Thursday, May 30, 2013

A Bookanista Relaunch Party - with giveaways

I am so excited to bring you the official relaunch of the Bookanistas!!! Back in 2010, I joined a group of amazing authors including Elana Johnson, Beth Revis, and Lisa & Laura Roecker to celebrate books we loved - especially YA and MG books. Since that time, some of our participants have gone on to hit the best seller list with their own books. Life happened, and the Bookanistas began to diminish - reviews became less frequent. But, some of the newer members reorganized, regrouped and brought the group back to life in a new way.

New logos we made, the site was relaunched and all of us got back to the business of reviewing books.
Today I wanted to bring you that relaunch! 

So today, we wanted to share some tips, books, and ideas for summer reading. The best part, we are hosting a giveaway FILLED with books, swag and more...

For my piece, I wanted to share a couple of books I can't wait to read:

ABANDON by Elana Johnson
seduced by power,
broken by control,
and consumed by love...

Vi has made her choice between Jag and Zenn, and the Resistance may have suffered for it. But with the Thinkers as strong as ever, the rebels still have a job to do. Vi knows better than anyone that there's more at stake than a few broken hearts. 

But there is a traitor among them...and the choices he makes could lead to the total destruction of everything Vi has fought for.

Vi, Jag, and Zenn must set their problems aside for the Resistance to have any hope of ending the Thinkers' reign. Their success means everything...and their failure means death.

GOLDEN by Jessi Kirby: 
Seventeen-year-old Parker Frost has never taken the road less traveled. Valedictorian and quintessential good girl, she’s about to graduate high school without ever having kissed her crush or broken the rules. So when fate drops a clue in her lap—one that might be the key to unraveling a town mystery—she decides to take a chance.

Julianna Farnetti and Shane Cruz are remembered as the golden couple of Summit Lakes High—perfect in every way, meant to be together forever. But Julianna’s journal tells a different story—one of doubts about Shane and a forbidden romance with an older, artistic guy. These are the secrets that were swept away with her the night that Shane’s jeep plunged into an icy river, leaving behind a grieving town and no bodies to bury.

Reading Julianna’s journal gives Parker the courage to start to really live—and it also gives her reasons to question what really happened the night of the accident. Armed with clues from the past, Parker enlists the help of her best friend, Kat, and Trevor, her longtime crush, to track down some leads. The mystery ends up taking Parker places that she never could have imagined. And she soon finds that taking the road less traveled makes all the difference.
Other books on my list include many adult reads like Dan Brown's Inferno. I seriously CAN NOT wait for that one!!!

 What's on your summer reading list?

Be sure to check out the other Bookanista posts
  - Carolina Valdez MillerCarrie Harris,  Christine Fonseca,Corrine JacksonDebra DrizaElana JohsonJessica LoveKaty UppermanKimberly SabatiniLenore Appelhans Nikki KatzRebecca BehrensShannon Messenger , Shelli Johannes-WellsStasia Ward KehoeTracey Neithercott , Tracy Banghart   

And don't forget the giveaway:

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Quiet Kids is Done!

I am so excited to report that I have sent in edits for Quiet Kids! YAY!!! As I hit the send button over the weekend, I thought about ARCs and the things I really need to do in preparation for that launch this fall.

And I realized something -

I don't have a reviewer list for that book. Something I am hoping to remedy now.

Below is a form for interested reviewers for Quiet Kids, my upcoming nonfiction book. I know several of you had input into the book in one way or another. Why not sign up to review it and see how it all turned out. Also, you can let me know if you want to be part of the tour.

 I can't wait to hear what everyone things about the book!

Oh! And there are still a couple of days to enter the giveaway celebrating the release of the Girl Guide. Up for grabs...
a $100 gift certificate and books! Click here to enter

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Author Spotlight: Kimberly Ann Miller

Welcome to another Author Spotlight! Today I am featuring another fabulous Spencer Hill author - Kimberly Ann Miller

TRIANGLES by Kimberly Ann Miller (Spencer Hill Press, June 2013)

A cruise ship. A beautiful island. Two sexy guys. What could possibly go wrong? 
In the Bermuda Triangle—a lot. 

