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Release Day Blitz – Honor (Book 5 NOLA Zombie Series) by Gillian Zane

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Release Day Blitz – Honor (Book 5 NOLA Zombie Series) by Gillian Zane

Today I’m taking part in the Release Day Blitz for Gillian Zane’s new book! If it sounds like something you might enjoy, check it out. And be sure to enter the giveaway below!   The NOLA Zombie series comes to a close with this emotional and action-packed installment. Since the SHTF, Romeo is good at one thing, killing zombies. He doesn’t want to waste his time with anything else. His fellow survivors think of him as a machine and he’s fine with that. There isn’t any time to waste on things, like feelings, or other nonsense. Lena Dervay, former movie star, current walking victim has barely been surviving in a repurposed middle school run by an incompetent Army Lieutenant. She and her group of survivors are as good as dead if they stay put.  When Lena finally gets in touch with Romeo, she knows that if anyone can come in and save the day, it’s him. Problem is, Romeo isn’t the charming, white knight, hero that she remembers. Lena is still drawn to him, though, and as their paths intersect she knows she might not come out intact in the end, body or soul.     Gillian Zane is the author of the NOLA Zombie series. Zane is the pen name of a prominent blogger in the publishing industry, which will remain a mystery unless you Google it. Since she can remember her goal has been to become Master of the Universe and has decided to focus first on the literary world. Things are progressing nicely. Zane has been a freelance writer for the last ten years and has published a few non-fiction works, none of which was very exciting. Zombies are much more exciting and a way for her to combine her two current obsessions, hot boys with guns and Doomsday Prepping. When she isn’t stockpiling MREs (Meal’s Ready to Eat) or researching how to build a cistern on a budget, she’s taking care of her little family and exploring the city that she loves, New Orleans. You can find Gillian Zane on twitter @GillianZane.   Sign up for her newsletter: http://eepurl.com/bmCzWf Web: romance.rocks twitter: @gillianzane facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GillianZaneAuthor/     a Rafflecopter...

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Cover Reveal – Infinite Possibilities

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Cover Reveal – Infinite Possibilities

Today I get to bring you a cover reveal for a new anthology of YA/NA short stories, brought to you by a group of great people. Check it out below and if you have some time, share the link with your friends! Infinite Possibilities “Pounding from the front door echoed across the room, drowning out the sound of the rain pelting against the window.”    T.J. Burton, Mireille Chester, Robbie Cox, Maggie Dallen, Taylor Dawn, Brandy Jellum, and S.L. Stacker, the authors of Infinite Possibilities, take that sentence and deliver to you seven unique YA/NA short stories filled with romance, action, fantasy, and the paranormal. Individual Story Synopses Medium by T.J. Burton ONE LINE BLURB: Jocelyn Sinclair can see and talk to the dead, but can she help the nephew of the handsome stranger who shows up at her door? FULL SYNOPSIS: Jocelyn Sinclair had known since she was a small girl that she was different. Many called it a gift but she often wondered if it was a curse. Talking to and seeing the dead came at a heavy price. It made it nearly impossible to live a normal life. It did allow her to help people both alive and dead and for that she was thankful. When Ethan knocks on her door on a dark, rainy night, she knows she has to help him. He is as desperate as he is handsome. The spirit that haunts his nephew is stronger than Jocelyn has ever faced before. Can she do it? Tears of the Moons by Mireille Chester ONE LINE BLURB: A search for a lost dog sends Kendra into a world she never knew existed. Will she survive when all she has to rely on is an injured man? FULL SYNOPSIS: When Kendra is woken in the middle of a storm by her neighbor, Sara, the last thing she wants to do is search for the child’s missing dog. After safely locating Max and returning home, Kendra is forced back into the storm to find her phone she dropped during the search. Soaked and nearly frozen from her first outing, the last thing she wants to do is go back out. As she retraces her steps, she soon learns her phone isn’t the only thing she will find. Add in an injured man, a pack of wolves that want them dead, and a new world she never knew existed, Kendra finds herself overwhelmed. It isn’t long before Kendra realizes she knows nothing about this new world, and if she doesn’t keep the injured man alive, she’ll be left to die herself. Enter the Witch by Robbie Cox ONE LINE BLURB: Amber Bastian strives to help Jasmine Burkehart rescue a friend from a spell gone awry as a skittish ghost, Cletus, cautions her about the danger of being a witch. FULL SYNOPSIS: Enter the Witch sets the stage for the Witches of Savannah series while giving us the origins of one of the side characters in Come Halloween. We once again meet the owner of Faerie Dust, Amber Bastian, as she strives to help a younger Jasmine Burkehart rescue her friend from a spell gone awry. Cletus, a skittish ghost who seems somehow stuck to Jasmine, provides more than just comic relief in this short tale as he...

