Little Library System – Zendar

I’d like to start off by thanking author Misty Mount for graciously adding Zendar: A Tale of Blood and Sand to her local free little library box! Not to mention I love the DoctorWho theme to it! It warms my heart to see my book being added to this awesome system. I hope whoever picks it up, loves it and returns it back to the system for others to enjoy!

Check out her author page on Amazon here: Misty Mount

If you are interested you can also buy Zendar for only 99 cents on Kindle and Nook.

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#giveaway for The Sixth Gate

I’m giving away a signed copy and sewn bookmark for The Sixth Gate!

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You could win these!

In July, The Sixth Gate released and I’d like to send a copy to someone who loved the prequel!

All you have to do is these three things:

  • Acquire a copy of The Gate Guardian’s Daughter (you get a free copy when you sign up for my MAILING LIST);
  • Read The Gate Guardian’s Daughter; and
  • Leave a review on Amazon and/or Goodreads (both to double your chances)!3

I’m only giving the opportunity to those who are on my mailing list – so make sure you sign up! You could win a copy of the book and the hand stitched bookmark.**

You have until September 30, 2017 to submit in a review. I’ll select (using a random selection program) and notify the winner the following weekend.

**If you live outside the United States (US) you can only win an unsigned copy of the book (not the bookmark).

 

Release of Lights Fall by Nichelle Rae

I am excited to announce that Nichelle Rae is coming out with a new book. I had the pleasure of reading this book while it was an unpolished gem and I’m excited to announce its release after 2 1/2 years of hard labor.

To celebrate this release our coauthored book, Frost Burn, will be free for two days! Check it out HERE.

Here is the back of the book:

Special Agent Bay Kennedy hunts sex offenders. She credits her unusual abilities as to why she is the best Chicago has to offer – enhanced strength and speed among other things – and she only sleeps once a week.

Her reality is challenged when she’s attacked in her apartment by a malicious creature. Saved by four strangers, Bay soon learns that she has more in common with these supernatural beings than she thinks.

Her rescuers ask Bay to help them keep an ancient evil imprisoned. But her ideals are spurned when she must enter the criminal underground of drug smuggling, weapons exchange, and prostitution.

The five of them have the power to save the world, but can an FBI Agent reconcile working in the criminal underground?

Sounds Fantastic? I agree. So go check it out HERE.

The Gate Trilogy Prequel and Interview

Firstly I’d like to thank Ellie for doing an interview in preparation of the kickoff of The Gate Trilogy next weekend. You can read about my writing process, Unfathomable Chance, and the new trilogy. Go here: Interview.

The Gate Guardian’s Daughter releases next weekend on May 20th.

Here is the synopsis:

The interplanetary gates require guardians and the reformed demon Malthael is one of them.

His adoptive daughter, Elisabeth, is special, but her dangerous ability hasn’t awoken yet. Malthael knows it will one day and from then on her life will forever be altered. Malthael isolates her from outside world as much to protect everyone else as to safeguard her. It is all he can do to delay the inevitable.

Now that Elisabeth is ten, how long can Malthael keep her confined?

There are two ways to get an eBook copy of The Gate Guardian’s Daughter.

  1. Amazon (pre-order)
  2. Sign up for my Mailing List and get a free eBook copy.

You can also see reviews here on Goodreads.

 

Above the Ether by Yemisi Aremu Otasanya

I received an Advanced Readers Copy. 

Summary

The climate was becoming fast unpredictable. United Nations had called for a global meeting with all world Leaders, to address climate change and the ongoing massively destructive natural disasters. CASA told them that human activities were the direct cause of drastic climate change. But Batu knows better. He is the MD of CASA and the prince of Pitaluna, the royal kingdom of PIT. The earth is falling fast and becoming more violent and unpredictable. Everything will change. The climate, the people and all else. The only hope for salvation is ascension. Earth has already fallen through 9 gates. A fall through the 3rd gate will spell doom.

Characters

There are two main characters; Diamond and Blanton. I liked Diamond instantly, she was a character that was easy to connect with. Blanton was also a vivid character. His actions really spoke for him. They were well defined and easy to relate to. Their families were also important. The author did an excellent job of giving them personalities without overshadowing the two main characters.

The theme of love between families was strong here and I really liked that. The one drawback was some of the dialogue. Every once in a while a character would say something and it felt out of character. It was a little jarring when that happened.

