Monthly Archives: April 2014

Elected By: Rori Shay

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Today on the blog we have ELECTED by the fabulous RORI SHAY

Author Bio: 

Rori Shay is an author living in the Washington, DC area with her husband, daughters, black lab, and cat – just not quite in the same exciting circumstances as ELECTED’s main character, Aloy. She enjoys running, gardening, reading, doing yoga, and volunteering with the Dwelling Place non-profit.  Rori is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI).

 

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ELECTED by Rori Shay

Silence in the Library Publishing

YA Sci-fi

April 22, 2014

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Blurb: 

 

It’s the year 2185, and in two weeks, Aloy will turn eighteen and take her father’s place as president of the country. But to do so, she must masquerade as a boy to avoid violating the Eco-Accords, four treaties designed to bring the world back from the brink of environmental extinction. Aloy hopes to govern like her father, but she is inheriting a different country. The long concealed Technology Faction is stepping out of the shadows, and as turmoil grows within her country, cryptic threats also arrive from beyond the borders.

 

As she struggles to lead, Aloy maintains her cover by marrying a woman, meanwhile battling feelings for the boy who knows her secret – the boy who is somehow connected to her country’s recent upheaval. When assassination attempts add to the turmoil, Aloy doesn’t know whom to trust. She understood leadership required sacrifice. She just didn’t realize the sacrifice might be her life.

 

Don’t forget to enter the giveaway! 

 

~Kindle

~Items seen in ELECTED such as a marriage binding (temporary tattoo)

~Hemlock soap

~Necklace as seen in ELECTED

~Signed paperback copy of ELECTED

~Optional FaceTime or Skype session with the author for 1/2 an hour (can be used one-on-one or at the winner’s book club, etc.)

 

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Writing, reviews, and the rocky road of publication.

I wish I was the type of person that could let things just roll off my back. I wish I was care free and easy going, and took each day in stride. But, I’m not.

I am overly dramatic, obsessive, and constantly worrying about every tiny detail. I can create problems for my problems. Seriously, being me is exhausting at times.

So when I decided I wanted to be a writer –for real– my problems began to tangle themselves together into one giant problem: the road to publication.

Oh how many times are you sitting around with friends, family or coworkers and someone sprouts out the words, “I could write a book!” Really? Can you? I would love to see you try.

I have written three complete novels, and have begun about a dozen more. This was not something that I did after a few glasses of wine or a vent fest with my friends. I did it because if I didn’t get these characters and their stories out on paper it would eat away at me. I was losing sleep over the dialogue in my head. I was no longer showering alone, because my characters were handing me the soap and telling me their side of the story. It was hard to concentrate on highway driving because I was mentally present at a birth or a funeral. I wrote the book because I had to, and writing down the words released the beast. Completing a chapter was completely euphoric and I was at my happiest when I had satiated all literary desires.

After years of writing the stories I transitioned into the role of author. I needed to send my books out into the world and see how they stood against “real” authors.

Well, the road to publication is not an easy one at all. In fact it’s dark, cold and very lonely. One thing you need in this business (and I do hate that art is now business) is thick skin. I’m talking dragon scales, chain mail, nothing can penetrate you kinda thick.

Rejection letters hurt. Form rejections suck, and no answer at all is the worst. Waiting in the tunnel of hope for an email that will never come.. shudders.

Then there is what happened to me:

I got an offer! After careful research, I signed! I worked my ass off on edits for months! My book was published!

Three weeks later the publishing house closed. True story.

Now, because it is VERY difficult to sell a book that was previously published, I decided to go indie with this trilogy. Which brings me to my latest anxiety: Reviews.

We all need reviews. They help sell our books, but they can also be the sword that knocks us right out of the competition.

I knew when I chose the devil as my main character that I was walking on thin ice. Some people would love my take, while others might be highly offended. It was a gamble, but I have never written stories because I felt “that is what people would want to buy.” I wrote stories that I wanted to read. I try to take old tales and make them new, make people think, and if at all possible, make them smile.

When my reviews first started to appear, I peeked through my fingers afraid of the results. The results were GOOD. I couldn’t believe how good. So good in fact that when I got a few terrible reviews, I wasn’t prepared for how it would make me feel. Well let me tell you… it hurt. Knife in gut, anxiety driven shaky hands kind of hurt.

That’s the thing about writers, artists, musicians and actors. We put ourselves out there and allow ourselves to be judged. How many professions can say they do that? Do you give a rating to the secretary at your child’s school? To the cashier at the supermarket? To the mailman or crossing guard? We can’t just get up and go to work like everyone else. Our work is displayed, hopefully for your enjoyment, but it also leaves us very vulnerable to criticism and verbal lashings.

What reviewers fail to consider is that a writer does not agonize over their story. They agonize over every word in every sentence of that story.  A book isn’t written overnight, it is written and rewritten.  It is the writer’s literary child. It is something we created out of love.

And that is what writing is. A labor of love, a long tedious journey that has more bumps, twists and turns than you can imagine.

But to hold that book in your hand… that printed copy that began as a thought and blossomed into an adventure…

There are no words for that.

