Empyreal Illusions: Book One of The Inferno Unleashed Series

Today is another cover reveal! This is my good friend Jake Bonsignore who is publishing his first novel in July! Check out this awesome cover!!

Empyreal Illusions: Book One of The Inferno Unleashed Series

Author: Jake Bonsignore

 Genre: YA Fantasy / Dystopian

Release: May 29, 2013 (e-book); July 2013 (paperback)

Book Design: Regina Wamba of Mae I Design and Photography

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17841328-empyreal-illusions

Empyreal Illusions by Jake Bonsignore (E-Book Small)

Blurb

A Thin Line Separates Justice From Revenge….

Fourteen-year-old Breena Taljain’s dreary existence in the slums of Purgaire comes to a sudden end when a chance encounter with a criminal mastermind known as the Patriarch goes horridly wrong. His assault on her for refusing to pay for her mother’s addiction leaves her comatose and teetering on the edge of life and death.

Galbrecht Atalir is a washed-up doctor struggling to overcome his inner demons through alcohol and aggression. He never quite recovered from the unsolved murder of his family seven years prior. When he discovers Breena as his newest patient, he knows at once that the Patriarch is the one who eluded him for almost a decade.

The medicine Galbrecht gives Breena draws her into a heavenly paradise. When it ebbs away, though, the recurring trauma plunges her into treacherous hinterlands. There, Breena must learn to find power in courage, hope, and love to overcome fiends of hatred bent on permanently ending her existence.

With justice burning in his heart, Galbrecht begins a race against time to seek out the Patriarch in the underworld before Breena loses her struggle against the ever-darkening terrors of her mind….

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Interview with Megan Hand author of Bitter Angel

Bitter Angel by Megan HandHello everyone! I’m really excited about today’s post! With us today is new author Megan Hand.

Hello Megan! Thank you for being with us today. I’m so excited to introduce you to everyone. Megan Hand is the author of Bitter Angel that was published on April 1st.

Me: Megan can you tell us a little bit about Bitter Angel? Give us a little background into this compelling storyline. It sounds amazing!

Megan: Hi, Jaime! And of course. Bitter Angel came to me as my stories usually do, in a half-awakened dream. I love when this happens. When my body is in that state between awake and asleep, scenes play beneath my eyelids like a movie.

In the beginning of the book, Lila, my main character is waking up, remembering two scenarios from the night before. One where she went with her friends, and they found themselves in a life-threatening situation, but Lila risks her life to save them. In the other scenario, she stays home with her boyfriend, Jay, falls asleep, and has a terrifying nightmare that they were murdered. Now, when she’s waking up the next morning, each of these scenarios were so real, she’s not sure which one she lived. But when she’s waking up is only the beginning of the story. You will have to read and find out 😉

Me: WOW that sounds really good! Where did the inspiration for this book come from? How’d you come up with this concept?

Megan: Well, as I mentioned earlier, it came to me in a dream. But it might surprise you to tell you that Bitter Angel was meant to be a short story. Lila lives the two scenarios and she’s waking up the next morning, not sure, then she discovers what happened. End of story. When I went to end it there, however, my heart was screaming NOOOOO!!! There were many reasons why I chose to play out this story, and readers will easily understand why I chose not to end it there.

Me: In the story Lila Spencer lives the same night twice. On Friday she goes out with her friends, but also she’s at home with her boyfriend. How hard was it to write that? Did it come easy?

Megan: It actually came very easy. I didn’t expect it to, but going between the scenes was quite effortless for me. I loved how it came out, too. There’s a flow. It’s not exact, like chapter 1 is scenario 1 and chapter 2 is scenario 2. But it’s easy to follow, and I was very pleased with the outcome.

Me: Have you always known you wanted to be a writer?

Megan: Kind of yes, kind of no, lol J I started writing obsessively when I was twelve. I wrote story chapters, not knowing where they were headed, and poems. I still have those hundreds of poems saved on notebook paper. They are very special to me. Then, one day I said to myself, “I’m going to write a novel.” A few weeks later, I had a few chapters—all hand-written, of course—that were filled with more red pen than writing, and I quit. But stories have fun rampant in my mind ever since. It wasn’t until I was in my twenties that I shared these stories with my sister. She persuaded me to write some of it down. I did, and what I didn’t expect was how FUN it would be. I finished my first not-so-great novel a few months later, and haven’t stopped writing since.

