Good morning! Welcome to the big cover reveal day for The Last Protector. This new Star Child novella launches one week from today on December 15th! In the meantime, take a look at this new cover from Najla Qamber Designs.
So what do you think? I’m pretty psyched about this one! I hope you like it too! Read on for more information about my upcoming release…
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So I’d like to give a huge shout of thanks to author Nicky Peacock for joining me for today’s interview. Welcome Nicky!
[NP]: Thank you for having me on your blog Stephanie!
[SK]: You are so welcome! I recently featured you on my blog for your release Bad Blood. Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
[NP]: I always try to include themes in my work – there are quite a few in the Battle of the Undead series, but probably the most important to me is – working toward the greater good. We all have petty issues with certain people in our lives, but the bigger picture should mean more – and this is the main plot device for Bad Blood. Our protagonist, Britannia is having to work with her sworn enemy, always unsure as to how long the fragile peace will hold and how much control she has over her own temper.
[SK]: Cool. Are your experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
[NP]: I always include aspects of reality in everything I write – it can make even the most unrealistic worlds and characters feel a little more real. I often attribute one of my own traits to my characters – Brit definitely has my dry sense of humour, she’s also got a stubborn streak 10 miles wide (but mine is only nine miles wide!)
[SK]: Ha! Awesome. She sounds like a great character. What books have most influenced your life most?
[NP]: Probably far too many to list! I loved the early work of Poppy Z Brite growing up and read all of Anne Rice’s books. Angela Carter’s work is amazing, I have a particular love for her Bloody Chamber, it came into my life at just the right time to nurture my dark imagination. I’m always discovering new authors, especially nowadays; it seems thanks to eBooks we’re living in a golden age where new voices are more likely to be heard.
[SK]: If you had could pick anyone, which writer would you consider a mentor? Why?
[NP]: Hmmm, I never really had a mentor. I kind of wished I had though. I was such a ravenous reader growing up, I have a massive list of writers that I loved and whose books I savoured. If I could have chosen anyone, it would have probably been Kelley Armstrong, as she has been the most consistent in her work through the years.
[SK]: What’s the most enjoyable book you’ve read this year? Why?
[NP]: Hands down, it would be the ‘Asylum of Fairytale Creatures’ by Sebastian Gregory. An amazingly dark book which is both funny and disturbing. I’d recommend it to anyone. Just don’t read it before you go to sleep!
[SK]: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?
[NP]: Sebastian Gregory is pretty new (as authors go) it seems that the road to getting a book out is always a few years in the making, so by the time it hits shelves the author has been around fora while. I have just started reading the Molly Harper books and have recently found Jeffe Kennedy, Jenn Bennett and Annie Nicholas – all of which I’d have on my top ten authors I’ve read this year.
[SK]: Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
[NP]: It was always there. I think perhaps it started in the womb! My mum had always wanted to write, but life and kids kind of got in her way. She’s always been my most ardent supporter and, when I need it, my toughest critique!
[SK]: What were the challenges (research, literary, psychological, and logistical) in bringing your latest story to life?
[NP]: Research was limited in the first book, but I’m having to delve a little deeper into history in the next one, Bad timing. I think my biggest hurdle, and one I perhaps share with a lot of writers who are still working full time in other industries, is time. It’s a hard slog to include writing and editing and then promotion into a ‘normal’ schedule, yet still have some semblance of a life too. I had to make certain sacrifices to have the time to breath life into the characters and tell their stories.
[SK]: What’s on your main character’s playlist?
[NP]: I listen to music whilst writing so I have a massive playlist for each book I write! But if boiling it down to just Britannia it would be:
- Billy Idol – Rebel Yell
- Sex Pistols – God Save the Queen
- Young Guns – Bones
- Linkin Park – A Light That Never Comes
- Florence and The Machine – Never let me go
- Fluke – Atom Bomb
- The Silent Comedy – Bartholomew
- Rock Star – NERD
- Missy Higgins – Where I stood
[SK]: Are you like any of the characters in your stories? How?
[NP]: I do include characteristics of myself, as I think most authors do (either deliberately or subconsciously) I’m not sure I’d be much good in a zombie apocalypse – I’m terrible at making quick decisions and I would have killed Nicholas on the spot!
[SK]: What’s your secret addiction?
[NP]: I’m kind of a shop-a-holic! And I also have a problem with chocolate – especially in pudding form.
[SK]: Favorite car?
NP]: My own – I have a silver Peugeot 107. I don’t believe in flash cars; In my opinion they use too much gas and are more for status and ego enhancing than anything else. My little 107 gets me where I want to be, all be it a little slower than a Jag!
