Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Book Giveaway: Kelly Walker's SOULS OF THE STONES OMNIBUS

Epic Fantasy combines with Young Adult romance in this stunning new adventure set in a richly developed medieval world.

When Emariya Warren learns enemy forces have captured her father, she'll do anything to save him. Anything. Even marry a mysterious prince she knows nothing about in order to rally the strength to arrange a rescue. During her journey to Torian's foreign castle, Emariya comes face to face with her mother's killers--and a deadly secret.

Not only does Emariya possess a powerful but unexpected magical gift passed down through each of her families, the prince she's promised to marry possesses a third, and an ominous prophecy has warned the three gifts must never be combined.

If she breaks her promise to marry Torian, she won't be able to save her father and if she keeps it, she may bring a curse upon everything she holds dear. Determining which choice is best won't be easy, but when she meets the gorgeous prince who may desire more than just her heart, she realizes she will have to fight just to have a choice at all.

Her heart wants him desperately. Her head begs her to run. If she doesn't want to share her mother's fate, she'll have to find a way to untangle the truth from the lies in time to save herself.

Discover the heartbreaking betrayals, fascinating magic and fated love of Cornerstone.

Second Stone - In the second installment in Souls of the Stones, the stakes are higher, the romance is hotter, and Emariya's power as a Cornerstone is growing.

Determined to make sense of the betrayals, lies, and her undeniable attraction to Torian, Emariya and her prince begin the journey to Sheas to confront her uncle and bring her father home.

Broken Stone - Unable to avoid her destiny any longer, Emariya has become the leader her mother always envisioned. Before she can focus on embracing her gifts to unify her three lands, she must first stop her own land from dissolving into civil war.

Enter this giveaway below to win a convenient omnibus edition of the three main works of the Souls of the Stones series. The series incorporates traditional fantasy elements such as prophecy and magic with a love story that transcends genre and time. Books 1-3 are included.

Contains: Cornerstone, Second Stone, Broken Stone.

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Friday, August 23, 2013

Book Giveaway: Tracey Ward's SLEEPLESS

My name is Alex Mills and I have a superpower.

Don't be jealous, it sucks. I can't control it. My mind is a mutinous SOB that takes over when I go to sleep. I'm just a girl trying to get some shut eye while it decides to throw a rager that can land me just about anywhere in the world.

The base of the Eiffel Tower.
The shore on the coast of Ireland.
The third baseline at Wrigley Field.

Sounds exciting and fun right? Wrong. My not so superpower is unpredictable, uncontrollable and annoying as hell.
It's also how I met Nick.

Every cloud has a silver lining. Nick is mine.

Nick is extraordinary as well. He can't feel fear. Never has, never will. It's worked out well for him as an Air Force Pararescueman, one of the most dangerous jobs in the military. Where it's not helpful is with his social skills. Nick is cold, distant and apathetic.

He's also my hero. And if he's to be believed, I'm his.

I first met him when he died and that wasn't even the weirdest moment of our relationship. Neither is this moment here and now, trapped together in an island prison on the Behring Sea. It's a long, strange story between his death and this prison. One full of sheep, docks, Jabberwocks and a very special stone. I could tell it to you if you'd like to hear it. I've got time...

Enter this giveaway below to win a kindle copy of this stunning new adult romance with a science fiction/fantasy twist. Don't you just love that blurb:)!! Also make sure to check out Tracey Ward's Until the End, of her Quarantined series.

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Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Goodreads Giveaway of Broken Symmetry

Goodreads is giving away a paperback copy of my newest YA novel, Broken Symmetry. If you've got some nostalgia for the good ol' days when books were physical things, here's your chance to win a real copy. I had the privilege of holding the proof of this book in my hands for the first time on Monday, and it's a beauty. 

The funny thing about being an indie author is what happens with the print book. The vast majority of my sales are electronic, and truthfully, creating a physical edition doesn't even offset the costs. But publishing the book (in the traditional sense) is something I've chosen to do, and I think it's something I'll continue to do for all my future books. For me, a book doesn't really feel done until I've got a copy in my hand that I can put up on my shelf. Only then do I have the physical evidence of the story I've spent so long trying to tell. Maybe print books are more for the authors than readers these days, but that's okay.

Books will always be books, whether made out of ink on paper or e-ink on a kindle.

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Broken Symmetry by Dan Rix

Broken Symmetry

by Dan Rix

Giveaway ends September 16, 2013.
See the giveaway details at Goodreads.
Enter to win

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Help Me Find a Good Book to Read: 3 Places to Look, 2 to Avoid

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With the number of books that are getting published these days (somewhere around 200 to 300 thousand per year), every reader should be able to identify books that perfectly fit their unique reading tastes. I for one have a specific weakness for plot driven YA novels that feature a flair of romance, thriller-like writing, and a sci-fi concept and the medical/techno-thrillers that Michael Crichton did so well, and since there are so many books out there, why shouldn't I be able to read exactly that? Well, now I canand you can too. If you need help finding a good book, here's some great places to look:

Where to Find Good Books

Amazon's "Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought" Section

If you already have a favorite book and are frustrated because you can't find more like it, then this one should be a goldmine for you. Amazon keeps data of every book that every person ever bought through its site and comes up with statistics about which books are likely to appeal to similar audiences. Go onto Amazon, find the product page of a book you really enjoyed and scroll down. Just below the description you'll find a section titled "Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought" and a row of books. Usually, you'll find books by the same author, and books in the same series. Scroll over a bit, and you'll find all sorts of neat reads. What's great about this is you'll find suggestions you never even thought of looking for. I've found several books this way that have completely blown my mind, and I don't think I ever would have heard of them otherwise.

