#TeaserTenth

Welcome to my stop on the #TeaserTenth meme. #TeaserTenth is a monthly meme for writers, both published and unpublished, can play along in. It’s a great opportunity to meet new folks like yourself, as well as showcase what stories you have going on to both other writers and (hopefully) readers. Find out more by clicking the meme badge above.

And now I have your attention, here’s my #TeaserTenth sneak peak into Corner.

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The rhythmic pounding from Kyle’s bedroom sent a twitch to the muscle just beneath my left eye.

Thud.

I grabbed my pillow and attempted death by self-asphyxiation.

Thud.

I guessed, if being completely honest, I could’ve ignored the incessant beat that I had to listen to on a daily, nightly—sometimes even hourly—basis … if not for the growls and the gasps and the screeches and—

With a groan, I flopped over onto my stomach and dug my right ear into the mattress, while plugging my left by squishing my forearm against it.

Thud, thud.

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Whatcha think?

Cheers for stopping by. See you next month (I hope).

Remember to check out the other #TeaserTenth participants by clicking the meme button above and finding the list at the bottom of the page. ☺

Top 10 reasons Ty & Nora haven’t gotten together yet: Burdin of Choice Blog Tour

Hi guys, and welcome to my Burdin of Choice Tour stop.

If you follow what I read, then you probably already know I’m a fan of this series. I love Ty’s sarcasm, his relationship with Nora, the plot lines. If you haven’t already checked out this series, here’s what I’m talking about:

Ty Burdin is back. Back to drinking and back to avoiding demons. He is, of course, the leading expert in his field. In both subjects.

That’s probably why, when a customer offers him way too much money just to locate a missing car and some mysterious cargo, he readily agrees. The dude is human after all—Ty’s prime target client base.

Along with the money comes a slew of disappearances which Ty tries to ignore while tracking down that car, because, of course, those missing people might be demon related, and as he’s said before, that’s agency business. Not his. Period.

Until today.

Ty Burdin is to back drinking as well as everything he vowed never to get involved with again.

Question is, which one will kill him first? The booze, the demons, or the Agency?

You all can add it to your Goodreads by clicking on the coverart.

And if you fancy grabbing yourself a copy, you can do so via the below links:

AAAAAAAAANNNNDDDDDD if you need to get yourself up to speed and nab the first book in the series, Beasts of Burdin, too, then you’re in luck, because Beasts of Burdin is on promotion for only

99¢!

Check it out:

But don’t leave yet!

Because not only do I have my (*insert smug grin*) requested Tens List from Mr Alexander Nader (I needed to know, dammit), but there’s also a great giveaway going on for the tour, which I’ll tell you about at the end.

For now, here’s the man himself:

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Lady Belfield has asked me to stop by today and give you ten reasons why Ty and Nora haven’t gotten together yet. Geez, you would think she’s a romance writer or something. I don’t know what she’s doing, but I’m writing about a dude getting drunk and killing demons and there’s just no room for all that lovey dovey junk. One can’t be distract by girls when he’s forging himself in the ‘He man demon haters’ club. So, here are ten reasons, and I could come up with a dozen more if I needed to, but the last one is honestly my favorite.

 

  1. Lovey dovey scenes are icky
  2. Sex scenes are icky-er
  3. It would totally screw up their working relationship. How could Nora fictionalize stories with a fair mind when she’s sleeping with her subject?
  4. Ty is too busy drinking to worry about things as frivolous as relationships.Also, whiskey (scotch?) dick.
  5. It’s my job to put Ty through Hell. A single, lonely Hell.
  6. Nora is already dating someone. He is an inmate at Folsom prison and they exchange lovely emails twice a week.
  7. Just because two people work together and sleep under the same roof doesn’t mean they have to get all ‘in a relationship’. Geez, people, it’s the 21st century. Get with the times.
  8. Ty has written off all women after his last girlfriend turned out to be a cyborg AND a succubus. Yeah, that one didn’t end well.
  9. Ty is a eunuch. Happens to every male who joins the Agency to keep desire down when dealing with demons that appeal to a person’s baser instincts.
  10. It’s a lot of fun making JAB wait.

At least three of these are made up. I’m not telling you which three.

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Gargh! I’ll get you, Alex Nader!

And whilst I do that, you guys should totally check out the giveaway.

You’re welcome. ;)

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GIVEAWAY!

You could win: $10 Gift Card

SIGNED COPY of Beasts of Burdin

SIGNED COPY of Burdin of Choice

You want, yes?

Then clickety, click, click below.

ENTER TO WIN!

Good luck & cheers for stopping by.

And the winning title is …

SOOOO … last Friday, I asked folks to help choose a title for Ethan‘s new short story, set to release in 2015.

Well, ask, and ye all shall deliver.

So I can now reveal what Ethan’s new short story will be called.

ENTICED

With 100% of the votes, it was a clear favourite with you guys, which made tallying the numbers an absolute breeze.

THANK YOU!

So, if you fancy finding out how Ethan Holloway spends his birthday, and seeing this much-loved dude far more exposed than he’s ever been seen before, then you can. You will.

APRIL 16th 2015!

Ethan’s coming at ya, coming at ya ….

Psst, you can now add Enticed to your to-read pile, too. Just hop on over to my Goodreads (click the button in the footer) and clickety-click-click-click.

;)

Help Choose Ethan’s New Title

Happy Halloween, Guys!

Okay, so, you may recall that, back in the summer, I mentioned about having written a short story for Ethan. You may also recall my mentioning that it’s a little steamier for one of my Holloway Pack guys than you’re used to–and that it was currently only called ‘Ethan’. Well, this is because I still haven’t settled on a title for it.

Which is why I’ve come to you guys. To help me decide.

After much debate, the options have been whittled down to two. However, to help YOU make a valid choice, I’ve decided to include a couple of (tiny teaser) snippets in the post ….

Kinda like (click on image/s to enlarge):

ethanteaser1

And:

This guy is fit

And even:

This guy is fit

So, now you know a lot more about what we’re dealing with here, I’ll share the two titles up for debate.

LURED ….. or ENTICED.

Which do you think? Choose below. ☺


Choose Ethan’s New Title

I shall collect up the votes next week and post on Friday 7th November about the result.

Pssst, don’t forget to bring your friends along to vote, too. ♥♥♥♥

Concerning

**please excuse typos/errors, as I’m sick as a dawg**

 

Hi all,

I’m not sure how many of you have noticed, but WordPress users have been experiencing issues of late.

In short, some WordPress blogs have been shut down.

It appears the reason this is happening is because the bloggers affected have posted links to an external site(s), which, apparently, goes against the rules as written by WordPress.

This means that every book blogger out there who links to a book on Goodreads, or links to a book on Amazon, or links to an author’s website is at risk.

Every blogger who supports blog tours or book blasts (that inevitably link to external sites as they’re promotional posts) is at risk.

Every blogger who happens to be an author and uses the platform to advertise themselves (which, obviously, leads to them linking to what they have to offer, right?) is at risk.

The list goes on ….

I know personally of 3 bloggers who got shut down in ONE day over the weekend.

If this happens to me, I’d be pretty devastated because a) it’s taken me years to build up my audience, and that would be instantly lost if WP shut me down; b) I happen to *like* using WordPress because I find it easy and user-friendly; c) I have ALWAYS encouraged other bloggers to try WordPress because I believed in them, and they are now letting their users down with this late behaviour.

However, I cannot dismiss the idea that they might block me from my blog and wipe it from the Blogesphere, so consider this post a friendly poke to let you know that if you pop in and I ain’t here any more, then you all know what has happened.

In fact, I fear the issues have already started, as WordPress has suddenly made it very difficult for me to schedule a post, to save a post, to do anything with a post. A post I tried to schedule for today, WordPress decided to schedule it for a date in 1970. Yes, you did read that right. I wasn’t even freaking born in 1970! They also sent out an email to my subscribers about the post, but with no content when they clicked to read it. And then today, after saving said post as a draft in the hopes that that’d be easier, I headed in to post it live, and WordPress made it vanish. They gave me the notification that said ‘Congratulations! You have posted your ‘whatever number’ post’, alongside said post, but then it vanished straight away and I can’t find the darn thing ANYWHERE. Bummer for me, as it means I’m letting a writer buddy down. Even bigger bummer for my writer buddy, as it was for her blog tour.

So, yeah, it’s started. And I have a feeling it’s only going to get worse. Hence my seriously considering that I may have no choice but to move, because WordPress have instilled within me a bad feeling.

However, even if the worst happens, I won’t be walking away from blogging, because I enjoy it. Instead, I’ll find another platform and I’ll start again. From scratch. And try my best to get to where I am here.

If you happen to be subscribed via email, then it’s all good as I have the details of my email subscribers tucked safely away and you can be added to my the subscriber list for my new blog, should it come to that.

BUT if you’re subscribed via WordPress only, then you’re going to love seeing my posts and anything I have to say and there’s abso-freaking-lutely nothing I can do about that. So, if you are subscribed that way and if the worst comes to worst and I’m shunted, and you still want to follow, then please ensure you’re following me on either Facebook or Twitter for news of any changes regarding that. Because if I *do* end up having to create a new blog, those are the two main places it will be advertised. Links for both are in my footer below, amongst all of my other links and info. I’d post them in here, but, ya know, WP’d likely block my post then. :\

Thank you so much to everyone who has followed me over the years. I truly appreciate it.

New Print copy of Darkness & Light now available!

Hey, guys, just popping in to let you know that the re-released copy of Darkness & Light is now available in PRINT!

After a lot of formatting and cover work and proofing, it has been deemed ready to hit the shelves.

In case you have no idea what I’m talking about, the new full jack cover now looks like this:

D&L full print cover final

And in case you’re wondering what that might look like in the flesh, it be something like this:

So, if you’re thinking, Oh, aye, I can just see that on my shelf, looking pretty and readable and strokable …..

You can now grab a copy of your very, very own. 

Here’re the links:

Amazon US | Amazon UK

☺☺☺☺

Happy Book Birthday to Terri Rochenski & Secret of the Souls. #BookBlast #Giveaway

Secret of the Souls, the second and final installment of the Pool of Souls series by Terri Rochenski is now available!


Pool of Souls #2
By: Terri Rochenski
Release Date: October 6, 2014
Publisher: J. Taylor Publishing
Target Reader: Adult
Keywords: Fantasy
Thrust out of their homes by a human High Priest on a vengeful mission, the Natives of Derlund no longer have a place to call their own. One escaped capture, however, and now she, Hyla, is the only one who can save her people.

For, Hyla, though, saving her nation isn’t her ultimate goal—returning to the Pool of Souls is. Becoming its Guardian and preserving their faith is her heart’s desire. The perils of her current journey, though, could leave her unable to fulfill that dream.

To find her way back to the Pool, Hyla must live among dangerous, powerful humans willing to defend the Natives, and must submit herself—her Talents—to them. While her protection is paramount, plots to end Hyla’s life will push her to her physical and emotional limits.

On the edge of sanity, her courage tested, and convictions nearly broken, Hyla’s final test of loyalty to her faith comes with the death of one she could have loved.



Purchase Links:


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In celebration, Eye of the Soul, Pool of Souls #1, is on sale for only .99 cents from now until October 17th!




Escape. 

That should be Hyla’s first thought as her people are chained and imprisoned for no imaginable reason. 

Instead, Hyla finds herself traveling through a land void of Natives, with human soldiers pillaging in desperate pursuit of her, and in search of the mystical Pool of Souls—home to the one man who can save her people.

Or so she believes.

Led by her faith in the deity Fadir, Hyla is met along her journey by Jadon—a human male and fierce King’s warrior, and his childhood best friend Conlin—one of the few Natives aware of his Fadir-given Talents.

Protected by Jadon, guided by Conlin, and with an unfailing belief in the purpose of her pilgrimage, Hyla carries on. 

Like her, though, another searches for the Pool, and should he gain access first, everyone she loves, and everything she knows, could be lost.

Forever.
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Terri started writing stories in the 8th grade, when a little gnome whispered in her brain. Gundi’s Great Adventure never hit the best seller list, but it started a long love affair with storytelling.

Today she enjoys an escape to Middle Earth during the rare ‘me’ moments her three young children allow. When not playing toys, picking them back up, or kissing boo-boos, she can be found sprawled on the couch with a book or pencil in hand, and toothpicks propping her eyelids open.




Tour Schedule

GIVEAWAY!!

Grand Prize:  Grand Prize – Signed copies of EotS & SotS, EotS notebook & pen, and SotS mug

Second Prize:  2 nd Prize – Ecopie of EotS & SotS


Enter Rafflecopter:



No purchase necessary, but you must be 18 or older to enter. The winner will be chosen by Rafflecopter, and announced on the widget. Winner well be notified by emailed and have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. The number of entries received determines the odds of winning. Giveaway was organized by Terri Rochenski.

*jig jig* @CoraCarmack has a new novel coming out. Check it out.

We are thrilled to bring you the cover for Cora Carmack’s INSPIRE! INSPIRE is a New Adult Paranormal Romance novel and is due to be released on December 15, 2014!

Inspire

The cover was designed by VLC Productions.

Add INSPIRE on Goodreads

About INSPIRE:

Kalliope lives with one purpose.

To inspire.

As an immortal muse, she doesn’t have any other choice. It’s part of how she was made. Musicians, artists, actors—they use her to advance their art, and she uses them to survive. She moves from one artist to the next, never staying long enough to get attached. But all she wants is a different life— a normal one. She’s spent thousands of years living lie after lie, and now she’s ready for something real.

Sweet, sexy, and steady, Wilder Bell feels more real than anything else in her long existence. And most importantly… he’s not an artist. He doesn’t want her for her ability. But she can’t turn off the way she influences people, not even to save a man she might love. Because in small doses, she can help make something beautiful, but her ability has just as much capacity to destroy as it does to create. The longer she stays, the more obsessed Wilder will become. It’s happened before, and it never turns out well for the mortal.

Her presence may inspire genius.

But it breeds madness, too.

HeadshotAbout Cora Carmack:

Cora Carmack is a twenty-something writer who likes to write about twenty-something characters. She’s done a multitude of things in her life– boring jobs (like working retail), Fun jobs (like working in a theatre), stressful jobs (like teaching), and dream jobs (like writing). She enjoys placing her characters in the most awkward situations possible, and then trying to help them get a boyfriend out of it. Awkward people need love, too. Her first book, LOSING IT, was a New York Times and USA Today bestseller.

Website | Twitter | Facebook | Author Goodreads

Writing really IS like childbirth

If anyone ever asked me what are the worst and best aspects of writing, I’d probably answer something like:

 

Worst parts – the writing of the story

Best parts – the writing of the story

 

Because writing exasperates and pains and frustrates and stresses me. Yet at the same time, it brings immense pleasure.

 

Going back to the title of this post, my point is pretty much that I can understand exactly why writers call their books their ‘babies’—because writing a book is a whole lot more like childbirth than a lot of folk give it credit for.

I mean, I puff and pant and pull my hair out and want to cry and scream and stamp my feet and grind my teeth and yell at the universe for the fact ‘I’m in it ‘til the end, and I’ll get there even if it damn well kills me …’

And then I write that final word, that last nugget in a manuscript of 1000s of words, and the relief is immense, I no longer want to cry tears of frustration but ones of joy, and I feel lingering pain at the thought that my time with these good folks is over, that they’re no longer only inside me but a part of my world outside of my head, but that’s pretty much swamped by the overwhelming pleasure of ‘I did it! I f*****g did it!’, and the feels from the accomplishment, the achievement, after months of fighting my way through my head insisting ‘I can’t do this’ leaves my chest puffed with pride. That pride—that self-aimed pride, is a beautiful feeling to behold.

And then come the visitors. The look-see-ers. All those folks who want a peek at your baby. All those who want to see how much it looks like the rest of your family (in this case: my other books). And like any good parent, I sit there on the sidelines, waiting for—hoping for—the praise that will make me breathe that final sigh of relief, that will have my heart swelling with love of this ‘thing’ I’ve created, the praise that convinces me further that I have just produced something quite wonderful.

 

So, I guess my point is, any time you think you ‘can’t do it’ look at it this way ^^^^, because sometimes you have to go through the pain to get to the pleasure. Push through, people. It’s always worth it in the end.

{Blog Tour} Laney McMann’s TORN!

Welcome to my post to support the release of Laney McMann’s TORN, the second in the Fire Born trilogy.

Please note: This is a young adult title. If you love fantasy or paranormal romance, then you’ll love this one, too.

Take a look, but stick around afterwards, because we also have a guest post from Ms McMann AND a giveaway!

Find Max.

 That’s all Layla cares about. Not healing from the Fomore attack. Not finding answers to how she survived a fall that nearly killed her. Nothing will stop her. She will find him. She’ll even pair up with an overbearing Fallen Angel who’s hell bent on making everything harder than it needs to be if she has to.

 Protect Layla.

 For Max, nothing else matters. Not the bruises covering his body. Not the pain radiating from his broken bones. Not even his hands tied behind his back. He will find a way to save Layla, and the Fomore will pay if they’ve hurt her. 

 Every. Single. One of them.

 In the second installment of The Fire Born trilogy, a new breed of villain looms—one Layla and Max will never suspect, and this killer has nothing to lose. Better yet, with Max and Layla’s deaths, victory is in the grip of the enemy.

 Will Max and Layla find each other in time, or is it already too late for them both?

You can add it to your Goodreads HERE!

And you can find out where to grab yourself a copy HERE!

And here’s where I hand over the reins to the author herself with a Tens List I challenged her to write.

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Hi Julie,

 

10 things you (the reader) might not know about gargoyles.

 

I have always been fascinated by all things history, especially when that history is stemmed by legends and myths. Gargoyles fall nicely into this category.

 

  1. You may or may not know that gargoyles are/were used for an actual function atop buildings. Their mouths are drain spouts to divert water from rooftops.

 

  1. Gargoyles, although thought of to have grotesque and monstrous faces, actually come in all shapes and sizes, from lion heads to depictions of monks.

 

  1. In ancient times, some believed that gargoyles came alive at night in order to protect towns and their people.

 

  1. Some churches are believed to use gargoyles to ward off evil spirits.

 

  1. Many civilizations used gargoyles as visual cues, their ornate and gruesome statures making clear statements to those who were illiterate.

 

  1. Gargoyles adorn some of the most beautiful buildings in the world, including the most famous, Notre Dame de Paris.

 

  1. It is widely believed that the first gargoyles came into existence around 600 AD.

 

  1. The word, ‘gargoyle’ means throat, coming from the late Latin word, gurgula.

 

  1. In Medieval folklore, ‘gargoyle’ derived from a fire breathing dragon who lived near the River Seine in Paris. The French called the monster, La Gargouille.

 

  1. I personally find gargoyles to be beautifully mysterious. ;)

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Yeah, I’m not convinced #3 is that enticing, LOL.

Okay, and now for the giveaway.

There will be SIX winners in total. Prizes are as follows:

Signed paperback copies of TIED & TORN to ONE winner (U.S. & Canada), E-book copies of TIED & TORN to ONE winner (INT)

5 signed TIED & TORN bookmarks to 5 winners (U.S., Canada, & U.K.) 

All you have to do is enter through the Rafflecopter HERE!

Good luck, and thanks for stopping by.

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With a passion for the supernatural and all things magical, Laney developed a voracious appetite for reading fantasy at a young age. A vivid imagination helped set the stage for creating her own worlds and placed her onto the writing path.

By the time she reached her teens, she’d accumulated notebooks full of poems, which led to short stories and finally novels. Young adult dark fantasy, paranormal romance, and mythology are among her favorite genres.

You can find her occasional ramblings on Twitter | book updates on her author page at goodreads| her Facebook Profile for inspiration and randomness| Updates on The Fire Born Novels at her Facebook Author Page | her interests on PinterestTumblr | hisit her Website | You can also contact her by email at: laneymcmannyaauthor(at)gmail(dot)com

A former classical dancer and chef, she grew up in sultry Florida where she still resides with her family.

Writing for the love of it

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