Monday, December 31, 2012

Cover Reveal! Lesser Evils by Christi Goddard

Today is the first of two cover reveals this week! I'm excited to reveal the cover for the next work of a really great author--Christi Goddard. She has also written Four in the Morning and she will soon be releasing Lesser Evils. There is a sign up form to be notified of it's publication at the end of this post.


So, here is the cover!


. . . And here is the blurb:

When young Jakorus is hurled twenty years into his future, he's confronted with a horrifying truth—the world has changed for the worse, and it's his fault.

Now in the twenty-first century, the hidden island of Cybraxas teeters at the brink of civil war. Paranormals of all races have secretly coexisted with humans for centuries, but the illusion of peace crumbles when a rebellious faction fights to overturn their primary law: humans are not food. They assert the human herd needs thinning if the planet is to endure.

In his youth, an angry and embittered Jakorus believed in the rebellion's rhetoric and joined its ranks. Repentant of his sins when he is older, a young Jakorus sent from the past seemed the perfect solution to fix his mistakes. But each Jakorus trapped in this time loop only makes things more perilous. In order to restore the original timeline, the newest Jakorus learns he must murder innocents, betray friends, and repeat the same immoral choices the original Jakorus made. If he fails, the rebellion will blossom into civil war.

But through it all, Jakorus has his own problem—both he and his future self are in love with the same girl.


Thursday, December 27, 2012

Blogger Book Fair is coming!

Hey everyone! Blogger Book Fair is going from February 7th through 10th! Please sign up by December 31st!

The last Blogger Book Fair was held at the end of July and garnered thousands of page views for this blog and other participating blogs. This time, I'm moving the main directory pages to the Blogger Book Fair Blog. This way I'll be able to host some authors on my blog too. The directory pages will give visitors a way to browse by blog, author, and book title. It will also have events posted and links to everything Blogger Book Fair related!

Here are the requirements for each participating blog: Post at least twice during the four day fair and run at least one book related giveaway.

Authors: All I need for now is your name, book titles, up to 3 genres for each book, and a link to your blog if you will be using your own--a request to be paired with a host if you are not.

Bloggers: Send me your name, anything you've already planned (hosting authors/books, or events) Let me know if you are willing to host any authors and if you have a certain genre that you want to lean towards. Let me know if you want to host an event or if you have an idea for an event.

Please visit http://bloggerbookfair.blogspot.com/ for more information. To sign up send your info to bloggerbookfair@gmail.com

We have already surpassed the amount of books that were featured in the last Blogger Book Fair, I hope to get even more signed up.

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Merry Christmas to you and Happy Birthday to me!

Today is Christmas. It's also my birthday.

So, Merry Christmas to all of you and Happy Birthmas to me!

As a Christmas present to you, I'd like to tell you about a promo that I'm doing for my latest short story, Falling Leaves.

It is the first in a three story series and I will be offering it for free tomorrow and the next day. (December 26th and 27th)

So grab it and fill up your new or old kindle. I hope you enjoy it. The next one will be out in Early January--shooting for January 3rd!

A woman finds a special leaf that leads her to a magical and mysterious place. Will she believe what she sees when she finally gets there? Will she decide to stay?


This is the first story in a series of three.


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Monday, December 24, 2012

12 Authors of Christmas: Kayla Curry!



It's that last day of 12 Authors of Christmas! That means that tomorrow is Christmas day and also my birthday! I wish you all a Merry Christmas or Happy Holidays to those of you who don't celebrate Christmas. Here's a little self-promo for Day 12 of 12 Authors of Christmas!

Kayla Curry

Obsidian

Ava Tanner finds herself in a world without satellite technology in a time of GPS, Smart Phones and Tablets. When she discovers that a corporation headed by vampires with a sinister motive is to blame, her world is turned upside-down. After a narrow escape, she learns a mystical secret about herself that could aide her in her fight against the vampires. Unfortunately, the vampires see her either as a valuable asset or a target for destruction.
When the world is on the brink of complete social and technological devastation, one must ask themselves: Would I give up my blood for the modern ideal way of life, or will I wage war with the overlords of chaos?
http://www.amazon.com/Obsidian-Mystic-Stones-Series-ebook/dp/B008RANXC2/ref=sr_1_3_title_1_kin?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1354489996&sr=1-3&keywords=Kayla+Curry

Sunday, December 23, 2012

12 Authors of Christmas: Beck Sherman!





12 Authors of Christmas! Second to last day of this event! Day 11!

Beck Sherman

Revamp

FOR THREE DAYS, IT WAS DARK.
News reporters scrambled. This was the biggest story to come along in weeks.
They called it a blackout.
The last one was in New York City in 2003, but this one was different, special, because the grids in six major cities across the country had been fried, kaput, see-you-next-Sunday. Everyone with some jurisdiction blamed each other, and when there was no one left to blame, terrorism rode in on its gallant steed.
It was the media’s fault. They were so busy stuffing fanatical Muslims with a penchant for Allah and decapitations down the American citizen’s throat, that they never saw it coming. I guess I shouldn’t be too hard on them.
They were partially right.
It was terror after all, but a whole new kind. And when the lights came back on, things had changed.
The dark had brought us visitors.

http://www.amazon.com/Revamp-ebook/dp/B007Q4LK9I/ref=sr_1_1_title_0_main?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1354489937&sr=1-1&keywords=Beck+Sherman

Saturday, December 22, 2012

The Vampire Myth has Evolved! Guest Post by S. M. Boyce!


