The Gate Guardian’s Daughter Release!

The Gate Guardian’s Daughter releases today!

I’d like to thank Ellie for the Interview and review. I’d also like to thank Minx for the Review.  Make sure you follow their blogs! For anyone else who was kind enough to take on reviews and for the reviews that already came in (thanks Tabinda) I’d like to extend my appreciation.

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 
  2. Sign up for my Mailing List and get a free eBook copy.

You can also see reviews from the lovely individuals listed above here on Goodreads.

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.

 

Cover Reveal – The Sixth Gate (The Gate Trilogy #1)

I am proud to announce that the cover for The Sixth Gate has been fully finalized.  The Sixth Gate is due out July 7, 2017 – exactly two months away. I’ve also finished the back of the book text – welcome to the first of The Gate Trilogy, a dark fantasy.

The interplanetary gates have existed between the five planets and the Netherworld for as long as living memory.

Dr. Elisabeth Avery is a woman caught between two worlds. Little does she know that others like her, other half-breeds, are being hunted. When a creature drags a princess into the Netherworld, Elisabeth is determined to save her.

Meanwhile, on the planet of Hystera, a Keeper and his assistant investigate a grisly string of suicides. The Gate Guardians know something is coming, know that the Netherworld has begun to bleed through to the planets, but not why.

Will Elisabeth be able to come to terms with what she is so that she can face the coming evil?

Here is the full cover wrap:

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What do you think? Can you feel the eeriness – the dark world I built? I’d love to get your thoughts!

Interested in a sneak peak? You can get the pre-order prequel to the entire series HERE. Get to know Elisabeth as a child and what put her on her path. Want a free copy? Sign up HERE for my mailing list and you’ll get a free eBook copy.

 

Asahi Art.jpgI also want to give a special shout out to Asahi Art who designed this amazing cover. As you can see I was fortunate to find someone so talented. He is diligently working on the cover for the second and third books so they all match! I highly recommend him.

See more of his amazing art HERE.

The Sixth Gate – Back of the Book

Good day, good day!

I’m very excited to announce that I’ve finalized the back of the book for The Sixth Gate, book 1 of the Gate Trilogy, which will release on July 7, 2017. I’ll be doing a cover reveal soon too! Yay!

The interplanetary gates have existed between the five planets and the Netherworld for as long as living memory.

Dr. Elisabeth Avery is a woman caught between two worlds. Little does she know that others like her, other half-breeds, are being hunted. When a creature drags a princess into the Netherworld, Elisabeth is determined to save her by any means necessary.

Meanwhile, on the planet of Hystera, a Keeper and his assistant investigate a grisly string of suicides and are in need of someone with Elisabeth’s skills. The Gate Guardians and Elisabeth are aware that something is coming and know that it has something to do with the Netherworld bleeding through to the planets, but not why. 

Will Elisabeth be able to come to terms with who she is in time to face the coming threat?

I’d love feedback! This isn’t 100% set in stone yet so any feedback would be much appreciated. 🙂 Just a reminder that this is a YA friendly Dark Fantasy.

A Star-Reckoner’s Lot by Darrell Drake

Summary

For some, loss merely deprives. For others, it consumes.

Ashtadukht is a star-reckoner. The worst there’s ever been. Witness her treacherous journey through Iranian legends and ancient history.

Only a brave few storytellers still relate cautionary glimpses into the life of Ashtadukht, a woman who commanded the might of the constellations—if only just, and often unpredictably. They’ll stir the imagination with tales of her path to retribution. How, fraught with bereavement and a dogged illness, she criss-crossed Sassanian Iran in pursuit of creatures now believed mythical. Then, in hushed tones, what she wrought on that path.

Characters

These characters are very unique. Ashtaduskht is both mentally and physically flawed. She is mindless in her pursues and yet has a kindness to her. I never really liked her for some reason. I couldn’t put my finger on it at first but she is just so bitter and aloof. Even in the second half of the book, I couldn’t bring myself to care or like her. Mostly she irritated me.

