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Cover Reveal: Covet by Micalea Smeltzer

Cover Reveal: Covet by Micalea Smeltzer


Title: Covet (Enchanted #2)
Author: Micalea Smeltzer 
 
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult

Cover Reveal: Covet by Micalea Smeltzer
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On the run from the Iniquitous, Mara feels lost and helpless. Without Theo by her side she’s left bare and vulnerable, but she’s a fighter and, with blood boiling in her veins, she vows to avenge him.

The Iniquitous have already taken so much from her, and she refuses to sit back and let them take anything else. She trains harder, preparing herself physically and mentally to take them on. As her magic grows stronger, so does the voice speaking to her from beyond the grave.

She wants to believe it’s real, to give in to what feels right, but if she does, her mind might be lost forever.


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About the Author:

Hi. I’m Micalea. Ma-call-e-uh. Weird name, I know. My mom must’ve known I was going to be odd even in the womb. I’ve written a lot of books. Like a lot. Don’t ask me how many, I don’t remember at this point. I have an unhealthy addiction to Diet Coke but I can’t seem to break the habit. I listen to way too much music and hedgehogs have taken over my life. Crazy is the word that best sums up my life, but it’s the good kind of crazy and I wouldn’t change it for anything.

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Book Showcase: The Revolution by Alicia Michaels

Book Showcase: The Revolution by Alicia Michaels


Title: The Revolution (The Bionics Novels, #3) 

Author: Alicia Michaels 
Published by: Crimson Tree Publishing
Publication date: January 18th 2018
Genres: Adult, Dystopian, Science Fiction

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About the book:

Blythe Sol has a New Year’s Resolution, but it’s not your typical self-improvement plan. She wants to end the conflict between the government and the Resistance once and for all—by sneaking into Washington D.C. and putting a bullet in President Drummond’s skull. If she can cut the head off the snake, the genocide of the Bionics might finally end. But if she fails, she will surely bring retaliation crushing down upon the entire Resistance.

Blythe and fellow soldier Dax Janner are already coping with the loss of people they loved. When their dormant feelings for each other begin to rekindle, they struggle with feeling anything positive after so much suffering. The return of Gage will only confuse matters more. As the terrorist sect known as The Rejects begins to work hand in hand with the government to push the Resistance toward all-out war, the battle will be brought to their doorstep. Will the movement stand tall and conquer—or collapse under the strain and be destroyed for good?

The Revolution is the thrilling third novel in the award-winning Bionics series by Alicia Michaels.

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About the author:

Ever since she first read books like Chronicles of Narnia or Goosebumps, Alicia has been a lover of mind-bending fiction. Wherever imagination takes her, she is more than happy to call that place her home. With several Fantasy and Science Fiction titles under her belt, Alicia strives to write multicultural characters and stories that touch the heart. V-Card, the first book of the Sharing Spaces series, was her first Contemporary Romance.

The mother of three and wife to a soldier, she loves chocolate, coffee, and of course good books. When not writing, you can usually find her with her nose in a book, shopping for shoes and fabulous jewelry, or spending time with her loving family.

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Interview with Lisa Slabach

Interview with Lisa Slabach @lisa_slabach @iReadBookTours #DegreesofLove


What genre do you write and why?

I write Women’s Fiction mainly because it is what I enjoy reading and relate to most.  Plus, there is so much to write about.  Women’s lives have become incredibly complex between balancing family and careers while trying to lead fulfilled individual lives and dealing with the pace of modern life.  Yet, despite the complexities, women have the same basic need to love and be loved.  It’s a commonality we all share and what I love writing about.
Tell us about your latest book.
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Degrees of Love: A Novel is about a modern, working mother who on the surface has it all—the house, the car, the family, the career—but is still inexplicably unhappy.  Then she meets her new boss and goes through a sort of awakening that changes the course of her life.  It’s about marriage and family and an exploration of love, which includes love of family and self as well as variations of desire.
What marketing methods are you using to promote your book? 
Phase 1 began with submitting for editorial reviews and then moving on to individual reviewers via giveaways and e-mail lists.  Social Media has been key, including Goodreads, Twitter, Facebook, Facebook Ads, and actively soliciting Bloggers.  (Degrees is being featured for the month of January on Women Writers, Women(‘s) Books!)  Phase 2 will include outreach to bookstores, libraries, and book clubs.

