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Southern Fried Wiccan by Susan Sipal

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Southern Fried Wiccan

Southern Fired Wiccan
S. P. Sipal
Published: 24th March, 2015
BookFish Books
Genre: Paranormal
Age: Young Adult

Summary:

Cilla Swaney is thrilled to return stateside, where she can hang up her military-brat boots for good. Finally, she’ll be free to explore her own interests—magick and Wicca. But when she arrives at her grandma’s farm, Cilla discovers that life in the South isn’t quite what she expected. At least while country hopping, she never had to drink G-ma’s crazy fermented concoctions, attend church youth group, make co-op deliveries…or share her locker with a snake-loving, fire-lighting, grimoire-stealing Goth girl…

…Who later invites her to a coven that Cilla’s not sure she has the guts to attend. But then Emilio, the dark-haired hottie from her charter school, shows up and awakens her inner goddess. Finally, Cilla starts believing in her ability to conjure magick. Until…

…All Hades breaks loose. A prank goes wrong during their high school production of Macbeth, and although it seems Emilio is to blame, Cilla and Goth pay the price. Will Cilla be able to keep the boy, her coven, and the trust of her family? Or will this Southern Wiccan get battered and fried?

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Book Blitz: Such A Secret Place by Cortney Pearson

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Such a Secret Place (Stolen Tears #1)
Cortney Pearson
Published: 1st April, 2015
Genre: Fantasy
Age: Young Adult

Summary:

Raids splatter across the news–Arcaian soldiers are stealing magic left and right, using it against the people they steal it from.

When sixteen-year-old Ambry Csille’s brother gets taken in one of these raids, her utter fear and panic should be enough to invoke tears in any normal world. But for Ambry, tears are a thing of the past.

Because of a spell, people can no longer feel emotion; not enough to cry, and definitely not enough to defend themselves against the tyrannical soldiers stealing her people’s magic. A rare vial of enchanted tears chooses Ambry to reverse the spell, and soon she finds herself the target not only of the Arcaians, but of battle-scarred Talon Haraway, who wants the tears for his own reasons.

All Ambry wants is to rescue her brother, but when her tears get stolen, Ambry determines to work with Talon to get them back. Any day the Arcaians could drink her tears. Any day they’ll succeed at draining her people’s magic completely, and all hope will be gone—not only for her brother, but for her world.

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Book Blitz: Sword by Amy Bai

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Sword
Amy Bai
Published: 10th February, 2015
Candelight and Gleam

Summary:

Sword shall guide the hands of men . . .

For over a thousand years the kingdom of Lardan has been at peace: isolated from the world, safe from the wars of its neighbors, slowly forgetting the wild and deadly magic of its origins. Now the deepest truths of the past and the darkest predictions for the future survive only in the verses of nursery rhymes.

For over a thousand years, some of Lardan’s fractious provinces have been biding their time.

Kyali Corwynall is the daughter of the Lord General, a child of one of the royal Houses, and the court’s only sword-wielding girl. She has known for all of her sixteen years what the future holds for her–politics and duty, the management of a House, and protecting her best friend, the princess and presumed heir to the throne. But one day an old nursery rhyme begins to come true, an ancient magic wakes, and the future changes for everyone. In the space of a single night her entire life unravels into violence and chaos. Now Kyali must find a way to master the magic her people have left behind, or watch her world–and her closest friends–fall to a war older than the kingdom itself.

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Self-Publishing 101

Welcome to the official launch day for the blog! Over the last several days we’ve (hopefully) made the blog an easily navigable place with some interesting content that we backlogged from our old blog. While we’re still not finished posting everything or getting everything or having everything added to the sidebars yet, we hope to be caught up very soon!
Today though,we have a guest blogger, Katerina Martinez, author of Midnight Magick. You can learn about the two owners of the blog here! For now, we’ll let you read Kat’s post and we welcome you here!

Self-Publishing 101

By Katerina Martinez

Hi everyone, my name’s Katerina and I’m an Indie Author.

