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VIRTUAL BOOK TOUR–Wicked Hunger: Someone Wicked This Way Comes by DelSheree Gladden

6 Sep

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  • Title: Wicked Hunger: Someone Wicked This Way Comes
  • Author: DelSheree Gladden
  • Genre: Fantasy
  • Length: 254 pages
  • Release Date: July 2013
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615832982
  • Imprint: Mythos Press

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BLURB:

Vanessa and Zander Roth are good at lying. They have to be when they are hiding a deadly secret. Day after day, they struggle to rein in their uncontrollable hunger for pain and suffering in order to live normal lives. Things only get worse when Ivy Guerra appears with her pink-striped hair and secrets. The vicious hunger Ivy inspires is frightening, not to mention suspicious.

Vanessa’s instincts are rarely wrong, so when they tell her that Ivy’s appearance is a sign of bad things to come, she listens. She becomes determined to expose Ivy’s secrets. Vanessa tries to warn her brother, but Zander is too enamored with Ivy to pay attention to her conspiracy theories.

One of them is right about Ivy … but if they lose control of their hunger, it won’t matter who is right and who is wrong. One little slip, and they’ll all be dead.

GUEST POST

When I first dreamed of becoming a published author, I pictured myself doing book signings all over the world and meeting my readers in person. The reality is, most of the book marketing these days is done online. The cost of travelling and hauling around printed books makes it harder to manage, especially for indie authors and small press publishers. Having a strong online presence is key to reaching readers today, and one of the best ways to do that is through social networking sites. But which sites are the most worthwhile?

I absolutely love Goodreads and I think every author should be on Goodreads if they want to reach readers and establish an online presence. For those of you who don’t know about Goodreads, it’s basically a huge online bookshelf where other readers (hopefully) are putting your books on their bookshelves. Readers can click on your name and be taken to your author page where they can easily drop you a message.
Facebook is another great online tool for networking.  All readers have to do to get in touch with you is click the “Like” button on your page and suddenly they get updates about your books, signings, cover reveals, etc. They don’t have to give you an email address or any other personal information. It’s easy and effective.

I have to admit that I am still trying to figure out Twitter, but I do recognize that it’s a good way to stay in contact with readers and other writers. Like Facebook, it’s easy for them to follow you, and the character limit on posts ensures that you get your point across quickly and succinctly. Give them the most important details, and it’s only one click for them to share your update with all their followers. It has the potential to snowball quickly.

Social networks aren’t just for writers to reach readers. Writers getting in contact with other writers can be absolutely key to getting your work noticed. Whether it’s on Facebook, an online writers’ group, or a Google group, staying in touch with other writers can keep you up to date on agents and publishers, marketing opportunities, and just about every aspect of the publishing world.

If you don’t have a strong online presence as a writer, start building one now. It may be a bit overwhelming to jump into everything all at once. Start out with one thing at a time. My suggestion would be Goodreads then maybe a Facebook fan page and Twitter. Give readers and other writers easy ways to get in contact with you, to share important news or to just tell you how much they love your books. If I didn’t have a Facebook page, I never would have had the chance to see the awesome music video and fan of mine, Kaylee Bair, made for my novel, Twin Souls. Readers and writers want to connect. Give them simple ways to get in contact and you’ll definitely see the benefits first hand.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

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DelSheree Gladden lives in New Mexico with her husband and two children. The Southwest is a big influence in her writing because of its culture, beauty, and mythology. Local folk lore is strongly rooted in her writing, particularly ideas of prophecy, destiny, and talents born from natural abilities. When she is not writing, DelSheree is usually teaching yoga, coaching gymnastics, reading, painting, sewing, or studying about teeth as a Dental Hygiene student. Her works include Escaping Fate and the Twin Souls Saga. DelSheree’s newest series, The Destroyer Trilogy, follows sixteen-year-old Libby Sparks as she tries to escape her destiny to destroy the world. But Libby soon realizes dodging fate might not be worth the price.

WEBSITE: http://delshereegladden.blogspot.com/

TWITTER: @DelSheree

Winner Announcement for the YA Giveaway Hop

4 Feb

The winner taking home Masquerade by Cambria Hebert and I Was Here–Before You Came is … Cassandra Hicks.

Winner Announcement for the YA Faeries & Fantasy Hop

15 Jan

The winner taking home 3 novels by Cindy C Bennett is … Mary Ellen B.

YA Faeries & Fantasy Giveaway Hop

7 Jan

Once upon a time … there was Kathy, a miracle working bee with a fantastic blog called I’m A Reader Not A Writer. On this blog Kathy constantly organized giveaway hops where people from all over the world received tons of amazing prizes. 

One day Kathy, helped by Gabrielle from The Mod Podge Bookshelf started another hop called Young Adult Faeries &Fantasy Giveaway Hop running from January 8th through January 14th. For this hop the one important rule to remember is that every blogger has to give away a book from the YA genre with faeries and fantasy elements.

Sounds fun? Well, then, I better get busy and find something for you. After long searches I decided my dear friend Cindy C Bennett’s novels (electronic versions) are just perfect for this giveaway:

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snow

So, now let’s get to work. I’ll post the winner on January 15th, but in order for you to win these books you need to follow me @CamiSkiba on Twitter AND leave your answer to the question: WHICH FANTASY CREATURE YOU DON’T LIKE? Personally I don’t like dragons, especially the ones spitting fire :/

Good luck everyone!

Author In The House- Interview with Donna Hatch, Historical Romance and Fantasy, Award-Winning Author

6 Nov

Author of Historical Romance and Fantasy, award-winning author Donna Hatch is a sought-after speaker and workshop presenter. Her writing awards include the Golden Rose and the prestigious Golden Quill. Her passion for writing began at age 8 she wrote her first short story, and she wrote her first full-length novel during her sophomore year in high school, a fantasy which was later published. All of her heroes are patterned after her husband of over 20 years, who continues to prove that there really is a happily ever after.

I invited Donna here @ LOVE. WITHOUT YOU for an interview, and she graciously accepted. Her short regency story titled The Reluctant Bride is free for download here.

Donna, thank you so much for taking time to chat.

Personally, I get easily distracted therefore when I write I need complete silence, door closed. The only person allowed in my office is Bella, my dog. When you write do you need complete silence around you or noise?

I prefer either silence or music, but only instrumental like new age or light classical. Lyrics or a drumbeat are too distracting. That being said, I’ve gotten pretty good at tuning out the usual noises of my family like conversation, TV, etc.

I have all these ideas and voices in my head, but for some reason I struggle sometimes to put them on the paper. Do you find yourself at one point or another at a loss for words?

I seldom get writer’s block. In the rare times that I do find myself at a loss for words, I either take a break and read something, or do things to reduce stress. Then, when I return to writing, I am usually okay to write again. Sometimes, I really don’t know what happens next in the plot so I have to skip ahead to the next part of the book where I do know what’s going to happen. And sometimes I turn to a critique partner for help, and we brainstorm a solution.

How did you celebrate the sale of your first book?

When I got “the call” which was actually an email from a publisher telling me they wanted to publish my book, I skipped around the house singing and terrifying my children. My oldest son told my hubby that he should take me out to dinner to celebrate. I don’t know if he was being thoughtful or just afraid and needed me to go away for a while J

What hobbies do you have?

I enjoy singing, playing the harp, and ballroom dancing.

I’m not identifying myself with any of my characters, yet each one of them has a part of me. Can you see yourself in any of your characters? Which one and why?

I’m sure there is a little of me in all of my characters, too. I often try to think of what I experienced physically and emotionally when I felt whatever emotion my character is going through and to put that into words. The hard part is making sure the characters do what their personality type would do and not what I would do.

My characters are all braver and stronger than I am, so that part of them is all fiction and wishful thinking. I suppose Emma, a character in my tongue-in-cheek novella Emma’s Dilemma is most like me overall—overly dramatic and with an imagination that gets her into trouble—only she’s nicer than I am.

What’s one piece of advice you would give aspiring authors? 

Strive for excellence. Don’t be happy with ‘good enough.’ Continue stretching and learning and growing so everything you write is your newest best work.

What has been the toughest criticism you’ve been given as an author? What has been the best component?

I’ve been criticized for not putting sex in my books which was hard to take at first, although not unexpected. It doesn’t bother me any more. I don’t like reading hot sex scenes and I won’t write about them. I think sex should be enjoyed privately, not written in graphic detail. I frequently receive emails from fans saying how much they appreciate emotionally satisfying stories without graphic sex and thanking me for giving them the kind of books they crave. That makes it all worth it.

Do you prefer ebooks, paperbacks or hardcover?

I prefer paperbacks; hardcovers are too big and heavy. And expensive. But there are some definite advantages to ebooks such as storage, price, and instant access. I do own an ebook reader and am using it more and more.

What projects are you working on and when should we expect another release? In a few words what is this story about.

I’m working on book 3 of the Rogue Hearts Series, entitled A Perfect Secret. It’s sort of a Regency version of Sleeping with the Enemy but the hero is a bigger part of the plot. I hope to have it out within the next few months, but I don’t have a release date yet.

In the meantime, I was invited to participate in an anthology with five other authors, all of whom are really awesome. The anthology is called A Timeless Romance Anthology, Winter Collection. It contains six sweet historical romances, all taking place during winter, some during Christmas. The stories are all varied in style, plot, and era, but have one thing in common; romance. A Timeless Romance Anthology was just released a couple of weeks ago, and has already gotten fabulous reviews. I hope you check it out.

Thank you Donna for stopping by and good luck!

For more information about Donna and her books please visit:

www.donnahatch

www.donnahatch/blog

www.facebook.com/RomanceAuthorDonnaHatch

https://twitter.com/donnahatch

Winner Announcement for the Fall Into Fantasy Hop

22 Oct

Winner:

Frost Arch and Flamethroat by Kate Bloomfield go to  …. Cassy Nikole.

Fall Into Fantasy Giveaway Hop

15 Oct

Once upon a time … Kathy  @ I’m A Reader Not A Writer, helped by Dorine @ The Write Path organized Fall Into Fantasy Giveaway Hop.  As the title suggests this giveaway features fantasy books and runs between 10/16 – 10/21 with my winner announcement  on 10/22.

I’m not a fantasy genre fan (sorry), but this is not about what I like, but what you like. So I went on a quest, checking out books on Amazon that would be of interest to you. And after a long search I found 2 books, as part of a series (the 3rd one will come out next year, according to the author’s site).

So, here I give you:

Book 1. 

Blurb:

In a future where ignorance has destroyed the world that we know, humans are slaves and Mages – advanced beings with abilities beyond everyday reach – rule the land.
Avalon is one such Mage. Barely eighteen years of age, she wields the gift of fire yet she is unable to control it. She leaves her family in the dead of night and heads to the city of Frost Arch, her future seemingly grim. Will Avalon be able to overcome the trials that befall her? Will she be able to save the ones she loves and stay strong within herself?
Time will tell.

Book 2. 

Blurb:

Avalon has returned to Mortlock to find her home destroyed, and her family missing. They have been taken by The Realm for harboring an illegal human, Avalon’s sister. 
Desperate to find her family, Avalon travels across the country to the Headquarters of the Realm, with Healer Jack Greenwood, and animal companion Hawthorne.
Their friendship is tested when Jack is reunited with his estranged father, and falls under a mysterious beauty’s spell. 
Will Jack abandon Avalon during her quest?
And is Hawthorne really one-of-a-kind?

What do you have to do to win these books? Simple: FOLLOW THIS BLOG BY EMAIL by clicking on the button to the right called “Sign me up!” (atop all images) AND leave your answer to the question: WHICH FANTASY CHARACTER YOU DON’T LIKE?