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Cover Reveal for my debut Novel

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Release Date: April 7th

Publisher: Big World Network

Genre: YA Fantasy/Drama

Synopsis

In a time of peace and treaties, the five kingdoms of Severi lay unguarded and open to the dark hearts of man. Terdune, a neighboring land that had been at constant war with Severi, was defeated over twenty years ago. All threats were eradicated and its lands left without a ruler. Now a new evil reigns in Terdune and slowly makes its way to its adjacent sister.

When Edwin’s village is attacked, he is forced to travel halfway across the second kingdom to the King’s Hold. Along the way he must learn the true power of the gifts that were bestowed upon him and discover the meaning of the dreaded fate attached to them.

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Excerpt

Black smoke rose up from the tall trees, like menacing claws slashing out at the sun before melting into the sky. Edwin noticed the change of attention and he too glanced back, catching the significance of the smoke. Where there was that much smoke there was fire, and where there was fire there was trouble. Edwin dashed towards his village, the interest in the white horse and mysterious rider replaced by the thought of his mother and father.

Hooves faded behind him and disappeared as screams started to branch out towards him from ahead. Edwin forced his legs to move faster, the sword on his side swaying and doing little to provide comfort. Tree branches lashed out at him, cutting his cheek and tugging at his clothes as he stumbled out of the woods. His legs almost gave way as his eyes fell on the flames blazing on the roofs of several cabins located at the edge of their village.

He rushed past several homes, towards the direction of his house and his parents. A scream to his left cut through the thumping in his ears, and Edwin unsheathed his sword. He swung it, blocking the sword about to slice a woman through. He braced himself against the impact and punched the attacker across the face. The man stumbled for a brief moment, and Edwin used it to snatch the attacker’s sword from his grasp. The man regained his footing and purpose, but not quickly enough, as Edwin ran him through with the newly acquired sword.

The man fell to the ground in a heap of blood and black. More screams had Edwin moving past slain villagers and a few dead men in black. He fought back the shock surging through his body at the realization of killing someone for the first time. He stumbled to his knees and hurled his breakfast, his mother’s eggs coming out as a yellow muck.

He wiped his lips with the back of his sleeve and ran towards home, hoping his parents were still alive. Unseen to Edwin, a swirl of blackness moved from under the dead man and followed him, dashing from one shadow to the next. It grew in size, a part of it splitting and heading towards the edge of the village in the direction where the attack had first started.

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Dora Gonzalez is currently working on her third novel. She enjoys writing the occasional short story, dabbing in flash fiction, getting lost in a video game, and hunting down the next book to fall in love with. She also loves to paint, design book covers, and go sight-seeing. She lives in Texas with her son and three miniature poodles.

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I hope you enjoyed my book cover reveal. With the release day of less than a day away I still can’t believe I am a published author. Thank you all for your wonderful support. Here is to more books to follow. Also, a neat detail is that I designed the cover myself, the lettering was done by BWN’s Creative Director. I will be showing you all how I created the cover in our next blog entry on Self Publishing. Till next time keep reading and writing. 🙂

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Accidental Passion: Seduction by Meagan Hedin

 

Book Review

9/10

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The life that Piper has known for the last seven years is changing. No longer needed as the mother-figure for her brother, can she let go of the past when another man desperately needs her? Can she allow herself to reignite the desire and passion that she had kept carefully locked away before dark forces tear her from those who love her?

Accidental Passion: Seduction is written by Meagan Hedin and published through BigWorldNetwork. This is the first book I’ve read from this author and the third title I have read from this indie publisher. Accidental Passion: Seduction does not fail to deliver on what its title and cover suggest. There are quite a handful of steamy scenes and enticing situations throughout the book to satisfy any fan of romance and erotica. For those seeking a little more, a wonderful mixture of suspense, romance, and light comedy makes this book more than just an erotic story. It makes it an enjoyable read for any genre fan.

The story begins with what seems to be a normal set of events, with Piper accompanying her brother to his new place followed by a return trip and finally leading to a nasty discovery. This opens up the path for the reader to get introduced to Noah Williams, the detective that will play Piper’s love interest. Though it is now clear that the situation that lead up to their meeting is highly suspenseful all on its own, each situation that follows keeps raising the bar.

