Friday, November 29, 2013

I am a 2013 NaNoWriMo winner!

I pushed myself the last few days before the American Thanksgiving and I made it!
My tenth year participating in NaNoWriMo and I did it.
Congratulations to all those who won too.

The story is nowhere near finished. I left it off right at the beginning of a fight scene. That just makes it easy for me to pick it back up. I love writing action! I suspect this book is going to be near 80,000 words. Maybe more. While I loved writing novellas, it feels good to be writing novel sized stories again.

For those of you still tapping away, you can do it! You still have two days. Write, write, write!

Happy Thanksgiving to all my American friends!

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

The Vanished Knight blog tour stop - Guest post by Misha Gericke

Today I'm happy to host the talented Misha Gericke.
I've asked her to talk about the romance in her debut book, THE VANISHED KNIGHT.

Thanks for letting me post here, Christine!

Romance is one of my favorite aspects to a book. I mean, who doesn’t love then the chemistry between two characters sizzles and we’re all waiting to see how it all ends up. And please please please let the ending be happy.

I left the issue open-ended in The Vanished Knight, though. Chemistry I have in spades. As well as some delicious guys. The thing is, there’s one girl and four guy main characters. And they all have a ton of stuff going on for the whole book.

Two are on the other side of the continent for most of the book, and the two who are with Callan are… well, a bit distracted by the fact that they have to find a missing prince or all hell will break loose.

But like I said, there’s plenty of chemistry, especially where Gawain’s involved. I guess I could have put in more romance as well, but the fact is, I didn’t want to.

Firstly, it would pretty much have gone against Callan’s character. She has a secret that pretty much forestalls any attempt she makes at getting closer to people. Besides that, her have-a-clue-meter about male interest is pretty much stuck on zero.

The other big reason: With so much going on, their romance would have been pretty much an instabond. While I get why writers do that, I don’t have to, since I have four more books in which to develop their relationship. I much prefer that. Although saying this, I’ve already sown the seeds to threaten what they’ve got going.

Don’t take this as a spoiler, though. I honestly don’t know for sure whether or not Gawain manages to win Callan over. There’s too much that can change between now and the next few books. I do hope you’ll read The Vanished Knight though. And let me know if you think Gawain is the one for Callan.

Who else prefers long-burn romances to develop over a series?

Since the death of her parents, Callan Blair has been shunted from one foster family to another, her dangerous secret forcing the move each time. Her latest foster family quickly ships her off to an exclusive boarding school in the Cumbrian countryside. While her foster-brother James makes it his mission to get Callan expelled, a nearby ancient castle holds the secret doorway to another land...

When Callan is forced through the doorway, she finds herself in the magical continent of Tardith, where she’s shocked to learn her schoolmates Gawain and Darrion are respected soldiers in service to the king of Nordaine, one of Tardith's realms. More than that, the two are potential heirs to the Black Knight—Nordaine's crown prince.

But when the Black Knight fails to return from a mysterious trip, the realm teeters on the brink of war. Darrion and Gawain set out to find him, while Callan discovers there is more to her family history than she thought. The elves are claiming she is their princess.

Now with Darrion growing ever more antagonistic and her friendship with Gawain blossoming, Callan must decide whether to stay in Nordaine—where her secret grows ever more threatening—or go to the elves and uncover the truth about her family before war sets the realms afire.

Bio: M. Gerrick (AKA Misha Gericke) has basically created stories since before she could write. Many of those stories grew up with her and can be seen in her current projects.She lives close to Cape Town, with a view over False Bay and Table Mountain.

If you’d like to contact her, feel free to mail her at warofsixcrowns(AT)gmail(DOT)com, Circle her on Google Plus or follow her on Twitter. If you'd like to see her writer-side (beware, it's pretty insane), please feel free to check out her blog. You can also add The Vanished Knight on Goodreads.


Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Teaser Tuesday with The Ocean at the End of the Lane

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!
This book is pure magic. I was immediately sucked in by Neil Gaiman's storytelling and the wonder of the tale. I can't stop reading!
Your teaser:
"I'm going to tell you something important. Grown-ups don't look like grown-ups on the inside either. Outside, they're big and thoughtless and they always know what they're doing. Inside, they look just like they always have. Like they did when they were your age. The truth is, there aren't any grown-ups. Not one, in the whole wide world." (page 112)

Monday, November 25, 2013

Review for Revenir Intern (Revenir #2)

Sixteen-year-old Caitlin, privileged member (spoiled brat) of a secret society she has no interest in, shares her overly-honest opinion in her junior essay (she doesn't know how to keep her mouth shut), which places her under her queen's scrutiny.

