Kidstales Summer Reading Event

This year here in the UK we really are finally getting a summer!! And It’s a very hot one! Serves us all right for complaining so much in previous years about the weather!

But, with the risk of sounding old, I have to say it reminds me of summers when I was a kid. The summers always seemed hot and sunny back then. One thing I liked about my summers when I was young was having more free time to read. Although neither of my parents were great readers they instilled in us kids a respect and love of books.

So when I came across Kidstales Summer Reading Event on Facebook I wanted to get involved if I could. I think it’s very important to encourage children to read, especially these days when there are so many hi-tec distractions for them. Kidstales is providing a  summer reading program challenge for children of all ages. They are giving prizes for the reader’s achievements, offering give-aways and competitions and much more. So really a lot of fun to be had and enjoyed.

This week I’m thrilled and honoured to have been selected as their sponsor of the week. Candice Simpson who is masterminding the event has some of my bookmarks and a very cute small cat I sent her up for grabs. So If you’re signed up for the event make sure you take a look at what you need to do to try and win one of them. I also know she has a couple of unicorns and a couple of copies of my book Vortex to give as prizes as well, so make sure you keep reading!

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Dragon in Spain

Well, it’s been a while since I last wrote a post for this poor neglected blog!! In that time I’ve had a lovely holiday in Spain with my family. We were all pretty done in from work and life pressures so we didn’t do much other than read, realax and swim in the pool.

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The area we visited was between Almeria and Murcia in the south of Spain. We stopped in a lovely villa around fifteen miles from the coast on the edge of a village called Bedar. Bedar is situated on the side of a mountain and the views from our villa were breathtaking!

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IMG_1065         Thankfully it wasn’t too hot because no of us do very hot! and there was a nice breeze blowing most of the week to stop us really overheating!

So after such a lovely relaxing time I’m back and will hopefully be giving this poor blog a lot more love from now on!

The RONE Awards 2012

I’m very excited at the moment! Vortex has been nominated for an award!!!! AND it’s a very big one too!! It’s The RONE Awards 2012 . They are being run by Ind’tale Magazine in connection with the Romance Novel Centre and the winners will be announced at the RNConvention in Las Vagas in August!!! So saying I’m very excited is really a massive understatement!

In order to be nominated for this award you have to have received a four star or higher review in Ind’tale’s on-line magazine. (Vortex got a glowing five star review in the magazine!!) and then you are put through to the second round which involves a public vote. The voting has been split up into sections over six weeks and Vortex is in the Paranormal section in week 4. Week 4 Started yesterday Friday 10th May and runs through till Thursday 17th May.

I would be thrilled and very grateful if you would consider voting for Vortex and I! If you don’t want to register on the site there is an option to send in a PDF ballot form with your vote on it. (the link is on the page). Both ways to vote can be found here.

This is a very prestigious award and I feel very honoured to have got this far and to be included in the nominations! If you haven’t visited Ind’tale magazine before I strongly recommend you take a look as it’s a great magazine full of useful and interesting articles and lots of great indie book reviews too. The same goes for the Romance Novel Centre especially if your looking for a stand out cover for your next book!

  

 

 

 

Wicked Game Cover Reveal!!!!

Yes here it is, the cover for Wicked Game!!!! Very excited!!! Thank you to the wonderful Gregory Barons for all his hard work designing and putting it together for me. (it’s not easy finding unicorn skulls!!) I’m totally thrilled with it.

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As for Wicked Game, I’ve finished my first edit and it’s on its way out to my beta readers, so feeling nervous about what they’re going to think of it at the moment!! Will keep you posted!

Tania Elizabeth – Guest Post

I was recently contacted by Tania Elizabeth author of The Tier of Eternal Grace. Tania is doing a blog hop in aid of Starlight Children’s Foundation a charity which supports terminally ill children and their families. There is nothing worse than watching your child suffer, I can’t imagine the heartache involved. So when Tania asked me if she could do a guest post I was more than pleased to help.

Hi J My name is Tania Elizabeth and besides being a mum of three beautiful children, I am the author of the trilogy The Tier of Eternal Grace. Book One The Moon Clearing was released earlier this year. Book Two The Mirrors Shadow will be released late September and Book Three will then follow in the early part of 2014.

The Tier of Eternal Grace is a captivating fantasy of magic and passion, wound into the truths of reality that will enchant readers with its depiction of the faerie realm, and the exploits of the faeries themselves. Book One of the series ‘The Moon Clearing’ is an immersive tale of mysticism and adventure, of spiritual and sensual intent that shall enrapture your every sense.

 

SUMMARY

I am a divine being of divine beauty and power.

My power lies in love, my strength I’ve gained from grace

I am grounded in thy truths and live purely of heart.

I’ve a gratitude for all life’s glory; never shall I be misplaced.

Though it comes to pass that I am rivaled

 By the name of another and that of my own uncertainties,

 dare I be denied my truths, my mind’s clear

By the name of another, I am now in jeopardy.

Beyond the boundary that separates the mundane and earthly planes from the divine lies Eterna Fadas, a place ruled by extraordinary beings, lithe and human-like in appearance, yet ethereal in their grace and beauty, and sensuous in nature.

“I have existed always! Where I began I do not know, for all I know is just as I am today!”

As Queen, Tatiana was thought to have lived a life of opulence, her faith and beliefs her endearing essence. Why then was it so, that beneath the picture of perfection laid torments and terrors even she dare not explain. Being She came with its prices paid. Being She came with a deal; a contract in which she was to relinquish herself to a rogue of unmerciful fury. Would this be the end of all she know? Would this be the end of her existence?

For further information on myself, and my books, please follow the links below.

FACEBOOK  http://www.facebook.com/TheTierOfEternalGrace?ref=hl

AMAZON  http://www.amazon.com/The-Tier-Of-Eternal-Grace/dp/1479761877/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1363858392&sr=8-1&keywords=the+tier+of+eternal+grace

BARNES AND NOBLE  http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-tier-of-eternal-grace-tania-elizabeth/1114561183?ean=9781479761876&itm=1

YouTube  http://youtu.be/TI7C6pTTPK4

Like each and every one of us, my own journey has been one of trials and tribulations, of Love and of passions; and the dissolutions of it. Heartache, sorrows, smiles and laughter always seeming. Though, through the writing of this book and the words of Tatiana, I have found a peace within and learnt the true meaning of “I LOVE ME!”

From myself, may I now ask for your help!

STARLIGHT AUTHOR’S AID

I am asking for all’s assistance.

To give to others is to give to oneself.

Help us to raise awareness and funds for the Starlight Children’s Foundation, which supports terminally ill children and their families.

There are two ways in which people can help.
It is very simple.

By simply hosting, reviewing or interviewing myself/my book via a blog post, amazon, newspaper, radio, TV within a 21day window frame, between the dates of Friday 12th of April and Friday the 3rd of May. For every appearance, I will be donating $1 to the Starlight Children’s Foundation.

If any of you could help, I would be so grateful. If you could connect me with anyone else who would be happy to interview, do a short post or review on myself/my book, I would be ever so grateful more.

I am also asking for donations, even $1, which you may do direct via this link.
 http://starlightday2013.gofundraise.com.au/page/ElizabethT

You may also follow our progress on the Starlight Author’s Aid Facebook Page.
http://www.facebook.com/StarlightAuthorsAid

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We are looking at making this an annual event. This year it is based upon myself, though every year after, we will base it upon another upcoming author.
So please share and pass this along to all. Let’s make this a huge affair and raise much needed funds for a very worthy cause.

My heartfelt thanks to all.

Love, Blessings and Faerie Kisses always

Tania Elizabeth xo

 

The London Book Fair

I am starting to get very excited about the London Book Fair next week. I can only go for one day which is a bit of a shame because it looks like there’s going to be more than enough stuff to fill the full three days of the show for any visitor. But what’s getting me most excited and very scared is that Kobo, who are a major supplier of ebooks (including Vortex 😀 ) have given me a half hour slot in their author lounge at the fair!! So if anyone happens to be going to the fair on Tuesday 16th please call by and see me!!

White Mountain

So here’s another post in my once in a blue moon book review series!!

WHITE MOUNTAIN

By Sophie E Tallis

A dying culture hidden from our own. An ancient people conquered by human progress. A ruthless changeling bent on revenge and power…and a wizard and dragon determined to stop him.

Amongst our modern world, lies another. An archaic and hidden world of tradition, sorcery and magic. Lost, long before the last Ice Age and barely surviving beneath the onslaught of human advance, it now faces its greatest challenge and its bitterest enemy.

As dark demons awaken from our past, the last remaining wizards are being hunted and murdered by a changeling of terrifying strength.

Attacked and drained of most of his powers, a dying sorcerer must race against time to save himself and the fate of all, from an enemy intent on cleansing the planet and destroying humanity…

I have to say I really really loved this book, not just because it has a wonderful brave dragon in it and some amazing illustrations, but also because the story is gripping and exciting.

The story follows two friends Mr Agyk a wise old wizard and Gralen a large portly green dragon. They receive a message from a wizard friend of Mr. Agyk who appears to be in trouble and set out to help him. This is the start of an adventure that tests them to the limit and takes them to many far off corners of the world.

The descriptions paint vivid pictures, which draw you into the story and the story line keeps you wanting to read more and more. I thoroughly enjoyed this and can’t wait to get my hands on the next instalment. I would recommend White Mountain to anyone, a truly wonderful story, and so I give it five gold dragons!!!

5 Gold Dragons

 

Wicked Game

Wicked Game is coming on well at the moment, I’ve always had the last few chapters almost fully formed in my head so it’s just a case of writing them down!! Then of course there’s all the editing, rewriting etc. but I’m actually looking forward to that bit.

So I have started thinking about what I’m going to put on the back of the book and here’s my first draft of the back cover synopsis:

From the inside of the open locket, a pair of blue eyes gazed out from the face of a young girl. She had an amused expression and long, wavy brown hair. A fierce ache clawed at Damian’s chest as he looked upon this face, the face of Samantha White. He tore his eyes away and gently snapped the locket shut, closing his fingers around it and pressing his fist against his heart.
“Please come back to me Sam,” the words formed silently on his lips, “I can not exist without you.”

She had everything anyone could ever want, a home, a future, a large, loving family and Damian.

But Sam walked away and now she can’t go back…

Any thoughts would be appreciated! 🙂

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Kobo and other news

Well I’ve just realised how long it’s been since I last updated my poor neglected blog!! You see I’ve been busy writing like crazy trying to get my work-in-progress, Wicked Game, finished. Due to such feverish writing other parts of my life seem to have ground to a holt.

Even so I have managed to get some other things done, the most impressive of which (to me anyway!) has been to finally publish Vortex as an epub book onKobo!! So if you have a Kobo reader or an epub reader on your computer/tablet/phone etc. you can now download a copy at last! I have also published Vortex on The Best Indie Book Store and it’s being displayed on their home page at the moment!! I’m rolling my sleeves up now and preparing to visit Smashwords to see if I can manage to get it on there too! I am actually scaring myself with my grasp on technology, I’m sure I’ve probably done something wrong and it’ll all go haywire very shortly!! But in the meantime I’m sat here feeling quite smug with myself 🙂

In other news, I’m hoping to go to The London Book Fair in April, I’ve never been before, but it does look quite exciting,  it covers two floors of Earls Court and all the big names in the publishing industry will be there. I’m sure I’m going to find loads of useful information and advice.

And finally, we’re showing Skyfall at our village cinema next week! 🙂 Yes I have already seen it! and Yes I will be watching it again!! I do have two large Skyfall posters of Daniel Craig which may go missing before I have to put them on the sandwich board outside the village hall and end up on my wall instead!!! 😀

‘I Love Books’ Blog Hop

Oooh Valentines day is here again and I’m thrilled this year to be taking part in the ‘I Love Books’ blog hop. It’s going to be a lot of fun so don’t forget to check out the other blogs taking part too! You can find them all here:

As it is Valentines I thought I’d ask Sam, one of my main characters from Vortex, about the love of her life, Damian. They’re deep into they’re second book, Wicked Game, at the moment and things aren’t going too well for them so she won’t want to stay long.

Me: Welcome Sam, thanks for agreeing to answer a few questions for me, I know you’re very busy at the moment.

Sam: Yes, I’m in hiding, please don’t tell anyone where I am.

Me: No I won’t I know you’re having some major problems! I’ll get straight to it then so you can get back before Damian starts to panic!

Sam: Thanks he’s under a lot of pressure and I promised I wouldn’t be long.

Me: Okay, is it true you didn’t really like him when you first met?

Sam: He frightened me! I’d been having some awful nightmares about him, I thought he was after me, then when he turned up in real life, following me, I got really freaked out. He has these silver eyes which appear to be almost on fire, I thought back then they were very creepy. I tried to run away from him, but I fell and knocked myself out. He took me back to my room and tried to look after me, but I thought he was holding me prisoner or kidnapping me. To be fair it’s not surprising I didn’t like him at the time.

Me: So what changed your mind?

Sam: He did. As I got to know him a little I started to see a very vulnerable side to him. He’s incredibly strong and tough, but there’s a big weight, a kind of guilt pressing down on him, something in his past I don’t know about, but it haunts him. All he wants to do is help people, I think he’s trying to make amends for something. I came to realise how committed he is to his adoptive family, friends and his home. A lot of people don’t understand him and are frightened by him, but if they would just give him a chance they’d see how good and loyal he is.

Me: How do you feel about him now?

Sam: I love him. I can’t imagine my life without him in it. He makes me feel so safe and warm, I know now how much he loves me. I feel like he’s part of me or I’m part of him, it’s like finally feeling whole. 

Me: Thank you Sam for coming and being so open.

Sam: Is it okay if I go now? Only he’ll be really worried, we’re in a bit of a bad situation and I promised I’d get back quickly. Don’t forget not to tell anyone where we are.

Me: We won’t, thank you Sam and good luck.

Well Sam’s gone racing off so I thought I’d give you a small taster from Vortex:

Sam squirmed as flat as she could on the seat, pulling him down with her. He was pressed tight against her, she could feel the heat radiating from his skin and the warmth of his breath on her face. The fire and spice smell of him washed over her and a wave of heady dizziness blocked out everything but him. His untidy hair was hanging down, brushing against her forehead. She gazed up into his eyes, just inches from her own, smouldering in the darkness. He was staring down at her with such intensity it made her gasp. Her heart was doing somersaults in her chest and she lifted her face up closer to his just as a torch shone in the car window. There was a pause for about ten seconds while Damian’s eyes glowed down at her in the torchlight. Then there was the sound of someone knocking on the glass.

Well thank you for stopping by and I hope you have an exciting Valentines day!!

Please check out all the other awesome blogs taking part in this hop you can find them by clicking on the link below: