The best of: Author excerpt series.
There are so many incredible writers, so much talent, and too many books to ever try to read them all. I thought, in light of that fact, it would be nice to share some of the best of the best. Quick little hints of what lies inside the pages of some of the books from my favorite authors.
First up, the amazing, Neil Gaiman.
“I think I fell in love with her, a little bit. Isn’t that dumb? But it was like I knew her. Like she was my oldest, dearest friend. The kind of person you can tell anything to, no matter how bad, and they’ll still love you, because they know you. I wanted to go with her. I wanted her to notice me. And then she stopped walking. Under the moon, she stopped. And looked at us. She looked at me. Maybe she was trying to tell me something; I don’t know. She probably didn’t even know I was there. But I’ll always love her. All my life.”
~ Neil Gaiman, The Sandman, Vol. 8: World’s End
November 15, 2013 | Categories: Author, Inspiration, Quotes, Writing | Tags: Arts, Author, author quotes, Fantasy Authors, Fiction, laney mcmann, Literature, Neil Gaiman, Sandman, writing quotes | Leave A Comment »
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For the 4th Annual Spooktacular Giveaway Hop hosted by I Am A Reader, Not A Writer ~
I am choosing to do a Young Adult Paranormal Themed Giveaway in honor of All Hallows Eve.
Here’s what’s up for grabs:
One winner will get to choose TWO titles of their choice available in e-book form, plus they will win a $10 Amazon gift card.
That’s 5 YA Paranormal titles to choose from: CRUX, AFTER DARK, REAPER, TIED, or DAY AFTER,
PLUS a $10 Amazon Gift Card.
(If you’d like to read the blurbs for each of these books, just click the covers.)
Enter to WIN Here: RAFFLECOPTER FORM
This Giveaway will run from October 15th through October 31st upon which time, Rafflecopter will choose the winner.
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October 14, 2013 | Categories: BLOG HOPS, Giveaways, J Taylor Publishing, Young Adult Novels | Tags: After Dark, Arts, books, CRUX, DAY AFTER, E-book, Emi Gayle, Fiction, Goodreads, I am a reader, J. Taylor Publishing, Julie Reece, laney mcmann, Literature, LS Murphy, not a writer, Rafflecopter, REAPER, Spooktacular Giveaway Hop, The Fire Born Novels, TIED, YA Fiction, young adult paranormal romance, young adult urban fantasy | 8 Comments »
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In honor of the October New Release Giveaway hosted by Book Twirps and Refracted Light Reviews, I am giving away an E-Book of Just Released,
EYE OF THE SOUL
by Terri Rochenski
Genre: Adult Fantasy
That should be Hyla’s first thought as her people are chained and imprisoned for no imaginable reason.
Instead, Hyla finds herself traveling through a land void of Natives, with human soldiers pillaging in desperate pursuit of her, and in search of the mystical Pool of Souls—home to the one man who can save her people.
Or so she believes.
Led by her faith in the deity Fadir, Hyla is met along her journey by Jadon—a human male and fierce King’s warrior, and his childhood best friend Conlin—one of the few Natives aware of his Fadir-given Talents.
Protected by Jadon, guided by Conlin, and with an unfailing belief in the purpose of her pilgrimage, Hyla carries on.
Like her, though, another searches for the Pool, and should he gain access first, everyone she loves, and everything she knows, could be lost.
What do you need to do to enter to win this awesome book?
Enter the Rafflecopter of course.
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October 14, 2013 | Categories: BLOG HOPS, Giveaways, New Releases | Tags: Adult Fantasy Novels, Arts, Author, Book Twirps, E-book, Eye of the Soul, Fiction, Giveaway, Goodreads, J. Taylor Publishing, laney mcmann, Literature, Rafflecopter, Refracted Light Reviews, Terri Rochenski | 2 Comments »
As we round out week three of the TIED Blog Book Tour, I must say Thank You to everyone who participated thus far.
Here’s a recap of this past week’s posts:
On Monday I was talking Strangest Nightmares with Kayla over at Bibliophilia, Please
On Tuesday Danielle and I were talking Inspiration, and she has a beautiful 5 Star review of TIED as well on Known To Read
Hump Day came in with two of my fellow authors. Linda wants to know, Why Fantasy and Paranormal? at L.S. Murphy’s Blog
And what’s my favorite food? J.C. Martin, Fighter Writer finds that out as well as a few other things about me in our interview.
Jen At Random is continuing on with the TIED Giveaway that is still in full steam and getting an awesome amount of entries. (Thank You to all who have entered so far)
And lastly, Bookworm Lisa is also sharing the Giveaway festivities.
Thank You again to everyone!
See you next week for round 4!
- #TIED Blog Tour Wk 1 Recap (laneymcmann.com)
- TIED (Fire Born #1) Book Blog Tour Recap Wk 2 (laneymcmann.com)
September 29, 2013 | Categories: A Fire Born Novel, BLOG HOPS, Blog Tours, Fire Born Updates, Giveaways, J Taylor Publishing, New Releases, Young Adult Novels | Tags: Arts, Author, Blog, E-book, Facebook, Fiction, J. Taylor Publishing, laney mcmann, Layla and Max, Literature, Paranormal, teen fiction, teen reads, teens, The Fire Born Novels, TIED, Twitter, YA books 2013, YA New releases, YA Urban Fantasy, young adult book releases 2013, young adult paranormal romance, young adult urban fantasy | 1 Comment »
Two more TIED teasers until Monday’s official launch of the book.
I lie on the forest floor, my face wet with tears, close to unconsciousness. My eyelids droop, blurring the leaves, the trees, the slight crease of blue sky above my head, blending them all into a brown muddied haze.
Last teaser goes up tomorrow.
- TIED Countdown to Launch Day 5!! (laneymcmann.com)
- TIED, The Fire Born Novels (# 1), Countdown to Launch (laneymcmann.com)
September 7, 2013 | Categories: A Fire Born Novel | Tags: Author, Fiction, J. Taylor Publishing, laney mcmann, Layla and Max, Literature, The Fire Born Novels, TIED, young adult paranormal romance, young adult urban fantasy | Leave A Comment »
“Anything in life worth having is worth fighting for.”
~ Susan Elizabeth Phillips
As TIED went live two weeks early (Amazon only so far), I’m reminded of this quote. Of how true it is.
So, don’t give up, or give in, or walk away. Fight for what you want, work for it—believe in it.
Don’t be afraid to take the chance.
August 30, 2013 | Categories: A Fire Born Novel, Author, Quotes | Tags: Amazon, Author, goal accomplishment, Inspiration, J. Taylor Publishing, laney mcmann, Literature, The Fire Born Novels, TIED by Laney McMann, young adult book releases 2013, young adult urban fantasy | 2 Comments »
Today I have the pleasure of revealing Danielle E. Shipley’s cover for her upcoming release,
Check out this awesome cover.
Release Date: March 17, 2014
Target Reader: Adult
Back of the Book
For a muse like Lucianíel, one story’s end is another’s beginning.
In the wake of his author’s sudden death, Luc takes ownership of her surviving creations—four fantastical characters with tales yet to be told—saving them from unwritten lives crumbling around them and giving them a second chance at a literary future.
Luc finds that chance in the unsuspecting mind of Annabelle Iole Gray, a quirky teen with her head in the clouds, nose in a book, and imagination ripe for a brilliant muse’s inspiration.
Or so he hopes.
Neither Luc nor Annabelle, however, realize all they’ve undertaken. Even with a to-write list including accounts of a shape-shifting cat creature, gentle knight-in-training, vigilante skater girl, and a mystery boy smothering in unspoken fear, the most remarkable saga created between author and muse just may turn out to be one stranger than fiction.
