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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:

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Crystallum by Laney McMann

Crystallum

by Laney McMann

Giveaway ends November 30, 2015.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

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Midwinter’s Eve #Giveaway Hop #YA

This contest has ended. The winner will be announced tomorrow (1/5).

Stay tuned!

Hi everyone!

I’m happy to once again be participating in the Midwinter’s Eve Giveaway Hop hosted by I Am A Reader Not A Writer and Book Hounds. 🙂

 

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For the Hop this year, a few titles are up for grabs, all in the fantasy genre, all YA. There will be ONE winner, just choose the book you want. 😉

First option:

CRUX

by Julie Reece

YA Urban Fantasy

13She should have run. Now, she’ll have to fight.

Eighteen year old Birdie may be homeless, but she’s surviving, that is until a mysterious guy throws money in the air like a crazy game show host and she grabs some with the idea she’ll be able to buy dinner that night.

In that singular moment, unassuming Birdie becomes the girl in everyone’s viewfinder. Thugs want to kill her. Money-guy wants to recruit her. The very hot, very rich and very out of her league Grey Mathews wants to save her.

Birdie, though, wants nothing to do with any of them until she realizes fate didn’t bring them all together.

Her heritage did.

Now, with only twenty-one days left, she’s got to decide whether to follow in the footsteps of those before her or risk her life for people she’s only just met.

Next option:

REAPER

by L.S. Murphy

YA urban fantasy

19There’s no way sixteen year old Quincy Amarante will become the fifth grim reaper. None. Not over her shiny blue Mustang. Her Jimmy Choos. Or her dead body.

She’s supposed to enjoy her sophomore year, not learn about some freaky future Destiny says she has no choice but to fulfill.

It doesn’t take long for Quincy to realize the only way out of the game is to play along especially since Death can find her anyway, anywhere, anytime. And does.

Like when she’s reassuring her friends she wants nothing to do with former best friend Ben Moorland, who’s returned from god-knows-where, and fails. Miserably.

Instead of maintaining her coveted popularity status, Quincy’s goes down like the Titanic.

Maybe … just maybe … that’s okay.

It seems, perhaps, becoming a grim reaper isn’t just about the dead but more about a much needed shift in Quincy’s priorities—from who she thinks she wants to be to who she really is.

And last option:

TIED (Fire Born #1)

by Laney McMann

YA Urban Fantasy

perf5.250x8.000.inddNormal 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.

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In addition, I’m giving away a $10 Amazon gift card to the same winner.

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 So, to make this easy, and fast, the book will be in e-book format (Kindle or Nook) and I will have a simply entry. Random.com will choose the winner. No purchase necessary to win. International entries welcome. Just leave me a comment in the form below, tell me which book you want, your email address, and the format (Kindle or Nook). That’s it!

Easy. 🙂

**the giveaway will run from December 21-31, 2014.

Check out all the other bloggers participating in the Hop here:

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Good Luck and Happy Holidays!


Christmas Cracker Scavenger Hunt #Giveaway

This giveaway has ended.

Welcome to the 2nd Christmas Cracker Scavenger Hunt!

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This year we are giving away a few prizes including Amazon Gift Cards

& e-books.

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Here on my blog, I am giving away a e-book copy of …

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by Erika Beebe, Marissa Halvorson, Kimberly Kay, J. Keller Ford, L.S. Murphy, Danielle E. Shipley, Anna Simpson

Release Date: December 2, 2013

Target Reader: Young Adult

Keywords: Contemporary Romance, Fantasy, Fiction, Romantic, Science Fiction, Urban Fantasy

Description

What if today never ends?

What if everything about life—everything anyone hoped to be, to do, to experience—never happens?

Whether sitting in a chair, driving down the road, in surgery, jumping off a cliff or flying … that’s where you’d be … forever.

Unless …

In One More Day, Erika Beebe, Marissa Halvorson, Kimberly Kay, J. Keller Ford, Danielle E. Shipley and Anna Simpson join L.S. Murphy to give us their twists, surprising us with answers to two big questions, all from the perspective of characters under the age of eighteen.

How do we restart time?

How do we make everything go back to normal?

The answers, in whatever the world—human, alien, medieval, fantasy or fairytale—could,maybe, happen today.

Right now.

What would you do if this happened … to you?

