Friday, February 26, 2016

Cover Reveal for Ashes: Dystopian Edition: a Just Write Journal

Oh my God, as if she isn't talented enough with all of her beautiful cover designs, Regina (owner of MaeIDesign) has gone and created this beautiful series of "Just Write" journals for aspiring writers in need of some inspiration. And the cover for her second volume, Ashes: Dystopian Edition, aims to inspire us with its gorgeous dark and mysterious themes.

According to Regina, these journals are "designed to help writers find inspiration anytime, by visual inspiration and creative prompts." 

The journals are completely unique and unlike anything else on the market because they are "packed with a visually appealing design and prompts that ignite the mind and get you excited about your project."

Based on the breadth and depth I've seen of her work, and this gorgeous cover she's created, I have no doubt the inside prompts would be just as inspiring and motivating to kick-start those creative engines in our minds.

And, if Dystopian's not your thing, get inspired by her first volume, Myths.

Follow Regina's Facebook page for more beautiful artwork, photography, and book cover designs that are seriously drool worthy.

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

You've Been Flashed by Author P.C. Zick


Welcome, and thanks for coming by to Flash us today. I’ve had the pleasure of meeting author P.C. Zick from our upcoming independent releases for the Remingtons Kindle World, created by author Melissa Foster. While you were a “new to me” author, you are a very well established writer with such a diverse background. You’re like a treasure trove of cool facts that I can’t wait to dive into! So let's get started.

Q1:  I love how diverse your writing experience has been – as well as being an editor, too (The Manuscript Doctor). I can appreciate juggling those hats! From news, to fiction, to blogging, to biographies and non-fiction, you seem to write it all. I’m just curious, what has been your favorite to write, and why?

PCZ: Fiction is by far my favorite writing form. I’ve loved writing contemporary romances over the past two years, but am anxious to get back to writing contemporary fiction with environmental themes. One reviewer called it “eco-journalism” in fiction. It takes much longer to write in this genre, and the research is much more extensive. I’m a little weird because I really like doing research, learning new things, and then incorporating it into my writing.

Q2:  I also love your blog and personal manifesto of Living Lightly. It speaks to my soul, as I’m sure it does for other readers. Nature, the environment, and healthful eating seem to weave its way through your writing. Is there anything that sparked these passions to begin with? What drives the desire to pursue these topics in your writing?

PCZ: That’s an excellent question, and I’m not sure where it started. I’m an old hippie raised in the seventies consciousness of Ann Arbor where I lived for several years. It grew into a lifestyle. With my first husband, we actually homesteaded in North Florida on twenty acres. We built a geodesic dome partially powered by solar electricity. During my years in Florida, I reported on the politics in some rural areas and saw how developers were more interested in destroying than creating. Through my fiction, I can present interesting stories (hopefully), while educating folks about the dangers of destroying our environment.

Q3: You have a new book coming out on 3/2 called Love on the Wind. What inspired this story, and what else can we expect from P.C. Zick after this novella – have any other stories in the pipeline?

PCZ: I really love the Remington series and jumped at the chance to write something from that world created by Melissa Foster. At the same time, I was reading Anthony Bourdain’s book and watching his show. I thought it would be fun to create the female version. Also, Rachelle Ayala had written a book in the first Remington World release where the main characters met at Montauk Point. That’s the first place I ever saw the ocean when I was ten years old, so it all fell together. I have two romances I need to write this spring. There’s a women’s novel lurking in my brain and notebooks right now so I hope to get to it soon. And I have a novel I started years ago, set on the Suwannee River, that I want to finish.
We can't wait to see what comes next! Now on to easier questions, and the absolute ridiculousness and fun of This or That. You can only choose one. Go!

  • Leprechauns or fairies? Fairies because they are light - leprechauns scare me a bit (but not as much as clowns scare me).
  • Oxford comma: with or without? I use it. I think it makes it less confusing for the reader, which is always one of my goals.
  • Paper or plastic? Always paper.
  • Day hiking or day at the spa? Day hiking and then a night at the spa.
  • Martinis or margaritas? Can I choose both? Depends on the situation and mood and weather!
  • Old School or New Age? New Age all the way.
  • Quiet bistro or chain restaurant? No chains - always a quiet bistro (or craft brewery).
  • Skiing or snorkling? Snorkling - skiing scares me at this age.
  • Cake or pie? Always fruit pies.
  • The Monkees or monkeys? Howler monkeys - if you’ve never seen one up close, you’re missing quite an experience. The telling of this story would require a margarita.

