Monday, November 28, 2016

Cover Reveal - The Butterfly Box - SASS Anthology


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¸.•*¨) A SASS Anthology (¸.•´ (¸.•´ .•´ ¸¸.•¨¯`•.

 Free your imagination as you delve into this eclectic mix of healing tales from nine authors, just as different as their stories. Lift the lid and take a peek inside The Butterfly Box.


Authors include  
Jenn Hype  
Kate Vine  
Brooke May  
KM Neuhold  
Rebecca M. Gibson  
Tricia Copeland  
Eleanor Lloyd Jones  
Riann C. Miller  
Katie Fox  

The charity is Medecins Sans Frontieres, with all proceeds going to them msf 

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Monday, November 21, 2016

Best Book Covers of 2016 - All About that Art!

Happy Monday, everyone! I know I've been crazy absent, but November! Ya know? AND I've been working my fingers off on the new F5 project. These covers will be all about the art. They'll be sporting customized typography and hand-drawn images. It's all drawn, but it needs to be rendered and colored. I can't wait to share them with you.

Okay, in that vein, I'd like to do a roundup of YOUR favorite covers from this year. I'd love to see real artwork and/or unique fonts you've seen that you loved. This will be on a post sometime this week. Here's the link to the google form:

Drop in the link for the book on Amazon or Goodreads, the title, a note on why you loved it, and your FIRST name OR first initial and LAST name, like so: "I love this cover because..." ~ Susan OR "I love this cover because..." ~ S. Michaels.

Let's have some fun!

Well, that's all for today, folks! Until next time, WRITE ON!

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

New Release - Deadly Obsession

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Winter Cortez is struggling to regain her life after a vicious assault almost four years ago.
Finally, she meets a man she feels she can trust.
But her attacker is still out there. And he is watching her every move.
Sam Mitchell, the former Military man, agrees to do a favor for his friend and teammate.
A favor which brings him face to face with a woman who brings out all of his protective instincts.
What happens when the woman you love is being watched by a man nobody can find?
Will Sam find him or lose Winter forever?


What have you done to Sam? He’s staring at you.” Nathan says, and I look back at Sammy and Nathan’s right he’s frozen to the spot staring at me with eyes narrowed. I burst out laughing.
I told him he wasn’t as funny as he thought.” Soph laughs with me, and I see Sammy start walking towards us, I scoot behind Sophia while laughing. I can’t help it the look on his face is precious. It’s almost as if he’s losing a limb he looks devastated. I’m only messing around with him, it’s too easy to wind him up. I hide behind Soph and cross my legs as I need to pee.
Sweets. Hiding behind Sophia isn’t going to save that pretty ass of yours.” Damn that man. I peek my head from behind Soph and see him staring at me, he has a smirk on his face.
You aren’t getting anywhere near my ass!” I feel Sophia’s body start shaking as she laughs at our antics.
Want to bet?” His tone is challenging, yet it’s playful.
Fine,” I say with a heavy sigh. I see his eyebrows shoot up, he’s shocked. Good.
You serious about that Winter?” he says in such a gravelly tone, the cheeky bastard trying to turn me on.
Oh yes, you play with my ass I play with yours, it’s only fair. I’ll get you your very own butt plug. You know we need to stretch you out.” I say with the sweetest voice I can muster. I hear spluttering coming from Luke, who up until now was scoffing his breakfast down. And Nathan and Sophia are laughing so hard that Soph is doubled over.

Deadly Hunt (Deadly Hunt #1) is also available


KL Humphreys was born in London, England but now lives in Ireland with the love of her life. In a way, the world has him to thank for her Debut Novel. After years of thinking about writing the story that had been dying to get out of her head, she finally confided in her other half. He gave her an enthusiastic "Go for It!" and she started writing it the very next day.
Miss Humphreys loves music, especially pop, R'n'B and rap and if she's writing you will find it playing somewhere nearby. She also loves all romance novels but of course, Romantic Suspense is her go to genre. When she isn't writing's a good bet she is curled up somewhere reading one. If she doesn't have a book in her hand, you might want to check to make sure she isn't sick. When not reading or writing, she loves to spend time with her loved ones especially while watching a football game (that's soccer for you Americans)... COME ON YOU GUNNERS!!!!
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Monday, November 7, 2016

