Sunday, February 3, 2019

Beauty is the Beast: Blog Tour Wrap-Up


Wow! I can't believe my very first blog tour is already over! It has been quite a learning experience, and I couldn't have done it without the guidance of my mentor, Erika. She is a fount of knowledge and experience!

I feel like I've come such a long way since I first started publishing. All the research I did before hand I feel just skeedadled away or is now obsolete. I had no idea how fast things moved and changed.

I've also gotten to experience the generousity of the indie writing community. From walking me through how to set up a buy link with PayPal, to all the encouragement I've recieved, I'm blown away and so incredibly grateful.

As for this blog tour. Thank you to: 

  • Author Jensen Reed (seriously don't know how I kept adding an extra s to your name!)
  • Author Lyssa Medana 
  • Heather & Sam at Nightly Reading
  • Author Rebeka Jonesy
  • Author A.F. Stewart
I highly recommend you snoop around the rest of their blogs beyond my posts there! And check out the books they have written, this is a seriously talented bunch!

Beauty is the Beast has been the love of my (writing) life for years now, but it's now flown the nest to make room for its sibling: Pack of Freaks. I've just begun the editing process and I'm so excited for everyone to read it... and maybe get some more questions answered!

I hope you get to know Gretchen and the gang and are getting ready for more! If you haven't read it yet, make sure you enter the give away!



Gretchen is a 24-year-old-hairstylist with secrets: She likes to chase squirrels and howl at the moon. She’s also not really 24.

When one of her coworkers turns up dead in the salon, she suspects that the murderer isn’t entirely human. When another stylist is murdered, and then another, she goes on the prowl. A circus with a secret side show catches her attention, as does her former pack, and a group of visiting vampires.

Her only outlet is her music, but that will only keep her wolf on a leash for so long with a killer on the loose.

Available on Amazon: http://bit.ly/beautyisthebeast

About the Author
Jen loves books. Reading them, writing them, reviewing them, and collecting them. (She claims it’s not hoarding)

Urban fantasy is the name of her game, and being a mom is her day job. She also is a licensed cosmetologist, though she no longer works in a salon.

She lives in the boondocks of Maine with her husband, 2 girls, 2 dogs, 3 cats, and 1 vocally insistent cockatiel.




GIVEAWAY
a Rafflecopter giveaway: 3 ebook copies of Beauty is the Beast!
And make sure you check out the participants of this blog tour:
January 29: https://alwaysanotherchapter.co.uk/ Guest Post
January 30: http://www.nightlyreading.wordpress.com Spotlight
January 31: http://rebekahjonesy.blogspot.com/ Guest Post
February 1: https://tomfallwell.com/blog/ Author Interview
February 1: https://www.jacobrundle.com/news Book Review
February 2: http://afstewartblog.blogspot.com/ Character Interview
February 3: http://jenniferzamboni.blogspot.com Wrap up

Thursday, January 31, 2019

Royal's Light: Blog Tour

Title: ROYAL’S LIGHT
Series: Fiann Company 2
Author: Vanessa Ross
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Release: January 31

ROYAL’S LIGHT Synopsis:
Separated from her family and clan with no hope to reunite. Evelina holds out hope the love of her life will find her. After a year of disappointment, she gives up. When her baby is stolen by the man who swore to love her, the General of encampment promises her a better life and an opportunity for revenge. She must make a choice—stay a slave of revenge or find the truth behind Kendrix’s betrayal.

Kendrix traveled Europe with his band of supernatural warriors in a never ending search for Evelina and his people. When he sends the warriors on a mission to rescue a baby of prophecy, he is unaware of the baby’s parentage. Finding a report from the original camp, he discovers the General is getting married. The woman he swore to protect is in danger. He and his band of warriors check it out but are not prepared for what they find.

Join Evelina and Fiann Company as they try to save a race of supernaturals and find love at the same time. Submerge yourself in a world of supernaturals working together to save the world.
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Other Books in the series:
CREATING WARRIORS (Fiann Company 0.5)
This is a prequel to the Fiann Company. This story focuses on the parents of Kendrix and Kai. This takes place during the first war between the humans and the supernaturals.

He is a human soldier fighting for his life. She is a farmer’s daughter pretending to be a man so she can fight. As death is ready to claim them both they are chosen for a destiny that may Will kill them in the eyes of their family.

