Sunday, July 27, 2014

Summarize Sunday


ARCs

Servants of the Storm by Delilah S. Dawson
The Storyspinner by Becky Wallace
Zomburbia by Adam Gallardo
Dissonance by Erica O'Rourke
Tales from High Hallack by Andre Norton


Winterspell by Claire Legrand
Inamorata by Megan Chance
The Caller by Juliet Marillier
Shield and Crocus by Michael R. Underwood
Fractured Dream by K.M. Randall


WON

Southwind Knights by B.E. Priest
The Queen of Grass & Tree by B.E. Priest
The Scion of the Wood by B.E. Priest


Thursday, July 10, 2014

Update on Works in Progress (WIPs) + A New Project

I've had a few people ask me about the release of Already Dead, the sequel to Almost Dead, and I wanted to update any readers who might be waiting for it. The first draft is finished, but I pushed back the release date to Halloween of this year. Why? Because the story wasn't speaking to me anymore. For any writers out there who might be reading this, you know that attempting to continue a story that doesn't hold your interest is a big no-no. When writing any book, if you don't proceed with enthusiasm, you won't have a finished product that reflects said enthusiasm. It might be shorter than normal. The characters might not sound like themselves. The plot might be suffering. Really, it could be any number of outcomes, but the point is: if you aren't excited about writing a certain story, then you need to step away from that story for a while. Just a while. Remember, the first draft is finished, but I need to re-work part of the plot, and then I need to edit. And what better day to release a book about the afterlife and ghosts than Halloween?

Since I've put down Already Dead, I've started Mindful. And let me tell you guys... I can tell a HUGE difference in the writing. I'm excited to write the sequel to Mind's Eye, and it shows in my work. I've been knocking out nearly a chapter a day (of course, these will be fattened up later in the revision process), which is insane for me. But I'm motivated and determined to write more the latter half of this year than I've ever written. As soon as Mindful is finished, I'll jump into the final book of the trilogy, M.I.N.D. I'm hoping to have both released in the next couple of months, and that'll be the end of another series. I haven't wrapped up a series since Blood Moon, so I'm a bit ecstatic about this.

Now, for the final part of this blog post, I wanted to announce a new project I've contemplated working on for a couple of weeks. This project will be started AFTER I finish the Dead Duology in October. It will be an end-of-the-world, you're-in-the-apocalypse-as-it-happens kind of story. I wanted zombies, and I wanted aliens. Crazy, I know. But I have yet to see a story that features both, so guess what? I'm going to write that story. But this won't be just any story, my friends. This will be serialized fiction. This will be episodic. It will read like you're watching a television show, with a new episode released each week. Here's what I can tell you about the upcoming season:

1. The first episode will be free
2. I plan on eight episodes for the first season
3. Each episode will be $0.99
4. These episodes will be bundled into paperback format at the end of the season
5. This will be New Adult; there will be too much blood and violence for it to be Young Adult

I'm currently working on the cover, which I hope to have released in the near future. Also, the tentative title for said season is "When the World Ended and We Were Invaded." Kinda long, but it stuck with me, and I like it.

I'll keep everyone informed on this blog, Goodreads, Facebook, and Twitter of new releases, dropped prices, and giveaways. If you want to join my mailing list, you'll receive discounts on my books throughout the year, as well as first looks/snippets of upcoming stories before they're released. Click this link to join my mailing list, or you can find the short form under my "Mailing List" page on the right side of this blog.

Happy reading!


Friday, July 4, 2014

Book Review: Catch a Falling Star

A deliciously charming novel about finding true love . . . and yourself.

Nothing ever happens in Little, CA. Which is just the way Carter Moon likes it. But when Hollywood arrives to film a movie starring former child star turned PR mess Adam Jakes, everything changes. Carter's town becomes a giant glittery set and, much to her annoyance, everyone is starry-eyed for Adam. Carter seems to be the only girl not falling all over herself to get a glimpse of him. Which apparently makes her perfect for the secret offer of a lifetime: playing the role of Adam's girlfriend while he's in town, to improve his public image, in exchange for a hefty paycheck. Her family really needs the money and so Carters agrees. But it turns out Adam isn't at all who she thought he was. As they grow closer, their relationship walks a blurry line between what's real and what's fake, and Carter must open her eyes to the scariest of unexplored worlds - her future. Can Carter figure out what she wants out of life AND get the guy? Or are there no Hollywood endings in real life?


Monday, June 2, 2014

Cover Reveal: Mindful (Mind's Eye, #2)

I'm gearing up to write the sequel to Mind's Eye, which, personally, I can't wait to dive into! There's going to be so much action and drama in this book, it'll blow your mind (no pun intended). ;) I'm hoping to release Mindful in late July.

Without further ado, here's the summary and cover:
Kearly Ashling went from pretending she lost her imagination to being kidnapped in roughly one hour. Kearly’s kidnapper has her own plans, and they involve the Rebels, the group who desperately wants to topple the M.I.N.D. from the inside out. But before Kearly can figure out her kidnapper’s true intentions and regroup with the Rebels, she’s sucked into the imaginative world of a mysterious mind-hopper—a man with powers greater than anyone in the Ministry. He can’t be controlled. He can’t be located. And he only wants one thing: Kearly.




Friday, May 30, 2014

Blog Tour: Fissure by Marilyn Almodóvar

 
 

Baxter Jacobs just survived the worst Sweet Sixteen in history: buried in a coffin, hunted down by assassins, and losing almost everything that mattered to her. She’s ready for some normalcy, but “normal” won’t play any part of this Time Bender’s future.

Now that the immediate threat is over, Baxter learns just how much the English Council expects of the newest Interred. The pressure has her seriously considering her uncle’s offer to take her to New York, especially since she thinks it will keep her Healer, Jack, from overusing his abilities. Knowing the New York Council’s ranks are filled with beings using dark powers, however, makes her hesitate.

Before she can choose, the decision is wrenched from her. Fissures in Time result in a new battle with an old enemy. Someone she thought she’d lost reenters her life, and she’ll discover a web of lies woven into the fabric of Time…lies only she can unravel. Baxter will have to use her growing abilities to try and reveal the truth, even if it forever changes the reality she knows. 

FISSURE by Marilyn Almodovar
 
YA Paranormal Romance
 
Release Date: May 20, 2014

Published by Iambe Books, LLC



About the Author 

Marilyn Almodóvar is the author of a series of YA paranormal novels. Born in Ft. Huachuca, Arizona, Lyn is a lover of words whose reading tastes range from Victorian novels to the books of Stephen King. Her favorite past-times have always been reading and writing, two activities that let her escape to other worlds.
 
Lyn could happily exist breathing the clean air of Narnia, trapped in a cupboard under the stairs with Harry, fighting alongside Captain Jack Sparrow, doing an internship in Torchwood, or traveling around time and space with the Doctor...as long as she can have Mr. Spock, Captain Kirk and Captain Mal as companions.
 
She currently lives in Central Florida with her French husband, English-born eldest son, and French-born youngest son.