Monday, April 17, 2017

AS WE KNOW IT: Action/Adventure by Carrie Butler! (And Guest Post!)









Title: As We Know It
Author: Carrie Butler
Category
: Adult
Genres: Action / Adventure (Disaster) & Romantic Suspense
Release: December 2016


About the Book

Deep beneath the ocean, stretching hundreds of miles alongside the Pacific Northwest coastline, lies the Cascadia subduction zone—a fault on the verge of unleashing a catastrophic earthquake, thirty times more powerful than the San Andreas. Unfortunately, like most tourists, Elena Cordova is oblivious.
She’s got her own pent-up stress to deal with, a humiliating breakup that’s driven her to end her tenure as a human doormat once and for all. So, when a pickpocket makes off with the last remnant of her relationship, she takes action—only to get trapped with him when disaster strikes.
Now, if either one hopes to survive, they’ll have to get past their initial impressions and work together . . . because in fifteen minutes, half the town will be underwater.

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Guest Post by Carrie Butler!

If I had to guess, I'd bet most of you have heard of the San Andreas fault. For years, it's been hyped as some kind of doomsday crack in the earth's crust, waiting to unleash "The Big One" on California. But did you know the west coast faces a far greater threat to the north?
The Cascadia Subduction Zone lies deep beneath the ocean, stretching hundreds of miles alongside the coastline. When it next ruptures—which could be any day now—it could produce a catastrophic earthquake, thirty times more powerful than the San Andreas. Thirty times! That puts it in the same league as Sumatra (2004) and Tōhoku (2011), two of the deadliest seismic events in recorded history. Yet, most of our nation hadn't heard of it until Kathryn Schulz’s Pulitzer-winning article in The New Yorker.

Why?

Aside from a few gems, like Sandy Doughton's Full-Rip 9.0: The Next Big Earthquake in the Pacific Northwest, there's nothing out there on the subject—nothing that speaks to people outside of scientific circles. I knew I had to try and contribute to its awareness somehow, so I decided to write a first-person account of the disaster unfolding. What I didn't realize then was how invested I, and so many others, would become in these characters.

This book, above all others I've written, has truly taken on a life of its own. We’ve got our heroine, a second-generation Spanish American who's on vacation to escape the fallout of an abusive relationship; and then we've got our hero, a homeless veteran, struggling with PTSD and alcohol dependence. On paper, they’re so different. They’re coming from such different places. But when disaster strikes, trapping them together, a friendship develops on this raw, human level. It's uncertain and contentious and... filled with such fervent need.

From there, we see them fight to survive everything folks are going to face in real life, i.e. the earthquake, tsunami, aftershocks, scarcity, landslides, violence, isolation, etc. It sounds morbid, but there's real grit in there. People have this enduring, dimensional capacity to still seek humor amidst grief and love amidst chaos. I cannot wait for you guys to read it.


Thank you for having me, Summer! :)







About the Author


Carrie Butler is an award-winning author and the owner of Forward Authority full-service studio—not to mention an inbound-certified marketer with a penchant for superhero socks and Firefly. Time away from her desk is spent playing with her rescue pup, yelling at the TV during hockey season, and indulging in target-based recreation. Otherwise, you’re likely to find her glued to her chair, discovering new ways to share her daydreams...



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Monday, April 10, 2017

B.R. Kingsolver: CHAMELEON ASSASSIN (Series 1&2)




 Book 1, Chameleon Assassin

Author: B.R. Kingsolver 
Release: Now Available! 


Synopsis:

Libby is a mutant, one of the top burglars and assassins in the world. For a price, she caters to executives’ secret desires. Eliminate your corporate rival? Deliver a priceless art masterpiece or necklace? Hack into another corporation’s network? Libby’s your girl. 

Climate change met nuclear war, and humanity lost. The corporations stepped in, stripping governments of power. Civilization didn’t end, but it became less civilized. There are few rules as corporations jockey for position and control of assets and markets. 

In the year 2200, the world has barely recovered the level of technology that existed before the ice melted and the subsequent wars. Corporate elites live in their walled estates and skyscraper apartments while the majority of humanity supplies their luxuries. On the bottom level, the mutants, the poor, and the criminals scramble every day just to survive.

Urban Fantasy set 200 years in the future.






Book 2, Chameleon Uncovered

The dark sequel to the best-selling Chameleon Assassin.
Author: B.R. Kingsolver 
Release: Available Now!

Synopsis:

Libby has a chance to build a legitimate reputation when she’s hired by one of the world’s most prestigious museums to bolster their security. The gig is in Chicago, where her heartthrob lives, so she hopes for a little romance. 

She's on a first-name basis with larceny, mayhem, and death, but Libby's not used to being on the receiving end. Chicago is far darker and more dangerous than her native Toronto. Amidst terrorist bombings, stolen treasure, and murder, a mutant prophet calls for revolution. Away from her family and friends, Libby has nowhere to turn as enemies assault her from all sides. 

Their mistake. Libby is a dangerous enemy.




About the Author
BR Kingsolver, author of the Telepathic Clans and Chameleon Assassin series, grew up surrounded by writers, artists, myths, and folklore in Santa Fe, The City Different, in the Land of Enchantment.

After living all over the US and exploring the world--from Amsterdam to the Romanian Alps, and Russia to the Rocky Mountains--Kingsolver trades time between Baltimore and Albuquerque. With an education in nursing and biology and a Master's degree in business, Kingsolver has done everything from construction to newspaper editor and jewelry to computers.

Kingsolver, a passionate lifetime skier, currently spends time writing and working with computers while living nine blocks from the harbor in Baltimore as servant in residence to a very demanding cat.





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Sunday, April 9, 2017

THE MAKEUP TEST: A RITTER UNIVERSITY NOVELLA (And Giveaway!)


The Makeup Test
Vanessa M. Knight
Publication date: April 4th 2017
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance

Parker Breckinridge is a sophomore in college and already running her own internet cosmetics business. She doesn’t apologize for her successes—or anything else. She’s worked hard to get what where she is. She’s had to. It’s not like there was anything else in her life, despite her rich family.
Cade Adler doesn’t do relationships—especially relationships with uptight princesses. Been there. Done that. Destroyed the T-shirt. Besides, what with working full-time as a police officer and going to school, who has time for women? Not him.
With his tattoos and overall attitude, Cade is exactly what Parker doesn’t need. And between her father’s money and her piss-poor attitude, Parker is exactly what Cade doesn’t need.
So why is it they can’t stay apart?


Author Bio:
Vanessa M. Knight has always enjoyed writing and once she found romance, she was addicted. She props her laptop in the suburbs of Chicago with her husband, son and menagerie of 4-pawed, claw-babies (AKA cats and dogs.) That laptop has partnered-in-crime to write contemporary romances with a dash of humor and splash of snark.
When she has a few moments to spare, you can find her singing off key (but she assures us it’s still considered singing), reading, kickboxing or killing a few brain cells as she stares at the many sitcoms and dramas available through the Internet and TV.
For more information on Vanessa, including her Internet haunts, contest updates, and details on her upcoming novels, please visit her website at www.vanessamknight.com.













Monday, April 3, 2017

Children in the City of the Fallen Towers: Exclusive from Joey Pinkney!


Title: Children in the City of Fallen Towers
Author: Joey Pinkney 
Buy It Now: Amazon 


Synopsis:

This historical-fiction piece peeks into the post-9/11 life of a Puerto Rican preteen named Mia and her big brother Carlos. Their only refuge is Abuela Mendez and her one-bedroom apartment in East Harlem. While Mia struggles to make sense of  the loss of her mother, Carlos attempts to shield Mia from Abuela Mendez’s heavy-handed way of keeping order in her household.

Children in the City of the Fallen Towers: a short story is like a modern-day, adult fairy tale - complete with a princess, a broken heart, a desperate situation, an unlikely villain and a force of good. This drama takes less than twenty minutes to read and also includes an in-depth Author’s Note, Selected Links and more (3,050 word story, plus a 1,050 word bonus Author's Note).

Special Excerpt


Going on her third hour at the only window facing Ground Zero, Mia never took her eyes off the gray smoke that stole the sky’s blueness. Even though the window was sealed shut from layers of paint, the stench of smoke and fear mingled everywhere.

Without turning from her view, Mia said, “She’s your mama, too...”

“But, you want to know one thing about her being my mama?” asked Carlos.

“What...” Mia’s reply came across as a command, just as she intended.

Catching his breath after finally releasing some of his pent up energy, Carlos placed his palms gently on Mia’s window sill. Sweat started to bead across his face as his heart rate slowed down.

“What do you mean what? Why you say it like that?” Carlos’ questions were more like playful challenges.