Plot

This is an interesting plot. It really sucks you in but could use some additional information in the beginning. The concept isn’t original but the world created around it is. The concept Earth falling through gates was fascinating. There were a few aspects that weren’t’ explained enough for me to understand what was happening 100% of the time, but most of the book I followed and understood.

Spoiler (don’t read unless you don’t mind finding out): There was an entire section that I didn’t understand the point of. Why did it matter if Sed was interested in Diamond romantically? I didn’t get it at all and felt like it was just to have a scene play out. I need a little more information as to why it mattered. 

Overall

The copy I received contained a ridiculously amount of errors. I’m assuming that most of those will be gone after the final revision. If they are this book will most likely read better. That being said I liked the characters and the world. The plot was interesting but the execution in areas was lacking. Also there are only 5 chapters and the chapters themselves are almost painfully long. Despite that it was an easy read that felt short and was a good science fiction read. It was a little surreal at times, but believably so.

Rating

3 Stars

It was okay. I enjoyed parts of it and am happy that I read it. It was a unique, short read. I’d recommend it to those who like a little more surreal science fiction where the ending is as ambiguous as the beginning.

New Book Announcement – The Sixth Gate (The Gate Trilogy Book #1)

Lots of updates! The biggest one being a date has finally been set for the release of my newest novel. The Sixth Gate is a Young Adult Dark Fantasy coming out next year. It was written for one of my closes friends (practically a sister) and was supposed to be only one book…

Now it is a trilogy. I’m halfway through writing the last book (unnamed at this time) but am happy to announce the release date of the first book in the trilogy. Drum roll please!

The Sixth Gate will be released on July 7, 2017.

I hope to have a cover reveal soon! Stay posted for more updates on this. In the mean time here is more information to include the draft synopsis and sample chapters: The Sixth Gate.

NaNoWriMo

I can’t believe I started writing The Sixth Gate 2 years ago for NaNoWriMo 2014 and for this NaNoWriMo will be working on the second half of the last book in the trilogy. Seems like a nice swing around. I’m about 33,000 words through the last book, I’m working towards a round 35,000 to start NaNoWriMo next month! Excited!

My goal this year is 30,000 words which should get me very close to the end of the last book! Woot goals!

 Unfathomable Chance Giveaway

I’m presently doing a giveaway through Amazon click HERE for a chance to win!

Upcoming Events

I’m very excited to announce I have tons of events coming up in the coming weeks. Mostly craft fairs but I do have a book signing on November 19th! I’ll be at Fireside Books in Palmer, AK doing book signings of Unfathomable Chance. I’ve also booked Alaska Steamposium which is next April. So EXCITED! This is my second year doing Steamposium and I hope I get to be a guest presenter next year as well. More excitedly is my coauthor for Frost Burn might be coming up to Alaska to do Steamposium with me! Which would be amazing.

Stay tuned for more updates!

Summertime Shenanigans

Hello all! I have updates! Summertime really kills my motivation to edit (I go out and play!). I can keep writing but editing is evil!

Reviews

Here is what is pending in order of my plan to read/review for my next 5 books:

  • Somewhere in the Shallow Sea: A Novel of Suspense by Dennis Macaraeg- Finished today just need to write a review
  • Devil in the White City by Erik Larson – This was recommended to me
  • Two Heirs (The Marmoros Trilogy: Book 1) by Peter Kenson: I’m intrigued.
  • Confronting Destiny (Aetherheart Book 1) by A.L. Tesh – I’m ready for a YA
  • Farthest City by Daniel Swenson – This looks so epic!

It is always first come first serve – unless I feel like changing it up – I’ll update this with my next 5 after I finish more reading and more reviews!

Writing

I’m nearly 15,000 words into the final book in my trilogy. I am calling it ‘The Last Gate’ right now but it may change. The Sixth Gate is due out sometime in 2017! It is going to beta readers this and next month.

Unfathomable Chance

Unfathomable Chance is back from the editor and my cover has been revealed! I just love it. The artist’s FACEBOOK PAGE.

It is due out for pre-order in early September and will release September 30, 2016. I am dedicating this book to my good friend Caitlin – Captain Facekicker.

Caitlin – Thank you for all of your support over the years! You have been an invaluable friend to me and I hope this let’s you know how much I appreciate it. 

Also her tea blog is HERE.

The Bear King: An Alaskan Tale

So bad news – this is on hold. The illustrator had to back out last minute. I still want to do this, it just may not happen as fast as I hoped it would. I’m sad face but the story will hold.