Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Write a First Draft in 30 Days During National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo)!

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Have you been stalling on writing your first (or next) novel? Here’s some motivation for you: National Novel Writing Month (affectionately known as NaNoWriMo) begins on Friday! Yes, the month of November is when thousands of people around the world commit to writing the entire first draft of their novel (50,000 words) in 30 days. The key, they say, is just to write, write, write! Ignore self-doubts, leave the editing for later, and just plunge into your book. Does this method work? Since National Novel Writing Month was established in 1999, more than 250 NaNoWriMo novels have been traditionally published. They include Sara Gruen’s Water for Elephants, Erin Morgenstern’s The Night Circus, Hugh Howey’s Wool, Rainbow Rowell’s Fangirl, Jason Hough’s The Darwin Elevator, and Marissa Meyer’s Cinder. If they can do it, you can, too! Visit http://nanowrimo.org for more information. If you’re the social type, join the forums and/or find a local event to meet up with other budding authors in November!

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

arbitrate Book Blast: Giveaway for a $50 Amazon Gift Card or PayPal Cash

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arbitrate:

It's one year later. And everything has changed.

Remember The Second Chance Institute (SCI). Earth’s benevolent non-profit by day, Thera’s totalitarian regime by night. They’ve stepped up their game on Earth and on Thera -- infiltrating political parties, preying on the downtrodden, and planning offensive maneuvers. The SCI’s abuse of their charter leads to Arbiter oversight and bitter consequences.

Remember Kira Donovan. Broken, burdened, and evading those who wish her harm, Kira enlists the Arbiters’ help when forced to return to the clutches of the SCI and her angry, estranged love.

Remember Blake Sundry. Exiled, determined, and packing an agenda, Blake seeks assistance on Earth and Thera to use his newfound knowledge to bring down the SCI.

Remember Ethan Darcton. Overworked, emotional, and holding a grudge, Ethan hunts down his stolen property, but finds himself in awkward territory, stuck between the Arbiters and the SCI.

Full of action, competing agendas, romantic entanglements, humor, twists and turns, arbitrate is Megan Thomason’s third installment in the award-winning daynight series after daynight and clean slate complex (a daynight story).

Praise for arbitrate:

"There are a lot of books I finish and feel happy, this one I finished and my head is swirling, in a totally awesome way! Not only does it have a great story with characters that you like (and some you just hate as they are the enemy) but the book also gets you thinking, thinking about the implication of effects of different actions and courses in life. This story has action, fighting, plots and plans, romance, love triangles, family, betrayal -- has it all." -- Emily Barton, Emmy Mom One Day at a Time blog, 5 stars

"You have hit this one out of the park." -- ARC Reviewer

"For the record, I LOVED Kira's choice!! And the whole thing just blew me away! Very, very well done!! Now when can I get my hands on generate?! Can't wait." -- ARC Reviewer

"Read my ARC of arbitrate and consider my mind blown! I started it the minute it was sent and couldn't put it down." -- ARC Reviewer

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Meet The Second Chance Institute (SCI): Earth's benevolent non-profit by day, Thera's totalitarian regime by night. Their motto: Because Everyone Deserves a Second Chance at Life(TM). Reality: the SCI subjects Second Chancers to strict controls and politically motivated science experiments like Cleaving--forced lifetime union between two people who have sex. Punishment for disobeying SCI edicts? Immediate Exile or death.

Meet Kira Donovan. Fiercely loyal, overly optimistic, and ensnared by the promise of a full-ride college scholarship, Kira signs the SCI Recruit contract to escape memories of a tragedy that left her boyfriend and friends dead.

Meet Blake Sundry. Bitter about being raised in Exile and his mother's death, Blake's been trained to infiltrate and destroy the SCI. Current barrier to success? His Recruit partner -- Miss Goody Two Shoes Kira Donovan.

Meet Ethan Darcton. Born with a defective heart and resulting inferiority complex, Ethan's forced to do his SCI elite family's bidding. Cleave-worthy Kira Donovan catches his eye, but the presiding powers give defect-free Blake Sundry first dibs.

