Friday, August 26, 2016

The Week in Links 8/26/16: Rings, Photo-Themed Bar, Zelda


Book Marketing and Branding
Snapchat Stories vs. Instagram Stories: Which Is Best for Your Content
A Beginner’s Guide to SEO that Works
4 Creative Ways to Build Buzz for Your Next Blog Post Before It Goes Live
19 Tools to Create Social Media Content
How to Be Active on Social Media without Losing Your Mind

Fantasy/Horror/Sci-Fi
What’s Coming Next from the 2016 Hugo Award Fiction Winners?
Okorafor and Jemisin’s Hugo Award Win Huge Victory for Black Readers
Taking Submissions: Robbed Of Sleep Winter 2016
One third of parents avoid reading children scary stories, study finds
Literary Activism: Writers Raise Money to Preserve Langston Hughes’ House

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Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Interview with Dormaine G. author of Connor Revealed



Title: Connor Revealed (Book 2)
Author: Dormaine G.
Genre: YA Paranormal Fantasy

Earth

In the aftermath of betrayal, dust is settling. The San cannot rest as they take more responsibility defending Earth. Meanwhile, Connor must endure immeasurable physical pain as her abilities grow stronger, both through fights and brutal combat training of The San, for they must prepare for what's coming: war.

Connor's loyalties are questioned as her actions are put to the test. She is forced to make harsh decisions against the Elders' disapproval when the world around her crumbles. Ultimately, one decision will seal her fate.

Ether

This foreign planet known for its unyielding cruelty is where Willow now resides. Ultimately, she's forced to confront the actions that put her there. Condemned to continuous battle, she has to overcome her once shallow self and accept the inevitable:: fight or die.

Ronin is back, and on a mission no one else knows about. The very one closest to him is Connor, his mortal enemy. Neither is willing to accept their destiny, yet compelled by it. Will enemies become allies, or battle to the death?


I woke to the sound of strange voices, clinking noises and brightness. I was too groggy to grasp my surroundings but I was alert enough to know that I was strapped down on a flat surface unable to move. A tube was down my throat holding it open, forcing air in to me. It was impossible to speak. I felt movement inside m|y right leg as someone wearing a mask dug into me.

I thought I was already in hell until someone pulled a skinny, brown parasite the size of a baby garden snake out of me, wiggling for freedom. Some odd creature grabbed the parasite and threw it into a glass container housing others like it.

Did those come out of me?

This must be a nightmare. This couldn’t be happening. I squirmed in alarm but a syringe filled with clear liquid was pushed into a tube running into my arm, forcing me back to unconsciousness.




What inspired you to write this book?

As a child growing up there weren’t any teen heroes that I could relate to because there wasn’t anyone out there that looked like me. I don’t think it should be mostly one sided. When you’re young, your creative fantasies should seem limitless and there is nothing more a child desires than wanting to feel special or different. I loved science fiction when I was young but there should have been more of a variety for child like me because I felt left out…stifled.

Summarize your book in one to three sentences as if you were speaking to someone unfamiliar with your book and its topic.

Connor is about a girl who recently discovers that she has abilities and the safe world she knew no longer exists. This second edition picks up right after Willow is forced through a portal to Ether, Earth’s enemy planet, and we follow her long journey. Both, Connor and Willow, must endure hardships as they struggle to survive.

Where does this book take place?

The book takes place in both a small fictional town on Earth comprised of about 20,000 people and on Ether, a far more advanced society. I discuss Ether in more detail; the culture, the non-humans and how it is different from Earth.

Who are the main characters and why are they important to the story?

The three main characters in this second edition are Connor, Willow and Ronin. They each have to deal internal battles as well at physical ones in order to survive this new reality brought upon them. There is also Antony, Cheyenne, Byron and Scott, the yougows (teens) of the San culture. They must defend Earth from the supernatural beings sent there to take control. Then there are the six Keepers who contain the knowledge that helps them all fight evil in order to keep Earth safe. We learn more about their rival, Ronin, who is ruled under Monlow, the leader of Ether.