To enter in the drawing to win this book, just enter your name and what format you need (Nook or Kindle) in the form below, and that’s it, you’re entered! Easy.

Now, for the Grand prizes,

HERE’S WHAT’S UP FOR GRABS:

Grand Prize:

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Second Grand Prize:

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Here’s how to play the Scavenger Hunt:

Hop around ALL of the Blogs taking part in the Christmas Cracker Scavenger Hunt, collect the individual letter from each participating blog, then rearrange them to spell something related to Christmas. This is the answer you will need to enter into the Grand Prize Rafflectopter to be eligible for entry.

MY LETTER IS:

So start hopping from blog to blog, gather your letters from EVERY ONE of them, figure out the Christmas word the letters spell and go to the Rafflecopter HERE to enter to win the grand prize!

For the next stop on the hop, head over to Danielle E. Shipley’s blog at http://everonword.wordpress.com/

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Participating blogs (they also each have an e-book prize up for grabs):

Danielle E. Shipley

Julie Reece

Juliette Cross

Keri Lake

Claire Gillian

Jonathan Lister

Laney McMann

Anna Simpson

Terri Rochenski

Alexander Nader

J.Taylor Publishing

J.A. Belfield

GOOD LUCK and Thanks for playing!!

***Giveaway runs from Dec 12 at noon-15 at midnight, 2014


#Giveaway ~ Signed Paperbacks of TIED & TORN #YA #UF

I will be giving away copies of  both TIED & TORN on Goodreads for the holidays. Check out the details and enter below!

Goodreads Book Giveaway

TIED by Laney McMann

TIED

by Laney McMann

Giveaway ends December 12, 2014.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

Enter to win

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Author Spotlight ~ Secret of the Souls by Terri Rochenski

Today on the blog, I’m happy to be hosting fellow author, Terri Rochenski, and touting the sequel to her fantasy duology,

Secret of the Souls

(Pool of Souls #2)

 

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Publisher:  J. Taylor Publishing

Release Date:  October 6, 2014

Keywords:  Adult Fantasy

Blurb:

Thrust out of their homes by a human High Priest on a vengeful mission, the Natives of Derlund no longer have a place to call their own. One escaped capture, however, and now she, Hyla, is the only one who can save her people.

For, Hyla, though, saving her nation isn’t her ultimate goal—returning to the Pool of Souls is. Becoming its Guardian and preserving their faith is her heart’s desire. The perils of her current journey, though, could leave her unable to fulfill that dream.

To find her way back to the Pool, Hyla must live among dangerous, powerful humans willing to defend the Natives, and must submit herself—her Talents—to them. While her protection is paramount, plots to end Hyla’s life will push her to her physical and emotional limits.

On the edge of sanity, her courage tested, and convictions nearly broken, Hyla’s final test of loyalty to her faith comes with the death of one she could have loved.

 

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I asked Terri to share her top 10 fantasy movies. Here goes:

  1. LotR – is there any other??

  2. The NeverEnding Story – FAV movie as a kid. Couldn’t get enough of it. I used to dream Falkor would come pick me up & take me to meet Atreyu. Le sigh.

  3. Stargate – while this might fall more on the Sci-Fi side, it’s a must-see for all adventurous dreamers.

  4. The Hobbit – duh.

  5. I’m going to cheat here and say Game of Thrones, cuz it’s MY list and I can!

  6. Princess Bride. “As you wish.”

  7. Shrek – because that donkey CRACKS ME UP!

  8. FROZEN!!! Love me some Olaf. Besides, I have two little girls. What did you expect?!?

  9. The Polar Express. The hubs would be sad if I didn’t add this one. It’s a Christmas must-see. Every. Year.

  10. Star Wars – all 6 movies. Again, it’s more sci-fi, but hey…I grew up BEING Princess Leia.

***** For the record, and being a HUGE fantasy fan myself, I concur with Terri. There is no other that could ever take the number one spot. LOTR reigns supreme. 😉

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And to celebrate the launch, Eye of the Soul (book #1) is on sale!

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AND we have a giveaway.

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Terri started writing stories in the 8th grade, when a little gnome whispered in her brain. Gundi’s Great Adventure never hit the best seller list, but it started a long love affair with storytelling.