This series focuses on the three goddesses’ theme of mythology. However, the goddesses are from different pantheons; Celtic, Egyptian, and Native American. Morrigan from Celtic Pantheon, Qetesh from the Egyptian pantheon and Hanwi from the Native American pantheon.

Morrigan leads the Fiann Warriors, an ancient band of traveling warriors. the warriors must fight to live and live to fight.

Amazon- https://amzn.to/2QHYNfp  
Goodreads- http://bit.ly/2OOhEIA  

EAGLE’S KEEPER (Fiann Company 1)
Iolair was attacked and violated by an unknown person. She is left for dead and wishes she was. After a privileged life of; parties, dresses, and money. She awakes knowing life will never be the same. Being told she is the first created supernatural in hundreds of years was one thing, finding out her family has pledged their life to enslave all supernaturals is another. When the underworld of Scotland is shown she must rise against it or become a victim, again.

Kai and his twin brother Kendrix are one of thousands of supernaturals that were round up and put in encampments around the world. The brothers meet with other supernaturals to begin a traveling band of warriors. Their first mission is to look into the brutal beatings and murders on college females. Everything is fine until one survives and turns the supernatural world on its head.

She is broken and traumatized by dreams. He is a warrior and wants to save her. Little does he know she will save herself.

Amazon- https://amzn.to/2PxOlY0  
Goodreads- https://bit.ly/2L8MMMQ

Monday, January 28, 2019

Shore Haven - Review/beta read

Shore HavenShore Haven by Jennifer Reynolds
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A post apocalyptic zombie apocalypse novel!

Shore Haven was so well done. It has a nice even balance between plot progression and character arcs. The back and forth between the two leads’ POVs works smoothly and you can tell who the narrative is following, even if you have to put the book down and pick it back up later.

The love story was subtle in this one. I wouldn’t call it a romance novel, but it definitely gives it a nice spice of reality. I really felt for them trying to balance doing the right thing, surviving, and their feelings for one another.

I’ve never read a book about a second apocalypse, and I want more!

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Wednesday, January 16, 2019

From Darkness Release Day Blitz

Imani L. Hawkins is pleased to present the release of her newest book, From Darkness!
Check out the stunning cover and blurb below! Also, get to know the author with Imani's bio, author interview, and social media links.
And last but not least, enter for a chance to win a signed paperback copy of From Darkness plus a huge gift basket filled to the brim with goodies! 

A war between humans and angels is coming, and only one woman can stop it.
Myleah is one of the Fallen, angels shrouded in darkness and cast to earth. When some of her kind, the Council, gain control over the human population of Burnsville, Nevada, Myleah is caught in the middle of spiraling hostility between her former lover, the Fallen, and the original angels of heaven.
Only by embracing the darkness within her can she become strong enough to prevent the impending war and ensure the survival of humans and Fallen alike. But by doing so, she will risk losing the man she loves, and maybe even her very self.
You can get your copy of From Darkness here:

