Introducing the Fantasy Book Mall reader group

Join me and a couple of my author besties in a new facebook group called FANTASY BOOK MALL. What’s better than joining an author group? Joining a multi-author group!

We know readers are bombarded with invites to oodles of author groups, (we’re readers too!) and so we’re consolidating to bring more authors into a single place for you to get your fantasy fix. We’ll be hosting guest authors too… so this is the place to be for fantasy readers!

The group just launched this week, and we’re hosting a WELCOME GIVEAWAY for members-only. Six lucky winners will take home an ebook or a paperback:

The GIVEAWAY starts TODAY and runs through 4/12!

Join the group to get in on the action!

So, come on down, and meet the gang, chat with other readers, and win

Check out WILDFIRE by Scott Bury

WILDFIRE - 529x800Last fall, I had the opportunity to travel to California for a retreat with a group of authors who write with me in Toby Neal’s Lei Crime Series Kindle World. Toby recently relocated from Hawaii to California and a bunch of us jumped at the chance to meet each other, spend time on the Russian River, and write. We ended up being there during the catastrophic wildfires that hit California’s wine country.

We spent the weekend in a strange awareness; watching the news catalog the terrible devastation and personal losses local wineries and residents were facing while knowing that a simple change in the wind would mean evacuation. The air was full of smoke and ash fall.

My author friend, Scott Bury, and I met through the Lei Crime Kindle World Ohana, and had the pleasure of meeting in person during our retreat. I am pleased to share with you his story, WILDFIRE, inspired by the events we witnessed together last year (though we had nothing to do with any murder!)

Enjoy!

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Wildfires swept across California wine country in 2017, destroying thousands of homes and businesses, and killing dozens of people. Law school grad and single mother Tara Rezeck finds herself in the middle of the catastrophe. When she returns to her job at the most award-winning vineyard in Sonoma County, she finds her employer’s body in the ashes.

The question that challenges her brains and her legal training is: was it an accident? Or was his body burned to hide evidence of murder?

Now available for pre-order on on Amazon (for Kindle e-readers) and Smashwords (for Kobo, Nook and other e-readers).

You can read the first two chapters for free on Wattpad.

The price goes up on publishing day – reserve your copy of the new California wine country mystery WILDFIRE $0.99

Excerpt from WILDFIRE

Wildfire: The evacuation center
A haggard looking woman in surgical scrubs and Croc shoes took a look at them. Her eyes widened.
“Take her first. She’s in shock,” Roberto said. “She found her husband dead.”
The woman’s expression softened. She called over a slender nurse in burgundy scrubs and led Veronica away. Charlie followed, his tail low.
“We’re going to somewhere quiet, where she can talk to someone,” said the first nurse.
The slender nurse in burgundy had thick brown hair. A name tag on her chest read “Finigan.” She frowned as she held a stethoscope to Roberto’s chest, then pointed them to one of hundreds of cots arranged in ranks across the concrete floor of what was normally a double basketball court.
Tara slumped onto a cot. Her lungs burned and her legs felt like lead. Her neck was having trouble holding her head up, which ached in front and behind her ears. She coughed, then did her best to suppress it because it hurt her chest.
All around, people stained with soot lay or sat on the cots, or on mattresses on the floor, coughing and moaning. Children cried, adults called across the space and their voices reverberated off the concrete floor and walls.
Tara lay back. Overhead, banners hanging from the ceiling stretched across the court. “Bobcats Peewee Champs” read one. I’m glad they won.
“Gonsalves and Rezeck?” Tara opened her eyes. A heavy-set young man in purple scrubs stood in front of her, holding an oxygen mask. He looked at a clipboard in his other hand. “You Rezeck? Theresa Rezeck?”
“Tara Rezeck,” she answered, coughing.
The man in scrubs squinted at the clipboard. “Oh, yeah. Tara. It looks like ‘Theresa.’ You have smoke inhalation.” She flinched back as he put the clear plastic device up to her face. “Relax,” he said, and she allowed the man to push the mask against her nose and mouth and stretch a strap behind her head.
He turned to Roberto, and attached a little hose under his nose. “Why is his mask different from mine?” Tara asked, triggering another coughing fit.
“It’s what we got left,” the man said. He fitted Roberto’s tubes into his nostrils, then opened a valve on the tank. “Just relax and breathe for a while. You’ll feel better soon, once you get the smoke out of your systems.”
“I need to use the john,” said Roberto.
The technician removed the hose from Roberto’s neck and pointed across the court. “Be right back,” said Roberto.
The technician left two water bottles and left to look after others.
Tara breathed through her nose, expecting to cough again, and was surprised when she did not. The air coming through the mask was cool and clean. She imagined clear vapor pushing black clouds from her lungs.
She looked at her hands. They were stained black. Black streaks smeared her pants and shirt. Her once white shoes were dark grey.
She lay back again, closing her eyes. I wonder how many times the Bobcats won a banner. And what about other ages besides Peewees? Juniors? What are the other ages called? How old are Peewees, anyway?
I wonder if Roxanne will play basketball. Or maybe this is lacrosse. Or hockey. What do kids play in California, indoors?
The noise of the makeshift clinic faded. Poor Alan. I can’t believe he’s gone. Poor Veronica.
How many other people have died in this?
Then her thoughts turned to herself. Where can Roxanne and I live now? How many homes have been destroyed already? Besides Alan, how many people killed?
Maybe coming here was a mistake. Maybe I should go back home to Vermont. Back to Mom and Dad and Bobby.
Bobby. He could be helping. He should be helping. The deadbeat.
That’s not fair. He’s not a deadbeat. He’s paying child support every month.
Roxanne. I miss you, baby.
She sat up suddenly. Mom and Dad!
She scrambled the phone out of her pants pocket and hit speed dial. Her mother answered on the second ring. “Tara! Are you safe?”