Infallible Blog Tour

                               FIRE QUILL PUBLISHING PRESENTS        

An edgy romantic suspense novel written by award wining YA author Carlyle Labuschagne as Bailey Quinn 


THE MOMENT DETECTIVE SCARLET ANNE MARTINS stepped into that prison, her resolve began to wane, a struggle she had long forgotten between heart and head. Unable to deny it any longer, the feelings she had for Alaric were strong—and her desperation to save him, would ultimately be what would killed them both.
For a super cop, her judgment in men truly failed her. But while her life, and anyone's who tried to stop her was in mortal danger, she had to forget every single detail about Special Agent Blade. Her primary focus was getting through the next twenty-four hours without killing anyone.
Thereafter, her purpose would be to find a way to put behind bars those who were framing her for murder, and the bombing in New York City. It would prove to be an almost impossible task, since she had become a fugitive in a foreign country.
This time, her drop-dead gorgeous looks and South African accent would work against her in every way—she would be recognized in a heartbeat on the streets. With nowhere to run, she made the decision to face the peril head on and ensnare the evil that was coming for her, and the only way to do that was by giving them what they wanted.


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About The Author

 Bailey Quinn is the pen name for Award winning YA science fiction writer, Carlyle Labuschagne who resides in the beautiful country of South Africa. This die-hard dreamer who is fascinated by a great story is compelled to share these imaginary worlds with others. Her love for writing spills over into every aspect of her life where she has founded a library project aimed at the youth, creator of SAIR writers events, and is co-founder of a publishing company. Her other addictions include cappuccino, being outdoors with her loves ones, and avoiding dishes at all cost.
Currently working on her first crime fiction Infallible due for release May 2016, and on another SF crime thriller Tethered, set for release in 2017. Both books take place in the wonderfully exciting city of NYC where she has visited a few times and found that by writing about it - will keep the city in her heart and 

mind forever more... 






Saturday, November 5, 2016

99 Cent Sale! Enigma by Danielle Bannister - November Only!

Happy surprise Saturday, lovely people of the blogosphere! Today, I have an awesome sale for you all! For the month of November, you can pick up Enigma by Danielle Bannister for just 99 pennies (regular price is $3.99, so this is one heck of a deal).

Let's get to the details, shall we?

Title: Enigma
Author: Danielle Bannister
Genre: Adult Romantic Suspense
Length (print): 297 pages
Buy Links: Amazon Kindle, iBooks, Smashwords - $0.99 (Limited time)


I’m the girl no one sees. The bum on the street corner you avert your eyes from. The child no one loved. The lost soul no one sees fit to save. A person could go crazy being that alone, but not me. I dug myself out of hell and carried the flames with me. Therapists would call me a pyromaniac if they ever found out my secret. I will always remain an enigma; the puzzle piece that just won’t fit.

Since I’m 18, I’ve decided to take charge of my life. Start over. Get a job…then disappear into the populace on my own terms. That was the plan. Until I ended up in Mullen, Nebraska and met Kyle King. He showed me a quiet peaceful life on a farm that was built with love and warmth. The kind of warmth even my precious fire couldn’t provide. Instead of dismissing me like the rest of the world, he chose to look right at me.

Maybe the world wasn’t so cruel.

Or maybe my downward spiral was just beginning.


About the author:

Danielle Bannister lives with her two children in Midcoast Maine along with her precious coffee pot and peppermint-mocha creamer. She holds a BA in Theatre from the University of Southern Maine and her Masters degree in Literary Education from the University of Orono. She has written: a collection of short stories called: SHORT SHORTS, The Twin Flames Trilogy: PULLED, PULLED BACK, and PULLED BACK AGAIN, THE ABC'S OF DEE and ENIGMA. She is also a contributing writer to the website, Venus Scribe. In addition, her work can also be found in the following anthologies: 2012 Goose River Anthology, 2012 Writeous Anthology, 2013 Maine Writes: Maine National Writing Project Anthology; and, 2013 The
Stroke of Midnight: A Supernatural New Year's Anthology.

Stalk links:
Facebook  ~  Website  ~  Twitter  ~  Newsletter

We all know how much I adore a good thrill ride, so this will be on my Kindle shortly. *grin*

What do you think? Gonna pick it up?

Well, that's all for today, folks! Until next time, WRITE ON!


Friday, November 4, 2016

A Complete Guide to Sprinting During NaNoWriMo

Happy Friday, everyone! Whew! Day three of NaNo and I'm sitting at 12.5k words (and I'm not done writing for today).

What's that you ask? How?


I've been doing writing sprints.

What the heck is a writing sprint? Great question!

Writing sprints are set amounts of time where a writer produces words as quickly as they can. Once the timer buzzes, they stop and do a word count, then pick up again when the next sprint starts.

Person with the most words gets a round of applause (or sometimes, a prize, depending on the sprinting group--however, this comes with an issue: cheating to win--when there are no prizes, no one has a need to falsify their stats, and nothing needs to be verified).

Sprints (typically) last anywhere from 15-60 minutes. They can be done on any social media site, though the preferred space is usually a designated thread on Facebook.

Brought to my attention by fellow author Ali Winters (thank you, woman!), there's a sprinting page on the NaNoWriMo site that will accommodate individuals as well as groups. Click here to be taken to that page. If you look below, you'll see the two options at the top and a "Dare Me" button near the bottom. I'm the curious sort, so I clicked mine. Below are the results. It changes every time you press it, too. Fun stuff.

I didn't play around with the group sprint button yet, but I have half a mind to get some of my writing buddies together and do just that.

Now, here's how to get the most out of your sprints:
  1. Know where your story is going. I like to plan a point about 10k words in that I know I want to get to, and build the prose up to there, but some folks go 2k. Whatever floats your boat, ya know?
  2. Write furiously for that half hour. Turn everything else off and be with your words.
  3. Give yourself plenty of time between sprints to refresh, go pee, or get coffee.
  4. If you can, take your eyes off the page and look elsewhere (or just close them) while you type. This will prevent you from noting and backspacing out misspellings, bad punctuation, or other flubbubs we writers make.
  5. Don't burn out. Take long lunch breaks or whatever other break you need when you need it.
  6. Try not to write a lot during your lulls (the periods between sprints). Use that time to plan what you'll write when you come back to sprinting or to just veg.
  7. Keep something to drink handy. Though you may not need it, it's better to have it and not use it. *grin*
Here's how my sprints are set up:
  • In the morning, I set a block of 1-3 hours aside (lately it's been 10AM, 11AM, and NOON). 
  • The first 30 minutes of those hours are used for sprinting, and the second 30 are used for tweaking, fixing my crazy misspellings I got from not looking at the screen, and marking things I want to take a closer look at later (during edits). 
  • Then I break for a long time (like 2-3 hours--NOON-2 or 3PM).
  • More time is set aside for later. Again, 1-3 hours (it's been 8PM, 9PM, and 10PM, but this week is a special one, so that will likely be cut by Monday.)
I'll show you next week's projected schedule so you have a better idea (life things have to happen on different days, but I'm not going to worry about it). I also don't write on weekends. Those are for my family. I refuse to succumb to writer burnout.

9AM - Sprint for 30 minutes
10AM - Sprint for 30 minutes
11AM - Sprint for 30 minutes
NOON-2PM - BREAK TIME (real break--no looking at my WIP)
3PM - Sprint for 30 minutes
4PM - Sprint for 30 minutes

Thing about it is, it works. I'm averaging 1k words every 30 minutes. If I sprint for 30 minutes, 5 hours a day, I've written 5k words. I know that doesn't seem like a lot, but when you see that counter go down on your NaNo dashboard under "words per day to finish on time," you'll feel like a flipping ROCK STAR.

Any tips to add to the above?

Well, that's all for today, folks! Until next time, WRITE ON!


Thursday, November 3, 2016

New Releases in the Othala Witch Collection - Alchemy and Winter Souls

Happy Thursday, everyone! Today, I have yet another release in the Othala Witch collection series! All the books available for purchase are linked at the bottom of this post. Get your clicking fingers ready, and let's get going!

Restating once again: Get the newsletter for all the Fallen Sorcery collection novels here. Follow FS on Twitter here. Like the page on Facebook here.

Follow the entire Othala Witch Collection on Amazon here, and get more awesome Fallen Sorcery release news by following that author page on Amazon here.

Now, on to the info!

About the Othala Witch Collection:

Many years ago, the Original Sixteen witches were able to contain an outbreak of demon-like creatures from overtaking the earth. But doing so came at a cost. For the human race to survive, the world had to be divided into sixteen sectors, trapping the Ravagers to the Outlands beyond, and trapping the humans in.

The Original Sixteen served as Regents over each of these sectors, and when they died, the strongest of witches took their place, using their own personal enchantment abilities to protect their sector. In the process, communication was lost. The only solace that remains is the knowledge that if another sector fails, their own may still survive.

But what happens when your sector is the one to fail? What happens when the world inside your walls is just as bad as the one outside them? In this collection of sixteen adult dystopian paranormal romance tales, each and every one of the sixteen sectors is about to find out.

Alchemy - Othala Witch Collection - Sector 9
Author: Noree Cosper
Genre: Adult Dystopian Paranormal Romance
Length (print): 196 pages


Zoe Delarey has been hiding her entire life.

She's not a normal girl, even by witch standards. Created by her father with forbidden experimental magic, Zoe is an alchemical child.

When the Regent suspects her father has broken sector laws, he hides her away in a secret stasis chamber protected by powerful magic.

But it isn't her father who wakes her. Instead, Bastian, a handsome stranger after her father’s secrets, releases her from the chamber. With her father arrested, Zoe finds herself on the run from the Witches Council. She has no choice but to accept Bastian's help, even though she doesn't trust him. He might be rescuing her; he might be using her... Zoe is not sure.

Thrust into the real world for the first time in her life, she needs to learn to control her magic and, at the same time, get a handle on her feelings for Bastian. Neither of which is going to be easy. Especially when Zoe turns out to be the key to saving the sector from the savage beasts that prey on the lives of the people.

Will she fulfill the secret destiny that runs through her blood?

Alchemy is the thrilling 9th part of the Othala Witch Collection. This is a paranormal romance that you won't be able to put down.

Winter Souls - Othala Witch Collection - Sector 10
Author: Angela Fristoe
Genre: Adult Dystopian Paranormal Romance
Length (print): 205 pages


To reclaim his soul, they will risk everything…
For six years, Elora has been confined to an island with the Ice Witch, Niobe. When her captor dies, Elora flees across the ice bridge back to Mason, the man she’s kept in her heart all these years. But Mason isn’t the same man she left behind. In his place is a cold and emotionless stranger.

Mason will never forget the day Elora disappeared over the ice bridge. It was the day the Ice Witch tore out his soul. He has settled into his life as a Tank Guard, protecting the small inlet at the northern edge of the sector from ravagers. But with Elora’s return, he has an opportunity to reclaim his soul and the life he thought lost forever.

It’s a dangerous task that will lead Mason and Elora to the depths of the Underworld. It’s a journey none has ever returned from.

All books in the collection (if they're linked, you can buy* or preorder now):

*Sector 1: Origin by Rebecca Hamilton
*Sector 2: Mystic Storm by Bella Love-Wins
*Sector 3: Hybrid by Apryl Baker
Sector 4: Immortal Winter by N. R. Larry and Rainy Kaye
*Sector 5: Under by Conner Kressley and Rebecca Hamilton
*Sector 6: Red Magic by J. C. Andrijeski
*Sector 7: Savage by Conner Kressley
*Sector 8: Dark Elements by L. J. Swallow
*Sector 9: Alchemy by Noree Cosper
*Sector 10: Winter Souls by Angela Fristoe
Sector 11: Star Crossed by J. E. Taylor
Sector 12: Forbidden by Shannon Eckrich
Sector 13: Sea Cursed by Amy Lee Burgess
Sector 14: Forgotten by Heather Marie Adkins
Sector 15: Wildfire by Jaret Martens
Sector 16: Faye Magic by Jo Michaels

Get them while they're HOT. After release, the price goes UP.

Gonna check 'em out?

Well, that's all for today, folks! Until next time, WRITE ON!


