urban fantasy

Picking Up After Taking Some Time Off

   So I’ve been MIA for about 6 months. Did I mean to take 6 months off… first it was my day job was killing me. Then I had a personal tragedy that I just couldn’t get over. Then I had to finish book 3. And now I’m like I have to edit book 3 and start book 4. Everything is so overwhelming, life is so

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overwhelming.
   So who did I let down by taking the time off? Just myself…
   Anyway so what is going on now? What can you expect from in the coming months? What is happening now that I have taken back control from the cyber gods that have taken control over my blog and website while I have floated over in la la land?
   Well I will be blogging at least once a week updating you will snippets from what I am working on… yeah… right?? So if you are excited about book 3 (Reaper Mine, Victors story) stay tuned because his story will be out this summer. Or sooner if I can get it edited and out of the door. Plus I am writing two stories right now. And it’s up in the air which one will take off and be the next book, all I will say right now is this: One is a Tracker book and another is a Reaper book.
   I will be Vlogging on my Youtube channel once a week doing book reviews, book hauls and fun stuff over there. So don’t miss out on that fun stuff. So if you haven’t subscribed to my channel make sure you run over there and do that. Hopefully I will be getting some fun author interviews up and going over there.
   Plus I am always doing lots of book reviews on my Goodreads page so don’t miss out on those. My first love is reading so I always have a book I am reading so don’t miss my snarky reviews over there.
   I’ll be updating my website with crazy Character Review from my books in the next month or so check my author website for that it will be awesome. 

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 Also I’ll be updating my blog with current information. And my schedule with what to expect from me int he coming months. So exciting, I’m really excited to be back and ready to attack all the wonderfulness of what’s coming. Hope your ready for the ride. I have to admit the last 6 months have been really really difficult and hard emotionally and physically and I’m ready for something better and wonderful. And I’m ready to make that happen for myself and my amazing fans. So let’s do this…
   So if that isn’t enough…which I think it might be. NO It total is enough. Wait just in case you are wondering:
   Reaper Mine (book 3) Published: Summer 2014
   Books 4 and 5 Fall and Winter 2014
   Now that is enough.
   I love to hear from fans. Much love and all that wonderful stuff.

   Where to find me and how to contact me: 

Picking Up After Taking Some Time Off


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Keeping the flow and excitement with author Heather Lyons

 

Keeping the flow and excitement through multiple books. Making those characters pop.

  Writing a series can be daunting, because there’s always the challenge in making sure readers want to continue along with the journey you’re creating and not get bored and leave the story and its inhabitants behind. So, one of the things I remind myself with each new installment for the series is that my characters have to grow—stagnant characters are of no interest to me or readers. I constantly try to present the cast in my stories with challenging situations that they’re going to grow during, as well as reasons to do so. I don’t like to rehash the same situation repeatedly in multiple books—while a theme can carry over, there has to be enough new material to keep it fresh. Plus, I try to make sure that there are always stopping points within the arc I’m creating throughout each story, so readers can follow the clues all the way to the end.
  As for characters, I try to base mine in reality, despite the books being urban fantasy. I am not a big fan of perfect leads or love interests—I like my characters, as I do people in my real life, to be flawed (but not cripplingly so). It’s important for readers to connect with these people, to find reasons to root for them and continue along their journey, so I also try to present the reasons behind why they are the way they are or their actions to make them more relatable. If a reader can make these connections, whether or not they agree with the characters’ actions, their read will become all the more enjoyable.

About the author: Heather Lyons


  Heather Lyons has always had a thing for words—She’s been writing stories since she was a kid. In addition to writing, she’s also been an archaeologist and a teacher. Heather is a rabid music fan, as evidenced by her (mostly) music-centric blog, and she’s married to an even larger music snob. They’re happily raising three kids who are mini music fiends who love to read and be read to..

You can find her at:
Goodreads
Heather’s Website


“The growth of Chloe was masterfully written by Lyons.”

Link to the book review.

