2017 is here and what better way to ring it in than with books! Eighteen authors have signed up to put their books on sale for 99cents. Why so little? Because of the gift cards that people have gotten as Christmas gifts. We want you to spend that money on us!
Once you're done with my goodies, hop over to see what other books are being offered.
Thanks to C.D. Gallant King (whose books you should totally get) I learned of an awesome vampire themed event that prompted me to pause my blog break to help spread the word.
Hell yeah, vampires!
As you know, I am a lover of all things vampires (well, almost all things. There's a few exceptions that I thought were horrible and shame the vampire genre. *cough*BloodRayne the movie*cough*) So when I saw this I knew I had to sign up.
In the month of October authors and publishers of vampire-themed books from the U.S. and Canada are pledging to make a financial donation to the American Red Cross or Canadian Blood Services. By signing up, the books will be listed at VampiresBooksforBlood.org and links to buy the books available as well as what donation being made. I signed up Being Human and opted to donate a flat $50.00. Mostly because I'm paranoid no one will buy my book and I'll have no money to give to the American Red Cross at the end of October. (I see myself as the lone author in the corner that no one wants to talk to.) If you don't have a vampire themed book to sign up, you can help spread the word using the hashtag #vampbooks4blood, or donate to the American Red Cross or Canadian Blood Services.
For Tommy, there is only one thing he needs to do: survive.
Only surviving isn't that easy. The hunt for blood can be tricky when humans know to fear the night. Desire sits on the edge of his mind, urging him to become the monster humans think he is. Vampire Forces, a special branch of police, is determined to turn every vampire to ash. Tommy included.
The only human Tommy can trust is his twin brother. A bond connects them, and with Danny's help, Tommy starts to understand the human world he struggles to survive in. He'll learn what friendships means and feel the sting of betrayal, find that sometimes the worst monsters are very human, and come to understand that family means more than blood.
Tommy just wants to survive and he knows what he needs to do. But with the number of humans that mean more to him than a meal growing, he'll learn there's more to life than simple survival. He'll discover being human doesn't mean being a human.
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One thing I love about flash fiction is how it lets me sneak back into worlds I've created but left behind because I had no more story ideas. My curse is I mostly write stand alones, and no matter how hard I try, I can't come up with good ideas for series. This piece is a repost from my old blog. The prompt was write something that included To the moon and the story formed so easily it was like I wasn't writing it but Cyc and Jacob were.
To the moon! Jacob pointed to the glowing light bulb above our heads. A wide grin filled his face and hope shined in his eyes.
My throat tightened. Keandra was right. Jacob didn’t understand just how bad this place was. And I envied him for it. Envied that he could detach himself from the reality of our confinement and get lost in his imagination. He really was flying toward the moon and not a lightbulb.
Pushing those feelings back, I pick Jacob up. “Prepare for take off in ten, nine, eight, seven, six, five, four,” Jacob held his arms at his sides. His body trembled with excitement, “three, two, one. Blast off!”
Jacob squealed as I spun him around. I ran around the room and then lifted him up.
“Don’t touch the light bulb – I mean the moon – it’s hot,” I warned.
Jacob giggled and heat radiated off his skin. You’re so silly, Big Brother. Prepare for the landing.
I landed him on the couch. “That’s one small step for man,” I said as he climbed off the short couch like he was descending a ladder. When his foot hit the floor, I stopped him. “There’s no gravity on the moon. Do you know how to walk?”
He shook his head.
“Watch me.” I bent my knees and took long, slow steps. Delight shone in Jacob’s eyes as he mimicked me. “You also have to be careful. Jump too high and you’ll float away.”
I chuckled as Jacob grinned mischievously. He coiled his legs and jumped. I grabbed him and lifted him up. “Oh no! You’re floating away. Someone help before you float to Uranus. Keandra, help!”
Keandra’s eyes widened, panic flitting across her face as I swung Jacob towards her. I passed him gently to her and she set him safely on the floor. He slowly bounced away, declaring he was off to find alien life.
Keandra glared at me once he was out of sight. “I thought you were going to throw him at me.”
“Have a little faith in me,” I said sourly. I pulled apart the blanket fort Jacob and I made for the cowboy adventure before he turned into an astronaut. “In the gang, family was important. If someone was falling, you caught them.”
“What’s that got to do with this place?”
I looked at Keandra. “The only thing we have in common is Master. We’re alive because of him.”
“So, does that make him our father?”
“No, that makes us family and I’ll always catch family.”
But he may have no choice. A man claiming ownership over him haunts his dreams and waking moments, leaving him no choice but to go back to the past he thought he had escaped. Cyclop must face this man, along with his past, if he wants to reveal his own future.
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I'm joining yet another monthly feature created by Michael D'Agostine of A Life Examined. This one is called Flashback Friday (click the link to see the other participants since the html doesn't want to work for me. D=) and it's about, you guessed it, flashing back to previous blog posts. Some might call it lazy, but Michael calls it giving love to old posts that never got the attention they deserved. We all have them too. A brilliant post that got, like, one comment. Boy, that stings. I thought it'd be fun to participate in because I have new followers and I don't expect them to go back through years of posts. Hopefully, you like this month's pick. It's about the dreaded insta-love trope.
Flashback to Insta-Love
My writing partner-in-crime, MaryBeth had an interesting post the other day about true love trends in YA. She made an excellent point how a lot of stories seemed to have the girl meeting the boy (usually a mystery boy with a secret) and instantly falling in love. They were destined to be together forever. By the end of the series (with a slight detour for a love triangle) they were. The girl would never have previous boyfriends either. MaryBeth pleaded for a little realism. Yes, the couple can fall in love, but build up to it. No love at first sight.
I commented that when I was teen, I remembered my first boyfriend. I had been certain he was the one. We were going to get married. He dumped me. Second boyfriend dumped me too. Both times, I would have swore up and down that we would be together forever. So love at first sight does happen, but it's more of an illusion. When you're a teen, you want it to be true love, but whether or not it really is remains to be seen.
It made me think about Snapshots (I'm trying to talk about it a lot in the upcoming weeks.) In it, Cyclop meets Amber and he falls head over heels for her. He's confused at first though. He thought he was gay because before meeting Amber his eyes (well, one eye. Has to keep one covered to stop the visions) were only for Darryl. But never mind his confusion.
My point is Amber wasn't Cyclop's first love. Nor was he hers. Before she met him, she dated a few guys. One she thought was the one. She'd describe it as love at first sight if you asked her. Boy, did that guy break her heart. I thought it important that both these characters had pervious experiences because that's how real life is. Sure, Cyclop can see your future when he looks in your eyes, but I still wanted him to feel realistic. Not all teens find their one true love in high school. Some don't find it in college. Why should my characters be any different?
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