But before one can discover this, the story takes a shift towards Piper’s brother love endeavors. With Piper and Noah’s story packed with so much tension Sam’s story seems a bit slow going. However, his story does progress and eventually picks up steam as he manages to find his own set of conflicting situations. Not to mention the moment where these two stories collide the end result delivers a large amount of drama and suspense that more than satisfies.

Each chapter leaves off with enough interest piqued to drive the reader forward. Each story arch is filled with an array of interesting characters, minor and major, good and bad. The villains are as unique from each other as they are to Piper and Sam. They are dark and evil in their own right, some more than others. From enticing chapter titles, to interesting main characters and delightfully chaotic situations, this book has it all.

Sum it up:  A story that is more than spice meets paper, it is a well woven on the edge romantic thriller packing one heck of a punch.

What I liked most: The chemistry between Piper and Noah and not to mention that ending! I am an action, suspense junkie and this book fed me enough chaos to last me a while.

What I liked the least: The slow development of Sam’s story. Piper is to blame for this, her story took off at rocket speed and never let up.

Would I read the sequel(s)? Yes! In fact I have harassed the author about a sequel and other works. Ok, maybe not harassed but inquired and received a very appeasing reply.

Hope you enjoyed this book review, which will make it my 25th review. And if you are into erotic romance/thriller why not read Accidental Passion: Seduction and let me know what you thought of it. Stirring It Up by Mary Leo is up next.

 

Catching up on Reading

Every so often I will post the books I am currently reading. Thought it was about time I posted a more recent one, January being the last time. Here are the two books I am tackling at the moment. Both of these authors had a recent book release and I wanted to start with their older works and work my way up.

 

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The Canticle Kingdom is once again in peril as an old evil resurfaces, stronger than ever before. Johann, Brigitta, and many others return in this exciting sequel from Michael Young, author of The Canticle Kingdom and prequel The Canticle Prelude. Discover once again a world full of magic, danger, loyalty, and bravery, as they take on this new threat to save their home, other magical kingdoms yet unknown to them, and even our own world in post-World War II era Germany, England, and across the very skies.

 

 

 

 

 

TouchedbyDarkness After seven years on the run, Dr. Kara Cantrell believes she and her son, Alex, are safe. She’s wrong.

Kara settles in the sleepy town of Zorro, Texas, convinced that she and her child have escaped the sinister reach of a supernatural underworld. But the appearance of Damien Morgan, a dangerous, alluring man with superhuman abilities, upends her quiet existence.

Damien realizes that Alex is a fledgling Sentinel, and Kara is a matched, psychic conductor for him. She wants nothing to do with him, refusing to revisit the hell she experienced seven years ago. But she has no choice, as her son is projecting his abilities, leaving him vulnerable to unseen forces. Not only that, but someone—or something—is murdering people in Zorro.

Kara is forced to work with Damien, tapping into a mystical link that triggers desires both of them must ignore. But as they work together to protect her son, and to track the killer, evil stalks them, reaching out—with the touch . . . of darkness.

Touched by Darkness is currently free!


 

It is good to read several different genres and if you have been reading my past ‘Catching up on Reading’ posts you know I tend to jump from one genre to the next. Look forward to reviews on these books once I finish and finally catch up on other book reviews I still need to write.

And as always, feel free to share with us what books you are reading.

 

 

End of Season One of Rise of the Dragons

Season One has come to an end and you know what that means, excerpt time. 🙂

For those who haven’t caught up yet, Rise of the Dragons is Book Two of The Five Kingdoms of Severi, a fantasy/drama series available to read for free over at BigWorldNetwork. Book One: The Keys of Destiny will be released as en eBook, audio book, and print early March of this year.

So excited. More on that later on.

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“Everyone and everything that had to do with my grandfather only brings bad luck and misfortune with it,” Alden stated, avoiding Edwin’s gaze and instead concentrating his sight on the winding path ahead.

“I am not bad luck and misfortune,” Edwin shot, urging his horse to catch up with the prince’s white mare.

“Yes you are. You are all the bad luck and misfortune in the world wrapped into one very annoying package,” Alden teased, washing away the bad taste that had snuck into his mouth. He forced back a smile and tugged at the reigns, urging his horse to a full gallop.

“I am not!” Edwin cried out in his defense, trying to catch up once more.

