Monday, March 23, 2015

Revelations

It's REVEAL DAY!!

Before I tell you all my A to Z Theme this year, I have a sweet COVER REVEAL to share

Check out this cutting edge cover for A CHANGE OF MIND by my buddy Nick Wilford!

Title: A Change of Mind and Other Stories
Author: Nick Wilford
Genre: Contemporary speculative fiction
Cover Design: Rebekah Romani
Release Date: May 25, 2015

A Change of Mind and Other Stories consists of a novella, four short stories and one flash fiction piece. This collection puts the extremes of human behaviour under the microscope with the help of lashings of dark humour, and includes four pieces previously published in Writer’s Muse magazine.

In A Change of Mind, Reuben is an office worker so meek and mild he puts up with daily bullying from his boorish male colleagues as if it’s just a normal part of his day. But when a stranger points him in the direction of a surgeon offering a revolutionary new procedure, he can’t pass up the chance to turn his life around.
But this isn’t your average surgeon. For a start, he operates alone in a small room above a mechanic’s. And he promises to alter his patients’ personality so they can be anything they want to be…



Nick Wilford is a writer and stay-at-home dad. Once a journalist, he now makes use of those rare times when the house is quiet to explore the realms of fiction, with a little freelance editing and formatting thrown in. When not working, he can usually be found spending time with his family or cleaning something. Nick is also the editor of Overcoming Adversity: An Anthology for Andrew. You can find him hanging out on his blog or on Goodreads or Twitter.

Preorder Links: Amazon USAmazon UK
Add it on Goodreads

And now for my A to Z 2015 Theme Reveal!!!


When I do the A to Z challenge, I go all out. I can't do just one theme, I usually do 2 (I did 3 last year!) For 2015 I'm ALL ABOUT THAT PLACE!

I'm very excited to be highlighting some of my special Blog Friends' places -
and though I can't name everyone I know, I'm going to mention quite a slew!

AND

I'll be giving advice for all those interested in going to Book Events!

I hope you stop by when you can and enjoy my posts about blog friends and book places! I'm looking forward to more reveals! Happy A to Z-ing!

Friday, March 13, 2015

Things that make you say OH!

Uh oh! It's Friday the 13th! Good or bad omen that I get to share two of my super good buddies' releases today?? GOOD, of course.

But first answer me this. Today's connection to "bad luck" made me want to ask you all a few questions:
  • Do you have superstitions?
  • Do you believe in good luck and bad luck?
  • Do you have a lucky item you bring with you or wear?
I'm more of a realist. I don't really believe in luck. I believe in chance - that sooner or later random good and bad things happen to us for no apparent reason. I also believe in Murphy's Law and irony and try not to dwell on the "bad luck" circumstances of "when it rains, it pours" because eventually the sun has to come out and good stuff will happen again.

Expect the worst, hope for the best, and pray for peace to deal with what happens.

And now for the exciting releases!

First, OF BLOOD AND SORROW by Christine Rains

Christine is giving everyone a taste of this scrumptious paranormal thriller by introducing her enticing characters. I was fortunate to get a sneak peek at it and chose this especially intriguing and mysterious character, though not a big role, he was my fave...


ABDIEL
Death has no face.

Tall, dark, and deadly. Abdiel is a demon bounty hunter. There's nothing he fears, but everyone is afraid of him.

Don't wonder too long about what he looks like. If you see him, it'll likely be someone you once knew you see instead. Allu demons don't have faces of their own. They can only wear the faces of the dead.

Abdiel may be young, but he's powerful. He speaks for the Allu demons in the region. Not because he's their leader –they have no use for rules– but because he will kill any who go against him. He's also a trusted friend of Aleo Putzkammer, the highly respected demon owner of Putzkammer & Sons Funeral Home.

When something is stalking demons in the night, Abdiel makes it his business to find out what's going on. Lucky for him one of the Putzkammers' employees has made friends with a fledgling vampire. She's the perfect bait to help him gather information and draw out the villains. Not that she needs to know his plan.

Favorite line from Abdiel: “I don't exaggerate.”

Tidbit from the author: Abdiel is my favorite character. Dark and mysterious with a subtle, warped sense of humor. He's the reason I might write a sequel.

That right there made my heart beat a little faster - yay for sequels!

OF BLOOD AND SORROW

Erin Driscol works the perfect job consoling fellow demons by feeding off their grief at Putzkammer & Sons Funeral Home.

