Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Giveaway: Immurement

About the Book:
The Sweepers are coming. They hunt the young. The only place left to hide is underground. When the earth's core overheats and the sovereign leader vanishes, a young girl becomes the survivors' only hope. What little land is habitable is patrolled by cutthroat gangs of escaped subversives, but that's not the greatest threat facing sixteen-year-old Derry Connelly, her brother Owen, and a ragged band of Preppers holed up in a bunker in the Sawtooth Mountains. Mysterious hoverships operated by clones are targeting adolescents to extract their genes. Owen, is one of the first to disappear. To save him, Derry must strike a deal with the murderous subversives, and risk a daring raid to infiltrate the heart of the extraction operation.But will the rookie leader falter when forced to choose between her brother and a clone who ignites something inside her she didn't know was possible?




About the Author:
Norma Hinkens grew up among rich storytelling traditions in her native Ireland. She's a legend-loving author who takes a fiendish delight in pushing reluctant characters over cliffs to find out what they're made of. Epic odds, seemingly impossible missions, pasts that haunt, intrigue and misadventure. She's happiest when wrangling provocative big picture ideas that are never black and white when you turn them inside out. It's all about the tension in the journey. She lived and worked in Germany for several years, and currently resides in California with her husband, three children and Chihuahua extraordinaire. She is the author of The Undergrounders Series, Immurement, Embattlement and Judgement, a Young Adult post-apocalyptic, sci-fi adventure saga. Join her VIP Reader Club for new release dates, stellar giveaways, exclusive content, behind the scenes and more! Copy and paste this link into your browser: http://eepurl.com/bDGdIX

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Release Announcement: Bite Somebody

“BITE SOMEBODY”
BY SARA DOBIE BAUER

Albuquerque, NM (March 23, 2016– World Weaver Press has announced Bite Somebody, the new paranormal romance novel by Sara Dobie Bauer commiserating with fledgling vampire Celia as she tries to gather the courage to talk to her delicious-looking new neighbor and realizing immortality may not be all it’s hyped up to be, will be available in trade paperback and ebook Tuesday, June 21, 2016.

“Do you want to be perfect?” That’s what Danny asked Celia the night he turned her into a vampire.
Three months have passed since, and immortality didn’t transform her into the glamorous, sexy vamp
 she was expecting, but left her awkward, lonely, and working at a Florida gas station. On top of that,
 she’s a giant screw-up of an immortal, because the only blood she consumes is from illegally
 obtained hospital blood bags. What she needs to do—according to her moody vampire friend Imogene—is just … bite somebody. But Celia wants her first bite to be special, and she has yet to meet Mr. Right Bite. 

Then, Ian moves in next door. His scent creeps through her kitchen wall and makes her nose tingle,
but insecure Celia can’t bring herself to meet the guy face-to-face. When she finally gets a look at Ian’s cyclist physique, curly black hair, and sun-kissed skin, other parts of Celia tingle, as well. Could he be the first bite she’s been waiting for to complete her vampire transformation? His kisses certainly have a way of making her fangs throb. Just when Celia starts to believe Ian may be the fairy tale ending she always wanted, her jerk of a creator returns to town, which spells nothing but trouble for everyone involved.

Bite Somebody will be available in trade paperback and ebook via Amazon.com, Barnesandnoble.com, World Weaver Press, and other online retailers, and for wholesale through Ingram. 

Sara Dobie Bauer is a writer, model, and mental health advocate with a creative
writing degree from Ohio University. She spends most days at home in her
pajamas as a book nerd and sex-pert for SheKnows.com. Her short story, “Don’t Ball
the Boss,” was nominated for the 2015 Pushcart Prize, inspired by her shameless crush
on Benedict Cumberbatch. She lives with her hottie husband and two precious
 pups in Northeast Ohio, although she would really like to live in a Tim Burton film.
She is also the author of Wolf Among Sheep, Life without Harry, and Forever Dead.
Read more at 
SaraDobieBauer.com or find her on Twitter @SaraDobie.

Photo by Bill Thornhill

World Weaver Press is an independently owned publisher of fantasy, paranormal, and science fiction. We believe in great storytelling.


Publication Date: June 21, 2016 • Paranormal Romance

$13.95 trade paperback, 272 pages  • $5.99 ebook

ISBN-13: 978-0692661833

Publicity/Reviews: publicity@worldweaverpress.com

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Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Author Interview: K.A. Parkinson

1.       How did you get the inspiration for your book?
At the risk of sounding clichΓ© I have to admit the base idea came from weird dream I had about 12 years ago. In the dream there was this extremely old man sitting in a rickety, dusty arm chair in an ancient house, staring into a crumbling fireplace. The fire was barely glowing, casting flickering shadows across his face. That was the whole dream—but it wasn’t the image that made the dream stay with me, it was the undeniable feeling that this man had a secret, a secret he was bound to protect. When I woke up I desperately wanted to know his secret. Eventually after a million daydreams and penciled scenes, I knew who he was. He was a Watcher, those sanctioned to find, train, and guard the Chosen ones—gifted children selected to protect the human race from the monsters of the Dark. I researched Hindu, Native American, and other worldwide myths to build the world this man came from. The Hidden.