About the author

Scott2016smilingCroppedAfter a 30-year career as a journalist and editor, Scott Bury turned to writing fiction with a children’s story, Sam, the Strawb Part, and a story that bridged the genres of paranormal occult fiction and espionage thriller: Dark Clouds. Since then, he has published 12 novels and novellas without regard to staying in any one genre.

In 2012, he published his first novel, the historical magic realism bestseller The Bones of the Earth. His next book, One Shade of Red, was a satire of a bestseller with a similar title.

From 2014 to 2017, he published the Eastern Front Trilogy, the true story of a Canadian drafted into the Soviet Red Army in 1941, and how he survived the Second World War: Army of Worn Soles, Under the Nazi Heel and Walking Out of War.

Scott was invited to write for three Kindle Worlds, where authors base novellas on the fictional worlds of bestselling series. For Toby Neal’s Lei Crime Kindle World, he wrote Torn Roots, Palm Trees & Snowflakes, Dead Man Lying and Echoes.

For Russell Blake’s Jet Kindle World, he contributed Jet: Stealth, featuring the explosive duo of Van and LeBrun.

And for Emily Kimelman’s Sydney Rye Kindle World, he brought Van and LeBrun back for The Wife Line and The Three-Way.

Now, he is beginning a new mystery series with Wildfire, featuring the smart and passionate Tara Rezeck. Wildfire is currently availablefor pre-order on on Amazon (for Kindle e-readers) and Smashwords (for Kobo, Nook and other e-readers).

Find out more about Scott and his writing on his website, ScottBuryAuthor.com.

New Series: Introducing The Aumahnee Prophecy! #amreading #giveaway

Welcome to a new Urban Fantasy series I’m writing with Lisa Manifold. We’re super excited to share this story with you as it is a ton of fun to write, and it’s going to have lots to come! Right now, we have four prequel novellas, each pair goes together and can be read in any order. Book One was launched at Denver Comic Con at the end of June 2017. You don’t *have* to read the prequels to dive into book one, but more story is more better, yesno?

Celebrate the launch:
Win signed paperbacks of ALL THE BOOKS!
*ENTER TO WIN*

Be sure to share your lucky link with friends to get extra contest entries!!

Without further ado…

Fall into the world of The Aumahnee Prophecy!

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There are magical Realms beyond the Human Realm which have existed for centuries. The Veil separates the Human Realm from the Fae Realm, and the other magical realms of Goblin, Dragon, and more. But all is not right in the Realms. The Goblin War is long over, yet there is still unrest among the different races.

An ancient prophecy speaks of a day when peace shall come to all the realms, but that day is not today.

There are people living in the Human Realm who act as gatekeepers for those who travel between the realms. They have one job: Protect the secret of The Veil from the humans.