What do you think?
For more info go to: J TAYLOR PUBLISHING
August 26, 2013 | Categories: Books, Cover Reveals, J Taylor Publishing, Publishing, Upcoming Releases | Tags: Arts, Author, cover reveal, Danielle E. Shipley, E-book, fairytale, Goodreads, INSPIRED, laney mcmann, Literature | 2 Comments »
Today I have the pleasure of sharing Danielle Shipley’s cover of
The Stone Kingdom
(Book two of The Wilderhark Tales)
Back of the book:
“Love and prince,
Both true, wed rose of white in realm of stone;
For blood begins,
But naught can be put right by blood alone.”
One thoughtless act is all it takes to bring the curse threatened
on Rosalba’s christening day to pass. Now the princess must combine
her desperate determination with the service of benevolent tailor Edgwyn Wyle
to find the second half of the key to her kingdom’s restoration.
The Stone Kingdom
Book Two of The Wilderhark Tales
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An enchantress’s curse turns a spoiled royal into a beast;
A princess’s pricked finger places her under a hundred-year spell;
Bales of straw are spun as golden as the singing harp whisked down a giant beanstalk –
All within sight of Wilderhark, the forest that’s seen it all.
You’ve heard the stories –
of young men scaling rope-like braids to assist
the tower-bound damsel; of gorgeous gowns
appearing just in time for a midnight ball;
of frog princes, and swan princes,
and princes saved from drowning by maidens of the sea.
Tales of magic. Tales of adventure. Most of all, tales of true love.
Once upon a time, you knew them as fairytales.
Know them now as Wilderhark’s.
About the Author:
Danielle E. Shipley’s first novelettes told the everyday misadventures of wacky kids like herself. …Or so she thought. Unbeknownst to them all, half of her characters were actually closeted elves, dwarves, fairies, or some combination thereof. When it all came to light, Danielle did the sensible thing: Packed up and moved to Fantasy Land, where daily rent is the low, low price of her heart, soul, blood, sweat, tears, firstborn child, sanity, and words; lots of them. She’s also been known to spend short bursts of time in the real-life Chicago area with the parents who home schooled her and the two little sisters who keep her humble. When she’s not living the highs and lows of writing young adult novels, she’s probably blogging about it at EverOnWord.wordpress.com
Full Title: “The Stone Kingdom (Book Two of The Wilderhark Tales)”
Genre: Young Adult Fairytale
Length: Novella (179 pages)
Release Date: September 20th, 2013
Future availability: Paperback (Amazon.com) and eBook (Amazon.com and BarnesAndNoble.com)
August 9, 2013 | Categories: Cover Reveals, J Taylor Publishing, New Releases, Upcoming Releases | Tags: Author, cover reveals, Danielle Shipley, fairytale, Folklore, J. Taylor Publishing, laney mcmann, Literature, Stone Kingdom, Tales, Wilderhark Tales | 1 Comment »
“May your coming year be filled with magic and dreams and good madness. I hope you read some fine books and kiss someone who thinks you’re wonderful, and don’t forget to make some art — write or draw or build or sing or live as only you can. And I hope, somewhere in the next year, you surprise yourself.”
~ Neil Gaiman
“If you dare nothing, then when the day is over, nothing is all you will have gained.”
~ Neil Gaiman (The Graveyard Book)
- We Who Make Stories … (laneymcmann.com)
March 29, 2013 | Categories: Author, Inspiration, Quotes, Writer, Writing | Tags: American Gods, Arts, books, Coraline, Graveyard Book, laney mcmann, Literature, Neil Gaiman, Quotes, Writing Advice | Leave A Comment »
It’s been a long time since a story truly captured my imagination the way The Mortal Instruments has. This is an incredible series. If you haven’t read these books, do. This week I’m posting CITY OF GLASS, the third book in the series, all though I am actually already on the fifth book.
