Wednesday, December 31, 2014

2015



Here's looking at you 2014:
Rayven Godchild (my alter ego for erotica/erotic romance)  made a bold stand introducing the Geek-2-Freak series of Confessions of a Sex Fiend...
Released January 2014, Amazon
Released February 2014, Amazon
Released March 2014, Amazon
Released April 2014, Amazon
Released May 2014, Amazon
Then after a few months, Secret Lilies was re-released...
Re-released September 2014, Amazon
Meanwhile, work was being done on the Angela Brown side of the house working with my Untethered Realms peeps. We released our first anthology...first meaning that yes, there will be more great stuff coming from these AWESOME authors. I just get lucky enough to be with them :-)
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Then Evernight Teen published my YA urban fantasy dystopian...
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And me and the Untethered Realms peeps released a fantastic first-in-series boxed set that is worth grabbing before the price goes up.
99cents for all of these fantastic stories? WHAT?? Get yours now before it's too late. Amazon
If nothing else, I can say 2014 has been rather busy, and I look forward to the wondrous joys and adventures 2015 has in store.

Have you had a chance to review your 2014? Were you surprised by how much more you got done than you realized? Did things turn out about how you hoped? Any special hopes or wishes for 2015?

Monday, December 29, 2014

Something New

As you may recall, I mentioned I was interesed in doing some book cover changes in one of my last posts. Now, here's the deal, I LOVE my current book covers Heather McCorkle did for me for Neverlove and They All Fall Down of the Shadow Jumpers trilogy.
Yet, as lovely as they are, they do not let readers know these titles are part of a series or trilogy, so a change was in order. But in what way could I honor the symbolism and beauty in both covers? After I reviewed what the series was about as a whole, then did a deep dive into ThinkStock photos for some inspiration, I stumbled upon something that lit a fire under me. I turned to Heather McCorkle to bring these new covers to life as she was the designer of the originals. Here are the new covers to Neverlove and They All Fall Down of the Shadow Jumpers trilogy...
Duty or love...there can be only one.
A love worth fighting for...
To ensure book 3 is in aligntment, Heather and I have gathered a great photo that I hope rounds the book covers out nicely.

As I mentioned in my post about this coming change, change can be scary. As much as I am excited, I'm a tad afraid the covers may not be received well, despite my personal opinion that they honor the original covers justly through their fiery symbolism.

So here I am opening this up to you, my blog buddies, readers, friends and all :-)

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

A Merry Christmas To You ALL!!

It is Christmas Eve, a day filled with shopping. Stores get to experience the frantic, the last-minute, the procrastinator, and the one-more-thing of shoppers crowding everywhere.

It's a day where final plans are made or changes to ideas are thrown against the wall to see what sticks.

It is the day before we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, celebrate giving, celerate humanity's capacity for good.

I wish you ALL a very, berry, Merry Christmas, Happy Hannakah, and a Joyous Kwanzaa. Whatever your beliefs or however you choose to celebrate this holiday, I hope it is done fulfilling your heart's desire. So if that means family, fun and raucus shooting of guns in the backyard (preferably at non-human targets if at all possible), a family table overflowing with food, friends, and conversation or relaxing in solitude, taking time to enjoy a little peace and quiet...enjoy it blissfully :-)


Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Sudden Secrets by the Always Awesome C. Lee McKenzie

C. Lee McKenzie is an author I both respect and adore. Being Evernight Teen Publishing buds is pretty cool as well. She has a new novel available that is a MUST GET now or for the holidays.

Sudden Secrets
About Sudden Secrets
One Secret 
Cleo has struggled to heal after her baby sister’s death, but the flashbacks to the accident won’t go away. With the move, she vows to keep her tragedy a secret and avoid pitying looks. 
One Mystery
Something’s strange about the abandoned house across the street—flashes of light late at night and small flickers of movement that only someone looking for them would see.
Everyone says the house is deserted, but Cleo is sure it isn’t, and she’s sure whoever is inside is watching her. 
Another Secret 
In one night, Belleza’s life changes forever. So famous, her only choice is to hide her secret from the world so she can silence small town bigotry.
Then Cleo happens.

Buy link: Amazon

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Have you gotten Sudden Secrets? Have you ever done or participated in a Thunderclap promotion? Any thoughts to share from your experience?

Monday, December 22, 2014

Debut of In Self Defense by Loralynne Summers

Evernight Publishing author Loralynne Summers is releasing her debut novel In Self Defense.
About In Self Defense
She fell in love—in self-defense…
            The last thing that Sarah wants in her life is a relationship. Her track record was horrendous, and the last guy she’d dated had beaten her mentally and physically, landing her in the hospital. Almost a year later she’s back on her feet, thanks in no small part to her best friend Jason. Trouble is, lately she wants more than a friendship with Jason, and it scares the hell out of her. And then he kisses her…
                                                          
His offense may hit a brick wall…
Jason has been in love with Sarah for longer than he’ll willingly admit to. Since bringing her home from the hospital, she’s grown into a strong, secure, confident woman. After seeing how perfect his best friend really is, he can’t get her off his mind. He’s convinced her feelings match his, and decides to go for it, only to scare her away.


Can best friends become something more? Or will she stay hidden behind her defensive wall?


About Loralynne Summers
As a child, Loralynne was always the student getting in trouble for talking in class and at home for making things up. Combining her ability to go on and on and her flair for storytelling, she naturally grew up to be a writer. Originally planning to write fantasy, her muse had other plans. Once she opened herself up to the whims of her muse, she couldn’t type her first sex scene fast enough and now writes romance. Loralynne lives in Upstate New York with her husband, cats, and growing family. You can friend her on Facebook or follow her on twitter under LL_Summers

Inspirations for In Self Defense
The story opens to Sarah mowing the lawn on a hot, humid day. And that’s exactly what I was doing when the idea first took root in my brain. My neighbor across the street arrived home on his Harley, and BAM! The whole opening scene was there in my head. I couldn’t type fast enough. There is a large part of my relationship in this story. Jason has some of my husband’s mentality, mostly in how he treats Sarah. I often tell my husband that I don’t deserve him, he is way better to me than I am to him! As for Sarah, I too fell in love with my best friend after leaving an abusive relationship. Thankfully, mine never reached the level of physical abuse, but the signs were all there, and it was only a matter of time. As in the story though, I was quite afraid of my feelings for my husband, because of how close our friendship was and I was terrified to ruin it.

Excerpt
“Why are you carrying me fifty feet?” Sarah asked.
“Because I can. Because I’d be a jerk to make you stumble around on those shoes when you could fall and get hurt. But mostly because it’s my fault they’re broken in the first place.”
“Jason, I’m the one who gave Alex a roundhouse kick to the head in these things.”
“And you have no idea how proud I am of you for that. Doesn’t change the fact that I wasn’t there to protect you when he showed up, and I should have been.”
She sighed, settling her head on his shoulder. “It’s okay,” she whispered. If he could beat the shit out of himself, he would. It had been eating away at him from the moment she’d thrown herself at him and wouldn’t let go. 

Monday, December 15, 2014

Change is a-coming

Change can be a scary thing that can make you want to avoid it at all costs.
But not all the time.
I'm looking to make some changes soon to the following book covers:

Shadow Jumpers trilogy and NEO Chronicles: Characters Revealed

I've enjoyed these covers. Loved them and will always cherish them. But Heather McCorkle and I are hoping the new covers, more uniform series covers, will be to your liking. They'll be coming soon. So if you prefer the current covers and haven't gotten your copy yet, please grab it now (Neverlove, They All Fall Down, Frailties of the Bond, Atone).

Until then, have you ever seen a cover change for a book you liked or just thought was pretty cool? What was your reaction?

Monday, December 8, 2014

Breathe

There's been a lot of promoting (recent release of Beacon, YA urban fantasy dystopian) and hopping going on in my neck of the woods (Color of Love blog hop). But as much as being an author involves acting upon marketing opportunities, going on twittering about in social media; it is also about being a person, a human. Sometimes we forget that, especially in times like these where we want to get things squared away for our family holdiay shenanigans, plot and plan various holiday activities and incentives for readers and still, somehow, crank out some word count so we don't feel like worthless bumps on a log.

