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#BookRelease Day! #CRYSTALLUM by Laney McMann #YA #UF

Hey everyone! So, it’s Official,

the first book in the Primordial Principles series,

CRYSTALLUM,

is here.

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Early Reviews for CRYSTALLUM:

“As I’m sitting down to write this review, I can’t think of enough words to explain to you, how CRYSTALLUM blew me away. Laney has done it again and she’s one amazing, skilled and creative writer.” ~ A Bookish Review

“When I first encountered Laney McMann, it was when i read her ‘Fireborn’ series. I remember being thoroughly impressed, the lady can write a heck of an original plot and spine tingling- clean romance that will leave you with a goofy smile on your face. This one didn’t disappoint!” ~ The Book Herald

“Crystallum is one of those CAN NOT PUT DOWN novels that gets you all excited. Every time I thought I could read to the end of the chapter and finally close my eyes to sleep for the night, McMann would throw in a surprise that made me say “aaawwww heeellll nooo” and I’d have to continue reading on into the wee hours of the morn.” ~ A Tiny Voice In The Crowd

“I really enjoyed this author’s Fire Born trilogy, so when I had the chance to check out her new one I was pretty excited about it. And what a great start!” ~ Net Galley reviewer

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November 30

Kadence Sparrow wasn’t born a devil’s child—she was turned into one. Now, she’s hiding from the truth, and running for her life.

For years, Kade’s true nature has lurked behind an illusion, so when her dad gets another job transfer, she knows the drill: no close friends, no boyfriends, and most importantly: don’t expose what she is. Ever. Keeping secrets is easy. Lies are second nature. So is the loneliness—and the fear, but when the Shadows attack, and Kade meets Cole Spires, she could expose everything she’s trying to hide.

As one of the Celestial Children, Cole lives by an oath: defend the Ward, protect the Primordial race, guard the gateways, and stick to his own. Everything else is a distraction, and besides, he’s lost enough. Cole’s job is clear, and no one his age does it better. So, when he meets Kade in a club downtown, he assumes she just wants his attention. Most girls do, but Cole soon realizes … Kade isn’t like most girls.

The children of heaven and hell are living among us, fighting an age-old war. And falling for someone from the opposition is not an option. But a chance encounter between Kade and Cole will blur the rules, as Kade’s journey to keep her truth hidden catapults them together and into a web of lies, forcing her to not only face the demon inside her, but to answer the hardest question of all.

Which is thicker—blood or water?

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About the Author:

Photo on 2014-02-01 at 13.13 #5Laney McMann is the author of The Fire Born Novels (TIED, TORN, & TRUE) and The Primordial Principles series (CRYSTALLUM, book #1 ~ 2015).

She is the product of very creative parents and the most imaginative grandmother ever. With an untapped passion for the supernatural and all things magical, her voracious appetite for reading fantasy started really young ~ and so did her love of words.

She writes young adult dark urban fantasy novels mixed with a spike of romance, a hint of history, a dash of mythology, and lots of paranormal.

On the non-writing side of life, Laney is a former classical dancer, music snob, chef, and a right-brained thinker to a fault. When she’s not dreaming up new dead ends to torture herself with, she spends her time running.

Laney is published by J. Taylor Publishing and Booktrope Publishing.

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#CRYSTALLUM Playlist #YA #UF #NewRelease

CRYSTALLUM,

Primordial Principles #1,

Official Playlist

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#CRYSTALLUM by @LaneyMcMann Goodreads #Giveaway #YA #UF

I’m having a Goodreads Giveaway for CRYSTALLUM

in honor of its official launch on November 30th. 🙂

 

Enter here:

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Crystallum by Laney McMann

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Giveaway ends November 30, 2015.

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#CRYSTALLUM Book Trailer #YA #UF

Finally I get to share the Official Book Trailer for CRYSTALLUM,

book #1 of the Primordial Principles. 🙂

 


#CRYSTALLUM Book Blitz Sign-ups #YA #UF

CRYSTALLUM,

Primordial Principles #1,

releases November 30th, 2015!

 

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If you’d like to share in the release,

here’s the Book Blitz sign-up with Xpresso Book Tours:

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My Music Monday

Alabama Shakes

Don’t Wanna Fight


Thursday’s Off The Beaten Track

Alabama Shakes

Gimme All Your Love


Write for the Lovers not the Haters. Better yet, write for You. #MondayBlogs #Writing

I wrote this post a few months ago and feel it needs repeating. There are far too many artists out there holding their words and their art in fear of criticism.

April 2015:

It’s been a while since I’ve written about anything on the blog besides cover reveals and book releases, but today I feel the need to say a few words to the writers, creators, and artists.

