Friday, July 25, 2014

Cover Reveal: Fire in the Woods by Jennifer M. Eaton and Giveaway

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Fire in the Woods by Jennifer M. Eaton

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When a plane crashes in the woods near Jess’s home, the boy of her dreams falls out of the sky—literally. But David’s not here to find a girlfriend. He’s from another planet, and if Jess can’t help him get back to his ship, he’ll be stuck on Earth with nothing to look forward to but the pointy end of a dissection scalpel.
But her father runs their house like an army barracks, and with an alien on the loose, Major Dad isn’t too keen on the idea of Jess going anywhere. Ever. So how the heck is she supposed to help the sweetest, strangest, and cutest guy she’s ever met?
Hiding him in her room probably isn’t the best idea. Especially since her Dad is in charge of the squadron searching for David. That doesn’t mean she won’t do it. It just means she can't get caught.
Helping David get home while protecting her heart—that’s gonna be the hard part. After all, she can't really fall for a guy who’s not exactly from here.
As they race through the woods with Major Dad and most of the U.S. military one breath behind them, Jess and David grow closer than either of them anticipated. But all is not what it seems. David has a genocide-sized secret, and one betrayal later, they are both in handcuffs as alien warships are positioning themselves around the globe. Time is ticking down to Armageddon, and Jess must think fast if she's to save the boy she cares about without sacrificing Earth—and everyone on it.
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Title: Fire in the Woods
Publication date: September 2014
Publisher: Month9Books, LLC.
Author: Jennifer M. Eaton
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Jennifer M. Eaton
Corporate Team Leader by day, and Ranting Writer by night. Jennifer M. Eaton calls the East Coast of the USA home, where she lives with her husband, three energetic boys, and a pepped up poodle.
Jennifer hosts an informational blog “A Reference of Writing Rants for Writers (or Learn from My Mistakes)” aimed at helping all writers be the best they can be.
Beyond writing and motivating others, she also enjoys teaching her dog to jump through hoops—literally.
Jennifer’s perfect day includes long hikes in the woods, bicycling, swimming, snorkeling, and snuggling up by the fire with a great book; but her greatest joy is using her over-active imagination constructively… creating new worlds for everyone to enjoy.
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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Author Interview - Brenda Corey Dunne, author of Dependent - and Giveaway

I'm so happy to have my writer friend Brenda Corey Dunne stop by today on her Blog Tour for the release of her new novel, Dependent.



When 45-year-old Ellen Michaels loses her husband to a tragic military
accident, she is left in a world of gray. For 25 years her life has been
dictated by the ubiquitous “They”—the military establishment that has
included her like chattel with John’s worldly goods—his dependents,
furniture, and effects. They—who have stolen her hopes, her dreams
and her innocence, and now in mere months will take away the roof
over her head. Ellen is left with nothing to hold on to but memories and
guilt, and an awful secret that has held her in its grip since she was 19.
John’s untimely death takes away her anchor, and now, without the
military, there is no one to tell her where to go, what to do—no one to
dictate who she is. Dependent deals with issues ever-present in today’s
service families—early marriage, frequent long absences, the culture of
rank, and post-traumatic stress, as well as harassment and abuse of
power by higher-ranking officials. It presents a raw and realistic view of
life for the lives of the invisible support behind the uniform!





Inspiration and Stumbling Blocks for DEPENDENT
By Brenda Corey Dunne

About ten years ago, I was an unemployed, stay-at-home mom and military spouse. I was happy, my kids were bright, my husband had a great job, and we were building a custom home in a lovely community just off of the base. 

I’m not sure what it was that made me step back and think about it, maybe it was a speech I did for our local health authority, maybe it was something I heard on the news, or maybe it was just a bad dream, but somehow around that time I realized that I had let everything that made me unique slide. I was no longer a physiotherapist, I no longer wore an Air Force uniform, my kids were growing and soon would be off to their own adventures, and where would that leave me?

At home supporting my husband and his career.

Don’t get me wrong, I am incredibly supportive of my husband’s Air Force career. I’m so proud of everything he does and would do anything to help him toward success. The same goes for my kids. But that day ten years ago I realized that the girl who graduated at the top of her high school class—that girl who had dreams and goals and so much potential—had somehow hidden herself behind the other things.  Behind the uniform. And happy as I was to be there at the time, I knew that it was a temporary emotion. Sooner or later my kids would move on. What if something happened to my husband?

It terrified me. It’s not something military spouses—or any spouse for that matter—want to think about. And that fear inspired me, for some crazy reason, to write down forty pages of a similar story, with no expectations of what it would become. It was like an exercise, a catharsis for me. Realizing that I needed to work to not only support the ones I love, but I needed to support myself.

The story I wrote was difficult, sad, disturbing. And I put it down many, many times because I simply couldn’t allow myself to go there, especially when I saw other friends and neighbours going through similar experiences after I had written them down. There were times when I’d sit and re-read the manuscript and burst into tears. But I kept picking away at it until 2012, when I forced myself—at the encouragement of a writing and military friend and with the help of NaNoWriMo—to finish writing it.

And now the little story that started out as a way to work through my own,  deeply personal fear will be my first traditionally published book. I hope other women read it and it inspires them to take their own steps toward supporting their own dreams.

Brenda

Dependent releases on July 29th. Find it here:


BRENDA COREY DUNNE, trained as a physiotherapist, worked several
years as a Physiotherapy Officer in the Royal Canadian Air Force before
meeting the love of her life, RCAF Colonel Tom Dunne, and becoming a
military dependent herself. Brenda currently resides on a small hobby
farm in Eastern Ontario, Canada, with her husband and three children.

Connect with Brenda online:
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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Quote of the Day

Pablo Picasso - Nature Morte (Le dessert), 1901

Others have seen what is and asked why. I have seen what could be and asked why not.
 
  ~ Pablo Picasso,
Pablo Picasso: Metamorphoses of the Human Form : Graphic Works, 1895-1972

Monday, July 21, 2014

LOVE IS... A Charity Anthology by 40 Authors: Cover Reveal

On August 5th, the LOVE IS... anthology will release at e-tailers near you! A collection of 300,000 words, and more than 40 authors, covering all heat ranges and genres, there's something in here to appeal to everyone. And all of the proceeds are going to charity -- specifically, to: 

Reach Out and Read which prepares America's youngest children to succeed in school by partnering with doctors to prescribe books and encourage families to read together.

Today, we are celebrating with a cover reveal for the anthology webring style. Participating authors are revealing the anthology cover, and ALSO sharing their individual story covers. (Individual stories may be released on their own at a later date.)

Anyone who comments on each of the blogs (listed here, at http://www.daynahart.com/coverlist) will be entered to win a copy of the anthology when it's released. And one commenter here at my blog will ALSO be entered. So please, when you're done looking at the covers here, click the link for the next author's blog, or continue to The List to find more authors to visit. Thanks!

So, here they are:

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Quote of the Day

Sunset in Venice, Claude Monet, 1908 (National Museum Cardiff, the national art gallery of Wales)

It's on the strength of observation and reflection that one finds a way. So we must dig and delve unceasingly. 

~ Claude Monet

Monday, July 7, 2014

Writing Process Blog Tour


I always love hearing and learning about other writers' writing processes and how they deal with various milestones and roadblocks. I am happy to participate in the Writing Process Blog Tour and I'd like to thank my co-writer Tina Moss for inviting me to do so. Please visit her blog, Writing Your Guilty Pleasure, and follow her on Twitter @Tina_Moss.

#1 What am I working on...

I'm working simultaneously on a few different projects right now:


1) I just finished a short story with my co-writer, which will be a part of a romance anthology called Love Is...which comes out in August. The story is a sequel to A touch of Darkness and is called Embracing Darkness. Other, full length, sequels are in the works as well.

2) I'm writing another short story, which is a futuristic romance that involves an illegal underground fighting ring, a cop bent on bringing it down, and a fighter who can help her. More to come...

3) I'm about a quarter way through the first book in a new urban fantasy series. The series draws on the places of my childhood and their folklore.

#2 My work differs from others in its genre...

A Touch of Darkness is a cross-over between urban fantasy, thriller and paranormal romance. There is a lot of play on gray areas over black and white, and the concepts of good and evil.

Part of the new urban fantasy series takes place in a location that is not common for the genre, and I incorporate the creatures and myths that have to do with my background and the culture I grew up in. I love setting my stories in different places all over the world.

#3 I write what I do because...

I read many genres, including paranormal romance, historical fiction, literary fiction and action thrillers. However, urban fantasy remains perhaps my biggest love.

Once in a while, we want to be taken away to a different world, experience events and feelings that are not the norm in our everyday lives, and know what it would be like to be someone else. Urban fantasy can provide an escape into this other life, a temporary reprieve, a vacation in a manner, that gives us a fresh new perspective into our own lives, or provides us with respite, if nothing else.

That is what reading urban fantasy is all about. It is also why I write in this genre. Creating a fun new world, a unique twist on a certain mythology, characters that have exceptional abilities is an exciting job. The characters in urban fantasy overcome problems in ways that we would often like to overcome our own problems. They conquer their fears and fight on, no matter what needs to be done. We don’t always get to be heroic in our everyday lives, but there are always situations where we can encounter and overcome our own fears. I believe that is one of the main attractions of the genre, what many relate to within it.

 The appeal of the urban fantasy is that it's about putting magical, supernatural and unexpected into the recognizable, comfortable, commonplace world. We get to build a world that is accessible, yet not real, scary, yet fun, challenging, yet heroic.

One day in the future, I would also like to try my hand in writing historical fiction.

#4 My writing process works...

When I'm flexible. I'm definitely a "pantster", with my preference often been on sitting down and just writing. However, I've realized over the years of trial and error, and occasional writer blocks, that I need to do more outlining. I also do a lot more outlining when I co-write, and there is no question that it makes life much easier. I am bringing more and more of this approach into all my writing. That is not to say that I still don't sometimes sit down at the computer and start pouring the words onto the page without knowing exactly where I am going to end up. It can be fun and productive. Flexibility is everything.

Be sure to check out the next authors in the Writing Process Blog Tour next week, when they talk about their own writing way and what they are working on currently.



Brenda Corey Dunne originally trained as a physiotherapist and worked several years as an Officer in the Royal Canadian Air Force before meeting the love of her life and taking her release. Since that time she has had frequent military moves with her husband and family, living in such places as Nova Scotia (Canada), Watchfield (England) and Elizabeth City, (NC). She is currently relocating from the Ottawa, Canada area to Vancouver Island. 

Brenda completed her first full-length manuscript in 2008 as a bucket-list item. Since then she has self-published a work of YA historical fiction (Treasure in the Flame), and has several other manuscripts in various stages of completion. Dependent is her first traditionally published work.

Watch for her post next week on her blog, On Writing Books, and The Military Life.

More than anything, Laci enjoys spending time with her family. She and her husband support their children on the soccer pitch and off. She enjoys the outdoors, and of course reading and writing (and chocolate). She currently resides with her family in Hampton Roads.

She enjoys reading young adult romance, and erotic romance. She like the genres so much that she also write them (YA work are under a different pen name to protect her younger readers).

Catch her post next week on her blog.


Matthew Wilbur lives in Santa Rosa, California, in the heat of the Redwood Empire. He has been writing
stories since his teenage years, slowly getting better. Besides writing, he enjoys reading, all sorts of music and is a long-time gamer. He works in coporate retail but dreams of something better. One day he hopes to actually publish something he's written. 

Check out Matthew's post next week on his blog.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Quote of the Day



Only people who are capable of loving strongly can also suffer great sorrow, but this same necessity of loving serves to counteract their grief and heals them.

― Leo Tolstoy
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