[SK]: Do you have any pets?
[NP]: Not at the moment. I did have a dog, Bob but he died a few years ago. I haven’t had the heart to replace him, and to be honest I am not in a position to properly look after an animal where I live now.
[SK]: Do you write in total silence or with music or some other distraction?
[NP]: I tend to write with music, but am also a bit of a hobo writer. I write in cafes and restaurants as well as at home, so have no real ritual to speak of, save for the lack of one.
Awesome! Thanks so much to Nicky for joining me. Read on to learn more about Bad Blood.
“I am Britannia. I am your protector. I will fend off the hungry hordes of undead hands that reach toward you. I am your steadfast defender. I will stand between you and the zombie masses as they try to taste your flesh. I am strong, unyielding, and dedicated to your survival. All I ask from you… is your blood.”
A five-hundred-year-old bloody game of vengeance will need to be put on hold if vampires are to survive the zombie uprising. Britannia and Nicholas, bitter enemies and the only two surviving vampires left in London, have to work together to save un-infected humans and deliver them safely to a vampire stronghold in the Scottish Highlands. Unable to drink the zombie ‘bad blood’, the remaining vampires need the humans to stay alive. But will the vampires tell the survivors who they are and what they want from them? Will Britannia be able to hold back her vengeance for the greater good? Is survivor Josh the reincarnation of Britannia’s murdered true love? And can she bring herself to deliver him to the ‘safe’ hold? Survival instincts run deep, but bad blood can run deeper.
I guess I’ve always been a storyteller, not in a ‘liar liar pants on fire’ kind of way, although I do work in advertising! When I was little, kids would crowd around me in the playground and I’d tell them tales of blood soaked horror filled with vampires, werewolves, ghosts and more. Yes, most would consider me a disturbed child, but my playmates couldn’t help themselves, they’d huddle around me every break time like an ancient tribe feeding off the fear; and that’s how I learned that horror stories hold a certain power, no matter what some might say, everyone is addicted to a good scare, especially if it is somewhat rooted safely in unrealistic beings… or are they unrealistic?
Writing was really a natural progression. Right now I’m obsessed with writing: a YA Urban Fantasy novel, a Paranormal Romance novella series, and several short horror stories! So I’m currently living in a functional fiction coma – and loving it!
I’ve so far been published in 5 countries: USA, UK, Australia, Ireland and Canada and had short stories included in 40 anthologies with over 17 publishers.
Hello everyone! I’m thrilled to be able to welcome back fellow Inkspell Publishing author, Lisa Voisin! Today, we have the cover for The Angel Killer. Read on to learn about this upcoming release.
About THE ANGEL KILLER
Coming January 5, 2015
Now that she’s found him again, all Mia Crawford wants is some downtime with her fallen angel boyfriend, Michael. But the call of duty keeps him away—from school and from her—with more demons to smite than ever.
When Michael is mortally wounded by a cursed sword, Mia must perform an ancient blood ritual to save him. But the spell exacts a price. Haunted by visions of war, torture, and despair, Mia discovers the world is in more danger than she ever imagined. Behind the scenes, an evil adversary pulls all the strings.
After redemption, there’s Hell to pay.
About THE WATCHER (Book One in The Watcher Saga)
Series: The Watcher Saga #1
Release date: March 4, 2013 | Publisher: Inkspell Publishing
Pages: 556 | Formats: Paperback, eBook
Millennia ago, he fell from heaven for her.
Can he face her without falling again?
Fascinated with ancient civilizations, seventeen-year-old Mia Crawford dreams of becoming an archaeologist. She also dreams of wings—soft and silent like snow—and somebody trying to steal them.
When a horrible creature appears out of thin air and attacks her, she knows Michael Fontaine is involved, though he claims to know nothing about it. Secretive and aloof, Michael evokes feelings in Mia that she doesn’t understand. Images of another time and place haunt her. She recognizes them—but not from any textbook.
In search of the truth, Mia discovers a past life of forbidden love, jealousy and revenge that tore an angel from Heaven and sent her to an early grave. Now that her soul has returned, does she have a chance at loving that angel again? Or will an age-old nemesis destroy them both?
Ancient history is only the beginning.
Michael leaned against the building’s stucco wall and rested his hands on my hips. Light from the store cast a warm gleam in his crystal blue eyes. He leaned in, and the draw to be close to him was a gravitational force. “Hello,” he said.
“Hello.” I had to get a grip. It’d been so long since we’d talked, I tried to focus on all the things I wanted to tell him. “We went to see Fatima.” His fingers caressed the sides of my waist, sending happy tingles through me. “You know, in her store…” To my own ears, my voice sounded raspy. I trembled.