Today she enjoys an escape to Middle Earth during the rare ‘me’ moments her three young children allow. When not playing toys, picking them back up, or kissing boo-boos, she can be found sprawled on the couch with a book or pencil in hand, and toothpicks propping her eyelids open.

Ms. Rochenski’s Links:

Website Blog Facebook Twitter Goodreads


TORN Book Blitz Giveaway Winners!

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The TORN Book Blitz winners are in,

and thank you so much to everyone who participated in this awesome shout-out,

as well as Shane Morgan at Itching for Books.

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There were TWO winners chosen for this giveaway, and they are:

Laura T.

and

Stephanie S.

You both won a signed paperback of TORN.

Congrats, and thanks for entering!

I’ll be contacting you soon, so check your emails. 😉

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September is for Sequels Blog Hop Winners!

Hi guys! Thanks to everyone who entered the

September is for Sequels Blog Hop Giveaway.

There were a lot of entries, and to show my thanks,

I’ve decided to choose TWO winners instead of one.

So ….

Lisa V.

&

Jaime Lynn

Check your emails.

You both won copies of TIED and TORN in e-book form.

I’ll be contacting you soon!!

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September Is For Sequels Blog Hop #Giveaway #YA

It’s been forever since I participated in a blog hop it seems, but September for Sequels is the perfect place for me to hop back in.

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What’s up for grabs on my end of things?

As this is a sequels hop, I’m offering up a e-book copy of not yet released, TORN, the second book in the Fire Born Novels trilogy which launches on September 8th. And since it is the second, I’m also going to giveaway a e-book copy of the first book in the trilogy, TIED.

 

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Target Audience: Young Adult

Key Words: Urban Fantasy, Dark Fantasy, Paranormal Romance, Mystery, Mythology

Publisher: J Taylor Publishing

BLURB:

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.

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AND … the sequel:

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BLURB:

 

Find Max.

That’s all Layla cares about. Not healing from the Fomore attack. Not finding answers to how she survived a fall that nearly killed her. Nothing will stop her. She will find him. She’ll even pair up with an overbearing Fallen Angel who’s hell bent on making everything harder than it needs to be if she has to.

Protect Layla.

For Max, nothing else matters. Not the bruises covering his body. Not the pain radiating from his broken bones. Not even his hands tied behind his back. He will find a way to save Layla, and the Fomore will pay if they’ve hurt her.

Every. Single. One of them.

In the second installment of The Fire Born trilogy, a new breed of villain looms—one Layla and Max will never suspect, and this killer has nothing to lose. Better yet, with Max and Layla’s deaths, victory is in the grip of the enemy.

Will Max and Layla find each other in time, or is it already too late for them both?

Releasing September 8, 2014

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September is for Sequels will run from September 2nd – September 10 at midnight.

To make the entries super simple, I’m only asking for you to leave a comment in the comment form below, including your email, so I can contact the winner. Random.org will choose one winner at contests end, on September 10 at midnight. (The giveaway is International)

That’s it. Simple.

Thanks, and GOOD LUCK!

Check out all the other blogs participating in the hop and goodies up for grabs HERE


Summer Reads Scavenger Hunt #SRScavHunt

The Summer Reads Scavenger Hunt was organized to help bring authors of all publishing backgrounds together in a show of solidarity.

FORTY awesome authors have signed up to support this event. (Yes, TIED (Fire Born #1) is among the books)

MORE THAN FORTY awesome SIGNED books* have been donated by these authors to make up the Grand Prize, as well as $30 worth of Amazon Gift Cards.

And YOU could win them ALL!

 All you have to do is hop around ALL blogs on the Hunt.

Within the posts on EVERY stop you will find a NUMBER.
Make a note of EVERY number from EVERY stop.
Once you have collected them ALL, simply add them up to calculate the total, and then hop back to here to the ENTRY FORM PAGE, fill in your details AND your calculated answer … and You’re In!

Up for Grabs?

$30 Amazon Gift Card (3 @ $10 ea.) AND these titles.

All of them:

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BUT FIRST …

I have a second giveaway.

Author Lisa Amowitz is giving away additional swag on my blog. Only my blog. Here’s what she has up for grabs:

Breaking Glass and Vision bookmarks
Four sets of Vision trading cards (4) each
Four Signed Spencer Hill Press bookmarks she designed–
(Note: Lisa designed both of her covers as well as over 20 titles for SHP.)

