Thursday, July 14, 2016

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Okay.  Time to admit I am not exactly the best or most regular blogger in the world. (GASP!)  Big freaking surprise, I know. Anyways, since it's summer and I am busy visiting family and friends, I know I won't be doing much here. So...here's a nice little placeholder until I come back.  This is my best bud's cat with my book. He's a smart little guy.


Thursday, June 9, 2016

Release Day Blitz: I Do Believe in Faeries by Erin Hayes

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Title: I Do Believe In Faeries
Series: The Cotton Candy Quintet #3
Author: Erin Hayes
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Release Date: June 9
Goodreads Synopsis
Abby knew that life wasn’t fair. That’s why she turned to the Fair Ones.
Abby thinks she’s a disappointment. Even though she’s grown up in a family of powerful witches, she can’t use magick, she can’t connect to nature, she can’t do anything special – she’s just a normal human.
And normal isn’t good enough for her.
When a group of faeries offer her one wish, she doesn’t hesitate to wish for magick of her own. But wishes require a sacrifice. And that sacrifice is her friend Alaina's unborn baby.
Magickal or not, Abby has to make things right. She ventures into Tír na nÓg to rescue the infant before it’s too late. There's only one problem. Once she’s there, she may never be able to leave.
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About the Author
Erin
Sci-fi junkie, video game nerd, and wannabe manga artist Erin Hayes writes a lot of things. Sometimes she writes books, like the fantasy mystery novel Death is but a Dream, the sci-fi middle grade book Jacob Smith is Incredibly Average, and the Her Wolf paranormal series.
She works as an advertising copywriter during the day, and she moonlights as an author. She has lived in New Zealand, Texas, and now in Birmingham, Alabama with her husband, cat, and a growing collection of geek paraphernalia.
You can reach her at erinhayesbooks@gmail.com and she’ll be happy to chat. Especially if you want to debate Star Wars.
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Friday, June 3, 2016

Eat. Prey. Decay: Support my buddies and get the boxed set!

Some of my author friends have decided to bundle their books together for a limited time! Here's your chance to get the whole shebang for only 99cents!  I've already downloaded my copy...




** Limited Edition Boxed Set ** 



How does the world die? Join these award-winning and bestselling authors for seven tales of the apocalypse. Zombies rise, aliens attack, and vampires claim the dying world in this post-apocalyptic boxed set. In this collection, our authors share their horrific visions of the undead world. Ready for exciting new twists on tales of the walking dead? Over 1000 pages of dystopian, horror, dark fantasy, post-apocalyptic, and zombie tales! 


THE HARVESTING: It’s all fun and games until someone ends up undead. Just when Layla believes she might survive the undead apocalypse, a sinister and ancient force seeks to finish mankind for good. 

ODIUM: Nina’s life was irrevocably changed when humanity’s dead began to rise. Now, she lives behind the walls. The barricaded cities, erected by the government to protect the remnants of civilization, have become a brutal dictatorship- causing the inhabitants within to starve, steal and claw for survival. 

UNDOING: THE GOOD, THE DEAD, AND THE LAWLESS: When a widespread infection sweeps the nation, reanimating victims into walking corpses with an insatiable hunger for human flesh, future FBI agent Haven Janero struggles to keep her loved ones safe amidst the bloodbath. Teaming up with other survivors as society crumbles and lawlessness and chaos take over, they must fight hordes of ravenous zombies… and a dangerous enemy from the past who is hell-bent on seeking twisted vengeance. 

SANCTUARY: In a heart-racing thriller described as Falling Skies meet The Walking Dead, Jennie struggles to find a safe place for what’s left of her family. First the aliens attacked the sun, then they attacked the water supply, killing one-third of Earth’s population with a bitter contaminate, and when they unleash a new terror on humankind, the victims will wish for death, but will not find it… 

Z CHILDREN: AWAKENING: Our kids are no longer our future… They’re our demise. Enter Z Children: Awakening—a world where toddlers and tweens have graduated from bubble baths to blood baths. 