“Just tell me.” Mia’s distance was unshakable.

“Listen.” Carlos stood up straight. “I don’t have time to talk to you like you’re a baby. I want you to hear what I’m saying now so you can use it later.”

Before Carlos could get his thoughts together, Mia inserted, “I got a question.”

“What?”

“Why do you say my mama?” Mia gazed at him with a darkness in her eyes beyond her years. “And not our mama?”

“Well...” Carlos sighed and looked away.

“I need to know that for later, too, right? Because you said...”

“I know what I said. But...” Carlos turned away from Mia.

“But what? Tell me that. You are telling me everything else about Mama. Tell me that.”

“OK. Listen.” Carlos took a deep breath and turned back to Mia. “I’m only going to say this once. And once only. Do you understand?”

“OK.”

“Your- Our- Mama…” He took another deep breath.






About the Author

Joey Pinkney strives to push his creative boundaries by crafting compelling short stories. Early in his literary life, he was given a set of Childcraft books and the Encyclopedia Britannica by his parents, which laid the foundation for a deep love of the written word. Although much of the information in the encyclopedia was over his head, he simply enjoyed the idea of reading the words. Naturally, as he got older the information began to make more and more sense.

In 2009, his short story “Like Father, Like Son” was included in The Soul of a Man: A Triumph of My Soul Anthology. The anthology went on to win “Best Short Story/Best Anthology” at the African American Literary Awards that same year. His short story “Maxine” won him his very first Kindle ebook reader in 2011 when he entered that story into the MyQOTD Kindle Short Story Competition.

Realizing he had a knack for writing short stories, in 2015 Pinkney decided to write standalone short stories for publication. His fast fiction reflects a quirky sense of humor and attention to often overlooked details in everyday life. He strives to produce tales that readers consider to be offbeat yet familiar. His stories, in part, are fueled by chocolate.






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Friday, March 31, 2017

STATE OF HOPE (Collapse Series, Final Installment!): Cover, Synopsis and RELEASE DATE REVEAL!


Title: State of Hope 
Series: Collapse Series #10 
Author: Summer Lane 
Release Date: June 9, 2017 
Series Cover Artist: Steven J. Catizone 
(holla at this guy for his amazing covers - he always does a rock 'n' roll job!)
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THE HIGHLY ANTICIPATED FINAL INSTALLMENT OF THE SMASH-HIT PHENOMENON FROM #1 BESTSELLING AUTHOR SUMMER LANE.

This is it.
Cassidy Hart and her comrades have returned to their home: California, the final battlefield in the fight against the global terror, Omega. Commander Chris Young is in critical condition, the United States Navy has acquired new weapons, and the militias have just made a discovery that could change everything.

Faced with tragedy, heartbreak, and destruction, Cassidy is tempted to give up.

But she is a fighter. Defeat is not in her blood.

When confronted with the possibility of resurrecting the leadership of the United States of America, she will do anything to make the dream of stability a reality. She and Lieutenant Uriah True, along with the legendary strike team, the Angels of Death, undertake a dangerous and outrageous mission, unlike anything they have ever attempted. They will find themselves in the very epicenter of Omega’s stronghold.

Yet doubt remains. No one can be trusted in this dark new world, and their hope may not be as black and white as it seems. Disappointment and rejection cloud Cassidy’s judgment.

Friends will be lost. Tears will be shed. Sacrifices beyond the imagination will be made. The grim reality and bitter destruction of war will inflict one final sucker punch. 

The militias desperately attempt to hold their ground, and the Freedom Fighters will do everything they can to destroy the greatest evil this world has ever known.

The apocalypse has taken everything from Cassidy, but she will not stop until her heart ceases to beat, and until there is no breath left in her body.

She holds onto hope – hope of a future, hope of victory, and hope of love.

There is no going back. It all ends here.

Are you prepared?




There. Are. No. Words. 
This series has sustained me for the past 5 years - Cassidy Hart is dear to me; as is every single character that has ever surfaced in her world. I cannot BELIEVE I am getting ready to release the final installment. 

It's emotional. It's gritty. It's difficult. It's shocking. 
And, for me, it's sad to say goodbye. 

I can only say that this series has been good to me - the READERS have been good to me. This will be the 10th book in the main series, and the 17th installment in the Collapse Universe. Overall, I'd say that's a rockin' achievement. 

This installment will be a long book - longer than any book that has come before it. It will include a surprise announcement at the end, and some bonus materiel, as well. 

Trust me when I say, this "bonus" material is VERY IMPORTANT. If you're a fan of the series and have been following the story for the last few years, YOU WON'T WANT TO MISS IT. 

That's all I can say about that

But seriously, guys.
Book 10. 
Installment 17. 

I am anticipating sales and downloads like never before. 

And to be honest, I'm nervous. Nervous to release the final book, nervous to say goodbye to the major plot of the Collapse Series, and nervous to allow some characters to leave me. I'm actually getting keyed up and woozy just writing this. 

YOU HAVE NO IDEA.

But the characters of Collapse will always be a part of me - just like Cassidy Hart will be a part of all of us. 
A fighter. A force. 
A girl. 

Until June, my friends. 





Monday, March 27, 2017

Barry Eisler: NYT Bestselling Author of John Rain Series

Image Credit: BarryEisler.Com, Photos for Media
Barry Eisler is an author I came across a few weeks ago, and his books are so cool that they were definitely worth mentioning during my 2017 Author Promotion Program. For those of you who may not know, Barry is a Bestselling (And New York Times Bestselling) American author of the John Rain Novels (among others). Not too long ago, Barry did an interview on Jennifer Jayne's website, where he talked about turning down a 500K publishing deal in favor of independent publishing. He explains his decision here - check it out, it's totally worth it! 

To readers, Eisler is famous for his gripping novels. According to his website: "Barry Eisler spent three years in a covert position with the CIA's Directorate of Operations, then worked as a technology lawyer and startup executive in Silicon Valley and Japan, earning his black belt at the Kodokan International Judo Center along the way. Eisler's bestselling thrillers have won the Barry Award and the Gumshoe Award for Best Thriller of the Year, have been included in numerous "Best Of" lists, and have been translated into nearly twenty languages. Eisler lives in the San Francisco Bay Area and, when he's not writing novels, blogs about torture, civil liberties, and the rule of law." (www.barryeisler.com) 

Today, I'm featuring the first book in his John Rain series, A Clean Kill in Tokyo (previously published as Rain Fall). 


Official Synopsis: 
(From Amazon.Com) 


Name: John Rain.
Vocation: Assassin.
Specialty: Natural Causes.
Base of operations: Tokyo.
Availability: Worldwide.
Half American, half Japanese, expert in both worlds but at home in neither, John Rain is the best killer money can buy. You tell him who. You tell him where. He doesn’t care about why…
Until he gets involved with Midori Kawamura, a beautiful jazz pianist—and the daughter of his latest kill.
A Clean Kill in Tokyo was previously published as Rain Fall, the first in the bestselling John Rain assassin series.


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Friday, March 24, 2017

Summer Lane: The Journey of The Collapse Series (How I Found Myself Here!)

If you would have told me 10 years ago that I would be where I am right now in life, I would have laughed. Please understand, I wouldn't have laughed because I'm a scoffer, or anything short of a dreamer...but because sometimes, life surprises you. 

Let's get personal. A lot of people ask me when I decided to "become a writer." The truth is, nobody decides to "become" one. They either are or they aren't. For me, I chose to pursue the craft of writing professionally when I was 13. I was a young writer already, but professional? Hardly. I was a child! Yet that's when it started. To put it plainly, it was the best opportunity afforded me at that point in my life, and I chose to go after it with extreme aggression. I dedicated my entire being to reading and learning, to sharpening my skills. Let me note here that part of the learning process was feeling the blunt and necessary sting of rejection from magazines and publishers over and over again. 

First PR photo, barely 19 years-old. Original cover for debut novel.
At first, I'd cry every time I was rejected. Then, gradually, I realized that every "no" was merely one step closer to a "yes," - or at least a better opportunity. Besides, as time marched on, and the thousands of pages poured out of me, I became a stronger writer, wiser and more knowledgeable. I learned so much about the publishing business itself. I studied it for years, absorbing everything I could, like an optimistic sponge. I remember being positively overjoyed when, at the age of 17 (and still a Senior in High School), I landed my first paying freelance job as a writer. I was making pennies per word, and the work was difficult. Very difficult and never-ending. But it was a job - and more importantly, it was a writing job. From there, I went on to hundreds of more journalistic freelance jobs, writing everything from eBooks and product catalogs to travel articles, movie reviews and collegiate essays. By the time I was 18, I had already written thousands of professionally published articles - all of them ghostwritten and credited to someone else's name. 

