Indie Author Promo Time!

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Physics major Dieter Lindemann is perfectly content living in a world where the Shadows he sees and hears are nothing but figments of his imagination. But when one attacks him, he’s forced to confront the fact that the Shadows are not only real, but dangerous.

Though Necromancer Alistair Cudmore offers to help him, Dieter quickly realizes that what he and Alistair want are two very different things, and it’s difference that could cost him his life. Controlling and possessive, Alistair pushes him further and further into blood magic, dragging him down into a world he never wanted any part in. As the spirits and Alistair grow more and more violent, Dieter must break away from his mentor and learn to control the Shadows on his own before they destroy him. Only, Alistair isn’t about to let him go without a fight.


Half-Blood Dragon (Dragon Born Book 1)

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99¢ on Amazon (and KU)

Pirates, dragons, mermaids. Embark on a coming of age journey that will leave you breathless.

Prophecy says that the half-blood dragon will destroy the world – some might be looking forward to it.

A lady-in-waiting’s job is to follow orders. For Rowen, it is to execute her stepfather’s plan to elevate the family’s station by an advantageous marriage to the crown prince.

Intrigue and seduction fill Rowen’s days, but the prophecies that haunt her dreams at night warn her that death awaits.

The taunts of her sleepless nights are realized when she is framed and sentenced to death for the prince’s murder.

For a human, there’s nowhere to run and no one to turn to in a kingdom where power is tightly held by full-blooded dragonshifters.

It will take a stranger from the shadows to save Rowen from execution and reveal a truth full of terrifying potential. It is time for Rowen to find the courage to accept her fate, awaken her gift, and set the world on fire.

Change is coming. So is a new prophecy that threatens the fate of the entire world.


Dark Humanity Box Set

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Pre-order it for 99¢ on Amazon

The Dark Humanity Boxed Set is a compilation of 21 Full-Length Science Fiction and Epic Fantasy reads! We’ve spared no great discovery, with inclusion of a diverse mix of existing titles and brand new content!

The pages inside are packed with everything from faeries, dragons, and mysterious viruses to fantastical quests, frozen cities, fearless knights, ancient foes, and powerful enemies.

With over a million words of fiction, this is your one stop shop for sword and sorcery, military and AI science fiction, dark fantasy, and mesmerizing space opera adventures from more than twenty Award Winning and New York Times & USA Today bestselling authors!

This is the stuff legends are made of.


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99¢ on Amazon (and KU)

In the DarkWorld the things that go bump in the night are most likely true. And the problem is they are probably not sticking to bumping around in the night. They are everywhere. Your work colleagues, your teachers, even your friends. They’ve been living that way for a long time. And you haven’t noticed because they don’t want you to.

You’re much better off not asking any questions.

Mel Morgan is a Master Teleporter. She can move through the Veil into the otherworldly planes. A handy skill when looking for missing people. It’s a lonely job, but with her gargoyle partner she’s never minded lonely.

Until a certain super-hot Djinn walks into her life. He needs her help to find someone he loves. And Mel can never say no to someone in need. But the road to helping Saleem is fraught with secrets better left uncovered.

Can Mel and Saleem dodge demons and sorcerers long enough to save the ones they love?

Demon Kin (A SoulTracker Novel #2)

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99¢ on Amazon (and KU)

When a business tycoon hires Mel Morgan to find his missing daughter, the SoulTracker is thrown headlong into twists and turns of unexpected deaths and unusual killers. But to find the girl in time to save her, Mel she has to first understand the killer. Demonic or human killers? Mel can’t decide which will be worse.

Things get a little complicated when she has to help find both a Panther Alpha’s mother, and a reluctant Djinn Queen. Add to the mix an evil spirit plus her mentor Samuel sending her terrifying messages in the Ether. Save him, or else.

It’s just all in a days work for a SoulTracker.

Mailing Lists, InstaFreebie, and marketing

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year all!

I’ve been having a wonderful Christmas season. And the best present I’ve gotten (beside the lovely notebook and galaxy-themed earrings) are my new subscribers!

I currently have 430 subscribers on my email list. 430! And we haven’t even gotten to the several give-aways I’ve signed up to do in January. I’m amazed and so so happy 🙂

It begins with InstaFreebie, a site where you can upload your book, and anyone with the link can download it to their email. There’s a fair bit of customization- how many downloads you allow, the file types, or whether or not they can join your newsletter. For one of the paying plans you can make it mandatory to sign up for your newsletter before you can download it.