Instead of spending her summer on the beach, she ends up working nights wearing an armored vest, crisscrossing the nation chasing vampire hunters and miscreant kithmen, noshing Nerd candies with her tweener sidekick.

The queen (who loathes the term vampire) leads her clan in a two-front war against rogue Revenirs (immortal shapeshifters), and humans determined to exterminate what they believe is an insidious race. The clan's battle meant nothing to Cait, but becomes personal after she sees another side of her heritage, and learns more of the kith's complicated world.

Hanging out with macho guys draping cannons from their shoulders is less irksome than she expects. She survives a number of deadly scrapes, creating a reputation for herself as she searches for her abducted roommate.

My review:
Caitlin hoped for a summer that every teen wants: shopping, spending the time at the beach, and cuddling with her dog as she watches her favorite DVDs. That dream was ripped away from her when she's chosen to be the Queen's intern. Not the Queen of England, but the Queen to a secret organization of paranormals. The clan is at war and Cait finds herself thrust right into it. Searching for her abducted roommate, Cait gains a reputation that everyone least expected. Especially her. Yet with that notoriety comes with more danger. Will she survive the summer and ever get to go to the beach again?

The book throws the reader right into the story as Cait is escorted from her home by armed men and revenirs. I had no idea what to expect, but at times, I found myself laughing out loud and on the edge of my seat. This was a fun and fast-paced story with a lot of wise-cracking. Loved the banter between the characters!

Cait is a stubborn and strong-willed 16-year-old. I often forgot her age, but she has the frustrating impulsiveness of a teen and her emotions will take you for a grand ride. Zack is my favorite character. A genius 12-year-old who knows everyone's business and loves Nerds. He's the perfect sidekick for Cait. There's a great cast of characters, both human and supernatural, and the plot will take you on quite a few sudden and shocking turns.

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Sunday, November 24, 2013

'Tis More Blessed

With the success of Creepy Freebies in October,
Milo James Fowler is hosting 'Tis More Blessed this December!

FREE stories and raffles.
'Tis the season for giving.

I'm happy to be taking part.
On December 13th, (Friday the 13th) I'll be raffling off a signed copy of The 13th Floor Complete Collection (US only). It's the anniversary of when I released the first book in the series. Can you believe it's been a year already?

Milo is opening up this event to the whole blogosphere.

If you have a book/eBook/short story/collection you'd like to give away or raffle off on Friday December 6th, Friday the 13th, Friday the 20th, or Friday the 27th, just enter your name and the date(s) of your giveaway under Link Title. Next, enter your email (won't be displayed), then enter the URL of your blog so folks can click straight through to your giveaway. 


Friday, November 22, 2013

Friday Five for November 22, 2013

1. It's been a slow NaNoWriMo week for me. I've been so busy outside my hermit hole, I haven't had much time to write. Yet I'm still in a good place. As of yesterday, my word count is just over 36,000. I would say I could easily finish that before the end of the month if I had until the end of the month. Which I don't. We leave Wednesday to go visit my in-laws, and so I have to finish on Tuesday. The story won't be finished. I have a feeling this will be a long one, but that's okay. If I ever go back to edit it, it will need a lot of fat trimmed!

2. I've had five rejections over the past few weeks. That's affected my writing too. I've had a lot of leftover Halloween candy therapy. My jeans are a bit tight! Come December, I'll send out my short stories and try other places for them. I also have a few stories whose contracts are up. I can find places willing to take reprints for those.

3. I've baked a lot this past week. Cupcakes decorated as turkeys, banana bread, pumpkin bread, and pumpkin oatmeal chocolate chip cookies. I had to make a schedule for it. I never thought I'd be a woman that needed a baking schedule! Funny where life takes us.

4. I won't be going out to do any shopping on Black Friday this year. I haven't in several years. I find myself doing more and more shopping online. It's really so much easier. I still have a rocket ship to buy for my little guy. There are some nifty ones on Amazon. Do you find that you do more shopping online these days?

