Saturday, August 31, 2013

Book News: STONEWISER fantasy trilogy FREE on Kindle TODAY through September 2nd

Here it is, Folks!
Dora Machado’s entire Stonewiser award-winning fantasy trilogy, published by Mermaid Press, FREE on Kindle.
WHEN?  Starting today, from Saturday August 31 to Monday September 2
To get your free download NOW from the Kindle store, click on each title below. It’s as simple as that!

Winner of the 2009 Benjamin Franklin Award for best Debut Novel
Finalist for 2009 Foreword Book of the Year Award for SFF
————————————————-
Winner of the 2010 Independent Publisher (IPPY) Gold Medal for SF/F
Finalist for the 2010 ForeWord Book of the Year Award for SF/F
————————————————-
Winner of the 2012 Independent Publisher (IPPY) Silver Medal for SF/F
Finalist for the 2012 ForeWord Book of the Year Award for SF/F
For those of you audio book lovers, the first book in the series, Stonewiser: The Heart of the Stone is now available from Audible. Be sure to check it out!

Friday, August 30, 2013

Interview with Dora Machado, author of 'The Curse Giver'

The Curse Giver banner


CurseGiver_Front Cover Final 1ABOUT THE CURSE GIVER

Lusielle's bleak but orderly life as a remedy mixer is shattered when her husband betrays her and she is sentenced to die for a crime she didn't commit. She's on the pyre, about to be burned, when a stranger breaks through the crowd and rescues her from the flames. Brennus, Lord of Laonia is the last of his line. He is caught in the grip of a mysterious curse that has murdered his kin, doomed his people and embittered his life. To defeat the curse, he must hunt a birthmark and kill the woman who bears it in the foulest of ways. Lusielle bears such a mark. Stalked by intrigue and confounded by the forbidden passion flaring between them, predator and prey must come together to defeat not only the vile curse, but also the curse giver who has already conjured their ends. PURCHASE AT: amazonbarnes and noble         ADD BOOK ON GOODREADS: goodreads        

Can you start out by telling us whether you are published for the first time or are you multi-published?

I'm a multi-published author. My first three books are part of the Stonewiser series, and they include Stonewiser: The Heart of the Stone (2009), Stonewiser: The Call of the Stone (2010), and Stonewiser: The Lament of the Stone (2012). I'm really excited about my latest book, The Curse Giver (July 2013), a stand-alone fantasy romance that has just been released by Twilight Times Books.

When you were published for the first time, which route did you go – mainstream, small press, vanity published, or self-published and why or how did you choose this route?

I went with a small press, a micro press really, mostly because I knew that, as a new author, I was going to have a hard time getting picked up by a larger press, but also because the small press offered me an incredible opportunity and lots of involvement in the process of publishing my book. For The Curse Giver, I went with Twilight Times Books, a small to medium independent press that publishes in critically acclaimed books.

How long did it take you to get published once you signed the contract?

The first time, it took about seven months. The Curse Giver took about a year.

How did it make you feel to become published for the first time and how did you celebrate?

It was an awesome feeling and I celebrated with more writing, by finishing my second book.

What was the first thing you did as far as promotion when you were published for the first time?

The first thing? Hmm. Let me think. I did an interview for SFFmedia.com. It was a really in-depth interview that made me think hard about the novel I had just written. It was a very positive and eye-opening experience, and even though interviews are commonplace in my life these days, that's the interview that taught me all about interviews.

Since you’ve been published, how have you grown as a writer and now a published author?

I have grown in so many different ways since I've been published! When I finished my first book, I didn't know anything about the publishing industry, the trends, the monumental changes taking place for readers and writers everywhere, and the challenges of marketing books. Since then, I've become quite educated, mostly out of necessity. I've also learned a lot about my readers, what they want, how they want it. Thanks to them, I think I'm a much better writer today than I was when I first started.

What has surprised or amazed you about the publishing industry as a whole?

The incredible rate of change that has taken place in the last five, ten years.  From the technical innovations that have reshaped the industry, to our attitudes about reading, writing and publishing, to the shifts in how we read, buy and promote books, I'm blown away every day by how fast and thoroughly the industry is channeling change.

What is the most rewarding thing about being a published author?

The readers, definitively the readers. They  are the ones joining me in my mind's adventures. They're my partners and traveling companions and they deserve every good word, line and paragraph I can manage.

Any final words for writers who dream of being published one day?


Keep at it. It might be confusing out there some days, but there's more opportunity than ever for good writers to tell a great story. Don't be distracted by all the hoopla. Write all the way to The End.
divider

doramachadoABOUT DORA MACHADO

Dora Machado is the award winning author of the Stonewiser series and her newest novel, The Curse Giver, coming this summer from Twilight Times Books. She is one of the few Latinas exploring her heritage and her world through the epic fantasy genre today. She holds a master's degree in business administration and graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Georgetown University. She was born in Michigan and grew up in the Dominican Republic, where she developed a bilingual fascination for writing, a love for history, and a taste for Merengue. After a lifetime of straddling such compelling but different worlds, fantasy is a natural fit to her stories. She enjoys long walks, traveling, and connecting with the amazing readers who share in her mind's adventures. She lives in Florida with her indulging husband and three very opinionated cats. You can visit her at www.doramachado.com  

WATCH THE TRAILER!


divider
 

The Curse Giver Virtual Book Publicity Tour Schedule

------------------------------------------------------------
Monday, August 5 - Book featured at Margay Leah Justice
Wednesday, August 7 - Interviewed at Review From Here
Friday, August 9 - Interviewed at Examiner
Monday, August 12 - Guest blogging at Literarily Speaking
Tuesday, August 13 - Interviewed at Straight from the Authors Mouth
Thursday, August 15 - Guest blogging at She Writes
Friday, August 16 - Interviewed at Beyond the Book
Monday, August 19 - Book reviewed and Trailer reveal at Miki's Hope
Wednesday, August 21 - Guest blogging at Literal Exposure
Thursday, August 22 - Book featured at As the Pages Turn
Friday, August 23 - Interviewed at I'm Shelf-ish
Tuesday, August 27 - 1st chapter reveal at Examiner
Wednesday, August 28 - Interviewed at Pump Up Your Book
Thursday, August 29 - Book reviewed at moonlightreader
Friday, August 30 - Guest blogging at The Writer's Life
--------------------------------------------------------------
Pump Up Your Book

Thursday, August 29, 2013

About Goblins by Mike Phillips, author of 'The World Below'


The World BelowABOUT THE WORLD BELOW

In ancient times, magical creatures inhabited the earth. They lived on mountaintops, in trees, at the bottom of lakes and rivers. But that was long ago, before the human race declared war on the creatures they feared and hated. Now the enchanted peoples are all but gone. Those few that remain fear being stretched out on an examination table in some secret, governmental facility. The only place they can hide from the ever increasing number of satellites and smart phones is in the World Below. Mitch Hardy is going through a hard time in his life. In his early twenties, he was working his way through college when he suffered an accident that left him flat broke and physically deformed. When Mitch decides to make a fresh start in a new town, things start looking up. He finds a place to live, a decent job, good friends. He even meets a nice girl. Unknown to Mitch, his new girlfriend is one of the Elder Race, what some call the Faerie Folk. Mitch doesn’t know that Elizabeth is looking for a father she never knew. The key to finding him is somehow tied up with the mysterious Blade of Caro. Desperate, she steals the Blade from its protector, the despotic ruler of the World Below, the Dragon of Worms, Baron Finkbeiner. When Elizabeth is kidnapped by the Baron, Mitch is pulled into a world or magic and monsters he never imagined. Purchase at: amazonbn

About Goblins:

Hello, everyone. Mike Phillips here. Thank you for joining me on the book tour. I was asked to talk a little about the characters in my new horror/urban fantasy novel, The World Below. Some of the more interesting characters in the book are the goblins. Goblins live on the fringes of human society. They make their homes in junk yards, abandoned buildings, sewer systems, and anywhere else people try to avoid. Once they find a likely spot, the get to work. Goblins are clever with tools and machinery. They will use and repurpose anything they can get their hands on, so many of their dwellings look like they were designed by frat-boys. Not always the best of neighbors, goblins have to take security seriously. They construct elaborate pitfalls to keep themselves safe from enemies like collapsing tunnels, pongee pits, and mechanical traps. Thanks again for joining me on the tour. Please visit me at mikephillipsfantasy.com Take care, Mike Phillips


divider
 

Mike PhillipsABOUT MIKE PHILLIPS

Mike Phillips is author of The World Below and Reign of the Nightmare Prince. His short stories have appeared in ParAbnormal Digest, Cemetery Moon, Sinister Tales, Beyond Centauri, the World of Myth, Mystic Signals and many others. Online, his work has appeared in Lorelei Signal, Kzine, Bewildering Stories, Midnight Times, and Fringe. He is best known for his Crow Witch and Patrick Donegal series. Please visit Mike at mikephillipsfantasy.com.
----------------------------------------------------------------
 

Pump Up Your Book and Mike Phillips are teaming up to give you two chances to win a $50 Amazon Gift Card!

Here's how it works:

Each person will enter this giveaway by liking, following, subscribing and tweeting about this giveaway through the Rafflecopter form placed on blogs throughout the tour. If your blog isn't set up to accept the form, we offer another way for you to participate by having people comment on your blog then directing them to where they can fill out the form to gain more entries. This promotion will run from August 5 - October 25. The winner will be chosen randomly by Rafflecopter, contacted by email and announced on October 26, 2013. Each blogger who participates in the The World Below virtual book tour is eligible to enter and win. Visit each blog stop below to gain more entries as the Rafflecopter widget will be placed on each blog for the duration of the tour. If you would like to participate, email Tracee at tgleichner(at)gmail.com.  What a great way to not only win this fabulous prize, but to gain followers and comments too! Good luck everyone!