Move Over, Edward—the Vampire Myth Has Evolved




Note: Boyce’s novel, Lichgates (Grimoire Trilogy #1), is free from December 21 – 23. Go grab yours now!



To say that the vampire myth has seen a resurgence in popular culture lately is a painful understatement. It’s gotten to the point where literary agents cringe when they read a query about another “teen vampire paranormal romance.”

Still, that doesn’t make vampires any less awesome. The fangs, the immortality, the dark humans-are-food thing…vampires rock.

But when I wrote the paranormal fantasy Lichgates (Grimoire Trilogy #1), I knew I wanted something different. Vampires had exploded in popularity, but I wanted to do something fresh. Exciting. New.

So I created isen.

Isen are soul stealers. For every soul they steal, they extend their youth and lives by ten years. An isen essentially becomes what they steal—they can take on their victim’s appearance at will, use the victim’s knowledge or skills, and even talk like them. Isen can be anywhere, and they can be anyone.

Of course, there’s a cost. Every stolen soul lives somewhere deep within their mind, trapped and rattling around. The more souls an isen steals, the closer to insanity they get.

If you’re an isen, you have a barb hidden in your right palm. It’s a long, purple thing that extends when you want to steal a soul—and all you have to do is stab your victim’s spine with the barb. Sometimes, your very faint scent that smells something like lavender and pine gives you away. But most of the time, you get your victims.

Being an isen is in your blood—you have to be born an isen. But many born isen don’t know what they are until their teens, when they’re awoken…and awakening is a painful experience. An already-awoken isen has to find you, prick your spine with their soul-stealing barb, and then kill you.

You meet Death: the blood-red guardian of the afterlife. And If you can prove that you have a life left to live, he’ll send you back—as a fully awakened and very powerful isen.

It’s a rough life filled with tragedy, but to some, the unlimited power is worth it.

How about you? Would you want to be an isen? Why or why not? Remember to grab your free copy of Lichgates between December 21 – 23!



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12 Authors of Christmas: Riley J. Ford!




12 Authors of Christmas! It's day 10!

 
Riley J. Ford
 
Into You
 
What if you could know exactly what your friends are thinking? High school student Winter Reynolds can, but there's a catch . . . She can only read people's thoughts when she's kissing them. When a member of the track team is murdered, Winter has an opportunity to use her special ability to find the killer. Trouble is, kissing everyone on the track team isn't such a good idea when you have a new boyfriend. Talk about complications! Should Winter persevere using her secret power to catch the murderer still in their midst, even if it means risking her relationship with her one true love? 
 
INTO YOU is:
  • A teen paranormal romance with a twist
  • A young adult romantic comedy that will tickle your funny bone with its offbeat humor
  • A murder mystery that will keep you guessing until the very end
  • A YA fantasy book that explores ESP and mind-reading
  • An exploration of social issues that teens face
  • A must-read that has already hit the teen best sellers lists
Disclaimer: Mild profanity and a graphic murder scene. While humorous, this book also explores the underbelly of teen life. May not be suitable for younger teens.



 
 
 
Carpe DiEmily
 
Emily Keane has her life all planned out. She's played by the rules and never stepped outside her box, and now she will finally be rewarded with everything she always dreamed of: a job promotion, a fiance, and a future she can count on. But when her perfectly planned world falls apart, Emily is plunged into the wildest year of her life.
 
From the beaches of California to Jamaica, New York, and Europe, Emily finds herself on a madcap race against time, running from an unscrupulous organ broker who wants her dead, all the while checking items off her unusual bucket list. On top of it all, she's falling in love with the most unlikely person, a man who can never return her feelings . . . but will his friendship be enough?
 
Confronting one hilarious misadventure after another, Emily finally learns who she really is and how to seize the day . . .
 
  • Carpe DiEmily is a raunchy, fearless comedy in the same vein as the movie Bridesmaids, to which it has been favorably compared. Both female and male readers will enjoy this zany comedic adventure. 
http://www.amazon.com/Carpe-DiEmily-Parts-Adventure-ebook/dp/B00ABMSZPY/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1354489717&sr=1-1&keywords=Riley+J.+FOrd

Friday, December 21, 2012

12 Authors of Christmas: Rachel McClellan!




Day nine! 12 Authors of Christmas!

