May 20

Torn Away 1st Place Winner of the Saratoga RWA Great Beginnings Contest!!!!

On May 24th, which also happens to be my birthday, I’ll be releasing Torn Away, the first book in a planned trilogy. I think this is my best work to date, and I’m very proud to present this book to the world. Torn Away explores growing up in a home of an abusive father, reminding us all that some kids out there aren’t so lucky to have a home where they know they’re safe. Here’s the blurb and at the end, you’ll see a small excerpt.

Here’s the Amazon Page for Torn Away!

Find it on Goodreads here!

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After being acquitted of the murder of his high school girlfriend, Drew fled his home town of Ember Falls and never looked back. With a past full of abuse at the hands of his father, and the shame of leaving his two sisters behind, Drew vowed to become a man who saved others.
A decade later, he’s a decorated Marine and works for a private company to save and rescue those who need it when his sister, Kelli, reaches out to him. She’s left an abusive marriage and needs Drew to return home to help her and her young son, Cole. Only by the time Drew comes to aide, Kelli’s been murdered, and he’s the prime suspect for a corrupt town.

All of Drew’s fears come flooding in as he returns to Ember Falls to care for Cole, and try to repair his broken relationship with his only other living sibling. But with help from two town cops, the site where Kelli’s body was found tells Drew there might be a serial killer in Ember Falls, and the entire Duncan family is next on his list.

Drew must piece together a decade’s worth of secrets in time to save his family, or his nephew and sister will be the next victims of a killer no one even suspects.

Torn Away Is an emotional read, and I really hope everyone enjoys it.

Edited by the very talented Tiffany Marie Hofmann, and cover art by Ash Arceneaux

1st Place Winner of the Saratoga RWA Great Beginnings Contest!

 

 

Excerpt from Torn Away:

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A Free Woman

“Say it. I am a free woman, in charge of my own future and destiny.”

Kelli Duncan took a deep breath, used a tissue to dry her tears, and repeated the words. “I am a free woman in charge of my own future and destiny.”

Diana sat back and appraised her patient. “Now, try saying it like you believe it.”

Kelli smiled, but there was no joy in it. She fought against the tears threatening to spill over again. “It’s hard. I don’t believe it. I don’t feel like I’m in control. If Edward gets out, I’m afraid he’ll come for me. For me and Cole.”

“You have a restraining order,” Diana said. “If he comes into the county, he’ll be arrested again. You’ve got two friends on the police force.”

Kelli knew a restraining order was just a piece of paper.

“You can’t control his actions,” Diana said. “You can only control your own. What kind of person you choose to be. What kind of mother you want to be.”

Kelli’s breathe hitched as the waterworks kicked back in. “I’ve failed as a mother. I should have left that bastard years ago, the moment he first raised his hand to me. But I stayed. I was terrified of him. I’m still terrified of him.”

Dianna nodded. “You had every reason to be, but it was more than just terror. It’s the pattern of your life. Your father was an abusive drunk, to you and your siblings.”

“He was always so angry,” Kelli explained. “More so after Mom died.”

“Then your first boyfriend used and abused you. Left you when you were pregnant with his son.”

Kelli shrugged. “Rodger didn’t hit me much. He mostly stole from me. And he cheated. But he gave me Cole.”

“And then there was Edward Hunter,” Diana said. “He isolated you from your family and friends. Beat you in front of your son. You’ve been conditioned to take it. But you broke away. You left.”

Kelli nodded. “He came after me. He was going to kill me and take Cole.”

“He has no claim over your son,” Diana said. “He never adopted him or even accepted him as his own. Cole doesn’t call him ‘Dad’ does he?”

Ripping the tissue into tiny pieces, Kelli shook her head. “No. Edward never wanted him to.”

“How is Cole adjusting to life in Ember Falls?”

Kelli sighed heavily. “I’m not sure. He’s quiet. Sullen. He hasn’t made any friends. I know he’s worried about Edward returning.”

Kelli threw away the remains of the tissue, reaching forward and pulled out another one. “He likes living in Lilly’s house. And the bookstore. Cole always liked books.”

“How is he dealing with your friend and sister?”

Kelli smiled and there was a hint of joy in her eyes. “He likes his crazy Aunt Ashley and she adores him. Lilly is so patient. It was so good of her to take us in. If Edward comes there…”

Kelli closed her eyes, imagining her ex hurting her friend or sister. If it happened, it would be her fault.

“If he does, call the police. Your sister is friends with a cop.”

Kelli nodded. “Ollie’s a good man. He’s been trying to spend time with Cole. I think Cole likes him, but he won’t say it. He’s frightened of men, but Ollie’s got a way about him. Cole needs that. He needs to be around good men.”

She dabbed her eyes with the tissue. “I contacted my brother.”

Diana’s eyebrows went up in surprise. “Oh? Do you think that’s a good idea? Are you sure that’s not you, falling into that same pattern again?”

Kelli shook her head. “I don’t care what everyone says. My brother didn’t hurt anyone. He always tried to protect me and Ashley. Dad was always the hardest on him. I think when Dad looked at me or Ashley, he saw a bit of Mom. So we got knocked around a little, but he’d go to town on Drew. Mostly because Drew put himself between us and Dad.”

“I haven’t seen him since I snuck into the hospital. They wouldn’t let me into his room, had a police officer stationed at the door. I saw him as a nurse went in. They had him cuffed to the bed.”

Diana nodded. “What does your sister think?”

Kelli folded her arms. “Ashley refuses to even talk about him. He wrote to us.” She looked up. “For some time, he wrote letters and emails. Ashley refused to read them and sent them back, but she saved the ones that came for me. I believe in him. And I’ve been poking around a little. I owe it to him.”

“You don’t owe him anything,” Diana said. “You owe it to your son to be safe. Is your brother coming back to Ember Falls?”

Kelli shook her head. “I didn’t actually ask him. But I want him to. I know he hates this town, but I want my brother back. I think he’d be good for Cole. If I ask him, he’ll come.”

“You’re sure that’s a good idea?”

Kelli smiled. “There’s a lot of things I’m not sure about, but my brother being a part of my son’s life? That’s not one of them.”

Diana was hardly convinced.

Diana instructed Kelli to repeat that phrase in her head, each day, until it started to sink in. ‘I am a free woman, in charge of my own future and destiny.’ It sounded good.

Kelli stepped outside, the cool night air refreshing her entire body. She was a free woman, and she intended to stay that way. Kelli had failed Cole as a mother, because she had allowed fear to dominate her. She had to do better for him. Cole would heal. He had to. He was all that mattered to her.

Yes, life was going to get better. Kelli would make sure of it. She was through being a victim.

She smiled to herself as she reached for the car handle. The promise still ringing in her mind when his reflection in the car window caught her attention. She had no time to panic before he grabbed her from behind, whispered, “Bitch,” in her ear as a sharp blade slit her throat.

