Halloween promotional giveaway

UF Halloween giveaway banner

Today marks the beginning of a 13-day urban fantasy Halloween giveaway with many authors you may recognize participating (see banner below).  Some of you have probably already heard about it on Facebook, but I wanted to spread the word here in case you missed it.

Each day authors will be giving away prizes including signed paperbacks, ebooks, tote bags, Amazon gift cards, and some other great items.  October 25th is my day and I’ve got several awesome prizes lined up including books and pewter dragon statues.  There is also a grand prize where participants could win one of three Kindle Fires, but you’ve got to comment on special daily posts to enter.

For those interested, here’s the link to join the event:    https://www.facebook.com/events/106856986337823/

I hope to see you all there!

13 Days of Halloween poster

Discount sale on Stalked by Flames

Stalked by Flames cover (small)For today (October 13th) only, Stalked by Flames is a Kindle Daily Deal on Amazon U.S.  You can pick up your copy for just $1.99.  It has been whispersynced so that if you get the ebook you can also choose to get the audio version for only $2.99 (combined price for both formats is $4.98).  This is a great deal and one that won’t come up again for a long time.

This is the purchase link.  Hope everyone has a great Tuesday!

Stalked by Flames book trailer and behind the scenes pics

I’ve spent the last few days working on the book trailer for Stalked by Flames.  It took months of planning and coordination to put together since I had to get extra model shots done during the cover shoot (back in April) for it, along with finding the right music and clips to include in there.  You can check it out below.  Expect to see some footage similar to how things would appear in the book after Earth is attacked by dragons and a shot of a guy who looks close to how I see Aidan in my head (with some fire added around him, of course).  Thanks to Claudia McKinney at Phatpuppy Art) for doing the custom art for the still pics in the video!

 

Below are the behind-the-scenes pics from the cover/promo shoot my photographer (Teresa Yeh) was kind enough to send.  The model (Isabella Capri) who poses as Bailey had to get rather beaten up and bloody for one of the shots.  I was impressed with the amazing job she did pulling off the look and with the make-up artist (Nadya Rutman) for the realistic work she did getting the model ready (along with her assistant, Katy).  Isabella was kind enough to donate her own shorts and tank top for the shot since we didn’t want to mess up anything new.

Everything else the model is wearing I purchased through online retailers with the help of my cover design team (Sarah, Rachel, and Kristy) in choosing the right pieces.  One item was custom-made for the model.  The leg garter harness you see on the book cover and another shot in the video.  Thanks to Alison Esposito at Wild Wolf Leatherwork for putting the extra effort into crafting it just for this book series.  She did a great job!

Katy and Izzy 1 Katy and Izzy 2
Katy, Nadya, and Izzy 1

 

And the pics with extra make-up for the model to represent Bailey just after the initial dragon invasion in the book…

 Nadya preparing wardrobe 1 Nadya preparing wardrobe 2

Nadya and Izzy 4 Nadya and Izzy 3

 

Feel free to comment below.  For those who want them, I’m giving away Stalked by Flames bookmarks (U.S. and internationally).  Just be sure to mention you’re interested in getting one in your comment and include a valid email address in the appropriate field (not the comment section) so I can contact you for mailing information.  This offer stands until Saturday, August 8th.  There will be bigger giveaways coming up soon, so stay tuned to this blog for those as well!

Note- If you are a member of my cover design team or photography team (individuals mentioned in this post), you will be getting bookmarks soon.  The same goes for anyone who responded to my July newsletter.

Memorial Day Charity Drive 2015

Some of you may remember me participating in a charity drive on Veterans Day last year.  I donated all the royalties earned on Darkness Haunts that day to the Wounded Warrior Project.  In remembrance of Memorial Day, I’m donating all the royalties earned (for ebook and paperback) on Darkness Haunts for a whole week beginning today, May 22nd.  My hope is to raise at least $500 to give to the Wounded Warrior Project to help veterans in need.  After the drive is over on May 29th I will come back to announce the total and show the receipt for my donation.

Of course, I realize most of you following this blog already own a copy of the novel, but if you could spread the word to others who might be interested in purchasing Darkness Haunts that would be great.  Tweeting or sharing the event on Facebook would also be very helpful.  Here’s a link to the project Facebook page:  https://www.facebook.com/vetsgiveback

As another alternative you could check out books by other participating authors to help in their fundraising campaign.  All of them are veterans donating to various veteran-related charities.  A list of their books, according to genre, can be found here.

For more information about the drive and how you can help see the official announcement below:

 

Memorial Day 2015 Veteran’s Charity Challenge: Gone, but Not Forgotten!

During Memorial Day week, from the 22nd to 29th of May, more than 70 veteran authors will pledge 100% of their print, ebook and audio book royalties to their favorite charity supporting veterans or a large flat-rate donation. In most cases, these are organizations that assisted the authors personally and they are trying their best to give back.

Veterans from each service branch and every conflict period, from Vietnam to even active duty authors, are pledging. This diverse collection of works includes New York Times and USA Today Bestsellers and covers most genres. From romance to action-adventure and everything in between, there’s something for every taste here!

The ultimate goal of this event is to raise at least $10,000 for the 20+ charities they’re supporting. If you aren’t interested in purchasing any of the pledged books, you can always make a direct and public donation. We track the money raised for each charity and spotlight bonus donations here. Whether you contribute to the best performing or the least performing, either way your donation will be put to good use!

The complete collection of participating books and charities can be found here:
http://bit.ly/vetsgiveback

If you are interested in helping support or promote this event without having to donate, please share this charity drive on Facebook, Twitter or your website. Every little bit of help makes a difference! #vetsgiveback

https://www.facebook.com/vetsgiveback

RT Booklovers Convention 2015

I’ll be driving to Dallas tomorrow for the RT convention and plan to be there through to the weekend.  If you’d like to meet up, I have an appearance at Club RT between 3:00-3:30pm on Thursday, May 14th.   Those who stop by will get free swag items and I can sign books as well.  If you can’t make that let me know and we can try meeting at a different time.  I won’t be at the Book Fair on Saturday, but I will be at the wild, wild west steampunk party on Thursday night (wearing a corset!) and the RT awards ceremony and after party on Friday.

For today, I’ve got a lot of packing and other last minute things to do before leaving.  For those of you attending the convention, I hope to see you there!