Today I'm featuring Finding My Escape - a YA Paranormal Thriller by Fran Veal.
I asked Fran to reveal a secret about her book or herself that had never been shared before, and here it is ...
Fran Veal: "I was a pom pom girl in college"
Description of Finding My Escape:
My life was shattered when I walked in to find my parents being murdered. He almost got me, too. The killer, I mean.
The police say it was a home invasion, but I don't believe it. I just wish the nightmares would stop. The same thing
every night, reliving it. Tripping over something...my dad's body. Hearing my mother scream. I can't take this anymore! So I run. I run to forget. I run to get away.
And then I meet Josh. He helps me forget, for a while, anyway.
He's absolutely perfect.
Or is he...
Fran Veal fell in love with the book Little Women in the third grade, and that was the spark that ignited her desire to write. If Jo could write then she felt she could, too. Her first attempt at writing stories was in the fifth grade when she began writing and drawing a cartoon for her friends. The drawing, to be honest, was terrible, but the stories must have been pretty decent because a friend recently informed her she'd kept some of them because “she always knew Fran would be a writer someday. Fran graduated to writing romance in ninth grade, which was more interesting and, no, there were no pictures (much to the readers' relief).
It wasn’t until Fran had a teen daughter of her own that she actually began writing again. Finding My Escape was her debut novel. The sequel, Finding My Way Back will be released August 23, 2013 with the third and final book in the series coming out in early 2014. She’s also working on a comedy geared more toward adults, Five Strikes, with fellow writer, Bryden Lloyd.
Fran currently resides in the beautiful city of Murfreesboro, TN with her husband of twenty-seven years, fifteen year old daughter, and one extremely snarky cat.
Author Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/FranVealAuthor
Purchase Finding My Escape by Fran Veal:
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Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B006EOA90M
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Thank you for reading,
Author Andrew Butcher.
It's been a while since I've posted any updates, but fear not, I am still writing! This is just a quick one about the progress of Book Three in the Lansin Island Series, A Spirit Displaced, and also some other info you may find interesting.
To the left, you can see the eBook cover for A Spirit Displaced. It's a little different to the first two covers in the series, but I think they all look nice alongside one another. The cover might change before the release date, especially if I can get enough money together to get it professionally done, but for now I have to do the best with what I can put together myself. So here it is!
As you may have guessed from the title of Book Three, this one focuses a bit more on the Spiritworld. I wanted the cover to reflect this ethereal quality, to give you the right kind of expectation for the book. I think this cover does the job in that respect.
Progress & Release Date
Writing is going just fine, though I have a tendency to make everything more complicated than it needs to be (like the plot--I can't help adding twists and turns as I go). I'm hoping for a Summer 2014 release date. Nearer the time, I'll be contacting the same beta readers who helped me with Book Two (if any of you are reading this, thanks again--you're awesome!). And if you've read the series so far and might be interested in beta reading, then I'd love to hear from you!
Other Projects (or maybe not)
I'm a slow writer. I wish I could apologise for this, but I've tried so many things to boost my daily word count and nothing has made a lasting difference yet. I seem to fall back into my usual writing rhythm. I'm quite cerebral when it comes to writing, so I think for me it just takes as long as it takes for the ideas to form in my head. I suppose I could write faster if I absolutely had to, but without having put the thought in first I would be producing work that doesn't feel authentic to me, and I think my readers would pick up on that. Also, at the moment, I have some other stresses (not writing-related) and these obviously have an effect on my progress.
A Spirit Displaced is my priority and the only thing I'm spending time writing at the moment. But I'm considering, once ASD is out, doing a companion guide for the series so far. Either that, or maybe adding a kind of wiki section to my website. It would include things like character bios, a timeline of the story so far, descriptions of supernatural beings and paranormal abilities that feature in the series, a map of Lansin Island, a Q & A section, and so on. It's just a thought for now, and not something I would want to make a priority (because moving on to Book Four would be the most important thing after Book Three) but if this is something you might be interested in, then please let me know what kind of thing you'd like to see in a companion guide.
I like the idea of a companion guide myself because the world (or should I say worlds?) of the Lansin Island Series is expanding faster than I thought it would. I'm creating more and more characters and creepy-crawlies, and I'm also beginning to unravel the history of the Otherworld. Of course, you'd find out all of these things by reading the books, but I think it would be cool to have concise summaries (and also some extras) in a book of its own. And a handy table of contents would help you to dip in and out of it.