When fledgling vampire Nicolas Reese comes to Erin for help, she learns the truth behind the legends and hides him from his sire and the vampire hunters who seek him. But when the Putzkammers begin to die one by one, Erin is caught between her act of kindness and the need to save her adopted family. Only by facing her own personal demons can she stop the slaughter and still rescue Nicolas from his dark fate. 

My review:
This book had me from the first line. The characters draw you into their dark story and there's mayhem lurking around every page. And I learned a lot of cool legends about demons. I never knew there were so many kinds! Just loved it!

Here are the links:

And you can find Christine here:
Blog ** Twitter ** Facebook ** Pinterest ** Website

Also shining bright like a diamond today...

ONE GOOD CATCH by Heather M. Gardner
Part of the Maguire's Corner series.
A Contemporary Romantic Suspense
Publisher: InkSpell Publishing
Cover Design: Najla Qamber Designs
Release Date: March 13, 2015

Ignoring a recent trauma affecting her everyday life, ER Doctor Kate Maguire engages in some high risk activities. But putting herself in these dangerous situations doesn't satisfy her edginess. She needs something more. When her brother’s high school best friend comes back to town, it’s her chance for a ‘no strings attached’ fling with the man who still headlines in all her best dreams. 

Rhys MacGrath’s days of one-night-stands are long over. The pro-football player might be side-lined at rehab for a shoulder injury, but that doesn’t mean he can’t admire and desire the all-grown-up, so-damn-hot, version of the tomboy he once knew. His sudden interest in Kate might aggravate his best friend, who doesn’t approve, but it’s her indifference that’s driving Rhys crazy. 

Everything heats up when Kate’s nosy nature sets her in the line of fire of an arsonist forcing them to deal with more than just the sparks igniting between them.

I can't wait to read this long awaited sequel to Maguire's Corner (soon to be re-released with new title and cover - that's exciting too!) Heather knows how to bring the action and the heat!

Buy it today!

Find Heather Here:
Blog: The Waiting is the Hardest Part ** Twitter: @hmgardner
Goodreads: HMGardner ** Facebook: HeatherWritesRomance

And don't forget to sign up for the A to Z challenge! The Theme Reveal is coming up 3/23!
Have a fantastic weekend!

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

The Good News and the Bad News - IWSG style

Feeling insecure about your writing career? Join the club - literally! (ha ha) The Insecure Writing Support Group is here to boost your spirits and commiserate and whine together. I've had a very up and down month, so I'm getting right to it!

*  The good news: I got a ton of writing done on Cradle Rock and Jolissa's Tale (anti-princess story) when we were snowed in for a week off school!
  • The bad news: Now that I'm back at work, I've stagnated again... Oh time, why must you be so fleeting!
*  The good news: I was accepted to be a panelist at 2 awesome events! Ohioana and Imaginarium. So excited!
  • The bad news: I'm not having any luck getting a gig for Spring Break (and hardly have time to work on it)
*  The good news: After Spring Break I'll have more time to write!
  • The bad news: But I'll have substantially less income, too.
*  The great news: I was so flabbergasted when one of my students presented this drawing to me while he's reading Broken Branch Falls.
  • The bad news: I wish there was an easier way to spread the word about my books!
*  The good news: I had an awesome turnout for my giveaway! Yay to the winners and thanks to all who participated! (see previous post for who won)

*  More good news: I'm finally introducing myself as an official muffin commando A to Z regulator with a drill of questions:

1) Who are you?
I'm just little ol' Tara Tyler, adventure author, mom, and math teacher

2) What kind of muffin are you?
It's a toss up between blueberry and pumpkin...

3) What's your latest WIP/publication?
BROKEN BRANCH FALLS (MG fantasy) was published last June and SIMULATION (techno thriller) comes out in September!

4) What was your theme last year for A to Z?
artwork by http://www.matusic.com/
Last year I did bits from Broken Branch Falls, writing advice, and jokes about why men are happier.

"We're the muffin commandos, delicious as we can be.
Mixing it together, to whip the A to Z.
Fully baked, crispy crusts, we'll make it to the end.
We're the muffin commando, the net's sweetest blend!"


I'm excited about my theme this year. And since April will be a slow work month, I should have plenty of time to visit, visit, visit! Sorry I've been so lame. I don't know how you full timers get it all done. I'm always behind!

How was your February? Any insecurities this month?
Joining us for the A to Z challenge?
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