Saturday, August 24, 2013

Squeezing the Blood Out of this Turnip with Another Tantalizing CHOSEN Teaser!

Hi guys. As many of you might be aware, writing is better than therapy! I write all the issues out and make my characters solve everything.... right?

Wrong.

They're as complicated as real life people so they just make more of a mess of things. Take BLOOD CHOSEN for instance *waggles brows*:
I just love what my cover artist (watch for the plug guys), Claudia from Phatpuppy has done with this. Notice how solitary and bold the artwork is. Note also the blood red coloring in the vine and the title.

Oooh and ahh. 

Okay, I'll stop my viral pet of the cover and move on to updates:

First! CHOSEN will pub in September, I promise. I will be doing quite a bit of writing while sailing on the Big Boat....


I hate the idea of taking in these sights in between writing about blood-thirsty supernatural groups but somebody has to....

Watch for the Big Blood Bash Giveaway to commence sometime in September! What do ya get? Well FREE LOOT guys! Of course. And, now that I know how many purse sluts there are out there *delicately clears throat* I will then add a BRAND new Guess purse to the mix! That's right! I'll have all three Blood paperbacks, author swag and a beautiful Guess purse. I'd love to offer a Red purse but we'll have to see what captures my fickle fancy! ;)


Now you Boy Readers! Don't despair. I think I *might* be able to come up with a substitution... like a leather man or something? I think I can switch gears and think like a man for about... three and a half seconds. Or... you can give your lucky female something cute and steal the books? Uh-huh.

And NOW! Check out the latest teaser Readers! And here's the secret; Blood is for people that are nosey parkers and want to be in a lot of the character's heads. Head-hopping abounds! I've introduced even more characters and hope to flesh out additional story lines for more dissection in the next installment... what? There's going to be more Blood. Well... yeah! lol.

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“So what? Vamps are just cool now...?” Scott asked. “Correct me if I'm wrong... father. But, didn't we just have a vampire barbecue out in the back yard?”

“We did,” Michael enthused, dragging a lollipop in an out of his mouth, a red stain like blood appearing and disappearing as he worked the red orb over.

Julia sighed, but she held Scott's hand, and just that small gesture made her more calm, less agitated. She tried not to stare at the newest part of the triangle that they would become, but it was almost impossible.

Delilah was reclining on a fainting couch in the parlor as if in repast. However, she was alert, her eyes moving endlessly over the people that packed the small room, made even tinier by their cloistered presence.

“Do not disparage me, your own kin know why I've come,” she said, partially answering both brothers. Julia didn't know how she did it, that bored tone. She wished she was as adept at emulating boredom.

Jacqueline nodded. “Is it not interesting....”

“No,” Adi replied.

“Nothing you say is interesting, it's all lame as hell,” Michael finished.

Jacqueline looked at them like they were bugs to be squished.

“Enough.” Marcus looked at his two children. “Jacqueline will pay for her crime against Julia.”

“The attempted murder,” Truman corrected and Julia gave him a look. He narrowed his eyes on Marcus. “Where I come from, poisoning someone is immediate grounds for jail time.”

Marcus looked at Truman, then at Jacqueline. “It is more complicated than that, Wolf.”

“Seems simple to me,” Truman commented and Julia gave a small smile. He didn't look like Truman anymore, but he sounded so much like him it made Julia's heart ache for Alaska- her past. Karl Truman, the hard-nosed cop from Homer, had survived the change with who he was- intact.

“Jacqueline is of royal blood,” Marcus began to explain.

“And a bunch of other shit too,” Adi said and Slash hid a smile with his hand....

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Oh boy! Look how the tide has turned? What are some of our villains to do with all the forces standing in the way of their scheming? And who is missing from this scene? Who is new? 

I understand that I'm a naughty author who teases. I get that. And I apologize about my compulsion to make good on offering teasers.... of course, I'm very consistent and will be offering more still!

Thank you, Tamara
xo



Thursday, August 15, 2013

Cover Reveal: Dannika Dark's SEVEN YEARS...!


Oh my Guys! Everyone knows how much I dig Dark's work! So when I heard there was a new series and I could be part of book # 1's cover reveal...

Well fangirl doesn't quite cover it- lol

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ohhh... ahhh. Check it out! I'm dying!

Yum!

Coming October 22, 2013!

Blurb:


Seven years ago, my world ended.
Seven years later, my new life began.

It's been seven years since Lexi Knight lost her brother in a tragic accident. On the anniversary of his death, her brother's best friend shows up unexpectedly - a man she hasn't seen since the funeral. He is no longer the boy Lexi once knew, but a dangerous-looking man with tattoos and dark secrets. He broke her trust and abandoned her family, yet what he reveals makes it impossible to stay angry. Lexi has been secretly infatuated with Austin since childhood, so finding out he's a Shifter just makes him sexier. Dammit.

Austin Cole has returned to the city where he grew up, and just in time. He's lived a hard life these past seven years, and the shadows of his past are threatening to destroy Lexi's family. It's time that she learned the truth about her brother, but there is a shocking twist that Austin never saw coming. Now he must protect her family when her mother and sister wind up in mortal danger. Will Lexi learn to accept the truth about who he is, and can Austin salvage a relationship from the ruins of their past?

Author Bio:


This is the segment where you learn a little more about who I am, so here's what I can tell you:  I drink copious amounts of vitamin water placed precariously close to my laptop while writing. These are two healthy habits I have no intention of breaking. I'm a transplant living in the south, but I was born in the 70's to a military dad who moved us around the world.

When I'm not writing (which is all the time), I'm hunting down Indie music, watching movies, reading, eating Tex-Mex, discovering new ways to humiliate myself bowling, and burning up my laptop battery on the Internet. I have a relaxed, easy-going personality and don't like drama. I live with a cat who thinks she is a dog, or a goat (she eats plastic, so I'm not sure which).

Throughout my life, I've had insomnia. Counting sheep never worked and eventually I would imagine those sheep were the sole source of food after an apocalyptic battle where only thousands survived. I made up stories in a futile attempt to bore myself to sleep. The problem was, I got so wrapped up in my "head stories" that I would continue them through the following nights, changing it up each time to make it more exciting. Eventually, I started writing my ideas down - creating short stories, and then I discovered my love for poetry.

It's almost embarrassing how many spiral notebooks and stacks of paper I have of poetry and lyrics. 

Another passion: digital art. I design all my book covers, marketing, and series art. I'm a very visual person and pursued photography as an avid hobby for many years. 

I am not a YA author (I feel like I have to state this only because I've had a few people ask), but I think it's wonderful there are so many books available to teens in Urban Fantasy and Paranormal.  

I am finally doing what I have always wanted to do: giving my characters a pulse through writing full time. I focus on adult urban fantasy romance, but I don't like labels and I enjoy blending genres to break out of the confines of predictability.

But it's what I love to do.

Danni 
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Saturday, August 3, 2013

CHOSEN News... Moving... Freight Trains, Giveaways and Other Tidbits!

Hi Readers.... here's a gif of my mind:


That's normal speed. That's the way the story goes until I write the words: THE END.
Some clever readers have noticed this issue:

"I didn't have time to breathe because of the non-stop action!"
"The pacing of the book is frenetic, volatile and never-ending...."

Or, my personal fave:
"I love her writing!"

Oh... that's mine. Yeah, I do love what I write. However, see gif above. That's the speed, guys. That's the only way I see it. If I'm writing I'm capturing this movie-like image in my mind and I better do it right then or it'll be gone like the scenery that passes by the window in the train inside my head.
Weird?
Kinda. Lol.
It is what it is.

So, what's happening with CHOSEN?
It's all downhill from here:

Once I get to the 50% mark or so in a work, I'm screaming down the asphalt at top speed toward the end. Even I can't believe who and what I've included in CHOSEN. 
The POVs!
The ARCs!
The Atrocities!

Barely plausible, totally fantastical!

Tony and Jacqueline have taken a front seat on this train guys and their driving it all the way to the depot. Neither are what they seem.
And neither is The Feral.
What happened to him?
Wow, are we gonna find out!

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The mediocre, hate-to-deliver-news: 

It looks like, since I'm moving my entire household from Alaska to South Dakota mid-month it'll put a crimp in my gitty-up and CHOSEN might... or might not get pubbed on Labor Day weekend like I'd hoped. 


It will be very close! But with this cross-state travel, spotty internet... and the like, It could be as late as Sep. 10th.

The Great, I-Dig-FREE-Stuff news:

However, I will be sweetening the deal- big time with the BLOOD BASH GIVEAWAY TBA shortly! What's the loot? Well, many of you who watch my vlogs (and for those who don't), will be able to get one of those handbags I trot through while I do the vlog. Plus author swag, plus a Signed copy of not 
One
Not Two--
But Three Blood books!
SINGERS
SONG
CHOSEN

New Guess Handbag
Candy
Author Swag

That's right! Enter to win soon and get three signed paperbacks plus swag with a cool handbag.

P.S. You guy readers (yeah, there's a stubborn faction of males that love the tech and violence... I know who you are). Keep the books and hand over the purse to your girlfriend or wife before someone gets hurt. 

I promise next time I'll do something a little more gender-neutral and you only have to put up with it this time... *winks*


Take care-  Tamara