The 777 Challenge


I got tagged by Ann Noser (author of How to Date Dead Guys) for the 777 game. The rules are simple. Post 7 lines from the 7th page of a work in progress, and then tag 7 more authors to do the same.

My current work in progress is currently titled “Heir Ascendant” (this may change before publication). It is a novel set in the world established in my short story Innocent Deception. Since the events are continuous, and not wanting people to get lost, I am including the original short story in the novel. Since that isn’t technically the ‘in progress’ part, the seven lines I am including below are from the seventh page of new content. (Part II – Block 13)


Maya glanced down at the cold, smooth floor. She couldn’t quite tell what material it was, flecked with false gold chips over a burgundy base. The hallway opened wider after fifteen paces, revealing a stairway on the left, a red door straight ahead labeled ‘employees only,’ and a lounge with three elevator doors on the right.

A fair-skinned man with light brown hair in a short military-inspired cut sprang to his feet. Aside from a compact assault rifle across his back, barrel pointed down, his grey coat and pants looked much the same as everyone else around here not wearing scraps.

“Damn, Genna… what the fuck happened?” He rushed over and held her by the shoulders.

Genna managed a half-breath of laugh. “Mission went to shit. That jarhead you found flashed back hard.”

“Damn,” said the man. “Once you no longer half dead, you’ll have to tell me what happened. I don’t want to risk using him again.”

“You won’t,” said Maya.

The man looked down at her. “Who’s that?”

“Kid,” said Genna, fighting to keep her head upright.

“No shit.” He looked at a small door past the elevators. “Weber, get your ass in here.”


And now to tag seven more authors.

Dallas Mullican

Will Stanton

Ethan Mawyer

Sam Hunt

JP Sloan

Matthew Graybosh

Robert Defendi

Book Release | Archon’s Queen



I’m up too late because I can’t sleep from excitement. The second book in the Awakened series is out now as an ebook. (Paperback will likely be up in about a week.) The second book in the Awakened series, Archon’s Queen, follows Anna Morgan (who you may remember from near the end of Prophet of the Badlands as Pixie) five years in the past from the events of Prophet. This is the story of how she went from a barely-alive denizen of the worst part of 2418 London to the right hand of the self-proclaimed master of the Awakened.

You can pick up a copy here:

I also hope to see you online today (8/10) on Facebook for the release party where we’ve got some lovely prizes made by Rhonda from Justplummy Swagit, as well as books (both signed and e-book) up for grabs.

6pm – 8pm EST online. Chat / comment / post on Facebook.

The Summer the World Ended Blog Tour



We’re a few days away from the start of the blog tour for The Summer the World Ended, hosted by Xpresso blog tours.

The tour schedule is  here. Please take a minute to check out these blogs as they post. (Scroll to the bottom of this post to enter the giveaway for a $40 Amazon gift card & signed paperback 🙂 )

August 10th

A.E. Albert: A Writer’s Blog >> Review
nerdychampagne >> Review
Authors You Want to Read >> Excerpt
August 11th
Twisted Book Junkie >> Review
Mythical Books >> Interview
Girls With Books >> Excerpt
Just Us Book Blog >> Playlist
August 12th
We Do Write >> Interview
Buried Under Books >> Review
fuonlyknew >> Excerpt
August 13th
Fandemonium Network >> Interview
Fangirls Read it First >> Review
Evermore Books  >> Review
August 14th
StarAngels Reviews >> Review
Suzy Turner, YA Author >> Top 10 List
Pieces of Whimsy >> Guest post
CBY Book Club >> Excerpt
Weekend break
August 17th
Archaeolibrarian – I Dig Good Books! >> Review
Reading Away The Days >> Interview
A British Bookworm’s Blog >> Review
August 18th
A Book Addict’s Bookshelves >> Guest post
I Feel the Need, the Need to Read >> Review

August 19th
Mom With A Kindle >> Review
Seeing Double In Neverland >> Excerpt
My Book Addiction >> Review
August 20th
Book Lovers Life >> Top 10 List
The Avid Reader >> Review
James Wymore >> Review
August 21st
Random Redheaded Ramblings >> Review
Lisa Loves Literature >> Review
City of Friendship Fangirl >> Review

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Cover Reveal | Vicki Leigh’s FIND ME IF YOU DARE

Happy Saturday all 🙂

Today, I’m helping  a fellow Curiosity Quills author spread the word about her new cover, by Dean Samed (who’s done a few of mine as well.)

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They may have won the first battle, but the Apocalypse has just begun.

Five weeks have passed since the battle that left Rome and Columbus in ruins. Sheltered in the hidden city of Caelum, Daniel and Kayla train alongside over one hundred Magus and Protectors, hoping that their unified ranks will be enough to take down their greatest threat yet: Richard, his followers, and his horde of Nightmares. Then a fallen comrade is returned to Caelum with a message carved into his chest and a note referencing the four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, and Daniel knows their time for training is over.

Finally understanding Richard’s plans for Kayla and the three other Magus born on Halloween, Daniel and the rest of Caelum’s volunteers scout the U.S. in a desperate attempt to stop their enemy before he can unleash his first Horseman. But when massive attacks claim thousands of lives, people all over the world begin to fall ill—including those Daniel and Kayla care about the most.

With the Horseman of Pestilence released, Daniel knows it’s time to step aside and let Kayla take the lead. Only she has the power to rival her father’s. But when Richard’s plot turns out to be darker than they imagined, their fight is met with more death and destruction—and an enemy who might be unbeatable, after all.

She’s also running a massive 22 book giveaway via her blog –, with the following prizes:

  • 20 copies of CATCH ME WHEN I FALL (Book One of the Dreamcatcher Series)
  • a signed copy of CITY LOVE by Susane Colasanti
  • a The Vampire Diaries wall poster of Damon Salvatore
  • a copy of SHADOW STUDY by Maria V. Snyder
  • 5 handmade dream catchers
  • a poster of the SORCERER HEIR series, signed by Cinda Chima
  • 2 posters of the cover of DOON, signed by Carey Corp and Lorie Langdon.
  • a poster of the cover of DAMSEL DISTRESSED, signed by Kelsey Macke
  • a poster of Melissa Lander’s ALIENATED cover