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Thursday, May 26, 2016

RoseBlood Artwork and Excerpt Reveal + Free stuff!

Back in March, we had the official RoseBlood cover reveal. If you saw that post, you know there was a story behind the artwork. For those who missed it, here's a recap:


RoseBlood’s cover had an interesting journey. At first, I had my heart set on a panoramic view of my heroine, Rune, singing in front of the stage. There’s a scene in the book when she first embraces her voice without pain that is so powerful, it gives the reader that feeling of being swept away upon swells of living music. That’s what I had hoped to capture. So Nathalia Suellen worked up an amazing, evocative, and dark rendition of said scene, and I fell in love.

However, the panoramic view was harder to spot from a distance . . . not as eye-catching. And eye-catching is one of the first rules of a good cover. Also, it was a busier cover, which can be distracting, especially in thumbnail images. And, were we instead to go with a close-up image, similar in ways to the Splintered books, readers would automatically know it was written by the same author, just from one quick glance.

So, the panoramic was pushed aside, and a close-up cover took center stage for marketing reasons.

BUT, I didn’t want to say goodbye to that first mockup. So I bought the original image from Nathalia to use in posters and postcards. This way, you all get to share in the cover journey and have a visual of that pivotal scene from the book.

Without further adieu, here is the panoramic image, and the excerpt it represents -- the first time Rune manages to sing without pain with the help of her masked "maestro":



Excerpt:
The finale stretches, silken and luxurious, before falling in an audible drizzle that coats every wall, rafter, and seat with tremulous emotion.

The room stops spinning, and I’m left standing—strong, powerful … victorious. For the first time in ten years, I conquered the music. I did it.

“I did it!” I shout, spinning in place on the stage, my wet dress opening like a parasol and sprinkling water everywhere. I haven’t felt like this for so long … elated, like when Dad would accompany me, when together we carried the songs.

The unanswered guilt at his absence flutters through my heart again, but can’t find a place to perch. My chest is too full of happiness; it feels effulgent, as if it’s glowing from within. I look down to find it is, and can’t help but wonder if somewhere above me, the Phantom’s chest is glowing, too.

I glance up at the box seats and project my voice, smiling. “Thank you...”

The soft wail of that familiar violin answers, not in my mind, not from the balcony, but from the orchestra pit. One murmuring, sensual note that winds around me like a caress. 

My cheeks tingle and I press my palms to them, only to realize the black glove is gone from my hand, as if he took it back during our fantasy dance. As if he really held me in his arms…
*****

Yes, those thorny, black vines actually play a part in the story, but not in this particular scene. And yes, they're every bit as creepy and dangerous as they appear. ;)

Now, onto the giveaway!

(1) One personalized and signed RoseBlood ARC.


(2) One signed poster of the panoramic image revealed today. 

(3) Three panoramic postcards + RoseBlood swag packs:
 
 

 That's 5 chances to win something, INTL! Enter the rafflecopter below, and good luck to everyone.

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Winners announced!


Winners for my portion of the ‪#‎NewASH‬ prizes, including this Splintered/Unhinged flip arc:


Have been announced here. Thanks to everyone who took part, and more giveaways are on the horizon, so stay tuned!

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Welcome to NewASH -- Featuring Kat Ross from the Red Team!





Team BlueIf you get lost, or would like to find your favorite author, there are links to all the authors participating here.
***THE SCAVENGER HUNT***

Directions: At the bottom of this post, you’ll notice that I’ve listed my lucky book number. Collect the lucky book numbers of all the authors on TEAM RED, and then add them up (don’t worry, you can use a calculator!).

Entry Form: Once you’ve added up all the numbers, make sure you fill out the form here to officially qualify for the grand prize. Only entries that have the correct number will qualify.

Rules: Open internationally, anyone below the age of 18 should have a parent or guardian’s permission to enter. To be eligible for the grand prize, you must submit the completed entry form by May 1st, at noon Eastern Time. Entries sent without the correct number or without contact information will not be considered.

LET THE HUNTING BEGIN!

***MEET KAT ROSS***

Kat Ross worked as a journalist at the United Nations for ten years before happily falling back into what she likes best: making stuff up. She lives in Westchester with her kid and a few sleepy cats. Kat is also the author of the dystopian thriller Some Fine Day (Skyscape, 2014), about a world where the sea levels have risen sixty meters. She loves magic, monsters and doomsday scenarios. Preferably with mutants.



***CHECK OUT KAT'S BOOK***

They are the light against the darkness. 

The steel against the necromancy of the Druj. 

And they use demons to hunt demons…. 

Nazafareen lives for revenge. A girl of the isolated Four-Legs Clan, all she knows about the King's elite Water Dogs is that they bind wicked creatures called daevas to protect the empire from the Undead. But when scouts arrive to recruit young people with the gift, she leaps at the chance to join their ranks. To hunt the monsters that killed her sister. 

Scarred by grief, she's willing to pay any price, even if it requires linking with a daeva named Darius. Human in body, he's possessed of a terrifying power, one that Nazafareen controls. But the golden cuffs that join them have an unwanted side effect. Each experiences the other's emotions, and human and daeva start to grow dangerously close. 

As they pursue a deadly foe across the arid waste of the Great Salt Plain to the glittering capital of Persepolae, unearthing the secrets of Darius's past along the way, Nazafareen is forced to question his slavery—and her own loyalty to the empire. But with an ancient evil stirring in the north, and a young conqueror sweeping in from the west, the fate of an entire civilization may be at stake… "


***KAT'S EXCLUSIVE BONUS CONTENT: An excerpt from THE MIDNIGHT SEA***

My eyes flew open at the crack of dawn. I groaned and rubbed my forehead. My scalp tingled, an icy, unpleasant sensation. I knew right away where Darius was and what he was doing. It was another side effect of the bond, I'd discovered. I could feel his heart beating. I knew that one of his boots was too tight. I could shut my eyes and tell you exactly where he was, even if he was hundreds of leagues away.Why had no one told me what it would be like? I supposed Tijah did, but this was much worse than I'd expected. Much, much worse.

I threw on my new scarlet tunic and marched down to the river. Tendrils of mist swirled through the dead reeds at the edge. It was late autumn and the air had a dank chill that promised snow.

My da─ôva stood there, stripped to the waist, pouring water over his head with his right hand. He wore a gold faravahar on a chain around his neck, its eagle wings spread wide. His left arm lay at his side, grey and dead. I stared at his shoulder, at the juncture where smooth skin met rough. His Druj curse.

It slowed me for a moment, seeing that pathetic arm, but I wasn't yet ready to forgive him for waking me. That was my excuse, anyway. Of course, what really angered me was the terrible realization that I was burdened with a sorrow not my own, but that bled me nonetheless. What really angered me was him—everything about him.

He was calmer this morning, but I wasn't. I stopped about twenty feet away. He didn’t turn around although he knew I was there.

"It's nice that you're so pious," I said. "But don't you think it's a little early to be down here performing the morning rites?"

He paused, then dumped the last of the water from the bowl. I felt the cold trickle down my spine and my lips tightened.

"I was taught by the magi to come at first light," Darius said. "Did you expect to sleep in? I'm afraid that's not the way it works for Water Dogs." He smiled, and we both knew it was fake. "I'm sorry if I've offended you in some way."

I stared at him, at the dark hair plastered across his forehead, his stubborn mouth. He looked so human. And yet there was something in the way Darius held himself, perfectly at ease in his own skin. Still but coiled, like the wolves I'd seen in the mountains.

"You haven't offended me in the least," I said. "I suppose you need the blessing more than I do."

I spun on my heel and walked away, knowing I had wounded him. A small stab to my own heart. And I felt slightly ashamed. But that wasn't the end of it. Then I felt his satisfaction at my shame. And my own anger that he knew and was glad. 

And then his amusement at my anger!

I stalked off, determined to think nothing, to feel nothing, ever again. If only it were that easy.

Awesome excerpt! This is going on my GoodReads to read shelf! If you'd like to add it to yours, go here.  Or to buy the book, here's a link. And be sure to check out what other books Kat has cooking up on her website.

Also, don’t forget to enter the contest for a chance to win a ton of books by me, Kat Ross, and many more authors!

TO ENTER, YOU NEED TO KNOW THAT MY LUCKY BOOK NUMBER IS 6.

Add up all the lucky numbers of the authors on TEAM RED, and you’ll have the secret code to enter for the grand prize!
***CONTINUE THE HUNT***

To keep going on your quest for the hunt and to check out my own personal cover /trailer reveal and INTL giveaway, you'll need to check out the next stop at Kim Briggs's place. GOOD LUCK!

Sunday, April 24, 2016

NewASH is on the horizon, and so is my cover reveal!

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Hello Everyone! Hope you're as excited as I am, because the Spring 2016 New Adult Scavenger Hunt begins soon, and during the hunt, I'll be revealing THE ARCHITECT OF SONG's official book trailer and cover!

Also, there will be the chance to win lots of books and other prizes, all INTL. So be sure to join us!
Here are the Spring 2016 #NewASH teams:
TEAM BLUE
Team Blue S2016
TEAM RED
Team Red S2016
TEAM PURPLE
Team Purple S2016
The New Adult Scavenger Hunt begins at Noon Eastern Time on Thursday, April 28th and runs through Sunday, May 1st. Be sure to visit the NewASH website for more information and the prize listings. Hope to see you on Thursday!

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Sneak Peek at The Architect of Song

Here's a sneak peek at part of the back cover and spine for my upcoming gothic love story, The Architect of Song

Click image for closeup 

The beautiful artwork is by Nathalia Suellen. I'm going to have a book trailer + full cover reveal on April 28th during the New Adult Scavenger Hunt. And, there will be INTL giveaways! 

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Upcoming trailer reveal and giveaway!



For more information on the Spring 2016 #NewASH dates and prize packages, follow this link.

Hope to see you there!