Rachel McClellan

Fractured Light

Llona Reese is used to living on the run. After the Vykens killed her parents, she knew they would eventually come for her too. But she never felt ready to face them---until now. Defying the Auran Council and everything she's been taught, Llona must learn to use her power over light as a weapon if she wants to survive.
http://www.amazon.com/Fractured-Light-ebook/dp/B007A5NPOG/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1354489317&sr=1-1&keywords=Rachel+McClellan



Fractured Soul

Llona will do whatever it takes to protect her newfound friends and home, but the dark plot that is threatening Lucent Academy, a school that's supposed to be a safe place for Auras, may be too powerful for even Llona to defeat. This fast-paced tale of love, loyalty, and overcoming the darkness will keep you on the edge of your seat until the last page!
http://www.amazon.com/Fractured-Soul-Rachel-McClellan/dp/1462111807/ref=la_B005RFFM9M_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1354489404&sr=1-1 


 

Confessions of a Cereal Mother (Available for Pre-order)

In this narrative you'll discover several mind-saving rules, which include:
  • Don't throw your pregnancy test away before the full three minutes is up. 
  • Unless there is a rush on the grocery store pending a zombie-virus outbreak, never take your kids shopping. 
  • If your toddler is going to chew on a Band-Aid, hope it's one found inside the community swimming pools chlorinated pool and not one found in their locker room. 
  • Never throw up in a cookie sheet. 
  • Things can always get worse. You could discover your child playing with a used tampon applicator. It's not a whistle, sweetie. 
  • And most importantly, the moment one of your children is seriously ill, forget about everything else. You have the greatest honor in the world - being a Mom. 

Thursday, December 20, 2012

12 Authors of Christmas: Wynne Channing!



It's day eight of the 12 Authors of Christmas!

Wynne Channing

What Kills Me

An ancient prophecy warns of a girl destined to cause the extinction of the vampire race.

So when 17-year-old Axelia falls into a sacred well filled with blood and emerges a vampire, the immortal empire believes she is this legendary destroyer. Hunted by soldiers and mercenaries, Axelia and her reluctant ally, the vampire bladesmith Lucas, must battle to survive.

How will she convince the empire that she is just an innocent teenager-turned bloodsucker and not a creature of destruction? And if she cannot, can a vampire who is afraid of bugs summon the courage to fight a nation of immortals?

http://www.amazon.com/What-Kills-Me-ebook/dp/B0089H01VO/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1354489238&sr=1-1&keywords=Wynne+Channing

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Treason Blog Tour! Video and Giveaway!

 
I am so excited to be a stop on the Treason Blog Tour! I got to ask the Grimoire a question! You can see the question and answer in the video below! And don't forget to enter both giveaways at the bottom of this post!
 

 
 

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12 Authors of Christmas: Thomas Winship!



Here we are at day 7 of 12 Authors of Christmas!

Thomas Winship

Vaempires: Revolution

It is the morning of Princess Cassandra's sixteenth birthday. Everyone's attention is focused on the heir to the vampire throne. World leaders, the rich and famous, and VIPs from every corner of the globe have gathered in the nation's capital to celebrate the momentous event.

Cassandra's boyfriend, Daniel, is late for the party. He's still outside the city when all hell breaks loose. What he believes is an act of terrorism proves to be a full-fledged revolution. Væmpires--former vampires who mutated into warm-blooded creatures with an insatiable hunger for cold blood--have launched coordinated attacks across the globe, with three goals: the eradication of humanity, the enslavement of vampires, and the ascension of væmpires as the dominant species on the planet.

The vampire and human leaders are killed. Cassandra is missing. Daniel is the acting king. Desperate to find the princess, Daniel and his friends fight their way across the besieged city. With the hopes of the free world resting on the shoulders of four vampire teenagers, væmpires unleash their secret weapons: a new breed of væmpire that is far deadlier than any ever seen before.

What can four teens do against an enemy that can shape-shift, fly, and walk through walls?

http://www.amazon.com/Vaempires-Revolution-The-Evolutionary-ebook/dp/B0060ZO5JG/ref=sr_1_3?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1354489054&sr=1-3&keywords=Thomas+Winship



Vaempires: White Christmas

It's almost Christmas. With the global holiday days away, the people of the world should be turning their attention toward celebrating peace and goodwill, but tension between humans, vampires, and væmpires is at an all-time high. Desperate for solutions, King Brant schedules a secret summit deep in North America's Northern Forest. Along with Queen Anne, Princess Cassandra, Daniel's family, and the human president and First Lady, the vampire leader seeks to reaffirm the ties between humans and vampires, while brainstorming ways to respond to the growing hostility among væmpires.

Meanwhile, Daniel and Cassie's relationship is at an all-time low. The princess is still reeling from her breakup with Vielyn, and Daniel doesn't know what he should or shouldn't do to help. Little does he know that the summit will be flooded with surprises--guests, allegations, accusations, proposals, and even Christmas Eve revelations--but not all of the surprises will be pleasant.

http://www.amazon.com/Vaempires-White-Christmas-Evolutionary-ebook/dp/B006L6WN2A/ref=sr_1_4?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1354489054&sr=1-4&keywords=Thomas+Winship



Vamepires: Zombie Rising

The tale of the Evolutionary War resumes in Væmpires: Zombie Rising.

Væmpires have taken control of twelve major cities. Their leader, Vielyn, seeks the atomic weapons that will bring the rest of the world to its knees.

Vampire forces are reeling. As Linq and Ray race to the royal estate to rendezvous with Cassandra and Daniel, the princess is captured and Daniel falls.

With the fate of world shifting to their teenage shoulders, Linq and Ray must deal with tremendous losses while battling a most unexpected—and undeadly—new foe.

http://www.amazon.com/Vaempires-Zombie-Rising-Evolutionary-ebook/dp/B009U2YJNS/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1354489054&sr=1-1&keywords=Thomas+Winship

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

12 Authors of Christmas: Noree Cosper!



Day 6 of 12 Authors of Christmas! Half-way done!

Noree Cosper

A Prescription for Delirium

Ninety years ago, Gabriella di Luca promised to protect the family of her dying lover. She failed to keep that promise. She was too far away to stop the devil that murdered the eldest Van Helsing son. Years later, Gabby learns the devil has resurfaced. She arrives in Hampton, TX, determined to stop the devil before it can lay a bloody hand on the remaining three brothers.

However, madness is spreading through Hampton. She suspects the devil is using this madness to test a drug which has a side effect of demonic possession. Gabby rushes to end the source of the madness only to fall victim to it. For a woman cursed with eternal life, dying is no threat. However, Gabby must stop the devil's plot or risk losing her most precious possession: her mind.

http://www.amazon.com/Prescription-Delirium-Helsing-Organization-ebook/dp/B00AFL4JF6/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1354488980&sr=8-1&keywords=Noree+Cosper

Monday, December 17, 2012

Cover Reveal! Jen McConnel's novella The Key Inheritance

Cover reveal: the sequel to The Burning of Isobel Key will be available in January 2013!



About the Book:


Ten years after the trip to Scotland that changed her life, Lou is back in the misty, magical country.  This time, however, she’s not on vacation: Lou is there to settle some distasteful and depressing family business.  When Brian, her old Highland fling, turns up, Lou is forced to wrestle with a past that she thought was dead and buried.  As tension between the former lovers mounts, something wicked is stirring in Scotland.  Lou must use all her strength to handle the increasingly desperate situation, but will she be strong enough to battle both a vengeful ghost and her heart?

The Key Inheritance is a novella that takes place a decade after the events of The Burning of Isobel Key.  This contemporary story crosses into the supernatural as Lou discovers evidence of a long-dead spirit who refuses to rest in peace.  Lou may have thought that she was finished with the witch Isobel Key, but her inheritance is more than the young woman can handle alone.


Want to read an ARC of The Key Inheritance? Sign up here for your chance to get an advance copy just in time for the holidays.

 

 

Release date: October 1, 2012
When Lou travels to Scotland, she’s a mess. She’s twenty-six, unemployed, and unsure of herself. It doesn’t help that she’s traveling with Tammy, her best friend, who is everything Lou is not. At first, the trip pushes Lou towards the brink of depression, but then she meets Brian, a handsome local tour guide. When Brian tells the tourists about the countless witches burned in Scotland, Lou starts to listen. And when she discovers information about Isobel Key, one of the victims of the seventeenth century, Lou finds renewed purpose. She sets out to learn the truth of the condemned witch, but she isn’t prepared for the knowledge that waits for her. Lou must face her demons if she has any hope of righting the wrongs of the past.

THE BURNING OF ISOBEL KEY, available from Amazon Fall 2012.
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12 Authors of Christmas: Rebecca Hamilton!



It's Day 5 of 12 Authors of Christmas!

Rebecca Hamilton

The Forever Girl

"Whatever you do, fight."

Sophia's family has skeletons, but they aren't in their graves.

At twenty-two, practicing Wiccan Sophia Parsons is scratching out a living waiting tables in her Rocky Mountain hometown, a pariah after a string of unsolved murders with only one thing in common: her.

Sophia can imagine lots of ways to improve her life, but she'd settle for just getting rid of the buzzing noise in her head. When the spell she casts goes wrong, the static turns into voices. Her personal demons get company, and the newcomers are dangerous.

One of them is a man named Charles, who Sophia falls for despite her better judgment. He has connections that might help her unveil the mystery surrounding her ancestor's hanging, but she gets more than she bargains for when she finally decides to trust him.

Survival in his world, she learns, means not asking questions and staying out of the immortal council's way. It's a line she crossed long ago. If Sophia wants to survive the council and save the people she loves, she must accept who she is, perform dark magic, and fight to the death for her freedom.

The Forever Girl is a full-length Paranormal Fantasy novel that will appeal to lovers of paranormal romance, urban fantasy, witches, vampire fiction, ghost stories, paranormal mystery, and paranormal horror.

http://www.amazon.com/FOREVER-Fantasy-Paranormal-Romance-ebook/dp/B00729GQ0A/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1355160444&sr=8-3&keywords=rebecca+hamilton



Her Sweetest Downfall

*Her Sweetest Downfall is a short story/novella of 30,000 words. This is not a novel/full-length read, but works as a companion novel to THE FOREVER GIRL, Rebecca Hamilton's bestselling paranormal fantasy debut.*

Ophelia's been successful at hiding her true identity, until the mark of the serpent appears on her neck—a death sentence, should it be seen by anyone in her town. Hiding the mark might save her from falling victim to the witch hunts of her era, but the scorching sensation it carries can’t be ignored.

When the mysterious Ethan is sent to collect her for a life of something more, she learns concealing the mark is the least of her worries. She’s destined to don a new mask—to join a dark, supernatural world and protect the future of people she may never meet.

What she doesn’t know—what she learns too late—is that her initiation won’t be complete until she kills the man she loves.

Set in an alternate Regency England, "Her Sweetest Downfall" is a standalone novella in the "Forever Girl" series, written as a gift to fans of the Forever Girl series.

HER SWEETEST DOWNFALL will appeal to lovers of paranormal romance, fantasy, and vampire fiction.

http://www.amazon.com/SWEETEST-DOWNFALL-Paranormal-Romance-ebook/dp/B008NAFU9A/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&qid=1355160444&sr=8-5&keywords=rebecca+hamilton

Sunday, December 16, 2012

12 Authors of Christmas: Jen McConnel!



Day 4 of 12 Authors of Christmas!

Jen McConnel

The Burning of Isobel Key

When Lou travels to Scotland, she’s a mess. She’s twenty-six, unemployed, and unsure of herself. It doesn’t help that she’s traveling with Tammy, her best friend, who is everything Lou is not.

At first, the trip pushes Lou towards the brink of depression, but then she meets Brian, a handsome local tour guide. When Brian tells the tourists about the countless witches burned in Scotland, Lou starts to listen. And when she discovers information about Isobel Key, one of the victims of the seventeenth century, Lou finds renewed purpose.

She sets out to learn the truth of the condemned witch, but she isn’t prepared for the knowledge that waits for her. Lou must face her demons if she has any hope of righting the wrongs of the past.

http://www.amazon.com/The-Burning-Isobel-Key-ebook/dp/B009DP4WXE/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1354490460&sr=1-1&keywords=Jen+McConnel








 

Saturday, December 15, 2012

12 Authors of Christmas: N.R. Wick!



It's Day 3 of 12 Authors of Christmas! 
N.R. Wick

Land of No Angels

The Ascension marked a demon apocalypse that decimated the human race and forced survivors into hiding. Sixteen year old Rebecca Ashford and her younger sister, Errol, have spent the last year hidden in their family's tornado bunker. When the sound of a screaming baby wakes them in the middle of the night, they attempt to save the infant and Errol is poisoned by a demon.

With only a week until the poison consumes her, Rebecca must trust a mysterious survivor named Fox to help her find a cure. Together, they confront demons and other monsters while Rebecca struggles to learn magic that will help them locate the ingredients needed to save her sister.


http://www.amazon.com/Land-Angels-Dark-Ascension-ebook/dp/B0054E2F32/ref=pd_sim_sbs_kstore_2

 

Friday, December 14, 2012

12 Authors of Christmas: A.D. Trosper!


Day 2 of 12 Authors of Christmas!


A.D. Trosper

Embers at Galdrilene

*Newly updated, redesigned and professionally edited. Re-released as of 11/17/2012*

“A ray of light, a stain of shadow, shall endure to breathe life and death into the future”

The war between the Guardians and the Shadow Riders ended in total devastation. The final battle killed all the dragons and left nothing but fields of ash. A small clutch of dragon eggs was all that remained to provide hope for the future.

Five hundred years later, the ability to use magic is a death sentence and dragons are remembered as a curse. But the unhatched dragons sing for their riders...and soon six lives will be changed forever.

The elements of magic are drawn together as the dragons’ call leads them on an epic and dangerous journey of discovery. They soon learn everything they've been taught to believe about magic and dragons is wrong.

With the last of the dragons and the world at stake, they will risk everything to heed the call.

But an evil from the past soon threatens their discovery and new found joy. Shadow Dragons ride the dawn once more...

 
http://www.amazon.com/Embers-Galdrilene-Dragons-Call-ebook/dp/B0080R4LPK/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1354490343&sr=1-1&keywords=A.D.+Trosper#_

Thursday, December 13, 2012

How my husband and I are like Mr. and Mrs. Smith

It's no secret that Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt are two of my favorite actors. So back in 2004-2005 when it was announced that they were doing a movie together, and that it was an action movie about assassins--I was ecstatic! Little did I know, I would be entering into a marriage in 2009 that would see some similarities to the movie.

Now, my husband and I did not see the six year slump that they did, nor do we see a therapist. No, the similarities between our marriage and Mr. and Mrs. Smith's marriage begins when Mr and Mrs. Smith find out the other is an assassin.

Now I realize that this blog is for the paranormal, but considering the skills shown on the movie, it borders on paranormal.

Okay so here are some examples of the similarities.

The Smiths are always threatening to kill each other, but in a loving and joking way. My husband and I do the same. He doesn't take out the garbage? "Take out the garbage before I kill you!" I say. I forget to wash his favorite Cabela's hoodie? "I'm going to kill you one of these days," he says. Now worries though. We'd be like the Smiths--unable to pull the trigger.

The Smiths like their weapons. I'm more into knives and my husband is more into guns, but we both go shooting and we both have our knife collection. I throw knives just like Mrs. Smith and it's lots of fun!

Mr. Smith is spontaneous and unorganized and Mrs. Smith is a planner and an organizer. The same goes for my husband and I. Our morning conversation usually goes like this:

Me: What do you want to do today?
Nick: I don't know. Whatever we feel like doing.
Me: Well, should I get ready to go up town?
Nick: I don't know, what do you think?
Me: I don't have anything I need to do. I'm asking if you have anything you want to do today.
Nick: Maybe.

It's like pulling teeth! It drives me crazy and sometimes makes me want to kill him.

Mrs. Smith can't cook. I can kinda cook. Mostly stuff from a box or a packet, but I HATE doing it.

Mr. Smith likes 80's music (Nothin' but A Good Time, by Poison) so does my husband.

We always have each other's back and although one of us might throw a knife into the other's leg, we still love each other very much. (Don't worry, that was from the movie. I didn't throw a knife into my husband's leg. Not yet.)

There are other similarities, but I'll leave you to speculate on those. The point is: I love my husband, but sometimes . . . *makes choking motion with hands*

12 Authors of Christmas: S.M. Boyce!


That's right, it's another 12 Days thing! Over the next 12 Days, myself and eleven other authors are posting about each other's books. These are great books for gifts to your friends or yourself so check them out!

S.M. Boyce

Lichgates

The Grimoire turns its own pages and can answer any question asked of it, and Kara Magari is its next target.

Kara has no idea what she's getting herself into when she stumbles across the old book while hiking a hidden trail. Once she opens it, she's thrown into Ourea: a beautiful world full of terrifying things that want the Grimoire's secrets. Everyone in this new world is trying to find her, and most want to control the new-found power the book bestows upon her. Even if Kara does escape, Ourea will only drag her back.

Braeden Drakonin grew up in Ourea, and all he’s ever known of life is lying. The Grimoire is his one chance at redemption, and it lands in his lap when Kara Magari comes into his life. He has one question to ask the book—one question that can fix everything in his broken world—and he’s not letting Kara out of his sight until he gets an answer.

There’s no going back now.


http://www.amazon.com/Lichgates-Grimoire-Trilogy-paranormal-ebook/dp/B005W5L38G/ref=sr_1_1_title_1_kin?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1354490060&sr=1-1&keywords=S.M.+Boyce



Treason

Ourea has always been a deadly place. The lichgates tying the hidden world to Earth keep its creatures at bay—for now.

Kara Magari ignited a war when she stumbled into Ourea and found the Grimoire: a powerful artifact filled with secrets. To protect the one person she has left, she strikes a deal that goes against everything she believes in. But things don’t go as planned.

Braeden Drakonin can no longer run from who—and what—he is. He has to face the facts. He’s a prince. He’s a murderer. He’s a wanted man. And after a betrayal that leaves him heartbroken, he’s out for blood.

To survive, both Kara and Braeden must become the evil each has grown to hate.

http://www.amazon.com/Treason-Grimoire-Trilogy-paranormal-ebook/dp/B009O3D7WM/ref=tmm_kin_title_0?ie=UTF8&qid=1354490060&sr=1-3

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

It's a Paranormal Lounge Christmas! #3



Hey everyone! Here is my third installment of the Paranormal Lounge Christmas series. Today I want to talk to you about DECORATIONS! Yes. I am a decorating FREAK! I love to decorate, but unfortunately, my husband won't let me put a paranormal twist on our Christmas decorations, so I'm going to relay my ideas to you! Take 'em or leave 'em!

Idea #1: Dip your glass or plastic balls that hang on the tree into some bright red wax to give them a bloody look. Just hang them up somewhere for a few minutes to let them dry. I'd try to use a harder wax than candle wax. I'm sure you can find that at a craft store. Just make sure the lights on your tree are LED so they don't get hot!

Idea #2: Integrate some of your Halloween decorations into your Christmas decor. You can put little tombstones under your tree and make a grave yard. You can even make our own Christmas themed ones with some make-and-bake clay. Some that say, "Here lies Ebenezer Scrooge" or something along those lines.

Idea #3: Decorate your tree with only white lights and glittery spikes and swirls. It will look like magic! Hey, my husband might actually let me do that one! It may not be overtly paranormal, but you will know what it is and that's all that matters!

Do you guys have any ideas for decorating with a paranormal twist?

Friday, December 7, 2012

It's a Paranormal Lounge Christmas! #2

In the second Paranomal Lounge Christmas Post, I'd like to tell you all that even though it says "Christmas" in the title, you can still do these things for other holidays that you may be celebrating this time of year. This time of year is about being kind to those around you. It's not about who's holiday is best or whether we should say Happy Holidays or Merry Christmas or whatever.

It's about telling the people you care about that you love them. So today's thing you can do to spread the holiday spirit with a paranormal twist is to send out a Happy Holidays email to all your friends who love paranormal books and movies as much as you do. you can also post to twitter and facebook.

I've created a special graphic just for the occasion! So if you'd like, save this picture and send it as an email or a post on facebook or create your own! People love gifts you make yourself!



Thursday, December 6, 2012

A new short story published by Kayla Curry!

Hey everyone! I've published yet another short story, this time it is more on the paranormal side of things. Oomph! is pretty paranormal too, but it was a horror. Journey in an Unknown Land was just kinda strange. (You know what I'm talking about if you've read it)

This new story is called Falling Leaves and it's got a little love, a little mystery and a little adventure, with a good handful of magic. I'm thinking about making it into a series, but I'd like to see how it goes first.

So, here's the blurb:

A woman finds a special leaf that leads her to a magical and mysterious place. Will she believe what she sees when she finally gets there? Will she decide to stay?

And here is the cover (designed by me):

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Character of the Week! Ava Tanner from Obsidian!

Character of the Week!
 
Ava Tanner
 




Book Ava appears in:
 
Obsidian: Mystic Stones Series #1 by Kayla Curry
 
 
Female
 
 
24
 
 
Are they human? Vampire? or is it a secret?
 