Meet Imani L. Hawkins
Imani L Hawkins is a writer of all things supernatural, paranormal, and urban fantasy. Growing up in New Mexico, the land of enchantment, she's always surrounded by beautiful scenery that inspires most of her tales. Caring for her two children with the support of her loving husband, she's found the courage to write stories filled with intricate plot lines and characters she's sure anyone would be able to relate to. A love of all things creative, she spends her free time playing the alto saxophone, making designer soaps, painting, playing around with digital design, and writing stories she hopes will inspire others. She loves hearing from people who enjoy her stories. So, feel free to follow her on social media, subscribe to her newsletter, or simply send her an email!
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Author Interview
 At what age did you begin writing?
Most people won’t believe me, but I penned my first short story at the age of 6. The librarian at my elementary school still had a copy of it when I returned back to my hometown at the age of 23.
Are there any authors or books that have had a positive influence on your life?
There are a few. The first would be Sid Fleischman. He wrote The Whipping Boy which was the first book I’ve ever read on my own. Being bullied in the first grade was difficult, and I was obsessed with this book and the way it pulled me into another world, allowing me to live through the characters instead of facing my own reality. I thought, if a simple book could provide me with an escape, maybe I could contribute by telling stories of my own.
What do you think is your greatest strength as a writer? What is your greatest weakness?
I think my greatest strength is story-telling. I was always good at weaving intricate tales that made it impossible for people to tell whether I was being truthful or lying. My greatest weakness would be the writing itself. I’ve never been a fan of what’s deemed ‘proper grammar.’
What is your book From Darkness about and what inspired you to write it?
From Darkness is a book centered around a fallen angel named Myleah. The Fallen, ruled by a council, have taken over the city of Burnsville, Nevada, and plan to work their way through all the major cities until they’ve succeeded in taking over North America. In From Darkness, Myleah is an outcast, tossed from the world of the Fallen when they discover she’d lost her wings. When a fallen angel is killed by another, she is brought back into the fold to uncover the mystery behind the angel’s death. What she uncovers changes everything she’d believed before, and she is forced to embrace her darkness to save the humans and the Fallen from the council. This story was inspired by my husband. While writing my dream story and looking at my husband, Tyrin was born from a simple thought and an active imagination. The original plan was to write out Tyrin’s story with Myleah’s story written as a follow-up series. Myleah just happened to come alive on the page and demand to be written first.
How long did it take you to write your first novel?
Seventeen years. I’ve spent so much time in front of a computer writing and rewriting that story, never really able to complete it until, finally, I decided to pursue my publishing goals.
Do you have any advice for other authors? For example, things you would recommend or pitfalls to avoid. Did you learn these methods via experience or study?
Simply write. Block out all the negative noise that comes with putting yourself out there and simply write your story. Negative people, self-doubt, and life will always get in the way, and you have to find a way to push through all of it and write YOUR story. Don’t stop and don’t let anyone read it until you are finished. A common problem most people have is that they allow obstacles to keep them from doing what makes them happy. That is especially true with writing. You may not be the biggest ‘grammar nazi,’ or the best at describing characters or settings, but you will improve the more you write. So keep writing. The reason I say don’t let anyone read it until you are done is simple. From experience, I find that people will instantly critique something without having the entire picture, and, for me, I may change the direction of my story based on that critique. Soon, the story is no longer mine. It is a collection of ideas from people who never got the real story. This is the best advice I can give right now.
Do you have a special time of day or even a special writing space where you feel more inspired to write?
Most would find this odd, but I dwell in chaos! I have a three-year-old and six-year-old who are constantly running around and making noise. That, combined with the constant noise from the television actually provides the best environment for me to write. Without the chaos, I find that my mind wanders too much.
Tell us a funny story about yourself.
I don’t really consider myself a funny person but I will say this. Tyrin, the male counterpart to Myleah in From Darkness, is actually modeled after my husband. Tyrin is also Myleah’s love interest. Writing the two of them together was difficult at times because I found myself getting jealous of Myleah! While building their romance, I found myself shying away from them touching or kissing because, in my head, I am always picturing my husband when I’m writing their scenes. And no one is allowed to touch my husband but me!
What will you be writing next?
Next, I will be writing Fallen: Fallen into Shadows Book Two. Along with that, I am collaborating with good friend of mine on a story involving ancient Egyptian God Set.

Giveaway

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Enter to win a signed paperback of From Darkness, plus a huge gift basket filled with goodies!
The prizes include:
One signed copy of From Darkness, 10 bath bombs, 2 bars of luxury soap, 2 jars of whipped lotion, 1 bubble bar, 1 sugar scrub, 2 body sprays, 2 candles, 2 champagne glasses, 1 foot scrub, 3 foot soak bombs, 2 large towels, and 1 sponge.

Plus, there are several other ways you can enter, including some daily tasks!

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Tuesday, January 8, 2019

From Darkness Cover Reveal

Imani L. Hawkins is pleased to present her newest book, From Darkness, which will be making its debut January 16th! Check out the stunning cover and blurb below!
A war between humans and angels is coming, and only one woman can stop it.
Myleah is one of the Fallen, angels shrouded in darkness and cast to earth. When some of her kind, the Council, gain control over the human population of Burnsville, Nevada, Myleah is caught in the middle of spiraling hostility between her former lover, the Fallen, and the original angels of heaven.
Only by embracing the darkness within her can she become strong enough to prevent the impending war and ensure the survival of humans and Fallen alike. But by doing so, she will risk losing the man she loves, and maybe even her very self.
The book is currently on preorder from the Amazon link below:

Friday, January 4, 2019

Beauty is the Beast Blog Tour Kit



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Gretchen is a 24-year-old-hairstylist with secrets: She likes to chase squirrels and howl at the moon. She’s also not really 24. When one of her coworkers turns up dead in the salon, she suspects that the murderer isn’t entirely human. When another stylist is murdered, and then another, she goes on the prowl. A circus with a secret side show catches her attention, as does her former pack, and a group of visiting vampires. Her only outlet is her music, but that will only keep her wolf on a leash for so long with a killer on the loose.












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About Jennifer Zamboni

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Jen loves books. Reading them, writing them, reviewing them, and collecting them. (She claims it’s not hoarding) Urban fantasy is the name of her game, and being a mom is her day job. She also is a licensed cosmetologist, though she no longer works in a salon. She lives in the boondocks of Maine with her husband, 2 girls, 2 dogs, 3 cats, and 1 vocally insistent cockatiel.

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Friday, December 28, 2018

Tattoos: An interview with Stacy Overby



One hushed cry in the middle of the night, and Eli Thorson's life unravels. A highly trained Black Ops specialist, he is used to danger, but Eli's path forces him to confront the illusions he’s been taught his whole life -- ones that make him question all the good he thought he was doing.

Unable to work for a command that defiles the oaths he swore, he works to untangle the web of lies and deceit he finds woven throughout his worlds. The tattooed marks of his profession run more than skin deep. As a Specialist it is his duty to protect the people, the laws, and all the United Earth Government stands for, even if it means taking down the entire Black Ops division to do it.

I had the privilege of interviewing author Stacy Overby to celebrate the release of her new novel, Tattoos! Guys, this one looks awesome! So sit down and relax with a hot beverage and eavesdrop on our conversation!

Q: Do you have a writing ritual to get you into the zone, or do you dive right in?  

A: I would say I don't have a ritual as much as I just need some time and some peace. With a hubby and a six-year-old son around the house, both of those tend to be in short supply. Music helps get me in the zone at times, though. I do have playlists for most of my major projects that help keep my mindset for that project. But mostly, it's just peace, quiet, and time.

Q: If you could live in your book world, would you? What role would you play?

A: Hmm. That's a tough question. My initial impulse is to say absolutely I would. However, I would also probably play the part of an empath in the Black Ops world. Seeing as they're pretty persecuted and oppressed for their abilities, it makes me hesitate a little to jump in with both feet. Let's compromise and say this, if I could be an empathic therapist of sorts to my main characters from the Black Ops world, I'd do it.



Q: What is your absolute favorite thing about being a writer? 


A: I love the chance to tell stories. There are so many cool stories out there and even more waiting to be born. I love that I can be a part of creating those new stories. And the sky really is the limit with them. Anything is possible in these stories as long as we write them right and we write them well. That people will read my stories is even better yet. The ultimate thing for me as a writer would be if someone read something I wrote and it inspired them to do something more and be something more than they were.



Q: Who is your favorite supporting character in your upcoming release & why? 


A: Ooo. Supporting character. I like that question. I have two answers I'm going to give because my first answer feels somewhat like a cheat. You see, in Tattoos, Major Devin Wade is a supporting character and I am totally in love with him. He is in command of the Black Ops specialists. Devin is, to me, a wonderful combination of strength, calm, leadership, yet with a brokenness that leaves him vulnerable if you know where to look. But, this answer feels like a cheat because there are at least two more Black Ops books and in the third one Devin is the main character.

So, I will also say that in this book, I have two other supporting characters that I love--Bemo and Black Hat. They're a pair of street kids Eli taps when he's looking for information. These two kids are smart, sassy, defensive, good kids who deserved better than what they got in life. They remind me so much of the teenagers I work with at my day job.



Q: Tell me a secret! 


A: But it wouldn't be a secret then, would it??? Okay, I'll give you one little secret. Believe it or not, I was extremely introverted and passive when I was younger. It’s only as I’ve gotten older that I put a lot of that behind me.



Q: What’s in your main character’s pocket/bag? 


A: Eli always has a couple weapons hidden about his person in various pockets, sheaths, etc. He never goes anywhere without his link, which is a sort of a communication/computer interface device, or his Fractal, think iPad type device. He probably would have a couple energy bars or something similar. That's probably about it for what's in his pockets. His pack is another story and would be dependent on what mission he's on. For example, he carried quite a few high explosives in his pack at the opening of the book.



Q: What would you do if you were given 3 million untaxable dollars? 


A: Where do I sign up for this handout??? I would take some of it and pay off things like my student loans, my mortgage, and other debts. I would also donate some of it to charities that focus on helping kids with mental health and substance abuse issues. I would also take a chunk of it and invest it for the future. Finally, I would take a small amount and spend it on fun things like traveling or cool toys for me and my family. My son would get a bit more spoiled than he is with this last one.



Q: What are your ultimate goals as an author?  


A: I would love to see at least one of my books hit the New York Times bestseller list. I also think my Black Ops books--yes there are more to come after Tattoos--made into a TV show or something like that. Maybe it's my own delusions, but I think they'd be cool as a TV show or a Netflix miniseries or something. In the end, though, I will take it if I can make enough money from my books to do some extra fun things like travel or buy toys that I probably wouldn't otherwise spend the money on.



Q: What is the weirdest thing you've ever researched?


A: For Tattoos, I learned how to curse in Greek. I think that's the most out there thing for this book. I have done research on things like biodomes, how airlocks work, the choirs of angels and each choir's functions in heaven, and specifics to musical terminology for other things I've written. That's what I can remember at the moment. Oh, I did just remember one more thing--neurobiology, specifically a more detailed understanding of how neurons and synapses work in the brain.



Q: Do you have a preferred beverage to have on hand while writing?


A: Generally I have flavored water or maybe tea. I had a kidney stone a couple years ago and was told I have to be careful about how much caffeine I drink and that I have to drink lots of water. So, yeah, I don't get too many options.



Q: Who are some authors that you look up to?


A: Goodness, this is always such a tough question for me. I have so many authors I look up to, so I'm glad you gave me at least some wiggle room. For sure I love Anne McCaffery. Her dynasty, for lack of a better way of putting it, with her Dragonriders books is amazing. I also love how she handled her characters. J. R. R. Tolkien is also one of my favorites. I know his writing style is pretty challenging to read now because of how much the world has changed, but he is in many ways the father of modern high fantasy, which I love. Plus, you can't help but love many of the characters he created. Anne Bishop is another wonderful author. She has a sweet way of weaving some well-known concepts, such as the concept of hell, into her books, yet turns what you think you know about it on its ear.

On the indie scene, I have to admit I am impressed with Robert Cano's The Dark Archer. Again, it's the way he handled the characters, creating a realistic balance of strengths and flaws in a way that makes the readers care about that character. I also love Amanda Lynn Hester's writing. Darker Daze really packs an emotional punch that impresses me.

I could go on for days about different authors I've read and why I love what they do. They all inspire me to work harder at what I do, to learn from techniques and such I see in their work.



Q: What's your spirit animal?


A: My first smart-mouthed, impulsive answer, was to say I'm the Circus Ringleader. It's how I feel most days. But, yeah, I'd better give a better answer than that. I would say most often my spirit animals are wolves, elephants, or ravens for various reasons. It depends a little on where I am at and what's going on in my life.


Thanks for having me here! I really appreciate it!

Any time, Stacy!




Book Info:


Publication Date:  December 15
Paperback Price: 9.99
Digital Price:  3.99 2.99 pre order
Pages: 246
ASIN:
Ebook ISBN: 13: 9781946382481
ISBN-10: 1-946382-48-5
Print ISBN: 9781946382511
ISBN-10: 1-946382-51-5

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  • Fiction > Science Fiction > Space Opera
  • Fiction > Science Fiction > Military

Buy Links:

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Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/895399
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Tour Stops:
12/5: Guest Post on hijinksblog.wordpress.com
12/11: Guest Post on The Mountain Caller
12/13: Character Spotlight on http://afstewartblog.blogspot.com/
12/13: Interview on www.reviewsinthecity.com
12/17: Interview on https://wp.me/p4RYxr-2ja
1/1: Character Spotlight on heidiangell | Blog
1/4: Guest Post on http://www.authoralmabry.com