Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Win a set of Purple Paranormal Paperbacks

Welcome!

Forget trick or treating, there are hundreds of bookish goodies to win through I Am A Reader, Not a Writer's annual Spooktacular Giveaway Hop. See full list of participants here and get those entries going!

Up for Grabs at this stop:

Purple Paperbacks

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Fated: 5 New Adult Paranormal Romance Novels * Only 99 cents * Retiring soon
Includes:
Amaranth by Rachael Wade
Aurora Sky: Vampire Hunter, Vol. 1 by Nikki Jefford
Darkness of Light by Stacey Marie Brown
Flight by Alyssa Ivy
Whisper by Heather Hildenbrand



Legendary: 10 Otherwordly YA Romance Novels * Only 99 cents * Retiring soon
Includes:
The Arelia LaRue Series, Books 1 & 2 by Kira Saito
The Grimoire Saga, Books 1 & 2 by S. M. Boyce
The Feathermore Trilogy, Books 1 & 2 by Lucy Swing
The Spellbound Trilogy, Books 1 & 2 by Nikki Jefford
The Reaping Chronicles, Book 1 and novella by Teal Haviland

 
Entangled (Spellbound Trilogy #1) is FREE at all major e-retailers. See book trailer here. Discover why top book reviewers like Examiner.com and Xpresso Reads have called it a "must read" for lover of paranormal young adult.

 
Upcoming Cover Reveal
Runner up photo!
Last month, model Gabriella returned to pose as Aurora for the next set of Aurora Sky: Vampire Hunter covers photographed by Teresa Yeh and designed by Claudia at Phatpuppy Art.
 
... and we've got a Fane and Dante, as well, this time around! :D
 
Fane appears with Aurora on cover #4, Hunting Season, and the pair of them look bad ass! (Runner up photo pictured above.) Claudia has already worked her design magic. All that's left is to have the typography done and choose a reveal date for next month.
 
If you're a book blogger who wants in on the action, Sign-Ups just opened.
 
In the meantime, check out the gorgeousness so far:


 
Photography: Teresa Yeh
Design: Claudia, Phatpuppy Art
Typography: Bookish Brunette Designs
Models: Gabriella (Aurora), Alyssa (Valerie)

Noel's (extended) novella
Design: Claudia, Phatpuppy Art
Typography: Bookish Brunette Designs
Background and model image: Shutterstock

Valerie's novelette
Design: Najla Qamber
Background and model image: Shutterstock

Read more here about Aurora Sky: Vampire Hunter - the series reviewers are calling a mix between Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Alias.

Fast-paced and always fun because life's too short to read boring books.
 
Happy hunting!

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Great Resources for Apiring Writers


Are you an aspiring author? A lover of words, stories and characters? A daydreamer? A creative soul more comfortable in fictional worlds than reality?

This post is for you.

Don't Let Life Stop You From Writing Your Book!

Some of us dream from childhood of writing a novel. Some are called to it later down the road. The moment you decide to write a book life will send every conceivable interference to try and stop you. From the major stuff (divorce, bankruptcy, illness, death) to the all the little daily demands (family, friends, work, errands and social media).

But these are the moments when you need to charge forward with more resolve than ever.

I've always wanted to be a published author. It wasn't until 1997 that I began pursuing it seriously (with lapses in between when road blocks got in the way). Although it took me longer than I would have liked to publish, I always kept writing and working on craft.

I'd like to share my Top Favorite writing resources with you. There are many, many phenomenal resources available, which is why I've held off putting together a list in the past, but here are my Must Reads and You Gotta Check Outs:

3 Books


If you ask me, these days too much focus is being placed on platform and branding. So much energy goes into marketing strategy that we're not giving as much thought to the most important aspect of writing:

CRAFT

One of the things I appreciated most about Stephen King's On Writing is that he said you don't have to be a literary author to care about language, craft and the art of telling stories.







