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Blog Tour Stop for J. E. Klimov The Aeonians

Today, I have the opportunity to host J.E. Klimov on their new release. You’ll get an interview and some book info and it will be a blast, so come on in, put up your feet, and get ready to have some fun.

J’s new release, The Aeonians, will take you on a wild ride for sure. It’s a fantasy novel that I’ve had the pleasure of reading in its early stages and I can’t wait to get my hands on it again!

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Isabel Deran only wants to practice archery with the castle guards, and that is the last thing expected from an elegant Princess. Living in the shadow of her late sister, Victoria, she is next in line to receive the ro

yal armlet that is embedded with four stones: an opal, a sapphire, an amber, and a ruby. It is a revered family heirloom with the power of the elements passed down from mother to daughter.

However, an evil, once thought to be sealed away in a prison in which time does not pass, breaks free with an army that swarms the castle and wrecks havoc over the kingdom in search for the magical armlet. They are known as the Aeonians. When they kidnap Isabel and place their hands on it, the precious stones vanish.

Isabel is now trapped in a race against time to locate her stones of power with the head of the Aeonian army, Bence Brechenhad, stalking her like a shadow. With the help of her trusty weapon, the sai, she fights her way through seemingly impossible trials and fearsome monsters in order to restore peace in her kingdom.

 

Sounds pretty good, right? I think so!! Seriously, I can’t wait to read it!

Now, let’s check out the interview with the amazing author!

1.      What made you want to become a writer?

Believe it or not, my aspirations were not in writing at first. I was an artist who loved sketching and inking. I even created my own graphic novels. (On folded, cut, plain paper…) As time passed, I wanted another medium to share my stories, and after NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month), I was hooked and wanted to become an established author! To be able to share stories and inspire others is truly rewarding.

2.      What inspires you?

I’m having a hard time finding inspiration these days. Most of my ideas were spun from my high school days where my imagination was limitless.

However, I now try to draw from my experiences from my travels: China, Taiwan, Japan, autumn in New Hampshire, and more. I drink in the environment and take mental notes. Also, The Legend of Zelda franchise. (I’m sure those that have been following me are sick of my Zelda references.) I guess the central theme is beautiful landscapes that beg for adventure.

3.      Are any of your characters from The Aeonians inspired by people you know? 

I did model Isabel a bit after myself; however, it’s actually very hard to do that. During the revision process, I distanced her persona from me a little, so Isabel can have a personality all her own. Other than that, this novel has new, unique creations. There are other novel ideas where characters are based off some really wonderful friends though.

4. What is your writing process like? 

I’m still figuring it out! I was a “pantser” when writing The Aeonians. (For those that don’t know, the term “pantser” is one that writes on the fly!) Now, I am a bit more organized. I always find a quiet corner, preferably in a café that sells caffeinated drinks, listen to soundtracks, and write. In the sequel, my current work in progress, I created a general outline of my plot down to the chapter. From that, I write details as I go.

5.      How did you find the perfect editor? 

You know, I struggled with this. As this was my first novel, I had no idea how to go about this. Do I empty my wallet or ask friends etc? I ended up with a blend of both. I had a few friends take a look, then had it rigorously workshopped on Scribophile.com, then I hired a freelance editor for proofreading who offered an affordable price. My publisher, Silver Leaf Books, also offered professional editing. It was definitely a learning curve!

6.      Tell me about your story. Your characters.

The challenge with telling people about my story is that I don’t know when to stop! So, I’ll give it my best: The story takes place on a mystical island named Deran, which is run by a matriarchal system. When Princess Victoria passes away, her older sister Isabel is next in line to receive the royal armlet that contains four precious stones that grants the power of the elements. While Isabel struggles with her confidence, an imprisoned dark force breaks free from a prison in which time does not pass. Their army, the Aeonians, storms the castle and tries to obtain this coveted armlet. Not to give the rest of the plot away, chaos ensues. Isabel must fight to retrieve her precious stones that fled her armlet with the help of her weapon, the sai, while the head of the Aeonian army is at her heels.

Princess Isabel is not the typical princess. She is an awkward tomboy with confidence issues. The main antagonist is Bence Brechenhad, who is sarcastic, brooding, and calculating. While his twin brother, Farid, follows instructions rigidly, Bence tends to take matters into his own hands. Other than humans, I have six other species that live in Deran, four of which reside in their own city. I take pride in that these species are my own creation: from reptilian-like creatures the size of boulders to gilled fur-balls with floppy ears.

