Tuesday, 26 February 2013

Why You Should Try Wattpad

A while ago, I saw Talli Roland talking about Wattpad, and well, having the desire to follow in her amazing footsteps, I thought I'd sign up and give it a try.

Didn't like it. Didn't get it. Nobody had any interest in my work, so I left it where it was and forgot about it.

Then an email came, telling me Game On was to be featured on Wattpad's new Chicklit section. Flattered as I was, I was a bit sceptical because I still hadn't really worked out the mechanics of the site yet, and I wasn't sure it was even worth the effort.

How wrong I was!

Taking a deep breath, I signed back in and took the time to really look around, because who really passes up the chance to be featured alongside the queen of chicklit, Marian Keyes?!

Since Game On was featured, I have discovered so much more of what the site is all about, and I'm a little bit in love, which brings me to the title of this post - why you should try Wattpad!

If you are a new writer, it's a place to test the waters. People who read stories there are helpful, encouraging and will often give you new ways to improve your work. It's like having a bunch of free critique partners LOL! Obviously, you'll still want to work with other writers to get your work up to scratch, but it's kind of cool to have a place to show what you can do.

If you are already published, you can post a couple of chapters of your books to hook people in. It's an amazing marketing tool - I have had several messages from people saying they loved Game On so much they bought the book from Amazon.

Margaret Attwood uses it - need I say more? :p

Writers have picked up agents on Wattpad when their stories have become super successful - saves writing those scary query letters!

If you are willing to dig around a bit, you'll find some fantastic stories hidden in between the One Direction fan fiction!

It's a good place to make connections. Blogging is a great way to meet new people, but on Wattpad, there are even more new faces to find. I've stumbled across a bunch of cool authors who I want to keep in touch with.

Of course, it's not a case of posting your story and waiting for the adoration to pour in. You need to work. Just like blogging, if you don't make yourself known, people will just waltz on by. Get out there, follow people, vote for books, leave comments, reply to comments people leave for you. You know the drill - it's all about networking!

And hey, if you try it out and you decide it's not for you, you won't have lost anything. It took me a while to get to grips with it, but now I have, it's quite a fun place to spend time.

If you're already a member, or you decide to sign up - this is my profile. Give me a follow and I'll follow you back!

ALSO, while I'm here, don't forget it's The Bloghop of Joy on Friday! Details can be found here, so sign up and help us spread the love! :D




Monday, 25 February 2013

Annalisa Crawford's That Sadie Thing is Out Now!

The beautiful and talented Annalisa Crawford did a cover reveal for her short story collection last week, and I am thrilled to announce That Sadie Thing is now available to buy!

Amazon UK link
Amazon.com link

I cannot stress enough how freaking brilliant these stories are. I read them all a few weeks ago, and several of them keep floating around my head even now. If that isn't a sign of awesome, I don't know what is! It would be amazing if you could take a look -I promise you won't regret it! :D


Friday, 22 February 2013

Cover Reveal: CassaStorm by Alex J.Cavanaugh

When our very own Ninja Captain asked for people to take part in his cover reveal, I was only to happy to help, so I present you with CassaStar by Alex J. Cavanaugh!





CassaStorm by Alex J. Cavanaugh

A storm gathers across the galaxy…

Byron thought he’d put the days of battle behind him. Commanding the Cassan base on Tgren, his only struggles are occasional rogue pirate raids and endless government bureaucracies. As a galaxy-wide war encroaches upon the desert planet, Byron’s ideal life is threatened and he’s caught between the Tgrens and the Cassans.

After enemy ships attack the desert planet, Byron discovers another battle within his own family. The declaration of war between all ten races triggers nightmares in his son, shaking Bassan to the core and threatening to destroy the boy’s mind.

Meanwhile the ancient alien ship is transmitting a code that might signal the end of all life in the galaxy. And the mysterious probe that almost destroyed Tgren twenty years ago could be on its way back. As his world begins to crumble, Byron suspects a connection. The storm is about to break, and Byron is caught in the middle…

Release date: September 17, 2013
Science Fiction - Space Opera/Adventure
Print ISBN 9781939844002
E-book ISBN 9781939844019

Thursday, 21 February 2013

Cover Reveal: That Sadie Thing by Annalisa Crawford

Today I'm here for the cover reveal of Annalisa Crawford's short story collection! I have had the pleasure of reading this book already, and let me tell you, these stories will blow your mind!!

A couple break up on a rainy night; a runaway longs to go home; a woman finds comfort from eating lunch as her best friend lies in hospital; a teenager feels oppressed by her father. All of the characters in these stories are trying to find their place in the world, attempting to find connections that matter with
the people around them.

This collection brings together prize-winning and published stories from the past
twenty years: the ‘greatest hits’.

That Sadie Thing and other stories will be available on Kindle from Monday 25th February 2013.

Annalisa Crawford lives and writes in Cornwall with a good supply of beaches and moorland
to keep her inspired. She finds endless possibilities in the relationships between people. As
this collection testifies, she has been writing for twenty years - but doesn't feel a day over
twenty-one.

Find Annalisa at:
http://annalisacrawford.blogspot.co.uk/
http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5753463.Annalisa_Crawford
https://twitter.com/AnnalisaCrawf
https://www.facebook.com/annalisacrawford.writer?ref=ts&fref=ts

Wednesday, 20 February 2013

The Level Up! Bloghop!





I was a little slow in signing up to this hop, but I'm glad I did! Hosted by Jamie and Allison, this bloghop is all about games! Here are the deets:


Games are an important part of living; otherwise life would be boring as hell. You might be a fan of video games, card or dice games, board games or even games you used to play on the playground as a kid. There's always a game that holds a special place with us.

On February 20th, talk about a game you play or used to play; tell us how it works and share your love of the game with the rest of us. It can be any kind of game you like, from World of Warcraft to Hopscotch, from Monopoly to Blackjack and everything else in between. Tell us what you love about that game. Just sign up with the widget below, and feel free to spread the word and use the badge above! We'll see you gamers on February 20th!

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Okay, so I could literally talk on this topic for HOURS. You see, when I was a kid, board games were the coolest thing EVER. Yeah, I guess I may have been slightly dorky! :p

Every year, usually during the summer holidays, one of my best friends and I would spend abnormal amounts of time playing board games. Don't get me wrong, we weren't those weird pale kids that never left the house - we took our games out into the garden so we could catch some rays and play at the same time!

Over the years, our board game obsessions included: Monopoly, The Game Of Life, Go For Broke, Battleships,  The Batman Game (we couldn't work out the rules so we made up our own!) and Mandarin (which nobody I know has ever heard of lol!)

In between/during these board game obsessions, the Sega Megadrive was invented. This brought on a new bunch of game loves. Sonic The Hedgehog and Bubsy:Claws Encounters of the Furred Kind were our faves!

Ahh, I enjoyed this trip down memory lane! Looking forward to hopping around to find out about the games you love!

Monday, 18 February 2013

Cover Reveal: 1304 - The Harbinger by Christine Rains




Title: 1304 – The Harbinger (The 13th Floor series, #4)
Author: Christine Rains
Genre: paranormal romance
Release date: March 13th, 2013

Blurb:
Meira Harper loves both her jobs: talking about beautiful shoes and fetching souls for Zeus. But the Thunder God threatens the harpy's loyalty to her job when she receives the call to bring the soul of gorgeous Sam Wright. Meira pleads with her boss to let him live. Zeus agrees, but Sam must fight for his life. If Sam can win three challenges, he can keep his soul.

The gods never play fairly, though, so Meira needs to find ways to help Sam with the challenges. She cannot outwardly cross her master, but she refuses to let the man she loves lose his soul. They haven't even had a chance to start a life together.

Sam's soul is on the line. Meira's will be too if she's caught, but that's a risk she's willing to take.


Author Bio:
Christine Rains is a writer, blogger, and geek mom. She has four degrees which help nothing with motherhood, but make her a great Jeopardy player. When she's not writing or reading, she having adventures with her son or watching cheesy movies on Syfy Channel. She's a member of Untethered Realms and S.C.I.F.I. The 13th Floor series is her first self-published series. She has five novellas and eighteen short stories published.

Friday, 15 February 2013

New Game On Cover - Paperback Version!

Hey guys!

My paperback version of Game On with the brand new cover just arrived!

and the back cover...

It seemed only right to keep the high-heeled woman with football on the cover somewhere!

Sorry for the quickie post today. It seems like there aren't enough hours in the day at the moment! Hope you all have a fabulous weekend!


Thursday, 14 February 2013

Announcing the Bloghop of Joy (Yup, it is exactly as cheesy as it sounds!)

I promised you a bloghop - aaand here it is!


That's right, I am teaming up with the super awesome Clare Dugmore to create The Bloghop of Joy! Here are the details!

The idea for this hop came about while watching a Russell Howard DVD. Towards the end, he tells the audience about his "List of Joy." These are the small, sometimes slightly unusual things that always cheer him up - so now we want to know, what is on your list of joy? 

In these cold, winter months, everything can seem kind of ... bleak. However, every now and again, something small will happen that makes us smile again. It could be a random memory, something you see on TV, overhearing something that makes you laugh out loud  - just that one thing that makes the clouds part, and the sunshine appear again. We're not talking life-changing moments, just the little things that inexplicably make us smile.

All you have to do to be a part of this happy hop is sign up on the Linky List, and on March 1st, post your list of joy - with a minimum of five things that put a spring back in your step!

Because both Clare and myself have given away a bunch of things recently, there won't be any prizes for participation - but we think hearing what makes everyone else happy is a pretty decent prize!

If you want some examples of the "little things" and to see the inspiration for the hop, here's the video. (If you're not keen on swearing, skip to 1 minute 41, and that's where the list starts.) We hope you'll join us to spread some happiness across the blogosphere! Also, if you wouldn't mind sharing the bloghop banner in your sidebars, that would be awesome! We've even generated the HTML and put it in a handy-dandy box to help you out. Just copy and paste this into your side bar:

Wednesday, 13 February 2013

Christine Rains 1303: The Dragonslayer Blog Tour!

Christine Rains is on FIRE this month with the releases from her 13th Floor Series! Today, following tradition, Christine talks about the romantic relationship in 1303: The Dragonslayer!




1303 – The Dragonslayer
By Christine Rains

XAN & LOIS

Dragons still walk amongst us. They might look human, but Xanthus Ehrensvard knows the truth. The rest of the world would never believe him, though. Dragonslayers like Xan used to be celebrated heroes, but now they live in the shadows and save innocents from monsters they no longer believe in. It's a lonely life, but it's righteous. Honor and duty matter.  As well as being clean. Very, very clean.

Lois King scoffs at superstitious nonsense. With spunk and determination, this reporter will discover the truth. Of course, when the truth happens to be an ancient dragon whom the voters put in the Senate, it's a bit more difficult to grasp. Lois won't be deterred, though. Maybe distracted momentarily by a shirtless dragonslayer, but she's going to find the story to make her career.

When Xan meets Lois, his world suddenly gets incredibly messy. It's stressful enough that he failed in his slaying of the Governor, but Xan takes on the mission of convincing Lois that dragons do exist. No easy chore. Her endless questions give him no peace to think things through, and her long legs too often draw his attention. Xan must open her eyes to the truth and keep her safe all the while fulfilling his duty to kill a powerful beast.

The interaction between Xan and Lois made me laugh out loud numerous times. In public. Xan's a modern knight. Stoic, honest, and short on words. Lois will never be a princess in need of rescuing. She's loud, messy, and has a wonderful sense of humor. Most of it is lost on Xan, but she'll get a smile out of him eventually.





Title: 1303 The Dragonslayer (The 13th Floor series, #3)
Author: Christine Rains
Genre: paranormal romance
Release date: February 13th, 2013

On the rooftop of neighboring building, dragonslayer Xanthus Ehrensvard fires at his target, Governor Whittaker. How he missed the shot, he doesn't know, but fleeing the scene, he picks up an unwanted passenger. Gorgeous reporter Lois King saw Xan's face, and she believes it's the story to make her career. Except he can't let her walk away knowing what he looks like. Xan has to show her the Governor is a bigger threat to the world than he is.

Xan knows dragons never went extinct. They evolved with human society, taking on mortal forms, and slithered their way into positions of great influence and power, just like the Governor.
But it's no easy chore proving to someone that dragons still exist, and even more so, they're disguised as famous people. Xan must convince Lois or find another way to silence her. An option, as he gets to know her, he likes less and less.

After all, dragonslayers are no longer celebrated heroes but outlaws. Just as the dragons wish it. But this outlaw must make a plan to slay the dragon or risk its retribution.


Author Bio:
Christine Rains is a writer, blogger, and geek mom. She has four degrees which help nothing with motherhood, but make her a great Jeopardy player. When she's not writing or reading, she having adventures with her son or watching cheesy movies on Syfy Channel. She's a member of S.C.I.F.I. The 13th Floor series is her first self-published series. She has four novellas and eighteen short stories published.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/authorchristinerains
Twitter: https://twitter.com/@CRainsWriter
Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4017568.Christine_Rains

Buy links:
Amazon - http://www.amazon.com/The-Dragonslayer-13th-Floor-ebook/dp/B00BCJV8DQ
B&N - http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-dragonslayer-christine-rains/1114372953?ean=2940016395319
Smashwords - https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/282591
Kobo - http://www.kobobooks.com/ebook/The-Dragonslayer/book-LHm1hSgt6k2BA5MzS3Z44Q/page1.html?s=lrp5AQ3rTkGQRd8VfoCFkQ&r=1
Goodreads - http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17256520-1303---the-dragonslayer

Monday, 11 February 2013

Cat and The Dreamer Blog Tour: Annalisa Crawford Talks About The Queen's Golden Jubilee

Yup, because I love Annalisa SO MUCH, she stopped by two of my blogs during her tour! :D Today, she discusses The Queen's Jubilee!



It's been a year since my novella Cat and The Dreamer was published! There have been lots of changes in my own life in that time, and I started to wonder what else had changed...

Thank you Kyra for inviting me over today!

Today's topic: The Queen's Golden Jubilee!

In February 2012 Britain was feeling a bit apprehensive, in fact I'd go as far as to say we had a collective feeling we were going to mess things up. 2012 was the year we'd been building up to for a long, long time...

This isn't a pro-/anti-royalist post, it's a 'could we handle having a big party?' and 'oh look, we've got an extra bank holiday even though it's in the school half-term holiday' post. After all, even if the monarchy survives forever and ever, it's going to be a very long time before anyone else reaches 60 years on the throne.

As Brits, we can be a bit down on ourselves, but in the event, I had a great summer. I liked the Jubilee celebrations, and I loved the concert - I'll remember the Madness set for a long time...




I wasn't so keen on the flotilla - mostly because of the inane commentary by the very random people the BBC employed that day - and it wasn't exactly the spectacle they promised us, although there were roughly 1000 boats taking part. Probably the rain didn't do much to help the atmosphere on screen. And the BBC really should know better than to interview real people!

I was in awe of the fireworks. Did you see them? They were incredible...



In other parts of the country, non-flag wavers waved flags and people sat down to street parties with their neighbours. I didn't. I was inside, watching the flotilla!

Did you celebrate the Jubilee or did you hide away until it was all over?
Do you live outside Britain? Did you have a quick peek at what was going on?


About Cat and The Dreamer
As a teenager, Julia survived a suicide pact, while her best friend Rachel died. Julia’s only escape from her guilt, and her mother’s over-protection, is her imagination. When Adam arrives in the office, Julia’s world takes a startling turn as she realises reality can be much more fun than fantasy. Finally she has someone who can help her make the most of her life. But can she allow herself to be truly happy?

Cat and The Dreamer is available on Kindle UK, Kindle US, Kobo, Nook, iTunes/iBooks, and via Vagabondage Press.

Annalisa Crawford lives and writes in Cornwall with a good supply of beaches and moorland to keep her inspired. She finds endless possibilities in the relationships between people. Several new projects are on the cards for 2013.
Find her on her blog, Twitter, Facebook and Goodreads.


Thursday, 7 February 2013

Cover love!

Those of you who are friends with me on Facebook will have seen my stress over the weekend as I attempted to sort out new covers for Game On and Blindsided. You'll be glad to hear, I got it sorted out!

Due to my laptop dying early this week, I only managed to get one cover done - the cover for Blindsided. It took a while to get it right - most especially for the paperback version - but I ordered myself a copy the second it was available on Amazon (yes, it's actually cheaper and faster to order my books direct from Amazon rather than CreateSpace because of the postage cost!) and it arrived a few minutes ago.

And, here is the back cover ....

It's blurry because I suck at taking photos, but it looks wicked on the book! (Cover photos were purchased from Shutterstock, not taken by me!)

I will post the new Game On paperback cover as soon as I have it. I was too excited to wait to share them both at the same time lol!

Monday, 4 February 2013

And my winner of the Imaginary Friend Bloghop is ....

*drum roll for suspense*

JAYBIRD! :D

Jaybird - you have won a three chapter critique from me - so feel free to claim it whenever you need it! <3 br="" nbsp="">

Congrats, and thanks to all who took part and helped spread the word about Annalisa's awesome novella, Cat and The Dreamer! Don't forget to visit Annalisa to see her winner!

Sorry about the short post, busy times! I will be with you again very soon with details about a new bloghop!

Friday, 1 February 2013

Imaginary Friend Bloghop





Hello, and welcome to the Imaginary Friend Bloghop - in celebration of the one year anniversary of Annalisa Crawford's book, Cat and the Dreamer! I'll be co-hosting with Annalisa, and here are the details!

We want to know about your imaginary friend. What were they called? How old were you? Were they naughty or nice? If you didn't have one, were there ever times when you could really have used one? Did you ever set fire to your mum's favourite rug and have to take the blame yourself?

Annalisa will be offering a £10/$10 Amazon gift voucher for her favourite post, and I'll be offering a three chapter critique for mine.




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So, my imaginary friend. Well, when I sat down to think about this, I remembered that I never really had an imaginary friend. However, that isn't entirely true. You see, I've always been a writer, even as a child. So my imaginary friends came in the form of the characters I created for my stories. They became very real for me, I used to have conversations with them in my head, and sometimes pretended they were actually with me so I could experience things with them.I never tried to make my mum set an extra place for dinner for them or anything, but I did spend a lot if time with them - often completely tuned out from the real world while I talked to my "friends."

Nothing much has really changed, to be honest LOL!

Please hop around to the other blogs participating in the hop, and have fun!