Wednesday, October 26, 2011

THE RECKONING

The second and final book in the Fahllen series is complete and it is available here at Amazon and Barnes & Noble as of Monday, October 31st

I want to take a minute to point out that two of the character names in this book were inspired by people that I've sort of "met" in real life, people that I wanted to include in this book in some small way.  Only the first names were used.  The characters themselves and their lives are complete works of fiction and not based on fact of any kind. 

The first is Ryan.  She is a wonderful girl that I met via e-mail that really touched me with her messages.  Although the Ryan in the book is nothing like her, I wanted to include Ryan as a name so that the real life Ryan would know that anything is possible in life, even seeing your name in a book.  So Ryan you know who you are and I hope you like the story.  Sorry about what happens to the Ryan in the book:)  hehe  The second character is Amy, named after the one and only creator of the cover for The Reckoning.  Amy, at least someone named Amy got to date someone who looked exactly like the Dean we know and love.  *sigh* 

With that said, let me introduce you to the conclusion of The Fahllen series.  *drum roll please*  Here it is, y'all!  The Reckoning--the cover, the description and a brand new excerpt.  I hope you all get it, read it and love it!  See you Monday!!




Carson Porter thought she’d had one of her most challenging years to date when she began her transformation into a reaper, but little did she know her battle had only just begun.

Faced with changes in her boyfriend, Derek, the fear of her sister being able to steal her powers through mirrors and having to fight her every step of the way to rescue even one soul, Carson is ready to throw in the towel.  Only she can’t.  During a visit from an angel, Carson learns that her destiny is far more important than even she realized—and far more deadly.  Can she dig deep within herself for the strength and the perseverance that she’ll need to carry out her mission?  And will she have to do so without Derek or can she recover the man she’d once loved so desperately?  Find out in the exciting conclusion of the Fahllen series, The Reckoning.

Excerpt:

This time, it was my heart that I heard thudding in the quiet of the room.  It felt as though it might leap from my chest and burst into a million pieces.  I could feel the surge of…something, something foreign and electric, something powerful and white.

Just then the same buzz that filled my head during a call started up again, louder than ever and spreading.  I could see it behind my eyes.  I could feel it beneath my skin.  It vibrated inside my bones and made my teeth chatter.  My hair felt like it was on fire and my fingers burned like ten tiny flames.  I dropped Amy’s hand and held mine up to my face.  I could see small arcs of electricity jumping between my digits, sparkling and snapping as if from the ends of loose wires.

Beyond my fingertips, I saw Amy’s body begin to buck and seize and the murky form that floated just above it sank back into place.  Without any thought to the phenomenon that was going on inside my own body, my movements based on instinct alone, I reached for her, placing my hands in the center of her chest to hold her still as she thrashed about.

Amy stiffened immediately, every muscle in her body tense with the current that was passing from me to her.  I could see the tendons in her neck straining and her jaw was clenched so tight I could hear her teeth grinding.  Inside her sandals, her toes were as pointed and as rigid as a ballerina’s.

I jerked my hands back in horror.  Instantly, Amy’s body relaxed back onto the tile floor, her head lolling lifelessly to one side. 

Dear Lord, what have I done? 

Friday, October 21, 2011

YA Indie Carnival-- My Favorite Halloween


It's that time again, everybody!  Step right up and get your weekly dose of...us:)

This week's topic is:

My favorite Halloween

Like most people, and especially like the little wild child I was growing up, I have tons of tales of Halloween scares, snafus and scenarios that I could easily regale you with.  But the one I choose to talk about has yet to happen.  That's right, I think that my favorite Halloween just might be the one coming up in a little over a week.  Well, the actual day of Halloween might not be so legendary, but the weekend before I think just might. 

Many of my dearest friends and fellow authors are getting together with fans and bloggers alike in Savannah next weekend for a few fun-filled days.  Thanks to my lovely friend Fisher Amelie, we're calling it the Paranormal Plume Society and HERE is where you can check out the super awesome web site and even look at the details if you'd like to come join us.  And we wish you would!  Really.  Really really:) 

I might just have to do a follow up post so that I can give y'all the final verdict, maybe post some pictures of what true Halloween awesomeness looks like.  I think it's going to be amazing.  And spooktacular.  And scaralicious.  And hauntabulous.  I could go on with all sorts of cheesy non words, but I won't bore you. 

So, before you go, be sure and go check out what the other carnies have to say about Halloween.  That's where I'm going now.  And then I'm gonna go get my foil-wrapped candy on...early;)

As always, TGIF and happy reading y'all!!

