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BORN IN SIN

14 Feb

Happy Valentine’s Day, Everyone!

Did your sweetie spoil you with breakfast in bed, flowers and chocolate? I hope so. And I also hope you’re having a fantastic day.

And since today we celebrate love and make/receive presents here my gift to you. I’m delighted to reveal the cover for my new historical drama titled BORN IN SIN (release date TBA).

FINAL-low resolution for web

Is this not gorgeous? I never believed in love at first sight until I saw this drawing by the incredible german artist Eve Ventrue. She creates covers for several authors among them J.S. Chancellor,  Amber Argyle,  and Suze Reese. She also collaborates with Applibot Inc. Japan for the “Legend of the Cryptids” and KLab Inc. Japan as well. 

Eve’s talent is out of this world–no exaggeration. If angels walk among us, Eve is one of them. Never saw so much raw emotions encompassed in a drawing as in Eve’s art. Her portfolio can be found here. When I contacted her I have to admit that I was beyond nervous if she’d say yes to my offer. Several email later Eve agreed to sell me the drawing and here it is. I hope one day to interview her and reveal more of her work.

As for the story, for those of you familiar with my short story I Was Here–Before You Came published under Prose by Design‘s umbrella, you might recall along with Ilias, the main hero, five other brave men joined him in his quest for revenge against Emperor Traianus. BORN IN SIN is Zyraxes’ story.

BLURB:

Loathing the thought of his beloved Oriana in the arms of another man, fearless Zyraxes delivers death upon the Roman enemy. With only the rugged land as his bed and the sky as his blanket, trouble finds him often.

Summoned to aid Oriana’s father in the war against two powerful enemies—one of them Oriana’s savage husband—Zyraxes proves himself worthy of more than just noble titles and coin. But he wants none of it. What he wants is her.

When Zyraxes discovers a broken and nearly dead Oriana, though forbidden, he disregards her father’s orders to leave her to her death, and instead chooses to protect and conceal her. Will saving her be enough to win her heart? Will his part royal lineage make him worthy of her love?

I would absolutely love to hear your opinions about both the cover and the blurb. Like it/ hate it? Interesting/boring? What do you think?

Midsummer’s Eve Giveaway Winners Announcement

27 Jun

one e-copy of Flat-Out Love by Jessica Park goes to Amy S.

one e-copy of Easy by Tammara Webber goes to Claire Taylor

one e-copy of The Vincent Boys by Abbie Glines goes to Sophia Rose

Congratulations everyone!

Indie Authors Giveaway Winners Announcement

20 Jun

e-copy of It’s A Love Thing    Amber Garcia

e-copy of A World Apart        Beth D.

e-copy of Hidden Heart        Ashley Evans

Congratulations everyone!

It’s A Love Thing–officially released!

2 Jun

It is with great pleasure that I announce the release of the summer anthology It’s A Love Thing, a compilation of 8 YA stories published by Prose By Design. Among them my historical YA short story called I Was Here–Before You Came.

BLURB:

Legend has it … centuries after Spartacus another hero is born—Ilias, the bastard son of King Decebalus. Thirsty for revenge and eager to unshackle the Roman oppression, Ilias’ obsession to fulfill his oath has no bounds, even if that means kidnapping Nerva, the beloved daughter of Emperor Traianus. What he doesn’t know is his own heart threatens to betray his conscience. What will prevail: his mind or his heart?

Writing Ilias’ story taught me a few things: I am the only one limiting myself. I can reach places I dream of and make them mine. I can write anything I set my mind to. I can.

Although the story goes back over 2000 years, the birth of the Romanian nation is a timeless tale, needed be told and celebrated for generations to come.  I added a new hero to my long list of favorite characters–Ilias, the bastard son of King Decebalus. He is the last Dacian King before the Roman conquest. Ilias is only 22 years old and yet he’s brave, fearless and destined to make history.

It was really fun and easy to work with him, in fact it took me only ten days to get his story jotted down.

And because it’s such a happy day I’m giving away one e-copy of the story and once e-copy of the whole anthology.

All you have to do to win is leave a comment here on this post answering the question:

Who’s son is Ilias?

 A week from now, on 06/09 I’ll count all comments and use random.org to pick the winners. Don’t forget to leave your email address. Good luck everyone!

Jericho Solus Virtual Book Tour

4 May

It is with great pleasure I host my dear friend and partner in literary crimes Jeffrey Moore’s virtual book tour for his 4th novel, JERICHO SOLUS. I’m one of the fortunate people to have read Jericho’s story while Jeff wrote it and I can’t tell you how much I enjoyed it. I’m shy when it comes to writing reviews, but Jericho Solus so deserves it. Jeff writes speculative fiction, taking his readers to worlds beyond imagination, alien creatures and intriguing plots.

The closest I’ve ever been to a different planet / world is… my own lala land where I escape reality.

That changed after I read Jericho Solus. Although human, Jericho Solus is unlike other humans. He’s been around since the beginning of humanity, living through wonderful tales of bravery, betrayal, and love. Even though Jericho Solus’ journey is fascinating, Jeff’s signature is incontestable. He portrays a multidimensional hero, an absolute must for such a novel.

Leaving aside the fact that Jeff has been my critique partner and friend for a long time now, Jericho Solus is the best piece he’s ever written. Jeff’s ability to take the reader into alien worlds is an art, an innate talent that comes to him so effortless. His novels are not your average novels, but rather for people with an understanding and a vision of other worlds. Deep, analytical, intriguing. Prepare to embark on the journey of a lifetime, spanning over centuries and artfully brought back to present time. Prepare to root for a hero so out of the ordinary, he will jump out at you from the first page until the last. Prepare to unlock the world’s secrets and find clues about its history. Prepare to discover a universe no money or spacecraft would take you. Untold tales of untouched places.

5+ stars for Jericho Solus.