Thursday 31 January 2013

The Very Inspirational Blogger Award

Virginia McKevitt nominated me for The Very Inspirational Blogger Award.

While it's not really an award that was voted on I'm still honored and really this is just a fun way of spreading blogger love. Thanks Virginia (p.s. check out the guest post she did on my blog last month here)

Now, in order for me to participate in this prestigious event I have to do a few tasks (why does this suddenly feel like a frat hazing?)

Writers for Writer: A Guest Post by C.M. Brown

I got to sit down today with the awesome Carolyn Brown, co-founder of Writers for Writers to talk about the program as well as the first two books in her Protector Series: He Came For Me and He Came For Mine.

A long-time lover of Fantasy Novels I have decided to put pen to paper and create my own. Many years spent helping high school students write their assignments from years 8 to 12, has given me the experience to forge ahead with this dream! I live on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland, Australia and have shared some of the wonders of this area with you in this book. I am married with two teenage children, one studying at University the other in the senior years of High School. I enjoy reading and writing and spending time relaxing on the beautiful beaches I live near, walking my dog and swimming. 
You can contact Carolyn here:

Wednesday 30 January 2013

Blog Tour for The Homicide Chronicles by Ralph Shamas

A blog tour hosted by Masquerade Crew. They are way more on top of this than I am so I am willingly copy and pasting the post they sent me. Check it out:

Tuesday 29 January 2013

Review of Just One Night by Kyra Davis

I received this book as an advanced copy and though I did finish it before it's release on January 21st I'm just now getting around to posting the review so please forgive me.

Monday 28 January 2013

Undercover Lovers #3: Naughty Cop

Before we get started I have big news. A friend of mine (the darling Kai Kiriyama) was accepted for publication by a Canadian publishing house. I am so excited to read her Blaze Tuesday novel (as should you all) and the second I have more information I'll let you know.

And I guess that put me in a nostalgic mood because I pulled out an old half-developed manuscript dated back to 2007! I want to type it out (it's in an old notebook) so it's at least on my hard drive if I ever want to come back to it. Won't be anytime soon but it's good to keep my options open.

As there's no Castle on tonight (sad face) I'm putting together a post for Friday that talks about Castle. I'm excited to be doing more writing and I'm slowly getting organized enough to not stress about it.

So Kai, I'm so proud of you! You totally earned publication.

That also means I've got to catch up on this writing business thing so watch out.

Friday 25 January 2013

High Fantasy: A Guest Post by Ciara Ballintyne

A little while ago (actually not that long but this sounds more interesting) I messaged a certain writer of high fantasy because frankly I had no idea what that genre was. I understand the basic concept of the fantasy genre in comparison to other genres but I mean there are so many different subgenres nowadays it's so hard to keep them straight (and I wanted to see how many times I could say 'genre' in a paragraph).

And so, ladies and gentlemen of the Madame's Company, the lovely and talented Ciara Ballintyne has graciously agreed to sit down with me and talk about High Fantasy.

Ready? Let's dive.

Ciara Ballintyne is a writer of high fantasy, lawyer, and dragon expert. Bent on world domination and born argumentative, Ciara invested her natural inclinations in a career in law. Her short story, A Magical Melody, is available as part of the Spells: Ten Tales of Magic ebook anthology.

Wednesday 23 January 2013

18 Things on My Bucket List

Tomorrow is the official release day of '18 Things' by Jamie Ayres!

18 Things

Can eighteen things save a life? Olga Gay Worontzoff thinks her biggest problems are an awful name (after her grandmothers of course) and not attending prom with Conner, her best friend and secret crush since kindergarten. Then Conner is killed in a freak accident and Olga feels responsible. The sarcastic, nerdy girl who never missed a day of school is suddenly lost and unable to deal with the emotional pain. When she downs an entire bottle of pain pills, her parents force her into counseling. There, her therapist writes a prescription in the form of a life list titled 18 Things. Eighteen quests to complete the year of her eighteenth birthday.