INDEADPENDANCE DAY: Trapped in a small town during a zombie outbreak, can Rachel survive? Aided by two soldiers, she fights to keep her little cousin safe and make it to a safe zone. 

MIDWAY: Step right up, ladies and gentlemen, for the beginning of the end. Carnie. Ride jockey. Roustabout. White trash. Tilt girl. Gypsy. Cricket has been called a lot of things, but she never thought survivor of the zombie apocalypse would be one of them.



Thursday, May 19, 2016

My World of The Hunger Games Wish List

Okay.  My biggest wish is that I had come up with and written The Hunger Games
Yeah. Well. 

Since that's not going to happen...  How about a wish list of things from the World Of The Hunger Games Auction taking place on Invaluable tomorrow? 

The auction starts at 11:00 AM PST on May 20 and will feature props and outfits from all four of The Hunger Games films. Items include Katniss’ Mockingjay propaganda outfit from The Mockingjay - Part 1, Katniss’ District 12 hunting bow and signature brown leather jacket from The Mockingjay - Part 2, Peeta’s arena wetsuit from Catching Fire, as well as props used by characters President Snow, Gale Hawthorne, Effie Trinket, Haymitch Abernathy, and more.

Pretty damn awesome, right? 

There are over 400 lots in this auction. I'm not about to post them all here, but I am going to give you the top five lots I would be bidding for if I had the cash.


1. Lot 88: “Katniss Everdeen” brown leather jacket ensemble worn in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.

I'm a jacket freak.  I can never get enough of them.  And I actually think I would look pretty damn good in this one.

 

2. Lot 10: “Katniss Everdeen” black chariot ensemble worn in The Hunger Games. 

Okay, I know I would look like a stuffed sausage in this, but...it's just so sexy.  Since I'm imagining I have enough money to bid, I'll also imagine that I have the body to pull this off.



3. Lot 12: Set of (12) Presidential enclosure chairs from The Hunger Games .

Oh, yeah. I could see these in my dining room.  That is, if I actually had a dining room in my apartment.






4. Lot 367: “Finnick Odair” signature prop stunt trident from The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 .

Oh, come on. You know Finnick is your favorite character, too!  Gotta have something from him.

 

 

 

 5. And last but not least, Lot 403: “Katniss Everdeen” Capitol map from The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 . 

Because maps are just plain cool.  

Wait!  I lied.  There are six things on my wish list.  I don't want to be predictable but...

6. Lot 446: “Katniss Everdeen” hunting ensemble with bow from The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 .

 Because this is pure awesomeness.

Good luck to those of you who will actually bid. May the odds be ever in your favor.

As for the rest of us, we'll keep on dreaming... What would you wish for?

All photos from the Invaluable  The World of The Hunger Games auction site.

 

Monday, April 25, 2016

Indie Awesome (Part 2): Meet Olivia

So I am finally going back to my Indie Awesome series where I talk about other awesome Indies. Problem is that there are so many awesome Indies that it's hard to know where to start.  So...I started locally, with a woman I consider myself lucky to have met this past year.


http://www.amazon.com/Masterpiecers-Masterful-Book-1-ebook/dp/B01AWCAEWO/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1461487781&sr=1-1&keywords=the+masterpiecers
I'd like to introduce you to Olivia Wildenstein, a friend from the Geneva Writers' Group. She is not only a YA author but a mom three times over who (somehow) makes time to write.  Olivia writes with a freshness that is surprising and fun.  In my opinion, she is definitely an Awesome Indie, because not only does she take pride in her craft, she also has a great sense of how important it is for Indies to support each other.  She's generous and innovative and not afraid to take a risk.  She's recently released her YA suspense novel, The Masterpiecers.  I got to read the ARC, and let me tell you, I devoured the thing.  It was a great ride that kept me guessing throughout.

