**Release Day Blitz** ARV-3 by Cameo Renae

Title: ARV-3
Author: Cameo Renae
Genre: YA Post-Apocalyptic/Dystopian
Release Date: November 26th 2013
Publisher: CHBB
Cover Design: Regina Wamba at Mae I Design Photograpy

Blitz Host: Lady Amber's Tours

June 6, 2014: The beginning of the end. The Apocalypse.
A nuclear fallout wiped out every living thing on the planet, except for a few thousand of us who took shelter in underground bunkers across the globe. Now, after thirteen long years, we were finally able to return to the topside to begin to rebuild.
We thought we were alone. We were never more wrong.
Before the fallout, scientists had worked on creating an anti-radiation vaccine (ARV). The first two attempts failed, but despite the incomplete tests and results, the government approved and distributed the third serum to the masses in an effort to aid those who had no shelter.
It worked, keeping those who remained on the topside alive, but it also altered and mutated them. This new and infectious threat had completely outnumbered us. Now, we not only had to rebuild our planet. We would have to fight for it.
My name is Abigail Park. I’m seventeen, and this is my story.

My family is what keeps my heart beating, and my world a happy place to be.

I love reading great books that whisk me away from reality, even if for a little while. :) Writing is my passion. I love creating new worlds and new characters, and taking wondrous adventures with them.

In My Dreams & Hidden Wings were both recently published through Crushing Hearts and Black Butterfly Publishing. Descent (A Hidden Wings novella) will be released May 15, 2013, and Broken Wings (Book 2 in the Hidden Wings Series) will be released June 1, 2013.

One day I will find my magic wardrobe, and ride away on my magical unicorn... ♥ Until then... I'll keep writing! ;)

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Twitter: @CameoRenae

Book Blitz: Daughter of the Goddess by Rita Webb


The Heart.
The God of Love seeks a bride who is pure in heart and full of life—full of soul. Instead of a woman, he finds a child with laughter in her heart. Waiting for her to grow up, he befriends her, pretending to be nothing more than a blue-eyed boy with wild, tangled hair.

The Soul.
Left on the temple doorstep, a young girl turns the lives of the priestesses upside down . . . until one summer day before her eighteenth birthday, a traveling oracle tells her she is to marry a stranger in a foreign land.

The Nightmare.
An ancient demon—half-man, half-snake—wants to destroy anything the gods love. When she was a child, he haunted her dreams, but now he stalks her across the countryside. If he catches her, he’ll devour her.

 Leaving the house to go to school, I had schoolbooks spilling out of one hand, the other holding my place in a Nancy Drew novel, and bunny slippers still on my feet. My mom was a wee bit upset.

I haven't changed much. Still always have a book (or two) in my hand or creating stories in my head, and although I don't have any bunny slippers, I love writing in my jammies and snuggly slipper socks.

With my husband TJ (my own cuddly werewolf), I home-school our three girls, who keep us busy with art, science projects, books to read, dance classes, and walks about the park.


Thankful Contentment

In October 2007, I started writing with the intention of getting published because I was about to be laid off from my job. I had one big, overwhelming dream, and that was to be home with my kids. I wanted to be the stay-at-home mom, make a beautiful cozy home full of happiness and warmth, and homeschool my kids while doing fun projects with them like painting pictures and planting flowers.

TJ and I always agreed that the kids come first, and that our family was top priority. But it just so happens to be that I can make more money than TJ can, so I work while he homeschools and cooks and does the laundry. I’m really proud of him. He doesn’t really know how awesome he is.

Facing the upcoming layoff, I had to admit what I really, really wanted was to be home, but what if I can’t? What if I have to continue working, then what is it I want to do?

What do I want to be when I grow up? I was in my early 30’s, but I really hadn’t found what I wanted yet.

I thought over my childhood love of reading and creating stories (whether in my head or on paper) and wondered why I ever went into software testing rather than what I had always really loved doing. And I’d been good at it! My teachers always loved my stories in high school and in college. I got A+’s, so why can’t I just pick up where I left off?

