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RWA Chapters — A Great Place to Meet Aspiring and Published Authors

Check out this great interview about the Yosemite Romance Writers–one of the many fantastic RWA chapters where aspiring writers and published writers get together to talk craft, marketing, and everything that matters to the writing process.

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Towers of Earth — Future Suspense and a Heart-Warming Romance

J. C. Conway’s new release, Towers of Earth, is an exciting science-fiction adventure interwoven with a first-kiss teen romance that is central to the story and the young protagonist’s arc. Perfect for readers from middle-grade to adult, Towers of Earth is a captivating read with warmth, suspense and vision.

At the brink of an impending dark age, 15-year-old Allison Taylor escapes Earth on a colony ship to the stars. But a catastrophic quark drive failure forces a desperate, near-light-speed return a millennium into Earth’s future. Allison is surprised to find humanity in a “New Renaissance” and to see the Great Geostationary Towers her father engineered still stretching majestically from ground to high orbit, now housing Earth’s billions.

When Allison learns the “New Renaissance” is a mere façade, she struggles against crushing odds to reunite with her fellow colonists. Finally gaining the opportunity to flee again, she realizes her special knowledge of the Towers may empower her to break the Tower Administrators’ tyranny—but at the cost of her means of escape. Allison is torn. Will fulfilling her father’s dream be worth abandoning her chance to finally reach the stars?

TOWERS OF EARTH is available as an e-book at:

Kindle | Kobo | Apple

Other venues pending. The print edition will be available soon.

A Compelling New Release: Blood Stones–The Haunting of Sunset Canyon by Krista Lynn

What magic is this? Supernatural? Witchcraft? The Shaman’s Curse?
Or…something other? 

BloodStonesFinalWebDeep in the Arizona desert, the love a young woman feels for her mysterious Indian lover grows deeper every year, though her heart stopped beating over a century ago—stilled by the one she loves. What magic could cause this? What ancient Native American witchcraft could hold her spirit captive and make her part of The Haunting of Sunset Canyon? Could the legends of ghost warriors who guard the treasure of the Lost Blood Stones Mine be true? 

When Darcy Peel left Dry Creek, Arizona, to go to graduate school, she thought she had left for good. She never imagined she would come back to the small community nestled in the shadow of Prospector’s Mountain. But now she is compelled to return and find her sister who is lost in the red gorge canyon. On her trail to the truth, Darcy meets Alan Brandt, a young deputy who possesses hidden abilities that link him to stories of ghost warriors. Can she trust him to help find her sister as he promises? Or is she being trapped by the canyon’s magic—seduced by her attraction to a man with an uncanny connection to the deadly legends?

Blood Stones is available now from:

Her eyesight faded while outside the cave the shape of Prospector’s Mountain scraped the skyline and covered the canyon in shadow. The soft pressure of his lips lingered on her ear – this gift of pleasure her last human sensation.

“Emm-ma-line,” he whispered. “There is one thing I can do.”

The timbre of his voice, the voice she loved, soaked into her waning consciousness. His words receded with her into the dark void and replaced the beat of her heart.

“Stay with me…”

— 1911, Sunset Canyon

Reviews

“The story has a strong and intricate plot, with plenty of fast-paced action, adventure, and suspense. If you love a good chilling ghost story/romance, you can’t go wrong with Blood Stones.”

==Taylor Jones

“Blood Stones combines Native American legends with modern-day mystery and intriguing, complex characters to create a spine-tingling thriller with a little something for everyone. This one is definitely hard to put down.”

–Regan Murphy

About the Author

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Krista Lynn is a late-comer to the author’s world, with a long academic career in earth sciences in her wake, instead of years of fiction writing. But wind has filled all the sails this year, with the release of Blood Stones: The Haunting of Sunset Canyon, the first book in The Canyon Series.

It’s no mystery why Lynn writes about the high desert of Arizona. She grew up on a gold mine about sixty miles north of Phoenix. The closest neighbor was six miles or so down the Agua Fria River, or another twenty miles by dirt road. To say it was a gold mine is technically correct, but very little gold was ever mined. It did, however, keep gas in the jeep and food on the table. The real treasure of this placer gold-mining venture was the lasting impressions of living wild in the desert with her brothers and a menagerie of dogs, goats, and donkeys. And experiencing the magic and spirit of a rugged, isolated landscape, where mysteries were carried on the wind and whispered in your sleep. Years later, these experiences are the multi-colored threads woven into her series of romantic supernatural suspense set in the high desert of Arizona.

She now lives in California with her husband and a menagerie of dogs, goats, and one spoiled horse.

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New Release: DIE FOR YOU by Michele Mills

The science-fiction romance, Die for You, by Michele Mills (Samhain Publishing), is now available. This debut novel of hot SF by Mills is the first book in her Catastrophe Series.

Love, in a hopeless place.

Catastrophe Series, Book 1

Two months after a virus took out civilization, Rachel Donnelly is the last living soul in California, as far as she can tell. Until she runs into a Marine sniper, battle-hardened but alive and healthy.

Adam Sanchez would love nothing more than a slamming session of I-can’t-believe-we’re-alive post-apocalyptic sex in the back of his Hummer. But Rachel’s fragility, inexperience—and much younger age—hold him back from exposing her to his raw, aggressive sexuality. If anything, Rachel needs protection. Especially from himself.

As they band together with other survivors to battle feral animals, violent ex-cons, and motorcycle clubs jockeying for power, Rachel grows stronger in mind, body, and spirit—strong enough to give the dangerously sexy Marine what they both crave.

The power of their passion rocks Adam’s world, bringing him to his knees—which, he discovers too late, is the worst possible place to be when danger springs from the shadows.

Warning: Contains a sexy Marine, a tattooed ex-con, a girl who blossoms into a sexually assured young woman, laughter despite the pain, m/f/m ménage, hope, love, and more bad language and violence than are strictly necessary.  

DIE FOR YOU is available in eBook and Trade Paperback formats:

Excerpts of Sample Goodreads Reviews:

“This is my first book by author Michele Mills and has really nailed it with Die For You. Real characters and believable story line filled with action keep this story rolling along fast. The only thing I hated about this book was that it had to end and I don’t have the next in the series yet. Ms. Mills is definitely an author to watch.”

“As far as she can tell, Rachel Donnelly is the last living soul in California until she runs into a battle-hardened Marine sniper that is not only alive but very healthy indeed in this sizzling and thrilling post-apocalyptic romance.”

“Michele Mills created a life like experience in her post-apocalyptic world that frankly gives it a chilling as well [as] sizzling feel…”

“WOWZA! What a fantastic post-apocalyptic romance that is stunning, passionate, sexy, defiant, and with some super HOT guys that will make you glad to be the last woman on earth!”

Find Michele Mills at:

And as a writer of some outstanding reviews at Dear Author.

 

Available for Pre-Order: DIE FOR YOU by Michele Mills

The science-fiction romance, Die for You, by Michele Mills, published by Samhain Publishing, is available for pre-order now at Google Play. CLICK HERE. The pre-release price is $5.50, but the book appears to be available at a discount at the time of this post for $4.24–a terrific deal. Die for You is the first book in Michele Mills’ Catastrophe Series.

Love, in a hopeless place.

Catastrophe Series, Book 1

Two months after a virus took out civilization, Rachel Donnelly is the last living soul in California, as far as she can tell. Until she runs into a Marine sniper, battle-hardened but alive and healthy.

Adam Sanchez would love nothing more than a slamming session of I-can’t-believe-we’re-alive post-apocalyptic sex in the back of his Hummer. But Rachel’s fragility, inexperience—and much younger age—hold him back from exposing her to his raw, aggressive sexuality. If anything, Rachel needs protection. Especially from himself.

As they band together with other survivors to battle feral animals, violent ex-cons, and motorcycle clubs jockeying for power, Rachel grows stronger in mind, body, and spirit—strong enough to give the dangerously sexy Marine what they both crave.

The power of their passion rocks Adam’s world, bringing him to his knees—which, he discovers too late, is the worst possible place to be when danger springs from the shadows.

Warning: Contains a sexy Marine, a tattooed ex-con, a girl who blossoms into a sexually assured young woman, laughter despite the pain, m/f/m ménage, hope, love, and more bad language and violence than are strictly necessary.  

Cover Redesign–Short Story eBook “Love, Death, and Overlapping Bosonic Singularities”

It’s a good idea to use a professional cover art designer for self-published books. Covers make all the difference, and artists struggle just like writers. So we should work together. But when it comes to short stories–eBooks that are only a few dozen pages long, that sell for less than a dollar, and can’t reasonably be expected to pay for the time and effort of writing and formatting, much less professional artwork–it might make sense to dabble as an amateur cover designer.

If that interests you, here is an example of an amateur design for the cover of the short story, “Love, Death, and Overlapping Bosonic Singularities,” a romantic science fiction available to eBook readers for 99¢. The cover is designed using exclusively Microsoft PowerPoint for Office 2010. The royalty-free artwork was obtained from Dollar Photo Club in two separate images. A white background in one image was removed using PowerPoint’s “Set Transparent Color” feature, and the rest was a matter of arranging things, playing with basic fonts, and saving a single slide as a PDF file. (The e-Reader mock up was provided by Adazing Design.)

561fdb8b5673dThe cover is dark. But it’s a science fiction romance (SFR), so that might not be a problem. The cover also uses too many fonts–at least according to the common rules of thumb for amateur book cover designers. But that rule is broken here intentionally. The story involves Amy’s involuntary traversal through inconsistent realities. At the outset we’re aware that Amy doesn’t consider reality to be fixed, and in short order it becomes evident why she thinks that way. Soon another explanation is offered. But still, that is just the beginning. The cover-font incontinuity is intended to parallel that broken stream of experience, as is the clunky title itself. “Love, Death and Overlapping Bosonic Singularities” is a mouthful. But it effectively foreshadows the central personal struggle for Amy as well as the key SF element of the story.

The working title had been “Shuffle.” That matched the story too, but it is remarkably less informative to anyone that hasn’t already read the story.

The original design was good, too. But it didn’t seem to “pop.” All that effort to reflect the story and reveal the mood and problem of the tale, had the same trouble as the early working title, “Shuffle.” It Love Death and Overlappingdidn’t capture the mood and promise of the story for a prospective reader. Rather, it was a satisfactory cover for a person that already had read the story. So out with the old, and in with the new.

“Love, Death and Overlapping Bosonic Singularities” was originally published in The Lorelei Signal, edited by Carol Hightshoe. The associated artwork in that publication was a wonderful piece by Lee Kuruganti, who was also the design winner for the 2oo8 Hugo Award Base. She also illustrated Twisted Thorn, by Richard King Perkins II, in the same issue.

If you haven’t read it yet, and if you’re an e-Reader, give the story a glance. It’s available from many eBook sellers, and at most sites you can read the beginning for free. If you like it and want to read the rest, the full piece is just 99¢.