Her scream drowned in a bloody gurgle as he dragged her to a nearby car, used a key fob to remotely open the trunk and throw her inside like a bag of garbage. She barely registered the fact the trunk was lined with plastic as he glared down at her with scorn and stabbed the knife into her chest. She prayed that her sister, brother and best friend would deliver the promise of a better life for her son. Kelli Duncan died before he slammed the trunk closed, but she died a free woman.

 

Apr 28

Interview with Book Narrator extraordinaire, Amy Hilburn!!!!

Amy Hilburn: Narrator and Producer of Vision of Shadows and other great audio books.

Q: How did you get involved with narrating novels for authors?

A: I kind-of stumbled upon it while practice-reading some audiobook auditions as a way to diminish my New Jersey accent. I mainly do commercials, animation, videogames, and such, so this was a whole new arena. I actually avoided doing audiobooks for quite some time, because it’s a very difficult and extremely time consuming type of voiceover to produce. I found that I really really enjoyed bringing the characters and storyline to life like they do in my head when I read.

 

Q: I’ve gotten the impression that you do your narration at home? Is there any special equipment you use?

A: I have my own studio that is made to produce high quality recordings like those you hear on TV or radio. The most important tool for a narrator is their microphone. I have a Neumann TLM 103, which is an industry standard, along with a preamp, processor, editing software, and treated recording booth.
Q: How do you go about choosing which books to narrate?

A: I usually will find a book that lends well to my natural voice range. Something that doesn’t make the characters sound cartoonish or silly, unless that’s what would fit with the storyline.

 

Q: What have been some of your favorite books that you’ve narrated?

A: I really enjoy narrating Teen and Young Adult books. My favorites are always ones having a bit  intrigue and fantasy with a hint of angsty relationships. It refreshes that feeling of firsts and uncertainty we all have when we are young. Emotions are always more powerful for the young, and bringing that explosive and pure emotion to life is really energizing.
Q: If you could narrate any book you’ve ever read, what would it be?

A: I’ve always been in love with classic literature. I would want to narrate Little Women. It’s been my favorite story for as long as I can remember.

 

Q: On Vision of Shadows, you did such a tremendous job capturing the different characters, the personalities and their individual quirks. How do you keep character’s straight?

A: I read through the book first to get the full picture of the characters, their history, relationships, and end motives. I try to relate them to a living person to have them feel more real. I sometimes just keep a picture of someone who looks like how I picture that character to look like in front of me, and work on an appropriate voice for them. I research pronunciations, dialects, and quirks. And keep notes on all of it to reference when I need it.

Q: Since it was my own book, I’ve got to ask. What character was your favorite from Vision of Shadows and did you have a favorite scene?

A: I really like the complexity and also simplicity of Uncle Mark. I think he has a strength to him that is more than most people could have with the pain he’s suffered in his past, and all he is emotionally handling as the book proceeds. He is level-headed, and supportive while keeping not only his family, but the whole town in check.

 

Q: What advice would you give authors who are looking to work with a producer for their book?

A: Look up and listen to other work the narrator has produced to hear the absolute final sound of your book. If there’s something that distracts you like background noise or mouth noise throughout the sample, chances are it would be produced the same way for you, and your reviews may reflect that. It’s okay to be picky, and it’s okay to turn down a narrator. If they are a seasoned voice artist, they are very used to rejection and never take it personally.

 

Q: What can we look forward to next from you?

A: I have a few new Teen and Young Adult audiobooks coming out in the next couple of months. You can follow me on twitter @amyhilburnvo or Facebook to keep up to date on my projects as they are released or go to my website www.amyhilburn.com to take a look at some past projects I’ve worked on.

Check out Vision of Shadows now!

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Apr 16

Torn Away and my journey on Kindle Scout!!!!!!!!!!!!!

This is all about my campaign for Torn Away on Kindle Scout. Please nominate it!!!!!

 

 

In the next part of my journey as an author, I’ve decided to submit a book to the Kindle Scout Program. 

Basically, the Kindle Scout program is an affiliate of Amazon Kindle. An author (In this case me) can submit their book to them. You get a 30 day campaign where readers can see the cover of your book, read both a short (And I mean short) blurb, and read a sample of your offered book. If they like it (Oh please like it!) they can nominate the book.

A reader can nominate up to three books at a time. The nomination has to stay active for the life of the campaign, and then once that 30 days is over, you can nominate another.

What does the reader get out of this? Besides helping to get an author a publishing contract? Well, if the book you nominated gets picked by Kindle Scout to be published, everyone who nominated it will be able to get an advance copy, for FREE!

So what does the author have to do?

Well, Kindle Scout is sort of like a hybrid of self publishing and traditional publishing.

You have to submit the manuscript edited and proof read. (Thanks to Tiffany Hoffman and Deep Water Editorial Services for being my editor, helping with the query letter and blurb, and helping with all my questions!)

You need a cover, which I got from Ash Arceneaux (who I know I drove nuts!)

You’ve got to write a blurb that’s only 500 characters. Not words. Characters. That’s really, really, short. Then you need a tag line that’s only 45 characters. (Man I thought Tweeter was tough)

Then you best proof it real well, because once you hit submit, you can only make changes through email request and it’s not quick or easy.

So what does the Author get out of it?

If you get picked, you get an advance of $1,500. They’ll help promo your book as well. There are terms and conditions that go along with their 5 year contract.

So I took the plunge.

 

 

The Torn Away campaign has been live since April 3rd and will end May 3rd.

Torn Away has been in their Hot & Trending list a good amount of time, although as of this writing, it’s not. (Feel free to nominate that and get it back in there!)

There’s a lot of discussion among those of us who have books in the campaign how important that is. Some books have been chosen that weren’t in there a lot, while others that rode that list for all it’s worth, were not selected. Certainly they take a look at the book itself, after all, someone may write a book about a town getting overrun with vampire chickens who have to turn to a retired army colonel who was in town, trying to open up a new restaurant to serve in secret recipe of fried chicken, (No, that’s my idea, you can’t have it) but the author may have a lot of friends who keep in in the sought after Hot & Trending list.

Book A could get 20 nominations over the course of a day, while Book B gets only 10, but if they get them within an hours span, they’ll get on that list. I’m sure they look at the good old H&T, as well as total nominations, and visits to the page, etc.  But nonetheless, every author becomes obsessed with asking for, even begging for nominations and checking for that little HOT tag, because it’s the best indicator of how you’re doing.

So we’ll have to see what happens.

So about my book.

Torn Away is the winner of the Saratoga RWA Great Beginnings Contest. Here’s the blurb being used for the contest.

A man will face his worst fear: going home (That’s the 45 character tag line. Notice the lack of a period.)

Nine years ago, Drew Duncan was arrested and charged with murder when his high school girlfriend disappeared. After being held for months for a trial that never came, he was released and left town, leaving his two sisters behind. When one sister is murdered, Drew is determined to protect her young son and find her killer. He’s faced with a surviving sister who refuses to forgive him for leaving, a nephew who trembles when he enters the room and an entire town who thinks he got away with murder.

So I’ll come back and let you know how it all works out, but in the meanwhile, please take a look and nominate it.

 

 

Apr 01

SJ Pajonas blog tour stop for The Daydreamer Detective!!!

