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Saturday, February 15, 2014

Encounter at Shalana by Angelia Almos



Encounter at Shalana is an adult space opera novel about a space pirate who almost loses everything she cares about when she’s blackmailed into running a dangerous mission for the military.

Space pirate Captain Kristy Ryan grew up the only daughter of a notorious privateer in the Border Planet Region. She learned her trade the hard way - there were no free rides on her father’s ship. Now, she has her own ship, the Unicorn, and successfully works in the shadows, the fringes of legitimate trade. Her life is just how she wants it even on those days when her pilot and lover, Andrew Bennet, drives her crazy. But an unexpected visit from the Military Space Alliance changes everything. Her father disappeared while working a dangerous mission for the MSA. Now, she’s being blackmailed into finishing his mission.

Available as an ebook from Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Blio, Diesel, iTunes, KoboSmashwords, Sony. Available in print from Abe Books, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Book Depository, Create Space, and your local book store.

Reviews:

"...a unique space opera among a vast number of books of its genre. Like many other space operas, its world and people are immense and beyond anything that most have imagined. But unlike most, the main character Kristy is a witty and head strong female in a male dominated world. The book was a very quick read that held my attention to the very last word pulling me into farther into her life and problems as the story progressed. I look forward to reading more stories by Angelia Almos and further unlocking the mysteries of Kristy's character." Night Owl Reviews

Thursday, February 13, 2014

#Giveaway and Q&A: Lumière by Jacqueline Garlick






Lumière


One determined girl.
One resourceful boy.
One miracle machine that could destroy everything…

After an unexplained flash shatters her world, seventeen-year-old Eyelet Elsworth sets out to find the Illuminator, her father’s prized invention. With it, she hopes to cure herself of her debilitating seizures before Professor Smrt—her father’s arch nemesis—discovers her secret and locks her away in an asylum.

Pursued by Smrt, Eyelet locates the Illuminator only to see it whisked away. She follows the thief into the world of the unknown, compelled not only by her quest but by the allure of the stranger—Urlick Babbit—who harbors secrets of his own.  

Together, they endure deadly Vapours and criminal-infested woods in pursuit of the same goal, only to discover the miracle machine they hoped would solve their problems may in fact be their biggest problem of all.

When darkness is safer than light…
Editorial Reviews
“One of the most inventive story worlds I’ve read in years…” Donald Maass, Author of Writing the Breakout Novel, Writing 21st Century Fiction, and The Fire in Fiction


Bio: 
I'm Jacqueline Garlick. Author of YA, New Adult, and Women's Fiction. I love strong heroines, despise whiny sidekicks, and adore a good story about a triumphant underdog. I love to read, write, paint (walls and paper) and plan cool writing events for cool writers. (Check out niagarawritersretreatandconference (dot) com.) I have a love/hate relationship with chocolate, grammar, and technology. I’m a dog person, not a cat person. I prefer creating things to cleaning things, and baking to cooking. I believe laughter is a one-stop-shop solution to everything, and ELO’s Mr. Blue Sky can improve even the foulest day. You will always find a purple wall (or two) in my house (perhaps even a door) and a hidden passageway that leads to a mystery room. (Okay, so you won’t find a hidden passageway but a girl can dream, can’t she?) Oh, and tea. There will always be tea. I love collecting special kinds of tea...and special teacups from which to drink them. (See website for collection.)  

In my former life, I was a teacher. Now, I am a graduate of Ellen Hopkin’s Nevada Mentoring Program, and a student of James Scott Bell, Christopher Vogler and Don Maass. An excerpt from Lumière earned me the 2012 Don Maass Break Out Novel Intensive Scholarship. Known for my edgy, rule-breaking, Tim Burton-esque style of writing, I’m often affectionately referred to as the Quentin Tarantino of YA, among writing friends. 


Lumière—A Romantic Steampunk Fantasy—is my debut novel, Book One in my young adult The Illumination Paradox Series.

I look forward to comments and reviews from my readers, and am open to requests for skype visits and interviews!  Visit me here:

Twitter: @jackie_garlick

 
Q&A with Jackie on Lumière
 
What was the spark or initial idea that started your book? 

 A couple of years back, I heard a woman named Dr. Devra Davis speak on the dangers of X-rays. In her speech she outlined some early misuses of the x-ray, and I became enthralled with the idea of developing a story around one of the haunting facts she presented. She told of how, in the early 1800’s, at the inception of the X-ray, mini prototypes of the machine were made and sold to the rich. The rich then threw ‘x-ray parties’ where, after too much to drink, guests took turns x-raying one another’s hands and brains to see who’s was bigger, treating the machine like a party favor. Needless to say, they filled their homes with radiation and after enough repeat exposure, died hideous deaths. Dr. Davis went on to give a list other crazy things people thought the early x-ray could cure, including removal of birthmarks and curing migraines. Intrigued, I went home and promptly started my own research and was shocked to discover a doctor’s advertisement claiming the x-ray could turn a black man skin white. I remember the statement hitting me right in the gut and my mind going wild. From there I thought about how over the years and even today, medicine keeps creating things (drugs and machines) making all kinds of claims, that in the end, often end up harming people instead. From there I thought about my own brother’s struggles with epilepsy, and the failures of the medical world to help him, and how I wished there’d been a machine that could have worked a miracle for him…and…Eyelet, my main character was born. 

What was your favorite part of writing this book?

I think it was a tie between the inventions and the main characters. I loved stretching my imagination to come up with the unusual contraptions found in Urlick’s house, but I also loved composing the quipped-filled banter that flows between the two main characters. I also enjoyed writing the slow burn, very reluctant relationship of two wounded souls, discovering they are lovable. It was really up lifting spin on the usual YA insta love, or love/hate relationship. 

What is your favorite line from your book? 

Ummm….spoiler alert. Look away from the screen if necessary. “You’re perfect Eyelet, just as you are.”

What movie or television show would you say is most like your book in tone, topic, and/or characters? 

I like to think of it as a variation of “Sleep Hollow,” the movie version, with Johnny Depp. 

If your book was made into a movie and you got to design the movie poster, what would the tagline say?  

Hmmmm…that’s a tough one. I’d say maybe my tag line says it all, Lumière: One Determined Girl. One Resourceful Boy. One Miracle Machine That Could Destroy Everything… Or Lumière: When Darkness is Safer Than Light.

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Tuesday, February 4, 2014

How Did 2013 Go Post

I know we are already in February and I still haven't posted my 2013 sales numbers. I do plan on posting those numbers as soon as I have all of them. I'm waiting on final numbers from Apple, Page Foundry, Library Direct which is filtered through Smashwords. Once I get those numbers I will put them up so we can see how sales for 2013 went. I am pretty sure they are down from 2012 since I didn't have any fiction new releases and only had a nonfiction new release for a few days at the end of 2013.

Saturday, February 1, 2014

February #Giveaway - Horse Schools 4th Edition by Angelia Almos

Congratulations to the January #Giveaway winner of Horse Charmer - Jessica.


Now on to the February #Giveaway: an ebook copy of Horse Schools: The International Guide to Universities, Colleges, Preparatory and Secondary Schools, and Specialty Equine Programs 4th Edition by Angelia Almos. This contest is international and the winner will be given a Smashwords coupon code to claim their prize.

Revised and updated, this indispensable guide features more than 580 universities, colleges, preparatory and secondary schools, and specialty programs in thirty-one countries throughout the world that specialize in equine studies. It is the best source of information available for parents of horse-crazy children, college-bound equestrians, and students desiring a career with horses.

* A self quiz to help the prospective student decide what school is most appropriate


* List of possible equestrian careers


* Icons that show a school's areas of specialization

* School profiles include email addresses, web sites, degrees and majors offered, description of their programs, tuition and horse-related expenses, facility summaries, and opportunities to compete

* A list of equine-oriented scholarships

* Descriptions and a list of intercollegiate and interscholastic equestrian associations around the world

* Multiple ways to locate individual school entries


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