Friday, October 26, 2012

Let's Launch...Forbidden Forest by Tenaya Jayne




Title: The Legends of Regia: Forbidden Forest

Author: Tenaya Jayne

Pages: 236

Genre: YA Fantasy Romance

Book Blurb:
Born in shame. Cast from society. Shape Shifter/Elf hybrid, Forest must fight for any respect she can get. Targeted in her youth by a vampire noble who placed an illegal slave mark on her, she is forced to obey him, no matter what.

Slipping the grip of her master and abandoning the prejudice of Regia, her native world, Forest takes a job on Earth, guarding the portal, using her skills as a warrior to enforce Regia's laws. Now, called home for a black ops mission, Forest must put aside her own prejudice to transport the vampire prince, Syrus, through enemy territory in a time of war.

Prince Syrus, mage and master of the Blood Kata, wants Forest more than he's ever wanted anything. In spite of their mutual mistrust, their attraction cannot be denied. Through the danger of their mission, and the secrets they both keep, it doesn't matter what they feel. Forest is forbidden.

Excerpt:
Forest pressed her back against the cool concrete wall, wanting to remain aloof from the entity of the crowd. She chose her position in the shadows, out of the paths of the roving, multi-colored spotlights. She closed her eyes and enjoyed the feeling of the undulating human pheromones flying around on the air. At the beginning of every shift, she allowed herself a few minutes of this alien/human experience, though she didn't fully comprehend the combination of dancing, drinking, and ear-breaking sound waves. They loved it, however, and never seemed to deviate from the recipe.



These were the people she was sworn to protect. She had developed a light affection for the human race and considered them a benign, if not slightly silly, bunch of creatures. Her religious passion for her job was rooted in hatred of that which harmed the humans, not a superhero tendency to protect the weak.

Forest opened her eyes and focused all her senses to sniff out the illegal suckers that tried to sneak through the portal. She was in the zone tonight, and not for the first time did she feel that hers was the best job in existence. It was a shame she couldn’t legally kill suckers in her native world.

Over the next two hours, Forest didn’t move from the wall. She monitored the light traffic through the portal: two shifters and one elf, each of which nodded to her respectfully as they passed. Yawn. The shifters left the club to enjoy the delights of Austin’s nightlife elsewhere.


The elf would have been breaking Regia’s law had he left the club, but he dutifully seated himself at the bar and ordered a fuzzy navel. He wore a plaid, porkpie hat, pulled down over the tops of his pointed ears. Forest didn’t know him personally, but she had seen him in here before. The bartender surveyed him with narrowed eyes as the elf nervously tugged his hat down further and ordered a few more girly cocktails.



Intent on making sure that not one sucker was able to sneak past her, Forest was blindsided by the drunk bubba who had been trying to catch her eye for the last twenty minutes. He had finally decided to stagger over to hit on her.


“Hey babe, you’re too beautiful to look so lonely. How’s ‘bout I buy you a drink?”

“How’s ‘bout I call you a cab instead?” Forest mimicked his drawl.



“Only if you share it with me, Darlin.” He leaned in closer, and Forest’s throat began to sting from the noxious fume of booze mixed with his natural musk.



“While I appreciate the offer, Jethro, It seems only right to inform you that I’m not actually attractive at all. If you leaned in a little closer, you’d see that you’ve fallen victim to the effect of beer goggles. A hag like me can’t take advantage of a stud like you.”



As he leaned in, Forest instantly enlarged her nose, pockmarked her skin, evaporated her front teeth, and added a large black mole with a long hair sprouting from it for good measure.



“You’re no hag, baby! You’re the sexiest little thing in…I…uh… ” He stumbled backward. “Good grief! Sorry, sorry…” he stammered, retreating. “I’ve gotta quit drinking,” he mumbled as he turned away.



Forest chuckled to herself once he absorbed back into the crowd. Being a shape shifter sometimes had unusual perks.



About Tenaya Jayne:
Hello. My name's Tenaya and I'm an addict. I mean author. When I was growing up, writing was just something I played at from time to time. I knew I wanted to be a writer, but I was one of those people who could never finish anything. When my eldest son was diagnosed with Autism, I began to write seriously. Writing became a necessity for me in the midst of my heartbreak. It was either that or take up drinking. I 'm thankful I chose writing as my escape because I discovered it truly is my thing. I want to be swept away when I read. That's what I want my books to do for you.The main goal of my writing is to entertain you. I want to help you escape everyday life for a little while. I hope you enjoy my stories as much as I enjoy sharing them with you!



I have a wonderful husband and two beautiful sons. I'm an advocate for Autism awareness, and women trapped in abusive relationships. I try to always look on the bright side and help others do so too. I've lived many places but I currently reside in Missouri. I love reading, indie and foreign films, gardening, and moody music.



Author Links:
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Wednesday, October 24, 2012

NaNoWriMo 2012

I've participated in National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) for six years now. I've completed it twice. Some years have been more successful than others. This year, I'm hoping to make it to the end, and have a substantial first draft ready for major revisions. 

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If you're not familiar with the event, National Novel Writing Month is an event where writers across the world all vow to write 50,000 words between November 1-30. They work to craft a complete book, a story with a beginning, middle, and end. Those who complete the 50,000 words, win. Sounds easy, but when was the last time you sat down and wrote a whole book...in one month! It's a daunting task, but a great exercise in letting creativity flow, limiting editing, and just cranking out a book. For me, it has proven to be a great tool in keeping me focused on crafting first drafts, that I then go on to rewrite, revise, and polish in the months that follow.

Here's the link to my page for anyone who is interesting in buddying-up during the event, or for those who just want to follow what I'm working on: http://www.nanowrimo.org/en/participants/michcarl

To learn more about NaNoWriMo, you can visit the website at http://www.nanowrimo.org/.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

The Crimson Crown


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There are some stories that stay with you long after you read them, and the Seven Realms Series by Cinda Williams Chima is one such story, which makes today extra special. Today, the next installment of the series, The Crimson Crown (book four) releases to the world! I can't wait to pick up my copy and find out where this story is headed.


You can learn more about The Crimson Crown on Cinda Williams Chima's website.


If you're curious, I've listed links below to my reviews of the three previous books in the series.
The Gray Wolf Throne
The Exiled Queen
The Demon King

Other titles by Cinda Williams Chima that I've read & reviewed:
The Wizard Heir
The Warrior Heir

Friday, October 12, 2012

Let's Launch...THE MODIFIED by C.A. Kunz


Today is release day for the new trilogy by the amazing author duo C.A. Kunz called The Modified!
Along with the release they are doing an international giveaway of one e-book or paperback copy of The Modified, one signed swag pack, one foam core mounted poster of the book's cover and either a $25.00 Amazon Gift Card or a $25.oo Barnes and Noble Gift Card!!

Book Blurb:
What would you sacrifice to save the one’s you love? To save the one who holds your heart? To save the world?Kenley Grayson is all too familiar with these questions. After Earth is thrust into its first intergalactic war with an unknown race called the Bringers, our military forces begin to suffer heavy losses. Desperate for a solution, the Allied Federation issues a worldwide draft for every able seventeen-year-old to enlist. As Kenley turns seventeen, she finds herself thrown into the very war that took her older brother’s life. This year’s draft is a little different than in the past though. A new program, known as the Magnus Project, has been introduced, and only the best and brightest qualify. Kenley is amongst a select few whom are chosen to join this elite group of soldiers, and as a part of this project, undergoes a modification procedure that leaves her and her peers endowed with powers beyond their wildest dreams. As Earth continues in its struggle against the Bringers, Kenley is transported to a high-tech training facility, the Magnus Academy, to prepare for the major battle that lies ahead. It’s here that she meets the California heartthrob, and son of a legendary war hero, Landon Shaw. As unexpected feelings toward Landon begin to develop, Kenley wonders if this is the right time or place for romance to bloom, especially when those feelings start to interfere with her training. With the weight of the world on her shoulders, Kenley is constantly reminded of how important she and the rest of the Magnus cadets are to the fate of humanity. She is one of the Modified, Earth’s last line of defense against utter destruction.  

 

About C.A. Kunz
The mom and son author duo, C.A. Kunz, thoroughly enjoys writing about things that go bump in the night and futuristic action-packed romances while drinking massive amounts of English breakfast tea and Starbucks coffee. To find out more about this duo and their books visit their blog, or find them on Facebook and Twitter!   Purchase links: AmazonBarnes and NobleSmashwords  Our Links: C.A. Kunz’s BlogC.A. Kunz’s Facebook PageC.A. Kunz's Twitter Page  Giveaway:
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Monday, October 01, 2012

MR PRINTSHOP is Open for Business

My shop on Etsy, MR Printshop, is now open-for-business. The shop features select photographs from my collection, available for purchase.


If you follow the shop, you'll have the inside scoop to new pictures as they are added.

Here's a small sampling of some of the photographs that are currently featured on the site.

Two Acorns - 16 X 20 Fine Art Photograph - Nature

Worn Barn - 8 X 10 Fine Art Photograph

Two Seasons Treeline Collection - Two 16 X 20 Fine Art Photographs - Nature - Landscape

Camp Fire - 8 X 10 Fine Art Photograph