Prodigal Son by: Debra Mullins

Prodigal Son
Debra Mullins
 

Bounty hunter Rafe Montana is a Seer, descended from the fabled Atlanteans. He uses his inherited power to “see” criminals across the globe and track them down, and he’s just started on a new case. Danny Cangialosi is accused of disappearing with a stolen car…but for the first time in his life, when Rafe goes looking, he is unable to “see” him. Instead, his search leads him to Danny’s stubborn, meddling, and very

Cara is looking for Danny, too, but not to turn him in. He is her brother, after all, and she’s convinced he has a good heart. If she can just find him before the cops do, she’ll figure out a way to get him out of this. But Cara didn’t count on a scorching-hot bounty hunter getting in her way.

Despite instant chemistry, Rafe and Cara know they’re never going to see eye-to-eye when it comes to Danny. What they don’t know is that Danny didn’t just steal a car—he stole a precious stone, a stone right out of the legends of Atlantis. It holds powers they can only dream of…and its owner wants it back.
cute stepsister, Cara McGaffigan.

About the author….

 Debra Mullins is the author of thirteen historical romances for Avon Books and one paranormal romance for Tor/Forge. Her books have been translated into several languages and nominated for awards from both the magazine RT Book Reviews and Romance Writers of America and its chapters, including the Golden Heart, the RITA, the Holt Medallion (twice), the Book Buyer’s Best Award, and the National Readers Choice Award. She also won the Golden Leaf Award for Best Historical for her book, A NECESSARY BRIDE.
  Debra has spoken at various RWA chapter meetings, as well as the national RWA conference, the Liberty States Fiction Writers conference and the Emerald City Writers’ Conference in Seattle. In August 2009, she gave a full day special event for the Orange County chapter of Romance Writers of America with author Charlotte Carter, where she spoke on the topics of character and conflict.
  Born and raised in the New York/New Jersey area, Debra now lives in Californiaand has been actively writing for over twenty years. A language nerd, she could speak four languages by the time she graduated high school. At age 16, she went to France on a student exchange program for a summer. By the time she came home to the U.S., she was dreaming in French.

  She is currently finishing a paranormal trilogy for Tor/Forge. The first book, PRODIGAL SON, is due out in October 2013. Debra is a member of Novelists Inc., Liberty States Fiction Writers, and several chapters of RWA. You can find her on Twitter using @debramullins and on the web at www.debramullins.com.


Author Christine Amsden author of Cassie Scot is visting my blog today.

Cassie Scot:
ParaNormal Detective (Book 1)


About The Author:
Christine Amsden has been writing science fiction and fantasy for as long as she can remember. She loves to write and it is her dream that others will be inspired by this love and by her stories. Speculative fiction is fun, magical, and imaginative but great speculative fiction is about real people defining themselves through extraordinary situations. Christine writes primarily about people and it is in this way that she strives to make science fiction and fantasy meaningful for everyone.

At the age of 16, Christine was diagnosed with Stargardt’s Disease, a condition that effects the retina and causes a loss of central vision. She is now legally blind, but has not let this slow her down or get in the way of her dreams. (You can learn more here.)

In addition to writing, Christine teaches workshops on writing at Savvy Authors. She also does some freelance editing work.

Christine currently lives in the Kansas City area with her husband, Austin, who has been her biggest fan and the key to her success. They have two beautiful children, Drake and Celeste.
Genre: Fantasy

Publisher: Twilight Times Books
Release Date: May 15, 2013
Book Description:
Cassie Scot is the ungifted daughter of powerful sorcerers, born between worlds but belonging to neither. At 21, all she wants is to find a place for herself, but earning a living as a private investigator in the shadow of her family’s reputation isn’t easy. When she is pulled into a paranormal investigation, and tempted by a powerful and handsome sorcerer, she will have to decide where she truly belongs.
Praise for the Cassie Scot Series:

From Publisher’s Weekly:

In this entertaining series opener, Amsden (The Immortality Virus) introduces readers to the eponymous Cassie, a decidedly mundane member of a magical family. …Readers will enjoy Cassie’s fish-out-of-water struggles as she fights magical threats with little more than experience and bravado.”

