Monday, May 12, 2014

Good Things Happen When You're Not Paying Attention

It should come as no surprise that, as an author, I frequently check on my books to see how sales are going. Most of the time, I might get a little surprise, but nothing to get overly worked up about. This past weekend I was out of town and so tied up that I didn't even bother to check around from my phone, so image my surprise when I discovered that downloads on Crow: The Prequel went haywire on Saturday.

Where did this manna come from (and how to repeat it!)?

Google did not help illuminate why this one book received a sudden spike in sales. Not one bit. Though I did find a new (favorable) review online for the same book.

Then, this morning I received an email from FreeBooksy letting me know that they featured my book over the weekend, which is most likely the cause of my generous bump in book downloads over on Amazon.


On a side note, they also said I should feel special, 'cause they only handpick a select few books to be showcased. See, I even got a nifty little button for it!

I'm a featured author at Freebooksy

Friday, April 25, 2014

Recent Distractions from Writing

I've been asked before, "What do you do when you're not writing?"

The long answer involves a laundry-list of chores required to maintain a homestead filled with two kids, three cats, a rambunctious chocolate Lab, one elderly horse and two hens and a rooster. Oh, and the hubby, don't want to forget him. Thinking about all that makes me tired... so I typically result to Plan B: Reading.

Here's what's been distracting me from real-world problems lately!

Claimed by the AlphasClaimed by the Alphas by Viola Rivard

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


Love this compelling, spicy series. What strikes me as most interesting about it (other than the scorching heat level and the menage, of course) is that the author has done an excellent job building a world where the plot seems possible and naturally evolving. There are details, sparsely planted throughout this and the other books in the series, that lend to the overall refreshing story line.

I don't want to give too much away, and I've got four more books in the series to review... but the fact that I read them all back to back and had to download one as soon as I was done with the last one should speak volumes!


Claimed by the Alphas: Part TwoClaimed by the Alphas: Part Two by Viola Rivard

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


Spicy, steamy, complex and satisfying. This second book in the Claimed by the Alphas series, is all that and more. The tension and heat keeps ratcheting skyward, the characters are evolving and revealing their personalities, and I found myself tearing through this book just to get to the next one.



Claimed by the Alphas: Part ThreeClaimed by the Alphas: Part Three by Viola Rivard

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


Love, love, love this series! Onward to the next book!




Claimed by the Alphas: Part FourClaimed by the Alphas: Part Four by Viola Rivard

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


Goodness, this series is taking me on a ride. I adore the characters and the care that the author has taken in developing such a fabulous world for this series. The writing itself ain't too shabby either :-)

I'm not sure what to expect with the next book, and that's half the fun of it. I devoured the first four books as I can't wait for the next one to come out. It better be soon... I need my Alphas fix!

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And wouldn't you know it, I just found the newest release- Part Five-- is available and now sitting patiently on my Kindle Fire, ready and waiting for the weekend!


Wednesday, April 16, 2014

First Book In Crow Series is Free!

Now that Amazon has price matched the other vendors, Crow: The Prequel is now free all over the place!
Check it out and come back and let me know what you think!

Links:
Amazon
Kobo
Google Play
iBooks
Barnes & Noble (not free there, sadly)

He's loved her for thousands of years, but in this lifetime she doesn't remember him... yet.

This prequel to the first episode of the Crow series is focused on giving readers a glimpse into one of Pia's past lives and to show Beylin hard at work as a Memory Stealer and Soul Bearer.

Series Info:  Cassiopeia "Pia" Alexander is just your typical college student. She can't pick a major, her love life is virtually non-existent and the only thing good in her life seems to be her job as an Animal ER Nurse. Even that doesn't feel like enough, though.

Beylin Callaghan is one of the Brotherhood tasked to give souls a winged-ride from one life to the next, and to remove the memories from each soul so that they can start with a fresh slate in their new incarnations.  But he's keeping a secret-- a secret that when exposed, will bind Pia's fate to his own. For better or worse.

Crow: The Prequel is novella length (approx. 10,000 words) and is the first installment in this new adult fantasy series. Subsequent episodes will be released on a monthly basis and fans are encouraged to visit Alex's website to influence the outcome of the overall story.

Monday, October 21, 2013

Announcing the Winner of the Signed Copy of Kill Me

I wanted to thank everyone for participating in this giveaway. It's a great feeling to see my book-baby getting passed around the inter-webs :-) I've let the Rafflecopter gadget select a winner and I'm thrilled to see who won!

The winner is... Janna W. !!!

I've sent email notification out, so Janna check your email!

Ciao'


Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Freebie Notice and Contest for a Signed Paperback Copy of Kill Me!

Good news, then great news... ok?

 First, I had a few more promo free days available for Kill Me this month and I almost forgot to use them! So I set the novel free today (October 15, 2013) through Friday night at midnight. So, go on and snag your free copy of the ebook that has been called "wicked fun" and "not your daughter's paranormal" while you can!

Free on Amazon Now!
http://www.amazon.com/Kill-Me-ebook/dp/B007UPOLR6






Secondly, I'd really like to get the word out about the promotion, so I've decided to offer up a SIGNED paperback copy of Kill Me as well to one lucky winner. Check out the 'lil widget below and get your entries counted today :-)

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Fall Reading Binge

It's no secret I read a lot, but what you might not know is that I tend to binge-read over short periods of time. I might go a month without reading more than a news headline, and then life slows down for a second and I devour six books in five days.

Some might say books are my addiction (like the Hubs) but I say they offer a way for my mind to tune out the chaos of daily living and offer a mini-vacation for my soul. How do you see it?

A smattering of books I've read recently:

Falling Into You (Falling, #1)Falling Into You by Jasinda Wilder

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


Superb... heart-wrenching, tragic, redemptive, poetic, and extremely well written. And it's steamy. What more could you ask for in a novel? If you like your romance with a bit of dark and twisty, this book is for you. And even if you normally go for something lighter, don't pass this book up. I promise, you won't regret it!



The Shoppe of SpellsThe Shoppe of Spells by Shanon Grey

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


This is a very creative, well-written novel with an interesting premise. In fact, it's one of the more creative and original ones that I've read in a while. I loved the magic / otherwordly aspect of it, the suspense kept me up way past my bed time and the central romance was electrifying ;-) Def. a recommended read!




Easy Bake Coven (Easy Bake Coven, #1)Easy Bake Coven by Liz Schulte

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


This was a great book-- fun to read, witty and complex. I loved the characters and how they all interacted. The magic elements are well done and inventive, and our heroine Selene can do some seriously cool stuff. The spice level is well-done and loved how the star-crossed history kept being revealed in bits and pieces. A great introduction to a newer paranormal series and to the author. I will be snagging book two this weekend, and check out Schulte's other works shortly too!




Hex and the Single Witch (Vehicle City Vampires #1)Hex and the Single Witch by Roxanne Rhoads

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


Hex and the Single Witch is a steamy, compelling paranormal / Urban fantasy. I enjoyed the setting, cast of interesting characters and, of course, the heat level. The "world" Ms. Rhoads has created is one full of magic and Otherworldly creatures, which live along side the normal humans-- so someone has to bridge the divide and try to keep the peace by being part of an elite police unit. And that someone is a witch with limited abilities (or so it may seem), a saucy best friend and Magic-Tech-nerd, an always-flirting partner and a make-you-melt Vamp with a sorrid past. Throw in a few randy hexes and you've got yourself all the trappings for a page turner.

Can't wait to read book two in the series!











Friday, August 9, 2013

My Novel Kill Me is Free today 8/9 !

Shoot, I meant to post this earlier today...

Better late than never, I suppose.

I honor of Kill Me's fancy new cover, you can pick up the ebook version for your Kindle today! If you don't have a Kindle, don't fret. The book is not "locked" so you can convert it to whatever program your ereader supports too!

Just click here to get your copy today! (And please, do share the link with your friends!)