Why do you think that this book will appeal to readers?

It will appeal to a broad spectrum of readers because it’s about normal everyday teenagers who stumble upon their abilities and struggle with having to keep that a secret from loved ones. There are both enjoyable and heart-wrench moments, but I do not doubt, that the reader will be entertained.

What makes your book different from other books like it?

It’s different because I encompass a multitude of ethnicities, who the reader can relate to, but it’s so much more than that. Connor Reveled not only answers more questions of The San’s past, it reveals more of language and divulges more of the culture’s deepest secrets. This novel will take the reader on an emotional voyage and all those that do survive will never be the same.

What do you want readers to take away from your writing?

That no matter what life throws at you, you can survive and learn from it.

Are there any other books that you have written?

As much as I love the young adult genre, horror is my second love. I have a series titled Madame Lilly, Voodoo Priestess which is an historical fiction horror and Micco, Anguta’s Reign, a supernatural thriller.

What else are you presently working on?

I’m presently working on a Connor 3, which is the final chapter to my Connor series. In his chapter it will answer all unanswered questions who Connor’s heart belongs to. Plus a vampire, paranormal romance titled Forbidden Thirst. This story involves a favorite character of mine from my Madame Lilly series and goes well beyond love. My last project, A Time Not Forgotten, is a paranormal romance that crosses over time. Each of these novels should be out some time this year. Please stay tuned.


Dormaine was born in Long Island, New York where she lived most of her life. As an adult she liked to travel out of the country though her favorite places to explore were her fantasy worlds as an author. She may be a nurse by profession but her heart has always belonged to writing. As a young child she spent many Saturdays in the library nurturing her love for books. There she discovered her fascination for the science fiction genre, through books, movies and graphic novels.

After many years of dabbling she decided it was time to let her true self free. She took time off from work to pursue a career in writing and published her first novel titled ‘Connor’, a young adult urban fantasy. She plans on following up with a series of books under the ‘Connor’ storyline. This is just the start of her exploration as she stays locked up her office in Colorado spinning more tales.

Monday, August 22, 2016

New Release: They Can't Run From Darkness

My latest fantasy adventure novella will be available tomorrow! Preorder now.



Jade and Serin thought they found a home. Darkness found them instead.

A strange red cloud covers the mountain. It poisons... everything. An old and relentless enemy finds them. Their only choice is to escape through an underground tunnel with a group of small but powerful protectors.

Soon, a new, more horrifying, enemy pursues them. In order to survive, Jade and Serin must use magical abilities they didn’t know they had. This dark adventure shows them they’re far more unique than they believed... or desired.

This book can be read alone or as part of a series.



The mountain opened into a valley. A tattered town rotted near the bottom. The scene stretched in the horizon. Jura was amazing. The massive stretch of land existed alongside humans yet it remained hidden for centuries. That would change soon with Bai Ron no longer concealing it. Jade rarely took  time to appreciate Jura. She was usually focused on survival. The land was beautiful even at its death. She wanted to explore it. Why did she have to find such a treasure when it was too late to fully enjoy it?

In the distance, a dragon shaped rock stood almost as tall as the mountain.

“Does Jura have dragons?” Jade asked.

Her question was met with silence. Jade never came across the term dragon in her books. Maybe Jurians didn’t know that word.

“That animal shaped rock, what it is?”

“They’re Reyshril, Jura guardians. I’m sure you’ve read about them in that book,” Lark answered. “One of the most widely held beliefs about the origins of Bai Ron is that the Reyshril became the land, granting everyone born from it the ability to create Bai Ron. It’s believed that was what they looked like though I don’t know how our researchers came to that conclusion.”

Nas gripped Jade's jacket and pointed to the snow.

What’s a draygun?

Jade stepped away from Serin’s arm. She bent down and wiped her gloved hand over the snow, erasing draygun. She wrote dragon instead.

