Sunday, January 31, 2016

Evernight Teen Birthday Bash!!

EVERNIGHT TEEN is celebrating their anniversary this month with a 3rd Birthday Blog Hop. It’s EVERNIGHT TEEN’s birthday but we're giving out the presents with a Grand Prize of a $100 Amazon gift certificate!

EVERNIGHT TEEN books feature fresh teen fiction that is raw, gritty and real. Whether paranormal, contemporary, sci-fi or suspense, our books are about real issues and pack a strong emotional punch. You’ll find cutting edge fiction that today’s young adults can relate to and will keep you turning the pages long into the night.

I’m proud to be an EVERNIGHT TEEN author. Enjoy this tease from my book, BEACON.


About BEACON
For seventeen-year-old Macie Breen, life in The Colony is a daily norm of being the odd girl out, that is, until everyday predictable slams to a screeching halt. Forced to the capital city of Bliss, Macie's life becomes a horrific unraveling as she confronts daunting truths about The Colony as well as who, or what, she really is.

Teaser

1       “We’re not kids anymore, Macie. You’ve learned what little The Colony had to say about the vampeer, wights and devil spawn. There’s something else they’ve hidden from you. From all registered citizens. I’ve wanted to tell you for a long time why we met. Just how special you really are. But you won’t want to be my friend anymore once you know the truth. Losing you would be…”

Words trickled from my mouth unfiltered. “I, what do you mean I wouldn’t…”

He turned to me, chewing his bottom lip. The last time he did that was the day I broke first blood.

We were playing at knight warriors, a favorite of ours since we were kids. I thrust my wooden sword forward. It clattered to the ground as I doubled over from a sharp spasm in my stomach. I tried to shoo Thane away, deal with the pain on my own. But, noticing the grimace on my face – I really tried hard to be quiet, but I cried out anyway – he wouldn’t have it. When he glanced at my yellow cargo pants, he chewed his bottom lip, eyes wide. My gaze trailed down to the bloody mess I’d become. My face couldn’t have flashed hotter if I set it on fire.

Now he was doing it again, chewing his bottom lip. What could he possibly have to say? 

He opened his mouth to speak when the tent flap ripped away. We jerked our heads around to face a tall being covered in shaggy, brown fur from scalp to hoof. A shadowy glow encircled it like a dirty aura. Two arms protruded from both sides. Jagged teeth crowded its mouth. Drool leaked down its chin. Reptilian eyes shone bright white with a red slit down the middle. One set of eyelids blinked side to side as the second set followed up and down. It snarled, spat and drooled some more. My bladder felt one moment away from losing it.

“Frag me,” I whispered as my world collapsed into a nightmare.

Be sure visit each stop on the BLOG HOP for more chances to WIN the GRAND PRIZE of a $100 Amazon Gift Card. You’ll receive bonus entries for commenting on each blog!


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Monday, January 25, 2016

The Undead Road by DPK

A sale, a contest, and the zombie apocalypse.

Bring it on!

Title: The Undead Road: My Zombie Summer: Part One
Publisher: Dashboard Books / CreateSpace
Ebook Release: January 2nd, 2016
Paperback: January 26th, 2016
Cover by Steven Novak
Edited by Reece Hanzon

About The Undead Road by DPK

Nothing brings the family together like a zombie apocalypse …

Fifteen-year-old Jeremy Barnes would rather watch a zombie movie than shoot a real one, but he has no choice if his family wants to survive the end of the world. Their plan? Drive across the infected United States to a cabin in the Colorado Rockies without a scratch, but their trip takes a complicated detour in the middle of Nebraska when they find Kaylynn, a girl who can handle a baseball bat better than Jeremy can hold a .45 Berretta. And when they stumble into a sanctuary, Jeremy soon learns that Kaylynn is stronger than she looks—a deadly secret lies inside her.

After the radio picks up a distress call from Kansas City about a possible cure, Jeremy’s parents go with a team to investigate. They never return. The only way to find their parents is for Jeremy and his sister Jewel to rely on a dangerous girl who might just turn on them at any moment.

Buy links:

Praise for The Undead Road!
"For me, zombie stories are never about the killing. They're about the survivors and how people deal with the apocalypse. To this undead end, David Powers King has come up with the most original spin on zombies I've ever read." - Michael Offutt, author of Slipstream and Oculus

Take advantage of the 99cent ebook sale and grab yours TODAY!

AND...