Hooked by Les Edgerton is about one thing and one thing only. Grabbing your readers' attention! In today's world of gadgetry and internet it is absolutely crucial that you hook your reader from page one and keep them on the line.

This cute little book is filled with practical (yet often overlooked) advice. I almost wish it was required reading before anyone could hit publish on a self-published book.






Now that the King of commercial fiction has taught us about overcoming roadblocks, plotting, revising and the overall aspects of good storytelling... And now that we know how to grab our readers attention (along with avoiding the no-nos), it's time to Edit!

Oh boy!

Self-editing for Fiction Writers by Renni Browne and Dave King is another book I wish was required reading before self-publishing. There's only so much a copy editor can do and it's up to authors to get their manuscript into the best shape possible before passing it on for professional help.


Online Writing Workshops
 
My #1 favorite: Gotham Writers' Workshops
 
It's spendy, but you pay for what you get. Incredible support, advice and critiques from award-winning and bestselling writing instructors and feedback from a talented group of online classmates.
 
Gotham is the Harvard of online writing workshops.
 
National Novel Writing Month
 
You have some resources now. The only thing left is to Write Your Book!
 
Most people have heard of NaNoWriMo these days. For anyone who ever dreamed of completing a book, this is the most Fun, Motivational (free) writing event ever conceived... and it takes place NEXT month.
 
To get the most out of this month, I highly recommend first reading founder Chris Baty's No Plot? No Problem! A Low-Stress, High-velocity Guide to Writing a Novel in 30 Days.
 
I read this quick guide in March 2005 and was so inspired afterwards that I did my own NaNoWriMo the very next month (April 2005), completing my first full length novel - a defining life moment that led to fulfilling a lifelong dream of becoming a full-time fiction writer.
 
It's Your Turn
 
Check out these resources, block out the distractions - the rest is up to you!

Monday, October 6, 2014

Cover Reveal x3: Ourean Chronicles

If you're a wild fan of the Grimoire Saga (like I am!), you are going to love this new spin-off series. The Ourean Chronicles details events in the lives of three characters we've already met in the Grimoire Saga, and today I'm helping the author, S. M. Boyce, reveal her covers.
Stone, Cedric, and Deidre are all fascinating characters in the Grimoire Saga, and I can't wait to see them in their own stories. Get ready for some exciting new perspectives on this magical world. These books have a tentative release date of winter 2015. For now, check out the covers and add them to your Goodreads list!
Here's a little hello from Boyce, explaining the concept for the Ourean Chronicles and a sneak peek of how they'll be released:


The Misanthrope: Stone's StoryThe Misanthrope - Stone's eBook

(Ourean Chronicles #1)

Before Stone trained Kara Magari or taught the First Vagabond to master the Blood loyalty, he was nothing more than a slave boy named Terric.
Terric is a curious loner hellbent on reading his master's forbidden books. When one heist goes wrong, Terric abandons his old life and runs for freedom—only to fall prey to a ruthless man named Niccoli.
Niccoli is an isen—a creature of magic from the hidden world of Ourea—and he awakens within Terric an unimaginable gift. But this gift comes with a catch. Suddenly in control of newfound power he is forbidden to freely use, Terric realizes too late he simply traded one master for another.
In Ourea, a world dominated by the gifted, few isen dare defy their masters. Until now.

Add it to Goodreads:


The First Vagabond: Cedric's StoryThe First Vagabond eBook cover

(Ourean Chronicles #2)

Ourean legends of the First Vagabond have survived a thousand years, blossoming in pubs and alleys even as the great Bloods of Ourea tried to squelch his name. But the myths glorify the deeds and forget the man he was—Cedric, a boy from a small Hillsidian farming village.
As a young man, Cedric discovers a terrifying defect in his nature. He has no Blood loyalty, which means he can defy his king—something that has never happened in recorded history. But what begins as a flaw evolves into a strength. Citizens begin to listen to Cedric, and he discovers that if he leads, others will follow.
What begins as a bid for change in a world controlled by tradition becomes a mudslide as Cedric's cause falls apart at the seams. And after a betrayal that destroys his faith in the only family he's ever known, Cedric is forced to decide between those he leads and those he loves.

