Thursday, October 31, 2013

Happy Halloween! A Touch of Darkness is Out in the World!

Happy Halloween! Today, Yelena and I are celebrating the spooktacular holiday along with our Book Birthday! Thank you so much to all the readers out there for your support and kindness. We're so excited to finally see this book out in the world. We hope you enjoy it!

A TOUCH OF DARKNESS

     Cassie’s working for a tightwad boss at a pretentious NYC diner, dealing with paralyzing pain that doctors can’t diagnose, and trying to hide her hands that glow purple whenever she ...well, whenever. So, when a mysterious stranger walks out of her dreams and into her life to spout some nonsense about her being a mythical creature, she chalks it up to one more crazy thing to add to her it’s-a-crappy-life list. Yet, when the stranger’s predictions start to come true, she discovers a world that could shake up her humdrum existence.
 
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Urban fantasy with strong romantic elements. Book 1 in the the Key series. 
Co-author: Yelena Casale. 
Publisher: E-Lit Books

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Monday, October 28, 2013

Book Birthday Week! A Touch of Darkness Releases on Halloween!

Wow! I can't believe it's almost here. This Thursday, on Halloween, A TOUCH OF DARKNESS officially hits shelves. And I just heard today from the publisher that they've decide to do print copies as well! WOOT! So, now, you'll be able to grab your copy in print or digital form.
For this week, we've got a full line up of activities. First on deck is a Monday guest post "Para Beyond the Normal" at Operation Awesome, the leading blog for all things awesome! Thank you to Angelica R. Jackson for this spot!
Next on the agenda, Wednesday flies in with a review and interview on the blog of one of the most fabulous ladies of the literary stage, Alice Soon.
For the big bash this Thursday on Halloween, we're celebrating the Book Birthday of A TOUCH OF DARKNESS on the blog of the most epic of fantasy authors, Heather McCorkle.
Last but not least, as the weekend arrives, we're hanging out with the greatest of book bloggers, Fang-Tasitc Books with an interview on Saturday.
I'll be updating all the links where you can find A TOUCH OF DARKNESS as well as announcing my NEW awesome blog design soon. Until then, don't forget about the over 60 prizes available to win in the Fall Into Fantasy Giveaway! It ends on Halloween, so enter now!

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

A Touch of Darkness: Events, Giveaways, and Prizes Galore!

Busiest week ever! So much exciting stuff to share with you. First, don't forget about the over 60 prizes available to win in the Fall Into Fantasy Giveaway! It ends on Halloween.
The fun continues with events for A TOUCH OF DARKNESS. Don't forget to read until the end for another chance to win prizes! First up is Monday's post at amazing YA and Adult Fantasy and Sci-fi author, Vicki Lemp Weavil's blog. It's a character interview with our hero, Gabe!
Next, on Wednesday, we have a guest post at the fabulous YA author, Rebekah L. Purdy's blog, by Yelena on the ins and outs of writing and reading Urban Fantasy along with some of our favorite books in the genre.
On Thursday, we're back at awesome fellow paranormal and fantasy author, Melinda Collins' blog with a special excerpt...from Rafe! He's the "bad boy" of our story and so much fun to write. In this excerpt, it's the first time we hear from him.
Last, but by no means least, we're on a LIVE BLOG RADIO show! Woot! We're with the wonderful and amazing Lyida for Lydia's Literary Lowdown. You'll get to hear all the behind the scenes action in writing A TOUCH OF DARKNESS. Tune in at 5pm EST and remember to enter the giveaway below for a chance to win!
Comment, Like on Facebook, Tweet, Follow, Subscribe and more for opportunities to win!
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Wednesday, October 16, 2013

60+ Prizes: Fall Into Fantasy Giveaway

Tons of stuff happening this week! First, starting Thursday through Halloween, Yelena and I are participating in the Fall Into Fantasy Giveaway. You can enter here for a chance to win a copy of A TOUCH OF DARKNESS along with over 60--yes, we said OVER 60--additional prizes! Books to swag to prize packs, it's a Fantasy Palozza!
Check out all of the AMAZING prizes and your opportunity to win.

Next, A TOUCH OF DARKNESS events continue on three more blogs this week! On Wednesday, the fabulous contemporary author, Carla Krae, hosts an EXCLUSIVE excerpt on her blog here. Don't forget to hop over, leave a comment, and enter for a chance to win an ebook copy and a $10 gift card to Amazon or B&N.
On Thursday, we're at TWO places. I'm over at rockin' fellow fantasy author, Maer Wilson's blog to share the ins and outs along with behind the scenes treats of writing A TOUCH OF DARKNESS. Dive on in and get another chance to win!
We're also reviewed by awesome fellow paranormal and fantasy author, Melinda Collins at her blog. Considering Melinda is one of the most amazing people I know, her wonderful review is really something special. Big thanks to Melinda and more chances to win here on Thursday.
For Friday, Yelena and I are interviewed on the book blogging extraordinaire site, Behind a Million and One Pages. We've got some secrets to share about our co-writing experience and our favorite books.
And remember for even more entries, click on the giveaway post here, comment, tweet, like, and add for tons of chances to win!

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Monday, October 14, 2013

A Touch of Darkness: Fearless Blogger Review


Today A TOUCH OF DARKNESS is reviewed by Fearless Blogger at Danielle DeVor's blog. Knowing Danielle's discerning tastes, Yelena and I are honored and excited to be reviewed by her. Here's a quick snippet from the review, "
Moss and Casale have given us a puzzle- one with heat and intensity." Check out Danielle's blog for more.
For the full Calendar of Events including reviews, interviews, guest posts, giveaways, blog radio, vlogs and more, go here.

Friday, October 11, 2013

Blog Design: Help Me Choose

At long last on this special Freaky Friday, I'm unavailing the three header options for the new blog design and I need your help deciding which is right for the blog.

Number 1
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Number 2
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Number 3
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As you can see I also have a new tag line AND I'll be moving into new genres too: NA Contemporary Romance. So, please help me choose. Consider does the header fit for multiple genres? Which do you like best? And which do you think would work best for me, if any? Thank you!

Please vote and leave comments too. :)


Today, you can also find, Yelena and I at Brenda Corey Dunne's blog for an interview about co-writing. Check it out here. Don't forget the more blogs you visit in the events for A TOUCH OF DARKNESS, the more chances you have to win a copy and a $10 gift card!

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

A Touch of Darkness: Giveaway Time

In honor of the A TOUCH OF DARKNESS release month, we're running a giveaway from now until October 26th for a chance to win a digital ARC (advanced reader copy) of the book before its release and a $10 gift card to Amazon or Barnes and Noble!
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Be sure to check out all of the stops in the A TOUCH OF DARKNESS events for more chances to win!

Friday, October 4, 2013

Freaky Friday: The Pact

In The Pact two sisters must face the painful memories of abuse as they return to their childhood home after their mother's death. Eldest sister Nicole argues for visiting the house, but soon goes missing upon a webcam conversation with her daughter that ends with, "Momma, who is that behind you?" She searches a cracked door--that had been closed before--and fades into a black void.
Cue the return of younger sister, Annie. Riding into town on a motorbike with her mismatched eyes of green and blue, she dismisses the disappearance of her sister despite some unsettling circumstances. But, when her cousin Liz shows up with Nicole's daughter in tow, Annie is relieved not to have to face things alone. The first night in the house, however, Liz goes missing and Annie is attacked by a poltergeist. Grabbing her baby niece, she races out of the house and barely manages to escape alive. Now, Annie is the only one left for the little girl, her niece. She must figure out what happened if either of them hope to see their family again.
The setup seemed promising, but the film is so disjointed. We have random scenes at the sheriff's office, a motel, a coffee shop, a mechanic shop and so on. None of which feels relevant or progresses the story along. Then, at total random, Annie..seeks help from a blind medium who also happens to be a friend of a high school friend. Ah sure. Seven degrees to the blind psychic. Let's go for an old priest and a young priest while we're at it.
The plot spins out of control. The niece is totally irrelevant. We didn't need two women missing, one would have been fine. The cop, whose name I don't even remember, but played by Casper Van Dien, is useless. (Side note: time has not been kind to poor Casper. He's only 44 but looks closer to retirement and social security.) And finally, the ambiguous ghost gets annoying fast. Add in about a dozen cliches too. Oh and I also figured out most of the mystery half way in. Overall, yawn.

Rating: D+

PS At one point the obligatory crucifix falls off the wall causing hubs to cry out, "Christ almighty". To which I replied, "Literally". With this we promptly played Mystery Science Theater and the commentary became more fun than the movie.

Have you ever played Mystery Science Theater? What's your favorite horror movie cliche?

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

A Touch of Darkness: Cassie's Interview


Today A TOUCH OF DARKNESS is highlighted on L.L McKinney's blog at Info Dump a la El! Yelena and I are letting our heroine, Cassie, do the talking with an exclusive interview. Find out more about Cassie's unique...quirk and about about whom she's been dreaming. ;)


For the full Calendar of Events including reviews, interviews, guest posts, giveaways, blog radio, vlogs and more, go here.