Wednesday, December 28, 2011

THE FRUGAL FIND OF THE DAY: Apocalypse Babes: The Complete Series, Bella Street {$4.99}

 What's better than time-travel, angsty romance, and pink velour? Six books for one low price, that's what!



 I'm over at the Frugal eReader today--a great site that features cheap e-books. Sign up for the newsletter to get info on daily ebook deals!

Monday, December 26, 2011

Tied Up With A Big Red Bow


Got a brand new ereader from Santa? Already have an ereader without this book on it? Get the complete set of Seffy's misadventures for less than the price of buying each book separately. This set contains all six books, complete and unabridged:

The Z Word
The X Factor
iRobotronic
Kumbaya Much
Bite Me
Apocalypse For Realz

Find out why no mad skillz, no sacred destiny, but just a pink tracksuit will take Seffy places she never wanted to go. Pick it up for $4.99 at Amazon and B&N.

Sunday, December 18, 2011

The End--For Realz



The final book in the Apocalypse Babes series is now available for Kindle and at Smashwords. B&N, Kobo, iBooks to follow.

When the unthinkable happens, Seffy faces the worst apocalypse she could ever imagine. Will her friends force her into an off-brand solution that brings only the illusion of peace from heartbreak? Or will she follow in the footsteps of her namesake and get her second chance after all? 


It's been a blast to write this series over the last three years and to get to know many of my readers who eventually became friends. I'm very grateful for the support and encouragement of you guys!

Hope you enjoy the last installment!

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Wrathsqueen Video Review of The X Factor







The best part of Erin's (Wrathsqueen) video reviews is her lovely accent. I could listen to it all day! She also has a companion blog that I love as well.

Erin reads A LOT of books and I love her reviews because I've discovered many great books that way. I'm gratified she seems to be enjoying my books as well. But even if she didn't, I'd know she'd express it in that delicious accent and I wouldn't even be sad! :)

Thanks so much, Erin!

Monday, December 12, 2011

The Other Bella Street!

 
One day, Clare Havens, Australia-based author of The Bella Street Mysteries, did an online search of Bella Street and found Yours Truly! She reached out to me and we've struck up a three-way, trans-continental friendship--three-way, because my 12 yo daughter just might be her biggest fan!

Clare describes her middle-grade novels as 'tween-noir', which just might be the coolest genre invention EVER. Her books are clever, funny, fast-paced, twisty-turny, noir goodness. The first book in the series, The Secret Formula, was runner up in the Sydney Woollahra Lit Fest!

Now that Book 2 of the Bella Street Mysteries is out, I asked Clare to pop over for an interview. 


Describe 'tween-noir'.

I coined the term ‘tween noir’ to try and encapsulate the feeling of a gritty, dark, suspenseful thriller for young people where there is a sense of very real danger but where the villains are 1930s style gangsters and so much larger than life that they are not something real tweens would have to worry about. It isn’t ‘noir’ in the true sense of the genre but more of a noirish romp! I am a huge fan of the ‘Thin Man’ series of movies based on the books of Dashiell Hammett and starring William Powell and Myrna Loy – these movies were noirish yet had great humor in them too.  
I agree. The books are laugh-out-loud funny!


What kind of girl is Bella Street?

Bella is the 12 year old daughter of a very rich and glamorous woman who has made some dangerous enemies in her position as Editor of Gorgeous Me! Fashion magazine. Bella is a very down to earth, sporty girl who thinks her Mom’s obsession with fashion is ridiculous but who, at the same time, secretly makes her own clothes out of her mom’s vintage home furnishings! Bella is a bit of a loner and only has one true friend, Felix Samson, who is a film noir loving, jazz piano playing, tech genius who wants to be a PI in the manner of Sam Spade or Phillip Marlowe. This odd pair has been best friends since Kindergarten and they have a very tight bond. Bella is extremely brave and daring and Felix is clever and loyal.  
Felix has helped Bella out of some very tight spots!
 


