Monday, 16 December 2013

Cover Reveal and Free Give-Away: The Wrath of Siren

I am so massively excited to reveal the cover to my new book, The Wrath of Siren. This is book two in the Truth Teller series and will be ready for release some time in January. I haven't got an official release date just yet. I have had this cover for some time now and have been dying to show it off to the world! It was created by the amazing cover artist, DawneDominique, who also created my award-winning cover for Truth Teller, book one. I am always in awe at her work. I love the contrast between the light and the dark aspects of these covers and the details that went into their design. Dawne has been a wonderful friend of mine since I started out on my writing journey many years ago, encouraging me and guiding me through pitfalls of becoming an author from the very birth of this series. I can never thank you enough for your amazing support and for these beautiful covers.


The Wrath of Siren
Book Two




Elderfield accepts a Gateway into another realm in a desperate bid to protect the human child, Charlotte, from the Dark Druid. He soon discovers what a massive burden this has placed on him. His good intentions go horribly wrong, threatening the destruction of all his people and condemning, Charlotte, the Truth Teller, to a life she can never escape.

Charlotte returns to an unfamiliar world ravished by a spreading evil. Forced to seek help from a dubious dwarf thief,  she is captured and taken to Siren's underground kingdom. When she is faced with the Dark Druid himself, the true horror of events is unveiled.

A final battle at a mountain fortress is the last stand against an unstoppable evil. The key to their survival rests on a ten-year-old girl and an ancient folklore legend.


Truth Teller
Book One



How can ten-year-old Charlotte ever envisage that magic really exists? The place for other realms belongs in a child’s fairy tale. Or so she thinks, until she discovers the strange shopkeeper and begins an adventure that changes her life forever.
                           
Discovered alone in a faraway forest, Charlotte embarks on a journey encountering heart-stopping dangers and real life monsters, but a far greater threat shadows her every move. Even the strength and skill of her new companions cannot protect her against a ruthless druid assassin.
                                                                              
But in this realm, Charlotte is not the vulnerable little girl she thought she was.







Free Giveaway

To celebrate the up-and-coming release of The Wrath of Siren, I am offering every reader of this blog a free e-book copy of book one, Truth Teller. Use the above Smashwords link to download a copy in any format of your choice using this free coupon code:

Coupon Code: LJ38X
Promotional price: $0.00
Expires: March 15, 2014

Happy reading!

You can connect with the author at:

Author’s web page http://kurtchambers.net/


Sunday, 8 December 2013

Cover Reveal: An Unstill Life by Kate Larkindale

Available January 3rd, 2014



An Unstill Life



Things at home are rough for fifteen-year-old Livvie Quinn. Jules, her beloved older sister is sick again after being cancer free for almost ten years.  Her mom becomes more frantic and unapproachable every day. School isn’t much better.  Just when she needs them most, her closest friends get boyfriends and have little time for Livvie – except to set her up on a series of disastrous blind dates.

Livvie seeks refuge in the art room and finds Bianca, the school ‘freak’.  Free-spirited and confident, Bianca is everything Livvie isn’t. Shaken by her mom’s desperation, her sister’s deteriorating condition, and abandoned by her friends, Livvie finds comfort and an attraction she never felt before with Bianca.

When their relationship is discovered, Livvie and Bianca become victims of persecution and bullying. School authorities won’t help and even forbid the pair to attend the Winter Formal as a couple. If Livvie defies them and goes, she risks expulsion and further ridicule from her classmates. At home, her mother’s behavior escalates to new levels of crazy and Jules is begging for help to end the pain once and for all.

While searching for the strength to make her life her own, Livvie must decide how far she’s willing to go for the people she loves.

GLTB YA

Publisher: Musa Publishing http://musapublishing.com/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=24


(https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18979066-an-unstill-life)


About The Author

Having spent a lifetime travelling the globe, Kate Larkindale is currently residing in Wellington, New Zealand. A cinema manager, film reviewer and mother, she’s surprised she finds any time to write, but doesn’t sleep much.  As a result, she can usually be found hanging out near the espresso machine.

Her short stories have appeared in Halfway Down The Stairs, A Fly in Amber, Daily Flash Anthology, The Barrier Islands Review, Everyday Fiction, Death Rattle, Drastic Measures, Cutlass & Musket and Residential Aliens, among others.

She has written eight contemporary YA novels, five of which other people are allowed to see.  She has also written one very bad historical romance.  She is currently working on a new YA novel that is still looking for a title other than its Twitter hashtag, #juvvielesbian.

Author Links:

Website: http://katelarkindale.blogspot.com/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/Vampyr14
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4086706.Kate_Larkindale

Tuesday, 26 November 2013

Celebrate Indicated’s Launch! A Site for Authors


Come and celebrate Indicated’s Launch!

