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    Friday
    Jan032014

    Happy New Year!

    Happy New Year, my lovelies!

    Photo Courtesy: satit_srihin at freedigitalphotos.net2013 was a pretty crazy year here...on the personal front, MAJOR HOTSAUCE and I moved - twice! - and my son celebrated his first birthday. I met some wonderful new friends near our new house and wore a bikini for the first time since I got pregnant (woot!). I spent the holidays with my family and found an even greater love and appreciation for my closest friends, as they supported me over the past year.

    Professionally, I self-published two novels, racked up some lovely reviews, met some wonderful book bloggers and new bookish friends, and *almost* finished a new novel (Jan 12th!! That's my new deadline and it WILL happen!).

    To all of you who read By Blood and/or Moon Child, who reviewed them on Goodreads or Amazon...to those who liked me on Facebook or said hi on Twitter...thank you so, SO much for reading...for your support...for you enthusiasm. I am loving my new indie publishing career and a BIG part of that is the amazing author and book blogger community. I'm still a teeny, tiny, very small fish in a BIGGGGG ocean, but the words of encouragement, kind reviews, and excitement about my new projects mean more than I could possibly say. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!

    Needless to say, I have a TON to be thankful for, both personally and professionally, and even more exciting things to look forward to in 2014. MAJOR HOTSAUCE and I have made a list of all of our resolutions, I've got my computer prepped for LOTS of writing, and I'm super excited to dive in to an awesome year of Mommyhood and Author World Domination! Ha ha.

    Today happens to be eight weeks exactly before SHATTERED VEIL is released! Can you believe it? Have I mentioned how excited I am??? ;-) (For a chance to win an early copy, be sure to enter the Goodreads giveaway at the top of this page!)

    To hopefully get YOU excited, each Friday until release day I'll be sharing a teaser and doing a little giveaway, so be sure to stop back and take a look at the goodies. 

    This week's giveaway, a fabulous Shattered Veil prize pack, which includes this super snazzy notebook, magnet and button (thanks to Regina at Mae I Design for the gorgeous designs!)

    a Rafflecopter giveaway

    And...drumroll please...here's your first sneak peek at SHATTERED VEIL! :-)

    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.

    SHATTERED VEIL
    February 28, 2014

    Saturday
    Dec212013

    INSANITY Book Blitz!

    Hey there! Today I have another fun post to bring you from Xpresso Book Tours. :-)

    Here are some more details about this super cool-sounding book!

    Insanity by Cameron Jace 
    Publication date: December 20th 2013
    Genres: Fantasy, New Adult, Paranormal

    After accidentally killing everyone in her class, Alice Wonder is now a patient in the Radcliffe Lunatic Asylum. No one doubts her insanity. Only a hookah-smoking professor believes otherwise; that he can prove her sanity by decoding Lewis Carroll’s paintings, photographs, and find Wonderland’s real whereabouts. Professor Caterpillar persuades the asylum that Alice can save lives and catch the wonderland monsters now reincarnated in modern day criminals. In order to do so, Alice leads a double life: an Oxford university student by day, a mad girl in an asylum by night. The line between sanity and insanity thins when she meets Jack Diamond, an arrogant college student who believes that nonsense is an actual science.

    Sounds way cool, right?? A very interesting take on Alice in Wonderland.

    You can add it to your Goodreads shelf here.

    And buy it on Amazon here!

    About the Author

    Wonderlander, Neverlander, Unicorn-chaser, enchanter, musician, survived a coma, & totally awesome. Sometimes I tell stories. Always luv the little monsters      I write young adult paranormal romance, urban fantasy, and science fiction mostly. The Grimm Diaries series is a seven book saga that deals with retellings of fairy tales from a young adult POV - it connects most of the fairy tales together and claims to be the truth about fairy tales.      I live in San Fransisco and seriously think circles are way cooler than triangles.

