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!

Monday, September 1, 2014

September Desktop Calendar & 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 book for September is Where the Carnies Are by Kayla Curry. She will be giving away a deck of Where the Carnies Are playing cards in the rafflecopter at the bottom of this post.

 

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

Where the Carnies Are

 
Olive is having a very bad day. She caught her boyfriend cheating on her, she lost her job, and she stumbled into a portal leading to a secret carnival kingdom which she can’t escape. The good news is she meets an eccentric, but stunningly handsome knife thrower. The bad news is she can’t go home for another two months.

The world she lands in is full of sideshow characters, terrifying amusement rides and her biological parents’ past. She was born a carny, but raised as a normal human. Magic lives in her blood, but it hasn’t reached her heart. To find out who she really is, and why carnies are disappearing, Olive must deceive the king with the help of Alex the knife thrower.

Olive and Alex play a dangerous game with their emotions when they decide to have a fling during Olive’s stay. They both lead very different lives and being together would mean one of them giving up the life they've always known.

Tricks and traps are around every corner in this kingdom. Few can be trusted and Olive will need all the help she can get to make it through unscathed.



 
Author Bio:
 

Kayla Curry’s creative mind never sleeps. Literally.

As Kayla sleeps, her active imagination keeps up the work by making her dream all night long. It’s those dreams that provide much of the inspiration for her stories.

 Her works include Where the Carnies Are, Obsidian (Mystic Stones Series #1), and many short stories.

 She lives in North Platte, Nebraska with her husband and two sons and she plans to keep writing and creating for the rest of her life.

 

 


 
Giveaway:
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Thursday, August 28, 2014

Blood Beyond Darkness Release & Giveaway



It's HERE! The day has finally arrived! 

The final book in the Darkness Series has arrived!!
 

Nikki's Note: I love this series by Stacey Marie Brown. If you haven't read the first book already, you can get it for 99 cents along with 4 other new adult novels in the limited edition Fated box set that released last week. :D


After months of searching, Ember and her friends have finally located the Sword of Light, the only weapon capable of destroying Queen Aneira and ending her rule. This is Ember’s destiny. Or so she thought. Now a pact to save the man she loves changes everything.

In this final installment in the Darkness Series, when the truth comes to light, Ember will learn some things are better left in the dark as her world is ripped even further apart. It is no longer a rabbit hole, but a never-ending black void full of endless lies, betrayals, and secrets.

The fight for Earth has begun, and Ember will have to make the ultimate sacrifice to save millions of innocent lives and those she loves.

But this price may be too high—even for her.






Stacey Marie Brown by day is an Interior/Set Designer, by night a writer of Paranormal Fantasy, Adventure, and Literary Fiction. She grew up in Northern California, where she ran around on her family’s farm, raising animals, riding horses, playing flashlight tag, and turning hay bales into cool forts. Even before she could write, she was creating stories and making up intricate fantasies. Writing came as easy as breathing. She later turned that passion into acting, living and traveling abroad, and designing. Though she had never stopped writing, moving back to San Francisco seemed to have brought it back to the forefront and this time it would not be ignored.

When she’s not writing she’s out hiking, spending time with friends, traveling, listening to music, or designing.

















**Warning: The Darkness Series is not YA, but a NA Series**


Darkness of Light (Darkness #1)

Ember Brycin has been called them all. She’s always known she’s different. No one has ever called her normal, even under the best circumstances. Bizarre and inexplicable things continually happen to her, and having two different colored eyes, strange hair, and an unusual tattoo only contributes to the gossip about her.

When the latest school explosion lands her in a facility for troubled teens, she meets Eli Dragen, who’s hot as hell and darkly mysterious. Their connection is full of passion, danger, and secrets. Secrets that will not only change her life, but what and who she is—leading her down a path she never imagined possible.

Between Light and Dark, Ember finds a world where truth and knowledge are power and no one can be trusted. But her survival depends on finding out the truth about herself. In her pursuit, she is forced between love and destiny and good and evil, even when the differences between them aren’t always clear. At worst, she will incite a war that could destroy both worlds. At best, she will not only lose her heart but her life and everyone she loves. Once the truth is out, however, there will be no going back. And she’ll definitely wish she could.

Fire in the Darkness (Darkness #2)

It's been four weeks since Ember Brycin witnessed what her powers are capable of. The Electrical Current Storm has turned Seattle, Washington into a natural disaster zone. The death toll is in the thousands with countless others homeless and hungry.
And Ember is the one who caused it. Something she will have to live with every day.

Those people who were unable to escape either turned quickly into gangs or live in shelters. Ember, on the other hand, can’t do either. With a price on her head and a Dark Dweller on her ass, she is constantly on the move. Both Light and Dark are hunting her for their own purpose to use her as a weapon or a pawn in the war between the Unseelie King of the Dark and the Seelie Queen of the Light.

Em needs help but doesn’t know who to trust: Lars, the mystery man Torin told her to find? Torin, the Seelie Queen’s personal knight, who has sworn to keep Em safe? Or Eli, who wants to turn her over to the Unseelie King, but whom she has an undeniable, intense connection with?

No matter what she chooses she will probably lose—her life or everything and everyone she loves.




Beast In The Darkness (An Elighan Dragen Novelette)

(Darkness #2.5)




We know the story from Ember's POV, but what happens to Eli after Ember disappears? Crawl inside Eli's mind and experience what he goes through. Be warned his mind in not a fuzzy warm place to be....








Dwellers of Darkness (Darkness #3)

Some days feel like years, but in Ember Brycin’s case just the opposite is true. Em would be 22 now—if she were human. She’s not. She is a Dae—part Demon and part Fay—with a little Dark Dweller thrown in to make her more of a freak.

Life has become further complicated for Ember since returning from the Otherworld. Besides being continuously hunted by the Seelie Queen, Ember is at the top of the Unseelie King’s list, after breaking her oath with him. No one breaks a vow with the Unseelie King without extreme consequences.

Adding to Ember’s problems is a certain Dark Dweller whose mood has become violent and cruel. As much as she’d like to deny it, there is an undeniable connection between them. Eli is sexy, gorgeous, and frustrating as hell. She also knows he is holding something back, something that could change their relationship forever. 

But her problems go way past him. As the tension for war mounts between the Seelie and Unseelie (Light and Dark), the tension at the Dark Dweller’s compound escalates even more as they prepare to obtain the Sword of Light—the only weapon able to kill the Queen. 

But is Ember the answer to the location of the sword? Is she the one to fulfill the prophecy? As usual nothing is ever what it seems.















Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Last Chance Sign-Up Fated Bonus Bundle

Sign-up HERE to receive a free Fated Bonus Bundle before the form closes.


The gift card winner and 30 phone chat winners have been selected, but there's still a few more days to sign-up for the free Fated Bonus Bundle. I'm putting the final touches on. We've got a colorful pack of extras:

- Character Questionnaire

- Unpublished POV from Eli from Darkness of Light when he first meets Ember

- Cover Model Q&A from the fabulous Gabriella (aka: Aurora Sky)

- Excerpts from First and Unearthed

- An Alternative Ending to Whisper

Sign-up for your free bonus material and don't miss this limited time bundle with 5 bestselling fan favorites for only 99 cents.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Fated Release and Giveaway



The Fated 5 have come together to bring you a collection of five steamy new adult urban fantasies about sacrifice, second chances, destiny and love against all odds.
With fan favorites from new adult and urban fantasy bestsellers Rachael Wade, Nikki Jefford, Stacey Marie Brown, Alyssa Rose Ivy and Heather Hildenbrand.
 

***Available for a LIMITED TIME only!***
Five full-length novels only 99 cents.

Amaranth by Rachael Wade – Camille moves to Southern Louisiana to escape her abusive past, not expecting to fall in love and plummet into the world of Amaranth, a place of exile for reformed vampires.

Aurora Sky: Vampire Hunter by Nikki Jefford– Thanks to her rare blood type, Aurora’s forced to hunt vampires in Alaska. Now Aurora’s only friends are groupies of the undead and the only boy she can think about may very well be a vampire.

Darkness of Light by Stacey Marie Brown – Ember has never fit in. After she lands herself in a facility for troubled teens, she meets the darkly mysterious and hot as hell, Eli Dragen who is keeping secrets that can’t stay hidden much longer.

Flight by Alyssa Rose Ivy – A summer in New Orleans leads to a chance encounter with the infuriating yet alluring Levi. Allie finds herself at the center of a supernatural society and forced to decide between following the path she has always trusted or saving a city that might just save her.

Whisper by Heather Hildenbrand – Five months after Whisper is released from the Skye View Wellness Center she stumbles upon an unconscious boy at a bonfire party who holds the key to breaking her curse.
 
Enter to win a custom Fated charm bracelet.
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Sign-up for a free Fated Bonus Bundle and chance to win a $50 Gift Card and Live Chat with the Fated 5.

 

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Fated Box Set - 99 cents

***Available for a LIMITED TIME only!***

Sometimes love has other plans.

The FATED 5 have come together to bring you a collection of five bestselling steamy new adult urban fantasies about sacrifice, second chances, destiny and love against all odds.

Over 450 5-star reviews at Amazon on the individual books. Don't miss this limited time bundle!

Join the Fated 5 authors on Facebook for games and prizes every hour from 5 – 10 PM Eastern on Wednesday, August 20th. RSVP here.



 


EXTRA! EXTRA!

Authors Rachael Wade, Stacey Marie Brown, Alyssa Rose Ivy, Heather Hildenbrand and I are doing something uber fun - a live phone chat + Q&A with 30 readers who will be randomly selected from the sign-up form.

Everyone who signs up will receive a free Fated Bonus Bundle that we're filling with extra goodies.

One grand prize winner will be selected for a $50 Gift Card or PayPal cash.

 

***

Five full novels for only 99 cents:

Amaranth by Rachael Wade – Camille moves to Southern Louisiana to escape her abusive past, not expecting to fall in love and plummet into the world of Amaranth, a place of exile for reformed vampires.

Aurora Sky: Vampire Hunter by Nikki Jefford – Thanks to her rare blood type, Aurora’s forced to hunt vampires in Alaska. Now her only friends are groupies of the undead and the only boy she can think about may very well be a vampire.

Darkness of Light by Stacey Marie Brown – Ember has never fit in. After she lands herself in a facility for troubled teens, she meets the darkly mysterious and hot as hell, Eli Dragen who is keeping secrets that can’t stay hidden much longer.

Flight by Alyssa Rose Rose – A summer in New Orleans leads to a chance encounter with the infuriating yet alluring Levi. Allie finds herself at the center of a supernatural society and forced to decide between following the path she has always trusted or saving a city that might just save her.

Whisper by Heather Hildenbrand – Five months after Whisper is released from the Skye View Wellness Center she stumbles upon an unconscious boy at a bonfire party who holds the key to breaking her curse.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Whipser Release Day Blitz

 
Whisper  by Heather Hildenbrand
New Adult Paranormal Fantasy

The Cherokee believe when a person dies, their soul is reborn. Life is repeated. An endless cycle of lessons to be learned , love to be found, destiny to be fulfilled. For the past six months, in every flower, every bird, I’ve imagined my parents, relieved of their human forms.

Now, after five month s at the Skye View Wellness Center, it was summer. A time for parties and friends, but that’s the last thing I want to do. So when my best friend Erin convinces me to attend a bonfire at Eagle Poin t, I can’t handle the crowd full of sympathetic sta res or drunken class clowns who would use my tragedy as a way into my heart – or my pants. The solitude of the woods offers an escape, until I stumble upon a boy, unconscious and bleeding, his pockets stuff ed not with identification but with poetry illustratin g the beauty of dying. I’ve seen enough death. I wi ll not leave this boy’s side.

Even after he wakes, when the only thing he can remember are visions of events that haven’t happened yet...  
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Amazon: http://amzn.to/1nEsNqt

Or get it for only $0.99 in the Fated bundle when it releases next week!
Or in Fated: 5 New Adult Paranormal Romance Novel Bundle releasing August 21st
About the Author:
 
Author of Across the Galaxy, Whisper, and the Dirty Blood series. I write, read, and fuss at my kids. Oh, and I do laundry, lots of laundry. I’m pretty go od at it, too. Sometimes I even read WHILE doing laundry – an d fussing at my kids. I’m a multi-tasker.

For more inf ormation on my books, release dates, or just genera l stalker material, um, I mean FAN material, visit my website. www.heatherhilden brand.blogspot.com. I love hearing from readers!

Likes and dislikes? I love v intage tees, hate socks with sandals, and if my hou se was on fire the one thing I’d grab is my Amazon Fir e TV! (oh yeah, I’m a fan of puns.)