Friday, August 29, 2014

PRIVATE INTERNSHIP, a Cover Reveal

It's my pleasure to share a special cover reveal. No need to hold out on the goods. 

Here we go!


An Art of Love novel by Kitsy Clare
New adult romance, book 2
(Not necessary to read the first in the series to understand book 2)


About Private Internship:

Sugar’s not so sweet and secrets can be deadly … especially with matters of the heart

Sienna’s bestie, Harper warned her not to intern for famous bad boy artist, Casper Mason. After all, he just fired Harper who helped Sienna get the interview. But the moment Sienna sees Casper—or Caz—sweaty and practically shirtless and swinging from chains while he works on his sculpture, she’s hooked. He’s the richest, hottest artist in New York, and he lives in the fabulous Williamsburg Sugar Factory. But he’s also an incorrigible game-player, who seems to relish testing Sienna’s loyalty with a string of unsettling tests.

She knows she should get away fast. But by the time Sienna sneaks into his locked storage room and begins to unearth his dark and terrifying secret, she’s fallen way too hard for the handsome, charismatic Caz.

Here's what book reviewers are saying:

"Beautiful. Amazing. A fantastic read that left me wanting more." -XoXo Book Blog

"A juicy read full of passion and magnetic chemistry that will have you hooked from beginning to end." -From the Purple Matter Book Blog

About Kitsy Clare:

Kitsy Clare hails from Philadelphia and lives in New York. A romantic at heart, she loves to write about the sexy intrigue of the city, and particularly of the art world. She knows it well, having shown her paintings here before turning to writing. Model Position, her new adult novella is about artist Sienna and her friends. Living in a Bookworld says: “Beautifully written! We get to learn things about art & painting, which is refreshing. A colorful story from a promising new adult author.” The next in her series, Private Internship launches on September 29 with Inkspell.

Kitsy loves to travel, draw, read romance, spec fiction and teach writing workshops. She also writes YA as Catherine Stine. Her futuristic thriller, Ruby’s Fire was a YA finalist in the Next Generation Indie book awards. Fireseed One, its companion novel, was a finalist in YA and Sci-Fi in the USA News International Book Awards, and an Indie Reader notable. Her YA horror, Dorianna, launches fall 2014 with Evernight Teen.
 Here's how YOU can keep up with Kitsy :-)

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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

One Word Wednesday

Been a while since we did it. Here's the pic to pick your word...

Here's my one word...sorta :-)

Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes

What about you?

Monday, August 25, 2014

What's Wacky or Not in My World?

It's often said that life is what you make of it. So, I guess I aim for wacky...unintentionally.
*Eight hours of the day I have to dance to the beat of whatever new CEO or international conglomerate is taking over the company I work for (I dance just enough to keep the paycheck coming, thankfully lol!!)
*Then there's the matter of being a mom to my Chipmunk. Now that school has started back, that means homework for both of us cause yeah, I'm that mom :-)
Chipmunk did NOT have this reaction to the first day of school so I'm feeling like a WINNER!
*After, before or during homework, dinner has to be prepared, served and eaten.
*Ignoring Chipmunk and hopping on the computer to work on writing didn't work out so well so some Q time is spent with her and now Hawk, the nervous cockatiel.
*After an appropriate amount of stalling and fussing, Chipmunk finally hits the sack, the sheet goes over Hawk's cage, and then I get to play Little Miss Author for a bit before it's time to pass out.

Adding to the fun, I'm republishing Secret Lilies and preparing for Indie Romance Convention 2014 in Lebanon, TN this September. This steamy suspense erotic romance can be PRE-ORDERED at Amazon! Woot! Just click here. And boy am I ready to meet with readers and author buds for the convention.
Because what is more WINNING than mingling with awesome authors and the bestest readers EVER!
So what's wacky in your world?

Friday, August 15, 2014

A Re-publish Project - Secret Lilies

Some secrets are to die for

It's no secret that Secret Lilies was the first novel I self-published. I was bright-eyed, bushy tailed and hadn't really done all my homework. I went through AuthorHouse - I wouldn't recommend anyone do this since it's waaaaaaay cheaper to contract out for cover art, editing and PR assistance that actually gets you exposure - which I won't do again. There's KDP, NookPress, Kobo Writing Life, Draft2Digital, Smashwords and probably more options for distribution than you can shake a stick at. So again, no AuthorHouse for me.

This time, Rayven Godchild is republishing Secret Lilies with a cover that taps into the sensual nature of this suspense erotic romance.
Designed by Heather McCorkle Creations
About Secret Lilies
Some secrets are to die for.

At the ripe age of eighteen, Destiny thought she knew the joys and pains of love until she discovered the depths of her husband's debauchery the first night of their honeymoon. Divorcing as quietly as possible, Destiny moved on with her life. Refusing to let bitterness blind her, she learned to let go and lucked out on the best thing ever, John Robertson: handsome, chivalrous and an insatiable lover.
But some things in the past don't know how to stay put.
When Destiny's ex-husband suddenly appears in her life, he not only sparks upheaval in her home, but his violent death adds to the chaos. Together, Destiny and John must unweave the web of secrets pinning their world out of control if they have any hope of something-like-normal...or die trying.

Coming Soon to Kindle: Expected release date, Labor Day, September 1, 2014

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

A Piece of Me - TWISTED EARTHS

To some, Untethered Realms requires no introduction. I've mentioned them a time or two and even have a page just for them for those who'd like to learn more about the authors that make up Untethered Realms.

