November 3, 2015

Sip Swap!

Hey writer friends! You still have a few days to get in on the fun of #SipSwap hosted by Kelsey Macke and Jennifer Love (@KelsNotChels and @_JessicaLove). 

This fun event is where you buy a mug for another writer, and someone buys one for you. It's the Secret Santa of hot beverages. Sign up by Nov 7.

http://kelseymacke.com/sipswap



To see just how fun it is, here's the mugs I've gotten the past two years. I LOVE them!

Yes that is Rainbow Dash, and the Phoenix mug is HUGE!


September 14, 2015

Book Review ~ The Solomon Twist by Dan Hammond Jr.

It's been a while, but here's a new review. I'm continuing my journey into "not my usual genre," which leads me into why I haven't written this review until now. I simply can't name the genre. You know what? That's not a problem, because Dan's writing makes me turn an unflattering color of green with envy. 



The Solomon Twist is a story about a lot of different people, well mostly one family, from a small fictional Texas town. There's an interesting paternity dispute that is resolved with a strange arrangement. The daddy compromise promises to be a win-win for everyone, but in reality makes them all losers. The book as a quasi murder mystery middle, but wraps up with some satisfying family dynamics. If it sounds vague it's because I'm trying my hardest not to give spoilers.

While there's a lot happening in this twisty plot, the beauty is in the words themselves. Solomon Twist has a southern literary flair with some great humor mixed in. I can't peg a genre, and that's okay. I was drawn into the thick language and complex character relationships and I got those things in spades. A few times while reading I had to set the book in my lap and just exhale after a perfectly delivered line of dialogue, or a metaphor that carries through so perfectly it needed time to be admired.

If you're looking for a gem of a book that's different from what you're reading now (I can only assume), pick it up. 

August 31, 2015

Spotlight ~ Sword of Deaths by Chrisopher Mannino

The
Scythe Wielder's Secret

THE SCYTHE WIELDER'S SECRET CONTINUES

Susan Sarnio made a choice, and will spend the rest of her life as the only female Death.  Last year she was bullied and ostracized. Now, to her complete bewilderment, four Deaths vie for her affection. Yet, something is terribly wrong at the College of Deaths. When a ship carrying scythe metal is attacked, many blame the newly-freed Elementals, but Susan knows the Elementals are innocent.

Shadows from the distant past come to light. Dragons circle the horizon, blood spills, and nothing is what it seems. Susan and her friends struggle to stop a war. They search for the fabled First Scythe, hoping to sway the balance, but who is the true enemy?

Sword of Deaths

SWORD OF DEATHS, the second novel in the critically acclaimed YA Fantasy trilogy "The Scythe Wielder's Secret," is now available from MuseItUp Publishing in both ebook and paperback formats. In SWORD OF DEATHS, Mannino delves deeper into the world and characters introduced in the first novel. The novel is told from three rotating points-of-view, and for the first time, the conflict with Dragons is fully realized. The style becomes darker, and for more epic, as the series moves towards a momentous climax in the final book DAUGHTER OF DEATHS.

Sword of Deaths


Here is an excerpt of this exciting novel:

Frank started to speak when a deafening shriek pierced the woods. They exchanged a silent acknowledgement, and crept to the side of the boulder.
“We might be able to hide beneath the stone,” Frank told Michi. He used his mind, grazing the power without diving into its depths.
The shriek screamed through the forest. The Elementals huddled on the rock’s edge, grasping for a crevice. Frank reached into his pocket and clutched the hilt of Rayn’s dagger. Tingles of warm energy coursed through his skin, rippling in waves from the mortamant blade.
A third scream blasted leaves to the ground. The forest floor trembled and trees quivered in the face of the Dragon’s fury. 
“Something’s changed,” said Michi. “He knows we’re here.”
“Don’t be ridiculous,” said Frank. For a moment the forest quieted.
Crash!
The canopy overhead tumbled down, trees snapping in half. A smell of sulfur choked Frank. A blast of heat swept through the forest. White-hot flames engulfed the woods, disintegrating trunks and leaves in a conflagration. Fire rushed around them like a tidal wave against a beach. The boulder protected their backs, yet even the stone grew hot. Smoke stung his eyes like acid.
Frank pulled out the dagger. The Dragon’s scales covered its entire body. He’d never get close enough to draw blood. Yet, one nick of his own blood and he’d be home. 
The Dragon’s blast ceased. So much destruction in a single blast.How did the Deaths ever defeat creatures like this? Acrid smoke billowed around the ashen ruins of trees. A wide swath of forest had been obliterated.
“Hold my hand,” he said. The boulder radiated heat behind them like coal in a furnace. “I’m going to bring us back to the College.”
“Wait. I’ve used my power,” said Michi. “It’s two against one, we should fight.”
“Fight a Dragon? Are you insane?”

