Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Follow Fest '14 - Day 2

It's day 2 of Follow Fest '14!

If you're returning, welcome back.
If you're new, hello!

This is a bloghop for the purpose of connecting with other writers. Any blogger can sign up once their Follow Fest post launches. Just copy the link, come back here, and enter.

If you're not sure how to build your post, the instructions are here.
If your curious about the giveaway, go here.

Whatever you do, hop those links!

Thanks for visiting. :)

Monday, September 22, 2014

Follow Fest '14 - Day 1

Welcome to the first day of 
Follow Fest '14!

Once you've launched your post (instructions here.), copy the link and come sign up on the Linky. 

It will stay open all week.

You can start visiting blogs and meeting other writers anytime. If you already know someone, that's cool. Visit their blog anyway. It'll be a good opportunity to catch up with them and make sure you haven't missed any of their follow options.

Still not sure?
Let me sweeten the pot with a giveaway. :)

Since this fest is for writers, the prize will be the winner's choice of a free 15-page critique or 25% off my regular rate for a line edit or proofread of your manuscript. The winner will be chosen at random from the Linky list of participants. (If a non-writer participant should win, I'll substitute a comparable prize.)

Oh, and I still need help spreading the word.

Feel free to add the blog button to your sidebar and link it to the Follow Fest information page ( You can also tweet and follow the progress of the fest on Twitter by using the hashtag #FollowFest14.

Here's a sample tweet:

Have you heard about FOLLOW FEST? #FollowFest14, a cyber meet-n-greet for #writers of all kinds via @MelissaMaygrove

(To tweet this right now, click here.)

The point of Follow Fest is to meet writers outside our usual blogging circles, so share this info any way you can.

Are you ready?
Good! Sign up and get hopping. :) 

Note: Some folks are having trouble adding themselves to the Linky list. If you enter and your link does not appear, even when you refresh the screen, let me know. I can add you.


Follow Fest blog button designed by Carrie Butler

My Follow Fest Post

The purpose of this blogfest is to meet other writers and build our platforms.

Follow Fest '14 runs thru Friday. 
There's still time to sign up! :) 

Fiction or nonfiction?
99.9% Fiction

What genres do you write?
Romance. I've written paranormal and historical romance (America, 1850's). A second historical and a dystopian are in the works.

Are you published?
Yes. I wrote a nonfiction piece that was published in a benefit anthology, Overcoming Adversity, in February of 2013. I also contributed to a free writer's resource titled How I Found The Write Path. My debut novel, Come Back, was released this past May.

To learn more about my debut and see the trailer, go here
The Kindle version is currently on sale for 99c.

Do you do anything in addition to writing?
I do some freelance editing. 

Tell us about yourself?
I'll try not to make this sound like my bio. LOL

I'm a neonatal nurse and a science buff. 
I'm married and have three teenage kids (four, if you count my husband).
I used to garden and sew, but now I just write. :)

I read romance (mostly western historical), but I also like regency and paranormal. I sometimes read contemporary and romantic suspense. Occasionally I venture outside the genre, into things like crime thrillers. 

One of these days, I'd like to retire (from nursing), move to the country, and travel the US.

Where can people connect with you?

All my blog follow options are at the top, in the right sidebar. 

Twitter: @MelissaMaygrove
There's a twitter follow button in the left sidebar, under the 'about me' section.

Other: Goodreads / Google+

Author pages: Amazon  /  Goodreads  /  Facebook


Do you have a newsletter? 
I have one that is intended for readers, but anyone can subscribe. I don't send these often, only when I have important news, such as a cover reveal or a new release.

If you're interested, you can click here to sign up.

Is there anything else you'd like us to know?
I participate in Alex J. Cavanaugh's Insecure Writers Support Group the first Wednesday of every month.

I started a Romance group at WANATribe.

I was recently interviewed by The Houston Press and featured in their '100 Creatives' series. 

I'm willing to post promo for my blog buddies. I post a list every second Friday.

Want to know more? Just ask!

Thanks for visiting. :)

To return to the Linky, click here.

For instructions on building your post and joining the hop, 
click here.

Monday, September 15, 2014

New Release! The Paper Magician by Charlie N. Holmberg

You've probably seen this book around. That's because it was one of the four books chosen by Amazon for 'Kindle First' in August.  

The Paper Magician is now available in all formats. 
Congratulations, Charlie!!!
Bound to a magic she never wanted, a young apprentice falls deeper into its mysteries when she must use everything she’s learned from her master in order to save him… and his heart.

Ceony Twill arrives at the cottage of Magician Emery Thane with a broken heart. Having graduated at the top of her class from the Tagis Praff School for the Magically Inclined, Ceony is assigned an apprenticeship in paper magic despite her dreams of bespelling metal. And once she’s bonded to paper, that will be her only magic…forever.

Yet the spells Ceony learns under the strange yet kind Thane turn out to be more marvelous than she could have ever imagined—animating paper creatures, bringing stories to life via ghostly images, even reading fortunes. But as she discovers these wonders, Ceony also learns of the extraordinary dangers of forbidden magic.

An Excisioner—a practitioner of dark, flesh magic—invades the cottage and rips Thane’s heart from his chest. To save her teacher’s life, Ceony must face the evil magician and embark on an unbelievable adventure that will take her into the chambers of Thane’s still-beating heart—and reveal the very soul of the man.

The Paper Magician is now available in ebook, paperback, and audiobook from 47North.


Homegrown in Salt Lake City, Charlie was raised a Trekkie with three sisters who also have boy names. She writes fantasy novels and does freelance editing on the side. She’s a proud BYU alumna, plays the ukulele, and owns too many pairs of glasses.


Charlie's Website  ~  Charlie on Twitter

Add The Paper Magician to your Goodreads
Get it on Amazon (Kindle, paperback, MP3 audio, Audible)

If you want a sneak peek at the sequel, go here. ;)

Carol Kilgore's Secrets of Honor
and Carrie Butler and PK Hrezo's
How I Found The Write Path
also release today!

Friday, September 12, 2014

Promo Friday - September

I have seven books for you today. 
Now, that's more like it!

The first one is right up my genetics-lover, science buff alley. And it's part of a series! :)

E.E. Giorgi is celebrating a new release, MOSAICS -- A Track Presius Mystery!

MOSAICS is book 2 in the Track Presius mystery series, a hard-boiled detective thriller with a genetic twist. CHIMERAS, book 1 in the series, is a 2014 Readers' Favorite Book Award finalist.

Dubbed the Byzantine Strangler because of the mysterious mosaic tiles he leaves at the crime scene, a new serial killer is stalking the streets of Los Angeles. Racing to decipher the code encrypted in the tiles before the killer strikes again, Detective Track Presius faces a new challenge: the "awakened" genes that make his vision and olfactory sense so sharp are now taking a toll on his life. 

When a new set of tiles appears in his own backyard, Track makes a chilling realization: those very same genes that are threatening his life are drawing the Byzantine Strangler closer and closer. The fine line between hunter and hunted has suddenly blurred. Will Track be the next piece of the mosaic puzzle?

You can find MOSAICS at Amazon.

And you can visit E.E. Giorgi's website and blog here: 

Click here to enter the giveaway
Do you like a strong, 'kick-ass' heroine? Literally? Then get your hands on Fierce by L.G. Kelso. 

Tori’s MMA career was taking off, until she beat the wrong man. Her training partner, nursing a bruised ego, snapped—shattering her trust and confidence. 

Three years later, Tori’s keeping her fists to herself as she struggles to put herself through college. But when a group of gangbangers hassle her at work, old habits kick in and her fists fly. Max Estrada, a frequent diner customer, steps in and gets them out of hot water, but Tori is still fired… days before tuition is due. [...] The sexy Colombian draws her back into the world of MMA and revives her dreams of becoming a professional face-puncher—until Will, her old partner and current Middleweight Champion, struts back into the gym. The secret they share is an unexpected liability to his career, and he’s determined to keep her silent. 

