Featured Author – Lindsay Avalon

Today is a very special day on my blog because it starts off the first day of a blog tour for one of my writing friends. It’s a very exciting day!

Linsday Avalon begins her blog tour for her upcoming book, Breaking the Nexus which will be released on the 12th of the month. Linsday’s action-packed paranormal romance will be released on on Amazon in ebook and print!! To celebrate, Lindsay will be holding giveaways throughout the month and a release day party filled with games and plenty of prizes! I’m honored that she picked my blog today to start her tour.

The blog tour runs from Dec 1-31 and there are over 40 blogs participating! Join Linsday on each stop as she shares exclusive snippets from the book, answers interview questions, or guest posts. Be sure to leave a comment to enter for your chance to win prizes! Don’t forget to enter the rafflecopter grand prize giveaway while you’re at it! Prizes include Breaking the Nexus swag, ebooks, custom jewelry, and more!

For a complete list of blogs participating, dates of special giveaways, the grand prize rafflecopter, and a list of the amazing authors generously donating books and swag, check out the special page on Lindsay Avalon’s blog: http://lindsayavalon.blogspot.com/p/breaking-nexus-blog-tour.html or click the image below.

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Click the cover image to learn more about Lindsay's blog schedule.
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What is “Breaking the Nexus” about?
Throughout history, myths and legends of extraordinary creatures have been told and retold. Fantastic tales of demons and banshees, gryphons and dragons, and of course, magic. Stories that every child grows to learn are nothing more than fantasy…or are they?

Beyond the world you see lies a hidden realm, the Mythrian Realm, inhabited by all of the creatures you’ve been told are mere fiction. Only one thing lies between humans and the truth: the Nexus. A magical barrier erected millennia ago to separate the two realms, it has stood the test of time. Until now.

For Mythrian Sha Phoenix, magic is nothing new. But when she stumbles upon a portal on the verge of collapse, her fate will forever change. Pulled through the portal into the Human Realm, she lands in the middle of Detective Connor Flynn’s brutal murder scene. Soon it is obvious someone is using blood magic to try to bring down the Nexus. Together, Connor and Sha must work to unravel the secrets before the barrier falls and the realms collide.

The Nexus is breaking and all hell is about to unleash…literally.

Excerpt from “Breaking the Nexus” by Linsday Avalon

Sha floated, surrounded by a cold, dark abyss. This must be death.  It was rather peaceful in a way and at least she didn’t hurt. The thought hadn’t finished forming when jagged shards of pain radiated through her body. By the flame. This was almost as bad as mage fire. She clenched her teeth, pride the only thing keeping her scream of agony locked in her throat. She wasn’t dead, though whether that was a blessing or a curse remained to be seen.

Forcing herself to steady her breathing, the deafening roar in her ears subsided to a low howl as she worked to push aside the pain. Backlash was brutal; the Gate must have collapsed, sending out a wave of raw energy that her mind had attempted to absorb. Talk about sensory overload, it was a minor miracle she still had her wits about her.

Gradually she grew aware of her surroundings, the surface beneath her body cold, hard, and…sticky? What the hell? Maybe she’d been hasty in assuming she’d kept her wits. The last thing she remembered was walking into the forest clearing. Trepidation welled up inside her body. Inhaling, she barely stopped herself from expelling what little she’d had for breakfast that morning. The stench of blood and Goddess only knew what else sent her stomach roiling. She had a sneaking suspicion she wasn’t in Mythria anymore.

“Right, let’s just state the obvious, shall we? And now I’m talking to myself. I’m going insane, that’s it.” Since Luca hadn’t teased her for muttering to herself, nor had he asked if she was alright, she surmised he was either missing or unconscious. “Stop being a baby and just open your eyes. What’s there to be afraid of?”

Steeling herself, she pried open one lid. The dawning sun lanced into her brain, triggering a resurgence of her headache. Could this day get much worse? As her vision cleared, she wanted to kick her own ass for taunting the fates.