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This is my stop during the blog tour for The Daydreamer Detective by SJ Pajonas. This blog tour is organized by Lola’s Blog Tours. The blog tour runs from 4 till 8 April, you can view the complete tour schedule on the website of Lola’s Blog Tours.

The Daydreamer DetectiveThe Daydreamer Detective (Miso Cozy Mysteries #1)
By SJ Pajonas
Genre: Mystery/ Cozy Mystery
Age category: Adult
Release Date: 31 march 2016

Blurb:
Luck? Forget it. Mei Yamagawa is fresh out of it. She’s just been downsized from her 3rd job in five years and her bank account is dry. Now, to keep her head above water, she must leave Tokyo and move back to her rural Japanese hometown. And there’s nothing worse than having to face your old rivals and ex-boyfriends as a failure while starting life over as a farm girl.

But when her best friend’s father is murdered, and her best friend is named the main suspect, Mei turns her daydreaming ways towards solving the crime. Between dates disguised as lunches with the town’s hottest bachelor chef, searching for clues, and harvesting sweet potatoes, Mei has a lot of non-paying work cut out for her.

Will she catch the killer before her bad luck turns worse? Or will she fry in the fire with the rest of her dreams of success?

You can find The Daydreamer Detective on Goodreads

You can buy The Daydreamer Detective here:
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SJ PajonasAbout the Author:
Stephanie (S. J.) is a writer, knitter, amateur astrologer, Capricorn, and Japanophile. She loves foxes, owls, sushi, yoga pants, Evernote, and black tea. When she’s not writing, she’s thinking about writing or spending time outside, unless it’s winter. She hates winter. Someday she’ll own a house in both hemispheres so she can avoid the season entirely. She’s a mom to two great kids and lives with her husband and family outside NYC. They have no pets. Yet. When it comes to her work, expect the unexpected. She doesn’t write anything typical. Find her online at http://www.spajonas.com.

You can find and contact SJ Pajonas here:
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There is a tour wide giveaway for the blog tour of The Daydreamer. There will be two winners:
- One US Resident will win: One paperback copy of Adult Coloring Book Japan, One Signed Copy of The Daydreamer Detective, One signed copy of Removed, and a surprise flavor of Pocky!
- One International Resident will win: One ebook copy of The Daydreamer Detective, One ebook copy of Removed, and One ebook of each Rice Cooker Revenge, Washing Statue Wanderlust, and Mamachari Matchmaker

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When Mei first meets Yasahiro, the town’s newest bachelor chef, in The Daydreamer Detective, it’s not all fireworks and lovelorn looks across the room. She’s been a fan of city-style fast food straight from the convenience store for the past ten years or more, and Yasahiro’s Japanese slow food cuisine makes her want to roll her eyes. In the beginning, she’s very skeptical, and even though he’s annoyed by her behavior, he still wants to prove to her that his food is better than anything you can buy at the local 7-Eleven.
1) Hey SJ, tell us about your new book, The Daydreamer Detective.
The Daydreamer Detective is a cozy mystery set in Japan. Mei Yamagawa is out of luck, money, and a job and must return to her hometown a failure when she’s evicted from her apartment. Upon arrival at home, her best friend’s father is murdered and her best friend is named the main suspect. Mei gathers clues, with her mom, to solve the case and exonerate her best friend.
I’ve always loved mysteries and wanted to write one, so writing a cozy mystery set in Japan was high up on my list of must-dos for 2016!
2) You call yourself a Japanophile and I’ve seen your books always seem to have something to do with Japan. What is a Japanophile and how did you get so invested in Japanese culture?
A Japanophile is someone who loves Japan, Japanese culture and language, just like an Anglophile loves everything about England. I fell in love with Japan in the late 1990s after seeing my first Miyazaki film, Princess Mononoke. At the time that I saw it, I became friends with an American woman who had lived in Japan and all her stories sounded very fascinating to me. I started studying up on the culture and eventually took Japanese language classes for 6 years at the Japan Society in New York City. I miss taking Japanese as a language, but I manage to stay close to Japan in my heart by writing these books, watching Japanese TV online and at home, and reading about their culture as often as possible. I’m planning a trip to Japan for August of this year too that I’m really excited about. It’s been many years since I’ve been there and I can’t wait to go back!
3) Did you have to do any special research to deal with the crime elements of The Daydreamer Detective?
Oh yes, and I’m so glad I did a lot of research on this! The Japanese police and legal system is NOTHING like the United States. In Japan, the police are considered to be a vital part of the community, helpful and caring. When a crime is committed, the community helps out as much as possible, questioning people, tracking down suspects, and even apprehending criminals! The country is very safe because so many people watch out for each other. In fact, the murder rate in Japan is one of the lowest on the planet, so it felt kind of weird writing this series when only about 400 murders occur in Japan per year (versus the US which clocks in over 12,000 per year). Our population is a little less than three times larger than Japan, just as a base reference.
Japan also has a very interesting system of gathering evidence and prosecution. They can hold people for a certain number of days to get a confession out of them before a lawyer can be called, and if a confession is elicited from a suspect, that confession must contain information that wasn’t known about the case and can be verifiable. Japan has a high conviction rate (above 95%) and they don’t go to trial without having all the evidence first. They also don’t have jury trials. I’m sure our own justice system in the US is better suited to a good drama TV show! I watched Law & Order everyday for almost ten years (thank you TNT Network!) and have trouble imagining a trial without a jury. I would love to witness one someday!
In order to learn all of this, I studied a few different resources. I read a few non-fiction books on the Japanese legal system, read some fiction, and checked out some videos on YouTube. But since my novels focus mainly on my heroine and her tiny town, I rarely have to take them to court!
4) Mei Yamagawa is an amateur sleuth, a tried and true trope of fiction, from Nancy Drew all the way to Sherlock Holmes. Do you have any favorite amateur sleuths?
I grew up with Nancy Drew and Encyclopedia Brown, but as I got older, I kinda fell in love with Murder She Wrote with Angela Landsbury. I often was fascinated with how many murders took place in that tiny town by the coast! I’m laughing just thinking about it. And my parents were also big fans of Miss Marple, Hercule Poirot, and Sherlock Holmes. While they weren’t all amateur sleuths, they definitely cemented my love of mysteries from a young age.
5) This is book 1 of the Miso Cozy Mysteries. What can we look forward to seeing next?
When Book 1 ends, Mei must make it through the winter months on a very tight budget and another murder in town stretches her resources to the limit! I have the first three books of the series and a companion novella planned out with ideas for more brewing in the back of my head! I also have a science fiction space opera planned for a first draft later this year and more short stories ready to go. I expect to be very busy though 2017!
Thanks for having me today, Vincent! It’s been great talking about my new series with you.
And now, a top five Japanese favorites list from SJ!
When I think of typical traditional Japanese dishes, my mouth starts to water and I seek out the ingredients at my local grocer. Skipping over fresh, hot rice from the rice cooker, these are my top 5 traditional Japanese dishes.
  1. Miso Soup – A staple at many Japanese meals, miso soup, made from miso paste dissolved in dashi stock and garnished with seaweed and tofu, is a light but hearty hot soup that is consumed at any time of the day. I usually make mine with packets from the store, but homemade is even better.
  2. Sushi – Of course sushi! Probably one of the most well-known Japanese foods outside of Japan. It’s rice and raw fish or vegetables, rolled up in vinegared rice, and wrapped in nori seaweed. I make it at home occasionally, but I love it fresh from my favorite Japanese restaurant. In Japan, sushi was once “fast food,” eaten standing up with your fingers. Now, it’s that AND it can also be upscale and gourmet.
  3. Tempura – Possibly one of my favorite Japanese foods, tempura refers to vegetables, fish, or meat, breaded and deep-fried, usually served with a dipping sauce and rice, but also can be put into noodle soup dishes. Sweet potato tempura is my all-time favorite. I’m getting hungry just thinking about it!
  4. Yakitori – Walk any of the city streets in Japan and you’ll smell it, the sweet aroma of meat, fish, or vegetables cooked over charcoal. Chicken and beef yakitori, small bits on tiny wood skewers, are the most popular versions of yakitori. You’ll see them cooking over hot charcoals and someone diligently flipping them and fanning the smoke away. I love eel yakitori. Mmmm. And in the autumn, mountain vegetables cooked over charcoal are especially delicious.
  5. Soba and Udon – I had to put these two noodles together because they’re both quintessential Japanese dishes. Udon are white wheat noodles, usually thick and plump. Soba are darker, buckwheat noodles, usually cut thin. Both can be served in a variety of ways from cold with dipping sauces, in a bowl of soup or with curry ladled over them, or fried up with vegetables or meat. For an on-the-go meal, udon and soba cannot be beat. They’re filling, tasty, and affordable!
And an excerpt:

 

Every time I went into the barn during harvesting, I avoided the loft, but at the end of the week, I was finally ready to climb up there and inspect the remains of my past. The stairs creaked as I ascended into the dusty space above the tractor we used in the spring. On the right, under the window, sat the old couch I used to sit on and read, the spot where Tama and I slept together for the first and many times after. A plastic tarp covered it, and I could imagine the upholstery underneath was pristine. Mom was pretty thorough about taking care of this place. My old canvasses, some half drawn on or painted, others blank, leaned against the adjacent wall, next to my easel and tackle boxes of paints. On the left, Mom’s fire-proof file cabinets sat against the wall, carrying her precious documents and other things she needed to run the farm.
The Mount Fuji painting used to take up the space to the rear of my canvasses, but the wide wall stood empty, begging to be filled. I grabbed the top tackle box and popped it open. Tubes of acrylic paint lined the top tray, like I’d left them in there yesterday. Several were unopened and moved when I squeezed them, but a few had seized up. Wow. I was lucky! I’d heard acrylic paint could last ten years or more, especially if they were kept in the fridge, but the temperature fluctuated up here and I expected worse.
I flipped through the few canvasses left and placed one on the easel. I had scratched a few hasty pencil sketches onto it, but nothing seemed familiar. Hmmm. I turned the canvas around 180 degrees and there! Yes. I had planned to paint a lake with a torii gate and a mountain in the background. I never understood this about myself. I loved modern life. I loved my phone, my computer, and the city. Yet, when it came to painting, I only ever wanted to capture the world in its splendor, natural and real. I didn’t paint people. I didn’t paint animals. I hadn’t tried abstract or modern, though I loved to look at both. I was attracted the most to natural landscapes.
I was a host of perplexing contradictions.

 

Mar 23

Lola Blog tours interview. Why is a blog tour right for you.

I asked a friend who runs a blog tour company a few questions to help our some writers out there. Check it out and contact Lola for your blog tour needs.

 

 

1)      Tell us about Lola’s Blog tours?

Lola’s Blog Tours is my tour organizing business focused on organizing quality book blog tours for fiction books of all genres and age categories. I don’t tour non-fiction books yet, but I am considering adding those later this year. I started Lola’s Blog Tours in September 2013 because I love organizing and planning and have a passion for books and reading. It’s great to be able to combine those things in my business. Working with authors, bloggers and books every day is a lot of fun and I really enjoy the work.

2)      How does a blog tour really benefit an author?

A blog tour mostly benefits an author by bringing more exposure for them and their book. It also depends a bit on the exact nature of the tour how it helps an author. For example a blog tour with review stops also can help the author get some extra reviews. Or a giveaway during your tour can bring some new social media followers.

A blog tour makes sure your book gets seen and increases the chances someone hears about your book. People can’t buy your book if they don’t know it exists and if they see it often enough it can increase the chances they might buy your book. It’s more a long term process and it’s also the reason why the effect of a blog tour isn’t always directly visible.

 

3)      What are some of the issues you encounter with authors that make working with them more difficult?

Overall I have had many pleasant encounters with authors and enjoyed working with them. So in general there are more pleasant encounters than bad ones. I’ve had some authors that expected more or different things from a blog tour and that can be difficult to handle sometimes. Even I can’t always predict how well a tour will do until it’s live, I try to only accept tours for books that I expect will do reasonably well, but even then it can happen a tour gets less sign-ups or less reviews for example than an author hoped for.

Also with tours it happens always that a few bloggers don’t post, which is a sad reality of blog tours. Tour organizers do their best to minimalize how often this happens, but there’s only so much we can do. That can be difficult for an author when a blogger who promised to post during a tour doesn’t.

 

4)      What advice can you give authors about promoting their own work?

Some general advice I would give authors is to make sure their book is as good as they can get, make sure have a good cover and a catchy blurb. Those three things are already so important for getting the attention of readers. Try to have some sort of online presence, with a website and/or social media and be active and stay updated on the sites you pick. I also heard authors who have had a lot of success with street teams and/or newsletters. Then once your book is finished start trying to get reviews for your book even before the release day. Reviews help other readers discover your books and if you want to run a promotion for your book on some sites you need a minimum amount of reviews on sites like amazon and goodreads. There are also all sorts of ways you can promote your books from ads, giveaways, to running a discounted or free days for your book or booking a blog tour.

I recently started a new feature called Lola’s Advice on my blog where I give advice to authors about certain topics. I post a new post every first Monday of the month for the duration of this year at least. You can find the posts I published so far here: http://lolasreviews.com/author-tips/

 

5)      Any funny stories to share?

 

I once had an author who booked a tour with me and I thought his book wasn’t a good match for Lola’s Blog Tours and politely declined his tour request. After that he replied to tell me what a popular author he was and that this was only a pen name. I am still not sure if it was true or not, but it was a strange experience. I also had an author who didn’t realize how cover reveals worked and had booked a cover reveal for her book with multiple tour companies on different days.

 

 

 

You can find Lola’s Blog Tours online here:

Website: http://www.lolasblogtours.net/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Lolasblogtours

Twitter: http://twitter.com/lolasblogtours

Google+: https://plus.google.com/112124448419008394173/posts

 

Mar 21

Kara Leigh Miller: Torn Cover reveal!!!!!