Me: So what’s next for you? Any other novels in the works?

Megan: Absolutely! Bitter Angel is a very plot-driven story. This next one is a deeply emotional character-driven story. To the point that the scenes are emotionally draining to write. But I cannot wait to share with you all!

Me: Who is your favorite author?

Megan: I have SO many, it’s extremely hard to choose. But I’d say the first that influenced me tremendously was Stephanie Meyer (cliché, I know), but I am in love with her book The Host. It was the catalyst that started my reading gluttony and still holds my heart today. I’ve also fallen in love with Suzanne Collins, author of The Hunger Games series, Lisa McMann, and her Wake series, Stephanie Perkins for Anna and the French Kiss, and Simone Elkeles for Perfect Chemisty and many others. I could go on all day with this list J

Me: Megan I’m so glad you stopped by today! Bitter Angel sounds amazing and I can’t wait to read more about Lila!

 Megan: Thank you for having me, Jaime! It was a pleasure!!

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Bitter Angel

 

Title: Bitter Angel

Author: Megan Hand

Release date: April 1, 2013

Genre:  Contemporary/Thriller

Age Group:  New Adult

Event organized by: AToMR Tours

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17181920-bitter-angel

Book Description:

Torn between two realities.

A choice that will mean life or death.

She won’t know anything… until she wakes up.

College sophomore, Lila Spencer lived Friday night twice. She doesn’t know how or why, just that she did. As if she split in half and went in two different directions.

Out clubbing with her friends, Heather and Nilah, the girls rock it out and party hard. What begins as an innocent night will lead to a deadly fight for their lives, and Lila might be their only chance for survival.

In bed with her boyfriend, Jay, Lila is safe and warm as she drifts to sleep in the arms of the man she loves. Until she is sucked into a horrifying nightmare of her friends’ deaths.

As the sunlight warms her face on Saturday morning, the two scenarios collide. But there can be only one outcome. Will she wake up in her warm bed with Jay by her side, devastated and grieving for her friends? Or was she there to save them?

The answer is just the beginning.

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 About the Author

At twelve, Megan decided to write a novel. A month later, she quit. A reading junkie by nature, she started writing again in her twenties as a way to get the voices out, because who wouldn’t want to create a Real Living Person out of thin air? Megan also plays the piano and sings. She teaches little kids and takes pictures of pretty butterflies. She eats way too much chocolate, is sort of a mad scientist with her blender, and spends an unhealthy amount of time LOLing on Facebook and Twitter. She lives in Ohio with her husband and very smiley son. Bitter Angel is her first published novel.

Author social media links:

Website: http://meganhandwrites.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/meganhandauthor

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6868683.Megan_Hand

Twitter: @MeganHandWrites

Excerpt:

As Nilah hooted and woohooed, it took less than a minute for her Infiniti G35 to reach illegal speeds. Her hollering was a painful side effect of her birthday high. If she weren’t driving, she’d have probably stuck her head out the window and let her ears flap in the wind. From the front passenger seat, Heather was blowing on her French manicure, even though her nails were way past dry.

I leaned forward from the back, an elbow on each of their seats. “Where is this place again?”

“We went there once,” Nilah reminded me. “It’s near that Fourth Street Park place we went to last time, but we’re going to dinner as soon as we get into town. I made reservations at the most expensive seafood place I could find.”

Grimacing, I sank back into the plush, heated leather. I’d never been a very big seafood fan, but it was Nilah’s birthday. Her day, her rules. We’d always had that tradition for our birthdays—we got to pick where we ate, what we did, and go wherever we wanted on our special day.

I sighed, already missing Jay. At that moment, I began to daydream that I was clawing my way out of the car, curling into a ball, and rolling to a stop on the concrete. Then, magically uninjured of course, I’d race back to him.

When I came to my senses, however, I was overcome with a very strange sensation. Like I didn’t have to imagine it.