“Hey miss, you alright? Cops are on their way. Do you know what happened?” The voice was unfamiliar, the accent not quite like anything she’d ever heard before. Her eyes narrowed, trying to bring her surroundings into focus. Holy hell. She was in the Human Realm. Lying in an alley. In a pool of blood; a lot of blood, though not hers since she’d notice  losing important limbs or acquiring new holes. A commotion nearby drew her gaze to a crowd of strangers growing larger by the minute, all eyes fixated on Sha. Yup, she’d been an idiot to tempt fate.

Struggling to pull herself upright, she waved off the hands outstretched to help. “Fine, I’m fine. Just dazed, I think.”

A shrill scream amplified the pounding in her head. Why did some women have to sound like the infernal banshees that roamed the Enigma Forest?

“Oh my God! There’s a body over here! Oh my God, that woman’s covered in blood! She had to have done it! She could be armed!”

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Lindsay’s Bio

I am a wife, a programmer, and now an author. I have an adorable mini Schnauzer and more books than I have room for. I love reading romance because no matter what may be happening in my life, I can always count on my books to end happily ever after. The day I met my husband was the day I truly began believing in happily ever after. After hearing me complain a few too many times that I had “nothing” to read despite the hundreds of paperbacks scattered around the house, my husband began suggesting I write my own stories. When I finally took his advice I discovered that although I enjoy my day job as a software engineer, my true calling is to be an author.

My sister drilled into me an appreciation for fantasy and mythology, something I try to bring to my books. My debut novel, Breaking the Nexus started as a book written for NaNoWriMo and has grown to so much more. It was the conduit that introduced me to a fantastic group of independent authors who have changed my life in unimaginable ways.

When I’m not writing, I’ve found a passion for blogging and interviewing fellow authors. I also love reading (of course!), baking, crochet, sewing sock monkeys, playing video games, and all sorts of random crafts. I have an incurable love of rubber duckies and stuffed animals, and I believe nobody should have to grow up if they don’t want.

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Once Upon a Twisted Time – Autographed copy to launch Breaking the Nexis Blog Tour with Lindsay Avalon

Lindsay Avalon’s latest release will be featured on my blog tomorrow as her blog tour kicks off.  She’s graciously agreed to provide an autographed copy of Once Upon a Twisted Time as a gift for one lucky blogger who leaves a comment on my blog!  Drop by and visit!  Leave a few words of support for this talented author and be automatically in the drawing for the autographed copy of the anthology, Once Upon a Twisted Time!  Here’s a link to Amazon: http://tinyurl.com/d7o3xqk            

Check it out and please follow my blog – 

I’ll be doing interviews with the following authors. Be sure to check back for their featured guest spot. If you’re an author and would like to be featured on my blog, go to Guest Author Guidelines for more information.

UPCOMING GUESTS

Dec. 1 – Lindsay Avalon

Dec. 8 – Greta van der Rol

Dec. 9 – Trish Marie Dawson

Dec. 16 – Alexandra Anthony

Coming in January – Dorothy Dreyer

Thrilled!

Some may say that reviews aren’t a true test of a writer’s skills.  Cynics give reasons like the review came from a friend or a professional reviewer.  I’m not here this morning to argue the point one way or the other.

Since I’m an Indie Author of e books and Amazon is my main platform for sales, I check my book pages out of habit several times a week.  Yesterday I came across this reader’s opinion of The Lady in The Mist, The Western Werewolf Legend.  Thanks in advance for allowing me to ‘toot my on horn’ this morning and bask in the warmth of writing for writing’s sake.

“This was the first time I’d read anything from this author. Add that this was also a new genre to me, I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised by the talent of the author as well as the characters and plot. I can’t wait for the next book to be released!”

by Karen A. Huffman

Cover Reveal for Why Yellow Jackets Can’t Find the Hole by Jewels Moss

Why Yellow Jackets Can’t Find Hole

Jewels Moss

Midnight Fire Erotic Publishing

Cover art by Alexia Prudy

Release Date – December 15th

Please leave a comment and receive an excerpt from the book for your trouble.  Thanks for stopping by!

