Announcing a New Release: Creatus

CREATUS - Final Front CoverToday we have a treat from another one of my Triberr-mates: Carmen DeSousa is celebrating the release of her latest work with a give-away. Given my own love of magical realism (another variant of the crypto-history I like to write), I couldn’t not spread the love. Without further ado, then:

In every myth there is a modicum of truth…
The reason we believe in Fairy Tales—and Monsters.

As the sun’s rays peeked above the horizon, lighting the abyss below her, she inhaled a deep breath, closed her eyes, and jumped. She didn’t scream; she didn’t look down. As much as she hated her life, she hoped it wouldn’t end this way. She’d really like to see him one more time.

Her life didn’t flash before her eyes as she’d always heard. Just an image of her mother covered in blood and her Dark Angel telling her he was sorry.

Creatus, by best-selling author Carmen DeSousa, is a new romantic-suspense novel with a supernatural edge that answers the myths and fairy tales you’ve heard about preternatural sentient beings.

Prepare yourself to believe.

Download Creatus:
Amazon US
Amazon UK

In order to spread the news, we are also giving away a $50 gift card! In order to qualify, just share this post’s URL in the Raffle Copter. Any social website you choose. The more places you share, the more entries you earn.

Contest ends midnight, Monday September 2, 2013. The drawing, which includes all participating websites, will be held Tuesday, September 3, 2013. The winner will be posted the same day.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Cover Reveal: Blood to Fire

BtF_coveridea_01a_600Tonight, despite the blizzard outside, the cockles of my heart are blazing: I Haz Cover Art!

One thing I love about indie publishing: It allows me control of imagery and branding for my books. And Gayla is awesome to collaborate with in the process of refining graphic ideas and how they might play in our target market.

The result is the beauty you see here.

I could go on about the challenge of doing photo-realistic covers in the fantasy genre, and the nature of font selection… but I’ll let that remain the mystery it should be for a reader who’s shopping for their next book and happens to stumble across what I’m sharing with you now.

So: For anyone waiting for book 2 of the Red Slaves series, or anyone who wants to try out a book that walks the line between contemporary fantasy and paranormal romance… WITH DRAGONS–your wait is almost over.


#AtoZChallenge – Reflection Post

A to Z challenge survivor 2012This was the first year I had heard about the A to Z blog challenge–and I heard about it serendipitously when I was pondering publicity options for my release of Dust to Blood. So it served a two-fold purpose: To see whether I could blog that frequently, and to gather some of my notes and thoughts about background for my book as reference materials.

It turned out so well, I’ve created a table of all those links on my book’s permanent page. I got to share some of the really fascinating bits of research about Russia that I uncovered while I was writing the book–people are still giving me positive feedback about the pictures I found of Manpupuner. And it’s always fun to look through model portfolios to find the face that comes closest to representing an individual you’ve fabricated.

I’m finding it a fascinating side to myself that when given some sort of pseudo-competitive framework (like this one or NaNoWriMo), I’m able to stick to a regular schedule with relative ease. You’ll notice after April came to a close, I was silent here again for a week. Not that I don’t have a lot of excuses for needing some time off… but the A to Z challenge did prove to me that I was able to sit down daily to commit words to post. It worked especially well to have a schedule in place and know what I was going to be posting about.

Returning to the original focus of my blog–book reviews and author interviews–I’m thinking setting up a regular set of days where I’ll be posting (tentatively: Sunday, Wednesday, and Friday) is in my not-so-distant future. Putting together the image, tags, and categories as well as the tentative date the piece might right seems to keep my head in the game effectively. Stay tuned to see whether it works for the longer haul.


#AtoZChallenge – Z is for Zar

Nicholas and AlexandraOK. I know I’m cheating a little, taking out the “T” you normally see at the beginning of the Anglicized version of this word, but I really struggled with finding a word related to Dust to Blood that began with Z for this final installment of the A to Z blogging challenge. After all, this is a story about Dragons, NOT Zombies. (And a quick shout-out/thank you to @MrsPickle_ who helped brainstorm this entry with me one night when I really should have been editing…)


And there is a scene in the second half of the book where Anne and her group visit the Ipatiev house to see the location where the last Russian Tzar and his family were gunned down, so it’s a legitimate reference to my book.

Since this is the last in this series of blog posts, though, it’s also a nice transition back to my regularly scheduled programming. I read Nicholas and Alexandra when I was in 9th grade as part of a school assignment. While it’s billed as a non-fiction biography, though, the story read as part political and religious intrigue and part gripping horror.

It made quite an impression on me, both for the fact that I had seen how the revolution and counter-revolution had played out in the Soviet Union, but also because of the terror of those final days, where you didn’t know whom to trust, and everything was so outside the experience you had been raised to expect. For anyone with an interest in Russian history, and how the Romanovs came to their bloody end, this is recognized as the standard biography to draw you into that story. It’s well-written and worth the read even if you’re more interested in the tragedy of parents trying to find a solution to heal their hemophiliac son.

#AtoZChallenge – Y is for Ya ne ponimayu

I don't understand peopleMy penultimate A to Z blog challenge post. What a month! Doing 26 posts in a month seems like a mini NaNoWriMo–but I’m pleased with the background bits I’ve been able to share about Dust to Blood.

So today’s post reverts to language study, and another one of the very early phrases any beginning student learns: “Ya ne ponimayu” … “I don’t understand.”

When I did a Google image search for this phrase, then, I discovered some wit in Russia captioned this adorable cat picture with “Ne ponimayu ya lyudey” … “I don’t understand people.”

While we’re at it, I want to say “Thank you (very much)!” (in Russian: “spasiba” Спасибо!) for everyone who has been following along. I hope, someday, to also be able to say “You’re welcome!” (in Russian: “pazhAlusta” пожалуйста!) for sharing some basic Russian phrases with you and helping you explore a small corner of this fascinating culture.

Since Russian is the 8th-most-spoken language in the world, with an active population of 144 million speakers, some of these phrases might actually come in handy sooner than you might think.

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