When I started my writing journey five years ago, the main thing that continued to hold me back from putting my stories out into the world was fear.

The big bad word.

Fear is easy to succumb to. It loves to whisper in your ear. It loves to lie to you and keep you from what you want most.

I let it rule for a long time without even realizing it and it cost me.

And this is what I want to talk about today.

I’ve had fellow writers who are new to this industry ask me how I do it. How do I deal with the negative side of this industry. How do I have a thick skin. When I say negative side, I mean everything from reviews to rejections.

My answer is always the same: I’m not sure that my skin is thicker than anyone else’s, but what I am sure of is I have something to say.

The truth is, everyone has an opinion about every damn thing. Everyone always will. But you get to choose what you allow into your world and what you block out. I don’t read negative reviews. I used to in the beginning, but what purpose do they serve me now? The books are published. I can’t change them. I wouldn’t if I could.

I don’t take offense to rejections. Some of the rejections I’ve received contained bits of gold. I appreciate any agent or publisher who has taken the time to point out why I was rejected.

None of them had to say anything at all.

My writing has become stronger because they did.

I’ve been writing since I was nine years old. It’s as much a part of me as anything else. It’s something I love.

And I think that’s where the thick skin lies … I’m writing for me. I’m proud of me. I did something I’ve dreamed about. And I’m continuing to do it. So the haters can hate. It’s very easy to hate. It’s the easiest thing in the world to do. It takes no courage, no heart. Raising someone up … that takes real courage. Those are the people I choose to hear.

In the last two years, I’ve had three novels published, (the third released in September), a short story, another short story will release soon, and a fourth novel, that’s up for review on Net Galley, will release before the end of the year.

I’ve had, and continue to have, people who love my stories ( I LOVE YOU GUYS RIGHT BACK!! xoxoxo) and people who hate them. And I’m okay with that. I knew going into this that I would be setting myself up for better or for worse. I took that risk, faced that fear, and jumped anyway.

It’s the scariest thing in the world, but you have to jump anyway.

So, writers, authors, poets, artists, musicians, dancers, painters … do your thing, say whatever it is you have to say in whatever medium you choose to say it in because no one else can say it the way you can.

Then stand back, take in what you’ve done, and be damn proud.

Paint for you.

Sing for you.

Write for you.

Create for You.

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“I write from my soul. This is the reason that critics don’t hurt me, because it is me. If it was not me, if I was pretending to be someone else, then this could unbalance my world, but I know who I am.”

~ Paulo Coelho


#NewRelease ~ HERO ENGINE by Alexander Nader

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Welcome, you guys.

Today, I am excited to share Alexander Nader’s newest release,

HERO ENGINE

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About the Book

Age: Adult

Genre: fantasy, detective, super hero

 

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‘Cool’ Jim Quig has one love : his job. And he likes it that way. While Jim protects the streets, the heroes take all the credit. He’s fine with that, all cops are. Sort of. So when the director of the Super Hero Initiative (SHI) asks Jim to help solve a mystery plaguing SHI headquarters, he’s not interested. Who cares if an ancient artifact known as the Hero Engine has been destroyed? Or if every super hero in existence was altered into their superhuman state by the device? It’s not Jim’s problem. The ‘capes’ can solve their own mystery.

The director doesn’t take no for answer and Jim’s task is to not only find out who destroyed the Engine, but why one hero has gone AWOL. For the last fifty-two years, SHI has protected the world, but with the destruction of the Engine, and a rogue killing super humans, the golden era of heroes has ended. Cool Jim Quig is about to find out what happens when a cape goes nutso.

If only he had just said no to the guy in the flashy suit.

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Check this book out, guys. It’s quick-witted, fast paced, and well written.  Worth a read, along with Alex’s other books as well.

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alexanderAbout the Author
Alex lives in the tourist infested hills of east Tennessee with his amazing wife/muse and three superb children. He would tell you more about how awesome they are, but you probably wouldn’t believe him. When he’s not hanging out with them he’s making pizzas. When he’s not doing that he’s working at a bookstore and occasionally he jots a few words down. He’s a big fan of good music, good storytelling, and mixed martial arts.

He once wrote a short story about pirates to his wife via text message that blossomed into a full length novel and never stopped after that.

Visit Alexander Online


#TeaserTuesday ~ #CRYSTALLUM #UF #YAlit

Here’s a quick teaser from

CRYSTALLUM,

Primordial Principles #1,

out SOON.

 

Plumb stood in the driveway, hands on her hips, a piece of bright yellow paper in her hand. Cole groaned, exhausted, as he made his way toward her. The only light was a dim one above the front door on the Brotherhood’s front porch.