Confessions by Wendy Ely

Today I have the special pleasure of sitting down with the author of Confessions, Wendy Ely.  Thanks for stopping by, Wendy.

“Thanks for having me, Catherine.  I always love visiting with you and your readers.”

I know you have a lot to tell my readers today.  So let’s get started.

What motivates you to write?

This might sound weird but the need to write. I have to create the stories in my head or I’m not a happy girl.

How did you come up with the title for your novel?

For the Desert Secret books, I wanted all of the titles based on one theme: secrets. The first book in the series, Confessions, seemed appropriate because Chelsea returns to her hometown to confess her secret to Jordan.

What were the challenges (research, literary, psychological, and logistical) in bringing it to life?

The biggest challenge was life getting in the way of writing Confessions. I had a boyfriend totally disappear just as Chelsea did to Jordan. I had already written that part of the book when it had happened to me. I sat in my home and cried for a long time. I didn’t want to write the story anymore but knew I had to keep moving forward. I relived my pain while I revised the scene when Jordan confronts Chelsea about leaving all those years ago.

Who is your most popular character?

My most popular character is Chelsea because people can relate to her. People make bad choices in their life occasionally and not always get a second chance. Chelsea gets her second chance.

What was the hardest part of writing your book?

Writing the difficult scenes. There are some gut-wrenching situations in the book and I had to feel every emotion along with the characters. It took me on a wild adventure.

Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?

There isn’t an intended message in Confessions. I feel that reading is a personal journey and hopefully the reader will get something meaningful to them out of each of my stories.

Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?

Thank you so much for reading the books I write and I’d love to hear from you. Feel free to email me any time at authorwendyely@gmail.com.

Can you share a little of your book with us?

Set low to the floor, the bathroom vanity gave her a full view of her body in the mirror. She glanced down at the ink permanently marking her, above the soft dark red curls. Never allowing herself to look straight at the tattoo, she glanced away out of habit but decided this once she could look. After all, they were alone together in a hotel. If there was ever a good time for this, it was now. The fingers of her right hand slid over the ink as she walked closer to the mirror.

When they were sixteen Jordan had promised her his love forever. Instead of a removable, they felt it was more symbolic with something permanent.

The red ink of the heart stood out against her skin like blood on a white silk sheet. The handle of the knife sticking into the heart read “Jordan.” Did he still have his? Or had he visited the artist to have the knife handle colored in? She whirled around and turned on the hot water in the shower.

Confessions is available at Amazonhttp://amzn.com/B00A3FVT84

Thanks again to Wendy Ely for coming by today.  Any questions or comments you have, please feel free to leave for Wendy or myself.  I appreciate all of you who enjoy my blog and look forward to hearing from you.

Black Friday’s Blog Hop

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Today it’s time for another blog hop sponsored by Carrie Ann who is fabulous at coordinating these events!

Enter to Win

While the rest of the US is out handling the crowds, fighting for their holiday gifts, some of us like to stay in, shop online, or just ignore Black Friday all to together. This year, join us in our second annual Black Friday Blog Hop! It’s a ONE DAY hop where we’re giving away prizes, talking about books we love, and most likely eating left over turkey. 🙂
The hop is today, November 23rd and is ONE DAY only.

And while we do that, we are EACH doing a giveaway. Yep. There will be over 200 giveaways on each blog hosted by that Author or Blogger.
But that’s not all….

We have THREE grand prizes. You as a reader can go to EACH blog and comment with your email address and be entered to win. Yep, you can enter over 200 times!

Now what are those prizes?

1st Grand Prize: A Kindle Fire or Nook Tablet

2nd Grand Prize: A $75 Amazon or B&N Gift Card

3rd Grand Prize: A Swag Pack that contains paperbacks, ebooks, 50+ bookmarks, cover flats, magnets, pens, coffee cozies, and more!

(Please Note that Carrie has said some shipping cost on your end may apply for the above prizes.)

How Do I Win?