So I'd like to invite my fellow writer friends and readers to do something good for mind, body, soul, muse, and eyes:
* Stop and relax for at least ten minutes. No need to time it. It's more than likely you'll go a little longer than ten minutes and really need it to do so.
* During this ten minutes (or longer) stay away from the internet. It is amazing to realize how much we are tethered to the web by our computers, laptops, tablets and smart phones. Don't cheat your relaxation time by tapping away on your smartphone's touchscreen while lying comfy in your hammock. Really, just let it go for a few minutes.
*Then...
Breathe.
In and out.
A steady rhythm

The holiday season is a wonderful time for giving and sharing goodwill toward men. But it has also transitioned into a time of consumerism, commercialism and bringing out the biggest and baddest our material society can come up with. Take a hint from Lazy Days kitty and allow yourself to relax for one brief moment. For one brief moment, remember the world will keep spinning if you decide to treat yourself to a moment of relaxation.

Your body just might thank you with...
*An extra ounce of rejuvination in your mind.
*A rested body ready to tackle that extra set of stairs.
*A soul feeling a little lighter and more in a giving mood, less the Grinch mood.
*Eyes eager to devour that extra short story a friend sent to your Kindle/Nook/Sony e-reader (etc.)

What would you suggest as another option of giving yourself a moment to breathe?

Friday, December 5, 2014

The Color of Love and Beacon Keep It Going

The Color of Love Blog Hop is a chance to celebrate our love for characters of color in romantic fiction. *throws more confetti*

*FYI, the Beacon blog tour continues over at Trina's Tantalising Tidbits and Reviews by Crystal.*

Variety continues to be THE spice of life.

Now go ahead and get your book-cover-love on!

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Thursday, December 4, 2014

Color of Love Blog Hop and Beacon Keeps on Moving

The Color of Love Blog Hop is a chance to celebrate our love for characters of color in romantic fiction. *throws confetti*

If you've seen the cover of my latest release, Beacon, you can probably tell that I don't see characters as just black or just white (I guess that's also evident if you check out the scrolling book covers to your left). Love, self-discovery, seeking truths behind the smoke and mirrors around us...these things aren't specific to a group of people with certain skin pigmentation. They are human problems (or in the case of Macie Breen in Beacon, perhaps not so human *lol!*).
*FYI, the Beacon blog tour continues over at A British Bookworm's Blog, & Willow's Author Love Blog,*

I can not tell a lie. I adore beautiful accents. Exotic locations are definite pluses.A hot body is a hot body no matter what part of the world you come from. Yet the problems encountered in the fiction we authors pen are problems that can be experienced by any person, any place...or even any when.

My characters vary in pigmentation and ethnicity just as life presents itself in an array of problems, complications, issues and obstacles, just as love can be simple or a complicated drama unfolding over decades.

Variety, quite honestly, IS the spice of life.

Now go ahead and get your book-cover-love on!

BookBox: embed book widget, share book list BookBox: embed book widget, share book list And make sure you get in on this EPIC giveaway! a Rafflecopter giveaway And make sure to stop by the other fantastic blogs participating. Also, feel free to share some of your Color of Love thoughts in the comments below :-)

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

IWSG, 2014 & Beacon

Click here for details on this fantastic support group!
To say that 2014 has been an interesting year is an understatement. Being a part of IWSG throughout the year has been extremely helpful, being able to commisserate in the things that brought about something painful and to dance a merry jig for the wonderful accomplishments.

IWSG has been a plus. Thank you Alex and everyone that's been a part of making IWSG such a spectacular support group.

The Beacon train continues making stops at the always-awesome M Pax's Wistful Nebula and Undercocver Book Reviews.

As always, make sure to enter the giveaway :-)

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Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Today's Stops

Today, stop by Harlie's Books for an interesting post about making Macie Breen and share a "Howdy!" at Ebook Addicts and at Catherine Stine's Idea City.

Make sure you've entered the giveaway. Afterall, you can't win if you don't get in on the fun :-)

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Monday, December 1, 2014

Beacon On The Move

To celebrate Beacon's release, this is a week of Beacon being the "star" at other places.
Alex Cavanaugh, the Ninja Captain, was kind enough to put a little spotlight on Beacon last week. That made my heart dance a bit :-)

This week is a visit to Julie Flanders blog, Gothic Moms, and Jeanz Book Read & Review. Please make sure to stop by, say "Hi!" and enter the giveaway for your chance to win.

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Sunday, November 30, 2014

Evernight Teen: NEW RELEASE: BEACON by Angela Brown @ALBrownWrites...

