Friday, 29 August 2014

New Adult Fiction Cover Reveal

I'm breaking from my usual speculative fiction posts to help fellow Untethered Realm's member, Catherine Stine with her latest cover reveal. As well as writing amazing and award-winning speculative fiction, she also writes NA books under the name Kitsy Clare. This week she revealed the gorgeous cover for her second Art of Love novel.


The Blurb

Sugar’s not so sweet and secrets can be deadly … especially with matters of the heart

Sienna’s bestie, Harper warned her not to intern for famous bad boy artist, Casper Mason. After all, he just fired Harper who helped Sienna get the interview. But the moment Sienna sees Casper—or Caz—sweaty and practically shirtless and swinging from chains while he works on his sculpture, she’s hooked. He’s the richest, hottest artist in New York, and he lives in the fabulous Williamsburg Sugar Factory. But he’s also an incorrigible game-player, who seems to relish testing Sienna’s loyalty with a string of unsettling tests.

She knows she should get away fast. But by the time Sienna sneaks into his locked storage room and begins to unearth his dark and terrifying secret, she’s fallen way too hard for the handsome, charismatic Caz.

Book reviewers are saying:

"Beautiful. Amazing. A fantastic read that left me wanting more." -XoXo Book Blog

"A juicy read full of passion and magnetic chemistry that will have you hooked from beginning to end." -From the Purple Matter Book Blog

Author Bio:

Kitsy Clare hails from Philadelphia and lives in New York. A romantic at heart, she loves to write about the sexy intrigue of the city, and particularly of the art world. She knows it well, having shown her paintings here before turning to writing. Model Position, her new adult novella is about artist Sienna and her friends. Living in a Bookworld says: “Beautifully written! We get to learn things about art & painting, which is refreshing. A colorful story from a promising new adult author.” The next in her series, Private Internship launches on September 29 with Inkspell.

Kitsy loves to travel, draw, read romance, spec fiction and teach writing workshops. She also writes YA as Catherine Stine. Her futuristic thriller, Ruby’s Fire was a YA finalist in the Next Generation Indie book awards. Fireseed One, its companion novel, was a finalist in YA and Sci-Fi in the USA News International Book Awards, and an Indie Reader notable. Her YA horror, Dorianna, launches fall 2014 with Evernight Teen.
Don't forget to add Private Internship to your TBR lists. Can't wait for Private Internship? Try Model Position, Art of Love Book One.
That's it for this week. I'll be back on Monday with a writing update. Until then, happy reading and writing.

Monday, 25 August 2014

Necromancer Release & Shelfie Blog Hop

I'm always thrilled when one of my writing group, Untethered Realms, releases a new book baby into the world. Congratulations, Graeme Ing!



Necromancer blurb

A primeval fiend is loose in the ancient metropolis of Malkandrah, intent on burning it to a wasteland. The city's leaders stand idly by and the sorcerers that once protected the people are long gone.

Maldren, a young necromancer, is the only person brave enough to stand against the creature. Instead of help from the Masters of his Guild, he is given a new apprentice. Why now, and why a girl? As they unravel the clues to defeating the fiend, they discover a secret society holding the future of the city in its grip. After betrayals and attempts on his life, Maldren has reason to suspect everyone he thought a friend, even the girl.

His last hope lies in an alliance with a depraved and murderous ghost, but how can he trust it? Its sinister past is intertwined in the lives of everyone he holds dear.

Can only evil defeat evil?




Paperback: USA / UK



Shelfie Blog Hop


Now until October 6th, 2014


I only discovered this blog hop yesterday. I love exploring bookshelves. Plus, there are some awesome prizes. A massive thank you to the hosts: Christine Rains, Tara Tyler, Heather Gardner, CD Coffelt, M.J. Fifield, Elizabeth Seckman, Rena Rocford, and Vicki Biram. Visit one of the hosts to find out how to take part and what awesome prizes are on offer.

Here's my shelfie. As you can see, I do have a slight fondness for Star Trek.


Have I tempted you to take part in the Shelfie Blog Hop? Do you like exploring book shelves?

Monday, 18 August 2014

There Be News

It's Monday. At least in the UK it is. It's probably late evening in Australia. I get all confused when it comes to time zones. Anyway, I digress. Make yourself a cuppa and pull a chair. Read from the comfort of your bed, if you're lucky enough to still be in it. It's time for another news round up post.

Ninja Captain Alex J. Cavanaugh is hosting another blogfest. I don't do blogfests often, but I always make an exception for Alex. His blogfests are too much fun to pass up.