WHAT PEOPLE SAY ABOUT THE SERIES SO FAR
(Praise for SCHOOL OF DEATHS: The Scythe Wielder's Secret Book One)

"Not just a book for young adults, but an imaginative read for everyone who likes something a little bit different. 5 Stars!" - Reader's Favorite

"With a well-developed setting, strong characters, a fairly fast moving plot, and snappy dialogue, this novel should keep readers engaged from the beginning to the end. Five Stars." - BookBreeze Magazine 

"Let's start with one simple statement: Wow!  This book, the characters and the world created by Mannino is absolutely spectacular."  -Kay, GoodReads Review

"This book's world is brilliant, and the author's creativity is more than amazing and the way he conveyed his imagination was just stunning."  -OnlineBookClub


 ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Christopher Mannino
Christopher Mannino’s life is best described as an unending creative outlet.  He teaches high school theatre in Greenbelt, Maryland.  In addition to his daily drama classes, he runs several after-school performance/production drama groups.  He spends his summers writing and singing.  Mannino holds a Master of Arts in Theatre Education from Catholic University, and has studied mythology and literature both in America and at Oxford University.  His work with young people helped inspire him to write young adult fantasy, although it was his love of reading that truly brought his writing to life.  

Mannino is currently completing The Scythe Wielder's Secret series and is working on several adult novels.

Learn more about Mannino and his novels, including trailers and purchase links at www.ChristopherMannino.com 

August 14, 2015

Author Interview ~ Lisa Dunn author of Heir of Koradin


Blog Tour
Heir of Koradin by Lisa Dunn
The Second Book of Chasmaria

Join me in welcoming author Lisa Dunn (my own author, by the way) in an interview to promote her new book Heir of Koradin. It is the sequel to the fabulous Grit of Berth and Stone. Now, onto the questions!

Thank you for having me, Laura! Its been an immense pleasure to work with you on these books, and I am forever thankful to you for pushing me harder and harder with each one. Okay, to the questions
1)      Where did the idea for this book come from? 
GRIT OF BERTH AND STONE started with the question of what life would be like without love. HEIR OF KORADIN is a continuation of that idea, as Grit struggles to balance her role as a warrior with her newfound devotion to the people in her lifea devotion that is wholly awkward at times because she still doesnt quite know how love works. Dagger presents the question of whether a persons worth is based on his actions or on something deeper and more beautiful. At the core of each characters story is the matter of grace. They both wonder if love can remain when one gets everything wrong.
2)      If you could meet one of your characters, which one would it be and what would you say to them? 
Id love to have breakfast with Arrow, side by side at Harths bar in contented silence. Hes a soothing presence. I might give him a hug when we parted to let him know how very special he is.
3)      If you had to pick a single person who inspired you to write, who would it be and how did they do it?
Arent you getting tired of hearing about my Wise and Wonderful Sister? Seriously, my sister has been a huge encouragement every step of the way. My husband has been with me in the trenches of daily life, though. Without him to put the kids to bed and without his accommodation of my need for focused writing time, these books never could have been written. Also, hes the sort of person who makes up his mind to do something and then does it. (Example: He completed a marathon while I was editing GRIT.) Hes about the most honest person youll meet and has a sense of humor as warped as mine. Over the years, hes modeled grace and persistence in every sphere of life, and I hope those characteristicshonesty, humor, grace, and persistenceflow into my writing.
4)      What writers resources have you used toward the goal of getting published?
During drafting and revision, Google and Webster were invaluable for research and choosing the right names and words. Google and Twitter were excellent tools for researching agents, editors, and publishers, as were Query Tracker, Agent Query, and http://www.literaryrambles.com, a blog filled with agent interviews. I also had several friends and a local critique group give feedback on my manuscript.
5)      How long did it take you to get published?
Assuming I have my dates right, I finished GRIT at the end of June 2012. I queried for about nine months before doing a major revision, essentially rewriting two-thirds of the story. I probably queried another nine months and was just thinking of shelving the trilogy and trying to get my foot in the door with a standalone when Anaiah Press picked up my manuscript.
6)      Who are your favorite authors?
Lloyd Alexander, John Knowles, the Bronte sisters, Jane Austen, Daphne DuMaurier, Georgette Heyer, Suzanne Collins, Pierce Brown, and Mo Willems.
7)      Besides writing, what would be your dream job?
Wait. There are other jobs? Who knew? Okay, to be serious againI sort of already have the other best job in the world. Thanks to my supportive, hard-working husband, Ive been a stay-at-home mom for thirteen years. I currently teach our four children at home, and while it can be a beast of a job, I wouldnt trade it for anything.
8)      Can you see your book being made into a movie? If so, who would you want to play the leads?
It would be wild to get a movie deal. Realistic, maybe not, but let
s go ahead and assemble a cast. I recently watched Tomorrowland, and Britt Roberston could definitely play Grit. If Logan Lerman would grow out his Percy Jackson hair, wed have Dagger. Colin ODonoghue could cover Strike and Stone. Coil, I dont even know Hed be the hardest to cast because Id want him just right.


