Cover Reveal: Into the Fire by @kellyhashway


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INTO THE FIRE by Kelly Hashway

Release Date: February 16th, 2016

Summary :

In one month’s time, seventeen-year-old Cara Tillman will die and be reborn from her own ashes…

Her life of secrecy has never been easy. She’s watched her younger brother, Jeremy, burn and rise again in a coming-of-age process called rebirth. And just like her brother, when her time comes, she won’t remember anything from her first life other than she’s a Phoenix—a member of a small group of people descended from the mythical Phoenix bird.

The last thing she needs to worry about is falling for the new guy in town—Logan Schmidt.

Cara is drawn to Logan in a way she can’t explain, but she’s not exactly complaining. Everything is perfect…except it’s not. Once she’s reborn, she’ll forget Logan. And to make things worse, a Phoenix Hunter is on the loose, and Cara’s involvement with Logan is bringing out her Phoenix qualities—the very qualities that will draw the Hunter right to her.

Desperate times call for desperate measures…

Afraid of hurting Logan, Cara breaks it off for good. But her attraction to him runs deeper than a typical high school crush. She wants him—needs him. And if he proves willing to stay by her side, their love might destroy them both.

Can Cara hide from the Phoenix Hunters long enough to survive her rebirth? And if so, will it mean a new beginning with Logan—or the beginning of the end?

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ashelyn drakeKelly Hashway grew up reading R.L. Stein’s Fear Street novels and writing stories of her own, so it was no surprise to her family when she majored in English and later obtained a masters degree in English Secondary Education from East Stroudsburg University. After teaching middle school language arts for seven years, Hashway went back to school and focused specifically on writing. She is now the author of three young adult series, one middle grade series, and several picture books. She also writes contemporary romance under the pen name Ashelyn Drake. When she isn’t writing, Hashway works as a freelance editor for small presses as well as for her own list of clients. In her spare time, she enjoys running, traveling, and volunteering with the PTO. Hashway currently resides in Pennsylvania with her husband, daughter, and two pets.

Hashway is represented by Sarah Negovetich of Corvisiero Literary Agency.

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Cover Reveal: Tick Tock: Seven Tales of Time @KristiHelvig @CorinneOFlynn @WickedInkBooks


Tick Tock Cover Reveal

Hi everyone! You’re just in time for the cover reveal of Tick Tock: Seven Tales of Time by the Authors of Wicked Ink Books. Tick Tock features stories by fantasy and science fiction authors Shawn McGuire, A.G. Henley, Corinne O’Flynn, Sue Duff, Wendy Terrien, Rebecca Taylor, and Kristi Helvig. All of these stories feature some element of time in them and promise to be great reading! It will be released on March 28, 2016. In the meantime, I am happy to bring you the cover of Tick Tock: Seven Tales of Time as well as a teaser or two from the different stories. There’s also a giveaway running from now until it’s released, so be sure to enter that too! Thank you for visiting my blog! Have a great day!

 

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Before I show you the cover, how about the blurb?

 

Seven Fantasy and Science Fiction authors have twisted time into tales of adventure, mystery, horror, and romance.

A serial killer returns years later to finish what was started.

A coffee shop offers a respite for the cursed.

A hangover masks the horrors of the previous night.

A princess’s wedding gift comes with a price.

A locked apartment door hides a chilling secret.

A girl wakes up in an asylum and must survive, and escape.

A young woman must protect the past to thwart a thief from the future.

All it takes is a second . . . a minute . . . an hour . . . for everything to change.

 

Sounds interesting, doesn’t it? Are you ready for the cover?

 

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Cover by Steven Novak.
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Teasers

Countdown Café by Kristi Helvig

Six Days Before

Six months is considered the acceptable amount of time for grieving. Anything over that allotment pushes your parent-mandated therapist to change your diagnosis from the rather blasé and benign sounding Adjustment Disorder to the more somber and serious Major Depressive Disorder. The elusive happiness fairy neglected to wave her magic wand over me by the deadline, so here I am—again—sitting on the scratchy couch across from Dr. Debbie.