“First we discover rock golems exist and, must I remind you that they tried to kill us, then dragons, when I ended up more or less dead, and now elves? If they exist, I am willing to bet they will be trying to kill us as well,” Alden commented over his shoulder, grateful for the fact that Edwin hadn’t pushed the subject about his grandfather further. “What’s next, mermaids?” he added, fighting back a rhetorical laugh.

“This can’t be right,” Edwin said, snapping Alden out of his teasing banter.

The serious and surprised tone in his voice brought Alden to a halt. Alden nudged his horse to retrace its steps and rejoined Edwin a few feet down the path. “What is it?” he asked, but the moment the words left his lips he already knew the answer.

Both stared at the smoke in the distance, the peaks of several huts and tents stood out through the tree tops beckoning them.

“It’s a village,” Alden muttered, one hand tightening its hold on the reigns and the other reaching for the hilt of his sword hanging at his side.

“There isn’t supposed to be a village here,” Edwin eyed the prince, catching that the prince had already picked up on that fact. “None of the maps I looked over have a village marked in this area,” he continued, and a frown spread across Alden’s stern expression.

The prince unsheathed his sword and cursed at their rotten luck. It seemed like the last peaceful hours they had wallowed in had come to an end.

“We should go around it,” Edwin suggested, eyeing the surrounding trees and forks in the path, forming a new route in his mind.

“Even if that means half a day delay in our travels? You know we can’t afford delays,” Alden stated, nudging his horse forward. “Through it is.”

“If we must, but I still think barging in at full gallop isn’t the best choice!” Edwin shouted at the already retreating figure of the prince.

Who is being stubborn now? he thought to himself. He eyed the peaks again and felt an unsettling feeling start to form in the pit of his stomach. With one final sigh of defeat, he tugged at the reigns. His horse tore down the path through the forest after Alden and the first hint of civilization they had seen in the entire day since they’d left the tavern.

 

This scene is quite special to me because I slipped in something that pertains to book three of this series. 🙂 Did you catch it? Thanks for stopping by and hope you enjoyed this excerpt as much as I enjoyed writing it.

Rise of the Dragons: Book Two (Excerpt)

Many of you know my first book/series The Five Kingdoms of Severi has come to an end and is awaiting publication. But instead of waiting I went on and started Book Two in the Trilogy, Rise of the Dragons. This is the novel I finished during NANOWRIMO last November and is currently undergoing editing. You can read Season 1 (first 10 chapters with 11 and 12 the following weeks) for FREE over at BigWorldNetwork. Below is an excerpt, series information, and banner image. Enjoy!

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Synopsis

The battle against Lucius and his horde has been won, but at a heavy price. Edwin’s father is trapped in Terdune with no way back. The only hope in saving him lies in the very same shattered pieces of the mirror Edwin destroyed during his fight with Lucius. The oracles are left with no clues about the mirrors, their hidden secrets lost with Lucius’ death.

Together Edwin and Alden must travel deeper into the neighboring kingdoms of Severi in search of the creators of the magical mirrors. Their quest will require skill and magic for though evil was imprisoned once more in the dark lands of Terdune evil has a way of slipping back in.

 

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The battle was won but the war for their souls is about to begin; the lines between Evil and Good will blur as the quest for what was lost unfolds.

 

Excerpt (Season 1, Episode 2)

The doors of the throne room opened, and Marcus looked up from the scrolls he had been overlooking. He took in the oracle’s riled expression and handed the scrolls to one of his advisors. With a wave of his hand, he dismissed them before addressing his new visitor.

“Tabitha, what brings you back so early? How was your stay at the fort of the Fourth Kingdom?” he asked getting to the point of the matter.

The oracle scooted closer to the throne and bowed. “My apologies, sire, for returning sooner than scheduled.”

She pulled an object from under her cloak and handed it over to her king. “I have made a discovery that is of high importance,” Tabitha stated, almost dropping the object. Her hands shook and she struggled to control her fear. “It was discovered in the hands of the caretaker of the Fourth Kingdom, sire.”

“The caretaker had it in his possession?” Marcus repeated, accepting the object. “Are you certain? You understand the severity of these accusations?”

“Yes, my King. I was awakened during my second night there by a strange feeling,” Tabitha continued. “I rushed to the caretaker’s side fearing the worst, and caught him with this. Once I was finished questioning him, I immediately rode back at full gallop.” She pointed at the object and stepped back to await her king’s orders.

Marcus turned the object over in his hands, noticing the bright gleam in the large white stone. The chain attached to the magical item seemed to turn hotter the longer he held it. “Have you told anyone of this?”