Because I was still with him.

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The Do Over by A. L. Zaun

I have the amazing privilege of helping new author A. L. Zaun reveal her beautiful cover! Check out The Do Over and don’t forget to add it to Goodreads!

Title:   The Do Over

Author:  A. L. Zaun

Genre:  Contemporary Adult

Cover Designer:  Wicked by Design ;

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Expected release date:  May 20, 2013

Goodreads:  http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17381854-the-do-over

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Book Description       

Life doesn’t look like it’s supposed to for Daniela, aka Dani. After a painful break-up with Rick, Dani decides she doesn’t want to deal with the hassles of relationship.

After almost two years, Dani’s friends stage an intervention, forcing her out of her holding pattern and back into the real world of dating.

Liam, a down to earth firefighter, may be just the person to show her she’s still worth something. Their chemistry is instant and electric. But will Dani be able to trust her patched-up heart with him?

And what will happen when Rick decides he’ll go to any lengths to get her back?

About the Author:

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A.L. Zaun graduated from Florida International University with a degree in English Literature a long time ago.  A degree she didn’t use at all in her professional endeavors.  She loves to read, write and take pictures.  She walks around with her camera, and most importantly she has her e-reader available at all times.  Healthcare Management by day, Mommy in the evening and most nights, you can find her sitting in front of her laptop with a bottle of Diet Pepsi, bringing the voices in her head to life on the pages of her debut novel, The Do Over.

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Cover Reveal Bitter Angel by Megan Hand

Today I get to help my friend and new author Megan Hand release her gorgeous cover for her debut novel Bitter Angel!

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Title: Bitter Angel

Author: Megan Hand

Expected release date: April 1, 2013

Genre:  Thriller

Age Group: New Adult

Cover Designer: B Design;  http://bdesignpublishingservices.wordpress.com/

Cover reveal organized by: AToMR Tours

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17181920-bitter-angel

 

Book Description:

Torn between two realities.

A choice that will mean life or death.

She won’t know anything… until she wakes up.

College sophomore, Lila Spencer lived Friday night twice. She doesn’t know how or why, just that she did. As if she split in half and went in two different directions.

Out clubbing with her friends, Heather and Nilah, the girls rock it out and party hard. What begins as an innocent night will lead to a deadly fight for their lives, and Lila might be their only chance for survival.

In bed with her boyfriend, Jay, Lila is safe and warm as she drifts to sleep in the arms of the man she loves. Until she is sucked into a horrifying nightmare of her friends’ deaths.

As the sunlight warms her face on Saturday morning, the two scenarios collide. But there can be only one outcome. Will she wake up in her warm bed with Jay by her side, devastated and grieving for her friends? Or was she there to save them?

The answer is just the beginning.

megan hand

 

 

 

About the Author

At twelve, Megan decided to write a novel. A month later, she quit. A reading junkie by nature, she started writing again in her twenties as a way to get the voices out, because who wouldn’t want to create a Real Living Person out of thin air? Megan also plays the piano and sings. She teaches little kids and takes pictures of pretty butterflies. She eats way too much chocolate, is sort of a mad scientist with her blender, and spends an unhealthy amount of time LOLing on Facebook and Twitter. She lives in Ohio with her husband and very smiley son. Bitter Angel is her first published novel.

Blog: http://meganhandwrites.blogspot.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/meganhandauthor

Twitter: https://twitter.com/meganhandwrites

Book Name and Synopsis Revealed!

ImageThe time has finally come for me to release the name and synopsis for my novel!

My cover reveal & giveaway is coming in February so keep an eye out for that.

To see the full synopsis please go to Goodreads. Here is the link: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17281806-awaken

Don’t forget to mark your Goodreads list with my novel as “To Read”!

SYNOPSIS & NAME:

AWAKEN

Three things run through my mind at this very moment…

ONE, my life as I once knew it will never be the same.

TWO, the person I’m in love with might not even exist.

THREE, the deception that has unfolded before me has the power of life and death.

Sixteen year old, Breanna Davis, has heard the saying; life isn’t always what it seems…well, that saying rings true now more than ever. As horrifying visions appear before her, revealing tragedies that will forever change the fate of those she loves, she realizes that she may be the only person who can stop them from becoming reality.

