Fourth of July Flash Sale!!

Fourth Sale

 

Hello once again, readers!!!

You heard right! For THREE DAYS ONLY, Everlasting (Night Watchmen, #1) will be on sale for only 99¢! Be sure to grab your copy now!!

And please share!

Echelon out

Teaser Tuesday

Teaser TuesdayHello once again, readers!!!

How is your holiday week so far? Good? Busy? Anyone preparing for Black Friday?

I am entertaining my two year-old and six year-old. And by entertaining I mean being tied up and put in their closet jail. But it’s okay, they left me alongside of plush Buzz and Woody so at least I am in good company. And I am let out when they grow hungry on good behavior from time to time. Help me! Who could ask for more?

Sounds fun right? o_O

Any who, today is teaser Tuesday and since I am now working on approving the copy edits for From the Embers, I figured I would share a teaser from chapter 1.

She was staring at me. “The end of days has begun, or as your old realm is calling it, the war. There is much to catch up on and very little time to do so.”

“Catch up on? What month are we in?” I asked, shivering.

Her gaze fell flat.

Astral shifted and took a gentle step in between us. “Forgive her, Alexis. Being in the Hall of Knowledge for such a long time does make one dizzy-minded.”

“But I wasn’t there for that long. Hours if anything,” I stated. I was confused and felt on the verge of snapping. The dragon in me felt suppressed.

His smile was patient when he tilted his head at me. “Oh, but it was much longer, Little Flame. You’ve been gone for almost a year in the time of the living. We are in November…again.”

And scene. A lot of mixed emotions bombard Aurora when she wakes in the realm. A lot of time has passed and a lot of hope was lost. She must reunite the people in the realm in hopes that they will fight back against Zordon and his steadily growing army.

Are you as excited as I am?

On another note:

Best Friends

 

 

 

 

 

Yes that is me and my bestie author Sonya Loveday. You should check her out. ;)

That being said, Echelon out ♥

Born in Flames Blog Tours

born-in-flames-finalHello once again, Readers!!!

Not much happening on the home front. Unless you consider editing, fitting in the gym when I’m not being lazy, and potty training a thrill. If so, then I will change the above statement to my life is a never-ending thrill ride!

But I digress.

Next week Born in Flames will be featured in not one, but two blog tours. Say what!

Cha-I know.

I wasn’t paying attention when I scheduled the dates and for some reason I scheduled them together. Freaking exciting. They’re both seven-day tours with around 44 stops. Can I getta oh snap!

Any who, here is the breakdown of what’s going down:

Reading Away the Days! Born in Flames Blog Tour from April 22nd to April 28th:

22nd April:
Book Addicted AA – Review
Lily Bloom Books – Review
23rd April:
Soul Unsung – Character Spotlight
Tams’s Book Blog – Review & This or that
24th April:
Fated Paranormals – Review & Excerpt
Book Crazy – Review
25th April:
Sweet Southern Home – Interview
Reading Away the Days – Top 10 post
26th April:
Pieces of Whimsy – Book Excerpt
27th April:
Cause I Say So – Review
YA-Aholic – Review
28th April:
We Do Write – Interview
Book Club Sisters – Review
And….
Girls *Heart* Books Born in Flames Blog Tour from April 21st to the 27th:

April 21st: 

A Little Bit of R ‘n’ R -Excerpt, Spotlight, Playlist Post-Songs that you listened to while writing the book

Raven Reviews – Excerpt, Playlist Post-songs that fit the main character

Angels with Attitude Boook Reviews -Review, Spotlight

Girls *Heart* Books Tours-Schedule & Spotlight

April 22nd:

Brianna Lee Book Reviews-Excerpt, Spotlight

Shadow Realm- Excerpt, Spotlight

Girls *Heart* Books-Review, Spotlight

Ever and Ever Sight- Review, Top Tens Book Series

April 23rd:

Krystal Clear Book Reviews- Review, Excerpt, Book Soundtrack

Paperrdolls -Review, Excerpt, Spotlight

Addicted Readers – Review, Excerpt, Spotlight

Sassy Book Lovers- Excerpt/Spotlight

April 24th:

Flavor of Love- Top Tens -Favorite Love Songs

The Next Chapter - Review, Excerpt

As You Wish Reviews -Excerpt, Spotlight

Book Dream Land- Review, Excerpt, Spotlight

April 25th:

Cu’se-Book Give Aways - Review

Consuming Worlds – Review

Indy Book Fairy -Review, Excerpt, Author Interview

Bawaka’s Book Fair-Excerpt

Page Flipperz YA- Spotlight, Playlist Post

April 26th:

Just Me, Myself & I -Review, Excerpt

The Next Chapter - Character Interview, Spotlight

A Page Away -Excerpt, Spotlight

Rambling Voices in My Head-Review, Excerpt, Spotlight, Book Soundtrack

April 27th:

Between the Bind-Review, Excerpt

Paranormal Book Club- Guest Post, Excerpt

The Reader’s Garden – Review

Mythical Books -Review, Excerpt

So that about sums that up. More to come, folks!