“No, sire. You are the first I came to,” Tabitha replied, her expression hiding nothing.

“Good, have the rest of the oracles meet me at once, but keep this secret from the Queen. She need not know of it just yet,” Marcus ordered, turning the necklace in his hands. It was evident that the old laws were failing them and magical items were once more finding their way into the hands of the caretakers and inhabitants of Severi.

“What must I not know about?” Toren asked, standing in the middle of the doorway. She stepped inside, the double doors shutting behind her with a definite thump.

The King and Tabitha remained still, unsure what to say. Toren moved to join Tabitha and her eyes fell on the object in her husband’s hands. She rushed toward him, snatching the object from his grasp. She shifted her gaze from the King, to Tabitha, and back to the magical necklace.  She had seen this necklace before.  It had been haunting her visions as of late.  She swallowed hard, and settled her eyes on the oracle.

“This…this is used to tame a dragon. How did you come upon it?”

 

The NaNoWriMo Aftermath by Michael Young

Three more days! Oh my!

In our last blog we learned what author Paula Flumerfelt did after she finished NaNoWriMo and pushed ourselves to keep going. With today’s blog we take another glimpse past Novemver 30th, that dreaded day we realize just how far we have come. Check out author Michael Young’s reasons as to why NaNoWriMo really shouldn’t be a one month thing.

 

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It has been five years since I started doing National Novel Writing Month, and it’s an opportunity I’ll never pass up. The exhilaration of doing so much writing in such a short time never gets old. I put aside other things and focus completely on my writing. It’s like a writing roller coast, barreling along at such speed that once it is done, it seems to have gone by quickly.

The question is, what then?

After NaNo is over, you hit December, with all of its holidays, parties, shopping, travel and other events. All things not terribly suited for writing. You get out of the habit, and then when the doldrums of January hit, old routines have returned. Wouldn’t it be nice to keep some of that November momentum going?

It isn’t going to happen if you don’t plan for it. Think about the things you do during NaNo that make it a success:

  1. You set a goal, and set it high. You make a goal that will likely make you stretch. You can’t just coast by with this one. It gives you a prize to look forward to, and helps motivate you to keep going a few more sentences, even when you are tired.

 

  1. You minimize distractions. In order to hit your writing goals, you probably spent less time on Facebook, fewer minutes with your phone, and might have even changed your sleeping habits. This extra effort likely went a long way to letting you cross the finish line.

 

  1. You take the time to plan out your path. Before setting out on your NaNo journey, many people take the time to make plans for how they will go forward. The truth is, planning is a great way to prevent writer’s block, and to help you write as quickly as you can. If you know what is going to happen next, at least generally, you can forge ahead with confidence.

 

My point today is that you do not need to leave these habits behind once the calendar reads December 1st. Sure, heave a large sigh of relief, pat yourself on the back, and share your accomplishment with your friends and family. Then, sit down and get to work. Figure out how your are going to do things going forward. What about your NaNo experience worked for you? What did not?

Which of the habits that you formed can you continue over the long run? Perhaps you need to set your goal not at 50,000, but at 20,000 words a month. Even keeping up that pace, that’s 220,000 words for the other eleven months of the year for a grand total of 270,000 words a year. That’s enough for several novels! (Unless you are an aspiring Robert Jordan or Brandon Sanderson.)

Good luck getting the finish line, my friends. But don’t make it the end, but rather the starting line for what the rest of your writing year is going to be.

 

Bio

Michael Young is the author of the fantasy, supernatural series Age of Archangels and co-author of the action, sci-fi collaboration Cardinal Directions. Other works include The Canticle Prelude and its sequel The Frozen Globe.

Both are available for sale through Amazon (eBook and paperback) and BigWorldNetwork (audio).

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Thanks for stopping by. I hope you enjoyed Michael’s pep talk and got pumped to stay–well pumped. 🙂 Don’t forget: Finish strong and keep going strong. See you all at the end of the race. 🙂

Pep Talk by Paula Flumerfelt

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! Gobble down that turkey, potato salad, and stuffing, the end of the race is right around the corner. What will await you? Here is one author’s story of what happened after she hit that 50,000 word mark.