How many stories do you have planned in the series? I notice each of the skylines on the book covers represent Bella's latest adventures. I hope you keep 'em coming!


I have three books planned but then only yesterday I started thinking about possibly writing the ’prequel’ to ‘The Secret Formula’ so who knows!  
Woot!



Outside of Bella, who's your favorite character and why? I have to admit mine is Emerald. I wish I WAS her! LOL

That is so hard as I love all of them! I suppose my favorites are Felix and Emerald. Felix is such a lovely guy, so loyal and completely lost in his noir world! Emerald, Bella’s mom is just so over the top selfish and huge fun to write! There is more to Emerald than meets the eye, however, and I really enjoyed drawing that out of her in ‘Doc Gutson’s Revenge’! I also really love writing about the two henchman, Johnny Sequins, failed fashion designer turned gangster and Pauly Three Toes, former male model turned sadistic killer. I see them so clearly when I am writing and I have a big soft spot for them even though they are dangerous, bad men.


You write under Bacon and Eggs Media. What's the Aussie writing/publishing experience?

Hmmm.. I think it is probably as difficult if not more difficult getting published in Australia than in the USA! The market here is so tiny and books so expensive compared to other countries. I think that the advent of ebooks will really benefit the reading public in Australia in particular.
So that means we Americans need to be buying these book up in bulk! Seriously, if you know of any middle grade readers, get them these books. They're sure to be a hit. Even this mom loved 'em. Hmmm...a new genre 'mom-noir', perchance?



Clare's latest title is Doc Gutson's Revenge, and it's available at  
Smashwords and Amazon.  
Find Clare at her website and on Facebook and Twitter.

I love this book! My daughter loves this book! If you're looking for quirky, scary-but-charming, middle grade mystery read, grab this book and share with all the kids you know. We need to keep Bella on the streets, solving mysteries and fighting crime!

Thanks, Clare, for stopping by! I'm glad my namesake is such a rockin' chick!

One lucky commenter will win both Kindle books!

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Romancing Christmas Giveaway Hop!



 

The Romancing Christmas Giveaway Hop is being hosted by Reading Romances!

What you can win: Your choice of my sweet, paranormal romance
OR book 1 in the Apocalypse Babes series,  
Both titles are available in print, Kindle, or ebook formats.

How to enter: Leave a comment. One random commenter will win.

Open to: Anyone, everywhere

After leaving a comment, check out the other blogs in the froggy link below.

Happy Hopping!

Friday, December 9, 2011

The Apocalypse Babes Go To Mark of the Stars Blog


What would it look like if Seffy, Lani, Gareth and The Others attended a Christmas party before everything went to H. E. Double Sippy Straws?

Find out at Jessica E. Subject's SFR blog, Mark of the Stars.

While you're there, enter to win one of 5 Kindle copies up for grabs, and get a yummy adult beverage recipe. Nothing like a little alcohol to up the hijinks!

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Last But Not Least--New Cover!


The Apocalypse Babes saga comes to an end in the final book of the series, Apocalypse For Realz. The book will be released by the end of December, but here's a sneak peek of the cover!

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Read A Romance, Fill A Tummy!



For the month of December, I'm proud to announce I'll be donating 20% from the sales of my books to Strings For Hope--a Nashville-based nonprofit organization dedicated to curing hunger one note at a time.

Strings For Hope was started by Nashville Restrung, a company that handcrafts bracelets, rings, and necklaces from recycled guitar, bass, fiddle, banjo, and mandolin strings. Strings For Hope is run by volunteers with minimal overhead costs, so a majority of the income from sales goes to feed people locally and globally through partnering with existing feeding ministries.

You can directly purchase the jewelry here. Along with recycled instrument strings, the jewelry is enhanced by vintage beads, stone accents, and even groovy skulls--so there's something for every taste and style. I love these bracelets and own several!



