Thursday, August 28, 2014

The Harvesting is FREE on Amazon 8/28-9/1!

Hi everyone!

Just wanted to let my readers know that I have a little gift for you! In case you haven't picked up a copy of The Harvesting, it will be FREE on Amazon over the Labor Day weekend. If you're in the mood for something a little dark, you will have fun with my dark fantasy/zombie mash-up. And you will totally love Layla. Here is sweet Little Layla drawn up for me by artist Heather Ainsley. Isn't she cute?

Little Layla

How about a project status update? I have two projects that I am "this close" to launching.

Click for my Lady Macbeth Pinterest Board!

Lady Macbeth

Well, now I know why Shakespeare found Lady Macbeth so difficult to deal with. Once my editor and I dug into the project, we realized that, after edits, the novel was going to be something like 250,000 words long . . . more than 1200 pages. Yikes! We spent the summer breaking the book into manageable three parts. I will be releasing the first book in the saga, Lady Macbeth; Daughter of Ravens, as soon as the edits are complete. The novel is done, I'm just rolling that bolder up the hill to make it perfect for you!


Fans of The Harvesting series will be happy to know that Midway is about 2 chapters from complete. Midway is A Harvesting Series Novella that chronicles the story of Cricket and Vella, two apocalypse survivors, whose storyline runs parallel to Layla's.

Check out my board for Midway on Pinterest!

After these two ladies are put to rest I have a midgrade steampunk project in the works as well as The Shadow Aspect, Book II in The Harvesting Series. If I only had more time or could download all the stories in my brain  . . . I would be a happy girl!

ps . . . fans of Lily Stargazer will be happy to know that Chasing the Fog is in the line-up for 2015.

Be well!

Thursday, August 21, 2014

SteamU: Scott Kinkade Discusses Steampunk and Marie Antoinette

Today's Lecture by: Scott Kinkade
Author of: The Infini Calendar series (The Game Called Revolution, Secrets of the New World and The Revolution Beyond Time).

Look for God School, the first book in my new fantasy series, coming soon.

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Twitter: @SK_Author

Today’s Lecture: (Re)defining Steampunk: My Journey from Fan to Author

Back in 2010, after I wrote my first novel, the post-apocalyptic adventure Mirai: a Promise to Tomorrow, I had to decide what to write next. Would I write Mirai 2: The Miraiing (probably wouldn't have called it that), or would I come up with something new? A fateful night at the local drive-in gave me the answer. At the time, I was vaguely aware of an emerging subgenre of science fiction called steampunk. Suddenly, as I gazed into the night sky, a single image popped into my head: Marie Antoinette with some sort of cybernetic eye attachment. Looking back, it sounds more cyber than steam, but I became enamored with the idea of doing my own version of the French Revolution, and I wanted it to be steampunk. 

But there was a slight problem: I hardly knew anything about steampunk. If I wanted to write it, I had to immerse myself in that world. So I went to Half Price Books and asked them if they had any steampunk. The clerk brought me a copy of the book that would change everything: Stephen Hunt's The Court of the Air. I read it and was enthralled. I knew then that I had chosen my subject matter correctly. Steampunk was awesome, and I had to be a part of it. So I began work on my steamy take on the French Revolution, and I continued to read the greats. I picked up the other books in Hunt's Jackelian series. I devoured Cherie Priest's Boneshaker and its sequels. Nor did The Difference Engine escape my grasp. And where do you think you're going, George Griffith? Get over here!

But the more I read, the more one thing became painfully clear. Steampunk tended to take place in a 19th-century setting, sometimes in America and frequently in England. I was worried. Could a story set in revolutionary France really be called steampunk? Seeking advice, I started a topic on Amazon's boards: (CLICK HERE). The responses were very encouraging, so I decided to continue with my novel.

So what are the essential elements of steampunk? Obviously, it can't be completely historically accurate, but neither does it have to take place on earth. Stephen Hunt was very successful at creating the fictional world of Jackals. To me, steampunk should have three things. 1.) airships 2.) revised history 3.) crazy technology that could have been but never was. If you feel like piling more insane stuff like werewolves and vampires (Gail Carriger and Cindy Spencer Pape, I'm looking at you) or Alice in Wonderland characters (Jason G Anderson), more power to you. There's simply a wide range of things you can do and still keep it steampunk.

So, I've written three books in my Infini Calendar series thus far and have taken steampunk from the French Revolution to post-revolutionary Washington to 1889 Wichita. Will there be a fourth book? Tsar you kidding me? *hint*hint*

So, in conclusion, steampunk is a very broad term, and no one definition is correct. If you think you've got a great punk story, go for it!

Many thanks to Scott for joining us again today! While Lily Stargazer only drops (haha, there is a pun for readers of Chasing the Star Garden) by France, Scott's novel explore the French Revolution and beyond. I encourage my readers to take a look! Amazing how one simple image can evoke a whole series. Thank you for sharing, Scott!

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Cover Reveal! Sanguinary by Margo Bond Collins!

Author Page: Amazon

Only fifty years left before vampires rule the world.

When Dallas police detective Cami Davis joined the city's vampire unit, she planned to use the job as a stepping-stone to a better position in the department.

But she didn't know then what she knows now: there's a silent war raging between humans and vampires, and the vampires are winning.

So with the help of a disaffected vampire and an ex-cop addict, Cami is going undercover, determined to solve a series of recent murders, discover a way to overthrow the local Sanguinary government, and, in the process, help win the war for the human race.

But can she maintain her own humanity in the process? Or will Cami find herself, along with the rest of the world, pulled under a darkness she cannot oppose?

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About the Author
Margo Bond Collins is the author of urban fantasy, contemporary romance, and paranormal mysteries. She
has published a number of novels, including Taming the Country Star, Legally Undead, Waking Up Dead, and Fairy, Texas. She lives in Texas with her husband, their daughter, and several spoiled pets. Although writing fiction is her first love, she also teaches college-level English courses online. She enjoys reading romance and paranormal fiction of any genre and spends most of her free time daydreaming about heroes, monsters, cowboys, and villains, and the strong women who love them—and sometimes fight them.

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Margo's Other Books:

Taming the Country Star
Legally Undead
Fairy, Texas
Waking Up Dead
Beyond the Count

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Thursday, August 7, 2014

Kindle Countdown Deal: Chasing the Green Fairy

Hi everyone,

I just wanted to give a little heads-up that I am running a Kindle Countdown Deal on Chasing the Green Fairy this week. I have also left Chasing the Star Garden on sale for .99 cents in case you are new to my series. For those of you who enjoyed The Harvesting, this might be your first steampunk series. If you enjoy fantasy novels and spunky heroines, you will definitely love The Airship Racing Chronicles.

Earlier this summer, I gave away more than 10,000 copies of Chasing the Star Garden! Can you believe that? I hope those readers enjoyed their time with Lily. If you haven't grabbed the second novel in this series yet. you can catch it this week for just .99 cents! This is a limited deal. 

That said, I am off to Indie Bookfest 2014 in Orlando, leaving today! I can't wait to meet the other authors and bloggers. We interact a lot online but I seldom meet face to face. Looking forward to setting my eyes on Margo Bond Collins, Peggy Sue Martinez, Elyse Schramm, and Jacqueline Garlick! I'll be sure to bring back pictures!

How about a project update as well? Lady Macbeth, which is now a 3 book saga (seriously, it was 1500 pages long, what was I thinking), is reaching the end of editing. Turns out finishing this book is a lot like frosting a cake, no matter how much I smooth it out, I still see somewhere that needs just a little tweaking. It's making me batty. It was supposed to be a summer pub but looks like we are looking at October 1. Midway is also almost done and I want to have it to you before Halloween. The Shadow Aspect follows in the line-up. After that, so much fun in store! Will have to pick :)

Thursday, July 24, 2014

RBTL Presents Revolution, Chronicles of the Uprising 3, by K. A. Salidas

Title:  Revolution
 Author:  K.A. Salidas
Series:  Chronicles of the Uprising (#3)
Genre: Paranormal/Dystopian
Publisher:  Rising Sign Books LLC
Release Date:   TBA
Peace is an illusion. Blood, violence, and death follow Mira like shadows. 
Battle lines have been drawn between human and Otherkin and bloody war is on the horizon: one that will end in either a shift in the world’s balance of power...or ultimate destruction. 
With their strength, powers and a rage known only by the oppressed, the Otherkin are evenly matched against the superior numbers of the human army. To tip the balance in their favor, the Otherkin need more soldiers; and their only options are the Gladiators of New Haven city. 
Mira is sent across enemy lines to recruit any able-bodied vampires to her cause. But what she discovers along the way will blur the lines between friends and enemies. Seeds of doubt weaken Mira’s allegiance and she finds herself torn between the old masters who used her as entertainment, and the new ones who consider her as nothing more than a weapon.
As the war draws near, Mira will have to decide what she is truly fighting for.

Katie Salidas is a Super Woman! Endowed with special powers and abilities, beyond those of mortal women, she can get the munchkins off to gymnastics, cheerleading, Girl Scouts, and swim lessons.  She can put hot food on the table for dinner while assisting with homework, baths, and bedtime… And, she still finds the time to keep the hubby happy (nudge nudge wink wink). She can do all of this and still have time to write. 
 And if you can believe all of those lies, there is some beautiful swamp land in Florida for sale…
Katie Salidas resides in Las Vegas, Nevada. Mother, wife, and author, she does try to do it all, often causing sleep deprivation and many nights passed out at the computer. Writing books is her passion, and she hopes that her passion will bring you hours of entertainment. 

Places to find K.A (Katie)

Aphrodite Giveaway! Win ebooks of Chasing the Star Garden by Melanie Karsak and Deer in Headlights by Staci Hart

God knows, I'm a fan of Aphrodite . . . pun intended. Readers of my Airship Racing Chronicles already know that the Goddess Aphrodite features predominantly in Chasing the Star Garden. I actually got interested in this ancient goddess while working on another, yet unfinished, novel. That novel, set in the Renaissance, traces the origins of Celeste from Chasing the Star Garden's order. Maybe, one day, I'll get back to that project. But back to Aphrodite . . .

We all know about Aphrodite, the Goddess of Love. you can't get out of 8th grade free without knowing your Greek Gods. But this Goddess, however, is really much more interesting and much more complex. Aphrodite used to be one of the chief gods. Before societies changed from matriarchies (women ruled) to patriarchies (male ruled) there was always a Goddess in charge: the queen of heaven, the great mother, etc. Aphrodite's roots trace back into ancient Mesopotamia. Research tracks her cults (her churches) to the worship of this goddess in the forms of Ianna and Ishtar. Aphrodite's earliest worship showed her influence over the very forces of life and death, love and war. Once, in her earliest incarnations, Aphrodite ruled as the Queen of Heaven. It was not until Aphrodite was incorporated into a pantheon of gods that she lost her place. Zeus came to stand at the head of the gods where the Goddess, and Aphrodite, once held sway.

The Great Mother

Today, I am celebrating this Goddess in her rawest form. And to celebrate, let's have a giveaway . . . a pair of Aphrodite ebooks: Chasing the Star Garden (or Chasing the Green Fairy) AND Deer in Headlights (or any other novel in the series) by Staci Hart!

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Step 2: Comment below to let me know you signed up AND tell me, who is your favorite of the Ancient Greek, Roman, or other Classical Gods?

Winner will be drawn on 7/31!

(Be sure to look at the post below for a chance to win Paperbacks of Staci Hart's series AND see her new cover!)

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Release Day & Giveaway! Doe Eyes by Staci Hart, Good Gods Book 3



Aphrodite knows better than anyone how the heart works. Just don’t ask her to figure out her own.

She’s been away from Olympus for weeks, which wasn’t near long enough for her move on from everything that happened, to get past the betrayal and loss. She has no idea what she’s walking into when she gets back other than a new competition, this time against Artemis. The goddesses have never been friends, but now they have more in common than ever, though they’d rather face eat ambrosia straight than admit it.

Artemis can’t help but be smug. Her player, Josie, is a private investigator who’s lost more than she’s won. Every waking moment is consumed by her fire to catch the man who killed her partner, and when Jon comes back into town after leaving her without a word, it’s more than she can handle. She’ll never let him in. Not again.

But Jon only did what he thought was right, and he’ll do anything he can, give her everything he has to give to prove that he can be trusted with her heart again.

With Adonis gone and the threat of Ares around every corner, Aphrodite’s past presses on her, leaving her more alone than she’s ever been. She can’t help wondering if she’ll ever escape, and how much pain she’ll endure before the whole ordeal is behind her.




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