Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Liebster Award & 11 Fascinating Facts

Special thanks to Wrathsqueen for nominating me for the Liebster Blog award--which recognizes small blogs like mine! 
(Hi, Erin!)

1. Each person must post 11 facts about themselves.

2. Answer 11 questions the tagger has given you and give 11 questions for the person you tag. 

3. Choose 11 people and link them to your post.

4. Tell them you've tagged them.

5. Remember, no tag backs.

11 Facts About Me

1.  Is there a book at the moment that you've heard about but unsure if you want to try it?
The Dead-Tossed Waves (Forest of Hands and Teeth, Book 2). I read Forest of Hands and Teeth and loved it...until the end. I was so disappointed, that even tho I own the second book, I haven't picked it up yet. I'm told I'll love it, so I WILL read it at some point!

2. If you could only ever recommend one book to someone, what would it be and why?
Hunger Games. Even tho I was terribly disappointed by the ending, it was still such an experience to read that is so rare, I tell everyone about it. 

3. Do you have any irrational fears?
Opening refrigerated biscuits. Scares me to death because I don’t know when it will 'pop'. I usually have one of my kids do it. 

4. What is the most times you have re-read a book?
5 or 6. I love the Bronte sisters and have read their books over and over, along with regencies by Marion Chesney.

5. Favourite book to movie adaptation?
 Sense and Sensibility. That book is hard to read. The film is art. Haven't had any trouble with the other Austen books tho!

6. What is a quote you find inspiring?
Oscar Wilde has some of the best quotes ever. One of my favs: 

I never travel without my diary. One should always have something sensational to read in the train.

7. Are there any fictional characters that you've fallen for?
I'm a weirdo in that Darcy doesn't really do it for me (Colin Firth is another thing altogether), but I've had so many book, TV, and film crushes, it's hard to pick just one. I guess one of my all time favs is Spike from Buffy. He was so deliciously mean, had an awesome accent, and had all the best jokes.

8. When you're browsing for books, what makes you pick one book over another?
Covers. I'm highly influenced by the cover art.

9. Which genre would you like to live in: dystopian, paranormal, historical or just contemporary?
Historical--I love history in general, so would love to time-travel backwards...with a first aid kit. LOL

10. If you could talk to ANY author, current or from history, who would it be?
I really should say Shakespeare, but I'd rather pick Marion Chesney's brain. She's written light regencies that are hilarious yet poignant. I own every regency she's ever written and reread them over and over. 

11. Favourite fairytale?
The Snow Queen by Hans Christian Andersen. It's beautiful and haunting without being corrupted by Disney (yet).

My nominations for The Liebster Award (I cheated and did 5):

Dawn Chartier  

Hope you can play by answering the questions I did!

Friday, June 22, 2012

Science-Fiction Romance Brigade Midsummer's Night Blog Hop and G!veaway!

Midsummer is a time when change is on the way. The sun's rays no longer linger quite so long, and often mischief is afoot where the shadows lengthen. Does that mischief include time-travel? Apocalypse? Juicy Couture?

It does if you're one of the Apocalypse Babes, which is also the title my 6 book time-travel/sci-fi goth-rom series available for Kindle or Nook. The book set is part of
the Science Fiction Romance Brigade's first ever Blog Hop to celebrate Midsummer. 36 fabulous science fiction romance authors will be telling you mystical or scientific stories related to the event, and they'll each be giving away a prize - books, gift cards, swag bags...and lots more!

Plus there's TWO GRAND PRIZES!

1st Prize - a Kindle Touch or Nook Touch
2nd Prize -a library of science fiction romance titles from over 20 authors (these will be mostly ebooks with one print anthology), and an Anabanana Gift Card.

All you need to do to enter is pop along to the blogs listed below and comment on as many as you want (only ONE comment per site will count as an entry). Each time you comment at a stop, you'll earn one entry into the grand prize - so the more sites you visit, the greater your chances of winning. The winners will be drawn at random on the 24th June and announced on this site. The list of participating authors can be found below this post. Spread the news! Because like Midsummer, it's just one day!

Monday, June 18, 2012

THE Z WORD--Free Gothic Time-Travel Sci-Fi Romance

Gothic Time-Travel Sci-Fi Romance...if that's a mouthful, how about Skiffy-Rom Goth-Com? There's just not an easy way to describe The Z Word

The Z Word follows Seffy Carter and her longtime friends Gareth, Addison and Lani. The four besties share a past dysfunctional and dark enough to keep them bound together under do-over identities. But like off-brand velour, rends develop in their relationships from the flesh-eating pressures of ending up in 1980, in a Montana desert, surrounded by zombies wearing dated disco duds.

Reviewers have used words like: 

"The Scooby Gang in Zombieland"

"Seriously wicked awesome"

"A clusterpluck of craziness"

"Alice in Wonderland gone wrong"

"Not quite the worst I've read"
"Left me guessing and wanting more"

"Part science fiction, part romance, part mystery, part fantasy, The Z Word is all entertainment"

What will your response be? Find out by taking a chance on a free copy. And if you want to read the next 5 books in the series, grab the collection at $4.99 for a limited time. That's a $5 savings over purchasing the books separately. The Z Word is also available at B&N and Smashwords.

And who knows, The Z Word might just take you places you've always wanted to go...

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Go Indie Author and Enter To W!n!

Just like independent films and music are full of hidden gems and new sights and sounds, it's the same with indie authors. Some have traditionally published and are wading into indie waters. Some have labored over magnum opuses that have gone unrecognized by the corporate publishing world with their eyes set firmly on the bottom line. And some are fresh and brand spankin' new.

