Sunday, December 4, 2016

What to look forward to in 2017

This next year is going to be all about new beginnings for me. It's going to be an awesome adventure and I hope you all will join me! Here are my 2017 book releases.


Coming February 17, 2017
  The Survival Pact
   from CHBB Publishing


The Survival Pact
Three friends. One promise. One goal. Survive.
Kami thought she'd seen it all as a small time reporter for a New York Paper, but after hearing reports of the dead crawling from graves and attacking humans, she realized the world she once knew would never be the same again. Forced to flee the city, she heads south where her two best friends Emma and Lou reside in search of answers. As a drunken joke ten years earlier, the three friends made a vow that if the world went to hell they’d survive it together, no matter what. With the pact now a reality, they are forced to face a never ending tidal wave of the dead, tornadoes, earthquakes, and massive storms with hundreds of miles to go. Along with their new dog, Snack, the girls get closer to their destination but no closer to answers as to why their world is filled with such evil. Will their plan of survival keep them alive or will they drown in the sea of the dead?















Coming April 2017
from CHBB Publishing 

He’s from 1892 England and she’s in a small library in 2017
She’s 100% real and he’s a character in a book that she’s reading.
Her love for him is genuine and his love for her makes no sense; but it’s tangible.
He’d do anything to spend more time with her in his world but she only has a few pages left.
She wants nothing more than to bring him to her world. Then suddenly, the chapter ends.
He’s gone and she’s alone in the library holding the book in her hands.

Emme Bailey only meant to stay in Maine long enough to find a replacement librarian for the library her Gram owned. Filling her shoes wasn’t part of her plans, but she made a promise to protect the library and a special set of books. One dark wintery night, she begins reading them and is pulled into the first chapter, literally. She finds herself in 1892 England on a sunny day staring at the ever so handsome Jack Ridgewell.  With each chapter Emme learns that you can truly fall in love with a character in a book. Book boyfriends do exist and Emme must make the choice between her time and his.
Full of secrets, history, and romance, these books show Emme that sometimes you never know what you want until you’re forced to turn the pages.
 

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Monday, October 10, 2016

Hi, I’m Christy Sloat, author of The Visitors Series, The Past Lives Series and The Slumber Duology, and I’m your host for this stop in the Hunt.

If you would like to find out more about the Hunt, please click here - http://vfcscavengerhunt.weebly.com/
Somewhere on this page is a hidden number. Collect all the numbers from all the authors’ posts, and then add them up. Once you’ve added all the numbers, and if I am your last author, please head to the official website and click on the ENTER HERE page to find the entry form. Only entries will the correct number will qualify to win.

The author I’m pleased to be hosting for Virtual FantasyCon’s Blog Hop Hunt today is paranormal author, L.D. Rose.


Ten Reasons Why I Love The Paranormal by L.D. Rose

Thank you so much for featuring me on your blog! My name is Linda (writing as L.D. Rose) and I’m a doctor by day and author of PNR/UF by night. Since I’m a big fan of everything dark, sexy, and creepy, I figured I’d share my top 10 reasons why I love the paranormal. ;)

I was accused of being a vampire in the first grade.
Yep. That’s right. I went to an all-girls Catholic school for kindergarten and first grade (my mother yanked me out before second grade for acting out—oops!). My classmates already thought I was weird since I spoke broken English (my first language was Portuguese and I didn’t go to preschool; I learned English from Sesame Street). All of us kids were playing a game of tag at recess and I tripped on a rock and sliced my finger open. I immediately put my hand in my mouth to suck the blood away (c’mon, didn’t you do that when you were a kid?!). The girls freaked out and ran away from me, screaming “vampire.” I guess it didn’t help that I had a widow’s peak, dark hair and pale skin. I had no idea what a vampire was, but my feelings were hurt and I cried.

This was obviously quite traumatic since the concept of a vampire invaded my brain and I became obsessed with learning (and writing!) about them. ;)

I grew up in a haunted house.
Yep, that’s right too! My family was poor growing up and we bounced from apartment to apartment when I was a toddler. My parents bought a house when I was about five, both of them incredibly excited to have a home.

Too bad it was haunted, haha!

This could be a whole blog post in and of itself but my parents’ little Cape was over a hundred years old and two ghosts apparently haunted the premises (an eight year old boy and an elderly woman who died in the upstairs bathroom; later, my deceased German Shepard made a few ghostly appearances too). I never actually saw them, but their roaming footsteps, cold patches, whispers, and little games such as dropping the blinds, turning off the radio and the occasional “push” made their presences unmistakably clear.  I have no doubt there’s a ghostly world among us, no matter how much my logical doctor brain wants to argue it.

My first memorable books were horror stories.
Thanks to my vampire accusation, I began to read horror stories—a lot of them! My absolute favorite books as a kid were the SCARY STORIES TO TELL IN THE DARK series by Alvin Schwartz. I couldn’t stop staring at the creepy images and rereading the melodious yet disturbing passages. My absolute favorite was THE HEARSE SONG and I used to sing it constantly while jump roping outside like the freaky little kid I was. As I grew older, I transitioned to R.L. Stine, Clive Barker, and Stephen King, then it was all downhill from there.

See, kids? Be careful what you call your classmates!

Naturally, my favorite movies were horror movies growing up.
Gremlins. Ghostbusters. Poltergeist. The Exorcist. Friday the 13th. Nightmare on Elm Street. Halloween. Jaws. The Shining. Silence of the Lambs. CLASSICS! Although the horror movie industry has sorely disappointed me as an adult, these were my most memorable movies. My parents would let me watch a few of the more “benign” ones, but I usually snuck out of my room in the middle of the night (or hit the theaters) to watch the more graphic films.

My first writing ventures were horror stories.
Surprise, surprise! I’ve been writing for as long as I remember. The first actual “story” I wrote was on a typewriter at ten years old. It was called "The Secret Door", about fifteen pages long, and starred a haunted house that held a portal to another dimension (no kidding!). My first ever publication is a short story in an anthology called “Horrors of History” (Fey Publishing) and it’s about two depression-era gangsters who get more than they bargained for during a bank heist (two words: zombie cops). I plan to do a lot more with these two boys in the future, since I loved writing them so much. Every story I’ve written has a preternatural edge to it—I just can’t help it, it’s part of who I am.

I wanted to be a paranormal investigator.
As a teenager, I used to raid abandoned houses (particularly those rumored to be haunted), trek into the woods after dark in hopes of running into a cult (or at least see a hanging body), and I played Ouija way too much (I’ve had some interesting experiences with that demonic game, let me tell you!). I know it sounds crazy but I loved to be scared; it was a rush, an addiction even, and my morbid curiosity never ceased to be satisfied. I never got into the real complex “ghost hunting” with detectors and such, but I still visit the occasional haunted spot (although my sixth sense has petered out, unfortunately). My hubby is quite averse to the supernatural world, so now I tend to explore it through writing and art. That and an occasional episode of Ghost Hunters. ;)

The type of music that draws me in most is rock, metal, and rap of a darker flavor.
The darker the lyrics, the better. I’m madly in love with Trent Reznor (he’s my musical god) and some of my favorites are Marilyn Manson, Deftones, Godsmack, In This Moment, Disturbed, Staind and Stonesour. DMX is my favorite rapper of all time because he’s brutal and doesn’t hold anything back in his music. There’s something exhilarating about expressing one’s fears and discussing subjects most people are uncomfortable with through music (or any art in general). I try to do the same with writing and give it the realism it deserves.

Jogging in cemeteries gives me peace.
So, do you think I’m a total weirdo yet? P Although my running tends to be on the street and residential neighborhoods as of late, I used to run through cemeteries all the time in college. I loved the silence and isolation—no people, no cars, just me, the trees, and the graves. My favorite used to be Oak Grove Cemetery in MA, where the infamous Lizzie Borden is buried. Many of them were hilly too, which made for a great workout.

My acceptance of death and all things disturbing helped me to become a doctor.
Amongst other things, of course, but having a thick skin and a gut of steel helps. I’m going to let you in on a little secret: being a doctor is terrifying. You end up in situations so crazy you can’t even imagine and you must act quickly. There’s no staring or jaw dropping or sudden paralysis. A career that starts out by asking you to take apart a human body requires some serious nerve…and that’s only the beginning! Not to mention you need to soothe the fears of others and understand them. Needles, scalpels, blood and gore is no biggie to me, but my hubby will drop like a bomb at the sight of his own blood or an uncapped syringe. Being able to resist passing out is a major plus.

My passion for the dark and sexy (like vampires!) led to my first novel being published by SMP.
Yes, I love writing horror, but I also love writing about love. The books I’m most invested in involve a romantic relationship with a ton of conflict (usually of the frightening variety) and after much chaos and destruction, the hero and heroine have their well-deserved HEA. Dark paranormal romance and urban fantasy became my favorite genres to read…and write! I strive to put my readers through the same rollercoaster of emotions the characters experience—terror, lust, anger, sadness, relief, and of course, happiness. I think both fear and love bring out the best and worst in us, and I try to depict those ups and downs in my work. Now that my 1 debut novel is out in the world, I hope it’ll be something memorable, whether you love the paranormal, horror or a romance that keeps you teetering on the edge of your seat.


Thanks for sticking it out this far, dear reader. ;) If you’re so inclined, check out my novels on Amazon. My debut dark PNR, RELEASING THE DEMONS released in August of two thousand and fifteen and the next novel in the series, BLACK BULLET releases in October of two thousand and sixteen.



Amazon author page: amazon.com/author/ldrose

BIO:
L.D. Rose is a neurotic physician by day, crazed writer by night, and all around wannabe superhero. She writes paranormal romance and urban fantasy, but she’s been known to delve into horror, sci-fi, and medical suspense on occasion. L.D. Rose is a member of the RWA, FF&P, NEC-RWA and CoLoNY. She currently lives in Rhode Island with her studly hubby, her hyperactive boxer, and her two devious cats.


Sign up for her newsletter for the latest on the Senary, sneak peeks, giveaways, and other fun stuff: http://eepurl.com/bKvuXD. You'll receive a free horror short story with sign-up! You can also join her street team on FB for more shenanigans. ;) https://www.facebook.com/groups/1544747369161573/

Where to find her:


Did you find the number? If you did, then click L.D. Rose’s link –
www.writerldrose.com to continue Virtual FantasyCon’s Blog Hop Hunt.


Friday, July 22, 2016

Cover reveal of Victoria Scott's Hear the Wolves


Hear the Wolves







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It's survival of the strongest in a contemporary, girl-versus-wild middle-grade debut from Fire & Flood author Victoria Scott! 

Sloan is a hunter.

So she shouldn't be afraid of anything. But ever since her mom left the family and she lost hearing in one ear in a blizzard, it's been hard to talk to people, and near-impossible to go anywhere or do anything without her dad or big sister within eyesight -- it makes her too scared to be on her own.

When they leave her home alone for what should only be two nights, she's already panicked. Then the snow starts falling and doesn't stop. One of her neighbors is hurt in an accident. And the few people still left in Rusic need to make it to the river and the boat that's tied there -- their only way to get to a doctor from their isolated Alaska town.

But the woods are icy cold, and the wolves are hungry. Sloan and her group are running out of food, out of energy, and out of time. That's when the wolves start hunting them . . .





 Scholastic has agreed to provide a giveaway of (10) HEAR THE WOLVES galleys to your readers. To share the giveaway, simply grab the Rafflecopter code below. Giveaway is US only, and ends Monday, August 8 at midnight.  

Monday, July 11, 2016

I'm so excited to share the cover reveal for Remember Yesterday by Pintip Dunn with you today! You can check out the gorgeous cover below! This cover reveal is brought to you by YaReads Blog Tours and YA Interrobang!


Remember Yesterday -eBook


Book Title: Remember Yesterday (Forget Tomorrow, #2)


Author: Pintip Dunn


Release Date: October 4, 2016


Genre: YA Sci-Fi





Sixteen-year-old Jessa Stone is the most valuable citizen in Eden City. Her psychic abilities could lead to significant scientific discoveries, if only she’d let TechRA study her. But ten years ago, the scientists kidnapped and experimented on her, leading to severe ramifications for her sister, Callie. She’d much rather break into their labs and sabotage their research—starting with Tanner Callahan, budding scientist and the boy she loathes most at school.





The past isn’t what she assumed, though—and neither is Tanner. He’s not the arrogant jerk she thought he was. And his research opens the door to the possibility that Jessa can rectify a fatal mistake made ten years earlier. She’ll do anything to change the past and save her sister—even if it means teaming up with the enemy she swore to defeat.

























ForgetTomorrow_500Forget Tomorrow (Forget Tomorrow, #1) Book Synopsis:





Imagine a world where your destiny has already been decided…by your future self.


It’s Callie’s seventeenth birthday and, like everyone else, she’s eagerly awaiting her vision―a memory sent back in time to sculpt each citizen into the person they’re meant to be. A world-class swimmer. A renowned scientist.


Or in Callie’s case, a criminal.





In her vision, she sees herself murdering her gifted younger sister. Before she can process what it means, Callie is arrested and placed in Limbo―a prison for those destined to break the law. With the help of her childhood crush, Logan, a boy she hasn’t spoken to in five years, she escapes the hellish prison.


But on the run from her future, as well as the government, Callie sets in motion a chain of events that she hopes will change her fate. If not, she must figure out how to protect her sister from the biggest threat of all—Callie, herself.































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Pintip Dunn graduated from Harvard University, magna cum laude, with an A.B. in English Literature and Language. She received her J.D. at Yale Law School, where she was an editor of the YALE LAW JOURNAL. She also published an article in the YALE LAW JOURNAL, entitled, “How Judges Overrule: Speech Act Theory and the Doctrine of Stare Decisis,”





Pintip is represented by literary agent Beth Miller of Writers House. Her debut novel, Forget Tomorrow, is a finalist in the Best First Book category of RWA’s RITA® contest. She is a member of Romance Writers of America, Washington Romance Writers, YARWA, and The Golden Network.
She lives with her husband and children in Maryland. You can learn more about Pintip and her books at www.pintipdunn.com











Thursday, June 30, 2016

FAQ

***Frequently asked questions***


I get asked these questions a lot. I hope that by doing this blog post I can then answer some for you. Here we go:


1. How did you become an author?
This is the most frequent question I'm asked. I don't tire of this question, but my route of becoming an author may differ from yours or other authors.
I started dabbling with writing as a young age, like twelve, but I was first published in 2010 by a horrible publishing group, who stole my money. I won't say names, but I will say, don't be like me. Do your research before you sign a contract.
I went with a small press, Anchor Group, after my issues with the old one and I have been with them ever since. The way I found Anchor Group was by fate. I was incredibly lucky and they have helped me along the way.
If you want to become an author I suggest these three things;
1.Write your book and write it well.
2. Research which way you would like to publish. There are many options out there; self-publishing, small press, agent, large press and more.
3. Assemble a great team of beta readers, friends, and supporters because you will need them to get through.


2. Where do you get your inspirations and ideas from?

Some of my books come to me when I'm showering, or even driving. I can get inspirations from all over. Music helps me get into the writing mood and it helps my ideas flow. Art can be helpful as well. I find that doing something peaceful helps bring out the creativity in me. That differs for everyone, though.



3. Why do you only write YA?
 I actually don't just write Young Adult. My first book series, The Past Lives Series, is an Adult series but many people don't realize that.
My other books are all Young Adult and I guess I write that genre because it's what I resonate with. I think that I can relate to teen fiction because I feel inspired by the young mind. They can go through so much in their teen existence and they are able to grow as people easier.
I read mostly Young Adult, too, so I'm attracted to it.



4. Will you read my book?

I have always been a huge supporter of other authors. I share their work, I follow their pages, and I try to lend advice whenever I can. I also purchase eBooks if they're on Nook. But I can't promise I will be able to read your book and review it.
Not only am I writing my own book and reading from my huge pile of TBR's but I'm a mom and I have a job. Needless to say I'm not the one to ask to read and review; it will take me forever.

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5. Will you write about my life?

I've gotten this question three times. My answer is simple; No.





6. You must make a whole lot of money, why don't you quit your job? Can't you just write full time?

 "Sure!Why didn't I think of that?"
Trust me, if I could quit my job to write full-time, I would. Authors do not make a lot of money. Some authors make no money. And then comes the question, "Then why do you bother?"
Because I want to, that's why.
The simple truth is that this is a flooded market with books being released every day. If you want to be rich, do not become an author. If you are creative and you have a story to tell, but you aren't looking to make a ton of money, then by all means write.
That doesn't mean we don't make money. Some authors do really well.
I am not one of those authors. When I release a new book, I have to spend money to make money.
Being a writer isn't just writing and then you're done; you have to promote your work. How will anyone buy your book if they can't see it?

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7. Can you send me a free copy of your book?

I hate this question. I think this question offends all authors. It goes along well with #6.
Do you work for free or do you expect to get paid for your job? I'm pretty sure it's the latter, right?
You do a job and you collect a paycheck. Well, it's not rocket science, here. I wrote a book, and if you want to read it, you'll purchase it.  I won't just send you one because you really want it. Sorry.

8. Will you host a giveaway of your book? I really want to win it and I don't have any money.

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Yeah, no. I won't


9. When will you write ____________?

I totally understand I have kept you waiting a long time for certain books. I can't just write when I am stuck and certain ideas have me stuck. Trust me.
If my muse doesn't come to me, I can't write. It's frustrating as hell.
I will get to it, eventually.







Monday, January 25, 2016

New Moon over Gatlinburg Weekend!

I'm excited to announce that the ladies hosting New Moon Over Gatlinburg, asked me to be involved.
I'm super excited to be a part of something so huge.
Twilight was one of the books that proved to me that anyone could write; even a stay at home mother of two.
Ten books later, here I am. Still a fan of Twilight and still a writer.
****UPDATE****
All pre-orders were finalized. The last day to order was March 1st.
If you want a book signed, you can still order them from Amazon and bring it to the event. I will not be able to supply them now.
See you in Gatlinburg!

If you're going to be attending this event and you'd like to have a book signed to you then you must fill out the pre-order form below. Because this is such a huge event and I'm not local, I will have to make sure the books are shipped to the location. My publisher will make sure all ordered books are shipped and ready for your reading pleasure when you meet me.
All books are 10.00 and will be signed and made out to you when we meet.
****UPDATE****
All pre-orders were finalized. The last day to order was March 1st. See you in Gatlinburg!


If you're not sure who I am and not sure what my books are about you can always check me out on Goodreads.
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Monday, January 11, 2016

Titans by Vicotoria Scott

I'm uber-excited about this next novel by Victoria Scott. She's definitely wowed me with her other series and this next one, Titans, seems to be right up my alley.
Scott has a vivid imagination when writing that always seems to draw me in at the very beginning. I've been a fan of hers ever since I read her Dante Walker novels. 
Here is the blurb of Titans;



Ever since the Titans appeared in her Detroit neighborhood, Astrid Sullivan's world has revolved around the mechanical horses. It's not just the thrill of the race. It's the engineering of the horses themselves and the way they're programmed to seem so lifelike. The Titans are everything that fascinates Astrid, and nothing she'll ever touch.

She hates them a little, too. Her dad lost everything betting on the Titans. And the races are a reminder of the gap between the rich jockeys who can afford the expensive machines and the working class friends and neighbors of Astrid's who wager on them.

But when Astrid's offered a chance to enter an early model Titan in this year's derby, well, she decides to risk it all. Because for a girl from the wrong side of the tracks, it's more than a chance at fame or money. Betting on herself is the only way she can see to hang on to everyone in the world she cares about.



Intrigued yet? Well, Scott has a Preorder special going on right now that I think you all should jump on!
Preorder Titans and Unlock Book Bliss
The rules are super simple.
Preorder Titans here: http://www.amazon.com/Titans-Victoria-Scott/dp/0545806011
Email proof to Victoria v@victoriascott.com
And score a signed poster and book plate.
Get on it people! This ends on 2/19