Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Happy New Year!


Happy New Year, friends and readers!:)


Sunday, December 15, 2013




For supernatural detectives Thulu and La Fi, “normal” is a relative term. La Fi is a medium, Thulu is a finder, and their usual clients are already dead.
But when their friend Reo is shot, and a group of stranded angels show up at their house for help to find a missing child, things are striking too close to home.
And now the portals that let the magical races return to Earth have started opening on their own.
With trips off-world, a kidnapped psychic and changes to their own abilities, Thulu and La Fi are hit with a lot more than they usually handle. Of course, their magical friends are there to help, but even they may not be enough to save an increasingly unstable Earth.
Portals is the sequel to Relics and is Book 2 in The Thulukan Chronicles.
 
After a successful career being other people, and later teaching others the many tricks of that trade, Maer Wilson has decided to be herself for a while. Turns out she's a writer. She's always loved stories, especially fantasy, mystery and sci fi. Maer was born in the Year of the Dragon and has a dragon-themed room in her home, but sadly no dragons in the back yard. When she's not writing, Maer plays online video games, teaches college and reads. She also co-hosts the literary podcast, MythBehaving and writes for two gaming fansites. Maer lives in the high desert of Southern Nevada with her two dogs, a chihuahua and a poodle. Portals is Book 2 in The Thulukan Chronicles. You can find all books and novelettes in The Thulukan Chronicles at Amazon. You can visit Maer’s website at http://maerwilson.com/.


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“Ghost Memory” (A Thulukan Chronicles Story, #1)

“Unwanted Ghost” (A Thulukan Chronicles Story, #2)
 
 
Excerpt from Portals
That night Parker had popped in to wake us at two in the morning to tell us our best friend, Reo, had been shot. The young ghost was distraught and panicked.
“They're on the back porch! You have to go help.”
“Where is he?” I asked groggily, as I jumped out of bed.
Thulu was instantly awake beside me, although he didn’t seem any more alert than I did.
“Back porch.” Parker enunciated each word in slight exasperation. “Go, please!”
Thulu looked at me, and I told him what Parker had said. Thulu can read lips, but even with a night light the room was too dark.
Thulu threw off the sheet and we both ran from the room. I was briefly glad we’d been wearing PJs.
Heart pounding, I took a few precious seconds to check on our three year old son, Carter. His night light showed him blissfully unaware of anything. Whatever happy dreams he was having made him smile slightly in his sleep. I sighed in relief that he wasn’t having another of his nightmares.
Downstairs, Thulu had turned on the kitchen and porch lights. In spite of the panic moments before, none of the three people on the porch seemed frantic when I joined them.
 Thulu looked relieved, Reo was on the floor, but seemed stoic, and Sloane knelt beside him, brow furrowed only slightly in concentration as he dealt with the wound.
My heart rate slowed down and my own fear started to slowly dissipate. My heart gradually dropped from my throat back to its accustomed place in my chest. Still my hands were shaking, and I felt the slight chill from outside. The porch was screened in, and the late August day had been hot, but the night brought a cool breeze that made its way along my arms.
The scent of flowers from the backyard didn’t quite mask the smell of the blood that pooled on the porch floor around Reo. Sloane, his partner and an elf, had already removed Reo’s jacket and shirt. A bullet lay on the floor, and I could see the shoulder wound was already healing and closing up. In a few moments, only the blood would remain as evidence that he’d been shot.
Reo's face was white. The strain showed around his brown eyes and his handsome face had the sheen of sweat on it.  His short brown hair that was usually spiked, lay damp and flat against his head, but he gave me a shaky smile.
“Bastard ruined my favorite jacket.”
 
 
 

 

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

What's An Even Better Holiday Gift Than a New Book ?

The Best Holiday Gift?  Books, of Course!
 
What is a better holiday gift than a new book? How about one signed by the author?
 