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The Reign of Typhon

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The Reign of Typhon

As of yesterday, I completed the outline for The Reign of Typhon, the sequel to The Rise of Genesis. The story, as it stands, is well laid-out, and theoretically I shouldn’t have any “hmmm, what the hell do I do now?” moments. When I fly by the seat of my pants, sometimes the characters go in a strange direction and I get stuck trying to figure my way out. Of course, the characters are going to do what they’re going to do so an outline doesn’t necessarily prevent that, but it should reduce the struggle somewhat. Fingers crossed. I made a promise to myself that no matter what I would complete this outline. Halfway through I nearly gave up. There was so much excitement to get started, I almost fell into my old pattern of drop the outline and run. It’s important to note, however, that I didn’t. I stuck to my guns and saw the outline through, and I’m damn glad I did. This outline has me so jacked up to write the book. My mind is racing with ideas, and the layers I managed to incorporate during the pre-planning seem beautifully complex in their own way. Of course, there are still a few question marks that remain. I haven’t decided which direction I want to go with certain aspects of the story, but I am more excited now than ever before about a story. The struggle these characters have already faced is nothing in comparison to what is coming for them. Deranged? Perhaps. But I’m excited to experience the torment alongside them. An outline is just that, a skeleton. And although this skeleton has a great many layers for me to start with, it’s only the beginning. As each chapter is written, it expands, and I’m looking forward to peeling back those layers and filling out the body of this book. If I’m certain about anything right now, it’s that The Reign of Typhon is going to be a whirlwind adventure filled with a great cast of characters, both good and…less than good, and a story worth telling. The adventure begins Monday. See you on the other side of the...

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Genesis: The Sequel

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Genesis: The Sequel

Since the release of The Rise of Genesis, I’ve taken what I believe to be a well-deserved break, but alas, binge watching shows on Netflix cannot last forever. In a perfect world perhaps. Although I will tell you that The Magicians is fantastic. Supernatural is having a great season, although the dead/not dead thing has been old for a while. The Walking Dead has redeemed itself in my eyes from the past few seasons. And I’m still not excited about Fear the Walking Dead. However, if you’re a Game of Thrones fan, the season premier has set up what will surely be some delicious and heart-wrenching story lines. *sigh* I digress. Over the past month I’ve been working selectively on the outline for the sequel to Genesis. The truth is, it’s been a struggle (as outlines always are for me). The reason being is because I always start an outline, but partway through I get excited, impatience takes over, and I jump into writing mode. This is both good and bad. Good that I’m excited to get to work, bad because it makes constructing a cohesive story more difficult. When I write a story without an outline, new ideas come and go as I write. Things change along the way, and my subconscious sometimes brings great things to the forefront: things I didn’t realize have to happen, things that make everything that much stronger, things that make me excited about the future of the story. When this occurs, I need to go back in the story and adjust/rewrite accordingly. With an outline and a guide of where I’ve been, it’s a little easier to see where those changes need to be made. I find an outline easier to work with when moving pieces of the puzzle around. This way you pick up and move a small piece(s) rather than combing through the entire first half to make sure you’ve caught each necessary detail. So this time around, I committed myself to doing a full outline of at least the major events I wanted to incorporate. The details will fill themselves in as I go, and I’m certain new ideas and paths will open up as the characters take hold of the story. With an outline though, what won’t happen (probably) is getting stuck and wondering “What now?” This outline is the rough edges of the path, and with it, I shall remain somewhat on course. I hope. With that said, you might be wondering what on earth this next story could be? What will it be called? Well, I won’t tell you too much about it right now in hopes of avoiding spoilers from Genesis. What I will tell you is the title. The second book in the Ash Lawson series will be called… Dun Dun Duuuuuuuh! The Reign of Typhon An Ash Lawson Novel  Book...

