Ten Below Zero Cover Reveal

Title: Ten Below Zero

Author: Whitney Barbetti

Release Date: August 28, 2014

Genre: New Adult Romance

Blurb:

“In here,” he said, pushing on the skin above my heart, “you’re ten below zero. And you’re closer to death than I am.”

My name is Parker. My body is marked with scars from an attack I don’t remember. I don’t want to remember. I choose to live my life by observation, not through experience. While people are laughing and kissing and connecting, I’m in the corner. Watching them live. I’m indifferent to everything, everyone. The only emotion I feel with any kind of depth is annoyance, and I feel it often.

A text message sent to the wrong number proves to be my undoing.

His name is Everett, but I call him rude. He’s pushy, he’s arrogant, he crowds my personal space, and worst of all: he makes me feel.

He chooses to wear all black, all the time, as if he’s waiting to attend a funeral. Probably because he is.

Everett is dying. And he’s spending his final days living, truly living. In doing so, he’s forcing me to feel, to heal. To come face to face with the demons I suppressed in my memory.

He hurts me, he fulfills me, he completes me. And still, he’s dying.

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WIPmarathon Check-in No. 6

July has been an amazing writerly month. I stayed at home, safely behind my PC avoiding the summer swelter that finally found its way to Finland. I did attend FinnCon in my old university town, which was super awesome. Not only did I take part in one of the most well attended panels of the con (LGBT in SF/F) with Cheryl Morgan, but I also met a bunch of cool people, some of them foreigners like me living and writing in Finland. FinnCon was immensely inspiring and I think it kicked my Muse into over drive because I’ve since managed to finish the book I was working on!

Last report wordcount: 51, 039

Current report WC: 78, 965 – which still gives me a bit of wiggle room in revisions :) And to think I was so concerned I didn’t have enough story to make it past 65k!

Writing Issues This Month:

None really. It was one of those rare and wonderful months where pretty much all I did was write and climb and have evening picnics in the park.

Four things I learned this month in writing:

1. Outlines are great! As Ifeoma pointed out on Twitter this morning, I wrote this book in less than three months and there’s absolutely no way I could’ve done that without having had an outline and a synopsis before starting out. Go outlines!

2. Outlines are awful! Around about the half way mark I realized that my characters had it way too easy so I threw in some curve balls which ended up derailing my original outline. I panicked. How could I continue without an outline? (despite having pretty much pantsed all my other novels) So I re-outlined and re-outlined again and wrote out chapter summaries, chopping, changing, reordering and rewriting as required. In the end, I tossed out the original outline altogether and the story is much, much better for it!

3. Being inside the head of four characters, each going through emotional and psychological hell, is exhausting and breaks are required. As much as I often wanted to cancel arrangements with friends and forget about climbing, I actually needed those interruptions. My writing was always better for the break and the writing sessions post climbing or post wine-with-friends were also much more productive. In short, sometimes distractions can be a good thing.

4. Music. Music is essential and I would not have made it through some of the heavier scenes without the character playlists I built. This will become a thing from now on, building playlists by chapter, scene and characters rather than just by book.

What distracted me this month while writing:

Not much to be honest. Although I have done a lot of reading as well. I read some amazing books, namely Made of Stars by Kelley York and Complicit by Stephanie Kuehn (I deliberately avoided YA sci-fi this month). I’m seriously considering trying my hand at a YA contemporary again – but first, the SNI…

Goal for next month: Recover, think about that SNI awaiting proper attention and possibly maybe start a revision read through toward the end of August.

Last 200 words: Well, I obviously can’t share the last 200 because that would give away the ending of the book, but here’s a snippet from one of my favourite scenes…

My pulse quickens as I stare in awe, not at the picture, but at the girl who painted it so effortlessly in less than five minutes.

Do you like it?” She stands back and adds a few touch ups with the red and blue. I wish I could put into words what I’m thinking, to tell her exactly what I’m feeling as I stare at a small robot with blue circuitry along its skinny arms holding out a heart-shaped red balloon to a formidable yellow tank with ‘Humanity’ scrawled on the side. Beneath the mural she’s written, “Have a heart; we do.” 

And that’s it for July. How did you do?

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Friday Reads: Made of Stars

Sorry! I have been totally MIA recently with regards to blogging. I have a dozen excuses: summer, actual sunshine outside, lots of climbing, even more writing, laziness, reading great books… and it’s because of that last one that I need to tell you all about a book I recently read that’s still got me thinking weeks after turning the last page… Continue reading

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The Horde without End Release Day!

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I am so excited to bring you the release day blitz of Nazarea Andrew’s The Horde Without End, the sequel to her NA zombie romance, The World Without a Future. Check out the release day blitz, and the first chapter!! And be sure to enter to win a giftcard from Nazarea!!

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About The Horde Without End:

It was supposed to be over…

Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000026_00034]Returning from Haven 18 was supposed to be the end. But nothing is ever easy—and in a world full of zombies, finding the missing is next to impossible. There are breadcrumbs. Tiny clues. But what are a few tiny clues in a world of the dead?

Nurrin is desperate to find her brother, but that will mean trusting Finn O’Malley. A man shrouded in secrets, who kills as easily as breathing. And the more she learns about him, the more questions she has. But she has learned one thing—the zombies are changing. Adapting. And this time, the Haven walls won’t keep them out.

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Here’s a special release day reveal of Chapter 1!!

Chapter 1.

Chapter 1. Broken Pieces

She hasn’t cried. She doesn’t cry for me—but I know how fragile she is.

I want to break her. I want to push her hard enough to see her shatter. I want to see the shards of her on the ground.

How fucking beautiful would she be, when she put herself back together? She would. Nurrin is too stubborn to do anything but survive.

Nurrin is a first, born to a world of death. She is innocent of the life before the change. She has never known anything but Hale Halls, razor wire, and walls. She has never known she could be anything but a survivor.

I watch the sun rising over the canyon. In another world, people might have exclaimed over the beauty, stared at it in wonder.

To me, the red-washed sky means only one thing: it’s almost time to leave.

I glance over my shoulder. She retreated to the sleeping area a few hours ago, after we fought over leaving immediately. I think there is a part of her that hopes Collin will come back. A supply run wouldn’t be completely unjustified.

My lips twist.

Collin wouldn’t leave the Hole, not unless he had to. Not when he knew that it’s the only place I would take Nurrin. He’s gone because something is wrong.

 

About the Author:

1525096_10151826862048342_1551981715_nNazarea Andrews is an avid reader and tends to write the stories she wants to read. She loves chocolate and coffee almost as much as she loves books, but not quite as much as she loves her kids. She lives in south Georgia with her husband, daughters, and overgrown dog. She is the author of Girl Lost, Edge of the Falls, and The University of Branton Series.

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Revenge Cover Reveal!

Today, I’m delighted to present the cover reveal for REVENGE by Paula Rose, a romance novel coming soon from Anaiah Press…

 

As a job coach, it’s up to Olivia Foster to ensure her clients work in a safe environment, understand their positions, and serve their employer’s mission. The death of her brother drives her career choice, and she loves her job. It remains her only focus until one of her autistic clients goes missing. Then Olivia’s employer ends her position and adds her to the suspect list, but she makes plans to bring the missing young man home. Meanwhile, Detective Lt. Phillip Landon is deep into second-guessing his career choice, but his well-honed instincts see major flaws inside this missing person’s case. Surprising contacts, mysterious happenings, and threats can turn deadly.

Can he keep Olivia safe, protect his heart, remove the job coach from someone’s target list, and adopt a faith he never knew all while adjusting to the new lives of his old family?

 
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Going Back to High School…

Last week’s blog post was all about the in-person author event I did at Wits University with CtrlAltGender and Hay House South Africa. This week I want to talk about my other in-person author event, this time back at my old high school. Continue reading

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Dark Paradise Release Day Celebrations

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DARK LEGACY
Mala LaCroix has spent her whole life trying to escape her destiny. As the last in a long line of “witch women,” she rejects the notion of spirits and hoodoo and instead does her best to blend in. But when she finds a dead body floating in the bayou behind her house, Mala taps into powers she never knew she had. She’s haunted by visions of the dead girl, demanding justice and vengeance.

DEADLY SECRETS
Landry Prince has always had a crush on Mala, but when Mala discovers his sister, murdered and marked in some sort of Satanic ritual, he wonders if all the rumors about the LaCroix family are true. Yet after Mala uses her connection to the spirit world to identify his sister’s killer, he starts to form his own bond to her . . . a very physical one. As they move closer to each other and closer to the truth, Mala and Landry must risk everything-their families, their love, and even their live Continue reading

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WIPmarathon Check-in No. 5

Where the heck did June go!? Granted I was travelling a lot, but it still felt like this first month of my summer holiday just evaporated. Given that I was Sweden for a week and then South Africa for almost two, my word count isn’t quite what it could be, but I did however hit my 50k goal. I haven’t touched Scardust though. Sigh. Here are the stats… Continue reading

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My visit to South Africa and all the awesome!

This time last week I was soaking up the mid-winter South African sunshine while it was snowing on mid-summer in Finland. Needless to say, I’m extremely grateful Jo’burg weather was so mild and that I got a slice of unexpected ‘summer’. Aside from getting a tan, I was primarily in South Africa to visit family and friends, but also to do a bit of book promo. Despite my initial reservations, the two talks I gave couldn’t have been more successful!  Continue reading

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“Violin, My Muse,” by Mayra Calvani

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by Mayra Calvani

Genre: Paranormal Fantasy
Age category: Young Adult
Publisher: Twilight Times Books
Release Date: May 15, 2014 Continue reading

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