Monday, 30 September 2013

Writing News, The Ghosts of Aquinnah Cover Reveal and Courtlight Series Book Blitz

Writing News

Sacrifice Her will be released December 2, mark your calendars folks as there will be a release party, tour, and blitz. My blog Idea Factory has been discontinued but I posted my ideas from the blog here on a page at my Check This Blog Out Blog (where I compile posts from other blogs that I think you should read, nothing posted by me just posts by fellow bloggers). My AYA website will be revealed October 25 and everyone will bet to see what my new genre Adults for Young Adults really is about. Plus a special surprise.

The Ghosts of Aquinnah Cover Reveal

Today we get to see my fellow blogger and author Julie's cover for her latest novel. Not her first book to hit the presses this one can be in your grubby little hands this December. For now enjoy this mysterious cover.



Blurb:

A brilliant flash of light transcends through time.



Another freezes a cloaked figure within a frame of salty mist as
waves crash against a rocky shore. Her harrowing expression shadows the beacon
to a pinprick.




By the next blaze, she is gone. Only the lighthouse remains.




Hannah’s eyes blink in step with each heartbeat. Images of her
deceased parents and Martha’s Vineyard explode like firecrackers inside her
mind.




She shakes her head.




For weeks this eerie woman
dressed in nineteenth century garb has been haunting my webcam, but tonight she
stared into my soul.




Why? ...



Who is she? ...




Casting aside months of research on historic lighthouses, Hannah
drives to the coast and boards a ferry.




What is the strange connection she has to this mysterious woman
suspended in time?



Hannah finds out.




But, it’s not at all what she expects ...




Hannah unravels a century old murder.


Author Bio:



Julie Flanders is a novelist and freelance writer in Cincinnati,
Ohio. She has a life-long love affair with the ocean and has spent more summer
vacations than she can count on the island of Martha’s Vineyard. When not
writing, Julie can be found reading, cheering on her favorite sports teams, and
watching too much television. She is an animal lover and shares her home with
her dog and cat.

Find Julie at:



The Ghosts of Aquinnah will be released by Ink Smith Publishing on December 5, 2013


Courtlight Book Blitz




Now for the final item that I'm sharing as an Xpresso Book Tours host.

Book & Author Details:

BOOK 1



Sworn to Raise by Terah Edun
Publication date: April 10th 2013
by Amazon Digital
Genre: YA Fantasy

Synopsis:
Seventeen-year-old Ciardis has grown up in poverty, a cleaner in a small vale on the outskirts of the kingdom. But beneath her kingdom’s seemingly idyllic surface lies a  hidden secret. Whispers of an inept crown Prince are growing ever louder—intensified by the five year anniversary of the soulbond initiations.

Amidst scandalous whispers, Ciardis finds herself chosen to train for the Companion’s Guild. She leaves her home and sets off on a personal journey to become a Court Companion. A position she’d never thought possible for a lowly servant to obtain, she must prove that she has the skills to attract a Patron.

But she must master those skills quickly. If the legends are true, only Ciardis can harness the power to raise a Prince in an Imperial Court sworn to bring him down.

This sensational series debut melds intricate storylines with remarkable characters and unforgettable magic. Sworn To Raise is ideal for fans of Kristin Cashore, Michelle Sagara, and Maria Snyder.


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BOOK 2

















Sworn to Transfer by Terah Edun
Publication date: September 20th 2013
by Amazon Digital
Genre: YA Fantasy

Synopsis:

Eighteen-year-old companion trainee Ciardis Weathervane has won the friendship of the royal heir and saved his claim to the throne. Yet her interference in the inheritance rights leaves more harm done than good. With the death of the Princess Heir, the Ameles forest - the home of the kith, is dying.


The inhabitants of the forest, magic-wielding non-humans, are defiant. They have not forgotten their long struggles nor are they content to watch as the last of their lands perish. As humans begin to die in gruesome deaths, the Emperor dispatches the royal heir to the forests with the solution to the kith concerns.

With enemies closing ranks in Sandrin, Ciardis can little afford to leave the city’s nest of vipers to take on a new task. But she’s given no choice when her loyalty to the crown and courts are called into question.