Dani Snell Refracted Light Reviews
Patti Larsen Author of The Ghost Boy of MacKenzie House, The Hunted Series and the Hayle Coven Novels
Courtney Cole Author of Every Last Kiss, Fated, Princess, and Guardian. Also a contributing author in The Glassheart Chronicles
Nicole Williams Author of Eternal Eden, and Fallen Eden. She is also a contributing author in the Glassheart Chronicles
Fisher Amelie Author of The Understorey, as well as a contributing author in The Glassheart Chronicles
Laura Elliott Author of Winnemucca as well as 13 on Halloween, book 1 in the Teen Halloween Series
Amy Jones Author of The Soul Quest Trilogy as well as a contributing author in The Glassheart Chronicles
Rachel Coles Author of Diary of a Duct Tape Zombie, Whistles, Beergarden, Plagues, Bees of St. John, and Mushrooms
T.R. Graves Author of Warriors of the Cross
PJ Hoover Author of Solstice, The Emerald Tablet, The Navel of the World, The Necropolis
Alicia McCalla Author of the upcoming science-fiction novel Breaking Free
Abbi Glines Author of Breathe, and the upcoming Existence and Vincent Boys
Cheri Schmidt Author of Fateful, Fractured, and Fair Maiden
Lexus Luke Author of Manitou, The Sky People Saga
Suzy Turner Author of December Moon and Raven
K.C. Blake Author of Vampire Rules
Gwenn Wright Author of Filter
Kimberly Kinrade Author of Bits of You & Pieces of Me and Forbidden Mind
Darby Karchut Author of Griffin Rising and the upcoming Griffin's Fire
Madeline Smoot Author of Missing, Summer Shorts, and The Girls
Cidney Swanson Author of Ripple series
Heather Self Blogger, Reviewer and upcoming Indie Author

Friday, October 14, 2011

YA Indie Carnival- Fan Art


Well, it's that time of the week again, folks.  Come and get your funnel cakes and circus dogs!  Oh, wait...we're out of both those today.  What we do have, however, is a collection of art from the fabulous Amy Jacobs and a journal entry from BO about RIDLEY that is featured on Dani's blog.  So, come on, y'all.  Let's get started!

This week we are featuring fan art and I happen to have made a very recent post pertaining to this very thing.  You may have seen a delicious picture of Sam and Dean Winchester on my sidebar, with a note above it about the amazing Amy J.  Well, the is also the one who did the alternate cover for The Reaping and the cover for my upcoming release, The Reckoning.  I am more grateful than I can express for every single piece of fan mail, fan art, and every fan gift.  I hope you know how much I adore each and every one of them and you.  But on this post, I'm going to show you a few of Amy's contributions since she's cover artist for my book.  Deal?

This is the first thing Amy ever sent me.  She knew of my love for those yummy Supernatural boys and I loved her tag so much, I had to include it in my blog permanently, as you can see over there -------->

 This is another one she did of just Dean.  So.  Hot.



There are many, many more, but in  the interest of conserving space, I'm going to move along to the book covers for those of you who haven't already seen them.

This is the alternate cover for The Reaping.


And then, finally, the AMAZING cover she did for The Reckoning.  If possible, I think she truly outdid herself with this one.  I'm still in awe over it.  AWESOME!



With that, I'd like to thank Amy Jacobs one more time for being one of the most super cool chics I know and for being an incredible artist and blogger.  She was the very first person to read and review The Reaping and I feel very honored that she would do these covers for me.  I think she'll always hold a special place in my heart:)  *raises glass*  Here's to you, Amy!  As for y'all, you can find her here.

I'd also like to give a special thanks to Dani over at Refracted Light Reviews for being so amazingly generous in posting a journal entry from Bo about Ridley.  The post looks INCREDIBLE and I really hope you'll go check it out and give her some love.  Thank you:)

Now for a few carni announcements:

Courtney Cole released her Bloodstone Saga finale, My Tattered Bonds.

Check out The Paranormal Plumes Haunted Book Tour in Savannah Halloween Weekend! http://www.theplumessociety.com/

30% of the royalties of Lexus Luke's Manitou The Sky People Saga go to the ASPCA.