ENTER TO WIN!

a Rafflecopter giveaway ----------------------------------------------------------

The World Below Virtual Book Publicity Tour Schedule

------------------------------------------------------------
Monday, August 5 - Book featured on My Devotional Thoughts
Tuesday, August 6 - Guest blogging at Book Marketing Buzz
Wednesday, August 7 - 1st chapter reveal at As the Pages Turn
Friday, August 9 - Interviewed at Review From Here
Tuesday, August 13 - Interviewed at Pump Up Your Book
Thursday, August 15 - Guest blogging at The Self Taught Cook
Monday, August 19 - Book featured at Far From Reality
Tuesday, August 20 - Book reviewed at Must Read Faster
Wednesday, August 21 - Book featured at Authors and Readers Book Corner
Thursday, August 22 - 1st chapter reveal at Far From Reality
Friday, August 23 - Book featured at Between the Covers
Monday, August 26 - Guest blogging at Janna Shay
Wednesday, August 28 - Book featured at Literal Exposure
Thursday, August 29 - Guest blogging at The Writer's Life
Friday, August 30 - Interviewed at Broowaha
--------------------------------------------------------------
Pump Up Your Book

"Five Sense-ible Ways To Improve Your Writing," by Shelley K. Wall

Want to immerse your readers deeper into your book? Need to keep their attention to the very last word? Here are five steps you should always take before submitting a manuscript to a publisher–or if you self-pub, do it before you even think about publishing. Even if you have someone editing your work, use these five simple ways to activate your writing:
Wait until you’re finished–or stop at some point in the middle–doesn’t matter.
Step 1. Peruse your manuscript for the word “said” (or any dialogue tag) and get rid of as much as possible. Do NOT substitute words like yelled, screamed, spoke, whispered, etc. either. If you want someone to be totally immersed in your words, you should describe the actions and provide the words. It’s not necessary to add a dialogue tag. That will just pull the person out of the head of the character and make them a spectator.
Example:
One of my characters is explaining a past relationship to another character in this particular situation. It’s a very simple conversation. First, I’ll give the wrong way to tell it, then an example of better.
Wrong:
Caroline rolled her eyes and said, ““I already explained—ancient history. There’s nothing to tell. We knew each other in college, that’s all. I left—he took a fancy job and started his career.”
Better:
Caroline rolled her eyes, “I already explained—ancient history. There’s nothing to tell. We knew each other in college, that’s all. I left—he took a fancy job and started his career.” She dropped a hand to her hip, whirled, and left before Abby could respond.
Using dialogue tags isn’t necessary if the person’s actions are described from the character’s point of view. The actions normally will punctuate the words and show the emotion.
Step 2. Now look for “sight words”. He saw/She saw. He observed/She observed, etc. Same thing here. It’s not necessary to say your character saw anything. Just describe what was seen. This is the difference between being in the character’s head and just being an audience. In fact, all of the steps are actually focused on getting deeper into the perspective or point of view that you’re telling from.
Example:
Wrong:
As Cassie sat in her car, she observed the red taillights in front of her. She waited for them to change color and signify
that traffic moved again. She realized she had forgotten to turn on the alarm before she rushed out.
Better:
As Cassie sat in her car, waiting for the red taillights in front of her to change color and signify that traffic moved again, regret surged through her shoulders in a shudder. She had forgotten to turn on the alarm before she rushed out. 
(Note this also cleaned up the statement “she realized”).
Step 3. Now search the entire document for “heard”. This is where you can have a lot of fun by describing the sound.  The example below is pretty basic but you get the idea.
Example:
Wrong:
Jason stepped through the door and heard it click shut behind him. The sound of papers rustling broke the otherwise stifling silence.
Better:
Jason’s new shoes screeched against the tile as he entered her office. A lump formed in his throat. He waited for acknowledgement from the principal who ignored his entry. The door clanked closed against his back, shoving him further into the room. The rasping papers that she moved added to the stifling silence.
You could also go one better and change the last two sentences above as follows:
Clank. The door closed behind him, propelling him into the room. The rasping of the papers in her hand added to the stifling silence.
At this point, you probably know that I’m concentrating on the five senses and telling you to go deep into the mind of the person and describe those senses as they occur. Don’t just use the obvious words–that’s simply narrating the story.
Step 4. Now let’s get physical–touchy/feely. Look for words like touched and felt, using the same method of deepening the reader into the story . I usually search for “felt” and try to remove it as much as possible.
Example:
Wrong:
Abby felt nervous about seeing Carter for the first time since she’d sent the text. He would be upset, she knew.
Better:
Abby glanced out the window. The grey sky was dismal which just added to the somberness of the day. Coldness ran down her shoulders and she shivered. Why had she sent that stupid text message? It was a horrible thing to do. How could she possibly face him now?
Example 2:
Wrong:
Adam felt her fingers on his skin. They were soft, supple, and stroking. It was a warmth he needed.
Better:
The warmth of Jennifer’s fingers trickled down Adam’s back, soft, supple, and sparking a craving for more. The only human contact he had seen in years had left marks. He tensed, half-expecting the sting. It never came. He sighed and finally relaxed  to bask in the gentleness of the moment.
Step 5.  I’m going to combine two here because they are usually less prevalent than the others. AND in this one, you likely won’t replace existing words but actually just insert more into portions of your work. Look for your main scenes of conflict–the ones where the story makes a definitive swing in one direction or another. Read through them and look for opportunities to add smell and taste into the mix. If it’s a fight scene outside, make a quick note of the smells around them, or perhaps the taste of blood after a punch. If it’s a love scene–what does his/her skin smell like? or taste like?
Example (I’m not going to give a wrong way here–mainly because adding the scent of the person or the taste can be done so many ways):
This was taken from my upcoming book, Text Me:
Oh, hell, why not. He reached out and slid his fingers behind her head, wrapping the ponytail between his thumb and fingers. He yanked her close and dropped his mouth on the lips that had him tied in knots the minute she walked in. Holy Shit. She tasted like apples. And sin. Or maybe heaven.
The key point in all of these steps revolves around immersing your reader into the story AS IF they are the person that is experiencing the action and not just a bystander. If you make these five steps part of your normal editing process, you’ll be sure to strengthen the story.
None of these steps are substitutes for editing your grammar, spelling, etc. Make sure you do that as well.
Have a great day and Happy Writing!
 ---------------------------------

Shelley grew up near Kansas City, graduated from Oklahoma State University, and took post graduate courses from OSU and the University of Wyoming. She has traveled extensively, lived internationally, and now calls Texas home.

She has worked for many years in Information Technology, as a Network Engineer, a Project Manager, Operations Director, and I.T. Director (Department Head). She holds several technical certifications and is proud to say she mastered many technologies few women ventured toward in her early years while working 24 hour days. 

She's a member of Houston Literary Guild, Romance Writers of America, The Writer's Guild, and Sisters In Crime (SinC)--and several techie organizations that we won't mention. Her work is varied and has been compared to several big named authors. and artists as time allows though writing her latest book is normally the priority.

twitter: @skwallbooks






Wednesday, August 28, 2013

My Past Decisions Have Made Me Who I Am Today by Doe Running Deer Book Blast - Win a $25 Amazon Gift Card!

Doe Running Deer Book Blast

ABOUT MY PAST DECISIONS HAVE MADE ME WHO I AM TODAY

My Past Decisions Book CoverFor author Doe Running Deer, life has been a series of tragedy and healing. In My Past Decisions Have Made Me Who I Am Today, she narrates the stories of her trials and tribulations, sharing how faith helped her get through the difficult periods. Using personal anecdotes to illustrate how God has worked in her life, she explores the doubts, fears, and perplexities she experienced and describes how she found comfort and guidance in the Bible and through prayer. In this memoir, she recalls growing up as the oldest of four in a small Texas town against the backdrop of her parents’ alcoholism and marital issues; being molested by a cousin at an early age; being introduced to Jesus Christ in her teenage years; marrying an alcoholic; and enduring his subsequent suicide. With scriptural examples to highlight key points, My Past Decisions Have Made Me Who I am Today serves to communicate the message that there is healing and that God is listening and is rescuing his people from their hurts and pains.

Purchase your copy:

iuniverse

divider

ABOUT DOE RUNNING DEER

Doe Running Deer is retired and lives in Texas, where she was born and raised, after having lived in a variety of places throughout the United States. Running Deer is currently married and has two daughters and two grandsons.  

Win a $25 Amazon Gift Card or Paypal Cash!

Terms & Conditions:
  • By entering the giveaway, you are confirming you are at least 18 years old.
  • One winner will be chosen via Rafflecopter to receive one $25 Amazon Gift Certificate or Paypal Cash.
  • This giveaway begins August 26 - September 6.
  • Winners will be contacted via email on Saturday September 7, 2013.
  • Winner has 48 hours to reply.
Good luck everyone!

ENTER TO WIN!

a Rafflecopter giveaway
book blast schedule
Monday, August 26 - Mary's Cup of Tea
Monday, August 26 - My Devotional Thoughts
Tuesday, August 27 - Review From Here
Tuesday, August 27 - Books r Us 
Tuesday, August 27 - Freda's Voice
Wednesday, August 28 - Icefairy's Treasure Chest
Wednesday, August 28 - The Writer's Life 
Thursday, August 29 - As the Pages Turn
Thursday, August 29 - Minding Spot
Friday, August 30 - The Dark Phantom
Friday, August 30 - Jody's Book Reviews
Monday, September 2 - Between the Covers
Monday, September 2 - She Writes
Tuesday, September 3 - I'm Shelfish
Tuesday, September 3 - Plug Your Book
Wednesday, September 4 - Literarily Speaking
Wednesday, September 4 - Allvoices
Thursday, September 5 - Beyond the Books
Thursday, September 5 - Redroom
Friday, September 6 - Literal Exposure
Friday, September 6 - Book Marketing Buzz
dividerline132
Pump Up Your Book
 

Interview with Marty Weiss, author of 'The Alchemist Agenda'



The Alchemist AgendaABOUT THE ALCHEMIST AGENDA

When Charlie Rocklin and his company Gold Diggers Exploration set out to recover a 17th century shipwreck, they discover an undocumented Nazi submarine with enigmatic symbols. Ariel Ellis, a femme fatale historian with a mysterious past, proves that the U-boat contains the key to a formula more valuable than any sunken treasure, and more deadly than any weapon that has ever existed. In this globetrotting international adventure, Charlie and Ariel uncover an accelerating tempest of secrecy, lies, and agendas, fighting not only for the truth, but for their lives. Weiss's debut novel is a lightning-paced story with surprises at every turn, and shows us that our personal legends may be more real than we ever could have imagined. Purchase at: amazonbn     Add to Goodreads: goodreads

 Q: Thank you for this interview, Marty Weiss. Can you tell us what your latest book, The Alchemist Agenda, is all about? 

 A: A nautical treasure hunter discovers an undocumented sunken U-Boat filled with Nazi gold and he teams with a beautiful history professor to uncover the secrets of alchemy. Only they aren't the only ones who know about its existence.

 Q: Do you tend to base your characters on real people or are they totally from your imagination? 

 A: The characters are all imagined, but I see aspects of myself and other people that I know seep in all the time.

 Q: Are you consciously aware of the plot before you begin a novel, or do you discover it as you write? 

 A: I start with a fairly intricate outline but things change a lot once I start writing.

 Q: Your book is set in Prague. Can you tell us why you chose this city in particular? 

 A: When I was in Prague, I wandered around Staré Město, the old part of town, and came across several references to alchemy. I thought about how interesting it would be if early chemists really had discovered how to turn base into gold, and what they would have had to do to protect it during Eastern Europe’s tumultuous and violent past, especially during World War II. I had learned that Prague was the center of 16th century occultism, so it was a perfect place for this adventure to begin. And from there, the hero and heroine venture off to Barcelona, Amsterdam, and Venice.

 Q: Does the setting play a major part in the development of your story? 

 A: Those cities are all surrounded by water, some of the most integrated water transports in the world, which is an integral aspect to the alchemy mythology in the story.

 Q: Open the book to page 69. What is happening? 

 A: Jonathan has just learned that trigger-happy treasure hunters badly want the artifacts he found underwater. Ariel has planned their escape to find out why.

 Q: Can you give us one of your best excerpts? 

 A: Charlie’s father looks up at him from the hospital bed, a jaundiced gaze from the morphine infused to numb the pain. Charlie gives up asking him questions about last wishes, concerns, or requests. The old man won’t talk. He never had the gift for gab, not before the morphine, not ever. Charlie takes it personally now, always had; but for the first time, he takes into consideration that his old man’s old man had done the same to him. He realizes that it was all they knew. It had been passed on from a different time and place, and they meant well, they all meant well, but nevertheless, it still hurt, and still did damage. One of life’s great ironies was that good intentions rarely do anything good, unless real change occurs, that is. Still, Charlie wishes the old man would reprimand him, tell him that he was a disappointment, a mistake, something. But he just returns the blank stare. Charlie has nothing but time to ponder this silence, a seemingly wasted opportunity, so ludicrous, it must be a gift, some strange demonstration to relinquish any responsibility or burden that his father knows he carries. On the other hand, Charlie needs something to fill the silence in the room. Anything. His mind races through all the possibilities. And he comes to this: Maybe this is the best that the old man can do, the most he can give— an invitation to his deathbed. Charlie is the only person his old man has allowed in this room. Not Charlie’s mother. Not Charlie’s siblings. Not the old man’s new wife. Not the old man’s new kids. Just Charlie. Just the son he would not talk to. And then the old man grabs his hand as he gasps for his last breath. Charlie can see this in his final expression. He doesn’t want to go. But the old man no longer has a choice as life drains from his body, a violent, horrifying, charge causing his body to lunge and then go limp. Dead. Charlie just stands there staring at his old man. He doesn’t remember how long he’s standing there, just staring, staring right back at his old man. And he doesn’t remember ever leaving that room, physically or otherwise.

 Q: Thank you so much for this interview, Marty Weiss. We wish you much success! 

 A: Thank you as well!
divider
 

ABOUT MARTY WEISS

Marty Weiss was born and raised in Chicago and decided that he wanted to make movies after spending a summer working on the set of John Hughes' movie "Sixteen Candles." After earning a B.S. in Journalism from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, and an M.F.A. in film and television from New York University, he directed national and international TV commercials for major Blue Chip brands as well as TV movies. He helmed his first feature film, "Vampires: The Turning," for Sony/Screen Gems Entertainment - an action/horror movie that evolved out of John Carpenter's "Vampires." It was filmed in Chiang Mai, Thailand and released worldwide in 2005. Weiss has filmed throughout North and South America, Eastern and Western Europe, and Southeast Asia, and has garnered numerous industry awards. His screen adaption of his debut novel, "The Alchemist Agenda," was the honored with the Best Screenplay award from Amazon Studios and is currently on their development slate for production. Weiss lives in Los Angeles with his wife Elisabeth and children Jasmine and Jake. Visit his blog at http://www.martinishotfilms.tv
divider
 

The Alchemist Agenda Virtual Book Publicity Tour Schedule

------------------------------------------------------------
Monday, July 1 - Book featured at Inside BJ's Head
Monday, July 1 - 1st chapter reveal at Rainy Day Reviews
Tuesday, July 2 - Book reviewed and guest blogging at Rainy Day Reviews
Tuesday, July 2 - 1st chapter reveal at Bibliophila, Please
Wednesday, July 3 - Book featured at Book Journey
Friday, July 5 - 1st chapter reveal at Mom with a Kindle
Monday, July 8 - Book reviewed at Miki's Hope
Tuesday, July 9 - Book featured at Tales of a Book Addict
Thursday, July 11 - 1st chapter reveal at Read 2 Review
Tuesday, July 16 - Book featured at My Cozie Corner
Thursday, July 18 - Interviewed at Review From Here
Tuesday, July 23 - Book reviewed at My Devotional Thoughts
Tuesday, July 23 - Guest blogging at Rural Mom
--------------------------------------------------------------
Pump Up Your Book

On the News: Award-winning fantasy trilogy STONEWISER to be available FREE on Kindle

Dear Romantic Fantasy Fans,
Mark your calendars!
For the first time ever and for a limited time, Dora Machado’s entire Stonewiser award-winning fantasy trilogy, published by Mermaid Press, will be available FREE on Kindle.
WHEN? From Saturday August 31 to Monday September 2
stonewiser-theheartofthestone-156x240
Winner of the 2009 Benjamin Franklin Award for best Debut Novel
Finalist for 2009 Foreword Book of the Year Award for SFF
Between truth and deception, between justice and abuse, a stonewiser stands alone with the stones. Or so begins the stonewiser’s oath. But what happens when a rebellious stonewiser discovers that lies have tainted the stone tales?
In a world devastated by the rot’s widespread destruction, only the tales preserved in the stones can uphold the truth and defend the Goodlands. In this world, stone truth is valued above anyone’s word, and stonewisers are the only ones capable of retrieving the tales from the stones, the only link between past and present, order and chaos.
Sariah is the most gifted stonewiser of her generation, but her talent does not atone for her shortcomings. A survivor of the Guild’s brutal training, she is curious, willful and disobedient. Yet not even Sariah is prepared for what she finds when she steals into the Guild’s Sacred Vaults: A mayhem of lies and intrigues that shatters her world.
Hunted, persecuted, and betrayed, Sariah must make an unlikely alliance with Kael, a cynical rebel leader pledged to a mysterious quest of his own. The fate of their dying world depends on their courage to overcome centuries of hatred and distrust. But not even the grueling journey has prepared them for what they are about to discover. Because nothing is really as it seems, and the truth is more intricate and devastating than they ever suspected….
————————————————-
Winner of the 2010 Independent Publisher (IPPY) Gold Medal for SF/F
Finalist for the 2010 ForeWord Book of the Year Award for SF/F
Sariah’s reward for revealing the stone truth: a death sentence.
The executioners have arrived and Sariah, the most powerful and controversial stonewiser of her generation, has been judged and condemned to death. For the last few months, Sariah has been hiding in the Rotten Domain, trying to find the elusive tale capable of uniting a divided people teetering on the brink of a catastrophic war. As she is dragged to the nets, where an eel rave has been stirred to maximize her execution’s gruesome spectacle, Sariah knows she cannot escape her sentence. She is guilty of the crimes for which she’s been condemned and no one, not even Kael, the Domain’s foremost rebel leader, can save her from the executioners’ righteous justice.
But Kael is more than just a formidable warrior; he is also a cunning strategist and Sariah’s steadfast lover. Risking all he has, he bargains with the greedy executioners, bribing them into delaying Sariah’s execution, buying her precious time and a last chance to realize the mysterious legacy that the stones have imposed on her. The agreement is hardly a reprieve. It encourages a mob to hunt Sariah for ransom, banishing her from the Rotten Domain and imposing heavy fines on anyone who tries to help her. Worse, it requires her to wear an irremovable, mysterious bracelet. If she doesn’t return to the executioners with the tale in hand when the allotted time expires, Kael and his kin will be ruined and the bracelet will kill her.
Hunted by the executioners, the Guild and the Shield, Sariah and Kael embark on a desperate search. Their journey will take them to the depths of the Rotten Domain, where Sariah must wise a guiding beam out of the wild tale stored in a stone-carved game. The beam will lead them through the warring Goodlands—where the rot is on the move—to the land beyond the Bastions, where a zealous people guard an ancient stone that could hold the key to their search. Along the way, Sariah and Kael must overcome deadly traps, torture, heartbreak, agonizing defeat and devastating losses in a desperate attempt to avoid war and answer the mysterious call of the stone.
————————————————-
Winner of the 2012 Independent Publisher (IPPY) Silver Medal for SF/F
Finalist for the 2012 ForeWord Book of the Year Award for SF/F
“Do you know why the stones grieve?” the woman said to Kael. “Not for a soul, I’ll tell you that much. The stones don’t grieve for the passing of a lowly woman or the madness of a smitten man. They don’t mourn death, or lost love, or broken dreams, or loneliness or despair. Yet you will make them wail. For you, the stones will weep.”
In their most perilous adventure yet, Sariah, the rogue stonewiser who stunned the world by discovering lies in the stones and defying the all-powerful Guild, and Kael, the rebel leader who against all odds loves her, must find a stolen child, the only one capable of setting rule upon chaos, preserving the future of stonewising, and defeating the rot ravaging the land. The stakes couldn’t be higher. The coveted child they seek is said to be an abomination. He is also their son.
It’s a daunting challenge. Their child is in the hands of a deceitful enemy who has fled to a mysterious ruler, a rival deity with unfathomable powers pledged to destroy the goddess and eradicate stonewising from the world. Worse yet, the land is engulfed in strife, the rot is spreading faster than ever, and Kael is haunted by a malevolent curse compelling him to kill the woman he loves.
In a dangerous journey fraught with shocking twists, Sariah and Kael must do more than defeat their foes, unravel the mystifying forces vying to control their lives, and discover the mysteries of ages past. They must challenge the stones, defy the goddess and confront their cursed fates. Because only by embracing their destinies do they stand a chance to save their child and their world.
For those of you audio book lovers, the first book in the series, Stonewiser: The Heart of the Stone is now available from Audible. Be sure to check it out!
————————————————-
Dora Tapestry 1 June 2013 (480x640)About Dora Machado
Dora Machado is the award winning author of the Stonewiser series and her newest novel, The Curse Giver, from Twilight Times Books, available July 2013. She is one of the few Latinas exploring her heritage and her world through the epic fantasy genre today. She holds a master’s degree in business administration and graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Georgetown University. She was born in Michigan and grew up in the Dominican Republic, where she developed a bilingual fascination for writing, a love for history, and a taste for Merengue.
After a lifetime of straddling such compelling but different worlds, fantasy is a natural fit to her stories. She enjoys long walks, traveling, and connecting with the amazing readers who share in her mind’s adventures. She lives in Florida with her indulging husband and three very opinionated cats. Visit her at www.DoraMachado.com.