And a Breaking Glass T-shirt (sz small)

 

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Ready to enter to WIN?

To enter your name into Random.org to WIN Lisa Amowitz’s Swag, just leave a comment below telling me one book on your summer reads list (with your email so I can contact you if you win) and you’re entered! Easy!

THEN … head over to the next blog in the HUNT and continue adding up all your numbers for the GRAND PRIZE that you enter here:

ENTRY FORM PAGE

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For the next stop on the Hunt head over to Laura Howard’s blog HERE

 

You have until MIDNIGHT (EST) of 19th July to enter.

Terms & Conditions can be found HERE

Good luck!

 

*Thank you to Joelle Charbonneau who, although unable to participate, donated a copy of The Testing for the Grand Prize.

 

Info on Lisa Amowitz:
Her young adult novel BREAKING GLASS is available now 
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coming September 9, 2014 from Spencer Hill Press

The light is darker than you think.

Visit me on the web at: lisaamowitz.com

Breaking Glass on GOODREADS 
 

 

Facebook Author page

 

 


Goodreads Giveaway #YA

FIVE more days to enter and win 1 of 10 Signed Paperback copies of TIED (Fire Born #1)

before TORN releases in September.

GOOD LUCK!

Goodreads Book Giveaway

TIED by Laney McMann

TIED

by Laney McMann

Giveaway ends July 04, 2014.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

Enter to win

 

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Goodreads Giveaway ~ TIED (Fire Born #1) #YA #UF

In honor of TORN, the second book in the Fire Born Novels trilogy’s upcoming release on September 8th …

I’m having a giveaway starting today (June 6th).

The month-long giveaway will happen on Goodreads, NOW through July 4th.

I’ll be giving away 10 SIGNED paperbacks of TIED (Fire Born #1).

 

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These giveaways typically have a high number of entries, so get your name in to win!

 

Enter to WIN here:

Goodreads Book Giveaway

TIED by Laney McMann

TIED

by Laney McMann

Giveaway ends July 04, 2014.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

Enter to win

 

GOOD LUCK!

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Layla and Max are back September 8th.

 


ARC Giveaway ~ INSPIRED by Danielle E. Shipley

J. Taylor Publishing are giving away FIVE ARCs of Inspired by Danielle E. Shipley!

Check it out!

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.

INSPIRED is an innovative glimpse at the true muse of a writer, a tale told with style and wit. And J. Taylor Publishing is giving away FIVE ARC copies.

To YOU!

You don’t even have to be a book blogger!

Nope, so long as you are willing to leave an honest review between the dates March 3rd and March 17th 2014, you are eligible to enter.

Interested?

Then just fill out the form and keep your fingers crossed.

You have until midnight of March 2nd to enter.

About Danielle E. Shipley:

Danielle E. Shipley, author, Inspired

Danielle E. Shipley, author, Inspired

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 homeschooled 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.


NEW RELEASE and Author Spotlight ~ Beasts of Burdin by Alexander Nader

Today, I have fellow author, and friend, Alexander Nader on the blog to talk about his newly released adult urban fantasy title, Beasts of Burdin.

First let’s see what the book is about:

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by Alexander Nader

Release Date: February 10, 2014

Target Reader: Adult

Keywords: Urban Fantasy

Description

Demon hunter Ty Burdin hung up his guns, knife, trench coat and fedora a year ago. Bags packed, hands washed of all demon politics, he’s done. Forever.

In fact, to get far far away, he dragged Nora, his rockabilly secretary, from Miami to the Tennessee mountains where he’s lived a life of peace—if peace can be defined as drowning in scotch and taking private eye jobs to keep the lights on. Jobs for real people. Not demons.

No demons.

He’s retired from that. Remember?

Demon hunters aren’t a dime a dozen, though, and when Ty’s brother asks him for a favor—just one—what’s a brother to do? Agreeing to take down one hillbilly demon shouldn’t take that long. In. Decapitate. Out. Favor complete. Back to the office where Nora and his bottle of whiskey are waiting.

Unfortunately for Ty, staying retired doesn’t seem to be in the cards, and an avalanche of bad luck draws him right back to an agency he despises and the career that nearly cost him his sanity.