“Cold?” He drew me closer, his mouth crooking into a grin.
Lost in him, I forgot all about Fatima. “You know damn well that’s not it.” I twined my arms around his back and touched the spot between his shoulder blades where his wings connected. Its warmth thawed my fingers.
He leaned in and brushed his lips along my jaw line. “Thought that was just me,” he whispered, and his breath tickled my neck. “I’ve wanted to do this for three days.”
Our lips met, and I melted into him, not caring that we were on the sidewalk, outside a deli with families shopping inside. Nor did I care that, being an angel, he had to follow very strict rules about contact with humans—especially contact of the relationship variety. Angels had the ability to enthrall humans with their touch, something Michael had to constantly keep in check. But I didn’t have to be enthralled to want to kiss him. That was my own doing. All that mattered right now was that he was here. With me.
He pulled me closer and the buzz of his energy filled me heart and soul, blocking out the rest of the world. My hands sought warmth under his leather jacket and found bare skin. I could feel the shiver from my touch surge through him. His mouth pressing more firmly against mine, he brushed a hand along my cheek and tangled it in my hair.
A dreamlike blur of light and color filled my thoughts. But then the image shifted to blood. His.
One print copy of The Watcher (US/CA/UK) OR One pre-order copy of The Angel Killer (when available) AND One $10 Amazon Gift Card
About Lisa Voisin
A Canadian-born author, Lisa Voisin spent her childhood daydreaming and making up stories, but it was her love of reading and writing in her teens that drew her to Young Adult fiction.
Lisa is also a technical writer, a meditation teacher, and the leader of the Young Writer’s Club, a local writing group for teens in her home town. A self-proclaimed coffee lover, she can usually be found writing in a local café. When she’s not writing, you’ll find her meditating or hiking in the mountains to counteract the side effects of drinking too much caffeine
Though she’s lived in several cities across Canada, she currently lives in Vancouver, B.C. with her fiancé and their two cats.
Hello folks! Today I’m welcoming back fellow Inkspell Publishing author Kacey Vanderkarr with a cover reveal for Poison Tree, the second book in the Reflection Pond series.
About the Book
Poison Tree by Kacey Vanderkarr
Release date: December 2, 2014
The road to the City of War is dangerous.
With their home in ruins, Callie and Rowan are Eirensae’s last hope of stealing the cauldron back from Fraeburdh. They must travel into the human world where the Fallen hide. The banished fae wait for Callie, desperate to sacrifice her before she comes of age.
If Callie and Rowan survive the journey, something worse looms in Fraeburdh. Rowan is destined for a dark family legacy too horrifying to accept, and his father is anxious to welcome him home. Once the truth is revealed, will Callie ever look at Rowan the same way?
Trapped between feuding cities lost in a centuries’ old war, Callie and Rowan will face their biggest rivals yet, and neither of them will make it out unscathed.
And here’s the cover!
Pretty cool, huh? Check out more info on Kacey below and look for the release on December 2nd!
Sometimes you find home, sometimes it comes looking for you.
Callie knows a lot more about pain than she does about family. She’s never belonged, at least, not until she falls through a portal into her true home. The beautiful faerie city of Eirensae doesn’t come free. Callie must find her amulet and bind herself to the city, and most importantly, avoid the Fallen fae who seek her life. Seems like a small price to pay for the family she’s always wanted.
Then she meets cynical and gorgeous Rowan, who reads the darkness of her past in her eyes. He becomes Callie’s part-time protector and full-time pain in the ass. He has secrets of his own for Callie to unravel. What they don’t know is that the future of Eirensae lies with them, and the once peaceful city is about to become a battleground for power.
About the Author
KACEY VANDERKARR is a young adult author. She dabbles in fantasy, romance, and sci-fi, complete with faeries, alternate realities, and the occasional plasma gun. She’s known to be annoyingly optimistic and listen to music at the highest decibel. Kacey is president of the Flint Area Writers and the Social Media Director for Sucker Literary. When she’s not writing, she coaches winterguard and works as a sonographer. Kacey lives in Michigan, with her husband, son, and crazy cats. In addition to her novels, Antithesis and Reflection Pond, Kacey’s short fiction is featured in Sucker Literary Vol III, Out of the Green: Tales from Fairyland, and will appear in Spark Vol VII and the inaugural issue of Ember: A Journal of Luminous Things. Check out her website: www.kaceyvanderkarr.com
Happy Friday, peeps! Ben Seims has a new release coming out this December, After Day One, a Dystopian, Science Fiction novel for all ages. Today, I thought I’d share the cover with you. Enjoy!