Tirdad, her cousin and protector, is a relief from her bitterness because he is a very noble soul. Despite his love sick school boy routine, I quite liked him. Between him and Waray (a half-div) I felt the story improved. They were as much her support as they were the crux of the book’s interest for me.

Plot

You do not get any back story besides a little peek. Beyond that you have to pay attention in order to understand, which I really enjoyed. Each chapter jumps forward in time, sometimes a day, sometimes months. Beyond the somewhat jarring timeline, the events are not clearly portrayed as to be linked towards a common cause at first. I enjoyed the first half of the book, it was like a collection of short stories where the main characters were the same and going on different adventures.

I’ll go ahead and let you know there is a plot twist in the middle-end of the book. Once that happens I had a very hard time marrying up the pace of the first half of the book with the second. I saw most of it coming, the author hinted at it enough, but not even I guessed at it all. After the major twist the characters seem to change – Ashtadukht the most. It was almost like reading two different stories trapped within a single book and I didn’t like it.

Overall

The author does a great job creating very complex characters. The writing is elevated, and the author does not shy away from lengthy names and a vast vocabulary. This is a hauntingly dark book about people more than the stories. The fantastical aspect of this book was gripping and rarely was I lost in what was happening. It was very imaginative and entertaining. The historical aspect was also appealing with the myths of a country being highlighted.

Rating

3.5 stars

I really struggled with this rating and even though I’m giving it 3.5 stars it is 3.5 stars rounded down. It is imaginative, haunting, and has complex characters. Despite its positive aspects the disconnection between the first half of the book and the progression after the plot twist wasn’t enjoyable. Furthermore, the main character was neither likeable nor relatable to me and I struggled with any sort of connection. I still believe this is a good book and worth the read but whoever picks this up must be prepared for all its facets; good and bad.

I receive a copy in exchange for an honest review.

 

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!

The Flu shall keep me down no longer!

Updates! I caught the flu last week and it wiped me out. I went into work late every day last week because of how sick I am. So relieved I have sick leave I can use. I started this post last week but I couldn’t finish it because I was sooooo tired. Feeling much better and back to work writing!

Blog 2.0

I’ve been busy at work doing reviews. Lots of a great movies to see and lots more I’ve been going back and watching to write reviews on. Some new reviews include; Seventh Son, Grace of Monaco, Theory of Everything, Unbroken, and Earth to Echo. Check it out here: An Authors Take

1001 Islands

Release date set! Expect 1001 Islands out on August 22, 2015.

The cover is coming along nicely! I should have a pre-order up no problem around the 1st of August. I am so ready to be done with the editing but I know once it is done it will all be worth it. For now, stay posted. I’ll have a big announcement for the cover and then another soon after for the pre-order. The pre-order price will be less then the price after August 22nd so be sure to keep an eye open for it!

If you want to read the new back of the book you can check it out here: 1001 Islands 

Frost Burn

Frost Burn is done! We finished writing it. Now comes the super fun part (not) of reviewing, rewriting, and *sigh* editing it. We have decided on an October release. Likely closer to the end of the month but we will see! It has been an amazing journey and I am happy to report it happened in less then a year.

You can get the first part for free on Wattpad. That way you can get your toes wet and decide if the next 3 parts are worth it or not.

Just click on this link: Frost Burn

Love’s Metamorphosis

I am still planning on putting this up on Wattpad for free. The problem is I have to wait on a cover. Once 1001 Islands is done and uploaded everywhere, I’ll get a simple one for this so I can start putting it up on Wattpad.

In Progress Book – The Gate Doulogy

I hit 20,000 words on the sequel to the first book. Right now I am calling it The Mysterious Gate. We’ll see if I keep it. I might change it over to The Nowhere Gate. I’m torn between the two but we’ll see. It is just starting to get interesting and I am starting to ninja chapters out. I can’t wait to finish editing book 1 (The Sixth Gate) and be able to get a chapter up here for everyone to read.

Review

I’d also like to offer to anyone on Wattpad who needs a review. I don’t do fan-fiction but just about everything else. It also has to have gone through some form of editing. Here are two reviews I’ve done and as I read I plan to do more.

The Last Dance

Some Like It Ruthless