Thursday, November 20, 2014

See You in Paris!


This Tuesday, it is with great JOY and EXCITEMENT that I release Holiday Magic, a Spellbound Trilogy Christmas Story.

I've been on such a high of holiday cheer, I've decided to donate 100% of Holiday Magic's profits to the Make A Wish Foundation through Christmas.
 

A decade ago I did a story for the Anchorage Daily News on a terminally ill teenager who had his wish granted to visit the set of Star Trek. It has stuck with me ever since. This holiday, I want to help grant wishes! There is nothing more powerful, more magical, more life changing than a dream. 

 Experience the magic November 25th.


 
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xox

Friday, November 14, 2014

Fight For Me Cover Reveal & Giveaway


Super excited to be part of this Cover Reveal for K.A. Last! :)
 
 


 
 
“How can I fight for you when I don’t know what I’m fighting for?”
When Grace Tate became one of the fallen to protect a vampire, it got her into more trouble than she’d bargained for. She’s angry at Charlotte for hiding the truth, and with Josh living in the city and Seth missing, life is harder than ever.
It’s about to get a lot harder…
Grace doesn’t want to leave Hopetown Valley, but when Josh ignores her calls she decides to go and search for him. She doesn’t expect to run into Seth as well.
When she reaches the city, Grace learns that Charlotte is the most hunted vampire in Wide Island. The city vamps want her blood, and the angels are after her soul. Grace gets caught in the crossfire of a battle she never wanted, but to win one war, she has to fight another.
Torn between the one she gave up everything for, and the one who sacrificed everything for her, Grace has to face Charlotte, and the past, if she wants to fight for her future. But how can she fight for someone who doesn’t want to fight for her?
Every choice Grace makes becomes a battle, and in every battle someone has to die.
 
 
Title: Fight For Me

Series: The Tate Chronicles #2

Author: K. A. Last

Genre: Fantasy/Paranormal Romance

Expected Date of Publication: January 17th 2015

Word Count: 73,000

Cover Artist: KILA Designs – www.facebook.com/KILAdesigns

 
Team Seth! :)
 
 
 

 
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Wednesday, November 12, 2014

New Release! Incredible Paranormal Box Set! 99c

 

I am incredibly excited to be part of the Touched by Love: 12 Mind-blowing Paranormal Tales boxed set. When I saw the books lined up for the bundle I got really hyped up as they all sounded like stuff I want to read!

Bought my copy. Now buy yours! This is seriously awesome stuff for the price of a dollar. Blows my mind! Like the title says. ;-)
 

iBooks and Kobo versions are taking longer to update, but they're coming! This started out as a four book set in September and then 8 more of us were just brought on. I will email everyone on my newsletter once it's live everywhere.

Have you read any of these books? What do you recommend I read first?

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

An Epic Release & Winner's Choice Giveaway

At any given time, an author is releasing a new title (every 5 minutes according to a recent article at Tech Crunch) and, unfortunately, the excitement begins to wear thin even though a new novel is a Super Exciting Marvelous achievement every time! :D

Today I'm celebrating not any 'ol new release, but the completion of S.M. Boyce's EPIC Grimoire Saga with the 4th and final book: Illusion.
This is a huge deal!

I met S.M. Boyce a couple years ago after tracking her down through a review she posted of my first self-published novel, Entangled (free wherever ebooks are sold). Not in the stalker sense, but because she made some comments that led me to (correctly) deduce that she was a copy editor (at the time).

We became instant besties and she has edited every one of my books since then while I have beta read and taken countless pleasure in hers.

Boyce is a phenomenal talent. I'm talking J. K. Rowling, J. R. R. Tolkien genius.

The Grimoire Saga is the type of series I loved more with each book. If you haven't started it yet, I highly recommend you download a FREE copy of book one, Lichgates, at once -- especially now that you can binge-read your way through the whole saga.

You can grab book two, Treason (normally $3.99) for only 99 cents for a very limited time, along with Duplicity (Spellbound #2 - normally $2.99), and eight other otherworldly YA novels in the Legendary bundle at iBooks, Nook, Kobo and Smashwords. (Use Smashwords to download mobi edition for Kindle.) This bundle retires next month and is a heck of a deal!
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Saturday, November 1, 2014

November Desktop Calendar & eBook 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 November is the Evolutionary War series by Thomas Winship. He will be giving away a set of Vaempires eBooks. Be sure to enter the Rafflecopter below!
 


Click here to download the full size image. Then set as your background!

New Release!

Roadside Assistance (Short Story)



For Hannah, a long trip home seems a small price to pay for a little peace ... until her journey takes a turn for the worse. Now, injured and alone, she must test the limits of her courage, endurance, and love. 

 
Vaempires: Revolution (The Evolutionary War-Book 1)



It is the morning of Princess Cassandra's sixteenth birthday. Everyone's attention is focused on the heir to the vampire throne. World leaders, the rich and famous, and VIPs from every corner of the globe have gathered in the nation's capital to celebrate the momentous event.

Cassandra's boyfriend, Daniel, is late for the party. He's still outside the city when all hell breaks loose. What he believes is an act of terrorism proves to be a full-fledged revolution. Væmpires--former vampires who mutated into warm-blooded creatures with an insatiable hunger for cold blood--have launched coordinated attacks across the globe, with three goals: the eradication of humanity, the enslavement of vampires, and the ascension of væmpires as the dominant species on the planet.

The vampire and human leaders are killed. Cassandra is missing. Daniel is the acting king. Desperate to find the princess, Daniel and his friends fight their way across the besieged city. With the hopes of the free world resting on the shoulders of four vampire teenagers, væmpires unleash their secret weapons: a new breed of væmpire that is far deadlier than any ever seen before.

What can four teens do against an enemy that can shape-shift, fly, and walk through walls?
 

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Vaempires: White Christmas (The Evolutionary War-Book 0)

 


It's almost Christmas. With the global holiday days away, the people of the world should be turning their attention toward celebrating peace and goodwill, but tension between humans, vampires, and væmpires is at an all-time high. Desperate for solutions, King Brant schedules a secret summit deep in North America's Northern Forest. Along with Queen Anne, Princess Cassandra, Daniel's family, and the human president and First Lady, the vampire leader seeks to reaffirm the ties between humans and vampires, while brainstorming ways to respond to the growing hostility among væmpires.

Meanwhile, Daniel and Cassie's relationship is at an all-time low. The princess is still reeling from her breakup with Vielyn, and Daniel doesn't know what he should or shouldn't do to help. Little does he know that the summit will be flooded with surprises--guests, allegations, accusations, proposals, and even Christmas Eve revelations--but not all of the surprises will be pleasant.
 

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Vaempires: Zombie Rising (The Evolutionary War-Book 2)

 
The tale of the Evolutionary War resumes in Væmpires: Zombie Rising.

Væmpires have taken control of twelve major cities. Their leader, Vielyn, seeks
the atomic weapons that will bring the rest of the world to its knees.

Vampire forces are reeling. As Linq and Ray race to the royal estate to rendezvous with Cassandra and Daniel, the princess is captured and Daniel falls.

With the fate of world shifting to their teenage shoulders, Linq and Ray must deal with tremendous losses while battling a most unexpected—and undeadly—new foe.


 
Vaempires (The Evolutionary War-Book 3)

Coming Soon!

2015

Author Bio:
Thomas Winship lives in New York. He currently serves as MBA Director for a private liberal arts college in southern New York, where he also teaches courses in English Composition, Communications, and Business. Prior to this, he spent fifteen years working for a global pharmaceutical company, specializing in organizational development, talent management, and training.

Tom writes in his spare time. His first novel, Temporary Insanity, was a 2008 finalist in a national contest but failed to garner industry attention. Væmpires: Revolution, his second novel (first in the Væmpires series) and Væmpires: White Christmas were published in 2011. His latest work, Væmpires: Zombie Rising, was published in late 2012.

He is an avid collector of books, comic books, music, and movies. His interests are diverse: on any given day, Tom is likely to be found watching a horror movie, attending a hard rock concert, or enjoying a Broadway show.

He is currently working on the next installment of the "Væmpires" series.


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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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Limited Time Offers

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!