September 17, 2015

Release Day for King of Bad & Super Villain Academy Box Set

The book that hit #7 on the Amazon bestsellers list of superhero fiction just got better! Today's the official launch of the 2nd edition of King of Bad - Super Villain Academy book 1. Not only that, but the series is now also available in a box set.

Jeff Mean would rather set fires than follow rules or observe curfew. He wears his bad boy image like a favorite old hoodie; that is until he learns he has superpowers and is recruited by Super Villain Academy – where you learn to be good at being bad. In a school where one kid can evaporate all the water from your body and the girl you hang around with can perform psychic sex in your head, bad takes on a whole new meaning. Jeff wonders if he’s bad enough for SVA.

He may never find out. Classmates vilify him when he develops good manners. Then he’s kidnapped by those closest to him and left to wonder who is good and who is bad. His rescue is the climactic episode that balances good and evil in the super world. The catalyst – the girl he’s crushing on. A girlfriend and balancing the Supers is good, right? Or is it…bad?

The second edition offers bonus material. Two complete new scenes to add to the super villain fun. 

Buy King of Bad in electronic or print format from: Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Whiskey Creek Press, or add it to Goodreads

Or save when you buy the boxed set: Whiskey CreekPress, Amazon, Barnes and Noble

I have an exclusive giveaway for my email subscribers. If you post a review for any of my books before September 30th, you can enter to win an Amazon gift certificate. Winning would cover the cost of the box set. This is a great time to read the series.

Happy reading.

September 15, 2015

Cover Reveal: The Fullfillment by Erin Rhew

So excited to help Erin Rhew reveal her gorgeous new cover for The Fullfillment.

About the book: Layla’s world tumbles out of control when she discovers the truth of her parentage and realizes the Prophecy—the one she upended her entire life to defend—is incomplete. When her new friends share the entire Prophecy, the revelations contained within it alter her destiny and challenge everything she and Wil believe in. Now, she must confront the Outlander queen to save the Ethereal kingdom while grappling with this new reality.

Tortured and imprisoned, Nash accepts his fate and offers the First Ones the one thing he has left to give: his life. In a desperate attempt to save the people he loves most, he surrenders himself to the Outlander queen and a destiny darker than he could have ever dreamed possible. Wil, tormented by the consequences of his choices, realizes he may never be able to uphold his end of the Prophecy. His mistake casts a deep, foreboding shadow over his kingdom and those he loves, while its ripples threaten to shatter both the Prophecy and everything he and his family have sworn to protect.

In this epic conclusion, lives are lost, kingdoms clash, friendships are tested, and love and fate collide.

Okay, now that you're saying "Ooooo," and "Aaaahhh" over that enticing blurb, let's see the beautiful cover:

eBOOK_FULLFILLMENT

Yep. More "ooo's" and "aaah's", huh? It's like Fourth of July around here. Be sure to add the book to your to-read shelf.

TheFulfillment_ErinRhew_AuthorPic  About the author: Erin Rhew is an editor, a running coach, and the author of The Fulfillment Series. Since she picked up Morris the Moose Goes to School at age four, she has been infatuated with the written word. She went on to work as a grammar and writing tutor in college and is still teased by her family and friends for being a member of the "Grammar Police." A Southern girl by blood and birth, Erin now lives in a rainy pocket of the Pacific Northwest with the amazingly talented (and totally handsome) writer Deek Rhew and their “overly fluffy,” patient-as-a-saint writing assistant, a tabby cat named Trinity. She and Deek enjoy reading aloud to one another, running, lifting, boxing, eating chocolate, and writing side-by-side. Find me online: Twitter: @ErinRhewBooks Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Erin-Rhew-Books/182769448541270 Website: www.erinrhewbooks.com Goodreads The Prophecy: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23265671-the-prophecy https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23302633-the-outlanders Goodreads The Outlanders: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23302633-the-outlanders?from_search=true&search_exp_group=group_b

September 14, 2015

September #InkRipples #Giveaway - Fall/School

Hosted by Mary Waibel, Katie L. Carroll, and Kai Strand 
be sure to visit all the blogs and do a search on #InkRipples

School is back in session. And I guess I can say I've gone back to school, too. I've been in a writing funk all year long and couldn't sit here and stare at my Facebook and Twitter feed any longer. So I got a job with the school district as a lunch lady. It gets me out of the house for a few hours each day. I get to interact with my target audience, as well as some cool adults. It provides a steady supplemental income. And it's good, honest work. And seriously, I can rock that hairnet! So far I really enjoy it. It helps that our school district has a great food program. The food is so good!

Fall happens to be my favorite season. Unless it's April, then spring is my favorite. It's kind of a tie, I guess. I love the crisp night air, the changing leaves, the ultra blue sky and the spicy smell of leaf litter and wood smoke.

