Friday, October 18, 2013

Fall Into Fantasy Giveaway!

Welcome to the Fall Into Fantasy Giveaway, hosted by urban fantasy author Ash Krafton’s Demimonde… 

 This year, more than FIFTY AUTHORS of fantasy and paranormal books are giving away books and swag. Hope you’re ready to start clicking and start winning because the Rafflecopter awaits!

Giveaway runs until October 31st...plenty of time to get all your entries in...

The authors: Ash Krafton, Red Tash, Rhonda Parrish, Niteblade Magazine, Sascha Illyvich, Jami Gray, Stacy Claflin, Sharon Saracino, Marsha A. Moore, Kim Smith, Alison Beightol, Prudence MacLeod, Shannon McRoberts, Rosalie Skinner, Tricia Schneider, Liv Rancourt, Debbie Christiana, Fabio Bueno, Carmen DeSousa, Lyndi Alexander, Sheryl Nantus, Sharon Buchbinder, Jane Lebak, Terri Rochenski, Marian Allen, Etta Jean, Angela Brown, Mimi Sebastian, John Hundley, Julia Crane, Lisa Kessler, Gregory S. Close, Nana Prah, James Garcia Jr, Angela Myron, Nicole Zoltack, Robin Lythgoe, Georgia Lyn Hunter, Andrea R. Cooper, Kristine Croto, Cathrina Constantine, M. Pax, Stacy Claflin, Tina Moss and Yelena Casale, Mina Khan, Julie Flanders, Julie Reece, Jocelyn Adams, Elle J Rossi, Kiru Taye, Cesya MaRae Cuono, Jonathan D Allen, Kevin O. McLaughlin, Thomas Winship, Shah Wharton The books: BookBox: embed book widget, share book list BookBox: embed book widget, share book list BookBox: embed book widget, share book list The entry form: a Rafflecopter giveaway

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Friday, October 4, 2013

Awakening Blog Tour Featuring Christy Dorrity

About the Book

. . . because some Celtic stories won’t be contained in myth.

A little magic has always run in sixteen-year-old McKayla McCleery's family—at least that’s what she’s been told. McKayla’s eccentric Aunt Avril travels the world as a psychic for the FBI, and her mother can make amazing delicacies out of the most basic of ingredients. But McKayla doesn't think for a second that the magic is real—it’s just good storytelling. Besides, McKayla doesn’t need magic. She recently moved to beautiful Star Valley, Wyoming, and already she has a best friend, a solo in her upcoming ballet recital—and the gorgeous guy in her physics class keeps looking her way.

When an unexpected fascination with Irish dance leads McKayla to seek instruction from the mute, crippled janitor at her high school, she learns that her family is not the only one with unexplained abilities. After Aunt Avril comes to Star Valley in pursuit of a supernatural killer, people begin disappearing, and the lives of those McKayla holds most dear are threatened.

When the janitor reveals that an ancient curse, known as a geis, has awakened deadly powers that defy explanation, McKayla is forced to come to terms with what is real and what is fantasy. A thrilling debut novel based in Celtic mythology, Awakening is a gripping young adult fantasy rife with magic, romance, and mystery.

Awakening (The Geis, #1)

Praise for Awakening

"AWAKENING is a wonder and a delight. Christy Dorrity is a talent to watch."
~David Farland, New York Times bestselling author of Nightingale

"I thoroughly enjoyed AWAKENING, a captivating and unique debut novel that creatively integrates Irish dance."
~ CHRIS NAISH, Riverdance member and Creative Director of Fusion Fighters Irish dancers.
About the Author

Christy Dorrity lives in the mountains with her husband, five children, and a cocker spaniel. She grew up on a trout ranch in Star Valley, Wyoming, and is the author of The Geis series for young adults, and The Book Blogger’s Cookbooks. Christy is a champion Irish dancer and when she’s not reading or writing, she’s probably trying out a new recipe in the kitchen.