To enter to win one of the 3 prizes above, leave a comment on this blog article today Nov. 23rd. Be sure to include your email address. Carrie Ann and her volunteers will be stopping by to collect everyone’s entries. Carrie Ann will announce the winners on her blog a few days after the blog hop ends.

Over 200 Blogs Participating

There will be over 200 Authors/Bloggers participating in this event. If you want to enter more than once you can do so. Actually you can enter over 200 times by posting a comment (with your email) on each blog that is participating in this blog hop. Go to Carrie Ann’s Black Friday page to see a list of ALL THE BLOGS and get started.

Black Friday

Tell us what you like about Black Friday or what you don’t like so much. Actually I haven’t participated in Black Friday, but I have shopped on Cyper Monday a few times. I love getting great deals without having to leave the house 😀

Interesting Facts

  • Black Friday as a term has been used in multiple contexts, going back to the nineteenth century, where it was associated with a financial crisis in 1869 in the United States. The earliest known reference to “Black Friday” to refer to shopping on the day after Thanksgiving was made in a public relations newsletter from 1961 that is clear on the negative implications of the name and its origin in Philadelphia.
  • More recently, Black Friday has been exported to nations outside of North America such the United Kingdom by major online retailers like Amazon or Apple. In 2011, IBM reported online Black Friday sales were up 24.3% according to a study that included 500 retailers.
  • Cyber Monday is a marketing term for the Monday after Black Friday, the Friday following Thanksgiving in the United States, created by companies to persuade people to shop online. The term made its debut on November 28, 2005 in a Shop.org press release entitled “‘Cyber Monday’ Quickly Becoming One of the Biggest Online Shopping Days of the Year”.

All source on Black Friday is from http://www.wikipedia.org

Click the image to read a FREE sample of my current series, the Western Werewolf Legend.

Click the image to read a FREE sample of my current series, the Western Werewolf Legend.

How to Write a Novel in Thirty Days – Nanowrimo 2012

So, who’s doing Nanowrimo this year?  November is under way and I have committed to writing 50,000 words in thirty days.  Who’s with me?

For those of you who aren’t familiar with Nannowrimo, the concept is simple.  You accept the challenge to write a novel in a month. Oh, did I mention the letters stand for National Novel Writing Month?  The website explains all you need to know, www.nanowrimo.org.  I said I was committed, by the end of the month I may be committed.

With the interest in The Lady in the Mist, The Western Werewolf Legend, I decided to write a follow-up book entitled Waking up Dead.  Tyler Loflin and Sonja Brooks will learn how to deal with being werewolves in love as they battle vampires disguised as Yankee soldiers.

You can keep up with my adventure this month as I try to complete my first draft of Waking up Dead.  You’ll have a firsthand look at how I’m progressing and some of the tips and obstacles I encounter along the way.  I’ve started the journey with my first post – check it out!

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Nanowrimo Update – Setting Sail

November 4, 2012 – Since this is my first year of Nanowrimo, I wanted to document my travels through these unexplored waters.  The trip should be exciting.  Like any seasoned traveler, I planned on being prepared for delays and storms along the way.  So I decided to stockpile a few words in case I found days where the writing weather was just impossible.  Maneuvering through the Nanowrimo waters can be tricky.  Learning how to paddle around was a problem for me in the beginning.  But with a little help from my Nanowrimo “writing buddies” I managed to set sail on schedule.

I’m a panster when it comes to writing a novel, so a shell of an outline is all I stowed in the hull of my boat.  Character development was documented in the first novel , check that off my packing list and we’re casting off with 8,000 words validated on the website.   I’m happy to report the beginning of the novel is underway with an action scene and a rescue fiasco.   My cast finds themselves in hot water and have to come up with a plan on the spot.  A bit of back story inserted along the way will explain some interesting details of Sonja’s birth family as well as her mentor besides proving useful later on in the book.  Check back in next week when I discover what Sonja and Ty will do to save the day.  I’ll keep you posted as the month floats along.  Happy Writing!