After Day One by Benjamin Levi Seims
Expected Publication: December 9, 2014
Genre: Dystopian, Science Fiction, Action & Adventure
2083, John Howe a genetic, and cybernetic, enhanced cyber operations solider who came home After Day One only to find the country he fought for broken, and his wife and son murdered. By 2096 he rebuilt his home and was trying to live a comfortable life on the outskirts of the Free Territories, the Pacific North West.
That was before Sierra and Quinn. The twin thirteen year old orphans he was saddled with the minute he saved them from a fat, greasy, gypsy couple holding them. Now he’s a man who is just trying to get rid of them before they all end up dead.
As fate would have it, a super soldier and two kids with abilities that could save the country, and maybe earth, are going to be hard to separate.
The world is fragmented and looking for a hero. Some heroes come in rough packaging.
I live in Wenatchee, WA with my wife and our three teenage boys. I work full time as a Cardiac Nurse and I am currently an Officer in the Washington Army National Guard. After Day One is my first full length Novel and is the first book in a planned trilogy.
Welcome to cover reveal day for Private Internship by Kitsy Clare. Cover reveals are super-cool, but they are even better when they are for other Inkspell Publishing authors. Woot!
So before we see the cover, here’s some info on the book.
An Art of Love novel by Kitsy Clare
New adult romance, book 2
Sugar’s not so sweet and secrets can be deadly … especially with matters of the heart
Sienna’s bestie, Harper warned her not to intern for famous bad boy artist, Casper Mason. After all, he just fired Harper who helped Sienna get the interview. But the moment Sienna sees Casper—or Caz—sweaty and practically shirtless and swinging from chains while he works on his sculpture, she’s hooked. He’s the richest, hottest artist in New York, and he lives in the fabulous Williamsburg Sugar Factory. But he’s also an incorrigible game-player, who seems to relish testing Sienna’s loyalty with a string of unsettling tests.
She knows she should get away fast. But by the time Sienna sneaks into his locked storage room and begins to unearth his dark and terrifying secret, she’s fallen way too hard for the handsome, charismatic Caz.
Book reviewers are saying:
“Beautiful. Amazing. A fantastic read that left me wanting more.” -XoXo Book Blog
“A juicy read full of passion and magnetic chemistry that will have you hooked from beginning to end.” -From the Purple Matter Book Blog
And without further ado…
Kitsy Clare hails from Philadelphia and lives in New York. A romantic at heart, she loves to write about the sexy intrigue of the city, and particularly of the art world. She knows it well, having shown her paintings here before turning to writing. Model Position, her new adult novella isabout artist Sienna and her friends. Living in a Bookworld says: “Beautifully written! We get to learn things about art & painting, which is refreshing. A colorful story from a promising new adult author.” The next in her series, Private Internship launches on September 29 with Inkspell Publishing.
Kitsy loves to travel, draw, read romance, spec fiction and teach writing workshops. She also writes YA as Catherine Stine. Her futuristic thriller, Ruby’s Fire was a YA finalist in the Next Generation Indie book awards. Fireseed One, its companion novel, was a finalist in YA and Sci-Fi in the USA News International Book Awards, and an Indie Reader notable. Her YA horror, Dorianna, launches fall 2014 with Evernight Teen.
Good morning! Today, we have the cover reveal for The Noru: Blue Rose by Lola St.Vil. Read on to learn more about this new release!
The Noru: Blue Rose by Lola St.Vil
(The Noru Series #1)
Publication date: July 2014
Genres: Fantasy, Romance, Young Adult
Cover designed by Renu Sharma
After speaking to the other angels on the team, I hang up my cell and sigh. No one’s heard from Aaden in months. This bothers me not only as the leader but as his girl–well if I was his girl–which I’m not. ?Great. Now on top of being grounded, I’m sitting here acting girly and needy. Argh!!!
Screw this! I start to head downstairs to plead my case to my parents again, when something out the window catches my eye. I lean in closer to get a good look. What I see astounds me: soundlessly and without hesitation, the humans line up and jump off the roof one at a time…
Lola was seven when she first came to this country from Port-au-Prince, Haiti. She attended Columbia College in Chicago, where her main focus was creative writing. In addition to plays, she also writes screenplays and short stories.
She has been commissioned to write for ABC, CBS and Princeton University. She won the NAACP award for her play “The Bones of Lesser Men”. In addition to being nominated for LA Weekly awards. Her work has also received positive reviews from The LA Times, Variety and LA Weekly.