Amongst the chaos of this new discovery, Bre is faced with a stranger, Eve, who moves in on Bre’s friends and begins to follow her every move. As Eve’s true motives begin to surface, Bre must fight against, not only the visions, but the dangers Eve holds close.

There is another secret kept- Collin, a boy held captive in Bre’s dreams, the boy she is secretly falling in love with but isn’t sure he even exists. As she tries to make it work with Austin, an old friend who could possibly be more, Bre battles against her feelings for Collin.

Bre is faced with an almost impossible decision, to choose her life or follow her destiny.  If she doesn’t intercede, people will certainly die. If she does, her own life could be at stake. In the end, if she fails, she’ll lose everything.

The Forgotten Ones Cover Reveal Blitz

Hello everyone! Today I get to share with you a new novel coming out in May. I have recently met some amazing authors and Laura Howard is one of them! Laura’s novel, The Forgotten Ones, is one novel that I’m eagerly awaiting the release. Just take a look at the cover! Contest below for a chance at a $50 Amazon or B&N gift card!


Title: The Forgotten Ones

Author: Laura Howard

Genre: NA Paranormal Fantasy Romance

Expected release date: May 15, 2013

Age Group: New Adult

Cover Designer: Stephanie Mooney 

Book Description:


Allison O’Malley just graduated from college. Her life’s plan is to get a job and take care of her schizophrenic mother. She doesn’t have room for friends or even Ethan, who clearly wants more.

When Allison’s long-lost father shows up, he claims he can bring her mother back from the dark place her mind has sent her. He reveals legends of a race of people long forgotten, the Tuatha de Danaan, along with the truth about why he abandoned her mother.





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Sneak Peek! Back of Novel Description!

Well everyone…after 150 likes on my Facebook page it’s time to reveal the back book description. Now, like I mentioned in my last post this isn’t the full synopsis (that’s coming very VERY soon) this is what will be on the back cover of my novel along with the synopsis.

I also wanted to mention that what you are about to see is not what the back of the book will look like. My cover artist is working on the cover as we speak!

Without further ado…here it is!

Back of Novel 1

The Secret Unveiling

Unveiling

So the time has come to start unveiling some things about my novel. I have already given you one sneak peek already (to see that sneak peek click HERE) but now it’s almost time to unveil the back of the book description.

There are two parts to this description that you need to know. The back of the book description and the synopsis.  This unveiling that I will post first is the back of the book (not the full synopsis).

So here’s were you come in…

In order for me to post that description I need to get 150 likes on my Facebook author page. So start spreading the word and if you haven’t already please head over to my FB page and like it! Click HERE to go to it! Once I have those likes I will unveil that description!

I WAS NOMINATED FOR AN AWARD!

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I was nominated for an award!! A BIG thank you to L.E. Pate for the nomination! This nomination was completely unexpected but very much appreciated and I feel honored to have been recognized! L.E. Pate is also an aspiring writer and I would encourage you to take a look at her blog.

HERE’S HOW THIS AWARD WORKS:

– I list 11 random facts about myself.
– I will answer the 11 questions asked of me by the person who nominated me.
– I will then nominate my 11 picks for the award along with my 11 questions for them to answer when they post a response.
– If you’re nominated, your name/link will appear at the bottom of this post along with your questions. Follow the same format; paste the award badge to your blog, give us 11 random facts about yourself, answer my 11 questions, and choose your nominees…but you cannot nominate the blog who nominated you.

11 RANDOM FACTS ABOUT ME:

  1. My passion is dance. I’ve been dancing since age 4
  2. I love to sing
  3. I’m a mother of three young boys
  4. COFFEE, COFFEE, COFFEE!
  5. I am 5′ 2″ and my husband is 6′ 4″ lol
  6. I love EVERYTHING Chocolate
  7. My favorite color is purple
  8. My favorite holiday is Christmas; family, friends & giving
  9. One of my idiosyncrasies: No matter how bad a book is, I have to finish it
  10. My favorite number is 7
  11. One of my favorite quotes, “The longer you wait for something, the more you’ll appreciate it when you get it. Cause anything worth having, is worth waiting for.”

L.E. PATE QUESTIONS FOR ME:

1.  What is your favorite thing to rant about? After reading the most incredible, spectacular, off- the- charts amazing novel and then you watch the movie, only to find out that they have changed some important aspects of the story… that’s when I have to rant.

2.  What is your favorite aspect of writing? When I finish my manuscript (not the completed, edited, I’m-ready-to-publish version), the un-edited completely messy version. When I first completed my current manuscript a few years ago I think I cried a little. It was bitter-sweet to finally have my story (that I’ve worked so hard for and had countless hours of no-sleep) out on a page.  It felt AMAZING!

3.  What makes you feel the best that you have ever felt? When I sent my novel out to my beta readers and hearing how excited they were about it, and how they are eagerly awaiting my next book! I can’t put it into words!

4.  How structured are you with your writing? I’m structured but also not lol… if that makes any sense. I’m structured in the sense that I work on my novel daily but not so much where I have set hours. It’s kind of hard having a “day job” and setting hours for yourself but I work on it when I can.

5.  What has been the best book you have read in the last year? That answer will have to be Divergent by Veronica Roth. I couldn’t put the book down!

6.  What is your favorite genre of books to write? To read? That one’s easy YA fiction! For reading…I like all types of genre’s but for right now my reading list is 85% YA fiction.

7.  What or who inspires you to write? I love to get lost in a storyline. I have a lot of novels in my head and if I don’t get them out and onto a page I will go crazy! I want my readers to not only fall in love with my stories but also take something away with them. In my debut novel (coming 2013) not only is it a fictional story but it also has hidden “life situations” that I hope could help someone with their own situation in their “real” life.

8.  How do you picture your writing career developing? I currently have two novel series and two individual novels that I want to write. My goal is that I will become a full time author within a few years time. In three years, I hope to have my current novel series out and on the New York Times best sellers list! Dreams can come true…right?

9.  Who is your favorite classic author?  Why? Margaret Mitchell who wrote Gone with the Wind. That novel has to be one of my all time favorite stories and consequently my favorite classic author.

10.  Do you enjoy writing true to life events or creating your own world? Both! I love writing true- to- life but adding in the fictional aspect to it. I think it makes it more interesting and fun!

11.  What is your favorite short story you have ever written? That would have to be the short story I wrote in High School (although at this point in time I can’t for the life of me remember what I called it). It was set in the 40’s about a girl in the country who was sent to live with an older couple because her parents died unexpectedly.

This particular short story is better sweet for me because it was the first time that my writing actually was noticed and got amazing reviews from my teacher. I believe that’s when my love for writing began.

HERE ARE MY NOMINATIONS. PLEASE CLICK ON THEIR LINKS BELOW AND TAKE A LOOK AT THERE WEBSITES.

  1. Danielle Sibarium – http://daniellesibarium.com
  2. Megan Hand – http://meganhandwrites.com
  3. Laura Howard – http://laurahoward78.blogspot.com
  4. David James – http://djamesauthor.blogspot.com
  5. Megan Whitmer – http://meganwhitmer.blogspot.com
  6. Jessica Freeburg – http://jessicafreeburg.com
  7. Jake Bonsignore – http://jakebonsignore.com
  8. Kendra Ayers – http://kendraayers.com
  9. Kelly Anne Blount – http://kellyblount.com
  10. Andrea Lynn Ford – http://andralynnford.com
  11. Laney McMann – http://laneymcmann.com

NOMINEES…HERE ARE YOUR 11 QUESTIONS:

  1. Who is your favorite author?
  2. What is your favorite quote?
  3. What type of genre do you like to read? Why?
  4. Where do you hope to be in 5 years?
  5. How long have you been writing?
  6. Who has inspired you throughout your life?
  7. What is one word to describe your personality?
  8. What is your favorite book? Why?
  9. Life’s to short for… (you fill in the blank)
  10. What is your desert island food (you only get one choice)?
  11. If you could have one celebrity on your speed dial, who would it be and why?

CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL OF YOU!