To save her mother’s life, Clary must travel to the City of Glass, the ancestral home of the Shadowhunters—never mind that entering the city without permission is against the Law, and breaking the Law could mean death. To make things worse, she learns that Jace does not want her there, and Simon has been thrown in prison by the Shadowhunters, who are deeply suspicious of a vampire who can withstand sunlight.
As Clary uncovers more about her family’s past, she finds an ally in mysterious Shadowhunter Sebastian. With Valentine mustering the full force of his power to destroy all Shadowhunters forever, their only chance to defeat him is to fight alongside their eternal enemies. But can Downworlders and Shadowhunters put aside their hatred to work together? While Jace realizes exactly how much he’s willing to risk for Clary, can she harness her newfound powers to help save the Glass City—whatever the cost?
Love is a mortal sin and the secrets of the past prove deadly as Clary and Jace face down Valentine in the third installment of bestselling series the Mortal Instruments.
March 22, 2013 | Categories: Current Reads, Reading, Young Adult Novels | Tags: art, books, Cassandra Clare, City of Glass, laney mcmann, Literature, Mortal Instruments, Shadowhunter, The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones; City of Ashes; City of Glass, YA Fiction | 2 Comments »
HA! It’s finally here!
THE FIRE BORN NOVELS
Normal people don’t believe their nightmares stalk them. They don’t fall in love with boys who don’t exist, either.
Seventeen-year-old Layla Labelle, though, is far from normal. Her delusions walk the earth. Her hallucinations hunt her, and her skin heats to a burn every time her anger flares.
Or is that all in her head?
Layla doesn’t know what to believe any more because if none of that’s true, Max MacLarnon must be an illusion, and her heart must still be broken.
No matter how much she wants to believe Max is real, doing so would mean everything else is, too. How, then, is that possible?
The answers lie in an age-old legend the supernatural aren’t prepared to reveal, and with a curse that could tear Layla and Max apart forever—if it doesn’t kill them both first.
In TIED, book one in the Fire Born trilogy, learning the truth will mean fighting an arsenal of demons, and being with Max will put Layla on a path toward her own destruction.
Just how far will Layla go to protect the one she loves?
The answer may never be far enough … away.
RELEASING IN PRINT & E-BOOK SEPTEMBER 9, 2013
More info at J. Taylor Publishing
Add it to Goodreads
So … What do you think??
February 25, 2013 | Categories: A Fire Born Novel, Books, Cover Reveals, J Taylor Publishing, New Releases, TIED, Young Adult Novels | Tags: art, Author, Blurb, Book, Book cover, E-book, Fire Born, J. Taylor Publishing, laney mcmann, Layla & Max, Literature, new releases for 2013, new young adult releases, Publishing, Teen books, teen novels, teens, The Fire Born Novels, The Fire Born Trilogy, TIED, TIED by Laney McMann, young adult novels, young adult paranormal romance, young adult urban fantasy | 5 Comments »
ONE MORE DAY!
Cover Reveal & Blurb!
Book One of The Fire Born Novels!
February 24, 2013 | Categories: A Fire Born Novel, Author, Book One., Cover Reveals, J Taylor Publishing, New Releases, Publishing, TIED, Writing, Young Adult Novels | Tags: Arts, Blurb, books, cover reveals, Fire Born Novels, J. Taylor Publishing, laney mcmann, Literature, Romance, The Fire Born Trilogy, TIED, YA Fiction, young adult book releases 2013, young adult paranormal romance, young adult urban fantasy | Leave A Comment »
Here’s how the THE NEXT BIG THING blog hop works. I get tagged to answer a bunch of question about my current book, (while simulataneously getting more word out), thanks to J.A. Belfield for the tip, and then I tag YOU, and you get to share in the love on your own blog to get the word out about YOUR WIP.
I questioned being involved in the hop considering my current WIP is kind of under wraps, while my current finished book is on its way to publication–but, I thought this would be fun.