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Monday, August 19, 2013

Children's Writers Blog Hop

I'd like to thank Mikey Brooks for inviting me to take part in the Children's Writers Blog Hop. You can find his post here as well as links to four other awesome authors that are part of this round of the hop.
Now, onto the questions:
1. What are you working on right now?
Right now I'm working on the sequel to my MG fairy tale fantasy THE TROUBLE WITH TOADS that is tentatively titled as THE TROUBLE WITH (fill-in-the-blank). TOADS began the story of Bettony, an ugly stepsister who wasn't about to sit back and accept the fate common to all ugly/wicked stepsisters. Namely: a quick and sudden demise or a long life filled with drudgery and unhappiness. For Bettony, the solution is magic. Unfortunately, magic is also the problem.
In the sequel, Bettony not only has to wrangle with her magic, which has a distressing tendency to have a mind of its own, but she also has to navigate Society with its Rules of Propriety, formal balls, and coming to terms with who she truly is inside--magic, warts, and all.
I'm also dabbling with the sequel to OF WIND AND WINTER. OF FIREBIRDS AND FROST picks up right where WINTER left off with Aneira--the future Snow Queen--trying to find her place in a world when she is neither completely mortal nor quite immortal.
2. How does it differ from other works in its genre?
My books--in general, and this series specifically--are a mix of old and new. Same and different. All of them, so far, have fairy tale elements and tropes woven through. A few are re-tellings with a twist (The Fairy Godmother Dilemma series; the third book in the Tales of the Snow Queen series), but the rest are original tales with threads of fairy tales woven through.
My Secret Stepsister Society series (THE TROUBLE WITH TOADS, THE TROUBLE WITH (fill-in-the-blank)) is different in that it's from the ugly stepsister's point of view. Not only that, but the ugly stepsister is the heroine and the premise of the series is that even ugly/wicked stepsisters ought to have at least a shot at having a Happily Every After. Because, really, what does it say about society if only the obedient and beautiful are deserving of happiness? (Not to mention that *technically* even Cinderella was a stepsister.)
3. Why do you write what you do?
Writing what I do, to me, is the purest form of being myself. I write the stories busily spinning themselves in my self-conscience. I write at an MG level because that is the age range I most love. Kids are bright and intelligent, inquisitive, and open to the possibilities of What Could Be (No Matter How Unlikely).
The stories that make it into the world are stories that grabbed hold of me and didn't let go. They're different parts of me thinking through questions I might have, experimenting with ideas, and in general Things I'm Trying to Figure Out.
4. How does your writing process work?
For me, a story always begins with either the premise or the character. More often, it begins with a character. I'll get a faint wisp of the character--an expression, their voice, a bit of back story, or a thread of what's going on in their lives right now--that grabs hold of me and won't let go.
My sub-conscious mind is where all the story making happens. Plots are woven, characters fleshed out, and ideas created. My conscious brain is only there is so far as it keeps me upright and my fingers moving. My brain rarely allows me the courtesy of peering behind the curtain into my sub-conscious, so I generally have no idea what I'm going to write even as I'm writing it. :)
I've learned early on that if I try to interfere with the Story (i.e. sit down and plot or write what I think ought to happen), I end up with writer's block. So I sit down as often as I can--during nap time and after the chipmunks are tucked snug in their beds--and just allow myself to write.
Me again. Because I evidently slipped on the Time-Space Continuum, I don't yet have the links to the authors I'll be tagging. >.< I will have the links posted next Monday on my blog. And because I always love finding new kidlit authors, if you're one or know of some awesome kidlit authors, let me know in the comments below. :)
PS: If you have sent an email and/or book request, I probably got it. Due to a Real Life Avalanche I'm still dealing with, on top of expecting another chipmunk, I'm massively behind on my general behindedness. I apologize for the inconvenience, and will be getting through the emails/requests as quickly as I can. Thanks for your patience!

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Middle Grade Magic, and Mischief, and Mayhem, Oh My! (eBook Sale)

Before I get to the details of the ebook sales, I wanted to say thank you first.

Over the last two days, my husband threw me a surprise book bomb for The Trouble With Toads. I'd been (and still am) dealing with some health issues related to adrenal fatigue and morning sickness (if by morning sickness you mean all day, every day, until the baby is born), so when he asked for permission to throw the book bomb, I said sure. My expectations were low, because my online activities only get whatever energy I have left after taking care of my kidlets, and I really haven't had much of any to spare for a number of months. I also tend to write a book, get it put together, publish it, and forget about it. And since I'm working on TOADS 2, TOADS 1 was already a distant memory. :D

Imagine my surprise when I checked my book page periodically and found the ranking going down, down, down, and down some more. We topped out at #7,752 in the paid Kindle Store overall last night.

I say we, because I couldn't have done this on my own. So I wanted to publicly thank everyone for their support, whether it was to purchase TOADS, to help spread the word, or whatever other wonderful things you've been doing. I truly appreciate each and every one of you and have treasured your support, words of encouragement, and friendship.

Thank you. :)

As for the book sale, even though I raised TOADS back up to $2.99, Amazon has decided to keep it on sale (67% off) at $0.99. This is a win-win for everyone. Thank you for helping to make that happen!

Now, onto the book sale stuff. Beyond the 30 awesome Tween reads that are on sale for $0.99 through Friday, a couple of my other books are on sale, as well as some Kindle deals for some other awesome books:

The Trouble With Toads is on sale for $0.99 at Amazon only. Not sure how long the sale will last. Regular price will be $3.99.

Of Wind and Winter is on sale for $0.99 through this Friday. (The second and third tales will be out this year, with the fourth--and last--coming out early next year.) Regular price is $3.99.

If you are looking for picture books, Mikey Brooks has his entire collection up for free today.

Monique Bucheger's The Secret Sisters Club book 1  is free today, with the second book being $0.99.

Christine Fonseca's Lacrimosa is on sale for $2.99, with Dies Irae and Mea Culpa being free.

Angie Lofthouse's Refuge, Consecrated, and Renegade are $0.99. 

Thanks again for being so awesome and happy reading!

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Summer Reads for Tweens: ebooks for $0.99 This Week Only!

I am part of a 99 cent eBook sale taking place this week, Monday-Friday (June17-21). Check out these great books that will ALL BE JUST $.99 EACH!! Reads for Tweens:
  1. Six Degrees Lost, by Linda Benson
  2. The GirlRemembered Horses, by Linda Benson 
  3. The Dream Keeper, by Mikey Brooks
  4. Night Children: Dark Threats, by Scott Bryan
  5. The Secret Sisters Club, by Monique Bucheger
  6. Trouble Blows West, by Monique Bucheger 
  7. Prelude to a Hero (Chronicles of a Hero), by Jamie D. Buckley 
  8. Through the Mirror and Into Snow (Before Happily Ever After), by Ann T Bugg
  9. Michaela’s Gift, by Cordelia Dinsmore
  10. Of Mice and Magic, by David Farland
  11. The Sapphire Flute, by Karen E. Hoover
  12. TheArmor of Light, by Karen E. Hoover
  13. Two Souls Are Better Than One, by Karen E. Hoover
  14. Andthe Mountain Burns, by Karen E. Hoover
  15. The Quill Pen, by Michelle Isenhoff
  16. Song of theMountain, by Michelle Isenhoff
  17. The Color of Freedom, by Michelle Isenhoff
  18. Taylor Davis and the Flame of Findul, by Michelle Isenhoff
  19. Gangsterland, by Ansha Kotyk
  20. Andy Smithson: Blast of the Dragon's Fury, by L.R.W. Lee
  21. Of Wind and Winter, by Danyelle Leafty
  22. The Circle of Law, by Lia London
  23. Magian High, by Lia London
  24. A Pony For The Fair, by Inge Moore
  25. The Hidden Sun, by J. Lloyd Morgan
  26. The Super Spies and the High School Bomber, by Lisa Orchard
  27. The Super Spies and the Cat Lady Killer, by Lisa Orchard
  28. Trapped: A Tale of Friendship Bog, by Gloria Repp
  29. A Difference of Purpose: A Novel of the American Civil War, by Terry Soileau
  30. The Mother-Earth Series Omnibus, by Alan Tucker (3 books in one!)
1.      Six Degrees Lost, by Linda Benson
2.      The Girl Who Remembered Horses, by Linda Benson 
3.      The Dream Keeper, by Mikey Brooks
4.      Night Children: Dark Threats, by Scott Bryan
5.      The Secret Sisters Club, by Monique Bucheger
6.      Trouble Blows West, by Monique Bucheger 
8.      Michaela’s Gift, by Cordelia Dinsmore 
9.      Of Mice and Magic, by David Farland
10.  The Sapphire Flute, by Karen E. Hoover
11.  The Armor of Light, by Karen E. Hoover
12.  Two Souls Are Better Than One, by Karen E. Hoover
13.  And the Mountain Burns, by Karen E. Hoover
14.  The Quill Pen, by Michelle Isenhoff
15.  Song of the Mountain, by Michelle Isenhoff
16.  The Color of Freedom, by Michelle Isenhoff
17.  Taylor Davis and the Flame of Findul, by Michelle Isenhoff
18.  Gangsterland, by Ansha Kotyk
20.  Slippers of Pearl, by Danyelle Leafty
21.  Of Wind and Winter, by Danyelle Leafty
22.  The Circle of Law, by Lia London
23.  Magian High, by Lia London
24.  A Pony For The Fair, by Inge Moore
25.  The Hidden Sun, by J. Lloyd Morgan
28.  Trapped: A Tale of Friendship Bog, by Gloria Repp
30.  The Mother-Earth Series Omnibus, by Alan Tucker (3 books in one!)