Wednesday, May 17, 2017


MARKED BEAUTY by S.A. Larsen
Publisher: Ellysian Press
Release Date: October 2017

Uncovering hidden secrets can sometimes kill you . . . or worse, steal your soul.

Anastasia Tate has a secret. She can feel the emotions of others through their life energy auras. Not a welcome gift for a teenager. Especially when a sinister presence begins stalking her.

Viktor Castle also has a secret. He’s tasked with protecting humanity yet cursed by an ancient evil to destroy it.

After Viktor saves Ana’s life, her abilities grow stronger. Drawn together, she senses Viktor has answers to lifelong questions. Only he shuns her at every turn, knowing he has saved her only to put her in more danger.

As Ana struggles with her attraction to Viktor, he tries everything to bury his unexpected feelings for her. But they must find a middle ground. For only together can they combat the dark forces threatening both their lives . . . and their souls.




About the Author
S.A. LARSEN is the author of the award-winning novel Motley Education, the first book in a fantasy-adventure series for middle grade readers. Her work has appeared in numerous local publications and young adult anthologies Gears of Brass and Under A Brass Moon by Curiosity Quills Press. Marked Beauty is her debut young adult novel. Find her in the land of snowy winters and the occasional Eh’ya with her husband of over twenty-five years, four children, a playful pooch, and three kittens. Visit her cyber home anytime at www.salarsenbooks.com.
Connect with her on Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Blog | Goodreads

Giveaway
This is a #hashtag giveaway, where two lucky winners will receive a FREE eBook of Marked Beauty upon its release.
To participate:
  • Share one of the premade images via Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram. Or write up a blog post using one of the images.
  • Include #MarkedBeauty in your description.
  • Optional for extra entry: include Add to Goodreads (with link) in your description.
***Posts MUST contain the hashtag #MarkedBeauty for entry into the giveaway or we won’t be able to find you.


Pre-made tweets
"A lust 4 life energy. An ancient curse. One soul's journey thru death 2 find the cure." #MarkedBeauty #CoverReveal http://bit.ly/2qdE0q0

"Uncovering some secrets can kill you, or worse ... steal your soul." #MarkedBeauty #CoverReveal http://bit.ly/2qdE0q0 #YAlit

An ancient race. A timid girl. And a journey to the in-between. #MarkedBeauty #CoverReveal http://bit.ly/2qdE0q0 #YAlit

The giveaway begins May 17th and will be open until May 23rd. Winners will be announced May 24th via social media.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

IWSG and NOT Feeling Like an Author

I missed IWSG last month so I buckled down and got this post done because I did NOT want to miss another month. IWSG has been a source of maintaining sanity, being able to share on my blog and visit others each month. Click here so that you can hop along to other IWSG participants.

There is a question this month and it's mentioned at the site when you go there, but I wanted to share something a little personal.

I haven't tweeted in many weeks.

I haven't posted on Facebook about any of my books in what seems like months.

Um, and royalty checks? I did a rather piss-poor job when I was marketing because sales were always rather low then and are non-existent now (no exaggeration).

Actually, I got off of Facebook for Lent but cut it short to support The Un-Included Club's bid for the Seeds of Change grant in hopes they could make the first cut.

I haven't blogged as often as I used to.

There was a time where my daily schedule was one long day of ridiculousness from morning until midnight:

  • working a full time job
  • at home helping my daughter with homework
  • tweeting throughout the day even with some tweets pre-scheduled using Hootsuite
  • posting on Facebook about life and being positive and the availability of my books for young adults and the grown and sexy
  • researching marketing ideas and how I wished I could afford most of them but couldn't
  • jotting notes about new stories
  • working on the ones I needed to finish
  • blogging, reading blogs, and leaving comments
  • critiquing several writers works


Most days now I...

  • steal as much sleep in the morning as possible
  • work a very busy and exhausting full time job (had a different less active one a couple of years ago)
  • spend time with my daughter watching TV and reading
  • enjoy some Netflix and cuddles with my furbaby, Molly
  • every now and then get in some writing time.
  • go to sleep


You see what's missing in that new line-up? No marketing. None. It seems that from 2012 through 2015 when I was doing various things to market my books, all I managed to do was take time away from my daughter. Odd, since I got into this writing thing because I wanted to show her the importance of going for her dreams. Perhaps it is because she's becoming a teen and has grown so much I am fearful of missing anything at all.

So yeah, the writing hasn't stopped but I'm not feeling like an author. Actually, what would you say it means to be an author?

Please share your thoughts in the comments and let's have some chocolate while I deal with this and work my way back to my author-state-of-mind.