SO …. I’m going to pretend that my current finished novel is actually a WIP–even though it’s not. K? K!
What is the working title of your book?
The title of my book is TIED, and it’s the first book in The Fire Born Novels series.
Where did the idea come from for the book?
This is one of those questions that’s hard to answer. Ideas sort of pop into my head and I run with them. Some work, some don’t–The Fire Born worked.
What is the genre of your book?
I write young adult dark/urban fantasy, paranormal romance, with bit of mythology mixed in.
Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
No clue. If I had to choose, it would probably be from people who aren’t even actors. I think it’s really hard to peg the right face/personality to a character you’ve dreamed up in your head.
What in one sentence is the synopsis of your book?
Yikes! Honestly, I don’t even think I’m allowed to tell you guys that yet—-under contract and all that. BUT–soon, so very soon.;) So, I’ll leave you with the hook that’s flying around on all my social media pages:
How far would you go … to protect the one you love?
Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency/publisher?
All of The Fire Born Novels will be published by J. Taylor Publishing.
How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
Hm … first draft took three months. All subsequent drafts took — forever. Seriously. A longgg time.
What other books would you compare this story to in your genre?
I wouldn’t. Funny–I was just thinking about this. My play off fantasy and paranormal feels a bit different than what I read–and I read a lot. I guess the readers will have to decide ultimately. But, my intention is always to speak from my own voice and let it roll. Whatever comes, comes. I’m not aiming to compare my books to anyone else’s.
Who or what inspired you to write this book?
Another loaded question that’s difficult to answer. I’m not sure that any one particular thing inspired me, necessarily. A ton of factors led me to continue to write this book and see it through to the end. Not all my novels have made it to completion. TIED spoke to me in a way nothing else has. So I guess you could say, the story itself inspired me.
What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
The blurb will be out very soon, and I can’t spoil that, so I’ll just say that if the hook I mentioned before intrigues you–just wait
*** That’s it for me. Anyone want to jump in and let us know what all your blood, sweat and tears are pouring into? Leave me a link so I can check your book out!! ***
January 23, 2013 | Categories: Author, BLOG HOPS, Blog Tours, Blogging, Books, J Taylor Publishing, Publishing, WIP, Writing | Tags: Arts, Blog, Book, Fiction, laney mcmann, Literature, new authors, new book releases, novel writing, Publishing, Romance, The Fire Born Novels, The Next Big Thing Blog Hop, TIED A Fire Born Novel, TIED by Laney McMann, WIP, Working title, ya fantasy author, YA Fiction, YA paranormal romance author | 2 Comments »
I will be hosting fellow author, LS Murphy, on her blog tour for her just released title, REAPER! A Young Adult Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Romance.
January 10, 2013 | Categories: Author, Author Interviews, Blog Tours, Blogging, Books, Cover Reveals, J Taylor Publishing | Tags: Arts, blog tour, J. Taylor Publishing, laney mcmann, Literature, LS Murphy, Paranormal, Paranormal Romance, REAPER, Romance, teens, YA paranormal romance author, YA readers, YA Urban Fantasy, young adult books, Young-adult fiction | Leave A Comment »
Happy 2013, everyone! I’m so excited about the new year.
TIED, the first book in The Fire Born Novels series, will be released September 9! And in preparation of that upcoming event, my blog will be undergoing a few changes.
In January I will be hosting an interview with fellow author, L.S. Murphy about her upcoming release, REAPER, a young adult paranormal romance/urban fantasy. I will also have a special cover reveal for fellow author, J.A Belfield’s upcoming release, CAGED.
In March I will host fellow author, Aimee Lane, for her SILENT ECHOES blog tour.
In addition, marketing will begin for the release of TIED, which will include the cover release, blurb, excerpts and more!
Hold on tight, the ride’s about to get bumpy!
January 4, 2013 | Categories: Author, Author Interviews, Blog Tours, Blogging, Books, Cover Reveals, Writing | Tags: adult paranormal, aimee lane, Arts, Author, blog tour, books, cover releases, E-book, E-Books, J A Belfield, L S Murphy, laney mcmann, Literature, new releases for 2013, Novel, Paranormal, REAPER, Romance, teens, The Fire Born Novels, TIED, ya fantasy author, YA Fiction, YA paranormal romance author, YA thrillers, Young Adult, young adult books, Young adult literature | 2 Comments »
Some readers hate them, while others love them–especially fans of a series. Cliffhangers keep the story moving forward from book to book. They have the ability to leave the reader wanting more.
Or … less.
Some readers get so furious when a story leaves them hanging that they give up on the series entirely. The majority, however, cling to the book, wanting more, more, more!
So, as a reader, do you hate a cliffhanger ending, or do you love them?
December 17, 2012 | Categories: Author, Novel Writing, Writing | Tags: Arts, Author, books, Cliffhanger, Fantasy, Fiction, laney mcmann, Literature, Readers, series endings, The Fire Born Novels, Writers Resources, ya fantasy author, YA Fiction, YA paranormal romance author, YA readers, YA series | 2 Comments »
“Anything is possible if you’ve got enough nerve.”
November 21, 2012 | Categories: Author, Inspiration, Quotes | Tags: Author, Children's literature, Fiction, goal accomplishment, Harry Potter, Hogwarts, Inspiration, JK Rowling, laney mcmann, Literature, Novel, Tales of Beedle the Bard, Writers Resources, ya fantasy author, YA paranormal romance author | Leave A Comment »
“The cave you fear to enter holds the treasure that you seek.”
November 16, 2012 | Categories: Author, Inspiration, Quotes, Writing | Tags: Arts, Author, goal accomplishment, Inspiration, Joseph Campbell, laney mcmann, Literature, Mythologists, Mythology, myths, Myths and Folktales, Power of Myth, ya fantasy author, YA Fiction, YA paranormal romance author | 1 Comment »
“I believe legends and myths are largely made of truth …”
November 7, 2012 | Categories: Author, Quotes, Writing | Tags: art, Hobbit, J. R. R. Tolkien, laney mcmann, Literature, Lord of Rings, Middle-earth, myths, Myths and Folktales, Quotes, YA paranormal romance author | Leave A Comment »
“Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.”
“Of course it is happening inside your head, Harry, but why on earth should that mean that it is not real?”
― J.K. Rowling ~~The Deathly Hallows
October 4, 2012 | Categories: Author, Books, Quotes | Tags: Author, Deathly Hallows, excerpts, Harry, Harry Potter, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Inspiration, JK Rowling, laney mcmann, Literature, Quotes | Leave A Comment »
Sometimes when I think how good my book can be, I can hardly breathe.
September 29, 2012 | Categories: Author, Inspiration, Quotes, Writing | Tags: 20th Century, American, art, Author, breakfast at tiffany, Capote, Fiction, goal accomplishment, Inspiration, laney mcmann, Literature, Quotes, Truman Capote, World Literature, Writer, Writers Resources | Leave A Comment »
I invest a ludicrous amount of time reading. Whether I read novels, blogs, craft books or research material, I always try to find useful or inspiring bits of information each week. And then I save them. Here are some of the best links:
Author Michelle Davidson Argyle has a great post up on her blog, The Innocent Flower. You can find it here: When You Can’t Hack It As An Author
Joel Friedlander has great tips on his blog, The Book Designer. Here’s his post: How To Find Out What Readers Want
September 5, 2012 | Categories: Author, Blogging, Self Publishing, Social Media, Writing, Writing Tips | Tags: Arts, Author, Book design, Book Designer, Creative Penn, Joanna Penn, Joel Friedlander, laney mcmann, Literature, Michelle Davidson Argyle, Writers Resources, Writing, Writing Advice, Writing process, Writing Tips | Leave A Comment »