Hoping to leave behind the reminders of her crappy life--her father's death years ago, her mother's medical problems, and the loser who’s practically stalking her--seventeen-year-old Autumn Taylor hops on a ship with her sister for a little distraction. When she wakes up in the Bermuda Triangle, she fears she's gone nuts for more than one reason: that loser’s suddenly claiming they're a happy couple... a hot guy is wrapping his arms around her and saying "Happy Anniversary"... and suddenly, she’s full of bruises, losing her hair, and getting IV medication. Autumn visits the ship's doctor, hoping for a pill or a shot to make the craziness go away. Instead, she's warned that these "alternate realities" could become permanent. 

She just has to ask herself one question—how the hell is she going to get out of this mess?

About Kimberly Ann Miller:

Kimberly Ann Miller received Bachelor's degrees from Georgian Court University and Rutgers University and a Master's degree from The University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. She is an avid reader and particularly enjoys true crime and young adult novels. She grew up in New Jersey and currently resides in Monmouth County with her husband and three cats. When she’s not writing, she loves to travel to sunny islands where she snorkels by day and stargazes by night. She always takes her Nook with her.

Author Links:

Twitter: @KimberlyAnnNJ

What are you excited to be reading???

Monday, May 27, 2013

Happy Memorial Day Giveaway

Hi all -

I've been hiding in the editing cave all weekend. That, and visiting with family. Needless-to-say, it has been FABULOUS! So, I decided to offer up a quick giveaway for The Girl's Guide on my author page on Facebook. Just click here to enter.

Have a good one and see you all tomorrow

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Upcoming events I HAD to share...

Hi everyone!

I am off today, chaperoning a group of 100+ middle school band kids at Disneyland. Did I mention that it is a special "open 24 hrs" day at Disney. Yea, CHAOS!!!

While I am busy herding cats, I mean hanging with Middle Schoolers, I wanted to share TWO upcoming events that I am SUPER excited about...

First - a Google Hangout Mother-Daughter event with my new fav mom's group - Working Mom's Against Guilt. The event is on June 1 at 4-5 PDT. Here is the blurb:

The moms at Working Moms Against Guilt are thrilled to announce our first-ever live online event! Saturday, June 1, we’ll be hosting a Google Hangout with Christine Fonseca, author of THE GIRL GUIDE: FINDING YOUR PLACE IN A MIXED-UP WORLD.
We’re calling our event the WMAG Mother/Daughter Book Club—Girls’ Night In! Moms, this is a chance to spend some quality time with your tween/teen daughters, getting expert advice on finding your authentic voice and dealing with common challenges such as bullying and feeling overwhelmed by responsibilities at school and home.
CLICK HERE to find out more and spread the word!

My other event is a book signing at my local Temecula Barnes and Noble. It takes place on Tuesday June 4, from 7-9. I'm promoting The Girl Guide and will be giving away some swag. I can not wait to meet you all!!!

CLICK HERE for more information and to RSVP

I hope to see you at one or both events. Until then, have a great weekend!!!

Bookanista Review for Dead Silence by Kimberly Derting

It's Bookanista Thursday and time for a new review. Before I get to my review, I wanted to let you in on a little secret...the Bookanistas are revamping the logo, the blog and more. Be sure to check things out next week for complete deets.

Now, about this week's review: I am reviewing Kimberly Derting's DEAD SILENCE, the latest Body Finder book. Before I get to that though, check out the other Bookanista reviews this week:

Elana Johson is enthralled by CROWN OF EMBERS by Rae Carson
Stasia Ward Kehoe is mesmerized by GRAVE MERCY by Robin LaFevers
Christine Fonseca  adores DEAD SILENCE by Kimberly Derting
Corrine Jackson revels in ALONG FOR THE RIDE by Sara Dessen
Katy Upperman is charmed by QUINTANA OF CHARYN by Melina Marchetta
Kimberly Sabatini is touched by TARNISH by Katherine Longshore
Lenore Appelhans  loves The Originals by Cat Patrick 

