Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Long Time, No Blogging. Updates!

Oh boy...so apparently I've been slacking on my blog posts lately. Please be sure to follow me on FB or Twitter for more up to date action!

Quick updates on me:

-- AIRBORNE is out in the wild! And The Apollo Academy is on sale! Grab your copy on Amazon, B&N, iTunes, Kobo, or Smashwords. The love and support I've received with this release have been phenomenal. Thank you! 

-- I just spoke with the lovely Brenda Drake (her book, Library Jumpers, is out now! Trust me, you want a copy!) about PitchMadness. I'll be working with her again this year. The theme this year....is Mario Karts!

The Pitch Madness submission window will be open for 24 hours on February 26!

Pitch Madness is a contest to win a request from one or more of the participating agents. I will have an agent introduction post up soon.

The submission window will be open from 12:01 AM EST on February 26 until 11:59PM EST. You should have plenty of time to get your submissions in. There is no limit of how many entries will be accepted. Please note: All entries sent before or after the allotted times will be deleted.

There will be 60 finalists moving onto the agent round. Pitch Madness will accept Middle Grade, Young Adult, New Adult, and Adult completed fiction, novel length (no novellas) completed and polished manuscripts only. This time around we will not accept non-fiction. Only one entry per writer this round.

What do you need to enter? A 35-word (max) pitch and the first 250 words of your finished manuscript. If the 250th word falls in the middle of a sentence, go to the end of the sentence. I will post formatting instructions before the submission window opens. There will be a form on the submission post to enter your pitch into.

Pitch Madness will be on four blogs and each blog host will have a co-host helping them choose their top 15 entries. I will have a post up soon to introduce the teams and slush readers.

We’ll have a small team of first readers checking for formatting and putting their top picks through to the hosts. This time around, the hosts and co-hosts of each blog will choose their team of slush readers for the second round. Some blog teams may opt out of having slush readers. So I won’t be choosing all the slush readers this go around.

All the twitter fun will be happening on the hashtag #PitchMadness!

-- Lunacy, book 3, is in progress and I hope to have an update on that soon. How about a little tidbit from the opening of the book...

The Earth and Moon were cosmically born inseparable 4.7 billion years ago. Their lives forever entwined as one. 

August 2164 

The lunar drill twisted deeper into the moon’s core, its unforgiving blades extracting precious materials that were once abundant on Earth. Stolen resources taken to its brother planet, left Luna bereft, triggering consequences that could never be undone. 

Okay...that's all I've got for now!


Thursday, May 28, 2015


Today is the cover reveal for LIBRARY JUMPERS by Brenda Drake! 

Brenda is one of my favorite writing people of all time! Not only is she super sweet, she works her butt off hosting writing contests and somehow still manages to write terrific books! It's such an honor to to know her as a human being and author.

Without further ado.....



Isn't it gorgeous!!!

Release Date: January 2016
Add to GoodReads today! 
Gia Kearns would rather fight with boys than kiss them. That is, until Arik, a leather clad hottie in the Boston Athenaeum, suddenly disappears. While examining the book of world libraries he abandoned, Gia unwittingly speaks the key that sucks her and her friends into a photograph and transports them into a Paris library, where Arik and his Sentinels—magical knights charged with protecting humans from the creatures traveling across the gateway books—rescue them from a demonic hound.

Jumping into some of the world's most beautiful libraries would be a dream come true for Gia, if she weren’t busy resisting her heart or dodging an exiled wizard seeking revenge on both the Mystik and human worlds. Add a French flirt obsessed with Arik and a fling with a young wizard, and Gia must choose between her heart and her head, between Arik's world and her own, before both are destroyed.

About the Author: Brenda Drake, the youngest of three children, grew up an Air Force brat and the continual new kid at school. Her fondest memories growing up is of her eccentric, Irish grandmother’s animated tales, which gave her a strong love for storytelling. So it was only fitting that she would choose to write stories with a bend toward the fantastical. When Brenda’s not writing or doing the social media thing, she’s haunting libraries, bookstores, and coffee shops or reading someplace quiet and not at all exotic (much to her disappointment). 

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Sunday, April 19, 2015

AIRBORNE- First Snippet

AIRBORNE- First Snippet
Please note that this text has yet to be edited. 

After donning the full body simulator suit, Aurora slid the holographic lenses over her face and initiated the Fight For Life program. There were no rules. Aurora's only goal was not to crash and die. The computer would throw any and every emergency at her and shed have to cope somehow.
A second later, Aurora stood on the ramp of an airport surrounded by a multitude of aircraft. The virtual hangar was dark and dim as she thought about what she wanted to fly. Something to keep her mind occupied for sure.
The spacecraft lit neon green when she made her selection.
As she walked down the long entryway to the cockpit, a banner hanging from the ceiling caught her eye. It read, Get In, Sit Down, Shut Up, and Hold On; the sarcastic checklist every astronaut knew by heart.  She thought to herself yeah, thats no shit. 
The simulated door automatically opened for her as she approached and once through, she turned the door handle clockwise and listened for the distinct sound she knew so well. Clink, psssstttt, ahhhhhh.
As she climbed into the pilots seat she immediately started running the first two memory items on her real checklist and turned the battery master switch on, immediately followed by the avionics master switch.  The cockpit whirred to life and a series of cooling fans turned on followed by the familiar beeps of the various systems coming on line.  Step two down.  While she waited, she reached over her shoulders and then between her legs to connect the four-point harness. Just like Sky had taught her to.  Step three . . . done.
It was Step 4 she had the hardest time with . . . shut up.  After all, she had a checklist to run and might as well say it out loud so she could hear herself think. 
1)    Checklist item ………………………………………….. On.
2)    Checklist item ………………………………………….. Armed.
3)    Checklist item ………………………………………….. Engaged.
4)    Checklist item ………………………………………….. Complete.
5)    Checklist item ………………………………………….. On.
As the main engine ignited the simulator shook so violently that it felt just like the real thing.  Stars, she thought . . . I guess this is the hold on part.  She cleared the launch tower and felt the control surfaces of the aircraft give feedback in her control stick. Nosing the aircraft over, the g-forces from the acceleration eased off of her.  A welcome but temporary relief.
BOOM.  She didnt hear it but she felt the vibration in the wing spar as she accelerated through Mach one, the speed of sound.  The side of her mouth tilted upward in a grin of badassery. 
IGNITION BOOSTER CUTOFF.  She reached up and flicked both switches to the off position and waited for the shaking to stop.  Nothing.  Still shaking. She looked at the engine instrumentation crew alert system, or as pilots had dubbed it, the EICAS display.  She was right. The instruments indicated the ignition booster cut off had occurred. And the turbine inlet temperature was right where it should be without the ten thousand gallons of rocket fuel being dumped into them. 
Thats weird.  The shaking continued.  No caution lights, nothing . . . what kind of training failure could this be?  Then suddenly she heard a loud pop and everything went black.  There were no more screens, no more aircraft sounds, no more . . . the shaking continued.  It took her a few seconds to realize the simulator had completely shut down and she was back in the real world.
Aurora removed her glasses.
When the entire room seemed to move, she realized her entire body shook.
The vibrations felt too real.
This wasnt apart of her simulation.
The entire Titon Technologies building trembled.

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