into my soul.

Why? ...

Who is she? ...

Casting aside months of research on historic lighthouses, Hannah drives to the coast and boards a ferry.

What is the strange connection she has to this mysterious woman suspended in time?

Hannah finds out.

But, it’s not at all what she expects ...

Hannah unravels a century old murder.

Author Bio:


Julie Flanders is a novelist and freelance writer in Cincinnati, Ohio. She has a life-long love affair with the ocean and has spent more summer vacations than she can count on the island of Martha’s Vineyard. When not writing, Julie can be found reading, cheering on her favorite sports teams, and watching too much television. She is an animal lover and shares her home with her dog and cat.

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The Ghosts of Aquinnah will be released by Ink Smith Publishing on December 5, 2013

Friday, September 27, 2013

And Tango Makes Three in Top Ten Challenged

When I saw this book at Barnes & Noble, I had no idea it was a banned book. I adored the cover and reading that it was based on a true story about two penguins raising an adopted penguin just gave me the happy-giggles. The problem folks have with this book:

The two penguins are both male.

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I would ask what am I missing here but I think I got it this time. I'm not happy I got it, but I got it -_-

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Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Just Say No to Captain Underpants? Really?

I won't pretend I know much about the following book, so that's why the title of this blog includes the "Really?" The little I know of it - because the cover screams "I am a book for boys" - is that it's about two elementary aged boys who pull pranks on people, write a comic strip about Captain Underpants then somehow make this a real life hero. Is that about right? Someone who's read it, please feel free to correct me :-)

So because this book caters to boys who are childish, immature, the characters speak like boys, has a comic-strip feel and Captain Underpants gets to have a cape and be in just his underpants (uh, how many little boys WISH they could do this???), this gets banned?

Maybe there's something else...
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Saturday, September 21, 2013

FREADOM - Banned Books Week

I'm glad that I live in a country where we have freedoms and rights. With those rights come responsibilities. Sometimes, the responsibilities part gets left flapping in the wind with a lot of issues. Then there are times that "trying to be responsible" can cross over into "way too overprotective Iron Mommy mode."

I love books and admit I'm baffled when I see some of the books that get "challenged." Maybe it's because I know life isn't perfect. Books can be a gentler way of introducing some of the less happy facets of our world to minds that haven't been sullied with having certain issues smashed into their face by reality. Or maybe it's because I understand we are all different, unique. We can identify with various characters, not just the Mary Janes or Easy Going Bens of the world. Not everyone can be the Joneses or keep up with them. Some books can help show how being the Joneses ain't all it's cracked up to be.

Here is an example of a Pulitzer prize winning, historically based novel that was among the top ten challenged books for 2012, according to State of America's Libraries Report 2013.
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I read this story as a teen. Amid my love of fantasy and travels to far away places, I enjoyed Toni Morrison and her stories. Her writing is brilliant and this story told of such gut-wrenching heartache. Set some time after the Civil War, freed slaves had a lot of healing to do along with figuring out what to do with their lives since so many were set loose with hardly two wooden nickels to rub together. And an Emancipation Proclamation didn't make owners change the way they looked at former slaves or how former slaves looked at themselves. Beatings, rapes and abuses were part of their past and never left for some, always present. Life was not pretty rainbows and sunshine. It was good to read about, to be aware without having to experience it myself.

As part of the Banned Books Week hop, I'm doing a giveaway of a $10 Amazon e-gift card. Feel free to enter here:

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Wednesday, September 18, 2013

The Storm is Surging, CassaStorm, by Alex Cavanaugh

*In case you've been in Revision City, hiding in the writing cave or just plain MIA, you've come out at a great time to catch up on the Storm Surge with the Ninja Captain!*

Comment on Alex’s blog this week for a chance to win a Cassa mug, mousepad, magnet, and swag!

CassaStorm
By Alex J Cavanaugh

From the Amazon Best Selling Series!

A storm gathers across the galaxy…

Commanding the Cassan base on Tgren, Byron thought he’d put the days of battle behind him. As a galaxy-wide war encroaches upon the desert planet, Byron’s ideal life is threatened and he’s caught between the Tgrens and the Cassans.