To keep the Companions’ Guild happy and the favor of the Imperial Court, Ciardis will be tested in frightening new ways, especially when she’s faced with an obstacle that could risk the lives of her friends and the family she never thought she had.

This second novel continues the story of Ciardis Weathervane from Sworn To Raise.

Purchase  
Direct buy links not yet available but will be found here come release day: 



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AUTHOR BIO


Terah Edun is an international development professional and author/lover of all things Young Adult Fantasy fiction. She is a native Georgian, adoptive Washingtonian, unrepentant expat currently living in South Sudan, brilliant dreamer, lover of dogs and not-so-closet geek. Her first novel, Red Madrassa, was released on November 8th and her second novel, Sworn to Raise, comes out in April 2013.

Author Links:

Friday, 27 September 2013

Big Dreams Bloghop, Express Yourself Meme, Juliana Double Cover Reveal and Recruitz Cover Reveal

Big Dreams Bloghop

Haven't done much this month but I do have a AYA site to reveal in October. Will reveal date of launch soon.


Express Yourself Meme

Which author would you love to have lunch with?



Cassie Mae! She has done well with herself with both traditional and self-published books and I'm proud to be able to call her my friend. Meeting her face to face would make my day and I'll get to both eat and experience her comedic charm first hand.

Juliana Double Reveal

Today I'll be revealing two covers of books by Juliana Haygert. Juliana is a talented writer and great blogger who is ready to help any fellow blogger in need. It's an honour to present her upcoming books. And remember that book one is already out for this series. Enjoy and see you guys on Monday.



Soul Oath (Everlast #2)
Expected pub date: Nov/25/2013
Length: ~80,000 words

Summary from Goodreads:
It’s been three months since Nadine last heard from Victor, Micah or Ceris, allowing her to concentrate on her own life. But until Victor and Micah find the scepters that will restore them as true gods, their human bodies will require her healing touch and it’s only a matter of time until they wreak havoc on her life again.

As if to prove that, Victor shows up at the hospital dragging along with him a swarm of demons. Nadine is forced to flee to safety. Despite her attempts to keep her loved ones protected, the demons find her, and they bring her to Imha, the goddess of Chaos.





Now, confronted by her greatest fear, Nadine finds a new motivation. Vengeance. And when seeking revenge, no risk is too great, including her own life.


**New Adult Fantasy Novel**


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Cup of Life (Everlast, #2.5)
Expected pub date: Nov/25/2013
Lenght: ~15,000 words

Summary from Goodreads:
His existence would mean nothing without her.

Book One:
(linked to Goodreads)

About the Author:
New Adult author and contributor at NA Alley blog.
While Juliana Haygert dreams of being Wonder Woman, Buffy, or a blood elf shadow priest, she settles for the less exciting—but equally gratifying—life of a wife, mother, and author. Thousands of miles away from her former home in Brazil, she now resides in Connecticut and spends her days writing about kick-ass heroines and the heroes who drive them crazy.

Author Links:
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Cover Reveal
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Recruitz Cover Reveal

Now for another reveal through my tour host status with BB Book Tours.

Book Details:



RecruitZ (Afterworld Series #1) by Karice Bolton
Expected Pub: October 2013

Scientists are the new rock stars. The infection has been contained for nearly three months, and the world is celebrating. But humans are still dying. Rebekah Taylor has seen it firsthand. Her husband was killed right in front of her by the very creatures that humans were told they no longer had to fear.

Rebekah is determined to find out who is responsible for the death of her husband and the obvious cover-up. Fueled with revenge, she begins to find answers that lead to one frightening conclusion. The apocalypse might be over, but the battles are just beginning.

Goodreads: no link yet

Author Bio:



Karice Bolton is a paranormal romance/urban fantasy author living in the Pacific Northwest. All three books in The Watchers Trilogy are available now, Awakening, Legions, and Cataclysm. Lonely Souls, which is the first book in her new series Witch Avenue, was released in June 2012!

Author Links:


Tuesday, 24 September 2013

How To Date A Nerd Blog Hop, But before that....