Indicated is a pay-it-forward promotional and educational tool, offering self-published and small press authors the chance to gain exposure to new readers through features and reviews, and providing ongoing resources that will strengthen marketing endeavors.

To celebrate our launch on Tuesday November 19th we’re giving away the 7 goodies below to help authors and thank people for helping spread the word.

1.      A $50 voucher for production of banners and bookmarks by Anastasia Creatives.

2.      A $50 voucher for editing services by Indie Editing by Kathy Lapeyre (Kathy is an awesome editor with over 25 years editing experience).

3.      2 x guides from the Savvy Book Marketer (How to Sell More Books, and your choice of either 1. How to Get Your Book Reviewed 2. Facebook Guide for Authors 3. Twitter Guide for Authors.) Valued at $54.

4.      1 x Gold membership to Indicated (includes access to the review and support system, and book promotion library). Valued at $77.

5.      1 x Silver membership to Indicated (includes access to the review and support system only). Valued at $27.

6.      2 x $25 Amazon gift vouchers.

Visit www.indicated.com.au or Facebook to find out more. Good luck!

Tuesday, 19 November 2013

One More Chapter Blog Tour - Cleanse Fire





Synopsis

 

Complete the mission, no matter what…


Captain Derac Vidor protects everything he cherishes with a vow and his sword. After twenty years of service, Derac and his team are betrayed with deadly consequences. Evidence points to someone on the inside.


Treason is only the beginning…


No place is safe when a trifocal conspiracy is uncovered. The team must hold out long enough to discover the truth in a web of deceit, fear, and hatred. Time is running out and their allies can only help so much.


The past holds the key…


Clouded memories and forgotten truths hold the answer to saving the team. Can Derac face the gruesome nightmare in time?


A grudge can only wait for so long…



Excerpt
The blonde in blue floated her way to Rakan and sat down in his lap with a giggle. Jardel got a bouncy brunette to land in his lap. Derac was not paying attention and the other blonde in red planted herself on his knees. His head snapped up to look at her.


"Long journey, Warrior?" she purred.


Derac set his face in a grim line. He put his hands on her waist, picked her up and put her on her feet. "I'm not interested, but thank you for the offer."


She pouted and slowly walked away, swinging her hips. Derac sighed and returned to looking at the ceiling.


"That was not very nice," Vivian pouted from Tyn's lap. "You could have at least talked to her."


Derac growled. "Look, while I'm flattered that she would choose me, I am not in the mood, all right?"


"How can you not be in the mood?" Vivian said. She didn’t hide her offense at his words. "Making love is the best thing in the world." She leaned her head back and laughed. Tyn planted a kiss on her collar bone. She giggled and looked at Derac daring him to prove her wrong.


Derac leaned his elbows on his knees and put on his best charming smile. "Why would I pay a woman to be with me when I could have a warrior elf with the perfect body?" He turned his head and winked at Kie. She played along and winked back at him.


"Oh! How sinfully nice!" Vivian laughed.


Aeli looked at Kie in shock. Derac put his hands behind his head and reclined in the chair again, a smug look on his face. Tyn laughed with Vivian but Jardel and Rakan were too distracted by the girls in their laps to pay attention.


"Well, let me show you to your rooms then," Vivian said with a giggle.


She stood and took Tyn's hand and led him through the silk curtains hanging across the doorway. The group picked up their packs and followed them down the hall lined with doors covered in silk to give the appearance of having no doors at all.


Vivian opened the door to one room and Jardel and his girl fell into it with a laugh. Derac growled under his breath. The room across the hall became occupied by Rakan and his blonde.


At the next door, Vivian turned to Aeli. "I can get a man for you if you like," she smiled.


Aeli smiled. "No thanks. I'm much too tired, and I fear he would be disappointed."


As she closed the door to her room, Derac caught her rolling her eyes. He held back a smirk as they continued down the hall. She opened another door and waved her hand dramatically to both Kie and Derac.


Kie opened her mouth to protest but Derac shoved her into the room. He flashed a grin to Vivian and Tyn and kicked the door shut.


"What are you doing?" Kie whispered in a harsh tone.


He held up his hands to stop her. "I just wanted to get away from that Vivian woman. If you had protested, it would have taken longer that I would have had to deal with her."


Kie crossed her arms over her chest. "That's not the point! The whole team will know we are in the same room - in a brothel!"


"What is the problem with that? We've shared rooms before." He grinned wickedly. "We've even snuggled on the floor of a cave remember?"


Kie huffed and flopped down in the velvet covered chair in the corner. Derac cast his gaze around the room and curled his nose. Silk sheets on the four post bed. Silk on the wall. Shag red carpet and velvet seat cushions.


