Friday, January 30, 2015

Hot new releases from fellow Eternal Press Authors

I wanted to highlight a couple of new releases from fellow Eternal Press author friends.

Wild Rosegarten (The Camellia Series Book 1)

by Beth Bishop

"Camellia believes that the only good vampire is a dead vampire…until she meets Leslie. 

In 2032, vampires rule the world, but free human, Camellia Rosegarten can make things right again. When ancient vampire, Leslie Wells confronts her with an offer of partnership, she takes a chance on this vampire who claims he can emancipate humanity. 

Camellia has a new goal: kill Guillame Benoit, ruler of Florida, and free the states humans. In the process, Camellia learns how much she is willing to sacrifice, the cost of her decision, and that she is worth far more than the weapon in her hand."

Amazon Link:  Wild Rosegarten

Ash on the Stairs

by MR Jones

"A stairwell provides refuge from a predator and is the place where fascination leads to something more with a man with golden eyes. 

Jesse Ash takes the stairs at work to avoid a predator and sees a man with golden eyes. He confronts her on the stairs and talks her into joining him for the evening. A game leads to sex and a relationship. His identity is revealed. 

Travis Daniel owns the stairwell and the company. When the predator resurfaces and Travis' ex shows up, their relationship is challenged. Jesse is tested to the limit. 

They must rise above the circumstances to find justice and love."

Amazon Link:  Ash on the Stairs

Beautiful covers and both of these books look great! 

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Jane by Rose Montague: Excerpt


        I heard a witches’ triad chanting and felt magic crackling around us like static electricity. I could tell Jade had tried to shift but could not do so. The witch magic prevented her from shifting. A couple of vamps threw a net over Jade as she managed to shoot another vamp in the head over her shoulder before her arms were pinned inside the net. Another shot her with a tranquilizer gun as she struggled to get free. A few of them dragged her across the floor towards the front of the building and as soon as we were apart the other vamps I kept away from me with my bat whistling through the air shot me at close range. Silver shot, I could tell as I staggered and fell.
  I was on the floor, barely conscious, when I saw them go out, the warehouse deserted except for piles of ash and the dead or dying, including me. The night was quiet and still as I lay there, not really feeling the pain but knowing I had taken several shots to the upper body. I felt the silver inside of me, points of numbness spreading out from the bullets. Vamps are not as sensitive to the silver as shifters but if not taken out it would eventually kill us as well. I needed blood and I needed a doctor. I really thought about getting up, as the Angel of Death hovered over me. Maybe it was my time, I thought and I wished for a phone to call Jill. Maybe she could save Jade from a life of drug induced blood donor for Andre.
  “No, not your time after all,” Death said. “Save Jade.” With that he was gone.

!!!!Coming March 1st !!!!

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Cover Reveal: The Prophecy by Madhuri Blaylock

I am very pleased (and a little jealous) to announce that Madhuri Blaylock has completed her third and final book in The Sanctum Trilogy which will be releasing very soon.  Here is the cover reveal for Book three (The Prophecy).

I cant wait until I finish the third book in The Three J'amigos series so I can have a line up like Madhuri has.

Visit her Amazon Author Page to follow information and buy links to all of her books!!!

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Official Release Dates

For my next two books.
 Jane (sequel to Jade) is an urban fantasy/PNR with non-stop action and over-the-top humor.
Norma Jean's School of Witchery is the first in a new YA paranormal series.

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Author Spotlight: Sabina Khan

This week the author spotlight falls on Sabina Khan, author of Realm of the Goddess.  Check out the fantastic Amazon reviews for this book HERE.

Seventeen year old Callie discovers she is an avatar of the powerful Hindu Goddess Kali and she has to save the world from Mahisha, the King of Demons. Now Callie has to accept her fate and control her powers. Before she can face Mahisha, she must find the Sword of Knowledge that the Immortals had given Kali five thousand years ago.
As Callie embarks upon the dangerous quest to find this weapon, she must travel deep into the jungles of India to find a temple that time has forgotten. The Rakshakari, who are sworn to protect the Goddess, guide her on this treacherous journey, fraught with demons and mortal conspiracies.

She is accompanied by the gorgeous, enigmatic Shiv for whom she feels an inexplicable but undeniable attraction. Can she trust Shiv with her life or are there dark forces at work that will divide loyalties and leave Callie at the mercy of Mahisha and his army of demons?

                                                             About the Author 
Sabina Khan is the author of Realm of the Goddess, the first in a series of YA Paranormal Fantasy books based on the gods and goddesses of India. She is an educational consultant and a karaoke enthusiast. After living in Germany, Bangladesh, Macao, Illinois and Texas, she has finally settled down in beautiful British Columbia, Canada, with her husband and three daughters, one of whom is a fur baby. She is passionate about the empowerment of girls and women, hoping to inspire them with the strong female characters in her novel.

Follow her on Twitter: @Sabina_Writer 

Buy Link:  Amazon

Friday, January 9, 2015

Cover Reveal

Cover reveal for Jane. The release on this one is coming up very quickly now.

Monday, January 5, 2015

Review: Niko by Kayti Nika Raet

Blurb: One can live for several weeks without food but only a few days without water, a fact seventeen year old Niko is only too aware of as she struggles to provide for her two younger brothers in a post apocalyptic landscape where the rain burns like acid, food grows increasingly scarce and any Slither that crosses her path is laid low before it can sink its teeth into her. 

Then one night everything she'd ever worked for and loved is consumed by a raging fire, leaving her with one brother missing, the other dead and herself gravely injured. 

She's rescued by the Rose Circle, a rogue group of Slither hunters. They sneak her into Amaryllis City, a decadent metropolis where those able to pay the exorbitant entrance fee live a life of relative ease. 

But for Niko, Amaryllis City is not the haven she grew up believing it would be and her unique abilities as a Slither hunter make her a particularly visible target to a city with hopes of experimentation, replication and other nasty bits. 

All Niko ever wanted to do was find her baby brother, but that's proving to be harder than expected.

                                                   MY REVIEW

First, Niko is a badass girl with a baseball bat, an improvised Slither killing device.  I love kickass heroines and Niko has the courage and determination to hold her own in a harsh world full of terrible monsters.

Second, this is not your average post-apocalyptic young adult dystopian novel.  The story line is really unique and the world building and imagination of the author really stands out. The world building is well done and the imagery is superb.  

Third, there is considerable diversity among the characters, both in skin color and sexual orientation but it is not an in your face, look at me diversity.  It is simply the way the world is. I really appreciated the way this was handled. 

Fourth, the writing style appealed to me.  The author just has a way with words that paints a picture in your mind and I found myself re-reading certain passages not because I was not understanding them but so I could savor the words a second time.  I was reminded of Robin McKinley's writing style with this and I can think of only a very few authors I have read with such a talent for painting a picture with words or making even the fighting scenes flow with a certain beauty that is impossible not to admire.

Fifth, it is non-stop action from start to sudden finish (good to know there is a book two).  There are few wasted descriptions or needless fillers.

Lastly, the themes of friendship, survival, and courage are all handled in a remarkable fashion.

I just can't recommend this book any more highly.  I am giving it Five Bats!!!

Thank you Kayti for making my first read a fun one.

Check out Kayti's Amazon Author Page
Buy Link at Amazon

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Author Spotlight: Lisa Acerbo

I have found that sometimes teachers make for great authors.  Not only do they have a feel for what people enjoy reading they have the tools to put that down on paper. Today's spotlight is on Lisa Acerbo and her newest book, REMOTE.

Mrs. Acerbo explains her reason for writing the novel: “After reading “The Pedestrian” by Ray Bradbury with my Science Fiction class, I began to think about the consequences of technology in our lives. I love science fiction and hoped Remote, a 70,000 word, futuristic novel, will open a discussion on the topic. Written with a strong female protagonist, I wanted to appeal to fans of the Legend, Hunger Games, and Divergent series.” 

Remote is geared for young adult and college-aged audiences. Yara lives as an undergrounder and specializes in nighttime raids against the New State, where people are often more machine than human. Then she meets Joshua, a New State citizen, who doesn’t quite fit her preconceived expectations.

As they become closer, Yara realizes how insidious the hold of New State is on the citizens and how few freedoms they have, all replaced by technological illusions. With the help of her father, an underground leader, Yara and Josh join in the rebellion and the plan to take down New State, but nothing goes as expected. The challenges Yara faces throughout the book test her loyalties and ultimately challenge her understanding of humanity.

Lisa Acerbo is a high school teacher and holds an EdD in Educational Leadership. She lives in Connecticut with her husband, daughters, three cats, and horse. She is the author of Apocalipstick and has contributed to local newspapers, news and travel blogs including The Patch and Hollywood Scriptwriter.
Check out Lisa's author page at Amazon and follow her for information on her books.
Author Page:  Author Page
Buy Links:  Amazon    Etopia Press    B&N
You can connect with Lisa:   Twitter    Facebook     Website

Twitter Thoughts

A couple of twitter related comments as I just passed the 7500 mark on followers. I believe I am now getting more sales from my tweets than any facebook or other social media promotions.
1. Don't buy followers. The best way to get followers is to engage and retweet those tweets that interest you. Participate in the hashtag ‪#‎FF‬ on Fridays. Start by listing those that have followed you recently or those that you think deserve more followers. Pretty soon you will see your name show up in these #FF tweets.
2. If you are promoting something please pin a post to the top of your tweets so others can easily find it and retweet it for you. There are a lot of people that want to help you with retweets. Change your pinned post often so that those that do retweet you can do it again.
3. I don't use a program to weed out those that don't follow me back but some people swear by it. There are a few people that I follow that I know will never follow me back but I still want to see their tweets. About once a week, I will scroll through about a hundred or so of the latest people I followed and weed out those that have not followed me back after a few days.
4. I don't use an auto tweet service, but some people really find that helpful. I would suggest you still remain an active real tweeter and engage people with comments, favorites, and replies at least occasionally. If you do use such a service try to avoid the auto DM feature. that really drives me nuts. Most times I get a DM from a follower that didn't bother to follow me back and it is irritating that I can't reply to them because it was an automated message and they have not gotten around to following me yet.
5. I try to have fun with it and limit my shameless self-promotional tweets to only 2 or 3 per day and less than 10% of my total tweets. I also mix in some non-promotional tweets on other subjects I am interested in like coffee, Star Trek, and cats.
6. Actually follow some links and read what people have to say on their website blogs.There is a lot of great content out there that people have put a lot of time and thought to posting.
7. Follow back as much as possible. There are some that you should not follow back like those selling followers. I get 2 or 3 of those every day that I ignore.
8. Don't piggyback on people's posts to promote your own stuff. That is pretty rude.
I would love to hear any other suggestions or comments about twitter that you may have.