Evernight Teen: NEW RELEASE: BEACON by Angela Brown @ALBrownWrites...: BEACON by Angela Brown Short blurb: For seventeen-year-old Macie Breen, life in The Colony is a daily norm of being the...



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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Featured and a Holiday

Beacon was featured on Kboards for newly published and overlooked books. Since my YA urban fantasy dystopian is newly published, it fits perfectly. Make sure to click the button to visit the Kboards blog for Beacon and check out more gems to discover.



And...

Thanksgiving is upon us, giving many of us pause to collect our thoughts about what we are thankful for. I'm certainly thankful for my Chipmunk. Being gainfully employed is helpful with keeping the lights on until enough people take a chance on me and purchase tons of my stories. Which leads me to being thankful for my writing passion. It's something that is such a huge part of who I am. And I'm thankful for YOU. Yep, you reading this post. You may or may not purchase my novel, may not get to comment often, or may not get to stop by very often because life is a busy, busy, busy adventure. But I thank you nonetheless. Sending you *Big Hugs* and a Happy Thanksgiving wish to you and yours.

Friday, November 21, 2014

The Lips Have It and Get Your Beacon On!

So you're probably looking at that post title thinking, "What in tarnation?" (If you're thinking what I think you're thinking, get your mind 3/4ths of the way out of the gutter lol!!!)

Before I get to explaining about lips and whatnot, I have to share something that made me dance around like a little giddy girl. I wonder if that could double as exercise? LOL! Anywho, guess what is available for you to get NOW -
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If you guessed my YA urban fantasy dystopian, Beacon, then you are right!

Ripped Ties, 1
When ignorace is bliss, Bliss is power...
Tsunamis reduced the USA into a shell of itself, called The Fold. Surviving humans and vampires joined forces to form The Colony, where registered citizens do as their told. 
They donate blood quarterly and dream of being chosen as Attendees for the Jubilee celebrations, that is, everyone except Macie Breen. With high school graduation near, she’s anxious to ditch the rules in hopes of starting a new life with Thane, an unregistered and also her best friend.  
Her hopes fizzle when Macie is selected as an Attendee, forever registered. Any future with Thane…impossible. Being chosen comes with another unexpected price.  
Truths about The Colony blaze into ashes and lies when she discovers the vampires haven't kept their part of the bargain. Worst still, Macie’s life unravels as her stint in the city of Bliss forces her to face daunting truths about who, and what, she really is.
As it becomes available at more locations, I'll certainly share :-)
Now...about those lips: I had a wonderful experience doing a blog talk radio interview with Berndadette Walsh at Nice Girls Reading Naughty Books. So THAT is why the lips have it. You get to hear me speak, probably very nervously - hopefully no major stutters or ungodly number of "Uh's".

Benadette is an obvious pro at this. She navigated the interview so well I actually felt like I was sitting down having a conversation with a girlfriend discussing books.

Click here to download the interview.
Click here to LIKE Nice Girls Reading Naughty Books because she has some great information about sales she's running, announcements about upcoming events/book releases from authors she's interviewed and a chance to check out the various authors that have shared interview time with her.

After this interview, I feel ready to take this weekend by storm, or at least do something that slightly resembles that lol!

Friday, November 14, 2014

Untethered Realms is at it again!!! FANTASY UPRISING

Coming this December...

A collection of nine fantastic, spine-tingling stories. Magic. Mystery. Murder. Heartbreak and Hope. Defeat and Victory. Fantasy Uprising delivers a heaping serving of the best of fantasy.

Reborn by Cherie Reich: To save a kingdom, a prophetess must challenge Fate.

Fireseed One by Catherine Stine:

Givin' Up the Ghost by Gwen Gardner:

The Marquis by Christine Rains: A retired demon must become the beast he loathes to save the woman he loves.

The Alpha by Christine Rains: A werewolf hunted by her pack must find a way hide or fight a battle she believes she cannot win.

The Rifters by M. Pax: In a strange wilderness town, a misplaced city gal must deal with a secret organization, a man from 1888, and a head-stealing phantom to save her missing sister.

Neverlove by Angela Brown: A tormented suicide survivor must find the power in her pain or risk the Devourer robbing her of a second chance to live, a first chance at love, and her very soul.

