DAWN OF THE VIE EBOOK 99 CENTS NOW!


Hey all! My publisher, Curiosity Quills Press is having a Winter Sale on all their books this month. Super cool, right?
My YA sci-fi/dystopian/horror, DAWN OF THE VIE is only 99 pennies RIGHT NOW. 

(The sale runs for today 12/11 & tomorrow 12/12. 😉 )

So if you’re still holiday shopping or need a fun read for yourself, grab a copy now!

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Summary: Since their Arrival, immortal alien Vie rule the planet. Enslaved humans are their servants, entertainment, and food. Anemies—humans with various types of anemia—are exterminated. Their nutritionally deficient blood is useless to the Vie.

Or so it’s thought…

Alex, an Elite Vie, is part scientist, part Raid Specialist, and part drug addict. He knows Anemie blood is valuable—as a drug. Rather than blindly carrying out his boss’s kill order, he spares a few Anemies, not only for study, but also for his own private stock.

The more Anemie blood Alex drinks, the more he slips into delusion, and the more his double life threatens to crumble. But quitting Anemie blood is not an option. There’s no rehab for his condition.

When Alex tastes Justin’s blood, his hallucinations bleed into reality…

Anemie Justin knows he’s living past his expiration date. It becomes a guarantee when he’s bitten by Alex during a raid and infected with the Vie’s toxin. Alex adds insult to injury by promising Justin a second chance—a cure if he agrees to be a lab rat. And a mule…of his own blood.

The only leverage Justin has is a stake and a serious lack of self-preservation.

GAME ON.

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For those of you looking for a YA short story anthology, look no further. The Alliance for YA Authors published a collection of 40 magical short stories and the Ebook is FREE on Amazon. Over 5000+ copies have been downloaded so far and it reached #1 in two categories!

My story, LEARNING TO FLY, is about a boy in Ming Dynasty China who discovers that he is a dragon. 🐲🐉🐲

Check it out HERE

(Also, the post before this one has info of all the authors.)


Description: Love YA paranormal, urban fantasy, science fiction and dystopian books? 

We’ve gathered a handful of thrilling stories from all of your favorite genres and put them together into an epic anthology of young adult fiction. Some of them are just the beginning of a unique adventure, while others are complete stories that will spark your imagination. 

With over 200,000 words (about three full-length novels) That Moment When will provide weeks of reading pleasure.

OUR THEME

Have you ever reached a moment in your life when everything changed? A crossroads of sorts… a point of no return. An event or realization so enormous you knew it would impact you forever in ways you couldn’t begin to understand? Discoveries so momentous they changed everything you thought you knew about the world, and yourself?

That Moment When is filled with exactly these kinds of moments. 

If you read the stories in this anthology, I guarantee you’ll find at least a few that thrill and excite you. Make sure to follow the authors if you want to read more – most of us have at least one free book on our sites.

The Alliance of YA Authors is a community of over 1000 young adult writers. Many of us are award-winning, bestselling authors; others are brilliant debut authors just starting out. We team up to make it easier for you to find your new favorite reads, with book giveaways, contests and joint book promotions.

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HAPPY HOLIDAYS, FRIENDS! ❤️

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.
Website:
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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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Berfday Prezzies For All!

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My birthday is this week, so I’m celebrating with all y’all by having some FREE days for my short story, TSAVO PRIDE. That’s right, Tsavo Pride can be yours for FREE. The promo runs from October 14 to October 16th.

Woot!

Tsavo Pride is a spin-off short story about the lions of Tsavo. In my story, these man-eating lions are shapeshifters, fighting for their land.

I hope you enjoy!!

Download on Amazon

Don’t have a Kindle? You don’t need one! Just download the free Kindle app and enjoy this quick read. Here’s the link.

 

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Description:

Rogue shapeshifters, Santamo and Legeny, believe they are kings blessed with the power to shift into lions. Using that strength, they brutally defend their land from the British building the Ugandan Railroad that threatens their way of life. On a particularly ruthless raid, Santamo meets his match—Naserian. He spares the girl’s life, a move that fractures his relationship with Legeny and blurs his visions of cleansing his territory of invaders.

While the pile of bones in Santamo and Legeny’s cave grows, so does Santamo’s attraction to Naserian. When she challenges him to give up his murderous ways, will Santamo stay on the path of death he believes is his duty, or will he choose Naserian, and love?

SHIFTING PRIDE PAPERBACK IS HERE!

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Hey gang!

I’m super stoked to share good news with ya’s!

SHIFTING PRIDE is now available in PAPERBACK!!! WOOT!!!!

Can’t wait to hold my debut YA novel in my hands. My fingers be twitchin’!

***SQUEE!***

Tell me friends, what’s it like when you hold your book baby in your hands? 😉

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****To celebrate, I’ve decided to GIVE a PDF copy of my spin off short story, TSAVO PRIDE, to every person who purchases a copy of Shifting Pride (ecopy or paperback)!****

Send proof of purchase to: laurabdiamond@yahoo.com 😉

Please spread the word–It’s MUCH APPRECIATED!

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Come back on SATURDAY, May 25 when I help Heather Van Fleet celebrate the release of her latest YA contemp romance, When It’s Least Expected! 😉

TSAVO PRIDE BLOG BLITZ–Going Full On Indie ;)

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HI GANG!

I’m soooooo excited to share my new short story, TSAVO PRIDE. It’s a spin off based on the man-eating lions of Tsavo, so it has a decidedly horroresque bent. For those of you who read Shifting Pride, you know that the lions of Tsavo made a cameo appearance. Now, they have their own story.

Here’s a teaser trailer on YouTube:

Blurb:

Rogue shapeshifters, Santamo and Legeny, believe they are kings blessed with the power to shift into lions. Using that strength, they brutally defend their land from the British building the Ugandan Railroad that threatens their way of life. On a particularly ruthless raid, Santamo meets his match—Naserian. He spares the girl’s life, a move that fractures his relationship with Legeny and blurs his visions of cleansing his territory of invaders.

While the pile of bones in Santamo and Legeny’s cave grows, so does Santamo’s attraction to Naserian. When she challenges him to give up his murderous ways, will Santamo stay on the path of death he believes is his duty, or will he choose Naserian, and love?

TSAVO PRIDE is NOW AVAILABLE via Amazon for $0.99! Amazon Prime members can borrow it for free. 😉

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Several blogging buds are helping me spread the word, so I’d like to thank them by linking to their sites. Feel free to check ’em out.

Do check out Danielle Fine’s website. She designed the cover and edited Tsavo Pride. Thanks, Danielle!

I have a special interview post on Gareth Young’s blog. It was a lot of fun to put together, so head on over to learn more about me and my writing. 😉

Links to my blogging buds:

Karen Y Bynum

Lydia Y Kang

MPax

VB Tremper 

Ally Shields

Dani Lyn Alexander

Theresa McClinton

PT Dilloway

LM Preston

Lynn Rush

Lacey Wolfe

Elizabeth Arroyo

Catherine Cavendish

Ellie Garratt

Catherine Johnson

As a final send off, this Wednesday is another edition of the Indie Life. I’d just like to point out that I would have never attempted to self publish anything if it weren’t for this fabulous group of authors. They took the plunge into the deep, vast waters of publishing and have steered their own course to success. Thanks for being an inspiration! 😉

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What is Indie Life?
How: Sign up on the Linky at the bottom of this page
When: Post on the second Wednesday of the month (starting 1/9/2013)
What: Write anything indie related: something that will inspire or help a fellow indie; something that celebrates a release or a milestone; something that talks about the ups and downs, joys and heartaches of Being Indie.
Grab: The banner above to include in your posts!

Because being Indie doesn’t have to mean going it alone.

Horror Author Catherine Cavendish Guests

My pub sista at Etopia Press, Catherine Cavendish, is guest posting today about Paranormal Horror. This lady is an EXPERT, for realz. I dig Catherine’s work and this post captures her style of horror perfectly. Before you start reading, make sure no one is sneaking up on you. 😉

Take it away, Catherine!

Paranormal Horror – It’s All In The Mind 

Well, OK, not always. It just depends on your particular preference in this broad school of a genre.

Years ago, you never heard the term, ‘paranormal horror’, it was just, simply, Horror. Generations of teens dived under bedclothes, scaring themselves sleepless with Dennis Wheatley and the Hammer Horror Omnibus. Frankenstein’s monster lumbered over the landscape. Dracula sank his fangs into unsuspecting maidens.  And as for The Mummy –  well, you couldn’t keep him in his tomb for long. Horror was scary, and when it came to the big screen, there was lots of screaming and Fay Wray wriggling her legs frantically, as she struggled in King Kong’s masterful embrace.

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Nowadays, horror has diversified into many sub-genres – from the ‘slasher’ (Nightmare on Elm Street, Friday 13th) to the ‘found footage’ shock-fests (Blair Witch Project, Paranormal Activity) and a host of others in between. If you enjoy being scared, then you’re bound to find something to suit your mood and desire – from the wholly explicit to the subtly disturbing and, with writers such as Stephen King, a heady mixture of the whole spectrum.

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My preference is to write the kind of story that creeps up behind you, taps you on the shoulder and breathes in your ear (when there’s nobody but you in the room). I don’t want to place a bloodbath in front of you, I want your imagination to run riot, your heart to beat a shade faster and your knees to knock a little as you start up that dark staircase. Alone. In an empty house. Where there should be no sound, except that of your own breathing. In. Out. In. Out….

Crash!!!

What the hell was that?

You grab the banister. A shadow flies past you. A ghost?

You flatten yourself against the wall, struggling to breathe. Your heart thumps painfully in your chest. In the distance you hear a plaintive wail. Like the cry of a lost child.

Only there’s no child in this house…

There’s just you, remember?

You – and Jemima, your Siamese cat who has just knocked the books off the shelf at the top of the stairs and is loudly protesting that you’re late feeding her.

Sigh of relief. That’ll teach you to read a Paranormal Horror story at night. On your own, with most of the lights switched off and a hungry cat to feed. She’s waiting for you now, downstairs in the kitchen.

You turn around and proceed down the stairs. Your heart rate slows to normal. Your breathing settles down.

And in the darkness behind you, a pair of red eyes blink.

Don’t have nightmares – but I hope you’ll enjoy my latest paranormal horror. This one is a ghostly tale called The Second Wife and here’s the blurb:

Emily Marchant died on Valentine’s Day. If only she’d stayed dead…

When Chrissie Marchant first sets eyes on Barton Grove, she feels as if the house doesn’t want her. But it’s her new husband’s home, so now it’s her home as well. Sumptuous and exquisitely appointed, the house is filled with treasures that had belonged to Joe’s first wife, the perfect Emily, whom the villagers still consider the real mistress of Barton Grove.

A stunning photograph of the first Mrs. Marchant hangs in the living room, an unblemished rose in her hand. There’s something unnerving and impossibly alive about that portrait, but it’s not the only piece of Emily still in the house. And as Chrissie’s marriage unravels around her, she learns that Emily never intended for Joe to take a second wife…

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The Second Wife is available now from:

Amazon.com

Amazon.ca  

Amazon.co.uk

Barnes and Noble

Kobo 

You can find Cat here:

www.catherinecavendish.com

http://www.facebook.com/CatherineCavendish

www.goodreads.com as Catherine Cavendish

http://twitter.com/#!/cat_cavendish

Mental Health Monday–Periodic Reassessment

Anachron Press is hosting a pre-order special to the first 50 folks who pre-order the URBAN OCCULT anthology. Pre-order now and get a copy of Day of Demons for FREE! My story, City of Lights and Stone is in the Day of Demons anthology. 😉

Here are the deets:

Urban Occult Limited Pre-Order

Limited to 50.

Behind urban life, weird and horrific things fester. 

The whispers and chills of things long gone… the promise of power from the darkness… the seduction of those that lie in the shadows… the occult is all around us: in town houses, in mansions, and in your very own street.

Editor Colin F. Barnes collected together fifteen stories by a cast of critically acclaimed authors from around the globe who look into the stygian gloom, explore the dark corners of our houses, and peer into the abyss of human temptation.

Featuring stories by: Gary McMahon, Ren Warom, Gary Fry, Mark West, K.T. Davies, Nerine Dorman, Alan Baxter, Adam Millard, Julie Travis, Jason Andrew, James Brogden, A.A Garrison, Jennifer Williams, Sarah Anne Langton, and Chris Barnham.

Special Pre-Order Edition Limited to 50.

This pre-order edition means you will get the book at least a week to two weeks ahead of general release and:

A FREE ebook version (for any eReader)

and A FREE ebook of Day of Demons. (eBooks will be emailed to you on the 4th of March).

Just £9.99 (+£2.99 shipping anywhere in the world).

Pre-Order here: http://www.anachronpress.com/product/anthologies/urban-occult-limited-pre-order/

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Time is money and us spread-too-thin multi-taskers have to spend it wisely.

For me, I spend around 50 hours a week doing day job stuff, and sometimes work weekends (those 12 day stretches really exhaust me!).

That leaves nights and weekends for writerly stuff. Encompassed in that time is blogging, visiting blogs, social media-ing, marketing, reading, reviewing, critting, writing, and editing. I tend to reserve reading and critting for weeknight stuff and writing and blogging for weekends, when I’m fresher.

Note the placement of each item.

It’s quite scary that writing and editing are last.

I’m a writer who writes after everything else is done. Shouldn’t that be the other way around?

Gosh, admitting this makes me sad.

When I first started writing, that’s where most of my time went. Sure, I’d spend some time on forums (like QueryTracker), but for the most part, my brain was hyperfocused on writing and that’s what I did.

With time came critting.

Then I started this blog.

Then I joined Facebook and Twitter.

Marketing came after New Pride and Shifting Pride were published.

With each added item, writing got shoved further down the list.

I’ve been feeling the pain about this for a while, but now it’s time to admit I need to do something.

I need to reassess where I’m at.

My goal is to incorporate more writing and editing into my routine. I will continue blogging, but may do only two posts a week. There will be the odd week with the same M-W-F routine, based on previously scheduled posts. 😉

I’m getting back to basics.

What about you guys? Do you engage in periodic reassessment? What have you learned by checking in with your routine every so often?

Flake-out Friday–February First

That’s one heck of an alliteration in the title there, eh? I couldn’t resist.

Anyway, I’m commenting on it being February solely because I can’t believe how fast January has gone by. I mean, seriously, wasn’t it just Christmas, like, five minutes ago? (Yes, I said that in a Valley Girl voice.)

At the beginning of the month, all the insulation in the attic had been removed (it was vermiculite–a substance often contaminated with asbestos) and I was freezing. Let me say that again. FREEZING.

Four weeks later, the entire house is fully insulated (walls and attic), and now I’m sweltering. YES. SWELTERING.

LOL!

Construction continues as a crew works to re-side the house. It’s hard to see maybe in these pics, but here’s the work in progress:

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The circular holes are where the insulation was blown in.

This area has been fully sided.

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I had the choice of like 30 siding colors. Because the house is Greek Revival, I fully intended on keeping the white. When I informed the fella directing the project of my plan, he was like, “Well, keep the samples, think about it for a few days. You could have different colors for the soffets, corners, molding…it’s all up to you. There’s lots to choose from.”

I chose white. For everything. (The shutters, when fixed, will still be black.)

siding in progressWhat I like most is how the siding really keeps to the style of the house.

Although, I’ll prolly have to replace all the windows next. They look kind of…old, LOL!

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As for writing, I’m editing my short story, TSAVO PRIDE. I have a trailer and a cover–WOOT!–so hopefully things will be in line for an early spring release. I hope you guys like it. It’s horror, which is different from NEW PRIDE and SHIFTING PRIDE, but it’s based on some folklore in SHIFTING PRIDE. 😉

I’m also slowly drafting the sequel, FRACTURED PRIDE. It’s gonna be good, folks, I pwommiss.

How was January for youse guys? What’re your plans for February? Whose gonna see WARM BODIES? And what about BEAUTIFUL CREATURES??? 😉

Janiera Eldridge Reveals the Cover of GOOD GHOST GONE BAD

Author Janiera Eldridge has come up with a scary tale and today, I get to help share in the cover reveal event! Congrats, Janiera, and best of luck!

Here’s the info:

Title: Good Ghost Gone Bad

Author: Janiera Eldridge (Check out her other books on Amazon)

Synopsis: Brianna Moreno was an average 22 year old women who loved shopping, hanging out with her friends and making more career plans….until the night she was brutally and unexpectedly murdered.

Now she finds herself trapped in the ghost world while residing on earth. The problem is, her killer can see all of his ghostly victims and enjoys taunting them as much as he does killing them.Brianna soon finds out that her killer has horrible new plans concerning her family.

Brianna meets up with a few of her killers past victims to hatch a plan so terrifying, the entire town will never be the same again.

Brianna is a good ghost gone bad, the good girl side is gone forever!

*This book is not a YA read. 18+ only for sex, strong language and strong violence.

 

Add it to your TBR list: Goodreads 

Cover Artist: Janiera Eldridge

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Flake-out Friday–Interview with Colin F. Barnes, Owner of Anachron Press

Hey gang!

On Tuesday, I got to share some fun info on Colin’s cyberpunk/horror/exorcistesque novel, THE TECHXORCIST. Today, Colin himself is here to answer questions on how he took the plunge into publishing.

HE STARTED HIS OWN PUBLISHING COMPANY, FOLKS! I’m incredibly impressed with Colin, his drive, and his work.

Let’s give him a warm welcome!

Hi Colin!

I’ve been so impressed by how you’ve put together your publishing business. How did Anachron Press come to be?

Thank you for the kind words, Laura. Anachron Press come about as a means to publish an anthology of stories known as ‘City of Hell Chronicles’. It was a combined project between me and 7 of my writer friends. As it came together it made sense to create a publishing name to put it out, and then I got the bug and carried on with other titles.

How did you come to be involved in publishing?

I’ve been a writer for about 15 years on and off, and between those times I’ve had a number of businesses and took a number of publishing courses, and with publishing City of Hell Chronicles it seemed like something I’d enjoy doing.

What made you choose to open your own press?

Probably a bit of ego and a sense of adventure. I’ve got nothing against traditional publishing houses or other small presses and I still submit my work to them, but there’s a different range of skills needed for publishing, and I wanted to make my work and bring great fiction to the world.

I can’t imagine the learning curve necessary to develop all the skills required to run a press—taking submissions, developing ideas, editing, developing cover art, formatting, marketing, etc. What’s been the most challenging part?

Apart from scheduling and organising the work, I think the hardest part is marketing. Getting noticed amongst the thousands of other small presses (and larger presses) is very difficult without spending a lot of money. So at the moment it’s a case of taking baby steps and slowly increasing my catalogue and hopefully fan-base.

I was first introduced to your work when City of Hell came out. I particularly love how all the stories in that anthology follow the same theme. Each writer brings their own flare and each story builds on the central idea. It was really fascinating seeing how all the pieces went together. Where did the idea come from?

I’ve always been off H.P Lovecraft and his Cthulhu mythos. I love how it’s grown in size as other authors have written in that world, adding to it their stories, and I wanted to do something similar. I wanted to have my own pantheon of gods and myths to feature in stories. I have many more plans for the City of Hell Chronicles world and will hopefully be seeing more titles in that universe in 2013.

Your cover art is FAB! I know you work with an artist—how does the creative process go for you guys?

It’s true I have a couple of artists I work with. In the main I do the covers myself, but some of them are collaborative. I studied Graphic Design at college so this is an area I really enjoy working in. If I’m not doing the cover myself, then the process is I usually come up with the layout, the typography and the art-style, then I’ll go to one of my artists to create an image for the illustration if I can’t find something suitable from a stock photo library.

You are developing a new Pulp Line of fiction. What do you like about Pulp Fiction? How can people get involved?

Pulp fiction is all about fun. It’s that simple. It’s silly over-the-top stories with larger-than-life characters going on adventures or investigating dangerous criminals. It’s the stuff I read as a kid and still love today, and that’s what I’m doing it now; I want to bring it back and give pulp stories a new platform so that readers new to it can discover it and have as much fun as I’ve had reading it. People can get involved in two ways:

1. Buy the books! 🙂

2. Submit a story. Full details are here: http://www.anachronpress.com/open-submissions-for-pulp-line/

You’ve done some excellent work, Colin. I’m a forever fan, always looking forward to the next piece of work you pub. Thanks for stopping by!

Thank you Laura, your support is much appreciated, and I hope to continue publishing stories that you enjoy reading. And thanks for having me on your blog again.

Remember to check out Colin’s newest work, The Techxorcist. I know I am! Click here to go to Anachron Press!