Today we’re excited to help author, Kara Leigh Miller, spread the cover love! Her newest book, TORN (THE GEORGIA CORBINS, Book 1) is an upper young adult / new adult contemporary romance and the first in a planned trilogy.
Coming May 3, 2016….

 

Cover art courtesy of Eden Plantz

Two years ago, Alison “Ali” Philips watched her two best friends  – Levi and Tucker Corbin — pack up and move away from the only home they’d ever known. Being apart is difficult enough, but going years without so much as a phone call or email from either of the brothers was heartbreaking for Ali. But life goes on, and Ali learns to slowly pick up the pieces of her life and mend the hole they left in her heart. She’s doing pretty dang well, too. Until she comes face-to-face with Levi Corbin during Monday morning Physics lab.

The pain of being left behind still stings, but seeing the boys makes her want to go back to the way things were. Unfortunately for her, they’ve returned with only one thing on their minds: Winning Ali’s heart. Ali soon finds herself in the middle of a love triangle she never intended to be a part of. As she tries to reclaim the friendships she’s lost, unfamiliar feelings begin to stir. It’s time to make a decision, one that will forever change all their lives: Levi or Tucker Corbin?

Ali is only certain of one thing — She can’t have one Corbin boy without losing the other.

To celebrate this cover reveal and the upcoming release, Kara is giving away a $15 Amazon gift card to one lucky person. Keep scrolling to enter the giveaway below!

About the Author:

Represented by Dawn Dowdle of Blue Ridge Literary Agency, Kara is a multi-genre published author, and an avid reader with eclectic tastes that range from the tame to the taboo. She currently lives in Michigan with her husband, three kids, three pit bulls, and two cats. When she’s not busy writing romance novels that leave readers swooning, she’s spending time with her family. Find her anytime on her website, Facebook, and Twitter.

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Dec 18

Guest Blog Post: Why Historical by Carrie Dalby Author of FORTITUDE

 

 

Today, we welcome Carrie Dalby, author of Fortitude to write a guest post about why she chose historical. Take it away Carrie!

 

Why Historical?

 

Thank you, Vincent Morrone, for hosting me on your blog today. My debut novel hit the shelves December 8 and to help wrap-up my blog tour, I thought it’d be fun to share how I went from a history hater to writing historical fiction.

Let me begin by saying I never appreciated history class. I was a student who found it hard to remember dates and the weird (often long) names of explorers, presidents, and such were difficult to pronounce and even harder to spell. History didn’t sit well with me—it ranked at the bottom of the school hierarchy, along with P.E. and algebra.  Not to mention the fact that I didn’t pass my A.P. U.S. History exam in high school. Yeah, history was something for old people, not me.

I read my first historical fiction book when I was in middle school: Ghosts I Have Been by Richard Peck. While I enjoyed a good ghost story, this was the first time I read a book that was set in the past, rather than a modern child being haunted by a historical spook. I was surprised the past wasn’t dull like black and white photographs and movies always seemed to be. I was still leery of history but I slowly started reading more historicals.  Several years ago I realized the majority of my favorite books were historical novels—and I gravitated to them more often than contemporary or other genres in any reading level.

So I did what any other book nerd would have done: I embraced my inner history geek and set about filling in the gaps from my own education with historical literature featuring stories from around the globe. I read about feudal Japan, Medieval Europe (in many different countries), as well as the Revolutionary and Civil Wars. I could smell the diseases and wars, taste the food, and feel the fabric of the clothing. I even (gasp!) started reading non-fiction for pleasure because the stigma of the past had been removed.

It was while reading Lady from Savannah: The Life of Juliette Low by Gladys Denny Shultz and Daisy Gordon Lawrence that the main idea for Fortitude came to light. I’d been thinking about turning a short story I’d written into a historical novel and I was intrigued and horrified by the conditions the gathering troops suffered from in the Florida camps. It’s no surprise that I remembered nothing of this war from history classes, but the information struck me as so profound I knew I had to share the information with others. Thanks to my ever evolving readership in middle and young adult novels, I knew exactly where to take the passion. I researched for years, outlined, researched more, wrote, and then edited lots.

History offers so much; we only have to be willing to open our heart and mind to the past to appreciate our present even more. I hope you’ll get to know Claire O’Farrell as she lives through the summer of 1898, both in southern Alabama and in the Spanish-American War camps in Florida. Experience the climate, triumphs, and tragedies along with Claire and her family and friends as she pushes her Fortitude to the limit.

 

Fortitude by Carrie Dalby

Anaiah Surge

Blurb:

Growing up with a Creole best friend, sixteen-year-old Claire O’Farrell held little regard for the Jim Crow laws and the consequences of befriending those of a different color. But once she leaves the haven of her home on Dauphin Island, the reality of racial intolerance can no longer be ignored. Though she’s underage, Claire makes the bold decision to serve alongside Loretta, her best friend, in the “colored camp” hospital tents during the Spanish-American War, but her idealistic attitude and choice of working location immediately puts her in danger. Claire gives her heart to a soldier in the camp, only to find herself caught in the racial violence besieging the area. When the intolerant attitudes and stigma follow her home, she clings to her faith to navigate through her social isolation and find the path she was meant to travel.

 

 

 

Release Date:

December 8, 2015

Print ISBN: 978-0-9966827-6-3

eBook ISBN: 978-0-9966827-5-6

Book Links:

Goodreads:

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/27855801-fortitude

Anaiah Press: TBA

Amazon:

http://www.amazon.com/Fortitude-Carrie-Dalby-ebook/dp/B018HSNK62/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1448486496&sr=8-1&keywords=fortitude+carrie

B&N: TBA

Review Snippets: Coming soon

Book Trailer: Coming soon!

Author Bio:

Born and raised in California, but a resident of Mobile, Alabama since 1996, Carrie Dalby is a homeschooling mom with a love of literature for young adults and children. Some of Carrie’s favorite volunteer hours are with Mobile Writers Guild, SCBWI, and Metro Mobile Reading Council’s Young Author workshops.

 

 

Website:         www.carriedalby.com

Twitter:           @Wonderwegian

Pinterest:        pinterest.com/wonderwegian

Goodreads:    goodreads.com/user/show/27124063-carrie-dalby

Google +:       https://plus.google.com/+CarrieDalbyCox/posts

Facebook:       facebook.com/carriedalbyauthor

 

 

Excerpt

© 2015 Carrie Dalby

Chapter One

Loretta, Aunt Norah, and I reach the waterfront after a short walk from the end of the trolley line. The docks are crowded with people, passengers, fishermen, and city officers going about their business.

When we spot my pa’s boat, Loretta grabs my elbow with her gloved hand. “Is that the one? The guy who had the nerve to kiss you on your birthday?”

Sure enough, Pa’s hired man, Joe, is tucking in his grimy shirt, his sun-streaked brown hair dusting his broad shoulders.

“Yes.” I clutch the carpetbag to my chest. “Why did he have to come along? It’s not like Pa’s going to be catching anything on the way home.”