The Fall of Shaylar by River Fairchild:

Diamonds & Dust by River Fairchild:




Cover by: EDHGRAPHICS

And if you haven't gotten it yet, please download this FANTASTIC anthology :-)





Nine twisted stories from nine twisted worlds.

Contributing authors:

Angela Brown
River Fairchild
Gwen Gardner
M. Gerrick
Graeme Ing
M. Pax
Christine Rains
Cherie Reich
Catherine Stine


Twisted Earths is a collection of tales from Untethered Realms, a group of speculative fiction authors. The stories are as varied and rich as the types of soil on this and other planets—sandy loam, clay, knotted with roots and vines, dreaded paths through unexplored planets, and in enchanted forests, lit by candlelight and two moons.

M. Pax, author of the series, The Backworlds and The Rifters spins a tale called Patchworker 2.0. Specialists with digital interfaces are the only ones who can distinguish between biological energy and mechanical pulses, and “patch” AIs, which hold the world together. Patchworker Evalyn Shore meets up with an AI with deadly intent.

Cherie Reich, known for her epic fantasy series The Fate Challenges and The Foxwick Chronicles, presents Lady Death. Umbria, a beautiful and powerful swordsmith, is given an impossible task by her brother Leon when he asks, “You are the assassin. Are you scared to destroy Death when you are up to your elbows in it?”

Angela Brown is the author of the paranormal Shadow Jumpers and NEO Chronicles series. In her story, In The Know, Jacob, a loyal family man is struggling to stay out of debt when he’s hired to report on big plans for a future Detroit. He’s given a mysterious manila envelope with instructions to “open it alone” or pay the price. With switchback twists you won’t see coming, a debt of a much steeper cost is what he just might end up paying for his involvement.

Catherine Stine, author of the futuristic thrillers, Fireseed One and Ruby’s Fire, offers The Day of The Flying Dogs, a sinister tale of brilliant, troubled NYC high-school student, Theo. He experiences a day at Coney Island that includes drugs, delusions, a lonely capybara, Nathan’s hotdogs and a mind-bending lesson in our very twisted universe.

Christine Rains, known best for her paranormal series The Thirteenth Floor, gives us The Ole Saint, a story at once sweet, horrific and heartrending. Ezra longs to fit in and have boys stop calling him witch and freak, yet his unique supernatural skill sets him apart, and the last gift from The Ole Saint cinches the deal.

Graeme Ing, known for his young adult fantasy, Ocean of Dust presents The Malachite Mine, a gripping, scream-inducing ride. Whatever was Mary thinking when she accepted her husband’s gift of a most terrifying twenty-first birthday celebration in an abandoned Russian mine?

River Fairchild, author of her Jewels of Chandra series, presents A Grand Purpose. Rosaya and her cousin, Drianna are soon to be married off, but Rosaya is unhappy with her assigned match. She’s much more intoxicated by the older Firrandor, a wizard she hardly knows. When Rosaya is accused of killing an oracle boy, all bets are off, not only for her love, but her freedom.

Gwen Gardner, who pens the cozy paranormal mystery series, Indigo Eady, adds to her collection with Ghostly Guardian. Indigo and her rib-tickling ghost-busters must travel to a dangerous pirate-laden past in order to unearth a curmudgeonly eighteenth century spirit that is plaguing the Blind Badger Pub.

Misha Gerrick, whose War of Six Crowns series is forthcoming, gives us a story called Red Earth and White Light. Emily, a young ghost bride has long haunted a house. She longs to cross over into the afterlife, but she’s trapped in memories of lilies and betrayal.


Cover by: EDHGRAPHICS

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Say Yes to Gears of Brass

Gears of brass giveaway A world like ours, but filled with gears of brass, where the beating heart is fueled by steam and the simplest creation is a complex clockwork device. Within this tome, you’ll find steampunk fairy tale re-tellings, as well as original stories that will send your gears turning. Welcome to the steampunk realm, with eleven authors guiding your path. gob Gears of Brass is a steampunk anthology published through Curiosity Quills. Within the pages, you’ll come across clockwork inventions and steampunk-ified fairy tale retellings. Eleven authors will guide you through worlds filled with airships, top hats, and corsets.