2.       Could you talk a bit about your publication process/experience?
That’s a novel in itself😊. For most of my life I only wrote stories in my head or notebooks I never showed anyone. The first story I shared was for a youth event I was asked to speak at. Once I shared that first story that was it, the voices could no longer be silenced. At another youth event with girls 12-18 I was discussing with them the power of dreams and how they should never give up on them. By this point I’d been writing stories for several events, and this particular group of girls knew that. They challenged me to take my own advice. I’d finished The Shadow Prison (now called A Chosen Life) and partly to show them  I wasn’t a hypocrite, and partly because I felt a longing to try, I started submitting to agents and publishers. I made it past the slush pile with one agent, but then she decided to no longer represent fantasy. Another publisher showed interest a year after I’d submitted to them, but by then I was tired of the rejection headaches and decided to try the Indie route. Boy was it a lot harder than I thought. The headaches didn’t go away. My first book did better than I expected. When I finished the second book, the editor I hired did free-lance work for a brand new small press publisher. She told me she loved the book and said that she would recommend me to this publisher if I was interested. I liked the idea of having a partner in the process, someone to worry about the technicalities while I could just write. I figured that even if they said no, it wouldn’t change my situation. I’d just continue to self-pub. Within a month Snowy Peaks Media had contacted me with a contract offer. They wanted the whole series, but they wanted me to add a lot more to the first book. Now it’s so long that we had to turn it into two books. We hope to release book two this fall. This decision to go with a publisher was perfect for me. I have an amazing editor who has stretched me as a writer and blossomed my book(s) into something I couldn’t have done on my own. And it’s really nice not worrying about all the technical stuff and just focusing on what I love to do…write.

3.       If you could jump into the world of your favorite book, who would you be and what would you do?
That’s a tough one. I love so many books. But if I have to choose, it would have to be Narnia, and I would want to be Lucy. Ever since I was a little girl and I read The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe for the first time, I’ve envied her. To walk into a wardrobe and come out in Narnia! To have tea with a faun! Awesome!!! If I were there the thing I would want to do most is just to take a walk with Aslan, just be in his presence…  He was incredible to me then, and is still today.

4.       Are you currently working on any projects?
I am currently in the revision process of book 2 in The Chosen Chronicles series. After that I’ll be working hard on books 3-6😊

5.       What is something that surprises people about you?
I love to write, paint, sculpt, and build things. I don’t know why, but many people have been surprised when they learn this about me, because I deal with major anxiety and low self-confidence. I guess they expect someone who likes to create to be confident..lol

6.       What section of a bookstore do you go to first?
Always fantasy & sci-fi. Always.

7.       Who is your fictional crush?
Hmmm... I can honestly say I don’t have one right now. But if you go back to when I was younger… It would probably be Jack Ryan. The Hunt for Red October. Oh so good!

Thank you so much for having me on your blog! 



Book Blurb:
When Macy was chosen to join an elite group of children responsible for protecting ignorant mankind from the monsters of the Dark, she understood there isn’t time for speed bumps, and the arrival of the Ninth Chosen ten years late is one big bump. The Ninth is to one day lead all the Chosen in a final battle between Light and Dark forces, but the legendary warrior turns out to be Tolen Parks, a clueless and reclusive seventeen year-old whom Macy fears will not be their captain but instead their downfall. In an action-packed entertainer, Tolen and Macy are swept down a dangerous path that tests everything that Macy is, and brings out everything that Tolen can be, as they discover the power of choice, true friendship, integrity, and the incredible influence a single person can have on the world. 

Author Bio:
K.A. Parkinson was raised in a small suburb where she spent her summers hiding under her bed with a book, a flashlight, and a bag of cookies. She is the mother of two incredible boys and has been married to her high school sweetheart for nineteen years. Writing and making up stories is something she has enjoyed doing for as long as she can remember. A Chosen Life is her debut novel and is the first book in The Chosen Chronicles.

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Release Announcement: Char

“CHAR”
BY KRISTINA WOJTASZEK


Albuquerque, NM (March 16, 2016– World Weaver Press has announced CHAR, the second book in the Fae of Fire andStone series and the highly-anticipated sequel to Opal by Kristina Wojtaszek that follows an isolated Fae struggling to save her people, will be available in trade paperback and ebook Tuesday, April 26, 2016.

Praise for Opal:

“A fairy tale within a fairy tale within a fairy tale—the narratives fit together like interlocking pieces of a puzzle, beautifully told.”
— Zachary Petit, Editor, Writer’s Digest
“Twists and turns and surprises that kept me up well into the night. Fantasy and fairy tale lovers will eat this up and be left wanting more!”
— Kate Wolford, Editor and Publisher, Enchanted Conversation
“Lyrical, beautiful, and haunting … OPAL is truly a hidden gem. Wojtaszek [is] a talented new author and one well worth watching.”
“Such a treat to read!”

Fire is never tame—least of all the flames of our own kindling.

Raised in isolation by the secretive Circle of Seven, Luna is one of the few powerful beings left in a world dominated by man.  Versed in ancient fairy tales and the language of plants, Luna struggles to control her powers over fire.  When her mentor dies in Luna’s arms, she is forced into a centuries-long struggle against the gravest enemy of all Fae-kind—the very enemy that left her orphaned.  In order to save her people, Luna must rewrite their history by entering a door in the mountain and passing back through time.  But when the lives of those she loves come under threat, her rage destroys a forest, and everything in it.  Now called The Char Witch, she is cursed to live alone, her name and the name of her people forgotten.

Until she hears a knock upon her long-sealed door.  

Interwoven with elements of Hansel and Gretel and The Seven Ravens, Char is the stand alone sequel to Opal, and second in the Fae of Fire and Stone trilogy.
CHAR will be available in trade paperback and ebook via Amazon.com, Barnesandnoble.com, Books-a-Million, Kobo, World Weaver Press, iBookstore, IndieBound and OmniLit, and for wholesale through Ingram. 

Kristina Wojtaszek grew up as a woodland sprite and mermaid, playing around the shores of Lake Michigan. At any given time she could be found with live snakes tangled in her hair and worn out shoes filled with sand. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Wildlife Management as an excuse to spend her days lost in the woods with a book in hand. Now a mother of two little tricksters and their menagerie of small beasts, she continues to conjure bits of fantasy during the rare spell of silence. Her fairy tales, ghost stories, poems and YA fiction have been published by World Weaver Press, Far Off Places and Sucker Literary Magazine. Follow her @KristinaWojtasz or on her blog, Twice Upon a Time.


World Weaver Press is an independently owned publisher of fantasy, paranormal, and science fiction. We believe in great storytelling.


Publication Date: April 26, 2016 • Fantasy / Fairy Tale Retelling

$10.95 trade paperback, 159 pages  • $3.99 ebook

ISBN-13: 978-0692661826

ISBN-10: 0692661824

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Book Tour: Beastly Manor



Title: Beastly Manor
Author: Alex Hall
Genre: LGBT Fantasy
Once upon a time in a faraway land a very wealthy merchant lived on a good piece of land just west of the hamlet we now call Littleton. The merchant was blessed with luck and guile, strong bones and sharp eyes, a pretty wife of gentle spirit, and four healthy children whom he called Faith, Hope, Beauty, and Corbin.
An LGBT twist on the classic love story.

Author Bio
Alex Hall writes LGBT speculative fiction for Madison Place Press. Find out more about Alex, Beastly Manor, and Alex's forthcoming dystopian M/M romance, The Stranded, at www.sarahremy.com


Excerpt:

Once upon a time in faraway land a very wealthy merchant lived on a good piece of property just west of the hamlet we now call Littleton. The merchant was blessed with luck and guile, strong bones and sharp eyes, a pretty wife who had both wit and a gentle spirit, and four healthy children. He was called Jean de Beaumont, after his father and his grandfather both. His wife liked to call him ‘Roux’ for the color of his hair. To his three daughters the merchant was always ‘Papa’, but his eldest child and only son always called him simply ‘Da’.
 Like many of the tenant farmers subsisting on squares of land just outside Littleton proper, de Beaumont dedicated his time and talents to the making of good cheeses. The native soil was made rich with salt from the nearby sea, and that fragrant earth produced a grass greener than the king’s most rare verdigris dyes. Black and white cattle grew fat in the fields. Their milk was thick and sweet, suitable for drinking straight from the pail, or churning into butter. More importantly, this milk was the very key to the family’s survival, for de Beaumont poured it into great bowls and set it aside to curdle before molding. The milk turned into cheese, the cheese now called Camembert.
Camembert was not so rare around Littleton. But de Beaumont, being a clever man with a head for experimentation, began to add an extra ingredient to the cheese: a special brandy his wife made from the apples collected from the trees growing wild amongst the hedges. Only she knew how to correctly prepare the brandy, and only de Beaumont knew when to add the sweet-smelling liquor between curdling and molding, and then again before he sealed the cheeses in wooden boxes and set them aside again to age. The recipe was a family secret kept only in de Beaumonts’s head. As word of the unusual and delicious Camembert spread so did demand, but de Beaumont was canny and never increased production. He raised the price for a wheel. His fortune was made in a matter of years, while Corbin was still a babe not yet out of his cot.
They say there are still wheels of de Beaumont Camembert laid aside in the king’s cellars, held back for a special occasion. If this is true the king is a very lucky man, as by all accounts de Beaumont’s special cheese exists nowhere else. It is possible the merchant meant to teach Corbin the recipe once the child came of age, so that as heir he could pass the secret on through the generations, ensuring the family’s continued fortune. But God plays tricks on a man, gives with the right hand and takes with the left, and like de Beaumont’s pretty little farm and charming family, that magical strain of Camembert is nothing more than a distant memory, a lingering taste on the tongue of good fortune, a fleeting recollection of pleasure.