Dagger of Willow and Strike has waited a lifetime to return to the village of his birth. He’s been promised the throne of Koradin, but getting captured by his treacherous sire wasn’t part of the plan. Dagger needs a miracle to turn his childhood dreams into reality—And Grit of Berth and Stone might be that miracle.

Unfortunately for him, Grit’s stuck in the rival village of Thresh, and she’s in way over her head. Having bluffed her way into commanding an army of incompetents, she’s useless to Dagger if her new recruits don’t learn the right end of a sword. To make matters worse, Dagger’s sire seeks Grit’s life, and there’s no telling when he’ll return to Thresh to finish what he started when he killed her dame.

But freedom calls through shifting alliances, and neither Dagger’s disillusionment nor Grit’s doubt can keep the armies of Koradin and Thresh from war.

Book Links
Anaiah Press: http://www.anaiahpress.com/Koradin.html

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B013C7TWLK

B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/grit-of-berth-and-stone-lisa-dunn/1121283483?ean=9780996129756

iBooks: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/grit-of-berth-and-stone/id970834995?mt=11

Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/566000

Review Snippets from Book 1: Grit of Berth and Stone
“Grit does not fit into any of our modern stereotypes and I love that.”

“ Grit's world is well-crafted and revealed to the reader through the story telling with just enough details to understand the world and story and to keep you intrigued and guessing about what is coming next.”

“This book will definitely keep your attention and your thoughts long after you've finished.”

Book Trailer https://youtu.be/Seq-Fg7M0l4

DON’T MISS!
End of Tour Author Facebook Q&A: Thursday, August 27, 9-10 p.m. EST
https://www.facebook.com/events/1666980863546266/

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About the Author

As a child, Lisa Dunn fell asleep to her father’s fanciful bedtime tales and played with her own stories during the daylight hours. She now resides in a small southern town with her husband and four children. Local librarians thank her for their job security.

Website: http://waitingforaname.wordpress.com/
Twitter:  https://twitter.com/ScouterWife
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/authorlisadunn?fref=nf
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/21086727-lisa-dunn








July 23, 2015

Spotlight ~ Hot Voodoo by Iona Brodie

Could you enjoy a perfect romance if it means somebody else is suffering?



When a school project leads Stella and her best friend Emily to experiment with voodoo dolls, they could never have predicted the consequences. Two of the hottest guys in school vie for Stella's attentions, and Jamie, the coolest boy at Auld Bridge Hall School, soon becomes the perfect boyfriend.

However, as their love blossoms, her other admirer Seth is pulled into a downward spiral that puts his future and even his life at risk. Is it because of the voodoo dolls? Can she watch him fall to keep her perfect relationship with Jamie intact? 

Excerpt

Stella grabbed the written directions that came with the doll and, after scanning her way over the whole text, started to chant. At first she only managed two lines then stopped aghast; voodoo chanting was not meant to be done in a soft Scottish accent. She quickly got into the rhythm of things and carried the whole spell through to the very end before carefully placing the Jamie doll back down on the desk. Emily had been sitting touching the Seth doll at the same time.

“And make Seth love her too!” cried Emily, loud and rushed.

“Em, you promised!”

“Oh, I know, but I just got carried away. There’s no harm in it.”


“You didn't even do it properly.”

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About the Author

Iona Brodie writes fiction with a twist of mythology and the paranormal set in Scotland. Whilst her first published novella, Dark Waters of the Heart, was firmly targeted at adults, her debut novel, Hot Voodoo is for young adults.

Website and blog: www.ionabrodie.co.uk
Twitter: @IonaB_writer

June 9, 2015

Goodreads GIVEAWAY! Free SIGNED copy of SCHISM!


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Schism by Laura Maisano

Schism

by Laura Maisano

Giveaway ends June 17, 2015.
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May 31, 2015

Book Review ~ Honest and for True by Jane Lebak

I haven't read much chick lit, let alone chick lit featuring protagonists who speak to their guardian angels, so I'm fairly certain Jane Lebak has created her own genre. And you know what? It's awesome.

Oh this cover is TOO CUTE!
Honest and for True (HAFT for short) is the first in the adventures of Lee and her guardian angel Bucky. Although Lee loves working as an auto mechanic, she has a teency problem with lying about it to the guys she dates, crafting a new story for each person she runs into. Bucky can't stand the lies and he tries to get her to come clean before it's too late.