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The Rise of Genesis Release Day!

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The Rise of Genesis Release Day!

Finally, after all this time, a new book has arrived. This book has a lot of blood, sweat, and tears put into it. Even more than that, time. There is so much time worked into each of these pages, it`s hard to imagine that at some point it was nothing more than some ideas scribbled down. These characters and the journey they take are close to my heart, and I cannot wait for each of you to experience it. I`m going to do some follow up posts about the book, but for today, I want only to celebrate it`s release into the world. Just like my other books, there`s a piece of my soul embedded in the story of Genesis. Maybe a bigger piece than most. So without further ado, I give you a little piece of me and my imagination. The Rise of Genesis. Click the cover for more info and purchase links!...

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Release Day Sign-up – Genesis

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Release Day Sign-up – Genesis

With a huge thanks to Val at Stuck in Books for organizing it, there is a release day blitz being put together for The Rise of Genesis to help spread the word of my new release. Getting the word out and helping a book get noticed is definitely one of the biggest struggles we have as independent authors. We don’t have huge marketing budgets, and in a lot of cases we have limited platform and a limited reach. That’s why today I’m reaching out in hopes that you can help! We all know it’s been a few years since I published a book. I wanted to make sure I wrote the best story I possibly could for everyone who has supported me, and for all the people that have yet to discover me. This is a new book and the start of a new series, so I want to reach as many people as possible. I’ve been blessed as an author to find a very strong audience. One who supports me and my work, and tells the world about it. Today I’m hoping to enlist your help to do a little more of that. Whether you have a website, blog, or a social media account, every little bit helps. So at the bottom of the page you can find a link for sign-ups. If you want to partake, I would be extremely grateful for your help, and in return there will chances to win a gift card or two! If you can’t help but you plan on reading, thank you in advance for your time. And remember, every review helps! We’re less than a month away before this baby goes live. Lets scream it from the rooftops!   Sign up for The Rise of Genesis Release Day...

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Cover Reveal: The Rise of Genesis

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Cover Reveal: The Rise of Genesis

Some of you have been asking about this for a long time, and I know I’ve been dying to show you. The next book you’ll see from me is full of magic and heart and a story I hope to steal your imagination away with. Today I introduce to you the face of that story, created by the incredible Parajunkee. And thanks to the contributions and hard work of Val at Stuck in Books, it’s all over the interwebs! So without any further word babble, I give you The Rise of Gensis.   In a world where being Supernatural means you’re in danger, Ash Lawson is front and center. After years of helping others escape ATOM—a government entity known for abusing Supernaturals—he’s captured, and saving himself will prove to be the most difficult task he’s undertaken. Tryst Rivera is a Succubus and veteran at the Academy, a facility tasked with converting underage Supernaturals into cooperative ATOM soldiers. She’s endured her time mostly unscathed, but when Ash arrives and their lives are tethered to one another, she’s placed in immediate danger. With escape at the forefront of his mind, Ash struggles with the idea of life under ATOM’s thumb. He’ll die before he converts, but his life isn’t the only one he’s responsible for, and he already has more blood on his hands than he can bear. When a chance for freedom arises, Ash needs to decide how much—and who—he’s willing to risk for a second...

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Genesis Release Details

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Genesis Release Details

Three days. THREE DAYS! That’s how long we have to wait until the cover reveal for The Rise of Genesis. It feels like I’ve been sitting on this one forever, but I didn’t want to reveal it until shortly before the release of the book. Now that the time is almost upon us, I don’t feel nearly as prepared as I should. Everything is ready. Everything is in order, The cover is gorgeous, the book is fantastic (I think). Yet I’m nervous. Not for the cover reveal, but for what comes after. March 16th will mark the release date for this story, and I feel like I have no clue what I’m doing. For those of you that don’t know, writing is like a roller coaster. It takes forever for you claw your way to the top, and once you`re there, it seems like a blink for you to reach the bottom. From the birth of an idea, to the execution of your first draft, to the publication after rounds and rounds of rewrites and edits, this never stop. What I mean is, you work very hard to do one thing, and when you start to feel good about it, doubt creeps in. That`s the drop. It drags you down hard and fast and before you know what hit you, you`re uncertain about everything. But like a roller coaster, it`s a loop. You don`t stop at the top or the bottom, you just keep going round and round. Getting off the roller coaster means the ride is over, and as hard as it can be, nobody wants it to be over. Not when you`re having so much fun and loving the ride. The good news is, it isn`t a roller coaster for one. Although often times you feel like you`re alone, the reality is I`m on it with you. You just don`t know it yet! But on March 16th. You...