Echelon out ♥

‘Born in Flames’ Is Now Available On KOBO

 

My publisher has added Born in Flames to the KOBO network! Ibooks will be coming soon as well, and then hopefully print!!!

Echelon out ♥

Excerpt From Born in Flames

Hello once again Readers!! How was your night? Mine was full of tossing and turning…in a good way though. I was so pumped full of excitement and hope.

But I’ve got my Red Bull on hand and the Phillip Phillips CD from the last season of American Idol blaring (thank you bestie).

But I digress.

The next thing on my agenda as a newly published author (eek!) is to post an excerpt from my novel, Born in Flames. I chose to go with the second chapter since the first is already available for viewing as a sample.

Hope you enjoy!

Excerpt from Chapter 2

We took the local bus to and from everywhere in town. It was the perfect means of transportation for us. A car would have been nice, but we were fostered, working on minimum wage and living in a small town. We couldn’t really hold our expectations too high. The town was small enough that the commute only lasted between twenty and thirty minutes.

It beat walking.

We reached the bus stop underneath the clear morning sky and I slumped into the far end of the bench, trying to ignore the fidgety man waiting next to me. He clutched an old faded denim backpack to his chest in a death grip. Sheesh, I thought. I pulled my tattered baseball cap out of my purse and pushed my hair inside it. I liked to keep my hair tucked away when I was in the general public since it was ruby red and stood out against my pale skin. It helped lessen the curious stares.

I noticed the man next to me, side-eyeing me through my peripheral vision. He had blotchy skin, and smelled of rubbing alcohol. A tuft of milky-white hair sat atop his head and swayed in the breeze. I wondered if the breeze picked up, would the feathery tuft float away like the seeds of a dandelion?

Fenn looked back at the two of us. He shook his head, suppressing a chuckle as he watched the fidgety man squirm next to me. Strange things always seemed to occur around me. This creep was proof of that.

The guy cleared his throat and straightened his back, tightening his grip on the pack, knuckles paling from skin stretched thin. There must be something important inside there.

Fenn casually backed up a couple of steps to be closer to me, whistling and keeping his hands in his pocket, ever the silent protector. It was a job he had always done well. Living on this island, the locals found it hard to adjust to the trouble I unintentionally brought.

I’ve kind of been responsible for a few accidental fires (started by my thoughts though I never told anyone except Fenn). The fires have only started when I felt angry, but things have definitely exploded into flames around me—things like a bookshelf in a library that took a while to douse out.

Now the town simply looked at me as a freak of sorts, some religious people even crossing themselves because they believed I could actually hurt them.

So yeah, Fenn was always there to defend me. Just in case.

I glanced at my watch, thinking the bus should be here any minute and that I’d be glad to get away from this freak next to me. His constant squirming didn’t sit well with me.

Then I heard the awful screeching of the brakes as the bus came barreling into view a few seconds later. The front wheel plowed over the curb before it came to a thud on the street. The exhaust made a wheezy sound, probably fatigued from the driver’s mistreatment, and the hinges squealed as the old doors swung open, inviting us in.

I have told the driver many times that he should probably get the brakes changed, but he always just looked at me and laughed in an idiotic way. Sort of a mix between a cackling witch and a hyena. Visions of sticking my foot in his mouth always came to mind. If only I could set this bus on fire, but then I guess I’d be out of transportation.

“Hit any tourists today?” I asked casually as I stepped onto the bus. His usual smirk instantly pointed south. I kept moving, not giving him a chance to respond, as I pulled my hat down as low as it could go and took my seat near the back. The creepy guy from the bench took a seat directly across from me, continuing to side-eye me.

“Great,” I mumbled.

Fenn slid in next to me, and the doors swung shut. The driver pulled out, never checking traffic to ensure the road was clear. All I can say is that we haven’t been in an accident yet… and I stress the yet.

We rode in silence for a while as the powerful hum of the engine sang a poor man’s lullaby. I could still feel the creepy guy’s burning gaze on the side of my face. What is with this guy, I thought. I was tempted to say something, but a large pothole stopped me.

Everything went flying, including Fenn’s coffee. Of course it decided to find a dry place to land on, like my shirt. Agitated chatter began as everyone reached for the items that had flown from their laps into the aisle.

“Dang it,” I groaned, trying to blot the lukewarm wetness off my white shirt now stained coffee brown. I’d have to change into a new shirt when I got to work. Another small dent in my paycheck.

“Sorry,” Fenn said, picking his music player up off the floor. “He’s such a douche. When you gonna learn to stop egging him on? You know he did that on purpose.” The bus driver’s demonic smile peered at me through the rear view mirror. I exhaled sharply, glaring back at him.

A sparkle caught the corner of my eye. In the aisle sat a pendant, right next to the creepy guy’s bookbag. He was rubbing his head, probably from smacking it against the window, not paying attention. I leaned over to grab it, arousing his awareness.

Our heads collided on the way down, but my hands were the quickest of the pair. As my fingers touched the pendant, an instantaneous flash of a clearing under an unusually large full moon ran through my mind along with a haunting pair of glowing blue eyes. Then a rush of power, tingling like electricity, spiked up my arm, throwing me backwards and into Fenn’s lap with a blast of light. The pendant was seared into my grip, the energy still coursing up my arm and throughout my body.

“Rory, are you okay?” Fenn asked immediately, his worried hands running all over me, checking for any sign of damage.

I looked up at him and said, “Fenn, I’m fi–,” but was cut off by the frightened look upon his face. “What?” I asked hesitantly.

“Your eyes, Rory…wait…is that blood?” he asked, panicked. His thumbs pulled at my lower lids as his eyes widened in horror.

“Wha-what?” I stammered, feeling my own panic rise as I pulled my phone out of my pocket and held it up to my face to see my reflection.

My irises were ruby red like my hair. They glistened as they caught the sun’s light. I moved to touch them but felt a foreign hand on my shoulder stop me.

“The pendant, girl, give me the pendant,” said the creepy man, loud enough for only me to hear.

A low growl built deep within, the pendant warming in my hand as if awakening something in me that had always been there.

“Why do YOU have this?” I gritted through clenched teeth. Something foreign stirred inside me, overtaking my reasoning. Something powerful that longed to break free.

He yanked the pendant from my hand and then placed his hand and face mere inches from my own, a white glow radiating from his palm.

“Silly girl, the bus is no place for your change,” he said in a whisper as the blinding glow encompassed my face. I felt the heat kiss my eyes and then it all disappeared.

“Stop it,” Fenn commanded, pulling me into him as he shoved the creepy guy off. I shook my head, dizzy from the cloudiness that instantly fogged my brain. Fenn squeezed my shoulder.

“Your eyes…they’re, they’re normal, but how?” Fenn’s concerned face made me turn towards the man who was still staring directly at me, etching this weird moment deep inside my brain. “What did he just do?” whispered Fenn.

My cheeks ran red as I held my gaze with the creep, ignoring the onlookers and their curious stares, and asked, “What did you mean by ‘change’?”

The answer never came. He continued to stare a minute more until the screeching brakes told us we had made it to the next stop. Still staring at me, he grabbed his bag and shoved the pendant inside it, once again clutching it to his chest. He headed off the bus, the white glow on his hand touching each of the passengers as he walked by. Their heads slumped over as the white glow enshrouded them, and then they each shook their heads, dazed, as if trying to remember where they were.

“Did that really just happen?” Fenn asked, muddled.

I blinked, my mind going blank. I wish I could have answered him, but I had no idea what had just happened. My head was still foggy and aching.

“Maybe it was just another strange occurrence?” I suggested, skeptical. I faced him with a forced smile.

“What’d he whisper to you?” His hands were still bracing my shoulders.

“Something about a change…I don’t know…it was hard to make out because he was talking so low. Weird, right?”

“Weird is definitely right.” His eyebrows knit together, forming a perfect V. “I should follow him and demand an answer.” Anger flashed in his eyes. I felt him move like he was about to follow through with that plan so I placed my hand on his chest.

“No, it won’t do any good now. He’ll be long gone. Let’s just forget it, okay? Pretend it never happened and focus on finding my parents.” I searched his eyes, waiting for his usual give.

He sighed heavily. “Yeah, you’re right. I’m just glad you’re okay,” he replied, putting his earphones back in and then after a brief smile, turning back to the window.

We still had three more stops to go. Three more chances for me to get a grip on myself before I had to face a restaurant full of curious faces. I sighed and leaned back, putting in my own earphones. I closed my eyes and tried to let what just happened slip away. No use trying to decipher it, I would get nowhere like always. I just knew that finding my birth parents would resolve so many questions. Unfortunately, the beginning of that search was still paychecks away from happening.

 

And scene.

So the obvious question I will leave you with is: What’d ya think?

That being said, Echelon out ♥

 

A Nomination and a Book Trailer ♥

 Hello once again Readers!!! Exciting news for this blogger/writer!

First thing’s first, that’s me over there <–, in case you were wondering.  And that’s what my morning usually consists of. My faithful dog, Lily, snuggled up against me, and my Kindle Fire allowing me to read other fellow bloggers (and an occassional book or two). All while falling into the sink hole of my couch.

But I digress.

So, what’s the exciting news?  Let’s start with the nomination and save the really good stuff for last…(muhahaha). Andrew Toynbee, a very excellent blogger, has been nominated for the One Lovely Blogger Award.

Round of applause, please!!!

And like a lot of these awards, you are to pass on what you have been bestowed. Sharing is caring. That being said, I was lucky enough to be chosen as one of the 15! Woohoo!

Onward to the rules!

1. Thank the blogger who nominated you with a link to the site.
2. Write seven things about yourself that other bloggers don’t know
3. Nominate fifteen other deserving blogs.

Okay, once again, thank you oh so much Andrew for the mention. It really means a lot!! Readers, you should check him out!  Now for the seven things…

1. I enjoy sweeping. It’s a form of zen.

2. Drink of choice, whiskey and coke. Nothing more nothing less.

3. At my old job, I had to park in the same row every day, otherwise I felt my whole day would be screwed. Grrr.

4. I tend to snort when I laugh, and in extreme cases, if the joke is really funny, I fall to the ground.

5. I danced for a good 15 years of my life.

6. Both my children were born via C-section. Why? Because my son (first-born) was a whopping 9lb 6oz. Yeah, I know.

7. I have a huge heart and always try to see the best in people. Sometimes it backfires, but there’s never a regret. (Awwww)

Now for nominations:

Sonya Loveday (Welcome to the blog-o-sphere Bestie!) * Michelle Proulx (because I think you’re awesome) * James Calbraith (because your interview and book are awesome) * Elizabeth Guizzetti (Have faith, people will see your genius) * Austin Bishop (your topics are always interesting and insightful) * K.L Shwengel (because you make me laugh) * Debbie ( because I LOVE astrology).

I lost count…that’s all I have until I get to know more peeps. And I think I went a bit overkill on the use of AWESOME, but hey, it’s a fantastic and AWESOME word…:)

Now to wrap things up because this is taking a heck of a lot longer than I had planned and I’m sure you’re probably like, “Oh my gosh, really? Hurry up!” Or you’ve just skimmed through. Either way, thanks for stopping in.

I digress.

So starting tomorrow I will be taping my very own book trailer! I’m so excited about this! I have the scenes and music all scripted out, as well as the people playing my characters, so I’m ready to go! My cousin has a small production company in New Hampshire and they’ve agreed to help me with all the editing. So fingers crossed that it will all turn out the way I envision it! That’s it. That’s my other big news. I’ll keep you updated on how the whole process goes. It should be interesting to say the least…

Oh, and here I am dying of heat exhaustion earlier today while out for a jog.

Scary stuff…hehehe…

Now for a question: If you were on the brink of death by dehydration, hanging on by a mere thread, underneath the sweltering sun, what would you do for a glass of water?

Hmmmm…

As always, Echelon out ♥

Marketing Ideas for Authors

Hello once again Readers!!! Now before I get to the good stuff-tips on marketing-I wanted to let you in on a little secret about myself. You see, I have this little problem…I get hooked on something and become obsessed with it until it bores me. This usually lasts about two to three weeks. And right now, I’m hooked on learning as much as I can about how to market myself as an author. This of course will benefit you as a reader because I will share everything I learn, thus cutting back on the time you will have to spend on research. Yay!

So today I stuck to reading about basic marketing strategies. Yesterday it was learning how to use Twitter to your advantage. Again I’m using Author Media for my research because they have so many versatile blogs that appeal to striving authors. So let us begin.

First thing’s first, the blog that will change your life-89 Book Marketing Ideas That Will Change Your Life. Like that, eh? I feel like I’ve hit the jackpot with this particular blog because there are tons of great ideas and they are all broken down into categories. I’m a sucker for organization. I digress. A few of my favorite points are:

  • Create a book trailer-I have been meaning to do this! It’s a great way to show your audience what’s inside your mind.
  • Create a fan page for your main character-It would give the reader something to look forward to when the story is over. I myself love to look for ways to continue my connection with a character that I fell in love with.
  • Ask different newspapers and radio stations in your area to interview you-I guess branching out and rolling up your sleeves is the best way to make yourself known. Personally, I’d have to get over my shyness in order to do this.
  • Find places to give book readings. Coffee shops, bookstores,videos online, libraries. Use your imagination!
  • Donate! It’s called Karma!

The list goes on and on, 89 times to be exact. There are a lot of helpful ideas and some that I need to read up on because I am not that good at understanding technology. I will be bookmarking all of these for when my book is finally published. For now though, I will continue to edit my second novel and play around with my social media sites.

Tomorrow I will be blogging about blogging tips and how to gain traffic to your blog so be sure to check back in. Since I’m still new to the scene, I have a lot to learn. 

And I leave you with a question: If you are published, what way of marketing have you found the most successful? If you are a reader, what appeals to you? What catches your attention and makes you purchase a book?

Until tomorrow, Echelon out ♥