You know it's always gonna be too late. So while as a reader, we know this little problem is going to blow up in her face, it still hurts like hell once it does. By the time the conflict comes to a head, I'm totally invested in Lee's life and her amazing relationship with the unseen angel. Lee and Bucky are both hilarious, making sarcastic jokes at the drop of a hat, and Lee's voice is really engaging and fun to read. The relationships between Lee and her roommate, mother, niece, boyfriends, and especially Bucky, come across genuine and heartfelt. I like for a book to draw me in deep, and HAFT nailed it.

There's funny parts, sad parts, tense parts, and heartwarming parts. Plus, it has the most amazing toilet-repair scene you've ever read. Essentially, if a book can get me to cry and/or genuinely FEEL for the main character, it's a 5-star. Here you go Bucky, take your stars and share 'em with Lee.

May 18, 2015

Guest Post ~ Lisa Dunn talks about GRIT and Proust's Questions



Today I've invited Lisa Dunn and her great warrior heroine, Grit of Berth and Stone, to visit and sit for a little character interview. Take it away Lisa!

Lisa-
By some feat of strength, we managed to wrangle Grit of Berth and Stone into a chair to subject her to Proust’s Questionnaire. She proved characteristically belligerent; hence, the shortened interview. Thirty-five questions was too much to ask of the girl. It’s possible some answers were omitted to avoid offending delicate ears.

  • What is your idea of perfect happiness? Not being forced to answer stupid questions.
  • What is your greatest fear? Fear, my friend, is for cowards.
  • What is the trait you most deplore in yourself? (Blank stare.) What's to deplore?
  • What is the trait you most deplore in others? Cowardice.
  • Which living person do you most admire? I admire no one.
  • What is your greatest extravagance? You must be new to Thresh if you think I've any extravagance.
  • What is your current state of mind? My head begins to throb with all your questions. Can I leave?
  • What do you consider the most overrated virtue? I've never had time for patience.
  • On what occasion do you lie? You can't seriously expect me to tell you.
  • What do you most dislike about your appearance? (Looks at arms, legs, lap in confusion) What about my appearance?
  • Which living person do you most despise? Turf of Elna and Bord.
  • What is the quality you most like in a man? Ah, he must be good with a weapon.
  • What is the quality you most like in a woman? I'll tell you when I find a woman I like.
  • Which words or phrases do you most overuse? Now that's a fool question.
  • What or who is the greatest love of your life? I... I don't understand the question.
  • When and where were you happiest? The sea. But that's between us, you understand?
  • Which talent would you most like to have? I suppose there's a certain talent in keeping one's mouth shut.
  • If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be? Really, I think that mouth shut thing could be useful.
  • What do you consider your greatest achievement? I don't think I'm allowed to talk about my achievements. They're all highly debatable, anyhow.
  • If you were to die and come back as a person or a thing, what would it be? Humph. With my luck, I'd be Brakken's chamber pot.
  • Where would you most like to live? Somewhere I can eat my breakfast in peace, without the bother of foolish questions.
  • What is your most treasured possession? My dagger.
  • What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery? Life in the Inner Ring, among the weak and cowardly.
  • What is your favourite occupation? Meet me in the sparring ring, and I'll show you.
  • What is your most marked characteristic? I never lose.
  • What do you most value in your friends? A good blade and an honest tongue.
  • Who are your favourite writers? I'm going to go with Pierce Brown on this, but I don't recommend him to the feint-hearted.
  • What is it that you most dislike? I'm not fond of birds, if I'm honest.
  • What is your greatest regret? Sitting in this chair.
  • How would you like to die? With my dagger in my enemy's heart.
  • What is your motto? To waver is weakness.
Laura again here! ~ Thank you Lisa and thank you Grit for visiting today and giving us an insight into Chasmaria's heroine. There's that spunk and back-talk I love about Grit, and I think everyone should waltz on over to their favorite retailer and delver further into her world.

Forever and ever, To Grit!

Blurb 

                                                                                                  
Banished for a foolish mistake, sixteen-year-old Grit of Berth and Stone scorns the loss of her home, her honor, and her only ally. Only the weak worry about such things.
But war is brewing all across Chasmaria, and as a group of rebels pulls Grit into their ranks, she begins to question what strength, courage, and honor really look like. When faced with a horrible truth about herself, Grit must either fight her way back to Thresh or live with the blood of the innocent on her hands.





About the Author

As a child, Lisa Dunn fell asleep to her father’s fanciful bedtime tales and played with her own story ideas during the daylight hours. She now resides in a small southern town with her husband, four children, and an ever-changing assortment of pets. Local librarians habitually thank her for their job security. 