If anyone purchases Second Verse as a holiday gift, let me know between now and Dec 18. I’ll send you a customized, signed book plate to place inside the front cover, made out to the gift recipient and signed by me.
 
What’s better than a personalized and signed book?
 
And if not my book, make sure you buy books for all the readers in your life. Trust me, to an avid reader, there is no better gift than a new book!
 
Happy holidays, friends!

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Cover Reveal! Shattered Veil by Tracy E. Banghart (The Diatous Wars #1)


Today I have the pleasure of helping reveal the cover of Tracy E. Banghart's SHATTERED VEIL, a New Adult Science Fiction novel that will seriously knock your socks off. I loved this book! You will too so make sure to add it on Goodreads!

Without further ado...




When everything that defines you is stripped away, who do you become?

Selection
War has come to Atalanta, infecting its quiet villages and lush woodlands, igniting whispered worries in its glittering capitol.
All across the dominion, young men are being Selected for Military and sent to the front lines…and eighteen-year-old Aris Haan’s childhood sweetheart is one of them.

Secrets
Pyralis Nekkos, Atalanta’s leader, has kept the truth from his people, that their dominion will fall…and much sooner than anyone could guess.
Galena Vadim, his reluctant ally, wishes she could forget their shared past...until her future seems to depend on it.

Sacrifice
And for the boy she loves, Aris, a talented wingjet pilot, will give up everything - her home, her name, even her face...
...only to become the key to her dominion's survival.

Tracy E. Banghart is a cheesy movie–loving, fantasy football–playing (go Ravens!), globe-trotting Army wife who began “practicing” her craft at the age of five, when she wrote her first story. She loves visiting the international friends she met while pursuing her MA in Publishing and spends a portion of every summer at her family’s cabin in Canada, where she finds inspiration and lots of time to relax on the dock. She lives with her husband, son, two lazy dogs and one ornery cat. When not writing or spending time with her family, she is on a mission to bake the perfect cupcake.

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Sunday, November 17, 2013

YALSA Five Star Review for SECOND VERSE!

YALSA Five Star Review for SECOND VERSE

A Young Adult Library Services Assn (YALSA) reviewer loves SECOND VERSE!

“If you’re into reading suspenseful, breathtaking, horrific, and romantic books, this is the book for you. I couldn’t put the book down. I am fully in love with this book.” ~ Kayla, YALSA Top Ten Reviewer

Buy SECOND VERSE!

Friday, November 15, 2013

Kara Taylor's Deadly Little Sins Cover Reveal and Giveaway!

Today I'm helping reveal the cover of DEADLY LITTLE SINS, the third book in Kara Taylor's PREP SCHOOL CONFIDENTIAL series.

People. Read. This. Book. You won't be sorry. This series is so incredibly mysterious and fun. Prep School Confidential was one of my favorite reads of 2013 and I can't wait for this latest installment in the series!

Check it out and enter the giveaway to win an ARC of book 2, WICKED LITTLE SECRETS!



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Monday, November 4, 2013

Epilepsy Awareness Month! (A Cause Near and Dear to Me)



Hey all! November is Epilepsy Awareness Month, a cause that is near and dear to me. Epilepsy is one of the most common major chronic medical conditions, but also one of the ones that is least understood in the medical community, though the epilepsy community is working hard to change that.

As many of you know, my oldest son was diagnosed a few years ago with epilepsy. Though it hasn’t been the easiest time for him, I am happy to report, thanks to his wonderful doctors and a combination of medications, he has been seizure free for two years now, a blessing we are completely grateful for each day we get it and one that we certainly don’t take for granted as we know it can change at any time. Like many dealing with epilepsy, we continue to battle and fight against this silent disease and its stigmas, side effects and the hindrances epilepsy creates for those who suffer with it. But, as many in the epilepsy community say, we continue to live by the mantra: “I have epilepsy, but epilepsy doesn’t have me!”

