LORE is here!

A few months ago, six YA/NA authors pooled their brains together in a pensieve-like bowl and developed an anthology idea. We six feverishly penned our modern retellings of myth and folklore and now it’s available for your reading pleasure!

I’m SO excited to be a part of this. The authors I worked with are SERIOUSLY talented. I admit, I spent a fair amount of time fangirling over these lovely ladies and the words they so beautifully wove onto the page.

My story, SUNSET MOON, features Eloise, a Native American teen struggling to find herself in the mess of a life she’s living. I hope you enjoy her journey.

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LORE: TALES OF MYTH AND LEGEND RETOLD

A collection of six folklore retellings that will twist your mind and claim your heart.

SHIMMER by Brinda Berry: A heartbroken boy rescues a mermaid… but is it too late to save her?

BETWEEN, by Karen Y. Bynum, is about a girl, a genie, and a ton of bad decisions.

SUNSET MOON by ME: Eloise doesn’t believe in Native American magic–until the dreamcatcher spiders spin her down an unknown path.

THE MAKER by Jayne A. Knolls: An incapacitated young man bent on revenge builds a creature to do it for him.

A BEAUTIFUL MOURNING by Theresa DaLayne: The story of a Maya goddess torn between duty and love, and the ultimate sacrifice she must make to achieve true happiness.

THE BARRICADES by Cate Dean: When a human girl risks everything to save the life of an Eternal prince, will their feelings for each other change the world they know, or tear it apart?

Cover art by Lisa Amowitz.

LORE on Goodreads

LORE on Amazon

I’d like to give a BIG THANK YOU to all of those who already purchased LORE. The anthology ranked on THREE categories on Amazon and got up to #28 on Anthologies! WOOT!!!

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New Adult Fantasy: By Force by Sara Hubbard

Hey gang! Are you all recovered from Meeting 2014? I’m in the midst of a 40 hour snow storm and a foot of snow. EEP! Anywho, I’m super stoked to share pub sista, Sara Hubbard’s NEW RELEASE.

Congrats, Sara! Can’t wait to read it!

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Title: By Force (Forever Fae I)

Genre: NA Fantasy

ISBN: 978-1-940223-78-0

Excerpt:

We stared at each other for what seemed like an eternity, though it was probably mere seconds. His ice-cold stare made me forget to breathe. I swallowed hard as his face inched closer to mine, and his stale breath on my skin made the hairs on my head prick up. Strands of his hair fell from his braids and lightly tickled my neck and face. I closed my eyes, preparing myself for what he would do next.

Blurb:

Kidnapping Isame would set them free…

Isame wanted freedom: the freedom to travel, the freedom to explore, but most of all, the freedom to choose the life she wanted over the life—and the husband—her parents had chosen for her. But when Isame leaves home to accept another man’s proposal, she happens across five fierce, handsome warriors. She wonders why they’ve travelled so far from home, but she never imagines their purpose might have something to do with her. Not even after they kidnap her.

Remmie is a man of honor and fierce loyalty. So when his king commands him to find a specific young woman on the island of Copaxa, he’s prepared to obey. But he’s not prepared for the woman to change everything. Isame is special. He can see it from the start. But how can one puny woman make him question everything he’s always known, including the rightness of doing what he’s promised?

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Where to find By Force:

Amazon  |  Kobo  | All Romance  | B&N

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About the author:

Sara Hubbard is the author of romantic novels for both young adults and adults. Her debut novel BLOOD, SHE READ released fall 2012 and was a NEORWA Cleveland Rocks winner and a RCRW Duel on the Delta finalist. Sara lives in Nova Scotia, Canada with her two children (four if you count her husband and her needy labradoodle) and works as a registered nurse with the military.

 

Find out more about Sara and her books here:

http://www.sara-hubbard.com

http://twitter.com/SaraLouHubbard

http://pinterest.com/saralouhubbard

http://www.facebook.com/sarahubbardauthor

By Force by Sara Hubbard

My Etopia Press pub sista, Sara Hubbard, has a new release coming soon and today I get to share the cover–it’s sooooo pretty! Congrats, Sara!

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Getting kidnapped would set her free…

Isame doesn’t want to marry the man her parents chose for her. She wants more: the freedom to travel, the freedom to explore, but most of all, the freedom to choose the life she wants instead of the one her parents expect. When Isame leaves her home to accept a man’s proposal, she encounters five fierce, handsome warriors. She wonders why they’ve travelled so far from home. She never imagines their purpose might have something to do with her, not even after they’ve kidnapped her.

Remmie is a fiercely loyal man who is true to his word. When his king commands him to find a young woman on the island of Copaxa, he doesn’t expect the puny woman to hold his attention or to make him consider turning his back on his brothers in arms and his king. But Isame is special and he can see it from the start. Soon he must decide if she is worth losing all he knows and loves for the girl that’s worked her way under his skin and into his heart.

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Coming January 3, 2014.

Add to Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18306385-by-force

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About Sara Hubbard:

Sara Hubbard is the author of young adult books. Her debut novel BLOOD, SHE READ released fall 2012 and was a NEORWA Cleveland Rocks winner and a RCRW Duel on the Delta finalist.

Sara lives in Nova Scotia, Canada with her two children (four if you count her husband and her needy labradoodle) and works as a registered nurse with the military.

Find more about Sara and her books here:

http://www.facebook.com/sarahubbardauthor

http://twitter.com/SaraLouHubbard

http://www.pinterest.com/saralouhubbard

http://www.sara-hubbard.com

The Vanished Knight by M. Gerrick

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Welcome, Misha! Congrats on your new release. Sounds like a FAB story and I can’t wait to read it. 

 

Let’s jump right in to the interview, shall we? When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?

It was never a thing of wanting to be a writer for me. I just wanted to write a story, after creating stories since before I could read. And then when I realized I was good at it, I wanted to publish the stories. So being a writer has pretty much was part of who I was from the beginning.

Sounds like you’re a natural. Tell us about how you developed your goal of making $7500 a month in royalties.

You’re going to laugh, but the $7500 goal is actually completely random. It was going to be $700 to rival my day-job salary, but then I thought it was uneven. So I wanted to change it to $1000, but it looked too easy. So I kept going up and up until the goal scared the crap out of me, and that’s where I stopped. 

I gave myself five years in which to do it, because I didn’t want the goal to be a long-term thing that I’d get to one day. 

Best of luck with that! I’ve got my fingers crossed for you. Switching gears a little bit: What would you say is your most interesting writing quirk?

I always rough draft in pen. And the pen must always be v-tipped with black ink. Nowadays I have a fountain pen that I used only for my writing activities. 

Writing by hand is a great technique. I’m a lefty and tend to get ink all over my hand, lol! Do you have a routine that you use to get into the right frame of mind to write?

Not really. I pretty much put on one of my playlists that I create for each WiP I write, open a note-book or document and get going.

Playlists are super important! Where do you get your ideas or inspiration for your characters?

Wish I could tell you. Usually I either have a character appear in my head, or I dream (literally) a concept/character/scene. This basically tells me it’s my subconscious putting stuff together, but only rarely can I tell you exactly where the stuff comes from. 

A few things I do recognize: Chronicles of Narnia, Assassin’s Creed, a Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’hoole poster and Doc Holiday from the movie Tombstone.

But those are for The Vanished Knight and three WiPs. I have about seventeen more ideas where I literally have no clue.  

Loved Chronicles of Narnia. Any other books that have most influenced your life?

Definitely the Bible. Other books have had an influence on my life, but I can’t really say how.

Awesome!

Ok, another subject change: What do you think makes a good story?

Ooh… tricky… Great characterization, high stakes and a satisfying ending. 

How did you come up for the idea for your book?

I was reading Chronicles of Narnia a second time ahead of (I think) Prince Caspian coming out in the movies. One of my main characters marched into my head and demanded I write the story. Gradually, the idea unfolded and I realized that it’d turn into a series. But that’s how The Vanished Knight was born.

Characters can be pretty persistent! What tip would you give writers who want to get published?

If you know your story is good, don’t give up on finding a home for it. All the rejections you get only means that the person you queried wasn’t right for your book. 

 

Fun random questions: 

What’s your favorite holiday?

Christmas. It’s when my family comes together for about a week.

What’s your favorite food?

It changes from time to time. At the moment it’s haloumi with a sweet chilli sauce to mellow the saltiness.

What’s your favorite animal?

Can’t really say I have one. Wolves, probably, but I also adore dogs and cats. 

Coffee or tea?

Rooibos tea. Can’t stand the normal stuff.

Cake or pie?

Cake. Hands down. 

I really like frosting, lol!

Well, I’ve had a blast chatting with you today, Misha. Thanks again for stopping by and best of luck with your book!

 

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Blurb

Since the death of her parents, Callan Blair has been shunted from one foster family to another, her dangerous secret forcing the move each time. Her latest foster family quickly ships her off to an exclusive boarding school in the Cumbrian countryside. While her foster-brother James makes it his mission to get Callan expelled, a nearby ancient castle holds the secret doorway to another land…

When Callan is forced through the doorway, she finds herself in the magical continent of Tardith, where she’s shocked to learn her schoolmates Gawain and Darrion are respected soldiers in service to the king of Nordaine, one of Tardith’s realms. More than that, the two are potential heirs to the Black Knight—Nordaine’s crown prince.

But when the Black Knight fails to return from a mysterious trip, the realm teeters on the brink of war. Darrion and Gawain set out to find him, while Callan discovers there is more to her family history than she thought. The elves are claiming she is their princess.

Now with Darrion growing ever more antagonistic and her friendship with Gawain blossoming, Callan must decide whether to stay in Nordaine—where her secret grows ever more threatening—or go to the elves and uncover the truth about her family before war sets the realms afire.

 

Bio

M. Gerrick (AKA Misha Gericke) has basically created stories since before she could write. Many of those stories grew up with her and can be seen in her current projects.

She lives close to Cape Town, with a view over False Bay and Table Mountain.