The Vincent Boys by Abbi Glines will release on Oct 21. Here is the book trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=aAp6chU-d6o

For a limited time, Kimberly Kinrade is selling signed copies of her YA paranormal thriller/romance Forbidden Mind. As an All Hallow's Read bonus, she is also including some awesome gifts with each purchase... including a very special bonus to the first 5 lucky people who place an order. Get a copy for yourself and buy one for a friend in celebration of All Hallow's Read. For more details, visit http://bit.ly/qGMQkz

Filter Giveaway on Gwenn Wright's blog! http://hereventuality.blogspot.com/2011/10/von-strassenbergs-giving-it-away.html. When she reaches 100 followers she will give away a signed copy of Filter AND one of her fancy new mugs!

Now before you go about your busy Friday business, you should really go check out what the other carnies had to say today.  Here they are:


Dani Snell Refracted Light Reviews
Patti Larsen Author of The Ghost Boy of MacKenzie House, The Hunted Series and the Hayle Coven Novels
Courtney Cole Author of Every Last Kiss, Fated, Princess, and Guardian. Also a contributing author in The Glassheart Chronicles
Nicole Williams Author of Eternal Eden, and Fallen Eden. She is also a contributing author in the Glassheart Chronicles
Fisher Amelie Author of The Understorey, as well as a contributing author in The Glassheart Chronicles
Laura Elliott Author of Winnemucca as well as 13 on Halloween, book 1 in the Teen Halloween Series
Amy Jones Author of The Soul Quest Trilogy as well as a contributing author in The Glassheart Chronicles
Rachel Coles Author of Diary of a Duct Tape Zombie, Whistles, Beergarden, Plagues, Bees of St. John, and Mushrooms
T.R. Graves Author of Warriors of the Cross
PJ Hoover Author of Solstice, The Emerald Tablet, The Navel of the World, The Necropolis
Alicia McCalla Author of the upcoming science-fiction novel Breaking Free
Abbi Glines Author of Breathe, and the upcoming Existence and Vincent Boys
Cheri Schmidt Author of Fateful, Fractured, and Fair Maiden
Lexus Luke Author of Manitou, The Sky People Saga
Suzy Turner Author of December Moon and Raven
K.C. Blake Author of Vampire Rules
Gwenn Wright Author of Filter
Kimberly Kinrade Author of Bits of You & Pieces of Me and Forbidden Mind
Darby Karchut Author of Griffin Rising and the upcoming Griffin's Fire
Madeline Smoot Author of Missing, Summer Shorts, and The Girls
Cidney Swanson Author of Ripple series
Heather Self Blogger, Reviewer and upcoming Indie Author

TGIF y'all, and, as always, happy reading:)

Monday, October 10, 2011

Cover Reveal--THE RECKONING

Alright, y'all, I am so excited to do this reveal!  I feel like I've been waiting forEVER!  First, I want to tell you a little bit about how this AMAZING cover came to be.  One of the most incredible bloggers I've ever met, Amy Jacobs over at My Overstuffed Bookshelf, did a piece of fan art for The Reaping in the form of an alternate cover.  I absolutely adored it.  I'm posting it at the end of this reveal because this is all about The Reckoning.  Anyway, she did one for the sequel to The Reaping and it is by far my most fabulous cover ever!  I am so grateful to her for her kindness, her good humor, her talent and her sheer awesomeness.  I'm humbled to call her my friend.  Without further ado, I'm so proud to present to y'all the cover for THE RECKONING (available via Amazon and Barnes & Noble October 31, 2011)


Well??  What do you think?  Is that not the BEST COVER EVER??  I love, love, LOVE it!!  Can you tell?  hehe

THANK YOU SO, SO MUCH, Amy, for this amazing piece of art and for providing me with my most compelling cover yet. 

You can also see another of Amy's delicious gifts on my sidebar in the form of Sam and Dean Winchester.  RAWR!  You all should totally go check out her blog and follow this marvelous blogger, artist and person:)

Here's the one she did for The Reaping.  If I had seen this first, I would TOTALLY have used it!


Friday, October 7, 2011

YA Indie Carnival Post- My Favorite Character



It's that time of the week again, folks!  Open up because it's time for your much-needed dose of Carni fun again.  Strange how that happens on a regular basis, isn't it?  Hmm.  Just remember that our particular brand of delicious fun costs you nothing, is fat free AND calorie free, and it won't embarrass you in front of your friends.

Today's topic is :

Who is my favorite character to write about?

Well, of course I like writing about most of my characters, even the bad ones.  It's fun to slip into the mind of a villain sometimes--to deviously plot revenge, to be the one to throw a monkey wrench in the works and, most importantly, they always get the good evil laugh.  That can be amusing at times, especially if used appropriately.  But overall, if I had to pick one character that I enjoyed writing about the most (and I'm only including completed works, not WIPs or planned works) I would have to say...Bo. 

Bo is the male lead from my vampire series, Blood Like Poison.  I know he is most of my readers' favorite character and I think one of the reasons for that is how easily I can slip inside his head and write what he's feeling and how he would react to something.  I know how much he loves Ridley.  I know the lengths he would happily go to for her.  I know that he can't live without her.  I know that she makes him laugh and ache and grit his teeth and sigh. 

As I was thinking about Bo, I knew I wanted him to be a bit tortured, a bit conflicted and a lot in love.  I wanted him to be able to give Ridley that unconditional, whole-hearted love that we all dream about and that Ridley so desperately lacked yet needed.  I wanted her to know that he would walk through fire for her, that he would swim the oceans and search the world for her, that he would fight lions and vampires and zombies for her, and all because he loves her far more than he loves himself.  I wanted him to be incredibly selfless without being a martyr.  I wanted him to be intensely emotional without being a pansy.  I wanted him to be a warrior without being ruthless.  I wanted him to be all man, but all about love, too.  All about Ridley.  And I think, for the most part, he nailed it.  

To me, Bo is the ultimate guy--he's always the gentleman, the consummate lover, the fierce protector, the sweet comforter and the knight in shining armor.  Bo is like the most delicious dessert ever made.  And the cherry on top of it all?  He's HOT!  Like, so-hot-it-hurts hot:)  But why would he not be?  I mean, if I'm going to write about the perfect man, he might as well be perfect, right?  Right! 

If you've never met Bo, you really should.  And in the course of getting to know him, you can meet Lucius, the soon-to-be hero of my next book in that series.  He's shaping up to be just as fascinating as Bo, but in a totally different way.  He's a charmer and I think if I have to do a post again a year from now, he might be the character I would pick.  We'll see;)

Now for some announcements:

Rachel Coles has a new anthology called Beyond The Veil: A Ghost Story Anthology that will be available today on Amazon and Smashwords.

Darby Karchut's book, Griffin Rising, is a nominee for the 2011 Cybils Awards (YA fantasy).

Dani Snell will be having an interview with fellow carnie Kimberly Kinrade and a giveaway for her first book in the Forbidden series, Forbidden Mind.  Find that here http://refractedlightreviews.com/?p=2580


Our own Laura Elliott will be on tour with The Rain Boots Required Young Adult Authors talking about "The magic of magical realism."  She'll also be at Wordstock Oct 8-9.

Before you go, take a spin on the merry-go-round and check out some of my fellow carnies:

Dani Snell Refracted Light Reviews
Patti Larsen Author of The Ghost Boy of MacKenzie House, The Hunted Series and the Hayle Coven Novels
Courtney Cole Author of Every Last Kiss, Fated, Princess, and Guardian. Also a contributing author in The Glassheart Chronicles
Nicole Williams Author of Eternal Eden, and Fallen Eden. She is also a contributing author in the Glassheart Chronicles
Fisher Amelie Author of The Understorey, as well as a contributing author in The Glassheart Chronicles
Laura Elliott Author of Winnemucca as well as 13 on Halloween, book 1 in the Teen Halloween Series
Amy Jones Author of The Soul Quest Trilogy as well as a contributing author in The Glassheart Chronicles
Rachel Coles Author of Diary of a Duct Tape Zombie, Whistles, Beergarden, Plagues, Bees of St. John, and Mushrooms
T.R. Graves Author of Warriors of the Cross
PJ Hoover Author of Solstice, The Emerald Tablet, The Navel of the World, The Necropolis
Alicia McCalla Author of the upcoming science-fiction novel Breaking Free
Heather Cashman Author of Perception
Abbi Glines Author of Breathe, and the upcoming Existence and Vincent Boys
Cheri Schmidt Author of Fateful, Fractured, and Fair Maiden
Lexus Luke Author of Manitou, The Sky People Saga
Suzy Turner Author of December Moon and Raven
K.C. Blake Author of Vampire Rules
Gwenn Wright Author of Filter
Kimberly Kinrade Author of Bits of You, Pieces of Me and Forbidden Mind
Darby Karchut Author of Griffin Rising and the upcoming Griffin's Fire
Madeline Smoot Author of Missing, Summer Shorts, and The Girls
Cidney Swanson Author of Ripple series

TGIF and, as always, happy reading:)