Torch (Lantern, #3) is only 99 cents through Sunday, Jan. 14.
Praise for the Lantern series:
“From Havenbrim to the here and now, many YA readers will likely stare at the moon and dream.” — Kirkus Reviews
Darker Stars (The Song of Everywhen, #1) will release on Jan. 2. I can hardly wait! In the meantime, there’s a giveaway for a signed paperback copy on Goodreads.
Enter before it closes Dec. 31:
Keep your eyes on this blog. Mayhem Cover Creations is putting together Darker Stars teasers that I look forward to sharing with you soon!
I’ll be signing books at the Eastridge Barnes & Noble from 2-3:30pm on Dec. 10. This partnership between Barnes & Noble and South Bay Writers (SBW) will showcase young adult and children’s books written by SBW members. Come visit your local authors, and get a head start on your holiday shopping.
If you can’t make it but want to support SBW, please visit bn.com/bookfairs and use Bookfair ID 12045738 at checkout when you shop online between Dec. 10 and Dec. 15.
Wrapped in the Past, the tie-in novella to The Call to Search Everywhen, is now available as an audiobook. Janine Haynes brings Shirlyn Hall and her family to life in this adventure to the past.
Listen to a sample and download the book from Audible, Amazon, and iTunes. (The ebook edition is FREE! If it doesn’t show up as free in your country, please click on “Tell us about a lower price” on Amazon.)
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Get ready for summer beach reads. 🙂
More details on this beauty and my new story, coming soon!
Today’s cover reveal is for the newest installment in Angela Carling’s paranormal series, The Secret Keeper. I love how the trees show through the transparency of the character on the cover. Continue reading for an excerpt from the first book in the series!
Winter Merrill knew it would be difficult when she took on an ancient curse to save her family, but couldn’t have imagined the isolated existence she would inherit.
When her long-time boyfriend’s demanding college schedule competes with her needs, Winter is left completely alone to fight the dark secrets she bares. At her breaking point a stranger enters Winter’s life, one who understands how she feels and more importantly knows how to eliminate the curse.
Will his friendship be a new beginning for Winter or will it prove to be her demise?
Here’s a little excerpt from The Secret Keeper to get you started:
Over and over in my head I repeated, “She can make my secret go away.” I’m not sure if I was trying to convince myself, or trying to keep myself from going nuts, but the phrase calmed me as I drove.
I found Lejo Street and began the steep climb to the top. The houses in this neighborhood were small. Most were weathered if not completely forgotten. Pines grew too close together. Piles of rusted tools and long-forgotten bathroom fixtures littered the landscape, hidden only by overgrown grasses and neglected Quakies. No wonder everyone thought it was creepy.
My heart rate quickened with the ascent, and my palms left sticky sweat on my steering wheel. I wiped them on my jeans only to have the moisture build up again immediately. Soon there was nothing but dense forest; a blur of green, broken only by the ashen skies above. The rain came down in unyielding sheets and I turned up the windshield wipers. Back and forth they went like a giant metronome, keeping in step with my nervous heartbeat.
I strained to see out the windows until all at once there was nothing in front me but a large rusted metal gate and a cracked wood sign, painted long ago, that declared, “No trespassing.” Beyond the gate, through the trees and the rain, I saw the pale blue house that the girl in the park had described.
One more time I said out loud, “She can make my secret disappear.” I’d almost convinced myself now. I had to be convinced, what with the dilapidated house in the middle of nowhere and the stormy weather. Everything screamed “Don’t go in!” but I was driven to try something, anything, not to lose my best friend and boyfriend.
I climbed from the car and ran until I reached the porch, slipping and having to catch myself as I tried to take the stairs too fast. Light spilled out through a crack in the curtains, letting me know someone was there. I lifted my hand to knock on the old splintered door and froze. I didn’t know the secret keeper’s name. How would I address her? Before I could decide what to do, the heavily scratched door handle turned and the door opened a crack. My mouth fell open. The eyes that peered through the opening were surprisingly young.
My throat felt tight as I swallowed and it sounded loud to me. I could turn and run. Everything in my gut told me to go, but I stood like a marble statue frozen by my anguish.
Who are you looking for?” she asked.
Her melodic voice made me think of dozens of wind chimes all tinkling at once. Still, I felt uneasy.
I made myself spit out the words. “The Secret Keeper.”
An excruciatingly long minute passed and I thought she might tell me that I had the wrong house or that I should get off her property. Finally, in a voice no louder than a whisper she said, “Come in. I’m the Secret Keeper.”
Angela Carling was raised in Palm Springs California, but lives Arizona with her husband, three kids and five felines. After years of denial she finally admitted that she is a hopeless romantic which led her to write her first Young Adult book Unbreakable Love. Since then she’s published three more books, Shackled, Becoming Bryn and The Secret Keeper. Shackled won the silver IPGA award in 2012 and has been optioned as a screenplay. She always eats the frosting off her cake and leaves the rest, and can be caught singing in public bathrooms. When she’s not writing YA novels, she’s mentoring teen writers, making pizza with her family or dreaming of taking a nap, not necessarily in that order.
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When I first started writing Travel Glasses in 2009, I thought I was writing a short story to enter in a competition. My, how the story has grown! I’m more excited than ever to share the third book of the series with you. Time for the Lost completes the story line that began in Travel Glasses. I’m hoping for more books in the worlds of The Call to Search Everywhen down the line, beginning with a new story arc. For now, please enjoy the finale of Calla and Valcas’ story.
The ebook edition of Time for the Lost is now available for Kindle and iBooks! I look forward to the book’s release for Nook by the end of today or tomorrow, and hope to have the print proof in my hands in another week or two.
Celebrate the new release on Facebook on Feb. 26! Special guests include authors, Cindy Schneider, Angela B.Chrysler, LE Fitzpatrick, Joe Compton, Jenny Burke, and Linda Judd. Rock out to the promo video below, and join the party.
To celebrate the release of the second installment in Rocky Rochford’s The Rise of the Elohim Chronicles, The Eye of Mares is blog hopping like a headlining rockstar, with multiple showings for over the course of two weeks, and with a new page shared with each appearance. Today I get to host the latest page in the chronology.
The Eye of Mares – Part 18:
…experienced swordsman evade his attack.
The display lasted a lot longer than their previous ones had, but stopped a lot shorter than Mako expected, as Kazza walked straight into a trap set by him, but then the fight was always going to stop short. No matter how hard or clever Kazza struck, Mako was stronger, smarter and faster.
“Oh Kazza, such a simple mistake to make and make it you did,” Mako stated disappointedly.
Disarmed and eyes to the ground, Kazza knew his error. He’d overreached and dropped his guard.
“Let us see if you can redeem yourself. Do you know where you went wrong, Kazza?” Mako questioned.
“I overstepped the lunge,” Kazza answered.
“Yes, you did,” Mako concurred. He was happy with his student’s answer, but he would have more said on the issue first.
“Which caused you to what?” Kazza reclaimed his sword from the ground and put it away before he replied. “It caused me to make myself vulnerable to your counter-attack.”
“Very good, Kazza, and what should you have done?” Mako pressed.
“I should have done what you told me, when fighting a stronger and more skilful opponent. To maintain a good defence and draw them in before I make my move,” Kazzo said, recollecting the lesson.
“Exactly right, Kazza. Today’s lesson is a simple one to remember. A good swordsman is the master of their sword, but—”
“—a great one is the master of their enemies.” Kazza said, finishing one of Mako’s favourite quotes.
“Seeing as I have never said that to you myself, I guess Zach taught you one of my most used mottos,” Mako deduced.
“He may have used it a couple of times during one of our many private sessions,” Kazza answered, referring to
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Be sure to check out the continuing blogs to watch the story continue, or pick up a copy direct from Amazon: The Eye of Mares – Out now!
You could even let the adventure continue and check out its prequel, where the story began and the series was created: The Spirit of Iris – Out now!
Title: The Eye of Mares
Series: Book 2 of the Rise of the Elohim Chronicles
Genre: Illustrated YA fantasy adventure
Book Content Rating: Suitable for ages 12 and up
Tag-line: “Darkness has many forms and Mares is its playground.”
Nearly four years have passed since Zach drew blade against the Shanzi Shimay and now the time has come for him to draw his sword once more. The Realm of Mares has fallen victim to invasion as three terrifying beasts of darkness, seek to destroy the world around them, as they await the inevitable arrival of their King.
With dark times ahead, the numbers of the Watchers on Iris has grown, as Zach is joined by seven fellow students, all too eager to prove their worth. It’s not long before the students are put to the test facing off against the Nein Navy and uncover a dark secret.
The stage is set and the Battle for Mares is under-way.
Rocky Rochford is your standard guy, if your standard guy scuba dives, partakes in underwater photographer and is a wake-boarding, adventure seeking, sword collecting, marine conservation supporter. After living life on the road and the places between, he finally settled down but not without benefiting from all the lessons life had to teach him.
Self-professed “Student of Everything, and Master of Nothing,” Rochford does not choose what he writes, but writes what chooses him, be it fantasy, crime, poetry, philosophy or even adventure. Life is a journey we all get to experience, just like a good book.
Every read into another of his typed works is another trip into the imagination of his mixed up, crazed and deranged mind and this year along those works include the likes of full novels, novellas and short stories.