Tuesday, November 4, 2014

November 4th is the release day of Eventide (Daughters of the Sea 4.5) by Kristen Day. This novella is now available for $0.99 cents.

About Eventide

The age-old balance of light and dark will always find a way to be restored. At times it comes in the form of non-discriminate karma or the heavy hand of divine will. At other times that balance comes in the form of a single, teenage girl.

My name is Fallon. I am different. I am special. My essence moves in a cadence unknown to the other Auras at the House of Eventide. It was born of the intricate dance of the moon's opposing forces; retract and advance, embrace and release. The brazen energy of the sun preys at the edges of my being; fraying its delicate balance and scorching my heart into submission. Only under the calming cover of night, can my essence shine freely.

My true identity must be kept secret at all costs. My very existence is a threat to the Aura Order I pretend to be a part of. Should my web of lies unravel, they would stop at nothing to destroy me. I am the sole descendant of the light moon goddess, Luna. I have been Chosen. This is my story.

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About Kristen Day

I am a southern belle at heart with a crazy streak that desperately tries to escape at every opportunity. I love all things nostalgic, rustic, and quirky. I’ve been told I see the world through rose-colored glasses, but I prefer to think of them as kaleidoscope glasses – swirling and morphing reality into something I can digest (who hasn’t pretended those pasty lima beans were really kiwi strawberry jelly beans?).

When I’m not writing I’m making jewelry, painting, drinking sweet tea, watching the discovery channel, or going on random adventures in the mountains of North Carolina with my amazing husband.

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Eventide by Kristen Day - Release Day

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Great news! I have an interview with author Pauline Creeden about her newest release a young adult, steampunk fantasy titled The Chronicles of Steele: Raven.

1. Hi Pauline, can you tell us a little about yourself?

Hi Lanise! Thanks for having me on your blog. I’ve been a horse trainer for almost 20 years—that’s my day job. My husband and I homeschool our 14-year-old son (mostly with our college text books now) and I blog and write in the rest of my spare time…since I tend not to sleep much :)

2. What inspired you to be a writer?

Like most writers, I was a reader first. I consumed books like most kids my age watched television. So when I was very young, I decided I wanted to be a writer. My parents even got me a toy typewriter for Christmas. But because I have ADD, I have a hard time finishing projects that I start, so I didn’t complete a novel until my first attempt at NaNoWriMo back in 2011.

3. Tell us a little about The Chronicles of Steele: Raven, and what inspired you to write the story?

My father and I were fans of the TV show, Xena Warrior Princess, and later Alias. I’ve always wanted to have a kick-butt ninja-type woman as a lead character someday, so when this story started coming together in my head in a steampunk-universe, I jumped on it. This has to be one of the most fun novels to write!

4. What is your favorite scene from the book?

The climax of the book is my favorite scene. I was going for a zombie apocalypse vibe, but with automatons…

5. Who is your favorite character from your book and why?

Raven, of course – I want to be her when I grow up :)

6. What are your favorite book genres to write and read?

I love dark fantasy—so almost everything I write incorporates elements of horror, suspense, and fantasy in them.

7. While writing your book, what was the hardest issue you came across?

It’s always defeating my ADD. The most difficult thing is to stay focused on one project at a time, because about six or seven stories are occupying my brain all at once.

8. What was your best moment or experience during your writing process?

I love when I go back through and edit my draft and I’m enamored with what I wrote. When I have moments where I can’t believe I wrote it at all. It’s moments where I hate what I wrote that I can’t stand.

9. What message would you like readers to take from reading your book?

Being feminine isn’t about clothes, make up, or even being weak, and being a strong woman doesn’t mean you need to reject love, either.

10. Are you working on anything new now, and what will your next project be?

Currently I’m working on “Salt” a mermaid novella for the Falling In Deep collection that the Blazing Indie Collective is working on. You can find out more about Falling In Deep at our Facebook page.

Thanks for the wonderful interview, Pauline!

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Interview With Author Pauline Creeden

Wednesday, October 29, 2014


The book tour for How to be Manly by Maureen O’Leary Wanket kicks off today.

About How to be Manly

How To Be ManlyWhen Fatty Matty Sullivan finds a self-help book by former football great Tad Manly at a yard sale, he secretly starts following the old pro’s advice to get in shape and get the girl. Summer goals: lose the milkshake weight, join the football team, and turn himself into the kind of guy super hot Cassie Bale will love.

But between taking care of his grandfather, trying to pass remedial Algebra, and getting caught up in his friend Jester’s half-baked weed-dealing schemes, Matty’s summer isn’t quite the game-changer he’d planned. When on top of it all his dad moves back in with his own plans to get rich quick, Matty suddenly has much bigger things to worry about than football and whether or not Cassie’s going to call him back. And it turns out that there might be more to being manly than he thought.

Maureen O’Leary Wanket’s debut is a sharp, comic novel about trying to do the right thing… even when you’re not sure what that is.

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About the Author

MOW author pic_cr suzanne swansonMaureen O’Leary Wanket is a writer and teacher living in Sacramento, California with her husband and two daughters. How To Be Manly is inspired by the humor and courage of the students she’s met in her classrooms over the past twenty years. She loves high school football, but only when she happens to teach at least half of the players on the field.

Her short stories have appeared in Esopus, Xenith, Fiction at Work, Blood and Thunder, Musings on the Art of Medicine and Prick of the Spindle.

Maureen writes articles about issues in education for local and national publications. She also muses about inspirations for a writer’s life in Friday Free Topic at Maureenoleary.wordpress.com.

How To Be Manly is her first novel.

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Monday, October 27, 2014

So you may have seen my previous posts about the Chronicles of Steele: Raven by Pauline Creeden. Episodes 1 through 4 were recently released and now you can get the complete series, all four parts of the steampunk fantasy serial, in one volume titled Chronicles of Steele: Raven: The Complete Story.

About Chronicles of Steele: Raven (The Complete Story)

Human life has value.
The poor living in the gutter is as valuable as the rich living in a manor.
The scoundrel is no less valuable than the saint.
Because of this, every life a reaper takes must be redeemed.

Raven has lived by this first tenet since she was trained by her father to become a reaper. But since his death, she’s been spending years redeeming the lives she’s taken. By her count, she’s even and it’s time for that life to end. If she settles down and becomes a wife, she might just feel human again. But on the way to the life she thinks she wants, the baron of New Haven asks her to complete a task which she cannot ignore… Just when Raven decides to give up on her life as an assassin, she’s pulled right back in.

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About Pauline Creeden

Pauline Creeden is a horse trainer from Virginia, but writing is her therapy. In her fiction, she creates worlds that are both familiar and strange, often pulling the veil between dimensions. She becomes the main character in each of her stories, and because she has ADD, she will get bored if she pretends to be one person for too long.

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Chronicles of Steele: Raven (The Complete Story) by Pauline Creeden - New Release

The Empress Chronicles by Suzy Vitello is now available. This young adult historical fantasy is published by Diversion Books and is currently on tour with Mark My Words Book Publicity. You can get your copy of the book on: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iBooks, and Kobo.

About The Empress Chronicles

In this dazzling first book in the EMPRESS CHRONICLES series by the author of THE MOMENT BEFORE, one courageous girl seeks keys to the past to unlock the future…

When city girl Liz is banished to a rural goat farm on the outskirts of Portland, the 15-year-old feels her life spiraling out of control. She can’t connect to her father or his young girlfriend, and past trauma adds to her sense of upheaval. The only person who seems to keep her sane is a troubled boy who is fighting his own demons. But all of this changes in one historical instant.


One-hundred fifty years earlier, Elisabeth of Bavaria has troubles of her own. Her childhood is coming to a crashing end, and her destiny is written in the form of a soothsaying locket that has the ability to predict true love. But evil is afoot in the form of a wicked enchantress who connives to wield the power of the locket for her own destructive ends.


When Liz finds a timeworn diary, and within it a locket, she discovers the secrets and desires of the young Bavarian princess who will one day grow up to be the legendary Empress of Austria. It is in the pages of the diary that these two heroines will meet, and it is through their interwoven story that Liz will discover she has the power to rewrite history—including her own…

Readers of books like Rachel Harris’s MY SUPER SWEET SIXTEENTH CENTURY will love THE EMPRESS CHRONICLES.

About Suzy Vitello

Suzy Vitello is a proud founding member of a critique group recently dubbed The Hottest Writing Group in Portland, and her short stories have won fellowships and prizes (including the Atlantic Monthly Student Writing Award, and an Oregon Literary Arts Fellowship).

You can follow Suzy on: Goodreads | Website | Facebook | Twitter.

The Empress Chronicles by Suzy Vitello - Book Tour