I plunged into writing my first novel. And it sucked. But by then, I was addicted to writing. And I really believed that someday I could finally get to the point where writing could replace my boring, stiff, soul-stealing job. I kept at it and ended up writing two more novels plus loads of short stories.

I started the query process and got a few nibbles. At the same time, I was a part of a few non-profit anthology projects with some author friends of mine, and I realized how much I enjoyed the whole process, not just the writing. Designing covers, editing, marketing, formatting the interior design.

So in 2011, my husband and I started our own publishing company Robot Playground Inc and released my first book TEARS, which was not that big of a success. OK, it bombed because I made some mistakes in targeting my audience. I didn’t fully understand the market or where I fit in it, but I learned a lot from the experience and still am.

I floundered a bit due to my failure, but that too was a learning experience. Six years have passed, but my writing is just now becoming what I want it to be.

Six years later, my dreams haven’t quite come true the way I wanted them to. I still have a day job (a new one since I was laid off). We lost our house, due to that same lay off. I gained a lot of weight due to lack of sleep and all the caffeine and sugar I consumed to keep myself awake. And I burned my candle at both ends until I wasn’t even sure I was human anymore.

But I’m still writing, and if I never make money at this, creating stories and sharing them with all of you is the best hobby I’ve ever had. I sell enough books to pay my PA but not to cover all my other expenses (swag, book covers, promotional events, etc), let alone quitting my day job and being home with my family.

Yet I’m not quitting. I love what I’m doing, and I’ve learned to make the most of my family time. I can’t be that perfect mom I dreamed of or be part of school time, but I do my best to give what I can, perform what is expected of me at my day job, and still write in the evenings and weekends.

Thankfully I have an awesome husband who believes in me. He reads and edits all my writing, takes care of me and the family to make it all possible, and won’t ever let me quit, but even better, he’s now joined me in my crazy adventure.

One of my favorite Bible quotes is in Ecclesiastes. It’s something about how a man alone, struggling to survive, is a sad state of affairs, but a three-stranded rope is much stronger than one strand alone. In my home, my husband is one strand, I’m another, and God is the third.

We don’t live to ourselves or die to ourselves. We are not complete until we share ourselves with others. My husband shores up my weaknesses and balances me out. He sees what I missed and brings depth to our stories.

The future will be better because we are together, because we have each other. I haven’t yet seen my dreams come true, but I know that they will happen.

We’ve been together 14 years, two sets of 7, and I’ve heard it said that 7 is a significant number to indicate completion. Our first 7 years, we got married, had 3 kids, and established the groundwork of our family. The one thing we’ve always had together is friendship and laughter.

The second set of 7 years, we learned how to work together. We started our business. I started writing. We finally figured out how to make our budget work, even with one income. We began the adventure of homeschooling and worked out the kinks. We discovered health issues (loads of food allergies plus my problems with Celiac disease) and figured out how to overcome these problems. This was the framework we’ve built on top of the strong foundation of friendship and love we have together.

The next 7 years will be our years of success, where the work in building our foundation and the structural frame becomes our own castle.

But even if I never get there, I am content with where I am. I have my husband and three girls, food on the table, a roof over my head, and enough money to pay for dance classes and music lessons, which is a luxury for us. Our cars are paid off (we bought them with cash at an auction 5 years ago), and our small apartment, though cramped, is warm and safe. We have awesome friends and people like you who enjoy our writing.

Last Edits of Breaking Angelina! Woot!

We got our comments from the beta readers. As a result, TJ and I plunged into editing. It was overwhelming at first, but the deeper we get into fixing things, the better this story gets.

The good news is the marriage hasn't ended and we will continue writing books. There were no dead bodies, well, except for the fictional ones. And we are totally in love with our story.

The bad news is we're utterly exhausted. And ARC's will be out 1 day late. And I screwed up some deadlines I was supposed to do for my blog and such.

