Sunday, January 15, 2017

NAME YOUR DEMON Box Set, including ROMANCING THE NULL by Tina Gower

 
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Name Your Demon - Box Set
NAME YOUR DEMON is an urban fantasy and paranormal romance collection showcasing 15 first-in-series reads from New York Times, USA Today, and International Bestselling Authors. Many of the works have never been seen in a boxed set before, and one written especially for the set!
It has something for everyone—mind readers, vampires, werewolves, soul hunters, angels, demons, sorcerers, Loki, witches, and oracles.
…Just name your demon.

Pre-Order Links:

Including:
ROMANCING THE NULL by Tina Gower,
Award-Winning Author
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Blurb:
There are three kinds of lies. Lies the fates spin as half truths. Lies of destined love. And statistics.

As a fateless, Kate Hale is immune to the first two, but the third kind of lie is her profession. After spending years as an actuary for the Traffic Department, Kate is promoted to Accidental Death Predictions. It’s all she’s worked toward, and her career is finally on track. But when an oracle delivers an impossible death prediction and insists on her help to solve the case, she might lose any chance of impressing the brass.

Her only hope comes in the form of the police liaison assigned to her department, latent werewolf Ian Becker. Becker can grant her the clearance to find answers, but he’s a wild card with a shady past who doesn’t play well with others.

Every prediction has a loophole, but if Kate can’t solve the case before the crime is fated to occur she won’t just lose her job–she’ll have the blood of an oracle on her hands.

Romancing the Null is the first book in an exciting new urban fantasy romance series. Fans of Mercy Thompson, Charley Davidson, or The Dresden Files will likely enjoy this series.

The Outlier Prophecy Series:
Romancing the Null (book one) Big Bad Becker (Novella) Conditional Probability of Attraction (book two) The Werewolf Coefficient (book three) Standard Deviation of Death (book four) Shifter Variance (book five ~ fall 2016)
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About Tina Gower
 Tina Gower grew up in a small community in Northern California that proudly boasts of having more cows than people. She raised guide dogs for the blind, is dyslexic, and can shoot a gun or bow and miraculously never hit the target (which at some point becomes a statistical improbability). Tina also won the Writers of the Future, the Daphne du Maurier Award for Mystery and Suspense (paranormal category), and was nominated for the Romance Writers of America Golden Heart (writing as Alice Faris). She has professionally published several short stories in a variety of magazines. Tina is represented by Rebecca Strauss at DeFiore and Company.
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Full Box Set Includes: 
FEATURED STORIES & AUTHORS
1.THE THOUGHT READERS by Dima Zales, New York Times Bestselling Author
2.VENGEANCE BE MINE by Louisa Lo, First Time Featured in a Box Set
3.SECRETS OF THE HOLLOWS by Nicole Morgan, Brand NEW Story
4.DISCERN by Andrea Pearson, First Time Featured in a Box Set
5.WINGS OF HOPE by Pippa DaCosta, First Time Featured in a Box Set
6.ANGEL VINDICATED by Viola Estrella, First Time Featured in a Box Set
7.TAKEN by Laxmi Hariharan, New York Times Bestselling Author
8.TUTORING THE WOLF by Jacqueline Sweet, USA Today Bestselling Author
9.WOLVES: I BRING THE FIRE PART 1 by C. Gockel, USA Today Bestselling Author
10.SOUL TIES by LJ Swallow, USA Today Bestselling Author
11.ROMANCING THE NULL by Tina Gower, Award-Winning Author
12.CRIMSON SHADOW: NOIR by Nathan Squiers, International Bestselling and Award-Winning Author
13.A TOUCH OF DARKNESS by Yelena Casale & Tina Moss, Award-Winning Authors
14.SEE YOU IN HELL by Demelza Carlton, International Bestselling and Award-Winning Author

**BONUS STORY**
THE SORCERY CODE -
A captivating fantasy by Dima Zales, New York Times Bestselling Author


Friday, January 13, 2017

TURN TOWARDS THE SUN Book Blitz

So excited to feature this Scottsdale author! 

Title: Turn Towards the Sun
Author: Jennifer Domenico
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Hosted by: Lady Amber’s PR
Blurb:
This book is the first in a trilogy. It contains adult language and content.
Ava Bradshaw is stuck in mid-flight. On the edge of her thirtieth birthday, she finally ends a devastatingly bad relationship that left her wounded and insecure. With a plane ticket in her hand, she sets out to make a life for herself in sunny Phoenix, Arizona.
What she didn’t plan on was meeting the intense Italian architect Enzo Milano, a local celebrity in Phoenix. The handsome and commanding Enzo sweeps the passionate and vibrant Ava into his world of galas, prestige, luxury, and money.
Enzo is charming, breathtakingly gorgeous, and a self-made American success story. He’s also a seasoned womanizer who has zero interest in relationships. Still, he can’t deny there is something special about Ava and considers trying an old-fashioned romance.
Sexy, humorous, and touching, Turn Towards the Sun will resonate with any woman whose life didn’t quite work out as she planned.
One day, many months ago, Jennifer Domenico went to sleep and a beautiful love story played out in her dreams.
When she awoke, she felt compelled to write it down. So she did. The result was her first novel, Turn Towards the Sun and a writing career was born.
Ms. Domenico lives in Scottsdale, Arizona with her very Italian husband, a dog that adores her, two cats that tolerate her, and a wicked sweet tooth.

Author Links:
Pinterest: pinterest.com/jendomenico
Instagram: jendomenicowords
Buy Links:
~Book One: Turn Towards the Sun - http://amzn.to/295Odi4
~Book Two: After the Rain - http://amzn.to/292RLiR
~Book Three: Forever in Bloom - http://amzn.to/292RyfI
Other books by Jennifer Domenico:
Have my Heart- A Novella - http://amzn.to/292S1yk
Beautifully Twisted - http://amzn.to/295OdP2
Chasing Desire - http://amzn.to/28ZlYik
Londyn Falls - http://amzn.to/295Orpg
Break Me Down - http://amzn.to/28Z8aSY
If I Told You - http://amzn.to/2dVvsj1
At First Glance - http://amzn.to/2e5U2NJ
When I Found You - http://amzn.to/2gpzwUJ

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

LOU LOU AND PEA AND THE MURAL MYSTERY by Jill Diamond

I met Jill Diamond at last year's CLA conference, and was immediately struck by her imaginative writing and refreshing main characters. This book is the first in the Lou Lou and Pea series, and I look forward to many more. Readers (especially librarians!) should snatch this series up if they haven't already.

Meet LOU LOU BOMBAY and PEACOCK PEARL!
1. Pea is proper, Lou Lou is not!
2. Lou Lou loves gardening, Pea prefers art.
3. But neither can turn down an adventure...

On Friday afternoons, the girls get together in Lou Lou's backyard garden for their PSPP (post-school pre-parents) tea parties. They chat about the school week, discuss Pea's latest fashions, and plot the weekend's activities.

But all plans go out the window when a series of small crimes crop up around El Corazón, their quirky neighborhood, right before the Día de los Muertos procession. First, Pea's cousin's quinceañera dress is tragically ruined. Then Lou Lou's beloved camellia bush, Pinky, suffers a serious blow. When clues start to appear in the painted murals around their community, these best friends must join forces - both floral expertise and artistic genius - to solve the mysteries.

In addition to your author career, you also practice law. In what ways, if any, do you find balance in these careers, and how do you refill your creative well?

In my law career, what I do most frequently - and the part of being an attorney that I enjoy the most - is legal writing. Middle grade fiction, at least the kind I write, and legal writing couldn't be more different. One is creative and whimsical, the other is highly logical and subject to many rules (I think you can guess which is which). It's really fun for me to be able to do both in an alternating left brain/right brain sort of way. When I'm maxed out on legal writing, middle grade feels like a mini vacation and, to a certain extent, vice versa.

One of the ways in which I refill my creative well is by reading. I read a lot of picture books to my son and I try to read as many other books as possible (though, I'm admittedly a slow reader). I also love being out and about in my city, San Francisco. Lou Lou and Pea's neighborhood, El Corazón, is inspired by San Francisco's Mission District, so spending time in the Mission - even if it just means going for a casual stroll - is always creativity-boosting!

Ooh, I love San Francisco's Mission District, and the city is one of my favorite places to visit. I also love that Lou Lou and Pea have their meetings in a garden, and that they have a tea party. What inspired this, and if you could have tea with Lou Lou and Pea, what kind of food and drink would you prefer? 

I love mint tea! I'm also addicted to spicy chai with almond milk from a café in the Mission. For nibbles, I'd go for blueberry scones (because I'm originally a Maine girl). If we were branching out to cookies, I'd gobble up some gingersnaps or alfajores.

Just googled alfajores and I want to try them (and sugar skulls!) immediately. Speaking of sugar skulls, I love your website. What do you recommend to authors interested in building an online platform?

Thank you! I did it all on my own, so that's great to hear. My advice about websites is to make it easy on yourself, particularly if you are the one building/designing it. Use an online platform like Wix or Squarespace (I used Wix) that does the behind-the-scenes work for you and makes the website easy to edit and manage. Second, make the website reflect who you are as an author. I was told that websites should have lots of white space in order to look professional and be user-friendly. I ignored that advice and used a lot of color instead because that's more me and my books. Third, make sure your website includes basic relevant information - a summary and purchase links for your book(s), a contact form, author bio, events and news, etc. And fourth, a website is not the only component to building an online platform. It helps A LOT to be active on Twitter/Facebook/Instagram/Goodreads and probably other social media sites that I've never even heard of. A lot of authors are much better at this than I am, but I do what I can!

Wonderful advice--and I'm sure you're doing more than you think! What are some of your current projects?

I'm working on the second LOU LOU AND PEA book. I can't reveal too much, but it involves a two-hundredth birthday celebration, Pea's Abuela Josie, who is also a stunt riding vaquera, gazebos, a plethora of hats, and a lot of argyle print! I'm also writing two other middle grade novels: a serious story about a boy and his family's legacy and a not-so-serious story involving animals and magic!




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Monday, January 9, 2017

Manic Monday, Writer's Block, and Kitchen Timers

I've had a hard time getting motivated this morning. Maybe it's because the novelty of the holidays is over and now it's time to get back to work, do all the running around, etc. Cue the Bangles:


In the midst of this, I'm attempting to re-plot a short story so I can resubmit it, and I have nada. Less than nada. So to help with this Monday business, I've decided include a link to help with motivation and writer's block. In searching for Dan Roos and his kitchen timer method (which I read about in Lauren Graham's Talking as Fast As I Can), I stumbled upon this beating writer's block handout from Your Screenplay Sucks. I found this quote from E.B. White particularly fitting:

"I arise in the morning torn between a desire to improve the world and a desire to enjoy the world. This makes it hard to plan the day." ~ E.B. White

Today, I'm voting to improve the world, which means yes, I will be cuing up the kitchen timer pretty much right after I've finished editing this blog post, and seeing if I can eke a plot twist out of this limp short story. (Seriously, scroll down to the kitchen timer part. Definitely worth your time.)

So happy Manic Monday, everyone. Whether you are improving the world, enjoying the world (or both), I hope this post finds you happy.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

IMPYRIUM by Henry H. Neff

I met Henry Neff at last year's NCIBA Fall Discovery show, where I not only learned about his Tapestry series, but I found out about IMPYRIUM, the first book in his new MG fantasy series. Anyone who loves intricate world-building should be sure to pick this one up:

For over three thousand years, the Faeregine dynasty has ruled Impyrium. But the family’s magic has been fading, and with it their power over the empire. Whether it’s treachery from a rival house, the demon Lirlanders, or rebel forces, many believe the Faereginese are ripe to fall.

Hazel, the youngest member of the royal family, is happy to leave ruling to her sisters so that she can study her magic. But the Empress has other plans for her granddaughter, dark and dangerous plans to exploit Hazel’s talents and rekindle the Faeregine mystique. Hob, a commoner from the outer realms, has been sent to the city to serve the Faeregines—and to spy on them.

One wants to protect the dynasty. The other wants to destroy it. But when Hazel and Hob form an improbable friendship, their bond may save the realm as they know it…or end it for good.

You are an artist as well as an author. What do you love about both mediums?

For me, they really work hand in glove. Writing involves sequence and structure, the plotting of character and story arcs that stretch across many pages and trials. I love language, its sound and cadence and that jolt of triumph I experience when the right word pops into my brain. It's hard to express the sense of pride and satisfaction I feel when I've completed a chapter and know that its bones are solid. But when I reach the end of a hefty manuscript like IMPYRIUM, I’m ready for a break from the intense focus that writing requires. I’m ready to use some different muscles and tap into a different part of my brain. I’ve been drawing since I was old enough to hold a crayon and find that it's invaluable to my process. My visual imagination shapes my story, which in turn informs the illustrations. It’s a virtuous cycle, and one that lets me recharge my creative batteries. It’s strange, but I no longer view writing and drawing as discrete pursuits. For me, they’ve become two sides of a single coin. Together, they allow me to paint whole worlds with words and images. Pursuing both isn’t just fun, it’s a compulsion that makes for better work.

And I love the world you've created. IMPYRIUM has wonderful humor and great voice. What would you say was the most enjoyable thing about writing IMPYRIUM and what was the most difficult?

I'm glad you touched upon the humor. My books tend to have big stakes and dramatic moments, and if one isn't careful that can veer into territory that's too dark and self-serious. Humor is the perfect antidote. I've found that readers are willing to go a lot further with an author if they know there will be some laughs along the way. When it comes to the most enjoyable and challenging aspects of writing IMPYRIUM, I'd say they involve the world building. It's so much fun to create a world, to brainstorm all these little aspects of its geography and politics, social classes and creatures. It's a treat, but it can also be a trap if the writer isn't discriminating about what they choose to share with the reader. Authors intent on explaining every aspect of their world—even details that aren't central to the story—can quickly become Tour Guides from Hell. I certainly didn't want to be one of those and relied on my editor's wisdom to strike the appropriate balance.

It shows. I've gotten stuck in some of those Tour Guides from Hell--I love Tolkien, but once I got into Moria, I couldn't get out again. Your other series, The Tapestry, follows the adventures of Max McDaniels. In what ways did Max's world develop, and what would you say influenced his story the most? 

IMPYRIUM is built on The Tapestry's world but takes place 3,000 years after Max's tale concluded. Those familiar with The Tapestry know that our world changes dramatically over the course of that story's five books. My goal in that series was to deconstruct the world we know and build a fantasy setting upon its foundations; to combine the familiar with the new and strange. When The Tapestry concluded, mankind is entering a fundamentally new age — an age where magic is no longer confined to the fringes and humans will have to share this world with other intelligent beings. As far as what influenced Max's tale, it's really a combination of Irish mythology (Max is a modern incarnation of the hero/demigod Cúchulain) with some philosophical questions regarding identity and the use/temptations of power. SPOILER ALERT: As the Dàme Rascha says in IMPYRIUM, The Hound's greatest act was not slaying Astaroth but leaving this world before he became its master...

I love the Irish mythology connections! The sequel to IMPYRIUM doesn't have a title yet, but is there anything you can tell us about it?

I don’t want to give away too much, but rest assured there are political upheavals, an ancient sect of demons, a machine that can dispel magic, and two friends trying to keep the realm from splitting at the seams. We might even visit another world. In my biased opinion, Book Two is a really fun blend of fantasy, horror, and even humor. Several chapters are written from the villain’s perspective and I’ll only say that necromancers have a dark but surprisingly funny take on the absurd situations that can arise in their profession. It can be rather awkward to forget whose identity you’ve stolen...


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Monday, January 2, 2017

Monday Feature: THE HUNDRED LIES OF LIZZIE LOVETT by Chelsea Sedoti

Happy New Year to all! Tomorrow, on January 3, THE HUNDRED LIES OF LIZZIE LOVETT will hit the pavement! I featured it back in November, and I can't wait for this story to get into the hands of readers:




A teenage misfit named Hawthorn Creely inserts herself in the investigation of missing person Lizzie Lovett, who disappeared mysteriously while camping with her boyfriend. Hawthorn doesn't mean to interfere, but she has a pretty crazy theory about what happened to Lizzie. In order to prove it, she decides to immerse herself in Lizzie's life. That includes taking her job... and her boyfriend. It's a huge risk — but it's just what Hawthorn needs to find her own place in the world.






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Wednesday, December 28, 2016

THE SKY OF RED POPPIES and THE MOON DAUGHTER by Zoe Ghahremani

I first saw Zohreh Ghahremani on a panel that discussed libraries collaborating with local authors, and I really liked what she had to say. I even quoted her in this article. Once I found out more about her books, I knew I had to interview her.




Sky of Red Poppies begins with an unusual friendship between two young women coming of age in a politically divided 1960’s Iran under rule of the Shah. As the story unfolds, the history and culture of their homeland takes on a life of its own.












Rana is certain that her third child will be a boy. She has two daughters, yet a husband who demands a son. When she gives birth to another girl, Yalda, the impact on her marriage is immediate. In 1970s Iran, living within a culture where marital rights and gender roles are maintained with tradition and fervor, Rana is pushed to make the hardest decision of her life, and begins to set in motion a chain of events that will ripple through the next generation. A family saga, The Moon Daughter explores the universal dynamics of mothers and daughters, husbands and wives, and the struggles that define us.






Your book, SKY OF RED POPPIES, was selected as the winner of KPBS's One Book, One San Diego in 2012. In what ways has this book reached readers in ways you didn't expect?

I wrote this book with the intention of answering some of my own children’s questions while familiarizing them with their parent’s background and culture. Born and raised Americans, they can’t read Persian, have never been to Iran, and most of the English sources available to them are either too personal, or biased. What I did not expect was for my story to find its way to the hearts of thousands of other readers. To this day, readers tell me how universal the story is, and how easy it has been for them to identify with some of the characters. This will never cease to amaze me!

I love how universal your stories are too. For example, THE MOON DAUGHTER provides a lens into how people's relationships are affected by their different journeys. In what ways does the moon play a thematic role, and how did the story unfold as a result?

Here again I used two women and their diverse destinies to touch on the universal theme of family dynamics. It is about women, mothers and daughters, and how a man’s choices – not to mention power – can affect their destiny. It shows women’s strength despite the unfairness of law, and how similar our stories are. The moon itself is used in reference to a Persian rhyme, comparing a woman’s beauty to that of the moon.

Fascinating! You also write short stories and articles. What do you enjoy most about writing shorter pieces?

Books can take years, while blogs, short stories and essays provide a writer with instant gratification. Sometimes, I wake up in the dead of night and a fresh idea is screaming to come out. Some of these works make it to publication, the rest I file away. While writing a novel, sometimes I delve into this secret stash and pull out a passage that can be incorporated into the ongoing project.

I love when inspiration comes from unexpected places. If you could tell your younger writer self anything, what would it be and why?

I would say, “Don’t be so sad, Zoe. Just because they made a dentist out of you, it doesn’t make you any less of a writer. Writing is what you were born to do. Keep at it because your time will come.” And I think the answer to “why” I would say this is clear enough!


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