Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Reveal & Giveaway

What does awesome Ninja Capt + sci-fi author =?

An Amazon best-selling author!

I am happy to help The Ninja Capt, Alex J. Cavanaugh, reveal the cover of the third book in his Cassa series.

A storm gathers across the galaxy…
Byron thought he’d put the days of battle behind him. Commanding the Cassan base on Tgren, his only struggles are occasional rogue pirate raids and endless government bureaucracies. As a galaxy-wide war encroaches upon the desert planet, Byron’s ideal life is threatened and he’s caught between the Tgrens and the Cassans.
After enemy ships attack the desert planet, Byron discovers another battle within his own family. The declaration of war between all ten races triggers nightmares in his son, shaking Bassan to the core and threatening to destroy the boy’s mind.
Meanwhile the ancient alien ship is transmitting a code that might signal the end of all life in the galaxy. And the mysterious probe that almost destroyed Tgren twenty years ago could be on its way back. As his world begins to crumble, Byron suspects a connection. The storm is about to break, and Byron is caught in the middle…
Release date: September 17, 2013
Science Fiction - Space Opera/Adventure
Print ISBN 9781939844002
E-book ISBN 9781939844019
To celebrate, I'm giving away an e-copy of Book 1 & 2.
All you have to do is leave a comment letting me know if you'd like to win book 1, 2 or both.

Monday, February 25, 2013

Join the Fight

Have you heard about the Neumarian uprising?

Thanks to the clever spy, Ciara Knight, I've got all the details and a special interview. Take it away Ciara Knight and Ryder Arteres!

I glance up and down the boardwalk and spot the queen’s massive ship resting on the landing field at the edge of town. “Thanks for taking such a great risk to meet me out here. I know you’re really busy with the uprising, but some people want to know more before joining your cause. Do you mind if I ask you a few questions?

Ryder swipes his dark hair from his brow and steps in closer. “Sure. Shoot.”

I’m taken aback by how much his physique and strong voice commands attention for such a young man. I can see what caught Princess Semara’s attention. “How old were you during the Great War of 2185, and what happened to your parents?”

“The war ended ten years ago. In the final days of battle my parents were executed. At only eight years old, I was made to watch.” His morose brown eyes met mine for a second, before he snapped his attention to a few rowdy men outside the saloon.

“You’ve been enslaved since the Neumarian Enslavement Act was passed at the end of the war. This declares that anyone harboring a terrorist (Neumarian) may be imprisoned without trial. Why should others risk their lives if they are not a Neumarian?”

“There be vicious tales the queen has told to keep her dictator of the territories. Humans are scared of us because they believe us to be life-sucking creatures, but it’s not true. Each Neumarian possesses a different gift, an ability that can help heal, create energy, and so many other possibilities. There’ll be a time when a human needs our gifts to help one of their loved ones, but we’ll all be extinct by that time. Besides, it’s plain wrong to enslave people. We be collared like dogs and forced to live under her tyranny. Humans should stand up and fight or when she’s done killin’ all us, it’ll be their turn.”

“You make some great points. What impassioned you so much to rally all of us to fight? Is it for your sister?”

Ryder’s fists tighten at his side. “Keep Raeth out of it.”

I’d heard he was overprotective of his sister, but I can’t help myself. “What happened to your sister that she stutters?”

“Queen did that to her. She’s vial and would stop at nothing to remain in power.”

Okay, moving on. He’s tight lipped when it comes to Raeth. “What do you hope the uprising today will accomplish and how can we help?”

“According to you, the way to get the word of our story out is to share with lots of people via Amazon, Facebook, and Twitter channels. Getting ‘likes’ and sales will help Escapement appear on lists. If I understand it right, that be the way to rally more fighters for freedom.”

A scout ship shoots out across the vast wasteland.

“Gotta go. Something’s up. Thanks for all your help. Be safe, we can’t afford to lose another spy.”

I step back at his warning. I think it’s time for me to get out of here. My place is back home helping spread the word. Remember, if you need to reach Ryder or the rebellion text #Tumultus.