I'm celebrating the release of the 2nd edition of King of Bad - with bonus scenes:
buy your own copy here
Hey, since King of Bad takes place in a school - one of our themes this month it's a perfect fit. So, this month's winner will win two books! A signed copy of a shiny new edition of King of Bad (Sorry, but an International winner will win an electronic copy) and a Kindle copy of one of the following books I've enjoyed that also took place in a school setting:

Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead: St. Vladimir’s Academy isn’t just any boarding school—it’s a hidden place where vampires are educated in the ways of magic and half-human teens train to protect them. Rose Hathaway is a Dhampir, a bodyguard for her best friend Lissa, a Moroi Vampire Princess. They’ve been on the run, but now they’re being dragged back to St. Vladimir’s—the very place where they’re most in danger. . . .
Rose and Lissa become enmeshed in forbidden romance, the Academy’s ruthless social scene, and unspeakable nighttime rituals. But they must be careful lest the Strigoi—the world’s fiercest and most dangerous vampires—make Lissa one of them forever.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by JK Rowling: In Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, Harry, an orphan, lives with the Dursleys, his horrible aunt and uncle, and their abominable son, Dudley.

One day just before his eleventh birthday, an owl tries to deliver a mysterious letter the first of a sequence of events that end in Harry meeting a giant man named Hagrid. Hagrid explains Harry's history to him: When he was a baby, the Dark wizard, Lord Voldemort, attacked and killed his parents in an attempt to kill Harry; but the only mark on Harry was a mysterious lightning-bolt scar on his forehead.

Now he has been invited to attend Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, where the headmaster is the great wizard Albus Dumbledore. Harry visits Diagon Alley to get his school supplies, especially his very own wand. To get to school, he takes the Hogwarts Express from platform nine and three-quarters at King's Cross Station. On the train, he meets two fellow students who will become his closest friends: Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger.

Harry is assigned to Gryffindor House at Hogwarts, and soon becomes the youngest-ever Seeker on the House Quidditch team. He also studies Potions with Professor Severus Snape, who displays a deep and abiding dislike for Harry, and Defense Against the Dark Arts with nervous Professor Quirrell; he and his friends defeat a mountain troll, help Hagrid raise a dragon, and explore the wonderful, fascinating world of Hogwarts.

But all events lead irrevocably toward a second encounter with Lord Voldemort, who seeks an object of legend known as the Sorcerer's Stone.

Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card In order to develop a secure defense against a hostile alien race's next attack, government agencies breed child geniuses and train them as soldiers. A brilliant young boy, Andrew "Ender" Wiggin lives with his kind but distant parents, his sadistic brother Peter, and the person he loves more than anyone else, his sister Valentine. Peter and Valentine were candidates for the soldier-training program but didn't make the cut--young Ender is the Wiggin drafted to the orbiting Battle School for rigorous military training.
Ender's skills make him a leader in school and respected in the Battle Room, where children play at mock battles in zero gravity. Yet growing up in an artificial community of young soldiers Ender suffers greatly from isolation, rivalry from his peers, pressure from the adult teachers, and an unsettling fear of the alien invaders. His psychological battles include loneliness, fear that he is becoming like the cruel brother he remembers, and fanning the flames of devotion to his beloved sister.
Is Ender the general Earth needs? But Ender is not the only result of the genetic experiments. The war with the Buggers has been raging for a hundred years, and the quest for the perfect general has been underway for almost as long. Ender's two older siblings are every bit as unusual as he is, but in very different ways. Between the three of them lie the abilities to remake a world. If, that is, the world survives.
A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray It’s 1895, and after the suicide of her mother, 16-year-old Gemma Doyle is shipped off from the life she knows in India to Spence, a proper boarding school in England. Lonely, guilt-ridden, and prone to visions of the future that have an uncomfortable habit of coming true, Gemma’s reception there is a chilly one. To make things worse, she’s been followed by a mysterious young Indian man, a man sent to watch her. But why? What is her destiny? And what will her entanglement with Spence’s most powerful girls—and their foray into the spiritual world—lead to?

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September 8, 2015

Fish Detectives by Kelly Hashway

When Kelly Hashway asked if I could review her latest picture book, Fish Detectives, I said, "Absolutely!" I love both Kelly's writing and K.C. Snider's artwork, so I knew this would be a slam dunk for me. 

Sure enough, Fish Detectives is as much fun as I thought it would be. So much so, that I wanted to include a few interview questions with Kelly and K.C., too. So let's take a moment to talk to the ladies before I share my review of the book.

Kelly, Horatio and Alexander are so cute. What inspired you to create two mystery solving fish?

My mother told me she had two fish named Horatio and Alexander when she was growing up. I loved the names, and for some reason they sounded like detectives to me. From there I imagined what kind of cases they might solve in a fish tank.

K.C., Horatio, Alexander, and Gus are all very beautiful fish and the emotion in their expressions really adds to their character. Do you have fish or did you visit a pet store for inspiration?

First, I’d like to express how much I enjoyed this story.  I like challenges, and getting the view of the room through fish tank glass or getting the fish tails that unique translucent look was a lot of fun to do.

We used to have a tropical fish tank, but one winter, we lost electricity overnight, and it froze solid.

Oh, that's so sad. I'm sorry to hear that. As always, I'm really impressed with the illustrations, K.C. Your work is amazing. (K.C. illustrated the covers of my Weaver Tales books.) The reflection of the surrounding room on the first page, the sense of movement in the water throughout, the lush foliage and adorable tank accessories all really add to the depth of the setting. What kind of research did you do to capture the setting so well?

I looked up images of fish, tanks, toys, and tank plants, etc. on Google.  I research some of the images so I have a deeper knowledge of what goes together best, what makes sense together, and what is a safe environment for goldfish.  Then I decide how to place it, what one might see, as a fish, of the surrounding room they’re in, and how the plants and lighting move around the fish as they explore their environment.


Kelly, what is the most exotic kind of fish you've raised?

I've actually never had a fish, but I love aquariums and fish tanks. They're so full of color and look like magical underwater worlds.

And the final questions are just for fun!

Kelly, if you were a mermaid, what kind of fish would you choose to be bff's with and why?

Ooh, fun! Probably a Blue Tang because I loved Dory in Finding Nemo, and I'm always drawn to Blue Tangs in aquariums. They're beautiful.

K.C., if you could participate in any sort of underwater adventure without risk to yourself, would you rather:
    explore an epic shipwreck (like the Titanic)
    swim with a pod of whales
    or be the first to discover hard proof mermaids really exist

Shipwreck explorations are dangerous.  So is swimming with whales.  Besides that’s been done.  The first person to discover mermaids?  Now that would be an adventure of a lifetime!  I would love to paint a real mermaid! 

Thank you ladies for visiting with us and giving us a little insight to how Fish Detectives came together!

About the book:

When a treasure chest mysteriously shows up in the goldfish tank, it's a case for Horatio and Alexander, Fish Detectives. But a diver is guarding the treasure, and he's not talking. Horatio and Alexander will need all their comet goldfish speed and know how to crack this case.

My Review:

What a fun story. I love the relationship between Horatio and Alexander. I suspect they are very relatable for young readers with Alexander being serious and Horatio being more spontaneous and fun. It’s funny that Alexander seems almost disappointed by the result of their investigation. And young readers should find the ending snort-worthy when Horatio and Alexander realize they might need more fish in the tank before they’ll get more mysteries to solve.

The illustrations are lush. The fish are beautiful and emotive. It isn’t the first time I’ve marveled over how closely KC Snider’s work resembles a photograph, but the details are stunning and there’s so much to look at. It’s like the reader is staring directly into the tank.

Get your copy of Fish Detectives here: Guardian Angel Publishing| Amazon|

About Kelly Hashway:

Kelly Hashway grew up reading R.L. Stein's Fear Street novels and writing stories of her own, so it was no surprise to her family when she majored in English and later obtained a masters degree in English Secondary Education from East Stroudsburg University. After teaching middle school language arts for seven years, Hashway went back to school and focused specifically on writing. She is now the author of three young adult series, one middle grade series, and several picture books. She also writes contemporary romance under the pen name Ashelyn Drake. When she isn't writing, Hashway works as a freelance editor for small presses as well as for her own list of clients. In her spare time, she enjoys running, traveling, and volunteering with the PTO. Hashway currently resides in Pennsylvania with her husband, daughter, and two pets.

Hashway is represented by Sarah Negovetich of Corvisiero Literary Agency. 

About K.C. Snider:

K.C. Snider, an honors graduate from The Eugene School for Art, is a prominent Oregon artist. Her love of the western life and of wildlife has been developed since her youth, with her natural talent for drawing and color exhibited since she was ten years old.
 
Originally specializing in Western Fine Art, K.C. now has a collection of oil and acrylic paintings, lithographs, and pastel and pencil drawings that include portraits of the All-American Cowboy and Cowgirl and their lifestyles of days gone by. K.C. had planned to become an illustrator when she was in art school, but when circumstances intervened, she turned to fine art as an outlet to express herself. However, K.C. had always considered her work to be a form of illustration because even her paintings "tell a story."

In 2007, K.C. illustrated two children's books, The Christmas Angel, with author Mary Jean Kelso and The Magic Violin, with Mayra Calvani. Both books were published by Guardian Angel Publishing and are also available as an e-Book. Now she is an established and sought-after illustrator for Guardian Angel Publishing with a total of nine children's books published, four more pending publication and 12 more waiting to be illustrated. K.C. works with authors all over the world, including Australia and Belgium.