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    Friday
    Jan102014

    Shattered Veil Countdown: 7 weeks

    Did you know there's less than a week left to enter the Goodreads First Look contest for a signed advanced copy of Shattered Veil? The link to the giveaway is at the top of the page. Go enter...I'll wait... ;-)

    You're back! Good.

    So. Shattered Veil comes out seven weeks from today. And I'm feeling good, peeps. Reviews are starting to come in, and so far the response has been great. (A reviewer on Goodreads called the book "inspiring". INSPIRING. I about cried.)

    Today's teaser is below...check back next week for a post about why i'm choosing to call this book a "new adult"...but feel like "young adult" is a label that fits too. Happy Friday!

    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

    Wednesday
    Jan082014

    Book Bloggers Are the Best

    So, we're only eight days into 2014 but I have to tell you, I'm feeling really, really good about this year so far. Professionally, that has a TON to do with the amazing book blogger community. As you all know (how could you not, if you read this blog? ;-)) Shattered Veil comes out in a little less than eight weeks. Already, bloggers are requesting e-ARCs through NetGalley, putting it on their "Waiting on Wednesday" lists, and featuring it on their blogs. CAN I TELL YOU HOW HAPPY THIS MAKES ME?? Seriously.

    I LOVE that so many book bloggers are open to reading indie books...not only that, they're excited about them! (As they should be...I've read a couple AMAZING ones lately. Check out my reviews here, here & here.) People talking about books and writing reviews on Goodreads, Amazon and the like make SUCH a difference in the visibility of a book. And I can't even explain to you the THRILL of hearing that someone is excited to read one of mine. 

    So I just want to say THANK YOU. Thank you to the bloggers who've requested Shattered Veil or By Blood on NetGalley. Thank you to those who've written reviews. Thank you to everyone who has signed up for the book tour or added my books to your Goodreads TBR list...and thank you to anyone and everyone who wants to read Shattered Veil (or any of my books). 

    I decided to self-publish because I wanted to find readers for my books, and I was tired of waiting for a traditional publisher to give me permission. I put all this time and energy and love and hope into writing these stories...and I wanted to believe there was someone, maybe a few people, who'd enjoy reading them. Any writer will tell you - the actual WRITING is only half of the job...it's like a telephone call. It only works if there's someone on the other end to receive your words. 

    I am so, so grateful to know there are readers out there who want to connect with my stories. You guys are the best!!

     

    Tuesday
    Jan072014

    Blog Tour: The Sorcery Code

    Hello dearies! I'm very excited to be part of my first BLOG TOUR, courtesy of Xpresso Book Tours!

    This particular tour is a reviews-only tour for THE SORCERY CODE by Dima Zales.

    First, here are some details about the book:

    The Sorcery Code by Dima Zales 
    Publication date: December, 2013
    Genres: Adult, Fantasy, Romance

    Description

    From the internationally bestselling authors who brought you the Krinar Chronicles comes a captivating tale of intrigue, love, and danger in a world where sorcery is entwined with science . . .

    Once a respected member of the Sorcerer Council and now an outcast, Blaise has spent the last year of his life working on a special magical object. The goal is to allow anyone to do magic, not just the sorcerer elite. The outcome of his quest is unlike anything he could’ve ever imagined – because, instead of an object, he creates Her.

    She is Gala, and she is anything but inanimate. Born in the Spell Realm, she is beautiful and highly intelligent – and nobody knows what she’s capable of. She will do anything to experience the world . . . even leave the man she is beginning to fall for.

    Augusta, a powerful sorceress and Blaise’s former fiancée, sees Blaise’s deed as the ultimate hubris and Gala as an abomination that must be destroyed. In her quest to save the human race, Augusta will forge new alliances, becoming tangled in a web of intrigue that stretches further than any of them suspect. She may even have to turn to her new lover Barson, a ruthless warrior who might have an agenda of his own . . .

    My Review

    I'll be honest, at first I wasn't sure I was going to enjoy THE SORCERY CODE. I haven't read a book with a male main character in a long time, and being thrust immediately into a scene with a man staring at a naked woman, well...I was worried.

    But the story completely defied my expectations. I was initially intrigued by the premise of sorcery working like science, and the author did a FABULOUS job with this concept. The worldbuilding was wonderful - enough details that I could get a good sense of how the world worked but never so much description that it slowed down the action. I appreciated that the author respected and worked within the rules he had created for his world; there's nothing more annoying than a last-minute hitherto unknown magical "fix" for the main character's predicament.

    I found the writing very smooth and easy to read, with moments that were genuinely thought-provoking, particularly when it came to Augusta and Barson. It was a unique experience to have so much insight into the antagonists' mindsets and philosophies. I was Team Blaise and Gala all the way, but I could understand many of Augusta's concerns and loved the added complexity her narrative contributed to the story.

    Overall, THE SORCERY CODE was a great read and I will definitely check out the next book in the series when it comes out. This was the first book I've read by Dima Zales, and I am looking forward to checking out his other novels.

    If you enjoy clean, character-driven fantasy with a unique premise and skilled world-building, you should definitely check out THE SORCERY CODE!

    Rating: 5 Stars

    You can add it to your Goodreads TBR list here.

    Buy on AmazonB&N, Kobo, Smashwords

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    And, as an added bonus, you can also enter to win paperbacks of Dima Zales and Anna Zaires' Krinar Chronicles!

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    About the Author

    Dima Zales is a full-time science fiction and fantasy author residing in Palm Coast, Florida. Prior to becoming a writer, he worked in the software development industry in New York as both a programmer and an executive. From high-frequency trading software for big banks to mobile apps for popular magazines, Dima has done it all. In 2013, he left the software industry in order to concentrate on his writing career.

    Dima holds a Master’s degree in Computer Science from NYU and a dual undergraduate degree in Computer Science / Psychology from Brooklyn College. He also has a number of hobbies and interests, the most unusual of which might be professional-level mentalism. He simulates mind-reading on stage and close-up, and has done shows for corporations, wealthy individuals, and friends. To read more, click here!

    Links

    http://www.dimazales.com/index.html

    https://www.facebook.com/AuthorDimaZales

    https://twitter.com/AuthorDimaZales

    https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7210511.Dima_Zales

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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!)

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    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. 

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

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