7.      Are you working on anything else right now? If so, can you tell us a little about it?

I am working on two things at the moment. Firstly, I am working on the sequel to The Aeonians, named The Shadow Warrior. I can’t say too much about it without giving it away, but it takes place after the Aeonian War. Readers will get to see more of the world beyond Deran. The second project is a fairy tale re-telling short story for the next installment of the Just-Us-League Anthology!

8. Do you write in absolute silence or do you have the TV or radio on while you write?

I need music. Not just any music, though. For some reason, I can’t have any vocals in it- too distracting. Movie scores and gaming soundtracks help me focus and even help spark some inspiration.

9. Do you have an Aeonians inspired playlist?

Sigh. I don’t. I think it would be pretty awesome if I did…

 

If you want to get your hands on a copy of this amazing book, you can preorder it now over on Amazon. Just follow the link. http://tinyurl.com/ycmtgb3z

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New Release

Title: Watch Over
Series: The DeLucas Family #1
Author: Amy Reece
Genre: Contemporary Romance/Suspense
Release Date: July 11, 2017
Publisher: Limitless Publishing

Melanie Blythe has a house, a career, and a cat. She doesn’t need a man. But she isn’t the only one who’s noticed the gorgeous cop down the street. When her faithless cat prances home from the cop’s house with a note tucked in his collar, it might be the beginning of something beautiful…or it might be Melanie’s death warrant.

Detective Finn DeLuca is stuck at home recovering from a hit-and-run accident, and has plenty of time to wonder about the woman two doors down. There’s something mysterious about the beautiful brunette, and he’s determined to get to know her. 

But someone else has other plans. 
As the two grow closer, someone is watching—and waiting. Sooner or later, their chance will come. 

And the two lovebirds will never see it coming.


Amy Reece lives in Albuquerque, NM, with her husband and family. She loves to read and travel and has an unhealthy addiction to dogs. She believes red wine and coffee are the elixirs of life and lead to great inspiration. She is the author of The Seeker Series (YA paranormal) and The Way to Her Heart (YA romantic suspense).


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Five Mistakes Writers Make When Querying

Hi guys! Today, I wanted to talk about some mistakes we writers make when querying. Trust me, I can definitely give some insight on this topic as I’ve sent over 200 queries out. Most ended in rejection. But, there is a proper etiquette to follow and we are going to talk about that today.

  1. Always address your query letter to someone. And please, spell their name right. If you are querying an agent and you say Mr. Hope and it should have been Ms…this is a huge no-no. It only takes a second to read over your email before you hit send.
  2. Don’t go on and on about yourself. Agents and publishers want to know about the book you’re writing. They don’t want a paragraph about the book and four paragraphs about you. It’s great if you have won awards of have books out there in the bookverse. Share that. But don’t tell them you have a cat name Mr. Sniffles and constantly have to wipe his nose with a tissue.
  3. Don’t query as if your main character is the one sending the email. This is a big no. Agents and Publishers want to read about your book from your perspective. When they get into the sample chapters, the character can take over, but not in the query letter.
  4. Keep it simple and short. Make it intriguing enough for them to want to keep reading, but stay true to your story. No agent or editor will want to be captivated by a query and go on to read the sample chapters only to find the query was nothing like the story.
  5. My final piece of advice is this. Get people to read your query before you send it out. Get opinions. Critique partners help tremendously. A second set of eyes can take your query letter from subpar to extraordinary. Get that feedback. And do your research. Don’t send a query to an agent looking for contemporary when you’re writing an epic fantasy. It’s a waste of time for the agent and for you.

If you do your homework and take your time writing the letter, you’ll have no problem getting requests from agents or publishers. But, before you sign a contract with anyone, make sure they are a perfect fit for what you’re looking for in representation. An agent is someone you work very close with so you have to have a good relationship and be able to get along. And same with a publisher. And, remember, keep your chin out even when you don’t get the outcome you were expecting. Because even if you do all the research and find the one you think will be a perfect match, they still might say no. But never, ever give up. Fight to make your dreams come true. I know you can do it!

Book Blitz: The Flames Trilogy By Cassandra Fear

On The Shelf Reviews

Hi everyone!

