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.

Tuesday’s Child by Dale Mayer

Summary

What she doesn’t want…is exactly what he needs.

Shunned and ridiculed all her life for something she can’t control, Samantha Blair hides her psychic abilities and lives on the fringes of society. Against her will, however, she’s tapped into a killer—or rather, his victims. Each woman’s murder, blow-by-blow, ravages her mind until their death releases her back to her body. Sam knows she must go to the authorities, but will the rugged, no-nonsense detective in charge of tracking down the killer believe her?

Detective Brandt Sutherland only trusts hard evidence, yet Sam’s visions offer clues he needs to catch a killer. The more he learns about her incredible abilities, however, the clearer it becomes that Sam’s visions have put her in the killer’s line of fire. Now Brandt must save her from something he cannot see or understand…and risk losing his heart in the process.

As danger and desire collide, passion raises the stakes in a game Sam and Brandt don’t dare lose.

Characters

Sam seems like she is on her last leg from the moment this begins. It becomes clearer as you quickly realize the way her abilities work, the violent and graphic way in which she ‘experiences’ these crimes. She is an interesting character who doesn’t contradict herself very often but does enough that you don’t love her, just like her. I wish her actions spoke louder then her words, but I don’t think she is supposed to be a strong character now – I just hope she gets there throughout the series.

Brandt on the other hand seems to have an open mind about everything. He rolls with the punches but seems to constantly make promises he can’t keep. His character is the most believable when he is interacting with his mother. Who is a hoot by the way. He doesn’t make for the best detective but he seemed to genuinely care about what happens and that keeps things flowing.

These two characters are better together then they are apart but they are likable enough that you ignore some of their incongruous moments. Thankfully they get better as the book goes by and each one seems to grow a little. The story itself is what makes this book.

Plot

The psychic abilities taking a toll like they do. It was the most unique part of the book and by far the reason I kept reading in the beginning. The author’s ability to describe the deaths and the killer. That linked with what the detective sees after the fact really makes it eerie. She has a strength in setting a pace that keeps the thrills coming, while building characters so they get better over time instead of worse.

The author does an excellent job of setting the scene of the murders. There are enough little hints that kept me interested and wondering how parts were going to play out.

Overall

This was a solid book. The romance, and the mystery were well done. It could have been better but it was handled well enough that I enjoyed it. Despite the most annoying side character in history constantly causing problems in Brandt’s office seeming way over the top, I’d read the second book in this series.

My Rating

4 stars

It was good enough that I actually would recommend it. Despite a few flaws and some moments that felt forced it was a good book! At the end of the day, I liked it.

Where did I get it? 

Wattpad – Free

Love Metamorphosis on Wattpad

I am excited to do a cover reveal for the new novella that is for free on Wattpad. The featured picture is my beautiful cover created by White Noise Graphics who has done many of my book covers. Her website is currently under construction, but you can contact her at blnarian@alaskan.com.

I wrote Love Metamorphosis years ago after reading an article about a woman who lost her husband-to-be on their wedding day. It moved me so much that I felt the urge to write an entire fictional story based solely on the idea of what a person would go through if the happiest day of their life suddenly became the worst. My immediate thought was I hope she choose to live and love again if the opportunity arose to marry someone else. Thus Love Metamorphosis was born. After years of gathering proverbial dust, I decided to get a nice cover made and share this novella with everyone.

On that note, I’ll be posting a new chapter every day until the entire book is posted. For those of you who want a taste here is the back of the book and the link to chapter 1 on wattpad.

Link: Wattpad

Back of the book:

Life can change so unexpectedly. 

One moment it was going to be the happiest day of Jemma Turner's life. Then the   next moment she  is standing in her wedding dress in the hospital and they are        telling her she is a widow before she can become a wife. Trying to live with reality   she starts working again as a child psychologist, taking on cases and trying to        remember what normal might be without the love of her life. 

That is until Eric McManis, a new friend, needs her help and her expertise. Jemma  knew she cared for him but begins to notice an attraction in such close quarters.    Unsure if she wants a second chance at love, Jemma struggles with growing            feelings. She isn't sure if there can be two great loves in one life but she has a         feeling if she does Eric just might be the man for the job. 

Happy Reading!

Updates! Rewriting, Editing, and Just Plain Writing!

I just realized I never titled this; in my defense my husband was calling me for dinner. So food.

I’ve been on business trips and down with the Flu but I am finally on the mend and determined to sneak an update in here!

Blog 2.0: An Author’s Take

I’ve been updating here and there as I watch movies but I haven’t sat down and actually watched a movie in over a month. So once winter sets in I’ll pick up the mantel again and expect more movie reviews.

Check them all out here: An Authors Take

1001 Islands

It is out!!!!!!!! I’ve had multiple reviews come in from some wonderful individuals on Amazon and Goodreads. I am also on Smashwords and Nook if that is your thing. You can check it out here:

Goodreads

Amazon

Smashwords

Nook

No promises but I am drafting up an outline for a sequel. If the creative bug bites this might be my next project!

Frost Burn

Frost Burn is complete and was sent to our editor earlier this week. We are redesigning the cover to make it more fantasy like. I’ll post it on here once it is complete! We are still hoping to put it out by the end of this month, woo October!

You can read the first part for #free on #wattpad. Just click on this link: Frost Burn

Love’s Metamorphosis

This book is ready to put up on Wattpad. I am just waiting on a cover to accompany it. Expect it before the end of the year. I’ll only post on this again once it is up and running on Wattpad.

In Progress Book – The Gate Doulogy

Continued work in progress of the second book. I am now 20,000 words in and feeling about 1/4 of the way through what I want to do. It is taking a while to get all of the kinks in the beginning hammered out but well on my way to getting to the good stuff!

Haha! I have edited 6 whole chapters of the first book. My goal is to do 3 more this weekend. I have been neglecting this one and it needs to be done. I am hoping if I keep posting I’ll do more on here that I’ll actually do more. Social motivation and all that.

Unfathomable Chance

I am happy to announce that my next book coming out next year is already decided and more importantly written! I’ve decided that after 3 fantasy books I’m going to put out something of a different genre. Unfathomable Chance is a Young Adult Urban Fantasy. You can check out the tentative summary and one of the chapters here: Unfathomable Chance

Zendar: A Tale of Blood and Sand

My second published book has undergone a rewrite and professional edit. I used Patterson Proofreading for a professional edit. She is great at balancing praise and critiques when going through a manuscript. You can find her here: http://www.pattersonproofreading.com/home.html

I’ve also rewritten the back of the book to make it more about the characters because the book is more about the characters. The new Back of the Book:

Blood is how it all began, and only by blood can it end. Chaos has reigned in Zendar for years since the rise of the seven Bloodlines. The Liege Aleron Corvinus ruthlessly seeks revenge for the mistreatment of his ancestors. His ambitions will only be sated when he claims the world under his family’s name; he will only stop when all of Zendar is his and the other six Bloodlines pay their weight in blood.

Azel Undel was born into this world of blood and sand. She is of a dying Bloodline, a feared one, but most coveted. Promised, in exchange for money, to a man she had never known; Azel travels across Zendar. Her ship is attacked and she alone survives, setting the wheels of fate in motion. She did not expect to become her enemy’s captive or that he would demand her submission to him.

Loyalties are tested, secrets are uncovered, and Azel will have to make a choice: remain loyal to her family and everything she ever stood for or be loyal to her own heart.

It should be up any day now but I am not going to raise the price of the book. I am going to leave this at 99 cents and even have a sale of it over the next few weeks. This is like my gateway book. If you like this book you will like all of my books. Kind of like a gateway drug but for reading.

Stay posted!