Click here for my Follow Fest Post

...I have to do a tiny rant.



In July Turbo came to theaters then left before month end. Was pissed I missed it. But that happens.



Sunday (September 22) afternoon I read the paper and realize Turbo came back during the weekend only 2:30 pm slot. How did I not know this! And with Cloudy...2 coming it won't be around another weekend. So I missed a second chance to see Turbo and I am super pissed.



Those snails were awesome even if this movie made just about the least money of any Dreamworks animated movie. So yeah I'm way pissed off.

Thanks for listening. Now unto the hop.


How To Date A Nerd Bloghop is hosted by the dear writer and blogging comedy extraordinaire Cassie Mae. Also her latest novel How To Date A Nerd is out and I couldn't be happier for her. Today we reveal what is the nerdiest thing about us in hopes of fun, zero embarrassment (HA!) and some neat swag.

What is the nerdiest thing about me?

Harry Potter Fan? Known.

Fan Fiction? I write and read it. So maybe.

Writing song lyrics? How dare you question my talent. Ahem, I mean practice.

Poetry? No! That's creative.

Writing novels? Oh come on, so known that option is sad.



So okay then...Fan Fiction. I'm a crazy fan fiction machine. I have multiple accounts on fanfiction.net alone and towards 200 stories written across them from multiple books, tv shows and so on. My main account is Reggaeshikotama and while I haven't updated in a while there is another where I have my most recent stories. Most insane stories there are Get AwayRugrats No More and KND: RUN.  I mainly do cartoons but don't be fooled it's not your toddler's fan fiction.Some might question the nerdiness of this but when you spend many hours creating ways to turn lives of characters that aren't even yours upside down or right side up how can that not be nerdy. Also love reading fan fiction and all sorts of craziness ensues when you go against Canon (established) pairings. For example Teen Titans (Cartoon Network and not the new Go! version) would have Starfire and Robin as Canon but a fan fiction writer can do a Robin and Raven pairing instead. Or if you want to go books try Hunger Games with a President Snow and Katniss pairing (shivers) or Divergent with a Peter or Eric paired with Tris (sacrilege she belongs with Four!).

Have I freaked you out yet?

So I'll leave with one extra fan fiction oldie but goodie by me. Check out Cursed or Unlucky.



Monday, 23 September 2013

Follow Fest

Today I'm taking part in the Follow Fest along with many other bloggers. This is a chance to introduce ourselves and allow others to know us better and decide whether or not to follow us via social media.



Hi I'm Sheena-kay Graham happy blogger, christian, book lover and writer. Welcome to my blog.

Name: Sheena-kay Graham

Fiction or Non-Fiction?: Fiction

What genres do you write?: Young Adult. Whether I write Dystopia, Paranormal or Fantasy it generally falls under the YA umbrella. Recently though I've added one Middle Grade w.i.p. Monster City.

Are you published? : My YA Dystopia novella Sacrifice Her will be out in December. It is book one in my self-published The Sacrifice Series. I have also had poetry published in our local literary magazine Bookends.

Do you do anything in addition to writing?: I plan to take up voice acting lessons within the next year and I'd like to an extra on a movie adaptation one day.

Where can people connect with you?

How to connect with me? Let me show you the ways.

Blog (follow buttons on right sidebar), Author Facebook Page, Goodreads, Twitter, Google+Pinterest.

Otherwise just look on my sidebar. All my links are displayed and easy to use.

Is there anything else you'd like us to know.

You can check out more about my writing on The Sacrifice Series and Works in Progress pages.

I have plans to launch a new genre called AYA. Read here for more info.

I participate in the Big Dreams Bloghop where once a month participants discuss their progress on a chosen goal.

On Thursdays I have a topic Getting Personal where I post about something happening in my life.

I enjoy blogging and visiting other bloggers in turn. Also participating in cover reveals, blitz and any other forum that helps authors promote their work. I also do guest posts, book reviews and a few posts about movies I've seen. Plus I'm a Pinterest and stock photo stalking addict. I mean who isn't right?