I was a little hesitant about this, not wanting to force anyone on the newsletter if they just wanted to read Larkspur– but if it was presented as an option, it was just a little checkmark underneath the space to type in your email. And you and I both know that no one ever checks the little checkmark. Other authors also told me to make it mandatory- after all, there’s an unsubscribe button, so folk can always leave if they really don’t want to  stay.

So I went ahead and made it mandatory, then signed up for every insta-freebie give-away group thingy I could find. One or two now in late December, and like 5 in January-February.

Best decision ever. Last week I had 26 subscribers and never sent an email. Now I have a few hundred, might get to a few thousand, and plan to send stuff out on a monthly or so basis. Info, tidbits, other books in similar genres that look awesome. Should be super fun!

(Oh, and I’m still doing newsletter swaps! I had to retweak some of the wording on the google form, but that will be back soon as well).

I think I’m going to go and make instafreebie a more permanent part of my marketing and mailing list. I’m going to take down the sendinblue sign-up page up in the menu and in the book, and make the instafreebie link the main one to get to my newsletter. Also going to bump Larkspur back up  to 99cents on the ebook sites. And then I need to write a few more shorter works to offer as alternatives on insta-freebie if folk don’t want Larkspur and would rather something else.

Plus Delphinium, and the wiki, and The Wolf Within, and learning how to use my drawing tablet to make ever better covers

EDIT: I lied. Just bumped up Larkspur on B&N and Kobo. I’ll email Amazon about it when they change their prices. From now on my books will only be free through Instafreebie and my newsletter (which now has a nifty page up in the menu). You can, of course, always just sign up, get the book, and unsubscribe  😉

So many indie books, so little time!

First official Indie Promo post! Well, beside the others ;), but this will be several books and repeat every 15th of the month. I’ll try to limit it to 4 books each time, but sometimes (like today) there’s some over-booking.

Enjoy! ❤


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Thanks to her offbeat mother, Shade’s full name is Galactic Shade Griffin. Having a name like that while being the new girl in school is pretty much catnip for bullies. The summer before Shade’s junior year of high school, her mother breaks up with yet another boyfriend and moves them once again to a new town. This time, they move into a dilapidated old house where Shade has an entire attic bedroom to herself—at least until she discovers it’s haunted by the ghost of a teenaged boy named Brandon Yates. When Shade’s best friend goes missing, her life becomes even more complicated. With the help of Brandon who’s struggling with his own issues in the world beyond, Shade faces the question of whether or not she has what it takes to become a true hero. Although this novel deals with a number of serious issues—drug and alcohol abuse, cutting, and disturbing world events—it’s primarily a novel about a teenaged girl finding out who she really is and that she’s capable of so much more than she ever thought possible.

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Blog: http://marilynpeakeauthor.blogspot.com/


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Curl up for the holidays with these heartwarming and sexy tales from some of your favorite paranormal authors.

Death by Mistletoe” by Gwen Knight

Survival Rule #16: Never kiss beneath cursed mistletoe…unbridled passion will get you every time.

The Alpha’s Christmas Mate” by R.E. Butler

At a Christmas Eve wedding, an Alpha lion finds his true mate.

The Wolf Who Stole Christmas” by C.E. Black

This Christmas, there’s a wolf in the manger…

Celebrate Me” by Kristen Strassel

Delaney shows Shea that actions speak louder than words, and he vows to give her one thing she’s never had–a joy filled Christmas.

Lir’s Lady: A Fada Shapeshifter Story” by Rebecca Rivard

On midwinter’s eve, sexy shifter Lir returns to claim his fae lady in one magical, passion-filled night.

Chamber Music” by DJ Shaw

Celestine knew she was connected to magic, but she never knew just how connected she truly was.

A Kiss for Solstice” by Elizabeth Allyn-Dean

Sometimes, all you need is a kiss…


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$2.99 on Amazon

The first book of a dark and sexy fantasy series by International Bestselling Author, Erin Bedford.

Alice was wrong – Wonderland wasn’t so wonderful after all.

Kat never expected to be back in her hometown, but when house sitting turns into a mad rabbit chase, Kat finds herself with a whole new set of problems.

A two headed bird with a Game of Thrones obsession, a party full of tea addicts, and a Cheshire Cat who could seduce the pants off her grandma? And if the citizens weren’t bad enough their prince was off his rocker.

This wasn’t your run of the mill Wonderland. This was the Fae world, where rules are rules, and some things are exactly as they seem.

Warning: For mature readers.

Zoe Jabril needs to devise a kick-ass plan to save the world ASAP. Otherwise, Armageddon starts the day she turns eighteen—and if that happens, everything is going to hell. Literally.

