Saturday, April 30, 2016

Weekend Special!

I typically don't blog on the weekend, so you can bet it's for good reason that I'm dancing a jig today.
Fable Ranger: Summons is on sale!!

That's right. For this weekend only, you can grab your ecopy of Summons at the deeply discounted rate of 99cents!


Take care what you wish for. You just might get it. 

Twelve-year-old Casey doesn’t think life could get any more unfair. Plans for her special basketball tournament are tossed aside by her sister’s wedding plans. She even has to be a bridesmaid now, with all the lace and silk and—oh, the horror! All she wants is an escape, but she never imagined she’d be swept away to a world of Mother Goose rhymes, fairy tales, stories of Arabian Nights, and oh, by the way, all but one fairy godmother has been kidnapped.

Casey learns she’s been summoned as the Fable Ranger to lead the search and rescue of the missing wish-makers. But she’s not the hero they want. In the world of fairy tales, damsels aren’t meant to swoop in and save the day. 

Now all Casey wants is to go home, but the veil between worlds is on lockdown. Taking fate into her own hands, she embarks on an airship flight to find the phoenix tears that can open her way home. Her journey would’ve gone as smooth as the perfect layup if it weren’t for that pesky bounty the evil Dovetail has placed on her head. But if Casey fails, the Arabian Nights will disappear forever—and leave her trapped in a world unraveling one fairy tale at a time.


Buy links: Amazon | B&N

If you've gotten your copy, please feel free to share the reading love and give it as a gift :-)


Monday, April 25, 2016

Something to Ask...

Some of you that visit my blog are strictly readers. Others, like me, love to read and write.

I've been publishing stories under my name and as Rayven Godchild for a few years now. It's been a see-saw adventure being happy for my writing comrades who find a livable financial success with their stories and wondering what I'm doing wrong to be so far from such a level four years into my publishing endeavors.

Four years may not be so long compared to others who've been at this longer and are struggling just as much as me, so let me say I don't write this post as a pity party. I'm interested in honest feedback.

In the comments, please share your thoughts:
Are you drawn to an author's novel or the author?
Have you ever purchased one of the novels by me as Angela Brown or Rayven Godchild?
If so, which one did you get and was there a reason behind the preference?

Like I mentioned above, honest answers is what I'd like to read. This isn't about stroking egos, but about me learning, even if I have to take a bruising to gain the knowledge.

Enjoy a bit of virtual fruit and chocolate cheesecake as my thanks for you taking the time to share your thoughts.

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Monday, April 11, 2016

Monday Spotlight

Mondays I can always use a great pick-me-up, and what better way than to shed some light on a fellow author. Welcome Evernight Teen author, Nicky Peacock.

Tell me about this series, how did it come about?
Battle of the Undead is a vampires VS zombies urban fantasy and it was born from my need to read a story just like it. I'm an avid reader (I think most writers are) and loved reading vampire and zombie books, but struggled to find one where they were pitted against one another. I thought, hey if I want to read this, then others might too. So I wrote it. As monsters, zombies and vampires are very different, but both feed on humans - that means if they happen to collide, they're going to be fighting over just the one food source...us.

Who is your heroine and what are some of the conflicts she faces?
My heroine is called Britannia. She's a 400 year old vampire who is used to living on her own. She's hated her sire, Nicholas ever since he turned her then killed her fiance and family (or did he?) she's stubborn and has a dry sense of humor. She's being forced to work with old enemies and old friends to save their food source from the zombie uprising - the problem is she likes her blood free range and isn't too keen on delivering people to her Elders who have a much more inhumane blood supply chain in mind. Fortunately for us humans, Brit can kick serious butt and she's done taking orders.


Who is the hero and what conflicts does he face?
There are several heroes in the series, although my personal favorite is the unknown aged vampire Nicholas. He's not what he appears and his true motives are only just bubbling to the surface. He's done some pretty nasty things, but killing Brit's family isn't one of them. He took on that villain mantle to keep Brit focused on fighting and in his life, but what if he's hiding something else, something worse? 

Where did you get the idea for the story? Who or what was your inspiration?
My next series is The Twisted and the Brave and the first book is called, Lost in Wonderland; it's out in April this year. The inspiration for this one was a little different from Battle of the Undead. Last year was Alice in Wonderland's 150th anniversary and I decided to re-read the book. I had forgotten how much I had loved it as a little girl, but reading it as an adult, I saw there were darker themes running through it. I wanted to create something that had these themes, but was set in our world and time. So, for the first time in my writing career I wrote a contemporary thriller - except, I'm all about the supernatural, so added a dash of the paranormal in there too. I created a story that has serial killers, monsters, imaginary friends and a group of dangerous vigilantes that call themselves Wonderland.

QUICK-FIRE QUESTIONS

Plotter or pantser? Plotter with a dash of pants

Neat freak or messy Jessie? Neat freak

Favorite book? soooo many...right now I'm loving Kiera Cass' The Selection series

Favorite author? Keri Arthur 

Greatest phobia? Getting lost


Thanks for having me on your site!

My pleasure, Nicky. Get to know more about this fantastic author and her books by checking out her haunts:

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

IWSG and Doubt

The Insecure Writer’s Support Group
  
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

Our Twitter hashtag is #IWSG

The awesome co-hosts for the April 6 posting of the IWSG will be Megan Morgan, Chris Votey, Viola Fury, Christine Rains, Madeline Mora-Summonte, L.G. Keltner, Rachna Chhabria, and Patricia Lynne!

For my post today, I'm trying to NOT let myself give in to the doubts invading the fringes of my mind. I've been keeping them at bay with positive thoughts that patience in this writing game is what will work and that this is a marathon, not a sprint.

Yet I feel like a skilled warrior running uphill like in The Last Samurai movie facing the brutality of a Gatling gun.

To keep from feeling...
Confused
Really stupid
Useless
Skill-less
Hurt
Evidently wrong about this dream
Defeated
I'm trying to force my attention away from the soul-sucking low-to-no sales and pouring myself into another project. And praying helps with my sanity as well.

What do you do to keep your sanity when doubt seeks to overwhelm you?

Monday, April 4, 2016

Mondays

Some days are a bit more difficult than others. Mondays get a pretty bad rap since they start the work week for many and comes right on the heels of the weekend ending.

For me, it's been a rough few days. Lots on my mind. Just needing a bit of a pick-me-up.
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What works for you when you could use a good pick-me-up?