Immortal Aliens Book One: Dawn of the Vie, a YA Scifi Dystopian

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A ginormous THANKS to all who participated in Dawn of the Vie’s launch earlier this month! Over 120 bloggers helped spread the word with the cover reveal and blog blitz. Beyond awesome. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

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The Goodreads giveaway for a copy of Dawn of the Vie is still going on. You have until 11:59pm on October 31, 2016 to enter! Click HERE to enter. Good luck!

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Here’s what early reviewers are saying:

“An interesting, fast paced and new idea!” Amazon reviewer

“What a wild ride!” Goodreads reviewer

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The paperback is now available in addition to the Ebook. I’ve included links to Amazon and B&N below…

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Remember, reviews are crucial for authors. If you’ve read Dawn of the Vie, PLEASE consider leaving an honest review on the links above. It only has to be a couple of sentences, but it makes a HUGE difference. Thanks!

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If you’re in the upstate New York area, I’ll be attending the Glens Falls Chronicle Book Fair on Sunday, November 6. I’ll have copies of The Zodiac Collector (now SOLD OUT at B&N in Albany, NY), as well as Under My Skin AND Dawn of the Vie will be making its debut! Hope to see you there! 🙂

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Book Two of the Immortal Aliens duology, Blood Rush, is almost ready. It’s due for release Spring 2017. I can’t wait to share the conclusion of Alex, Justin, and Cara’s story with you. It’s EPIC, I promise. 😉

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As an aside, my dragon story, LEARNING TO FLY, will be hitting the virtual shelves as part of a multi-book anthology. I’ll keep you updated on social media regarding purchase links, publication info, and cover pics.

Here’s a short blurb about the story:

In Ming Dynasty China, fifteen-year-old Jung discovers the nightmares cursing him are really the dreams of the slumbering dragon within. Waking the beast may free him, but taking flight means he’ll have to give up all he’s ever known and loved.

X5 Author Diana Stager Talks Deja Vu, Destiny, and Dreams AND Author Amie Borst Shares the Cover for Cinderskella

Please welcome author Diana Stager to the blog today. She talks about the inspiration behind her novel, X5 (Lucid Dreamers, FTW!)

Then, keep reading below for information about her book, a link to a Rafflecopter giveaway, and an excerpt!

THEN, scroll down to see the FANTABULOUS cover for Amie & Bethanie Borst’s CINDERSKELLA!!!! (I’ve been waiting a long time to see this one in print–CONGRATS, Amie and Bethanie!)

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Déjà vu, Destiny, and Dreams

So what inspired me to write a book about kids who have precognitive dreams? I’m sure you’re all familiar with the feeling of déjà vu, like you’ve been in exactly the same place doing the same thing some time before. Whenever this happens to me, I feel as though I’m remembering a dream. What if I really had dreamed about those things? And what if I had remembered the dreams afterward? Would I be able to do anything about it?

Visions of the future could be complicated though. If you have such a vision, does that mean that it’s destined to happen, or would you be able to change things? Free will and the right to choose our own path are fundamental ideas in Western society. The antagonists in my book have taken these freedoms away from the kids who have the visions, but my hero and heroine, Travis and Tara, are trying to get it back. They want to take control of their destiny, and they can only hope that their visions are the key to their survival.

I thought it was cool to see the title of this blog! “Author Laura Diamond – Lucid Dreamer” The hero of my book, Travis, discovers that part of his gift is the ability to perform lucid dreaming. The idea behind lucid dreaming is that you can be in conscious control of your dreams while they happen. Theoretically speaking, anyone can do it. I’ve never been able to, though it would be awesome if I could, because it would be an opportunity to do things you might not get the chance to try in your waking life. For Travis, it becomes even more important because he can manipulate his visions to see more than what he normally would. In X5 he doesn’t get the chance to really explore this facet of his gift, but it will become vital in the sequel.

In the end, I had a number of sources of inspiration for this book, all interlinked, and it formed the right combination for my idea. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it!

