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Birthday Giveaway Winner Announced!!

To celebrate my one year anniversary as a published author I held an awesome giveaway, a collection of novels from fabulous authors.

AND THE WINNER IS:

SARAH NEBEL

CONGRATULATIONS SARAH!!!!

Rafflecopter 2 Birthday Giveaway 2013 feb winner

Here’s what the winner got!! Lucky girl isn’t she?

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*** Giveaway begins 27th February and ends 3rd March. Winner will be announce by 7th March. If the winner does not respond to the email within two weeks a new winner will be announced.

SKIN DEEP (Hunter series #1) Excerpt

As the days draw closer to the release of Skin Deep, I thought now would be the best time to give you guys a teaser. So here is Chapter 1 for you to enjoy.

SKIN DEEP (Hunter series #1)

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Shaper-shifters, Magic & Mystery

SKIN DEEP is the first in the Hunter series. 17 year old Panther Walker Kailin Odel battles against her inner cat, while exploring a new and far more interesting ability to track the evil Wraiths now using the city as their hunting ground.

Magic abounds in the world of the Skin-Walker, and where magic lives, so does mayhem.

COMING SPRING 2013

Add SKIN DEEP on GOODREADS —>Skin Deep (Hunter, #1)

Chapter 1

Icy pain sliced through my bones, the muscles of my arms, and the flesh of my back. My spine and thighs rippled, shifted. Changing.

Damn. Too fast.

I spared a rueful glance at my new leather pants. And ran faster.

Had to make it to the Rehab Center a few blocks away. I ran, my speed super-human, my need super-charged, covering ground fast enough to make it to safety before my panther took over.

I took the corner of the street behind the Center at breakneck speed, and headed for the nearest of the gaping holes pockmarking the rusted fence.

The wind changed before I stepped off the curb. My ears peaked and I skidded to a halt, panting slightly, my backpack thumping against my side. The scream of tires on blacktop echoed on the night air, shattering the silence as it grew ever louder.

Closer.

Followed in tandem by the whining wail of sirens. A battered sedan scorched down the street, suspended on the turn on only two wheels. The angry whip of charred rubber spiked the air. Horizontal again, the car jumped the curb and skidded sideways, avoiding a collision with the fence by mere inches.

I shrank into the shadows at my back, expelling a long, stale breath. My Panther, still reined-in within my body, bucked and jerked, craving release.

I let her surface.

A little.

For now, super-sight would be welcome. Unlike the ability to run like the wind while still in my Human skin, tapping into my Panther’s sight required a partial transformation—a risk I needed to take as my gut screamed danger.

Adrenalin surged, different again from the calm fervor of my wraith hunts. I blinked. Heat nipped at my corneas as I released my Panther sight—enough to give my eyes feline vision.

Sight, which sliced deep into the black nothing hugging the sidewalk, transformed my eyes into a solid Panther emerald. For the moment, plain old Kailin Odel was back to being Kailin of the Clan Panthera.

My cat sight adjusted, focused. The blackness surrounding the darkened vehicle, changed depth and color, became lighter, clearer.

Someone shoved the rear door open, and I cringed as it creaked and complained. The occupants remained shrouded in the shadows of the vehicle’s interior. Something large, long and heavy hit the ground with a dull thunk. Then the sedan revved as unseen sirens drew closer, louder, and it spun around and skidded off the curb.

The battered car roared off, a police cruiser close on its tail with sirens screaming blue murder. It didn’t take a genius to figure out the parcel had to be awfully incriminating, for them to chuck it into the garden in such a flaming hurry.

My nostrils twitched at the stench of exhaust smoke, and my heart thumped as I waited to cross the street. I flicked a furtive glance at the dull red glow of taillights disappearing into the darkness. A breeze skimmed the sidewalk, ruffling my hair, and I hurried across the street as the sounds of sirens faded in the distance. I paused a few meters away from the bundle, released my Panther’s nose and sniffed. Whatever I’d expected to scent on the air, it wasn’t the tang of copper drifting toward me—strong, rich and intoxicating.

Blood. Fresh blood. A luscious odor, laced with tendrils of the familiar.

I moved closer, my mind warring with my emotions. This was no bundle of rags, or some stolen junk those thugs had thrown away, but a living being. The blood surely meant the person now lying on the sidewalk needed medical attention.

I stood over the bundle, the odor of the blood so cloying, filling my nostrils, and hesitated in a moment of doubt and fear.

Now or never.