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The Rise of Genesis: The Rise of 2016

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The Rise of Genesis: The Rise of 2016

On social media and the blog the past year I`ve spent a lot of time talking about struggling with writing and making sure I put out the best book that I can. Because of that desire, it`s been over a year-and-a-half since my last book, Endure, came out. It`s been a long wait for both you and for me. My readers have been so supportive and incredible, I feel blessed for the opportunity to put out another story. Over the past few years I`ve gone through ups and down in my personal life (who hasn’t), which derailed both my desire to write and my discipline to do so. What surprised me most about this experience is how hard it was to get back to that place. A place where every night after work I sat down and…well, got back to work, but on something I had a passion about. It was a real eye-opener to me on how difficult it can be to not just create routine, but regain it once you’ve lost it. I think it`s important to point out that I wasn’t just trying to create routine, I was trying to obtain the exact routine and work ethic I had years ago. An impossible feat. My life is a lot different now with two kids and a different job, and a small army of pets, and different commitments, etc. But thus far, over the past six months, I’ve managed to carve out a system that seems to be working, and every month I get a little more productive. So that brings us to this, what have I been working on? The Rise of Genesis is a surprise project for me. It wasn’t what was supposed to come next. Originally I had been writing The Nova Chronicles, an Urban Fantasy series still in the works, but after my long writing break, I wasn’t ready for it. I began writing Sacred cities, which in the end, I re-wrote three times and the last draft ended at 183k words. I know. I scrapped that book multiple times and started over, I couldn’t nail down what I was trying to accomplish. Maybe I didn’t even know. The reality was that it wasn’t a story ready to be told, and halfway through the second draft of that monstrous book, I said “no more.” I put it aside in a dusty digital folder and decided to give it a break. At that point I didn’t know what I wanted to do. Did I  have only one series in me? Were all these ideas and exciting plots in my mind garbage? Maybe I’m not a real writer. These are the thoughts I battled with for a long time, and a part of me knows that the only reason I kept writing was for the few people in my life that continued to encourage me. The result of that encouragement turned into my next book, The Rise of Genesis. I didn’t outline, I didn’t think, I did only what I love to do–create. I wrote without reason. I had an idea bout a single character, and like the first draft of Exiled, I had a scene in my head and I let it go. A little magic happened then and a story was born. One...

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Genesis Cover Reveal Sign-up

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Genesis Cover Reveal Sign-up

The time has come ladies and gentlemen. The opportunity to join the pack and sign-up for The Rise of Genesis cover reveal is upon us. If you have a blog or website and want to take part, we’d love to have you. It’s been almost two years since I published something and the landscape has changed a lot. I’m hoping anybody who can lend a hand to announce the new book will be willing. I’m definitely going to need all the help I can get. The cover reveal is coming on February 8th, 2016, and a little more than a month later, the book be out! Right now I have a soft date of March 15th, 2016. Unless some unforeseeable circumstances arrive, the book should be ready to go. I can’t tell you in proper words how excited I am for this. 2016 is off to a great start and it’s only going to get better. If you don’t have a blog or a website and still want to help out, sharing the posts on Twitter, Facebook, or whatever your choice of social media outlet is, would be huge! Thank you in advance to everybody who participates in spreading the word of Genesis. It’s coming at you in two months and together, we’re going to take one hell of an adventure!   Want to sign up? Click the image below for the sign-up sheet!         A cursed forest, a dark past, a friend not forgotten, and a chance at redemption. Three new-found friends have to decide between lives in captivity, or risking their lives for...

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