Tuesday, December 29, 2015

New Release! Alternate's Playlist

Alternate's Playlist

Empire by Shakira


Don't put dirt in my grave just yet by Hayden Panetierre





Never tear us apart by INXS
 

I see Fire by Ed Sheeran
 

Pompeii by Bastille
 

White Flag by Dido
 

Feel by Robbie Williams
 

If you can't live without me, why aren't you dead yet? by Mayday Parade









Alternate released on Christmas Day!



Get it here



Get it here

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Let It Snow Sale


Northern Bites and Stakeout, which are normally $2.99 each, are only 99 cents each for a limited time. They rarely go on sale! The last time they were priced this low was over a year and a half ago. If you read book one and never got around to two -- or skipped Stakeout (a personal favorite - I love Dante & Fane in this novella) -- or are in a gifting mood, now is the time to get these for just under a buck each!



iBooks | Nook Kobo | Google Play


Amazon US | Amazon UK | Amazon DE


Smashwords | Goodreads

(Also available in audiobook)








(Also available in audiobook)









Wednesday, December 9, 2015

The Gift of Magic - Free Holiday Story

Light up your eReader with Holiday Magic (A Spellbound Christmas story)

Available at iBooks | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | Google Play Smashwords

Every day is a gift worth celebrating—especially when you’ve died not once, but twice.

Holiday Magic is a special edition Spellbound story about love, forgiveness and second chances.
(Recommended after reading the Spellbound Trilogy, but can be enjoyed as a stand-alone story. Entangled, book one, is free for download.)

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

New Release - Perfekt Order by S.T. Bende


PERFEKT ORDER
THE ÆRE SAGA: BOOK ONE

Genre: Upper YA Paranormal/Fantasy (Norse Mythology)

Release Date: The Saga begins TODAY!!!
December 8, 2015

Back Cover Copy
All's fair when you're in love with War.

For seventeen-year-old Mia Ahlström, a world ruled by order is the only world she allows. A lifetime of chore charts, to-do lists and study schedules have helped earn her a spot in Redwood State University’s engineering program. And while her five-year plan includes finding her very own happily-evah-aftah, years at an all girls’ boarding school left her woefully unprepared for keg parties and co-ed extracurricular activities.

So nothing surprises her more than catching the eye of Tyr Fredriksen at her first college party. The imposing Swede is arrogantly charming, stubbornly overprotective, and runs hot-and-cold in ways that defy reason . . . until Mia learns that she’s fallen for the Norse God of War; an immortal battle deity hiding on Midgard (Earth) to protect a valuable Asgardian treasure from a feral enemy. With a price on his head, Tyr brings more than a little excitement to Mia’s rigidly controlled life. Choosing Tyr may be the biggest distraction—or the greatest adventure—she’s ever had.

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Excerpt:
“Can I come in?” Tyr asked. His hands were still open—maybe to prove he was unarmed. Not that it mattered much—a guy who could fly and battle a creature that size wouldn’t need a weapon to debilitate me.
I gave him my finest stink eye.
“Please, baby. Let me explain.”
My eyes darted wildly between the forest and my boyfriend. There was a beast in the woods, but there was a man unaffected by gravity on the porch. One who had most definitely lied to me. I wasn’t sure which unnerved me more.
What I really wanted was to understand; understand how Tyr had done what he’d done; understand how he and Freya seemed human enough, but obviously weren’t; understand how that wolf was so powerful; understand how, if Tyr was an alien or a superhero or a mutant or whatever he was, how we could possibly have any kind of a relationship; understand why everyone but me had Henrik’s absolutely awesome lighters.
“I’m coming inside.” Tyr walked slowly, palms up, and stepped through the door. Then he walked backwards to the closet, where he hung up his crossbow and the two space guns. He shut the door gently, entered a code that I assumed locked the room, and closed the cover on the keypad.
I still hadn’t moved.
“Can I touch you?” he asked.
I nodded. Tyr slowly moved to my side. He took one of my balled fists and pulled me from the door.
“No more secrets,” he vowed. He pulled the lighter out of his back pocket and threw it off the porch. “Henrik didn’t make a special lighter. This is all me.”
He held out one hand and muttered something in Swedish I didn’t understand. Light shot from his hand and I spun around to follow its trajectory. It hit what looked like a clear screen at the edge of the woods, and traced an arc around the house in a half-dome, encasing the property in a silvery coating. Tiny spots floated gently from the dome, like thousands of luminescent snowflakes, and soon the ground around the house was covered in a glittery powder. Tyr snapped his fingers and the powder disappeared. Everything was as it had been—it was as if the whole night had never happened.
My knees buckled as the room started to spin. Tyr caught me just before I hit the ground. He swept me up in his arms and carried me to the couch.
“Okay, prinsessa. Time for the talk.”
He tucked a heavy throw around my legs and sat next to me. He kept one of his shoulders an inch from mine. I cautiously turned my head to appraise him. On the outside, nothing had changed. His eyes were the same midnight blue, his jaw the same perfect square, and the enormous arms folded calmly across his chest were the same ones I loved to curl up in.
But everything felt different. I realized I had no idea who this man actually was, where he came from, and what else he was capable of. The only thing I knew for sure was that I needed answers. Real answers, this time. No more secrets.
I drew a shaky breath and spoke the words that would change my life forever.
“Who are you?”


AUTHOR BIO:
Before finding domestic bliss in suburbia, S.T. Bende lived in Manhattan Beach (became overly fond of Peet’s Coffee) and Europe… where she became overly fond of McVities cookies. Her love of Scandinavian culture and a very patient Norwegian teacher inspired the books of The Elsker Saga and The Ære Saga. She hopes her characters make you smile, and she dreams of skiing on Jotunheim and Hoth.
Find S.T. on Twitter @stbende, her website (www.stbende.com), or send her an e-mail. While you're at it, introduce yourself to @UllMyhr and @TyrFredriksen -- when they’re not saving the cosmos from dark elves, they love meeting new friends . . . especially the human kind.
Want to connect with fellow Norse god fans? S.T.'s readers have created a Facebook group! Head over to the RagnaRockstars page to chat with other readers, talk with S.T., and get access to exclusive content... including Ull POVs and sneak peeks at upcoming Ære Saga books!

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Saturday, December 5, 2015

Just in the Nick of Time $250 Christmas Cash Giveaway

Just in the Nick of Time 

FREE thru the Holidays:
Light up your eReader with Holiday Magic (A Spellbound Christmas story)

Available at iBooks | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | Google Play Smashwords

Every day is a gift worth celebrating—especially when you’ve died not once, but twice.

Holiday Magic is a special edition Spellbound story about love, forgiveness and second chances.

(Recommended after reading the Spellbound Trilogy, but can be enjoyed as a stand-alone story. Entangled, book one, is free for download.)


$250 Christmas Cash Giveaway - December 5 - 22
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Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Whiteout - NEW in Audiobook


iTunes | Audible US | Audible UK | Amazon

Whiteout (Aurora Sky: Vampire Hunter, Vol. 5)

Life on the run is no winter picnic, especially when Aurora’s partner sees himself as the sheriff, not the outlaw.
It’s a cat and mouse game across the Last Frontier with agents and vampires out for blood while Fane searches desperately to find Aurora before rogue vampires do.
The hunters have become the hunted. And the road to freedom has never felt more uncertain.


Sunday, November 29, 2015

Sunday & Cyber Monday Sale - Retires Next Month

    Losing It is $.99 for a limited time! 22 Bestselling Young Adult authors reveal what went on behind the curtain in your favorite YA novels! From paranormal to contemporary, this collection features over 200 pages of ALL NEW CONTENT full of sizzle and heat! Available on Kindle for one more month.

Monday, November 23, 2015

Red Coat PR Advent Calendar - $65 value FREE

Last year this cost $10 per reader. This year Red Coat PR is offering it FREE to anyone who signs up. Over $65 in free ebooks when you sign up by Nov. 29th.



The low down:

Looking for a great gift for a friend, an author, a blogger or even yourself? Red Coat PR has created an Advent Calendar that is full of awesome e-books.

Over a $65 of e-books for FREE! That's right, many of the Red Coat PR authors are giving you an e-book. None of these books are perma-free.

Starting on December 1st up to and including December 24th, the recipient will receive a Christmas card via a paperless post (delivered via email). Upon opening the digital card, the recipient will see which e-book they received that day and the instructions on how to obtain their gift.

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Sign up cut off date is November 29, 2015.

Friday, November 20, 2015

Alternate by Marilyn Almodovar Cover Reveal


Blurb:

When a portal leaves Baxter trapped and powerless in an alternate world, she finds herself on the run and fighting for her life. The world’s Council wants to hand her over to Declan, and her only source of support is a broken Alternate Jack who blames her for all he’s lost. Baxter soon realizes that if she’s going to defeat Declan and get back to her world, she’ll have to reclaim her abilities and be stronger than she ever imagined.

Declan and the Absorbers’ Initiative wage war on everyone who opposes them in their hunt for Baxter. Their actions reveal what her future will be like if she doesn’t make some drastic decisions. She knows that one misstep on her part will lead to the destruction of not just this world, but her own.

In a race against Time and bitter enemies, Baxter will discover how much is at stake and just what she’ll have to sacrifice to save those she loves. Can she learn from the fate of an alternate world how to become the Time Bender she’s meant to be?








Interred, Book 1


 Amazon US  http://bit.ly/Interred
Barnes and Noble  http://bit.ly/Interred_Nook



Fissure, Book 2


Barnes and Noble  http://bit.ly/FissureNook

Connect with Marilyn
Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/Marilyn-Almod%C3%B3var-142589622496531/?fref=ts
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Blog: http://writingonthesunny.blogspot.com

Monday, November 16, 2015

One Word At A Time

Have you ever noticed at the end of a hectic work day that somehow, despite putting in all the time and energy, you still didn’t get anything done? Not on your important projects, anyway.

And isn’t ironic that all these gadgets that are supposed to save us time only suck more of it from our lives.

Emails. Internet. Phone calls. Interruptions.

These daily distractions hold back progress on bigger projects and goals.

But it’s not as though we can suddenly shirk our duties or toss our phones into the nearest river.

This past June, following UtopIA Con, I was in the Nashville, TN airport waiting for my flight back to WA when I came across this book titled “singletasking” by Devora Zack in the bookshop across from my gate.

Being that I’m notoriously bad at time management, I bought the book and began reading it at once, determined that by the time I reached home I’d have a clear idea of how to be more productive … which, as it turned out, I did.

I make my living writing commercial fiction. But as an indie author, I wear many hats. I’m customer service to readers; decision maker when it comes to hiring editors, cover designers, and narrators for the audiobooks. I’m a beta reader for colleagues. I plan my advertising and do most of my own marketing. Frustratingly enough, it eats away at the actual writing time.

I kept thinking, if only I had more time, but it turned out that all I needed to do, all anyone really needs to do, is manage it properly, and that can be done most efficiently through singletasking vs. juggling multiple tasks and responding to things as they arise.

Zack’s book explains that what we conversationally call multitasking is technically task-switching—moving rapidly and ineffectively from one task to another and back again.

For example: I begin my day with good intentions. I’ll be working on my novel, tapping away, then I check my email, shoot a couple answers back, jump over to Facebook to check in with my groups, post a picture on Instagram, respond to comments and messages … and realize half the day is already gone and I’ve written only one paragraph.
I find it easy to get distracted, especially on the Washington State Ferry. ;-)

Efforts to multitask require the brain to switch focus extremely quickly, in less than a tenth of a second. These delays and losses of concentration add up to a poor use of time and drain our brainpower.

Multitasking is not only inefficient, it is neurologically impossible.

As any neighborhood neuroscientist will attest, the brain can only focus on one thing at a time. 

When we task-switch, in the interest of trying to jam pack all we can into any given day, all we’re really doing is interrupting our flow state.

Singletasking, on the other hand, requires committing to your choices. Immersing yourself in one thing at a time.

It allows you to enter a Flow State where you become fully engaged in a task.

This doesn’t mean you have to FINISH the task. (I wish I could write a novel in one sitting.) It just means dedicating a session of time to your designated project.
Cosmo joining me in a Flow State work session.

Back in June, I put singletasking to the test. At that time, the next book in my vampire hunter series was four months behind schedule. Writing needed to be my top priority. But I was having difficulty giving it my undivided attention with the constant demands of administrative tasks.

I made writing only hours in the morning – when my brain is most alert.

During this time, I didn’t check email, I didn’t go online, I didn’t respond to calls or texts. My writing time was scheduled, and by respecting that designated time, a couple thousand words a day quickly turned into a novel (see below). :D



I saved promotion for the later part of the afternoon and likewise had designated time slots for answering emails and messages. The end result being that the most important tasks were accomplished without falling behind on promotion and other duties.


Multitasking (which you now know is really switch-tasking) means living in a state of endless distraction.

Singletasking, on the other hand, means being here, now, immersing yourself in one thing at a time. It is characterized by high energy and sharp focus. It boosts creativity and confidence, yielding exceptional results.

I encourage everyone reading this to try singletasking at work and/or at home and watch as you get more done one thing (or in a writer's case, one WORD) at a time.

With focus and simplicity, you can move mountains … or, better yet, finish your next book.

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