Tuesday, August 27, 2013


 Eliza Tilton is the author of the YA Fantasy, Broken Forest, published by Curiosity Quills Press. You can find her blogging about video games and writing on her blog and doing bi-weekly posts on author media over at YAStands.

She graduated from Dowling College with a BS in Visual Communications. When she’s not arguing with excel at her day job, or playing Dragon Age 2, again, she’s writing. Her stories hold a bit of the fantastical and there’s always a romance. She resides on Long Island with her husband, two kids and one very snugly pit bull.


  
Broken Forest sounds so very enchanting. I would pick this book up by its cover or title alone and buy it without blinking. I had the pleasure of interviewing Eliza Tilton, Author of Broken Forest, and here's what we had to say . . .


  1. Eliza, can you tell us what first inspired you to write?
"I’ve always written. I still have my first short story I wrote in third grade—a fanfiction of The Chronicles of Narnia."

  1. What are some of your favourite books?
"I am a HUGE R.A Salvatore fan. Can I count all his books as one? In the YA realm, picking a few is tougher, BUT if I have to…The Iron King, Graceling, Finnikin of The Rock, The Sky Is Everywhere, Legend of the Emerald Rose, Between Shades of Grey
And I think everyone should read Room."


  1. Can you sum up Broken Forest in one line?
"A 17yr old boy goes on a desperate quest to find his kidnapped sister who’s been taken to a land thought only to exist in fables."

  1. How did you come up with the awesome title?
"Ugh. Titles are soooo hard. The original title was WINDS OF CHANGE, but then I put in winds on Amazon and a ton of titles popped up. When I began thinking of another title, I came across a list of chapter titles I had written but never used. Broken Forest was one of the end chapter titles. When I read it, I knew that was the name of the book. It fit perfectly."

  1. What was your inspiration for the story?
"It was a birthday gift to my husband. I was going to college, broke, and decided to write him a fantasy with him as the main character. The story was thirteen chapters and I never finished it, lol. After a few years, I got serious about writing, ripped the story apart, and re-wrote everything. The only aspect that stayed the same was the MC’s name—Avikar."

  1. Are any of the characters and events inspired by real life?
"Not unless you count playing tabletop D&D. The last character I played was an archer."

  1. I sense some word-building took place here. Was that a difficult process?
"Yes and no. You would think being a gamer and a D&D player, I’d understand the concept of World Building, but when I first started writing it was much harder than I expected. You have to think about history, culture, climate, creatures…I have a big binder with all that stuff written in it, including a very terrible hand drawn map. I took a few cultural aspects of biblical times, mixed it with a bunch of created elements and a smidgen of 16th century life."

  1. If Broken Forest was made into a movie, who would you want to play the hero and heroine?
"Dream movie cast: Avikar (Logan Lerman), Jeslyn (Imogen Poots) and Lucino (Ed Skrein—the hot guy who plays Daario Naharis in GOT)."

  1. Do you have a favourite writing site or tip to share with other writers?
"Write the bones and add the meat later."

  1. If you weren't a writer, what would you like to be?
"A singer. I’m horrible at singing, but I love doing it"

 Hopeless he'll never be more than the boy who didn't save his brother, 17-year-old Avikar accepts his life as the family stable boy, trying to forget the past. But when his sister, Jeslyn, is kidnapped, the thought of losing another sibling catapults him on a desperate quest. With his best friend by his side, and using the tracking skills he learned from his father, he discovers Jeslyn has been taken, kidnapped by one Lucino, the young lord of Daath, a mystical place thought only to exist in fables.  

And Lucino has plans for Jeslyn. 

His shape-shifting brethren feed off the auras of humans, and Jeslyn's golden hue is exactly what Lucino needs to increase his power. The longer it takes Avikar to reach her, the more entranced she becomes with Lucino's world, and the harder it will be for Avikar to set her free. 

He failed his family once. He won't fail again.

 Excerpt from Broken Forest:
Rudy stood in front of me with Reaper. “You ready to clean that up?”

Reaper stuck a sword into the fire, and I watched the metal glow.

“It’s not that bad,” I said.

Rudy huffed and lifted away the makeshift bandage I had put on. He rinsed the cut with water. I winced. “Here, bite on this.” He shoved a leather belt at me.

You’d think after a vicious battle, I could handle a simple cauterizing. Sweat dripped down my neck and my heart pounded so fast it made me dizzy.

Reaper walked over, holding that poker of death in his hand, and I swear he was smiling. Having him close the wound made me even more panicky.

“Hey, Derrick!”

Derrick looked over, and I waved at him. He saw Reaper, and his eyes widened.

“Hold my right arm,” I said. “I don’t want to accidentally punch Reaper when he burns it.”

Derrick smirked. “Sure.”

I took a deep breath; put the belt in my mouth.

HOLY-BEARDED-MOTHER!

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Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Check out the new covers for all the books in the Grimoire Saga by S.M. Boyce!

Synopsis:

Kara Magari is about to discover a beautiful world full of terrifying things: Ourea.

Kara, a college student still reeling from her mother's recent death, has no idea the hidden world of Ourea even exists until a freak storm traps her in a sunken library. With nothing to do, she opens an ancient book of magic called the Grimoire and unwittingly becomes its master, which means Kara now wields the cursed book's untamed power. Discovered by Ourea's royalty, she becomes an unwilling pawn in a generations-old conflict - a war intensified by her arrival. In this world of chilling creatures and betrayal, Kara shouldn't trust anyone... but she's being hunted and can't survive on her own. She drops her guard when Braeden, a native soldier with a dark secret, vows to keep her safe. And though she doesn't know it, her growing attraction to him may just be her undoing.

For twelve years, Braeden Drakonin has lived a lie. The Grimoire is his one chance at redemption, and it lands in his lap when Kara Magari comes into his life. Though he begins to care for this human girl, there is something he wants more. He wants the Grimoire.

Welcome to Ourea, where only the cunning survive.

Excerpt:

Kara Magari squinted back up the path she’d just climbed. The gazebo’s roof peeked through the trees, evidence of where she’d been only ten minutes before. Not bad. With her finger in the air, she traced the way she’d taken, starting at the lichgate and going down over each step in her head. Her finger hovered and came to a stop, though, when she examined the base of the hill.

Built into the rock was a marble door, shrouded with overhanging roots and dangling moss that clung to its frame like bangs. She rubbed her eyes, but the closed entryway was still there when she opened them again.

She brushed her hand along the door’s smooth stone. It was simple, with only a round stone knob and a small emblem carved into the rock at eye level. The symbol looked something like a four-leaf clover made out of crescent moons.

Kara’s fingers itched on the handle, but she hesitated.

The ground trembled with a sudden force that knocked her against the cliff. The breeze stopped, dissolving with a hiss into the hot summer sky. She scanned the valley. Several somethings cracked in the ground under her feet.

Thunder rumbled overhead. A dark cloud churned in the sky, and her heart fell into her stomach; there hadn’t even been a single fluffy cloud up there ten minutes ago.

A blinding bolt of moss-colored lightning flashed, striking the ground nearby. The hairs on her arms stood on end. Heat coursed through her calves, and she caught her breath. Her ears rang.

Wait. Was that lightning green?

 The cliff trembled as a boom shattered the air. It began to rain. The heavy drops pelted her skin and clung to her hair as another rumble coursed along the far edge of the valley. She needed shelter, and the last place she would go in a lightning storm was up a hill.

She turned back and twisted the door’s handle, sighing with relief as it opened—unlocked. Still, as wet as it was outside and as much as she wanted a safe place to wait out the rain, she lingered on the threshold to examine the room.

Mud covered everything from the floor to the ceiling. Since there weren’t any supports to hold the roof, she couldn’t figure out how the ten-by-ten dirt shelter hadn’t caved in yet. The air within was heavy, moist with the rot of dead leaves, and her only guiding light streamed in from behind her. Roots dangled from the ceiling like stalactites reaching for the floor. The wind picked up, howling as it pelted rain against her back.

Kara tested the ground with her sneaker. The dirt floor supported her weight, so she tip-toed into the room and left the door open. Rain fell in lingering drops on the threshold before it disappeared into the growing pools of mud. She stuck her hands in her pockets and watched the raging storm outside.

A flash of dark brown blurred past her.

She jumped. A tan flicker snaked along the roof, and clumps of soil fell in sheets. She glared at the ceiling, holding her breath as the settling dust rained onto her shoes.

It had almost looked like a root moving, but that—that was crazy.

Another streak of motion raced down the opposite wall. It passed through a shaft of light, and Kara saw its pointed, wooden tip. Tiny veins sprouted from it like hairs, digging into the dirt so that it could travel.

It was a root moving.

A second spiny vine shot up from the floor and wrapped itself around her leg. It pulled. She tripped, falling into the first root as it snaked along the far wall. Dirt poured over her head, blinding her. The scent of decaying bark made her cough. The root tugged again, and she was yanked onto her hands and knees. It dragged her towards the center of the room. She reached for the knife strapped to her free ankle, the one Mom had—no! She couldn’t think of Mom. Not now.

A third root wrapped around her waist, and another grabbed her hand as she reached for the blade. The roots flipped her onto her back. With a bang, the door snapped shut. Her stomach churned. The floor disappeared. She fell, and the roots let go.

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 Synopsis:

Kara Magari ignited a war when she stumbled into Ourea and found the Grimoire: a powerful artifact filled with secrets. To protect the one person she has left, she strikes a deal that goes against everything she believes in. But things don’t go as planned.

Braeden Drakonin can no longer run from who—and what—he is. He has to face the facts. He’s a prince. He’s a murderer. He’s a wanted man. And after a betrayal that leaves him heartbroken, he’s out for blood.

To survive, both Kara and Braeden must become the evil each has grown to hate.

Where to buy:
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Coming Fall 2013!

Synopsis:

Kara isn’t normal, and she finally understands why. She’s forced to face a past she didn’t know she had, and she uncovers an ugly truth along the way.

Braeden has been slowly rebuilding his life after the betrayal that tore it apart. He may just get the chance to redeem himself…but it will come at a terrible price.

 
 
Coming Fall 2014!

Synopsis:

The final chapter in the war for Ourea comes to a head as the truth about Kara, Braeden, and the first Vagabond is each finally revealed. Old tensions ignite, new rivals are born, and the final hope for the creatures of this hidden world rest in the Grimoire. But when Kara learns what the ultimate price of peace is, she doesn’t know if she’s strong enough to do what must be done.
 
About the Author:

 
International Amazon Bestseller. Fantasy Author. Twitter addict. Book Blogger. Geek. Sarcastic. Gooey. Odd. Author of the action-packed Grimoire Saga.

S.M. Boyce is a novelist who loves ghosts, magic, and spooky things. She prefers loose-leaf tea, reads far too many books, and is always cold. She’s married to her soul mate and couldn’t be happier. Her B.A. in Creative Writing qualifies her to serve you french fries.

Boyce likes to update her blog a few times each week so that you have something to wake you up in the morning.

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Tuesday, August 13, 2013


Haunting: The Dusty Chronicles- Book One
By BJ Sheldon
Cover art by Eden Crane of Eden Crane Designs
Check out Eden Crane's work on her blog and on Facebook


How far would you go to protect the man in your dreams?

Synopsis:

After a family tragedy,15-year-old Dusty Vermeer has to start her sophomore year in a new town and a new school. Rural Iowa introduces her to Mark, a charming football player. Dusty can hardly believe her heart.
 
Then, to her surprise Dusty meets another guy.
 
The chemistry between Dusty and Jack could spark a prairie fire on a rainy day. The only problem? Jack's dead. The handsome soldier comes to Dusty in her dreams and introduces her to the horrors of a foreign battlefield and the enchantments of first love.
 
While Dusty tries to balance her feelings for the two new guys in her life, Jack steps out of Dusty's dreams and into her reality. And he wants something. Jack has no memory of how he died more than half a century ago. Dusty vows to uncover the mystery, but her quest for justice puts her in the path of evil, a force that won't stop until she's silenced.
 
Buy or download Haunting here!
 
 
B.J. Sheldon's love of writing has developed into a passion for creating exciting characters and storylines that she hopes will enthrall and inspire young readers to pick up a book and use their imaginations. Her novel, "Haunting: The Dusty Chronicles - Book One", is based in her hometown of Hull, Iowa and focuses on a teenage girl adjusting to a new town as well as the ghost that has begun haunting her home...and her dreams.

In 2009, B.J. lost her job and remained unemployed for nine months. During that time, she rediscovered her love for writing from years prior and wrote her first, full-length novel for her daughter's fifteenth birthday called, “Schuyler and the Saga of the Sages”. Unable to find an agent, B.J. started looking for an idea for her next novel. One night, after a conversation with her husband about the paranormal, an idea was born and the rest was history. Over the course of the next eighteen months, B.J. developed the plot and wrote “Haunting”, a story about a teenage girl who discovers that the ghost who is haunting both her farm and her dreams has a mysterious past.

In 2011, B.J. was awarded a silver medal in the Reader’s Favorite Award Contest in the Young Adult/Fantasy category and was the only book in that genre to win an award without being a previously published work. "Haunting" was published on April 29, 2013 by Wandering in the Words Press. Her dream is to one day attend a book signing in her home town in Iowa where she first developed her love of words.

She currently lives in New Jersey with her husband, Steven, who is now a veteran of both the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, along with her three daughters, dog and three cats. Some of her favorite authors include Richard Russo, Nicholas Sparks, Isaac Marion, Suzanne Collins, JK Rowling and Guy De’Maupassant. The sequel to "Haunting: The Dusty Chronicles - Book One" is tentatively set to be released in March 2014.

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Check out the giveaway that BJ is having in honor of the new cover being revealed!





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Monday, August 12, 2013

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