The Portal Keepers and The Gimcrackers
– Prequel Novellas –

A pair of lowly bookstore owners, hiding in plain sight.
Until one day they make a mistake. Some things can’t be undone. 
A group of journalism students on a field trip investigating missing persons.
Until they stumble upon something they never expected. Some things can’t be unseen

Buy The Portal Keepers • Buy The Gimcrackers

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Marigold is a powerful witch whose sister Calyx is missing, and their mother is using the drama to further her political platform. Determined to reveal the truth of what happened, she sets out on her search and gets more than she bargained for.  Eamonn is part of the King’s Guard, tasked with escorting a courtier to her destination when he is called to aid someone in distress.  But someone is pulling the strings on a scheme that will impact his life forever.

Marigold’s Tale and Eamonn’s Tale
– Prequel Novellas – 

A fae warrior, disgraced and alone.
A powerful witch, fighting to right a wrong.
Little do they know what lies ahead for them both.

Buy Eamonn’s Tale • Buy Marigold’s Tale

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Watchers of the Veil
– Book One –

Marigold’s sister has fallen in with the wrong sort of bad-news guy and Marigold is determined to rescue her.
Newly appointed Captain of the Watchers, Eamonn discovers someone is killing the men on his watch.
When a series of events bring Marigold and Eamonn together, they must join forces to get to the bottom of this mystery entangling them both.

Buy Watchers of the Veil

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Myths & Legends Boxed Set is HERE! #Win Prizes!

Wahoo! It’s here! The Myths & Legends Boxed Set is live and there’s some celebrating going on!

I’m one of the authors in this set! My story, MARIGOLD’S TALE, is a prequel to a brand new series launching this summer!!

Read on for info and a couple of fab GIVEAWAYS!

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Today is the release day for the Myths & Legends boxed set! Get 20 books from 20 different authors in one boxed set for only 0.99$!

This is my stop during the book blitz for the Myths & Legends Boxed Set. This is the sixth and final post during this tour. This book blitz is organized by Lola’s Blog Tours.

Myths & Legends is a compilation of 20 Full-Length Paranormal Romance and Urban Fantasy reads currently available to buy for only 99c, including works from New York Times, USA Today, Bestselling, and various Award-Winning authors!

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by Margo Bond Collins, N.R. Larry, Joanne Wadsworth, J.H. Croix, Madisyn Ashmore, Michelle Madow, Amber Lynn Natusch, Chrissy Peebles, Genevieve Jack, Siobhan Davis, S.L. Morgan, J.L. Hendricks, Lisa Manifold, Corinne O’Flynn, Andrea Pearson, Emily Martha Sorensen, Ever Coming, Sarah M Cradit, Rachael Slate, Olivia Wildenstein and Cael Percy
Genre: Paranormal Romance and Urban Fantasy
Age category: Young Adult, New Adult and Adult
Release Date: 18 April, 2017

Blurb:
The MYTHS & LEGENDS Boxed Set is a compilation of 20 Full-Length Paranormal Romance and Urban Fantasy reads, including works from USA Today bestsellers, Bestselling Harlequin authors, and various Award-Winning authors!

Gear up for a collection packed with an exciting mix of undiscovered existing titles and brand new content! The pages inside are packed with everything from vampires, faeries, witches, and shifters to romantic quests, cities brimming with paranormal activity, secret societies, and ruthless villains.

With over a million words of fiction, this is your one stop shop for vampire and witch romance, urban fantasy, shifter romance, and spellbinding myths from more than twenty bestselling authors!

*Estimated Total Page Count: 5,000+

You can find Myths & Legends on Goodreads

20 books in one boxed set for only 0.99$!
Buy the Myths & Legends boxed set for only 0.99$ here:
Amazon
Barnes & Noble
Kobo
iBooks

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The Authors:
Margo Bond Collins
N.R. Larry
Joanne Wadsworth
J.H. Croix
Madisyn Ashmore
Michelle Madow
Amber Lynn Natusch
Chrissy Peebles
Genevieve Jack
Siobhan Davis
S.L. Morgan
J.L. Hendricks
Lisa Manifold
Corinne O’Flynn
Andrea Pearson
Emily Martha Sorensen
Ever Coming
Sarah M Cradit
Rachael Slate
Olivia Wildenstein
Cael Percy

Release Day Giveaway
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The authors of this box set are hosting a big giveaway to celebrate the release of the Myths & Legends box set! One winner will win a $100 Amazon gift card!

For a chance to win enter the giveaway here:
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Tour Wide Giveaway

During the book blitz for Myths & Legends there’s a tour wide giveaway! These are the prizes you can win:
– 5 Myths & Legends Boxsets
– 3 $10 Amazon Gift Cards
– Various signed paperbacks by the participating authors

For a chance to win, enter the rafflecopter below:
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#YASH is here! YA Scavenger Hunt is LIVE!

Hooray!

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It’s Opening Day at YASH HQ!

*4/10/17 THIS EVENT HAS ENDED*

 

Welcome to the Spring 2017 YA Scavenger Hunt where 100 authors have been split into 5 Teams of 20 each, and there are 100 paperback books up for grabs to lucky winners!

What is this about, you ask? The YA Scavenger Hunt is a biannual online event that promotes collaboration between YA authors from different publishing houses, offering fans an opportunity to see the latest and greatest in young adult literature. During the hunt, we showcase exclusive bonus material, give readers access to top secret insider information, and offer fabulous prizes and giveaways for zealous YA fans.

Welcome, welcome… pull up a seat!

Hello! I am Corinne O’Flynn

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(yes, my name rhymes!)

and I’m your hostess on this stop of the hunt.

NOTE: The official start time for the hunt is 12pm PACIFIC (1PM MOUNTAIN) on 4/4 so some blogs may not go online until that time.

About Me:

I love tea!
My favorite color is GREEN.
I prefer cupcakes *without* frosting. #nakedcake
If napping were an Olympic sport, I’d totally take the GOLD! #deliciousleeeeep
I have three pets: Maisy the Cattle Dog, Clancey the Labradoodle, and Frodo the Bearded Dragon

*AND*

I’ve got a YASH-exclusive, deleted scene from my latest release, GHOSTS OF WITCHES PAST, being revealed during the hunt on another TEAM GOLD blog!

** ENTER GIVEAWAY **

While you’re here, be sure to enter to win a signed paperback of GHOSTS OF WITCHES PAST:

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Wahoo!

You are currently hunting on the GOLD TEAM where you can enter to win all of these beauties:

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**Looking for my secret number and my exclusive giveaway? Keep reading!!**

YA SCAVENGER HUNT HOW TO:

SUPER EASY 3 STEPS!!

  1. FIND, my secret number, listed somewhere below. HINT: My number is highlighted in GREEN!
  2. COLLECT the secret numbers of all the authors on TEAM GOLD, and then add them up. HINT: Each stop on the hunt links to the next in a loop! So keep going until you’re back where you started! HINT: There is a cheat sheet to keep you organized HERE.
  3. ENTER TO WIN: Once you’ve added up all the numbers from TEAM GOLD, fill out the form HERE to officially qualify for the grand prize. Only entries that have the correct number will qualify.

Rules: Open internationally, anyone below the age of 18 should have a parent or guardian’s permission to enter. To be eligible for the grand prize, you must submit the completed entry form by SUNDAY, APRIL 9TH, at noon Pacific Time. Entries sent without the correct number or without contact information will not be considered. On this hunt, you not only get access to exclusive content from each participating YA author, you also get a secret number. Add up the numbers, and enter the total for a chance to win a major prize–one lucky winner will receive at least one signed book from each author on my team in the hunt! But play fast. This contest (and all the exclusive bonus material) will only be online until noon PST on Sunday, April 9th!

There are FIVE contests going on simultaneously, and you can enter one or all! I am a part of GOLD TEAM but there is also RED TEAM, BLUE TEAM, PURPLE TEAM, & PINK TEAM!

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For more about the hunt, to see links to all the authors participating, and see the full list of prizes up for grabs, go to the YA Scavenger Hunt page.

Comment on this page to let me know you stopped by!


Welcome Austin Aslan!

I am pleased to be hosting Hawai’i-based author, Austin Aslan!

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Austin Aslan is the author of the highly-acclaimed eco-thriller series The Islands at the End of the World. The Guardian recently ranked his debut novel as a top-ten read in the awakening genre of climate fiction, and Kirkus Reviews hailed the series opener as a “Best Book of 2014.”