By Its Cover by Deborah Hawkins, author of 'Dance for a Dead Princess'


Dance for a Dead Princess FinalABOUT DANCE FOR A DEAD PRINCESS

Wall Street Attorney Taylor Collins, has something Nicholas Carey, the 18th Duke of Burnham, has been searching for since the death of the Princess of Wales: the videotape Diana made in January 1997 before her death in August, naming her assassins.
Determined to avenge Diana’s death by exposing her killers, Nicholas lures Taylor to England with his promise to sell his ancestral home, Burnham Abbey,  to one of her clients, a boarding school for American girls.   But Nicholas, who has dated American actresses since the death of his beloved wife, ten years earlier and who has vowed never to fall in love again, is immediately overwhelmed with feelings for Taylor at their first meeting.
Taylor, unaware that Diana’s tape is in the estate of Mari, her long-time friend and client, and nursing her hurt over her broken engagement to a fellow attorney in her firm, brands Nicholas supremely spoiled and selfish and is in a hurry to finish the sale of the Abbey and return to New York.  But while working in the Abbey’s library, Taylor uncovers the Tudor-era love story of Thomas, the first duke and founder of the Carey family.  As she reads Thomas’s agonizing struggle to save the love of his life and the mother of his child, she begins to see Nicholas in a new light as he battles to save his sixteen-year-old ward Lucy, who is desperately unhappy and addicted to cocaine.  But just as Taylor’s own feelings for Nicholas become clear and at the moment she realizes she is in possession of Diana’s voice from the grave, she is confronted with evidence Nicholas may be responsible for a double murder.  When Nicholas is arrested and taken to Wandsworth Prison, Taylor sets out to learn the truth once and for all about Nicholas Carey and the death of the Princess of Wales. Purchase at: amazonbn
Add to Goodreads:
gr

BY ITS COVER


            Before your reader can encounter your magical prose, or be swept off his or her feet by your irresistible hero or enchanting heroine, you have to persuade that prospective reader to look inside your book.  And enticing the reader is the job of your book’s cover.   Nothing is more valuable in book marketing than the cover.
           
            Although “don’t judge a book by its cover” has been drilled into us from an early age, we do exactly that when we consider a prospective relationship with works of fiction or non.  This principle came to the forefront recently in a discussion with my Google advertising account representative as I considered an ad campaign with the legendary search engine giant.  I was lamenting my inability to come up with snappy key words to make my proposed ad highly visible to Google searchers when he assured me he could fill that gap without a problem.  But, he asked, what about your book’s cover?  And we both agreed without a great cover all the clever key words in his arsenal would not sell books.

            For me, a great cover features the title and author’s name in a legible but interesting font, and displays an image that hints at the book’s topic.  The image is very important for me because I often focus there first before my eye travels to the title and the author’s name.

            As a first-time author, I was anxious about finding an artist to create a great cover for Dance For A Dead Princess.  But I was very fortunate.  I found Judy Bullard on a Smashwords list of cover artists and loved the professional quality of her work. 

