Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Teaser Tuesday: STRICKEN (The War Scrolls) #fantasy #romance

Happy Tuesday, my loves!

It's been a while since I've given all of you a teaser, so I wanted to remedy that today. This is from STRICKEN, Book One of the War Scrolls. I hope you enjoy it. And remember, I'm blogging all month at aydenmorgen.com/blog for the A to Z Challenge! <3

"Dude, come on!" Dom boomed.
Aubrey jumped, startled.
Killian noticed.
"Keep it down," he barked.
Dom grunted, lifting a middle finger in the air. His eyes didn't leave the television screen.
Killian frowned, his gaze narrowing on Dom.
"It's fine," Aubrey said before he could open his mouth to fuss at his brother. "Really."
Killian hesitated a moment before turning back to her. "If he gets too loud for you, you can tell him to shut up."
"He's fine." Aubrey smiled a little. "It reminds me of how things used to be, you know? Aaron and his friends were always so loud when they played video games. I'd forgotten what that was like."
"You never played?"
Aubrey shook her head. "I preferred books. I still do."
"Ah. Well, you're welcome to browse my shelves if you need something to read," he offered.
"Thanks." Aubrey hesitated. "I've snooped a little. You have eclectic tastes."
Killian shrugged. "I like variety."
"Me too."
They fell silent for a moment, watching Abriel and Dom battle on the screen. Aubrey had no idea what they were playing, but it looked like some sort of war game. People were running all over the place, weapons strapped to their bodies. Smoke drifted up from various places on screen. Mangled bodies littered the field where one of their characters was running, a grenade in his hand.
She shivered and turned away only to find Killian watching her again.
"Do you want them to turn it off?" he asked.
"No, that's fine," she said. "I just… Do you guys really enjoy this kind of stuff?"
"What stuff?"
"War."
"I don't think anyone enjoys war."
"So why play?"
"It keeps us sharp." Killian shrugged.
"Oh."
"Does it bother you?"
"What? War? Or war games?" she asked.
"The games."
She thought about it a moment. "Not really. I guess I just don't see the point. Isn't the world violent enough already? There's so much death and destruction. Why add to it unless you have to?"
"I think it makes humans feel safe," Killian said.
Aubrey's eyes widened.
"As you said, there's so much death and destruction." He turned his body toward her, leaning in. "Feeling like you have some measure of control over that, that you can control it, makes it seem a little less overwhelming to most humans. And since your people can't control what happens outside of their homes, they bring it inside, try to figure it out the best way they can."
"I guess. I still don't get it though."

"I know you don't," he said softly. Emotion danced through his eyes, so quickly she couldn't catch them. But they warmed her, and made her ache, too. As if she craved something from him she didn't quite understand. That same vast, bright thing that had called to her in the elevator so many days ago. His gaze locked with hers. "That's not necessarily a bad thing."


xoxo,

ALL FALLS DOWN is now available on Amazon. FALLThe Ragnarök Prophesies: Book Two is now available at Amazon Barnes and Noble | KOBO. FADE - The Ragnarök Prophesies: Book Two is available at: Amazon US | UK | DE | FR | IT | ES | Barnes and Noble | Kobo | Books-a-Million.

Monday, February 16, 2015

Treasure Darkly by @JayliaDarkness: Blog Tour and #Giveaway

Beware a Treasure Darkly…



(The stunning cover art is thanks to Amalia Chitulescu)

Seventeen-year-old Clark Treasure assumes the drink he stole off the captain is absinthe…until the chemicals in the liquid give him the ability to awaken the dead. A great invention for creating perfect soldiers, yes, but Clark wants to live as a miner, not a slave to the army—or the deceased. On the run, Clark turns to his estranged tycoon father for help. The Treasures welcome Clark with open arms, so he jumps at the chance to help them protect their ranch against Senator Horan, a man who hates anyone more powerful than he.

And he is not alone. His new found sister, Amethyst, thinks that's rather dashing, until Horan kidnaps her, and all she gets is a bullet through her heart. When Clark brings her back to life, she realizes he's more than just street-smart - and he's not really a Treasure. Amethyst’s boring summer at home has turned into an adventure on the run, chock full of intrigue, danger, love, and a mysterious boy named Clark.


