Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Cover Reveal for The Perils of Growing Up Werewolf by Andrew Buckley!



Hello readers!  Welcome to the Cover Reveal for
The Perils of Growing Up Werewolf
(Hair in all the Wrong Places #2)
by Andrew Buckley!
Be on the lookout for this upcoming title from
Tantrum Books / Month9Books!
HERE WE GO!
WHAT DO YOU THINK OF THE COVER?


Being a werewolf is no picnic. Colin’s constantly hungry, spends a ton of time shaving, and fights to keep his emotions in check to avoid turning into a giant, drooling, hairy, smelly, howling wolf. But Colin's not the only creature hanging around the town of Elkwood. Vampires, zombies, goblins, ogres, and other questionable visitors and their various shenanigans have got everyone on edge.
Colin just wants to live a normal life, date, and get his homework done on time. But the town of Elkwood needs him. So when a secret government organization asks for his help, will he be able to control the animal inside, or will he give in to the perils of growing up werewolf?
The Perils of Growing Up Werewolf
(Hair in all the Wrong Places #2)
by Andrew Buckley!
Available for Pre-order:
Amazon 


Andrew Buckley attended the Vancouver Film School’s Writing for Film and Television program. After pitching and developing several screenplay projects for film and television, he worked in marketing and public relations, before becoming a professional copy and content writer. During this time Andrew began writing his first adult novel, DEATH, THE DEVIL AND THE GOLDFISH, followed closely by his second novel, STILTSKIN. He works as an editor for Curiosity Quills Press.
Andrew also co-hosts a geek movie podcast, is working on his next novel, and has a stunning amount of other ideas. He now lives happily in the Okanagan Valley, BC with three kids, one cat, one needy dog, one beautiful wife, and a multitude of characters that live comfortably inside of his mind.
Andrew is represented by Mark Gottlieb at the Trident Media Group.

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Cover Reveal for The Missing by Jerico Lenk!



Hello Readers!  Welcome to the Cover Reveal for
The Missing by Jerico Lenk!
Be on the lookout for this upcoming title from Month9Books!

HERE WE GO!
WHAT DO YOU THINK OF THE COVER?


It is 1890, and London has secrets. For sixteen-year-old Will Winchester, born Willow Winchester and raised as a young man, the safety of his own secrets rests one atop the other. Hiding his gender queerness is important. But so is hiding the ghostly voices of the Missing, which Will hears when no one else can … until the Spiritualist Black Cross Order of Occult Occurrences wants him in their service to keep peace between London’s living and dead.
The freedom to be himself may come with a price. Working alongside a patchwork team of misfits and unlikely allies, Will finds he isn't the only one keeping secrets. Someone does not want him to uncover the truth about the ghosts who aren’t just missing from the world of the living, but missing from history itself. Can he find the Missing before he ends up becoming one of them?
The Missing by Jerico Lenk
Publication Date:  October 10, 2017
Publisher:  Month9Books
Available for Pre-order:
Amazon 

Undergraduate studying Creative Writing, Classics, Russian and Western European History. Unabashed weeb probably burning incense and drinking too much coffee at this very moment. Out for queer representation and great sex hair. Beyond ready for the upcoming Vampire Chronicles TV series.
Lenk writes Young Adult/New Adult, spec fiction, poetry, and screenplays. He is currently unagented.

His poems have appeared at/in USF Tampa’s Thread Literary Inquiry, biannual 6x6 creative writing showcase, and placed second in National Poetry Month 2015; Tethered By Letters’ F(r)iction Spring 2016 poetry contest finalist; winner of the 2017 Bettye Newman Poetry award.

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Interview with Author Maria Lang plus GIVEAWAY!




After reading Maria's wonderful book I asked if she wouldn't mind answering some questions for me.

1.   How did you come up with the story?


The Eye of Nefertiti, my second book, is both a standalone novel and a sequel to The Pharaoh’s Cat. My genre is adult fantasy, comedy, historical. I’m fascinated by cats and ancient Egypt and wanted an ancient Egyptian cat to be my protagonist. I also wanted to make ancient Egypt funny, and I’ve always felt that cats are natural comedians. Both The Pharaoh’s Cat and The Eye of Nefertiti are written in the first person and the present tense so my cat can talk directly to the reader. I’ve given him the power of human speech so he can talk to the other characters.


