Sunday, May 1, 2016

Cover Reveal! The Thing That Got Me Blogging Again

Kidding. I'm ending a very long hiatus to reveal the cover of a diverse anthology titled The Thing That Turned Me

The awesome Randi Lee conceived this clever collection, dragged us kicking and screaming to our deadlines assembled the authors and artists, and made her vision a reality. I’m honored to be among the list of contributors.

From the Stay Classy site...
A diverse group of authors, bloggers, speakers and editors has come together to bring you a unique collection of writings: The Thing that Turned Me, an anthology revolving around the people, places and things in our lives that ‘turn’ us, or cause us to change in some way.

A patchwork quilt of talent collaborates on this new and exciting project, inviting a singular synergy to the anthology that will leave you turning pages without delay. Works within the anthology range from Science Fiction and Fantasy to Creative Non-Fiction, and beyond. Poetry blends with prose in this variegated ensemble of stories, poems and essays.

 Cover credit: Harper L. Jameson

Awesome, right?

Now for the teasers...
Caveat: I didn't place mine at the top. The teasers are listed in the order they were received. Sometimes it pays to be the early bird. :)

Title: Malice
Author: Melissa Maygrove
Genre: Reality-based Thriller
Blurb: Everyone has murder in them. All it needs is the right situation.

Title is: The Journey (essay) 
Book it's related to: Tails of Sweetbrier
Author: Deanie Humphrys-Dunne
Genre: Non-fiction, children/young adults
My turning point led me to create an award-winning autobiography about a handicapped child's journey to a champion equestrian.

Title: The Shadow King’s Pet
Author: Crystal Collier
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Blurb: Katia loved Grandfather's stories of the Shadow King, 
until the king of darkness came for her.

Title: George and the Dragon
Author: Christine Rains
Genre: Speculative Fiction
Blurb: Saffi thinks the man she meets in the Underground is a loon declaring he's there to slay a dragon. But when he stands face-to-face with a dangerous, serpentine machine, she believes he just might be a true knight.

Title: Wednesday's Child
Author: Roland Yeomans
Genre: Dark Urban Fantasy
Blurb: A crippled girl, a mysterious Greek physician, 
and a Hollywood party to die for ... literally.

Title: The Blanket
Author: Harper L. Jameson
Genre: Paranormal romance
Blurb: A chance encounter with chaos. A destiny determined. 
To have her, he will destroy us all.

Title: CassaDawn
Author: Alex J. Cavanaugh
Genre: Science fiction - space opera
Blurb: Byron’s excellent piloting skills won’t be enough without a good navigator…

Title: Finding My Voice
Author: Sherry Ellis
Genre: Nonfiction (Inspirational)
Blurb: One caring teacher plus a little music equals a life 
changed for the better.

Title: Letting Go: A Siren Song
Author: Tyrean Martinson
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Blurb: Rozzie knows she can keep her siren power under control if she just doesn't sing, but who can stay in control in every situation?

Title: Invariant
Author: K.D. Martin
Genre: YA - Coming of age
Blurb: She always lived her life by the rules, no deviation meant no complication. Until she decided to play by her own.

Title: Rising Star ~ Falling Heart
Author: Cathrina Constantine
Genre: NA
Blurb: Capri gives up everything to become a star, even love. But when Bo steps back into her life, she's torn between her dreams and her heart.

Title: The Disappearance of Miss Mary Dawkins
Author: Michelle Athy
Genre: Historical Fiction
Blurb: Boston, 1793. Mary is young, pregnant, and indecisive—but the time for decisions about the baby's future is coming on fast.

Title: Through Shades of Gray
Author: Michael Di Gesu
Genre: NA Contemporary
Blurb: Through winter's shades of gray, a young man finds his long-lost muse in a very unexpected place…Cocoa Beach, Florida.

Title: Remember the Trampled Rose
Author: Randi Lee
Genre: Romance/Romantic Comedy
Blurb: When Tess apologizes to Mark for her harsh attitude, he can’t forget about the trampled rose. But then she says his name, and everything changes.

Title: RISE
Artist: Jenny Vyas
Genre: Mixed Media Art
Blurb: Jenny is highly influenced by beauty in complex human emotions and attempts to reveal human frailty through her monochromatic paintings where she creates abstracts of human silhouettes and fluctuating forms in half-light.

Title: Hard to Love
Author: Madalyn Beck
Genre: Drama
Blurb: When the love of your life falls in love with someone else, 
the only person left to love you is you.

Title - Revelation
Author - L. Diane Wolfe
Genre - New Adult Contemporary
Blurb - A car accident results in more than one crisis. Still haunted by his troubled past, can James handle the situation?

Title: Finding the Light
Author: Nana Prah
Genre: Paranormal
Blurb: When all hope is lost, providing it for others may be 
the only way to redemption.

