Wednesday, February 26, 2014

CONSTRUCTING MARCUS by Danielle DeVor: Guest Post

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Welcome to the Book Tour & Giveaway for Constructing Marcus by Danielle DeVor. You can find Danielle's complete tour schedule at MythBehaving Book Tours.

Why a Construct? by Danielle DeVor


When I decided to write a YA Paranormal Romance, I wanted to do something different. There are tons of vampires, werewolves, ghosts, and zombies. And, honestly, since I was already writing a vampire fantasy series, I wanted to go into a different creature.

I tend to research odd things at random. One minute, I can be looking up the latest information on eating disorders and the next minute reading about the occult in Victorian England.

So, when I set out to write Constructing Marcus, I poured through my head at all the little things I had picked up over the years. I wanted the creature to be familiar enough that he’d be easy to write, yet different enough that there would be new problems to have to work through between the love interest.

Finally, my brain settled on the case of “Philip”. There was a group of Canadian parapsychologists in the 1970’s who sought to disprove Ouija boards. They decided what Philip would look like if asked, his personality, how he died, etc. Roughly a year later, “Philip” manifested. He rapped on tables. Answered “yes” or “no” questions.

Needless to say, my brain began working overtime. I started thinking about if a ghost could be “constructed” how powerful would he be? How long could he live? What would affect him? Soon after, Marcus was born.

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Sixteen-year-old ghost hunter, Emma Hoffman thought that moving into an old Victorian was going to be awesome– ghosts galore.

Large Base Consstructing Marcus Working copyMuch to her delight, she discovers that the house is haunted—not by a ghost, but by a construct (a spirit created to be a servant). As she gets to know Marcus, the construct, he asks her to help him avenge his maker and find her killer. Emma’s not too sure this is a good idea, she’s a ghost hunter after all, not a detective, but she agrees to help him anyway. While trying to discover more information about the killer, Emma begins to have feelings for Marcus- feelings she isn’t ready to admit. Then the sorcerer who killed Marcus’s maker shows up at Emma’s house with an insane plan to capture Marcus and absorb his power- Emma isn’t having it. Marcus is hers. When the killer performs a spell that begins to steal Marcus’s life force, Emma risks losing him. It’s a race against time for Emma to figure out how to stop the sorcerer and his spell before Marcus fades away and disappears from her life forever.




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DanielleDeVorAuthorPhotoDanielle DeVor spent her early years fantasizing about vampires and watching “Salem’s Lot” way too many times. After living briefly in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, she moved back to her hometown to write. When not writing and reading about weird things, you will find her hanging out at the nearest coffee shop, enjoying a mocha frappuccino. Danielle has been on a writing roll this year! With the release of Tail of the Devil, Constructing Marcus and Sorrow’s Point she already has three books out. You can find Tail of the Devil and Sorrow’s Point at Amazon.  

 

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Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Bionic Eyes: Seeing Differently

You may have noticed a small change on the blog this week. My avatar has changed...          
The reason? LASIK surgery. After debating back and forth for several years, I finally decided to go ahead with the procedure. I'm only a few days out, but it's already incredible. Even the concept of being able to see without glasses or contacts still seems surreal. But, it's amazing! For those wondering about the procedure, I detail my experience below.
The initial consultation included an eye exam and a grading system to see if I was a candidate. My doctor only accepts patients that have a grade of 0 or 1, which is the least possible risk. After I was deemed fit for the surgery, I scheduled the appointment. Five days before, I went back to the doctor for him to confirm my candidacy and do more tests. Everything was easy, just like a normal eye exam. He put in some drops to dilate my eyes and check the thickness of my cornea. All went well.
Totally Zen
The day of the surgery, hubs took me. I was given a Valium to help relax, but honestly, I wasn't nervous. It had all been so easy. The nurse then took me into a room where the doctor checked my eyes again and took measurements for the machine. When it was time for the surgery, I sat in a chair that reclined into a horizontal position. The doctor started with the right eye and covered the left. He placed two strips of tape on the upper and lower lids, then the thin clamp held the eye open. It didn't hurt! Promise. Some numbing drops later, I was ready to go.
Awesome Laser light show!
The doctor used suction on the eye. It was the most uncomfortable part. Basically, it was a lot of pressure and slightly painful, but only for a minute or so. Finally, the laser show began. I concentrated on a blinking green and red light, which turned purple during the laser part of the surgery. The laser was so easy! All I kept saying to the doctor was, "this is so cool!" I felt a little like a kid, but it just amazed me. By the time, he started on the left eye, it felt as if no time had passed at all.
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So, if you're wondering about doing it, I say, go for it! I still love glasses, but now I can use them as a fashion accessory instead of a necessity. After almost twenty-five years, I can say that I'm officially seeing differently. :)

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Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Giveaway Time: A TOUCH OF DARKNESS

To celebrate the price drop of A TOUCH OF DARKNESS eBook to $2.99, we're giving copies. Enter the giveaway below. Comment, tweet, like us on Facebook and Twitter, subscribe to the newsletter, and more all for chances to win!
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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Tuesday, February 11, 2014

THE SHADOW PRINCE by Stacey O'Neale: Cover Reveal and Giveaway






This prequel novella will be FREE and available on Goodreads, Amazon, and Barnes & Noble on March 25, 2014!

Every sacrifice has consequences.

Sixteen-year-old Rowan has spent most of his life living among the mortals—learning to control the element of fire, impatiently awaiting the day his vengeful mother, Queen Prisma, will abdicate her throne. When he finally returns to Avalon for his coronation, his mother insists he must first prove his loyalty to the court by completing a secret mission:

Kill Kalin, the half-human, half-elemental daughter of the air court king.

Willing to do anything to remove his mother from power, he agrees to sacrifice the halfling. He returns to the mortal world with his best friend, Marcus, determined to kill the princess. But as he devises a plan, he starts to question whether or not he's capable of completing such a heinous task. And what price he will pay if he refuses?




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Expected publication: May 20th 2014 by Phoenix Reign Publishing

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Stacey O'Neale started her career in publishing as a blogger turned publicist for two successful small publishers. She loves to write stories with swoony paranormal heroes, snarky heroines, and lots of kissing.


When she's not writing, she loves blogging and fangirling about books on twitter. Occasionally, she leaves her computer to go outside.

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Monday, February 3, 2014

New $2.99 eBook Price on A TOUCH OF DARKNESS

Exciting news for A TOUCH OF DARKNESS. The publisher has agreed to drop the price to $2.99! If you've been waiting to grab your copy, here's the chance to get it at a bargain rate. Pick up a copy for your eReader at AmazonB&N, or Kobo.
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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Sunday, February 2, 2014

All the News: 2013 Recap

Here's a look back at the 2013 year in review.

December 2013

The year has flown past and it seems impossible that we're staring December in the face. But, here it is once again. 2013 has been kind. I've been lucky enough to have A TOUCH OF DARKNESS published and out now in the hands of readers. I hope you'll consider picking up a copy.

The paranormal romantic suspense book, CODE BLACK, has gotten such positive feedback. I'm hopeful it will be out to readers soon, but I'm considering different options for it. Finally, the end of the year has seen a switch for me in expanding to a new genre and age group, the currently untitled, NA contemporary romance. I'm excited to finish this WIP and have it to the agent at the start of 2014.

All in all, it's been a great year.

November 2013

Guess what has returned for November? That's right! It's Pitch Wars! Woot! Mentor Ninja returns to help writers polish those queries and first pages in preparation for agent rounds. It's a Team Ninja year!
Couple that with being on deadline for the new NA WIP, Thanksgiving, and holiday shopping and it's a busy busy winter. 

October 2013

So much news! First, A TOUCH OF DARKNESS will have events all month long and through December for the release on October 31st! That's right! It's coming out on Halloween! Woot! Check out the events here for a chance to win ARCs, copies, and gift cards.

Next, the blog redesign has finally been narrowed down to the top three options. To vote on which one you like best and see the choices click here. I'll be launching the chosen design with AToD's Book Birthday on Halloween!

Finally, after much thought and conversation, I've decided to give a new genre a try. So, all this winter I'll be writing a New Adult contemporary romance! Details to come.

September 2013

A TOUCH OF DARKNESS has a cover! Yelena and I are a bit bogged down in marketing for the book, but we're still working on Secret Project.

Blog design has been delayed, but still in the works. I've decided to let it be readers pick! So, look for the new design layouts soon and cast your vote.

August 2013

Remember the secret news I've been mentioning well...forever? It's finally revealed! Yelena and I have signed a deal with E-Lit Books for A TOUCH OF DARKNESS! More details coming soon.

In the mean time, new blog header should go up some time at the beginning of September and I may have even more news by then. Summer may be ending, but the party is just getting started!

July 2013

Finished the re-design on the blog header, but still not happy with it, so must do some more tweaking before going live with it. And...have SECRET NEWS! Cannot wait to share it with you. Hopefully, soon!

June 2013

Some changes are planned on the blog this month. Doing a complete redesign on the header in an effort to brand better. Also considering a new pen name for some projects to help distinguish between different genres and audience age groups. Finally, writing up blurbs for books 1-3 in the CODE BLACK series, so another busy month in the works.

May 2013

Wow? It's May already? How did that happen? Let's see... #secretproject is coming along nicely. Really can't wait to have this one finished and out to beta readers and agents. Fun one. Close to finishing RED ALERT, finally! And looking forward to working on VALHALLA CITY. YA WIP is taking a back seat at the moment, but it's still a possibility. All in all busy, busy.

April 2013

All over the place. Yup. That about sums it up. WIPs, editing finished works, brainstorming ideas, and oh, side project creating pre-made book covers for self-published authors. I may be in over my head.

March 2013

A hex upon all YA authors! GAH! I officially have too many YA author friends and they've corrupted me. A third WIP is in the works, despite my best efforts to keep it in the idea folder. This teenage character won't leave me alone and now...I have a YA WIP! You heard me, right. A young adult work in progress. So, even though it is against my better judgement to take on yet another project, this particular story insists on being told...in YA. This shall be interesting. :)

February 2013

Pitch Wars is over, but I'm still working away on feedback for my mentees. I also signed up for the Love Scene Workshop and will be offering critiques around Valentine's Day. I have two WIPs, one is #secretproject with Yelena, and the other is RED ALERT. Secret Project is gaining momentum, and first draft of RED ALERT should be completed in the next few months. I also have three SNIs (shiny new ideas) in various stages of outline and draft. All in all it's a busy start to 2013.

January 2013

The Zombie Apocalypse didn't happen in 2012, and I'm kind of disappointed. I was looking forward to wielding a samurai sword and taking out some zombies Walking Dead style. Although, I am not a fan of fending in the wilderness for food and supplies, and really no indoor plumbing? Uh-huh. Not for me. So...

It's onward to 2013 and another new year of writing. I've got so many projects in the works, my head is spinning, but it's all good things. I'll tell you a secret... 2013 is my goal year. I promised myself when I began querying my first project *cough* years ago that I would land a publishing deal by this year. It was a silly promise to be sure as so much is out of a writer's control. But, I feel closer now than ever, and believe--with luck--this is going to be the year. :) And if not...

Well, I'll keep a lookout for the zombies. ;)