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Sunday, February 18, 2018

Stain Cover Reveal Giveaway - WINNERS!

Thanks to everyone who took part in the giveaway and helped me get the word out about Stain's beautiful cover art! There were winners both from the UK and the US. :) They're listed below:





Congrats to the winners! I've sent out emails, so check your inboxes if you find your name. If you don't receive an email, please reach out to me via my contact info here.

Anyone who didn't win, don't despair! January 2019 is a ways off yet, which gives me lots of opportunities for more reveals and giveaways to pass the time. :)

Also, if you're interested in buying this beautiful Stain artwork 8x11 poster/print for yourself, Nathalia Suellen is offering them on her Society 6 page:


Thanks again for stopping by, and I'll be back soon with more updates!


Wednesday, February 7, 2018

STAIN cover reveal giveaway!

***GIVEAWAY ENDED***

Welcome to the Stain cover reveal! If you haven't yet seen the beautiful cover by Nathalia Suellen, here's a sneak peek. 



To see the whole image in all its magical fairytale glory, follow this link. 

And here's the updated book description:
A gothic fairytale inspired by The Princess and the Pea. 
After Lyra—a princess incapable of speech or sound—is cast out of her kingdom of daylight by her wicked aunt, a witch saves her life, steals her memories, and raises her in an enchanted forest . . . disguised as a boy known only as Stain. Meanwhile, in Lyra's rival kingdom, the prince of thorns and night is dying, and the only way for him to break his curse is to wed the princess of daylight, for she is his true equal. As Lyra finds her way back to her identity, an impostor princess prepares to steal her betrothed prince and her crown. To win back her kingdom, save the prince, and make peace with the land of the night, Lyra must be loud enough to be heard without a voice, and strong enough to pass a series of tests—ultimately proving she’s everything a traditional princess is not.

Now onto the international giveaway for a chance at these pretty prizes!



Each prize has something to do with the story. As for the arc, those will be available later this year, so this is your first chance to win one! I'm also offering a signed Splintered collector's set. What does that have to do with the story? Much like Splintered, this book is filled with magic, mystical characters, fantastical creatures (some creepy, some cute and funny, and some beautiful), and intricate world building. So if you liked all those things in my Alice in Wonderland tales, you'll like it in Stain. What about the other prizes? Here's a hint as to what they represent:



The sun and moon bookmark signify our prince and princess and their destiny to reunite a world that's been split in two by a curse. The moon has been torn from the sky and banished to a wintry night kingdom deep beneath the earth, leaving the sun and kinder seasons to the day kingdom above ground:



You can find the rafflecopter for the prizes at the end of this post. If you want to know more about Stain and the symbolism behind the cover art, read on!

By looking at the cover, you can see Lyra (aka Stain) isn't a typical princess. She's in fact an anti-princess. She's tinged blue with moonlight, causing her aunt to dub her a "stain upon the family name" in their kingdom of perpetual sun. The night prince, on the other hand, is copper-complected in a realm of moonlit people. Each is foretold to balance the other, and together, they're to unite their broken world.


Nastya Nastya Zhidkova by Kumarova Michael


 What's up with the princess's crazy-long eyelashes? Here's an excerpt from the book, when the wicked aunt first sees her niece, the crown heir:

"It is startling.” Griselda observed the babe around her brother’s sturdy shoulder; the tiny princess wriggled within her ivory-lace blanket, a faint, bluish-tinged creature that resembled a curdled shadow on a saucer of cream. “Her lashes . . . they’re bone-white. And longer and more numerous than a centipede’s legs. There’s no denying she’s been touched by moonlight. She’ll have no shield from the sun.  It must be the illness from the queen’s blood. A contagion from the cursed land of eternal gloom and ice.”

On the cover, my princess wears a crown of barbed wire, representative of the thorns and nails that contribute to her scars. Scars are something she shares with the prince. Here's an excerpt from the book highlighting their flaws:


“I wonder how many that is now?” Vesper patted the raised welt. “Perhaps enough I can double as a patchwork quilt.” The edges of his mouth twitched in a teasing smirk. “Let’s play a trick on the castle’s seamstresses . . . hang me on the wall naked beside their finest creations. See how long it takes them to notice.”

Stain stifled a surprised laugh at his attempt at levity. Her own scars stared back at her, providing an intimate awareness of how desecrated he must feel. Though some of her wounds had been made through experiences and adventures she chose, there were others inflicted upon her, robbing her of any choice. 

As for the colors of the cover, gold and purple both play pivotal roles in the story. Here are some images from my secret pinterest board to offer insight:


Panacea roses

Liquid golden sunlight

And of course there are the spiderwebs and moths surrounding the princess. Nighttime creepers are her attendants in this tale, as are shadows. 

Stain is due to launch January 2019! I'll have more reveals and giveaways along the way, but until then, be sure to enter the rafflecopter below, and thanks for partaking in the cover reveal festivities!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Out of the writing cave and into the light!




If you haven't yet added this on GoodReads, here's the link. There's also a book description and some sneak peaks over there.

Stay tuned! I'll have giveaways and reveals over the following months to shorten the wait for 2019. :)

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Quick update on STAIN

Just peeking my head out of the writer's cave to shout share that I'm only chapters away from finishing this book! Wow, it's been a doozy to write; I really challenged myself with Stain

Aside from the elaborate world-building, there are four distinctive POV characters I got to know along the way. I can't say that I've fallen in love with them all (there's one in particular who is VERY hard to love), but I understand each one's motivations, and am endlessly fascinated by their interactions throughout the story.

Here's a look at their faces from my secret pinterest board:



Clockwise, we have the prince, the princess, the harrower witch, and the royal aunt. Not going to say who's good or bad. Maybe they all have shades of gray? *bats lashes* You'll have to read the story to see...


Okay, back to the business of writing. I hope everyone has a happy holiday season, and I'll see you in the new year!



Sunday, October 22, 2017

Lubbock Book Festival on the horizon!

I’ll be attending the Lubbock Book Festival this coming Sat, October 28th, chatting about fantasy w/ the amazing Rachel Caine. There will be a signing immediately after! 

For more info go to Lubbockbookfestival.org


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Monday, October 16, 2017

My visit to Prague and the Humbook Festival!


Sorry I’ve been so quiet! My generous Czech publisher, CooBoo, flew me into Prague for the fabulous #Humbook festival last week. Here are highlights, scrapbook style (click images to enlarge).







To see more pictures of the architecture, shops, and food I sampled, follow this link to my Prague pinterest board.


Now, I’m going dark a while longer. I've less than 2 months to finish Stain, my gothic Princess and the Pea fairytale retelling. Have an awesome Halloween, and I’ll see you when I come up for air!

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Announcing winners of 2017 YASH fall giveaway!


The winner of the Red Team's gift pack (pictured below) is: 
Seraph Captrix


For my own personal giveaway, the winners are listed below.

Splintered box set, signed: 
Amy Bernal


Splintered character / quote cards, signed: 
Kailey Bradley


Splintered playing card set: 
Justine Schweitzer


Alice in Wonderland gift tags: 
Debi


Thanks to everyone who took part in the giveaway and helped me get the word out about The Splintered Series collector's box

The winners have been emailed, so check your inboxes if you find your name listed below. If you don't receive an email, please reach out to me via my contact info here