Book Title: Obsidian Threads (Book 2 of The Lost Shards)
Book Genre: Science Fiction/Fantasy
Publisher: Singular Books
Release Date: Dec. 1st
Tour Host: Silverbow Promotions
Book Blurb/Synopsis: Rho has awakened. Its acolytes will tear worlds apart to release their deity from its prison. Any hope of Rho's defeat lies with two people lost in a strange universe. Kaden and Aren must learn to harness all their unique gifts if they are to rival the god of darkness reborn.
They will not fight alone. A brilliant geneticist, a furry dwaro, two less than friendly elves, dragons, and a spunky red-haired computer stand with them. But if Kaden and Aren fail to reach their full potential, all of reality will be devoured until nothing remains but Rho.
Sydney lives her nightmares every night. While other teenagers are dreaming of boys or traveling to exotic places, she must run a staircase with no beginning or no end, or a terrible debt will never be paid.
Just before her seventeenth birthday, the dreams change. She is no longer alone.
But her nightmares don’t end when she wakes up. Her stepmother and stepsisters threaten to ruin everything she holds dear. She must protect the secret that both she and her father have magic or they will use it to their advantage.
As Sydney learns to control her magic, what seemed impossible before—escaping her stepmother and those ever-present stairs—is now at her fingertips. When she learns the ultimate plan of her evil captor, Sydney must stop her at all costs, or she will forever lose her soul.
Facebook wants to be paid for everything. Including allowing fans/followers to see what the pages they are following are saying. The good news is, there are ways to beat Facebook at this game.
Here are just a few . . .
One & Two:
When you Like a page this is what you see.
But if you click on that little button?
You get this:
Right away, there are two options to insure you see what the pages you have opted into following are saying/doing! Hit Get Notifications or if you already get too many of those, simply add the page to your interested lists.
Three, Four, & Five:
These three buttons can be your best friends! Facebook determines who sees what by how often they interact with a page. So if you don't interact, the page suddenly disappears from your feed. The simplest way to fix this is simply to Like a post here and there, comment every once in a while, and sometimes, share a post. It's easy, it doesn't take a whole lot of time, and it saves everyone a ton of frustration.
If you're on the homepage, on the left hand side under the title "Pages" there is a place you can go JUST to see things from pages you have liked. Click on "Pages Feed' and voila! All the posts from all the pages you follow will be in that feed - just like your regular newsfeed only exclusively for pages you follow.
Facebook is being evil and keeping me at 5,633 likes. Which really shouldn't be an issue except I've been stuck there for months. I would LOVE it if you could help me reach 6,000 likes by the end of the year. So to spread the word, I'm hosting a giveaway!
What could you win?
*A signed, personalized copy of Only Half Alive
*A signed, personalized copy of Missing Royal
*The very first ARC of The Enchanted Rose
(and of course it will also be signed and personalized)
PLUS I might just throw some other goodies in there as well. ;)
So how can you enter to win? Easy! With the rafflecopter below!
Don't use rafflecopter? No worries! Because below that is a Google Form you can fill out instead. :)
In honor of all breast cancer survivors, warriors, and those they've left behind.
A few years ago, K.C. Rose and I got some devastating news: a sweet friend and mother had an extremely aggressive form of breast cancer. Since I had just launched my first novel into the world, I decided to donate all my royalties for a period of months to the family to help them fight this horrible invader. But it wasn’t enough—we knew we could do more. That’s where the concept of the Lizzie Lilac book was born. This book is not only dedicated to our friend (who is now cancer free!!) and her family, but also to all the families who struggle with this disease. K.C. and I make no profit from sharing this story—everything we raise will go to the Huntsman Cancer Institute in Utah to help them help others.
Thank you for being part of our fight.
Book blurb: Poor Lizzie Lilac. When one of her favorite socks goes missing, she is determined to find out where all the missing socks go. What she learns is definitely more than she expected.
If you've been on Facebook lately you've most likely seen quite a bit of bullying going on. Maybe not firsthand but there are plenty of stories going around. A few times now people have asked for my take on it all.
I've tried to avoid it but as it gets worse I can't just push it aside. It can't be ignored. So here it is . . . my take on all of the bullying going on.
Let me start with a story.
About nine years ago I was bullied. Not online but in person. Kids my age hated me. I will never understand why other than I was the new kid, the outsider. Because of their hurtful words, all their jokes, the evil glares, and such I became an over achiever. This didn't help my case because all of the sudden, the adults all loved me.
Things got bad. I was sick of everything in life. I was tired of not having any friends, always being an outsider despite trying so hard to fit in.
In 2007 things changed. At this point I had two real friends. One of which invited me to attend a writer's group for girls my age; taught by her mother along with a few other women. Originally I declined but in the end, I went and that is when I discovered writing.
Writing became my escape. It didn't matter that I had no real friends because I found friends with my characters. I could write for hours on end and often, I did just that. And a couple of years later I attended my first writers conference.
I was out of my element, terrified, alone at a whole conference, and I ran into Shanna - one of the women who taught me to write. She asked how many authors I had spoken to so far. The look on her face when I admitted I hadn't spoken to anyone is unforgettable. She got in my face, looked me dead in the eye, and said "Konstanz, you get out there and you introduce yourself to people. Get your name out there. Talk to people!"
Terrified at the task she gave me, I went to another class. Afterwards I meekly approached the front of the room, introduced myself to the authors who gave the class, and now eight years later I'm still doing that.
Writing saved me in a way nothing else could. Where I was bullied by people my own age, I found friends at this conference filled with people just like me. I knew I found a group of people I could call my friends for life.
One thing I learned above everything else is authors stick up for each other. We help each other. We are there for each other. There is no competition amongst authors because readers will always want more books. Well, it was that way.
Now I can't say the same thing. Yes, readers want more books. So why in the world have we turned it into a competition? Why are authors fighting each other like cats and dogs? What happened to the kindness?
*Paul Genesse taught a panel at one of my first conferences that I will never forget. He talked about how authors help each other. And if you have a published author, he is going to help the author below him - the author getting ready to submit his manuscript to publishers. And the author submitting to publishers is going to in turn, help the author below him, the one still in the editing phase. And the author in the editing phase is going to help the author below him. And it will keep going so that no matter where you are in your writing career there will always be someone to help you.
*This is not word for word. I do not recall Paul's exact words but it was the same idea, the same principle.
So what happened to that? When I feel like I can't go to a fellow author for help there is something seriously wrong with the author and book world.
The bullying (in every form) needs to stop.
I recently read a blog post calling out a well known author for bullying. Knowing that author personally, I have a hard time believing that the blogger tells the full story. And how often is this happening? How often are authors outed as bullies because people refuse to get all the facts?
I am not saying that authors do not bully. Simply that we should know all the facts before judging, before refusing to buy their work or talk to them. Every one has a story. As someone in the writing community, authors, readers, bloggers, should understand that more than anyone.
Let's quit the accusing game, the blaming game, the "everyone attack this person for saying something we didn't like" game. And let's get back to the supporting each other.
Meredith Aaron lost all hope for love after a car accident put her in a wheelchair. Who would want her, broken as she is? After her brother tells her to save a dance for him at his wedding, she decides to somehow learn how to dance on the only legs she has left—her wheels.
Volunteering time at
the local soup kitchen (Check)
Ivy League (So close
she can taste it)
Falling in love with
a homeless boy (Not on the list)
Dean has a plan too.
Survive. After being subjected to his foster father’s violent attacks, Dean
made the hard choice to leave. Now he lives on the streets doing everything he
can to get by, refusing to let people help him. But when he meets Anna, he
realizes not everyone is out to hurt him.
Slowly, Anna and Dean
let each other in, blending their two worlds into one. But when a series of
events brings Dean’s world into perspective, he pushes Anna away. Not willing
to accept the line that divides them, Anna sets out to bring Dean back to her.
Her determination and faith in their future puts her on the tracks of danger,
and he is the only one who can save her.
Tessa Marie lives in the same town she grew up in on Long
Island, NY with her long time boyfriend and their fish. Under her real name,
Theresa Paolo, she released her debut novel (NEVER) AGAIN, a NA romance, in
Fall 2013 with Berkley (Penguin) and (ONCE) AGAIN released this summer. She is
also the coauthor of the Amazon bestseller KING SIZED BEDS AND HAPPY TRAILS and
BEACH SIDE BEDS AND SANDY PATHS, a YA contemporary series. She has a hard time
accepting the fact she’s nearing thirty, and uses her characters to relive the
best and worst years of her life. She put her love of writing on hold while she
received her Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing from Dowling College. When she’s
not writing, she’s behind a camera, reading, or can be found on Twitter,
Pinterest and Facebook.
Book Synopsis: Sydney lives her nightmares every night. While other teenagers are dreaming of boys or traveling to exotic places, she must run a staircase with no beginning or no end, or a terrible debt will never be paid. Just before her seventeenth birthday, the dreams change. She is no longer alone. But her nightmares don’t end when she wakes up. Her stepmother and stepsisters threaten to ruin everything she holds dear. She must protect the secret that both she and her father have magic or they will use it to their advantage. As Sydney learns to control her magic, what seemed impossible before—escaping her stepmother and those ever-present stairs—is now at her fingertips. When she learns the ultimate plan of her evil captor, Sydney must stop her at all costs, or she will forever lose her soul.
Book Synopsis: When nerdy Rich Witz unwittingly becomes a Paladin, a white knight, in training, he is thrust into a world where flunking a test can change the course of history and a mysterious bully is playing for keeps with his life. Rich’s grandmother leaves him with one thing before disappearing for good: a white chess pawn with his initials engraved on it. The pawn marks him as the next in an ancient line of white knights. He must prove himself in a life or death contest against his Nemesis, a dark knight in training, all while dealing with math homework and English projects. With the ghost of an ancestor for his guide, he has seven days to complete four tasks of valor before his Nemesis does, or join his guide in the realm of the dead. As Rich rushes to complete the tasks, he realizes the chilling truth: his Nemesis is masquerading as someone at school and will stop at nothing to make him fail. As the tasks grow ever harder, the other knights reveal to him that his failure will break a centuries-old chain and bring the Paladin order to ruin. If he fails, the dark knights win the right to control the fate of the world, a world without hope or the possibility of a new dawn. So this is one exam Rich has to ace, with no curve and no extra credit.
Here is the new cover for Unlovable. I didn't change it to much because I really loved the original one. (Thank you, Paul Beeley), but another author came out with almost the exact same cover, including the coloring :'(
I kept the girl on the swing because she fits Maggie's story perfectly, though I did add flowers to the swing. The rest has been changed completely. I love the blues and pinks, and I've always wanted a moon on the cover. I also added Maggie's trailer in the background!
Here is the eBook cover:
And this is the Paperback
This is the audio book cover.
This is the new cover for Unbelievable! It's a real change. I feel this cover fits the story so much better. Lilah feels trapped by her domineering father and his demands. She desperately wants to break free...can't tell you anymore or I'll spoil the story I feel this new cover portrays Lilah and what she is going through in a much stronger way, and it seems to fit in better with the other covers. While I loved the old cover, and had a huge say in its design, (Thank you again, Paul) it seemed out of place with book one & three's covers. This one holds the same "feel," if you will.
Here is the Ebook cover:
And this is the paperback
Unbearable's cover didn't really change, only the back was updated.