Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Guest Post: MA Church's Faded Love

I'm so excited to see MA Church is re-releasing Faded Love, about a top model who must come to terms with disfigurement if he is to fully accept a man's love. This is a powerful, moving story and highly recommended. You're in good hands. Just enjoy the excerpt and the journey.

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Blurb:
People often say that the true perfection of the human form is in its imperfections. 

Obviously those people never lived a life of a model. Perfection is flawless. Desired. Demanded. Superstar model Ashley is living the dream. As one of the top models in the world, anything he desires is at his fingertips. Perfection on the surface hides human flaws, though. The one thing Ashley fears? Commitment. If it isn’t broke, why fix it? He and his lover, Will, have the perfect relationship. Or so Ashley thinks until Will starts pushing for more. 

Then a moment in time shatters the illusion of his perfection, and Ashley finds the very basis of his existence torn. Bruised. Wrecked and destroyed. Scarred. 

A near-fatal car accident leaves Ashley permanently disfigured, his career in a tailspin. Only his lover, Will, has a chance to pull him out of his depression. Can Ashley see there is more to him than just a perfect face? Scars can fade, but true love never will.


 Excerpt:

Chapter One

It was late evening when Ashley stumbled into his apartment and dropped his bags next to the door. The California shoot had gone well, but the flight back had been a nightmare. He had to jog the length of a concourse, while doing this incognito, and barely made it to the gate on his connecting flight. The damn attendants were closing the doors as he got there.
Then they ran into turbulent weather, which his stomach hadn’t appreciated. Plus his in-seat video monitor was malfunctioning and inoperable. Good thing he brought a book. But it did irk him that everyone else could watch movies and TV shows.
Ashley lurched to the bedroom and glared at the clock next to the bed. “Shit. I should call Will.” Ashley scrubbed at his face. He was stressed and tired. What he should do was go to bed, but he was too tired to sleep… if that made any sense.
He jumped when his cell rang and, recognizing the ringtone, fished it out of his pocket. Should he answer it? He missed Will, but lately things had been tense. He cared for the other man, probably more than anyone else in his life. The sex was good, and they enjoyed each other’s company.
Things between them were easy and loose. Open. Ashley liked the hands-off approach they were taking toward their relationship, which was why he couldn’t understand why suddenly Will was pushing for more. It stopped ringing, and he sighed.
Standing around staring at his phone certainly wasn’t going to relieve his tension. He could either get drunk then have to sweat the calories off tomorrow, or he could call Will and work off the tension that way.
It was a no-brainer. He unlocked his cell and called Will back.


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Author Bio:
M.A. Church is a true Southern belle who spent many years in the elementary education sector. Now she spends her days lost in fantasy worlds, arguing with hardheaded aliens on far-off planets, herding her numerous shifters, or trying to tempt her country boys away from their fishing poles. It’s a full time job, but hey, someone’s gotta do it!

When not writing, she’s on the back porch tending to the demanding wildlife around the pond in the backyard. The ducks are very outspoken. She’s married to her high school sweetheart, and they have two grown children.

She was a finalist in the 2013 Rainbow Awards, runner up in the 2015 Rainbow Awards, and is a member of Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America.


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Tuesday, July 26, 2016

A Bit of Fun

I've toyed with a trailer for Thick as Thieves since before the book was published. I'd actually lined up a graphic designer/trailer person to do one, and paid her, only to have her delay the project twice and then simply not deliver. By then the book had been out for so long a trailer was pointless, not to mention I'd already lost money on the trailer I never got. So I shelved that idea.

Then a friend who writes music and wanted to dabble in trailers and videos offered to make a trailer for Thieves. For free. Just as practice. 

Why not, right? So here's the result.

video


A few questions: Can you see this? (I've never tried to embed a video before.)

Thoughts? Ideas? Suggestions for my friend's next trailer project?

Monday, July 25, 2016

Back to Science Fiction

Some of you may have noticed I've pulled Rattletrap off the blog. I'm giving it a good cleaning before submitting it to my publisher. It's already at 72,000 words, but might end up longer, because I have a tendency to expand during revisions. In any event, I'm looking forward to finding new readers for Jedd and Ussim's space adventure. Crossing my fingers!

Once Rattletrap is off my desk, I'll turn my attention to another project that's been burning to get written. :D I'm dreaming of basilisks, for Lord's sake!

Also, for those of you who have read my epic high fantasy, Sordaneon, or any of the stories in the Triempery universe, I'm taking the plunge. I'm sending queries to agents and also submitting the book cold to those publishers who accept unsolicited manuscripts. Why the heck not?


Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Alicia Nordwell on Why Science Fiction Rocks Worlds

I love Alicia Nordwell's books. They're meaningful and deep with complicated characters, high stakes plots, and have lots of mind-blowing world-building. Events happen the way they do because the universe of the novel dictates consequences. Great stuff. Naturally, I wanted to know how she comes to write books like this one:

Their journey will span the universe and back, but there’s no guarantee they’ll make it together.

So, Alicia, about science fiction...

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My love of writing the science fiction genre was fueled by early exposure of Anne McCaffrey’s Pern books and Frank Herbert’s Dune. Anne McCaffrey’s early stories in the series weren’t strongly focused on any scientific principles even though they dictated the framework of the lives in all the weyrs and holds and were revealed in later books. I adored the way the stories unfolded so organically.

Dune is a marvel of intricate world-building focusing on the science of their known universe, but that is couched in symbolism and near magic to the layperson. Even with the complicated themes, the story flows so well it’s possible to gloss over the science governing space travel, the physical and chemical changes melange brings to the non-native species on Arrakis as well as the symbiotic relationship between the spice and the sandworms to just focus on Paul’s journey from pampered son to hardened warrior to jihad leader sweeping across the universe.

This love of both science and storytelling made it natural to begin my writing career with a science fiction story and that love is still going strong with the Saving Caeorleia series I’m currently writing. I’ve also peppered in several short stories (free to read!) such as Married to the Enemy, Cataclysmic Evolution, and Coupled in Synchronicity that explore different philosophies and scientific theories that fascinate me.

Space travel, aliens of all shapes and sizes, new planets to explore... they’re all written with an eye to the science we know today, what we theorize about tomorrow, and a healthy dose of ‘so not possible’ to create a hopefully unique landscape to interest readers. If you like to tease out the hard science, it’s there, but for the most part I hope you’ll just enjoy the story.

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Blurb:

Their journey will span the universe and back, but there’s no guarantee they’ll make it together.

Though Nick and Fieo are drawn to each other, their relationship has never been easy. Their differences go beyond their races, but they’ve managed to work together to prevent the spread of corruption, growing closer along the way. Nick still battles the effects of years of loneliness, fear, and pain but surprises everyone when he refuses to stay behind when Fieo is sent on a vital mission to find the Collectors. Fieo objects, but there’s no stopping Nick when he sets his mind to something. Over the course of their mission, it becomes clear Nick is more than anyone ever imagined, but the mystery of his past threatens to derail his future.

The search for the truth will take Fieo and Nick far from Caeorleia, to worlds both familiar and completely alien, and put stress on their already tenuous relationship. It’s a journey that will either tear them apart or finally bring them together. 

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press  Cover Artist: Christine Griffin
Length: 288 Pages, 110.5k


Buy Links:
Dreamspinner Press: https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/cosmic-inception-by-alicia-nordwell-7231-b

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Cosmic-Inception-Saving-Caeorleia-Book-ebook/dp/B01HNGG5FM?ie=UTF8&ref_=asap_bc#nav-subnav

ARe: https://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-cosmicinception-2061344-145.html

Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/cosmic-inception-alicia-nordwell/1124017736?ean=2940158348921

Where to Find More from Alicia Nordwell


Alicia Nordwell is one of those not so rare creatures, a reader turned writer. Striving to find something interesting to read one day, she decided to write what she wanted instead. Then the voices started ... Yep, not only does she talk about herself in the third person for bios, she has voices in her head constantly clamoring to get out.

Fortunately for readers, with the encouragement of her family and friends, she decided for her own sanity to keep writing. Now you can find her stories both free and e-published!She can be found quite often at her blog, where she has a lot of free fiction for readers to enjoy or working hard, or maybe hardly working, as an admin on GayAuthors.org under her online nickname, Cia.

Oh yeah, she's a wife, mom of two, and lives in the dreary, yet ideal for her redhead complexion, Pacific Northwest. Except for when she disappears into one of the many worlds in her head, of course!

Social Media:

Cia’s Stories: http://www.ciasstories.blogspot.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/alicia.nordwell
Twitter: https://twitter.com/AliciaNordwell
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4479520.Alicia_Nordwell


Blog Tour Stops:
7-19: Brilliant Disguise  :  Sinfully Gay Romance

7-20: M.A. Church  :  Prism Book Alliance

7-21: Love Bytes Reviews

7-22: Nephy Hart :  The Novel Approach

7-23: Jim’s Blog  :  Carol Pedroso   

7-24: Mann Ramblings   

7-25: Full Moon Dreaming   :  Dog-eared Daydreams

7-26: Denise Wyant  :  Man2ManTastic

7-27: Nature of the Heart  :  Bayou Book Junkie

7-28: Cia's Stories: Winners Revealed!