Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Teaser Tuesday: Insatiable - A Mermaid's Curse


“I thought you said you had no one to go back to,” he said.
I gave him a confused look.
He pointed at my ring.  “Or is that who you are running from?”
I didn’t know what to say.  I reached for the ring and took it off, putting it on the table.  “It doesn’t mean what you think it does.”
“Okay.  Sorry.  Even if it did, that‘s not my business.”
He turned toward the fireplace, and deciding that the food didn’t taste that bad, I ate another bite.  When he turned around, something about the way he looked at me took my breath away.
“Look, I don’t know how to say this without sounding rude, but everything considered, I don’t think you should be left alone tonight.  You can take that couch.  I’ll take this one.  Is that okay with you?”

Friday, April 19, 2013

Colour Wielders - Heirs of the Magykal Realm Series by Dawna Raver


Guest post from author Dawna Raver about her new adult novel, 'Colour Wielders'.  
Isn't this cover amazing? :) - Daniele - 




Behind the Faerying Mysts, hidden from Mortal eyes, is a land where Gods, creatures of myth and legend dwell. And in the Mortal Realm, their Princess lives.

Quinn Sinclair is clueless to who she is. She thinks she's an ordinary young woman—well, mostly ordinary—living an ordinary life with her less than loving mother in Conifer, Colorado. On the night of her birthday, Quinn finds herself betrayed by a man who sends her life spinning out-of-control.

As she struggles to pick up the pieces, a vision of a man with haunting tourmaline-blue eyes begs her for help, and she finds herself transported into a Magykal battle forever changing her life.

Arik Morgaine—Demigod bad boy and outcast of the Magykal Realm—tried to avoid contact with Princess Quinn Sinclair for eighteen years, not wanting to make good on an old threat. But the fates have other plans. Arik can no longer deny his growing desire for Quinn, or the need to protect her from those wanting to control her burgeoning powers. Can the two of them come together and save the Magykal Realm from being destroyed by the Darkest of Magyks, or will powers beyond their control destroy them and their world forever?


About the Author:

Dawna Raver is an author of paranormal romance and urban fantasy. Colour Wielders, book one of the Heirs of the Magykal Realm series, is her debut novel. When she's not spending time in her fantasy world, Dawna loves football, reading, and pretending she's a top chef in the kitchen. Oh, and fawning over her dogs and husband, sometimes in that order.

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Thursday, April 18, 2013

Cover Reveal - Guest Post by Tressa Messenger


by Tressa Messenger

This modern day tragedy is a love story in the truest sense.

You only get one first of anything, and no matter the time, or space, or age, you never forget your first love.

When thirteen year old Nicky Moore’s parents decide to buy a small summer beach cottage at Atlantic Beach, North Carolina, she thought her life would end. It didn't matter the beauty of the area - land and water as far as the eye could see - she was bound and determined to make her family’s summer vacation as dismal as she felt. That was until she met a boy from down the beach; a beautiful boy, with the most intense brown eyes she had ever seen and a smile that could light the ocean on fire. A summer that Nicky thought was doomed from the start, turned into a summer that she would never forget; one full of firsts. It was impossible for her to know years later how one seemingly little decision could change everything forever, but soon, as an adult, Nicky will find out that everything she once thought were real and the promises once made, were lost in a sea of inner turmoil.


AVAILABLE MAY 17, 2013




Tressa Messenger

Tressa is a North Carolina native, with a passion to share her imagination with the world.  She currently resides in New Bern, North Carolina with her family.  This I Promise You, is a labor of love.  Although the story is fictional, it is loosely based on a relationship she shared with her first love.  It promises to stir emotions from first love, to life lost.  Be sure to add This I Promise You to your TBR list.  

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

The Legacy of Kilkenny by Devyn Dawson

Today we have a special post brought to you by my guest blogger Devyn Dawson.

Enjoy! :) 



The Legacy of Kilkenny is the first full length novel I wrote.  Pru and Abel, will always be my first love and my favorite werewolves.  Since The Great Wolf will be out later in 2013, and the cover is of Abel, I thought Pru deserves her own cover.  Eden Crane outdid herself!  I think the essence of Pru was captured in the cover model.  As TLOK reaches the second anniversary in June, I thought it was a good time for a facelift.  

The book is FREE on Amazon.  If you have a Nook, Barnes and Noble will price-match.  Find out why The Legacy of Kilkenny consistently stays in the top 100 Free e-books in Teen Literature.  Thank you for reading my books!

XOXO
Devyn



Thursday, April 11, 2013

Authors Helping Authors: AJ Walkley's Kickstarter Campaign

Hi everyone,

I wanted to share this Kickstarter campaign from author AJ Walkley
Please take a few minutes to check it out here: 

Anyone who donates (any amount) to her campaign from today until April 17th will get a free ebook from my publisher.  The free ebook choice is from a list of selected titles and include Imprinted Souls, Wide Awake (Academy of the Fallen) or Mermaid's Curse


Here is my Q&A with AJ about her project! 

1. Tell us a little about yourself and your life as an author
Hi everyone! My name is A.J. Walkley and I am the author of Queer Greer and Choice. My third novel, Vuto, is currently undergoing a Kickstarter campaign to get published sometime this year. I have been a writer for as far back as I can remember. My parents bought me a journal when I was in 4th grade and that was it - I was hooked! I wrote detective stories with my cousin in elementary school, Hanson fan fiction in middle school, Slam poetry in high school and immediately chose to become an English Literature major/Creative Writing minor as soon as I got to college. I wrote a musical my freshman year around the music of Queen and many, many short stories throughout my college career. As soon as I graduated and returned from the Peace Corps, I set to work on my first full-length novel, Queer Greer. I love to tackle topics that make people think, from LGBT issues to abortion (Choice) to women's rights (Vuto).

2. Tell us about your current project and what inspired you to write it.
Vuto was inspired by my experience as a health volunteer in the U.S. Peace Corps. During my time in Malawi, Africa, I became much more aware of inequalities women face in the Third World. I was especially shocked by several customs that were difficult for me to wrap my Western head around - one of the most egregious being the "two-week rule" of birth. When a woman gives birth in the village, she cares for her child without the help of her husband for the first two weeks of it's life. If the child does not survive that two-week point, the father will never acknowledge that he had a son or daughter; the responsibility for the baby's burial falls solely on the mother and the women of the village. I could not imagine dealing with that alone as a mother. This made me think, what if one woman refused to follow this tradition? What would happen to her? This question formed the basis for the plot of Vuto, where a young woman who has already buried two babies before finds her third child dead before that two-week point; instead of burying her, she forces her husband to acknowledge his daughter, leading to her banishment. A Peace Corps volunteer takes Vuto in, only to be thrust into the middle of the situation when the husband arrives in the night to punish his wife for not truly leaving the village. The volunteer protects Vuto, killing the husband in the process. The two women must flee, encountering cultural, physical and ethical struggles along the way. 

3. What are some of the obstacles while writing Vuto?
One obstacle was incorporating vocabulary from the Malawian language of Chichewa into the book. I really wanted to give readers the feeling that they were experiencing Malawi like I did, and the language is integral to that experience. I think utilizing some of the words and explaining their meaning directly after a character uses one gets across what I was hoping for - not to mention including a glossary at the end of the book. It's also been several years since I've been to Malawi, so I wanted to make sure my memories were accurate. I had one of my best friends from my Peace Corps days proof the entire manuscript to assure that accuracy!

4. You started a Kickstarter campaign to help fund Vuto, and the project was trending (#1) on the very first day! What does it feel like to have the support of so many readers, family, and friends?
Thus far, it's been truly humbling to see so many people support this next book of mine. Friends from high school I haven't spoken to for the better part of a decade are donating, and not in small increments either! I am so fortunate to have so many people in my life who believe in me and my writing. I only hope I can keep this momentum going until my goal is reached!

5. When can readers expect to read Vuto?
Assuming my funding goal is reached, I'm hoping Vuto will be available for purchase by the end of this summer!

About Vuto:

Vuto is only 17 when her third child dies, mere days after birth.
Malawian tradition prevents men from considering a child their own until it’s lived for two weeks. Frustrated at not being able to speak to her husband, Solomon, about all three of the children she’s had to bury alone, Vuto forces him to acknowledge the dead baby. Her rejection of tradition causes Solomon and the village elders to banish Vuto from the only home she’s ever known.
Vuto seeks refuge in the hut of U.S. Peace Corps volunteer Samantha Brennan, where Solomon discovers his wife has not left as she was told, leading him to attack both women. Disregarding her oath to remain uninvolved in village politics, Samantha interjects herself into the center of the conflict, defending Vuto and killing Solomon in the process.
The women go on the run from Vuto’s village and the Peace Corps, encountering physical, ethical and cultural struggles along the way.
Vuto was inspired by A.J. Walkley’s experience in Africa as a Peace Corps volunteer in 2007.