    Where to find him:

    Website: http://cameronjace.blogspot.ca/

    Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/995289.Cameron_Jace

    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/camjace

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/cameronjace

    I've got more very exciting things to share. First, an excerpt from this exciting new release. And second, a DOOZY of a giveaway. Be sure to check it out at the end of this post...you could win a Kindle!!

    Excerpt

    The writing on the wall says it's January 14th. I am not sure what year. I haven't been sure of many things lately, but I’m wondering if it’s my handwriting I’m looking at.

    There is an strange key drawn underneath the date. It's carved with a sharp object, probably a broken mirror. I couldn’t have written this. I'm terrified of mirrors. They love to call it Catoptrophobia around here.

    Unlike regular patients in the asylum, my room is windowless, stripped down to a single mattress in the middle, a sink, and bucket for peeing--or puking--when necessary. The tiles on the floor are black-and-white squares, like a chessboard. I never step on black. Always white. Again, I'm not sure why.

    The walls are smeared with a greasy pale green everywhere. I wonder if it's the previous patient's brains spattered all over from shock therapy. In the Radcliffe Lunatic Asylum, politely known as the Warneford hospital, the doctors have a sweet spot for shock therapy. They love watching patients with bulging eyes and shivering limbs begging for relief from the electricity. It makes me question who is really mad in here.

    It's been a while since I was sent to shock therapy myself. Dr. Tom Truckle, my supervising physician, said I don't need it anymore, particularly after I stopped mentioning Wonderland. He told me that I used to talk about it all the time; a dangerous place I claim I have been whisked away to when my elder sister lost me at the age of seven.

    Truth is, I don't remember this Wonderland they are talking about. I don't even know why I am here. My oldest vivid memory is from a week ago. Before that, it's all a purple haze.

    I have only one friend in this asylum. It's not a doctor or a nurse. And it's not a human. It doesn't hate, envy, or point a finger at you. My friend is an orange flower I keep in a pot; a Tiger Lily I can't live without. I keep it safe next to a small crack in the wall where a single sun ray sneaks through for only ten minutes a day. It might not be enough light to grow a flower, but my Tiger Lily is a tough girl.

    Each day, I save half of the water they give me for my flower. As for me, better thirsty than mad.

    My orange flower is also my personal rain check for my sanity. If I talk to her and she doesn't reply, I know I am not hallucinating. If it talks back to me, all kinds of nonsense starts to happen. Insanity prevails. There must be a reason why I am here. It doesn’t mean I will easily give in to such a fate.

    "Alice Pleasance Wonder. Are you ready?" the nurse knocks with her electric prod on my steel door. Her name is Waltraud Wagner. She is German. Everything she says sounds like a threat and smells like smoke. My fellow mad people say she is a Nazi; that she used to kill her own patients back in Germany. "Get avay vrom za dor. I an coming in," she demands.

    Listening to the rattling of her large keychain, my heart pounds in my chest. The turn of the key makes me want to swallow. When the door opens, all I can think of is choking her before she begins to hurt me. Sadly, her neck is too thick for my nimble hands. I stare at her almost-square figure for a moment. Everything about her is four sizes too big, all except her feet, which are as small as mine. My sympathies, little feet.

    "Time for your daily ten-minute break," she approaches me with a straitjacket, a devilish grin on her face. I never get out. My ward is underground, and I take my break in another empty ward upstairs, where patients love to play soccer with a hedgehog’s head.

    A big muscled warden stands behind Watlraud. Thomas Ogier. He is bald, has an angry-red face and a silver tooth he likes to flash whenever he sees me. His biceps are the size of my head. I have a hard time believing he has ever been a 4-pound baby.

    "Slide your arms into the jacket," Waltraud demands in her German accent, a cigarette puckered between her lips. "Slow and easy, Alice," she nods at warden Ogier, in case I misbehave.

    I comply obediently and stretch out my arms for her to do whatever she wants. Waltraud twists my right arm slightly and checks the tattoo on my arm. It’s the only tattoo I have. It’s a handwritten sentence that looks like a thin arm band from afar. Waltraud feels the need to read it allowed, “’I can't go back to yesterday because I was a different person then.’” I was told I have written it myself while still believing in Wonderland. “That Alice in Wonderland has really messed with your head.” She puffs smoke into my face as she mocks me.

