Nikki is featuring me today as part of the #indiecredible author event hosted by @littlereadridinghood. Check out the post for all kinds of fun facts, a discussion with one of my beta readers, and details about a Facebook party this weekend!!!
Follow @endlessreading and @indiecredible2 for #indiecredible2013 updates! I’ll be featured on Endless Reading on Sept. 19th! Tune in for TONS OF FUN AND FREE STUFFS, Y’ALL!
My stars, we’ve got a week full of FUN AND GIVEAWAYS planned for y’all! More to come on that later. For now, we’ve got some awesome posts today, each with their own GIVEAWAY! You’ll wanna check ‘em all out!
The awesomely cute Fuzzy Socks Blog is hosting my friend Melissa Studdard for a fantastic interview and a GIVEAWAY of her book! The gorgeous RH Ramsey: Inside the books is over at Vixies Stories with a mesmerizing interview and awesome GIVEAWAY of her book! Falling in Love with Books blog is hosting the lovely Samira Bellissimo with a fascinating guest post!
Howdy, Lovelies! It’s Day 24 of the 2013 Summer Author Blitz, and today we’re talking about some AWESOMELY INTERESTING things!
We are all around the globe today, y’all! Author Mickey Mills - The Prodigal Scribe is visiting lovely Romania over at Antonia’s gorgeous blog, discussing his book “Haunting Justice”. THERE’S A GIVEAWAY OF HIS BOOK, so you’ll want to check it out!
My lovely friend Ali Cross is visiting another of my lovely friends- Mandy at I Read Indie discussing peanut butter cups, lip balm, and her awesome “Desolation” series! Check it out for a chance to WIN A COMPLETE SET OF HER BOOKS!
Don’t forget the SCAVENGER HUNT!
Today, we’ve got a unique duo of posts! One of my dear friends is interviewing another of my dear friends over at Nicole Storey’s blog! Melissa at Editorch is discussing her editing process and is offering a deep discount on her editing services as A GIVEAWAY! GO ENTER, QUICK!!!
On the other side of the globe, authors Heather Poinsett and Chris Dunbar are having an enthralling discussion at We Heart Bookz blog!
Don’t forget that you can still enter giveaways on all previous posts! Check out the schedule at Books and Broomsticks!
And there’s a scavenger hunt going on for a fantastic one-of-a-kind bauble! Are you participating? If not, you should be! If you are, keep it up! :-)
Let’s dive back into the 2013 Summer Author Blitz!
Today is day #22, and we’ve got some FANTASTIC authors for you to meet on some lovely blogs! Here on my tumblr, you’ll meet the FABULOUS Faith A. Rice-Mills who penned a terrific guest post for us and who’s giving away a copy of her enthralling novel! Nickie Seidler-Author is visiting Stephs Corner with an interview and giveaway of her romance novel. Ashley Nemer - Author is visiting Readers Candy with a guest post and a giveaway of her fantastic book!
Oh! And there’s still time to win a copy of my books, too!
VISIT THEM ALL AND ENTER TO WIN FABULOUS BOOKS, PEEPS & PEEPETTES!
Hi, Lovelies! It’s a great honor to feature my dear friend, Faith Rice-Mills, author of the fantastic novel IDENTIFIED: THE MAYA PRICE STORY on my tumblr today! I know you’ll love her as much as I do!
She’s prepared a lovely Guest Post for us today and is also generously offering an e-book copy of her book. So, make sure you read all the way to the bottom for details on how to ENTER THE GIVEAWAY!
What is a Shifter?
By Faith Rice-Mills
We’ve all heard of shape-shifters. (Well, at least my fellow nerds and I have all heard of shape-shifters.) Typically, shape-shifters can change from human form to that of another creature. Think werewolves. Or an animagus. (Love you, Ms. Rowling.)
But, Maya Price is not a shape-shifter. She is just a shifter. Shifters are half-human and half-onyx. (Onyxes are beings from the dimension Leets.) Shifters are able to travel, or “shift,” between dimensions. Maya is one of many shifters, all of whom have abilities that we mortal humans do not.
When I started writing Identified: The Maya Price Story, I was calling my main character a mover, since she is able to move from one dimension to the next. However, thanks to my friend Ben Lamm, I changed the name from mover to shifter. All shifters have the ability to control the four elements (air, earth, fire, water) and to manipulate the five senses (sight, smell, sound, taste, touch). Yet, not all shifters are equally adept in controlling the four elements and manipulating the five senses. For example, I have the ability to play basketball, but I suck at it. The same is true for shifters; not every shifter can control fire easily, or manipulate sight. The list below describes several of the main characters in Identified: The Maya Price Story and their varying abilities:
Maya Price: Physical strength, earth manipulation, sound manipulation. Maya is unaware of any of these powers until she finds out she is a shifter in Chapter 4 of Identified: The Maya Price Story.
Lamar Elkins: Air manipulation, sound manipulation. Before he comes to Leets, Lamar is a drummer in the band Eddie and the Underwriters. He uses his abilities in sound manipulation to play the drums.
Ivan Gorshkov: Physical strength, smell manipulation. Ivan is, unfortunately, not very talented when it comes to sensory and element manipulation. On the other hand, he is built like a rock (or The Rock) and is much stronger than the other characters.
Akins Okpara: Sight manipulation, sound manipulation, smell manipulation, taste manipulation. While Akins is not as talented as some of the other characters in controlling the four elements, he is very well-versed in sensory manipulation.
Luz Rodriguez: Physical strength, fire manipulation, sight manipulation. Before her arrival in Leets, Luz was on the run from the New York City Police Department for causing several fires in Manhattan, Queens and The Bronx.
Esperanza Rodriguez: Water manipulation, sight manipulation. Espy is Luz’s twin sister. When Luz was running from the New York Police Department, Espy was able to make her sister invisible from law enforcement officials.
Nathaniel Smith: Physical strength, earth manipulation, water manipulation, sight manipulation, touch/feeling manipulation. Nathaniel is quite a bit older than some of the other characters and is thus more practiced in his abilities.
Paige Sullivan: Touch/feeling manipulation. So far, Paige’s other abilities are unknown. Also, her ability to manipulate sense of touch, or feeling, is quite unstable, as is her emotional state. Paige is much younger than the other characters and part of her emotional distress has to do with the death of her parents at the beginning of Identified.
Now, does all of this make sense? If not, there are some passages in Identified that may clear up some things (wink, wink).
That was a fantastic guest post, Faith! Thanks so much! Peeps & Peepettes, are you ready to enter to win your very own copy of IDENTIFIED: THE MAYA PRICE STORY? Wait no longer! Here’s your rafflecopter link!
Come on over to Literary Meanderings and join in the discussion! Today, Sarah’s is interviewing none other than MOI! You’ll get to know me better AND get a chance to read a little more about FIREFLY! Oh! Don’t forget to read to the bottom of the post … there you’ll get a chance to ENTER THE GIVEAWAY for a copy of both my books! Check it out and then come back here and tell me what you think!
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Happy Valentine’s Day! I’m participating in Good Choice Reading’s Valentine’s Day Books with Love Hop! <3
Valentine’s Day is one of my favorite holidays! So I thought I would spice things up for my wonderful readers by writing a little Cicada Valentine Short and offering a fun, fantastic, choco-lishious giveaway!
Once you’ve read my little short story, pop on over here to enter the Rafflecopter giveaway! What are the prizes? I’m giving away one e-copy of Cicada and an assortment of chocolate molded insects created by the awesome chocolatiers at The Chocolate Vault. (**These are not real insects!**)
Cicada Valentine Short Story
A gust of wind blew through the door and fluttered across the paper lace hearts that dangled from the tiled ceiling of Mom’s bakery, Sprinkles. Everett pushed the door open, carrying a huge red foil candy heart, and his jeans pocket got caught on the bells that dangled from the door handle, freeing them from where they had hung for the past three years, and sent them jingling across the shiny tile floor.
Everett paused and pushed his glasses up his nose, “Well, that was bound to happen sooner or later,” he stated matter-of-factly. He looked around at the scattered bells and shrugged.
“What’s that you have?” I couldn’t help but giggle as he plopped the slightly rumpled giant red candy heart on the counter by the cash register. I reached across the counter and pulled the five-pound monstrosity toward me. The thing was absurd! It had first been wrapped in foil, then surrounded with red opaque cellophane, and then decorated with enough red lace ruffles to choke a goat. And right in the middle of the mound of ruffles was a velvet rose.
“It’s a Valentine, of course!” Everett answered, his eyes wide behind the thick lenses of his glasses.
“Who’s it for?” I decided to tease him a bit. “Oh! Is it for that girl who follows you around the cafeteria at lunch?” I bit my lip to keep from giggling. “You know… the one with the knee socks?”
“Psh! No!” he rolled his eyes. “It’s for you!”
“For me?” I heaved the enormous, crinkling heart into my arms. “That’s really thoughtful, Everett. Thank you. It’s my first Valentine ever!” And I really was ecstatic over the humongous thing, and I knew exactly where I would hide it once all the chocolate was gone. It would slide perfectly under my bed, and I would be able to hide all sorts of things inside it. Letters, pictures, and cards. Little did I know that sometime in the near future I would hide a key in there…a key that would lead me to something that would save my life.
“Well, open it then!” Everett smiled a giant goofy smile.
“You get the first piece!” I ripped the cellophane away and pulled the lid off. All of the chocolates inside were shaped like bugs. Not ugly bugs, mind you. The pretty ones. There were different types of butterflies with slivered nuts decorating their wings. There were dragonflies dusted with edible gold and silver glitter. There were lacewings dipped in light green sprinkles and ladybugs dusted with red sugar. Right in the middle was a giant firefly wrapped in foil painted to look as if it were glowing. “These are gorgeous! Too pretty to eat!”
“Nonsense!” Everett said as he popped a ladybug in his mouth. “Try one. They taste even better than they look!”
And they did. I tried one of the sparkling dragonflies, and it melted on my tongue. The edible glitter was sweet and crunchy against my teeth and all I could say was, “mmm…”
“Do you like it?” Everett asked, a blush rising across his cheeks and nose.
“I love it, Everett,” I said. Without even thinking, I grabbed him by his shirt collar and kissed him on the cheek. “Thank you very much. This is the best Valentine’s Day ever.” I smiled brightly because I meant it. It was the best one ever. The past year and a half had been torture with trying to cope with the loss of Dad and Aaron. Everett had always been there, and there was a growing warm place in my heart for him.
“I’m glad you like it,” he smiled. “So, I’ll see you at the movies tonight? We’re all still going, right?”
“Absolutely! I’ll see you when Andrew and I pick you up,” I couldn’t hide the huge smile that still crossed my face. “David and Natalie are meeting us at The Grand.”
“See you then,” Everett said while walking backward toward the door, that broad goofy smile on his face. He slipped on one of the bells, which caused him to stumble over a chair and knock a small table over on its side. He quickly stood up, straightened the table and chairs, and pulled his shirt down. “I better get out of here before I burn the place down or something!” He snorted.
I watched him cross the street and head back toward Kroger where he worked after school and on weekends. Although there was a glowing warm feeling in my heart, there was a dark, looming feeling somewhere in the back of my mind. I tried to pinpoint what it was that was bothering me, but I couldn’t quite put my finger on it. One thing was for certain, when the wind blew through the door earlier, it blew in a feeling that things were about to change. I bit my lip and wondered what the next few months would bring.