Cover Reveal for The Black Oracle by Michael Cristiano

The_Black_Oracle_CoverTHE BLACK ORACLE by Michael Cristiano

Publisher: Curiosity Quills Press
Release Date: May 25, 2015

Cover Art: Alexandria N. Thompson

On a post-apocalyptic Earth, humans are not alone.

Joachim is a hunter. Though generations have passed since the Great Death, something has evolved in the trees beyond the giant glowing mushrooms, mutants that want to see human entrails spread along the jungle floor.

And now they’ve taken Joachim’s wife.

To get her back, Joachim will have to give the leader of these demons something in return: immortality. A creature knows when he is going to die, after all. Plunged into a world of magic and darkness, Joachim must find the only woman in who knows where the ingredients are. She is a prophetess known as the Black Oracle living in the realm of Zalm, but she’s a little preoccupied at the moment. She leads a rebellion against the ruthless High Council, and when Joachim seeks her out, he too finds himself consumed by her struggle.

In a story of betrayal, prophecy, and bloodshed, Joachim has ten days to retrieve the ingredients and return to Earth all while evading the High Council’s army, one that wants the Black Oracle and her associates killed — Joachim included.

Add it to your to-read list on Goodreads!

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Bio_PictureMichael Cristiano is a Canadian writer. His relentless obsession with fiction began long before he could even spell the words ‘relentless obsession’. Growing up in endless suburban sprawl, he spent most of his childhood getting lost in fantastical masterpieces and attempting to be published by the age of thirteen.

When he isn’t writing or reading, he can be found planning his next backpacking trip around the world. He is a recent graduate from the University of Toronto with studies in Foreign Language and Linguistics. Previously, he attended a Regional Arts high school where he majored in drama. He is fond of all things dramatic.

Michael currently resides in the Greater Toronto Area and he is using his years as a twenty-something to establish what he hopes will be a long career in writing. The Black Oracle, his debut novel, is due for publication on May 11, 2015.

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Crossroad Reviews #ReadOn on Feb. 21 features Curiosity Quills YA authors

Stop by Jessica Porter’s Crossroad Reviews #ReadOn on Feb. 21 4pm ET to chat with Curiosity Quills YA authors! Ryan Hill , Eliza Tilton , Elsie Elmore , Krystal Wade , Vicki Leigh , Heather Lynn ,  Jori Mierek , Mara ValderranJamie Ayres , B.C. Johnson , Chris Francis , Sharron Riddle Houdek

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Stop by and see the romantic cover for SOULSPARK by Eliza Tilton

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SOULSPARK is YA Contemporary Romance sure to rip open your heart and stitch it back together.

Here’s the blurb:

Dealing with the loss of her mother, seventeen-year-old Jessica Stone tries to find an escape from the pain by secretly medicating herself with Xanax, but the anxiety increases, crushing her and her grades.

Then she meets Caleb Jonas, the pastor’s son at her mother’s church. Between his cute dimples and love of fast cars, Jessica is completely smitten, and the feeling is mutual. But dating a Christian boy isn’t easy. He doesn’t party, and he never goes past first base. Jessica struggles with his faith, since it makes her question her own, but for the first time since her mother’s death, she can breathe. Life is finally shifting into a state of happiness.

But that happiness shatters when Jessica catches Caleb kissing her ex-best friend—and step-brother’s girlfriend—Rachel, the girl who used to be like her sister, and the same girl who betrayed her once before.

While her stepbrother hints at a deeper connection between the two, Caleb insists it was a one-time mistake and begs forgiveness. With contradicting stories coming at her, Jessica isn’t sure who to believe, but sometimes the truth is better left undiscovered and she’s about to find out why.

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SOULSPARK is scheduled to release this spring!

Author Bio:

Author pic 1Eliza graduated from Dowling College with a BS in Visual Communications. When she’s not arguing with excel at her day job, or playing Dragon Age 2, again, she’s writing. Her stories hold a bit of the fantastical and there’s always a romance. She resides on Long Island with her husband, two kids and one very snuggly pit bull. Her YA Fantasy series, The Daath Chronicles, is published by Curiosity Quills Press.