TREASURE DARKLY, book 1 of the Treasure Chronicles

The young adult novel is a dark mix of steampunk, the paranormal and romance in a “Wild West” setting.

Below is an excerpt from TREASURE DARKLY.  You can read more on the Curiosity Quills Press website.

EXCERPT:

“Looks like he did drink it up.” The general client spoke from the right. “Must’ve interacted with all that bloody hertum. Look at ‘im, he’s bleeding already.”
“What’s it gonna do to him?” the guard from the morning asked.
“Lots of stuff.” The general laughed. “When he touches the dead, he’ll be able to bring them back, and exchange that life for another. Perfect soldier, huh? We only have one vial ready and I was going to give it to a lucky fellow. Guess it will be this boy.”
“Whatcha gonna do with him?” The guard snickered.
“Have to be a test subject,” the general said. “Sure thought it was that Judy who stole my bottle. Pity I killed her. She sure knew how to make my pecker sing.”
Judy.
Clark’s mother.
Clark bolted off the ground and ran. He could hide in the hole under the shed behind the brothel. Mable never found him under there. He might be cursed with raising the dead—he’d already done that to the poor mine worker—but it didn’t mean he’d let them take him for tests.


You can read more about Amethyst Treasure in GEARS OF BRASS, a steampunk anthology from Curiosity Quills Press available now from Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Jordan Elizabeth, formally Jordan Elizabeth Mierek, is the author of ESCAPE FROM WITCHWOOD HOLLOW, available from Curiosity Quills Press. 

Check out Jordan’s website, JordanElizabethMierek.com, for contests and book signing locales.

Jordan is represented by Belcastro Agency and she is president of the Utica Writers Club.



No blog tour is complete without a giveaway.   Enter below for a chance to win a paperback copy of GEARS OF BRASS.   


xoxo,

ALL FALLS DOWN is now available on Amazon. FALLThe Ragnarök Prophesies: Book Two is now available at Amazon Barnes and Noble | KOBO. FADE - The Ragnarök Prophesies: Book Two is available at: Amazon US | UK | DE | FR | IT | ES | Barnes and Noble | Kobo | Books-a-Million.

Monday, January 5, 2015

New Release! Watch Me Burn by @SharonBayliss #TheDecemberPeople

Hooray! The day is finally here! Book 2 in The December People series, Watch Me Burn, is now available for purchase. Re-join the Vandergraff family as they navigate the delicate balance between dark magic and family.


Buy on AMAZON

Barnes and Noble & Kobo links should be available soon.



David Vandergraff lost his home, his job, and contact with his oldest son, but remains determined to be a good husband and father despite being a dark winter wizard.

His resolve is tested when a flyer for a missing girl--who happens to be a summer witch--begins to haunt him. David believes a spell needs to use him to save her, so he follows the magic's command and looks into her disappearance. His teenage daughter Emmy resents him for caring so much about a random stranger. But when she uncovers some disturbing evidence close to home, she begins an investigation of her own.

David and Emmy quickly learn that the mystery is not only about a missing girl they barely know, but a deeply personal story that impacts everyone they care about. As their world crumbles, they fear the warning may be true—never mess with summer wizards, because the good guys always win.

A little taste...





xoxo,

ALL FALLS DOWN is now available on Amazon. FALLThe Ragnarök Prophesies: Book Two is now available at Amazon Barnes and Noble | KOBO. FADE - The Ragnarök Prophesies: Book Two is available at: Amazon US | UK | DE | FR | IT | ES | Barnes and Noble | Kobo | Books-a-Million.

Cover Reveal and Giveaway: Treasure Darkly by @JayliaDarkness #fantasy

Beware a Treasure Darkly…



Seventeen-year-old Clark Treasure assumes the drink he stole off the captain is absinthe…until the chemicals in the liquid give him the ability to awaken the dead. A great invention for creating perfect soldiers, yes, but Clark wants to live as a miner, not a slave to the army—or the deceased. On the run, Clark turns to his estranged tycoon father for help. The Treasures welcome Clark with open arms, so he jumps at the chance to help them protect their ranch against Senator Horan, a man who hates anyone more powerful than he.