I am from Jamaica, a proud christian and big time book lover. Let's be friends and I hope to see more of you at Queendsheena and anywhere else we can meet and chat.

Friday, 20 September 2013

After the Fall Book Blitz, Why Celebrate and Express Yourself Meme



Book & Author Details:



BOOK 1
Lash by L.G. Castillo
Series: Broken Angel #1
Publication date: May 6th, 2013
Genre: New Adult Paranormal Romance

Synopsis:
Decades after being banished from Heaven for saving a life he shouldn’t have, Lash is given a chance to redeem himself. His mission: protect Naomi Duran, a young woman who has lost her faith. The assignment proves to be anything but simple when his superiors, the Archangels, withhold key information about Naomi and refuse to restore Lash’s powers. When an unexpected source reveals centuries-old secrets, his trust is shaken to the core, and he begins to doubt those whom he had once considered to be his greatest allies.

Determined to avoid anything that would risk his chances of returning to Heaven, Lash struggles with the greatest obstacle of all—his growing feelings for Naomi. But when her life is threatened by an unknown source, Lash questions the wisdom of the Archangels and his ability to keep her safe.

Soon, Lash will have to choose where to place his faith—in the home he has fought so hard to regain or in the forbidden love he can’t bear to lose.

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17306455-lash?ac=1



BOOK 2


After the Fall by L.G. Castillo 
(Broken Angel #2) 
Publication date: September 15th 2013 
Genres: New Adult, Paranormal, Romance

Synopsis:
There’s a Spanish proverb that says, “From the thorn and the pain, a flower is born.” Naomi Duran never really understood what that meant until she became an archangel.

Finally reunited with the love of her life, Naomi thought she had everlasting love and happiness in Heaven. Even with the rebellious Lash by her side, she learns that life as an archangel isn’t easy.

When secrets of the past are finally revealed, tempers flare, brother is pitted against brother, and Naomi and Lash face the greatest threat to their relationship: choosing among love, family, or duty.

In the end, can this family of broken angels forgive past mistakes, or will they carry the thorn in their hearts forever, ripping their family apart?



PURCHASE LINKS:



AUTHOR BIO


L.G. (Linda) Castillo wrote her first story when she was ten and has been writing ever since. She took a break from writing fiction and poetry to focus on obtaining her Ph.D. in counseling psychology. She is now a licensed psychologist and currently works as a professor at a Texas university. Although she has published her psychological research in several professional journals and books, her dream has always been to publish a novel. Lash is her debut novel and was written during the 2012 National Novel Writing Month event.
 
Author Links:



This week I celebrate being alive and all the friends I have to support me. Thank you and enjoy your weekend.



For this Express Yourself Meme I'll go into all of those that have gone so far.

Week 1: Fave photo




Week 2: Crafty

I wish I could bake some of those awesome cakes I see around. Including those made to mimic books.

Week 3: I don't have a movie character that fits me to a tee but here is one I love.


One of the best Batman/Bruce Wayne ever. Thank you Christian Bale.

Thursday, 19 September 2013

Book Review: Sky Jumpers by Peggy Eddleman

Sky Jumpers by Peggy Eddleman
Genre: Middle Grade, Dystopia, Science Fiction
Source
Purchase: Amazon HardcoverAmazon KindleBarnes and Noble



Summary: What happens when you can't do the one thing that matters most? Twelve-year-old Hope Toriella lives in White Rock, a town of inventors struggling to recover from the green bombs of World War III. But Hope is terrible at inventing and would much rather sneak off to cliff dive into the Bomb's Breath—the deadly band of compressed air that covers the crater left by the bombs—than fail at yet another invention. When bandits discover that White Rock has priceless antibiotics, they invade. With a two-day deadline to finish making this year's batch and no ingredients to make more, the town is left to choose whether to hand over the medicine and die from the disease that's run rampant since the bombs, or die fighting the bandits now. Help lies in a neighboring town, but the bandits count everyone fourteen and older each hour. Hope and her friends—Aaron and Brock—might be the only ones who can escape to make the dangerous trek through the Bomb's Breath and over the snow-covered mountain. Inventing won't help her make it through alive, but with Aaron and Brock's help, the daring and recklessness that usually gets her into trouble might just save them all. 
Review

The Good: Hope Toriella is a daring girl who has strong dedication to friends and family. When she can't invent in a town where inventing is very important and kids have to invent, she gets a blow to her self-esteem every year. But in a post - World War III world she gets the opportunity to prove herself useful when bandits attack and she and three friends set out for the next town to bring back help. The Bomb's Breath left behind since the war, usually deadly, is their best bet in helping them both escape and get back in time to stop the bandits from taking away life saving antibiotics and harming anymore townspeople. Sky Jumpers is a rich vibrant story that takes you on an adventure different from any you have been on before. Peggy finds a way to make Sky Jumpers unique and when the kids go into the bomb's breath to save their town it will be you holding your breath.

The Bad: Where is the movie version for this? I mean, come on this is one of the most innovative books since Harry Potter. Sorry but I have nothing negative to say. I guess sometimes Hope's a bit naive? But she's a kid so again, nothing negative to say.

The Verdict: A must read for young people and adults who are fans of MG and YA books. The next step is a movie. Yes I really want this made into a movie.

Rating: 5 Stars

Wednesday, 18 September 2013

Contingency and Relativity Book Blitz and The Summer I Found You Cover Reveal



Today I'm participating in the Contingency and Relativity Book Blitz as an Xpresso Tours Host.


BOOK 1
Contingency by Peggy Martinez
(Sage Hannigan Time Warper #1)
Publication date: December 2012
Genres: New Adult, Time-Travel

Synopsis:
Eighteen-year-old Sage Hannigan wants to get back to her own time, preferably one that hasn’t been destroyed by an underworld plot brewing in Edwardian-era South Carolina. How hard can it be?

All she has to do is:

1. Learn to use newly acquired warping skills to bend time to her will.
2. Take out a few rogue vampires.
3. Join an ancient secret society.
4. Figure out who is putting the time stream in jeopardy.
5. Find and maim whoever invented the corset.

Sage never asked to be chosen by the Druid Priestess, Amerach, to become a Warper. She also never asked to have the future hanging on her shoulders or to warp a hundred years into the past. She certainly never asked to meet Dr. Aldwin Blake, who would make her question her desire to get back to her own time. But if she fails her mission, people will die, history will change, and the present she wishes to return to will be no more.

Purchase:




BOOK 2
Relativity by Peggy Martinez
(Sage Hannigan Time Warper #2)
Publication date: February 20th 2013
Genres: New Adult, Time-Travel

Synopsis:
Three months after Sage Hannigan time warps a hundred years into the past and saves the future as we know it, she is still trying to come to grips with all the has gained…and all that she has lost. All of her searching hasn’t turned up Cerberus Society or any creatures of the night and she’s beginning to wonder if she’s gone crazy after all. The only things keeping her grounded are her sparring sessions with Matt and her weekly ritual of scouring the city for low lives to kick the crap out of, and even that can’t keep her dreams free of the heartache and bitter sweet memories she has come to loath and…to cherish. When blasts from the past; good, bad, and evil, come knocking on her door, will she be able to do what she has to even if it means having her barely-healing heart ripped to shreds?

Purchase:

Author Bio

Peggy Martinez is a homeschooling mom of one boy and four girls.
She has been married to her soul mate, Omar, since January 2000. She enjoys reading, writing, soap making, all things aromatherapy, and Twizzlers- lots of Twizzlers. She dreams of one day owning a small homestead, raising some chickens along with her children, growing a large garden, and eventually taking a dream vacation to Greece. It isn't too far fetched to think you could happen upon her and her husband having a conversation about religion, political conspiracies, a zombie apocalypse, or gangster movies.



Author Links:

The Summer I Found You Cover Reveal

I might just be the last to show this but I don't care. Jolene Perry is a wonderful person and talented author. This book is not her first book but it is her first hardback and the cover as you can see is beyond beautiful. Congrats Jolene and may you not only get many sales but many more lucky readers.



Book: The Summer I Found You
Author: Jolene Perry
Release Date: March 1, 2014

Blurb: Jolene Perry's USED TO BE, about a teenage girl trying to cope with her new diagnosis of type one diabetes and a teenage male veteran who is learning how to embrace his new life after losing an arm, who come together by using each other as an escape, only to discover through love and struggle that your life is what you make of it.

Pre-order: Amazon, Barnes and Noble and The Book Depository

Author Bio

Jolene grew up in South-central Alaska. She’s lived in Anchorage, near the Alyeska ski resort, on a cabin on an island on a lake, and then in a boring old house.
Jolene kissed a boy on her high school graduation night. One she’d wanted to kiss for a long time. They got married two years later, have built two homes together, survived military deployments, law school, student loan debt, and two children.
Jolene plays the guitar, takes pictures, and loves to hike. She doesn’t like rivers, but loves the ocean. She loves to fly, but gets motion sick. Her ultimate vacation would be to sail through the deserted islands in The Bahamas. Two years ago, she got that wish when her parents retired on a sailboat.
She taught high school French when she was only a few years older than her students, and then taught middle school math with her degree in political science and French.
She spends grocery money on designer fabric, shoes, and books.
Jolene cannot express how many times she wished she could write a whole novel. And now she has. Many times. Life is good.
Author Links:

Website: http://www.jolenebperry.com/Jolene_B_Perry/Jolene.html
Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6471427.Jolene_Perry
Blog: http://www.jolenesbeenwriting.blogspot.com/

Tuesday, 17 September 2013

CasaStorm has Arrived and Alex is Blitzing in Style

CassaStorm is now available in various bookstores and for this release I also got a chance to ask Alex one question. Here's to Alex Cavanaugh one of the kindest and coolest bloggers I know.

What would you tell your past pre-trilogy self now if you could go back?

Your life is about to change forever – get ready. You will do more, achieve more, become more than you ever imagined.

CassaStorm
By Alex J Cavanaugh

From the Amazon Best Selling Series!



A storm gathers across the galaxy…

Commanding the Cassan base on Tgren, Byron thought he’d put the days of battle behind him. As a galaxy-wide war encroaches upon the desert planet, Byron’s ideal life is threatened and he’s caught between the Tgrens and the Cassans.

After enemy ships attack the desert planet, Byron discovers another battle within his own family. The declaration of war between all ten races triggers nightmares in his son, threatening to destroy the boy’s mind.

Meanwhile the ancient alien ship is transmitting a code that might signal the end of all life in the galaxy. And the mysterious probe that almost destroyed Tgren twenty years ago could return. As his world begins to crumble, Byron suspects a connection. The storm is about to break, and Byron is caught in the middle…

“I thought the revelation was going to be one thing and I was completely wrong … CassaStorm pushes the limits…”
- Tyson Mauermann, Speculative Reviews

“…mesmerizing story of survival, personal sacrifice, tolerance, and compassion. It’s a rare jewel that successfully utilizes both character and plot to tell a story of such immense scope and intimate passion…” - Nancy S. Thompson, author of The Mistaken

"An exciting, nail-biting read which sweeps the reader off on adventures in another galaxy." 
- Nicua Shamira, Terraverum

$16.95 USA, 6x9 Trade paperback, 268 pages, Dancing Lemur Press, L.L.C.
Science fiction/adventure and science fiction/space opera
Print ISBN 9781939844002 eBook ISBN 9781939844019
$4.99 EBook available in all formats

Find CassaStorm: Barnes and NobleAmazonAmazon KindleGoodreads 



Alex J. Cavanaugh has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree and works in web design and graphics. He is experienced in technical editing and worked with an adult literacy program for several years. A fan of all things science fiction, his interests range from books and movies to music and games. Online he is the Ninja Captain and founder of the Insecure Writer’s Support Group. The author of the Amazon bestsellers, CassaStar and CassaFire, he lives in the Carolinas with his wife.


Netflix Nation: Summer 2017 Part Two

Update: Due to unavoidable issues, The Punisher review has been moved to Wednesday. So no Monday post. Thanks for your understanding. After ...