While she drones on about the stages of bereavement, which I’m apparently failing worse than senior year trigonometry, I stare at the painting behind her. Ocean waves lap at a deserted seashore while a lighthouse juts out over craggy rocks.

“What are you thinking?” Dr. Debbie asks. I shrug. “I guess I’m wondering why you have an ocean scene in your office when the Midwest is nowhere near the coast?”

She peeks over her shoulder at the painting behind her. “I thought it would be relaxing. Do you like it?”

A deep sigh escapes me. “It makes me wish I were somewhere else.”

Dr. Debbie’s eyes light up like she can sense an impending breakthrough. She leans forward in her cracked, faux leather chair.

Bio

Tick Tock KristiKRISTI HELVIG is a Ph.D. clinical psychologist turned sci-fi/fantasy author. Her first novel, BURN OUT (Egmont USA/Lerner Publishing), which Kirkus Reviews called “a scorching series opener not to be missed,” follows 17-year-old Tora Reynolds, one of Earth’s last survivors, when our sun burns out early. In the sequel, STRANGE SKIES, out 4/28/2015, Tora makes it to a new planet only to discover a whole new host of problems—and the same people who still want her dead. Order Kristi’s books through Amazon or your favorite local retailer. Kristi muses about Star Trek, space monkeys, and other assorted topics on her blogFacebook, and Twitter. Kristi resides in sunny Colorado with her hubby, two kiddos, and behaviorally-challenged dogs.

Suicide High by Corinne O’Flynn

People think being psychic is cool or exciting. That being able to get messages from the other side gives us an edge somehow. I can see where they’re coming from—I totally get it. When you don’t understand, you fill in the gaps with what you’d want it to be. There’s an entire industry built around people’s need to tap in to the ethereal and know.

But it’s not like some cosmic vending machine. A psychic can’t pull specific details from the transcendental top hat on a whim. We don’t control what we get. It’s given to us, directed. We don’t wake up knowing which sports teams will beat the spread on a daily basis. And it’s not true that we have the answers to everything. Most people don’t get that.

Bio

Tick Tock CorinneCORINNE O’FLYNN is a native New Yorker who now lives in Colorado and wouldn’t trade life in the Rockies for anything. She loves writing flash and experimenting with short fiction. Her novel, THE EXPATRIATES (Oct. 2014) is a YA fantasy adventure with magic and creatures and lots of creepy stuff. She is a scone aficionado, has an entire section of her kitchen devoted to tea, and is always on the lookout for the elusive Peanut Chews candy.

When she isn’t writing or hanging with her family, Corinne works as the executive director of a nonprofit. She is a member of Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers, Mystery Writers of America, and the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. You can find her online at corinneoflynn.comFacebookTwitterGoodreads, Printrest, and Instagram.

About Wicked Ink Books

Wicked Ink Books was launched in 2015 with one goal: Join together a group of sci-fi and fantasy authors and build themed anthologies for our readers to enjoy.

Our first release, coming Spring 2016, features the works of authors Corinne O’Flynn, Kristi Helvig, Rebecca Taylor, Sue Duff, Shawn McGuire, Wendy Terrien, and A.G. Henley.

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Goodreads: For Authors and Readers


I’ve read a couple of blog posts, which have come into my inbox during the past month or so, that were focused on Goodreads Authors and Goodreads Users. I remember there being a conflict at one point in the past as well, and having been out of the loop a bit, I’m not sure what sparked this conflict once again. All I can say is the posts I’ve been reading have a common message behind them, and that message is “Goodreads is not for authors.”

Personally, I find this message unfair and a bit insulting. Mostly because the bigger picture is being over looked. We’re so focused on the division between “author” and “reader” we tend to forget an author once was—and forever will be—a reader themselves. And Goodreads is a wonderful platform for both.

The real culprit of this conflict is not the distinction, but the lack of understanding for the unspoken rules of engagement on reviews. These retains to the author and the reader; therefore, for the community to thrive in harmony, we have to look at the problem from both sides.

The Author

The Goodreads Author Program can be a useful tool. It even includes an Author Dashboard where you can monitor your rating as an author, ratings and reviews of your latest novels, questions asked on your Ask the Author section of your Goodreads Author profile, and the entries into you Goodreads Giveaways. The only problem with all this amazing information is temptation.

First rule we have to remember as authors is when we publish a book, you’re going to open yourself up to negative reviews. Sometimes, very negative. I’ve had my share of heartbreaking reviews. And you’ll want to protect your books like it was your child.

But you can’t.

When it comes to reviews, there is only two things you can do. You can take the advice of many authors and not read them. Seems simple, right? Don’t want to see your novel receive negative feedback? Then just don’t look. I can’t function that way, personally. There’ll always be a review you want to read, and I want to learn from my audience. So, the only other thing to do is take that review for what it is: one person’s opinion. The trick is not to react. Don’t comment. Don’t respond. Don’t even mention it publicly. I won’t even like or favorite a review about my work on Goodreads anymore.

Instead, try to focus on your fan-base. Get involved in Ask the Author or build a discussion group. If you’re an author who is also a reader, then talk about other books (not written by you) with readers. And remember, Goodreads is more that the statistics and reviews. It’s about the people.

The Reader

Goodreads is a wonderful community for readers where you share your views and talk with people who have similar interests, and even some who don’t. Yet just like an author, when you publish a review, you open yourself to comments and criticism. I think the biggest misconception here is people feel the review is purely for other readers. This simply isn’t true. Think about your audience. Think about who visits that site on a daily basis. You’re not only writing to potential new readers, but readers who already read the book and even the authors themselves. And certain authors will read your review.

This isn’t a bad thing. Personally, I feel an author who reads their books’ reviews (and does not react negatively, of course) becomes a better author. The problem, however, is when you have to write a negative review, because that’s when all eyes focus on you and the words you chose.

So with negative reviews, I see only two options in writing them. The first is the classic “if you have nothing to say, say nothing at all” and not write a review. Again, not something I really agree with, unless it’s a book I couldn’t finish because it made me so frustrated. I feel every voice should be heard, even if what they aren’t saying exactly what you want to hear. Which leaves me with my second option, which is try to soften the blow as much as possible.

When we write reviews—especially ones we lean strongly one way or another—we tend to write in an emotional state. To reduce this, I will take a couple of days after finishing the book and think logically about what I really want to say, remembering books aren’t just stories, they are someone’s heart and soul.

In conclusion, Goodreads is not just a site for readers. It’s for everyone who loves literature, including authors. I hope I’m preaching to the choir rather than lecturing to the crowd with this post. But I’m also aware that voicing my opinion gives others the right to criticize me in return. That’s the beauty of free speech. After all, it would be boring if we all shared the same thoughts and feelings. Plus, how would we learn how to be better people if we did face a critic a few times in our lives? Of course, we also owe it to others to respect their opinions and not over step our boundaries.

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NAME OF RA Release Day Blitz + Giveaway


Title: Name of Ra
Author: Kelsey Ketch
Series: Descendants of Isis #3
Genre: Upper YA
Publication: November 11th, 2015

“Set has risen.”

After being on the run from a psychotic cult for a week, Natara “Natti” Stone has finally come to realize she and Seth are the only two people standing between the Sons of Set and the secret name of Ra. Holding a part of the key that unlocks Ra’s power, they relocate to a more isolated location in the California mountains. While laying low, Natti becomes even more determined to understand her mother’s bloodline and her blessing from the goddess, Isis. But when she starts seeing the truth behind her destiny, she begins to doubt her role in the events that are about to unfold.

Then the unthinkable happens . . .

All Seth O’Keefe wanted was to get Natti as far away from his father and the Sons of Set as possible. Unfortunately, after hearing of Natti’s destiny from Isis’s own lips, he realizes they have bigger issues to worry about. Especially when one stupid slip up leads the god of chaos himself straight to their doorstep. Now Natti is the god’s prisoner, and Set holds the key to unlocking the location of the secret name of Ra. Can Seth save Natti from her own destiny and thwart the demented god’s rise to power?