Amazon: www.amazon.com/author/lisadunn
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/authorlisadunn
Twitter:  @ScouterWife
 Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/21086727-lisa-dunn


May 13, 2015

Book Spotlight! ~ The Squire and the Slave Master by Eric Price


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The award winning Unveiling the Wizards’ Shroud (CLC’s Best First Novel 2014) chronicled Yara, Owen, and Cedric’s quest to revive King Kendrick from a dark, magical spell. After the adventure to save King Kendrick, for Yara, everyday life has grown monotonous. The dull work of learning her father’s blacksmithing trade, and the pressure from her parents to decide what she plans on doing with her life, has her nerves so stressed she snaps at her father’s slightest teasing. Lucky for her, a surprise messenger from the castle brings the king’s request for her to join a collaborative mission between the Central and Western Domains of Wittatun to stop a recently discovered slave operation in a land to the west.

King Kendrick and Owen want her to accompany the mission as a secret weapon disguised as a squire. She has to keep secret not only her magical abilities from any possible traitors, but also her gender. The people of the Western Domain have a superstition prohibiting girls from sailing. But a chill wind carries the distinct odor of sabotage. Can one girl survive to destroy an evil rooted much deeper than mere slavery?

Excerpt: 


A woman with long, brown hair, much like Yara’s, but streaked with grey, entered the stables. She looked around and must have sensed the remaining hostility. She put her hand on the man’s shoulder. “Oh, Pavit, you didn’t try to tell Yara her place in the world again, did you?”

“Now Kamala, you know—”

“Yes he did, Mother. And do you know what’s worse? He wants to arrange my marriage. And even worse, he wants to go back to the time of slavery.” Yara tried to scowl at him, but she felt a smile break through.

“Now, I never even suggested that.”

“Yara, honey,” her mother said, smiling as well, “a messenger from the castle’s here to see you.”

“Agh! Right now?” She dripped with sweat and smelled like horse manure. “What could the castle possibly want with me? Can he come back another time?”

Her mother turned to leave. “I think you need to see what he wants.”

Yara picked up the hammer and horseshoe and placed them on the workbench, brushed some of the soot and dirt from her clothes, and took the coif from her hair. She never worried about her appearance, but her hair was uncomfortably matted to her head. When she untied it and fanned it out, it stretched nearly to her waist. It felt much better free.

Opening the door, she paused to size up the tall, well-built man, a few years younger than she, who stood outside the yard gate. His hair had grown out since she had last seen him, and it looked like he hadn’t shaved for a week. He wore gloves, but she knew underneath, the palm of the right one looked black and charred.

She sprinted and threw herself into his arms. “Owen! How are you?” She pulled away to look at him. “What’s this on your face? Dirt?” She rubbed his beard stubble.

“Yeah, it’s dirt. I thought I should match you.”

Yara's face grew warm. She couldn’t imagine how much filth must cover her. She didn’t care to take time to freshen herself for a messenger, but she would have had she known his identity. It must have something to do with their time apart—Owen and Yara used to spend almost every day together—but as the official heir to the throne, each time she saw him, he somehow looked different in her eyes. More noble. More royal.

He smiled and wiped at a smudge on her cheek. “Did I hear you say something about getting married?”

“Oh no! Father loves trying my nerves. I don’t want to talk about it. Why are you here?” And how much of the conversation did you hear?

About the Author: 

Author Photo  Eric Price lives with his wife and two sons in northwest Iowa. He began publishing in 2008 when he started writing a quarterly column for a local newspaper. Later that same year he published his first work of fiction, a spooky children’s story called Ghost Bed and Ghoul Breakfast. Since then, he has written stories for children, young adults, and adults. Three of his science fiction stories have won honorable mention from the CrossTime Annual Science Fiction Contest. His first YA fantasy novel, Unveiling the Wizards’ Shroud, received the Children’s Literary Classics Seal of Approval and the Literary Classics Award for Best First Novel. His second novel, The Squire and the Slave Master, scheduled for an August 4, 2015 release, continues the Saga of the Wizards. He is a member of SCBWI. Find Him Online: Website/Blog authorericprice.com Twitter: @AuthorEricPrice Facebook: Author Eric Price Goodreads: Eric Price and Unveiling the Wizards’ Shroud

Don't Miss Unveiling the Wizards' Shroud

Literary Classics Best First NovelLiterary Classics Best First Novel[/caption] As the only son to King Kendrick, Owen despises the idea of being king one day. Magician may be the only career he’d like less. He has dreaded the days leading up to his fifteenth birthday, when his father will certainly declare Owen heir to the throne. But at the birthday celebration, his father falls ill. The only person in the kingdom that may be able to save him is a magician–the very same magician Owen holds responsible for the death of his mother. Owen and his companions will have to travel the continent of Wittatun in search of the cure for King Kendrick. On the journey, they will battle strange beasts and harsh climates, befriend extraordinary magicians, and meet a dragon before returning to Innes Castle–where much has happened in the days since he departed.      

