Participants needed for STEEL BLOOD blog tour this July

Steel-Blood-Jacket.inddAre you a book blogger and/or reviewer? Would you like to be part of a blog tour this summer to promote the next book in the Steel Empires series, Steel Blood?

Please use this Google form (no registration required) to submit your contact information, availability, and interest in the following:

  • Spotlight (book and author info)
  • Short excerpt
  • Author interview (questions provided by me or you)
  • Guest post (topic to be mutually determined)

I am also looking for book reviewers who are interested in receiving an advance electronic copy in exchange for an honest review, to be posted at your convenience sometime this summer.

Thanks!

Blog Tour: CRAZY LITTLE SPRING CALLED LOVE

crazy-little-spring-called-love updatedThe authors of the stories in Crazy Little Spring Called Love (order here) sat down to answer some questions for their readers. For links to the full list of interview questions, teasers, and more, visit the blog tour page.

About the book:

This delightful fantasy romance anthology features eight magical stories inspired by the awakenings and renewal of springtime. If you like fairies, djinn, gods and goddesses, druids, mermaids, magic, and true love, then this is the anthology for you.


What Prompted your Element “X”–Mermaids, Djinn, Fairies, etc? Continue reading

Author Interview with Anna Zabo

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As part of the Daily Grind blog tour, I’m pleased to sit down with author Anna Zabo to talk writing, coffee, and fashion!


ABOUT THE BOOK

A man discovers that love can show up when you least expect it—and in a much different form—in this piping-hot romance from the author of Due Diligence and Just Business.

Brian Keppler, owner of Ground N’At, the coffee shop beneath SR Anderson Consulting, doesn’t have time for a relationship. His most recent girlfriend broke up with him because he’d become married to his shop, which is falling apart without his favorite barista, Justin.

As he struggles to stay afloat, the arrival of handsome British high-tech whiz Robert Ancroft becomes another complication. Rob quickly becomes a fixture at the shop with his sharp wit and easy charm, and Brian soon finds himself looking forward more and more to Rob’s visits—to the point where his heart skips a beat when he walks in.

But will Brian be able to come to terms with his previously unexplored sexual identity and find happiness now that he has a chance?

Ebook available at:

Amazon | Amazon UK | Amazon DE | Barnes and Noble | Books A Million | iBooks | Kobo | Google Play

Audio book (read by Iggy Toma) available at:

Audible | Amazon | Tantor Audio


Daily Grind is book 4 in the series that began with Takeover. How is this book different from the previous books in the series? How is it similar?

It’s different in that it’s a little slower and sweeter than the other books. Not to say that it isn’t sexy…but Brian and Rob spend a lot of time on page getting to know each other. There’s also far less kink involved, and more exploration. There’s less tech, too, since the focus is on Brian’s coffee shop.

It’s similar in that all the books revolve around work and especially high-tech in some way. In this case, Rob is a CEO of a robotics firm. Brian, though not a geek, is a business owner. The person that ties all the books together is Sam. He’s been in every single one, and this one is no exception. Continue reading

STEEL MAGIC Blog Tour, Stop 5: Whose Fault Is It, Anyway?

For the final stop on the Steel Magic blog tour, I swung by the online home of YA Dark Fantasy author Andi Adams! She asked me to talk a little bit about the origin of the Steel Empires series. Read my post, “Evolution of an Urban Fantasy Series” to learn how Highlander inspired my love of urban fantasy, swords, and hot Welshmen!

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(There are no hot Welshmen in the Steel Empires series. Yet.)

STEEL MAGIC Release Day and Blog Tour, Stop 4: After “The End”

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It’s finally book release day! The Steel Empires series now has two books, making it officially a series!

I know I’ve been spamming it a lot, but here’s the link to purchase your print or ebook copy of Steel Magic, just in case you’re new to my little corner of the internet. If you are, welcome! Help yourself to tea and don’t mind the cats loudly demanding attention.

I’m also pleased to announce today’s stop on the blog tour. I visited fantasy author Cara McKinnon and shared the step-by-step process that I go through for revising my books: So You’ve Finished Your Novel. What Next? I hope that this is a handy guide for all writers, regardless of whether you have any sort of additional editing experience.

I’m planning a celebratory dinner with my writing group tonight (well, treating myself to ice cream at our usual Wednesday-night writing spot), but alas, the work doesn’t stop. I’m currently on step 7 of my revision process for book 3, and if all goes well, we’ll be right back here in a year to celebrate the publication of Steel Blood!

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STEEL MAGIC Blog Tour, Stop 3: My turn!

It’s my turn on the grill today for the Steel Magic blog tour!

First up: I answer some questions about the writing life on contemporary romance author Jennifer Loring’s blog!

An excerpt:

Do you have a special writing place? What’s in it? What can’t be in it?

I have an amazing home office that I practically live in for editing and marketing work. But for some reason, it’s really hard for me to actually produce words there. It’s not even an access to the internet thing, because the first thing I do when I get to one of my multitude of local writing spots (coffee shops and cafes) is turn on the WiFi. Perhaps it’s just knowing that I can’t go home until I get my daily word goal finished!

Elsewhere on the interwebs, the beginning of my three-part interview at Calico Writes was also posted today! This is part of a feature called “Calico in Conversation,”so join us for a bit as we talk about things like how my day job affects my writing and who some of my biggest inspirations are.

Another excerpt:

Can you talk a bit about editing? You say you freelance: is that fiction or medical or both? I can see how editing fiction helps you as a writer, but what about the medical side of things? Do you utilize medical research for your fiction?

While I enjoy medical editing, it is definitely what I do to pay the bills. Fiction editing is my first love, so those are the sorts of freelance jobs I take. However, I feel like the basic knowledge set I have acquired after editing journal articles about everything from spinal cord injury to traumatic brain injury to post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) has improved my storytelling, especially as a fantasy author. Too many times, injury (both physical and mental) is either not portrayed realistically or completely brushed aside. I cringe when I see characters receive blows to the head and wake up later with no ill effects, both on screen and on the page. I am also challenging myself with a PTSD storyline later in the Steel Empires series because I am constantly amazed when heroes are put through the wringer book after book with no lasting effect stronger than the occasional nightmare.

Don’t forget that today is the LAST DAY to take advantage of the Kindle 99 cent sale for Steel Victory! You’ll definitely want to be caught up before Steel Magic is released tomorrow.

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STEEL MAGIC Blog Tour, Stop 2: Let’s Get Meta!

Happy Independence Day to everyone else to who lives in the United States! (Please don’t blow yourself up.)

Or, if you live in the old country:

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Today, I’m still enjoying my beach-side view for a final day in the company of my awesome husband. I think there are brunch plans in my immediate future.

If you are not having brunch today (or even if you are), make sure to take a few moments to stop by the online home of YA paranormal author Jessica Knauss to check out my interview with Steel Magic protagonist Toria Connor! It’s a little bit weird to interview someone who is functionally part of my brain. But that’s the cool part about being a writer. Imaginary friends become totally acceptable! Here’s a small taste:

Your mom is a vampire? What is the rest of your family like?

Just as epic. Grandpa is also a vampire. He found me as a baby after my parents died, but didn’t really want the responsibility of a kid, so he took me to his progeny. Mama also had no interest in a kid, but that’s where Dad stepped in. He’s a daywalker—a human bonded to my mom, which grants him long life, too. Kane, the guy I consider my brother, is my partner in all things magic and mercenary, since we’re a bonded warrior-mage pair. And Syri, my best friend, is an elf. We’re definitely not a normal bunch around the dinner table. Especially since it’s breakfast for half of them.

Click on the link above for the rest of the interview!

If you’re not yet familiar with Toria, make sure you take advantage of the 99 cent sale currently going on for book 1 in the Steel Empires series, Steel Victory!

And don’t forget to stay current with Toria’s adventures by pre-ordering Steel Magic, available this Wednesday!

STEEL MAGIC Blog Tour, Stop 1: Werecreatures Galore!

YA humor and paranormal author A.J. Culey hosted me on her blog today for the first stop on the Steel Magic blog tour. To tie in with her newest release, The Trouble with Antlers (a.k.a. Melvin’s Rampant Rack), I introduced some of the werecreatures in my Steel Empires series as new students at Shifter High. This includes a new werewolf featured in Steel Magic, Earl Henry “Hal” Delacour!

Stop by to meet Hal before pre-ordering Steel Magic and enjoy a visit with some old friends (and enemies!) from Steel Victory. Haven’t met them yet, either? Steel Victory is still 99 cents until Tuesday, so there’s plenty of time to catch up.

STEEL MAGIC Blog Tour!

_Steel Magic-Jacket.inddTo celebrate the release of Steel Magic next week (July 6!), I’m participating in a blog tour! Don’t forget to pre-order your copy so that you can start reading about the continuing adventures of Toria, Kane, and Syri as soon as possible.

Or, take advantage of the 99 cent sale for Steel Victory! This will only last until July 5, so this is the best time to catch up on the Steel Empires series before the next book is released.

Many thanks to Cara McKinnon for helping to arrange this blog tour. “But!” you exclaim, “I have already read Steel Victory and pre-ordered Steel Magic? What should I read next?” The answer to that is Essential Magic, in order to thank Cara for all the hard work she did to put my wandering internet adventure together.

July 1

Check out some of the werecreatures featured in the Steel Empires series on YA paranormal author A.J. Culey’s blog. This post includes a sneak-peak at a new werewolf in Steel Magic, Earl Henry “Hal” Delacour!

July 4

I get a little bit meta on the blog of author Jessica Knauss (also YA paranormal), and interview my main character Toria about topics such as her family, friends, and the city of Limani.

July 5

The tables are turned the next day as I answer some interview questions about myself, my writing, and my new book at the online home of contemporary romance author Jennifer Loring.

July 6

On release day itself, don’t forget to check out fellow fantasy author Cara McKinnon’s blog to learn a bit about the revision process I go through when I finish a novel!

July 7

For my final stop, I’m rounding things out with YA dark fantasy author Andi Adams, where I’ll be discussing the bumpy road I took to get from budding astronaut to nontraditional speculative fiction author.

I hope you’ll come along for the ride!

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