I’ve only been in the game for a few months, but in those few months my knowledge of this business has increased in leaps and bounds. Business? I thought you were a writer? I am, but I’m also a businesswoman. These past few months have shown me that if you want to be serious about self-publishing you have to treat it like a business, because the books aren’t going to sell themselves.

A few years ago I was under the mistaken impression that the only way to get books in front of people’s eyes was by going through the gatekeepers in traditional publishing. When I heard the term self-publishing I thought “wait, you mean I have to spend money to have my books printed and sell them by hand?” Clearly I didn’t know what I was doing. I kind of thought self-publishing was the last resort, but now I realize that there’s just as much—in fact, more—to gain from being an Indie Author nowadays than going with a traditional publisher!

Let me explain.

Going with a traditional publisher is a perfectly viable choice, and if you’re one of the people who gets represented then power to you. There are benefits and drawbacks to going traditional, but the same can be said for being an Indie author. I’ve chosen to be an Indie. It’s not that I’ve queried a million times, been rejected, and gone with the last resort. No. I did my homework and realized that while being an Indie is way more hard work than going Traditional, I much prefer the fate I’ve chosen compared to the alternative. Why?

Control.

It’s as simple as that. As an Indie, I have total control of my work. My cover art, my editor, my deadlines, my marketing plan, my creative vision—heck, even my pricing model! Traditional publishers take all of that out of your hands, and while that’s great (editors and cover designers are expensive) I’d rather do it myself. Some people would call me crazy, but control is just too important to me.

So, how would you get started as an Indie?

Well, all you need is the drive to want to make a real living out of writing books. It’s just as, if not more possible, as an Indie than as a Traditional; trust me. The first thing you need is a following, and you achieve that with a platform (a website) Mailing List—a group of dedicated followers who you’ll interact with on a much more personal level than the people following you on social media. To grow your mailing list you’ll need to write blogs and make sure that your books and blogs lead people to a place where they can sign up. The second thing you’ll need is to write lots of books, and write them fast. It seems simple, right? Write more, get more exposure, and get more fans that in turn will make your next book launches gather more exposure, and get you more fans… see the pattern?

Those are the two most important lessons I’ve learned in the last three months, and I wish I would’ve learned them before writing Midnight Magick. I used to write about two thousand words a day (on a good day) and allow myself to not write if I didn’t feel like it (“I’ll write when I’m inspired, dammit! I’m an artist!”). I didn’t have a mailing list. Didn’t even think I’d need one! But I know now that wasn’t the best way to start. I’m serious about writing now. I’ve quadrupled my output, my writing is sharper and cleaner because I’m writing as my truest self, without my inner censor, and I just thought I’d share this story with anyone who may be in the same boat as I am.

The road is tough, but you’ll get there if you’re willing to work hard. If you’re serious about being an Indie author like me, read “Write. Publish. Repeat.” It changed my life and set me on the right track.

Anyway, that’s enough from me! I’ve got a few paranormal thriller/mystery/romance projects in the pipeline which I’ll be releasing very soon, so if you haven’t signed up to my exclusive Inner Circle yet, click here and get the details and deals no one else gets!

Thanks for reading my post and thanks to my lovely hostesses for having me! I hope to write for you guys again soon!

Kat
www.katerinamartinez.com

Book Blitz and Guest Post: Kate Triumph by Shari Arnold

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Kate Triumph
Shari Arnold
Published: 16th October 2014

Summary:

Normal is so overrated. At least that’s what seventeen-year-old Kate Triumph tells herself everyday. But the truth is she lives in constant fear that someone will discover how not normal she really is. With her startling speed and her unusual ability to heal, Kate believes she’s something of a freak.

Then Andrew Shore arrives.

He claims he’s her father, sticks around for a few days and leaves her a plane ticket. “Come to Mercer Island,” he says. “Give me a chance to get to know you.” Soon Kate is floundering in a world of new: new address, new car, new high school and, of course, new father. Not to mention Zack, her intriguing new neighbor, who makes her want to abandon her steadfast rule of never allowing anyone to get too close. But when she discovers someone is trying to kill her, life for Kate gets a bit more complicated. And a lot less normal.

