Thursday, August 22, 2013

Cover Reveal: Immagica by KA Last

Today I'm excited to share the beautiful cover for KA Last's upcoming book, IMMAGICA. KA is an amazing graphic designer as well as a brilliant author, and she's the genius behind #TeamUll's tear-jerking #NACrushTourney video. I've been looking forward to hosting her on my blog since we first met, and I'm thrilled to show you her latest creation.  Introducing...


Title: Immagica
Author: K. A. Last
Genre: YA Fantasy/Adventure
Expected Date of Publication: November 2013
Word Count: approximately 66,000
Cover Illustration: Lawrence Mann LawrenceMann.co.uk
Cover Designer: KILA Designs – www.facebook.com/KILAdesigns


Book Blurb:
Immagica…
Where anything is possible, but not always controllable.
Enter at your own risk.

The night before her fifteenth birthday, Rosaline Clayton receives an amulet from her deranged father. He tells her she must find the book, and begs her to save him. Rosaline is used to her father not making any sense, and she dismisses their conversation as another of his crazy rants.

Rosaline and her younger brother, Elliot, find the old, leather-bound book tucked away in their Nana’s attic, and it sucks them into its pages. They land in a magical world where anything is possible, but when Rosaline and Elliot are separated, the only thing Rosaline wants is to find her brother and go home.

The creatures of Immagica have other ideas. Rosaline befriends a black unicorn, two fairies, and a girl named Brynn, who are under threat from a menacing dragon. Rosaline discovers she is bound to Immagica in ways she doesn’t understand, and the fate of this magical world rests entirely on her shoulders.

Excerpt:
The book flew open and a gust of wind whipped my curls around my face. The pages riffled back and forth before coming to a halt, open at the first page. This was getting a little weird. I was about to slam the book shut when words began to appear of their own volition, right before our eyes.

“Um, Elliot. Can you see that? Or am I as crazy as Dad?”

“I can see it,” he whispered.

Immagica, the place where anything is possible, but not always controllable.
Enter at your own risk.

“What a load of crap,” I said, picking the book up. The new line of text flickered gold and pulsed, on then off, then on again, like a flashing, neon sign. I gingerly picked up the corner of the page and peeked under it to the next, but it was blank.

“How do we enter?” Elliot asked, leaning into me and staring at the book.

“Why do you keep asking me all these questions? You’re here, you know as much as I do.”

“You’re older, and always acting so much smarter than me,” Elliot said. I poked my tongue out. “That’s real mature.” He rolled his eyes.

“Oh, so you’re Mr Maturity now you’re a teenager.”

“Sometimes I’m more mature than you!”

While we argued, we were oblivious to what was happening. The book riffled its pages again, and another gust of wind hit our faces. Before we knew what was happening, the golden glow exploded from the book and sucked us in. That’s the best way I can describe it. One minute we were in my room, surrounded by my grandmother’s elegant interior decorating, and the next we were enveloped with gold light.

At first I felt Elliot beside me, but then he was gone. The light was warm, like a soft, fuzzy blanket. Then the ground hit me in the face. It was hard and rough. The force of my landing knocked the wind out of me, and I tumbled over myself before coming to a halt on my back. Above me was an azure sky dotted with fluffy, marshmallow clouds. I turned my head and spotted the book lying closed on the ground a few metres away. I tried to move to retrieve it, but it took a few moments before I could roll onto my side and get to my knees.

When I finally managed to stand, I took in my surroundings with wide eyes. The sky may have been blue, but the ground was dirty charcoal. Lumps of gravel mixed with sand and dead grass. It stretched on, and on, nothing but barren wasteland no matter which way I turned. The only break in the landscape was where the horizon met the sky.

A lump of fear rose in my throat. Where was Elliot?

I didn’t know where I was, and I was completely alone.


Sounds amazing, right? And KA's offering a giveaway -- be sure to check it out!
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About the Author:
K. A. Last was born in Subiaco, Western Australia, and moved to Sydney with her parents and older brother when she was eight. Artistic and creative by nature, she studied Graphic Design and graduated with an Advanced Diploma. After marrying her high school sweetheart, she concentrated on her career before settling into family life. Blessed with a vivid imagination, she began writing to let off creative steam, and fell in love with it. She now resides in a peaceful, leafy suburb north of Sydney with her husband, their two children, and a rabbit named Twitch.