What you may not know about the peeps of UR is how incredibly talented each person is and how much fun we have. The depth of support from each and every one can't be captured in words.

There have been a number of times where I've considered ending this journey, calling it quits and accepting that I'd made my dream come true. I got my work published and warmly printed and packaged in my hands. It fills me with tears even now remembering late nights sleep eluded me, my mind and heart in battle, the dreamer vs. the realist. But a chance to vent or some inspring post that loopty-looed into some hilarious thread of chaotic comments kept me enraptured.

So it's my pleasure to be a part of a fantastic anthology we'll soon be releasing, TWISTED EARTHS.
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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.

In my humble contribution, IN THE KNOW, knowledge is trouble - Jacob Woods is a struggling journalist who lucks out on a certain inside scoop about future plans for Detroit. Twists and turns abound as Jacob learns there's a high price for being in the know.

My cohorts in speculative crime have exciting tales in this anthology and you can learn about them here.

So have you read any anthologies of interest? Maybe participated in one? Have you considered being a part of an author support group? Any pros or cons from being part of one or choosing otherwise?

Monday, August 11, 2014

Truths and Goals

Goals are so helpful in keeping things on track and even helping a person to see when they need to face some certain truths.
First, let's see how I did with July's goals.
 - Finish first round of edits for OUAS, my MG story - Only half done. I'm giving myself an extended amout of time to work on this. No rush.
 - Start Shadow Jumpers III manuscript - Nope. If you had a chance to read my IWSG post, I finally dealt with a truth I was hoping to deny regarding why I haven;t been able to get this one done. Now that I have. I've got some baby steps in place to help me move forward
 - Format SL for replublish - Initial format is done. Just got some additional prep work to do.
 - Complete the swag for IRC 2014 convention bags - Done and mailed off.

Although the goals aren't all flashing green, I did get in a LOT of reading and a load of critiquing done as well. So maybe not perfect, but definitely productive.

How are the goals going in your neck of the woods?


Friday, August 8, 2014

A Cover That Speaks Volumes - NECROMANCER

While I've been dealing with certain issues and complications with my writing insecurities and doubts, a certain someone has been hard at work on a fantastic new book that refuses to be ignored.

Dark fantasy lovers, this reveal's for you:
NECROMANCER


About NECROMANCER
A primeval fiend is loose in the ancient metropolis of Malkandrah, intent on burning it to a wasteland. The city's leaders stand idly by and the sorcerers that once protected the people are long gone.

Maldren, a young necromancer, is the only person brave enough to stand against the creature. Instead of help from the Masters of his Guild, he is given a new apprentice. Why now, and why a girl? As they unravel the clues to defeating the fiend, they discover a secret society holding the future of the city in its grip. After betrayals and attempts on his life, Maldren has reason to suspect everyone he thought a friend, even the girl.

His last hope lies in an alliance with a depraved and murderous ghost, but how can he trust it? Its sinister past is intertwined in the lives of everyone he holds dear.

Can only evil defeat evil?

About the author, Graeme Ing
Graeme Ing engineers original fantasy worlds, both YA and adult, but hang around, and you’ll likely read tales of romance, sci-fi, paranormal, cyberpunk, steampunk or any blend of the above.
Born in England in 1965, Graeme moved to San Diego, California in 1996 and lives there still. His career as a software engineer and development manager spans 30 years, mostly in the computer games industry. He is also an armchair mountaineer, astronomer, mapmaker, pilot and general geek. He and his wife, Tamara, share their house with more cats than he can count.

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Buy Links: Coming after release date

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

IWSG - Fearing the End

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 to work through the IWSG linky list.

On Monday, I mentioned how I was working to defeat my fears. One such fear is one I've been hesitant to acknowledge. I've been fearing the end.

Writing as Rayven Godchild, I had no issues with penning those spicy tales filled with scintilating sexy details and erotica. Reaching the end with those shorts didn't have me in an odd place. But the idea of writing, publishing and releasing the last story of my Shadow Jumpers series has had me on a mission of misdirection.

Each month I tell myself to start on the manuscript to bring this series to a close. Each month I find myself stealing away into a story, busying myself with G. R. R. Martin's fantasy world wishing he'd bring back my Ned Stark or perhaps make Jon Snow love me (Hey, a girl can dream lol!!). Each month, the final story of Shadow Jumpers sits upon the tips of my fingers, waiting to be typed out. The words are there so I can't blame writer's block. Procrastination has been the easy scapegoat. Yet it's the fear of seeing this series close that hinders me. Along with this fear comes a doubt so fierce and massive it has its own area code. The combination of fear and doubt have left me with just enough ability to work through edits, begin formatting for a story re-release and occupy my mind with critiques of other authors' works.

So I bring this fear and doubt to bear, acknowledge them so I remove a tiny bit of power. Each day, I'll work through these feelings so I can use them as steppings stones instead of burdens.

Each day, I'll remind myself that the end of this series isn't the end of my writing.

Each day, I'll start anew.

Monday, August 4, 2014

The Business of Being a Work in Progress

This picture just about sums up the various facets of my life. My writing projects are works-in-progress. My paying gig is ever a work-in-progress with its ups and downs. Single parenthood is a daily work-in-progress as I learn how to be the best parent I can be for Chipmunk. Sometimes I don't feel I'm doing her justice but I'm trying.

Even my desire to defeat my fears is a work-in-progress. I'll elaborate a bit more on Wednesday.

So what do you have that is a work-in-progress? A manuscript? A weight loss program? A working goal?