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April 25, 2014 · 7:10 pm

When Entranced Publishing closed it’s doors last month, I went through an array of emotions. To work on a book for over a year, lose sleep over edits and fantasize about seeing your words in the hands of readers only to have your dreams ripped away after three weeks of officially being published… well, you can imagine how I felt.

 

But this isn’t about how things at Entranced ended, this is about a new beginning.

 

Taming Darkness is back and it is better than ever. With the help of one extremely talented S.P. McConnell who designed, and illustrated a cover so beautiful I can’t even put it into words –and that’s coming from a writer– Taming Darkness has been resurrected and I could not be happier!

 

So without further ado feast your eyes on the new look of TAMING DARKNESS

 

Taming Darkness Cover Reveal

Isn’t it beautiful? I honestly could not be happier. The cover is filled with details and symbols of the story.

So I invite you to allow your eyes to wander, look around and see what you can find. I’ve gotten lost in this image, I hope you will to. Then when you are done, go add Taming Darkness to your TBR list on Goodreads!

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/21940449-taming-darkness

The book will be available for purchase in both digital AND print by the end of this month! We are just days away from holding this pretty book in our hands! (insert tear)

Love this cover and want to find out more about the brilliantly talented S.P. McConnell? Make sure to check out his website, and be prepared to be blown away by the worlds that he can create for you!

http://www.spmcconnell.com

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April 17, 2014 · 4:02 am

Cover Reveal: In Stone By: Louise D. Gornall

If you haven’t read In Stone yet by the cool kick-ass lovely Louise D. Gornall you are missing out! I’ll tell you a bit about the book in a minute, but first meet our fabulous author Louise:Louise

Louise is a graduate of Garstang Community Academy. She’s currently studying for a BA (Hons) in English language and literature with special emphasis on creative writing. YA aficionado. Brit bird. Film nerd. Identical twin. Junk food enthusiast. Rumored pink Power Ranger. Zombie apocalypse 2012 survivor, and avid collector of book boyfriends.

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And now for this read that made me laugh, tear up and flip those pages!!

Book blurb:

 

Beau Bailey is suffering from a post-break-up meltdown when she
happens across a knife in her local park and takes it home. Less than a week later, the new boy in school has her trapped in an alley; he’s sprouted horns and is going to kill Beau unless she hands over the knife.

Until Eighteenth-century gargoyle, Jack, shows up to save her.

Jack has woken from a century-long slumber to tell Beau that she’s unwittingly been drafted into a power struggle between two
immortal races: Demons and Gargoyles. The knife is the only one in existence capable of killing immortals and they’ll tear the world apart to get it back. To draw the warring immortals away from her home, Beau goes with Jack in search of the mind-bending realm known as the Underworld, a place where they’ll hopefully be able to destroy the knife and prevent all hell from breaking loose. That is, provided they can outrun the demons chasing them.

 

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Gorgeous, right?

Just like our girl Louise!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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April 16, 2014 · 10:41 pm

Cover Reveal! Tur & Elsker by S.T. Bende

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I can’t even tell you guys how long I have been waiting to read these books! And now Ull is back and he’s better than ever!

Book Info:

TUR
The Elsker Saga #0.5 
by ST Bende

Inga Andersson is the envy of every girl in Asgard. On the surface she has it all — great friends, a job as Odin’s personal fight choreographer, and a happy ever after with her realm’s hottest assassin. But when evil invades Asgard, her perfect world comes crashing down. Someone is planning to kill off the gods, and Inga’s best friend Ull is first on their list. With the Norse apocalypse a nanosecond away, Inga has to decide how she’ll spend her final moments of freedom. Because from the moment this battle begins, Inga’s happily ever after will be nothing more than a memory.

Some things are worth fighting for.

 

ELSKER
The Elsker Saga #1
by ST Bende

You don’t win the heart of an immortal assassin without making a few enemies along the way.

Kristia Tostenson prefers Earl Grey to Grey Goose and book clubs to nightclubs, but when she transfers from her one-stoplight town to Cardiff University in Wales she falls in love with Ull Myhr.  Her new boyfriend isn’t exactly what she was expecting.  He’s an honest to goodness Norse God – an immortal assassin fated to die at Ragnarok, the battle destined to destroy Asgard and Earth.  Kristia’s crazy visions are the only thing that can save their realms.  Her orderly life just got very messy.

Author Info:

 

Before finding domestic bliss in suburbia, ST Bende lived in Manhattan Beach (became overly fond of Peet’s Coffee) and Europe… where she became overly fond of the musical Cats. Her love of Scandinavian culture and a very patient Norwegian teacher inspired the ELSKER series. She hopes her characters make you smile and that one day pastries will be considered a health food.

You can follow ST Bende on Twitter @stbende, or send an e-mail to stbende@gmail.com.

Links:

http://stbende.blogspot.com/
https://www.facebook.com/pages/ST-Bende/102116099988944
https://twitter.com/stbende
https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6868809.S_T_Bende

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April 15, 2014 · 8:53 pm