Friday, May 1, 2015

Special Guest Melissa F. Olson with Giveaways

Thank you so much to Nikki for being part of this multi-webpage blog blast. If you’ve already heard of me and my books, you can scroll down to go straight to the contest entry. Otherwise, please let me introduce myself.

My name is Melissa F. Olson, and I mostly write urban fantasy novels, which are stories about the intersection of two worlds: the real one that we live in and a world that involves something supernatural: fairies, vampires, werewolves, mutant killer hedgehogs, or all of the above. My new novel Boundary Crossed is about a young woman, Lex, trying to protect her baby niece from bad guys who have discovered that the baby has serious value on the supernatural black market. Lex is determined to keep her safe, but unfortunately she dies at the end of the first chapter.

No, seriously. She dies. But then she gets better, because it turns out that there’s more to Lex than she ever knew. She needs to figure out why she’s still alive and what the bad guys want with her niece, and she’s going to need a lot of help to do it.

The book has been available all month as a Kindle First deal on Amazon, but it comes out in paperback and audiobook for the first time today. To celebrate this release, I’m giving away signed books, a $20 Amazon gift card, and some killer swag. (That’s a metaphor; the swag will not hurt you.) To enter, just click on the Rafflecopter button below, and enter up to four times for the four prizes. Thanks for reading!

Links:



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Bio:

Melissa Olson was born and raised in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin, and studied film and literature at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. After graduation, and a brief stint bouncing around the Hollywood studio system, Melissa landed in Madison, WI, where she eventually acquired a master's degree from UW-Milwaukee, a husband, a mortgage, a teaching gig, two kids, and two comically oversized dogs, not at all in that order. She loves Madison, but still dreams of the food in LA. Literally. There are dreams. Learn more about Melissa, her work, and her dog at www.MelissaFOlson.com.

Monday, April 27, 2015

$1.99 Audiobooks - Entire Series Going Audible

Had a blast with everyone who showed up to the Northern Bites audiobook party on Facebook last week!

If you missed the exciting news, here it is:

1) Em Eldridge will be narrating the entire AURORA SKY series in audiobook. Production on Bad Blood (Aurora Sky #3) begins mid-May.

Only $1.99!


2) Amazon is now offering the first Aurora Sky audiobook for the killer price of $1.99 when you download book one FREE. Grab this killer steal here.

3) Northern Bites (Aurora Sky #2) just released AND Amazon has also reduced the price of the audio edition to $1.99 with purchase of the ebook on Amazon. Wasn’t expecting that on a new release!
(Authors have zero control over audiobook pricing with ACX.)

If you tune into Aurora Sky and enjoy your listening experience, we’d greatly appreciate reviews and recommendations. :D

To receive a release alert on the next audiobook (Bad Blood) and other Aurora Sky updates (like the release of book 5, Whiteout), enter your email address here.

Thank you for tuning in!

Monday, April 20, 2015

Audiobook Party & Prizes: Now - Wed, April 22

YOU ARE INVITED!


  What: A totally chill, low key, laidback, Audiobook Release Party on Facebook

  When: Now - Wednesday, April 22
 

  - Meet the Voice of Aurora Sky
11 - Noon Pacific (2 - 3 PM Eastern) Wednesday join Aurora Sky narrator Em Eldridge
 


 
- Enter to WIN audiobooks
12 killer titles donated by 12 extraordinary authors, including Stacey Marie Brown, Eric Asher, Susan Illene, Caroline Hanson, April White, Chris Marie Green, Kimberly Loth, Stormy Smith, Ednah Walters, Desni Mallow Dantone, B. Kristin McMichael, and Melissa Wright.
 
Start Entering Any Time

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Emerald City Comicon in Pictures

Had a blast at the Emerald City Comicon! Here's a look:


Met Isaac Marion, author of my favorite zombie novel "Warm Bodies."
Celebrated our 15-year-anniversary amidst the comicon craze... and convinced Seb to wear a graphic tee - a first!
Surprised Seb with a ticket for a photo op with Amanda Tapping from one of his all-time favorite shows: Stargate. She sounds so super nice and funny!