My passion project of 2015.
It didn't matter: I was getting paid to write and to learn - therefore, I was happy. I went on to hold positions at small publishing houses as a publicist (both a freelance publicist and a staff publicist), a staff journalist, and a magazine co-founder (at the time, a big deal for me!). I began to be hired locally to teach creative writing programs to both classrooms and individual students. My resume and experience were both growing rapidly. By the time I was 19, I had more experience working in publishing than a lot of veterans did. I'd done every odd job, every small job, and every unwanted task out there. I wasn't afraid to take any job, and I think that really helped me improve myself. 

While I was working during this time, I had a small online magazine called Writing Belle, where I played around with book reviews for fun. When I was done with High School, I sharpened it a little and began featuring and interviewing other authors as a sort of internship for myself: a way to grow my journalism skills and circle of author friends at the same time. By 2012, I had a substantial group of writing peers and a relatively loyal reader base - both of whom were curiously awaiting my debut novel (I had always planned to release a novel, but I wasn't sure when). 

The Sequel. June 2013.
Writing Belle gave me the platform I needed, and in January 2013, I released my debut novel, State of Emergency. I'll be honest: while I had an entire array of stories for this universe in my head, I honestly didn't expect for the first installment to be anything more than a standalone novel. I ended the book on a cliffhanger, with the assumption that if I had enough readers and interest, I would publish the sequel. When I first released the book, I barely publicized it, wanting to merely watch how it performed on the merit of its story-line alone. Busy with other writing work, the mid-January release was relatively mediocre (certainly not bad - I sold a few hundred copies right off the bat, which surprised me!), and I didn't think much of it. But in February, I suddenly realized that I had buoyed in sales, and that I was sitting on bestseller lists on Amazon - a surprise to me! I remember the shock. TOTAL, UTTER, SHOCK. I couldn't believe it. I was suddenly receiving fan mail, and people were telling me how much they wanted me to write the next book. SO I DID. 

After the second installment (State of Chaos), my audience had grown by a few thousand. I was gaining traction - not losing it! The stories were popular, and suddenly, I was dropping other writing jobs simply so I keep up with the demand of readers who wanted the next installment. With the third book, State of Rebellion, my life changed: I was a full-time novelist and a #1 bestselling author. I began publishing other stories (The Zero Trilogy, The Bravo Saga, etc.) that I had always wanted to write, and now I had an audience to read them. After I sold my first 100,000 copies, I remember thinking, "I can't believe I'm here. I can't believe I've come this far!" It was a sort of dreamy haze, a funnel of disbelief. Was I really doing this? Yes, I was! 

I would by lying if I said that my own life experiences haven't heavily shaped my novels. Collapse itself is a showcase of loss and pain, and the spirit of human perseverance, the ability to fight back, and to conquer evil with love. I write about this because I've seen it...and to an extent, we all have. When Cassidy has felt pain, I've felt pain. When she's wanted vengeance, I've wanted vengeance. When she's wanted love, I've wanted love. In some ways, she and I are parallels - in other ways, she's so different than me, the person I want to be, the imaginary version of myself, the one who is strong and afraid of nothing. I think that's the appeal of Cassidy Hart, to be honest: she's just like us. All of us. 

Cassidy Hart is my hero, because she has been my undying friend and companion through some pretty rough patches in life. Cassidy herself has been an idea for many years, long before I ever published Collapse. She simply didn't develop properly until then. Much of her journey has been my own. When I published State of Emergency, I also met my future husband, and my love and affection for him helped me to better understand Cassidy's love and affection for Chris Young, the kind of love that you would die for. There's also the saying that you should never annoy the writer, or they will put you into a book and kill you! Funny, yes. True? In some instances, yes. Writers channel pieces of their own life and frustrations into their books - it's often so disguised that you can't see it, but we know. 

So here I am. The final installment of the Collapse Series will be releasing in just a few months. Since 2013, I have released 16 publications in the Collapse universe, and State of Hope will be the 17th. After this, I will have more authorial journeys to take, but the original series - the story of Collapse and the long, uphill journey it took to get here in life - will always reign supreme in my heart. If you're a writer (or anything else!), I encourage you to really give it your best shot. Don't be discouraged. If you have a good story, and you have talent, you will find success...you just have to be willing to sacrifice for it.