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New Post Mortem and upcoming KEY blog tour

April 9th, 2014

It’s true! It’s true! There’s finally a new Post Mortem interview posted — and it’s with the protagonist of one of my dear friends, D. E. Atwood! Check out Death’s interview with Jordan of IF WE SHADOWS!

And I’m thrilled to announce there will be a TO BEAR AN IRON KEY blog tour!

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Details to follow. :)

 

 



Coming Soon!

March 12th, 2014

Boy, do I need to post updates!!! So many updates! Good stuff coming soon, so stay tuned — I’ll finally be updating the blog later this week. :) Happy Wednesday!



Author Spotlight: Ty Drago – Undertakers Cover Reveal!

October 31st, 2013

I am thrilled — thrilled, I tell you! — to take part in today’s cover reveal of Ty Drago’s upcoming novel. Ty is a terrific author (and an all around great guy!), and my older son loves his Undertakers series. So do I!

If you’re not familiar with The Undertakers, here’s what you need to know (taken gleefully from the Join the Undertakers website).

They began appearing throughout the Philadelphia area about three years ago. No one knows where they come from. Most of the world sees them as everyday people: teachers, policemen, lawyers, even folks on T.V. Only those with the Sight can penetrate their illusion and know they actually are the walking dead. These animated cadavers are intelligent and organized. They’re terrifyingly dangerous. They’ve invaded our world like a plague and are slowly worming their way into the institutions that run our society–the schools, the police department–city and state government. They want power. They want to control us, maybe even enslave us. They have to be stopped. The handful of Seers who know them for what they are call them “Corpses.” The Seers call themselves the Undertakers. They’ve fled their homes and families, banding together to fight an invasion that only they know about. And the oldest of the Undertakers is only seventeen.

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The first book is RISE OF THE CORPSES.

“On a sunny Wednesday morning in October, a day that would mark the end of one life and the beginning of another, I found out my grouchy next door neighbor was the walking dead. When you turn around expecting to see something familiar, and instead see something else altogether, it takes a little while for your brain to catch up with your eyes. I call it the ‘Holy Crap Factor.’”

Forced to flee his home and family, twelve-year-old Will Ritter falls in with the Undertakers–a rag-tag army of teenage resistance fighters who’ve banded together to battle the Corpses.

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The second book is QUEEN OF THE DEAD.

Twelve -year old Will Ritter and his rag-tag army of teenage resistance fighters may have triumphed over the Zombies (alien-possessed corpses) last time…but that’s the thing about the dead- they keep coming back. A new Corpse leader has crossed the rift and taken command of the invasion: The Queen of the Dead is even more brilliant and ruthless than her predecessor, and her ambitions are even deadlier. Will and the crew must somehow rescue his mother, prevent an assassination, and show FBI Agent Ramirez the truth about the Corpses-and the danger the world faces.

But how do a bunch of kids prove to a grown-up that monsters are real?

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I’ve read both of these books, as well as the three-part novella “Night of Monsters.” I’ve even had a sneak peak at the third book. The series is fantastic — strong characters, gripping plot, terrific action, excellent dialogue — and each book is better than the one before. As soon as my older son entered middle school, he started reading the series, and he’s completely hooked. This is a zombie series unlike any other. (They’re not zombies, as Will Ritter reminds us; zombies are slow and stupid. These are Corpses.) If you like heart-pounding upper-middle-grade action/adventure, then I hugely recommend this series.

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And now…the cover reveal for the third book!

THE SECRET OF THE CORPSE EATER

The Corpses are up something.

U.S. Senator Lindsay Micha had been kidnapped and replaced with a “dead” ringer, the sister to Lilith Cavanaugh, the Queen of the Dead. Now Will Ritter must go undercover in our nation’s capital to ferret out the truth and try to stop this ambitious deader. But his mission becomes even more dangerous when he learns of a mysterious ten-legged monster that prowls the halls of the Capitol Building — a lethal monster with a taste for Corpse flesh.

Can such an alien “enemy of his enemy” truly become Will’s friend?

THE UNDERTAKERS: SECRET OF THE CORPSE EATER – coming March 25, 2014, from Month9Books

ABOUT TY DRAGO:

In addition to the first two books in UNDERTAKERS series, RISE OF THE CORSPES and QUEEN OF THE DEAD, Ty Drago is the author of PHOBOS, a Science Fiction whodunit and THE FRANKLIN AFFAIR, an historical/mystery about Benjamin Franklin. His short fiction has appeared in numerous venues, including the 2009 anthology YESTERDAY, I WILL …, and he has written articles for WRITERS DIGEST. His first UNDERTAKERS novelette, NIGHT OF MONSTERS, is currently available for FREE on Smashwords.com and barnesandnoble.com.

Ty’s Website

Find Ty on Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads



Crossroads Blog Tour 2013: Day 2

October 21st, 2013

Today is Day 2 of the Crossroads Blog Tour of 2013! For my stop — along with lovely authors Judith Graves and Nicola Marsh — go to Confessions of a Bookaholic. Be sure to enter for a chance to win a Kindle preloaded with titles from all 23 participating authors! And be sure to read all the guest posts from all 23 authors visiting all 7 participating bloggers so you can hunt for clues to answer the research questions here for bonus prizes!

To read the fun guest posts and interview answers, check out the following blogs:

A Simple Love of Reading

Confessions of a Bookaholic

Most-Wanted Monsters

Little Library Muse

Erika Knudsen

A Life Bound by Books

Jennzah Cresswell



Crossroads Blog Tour 2013: Day 1

October 20th, 2013

Crossroads Blog Tour 2013!

The Crossroads Blog Tour of 2013 begins today! For my stop — along with lovely authors Judith Graves and Nicola Marsh — go to A Simple Love of Reading. Be sure to enter for a chance to win a Kindle preloaded with titles from all 23 participating authors! And be sure to read all the guest posts from all 23 authors visiting all 7 participating bloggers so you can hunt for clues to answer the research questions here for bonus prizes!

To read the fun guest posts and interview answers, check out the following blogs:

A Simple Love of Reading

Confessions of a Bookaholic

Most-Wanted Monsters

Little Library Muse

Erika Knudsen

A Life Bound by Books

Jennzah Cresswell



Very Superstitious Blog Tour: Day 3 – Plus IRON KEY Cover Reveal

October 16th, 2013

Today is Day 3 of the Very Superstitious Blog Tour — and there are three very exciting things going on today!

First, be sure to visit Much Loved Books to read a guest post by Pab Sungenis on superstitions and a review of his short story in the anthology, “The Silverfoot Heretic” (and remember to enter via the form at the bottom for a chance to win awesome stuff)!

Next, it’s my turn to answer questions on the Blog Tour! Today I’m by Book Cracker Caroline, where I give my Top Three Favorites for many things…songs, snacks, overcoming writer’s block, etc.!

And…also on Book Cracker Caroline’s site…is the long-awaited COVER REVEAL for my upcoming novel, TO BEAR AN IRON KEY!!! **throws confetti** There’s also the unofficial synopsis as well as the official back-cover copy, a blurb (quoted text) from the book, and a cover quote from the most amazing Richelle Mead!  TO BEAR AN IRON KEY will hit the shelves in May 2014, from Month9Books.

Please check out the cover reveal, and let me know what you think!

To buy the Kindle edition of VERY SUPERSTITIOUS, here’s a link to Amazon!

To preorder the paperback version of VERY SUPERSTITIOUS, here you go!

No preorder links for TO BEAR AN IRON KEY yet, but as soon as they are available, I’ll post them. :)



Very Superstitious Blog Tour: Day 2

October 15th, 2013

Ready for Day 2 of the VERY SUPERSTITIOUS Blog Tour? Be sure to check out a review of three of the stories in the anthology (“The Rescue” by Shannon Delany, “Chupacabra” by Jennifer Knight, and “The Gift of the Were-Magi” by Mari Mancusi) today at Cassandra Lost in Books — and enter for a chance to win stuff!

Super excited about tomorrow’s Tour stop! Be sure to check in…there may be something extra. :)

 



Very Superstitious Blog Tour: Day 1

October 14th, 2013

It’s October 14, 2013 — and that means it’s the official kickoff to the Very Superstitious Blog Tour!!!

VERY SUPERSTITIOUS: MYTHS, LEGENDS AND TALES OF SUPERSTITION is a charity anthology from Month9Books, with proceeds going to SPCA. My short Riders story, “Thirst,” is one of the tales. You can buy VERY SUPERSTITIOUS via Amazon (print and Kindle) and Kobo, beginning on October 15, 2013.

Today there are two stops on the Very Superstitious Blog Tour:

Melissa’s Eclectic Bookshelf, with a guest post from Jennifer Knight.

Fantasy Book Addict, with an interview of Mari Mancusi.

Be sure to enter on Melissa’s site for a chance to win an ebook of each author’s work (international) or a physical copy of the anthology (US)!



Coming in October, part 2: VERY SUPERSTITIOUS

September 9th, 2013

And here’s the second book-related event that will be coming up in October: The release of the charity anthology VERY SUPERSTITIOUS from Month9Books!

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This is a charity anthology to benefit SPCA International. The stories are based on urban legends, myths, tribal tales and superstitions from around the world. My story is “Thirst,” which is set in the Riders world a long, long, long (long) time ago. It’s a Famine tale. And Death, of course; it wouldn’t be a Riders tale without Death. :)

The full list of contributors is: Shannon Delany, Jackie Morse Kessler (hi there!), Stephanie Kuehnert, Jennifer Knight, Mari Mancusi, Michelle E. Reed, Dianne Salerni and Pab Sungenis.

There will be a blog tour–and who knows? Maybe there will be giveaways. Ooooh, shiny!



Coming in October, part 1: Crossroads Blog Tour 2013

September 6th, 2013

There are two book-related events coming up in October that I want to share with you.

First…it’s the Crossroads Blog Tour of 2013!!! **cue confetti**

For more information about the Crossroads Blog Tour, including a list of all participating authors and bloggers, check out this post on Judith Graves‘ website.

And for the second book-related event in October…stay tuned! :)