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    Thursday
    Nov212013

    SHATTERED VEIL cover reveal!!

    Happy Thursday! I am SO excited to be sharing SHATTERED VEIL's cover with you today. First, a little description...

    When everything that defines you is stripped away, who do you become?

    Selection

    War has come to Atalanta, infecting its quiet villages and lush woodlands, igniting whispered worries in its glittering capitol.

    All across the dominion, young men are being Selected for Military and sent to the front lines…and eighteen-year-old Aris Haan’s childhood sweetheart is one of them.

    Secrets

    Pyralis Nekkos, Atalanta’s leader, has kept the truth from his people, that their dominion will fall…and much sooner than anyone could guess.

    Galena Vadim, his reluctant ally, wishes she could forget their shared past...until her future seems to depend on it.

    Sacrifice

    And for the boy she loves, Aris, a talented wingjet pilot, will give up everything - her home, her name, even her face...

    ...only to become the key to her dominion's survival.

     

    And, without further ado, here's the beautiful cover, designed by the incomparable Regina Wamba at Mae I Design!

    And the full wrap...

    Isn't it amazing?? I really think Regina knocked it out of the park. I love the futuristic scifi vibe paired with the romance of the piece of jewelry.  Not to mention that beautiful image of the girl morphed with a sunset on the beach. And the back is very intriguing, no? ;-) It's everything I could have hoped for in the "face" of SHATTERED VEIL and I couldn't be happier! I hope you like it! :-)

    I'm SO excited about the cover - and SHATTERED VEIL in general - that I've decided to host a last-minute, totally random giveaway! So enter to win a prize pack of my favorite "girl dressed as guy" (not to give away a plot point of SHATTERED VEIL or anything ;-)) movies...plus one my BFF suggested because she is awesome and watches cool movies. 

    (Prize pack includes DVDs of Mulan, Connie and Carla, Shakespeare in Love, She's the Man, and Just One of the Guys)

    a Rafflecopter giveaway

    Good luck, and thanks for playing! 

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    Thursday
    Oct312013

    Happy Halloween from the Bookanistas!

    Hey y'all! Today a few of us Bookanistas are talking about our favorite scary books.

    I don't often read scary books, but there are a few that have stuck with me. Most recently, I've gotta say

    Second Verse by Jennifer Walkup

    It's got such great suspense and the ghost/murder elements were truly spooky.

    Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake

    I haven't had a chance to read the sequel yet, but it's definitely on my list. This book was so creepy and awesome. I loved it!

     

     

    3:50 by Gretchen McNeil

    The intensity in this book is off the charts...and I loved the dueling worlds/realities. SO cool.

    Die Softly by Christopher Pike

    Okay, so I'm not exactly recommending this book. But if I'm writing about scary reads, this has to go on the list. I read it as a teenager and, honestly, it haunted me. Even to this day. I kinda wish I could unread it. But hey...that's the sign of a good book, right? That it stays with your readers? ::gulp::

    And my teenage years would not have been the same without the horror/suspense of Richie Tankersley Cusick. They weren't exactly "literature" - honestly, "cheesy" might be the better word - but boy did I love her "two dark strangers...which boy is sincere and which boy wants to kill her?" formula. Some of my favorites:

    So yeah. I was never hardcore, truth be told. I've still never read a Stephen King horror novel. But it's funny the books that stay with you...and the stories that give you that thrill of fear and excitement. 

    What are YOUR favorite scary books? Are you hardcore? Or a wimp like me? :-)

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    Check out what scares my fellow Bookanistas today!

    Monday
    Oct142013

    Open Call for Street Team!

    Hello hello!

    My next book, SHATTERED VEIL, will be coming out in February 2014, and I'm looking for enthusiastic folks to help me spread the word!

    SHATTERED VEIL is super special to me. I wrote the first draft when MAJOR HOTSAUCE was deployed, back in 2010. Maybe not surprisingly, it began as a story about a girl who didn't know how to survive while the love of her life was gone to war...because those were the feelings I was tapping into at the time.

    Since then, and through many, many revisions and re-imaginings, the book has changed - A LOT. At its heart, now, it's about the lengths we'll go to be with the people we love, what we'll sacrifice to do the right thing, and how war can change us, as people and as nations. It was written when the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan were still going strong, when "don't ask, don't tell" was still in place, and when the general public seemed to be less and less aware that our brave young service members were still fighting - and dying - every day.

    Now, having said that, it's a science fiction novel, and without political agenda. But those events and the feelings I had about MAJOR HOTSAUCE being gone all informed the story and my characters' journeys. And my love for adventure, cool gadgets, and characters who change and evolve...and become total badasses...also figure prominently into the story as well. ;-)

    Here's a one-line description:

    For one young, talented wingjet pilot, war means sacrificing everything: her home, her name, her face...and the one promise she swore she'd never break.

    For a more complete description, head on over to its Goodreads page (and while you're there, feel free to add it to your TBR shelf! ;-))

    So...are YOU interested in SHATTERED VEIL? Have you read By Blood and/or Moon Child and want to read more of my writing? Are you a fan of YA and/or NA scifi? Do you like promoting indie authors...and getting fun perks like early copies and swag? 

    If you answered "yes" to any of the above questions, I invite you to join The Night Witch Squadron! 

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    Night Witch

     "is the English translation of Nachthexen, a World War II German nickname (Russian Ночные ведьмы), for the female military aviators of the 588th Night Bomber Regiment, known later as the 46th "Taman" Guards Night Bomber Aviation Regiment, of the Soviet Air Forces." (Reference)

    (I discovered these "Night Witches" as part of my research for SHATTERED VEIL and was absolutely blown away by their story. Such incredibly brave, inspiring women! For more on WWII's Night Witches, I recommend this article from The Atlantic and this one from the NY Times.)

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    So, what does becoming a member of The Night Witch Squadron entail? Well, mostly it's about spreading love for SHATTERED VEIL. Examples of ways street team members can participate:

    • Join the Facebook Group and chat about SV, writing, publishing, fun vacation spots...whatever you want! I'll answer questions and generally be there to get to know you.
    • Invite other readers (adults or teens) to join our team.
    • Talk the books up on social media when you feel inspired - FB, Twitter, pinterest, tumblr etc.
    • Lead contests on your social media platforms. (I'm happy to provide prizes!)
    • Spread the word to family and friends about SHATTERED VEIL.
    • Take promo materials to local writers groups, coffee shops, conventions, etc.
    • Suggest one of my books for any book club in your area.
    • Skype or Google me into your book club or schools to discuss the book and writing.
    • Recommend SHATTERED VEIL to your local library.
    • Talk SHATTERED VEIL up at your local bookstore.
    • Use hashtags to get discussions going about SHATTERED VEIL.
    • Post honest reviews on any site like Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, etc.
    • Add SHATTERED VEIL to your Goodreads lists.
    • Post about SHATTERED VEIL on launch day and participate in the cover reveal.
    • Post about author news such as awards, appearances, etc.

    Basically, you'll be SHATTERED VEIL's awesomest, most talented cheerleaders. :-)

    In return, and with TONS of gratitude and smooshes and awkward virtual hugs, you'll get:

    • A welcome pack - which will include fun swag (like bookmarks, pens, and possibly candy ;-)) and a badge for your blog or website.
    • An exclusive "first look" at the cover of SHATTERED VEIL (and subsequent books) a week before it's unleashed on the world.
    • A free e-ARC of SHATTERED VEIL.
    • Access to a members-only Facebook group for open discussions of the series, indie publishing, and writing.
    • Monthly missions - A monthly drawing for members if you complete a special mission. Prizes will include Amazon/BN gift cards, books, query & first-page critiques, etc!
    • Cool extra details on the military history that served as inspiration for the book, as well as exclusive character info, sneak peeks of the next books in the series, and "for your eyes only" extras.
    • Free books and swag for giveaways on your blog.
    • If you have a blog, first dibs on blog tours, cover reveals and other special events.
    • And other fun stuff!

