Friday, April 18, 2014

Ever use a dating website? What happens when it's not what it seems? Anonymous

What happens when an online date is not what it seems?

After Ali's heart is broken, she decides to try Anonymous, a new dating website where you can retain complete anonymity while you search for your soul mate. When she discovers Joe, she thinks she may have at least found a new friend and decides to put her past behind her and move on.

Several death threats and an attempt on her life force her back into contact with her soon-to-be ex, Mark, who is the lead detective on the case. The tension builds between them while Ali struggles to get over Mark, and Mark races to find the maniac who's trying to kill her.

When Ali meets up with her online flame, she finds he's anything but the friend she imagined…

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Dani-Lyn Alexander lives on Long Island with her husband, three kids and three dogs. She loves spending time with her family, at the beach, the playground, or just about anywhere. In her spare time, which is rare, she enjoys reading and shopping—especially in book stores. Some of her favorite things include; Bernese Mountain Dogs, musicals, bubble baths and soft blankets. She’s an incurable insomniac and has an addiction to chocolate.

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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Happy Book Birthday to The Fallen by Keri Lake #PNR

It’s Release Day for THE FALLEN!

At the request of a very awesome reader during the Bitten by Books party last December, Keri Lake decided that the story of Xander, the fallen angel introduced in Soul Resurrected, had to be told. This book is a prequel to Soul Avenged, a spinoff of the Sons of Wrath world, but NOT part of the overarching storyline that spans the series.

To thank her readers for their continued interest in her books, Keri Lake is offering The Fallen as a FREE download! If you’re new to the Sons of Wrath, this is a great opportunity to acquaint yourself with the dark, dangerous fallen angels and demons that dominate the streets of Detroit.


GENRE: Dark, erotic paranormal romance

Warning: Not recommended for readers under the age of 18 due to graphic violence, sex and strong language.

To catch the Fallen, you have to become the very evil you were bred to slay.
Show loyalty. Be willing to go deep into the gritty underbelly of the world, where the vilest acts of human carnage thrive and seep into your mind like a black poison, consuming every part of you that was once good. Ignore your dark cravings and keep to the most important rule of all: never save the mortals.

This is the life of a Sentinel.

Some call us the toughest angels in the heavens. Unbreakable. But even the strong can break in the face of temptation.

Human females have always been the forbidden fruit for our kind—an enticement I’ve resisted for centuries, until she came along.

Karinna lusts for vengeance.

She wants inside the darkness, where the Fallen own the corrupted streets of Detroit—the perfect bait to take down the biggest crime ring the city has ever known.

I want her. To have her, though, I’ll have to break the rules.

For one taste of the forbidden, I’ll have to commit the most heinous sin of all …

 The Fallen (A Sons of Wrath Novella, #0.5)

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Keri Lake is a married mother of two living in Michigan. By day, she tries to make use of the degrees she’s earned in science. By night, she writes paranormal romance, urban fantasy and likes to craft the occasional tragic love story. Though novels tend to be her focus, she also writes short stories and flash fiction whenever distraction manages to suck her in to the Land of Shiny Things.

When she isn’t toiling away on plots and protagonists, she enjoys reading, music and travel. If she could create mystical powers for herself, she’d have the ability to flash to anywhere in the world. And if she could flash to anywhere in the world at this very moment, she’d be staring at the ocean from her adirondack chair on the shores of North Carolina.



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Becoming the Chateran Tour: Essentials of Scene Construction by S. J. Aisling

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Feels, Forshadowing, and Forwarding of Plot: The Essentials of Scene Construction

Having trouble deciding if a scene in your manuscript is worth keeping or not? An easy way to make up your mind is to factor in how much the scene accomplishes for the book by supplying an emotional connection between the character(s) and reader, hinting at things to come, or actively moving the plot forward. I like to sum it up this way: Every scene in your book should meet at least two of the three Essential Fs:

Forwarding of plot

‘Feels’ is slang for emotional impact or the personal emotions stirred up by something, usually by a book or movie. They're important in your character's development - you want to create a character whose struggles, quirks, and personality resonate with readers on an emotional level. Emotional characters have a bigger impact on readers, and stick with them longer. Being sure to include scenes that deepen your character's internal life, personal changes, and decision-making will keep your book from being about a bunch of robots. 

Foreshadowing is the scattered clues and hints that allude to what will take place later on, the tidbits of bait that make the reader keep reading. They have to keep reading, see, because character one said something in chapter five that must mean something - because why else would he have said it? A fun thing to do is to create a scene that, at first glance, is mainly feels and a bit of forwarding, but, after five more chapters, turns out to be the beginning of a plot twist. This’ll have your readers bouncing in their chairs yelling with glee: ‘I knew it, I knew it!’ 

Forwarding the plot is just that - moving the plot forward. Forwarding scenes propel your characters on to the next challenge, plot twist, or big clue to the puzzle of the main plot. In reality, every scene should have this aspect in it, but it doesn't always have to be the biggest or most plain element, as mentioned above with foreshadowing. It is actually wise to take a break and focus on a feels or foreshadowing-focused scene every once in a while, to give both your characters and your readers a chance to catch their breath before racing on to the next big cliffhanger.

