Monday, June 30, 2014

The Last Day

The last day of the month can mean different things for different people. For me, it's a chance to review my pink Post It note to see what progress I've made on my goals since it's the last day to "get'er done." I've got a few hours yet to claim victory on a few things. I'll just have to do my best, which is all I can honestly ask of anybody else or myself.

Although it's the last day of the month, the Confessions of a Sex Fiend series virtual book tour is still going strong. Now's as good a time as any to check out today's spotlight at BookLover Sue. Make sure to enter the giveaway for custom swag.

When it comes to goals, do you have any rituals for making sure to complete them, whether small ones or large ones?

Friday, June 27, 2014

What You Didn't Know About Rayven

I will have to borrow this from Lemony Snicket, paraphrasing: If you don't want to know any more about me and my alter ego Rayven, today's stop at Darkest Cravings may not be for you. The questions get real, deep and somewhat sexual. So do my answers...honest answers.

*heat flushing cheeks, breath getting erratic*

Okay, for those of you who've heeded the warning and still want to know more about Rayven, click here to check out the interview. *eep!*

Thursday, June 26, 2014

To Know Rayven Godchild

Publishing as myself is fun. I love my Angela Brown titles. You can check them out scrolling on the left-hand side of the screen.

Publishing as my alter ego, Rayven Godchild, comes with it own fun. I get to traverse some of the naughtier edges of my imagination but do so while making sure I have a story to tell.

If you haven't had a chance to download the Confessiosn of a Sex Fiend boxed set, now's the time to do so. It's still 99cents (I'll check to make sure I didn't miss something when requesting the price change back to $4.99).

Anywho, the thing about writing erotica is that I choose not to publish something that's just sex for sex sake. That's done often enough and probably selling way better than me. The Confessions aren't just, "He sexed her. She sexed him." The End. There are people who expereince sensations and waves of feelings. I write the story to touch on that, even if just grappling at the tip of the iceberg.

Over at Author Karen Swart's blogspot, you can learn a little more about my alter ego. Click here to check it out and enter the giveaway as well.


Wednesday, June 25, 2014

The Penguin Got Me!

Okay, so I've been mentioning each stop on the tour for my alter ego, Rayven Goldchild, and the Confessions of a Sex Fiend series. I'm stoked to have Bewitching Book Tours organize the blog tour and get to visit some great spots. Well, today we stop at Lisa's World of Books. I invite you to visit to check out the spotlight on the boxed set and to enter the giveaway for great custom swag...but to also see the cutest penguin. And what it had to say? Priceless :-)

Click here to check it out!

Make sure to click here to see if Amazon has changed the price yet. If not, this boxed set may still be available for 99cents. Hurry to get it if it's still reduced :-)

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

See Rayven at Share My Destiny and BROKEN BRANCH FALLS Blitz and Giveaway!

***The Confessions of a Sex Fiend tour rolls on to Share My Destiny where the light shines on this erotica series of secrets revealed by Chancellor Baltimore: geek-extraordinaire and lover of the ladies. Click here to visit and make sure you enter for your chance to win some awesome custom swag!!!***

Now....
*cue horns heralding on high*

It's Beastly Blitz Day!

Or in this neck of the woods, a chance for you to pounce on purchasing this novel by the awesome and fan-tab-u-lous Tara Tyler of Tara Tyler Talks. I've been following Tara's blog for a while now and was super thrilled when she published Pop Travel. It was a sign of many great things to come. So it's no surprise that BROKEN BRANCH FALLS is making its way into the world :-)

And since you've probably seen the cover, you know you'll want to read it right away. I mean seriously, it makes you want to find out what happened and what's going to happen next. With it being a MG novel, it's one I can't wait to get and share with my Chipmunk.

WOOT!

Oh, by now you're probably like, "Uh, Angela...just get us to the meat and potatoes of this post already!"

Okay, okay, okay lol!! Without further ado, here's BROKEN BRANCH FALLS!

BROKEN BRANCH FALLS (MG Fantasy)
by Tara Tyler
Release Date: June 24, 2014 - TODAY!!
B&N ~~~ Amazon
Publisher: Curiosity Quills

Gabe is an average fifteen-year-old goblin. He’s in the marching band, breezes through calculus, and gets picked on daily by the other kids at school, especially the ogres. But Gabe wants to break out of his nerdy stereotype and try other things. He has his eye on the new ogress at school. Though it’s against all beastly rules, there’s just something about her.

Gabe starts a fad of mingling with other species, forcing the High Council to step in and ruin things by threatening to destroy the school and split up Broken Branch Falls. With help from other outcast friends, Gabe sets out on a quest to save his town. They'll show 'em what different friends can do together!


Add it to your GOODREADS list!

Tara Tyler has had a hand at everything from waitressing to rocket engineering. After living up and down the Eastern US, she now writes and teaches math in Ohio with her three active boys and Coach Husband. Currently, she has two series, The Cooper Chronicles (techno-thriller detective capers) and Beast World (MG fantasy) She's an adventure writer who believes every good story should have action, a moral, and a few laughs!


Also by Tara Tyler, techno-thriller detective series,
The Cooper Chronicles, Book One: POP TRAVEL


Monday, June 23, 2014

How Many Lives Have YOU Lived?

It's another great stop on the Confessions of a Sex Fiend virtual book tour. Today we get a review on the Confessions. Click here to see what A Reader Lives a Thousand Lives had to share. And make sure to enter the giveaway for a chance to win some custom swag :-)
As part of the Summer Book Crush, the price for this series was lowered from $4.99 to $0.99. The price hasn't shifted back up so consider this PRIME TIME to download this puppy at a drastically discounted price. The e-retailers will move on my price change request soon to place it back to regular price, so get this NOW while the price is extremely nice. Click here to One Click and Buy :-)

Have you seen some wonderful books recently discounted? Feel free to share about them in the comments. TBR lists are waiting and ready for adds :-)

Friday, June 20, 2014

Borrowed Ninja Captain Alex's Clone Machine

My alter ego, Rayven Godchild, is working the Ninja Captain's cloning machine today. Rayven is popping up at two spots:

Make a Wish...and Believe with author Elizabeth Seckman
and
Fang-tastic Books

Please stop by both places to give a nice howdy do or make a new blogger bud.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

The Tour Keeps Rolling

The Confessions of a Sex Fiend virtual book tour stops at Tattooed Book Review for a spotlight. Click here to visit and enter the giveaway.
And if you could please share, that would be so wonderful.

Tweet this -
Winning swag is fun, but you have to enter to win. Visit Tattooed Book Review to enter the Confessions giveaway http://tattooedbookreview.com/

Confessions of Sex Fiend book tour - Giveaway fun. Enter to win custom swag for your very own http://tattooedbookreview.com/ @RayvenGodchild

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Humpday Happy Places

My alter ego, Rayven Godchild, is visiting over at happy place number one, A TiffyFit's Reading Corner, for a spotlight on the Confessions of a Sex Fiend series. My blogspot is happy place number two because we get to hear from author-extraordinaire, Kai Strand.

~~~Take it away, Kai!~~~

In my experience, each new book I write takes me on a different journey than the last. Worth the Effort: Ella’s Story was no different.

The inspiration for writing the story is the first different thing. Oddly, it was inspired more from a professional standpoint than an emotional one. At first, that is. As each year wanes, I review how well I met the career goals I set for that year, and I forecast where I want my career to go in the year to come. Entering 2014 I had the advantage of already having two books under contract for publication, which allowed me to look beyond my standard goal of seeing two new titles published per year. I decided I wanted to provide my avid readers with novellas. Short, emotional reads that are as affordable as they are easy to digest.

I’m an eclectic writer, jumping from contemporary, to speculative, to fantasy, and I wanted to make sure my readers had enough of their favorite flavor to keep their appetite satisfied. So I knew whatever I wrote this year would need to be in ONE genre! That is why I decided to write two novellas in differing point of view. It forced me to write two contemporary stories, instead of flitting off to fairyland or tackling a time travel. Plus, there are two sides to every story, and if you like Ella’s, later this year you’ll find out more about Ayden’s.

The third and most different step in this journey was the research. I write fiction and haven’t found need to do much research beyond some online searches for historical timelines, or how things work. This story, however, has a homeless teen in it. A subject I knew nothing about. So I took a field trip to a local non-profit that provides transitional housing for teens who want another chance. Emotional doesn’t begin to describe what I felt that day. I left that amazing place recommitted to telling the story of an underage homeless boy and to shedding some light on a plight that stays pretty under the radar.

It is true that inspiration comes in many forms, but the journey that shaped this story has been equal parts logical and emotional, thrilling and anxiety producing. But one thing for certain, it has been Worth the Effort.


About the book:

Ella Jones is a coward. There is a teen boy living in the alley behind her work and she is terrified of him.

Desperate to leave behind the stereotypical and judgmental world she was raised in, Ella forces herself to make a true connection with seventeen-year-old Ayden Worth. As their friendship grows Ayden’s quiet, gentle ways teach her true courage.

But there’s more to Ayden’s story than Ella knows. When their worlds collide in the most unexpected place, Ella feels betrayed. Will she find the courage to learn who Ayden really is, or will she determine he’s not worth the effort?

WORTH THE EFFORT: Ella’s Story a young adult contemporary romance novella at 19,000 words.

Only $0.99 on Amazon, Goodreads

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About the author:

When her children were young and the electricity winked out, Kai Strand gathered her family around the fireplace and they told stories, one sentence at a time. Her boys were rather fond of the ending, “And then everybody died. The end.” Now an award winning children’s author, Kai crafts fiction for kids and teens to provide an escape hatch from their reality. With a selection of novels for young adult and middle grade readers and short stories for the younger ones, Kai entertains children of all ages, and their adults. Learn more about Kai and her books on her website, www.kaistrand.com.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Come Take a Read on the Wild Side

I must confess something...

I wrote the Confessions of a Sex Fiend series because the idea was fun and enticing...and I wanted to push my imagination to some very interesting places.

Mission One accomplished.

Mission Two: Share these sex time stories with the world through my alter ego, Rayven Godchild.

Accomplished.

Mission three is not my mission alone. This is where friends, family, readers and so much more come into play: Tell others about it.

This virtual book tour is one way it's happening, but I call upon you all, humbly asking for you to share where you can, within your comfort zone of course, about the Confessions and the giveaway. Go to Provocative Pages to check out their review and enter the giveaway if you haven't entered yet :-)

Monday, June 16, 2014

Welcome to Roxanne's Neighborhood :-)

The Confessions of a Sex Fiend virtual book tour fun continues at Roxanne's Realm. Click here to check out Rayven Godchild's interview.

Make sure to stop by and enter the giveaway if you haven't already. There's some great swag up for grabs, the custom made kind giving it that personal touch.

purse charms
Speaking of swag, do you have any favorite kind of swag you like to give as an author or receive as a reader?

Friday, June 13, 2014

Friday Superstitions

It's Friday the 13th.
*cue eerie, spooky Twilight Zone-like music*

Superstitions abound and Friday the 13th is a day of superstitions all on its own.

What are some superstitions you either believe for yourself or have heard of?

And please make sure to stop by Houston Havens, and tell your friends, so you can all sign up for the Confessions virtual book tour giveaway. Here's a picture of one of the custom swag pieces being given away:
Custom book swag design by ClaraBelle's Custom Creations

Thursday, June 12, 2014

A Hot Stop

Mila Ramos was kind enough to point the spotlight on Confessions of a Sex Fiend by my alter ego Rayven Godchild. As steamy a read as the series can be, the book tour has a swag giveaway that's worth checking out. Click here to visit so you can enter for your chance to win.

And have you done a query? I attempted one for my YA urban fantasy/dystopian, BEACON, as a way of directing my story. A huge part of me is looking to self-publish this novel. It's a dystopian and there's lots of talk that dystopians are dead as far as agents and editors are concerned, but I think I may find a place or two to try my luck. Who knows? That is the beauty of having a choice :-)

I'm heading over to Unicorn Bell to see if one of the fine folks there had a chance to look over my query. I could use loads of advice if I'm going to send this darling out for consideration by an editor. Stop by as well. Perhaps you can take notes on things I didn't do so well to help you improve your own query.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Go Where the Night Owls Go

On the next stop of the Confessions virtual book tour, please stop by Night Owl Reviews. Click here to visit and enter the giveaway to win :-)



Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Waxing Poetic, Maybe

Well, today I will be at Untethered Realms sharing my thoughts on music and writing. Click here to check it out.

