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Monday, October 27, 2014

HOW TO KNOW IF YOUR STORY IS A GOOD ONE? Guest Post by MK Hunt on The Right Guy Book Tour


HOW TO KNOW IF YOUR STORY IS A GOOD ONE?
By MK Hunt 

I was reading a book recently about writing tricks and tech-niques. It was called “Write, Publish, Repeat. The No Luck Re-quired Guide to Self-Publishing Success” by Sean Platt, Johnny Truant with David Wright.
To be honest I didn’t find much in there that I didn’t already know, but, as often happens when you read these types of books you do find little jewels here and there that make it worth the price of the book.
In this book I found a comment that answered the nagging ques-tion I often have “What story should I write next, and will it be strong enough to spend time on and worth the effort!”
So, how do you decide if the story you are considering writing is good enough to bother with?
The answer that I got from the Truant book was simple, and I think perfect.
The answer was it is safe to go ahead with any story that you feel you can write WELL!
In other words, is this a story you feel you can focus on, do your best work, stay committed to even when things start to drag, stay involved with, feel creative in? If so, then this story is highly likely to become a good story for you.
This approach helps balance the question of whether you are in the right genre, or the right niche of the genre.
In other words if this story is appealing enough to you to spend your creative time on, be patient with, and dedicated enough of you to be sure it’s completed, then it IS a good story for you to write!
This type of thinking is helpful to me because it shifts a fair amount of the burden of the decision to what strongly appeals to me as an artist. The idea forces me to include a creative view-point along with the business marketing decisions.
Writers are more and more forced to make writing decisions solely on their planned future marketing efforts.
That viewpoint is always a good place to start, but if it be-comes the only way to make the decision then it corrupts your tal-ent so much that output quality steadily declines. Here I am speaking exclusively to those who actually want to write their own stories, to develop a career as an author. It wouldn’t be helpful to those who are strictly merchants, people who want to market any story they can snag.
So, now, when I am considering what to write next one of the most important components of that decision is whether or not I can fully commit to all of the necessary functions in writing a story I can take pride in. Is this a story that I really feel like putting some effort into?
The more you respect a story, the more you’ll dedicate time to it, and time is the key to quality. If the story doesn’t warrant that then don’t do it.
And, in a slightly different permutation of the idea that the amount of projected energy to be expended must be a deciding element I remembered this incident.
I was in Santa Fe New Mexico in a shop listening to the owner tell an Indian artist what he had to do in order to sell more of his art. His art was essentially carving images into interesting rocks he had found around the New Mexico desert.
The store owner told the artist he had to spend more energy smoothing the pieces. More importantly to put a high shine on them. In other words, to the average customer, the surface quali-ties of the piece of art exceeded the value of the image.
With authors this advice is often the same. At times the sur-face value of the story exceeds or equals the value of the story alone.
Once you've finished your draft are you willing to put the time into loving it until it smoothly glows? Any story you are willing to invest that much into is very likely going to be a good story that will draw an audience in spite of not being perfectly positioned for the market. If you suspect you won’t come to love the contem-plated story nearly enough during its growth process then leave it and find an easier story to live with! 


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Virtual Book Tour Dates: 10/15-14 – 11/12/14
Genres: Romance, Suspense







Blurb:
2 romance suspense stories about what 2 girls went through to get the right guy.
In story 1 a young girl runs out of gas, at midnight, in the worst part of town with no phone!
In story 2, survival not love becomes the goal after a lethal office invasion where she becomes a hostage.

 
Excerpt:
Brad, the level headed young business leader, had to keep his boundaries too. He reminded himself she was here to discuss his father’s death, not as entertainment. He wanted to crush his lips against hers, and then fall back, his body half over her, fingers exploring her.
He used his remaining fragments of willpower to pull his mind and body away from her emotionally. Brad suddenly got to his feet. “Our interview is over, I’ll let you know!”