I took a deep breath and crouched beside the silent form. My hand quivered as I reached out and touched the scratchy, ragged fabric covering the shoulder of the silent figure. At first it resisted my tug, stiff against my touch, but one more gentle urging turned him toward me.

I gasped, my throat closing on the sound. My heel caught as I pulled back, and I staggered backward as hot horror burned through my veins. The face glistened, bloody and mangled. Raw muscles and ligaments lay exposed, bare. A low moan of horror echoed around me. Chills streaked up my spine when I realized the stricken sound had originated from my own throat. The familiar richness of him clouded my mind, clogging my throat and drugging my senses.

A Skinwalker.

My throat spasmed, silencing a shriek as he stared at me. His breath whispered—shallow, irregular, the sound ragged as he labored in his final moments. He gripped with desperation to the disappearing threads which held him to this mortal earth.

His face held my gaze, and somewhere behind ribs of ice my heart clenched, threatening to implode. My own face stared back at me, reflected from within eyes as blue as oceans. Eyes filled with excruciating pain and desperate fear. He didn’t speak, just studied me for a few moments with those glorious eyes.

Recognition. Gratitude. Relief.

Then… release.

Life flickered and sputtered out of his beautiful eyes—eyes unable to close even after his soul departed his mortal body. Eyes stark and ghastly within a face flayed of every inch of its skin.

Mere seconds had passed, although I would have sworn it had been hours. Screeching tires again interrupted my horror, and the sedan skidded beside me before I could do much more than scramble away from the body. The killers had managed to lose the cops, and now they’d returned to retrieve the body.

They hadn’t bargained on having a witness.

The cold-cocking of guns set my body on fire.

It also did something worse. With mortal fear gripping me, my imminent Change refused to take second place anymore. My body churned the fear and my Panther grasped at the visceral power of the adrenalin in my veins.

I ran.

A gunshot echoed around the garden, the sound ping-ponging off the aging brick walls of the surrounding apartment buildings.

I gasped as a blast of searing pain slammed into me, as a bullet buried itself deep within my shoulder.

The Next Big Thing – Week 12: SKIN DEEP

Thank you to Leigh K Hunt for tagging me – these kinds of posts are always so much fun!

The timing was perfect as I wanted to do my formal cover reveal for my next novel.

SKIN DEEP is the first in the HUNTER series, a YA Urban Fantasy set to be released 26th NOV 2012.

EXCERPT:

“The cold cocking of guns set my body on fire.

It also did something worse. With mortal fear gripping me, my imminent Change wasn’t taking second place anymore. My body churned the fear and my Panther grasped at the visceral power of the adrenalin in my veins.

I ran.

A gunshot echoed around the garden, the sound ping-ponging off the aging brick walls of the surrounding apartment buildings.

I gasped as a blast of searing pain slammed into me.

As a bullet buried itself deep within my shoulder.”

 DESCRIPTION:

 Panther Shape-shifter Kailin Odel just wants to be normal. Leaving her clan, and her Alpha responsibilities, to live with her grandmother in Chicago had been the best thing for her. Only then did she discover her ability to track and kill the soul sucking undead creatures called Wraiths. Now she protected the humans, and had something to be proud of.

But, when she discovers the body of a murdered shape shifter, Kailin has to come to terms with the reality that her own kind are just as vulnerable as the humans.

The closer Kailin gets to the killer the more she has to face the intricacies of her people. When the time comes can she accept who and what her real purpose is?

 

 COVER:

 

What is the working title of your book?

The working title for this now was SECOND SKIN, but after a bit of series plotting and outlining it became clear that the title needed a change. It’s now SKIN DEEP, with book 2 called Lost Soul, and book 3 called Second Chance.

Where did the idea come from for the book?

I’ve always been a fan of shapeshifter fiction, especially dragons. (sorry, not a huge werewolf fan). After reading a few shapeshifter series I ended up wanting more, not just the romance element. I wanted mystery and suspense, and I wanted something I could share with my teens. I left off reading these type of paranormals for a while until one day, while outlining another novel and watching Tru Calling the idea of a YA with a shifter as the MC began to nudge me and I said ‘Why not?’ and quickly jotted down a few ideas. And then it grew from there.

What genre does your book fall under?

Urban Fantasy Young Adult (YA), probably more upper YA.

Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?

