Posts Tagged ‘self-published’

Her only hope may rest in the Lord of the Dragons

Sunday, June 10th, 2018
Guardian’s
Nightmare
The
Last Princess of Latura Book 1
by
Darren Simon
Genre:
Middle-Grade/New Adult Fantasy
 
Charlee
Smelton is an average thirteen-year-old girl struggling to adapt
after her family moves to San Francisco. She thinks her biggest
obstacle is facing the bullies who brand her a nerd and a dweeb.
She’s wrong. Her life is about to change—for the worse. First,
she receives a gift of the ugliest, most old fashioned bike she has
ever seen. Try as she might to ditch it in the city, she just can’t
seem to escape that very mysterious two-wheeler. Then come the
visions of a world across a dimensional divide, a princess in fear
for her life and a dark knight pursuing her. Are they just dreams or
something more? For Charlee, everything she ever thought she knew
about herself soon crumbles as she starts down a path to discover her
true self, and she will need that hunk-of-junk bike more than she
could ever imagine. Without it, she might not be able to find the
hero in herself—the hero she must become to save her friends,
family, her city—the world—from an evil only she can defeat. An
evil she allows into this world.
Add
to Goodreads
Amazon
* B&N
 
 
Guardian’s Return
The Last Princess of
Latura Book 2
 
A
month has passed since fourteen-year-old Charlee Smelton discovered
her magical abilities and faced her great aunt, Theodora, in a life
or death struggle to protect Earth. A month has passed since she
tricked Theodora back across the dimensional gateway that brought
Theodora to Earth. Since then, Charlee—now fully aware that she is
part of a noble bloodline from another world…another dimension…has
grown stronger in her magic, aided by her protector, a shapeshifter
sent to Earth to protect her.
But
the terrible dreams won’t stop.
Theodora
lives, and if Charlee’s dreams of death and fields of spilled blood
are true, her great aunt has avenged herself on that world across the
dimensional divide. 
Charlee
knows what she must do. The fight is not over. She must travel across
the gateway to the home of her ancestors and face Theodora one more
time. But doing so may cost Charlee more than her life. The same
medallion her great aunt desires so much—a medallion Charlee
possesses—could make her just as evil as her great aunt. 
Can
Charlee stave off the twisted tendrils of the medallion long enough
to defeat Theodora—for good—or will evil consume her? Can she
even survive so far from home? Her only hope may rest in the Lord of
the Dragons, but that beast turned his back on her grandfather long
ago…

 

Add
to Goodreads
Amazon
* B&N
 
 
Darren
Simon resides in Southern California where he works as a college
English teacher after a career as a newspaper journalist. His love
for writing began with a love for reading when his grandmother gave
him a wonderful gift—a brown paper bag filled with comic books from
the 1960s and ’70s. From there, he moved on to Choose Your Own
Adventure
books. Eventually he discovered the works of J.R.R.
Tolkien, which solidified his interest in writing epic fantasy and
science fiction tales.
So
far, he has focused his writing on middle grade and young adult
fiction to inspire young readers just as he was inspired to read and
write at a young age.
He
self-published his first novel though iUniverse and immediately went
on to write the second book in the series. Upon completing the second
book, he decided to seek more traditional publishing. After countless
rejection letters, a small independent publisher—Divertir
Publishing—decided to pick up the series, a fantasy about a
teen-aged girl who learns her family is actually from an alternate
dimension, and only she has the power to protect Earth from a
sorceress from her world—who just happens to be her great aunt.
Divertir republished the first book, titled, Guardian’s
Nightmare
, in 2015. The second book in the series, Guardian’s
Return
, was released in April.
Darren
has also written another series—a young adult historical pirate
fantasy set in the golden age of piracy, mixing historical pirates
and pirate hunters with his fictional characters in a time-traveling,
swashbuckling tale. The first book in that series, The Dangerous
Legacy,
was published in 2016 by Tell-Tale Publishing. The second
book in the series, The Deadly Waters, is due out later this
year.
All
his books are available at Amazon.com and Barnes&noble.com.
Darren,
who lives with his wife, Sandra and two sons, Daniel and Jacob, and
two crazy dogs, in the Valley, is continuing to write and develop new
stories, including a young adult novel now in the hands of literary
agency.

 

Website
* Facebook
* Twitter * Amazon
* Goodreads
 
 
Follow
the tour HERE
for exclusive excerpts and a giveaway!
 
a Rafflecopter giveaway
 
 

Jennifer Chase Award Winning Author & Criminologist

Sunday, October 12th, 2014

Jennifer, tell us where you were born.

headshot2

I was born and raised in California. I still love living by the coast and I enjoy the wonderful outdoors.  It has been inspiring for me personally as well as with my writing.

 

Next to the ocean…love it. What is the most difficult thing about being an author?

I love writing and challenging myself to create new stories.  However, one of the most difficult aspects for me, as a writer, is staying motivated.  I find it easy to procrastinate.  I make special considerations to stay focused and motivated.

 

You and I too. Who has made the greatest difference for you as a writer?

Writing is difficult, but so rewarding.  My husband has been rock of support for me and I could not do what I do without him.

 

Good for you. Who or What inspired you to write this book?

The book is a part of a series, but I have written all of the books to stand-alone.  The series and the heroine in particular were inspired by my true-life (more…)

Patti Larsen and her paranormal series is here

Tuesday, October 7th, 2014

Hello, Patty. Tell us what makes you passionate about writing?PLarsen_049

The voices in my head. The stories they want to tell drive me almost constantly. I have to be very careful what I ask for—new ideas and new characters seem to appear out of nowhere when I let my guard down. Not that I’m complaining. I love what I do. And being able to write for a living, what I’ve always wanted, fires me up like nothing else.

 

Amen to that. Do you have a writing routine?

I’m a super organized person. Have to be or (more…)

Jared A. Barneck author of Fire Light

Tuesday, June 17th, 2014

Jared, tell us where you were born?
Salt Lake City

j-abram-barneck
Nice, what is the most difficult thing about being an author?

Getting the word out about my book.

Amen to that. Who has made the greatest difference for you as a writer?

My father. He kept a library of books at my house. I consumed them. I probably shouldn’t have read some of the books when I did. For example, I read Rambo First Blood Part II in fifth grade. I think I read The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings first, though.
(more…)

Monique Bucheger’s interview

Sunday, August 4th, 2013

Hey, Monique. It is good to have you in my blog today. 

Tell us the titles of the books in your series?

My titles are:

1) The Secret Sisters Club: A Ginnie West Adventure

2) Trouble Blows West: A Ginnie West Adventure

3) Simply West of Heaven: A Ginnie West Adventure
How interesting. What genre does your book fall under?

Contemporary, middle-grade “slice of life”
Now this is tricky…Can you give me a one-sentence synopsis of each book? (more…)

Kaylen’s Rising author, Yves Robichaud, is visiting today

Saturday, April 20th, 2013

Yves, is so good to have you with us. I think this is the first time I interview a Canadian Author. So welcome to my blog. Well lets get to know you and your book…

1) Yves, tell us where you were born:
I was born at the Moncton hospital in Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada. I have lived most of my life in this area and I still do.

2) New Brunswick, a very inspiring name. I could come up with a story with the name alone. 🙂  Who or What inspired you to write this book?
 (more…)

Agy Wilson author and illustrator for children’s books

Saturday, March 9th, 2013

Welcome Agy. It is good to have you with us this week. Tell us where you were born and where do you live now.

I was born in Fort Wayne, Indiana, while my dad went to college. I grew up in Maine, spent some time in Arizona and live in Maine again.

How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?

The first book was a picture book. Nana’s Gift. It took two years to write (heck it took me three months of rewrites to find the “correct” first sentence!) five years of rejections, and then (more…)