So, if your scene in question can lay down good evidence of feels, foreshadowing, and forwarding of plot, the answer is obvious: it’s a keeper. 


Becoming the Chaterlan
by S. J. Aisling
Date Published: February 1, 2014

When Princess Rhea’s actions inadvertently condemn two innocent knights to death, she wakes to the hard reality that not even nobility is above the law. All her attempts to remedy the situation only complicate it, however, until she finds herself a fugitive in her own kingdom, having dragged her best friend into the trouble, as well. Their only hope for pardon? To accompany Sir Paladin and Sir Zephen in their sentence:

Slay, or be slain by, the Dragons of Sama-Ael-Fen.

Travelling incognito, they meet with more malicious Phoenixes than could be coincidental, discover the mysterious disappearance of numerous citizens, and come face to face with a reawakened evil power. With the kingdom oblivious to the connection of these dangers, it’s up to Rhea and her outlaw companions to stop the rising threat and redeem their names – if they can survive their quest.


Stacia Joy has always loved to tell stories and invent fictional lands and characters. But she never considered becoming a writer herself until age thirteen, when, inspired by a pretend play she invented with a friend, she wrote the first draft of Becoming the Chateran. The story has since expanded into what will become The Chateran Series. Stacia Joy also writes in several other genres, including steampunk and paranormal/science fiction, and occasionally writes poems about buffalo.

Wanting to be able to show others what her imagined universe looks like, Stacia Joy taught herself to draw by studying the work of illustrators like Alphonse Mucha, Arthur Rackham, Kate Seredy, and Jan Brett. She also received training in illustration and graphic design at Madison Area Technical College, and plans to become a full-fledged freelance illustrator before long.

When not immersed in writing or art, Stacia Joy spends her time playing the piano and folk harp, composing music, Irish dancing, singing at the top of her lungs, and learning new things. She also enjoys helping with children's ministry at her church, and currently resides in the Madison, Wisconsin area with a kitten named Lord Peter Whimsey.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

#WriterlyWisdomWednesday: A. J. Locke on patience with publication

What I’ve learned on my journey to publication

Patience. That is one of the biggest things I’ve had to learn throughout my journey to becoming a published author. Before taking the step to try and get published, I had all the time in the world to work on my writing. There was no pressure and no expectations. I could write when my muse was ready, and when I wasn’t writing there wasn’t anything I was waiting on except for inspiration. Then that step is taken…and everything changes.

When it comes to publication, no matter which venue you chose to go, it’s a waiting game. Sure I’ve read about people who go from zero to a hundred percent success in no time, but that’s not the norm. My first route to trying to get published was trying to land an agent through the query process. And querying agents is not known to be quick. Once those queries are out, it’s days, weeks, and even months of waiting for a response, haunting your email everyday to see if anyone has gotten back to you, then weathering the disappointment when days and weeks of waiting result in a rejection. It was not a fast process for me by any means, and after a few years of querying different projects and coming as close as you can to a yes without getting a yes, I switched routes.

I became a published author through a small press called Etopia. Once my novel was accepted I was riding a high for a while, then the waiting game kicked back in and I came back to reality. Of course I never thought the book would come out overnight, but it’s not always easy having to wait for things to progress. From editing, to copyediting, to waiting for the cover art to waiting for a release date, it’s months of waiting, which means months of having to be patient and know that things will get done, which is all that matters.

Whether someone is published the traditional way, goes with a small press, or self publishes, as I did with my novella, Elemental Inferno, there’s always going to be some aspect of waiting things out, which means that cultivating a good, patient attitude can go a long way. I’ll admit I’m not the most patient person, I mean instant gratification is always better, right? But I think I’ve become pretty good at being more patient and understanding that no matter how long the wait, it always ends with the best result.


Elemental Inferno
Urban Fantasy

Rielle is a Winter Aura who for the past hundred years has held the job of controlling winter weather in her assigned area. During the non-winter months she can live as she pleases, as long as she doesn’t do anything that would make her lose control of herself, which could unleash her power and have it snowing in July. Therefore, sex outside of winter is a big no-no, because what could make her lose control of herself more? If Rielle is unable to keep her winter magic dormant during her off seasons, she will be forced to Sleep by the Aura Elders. For Auras, it’s a fate worse than death.

When the Summer Aura for her area winds up mysteriously dead, summer weather spirals out of control until another Summer Aura arrives in the nick of time and brings things back to order. Aden is as gorgeous and alluring as they come, and before Rielle knows it, she finds herself with a roommate at the urging of the Elders, who seem uneasy about Aden, and want an eye kept on him. Rielle and Aden have a magnetic attraction to each other, and for the first time Rielle is afraid of losing control. However, Aden is much more than he seems, and when he shows Rielle a way to indulge their passions without repercussions, it seems too good to be true. But Aden’s secrets are ones the Elders fear, and can’t ignore. As they close in on him with deadly force in mind, Rielle will have to decide if Aden is in fact too dangerous, or if it’s worth going up against the Elders to save the man she’s losing her body, and heart to.

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A.J. Locke is an author and artist, originally from Trinidad, now residing in New York City. Affairs of the Dead is her debut novel, and other than writing she enjoys reading, drawing, painting, graphic design, and watching too much television.

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