She is human with a twist of secret.
 
 
 
Short description of Ava:
 
Ava has long dark hair, blue eyes and olive skin. She is petite but she can still kick some ass with her throwing knives and other abilities. She finds out about the vampires who take over the satellites by accidentally dating one. Her love life and her day-to-day life gets a little crazy after that.
 
 
 
Five words that describe Ava's personality:
 
Kind, caring, determined, understanding, independent.
 
 
A quote from Ava:
 
 
"You are a man of many scandalous talents." (To Jesse Sutton)
 
 
Amazon


Tuesday, December 4, 2012

It's a Paranormal Lounge Christmas! #1

I was born around 6am on Christmas day back in 1987. My mother brought me home in a stocking. Yeah. She still has it too and she tells me every year, "You were my Christmas present that year."

So, sometihng about being born on Christmas just makes me have a special connection to that day. You'd think I would hate Christmas since my birthday gets pushed aside for the biggest holiday of the year, but no. I love Christmas.

Even though it's become quite the commercial holiday, I still think there is hope for Christmas. This month I will be periodically posting things you can do to enhance your Christmas non-commercially while adding a paranormal twist!

So the first thing you can do that is totaly free and therefore non-commercial, is pick up A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. This story takes Christmas and throws in a little paranormal with the three ghosts. It's a classic and it was written in only 6 weeks.

Monday, December 3, 2012

Fiction Features Monthly

Alright, Today the first issue of Fiction Features Monthly comes out! It will be available at 8am at the link below!



Fiction Features Monthly is a digital magazine available through google currents that my friend Jacob Donley and I started. You'll find reviews, interviews, feature articles,  writing tips and lots more.

The first issue's Featured Author is S.M. Boyce, author of the Grimoire Trilogy. You'll hear about her projects and also about her new website that caters to indie authors with tips on self-publishing.

There are other authors and cover artists featured as well as a list of upcoming contests you can enter.

You just have to install Google Currents on your mobile device and go to this link: FFM

Google Currents and Fiction Features Monthly are both FREE! So download and subscribe!

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Questions for the characters of Obsidian?

Hey everyone! Obsidian: Mystic Stones Series #1 is going on tour in January and one of the posts is going to be questions from the readers for any of the characters in the book.

So if you want to ask Ava Tanner  or any other character a question, here is your chance.

A list of the characters (just to refresh your memory):

Ava Tanner (Main Character)
Tom Walker (Antagonist)
Alani Kalei (Ava's Best Friend)
Hiu Kalei (Alani's Brother)
Nalani Kalei (Alani's Grandmother)
Moana Kalei (Alani's Mother)
Jesse Sutton (New love interest for Ava)
Latoria Gray (Friend of Jesse)
Perry Eberly (Friend of Jesse)
Kassidy Marsdon (Friend of Jesse)
Edison Marson (Friend of Jesse)

You can also ask me questions if you haven't read the book yet! So post your questions in the comments section below! The answers will come during the tour on January 24th!

Saturday, December 1, 2012

New Release! A Prescription for Delirium by Noree Cosper!



Today is the release for Noree Cosper's new novel, A prescription for Delirium! Take a look at the blurb and pick it up today!







A Prescription for Delirium



Blurb:

Ninety years ago, Gabriella di Luca promised to protect the family of her dying lover. She failed to keep that promise. She was too far away to stop the devil that murdered the eldest Van Helsing son. Years later, Gabby learns the devil has resurfaced. She arrives in Hampton, TX, determined to stop the devil before it can lay a bloody hand on the remaining three brothers.



However, madness is spreading through Hampton. She suspects the devil is using this madness to test a drug which has a side effect of demonic possession. Gabby rushes to end the source of the madness only to fall victim to it. For a woman cursed with eternal life, dying is no threat. However, Gabby must stop the devil's plot or risk losing her most precious possession: her mind.



A Prescription for Delirium is released on December 1st, 2012. If you'd like to watch the trailer please go to this link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U7tLL7tYZhc



Bio:



Noree Cosper loves writing about magic in the modern world. While growing up in Texas she constantly searched for mystical elements in the mundane. She buried her nose in both fiction and books about Wicca, Religion, and Mythology. Everyday became an adventure as she joined a group of role-players, acting out her fantasies of vampires, demons, and monsters living in the world.



She embraced her nerdom wholeheartedly.



Noree grew, but never left her love for fantasy and horror. Her dreams pushed her and her hand itched to write the visions she saw. So, with her fingers on the keys, she did what her heart had been telling her to do since childhood. She wrote.

Noree can be found stalking people on Twitter and Facebook.

Be sure to check out her website for news on her works and tidbits of information

She also likes to ramble about things magical and supernatural on her blog Trip the Eclipse.

Friday, November 30, 2012

Tour spots open! Obsidian Blog tour!

I have one more spot open on the Obsidian Blog Tour in January. They are on the 22nd, 23rd, and 24th.

If anyone would like to help out and host me please email me at lil87blue (at) hotmail (dot) com! Hosts will receive a digital copy of Obsidian if you don't already have one.

There will be one giveaway that everyone will post and I will have the posts made up for you, so all you have to do is copy and paste and place a few pictures!

This tour is going to be different from most tours, with lots of fun stuff to see along the way!