This time, Ty has no way out and will have to face his own demons just to survive.

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Yeah, it’s a good read, but let’s hear what Alex has to say about the series and other stuff:

LM: The story line around Beasts of Burdin contains a good number of demons. Did you pull from mythology, your imagination, or both?

AN: All of the demon names in B.o.B. are real and most of the abilities are too. I took some liberties with the physical descriptions to make them suit my needs. There really is a demon made of eyeballs, though. I didn’t make that up. As soon as I read about it I was like, “I have to find a place for this guy”.

LM: Researching is one of my favorite aspects of writing. It’s crazy what you come across. Was is it the demons that inspired the story or something else? And I really liked Ty Burdin, he isn’t your ordinary demon hunter, where did the idea of his character come from?

AN:The idea for the story came from a twisted version of a song lyric. The original lyric was, “The greatest trick the devil ever pulled was convincing me that I was him”. I played around with that in my head until I ended up with, “The greatest trick humanity ever pulled was convincing itself the devil existed”. From there it rolled into people creating demons with their minds. All of the demons just came from ideas. Human mythology is pretty deep, so when I needed a war-demon, I just searched until I found something.

As far as Ty goes, he is the adoptive child of this whole hard-boiled noir phase I’ve been going through lately. It started when I read a comic book re-imagining Wolverine as an old school private eye. After that, I read The Maltese Falcon and then moved on to Philip Marlow. The brutal honesty of the characters struck me enough to want to make that modern. Hopefully, that’s what I’ve accomplished.

LM: I like the idea of reinventing a song lyric to suit your story telling needs. And speaking of writing itself, how long have you been writing? Did you always aspire to be an author?

AN: I was born to be an author! *Looks around to see if anyone is buying it* Nope. *Slumps* Well, I wrote a comic book about a cat with super powers in third grade and I may or may not have dabbled in some terrible song writing over the years. Other than that I started my first novel a little over two years ago. (Not Beasts of Burdin, it was actually the third novel I wrote. The first two sucked. (I put them in the corner to think about what they’d done)

I’ve always kind of jumped from hobby to hobby, but writing is the first one that has really felt right. It’s the first thing I can actually see myself doing.

LM: 🙂 Looks like you found your calling. Any of those hobbies you care to share with your readers? And speaking of hobbies, what else do you do with your time when you’re not writing?

AN: As a kid it was mostly extreme sports of one sort or another. BMX, rollerblading, snowboarding, skateboards. I was never any good with the board sports though. Most of my teens were wasted on video games and cars, if you can call that a hobby. Then it became guitar. I would probably still be playing guitar if I didn’t hate the sound of my own voice. I go through spurts where I exercise a lot followed by long periods of physical dormancy. A little bit of everything really.

Nowadays, when I’m not writing I’m usually just trying to catch up with my wife and kids. I work a lot, so any time not working is family time. I’m currently learning a lot about Pokemon and Beyblade, while teaching about Mario and super-heroes. It’s a pretty awesome trade-off.

LM: That’s a great trade-off. So, for anyone who might not know, Beasts of Burdin is a series, can you tell us anything about book 2?

AN: Burdin 2 (Burdin of Choice) is done. When this is posted I think I will be working with the my publisher on the cover art. It should hit the shelves November 10th. It’s definitely going to feel a little different, but the story gets bigger. There are more characters, more suspense, more intrigue, more jerkwaddery (<- I don’t know how Laney feels about language on her blog, so that’s a nifty little bit of self-editing.), more demons, more alcohol, and more cigarettes. Don’t worry though, all of that stuff is in the first book too, there’s just more in the second book. People will be able to pick up Burdin of Choice and feel like they were right where they left off; listening to the drunken ramblings of a vaguely retired demon hunter.

LM: Thanks for the self-editing on my account. 😉 I think we’re good. Any tips you can give other writers hoping to be published one day?

AN: Write for you and no one else. When you stop worrying about whether or not someone will publish your writing is when you’ll write something worth publishing. That’s how it worked for me anyway.

LM: Couldn’t agree with you more on that. Plotter or Pantser?

AN: Little bit of both. I make a thoroughly detailed outline of about twenty sentences and go from there. I guess I vaguely plot the entire book and then kind of pants the individual chapters. If that makes any sense.