TEASERS (each teaser is from a different tale in the anthology)

“Stealing a few steps backward, I reached for him and brushed my fingertips along his cheek. Static energy crept across my palm. It glowed blue and pulled like taffy, sticking to my fingertips, then snapping back to his skin. My hand jerked back so hard I hit myself in the chest. My eyes traipsed down his neck, his shoulders, finally stopping at his midsection. It was almost as though I could see inside him. “

“The guards struggled forward, but failed to move even an inch. Everyone was frozen in place, except the uninvited guest. The man floated toward Lord and Lady Miller. “You see, my lord, your wife made a deal with me that cannot be broken. Your daughter is mine.”

“I swiped my hand across my nose, wishing I could smell the green of the trees. Eyes burning, I swallowed hard, feeling the incision in my throat where they’d cut out my sinus enhancer. I would never be able to smell my exotic perfumes again.”

“Anthie watched the lissom liquid slip inside the carrying tube. I could see her inhaling the smell of the lubricating oil. So could Dr. Holmgren. From time to time he looked across at us through his reinforced goggles. They gave him the appearance of a baby owl, which was at odds with his general nastiness. I knew he was taking everything in. And I knew he had a special eye on Anthie.”

“In a hidden room deep inside the base of the great clock there was a click, a whir of gears, a valve opened, and the key chamber was flooded with air. Several minutes later, Bella awoke. The girl coughed, choked then screamed as blood began to once again flow through her veins: the first time in a millennium.”

“Something growled near to her right. The hairs along Redyn’s arms stood up and she held her breath. The sound came again, deep, guttural. Redyn turned her head, her lips parted, her gaze scanning the forest. They’d told her not to wander far from the cottage, but they couldn’t have expected her to play with that hideous excuse for a doll near everyone else. A wolf crept out of the shadows, his gray fur standing on end like hers.”

"Three years ago, your father ruined my life. He terminated my family’s reputation.” “Um…” Amethyst wished she could back up further. Wind pushed at her top hat, so she shoved it up higher to straighten it. “I don’t understand.” “Now, I’ll ruin his life.”

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Monday, November 10, 2014

Change of Plans - BEACON

The month of November didn't start off with a bang. It was more like a slow motion movie moment for the first few days that then shifted to normal speed.

I NaNoWriMo'd while also doing edits for BEACON, myYA urban fantasy dystopian. Throwing in the necessary work time, parenting time and occassions of trying to show our jittery cockatiel, Hawk, that we humans mean him no harm, made for some rather busy days. Of the things that suffered, because yeah, something had to give, NaNoWriMo took the biggest hit. I'm pretty sure I won't be able to add a NaNoWriMo winner badge to my blog, but I'm pretty thrilled with what I've gotten started.

I mentiond BEACON for another reason. I'm very pleased to share an exciting update. This was the cover for BEACON when I shared that Evernight Teen picked it up for publishing:
Here is the cover now:
I heart the precious!! *hugs laptop*
You might be asking what BEACON is about. I'm rather terrible when it comes to loglines. But I wanted to see if I could come up with something that could share what the story is about in a nutshell. So here's my - ahem - attempt:

*In a society where humans and vampeer (vampires) coexist, the gift of blood is the gift of peace.* When one teen tries to follow the blood rule, it brings unwanted attention from the authorities that forces her to face the explosive truths behind The Colony's facade in order to save her missing parents.

That's, sadly, the best I got right now. Maybe I can work on it more later. For now, please enjoy the cover and look for more updates soon :-)

What's new in your world?

Monday, November 3, 2014

In and Out, Out and In

For the month of November, I'll be a tad bit more sporadic. I'm doing NaNoWriMo, hoping I can make a little headway on the sequel to BEACON, my YA urban fantasy dystopian novel coming soon via Evernight Teen publishing.

So if you don't see me commenting or posting regularly, it's just because I'm doing one of a few things:

 - spilling tons of words into this first draft
 - banging my head against the wall because the words refuse to come to me
 - researching the sacred ceremony that will make it possible to have a 78k word novel write itself in the snap of a finger (if I have to go this route, oh dear, someone come find me and stop me lol!!)