When she stepped back, Serin didn’t wrap his arm around her again. And, dammit, she would not feel lonely. Jade didn’t want to pull out her heavier coat. She settled under Serin’s. His arm brushed hers but that was the extent of the touching.

Nas wrinkled his nose. He shook his head. Nas didn’t care about the spelling.

“They’re mountain size lizards that breathe fire. They don’t exist in my land but people like to write stories about them,” Jade said.

“Why would they write stories about something that doesn’t exist?” Mahya said with a little too much attitude for Jade’s tired mind.

“Jurians don’t create stories about fictional creatures?”

“Fictional?” Mahya frowned.

“Made-up.”

Mahya sucked her teeth. Lark laughed.

“We have our share of fictional monsters. Mahya doesn’t understand the need to create monsters when Jura has enough real ones.”


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Friday, August 19, 2016

The Week in Links 8/19/16: Harry Potter, Hidden Figures, Pennywise

How to Evaluate Your Current Author Marketing Strategy

M.R. Carey Announces Prequel Novel to The Girl With All the Gifts

How To Write And Market Romance With J.A.Huss
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6 Ways to Vet Freelance Editors
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Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Dispocalypse by Michael A. Rothman

Title: Dispocalypse
AuthorMichael A. Rothman
Genre: YA Fantasy

In a post-apocalyptic world ruled by a Governor who is both feared and worshipped, Willow is a seventeen-year-old girl who is just trying to get through her last year of studies. But when her father dies, she experiences strange dreams that change everything about how she looks at the world and at herself.

Haunted by the tragedy, Willow begins pushing herself beyond anything she could have imagined she was capable of. It’s only when she catches the attention of some of the Governor’s minions that her world is turned upside-down.





Willow planted her hands on the ground and popped up onto the balls of her feet, glaring at the student who’d had the nerve to ask her to leave. “How about this,” she pointed at him, “make me leave.”

He blinked up at Willow as other students laughed and jeered.

“Steve, she’s threatening to kick your ass....”

“You can’t fight a girl....”

“She’s got to be kidding....”

“...I dunno, she looks serious.”

With a shove from one of the other students, Steve grudgingly stood, face red with embarrassment.

Willow smiled and placed herself in a ready stance. As she tensed her legs and upper body, a sudden calm washed over her.

Steve moved deliberately as he circled around Willow, arms hanging limply at his sides. She could tell that he was studying her, trying to figure out if she was serious.

Willow motioned him toward her with the tips of her fingers. “Come on Steve. Make a move.”

The teasing from the others got louder and he grudgingly brought his arms up and slowly approached.

He was short for a guy, maybe only an inch or two taller than Willow’s five-and-a-half feet. His reach was about the same as hers, and the stance he’d taken was a boxer’s stance.

He was barely out of jabbing range when Willow ducked low and swept out her right leg, sending one of Steve’s legs out from under him.

Willow leaped forward as Steve stood off-balance and she smashed him in the chest with a front kick.

Steve flew backward and landed on his back, breath whooshing out of him as a deep male voice yelled across the field, “What the hell is going on here?”

Everyone but Steve, who was gasping for breath, turned as the heavily-muscled combat teacher approached with frustration etched on his face. He was followed by a handful of other students.

Zeno stood, and the giant of a student glanced sheepishly at Willow and addressed Mister Krauthammer. “Sir, Steve and Willow were settling something between each other. No harm done, right Steve?”

Willow extended her hand to Steve, and he grabbed it. She pulled him to his feet. His face was brilliant red and she wasn’t sure if it was from lack of oxygen or sheer embarrassment.

Steve grimaced as he rubbed his chest, turned to the teacher and nodded. “It’s all done. I was just getting to know our new classmate.”


Michael A. Rothman – Author, Engineer and Cat Herder.

In a nutshell:
  • First-born American in my family
  •  Multilingual
  • Hard-working
  • Accepts no excuses
  • Despises self-importance in himself and others
  • Loves Epic Fantasy, Science Fiction, Thrillers
  • Engineer/Scientist



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