Friday, September 26, 2014

New cover art, new trilogy set, from author Kris Austen Radcliffe

Love dragons? Check out the new cover art for Kris Austen Radcliffe's Activation: The Complete Fate - Fire - Shifter - Dragon First Trilogy.

Kris worked with artist Joseph Garcia to create the special features of one of the series' most beloved characters: Ladon-Dragon.  Some of the questions they dealt with were:

How do we showcase the beast's opalescent hide?
His six taloned hands?
How do we represent the romance aspect of the story?

But we think Kris and Joseph did an excellent job!  Kudos to the artist, Joseph Garcia.  Plus,

Activation: The Complete Fate - Fire - Shifter - Dragon First Trilogy 
is on EARLY BIRD sale for $3.99 until October 17th. 
Save $7.00!
See below for buy links.

Now, on to the cover art:

Joe’s pencils.  He suggested the double ring design to represent the romantic side of the stories.

Joe’s first round of colors, including the pallet he picked up off the single title covers.

Joe added the “burning world” aspect of the stories to the rings.

Final Trilogy cover.

3D cover box set cover.

Print edition cover.

And so there you have it, from pencil drawing to final covers.  Also, here is a technical drawing that Joseph did to show the intricate physiology of dragon hands. 


Also, if you'd like to learn more about the real-life young woman who inspired the character of Rysa, check out this blog post:

Now on to the book blurb:

Rysa Torres: The Fate who will burn the world.

Ladon Drake: The only man capable of stopping the inevitable rain of fire.

Ghouls called Burners see Rysa as their savior. The past-, present-, and future-seeing Fates see her as the ultimate weapon against the coming apocalypse. And the Shifters just want her dead.

But Rysa is much more than the overwhelmed young woman Ladon and his companion beast, Dragon, find. She sees beyond the weight of the burdens he carries: She’s his key to forgiveness.

Trilogy One of the Fate – Fire – Shifter – Dragon series pits Rysa, Ladon, and Dragon against the worst Burners, Fates, and Shifters on Earth—and their own demons. Will their love be enough to keep them alive?

The Fate Fire Shifter Dragon series begins with the Activation Trilogy:

Games of Fate: Rysa Torres stumbles through life as she fights against her ADHD. But when monsters activate a hidden power, Rysa becomes the Fate at the center of an epic battle against a terrifying future—and a world consumed by fire.

When Ladon and Dragon find Rysa, they see the hell a young Fate might unleash. But Ladon quickly realizes Rysa is much more than the daughter of an old enemy—she is his key to forgiveness.

Will they accept the future, or will they break the bonds of fate?

Conpulsio: 79 AD: Rome presses outward. Vesuvius smokes. Ladon exacts a terrible vengeance for an unthinkable act—and sets in motion the unavoidable collision of four people:

Two Fates bound by the rigidity of the past and the arrogance of the future.

One Shifter with a gift too vile to use.

And a man and a dragon who must save them from the mountain’s smoldering anger—and the weight of their souls’ ashes.

Flux of Skin: Century after century, the need to do battle with with malicious Fates, Shifters, and Burners always won. The world needed Ladon. So he fought. But now he’s left his past, and his violence, behind. He found a new way: A quiet, modern life with his beloved Rysa.

When a vicious group of Shifters rains death down onto everyone he loves, Rysa’s developing abilities turn into a raging cyclone. Her body—and his mind—rip apart. Violence edges back in. But Ladon needs to find the strength to save his family before his rupturing soul destroys everything….

Pop Rocks, a Texas tale of horror: Billy Bare attempts his rock star comeback. Fire, though, has other ideas.

Fifth of Blood: An insane Shifter stole Rysa’s talisman, jacked her body, and caused her abilities to nova. Now, she wastes away in front of Ladon’s eyes and he can’t stop the power that’s eating her alive.

Watching her anguish triggers flashbacks. When Ladon’s soul ruptures, only Rysa holds the cure he needs. But she’s too far away to stop what’s eating him alive.

With the help of the newly-healed, newly-invincible Derek, Rysa runs from the worst Fates and Burners on the planet as she desperately tries to heal Ladon—and herself.  Can she solve their problems—and recover her talisman—before the long immortal find their prey?

More in the Fate – Fire – Shifter – Dragon universe:
Bonds
Daisy Reynolds might be taller and more athletic than the average seventeen-year-old, but she doesn’t make waves. Hiding from her klepto mom’s terrifying Shifter ex-boss makes an invisible life necessary. But when a Burner—a chaos ghoul—gets a whiff of Daisy, hiding turns into running for her life.

Daisy soon realizes the conflicts around her run deeper than nasty ghouls and mean Shifters looking to beat up her mom. Future-seeing Fates want a piece of her, too.

But some fates cannot be escaped unless you have courage… and an unlikely ally.

Bonds, Episode One of The Silence Cycle, introduces Daisy Reynolds Pavlovich, an important new character to the Fate – Fire – Shifter – Dragon universe. Join Daisy as she navigates a landscape punctuated by unfamiliar creatures:

Fates with the ability to see past, present, and future.
Ghouls called Burners who devour with fire and acid.
Shifters who shape much more than their bodies.
And two dragons who speak with color and pattern.

Broken
After Daisy Reynolds’s friend and protector vanishes into the desert, she realizes one option remains: Leave San Diego for Branson, Missouri, and ask for help at the bar favored by the dragons.

The Shifters at The Land of Milk and Honey hold the key to finding her missing father, but they also have the power to compel her to spill her secrets. When threatened with an enthralling, Daisy runs.

But bad people take advantage of the threatened and the vulnerable—and escaping a very bad person soon becomes Daisy’s only option for survival…
Warning: While not graphic, the situations depicted in Broken are at times difficult and brutal, and for adult readers only.

Watch for Silent, 
Episode Three of the Silence Cycle, 
available November, 2014. 


Join Rysa, Ladon, Daisy, 
and all the characters of the Fate – Fire – Shifter – Dragon universe 
in Book Four, 
All But Human
available in early 2015. 

Where to get The Activation Trilogy:

Links for the author - Kris Austen Radcliffe

Links for the artist, Joseph Garcia

Thursday, September 25, 2014

New book out from Alaina Stanford

Hello and welcome,
Today the big feature is Alaina Stanford!

She has a brand new book, with an eye popping new cover!

First lets start off with a little bit about Alaina, here is her Author Bio:

I have one of those brains that won't turn off at night. Many nights I would distract my intellect by revamping a movie, book or TV show in my mind. I would twist and turn the plots and characters to achieve the ending I preferred. That developed into side stories about my favorite minor characters. Each night I fell asleep in the middle of a grand adventure. It wasn't long before I began to create stories of my own and put pen to paper.

I love a good adventure. I love a good romance. As the mother of seven children, I also learned to love to play video games. One day it occurred to me to write an adventure that flowed like a video game and I added a touch of romance. Thus, Hypnotic Journey was born. The HJ characters are like a family to me. They are foolish, daring, resourceful, passionate and dedicated to their friends.

My love for Science Fiction gave birth to the Treborel Series. It’s a paranormal Sci-Fi romance featuring a psychotic villain and a multiple layer
of hero's fighting to survive the chaos.

I write about how friendship and love can carry you through situations that you might not otherwise survive. You will find my stories exciting and steamy, but I am not an erotic writer. My stories fade to dark when the steam begins to rise, but take it from me, the steam does rise and emotions do soar.

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Termination Rule book Blurb:



The best rule to avoid an active shooter is prevention. But what happens when prevention doesn't work?
Jake's first job working in the warehouse for Mason introduces him to Devin, a retired undercover police officer. As head of security for the entire contact center complex Devin's influence gives Jake the courage to save a young office assistant, Mia from Paul's unwanted advance.
When Paul is terminated and returns to the complex seeking revenge Jake turns to his new mentor for help. Will Jake escape the active shooter? Will he be the hero once more and save Mia from a fate worse than death? 

All right, now for the new cover…


Are you ready?…. 


Here it is!!!





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Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Book Spotlight & Giveaway! - Finding the Dragon by Josette Ruel

The Book:
Finding the Dragon by Josette Ruel

About the book:
Kai Darrow is a dragon shifter and the next leader of the Dásreach Council – that is if he and the other twelve members of the Thirteen can find their mates. Years of frustration push Kai to take action and with a little luck and finesse maybe he can find the woman of his destiny.

Alvena Anderson prefers books over people, yet she still craves love and adventure. In a rut, a trip with her Book Worm friends is just what she needs – until unexplained accidents, a Psychic reading, and a tattooed hottie from the plane make her want to run home.

Unbeknownst to the Thirteen a darkness is working against them, preventing possible mates from coming into contact with them. Working in the shadows and using human pawns, the darkness has set its sights on Alvena and her friends.

Can she accept her real life hero before it’s too late?

Excerpt from the book:
Finding the Dragon, from Chapter 15 © Josette Reuel
The following excerpt is part of Chapter 15 and occurs right after Kai, Charlie, and Malkum tell Alvena and her friends about the Dásreach.

Kai turned to Alvena and pulled her to him, he held her face between his large hands.
“I look at you and I see my world, Alvena.”
“You don’t even know me Kai.” Alvena breathed.
“All I want is to get to know you, to protect you, to hold you, to kiss you.” He stroked his fingers along her jaw. His gaze was glued to her mouth as she nibbled her lip. “Can I kiss you Alvena?” His voice was full of need.
“Yes.” She whispered.
Kai moved his hand to the nape of Alvena’s neck, stroking his thumb back and forth where her hair ended. He felt like an uncontrollable storm was rushing through him. He did not want to overwhelm her, but he wasn’t sure how long he could fight his need to take her. Possess her.
Kai used all of his restraint and lightly brushed his lips against hers. Her lips were just as he remembered them from the night before. He moved his hand to hold her head in place.
“Open for me Alvena.” He growled as he swiped his tongue across her lips. On her gasp he plunged deep inside her mouth. Her taste drove him on. When he felt Alvena’s tongue against his own, tentatively sliding along his, Kai’s control snapped. The fire raged. Kai needed this woman more than air, which was probably for the best, since he didn’t plan to come up for any for a very long time. He felt Alvena’s arms come up around his shoulders. Her fingers twisted into his hair. He finally pulled back from her, gasping for breath, he looked down into her eyes as he cradled her head in his palm. He glanced around and saw the shed. He slowly walked her backwards until her back hit the wall on the side facing away from the house.
As he came back in for another kiss, one hand holding her head in place, he slowly began to stroke his free hand up and down her side. Feeling her curves. So full. So luscious. He would eat her alive if she would only let him.
Need. Her. Right. Now. He reluctantly pulled his lips from hers. Alvena made a noise of disappointment. But, he had to ask, he had to know.
“Alvena, can you accept me, lass? Can you accept that you’re my mate and live your life with me?” Kai asked.
**
Al looked into his eyes, she wanted to say yes, but this had to be crazy. Spirit guides, shapeshifters, and destined mates. As quick as it was, as little time as they’d had, she already felt something for Kai. But it’s got to be lust, right? The only time she’d really gotten to talk to him, to get to know him, was on the plane. If what he was saying was true, then he had hidden so much of himself. Who is the real Kai? What is the reality? My god, this is so much like one of my books. Al broke her gaze away from his eyes, then reached over and pinched herself.
“What are you doing lass?” Kai chuckled.
“This can’t be real Kai. I’m 35 years old. I’m average. And I’m so single that becoming a nun is a possibility. There is no way that a gorgeous man could be a paranormal creature from a romance novel and want me.”
“Oh, love, you are way more than average and I’m way more than a romance hero.”
His lips crashed down on hers for a quick kiss, before continuing, “Just give us a chance Alvena. Let my friends and I figure out who is after our mates and I will give you as much time as I can to get to know that this is real. I want you with a strength that I’ve never felt. Even growing up Dásreach, I never knew it could be like this… promise that you’ll give me time to show you.” Kai pleaded before kissing her again.
Al tugged at Kai’s hair to get him to pull back. Her lungs were desperate for air. Even as her body demanded that she let him continue. As she struggled to take in deep breaths of air, she looked into his eyes. It wasn’t rational, but she wanted to promise him anything. Her body was fighting her brain. Lust versus logic. Because, Al couldn’t believe that it was her heart struggling to be heard. It couldn’t be love.
“Kai, I…”
Before she could answer, a loud boom shook the earth. Shouts and gunshots sounded from the front of the house. Kai immediately looked around and grabbed Al’s hand. He drug her towards the back door. Kai was going so fast that Al couldn’t quite keep her balance, she tripped over the growth of grass and weeds on the ground. Without his tight grip pulling her along behind him, she surely would have face planted several times.
When they finally reached the back porch a man dressed all in black came around the corner. He aimed the biggest gun Al had ever seen at her and Kai.
What happened next, occurred so fast that Al wasn’t sure that she was seeing what she was seeing. It felt like it all happened in a split second. One minute Kai was holding her hand, the next he pushed her against the side of the house, stepped away from her and shifted. Al watched as the man she was just wrapped in a passionate embrace with became the dragon he said he could become. But, dragons were fictional characters. How could he be a dragon? How could he…

A gorgeous dragon stood in front of her. His green and blue scales glinting in the sunlight of the early morning. The sight was mesmerizing and Al watched the large head move to look at the man with the gun, who was stopped cold, disbelief on his face. A wing came down around her, pulling her in close to the dragon’s body, shielding her. Oh. My. God! It’s true. She was either in a coma living a dream or she had a dragon shifter who wanted to be her mate. 

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Sunday, September 7, 2014

Preorder available for new Sci-fi book - The Starshot Chronicles

Be Sure To Get Your Copy Today! 
Pre-Order Author, Brien O'Raighne's New Novel 
"The Starshot Chronicles: Royal Pains" 
on Amazon Now!


SYNOPSIS

Douglas and Querilla spend the day together in harmony. But that is not to be. The princess gets abducted. Douglas has to save her. That is only the beginning of a journey that takes them to other planets and finding out familial history. 

Meanwhile, a revolution is happening on Varia where the Varians are trying to free themselves from the tyranny of the Coaltion.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR


My name is Brien O’Raighne and I hail from Houston, Texas. I love to write. It is a passion of mine. Some would say an obsession, but those don’t really support me when they call it an obsession. 

My writing usually combines my influences of Epic Fantasy, Sci-Fi Sagas, Paranormal, Classic Horror monsters, Superheroes and more. With what I like movie wise it would be hard for most people to understand some of my major influences in writing. 

My influences include: J.K. Rowling, E.B. White, Homer, William Shakespeare, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Chris Claremont, Lara Hama, Margaret Weis, Tracey Hickman, J Michael Strasczynski, Todd McFarlane, Scott Lobdell, Timothy Zahn, Roald Dahl, amongst others.

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