    The tattoo and Waltraud’s mocking is the least of my concerns right now. I let her tie me, and while she does, I close my eyes. I imagine I am a sixteenth century princess, some kind of a lucky Cinderella, being squeezed into a corset by my chain smoking servant in a fairy tale castle above ground, just about to go meet my Prince Charming. Such imagery always helps me breathe. I once heard that it was hope that saves the day, not sanity. I need to cool down before I begin my grand escape. 

    ~~

    Intriguing, no? And now for the giveaway! Good luck!

    a Rafflecopter giveaway

     

    Thursday
    Dec192013

    Bookanista Review: Become by Ali Cross

    Hello my friends! I'm late posting this - busy, busy day! - but that doesn't mean I'm any less excited to talk about BECOME by Ali Cross!

    I picked up this book because Ali is the interior formatter for Shattered Veil, and when I heard she was also a writer I wanted to check out her stuff. And let me tell you, I am SOOOO glad I did!! Seriously. BECOME blew me away. Before I fangirl it up, here's more info on the book.

    From Goodreads:

    Sixteen-year old Desolation Black wants nothing more than to stay in Hell where it’s cold and lonely and totally predictable. Instead, she’s sent back to Earth where she must face the evil she despises and the good she always feared.

    When Desi is forced to embrace her inner demon, she assumes her choice has been made—that she has no hope of being anything other than what her father, Lucifer, has created her to be. What she doesn’t count on, is finding a reason to change—something she’s never had before—a friend.

    My Thoughts

    This book totally impressed me. The writing is beautiful, the story is fast-paced, the main character is strong and conflicted...and the world building and plotting is super intriguing. I LOVED it. Ali just has that touch...she can put you inside her characters and story so you SEE what's happening as you read. I loved that Desi's coming of age was the focus of the story. There's romance, but the central conflicts and obstacles have much more to do with who Desi is and who she chooses to become, as opposed to which guy she likes or what she'll do for him. I found this quite refreshing. I thought Ali did a GREAT job with Desi's voice and emotional landscape. I could understand where Desi was coming from and why she made the choices she did...and I really felt for her and her predicament. This book came out a while ago and the rest of the series has already been released. I can't wait to read the rest of the series. If you like angel books, strong girl paranormals, and/or awesome, fast-paced reads you should totally check out BECOME. But be warned...you may just stay up all night reading...and find yourself rushing for book 2 in the morning. ;-)

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    Check out what the rest of the Bookanistas are reading this week!

    Wednesday
    Dec182013

    Cover Reveal! CUTLASS by Ashley Nixon

    Happy Hump Day y'all!! Today I'm so excited to be sharing another Xpresso Book Tours post, this time a cover reveal and giveaway! I've made no secret of my love for Regina at Mae I Design. So when I heard she'd designed a book cover for a novel about sexy pirates, um YEAH. I had to be part of that!!

    Here are some details about CUTLASS:

    Cutlass by Ashley Nixon 
    (Cutlass Series #1) 
    Publication date: April 23rd 2014
    Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult

    Synopsis

    Notorious pirate Barren Reed has one thing on his mind: Revenge against the man who killed his father. So kidnapping his enemy’s fiancé seems a perfect plan…until he actually does it.

    Larkin Lee is more than a pretty face and fiancé to a powerful man. Her fierce personality is enough to make any pirate want to push her overboard.

    But when the King of the Orient comes to Barren with a task—to find the Bloodstone, a powerful gem thought only to exist in legend, Barren sees another opportunity to destroy his enemy. Together, Barren, Larkin and a crew of pirates set off to find the stone, only to discover it caused the death of Barren’s own mother and Larkin’s, too. As his strongest allies turn into his greatest enemies, and the life of the girl he kidnapped becomes more important than he ever dreamed, Barren’s quest for revenge becomes a fight to save the Orient.