So purchase a bracelet this holiday season--can you think of anything more unique and cool??--and add to the blessing by buying any of my titles. This includes all my print titles, and ebooks at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Smashwords. I'll report back in December with the amount donated. Based on my past sales, it should be in the hundreds of dollars. That's a lot of meals!


Romance and filling a tummy--now that's beautiful music!

Monday, November 28, 2011

Southern Fried Gothic: Author Patricia Preston and The Wild, Wild South




Southern Fried Gothic: Author Patricia Preston and The Wild, Wild South: Please welcome Southerner and Carina Press author Patricia Preston! Tell us about yourself and your book:

Hi y’all! Yes, I’m definitely Southern as in I live in Mississippi and my folks all come from Tennessee and Alabama. So, I’m deeply entrenched in all things Southern except for football and politics. As a writer, I’m in great company in the South. It seems the South just naturally produces people who love telling stories.

Almost An Outlaw is set in Missouri and features the James-Younger Gang. In the 1860’s, Missouri had a lot of ties to the South. Frank James and Cole Younger were teenager guerilla fighters, not recognized as regular Confederate soldiers. They rode under a black flag as did my character, Austin. This novella is the first story I’ve written that is set outside of the deep South. All my work has Southern roots, especially my short stories, which are Southern comedies.

What is your favorite thing about the South?

Food! Food! Food! Especially sweet iced tea, Have you ever tried ordering sweet tea outside of the South? You sit down in a restaurant around here and say you want sweet tea and they know exactly what you mean. Try that someplace else. Even in Houston, much to my surprise. I also love our cornbread, which doesn’t contain any sugar. Add fried okra to my list. Fried chicken. Fried apples. Fried catfish and hushpuppies. Actually, I think we fry everything...

How does the South affect your writing?

Basically, it is what I know. From the landscape to the people. Whereas, I don’t know nothing about Yankees.

What is your next writing project?

I have just finished up a short historical, Lady Silver, set in New Orleans in 1814. I have a short story, The Yard Sale,  a finalist in the Faulkner Short Fiction Contest, which Im going to publish on Amazon. Its set in Mississippi. In the works I have a sequel to Almost an Outlaw. Emma hooks up with a Pinkerton agent.

Almost An Outlaw blurb:

Rancher Austin Cade rides into Liberty looking for his old comrades, the James-Younger gang. He needs their help tracking down the horse thief who's stolen his prized mare. In town, the former gunfighter is reunited with Darcy, the first girl he ever kissed—and never forgot.

Young widow Darcy Branson owns a shop full of fashionable ladies' attire, but continues to wear mourning black so she won't forget her role in her husband's death. Austin stirs a passion inside her that has long been dormant, but can Darcy learn to believe in Austin—and love—enough to let go of her tragic past?

Time is rapidly running out... As a cousin to Jesse James, Darcy has attracted unwanted attention, thanks to her rumored association with the gang. Soon Austin and Darcy are faced with confronting not only their growing desire, but danger in the form of a deadly bounty hunter...

And, this month it is on sale at CarinaPress for $1.99, part of the November Novella Sale! Also available at Amazon.

Praise for Almost An Outlaw:

"ALMOST AN OUTLAW by Patricia Preston is a worthwhile read for an easy afternoon. A little spicy, a little sweet and overall delightful, this is a short story you won't be sorry you picked up."~Lisa Jo, Romance Reviews

“A sweet story about love, loss and second

chances.”~Denise,  Goodreads
“Almost An Outlaw by Patricia Preston was a fun, quick read.”~ Jessica, Novel Reaction
“A true Western feel and a very good romance.”~Karyn, The Romanorum

Thanks a bunch for having me at Southern Fried Gothic! I am working at my day job so I won’t have a chance to respond to comments until the evening but I do so appreciate them. I’d love to have new Twitter followers and Facebook fans. You can follow me on Twitter at pat_preston. My Facebook page: Patricia Preston, Author Page and my website is www.patricia-preston.com.

