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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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…

Sharon Bayliss writes books in which stopping points do not exist

Sharon Bayliss is writing a series called the December People and book one, Destruction, was released earlier this year.

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Destruction is an adult fantasy woven with strands of contemporary themes and hemmed with fibers of intensity. It’s action-packed, dramatic, and everything I want in a good book.

 

After reading Destruction, I’ve decided that Sharon has a bad habit of writing books that are so fast paced and intriguing that stopping points do not exist.

The book synopsis on Goodreads:

David Vandergraff wants to be a good man. He goes to church every Sunday, keeps his lawn trim and green, and loves his wife and kids more than anything. Unfortunately, being a dark wizard isn’t a choice.

Eleven years ago, David’s secret second family went missing. When his two lost children are finally found, he learns they suffered years of unthinkable abuse. Ready to make things right, David brings the kids home even though it could mean losing the wife he can’t imagine living without.

Keeping his life together becomes harder when the new children claim to be dark wizards. David believes they use this fantasy to cope with their trauma. Until, David’s wife admits a secret of her own—she is a dark wizard too, as is David, and all of their children.

Now, David must parent two hurting children from a dark world he doesn’t understand and keep his family from falling apart. All while dealing with the realization that everyone he loves, including himself, may be evil.

 

I loved how Sharon created an ensemble of characters so perfectly flawed. I thought Destruction’s storyline showcased both the strengths and weaknesses of the characters and was richly developed in an effortless way (which says a lot because Sharon Bayliss layered the storyline!). I  enjoyed Destruction because the escape provided was marvelously created and all-consuming. Simply put… I loved Destruction.

 If you’re interested, click here for the Amazon link. It’s on sale for 99 cents!!!

The cover for Book 2 in the December People Series, Watch me Burn, was released earlier this week.  (It’s beautiful!) My new goal is to see if I can land an ARC or early release of Watch Me Burn because waiting for book two is going to be difficult.

 

 

 

Fall Into Fantasy Week 15: Destruction by Sharon Bayliss

Welcome to the Fall Into Fantasy Tour, where we are keeping your mind off any end-of-summer blues and welcoming the cooler weather by introducing you to some incredible fantasy reads to curl up with and giving you plenty of chances to win awesome prizes!

Week 15: The December People series
Book 1: Destruction
Book 2: Watch Me Burn
By Sharon Bayliss



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David Vandergraff wants to be a good man. He goes to church every Sunday, keeps his lawn trim and green, and loves his wife and kids more than anything. Unfortunately, being a dark wizard isn’t a choice.
Eleven years ago, David’s secret second family went missing. When his two lost children are finally found, he learns they suffered years of unthinkable abuse. Ready to make things right, David brings the kids home even though it could mean losing the wife he can’t imagine living without. 

Keeping his life together becomes harder when the new children claim to be dark wizards. David believes they use this fantasy to cope with their trauma. Until, David’s wife admits a secret of her own—she is a dark wizard too, as is David, and all of their children.  

Now, David must parent two hurting children from a dark world he doesn’t understand and keep his family from falling apart. All while dealing with the realization that everyone he loves, including himself, may be evil.



Destruction (Book One of The December People Series)

Cover Reveal!!
Watch Me Burn
The December People Series 
Book Two

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.
Coming January 2015 from Curiosity Quills Press!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Sharon Bayliss is the author of The December People Series and The Charge. When she’s not writing, she enjoys living happily-ever-after with her husband and two young sons. She can be found eating Tex-Mex on patios, wearing flip-flops, and playing in the mud (which she calls gardening). She only practices magic in emergencies.



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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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Introduce Your Main Character Blog Tour

The stars must have been in perfect alignment because both A. R. Rivera and Taylor Grace invited me to join the Introduce Your Main Character Blog Hop. I was flattered to be asked and delighted to join the fun. Please check out their posts to find out about A.R. Rivera’s main character named  Grace and Taylor Grace’s main character named Klias.

At the bottom of the post, I’ve listed the bloggers who will be up next.

 

Photo Credit : Flickr by gnuckx

Photo Credit : Flickr by gnuckx

1. What is the name of your main character? Is he/she fictional or a historic person?

Eric is a fictional character who shares the spotlight with the lovely Lyla Grimm.

2. When and where is the story set?
The story is set in contemporary times in a small town named Martin.
 
3. What should we know about him?
Eric’s favorite indulgences are his red ’69 Mustang and an electric guitar with a basswood body. And being selfish is his biggest flaw, which coincidentally, cost him his freedom.
 
4. What is the main conflict? What messes up his life?
He’s been given a second chance, but he’s trapped. His newest assignment challenges him because while he’s searching for the route to success, his true second chance appears.
 