    Sounds AWESOME, right?? Add it to your TBR shelf on Goodreads now!

    I know you want to see the cover, but first here's a little info about the author, Ashley Nixon:

    Ashley was born and raised in Oklahoma, where the wind really does sweep down the plains, and horses and carriages aren't used as much as she'd like. When she's not writing, she's hard at work on her Master's degree in Library Science and Information Technology, working out, or pretending she's Sherlock Holmes. Her obsession with writing began after reading the Lord of the Rings in the eighth grade. Since then, she's loved everything Fantasy--resulting in an unhealthy obsession with the 'geek' tab on Pinterest, where all things awesome go.

    Where you can find her

    https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5199530.Ashley_Nixon

    http://www.ashley-nixon.com/

    https://www.facebook.com/ashleynixonauthor

    https://twitter.com/Ashleymnixon

    And NOW...without further ado...

    CUTLASS by Ashley Nixon, cover designed by Regina Wamba!

    SO gorgeous, right?? The cover plus the description TOTALLY make me want to pick this one up. Can't wait to grab my copy when it comes out in April!

    In the meantime, Ashley's celebrating her cover reveal with an awesome giveaway! Enter below...

    a Rafflecopter giveaway

    Friday
    Dec132013

    THIRD DAUGHTER Release Day Blitz!!

    Hello dearies! I'm super excited today to be part of Xpresso Book Tours' release day blitz for THIRD DAUGHTER by Susan Kaye Quinn!

    Susan doesn't know this but she's been my total hero since I first considered indie publishing. Her blog (you can find the link below) is THE most comprehensive, encouraging, and informative resource for aspiring self-publishers I've ever seen. Talk about paying it forward! She also happens to be a fantastic author, and I can't WAIT to get my hands on THIRD DAUGHTER, which sounds incredible (I'm writing this post the night before release day...otherwise I'd have already run to Amazon to buy my copy!)

    Here are some more details about THIRD DAUGHTER:

    Third Daughter by Susan Kaye Quinn 
    (The Dharian Affairs Trilogy #1) 
    December 13th 2013
    Genres: Adult, Fantasy, Romance, Steampunk 

    The Third Daughter of the Queen wants her birthday to arrive so she’ll be free to marry for love, but rumors of a new flying weapon may force her to accept a barbarian prince’s proposal for a peace-brokering marriage. Desperate to marry the charming courtesan she loves, Aniri agrees to the prince’s proposal as a subterfuge in order to spy on him, find the weapon, and hopefully avoid both war and an arranged marriage to a man she does not love.

    Third Daughter is the first book in The Dharian Affairs Trilogy (Third Daughter, Second Daughter, First Daughter). This steampunk-goes-to-Bollywood (Bollypunk!) romance takes place in an east-indian-flavored alternate world filled with skyships, saber duels, and lots of royal intrigue. And, of course, kissing.

    Sounds so intriguing, no? Can't WAIT to read it!

    Add it to your shelf on Goodreads!

    Purchase a Copy

    Amazon: http://bit.ly/SKQonAmazon
    Barnes&noble: http://bit.ly/SusanonBnN
    iTunes: http://bit.ly/SKQoniBookstore
    kobo: http://bit.ly/SusanonKobo

    About the Author
    Susan Kaye Quinn grew up in California, where she wrote snippets of stories and passed them to her friends during class. Her teachers pretended not to notice and only confiscated her stories a couple times.

    Susan left writing behind to pursue a bunch of engineering degrees, but she was drawn back to writing by an irresistible urge to share her stories with her niece, her kids, and all the wonderful friends she’s met along the way.

    She doesn’t have to sneak her notes anymore, which is too bad.

    Susan writes from the Chicago suburbs with her three boys, two cats, and one husband. Which, it turns out, is exactly as a much as she can handle.

    Author Links
    To celebrate THIRD DAUGHTER's release there's a giveaway! Enter below to win some seriously cool swag. Like, SERIOUSLY cool. ;-)