What formats is the book available in?
Currently Degrees is available in paperback and e-book.  I hope to have an audio version out before the end of 2018.
Who are your favourite authors?
That is a really hard question to answer.  There are so many that I really enjoy and my tastes vary based on my mood.  All-time favorites are probably W. Somerset Maugham, Jane Austen, and Henry James.  Contemporary favorites are Lauren Willig, Laura Dave, and Rachel Gibson.
What's your favourite quote about writing/for writers?
“If you can tell stories, create characters, devise incidents, and have sincerity and passion, it doesn’t matter a damn how you write.” – Somerset Maugham
How long did it take you to write your book?

I wrote the first draft in about four months and then took another five years revising and editing.  I didn’t work on it continually though.  It would sit in the drawer for a year or more at a time until something would spark my imagination and the story would pull me back.

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What is your work in progress? Tell us about it.

I am currently working on a novel about a woman who married her high school sweetheart after becoming pregnant in high school.  In her mind, they have a successful, happy marriage and is completely blindsided when he leaves her the day after their daughter graduates from high school.  The working title is First Time Single.  Themes of love, marriage, and forgiveness are explored, but the tone is much lighter than Degrees of Love.

Who or what inspired you to become a writer?

I really can’t say what inspired me to become a writer.  I’ve always been an avid reader and enjoy storytelling in all formats—plays, movies, books, etc.. I have an M.F.A. in theater and started out as an actress and later directed plays.  Writing felt like the natural medium to explore next.  As a novelist, I get to be playwright, actress, and director.

Does your family support you in your writing career? How?

Absolutely.  Just as some families are sports families, my family is the artsy family—one of my daughters wants to be a screenwriter and the other a concept artist for film, and my husband used to be an actor, built sets, and still plays multiple instruments.  They all understand the urge to create and give me space to write.  My book launch was family event with everyone pitching in and cheering me on.



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Being the CEO of Self-Publishing

Being the CEO of Self-Publishing, guest post by Kenzie Macallan


If you want to be captain of your own ship, dive into self-publishing. You just need to know what you’re getting into when you take the plunge. I’m publishing my second book so I’m writing to you from the early stages. I’m still navigating the waters. Here are some tips that I hope are helpful.

·         Before you are done with your manuscript, get on all the social media outlets: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest. Create a website and keep it simple. My website is my name. Begin to put yourself out there as a writer and make connections with other writers. Connect with both beginning and experienced authors. I know some writers that wished they would have started two years before their first book came out. These are also your connections to editors, cover design artist, proofreaders, and promotion companies. It’s a community that is willingly to give advice.
·         After you write your first draft, put it away for at least six weeks. This is some great advice from Stephen King’s book On Writing. Then come back to it with fresh eyes and begin the editing process. I found the website AutoCrit to be very helpful in teasing out redundant word choice, passive verbs, comparisons to other writing in your genre, etc. Put your manuscript through at least two more rounds of editing.
·         Find yourself a great editor. This isn’t easy to do considering there’s a sea of editors out there who want your business. The connections you have made through social media and checking out author credits in their books will help you find an editor. The hard part is finding an editor who understands what you’re trying to do with your storyline. The connection between editor and writer is crucial.
·         Hire a professional cover design person. Start by looking at covers that catch your eye both in your genre and in other genres. Do some research to find out who did the work. Sometimes going against the trend can work in your favor. My book cover has a lot of color when the trend was black and white or dark covers.
·         Once you think your book is ready and finished, find a formatter. Formatting wasn’t something I attempted to do. If you feel technically confident in this area then go for it. But professional formatters know the little tricks, the latest trend for books, and add a professionalism you may miss. I have found it’s not that expensive and well worth it.
·         Put together and ARC (Advanced Reader/Reviewer Copy) in both ePUB and mobi (kindle). You can make a PDF yourself for those readers that want it. Start building a reader group that will read, give feedback and write a review when the book gets published.
·         Find a promotion company that has been around a while, has a strong audience base on all platforms and are professional. This is only the beginning of the promotional journey. It continues forever.
·         There are many ways to publish your book. There is Kindle Unlimited that some authors swear by and they make money. But you have to only be published with them. Kobo also does this but you can also put your book with other companies such as Nook and ibooks.
·         You should get ISBN numbers for both your ebooks and paperbacks. I took the plunge and bought a package of 10 directly from www.Bowker.com. I knew I was going to be publishing many more books so it only made sense.
·         Get your manuscript registered with the copyright office. It’s inexpensive and worth it. It protects you should anyone want to decide to make another book out of your book. You can wait and do this within three months after publication.
·         The promoting and selling of your book never ends. It’s constant. It changes over time. My suggestions include Facebook ads, Amazon ads, Goodread giveaways, Facebook Takeovers on other pages, Twitter ads promos, and making connections with your readers through newsletters and website.
·         Your readers want to know who you are as a person. Don’t make all your posts on all platforms about your book. Show them who you are. Let them into your world both personally and as a writer.
·         Last, but not least, it costs money. The first year cost is probably the most you’ll spend. If you plan to write for a long time then I recommend you invest in that first year. The second year will be less expensive as you navigate what worked for you and what doesn’t.
·         Making inroads takes time. There are very few are overnight successes in this industry. It’s hard work. Finding your audience can be challenging. The good news, there are readers for every author.
·         Stay calm and write on!

Being the CEO of Self-Publishing, guest post by Kenzie Macallan
Kenzie lives with her husband in New England. She has been fortunate enough to travel all over the world to places like Africa, Greece, Switzerland, Holland, France, England and, of course, Scotland. Edinburgh is one of her favorite places. Creativity seems to be part of her soul as she paints portraits, takes photographs, and bakes. They have all added to her overactive imagination especially writing about strong women and alpha men. She looks forward to adding to her adventures and yours through secrets, strength, and passion.

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Book Showcase: There Be Demons by M.K. Theodoratus

Book Showcase: There Be Demons by M.K. Theodoratus


Title: There Be Demons
Author: M.K. Theodoratus
Genre: Urban Fantasy

Book Showcase: There Be Demons by M.K. Theodoratus
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After her father remarries, Britt Kelly’s life becomes a cesspit. She lives in her sister’s two-bedroom tenement apartment with her mother, two brothers, and two young nephews. She starts a new high school where she knows no one. And, even when Britt thinks she’s making friends, the church where she studies in is torn down.

Then, the field commanders of The Demon Wars draft her and her friends to aid the four Gargoyle Guardians who fight the demons invading the city of Trebridge. The fate of the city hangs on Britt’s ability to lead and learn enough self-control to manipulate the natural magic of Grace. Meanwhile, she also needs to decide what to do about Cahal, her chemistry lab partner who is as strong as her and may have interests more than just protecting Trebridge.

There Be Demons” is a continuation of M. K. Theodoratus’ urban fantasy, "Night for the Gargoyles". It tells the tale of Gillen and his team of Gargoyle Guardians as they defend Trebridge while teaching Britt and her friends – the untrained “reinforcements. Along the way, Gillen and Britt learn things about each other to make them stronger both together and alone. 


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Night For the Gargoyles by M.K. Theodoratus

Night for the Gargoyles -- A Story Combining Magic with Reality!

Gillen's dilemma. Who to fight? The Demons overrunning the city or Orvil, the rival lusting for his position.

The four gargoyles guarding Trebridge are outnumbered by a growing number of demons. Gillen, their leader, is caught between fighting Demons and the schemes of Orvil to replace him. He tries patience with the plotting Orvil and asks the Angeli for reinforcements. Will help come in time?

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I'm one of those weird people who have always played with fantasy. Had a pretend friend by the time I was three, play acted elaborate fantasies even after I learned not to talk about them, read comic books, and discovered Oz, A. L. Merritt, Andre Norton, and Fritz Leiber before my teens.