My indie offering is 3 copies of my sweet, paranormal romance Kiss Me, I'm Irish. Time-travel, fiddle tunes, and pixies dust--because sometimes a girl just needs a little magic in her life

The book is available in print or any e-version. Please specify which version you prefer when you leave a comment to enter. Sponsored by I Am A Reader And Not A Writer and Krazy Book Lady.

Just like you support indie films and music, try out an indie author--before they get famous, go all rhinestone and fur diva, and charge $30 a book :)

Monday, June 11, 2012

Author Megan S. Johnston Talks Transition

Welcome, Megan! Tell us a little about your writing journey and your latest project!

I believe Transition, The Chimera Hunters Series, is more character driven than plot driven. 

The characters have been a figment of my imagination for over ten years. I was to busy running our family business and taking care of children to stop, and do something I longed to do for over twenty years. My mother loved to write, however she was never published. I believe this is where I originally gained my passion for writing. Of course there were short stories here and there, but nothing I would have wanted published. 

In November 2009 a very close family friend died tragically. I re-evaluated my life. You never know when something as precious as a loved one will be taken away so suddenly. A week after his funeral, I decided, if I did anything else in my life, I was going to write. So I did... and I haven't stopped.

I now juggle crafting my fictional characters, marketing, running our family business and taking care of my family, which, by no means is small. I have four children and seven grandchildren. Which they are at my home, sometimes more than theirs. Oh I forgot to mention, my two playful boxers. 
My first rough draft took me eight months to complete and was written in first person. And, was a terrible mess. In August of 2010 I went to the PNWA conference and listened to other accomplished authors, editors, agents and publishers. I learned a great deal. I came home completely rejuvenated and re-wrote the novel in third person. It's true, you tend to write in the point of view that you enjoy reading.

It took me a while, but toward the end I decided to self-publish rather than seek out an agent or publisher. My reasons? There are many.

As you know, there are many steps you take from beginning your novel, to the actual publication. My steps took me two and a half years, almost to the date.
About Transition, Book One in the Chimera Series:
The Chimera are a race so old, the humans relegated them as a myth. The Gods feared the Chimeras’ powers; they believed they were a deadly race, with physical abilities beyond belief. So, they split their race in half condemning them to wander the earth, searching for their other half to be complete.
Without their sodalis, each was destined to live life without dreams, without love, without hope. The future rested on finding their one true mate for life.

SHELBY O’NEIL has led a solitary life with her parents. So when she goes to school at Washington State University, she believes her life has just begun. Now in her second year, the dreams begin. She dreams with the same man, night after night for months. When her dream world becomes her reality, and her life becomes a danger zone, she quickly learns to trust the one man who has thrown her into this new and dangerous world.

DEVELON COLE is Chimera and his race has been on earth as long as humans. His people were desperate to find their one true mate for life, and Develon had just found his, in the small college town of Pullman Washington. His goal was to protect her against the hunter’s and guide her into who she was always destined to be, his sodalis, his mate.

Get Transition for Kindle here.

Visit Megan as t her website and blog, Connect with her at Facebook and on Twitter.

Thanks for stopping by, Megan!

Friday, June 8, 2012

Book Lovers Vacation Book Blowout--All Under A Buck!

               Summer is upon us and there's nothing like a good beach read. Wait...yes there is...LOTS of good beach reads! And even better, at 99 cents a pop!

As you grab your big towel, flip-flops, and suntan lotion (SPF 30, natch), don't forget to load up your e-reader with all your favorite genres. Choose from over 150 titles...and every single one of them less than a buck! http://bookloversbuffet.com/ 

The sale goes from June 8th to the 22nd. There are also additional prizes.  So swing by, pick up some great reads, and hit the beach!

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Brenda Novak's Diabetes Auction Record Year!

Thank you to everyone who help make Brenda Novak's Online Auction For Diabetes a record year by raising $306,000 bringing the cummulative total to $1.6 million! Mark your calendars for next year's auction. And THANK YOU!

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

The Rider Series By Shawn Maravel Makes Another Stop

July 1st is release day for Shawn Maravel's second book in the Rider Series, Shifting Gears

Shawn was born in a small New Jersey town located between somewhere and nowhere. She fled the country looking for adventure while following her heart and the love of a soldier. Shawn began writing when her husband joined the Army in 2008. It started out as a way for her to cope with the long periods of time that they spent apart but slowly took on a life of its own, becoming something she did for herself. Having always enjoyed writing and dabbled in it from time to time in previous years, the military lifestyle provided her with the opportunity and an outlet to explore the passion further. 

Shifting Gears follows The Wanderer and continues the Harley and sexy men in uniform theme (thank goodness!).

Wesley Pierce, a Virginia State Trooper, is in search of the perfect log cabin to settle down in. After losing his brother and doing his best to care for the family he left behind he decides, a year after Nathan’s death, that he’s finally ready to move forward.
Olivia Michaels, a realtor in search of her own dream home and a way out of her parents’ attic, takes on a client who can help get her that much closer to affording her freedom. Little does she know that it isn’t the perfect home that she finds but through Wesley Pierce she manages to find herself. And maybe, if she’s capable of taking the leap, she might even manage to find love. 
Shawn is so good at creating real-world love stories with characters who become personal to the reader, taking her through all the twists and turns of romance where two people struggle to take that final step in love. Shawn says: "...this story is of love in its purest form. In life it isn’t mystery and excitement that drive our hearts but trepidation and the moment in which we all decide to jump unguarded into the arms of another."
Plus, what's better than a man teaching a woman to shoot? Now that's true love :)
On July 1st treat yourself to a heart-wearming, yummy romance. Until then, pick up Shawn's other titles: The Wanderer, Volition, and Severance.
Visit Shawn at Facebook and her blog.