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X5 by Diana Stager

Blurb

Being a socially awkward geek with anger management issues has made Travis Armstrong an outcast, but on top of that, he has visions of the future. Not that he can tell anyone, except in an anonymous online forum. When he takes a chance and meets with another group member, he winds up at The Bunker, where everyone is like him, and where, finally, he feels like he belongs.

Tara Gage has been at The Bunker since she was thirteen years old. Even among the residents there, she’s unique, and her special talents lead her to discover that The Bunker is not the safe haven it seems to be. She’s determined to escape and get back to her family.

When they each have visions of the other’s death, Travis and Tara know they have to run. With their captors desperate to get them back, they must rely on each other to get away before their visions become reality.

 

 

Excerpt

My foot jiggled in time to the song running through my head as I waited for my turn at the polygraphs. Travis was nowhere to be seen, and I was glad of that. Or that’s what I told myself whenever I became aware of my disappointment at not seeing him. He drove me crazy, and really didn’t seem at all exceptional, but a growing part of me didn’t care about that, and just longed to be near him. Disgusted with myself, I tried to think of something else.

My thoughts were cut short when Travis and Mike entered the hallway, both looking upset about something. Their friendship puzzled me. I know Mike was trying to prod Travis into being more of a leader than a loner, but as far as I was concerned, it wasn’t working. He was too introverted, too willing to follow along with what the rest of us were doing, or else go off by himself. Both of them sent anxious glances my way, setting me on edge, and just as I stood to go talk to them, the attendant called my name. Casting a last look their way, I turned and entered the polygraph room.

I tried to get through it as quickly as I could so I could find out why Mike had looked so worried. Of course, because I was in a hurry, things took twice as long as normal, and every second wasted irritated the crap out of me. By the time I returned to the hall, Mike was nowhere to be seen, and Travis was pacing back and forth. It seemed I had no choice but to talk to him.

Taking huge strides, I made it to Travis’s side quickly and tapped him on the shoulder. When he turned, I hesitated for just a moment when my eyes locked with his, my stomach fluttering. Pull it together, Tara! I took a breath and then said, “What’s up with Mike?”

Travis’s eyes darted around and he turned to look over each shoulder before giving me a weird look. “Not much,” he said finally, though he seemed to be trying to communicate something with his eyes. I frowned, and watched as his eyes widened, then darted to the side, his eyebrows lifting and then drawing together. What the hell? I shrugged and shook my head. Whatever he was trying to tell me wasn’t coming across at all. He sighed and opened his mouth to say something else when something behind me caught his attention.

Turning, I saw a couple of armed security guards rushing into the polygraph room Mike had gone in. Remembering Cam, a band tightened around my stomach as my heart began to pound. Security only came to the polygraph rooms for one reason, and my fears were confirmed a moment later when they exited, holding Mike in between them.

“Mike!” I screamed, leaping forward to try to get to him. They couldn’t be taking him away! What had he seen? My efforts to reach his side were blocked when Travis grabbed me from behind and wrapped his long arms around me. “Travis, let me go! Let me go!” I struggled against his grip, but it was like iron and I was getting nowhere. Lifting one foot, I kicked backward and connected with his shin. I heard him swear, but he didn’t loosen his hold on me.

“Tara, stop,” he whispered in my ear. “He knew this was going to happen.”

I ignored him and screamed after Mike again. The security team nearly had him to the entrance to the administrative section of The Bunker. “No!” I yelled. “No, you can’t take him! Mike!”

His eyes were full of pain when he turned to look at me one last time. I saw his mouth form the words, “I love you.” And then the door slammed closed behind him. Hot tears streamed down my cheeks, my heart ached, and though my throat was raw and sore, I couldn’t stop screaming. Travis wouldn’t let me go no matter how hard I pulled against him. My squirming and wiggling wasn’t doing any good, but I couldn’t stop. The rational part of my brain knew that Mike was gone and nothing I did would help, but at the same time if I didn’t try, I’d be giving up.

Suddenly I felt a sharp pain in my arm and when I turned my head, I saw one of the infirmary staff standing with a syringe in her hand. I tried to say something to her, but the edges of my vision were going fuzzy, and then everything went dark.

Author Bio

Diana Stager never met a book she didn’t like. An avid reader from a very early age, she discovered she loved writing her own stories down. She dreamed of being able to write a book, but more sensible ambitions shoved that dream onto the back burner. Over the years, she dabbled with the written word, but always had difficulty finding the right story. Then, one day the light bulb went on, an idea was born, and the rest is history (so cliché but so true).

Diana lives in Cambridge, Ontario in a house full of books. In the space that’s left, are her husband of 13 years, two children, and a cat, all of whom are adorable. She used to have a creepy fish, but sadly, he now swims in the big tank in the sky. She’s an elementary school teacher, who loves music and art.

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Website: www.DianaStager.com       Facebook         Twitter

Buy Links:  Evernight Teen                        Amazon         

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Cinderskella Cover

 

Cindy is just a normal, average girl. At least until she wakes up one night to find out she is dead. Well, she isn’t technically dead—she just doesn’t have any hair, nose, or . . . skin. Yep, she is a skeleton—all bones and no body.

Human by day and skeleton by night, Cindy is definitely cursed. It doesn’t help that her mother recently died, only to be replaced by an evil stepmother who makes her do gross things like eat liver and clean rooms with only a toothbrush. It really doesn’t help that her father is scared of her strange nightly body appearance and that there’s no way she can attend the school dance “dressed” like a skeleton.

What ensues is a hysterical tale of a young girl who, while coping with the loss of her mother, embarks on a journey of self-discovery, love, and forgiveness, all the while learning to deal with an evil step-mother and her “skeletal” abnormalities.

Cinderskella is available for purchase at Barnes & Noble

 

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BIO –

Amie and Bethanie Borst are a mother-daughter writing team. Amie believes in Unicorns, uses glitter whenever the opportunity arises, accessories in pink and eats too much chocolate.  Bethanie is a spunky 13 year old middle-schooler who loves archery, long bike rides and studying edible plant-life. Cinderskella is their first book together and is part of the Scarily Ever Laughter series. You can find them on FacebookTwitterPinterestFrom the Mixed-Up Files of Middle-Grade Authors, and blog.

GIVEAWAY –

Amie Borst is celebrating her book release and cover reveal with a monthly giveaway in The Great Cinderskella Giveaway! If you’d like to win a $25 Amazon gift card, just fill out the Rafflecopter form below. You’ll be automatically entered into the grand prize drawing for a Kindle Fire in October!

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Alex Cavanaugh’s CassaStorm Has Arrived!

Comment on Alex’s blog this week for a chance to win a Cassa mug, mousepad, magnet, and swag!

My question for Alex: Are aliens real?

We have no proof they are real and no proof they are not. I think there is a possibility. It’s certainly a good question to ask when we get to Heaven!

CassaStorm by Alex J Cavanaugh

CassaStorm

By Alex J Cavanaugh

From the Amazon Best Selling Series!

A storm gathers across the galaxy…

Commanding the Cassan base on Tgren, Byron thought he’d put the days of battle behind him. As a galaxy-wide war encroaches upon the desert planet, Byron’s ideal life is threatened and he’s caught between the Tgrens and the Cassans.

After enemy ships attack the desert planet, Byron discovers another battle within his own family. The declaration of war between all ten races triggers nightmares in his son, threatening to destroy the boy’s mind.

Meanwhile the ancient alien ship is transmitting a code that might signal the end of all life in the galaxy. And the mysterious probe that almost destroyed Tgren twenty years ago could return. As his world begins to crumble, Byron suspects a connection. The storm is about to break, and Byron is caught in the middle…

“CassaStorM is a touching and mesmerizing space opera full of action and emotion with strong characters and a cosmic mystery.” – Edi’s Book Lighhouse


“Cavanaugh makes world building on the galactic scale look easy. The stakes affect the entire known universe and yet Cavanaugh makes it intensely personal for our hero. The final installment of this series will break your heart and put it back together.”
– Charity Bradford, science fantasy author of The Magic Wakes

$16.95 USA, 6×9 Trade paperback, 268 pages, Dancing Lemur Press, L.L.C.

Science fiction/adventure and science fiction/space opera

Print ISBN 9781939844002 eBook ISBN 9781939844019

$4.99 EBook available in all formats

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Alex J. Cavanaugh has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree and works in web design and graphics. He is experienced in technical editing and worked with an adult literacy program for several years. A fan of all things science fiction, his interests range from books and movies to music and games. Online he is the Ninja Captain and founder of the Insecure Writer’s Support Group. The author of the Amazon bestsellers, CassaStar and CassaFire, he lives in the Carolinas with his wife.

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Mental Health Monday–Suzanne van Rooyen Talks Mental Health and SciFi

I’m SO excited to have author Suzanne van Rooyen here today. She’s talking about the inspiration behind her YA sci-fi, OBSCURA BURNING. I fell in love with this book on page one and I have to say it’s one of my favorite books EVAH!

There’s sci-fi elements, mental heath elements, and a tangle of relationships that pulled for all sorts of emotions. What more could a reader ask for?

Anyway, I’m gonna let Suzanne take over before I get to rambly.

Welcome, Suzanne! Tell us, how did you get into writing?

I’ve always told stories. Even before I knew my ABC’s, I would dictate stories to my mom and she’d write them down for me. Once I started reading and writing, I never stopped. The two were always major hobbies of mine. It was only during my Masters degree in Music that turned to writing as a possible source of income and began writing journalism articles for my university paper. After some success with that, I tried my hand at fiction once more. I had my first short story published in September 2011. After that, I knew I wanted to be an author and started pursuing that goal seriously.

That’s so awesome! I love that your mom wrote your stories down for you, lol! What draws you to YA?

The confusion, the flux, the potential. Teenagehood is a time of immense change – physical, mental and emotional – and this seeming state of chaos, of trying to figure out who you are, where you belong in the world and what you want out of life makes for some amazing character development and incredible stories whether the teens are leading a contemporary life or battling corruption in some distant dystopian future. I also love the innocence and resilience of the YA protagonist, their ability to find the good in the world and to keep trying even when the odds are stacked against them.

You hit the nail on the head with that one–that’s exactly what draws me to YA too. Where did the idea for Obscura Burning come from?

Honestly? The ether! I was listening to music by Explosions in the Sky and this image of a boy walking through an arid landscape just popped into my head. That was my first glimpse of Kyle and so his story grew out of the dust. I think what prompted the idea of the split realities was my inability to decide whether Kyle should have a male or female love interest – so I gave him both.

Ha! Love it! Isn’t it great when characters just “show up?” What draws you to write LGBT characters?

I’ve always been around LGBT people from my gay uncle and lesbian sister to bisexual, gay, lesbian and even trans. and polyamorous friends. It seems unnatural to me not to include LGBT characters in my stories. Personally, I think one’s sexual preference is about as relevant and consequential as the colour of one’s hair – just another aspect of who that person is. Sadly, many places in the world don’t quite see it the same way, making life unfair and difficult for many LGBT people. Perhaps this is what attracts me to LGBT characters, that they can overcome prejudice and intolerance with the power of rainbows.

Agreed. There’s a decidedly “mental health spin”–and it’s extremely well-crafted!–to Obscura Burning, from substance use, to grief, even depression, and more. What inspired you to include these themes in your story?

Thank you! I didn’t make a conscious decision to include these themes at all. It was simply how Kyle developed. He’s an amalgamation of several boys I knew growing up and so his mental state started to emerge without me having to try too hard. I didn’t even know he was a problem fire starter until I had almost completed the first draft. His affinity for fire just happened. The fact that he self-harmed just seemed a natural consequence of his circumstances and emotional response to the world around him. I never intended my book to take such a dark turn, but the characters took my down that path and I went where they led.