Welcome to a Book blitz for Above the Flames and Surrounded by Flames, the first two books in Cassandra Fear’s Flames Trilogy, published by Limitless publishing.  I’ll be bring you excepts, an interview with the wonderful author herself and even an interview with the main character from both books, Jasmine.  There is also a link for a book giveaway at the bottom of the page!

Book One, Above the Flames:

Jasmine’s sixteenth birthday was the worst ever…

All in one day, her dad died, she met a demon, and her mother rejected her existence forever. After all, the demon who killed her dad was there to take her, and all because of her stupid powers—the ability to conjure blue flames.

Two years later, she’s happy. But happy never lasts…

After moving to Idaho to live with her grandparents, Jasmine has a new life. Almost nobody knows about her…

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The Flames Trilogy

A great book review for Above the Flames

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Today’s blog is a book review; The Flames of Mist by Cassandra Fear.

About the author:

Cassandra Fear lives in Ohio with her husband, two kids and two dogs. Hiking, taking care of her fish tank and reading are her favorite hobbies. She loves chocolate, hates driving in the snow and could eat macaroni and cheese every day. In her spare time, she loves to write, and has always dreamed of becoming an author. Her dreams will become reality with her first book, Above the Flames.

About The Flames:

Jasmine’s sixteenth birthday was the worst ever…

All in one day, her dad died, she met a demon, and her mother rejected her existence forever. After all, the demon who killed her dad was there to take her, and all because of her stupid powers—the ability to conjure blue flames.

Two years later, she’s happy. But happy never lasts…

After moving…

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Cover Reveal: Heather Dahlgren-Behind the Lens(Sexy Series #1)

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☆Behind the Lens (Sexy Series #1) by Heather Dahlgren☆

☆October 22nd – Pre-Order
☆November 1st – RELEASE

Breaking the rules isn’t an option for photographer Kallie Gregory. Her career depends on it…

The only thing Kallie ever wanted to do was take photos. She’s been working with the industry’s most popular male models and building a name for herself. Proclaimed an up and coming sensation, Kallie knows she has to set professional boundaries with her clients. No dating the models. No exceptions. Following the rules has never been a problem, until she met Jax.

Jax Burke always gets what he wants, and that includes Kallie…

Jax is one of the most recognizable and sought-after male models on the market. When he makes a pass at the beautiful photographer at his latest shoot, she shuts him down. Despite their chemistry on and off the set, Kallie makes it clear they will never be anything more than friends. She’s witnessed the effects of what dating a model can do to a photographer’s career, and she’s worked too hard to ruin it now.

Fighting temptation was easier before her heart got involved…

Jax is happy to abide by Kallie’s friendship guidelines. He isn’t looking for a quick fling that will make the media rounds. He likes her, and with enough time he knows he can change her mind about all her rules.

Kallie still has her doubts, but Jax is willing to risk it all for love. He’s determined to convince her to finally take a chance on the life waiting for her out from…

Behind the Lens.

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Cover Reveal: Fame and Obsession

Title: Fame & Obsession
Author: Cora Kenborn
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Cover Designer: Deranged Doctor Design
Publisher: Limitless Publishing
Editor: Gillian Leonard of Lilypad Editing
Expected Release Date: Oct. 25th, 2016
Hosted by: Lady Amber’s PR

Blurb:

Struggling writer Phoebe Ryan abandons her southern roots and heads to New York, determined to leave her nightmarish past behind…

She was not expecting to meet a famous rock star, or to be coerced into ghostwriting his autobiography. But she tries to maintain focus on her dream of becoming an author, despite the attraction she feels for the sexy rocker, not to mention the baggage that comes with him.

Julian Bale’s world was shattered one drunken night, and it almost ruined him…

Weighed down by guilt, he blames himself for an accident he could’ve prevented. He will play the game, but swears his hot little ghostwriter will never get that story out of him. As much as he wants her, if he has to choose between his dream and hers, it’s no contest.

Phoebe and Julian give in to a forbidden attraction, and their public romance risks both their lives…

An obsessive fan is on the loose and now that the secret’s out, it’s made them both targets. The psychotic stalker is determined to have Julian for herself, even if she has to reveal their sordid pasts and eliminate Phoebe to do it.