Plumb waved the paper in the air. “It’s four fifteen in the morning, and I’m afraid to even venture why I received a notice for you to appear in front of the Warden later today. And Danny has nothing to say, which could only mean one thing—” Plumb looked him up and down. “With the condition you’re in, I’m not sure I want to know where you’ve been.”

“You probably don’t.” Cole held his hand out for the summons.

Plumb handed the paper over, scowling, and Cole slipped it, unopened, into his pocket.

“Are you going to tell me where you’ve been?”

“Thought you didn’t want to know.” He walked toward the porch. There was a time, when Cole was much younger, that he never would have spoken so bluntly to his Lead, but those days, buried by all of his new responsibilities within the Ward, had faded. They were close to equals now, even though Plumb was about fifteen years older.

“Cole.”

“I’m tired as hell. I’ve been up all night.” He turned to face her. “Okay? I need to get some sleep.”

“What were you doing in the middle of the night that the Principals couldn’t handle?”

“A girl.”

Excuse me?”

“No…I, no, I wasn’t doing a girl. She just…never mind.” He headed for the door, flustered.

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My Music Monday

Son Lux

No Fate Awaits Me

 


Thursday’s Off The Beaten Track

It’s been a while since I’ve played some music, here you go:

 

Coeur de Pirate

Flume

 


Thank You! #YA

I want to say thank you to everyone who participated in the cover reveal of CRYSTALLUM, the first book in the Primordial Principles series,

as well as everyone who participated in the Book Blitz for TRUE, the final book in the Fire Born Novels trilogy.

THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH. 🙂

 


COVER REVEAL ~ CRYSTALLUM (Primordial Principles 1) by Laney McMann #YA #UF

Hi guys!

So, today I’m really excited to finally reveal the cover of the first book in my new YA urban fantasy series, The Primordial Principles,

CRYSTALLUM

 

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Audience: Young Adult

Genre: Urban Fantasy

Age: 14 and up

Publisher: Booktrope

Release Date: Fall 2015

BLURB:

Kadence Sparrow wasn’t born a devil’s child—she was turned into one. Now, she’s hiding from the truth, and running for her life.

For years, Kade’s true nature has lurked behind an illusion, so when her dad gets another job transfer, she knows the drill: no close friends, no boyfriends, and most importantly: don’t expose what she is. Ever. Keeping secrets is easy. Lies are second nature. So is the loneliness—and the fear, but when the Shadows attack, and Kade meets Cole Spires, she could expose everything she’s trying to hide.

As one of the Celestial Children, Cole lives by an oath: defend the Ward, protect the Primordial race, guard the gateways, and stick to his own. Everything else is a distraction, and besides, he’s lost enough. Cole’s job is clear, and no one his age does it better. So, when he meets Kade in a club downtown, he assumes she just wants his attention. Most girls do, but Cole soon realizes … Kade isn’t like most girls.

The children of heaven and hell are living among us, fighting an age-old war. And falling for someone from the opposition is not an option. But a chance encounter between Kade and Cole will blur the rules, as Kade’s journey to keep her truth hidden catapults them together and into a web of lies, forcing her to not only face the demon inside her, but to answer the hardest question of all.

Which is thicker—blood or water?

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#TRUE (Fire Born 3) is LIVE #NewRelease #YA #UF #PNR

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How far would you go … to protect the one you love?

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TRUE,

the final installment in the Fire Born Novels trilogy,

is LIVE.

 

 September 2015

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Nothing in Layla and Max’s world will ever be the same.

Since Max left, and joined his father in the Shadow Realm, everything in Layla’s life has changed. The Demon Gods threaten to destroy the Otherworld, and an inconceivable darkness has awakened—a darkness that wants control of Layla’s will. It also wants Max … dead. Not only must Layla face the true fire simmering inside her, but fight the one she loves most.
And this time, with her friends and family left behind, she’s completely on her own.

Leaving Layla nearly destroyed Max, but it was his only choice. Now, he must play the part—stay in control of his end goal, his actions, and the poison coursing through his veins, clouding his thoughts, and turning him into what he fears most, a Demon God. But even with his Oghams fighting the toxins, his control is slipping. Living in the Fomore castle with his Vampyre Fae ex-girlfriend isn’t making it any easier to stay sane, and waiting to face off against Layla is taking its toll.

In the final installment of the Fire Born Novels trilogy, the legendary Battle will be fought, and Layla and Max stand to lose everything. How far will they go to save each other and protect the ones they love? Even they don’t know the answer.

No one can win.

From the ashes of old,
They shall rise.
The last of the Ancients,
Foe and Ally.
The Legend lies in wait,
And bides its time.
Until at last the day comes,
For the children born of fire.