*Note: Content for Upper YA*

 

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~ Excerpt ~
When Seth insisted on taking their gear to a guest bedroom, Natti slowly paced the house, trying to get a feel for her new surroundings. It made her think back to when she first arrived in Setemple and how the little grey house she left behind didn’t feel like home. All she wanted was her little brick townhouse back in London. The cabin, however, was just plain unwelcoming. Despite the beautiful colored walls, the antique furniture, the honey-oak cabinets, and stainless steel appliances, something didn’t feel right about it. Like she was stepping on someone’s grave. Not that Mandy was dead, though from what Natti understood from Seth about “Thought Reform,” she might as well be. It just felt . . . wrong. On so many levels. And the more she explored, the worse the feeling grew. Her stomach twisted, and a chill took hold of Natti’s soul, very similar to the chill Sean’s magic had left behind for days after he kidnapped her.
Not really watching where she was going, she turned into a room that was a mix of pure white and mauve. Her attention was first drawn to the bed and cherry-stained headboard perpendicular to the threshold she stood in. The pillow shams were a soft, pastel pink, and a single plush toy—a black cat with a scarab necklace and earrings—sat on a mauve bed spread.
Natti walked up to the bed and picked up the plush cat, recognizing it as the goddess Bastet. The same goddess her grandmother had named Natti’s cat after. She missed the little Egyptian Mau. She also missed her Anubis, the plush toy Seth had won and given to her at the Pharaoh’s Festival. She had no doubt Seth had won this Bastet for Mandy from the same vendor, maybe not too long ago. Yet she couldn’t feel any disgust toward the toy. In fact, it was the one thing she found comforting in the entire house.
Keeping the cat close to her breast, she walked to a corkboard where Mandy had pinned up several old beauty pageant announcements and high school newsletter clippings. The most recent being a black and white cut out featuring Ky, Seth’s best friend, decked out in his football uniform. He was obviously getting down with the Setemple High Cheer Squad in what looked like some sort of victory dance. The caption under the photograph stated, “Touch Down!”
School spirit must have really been her thing.
Slowly, Natti took one more turn about the room. Other than a few trophies and trinkets placed on a few barren shelves, it was much like the rest of the cabin. The only difference was all the scattered golden-framed pictures. Most were professional photographs of Mandy. A few were with her friends or Seth’s. But the one that particularly caught Natti’s eye was a selfie placed on the dresser. She raised it, studying Mandy’s serene face and feathered-out, curly blond hair. The image was in a funky, diagonal perspective that gave little detail of the setting, and a gleaming light took up the little background that was visible. Yet the subject focus was crystal clear. Mandy was laying on her stomach with Seth’s bare chest hovering over her nude body. His lips captured in the middle of tracing kisses along her shoulder blade.
A sour mixture of jealousy and sorrow percolated in Natti’s stomach. And here Seth was acting as if Mandy meant nothing. She couldn’t sense any lie to his words then, but the suggestive form of her lips and her trusting expression confirmed Mandy felt a bond between them. Something that wasn’t created through his magic or Connection. Bile rose into Natti’s throat, and her gut twisted into knots. How could Seth not realize what he truly was to her? How could he think their years together, magic or no, wouldn’t affect her emotions?

           “Guess the tour is out,” Seth remarked, making Natti nearly drop the frame.

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~ About the Author ~

During her high school years, Kelsey Ketch could always be found tucked away in a little corner of the hall or classroom, writing her fantasy worlds and creating illustrations and maps. Today is no different, except now she’s writing in the break room at her office building or at the tables of the Barnes and Noble Café in Cary, North Carolina. She is also an avid reader, a part-time book blogger at Ketch’s Book Nook, and lives with her two orange tabbies and awesome and humorous flat-mate.
For more information, please visit her site at kelseyketch.com.

 

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