He lives for fame. She lives to hide. Obsession lives to ruin them both.
Cora Kenborn writes romantic suspense novels with strong heroines, complex alphas, harrowing danger, and snappy banter. She is the author of the rock star stalker series, Lords of Lyre but refuses to be pigeon holed into one specific genre. She loves delving into the twisted mind of a dark villain as well as giggling while writing rom-com banter.
Cora lives in Eastern North Carolina and is a true Southern girl, growing up on sweet tea, front porches, and the simple life. She says “y’all,” “fixin’ to,” and should you deserve it, will “bless your heart.” She’s the proud mother three hyperactive and occasionally adorable children, and the wife of a husband who tolerates her chaotic writer’s cave.
Although reading is her passion, she can usually be found watching true crime shows and crafting inspiration for twisted new tales. Cora admits to being a horrible cook, an even worse baker, and believes she’s more dangerous with a hot glue gun than any weapon on earth. Oh, and she and autocorrect are mortal enemies.
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The coiled body behind me tensed, ready to detonate. Whoever defended me could hold his own, but I could still take everybody out with one flick of the wrist. Chivalry felt warm and fuzzy but I learned a long time ago that one hundred and fifty volts felt electric and twitchy.
Turning my chin to the side, I whispered on an exhale, “It’s fine, I’ve got this.”
A low laugh against my neck curled my toes.
“You so don’t got this.” His chest rumbled as a strong hand ran skilled fingers around my hair. I tilted my chin, watching his eyes harden. “You’re up my ass, shit-for-brains. Don’t ever touch what’s mine.” He shifted his lips against my ear. “Right, baby?”
One suitor tested my patience, but two pushed my limit. I opened my mouth to tell him off when he stole the moment and pressed his lips against mine. Resisting, I murmured veiled threats as he pulled me toward him. The impromptu kiss dissolved into failed waves of aggression, and I inexplicably responded to him. Before I knew it, I’d wrapped my arms around his neck.
After a few heartbeats of kissing a complete stranger, I finally regained what dignity I had left, shoved his chest, and faced him with fire blazing in my eyes. He snickered and waved as my aggressor stalked off. Shooting him a death glare, I reached for my drink. After scanning for witnesses, I brought it to my lips and drained it.
“Thirsty?” He smirked.
“What the hell was that?”
He snatched the drink out of my hands, giving me a wink before tipping it back for the last drop. “You weren’t exactly pushing me away. Besides, I just saved your ass. Heath Vaughn was inches from having a hand up that thing you call a dress.”
“I didn’t ask for your help!” I bit back. “I don’t even know who the hell you—wait, who?”
“Somebody had to step in or you’d have spent the night in jail with that concealed, illegal shit in your purse. You’re telling me you didn’t know that was Vaughn? Maybe because we haven’t time-warped back to his 1995 five minutes of fame.” He walked past me with a smirk plastered across his face.
 Struggling to catch up with him, I grabbed his shoulder in disbelief. “That’s a joke, right?”
“Afraid not. Vaughn in the flesh, and apparently in the sauce too. Why do you care so much what he thinks?” He eyed me curiously, his jade-green eyes knocking me breathless.
Finally allowing myself a full look at him, I quickly averted my eyes before he could see my racing pulse reflected in them. Chaotic chocolate spiked hair pointed in every direction and hinted at a carefully constructed morning-after look. A small silver earring caught flashes of light in the darkness and tattoos decorated each uncovered arm.
Remembering to breathe became a chore.
“Because I’m screwed!” I shouted, frantically waving my phone. “My boss is already pissed at me, and I was supposed to meet Vaughn here for an interview, and—why am I telling you this?”
“Calm down.” He grinned, revealing a deep dimple in his left cheek. “Look, the dude’s so far tanked he won’t remember he was here, much less you were. Give me your phone.”
“I’m not giving you my phone. I don’t even know you.”
Rolling his eyes, he snatched my phone out of my hands. “Didn’t stop you from making out with me, did it?” He scanned the email I’d been checking all night. Typing furiously, his lips curved upward and he handed it back. “All fixed.”
“What did you do?” Thankfully, previous defense training taught me to never label emails with personal information. In the darkness, he’d never scroll back far enough to know my name.
“Why must you question brilliance?” he countered with a sigh. “You sent him an email concerned for his safety since he never showed for your interview. You waited but had to leave because you actually work for a living. You’d love to reschedule since you’re such a huge fan and were disappointed at the missed opportunity to hear all about his crap-ass reality show, since I assume that’s all he would’ve wanted to talk about.”
I could’ve kissed him—if I hadn’t already.
“You’re an evil genius.”
“So I’ve been told.”