With her life on the ropes, Tori will have to face the past for a shot at winning back her future, or carry the weight of a loss even greater than before. 

Fierce is L.G. Kelso's debut novel. Congrats, L.G.!!! :D 
L.G. has a blog tour starting on the 15th. Contact her for details.

Buy it here:
Amazon/Kindle  ~  Nook  ~  Smashwords

Kobo & itunes/ibookstore coming soon  
Don’t forget to add it to your Goodreads 
M. Pax released The Rifters, the first book of her new series, on  September 8th. Congratulations, Mary! :D

The Rifters is available at a special introductory price--FREE! 

... Nestled inside ancient volcanic peaks, the town of Settler, [Oregon] holds onto many secrets. Residents roam the streets with weirdly fashioned devices, and odd lights pulse in the night skies. People whisper of a phantom outlaw and start dying, murdered and missing their heads. On top of it all, [Daelin Long’s] sister is missing, and Daelin doesn’t know who to trust. 

[Earl Blacke] knows more than he's saying. He shares a notorious history with the phantom, on he'll see remains buried. Keeping Daelin's sister's secrets is his only chance at redemption, and the only way to keep this world safe.

B&N / Smashwords / Googleplay / iTunes / Kobo

Versent Books / inktera

The second book in the series, The Initiate, will be available on October 20th. It's available for pre-order for a special price at select retailers. For more information, click here.

Giveaways and events are ongoing through October 31st. Check here for details.
Author Cassie Hayes has a western historical romance on sale. You can get Gold Rush Brides: The Beginning for just 99c!

Who needs a man? Certainly not Miss Delilah Price! 

Abandoned by the man who ordered her as a mail order bride, Delilah struggles to get by in Gold Rush-era San Francisco. Jack Dalton struck it rich in the Sierra Nevada and is having a mighty fine time spending his gold at dance halls and saloons in town. Can they let go of their pasts and find hope for their future or will they let their fears tear them apart? 

You can buy Gold Rush Brides here:
Amazon  ~  iTunes  ~   B&N  ~  Kobo 

...and you can find Cassie here:
Website  ~  Facebook

Carol Kilgore's book, Secrets Of Honor, releases very soon, on September 15th!  

Sometimes, a woman has to do what a woman has to do . . . even when she knows she shouldn't.

Carol writes 'crime fiction with a kiss,' and her stories are darn good stuff. :)

You can keep an eye out for Secrets Of Honor and its buy links on Carol's website.

If all goes as planned, How I Found The Write Path, an anthology of letters compiled by PK Hrezo and Carrie Butler, should be available on Monday, too. Woohoo! 

(I contributed to this ebook, so I'm allowed a little happy-dance. :)
And last, but definitely not least, I have some great news from  Alex J. Cavanaugh...

On the heels of the wonderful turnout for Sunflowers for Tina on Monday, Samantha Redstreake Geary made this announcement:

“As a lasting tribute to Tina, I, along with 25 amazing authors, are publishing audiomachine‘s TREE OF LIFE: Branching Out collaborative story in ebook format on Amazon, launching Sept. 12th! Stunning book cover designed by gifted graphic artist and composer, Ryo Ishido. All proceeds of the TREE OF LIFE ebook will benefit the Downey Education Fund set up for Tina’s two boys.

Tina contributed to this anthology - and it's available Today! 
Thanks for visiting. :)
Remember: the next Promo Friday is scheduled for Oct. 10th. 
Deadline for submitting content is Wednesday, Oct. 8th.  

Note: Short blurbs or taglines are preferred. 
If you send me a long blurb, I might shorten it.

(Promo Friday is a monthly service I provide to my followers.