Thank you for stopping by and keeping us briefed. Readers, you can learn more about PC Zick’s adventures and her writing at:
Twitter | Facebook | Web Site | Blog | Goodreads  

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

You've Been Flashed by Author S.K. Anthony


Welcome, and thanks for coming by to Flash us today. For those who are new to your writing, you have a second book in your Luminaries series that just came out called Static. Congratulations! You know I love your books, so let's jump right in and help get readers "illuminated" on the awesomeness of S.K. Anthony.

Q1: Your book cover for Kinetic is one of my all-time favorites. It is just so beautiful and magical all at once. The cover for Static is in the same vein and equally as powerful, but has a new character. I loved your recent blog post on the creative process of your rebranding effort and thought it was hilarious. What is the creative process like for creating your covers? Where does your inspiration come from?

SKA: It’s funny; I seem to always have the color theme in my head as I start writing the stories. Then I suppose I have a moment in my head where this character hits a turning point and displays some aspect of his or her powers. From there I transfer it telepathically to my designer (Mae I Design) and she truly is the one who makes the magic happen. I swear, my descriptions are rambling words and she totally “sees” it. Thank goodness.

Q2:  In Kinetic, the story's main point of view (POV) was from the character Annie Fox, while in Static, it's from Kevin Pierce's POV. Did you know when you set out to write book two that it would be from his POV? How different do you find it writing from a man's perspective?

SKA: Midway through Kinetic I knew the next book was going to be Kevin’s, so yes, I did know. Thankfully fans wanted more of him, too, and that sealed the deal.

Writing from a man’s perspective was fun and scary! I didn’t want to make him sound like a woman pretending to be a guy—which . . . well, is the case. Lol. I think I pulled it off, based on feedback. I did pay attention to guys between the ages of 22 and 24, their “voice”, point of view, sense of humor, etc. Then applied it to Kevin’s already established personality and there you have it. =)

Q3: I love when women raise other powerful, creative, talented women up instead of competing with them, and from the fun Coffee Chats on your blog, it seems as if you enjoy cross promoting as well. I truly believe there is enough success to go around for everyone and that every person has a unique story to tell. Have you had any examples of working with other creative women on your journey to becoming an author? Who's helped you along the way, and who have you helped champion?

SKA: Yes, I do love cross promoting as you may be able to tell from my new video series adventure, and Coffee Chat, which was a fun run! I also contribute with a group of other women in The Writer Diaries blog, but mainly I LOVE helping many authors one-on-one. Like via social media exposure/promotions, critiques, brainstorming, etc. And they do the same for me. I’m not limited; we all start from somewhere and only get stronger together. It’s an honor working with these amazing women, you included, in my journey.

Thank you, Miss Anthony, for all you do for the writing field, and for the amazing stories you keep bringing us! I can't wait for the next one. Now for the absolute ridiculousness of This or That. You can only choose one. Go!

·        Sponge Bob or Patrick? Patrick

·        Coffee or Kahlua? Coffeeeeeee!!!!

·        Mountains or Beach? You suck . . . hmm, beach.

·        Elsa or Anna? Anna

·        Calendars: Digital or Paper? Paper

·        Mini Cooper or Land Rover? Land Rover

·        Silver or Gold? Silver

·        Cheese or Pepperoni? Yes, please. Ugh, fine, Pepperoni.

·        Sky Dive or Scuba Dive? O_O Scuba Dive (in a pool)

·        Stephen King or Larry King? The other SK, Stephen King. lol

Thank you so much for stopping by and keeping us briefed. Readers, you can learn more about S.K. Anthony and her writing at:



 

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

You've Been Flashed by Author Stacy Eaton

Welcome, and thanks for coming by to Flash us today. You are one busy woman! For those of you who don't know, Stacy is not only a bestselling author, but she's also a police detective and a small business owner. Stacy, you just had two books come out in the last few months: You're Not Alone and Tangled in Tinsel. Congratulations! I know you have lots more up your sleeve, so let's get started.

Q1:You've had a busy year publishing, despite a major setback with a concussion! How're you doing on that front, and what can readers expect from you in the next six months?

SE: Hi, Colleen! Well, I was supposed to have 7 books published this year – but only managed to get 5 of those out. All of them written before I fell and gave myself a nasty concussion. I am just now (5 months later) getting back to writing. If all goes well, I am looking at getting back in the groove and by spring having two, if not three, out or ready to go. One of those is another Kindle World Novel, and then I was supposed to release Second Shield 2 this fall, but had to put it aside until I could write again, so that one is priority.

Q2: You've written three books about domestic violence, and even donated a portion of your October book sale profits to raise awareness for the cause. Is this an important topic to you because of what you've seen in your line of work? 

SE: Not only in work, but in life. I’ve been an advocate of Domestic Violence awareness for years, but a few years ago I responded to a domestic violence homicide and I realized that I needed to get more involved. For the last two years I have served on the Board of Directors for my local domestic violence center and I also speak to victims, survivors, and the community; plus, I work with training law enforcement officers to better understand what victims go through. I do see a lot of it at work, but there is so much more that is never reported, especially violence against men. That will be another book that I will write in the future.
Q3: What some people may not realize is that you sometimes include a fantasy element in your books, like with your My Blood Runs Blue series, and the book Garda ~ Welcome to the Realm. Do you find it easy to switch back and forth between contemporary and fantasy? Do you find there's a common element or theme that runs through both genres that you write?

SE: Actually, in Distorted Loyalty there is a touch of the afterlife, so it has what you would call a fantasy element, but I don’t focus on that. I started writing paranormal romance because I wanted to escape the drama of real life. Now, I spend more time in the real world drama, but I want to go back and write a few more books in the paranormal world. I have plans for two more My Blood Runs Blue series books and also at least one more Garda book. Plus I’m plotting out a trilogy called One Every Thirty-Six that is about magic, but that is going to be a while in the making.
 
Thank you, Stacy! Now onto the absolute ridiculousness and fun of This or That. You can only choose one. Go!

·        Harley or Crotch Rocket? Wow...tough – love the sounds of Harley’s – but love the speed of the crotch rocket.

·        Lucky Charms or Cocoa Puffs? Can I have chocolate lucky charms?

·        Tattoo or piercing? Ink – I love ink – and need some new pieces!

·        Picasso or Monet? Neither – I like real life art captured with a camera lens.

·        Rob Lowe or Rob Thomas? Neither – I’ll take Robert Downey Jr.

·        Dog or cat? Dog

·        Beer or Wine? Actually I don’t drink.

·        Show tunes or Burlesque? Neither – I’m a bit darker or more country with my music.

·        Christmas or Halloween? Christmas because it centers on family more.

·        West Coast or East Coast? East Coast – anywhere near the ocean.

Thank you for stopping by and keeping us briefed. Readers, you can learn more about Stacy Eaton's adventures and her writing at:

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Faith in Love ~ A Special Cover Reveal

I am so excited to announce that my first book, Faith in Love, will be published on March 2, 2016!

I'm proud to be a part of a Kindle Worlds Romance series, centering around the Remingtons world created by New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Melissa Foster.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/28958074-faith-in-love?from_search=true&search_version=serviceFaith in Love is nearly a full-length novel at 45K words. It features Kate Paletto, Sage Remington, and Luce Palmer from Foster's novel, Stoke of Love.

My beautiful cover was designed by the amazingly talented author and designer,
Zoe York, to compliment the cover branding for the Remingtons Kindle World.

Meet Egan MacGuire & Celeste St. Angelo! 

Full of grief and jaded by love, corporate philanthropist Egan MacGuire is given two options by his boss: take a leave of absence or kiss his job god-bye. A road trip with a friend is just the distraction Egan needs to figure out how to get his life back on track.

Celeste St. Angelo left the bright lights and big city for the mountains of North Carolina to open the next phase of her flourishing Angel Therapy business, a healing and wellness center. With the grand opening looming she has no time for distractions, especially love.

When divine timing sparks an unexpected romance, will Egan and Celeste be able to leave their troubled pasts behind and find the courage to have a little faith in love? 

In the coming days, I'll be sharing an exclusive excerpt from the book. There are nineteen authors releasing new novellas in the Remington Kindle World this March, so I'll be sharing more fun cover reveals, blogging about my experience, Flash interviews with the other authors, and prizes leading up to and to kick off the big release day!

Thanks for all of the love and support I've received along the way during my writing journey! I can't wait to share this next phase with you and see what you think of my baby, Faith in Love.

"Love is a meeting of two souls, fully accepting the dark and the light within each other, bound by the courage to grow through struggle into bliss."