Austin earned a master’s degree in tropical conservation biology while living with his wife and two children on the Big Island of Hawai’i. A Northern Arizona native and long-distance backpacker, he can often be found exploring the world’s last wild places while sleeping on a punctured air mattress. Follow his globetrotting and outdoor adventures on both Facebook and Twitter at “Laustinspace,” and on the Gore-Tex® “Experience More” blog.

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“In this fast-paced survival story set in Hawaii, electronics fail worldwide, the islands become completely isolated, and a strange starscape fills the sky. Leilani and her father embark on a nightmare odyssey from Oahu to their home on the Big Island. Leilani’s epilepsy holds a clue to the disaster, if only they can survive as the islands revert to earlier ways. A powerful story enriched by fascinating elements of Hawaiian ecology, culture, and warfare, this captivating and dramatic debut from Austin Aslan is the first of two novels.”

Wow… I can think of at least *26* reasons to pick up this book!!

And now for some EXCLUSIVE BONUS MATERIAL from Austin Aslan:
The Query Letter that landed him his agent!

Dear J…. J…,

I have always been very impressed with Janklow & Nesbit Associates and I have been eager to query you with my new manuscript. I believe that you would be a great match for my 90,000-word The Islands at the End of the World, a YA speculative fiction (with a hint of Sci-Fi) set in Hawai`i during a global catastrophe.

Ninety-five percent of the food consumed by residents of Hawaii is imported. What do you suppose would become of the over-populated island paradise if the cargo ships suddenly stopped arriving?

Leilani Milton is a hapa haole (half white, half Hawaiian) high school sophomore living in rainy Hilo on the Big Island of Hawai`i. Battling severe epilepsy, she struggles to fit in among her classmates and to earn the approval of her akua (Hawaiian gods, ancestors, and family guardians). She travels with her father to Honolulu to participate in a clinical trial for new epilepsy medication, and they unexpectedly find themselves stranded on O`ahu when all electronics and means of communication cease to function. Dismayed islanders turn their gaze to what has been locally dubbed the “Emerald Orchid,” a mysterious, cloud-like anomaly that has begun to hover over the Earth. As days of isolation, confusion, and dysfunction turn to weeks, pressures mount. The ships and the planes stop arriving from the mainland, and, as a million derelict Hawaiians battle for table scraps, Leilani and her father must traverse a nightmare landscape of escalating perils in a harrowing struggle to return home and reunite with their family.

When Leilani discovers that her misfiring brain may hold the key to the mystery of the Emerald Orchid, she must confront her disorder and face a desperate choice as the fate of her family and her world lies in the balance.

We all know ad nauseum what happens to New York’s masses during the “End Times,” but now readers can explore what becomes of a forgotten few stranded on the world’s most isolated island chain. While capitalizing on the very real dilemma of a state facing serious sustainability issues, this novel aims to blend page-turning excitement with the powerful parent-child dynamics and myopic intensity of Cormac McCarthy’s The Road (though, alas: my sentences contain verbs). Coincidentally, it would seem that J.J. Abram’s newest T.V. series premiering this fall shares some innovative elements with my work. I take this as a good sign that audiences remain enthusiastic about intelligent “blackout” narratives, and I’m confident that my story is different enough to synergistically play off of Chicago-based Revolution. As a resident of Hilo, Hawai`i, I channeled my relationship with my own daughter in writing this chilling adventure. While Leilani and her father face imaginative challenges and plot twists along their journey home, this odyssey focuses primarily on a strong and memorable father-daughter relationship that will resonate with readers long after they finish turning the pages.

I am currently studying for my Masters degree at UH-Hilo. I hope to make writing into a career and I’m seeking a long-term relationship with an agent who will push me to success in a variety of genres. The first chapter is attached as a Word doc. May I please send you more? The full ms is available at your request. This is an exclusive query for one week and I am eager to hear back from you.

Thank you very much!
Austin Aslan


Thank you for stopping by!
I hope you enjoyed learning a little about Austin Aslan!

Before you go…

1. Enter my paperback giveaway mentioned above.
2. Comment on this blog to let me know you stopped by!
3. Be sure to hop on over to KAT ELLIS’s blog for the next clue!!