If you’d like to contact her, feel free to mail her at warofsixcrowns(AT)gmail(DOT)com, Circle her on Google Plus or follow her on Twitter. If you’d like to see her writer-side (beware, it’s pretty insane), please feel free to check out her blog.

Vision by Lisa Amowitz

My pub sista, Lisa Amowitz, has a new book coming from Spencer Hill Press and I’m super stoked to share the cover. Ain’t it awesome?

Congrats, Lisa!!!

 

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Vision blurb:

The light is darker than you think…
When seventeen-year-old Bobby Pendell begins to have blinding migraines followed by frightening hallucinations, he fears there’s something wrong with him. Then murder rocks his sleepy town and the visions that put him on trail of a killer—also make him the prime suspect.
Lisa Amowitz
Author bio:
Lisa Amowitz was born in Queens and raised in the wilds of Long Island, New York where she climbed trees, thought small creatures lived under rocks and studied ant hills. And drew. A lot. She is a professor of Graphic Design at her beloved Bronx Community College where she has been tormenting and cajoling students for nearly seventeen years. She started writing eight years ago because she wanted something to illustrate, but somehow, instead ended up writing YA. Probably because her mind is too dark and twisted for small children. Lisa is represented by Shannon Hassan of Marsal-Lyon Literary Agency. shannon@marsallyonliteraryagency.com
BREAKING GLASS, released in July, 2013 from Spencer Hill Press, is her first published work. VISION, the first of the Finder series will be released in 2014.
Lisa Amowitz is available for guest appearances, Skype visits, school visits, libraries & interviews. Please contact her for scheduling.
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PS–I wanted to give a BIG THANKS to all the folks who downloaded Tsavo Pride during the free promo days. It made it to #15 in young adult horror! Woot!

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Mary Waibel’s Quest of the Hart

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I’m so stoked to share Mary Waibel’s debut novel, Quest of the Hart (MuseItUp Publishing)! Mary has put together a character interview for us to get to know Grizzelda and Sabrina. Take it away ladies! 😉

(See below for trailers and buy links.)

 

Me: I’ve made my way to the Stygian Swamp, home to Grizzelda, the witch, and her daughter Sabrina. (Sabrina steps outside with a basket slung over her arm.) Sabrina! Do you have a few minutes to talk?

Sabrina: As long as I can keep working while we talk.

Me: Wonderful. So, what are you doing?

S: (She cuts some flowers from the garden and lays them in the basket.) Gathering plants for making potions and spells.

(The door to the cottage opens and an old woman shuffles out.)

Grizzelda: I apologize for my daughter’s lack of hospitality. Please, come in and enjoy a cup of tea with us.

Me: Thank you, but I need to get back to the castle soon. And, Sabrina was fine; I was enjoying the beauty of your garden.

G: What brings you to our home?

Me: I was wandering, looking for people to talk to about Prince Devlin and Princess Kaylee.

S: Ah, the pretty, girly-girl. (She rolls her eyes.)  Prince Devlin could do so much better than that weakling. He needs a strong woman at his side, not someone who looks like they need protecting from their own shadow.

G: Sabrina! You know better than to judge people by their looks. Princess Kaylee is much stronger than you give her credit for. Just you wait.

S: (She snorts.) I’ll believe that when I see it. Are you certain you don’t want some tea?

Me: Unfortunately I have some other people I need to see. Maybe another time?

G: Time is the key. Time and love. Yes, that is the answer.

S: But what was the question?

G: You will know when the princess comes.

Me: And we’ll know when we read Quest of the Hart!

What fun! Looking forward to reading Quest of the Hart, Mary–CONGRATS!!!

 

Author Photo- Mary Waibel

Mary lives with her husband, son and two cats. When she isn’t twisting fairytales, she enjoys reading, playing games, watching hockey, and camping. Her debut novel, Quest of the Hart, will be available from MuseItUp Publishing April 19, 2013. The Lost Princess, a companion novel, will be available from MuseItUp Publishing in August 2013

You can find Mary Waibel at:

http://marywaibel.blogspot.com

https://www.facebook.com/authormarywaibel

@mewtweety14 (twitter)

 

Buy Link (Quest):

https://museituppublishing.com/bookstore2/index.php?page=shop.product_details&flypage=flypage.tpl&product_id=620&category_id=6&manufacturer_id=292&option=com_virtuemart&Itemid=1

Book Trailers (Quest):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r5SvEAbFQtE

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3d-ohY2CEVo

Writing Wednesday–Fandom

I’ve been happily and humbly surprised by the extraordinary outpouring of support my co-workers have shown me for the release of my short story, City of Lights and Stone, in the Day of Demons Anthology by Anachron Press.

I even got a picture of my first fan, Tiffany. (I signed my first autograph for her.) SO exciting!

Tiffany keeps me organized in work. And we’re both Libras (holla!).

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Here’s Joey and me. Joey’s a psychology student and an incredible storyteller.

About City of Lights and Stone: “Devils and demons are all about making deals. On the streets of Paris a man called Hector must complete a seemingly impossible task or face never-ending damnation.” ~ From theeloquentpage.co.uk