Thanks for stopping by, Patricia, and letting know it wasn't just 
the West that was wild!

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Author Eileen Janket and A Deutschland Publishing Journey


Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing hasn't just jump-started authors here in America, but internationally as well.


German author Eileen Janket has found the opportunity to pursue her writing dreams, and is excited to announce her first book now available at Amazon.de: Thrill My Soul.
Eileen, tell me a little about your publishing journey.


Thank you, Bella, for having me on your wonderful blog. I feel honored and pleased since youre one of my favourite Indie-Authors. (*Bella here--I may or may not have paid her to say this)

So here we go:

Why I started writing?

Before I could write I used to make up stories and tell them to anybody who would listen. Then I learned my ABCs and I could put down all those stories in my head on a piece of paper. Actually my mom gave me a beautiful thick notebook when I started school.
I remember my first story (I was 7) was about a ten year old girl who finds out that she has an older brother who was abandoned by her parents. Crazy stuff for a kidbut I was having so much fun writing and still do of course

I studied journalism and worked for magazines

I was distracted by many things when I was younger and I didn’t write anymore.

I decided to study Social pedagogyand started working for the youth office in Berlin. That is still my daytime joband its a hard job.

In 2010, I decided to start writing againkids werent that little anymoreand I had so many unfinished manuscripts. Two novels had been waiting for so long to be continued

My favourite authors:

I love Patrick Süskind who is the author of “The Perfume” which is an extraordinarily good book.

I love Nick Cave’s first book “And the ass saw the angel”, it’s simply brilliant.

I love Anne Rices Vampire Chronicles.

Oh yes, John Irving, I love his books and his humor.

And of course, Bella Street, who got me with her bookKiss me, Im Irish. I also read the first book of the Apocalypse Babes series and love it(*see above note)

There are lots of good authors and books waiting to be discovered and read..

How Amazon has affected my publishing career
Thrill My Soul was the first manuscript I took out of my cupboard. I was worried of course of how I would find a publisher for it.

But then this happened: Amazon started KDP in Germany in April 2010.

After thinking about the Pros and Cons of self-publishing I decided to go that Indie Road. Since Im an Aquarius I love being independent and having control over my own business. Its such a great opportunity and gives me the chance to let readers decide whether they like my writing or not.

Being able to publish as an Indie is the best thing that could happen to me as an author. I just love it.


This is the story about Valerie - twenty years old - who does not want to do things the conventional way. She has a very rich background but she hates it and tries to get along on her own, working at a movie theater five days a week and living in a tiny little flat.

 She has a good buddy (not gay) but no boyfriend. In fact Valerie has been single for quite a while and she is so longing for someone to fall in love with.

On New Years Eve Valeries buddy introduces her to Finn Flanagan from New York, a mysterious and very hot-looking American guy of Irish decent. Finn has been travelling all over Europe and apparently got stuck in Berlin.

Valerie falls head over heals in love with him while theyre having a really exciting party together that last night of the year 2009 

Next morning Finn is cold as ice…and Valerie has no idea why.
Before she loses all hope, Finn opens up for her and from that point on Valerie is not only in love but addicted to him. She finds herself in a relationship that seems to move from heaven to hell and vice versa…

And then there is also Tom Nowak, lead guitarist of a Berlin Rock band and heartthrob, who has been secretly in love with Valerie for a long time.
Without Tom this whole story would end in a fatal disaster

Well, it is a love story, yes, but it has a lot of psychological thrill and is hard stuff. It has some elements that make it a X-Rated book.

It was great joy to write this story. I love all the characters in it and I don’t how they did it but they somehow told me the story while I wrote it down…

Thrill My Soul is written in German and sells for EUR 2,99. 

Please recommend it to your German friends! And visit Eileen at her blog and on Twitter.