    This is NOT about spamming. I'm looking for people who are genuinely interested in SHATTERED VEIL, my writing, and who love talking up their favorite books and sharing book love. Nothing more than you feel comfortable, and no tactics that would make someone ELSE feel uncomfortable.

    If you're interested, please use the form below to sign up! The first event - an exclusive cover reveal on the Night Witch Squadron's private facebook page - will be happening in a couple of weeks. I hope you'll join me for all the fun!

    Here's a link to the form, if that's easier for ya.

    https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1NPtiorsxLH8LHV6CSk61MytLEsFqqYLiMHX9hcng5Ro/viewform

    Please spread the word to folks you think would be interested in joining! Thanks!! :-)

    Friday
    Oct112013

    Winners!!!

    Happy Friday! I have some exciting news to share today! The WINNERS of the By Blood Blog Tour Giveaway!!

     

    Grand Prize

    James Coyne

    Second Prize

    Kyla Patton & MaryAlice Tillman

    Third Prize

    Barbara Nolan & Courtney Renee

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    Congrats, you guys!

    Sad you didn't win a free copy of By Blood or Moon Child? Not to fret! You can pick up an ecopy of either (available on most devices) for only 99c through the weekend! 

    Thank you so, so much to everyone who entered the contest, added the books on Goodreads, and helped spread the word. And to the lovely bloggers who featured a review, guest post, or interview, you guys ROCK. Seriously. My heart = full.

    Take care y'all and have a great weekend! Winners, you'll be hearing from me shortly! 

    SMOOSH!

    Wednesday
    Oct092013

    Bookanista Review: Second Verse

    Hello my lovelies! I hope you're having a good week. Mine's been insane, which I guess is par for the course for a work-from-home mommy with an about-to-walk child and a husband studying for midterms. 

    STILL. I am bringing you a VERY exciting review today!

    From Goodreads:

    Bad things come in threes. In Shady Springs, that includes murder.

    Murder Now
    Lange Crawford’s move to Shady Springs, Pennsylvania, lands her a group of awesome friends, a major crush on songwriter Vaughn, and life in a haunted, 200-year-old farmhouse. It also brings The Hunt: an infamous murder mystery festival where students solve a fake, gruesome murder scheme during the week of Halloween. Well, supposedly fake.

    Murder Then
    Weeks before The Hunt, Lange and her friends hold a séance in the farmhouse’s eerie barn. When a voice rushes through, whispering haunting words that only she and Vaughn can hear, Lange realizes it's begging for help. The mysterious voice leads Lange and Vaughn to uncover letters and photos left behind by a murdered girl, Ginny, and they become obsessed with her story and the horrifying threats that led to her murder.

    Murder Yet to Come
    But someone doesn’t like their snooping, and Lange and Vaughn begin receiving the same threats that Ginny once did. The mysterious words from the barn become crucial to figuring out Ginny's past and their own, and how closely the two are connected. They must work fast to uncover the truth or risk finding out if history really does repeat itself.

    My Thoughts

    This book is spooky, fast-paced and romantic. I loved the "murder now, murder then" element and was genuinely creeped out as Lange started uncovering details of the murders that had been committed in her home - an old farmhouse that Jennifer did a fantastic job making super spooky. The book is haunting in the ways that the best ghost stories are: you'll want to read with the lights ON...and you'll be left with that tingly, goosebumps feeling on the back of your neck for long after you read the last page.

    Seriously, when I say spooky, I mean SPOOKY. It's absolutely perfect for an October read...it's got a fabulous Halloween vibe and fits well with chill autumn breezes and horror movie season. In fact, I would say Second Verse is like trick-or-treating -- dark, creepy...with sweet rewards to keep you coming back for more. So, basically, if you like Halloween, trick or treating, or Halloween candy YOU WILL LIKE THIS BOOK. Hee hee. ;-)

    Add it to your Goodreads TBR shelf HERE.

    Buy on Amazon HERE.

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