5. What is his personal goal?
He wants his freedom. He’s even willing to manipulate a situation to get what he wants.
 
6. Is there a working title for this novel, and can we read more about it?
The novel The Undead: Playing for Keeps will be published by Curiosity Quills. You can find more info on Goodreads or by checking this page. The cover reveal is set for July 23rd.
 
7. When can we expect the books to be published?
The release date for The Undead : Playing for Keeps is set for September 3rd. Check back on release day for a more in-depth interview with Eric.
As part of the Introduce your Main Character Blog Hop, I was asked to invite a few other bloggers to join the fun. I chose three talented authors. All three have a book that was released within the past few months and thought they would be great people to talk about their Main Character. And here they are:
Skye Malone :  Skye and I recently met thanks to one of my CP’s, Abby Reed. This talented author just released a fantasy tale called Awaken. When you visit her blog, look around for her other works.
T.A. Brock : I met T.A. through twitter and a previous blog hop about writing processes. With a sense of humor and a love of chocolate, she’s great fun to follow. Her book Fatal was released in March.
Sharon Bayliss:  In addition to being a great writer, Sharon’s a rock star when it comes to helping other writers. She recently hosted the Best Bad Query Contest and Author Support Blog Hop . She also recently released Destruction, a series you do not want to miss.

Writing: An interview with Sharon Bayliss, author of Destruction

Sharon Bayliss, author of the newly released Destruction, was kind enough to stop by and answer a few questions about writing. Destruction has garnered great reviews in the short time it’s been out. (If you read her first book, The Charge, you know why.)
So Sharon, are you a panster or a plotter? How do you approach a new idea?
I’m a plotnster. I have a basic outline for my stories, but I like letting the characters sort out the details. They always surprise me.
Do you have the same critique partners for all your work or do you have different sets? And why?
We’re all so busy, my critique partner is just whoever accepts my pleas for help. 😉 Although, I certainly have a short list of people I ask.
What is the most difficult aspect about being a writer?
Finding time to write! Way back when, I assumed that whenever I was a published writer, that would be my only job. Sadly, this is not the case and probably won’t be anytime soon. Instead it’s, “Congratulations, you’re successful! You’ve earned yourself a second job.”
What are your top three nuggets of wisdom you would like to share with unpublished writers?
1) The only reason to give up on writing is if you don’t like writing. All other reasons are stupid.
2) When in doubt, remember JFW. “Just f—ing write.”
3) Everybody sucks in the beginning. And, everyone is capable of getting better if they keep working at it. You’re not destined to suck forever (unless you give up…then you will suck forever).
What is your favorite part of the writing process?
Nothing compares to the rush you feel while writing a first draft–just pure unbridled creation.
Do you have any suggestions for editing drafts?
Wine and ice cream.
I wrote a blog about self-doubt being a new demon I encountered. Do you have any writing demons?
I have all the standard demons, including self-doubt. I find that I struggle to write the very end of the book. I know that as soon as I finish, it gets real. “Real” meaning editing, critique, reviews, sales, etc. I wouldn’t call it writer’s block because I know what I want to write, I just don’t want to. So it’s more like writer’s stubbornness.
If someone wrote a book about your life, who would star as you in the movie?
No wonder you wanted me to answer this one. It’s hard!! My husband suggests “Jennifer Lawrence in 10 years”.
 
Introducing a new dark wizard family drama, Destruction by Sharon Bayliss, Book One in The December People Series.
BUY NOW
An independent family-owned bookstore. The ONLY place to buy signed copies!
A locally owned book store in Austin, Texas.
David Vandergraff wants to be a good man. He goes to church every Sunday, keeps his lawn trim and green, and loves his wife and kids more than anything. Unfortunately, being a dark wizard isn’t a choice.
Eleven years ago, David’s secret second family went missing. When his two lost children are finally found, he learns they suffered years of unthinkable abuse. Ready to make things right, David brings the kids home even though it could mean losing the wife he can’t imagine living without. 
 
Keeping his life together becomes harder when the new children claim to be dark wizards. David believes they use this fantasy to cope with their trauma. Until, David’s wife admits a secret of her own—she is a dark wizard too, as is David, and all of their children.  

Now, David must parent two hurting children from a dark world he doesn’t understand and keep his family from falling apart. All while dealing with the realization that everyone he loves, including himself, may be evil.


Destruction (Book One of The December People Series)

 

The Author

Sharon Bayliss is the author of The December People Series and The Charge. When she’s not writing, she enjoys living happily-ever-after with her husband and two young sons. She can be found eating Tex-Mex on patios, wearing flip-flops, and playing in the mud (which she calls gardening). She only practices magic in emergencies.

Destruction by Sharon Bayliss


Introducing a new dark wizard family drama, Destruction by Sharon Bayliss, Book One in The December People Series.

