Tuesday, 14 October 2014

SPOOKTACULAR GIVEAWAY HOP

5th Annual Spooktacular Giveaway Hop 

OCTOBER 15 - 31ST

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This is Kathy's biggest hop of the year and one of the few hops that she personally still hosts.


 
For this hop I will be giving away a $10 Amazon Gift Card.
Please enter the Rafflecopter below for your chance to win.

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!


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TEASER TUESDAY



Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by

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 ANY SPOILERS!
Make sure that what you share doesn't give too much away!


You don't want to ruin the book for others!


18072724 My Familiar Stranger (Knights of Black Swan #1)

BEST PARANORMAL ROMANCE Series of 2013 - Reviewer's Choice Awards, The Paranormal Romance Guild

"...my god is this spectacular!!!" - Quote the Raven

WHAT IF YOU SUDDENLY LOST EVERYTHING AND EVERYONE YOU KNEW? In a matter of minutes Elora Laiken lost everything familiar. She escaped assassination by being forced into an experimental device that left her broken, physically and emotionally, in another world. She woke up to find modern day knights, elves, vampires, werewolves, witches, demons and fae. This is the story of how they became her allies, friends, and family. 




MY TEASER:

They were near the end of the grim formality when there was a sudden, upward shift in temperature, like a hot sirocco wind blasting a door open. That was followed by a flash of light and a pop as something the size of a person rolled into the fetal position materialized above the floor at waist height. It did not hover, but fell instantly to the stone floor, making a sickening plopping noise on impact. It appeared to be a bloody, quivering mass of scored meat partially covered by shreds of fabric that were either black or blackened by blood.

Danann, Victoria (2012-04-25). My Familiar Stranger: Romancing The Vampire Hunters (Knights of Black Swan Book 1) (p. 14). 7th House. Kindle Edition.

Monday, 13 October 2014

SOULESS BLOG TOUR - CRYSTAL COLLIER

Today, I have the pleasure to present an excerpt from Crystal Collier's new release, "Soulless," the second book in the series, 
 Maiden of Time.

I have to say that I love the cover! It really looks great!
I hope you enjoy the excerpt and don't forget to add Soulless to your Goodreads, TBR list. 

To celebrate, Crystal has book 1, Moonless available for free
October 13, 20, 27,31 and Nov 7,
(Mondays, Halloween and the last day of the Blog Tour)

Help Crystal out by spreading the word!

Also, make sure you enter the rafflecopter draw for your chance to win some really great prizes.

Title: SOULLESS
Series: Maiden of Time
Author: Crystal Collier
Pages: 263
Pub Date: October 13, 2014
Publisher: Raybourne Publishing
ISBN: 9781629830032

The Soulless are coming.

Alexia manipulated time to save the man of her dreams, and lost her best friend to red-eyed wraiths. Still grieving, she struggles to reconcile her loss with what was gained: her impending marriage. But when her wedding is destroyed by the Soulless—who then steal the only protection her people have—she’s forced to unleash her true power.

And risk losing everything.


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What reviewers are saying:

"5 Stars." - Invincible Love of Reading Book Blog

"I LOVED it! So good. Seriously...exceeded my expectations." -Kristin Smith, advanced reviewer

"Entirely unique and chilling." Gabby @ What’s Beyond Forks

"Unputdownable." T.C. Mckee, BookFish Books

Excerpt:

Kiren lay, unmoving except for the slow rise and fall of his chest. His pendant bulged beneath his coat. No harm could come of examining it closer while he slept, could it? He might never know, and Alexia was dying to understand its importance.

She pulled back the curtain, sending a stream of light across his comatose body. She neared slowly and glanced again at the open door. To close it, to isolate them...

Breathe.

She knelt. The cool buttons loosed easily beneath her fingers and his coat fell back. The charm had found its way between his vest and thin shirt. She touched the chain tentatively, sliding along its length, gliding toward the treasure beneath his waistcoat...

Fingers seized hers.

She jumped.

Fierce blue eyes sought hers beneath lowered brows, the purest night sky littered by a sea of stars. She looked away, furtively.

“Are you undressing me?” he whispered.

“What?” Her cheeks flamed. She backed away.

Kiren rolled onto his elbow and pressed off the floor, stumbling. Alexia reached to steady him as he propped against one of the bed’s four posters. He shook off the dizziness and pulled her close.

Her breath caught. The press of his hands on her back, the heat of his body so near hers, the aroma of his oaken musk...
Her heart thumped like a rabbit’s, and she couldn’t help thinking very soon he would be hers.

She couldn’t meet his stare. “Kiren, I-I was not attempting to—”

A finger landed across her lips as he probed her gaze. His eyebrows tightened. He released her.

“Shall I assist you?” He slipped out of his coat.

She gasped. “Kiren!”

He chuckled, unbuttoning his waistcoat.

Alexia could not believe what he was doing and she couldn’t look away. He wouldn’t honestly undress before her and chance such overwhelming temptation, would he?

The waistcoat dropped to the floor, leaving a thin shirt to veil his chest. His pendant sat atop, a flattened pewter diamond with symbols etched across the surface like calligraphy-styled runes. A larger Z with a cross stroke and rounded tail engraved its center, encircled by a ring of smaller characters.

“So, which is it that has you?” His head tilted.

She staggered backward and landed on the bed, her headache thumping dully. Each of his arms propped by her sides, his alluring lips hovering within inches.

“The necklace or the man?”

Giveaway:

Get your free copy of book 1, MOONLESS, October 13, 20, 27, 31 or Nov 7.

Author Bio:

Crystal Collier is a young adult author who pens dark fantasy, historical, and romance hybrids. 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, four 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, Facebook, Goodreads, or follow her on Twitter.



Wednesday, 1 October 2014

INSECURE WRITER'S SUPPORT GROUP


IT IS TIME FOR 

INSECURE WRITER'S SUPPORT GROUP
To find out more about this group,
visit:
(The Ninja Captain)
at 

TO SIGN UP TO BE PART OF THIS MONTHLY MEME, JUST FOLLOW THIS LINK:

 THIS MONTH 

Insecure Writer’s Support Group Day and Anthology!

Co-hosts today are Kristin Smith, Elsie, Suzanne Furness, and Fundy Blue! 

Today marks the one year anniversary since the IWSG site and Facebook group opened. We invite all IWSG members, Facebook members, and followers to contribute to The IWSG Guide to Publishing and Beyond, whether you are a writer on the journey or a published author. Post your contribution today or email your submission to the IWSG or me. Full details posted today at the IWSG site.
 
If you are posting for the anthology today be sure to include: title, topic (writing, publishing, or marketing), a one line bio (with your name, book(s), and blog), and state that you give us permission to use it. After you have posted, please add your link HERE.

and of course the original founder Alex J. Cavanaugh, for the one year anniversary and continued success of IWSG.

I have submitted an entry to the anthology as I am sure most of you have. My entry is approx 750 words and I have emailed it to Alex as directed above. But, I am posting a shorter version of the submission for this months IWSG. 

Hope you find a couple of helpful hints!

Cheers,
Carolyn 
Indie Publishing and Marketing

My tips are divided into the five “E’s”
Enjoyable
Editing 
Easy
Endless 
Exposure

Enjoyable

The creative aspect of writing, is the most enjoyable part of creating a book. Letting the imagination flow and take you on unexpected journeys is a fantastic experience.  At this point, take time out to make contacts and blogger buddies, they will be very important when your work is done.

Editing

This stage can be tedious, but really is the most crucial. A well edited book, can make or break a story.

Easy

Publishing, Indie style is the easy step. 

Endless

Marketing, it never, never ends.

Platforms like Twitter and Facebook are essential to advertise and build an audience. Make sure you connect whatever platforms you use to your main blog. This saves you time in the long run with every blog post being uploaded automatically to the platform.

To use an old cliché: Make sure you do for others, what you expect others to do for you!
  

Exposure

Be sure to expose your writing across as many networks and platforms as you can manage. It is time consuming and hard work, but the rewards speak for themselves. You gain followers, friends and associates and hopefully sell books!





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