Monday, January 26, 2015

The Story of Awkward Art Project

With the King of Ash and Bone release day less than a week away, I've been fortunate to have a number of projects keeping me too busy to be anxious. I'll pop back in on Monday for the big release day blitz with Tressa's Wishful Endings, but for now I thought I'd share some progress on the most enjoyable project I've been working on.


The Story of Awkward Art Project is thoroughly underway, and it's been a strange sort of delight to watch main character Perri's sketchbook come to life. If you missed the prior post, this is from the YA fantasy The Story of Awkward by R.K. Ryals, wherein poor Perri falls into her own childhood fairytale for an adventure with a onetime nemesis. Once the art is compiled and sketchbook complete, it will be added to the story in both ebook and print.



You can follow our progress on Instagram and YouTube (where I've recently discovered and fallen for time lapse video) or at author R.K. Ryals's site: AuthorRKRyals.com

We've tried to make it more fun with Flipagrams:

And videos:



And we'd love to hear what you think.

You can download The Story of Awkward now at your favorite ebook retailers free (woohoo!), though the sketchbook will not be added until later this year (but will be available as an update).


Happy reading :)


Thursday, January 15, 2015

King of Ash and Bone teaser

The King of Ash and Bone release is just weeks away! As promised, below is a little snippet of chapter one. You can preorder now at Amazon, iTunes, and Barnes & Noble, or find it online February 2nd.


Chapter One

It started with a crack. A roll of thunder. It might have been any other storm. It might not have been world-altering.

And then came the howl—the roar of wind like a train blasting past just outside—and the rush of air as it was stolen from their living room. Mackenzie opened her mouth to scream for her brother, to tell him to take cover, but they could barely make out the debris pelting the windows and the creaking shift of the house’s wood frame over the noise. He looked at her, eyes wide, and she had a remembered flash of terror, of a younger Riley calling her name.

“Kenzie!” His voice broke through, a desperate shout in the squall of the tempest, and she was running, both of them frantic as they headed for the safety of the basement. She shoved him through the hallway, his arms rising to cover his face as the kitchen door slammed open, throwing leaves and limbs and dirt onto a rain-slicked linoleum floor. The sight seemed strange to her, so unnatural against the lifelong image of it clean, its light gold squares decorated with tiny pink flowering buds. And there was something on the wind, some strange mix of ozone and cinnamon that burned her nose, that made her wonder if lightning had struck outside. But there was no flash. Only darkness. Wind.

The roar.

“Go!” she yelled, but Riley couldn't hear her. He was seventeen, but suddenly a boy again, shielding his face from a coming blow. She had to force him through the door that led downstairs. Her eyes caught on the wooden trim, the peeling paint and the worn metal of the lock chain. They hadn't stopped running, but it was as if every detail caught her eye, stretched time so she could afford its notice. And she would remember those details, those tiny, insignificant parts of that moment.
Because it was the moment their lives had changed forever.

Mackenzie Scott had covered her brother’s ears that night, shielded him from the otherworldly scream of uprooted wood and twisting metal as they crouched in the tiny alcove behind the basement’s heating system, huddled into each other, waiting for the fury to cease. She had no idea how long its rage had lasted, though she’d relived it in a thousand nightmares. She only knew one thing: it had been no true storm.

She stared into the wispy clouds outside her window now, alone in the house since the weeks had passed. She wasn't simply unaccompanied in their home, but the entire street, most of the neighborhood. They had run, all of them. She couldn't blame them, really. She’d have gone too if she’d had some place to go.

But she didn't. And she was alone. There was nothing left to do but face the facts: There were creatures outside her window, and there was no place safe on this earth.

***

Looking forward to sharing this one. Thanks for reading!  <3




Thursday, January 8, 2015

Happenings 2015

The King of Ash and Bone release is less than one month away and while I've been happily distracted with several other projects, expect some teasers soon :)  For now, here's my writing inspiration playlist:


You can preorder King of Ash and Bone at Amazon, iTunes, or Barnes & Noble.

I've had the opportunity to hear the audio performance of Descendants Series book three, Reign of Shadows and am thrilled with how it came out. The finished audiobook should hit virtual shelves in February, but I'll be sharing the audio sample here in the coming weeks.

Big news for some other projects that I can't share just yet, but fun things are coming. In a quite unexpected turn of events, I've teamed up with author R.K. Ryals to illustrate her YA fantasy The Story of Awkward.


This is one of my favorite books by R.K. and I'm thrilled to be able to re-create the fairy tale sketchbook drawn by the story's young heroine, Perri. The concept is so fun, because she falls into her own storybook with the characters she'd drawn as a child, only now she's grown up and her childhood nemesis is at her side. You can download the ebook free at Amazon, iTunes, or B&N, but the artwork won't be inside until later this year (the update should automatically be made if you already own the book when the artwork is added). Below is a sample of some of "Perri's" work.

 
 


Tuesday, December 2, 2014

I Am A Reader Holiday Cash Giveaway

Hey guys! I'm sharing the two final giveaways I've sponsored this year:
I Am A Reader $300 Holiday Cash Giveaway (details and Rafflecopter below)
& the Spirit Filled Kindle Christmas Kindle Giveaway (link here)

The King of Ash & Bone preorder is up at Amazon, iTunes, and Barnes & Noble, and I'll be sharing a few snippets soon.