The gears changed to include writing fantasy after the sixth grade. Until then, mysteries ala Nancy Drew were my favorites. Most of my fiction writing has been lost through the years. Must admit, though, I still have the Clue of the Clay Cats, written in the sixth and seventh grade, sitting in some file drawer.

Many fantasy worlds have entertained me since then...but I've only written in two since I started writing again, aka consistently. My main two worlds are Andor where demons prey upon humans and other supernatural events occur and the Marches of the Far Isles. My favorites, though, are my Far Isles Half-Elven, Renna, Mariah, and Kerry, where I explore the political ramifications of genetic drift on a hybrid elf/human population. Unfortunately, my Half-Elven had become a cliche by the time I completed the 600,000+ words moldering in my computer. [Which is okay. I mainly write to amuse myself.]

Currently, live with my old man and two lap-cats in Colorado. The kids have long flown the coop. Some of my favorite authors remain Alexander, Briggs, Belcher, Cooper, Croogon, Pierce, Butcher, Elkins, McCrumb, Gaiman, O'Connell, etc. etc. etc.

Oh, yes, my pubs. I've published shorter fantasy for my Half-Elven, including Troublesome Neighbors and Vengeance. Andor short stories include Night for the Gargoyles [which inspired Andor], Showdown at Crossings [prequel to There Be Demons], Doom Comes for a Sold Soul, and The Ghost in the Closet. The short stories are both free and 99c.


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Excerpt: 23:27 by H. L. Roberts

Excerpt: 23:27 by H. L. Roberts


Title: 23:27 
Author: H. L. Roberts

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Excerpt: 23:27 by H. L. Roberts
23:27 is a beautifully written novel about how stressful situations are not always what they appear to be. H.L. Roberts takes you on an emotional journey keeping you on the edge of your seat the entire time.
23:27 touches on the very sensitive topics of suicide and mental stability when the pressures of society get too difficult to handle for even the most stable individual. Lilith Rose is the lead singer of the popular rock band, United Misfits. and she is tired of all the lies, secrets, and heartache that came with the price tag of stardom. After years of dealing with forced contracts, she does the unthinkable and flees to a small run-down hotel on the outskirts of Los Angeles, where she hosts her tell-all Livestream. Finally, the truth is out there, and Lilith has a decision to make. Life or Death…

Excerpt:

Time.

In the beginning, that was all there was. Seconds, minutes, hours pressed together, forming a mask of illusion that could never be dropped. A wall of steel grew around their hearts, one that couldn’t be broken. The United Misfits image could never be distorted.

It was wrong. It wasn't right. No matter what her heart told her, it was wrong. Every flutter that skated through her stomach. His every skipped heartbeat, meant nothing. She was nothing. He was nothing. They were nothing.

It had been said many times, by many different people, the most broken person in the world could hide behind a perfected smile and a fake laugh. This could carry out a person's persona, something that never even existed to begin with. That would never exist. Laughter and smiles filled with fake truths and real lies could hide what that person wanted to show, to tell, the truth.

In the end, she wanted to break free, but chains restrained her, blocking each move before she could make a single one, turning her into a prisoner, a captive in her own life.

Those chains squeezed tighter and tighter, never loosening their grip. They choked her from the inside, wrapping her tighter with every deceitful accusation and fake persona they put in her life. Deadly thoughts clouded her vision and stomped through her mind. Both of their minds.

Their hearts were noosed, yanked in every which direction. Like a snake. Until it all stopped. Until they both stopped fighting. And when the fight dissipated, she could no longer turn away from the deceitful ways they had so graciously bestowed on her.

About the Author:

H.L. Roberts is a writer from a small Kentucky town. She comes from a big family, and often finds herself sitting with them around the TV watching movies, and just staying close, which is how she believes a family should be.

Reading is one of her passions, and so is advocating for mental illnesses, as well as epilepsy. She wants to bring awareness to the invisible illnesses—the ones people know so little about. Using her other passion—writing—she does that and more.

She is working toward her degree in Marketing and English Literature, and hopes to finish that soon. When she does, she’ll have even more time to fall into a good book, whether she’s writing it, or reading it.



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