Full of competing agendas, romantic entanglements, humor, twists and turns, daynight is an award-winning, bestselling novel and first in thedaynight series.

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Praise for daynight:

2012 Book of the Year Award Finalist-Young Adult Fiction, ForeWord Reviews

"Sure to win over YA readers looking for a dangerous, dystopian adventure story" -- Kirkus Reviews

"Gripping young adult dystopian novel; compelling conflicts; high stakes; powerful narrative; surprises keep coming; strong writing; page-turner; engaging characters; Readers will be hungry for the sequels.” -- BlueInk Review (starred review)

"Thomason's description of Thera's totalitarianism will make fans of Brave New World shiver... SCI, her fantasy corporation, has disturbing parallels to actual companies and regimes that claim to do good while harming people... The author deftly appeals to both romance-loving teens as well as those intrigued by young adults fighting the establishment.” -- ForeWord Clarion Review, 4 stars

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“I’m angry at all of them. Every SCI leader. In fact Joshua gave me a list of those who are Earth-side. It makes for a great to-do list.” They all deserve to pay.

I’m done talking. It’s time for some action.

One thousand one.

One thousand two.

One thousand three.

That’s all it takes to even out my breathing and steady my hand.

I shift the crosshairs on my target ever so slightly -- from his heart to his hand -- and pull the trigger.

My father would be proud that all his training paid off. Oh, who am I kidding? He’d find something to criticize about my work here. Sad that even though he’s gone I can hear him saying, “If you’d hit a little to the left you’d have taken out a higher concentration of nerves.”

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Author Megan Thomason

Bestselling, award-winning author Megan Thomason lives in paradise aka San Diego, CA, with her husband and five children. A former software manager, Megan vastly prefers writing twisted tales to business, product, and marketing plans. When she isn't typing away on her laptop, she's reading books on her phone -- over 600 in the last year -- or attending to the needs of her family. Megan's fluent in sarcasm, could potentially benefit from a 12-step program for road rage, struggles with a Hot Tamales addiction, loves world travel and fast cars, and hates paperwork and being an insomniac.



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New Release: Tough Love, by Marcie A. Bridges

Susan Heim on Writing is pleased to be a stop on the book tour for the new release, Tough Love, by Marcie A. Bridges. Keep reading to learn more about this book, the author, and how you can win a copy of Tough Love!

Tough Love
Janessa knows she should run in the other direction when Brendan enters her life. Her squeaky-clean upbringing is in direct opposition to his piercings, a myriad of tattoos and the rumors that surround him. But she doesn’t run. Love, betrayal and lies become the foundation of their lives, but one heartbreaking confession makes Janessa question everything. After a devastating diagnosis, Janessa’s world crumbles around her. When she can no longer ignore the reality of who Brendan really is, she must choose between those who love her and the only one she has ever loved.

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About the Author:
Marcie A. Bridges has always wanted to be a writer, from the time she started keeping a diary in seventh grade. Since then, she has earned a master’s degree in education from Cumberland University while teaching some wonderful children with special needs in Indiana, Tennessee and Kentucky.

While she will always bleed scarlet and gray (GO BUCKS!), she now lives south of Cincinnati with her husband and daughter. When Marcie isn’t writing, she can be found reading, watching her favorite TV shows, listening to music, or browsing her favorite websites.


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Sunday, October 27, 2013

One-on-One with Mark David Gerson, Plus a Giveaway for "Chicken Soup for the Soul: Inspiration for Writers"

Recently, I had the pleasure of speaking with Mark David Gerson about my book, Chicken Soup for the Soul: Inspiration for Writers. Mark David Gerson is an award-winning author/screenwriter and creator of The Q'ntana Trilogy of fantasy novels and films (The MoonQuest, The StarQuest, The SunQuest).

In our conversation, I share a few of the Chicken Soup stories that inspired me as a writer, reveal some of my writerly quirks, wonder whether I carry vampire blood, confess my resistance to novel-writing and offer some powerful writing inspiration!

I hope you’ll listen below to my One-on-One with Mark David Gerson. Visit www.youtube.com/markdavidgerson for more of Mark David’s fascinating author interviews and inspiring videos. You can find his website at www.markdavidgerson.com.

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To enter to win a paperback copy of Chicken Soup for the Soul: Inspiration for Writers, please leave a comment on this blog post sharing something you learned in listening to the interview below. For a second entry, leave an additional comment with a link to where you shared this post with your Facebook or Twitter friends. This giveaway will end at 11:59 PM ET on Sunday, November 10, 2013. [Open to U.S. residents only.]

CONTEST CLOSED. Congratulations to the winner: amanda whitley!


Friday, October 25, 2013

Be Very Afraid: 8 Monsters of Literature and Folklore from Dictionary.com

If the thought of Halloween brings monsters to mind, these 8 monsters of literature and folklore, compiled by Dictionary.com, will shed light on the real inspiration behind Dracula, among others.


CLICK HERE to view this information as a slide show and hear the pronunciation of each word!

Tough Love Book Tour: Giveaway for a Paperback Swag Pack (2 Winners)


Tough Love

Janessa knows she should run in the other direction when Brendan enters her life. Her squeaky-clean upbringing is in direct opposition to his piercings, a myriad of tattoos and the rumors that surround him. But she doesn’t run. Love, betrayal and lies become the foundation of their lives, but one heartbreaking confession makes Janessa question everything. After a devastating diagnosis, Janessa’s world crumbles around her. When she can no longer ignore the reality of who Brendan really is, she must choose between those who love her and the only one she has ever loved.



Purchase Tough Love on Amazon:
Paperback
Kindle
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About the Author:
Marcie A. Bridges has always wanted to be a writer, from the time she started keeping a diary in seventh grade. Since then, she has earned a master’s degree in education from Cumberland University while teaching some wonderful children with special needs in Indiana, Tennessee and Kentucky.

While she will always bleed scarlet and gray (GO BUCKS!), she now lives south of Cincinnati with her husband and daughter. When Marcie isn’t writing, she can be found reading, watching her favorite TV shows, listening to music, or browsing her favorite websites.


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Thursday, October 24, 2013

Stern Desire Book Blast: Giveaway for a $25 Amazon Gift Card


Stern Desire
by Leah Shay

Her love can heal him; his love can set her free.

The moment Kyra walked into billionaire Jared Stern’s hospital room and introduced herself as his nurse, he knew that this paragon of loveliness was what he needed to mend his damaged soul. Jared knew he had to have her.

They shared an instant mutual attraction. Drawn together by some irresistible force, they stirred emotions in each other that neither had felt in years.

But Jared’s dark, inescapable secrets plagued him, and they were a constant reminder why he was not right for her.

Kyra’s trust in men had been severely destroyed, and for years she felt nothing but mistrust and anger toward them. Jared’s mysterious nature reminded Kyra why she had built a fortress around her heart, protecting herself from men like him.

Reluctantly, Kyra gave way to Jared’s relentless pursuits. Will she jeopardize her career knowing that anything other than a nurse-patient relationship could be risky and lead to her losing her job or even her license?

Will Jared’s secrets smother their hot, steamy love affair, or will he do the unthinkable to trap Kyra into the relationship?

One thing about secrets: They rarely stay in the dark.

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About the author:

Leah Shay grew up on a small, beautiful, carefree island in the Caribbean. With the warm blue Caribbean Sea as her backyard, she loved to walk the white sandy beach and get lost in the stories unfolding in her head. She had always been an avid reader and spent all her free time nose-deep in a book or telling stories to enthused listeners.

She loves reading, dancing, traveling, and music. As a child, she would read anything she could get her hands on. Her local library was her favorite place, and she looked forward to every weekend her mom would take her there. Her dream was to become a teacher, but fate led her down another fulfilling career path. She is currently a part-time registered nurse with a whole lot of stories to tell.

To relieve her cluttered mind of the many stories floating around in her head, she finally decided to put them down on paper. Hence, the first book in the Stern Desire series was born.

Currently, she lives in Miami, Florida, with her husband and two children. She just can’t be away from year-round summer and beautiful beaches.

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Haunted U Book Tour: Giveaway for the Book and Swag!


Ezzie Lovegreen lives in a world where witches and ghosts are real. That doesn’t mean she’s not surprised when she’s suddenly being haunted by one at school.

With the help of her best friend Stella, her boyfriend Beau, and her grandmother Winifred, Ezzie must find out what happened to the ghost and set her free.

Secrets will be revealed that could change Ezzie’s life forever. Will Ezzie be strong enough to face the challenges set in her path?

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About Jessica Gibson
Jessica Gibson is a recovering bookaholic. She’s down from four books a week to a more reasonable one. It was that love of words and creativity that made her dream about writing her first book. That dream was hidden for years, always put on the back burner, filed away in the “someday” section, until her husband Matt gave her the kick in the pants she needed to actually get off her butt and write.

Jessica and Matt live in Southern California and have a serious addiction to reality TV shows like Pawn Stars and American Restoration. They have one son and hope to add to the family in the near future.

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Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Seven Spooky Words for Halloween from Dictionary.com

Dictionary.com is serving up a slew of sepulchral syllables to celebrate the shift of seasons, the shortening of days, and the stirring of the spirits. If, like me, you don’t know what sepulchral means, check out the panels below to discover its meaning and a few more macabre English words as well … unless you’re a lycanthropic nyctophobe and you’re too scared!


CLICK HERE to view these words as a slide show and listen to their pronunciation!

Mirror Deep Book Tour: An Excerpt and Giveaway for a $25 Amazon Gift Card (2 Winners)


Mirror Deep by Joss Landry

DANGER AND ROMANCE

…Roll like thunder in Kat Bonner’s world, when a known felon comes to the ranch to drop a bomb about her past. Kat turns to Pierce for help, the same Pierce who bucks her every chance he gets … and whose feverish investigation lands them in trouble with the law and directly in the path of a serial killer.

Mystery deepens, fraught with wrong turns, bumbling detectives, old murders, and Kat’s doppelganger no one ever sees but her, just as she never sees the change in Pierce’s feelings toward her brewing, mounting, until she can no longer deny them.
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EXCERPT:
Tired of tossing and turning, Kat put a cotton slip over her nightgown and walked to the stables. A light burned in the distant part of the barn.

Arriving near the side door, she dimmed her flashlight. She didn’t want to alert anyone to her presence. Kat slipped the key into the door to unlock it, but the handle turned without effort. Someone was burning the midnight oil, she thought. Of course, in a stable this size, there were often activities at all hours of the night. One of the vets, Jenny McCrea, was most likely tending to the mare that’d just given birth.

Stealthily she approached Fog’s stall. Once inside, she crouched on a footstool while resting her back against the planks, with Fog Mist’s blanket wrapped around her shoulders.

“Surprised to see me here, aren’t you, Fog?” The horse fold­ed his long legs and bent to Kat’s height the instant she sat down beside him. The honor of his mistress visiting him in the middle of the night occurred rarely, she supposed.

“What am I going to do, Fog?” Gently, she stroked his broad neck, eager to whisper her dire secrets to him. “I can’t discuss this with my mother—I’ve already said too much to my parents. I don’t want to hurt her feelings. I love her so much. And I love Dad. But I’m not sure they would understand if I were to pursue this quest of mine, not with the dangers Uncle Frank said I might encounter if I did.”

Fog nuzzled her as if he understood what she said.

She smiled, loving the fuzzy, warm breath he snorted at the back of her neck, which tickled her and made her feel as though all was right with the world, and nothing and no one could ever harm her.

“What?” she asked Fog while staring into his enormous black eyes. “You think I should ask Pierce to be my fellow quester?

Meet the author:

With a degree in commerce, Joss has worked as a consultant for more than twenty years, writing copy for marketing firms and assisting start-up companies in launching their business. She recently made the switch from composing copy and promos to writing fiction and prose. She is developing her style through courses and the support of other writers. A recent graduate of the Long Ridge Writer’s Group, she is a member of the Romance Writers of America and is presently working on honing three other novels for publication.