Be Brave.

Be Bold.

Be Free!
If you are now ready to join our fight, please add Escapement to your TBR shelf on Goodreads here. Shout out on all your social media sites, and tell everyone you know to stand up and fight.
Our spies have told us this will help spread the word and find more recruits for our rebellion against the tyrannical queen. You can help by simply downloading a free copy of Weighted, a prequel to the Neumarian Chronicles.

If you are intrigued and wish to follow our uprising, Escapement, book I of The Neumarian Chronicles, will be available for only $2.99 until March 1, 2013.

 If you’d like to see a peak into our world, please view this short clip on You Tube.

Wow, Ciara and Ryder! I'm ready for the rebellion.

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Random Acts of Kindness

Host: I Am A Reader and Read For Your Future

Prize: An e-ARC of my paranormal romance


$5 Gift card to Amazon, BN OR $10 donation to the Toys for Tots Literacy Program

Winner decides. If you choose the $10 donation, I'll send you confirmation it was made and 100% goes to support community literacy programs.

How to enter:
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Winner will be announced: 25 Feb

Return to hop list: HERE

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Guest Spot & Giveaway

I'm doing a guest spot over at a good friend's today, author and blogger, Vanessa Kelly. If you have time, swing by to say hi, share if you have any special plans today, and have a chance to win a giveaway.

Happy Valentine's Day!!

Wishing you all love, laughter and kisses.

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Need Emotional Drano

*This post should have been up two hours ago, but alas I only saved it in drafts and forgot to schedule it.*


Have you ever been so happy that the rest of the world slipped away and nothing seemed more important than the focus of your joy?

If you said no, I pray you experience such bliss someday.

Since the arrival of my son, he has been my primary focus. His smile, his laughter, seeing him crawl (well, it’s more of an Army low crawl on his belly), watching him learn and discover the world, is truly the most amazing thing.

He only naps for 2-3 hours during the day. Three is if I’m lucky. So for eleven hours between dawn and dusk he is my greatest distraction, my ultimate pleasure. Writing has been nearly impossible.

Promoting Kindred of the Fallen and doing some guest blogs hasn’t been easy, but it required different muscles in the brain, so to speak. The creative mojo I use to immerse me in the world of my characters and leave this one behind is blocked.

Perhaps subconsciously my true difficulty is leaving my son behind, even in my imagination.

It would appear that I’m in need of a little emotional Drano to clear out my creative pipes so I can finish Kindred book 3. But to be honest, I know these moments I have with my son are precious and fleeting. All too soon he’ll prefer to hang out with friends than with me or he’ll be off at school where I can’t kiss him and hug him as much as I’d like.

He’s a dynamic little boy with a jovial personality. I’m fortunate I get to witness so much of his development that other parents are forced to miss by working outside of the home.

Of course I worry the longer I allow the clog to remain the bigger it will become and harder to remove, but being blocked by happiness can't be too bad.

What are your fears? Any current struggles? If your world is perfect, sharing can be inspirational.

 Thanks to Alex for another installment of IWSG.

Friday, February 1, 2013

Great, Good or Downright Cheesy?

Most authors are not lucky enough to have their publisher make a book trailer for them like my blogger buddy, Alex J. Cavanaugh.

A trailer can be an awesome advertising tool if done right and given exposure. However, I had no idea how to get started and no moolah to pay for one.

Then I won the lottery. At least that's what it felt like when my "fantabulous" friend and author, Brinda Berry, offered to do a trailer for me. Why? Well, I already told you, she's fantabulous.

Go to Brinda's blog and check out the book trailer for my paranormal romance, Kindred of the Fallen. Let me know if you think it's great (fingers crossed it'll make you want to buy the book if PNR is your cup of tea), good (piqued your interest enough to learn more before buying it) or downright cheesy (after laughing until your belly ached or cringing, you can't even remember the title).

Do you think book trailers can have an impact on sales? Has a book trailer ever enticed you to buy a book?

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