Tara Tyler has a cover reveal today! Drop by her place and congratulate her on the awesome cover at http://taratylertalks.blogspot.com/2013/05/trumpets-blare.html.
Before Christmas, I ran a contest for authors with a book trailer prize. Tara was one of the winners. We worked together on finding and creating images, video and text to fit her book, Pop Travel. Hope you enjoy the trailer.
I love book trailers. I had the pleasure of helping Isis Rushdan with hers. I hope you like it as much as we do. Kindred of the Fallen is an Adult Fantasy available now on Amazon.
Tip: My January giveaway ended and a winner will be announced on Monday. My February giveaway begins today. Entry options change throughout the month, so there are different ways to enter if you visit often. Don't forget to enter in the Rafflecopter. I'm also a host of The Young Adult Giveaway Hop which ends soon and can be found at this link.
When myth becomes reality, reality becomes a nightmare.
Like any other teenager in America, Ashley just wants a normal life. But growing up in an orphanage for the insane is anything but normal. After endless therapy and increasing medication, her nightmares have only gotten worse.
Probably because they’re not nightmares.
When Ashley’s mysteriously abducted, she finds a reality even less normal than the orphanage. And she discovers something else—she’s no ordinary orphan. Faced with enemies thought to only exist in fairy tales, Ashley discovers she possesses a powerful Maya bloodline. She’s the daughter of an ancient Maya Guardian, whose duty is to protect the Stone of Muuk’ich, an enchanted relic blessed by the gods. But first she must get it back from Sarian, a power-hungry demigod who slaughtered the last guardian—Ashley’s mother. Without the stone, all will be lost.
When she meets Arwan, a hot Belizean time bender, his delicious olive skin and dark eyes make her feel a little less alone. But his gentle whispers and reassuring touch might not be all they seem. How can she balance love and duty when it’s up to her to prevent the rising of the underworld? Especially when the guy she loves might be its crown prince…
About Theresa McClinton
A long time enthusiast of things that go bump in the night, Theresa started her writing career as a journalism intern—possibly the least creative writing field out there. After her first semester at a local newspaper, she washed her hands of press releases and features articles to delve into the whimsical world of young adult paranormal romance.
Since then, Theresa has gotten married, had three terrific kids, moved to central Ohio, and was repeatedly guilt tripped into adopting a menagerie of animals that are now members of the family. But don’t be fooled by her domesticated appearance. Her greatest love is travel. Having stepped foot on the soil of over a dozen countries, traveled to sixteen U.S. states—including an extended seven-year stay in Kodiak, Alaska—she is anything but settled down. But wherever life brings her, she will continue to weave tales of adventure and love with the hope her stories will bring joy and inspiration to her readers.
I do lots of giveaways for readers. Several reader giveaway announcements are coming soon, so stay tuned!
Today's giveaway announcement is for the author. I have so many author friends and appreciate them very much.
Want a book trailer?
I'll make a personalized book trailer for you. This will include up to 10 images that I'll purchase from BigStockPhoto.com. You must provide the blurb or language for the video. The total video time will be approximately one minute in length. I'll upload it to YouTube for you. You can grab the html code or link for others to view and find it. If you don't have a book at this time, gift the trailer to an author friend in need. Just let me (and the friend) know you are gifting your trailer creation.
I'll do my best for you. I'm placing my book trailers at the bottom if you want to check them out. Please expect your trailer to be of a similar fashion. I'm not a movie producer! Winner must use this service provided by me before March 30th, 2013. How do you enter? Make sure you enter in the Rafflecopter below.
BLOGFEST: Jenny, Blood Fugue's leading lady, is a young woman with old heartaches. She really struggles with making peace with her past. All she has truly known about her family is death and detachment. The beginning of Blood Fugue changes all that...
Being a woman of action, Jenny aims to reconcile the bad hand she's been dealt the only way she knows how: By literally burying a hatchet in the thing she is struggling with.
The idea for the blogfest is simple: We all have something, or someone, we'd like to bury the hatchet in (Jenny style). Maybe it's rush-hour traffic, maybe it's Christmas decorations in stores in September, maybe it's the spammer leaving those stupid "My am enjoying your immense blogging pleasure and would like you to look at my site." messages--who, or what, ever works.
RESPONSE: I'd like to bury the hatchet on several that EJ has mentioned. He really spoke to me when he mentioned rush hour traffic. I commute at least 100 miles (total) everyday. If I don't leave within a 5 minute window and get on the interstate, I will add at least 10-15 minutes to my commute that trip. What's worse is that there seems to be a wreck once a week. When there is an accident, traffic slows to a crawl as drivers must rubberneck and take notes. My one hour trip turned into one hr and 45 min. last week. So, yeah, I'd like to bury the hatchet in that annoying part of day. Whew! It's good to get that out in the open. Now, please read on to hear about E.J.'s book, Blood Fugue.
Author E.J. Wesley is launching his latest title, BLOOD FUGUE, and wants you to help him celebrate! Check out his blog The Open Vein for details on how to take part, and how to enter for a chance to win some sweet prizes!
What's BLOOD FUGUE about?
Armed only with an ancient family journal, her rifle, and an Apache tomahawk, Jenny must save her grandfather’s life and embrace her dangerous heritage. Or be devoured by it. Blood Fugue, by E.J. Wesley, is the first of the Moonsongs books, a series of paranormal-action novelettes.
BLOOD FUGUE is available now via Smashwords, Amazon, and Barnes & Noble and most other eBook retailers. Check out the author on Goodreads!
I recently finished the audiobook for Divergent. While listening, I couldn't help but compare it to The Hunger Games. There are striking similarities as you can probably tell from the trailer. I saw the funniest Facebook game where you choose which faction (a term indicating a certain group in this society) to assign Katniss Everdeen and Justin Bieber. There's a link to the Facebook quiz to determine your faction at the bottom of this post. Summit Entertainment has the movie rights, so I expect that we'll see it in the theaters as some point.
If you want to read the first 100 pages to see if you're hooked, Harper Teen has posted the excerpt HERE.
If you'd like to see which faction you'd be assigned to in this society, CLICK HERE to take the quiz on Facebook. I took the test. I'm assigned to Amity, The Peaceful.
Today is the Catch Fire Blog Party, celebrating the release of CassaFire by Alex J. Cavanaugh! The goal is to help CassaFire “catch fire” on the best seller charts and achieve the success of the first book, CassaStar. There’s also a special package of prizes being given away at the author’s blog (copies of CassaFire, CassaStar, tote bag, mug, and bookmarks) as well as book giveaways during his two-week blog tour. See Alex’s site for details: http://alexjcavanaugh.blogspot.com/
I'm so excited to be a part of celebrating the release of CassaFire. I'm almost finished reading CassaStar and now I can continue the adventure. AND I am super-psyched to see a woman enter the scene. It's about time. *grins*
by Alex J. Cavanaugh
CassaStar was just the beginning…
The Vindicarn War is a distant memory and Byron’s days of piloting Cosbolt fighters are over. He has kept the promise he made to his fallen mentor and friend - to probe space on an exploration vessel. Shuttle work is dull, but it’s a free and solitary existence. The senior officer is content with his life aboard the Rennather.
The detection of alien ruins sends the exploration ship to the distant planet of Tgren. If their scientists can decipher the language, they can unlock the secrets of this device. Is it a key to the Tgren’s civilization or a weapon of unimaginable power? Tensions mount as their new allies are suspicious of the Cassan’s technology and strange mental abilities.
To complicate matters, the Tgrens are showing signs of mental powers themselves; the strongest of which belongs to a pilot named Athee, a woman whose skills rival Byron’s unique abilities. Forced to train her mind and further develop her flying aptitude, he finds his patience strained. Add a reluctant friendship with a young scientist, and he feels invaded on every level. All Byron wanted was his privacy…
Science fiction - space opera/adventure
Print ISBN 978-0-9827139-4-5, $15.95, 6x9 Trade paperback, 240 pages
EBook ISBN 978-0-9827139-6-9, $4.99, available in all formats
CassaFire is the sequel to Cavanaugh’s first book, CassaStar, an Amazon Top Ten Best Seller:
“…calls to mind the youthful focus of Robert Heinlein’s early military sf, as well as the excitement of space opera epitomized by the many Star Wars novels. Fast-paced military action and a youthful protagonist make this a good choice for both young adult and adult fans of space wars.” - Library Journal
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I'm a guest at Lori Freeland's with a post about my path to publication.
In It for the Long Haul
Have you ever heard someone say that they're in a marriage or a job for "the long haul"? I don't take the phrase as a negative one; on the contrary, I think it means that you are committed through all the ups and downs that come with certain endeavors. Writing is one long haul.
Please visit her blog HERE to read the rest!
Thanks to everyone who entered the Random Acts of Kindness Giveaway Hop hosted by Read for Your Future and I Am A Reader, Not A Writer . The Rafflecopter widget chose a winner: Tiffany D. I've contact Tiffany and she's excited to read Juliet Immortal !
Book Trailer Thursday Time
What am I reading?
Delirium, a dystopian YA by Lauren Oliver, was one of my favorite reads from last year. I have been anxiously awaiting the second book in the series, Pandemonium, which releases very soon. The book trailer inserted below is the second "official" trailer and is interactive. I'd like to see what you think about interactive trailers. I'm having some technical difficulties with getting it to work on my site as accessed from YouTube. So, I've included the videos that play if you answer "Yes" or "No". If you want to see the one that works, it is on the author website HERE. Last, I've inserted a video interview of Lauren Oliver talking about what is involved in writing a trilogy.
Here's the interview with Lauren Oliver-