Tuesday, April 15, 2014

COVER REVEAL: Tur and Elsker by ST Bende + a Giveaway

Today I'm excited to show you the new covers for Tur and Elsker by ST Bende.This series has been through a lot over the past few months, and now it's had the most awesome revamp I've seen in a while. I love these covers, and I love this series, too. If you want to know what I thought of Elsker, you can read my review here.


Book Info:
TUR
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.


ELSKER
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 stbende@gmail.com.

Website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads

Giveaway:
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K x

Monday, April 14, 2014

Where does time go? An Update...

I knew I hadn’t blogged in a while, but when I looked at the date of my last blog post, I got a bit of a shock.

It’s been almost a month and a half since I posted anything!

And I feel a little bad about that, but here’s why I’ve been so quiet:

If you follow me here, or on any of my social media, you will know that I attended my first public book signing back on March 22nd. It was called Indie Authors Down Under, and it happened on the Gold Coast in QLD. If you want to read about everything that went on you can see my update at Aussie Owned and Read. Still, I wanted to share with you a photo or two from the day, because I got to meet Jessica Shirvington, someone I’ve wanted to meet for a while.


I also got to meet the lovely Abbi Glines, and I even had breakfast with her. She is one very inspirational woman!


Another reason I've been off the radar a bit is because I’m currently studying my BA via distance education part time. This semester I’m doing an English LIT, and a Children’s Lit subject. Study takes up a huge amount of my time, but I’m really enjoying it, and I’m learning so much. It’s especially enjoyable when I get HDs on my assessments. For my Children's LIT subject we are studying adaptation, and we have to write an essay on a comparison of a fairy tale and an adapted version of that tale. Stay tuned, because there will probably be a separate blog post on this in a week or so.

And of course, I’m also working on the next chapter in the Tate Chronicles, Fight For Me. My original plan was to finish Suffering, which is a novella from Josh’s POV and details events that happen in the two week lapse at the end of Fall For Me. It’s pretty much done, but I’m not sure if it will ever see the light of day. I loved writing it, and it has really helped me get everything straight in my head, but I want to give my readers Fight For Me. Unfortunately, I’m a slow writer. I’m about a third of the way into it, and it’s coming along nicely, but not as quickly as I’d like because of all the other stuff going on in my life. My tentative plan is to have it written in the next few months, and published by the end of the year, but I don’t want to put a definite time limit on myself, because the last time I did that I came very close to having a breakdown. This book has been somewhat of a challenge for me in every respect. I originally wanted it out last year, but it seems no matter what I do something happens, and it gets pushed to the wayside. I don’t want that to happen again this year, because I know there are people (probably only two, but they’re people) waiting on this book. Hopefully I can hold you over with teasers, snippets, and maybe some virtual cookies.

What has everyone else been up to? I’d love to hear what’s going on in your part of the world.

K x

Monday, March 03, 2014

Spotlight - Kiya: Rise of a New Dynasty (Kiya Trilogy Book #3) + GIVEAWAY

I love supporting my fellow authors, and Katie Hamstead is no exception. She recently released the final installment in the KIYA trilogy. Check out the details, and the other books in this awesome series.
Title: Kiya: Rise of a New Dynasty (Kiya Trilogy Book #3)
Author: Katie Hamstead
Publisher: Curiosity Quills Press
Genre: New Adult Historical Romance
Release Date: February 25th 2014

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/20498841-kiya

http://www.amazon.com/Kiya-Rise-New-Dynasty-ebook/dp/B00IMQVV52/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1393299262&sr=1-1

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/kiya-katie-hamstead/1118735666?ean=2940148195801


Book Blurb:
Tut has grown into his position as Pharaoh, but he is a wild young man. Naomi fears for him, not only because of his recklessness, but because he has put his trust in Ay–the man determined to destroy Naomi—despite her and Horemheb advising against it.

Meanwhile, death and slavery hang over Naomi and her family. With fear of the booming Hebrew numbers causing talk of enslaving them, conscription is reinstated and Naomi fears for the lives of her other children. Especially since Ay's children are now adults, and just as dangerous as their father. They threaten to take Itani, conspire against Tut, and pushing for power.

But Tut is in trouble. While Ay's daughter draws Horemheb's attention, and Naomi deals with the struggles of her family, everyone's distraction could spell death for the young Pharaoh.

Check out the entire series:

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/16163811-kiya?bf=2000&from_search=true  https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18661359-kiya?bf=2000&from_search=true  https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/20498841-kiya

About the Author: 
Born and raised in Australia, Katie’s early years of day dreaming in the “bush”, and having her father tell her wild bedtime stories, inspired her passion for writing.

After graduating High School, she became a foreign exchange student where she met a young man who several years later she married. Now she lives in Arizona with her husband, daughter and their dog.

She has a diploma in travel and tourism which helps inspire her writing. She is currently at school studying English and Creative Writing.

Katie loves to out sing her friends and family, play sports and be a good wife and mother. She now works as a Clerk with a lien company in Arizona to help support her family and her schooling. She loves to write, and takes the few spare moments in her day to work on her novels.

Stalking Links:
Website | twitter | Facebook | Goodreads | Amazon

Giveaway:
a Rafflecopter giveaway


K x

Friday, February 21, 2014

Book Blitz - Forget Me Not by Stacey Nash + Giveaway

So many exciting things have been happening for my Aussie Owned and Read girls, and this is one of them! My good friend, Stacey Nash, released her debut novel this week, Forget Me Not. Check out the awesomeness and enter the giveaway.

Title: Forget Me Not (Book I in the Collective series)
Author: Stacey Nash
Release Date: February 17, 2014
Publisher: Entranced Publishing, Rush
Genre: YA speculative fiction

Book blurb:
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. When the brooch and the pendant are worn together they're no longer pretty pieces of jewelry -- they're part of a highly developed technology capable of cloaking the human form. Triggering the jewelry'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.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18130928-forget-me-not?from_search=true

http://www.amazon.com/Forget-Me-Not-Stacy-Nashq-ebook/dp/B00IK07FOQ/ref=sr_1_5?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1392942833&sr=1-5&keywords=forget+me+not

Excerpt:
Easing the door closed, I climb out of the attic and head to the bathroom to clean my dust-covered hands. Water rushes from the spout and splashes against the sides as the basin fills. A reflection of me stares back from the mirror, my dirty hand clutching my aching chest. Today everything feels so raw, open, and fresh, like it only just happened. Why isn’t she still here?

Rubbing my hands clean, I delve into my pocket for the jewelry. Bringing it to my collar, I pin it into my blouse and the hard edges of the brooch prick my skin. My thumb brushes over the smooth, round sides of the pendant and when I pull it over my head, the chain catches on my hair. After I twist it through the tangle so it finally falls cool against my skin, it nestles in the hollow of my throat. I pick it up between my fingers and with reverent slow strokes, rub my thumb over the shiny yellow center—the pendant Mom never took off.

A shiver shoots up my spine and out through my limbs like an electric current, zapping every cell, every fiber, every part of my being. Walking on graves, that’s what Mom would have said. Maybe it’s an omen about her.

I plant my palms on either side of the full basin and peer into the still water taking a moment to collect my thoughts. The water reflects only the cream ceiling. That can't be right. I do a double take and look again.

My chest tightens. I hold my hand up, but I can’t see it—not my arm, not my chewed fingernails, not my leather watch on my wrist. Where am I? Mouth gaping, I look into the mirror again, but I see nothing.

Not even my face.

I dip my finger into the warm, reflection-free water. Circles ripple in ever growing rings, but there’s no image. My gaze flits to the mirror, but I see only the open door. I have no reflection.

About the Author:
Stacey grew up in the Hunter Valley of New South Wales. It is an area nestled between mountains and vineyards. Full of history and culture, it provides wonderful writing inspiration. After dabbling with poetry during her teen years, Stacey stopped writing until after university when she was married with young children. Now she loves nothing more than spending her days with her children and writing when inspiration strikes.

You can stalk Stacey at the following links
Website | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest | Goodreads

Giveaway:
a Rafflecopter giveaway

K x

Thursday, February 20, 2014

COVER REVEAL Kiya: Rise of a New Dynasty by Katie Hamstead

 The final instalment in the KIYA trilogy.

Title: Kiya: Rise of a New Dynasty (Kiya Trilogy Book #3)
Author: Katie Hamstead
Publisher: Curiosity Quills Press
Genre: New Adult Historical Romance
Release Date: February 25th 2014

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/20498841-kiya

Book Blurb:
Tut has grown into his position as Pharaoh, but he is a wild young man. Naomi fears for him, not only because of his recklessness, but because he has put his trust in Ay–the man determined to destroy Naomi—despite her and Horemheb advising against it.

Meanwhile, death and slavery hang over Naomi and her family. With fear of the booming Hebrew numbers causing talk of enslaving them, conscription is reinstated and Naomi fears for the lives of her other children. Especially since Ay's children are now adults, and just as dangerous as their father. They threaten to take Itani, conspire against Tut, and pushing for power.

But Tut is in trouble. While Ay's daughter draws Horemheb's attention, and Naomi deals with the struggles of her family, everyone's distraction could spell death for the young Pharaoh.

Check out the first two books:

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/16163811-kiya?bf=2000&from_search=true  https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18661359-kiya?bf=2000&from_search=true

About the Author: 
Born and raised in Australia, Katie’s early years of day dreaming in the “bush”, and having her father tell her wild bedtime stories, inspired her passion for writing.

After graduating High School, she became a foreign exchange student where she met a young man who several years later she married. Now she lives in Arizona with her husband, daughter and their dog.

She has a diploma in travel and tourism which helps inspire her writing. She is currently at school studying English and Creative Writing.

Katie loves to out sing her friends and family, play sports and be a good wife and mother. She now works as a Clerk with a lien company in Arizona to help support her family and her schooling. She loves to write, and takes the few spare moments in her day to work on her novels.

Stalking Links:
Website | twitter | Facebook | Goodreads | Amazon

K x