So if you're NaNoing, than I wish you the best in accomplishing your goal.
If you're not NaNoing, than please send tons of happy, joy-joy, goodness into the universe. Some of us will sorely need it :-)


Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Halloweensie entry for Susanna Hill's contest

The 4th Annual HALLOWEENSIE CONTEST!!!!!
That's right!  It's about that time!


courtesy google images
The Contest:  write a 100 word Halloween story appropriate for children (title not included in the 100 words), using the words pumpkin,broomstick, and creak.   Your story can be scary, funny or anything in between, poetry or prose, but it will only count for the contest if it includes those 3 words (you can count candy corn as one word) and is 100 words (you can go under, but not over!)  Get it?  Halloweensie - because it's not very long and it's for little people :)  (And yes, I know 100 words is short but that's part of the fun and the challenge!  We got nearly 80 fantastic entries last year so I know you can do it!)  Also, you may use the words in any form - e.g. creak, creaky, creaks, creaking, creaked.

Post your story on your blog between 12:00 AM EDT Monday October 27th and Friday October 31st by 11:59 PM EDT and add your post-specific link to the list that will accompany my October 27th post.  There will be no Would You Read It that week, and no PPBF, so the post and the list of links will stay up all week for everyone to enjoy.  If you don't have a blog and would like to enter, you can simply copy and paste your entry in the comments section of that post once it's up. (Or, if you have difficulty with the comments, which unfortunately sometimes happens, you may email your entry to me and I'll post it for you!)


Here's my contribution, something that might be a bit off the beaten path.

A Messy Halloween

“My word!” Mommy said, hands on hips.
Pumpkin seeds bounced along the kitchen floor to the up and down rhythm of mommy's wand in my fist. Grandma moved her walker doing a two-step. Mimi, our black cat, jumped on the window sill and meowed. The jack-o-lantern looked on with his crooked grin.
Mommy snapped her fingers. Her broomstick flew into her grasp. The floor creaked as she danced, bobbing her head to the pots and pans’ beat.
“A messy Halloween is the best Halloween when my little witch comes into her powers,” she sang.
And we danced the Halloween away.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Mage Revealed

***I'm a little late to the party but I wanted to make sure to extend the celeration for C.D. Coffelt's latest release!***

Mage Revealed

Book Two of The Magic Withheld series
Struck with enough malevolent Spirit to turn him into a raving beast of a man, Bert Reese fights to remain human. Alone, he walks a slender path between sanity and madness. Then, an unlikely source enters his life to help—one of the now-hated mages.
But Ashleigh is different and calms his butchered senses. Her fierce nature is the only rock that stands between him and the crevasse that is beast. In all ways, she walks beside him toward a new beginning. But at the end of their journey lies the one who used Spirit against him. Questions arise; did Tiarra, head of the Imperium, lose her magic, die, or simply give way to the new order? Or, like a spider, does she wait for a mage to blunder into her web?
Forced on him without a care for his humanity, Bert is the mage who should not exist, born with a different kind of magic. 
And the gates of Hell are no match for the magic he wields.
Author C.D. Coffelt’s world of magic started in Wilder Mage with the words “The earthquake wasn’t his fault. Not this time.” It continues in Mage Revealed, the second book of the three-part series. Watch the book trailer on YouTube.

Excerpt from Mage Revealed
Energy slithered around him, encased him and…
Bonded.
All the elements slammed into him at once filling him like a bursting dam, sloshing into a maelstrom of Fire, Earth, Air, Water, and Spirit. Magic filled him, cascaded into every pore of his skin until there was nothing left that was of his essence.
He raised his arms. “I am a wizard,” he said.
His words echoed, like the roll of a bass drum in an empty coliseum.
From his fingertips, fluid lightning forked and shot into the empty sky. A violent whirlwind as tall as he wanted it to be caught up a whirl of leaves. A roar of Fire sprang from the palms of his hands, crowned his head. And Spirit, the silvery element waited for his command, to charge into any foray he so chose.
He turned to the panting women, frozen in the grip of panic and fright.
“I am a wizard,” he said again.

C.D. Coffelt lives outside Skidmore, Missouri with a bemused husband and way too many cats. She is a member of the Missouri Writers Guild. But despite that bit of conventionality, 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.
She blogs as Huntress on www.spiritcalled.blogspot.com, Facebook, Twitter, and her writer’s critique site, www.unicornbell.blogspot.com.

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

One Word/Phrase Wednesday

Here's mine:

Caffiene!!!!!!!!!!!!

So what one word/phrase springs to mind from this picture?