Archive for August, 2015

 How was your weekend? Mine was quiet. I got a new writing space! It’s still a work in progress, but it’s MINE!!!

1. So, how did I do last week? My posted goals:

*Revise pages for critique by Thursday for critique chat on Friday. DONE. Had a great chat. Not that many revisions needed (yay!). Had the next batch of pages ready to go. 

*Continue work on rough draft for second WIP. Goal: 3,000 words. NAILED IT! I did 3,261! Had a horror story, though. Went to open up the document and it was short nearly 5,000 words. I couldn’t figure out what happened. Well, thanks to technology words were erased. Thankfully, I back up to more than one device and location. I was able to recreate what was lost but it took me two hours.

*Continue working on worldbuilding for Urban Fantasy. Goal: Complete creation of characters, map of Chimeria. The land of Chimeria now has a map! I’m still working on the characters (creatures). The areas on the map also have descriptions and there are towns and places. 


*Revise pages for critique by Thursday for chat on Friday.

*Continue work on rough draft of Restore, The Alliance Chronicles Book Two. Goal: 3,000 words.

*Continue work on Urban Fantasy worldbuilding. Goal: Finish creating creatures for forest.

*My anthology stories will turn into full-length novels. One of the stories really bugged me over the weekend with how to expand the story. So, I want to write out more of those details this week.

3. A FAVORITE LINE FROM MY STORY OR ONE WORD/PHRASE THAT SUMS UP WHAT I WROTE/REVISED:  Z cupped my cheek. His smoky, dark eyes lingered on mine reflecting my heart’s deepest desires. [More emotion and more details woven into the revised pages.]

4. THE BIGGEST CHALLENGE I FACED THIS WEEK:   All the characters wanted a few moments of my time last week. Even the ones I wasn’t writing about…the anthology characters. The first drafts are with the editors. They have been put to bed for a little while. No. They’ve been coming out in the shower, car rides, dinner, wherever they can raise their little paranormal heads. So, I wrote down some details. Figured they’d shut up. No. I got a full scene running in my head. And, the ones from my first book aren’t any better. They keep wanting me to write specific scenes.

5. SOMETHING I LOVE ABOUT MY WIP: How it’s shaping up. I really had a lot of doubt in the story line and characters when I first drafted it. Working with my critique partner has shown me that my idea is a good story with characters readers will care about.

Well, that’s this week’s update. I’m thrilled to be getting closer to finishing revisions and getting the manuscript to an editor. I’ll make whatever changes need to be made. Get a proofreader involved before it goes to beta readers. Look for that announcement. I will be looking to followers of this blog for possible readers!

Have a great week!

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Book Trailer Friday!

Posted: August 28, 2015 in Book Trailer, Young Adult

Hope everyone had a great week! This week I was living for the weekend, but before I go…..Let’s see what book trailer I pulled off the shelf….

To celebrate the upcoming holiday we have TWO book trailers for books on my TBR!

Book One: Description: “Eva and Addie started out the same way as everyone else—two souls woven together in one body, taking turns controlling their movements as they learned how to walk, how to sing, how to dance. But as they grew, so did the worried whispers. Why aren’t they settling? Why isn’t one of them fading? The doctors ran tests, the neighbors shied away, and their parents begged for more time. Finally Addie was pronounced healthy and Eva was declared gone. Except, she wasn’t . . .

For the past three years, Eva has clung to the remnants of her life. Only Addie knows she’s still there, trapped inside their body. Then one day, they discover there may be a way for Eva to move again. The risks are unimaginable-hybrids are considered a threat to society, so if they are caught, Addie and Eva will be locked away with the others. And yet . . . for a chance to smile, to twirl, to speak, Eva will do anything.”

Book Two: Description: “Eva was never supposed to have survived this long. As the recessive soul, she should have faded away years ago. Instead, she lingers in the body she shares with her sister soul, Addie. When the government discovered the truth, they tried to “cure” the girls, but Eva and Addie escaped before the doctors could strip Eva’s soul away.