Round #1: I went through and made changes Thursday night and into Friday. Took me almost 24 hours with a break for sleep.
  • Added a better intro to Hunter's character in Chapter 2. It wasn't very clear who he is, what he is, and where he is.
  • Added a whole new scene near the end of the book
  • Added some clarification and explanations about the magic and stuff throughout
  • Fixed some character issues related to Angelina to make her more likable. There was some first draft stuff that I included before I really got to know her. Now that I know her better, I dropped some of her obsession with her appearance.
Round #2: TJ fixed my fixes. Started Saturday morning and finished Saturday evening at like 3 in the morning.
  • Hated my changes to Chapter 2 so he fixed them.
  • Added a new ending to Angelina & Hunter's escape from the circus with the Siren in tow
  • Tweaked and did more tweaking throughout the whole story
  • Went over my new scene with mental war with the wraiths. Made some wording changes.
Round #3: I went over his fixes.
  • Cleaned out the deleted stuff from our Track Changes so we can see what we have to work with
  • Removed addressed comments
  • Tweaked a few more things
  • Tried to fix his fixes to my fixes of Chapter 2
Then we argued over Chapter 2. Neither of us were happy with anything. Both versions felt wrong to both of us, and neither of us could figure out what to do with it.
Sleep (we only got like 4 hours) and then church Sunday morning, we were ready to tackle this thing again.
Round #4: I fixed Chapter 2
We got out of church and I said, "I know what's wrong with Chapter 2. We started the scene too late. We need some dialogue at the beginning."
Yep, that fixed it. We were both finally happy with the scene. I got my fingers crossed that you will be too.
Round #5: TJ and I both looked over what we had and decided we were happy with it ... after we fixed just a few more things.
  • Changed the name of Brogg's Bar
  • Changed the name of the "other world"
  • Changed the spelling of Jezebarra's name. Again.
Round #6: We're doing a read out loud.
Even with all the editing we've done, we're still finding issues. And believe me, the editing we did in the last 3 days is nothing to what we did before we sent it out to beta readers.
Our read out loud is the final polish we put on a story. This is when we find our typos and awkward phrasings and editing errors (like we added a word in the wrong spot in a sentence or deleted only part of a sentence or we changed a character's name but didn't find all the instances where that person was referenced) or grammar errors (run-on sentences and the wrong verb tense).
Last night, we read 12 chapters. Tonight, we'll read about 12 chapters. And tomorrow we'll finish the book and send it out to reviewers.
The marriage is patched up now that the editing is almost done. The kids aren't acting up too much because Mom and Dad went on hiatus. And the house will get clean again soon ... eventually.

Cover Reveal: Winter by Nikita Rae

Title: Winter
Author: Nikita Rae
Genre: New Adult Suspense Thriller
Expected Release Date: November 25th, 2013
Reveal Host: Lady Amber's Tours

New Adult Suspense Thriller From Debut Author Nikita Rae
A girl with a dark history…
Iris Breslin took a leap of faith when she changed her name. As Avery Patterson, she is no longer the daughter of a serial killer. No longer the girl who was bullied and abused through high school. A fresh name and a fresh start at Columbia University means Avery can leave all that behind. There’s only one thing marring her dream of a clean slate….
A boy with a past of his own…
Luke Reid has a lot going for him: sex appeal, badass tattoos and insane musical talent. Despite his guitar skills, his calling in life has always been to serve and protect. A NYPD cop by day, singer in rock band D.M.F by night, from the outside Luke seems like he’s got it made. But falling hard for a girl whose father was accused of deeply sinister acts—a man whom Luke shares a devastating history with, himself—only serves to complicated things.
Pieces of a puzzle….
Four symbols, four methods of destruction.
A trade.
Borrowed wings.

Dark secrets that threaten to destroy.
Winter is a full length novel, the first in the Four Seasons series. The next instalment will be available for purchase early 2014. 

Nikita Rae resides in fair Kingston, Ontario, with her husband and three year old son. She began writing at an early age, and has been honing her skills ever since. She is a passionate figure skater and loves cold
weather-- a good thing since her home town is buried under snow for half the year! When she's not penning sexy suspense novels, Nikita can also be found enjoying a glass of red and watching Hell On Wheels. Winter is her debut novel.