To raise awareness and money for this very important-to-me cause, I am pledging to donate a portion of my proceeds for every copy of my novel, SECOND VERSE, sold during the month of November. That includes hardcover, paperback and ebook.

A portion of every single book sale will go to The National Epilepsy Foundation and the KARE Foundation. Donations will directly fund epilepsy research, and will also provide various aid for children in the epilepsy community including: granting wishes and providing scholarships for kids with epilepsy to attend safe camps.

Thanks all for reading a tiny bit about our journey with epilepsy. Just you reading this post provides awareness and for that I am so very grateful for your time.

If you haven’t read SECOND VERSE yet, and want to, or if you’re already holiday shopping, and want to buy during November to have a portion of it donated to this cause, feel free to order from your retailer of choice.

Any purchase, from anywhere, counts! Here are just a few places where it is available:




If you want a signed copy, you can contact the folks at WORDS BOOKSTORE. They have some signed copies on hand, but being that it is my local bookstore, I can stop by and personalize or sign copies for anyone who orders through them! If you want a signed copy, or something specific in the personalization, just include instructions in the notes section of your order.
Thanks for reading friends, and learning a little more about this disorder that affects so many people every day.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Second Verse won a Gold 2013 Moonbeam Children's Book Award!


I am excited to announce that Second Verse won a 2013 Moonbeam Children’s Book Award! It won the Gold Medal in its category: Young Adult Fiction - Horror/Mystery


More about the Moonbeam Children's Book Award:

"The Moonbeam Children's Book Awards are intended to bring increased recognition to exemplary children's books and their creators, and tosupport childhood literacy and life-long reading. The Awards recognize and reward the best of these books and bring them to the attention of parents, booksellers, librarians - and to children themselves."

Buy links for Second Verse

Amazon (hardcopy and Kindle)

Barnes and Noble

Barnes and Noble Nook

Indie Bound


Thanks for visiting my blog, friends!:)

Saturday, October 5, 2013

SECOND VERSE Book Launch Recap!

The SECOND VERSE Book Launch was last night at WORDS Bookstore in Maplewood. What an amazingly fun night! I am so incredibly grateful for the support for this event. We had about 60 people there. (Holy wow!) Here are a few pics of the event. I'll add more as I get them. I know I took pics with a lot of people, hopefully copies of those will trickle in. Much of the night was a whirlwind, but it was so much fun! The bookstore ran out of books - yay! Oh, and signing books is pretty much the most fun thing ever, I think.:)


What's a party without cupcakes?


Yummy! Never mind that the icing turned people's teeth purple! 


My mommy and I! Yes, she is wearing a super cool Second Verse tee shirt. Isn't it awesome? I wish I got a picture of the back, which is even cooler. Also, I must admit, I am not that tall. I was wearing gigantic heels. I am giggling over the fact that I actually look tall in these pictures.


My dear writing friend Shveta, along with my super nice editor, Tracy, had an absolutely fantastic purse made out of my book! It doesn't just LOOK like my book, it is actually made out of my book. The internet is full of such fun and creative gifts.


Me and Jonah, the owner of WORDS Bookstore. He's holding my book and I'm holding my book purse! Seriously, anyone local, check out this bookstore, they are the best bookstore around!


Me reading from my book. What a fun and surreal moment.




Upstairs in the bookstore, where the signing took place.


With my dear friend, Shveta.


How cute is this bookstore?



Signing! So much fun.



Thanks all for stopping by my blog!


Also, the SECOND VERSE Kindle edition is now live, for those that have been asking!:)

Friday, September 27, 2013

SECOND VERSE Final Teaser (#9)

Only a few more days until Second Verse hits the shelves!

Here is teaser #9, the final teaser for SECOND VERSE! If you want to preorder, you can do so here!


Wednesday, September 25, 2013

SECOND VERSE Teaser #8

Here is teaser #8! If you want to preorder, you can do so here!