Author web links:
Amazon Author Page: www.amazon.com/author/kalast




Cover Reveal: Fate Forgotten by Amalia Dillin

Introducing the gorgeous cover for Amalia Dillin's upcoming release, Fate Forgotten. This book arrives November 5, 2013, and I cannot wait to pick it up! Doesn't it look amazing?

Since the gods returned Adam's memory six hundred years ago, Thor has been a scourge on his lives. But when Adam learns that Thor has been haunting his steps out of love for Eve, he is determined to banish the thunder god once and for all. Adam is no fool: Eve still loves the man she knew as Thorgrim, and if she ever learned he still lived, that he still loved her, Adam would lose any chance of winning Eve to his side, never mind liberating the world. But after everything Thor has done to protect Eve, everything he's sacrificed, the thunder god won't go without a fight. Not as long as Eve might love him again.

Which means that Adam has to find a new ally. The enemy of his enemy, complete with burning sword and righteous resentment of the gods. But in order to attract the Archangel Michael's attention, he needs Eve -- an unmarried Eve, willing to give him the benefit of the doubt.


It shouldn't be too difficult to find her in the future. Not now that he knows how to look.

FATE FORGOTTEN will pick up where FORGED BY FATE and TEMPTING FATE left off with Thor, Eve, and Adam! In the meantime, don't forget to add it on Goodreads, and you can learn more about the series and the individual titles over at World Weaver Press, or at www.amaliadillin.com.



Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Tempting Fate by Amalia T. Dillin



Today I'm super excited to show off my writer-friend Amalia T. Dillin. When fellow Indie Ignites contributor and indie author, Nazarea Andrews, introduced me to the queen of #ThorLove, I was stoked. She's a fantastic writer, a great source of mythological knowledge, and a fellow fan of our favorite Norse gods. What's not to love?

Amalia's got a brand new book out, and you need to run out and pick it up rightnow. How fab does this sound?

Blurb:

Mia's lived in her sister's shadow long enough. Now that Abby is getting married to a Frenchman, Mia scents freedom. In fact, Jean DeLeon, the groom's too-charming cousin, seems like the perfect place to start. But the House of Lions is full of secrets, and what started out as an exciting fling is quickly becoming more frustration than fun. Mia wants answers, or she wants out, and it isn't like she doesn’t have other options. Ethan Hastings, for example. Tall, handsome, and gray eyes like nothing she's ever seen before.

The fact that Jean seems to hate him is just a bonus.

Tempting Fate is an e-novella that takes place during the events of Forged by Fate, the first book in the Fate of the Gods trilogy! Learn more about the series by following the links, or check out www.amaliadillin.com! You can also find the author on twitter (@AmaliaTd) and Facebook.

Now check out this fab piece by Ms. Dillin:

When Thor Isn’t Our Hero

Like ELSKER, TEMPTING FATE is the story of a girl who gets caught up in a world of gods she never knew existed. But unlike ELSKER, Mia is more of an innocent bystander than someone who belongs. She has no idea what she’s gotten herself into, and worse, those gods? They’re *really* invested in keeping her from finding out.

Mia is protected, in some part, by her ignorance, and by her very normalness. She’s just a girl who’s looking for love, and she isn’t going to let any family, no matter how old or wealthy or charming, tell her where she can and can’t find it. Certainly she isn’t going to give a second thought to the glowering disapproval of a god she doesn’t realize exists. This is her journey, and her choice, and nothing is going to stand in the way of her happily ever after. Not even the gods.

Thor isn’t exactly an antagonist, but he definitely isn’t interested in making Mia’s love life any easier. He’s there to do a job, and Mia is getting in the way. Bad enough that she’s become interested in secrets the House of Lions has kept for millennia, but when she ditches her escort, Jean, and falls for an even more mysterious stranger named Ethan, she causes a whole new world of trouble for Thor.

Mia’s story is different from the rest of the Fate of the Gods series, but I think it’s an important story to tell – not only for Mia, who deserves to have her story told, but also to give us another perspective that isn’t so... immortal. What’s it like living as the younger sister of a perfect woman? A goddess of love, by some accounts? And what does Thor look like when he isn’t exactly on your side? When his focus is on keeping you in the dark, instead of protecting you?