Kim Falconer, bestselling author of The Spell of Rosette, Quantum Enchantment Series, had this to say:

When sorcerers call the shots, what’s a girl without powers to do? Get ready for a ripper of a murder mystery full of romance and intrigue, where magic potions bubble, passions spark and vampires are definitely not your friend. Cassie Scot: ParaNormal Detective grabs you by the heart and won’t let go until the very last page. Well written, immersive and unputdownable. This is urban fantasy at its best. More please!”

LIVE INTERVIEW WITH HEATHER LYON @ 11am mst

It’s a Book Thing book club is proud to present: Coffee with Christie live interview with author Heather Lyons

Video will appear at 10:45am (mst) (post all comments before–during–and after the interview on twitter with #itsabookthing)

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Don’t miss my reviews:
A Matter of Heart (Fate Series #2)
A Matter of Fate (Fate Series #1) — currently .99

You can find Heather at the following places…

Goodreads
Website

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Release day blitz for Heather Lyons and her new release A Matter of Heart

Release day blitz for Heather Lyons and her YA book A Matter of Heart (Fate#2)

A Matter of Heart released today!!!

Synopsis
  No longer in high school, Chloe Lilywhite is now living and working in Annar, the Magicals’ city-state plane of existence. Since moving, she’s joined the Council, gone on missions with the Guard, moved into her own apartment, and enrolled at the University of Annar. Plus, she’s happily engaged to be married to Jonah Whitecomb, the literal man from her dreams, not to mention her Connection. While she still struggles with aspects of her craft, Chloe feels like she’s finally coming into her own, especially after a difficult year that had her questioning nearly everything in her life.
  After a brutal attack by the Elders, her life is turned upside down once more. Accusations fly throughout the Council and Guard, forcing Chloe to confront her worst fears about what’s she’s capable of as a Creator. And then there’s the matter of Kellan Whitecomb, Jonah’s twin brother and Chloe’s ex, who resurfaces after disappearing months before. Although Chloe chose Jonah, and despite their best efforts, the two find it hard to stay away from one another.
  But no matter what Fate throws at her, Chloe is determined to take charge of her life, even as it begins to spiral out of control.
  A MATTER OF HEART is book 2 in the Fate Series, a mature Young Adult/New Adult fantasy.

About the author: Heather Lyons

 Heather Lyons has always had a thing for words—She’s been writing stories since she was a kid. In addition to writing, she’s also been an archaeologist and a teacher. Heather is a rabid music fan, as evidenced by her (mostly) music-centric blog, and she’s married to an even larger music snob. They’re happily raising three kids who are mini music fiends who love to read and be read to.



You can find her at:
Website http://www.heatherlyons.net
Author Goodreads http://www.goodreads.com/heatherlyons
A MATTER OF HEART: Goodreads http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17261347-a-matter-of-heart
Twitter
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/heatherlyonsbooks?fref=ts

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End of the Week… What happend

Wow what a week….

  Holy cow is anyone else excited its finally Friday??? I don’t know about you all but I have had a long and exausting week. But it is finally over.
 Here is my week wrap up, I will also be doing a Youtube video that will be on my video link above.

Wow what an amazing week (June 17-21 work week)

 I posted a couple guest posts:

– Author Ellen Harger let us know how she gets inspired.
– Alison Neuman Guest blogged for me.

 And of course my book reviews….

Strong Enough by: Ellen Harger
Ice Rose by: Alison Neuman
Duff: Designated Ugle Fat Friend by: Kody Kiplinger

** I tried to do a live interview with author Rebecca Graf…. but it didn’t quite work out…But luckly we were still able to meet on Facebook and I gave away some SWAG. And who doesn’t love SWAG!!!
Hopefully Google+Hangouts will get their issues resolved for future interviews.

What to expect next week…..

Next week I plan on reading and writing. Book 3 Embers Embrace needs to be finished.
So watch out for more reviews next week both here and on my Youtube channel. So stay tuned.

Have a great weekend everyone, hope you find something wonderful to read. Or the writing muse is with you.

–Christie