“Don’t be coy, Claire O’Farrell. He wants to admire your fair beauty on the sparkling waters of Mobile Bay.”

I ignore her remark. After all our years of friendship, she knows I’m jealous of her fawn-colored complexion because it never betrays a blush.

“I missed my girl.” Pa stops for an embrace and his bushy beard tickles my forehead. Then, he’s on to speak with Aunt Norah.

Joe’s still a good twenty feet away, but his eyes are on Loretta and me.

“More likely he came to see if I really do have friends in higher society.” I run a hand over my ankle-length gingham dress, one that isn’t fit for city dwelling.

Loretta, adorned in a gray linen skirt and crisp white blouse, turns so Joe can gaze upon her supple profile, wiggling her lace-covered fingers in a mock-wave. “Well, I’ll bet he’s never seen the likes of a Creole princess.”

As if sensing our inappropriateness, Aunt Norah turns to us in the moment of Loretta’s flirting. She marches over, the wooden planks groaning beneath her weight.

“Miss Loretta Davis! I hope your dear mother never sees you behaving in such an unlady-like fashion!” My aunt is the active chaperone for Loretta, as well as the cook in her household. “If one of those patrolmen come over, you’re liable to get young Joseph Walker in trouble.”

“Why, Miss Norah, I was only waving hello.” Loretta’s thick eyelashes play their innocent game.

Aunt Norah’s face is as red as her frizzy hair. “If you were ten years younger, I’d put you over my knee right here on this dock, young lady!”

Loretta’s giggle sprinkles across the lapping waves. “Yes, Miss Norah. I see the error of my ways.”

Joe joins our little group and hands a basket of fresh oysters to Aunt Norah, sneaking one more glance at Loretta. “For your kitchen, Ma’am, from Mr. O’Farrell.”

“Much appreciated, Joseph. I’ll be sure to give my thanks to him.” Aunt Norah tucks the basket in the crook of her arm.

Loretta takes my arm and turns to Joe. “What’s your opinion on the disagreements with Spain?”

Joe removes his hat and runs the back of his hand against his forehead. “Ain’t any of my business what one country does to another. Cuba might as well be across the Atlantic for all I care.”

“But those soldiers gathering in Florida in preparation for war are taking ill on our own soil.” Loretta leans into my side. “I want Claire here to volunteer as a nurse with me so we can help relieve their sufferings. What do you say to that?”

I can’t help but become irritated at her dragging Joe into her scheme. To be sure, Loretta has more than the desire to become the next Florence Nightingale urging her plan. Her focus has always been finding the perfect gentleman, and I don’t think this idea of hers is any different.

Joe looks me over before speaking. “I’d say that’s a right fine thing to do.”

“Don’t do anything rash, Claire,” Aunt Norah chimes in. “I know Miss Loretta put some big ideas into your head, but think them through.”

“Yes, I will.” I say my farewells and hug my aunt and dearest friend good-bye.

The two ladies head off with Pa to accompany them to the streetcar line, and I seek a quiet spot to think. I forget my city manners and pull my skirt a little too high to step down into the boat. Joe unnecessarily holds my hand to steady me before I sit. I pull away.

“Your family sure is dotty with how things are between your aunt and the Davises. But your friend’s a mite perky thing, ain’t she?”

“I’d rather not discuss Miss Davis, or Aunt Norah’s position at their house.” I keep my voice formal, trying to discourage further questioning.

Joe isn’t one to take hints. “Did you have fun?”

“It was a lovely weekend, but I’d rather not discuss it. Shouldn’t you be fixin’ the sails for the trip home?”

“Nah, Mr. O’Farrell won’t be ready for a good five minutes.” His adorable crooked-tooth smile taunts me. “I was hopin’ you might want to tell me something, like how you’ve missed me, because I’ve missed you.”

The seagulls seem to be laughing at my predicament.

“It’s my family I missed, though three days isn’t much time to start pining after someone.”

He’s leaning close to me now. “‘Tis when someone fills your heart.”

In exasperation, I pull one of Loretta’s tricks—I pat my stylish coiffure, compliments of Loretta herself—and roll my eyes. “Well I wouldn’t know, since there’s no one on the island I feel that way about.”

“Always so proper, but just you wait, Claire O’Farrell. I’ve been told I grow on people.”

“Moss can grow on things, too, but that doesn’t make it good. It can be downright slippery.”

Joe’s dimples crease his cheeks as he smiles. “I’ve done been warned ‘bout you. They told me to watch out for that Irish temper and feisty tongue.”

Shock causes me to sit upright. “And who are they?”

Joe pulls a cover of seriousness over his jovial face. “Oh, I’ve got my sources, but don’t worry your pretty lil’ head, I’ll protect you.”

“And from what, or whom, do I need protection?”

His dark eyebrows close the gap above his nose and he reaches for my hand, but I tuck it under my skirt. “All the single men on the island have their eyes on you, from the widowers to the school boys. They’ve been watching since before I came along, and think it crazy for your ma to keep educating you the way she does. Not to mention sending you off to that Creole house for visiting every month.”

I’ve never thought myself the topic of conversation among the fishermen. The need to know pulls me closer, so I lean toward him.

“It’s fine to romp n’ play as kids, but those strings to the Davises should’ve been cut years ago. Some people might—”

“And what right do you have to say something like that after that flirting you did with Loretta?”

“She’s a sight to behold, that’s for sure.”

Pa chooses this minute to board.

“Lose your sea legs already, Claire? You look a wee bit green.”

I shake my head and try to breathe. Joe gets to work, following Pa’s silent lead. As the miles to Dauphin Island decrease, I mull over my trip to town. It was different than my typical visitations because in celebration of my sixteenth birthday the week before, Mrs. Davis and Loretta put me up in the fancy guest room, on the second floor hall between their own bedrooms. Usually, I bunk with my aunt, who has a simple clapboard room off the kitchen in the back of the house, but for the past two nights, I slept in a wallpapered room with silk sheets.

Besides the use of the guest room with the four-poster bed, I received a streamer trunk full of clothes, most of which were left in Loretta’s care, awaiting my call to adventure. The bounty included a ruffled mint green frock with capped sleeves. I’d never felt as naked in my life as when I tried it on. The thought causes me to look around self-consciously. Joe’s sitting against the side of the boat across from me, mending a net. Our eyes meet and I look away, my face hot from embarrassment.

“Everything all right?” he asks.

“I’m worried about the war.”

“There’s plenty right here in this boat to keep me occupied. I don’t need to go lookin’ for adventure.” Joe tosses one net aside and picks up another for inspection.

Pa, one hand on the sail ropes, takes a few extra puffs on his pipe and looks from me to Joe but remains silent.

“All that disease they’re suffering from, right here in our own country. It doesn’t seem right for the soldiers to grow ill and die before they have the chance to prove worthy in battle.”

“There’s no honor in death,” Joe says, “whenever it comes.”

His words are almost poetical. I suspect he’s been reading, so he can try to impress me with wisdom or wit, but the way his callused hands work the nets make it difficult to imagine them holding a leather-bound book. My own freckled hands are used to hard work, though I never much get to aid people outside of the community of Dauphin Island.