 
Buy Links:
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About the Author:



MK has a Masters in behavioral science, is an instructor and faculty member in a college. She is also a graduate of Otis Parson’s school of fashion design.
She lives with her husband in southern California.
Her favorite hobby is exploring, anything and everywhere. It might be exploring the back streets of south central Los Angeles where the hoods rule, or the back alley’s of Manhattan where you are likely to find a button shop that’s been selling buttons for 100 years and looks like it did when it first opened. It might be Ankor aWat in Cambodia or Palmyra in Syria.

 
Connect With The Author:
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Email: mkhunthrillers@gmail.com
 
Giveaway:
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What A Lady Demands by Ashlyn Macnamara


Viscount Lindenhurst cannot seem to find a governess who meets his impossible standards—until Cecelia Sanford becomes the first woman to interrupt the widower’s brooding in years. Lind had returned home from the Napoleonic wars, broken in body and soul and longing for his wife’s embrace, only to find her changed. Before they could reconcile, an accident struck their son and claimed her life. Now enter Cecelia, with her soft curves and sharp tongue—a tempting distraction, it is true, but not a welcome one. Past the usual marrying age and haunted by a scandal of her own, Cecelia soon finds herself caring for both the child and the man. The viscount is brittle and even abrupt at times, yet she cannot deny the attraction that stirs her body in his presence. Moved by the deep sense of abandonment that tortures his soul, Cecelia aches to fully awaken Lind’s heart from its rancorous slumber—if she can just keep their pasts from destroying a second chance at love.



Author Biography:


Ashlyn Macnamara is the author of What a Lady Craves, A Most Devilish Rogue, and A Most Scandalous Proposal. She lives in the wilds of suburbia outside of Montreal with her husband and two teenage daughters. When not writing, she looks for other excuses to neglect the housework, among them knitting, reading, and wasting time on the Internet in the guise of doing research.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Guest Post by Linda Ruggieri on the Deadly Deadly Book Tour & Giveaway

Guest Post by Linda Ruggieri

I am M J Vigna's daughter.  I am actually a half owner of the book "Deadly Deadly."  She wrote the book, I did some rewriting and adding, but it was very little.  My part was to get it published and marketed.  Having never done anything like this before I can definitely say there was a learning curve.  I have been involved in sales most all of my working career.  In order to be successful in sales and be able to earn an income in which you can support yourself year after year, you have to develop a 6th sense about what works and what doesn't

If you are going to self-publish then this 6th sense is especially important.  The company publishing your book is basically cookie cutter, at least that was my experience.  They operate on a very formulaic format.  Self publishing companies are not selecting your book to publish and rolling out the red carpet for you.  They do their job and collect their monies.  They are not in business to give you an opinion about your book, they are in the business of putting your book together by offering services and charging you a fee.  Anybody and everybody can self publish if you can pay the price.  

I had an idea of how I wanted the cover and I also wanted to see their idea of a cover.  I really wanted to see what the "professionals" came up with for the cover and paid the fee for it.  We have an unusual story so I believe the "experts" were truly stumped as this was not your typical romance, thriller, etc.  Their idea for the cover was so bad that words can't even express it.  It showed a stock photo of a calf at a food trough with other cows and a young boy hanging over the rail petting the calf.  My story takes place in the mid 1800's, well before cattle had tags in their ears (which was included in my photo).  "Deadly Deadly," is the story of a huge bull, with a horn spread that is blue ribbon.  He is an impressive, strong character in this book.  The "cutesy" cover sent me showed me that the publishing company was not going to make the effort to grasp the essence of what my mothers book was really about.  In the end I had to go with my idea for the cover, which happens to be a sketch my mother did of "Deadly."  I believe, and I hope I was right, in thinking that a sketch the author herself did with a simple background made the book more interesting.  

I also paid to have them write the promotions and again got  boilerplate promotions,  pretty much just condensing the story, leaving nothing to the readers imagination.  I ended up redoing the entire promotion language, and removing almost everything that detailed the story.  One thing I learned in sales when running an add, and it is important for non sales people to keep in mind, when someone reads an add or promotion, they are looking for a reason why they should NOT read or choose what you are selling.  Why, because there are so many books to read and wade through they are subconsciously looking for a reason to eliminate you from the list.