A Pep Talk by Paula Flumerfelt

All success starts somewhere. It stems from a seed of confidence that gets planted and nurtured through some act. As a writer, I think that it often comes with finishing your first manuscript. You sit down and write until your fingers are going to fall off, and when you are done, you have something you created with your own two hands. NaNoWriMo is a great way to start that process.

National Novel Writing Month is a challenge to write 50,000 words in one month. That’s over two thousand words a day. It requires making a plan…and being willing to let it all go. You have to write with abandon, finding that inspiration and making it soar. It’s the best way to get yourself started, because even if you don’t finish the whole fifty thousand words, you still have something. And as we all know, starting is the hardest.

But the bigger story is after you finish NaNoWriMo, or maybe even your whole manuscript, what do you do now? We all dream of being a publish author, of making it big and never working a day job again. The problem is that usually it doesn’t work out that way. Usually you edit your manuscript yourself and then you submit it here and there and everywhere. Then you wait. But what if no one responds?

Well, then you are where I was. I have completed NaNoWriMo four years in a row, written two books, and am ready to start the third. But I didn’t get picked up by Penguin or Random House or anywhere else. I ended up self-publishing my first book on the Kindle, and then joining a writing website, BigWorldNetwork.com.

MathieuI finished Mathieu, my first book, just out of high school. And naturally when I finished the book (which I believed was the next Harry Potter), and couldn’t get it published, I was devastated. I wanted to give up writing at that point, to say ‘forget this’. It was a woman named Amanda who helped me move past it. I started reading one of her stories, Incubus, on BigWorldNetwork, which began to inspire me. It was emotional, well written, and for some reason I felt connected to it as a writer. So I started looking around the website her story was posted on weekly, and found an area to submit my writing.

I was still guarded about Mathieu, because after all, if no one wanted to publish it, how good could it have been? So I submitted another writing sample, and lo-and-behold, if Amanda wasn’t the person who replied to my email. I was immediately star-struck that an author I had begun to really love was reading my material, and talking to me about it. Telling me that the website wanted to take on my series.

lunargrim_cleanWriting Lunar Grim was very cathartic for me, as it was the first thing I had written since my flop, and it helped me be willing to eventually pass Mathieu into the trusting hands of the BigWorldNetwork team, who worked with me to edit the original manuscript and get it up on the website. Amanda, who had first inspired me to start writing again, was my editor and frequent hand-holder through the hard parts, which just meant the world to me. Moving forward with writing as my new hobby, which is has been for years now, really put some things in perspective. It showed me I was capable of writing something solid, that I didn’t have to be scared of something not coming out the way I wanted. There was plenty of writing and re-writing for my stories, but it only made me better. It helped me figure out my rookie mistakes and how to fix them. To avoid them.

There is a cosplayer (aka Costume Player, or someone who creates costumes by hand and wears them), Riki LeCotey, that said something to me about Cosplay, another of my hobbies, that I think rings true for writing as well. She said, “No matter how long or frequently you [cosplay], there will always be issues. Things you didn’t notice at first will later become issues, once you learn to deal with and navigate the beginner problems. You will always look back and think, ‘I could have fixed that, or made this better’. You will always find ways to improve”.

I guess the things I’m trying to say are these: finding your motivation is important, as is letting your imagination go wild. Just because maybe the first thing you write might never sell or make you a big shot, doesn’t mean it wasn’t a critical part of your life; it means you finished something difficult start to finish. You committed and followed through. And the other thing is that sometimes, you just need a hand-holder. Every writer has a guru, and every guru has their own. Always be open to learning and growing, take your writing seriously but don’t let it get you down if you’re having a hard time.

Sometimes you have to let go and realize there will always be problems to fix.

Success is what you make of it.

And while all year long is all easy to forget, on Thanksgiving, I am thankful to NaNoWriMo for getting me started, Amanda and the BigWorldNetwork team for inspiring and supporting me, Riki for giving me her words of wisdom, and everyone who stuck with me along the way.

Bio

Paula Flumerfelt is a four year NaNoWriMo participant and the author of fantasy, action series Mathieu and the sci-fi series Lunar Grim. Both series can be read for free on BigWorldNetwork. Her title Mathieu is also available for Kindle through Amazon.


Hope you enjoyed today’s pep talk brought to you by the wonderfully talented Paula Flumerfelt. Have your own after NaNoWriMo story? Share it with us, we would love to hear it. And don’t forget we have one more author guest blog scheduled for tomorrow.