March 31, 2013

Print Copies of Blood, She Read

Picture by Tonya Rupell @Stone Soup Designs
Print! Print! Print! I am so happy to announce Blood, She Read should be available to order from Amazon as early as this week. To help promote its print release, I am giving away a free signed copy to one lucky reader. Unfortunately, this giveaway is open to CA, US, and UK entrants only. 

In addition, I am also giving away a lovely book cover pendant (one of the three pendants at the top of the image) made by Stone Soup Designs. Tonya does amazing work so make sure to check out her other designs as well. All you have to do to enter this giveaway is to follow the instructions on the Rafflecopter below. Thanks so much for entering! I appreciate all of your support!

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March 20, 2013

An Interview with Author Shawna Romkey

I'm really excited to welcome Shawna Romkey to my blog today. Shawna and I are both members of Romance Writers of Atlantic Canada and we, coincidently, signed our first book deal on the very same day. Shawna has kindly agreed to answer some questions today about herself and her first book! 

Thanks for stopping by, Shawna! Can you tell us a little bit about yourself and how and when you decided to start writing your first novel.
I’m a transplanted American living in Nova Scotia. I have two dogs and two boys and a husband of 10 years. I’m a member of the Romance Writers of Atlantic Canada and teach marketing at a community college.

I started writing when I was 5 after my first trip to the elementary school library.

What is your novel about and what inspired you to write it?
Speak of the Devil is about a high school girl who loses two friends in a car accident, runs away and falls into depression. She then meets a strange group of students at her new school her are oddly interested in her and her life, and they are falling in ways themselves.

I was inspired to write it based on something that happened in my life. Three of my friends were killed in a car accident in high school. At a time in your life where nothing is definite and emotions are intense, something like that is unfathomable and I remember I wasn’t equipped to cope with it.

Describe a typical day in your life.
I work part time, so on the days I’m off, I get up, get the kids and husband off to school and work, then I start laundry, feed the mutts and go back to bed to write. Afterwards I try to tidy up and exercise before going to get the kids after school. On days I work, I get up and go. I have early classes. I run errands after, come home and crash. In the evenings hubby, and I curl up on the couch and watch our shows and read.

Plotter or pantser? What is your writing process?
Plantster. :P I outline a story, but it changes as I go and the characters tell me secrets I didn’t know about which makes it better than I’d first pictured it. Plus after about a gazillion revisions, the story is quite different from how it started.

Tell us something about yourself that not many people know.
If they don’t know it, it’s probably because it’s either too boring to mention or I didn’t want them to know it in the first place. :P

Who is your favorite character in your novel and why?
Luc and Lily. They’re both pretty complex and going through a lot of different struggles and emotions. He’s strong and trying to keep the team together, but is having trouble keeping his own faith. Lily’s world has crashed around her, leaving her not knowing whoshe is and what to believe anymore.

Describe you main character’s idea of a perfect date?
She’d just like to go for a walk in the woods with Luc, maybe just hang out in the theatre rafter with him having pizza or something. If he’s her date, the rest doesn’t really matter.

If you could be a character in any book, who would you be and why?
This is the hardest question ever. Most characters have been through or will go through hell. Maybe Daenarys in Game of Thrones, but any character in George RR Martin is bound to suffer greatly. Having three dragons would be cool though.

What is your favorite line in your book?
Luc on explaining guardians to Lily. “Sometimes the child is the guardian.” I don’t want to explain it too much because it may spoil it.

What are you working on now?
I’m finishing up the second book in the series. It’s called The Devil Made Me Do It and takes Lily to a very dark place. It’s the middle book in the series, so it’s the Empire strikes back of the books…. The demons strike back! 

You can read more about Shawna's book below. Happy reading!

What happens when falling in love and falling from grace collide?

High school junior Lily Tyler dies along with her two best friends in a car accident, but miraculously she comes back to life several minutes later. Unable to deal with her loss and her survivor’s guilt, she moves to her dad’s. While there trying to heal from this tragedy and come to terms with the event, she meets some people at her new school who are all too eager to help her. Struggling to fight her feelings for two of these strange new acquaintances, Luc and Mo, she finds out their true identities.

Lily must move on from the past, reconcile her feelings for Luc, and find a way to stop a divine war with the fallen angels, all while trying to pass the eleventh grade.

March 11, 2013

Fire Within Book Promo & Giveaway

Guest post by Ally Shields

Thanks so much for inviting me to your blog, Sara! I'm thrilled to reveal my brand new release, Fire Within, book two in the Guardian Witch urban fantasy series.

I love these characters and am sooo eager to share this second adventure!

Book Blurb:

A hidden evil stalks the city...