Now fugitives, Eva and Addie find shelter with a group of hybrids who run an underground resistance. Surrounded by others like them, the girls learn how to temporarily disappear to give each soul some much-needed privacy. Eva is thrilled at the chance to be alone with Ryan, the boy she’s falling for, but troubled by the growing chasm between her and Addie. Despite clashes over their shared body, both girls are eager to join the rebellion.

Yet as they are drawn deeper into the escalating violence, they start to wonder: How far are they willing to go to fight for hybrid freedom? Faced with uncertainty and incredible danger, their answers may tear them apart forever.”

Book Three: Description: “All Eva ever wanted was the chance to be herself. But in the Americas, to be hybrid—to share your body with a second soul—is not tolerated past childhood. Now Eva and Addie, her sister soul, are constantly on the move, hiding from the officials who seek to capture them. But the tide is changing. A revolution is brewing, and people are starting to question the hybrids’ mistreatment.

Then Marion, an ambitious reporter, offers Eva and Addie a daring proposal: If they go undercover and film the wretched conditions of a hybrid institution, she will not only rescue them, she’ll find a way to free Jackson, the boy Addie loves. It’s risky, and Eva will have to leave Ryan and her friends behind, but if she succeeds, it could also tip the scales forever and lead to hybrid freedom.

As Eva and Addie walk into danger, they cling to each other and the hope of a better future. But the price they might pay is higher than they ever could have imagined.”

Have a fantastic weekend!

Keep reading. Keep following. Description: “In 1814, at the age of seventeen, Daniel Graham sacrificed himself to save another. Recruited at his death to be a Protector of the Night, he has spent 200 years as a Dreamcatcher, guarding humans from Nightmares—clawed, red-eyed creatures that feed off people’s fears while they sleep. He’s become one of the best, but he wants nothing more than to stop.

Then he’s given an assignment to watch over sixteen-year-old Kayla Bartlett, a clinically depressed patient in a psychiatric ward. Nightmares love a human with a tortured past. Yet, when they take a deep interest in her, appearing in unprecedented numbers, the job becomes more dangerous than any Daniel’s ever experienced—because someone with the power to control the monsters seems to want her dead.

Driven by his growing feelings for her, he whisks her away to Rome where others like him can keep her safe. Under their roof, the Protectors discover what Kayla is and why someone who can manipulate Nightmares has her in his sights. But before they can make a move, the Protectors are betrayed and Kayla is kidnapped. Daniel will stop at nothing to save her. Even if it means giving up his immortality.

He thought she was just another girl to protect. He was wrong.”

About the Author

Vicki Leigh grew up in a small suburb of Akron, Ohio where she learned to read by the age of four and considered being sent to her room for punishment as an opportunity to dive into another book. By the sixth grade, Vicki penned her first, full-length screenplay. If she couldn’t be a writer, Vicki would be a Hunter (think Dean and Sam Winchester) or a Jedi. Her favorite place on earth is Hogwarts (she refuses to believe it doesn’t exist), and her favorite dreams include solving cases alongside Sherlock Holmes. She’s a previous acquisitions editor for Curiosity Quills Press, currently a full-time criminology student, and her YA debut, Catch Me When I Fall, released October 23, 2014.

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My Review

I received a copy of the book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

I found Vicki Leigh’s Catch Me When I Fall to be hauntingly brilliant! It hooked me from the very first page.

The characters in Leigh’s story of Nightmares and Sweet Dreams stayed with me long after I closed the book. This well-written imaginative story had beautiful, well-developed characters. My favorites were Daniel and Kayla. Their emotions bled right off the pages. Their emotions triggered the sympathy button for me. I felt bad for all the Dreamcatchers and Dreamweavers and how they came into existence. Seth and Tabbi stuck out for me. Such noble actions from those two. You have to love them.

Leigh did a wonderful job on creating creepy, evil villains. Thankfully, I am not prone to Nightmares (even I did I’d want Daniel as my Dreamcatcher…read the book!), and was able to sleep after reading her book before bed.