In planning The Pharaoh’s Cat, I imagined the cat first, then the two people who loved him--the Pharaoh, the High Priest, and later, in New York City, Elena--and the ogre who hated him--the Vizier, the Pharaoh’s uncle. Out of their distinctive personalities came their relationships with one another, and the plot is the story of how those relationships evolved.


I wrote The Eye of Nefertiti partly because I didn’t want to abandon my cat or the three people who loved him. But I also wanted my cat to grow emotionally and psychologically beyond the point he’d reached in The Pharaoh’s Cat. In The Eye of Nefertiti, I again have him feel both joy and loss, but now his feelings are deeper and more intense. I’ve given him experiences that demand and foster a greater maturity.


2. What is the hardest part of the writing process for you?



Integrating information about ancient Egypt into the narrative without sounding like a text book.


3. Do you plan to keep writing?



I’ve been planning a third Pharaoh's Cat novel, The Tears of Ra. There’ll be more time travel, more Egyptology, more of the cat and his little family, as well as new characters, both human and otherwise, and new settings, both ancient and modern.

4. Which character was the most fun to write?



The cat! He’s me in many ways. He has my sense of humor and my sense of justice. I heard James Spader’s voice in the cat’s, which added to the fun. There’s also some of me in Elena. I enjoy going to flea markets and thrift shops, for example, and in The Eye of Nefertiti Elena takes the cat and the High Priest to a Bath flea market.


5. What advice would you give to other aspiring authors?



Two things come to mind immediately. Don’t try to please an imaginary reader. It will only inhibit you and your writing will reflect that. The first chapter is the most important and the hardest. Be prepared to plan well and revise thoroughly.


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Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Summer Reads Celebration with GIVEAWAY!!



Hello Readers!  
Summer is almost over but there's still time to snuggle up with some romantic summer reads!
Celebrate the last drop of summer with these summer reads from Swoon Romance.
Be sure to enter the giveaway found at the end of the post!


Pretend to be from Spain? Act like she can barely speak English? Sure, why not? It wouldn’t be the first time Gabby Vega had agreed to a challenge from her best friend, Kenzie. Besides, it’s only for a week of vacation with Kenzie’s cousins. Gabby will prove to Kenzie she can keep up the fake identity for the whole trip—that she’s not a quitter.
There’s just one major surprise. Noah Jernigan is also staying with Kenzie’s cousins. Noah, the boy she fell in love with at drama camp last summer and the boy she had to dump when it was over. The boy who knows who she really is.
Noah can’t believe it when Gabby appears at the Bryson’s vacation home in the New Mexico mountains. He hasn’t seen her in a year. It practically took that long just to get over her. And now she’s Gabriela from Spain? All he wants is to get as far away as he can. Or maybe the exact opposite. Stick as close to her as possible and find out what the heck happened last summer. And definitely get some payback.
Now Gabby has to keep Noah at arm’s length as she pretends to be Gabriela. She doesn’t want to answer his questions or rehash last summer. Because one thing is clear—the more time she spends with Noah, the more she’s in danger of falling for him all over again.
About Last Summer by Patricia B. Tighe
Publication Date: May 30, 2017
Publisher: Swoon Romance
Available for Purchase:
Amazon

WHAT READERS ARE SAYING:
“This book is ADORABLE!”Brookie Cowles, Author

“Cute story with engaging writing!”Shala, Goodreads


The mother of two grown sons, Patricia B. Tighe lives in West Texas with her husband and dog. She eats way too much pizza, drinks way too much coffee, and watches way too much NFL football. On the bright side, she also reads and writes teen fiction. She promises to include as much romance, angst, and adventure as possible in her books.




Seventeen-year-old Autumn Teslow arrives at her father’s job fair knowing she’ll never measure up to the perfect image of daddy’s little girl—her twin sister.
Wearing anger management issues like a second skin won’t help Autumn win her dad’s approval for the big trip she’s been planning—or meet his condition that she successfully complete a summer internship for college.
Autumn’s cool unravels when her sister lectures against disappointing the family again. And when a young, bearded guy steps through the crowd to settle the growing argument between siblings, Autumn lashes out, dubbing him a “Duck Dynasty wannabe.”
At Nineteen, Caden Behr is clueless as to why his man parts are threatened by the fearsome girl before him. He’d only come to find an intern for his recreational equipment company, not break up a girl-fight between two sisters.
Unfortunately, the only candidate left is the girl who just told him off. Without her, he’ll never prove to his CEO mother that he’s ready for more responsibility.
Autumn and Caden agree that if they can keep from killing one another, they can use one another to get what they want and then never have to see each other again. Which is what they want.
Until it isn’t.
Because despite her best efforts to scare him off, and his fading desire to push her into the lake, they’re beginning to enjoy the time they spend together. But pride is a hard habit to break. And if neither will admit their changing feelings, they could lose a whole lot more than one summer.
One Summer with Autumn
by Julie Reece
Publisher: October 18, 2016
Publisher: Swoon Romance
Available for Purchase:
Amazon 

WHAT READERS ARE SAYING:
“it’s a story of discovering a new you”Moriah, A Leisure Moment

“light and fluffy”Hadassah, Haddie’s Haven



As a child, Julie’s summers were about horseback riding and fishing, while winter brought sledding and ice-skating on frozen ponds. Most of life was magical, but not all. She struggled with multiple learning disabilities, and spent much of her time gazing out windows and daydreaming. In the fourth grade (with the help of one very nice teacher) she fought dyslexia for her right to read and won.

Afterward, she invented stories where powerful heroines kicked bad-guy butt to win the hearts charismatic heroes. And then she wrote one down…

Writing ever since, Julie weaves southern gothic, contemporary, fantasy, and young adult romances. She enjoys sweeping tales of mystery and epic adventure… which must include a really hot guy. Her writing is proof a dream and some hard work can overcome any obstacle.




School is out and Lucy is ready for the perfect summer: lazy days at the pool, invitations to the most exclusive parties, and romantic dates with her hot new boyfriend. That is, until she lands in trouble one too many times and her parents issue the ultimate punishment: a summer job. Suddenly, the summer can’t end fast enough.
To make matters worse, the job is painting houses with Justin, the most popular, egotistical guy in school. Spending all summer with Justin might be other girls’ dreams, but definitely not Lucy’s. After all, Justin is cocky, annoying, and a jerk. So what if he’s the most beautiful jerk Lucy’s ever seen? Or that his grin makes her forget she’s mad at the world? Or that maybe, just maybe, there’s more to Justin than Lucy realizes. Only one thing is certain: it won’t be the summer she wanted, but it might be exactly the one she needs.
Effortless With You (Effortless With You #1) by Lizzy Charles
Publication Date: 2013
Publisher: Swoon Romance
Available for Purchase:

WHAT READERS ARE SAYING:
“I most definitely recommend checking out”Ellen, Always YA at Heart

“It was refreshing and I adored it”Crystal, Bookiemoji




Lizzy Charles writes young adult contemporary romance. She’s a tea fanatic, guacamole expert, and sushi lover. When she’s fixing lunches, dressing kids, or wiping pizza sauce off sticky hands, she escapes to La La Land and imagines all sorts of little love stories. Lizzy loves her daily dose of fitness and is also a RN so she can triage any symptom you send her way. Her best friend from high school is also her husband. Oh and she has a little pup named Professor Lupin who is pretty much the glue to the whole writing operation.

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Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Book Review of The Eye of Nefertiti by Maria Luisa Lang plus GIVEAWAY!!


The cat must free Queen Nefertiti from a horrific curse

The Eye of Nefertiti is both a stand-alone novel and a sequel to The Pharaoh’s Cat. The time-traveling ancient Egyptian feline with human powers returns together with his beloved Pharaoh and his close friends, the High Priest of Amun-Ra and Elena, an Egyptologist’s daughter.

The cat is quick-witted, wise-cracking narrator as well as free-spirited, ever-curious protagonist, and the story he tells is an exotic, imaginative, spell-binding tragicomedy. The cat travels from present-day New York City to England, both ancient and modern, then to ancient Egypt, where he confronts a horrible demon and experiences a sublime emotion. Once back in England, he descends into a psychological abyss so deep only the Pharaoh can save him.

The Eye of Nefertiti interweaves feline and human, past and present, natural and supernatural. It contains numerous surprises, twists, and turns, intriguing characters, both human and animal, fascinating revelations about ancient Egyptian history and culture, and an ingenious application of the Tarot and an Italian opera. 

*I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*

There was a lot I liked about this book which really surprised me. As much as I love cats I wasn't sure a book about one would be my cup of tea. I'm happy I took the chance and read this story. It did take me a little to get used to the cat being the narrator but eventually, the plot and story get moving and before you know it you've completed this amazing adventure. 
Anyone who is looking for a nice read that will make you smile and snuggle with your kitty a little more while you sip your tea-this is a book to add to your list! 



Friday, August 18, 2017

The Woes of Editing

Now that I'm all settled in my new city and job I've started to begin the rewrite or developmental edit of my novel. I wrote this book in 2009, and it has always been in the back of my mind to keep working on it.

Now that I have an English degree, in writing, I see my old novel in a much different light. I have so much work ahead of me, but I'm ok with that! It gets me excited because I finally feel like I have the skills to make this story shine! I'm making a lot of changes and improving the quality of the story.

I've thought seriously about hiring someone to copy edit when I finished with my edits. This lead to me asking on Twitter and I got a lot of great responses from editing companies. Prices range from $400-$1,500 for a novel my size. Then I remembered Grammarly! I was using Grammarly for a work document and saw the icon that says, " Send to a proofreader." For a quick $30 a month I can use this option. I haven't done it yet, as I want to finish my rewriting but I think it makes the most economic sense.

Heres the thing though, I am such a better writer now, and editor. I've done lots of editing in college, my internship, and my job now. With that said though, I also know another set of eyes always helps!

My goal is to try to traditionally publish my novel and have it turn into a trilogy. I'm determined to see this through. If traditionally doesn't work, then self-publish is the next option. Right now though, I want to take things a step at a time. I've been waiting for this time (no school, job and everything settled) for years now!

Fellow aspiring authors-do you plan to pay to have your work edited? What about beta-readers?

Speaking of beta readers, I have a few people in mind to read my work after my rewrite, but if you want to be added to the list just let me know! Leave a comment or tweet me at @joydfanning! 

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Review of Infusion by Alyssa Thiessen with GIVEAWAY!

Rachel is ordinary. Average. Utterly unremarkable… until her best friend shoots her on her 16th birthday and a stranger brings her from death’s doorstep with an infusion of his own DNA.

Then everything gets weird.

She heals impossibly fast. She senses the thoughts of others. She sees places and horrifying creatures that couldn’t possibly exist, and her new friend Tyler is convinced she’s destined to save the world from their invasion.

Can she trust him? Can she trust herself? How’s she supposed to stop inter-dimensional invaders when she can barely deal with high school?

Ready or not, here they come.



Link to Goodreads:

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If I’d known I was going to die on my sixteenth birthday, I probably would’ve spent a little time on my makeup that morning. As it was, I lay in the field, cold, and all I could think was that I hadn’t even bothered to run a brush through my hair before I left. I mean, at the very least, I could’ve worn earrings. It started to rain, softly at first, and I felt my teeth chattering. No, not felt. Heard. I heard something else, too. Jared sobbing. Loudly.

It was funny—I’d known him all my life, and I’d never heard him cry before. Would he be crying so desperately if he hadn’t been the one who shot me?
    


Review:

*I was given a copy in exchange for my honest review*

First off, the opening of this book is amazing! Aspiring authors take note. Love the action right from the get-go! As a lover of all things science fiction this book was right up my alley. I loved reading every minute and the fast pace of the story. The characters are well developed and this is a well written, well-edited book.
I found even though I didn't have Rachel's abilities, she was an easy character to relate to. I think lovers of science fiction, young adult adventures, or just well-written stories should pick up a copy!

Author Bio:


When she's not donning her secret identity and saving the world, Thiessen keeps busy writing her next novel, reading something beautiful, teaching high school English, drinking coffee, cycling, and hanging out with her family - husband, kiddies, and miniature schnauzer.