And he is not alone. His new found sister, Amethyst, thinks that's rather dashing, until Horan kidnaps her, and all she gets is a bullet through her heart. When Clark brings her back to life, she realizes he's more than just street-smart - and he's not really a Treasure. Amethyst’s boring summer at home has turned into an adventure on the run, chock full of intrigue, danger, love, and a mysterious boy named Clark.

TREASURE DARKLY is book 1 of the Treasure Chronicles.

This young adult fantasy introduces the Wild West to a steampunk world, mixed together with romance and a touch of the paranormal.

Enjoy the following excerpt…

“Looks like he did drink it up.” The general client spoke from the right. “Must’ve interacted with all that bloody hertum. Look at ‘im, he’s bleeding already.”
“What’s it gonna do to him?” the guard from the morning asked.
“Lots of stuff.” The general laughed. “When he touches the dead, he’ll be able to bring them back, and exchange that life for another. Perfect soldier, huh? We only have one vial ready and I was going to give it to a lucky fellow. Guess it will be this boy.”
“Whatcha gonna do with him?” The guard snickered.
“Have to be a test subject,” the general said. “Sure thought it was that Judy who stole my bottle. Pity I killed her. She sure knew how to make my pecker sing.”
Judy.
Clark’s mother.
Clark bolted off the ground and ran. He could hide in the hole under the shed behind the brothel. Mable never found him under there. He might be cursed with raising the dead—he’d already done that to the poor mine worker—but it didn’t mean he’d let them take him for tests.

About the Author:

Jordan Elizabeth, formally Jordan Elizabeth Mierek, is the author of ESCAPE FROM WITCHWOOD HOLLOW and a contributor to GEARS OF BRASS, both available from Curiosity Quills Press.  GEARS OF BRASS includes a short story featuring Amethyst Treasure, one of the main characters in the Treasure Chronicles. 

Check out Jordan’s website, JordanElizabethMierek.com, for contests and book signings.  Jordan is represented by Belcastro Agency and President of the Utica Writers Club.




Steampunk if often recognized by its unique jewelry.  The Treasure Chronicles include a rugged “Western” setting, so I went for something with an explorer feel for a giveaway.  Presenting a beautiful necklace created by me, Jordan Elizabeth.




xoxo,

ALL FALLS DOWN is now available on Amazon. FALLThe Ragnarök Prophesies: Book Two is now available at Amazon Barnes and Noble | KOBO. FADE - The Ragnarök Prophesies: Book Two is available at: Amazon US | UK | DE | FR | IT | ES | Barnes and Noble | Kobo | Books-a-Million.

Monday, December 22, 2014

Myth or Monster Monday: Tolkien's Middle-Earth #mythology

Happy Monday, lovelies!

Now that the Fall Into Fantasy Tour is over, I figured it was time to dive right back into Myth or Monster Monday. And we're starting with one of my favorite places: Middle Earth!

With so many different groups coming to power in England over the years, quite a lot of the early traditions, beliefs, and legends were lost. Middle Earth was, in part, an attempt by Tolkien to fill that void. Thanks to the unique relationship between early English groups and the Nordic people, quite a lot of what Tolkien came up with is based on Norse mythology.

He managed to create quite a complex world that continues to fascinate. But keeping his world and its inhabitants straight can be difficult unless you dive into The Silmarillion, which you definitely should read if you're a Tolkien fan. :) 

In the meantime, CGP Grey has broken down the mythology in layman terms in a four minute video. Check it out below. :) 



You can explore more of Tolkien's mythology via the Lord of the Rings Gateway here.

xoxo,



ALL FALLS DOWN is now available on Amazon. FALLThe Ragnarök Prophesies: Book Two is now available at Amazon Barnes and Noble | KOBO. FADE - The Ragnarök Prophesies: Book Two is available at: Amazon US | UK | DE | FR | IT | ES | Barnes and Noble | Kobo | Books-a-Million.