Tuesday, May 5, 2015

5 Things Your Family May Not Understand About You Being a Writer

Posted by: Linda Mooney
1. You name one of your characters after your children, or vice versa.

2. You take note of what's said around the house, or when you're around friends and neighbors, so you can use the dialogue later in a scene.

3. When you shop for underwear or nightgowns, you debate whether or not your heroine would buy it.

4. Even the most mundane things, like washing dishes or eating pizza, could become a plot point.

5. Vacations are more for recharging and getting story ideas, rather than a chance to relax and enjoy. 

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New!

Neverwylde
The Rim of the World, Book 1

A Sensuous Sci-Fi Romance
http://lindamooney.com/Neverwylde.htm

Two species, bitter enemies, are determined to destroy each other, until they realize they need one another to survive a major catastrophe.

As they race through a nebulous anomaly in the midst of a major battle, the Terrans and Seneecians are blown through a wormhole to crash land on an uncharted world. A half world. A world containing the remains of a long-dead civilization.

Lt. Kelen Chambliss knows she has no reason to trust the furred, humanoid creatures, but she and her crew members cannot survive without their help, and the Seneecians cannot survive without theirs. Neither can she ignore the fearsome-looking one called Kyber, with his wicked talons and piercing green eyes.

As they slowly come to realize there is no escape or forthcoming rescue from the barren planet, Kelen learns there is much about the enemy she never knew. Including the fact that Kyber's formidable appearance hides a strong, brave, and caring heart.

Warning! Contains glowing glyphs, blue pancakes, eye worms, endless tunnels, and two people of different species daring to take their last and only chance at love.

Monday, May 4, 2015

Here Be News

Posted by: Eleri Stone

New Releases

Out of Place (Face the Music book 2)
Every band is desperate for that first big break – but what happens after that?

Ed Vincent, front man of Selling the Sun, has a really bad case of second album jitters. Nothing he writes measures up to the expectations placed on him after the success of the first album. The tensions between band members are rising and everything seems to be falling apart just as they get started. Perhaps it wasn’t meant to be: not every band gets to write their name on the pages of history. But the band has always been Ed’s dream, and if Ed gives up, will he have any dreams left?

Chasing dreams is something that other people do. Olivia Doyle put her life on hold after a car accident killed her fiancé and nearly claimed her life. Now with a three-year-old son and a part-time job, she knows she is stuck in a rut, but has no idea how to climb out. Then she meets Ed. He can’t have the distraction of a relationship, and she has no time for anything casual. On the surface, they’re in completely different places, but love has a way of finding middle ground.

Buy Links: KOBO AMAZON iBOOKS NOOK

THROUGH FIRE & SEA Coming May 5th from Entangled Teen! 

Mirror mirror, hear my call...

In the Fire world, seventeen-year-old Leah is the illegitimate daughter of one of the realm's most powerful lords, able to communicate with the tempestuous volcano gods that either bless a civilization or destroy it. But then Leah discovers she's a Caller, gifted with the unique-and dangerous-ability to "call" her Otherselves in mirror worlds. And her father will do anything to use her powers for his own purposes.

In the Water world, Holly nearly drowns when she sees Leah, a mirror image of herself. She's rescued by a boy from school with a secret he'd die to protect. Little do they know, his Otherself is the son of a powerful volcano god at war in the Fire world...and he's about to fall.

As Leah and Holly's lives intersect, the Fire and Water worlds descend into darkness. The only way to protect the mirror worlds is to break every rule they've ever known. If they don't, the evil seeping through the mirrors will destroy everything-and everyone-they love...

Buy Links

Other News

Jeffe Kennedy: Under Contract has a cover!

Under Contract
(Book 3 in the Falling Under series)

The kinkier the sex, the higher the price tag...

Ryan Black has admired Celestina Sala from afar for years, her lush body and sensual nature calling to the dominant in him. For just as many years, Celestina was off-limits—married, proud and self-sufficient. But all that has changed, and now Celestina is in debt and in need…and available. Ryan proposes a contract: he'll pay off her debt if she gives herself to him in bed, yielding control in exchange for the pain and pleasure he'll bring them both.
 
There are words for women who take money for sex, and none of them are nice ones. Celestina never thought she'd have to sink this low, but giving up control sounds more enticing than ever before. And suddenly it's not about having to give in to Ryan. It's about wanting to.
 
But when Ryan's dark past comes to light, they may both be in over their heads. The terms of his contract say her body is his…but her heart may be another story.

One thing is for sure—now that Ryan has Celestina, he can never let her go.
 
Available from Carina Press on July 13, 2015
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Nicole Luiken at Bitten By Books:

Nicole Luiken is doing an online event at Bitten by Books to celebrate the release of Through Fire & Sea.
RSVP here to earn extra entries for a $40 giftcard draw!









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Veronica Scott Archive of USA Today Happily Ever After SciFi Encounters columns:
Veronica has added a page to her blog with the links to all the SciFi Encounters columns, in case readers missed one or want to reread. Many interesting author interviews, including Nalini Singh, John Scalzi, Jeffe Kennedy, Rachel Bach, Mary Robinette Kowal, Eleri Stone and more.  https://veronicascott.wordpress.com/veronicas-usa-today-hea-columns-archive/


Sunday, May 3, 2015

Books Aren’t Really Like Children

Posted by: Nicole Luiken


Ever heard that comparison that an author’s books are like their children? It’s true to some extent, but unlike my real children, I don’t love all my books equally. (Well, come on. I only have three kids; I’ve written 30+ books.)  Some books are special and have a bigger place in my heart.
Books that I love are more likely to be published simply because if I don’t love the story at least a little then I won’t put in the time and requisite drafts to make them saleable. Of my thirteen published novels, about half of them are special to me.
My YA fantasy novel Through Fire & Sea is one of those books.
I love my two main characters, Leah and Holly, who are otherselves (mirror twins) of each other, similar and yet very different girls. I love the setting of Fire World with its Volcano Lords, mirror magic, dragons and fire wasps. I love the heroes: cursed Gideon and complicated loner/siren Ryan. I love the action scenes when Holly almost drowns in the ocean and Leah flies around on dragonback. I love the dual romances (especially the diving board scene), and the Epic Evil of the sorceress Qeturah and her desire to shatter the Mirror Worlds. Love, love, love it.
Through Fire & Sea releases Tuesday, May 5th. I can’t wait to share this story with readers and hope that you will love it, too.
Oh, and I also LOVE the cover. What do you think?



Mirror mirror, hear my call...
In the Fire world, seventeen-year-old Leah is the illegitimate daughter of one of the realm's most powerful lords, able to communicate with the tempestuous volcano gods that either bless a civilization or destroy it. But then Leah discovers she's a Caller, gifted with the unique-and dangerous-ability to "call" her Otherselves in mirror worlds. And her father will do anything to use her powers for his own purposes.

In the Water world, Holly nearly drowns when she sees Leah, a mirror image of herself. She's rescued by a boy from school with a secret he'd die to protect. Little do they know, his Otherself is the son of a powerful volcano god at war in the Fire world...and he's about to fall.

As Leah and Holly's lives intersect, the Fire and Water worlds descend into darkness. The only way to protect the mirror worlds is to break every rule they've ever known. If they don't, the evil seeping through the mirrors will destroy everything-and everyone-they love...

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Can We Talk?

Posted by: Jane Kindred

(And yes, I am channeling the late, great Joan Rivers.)

I have to tell you right now that I’m not feeling the blogging thing lately. It’s always been a struggle for me to come up with something to say that doesn’t seem overly promotional, or know-it-all-writery (I don’t know it all, and I don’t think I have any business giving writing advice), or fakely personal in order to “build my brand” as this fascinating, witty person whose books you’ll all want to read.

I’ve written four blog posts so far tonight and this one is the closest to being even remotely fit for public consumption. So I’m just going to throw in the towel and turn the tables on you (and mix up a bunch of metaphors into an awkward stew), and ask you what you want me to talk about.

What are you looking for when you come to a book blog or a writer’s blog? What do you like to read about? Are you tired of hearing about an author’s latest release or her writing process, or is that what you really want to know?

Since it’s a Saturday, I have the rare luxury of being able to check back frequently and make this a little conversation throughout the day, if anyone’s so inclined (after a reasonable wake-up time on the US West Coast—reasonable to me being noonish). So this one’s on you, Obsessive Reader. Ask me anything. ;)

Friday, May 1, 2015

Veronica does A Magazine Quiz

Posted by: Veronica Scott
These posts are pretty popular over on my own blog, so I thought I'd do one here this week. I was reading the April issue of Marie Claire  magazine and found a good Q&A they'd done with Fergie (the singer not the exDuchess - I bet they'd have very different answers LOL). The title is Opposites. Here are MY answers to some of their questions!

Would always: wear earrings, preferably long and blingy. Yes, even to the grocery store!
Would never: wear anything too revealing or attention-grabbing to work. Although I did wear a purple wig to the CFO's staff meeting once. Yup, that's as crazy as I got at the day job.

Picky about: unbruised fruit, berries with no bugs inside, fish not being past its  prime, pork chops cooked till they're really done, pink-in-the-middle hamburger...I think I was scared by a doctor TV show as a kid where someone died of food poisoning so now I'm paranoid about those expiration and sell by dates LOL.
Not so much about: chocolate. Give me all the chocolate!

Early for: everything. My mother said if you were on time you were already late, so I show up 15-20 minutes early. It's a curse.
Late for: Nothing - see above!

Getting better at: organizing things in my condo.. Since I quit the day job, I actually have time to stop and put items away, or so I tell myself.We have like eight pairs of scissors because in the old, messy days, I could never find any so I'd buy another pair.
Getting worse at: sorting my paperwork and filing. I've been letting it pile up. Which I KNOW is a bad idea that will bite me in the end.

Moment of triumph: (Fergie picked a concert where she sang on the beach for a million people. Wow!) Giving birth to my daughters with no pain meds. And I'm the kid who failed PE, hated exercise...but I was proud of me, getting through labor. Twice.
Epic Fail: (Fergie talks about making lasagna in a contest with Josh.) Hmmm, EPIC fail. Oh, I came around a freeway curve going way too fast, traffic was stopped in front of me, slammed on my brakes (which locked), pinwheeled across the freeway in front of a semi, flew off the overpass, rolled three times and landed upside down. I guess not only did I fail to navigate the freeway bridge, I was late to work. I survived though, so that counts.

Would try once: Fergie said hot air ballooning. OK, I guess, sign me for that up too.
No thanks: she picked shark cage diving. I'd go with parachute jumping, which I'll never do unless a Navy SEAL holds my hand all the way down to the ground.

Perennially cool: Kindness to others
Never cool: Trolls

Endlessly curious about: Fergie said new fashion shows. I love fashion too, although I don't know any designers personally (unless watching every  moment of every iteration of Project Runway counts???). I'm endlessly curious about ancient Egypt and other ancient mysteries, anything to do with archaeology. Oh and dinosaurs. I WILL click on those links.
Zero interest: Fergie has no curiosity about the McRib sandwich. I'm with her there! I have no interest in knowing more about Gwyneth Paltrow or anyone from a certain family whose name starts with K. But to be fair, I'm sure none of them has any interest in me either so it's all cool. We live and let live.

Adding one of my own: Can't wait for: Jurassic World (dinosaurs)
Will see on dvd later: Insurgent
No interest: Anything Marvel except for a sequel to Guardians of the Galaxy. I grew up as a strictly DC comics gal and just never got into the Marvel Universe. Nothing against them, just they weren't part of my fabric of life. Thor is darn good looking (also Hawkeye) and I could probably watch Tom Hiddleston read the phone book....

Here's the trailer for Jurassic World, just for coolness ("It's not about control. It's a relationship." Yeah, with velociraptors????!!!). And Chris Pratt:


Thursday, April 30, 2015

The Blood of the Land: A Warder universe ghost story

Posted by: Angela Korra'ti
As urban fantasy goes, my Free Court of Seattle series isn’t particularly gritty—although Bone Walker has some darker themes than Faerie Blood does, and I’ve got some long-term plot plans that will go in darker directions. But by and large, the series skews to brighter and more upbeat action, much like the sorts of books I like to read. There are reasons, after all, that I tell people that the Free Court of Seattle series is my “music, magic, and computer geekery” series. Those are the things I like to emphasize.

But that said, there are darker themes and darker questions to explore in the Warder universe. And my short story “The Blood of the Land” gets into one of those questions, namely: if a Warder is magically constrained to remain on his or her land, what happens when the magical connection to the land is tainted?

 “The Blood of the Land” was originally published by Drollerie Press, in the Civil War anthology Defiance. It picks up in media res with the escaping slaves Dorcas and Caleb, as they’re fleeing northward through Kentucky with the help of the Underground Railroad. They’re in search of a particular barn that’s supposed to be their next stop, only to discover that the men hunting them have beaten them there. And they’ve shot the couple who owns that farm, Elias and Jenny Sutherland.

All of which is a pretty dark setup for a story. But as this is the Warder universe, there’s more going on. Elias and Jenny are in fact Warders. And Dorcas herself has power—she’s a powerful healer, a gift that makes the son of her master determined to get her back at any cost.

If you’re thinking this sounds similar to the setup for my character Faanshi in Valor of the Healer, you’re not wrong. But hey, I like writing powerful healer characters. And I wanted to introduce another source of power into the Warder universe as well—namely, Yoruba mythology. Dorcas is a follower of Inle, one of the orisha in the Yoruba religion, and from him she derives her healing power. You can read more about Inle here and here.

What happens to Dorcas and Caleb—not to mention Elias and Jenny—well. If you want to find that out, come read the story! Its official page is here on my site. And of particular note, I have the story available for “reader sets price” on Smashwords—including free! Everywhere else, including Amazon, it’s available for 99 cents. So check it out. This is the first ghost story I’ve ever written, and the first historical story I’ve written for the Warder universe. I’m very happy to make it finally available again.

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As Angela Highland, Angela writes the Rebels of Adalonia epic fantasy series for Carina Press. And as Angela Korra'ti, she writes the Free Court of Series urban fantasy series. Come say hi to her at angelahighland.com, or follow her on Facebook or Twitter.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Home Beautiful

Posted by: Jenny Schwartz
It's research, all right? I look at houses and interior design pages and generally dream about places I could never afford to live in not because I'm a hopeless procrastinator, but because my writing demands it. No, really.

*sigh*

I'm not convincing anyone, am I? The truth is, I flat out adore looking at the clever buildings people have created. So I thought I'd do a post sharing some of my favourite inspirational sites:

Tiny Houses Blog - for life lived small and beautiful.

Coastal Living - they have fabulous, fabulous beach-y photos.

Wooden Boats - actually I don't follow this site, but maybe I should.

Home Edit - lots of cool and do-able ideas.

and here's one for the dreamer in all of us Luxury Real Estate.


So, do you have any house/design sites that you have to follow?

I also have a stash of architecture and design books. Hmm, maybe I am a tad obsessed :)

PS I also recently found an island I'd like to buy. Any billionaires feeling generous? Petra Island.

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