Sunday, June 29, 2014

This is why I love my my readers SO MUCH... (...and Resonance is FREE!)

So...Resonance (Echo Trilogy, #1.5) came out a week ago, and the reviews you guys have been posting are blowing my mind. I love them all! Thank you so much!!!

Side note - Resonance is FREE right now! 
It'll be free until Thrusday, July 3, so make sure you snag a copy.

I wanted to share some of my favorite bits from the reviews, and you should totally follow the links back to the reviewers' blogs and share the love...and possibly find some other great books to read! :)

Alright, here are my favorite review snippets so far...

Lindsey Pogue:
I thoroughly enjoyed this novella. It has everything I enjoy reading in a story--a well thought out plot, intrigue, brooding characters, a strong female personality, and intricate world-building with equal parts research and imagination that I can only envy.

Diane's Book Blog:
Resonance is a cleaver and well done novella that made me anxious for the release of Echo Queen (Echo Trilogy, #2). I enjoy the couple’s relationship and cannot wait to continue their story.

Emily's Reviews:
This novella is interesting, has action, and brings us back into the world of living Egyptian gods. Fun, excitement and danger...good tease.

Jeanie Zelos Book Reviews:
It is brief...but really enjoyable and a way to bring my thinking back into the very different world Lindsey has created.

And this little bit is technically about Echo Prophecy, but I just couldn't help myself...
It’s been a while since I reviewed book one, and I’ve read hundreds of books since. Nevertheless, once I’d read my review to refresh my memory I soon remembered the story – its one that so unusual with the world setting, the marrying of Egyptian mythology to a sort of time travel adventure set in modern times.

Reality's A Bore:
I pretty much adore this entire AMAZING review, but here are a few of my favorite snippets...
For everyone else who loved Echo Prophecy and is eagerly awaiting the next installment, this is going to tide you over for a little while. A very little while.....oh who am I kidding?! It'll tide you over for like 5 seconds before it re-ignites your excitement and impatience for the second novel!

And this...
I still love Lex, I mean I can just really relate to her and she's such a realistic character you can connect with...I love how as soon as Marcus says something flirty or a bit ,wink wink, to her, she's goes from being all sassy to all flustered, it's adorable, and to be honest probably a reaction a lot of people would have. It's endearing and it makes you like her even more.

And this...
Marcus and Lex continue to have an interesting relationship with many different sides. I love how Lex stands up to Marcus and isn't afraid to call him on his bullshit, she's not a wilting flower or totally controlled by him...I just really love the fact we have a strong female lead, something you can never get enough of! And I love the dynamic between Lex and Marcus and watching as it progresses and changes.

And this...
With Resonance, not only do we get to check in on Lex and Marcus and find out a bit more about them, but we really get to see more of the world Lindsey has created, more specifically, we get a better understanding of how the world works. We find out in Resonance just what is possible in this new world, and the depth of what Lex is capable of, and it's got so many interesting possibilities it's made me more excited for book two!

And this is the last one, I swear!...
I just can't get enough of Egyptian mythology/Gods and time travel. I need more! This series continues to be mind blowingly unique with a wealth of rich mythology, that clearly hasn't all been explored. The possibilities for the next two books in the trilogy are endless and intriguing!

Thank you! Thank you! THANK YOU! Feedback like this is what keeps me going. :)  All of you are so wonderful, and you just plain-old make me smile. I'm well and thoroughly blushing. :D

Oh, and one final reminder - Resonance is FREE now until Thursday (7/3). Happy reading, all!

Saturday, June 21, 2014

NEW RELEASE: Resonance (Echo Trilogy, #1.5)

Yippeeeee! I just released Resonance, the novella that takes place between Echo Prophecy (Echo Trilogy, #1) and Echo Queen (Echo Trilogy, #2), which is coming out in September. Woohoo!


This novella (and mildly, its description) contains spoilers from the novel, Echo Prophecy. I definitely recommended that you read Echo Prophecy first, though it's not required.
A week has passed since the confrontation with Set. Lex and Marcus have been biding their time in Florence, waiting for Set to make a move.

Just as they're settling in to their new life together, an act of vandalism on one of Marcus's most prized possessions reveals that their past--and future--is far more complex than they realized.
***as usual, this bad boy contains adult content ;)***

Guest Post by Lindsey Pogue (my co-author!): Writing Stories Is Like Eating Skittles, I Want To Taste The Rainbow

by Lindsey Pogue, Co-author of The Ending Series
Being a new-ish author, I feel like I’ve been treading water over the past few years, trying to navigate authorship-ism-ology to the best of my ability without drowning. There are plenty of things that are difficult about being an indie author, like marketing and book covers, editing and more marketing…If you want to produce high-quality work to the best of your ability, to get your work out there, gaining a loyal readership, then you’ve got to work hard at it. But that’s not necessarily the most difficult part of being an author.

Finding a niche is easy, for most people…
The most looming question of all is, which genre do I write for when I love reading them all? That might seem like an easy answer to some, but having a controversial series under my belt that’s gotten both rave and scathing reviews because it so delicately balances so many genres, has made me question where I stand as an author.

Other authors have told me to avidly read the genre I want to write so that it will make me a better writer, and so that I’ll understand what works well and all the key components to those types of stories. Well, I have seven bookshelves in my house chockfull of historical fiction, historical romance, contemporary romance, new adult, dystopian, science fiction, literary fiction, the list goes on. So, what do I do when my mind is a bottomless pit of possible story ideas that span the breadth of many genres? Yes, I’m fully aware this is a first-world problem, but it’s a problem for me nonetheless. I’m an author, I want to make my fans happy, just like all authors do.

YA? New Adult? Science-Fiction? Romance?
Until I actually started working on The Ending Series with my co-author and dear friend, Lindsey Fairleigh, I never saw myself writing science-fiction, let alone thought the first book I’d publish would ever be considered so; I never read science-fiction and had no interest in writing it. Obviously, things worked out much differently than expected.

Three years, three books, and six novellas later, LF and I are writing our fourth and final installment in our emotionally charged, post-apocalyptic world of The Ending. Perhaps it’s because of our series’s inability to “fit” in anywhere that I am so curious about my own personal writing future. People equally love and hate After The Ending. The feedback is all over the board—it’s too emotional for sci-fi, it’s too girly and the content too young to be adult fiction, but the themes are too adult for YA…see where I’m going with this?

So, that poses the question I keep asking myself, what will I write next? Where will it fit in? Do I care? Yes, I care, but I know I shouldn’t let that stop me.

Writing stories is like eating Skittles, I want to taste the rainbow.
I’ve been writing all my life, completing my first YA manuscript when I was in high school. I was so proud of myself, thinking, oh yeah, this is my niche for sure! I’m gonna be a writer! Woot! Woot! Yeah, well, then my genre of choice changed, and I went completely off the path and ended up writing science fiction—romancey, new adult sci-fi, but sci-fi all the same. I still want to write them all—the fantastical and gritty real life—and just thinking about the possibilities gets my gears turning and revved up for my next writing adventure. Let me tell you, when your book doesn’t fit nicely into a package, you open yourself up to harsher reviews from people who were expecting one book but got another, and when it’s not cookie cutter, your book is much more difficult to market.

But, over the past year or so, I’ve realized something: nothing is black and white. There are tons of authors out there who write historical fiction and paranormal romance, erotica and thrillers. While it generally works out best if a story easily fits into a genre as I mentioned above, that won’t always be the case. So why have I been trying to box myself in? As far as I can tell, there is no single choice to be made if I want to be myself, to write what I’m passionate about.

So folks, apparently finding a niche in the writing world isn’t as easy for me as it is for other authors. But then, I’ve decided to give myself a break. I need to do what feels right. I don’t have to choose one single genre. I can be diverse as long as I can accept the can of worms that comes with it. After all, diversity is what makes good writers, right?

As long as there’s some romance, please.
Assuming that twenty years from now I’ve written stories across many genres and I’m still going strong, there’s one thing I know they’ll all have in common. Romance. YES! Nothing makes me happier than creating new brooding characters or jokesters or hotshots with cocky grins, and some of our fans most beloved characters are those very ones. This gives me hope and a strange sense of security that no matter what I decide to do, if they loved The Ending Series, people will enjoy all that comes next from LF and I as well.

If you’re interested in reading After The Ending and forming your own opinion on the matter, you’re in luck! It's on sale for 99 cents over at Amazon!

Friday, June 13, 2014

Huge EBOOK SALE Tomorrow & A GIVEAWAY of (Post)Apocalyptic Proportions

I'm participating in two awesome Facebook events this weekend with a bunch of other awesome authors, and I just had tell you all about them. Because, really, they're that awesome. Yeah...that awesome. Alright, here they are:

Legends, Lovers, and Lives SALE!

Not only are all of these books going to be on sale tomorrow (Saturday, June 14), but there are already some fantastic giveaways on the Legends, Lovers, and Lives Facebook page, and the prizes include signed paperback copies of After The Ending and Into The Fire as well as the audiobook version of After The Ending! You can find out more about the books included here. Plus, LP will be there, LIVE, hanging out, answering questions, and chatting about books from 12-3 pm EST tomorrow.

And, here's the second. And holy mutated post-apocalyptic's HUGE.

Cruel Summer GIVEAWAY

The grand prize includes 40 ebooks from 17 of the hottest indie apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic authors! LP and I are so flattered to be included! :D And all you have to do to enter is "join" the Cruel Summer Giveaway on Facebook. That's it!

Here are the prizes:

And EVERY SINGLE PERSON who joins the Cruel Summer Giveaway will receive a free sampler pack of participating authors' books!

AND, on June 18th and 19th, LP and I will be hanging out at the Cruel Summer Giveaway Facebook page, chatting, answering questions, and talkin' books. Here's the schedule of when each author will be featured:

I hope to see you at both events! And as always...HAPPY READING! :D

Lex's Theme Song: ECHO QUEEN (Echo Trilogy, #2)

Effing awesome song...super creepy video. Maybe just minimize and listen if your wanting to get into Lex's head for book two. :)  I have it on repeat on iTunes while I write. Repeat x 1000. Obsessive? Who me? Nah...

written by Kate Bush, performed by Placebo

It doesn't hurt me.
You wanna feel how it feels?
You wanna know, know that it doesn't hurt me?
You wanna hear about the deal I'm making?
You be running up that hill
You and me be running up that hill

And if I only could,
Make a deal with God,
And get him to swap our places,
Be running up that road,
Be running up that hill,
Be running up that building.
If I only could, oh...

You don't want to hurt me,
But see how deep the bullet lies.
Unaware that I'm tearing you asunder.
There is thunder in our hearts, baby.
So much hate for the ones we love?
Tell me, we both matter, don't we?

You, be running up that hill
You and me, be running up that hill
You and me won't be unhappy.

And if I only could,
Make a deal with God,
And get him to swap our places,
Be running up that road,
Be running up that hill,
Be running up that building,
If I only could, oh...

'C'mon, baby, c'mon, c'mon, darling,
Let me steal this moment from you now.
C'mon, angel, c'mon, c'mon, darling,
Let's exchange the experience, oh...'

And if I only could,
Make a deal with God,
And get him to swap our places,
Be running up that road,
Be running up that hill,
With no problems [x2]

'If I only could, be running up that hill.' [x7]