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Guest Post: Michael Peck

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Today I have a guest post with author Michael Peck, who has written his first novel The Commons: Book 1: The Journeyman which can be found on Goodreads, on Amazon, and on Barnes&Noble. Look for my review of the book later on this year. Continue reading

Guest Post: Dead New World by Ryan Hill

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Dead New World
Ryan Hill
Genres: Dystopia, Young Adult, Zombies
Published: 13th October 2014
Curiosity Quills Press
Genre: Horror, Dystopian
Age: Young Adult

Summary:

Zombies aren’t mindless anymore.

Before the world fell into chaos, the undead existed only in the imagination. Now, more of them walk the earth than living. Zombies move about freely, while humans entomb themselves inside concrete barricades to stay alive.

All that, while the leader of a powerful cult – known only as Reverend – becomes the next threat to the rebuilding United States. Believing zombies to be God’s latest creation, making humanity obsolete, he wants to give every man, woman, and child the chance to become one. With his combined army of humans and zombies, he may well get his wish.

Best friends Holt and Ambrose went up against the Reverend once. Holt lost a foot and a zombie bit Ambrose…though he survived the virus, only to become a human-zombie hybrid, reviled by the living and unwelcome among the dead. When the Reverend kidnaps the woman Holt loves, the race is on to save her from a fate worse than death.

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Book Blitz: Undertow by K. R. Conway

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Undertow (Undertow #1)
K.R. Conway
Release Date: 11th October, 2013
Genre: Fantasy, Romance, Mystery
Age: Young Adult, New Adult

Summary:

Luckless Eila is unknowingly the last of her kind: Rare. Gifted. Breakable. Stunning Raef is her kind’s historic enemy: Soulless. Lethal. Lost. A legendary death 160 years before would set their lives to collide, forcing a beautiful killer to become a savior, a simple wallflower to become a warrior, and ruthless destiny to become a death sentence.

SUMMARY:

High school senior Eila Walker knows that good luck skips over her like an Easter Bunny on Speed. So when she inherits her grandmother’s million-dollar Cape Cod home, she is downright shocked. And yeah, her new town isn’t perfect: the cheerleaders are heinous clones, the local undertow can kill ya, and her Great Grams was supposedly fried by lightning in the harbor square. Still, Eila is hopeful her luckless days are in the past . . . until history decides to repeat itself.

A self-proclaimed loner and previous-social reject, Eila thinks she’s hit the jackpot when drool-worthy Raef O’Reilly becomes her friendly, yet weirdly protective shadow. But being hauled beneath the waves by an unnatural undertow slams the brakes on bliss – especially when Raef storms to her aid with coal-black eyes and iron-like strength.

Eila, entirely freaked, demands an explanation and Raef comes clean, revealing that neither of them are average humans but rather the genetic remnants of an angelic pissing-match gone wrong. Eila supposedly can channel the power of human souls, while Raef is quite adept at stealing them. Even worse, the legend about her ancestor isn’t such a myth, since Eila’s grandmother was one kick-ass warrior until her lightning-like power backfired. A power that is written all over Eila’s DNA.

Now sought by Raef’s own family for her destructive ability, Eila must trust him to watch her back. But when a quest for information goes terribly wrong, Eila is suddenly left with only two options: become a weapon for the enemy or follow in her Gram’s fearless footsteps to save those she loves. Unfortunately she needs a willing enemy to ignite her suicidal energy and the only one she trusts has been guarding her butt and scorching her lips.

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Guest Post: Xena

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The 20th Anniversary of Xena: Warrior Princess – From Ancient Scrolls to E-Books.

By RS Mellette aka Xenastaff

Today I have a guest post from author Robert Mellette! He’s going to talk about XENA and his upcoming novel Billy Bobble Makes A Magic Wand.
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