LM: ‘Pants’ the chapters is one I haven’t heard yet. 😉 Coffee or Tea?

AN: BOTH! Green tea only though, I’m not big on black tea anymore. I prefer my coffee with chocolate, but have been known to drink it straight, no chaser, when in a bind.

LM: Tea for me, unless it’s iced coffee. E-Book or Print?

AN: BOTH. I like to have books on my shelves. It looks good and makes me feel all accomplished and such, but it’s hard to argue the convenience of ebooks. I keep the Kindle app on my phone and try to sneak in a couple pages every time I’m waiting for something.

LM: Me too. Introvert or Extrovert?

AN: An introverted extrovert. HA! How’s that for clarity. Yeah, I’m a little on the fence. About everything, apparently. Anyway, I seem to be okay at talking to people and functioning in groups, but I don’t really like it and try to avoid it at all costs.

LM: I think that sways you pretty far into the introverted group, like so many writers. 😉 Thanks for taking time out to talk with me, Alex. It was fun.

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Excerpt:

Chapter 1

“Ty Burdin! Answer the phone already. It’s your brother.” The voice comes from the next room in a tone usually used by stress-fried mothers, not twenty-something-year-old receptionists. The harsh words crack through my whiskey-soaked brain like someone snapped a bullwhip in my ear. I pick my head up off the desk and wipe the drool from my mouth, as she bursts in the door.

“He’s adopted, and good morning,” I say, opening the drawer to my desk and digging through it.

“It’s not morning. It’s past noon, you lazy drunk.” Her tone is accusing, but there’s a slight smile to her ruby red lips. I really do think Nora gets enjoyment from trying to keep me in line. Her rockabilly style, all tattoos and polkadots, might scare some people off, but honestly, I think it’s kind of cool.

“Fine, I was wrong about the time, but you’re wrong, too,” I say.

“Oh, yeah? How’s that?” Nora kicks her hip to the side and props a hand on her leopard print skirt.

“I’m not drunk. I’m hungover.” I pull out a flask full of scotch and take a long drink. “I’m working on getting back on track, though.” I tip the flask toward her.

“I swear someone’s gonna find you in a ditch one day.” Her voice has a trace of concern, but it’s mostly drowned out by annoyance.

“In my line of work, that’s almost a guarantee. Now, can you tell me why you disturbed my ugly sleep?” Ugly sleep is a gross understatement. No amount of alcohol ever seems to drown out the vision of the young, innocent girl burned into my memory. The scene is even more ominous in my dreams than it was in real life.

A thunderclap breaks the silence of my memories. Nora stares down at me, hands stuck together. “Wake up, drunkard. Hartnet’s been trying to reach you on the phone for the past fifteen minutes.”

The pocket of my jacket buzzes, probably been ringing the entire time. Nora walks over to where it hangs by the door and withdraws the phone. “Jesus, Ty. You’ve got four missed calls, ten new messages, and over twenty emails. Do you ever check this thing?”

“No.” I have the phone, but honestly, I hate it.
Nora sets the still ringing phone on my desk, puts her hands on her hips and, using only facial expressions, guilts me into picking up.

“Hello,” I say into the phone that smells of smoke. I use my free hand to dig out cigarettes and a lighter.

“Ty! Finally, man, where you been?” Hartnet asks.

“Oh, you know me. I just got back from hiking the Swiss Alps with Edmund Hillary.”

“Real funny, Ty, but I imagine you’ve been spending more time with Jim or Jack.”

“God, no, I hate southern whiskey,” I say. “I prefer a fine scotch, Macallan to be specific.”

“You prefer whatever’s in front of you as long as there’s a proof label on the bottle,” Hartnet says.

I don’t have any argument for that. “So, what do you want?”

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Here’s my review of the book:

4 STARS.

Still grinning.

I could say that the plot was tight, the story moved at the speed of light, and I liked the new approach on demons versus the world, and that would all be true, but even more than that— what kept me turning the pages was Ty. His voice is fresh and witty and sarcastic, and I found myself getting wrapped up in his words, the way he talked, the way he saw life. Really a great book that pulled me out of my own head and put me in someone else’s. For me, that’s the benchmark of a good story. Can’t wait to see what Ty gets into in Burdin 2.

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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.

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