Fire witch cop Ari Calin refuses to believe her human friend Eddie murdered a vampire—in spite of his confession. When a second vampire dies, Andreas, the sexy, charismatic vampire she dated and split from eight months ago, joins her in the hunt for the real killer.

But Riverdale may have a special kind of serial killer who's looking for the next vampire victim. The roles of hunter and hunted become murky. And while unterHunAri might feel like killing Andreas at times, she doesn't want anyone else to do it...

Quick Peek Excerpt:

(The morning after the vampire murder, Ari is questioning patrons at the bar near the spot where the victim died, looking for other possible suspects.)

“I must be confused,” said the young man seated next to her. “Why are you asking about other enemies? I thought Eddie confessed.”

“It’s routine. We’re still looking for answers. For instance, the missing gun. If you remember or hear anything that could help us find it, please give me a call.” Ari handed out her business cards.

The young man pocketed the card with a frown. “Still don’t get it. You act like Eddie might be innocent. Why would he admit to the shooting, if he wasn’t guilty?”

Ari raised her eyebrows. “That’s the question, isn’t it?”

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Author Bio:

Ally Shields was born and raised in the Midwest, along the Mississippi River, the setting for her urban fantasy series. After  a career in law and juvenile justice, she turned to full-time writing in 2009, and Awakening the Fire, the debut novel in her Guardian Witch series, was released in September 2012.  Ally still lives close to the Mighty Mississippi with her Miniature Pinscher, Ranger. When not writing or reading, she loves to travel in the US and abroad. Way too often she can be found on Twitter.

Contact links:

Now for the Giveaway, which is so easy. Since I really recommend reading the Guardian Witch series in order, leave a comment within the next 24 hours (with your email, so I can reach you with your prize), and tell me which ebook you want: book 1 or book 2. A random commenter will be selected. Good luck!

March 04, 2013

New Adult--What is it anyway?

Guest post by Jody A. Kessler

When I first started writing I knew my characters were out of high school, but they were still young and dealing with issues that come up in the late teens and early twenties: partying, drugs, alcohol, separation from their parents, figuring out where their life is headed, or maybe having that first deep connection with a new love. Not high school flirty or sneaking out of the house, a real relationship with real emotions and real problems — only less life experience. It’s a time of making mistakes, but still being young enough to recover gracefully. I didn’t realize that my novel was going to fall into a genre that is unfamiliar to many people.

New Adult bridges a gap between Young Adult and Adult. Readers are looking for a great narrative but also want the emotional intensity of teens, and maybe a bit steamier than YA as well. So, the main characters in New Adult are usually between 18 and 25 years old. It’s a step up from YA and let’s face it, for many of us, early adulthood was the best — or the worst — and the most thrilling times of our lives. A lot of younger adults are still riddled with teen angst, impulse control, and are experimenting with what the world has to offer. There’s less fear and no holding back when life presents a new challenge. Or, for some, the opposite is true: extreme uncertainty about taking that giant leap forward and beginning their independence. Whether they are fresh out of high school or maybe in college, they are beginning their adult lives. It’s a huge transitional time for many people and offers a lot of fuel for crafting a great story.

The New Adult genre is becoming more and more popular. Publishers, including Harper Collins and Crescent Moon Press are signing New Adult authors and the genre is growing, especially in online markets. I hope the trend continues and we will see some talented authors come into the limelight.

About Jody...

Jody A. Kessler enjoys writing paranormal novels and is a member of Pikes Peak Writers. She is a yoga instructor, Reiki Master, and a graduate from the Colorado Institute of Massage Therapy. When she took an extended leave from her massage practice to stay at home with her newborn she returned to her first true passion —writing. She spends most of her time being a mother, writing, and teaching yoga, but also likes going to concerts, hiking, practicing herbal medicine, and reading anything that catches her interest. Jody lives in the mountains of Colorado with her family. She welcomes visitors to her website, where she is hosting a giveaway for a $50 Amazon Gift card giveaway from March 1 -7 and a Mini Kobo ereader Giveaway from March 12-19. Or you can connect with her here:

Her latest release:

Disgruntled with his position in the afterlife and conflicted by his feelings toward his new client, Nathaniel Evans forgoes the rules and saves nineteen year old Juliana Crowson from being hopelessly stuck in Forge Creek. This alters Juliana’s destiny and she finds herself in a series of near death accidents.

In the mountains of Colorado, Nathaniel comforts Juliana as she struggles to understand her paranormal abilities while coping with her brother’s drug addiction. When an ill-tempered Native American Shaman teaches her the difference between ghosts and place memories, she decides she wants nothing to do with the supernatural world. Too bad she doesn’t know that Nathaniel is part of it.

Will fate bring these two together, or has Nathaniel made the biggest mistake of his afterlife?

Check out her book on Amazon.