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Check out the cover for A Curse of Ash and Iron by Christine Norris

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A Curse of Ash & Iron by Christine Norris

Publisher: Curiosity Quills Press (www.curiosityquills.com )

Release date: May 21, 2015

Benjamin Grimm knows the theater is much like real life. In 1876 Philadelphia, people play their parts, hiding behind the illusion of their lives, and never revealing their secrets.

When he reunites with his childhood friend Eleanor Banneker, he is delighted. His delight turns to dismay when he discovers she has been under a spell for the past 7 years, being forced to live as a servant in her own home, and he realizes how sinister some secrets can be. She asks for his help, and he can’t refuse. Even if he doesn’t believe in ‘real’ magic, he can’t abandon her.

Ellie has spent the long years since her mother’s death under the watchful eye and unforgiving eye of her stepmother. Bewitched and hidden in plain sight, it seems no one can help Ellie escape. Not even her own father, who is under a spell of his own. When she sees Ben one evening, it seems he is immune to the magic that binds her, and her hope is rekindled along with her friendship.

But time is running short. If they do not find a way to break the spell before midnight on New Year’s Eve, then both Ellie and her father will be bound forever.

Author website: www.christine-norris.com

Author blog: https://christinenorris.wordpress.com

Author Twitter: @cnorrisauthor

Author Facebook: www.facebook.com/AuthorChristineNorris

Author Goodreads page: https://www.goodreads.com/christinenorris

Book Trailer link: http://youtu.be/x1HcaJt2Owg

YABC blog: www.yabookscentral.com/blog

Book 3 is HERE!! 18 Thoughts by Jamie Ayres

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Greetings, fellow book nerds! I’m YA author Jamie Ayres, and I’m sooo excited to announce that 18 Thoughts, the final book in the My So-Called Afterlife trilogy, is finally available from Curiosity Quills Press! Toss the virtual confetti, because it’s been three years in the making (and virtual confetti is a lot less messier).

If you haven’t heard of this series yet, here are the cliffnotes summary of each book:

18 Things: Olga Gay Worontzoff struggles to live again after a lightning strike kills the best friend she was secretly in love with. Her therapist suggests she write a life list of eighteen things to complete the year of her eighteenth birthday, sending her and her friends, including the new hottie in town, on an unexpected journey they’ll never forget. But there’s more to Olga’s quests than meets the eye and when her therapist reveals a terrifying secret, her world is shaken.

18 Truths: With the lessons the 18 Things life list taught her engraved on her heart, Olga spends her summer in the Underworld and embarks on a new adventure as a spirit guide, but nothing prepares her for the chilling truths she’s learning along the way.

18 Thoughts: Olga Gay Worontzoff left the Underworld anxious to return to normal, but fate had other plans; now she’s caught in a world that’s a mix of familiar and supernatural, torn between past and present.

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What do others have to say about the series?

A surprising paranormal tale that explores deep questions concerning love, faith, and friendship that will absolutely resonate with teens.” ~Amy Christine Parker, Critically Acclaimed Author of Gated and Astray 

“A haunting tale that had me smiling one moment and on the brink of tears the next.” ~ Heather Burch, Critically Acclaimed Author of the Halflings Series and One Lavender Ribbon

“A touching story that will make you cherish each day and the ones you love.” ~Jaime Rush, New York Times bestselling author of the Hidden series

“Warning: These characters will move right into your heart, rearrange all the furniture, and never, ever leave. 18 Thoughts will become a part of you–prepare to be changed.” ~Teshelle Combs, Amazon Best-Selling Author of
the Core Series

“A twisty conclusion to a spiritually charged trilogy that will grip you from book one.” ~Eliza Tilton, YA Author of the Daath Chronicles

“An emotional journey readers won’t soon forget–will have readers making their own bucket lists.” ~Marisa Cleveland, Author of the South Beach Series, Pushed, and The Valentine Challenge

“An achingly beautiful story of life, loss and hope… a triumph.” ~J. Keller Ford, Author of Dragon Flight and The Amulet of Ormisez
Purchase 18 Thoughts (Book 3) on Amazon

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Purchase 18 Truths (Book 2) on Amazon (Special $2.99 price through Jan. 27th!)

