Friday, July 25, 2014

Tour Stop: How to Date Dead Guys by Ann M. Noser + Giveaway

Today I have a tour stop for one of my team mates from Pitcharama 2013, run by Aussie Owned and Read. Ann's pitch caught my eye, and I chose her to go through to the editor round. Now, just over twelve month on, Ann is celebrating the release of her debut nove, How to Date Dead Guys, with Curiosity Quills.

Check out the details.

How to Date Dead Guys 
Series: Under The Blood Moon
Genre: new-adult, urban-fantasy
Publisher: Curiosity Quills Press
Date of Publication: July 15th, 2014
Cover Artist: Alexandria Thompson

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College sophomore Emma Roberts remembers her mother’s sage advice:  “don’t sleep around, don’t burp in public, and don’t tell anyone you see ghosts”.  But when charming Mike Carlson drowns in the campus river under her watch, Emma’s sheltered life shatters.

Blamed for Mike’s death and haunted by nightmares, Emma turns to witchcraft and a mysterious Book of Shadows to bring him back.  Under a Blood Moon, she lights candles, draws a pentacle on the campus bridge, and casts a spell.  The invoked river rages up against her, but she escapes its fury.  As she stumbles back to the dorm, a stranger drags himself from the water and follows her home. And he isn't the only one. 

Instead of raising Mike, Emma assists the others she stole back from the dead—a pre-med student who jumped off the bridge, a desperate victim determined to solve his own murder, and a frat boy Emma can’t stand…at first.  More comfortable with the dead than the living, Emma delves deeper into the seductive Book of Shadows.  Her powers grow, but witchcraft may not be enough to protect her against the vengeful river and the killers that feed it their victims.
Inspired by the controversial Smiley Face Murders, HOW TO DATE DEAD GUYS will ignite the secret powers hidden deep within each of us.

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About the Author:
My to-do list dictates that I try to cram 48 hours of living into a day instead of the usual 24.  I’ve chosen a life filled with animals.  I train for marathons with my dog, then go to work as a small animal veterinarian, and finish the day by tripping over my pets as I attempt to convince my two unruly children that YES, it really IS time for bed.  But I can’t wait until the house is quiet to write; I have to steal moments throughout the day.  Ten minutes here, a half hour there, I live within my imagination.

Like all busy American mothers, I multi-task.  I work out plot holes during runs.  Instead of meditating, I type madly during yoga stretches.  I find inspiration in everyday things:  a beautiful smile, a heartbreaking song, or a newspaper article on a political theory.  For example, a long drive in the dark listening to an NPR program on the SMILEY FACE MURDERS theory made me ask so many questions that I wrote HOW TO DATE DEAD GUYS to answer them to my satisfaction.

I’d love to have more time to write (and run, read, and sleep), but until I find Hermione Granger’s time turner, I will juggle real life with the half-written stories in my head.  Main characters and plot lines intertwine in my cranium, and I need to let my writing weave the tales on paper so I can find out what happens next.

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Tuesday, July 01, 2014

COVER REVEAL - Forget Me Not and Remember Me by Stacey Nash

Today I have some really exciting news. My beautiful friend, Stacey Nash, has found a new home for her sci-fi YA novel, Forget Me Not. I am so happy for Stacey as her journey with this book has not been an easy one. Read on for more information regarding the Collective Series, and don't forget to enter the giveaway.

Stacey Nash signed with HarperCollins Australia for the publication of Forget Me Not and Remember Me under their Impulse line. Forget Me Not will re-release on August 1st and Remember Me will hit e-retailers on October 1st. Both books are already available for pre-order at the following stores. (click the buttons to reach them)


Now for some more exciting news. Forget Me Not has a new cover and to celebrate Stacey’s having a giveaway! (that's at the very end of the post) For those who don't know anything about the story, here's the...

Book blurb:
Anamae is drawn into a world which shatters everything she knew to be true. Since her mother vanished nine years ago, Anamae and her father have shared a quiet life. But when Anamae discovers a brooch identical to her mother's favorite pendant, she unknowingly invites a slew of trouble into their world. They're not just jewellery, they're part of a highly developed technology capable of cloaking the human form. Triggering the jewellery's power attracts the attention of a secret society determined to confiscate the device - and silence everyone who is aware of its existence. Anamae knows too much, and now she's Enemy Number One. She's forced to leave her father behind when she's taken in by a group determined to keep her safe. Here Anamae searches for answers about this hidden world. With her father kidnapped and her own life on the line, Anamae must decide if saving her dad is worth risking her new friends' lives. No matter what she does, somebody is going to get hurt.


Are you ready to see the new cover?


And here is Remember Me:

Book Blurb:   
When all is lost, she must remember…

Anamae Gilbert managed to thwart The Collective and rescue her father, even though his mind is now a shell. Determined to stop Councilor Manvyke hurting her family again, she’s training to become an active resistance member and enjoying a growing romance. But things never sail along smoothly – Manvyke wants retribution. And Anamae’s name is high on his list.

After a blow to the head, she awakes in an unfamiliar location. Anamae can’t remember the last few weeks and she can’t believe the fascinating new technology she’s seeing. She’s the new kid at school and weapons training comes with ease, but something feels off. Why does the other new kid’s smile make her heart ache?

And why does she get the feeling these people are deadly?


Aren't they pretty?

K x

Monday, June 23, 2014

PTALive Sydney (and some back row book sales)

I can’t believe it’s taken me a whole week to get around to writing this post, but then again, things have been a little scarce for me in the blogging department lately.

Anyway, last Monday night I made the hour-long train trip to the city to attend PTALive Sydney. The original plan was to go with four other Aussie Owned and Read girls, and we were all so pumped to finally have the opportunity to get so many of our team together. In the past the most we’ve managed is three of us in the same place, at the same time. Alas, the stars did not align this time, and we were whittled down to two by the time the night rolled around. So, armed with my backpack of books and a wonderful friend at my side (she always comes to things with me when other plans fall through because she is awesome like that), we converged onto Event Cinemas George Street with a rather large group of excited teenagers.

I felt very old.

To put it into perspective, the key phrase of the night was squeal worthy!

Still, the night was very informative, and a lot of fun. We were treated to some free books, and a book sale. Kylie Fornasier spoke about her upcoming release, Masquerade. I love this cover! It’s so purple.

We were also given lots of info regarding Penguin’s 2014 releases. I may have squealed when this came up on the screen:

I love, love, love this series, and the last one ended on such a cliffhanger I am itching to read this when it comes out at the end of August. So yes, even though I’m in my thirties, I also contributed to the night’s key phrase.

The other highlight of my night was meeting Heather from the Aussie Owned and Read team. We sat near the back, and I love her so much because she bought all of my books. And her friend did, too! So while everyone was clamouring down the front over the book sale, we had our own little back row sale in the dimmed light of the cinema. I felt all black-markety.

If you have never been to PTALive before (like me) and you love books, espcially those in the YA market, it is a definite must-see in your state.

K x

Monday, June 02, 2014

Team Awesome – Recruiting Now

Team Awesome is the street team I created to help me market my books. I haven't had the chance to put much time into building the team yet, due to many reasons, mostly just life getting in the way, and I've decided I need to give everyone a bit of an incentive to get involved. I want this experience to be fun for everyone, but I realise that time is valuable, and even more so when I'm asking people to help me for free.

So … I've planned out a structure for those who would like to get involved, but may not necessarily have the time to do so on a regular basis.

There will be prizes!

This is how it will work:
Three times a year I will have a giveaway exclusively for the street team. It means you can only enter if you are a member. Becoming and staying a member of the team Facebook group is the only strict requirement. One person will win a prize pack, and prizes will include things like eBooks, gift vouchers, swag, and signed paperbacks. There may even be special items like T-shirts and tote bags, too!

During the four months leading up to the drawing of each giveaway, every member will have the opportunity to earn points (entries). The more you get involved, the better chance you have of winning, and certain things will earn more points than others.

Here is a breakdown of the point earning potential:
  • Join Team Awesome – 10 points
  • Display the Team Awesome badge on your website – 10 points
  • Sign up to K. A. Last's newsletter – 10 points
  • Review any title by K. A. Last  – 10 points
  • Blog about anything to do with K. A. Last – 5 points
  • Share or create a teaser for any title by K. A. Last – 5 points
  • Tweet about K. A. Last and her books – 3 point
  • Share any of K. A. Last's book trailers – 3 points
  • Like KALastBooks on Facebook – 1 point
  • Follow KALastBooks on twitter – 1 point

So as you can see, there are plenty of opportunities to earn points, and better your chances of winning something. I might even do spot prizes each month to keep it interesting. Please note though that I will be checking entries when they are drawn to make sure they are legitimate.

To make it fairer for everyone, I’ve decided to make some slight adjustments to the way the prizes work. There will still be a main prize at the end of each four month period, but the winner of that prize will be the team member who has earned the most points during the four months. I think this will not only encourage those with a genuine interest in my books to participate, but it will also reward those who deserve it. The points will be zeroed at the end of each period, but there will be other prizes for each point milestone you reach along the way. I will keep a running overall total of points for each participating member, and send out prizes accordingly.

The first major draw will take place on August 31.

The prize for the first round will be a Fall For Me tote bag, pen, magnet, and signed bookmark.

As a bonus, everyone who joins the team in the first two weeks will have the chance to win some Immagica swag. The draw for this will be on June 16.

Stay awesome!

K x

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Introducing The Elsker Saga by ST Bende

The Amazon bestselling New Adult Paranormal Romance series inspired by Norse mythology and featured in USA Today.

What reviewers are saying about The Elsker Saga:

"The characters will leave an imprint on your heart and mind for a long time to come." -Lisa (Bound by Books)

"Bende takes classic bits of Norse mythology and throws in original elements to create her own tasty Nordic blend... I'll definitely be checking out the sequel!" -Bookalicious Reviews

"One of my favorite books of the year." -White Zin Bookends

"Action packed with a heart pounding romance!" -Curse of the Bibliophile

"This book was nearly impossible to put down and I'm dying for the sequel!" -Brittany and Bianca Blab Books (now BiblioBelles)

You can read my review of ELSKER here.

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Book Info:


The Elsker Saga #0.5

Inga Andersson is the envy of every girl in Asgard. On the surface she has it all -- great friends, a job as Odin’s personal fight choreographer, and a happy ever after with her realm’s hottest assassin. But when evil invades Asgard, her perfect world comes crashing down. Someone is planning to kill off the gods, and Inga’s best friend Ull is first on their list. With the Norse apocalypse a nanosecond away, Inga has to decide how she’ll spend her final moments of freedom. Because from the moment this battle begins, Inga’s happily ever after will be nothing more than a memory.

Some things are worth fighting for.

The Elsker Saga #1

You don’t win the heart of an immortal assassin without making a few enemies along the way.

Kristia Tostenson prefers Earl Grey to Grey Goose and book clubs to nightclubs, but when she transfers from her one-stoplight town to Cardiff University in Wales she falls in love with Ull Myhr.  Her new boyfriend isn’t exactly what she was expecting.  He’s an honest to goodness Norse God - an immortal assassin fated to die at Ragnarok, the battle destined to destroy Asgard and Earth.  Kristia’s crazy visions are the only thing that can save their realms.  Her orderly life just got very messy.

Author Info:
Before finding domestic bliss in suburbia, ST Bende lived in Manhattan Beach (became overly fond of Peet’s Coffee) and Europe… where she became overly fond of the musical Cats. Her love of Scandinavian culture and a very patient Norwegian teacher inspired the ELSKER series. She hopes her characters make you smile and that one day pastries will  be considered a health food.

You can follow ST Bende on Twitter @stbende, or send an e-mail to

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K x