So...I asked her to tell us five things we most likely wouldn't know about her.  And I found out that the two of us have a couple things in common, (cooking aside)... 




5 THINGS YOU MIGHT NOT KNOW ABOUT ME
BY OLIVIA WILDENSTEIN


1. PEN OVER WHISK
My childhood dream was not to write books; it was to write menus. I wanted to open a restaurant, and not a bistro-style one, I wanted the 3-star, 28-Zagat rated sort of restaurant with glitzy tableware and glamorous customers.

My father, who has a passion for food, organized for me to meet Maguy Le Coze of Le Bernardin (which is one of the best restaurants in New York City). It was a pivotal moment in my restaurateur ambition…for it eradicated it. I walked out of there knowing that the food business wasn’t for me. Why? Because to have the best restaurant, you had to work at all hours of the day and night, and you had to forget about having a family—or at least, about raising one. I was 16 at the time. Even though it would be another nine years before I felt the call of motherhood, I wasn’t ready to swap my freedom for a wooden spoon and chain. Little did I know that ten years later, I would choose a profession where I would work at all hours of the day and where I would strive to obtain those coveted stars (5 instead of 3 in the book business). The difference was, that in the end, I got my family, which has made the choice of pen over whisk entirely worthwhile.


2. EMOTIONAL DOWNPOUR
I cry at least once a week. I bet this is why my husband has chosen a job that involves traveling and why my kids don’t make a fuss when I drop them off in school. ;) I’m a very sensitive person. I cry when I see a YouTube video of a woman giving birth, when I listen to a song that reminds me of someone, when I read a sad book. I cried when I wrote Ghostboy, Chameleon & the Duke of Graffiti.

I believe I’m genetically engineered to be overly-sensitive. When I was younger, I would dream of growing tougher skin so that I could be that cool kid in high school who just didn’t give a crap. I actually tried to bargain with God: I told Him/Her that I would stop complaining about having microscopic cleavage if He/She made me less susceptible. I must have caught Him/Her on their day off because that never happened. So I went back to asking for bigger boobs. Which never happened also. Which leads me to item #3 on the list of things you don’t know about me.


3. INEQUALITY IS UNFAIR
I’m agnostic. And not because my superficial prayers weren’t answered, but because I just have trouble believing we are someone’s puppets on some giant game-board where horrific things happen right along extraordinary ones. If there was a God, then why isn’t that person punishing people who sexually exploit children? Why are there still gaping inequalities in our world? Why do some bad people get away with it? Yes, this inspires authors, but I would rather answers than writing material.


4. IN THE CLICK OF TIME

I change my mind at least twenty-seven times a day. This is the reason I published my first book, Ghostboy, Chameleon & the Duke of Graffiti—if I hadn’t I would still be tweaking it. This is also the reason why I set up a pre-order for The Masterpiecers. Without a deadline, I endlessly write and rewrite every sentence. I work much better under pressure and with a deadline. I completed my paranormal mystery novella, Rose Petal Graves, on the day I had to hand it in to the wonderful Poppy Lawless to be included in the faerie anthology she put together: Enchanted: The Fairy Revels Collection.




5. THE MASTERMINDS

I’m sure you now find me a riveting person, but what truly matters, is that you find The Masterpiecers riveting, so that you’ll read the sequel, The Masterminds. Instead of Aster & Ivy narrating the story, there will be two spanking new narrators…drumroll…Brook & Josh. You’ll get to see their sides of the same story, like in the TV show The Affair; you’ll get a stop-your-breath plot twist you never saw coming in Book 1; and last but not least, you’ll get your no-more-loose-ends ending. How great does that sound?

Now I really should go back to writing it to have it done by October 15th. Yes. I voluntarily gave myself a deadline. :)


Thank you, Olivia!


Check out Olivia's WEBSITE for more info and fun.


Get THE MASTERPIECERS on Kindle.