Even in the beginning the character of Tru in the TV series Tru Calling fit nicely with my MC, from looks to attitude to sass – the whole package. Kailin is a 17 year old panther shapeshifter who struggles with her destiny. Within that struggle she discovers she has Mage power – in particular the ability to track and kill soul-sucking Wraiths. Thinking she has found a whole new purpose in life, she soon runs into a whole new set of problems that make her start to question whether being a shapeshifter isn’t such a bad deal in life.

Justin Hartley from his Smallville days made a huge impact on me- he’s been Logan through and through. Just the right amount of hot, with a good undertow of intensity, and dash of sensitivity. Yes, very much Logan. Logan, just turned 18, is a Fire Mage, struggling to come to terms with the destruction that his power has had on the people in his life. He’s trying to make amends, is part of an elite Paranormal Investigative Agency and finds that everything was going well until he runs into the enigmatic Kailin Odel.

Josh Hutcherson is the perfect 15 year old Anjelo Alvarez. Kailin’s side-kick and friend, he is devoted to his Alpha despite his girlfriend Lily’s dislike of Kailin. Anjelo is always there for Kailin, but as with all panther shapeshifters, Anjelo is not a fan of humans. Just the way he’s been raised, which doesn’t make it any easier that Kailin is off in the city despatching Wraiths back to their Dark-World, and saving a bunch of humans in the process.

And, Vanessa Hudgens as Tara, Metal-singer and best friend of Kailin. As with all Salamanders or Fire-Mages, Tara can read metal- she senses where its been through the thoughts and emotions of those who touch the metal. Tara is a loner, who creates the most amazing weapons for Kailin. When the murder of a close friend of Kailin threatens to tear the friends apart, each has to hold on to what they believe in most to ensure their friendship endures.

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

Though panther shapeshifter Kailin Odel has found solace in her power to track and despatch the evil Wraiths preying on humans, the murder of one of her own people forces her to realise that the shapeshifters are vulnerable and may need her more than she had ever expected.

Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?

SKIN DEEP, along with Lost Soul and Second Chance, will be published by my publisher Evolved Publishing.

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

It took me 7 months to write Skin Deep, and another 4 to polish and repolish and chop and change. There were times when I didn’t much like this book, but being the first novel I ever completed it did give me sense of accomplishment. Only when the MS (known at the time as Second Skin) received a Commendation in the RWNZ Clendon Award in 2011 did I believe that it had any potential at all. Now it’s on its way to being published – very exciting.

What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?

Probably the closes would be Rachel Vincent’s SHIFTER’s series.

Who or What inspired you to write this book?

Just the idea of a young shapeshifter MC really. I thought it would be fun to have younger readers enjoying the paranormal elements of Adult Paranormal.

What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?

SKIN DEEP offers an alternative history to shapeshifters, blending werewolf history with other animals. If werewolves, then why not were-cats? THe opportunity to allow the reader to imagine the possibility, and of course Murder, Mystery, Magic with a dash of romance. Who can say no to that?

And now I would like to tag the following authors because I know that they have some incredible fiction in the mix.

Patti Larsen – author of THE HAYLE COVEN NOVELS and tonnes of other books – go check her out

Kimberly Kinrade – author of the FORBIDDEN SERIES and one of the EP Crazies

Micheal Dadich – author of THE SILVER SPHERE releasing 26th NOV 2012 and one of the EP Crazies

Angela Scott – Author of zombie YA WANTED: DEAD OR UNDEAD, and one of the EP Crazies

Jessie Harrell – author of DESTINED, a Greek YA tale

Dead Radiance: A Young Adult Fantasy/Mythology Novel Giveaway

I feel like celebrating and what better way than a giveaway? I am going to award one lucky commenter with a signed paperback copy of DEAD RADIANCE, my Young Adult Fantasy Novel that is perfect for teens and the not-so-young adults too. Love Twilight? Readers are saying you will love Dead Radiance too. Read review. Love a kick-ass heroine? You will love Bryn. Read review. Giveaway ends 30th June 2012 and is international.

What do you have to do? Not much, just comment below and add your email address so I can contact you if you win. That’s it!

Good Luck 🙂

FREE BOOKS!!! Awesome Patti Larsen Giveaway!

Who doesn’t love FREE books?

TWO DAYS ONLY: Wednesday, February 8th and Thursday, February 9th! Come and get ‘em!

For those with a love of YA paranormal: Family Magic (The Hayle Coven novels, #1) Sixteen year old Sydlynn Hayle is the daughter of a powerful witch and a demon lord but she just wants to be ordinary. Find it HERE.

And for those who like a thrill in their YA fiction: Run (The Hunted, #1) Reid thinks life has gone back to normal when his sister rescues him from the foster system. All that changes when he is kidnapped and dumped in the wilderness, forced to run from those who want to kill him. Find it HERE.

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FAMILY MAGIC

Raising the Demon

 

“Haralthazar,” my mother glided closer to the statue, “we summon you this third night of Power, nine days and nine nights from Samhain Eve, to tighten our bond with you and your realm.” She knelt at the foot of the altar, the picture of the submissive handmaiden. Could she be any more ridiculous? Seriously. “My love, come and be welcome.”

 The blinding flash that leapt from her to the statue continued to pour out of her in a deep blue rush of light. I turned my head slightly to the side, squinting in the glare, grateful for the edge of the cowl and the shadow it made. The whole room started to thrum, the floor vibrating with condensed magic as Mom used the energy we had given her to make the doorway that would let my father through.

Sixteen-year-old Sydlynn Hayle is the daughter of a powerful witch and a demon lord of the seventh plane. The trouble is, she just wants to be ordinary. Syd struggles to survive the minefield of her new high school while being torn between her attraction to football hero Brad Peters and the darkly mysterious Quaid Moromond. When her coven comes under attack, Syd is forced to face the fact only her power can save her family’s magic.

What readers are saying about Family Magic:

“This book has everything. Great family drama, hot boys, magic, witches, demons and difficult choices. This is one of my new favorite books of 2011 and I CANNOT WAIT to read the rest of the series.”

“With a fantastic, empathetic heroine, plenty of magic, an intriguing mystery and incorporating themes involving the search of self, familial relationships, duty and free will, Family Magic is an enchanting and enjoyable read.”

“I think Syd is one of my all-time favorite characters. She is funny and snarky but has a fierce love for her family. I am ready to follow Syd’s journey through this series. I was hooked from the first paragraph. I thoroughly enjoyed Family Magic, and I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys paranormal novels.”

(You can read the full reviews on Amazon.com)

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RUN

Kidnapped

 

Alone, Reid gasps in one deep breath, another. It hurts his ribs, his lungs. He manages to roll over on his right side and regrets it. His shoulder screams in protest. Still, he is finally able to wriggle his numb hands loose from what holds him and claws at the cloth around his eyes.

 Darkness. But not complete. The moon is up. Trees loom over him, the smell of spruce and fresh air so sharp it almost hurts. He jerks at the plastic ties around his ankles while. his vision swims through a veil of pain-laden tears. He manages somehow to force his screaming hands to work the ties loose and he is free.

Sixteen-year-old Reid thinks life is back to normal. His sister Lucy pulls herself together and cuts him free from a year of foster care. She promises to take care of him, that her new boss and her new life are what they both needed to start again. Until Reid is taken in the middle of the night, dumped in a wild stretch of forest far from home with no idea why he is there. Lost and afraid, he learns to run from the hunters who prowl the darkness, their only pleasure chasing down kids like him. And killing them.

What readers are saying about Run:

“The fear, the thrill, the emotion that comes through in the writing is amazing. There is never a dull moment in this story of survival.”

“If you’re a fan of YA books that make your heart pound with the unknown and leave you cringing at places (but in a totally cool kinda way) then Run’s the book for you.”

“Reid is such a great strong character and when the story ends, we are left begging for what is to come in the next of the series. This story was unique and SUPER fast-paced! It was a great festival of suspense.”

(You can read the full reviews on Amazon.com)

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Thank you for taking the time to check them out!

Happy reading!

About the Author: Patti Larsen is a middle grade, young adult and adult author with a passion for the paranormal. Her YA thriller series, The Hunted, is available now. The first four books of The Hayle Coven series, Family Magic, Witch Hunt, Demon Child and The Wild are also out now. Her YA paranormal novel, Best Friends Forever, and steampunk series, Blood and Gold, are due early in 2012. She is a full time writer and a part time teacher of her Get Your Book Done program. Patti lives on the East Coast of Canada with her very patient husband and four massive cats.

You can find her:

On her website

On Facebook

Her writing blog

On Twitter

On Amazon.com

On Goodreads

YA Indie Carnival – ON THE RISE: The popularity of YA Fantasy

YA  writers and bloggers unite each week to share their thoughts, hopes and  dreams about what it’s like to go indie in today’s publishing world. 
The future’s so bright, we built our own place to play.

This week we talk about Young Adult Fantasy and its epic popularity today.

I’m so jealous of young people these day! The endless variety of Young Adult reading material that teens have access to has already proved a strong drawcard, pulling in adult readers the world over. No longer are adults shying away from reading so-called TEEN FICTION, no longer are kids claiming boredom with the variety they are exposed to.

It’s the best time in the world to be a teen reader!

Now, I write YA and it wasn’t necessarily because I’d read a bunch of YA novels and thought I’d be a dab hand. No, it was because I am in possession of a couple of teens, and it made sense to write stuff they would enjoy. And I love fantasy. Two very good reasons, I think.

And once I dipped my toes into the waters, I was lost. Mythological, Fantastical, Magical, Inspirational. It’s the stuff of dreams, the worlds of imaginations brought to life by talented, creative authors all around the world. The sustenance needed to leap over the thorniest hurdles of everyday life. Who wouldn’t want to spend a few moments imagining you had the strength of a god, or the smarts of a great warrior, or the magical abilities of a modern-day sorcerer?

The attraction is the story elements; that forbidden love which the hero and heroine eventually risk everything for, the desire to belong that is assuaged when the lonely MC finds somewhere to belong, the need for strength that is discovered when the MC refuses to allow the bully power and control over him. The Young Adult genre is all about everything we ever worried about, everything we ever feared – every bogeyman and every ghost, everything we ever needed – every hug and every smile. It’s about all our loves – all those we lost and those we managed to hold on to, about all the castles we built in the air and the ones that came crashing down around our ears, about all those times we tried to fit in – every mean word that cut so deep and made us cry, about every time we flailed about trying to find our identity within the swirling hormonal sea of teenhood. And it’s about the unique, joyful, carefree happiness of being young.

I firmly believe that although the genre is labelled YA (Young Adult) this in no way means the readership should be exclusively teen – sorry kids, you don’t get to keep the sweets all to yourselves… Inside every adult, there lives a little kid, simply craving an escape into the fantastical. To be really frank, adults have been-there, done-that, got-the-scars-to-prove-it when it comes to teendom, BUT that doesn’t mean we didn’t learn from it, enjoy in it. In fact I know a few adults myself who haven’t grown up at all!

As more readers, teens and adults alike, delve into the delights that YA offers, the popularity of YA will continue to rise. And, seeing the quality of Authors and stories available I am sure it will never lose its enticing gleam.

A couple of announcements this week!

Forbidden Mind by KIMBERLY KINRADE has just been awarded the 2011 Forward National Literature Award! Learn more about this YA paranormal thriller/romance here. 

Check out Refracted Light’s exclusive with M. Leighton’s heroine, Carson Porter, and  enter the giveaway HERE to win a kindle ebook from The Fahllen series!  Choose an ebook of The Reaping or The Reckoning!

Books I and II in The Raven Saga (Raven & December Moon) by Suzy Turner, are now available in paperback! Get your copy from Amazon now.

Melissa Pearl has released her first novel GOLDEN BLOOD in the Time Spirit Trilogy avaliable HERE.

Follow the links to visit the other members of our troupe and ENJOY!

1. Laura A. H. Elliott author of Winnemucca & 13 on Halloween, Book 1 in the Teen Halloween Series 2. Bryna Butler, author Midnight Guardian series
3. Heather Self 4. T. R. Graves, Author of The Warrior Series
5. Suzy Turner, author of The Raven Saga 6. Darby Karchut, author of GRIFFIN RISING
7. Lexus Luke 8. PJ Hoover, Author of SOLSTICE, Blogging at ROOTS IN MYTH
9. Cheri Schmidt, author of the Fateful Trilogy 10. Rachel Coles, author of Into The Ruins, geek mom blog
11. K. C. Blake, author of Vampires Rule and Crushed 12. Patti Larsen, The Hunted series and The Hayle Coven series
13. Courtney Cole, author of The Bloodstone Saga 14. Amy Maurer Jones, Author of The Soul Quest Trilogy
15. Dani Snell’s Refracted Light Reviews 16. Fisher Amelie, author of The Understorey
17. M. Leighton, Blood Like Poison Series, Madly, The Reaping 18. Abbi Glines, author of Breathe and The Vincent Boys
19. Kimberly Kinrade, Bits of You & Pieces of Me, Forbidden Mind 20. Madeline Smoot, Missing, Summer Shorts, and The Girls
21. Cidney Swanson, author of Rippler 22. Nicole Williams, author of Eternal Eden, Falling Eden
23. Gwenn Wright, author of Filter 24. TG Ayer
25. Melissa Pearl, author of Golden Blood