Wednesday, May 29, 2013

FREE BOOK WEDNESDAY!

Just a quick post today to let y'all know that Ali & The Corbin Boys: A Prequel to The Georgia Corbins is now available....for FREE!!!

You can get your copy HERE.


BLURB:
Shy Alison (Ali) Philips hates school. The boys tease her and the girls ignore her--all except for Shelby Blake who has made it her mission to torment Ali every chance she gets. Ali has no friends. Until she meets Levi and Tucker Corbin. The Corbin brothers treat Ali like one of the boys and make it their mission to protect her from her tormentors. Word quickly spreads through school that Ali is off limits and anyone who dares to taunt her will have to deal with the wrath of the Corbin twins.

The Corbins are Ali’s saving grace and her two best friends--her only friends in the world. Then the unthinkable happens. Levi and Tucker’s parents are getting divorced and the boys are forced to move away from the only home they’ve ever known--and away from Ali. Will Ali be able to survive without them?               

Go get your copy HERE.

And don't forget, The Georgia Corbins releases on June 10, 2013. You still have a chance to WIN a FREE eCOPY!

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

AUTHOR INTERVIEW: Jordan Link

I'm excited to welcome the very talented, young adult author, Jordan Link to my blog today to chat about her new release, THE SACRIFICED. Welcome, Jordan! Wow. So, you're sixteen years old and a published author?That's fantastic. Okay, I'm getting ahead of myself here. Please start by telling us a little bit about yourself.

Thanks for having me on the blog. I’m the average 16-year-old, minus the novel publication. I love the beach, going to the movies with friends, fantasizing about vacations, and scrolling down my Facebook wall for hours at a time.

What's your favorite thing to do when you're not writing?

I love, love, love hanging out with my friends. Sometimes, we get together at each other’s houses to exercise or watch movies. Other times, we chat on Facebook. We’re practically inseparable: it’s great to have friends like that.

Yes, it really is great to have friends like that. It makes life so much more enjoyable, doesn't it? So, let's talk writing for a moment. What's the worst piece of writing advice you've ever received?

The worst writing advice I’ve received, by far, is to wait until I’m older (18ish) to submit my manuscript to a publisher. I was advised this many times, when inquiring through online forums. The best thing I took away from that advice was to ignore critics and pessimists.

Good for you for sticking to your guns and following your dreams. I'm a firm believer that it never hurts to ask. You're a stellar example of that. =) Is there anything you find particularly challenging about writing?

The hardest part for me is explaining ‘why’ things happen in a novel. Sure, there is oppression against the walkers in Centsia, but ‘why’ are they being restrained? A simple ‘because’ wouldn’t be enough to satisfy an ardent reader or reviewer.

Every writer struggles with something. Personally, I'm terrible at writing descriptions of setting. Ugh! What about writer's block? Do you ever suffer from that? And what do you do to overcome it? What advice would you give to other authors?

I rarely get writer’s block. When I do, I usually have music blaring in the background, or Youtube in another tab. The best way to overcome writer’s block, in my opinion, is to eliminate all distractions and to begin plotting. Sometimes, when ‘pantsing’, you’ll find yourself backed against a wall.

That's some pretty good advice. I'm a panster to a fault. lol. All right, tell us about THE SACRIFICED.

My newest release is a YA dystopian fantasy novel called The Sacrificed. Here is the blurb:
 
Emerald Hayden lives in the City of Centsia, a half-winged among the other walkers. She has no family, friends, or food — only a grim future filled with tiresome labor in the upper level’s factories. Everything changes when she meets Dusk, a winged from the group that has made her life miserable. He opens her eyes to a new possibility: the possibility of the unity of winged and walkers — of freedom, and of love.

Together, Emerald and Dusk challenge the upper level’s supreme, winged council. But when a friend betrays them, they must choose whether to sacrifice their beliefs and save their own lives, or to stand strong in the face of an indomitable force. Success could mean liberty; failure, death.


And here is a short excerpt:

Slowly, ever so slowly, she dropped to her knees and peered around the corner.