Catch Me When I Fall is such a creative book. You are familiar with these….


If not, take a second and read this information about the belief behind dream catchers click here for dream catcher info.

Read it? No cheating. If you didn’t read it, go back.

Okay, now that we’re on the same page, you can understand the creativity behind Leigh’s book. Even the cover reminds me of a dream catcher. Brilliant!

I highly recommend Catch Me When I Fall! There’s hold your breath action, intrigue and even a serious plot twist. I had the same reaction Daniel had when the twist happened. Oh, and there is romance…duh! I loved this book and can’t wait for the next one.

I’ve got a treat for you. Here’s a trailer for Catch Me When I Fall:

The next book in this tale comes out December 1, 2015. Check out this cover:

They may have won the first battle, but the Apocalypse has just begun.

Five weeks have passed since the battle that left Rome and Columbus in ruins. Sheltered in the hidden city of Caelum, Daniel and Kayla train alongside over one hundred Magus and Protectors, hoping that their unified ranks will be enough to take down their greatest threat yet: Richard, his followers, and his horde of Nightmares. Then a fallen comrade is returned to Caelum with a message carved into his chest and a note referencing the four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, and Daniel knows their time for training is over.

Finally understanding Richard’s plans for Kayla and the three other Magus born on Halloween, Daniel and the rest of Caelum’s volunteers scout the U.S. in a desperate attempt to stop their enemy before he can unleash his first Horseman. But when massive attacks claim thousands of lives, people all over the world begin to fall ill—including those Daniel and Kayla care about the most.

With the Horseman of Pestilence released, Daniel knows it’s time to step aside and let Kayla take the lead. Only she has the power to rival her father’s. But when Richard’s plot turns out to be darker than they imagined, their fight is met with more death and destruction—and an enemy who might be unbeatable, after all.

Rating: 5 hands up5 hands up5 hands up5 hands up5 hands up

(5 Hands=Excellent; 4 Hands=Pretty Good; 3 Hands=Good)


Mason Cooley said, “Reading gives us some place to go when we have to stay where we are.”

A Center Stage Moment shines a spotlight on writers who give us great places to visit with characters we love and want to call friends.

Today, I have the pleasure of introducing to you Elizabeth Sharp!

Elizabeth Sharp is the pen name used by Donna Dull. A full-time mom and part-time dreamer, Donna is addicted to Dr. Pepper and Facebook. A self-proclaimed techno geek, she loves cell phones, computers, tablets and all things technological. The internet has to be the greatest invention since the wheel, in her opinion. She lives in a quiet subdivision with her husband, young son, three cats, and far too many electronics. It’s quite possible she has some raccoon in her DNA, because she loves glitter and anything that sparkles. The artist behind Sharp Cover Designs, she is in love with all things creative. She enjoys making jewelry and costumes. Halloween is her favorite holiday since it’s the one day of the year that you can be whatever you want. But her first love will always be writing. Otherwise, hearing voices in her head would make her feel schizophrenic.

Without further ado, here’s Elizabeth’s interview…

I love reading the bios of authors. Many of them did not start out as writers. Sometimes people stumble upon the craft. Have you always wanted to be a writer? Yes. From the time I was eight years old I would tell people I wanted to be a mommy and a writer. Check and check.

Why did you choose to write YA Paranormal? I didn’t really choose it, it is just what comes out. I write fantasy, both paranormal and high. I tried writing a contemporary and a demon popped up. [laughing]

What is the strangest subject or topic you’ve ever written?  Bullying and body image (The Dark reflections series). I showed both sides of the spectrum, since even the pretty popular girls get bullied.


What are you currently working on? A New Adult Dystopian called Decayed Horizons. A girl from our time is transported fifty years into a future where humanity has died off, and the survivors are altered. [Can’t wait to read this!]


What motivated the plot of Decayed HorizonsI was driving one day and it just kind of popped in my head, probably because of the time travel theme of a major conference I was attending. I tried to ignore it because it scared the bejesus out of me—time travel and Dystopian are sooo not my thing usually—but I believe if it doesn’t scare you at least a little it’s too safe.

What was the hardest story for you to write? Skin Deep because so much of me and my own personal experiences went into writing it. I became so enmeshed in Bethany I had a hard time extracting myself when the time came.

Overview of “Skin Deep”

****This book contains sexual content, explicit language and intense situations of domestic violence. Recommended for mature teens or higher***

Book One in the Dark Reflections series. *While this series is told through three separate POV’s and take place in the same timeline, they are each unique and very few scenes are repeated.*

Being a teenager is hard. Being an overweight teenager is even harder.

Bethany Watson has tried to accept herself, but being either bullied or ignored by her peers leaves her feeling she has nothing to contribute. Worse, just as the feelings for her best friend begin to blossom into something else, another girl sets her eyes on him—someone she can’t compete with.

She discovers a host of problems bigger than her social life and waist size when she comes face to face with a creature hell bent on destroying anything that gets in its way. An unwilling recruit in the fight against the darkness, Bethany is torn between what is right and what is easy.

What process do you use to plan your novels?  Generally a scene or a character pops in my head and I write it down to set aside. It grows from there, slowly taking over until it has to come out. Then I open Microsoft One Note and start plotting. I figure out the big scenes that need to happen, ask myself a ton of what if questions and come up with a list of wild cards I can throw in when I need to shake things up. Often the big scenes demand to be written first, but I’ve found since I started actively outlining that’s happening less and less.

Who has been your favorite character to write and why? Xander. He is so sweet and funny, and such a badass too. That’s why he’s getting his own book (Bloodfire, scheduled for early spring 2016).  


Do any of your characters reflect facets of your personality? They all do to some degree, some more than others. Bethany, obviously, the most. But there’s a little bit of me in each of them.

Have you ever experienced writer’s block? If so, how did you overcome it? Not really. I believe that writer’s block is either the author not wanting to do something or trying to force something that doesn’t fit the story. Generally taking a step back and figuring out which it is fixes the problem. [A different way of thinking about it!]

If you were to choose another genre to write in, what would it be? I’d like to write a high fantasy.

Which authors inspire you? Sooooo many. I tend to admire authors I’ve met personally, but there are some big names on that list. Of course I have the names you’d expect too, like JK Rowling and Amanda Hocking, but my friends and Utopia family do so much that inspires me daily. And that list is way too long to give here.

What novel would you read multiple times? If I could only pick one I have decided it would be to Kill a Mockingbird, because there are so many layers to that book you can always find something new. But the list of books is truly endless, since there are so many to choose from.

If you could meet anyone in the world, alive or deceased, who would it be and why? I’d love to meet JK Rowling because even though she’s a household name and a hero to many of us, she’s so damn down to earth and refuses to be pressured when her ideas don’t fit conventional ideas.

What is your favorite quote? “All it takes for evil to prosper is for good men to do nothing.” -FDR  [Love it!]

What is your favorite animal, real or imaginary? The phoenix, because not only is it beautiful, I love the metaphor it represents.

What is your favorite color? Purple.

When you’re not writing….First and foremost, I’m mommy to a rambunctious three year old, but I’m also a cover artist and I’m in training for web design with the fabulous Chelsea Starling. [Very cool!]

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Twitter: @SomeSharpWords




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Thank you so much for being a part of my Center Stage Moment! Join me next week as I feature author Komali DaSilva!

I love this show and the cover is fabulous!

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Isn’t it GORGEOUS? Doesn’t it scream “Pick me up and read me” ?!?! I’m just sitting here staring at my computer screen, sighing and smiling, sighing and smiling. Too bad we have to wait until September 22, 2015 to hold it in our hands. I can’t hardly wait for the world to get to read about the adventurous teen years of one of Once Upon A Time‘s most fascinating and beloved characters. I’m so humbled and honored to have been entrusted with the task of writing it.

In the meantime, I’d love to hear what you think of the cover!

Click HERE for Hollywood Reporter‘s article (by Marisa Roffman) about the exclusive cover reveal.