Hello everyone! Welcome to a fun cover reveal for The Utterly Uninteresting and Unadventurous Tales of Fred, the Vampire Accountant! Read on to learn more about this upcoming release.
Some people are born boring. Some live boring. Some even die boring. Fred managed to do all three, and when he woke up as a vampire, he did so as a boring one. Timid, socially awkward, and plagued by self-esteem issues, Fred has never been the adventurous sort.
One fateful night – different from the night he died, which was more inconvenient than fateful – Fred reconnects with an old friend at his high school reunion. This rekindled relationship sets off a chain of events thrusting him right into the chaos that is the parahuman world, a world with chipper zombies, truck driver wereponies, maniacal necromancers, ancient dragons, and now one undead accountant trying his best to “survive.” Because even after it’s over, life can still be a downright bloody mess.
And here’s the cover!
Drew Hayes is an aspiring author from Texas who has written several books and found the gumption to publish a few (so far). He graduated from Texas Tech with a B.A. in English, because evidently he’s not familiar with what the term “employable” means. Drew has been called one of the most profound, prolific, and talented authors of his generation, but a table full of drunks will say almost anything when offered a round of free shots. Drew feels kind of like a D-bag writing about himself in the third person like this. He does appreciate that you’re still reading, though.
Drew would like to sit down and have a beer with you. Or a cocktail. He’s not here to judge your preferences. Drew is terrible at being serious, and has no real idea what a snippet biography is meant to convey anyway. Drew thinks you are awesome just the way you are. That part, he meant. Drew is off to go high-five random people, because who doesn’t love a good high-five? No one, that’s who.
Anybody like party crashers? Not the movie, but I mean actual party crashers? Good, because I am crashing a cover reveal. Even though this happened over the weekend, I had to share the cover for T. Michelle Nelson’s final Lily Drank book, Death Warmed Over. Partly, because I love it, partly, because I love her, and partly because I love the designer, Naj Qamber. If she sounds familiar by the way, it’s because she designed all of the covers for The Star Child series. So read on to see what she’s come up with for T’s latest!
In the conclusion of the Lily Drake series, Lily must choose not only what is best for herself and her son, but for her people. Her sword will be stained with blood through her efforts to preserve the lives of the people she loves, but she won’t be able to save them all.
When a devastating loss crushes her will to live, can Lily go on and be the leader she has to be? What is she willing to sacrifice to save others?
Death comes to everyone… Even the Queen’s house…
What doesn’t kill you will make you wish it did…
And here’s the cover!
T. Michelle Nelson because enamored with vampires at an early age when she watched George Hamilton in “Love at First Bite.” As she got older, her tastes leaden more toward the dark and morose, but her love of all things vampire never wavered. Little has changed over the years, except now T. makes up her own macabre stories of the undead… mixed with a splash of romance, tough heroines and tons of dark humour.
T. Michelle Nelson is a native of Benton, Kentucky and a graduate of Murray State University. Currently she resides in a small town in Ohio, which is also the setting of her Lily Drake series. The first two books in the series Life and Death of Lily Drake and ‘Til Death Do Us Part, are currently available at Barnes and Noble, Amazon or any of your other favourite online bookstores. A short story prequel The First Time is also available. Death Warmed Over, the third and final book of the series will release in late June.
When she isn’t writing, you can usually find her spending time with her son, singing out of key, watching B-Horror movies or discussing world problems with her little dog, Toadie.
Hello everyone and Happy Friday! Today I have a cover reveal for you. Read on to see the cover for Paragon by Autumn Kalquist, designed by Najla Qamber Designs.
Paragon by Autumn Kalquist
(Legacy Code Saga #2)
Publication date: Fall 2014
Genres: Dystopia, Science Fiction, Young Adult
Riots. Food shortages. Secrets. Treason.
The last humans fled Earth centuries ago, but they’re still no closer to finding their better world. They trade lives for resources on a toxic planet and lose half their unborn children to an ancient genetic defect. Yet the biggest threat to the fleet may be the colonists themselves.Tadeo Raines, a high-ranking member of the Paragon Guard, has dealt with traitors before.
When a new plot endangers the fragile balance in the fleet, he’s tasked with eliminating the threat. Permanently.
But Tadeo has his own secrets: choices he can’t forget, dark memories he can’t escape. And preserving humanity’s hope for the future may depend on Tadeo coming to terms with his past.
A Song from Paragon”Better World” is the second song from the Legacy Code Saga Soundtrack. The song was written and sung by Autumn Kalquist and produced by Freya Wolfe. You can listen to it here: