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Wind and Words – Now Available!

I’m thrilled to announce that the second book in the Stone and String series is now available! (And 99 cents for a limited time!)

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Wind and Words

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YA Fantasy

Wind and Words is a novella, 23,000 words compared to “Stone and String’s” 8,000 words. I had a lot of fun exploring more of the Cantingen culture, word magic, and string magic. I hope you enjoy it, too. 🙂

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Life magic is not meant to be alone.

 

Everyone is born with two strings of magic. One strand is life, and the other is death.

 

When Edyli escaped the land of the dead after saving her sister, the goddess of death removed Edyli’s death magic. Without that string, Edyli is unbalanced, a “monster” who cannot sleep, cannot die, and without care, will slowly go mad.

 

Banished from her home for refusing to make amends with the goddess, Edyli is surprised to discover a child without life magic deep in the jungle—a child her remaining magic is drawn to, because those who are unbalanced are inexplicably drawn together.

 

Terrified of what might happen if the two of them touch, Edyli seeks answers about the mysterious child. If she can recover the child’s life magic, she might earn back the goddess’s favor and become whole again.

 

But one mistake, and Edyli could live forever in insanity.

You can grab your copy today for only 99 cents! (It’ll go back up to $2.99 in about a week).

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Add Wind and Words" to Goodreads

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(UPDATE: As of 6/2/2018, all the links should now be working. 🙂

Note: My apologies if you’re in the UK, India, or Germany, and use Amazon. I’m still waiting for them to create the page for Wind and Words there. However, all other links should be working).

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Here’s an excerpt:

A flash of movement caught Edyli’s eye. The hairs on her arms prickled under her wet sari. There were predators in the jungle, and though such creatures would not approach the nearby villages, they might attack a young human who was alone. Since it was night and the sky dark, the predator could be a tiger or other creature that she could not defend against without being able to see. She could, perhaps, use word magic to discern if the creature was a threat or not, and where it came from, but since she could only rest through meditation, she did not desire to use what focus she had.

 

But something about the creature was strange.

 

Normally she would have heard the rustle of leaves or the scratching of claws, or the snap of twigs under the creature’s weight. But what she heard was silence. Utter silence. It was deafening, as if the silence drowned out the sound of the wind.

 

“Who goes there?” she asked, forcing her voice to be loud. Perhaps, if she sounded threatening enough, then whatever was out there would not force her to use magic. “Reveal yourself!”

 

A tiny form stepped out from behind a scraggly tree.

 

Edyli blinked. “Akymi?”

 

The child was the same height and size as Edyli’s little sister, but her skin was a lighter shade of brown and her hair a straight, coarse black that fell below her shoulders. She wore a ragged, plain tunic, long enough to reach her ankles but clearly oversized, as if it had been lent to her. She stared at Edyli, her posture stiff, her hands at her side. Her dark eyes seemed to stare through Edyli, her expression dead. Her black hair fell across her face as she tilted her head, and then she turned her head again so that her hair cleared away.

 

The emptiness in Edyli’s chest ached, pulling her toward the girl as if something tugged at her, calling for her to move closer, to touch the girl’s tiny hands and to make her whole again. The girl raised her arm and stretched her fingers toward Edyli. A whimper sounded in her throat. Edyli tried to step back, fear mounting inside her, but she couldn’t move. The forest around her dimmed, centering on the child. She was the only thing in Edyli’s vision, and the rest of Edyli’s vision was a black, swirling mass, as if she had fallen into a seething whirlpool made from the night sky.

 

Shadikryl fa illdratethdruv shomagi drateth noram.

 

Life magic is not meant to be alone.

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Read Wind and Words today!

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Enjoy! 😀

Sican naketonia quisé das vegra.
(May the gods grant you good fortune. – A saying from the Cantingen Islands)

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Weekly Book Promotion Highlight

Continuing with the weekly book promotion highlight, I’m featuring two giveaways where you can download free ebooks from a variety of authors. 🙂

This week we have the Speculative YA Giveaway and the Spring Break Fantasy Giveaway!

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For our first giveaway, we have a wide range of young adult books with speculative elements. Science fiction… fantasy… horror… If you’re looking for speculative YA, give this giveaway a look.

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The second giveaway has a variety of fantasy ebooks, so if you want fantasy, this is a good place to start.

Spring Break Fantasy Ebook Giveaway

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(Note: These giveaways are hosted through Book Funnel. They will usually ask for your email address. In most cases, the author will collect these addresses for their newsletters.)

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I hope you find yourself a good book. Let me know if you would like to see more of these posts. 🙂

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Blog Tour – Rogue Crystal

Today I’m participating in a blog tour for fellow author, Jordan Elizabeth. Her new book, Rogue Crystal releases today. 🙂

(Note: I did not create this book cover)

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Your family history has a way of haunting you.

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Available now on Amazon for 99 cents!

Avery loves the prospect of visiting the country of Scarya with her cousin and boyfriend. Adventure and romance surely await. Instead, war breaks out, and Avery ends up with an ancient sword everyone is dying to possess.

Scarya isn’t just a foreign land – the longer Avery is trapped there, the more she learns about her past. Her ancestors lived in Scarya, and one of them brought an enchanted crystal from space. She never expected an alien to ruin her vacation, but sometimes the past has a way of reappearing.

ROGUE CRYSTAL is a fantasy for young adults.  This young adult novel is filled with elements of history and romance, published through CHBB, and is now available for purchase.

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Check out ROGUE CRYSTAL on GoodReads for fabulous reviews!

Jordan Elizabeth, formally Jordan Elizabeth Mierek, can often be found exploring historical ruins and imagining what life would be like with magic.  You can contact Jordan via her website, JordanElizabethBooks.com.

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Blog Tour – Secrets of Bennett Hall

Today I’m participating in a blog tour for fellow author, Jordan Elizabeth. Keep reading to learn about her latest book, Secrets of Bennett Hall! 🙂

(Note: I did not create this book cover).

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You’ll never escape Bennett Hall.

You belong to it and to me.

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Darkness once twisted Adelaide Dinsmore’s mind, but she thinks she has grown up. Her job as a teacher in Hedlund proves that – until she discovers one of her students dead and the town turns against her. As her mind starts to crumble, she is offered a new job, this time as a governess for Gentleman Bennett’s granddaughter back east. 

Bennett Hall is a sprawling manor of winding tunnels and manicured lawns, and the fence is really just for show. The little girl, Theodora, is a delight, albeit quiet, and the Bennetts are kind enough, especially the dashing young Joseph. So what if one of the servants sends chills down her spine every time he looks at her? Surely that, and the noises in the night, are figments of her imagination. She won’t allow the past in Hedlund to tarnish her future at Bennett Hall.

Then, Theodora begins to speak of a Villain who haunts secret passages in the manor, and Adelaide stumbles upon a sealed off wing where ghosts whisper from the shadows. Twisted inventions fill the basement and the villagers warn of the Bennett family’s evilness.

The longer Adelaide stays at Bennett Hall, the less likely her chance for escape, but she cannot leave Theodora or Joseph. The darkness in her mind might be the only thing to save them.

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SECRETS OF BENNETT HALL is the second installment of the Return to Amston series.  This young adult Gothic novel is filled with elements of steampunk and romance, published through Curiosity Quills Press, and is now available for purchase.

Check out SECRETS OF BENNETT HALL on GoodReads for fabulous reviews!

Jordan Elizabeth, formally Jordan Elizabeth Mierek, can often be found garbed in corsets, long skirts, and boots.  Her novels can be found on Amazon and all feature at least a taste of the fantastical.  You can contact Jordan via her website, JordanElizabethBooks.com.