5. Speaking of my brilliant boy, he is an official reader now. Yes, he's 3.5 year old, but he can read. His preschool class is small enough that his teacher can read with him for about ten minutes each day. He read two new books for me on Wednesday while I was there assisting the teacher, and he even corrects himself when he misses a word or doesn't say it right. Next semester, I'm putting him in an after school literacy program which he got special permission to be registered in. He'll get to work with the teacher he'll have next year for school. I'm one proud mama!

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Review for Murder, Madness & Love

Sunlight blazes on an empty canvas.

Arctic winds gather snowflakes on a frosty window ledge as a statuesqueform appears. She moves past a table littered with papers. Headlines splash news of murder, but it’s the photo of another young woman with features mirroring her own that draws her attention.

A different headline peeks from underneath the Anchorage Times.

Wealthy Businessman Dies in Car Crash … BLACK WIDOW SUSPECTED!

Graphic images swirl through her head and a tear rolls down her cheek. She drifts toward an easel and a trembling hand dips a sable brush into a palette of paint.

The Westminster doorbell chimes. The brush slips and blood-red paint stains the floor.

Detective Steven Quaid waits. His Tlingit, Indian features carved from granite, mask his Irish passion …

Will he arrest her this time?

All fingers point to her guilt.

But, is she guilty of this cunning plot? Or, just a victim of circumstantial evidence?

The door opens …

My review:
Having been branded a black widow, Sarah Palmer moves to Alaska where she grew up and hopes she can find the peace she's been seeking. Yet the shadow of her husband's death follows her and darkens are murders of women who look similar to her begin to happen. Detective Steven Quaid always trusts his gut. It has never let him down. At first he distrusts Sarah, but then his feelings for her grow and he finds himself caught in her spell. Maybe his gut was wrong this time. Or could he be the black widow's next victim?

A skillfully crafted crime thriller that has you on the edge of your seat through to the end. Just when you think you might have it figured out, the plot twists again and you're left with new questions. It's difficult to trick me and I don't fall easily for red herrings, but I had no idea how this story would turn out. It was wonderful how all the pieces fit together at the end.

Sarah is a strong protagonist. A woman who you can sympathize with and yet get suspicious of at the same time! I particularly liked Steven Quaid. He played it smart even when his emotions were involved. I can't wait to read more with him in Yolanda Renee's next novel.

Buy Murder, Madness & Love here: 

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Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Moonless Blog Tour - excerpt & giveaway

I'm excited to have the wonderful Crystal Collier here with me today sharing an excerpt from her new release, MOONLESS.

Unravel the mystery of the Moonless night! Hidden in each of the 8 blog tour excerpts is a single word. Gather all 8 and figure out the sentence to win a free copy of Moonless. Send your mystery sentence to crystal (AT) with the subject MYSTERY SENTENCE before December 10, 2013, and you will be entered to win one of 10 copies of MOONLESS—just in time for Christmas. Happy hunting!

A body dangled from the rafters, several inches above the dirt floor.

Alexia’s scream froze in her throat. 

Soft honeydew tresses spilled loosely over thin shoulders, the child’s eyes heavily-lashed and downturned. Her cheeks were blotched, wide, and white, contrasting with vibrant crimson lips. Scarlet skirts hung about the girl, like the bleeding petals of a rose, still as death. 

Alexia swallowed. A child. She couldn’t be more than thirteen. Great wide irons looped her wrists, cutting wicked lines in the little one’s skin.

It wasn’t right. Disgust bubbled through her chest. She covered her mouth and hurried down the steps, anxious to rescue the body, or at least lay it to rest.

The girl’s eyes turned up. Brown, chocolate, swirling.

Alexia tumbled back. She thunked into the stairs and landed on her rump. Hard. She sucked in a breath. The little face watched her, expressionless, innocent, beautiful. Her stomach twisted. No one should be that perfect—not even in death.


In the English society of 1768 where women are bred to marry, unattractive Alexia, just sixteen, believes she will end up alone. But on the county doorstep of a neighbor’s estate, she meets a man straight out of her nightmares, one whose blue eyes threaten to consume her whole world—especially later when she discovers him standing over her murdered host in the middle of the night.

Among the many things to change for her that evening are: her physical appearance—from ghastly to breathtaking, an epidemic of night terrors predicting the future, and the blue-eyed man’s unexpected infusion into her life. Not only do his appearances precede tragedies, but they are echoed by the arrival of ravenous, black-robed wraiths on moonless nights.