Also coming soon is the Reign of Shadows audiobook. Expect a release date post in the coming weeks.

Thanks for all the support and a wonderful year! Happy Holidays <3



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Friday, November 21, 2014

Multi-Author Bundle and Giveaway: Touched by Love

Bound by Prophecy has been included in the Touched by Love paranormal romance bundle. This twelve author ebook box set is available for a limited time for only 99 cents! Check out the purchase links below, and sign up to win a signed print copy of each title (US), digital copies of book two in each series (international), or a $30 Amazon gift card (international).


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Significance by Shelly Crane 
Saving Caleb's life instantly changes Maggie's life. They are meant to be soul mates, but powerful forces are determined to keep the two of them apart.

Kiss of Fire by Rebecca Ethington 
The scar on Joclyn's neck marks her as different in ways she doesn't understand. When her best friend Ryland sees it for the first time, things between them change forever and she realizes that she might lose the one thing she's always wanted.

Relentless by Karen Lynch 
Sara's powerful gift forces her to live a double life as she searches for answers about her father's death. Her separate worlds collide as a sadistic vampire sets his sights on her. Can Nikolas protect her from her new enemies?

Deep Blue Secret by Christie Anderson 
California teen Sadie James is saved by a mysterious boy with crystal green eyes, a boy who refuses to tell her his name. Her pursuit of the boy drags her into a world of dangerous secret agents that she never knew existed.

Broken by Dean Murray 
Adri Paige's move into a new town lands her squarely in the middle of a war. Adri will be forced to choose between Brandon and Alec. One wants her dead, the other is trying to save her. Even more worrisome, neither boy is human.

Runes by Ednah Walters
Raine's attraction to Torin St. James was distracting even before he saves her life. By healing Raine, Torin changes something deep inside of her. Now Raine and her friends are in danger—she'll have to choose sides and the wrong choice will cost Raine her life.

Hope(less) by Melissa Haag 
Gabby just wanted to escape to college. She didn't count on being dragged into a hidden society where fur is optional or on Clay following her back to college. Can the two of them work together to get answers to their questions?

Entangled by Nikki Jefford 
Unexpected events leave teenage witch Graylee Perez stuck sharing her sister's body. Graylee will have to solve the mystery of her death in what little time she has left. The real question is whether warlock Raj McKenna will help or hinder her in those efforts.

Kindred by Erica Stevens 
One of the last in a long line of vampire slayers called Hunters, Cassie chafes against the expectations of the other Hunters. Darkly handsome Devon seems like exactly the distraction she needs—if only he didn't have dangerous secrets of his own.

Deadly Crush by Ashley Stoyanoff 
Jade Shaw wants nothing more than to steer clear of the local werewolf pack. Inexplicably drawn to newcomer Aidan Collins, she attempts to keep him out of the pack's grasp. Unfortunately, Aidan's ties to the pack are deeper than she can imagine and competing for his attention sucks her into a dangerous game.

Ignited by Desni Dantone 
Kris Young is on the run from forces she doesn't understand. Her only hope of salvation is Nathan, the mysterious figure that has saved her life four times in the last fourteen years. Nathan will introduce her to a world where nothing is as it seems, a world where not even their hearts are safe.

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Aern's only job: protecting the chosen, the key to an important prophecy. A slim brunette in borrowed jeans should be the least of his problems, but there’s something about Emily he just can’t put to rights. The fact that she's the chosen's sister just makes things all the more complicated.

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Friday, November 14, 2014

Introducing King of Ash and Bone

I'm thrilled to bring you a first look at King of Ash and Bone, book one in the Shattered Realms series.


When monsters break through the veil separating their worlds, Mackenzie Scott has nothing left to lose. Her brother is marked, her future has vanished, and all that remains is a desperate need for revenge. After discovering the breach the monsters used as a gateway, Mackenzie devises a plan to stop them, whatever the cost. It isn't exactly luck when she finds an injured stranger in the street, but he just might be the key she needs to succeed. What Mackenzie doesn't know, is that this stranger isn't the helpless boy he appears to be. He's one of them. And he's got plans of his own.

Thrown into a dying city in another realm, Mackenzie is powerless to get back. She's being hunted by creatures who want to tear her to bits, not to mention the sinking feeling of what the monsters may have planned for her home. With the gateway closing, time is not on her side. But the stranger is, and if they can only escape execution, this girl and her monster might be able to save both their worlds.

Special thanks to Cora Graphics for the amazing cover art, my beta readers, friends and fellow authors, and everyone who helped bring this one together. I've enjoyed bringing this story to life and I cannot wait to share it. Thank you all for reading and the years of support <3



Pre-Order at Amazon, iTunes, or Barnes & Noble now.

Watch the blog for updates and snippets in the coming months.







Saturday, November 1, 2014

$250 Fall Into Cash Giveaway

Hey guys! Things have been quiet because I'm working on a new project (!!!), but I'll be popping back up several times in the coming months with surprises and goodies and release news. For now, I just wanted to share the Fall Into Cash Giveaway from I Am A Reader and the sponsors listed below. Good luck! Rafflecopter below.

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