After enemy ships attack the desert planet, Byron discovers another battle within his own family. The declaration of war between all ten races triggers nightmares in his son, threatening to destroy the boy’s mind.

Meanwhile the ancient alien ship is transmitting a code that might signal the end of all life in the galaxy. And the mysterious probe that almost destroyed Tgren twenty years ago could return. As his world begins to crumble, Byron suspects a connection. The storm is about to break, and Byron is caught in the middle…

“With a talent for worldbuilding and a compelling cast of characters, Alex J. Cavanaugh combines high powered space battles and the challenges of family dynamics to provide readers a space opera with heart.” 
- Elizabeth S. Craig, author of the Southern Quilting and Myrtle Clover mysteries

“I thought the revelation was going to be one thing and I was completely wrong … CassaStorm pushes the limits…”
- Tyson Mauermann, Speculative Reviews

“…mesmerizing story of survival, personal sacrifice, tolerance, and compassion. It’s a rare jewel that successfully utilizes both character and plot to tell a story of such immense scope and intimate passion…” - Nancy S. Thompson, author of The Mistaken

$16.95 USA, 6x9 Trade paperback, 268 pages, Dancing Lemur Press, L.L.C.
Science fiction/adventure and science fiction/space opera
Print ISBN 9781939844002 eBook ISBN 9781939844019
$4.99 EBook available in all formats

Find CassaStorm:

Alex J. Cavanaugh has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree and works in web design and graphics. He is experienced in technical editing and worked with an adult literacy program for several years. A fan of all things science fiction, his interests range from books and movies to music and games. Online he is the Ninja Captain and founder of the Insecure Writer’s Support Group. The author of the Amazon bestsellers, CassaStar and CassaFire, he lives in the Carolinas with his wife.

Website (blog) | Twitter | Goodreads (author page


Monday, September 16, 2013

Huzzah! Can You Defeat the Ghost Knight?

2013 Realms Faire & Joust

November 11-15th

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Twitter Hashtag - #grogz

 

2013 Events and Hosts

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Jousting Tournament

Knights Wanted! Can anyone beat the 2012 champion, Ghost Knight? Angela Brown turned out to be a formidable opponent.

This year, the joust is all about YOU, the knights.

Each knight will be featured during the joust, the tournament held to help promote your book or site. Plus, you'll be publicized in the sidebar on my site until the 2014 champion is declared.

Prizes will be awarded to each day's commenters as well as to the winning knight at the end of the joust. Points are scored by commenters using particular words assigned to the knight. Such as, Zounds! Ghost Knight! Lance that lout! The winning words are zounds, Ghost Knight, and lance. That'd be 3 points for Ghost Knight.

Knights can provide either a story about their feats or an excerpt from any of their books. Stories/excerpts are limited to 200 words or less. However the tournament goes, you can't lose. I'll be posting everyday the week of November 11th, cheering on knights and promoting their wares.

Knights can also provide prizes.

The Joust is limited to 10 participants. Only 3 slots remaining!

Sign up!

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Masquerade Parade

Attend the ball! You'll have a ball! Writers disguise themselves and submit a 200 word snippet of the party providing clues/hints as to their identity. Spotlights an author's writing to help promote them and their wares.

Prizes provided to commenters and the best snippet, decided on by a panel of judges.

The Masquerade is limited to 10-15 costumed authors.

Sign up!

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The Artist's Way

Featured authors will provide an excerpt from either published or unpublished work. The artist will create a masterpiece based on the excerpt. Prizes will be awarded.

Author Sign Up! * Artist Sign Up!

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Collective Stage Performance

A collaborative "Canterbury Tales" story-telling contest by a group of writing "pilgrims" on a journey where each writer assumes a character and gives their pov. The prize for this contest will most likely be free music in lieu of a free meal. Each writer will post their part of the tale on their site *their moment on stage*

Interested writers can contact Sam.

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Dragon Hunt

Hunt for the hidden dragons. Those who find the most will get a chance to win an Amazon GC by drawing.

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The Stockade Brigade

Selected authors will be put in the stockades and brought on trial for book witchery. Witnesses will score points by testifying for or against the author's crimes. Points will be score for using secret words. An ebook will be given away every day to the witness who scores the most points. A bigger prize will be awarded at the end of the week. Warrants for their arrests have already been issued. The Sheriff of Realmsdom will catch up with them all soon.

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Castle Jumble

Laura will post a word (like Bartizan) on her blog and the first person to give her the correct definition in the comments is the winner. They will need to Google the word most likely. More than one word a day can be posted. A person can only win once a day though.

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Drench-a-Wench / Soak-a-Bloke

Blogs will be selected by committee to be bombarded by comments. A person will be nominated each day. People will go to that person's blog and soak them with blog love. One commenter a day will randomly be selected to win a prize. For the commenters that participate in all five days of the event, their names will be entered into a draw for a grand prize.

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Phasers

Untethered Realms will post a word each day, such as 'Phaser'. The first commenter would then provide a word they think of associated with 'phaser', such as 'stun'. The next commenter would then provide a word they associate with 'stun', such as 'shock'. The next would provide a word associated with 'shock', such as 'electric'. And so on. The last comment of the day will receive a prize.

 
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Sponsor Any Event

Sponsors will provide prizes. They'll be promoted on their own page on mpaxauthor.com and on the Untethered Realms website. In an Amazon widget, their books will be shown, their name and web address will be promoted. This page will also appear as a thank you on mpaxauthor.com and other sites before and after the Realms Faire.

Want to host an event? Contact mpaxauthor at gmail dot com to be put on the planning committee for 2014.

Be a Sponsor

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Friday, September 13, 2013

Have You Visited the Apartment Floor that Doesn't Exist?

If you haven't, you don't know what you've been missing out on. Author Christine Rains has put together a fantastic series of novellas chronicling the lives of the residents of The 13th Floor. Soon, you'll have a chance to get all the urban fantasy and paranormal awesomsauce in one great collection.

And here's the cover:
Yeah...I'm stoked about getting my hands on this puppy :-)

Here's a head's up about the collection:

Six supernatural tenants
Living in a haunted apartment building
On a floor that doesn't exist.

Six novellas telling their tales.

A retired demon acquires a price on his head.
A werewolf is hunted by her pack.
A modern day dragonslayer misses his target.
A harpy challenges Zeus for the soul of the man she loves.
A vampire is obsessed with a young woman he can't find.
A banshee falls in love with someone who's death she has seen in a vision.
And a sweet ghost must battle a primal monster to save them all.


All the stories take place at the same time intertwining their lives together on the 13th Floor.

Here's a little something about the fabulous author of this wonderful series:

Christine Rains is a writer, blogger, and geek mom. She has four degrees which help nothing with motherhood, but make her a great Jeopardy player. When she's not writing or reading, she having adventures with her son or watching cheesy movies on Syfy Channel. She's a member of Untethered Realms and S.C.I.F.I. The 13th Floor series is her first self-published series. She has eight novellas and twenty-one short stories published.
 Don't forget to haunt her - I mean - check out her local haunts (tehe!)
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/authorchristinerains
Twitter: https://twitter.com/@CRainsWriter
Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4017568.Christine_Rains

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

SACRIFICE HER Cover Reveal

The day has finally come. I'm pleased to have Sheena-Kay here today to reveal the cover of...
SACRIFICE HER

Be Amazed!
Title: Sacrifice HER by Sheena-kay Graham
Goodreads: Sacrifice HER
Release Date: December 2013
Summary:
When a city is at stake is the life of one sixteen-year old girl worth risking thousands?

Deidra Moore goes on the run after escaping from a group of human sacrifices for Bane: God of War. She doesn't believe he exists and sees uncertainty in the scorching desert as a better alternative. But Faux City isn't finished with her and their leader Lord Brinn is ordered by Bane - through one of his maiden worshipers- to bring her back or face dire consequences.

In the desert Deidra meets a wanderer named Kane and as feelings spark can they find a safe place to lead a new life before Lord Brinn and his soldiers catch up with them? Yet the question remains. Does Bane really exist and if he does what will happen if either side succeeds or fails? Told in alternating perspectives of both the runaway servant girl and the blonde strong willed leader.

