Monday, April 21, 2014

Werelove Series News

Breaking News!!!!

After consulting with the Werelove crew, I'm doing something special to tide everyone over until book #4 is written and published.

Beginning in May, Britta's Journal Entries will be posted to a secret tumblr page for Werelove readers to enjoy. The link and password will be sent on May 1 to those subscribed to the Werelove News mailing list. To join the mailing list, please sign-up here.

Ebook News

Werelove: Dusk Conspiracy remained in the top 100 in 2 Kindle categories in the free stores in the US & UK for two months in a row! It also hit the top 100 in the free store in India in March, coming in at #11 in the Children & Young Adults > Fantasy, Science Fiction & Horror > Science Fiction category.

And April is looking great as well. Werelove: Dusk Conspiracy is free in the following Kindle Stores

  • India
  • UK
  • Canada
  • France
  • Brazil
  • US
  • Australia

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Souls of Aredyrah Blast & Giveaway

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Series: Souls of Aredyrah

About the Series
Game of Thrones meets Narnia in this epic tale of two boys whose chance meeting leads them to a disturbing discovery: Not only are they bound by blood and prophecy, but their opposing beliefs are founded on similar lies. With adventure and romance, mysticism and cultural conflicts, this coming-of-age tales asks: What would you do if you learned everything you’ve been raised to believe is false—and those in power will do anything to stop the truth?

Book 1
In the world of Aredyrah, things are not what they seem. An ancient Purge has plunged the island into darkness, isolating its cultures by superstition and fear. Dayn lives in the northernmost region of Kirador and knows nothing of the great city-state of Tearia far to the south. All he knows is the Kiradyns are the only survivors of a god’s fiery wrath, and he looks nothing like them. Meanwhile Ruairi, a prince destined for greatness, resents his Tearian obligations, longing for a life he can never hope to have. But when tragedy takes his beauty as well as his name, he finds himself exiled by the very beliefs he once held dear. Both boys long for acceptance in societies that cling to religious ideals, but when fate throws them together, Dayn and Ruairi discover some unwelcome truths: not only are they bound by blood and prophecy, but the teachings they have been raised on are nothing more than lies. Will they reveal what they have learned, risking their lives and the security of those they love? Or will they keep silent, denying their destinies and the future enlightenment of their world?

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Book 2
The Prophecy has come to life in Tearia, and the Temple wants nothing more than to see it dead. Whispers say the Unnamed One walks amongst them, and there is little doubt as to who that person is. Reiv is oblivious to the hopes turning in his direction, just as he is ignorant of a plot being waged against him. He has no time for rumors or innuendos; he is too busy trying to build a new life for himself. But the life he longs for will have to wait. A rebel movement is growing, and Reiv’s cousin Dayn has joined the insurgents in their cause.

Angered by Dayn’s involvement, Reiv reverts to his old self-serving behaviors. He wants nothing to do with prophecies or rebellions, and isn’t sure he wants anything to do with Dayn either. But when tragedy throws Reiv into new turmoil, he finds himself facing a dangerous choice. Someone he loves is dying, and there is only one chance to save him.

Will Reiv choose to be a Transcendor, fated to sacrifice his life for another? Or is he truly the Unnamed One, a hero destined for glory? One will save the life of an individual, the other that of an entire kingdom.

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Book 3
The saga of Aredyrah continues as Dayn and Alicine return to Kirador to find things very different from when they left. Their house has been ransacked, their parents missing, and evidence of spell work has put a price on Dayn’s head. Frightened, they go to the nearest place they know of: the homestead of Haskel, a man who has never been accepting of Dayn’s differences, and even less so of his own son’s.

Back in Tearia, Reiv has settled into the quiet life of a Shell Seeker. But while the rhythm of his routine is calm, the longings of his heart are not. He turns to Cora, an eye-catching girl who has also drawn the attentions of Lyal, a man whose hatred of Reiv goes far beyond jealously. But romance is the least of Reiv’s worries. A terrible plague is spreading, and Reiv’s brother, the King, is determined to burn it from the land—even if it means killing innocents along the way.

While Reiv risks annihilation by Tearia’s increasingly brutal king, Dayn suffers challenges of his own. His disappearance from Kirador months before not only ended the existence he once knew, but started a witch hunt that threatens his safety and the survival of his clan.

Both Dayn and Reiv find themselves facing a difficult choice: Leave their homelands in order to save themselves and those they love, or stay and fight an evil they cannot hope to defeat.

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Book 4
In this final installment of the award-winning Souls of Aredyrah series, Dayn and Reiv find themselves facing an old foe and falling into the trap of a new one. Struggling to make their way home through a bitter landscape, they soon discover they are not alone. A tribe known as the Taubastets has captured them in a life-or-death scenario, and the tribe’s chief is determined that one of them must be sacrificed. When a young warrior named Tyym vows to see them home, they face decisions that will not only affect their survival, but the spiritual salvation of their world.

While Reiv, Dayn, and Tyym navigate a web of conspiracy and doubt, Dayn’s sister Alicine struggles with loss and the impending threat of invasion. The king of Tearia has not abandoned his quest to slay them, and his seemingly unstoppable army is nearly through the pass. But when Tyym enters the scene, hope is rekindled. Even Alicine cannot deny the charisma of the mysterious warrior who has wormed his way into their lives, and into her heart.

The game is in play. A traitor is in their midst. Can the souls of Aredyrah hope to defeat a monster disguised as a king? Or will they succumb to a darkness beyond their understanding?

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Tracy A. Akers is a former language arts teacher and an award-winning author. She grew up in Arlington, Texas, but currently lives in Florida with her husband, three naughty pugs, and a feisty chihuahua. She graduated with honors from the University of South Florida with a degree in Education, and has taught in both public and private schools. She currently divides her time between writing, lecturing, spending time with her family, and costuming at fantasy and science fiction conventions.

Ms. Akers has won numerous awards for her Souls of Aredyrah fantasy series for young adults. As a Florida Book Awards winner, she was acknowledged for her contribution to YA literature by the Governor of Florida during the 2008 Florida Heritage Month Awards Ceremony. Books One and Two of the Aredyrah Series are included in the Florida Department of Education’s 2008 Just Read Families Recommended Summer Reading List. In addition, Ms. Akers has been an invited guest author at major book events and writers’ conferences, a panelist at fantasy and science fiction conventions, and was on the steering committee for Celebration of the Story, a literary event held at Saint Leo University.

The Souls of Aredyrah Series is Ms. Akers’ first series of novels for young adults.

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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Blog Tour: Task Force Gaea Series by David Berger

I'd like to introduce fellow author, and a good friend, David Berger. I'm a big fan of Top Ten style lists so I asked David, who are his top ten Favorite Heroes/Heroines & why.

1. Wonder Woman: Ever since I was a kid, I’ve loved this character. Not only does she have her origins in Greek mythology, an obsession of mine, but she also embodies strength, compassion, wisdom, and love, qualities that both women and men can share. She has “encourage[d] women to stand up for themselves, to learn to fight, and be strong, so they don’t have to be scared, or depend on men” according to her creator, William Moulton Marston. In a way, she was one of my role models growing up, partly because I have a strong mother figure.

2. Black Canary: She ranks up there as a top heroine for me because she’s another strong woman. Simply because she’s a skilled hand-to-hand combatant with no superhuman strength and she can hold her own does she have my respect. Even though she does have her “canary cry,” a shrill scream that can deafen her adversaries, she is known largely because she can go toe to toe with the male heroes.

3. Zatanna: I grew up with more egalitarian sensibilities, so when I was a kid, I loved the idea of female magician who would speak her spells backwards. As a child raised with fantasy fiction and comic books, I saw that she fit both worlds easily, and she has a strength that transcends the physical.

4. Aquaman: We had a pool when I grew up in New York, and I couldn’t wait to go swimming in the warmer months. As a comic book kid, I used to pretend I was Aquaman while I splashed around, trying to communicate telepathically with the imaginary ocean life swimming with me. He used to be looked down upon because he wasn’t the strongest hero or the one with the coolest powers, but I think that’s why I liked him so much. Later, when I learned more about his ties to Atlantis, my connection was cinched since he was also tied to a mythological place, just like Wonder Woman.

5. Green Lantern: My earliest memories of Green Lantern come from Saturday morning cartoons of the Justice League of America and, later, the Super Friends. Like with Aquaman, I used to pretend I had a power ring that could create anything my mind could imagine. The idea that the mind could be so powerful that it could create objects fascinated me, and it was when I was older that I realized that, as a writer, I could also create objects with my mind.

6. Superman: For as much as I love Superman, he’s not in the top five. I think because society tends to favor him and Batman more, and I don’t follow norms very well, I have avoided the idol worship of Krypton’s last son. He’s a powerful member of the Justice League, however, so he deserves great respect, and that’s why he’s one of my top ten heroes. Being the perpetual Boy Scout always fascinated me, too, since he always seemed to find ways to avoid killing his adversaries.

7. Flash: The Flash reminds me of a superhero version of the Greek god, Hermes, and since I’m obsessed with Olympians, I’ve always had a special place in my comic-loving heart for him.

8. Batman: The Caped Crusader entered my life through comics and the Adam West TV show, and he was always a fascination, with his utility belt, his detective’s mind, and even his irreverent playboy vs. staunch hero dichotomy. Even with that, and I’m sure I’ll catch flak for this, he’s not higher on the top ten for me. I attribute that to Batman overload over the past decade or so.

9. Perseus: A list of favorite heroes wouldn’t be complete with Perseus. Ever since the original Clash of the Titans movie with Harry Hamlin and Ray Harryhausen’s animation, I’ve been a huge fan of the guy who slew Medusa. It was one of the first myths I read in school, and seeing how he was just a man who used his mind and the gifts the gods gave him to tackle some enormous obstacles, I had so much respect for him as a character. He was one of my first “superheroes” growing up.

10. Odysseus: When I read the Odyssey in school, I fell in love with Odysseus. Like Perseus, he was like a superhero for me, and reading about his exploits over his twenty year journey to return home to his wife and son just showed me that anyone can overcome obstacles, even seemingly insurmountable ones, with the right mindset.

About his series, The Task Force Gaea

During the age of Olympos, when a vengeful goddess shatters the Sacred Scales, both immortals and humans alike suffer. Apollo, the god of truth, goes from a glorious existence as The Shining One to a victim of Zeus’ wrath, and his journey makes him question his godhood, his role in the cosmos, and his views on humanity. Prophecy and the Fates direct his course, and he must make difficult, yet vital, choices. Millennia pass, and Dan, Aleta, Brandon, and Sarah—four reluctant modern-day heroes gifted by ancient civilizations born of the gods—bound by prophecy, have to choose whether or not to save their world when it could mean they never existed. They must master their new powers while battling against incomprehensible forces from the Underworld and repairing the Sacred Scales, destroyed long ago. With the equilibrium between Order and Chaos unhinged, and the Olympian gods struggling to exist, these four must ally themselves with the United Nations to protect an endangered world, becoming the only group who can fight against metaphysical threats to the Earth, forging Task Force: Gaea. Can mortals succeed where gods cannot go?

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For Aegis, Zodiak, Aether, and Talon, operatives in the United Nations Task Force: Gaea, life should have returned to normal after they restored the cosmic balance that a reckless elder goddess shattered, but because of the intervention of the Fates, they would never remember what life was like before. With history now unfolding the way it was supposed to, paranoia plagues this new time line, and tight-fisted governments mandate control through a pervasive military presence, DNA scans, and surveillance cameras.

Inexplicable occurrences all over the world give way to a new mission for Task Force: Gaea when an ancient cloudlike evil referred to in prophecy only as The Nebulous One emerges from Tartaros, with the intention of devouring the Olympian gods. But, before she can find them, all of the gods but Apollo have disappeared.

Leaving chaos and human corpses in her wake, she oozes her way across the globe to satisfy her hunger. Apollo will not face this threat alone, and it then becomes a race: will he and Task Force: Gaea find and vanquish this primordial goddess without falling prey to her power before she finds the gods?

Aegis and his teammates, perhaps as a side effect of their encounters with The Nebulous One, have to battle personal demons in the form of potent memories that could jeopardize their mission’s success, seemingly insurmountable obstacles that could indeed mean the end of their team.

Starting in antiquity and moving to the modern day, this epic battle between good and evil leaves both immortal and mortal alike wondering whether memory can be a blessing… or a curse.

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David Berger
Boston born, I grew up on Long Island in New York, and have my B.A. in English with a Master's in Secondary Education. I currently teach AP English Literature, IB English, and Creative Writing in Land O' Lakes, FL. My avid appreciation for fantasy fiction came from a childhood love of Greek mythology and comic books, especially Wonder Woman. Stemming from this literary love affair, I published my first novel, Task Force: Gaea—Finding Balance, in February 2012.

In addition to my fantasy writing, I have written poetry, much of which was influenced by my travels abroad, namely to Ireland. My hibernophilia extends not only to a great love of the Emerald Isle itself, but also to the writers who hail from there, namely W. B. Yeats, and I studied this poet in a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship at the National University of Ireland in Galway in 2005.

Additionally, I have traveled to Spain, France, and England—all with trips I have led with students—and hope to show more of my students what the world beyond Florida looks like.

I'm "living the dream," as it were, and I love life—I just hope it loves me in return. I reside in Land O' Lakes, FL with my partner of 13 years, Gavi, and our two cats, Yankel and Shayna.

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Sunday, April 6, 2014

Kishaz Reading Corner: The Shadow Prince by Stacey O'neale

Disclaimer: I received no compensation from the author or publisher for this honest review.

About the Book

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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Here's what I'm giving it:

Rating:  3 stars

Here's why:

This book is a novella and a prequel to O'Neale's Mortal Enchantment series. So those that get this that are looking for a novel-length read need remember this is shorter and the end is a somewhat of a cliffhanger. This was an easy read and I finished it in one sitting.

Overall, the pacing for the novella was decent and didn't feel too rushed. The world building and descriptions of the various places was detailed just enough to give great visuals without being too drawn out and annoying. I think my biggest problem were the characters. I know this is a novella, but the characters, even the main one, Rowan, felt flat to me. I had trouble relating to them or their plight.

I think the only time I really reacted to what was happening to Rowan and his best friend came near the end of the story and it was more that I was shocked by the circumstances that lead to a very brutal scene. 

Rowan's attempts at being a "bad" boy came across as small child wanting attention and failing miserably at that. I don't mind whiny characters because they serve their purpose (and not that Rowan was "whiny"), but if you're going to give me a sob story on why you have to act bad, then that turns me off.

Would I recommend this book to others? Yes, I would.