To celebrate my book birthday, I’m offering one lucky winner a huge swag bag valued at $115! Just enter the Rafflecopter for your chance to win!

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Yes, it’s open to all people of the world, not just Americans 🙂 Best of luck, and happy reading!

Amazon bestselling author Jamie Ayres writes young adult love stories by night and teaches young adults as an English teacher by day. When not at home on her laptop or at school, she can often be found at a local book store grabbing random children and reading to them. So far, she has not been arrested for this. She has been praised for featuring strong, appealing heroines and plot twists readers never saw coming. Visit jamieayres.com for more information or to simply share your thoughts with her.

 

 

Don’t miss Watch Me Burn, Book 2 in The December People Series

Hooray! The day is finally here! Book 2 in The December People series, Watch Me Burn, is now available for purchase. Re-join the Vandergraff family as they navigate the delicate balance between dark magic and family.

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Barnes and Noble & Kobo links should be available soon.

David Vandergraff lost his home, his job, and contact with his oldest son, but remains determined to be a good husband and father despite being a dark winter wizard.

His resolve is tested when a flyer for a missing girl–who happens to be a summer witch–begins to haunt him. David believes a spell needs to use him to save her, so he follows the magic’s command and looks into her disappearance. His teenage daughter Emmy resents him for caring so much about a random stranger. But when she uncovers some disturbing evidence close to home, she begins an investigation of her own.

David and Emmy quickly learn that the mystery is not only about a missing girl they barely know, but a deeply personal story that impacts everyone they care about. As their world crumbles, they fear the warning may be true—never mess with summer wizards, because the good guys always win.

A little taste…

Are you ready for an AMAZING cover reveal? Check out Watch Me Burn by Sharon Bayliss

I am thrilled to take part in the cover and trailer reveal for Book 2 in The December People Series, Watch Me Burn!

So without further ado…
 
A note from the author:
Thank you to artist Michelle Johnson and the whole team at Curiosity Quills Press for creating a cover I love!
If you haven’t guessed it by now, you’ll see a butterfly on the cover of every book in The December People Series. The butterfly is a symbol of transformation, hope, freedom, and generally creepy crawlies turning into beautiful things. And also…look how pretty! 😉
Instead of the broken glass from Destruction, this butterfly is surrounded by fire, and it’s probably obvious why from the title. Watch Me Burn is the summer book in the series. All the books center around my winter wizard family, but each book takes us deeper into a different season. Summer wizards are the “light” wizards, but light also means HEAT and FIRE.

More about Watch Me Burn:

David Vandergraff lost his home, his job, and contact with his oldest son, but remains determined to be a good husband and father despite being a dark winter wizard.

His resolve is tested when a flyer for a missing girl–who happens to be a summer witch–begins to haunt him. David believes a spell needs to use him to save her, so he follows the magic’s command and looks into her disappearance. His teenage daughter Emmy resents him for caring so much about a random stranger. But when she uncovers some disturbing evidence close to home, she begins an investigation of her own.

David and Emmy quickly learn that the mystery is not only about a missing girl they barely know, but a deeply personal story that impacts everyone they care about. As their world crumbles, they fear the warning may be true—never mess with summer wizards, because the good guys always win.

If you’re new to The December People Series, start with Destruction99 cents for a limited time!

Enter to win!! Get a paperback of your choice of Destruction OR Watch Me Burn. International entries welcome. Also join The December People Winter Celebration for more giveaways!!

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Great Cover Reveal: Walking Shadow by Emma L. Adams


When you have a connection to the Darkworld, nowhere is truly safe.

Ashlyn has found a new home in Blackstone, but
when a spate of grave robberies across the country spark fears that someone is
practicing illegal sorcery, she comes under the radar of the Venantium, the
protectors of the Barrier between her world and the Darkworld, who are
suspicious of any sorcerer unaware of their origins.
The trouble is, what Ash does know might just
get her killed.

Sufferers of the dangerous condition known as
the vampire’s curse are being brutally killed, and the latest victim is Leo’s
guardian, the ex-head of the Venantium. Ash determines to help Leo find out
what’s really going on, but it isn’t long before events are spiralling out of
control. The dead are rising from their graves, and the barriers around
Blackstone are threatened by a demon which looks exactly like Ash herself…

Release date: 1st December 2014

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And here’s more information on the
first in the series, Darkness Watching
(Darkworld #1)
Eighteen-year-old Ashlyn is one
interview away from her future when she first sees the demons. She thinks she’s
losing her mind, but the truth is far more frightening: she can see into
the Darkworld, the home of spirits– and the darkness is staring back.
Desperate to escape the demons, Ash accepts a place at a university in the
small town of Blackstone  – little knowing that it isn’t coincidence that
led her there but the pull of the Venantium, the sorcerers who maintain
the barrier keeping demons from crossing from the Darkworld into our own world.

All-night parties, new friendships and a life without rules or limits are all
part of the package of student life – but demons never give up, and their focus
on Ash has attracted the attention of every sorcerer in the area. Ash is
soon caught between her new life and a group of other students with a
connection to the Darkworld, who could offer the answers she’s looking for. The
demons want something from her, and someone is determined to kill her
before she can find out what it is.

In a world where darkness lurks beneath the surface, not everyone is what they
appear to be…

Reviews“In the vein of Buffy and Supernatural, DARKNESS WATCHING found that perfect
balance between the freaky and the fun.” 
– YA author Jen Estes

“Demons, Sorcerers, evil, and secrets. Could you ask for a better
supernatural suspense set-up?…It’s full of suspense, danger, evil and dark
humor. The plot is original, and completely gripping. From the first page, this
book had me hooked.” – Rose at 

Desert Rose Reviews“A suspenseful first part to an intriguing new fantasy
series.” – 

Sharon Stevenson, supernatural author“The story is extremely well-written with effortless, flowing prose, and the
original magic-user mythology and Darkworld creatures are very entertaining.
The author took what might have been over-done premise and twisted it into
something very fresh and exciting.” – 
Lexa Cain, author of Soul
Cutter

“This is a wildly different story than any I have read about demons…I
loved it!” – Kathy at 

Bookmarks, Spoilers, and
Happily-Ever-Afters

 

https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/images/cleardot.gifFear’s Touch:
A Darkworld Novella 
is also available now!

This is a standalone novella, intended as a prequel to the Darkworld series. As
it takes place one year before the events of Darkness Watching, it
doesn’t contain any spoilers (although it does hint at things which will come
into play later in the series).

Freakish powers and staring demon eyes
aren’t part of Claudia’s plans for the future – and neither is ending up stuck
at the gloomy, isolated University of Blackstone. But bad life decisions are
the least of her problems, when a split-second decision to help out another
magic-user puts her in the crossfire of both the shadow-beasts and the creepy
organisation which hunt them down.
Claudia’s never had to worry about
making the right choice before, but every decision matters when you have a
Darkworld connection. Soon, she’s going to have to make a choice: turn her back
on the crazy and try to live a normal life, or take the monsters down.
But in a world where everyone seems to
have secrets, can she really trust her fellow magic-users – or even herself?

 

Emma spent her childhood creating imaginary worlds to compensate for a disappointingly average reality, so it was probably inevitable that she ended up writing bizarre, fantastical stories. She was born in Birmingham, UK, which she fled at the first opportunity to study English Literature at Lancaster University. In her three years at Lancaster, she hiked up mountains, skydived in Australia, and endured a traumatic episode involving a swarm of bees in the Costa Rican jungle. She also entertained her creative writing group and baffled her tutors by
submitting strange fantasy tales featuring dragons and supernatural monsters to
workshops. These included her first publication, a rather bleak dystopian
piece, and a disturbing story about a homicidal duck (which she hopes will
never see the light of day).

Now a reluctant graduate, Emma refuses to settle down and be normal. When not
embarking on wild excursions, she edits and proofreads novels for various
publishing houses and reads an insane number of books. At the age of 21, she
signed a publishing contract with Curiosity Quills Press for the first book in
her creepy urban fantasy Darkworld series. DARKNESS WATCHING was published in
October 2013, the first in a five-book series. Emma’s books tend to contain monsters,
magic, and wildly inappropriate humour.

Spooktacular Halloween Sale from Curiosity Quills

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My publisher, Curiosity Quills, is offering a spooktacular sale for Halloween and my book, The Undead, is one of the titles on sale for only 99 cents through Friday.

Grab your copy here.

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And check out the other great titles on sale at curiosityquills.com

Check out H D. Lynn’s new release God’s Play

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Congratulations to H.D. Lynn, who just released her debut novel God’s Play. She found time to answer a few of my questions about her writing process, offer tips to unpublished writers, and share a story about hiking. After you check out her great (informative and honest) answers, read on to see more about her YA urban-fantasy that is available now.

So, my first question is about how you write. So, are you a panster or a plotter? How do you approach a new idea?

As Yoda says, outline you must. New works especially require at least a simple outline or else the story can get really tangled. That said, for writing sequels, the outlines can bog me down in a swamp of tedium because I know the characters pretty well by then; it’s fun to continue the adventure and heartache with them. If it’s a BIG new idea, I write it down. If it’s a small detail new idea, I might make a note of it

Do you have the same critique partners for all your work or do you have different sets? And why?

Different people, for sure. Not everyone likes everything, and people are busy. No one has time to read everything I write because, to pull a humble brag, I’m pretty prolific and quick when I write drafts. There’s a core group, though, who are generally helpful when I want to mull over ideas about writing and fiction.

 What is the most difficult aspect about being a writer?

Editing. Coming up with ideas—easy. Making an idea better—now that’s hard. (This is a great answer… Nathaniel Hawthorne — “Easy reading is damn hard writing.”)

 What are your top three nuggets of wisdom you would like to share with unpublished writers?

  • Don’t give up! You really never know what’s going to be the story that sells.
  • Write you. People respond to authentic voice. I had a beta who said they didn’t read YA…and then they read the first chapter of my story and asked to beta all of it because they liked it so much.
  • Surround yourself with positive people. I don’t mean kiss-asses who’ll give you an ego pat but people who can and will be there for you, aren’t self-destructive, or being critical to stoke their own egos. (great advice)

 What is your favorite part of the writing process?

Writing! I love the feeling of falling in love with the characters, their stories, and the world(s) they inhabit. There’s nothing like when you finish a first or second draft, too, and know that this story is all yours; you made it. For that sweet moment, it doesn’t matter how good or how marketable it is—it’s just your little story.

 Do you have any suggestions for editing drafts?

Anything that even feels a bit off usually is. I can power write, but I don’t even try to power edit; slow and steady wins the race during editing. The Golden Rule of Editing: If an editor says it, they’re probably right, and you’re probably wrong. This is not a bad thing, but it’s not a feel good process.

 What do you think is the most important element a story should have?

It should, above all, be a story. It doesn’t matter if you use 5 Act structure, 8 circle plot points, or the snowflake method—it has to be about a person, multiple people, or an amorphous entity wanting something, struggling to get it, and reaching some type of conclusion about their journey. Anything else is boring. Characters without motivation or agency are boring. Convoluted plots without realistic characters are pointless slogs. Cool worlds without coherent plots are just paintings. You’ve gotta catch ‘em all to make a story.

