Monday, September 29, 2014

Cover Reveal! THE DARK CARNIVAL Anthology

Hello, Ladies and Gents!
Everyone gather round! Closer. Even closer.
Can you smell it? Buttered popcorn. The gossamer perfume of cotton candy, and over there, you can just make out the calliope music from the carousel.
The carnival has come to town, my friends, though the thrills you seek might be altogether different from the ones you get...
Welcome to the great Pen and Muse's DARK CARNIVAL!
In this anthology, several authors and illustrators explore the dark and hidden dangers that lie within a carnival that has come to town. But it is no ordinary carnival. It's THE DARK CARNIVAL.
And when The Dark Carnival comes to town, there's no promise that anyone can leave...alive.
A round of applause for the talented authors ready to terrify you!
 Kat Daemon, Kristen Strassel, Julie Hutchings, C. Elizabeth Vescio, Mark Matthews, Brian W. Taylor, Kim Culpepper, Eli Constant, Mari Wells, J. Elizabeth Hill, Nicole R. Taylor, Ashly Nagrant, Kristin Hanson, Calyn Morgan, Tawney Bland, Roselle Kaes, Ken Mooney, Emily McKeon, Bobby Salomons, Ezekiel Conrad, Sheila Hall, Michelle Davis, Lucas Hargis, Vanessa Henderson, Ryan Bartlett, Debra Kristi, Jessi Esparza, T.A. Brock, Ruth Shedwick, Brian LeTendre, Amy Trueblood, Gregory Carrico, Jamie Corrigan, Kate Michael, Tyle Anne Snell, Alicia Audrey, Meghan Schuler, Jamie Adams, Wulf Francu Godgluck, J.C. Michael, Suzy G., Kristin Rivers, and Claire C. Riley.
*Final lineup subject to change
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Add it to your shelves - horror, anthologies, and thriller are good places to start.
Did you say you have more love? Pin the shiny new cover to Pinterest, send out some tweets, and scribe it into Facebook. You never know - show The Dark Carnival enough love, and it might just let you leave.
Cover Design by the fabulous C. Elizabeth Vescio. Learn more about her and her incredible design skills here.
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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Music Ramble: TRANSMISSIONS by Starset

I don't listen to the radio much. Usually about two hours a day, on the way to work and on the way home. And usually in that two hours, I hear the same five bands over and over until I want to punch someone in their Metallica...

Um, face.

Lately, though, they've been playing some new bands, and I've been pretty happy. Excited, even. One song in particular, My Demons, was sticking with me, so I decided to check out the album.

I'm freaking in love. TRANSMISSIONS by Starset is glorious symphonic rock, and I can't get enough of it. Especially the song Dark On Me. Not only does it give me major feels, but it's stirring story possibilities, and that's always fantastic. Let It Die has a total mad scientist feel, which is only boosted when I listen to the remix, and my writer brain is going nuts with it.

The whole album is beautiful, and while I have my favorites, there's not a song on it that I don't like.

So, if you like your rock with violins and symphonic epicness, check out Starset's TRANSMISSIONS.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Cover Reveal! THE GHOST OF YOU by Amanda Burckhard

Today, I’m incredibly excited to show you the cover for Amanda Burckhard’s THE GHOST OF YOU, coming 12/30/14 from Swoon Romance. But first, as always because I can, a look at what’s inside!

Emmy has everything she’s ever wanted: a hot boyfriend she adores, great friends, a promising future, and even a well-connected family. But one night rips it all away.

A car accident shatters her world, claiming the lives of her twin brother and her best friend. In the wake of the accident, her friends drift away, her family falls apart, and her boyfriend cheats.

The grief is more than she can handle, so she finds escape at the bottom of a bottle of painkillers. Taking the pills makes her brother alive again, if only in her head. Seeing and talking to her brother as if he were still alive is the only thing that keeps her going. Until Logan King moves to town.

Logan sees past the mask of pristine popularity she wears in public and he’s the only one who can tell she hasn’t moved on. His uncanny ability to read her forces her to open up and she starts to fall for him, no matter how unwilling she is to admit it. But Emmy isn’t the only one keeping secrets and when a close brush with death sparks events that bring everything to light, Emmy will have to decide what’s more important: learning how to forgive and move on, or holding onto the pills and the ghost of her past.

I can’t wait to get my hands on it! Now for the cover! 

*whips off blanket*

 Beautiful! Congrats, Amanda on a lovely cover, and I'm eager to grab my own copy of THE GHOST OF YOU!

About the Author

Amanda Burckhard grew up exploring bat caves and hunting for dinosaur bones in the Black Hills of South Dakota. When she wasn’t crossing paths with mountain lions, she was making up stories and devouring books at the library. Although, she still does that.

Amanda loves to travel and cross out things on her adrenaline packed bucket list. Some of the things she's been able to cross out include see an active volcano erupt, ride a gondola in Venice, and pet a tiger.

She currently lives in North Sioux City, South Dakota and works as a microbiologist by day. Some of her obsessions include comic book movies, hot chocolate, sushi, sunshine, and Doctor Who.

You can find out more about Amanda and her work in these lovely places:
Website       Goodreads      Twitter       Facebook

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Thursday, September 18, 2014

Anime Ramble: Attack On Titan

I haven't done an anime ramble in a while, so here's a short one.

If you like dark stories, then you have to check out Attack on Titan. It's horrifying, creepy, often bleak, but there's still a thread of hope and perseverance among the characters that you can't help but cheer on. I warn you, though, it's not for the faint of heart. Some scenes are pretty gruesome.

The story: The last of humanity has sat behind its walls for 100 years, content in its illusion that their greatest threat, the giant, humanoid beings known as Titans, cannot reach them. But one day, an abnormal Titan breaks through their walls, and now they know:

Humans are cattle. Their home, a pen.

The main character is a young man by the name of Eren Yeager who swears vengeance on the Titans after one brutally murders and eats his mother. And he's the one man who might just turn the tide for humanity.

I've watched around 18 episodes, and I can't get enough. The Titans are a mystery that slowly evolves as the story goes on, and the Scout Regiment is badass. I fear for the characters' lives because it's sort of like Game of Thrones--you're not sure anyone is guaranteed to live.

Root for humanity. Watch Attack on Titan.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014


A little over a week ago, I did something pretty drastic. The thought of it terrified me, but the more I thought about it, the more I knew it was something I needed to do. So, with the encouragement of many friends and coworkers, I took a breath, steeled myself...
And cut my hair.
I should note that I haven't cut my hair in many, many years. Up until a couple months ago, it was past my hips. In the winter, I could wrap it around my neck like a scarf. Then I needed to get a picture taken, so I went for a trim.
A trim that took off over a foot of hair.
And it was still to the middle of my back.
A couple months later, my mom decided she wanted a pixie cut, so I took her on her birthday to a local salon. They did an excellent job, which gave me the courage to do what I'd been thinking about.
I browsed the web for days, looking for a haircut I like and thought I could manage. Some were adorable, but I didn't know if I had the skill to pull it off. Then I found one that was so cute, and looked so easy to do, so I went for it.
I made an appointment with the same salon, showed Jenny what I wanted, and asked her to cut the length off in a ponytail. After she was sure this was what I really wanted, she grabbed a pair of scissors and began to cut.
I am highly pleased with myself because I didn't cry.
This was what it looked like for my author photo after the trim:
This is what Jenny cut off a week ago:
That's 17 inches!
This was my hair freshly cut:
And this is how it looks now. (I apparently have natural wave!)

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Cover Reveal! Stacey O'Neale's FRAGILE REIGN!

Hi, everyone! I'm back from vacation, and to start September, I have for you the cover reveal for Stacey O'Neale's FRAGILE REIGN! FRAGILE REIGN is Book Two in the Mortal Enchantment series. (If you're not familiar with the series, don't worry, I've got you covered later in this post.)

So, now, let's find out more about FRAGILE REIGN!

It’s been a week since all hell broke loose…

Rumors of King Taron’s weakened powers have left the air court vulnerable. Kalin is desperate to awaken her akasha powers, except she doesn’t know how. Tension within the court is at an all-time high. Pressure is mounting for her to ascend to the throne, but a halfling has never ruled over any court. To solidify her position, the council has advised her to marry Sebastian—a high ranking air elemental she’s never met and her betrothed. 

Will Kalin sacrifice her relationship with Rowan to strengthen her court?

Rowan and Marcus return to a fire court in turmoil. Liana’s death has fueled the fire elementals’ distrust against the air and woodland courts. The unbalanced elements have set off natural disasters all over the mortal world. Rowan takes the throne to restore balance, promising to unite the fire court. But not all elementals are happy with his leadership. Many are secretly loyal to Valac, which means Rowan needs to find allies for his cause.

Can Rowan unify the court of fire before the elements destroy the world?

Sounds intense! Now, how about that cover??

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Here's an interesting scoop on the cover from none other than Stacey herself!

"In case you're curious about the cover, the model represents Marcus. The background represents the woodland court and the caves at the bottom are where the members of the royal family live. I chose caves because the woodland court protects the forests of the world. I didn't think they would choose to cut down trees to make a castle, so the massive caves worked out nicely. If you zoom in, you can see where the doors and windows are cut out. The inside is very lavish. If you read FRAGILE REIGN, you'll learn all about it."


Stacey O'Neale lives in Annapolis, Maryland. When she's not writing, she spends her time fangirling over books, blogging, watching fantasy television shows, cheering for the Baltimore Ravens, and hanging out with her husband and daughter.
Her career in publishing started as a blogger-turned-publicist for two successful small publishers. Stacey writes young adult paranormal romance and adult science fiction romance. Her books always include swoon-worthy heroes, snarky heroines, and lots of kissing.
Stacey loves hearing from readers. Follow her on Twitter @StaceyONeale, look for her on Facebook, Pinterest, and GoodReads. You can also visit her blog at
Author Links: Website | Twitter | Facebook | Pinterest

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THE SHADOW PRINCE (Mortal Enchantment #0.5)

Katee Robert, New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author 

Sixteen-year-old Rowan has spent most of his life living among the mortals—learning to control the element of fire, impatiently awaiting the day his vengeful mother, Queen Prisma, will abdicate her throne. When he finally returns to Avalon for his coronation, his mother insists he must first prove his loyalty to the court by completing a secret mission: 

Kill Kalin, the half-human, half-elemental daughter of the air court king. 

Willing to do anything to remove his mother from power, he agrees to sacrifice the halfling. He returns to the mortal world with his best friend, Marcus, determined to kill the princess. But as he devises a plan, he starts to question whether or not he's capable of completing such a heinous task. And what price he will pay if he refuses?


“Mortal Enchantment spins a unique twist on elemental mythology. This series is not to be missed.” 
Jennifer L. Armentrout, #1 New York Times Bestselling Author 

In Kalin Matthew's world, elementals control the forces of nature. They are divided into four courts: air, woodland, fire, and water. At sixteen she will leave the life she's built with her mortal mother. Kalin will move to Avalon to rule with her father—the elemental king of the air court. Along the way, she's attacked by a fire court assassin and saved by Rowan, a swoon-worthy elemental with a questionable past. 

Worst of all, she learns her father is missing. 

To rescue him, Kalin will have to work with a judgmental council and a system of courts too busy accusing each other of deceit to actually be able to help her. But, they aren’t her biggest challenge. With the Midwinter’s Ball only five days away, Kalin must take over her father’s duties, which includes shifting control of the elements—power Kalin has yet to realize. 

As Rowan attempts to train her, a war looms between the four courts. If Kalin fails, her father will die and the courts will fall, but the betrayal she’s about to uncover may cost her even more...

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