Author Bio: Sheena-kay Graham was never meant for a traditional job behind a desk. Her childhood career plans included becoming a ballerina, actress or someone who helped people. So naturally she decided to be a writer who writes from her bed. Yes, no desk for this Jamaican book lover. No matter if it’s reading, writing or using the computer....you get the gist. The love of the written word has always been with her leading to stories, novels, poetry and way too much fan fiction. This Christian woman can be found trolling Amazon online, in local book bookstores, watching movies on the big screen, or in her bed, or reading/writing/on the laptop...again in her bed. Mainly writes YA fiction and is ready to unleash her creativity to wow the masses.
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Cover Design: 
Image of woman with flowing hair (purchased): © Transfuchsian | Dreamstime.com
Cover Designer:  Langao @ http://fiverr.com/langao
And for a final bit of wow factor. Look at what I got for free without asking.

Monday, September 9, 2013

Falling Down to Get Back Up Again...and Again (Persistence)

Resist and Persist, for it is NOT futile.
Falling down isn't exactly something I call a "must do" in life. I much prefer standing tall on my two feet - maybe dancing a jig in a pair of four inch platform heels (don't get it twisted, a big girl can get down and bust a move in a pair of heels lol!!!) - or sitting casually reading a book.

Nowhere in there is falling down. Sometimes, that's what rejection feels like. It's something most - okay, ALL - writers know a little bit about.

Imagine approaching a door. Beyond the threshold is an expansive floor, freshly mopped with plenty of "Caution: Wet floor" signs all around. You know the danger. You know the risk. But on the other side of that ridiculous room is something you must obtain. And so you tread along, stepping smartly (i.e., writing your MS, sharing it with others for beta reading and critiques) but then you fall on your bum (i.e., feedback returns from CPs and beta readers and your story's not perfect, which you were sure it was, right?) You could slither back out the way you came or you could pick yourself up and keep going.

If you persist, falls occur again (i.e., you go the trad pub/small press route and begin collecting rejections like others collect stamps, or you can self-pub and find that the reviews coming in aren't all 5* glowing testaments to your writing perfection.) Maybe a fall comes in the form of sales (i.e.,  you check your sales rank and discover that you're so low that you wish the number was your annual income lol!!!)

But the important part is the second part, the decision to get up and keep going.

As writers, rejection is part of the game. Maybe not as much for one writer compared to another, but then, we each have our own back stories and comparisons may be out of order. As writers, we approach that door, look out at that wet floor with all it's warning signs...and we step out on faith, passion, word-love, whatever. And through persistence, we make it to that must-have objective on the other side, sore elbows, bum, uh, bum (lol!!), and all.

For those times that you do fall, what's a comfort thing you do to ease things in the process? For me, I enjoy chocolate, lots of it. Recently, I've taken to the occasional sherbet moment. Then again, I enjoy chocolate and sherbet when I'm happy lol!

Friday, September 6, 2013

Get In the Review Fit In - THEY ALL FALL DOWN

Neverlove was extremely special to me when it was first released last year. It's almost hard to believe it's nearly been a year since I embraced this self-publishing journey. Of course, Neverlove is STILL extremely special to me and it's exciting to be closer to releasing THEY ALL FALL DOWN, the New Adult follow up novella in this Shadow Jumpers series.

One of things I'd like to invite everyone to participate in is the Reviews Tour being organized by Xpresso Book Tours. Please click here to sign up. And remember, the more the merrier :-)




Wednesday, September 4, 2013

IWSG - Inspired


The first Wednesday of the month has arrived. This is the day for members of the Insecure Writer's Support Group to commiserate in something bothersome (because darnit! we don't have to suffer alone) or we can share in something positive. Today, I'm going with the latter.

I'd like to share about the availability of 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.

Buy INDIESTRUCTIBLE today! Only 99c!
http://goo.gl/aS0ri


100% of proceeds will be donated to 
BUILDON.org, a movement which breaks the cycle of poverty, illiteracy, and low expectations through service and education.

So that is today's positive for IWSG. Check out what other members have to share by visiting other blogs on this blog hop list.

Monday, September 2, 2013

Enjoy Your Day to NOT Work

And if you have to work, thank you for what you do.

Whatever you do for this Labor Day holiday, may there be sunshine or sunflowers...or both :-)
Abstract sunflower from Bigstock.com