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I'm currently running my blog over at WritersAfterDark.net. I'd love it if you stopped by and hang for a bit! I'll return the favor, promise!

Running two blogs gets a bit difficult, so bear with me while I figure things out. In the meantime, if I could interest you in industry news, writing tips, and poking some fun at writerly problems, you'll find me here:



Friday, August 30, 2013

Time to Celebrate ;)




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This week I'm celebrating:

1- Finishing up answering all of my interviews.
There were many, many questions, but it was lots of fun!

2- Spending some quality time with my best friend
and her teeny little ones.

3- Relaxing and reading... I missed that in the past few months.
It feels awesome.

4- Slowly but surely getting back to work on book number two.

What are you celebrating?


Thursday, August 29, 2013

Time Warper Blog Tour & Giveaway!


Welcome everyone to the TIME WARPER Blog Tour!
The Time Warper Series is a YA/NA series written by Peggy Martinez. Contingency (book 1) was her debut novel and was first published back in June 2012. Since then, the book has been revised and was republished in December of 2012. Relativity (book 2) released in February 2013. Eventuality is the 3rd book of the Sage Hannigan time warper novels and is planned to release in January/February of 2014. The covers have recently undergone a facelift ... most of the changes are very cosmetic, but Contingency got an entirely new cover. 
I hope you enjoy learning about the books and their Author. 
Please check out the cover changes below and the blurbs of the books. 
There will be a giveaway at the bottom of the post. 
Thanks so much for stopping by the 
TIME WARPER BLOG TOUR! :)

CONTINGENCY (Book #1)

   Eighteen-year-old Sage Hannigan wants to get back to her own time, preferably one that hasn’t been destroyed by an underworld plot brewing in Edwardian-era South Carolina. How hard can it be?

All she has to do is:
1. Learn to use newly acquired warping skills to bend time to her will.
2. Take out a few rogue vampires.
3. Join an ancient secret society.
4. Figure out who is putting the time stream in jeopardy.
5. Find and maim whoever invented the corset.

   Sage never asked to be chosen by the Druid Priestess, Amerach, to become a Warper and she never asked to have the future hanging on her shoulders or to warp a hundred years into the past. She certainly never asked to meet Dr. Aldwin Blake, who would make her question her desire to get back to her own time. But if she fails her mission, people will die, history will change, and the present she wishes to return to will be no more.


RELATIVITY (Book #2)

   Three months after Sage Hannigan time warps a hundred years into the past and saves the future as we know it, she is still trying to come to grips with all the has gained…and all that she has lost.

   All of her searching hasn’t turned up Cerberus Society or any creatures of the night and she’s beginning to wonder if she’s gone crazy after all. The only things keeping her grounded are her sparring sessions with Matt and her weekly ritual of scouring the city for low lives to kick the crap out of, and even that can’t keep her dreams free of the heartache and bitter sweet memories she has come to loath and…to cherish.

   When blasts from the past; good, bad, and evil, come knocking on her door, will she be able to do what she has to even if it means having her barely-healing heart ripped to shreds?



EVENTUALITY (Book #3)

Sage Hannigan's journey continues in an action-packed follow up to Relativity. 
Coming January/February 2014


















About the Author:



Peggy Martinez is a homeschooling mom of one boy and four girls. She has been married to her soul mate, Omar, since January 2000. She enjoys reading, writing, soap making, all things aromatherapy, and Twizzlers- lots of Twizzlers. She dreams of one day owning a small homestead, raising some chickens along with her children, growing a large garden, and eventually taking a dream vacation to Greece. It isn't too far fetched to think you could happen upon her and her husband having a conversation about religion, political conspiracies, a zombie apocalypse, or gangster movies.
 


~Now for the GIVEAWAY~


Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Tweets Tuesday (25)

Bringing back old tweets to life.

A writer can survive anything. Novels are a proof of that.
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You must stay drunk on writing so reality cannot destroy you.
~Ray Bradbury
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Whether you think you can, or think you can't, you are right.
~Henry Ford
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My 2+ year old lil girl saw my screen full of hot guys 
(research) & asked what I'm doing. I told her work. 
She said, "Ok, Mommy. I work too." o_0
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You can, you should, and if you are brave enough to start, you will.
~Stephen King

Friday, August 23, 2013

Time to Celebrate!


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This week I'm celebrating:

1- I've heard from two reviewers with ARC copies of Kinetic,
and they loved it! ::faints::

2- I entered to win some awesome jewelry here.
(go enter and help spread the news)

3- I set up a giveaway in honor of some author friends:
"Like" their FB pages and you can win:
*One copy of the book with a swag pack
*One copy of the book
* One  swag pack of notebook, pen, bookmark
Still waiting on the bookmark but here is a teaser:

Enter here:
What are you celebrating?

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

New Release: ASHES! Interview with author Brandon Ax & GIVEAWAY!

ASHES is out now!

A year ago,  Sophia would have told you monsters existed only in the movies. That the world is easily understood and life has a way of making sense.  A year ago,  Sophia would have been wrong.

Her world had changed and she'd seen behind the curtain.  With Aiden and the others by her side, all she wants now is answers. The monsters were gone, but in their absence new questions about her past were left to haunt.

As the search for answers begins, a remnant from her nightmares returns. Her new understanding of the world is once more shaken and she finds herself on the opposite side of powerful Elementals.

When those sworn to protect humanity are your enemies, the lines of right and wrong become blurred. One wrong choice and she could be left with ashes.

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I had the honor to sit down with Brandon for an interview (by sit down I mean we swapped emails while probably both sitting, hard to prove really) and he had some pretty interesting things to say...

First of all, thank you for agreeing to my interrogation, Brandon. I wish you good luck. And second, OMG Ashes is awesome thank you for allowing me to pretend to be your CP and get to read this in advance. I love it! Sorry, the fan girl in me got carried away... Ahem, the interview yes... read on!


So do tell us, B... Do you have a favorite scene in Ashes?

Many. Too vague?  
Yes, too vague! Give us more. Jeez.
Okay, I do have a lot, but without giving too much away there is a scene at the end in the epilogue that I have been waiting to write for three years. Let's say that one. 

OMG, yes...that one is awesome! Okay, moving on... If you were an Elemental, which would you control: Air, Water, Fire or Earth?

Air for sure. The connection you have to the world around you and I mean who doesn't want to move through the air at high speeds without risking injury?

Nice! Sounds a bit dangerous for us mere humans, but fun.
Speaking of... which character was the most fun to write?

That is hard. If I had to pick quickly I'd say Guardian, he was fun and came easily.

Guardian was really cool to read... but umm, so was Zander and Alex and.. oh right, your favorite, sorry o_0 
Was it difficult to write under a teenage girl’s POV?

I would say that in Elemental it was, but only in the beginning. At the end of the day we are all people and there are unifying themes that stay with all of us no matter our sex. Besides I was raised by a single mom with two sisters, I had this.

Yeah, you did! What was your playlist inspiration while writing Ashes?

So many. Music is so important to my writing it is hard to separate them. When writing my old world fantasy it is almost always some form of Rock music. When writing a more modern story the list is more eclectic. Ed Sheeran and Ellie Goulding made quite a few appearances. Editing/Revisions has all been done to Twenty One Pilots: Vessel. Okay let me stop or I will start putting together a playlist for people.

Do you enjoy putting your readers through emotional turmoil? I really think you do... you, evil man. Grrr!

In my opinion, every author should. I mean if we can't take a reader on a ride and get a few angry emails then what are we doing here?  lol.

Hmm, whatever...
Can you give us any general hint of what to expect for the third and final installment in The Light Bringer Saga?

Yes I can. Oh, you wanted me to actually give them here? 
Uh,Yes?
Hmm, well I wouldn't want to spoil anything. I guess I can say that many questions are answered while at the same time presenting new ones. That is my politician's answer and all I got.

Good answer :D
How do you come up with your story ideas? Is there any inspiration?

I have been reading since an early age. I would like to say this inspired a very active imagination. I can say I find inspiration everywhere. I like to get cool ideas built up and merge them together with others. I do this until I feel I have enough to form a story people will be interested in. Let's not talk about my "Folder of Ideas" it is overflowing at the moment.

For this particular story, though, I did pay tribute to something I love: Master Splinter and the turtles can be seen some in Sidney and the Elementals.


Really cool! 
Now, this makes wonder about your process. So tell us, what kind of writer are you: do you plan it out or are you a pantser?

This is a hard one. I, like many authors starting out, have tried many things. I like to plan and have an idea where I'm going, but I write what comes to me in the moment. I guess you could say, I fly by the seat of my plans.

Well it works! lol
And since we are talking about writing, do you have any advice for aspiring writers?

I will hit you with the tried and true, "Write every day." It really does help, humans are creatures of habit and we have to form those. It is the biggest thing that will get you to grow as a writer.

Past that? Get great people to read your stuff. Diversity in your beta readers is a must. For my main three readers, I have one who just reads all sorts of stories. One who is a writer and reads in the genre I write in, and one who is a writer but doesn't read the genre. This gives me a lot of info that, while sometimes has me pulling my hair out, helps to make a good story great.

Agreed :)
Could you leave us with a line you like from Ashes?

Sure, it actually summed up the whole writing process this time:

"Laughter probably wasn't the sanest of responses, but I went with it anyway."

 And that, my people, is all. Over too soon, I know... Ah well... 
BUT there is a giveaway!!!! 
Enter it and help spread the word! 

Look at the beautiful necklaces you can win:


If you haven't read Elemental, get your copy here along with Ashes here. 
He is also offering 40% discount if you buy some lovely handmade Jewelry! Use code: Lightbringer2Ashes (not caps sensitive), this offer ends August 31st. And don't forget to go visit Brandon over at his blog ;)


Monday, August 19, 2013

The Next Big Thing


The lovely Nancy LaRonda Johnson over at Writer's Mark was sweet enough to think of me and tag me in The Next Big Thing. Thank you, Nancy! Now, be sure to run over to her blog and read about her awesome WIP.

The Next Big Thing Blog Hop is a chance for authors to share a little bit about what they are working on, then to pass the favor on to other authors. I’ll answer ten questions about KINETIC, tag a few other author blogs, then they will answer the same questions and post it next week.


1-What is the working title of your book?
- KINETIC

2-Where did the idea come from for the book?
I remember having the word Luminary coming to my mind and thinking ‘this sounds cool’, who would a Luminary be? Then I also liked the idea of having a secret organization with super powers and a heroine who was a bad ass but broken inside and Kinetic was born ;) 


3-What genre does your book fall under?
- Oh my goodness... ready? It falls under Sci-Fi/Urban Fantasy New Adult but since its so long I'm promoting it under Urban Fantasy NA

4-Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
- I actually have a full cast I'm thinking of revealing in the future so for now I'll just show you Annie.

Jessica Alba as Annie Fox

5-What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
-Annie Fox takes down criminals using her luminary strength…that is until she learns that her ex-husband wants to harness those same powers to kill everyone she loves.


6-Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
- Self-published. I like control!

7-How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
- A few years. I kept procrastinating, but if I go by when I took it seriously to start and not stop until I finished that first draft I would say about 3 months.

8-What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
- Honestly, I cannot think of one...

9-Who or What inspired you to write this book?
- Just a dream. I had to see if I could do it. I cannot pinpoint a specific inspiration... I just always thought I wanted to, so I did.

10-What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
- Let's see, if you like romance you got it. If you like action, you got it. If you like a kickass strong heroine, you got it. If you like humor, you got it. And if you like all of that in non-typical setting, you definitely got it. 

Friday, August 16, 2013

Let's Celebrate!


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This week I'm celebrating:

1- I'm back from vacation.
I'm not celebrating that I am back... but that I had one. And now,
I shall start blogging and commenting more.

2-  I was tagged for "The Next Big Thing" by Nancy LaRonda Johnson.
I will have that up on Monday. Thank you, Nancy ;)
And also by the sweet Julie Flanders for a similar hop which I'll post the following week.
Thank you, Julie :D

3- My eARCs are out to reviewers. OMG.
And...

4- I got to hold my book in my hands! Wanna see?
Okay!

What are you celebrating this week?





Friday, August 9, 2013

Cover Reveal: ASHES by Brandon Ax

I'm taking a few minutes out of my vacation 
to participate in this cover reveal. 
This is my awesome friend, Brandon Ax's, second book 
in The Light Bringer Saga:

ASHES


Synopsis:


A year ago, Sophia would have told you monsters existed only in the movies. That the world is easily understood and life has a way of making sense.  A year ago,  Sophia would have been wrong.

Her world had changed and she'd seen behind the curtain.  With Aiden and the others by her side, all she wants now is answers. The monsters were gone, but in their absence new questions about her past were left to haunt.

As the search for answers begins, a remnant from her nightmares returns. Her new understanding of the world is once more shaken and she finds herself on the opposite side of powerful Elementals.

When those sworn to protect humanity are your enemies, the lines of right and wrong become blurred. One wrong choice and she could be left with ashes.

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It is set to be released on August 20th, 2013.
There will be a giveaway along with a 40% discount code 
for beautiful handmade jewelry over at Layla's Trinkets.

For the code and detailed information visit Brandon's website,
for that click *here*

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I cannot wait!
If you haven't read the first book, Elemental, go hurry up and read it 
so you can catch up and bite your nails along with me.
Need more convincing? 
Elemental will be offered on Amazon for free on August 14th and 15th. 
No excuses ;)