Anybody can write and publish a book now and I am blown away at how many people are doing it.  It seems like there are thousands of new books hitting the market a month.  Readers are savvy about the self published books and they are reticent to give books a try unless they can get it free or cheap, unless the book has been "proven" with interviews etc.

When I was getting ready to publish the book, I did ask if I would get any critique from the editor about how they liked the book.  I was told that would be unlikely and after thinking about it I realized that obviously it would be good policy to keep their opinions to themselves since most self-published books are not good.  I, like everyone else,  wants to hear positive feedback on something you have poured your life into.  If you want to hear some warm kudos about your book don't expect it from a self publisher, they are here to offer a service of putting a book together to your satisfaction for pay.  That being said, I was relieved that the girl who edited my book did send me a note that she enjoyed the book and felt we had a "winner."
It was a big deal for me to hear that, but just know that for self-published books feedback is not the norm.

By what I have written so far about self-publishers you may think I am discouraging people to pay the monies for the company to set up your book.  Most of them have a do-it-yourself platform, and you can still publish without spending as much.  No, self-publishers do improve your book.  Think about how many books you read these days that are full of mistakes and incorrect punctuations.  Paying an editor is the best money you can spend and you should not skimp on that.  Setting up the book so that it looks good is also very important.  Just the style of a font can create a tone for the book.  

It is worth every penny to have your book properly edited and set up.  Even with paying for a professional edit we still had mistakes in the book after putting it on Amazon. We had to do revisions to correct the mistakes.  If you are not the type of person who can write promotions it is a good idea to pay them to get their ideas or verbiage and then you can add or delete what you don't like.  

The hardest part of self-publishing is by far being able to market it.  There are so many free books, discounted books, and just books in general.  With the availability of self-publishing there has been an explosion of books on the market.  Since you aren't backed by a publisher, advertising is on your shoulders.  If you think you are going to publish your book, put it up for sale and sit back and watch the money roll in don't even bother.  You will be spending money to get your book downloaded, even when it is free!  Yes, if you want a good response on free downloading of your book you have to spend money to get the word out there.  You hear about things that blew up by marketing through social media.  You will find that it is harder than you think to get your little bit of air space in this already crammed outlet.  

Getting reviews on your book is crucial.  If someone looks up your book and it has few reviews you are going to have a difficult time getting some momentum.Here is some information that may be helpful to you when you publish your first book.  If your book is on Amazon you will have a difficult time getting a review posted if Amazon cannot verify or match the purchase with the name.  I placed a post on my facebook stating that I would send out a printed copy of the book to anyone who would be willing to post a review on Amazon.  I have many people who were interested so I got the books out to them immediately.  Most of those people could not get their review posted.  First of all you must have an Amazon account, meaning you have purchased at least one item from Amazon.  It was surprising to me how many people had never bought anything through Amazon, mostly baby boomers.  The next problem was they wanted a verified purchase.  I was able to get only a few reviews posted from that initial "warm" group of people who I sent the book to.  If you send out the book for review, in order to get it posted, you must state on the review that you received the book as a gift, or it was loaned to you for review.  

There is so much more I could include in this post but looking at the length of this, it is enough to digest.  I hope it helps any new or up and coming writer swim through the waters of self-publishing.


http://fireandicebooktours.wordpress.com/2014/09/26/western-book-tour-giveaway-deadly-deadly-by-m-j-vigna-10614-11314/


Virtual Book Tour Dates: 10/6/14 – 11/3/14
Genres: Western, Animal, Romance, Historical Fiction, Fiction
Tour Sale: This book will be $.99 on Kindle October 6 – 12!







Blurb:
Not since “Lonesome Dove” has a western story captured the hearts of both men and women. What starts out as a sweet tale swiftly turns into a gritty, nail biting page turner. M J Vigna picks you up and puts you right in this story of Grady, a man who’s only family is a huge bull named Deadly. “Deadly Deadly” is artfully told from the viewpoint of the main characters including Deadly. By the author adding such an unusual character into a storyline and with so much action you wind up with a very different and refreshing kind of book. As you journey with them on this epic cattle drive you will experience a roller coaster of emotions, there is humor, violence, romance and suspense.. It is a guarantee that by the time you finish reading “Deadly Deadly” you will be in love with this fictional bull and the other characters, such as the beautiful and strong C.C. who hires the duo to lead her rare and precious herd back to her ranch. it will be one of those stories you will always remember reading. Click on the link, read the reviews and see if this is the kind of book you would enjoy. This is a wonderful read for the baby boomer or animal lover, many reviewers have stated it is one of the best books they have ever read.

Buy Link:
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About the Author:
“Deadly Deadly” is M J Vigna’s premier novel. She currently has a completed sci-fi, fantasy that will be released in 2015. Due to popular demand she is currently working on a sequel to “Deadly Deadly” which was initially intended as a stand alone novel. M. J. Vigna is now 85 and lives in a small town in Nevada. She has always been involved with horses and other animals and has a deep knowledge of animal behavior. It was easy for her to write a story that involved a bull as a main character due to her familiarity with “herd” behavior and her years of personal observation. M. J. is enjoying her opportunity to pursue her hobby of writing and art without interruption. She spent most of her life caring for others, being a mother of 6 and having a disabled mother to look after. She is an incredible artist and did the cover drawing of “Deadly Deadly” in addition to another drawing included in the book. She currently has a line of “horse humor” T-shirts on the market as well. She dallies in silversmithing, leatherwork, and beading. The photo on the cover was taken in the 1950’s when she was one of Los Angeles’ top runway models.

Connect With The Author:
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Giveaway:
Enter to win one of ten prize packages! Each package will contain:
A tote with author’s humorous animal artwork
A shirt (available in size small to x-large)
And a $10 Amazon GC
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Friday, October 24, 2014

Guest Post by Kia Carrington-Russell on the Possession Of My Heart Blog Tour (Urban Fantasy)

Guest Post by Kia Carrington-Russell:

Marketing : Bookmarks Posted on 13/10/2014 by kia
 

Over the next few weeks I will be writing articles on marketing materials and ideas—but ones that are affordable. Let us start with the humble bookmark. So, you’re really excited because your book is soon to come out and you can’t wait to see how it will look on flash posters, business cards and bookmarks. You look into the pricing and almost cry at the quotes you receive from printers and designers. Well, you’ve stumbled across the right article: I will give you a few tips and ideas to help you with your marketing budget. When I first looked into marketing materials I was surprised by the expense involved in producing a simple bookmark. I would suggest you research it to find out how expensive they can be. I couldn’t justify spending such a large sum of my budget on a bookmark. Why did I even want bookmarks? Because they are a good marketing utensil and I would definitely advise that you look into this small investment. I give bundles to my local bookstore when I have recently released a new book. When a customer buys a book they place them in their bag, and voila: you have promoted a few details to a potential customer. On top of that, when having book launches or promotions outside a bookstore you can always have someone offer these to people as they walk past. They might not all be interested, but some might. They might take it home and then later realise they still have it, and that is a potential buyer. Everyone likes freebies, even if it is a cost-effective bookmark. I often place one of my bookmarks for a certain book inside the cover of a different title: say Phantom Wolf in my Possession Of My Soul book, and vice-versa. That’s because if a customer has bought my book—and hopefully enjoyed it—they then already have a bookmark informing them of the next title I have written. They have all the details in their very hands and they probably didn’t even notice they were using it the whole time. For my bookmarks, I print two next to one another on a postcard. I cut them myself and for every postcard I then have two bookmarks. Depending on what size of bookmarks you are after, you could probably even manage three slim bookmarks out of the one postcard. I have a cover/captivating image on the front with a gloss finish. And on the back I have my ‘Crystal Publishing’ logo and QR code so the interested person can scan it and instantly be directed straight to an excerpt and a brief of the blurb. Some might think this looks tacky or that there is too much writing, but I want my readers to know all they can about my book. Who knows, this might change in time, and I might decide on a different style, but right now it works for me. And for a fraction of the price I was originally quoted. You can have professionals design it for you but I prefer to measure and create it myself. I like to be hands-on with my marketing materials and often do most of it myself, same with my online marketing and images. I usually use the character images or parts of the book cover for the images on my bookmark. I print through an Australian marketing and printing company called Vistaprint that often have sales, and the best part is that they are affordable. For one hundred bookmarks it usually would cost me $15, but I usually wait for the sale when you can get that amount for half the price. No matter where you live, it is very possible you will have a similar kind of online marketing and printing service, all you need is a little research to find them. You could probably even use Vistaprint—which I would highly recommend—though I am unsure of how much the postage would cost for your delivery. But it is much more affordable than the hundreds of dollars quoted on the other bookmark printing websites. If uncomfortable with creating or designing your own bookmarks, you can always affordably hire someone on Fiverr (www.fiverr.com). There are heaps of wonderful marketing designers on there who can help you for as little as five dollars. I personally like using bookmarks as marketing asset. It is something I can offer to my readers for free, and do so affordably. For me, it creates more excitement for my books as well. If you have any questions about bookmarks, or any other marketing materials, please comment below or inbox me on the contact page. I would love to hear your question. Don’t forget to either subscribe
to my page or drop by next Monday for my weekly blog. And remember, over the next few weeks, this blog is all about marketing materials and ideas that can help you. I hope you are all having a wonderful day and happy writing/reading. 
I offer informative, tips and ideas on my Monday weekly blog to help fellow indie and self-publishing authors at:
http://www.thethreeimmortalblades.com/blog/ 


http://fireandicebooktours.wordpress.com/2014/09/19/urban-fantasy-book-tour-giveaway-possession-of-my-heart-by-kia-carrington-russell-101014-11714/


Virtual Book Tour Dates: 10/10/14 – 11/7/14
Genres: Urban Fantasy/ Romance/ Action/ Paranormal
Series: The Three Immortal Blades









Blurb:
After the great fight between Tyran and Misfeata, Karla’s body is recovering. Misfeata has manipulated and possessed her body — now, she lies dormant. But for how long?
Paul and Karla continue to venture into the unknown. Karla is in pursuit of her parents, as well as a cure for her body in which Shielder blood now resides. She must find a cure for herself both physically and mentally as she struggles with the morals of this very different world.
As Karla tries to avoid the war, she inevitably drags Paul into dangerous circumstances. A rare Elemental Breather is after Karla and out for war, but why? Now, not only combating the Starkorfs, Karla must contend with the Elemental Breathers and her own fighting spirit.
In this time of hardship, Lucas comes back into her life. He is also targeted by the strange Elemental Breather, Taskatae, who calls herself ‘Mother.’ After his betrayal, Karla must learn to trust him again as he reminds her who she truly is now.
Can she survive the constant battles from not only the physical world but from within? For a while Misfeata is dormant; Karla must try to keep hidden her true feelings. Karla is in turmoil as she faces who may truly possess her heart.

See the book trailer for the first book in this series, Possession Of My Soul: The Three Immortal Blades 

Excerpt:
They’re after the blades, I realized to myself, searching for where Aeisha once was. I looked down at her paired blade in my hand, summoning the energy it possessed. I could sense her partnered blade — it was not that far from here. Was the girl a distraction?
As if hearing my annoyance, Ashley ran over to me as the Starkorfs all began to flee behind the small girl that took Paul’s knife, which held no significant power to it, why run away with it? Plus, they had Aeisha’s other blade.
They’re here for the Immortal Blades. Chase them and find that girl, find out who sent them,” I shouted.
I felt Aeisha’s pulse once more from whoever held it and ran with my blade. The girl that had taken Paul’s knife must have been a distraction. I ran into the direction where Aeisha called to me. It did not take me long to run past only eight houses until I found the four Starkorfs that ran from me. The one in front was holding Aeisha.
They quickly turned to face me as another arrow shot for me, this time breaking through my Shield and into my shoulder. I winced at it, holding my hand firmly to the injury. How did it get through my Shield? I felt the pulse of Tyran and then the shiver of Misfeata coming to the surface. But how is Tyran close, does that mean Nathanial is behind this ambush and close by? Have they been following us this whole time or is Lucas working with him, telling him of our location?
Get out!” I screamed ripping at the arrow and tearing it from my shoulder. Pain stirred in my wound more than usual. What does this mean? Is Nathanial absent, but still leading this ambush?
I projected my Shield once again as orange ripples swirled around me, only to be broken by another arrow that shot into my leg. I screamed once more in anger as I felt my face twist, trying to compose Misfeata. Where are these arrows coming from and how are they penetrating my Shield?
Anger swelled within me as I faced the Starkorfs, running for them.
Give me Aeisha!” I raged, angered by my attackers, annoyed they thought they could steal Aeisha from me successfully.
I cut the first Starkorf’s stomach quickly, catching it as it fell forward and using its body as a barrier, noticing another arrow coming for me. The arrow pierced into the Starkorf’s body as I dropped it, leaping for the other. I caught its wrist and swung him in front of me as another arrow shot for me. Another Starkorf’s burned face caught the corner of my eye as it tried to use Aeisha against me, trying to strike me down with her.
I crouched quickly, using the Starkorf I had hold of as the shield to my back. I elbowed the oncoming attacker in the stomach and quickly slashed Aeisha across his knees. He staggered and dropped as I pierced his leg, catching Aeisha’s partnered blade as his grotesque figure screamed on the ground.
I jumped over a fence and hid against the side of a house, firming my back to the wall to hide from the archer. I searched for the archer, noticing the other Starkorf who now ran in the opposite direction, away from me. An arrow hit her back and she dropped to the ground as another caved into the side of her head. The archer is killing their own kind.
Perhaps the archer was no ally of the Starkorfs either? Or maybe because they hadn’t killed me or stolen Aeisha the archer was displeased. I stared for a little longer, hearing a sob behind me. I turned with blades in hand ready to confront my attacker, only to find a small child in front of me with tears running down her face.
My eyes widened. Is it human? Or is it a trick? I briefly searched behind: a trampoline, a few toys on the ground, a vegetable garden at the back. No hiding places for any others to attack from. I stared back into the child’s face as emptiness filled it and shock echoed through such innocent eyes. There is no evil in this girl. This is only a mere human child. I looked away in disbelief. She would have seen everything. The reality of this other world made me nostalgic. I have taken the innocence of this girl away, opening such a horrific nightmare in front of her.
I will now be the memory of her greatest fear.

Buy Links:
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About the Author:
Kia Carrington-Russell is a young author working on her first series: “The Three Immortal Blades”. Kia began writing at the age of fifteen in high school- finding that all her warped and strange dreams were giving her a fantastic new world- and since then she has never looked back.
Kia Carrington-Russell
Kia was born in a small town in Australia, moving around a lot at a young age until finding a stable town where she finished her schooling. Kia found herself enjoying and expressing herself through poetry, short stories and writing, photography, painting and drawing. All these mediums help Kia express the different world that she is so fond of.
In ‘Senior Art’ Kia focused on feminism and female empowerment; exposing through her work issues and concerns that many people would rather just “sweep under the rug”.
In one art installation, Kia made a bed out of Pokémon cards- the concept being that when she slept a new world would come to life and it was the only one she saw and constantly lived in.
Kia now focuses on her photography, writing and self-help blogs on her website: ‘Precious Living’.
Kia is now keenly working on “The Three Immortal Blades” series knowing that this book has to be shared with the world and that is what she aims to do now.
Kia writes in her Australian home, trying to focus at times on simply what is running through her head, as her cats either terrorize her legs as scratching posts or her puppy barks in her ear for play-time. And as she continues her series, they grow with her book.
Kia is strongly supported by her friends and family and thanks them dearly for being with her along the bumpy road and nothing would please her more than having your support as well.

Connect with the Author:
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Giveaway:
Enter to win 10 Ebook Copies of Possession Of My Soul: The Three Immortal Blades (Open Worldwide) or 2 Print and Autographed Copies of Possession Of My Soul: The Three Immortal Blades (Open to Residents of the UK, USA, CA and Australia). The giveaway will run: 10/10/14 – 11/7/14. Enter through Rafflecopter.


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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Young Adult Fantasy New Release: Air Riders by Echo Fox

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Virtual Book Tour Dates: 10/1/14 – 10/29/14
Genres: Fantasy, YA, Romance
Series: Equilibria





Blurb:

Tai is in love and he wants to fly across the mountain shouting it to the skies. He is ready to share his life with Keiko, when a strange event turns his world upside down.
The Daiku, long-time prey of Tai’s tribe of Zephyrus, start fighting back. With the whole tribe in danger from the reptilian creatures that roam the dark forest below, Tai must put all his knowledge of hunting to the test to help safeguard his people.
With the Daiku becoming an ever more erratic threat, control of the hunters is given to a fast-rising star of the Hunting Wing, Aiko, and for a while all seems to be going to plan. The Daiku can be defeated and Tai can finally live his life with Keiko.
However, is everything as it seems? Is Aiko really the Zephyrus’ salvation? Or will Tai need to gamble everything – and everyone – he loves for the greater good?



Excerpt:

Tai closed his eyes and was transported back into his memory. He remembered the rush of cold air over his shoulders, pressing against his head as he rose through the hair. He was following Keiko, upwards, towards the Ororan undulating through the sky above the mountains.

Keiko dipped through the gossamer curtain, the waves of light flickering over her skin and casting rose pink tones to her hair. A glimmer of soft sea foam green swept over her shoulder as she glanced back over her shoulder at Tai.

‘Race you!’ she called.

Tai grinned and summoned a wind to bear him along but before he could gain on her, she flipped; diving deep into the curling colours, riding the air faster and faster, disappearing from view behind a deep purple wave of light.

Blinking in shock at her speed, Tai shook his head in wonder and then jumped onto the back of the wind he had summoned. Whooshing through the air, Tai clashed through the delicate ripples of colour. He raced along on the wind, glimpsing the ground in the distance as he flew above.

Every other second or so he caught a glimpse of Keiko’s long white blond hair whipping fast around a pattern of deep pink or coloured pale green as she dove alongside a curtain of moving light. She was so fast!

Tai felt an exhilaration bursting in his chest, he was smiling so widely he could feel his cheeks begin to ache in the cool air rushing over his face. His own white hair flickered around his neck and back as he flew. He wondered briefly what they would look like to anyone down below.

-How did you make Hunter when you’re so slow?- Keiko’s voice snickered joyfully in his ear as she darted over a shimmering wave of lilac. She laughed, he could hear that without her pushing her voice to his ear, and blew him a kiss.

Determined to catch her; Tai stopped chasing and dropped through the light like a stone. He plummeted down, feeling his adrenaline spike as he went into free fall through the glimmer. Catching himself in a bundle of warm air, Tai eyed the wheeling and dipping Ororan above him and spied Keiko following the movements of the light ahead of him. Sneakily, he flew straight underneath the colours, watching to see where the next ripple would place Keiko.

Smiling, he rose up through the air and appeared directly in front of her, catching her startled face just before she crashed into him.

He wrapped his arms around her, holding them both still in the air as she pummelled his shoulder.

‘You cheated! Couldn’t catch me after all, huh?’ she squealed, laughing.

‘What do you mean I cheated?’ sputtered Tai. ‘I think you’ll find I’m the one who tracked you down and caught you. And that’s why I made Hunter.’

She curled into his chest, allowing him to carry both of them through the soft streams of colour as they descended back to the ground. Tai alighted and started to stoop, to put Keiko back on her feet but she stopped him. Her hand crept up his arm and caressed the side of his face and they looked at each other.

Tai saw himself reflected in her violet eyes as she leaned forward and planted a sweet kiss on his lips. Tai felt his heart race and he hugged her tighter.

‘I think I may be falling in love with you Tai.’ whispered Keiko in his ear.

He smiled and kissed her again.

‘I know I’m in love with you.’ he murmured. ‘Absolutely, irrevocably, in love with you.’


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Echo Fox lives in a sleepy town in the south of England with her partner and supremely fluffy cat. She studied Classics and Archaeology at university and is forever inspired by the myths and legends of the past. Echo finds the best writing fuel is freshly baked cookies and she is always 100% more productive on a sunny day.

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