What are you thoughts?
Thanks for reading,
Hope you're all well!
A Body Displaced is here!
I hope you enjoy it, and thank you so much for reading the Lansin Island Series so far!
Amazon US: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00EIGL4XE/
Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00EIGL4XE/
Amazon - Other Countries:
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Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/a-bod...
Apple are a little slow publishing the book, but it will be available here soon: https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/an...
In the aftermath of a shocking murder, Nick and Juliet handle their lives in almost opposite ways. Everything is finally on the up for Nick—full-time work, stronger relationships—and he even has a girlfriend. So when a romantic weekend away turns into a bloodbath, he's left disillusioned ... and with the fear that someone is targeting him.
For Juliet, the things she has witnessed still haunt her, and the deceit she has suffered feels fresh. Struggling to keep her life in order, she attempts to regain confidence by learning to control her ability. Not only that, she tries out something she has avoided for a long time: Dating.
But neither Nick nor Juliet can forget what they experienced together, what they glimpsed of the Otherworld. And as events unfold, it becomes apparent that the Otherworld hasn't forgotten them either ...
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Today I'm featuring The Color Keepers - a YA Fantasy/Adventure by Catriona Crehan.
I asked the author to reveal a secret that had never been shared before, and here it is ...
Catriona Crehan: "My book was actually inspired by my intense ability to dream EVERY night and remember what I dream :) The whole story played out in my head, and I woke up and got to work!"
Description of The Color Keepers:
Hoping to have a good change and good ending to go with it, Emily, a 16- year-old girl from Ohio, has moved to sunny California.
Moving to a new town can be scary, especially a new school. So when Sam, the most popular kid there, looks her way, she can’t believe this is happening to her.
Everything seems to be working out fine. That is, until her mother buys an enchanted mirror by mistake.
Suddenly, Emily finds herself in a whole new world, full of talking animals, magic and more change than she was hoping for.
With the help of her new crush, Sam, and her annoyingly goofy 12-year-old brother James, Emily sets out to save their world and ours.
Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/catrionacrehan
Goodreads Page: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17714256-the-color-keepers
Purchase The Color Keepers:
Amazon US: http://amzn.to/12ovMv5
Amazon UK: http://amzn.to/18JxQzd
Thank you for reading,
Author Andrew Butcher.
Today I'm featuring The Enemy of an Enemy (Lost Tales of Power) by Vincent Trigili. Being SciFi/Fantasy, it's in a slightly different genre to the books I usually post (one with paranormal elements).
Author Vincent Trigili, as per my posting rules, provided me with a book-related fact he'd never shared before. Here it is ...
In Vincent Trigili's words: I never knew that "magi" was a plural of "magus" until a year or so after the release when I hired an editor. I thought it meant "wise person" and was both singular and plural (you know like deer). That is the reason that in “The Academy,” Phoenix and Michael have the conversation about “magi” and “magus.”
Description of The Enemy of an Enemy:
Vydor was on a fast track to the highest-ranking position in the Imperial Navy’s security forces and was recently assigned to the senior staff of the flagship of the Navy, the Dragon Claw. All he wanted to do his entire life was to serve his god, the Emperor, and given his phenomenal performance during his training in the Naval Academy, it seemed he would be able to do just that. Everything seemed to be going his way, until the Dragon Claw and its massive command fleet was sent on a rather unusual assignment to investigate a minor incident deep within the Empire’s space. That one event would start Vydor down a path filled with fantastically powerful enemies and extraordinary friends that would obliterate everything he ever understood to be true and threaten the very foundations of the Empire itself.
Vincent's newest work is The Lost Tales of Power series of books which are a sci-fi fantasy cross over. Vincent is a graduate student at Liberty University, and presently holds undergraduate degrees in Math and Computer Science. Currently, he is working as an Enterprise Architect at Liberty University.
The worlds described in The Lost Tales of Power series were born out of Vincent's long history of creating role playing games in the old pen and paper tradition. He uses the rich history of those worlds he created to imagine an entirely new world for this series. Vincent uses his exposure and history with science and technology to keep the stories in the realm of the possible while balancing that with an eye for fantasy.
Purchase The Enemy of an Enemy (Lost Tales of Power):
Amazon US: http://amzn.to/143gf1t
Amazon UK: http://amzn.to/11HvXAf
Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-lost-tales-of-power-volume-i-vincent-trigili/1110283495?ean=2940011145001
Thank you for reading,
Author Andrew Butcher.
Today I'm featuring No Such Thing (a Mystery/Thriller with Paranormal elements) by Judi Coltman.
I asked Judi for an interesting-and-never-revealed-before fact about herself as an author or about No Such Thing, and here is what she revealed ...
Judi Coltman: "Super Secret thing about my book - While there is no legal leg to stand on and the case is still open, I believe I know who the killer is and he is still alive."
Description of No Such Thing:
A killer lurked the Woodward Avenue corridor of Oakland County, Michigan in 1976-77. His prey; children. For one year, he stalked, abducted and murdered young boys and girls, laying their lifeless bodies out in a macabre public display.
In 1977 the killing abruptly stopped, but the killer was never found.
This is the story of what could have happened.
Newly divorced and ready to relaunch herself, Sydney Powell and her retired K9 move back to the city in which she grew up to write a book about the infamous Detroit Purple Gang. Having once lived in a house built and used by the Purple Gang to run liquor, Sydney takes the opportunity to rent the place, believing it will give her insight into Detroit mafia history.
Met with opposition from her psychotic mother and her long brooding brother, Jack, who believe the real story of the house is about ghosts, she begins to dig into its history. Her research yields very little about her intended subject instead pointing to an entirely different history tied to the disturbing death of a young boy.
Peeling away the layers of legal paper, news articles and shuttered memories, Sydney, with help from Jack, becomes acutely aware that the house holds secrets. Unspeakable occurrences linked not only to the gruesome murder that rocked the state, but deeper, more disturbing events held hostage in the walls.
The real life saga of the Oakland County Child Killer sparked the largest murder investigation of its time, reinventing how missing children cases are handled. No Such Thing weaves the many theories and suspects in these unsolved crimes into one dynamic story of ruin, resilience and redemption.
Raised in an affluent suburb of Detroit, Judi Coltman grew up in a female heavy household with an urban sense of "normal." Coltman attended Michigan State University, majoring in Journalism until a professor requested she switch majors - "Apparently making a story better with added features isn't acceptable in the news world," Coltman laments. With a BA in English from Northern Illinois University, Coltman has written for local, regional and national publications.
Most recently, though, Coltman has been focusing on her true passion, delving into the realm or fiction. Her latest novel, No Such Thing earned an Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award in the Quarter Finals. Based on the murders of children in suburban Detroit, the novel delves into the seamier side of the child sex trade.
Currently working on her next novel, Coltman is still writing a blog called, "My Life in a Nutshell," from where her humorous book material was born. Often compared to Erma Bombeck, Coltman sees the humor in the absurdity of everyday life and then tells anyone who will listen.
Judi Coltman and her husband split their time between northern Illinois and the California desert. Sometimes they even pass each other at the airport.
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Judi-Coltman-Author/497699343606178
Judi Coltman's books on Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/search?utf8=✓&query=judi+coltman
Purchase links for No Such Thing:
Amazon US: http://amzn.to/Ztzvpx
Amazon UK: http://amzn.to/133sAlm
Thank you for reading,
Today I'm featuring Guardians: The Girl (YA/Fantasy Romance) by Lola StVil.
As required for this post, the author has shared a never-revealed-before fact about herself. Here it is ...
Lola StVil: "I'm trying to brake up with bacon as our love affair had gotten out of hand."
Description of Guardians, Book One: The Girl:
The truth is I hate him. I hate his warm brown eyes with flecks of gold, his chiseled face, broad shoulders and massive wings.
I hate how over protective he is just because a few thousand demons are after me.
In fact, I couldn't care less about Marcus or his perfect telekinetic girlfriend.
And when I see him holding her, I don’t die a little inside…
After his death, Marcus found the love of his life...
Unfortunately it's not his sexy, telekinetic angel girlfriend -- it's Emmy Baxter... a human.
Between torture, demon attacks, and midterms, Marcus and Emily must fight their feelings for a devastating prophecy has predicted:
"Should Angel and Human unite, humanity will perish."
Lola was seven when she first came to this country from Port-au-Prince, Haiti. She attended Columbia College in Chicago, where her main focus was creative writing. In addition to plays, she also writes screenplays and short stories.
She has been commissioned to write for ABC, CBS and Princeton University. She won the NAACP award for her play "The Bones of Lesser Men". In addition to being nominated for LA Weekly awards. Her work has also received positive reviews from The LA Times, Variety and LA Weekly. This is her first novel.
Purchase Links (Guardians: The Girl is FREE):
Amazon US: http://www.amazon.com/Guardians-Girl-Series-Book-ebook/dp/B006VRXR42
Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Guardians-Girl-Series-Book-ebook/dp/B006VRXR42
Kobo: http://www.kobobooks.com/ebook/Guardians-The-Girl/book-0NisSwlTIEOYr8AI3MVuQg/page1.html? s=Wbh_OLmn8U2nFAvQj3kapA&r=1
Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/guardians-lola-stvil/1113116420?ean=2940045019897
Thank you for reading,
Today I'm featuring Torc of Moonlight (Book One), a paranormal romantic suspense, by Linda Acaster.
To have a book featured on this blog, the author must share a fact about themself or their book that they have never shared before. Here it is ...
Linda Acaster came upon the premise for the trilogy while researching for a Native American novel.
Description of Torc of Moonlight, Book One:
First in a trilogy of novels set in university cities crowding the North York Moors in northern England.
'Stay away from me. Don’t you understand? People close to me die.'
Nick believes Alice is overreacting. She’s been unlucky in her life, that’s all. Coincidences – they happen all the time.
It had been coincidence that they’d caught each other’s gaze across the lecture room, a trick of the light that had lifted her auburn hair. But is it coincidence that someone, some thing, is distancing him from his friends as the need to possess Alice builds?
Drawn into her obsession with finding the shrine to a Celtic fertility goddess, Nick is in denial… until he sees a jewelled sword fade in his hand and knows that he, or the thing that shadows him, has held it, and bloodied it, long ago. To tell Alice will make her flee. To stay silent could kill her.
An eccentric Brit through & through. Native American re-enactor; enjoys walking sacred landscapes; fascinated by the way myths & legends metamorphose down the centuries; received a museum quality repro c900AD Viking broadsword as a surprise birthday gift. Eccentric, or what?
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/lindaacasterUK
Purchase Torc of Moonlight, Book One:
Amazon US: http://amzn.to/19eKgxF
Amazon UK: http://amzn.to/18sc14E
Barnes & Noble: http://bit.ly/139elds
Thank you for reading,
Today, I'm featuring HIDDEN (Marchwood Vampire Series Book 1) by Shalini Boland.
But before I tell you all about the book, I asked the author to reveal a fact about the book or herself that she had never shared before ...
Shalini Boland decided to write this book while shopping for cushions in Homebase (DIY store).
Description of HIDDEN:
A paranormal adventure that spans the centuries from modern London to 19th century Paris and ancient Cappadocia.
Sixteen-year-old Madison Greene is in foster care until one day she inherits a fortune, she inherits a house, she inherits a cellar full of danger.
Eighteen-year-old Alexandre lives in 19th century Paris. On an archaeological expedition he discovers a lost underground city where his life changes forever.
For each of them, life is finally starting. Little do they know it is closer to ending. Something lies buried which should have been forgotten. A Pandora's Box that was meant to stay shut. But Madison and Alexandre have never been any good at following the rules. They are about to find everything they've ever desired and everything that could destroy them.
Falling in love has never been so dangerous.
Shalini Boland lives in Dorset, England with her husband and two noisy boys. Before kids, she was a singer songwriter signed to Universal Music. But now writing fiction has hijacked her life and so she's usually to be found with a laptop welded to her fingers and the house in a permanent state of neglect.
She writes the kind of novels she loves to read - gripping adventures with a spattering of danger and a sprinkling of supernatural.
Purchase Links & More Info:
Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/ShaliniBolandAuthor
HIDDEN from Barnes & Noble for the Nook: http://bit.ly/k2mIiI
HIDDEN on Amazon US: http://amzn.to/139gcPk
HIDDEN on Amazon UK: http://amzn.to/18rXwh1
HIDDEN on Smashwords: http://bit.ly/iNGSny
Thank you all for reading, I hope you've enjoyed finding out about Shalini's book today.
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