Get your copy here: If you prefer to buy directly from the publisher:

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May 8, 2015

Ever wonder what trait you are?

I put together a little BuzzFeed quiz! In my book #SCHISM there's another world called Illirin. Illirin has five traits (Winged, Legged, Finned, Tailed, and Seer), and you can take the quiz to see which one YOU are!

It's fun, fast, and easy. Share with all your friends!

Which Illirin Trait Are You?

May 5, 2015

Guest Post - Integrating Real Places into a Fantasy World by Megan O'Russell

As part of the Blog Tour for Megan O'Russell's SIREN'S REALM, I've invited her here today to talk about mixing reality with fantasy. Megan, take it away!


Integrating Real Places into a Fantasy World



In 2013, my husband and I took a trip to Europe. We went over with the intent to see a little more of the world, and I came home with the inspiration for The Siren’s Realm.

On our trip we went to Paris, Venice, Florence, Cinque Terre, and Rome.

One of my absolute favorite things we did was seeing the fountain and music show at the Palace of Versailles. I’m already moderately obsessed with fountains, and there were around fifty beautifully lit fountains all over the garden, providing lots of things to frolic between.

But one fountain stuck with me. It wasn’t the best or the most beautiful. But there was something in the green mist that I found entrancing. It was a simple effect. Green lasers and fog. But at night in Versailles, it was pure magic. Something so far beyond our normal world, I couldn’t stop imagining where in a magical one the mist could have come from.



Through that wondering the green mist was written into The Siren’s Realm. In fact, you can see it on the book’s cover.

The gondola on the cover comes from our time in Venice. Riding a gondola through the canals at night was the most peaceful and content I have ever felt. The sound of the gentle waves lapping against the boat, resonating between the thick stone walls. The twinkling of the stars above the glow of the city. Faint music drifting through the labyrinth of streets. It was so beautiful and perfect, it made me wish I could never leave. Just stay frozen in that wonderful peace forever.
But if you add in a little bit of magic, wanting to stay in a boat gliding through the night becomes possible and infinitely more dangerous.



Other places and people have trickled their way into The Tethering Series, becoming the world Jacob Evans and Emilia Gray must fight to protect.

The Siren's Realm


Jacob loves Emilia Gray, but things aren't always that simple in the world of Magickind...

The war has begun. 
The Dragons are gaining power, and the Gray Clan stands alone. Desperate to find a way to stop the Pendragon, Emilia is forced to seek answers from someone who hasn't been seen in seventeen years . . . Her mother. Embarking on a magical journey filled with witches, wizards, centaurs and a dangerous and powerful Siren, Jacob and Emilia must take a leap of faith to a land neither could have ever imagined . . . and hope they can then find their way home.





Book Blitz ~ Suspected by Rori Shay

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This is my stop during the book blitz for Suspected (#2) by Rori Shay. This book blitz is organized by Lola's Blog Tours. The book blitz runs from 20 April till 3 May, you can view the complete blitz schedule on the website of Lola’s Blog Tours.

So far this series contains 2 books: Elected (The Elected series #1) and Suspected (The Elected series #2). The Elected series is about the environment and environmental change and what can happen after climate change. It’s about a girl pretending to be a boy for the good of her country. Fans of Mulan will love this series.

SuspectedSuspected (The Elected series #2)
By Rori Shay

Genre: Dystopia
Age category: Young Adult

Blurb:
East Country upheld the laws. Mid destroyed them.

In the year 2185 Earth is rebuilding after a global eco-crisis. Countries maintain complete isolation so there is no warfare over scarce resources. One Elected family is chosen to lead each country for 100 years to ensure stability. Women aren't allowed to take office and must reproduce at all costs. Technology use of any kind is banned to preserve what's left of the environment.

And yet, I'm my country's Elected. I've just sanctioned technology use to ready us for war. I'm about to cross the border to spy on our neighbor. And...I'm a girl. Shhhhhh.....