On to my Bookanista Shout out for DEAD SILENCE by Kimberly Derting:

Release Date: 04/16/2013

Basic Blurb: (from Amazon)

Sometimes the Dead Can't Be Silenced.
Violet thought she had made peace with her unique ability to sense the echoes of the dead and the imprints that cling to their killers . . . until she acquired an imprint of her own. Forced to carry a reminder of the horrible events of her kidnapping, Violet is more determined than ever to lead a normal life. However, the people who run the special investigative team she works for have no intention of letting her go.
Violet will do whatever it takes to keep her loved ones safe—even if it means lying to her boyfriend, Jay. But when an echo calls to her, she stumbles upon a murder scene unlike anything she's ever witnessed. The murders are frenzied and twisted, and the killer left a disturbing calling card for all to see—a brimstone cross sketched in blood on the wall. And Violet finds herself pulled into a deadly hunt for a vicious madman with an army of devoted followers.
Violet has survived dangerous situations before, but she quickly discovers that protecting those closest to her is far more difficult than protecting herself.
Why I liked it: 
Writing a series is hard. Writing one that keeps the interest of the readers is even HARDER!!! But Kimberly Derting not only crafted a fantastic read, she has managed to keep this series fresh and interesting throughout. Dead Silence continues with the plot lines started throughout the series, delivering another fabulous, fast-paced, exciting and somewhat thrilling read. Fantastic!

What are you guys reading these days? 

    Wednesday, May 22, 2013

    Chasing Success - More or Less...

    Happy Wednesday All! This time around, this round's topic started with Cole, who asks:
    How do you define success? Is it getting published, making the New York Times list, or just finishing a novel?
    This is a hard one for me, actually, as it changes on what seems and feels like an hourly basis. Originally, success was just completing a novel. These days, with looming deadlines I am not making, I would probably kill to just finish up some projects (okay, not really - but you get the point). 

    After I had written a few things, it was about getting published. And then about getting decent distribution. And success has always involved readers enjoying my words. I think success means a combination of all of those things.

    I have lofty goals for myself, so I suppose success means the accomplishment of those goals. But is also means being satisfied with my career and where it is going. 

    And that, perhaps, is the true meaning of success for me - feeling satisfied with my journey in all of its paths. 

    For more on this topic, check out Sandra's from yesterday, and Katrina's post tomorrow.

    Monday, May 20, 2013

    An Intermittent Hiatus

    Hi all -

    I've hit that time of year when my schedule explodes and my sense of overwhelm becomes extreme. I've got two major deadlines creeping up too fast, along with tying up loose ends at work as I prepare for a little job change. All of this equals being insanely busy.

    So, as I wrestle to hit a few deadlines and clean out my desk at work, I just wanted you to know that I may be a little more scarce around the interwebz.

    Hope all of you are FABULOUS!

    Friday, May 17, 2013

    Fiction Friday: Sharing a NEW snippet of Dominus

    Happy Friday! I am especially excited today. Not only is it Friday, but I am down to just over a month before summer vacation and a little change to my day job that will give me significantly more time for my writing and such. I am so dang excited about that...

    Today, I thought I'd share a little bit more of Dominus, the final book in the Requiem Series. This book is told from both Nesy's and Lilith's POV, and this excerpt features Lilith:


                Smokey black tendrils snake away from Lilith and encircle Aydan, weaving through the chains that bind him in place. His eyes, black and lifeless, no longer reflect any hint of his past. No amber color streaking through the dark orbs, no sublet glint that speaks of his angelic origins. He growls, snapping his fang-like teeth and clawing at the smoke.
                “Now, now, Aydan, my pet. Is that any way to greet your Master?” The smoke coils back into Lilith as she assumes her familiar shape. Long dark hair, cut in angular strands around her face. Dark eyes, still flecked with navy, that stand out against pale skin. She takes a sharp breath, filling her senses with the familiar scent of vanilla and smoke.
                She takes a step toward Aydan and smiles. “Why resist, my pet? I know how much you like this form.”
                Lilith reaches out and caresses his check, feeling his skeletal frame beneath his bat-like skin. “Or maybe this would be better.” She closes her eyes and inhales a deep breath. A new image forms in her thoughts, a body so different from her own. Her pale skin deepens and takes on a golden hue. Her hair lengthens and fades, reflecting the sun that refuses to come into this domain. Her eyes brighten, taking the form of endless blue oceans. “Is this what you need, my pet? Who you need?”
                Aydan clenches his jaw and turns away. She grabs his chin and forces him to face her. An image of Nesayiel reflects in his eyes. The same golden skin, the same golden wings. Lilith smiles as she leans into him. “I can be her for you.” She wets her lips and whispers into his ear. “I can be whatever you need.”
                She guides her fingers along the markings on his neck and jaw, delighting in the pain, the lust, she feels rolling from him to her. A slight moan escapes his lips as she presses a brief kiss onto his neck.
               “Stop,” he growls, stretching away from her touch. “I want nothing from you, need nothing. Except your death.”
                Lilith laughs. “You need me more than you realize, my pet.” She pulls him to her, her lips brushing against his ear.”You’ll beg for me in the end.”

    There you have it! For more from Dominus, check out the FREE download of the companion short Enigma, with the first chapter of Dominus included. And check out the trailer:

    what do you think?

    Wednesday, May 15, 2013

    A Moment of Reflection: Looking back at the last 5 years...

    Wednesday is "tip" day and since I am feeling very nostalgic, I thought I'd talk about taking a moment to reflect on the journey we are on as artists. As I mentioned on Monday, my sixth book came out this week. Somehow I've managed to miss the impact of this to me...


    That is crazy! If you had asked me several years ago if this journey would have resulted in three fiction and three nonfiction books, I am not certain I'd have believed you. Yet, here I am.

    Like most writers, I live in a state of angst most of the time, measuring my progress by how far I still have to go to achieve my goals. That's silly! So today I wanted to share my journey in the hopes it might inspire me - and you - to stay the course. I have a long way to go still, but wow....I just published my sixth freakin' book!

    I started writing with the intent of publishing in May 2008. By August 2008, I had penned my first novel. It was junk. Yep. SERIOUS junk. The rest of my timeline went something like this:

    • August 2008 - discover Querytracker and dare to query the bad novel
    • Nov 2008 - participate in NaNoWriMo and write the sequel to the bad novel
    • Dec 2008 - meet first critique partner, realize HOW BAD the novel and query letter are and stop querying immediately!
    • Jan 2009 - Aug. 2009 - rewrite and requery first novel
    • June 2009 - Query Emotional Intensity - get lots of interest
    • August 2009 - Sign with my first agent
    • Nov 2009 - Write Lacrimosa and sell Emotional Intensity
    • Dec 2009 - Abandon first novel and work on editing Lacrimosa
    • Jan 2010 - Agent decides she may represent Lacrimosa and we work on edits. She was a nonfiction agent only at the time
    • Feb 2010 - sell another nonfiction book - 101 Success Secrets
    • April 2010 - Agent decides NOT to represent my fiction and I start to query
    • April 2010 - Oct 2010 - Query Lacrimosa. Many many requests, no offers.
    • Oct 2010 - First Book Released - Emotional Intensity
    • Nov 2010 - Jan 2011 - Write Transcend
    • Jan 
    • Feb 2011 - Stop querying Lacrimosa and work on polishing Transcend
    • March 2011 - Second book released - 101 Success Secrets for Gifted Kids
    • May 2011 - My agent and I part ways
    • May 2011 - Dec 2011 - begin querying Transcend. Even more requests. Still no offers. Book developer takes to acquisitions, but no offers. I call this my "so-close, yet so far" period!
    • Nov 2011 - I sell Lacrimosa and its sequels to Compass Press and decide to take a different route for my career
    • Jan 2012 - My first short story is released
    • Feb 2012 - I sell my third NF
    • March 2012 - My first novel is released
    • April 2012 - I sell Transcend to Compass Press
    • May 2012 - I sell my fourth Nonfiction title
    • June 2012 - Another short is released
    • Sept 2012 - Transcend is released
    • Nov 2012 - Libera Me is released
    • Deb 2012 - Anthology released
    • Jan 2013 - I decide to take my career to a different place and again pursue an agent. But, I have books on contract that need to be finished first
    • April 2013 - Another short is released
    • May 2013 - The Girl Guide is released.
    Very exciting to see the journey this way, and something I probably should have done a long time ago. It is crazy easy to think you aren't making progress, to compare yourself against others. The truth is, I have done a lot in a pretty short amount of time.

    2013 will continue with two more releases (July and Oct) and the start of querying. After crafting the timeline, I can honestly say, I am more excited than ever to see what is in store for the future...

    How do you reflect on the past and let it motivate your future??

    Monday, May 13, 2013

    The Girl Guide Release PARTY!!!

    HOLY COW! I can't believe the Girl Guide is OFFICIALLY out this week. I know a few of you have found it out in the wild and a few have received your pre-ordered copies. But now it is out for the world. Okay, tomorrow it is actually out.

    As many of  you know, this book is special to me. It contains everything I would - and have - told my girls about growing up a strong woman. At a time when women's rights continue to be threatened in places in the world, and girls are getting bombarded with mixed messages about how they are supposed to act, I think the book has an important message.

    Another reason I am thrilled for the book, is the advice contributed by some of the most amazing women I am privileged enough to call friends. Called "Notes to Self" in the book, these little nuggets are amazing. Thank you to the
    following list of women who shared their words and advice:
    Mona Chicks, Paula Earl, Rebekah Graham, Erin Hastedt, Stasia Kehow Ward, Jessi Kirby, Shelli Johannes, Heather McCorkle, Michelle McLean, Gretchen McNeil, Jen Merrill, Abby Mohaupt, Lisa Rivero, BE Sanderson, Melodye Shore, and my mom and grandmother. This group is nothing short of amazing! 

    To celebrate the launch, Xpresso Book Tours is hosting a book blitz over the next couple of weeks, and with it, I am hosting a special Girl Guide giveaway. Before I get to the prizes, which include books and a gift certificate for either Amazon or Barnes and Noble, I want to tell you about a special photo opportunity associated with the giveaway...

    As most of you know, Barnes and Noble picked up the Girl Guide for national distribution. In fact, it has end-cap display in the Teen section starting May 14 (see picture for location). 

    This is a first for any of my books to be picked up for large distribution and I am pretty dang giddy about it. SO, I am asking that you, my readers, find my book at your local Barnes and Noble, take a picture of it, and post it online somewhere. If you do, it counts as TEN ENTRIES for the giveaway.

    Epic, yes????

    Okay, so the rest of the specifics:

    Giveaway runs from TODAY through June 1 and it is open internationally. Of course, there is nothing you "need" to do other than complete the form below, though I am giving extra entries for various things - like the picture op. (Can you tell I am excited to see pictures!). Winners are randomly chosen.

    Here is what you can win:

    1) $100 gift certificate for Amazon or Barnes and Noble (winner's choice) PLUS a copy of the Girl Guide and swag (1 prize)
    2) An annotated galley proof of the Girl Guide with my comments throughout, PLUS book swag (1 prize)
    3) A copy of the Girl Guide plus book swag (3 prizes)

    Complete the form below to enter:

    a Rafflecopter giveaway

    And I can't wait to see the pictures!