 Do you have other stories in the works?

I have the sequels to God’s Play outlined, and I’ve started to write the next book. I also am finishing a set of rough drafts for an adult urban fantasy trilogy.

 I wrote a blog about self-doubt being a new demon I encountered. Do you have any writing demons?

Imposter syndrome. It’s pernicious and jumps me like a mugger at the most inopportune moments. This might be because succeeding never feels like I think it will in my head.

 If someone wrote a book about your life, who would star as you in the movie version?

People in Hollywood are tan and pretty, and I am neither of these things. I’m a huge fan of Eva Green, though, so I’d pick her just so I could be like ‘EVA GREEN PLAYS ME IN A MOVIE.’ I mean, I’d put signs up on my house that’d say that.

 What led you to this genre?

I’ve loved fantasy for a long time. While I read across genres, I always come back to fantasy, and there was never a question of writing another genre. Urban and contemporary fantasy are great to write because they’re fantasy that asks questions about our world while looking towards the future. God’s Play happens to be YA, and there’s a part of me that’ll always relate to teens because I can’t seem to leave my ‘awkward and weird’ phase behind. I just embrace it better as an adult.

 Funniest hiking story 🙂

I got caught in a thunder-snowstorm over Memorial Day weekend on a mountain pass. When I got back to the car soaking wet and cold, I couldn’t stop laughing—it was super crazy. I’ve also played a game where, to save phone/ipod battery life, one person will put in a headphone and sing the songs that come up on their player and the person without the headphones will do their best to sing along. We’ve weirded out a lot day hikers with this game, especially because I’ve got a playlist loaded with Amanda Palmer songs. (This has the bonus benefit of warding off bears.)

 

This one isn’t mine, but a friend got stalked by this thing on the trail. He nick-named it the Demon Grouse because it hissed and stalked him. 🙂

 

And here is it… God’s Play. Read on and then go grab a copy.

cover1000-5God’s Play, by H.D. Lynn

Genre: young-adult, urban-fantasy

Publisher: Curiosity Quills Press

Date of Release­­: September 18, 2014

Cover Artist: Alexandria Thompson http://gothicfate.com/

 Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22895484-god-s-play

Available at Amazon

 

Description:

Sixteen-year old Toby was trained by a family of hunters to kill shape-shifters — but he has a unique weapon in his arsenal. With a touch of his hand, Toby can lift the magical protection shape-shifters use to disguise themselves as human. It’s an unusual skill for a hunter, and he prefers to kill monsters the old-fashioned way: with a blade.

Because of his special skill, Toby suspects he may be a monster himself. His suspicions deepen when William, a jackal-headed shape-shifter, saves him from an ambush where Toby’s the only survivor. And Toby doubts William helped him for purely altruistic reasons. With his list of allies running thin, Toby must reconcile his hatred of shifters and the damning truth that one saved his life. It’ll take both of them to track down the monster who ordered the ambush.

And Toby needs his unlikely alley because he has a vicious enemy — the infamous Circe, who has a vendetta to settle against the hunters. Toby has to unravel the mystery of his dual nature. And he has to do it on the run — before Circe finds him and twists him to her own ends.

 

boatAbout The Author:

H.D. Lynn is like Harry Potter in one way: she’s currently renting an apartment with a bedroom under her building’s stairs. Other than this, she explores fantasy worlds through storytelling like anyone else. She loves books with a mix of humor, adventure, and horror, and especially enjoys the urban fantasy genre. GOD’S PLAY is her first published novel.

When not writing, she enjoys hiking, climbing, and running. She’s a voracious reader, and has found listening to audiobooks while backpacking to be a perfect mix of two of her favorite things. She currently lives in Connecticut, but finds herself on the road often.

Find H.D. Lynn Online: @HeatherLynn117 on Twitter   |   godsplaybook.tumblr.com   |   captainheatherlynn117.tumblr.com