Pop by Alex's blog to find out more and to sign up.

PK Hrezo has an awesome trailer for Book 2 in her Butterman Time Travel Series, Induction Day.


Here's a brief snippet from Induction Day:

I'm dizzy--faint with wonder from the energy and fashion and decor. I must be dreaming. So much so, that the image of Captain Edward John Smith appears before me.

I blink, then again. I must keep moving about the room.

But it really is him, seated at a dinner table, and he's more debonair than I ever expected. I know so much about this man. My scalp is tingling.

As if caught in a tractor beam, I drift his way, slowly at first, then faster, with purpose. Captain Smith is so close, I can make out the shiny brass buttons on his navy blue suit. His hat is off, his snowy white hair and beard are trimmed to perfection. For a split second, his blue eyes meet mine and adrenaline pumps through me. I could almost swear there's a recognition there. But I know it's only on my part, from knowing so much about him. Still, he studies me with confusion for a few seconds, long enough to fill my chest with hope that next time he will listen to me.

Have you read Book 1, Butterman (Time) Travel Inc. yet? You should. Find PK here.

My writer's group Untethered Realms now has a newsletter. Sign up for updates on publications, giveaways, and upcoming events. There are exciting things happening in the Realm. Several members have upcoming book releases, including M. Pax's The Rifters.



What are The Rifters? I hear you ask. To find out more, and enter a writing competition, click here.

Finally, a writing update. So far, my writing plan is working. I've been making great progress with this month's project - a YA science fiction series. Having worked out a writing schedule in advance seems to have taken away all the worry and procrastination. Long may it last. 

So, how are things with you? Any news you'd like to share?

Friday, 15 August 2014

Stephanie Beerden On Writing YA Fiction (PLUS competition)

Today I have the pleasure of hosting YA writer, Stephanie Beerden. She's stopping by for her The Lost Kingdom Blog Tour. She'll be answering my question, Why YA? Please give her a big *wave* hello.

Over to Stephanie.


The reason I write YA is because I love the genre. And there are so many other genres you can combine with YA. Like Fantasy for example my absolute favourite genre. And I just enjoy writing adventures for young heroes and heroines. It’s just fun to see teenagers and young adults being important instead of the adults all the time. 

I remember having to read books in school that always had adults saving the day and where children, teenagers and young adults were merely side characters and thinking “Why can’t we (teenagers) be the Hero/Heroine for once?”. 

Writing YA makes you believe that young adults ARE important too, and they can have great adventures. And YA also gives you the chance to create such wondrous worlds and stories, without them having to make sense! 

YA also keeps the teenager inside me alive. It makes me happy to write it above all else and as long as it makes me happy, I will continue to write  YA books, and keep making up stories for as long as I desire. 


Blurb

A Prophecy made long ago, announced the arrival of the new Ladies of Elements.


And now almost a millennia later, it finally came true …

All her life Arima thought she knew who and what she was. That is until the day of her sixteenth birthday came and her world is turned upside down, when she’s told she’s not a White Witch but Lady Spirit. And that she is the one that has been foretold, will unite the Five Ladies of Elements once again and save Ilendia and the Other Lands from Ahriman, the Demon King.

At first Arima refuses to accept her new fate, but when Shanums come and destroy her village and kill her loved ones, she has no choice but to flee and fall right into the destiny she never wanted.

As she grudgingly starts her journey into the unknown, she is accompanied by her unicorn familiar Sirrim, Blythe, a Vampire with a dark past and Myrddin, a mysterious Ljosalfar.

And the longer her journey lasts, the more Arima begins to realise that she can’t escape her own destiny and she must learn to control her powers and learn to be a Lady for the sake of the Sisters she doesn’t know and the people of Ilendia and the Other Lands.

However, things get more complicated when Arima comes into the possession of a key. Her instincts compel her to go towards danger when she discovers that the key she holds, can unlock the legendary kingdom of Eléssima, the home of the Ladies of Elements.

She will have to make the choice to follow her instincts …

…or stay on the path that has been laid out for her.


Excerpt

He uncrossed his arms and clapped them together. “So you must be the new Lady Spirit, then?”
He walked up to her and then circled around her, looking her over from head to toe. He stopped right in front of her and looked her right in the eyes . “You’re a lot fatter than I thought you would be.”
Arima sputtered indignantly and ignored Sirrim’s laughter in her head and Myrrdin and Blythe’s choking sounds. She raised her fist and hit the Angel right on the cheek.
Lucien rubbed his cheek and spat out some blood. “Okay, I might have deserved that.”
“You think, you a’zavulter?” Arima hissed sarcastically at him.
Blythe choked on his spit, and Myrddin gaped at Arima when he heard what she had said.
Lucien’s eyebrows rose to his hairline . That was a new one; he’d never been called that before. “My, my —such a temper,” he teased.
“Oh, you haven’t seen anything yet ,” Arima told him. “You say you were a friend of the Ladies? I can’t imagine anyone wanting you around. It’s a mystery to me why they called you friend.”
Lucien just grinned. “Your predecessor thought otherwise, but Lady Fire, not so much. She hit me in the face, too, once. She looked cute with a blush, too.”
“I hope it hurt like hell,” she snarled at the Angel.
“It did,” Lucien admitted. “All right, funny business aside, are you ready or do you want to be stuck here for much longer? I have a lot of work to do, people to see, lightning to deliver. You understand.”


Author Bio

Stephanie Beerden was born on Friday the 13th (no joke, she really was) in a small city called Genk in Belgium. She has always been fascinated with the occult, magic and books. Her childhood and teen years were filled with reading lots and lots of books and imagining what life would be like as a vampire. Until one day she decided that she wanted to try her hand at writing her own books and that was the beginning of her writing adventure.



Don't forget to enter her competition to win a $50 Amazon giftcard or one of three signed paperbacks.

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It was an honour having you here today, Stephanie. I adore your book covers and your website. Beautiful. I can't wait to get started on The Elements Series.

Friday, 8 August 2014

Necromancer Cover Reveal

I'm thrilled to be sharing the cover for Graeme Ing's upcoming release, Necromancer. It's a stunning cover. Congratulations, Graeme.



Necromancer blurb

A primeval fiend is loose in the ancient metropolis of Malkandrah, intent on burning it to a wasteland. The city's leaders stand idly by and the sorcerers that once protected the people are long gone.

Maldren, a young necromancer, is the only person brave enough to stand against the creature. Instead of help from the Masters of his Guild, he is given a new apprentice. Why now, and why a girl? As they unravel the clues to defeating the fiend, they discover a secret society holding the future of the city in its grip. After betrayals and attempts on his life, Maldren has reason to suspect everyone he thought a friend, even the girl.

His last hope lies in an alliance with a depraved and murderous ghost, but how can he trust it? Its sinister past is intertwined in the lives of everyone he holds dear.

Can only evil defeat evil?

Coming end of August 2014


Graeme Ing Bio

Graeme Ing engineers original fantasy worlds, both YA and adult, but hang around, and you’ll likely read tales of romance, sci-fi, paranormal, cyberpunk, steampunk or any blend of the above.

Born in England in 1965, Graeme moved to San Diego, California in 1996 and lives there still. His career as a software engineer and development manager spans 30 years, mostly in the computer games industry. He is also an armchair mountaineer, astronomer, mapmaker, pilot and general geek. He and his wife, Tamara, share their house with more cats than he can count.

Links: Website / Blog / Facebook Page / @GraemeIng / Google+ / Goodreads / Amazon

That's it for this week. Have a great weekend. Happy reading and writing!

Monday, 4 August 2014

50 Shades Of A Plan

No. This isn't about 50 Shades of Grey. I haven't read the books, and have no interest in reading them. Apparently, they fall under the romance category. Err . . .no. Not my idea of romance. Pop over to Maria Zannini's blog and read her witty post on 50 Shades. Well, after you've read my post. You can't escape that easy!

Last week, in Get your inky paws off me, you damn dirty writer, I asked for advice on tackling multiple writing projects and a never-ending stream of story ideas. As usual, everyone who commented left insightful and incredibly helpful comments. A heartfelt thank you to each and every one of you.

What I took away from those comments was that it is okay to be working on multiple projects if that works for me. However, at some point projects need to be completed. Books don't finish themselves, as much as we'd sometimes like them to do. I decided that the best way to keep my interest and finish writing books was to only work on a small number. After much deliberation, I reasoned three was the magic number. 

My plan is to alternate between three projects on a monthly or two-weekly basis, with one project at the front of the queue to be published first. When project number one is published, I add a new one. Number two on the list moves to number one and so on. My hope is by alternating writing projects, I won't get distracted by shiny new ideas.

I hope that makes some kind of sense. 

I even have a coloured chart for the next year, with three shades ...I mean three colours signifying time I'll be spending on each project. The word counts are optimistic, and it's not all writing. There are periods for editing in my plan, and only one project - a science fiction series - will be published between now and next June. The other two will follow later in the year.


So, what do you think? Madness or a workable plan?