Blog Reviewers

There are thousands people out there who have blogs for the sole purpose of reviewing books and new releases. They usually have very specific tastes and feature tons of indie authors, so you'll get a fantastic cross-section of the hottest titles being released. They're often linked together, so you can usually hop from one blog to the next to get an idea of what's out there. My recommendation is to find a couple of blog reviewers who seem to have some sense about them and subscribe to their blog feeds. Within a week, I guarantee you'll be inundated with too many good books to choose from. Here's some great book blogs to start with:

Oops! I Read A Book Again
JC's Book Haven
The Phantom Paragrapher
YA Romantics
Readers In Wonderland
Ramblings of a Daydreamer

Amazon's Categories

Here's another method for finding books that uses Amazon's vast categorization scheme. Try this as an example. Get onto Amazon, in the drop down menu, select "Kindle Store" then search. A list of categories will appear on the right, from which you can select "Kindle ebooks." You can keep navigating down this list of categories, until you get to something like this:
  • Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Romance > Paranormal > Vampires
  • Now that's pretty specific, isn't it? That's the beauty of Amazon's categories. They're much more specific than the broad categories you'll find at the book store, so they're more powerful. You can even combine this with the first technique by going to a book you like, scrolling down to the bottom of the product page, and viewing the categories it's in.

What to Avoid

Brick and Mortar Bookstores

They're useless. There's a million books out there and they stock only a tiny selection of the most popular books in a one size fits all model. The brick and mortar bookstore is to books as the radio is to music. Sure, you'll stop in from time to time when passing through, but you would never think of basing your entire literary consumption on their canned selection. They have section labels that are much too broad like "Young Adult" and "Mystery", and you're supposed to go from there. Don't let big record labels (I mean traditional publishers) censor your unique tastes. Go online and search out the books that were written just for you.

Recommendations from Friends

I'm amazed at how many people read books recommended by their friends. I know this is going to cause outrage, but I'm saying it's a bad idea. People's tastes in books are like people's tastes in music, they're so unique that the chances your friend shares your taste in books is slim to none. My advice: spend just a little extra effort and seek out books you know you'll enjoy. Maybe you don't enjoy reading that much and maybe this is the reason why. Maybe you've been buying too many books your friends like. My advice: be unique, create a reading list that looks like NO ONE ELSE'S. You will then find reading to be an extra flavor in life that few experience.

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Book Giveaway: Laura Thalassa's THE UNEARTHLY

The first time I was declared dead, I lost my past. The second time, I lost my humanity. Now I’m being hunted, and if I die again, my soul is up for forfeit.

After enrolling in Peel Academy, an elite supernatural boarding school on the British Isles, the last of the sirens, Gabrielle Fiori, only wants to fit in. Instead, the elixir meant to awaken her supernatural abilities kills her.

When Gabrielle wakes up in the morgue twelve hours later, something wicked is awakened in her, something even the supernatural community has never seen before. Now the only person who can help her is Andre de Leon, the community's infamous bad boy and the king of vampires.

Yet even his help can’t prevent the repeated attempts on Gabrielle’s life. Someone is after her, and they will stop at nothing to end her short existence. Only Gabrielle cannot let that happen now that her soul hangs in the balance, because she may have met the devil. And he wants her. Bad.

Enter this giveaway below to win a kindle copy of this thrilling page-turner of a teen paranormal vampire romance. You gotta love that blurb and that cover!!! 

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Sunday, August 4, 2013

Giveaway of a Signed Copy of Entanglement (and Interview)!

Hey all,

Make sure you check out my interview on Shelf Addiction for the Summer of Indie Author Features! As I mentioned before, I'm giving away a signed, physical copy of my YA dystopian romance, Entanglement. So stop by Shelf Addiction, read the Q&A, and enter to win! This is the first ever signed copy of Entanglement I'm giving away in a raffle, so you could be the first person (except for very close family, right now) to have one:) Here's the link where it's all at:

Friday, August 2, 2013

Broken Symmetry - OUT NOW!

Hello everyone, this is the official announcement that my next YA thriller, Broken Symmetry, is now available on Amazon. You can find it at this link:

I am immensely proud of this book and hope all of you decide to read it. I am also in need of reviews, so if you enjoy the story, I would be extremely grateful if you could leave a review on Amazon (even a few words can really help).

This book is longer than my first book, Entanglement, and I think more of a thriller than a dystopian. Once again, Eden Crane of Eden Crane Design did a gorgeous cover—one that I think really nails the genre and the story. Without further ado, here is the back flap summary of Broken Symmetry:

Eleven months after the father of sixteen-year-old Blaire Adams vanished without a trace, he's found wandering outside The Scripps Research Institute vomiting blood and speaking gibberish, his sole possession a worn leather diary filled with an unrecognizable language. He has a message for her.

As he dies in her arms, he claims he never vanished. She vanished.

In a nearby military quarantine zone, scientists are being called in from around the world to sequence a previously unknown strain of DNA. Scientists…and soldiers.

When her father’s autopsy reveals a rare chromosomal disorder—a disorder, it turns out, she inherited—Blaire begins to suspect her father’s last words weren’t induced by amnesia. Like her dad, she has an additional set of instructions in her genes—instructions for what, doctors can’t say. Only one thing is certain: it’s what killed himand it will kill her too.

But now she’s haunted by prophetic nightmares of the Yellowjacket—a young murderer, eyes the black of charcoal, who lures his victims to suicide without ever paying them a visit. The only clue she has to his handiwork is a lingering feeling of déjà vu. That, and the nagging suspicion that all she knows is a mirage. She is certain of two things—though it may mean confiding in the wrong side of good and evil, he has the answers she needs.

And he is recruiting her.

Broken Symmetry is now available on Amazon here: