Sunday, October 30, 2011

A Heavenly Review + Last Chance on Giveaway

Got a few items of interest here to share with everyone.

First, Mary Ting, author of Crossroads, has given Wandering Stars a five star review! You can read it on Goodreads or anywhere Wandering Stars is sold. Don't forget to further satisfy your angel fix by picking up a copy of Crossroads afterwards!

Second, the Halloween giveaway at Boekie's Book Reviews is almost over - it ends on Halloween after all, hence the title. Five winners will receive Wandering Stars in ebook format, three will also receive Helena's Empire and one will receive all that plus an exclusive sneak peek at the next book in the series. You can enter multiple times, but time is running out!

Friday, October 28, 2011

Guest Appearance Nov. 1 on A Good Story Is a Good Story: Tune In!

Yours truly is going to be a guest on A Good Story Is a Good Story with hosts Marsha Casper Cook and Charlotte Blackwell on the World of Ink Network this Tuesday, November 1st! Go here to schedule a reminder to listen. There will be time for call-in and chat. Our other guests will be Zoey Sweete, author of Blood Magic, and Debra Savignano, author of Salem Moon and The Wisdom of Evil.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Wandering Stars Giveaway + Bonus Prize!

Boekie's Book Reviews is hosting the first ever Wandering Stars giveaway! All winners will receive an e-copy of the novel in the format of their choosing. Three lucky winners will also receive Helena's Empire and one even luckier winner will receive an exclusive sneak peek at the next book in the series on top of everything else.

To enter, go to the giveaway page here and follow the instructions listed. You can also enter multiple times to maximize your chances by tweeting about the giveaway once a day. The giveaway ends on Halloween so go forth, have fun and good luck!

Thursday, October 20, 2011

REVIEW - Blood and Magick: Betrayed by Morrigan Michele and Misty Carmony

I read Blood and Magick: Betrayed from start to finish in less than a day, and if you're anything like me, there's a chance you will, too.

From the very beginning I formed an attachment to the main character, Alexis “Lexi” Talbot. Scenes of Lexi with family, friends, or her new beau Sebastian feel very genuine; you can easily experience the warmth and compassion in her heart for those close to her.

The supernatural element is woven into plot organically, with teases and hints building until Lexi learns the truth about who she is – a secret that I enjoyed as a unique spin on the established vampire mythos. Once the mystery is revealed the story races forward, delving deeper into the creation of a pantheon of vampires, vampire hunters and blood witches, and featuring action sequences that, told with Lexi's trademark stream-of-consciousness narration, put me on the edge of my seat. Sometimes things move too quickly, but I'm comforted in that respect by the fact that a sequel is on the way.

The back cover blurb - “Love. Lies. Magick. Betrayal.” - really encapsulates the experience of this book. Fans of the Sookie Stackhouse novels by Charlaine Harris will find themselves at home here; others will quickly be pulled in to the world of Betrayed and left waiting for the next installment once they've had their first taste.

Buy Blood and Magick: Betrayed - B&N, B&N Nook Book, Amazon, Amazon Kindle, Smashwords, World Castle Publishing EBook Store

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Monday, October 10, 2011

This Week Only: Download Helena's Empire Free!

I said I would have a special announcement today, didn't I?
To celebrate the first week of Wandering Stars being released, I'm offering for one week only (until Monday, October 17th) a FREE download of Helena's Empire, the novelette-length prequel to our modern day story of fallen angels and forbidden romance.

To get your copy of Helena's Empire in whatever ebook format you choose, go here, add the book to your cart and enter the coupon code EG54T before completing checkout.

So happy reading everyone, and remember, there's more of Lucifer / Lykaios... and even of Helena... in Wandering Stars and in books to come!

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Heavenly Harmonies: The Angelic Language of Wandering Stars

As you can see a hint of in the chapter one preview of the story or for those of you who have already bought the book, part of the world crafting experience in Wandering Stars is the language of the angels, the oldest in all of existence.

For human ears, hearing this tongue is dangerous. It's somewhat like having a song stuck in your head that you can't quite remember the lyrics to, although it's a bit more intense than that. This language (called the First Language or La Salessa Divinia) causes pain to human minds when it's spoken, read or heard, burning at the listener's consciousness or even driving them insane if they don't have the willpower to withstand its force.

Even as she suffers due to its influence, for Alice the First Language is the most beautiful speech she's ever heard. What do you think? Here's a sketch of a brief English to Divinia dictionary I put together during the earliest stages of writing the book.

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Special Something Coming Soon!

I realize this post is just one giant tease, but I wanted to note that this Monday marks one week since the release of Wandering Stars and that I have a very special announcement to make then. Stay tuned!

Monday, October 3, 2011

Book Review: SOULLESS LIGHT, horror novella by Joan H. Buchanan

The following is a review of Soulless Light by fellow World Castle author Joan H. Buchanan. 

Soulless Light brings you the cohabitation of sorrow and joy in all its visceral detail. With intense, mournful descriptions of suffering and the bleak reality of Dark Age society in the midst of plague existing side by side with tender romance and the celebration of life, I found myself riding an emotional roller coaster as I went through the pages of this novella.

Joan H. Buchanan's narration is bombastic, making you feel as though you're right there alongside Julia, the main character whose life – and death – are laid out in a pacing that builds from a quaint hum to a dramatic rush. While I am trying to keep this review spoiler free, I will say this much about the story's contents: throughout Soulless Light you will see a young girl who goes from assisting in the most miraculous event we humans are capable of experiencing, the purity and wonder of childbirth, to snuffing away life upon life as she becomes one with death itself by her actions.

This transformation is stunningly described. I would recommend Soulless Light to anyone looking for fiction that will keep you wondering – and keep your stomach churning – even after the last page has been turned.

Buy the SOULLESS LIGHT eBook for $2.99: From the publisher, Kindle, Nook Book, Smashwords

Sunday, October 2, 2011