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Cover Reveal for Darker Stars

So excited to share the cover of Darker Stars with you! Didn’t L.J. Anderson of Mayhem Cover Creations do an amazing job?

Here’s what the book is about:

Travel talents have evolved far past what the Time and Space Travel Agency imagined, leaving it unable to keep travelers under its control.

Silvie Hall is a descendant of Chascadia, Aboreal, and an ancient Earth. The Remnant Transporter talent flows through her blood, giving her the ability to transport silhouettes from different times and places to help heal lost loved ones.

But will it be enough to stop the darker talents that threaten her legacy and her home?

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Lantern: The Complete Collection

Darker Stars (The Song of Everywhen, #1)

Teardrop Moons (The Song of Everywhen, #2)

Many thanks to Promo Stars for organizing a gorgeous cover reveal and setting up a giveaway (see below)!

  Title: Darker Stars

Series: The Song of Everywhen #1

By: Chess Desalls

Publication Date: January 2018

Publisher: Czidor Lore, LLC

Genre: YA Sci Fi Fantasy

Cover Designer: Mayhem Cover Creations

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CLC Awards Announcement Blog Hop

Tradition continues with the arrival of one of the most anticipated moments in the world of children’s and young adult literature. The 2017 Literary Classics Book Awards and Top Honors Book Awards were announced on July 1, 2017.

Thank you, Literary Classics, for the incredible honor of Gold in High School Mystery/ThrillerHigh School Fantasy, and Best YA Series! Congrats to all finalists and award winners. All of you have worked so hard to share the love of literature with our youth. It is my pleasure to share this exciting news. Please visit the other amazing authors listed at the end of this post for more information about them and their incredible books.

In addition to this honor, The Call to Search Everywhen received the Literary Classics Seal of Approval and a 5 Star review. Here’s what Literary Classics had to say about the books:

“With well-developed characters and a series of plots that keep readers coming back for more, The Call to Everywhen series is entirely addictive.  As the story progresses past (and simultaneously future) events come together to make this imaginative series of books a sure favorite with fans of YA and fantasy fiction.”

Read about additional awards this series has won here. The books are available individually in ebook, print, and audio editions, and also as part of an ebook box set. Find them at Amazon, Audible, Barnes & Noble, iTunes, Kobo and more!

For more children’s and young adult literature, visit the blogs and websites of the following CLC Finalists and Award Winners:

Gary Schwartz ~ The King of Average

C.M. Huddleston ~ Adventures in Time series

Carmela Dutra ~ A Blog for your Thoughts

Lisa Anne Novelline ~ Piccadilly and Her Magical World

S.A. Larsen ~ Writer’s Alley

M.J. Evans ~ The Stone of Mercy-Book 1 of the Centaur Chronicles

Stephan von Clinkerhoffen ~ The Hidden City of Chelldrah-ham

Sheila Wall Slavich ~ Jumpin’ the Rails!

Patricia Reding ~ Ephemeral and Fleeting

Lynne Stringer ~ Verindon Trilogy and Once Confronted

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Third B2BCyCon begins April 7!

B2BCyCon is a huge book fair that’s online and on Goodreads, with blog hops, cover wars, games, giveaways, and a virtual fairgrounds. I’m looking forward to my third year of participating!

My booth and giveaway are set up in the fairgrounds, and I hope to see you there!

St. Patrick’s Day #Giveaway! ☘️

30+ Authors, 60+ Prizes! Take a look at all the bookish gifts in the Luck o’ the Readers Giveaway:

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Free entry* for a chance at a paperback of my Lantern novella or an ebook of my newest release, Beacon (Lantern, #2).

*Void where prohibited or restricted by law.

2016 B2BCyCon Story Hop

A Friend in Need…
Part III

“Is a Friend Indeed”
by Chess Desalls

Calla brushed sand from her shirt and hair. She grimaced in apology as the dirt hit the floor. “Better than tell them, I can show them, Si-Ting.”

“Very well.” Si-Ting led the group through the door of the backroom to a metal shed.

A young man crouched next to a futuristic motorcycle with suspensors, a type of hovering device. He and the vehicle were similarly covered in sand and dust.

Caballito gaped. “A speeder?”

The young man stood up and frowned.

“It’s okay, Valcas,” Calla said. “Si-Ting and her friends can help us.” When he failed to reply, she continued, “We began our search while riding an Estrel Flyer. The vehicle changed to blend in with this time and place.”

Eying the speeder’s yellow and black paintjob, Bear grinned. “The Scrapmen will see that from miles away, mate.” His awareness of the cutter in his rucksack lessened as he took in the situation. “Were you two caught in a sandstorm?”

Valcas exhaled. “The sandstorm was caused by the impact of our arrival.”

LX trailed a finger along the speeder’s headlight. “The technology is inferior to my ship, but your vehicle remains intact.” After further inspection he added, “I cannot ascertain what apprehensions you and your female acquaintance have with a functioning vehicular device. It is not complicated enough to support the necessary processing equipment for traveling through time.”

“Don’t be offended by his criticism,” said Jane. “Lex’s ship has all the toys, but we’ve lost the connections and communications needed to get back on course. He’s bummed out that his time machine is as useless as a tin rocket.”

“I’m sorry to hear that, but the speeder is not how we arrived in this place and time. Our vehicle is not what’s broken.” Valcas held out a pair of sunglasses with a crack in one lens; the frame was bent where the opposite lens was shattered. “I doubt this will mean much to you, but we’d been searching for a solution to the conflict between the TSTA—Time and Space Travel Agency—and Aboreal, my mother’s home world. The glasses broke upon arrival—both pairs. They’ve never done that before.”

Calla frowned as she pulled a similarly shattered pair from her pocket. “At first we wondered whether what we were looking for couldn’t possibly exist—that the glasses somehow exploded and we’d traveled to a Nowhere. But we can’t tell for sure because we haven’t come across any water, still or otherwise.”

Bear’s lips set in a tight line as he looked at Caballito, who shrugged. “You won’t find much agua here, mis amigos.”

LX shifted closer to Valcas and stared intently at the travel glasses. “I do not understand how this ocular device with atramentous lenses facilitates movement through temporal and spatial intervals.”

Jane squeezed her forehead with both hands. “Lex only means that he’s not sure how the shades help you travel. Dig?”

“Yes, I got it the first time.” Turning to LX, Valcas explained, “With the travel glasses, we’re able to conduct a search for where and when we want to go. Once we are in motion, the glasses transport us.” He frowned. “But without them, Calla and I can’t return home or communicate with anyone who could help us.”

Bear crossed his arms. “So what you’re saying is, you need more than a mechanic.” He regarded Si-Ting with a sly grin.

“My method is not so easily broken.” Si-Ting closed her eyes.

The air stilled as objects in the room appeared to shift. Images flashed, shuttered as if captured seconds apart on film. Each point in the fabric of time stretched into a texture of its own. Si-Ting reached out and searched for two threads—one for Jane and LX, and one for Calla and Valcas. With the threads of time firmly within her grasp, Si-Ting pulled.

“I haven’t seen this travel talent before,” Calla murmured.

Valcas finally smiled. “This version of your world’s future has what the TSTA calls a Thread Bender, a time-witch. I have no memory of meeting one before today.”

Calla drew in a breath. “So that means we found—”

Exactly what we’d been searching for. Someone who can put things as they once were. But, with the glasses broken, we won’t be able to record her.”

“Or remember her on our own? But our search, our solution—”

Si-Ting twisted the threads counterclockwise, ending their conversation with a sharp sucking sound.

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LX scanned the forward display screen. The data met his expectations, and the ship ran smoothly along its course. Only the communications within the cabin troubled him. He prepared to repeat a concept he worried his ancestor would never understand, no matter how many times he reworded the argument.

“We have had this discussion. I have explained the dangers of attempting to alter any historic event. While the outcome has potential for improvement, there is also the possibility that a greater calamity would replace the one that was averted by intervention.”

“You could at least show a little sympathy for…” Jane shook her head. “Never mind, man. I suppose help is more meaningful when it’s requested by someone you know. Just promise me that if I ask you for help, in the past or future, you won’t flake out with that altering time excuse. You have my permission to be helpful.”

LX nodded. “A close acquaintance who affirmatively assists with troubles made known to them exhibits true friendship, and is therefore undeniably a close acquaintance.”

“Sure, man. Something like that.”

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TheStoryHopLogoGoodreadsBoothThank you for reading! To start this serialized portion of The Story Hop from the beginning, or to share it with a friend, follow the following story map for A Friend in Need…

Part I: Want Not

Part II: Waste Not

Part III: Is a Friend Indeed

Les Lynam, Tim Hemlin, and I hope you’ve enjoyed our time-travel story mashup. To go on more adventures with LX, Jane, Caballito, Bear, Si-Ting, Calla, and Valcas, check out the following books!

Books by Les Lynam

Books by Tim Hemlin

Books by Chess Desalls

Click here to return to the 2016 B2BCyCon Story Hop!

Cyber Convention and Book Expo

The 2016 Brain to Books Cyber Convention is less than a month away!

Last year, the fairgrounds were so much fun. Scroll through the events by visiting the Goodreads page. Remember to sign in with your Goodreads account and join the group to participate in the discussions and giveaways.

Brain to Books is a virtual book festival run online. This year, from April 8-10, there will be events on Goodreads *and* Facebook. You won’t want to miss my freebie shelf and book match giveaway game! Visit my fair booth here

Share the event with your friends! #B2BCYCON

Tagged! The World Book Blog Tour

The World Book Blog Tour is an invitation to share not only an author’s work but also the work of other authors/writers. Then the idea is to pass it on in hopes of authors reaching authors and readers across the globe. Thanks to all of you who jumped on board to participate in the fun!

Many thanks to Tim Hemlin for adding me to the tour! Tim has written a number of books, most recently the cli-fi dystopian novel The Wastelanders. I am absorbed in this book right now; and let me tell you, Tim’s passion for environmental concerns, research of the subject matter and attention to detail radiate through his writing. He teaches, runs marathons and is currently working on a YA urban fantasy. I’m looking forward to more of his writing and his next book! To learn more about Tim, check out his website at timhemlin.com and follow him on Twitter @TimHemlin.

These are the question posed by the World Book Blog Tour:

What am I working on?

I have a number of projects going on right now. I’m editing and revising the second installment in The Call to Search Everywhen serial series. Additionally, I’m writing Instruments of Piece, a collection of flash fiction stories that feature different musical instruments in fantasy settings. The first three stories, The Floating Flautist, Trompette and Well Plaid, are all free to read at Flash Fiction Magazine and on Wattpad. I also enjoy contributing to my local writing group’s monthly newsletter.

How does my work differ from others of its genre?

My writing is deeply rooted in fables and fantasy, which influenced how I wrote Travel Glasses. Even though it’s a time travel story, the characters don’t just travel back and forth in time within their city, country or even the Earth. My characters build and learn how to use technologies that take them to other worlds with different time schemes. There are also multiple methods of time travel, some that are licensed and official and others that are not. The main character, Calla, stumbles upon all of this without any background whatsoever. Readers get to experience her adventures traveling through time and space as she does, as well her wonderment and second-guessing about what is happening and what it all means…until she uncovers the pieces she needs for everything to click. That’s the type of story I like to read (and the type of movie I like to watch). I enjoy looking for clues and trying to predict what will happen next; and so this is the type of story that I wanted to write and share with YA readers.

Why do I write what I do?

My favorite quote about writing fantasy is by Lloyd Alexander (author of The Black Cauldron). He said, “Fantasy is hardly an escape from reality. It’s a way of understanding it.” I think that fantasy elements in a work distance readers just enough from the story so that they can form objective opinions about the characters and, yet, internalize what that means about themselves and the world around them without feeling overwhelmed or attacked. Take fables, for instance. They’re all about talking animals playing out behavioral situations and teaching lessons about right versus wrong. I grew up reading children’s adaptations of fables by the French fabulist and poet, Jean de La Fontaine. As a child I enjoyed his animal characters and the practical lessons they demonstrated. Much later, I studied his works in French and fell in love with them all over again. His stories have stayed with me, and although my characters may travel to or live in outside worlds with complex rules and themes, I think readers can learn more about themselves and their own relationships by how they react to the story and its characters.

How does my writing process work?

I have a tendency to write shorter pieces and let the characters guide the way. Sometimes I prepare a rough outline, but more typically I free write and then carve out a path. Sometimes it’s all a mystery to me until I’m in the middle of writing the story. For example, I planned for Travel Glasses to be a short story. But then it grew to become a novel. While writing the last third of the story I realized that Travel Glasses would be the first part of a series. I suspect that the more I got to know the characters, the more intricate they and their stories became. So far, that hasn’t happened with any other story I’ve written.

**Next stop on the World Book Blog Tour?**

Mark Shaw is the talented author of The Keeper of the Wind and the mastermind behind the Twitter hashtag and movement #IndieBooksBeSeen. He is a U.S. Navy veteran who is full of energy and boundless encouragement for indie authors trying to get their work in front of readers. Mark’s outward focus is contagious. He wants readers to discover a new world of books and wants to see writers shine! Follow Mark’s Twitter handle @MarkTheShaw and visit indiebooksbeseen.com to learn how to support the movement.

Fleur Camacho recently penned The Last Seeker (Tristen Book 1) which is currently available for pre-order on Amazon. I can hardly wait for the book’s October 16 release to find out more about Tristen’s adventures traveling through time! Go Fleur! Nice genre choice, by the way. 😉 Help make her debut novel launch one to remember by visiting her website at fleurcamacho.com and following her on Twitter @fleurcamacho.

Christina McMullen is a sci-fi and urban fantasy author who has written several books. Christina’s most recent work, Kind of Like Life, is a YA sci-fi novel. And now that I’ve read the book blurb, featuring a girl who loves fantasy and fairy tales, that one is on deck for me to read. 😀 If you’re into vampires, you may want to check out The Eyes of the Sun series on Amazon. Follow Christina on Twitter @mcmullenwrites! She and I share a certain fondness for irony and cupcakes.