The Builders Cover Reveal

As you will have noticed if you’ve been following me in recent months, I’ve been working on my latest novel. The final draft is done and off to the editor, so now it’s on to cover love… Gayla pulled off another great one–which was a difficult task, given an alien protagonist who was genetically engineered to wear the median skin tone of all earthlings. I have to tell you… There aren’t many options for people of color as cover models. Even fewer that are interracial between two women. So we took off in the direction of the galaxies through which they travel. I’m very proud to share this with you:

The Builders

Given where the story is in the editing process, I suspect my estimate of a July release remains reasonable. I’m really looking forward to sharing this one with everyone.

Dragon’s Pursuit Cover Reveal

As I mentioned in a post in January, I have signed up to be one of the authors participating in the Hotel Paranormal series. This week, I got the final version of the cover for my book. I’m so stoked I can hardly contain myself, so I wanted to share it with you:

Hotel Paranormal: Dragon's Pursuit, by Tonya Cannariato

The story is slated for release in early January, so it’s along way off–and I need to finish the Red Slaves trilogy that inspires the events in the story, too. It will be a stand-alone spin-off about one of the next-generation dragon shifters that I’ve already half plotted. I’m looking forward to writing the story, and with such a glorious cover to help me keep my eyes on the prize, it should be an easy one to write.

IN THE COMPANY OF THE DEAD Cover Reveal

It’s always a good day when I get to help out my writer friends. Today, Ciara Ballintyne announces:

The cover art for the upcoming epic fantasy, In the Company of the Dead.
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Genre: Epic Fantasy/Romantic Fantasy
Release Date: 25 April 2016
Credit is due to the cover artist, Sam Keiser.

About the Book

Only a fool crosses a god, but Ellaeva and Lyram will do anything to get what they want.

Chosen as a five-year-old orphan to be the Left Hand of Death, Ellaeva has nothing to call her own—nothing except a desire to avenge her murdered parents. Her duties leave her no time to pursue the man responsible, until both her work and revenge lead to the same place—the lonely castle where Lyram Aharris is serving out his exile for striking his prince.

Lyram is third in line for the throne, and when the castle is unexpectedly besieged, he fears his prince means to remove him from contention for the crown permanently. Ellaeva’s arrival brings hope, until she reveals she has not come for the siege, but instead she hunts the castle for a hidden necromancer dedicated to the dark god of decay.

Within their stone prison, Ellaeva and Lyram must fight to save themselves from political machinations and clashing gods. But as the siege lengthens, the greatest threat comes from an unexpected quarter.

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About the Author

Ciara Ballintyne grew up on a steady diet of adult epic fantasy from the age of nine, leaving her with a rather confused outlook on life – she believes the good guys should always win, but knows they often don’t. She is an oxymoron; an idealistic cynic.

She began her first attempts at the craft of writing in 1992, culminating in the publication of her debut work, Confronting the Demon, in 2013. Her first book to be published with Evolved Publishing is In the Company of the Dead.

She holds degrees in law and accounting, and is a practising financial services lawyer. In her spare time, she speculates about taking over the world – how hard can it really be? If she could be anything, she’d choose a dragon, but if she is honest she shares more in common with Dr. Gregory House of House M.D. – both the good and the bad. She is a browncoat, a saltgunner, a Whedonite, a Sherlockian, a Ringer, and a Whovian… OK, most major geek fandoms. Her alignment is chaotic good. She is an INTJ.

Ciara lives in Sydney, Australia, with her husband, her two daughters, and a growing menagerie of animals that unfortunately includes no dragons.

Twitter: @CiaraBallintyne
Facebook: http://facebook.com/CiaraBallintyne
Website: http://ciaraballintyne.com

Cover Reveal: Trick of the Tail

A Trick of the TailLast week turned out to be a terrible, horrible, very bad week for me and thoroughly derailed all of my writing plans. But Sunday I got good news. I HAZ COVER!

So I’m sharing it with you.

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I did manage to do all my school work, and have a glimmer of hope on the horizon, but in my current state of superstitiousness… I’ll save any discussion of that until I have more than just a glimpse of what the future holds.

As I’ve mentioned before, this particular story had not been in this year’s plan, so represents a whole new direction for me. It’s still going through final revisions, but I have a draft blurb, and a tentative publication date of Friday. Tell me what you think:

In 2078, Earth was invaded. After the Fall stories document that time.

Sienna was trying to find a refuge away from Earth that would be safe for both her and her unborn child.Then she mistook a Siamet for a Katarr.

Zaun was doing his part to build the Resistance when a nasty trick lands him in bed with Sienna.

Overcoming language and trust obstacles is the least of their worries when their survival is on the line.

Novelette with a word count of 10,200.

Is this a story you would want to read?

This week, I hope to get back on track. I did at least get to take a 2-mile hike yesterday for the first time in a month, and, as mentioned, finished all my assigned school work. I would like to add another 10K words to my Red Slaves story this week to make up for what I missed in the storm that was last week.

In the meantime, check out how my fellow ROW80ers are doing with their goals.

Cover Reveal: Hallow’s Eve Triptych

Hallow's Eve Triptych by Tonya CannariatoLast night I got the gift of my latest cover, so today… I’m sharing the love with everyone else!

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I’m in the final rounds of editing and tweaking this set of three short stories, and have tentatively decided release day is 11/27. Mark your calendars!

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Together, the collection is me pushing my own boundaries about what is spooky, as well as playing with some religious/spiritual themes. Without further ado, then, here’s the blurb:

Explore the mysterious intersection of a day-in-the-life and the reality just the other side of the thinning veils in these three thematically linked tales. In “Last Supper,” discover the true wedge that drove Lana’s family to dissolve. In “Through A Mirror, Darkly,” watch as a family legacy explodes into Richard’s medical world. In “Root of All Evil,” learn how Leslie finds herself with a little help from the other side. In the end, it isn’t horrifying if the characters can learn to expand their souls.

The stories are a slight departure from my normal focus on the paranormal, but the shift was a lot of fun for me to explore. I hope you enjoy them too. (And for those of you who want such a reminder, I’ve posted Hallow’s Eve Triptych to Goodreads, so you can add it to your to-read list.)

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