Grab my books, come to AAD, and let's hang out. We'll have a blast. I promise.
Friday, June 17, 2016
My name is Shawnee Small and I'm an urban fantasy author who also dabbles in the gothic. I'm currently working on my new adult urban fantasy series, The Shining Ones. The first two books, Watcher and Protector, are out in paperback and e-book and can be found on Amazon, iTunes, Barnes & Noble, and Kobo. At the time of writing this, Watcher (Book One) is free to download from Amazon if you want to check me out. I've also got a whole host of short stories that you can have a gander at on http://www.shawneesmall.com and they're free to read, too. Last, but not least, I'm right in the middle of writing Betrayer, the third book in The Shining Ones series, and it should be out winter 2016. Fingers crossed.
So, shameless author plug aside, what else can I tell you that might be interesting? I'm a bit of a "jack of all trades" - I've been a games producer, a 3D cake artist, a book binder, a reflexologist, an HTMLer, and even a life guard. I spent most of my adult life living abroad in England, and accidentally brought home a British husband. I was also a goth for more than two decades, and have a predilection for black although my wardrobe seems to be all gray these days. I have a degree in English Literature and have been writing stories forever, but didn't settle down into novels until quite recently. Now books are my life and I love every minute of it!
Which brings me to Authors After Dark or AAD . . .
If you've been before then you know what I'm talking about when I say it's going to be absolutely bonkers in a way that is so amazing that you'll be having AAD withdrawal within 24 hours of getting home. Serious withdrawal. Lunches, dinners, drive-in movies, a ball, private author events, book panels, mayhem, drinking, chaos, all-nighters, and somewhere in there, a book signing. There is so much going on that I can't even begin to list it all here. Honestly, I can't even keep up with all the things being added daily, and I'm a participating author.
Still unsure if you want come? DO IT. Really. DO IT NOW. You won't be sorry. Not only will you have the time of your life, but you'll also meet readers and bloggers who are just like you and love the same things that you love. You'll get to hang out with some of the most amazing and generous authors out there. You'll make new friends; perhaps even see some old ones. Trust me when I say that it's WORTH IT.
If you've already signed up and you're like, "I already get all the awesome, you don't need to tell me twice!" then I can't wait to either meet you or see you again. I'm going to be pretty much everywhere, but if you want to hang with me personally, you can sign up for a ticket to my drive-in movie (my ball and debut tables are already sold out) or come see me at the Trampoline park, Welcome Party, book panels, signing, or anywhere in between. I'm hosting a 'My Little Pony' party and you can enter to win one of the 10 exclusive invites, but you gotta enter in the next week, time's a tickin'. Also be on the lookout for my multi-author ice cream social happening on Tuesday before AAD begins. See? So. Much. Stuff.
Grab my books, come to AAD, and let's hang out. We'll have a blast. I promise.
INTRODUCING MYCHAL DANIELS
Hi, Mychal Daniels here, best-selling author or the Olodian Alien Warrior Romance series. As you can tell from that title, I’m a SciFi, Fantasy, and Paranormal Romance writer. Funny how romance alone has the power to exist in any and every possible version of story that we could tell.
First, I’d like to say “Thank you!!” to my host for allowing me to share a bit about what I’m up to in this wild world of romance writing. Let me also take a minute and thank YOU for being such a treasure in my journey as an author. I’m always on the lookout for avid Romance Readers to connect with. Why? Because I’m one myself!
One of the things I love most about being a romance writer is the opportunity to share my love for great stories in all formats. With SciFi Romance, I get to share great what-ifs that take love beyond the stars and leave all of us wondering about the possibilities of other worlds existing and love still transcending. Not only that, but let’s be real… I get the opportunity to pop a lot of virgin cherries via hot aliens. Hello. Am I the only one that thinks that’s insanely hot? Oops, did I just say that? I sure did.
My love for writing SciFi Romance goes a little deeper than that though. It’s about showcasing a sub-genre that most of us might never really think about when we pick up our next romance read, but boy are we missing out. I get a huge rush from receiving a note, review or comment from a reader who says how much she or he (yes, it happens) enjoyed reading SciFi Romance for the first time. It’s like discovering some great new world and prying it open one word at a time.
More and more readers are coming over to this corner of the romance world to go beyond the norm. Many say they didn’t think they would understand or find the romance believable and enjoyable in a SciFi setting. They're pleasantly surprised that it's not difficult to follow or even fall in love with. Romance transcends, and as lovers of romance reading, we can almost put ourselves in any place or particular situation and fall in love with the romance elements. You’d be surprised how much Sci-Fi Romance is when you give it a try! The best part? The possibilities are endless… If you can dream it, it can happen in the world of fiction and SciFi opens us up to dig deep into the well of creativity.
As a storyteller, who is also an avid reader, it’s my job to make sure the story and reader experience are deeply satisfying, that the romance blossoms and is the biggest component of the story. I do this by keeping a good balance between action, romance and world building.
When I consider a story for the discerning SciFi Romance readers, there has to be a believable world in which to put the story in, one that you could close your eyes and see. The characters need to fit beautifully into the world and be casted properly to convince you (the reader) that those beings have always been there. It’s like you’re visiting their home where they’re comfortable and have vested their lives.
The action is an important element of the story because we need heart-racing moments and trial and tribulation to better understand these fantastical characters. We do that through action… seeing them sitting still will tell you nothing, right? Give them a trial and we’ll get to understand them in their decision making to overcome.
Sure, there are many tropes in this genre and all of them rely heavily on these components, but without action, the story stalls and becomes boring. Without a believable world, it becomes just another romance that could happen anywhere. And without awesomely fantastic fantasy elements—well, it falls flat.
So how about this… you’re cordially invited to come and take a ride on the SciFi side of romance, to explore what can happen when there’s love beyond the stars. We only live once, right? Don’t miss out because of old misconceptions.
Check out my current series, starting with Rescued By Tordin, book one of the Olodian Alien Warrior Romance Series. Then join me and a lot of other authors as we show crazy love to readers everywhere. We’ll be hanging out both online and in person at the Authors After Dark (AAD) 2016 event in Savannah, GA Aug. 3rd-7th.
You can find out more about AAD 2016 here: http://authorsafterdark.org/
I’d like to personally invite you to check out some of the great authors who will be attending. There are almost 150 authors from a wide selection of fiction genres who will be attending this great event.
To kick off a grand introduction to what you can expect, please join us online, on Facebook here: https://facebook.com/events/1779864355592811/
This live online event will be June 25th from 10am - 10pm. Join us for lots of great information, fun and of course, great giveaways from over 20 authors, who will also be live at the AAD event in Savannah.
For more about me, Mychal Daniels, please take a few minutes to check me out here:
Thanks and see you in the stars!
UNDER HER SKIN
Under Her Skin is a first for a were-read for me. Normally there are bears and wolves, this is a snake. The story line shows a snake in a different view as instead of always terrorizing it can also be helpful.
This is a love story and a mystery mixed together making it interesting.
I was given an ARC for a honest review.
About Under Her Skin
She's lucky he's a charmer…
Lindi Parker works hard at being human, not an easy task for a weresnake. She has no desire to search for others like her—until a new case changes everything. When Lindi learns that she she's not the only shapeshifter in the world, she realizes she might be next on a killer's list.
In order to save herself and the abused children she works with, she will have to team up with Dr. Kade Nevala, a member of the shifter tribe responsible for eradicating weresnakes—and the most attractive man Lindi's ever met. Even more terrifying, she’ll need to embrace her serpent side, a choice that has enormous consequences for Lindi, and for everyone around her.
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Margo Bond Collins is addicted to coffee (mmm...caffeine) and SF/F television, especially Supernatural (mmm...Winchesters). She writes paranormal and contemporary romance, urban fantasy, and paranormal mystery. She lives in Texas with her daughter and several spoiled pets. Although she teaches college-level English courses online, writing fiction is her first love. She enjoys reading urban fantasy and paranormal fiction of any genre and spends most of her free time daydreaming about heroes, vampires, ghosts, werewolves, and the women who love (and sometimes fight) them.
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Wednesday, June 15, 2016
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In a world governed by the opposing forces of the mystical House of Tarot and the tribal Great Families, Synn is caught in the crossfire. He witnesses the slaughter of innocent people, and the devastating murder of his father. This act awakens his Mark of power, a Mark greater than any the world has seen in a very long time.
Queen Nix thought she won a great prize when she destroyed Synn’s father, the leader of the strongest Great Families. She had no idea she’d be doubly blessed by capturing his son. However, before Synn can become her treasured weapon, before she can use him to bring the rest of the world to its knees, she must break him and bind his soul to hers.
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