Monthly Archives: October 2012

Cover Love: THE CRIMSON HUNT

Time for super special COVER REVEAL!

And since I’m very excited, let’s not waste time. Here it is:

Book information:

The Crimson Hunt (Eldaen Light Chronicles, #1) by: Victoria H. Smith
Release Date: November 12, 2012
Genre: New Adult Science Fiction Romance
Cover Image Designed by: Michelle Johnson

Book Description:

College junior Ariel Richmond is working on year three of Project Normalcy.

Her house reeks of keggers past and her bestie is just a slight bit vulgar. But the thing is—they both aid in making life refreshingly uneventful.

So much for hard-earned mediocrity when Luca Grinaldi appears on the scene.

Luca’s sudden presence on campus is hard to ignore. Those bright eyes act like a beacon to unsuspecting females, and with features like his, he’s got to be moonlighting for GQ. Luca hopelessly captivates Ariel with his confidence and charisma, but the mysteries surrounding him make him nearly untouchable. And just when Ariel grows close enough to unlock his secrets, a tragic event sends her life in a downward spiral.

That steady life is no longer an option and allies quickly become scarce. The mysterious Luca seems to be the only one willing to help her—but with that trust comes the burden of his secrets. He has a dark mission of otherworldly proportions, and is willing to sacrifice as many lives as it takes to see it completed.

Gone are the days of simply maintaining normalcy, and if Ariel isn’t cautious with her trust, so soon may be her future.

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About the Author:

Victoria H. Smith has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. She puts it to good use writing romance all day. She resides in the Midwest with her Macbook on her lap and a cornfield to her right. She often draws inspiration for her stories from her own life experiences, and the twenty-something characters she writes give her an earful about it.

In her free time, she enjoys extreme couponing, blogging, reading, and sending off a few tweets on Twitter when she can. She writes new adult fiction romance in the sub-genres of science fiction, urban fantasy, and contemporary, but really, anywhere her pen takes her she goes.

Victoria H. Smith Links: Blog | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads 


I think the cover is super gorgeous, don’t you?

Cheers,

#ROW80 Check-in 10/14

Hey friends! Welcome to my weekly ROW80 update!

Here is my goals for the past week and how it went:

  • Writing: finish pre-edits on DG, and start new WIP, which is called BREAKING THE REINS (BtR). And edit when the next set of HHSW edits come to me. Monday: kid didn’t have school, so I did nothing writing-related. Tuesday: wrote 3400 words. Wednesday: wrote 2800 words. Thursday and Friday: couldn’t wrap my mind around anything (I think I’m close to a burnout—will have a special blog post about it next week) so didn’t write.
  • Reading: read book #58 of the year. I’ve read a novelette (12k words) and book #58 and book #59.
  • Social media: I want to spend LESS time on twitter and blogging—so I can get more writing done! I should have spent less time here, but with the imposed break, I ended up online more than I wanted to.
  • Exercising: at least 4x. Six times.

So, yeah,  not so good on the writing front. So much has been going on, and at the same time, I feel like I’m not doing enough. It’s frustrating. As suggested by Jani Grey, I might be close to a burnout and in need of a break. That’s why I didn’t write from Thursday and on. So I could get that break. But even not writing, the mind is still in overdrive. I can’t stop it from going over ideas, plots, and scenes. I’ll try to go back to writing tomorrow (Monday) and see what happens.

I’ve talked more to Jani, and I might try to get my muse going by totally pantsing—she likes this. I might abandon all my current ideas and just write out of my mind, without planning one bit, not even characters names and backgrounds. Just for creativity’s sake. It’ll probably be a mess and not fixable, but I need to get the muse out of this burnout somehow.

Anyway, my goals for next week:

  • Writing: Just write. Anything. And edit when the next set of HHSW edits come to me.
  • Reading: read book #60 of the year.
  • Social media: I want to spend LESS time on twitter and blogging—so I can get more writing done!
  • Exercising: at least 4x.

 

Checkout how the other ROWers are doing here!

Have a great week, everyone!

Cheers,

Author Spotlight: Alex J. Cavanaugh

I’m a big supporter of fellow writers and authors, though I confess sometimes I’m at loss for whatelse to do.

Inspired by Ninja Captain Alex J. Cavanaugh and what he says about his blog being for others and not himself, I decided to come up with a new feature on my own blog. Every Saturday, I’m going to have a quick interview with a fellow author. You probably know most of them, but I’m hoping my interview will be quite different and give us a great insight of who lies behind the writer.

And, to start it all, why not interview the Ninja Captain himself?

Welcome to the Author Spotlight, Alex J. Cavanaugh!

 

Nicknames: Thanks to my blogger buddies, I am Ninja Captain Alex! (Also the Blogfather and Santa Claus. Don’t ask.)

Where do you live: Central Carolinas

Your favorite dessert: Chocolate chip cookies for desert, but Hot Tamales for a snack.

Your favorite TV series: Currently Elementary

Last book you read: The Legend of Victor Standish by Roland Yeomans

Last movie you watched: Argo

Last song (or album) you bought: Threshold – March of Progress

A book/series you could read over and over again: I don’t usually re-read books, but we’ll go with the Shannara series by Terry Brooks. And the Bible of course.

Coke or Pepsi? Coke!

Day or night? Evening?

Pen or pencil? Pen

Summer or winter? Winter! Hot, humid weather drives me crazy.

Cat or dog? Dog

Tea or coffee? Neither

Plotter or pantser? Plotter all the way!

When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?

AJC: When did I become serious? Maybe five years ago? Odd how I never intended to be an author, isn’t it?

What are you working on now?

AJC: My third book, CassaStorm, is with my critique partners, so I’ll be editing again very soon.

If you decided not to be a writer, what would your other dream job be? Why?

AJC: Metal God!!! What guy wouldn’t want to be a rock star? And I can play guitar and sing. Sort of…

What is the scariest thing you’ve ever done in your life?

AJC: Proposed to my wife.

Who is the one person that has singlehandedly inspired you the most in your life?

AJC: I have to pick two – my wife and Jesus.

What is one talent that you’re hopeless at, but you wish you had?

AJC: A sense of direction! I get lost easy…

What is one trait or physical characteristic that you are proud of/love about yourself?

AJC: Just the fact that I’m still in really good shape for my age!

Do you have any suggestions for aspiring writers?

AJC: Read, write, and don’t give up.

 

Bio: Alex J. Cavanaugh has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree and works in web design and graphics. He is experienced in technical editing and worked with an adult literacy program for several years. A fan of all things science fiction, his interests range from books and movies to music and games. Online he is the Ninja Captain and founder of the Insecure Writer’s Support Group. The author of the Amazon bestsellers, CassaStar and CassaFire, he lives in the Carolinas with his wife.
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To pilot the fleet’s finest ship…
Few options remain for Byron. A talented but stubborn young man with a troubled past and rebellious attitude, his cockpit skills are his only hope. Slated to train as a Cosbolt fighter pilot, Byron is determined to prove his worth and begin a new life as he sets off for the moon base of Guaard.
Much to Byron’s chagrin the toughest instructor in the fleet takes notice of the young pilot. Haunted by a past tragedy, Bassa eventually sees through Byron’s tough exterior and insolence. When a secret talent is revealed during training, Bassa feels compelled to help Byron achieve his full potential.
As war brews on the edge of space, time is running short. Byron requires a navigator of exceptional quality to survive, and Bassa must make a decision that could well decide the fate of both men. Will their skills be enough as they embark on a mission that may stretch their abilities to the limit?

“…calls to mind the youthful focus of Robert Heinlein’s early military sf, as well as the excitement of space opera epitomized by the many Star Wars novels. Fast-paced military action and a youthful protagonist make this a good choice for both young adult and adult fans of space wars.” – Library Journal

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Book trailer – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=67YBjQve00U

 

CassaStar was only the beginning… 
The Vindicarn War is a distant memory and Byron’s days of piloting Cosbolt fighters are over. He has kept the promise he made to his fallen mentor and friend – to probe space on an exploration vessel. Shuttle work is dull, but it’s a free and solitary existence. The senior officer is content with his life aboard the Rennather.
The detection of alien ruins sends the exploration ship to the distant planet of Tgren. If their scientists can decipher the language, they can unlock the secrets of this device. Is it a key to the Tgren’s civilization or a weapon of unimaginable power? Tensions mount as their new allies are suspicious of the Cassan’s technology and strange mental abilities.
To complicate matters, the Tgrens are showing signs of mental powers themselves, the strongest of which belongs to a pilot named Athee, a woman whose skills rival Byron’s unique abilities. Forced to train her mind and further develop her flying aptitude, he finds his patience strained. Add a reluctant friendship with a young scientist, and he feels invaded on every level. All Byron wanted was his privacy…

“This sequel to Cavanaugh’s first novel, CassaStar, delivers on the promise of its predecessor, combining military action sequences and political intrigue with strong, memorable characters. Reminiscent of the action-driven stories of Robert A. Heinlein’s early fiction…” – Library Journal

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Book Trailer – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qa6VINRGtyE

 

There you have it! A bit more about our Ninja Captain. Hope you enjoyed it!

Cheers,

If EVER was a movie … by Jessa Russo

Hey guys! Today the blog was hijacked by Jessa Russo and her newly released book, EVER. Here we go:

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Hi Juliana!

Thank you for having me here today! I love casting characters, but it’s so hard to find THE perfect example of someone you’ve made up in your mind. I’m sure you know what I mean.

If you missed the first part of this post, please check out my tour stop from 10/4. I visited Gwen Gardner and cast my favorites for the lead role of Ever Van Ruysdael.

So, without further delay, let’s see who would be best suited to play Frankie. First of all, Frankie is a rockabilly, 1950’s-era greaser (in my original draft, he was actually from the 1950’s), so picture these actors with their hair styled into a pompadour, a white t-shirt with rolled sleeves, and black high-top chucks. Do you have that vision in your mind yet? Okay good. Here goes…

My first choice would be Steven R. McQueen from The Vampire Diaries. I just love him and he’s adorable. So he has that going for him. I also think he’d do well in the role of Frankie because he’s believable as a softer, supportive love interest. He’s able to show emotion and still look amazingly sexy.

 

I also think Matt Prokop from Geek Charming could play the role well. And yes, I’ve seen the movie,. I do have a nine-year-old after all.

As far as Toby goes, he’s hands down Alex Pettyfer. Maybe this is just because I want to be on set when he’s around (Is that too much to wish for? Have I gone too far?), but he really does fit my description of Toby perfectly.

And last but not least, Jessie. I’m torn between Amanda Seyfried and Candice Accola. Though Amanda Seyfried has more of the look, Candice Accola has the attitude. Her fire as Caroline on The Vampire Diaries is so perfectly Jessie sometimes.

Well, that’s it for my choices! Those of you who have read EVER, who would you pick for the cast?

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 BOOK ONE in The EVER Trilogy

Seventeen-year-old Ever’s love life has been on hold for the past two years. She’s secretly in love with her best friend Frankie, and he’s completely oblivious.

Of course, it doesn’t help that he’s dead, and waking up to his ghost every day has made moving on nearly impossible.

Frustrated and desperate for something real, Ever finds herself falling for her hot new neighbor Toby. His relaxed confidence is irresistible, and not just Ever knows it. But falling for Toby comes with a price that throws Ever’s life into a whirlwind of chaos and drama. More than hearts are on the line, and more than Ever will suffer.

Some girls lose their hearts to love.

Some girls lose their minds.

Ever Van Ruysdael could lose her soul.

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