            Based upon a short summary of the plot and information about the real world images that inspired the book’s setting, Judy came up with a terrific cover on the first try.  I was delighted and amazed.  Her color scheme of lighter clouds against a darkening sky perfectly conveys the mystery-thriller component of the plot.  She placed Nicholas, the hero, and Taylor, the heroine, on opposite sides with Burnham Abbey and Princess Diana’s tiara in the center between them, showing the reader the dramatic themes that place them in opposing camps throughout much of the story.  I also loved the way the script she used for the title picks up the dainty swirls in Diana’s crown, just above it.   Finally, her attention to detail was impressive.  She contacted me before sending the proof to make sure she had gotten the color of Nicholas and Taylor’s eyes right! 

            Thanks to Judy’s work, any reader considering Dance For A Dead Princess knows at once the book is a romantic mystery involving royalty and a centuries-old country house.  Then, as soon as the reader scans the first few pages of the Prologue, it becomes clear the royalty is Diana, Princess of Wales, and the country house is Burnham Abbey which Nicholas, the Eighteenth Duke, is determined to destroy until he meets the woman he calls, “that remote star,”  Taylor Collins. 



----------------------------------------------------------------
 

Deborah HawkinsABOUT DEBORAH HAWKINS

Deborah grew up in the South, wrote her first novel at the of age thirteen, and has been writing ever since. In graduate school, she studied Irish Literature and came to believe all Irishmen and Southerners are born storytellers. In addition to writing, she loves music and plays the clarinet. Now that her children are grown, she devotes her time to law, music, writing, and her two Golden Retrievers, Melody and Rhythm.
Deborah taught college English and worked as a technical editor before going to law school. She worked for several large East Cost firms before coming to California in the mid-1980's where she developed a solo practice as an appellate attorney while raising her three children as a single parent. She is admitted to the bar in two states and the District of Columbia, is a certified appellate specialist, and has a Master of Laws in addition to a Masters in English. She believes that even a legal case always begins with a story. Visit her blog at: http://dhawkinsdotnet.wordpress.com/

WATCH THE VIDEO!


----------------------------------------------------------------
 

Pump Up Your Book and Deborah Hawkins are teaming up to give you a chance to win a new Kindle Fire HD!

Here's how it works:

Each person will enter this giveaway by liking, following, subscribing and tweeting about this giveaway through the Rafflecopter form placed on blogs throughout the tour. If your blog isn't set up to accept the form, we offer another way for you to participate by having people comment on your blog then directing them to where they can fill out the form to gain more entries. This promotion will run from July 1 - September 27. The winner will be chosen randomly by Rafflecopter, contacted by email and announced on September 28, 2013. Each blogger who participates in the Dance for a Dead Princess virtual book tour is eligible to enter and win. Visit each blog stop below to gain more entries as the Rafflecopter widget will be placed on each blog for the duration of the tour. If you would like to participate, email Tracee at tgleichner(at)gmail.com.  What a great way to not only win this fabulous prize, but to gain followers and comments too! Good luck everyone!

ENTER TO WIN!

a Rafflecopter giveaway ----------------------------------------------------------

Dance for a Dead Princess Virtual Book Publicity Tour Schedule

------------------------------------------------------------
Monday, July 1 - Book reviewed at The Phantom Paragrapher
Tuesday, July 2 - Book featured at Cindy's Love of Books
Wednesday, July 3 - Book featured at Laurie's Thoughts and Reviews
Thursday, July 4 - Interviewed at Read 2 Review
Friday, July 5 - First chapter reveal and review at Mom in Love with Fiction
Monday, July 8 - Up Close and Personal at Between the Covers
Tuesday, July 9 - Guest blogging at The Story Behind the Book
Wednesday, July 10 - Interviewed at Review From Here
Friday, July 12 - Book trailer reveal at Pump Up Your Book
Tuesday, July 16 - Guest blogging at The Writer's Life
Thursday, July 18 - Interviewed at Literal Exposure
Friday, July 19 - 5 Things post at Literarily Speaking
Tuesday, July 23 - Book reviewed at Miki's Hope
Wednesday, July 24 - Interviewed at Beyond the Books
Thursday, July 25 - Interviewed at Broowaha
Monday, August 5 - Book featured at Naturally Kim B
Tuesday, August 6 - Book featured at Maureen's Musings
Thursday, August 8 - Interviewed and Guest blogging at Janna Shay
Monday, August 12 - Book featured at Literary Winner
Tuesday, August 13 - Interviewed at Beyond the Books
Thursday, August 15 - Book reviewed at Naturally Kim B
Friday, August 16 - Book reviewed at Bless Their Heart Moms
Tuesday, August 20 - Guest blogging at Allvoices
Wednesday, August 21 - Interviewed at Pump Up Your Book
Monday, August 26 - 1st chapter reveal at Literary Winner
Wednesday, August 28 - Interviewed at The Writer's Life
Thursday, August 29 - Book featured at Plug Your Book
Friday, August 30 - Book reviewed at A Room Without Books is Empty
--------------------------------------------------------------
Pump Up Your Book