    Thursday, May 9, 2013

    Bookanista Review: MILA 2.0 and a giveaway

    It's Bookanista Thursday and time for a new review. This week I am featuring fellow Bookanista Denra Driza's MILA 2.0. But before I get into the review, check out what the other Bookanistas are up to (and be sure to read the end of the review for a special giveaway):

    Christine Fonseca  marvels at MILA 2.0 by Debra Driza – with giveaway!
    Corrine Jackson is blown away by BRUISED by Sarah Skilton
    Elana Johson  buzzes about STUNG by Bethany Wiggins
    Stasia Ward Kehoe fawns over THE FIFTH WAVE by Rick Yancey
    Jessica Love raves about THE RULES FOR DISAPPEARING by Ashley Elton
    Shannon Messenger  shares an exclusive excerpt from INSOMNIA
    Tracy Banghart  swoons for THE NAME OF THE STAR by Maureen Johnson
    Lenore Appelhans celebrates 17 AND GONE by Nova Ren Suma

    On to my Bookanista Shout out for MILA 2.0 by Debra Driza:

    Release Date: 03/12/2013

    Basic Blurb: (from Amazon)
    Mila was living with her mother in a small Minnesota town when she discovered she was also living a lie. 

    She was never meant to learn the truth about her identity. She was never supposed to remember the past.

    Now she has no choice but to run--from the dangerous operatives who want her terminated because she knows too much, and from a mysterious group that wants to capture her alive and unlock her advanced technology.

    Evading her enemies won't help Mila escape the cruel reality of what she is and cope with everything she has had to leave behind. However, what she's becoming is beyond anyone's imagination, including her own, and that just might save her life. 
    Why I liked it: 
    This was a good book, filled with mystery, a little romance, and enough angst to know you are reading a YA book! The Sci-Fi plot pulls on the familiar theme of human emotions and robotics, melting the ideas of the Adoration of Jenna Fox (one of my fav books ever) with the mystery of Bourne Identity. It is an enjoyable read that pulls you in early and holds you through the end of the story. Complete as a stand-alone, I am excited to see how  Debra evolves the series.

    Definitely worth checking out!

    But don't take my word for it, read it for yourself. OR, enter the giveaway by following this blog and leaving a comment. I will select one random commenter to receive the copy. Open to US residents only (sorry - postage, and all). Giveaway ends Sunday night at midnight.

    What are you guys reading these days? Now that I am cleaning off my bookshelf and Kindle I will be needing some new books to read :D

      Wednesday, May 8, 2013

      The Delete Button: What to do with overused words...

      Happy Wednesday All! This time around, I started the topic with this question:
      What are your "go-to" scenes or phrases? You know, the ones you have to remind yourself NOT to use too frequently? What do you do to keep yourself from being overly reliant on them?
      Obvious, since I wrote the question, this is something that happens to me. A LOT. Being a writer that tends to write toward the overly emotional and dramatic, I am constantly having to be vigilant regarding my use of physical descriptions to "show" my emotions. Clenched fists, tossing stomachs, tight shoulders - these are all things I have a tendency to overuse.

      In addition to a few phrases or feelings that tend to repeat throughout my books, I have certain scenes that manage to show up - someone falling off a cliff, an explosion or fire, a specific kind of dream. I am always having to be on the lookout for these as I write, desperately trying to not have then in every book! LOL.

      For me, staying away form these things starts with being aware. The more aware I am about the things I overuse (thank you CPs and editors), the more vigilant I am about not using them. I have lists of specific phrases or words I look for as part of the editing process, and scenes on a taboo list. These things help. I hope!

      What do you do?

      For more on this topic, check out Sandra's from yesterday, and Katrina's post tomorrow.

      Tuesday, May 7, 2013

      Author Spotlight: Lisa Amowitz and Breaking Glass

      I am so excited to be featuring Lisa Amowitz and Breaking Glass for today's Author Spotlight. Lisa and I have been internet buddies forever, and I am thrilled she is offering an Author Spotlight Double Feature with Lisa Amowitz and Lisa Gail Green.

      First up, Lisa Amowitz and her upcoming release, Breaking Glass: 

      BREAKING GLASS by Lisa Amowitz (Spencer Hill Press, July 2013)

      On the night seventeen-year-old Jeremy Glass winds up in the hospital with a broken leg and a blood alcohol level well above the legal limit, his secret crush, Susannah, disappears. When he begins receiving messages from her from beyond the grave, he’s not sure whether they’re real or if he’s losing his grip on reality. Clue by clue, he gets closer to unraveling the mystery, and soon realizes he must discover the truth or become the next victim himself.


      Goodreads giveaway:

      Goodreads page

      About Lisa Amowitz:

      Lisa Amowitz was born in Queens and raised in the wilds of Long Island, New York where she climbed trees, thought small creatures lived under rocks and studied ant hills. And drew. A lot.When she hit her teens, she realized that Long Island was too small for her and she needed to escape. So she went to college in Pittsburgh. Go figure. On leaving college, Lisa became a graphic designer living in New York City. She eventually married her husband of a zillion years, had two lovely children, and was swept away to a fairy tale life in the Bronx, where, unbelievably there are more trees and wilderness than her hometown. She can see the Hudson River from her kitchen window.
      Lisa has been a professor of graphic design at her beloved Bronx Community College where she has been tormenting and cajoling students for nearly seventeen years. She started writing eight years ago because she wanted something to illustrate, but somehow, instead ended up writing YA. Probably because her mind is too dark and twisted for small children.
      BREAKING GLASS which will be released in July, 2013 from Spencer Hill Press, is her first published work. VISION, the first of the Finder series will be released in 2014, along with an unnamed sequel in the following year. LIFE AND BETH will also be released in the near future, along with graphic novel style art

      What are you excited to be reading??? Be sure to visit for my Bookanista Thursday post with a special giveaway!

      Sunday, May 5, 2013

      Anguish and Betrayal, Love and Sacrifice. Time to share the new Dominus Trailer! (with a giveaway)

      I am so excited to be sharing a new book trailer with you today. This baby is from Jeff Somers Productions. Man, was he FAB to work with!!! Thank you, Jeff, for bringing my vision to life.

      Before I post the video, here is a little about the final book in the Requiem series, as well as my thoughts on it:

      Dominus blurb:
      "It’s been six months since my memories returned. Six months since Aydan was again ripped away from me. Six months since I broke a piece of my best friend’s soul.Six months...”
      Nesy has found her memories, her life. Now all she wants is to forget and be human. Only human. But fate holds a different destiny. Forced into a war she wants no part of, Nesy is put to the test in ways she never thought possible as she seeks to fix the mistakes she has made. And the mistakes of her former master, Mikayel. Will she be the Sentinal she was destined to be and put an end to the fighting once and for all? Or will she fail and send humanity into slavery? The future of three worlds depends on the choices, and sacrifices, she must make in this final installment of the Requiem Series.

      Dominus Goodreads page -

      Dominus Goodreads Giveaway -

      My thoughts as I end the series:
      "Each character's decisions, each twist of fate has led to this - a time when confusion reigns supreme, when up is down and down is up. And when the fate of humanity rests in the balance.  In this final installment, the decisions of the past have come back to haunt the future, and the fate of Nesy and Aydan, Zane and Cass, Celestium and Infernum, hang in the balance. The only question is, who will survive. 
      This story is filled with anguish and betrayal, love and sacrifice, as I bring the series to an end. It's a story that has been part of my life for many years. Saying "goodbye" to these characters will be a profound experience for me.I hope all of you have enjoyed their stories as much as I have enjoyed writing them." - Christine Fonseca

      And so, here it is...the trailer for Dominus:

      Well? What do you think?

      Dominus releases July 9, 2013. As you pass the time, waiting for the release, why not check out the FREE promotional novellas:
      DIES IRAE, MEA CULPA, and the recently released ENIGMA

      To celebrate the trailer, and the excitement coming, I have a giveaway featuring both print (for US entries) and ebook (for Int) prizes. Just complete the rafflecopter entry below.

      a Rafflecopter giveaway

      Thanks for all of your support!

      Thursday, May 2, 2013

      Debt Collector Blitz and GIVEAWAY!

