Monday, August 21, 2017

Na Fianna Book Three Cover/Title Reveal! (And Giveaway!)


It's finally here! The cover and title revel for Book Three of the Modern Tales of Na Fianna (and a long time coming too, since the title did not want to happen for some reason). But without further ado, here it is!




Title: Scars of War (Modern Tales of Na Fianna Book Three)
Genre: YA, Urban Fantasy, mythology/folklore

Release Date: August 31st


Synopsis:


After the events on Samhain Eve things have calmed down for High King Eamon and his Fianna. The Unseelie Court is under new rule, and Eamon is happily married—and with an heir on the way! But just when it seems like things couldn’t be better, reports of changelings keep coming into BPAFF (Bureau of Protection Against Fair Folk). With the risk of children being changed out in their cribs, especially when a royal heir is weeks from being born, Eamon enlists the help of Aeden Mac Cool, Commander of Na Fianna, and Cassandra Whalen, Director of BPAFF, to deal with the threat before it escalates. Riots, Faerie rebels, and road trips with the King of the Unseelie—it’s just a typical day, right?





This cover features Cass and Aeden. Cass is one of the POV characters in this book, and I'm looking forward to what people think of her. 

Another fun thing for the cover reveal: I did a time-lapse video while painting it, so you can check that out!








Read an Excerpt!


After lunch we hit the road and made our way to Carlow, which was about an hour’s drive from the coast.
            “There have been more changeling problems this year than usual,” Rory was saying as we went along. “After we got that one last month, I thought I remembered seeing several more case files from earlier in the year.”
            I frowned. I hadn’t remembered there being more, but then, most of the case files and reports were just things I heard about while I was working on something else and signed off on before handing over to Rory. That was why I had him after all, to handle the paperwork, so I took his word to be correct. “If that’s the case, then we need to get to the bottom of this. It’s probable they are all isolated occurrences, and there are simply more of them due to rogue Fae after all the upheaval that has gone on in the Faelands and the Courts in the last couple years, but if there’s anything to it, we need to find out before it escalates.”
            “Maybe we just need to reiterate the importance of warding,” Rory suggested. “People have gotten a bit slack with the new treaties made, but they don’t understand that Faeries are still going to do Faerie things, even if they are technically our allies. And it’s really the Lesser Fae who do these things anyway, and most of them are still as yet unattached to any Court.”
            “True,” I nodded. “It wouldn’t be a bad idea to work on a few new PSAs or, heaven help us, start some new classes. I don’t think teaching Faerie protection at a lamaze class would be any easier than trying to beat stranger danger into a selkie’s one track mind.”
            Once we got to Carlow I pulled into the BPAFF station and we found Connell’s secretary there, waiting for us.
            “He had to go track the kelpie but he said to give you the file for the changeling case,” she said, and handed me a manila folder. I quickly flipped through it but saw nothing out of the ordinary.
            “Thanks, do you have directions to the house?”
            As we got on the road again to go pay the family a visit, Rory read through the file for me.
            “The Dempsey family: two kids—twin boys, age four. Apparently last week one, Tomas, got up in the morning and proceeded to eat almost all the food in the pantry, which was likely indication enough, but he’s been bad-tempered and naughty, even for a four-year-old, and the parents can’t do anything to control him.”

            “Sounds like a routine changeling case,” I said as I pulled off down the private drive toward a quaint little yellow farmhouse that looked as peaceful as could be. I noticed as I parked the Land Rover though, that the back property, though fenced in, backed up against a wood. I had a feeling that was exactly where the Faeries had come in. I saw someone had strung bells on the gate as well as some bunches of rowan, but whether that had been there previously or was a new addition, I couldn’t tell. In any case, I knew it wasn’t going to keep out any Faerie determined enough to get in.
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This excerpt was only part one of what you can read today for a cover reveal special. To read the continuation of this excerpt, check out the other blogs taking part in the reveal in the order below:

Part Two: The Reading Hedgehog
Part Three: Road of the Writer
Part Four: Knitted By God's Plan
Part Five: The Overactive Imagination 
Part Six: Not Unworthy



Enter the Giveaway!



I'm running a giveaway for e-copies of the first two books of the Na Fianna series so you can read them before Scars of War comes out on the 31st. All you have to do to enter is comment on any of the cover reveal blog posts. The more you comment on, the more times you are entered to win! I will be doing the drawing on the 23rd so you have until then to win.

You can either leave me your email address in the comment, or your Twitter handle if you have one. If you don't want to leave either, just come to the blog on the 23rd and see if you won, otherwise, I will contact you through your email or Twitter.

But don't forget to visit the rest of the blog posts to read more excerpts! Comment on all of them for more chances to win!


Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Modern Tales of Na Fianna Cover/ Title Reveal





Hey everyone! I'm super excited to announce that on Monday the 21st I'm going to have the cover/title reveal of the third book in the Modern Tales of Na Fianna series! This has been a long time coming but I'm super excited to share it with you!

The official release of the book will be on August 31st, but until then, you can enjoy what the cover reveal days will have to offer!

First of all, you'll be getting SIX different excerpts to read that will be distributed through my own blog and the other bloggers taking part in the cover reveal.

I'll also be running a giveaway for e-copies of the first two books. All you have to do to enter is comment on one of the posts. I will be counting up the commenters after all the posts are up and if you comment on more than one, you'll be put into the drawing as many times as you count, so more comments, more chances to win :)

Here are the blogs you will be visiting:

My Blog (Hazel West's Character Purgatory)
The Reading Hedgehog
Road of a Writer
Knitted By God's Plan
The Overactive Imagination 
Not Unworthy 


I hope you will all join me!

Friday, August 11, 2017

July Reading Wrap Up

Here is my wrap up for July. I got to 8 books, which wasn't too bad considering everything else I did that month.


Friday, August 4, 2017

Summer Formatting Sale!




Summer Formatting Sale!

Once More Unto the Page Formatting is having a Summer Sale off all formatting services to launch our move to Wordpress! Get your e-books and hardcopies formatted for 20% off through the end of August!

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Ebook formatting starts at $36 on sale!

Once More Unto the Page is a formatting service specifically for indie authors and we provide fast and professional service and will work with you to make sure you get what you’re looking for.

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So come stop by and book services before the end of August! Please tell your writer friends as well!

Friday, July 7, 2017

May and June Reading Wrap Up

So I realized I totally forgot to post my May Reading Wrap Up video here, so here is both May and June.




Thursday, June 1, 2017

Announcement! BLOOD TIES Readalong!





So I decided that a fun way to start off the summer was to do a readalong for my book Blood Ties, especially since Book Three of the Modern Tales of Na Fianna is going to be out in August!

This is for anyone who wants to join in! I have set up a discussion group on Goodreads that you can join if you are on GR, and even if you aren't, you can join in on Twitter with "live tweeting" for the weekly readings. Just let me know that you are participating that way by either linking your handle in the comments below or Tweeting at me through @artfulscribbler and use the hashtag #bloodtiesreadalong I'll be updating daily through Twitter and you are welcome to join in mini discussion there as well even if you are joining the group :)

Other than that, there's other fun things going on on the GR group during the time like Fanart Fridays and Author (and Character) Q&As. You can find out more about this on the group.

Also, if you don't have a copy of Blood Ties yet, you can get the ebook from Amazon for only $0.99 right now. Just follow the link below.

The readalong starts Sunday June 4th, so if you want to participate head on over to the GR group and introduce yourself :)

Goodreads Readalong Discussion Group

Purchase Blood Ties On Kindle


LIGHTPORTER Cover Reveal!

Hey, everyone! I'm really excited to have C. B. Cook back on my blog with a cover reveal for her second IDIA book, Lightporter!


A Note from the Author: C. B. Cook

Hello, friends! I’m so excited to be sharing the cover of Lightporter with all of you today! This cover has been in the works for quite a while, but since I just finished writing the book, I decided it was time to show everyone the cover! So without further ado, here it is!





Thanks so much for joining us today with this cover reveal! Don’t forget to add Lightporter on Goodreads and share the cover with all of your friends. What do you think of the cover?

Also, if you haven’t gotten a chance to buy Twinepathy, the first book in the IDIA series, the e-book is on sale for $0.99 today only! Go check it out on Amazon, or leave a review if you’ve already read it.