A knock sounded and Derac swung the door open in a wild fashion.


Tyn’s eyes winkled at the corners with his large grin. "I told Vivian you two would need extra blankets. So you can make an extra bed. There are gowns in the wardrobe if you want."


"Thank you," Derac took them and shut the door again.


"At least Tyn is thinking rationally," Kie muttered. She went over to the wardrobe and swung open the doors. "Gowns? Is he serious?" She pulled out a paper thin cotton shift with no sleeves. The low cut collar and see through material made Kie gasp in shock.


Derac smirked. "I bet it's comfortable."


Kie rolled her eyes and put it back into the wardrobe. She dug around and found a cotton gown not quite so transparent.


"I guess this will have to do. I am sick of sleeping in my uniform."


"Me too but I doubt there are sleeping clothes in there for me."


"Then wear nothing. Maybe then that blonde could have an easier time of getting you in the mood." She titled her head back, the maniacal laugh bubbling from her throat.


“I told you, why pay a woman to be with me when I can have an elf with the perfect body?”


“Oh? You think I’d just bend to your advances, hmm?”


He smirked. “I know you would.”


Three long strides carried him across the room. He wrapped his arms around her waist and pulled her against him.


“Centurio…”


“I’ve proved my point. Look at how your breath hitches and your heart beats faster.”


“Th…that’s because you startled me.”


He chuckled deep in his chest.


“Let’s talk about you then,” she said. “How your grip tightens on my waist when I try to pull away and your own heart is thundering in your chest. Or how you can’t stop looking into my eyes whenever we gaze at each other. Or how badly you want to kiss me right now.”


“Do you want me to kiss you?” he said, his voice husky and deep.


She swallowed hard. “Yes,” she whispered.


Derac didn’t hesitate and captured her lips with his. The voice in his head telling him he shouldn’t kiss her was silent. The softness of her mouth drowned out all other thoughts in his head.


Her lips parted in invitation. His tongue traced the lines of her lips before plunging into her mouth. Her vanilla scent filled his nose, and he inhaled it deeply. She rose up on her toes, her body pressing closer to his. His arms tightened around her. Derac’s hand roamed up her back and then gripped the back of her neck.


His mind cleared, the only thoughts were how she molded perfectly to him and the feel of her soft mouth.


Derac nipped at her bottom lip. “See? You can’t resist me,” he murmured.


“Hmm, more like you can’t resist me. I’m the elf with the perfect body, remember?”


“Honestly, I really can’t tell with your uniform on.”


“Is that an order to remove my clothes, Centurio?” she whispered.


A growl rumbled deep in his throat. “Would you defy the order?”


She smiled. “I might.”





Author Bio

Anastasia knew she always wanted to write. She began at a young age, writing those little stories about the apple tree in the yard. Though her love of stories stayed with her through her poetry stage in high school, she didn’t begin writing novels until she was almost an adult. That’s where she found her true passion. Her characters visit her dreams – and sometimes during the day – to share their stories with her. Anastasia is merely the writer, but the characters are really the storytellers. Anastasia lives in Columbus, Georgia with her husband, son, and two black labs. She loves designing books and websites during the day, then writing furiously at night.




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Sunday, 3 November 2013

Christmas Book Sale - The Ultimate Stocking Filler


Yes, there is no escaping it, Christmas is just around the corner. Whether you are one of these people that cringe or jump with joy at the big 'C' word, the clock is ticking and some kind of action is going to be needed at some point. I'm not going to let Santa steal the show again this year, and have come up with a great offer even he can't beat!

What would you say is the perfect stocking filler for children? (And adults who adore middle grade novels like Harry Potter.) One of the things every parent likes to do is to encourage their kids to read more, wouldn't you say? So an amazingly priced children's action-packed adventure, filled with magic and monsters with a heart-warming story about friendship and a stunning award winning cover does seem to me like the ultimate stocking filler!

I have some great news for you, that is exactly what I have on offer today. The ultimate stocking filler! To celebrate the Christmas season, I have lowered the price of my epic children's fantasy, Truth Teller, to just above the print price to make it a stocking filler price of just £4.32. ($6.99) And to make the offer as good as it can be at this expensive time of year, when you buy the paperback for your children, you get a FREE Kindle version so you can enjoy this great story on any media. Even Santa couldn't do it cheaper!

Truth Teller Blurb:

How can ten-year-old Charlotte ever envisage that magic really exists? The place for other realms belongs in a child’s fairy tale. Or so she thinks, until she discovers the strange shopkeeper and begins an adventure that changes her life forever.
                           