Blessed with four children and five grandchildren, she resides in Montreal with her husband, a staunch supporter, and enjoys spending her time biking, rollerblading, playing tennis and swimming. She loves creating stories, as she says it fulfills her need to think outside the box.

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Monday, October 21, 2013

The Hanging Tree Book Tour and Giveaway for $200 PayPal Cash!

Welcome to the $200 Cash Giveaway!
Sponsored by Michael Phillip Cash.

Seventeen-year-old Arielle is at a crossroads in her life. Disenchanted with her father, she is testing the boundaries of his trust by dating someone he does not approve of.

Under the moonlit sky in Long Island, Arielle and her boyfriend meet beneath the infamous hanging tree. The couple’s destiny is rooted to the five spirits in the tree whose lives and deaths are determined by an ancient curse. Will her future be determined by the past or will Arielle’s choices alter the course of her life?

Find out when you read The Hanging Tree by Michael Phillip Cash!

Michael is the best-selling author of Stillwell: A Haunting on Long Island and his debut novel, Brood X.

The Hanging Tree is his first novella. To celebrate the release, Michael would like to offer one fan $200 PayPal cash, signed copies of Stillwell and Brood X, and a Kindle download of The Hanging Tree!


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The Battle for Arcanon Major Book Blast: Giveaway for a $50 Amazon Gift Card or PayPal Cash

Dark Future
The Battle for Arcanon Major

“As daughter of our ruler, I grew up in the crossfire of an ongoing war... All I’d ever wanted to be was a great warrior and ultimately lead my people into victorious battles.”

With only a small army at her command, Halíka Dacomé, a skilled warrior and daughter of the Elemental King, is ready to lead one final battle to save her planet. A battle against the savage, bloodthirsty Primords who want to extinguish the diminished race of Elementals once and for all.

But before battle commences, her father is given an ultimatum from the enemy leader, Arfron Uhnok. If the king agrees, Halíka Dacomé must marry Arfron Uhnok to prevent further bloodshed. If the king disagrees, they, as a race, will all perish.

Horrified by her father’s decision, Halíka Dacomé leads her army onward regardless of the consequences. Because her heart belongs to another. A love that blossomed many years ago. A love that her father has forbidden.

Halíka faces her toughest battle yet and learns that not all battles are those fought with a sword...

The Battle for Arcanon Major is an epic love story set against the backdrop of war and is the first prequel to Elemental: The First.

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Excerpt:

“When you’re out there on the battlefield with your captains and your soldiers, when you fight, you are the strongest, toughest, fiercest woman I know. Sometimes you scare me at how hardened you are.”

“But that’s just--”

“No, I know what you’re going to say. I know it’s who you really are and I love that person. She’s someone I admire so much.”

“What are you trying to say?”

“I’m saying that I feel honoured that I get to see the real you. When you’re with me, you turn into this soft, beautiful, lighthearted woman whom I adore. That woman who stirs something inside me to a point that I can’t bear to be without her. I never see that woman with anyone else. Not Cary, not her brother, no one. Halíka, I think I know how you feel about me but--”

He looked down at our hands, somewhat crestfallen.

“But what?”

“You never say it, Hal. I’ve never, ever heard you say the word. Not even with those closest to you.”

“What word?”

“Love,” he sighed and rested his hand on my cheek, cupping my face. “The word is love. Is Halíka Dacomé capable of such a thing?”

Praise:

“Excellent story. Plot line is great, definitely 2 thumbs up. Couldn’t put it down, easy read, excellent prequel to Elemental. Would definitely recommend Alexandra May!!”

“Amazing story, had my attention the entire story. It is hard to find a book like this. I definitely give it 5 stars.”

“Excellent short story. Plot line is great, definitely 2 thumbs up. Couldn’t put it down, an easy read. Would definitely recommend Alexandra May!!”

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Alexandra May

Alexandra May is an English author of three books, bringing together the epic saga of Halíka Dacomé and her modern-day equivalent, Rose Frost.

Elemental: The First, Elemental: Origin and The Battle for Arcanon Major draw in Alexandra’s love of strong women characters, sci-fi, history, romance and a little warmongering on the side!

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