View original post Description: “Her mother imprisoned by a murderous Egyptian cult.
An ancient instrument with powers to ensnare her teenage soul forever.
A handsome warrior who trusts her with his life and who she must betray.

Piper Akins hates working with brainy Soul Warrior Math to find the ancient trumpet of peace. She was chosen for the search because Piper doesn’t slip into unconsciousness when the trumpet is played—a connection from an unknown, but powerful father.

Math was chosen for the quest because of his brilliance, but he wants to prove to his warrior brothers that he’s strong and more than just a brain. When Piper tricks him, he realizes he’s failed at both.

As they pursue their mission, Math helps Piper discover her hereditary magic and teaches her to use the powers. She finds her true self and is drawn to him as they create their own kind of magic. Until Piper is ordered to betray Math to save her dying mother.”

About the Author

Allie didn’t realize having so many jobs would become great research material for the stories she writes. She has been everything from a fitting room attendant to a bike police officer to a professional mascot escort. She has lived on three continents and in four states and has studied art, fashion design, marine biology, and advertising.

When her kids asked, “when are you going to write a story we can read?” she switched from adult novels to Young Adult and Middle Grade and hasn’t looked back.

Allie is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators, Romance Writers of America including the Young Adult, Dallas Area Romance Writers and Heart of the Rockies chapters. She is also a member of Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers. Currently, she lives in Colorado with her husband and two children.

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My Review

I received an ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Allie Burton’s Peace Piper was another enjoyable read! The more I read into this series the better I like it.

The protagonist in this installment was not immediately likable. Piper had honorable motives, but she lived with the enemy! By the end of the book, I was pulling for her. She deserved a happy ending. I loved how the love interest, another shabti soldier named Math, wasn’t completely trusting in Piper. He knew there was something about her, but he guarded his heart and needed to be sure of her intentions. A nice break from Xander and Falcon (if you don’t know who they are, stop and read books one and two).

Burton continues to spin a fantastical story involving real Egyptian artifacts. She has taken full license to craft her take on their mythical backgrounds and it’s engaging.

I loved that the plot was more risky in this installment of the Soul Warriors series. A life was at stake instead of simply helping the world avoid catastrophe. Putting a name on that one life made Piper’s situation more endearing.

Ms. Burton if you’re reading this, I want to know more about Piper and her heartless father.

I highly recommend Peace Piper! There’s another installment in this story coming….

Rating: 5 hands up5 hands up5 hands up5 hands up

(5 Hands=Excellent; 4 Hands=Pretty Good; 3 Hands=Good)

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DEAD OF NIGHT book one of the Aftershock Novels

AUTHOR : Carlyle Labuschagne

PUBLISHER: Fire Quill Publishing


Dead of night has be re-signed to Firequill Publshing

with new edits and a new subplot.

Releasing soon!


In a dark and desolated After Earth, love still does exist, but the cost of bearing such a flaw is death.

World War III has left Earth in utter turmoil. People’s beliefs are said to be the cause of the worldwide destruction. After The Clearing new laws are set about – to show certitude in anything besides the law is weak and chargeable as mutiny. To be illogical and have faith in religion is illegal, to be limitless is dangerous. And Illness is seen as a defect – all flaws that are inexcusable.
But to love is the greatest betrayal of all man kind. It is a fault the world has long forgotten and punishable by death, a fatal risk Aecker and Opel are fully prepared to take – because in love there is freedom. But how far can they push back before it claims their lives and of those they care about?

About the author

Carlyle is an South African award wining author, with a flair for mixing genres and adding loads of drama to every story she creates. For now she is happy to take over the world and convert non Sci-fi believers.

Her goal as an author is to touch people’s lives, and help others love their differences and one another by delivering strong messages of faith, love and hope within every outrageous world she writes about.

“I love to swim, fight for the trees, and am a food lover who is driven by my passion for life. I dream that one day my stories will change the lives of countless teenagers and have them obsess over the world literacy can offer them instead of worrying about fitting in. Never sacrifice who you are, its in the dark times that the light comes to life.”

Carlyle used writing as a healing tool and that is why she started her very own writers support event – SAIR bookfestival.
“To be a helping hand for those who strive to become full times writers, editors, bloggers, readers and cover artists – its a crazy world out there you don’t have to go it alone!

Founder of SAIR Book Festival
Co Founder of Fire Quill Publishing.
Founder of Help build a library in South Africa. 

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When seventeen-year-old Gertie leaves New York to study abroad in Athens, she learns that vampires and demigods are real and unwittingly becomes a catalyst to an uprising led by Dionysus, lord of the vampires. Vampire Ascension Final

In this final installment, Gertie, Jeno, and Hector struggle to bring a peaceful resolution to the war in Athens, but any success they make comes at great cost. How many more people must die for freedom and justice? The teens quickly learn that nothing is fair in love and war. Sometimes even love requires a terrible price.

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Welcome to WEEK 12, the FINAL week of Ready. Set. WRITE! What is RSW? It’s a summer long writing intensive through which writers write/revise/plan, cheer each other on, and hold each other accountable with weekly updates. On Mondays, I will share my goals and update you on my progress.

But, don’t let that word final throw you! It may be the last week of RSW Summer 2015, but I’ll continue posting my updates each and every Monday. I’ll be keeping you posted with progress on my first book, Regress: The Alliance Chronicles Book One, and the second one in the trilogy, Rescue. So, don’t miss a Monday!

1. So, how did I do last week? My posted goals:

*Meet with critique partner to discuss next set of pages to be revised. DONE – I’m now revising the pages Sunday through Thursday so she can get the next week’s pages right after our chat.

*Work on rough draft of Act Two (Chapters 23-33) of second WIP. Goal: 3,500 words. Nailed it!

*Finish creating creatures/animals for Urban Fantasy worldbuilding. Not so good here. I thought about it. Had scenes run through my head, but the rough draft of “Rescue” would not let me rest. I put this project on the back burner for the week and let the muse run. 

“Thanks fellas! I needed that.”


*Revise pages for critique by Thursday for critique chat on Friday.

*Continue work on rough draft for second WIP. Goal: 3,000 words.

*Continue working on worldbuilding for Urban Fantasy. Goal: Complete creation of characters, map of Chimeria.

3. A FAVORITE LINE FROM MY STORY OR ONE WORD/PHRASE THAT SUMS UP WHAT I WROTE/REVISED: “My heart sunk when we reached the top of the stairs. My home was in ruins. A broken window let in the cold fall air. But, it wasn’t strong enough to displace the cloying smell of urine and mildew. I stepped around the missing floorboards. I needed to see the upstairs. Plaster, paint chips and pieces of wood littered the steps. I entered the hallway. My bedroom door, spray painted with obscenities, was at the end of the hall.”

4. THE BIGGEST CHALLENGE I FACED THIS WEEK: Turning the muse off–seriously! No balance last week. My whole week focused on getting words down for the rough draft and critique pages. I don’t want to shut the muse down permanently. I just want her to respect the rest of my life.

 5. SOMETHING I LOVE ABOUT MY WIP: I love how it has developed. It started out as an idea from a dream. The characters introduced themselves in the shower. The plot grew, strengthened and got deeper. The characters have grown and become individuals I no longer like but love.

As I said, this is the last week for RSW. It concludes with a virtual event Manuscripts and Manicures. Well, I suck at manicures. My nails never dry properly and they are usually ruined in days. So, if I were to do a manicure representing my manuscript it would feature this:

It’s the American Republic’s flag from The Alliance Chronicles. It represents the states not under water.

Good luck to everyone working through their goals this week….

It’s a Paranormal Event on Facebook!!

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A Two Night Event on Facebook featuring Paranormal/Urban Fantasy Authors! Vamp

Giveaways! Games! Tons of Fun!

Don’t Miss It!

October 24th and 25th 5:00 – 10:00 p.m. EST both nights! 

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