You can find Suspected on Goodreads
- Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Suspected-Elected-Book-Rori-Shay-ebook/dp/B00UUIRE0Q/ 
- Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/suspected-rori-shay/1121727075 
- Kobo: https://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/suspected-1 
- Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/536776 
- Silence in the Library: http://www.silenceinthelibrarypublishing.com/product/suspected-by-rori-shay/ 


First book in the series:
ElectedElected (The Elected series #1)
By Rori Shay
Genre: Dystopia
Age category: Young Adult
Release Date: April 8, 2014

Blurb:
It’s the year 2185, and in two weeks, Aloy will turn eighteen and take her father’s place as president of the country. But to do so, she must masquerade as a boy to avoid violating the Eco-Accords, four treaties designed to bring the world back from the brink of environmental extinction. Aloy hopes to govern like her father, but she is inheriting a different country. The long concealed Technology Faction is stepping out of the shadows, and as turmoil grows within her country, cryptic threats also arrive from beyond their borders.

As she struggles to lead, Aloy maintains her cover by marrying a woman, meanwhile battling feelings for the boy who knows her secret—the boy who is somehow connected to her country’s recent upheaval. When assassination attempts add to the turmoil, Aloy doesn’t know whom to trust. She understood leadership required sacrifice. She just didn’t realize the sacrifice might be her life.


You can find Elected on Goodreads

You can buy Elected here:
- Amazon
- Barnes & Noble
- Kobo


Rori ShayAbout the Author: Rori Shay is a strategic management consultant living in the Seattle area with her family, black lab, and cat. In the writing world, Rori is primarily know for her science fiction trilogy, The Elected Series. She enjoys running, reading, snow-shoeing, pumpkin-picking, and right now…writing the third ELECTED novel! Rori is also a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI).

You can find and contact Rori here:
- Website
- Facebook
- Twitter
- Goodreads


There is a tour wide giveaway for the book blitz of Suspected. This giveaway is US and Canada only. These are the prizes you can win:
- a kindle ereader and a signed copy of Elected by Rori Shay

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May 3, 2015

Whirlwind Over?

Hi everyone!

The first week after release is winding down and the blog tour has ended. I've notified the winners of the giveaway, and I want to thank everyone who entered and spread the word about my little book out into the world. My first book signing on Saturday was a big success and I got to see a lot of people. I'm so overwhelmed and humbled by the support and love from everyone during this release.

Here's to hoping things keep going in a good way. If you read the book and love it, please rate it on Amazon and write a short review. Seriously, two sentences is enough! Every little bit helps, and I appreciate all the kind words.

For now, I'm going to collapse into a heap and get some rest. Have a great Sunday all!

April 29, 2015

Inaugural Book Signing

Hey everybody! All you Denton, TX locals come on by the Barnes and Noble in the Golden Triangle Mall on Saturday, May 2nd between 2-4pm for my book signing!

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April 20, 2015

Mega Release Blog Tour for SCHISM



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April 15, 2015

Book Blitz ~ Dangerous Love by Kara Leigh Miller & Jody Holford

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Anaiah Press proudly presents
DANGEROUS LOVE by Kara Leigh Miller and Jody Holford
a romantic suspense novel that releases today!

He’s fighting to forget his past while she struggles to remember hers…  
Doctor Josh Parker lives with guilt about his wife’s death every day.  
He believes himself incapable of ever loving again, but when a mysterious woman arrives in the Emergency Room, brutally beaten and left for dead, he starts to feel something he hasn’t felt in far too long: hope.  
Alessandra Matthews has no memory of the events that led to her being hospitalized. Worse, she has no idea who hurt her or why. Although she’s uncertain of who she is, she is fully aware of one thing—she’s falling for her doctor.  
Sometimes, what you don’t know can kill you…  
As Josh and Alessa work to solve the mystery surrounding her past, she soon realizes just how much danger she’s really in, but Josh refuses to let her face the darkness of her memories alone. With each of them struggling to put their pasts behind them, theirs is a DANGEROUS LOVE.  


Get your own copy of DANGEROUS LOVE by Kara Leigh Miller and Jody Holford:

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About the Authors:

Kara Leigh Miller


Kara Leigh Miller

Kara lives in Upstate New York with her husband, three kids, three dogs, and three cats. When she's not busy writing romance novels that leave readers swooning, she's spending time with her family or attending one of her many writers groups. An active member of The Romance Writers of America and the CNY Writers Haven, Kara is also Managing Editor for Anaiah Press' Surge and Romance Imprints. She absolutely loves to hear from her fans and fellow authors, so feel free to drop her a line anytime!

Website     Twitter      Goodreads     Facebook


Jody Holford


Jody Holford

Jody lives in British Columbia with her husband and two daughters. She is a fan of Nora Roberts, Jill Shalvis, Rachel Gibson, and Rainbow Rowell. In reading and writing, she likes characters who are flawed, but driven toward the pursuit of love and happiness. In November 2013, she published A Not So Lonely Christmas with Foreward Literary. In December 2014, she published Forever Christmas through Kindle Direct.