Monday, September 23, 2013

SECOND VERSE Teaser #7

Almost one week to go until SECOND VERSE releases! Here is teaser #7! If you want to preorder, you can do so here!

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Book arrival!:)

My books arrived! My books arrived!

Squeeee! I knew the day was coming, as release date is only a little over a (gulp) week away, after all. But still, when the box arrived and I opened it, I could hardly believe they were HERE, like as in, in existence.:)

Look how pretty:

 

It's even pretty without the cover.:)
 
 
Book forts!
 
 
 


Thanks for looking! And if anyone wants to pre-order, you can do so here!

 


Friday, September 20, 2013

Second Verse Teaser #6!

How about another teaser? Enjoy Second Verse Teaser #6! Oh, and preorder available here if anyone is interested.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Second Verse Teaser #5!

Two weeks until Second Verse comes out! How about another teaser? Enjoy! Oh, and preorder available here if anyone is interested.


Sunday, September 15, 2013

YALSA Review fo Second Verse

This review from a teen YALSA reviewer made me smile. What a great thing to find in my e-mail!

Happy Sunday, friends!


"Not your average teen love story! Suspense that will keep you on the edge of your seat until the very end mixed with a teen romance creates an addictive and unusual read. 5 stars - Hard to imagine a better book!" ~ Karrie, YALSA Top Ten Teen reviewer.

Friday, September 13, 2013

Second Verse Teaser #4! (Friday the 13th Style)

Happy Friday the Thirteenth, friends! Here's another Second Verse teaser, in light of the creepy date...

(oh and as always, those who want to preorder can do so here).


Thursday, September 12, 2013

Cover Reveal: Tracey Martin's ANOTHER LITTLE PIECE OF MY HEART

Hey friends,

Today Tracey Martin is revealing the cover for ANOTHER LITTLE PIECE OF MY HEART, an absolutely wonderful YA romance that I had the pleasure of reading an early draft of. How great is this cover? I love it! Also, you can read more about the book, and add it on Goodreads. This is definitely one you won't want to miss!:)



Monday, September 9, 2013

Second Verse Teaser #3!


Hey everyone! Second Verse comes out in three weeks! Here is teaser #3! Enjoy! Oh, and preorder available here if anyone is interested!


Friday, September 6, 2013

Second Verse Teaser #2!


Hey everyone! Second Verse is coming soon! Here is teaser #2! Enjoy! Oh, and preorder available here if anyone is interested!
 
 
 

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Second Verse is coming soon! (Teaser #1)


Hey everyone! Second Verse comes out FOUR WEEKS from today. EEEK and yay! I'll be posting mini teasers a few times a week until release day. Here's the first one. Enjoy! Oh, and preorder available here if anyone is interested!



Thursday, August 22, 2013

Trade the Day is TOMORROW!

I'm excited to be participating in the TRADE THE DAY event tomorrow, August 23, to benefit the Leukemia Lymphoma Society. Here's some information on the event and stay tuned tomorrow at #TradeTheDay for giveaways, interviews and other fun stuff from some amazing authors!

Join us from the moment the stroke of midnight rings in Friday until Saturday on www.colbymarshall.com/blog for guest posts and interviews with some of your favorite authors, your chances to win signed copies of their books and author swag, and more!

But most importantlyknow that all sales of THE TRADE by Colby Marshall made on StairwayPress.com on this day will go to benefit the Leukemia Lymphoma Society!  For more information, visit http://www.colbymarshall.com/trade-the-day!

Friday, August 9, 2013

Kirkus Review for Second Verse!

Hey blog friends, hope everyone out there is doing well and having an awesome summer.

I just got an email that started my weekend off in a great way. A Kirkus review for SECOND VERSE! I can't share the whole thing yet, but here's a sneak peek:


“A supernatural murder mystery with a love interest rooted in the past and present. ... A fast-paced thriller best read with the lights on.” Kirkus

:)

Monday, March 18, 2013

MY COVER REVEAL!


It's cover reveal day!


Isn't it pretty? I can’t stop staring at it!

Also, don’t forget to enter my giveaway contest over at Me, My Shelf and I (link down below at the end of the post) – I’m giving away signed ARCs, signed bookmarks and an Amazon gift card (all open internationally). Good luck!
 

Bad things come in threes. In Shady Springs, that includes murder.
Murder NowLange Crawford’s move to Shady Springs, Pennsylvania, lands her a group of awesome friends, a major crush on songwriter Vaughn, and life in a haunted, 200-year-old farmhouse. It also brings The Hunt: an infamous murder mystery festival where students solve a fake, gruesome murder scheme during the week of Halloween. Well, supposedly fake.

Murder Then
Weeks before The Hunt, Lange and her friends hold a séance in the farmhouse’s eerie barn. When a voice rushes through, whispering haunting words that only she and Vaughn can hear, Lange realizes it's begging for help. The mysterious voice leads Lange and Vaughn to uncover letters and photos left behind by a murdered girl, Ginny, and they become obsessed with her story and the horrifying threats that led to her murder.
Murder Yet to Come
But someone doesn’t like their snooping, and Lange and Vaughn begin receiving the same threats that Ginny once did. The mysterious words from the barn become crucial to figuring out Ginny's past and their own, and how closely the two are connected. They must work fast to uncover the truth or risk finding out if history really does repeat itself.

 

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Blurbs, blurbs, blurbs!


Hiya blog friends!


I got the go ahead to share my blurbs, so here goes! I’m amazed and humbled by the nice things writers I admire have had to say about my book. Yay! (Also, if you want to add it on Goodreads,click here. )


"Part mysterious ghost story and part thriller, Second Verse's twists will keep you riveted. The intense connection between Lange and Vaughn is electric. A truly original debut." Cindy Pon, author of Silver Phoenix and Fury of the Phoenix


"Deliciously creepy and hauntingly beautiful, Second Verse satisfied my urge for both thrills and romance, all in one exciting package. Just be warned: extreme fear of the dark--and barns--might occur as a result of reading." Debra Driza, author of MILA 2.0


“A beautifully written story of love and loss that weaves past and present into a haunting tale that will keep you guessing until the final pages.” Dawn Rae Miller, author of the Sensitives Trilogy & Crushed


So there they are. Awesome, right? Every time I read them, I can’t get the big smile off my face!


Take care, friends. Happy reading and writing!

Thursday, February 21, 2013

BOOK GIVEAWAY!

Hey friends!

Tracy E. Banghart's BY BLOOD came out this week and she's giving away a free copy here, on my blog! All you have to do to enter is leave a comment. Easy peasy. Deadline is next Thursday, 2/28. Winner will be chosen at random by Tracey.

GOOD LUCK!


For 17-year-old Emma Wong, spending a summer in England shouldbe a dream come true. Gorgeous scenery? Check. Lots of hot guys with accents? Yes, please.

Spending two months with her mom, Dr. Mike (don’tcall him her stepdad), and their pooping, puking infant son? Not what she had in mind. It’s a disaster even her favorite cherry red leather jacket can’t fix (leather and spit-up so do not mix).

Not only does she get put on diaper duty (gag), but there’s also Dr. Mike’s cute research assistant to contend with. The only thing more embarrassing than her trying to plant one on him hours after they meet is knowing he’ll be a witness to her family’s dysfunction all. summer. long.

So when Emma meets a mysterious girl who happens to be a Druid, the summer suddenly promises to be far more intriguing than she expected. Powerful rituals, new friends, an intoxicating sense of freedom...and Simon, the sexy foreign stranger she was hoping for. It’s all a perfect distraction from dirty diapers and awkward family dinners.

Trouble is, intriguing doesn’t often mean simple. And Emma is about to discover just how not simple her life really is.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

A Visit from Nichelle Clark of LynDee Walker’s Front Page Fatality


Today I am super excited to feature LynDee Walker and her fabulous mystery: FRONT PAGE FATALITY. This book is fun and sassy and absolutely brimming with surprising twists and turns. Here’s a bit about the book:

Crime reporter Nichelle Clarke’s days can flip from macabre to comical with a beep of her police scanner. Then an ordinary accident story turns extraordinary when evidence goes missing, a prosecutor vanishes, and a sexy Mafia boss shows up with the headline tip of a lifetime. As Nichelle gets closer to the truth, her story gets more dangerous. Armed with a notebook, a hunch, and her favorite stilettos, Nichelle races to splash these shady dealings across the front page before this deadline becomes her last.

Read below for my interview with Nichelle Clarke, protagonist of Front Page Fatality, reporter and all around fun gal. She talks about what she’s done, where she’s been, her fabulous shoes and what’s up for her next. (Could this possibly be a bit of a teaser for book 2, hmmm? I guess we’ll have to wait and see!) 

Hey Nichelle! What’s happening? 

Hey, Jenn! Same old, same old. One murder, three burglaries (this catburglar is driving my PD guys bonkers), and a carjacking. I didn’t even realize people did that anymore until I saw the report this morning. Apparently, this guy didn’t get the blase criminal memo.

You look a bit tired. Any big stories keeping you up late? Or maybe you had some late night Valentine’s day plans last night? *grin*

My Valentine’s Day was lovely, for the first time in a long time. I had dinner with a special guy overlooking the James. And an old friend sent me candy! I’ve eaten half my box of Godiva white chocolate truffles already.

How are things in the love life department, anyway? 

Certainly not dull anymore! To the point that I actually wish it would calm down a bit. Two guys is not terrible, but two guys from such different worlds is starting to give me heartburn.

Oh and love the shoes by the way. What is your secret for always looking so good?

You know I buy most of my shoes on eBay, right? These were worn one time, and I swooped in at the last minute and snagged them for a hundred bucks. They’re Manolo! Also, thank you! I try.

So what’s up in your professional world? You seem to get the scoop on every story. How are you everywhere at once?

I’m so glad it looks that way! But Charlie Lewis over at Channel Four beats me sometimes, too. She can be a handful, but she keeps me on my toes.

What’s next on the horizon for you? Changing papers? Moving up in journalism world?

I’m happy in Richmond for now, but you never know. I’m up to my ears in drug wars and robberies, lately. I wish they’d catch this guy. Or gal. Whoever they are, they’re smart, and it’s irritating the heck out of my detectives.

How about personally? Looking to get married and settle down or still having fun?

Oh, I don’t think I’m settling down anytime soon. Sexy and exciting is not always the guy you want to bring home to mom.

Okay, quick five questions, just for giggles.


Favorite drink: Sans-alcohol: White Mocha; Alcohol: Margaritas

Most relaxing vacation spot: The beach! I love the ocean.

Dream job: Covering the White House for the Washington Post.

Favorite food: Hmmmm. Beef empanadas, or really good barbecue.

Favorite accessory: Shoes! My current favorites are these strappy aubergine Manolos that go with a surprising number of outfits. 

Okay, that's all for today. Thanks Nichelle, for stopping by!

And thanks LynDee Walker.

Click here to visit LynDee's site or here to order Front Page Fatality.


LynDee Walker grew up in the land of stifling heat and amazing food most people call Texas, and wanted to be Lois Lane pretty much from the time she could say the words “press conference.” An award-winning journalist, she traded cops and deadlines for burp cloths and onesies when her oldest child was born. Writing the Headlines in Heels mysteries gives her the best of both worlds. When not writing or reading, LynDee is usually wrangling children, eating barbecue or enchiladas, or trying to walk off said barbecue and enchiladas. She and her family live in Richmond, Virginia.  You can visit her online at www.lyndeewalker.com.

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