She could be any other 17-year-old attending parties and checking out cute guys—except she discovers her best friend is a Guardian Angel and the boy she crushes on is a Nephilim, both sent to protect her from the demons who want her dead.

Now Zoe has to deal with growing feelings toward the Nephilim, who spreads a strange electrical current through her body every time he touches her. And she’s under constant attack from Demons, trying to stop her from fulfilling the Prophecy: a girl will be born who will unite Angels, Nephilim, Fairies and Werewolves to battle evil. Then she has to control newly found talents if she’s to prevent the devil from escaping Hell.

This title used to be called: The Guardian, a Sword, & Stilettos.


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New York Times bestselling author, K.N. Lee presents the final book in the urban fantasy series that sets the stage of war between vampires, angels, and demons.

Koa knew she was special. She never knew the truth of her mother’s origin, and how it would change the world.

A fallen angel, a half-blood vampire, and royal siblings from another world all have the same problem.

The humans want them dead.

Halston and Koa are on the run from the organization they’d once worked for.

There is a target on their back, and their lives depend on solving the mystery behind the infamous Lyrinian Blade.

With a war between angels, vampires, demons, and humans, Koa is just one of the keys to saving the world. The other key, is the king of Elyan… Koa’s brother.

A return to the Netherworld is imminent.

This time, Koa knows who and what she is.

The world will never be the same.


Breeder: ArrowFREE from InstaFreebie!

Nestled within the folds of a war-torn and ruined world, there lies a village. It has no name; it is full of secrets.

Its women survive because they seem to have found a remedy for war; its men survive because the women let them. They all survive because Fate allows it.

Kate never thought much about Fate until she decided not to believe in it anymore. Destined to become a breeder, she wakes up on her sixteenth birthday determined to defy this duty at all cost. It is a heavy price. For her open rebellion, Mona, the Village counsel leader, drags her to the Pit and forces her to confront her mate for the first time.

He is not what Kate expected.

Despite Mona’s fierce punishments for Kate’s disobedience, the tug of her heart grows stronger; it beckons her away from this life and lures her toward the truth about herself, about her village, and about the boy assigned to be her mate.

The questions bring her hope… but the answers?

They terrify her.


 

Not writing alone

Writing is lonely. There’s a reason we crave reviews and thoughts from our readers- while it’s all in our own heads and on our computers it’s not as real as when others get at it. It’s more than affirmation that the work is good, it’s just the plain enthusiasm and shared love. It’s the same reason you find subreddits or forums for your favorite shows and talk about it- it’s community.

I just finished listening to episode #129 of the self-publishing podcast (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Y8-IjSWMgM) and they talk about reasons for writing. I find myself identifying strongly with Dave- who says he likes writing, likes having written, but doesn’t like having to write. It’s a weird thought process where I know I like doing what I’m doing, and I even like doing it as I’m doing it… but making myself start is like pulling teeth.

They then go and theorize how/why Dave is like this. They mention a situation that happened to me- kids at school reading what I wrote and passing it around wanting more. It’s such an amazing feeling to get the praise and desire for your work from others. I looked forward to writing and handing it off to friends, knowing that even a teacher or two got a hold of the work and liked it. I went to different classes as fast as I could so I could sit and talk to friends about characters and story- both mine and theirs if they were writers too. It was a little personal fandom and it was so fun.

Now I’m in my mid-20s, out of college, with little to no social circle to speak of. So I write my work and I like it, I’m proud of it, but who do I have to share this with? I’ve tried to find ‘writer-friends’ online but it doesn’t seem to work that well anymore. Writers just end up talking about their own work, wanting to push it to others. I get that, hell I’ve done the exact same- but it’s more of a business/work deal than a sharing-with-friends.

Oh there’s lots of general encouraging writer-stuff everywhere, but who is going to be excited that I worked through a plot problem? That I found out the specific name I gave a character has a deeper meaning that ties into the story?

For instance: I learned that ‘Spade’, the Italian suit that corresponds to our Spades, means literally Swords (plural). It’s also a feminine noun (most languages give a gender to things while English does not). Given that the Italian suits in Clandestina signify the Margrave station (which I used instead of the French Marquis on purpose because it signifies border-lands, and it has ‘grave’ in the name) I took this more literally. So in Piques there isn’t just the Margrave Spade and his wife, but several women who are known as the Ladies of Swords.

It’s a small thing, and while the characters play important parts, figuring out that background and working from it is trivia-y. But it’s cool! It’s something a fan would smile about. It’s something I want to tell people and get a ‘Oh, awesome!’ reply, instead of adding it into the book to read like an etymology lesson.

I had this idea last evening that I would start talking about my work, writing short scenes that may or may not end up in the books proper, talk inspiration and background information on my blog. The scenes I might put up on deviantART as well. I don’t know if this sort of thing will ruin or enhance the books, I’d hope the latter. People do seem to like spoilers and trailers for that reason- getting a taste is tempting.

I’m still not entirely sure I’ll do it, but it does seem like a good way to start up the friendly-community chatter that I used to like. Maybe someone’ll will Like something, or comment, and connections will grow from there.

Stories and writing

Writing, I think, is one of the best ways to convey a story. I’ve often been bothered that my words may not portray what I want them to, especially not in a way that might happen if I drew, or made movies/games, or had some visual medium to play with. But there is just so much more to words and our imagination.

First of all, a book is overflowing with details and extras that just can’t be seen through other media. It’s why George R R Martin decided to write A Song of Ice and Fire (Game of Thrones) the way he did- he wanted to stuff in as much epic scope as possible so that it would be unfilmable (he was annoyed at being limited with what he could write for TV at the time). And while HBO is making a great effort, we all know there are scenes and characters who just feel different or wrong because we can’t see into their heads.

Also, I personally at least, get tired after a few hours of watching TV. Even marathoning a great show on Netflix weighs you down after a bit. Sure, you may occasionally pull an all-nighter to watch a whole anime series without pause- I’ve done it three times* (for those interested, the anime were Ef~ A Tale of Memories, Puella Magi Madoka Magica, and Your Lie in April) but it isn’t common. Games? Similar- I started playing Fallout 3 (yes 3) a few days ago and the story and worldbuilding are amazing.

But getting hooked on a book and essentially ignoring the entire world until I finish it- now that happens to me a lot. I’m only taking a break from a book right now to write this out and then it’s back to my kindle app. Sorry, even Vault 101 isn’t enough to get me to put aside the story for an extended period of time.

That isn’t to say visuals aren’t important. I sketch sometimes and I’m trying to get better at drawing so that I can show how certain characters or places look. But there’s just something about words.

And the words! Words are important. They aren’t just a means for me to describe a fictional world that you then read about and see in your own mind- though that is in itself magic and telepathy. Add in how books make us feel, want, and connect with beings that never were and you can add witchcraft to that too.

Words to me have a feel, a taste. Good dense writing just seems to require moving my lips and tongue along with what my mind is processing. There’s a rhythm as well to good prose that I hope I manage in my own work.

I suppose that’s the point of this post. To remind myself that writing and books are important as a medium. Sometimes I see amazing art and feel like I write because I can’t do another art better. I do truly love visual media and part of me wonders if my stories would be better as anime, or films, or comics. I sometimes forget that I just plain love words.

 

*Now that I’m thinking, I’m pretty sure I marathoned Elfen Lied and Future Diary essentially without pause as well. Pink haired protagonists for the win.

 

 

 

Black Friday Book Sale!

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! I’m getting ready to start making all the delicious food, but thought I’d tell y’all of a sale tomorrow. A bunch of authors from KBoards got together, swapped summaries and covers, and are going to promote each other on their blogs/facebook/twitter this Friday! So if you’re looking for some new books to pass the time this weekend pop by tomorrow and pick up some new novels 🙂

Delphinium ramble

I’m either 1/3rd or a 1/4th of the way through Delphinium, depending on if it stretches the wordcount I had originally planned. While all of Larkspur is 15K, Delphinium is currently 10K+ and with still a lot to go. 30K might become 35K, or even 40K if I really get into it.

While I’m glad I wrote and released Larkspur, it really is a ‘prologue.’ My original plan for writing was to release small 10K-15K snippets, out of sync, to slowly build a world from many different angles. And while I had done something like that years ago on deviantART (yeah, yeah, we all had that phase), it is not a writing-plan to use with publishing. Ideally I would put Larkspur and Delphinium together, but as it is Larkspur will stay and be perma-free to entice folk to the rest of the books (when more are out). While I will have some 99cent or perma-free shorter stories, I plan to write longer actual-books from now on (though they may still be relatively short while I get the hang of things).

So the rest of the series is more plotted, with a real beginning-middle-end. At least in my head. On paper it might get a little wonky (it’s amazing what I learn about this world even after all these years) but that’s at least half the fun.

Snippet time! Not giving any context, took out the names too 🙂

“He grabbed —–’s throat until the other stopped struggling, barely moving but still on the edges of consciousness. The dagger then found his lungs, and any remaining movement and life in him began to drain away. The blade was pulled out only to enter again. In all —– had five deep wounds in his chest. None were yet fatal.”