Unable to decide whether he is one of these monsters or protecting her from them, she uncovers what her father has been concealing: truths about her own identity, about the blue-eyed man, and about love. After an attack close to home, Alexia realizes she cannot keep one foot in her old life and one in this new world. To protect her family she must either be sold into a loveless marriage, or escape with the man of her dreams and risk becoming one of the Soulless.

Buy MOONLESS here: Amazon & Smashwords

Author Bio: Crystal, author of MOONLESS, is a former composer/writer for Black Diamond Productions. She can be found practicing her brother-induced ninja skills while teaching children or madly typing about fantastic and impossible creatures. She has lived from coast to coast and now calls Florida home with her creative husband, three littles, and “friend” (a.k.a. the zombie locked in her closet). Secretly, she dreams of world domination and a bottomless supply of cheese. You can find her on her blog and Facebook, or follow her on Twitter.

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Monday, November 18, 2013

Grand prize winner for my Realms Faire event & Review for A Guilty Ghost Surprised

Realms Faire 2013 was a great success!
Thank you to everyone who participated. We hope you had lots of fun. A special thank you to all the wonderful authors for hosting the games, and especially to Mary Pax for organizing it all.
Cheers and HUZZAH!

The grand prize winner of my Soak-a-bloke / Drench-a-wench event is: Chris Fries

Congratulations to Chris!

An Angel Among Us

Paranormal happenings at the Eady household are the norm. Recently, things have become downright peculiar. Childish giggles at odd hours of the night lead Indigo Eady to her little cousin, Bryan, a guileless cherub spirit, complete with Spider Man pajamas and a set of faux angel wings. The problem is that Bryan died nearly three years ago in a hit and run that killed him and his mum. The driver was never found. Now the gang must solve the mystery of his death in order to send him back to heaven. But where to start when the trail is three years cold?

Indigo Eady

Indigo Eady is not clumsy. At least, that’s what she keeps telling everyone. Can she help that the overactive spirit community of Sabrina Shores causes her psychic abilities to short-circuit? It’s unfortunate that her cute friend Badger is often on the receiving end of her mishaps. At times, she is positively hazardous to his health. Even so, sparks fly in more than one direction.

My review:
After her father's death, Indigo has had little time to grieve and let go. Especially moving across the ocean to live with her uncle and cousin Simon. Her own sorrows must be pushed back again when they come upon the third anniversary of the death of Simon's mother and little brother. The little angel comes back, and they must find out why. Indigo and the gang investigate a hit-and-run that's been covered up. Yet will the investigation stir up something that will be dangerous to them all?

This second book in the Indigo Eady series is just as fun and quirky as the first. It's a YA cozy mystery, but I have dubbed it a snug mystery after the little room in the pub where Indigo and her friends meet to discuss things. Just when you think you have everything figured out, the tale twists around and keeps you guessing until the end.

I still adore Indigo. A not-so-average nearly seventeen-year-old girl with powers to see ghosts and retrieve powerful memories. She has boy troubles and ghost problems. Sometimes both are so frustrating that I don't know which one I'd prefer! My favorite character is Franny, the ghost of a madam from a century ago. Amazing characterization.

Pick up Gwen Gardner's books if you haven't. You won't be disappointed.

You can buy the book here:

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Saturday, November 16, 2013

NaNoWriMo 2013 - day 16 update

Word count: 28,003

It's been a busy month, but I've surprised myself with how well I'm managing to keep up with the word count. Hopefully I'll reach the 50,000 goal before I have to leave to visit the in-laws for the American Thanksgiving.

The story is a lot of fun. THE UNDERDOGS is a NA urban fantasy. Geeks with magic. And one of them has a goat. Well, the goat was once a cat, but his owner's magic went awry and changed him into a goat.

There's a lot of talking and no romance. It feels weird to me on that level. Yet I did want this to be a buddy story. Except it's focusing on the two friends I didn't expect it would. But it works.

I have my local writers critique group today. So hopefully I'll get a chance to write tonight. I want to make 30,000 before the day is out.

For all those participating in NaNoWriMo, keep writing!

Friday, November 15, 2013

Realms Faire 2013 - Drench-a-Wench

Alas, 'tis the final day of Realms Faire 2013.
But oh, what a magnificent festival it has been!

One more day of festivities.
One more day to soak someone with blog love.

