Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Book Review: The Golden Cage

In the land of Ourthuro, cruelty is a way of life. The king rules with an iron fist and no one dare defy him--no one except his daughter. Princess Leena is keeping a dangerous secret, she has fallen in love with a soldier and it would mean both of their lives if her father ever discovered their affair.

But Leena will risk it all to be with the man she loves--her heart, her life, her freedom. And when her brother's birthday celebration takes a dangerous turn, Leena is forced to make a decision that will change the fate of her nation and eventually the world.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Teaser Tuesday: M.I.N.D. (Mind's Eye, #3)

I honestly can't remember the last time I wrote a Teaser Tuesday post, but it's been a while. I've contemplated whether I should make this a weekly thing again and include snippets of whatever project (or projects) I'm working on.

What I will say is that this blog is about to be revamped. No, not from a design perspective, but from more of a writing/post perspective. I need to include more posts than just book reviews, my book updates, and Summarize Sunday. I know, I know. I should've done this ages ago, but I've been busy.

So, this year, I hope to publish interesting posts related to writing, books, and my life as a full-time author, starting with Teaser Tuesday, and this snippet from M.I.N.D. (Mind's Eye, #3):

Knock, knock, knock. 
I sat up. Had Leonard forgotten to tell me something? Rising to my feet, I walked across the room and opened my bedroom door. The person standing in front of me wasn’t Leonard. 
“Cassandra’s calling a mandatory meeting,” Fatana said. 
I cringed. “This late?” A dull throb pulsated inside my head, and I massaged the area, hoping it’d relieve the ache. So far, it wasn’t working. 
Fatana shrugged. “Apparently so. I’m not sure what it’s about, but she acted like she struck gold, or something. Too excited for her personality.” 
“Yeah, definitely out of character,” I agreed. “Okay, I’m assuming this is in the cafeteria.” 
Deadpan, Fatana replied, “Isn’t it always? It’s the only room large enough to hold everybody.” 
“True. Let me change out of my PJ’s, and then I’ll head that way.” 
She nodded and moved on to the next room, her knocks echoing down the hallway. 
What could this meeting possibly be about? It had to be worthwhile for her to call a meeting this late. Had she discovered something we previously missed? Something invaluable to our cause? 
Sliding on my clothes, I ambled towards the cafeteria. Many people stood outside their doors, frowning and attempting to wipe the sleep from their eyes. Others didn’t wait on anyone and marched past us. Slowly but surely, we all headed in the same direction. 
Cassandra was poised atop a cafeteria table, as she usually did when she needed to address everyone as a whole. Her eyes scanned the crowd, like she was mentally keeping a head count. 
I walked up to her. “What’s going on?” 
“You’ll see,” she said, and then her grim look morphed into a beaming smile. 
Shaking my head, I fell in line with the droves of exhausted Dreamers and found a seat at the end of a table. Where was Leonard? He should’ve been here by now. Unless he— 
“All right, everyone! Quiet down!” Cassandra shouted. 
Only a few Dreamers still trickled through the doors, but the majority of our group was already seated. Fatana and a few other Warriors peered down the hallway, then shook their heads at Cassandra. Nobody else was coming. 
Clearing her throat, Cassandra bellowed, “I’ve been driving myself crazy attempting to come up with a solution to our dire situation. We need more fighters. And even though we have more Dreamers arriving within the next two days, it won’t be enough to take on the M.I.N.D.” She paced back and forth across the table in the center of the room. “I’ve waited for an answer to fall into my lap, and now that I have one, I don’t know how I didn’t see it before.” Pausing, she licked her lips and grinned, all teeth. “It’s so simple: we need to enter our dream worlds, recruit our imagined people or creatures, and bring them with us when we invade the Ministry. Our numbers would be legion, which would rival theirs. That is how we’re going to wipe out one of the most powerful organizations on this planet.”

Please keep in mind that this snippet is in rough draft form and is subject to change during edits.

Also, if you're a writer who participates in Teaser Tuesday, feel free to link your Teaser Tuesday blog post in the comments below!

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Mind's Eye is Now FREE!

Since I'm about halfway through the final book in the Mind's Eye series, I've decided to make Mind's Eye perma-free. I hope, if you choose to download this book, you enjoy Kearly's story as much as I enjoyed writing it. :)

Seventeen-year-old Kearly Ashling can travel anywhere her mind takes her—literally. Becoming Empress of the planet Cyeor and battling monstrous, otherworldly creatures isn’t a problem. Living among the elves on the Plains of Glasslyn has yet to be an issue, as well. Even touring normal places like Paris, London, Tokyo, and the Amazon Rainforest isn’t difficult.

But traveling through her imagination isn’t just fun and games—it has consequences. Following a battle on the planet Cyeor, she’s visited by a guy who’s unimagined. He warns her to stop using her gift or they will find her. Kearly doesn’t heed the messenger’s advice and soon wishes she had. When the messenger finds her again, he transports her to the M.I.N.D., a corporation which specializes in “healing the psyche.” Once she’s inside the M.I.N.D.’s doors, however, Kearly realizes escaping is nearly impossible.

Now, she must figure out the M.I.N.D.’s true intent, try not to fall for the irritating-yet-handsome messenger, and find a way to outsmart the organization before they stop her from ever imagining again.

Where to Download:

Friday, January 16, 2015

Illusion in the Storms is Now FREE!

It's taken over a month to get Amazon US to mark Illusion in the Storms as free, and it's still not marked down on Amazon UK or elsewhere. So, I'm sorry to anyone who's been wondering why it hasn't been marked down on Amazon! Even though Amazon hasn't made it free on their other sites, there are several other websites to download this short poetry collection:

Illusion in the Storms is a collection of contemporary poetry, with a general focus on life and love.

Happy reading!

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Mindful (Mind's Eye, #2) Is Now Available For Pre-order!

Mindful, the second book in the Mind's Eye trilogy, is now available for pre-order from the following locations:

Amazon US | UK | Canada | Australia

The special pre-order price is $0.99 through December 26th (release day) and will change to $2.99 on December 27th.

Mindful will be available on Barnes & Noble and Smashwords December 26th.

Happy reading!

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