In TEMPTING FATE, you’ll find out!

Be sure to check out Tempting Fate, now available at: 


AMAZON 
KOBO

And if you haven't already read FORGED BY FATE you can find it at:

AMAZON
B&N

Bio: 
Amalia Dillin began as a Biology major before taking Latin and falling in love with old heroes and older gods. After that, she couldn't stop writing about them, with the occasional break for more contemporary subjects. She lives in upstate New York with her husband, and dreams of the day when she will own goats -- to pull her chariot through the sky, of course. 

Monday, August 12, 2013

Awakenings by JE Shannon

Today I'm pleased to introduce you to YA Author, JE Shannon, and her brand spankin' new novel, Awakenings. Isn't this cover amazing?




Title: Awakenings
Author: J. E. Shannon  
Publisher: Entranced Publishing
Genre: YA paranormal romance
Release Date: July 29th 2013

Blurb: 
Evie Shepard awakens to a nightmare. She's been buried alive and has no idea how or why. As she struggles to remember what happened, she begins to notice changes -- heightened senses, as well as increased speed, agility, and strength. And her heart no longer beats. She soon makes a disturbing discovery: she wasn't buried alive; she was murdered. Somehow, she has come back...and she wants revenge.


Buy Links: Amazon | Kobo | Smashwords | B&N



JE's here today to share why it's important for Authors to help Authors. Take it away, JE.


Authors Helping Authors

After years of helping my husband achieve his dream to become a chiropractor, I decided that it was time I chased my own. To be an author.

I will openly admit I had no idea how to become a successful author. Obviously, I would have to write a book, but what next? How do you take that book and make it a success? I was completely clueless about the process. So while I was writing, I started researching as well.

I went to conferences. I read countless blogs about writing and publishing. I bought books on the subject. But I was failing to utilize the best tool that exists in the market today. Other authors.

That's right folks, those people you are competing against will be your best allies. Sounds like a really good plot twist doesn't it? Kind of fitting if you ask me.

This was a new experience for me. I spent ten years in the banking world. Not once in my working career did I say, "Hey, I know we have a great checking account program, but so does First Federal down the street. You should go check them out." I would have been fired before I hung up the phone.

That is where the writing world is so extraordinarily and wonderfully different. Writers (for the most part) want to see other writers succeed. They really and truly do. Why else would they host Twitter competitions, query critiques, and even offer their own publishers or agents to pitch to?

I'm sure I have some cynical people who will read this and say, "Well by helping others they are helping themselves." That's true. It does. I can't tell you how many people I recommend to follow  Brenda Drake on Twitter because she hosts so many contests. Does it help Brenda? Absolutely. I've probably sent around a hundred people her way. But honestly, she's making authors dreams come true. Why the heck wouldn't I want to help her? It's the circle of life, without all of the killing.

When I won Pitchwars with Awakenings, I was amazed that the awesome Fiona McLaren  would take so much of her time to make my book shine. I was awed at how supportive the other contestants were of each other. Even now it gives me the warm and fuzzies. I made some great friends from that competition and we are still cheering each other on now.

Now that I am an author at  Entranced Publishing, I find that my astonishment at the camaraderie of that group of authors grows all the time. I couldn't ask for a better group of ladies to have my back, and I'm equally willing to put my time and effort into helping them succeed as well.

Now, I have authors, bloggers, and other writerly types stepping up to help me spread the word about my book. People I’ve never met want to help and I can’t tell you how humbling that makes me feel.

So many people helped me get to where I am today. People that I had never even met before and I can't tell you how eternally grateful I am to them. They are an inspiring group of people.  I can't wait to return the favor to some new author just looking for a way in. Just like I was.


Giveaway:

To celebrate her new release, JE Shannon is giving away a Kindle with an ecopy of Awakenings (US only). One runner-up will win an ecopy of Awakenings (open internationally). You can enter here: http://bit.ly/13v1u59

About the Author:

J. E. Shannon currently lives in Florida, but is a Missouri native. She spends most of her time reading, writing, and taking care of her small child and two crazy dogs. Visit her at www.jeshannonbooks.com.