 
Seb surprised me back with a photo op with John Barrowman from my beloved Torchwood! I shared my photo with Stacey and Seb. :) And I got to touch JB!!!
Table buddies with my soul sister, Stacey Marie Brown. We loved chatting with all the readers and aspiring authors who attended the Emerald City Comicon.
 
All set up for 3 days of fun.
 
Last day. Ladies in red in the city of green. ECCC kicked ass!

Monday, March 16, 2015

Get Your Green On! Giveaway


I've written in a variety of fields over the years, from employee newsletters to literary short fiction; entertainment and lifestyle pieces for Alaska newspapers and magazines to obituaries. :(

By far my favorite writing project was the Spellbound Trilogy. I am grateful to hear feedback from readers such as, "I wish this was a 13 book series," and "I took a 5 year reading break to raise my kids. Entangled was the first book I read in half a decade. I loved it so much it got me back into reading."

Win A Signed Paperback

I hope you find an opportunity to experience the adventure, magic, and romance of Spellbound. Book One, Entangled is FREE at all major eBook retailers. (See Spellbound page for links.)
Don't Go Without Your Freebie :)

And lastly, I hope these books not only inspire you to read and write, but to Never Give Up on your dreams & goals and not take crap EVER!

I'm giving away a signed Duplicity (Spellbound #2) paperback. No one will pinch you while you're reading it! ;-)


Add more awesome to your eReader.

Pinch me, I'm Alaskan!
Aurora Sky: Vampire Hunter, Vol. 1 is now free at all major online eBook retailers. Links here.

Happy hopping! See full list of hop links here.

 
The entire Spellbound Trilogy is now available for one low price of $4.99.
Kindle - Nook - iBooks - Kobo - Google Play
 
 

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Whiteout (Aurora Sky #5) on Goodreads


Whiteout is well under way and an absolute blast... or rather ARCTIC BLAST as Aurora and Dante play a game of cat-and-mouse across the Last Frontier.

Read more about it at Goodreads or WAIT if you haven't read Hunting Season yet.

I did my best to avoid spoilers, but there's only so much I can leave out and still have a book description.

Whiteout is releasing this June. Yes, it's like Christmas in July. Whiteout in June!

If you're not an email subscriber, I highly encourage you to become one so you never miss out on a new release.

Never surrender and never miss out. Add your email to my list here.

Monday, March 9, 2015

Free YA/NA Paranormal Romance Feature

THE ELSKER SAGA: ELSKER by S.T. Bende - currently FREE on iBooks, Amazon & Kobo!
 


Kristia Tostenson prefers Earl Grey to Grey Goose and book clubs to nightclubs. But when she transfers from her one-stoplight Oregon town to Cardiff University in Wales, she falls in love with Ull Myhr. Her new boyfriend isn’t exactly what she was expecting. His cashmere sweaters and old world charm mask a warrior who’s spent an eternity fighting for his very existence. Ull is an honest-to-goodness Norse god -- an immortal assassin fated to die at Ragnarok, the battle destined to destroy Asgard and Earth. On top of being marked for death, Asgardian law prohibits Ull from tying his fate to a mortal. No matter what she feels for Ull, Kristia knows she’s the one thing he can never have.

With Ragnarok on the horizon and a lunatic haunting her dreams, Kristia has to find a way to convince Ull that breaking the rules is the only way to survive; that defying the order he’s sworn to uphold is their only chance to be together. And when someone starts asking the wrong questions, Kristia realizes the crazy visions she’s had all her life might be the key to saving their realms. . . even if they end up costing her her life.

And now, a sneak peek at S.T. Bende’s Upper YA/NA paranormal romance, THE ELSKER SAGA: ELSKER! In this scene, Ull has just rescued Kristia from an altercation at a dance club. But in doing so, he might have let on that he’s a little more than what he seems. Hope you enjoy it!

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“Come Kristia, I am taking you home.” He strode across the dance floor, still shaking, as I hastily told my roommates I would meet them at our flat. Outside, it was so cold the trout must have been tap dancing, and Ull’s long legs took strides so big, I had to run to keep up. He stopped under a streetlight and his breath came out in small puffs. His body was tense, but his eyes were soft, the grey-blue of the sky after a storm. I both adored and hated him all at once.

“Are you all right, Kristia?” He seemed genuinely concerned.

“I’m fine, thanks. How did you …” My sentence trailed off.

He drew another ragged breath. “Right place, right time, I guess,” he said halfheartedly. He obviously wasn’t telling the whole truth. I scanned his face and he shrugged.

“That’s not what I mean. Are you going to tell me about that whole disappearing act in the club?” Or explain how he and his stepdad had the same names as the gods I’d taken a quiz on this week?

“Not tonight.”

“Then goodnight, Ull.”

“Wait.” He seemed at a loss. “I suppose we should talk.”

“I don’t know if I want to talk to you. You didn’t call me, remember?” I sounded a lot more bitter than I meant to.

“Right. That. You deserve an explanation.” Ull had the grace to look ashamed, but it only fueled my anger.

“For what? Making out with me in the middle of a castle – no, two castles – and just leaving me hanging? For lying to me about having ‘the most enjoyable evening you have ever had’ and then not bothering to call when you said you would?” My exaggeration of his soft accent was terrible.

But I was building steam. “It’s been two weeks and I’ve heard nothing from you. Nothing! I actually believed you when you said Nice Ull was the real you. Was that some kind of a joke? Because clearly, you’re the same jerk who spent a week giving me nasty looks for absolutely no reason.”

“I would hardly say I am a jerk, Kristia.”

“Really? Then what would you call making out with someone all night and then dropping off the face of the earth? You made me feel this big.” I pinched my fingers together and held them just under his nose. “And where do you get off acting like that? What kind of scumbag just drops the cow once he gets a taste of the milk? Huh?”

“Would you be the cow in that scenario?”

“Don’t mess with me right now, buddy,” I threatened. “I called you. Because that’s what nice people do when the person they like goes missing. They pick up the phone and call. I thought something awful had happened to you. I was so stupid! Was this whole thing just some ploy to see how far you could get with me?” The corner of Ull’s mouth turned up in a smirk. It was infuriating. “Oh, so this is funny to you?” I winced at the shrillness in my voice. It wasn’t dignified, but he had it coming.

“Nobody here has ever spoken to me like this.” Now the smirk was a full-fledged smile.

“Well somebody needs to. You think because you’re so superior, you can just parade around and do whatever you want? Do the rest of us even matter to you?” I was shaking, my hands balled into tight fists.

“Are you finished?”

“Hardly,” I muttered, glaring into Ull’s endless blue, traitor eyes.

“I did just save you,” Ull reminded me.

“I had things under control.” My voice was testy.

“Oh, did you?”

“I was getting there.”

“Right. Well, while you were getting there, I took care of the problem. The least you can do is let me explain.” I thought about what I’d have been doing right now if Ull hadn’t come along in the nightclub. Guilt stepped lightly on Anger’s toes.

“You know what Ull?” I sighed, too exhausted to fight anymore. “I’ve had a long night. I just want to go home.”

“Do you want to hear my explanation?”

“Do you think it’ll make any difference?”

“Maybe.”

I shook my head. “Maybe’s not good enough.” I turned and walked toward campus.

“Where do you think you are going?”

“I told you. Home.” Heavy footsteps followed me.

“This conversation is not over.” Ull sounded strained.

“Yes, it is. I get it. You weren’t that into me. You’re lousy at dumping girls. Case closed.”

“Kristia,” Ull grabbed my hand, forcing me to stop. “Please. It is not what you think.”

I pulled my hand back and folded my arms. “It doesn’t matter, Ull. I just want to go home.” As I started my brisk walk, Ull matched my pace.

“Fine. You may go home.”

“Gee, thanks.” Could he be any more arrogant?

“But this conversation is not over,” He marched confidently beside me.

“Where exactly do you think you’re going?”

“With you.”

“You are not coming home with me.” I didn’t care how good he looked in that coat; I was a woman of substance.

“I am making sure you get home safely, whether you like it or not. We can talk tomorrow.” The smugness in his voice got under my skin.

“I seriously doubt that,” I muttered, picking up my pace in an effort to get away from him. At that moment, Ull was the last person I wanted to be around.

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