      I am thrilled to be part of Susan Kaye Quinn's book blitz celebrating the Debt Collector Series:

      Book & Author Details:

      Debt Collector by Susan Kaye Quinn
      Series: Debt Collector, Serial 1-3
      Publication date: 2013
      Genre: NA Future-Noir

      EPISODES 1-3 (Delirium, Agony, Ecstasy) of the Debt Collector serial. Contains mature content and themes. For young-adult-appropriate thrills, see Susan's bestselling Mindjack series.

      What's your life worth on the open market? 
      A debt collector can tell you precisely.

      Lirium plays the part of the grim reaper well, with his dark trenchcoat, jackboots, and the black marks on his soul that every debt collector carries. He's just in it for his cut, the ten percent of the life energy he collects before he transfers it on to the high potentials, the people who will make the world a better place with their brains, their work, and their lives. That hit of life energy, a bottle of vodka, and a visit from one of Madam Anastazja's sex workers keep him alive, stable, and mostly sane... until he collects again. But when his recovery ritual is disrupted by a sex worker who isn't what she seems, he has to choose between doing an illegal hit for a girl whose story has more holes than his soul or facing the bottle alone--a dark pit he's not sure he'll be able to climb out of again.

      The first three episodes of the Debt Collector serial are collectively the length of a short novel, or 152 pages. These are the first three of nine episodes in the first season of The Debt Collector serial. This dark and gritty future-noir is about a world where your life-worth is tabulated on the open market and going into debt risks a lot more than your credit rating. Episode 4, Broken, releases 4/17/13. For more about the Debt Collector serial, see


      As a special treat, I thought I'd share a little excerpt Susan has generously provided. I just LOVE it - 

      Excerpt from Delirium (Debt Collector 1) by Susan Kaye Quinn:
       My jackboots are new, the latest ultra-light material out of Hong Kong’s synthetics district, and they make a strange squeaking sound against the hospital floor. It’s the kind of sound that might gather snickers or a raised eyebrow, but no one looks at me, at least not on purpose. I stroll past the ICU desk, taking my time, breathing in the antiseptic smell that masks the odor of death held back by machines and drugs and round-the-clock care. The nurses duck their heads and study their charts, ignoring me. As if catching my eye might mean I’m coming to collect their debt, rather than Mr. Henry’s in Room 301.
      The floor is so highly polished that I see the reflection of my trenchcoat running ahead of me, black as a midnight grave, a spook that lives on the surface of the oft-scrubbed tiles. It reaches the door to 301 before me and disappears in the dim, flickering light coming from the room. The spook has gone back where he belongs, into the dark recesses of my soul, assuming I still have one. If I was a betting man, I would say the odds of having a soul keep getting longer with every transfer I do. The older debt collectors, the ones who are still alive, don’t have anything shining out of their dull-glass eyes, even when they’re hyped up on a transfer. There’s no telling what my eyes look like.
      I stopped looking in the mirror a long time ago.Mr. Henry’s hooked up in all the usual places—tubes in his arms and monitor patches hovering over his temples and the blue-veined skin of his chest. His knobbed knees and shriveled legs stick out the end of the blanket. I don’t know if he’s tossed the blanket aside or the nurses just forgot to cover him up again after his sponge bath or whatever they do to prepare patients for a debt transfer. Goosebumps raise the hair on what’s left of his legs into a small forest of gray fur. I tug the thin, white-weave blanket over his exposed legs, and Mr. Henry opens his eyes.They’re pale green and watery—washed out and used up like the rest of him.
      “You’ve come for me,” he says.

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      Once again, Susan brings an amazing story for us all to enjoy! THANK YOU SUSAN!

      Susan Kaye Quinn is former rocket scientist and engineer, but now she writes novels because she loves writing even more than shiny tech gadgets. Susan is the author of the bestselling Mindjack Series, which includes three novels, three novellas, and a trailer. She's currently writing a steampunk fantasy romance, just for kicks. When that's out of her system, she has ambitious plans to embark on a series about the Singularity (the time when computers become more intelligent than humans) that should appeal to fans of the Mindjack novels. Unless she gets sidetracked by this new future-noir novella or spends too much time on Facebook. Could go either way.