Discovered alone in a far away forest, Charlotte embarks on a journey encountering heart-stopping dangers and real life monsters, but a far greater threat shadows her every move. Even the strength and skill of her new companions cannot protect her against a ruthless druid assassin.
                                                                              
But in this realm, Charlotte is not the vulnerable little girl she thought she was.


Truth Teller Book Reviews:












Connect with the author at:

Author’s Web page http://kurtchambers.net/



COMING SOON!


Book Two to the Truth Teller series, The Wrath of Siren, will be available in the New Year. Check back here soon for the cover reveal, you won't be disappointed! 




Wednesday, 14 August 2013

Book Release: CLOAKED IN FUR by T.F. Walsh

Book Release: CLOAKED IN FUR by T.F. Walsh



Tania:  Hi Kurt, thanks for having me to your blog today. I love writing, and I think it's important to keep up to date with what's happening in the publishing industry. I also need to spend a lot of time on the computer and for my work. A large portion of my job involves social media, so luckily I've yet to tweet or respond from the wrong account profile, touch wood. So, I'm basically either on the computer or on social media for a large portion of my time.  Sometimes I have to force myself to spend time away from my Mac or smart phone or tablet to wind down.


One of my favorite things to do is baking. I especially love to try to create new recipes I've found in magazines, recipe books or online (I know it's kind of a contradiction but I love using pinterest to keep track of recipes I want to try).  Baking cakes, slices, cookies and breads really helps me to unwind, with the added bonus of a tasty treat to eat at the end. 


Baking also leads to other time out activities I enjoy. I love sitting outside on a blanket in the sun with a cup of tea and maybe something I've baked and watching my cats explore the yard.  Sometimes it's just myself, sometimes with family or friends, even sometimes with the phone catching up with a more distant friend.


And if I'm feeling adventurous I occasionally hold a small tea party with family and friends.  Incorporating all the relaxing elements I enjoy, baking treats, drinking tea, sitting in the sunshine and chatting with the people whom I enjoy being around. Whilst some people might consider it stressful, I always feel refreshed and invigorated after having a tea party or high tea and ready to get stuck into more writing or work.


Me: It's a pleasure to have you on my blog any day of the week, my dear friend :) 


Wow! I SO want to come to one of your tea parties! You sound more English than me lol Please everyone check out Tania's awesome new book release. Go and buy it! Tell all your friends about it! And don't forget to do a review on Amazon when you're done. We don't want much :D




  Cloaked in Fur is Available Now
As a moonwulf, Daciana never expected to fall in love with a human. Hell, she never imagined that she’d abandon her pack, endanger everyone around her, and break the worst rule possible. But she did.
A rogue werewolf is killing Daciana’s friends, and she sets on capturing the creature.  She’ll do whatever it takes to stop the beast. The police and her boyfriend, Inspector Connell Lonescu, are starting to question her involvement in the murders, which is endangering the pack’s secret existence. But when the pack alpha kidnaps Connell, revealing the awful truth about the creature and its connection to the pack, Daciana must choose between saving the man she loves and saving her pack family from certain death.
Paranormal Suspense With Strong Romance




Buy Cloaked in Fur Here:

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Cloaked-in-Fur-ebook/dp/B00DV0XJ4A/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1374564291&sr=1-1





Publisher: Crimson Romance www.crimsonromance.com


About The Author
T.F. Walsh emigrated from Romania to Australia at the age of eight and now lives in a regional city south of Sydney with her husband. Growing up hearing dark fairytales, she's always had a passion for reading and writing horror, paranormal romance, urban fantasy and young adult stories. She balances all the dark with light fluffy stuff like baking and traveling.

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Monday, 15 July 2013

Cloaked in Fur by T.F. Walsh - Cover Reveal


Available August 5, 2013



Cloaked in Fur

As a moonwulf, Daciana never expected to fall in love with a human. Hell, she never imagined that she’d abandon her pack, endanger everyone around her, and break the worst rule possible. But she did.

A rogue werewolf is killing Daciana’s friends, and she sets on capturing the creature.  She’ll do whatever it takes to stop the beast. The police and her boyfriend, Inspector Connell Lonescu, are starting to question her involvement in the murders, which is endangering the pack’s secret existence. But when the pack alpha kidnaps Connell, revealing the awful truth about the creature and its connection to the pack, Daciana must choose between saving the man she loves and saving her pack family from certain death.

Paranormal Suspense With Strong Romance

Publisher: Crimson Romance 






About The Author

T.F. Walsh emigrated from Romania to Australia at the age of eight and now lives in a regional city south of Sydney with her husband. Growing up hearing dark fairytales, she's always had a passion for reading and writing horror, paranormal romance, urban fantasy and young adult stories. She balances all the dark with light fluffy stuff like baking and traveling.

Author Links