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


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

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Fissure, Book 2

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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.


For more writing tips and fun visit Cosmo and me on Instagram. ;-)

Cover Reveal of Perfekt Control by S.T. Bende

By: S.T. Bende
Release Date: February 9th, 2016


Rule the realms.

Brynn Aksel is a valkyrie—a battle goddess tasked with protecting both the God of War and the future of Asgard. She fends off giants and dark elves with an iron fist, a glossy smile, and no less than perfekt control. She’s focused one-hundred-percent on rising through the valkyrie ranks, and not at all on her lifelong crush on Henrik Andersson—the one guy in all the realms who could be her undoing.

Henrik serves as War’s other bodyguard, and he’s too focused on protecting their shared charge to realize that Brynn’s a girl. When an unprecedented surge of darkness abducts the Goddess of Love, Brynn’s already-steely focus is singularly directed on her new assignment—accompany Henrik to recover the realms’ source of light before the cosmos descends into chaos.

While battling demons, dragons, and the not-quite-dead, it becomes clear that immortality does not equal invincibility. And when Hel herself puts a hit on Brynn, the valkyrie has to decide if staying in control is worth losing everything . . . or if it’s time to rule the realms.

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 the musical Cats. 
Her love of Scandinavian culture and a very patient Norwegian 
teacher inspired the Elsker Saga. She hopes her characters make
 you smile and that one day pastries will be considered a health 

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