Author Social Media Links:

  



Sunday, August 11, 2013

Disney's D23 Expo (aka the best weekend ever!)

In case y'all haven't figured this out about me, I am a ginormous nerd. Shakespeare, show tunes, super heroes -- if it's even the teensiest bit geeky, I probably love it. 

And since Disney acquired Marvel and LucasFilm, going to Disney's D23 Expo with thousands of fellow geeks was like being in heaven.  

I had the most amazing time at the convention. I wish I had more pictures to share, but they bagged up our cameras for the big events, and being a notorious rule follower I was too nervous to sneak a pic. (But I did manage to snag a few on the floor!)  Some of my absolute favorite parts of the weekend were:

-Meeting John Lasseter, Chief Creative Officer of Disney and the head of Pixar. I touched him! And then I nearly passed out.

-Seeing Tom Hiddleston (aka Loki himself!) promote his upcoming Tinker Bell movie.  (You read that right. Loki's in a Tinkerbell Movie. Aw!) He admitted he sang Bear Necessities as his RADA audition piece... and then sang it! Want to see Loki sing Disney? Get ready to swoon.

See Tom sing via YouTube HERE

-Seeing Loki, Natalie Portman and Anthony Hopkins talk Thor! I've got a list of about five actors I'd reallyreallyreally like to meet, and Sir Anthony Hopkins has been tops of that list forever.  Being 200 feet from him was almost too much. I jumped up and down like a caffeinated kangaroo, shrieked like a howler monkey, and then nearly hyperventilated. But the rest of the auditorium did exactly the same thing. It was awesome! And then they screened brand new footage from the upcoming Thor: The Dark World. *DYING!!!!*

-Seeing Idina Menzel (Wicked's original Elpheba) sing "Let it Go" from the upcoming Norse themed film, Frozen... while the musical team behind Frozen/Book of Mormon/Avenue Q cheered her on! 

You can watch Idina sing via YouTube HERE.

-Watching a strikingly beautiful Angelina Jolie talk about cheerfully greeting young kids on the set of her upcoming film, Maleficent -- "because I'm a Disney character!"  And then watching those kids run to their parents saying, "Mommy! Make the scary witch stop talking to me!" Oops!

-Seeing Chris Evans, Dane Cook, Sebastian Stan, and so many other Disney/Marvel/Lucas stars talk about working with the company.

-Watching Planes director Klay Hall interacting with young fans on the convention center floor.

-Singing "It's A Small World" along with Richard Sherman, and seeing Alan Menkin play one of my favorite songs, "Happy Working Song" from Enchanted. "What is it with Disney and cleaning," he asked? But you know what Disney taught me? To wear a tiara when I clean. And so I do.

And I'm sure you're all wondering: yes, I did meet Thor. It wasn't THAT Thor, but it was Thor nonetheless. 

Here's a four minute YouTube clip MovieManiacs put together on the weekend. It was an amazing experience, and I'm still buzzing from all the creative greatness I got to see. Can't wait to jump back into writing! Maybe Sir Anthony Hopkins will play Odin in one of my Norse mythologies someday. Hey, doesn't Disney teach us "A dream that you wish will come true"? That and "wear a fancy ball gown while cleaning to make things more fun," right Princess Giselle?


Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Kristia Has A Wedding Dress!

Kristia has a wedding dress! In what might have been the closest competition ever, Dress #1 very narrowly beat out Dress #4 to take its place in Elsker history. 

Congratulations Dress #1 and Aly of White Zin Bookends


When Kristia walks down the aisle in this amazing number, she'll definitely make Ull drool. 

But since the race for the winning gown was so close, I think Kristia needs to wear two gorgeous gowns on her big day. When she leaves for her honeymoon with her Norse god, she'll change into a shortened version of dress #4. Won't a knee-length version of this make the ultimate going away dress? 



 Aly and Christina , your dresses scored a place in Elsker history. Thank you!

Thank you to the champions who advocated for all four gorgeous gowns, and to the readers who voted on Kristia's behalf. She's going to look amazing on her wedding day, and I'm so grateful y'all took part in choosing her gown(s)!