Then,
My alter ego, Rayven Godchild, will be at Erotica for All sharing thoughts on food and its place in the Confessions series. If you've read any of them, food plays a part in the scheme of things. Please click here to stop by so you can enter the giveaway as well.

Do you have any favorite foods? I'm a chocoholic...guilty as charged.  :-)


Monday, June 9, 2014

Let the Games Begin

Today begins summer fun for my Chipmunk. By day she'll be free of school schedules and tight-ruled regimens, free to have fun with other kids at her day camp (man, to be a kid again lol!!). By night, I might see if I can wrestle her into reading a new set of books. She's totally wrapped up in the Diary of a Wimpy Kid novels so this will be an interesting attempt.
Today also marks the first day of Rayven Godchild's Confessions of a Sex Fiend series virtual book tour by Bewitching Book Tours. Please stop by to check out the spotlight:

The Tome Gnome

Friday, June 6, 2014

Confessions are Boxed and Ready to Tour

Get ready to ride...

Schedule of stops for Confessions of a Sex Fiend Series by Rayven Godchild


June 9- July 7

June 9 Spotlight
The Tome Gnome

June 10 Guest blog
Erotica For All 

June 11 Spotlight
Night Owl Reviews

June 12 Spotlight
Mila Ramos

June 13 Spotlight
Houston Havens 

June 16 Interview
Roxanne’s Realm

June 17 review
Provocative Pages

June 18 Spotlight
A_TiffyFit's Reading Corner

June 19 Spotlight
Tattooed Book Review

June 20 Guest blog
Fang-tastic Books

June 23 review
A Reader Lives A Thousand Lives

June 24 Spotlight
Share My Destiny

June 25 Spotlight
Lisa’s World of Books

June 26 Interview
Author Karen Swart

June 27 Interview
Darkest Cravings

June 30 Spotlight
Booklover Sue

July 1 Interview
The Creatively Green Write at Home Mom

July 4 review
Paranormal Romance and Authors That Rock

July 7 Character Interview
Eclipse Reviews

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

IWSG - Keep it Moving

Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!

Posting: The first Wednesday of every month is officially Insecure Writer’s Support Group day. Post your thoughts on your own blog. Talk about your doubts and the fears you have conquered. Discuss your struggles and triumphs. Offer a word of encouragement for others who are struggling. Visit others in the group and connect with your fellow writer - aim for a dozen new people each time. Click here for the list and deets.

It's a point in the year that is sort of, well, rather tiring:
- My job is in flux because a company merger is having it's trickle-down effects as "synergies" are reviewed and redundancies are being vacated.
- My Chipmunk is near the end of the school year getting by on excited jitters for summer and trying her best not to drive me crazy with her giddiness (she can be so sweet sometimes lol!).
- I'm re-reading G.R.R. Martin's A Song of Fire of Ice from the beginning and have floundered into another state of mourning from falling in love with and losing Ned Stark all over again. This time, I think my emotional state is much better and I should be able to read the first four books all the way through, unlike my last attempt.
- And my writing has me in a unique position. Under my pen name, I've released four short stories and now a boxed set. Yet under my Angela Brown name, I'm apparently stuck in Edit-ville. I can't blame writer's block for not starting my third story in my Shadow Jumpers series (should have started over two months ago). The words are there, I'm just procrastinating

Part of me wants to fret. But if there's one thing I've learned thus far on this writing journey, it's to keep it moving. If I let myself fret over the procrastination, I'll worry the words right out of my head. So to ensure I don't go completely away from my goal of completing the Shadow Jumpers series, I've got a special project underway, an illustration piece I hope to share soon. So far, the work on it is nice. And to keep my head in the game, let me share this little number (thanks Heather McCorkle):



Anyone who's read Neverlove or They All Fall Down can take this button and let other readers know that Team Basil is alive and well, or rather, as alive as a reformed servant of hell can be :-)

What do you do to keep your goal front and center when it tries to remove itself as a blip on your radar?



Monday, June 2, 2014

May Flowers

April showers are supposed to bring May flowers. Let's take a look at what cropped up for the month of May goal-wise

Release Confessions of a Sex Fiend boxed set by (alter ego) Rayven Godchild, 5/26/2014 - Done, got this baby out in the world and will be having a virtual book tour during the month of June.


Work on ONCE UPON A SUMMONS, MG fairy tale smash up - I had the privilege of being part of Adventures of YA Publishing's First Five Pages Workshop. The feedback provided was helpful and I think I've made some positive headway. I've got lots more to do with feedback from other great CPs so I look forward to doing more on this one.

Begin third book in Shadow Jumpers trilogy - Uh...still a no go :-(

Begin another round of edits for BEACON (Ripped Ties series), my YA urban fantasy dystopian - I got some great feedback from one of my awesome CPs and have begun edits for this one so definitely excited.

I can't call the month of May a bust, but I do wish I could have gone full on green across the board.

And here's an excerpt from BEACON:
“My deal,” she leaned toward me with her face inches from mine, “is that anybody else in New Festus would have the patrol agent’s laser rifle pointed in their face or worse…locked up in the Steels. No excuses.” She stomped back to my desk and glanced over it. Three gold coins sat in a row. Her sneer deepened, face bunched together like she’d sucked on a ripe lemon. “You! Ugh, still get a stupid coin without a full donation because your parents were chosen for Jubilee.”
“Yeah,” I said. My voice dropped to little more than a whisper. “They were. And they’re missing…or dead. Thanks for the reminder, Whitley.”
Her face took on a powdered pale shade as the blood and anger drained away. “I just meant that, well, you know, just didn’t want you abusing that because you think you’ll be chosen, too.”
I jumped to my feet. “I don’t want it! You can take the damn Jubilee and toss it for all I care. Look what it got them. That’s all I’m allowed to have of my mom and dad. No one knows where they’re at! Frag it all, Whitley!”
Remembering my parents always pained me, but at the moment, I saw my chance. I flopped on my bed and covered my head with my pillow. I worked up a few broken breaths, just on the cusp of a sob. Heaven, please, Whitley, just fall for it.
“Macie? I’m, I’m sorry. It’s just…never mind. Look, Thomas is manning our kitchen this month. He should have dinner ready now.” Her soft soles whispered as she crept close to me. I barely felt her fingertips graze my leg. “I didn’t mean to…” She lifted her hand and shuffled away, the door quietly clicking closed.
I laid there a moment, glad my little acting job worked. I wiped at an unwanted tear. Not much acting involved.

So what did you get done in the month of May? Any special announcement to share?