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If you’d like to follow the Book Blitz for TRUE, including giveaways, interviews, and the playlist for the book, it is being hosted by Xpresso Book Tours and the stops are listed here:

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Xpresso Tours is also hosting the GIVEAWAY!

I am giving away the complete Fire Born Novels trilogy in paperback.

Enter to win here:

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AND ….

In celebration of TRUE’s release, TIED & TORN (books 1 & 2) are on sale for $.99 at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Kobo, and iBooks. 🙂

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DSCF1932 - Version 2With a passion for the supernatural and all things magical, Laney developed a voracious appetite for reading fantasy at a young age. A vivid imagination helped set the stage for creating her own worlds and placed her onto the writing path.

By the time she reached her teens, she’d accumulated notebooks full of poems, which led to short stories and finally novels. Young adult dark fantasy, paranormal romance, and mythology are among her favorite genres.

A former classical dancer and chef, she grew up in sultry Florida where she still resides.


CRYSTALLUM (Primordial Principles 1) has a cover! #YA #UF

CRYSTALLUM,

the first installment of the Primordial Principals series,

has a cover! 🙂

 

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If you’d like to share, please do!

The reveal will be on September 10th.

Details and sign-ups can be found here:

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TRUE (#FireBorn 3) Playlist Countdown #YA #UF

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TRUE releases September 7, 2015


NEW RELEASE ~ Burdin’s End (Beasts of Burdin #3) by Alexander Nader

Excited to share the final installment of Alexander Nader’s Beasts of Burdin trilogy,

Burdin’s End

 

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Genre: Adult Urban Fantasy

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Ty Burdin, the retired demon hunter who just can’t stay retired.

In the final installment of the Beasts of Burdin trilogy Ty has found himself roped into working for the Agency, a top secret organization with the sole purpose of eliminating all demon activity, yet again. Demon hunting is a full time job, but luckily

Ty has managed to work his way down to a ‘consulting’ position in the Agency after a few disagreements and a couple dead superiors.
Ty’s part-time position becomes far more hands on as the demon activity in his region cranks up to eleven. Demons are crawling out of peoples’ minds and into the real world at an alarming rate and it’s up to Ty, once again, to step in and save the day. First step: get over last night’s hangover

 

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alex author picAuthor Bio:

I’m a writer. I know these about things are usually written in 3rd person, but I have this thing about hating people that talk about themselves in 3rd person. So I’m going to talk about me. I am a married father of three. My wife and kids are awesome and I love them. I’ve got a couple day jobs. When I’m not working at those, I work on my writing.

I’ve completed a handful of novels ranging in quality from ‘extremely awful’ to ‘not too bad’. My Beasts of Burdin trilogy is being published by the wonderful folks over at J. Taylor Publishing.

One day I aspire to be a full time writer or at least only have one job plus writing. That would be a dream come true. Until dreams come true, I’m going to keep jotting my thoughts down around this here internets and see if something catches on.


TRUE (#FireBorn 3) Playlist Countdown #YA #UF

Up next on the TRUE Playlist Countdown,

Carmina Burana ~ O Fortuna, Carl Orff

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TRUE will release September 8th

 

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COVER REVEAL ~ The Story’s End (Wilderhark Tales #7) by Danielle E. Shipley

I’m happy to share with you all the final cover reveal in Danielle E. Shipley’s, The Wilderhark Tales,

The Story’s End

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Genre = fairytale novella

Release date = October 13, 2015

Available to add to your Goodreads shelf = https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25958863-the-story-s-end

Future availability = Paperback (Amazon and CreateSpace) and e-Book (Kindle and Nook)

 

BLURB:

For Gant-o’-the-Lute, “ever after” has been less than happy. With the last of Carillon’s charm over him gone, the minstrel-king puts royalty behind him in pursuit of the music he once knew and the lifelong dream he let slip through his fingers. But dark whispers on the wind warn that time is running out – not only for Lute and the apprentice in his shadow, but the whole of earth and Sky.

The Story’s End

Book Seven 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.

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Author Bio: 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, publishing, and all that authorial jazz, she’s probably blogging about it atwww.EverOnWord.wordpress.com


TRUE (Fire Born 3) Playlist Countdown

Up next on the TRUE Playlist Countdown:

Until The Ribbon Breaks

Romeo

 

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TRUE (Fire Born 3) Playlist Countdown

Continuing on with the TRUE Playlist Countdown:

M83

By The Kiss

 

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TRUE releases September 8th 2015

in print and e-book


TRUE (Fire Born 3) Playlist Countdown

Third up on the True playlist:

30 Seconds to Mars

The Kill

 

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