Title: A Glowworm
Author: Tonja Drecker
Genre: Historical Fiction
Blurb: After years of struggling to survive, Ilse might finally have the chance for a better life. But if she decides to take the gamble, she'll have to give up the very last things she's fought so hard to hold on to.

Title: Rehema
Author: Imani Allen
Genre: Drama
Blurb: Peter experiences a radical encounter with a woman who shows him compassion while challenging him to be a better person. Was this woman real or was he imagining it?

Title: Don't Be Koi
Author: Samantha Redstreake Geary
Genre: Romantic Comedy (with a fantastical twist)
Blurb: An ordinary box with an extraordinary secret sends one woman on a comical misadventure where love and loss meet fortunes and fish.

Title: Shades of Deception
Author: Michelle Wallace
Genre: Suspense
Blurb: Cassandra is on the run when an encounter with a woman from her past leads to a showdown, culminating in a stunning revelation.

Title: Shadows Falling on Rainbows
Author: Celeste Holloway
Genre: Suspense
Blurb: Cold, desperate, and on the run, she has nothing to lose until she crosses a stranger’s path, and nothing becomes everything.

Title: Shifting Sands
Author: Elizabeth Seckman
Genre: Women's Fiction
Blurb: Sex. Lies. Obsession. It's only the beginning. 
(A prequel to the Coulter Men series.)

Title: Before We Break
Author: Heather M. Gardner
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Blurb: As Jack Munro struggles with an old demon, Maggie Maguire attempts to show him there's always another way.

Title: Ryan
Author: Misha Gerrick
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Blurb: Ryan spent almost a thousand years hunting other immortals. Then the Blitz happened... (An Endless story.)

Title: The Window
Author: Diane Carlisle
Genre: Literary Fiction
Blurb: A window can represent many things. 
It can be a timeline, a physical barrier, or even a passageway. 
For one woman, it might even be her salvation.

Title: The Reader
Author: Melanie Schulz
Genre: Magical Realism
Blurb: Most anyone can read a book. 
Only Liz can make the book read her.

Title: The Day Dave Broke the Internet
Author: Tara Tyler
Genre: Apocalyptic Romance (and Humor, of course)
Blurb: Dave didn't know he was lonely until his friends pointed it out. But when he finally joins an online dating site - the internet and the whole world goes dark - talk about a bad omen.

The Thing That Turned Me is set to be released 
May 31st.
Please add it to your  Goodreads. :) 
I have every intention of catching you up on what's been going on in my life, but this post is already a mile long, so I'll save it for another. 

Thanks for not giving up on me. I've missed you bunches!

Monday, November 30, 2015

Hopefully, this isn't goodbye

Most of you have probably noticed by now that my social media presence has been practically nonexistent. I've been a lousy blogger and return visitor, and I hate it, but there wasn't much I could do about it. My alter-ego's life has radically changed.

Due to factors outside my control, I'm going to have to go on hiatus...a real, serious hiatus. I won't even be doing IWSG or promo posts for a while.

I've been battling a serious health issue (and winning!). But the biggest obstacle is that I was recently forced to change jobs and went from working part-time to full-time - in addition to being self-employed. I was struggling before (I'm a working mom with three teenagers, all in high school this year, and one of them a senior), but now I have almost no free time.

I'm faced with the choice: blog or write.
You know which one is going to win.

If any of my fans are reading this, know that I will continue writing. Two more companion novels for Come Back are already planned. I'll get them done; I promise. Just be patient with me.

So this is goodbye for now, but not forever. I'm hopeful that, once I'm settled into my new job and my nest begins to empty, I'll have time to visit my cyber friends again.

I love you all.
Don't hesitate to keep in touch. My inbox is always open. :)

Friday, November 20, 2015

Promo Friday - Special Edition

It's time for Promo Friday again!

Well, not really. I needed to run the December post early, and my guest graciously obliged. 

Blogger / writer J.Q. Rose has a new book. Some of you will remember her from the anthology of writing tips she put together. Today, the book she's promoting is a sweet romantic suspense titled Deadly Undertaking. (Clever title.) Congratulations, Janet! :D

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Cover Reveal - The Undead Road by David Powers King

Woot! It's time for the cover reveal of The Undead Road by David Powers King. David has become a good cyber-friend, and I'm very excited for him. (Great cover, dude!) Make sure to read the details below--this cover reveal includes a very cool and unique contest!

Monday, November 9, 2015

Mom did it again!

We're a prolific family, at least where writing is concerned. LOL

I'm happy to announce that my mom, Jeanette Pierce, has published a second set of workbooks, this time via Elk Lake Publishing and based on the Western Christian Romance When The Cowboy Rides Away by Molly Noble Bull.

These workbooks are designed for use by private schools, home schools, and individuals, and are available on Amazon.