Wednesday, April 10, 2013

In My Mailbox


One of my favorite things about being an author is getting to meet other authors.  I also love when other authors ask me to read and review their upcoming release.  This month I had the honor to read 'This I promise you' by Tressa Messenger (review coming soon), and now, I get to read Nola Sarina's Gilded Destiny!  Here is a little about Gilded Destiny, including the amazing cover! 

GILDED DESTINY
A Vesper Novella by Nola Sarina




A woman’s memory returns when she falls in love with the monster who took it from her.
Calli tattoos her skin to fill the holes in her memory, thanks to an accident that left her mind damaged and empty. But a nasty encounter with a fired employee leaves her in the arms of her unlikely savior: Nycholas, a predatory, serpentine Vesper on the run from his brutal master.
Nycholas’ clandestine world holds the secrets to mankind’s origin and survival… but he only wants one thing before his time is up: a few colorful nights with Calli, the fragile, tattooed, human woman he pursued and saved.
The more Calli learns about Nycholas, the more her own darkened memories return to her. Despite her haunted past, she loses herself to passion and desire with her immortal captor.
Now, Calli must overcome the demons of her past, or allow Nycholas to kiss her memories away and spare her the trauma of loving a doomed immortal. But each choice comes with dire consequences – some that endanger not only herself, but her family as well.


GILDED DESTINY is the first of three novellas in Nola Sarina’s dark fantasy VESPER series, represented by Michelle Johnson of Inklings Literary Agency. Follow Nola on Twitter @NolaSarina and on Facebook for awesome announcements, giveaways, and upcoming info about the second Novella in the series!



Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Interview with Author Devyn Dawson


Author interview with author Devyn Dawson about her new adult novel 'Sapphire'.


Sapphire didn't want to go out, but after some coaxing from her sister, she agreed to go. It was that night, and the days to come that would awaken her sexual desire and her heart.

Parker had never had a girl hold his gaze... most everyone wouldn't dare challenge him that way. She wasn't one of his kind though, she was human and against the rules. He knew her spirit was calling out to his wolf. His wolf was more than ready to answer that call. She was the one... he would kill for her, he would die for her, but would he disobey his alpha for her?

THIS BOOK IS RATED OVER 18 - EXPLICIT LANGUAGE & SEXUAL SITUATIONS

Q&A with Devyn Dawson

1. Tell us a little about yourself and your writing journey up to this point. 
Myself isn’t all that interesting.  I’m an empty-nester that enjoys writing paranormal books.  I write what I enjoy reading.

2. Sapphire is your first NA novel. What made you want to go from young adult to new adult?
I’ve always said that when I finish The Legacy of Kilkenny series, I’d start a new one of them five years in the future as adults.  When my email started blowing up over Parker and Sapphire from Malevolence, I had no choice.  They were a fun couple to write.  I knew their story the minute I named Sapphire.

3. Did you find it more difficult to write NA? Were there obstacles that weren’t there before with YA novels?  
I wanted to make sure the story flowed without sounding too young.

4. Sapphire and Parker were old characters of yours. Tell us a little about them.
They’re pretty amazing.  Sapphire is a small business owner who shares a duplex with her siblings and her mother lives on the other side.  She’s about loyalty, family and enjoys a good time.  Parker is a strong, intelligent werewolf who knows what he wants.  He holds strong to his beliefs and will seek vengeance to those that harm the people he cares about.

5. Why were they the chosen characters for your NA novel?
The fans chose them.

6. Do you plan on writing more new adult novels? You know… maybe one with Caleb from the Light Tamer Series. ;)  
I do plan on writing another one but not with characters you know.  *grins as evil plan comes together*

7. What is your favorite thing about writing YA novels? What about NA novels?  
I love writing with an imagination and knowing the reader will open theirs too.  NA isn’t much different, except the sexy parts - how fun is that!

8. What are you working on right now?  
I’m working on a secret project…. shhhhhhhh