UPDATE

I have filled all the spots! Thanks to everyone who has agreed to help!

NaNoWriMo! The Final Day!

Well, do you want the good news or the bad news? Just kidding, that's something my husband always says. I'll give 'em both to you and let's start with the bad news otherwise the good news won't make any sense!

Bad News: I'm not going to hit 50,000 this year. It just isn't going to happen.

Good News: I'm not really that disappointed. I predict that I'll get to around 40,000 words before today is over. That's 40k in 30 days! That is awesome and amazing! Sure I won last year and I wanted to win so bad this year, but at least I got a really good head start on book three.

I'm not making excuses, but let's take a look at why I didn't hit 50,000.
  • 3 month old baby. Yep, there he is just kicking around on the floor. He's chewing on his fingers and cooing up a storm. This time is his life is a time I can barely take my eyes off him.
  • 3 year old boy. He's learning new things and loves to play pretend. What kind of mother would I be if I didn't pet invisible kitties when they were handed to me? He is an awesome kid who doesn't get into much trouble, but he also doesn't take naps like he did last year.
  • 25 year old husband. Sure he sleeps in a lot, but when he's awake and home I am one of those wives who like to spend time with her husband and his parents. We go to their house a few times a week so I don't go crazy from being a stay-at-home mom.
  • Nanoartisans and 99designs. Recently I've gotten into cover design. So throughout the month when I'd feel that creative vibe start to whither away on the Language Art side of things, I'd head over to Nanoartisans forum and make a cover. It was through this forum that I found 99designs.com which is a site when people in need of designs for book covers, merchandise, logos and all sorts of other stuff post contest for designers and if you win you get prize money.
  • Birthdays and Holidays. This month I had three birthday parties (which pretty much turn into an all day event when you have kids) and of course Thanksgiving. We had 3 Thanksgivings. So, yeah.
Anyways, as you can see I'm a very busy woman. I have tons of stuff on my plate and I don't even have a "real" job. Which reminds me. Marketing my book is a "real" job. I just don't get paid to do it. Not hourly anyways. Eventually my hard work will pay off, but in the mean time I have a checklist of stuff I have to do everyday, every week and a big project each month. NaNoWriMo was my big project this month. In December I'll be finishing up edits on Moonstone (book 2) and sending it to my publisher.

So how did you do? Even if you didn't hit 50,000 you still got words on the page and that is what matters. Congratulations either way, because not everyone can do what we do. Now that NaNoWriMo is over, be prepared for lots of Christmas posts with a Paranormal twist of course! Christmas is my birthday, so this time of year is my favorite! This year is even my "Lucky" birthday since I'm turning 25 on the 25th.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Character of the Week! Sydney from Thief of Hope!




Character of the Week

Sydney

 
 

Book Sydney appears in:
Thief of Hope by Cindy Young-Turner



Female



19 years old



Are they human, vampire, other? Or is it a secret?
Human (and partly secret)



Short description of Sydney:
She is a pickpocket and child of the streets trying to overcome her past. She’s given the chance to find hope for a better future by joining the fight against a repressive regime. But doing so means facing her worst fears and putting her life on the line.



Five words that describe Sydney's personality:
Independent. Opinionated. Suspicious. Defiant. Passionate.



A quote from Sydney:
“We’ve got nothing to lose. The Guild’s ruined our lives. You’ve given us hope, and we’re ready to fight. Even if we fail, we willing to take the risk.”


Author links:



Website:

Monday, November 26, 2012

NaNoWriMonday! Update on the race to the finish!

This is Kayla Curry reporting to you from the front lines of NaNoWriMo. Stuff has happened. Crazy stuff. Scary stuff. Fun stuff.

Okay. I'm way behind. My word count took a huge hit from Thanksgiving week and now I need to write about 3,000 words a day to catch up. I can still do it, it's not out of reach. The problem is my plot is also running out of steam. It moved too fast and I figured out an awesome way to go back and add another POV, but even after that I'm still too close to the end to get 17,000 more words. Something big needs to happen, but I'm not sure what yet.

I may post another update later this week and I'll post also on the 30th.

My current word count: 33,387

So how is it going for you? How are you feeling about your NaNo novel so far?

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Thanksgiving! What I'm thankful for . . .

Okay, I know there are probably a TON of these floating around the Blogosphere, but I just HAD to tell you all what I'm thankful for this year.

1. I'm thankful that my newborn son was brought into this world by my doctor. Doc pretty much saved his life after a bit of a traumatic event of having the umbilical cord wrapped around his neck.

2. I'm thankful for my amazing husband who supports me and my writing. He works a job that stresses him to no end so that I can write.

3. I'm thankful that both of my boys are so healthy and happy. They make my days bright and joyful.

4. I'm thankful for everyone in my family who has been so supportive, from my mother to my mother-in-law and everyone in between.

5. I'm thankful for all the wonderful authors I've met online. Without you guys, I'd seriously consider just shutting my computer off for days on end.

6. I'm thankful to Martin Sisters Publishing for picking up my book and guiding me through the process of publishing.

7. I'm thankful for this entire year. Some amazing and some sad things have happened, but I have grown as a person.

There is so much that I've left out, but it would be a long blog post if I kept going.

So, what are you thankful for?