A gull cries out, and a brown pelican passes overhead. The birds and the smell of low tide—comforting details of shore life—help me temporarily forget the ill soldiers. I turn back to the water, casting my gaze starboard. We’re sailing past Mon Louis Island—a piece of land separated from the mainland by Fowl River. I can’t help but think of Loretta’s relations there. When her parents moved from New Orleans after they were married, they settled in the Creole community with her father’s extended family, but moved on to town while Mrs. Davis was pregnant. Having Loretta a few miles across the water would have been grand, but I don’t think our paths would have crossed if her parents stayed there. Besides, having Aunt Norah in common, we’re better than kin because Loretta chose to bunk with us rather than her relations when her mother sent her out of the city during the yellow fever epidemic last year. I do want to help Loretta volunteer, but I’m not sure rushing off to Florida is the best idea.

 

Nov 02

Charlie Sullivan and the Monster Hunters: The Varcolac’s Diary Review

Charlie Sullivan and the Monster Hunters: The Varcolac’s Diary

 

The first thing that impressed me about Charlie Sullivan and the Monster Hunters: The Varcolac’s Diary was the cover. There was something about that illustration of the intrepid band of Monster Hunters that made me think of classic young adult novels.

 

Our story opens with Charlie having a vision, something that he doesn’t understand or want, which sets the tone for the adventure we’re about to undertake. Charlie is a likable character who is the ‘natural leader’ of the group, although I feel like the authors could have done a little more to show us his natural leadership. There are people disappearing, and nobody seems to know what to do about it.

 

After the book gets off to a mysterious and wonderful start, things slowdown in the middle section. By this time, all of characters have come together and are preparing for their quest to save Hunter’s Key. One of the shortcomings of the book is that the while the action slows, so does the character and plot development.

 

In terms of the characters, I wanted to get to know them more. Charlie seems close with his father, but what about the mom? I don’t think we got to meet her. Darcy is the mayor’s daughter, and for some reason assumes that she’ll be elected mayor as well. Darcy was one of the more fun characters, but I wanted her to work to evolve. There’s a moment with a bully where you think he’s going to cause them an issue, but that seems to just drop.

 

And the training just didn’t seem like it was all that much, especially considering what they were going up against.

 

But the characters do draw you in. So much so that you care about what happens to them. And the adventure is fun and exciting. In the last part of the book, we’re treated to battle scenes and emotional toils that make it all worthwhile.

 

It’s a decent start to a promising series, and when I finished it made me want to read the next book, which is what you want in a series debut.

All in all, I’d give this 4 stars.

 

CHARLIE SULLIVAN AND THE MONSTER HUNTERS: THE VARCOLAC’S DIARY

by D.C. McGannon, C. Michael McGannon

Publication Date: April 2012 (Original), April 2015 (Revised)

Age Group: Young Adult, Teens, Middle Grade

Genre: Fantasy, Science Fiction, Mythology, Bullying

 

Book Summary:

 

Monsters are real. They have always been here, even when we choose not to see them.

 

Now, for the residents of Hunter’s Grove, the choice is no longer theirs. As a power-hungry varcolac—a Greater—tries to break through the magic holding him back and lead his army of monsters to vengeance against human-kind, there are five who unknowingly possess the power to finish what centuries of humans before them have been unable to do. Charlie Sullivan and his band of new friends will be tested as they attempt to strengthen the magic that can lock the monsters and their evil prince away for good—even if the cost is their lives.

 

This is the story of five unlikely friends who uncover the sinister past buried under their sleepy hometown of Hunter’s Grove. This is a story about looking past differences, overcoming fears, and rediscovering what is truly important in this life. This is the story of Charlie Sullivan and the Monster Hunters of Hunter’s Grove.

 

All New, And Even More Exciting, Revised Edition for 2015! ​​

 

 

Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/16091606-charlie-sullivan-and-the-monster-hunters

 

 

Amazon: http://amzn.to/1jhEO6W

B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/charlie-sullivan-and-the-monster-hunters-d-c-mcgannon/1112550339

Kobo: https://store.kobobooks.com/en-us/ebook/charlie-sullivan-and-the-monster-hunters-the-varcolac-s-diary-1

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/id1041054275

 

 

What Reviewers Are Saying:

 

“D.C. and Michael pack a wealth of wonder and fantasy into this young adult adventure. Incorporating some of the most fascinating legends…I found myself being drawn to the depth of the characters and enjoyed watching their bonds grow as they explored the gifts hidden deep within them as well as the evil that hunts for them.

I recommend this story for anyone who loves folklore and monstrous fun! From vampires to dragons, from witches to eerie ferrymen, this tale has it all.”

- Solomon J. Inkwell, Author of Vickie Van Helsing  

 

“A must read for all young adult fiction fans!” - Amazon Reviewer

 

“I picked this book up for my oldest daughter. I thought she might enjoy it and asked her to let me know what she thought. She loved it! I ended up reading it with her and I have to say that I enjoyed the story as much, maybe more, than she did.” - Amazon Reviewer

 

“The characters are real enough that I found myself cheering them on and hoping they succeed in their mission. I look forward to reading the next installment.” - Amazon Reviewer

 

“Great book with a great cast of characters. Keeps your attention and makes you want to come back for more. I really appreciated the underlying theme of bullying and how it was addressed, but I especially loved the unique challenges and monsters the Monster Hunters faced. Can’t wait for more!” - Goodreads Reviewer

 

 

A Message From the Authors:

 

We began this journey together, as father and son, with the goal of writing a story that spoke to friendship, overcoming obstacles (and the ultimate evils in our world), and of the power of working together to face the biggest challenges in our lives. Yes, it’s full of monsters, peril, and steeped in exciting mythology and folklore, but it centers around the powerful bonds formed between an unlikely group of friends as they face a unique set of challenges. We wanted to write a story that we would be proud to read aloud to our then newborn son/baby brother (who now, years later, has read them through twice more). It has turned into the adventure of a lifetime as we are meeting people from all over the world who are falling in love with Charlie Sullivan, Darcy Witherington, Nash Stormstepper, and the twins Lisa & Liev Vadinknov – along with a wild, often humorous, and mysterious cast of humans and monsters alike.

 

Charlie Sullivan and the Monster Hunters: Witch Moon in the next adventure in the series, which takes us across the ocean to the Old Country, then on to Book 3: Council of the Hunters, where the group’s character and loyalty face the ultimate tests when they meet a surprising and spooky new cast of characters. The Dragon Gate (Book 4) will be released soon, and there will be a total of 6 books in the series!

 

We’ll leave you with more kind words from another Amazon reviewer:

 

“In my opinion, this series deserves to be a huge hit … I can guarantee you’ll be hooked!”

 

 

About the Authors:

 

D.C. McGannon

 

D.C. McGannon is finicky about his coffee. And loves tea. And lemonade. Sometimes together. He has had a lifelong love of things that lurk in the dark, and is quite comfortable under the light of a full moon. A writer, director, painter, and doodler, McGannon is co-author of the Charlie Sullivan and the Monster Hunters (Wyvern’s Peak Publishing) series of novels for young adults, and KAOS Obsidere: The Nightmare Has Begun (Dark Waters Press). He plays a mean air guitar, and lives and dreams with Holly, Michael, Nathaniel, and their sweet puppy, Jewel, somewhere in the Midwest.

 

https://www.facebook.com/DCMcGannon

https://twitter.com/DCMcGannon

https://instagram.com/dcmcgannon/

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5820838.D_C_McGannon

http://dcmcgannon.com/

 

 

C. Michael McGannon

 

C. Michael McGannon appreciates weird fiction, perhaps a bit more than one should at any given time. It has made him particular, fostering strange phobias, and even stranger dreams. He is fond of dragons, Japanese mythology, and the fine art of delivering timely and inappropriate puns. McGannon is an artist of diverse talents, and is co-author of the Charlie Sullivan and the Monster Hunters (Wyvern’s Peak Publishing) series of novels for young adults, and KAOS Obsidere: The Nightmare Has Begun (Dark Waters Press).Sushi is his delicacy of choice, if he has any say in the matter.

 

https://www.facebook.com/CMichaelMcGannon

https://twitter.com/MichaelMcGannon

https://instagram.com/cmichaelmcgannon/

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5820839.C_Michael_McGannon

http://www.monsterhunters-thebook.com/

 

 

Sep 25

15th Anniversary Weekend: Author Showcase Barnes & Noble in Saratoga

15th Anniversary Weekend: Author Showcase

Barnes & Noble in Saratoga

Friday, September 25th - Sunday, September 27th

Barnes & Noble in Saratoga, in partnership with the Adirondack Center for Writing, is pleased to host 32
authors in a local author showcase that takes place Friday, Septemberzc” – Sunday, September 27th at the
Barnes & Noble in Wilton Square, 3029 State Route 50. Thirty two writers who live and/or write books on the
greater Adirondack region will be featured throughout the store – each available to speak on the locale, the
writing process and sign copies of their individual works. The final schedule for the afternoon is as follows:

Friday, September 25th

6-8PM Mark Cheverton, Invasion of the Overworld, a children’s Minecraft series.

April Blanchard Peterson, The Woodman’s Boy, a young adult title.

Liv Snyder, There Once Was a Frog; and There Once Was a Bullfrog, children’s books with
educational themes.

Pitter David Gaskin, Adirondack Luau, a regional children’s chapter book.
Eagile Masker, The Window in the Attic, a children’s adventure story.

Saturday, September 26th

12-2PM            Paul Castellani, Sputnik Summer, an Adirondack mystery and coming of age story.

Jamie Shefield, Here Be Monsters; Between the Carriers; Caretakers; and The Weaving, all
considered mysteries.

Michael Virtanen, The Rivers Tale; and Within a Dark Forest, both considered mystery and
adventure titles.

 

 

 

2-4PM

4-6PM


 

Vincent Morrone, Just Breathe, romance and Vision of Shadows & Vision of Serpents, young
adult paranormal romance series.

Gordie Little, Ghosts of Clinton County, a local supernatural collection.

Anne McCarthy Strauss, The Passion Thief, a women’s contemporary fiction title.
Peggy Frezon, Dieting with My Dog; Heart to Heart Hand in Paw; and Faithfully Yours,
women’s inspiration/pet titles.

Darrell Laurant, The Kudzu Kid, a work of’fiction.

Stuart Bartow, Teaching Trout to Talk: Zen of Small Stream Fly Fishing, a non-fiction novel.
Marilyn McCabe, Perpetual Motion, a book of poetry.

Roger Mitchell, Clear Pond: the Reconstruction of a Life, Delicate Bait; and Lemon Peeled the
Moment Before, a humanitarians title and works of poetry.

Barbara Louise Ungar, Immortal Medusa, a book of poetry.

 

-more-

Sunday, September 27th

12-2PM           Jed Donavan, College Flunky: Rehab and Recover; and Army Flunkies, memoirs and self-help
books.

Chuck D’Jmperio, A Taste of Upstate New York; and Unknown Museums of New York State, a
local food selection and regional history.

Walt McLaughlin, The Allure qf Deep Woods: Backpacking the Northville-Placid Trail, an

outdoor regional title.                  .

Jeanne Elizabeth Whyte, Watercolors, a memoir.

Jeanne Selander Miller, Healing Path Home; A Million Miles from Home; and Privileged,
women’s studies and personal growth.

Rick Steiner, Retirement: Different by Design, a personal growth selection.

 

 

 

2-4PM

4-6P~1

7PM


 

Kim and Pam Ladd, Happy Hour in the High Peaks, a travel and drink guide.
Mary Sanders Shartle, The Truth and Legend of Lily Martindale, fiction.
Bibi Wein, The Way Home: A Wilderness Odyssey, a memoir.

Eric Schlimmer, Blue Line to Blue Line: The Official Guide to Trans Adk. Route, a local
camping and hiking guide.

Cheryl Elton, Pathway of Peace: Living in a Growing.Relationship with Christ, a religious
inspiration title.

Patricia O’Gorman, Healing Trauma Through Self-Parenttng; Resilient Woman; and The Girly
Thought 10 Day Detox Plan, self-improvement titles.

James Preller, The Fall, Scary Tales, a teen thriller and children’s series.

Bruce Venter, The Battle of Hubbardton: The Rear Guard Action that Saved America, an
American history selection.

Joy Harjo, Crazy Brave, a coming of age memoir.

 

 

Sep 19

The New Human Series is Almost Here!

For the last couple of years, I’ve had an on again, off again kind of WIP. Well, I finally got it done and now I’m ready to launch it!

Since it’s a part 1 of a 3 book series, I decided to bite the bullet and get all 3 covers made all at once!

I contacted the very talented Ash Arceneaux and we churned out what I consider to be some really cool images that really help tell the story of the New Human Series.

Book 1, which comes out in October is called Perfect. Here’s the blurb.

Gage Hughes was left on the doorstep of his adoptive family when he was just 4 years old, with instructions to keep his superhuman abilities a secret. At 17 years old, he’s able to bench press a tractor, move objects with his mind and leap over 60 foot trees. He’s hidden in plain sight as a nerd who can’t cross a room without tripping. (Although it’s not as much of an act as you would think.) He’s also completely in love with Allie Newfield, who has no idea who or what Gage is. She only knows that he’s her personal goof.

Gage is trying to get the nerve up to ask her to the school dance when Lucas Black rides into town. With his Nordic God/Rock Star looks, his cool car and his bad boy attitude, Lucas seems to have taken an interest in Allie.

Soon, Gage discovers someone is stalking Allie, someone who is as powerful as himself, if not more so. He thinks it might be Lucas, but Lucas isn’t there to hurt Allie or her family. He came to Perfection for one reason only.

To kill Gage.

And here are the covers! Tell me what you think!

Perfect: Book One of the New Human Series

 

 

Perfection: Book Two of the New Human Series

 

Perfected: Book Three of the New Human Series

 

 

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