Add it to Goodreads:


The Demon: Deidre's StoryThe Demon - Deidre's eBook

(Ourean Chronicles #3)

Deidre wasn't always an isen, but she has always been hated.
In 1814, Deidre is a Southern Belle, born to wealth and a father who loathes her. Townsfolk call her beautiful and clever. A young man named Michael calls her the love of his life. But her father calls her a demon.
Deidre has lived her life with blackouts—moments of evil she can't control or remember. She hates herself enough as it is, but her life snowballs out of control when a foreigners named Niccoli comes to town. In one heartbreaking night, she loses everything—including Michael. And it's Niccoli's fault.
That night, Deidre becomes immortal. Powerful. Vengeful. But her grief festers.
As she learns the truth about her blackouts, she begins to lose the last threads of who she was. And as long as she kills Niccoli for taking Michael from her, she's okay with that.

Add it to Goodreads:


Get your Free Ebook of Lichgates
If you haven't already read the Grimoire Saga, start out with Lichgates (Grimoire Saga #1). It's available for FREE through your favorite online retailers.
Get Updates on the Ourean Chronicles
The Ourean Chronicles will be your new lichgate into Ourea after you read Illusion, the final book in the Grimoire Saga, which will be released November 4th. Get updates by joining the tribe.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Seattle area Book Fair October 18th

Fantastic group of authors coming in for the Emerald City Romance Writers of America, Writers' Conference in Bellevue, WA this month.

I will be selling/signing copies of the first three Aurora Sky: Vampire Hunter books and Spellbound Trilogy. Just in time for Halloween! :D

See full list of attending authors here.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

October Calendar and Giveaway

It's 2014 and we're celebrating with an awesome fantasy themed calendar. This calendar is for the background on your computer and you can get this month's image below.

Each month will feature a different book or series, so if you want to challenge yourself, try reading each book or series that is featured before each month is over. The series for October is the Flawed series by Becca J. Campbell. She will be giving away three prizes to three winners. The first in an eBook ARC of Outsider, the second is winner’s choice of an eBook from Becca’s published works, and the third is a bookmark from UpCycledChicByBecca (Becca’s Etsy store). The winner of the bookmark must be a US resident. Be sure to enter the Rafflecopter below!



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Empath (Flawed Book 1)
 

Supernatural empathy isn’t a gift, it’s a curse. Anywhere she goes, Jade’s emotions are replaced by those of the people around her.

Jade grew up in a suburb of Colorado Springs, protected from other people by her parents. Now she faces college—and the world—with nothing to shield her from unwanted feelings.

When Cam, a classmate with a major crush on her, unintentionally hijacks her emotions, Jade struggles to keep from being carried away in feelings of attraction. When Ethan, a psychopath with a thirst for fear, fixates on her, the emotional impact could be lethal.

Caught in a deadly trap, Jade must untangle the emotions and find a way to use her empathic curse to overcome this killer or be overcome by him.



 

Outsider (Flawed Book 2)


After a psychopath tried to kill his friends, Josh Schuyler figured 'normal' was far off. The real problem: Josh's friends have all acquired supernatural abilities, while he's still the same average guy.

Josh has always believed he was destined for greatness, but he's been out of college for two years without a clue of his purpose. After watching his friends and siblings develop superhuman traits, he wonders if he might be meant for something grand, too. Can Josh even hope for an extraordinary event in his own future? And how long must he wait for this transformation - if there is one?

When Alex met the Schuylers, she was grateful for new friends to whisk her away from her lonely life in California and give her an escape from her divorced, bickering parents and aimless future. But Josh won't drop his defenses, and Alex isn't sure she wants to trade her old life for this new, uncertain one.