And therein lies the inherent nature of the psyche. It’s everywhere! Any tips for writers who are looking to add psychology to their characters?

Don’t ‘add’ anything to a character. A character should be a very close approximation of a real person. A real person doesn’t just spontaneously sprout psychological issues. Those develop due to circumstances and life events. That’s the way it should be for a character. Their mental and emotional state needs to stem from their life experiences. Adding psychological issues to the character mix isn’t like adding salt to a stew. If you want to write a character with psychological issues then do research, read case studies, understand why a real person develops certain psychological hangups and then create a character with a believable backstory. Don’t be afraid of digging deep. An author friend of mine once said that if you want to write an issue-driven story that touches others, you have to open a vein and bleed a little.

YES! EXCELLENT advice. Well said, indeed. What’s next for you?

I’ve currently got two books with my agent, one’s on submission, one’s waiting on revisions, and another book nearing first draft completion on my computer. They’re all YA, but in different genres, and feature an array of troubled characters from angsty androids to disenfranchised demons. Not sure what’ll come next. I’m waiting on my Muse for inspiration.

So awesome! Best of luck with all your projects–angsty androids and disenfranchised demons? Sign me up! 😉 Thanks for stopping by and sharing all this great info! 

Here’s some information about OBSCURA BURNING and Suzanne:

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Book Blurb:

The world’s going to end in fire…and it’s all Kyle’s fault.

Kyle Wolfe’s world is about to crash and burn. Just weeks away from graduation, a fire kills Kyle’s two best friends and leaves him permanently scarred. A fire that Kyle accidentally set the night he cheated on his boyfriend Danny with their female friend, Shira. That same day, a strange new planet, Obscura, appears in the sky. And suddenly Kyle’s friends aren’t all that dead anymore.

Each time Kyle goes to sleep, he awakens to two different realities. In one, his boyfriend Danny is still alive, but Shira is dead. In the other, it’s Shira who’s alive…and now they’re friends with benefits. Shifting between realities is slowly killing him, and he’s not the only one dying. The world is dying with him. He’s pretty sure Obscura has something to do with it, but with his parents’ marriage imploding and realities shifting each time he closes his eyes, Kyle has problems enough without being the one in charge of saving the world…

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Obscura-Burning-Suzanne-van-Rooyen/dp/1939194490/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1363420876&sr=1-1&keywords=obscura+burning

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/16060591-obscura-burning

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Author bio:

Suzanne is a freelance writer and author from South Africa. She currently lives in Finland and finds the cold, dark forests nothing if not inspiring. Suzanne is the author of the cyberpunk novel Dragon’s Teeth (Divertir), the YA science fiction novel Obscura Burning (Etopia) and has had several short stories published by Golden Visions Magazine, Space and Time and Niteblade. Her non-fiction articles on travel, music and other topics can be found scattered throughout the Internet. Although she has a Master’s degree in music, Suzanne prefers conjuring strange worlds and creating quirky characters. When not writing you can find her teaching dance to ninth graders or playing in the snow with her shiba inu.

Suzanne is represented by Jordy Albert of the Booker Albert Agency.

Suzanne is also a publicist for Entranced Publishing.

Website: http://suzannevanrooyen.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Suzanne-van-Rooyen/304965232847874

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Suzanne_Writer

ENDURE LIVES!

First, a follow up on last week’s Poison post. Friends of Bridget Zinn have asked authors to join in on the poisonbook.tumblr site to share their poison and I’m sharing my poison today. There’s a lot of great entries!

Now, onto the NEWS.

Guys. GUYS. I’ve been bursting at the proverbial seams in waiting to share the news.

Are you ready?

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In January, I submitted my YA dystopian, ENDURE, to my editor, Rhiannon, at Etopia Press. A few short weeks later, she replied with…

An offer to publish it!

BUT THAT’S NOT ALL!

There’s so much story to tell in ENDURE, that it will be published in TWO BOOKS!

