Tuesday, October 7, 2014


Gear up for GEARS OF BRASS!

A world like ours, but filled with gears of brass, where the beating heart is fueled by steam and the simplest creation is a complex clockwork device.

Within this tome, you’ll find steampunk fairy tale re-tellings, as well as original stories that will send your gears turning.

Welcome to the steampunk realm, with eleven authors guiding your path.

GEARS OF BRASS is a steampunk anthology published through Curiosity Quills. It will be available for purchase on November 10, 2014. Within the pages, you’ll come across clockwork inventions and steampunk-ified fairy tale retellings. Eleven authors will guide you through worlds filled with airships, top hats, and corsets.

Meet the authors:
Jordan Elizabeth writes young adult fantasy for Curiosity Quills, including ESCAPE FROM WITCHWOOD HOLLOW which was published in October and the upcoming TREASURE DARKLY; she’s represented by the Belcastro Agency.

J. Million is the author of Last of the Giants and can always be found reading or writing.
Lorna MacDonald Czarnota is a professional storyteller and author of several books including, Medieval Tales That Kids Can Read and Tell, Breadline Blue, Legends Lore and Secrets of Western New York, Wicked Niagara, Native American and Pioneer Sites of Upstate New York, and Dancing at the Crossroads: Stories and Activities for At-Risk Youth Programming.

SA Larsen is represented by Paula Munier of Talcott Notch Literary and is the author of published short stories, community-interest stories, and magazine articles focused on children.
Grant Eagar is an Engineer who would take the tales he told his children at bed time, and transform them into fantasy stories.

Clare Weze is the author of The House of Ash (forthcoming) and the co-author and editor of Cloudscapes over the Lune.

Eliza Tilton: gamer, writer and lover of dark chocolate; author of the YA Fantasy, BROKEN FOREST, published by Curiosity Quills Press.

Heather Talty's stories have been featured in Enchanted Conversation, as well as her own fractured fairy tale site, Mythopoetical (www.Beatrixcottonpants.com).

W.K. Pomeroy is a third generation writer who has published more than 70 short stories/articles/poems across many genres and styles, which now includes Steampunk.

Christine Baker is the author of Lana's End, The Guild of Dagda, and many more.
Natalia Darcy: a bookilicious reader, tea drinker and Zumba aficionado who enjoys playing cards against humanity and washing her hair with ice cold water.

You can get your steampunk fix before GEARS OF BRASS is released in November. To enter for your chance to win a copy of GEARS OF BRASS, you will need to share the cover. This can be on your blog, Facebook, Twitter… Each time you share the cover image, log it into Rafflecoper (#insert link) to record it. It will give you more chances to win. The drawing for the winner will be held on October 27th.

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Thursday, September 18, 2014

COVER REVEAL! Escape from Witchwood Hollow by Jordan Elizabeth

How far into the hollow would you go? 

After losing her parents in a terrorist attack on the Twin Towers, fifteen-year-old Honoria escapes New York City to Arnn—a farming town with more legends than residents, and a history of witchcraft and secrets best left buried.

Everyone in Arnn knows the story of Witchwood Hollow: if you venture into the whispering forest, the witch will trap your soul among the shadowed trees. In the lure of that perpetual darkness, Honoria finds hope when she should be afraid, and a past of missing children and broken promises.  To save the citizens of Arnn from becoming the witch’s next victims, she must find the truth behind the woman’s madness. How deep into Witchwood Hollow does Honoria dare venture?”

ESCAPE FROM WITCHWOOD HOLLOW is Jordan Elizabeth’s first novel.  This young adult fantasy will be published through Curiosity Quills Press on October 29, 2014.  

Jordan Elizabeth, formally Jordan Elizabeth Mierek, can’t get enough of the woods, be it splashing through a stream, sitting beneath an ancient oak, or following a path up a hill.  Some of those adventures have led to abandoned foundations.  Exploring the rocks and crumbling bricks sparked Jordan to imagine who might have lived there before, and that train of thought carried her to a wicked legend and an enchanted hollow.  You can contact Jordan via her website, JordanElizabethMierek.com.

You don’t have to wait for October 29th to explore Witchwood Hollow.  Jordan Elizabeth is offering up a free eArc.  To enter for your chance to win a copy of ESCAPE FROM WITCHWOOD HOLLOW, you will need to share the cover.  This can be on your blog, Facebook, Twitter… Each time you share the cover image, log it into Rafflecoper to record it.  It will give you more chances to win.  The drawing for the winner will be held on October 20th.  

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Guest Post by Dean K Miller

By Dean K. Miller

A mother’s patience is one of her most under-appreciated traits. It starts at the moment of her son’s conception, as she is the first to know that life has been created inside her. Though her love for the unborn child is strong and the bond of motherhood already formed, she must wait nine months to hold this unique miracle.

She watches as he grows, withstanding sleepless nights of nightmares, his stuffy noses, tantrums and the scrapes and bruises. Someday her son will become aware of the love, the nurturing, and the guiding. And, finally, of the letting go. But she knows it is on his schedule, not hers.

As he spreads his wings and explores the world, the mother continues to wait. Whether it’s late-night phone calls, listening to girlfriend troubles, the lack of money or the feeling of not knowing where to go in life, she is there when called upon. Patiently she watches him, knowing in her heart that the choices are his, and sometimes wishing he would choose differently.

But wisdom, learned perhaps from her own mother, has taught her that the journey is not hers to take. Patiently, she watches from afar, understanding that life will teach her son the lesson he needs at the exact moment he needs it.

When he calls to express his frustration, she doesn’t try to undo the lesson, but instead helps her son capture the learning.

Then, the moment she has waited for arrives. The son has discovered the true source of his inner self and joyfully returns to her doorstep. With patience she listens to the moments of his life that brought him happiness. Subtly, she encourages his story to unfold, laughing silently at his follies and smiling brightly at his courage to face his fears. He tells her things he has told no one and knows his words are protected and safe.

Though it has taken decades, the bond of mother and son has grown to include a friendship which knows no equal.

Now they walk through life together, knowing their love between them transcends all boundaries. It is everlasting and it makes them smile.

Thank you, Mom, for allowing me to grow into myself, for patiently waiting all of these years for it to happen, and for accepting me each day along my journey. You are the magic behind the story of my life.

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Monday, March 24, 2014

Pretty Reckless by Jodi Linton

I am honored to introduce debut author and fellow Belcastro Agency pal, Jodi Linton. Today is the release day for her brand new book, which I can't wait to read (stupid amazon made me wait till midnight until it would download) titled, Pretty Reckless.

Romance,laughter and cowboys, what's not to love?

Thank you to Jodi for guesting!

Pretty Reckless by Jodi Linton

Welcome to Pistol Rock, Texas where everyone knows secrets last about as long as the sporadic west Texas rain showers.

Laney Briggs has long been considered reckless, but she’s turned herself around—she’s respectably engaged and she’s become a Pistol Rock deputy sheriff. Everything’s fine until a dead body turns up and her ex, Texas Ranger Gunner Wilson, decides to stick his boots into the town’s first murder case.

Laney will be damned if she lets Gunner trample all over her turf and her chance at a quiet, contented life. His seemingly endless ability to undermine her resolve and her libido was only outdone by her constant urge to butt heads with him. But when the bodies start to pile up, Laney has to ask the lethal bad boy for a hand—and a truce in exchange for his help.

Having an ex-boyfriend as an ally might not be the best idea, but Laney has always been pretty reckless…

Author bio: 

Jodi Linton lives and works in Texas, with her husband and two kids. She can be found cozied up to the computer escaping into a quirky world of tall tales, sexy, tight jean wearing cowboys, and a
protagonist with a sharp-tongue quick enough to hang any man out to dry.  PRETTY RECKLESS is her first novel. She is currently at work on her next Deputy Laney Briggs book.

Visit Jodi's Twitter ~ Facebook ~ Website ~ Goodreads ~ Tumblr

Monday, March 17, 2014

Fuck Me...

Sorry that I'vebeen such a slacker lately and haven't posted.

Not that anyone noticed, but still.

In my defense I've been really busy. I started a new job (not begging on the street corner as the picture might imply) on March 3rd. I'm enjoying it immensely. Not because the work is particularly exciting. Nope, it's strictly because I NEED to work on something other than being an author in order to be any good at being an author.

I need structure. I need mindless worker beeism.

It helps me be creative.

After a couple months of not writing a damn thing, I'm suddenly back in the saddle. I've written over 5k just this weekend.

Good thing too since I have a August 1st deadline for the second fairy tale mystery book for Kensington. Which leaves me with just over 2 months to write another 65-75k words.

Hence the FUCK ME part of the post.

To top it off, the publisher of my romance novel asked if I'd be interested in signing up for another book for an Assassin's Series. Hell yes. But where to find the time?

Maybe if I didn't have a job...


So tell me how you deal with deadlines and getting work done when feeling the pressure?

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Goodreads Giveaway

Goodreads Book Giveaway

        The Assassin's Heart by J.A. Kazimer

          The Assassin's Heart

          by J.A. Kazimer

    Giveaway ends May 01, 2014.
            See the giveaway details at Goodreads.

      Enter to win

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

More Signs You Need Better Friends

Sometime ago, (don't ask how long, it's not like I follow this blog...) I wrote about the top 5 signs that you need new friends. The reasons varied, and honestly, just click the link and you can see them for yourself, so I won't recap, mostly because I'm lazy.

Which brings me to the first sign.

1) Your friends are fucking lazy like the blogger you are currently reading. They don't even try anymore. They used to put on a little lipstick (yes, I'm talking about you, Dave), dress up some when you'd go out. 

2)  When was the last time they asked about you? Really asked how you are doing? And better yet, listened to what you had to say. You are awesome. Why can't they see that? The selfish pricks. Maybe it's time to listen to the voices, and shove them into the wood chipper...

3)  Recreational pot is now legal. What do you need them for anymore?

4)  They refuse your collect calls from jail.

5)  They have children in the 3 - 10 year old range, and recently asked what you're doing next Saturday night.

6) You paid for the last three lunch/dinners/prostitutes. 

7)  They just finished a manuscript and are looking for a beta reader. Oh, BTW, I just finished a manuscript, and, if you're interested....

Any to add my much better friends?