There was a winged boy standing there, muttering something to a few walkers. It was impossible to distinguish the color of his eyes, or even his expression from her sheltered position, but his features were still rather shocking. His hair was a creamy white, a pigment that Emerald had only ever seen on the heads of other winged. His skin was pasty and faded. She wondered between pounding heartbeats how the winged remained so pale when they spent so many days in the sky above Centsia, arcing near the curve of the sun and circling back around again as they went to and from their duties. The boy’s wings, however, were by far his most striking feature. The feathers seemed to form intricate pictures as they fluttered in the midnight breeze. Emerald continued to stare as the boy withdrew something from his pocket.

It was bread.

Oh, sounds great! Where can people buy THE SACRIFICED? And where can they learn more about you?

It's available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Kobo.

People can follow me on my blog, Facebook, Twitter (@JordanLink3), and Goodreads.

Thanks so much for stopping by, Jordan, and I wish you all the success in the world!

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Tuesday, May 21, 2013

AUTHOR INTERVIEW: Melinda Dozier

 I'm doing a happy dance in my seat. The wonderfully talented, super fun, Melinda Dozier is here today to answer a few questions and talk about her new book, Time Changes Everything. Welcome, Melinda. Why don't you start by telling us a little bit about yourself.

Hi! Thanks for having me, Kara! I’m a forty-something mother, wife, teacher, writer and friend. I’ve lived in Guatemala, Central America for more than fifteen years (with a break here and there, since I go through missing US spells). I love Dr. Pepper, Ryan Gosling and social networking.

Where did you grow up and what do you love most about your hometown?

I was born in Louisiana and that’s where my family lives now. However, I would say my hometown is in Albuquerque, New Mexico. I moved there when I was twelve and graduated from college there. Both Louisiana and New Mexico are full of their very own unique cultures – be it the “I garantee” French creole cuisine (nothing like my mom’s crawfish etoufee) or the green chili enchiladas.

What did you want to be when you grew up?

When I graduated high school, I wanted to be a music therapist. I laugh now, because my life is so different than what I thought then. Once I started college, I realized I wanted to do Public Relations and studied Communications and Political Science. Then – wham! – I fell in love with a man from another country. So, if I wanted to marry him, I had to move to a faraway land. The only other thing I could do in a Spanish speaking country at the time was become an English teacher. Luckily, because that was my knack – besides writing, of course.


What authors would we find you reading when you're not writing?

Lately, I’ve been reading Entranced Publishing authors - Rachel Kall, Ana Blaze, ST Bende… But my “go-to” authors and “automatic buys” are contemporary romance authors Jill Shalvis, Susan Mallery, Shannon Stacey and Sarah Mayberry.

Love that you're supporting your fellow Entranced authors. So, tell us, what's your favorite thing to do when you're not writing?

I’m addicted to Twitter. Ask Kara! I love playing around on my computer and I have a romance blog ( http://flirtingwithromance.blogspot.com ) where I write reviews, have author interviews, blog tours, etc.

Yeah, we've definitely had our fair share of odd interactions via Twitter. lol. Okay, let's talk writing for a moment. Is there anything you find particularly challenging about writing?

Time! I’m a teacher by day (which requires a lot of time in itself) and I write at night and on the weekends. I would love to be a full-time writer because I really have no time to write all the stories that I have stuck in my brain. Besides that, I’m a mom to three boys and a wife to a fabulous husband. I am SUPER busy and would love 48 hour days.

Wouldn't we all love more hours in the day? *sigh* All right, time for a really fun question: What's the weirdest thing you've ever done in the name of research?

A few weeks ago, I asked my husband to handcuff me to the stairs. This is related to my current WIP, Trouble with Gold, which will hopefully be paired with a few other novellas including one by Kara. You’ll have to wait to read it to find out why and what I happened.

Oh my God! I'm laughing so hard, I just snorted. Seriously. That's fantastic! I can't wait to read that. All right, now that I've composed myself, I'm dying to know about your new book. Can you tell us a bit about it?

Time Changes Everything is about two life-long friends who reunite after seven years apart. Now big shot professionals in New York City, they find that their earlier crushes have evolved into something much deeper.

Here’s an excerpt from Chapter One:

In high school, Amanda was someone special. Hell, even before then. Their parents were best friends, which had forced Jake and Amanda together. At first, he’d thought it was a hindrance. Later, when she developed longer legs and a bigger bust, he found himself around her more. After discovering her quirkiness, her love of art and her sense of humor, he actually enjoyed being around her. But he never touched her.