That’s right.

ENDURE will be book one and EVOKE with be book two.

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I’ve already been slicing and dicing, dividing the manuscript into bits and bandaging it with new plot lines and action.

Looking forward to finally getting to share this story with you guys.

I’ve got some (unedited) blurbs for both…

ENDURE (Endure Book One):

For decades, immortal Vie have rabidly hunted Anemies like seventeen-year-old Justin and his sister. Their blood is a drug—and a scourge. Justin’s blood causes the Vie to age, a powerful threat, and yet a priceless hope for the Earth’s downtrodden humans.

When Justin’s sister is kidnapped by the Vie, he vows to rescue her. He strikes a deal with the human resistance, but they’re nothing but a cult with delusions that a messianic Anemie will free them all.

In a race to find his sister before she dies, Justin learns that not all Vie are evil, and not all humans are good. Trapped with choosing between saving what’s left of humanity and saving his sister, Justin can’t decide which option is going to get him killed first.

EVOKE (Endure Book Two):

Seventeen-year-old Justin has escaped the long reach of the immortal Vie, Nathan Abarron. Along with a freed human slave, Cara, he now faces the wilds outside the city wall. Dotted with pockets of unfriendly and paranoid Anemie communities, the wilds are just as dangerous as the city.

When Cara gets injured, Justin must search for the very group he wants to avoid. Lucky for him, an ally of his father recognizes him and guides him through the tenuous ropes of forest-dwelling Anemie society.

The fragile relationship shatters when Justin’s secret gets out—his blood can age Vie. It’s the weapon that all Anemies have been waiting for and the Anemie leader plans to use every last drop.

The Indie Life and Shape-shifters 101

Author of The Kabrini Message, JR Egles, is hosting me on her blog. My post is about Shape-shifters 101 and includes and excerpt of Shifting Pride! 🙂

Here’s the YouTube book trailer for The Kabrini Message, an epic sci-fi that I absolutely CAN’T WAIT to read!

 

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The Indelibles are at it again! They’re launching a monthly blog support group highlighting the Indie Life. Today is the first post, so I thought I’d share a tidbit of my journey. A lot of youse guys have been FABULOUS, helping me with blog blitzes and blog tours and spreading the word on FB, Twitter, etc. Because of YOUR HELP, NEW PRIDE and SHIFTING PRIDE have done so much better than my wildest dreams. (Shifting Pride almost broke into the 10,000s in rank and it’s only been out for a month!)

And that’s pretty much my point. The thing that I treasure about the Indie Life is it comes with a BUILT IN SUPPORT NETWORK.

Breaking into the publishing industry, especially now since there’s so much flux, is nigh impossible, but Indies are making it possible.

So, the Indie Life is: MAKING THE IMPOSSIBLE POSSIBLE.

WOOT!

Go Indies!!!!

How Do I Join Indie Life?
How: Sign up on the Linky at the Indelibles blog
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 below to include in your posts!
Include: A bio of yourself at the end of your posts, so we can get to know you.

Because being Indie doesn’t have to mean going it alone.
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My bio:Laura Diamond is a board certified psychiatrist and author of all things young adult paranormal, dystopian, horror, and middle grade. Her short story, CITY OF LIGHTS AND STONE, is in the DAY OF DEMONS Anthology by Anachron Press (April 2012). Another short story, BEGGING DEATH, is in the CARNAGE: AFTER THE END Anthology Volume One by Sirens Call Publications. Her Young Adult Paranormal Romance novelette NEW PRIDE and novel SHIFTING PRIDE debuted late 2012 from Etopia Press. She has just signed with Pugalicious Press to publish another Young Adult novel, ZODIAC COLLECTOR, due late 2013/early 2014. When she’s not writing, she is working at the hospital, blogging at Author Laura Diamond–Lucid Dreamer (https://lbdiamond.wordpress.com/), and renovating her 225+ year old fixer-upper mansion. She is also full-time staff member for her four cats and a Pembroke corgi named Katie.