Wednesday, November 2, 2016

How to Win NaNoWriMo in 7 Easy Steps

Happy Wednesday, good people of the blogosphere! Wow. Just wow. I started NaNoWriMo yesterday, and I'm pumped. I missed NaNo the last 2 years, but I won in 2012 and 2013. Not only did I win, I did so while taking days off to spend with my family and getting down time. I'll show you.

I've marked the days I had no progress with a red bar over the top.

These were my stats for The Bird in 2012:

As you can see, I took Thanksgiving week off.

These were my stats for I, Zombie in 2013:

Your eyes aren't fooling you. I wrote that book in just 10 days.


Well, I stuck to the following seven rules:
  1. Know where your story is going. Something not a lot of folks realize is you can plan ahead, and even create an outline, before November 1. Even if you haven't sat down and thought about it yet, there's no time like the present. Even rough plot points you want to hit over the course of the novel will help more than I can say.
  2. Don't shoot for the word count NaNo says you need per day. Double it. If you can, triple it.
  3. Set aside time to write each day. UNinterrupted. No social media. No email. No work. You'll be surprised what you can do in fifteen or thirty minutes when you're focused. Schedule around things you have going on in your life. Stick to the schedule like glue.
  4. Have a NaNo survival kit ready. Even if you haven't put anything together, take a day and do it now. It'll save your forehead later on. I no longer use Evernote. I now use MS Word 365 with the sync across devices feature. I have my MS on my phone AND my iPad, and it updates to my computer automagically. Here's a link to my kit: Jo's NaNo Survival Kit
  5. Do NOT panic. If you fall behind, you CAN still catch up. If you need that break, take it, but be disciplined enough to come back when you're done.
  6. Make sure friends and family know what you're doing so they can respect your time. 50k words in 30 days isn't a joke.
  7. Stay on task. Tack these on the wall behind your computer. I know that may sound hokey, but looking up the tiny details will bog you down as you write. Take some time and make them now. I swear it helps. Don't edit. That can come later. To go along with that: Don't read the whole story until December 1. Make notes of changes and put them into action later.
I'm pretty sure I didn't miss anything, but it's early, and I'm eager to write today. *grin*

Several groups have write-ins, so check the forum for your local chapter. You can also scour Facebook to find people doing writing sprints. Those are AWESOME.

This year, I'm not shooting for one novel; I'm working on several novella-length titles for the current F5 project. Using the NaNo dashboard to keep up with my progress. No, I won't validate once I'm done. I'm just in it for the fun of writing.

Here are my current stats:

Abysmal. LOL! But I'll get there.

How are you all doing? If you wanna be my writing buddy, add me here.

Well, that's all for today, folks! WRITE ON!


Tuesday, November 1, 2016

New Release - Red's Tangled Tale

Everyone knows the story of Little Red Riding Hood. Well, at least they think they do. History would have many believe Red was a naïve little girl who brought treats to her grandmother in the dark of the forest. History had it wrong.
After the curse of the wolves came to Timbergard, Red’s father was the only soul brave enough to enter Blakx Forest. However, when the wolves claimed his life, his young daughter took up his bow and began hunting the beasts to fill her need for revenge.

When Captain Hook shows up in the village in search of the rare burning ash that lies on the far borders of the cursed forest, Red agrees to help get him safely through the dangerous land.

The trek through the forest becomes precarious when the group is cornered by a pack of wolves. Red is forced to make a decision that will alter the lives of everyone, including individuals she has yet to meet.
The cover of the much anticipated "Red's Tangled Tale," book two in The Untold Stories, has been revealed!

With only two weeks until publication, you can now preorder your copy at Barnes & Noble, iBooks, Kobo and Smashwords (Amazon will not have a preorder for this title but will carry it on November 1 when it is released).

In addition to the cover, fans will get exclusive teasers as well as a teaser trailer over the next two weeks, building to the anticipation of the release.

If you would like to join in the fun of the release, be sure to join the Facebook Party wherein numerous authors have come together to celebrate the release and will be giving away amazing prizes.

Lastly, you can help spread the word by participating in the Thunderclap campaign which will announce the release to social media on November 1 (link below).