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Craving more steampunk in the country of Anston?  RUNNERS AND RIDERS, book one of Return to Amston, is on sale for 99 cents.

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Last Chance to Get Magic’s Stealing for only 99 cents!

Yep! The promotional sale is about to end for Magic’s Stealing. I’ll be starting the process of switching the price back to its regular price of $2.99 on November 1st or  November 2nd, and while it may take a few days for all the retailers to switch back, I can’t guarantee the lower price after October 31st.

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I’m not sure when I’m going to be putting Magic’s Stealing on sale again, so now your chance to get it for 99 cents if you haven’t gotten it already.

Get your copy today!

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In the meantime, look for more updates about what’s in the works during the next Infinitas Publishing status report! I’ll have updates about the next book in The Wishing Blade series, Fractured Skies, Glitch, and an all-new project I’m doing for NaNoWriMo. 😉

See you next time!

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Thoughts on Publishing – A Video Blog Post – Reading Chapter Eleven of Magic’s Stealing

Today I’m reading chapter eleven of Magic’s Stealing. Plus, I talk about the Goodreads giveaway that recently ended, promo cards for Infinitas Publishing, and show off a couple trial cards from Battle Decks: Trials of Blood and Steel. Enjoy! 🙂

Click here for the link if you can’t see the video.

Chapter One

Chapter Two

Chapter Three

Chapter Four

Chapter Five

Chapter Six

Chapter Seven

Chapter Eight

Chapter Nine

Chapter Ten

 

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Thoughts on Everything – A Cover Contest, A Giveaway, And A Bit of Twitter Fun

Today I’ve got a few various bits of news to share, from a fun cover contest, a Goodreads giveaway for Magic’s Stealing, and a bit of fun that can be had on Twitter. 🙂

Starting off…

Author Shout Cover Wars Contest

Last week, Paul Ferrante’s book, The Curse of the Fairfield Witch (which I did the book cover for), won the Author Shout Cover Wars contest and is currently this week’s Book of the Week.

Cover Wars is a fun contest that pits book covers head-to-head to see which can get the most votes for the week. It’s mostly for fun, but it’s neat to see all the options, and it hopefully affords authors a bit more visibility for their books.

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Speaking of visibility…

Magic’s Stealing Goodreads Giveaway

If you’re in the US and looking for a chance to win a free, signed paperback copy of my YA fantasy novella, Magic’s Stealing, I’ve got a Goodreads giveaway going on from now until January 24th. I’m trying to promote the book, and I figured a giveaway would be a good chance. Not sure if it’ll help promote sales or not, but we’ll see how it goes. 🙂

In the meantime, if you want to see a Goodreads Giveaway from me but you’re not in the US (as I know several of my blog readers aren’t), let me know which countries you want to see a giveaway in, and I’ll run by the post office and see where I can feasibly ship review copies to. I’m hoping to do another giveaway later in the year if this one goes well, and I’d like to open it up to more than just the US. 🙂

Click here to enter the giveaway!

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Lastly…

#1lineWed

Every Wednesday there’s #1lineWed fun on Twitter. Basically, there’s a theme posted every week, and you try to find a line to match that theme from one of your current works-in-progress. It’s a lot of fun, and a good way to meet another writers and see some really awesome lines.

This week, the theme was “Old.” These were my tweets:

“Her face revealed only parsimonious wrinkles, what he fondly referred to as marks of wisdom.” (The Multiverse Chronicles – written by both me and Isaac)

“Faint cracks ran along their stone skins from a long history of mortal fingers stroking the statues for favor.” (The Shadow War)

If you haven’t done so already, put it on your to-do list for next week. They usually announce the theme several days in advance, so if you’re not around for Wednesday, you can still schedule tweets (I use Tweetdeck) to go live at a later date.

That’s it for now. 🙂

I hope you enjoyed this post, and you can look for information about Battle Decks: Trials of Blood and Steel and The Multiverse Chronicles release dates to come very soon. 😀

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