Nicodemus has an amazing ability he's been milking for years to get whatever or whomever he wants. Things are going great until a young woman - Alex - inadvertently busts his latest swindle. Nic is furious when he discovers his power has been disabled, and he vows to find her in order to wreak his vengeance. She will be punished. All he needs is a little help from his friend, Ethan Black.

Josh has been waiting for his big break, or for the chance to be a hero, or just the opportunity to stand out in his own, extraordinary way.

Will Josh discover his purpose in time to stop Nic?



To Be Released Fall 2014

 

Pulled (A Flawed Short Story)

Eight-year-old Juniper has been labeled many things—troubled kid, orphan, runaway—but none of her foster families have known what she really is: a girl with a unique and brutally inconvenient ability to teleport.

Her spontaneous jumps are not only beyond her control, they get her into trouble. When Juniper disappears, no one believes her wild stories, so she's
stopped trying to convince them.

One day when Juniper gets pulled away, finding her way back is harder than ever. Stranded on the side of a deserted highway, she must rely on her own instincts to determine who is a creepy stranger and who she can trust.

Resourcefulness may get her home, but is getting home enough when you don't have parents that love you?

Juniper knows something most people don’t: there are others like her with unexplained abilities. Until now, she’s exercised stranger-danger caution, but maybe these people can offer what she needs.

Will Juniper find a family she can share her secrets with?

Approximately 7000 words.
 
Author Bio:

An avid lover of stories that tiptoe the line between fantasy and reality (even when they plunge off one side or the other), Becca J. Campbell looks for new angles on bridging the gap between the two. She holds a special place in her heart for any story that involves superpowers or time travel. Her passion is defying the limits of her own creativity.
Becca’s journey into writing began as many of her other creative endeavors do – by daring herself to try something new. The question “what if I wrote a novel?” and some hastily scribbled notes on a church handout were the inspirations that jump-started her first book. Since then, she has written half a dozen additional novels and several shorter works.
As the wife of a musician and mother of three young boys, Becca’s life is never dull. Whether it is writing, painting or knitting, she enjoys making stuff that wasn’t there before.
She also runs an Etsy shop at UpCycledChicByBecca where you can order custom painted or knitted items and more.
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Thursday, September 18, 2014

ReBorn Cover Reveal & Giveaway


Ada Adams' Angel Creek series concludes March 2015.

I love the humor in this kickass YA vampire series. Ada has been a bad girl keeping her diehard fans waiting after that cliffhanger in book two.

Haven't checked out the series? Start with book one, Revamped.

Go Team Misfits!

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Thursday, September 4, 2014

Hunting Season (Aurora Sky 4) Production Schedule


Now that everything is booked, Hunting Season has a tentative release date of November 18th.

This one has quite the body count. It's edge-of-your-seat action, thrills and naughty delights. Gotta keep those tootsies warm somehow up there in the Far North!

Here's a look at the upcoming production schedule:

Cover Photo Shoot

September 14th or 21st

Gabriella is back as Aurora along with Lee (Fane) and Graham (Dante). The fabulous Teresa Yeh will be doing the photography once more for book covers 4 - 6 and has promised us behind the scenes photos from the shoot. Yee-ha!


Finished Cover

October 21st

After Claudia from Phatpuppy Art puts it all together and Naj from Najla Qamber Designs does the typography - I may just have a cover reveal ready before Halloween.


Beta Readers

September 6th - 21st


Content / Copy Editing

September 22nd - October 6th

I've got my editing dream team back on the hunt:
S.M. Boyce, Author of the Grimoire Saga
Kara Malinczak, Great Imaginations/Editing Services
Rachel Joyce, Brightside Editorial


Copy Editing

October 13th - 29th



Final Copy Editing / Proofreading

November 1st - 14th


Formatting

November 15th - 16th


Publish!

November 18th

And while that's happening, I'll be working on volume 5, Whiteout. Aurora and the gang are in a world of trouble and they want you along for the ride!