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Virtual Fantasy Con (Giveaways & More)

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The links to the direct event pages for each day.

And here is a peek at one of the author’s that will be at the event:
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What are you waiting for? Go check it out and don’t forget to enter the giveaways and contests.
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Stirring It Up by Mary Leo

Book Review

7/10

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When a gypsy’s prediction begins to come true, Rose Cupido dismisses it as a coincidence, but when a past estranged boyfriend shows up reminding her of the love she once felt for him, Rose can’t help wondering if that gypsy had true magical powers.

Stirring It Up is the third in a series of short edgy and upbeat light romances with a touch of sexy. Though each part is written by a different author (or maybe alias?), Stirring It Up contained enough backstory of the other characters and their love interests connecting the story as a whole. The parts can be read as stand alone or in order. I recommend the latter for better reading enjoyment.

This book is another one that gave me mixed feelings. I almost put it down and gave in to leaving it unfinished, glad I didn’t. The reason for this was that the first chapter had me wondering what the heck was going on, partly because I read it out of order (see notes above), and the main character kept jumping from one thought to another and back again. After chapter one  I was able to catch on quickly and enjoy the story very much.

There were many appealing sides to this story even with the jagged start. The gypsy prediction was a sweet overall theme. Rose’s love interest, Max, was more than a sexy lover from the past kind of guy that made their sexual tension real. The ending was cute and satisfying, who doesn’t love happy endings?!

Though a light read, Stirring It Up is well worth the time. It also received a cover makeover clarifying that this story is more than just an erotic story, it is a story about second chances.

Steamy? Enough for the four chapters in length.

Long enough? Yes. It presented a very nice satisfying and adorable ending.

Rating: 7/10

Hope you enjoyed this book review and in case you want to see the old cover here it is:

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Tangled Beauty by K.L. Middleton is up next.

May Free eBook Spotlight

Argh, it seems life won’t stop being busy, busy, and more busy. So much has happened and I can’t wait to share it with you, but first let me take selfie…no not really but this is the closest I will get to a selfie, a selfie of other people’s books. 🙂 Since I missed last month’s free eBook spotlight I thought I post two for this month, here is our first.

Enjoy!

Snow White Blood Red ( A Grimm Diaries Prequel #1 ) by Cameron Jace 

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What if all you knew about fairy tales was wrong?
I am the so-called Evil Snow White Queen. Did you ever bother to hear my side of the story? I have always wondered why you never asked about my name. Was I so superficial to you? So stereotypical and mundane? Why did you treat me as if I were just the monster of the week? You know what I think? You never had the time to really hate me. You wanted to hate me, long before you even met me. You wanted to scrape my existence and avenge your childhood princess by laying all blame on me. What if they didn’t call me the Evil Queen, what if I told you the real story from my point of view instead of hers, would you ever think of me as an angel? Could I ever make you care? I know that deep inside of you, you adore me,but you’re just scared, afraid to admit how much you love the Snow White Queen.

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I always enjoy reading other people’s rendition of old fairy tales and seeing all the new twists and surprises they come up with. Also, since my own debut novel, The Five Kingdoms of Severi, is available in various other buying sites I thought I post a title available in Kobo.

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.

Visit her online at http://www.authordoragonzalez.com

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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. 🙂

Tackling that Cover

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All covers shown here were created by Dora Gonzalez (Me)

We have gone over revising, whether to use beta readers or not, and briefly discussed the importance of getting an editor. Next up is: Tacking that cover!

When it comes to getting a cover for your book there are many ways to go about it. You can design it yourself, pay someone to do it or get a premade cover? Which one will it be? Which one is best?

Here are a few things to consider…

There are many discussions about whether you should make your own covers versus hiring someone to do it for you, my opinion on that matter is this: if you have the skill then I don’t see why you can’t.

Creating your cover takes time, time you could spend writing or working on other aspects of getting your book ready for publication. But yet a custom cover done by someone else can’t always ensure you get the cover you want.

Premade covers cost the fraction of a custom cover. If you have a tight budget then this might be the route for you. There are countless websites and blogs offering premade covers.

Then, which one should you use? Whichever best ensures your cover fits your book. Check out a designer’s portfolio. Do they have examples of covers that are similar to what you are looking for? Glance through photo stock to see if you can find images you would prefer to use. Find out your budget and schedule.

Just remember a cover informs the reader about the genre it falls in, it gives a general idea of the audience it is hopping to attract and serves as an attention grabber.

Think about the reason(s) you pick up a book. What do you do first?

You look at the cover, tagline, title, author name and then you turn it over to read the blurb. Your cover is your first chance to attract the reader, you have to get it right!

Here are a few premade covers I have made. Can you tell the genre and audience? Does it match the one listed above each group? If yes, then the cover works.

Contemporary Romance/ Young Adult

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Fantasy/Young Adult

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Horror

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Paranormal

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Erotica/ Erotic Romance

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How do you ensure your cover will work?

Break your book down, ask yourself what is my audience? What genre is my story revolved around? What is the main focus I want to express in my story?

You’ve written your book, now rewrite it with your cover.


All covers shown here are available through PremadeCovers4U or SelfPubBookCovers.

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?”