Olga enlists the help of her friends and becomes a catalyst for healing in their own lives as they eagerly offer suggestions. All she has to do is fire-walk, try out for the cheerleading squad, break a world record, and err . . . go on her first date. Good thing Nate, a new hottie in town, enters her life with perfect timing. He brings the fun factor to her list and helps her discover the beauty and strength inside herself, then complicates things by falling in love with her. Maybe it’s time to put into practice the lessons her list has taught her. Just as she’s finally embracing the joys of YOLO, her therapist reveals a big secret and Olga’s world is shaken.

In the past year it took eighteen remarkable things to change a life, but nothing she believed about her mission is true. Now she doesn’t just risk losing her true soul-mate forever, she risks losing her very soul. There’s only one thing she knows for certain. Her choice will affect their future for all eternity.

Monday 21 January 2013

Undercover Lovers #2: Business Meeting

Week two of the undercover lovers series. I am going to keep working on this until...well I have it planned up to April but we'll see how it goes. However last week my darling editor at Just Write!Ink sent me a review of the first ten pages of my WIP. It's not much but I think it was nice for me to get a second opinion and maybe some encouragement. Anyways, she expressed interest in reading more.

...I don't have more. So that's something I'm going to be working on as well. On top of all the other things in my life that require writing and/or bleeding onto a typewriter. I'm not stressed what are you talking about?

Friday 18 January 2013

Title and First Chapter of Between 3 by Cyndi Tefft

Last saturday I posted the title and first chapter of the third book in the 'Between' series by Cyndi Tefft. 
For those of you who missed it. Here it is again (copied directly from the links to buy the first two books are also on the site.

The third book is set to be released in April 2013 though there's no official release date but you can add it on Goodreads.

I was really giddy when I made this (I still am actually) so enjoy the silliness and let me know what you think of this all in the comments below.

Ladies and Gentlemen the LONG awaited moment has finally arrived.

Wednesday 16 January 2013

Calling All Bloggers for Entanglement Publishing

Calling all bloggers!

Entangled Publishing needs you! *points at you* to be part of The List.

Do you have a blog?

Do you love to review books?

Do you want access to books before they release?

If your answers to these questions is a resounding "YES" then you're the right blogger for the job.

They want you! Now's a great time to join The List.

Here's what you have to do:

1. Add Til Death to your Goodreads TBR pile

2. Leave the following in the comments section of this post:

a. Your Name

b. Your Blog URL

c. Your Goodreads Name

d. Your Email Address
Additional Option: URL to your blog post about this call for bloggers.

Priority will be given to those who help spread the word by creating a post on this call for bloggers on their blog. *smiles*

Don't miss this exciting opportunity.

Cover Reveal of The Forgotten Ones by Laura Howard

The awesome reveal of 'The Forgotten Ones' by Laura Howard. Check it out!

Monday 14 January 2013

Undercover Lovers #1: Comic-Con

This is the first story in my new weekly series known as "Undercover Lovers". It follows a couple (Rick Castle and Kate Beckett) as they find themselves in various undercover situations whether it's for work, when they're out with friends or when they're in the comfort of their own home. Originally these were just fan fics for the TV Series 'Castle' but I think maybe I'll use this as a tool to work on my character development and story skills. So that means I would love any feedback you have for me.

And speaking of feedback I am slowly working on a collaborative project that will definitely need your assistance so be on the look out for that in the coming weeks.

In the meantime, Kate and Rick find themselves in the middle of New York Comic-Con on the hunt of a suspect. Check it out:

Friday 11 January 2013

Book Boyfriends: A Guest Post by AllieSJay

After a little bit of begging and pleading my dear friend Allie agreed to talk openly about an obsession of hers: Book Boyfriends. As a lover of YA, she was more than happy to do a little gushing.           

Thursday 10 January 2013

Cover Reveal for Cryptid Tales by Brina Courtne

I told you I was back. Today *waves arms* we have the cover reveal of the Cryptic Tales Series. All three covers actually. They look awesome so you definitely want to add these to your TBR List (and you can get book one for FREE right now).

Wednesday 9 January 2013

Review of Aversion by Kenechi Udogu

Aversion came out last month and I got my hands on it just so I could share it with you guys - aren't I nice? Check it out: