Friday, June 27, 2014

Cover Reveal: A Murder of Magpies by Sarah Bromley – Guest Post and Giveaway #M9BFridayReveals




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Welcome to the Cover Reveal for

A Murder of Magpies by Sarah Bromley

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Besides the dream of seeing your book in print, one thing so many authors daydream about is what the cover will look like. I come from an artistic background. My grandmother was a watercolorist, and I actually spent time in college as an art major before switching first to forensic pathology (don’t ask—it obviously didn’t last) and eventually English. As someone who’s visual, I was excited and, to be honest, nervous for what Month9Books would come up with as the design for the cover of A MURDER OF MAGPIES.
Georgia McBride asked for my input, which I know is rare because so often authors don’t get much say, if any, in their cover art, but I still didn’t know what to expect. Yet when I saw it, I adored my cover. How could there be any other cover for A MURDER OF MAGPIES? The design brings in details like the cobblestone roads of the book’s setting, Black Orchard, Wisconsin. I could imagine walking down that road in the fog and knowing someone was watching. The antique-style light plays off Vayda’s family’s business in the antiques trade as well as her ability to take emotion and turn it into electricity. Then the bird . . . I love the bird’s position as it is hunched over to peck at the ground as if uncovering a secret, and this is a story where everyone has secrets.


Winter in Black Orchard, Wisconsin, is long and dark, and sixteen-year-old Vayda Silver prays the snow will keep the truth and secrecy of the last two years buried. Hiding from the past with her father and twin brother, Vayda knows the rules: never return to the town of her mother’s murder, and never work a Mind Game where someone might see.
No one can know the toll emotions take on Vayda, how emotion becomes energy in her hands, or how she can’t control the destruction she causes. But it's not long before her powers can no longer be contained. The truth is dangerously close to being exposed, placing Vayda and her family at risk.
Until someone quiets the chaos inside her.
Unwanted. That's all Ward Ravenscroft has ever been. To cope, he numbs the pain of rejection by denying himself emotions of any kind. Yet Vayda stirs something in him. He can't explain the hold she has on him--inspiring him with both hope and fear. He claims not to scare easily, except he doesn't know what her powers can do. Yet.
Just as Vadya and Ward draw closer, she finds the past isn't so easily buried. And when it follows the Silvers to Black Orchard, it has murder in mind.

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Title: A Murder of Magpies
Publication date: October 28, 2014
Publisher: Month9Books, LLC.
Author: Sarah Bromley
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Sarah Bromley
Sarah Bromley lives near St. Louis with her husband, three children, and two dogs. She likes the quiet hours of morning when she can drink coffee in peace, stare into the woods behind her house, and wonder what monsters live there. When she's not writing or wrangling small children, she can be found volunteering at a stable for disabled riders.

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Monday, June 23, 2014

The more I write…


I’ve been wrapped up in JuNoWriMo this June – a challenge to write 50,000 words in a month. I haven’t read any fiction, or edited any manuscripts, or even really typed up anything. I’ve barely blogged. All I’ve done is write long hand in my purple notebook. Now it’s June 23rd and the end is nigh. When I figured out that 50,000 in a month = approx. 1,667 words a day, I made that my small goal. For me, I figure that’s 6-7 pages a day. I just focused on getting those 7 pages a day and put the big total word count out of my head. Now the story is closing in on its final climax. The main character is at her lowest point, wondering which way to turn. How will she ever get out of this? Luckily, I think I have a plan, but I can’t let up now with just a few days left to go.

I’ve written six books now- nearly seven- with outlines planned for more. I was musing on all my past projects and I realized I really do love the first draft stage the best. To me, there isn’t a better thrill than just throwing words on paper, when my creativity level is at its highest. I love those little ah-ha moments when I figure out a plot point or I write something particularly profound (in my opinion) or touching that moves me. I think I’ve finally learned how to turn off my inner editor in this stage and just enjoy the fun of it all.

Well, book number seven isn’t technically done yet, so I’d better get back to it.  I wish you all Happy writing~

Friday, June 20, 2014

SciFi Friday Cover Reveal: Lifer by Beck Nicholas and Giveaway

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Welcome to the Cover Reveal for

Lifer by Beck Nicholas

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Asher is a Lifer, a slave aboard the spaceship Pelican. A member of the lowest rung of society, she must serve the ship’s Officials and Astronauts as punishment for her grandparents' crimes back on Earth. The one thing that made life bearable was her illicit relationship with Samuai, a Fishie boy, but he died alongside her brother in a freak training accident.
Still grieving for the loss of her loved ones, Asher is summoned to the upper levels to wait on Lady, the head Official’s wife and Samuai’s mother. It is the perfect opportunity to gather intel for the Lifer’s brewing rebellion. There’s just one problem—the last girl who went to the upper levels never came back.
On the other side of the universe, an alien attack has left Earth in shambles and a group called The Company has taken control. Blank wakes up in a pond completely naked and with no memory, not even his real name. So when a hot girl named Megs invites him to a black-market gaming warehouse where winning means information, he doesn’t think twice about playing. But sometimes the past is better left buried.
As Asher and Blank’s worlds collide, the truth comes out—everyone has been lied to. Bourne Identity meets Under the Never Sky in this intergalactic tale of love and deception from debut novelist Beck Nicholas.

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Title: LIFER
Publication date: December 16, 2014
Publisher: Month9Books, LLC.
Author: Beck Nicholas
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Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Boneseeker by Brynn Chapman~



Welcome!

Today I'm interviewing Arabella Holmes, the main character in the new novel by Brynn Chapman "The Boneseeker".  She's just a tad bit feisty, as you'll soon see for yourself. :)

Here's a synopsis of Brynn's new book:

Arabella Holmes was born different and raised different. After it became apparent she wouldn’t fit the role of a proper 1900′s lady, her father, Sherlock, called in some lingering favors, and landed her a position at the Mutter Museum. The museum was Arabella’s dream; she was to become a purveyor of abnormal science. What her father called a BoneSeeker.

Henry Watson arrives at the Mutter Museum with a double assignment–to become a finder of abnormal antiquities and to watch over and keep Arabella Holmes. An easy task, if he could only get her to speak to him instead of throwing knives in his general direction.

But this is no time for child’s play. The two teens are assigned to a most secret exploration, when the hand of a Nephilim is unearthed in upstate New York. Soon, Arabella and Henry are caught in a fight for their lives as scientific debate swirls around them. Are the bones from a Neanderthal … or are they living proof of fallen angels, who supposedly mated with humans according to ancient scrolls?

Sent to recover the skeleton, they discover they are the second team to have been deployed and the entire first team is dead. And now they must trust their instincts and rely on one another in order to survive and uncover the truth.
 
 Hi Arabella! You have an interesting job title. Can you tell me, exactly what is abnormal science?

Good afternoon. Please excuse my penmanship—it is drivel.

Abnormal science: an oddity. My current position is to seek out and procure artifacts and relics abnormal in nature.

For instance, seven or eight feet tall skeletons, with six toes and occasionally two rows of teeth, discussed in Ms. Chapman’s scribblings about my adventures, which she has titled BONESEEKER.
I personally find her vexing—but as she won’t go away, I am forced to tolerate her presence.  

Last week we were called to collect the recently deceased corpse of a man with Situs Inversus. What is that, you ask?

When the organs grow on the opposite side of the body, heart on the right rather than left, and so on.

We proceeded to prepare the man’s torso and mount him in formaldehyde for the benefit of the College of Physicians and Surgeons and the medical students. Shrugs.

That would be a typical day for me. That and restoring skeletons and or continuing my knowledge of taxidermy.

 Oh my. And how does a young lady, such as yourself, find in herself in such an unusual profession? Is it ever dangerous?

That…is a sticky question. I would not be in my current position (and many, many seek to unseat me from it) if it were not for my famous father…who called in several favors so that I might continue in my studies. My obsessions, as Henry calls them.

I…do not fit with the females of my kind. They despise me. I am unable to feign interest in most things feminine—and it has been my burden since I first opened my mouth to speak my first word.

Spider.

And yes, it is dangerous at times. I do not look for hazards…but I seem to be the gravitational center for a myriad of orbiting misadventures.

I am at home in the museum, more than anywhere else—so blast them all. And I dare them to try to send me home.

Stop waving your arms, Henry, I shall write what I please.

 Haha! What's been your most amazing discovery so far?

 Hmm….conjoined twins….the  Diphyllobothrium nihonkaiense, which you would call a tape worm—28 feet in length, pulled from a man.

Or…perhaps the fact that Henry actually taught me how to dance.

Is there anything else we should know about you, Arabella?

Ms. Chapman is intent on recording our adventures. I suppose I shall have to tolerate her presence for years to come. Henry likes her well enough…but he likes most people well enough, so that isn’t saying much.

I…am trying to learn to endure social experiences. Just so long as this… writer, does not insist I accompany her to any bookshops, I think the arrangement shall work.

Thanks for visiting the blog and good luck with your adventures!

*Arabella nods.
 
You can find out more about Brynn Chapman's book "The Boneseeker" here:


 
Title: BONESEEKER
Publication date: June 17, 2014
Publisher: Month9Books, LLC.
Author: Brynn Chapman


Arabella Holmes was born different and raised different. After it became apparent she wouldn’t fit the role of a proper 1900′s lady, her father, Sherlock, called in some lingering favors, and landed her a position at the Mutter Museum. The museum was Arabella’s dream; she was to become a purveyor of abnormal science. What her father called a BoneSeeker.
 
Henry Watson arrives at the Mutter Museum with a double assignment–to become a finder of abnormal antiquities and to watch over and keep Arabella Holmes. An easy task, if he could only get her to speak to him instead of throwing knives in his general direction.
 
But this is no time for child’s play. The two teens are assigned to a most secret exploration, when the hand of a Nephilim is unearthed in upstate New York. Soon, Arabella and Henry are caught in a fight for their lives as scientific debate swirls around them. Are the bones from a Neanderthal … or are they living proof of fallen angels, who supposedly mated with humans according to ancient scrolls?
 
Sent to recover the skeleton, they discover they are the second team to have been deployed and the entire first team is dead. And now they must trust their instincts and rely on one another in order to survive and uncover the truth.

ABOUT BRYNN CHAPMAN: 

 
 
Born and raised in western Pennsylvania, Brynn Chapman is the daughter of two teachers. Her writing reflects her passions: science, history and love—not necessarily in that order. In real life, the geek gene runs strong in her family, as does the Asperger’s syndrome. Her writing reflects her experience as a pediatric therapist and her interactions with society’s downtrodden. In fiction, she’s a strong believer in underdogs and happily-ever-afters. She also writes non-fiction and lectures on the subjects of autism and sensory integration and is a medical contributor to online journal The Age of Autism.
 
 
Author Links:  Website | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads
 
 


Giveaway Information:  Winner will be drawn July 11, 2014
·         Four (4) winners will receive an ebook copy of Boneseeker by Brynn Chapman (INT)
·         One (1) winner will receive an ebook copy of Boneseeker by Brynn Chapman AND a $10 Amazon Gift Card or B&N Gift Card – Winner’s Choice (INT)

Monday, June 16, 2014

Just another #MondayBlogs post~

Hi peeps,

I've been thinking lately and here's what I want to know:

I've seen on Twitter recently that agents say they can't sell paranormal or fantasy right now. Of course, I'm "hearing" this second hand, so bear with me, but I do believe it is the general trend.