BUY NOW

An independent family-owned bookstore. The ONLY place to buy signed copies!

A locally owned book store in Austin, Texas.

David Vandergraff wants to be a good man. He goes to church every Sunday, keeps his lawn trim and green, and loves his wife and kids more than anything. Unfortunately, being a dark wizard isn’t a choice.

Eleven years ago, David’s secret second family went missing. When his two lost children are finally found, he learns they suffered years of unthinkable abuse. Ready to make things right, David brings the kids home even though it could mean losing the wife he can’t imagine living without. 


Keeping his life together becomes harder when the new children claim to be dark wizards. David believes they use this fantasy to cope with their trauma. Until, David’s wife admits a secret of her own—she is a dark wizard too, as is David, and all of their children.  


Now, David must parent two hurting children from a dark world he doesn’t understand and keep his family from falling apart. All while dealing with the realization that everyone he loves, including himself, may be evil.


Destruction (Book One of The December People Series)

  

The Author

Sharon Bayliss is the author of The December People Series and The Charge. When she’s not writing, she enjoys living happily-ever-after with her husband and two young sons. She can be found eating Tex-Mex on patios, wearing flip-flops, and playing in the mud (which she calls gardening). She only practices magic in emergencies.

Cover me!

Before a reader cares about your protagonist, gets lost in your plot, or races to the last page, first they must open your book.

Articles flood the web with essays on what makes good book covers, which elements must be on the front, and how to break covers into categories. And the same three components are listed as critical selling points: title, author’s name, and image.

But the image, whether it’s a symbol, text, an artistic graphic, a scene or a face, needs to draw the reader not only to the book, but inside.  Bottom line – it’s pass, pause, or purchase.

I’ve spent the last few weeks looking at covers as I search for the perfect formula for my own. There are many different categories and ways to categorize the covers, but I have been focusing on two major elements: symbols/settings versus characters/people. (Within those two categories there are more potential breakdowns, but people, this could go on forever.)

Symbols/Settings:

Some authors use an icon or a single element that represents an organization, an uprising, a prop, a defining moment or a clue to the story contained within. They may use a snapshot of a setting that will become relevant as the story unfolds. For the reader to understand the meaning and the significance of the cover art, they must read the book. It’s a secret the author shares only once you’ve ventured far enough within the pages.

My opinion? It’s simple elegance. And quite often, brilliant. I love the thought of gaining passage and being included. And when I visualize my future cover,  several icons and props come to mind.

Below are examples of enticing symbols/settings on the covers of: Without Bloodshed by Matthew Graybosch, Scrapbook of My Revolution by Amy Lynn Spitzley, Angel’s Edge by Vicki Keire, The Charge by Sharon Bayliss, and Theocracide by James Wymore.

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And on the flip side, People/Characters:

The face is a portal and, as humans, we are drawn to them. Putting characters on the cover forces immediate introductions, sends messages wrapped with emotion, and suggests potential relationship tension before the spine is even cracked. Partial views hint there may be more to the character than we anticipate,  downward glances can suggest modesty or subjugation, and crossed arms can signal solidarity or defiance.

My opinion? Part of the allure of a character based cover for me is the immediate connection. Do I like this person? Why are they sad or happy? What is going on in their world? I can see one of my main characters on the covers, daring you to come along.

Below are examples of covers with characters that elicit responses based on expressions and poses. Quite Contrary by Richard Roberts, Broken Forest by Eliza Tilton, Fall by A.K. Morgen, Kiya, Hope of the Pharaoh by Katie Hamstead and Five by Holli Anderson.

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So, is there a right or wrong choice? No, not at all, which why this journey is so difficult. We respond to different cues based on our individual personalities and experiences. I love the mystery and secret wrapped in a symbol and the intimacy offered in a face. I’m torn as to what will go on my cover, but whatever I choose, I must draw the reader inside.

What do you look for on a cover?

All the books listed above are published by Curiosity Quills and are available in digital versions at a special price of $0.99 through December 3rd. Find them here http://curiosityquills.com/cyber-monday-blowout/  and enjoy!

A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. – Lao-tzu

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.  – Plato

Below are a few blogs I found helpful and interesting as I researched the perfect cover!

http://www.writersdigest.com/editor-blogs/there-are-no-rules/general/10-tips-for-effective-book-covers

http://www.booksandsuch.biz/blog/what-makes-a-good-book-cover

http://cgblake.wordpress.com/2012/03/19/what-makes-a-good-book-cover-part-i

https://www.goodreads.com/list/show/32555.Fabulous_Covers_of_2013

https://www.goodreads.com/list/show/32194.Covers_That_Pop_For_2013

https://www.goodreads.com/list/show/33240.Best_Teen_Paranormal_Covers_2013