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April 12, 2015

Guest Post ~ Tips for Collaborating on a Novel (Giveaway)

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Tips for Collaborating on a Novel
by
Kara Leigh Miller & Jody Holford


One of the most common questions we’ve been asked this past year is: How did you co-write a book? Everyone wants to know how we did it. What was our process. How did we figure out who wrote what. What did we did we do if we disagreed about something.

For Dangerous Love, I (Kara) had already started the project. I’d written the first few chapters and so Jody came in to a started story. That alone was tricky. What if she didn’t like the idea or the characters? What if she wanted to change the characters’ names or professions? What if she thought the writing sucked? It was all very nerve wracking. Thankfully, she loved the story and the characters and was able to jump right in and pick up as if we’d been writing together for years.

But even though the transition into writing together was easy, the overall process required a bit of finesse and negotiations. So, how exactly did we do it? Here are our top three tips for collaborating on a novel…

1.                              COMMUNICATE -- This is a biggie. If you’re not comfortable talking with your co-author, the project will fail. There’s just no way around it. Early on, we agreed to always be open and honest with each other. If one of us did something the other didn’t like, or if we felt there was an issue with what the other had written, we would talk about it. Just like we promised to talk about all plot twists or character quirks before we wrote them. Every step of the way, we talked about everything, no matter how small or silly it seemed.

2.                              SAY GOODBYE TO YOUR EGO -- Let’s face it, all authors have a certain amount of ego they carry around. They have to if they’re going to survive in this industry. But when co-writing, there’s absolutely no room for it whatsoever. If you believe every word you write is golden and every idea you have is the next bestseller and you’re not willing to listen to an opposing or alternate idea, then co-writing probably isn’t for you. Authors know how hard it can be to “kill your darlings” but that’s exactly what you need to be prepared to do when writing with another author. They’re not going to love every single thing you write and vice versa, which is why tip #1 is so super important.

3.                              SET RULES FOR DISAGREEMENTS -- Disagreements are inevitable. We wish we could tell you every step has been rainbows and sunshine for us, but that would be lying. Yes, we’ve had our disagreements. And if we didn’t have a clear understanding of how we were planning to handle them, they would’ve been a lot worse. For us, we have the unique situation of already being under contract for this book. We already have an editor, so we were able to go to her as an impartial third party. We’d both present our side of things, and let our editor be the final decision, agreeing, of course, to abide by our editor’s “ruling.” In addition, we vowed never to let a disagreement come between our professional relationship or the close, personal friendship we’ve built.


Co-writing a book is definitely a unique situation that requires a lot of patience and flexibility. But it’s also one of the most exciting and rewarding experiences we’ve had as authors. We look forward to writing many more books together!


Anaiah Press proudly presents
DANGEROUS LOVE by Kara Leigh Miller and Jody Holford
a romantic suspense novel available on April 14!


He’s fighting to forget his past while she struggles to remember hers…  
Doctor Josh Parker lives with guilt about his wife’s death every day.  
He believes himself incapable of ever loving again, but when a mysterious woman arrives in the Emergency Room, brutally beaten and left for dead, he starts to feel something he hasn’t felt in far too long: hope.  
Alessandra Matthews has no memory of the events that led to her being hospitalized. Worse, she has no idea who hurt her or why. Although she’s uncertain of who she is, she is fully aware of one thing—she’s falling for her doctor.  
Sometimes, what you don’t know can kill you…  
As Josh and Alessa work to solve the mystery surrounding her past, she soon realizes just how much danger she’s really in, but Josh refuses to let her face the darkness of her memories alone. With each of them struggling to put their pasts behind them, theirs is a DANGEROUS LOVE.  


Get your own copy of DANGEROUS LOVE by Kara Leigh Miller and Jody Holford:

Amazon      B&N     Smashwords

a Rafflecopter giveaway    

About the Authors:

Kara Leigh Miller


Kara Leigh Miller

Kara lives in Upstate New York with her husband, three kids, three dogs, and three cats. When she's not busy writing romance novels that leave readers swooning, she's spending time with her family or attending one of her many writers groups. An active member of The Romance Writers of America and the CNY Writers Haven, Kara is also Managing Editor for Anaiah Press' Surge and Romance Imprints. She absolutely loves to hear from her fans and fellow authors, so feel free to drop her a line anytime!

Website     Twitter      Goodreads     Facebook


Jody Holford

Jody Holford

Jody lives in British Columbia with her husband and two daughters. She is a fan of Nora Roberts, Jill Shalvis, Rachel Gibson, and Rainbow Rowell. In reading and writing, she likes characters who are flawed, but driven toward the pursuit of love and happiness. In November 2013, she published A Not So Lonely Christmas with Foreward Literary. In December 2014, she published Forever Christmas through Kindle Direct.


Website     Twitter      Goodreads     Facebook