I'm sure that's because publishers have told them "no fantasy", but why? Just look at the most popular movies and television shows of the last few years, many of which are based on books~

Marvel superhero movies = comic book fantasy
Lord of the Rings = high fantasy
City of Bones, Divergent, Hunger Games = dystopian fantasy
Game of Thrones = high fantasy
Maleficent, Frozen = high fantasy
Star Wars, Star Trek, Enders Game = sci-fi fantasy
 
I saw recently where The Giver, another dystopian fantasy by Lois Lowery is also coming to the screen soon. It's clear, the public wants fantastical stories, so why, why, why would a publisher refuse to offer them such books??? It seems ridiculous to me.
 
 
 
To the writers, publishers, and agents still putting out fantasy, paranormal, and sci-fi, I say "Hats off to you!! Thank you for supporting readers!"

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Cover Reveal – The Perilous Journey of the Not-So-Innocuous Girl by Leigh Statham and Giveaway

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The Perilous Journey of the Not-So-Innocuous
Girl by Leigh Statham

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The Perilous Journey of the Not So Innocuous Girl

Lady Marguerite lives a life most 17th century French girls can only dream of: Money, designer dresses, suitors and a secure future. Except, she suspects her heart may be falling for her best friend Claude, a common smithie in the family's steam forge. When Claude leaves for New France in search of a better life, Marguerite decides to follow him and test her suspicions of love. Only the trip proves to be more harrowing than she anticipated. Love, adventure and restitution await her, if she can survive the voyage.

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Title: THE PERILOUS JOURNEY OF
THE NOT-SO-INNOCUOUS GIRL
Publication date: 2015
Publisher: Month9Books, LLC.
Author: Leigh Stratham
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Leigh Statham was raised in the wilds of rural Idaho, but found her heart in New York City. She worked as a waitress, maid, artist, math teacher, nurse, web designer, art director, thirty-foot inflatable pig and mule wrangler before she settled down in the semi-quiet role of wife, mother and writer. She resides in North Carolina with her husband, four children, five chickens and two suspected serial killer cats. If the air is cool and the sun is just coming up over the horizon, you can find her running the streets of her small town, plotting her next novel with the sort of intensity that will one day get her hit by a car.

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Sunday, June 8, 2014

Cover Reveal – The Three Thorns by Michael Gibney and Giveaway



Welcome to the Cover Reveal for

The Three Thorns (The Brotherhood and The Shield #1)
by Michael Gibney

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Three brothers born to a once powerful King were abandoned at birth and cast out into the old world as orphans - alone and unaware of the other's existence or their royal heritage.
In the new world, by order of the false King, three of the most lethal assassins are sent to kill the children before they come of age and avenge their father’s throne.
But when the brothers find one another, Benjamin, Tommy and Sebastian must resist the temptation of magic and power if they are to defeat the unspeakable evil that has threatened them since birth.
The Three Thorns is book one in an exciting children’s fantasy series called The Brotherhood and the Shield from debut author Michael Gibney.

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Title: THE THREE THORNS
(THE BROTHERHOOD AND THE SHIELD #1)
Publication date: August 26, 2014
Publisher: Tantrum Books/Month9Books, LLC.
Author: Michael Gibney

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Michael Gibney
Michael Gibney began working in restaurants at the age of sixteen and assumed his first sous chef position at twenty-two. He ascended to executive sous chef at Tavern on the Green, where he managed an eighty-person staff. He has worked in the kitchens of Morgans Hotel Group, 10 Downing in Manhattan, and Governor in Brooklyn’s DUMBO, among many others. Over the course of his career, he has had the opportunity to work alongside cooks and chefs from many of the nation’s best restaurants, including Alinea, Per Se, Eleven Madison Park, Daniel, Jean Georges, Le Bernardin, Bouley, Ducasse, Corton, wd~50, and Momofuku.

In addition to his experience in the food service industry, Gibney also holds a BFA in painting from Pratt Institute and an MFA in nonfiction writing from Columbia University. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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