Monday, December 22, 2014

Book Blitz: EARL'S CHILDE by TJ Wooldridge


My chore after dinner is to feed my kelpie. A kelpie, if you don't know, is a carnivorous faerie horse. Until I accidentally gave him a piece of my soul, this particular kelpie had killed two kids near the hundreds-of-years-old castle my family and I live in. Heather MacArthur had a hard enough time dealing with the arrival of a kelpie into her life, but that was only the beginning. Summoned as liaison between humans and faerie, Heather is informed by the fey nobles that another danger has arrived in the area and is claiming rights to the MacArthur lands: a particularly mad daoine sith named Calbraith, that even the kelpie finds cruel and unusual. As luck would have it, twenty students have also just arrived at the MacArthur family castle for her mother's riding camp. It will take Heather, her whole family, the royal family, and a few friends she didn't realize she had, to keep Calbraith from enslaving--or killing--all of them.






About this author

T. J. Wooldridge is a professional writing geek who adores research into myth, folklore, legend, and the English language. Before delving full-time into wordsmithing, she has been a tutor, a teacher, an educational course designer, a video game proofreader, a financial customer service representative, a wine salesperson, a food reviewer, an editing consultant, a retail sales manager, and a nanny. While infrequent, there are times she does occasionally not research, write, or help others write. During those rare moments, she enjoys the following activities: spending time with her Husband-of-Awesome, a silly tabby cat, and two Giant Baby Bunnies in their Massachusetts home hidden in a pocket of woods in the middle of suburbia, reading, riding her horse in the nearby country stables and trails (not very well), reading Tarot (very well), drawing (also not very well), making jewelry (pretty well), making lists, and adding parenthetical commentary during random conversations. She also enjoys dressing up as fey creatures, zombies, or other such nonsense at science fiction, fantasy, and horror conventions. 
Visit her at www.anovelfriend.com


Thursday, November 20, 2014

The Stag Lord Blog Tour: "Warrior. Lover. Father."


The Stag Lord

Blog Tour
November 17 - December 15

(Banner designed by Michele at A Belle's Tale)


Monday, Nov. 17:
Tuesday, Nov. 18:
A Glass of Wine Blogspot
Wednesday, Nov. 19:
Crossroad Reviews
 
Friday, Nov. 21:
 Monday, Nov. 24:
Tuesday, Nov. 25:
Wednesday, Nov. 26:
Thursday, Nov. 27:
A Belle’s Tales  
Friday, Nov. 28:
Beverly Stowe McClure 
Monday, Dec. 1:
The Literati Press 
Tuesday, Dec. 2:
Wednesday, Dec. 3:
 Thursday, Dec. 4:
 Saturday, Dec. 6:
Tuesday, Dec. 9:
 Thursday, Dec. 11:
Monday, Dec. 15:


Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Blog Tour: Into the Night by Suzanne Rigdon

One of the cool things about writing is meeting other authors. Suzanne Ridgon is a fellow Spence City author whose novel, Into the Night, releases the same day as The Stag Lord.


I asked her if she would like to talk about the publishing world. Take it away, Suzy!
 
Over the past five years, I've worked in publishing in one form or another— on the sales and marketing sides, and now of course on the author side of things. Along the way from lowly intern, to sales rep, to author, I've picked up a few things:
Publishing a book takes a long time. I can't overstate this fact enough. Even when your MS is complete, it still needs to go through rounds of copy edits, formatting and other fun things to make your book as perfect as possible. For Into the Night, this took a solid year, not counting all of my rounds of revision.
The first pages must be perfect. Currently I'm a reader for Phoebe, the literary journal based out of George Mason University. This fall I read dozens of stories from people all over the country and my main takeaway is: make sure your first pages are absolutely perfect! If you can't hook your reader right out of the gate, they'll never make it to the end.
A good editor makes all the difference in the world. As helpful as I found my friends' beta reading and comments, there's no replacing a professional editor. Just look up F. Scott Fitzgerald's relationship with his editor and you'll see what I mean. An editor's job is to ask you tough questions about your world-building and your characters and every little detail in your story, helping you to produce to most complete story possible, while sticking true to your vision. Into the Night would have been an entirely different book had I not worked with Laura Ownbey of Red Pen Reviews.
Marketing and word of mouth is key: In the academic publishing world (think: textbooks and monographs), promotions for a book begin long before the physical book is printed or even fully copy-edited. In traditional or popular publishing, the same is true. Getting your name, your book and other relevant info out there is so very important to getting people to read your work when it actually publishes. You can always start early by writing a blog, owning your brand on Twitter… whatever floats your boat.
Be proud! One of the challenges I've faced with Into the Night is being nervous of people finally reading my baby that I've been working on for years. What if they don't like it? What if... what if... If you're anything like me, you've thought the same exact thing. In the run up to the December 2nd release date, I've learned that I can still be nervous, but I'm also incredibly proud of the quality of my work and I'm happy to pack up its little bag and send it out into the world to meet lots of new people.

Part Two- Flash Questions
1. Pantser or plotter?
I’m a pantser, through and through. I might get an idea and jot down notes, but I want to be just as surprised by what happens as the reader. I’ve found that if I plot too much, it kills the idea for me. Besides, revision fixes any errors we pantsers may have made along the way!
2. Favorite genre to read?
I’m all over the place depending on my mood, but anything paranormal is a great bet. But I’m finding more and more that I enjoy branching out to read literature from parts of the world that I’ve never been to, which is a great way to get a $9.00 tour.
3. Plot driven or character driven?
I like a book smack dab in the middle. On the one side, I don’t want all plot and no character, and I certainly don’t want all character and no plot (sorry Joyce. Portrait of an Artist was a little too much for me). My favorite stories have incredibly messed up and interesting characters that forge a way through an un-put-downable plot. (Yes, I just made that word up, and yes, you can use it.)
4. Write style: marathon or sprint?
Marathon. Unless I’m on a major roll, I like to do a chapter a day in revisions, and when I’m writing it might be more like 5 pages a day, depending. Slow and steady, as they say.
5. Favorite author?
My favorite author since high school, and inspiration for writing Into the Night, has been Sherrilyn Kenyon for her Dark Hunter books, and I still turn to them time and time again. I’ve added to the list now and will devour anything by Tana French (The Dublin Murder Squad Books) and Gillian Flynn (Gone Girl, Dark Places, Sharp Objects).
6. Morning or night person?
I never would have believed it in college, but I’m very much a morning person. My favorite time to write is early—not crack of dawn early, but say 7:30 or 8:00 in the morning, before the house is awake. I make a cup of English breakfast tea (either Tazo or PG Tips) and go down to my office. I’m happy to work hard for a couple of hours and then start my day.
7. Beach or Mountains?
Beach. Watching the ocean is absolutely one of my favorite past times. It’s also a great place to write long hand, and to read.
8. Beer or wine?
Wine. Red and dry, please.
9. Summer or winter?
Although snow can be pretty, I favor summer every time. Besides the obvious perks of sunshine, warmth and not shoveling, I love it for a different reason. Each summer my family makes the eight hour (now more for me) trek to Maine, where we spend a week or so at my grandfather’s house on an island off the coast. We’re talking no electricity save for solar power, no internet, and beautiful, beautiful Maine. Here I start writing by 6:30 and finish by 9, and then spend the day reading, hiking and kayaking. It’d be a whole heck of a lot colder in winter!
10. Fancy hotel or a tent in the woods?
As much fun as I’ve had in tents over my life (I spent three weeks touring the South Island of New Zealand), the ground gets pretty hard after a while. So I guess I’d go with fancy hotel, if just for the novelty value and whirlpool bath.


Suzanne Rigdon’s debut novel, Intothe Night publishes December 2nd with Spence City, the urban fantasy imprint of Spencer Hill Press.
For more info, visit her author website, or
Follow her on Twitter: @SuzyRigdon

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

The Stag Lord by Darby Kaye - Twenty Days and Counting

Look at this cool banner Michele over at A Belle's Tales designed for the upcoming blog tour. Michele, you are my favorite. And Bann's favorite.

Reviewers: it is ready to go on NetGalley:  https://www.netgalley.com/catalog/show/id/56542


Monday, November 3, 2014

Cover Reveal: Anne & Henry by Dawn Ius

ANNE & HENRY

A love worth losing your head over

ANNE
Wild, brazen, mischievous, bewitching

HENRY
Driven, haunted, charming, magnetic

ANNE & HENRY
Apart they are bound to destroy themselves. Together, they are bound to destroy each other.

HENRY TUDOR’S LIFE HAS BEEN mapped out since the day he was born: student president, valedictorian, Harvard Law School, and a stunning political career just like his father’s.

But ever since the death of Henry’s brother—perfect, high-achieving Arthur—his family has been twice as demanding. And now Henry’s trapped: forbidden from pursuing a life as an artist or dating any girl who’s not Tudor-approved.

Then Anne Boleyn crashes into his life.

Anne is wild, brash, and outspoken. She is everything Henry is not allowed to be—or to want. But soon Anne is all he can think about. His mother, his friends, and even his girlfriend warn him away, yet his desire for Anne consumes him. Henry is willing to do anything to be with her. But once he has her, their romance could destroy them both.

Inspired by the true story of Anne Boleyn and King Henry VIII, ANNE & HENRY re-imagines the intensity, love, and betrayal between one of the most infamous couples of all time.



About the Author

DAWN IUS is a short-story author, novelist, screenwriter, professional editor, and communications specialist. She is an active member of the International Thriller Writers association, co-founder and senior editor of Vine Leaves Literary Journal, and the author of nine educational graphic novels published by the Alberta Canola Producers Commission. When she’s not slaying fictional monsters, she’s geeking out over fairy tales, Jack Bauer, Halloween, sports cars, and all things that go bump in the night. Dawn lives in Alberta, Canada, with her husband, Jeff, and their giant English Mastiff, Roarke.


Connect with Dawn:

Twitter: @dawnmius