The rules of this event are simple:
1. The dunkee is chosen by committee.
2. I post a link to the dunkee's blog and you click on it.
3. You leave a comment, soaking the person in blog love.
4. You're entered into a daily drawing for a chance to win an ebook of your choosing from M. Pax and my ebook, The 13th Floor Complete Collection.

If you participate in three days of this event and two of the others Realms Faire events, you will be entered into a grand prize drawing. This drawing has one amazing prize:
A 50 page critique by me
PLUS ebooks from M. Pax, Julie Flanders, Laura Eno, Ellie Garratt, and me.

Who's the final wench we get to drench?

 Ready those comments and throw them at the wonderful Clare Dugmore!

Yesterday's lucky winner is Mina Lobo!
Congratulations! An email is on its way.

Visit all the events for your chance to win more prizes this last BIG day of Realms Faire 2013:
Joust ~ Stockade Brigade ~ Dueling Bards ~ Phasers ~ Masquerade Parade ~ Collective Performance ~ Castle Jumble ~ Dragon Hunt

You also have one more day to cheer for the brave Sir Xan at the Joust. He's competed all this week without a shirt. Warm him with your cheers. Remember you can cheer up to three times a day, and you must use at least one of the key words to score points. Xan's key words are:
Xanthus Ehrensvard, 13th, and cutpurse.

We need a bunch of cheers to catch up with the knights in the lead. So here are some cheers you simply have to copy and paste!

Three cheers for Xanthus Ehrensvard! The other knights are but brides of trolls!

See brave and shirtless Xanthus Ehrensvard. Not even the most craven cutpurse would dare tangle with him!

Huzzah! Xanthus Ehrensvard is the one true knight. He has killed his 13th dragon and captured a cutpurse as the villain tried to take his lady's purse.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Realms Faire 2013 - Soak-a-Bloke

It's the penultimate day of Realms Faire 2013!

 We will continue to drench our unsuspecting fellows with blog love. It's simple: click on the banner below, leave a comment at the dunkee's blog, and be entered to win a prize.

I'm altering the conditions for entry in the drawing for the grand prize at the end of the week. You must participate in this event at least 3 times, and you get a bonus entry for participating in at least 2 other Realms Faire events at least twice.

 The unsuspecting gentleman we're going to soak today is Chemist Ken! And behold, he has a castle of his own full of magic and wonder.

Yesterday's winner is Susan Gourley.
Congratulations! An email is on its way.

Don't forget to visit the other events of the Realms Faire:
Joust ~ Stockade Brigade ~ Dueling Bards ~ Phasers ~ Masquerade Parade ~ Collective Performance ~ Castle Jumble ~ Dragon Hunt

Have you cheered for Xan yet today? Remember you can cheer up to three times a day for a knight in the Joust. You need to use the key words to score points.

Xan's key words:
Xanthus Ehrensvard, 13th, and cutpurse.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Realms Faire 2013 - Drench-a-Wench

Ho there, my merry revelers!
It's day three of Realms Faire 2013. Huzzah!

It's time to Drench-a-Wench!

The rules of this event are simple:
1) The dunkee is chosen by committee.
2) I'll direct you to their blog.
3) You drench her with comments.
4) Everyone who comments is entered in the daily giveaway to win an ebook of their choosing by M. Pax and my ebook, The 13th Floor Complete Collection. There will be a grand prize drawing for everyone who participates all five days of this event.

Who's the wench in the box today?

 Ready those comments and throw!
The talented Heather Holden is our lucky dunkee.
Good things do happen on the 13th!

Yesterday's lucky winner is Sherry Ellis!
Congratulations! An email is on its way.

Don't forget to visit the other Realms Faire events!
Joust ~ Stockade Brigade ~ Dueling Bards ~ Phasers ~ Masquerade Parade ~ Collective Performance ~ Castle Jumble ~ Dragon Hunt

Don't forget to cheer for my magnificent champion of the Joust, Sir Xanthus Ehrensvard. Must I provide some motivation?

Remember to cheer using the three key words:
Xanthus Ehrensvard, 13th, and cutpurse.

You can cheer up to 3 times a day.
Please give Xan your support.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Realms Faire 2013 - Soak-a-bloke

Welcome to day two of Realms Faire 2013!

The rules of this event are simple:
1) The dunkee is chosen by committee.
2) I'll direct you to their blog.
3) You drench him with comments.
4) Everyone who comments is entered in the daily giveaway to win an ebook of your choosing by M. Pax and my ebook, The 13th Floor Complete Collection.
Everyone who comments all five days will be entered into the grand prize drawing to win a 50 page critique by me, and ebooks from M. Pax, Julie Flanders, Ellie Garratt, and me.

Yesterday's winner: Chris Fries
Congratulations! An email is coming your way.

Are you ready to soak an unsuspecting bloke with blog love?

Click on over to Mark Knight's site and drench him!
A Knight as our dunkee? Be sure to acquit yourself honorably, my fine lords and ladies.

Make sure to check out all the events happening this week and enter to win more prizes!
Joust ~ Stockade Brigade ~ Dueling Bards ~ Phasers ~ Masquerade Parade ~ Collective Performance ~ Castle Jumble ~ Dragon Hunt

Today Xan is featured over at the Joust. Hop on over to see what he has to say and then cheer for my champion.
Remember, to score points as you cheer, you need to use at least one of the following words:
Xanthus Ehrensvard, 13th, and cutpurse.

To help Xan's wonderful fans, here are some sample cheers you can copy and paste:

Three cheers for Xanthus Ehrensvard! The other knights are but brides of trolls!

See brave and shirtless Xanthus Ehrensvard. Not even the most craven cutpurse would dare tangle with him!

Huzzah! Xanthus Ehrensvard is the one true knight. He has killed his 13th dragon and captured a cutpurse as the villain tried to take his lady's purse.

Monday, November 11, 2013

W4WS for November 2013

Welcome to the November 2013 W4WS event! I'm honored to co-host this event with three talented writers, Mary Pax, C.M. Brown, and Stephen Tremp.  The mission of this group is simple: we have a spotlighted author(s) that we strive to help bring awareness of their book(s) to tens of thousands of new people, increase the sales of their book(s), drive new traffic to their blogs and increase followers, and create verbal and viral buzz.
We've made this simple and fast. It's as easy as a tweet or a RT, and sharing a status on Facebook. Go to the writer's blog and copy a tweet or RT from the posts with the tag #W4WS. The W4WS Facebook page will have all the updates and links for you.
To join the W4WS event, click here for the linky list. It will only take a minute of your time, and you'll have talented writers take a step closer to their dreams.

Michael Offutt writes speculative fiction books that have science fiction, LGBT, and paranormal elements. His first book, Slipstream has received some critical acclaim and was published by Double Dragon in 2012. You can find Michael on his blog, Twitter, and Facebook.

On A More Somber Note: Nick Wilford at Scattergun Scribblings superstar boy Andrew sadly passed away in his sleep a few days ago. Kyra Lennon is coordinating flowers/donation from authors for Nick and his family. Kyra is one of Nick's crit partners. If you want to donate and/or pass on the info, feel free. You can send money through Paypal to Kyra. Her Paypal address is
Although it's early days, and we're not sure what Nick's family need right now (not that there's anything that can REALLY help), if anyone would like to donate some money to send them some flowers to let them know we're thinking of them, and any remaining money can be donated to a charity of their choice.
You can send money through Paypal - because that's the easiest way for it to be collected and sent on. Any donations are welcome - if you can only afford £1/$1, then great! If you can't afford anything, don't feel bad. What we're doing here is trying to let Nick and his family know that - as a group - us writers are there for him.

Realms Faire 2013 - Drench-a-Wench

Welcome to the Realms Faire!
We're so happy to see you here. There's good food, strong drink, fun games, great prizes, and sexy knights.

I'm proud to host the Drench-a-Wench / Soak-a-Bloke event.
 This event is simple and gives you a chance to dunk someone with blog love.

Each day, one lucky person is chosen by committee. I'll direct you to their blog, and you leave them a supportive, encouraging, helpful, or silly comment. None of the people chosen will know they're about to get soaked with blog love. Go on and make someone's day!

At the end of each day, there will be a drawing from those who commented on the dunkee's blog. You have 24 hours from when I put up my post to leave a comment and be included in the giveaway. You could win a digital copy of The 13th Floor Complete Collection and and ebook by M. Pax of your choice! Winners will be chosen by

At the end of the week, those people who have commented on ALL five dunkees' blogs will be entered into a grand giveaway. This giveaway has one big prize:
A 50 page critique by me.
PLUS ebooks from M. Pax, Julie Flanders, Ellie Garratt, Laura Eno, and me.

Let's start with our first lucky wench!
 Throw some blog love at Mina Lobo and check out her new book, THAT FATAL KISS.

Don't forget to check out all the terrific games happening during the Realms Faire this week.
Joust ~ Stockade Brigade ~ Dueling Bards ~ Phasers ~ Masquerade Parade ~ Collective Performance ~ Castle Jumble ~ Dragon Hunt

And most especially don't forget to head on over to the Joust to cheer for my champion, Sir Xanthus Ehrensvard.
Remember to use at least one of the three key words:
Xanthus Ehrensvard, 13th, and cutpurse.

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Two days away from Realms Faire 2013
Tighten your corsets and fluff those beards, Realms Faire 2013 is only two days away!

We have 9 amazing events with 9 chances to win prizes every day. Then there are grand giveaways at the end of the week. You can win fabulous ebooks and a Kindle. Woot!

The Joust - M. Pax
 Masquerade Parade - Angela Brown
Collective Stage Performance - Samantha Geary
Dragon Hunt - River Fairchild
The Stockade Brigade - Gwen Gardner
Castle Jumble - Laura Eno
Dueling Bards - Cas Webb
Soak-a-Bloke / Drench-a-Wench - Me!

My event is a quick and fun one. Each day a person is selected to be soaked with blog love. You click on the link provided and leave a blog comment for the lucky dunkee. Everyone who comments is entered into a drawing - one for each of the five days - and winner is chosen. For those people who participate all five days, they will be entered into a grand giveaway.

I'm also participating in the Joust this year. Please come cheer my champion, Sir Xanthus Ehrensvard. He'll be riding shirtless!

To cheer for Xan, you'll have to to use at least one of the following key words to score a point:
Xanthus Ehrensvard, 13th, and cutpurse.

Friday, November 8, 2013

Diamonds and Dust cover reveal

Magic is real. So is betrayal.

Two heirs. A Kingdom of dust on a troubled world. One might resurrect it. One might destroy it all.

Archaeologist David Alexander investigates the cave where his father disappeared and hurtles into another world, one filled with magic and bizarre creatures. The mad ravings in his father's journals of icemen and dragons may not be fantasies after all.

Convinced his father may still be alive, David begins a treacherous journey to find him and discover a way home. Along the way, he encounters a few unlikely friends. A Dreean warrior, a beautiful thief and a satyr join him as he searches.

David's arrival into this new world sets off an explosive chain reaction of events. Faced with powerful adversaries and few clues, he may not get the chance to rescue his father before disaster strikes, condemning both of them to death. Or worse.

Release date: December 9th, 2013

Pre-order here:
Apple * Kobo * B&N

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Now for the winners of the final giveaway of the 13th Floor Complete Collection blog tour!
a Rafflecopter giveaway

Congratulations to the winners!
Emails have been sent.

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Dragonfly Warrior Cover Reveal

The Mechanica Wars: Savage Machines Are Afoot...

At the age of twenty, Kanze Zenjiro's bloody footprints mark the bodies of those who stood in his way to protect the throne of Nihon. Now, the tyrannical Iberian Empire is bent on destroying his kingdom, and they send their steam-powered giants and iron spiders against him.

Zen embarks on a quest that takes him on the most dangerous journey of his life. To succeed, Zen must live up to his nickname, the Dragonfly Warrior, and kill all his enemies with only a sword and a pair of six-guns. He is called upon to somehow survive a test of faith and loyalty in a world so cruel and merciless, it borders on madness.

Book Information: Dragonfly Warrior is a steampunk adventure like no other. It's a dynamic mix of Asian and European mythology, the Wild West, martial arts, traditional fantasy, and high powered steam action that will keep you turning the pages.

Dragonfly Warrior is the first book of The Mechanica Wars, and will debut on January 6, 2014.

Author Bio:
After doing some freelance writing and editing for more than a dozen years, Jay decided to stop procrastinating and pursue his dream of being a novelist. He's been blogging for over eight years, and even had a comedy podcast syndicated all over the internet. All of that was fun, but all the steampunk-inspired stories in his head just wouldn't leave him alone. Jay spends his days working in medical sales, but he can be found toiling over his laptop late at night when all is quiet.

He draws inspiration from all over: H.G. Wells, Jules Verne, Shakespeare, Ray Bradbury, Douglas Adams, and Isaac Asimov.

And Jay loves cookies.

Stalk Jay here: * Facebook * Twitter

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

IWSG for November 2013, Interview, & Realms Faire reminder

The Insecure Writer's Support Group (IWSG) is the brilliant idea of Alex J. Cavanaugh. The purpose of the group is to share doubts and insecurities and to encourage one another. Please visit the other participants and share your support. A kind word goes a long way.

Take a nap.

That's right. Get comfy, curl up under your favorite blanket, and snore.

Sleeping will help your insecurities. It will chase away your blues, increase your mind power, and boost your metabolism. We function better on all levels when we have enough sleep.

Plus, dreams are terrific inspiration for stories. That's where most of my story ideas originate.

Researchers at Harvard University have found that sleep does increase your creativity. (Make sure to use this article as proof when your family wonders why you need to snooze more often.)

As writers, sometimes we get up extra early in the mornings or stay up late to find the time to write. While that gives us our quiet time, it takes away from our sleep time. Lack of sleep will eventually catch up to you, and the price will be steep.

So take a nap.

You'll be less stressed, have more energy, and find your muse equally refreshed.

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Join me at the the awesome TB Markinson's today for a great interview. We talk about the 13th Floor series, self-publishing, and what book do I wish I had written.

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 Don't forget the Realms Faire is next week!
9 events with 9 chances to win prizes every day.
Plus Untethered Realms is giving away a Kindle!

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Teaser Tuesday with Affliction

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!
AFFLICTION is the newest in the Anita Blake series by L.K. Hamilton. I loved the series right from the start, but these last books have been hit or miss. I like it when Anita is out there fighting monsters, especially fulfilling her duties as a Marshal. This one has promise, but it could be another political and relationship maneuvering one. A little of that is fine, but with the immense cast of characters in this series, it can get convoluted.
Here's your teaser:
"It's an old wives' tale that all shapeshifters need fresh meat after they shift," I said.
"Was that 'old wives' comment aimed at me?" she asked, her voice belligerent.

Monday, November 4, 2013

Review for That Fatal Kiss

When it comes to love, sometimes you have to cross the line...

Feared by mortals for his inexorable power, and loathed by his fellow Greek gods for the same, Hades rules the Underworld alone. A stark eternity looms before him until he discovers Persephone. Struck by the youthful goddess’ beauty, kindness, and spirit, he must have her. But Hades believes Persephone could never love him, and so he conspires with his powerful brother, Zeus, to take her by force.

Persephone too seeks a mate but her possessive mother, the goddess Demeter, frustrates her husband hunting. Then Hades abducts Persephone, tearing her away from the Upperworld she loves to reign with him in the dank depths below. Though outraged, Persephone cannot deny the desire ignited within her by the dark lord’s touch. And even as she hopes that Demeter will unearth her, Persephone aches to surrender to the heat in Hades’ immortal soul.

My review:
Hades rules the Underworld alone in the darkness. Only one light has ever attracted him. For years, he has watched Persephone and fallen in love from afar. He must have her as his wife. Conspiring with her father Zeus, Hades abducts the beautiful goddess and whisks her away the Underworld. Persephone is a creature of the light. She's goodness and compassion with a hidden wildness and streak of willfulness. She won't submit to Hades so easily even though she feels a powerful pull toward him. Hades struggles to show her how much he loves her, and she doesn't make it any easier on him. Will Persephone fall for the dark lord's charms or be one of the few to escape from the Underworld?

I'm already a fan of Greek mythology, and I love this telling of Hades and Persephone's tale. Even though I knew how it was going to end, the journey was amazing. I was sucked into the story right from the beginning and found it hard to put down my Kindle until the end.

What made this book so great is the characterization. The reader gets to see the gods as they've never been seen before. Hades isn't the cold and forbidding dark demon as some portray him. He's isolated yet yearns for companionship, demanding yet compassionate, and totally hot! I became enchanted by him. He's an Alpha male, but unlike many others in the genre. Persephone can be young and rash, but she's smart, strong, and sympathetic. The perfect complement to Hades. I especially liked her relationships with the other goddesses, particularly Hecate and Athena.

THAT FATAL KISS is a phenomenal debut for Mina Lobo. Her romance sizzles and her worlds are vivid with life. This is a love story I highly recommend.

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E-book available for purchase at:
Amazon | B & N | Smashwords
Trade Paperback: Createspace - See more at: