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Thursday, June 23, 2016

AAD Spotlight: Jamie Waters




INTRODUCING JAMIE WATERS



Hi! My name is Jamie Waters and I just want to thank my super awesome host for inviting me to write this guest blog. "Officially", I write science-fiction and paranormal romance books. Although, I admit to crossing genre lines frequently so it's sort of difficult to pigeon-hole me. Most of my stories have some aspects of science-fiction, paranormal, romance, action and adventure. I like writing spunky, kick-ass heroines and their equally kick-ass love interests.



I've had a love for science fiction and paranormal for just about… well, my entire life. I grew up with either my nose in a book, playing computer games – or competing in Tae Kwon Do martial arts competitions (nothing like a little diversity in your interests). I consider myself to be one of the first "girl gamers" and was playing RPGs when most people had never even heard of them. I got hooked on a computer game series called Ultima (uh oh, showing my age) and started writing really bad fan fiction as a teenager. From there, writing just became another extension of my creativity.



I still play computer games and love reading. I've never outgrown my love for all things science fiction, paranormal and fantasy (as evidenced by the fairies and dragons all over my house). I also have itchy fingers and can't seem to go too long without drawing, painting, sculpting, or crafting.



The book series I'm currently working on is The Two Towers series. It's a dystopian romance set about 150 years in the future in a post-apocalyptic setting. There's all sorts of science fiction, paranormal, romance, and action in the mix. The first book in the series, The Two Towers, was a winner of the Readers' Favorite Award (Science Fiction Romance), the CIPA EVVY Award (Science Fiction), and received an Honorable Mention in the Global Ebook Awards (Science Fiction). It's currently available as an ebook from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iTunes, and most other major resellers. It will be available in print in July. In anticipation of the release of the second book, my publisher is offering The Two Towers ebook for FREE for a limited time beginning on June 23rd.



The second book of the series, Shadow of the Coalition, is scheduled to be released on June 28th. This one is even more action-packed than the first. It features the same characters from the first, and introduces some new baddies. It's currently available to pre-order at a discounted rate. You can check out the live-action trailer here:  https://youtu.be/qIa3Wgf69lQ



I'm currently working on the third book in the series and I'm hoping to have it ready to be submitted to my publisher by the end of summer. *crossing fingers*



You can get more information about my books (including buy links) from my website at www.jamieawaters.com. Links to all my social media sites are there, as well as updates on my current works-in-progress. I absolutely love to hear from my readers! You guys are the greatest and I'm so excited to meet up with some of you face-to-face at this year's Authors After Dark Convention in Savannah, GA in August (http://authorsafterdark.org/). If you haven't already registered, please do! I really want to meet you guys.



This will be my first convention and it looks like it's going to be packed with awesomeness. In celebration, I even bought a jar of Unicorn Snot (no joke) and I'm going to glitter myself up during the Fantasy Ball on Saturday night. I even have wings! I got so excited about all the events – I changed my itinerary and I'm now coming in a day early so I can do a ghost tour and ride in a hearse, and participate in some of the pre-event happenings. There's going to be a ton of things going on (i.e. HEA lunch, Pirate lunch, inflatable slides, Drive-In movie night, fantasy ball, author panels and readings, corset room, tattoos, free swag, giveaways, etc.). It's just a great way to get to know each other without the formality of sitting behind a table and signing books. But yes – there's a book signing too! If you can make it, I'd love to see you guys there! Come play with me!













AAD Spotlight: Amy J Hawthorn



INTRODUCING AMY J HAWTHORN



Hi there! Nice to meet you. I’m Amy J. Hawthorn and I’m kind of a dork. What do I mean by a dork? Shy, socially awkward, a bit clumsy and a bookworm. I’m not a bit ashamed of any of those traits though. I like who I am. Sure it would be cool to be an all-star athlete, but I’d really rather visit with the imaginary characters in my head. So, I’m happy to be a dork, lol.

I’ve written stories since I was ten or eleven years old but really started thinking seriously about pursing a writing career about eight years ago. In my Evil Day Job I spend a lot of time working with elderly patients (often my favorite!) and a simple thought stuck with me.

I didn’t want to be a lonely little old lady sitting in a nursing home, filled with regrets and wondering about would have happened if I had tried writing. What did I have to lose?

So I did. It took a while before I finished my first novella and then find a home for it, but I’m not sure that I’ve ever had a happier moment than when I finished Azrael’s Light.

I’ve always encouraged my children to use their imaginations so why shouldn’t I as well?

And though it’s hard work squeezing it into my hectic life, I’ve never once regretted the decision.

Now, summer’s burst to life and it’s time for cookouts and vacations, or at least stealing a few minutes of quiet on the porch swing with a tall glass of lemonade. To celebrate, the first book in my Dark Horse Inc. series, Protecting Kate is on sale for 99 cents.

The Dark Horse books take place in Kentucky and are stuffed full of former military men who are all hard on the outside but soft on the inside – just don’t tell them I said so!



From Protecting Kate –

“Do you have a white knight complex?” Kate asked.

“What?” Clearly exhausted, he looked back in confusion.

“You know, do you get off on saving damsels in distress?”

A blank look crossed his face and then he burst into deep, rolling laughter. The sound rumbled through her in waves. “Sweetheart, you are the farthest thing from a damsel in distress I’ve ever seen. Damsels in distress don’t manage a farm, big or small all on their own. They don’t do home repair or load shotguns. You are no damsel.”



I hope you all enjoy summer!


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Wednesday, June 22, 2016

AAD Spotlight: Sheri Lyn






INTRODUCING SHERI LYN

Hi I'm Sheri Lyn. I live in Florida with the love of my life, my dog Koda a Corgi/Dwarf Chow mix. I love living here and couldn't imagine living anywhere else.

I started my journey into the indie book world in January of this year. I write M/M stories and have F/F in the wings.

AAD is one of my favorite con’s to attend, the parties, the people and the atmosphere make it so much fun. This will be my first year as an author and I jumped in with both feet. I have a table at the Debut dinner (with 1 seat open still) and a table at the Fantasy Ball, my theme is Valhalla (Norse gods, mythology, Valkyries that type of thing). I also be found at the Wickedly Twisted Antho Party, and I’ll be sharing an hour with Cassidy K. O’Connor in the Q and A room where we will be playing games and giving out prizes.

I’ll be arriving Tuesday, so come find me and say hello. Wed afternoon I’ll be in the tattoo room getting my phoenix added too, Wed afternoon before welcome event I’ll be in the hotel restaurant for drinks and appetizers with readers and Thursday night will find me heading out on a Ghost tour.

Also can find me at the LGBT Panel and on the Mystery panel and generally walking around having fun. Don’t be shy come say hi, I always have swag with me to give away randomly :D


 










Tuesday, June 21, 2016

AAD Spotlight: Julie Morgan


INTRODUCING JULIE MORGAN!

Hi, my name is Julie Morgan and today I’m on the blog post! I’m happy to meet you. Allow me to introduce myself. I write in a few different genres; paranormal romance, contemporary and military romance, gothic romance and sci-fi fantasy. 

Recently, a new series under my name was published called the Special Ops series. This four book series follows the lives of four military men, starting with Logan Saunders in Delta Force. His story is out now! Next, is Sniper and it is releasing in August during an event I’ll be attending (more on that later!).  Book three is Ranger, and four Seal. 

I’m also releasing a new sci-fi fantasy story titled Dragon Master in August. Co-written with award winning author, Marianne Morea, we take two people from our current world and pull them through a time vortex into another dimension where magic and shifters are alive. What happens when two hearts and two worlds collide? Well, you’ll need to read to find out! This will also release during the same event I’ll be attending in August. 

So this event I’m talking about in August. I’ll be traveling to Savannah, GA for Authors After Dark. During this convention, Sniper and Dragon Master will both be released! Two different genres, two different stories, two different tales of love, sex, and power. I cannot wait for everyone to get their hands on both stories! If you’re in the Savannah or surrounding areas, please come join us! Tickets are on sale now and I hope to see you there! http://authorsafterdark.org/

In November, I’ll be headed to Tampa for Beach Babe Book Blast. This one day mass signing will take place on November 12th. If you’re in the Tampa or surrounding areas, I hope to see you there! 

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/beach-babes-book-blast-2016-tickets-24548561408 I’d love to hear from you. Take a look at my website and you’ll see everything I have in print and talks about what’s coming soon.www.juliemorganbooks.com Whether it is paranormal or military romance, I have something for almost everyone. I look forward to hearing from you soon and hope to see you at Authors After Dark or Beach Babe Book Blast! 






Monday, June 20, 2016

AAD Spotlight: Jo Vanz



INTRODUCING JO VANZ

Jo Vanz is a new and great author. She is a wife and mother of 3 wonderful kids. She also has the sweetest puppy,Myst. Her hobbies include painting, jewlery making, and of course reading. She is a very laid back person. Her fandoms include shadow hunters, Harry Potter, firefly, and greys anatomy. Her first book released Dec. 15th, 2015. Dragon in the Rough is new favorite of everyone who reads it. Jo will attending Authors After Dark in August. There she will be participating in a lot of different events. She will be hosting a table at both the debut dinner and the fantasy ball. She will also be joining a small group of other authors to host Literary Tea. What could be better than book talk and amazing tea? Jo will also be releasing book two, Dragons Crown, will be released at AAD. 

Though Jo is only doing a few events, she can not wait to enjoy everything else going on at AAD. Everything from inflatable slides to talking to new and old readers. 



http://authorsafterdark.org/

Sunday, June 19, 2016

AAD Spotlight: Christine Alvarez





INTRODUCING CHRISTINE ALVAREZ

Hidday Ho.

I’m Author Christine Alvarez. What I tell everyone is I write books, but I guess being a featured Author at AAD ya’ll know that by now.

So, let’s get down to it. For those who have never read me I write Paranormal Romance with a pit stop in the land of Mystery, Erotic Horror (pain, pleasure and blood), and last but surely not least M/M Erotic Romance.

I am a genre hopper which means you all may see a few new genres added to the mix by the end of the year. It sates the voices in my head which never seem to agree on who, what where or when they want to be.

I’ve also been described to write assholes. Is that okay to say? Anywho, for some reason every man I write tends to be a jerk almost 100%. Unless it’s my PNR’s those books have some nice guys. That genre seems to be where my nice guys crop up in. Oh, oh and before I forget and start going on about where I will be at AAD, please ask me anything whenever you see me during AAD. Certain people talk, say things like I kill people, mention bloody or dismemberment. Not lies, but the descriptions sound way worse when told by others, lol.

Okay, let’s get down to the meat of this thing. AAD. I’ll be there with my books, swag and cute self to boot. I’ll be pretty much everywhere. Let’s see, lord where is my 2nd brain when I need her. I have ADD and zero planning skills so I shoot my itinerary to my assistant and pray she brings a cattle prod with her.

I get in Wednesday with the husbutt. If anyone doesn’t know him he’ll be the one avoiding us all like the plague, lol. But, you can tease him and watch him squirm during set up times. Since, he shall be my minion, muahahahaha. Okay, I’m off track, back to business.

I will be roaming the Welcome Event for sure. Nothing sponsored, but find me. I’ll be sure to have a little something for you to remember me by. Thursday, I have a panel. Not sure the time but make sure you find a chair at the LGBT panel. I have three books that delve into the land of sexual freedom.

Then to quickly, because this intro to me is becoming LONNNGGG, tell you where else to find me. The tattoo room. I have a 3hr session with Voodoo and food and or witty banter from 12-3 on Thursday is always accepted.

I’ve also decided to partake in the New Release Event. I will have TWO new releases, but will be featuring the final book in The Elektita Series for this particular event. I will also be making an appearance at the Diesel Punk cruise in costume.

Friday is when all hell breaks loose for me. I have breakfast with a handful of amazing authors at 830 a.m. That is freaking early, but I swear you don’t want to miss it. Goodies, raffles, and me in my Cheshire cat pajamas sitting on peoples lap. Unless you tell me no, I’m good at respecting boundaries. Then we have the HEA lunch, I have a few seats left so grab you one. Then Literary Tea at 3. Their will more than likely be goodies and shenanigans.

Then, the Saturday signing. I have a table full, I mean no space for shit, table full of swag. Along with special treats that come with BOOKS. The entire reason we are doing this event. Readers and Books. After the signing find me, we’ll do lunch, maybe get a drink or two. I also have a Signature drink that will be available at all meals where a cash bar is set up. Then, we’re off to the Fantasy Ball, my table is full, BUT, when people start to mingle make sure to track me down. I have made up so golden drink tickets and may just have a few left.

So, I guess we’ve come to the end of my story. Long as it appears, but I am so stoked for this event and well, I’ve been up since 4 a.m. writing this thing. Happy Reading. I must be off, I have a book to finish. Peace, Love and Acceptance. xoxoxo



http://www.authorsafterdark.org/index.html


Saturday, June 18, 2016

AAD Spotlight: Shawnee Small


 INTRODUCING SHAWNEE SMALL

My name is Shawnee Small and I'm an urban fantasy author who also dabbles in the gothic. I'm currently working on my new adult urban fantasy series, The Shining Ones. The first two books, Watcher and Protector, are out in paperback and e-book and can be found on Amazon, iTunes, Barnes & Noble, and Kobo. At the time of writing this, Watcher (Book One) is free to download from Amazon if you want to check me out. I've also got a whole host of short stories that you can have a gander at on http://www.shawneesmall.com and they're free to read, too. Last, but not least, I'm right in the middle of writing Betrayer, the third book in The Shining Ones series, and it should be out winter 2016. Fingers crossed.


So, shameless author plug aside, what else can I tell you that might be interesting? I'm a bit of a "jack of all trades" - I've been a games producer, a 3D cake artist, a book binder, a reflexologist, an HTMLer, and even a life guard. I spent most of my adult life living abroad in England, and accidentally brought home a British husband. I was also a goth for more than two decades, and have a predilection for black although my wardrobe seems to be all gray these days. I have a degree in English Literature and have been writing stories forever, but didn't settle down into novels until quite recently. Now books are my life and I love every minute of it!



Which brings me to Authors After Dark or AAD . . .

If you've been before then you know what I'm talking about when I say it's going to be absolutely bonkers in a way that is so amazing that you'll be having AAD withdrawal within 24 hours of getting home. Serious withdrawal. Lunches, dinners, drive-in movies, a ball, private author events, book panels, mayhem, drinking, chaos, all-nighters, and somewhere in there, a book signing. There is so much going on that I can't even begin to list it all here. Honestly, I can't even keep up with all the things being added daily, and I'm a participating author.

Still unsure if you want come? DO IT. Really. DO IT NOW. You won't be sorry. Not only will you have the time of your life, but you'll also meet readers and bloggers who are just like you and love the same things that you love. You'll get to hang out with some of the most amazing and generous authors out there. You'll make new friends; perhaps even see some old ones. Trust me when I say that it's WORTH IT.

If you've already signed up and you're like, "I already get all the awesome, you don't need to tell me twice!" then I can't wait to either meet you or see you again. I'm going to be pretty much everywhere, but if you want to hang with me personally, you can sign up for a ticket to my drive-in movie (my ball and debut tables are already sold out) or come see me at the Trampoline park, Welcome Party, book panels, signing, or anywhere in between. I'm hosting a 'My Little Pony' party and you can enter to win one of the 10 exclusive invites, but you gotta enter in the next week, time's a tickin'. Also be on the lookout for my multi-author ice cream social happening on Tuesday before AAD begins. See? So. Much. Stuff.

Grab my books, come to AAD, and let's hang out. We'll have a blast. I promise.







http://authorsafterdark.org/



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