In the Dead of Night – Cover and Blurb Reveal!

Hey Everyone!

I thought I would share this with you all. It’s the cover for my upcoming release from Breathless Press. It’s a zombie/apocalypse romance titled In the Dead of Night.

As a bit of a teaser, here’s the blurb to the book. I’ll let you all know more as I go through edits and am closer to a publication date, but for now, here’s what In the Dead of Night is about:

Ikarus remembers nothing. 

One moment there was darkness and the next, there was light. However, Ikarus Kane remembered nothing of what came before. 

The world he knew is gone. Waking from a coma, he finds the world as he knew it greatly changed. It is now infested with the living dead. Ikarus has one choice: find shelter and hide or risk becoming one of them. 

He finds shelter in an abandoned bed and breakfast. But there is someone there already. Mikhail Jones is a man who has survived more than just the zombie apocalypse. There is something about him that sets Ikarus’ body on fire and, despite knowing him only moments, he wants Mikahil desperately. 

Ikarus is more powerful than he knows, however. Ikarus and Mikhail become entangled in a fight for survival where only they can save the world; only they don’t know it yet. They are part of an ancient prophecy that has been set in motion. 

When they find a woman named Ruthe in one of the bedrooms upstairs, with no memory of how she got there, things are only beginning to get interesting. 

In a desperate race to find answers, Ikarus and Mikhail cling to the only thing that feels right: each other. 

They will need the love that blooms between them if they are all to survive the night…

 

New Poem – A Casual Vacancy

Hey Everyone,

 

Make sure to check out my new poem titled A Casual Vacancy up on Wattpad. It’s the next in my serial poetry collection Talking Poems!

Sweet!

http://www.wattpad.com/7582618-talking-poems-a-casual-vacancy

New Poem – Bee Snippets

 

Hey Everyone!

 

Head on over to my serial poetry collection, Talking Poems, to read the newest entry. It’s a poem called Bee Snippets and is about the conversation we hear around us.

 

http://www.wattpad.com/story/2096657-talking-poems

 

Enjoy!

 

Three New Books Published!

I have three new books out! I know! Isn’t that CRAZY?

I’m super thrilled that Books We Love has put out a Jamieson Wolf Special Edition! How cool is that? A Special Edition eBook! The Jamieson Wolf Special Edition contains Hope Falls, The Raven’s Curse and Witchcraft and Anchovies. Even better, you get three novels for the price of two!

You can find here: http://www.amazon.com/Jamieson-Wolf-Special-Edition-ebook/dp/B0098D96RI/ref=sr_1_33?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1347363180&sr=1-33

These are three of my favourite novels that I’ve written and to have them all together in one publication is just beyond awesome. I really hope you enjoy them!

I’ve also been fortunate enough to have the first two books in the Electric Trilogy published by Books We Love!

I’m so thrilled about these releases and can’t wait to share the trilogy with you. You can get your copy of Electric Pink here: http://www.amazon.com/Electric-Pink-ebook/dp/B0098QNH8E/ref=sr_1_31?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1347363228&sr=1-31

And you can get your copy of Electric Blue here: http://www.amazon.com/Electric-Blue-ebook/dp/B0094WQPQ8/ref=sr_1_11?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1347363300&sr=1-11

But what is the Electric Trilogy all about? Well, here’s a bit about Electric Pink:

David Chandler wants to settle down after a life on the road and write the great novel that he knows in inside him. He wants a life of quiet. However, things don’t always go as planned…

Living downstairs from him is a witch named Karma, his best friend Poppy announces she’s a lesbian, his mother Honey has met a new man and has left his father and his boyfriend Jethro has turned dark and broody. 

When disaster strikes, ending Jethro’s life, David thinks that he will finally get the quiet he is looking for. However, when Jethro comes back from the dead and his mother moves into a house haunted by a malicious spirit, things really begin to get interesting. 

We are all electric pink inside…

And here’s a bit about Electric Blue:

Poppy Stone is restless. Working at an art gallery and barley able to make ends meet, she is growing tired of life. She knows that there is something out there for her, something more.

She begins to search for the father that she never knew and tries to reform a relationship with her estranged mother. As she searches for her father, she learns a secret about her past that could shatter her world as she knows it.

As she confronts her past, all her friends will be at her side. David, Orlando, Honey, Jose, Karma, Jason, Star, Alicia, Moe; the gangs all here. Poppy will need all the help she can get. When she learns the secrets within her past, they could be her

undoing…

So how cool is that? The finale to the Electric Trilogy will be coming early next year! I can’t wait for all for you to delve in and enjoy this trilogy. I had such a great time

You can get the Jamieson Wolf Special Edition here:

http://www.amazon.com/Jamieson-Wolf-Special-Edition-ebook/dp/B0098D96RI/ref=sr_1_33?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1347363180&sr=1-33

You can get Electric Pink here: http://www.amazon.com/Electric-Pink-ebook/dp/B0098QNH8E/ref=sr_1_31?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1347363228&sr=1-31

And you can get your copy of Electric Blue here: http://www.amazon.com/Electric-Blue-ebook/dp/B0094WQPQ8/ref=sr_1_11?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1347363300&sr=1-11

I do hope you enjoy the books. Remember, we are ell electric inside…

The Infinity Ring and Transmedia Novels

I’ve been a long time fan of novels that go the extra step and bring the reader right into them. They could be called Augmented Reality Books, but Transmedia actually sounds cooler. They are a type of book that really reach out to its readers, in more and interesting ways than ever before.

A few years back, I had the immense pleasure of enjoying the Cathy’s Book trilogy by Sean Stewart and Jordan Weisman. This was before most people could afford an iProduct of any kind. The first books set up (carried on through out the series) was to solve the mystery, read the book and call the numbers.

It was a heck of a lot of fun. The only problem I had was that there was really nothing to solve, it was a complete story in that it didn’t involve a lot of mystery. Thus the extra evidence that came with the book (photos, an old coin, a napkin marked with lipstick, family trees, drawings) didn’t really have much to do with the mystery of the story itself.

Neither did the phone numbers. It was cool trying to figure out which phones to call, which voice mails to listen to, which places to leave a message to get one in return. This is where the book really came alive and it didn’t charge me any long distance either. Again, however, there was that disconnect. The phone numbers you could call didn’t have any connection to the book.

I was a little unnerved that there was no relation to the story and the Transmedia element to the story. It ended up feeling like a package for the story. I still love that trilogy of books, don’t get me wrong. They got almost everything right. It was a great story with some really cool twists and the first time that a novel had tried to become something more.

Patrick Carman stepped things up with his award winning Skeleton Creek series. The series of four books works on a simple premise: One half of the story is told through Ryan’s journal the other half through Sarah’s videos. There’s a web site where people can enter passwords to view the videos. In order for the rest of Ryan’s journal to make sense, you have to watch the videos. This can be limiting if you’re reading the books away from home, but they are quick, fantastic reads and shouldn’t take you longer than a day or so to devour.

With Skeleton Creek, Transmedia Novels took a step forward. Patrick Carman created a multi-platform adventure that worked: the books and videos worked in synchronicity with each other and brought novels to a new level. Carman would later bring Transmedia Novels to the next level with Dark Eden, a book app that is part video, part novel and part audio book. The amazing thing about Dark Eden, aside from its multi-media aspects, is that the story isn’t lost. The books work great on their own as books but come to life as an interactive app.

When The 39 Clues came out, I was intrigued…until I realized that you had to collect carda long with the series and have a chance at winning prizes. I passed on reading the books solely for this reason. It all felt like a gimmick to me, getting kids and parents to spend money on card packs when the books and their online elements should have been enough. Sure, the online elements looked cool and it was perhaps marketed more to boys than girls (the whole card trading thing) but it certainly didn’t excite me.

The Infinity Ring series. Book One: A Mutiny In Time by James Dashner came out recently and I had to admit that I was curious. It’s published by Scholastic, the same people that put out The 39 Clues series. I checked out the transmedia elements before picking up a copy of the eBook.

The Infinity Ring: The King of Diamonds is free to play, either online or in app format. There is a web site where you can go to register and enter codes that come with your books. That’s it. The game is free online and it’s a free app. All you have to do is buy the book. Getting the book gives you codes you can enter online. I’m not sure what the code gives you, to be honest, except access to play each episode of the game that will come out with each book in the Infinity Ring Series.

Online components don’t work too well for me as I don’t play a lot of games online, but they are catering to everyone and not everyone has an iPhone or iPad or iPod. The web site is stylish and the app is fantastic fun that works well as a companion to the book (as in, the whole thing makes a whole lot more sense if you’ve read the book). My only complaint was that I didn’t like the voice acting in the game, but that’s easily turned off. It’s good to note that the app does need wifi to play it, even as guest, so The Infinity Ring: The King of Diamonds won’t work well on your iPod with wifi while you’re away from home for the day.

Added to this is the fact that the game is really well linked to the book. You can play it without reading the novel, but you’ll be missing out on the story that really helps the characters to come alive when you play the game. The book even comes with a Hystorian’s Guide in two formats: If you get the physical book, the cover come off and the reverse is the guide. If you get the eBook, the Hystorian’s Guide is included or you can download the PDF from the www.infinityring.com web site. The app is a quest game with little mini puzzle games as you go along and the whole production of it is just gorgeous. The joystick controls to move your character are a little wonky, but the app is just amazing, so you can overlook that. It even gives you the ability to take 3D pictures of Paris as you roam through its streets which become part of your online profile.

Of course, all this would be moot if the book was subpar. Thankfully, it’s an incredibly well written and historically accurate time travel adventure that will have you hooked from the first page. Set in a future not unlike our own, Dak and Sera must use the Infinity Ring to fight the SQ, a corporation responsible for some of the most dangerous natural disasters the planet has seen. In order to do so, they become part of a secret organization known as The Hystorians, first begun by Aristotle. Sera and Dak will have to travel back in time to fix the past in order to save the future.

I started the book last night and I’m almost half way through. Here’s the thing that I was really impressed with though: the transmedia elements to the novel (web site, Hystorian’s Guide and app) really made me want to read the book. And having read most of the book already, I’ll get more out of playing the King of Diamonds app. I was really impressed with how well they have seamlessly woven the relationship between the book and its multi-media elements. Both can be played or read independently of each other, but both come alive when used together. Best of all, there are no card packs to buy, nothing to collect, nothing extra to pay for.

The Infinity Ring Book One: A Mutiny in Time is a flat out thrill ride transmedia experience. And I’m not ashamed to say that I’m totally hooked and can’t wait for The Infinity Ring Book Two: Divide and Conquer by Carrie Ryan which comes out in November.

The Infinity Ring Book One: A Mutiny in Time is the next step in Transmedia Novels. I can’t wait to see where the series, and transmedia, are going to go. I, for one, am along for the ride.

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