Get in on the contest. Here are the deets:
Visit davidpowersking.com and leave and comment and/or tweet about The Undead Road (at least once) for a chance to win a free ebook. One out of every 10 comments and tweets is a winner!
Tweet this: "Nothing brings the family together like a #zombie #apocalypse..." #scifi #horror amzn.to/1RT8xly .99 cent #kindle! @DavidPowersKing

About the Author:

David Powers King was born in beautiful downtown Burbank, California where his love for film inspired him to be a writer. He is the co-author of the YA fantasy novel WOVEN, published by Scholastic. An avid fan of science fiction and fantasy, David also has a soft spot for zombies and the paranormal. He currently lives deep in the mountain West with his wife and three children.

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You can follow the Undead Blog Tour as well:
Alex Cavanaugh         Jan 25th
Donna Hole                 Jan 25th
Chemist Ken               Jan 26th
Elana Johnson             Jan 26th
Nick Wilford               Jan 26th
Susan Gourley             Jan 27th
Tara Tyler                    Jan 27th
Kristin Smith               Jan 27th
Lidy Wilks                  Jan 28th
Elizabeth Seckman      Jan 28th
M.J. Fifield                 Jan 29th

Michael de Gesu         Jan 29th

Monday, January 18, 2016

Martin Luther King, Jr. - Beyond the Man

Beyond the man. Beyond the holiday. There is a dream we can all embrace. Does it mean we all have to get along and act like there are no differences among us? Heavens no. Our differences make us unique, individual. But we can learn to see the beauty in our individuality, tolerant of what is not the same, and maybe open our minds to learning something new.

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

IWSG and We

It's the first Wednesday of the month and you know what that means.

That's right! It's time for Insecure Writer's Support Group where we visit blogs and share in inspiration or share in an insecure moment. For all the deets and the linky list to travel the blogosphere to other IWSGers, click here.

AND make sure to stop by the Insecure Writer's Support group blog page for the announcement of the winners of the IWSG Anthology Contest.

Now...
You may not have noticed, but I did not do a 2015 round up. No plans to do so. It shall simply be the year of which we survived and are here to try this again. So to those who had a wonderful 2015, I salute you with chocolate.

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For those of us who'd rather keep 2015 in the past where it belongs, here's a little extra to help in shaking off some of the dust 2015 kicked up knocking you around throughout the year.
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Let's move forward and upward. Many thanks to the power of "we" with groups like IWSG to keep the occasionally disheartened like me on the writing path. And I hope to have some news to share regarding one of my writing projects soon.

What about you? Any particular insecurities you'd like to leave behind in 2015?

Monday, January 4, 2016

2016 is Underway

Unless you've chosen to ignore it, a new year is here. 2016 arrived with all the fanfare various big cities, neighborhood fireworks displayers, and rootin-tootin-shooting gun owners could muster. Unlike last year, I decided to begin the new year with more of a "life inspiration" vision board than a goals board.

I gave myself permission to consider myself starting with a clean slate.


Then, after much searching, page flipping through magazines, tearing pages from magazines, and dreaming, I started cutting. I intended to be wild and unorganized in setting up my vision board, but my daughter smiled at me as she noted, "It's really organized, mom," while I was putting the puzzle pieces together on the poster board.

I gave it the old tilted head stare and was almost about to admonish myself for it's organization until I smiled and answered, "That's me...and that's okay." Even in the middle of trying to be crazy and wild, several somethings rang true from doing the vision board.

 - Some have a vision and live without ever trying to make it happen for so many reasons, which is why the vision board is such a lofty activity. It's my visual reminder to "keep going."
 - Visions shouldn't be bound to a one year timeline, but of making strides in life, growing more and learning that embracing who and what you are is truly the best and biggest growth of all.
 - My vision is for me. I had plans of Chipmunk doing a vision board like me, except she wanted to do a "Likes and Wants" board. Instead of trying to make her do as I said she should do, I opened my mind to letting her do what she wanted. This wasn't homework, an exam or anything, but something she can wake to in the mornings and enjoy. And it was another reminder for me as a parent that it isn't my job to make her be me, but to encourage her in being her very best her. Plus, she's eleven years old. Just us being together was a nice time for her... and for me, too.

What about you? Any plans, resolutions or goals for 2016?

Friday, January 1, 2016

Happy New Year 2016!

To you and all you love,
To the ups and downs behind us and the adventures ahead,
To some great online peeps and some I've been blessed to meet in real life...

To a new year...