He contemplated running his fingers through her hair like he did his first year of college –– the last time they were alone –– the night he left town and never saw her again.

Did she remember the night he left? Of course she did. Seven years ago, he’d ruined their friendship. He knew Amanda almost as well as he knew himself. Well, he’d known her. Now she was a different woman.

Jake leaned in closer, running his hand down her arm. “Know what I’m thinking?”

Amanda fiddled with her coaster and smiled at him. “I’m not sure I want to know.”

“I’m thinking we should spend a lot more time together.” He reached over and held her chin. “It’s been way too long.”

Amanda licked her lips, and damn it, it actually turned him on. Sweet little Mandy Larson wasn’t so
sweet anymore. She was driving him crazy.

She moved closer bridging distance. “Why wait? There’s no time like the present.”

“Exactly.” He drank the last of his beer as the waiter returned with her martini sans olive.

Jake leaned on the table with his elbows, folded his hands together and studied her. “Look at you, drinking a martini, living the life in New York City.” He examined her from head to toe. “A sexy skirt. Tall boots.” He ran a finger down her cheek. “A beautiful face.”

Amanda hiccupped and put down her glass. “Now, wait a minute. I know it’s been a while, but some things never change, including you.” She wagged her finger at him. “No smooth talking with me. Don’t forget I used to know you better than anybody.”

Because his fingers actually ached with the need to touch her again, he reached over and held her hand. “Yeah, but things have changed, Mandy. We’re two different people now, and I can’t wait to get to know who you are now .”


Ohhh, sounds good! Where can we find Time Changes Everything? And where can people find you--y'know, in case they want to stalk you or something like that? ;-)

The book is available for purchase HERE and you can find Melinda at the following social media sites:
Thanks so much for stopping by, Melinda. It's been fun!

Thanks so much for having me!

Friday, May 17, 2013

COVER REVEAL: Endre by ST Bende



 
Endre
by ST Bende
Book II of The Elsker Saga


Title: Endre (Book II in the Elsker Saga)
Author: ST Bende
Release Date: September 23, 2013
Publisher: Entranced Publishing
Genre: New Adult paranormal romance
Blurb: 
Sometimes, finding your destiny means doing the exact opposite of what The Fates have planned.

Winning the heart of an immortal assassin was a dream come true for Kristia Tostenson. Now she's knee deep in wedding plans, goddess lessons, and stolen kisses. But her decision to become immortal could end in heartbreak -- not only for Kristia, but for the god who loves her. Because while Ull would do anything to protect his bride, even the God of Winter is powerless against the Norse apocalypse. Ragnarok is coming. And the gods aren't even close to ready.

About the Author:

Before finding domestic bliss in suburbia, ST Bende lived in Manhattan Beach (became overly fond of Peet’s Coffee) and Europe… where she became overly fond of the musical Cats. Her love of Scandinavian culture and a very patient Norwegian teacher inspired the ELSKER series. She hopes her characters make you smile and that one day pastries will be considered a health food.

You can follow ST Bende on Twitter @stbende, or send an e-mail to stbende@gmail.com.

Author social media links
Twitter: https://twitter.com/stbende or @stbende
Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/stbende/

Friday, May 3, 2013

COVER REVEAL: Sleepers


 
About the Book:

Title: Sleeper (Book I in the Toy Soldiers series)

Author: S. M. Johnston

Release Date: December 2, 2013

Publisher: Entranced Publishing

Genre: NA speculative fiction

After a life saving heart transplant, eighteen-year-old Mishca Richardson is plagued by nightmares and an urgent desire to find her birth parents, which she puts down to post-operation depression. But her new heart seems to bring more than a second chance at life in the form of speed, strength and love at first sight.



About the Author:
Sharon is a writer from Mackay in Queensland, Australia who has short stories published in anthologies and was also runner-up in the Australian Literary Review's Young Adult short story contest with KARMA. By day she is a public relations executive and by night she writes weird fiction and soulful contemporaries while her husband, two sons and cat are fast asleep.

 

Social Media Links:

Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/authorsmjohnston
Twitter: https://twitter.com/S_M_Johnston
Website: www.smjohnston.com
Blog: www.downunderwonderings.blogspot.com