Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Vengeance Born - Stunning Cover!!

My good friend Kylie Griffin has just unveiled the cover for her debut fantasy romance from Berkley Sensation - isn't it completely gorgeous? It hits the shelves on 7th February 2012. I'm so looking forward to reading this series. Congratulations, Kylie!!

VENGEANCE BORN: A Novel of the Light Blade
There is no mercy in the demon realm. No escape. In this place of desperation and conflict, anyone who is not pure bred is virtually powerless. Until an unlikely champion is born…

Annika, half-blood daughter of the Na’Reish King, longs for more than her tormented life among her father’s people. Conceived in hatred and bred as a tool of retribution, she’s gifted with a special talent that can heal as well as destroy.

With the Na’Reish vastly outnumbering them, Kalan, a Light Blade warrior, knows the future of humankind depends on him alone. Incursions into human territory and raids for blood-slaves by the Na’Reish Horde have increased. As Chosen-leader, he faces the task of stopping the demons—and convincing the Council of aging Light Blade warriors that change is necessary for survival.

When Annika learns Kalan is a prisoner in her father’s dungeon, her dream of escape seems within reach. She agrees to free him in exchange for his protection once they reach human territory. Now, marked for death for helping him, Annika must learn to trust Kalan as they face not only the perilous journey to the border but enemies within the Council—and discover a shocking truth that could throw the human race into civil war…

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Halo - Reloaded

A lot of authors are now self-publishing their out of print backlist titles, and I'm very excited that my friend, Amanda Ashby, has just made her debut romance, You Had Me at Halo, available on Kindle! How cute is that cover? And at $2.99 it's a bargain! Here's the blurb:

 When Holly Evans wakes up dead at the tender age of twenty-two, she's pretty sure things can't get any worse (especially since her boyfriend was about to propose to her with a diamond ring the size of her knuckle). But Holly's wrong and it turns out that she's still got some mortal baggage to unload before she can walk through the pearly gates, which is why she's being sent back to earth to get things sorted out.

Problem is that when she lands in the body of computer geek, Vince Murphy, she discovers that instead of having left the building, Vince is still very much alive (and remarkably unimpressed at the idea of sharing with a dead girl). So now Holly has to sort out her unresolved baggage in the next forty-eight hours while stuck in the body of a guy she barely noticed while she was alive. And if she doesn't? Well, let's just say that she's probably not going to like the alternative.

And here's the cover to Michelle's In a Treacherous Court - I meant to post it up yesterday and completely forgot. Seriously, this head cold has a lot to answer for!!

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Juicy Bits

Eleni Konstontine had her short story, Dragon's Quest, published on the Antipodean SF site, in issue 156. I love the dragon!! And if that isn't enough juicy goodness, recently, Eleni also voiced the podcast for Dragon's Quest and you can listen to it here Antipodean SF Yay, Eleni, you clever girl!!

More goodness comes in the form of a great Goodreads contest from my friend, Michelle Diener. Michelle's debut historical novel, In A Treacherous Court set in the court of Henry VIII comes out in August, but if you're in the US you can enter the GR contest here to be in with a chance of winning one of 10 copies that are up for grabs. The contest runs until 11th July. Good luck!!

Thursday, June 09, 2011

Skittles and a Fairy Bad Day

Huge congratulations to my dear friend, Amanda Ashby, as her fabulous YA Fairy Bad Day hits the shelves today!

Here's the blurb to whet your appetite:

First, my rightful designation of dragon slayer is STOLEN right out from under me by Curtis Green. Sure, he’s really cute, but that doesn’t give him an excuse.

 On top of that, I am assigned to slay fairies. I know what you’re thinking—how hard could it be, right? Wrong! These menacing beasts with their tiny hipster clothes and mocking sarcasm love taunting me. And they won’t STOP!

  But the thing that tops my list of stuff to ruin my day? That would be the GIANT KILLER FAIRY that I have to hunt down and slay because I am the only one who can see it. There is someone who can help me. Unfortunately…it’s Curtis. 

And here's the excerpt Enjoy! (and if you're wondering what the Skittles reference is all about, they play a Very Important role in the book!!!)

Saturday, June 04, 2011

New Website

After months of putting it off I finally bit the bullet and redid my website. It took about five days to build and then another five days to upload it to the web (seriously! It was Very Confusing) And then another couple to fix all the glitches which hadn't shown up beforehand. So hopefully *fingers crossed* everything is working the way it should be now, but it's a bit like painting the Sydney Harbour Bridge!!

Here's the link if you want to have a quick squizz!

And here is a gratuitous picture of Henry Cavill, just because I felt like posting it!! 

Friday, June 03, 2011

The Immortal... Henry!

I'm a bit of a fan of Henry Cavill (Sussex in The Tudors. Need I say more?!) so I was thrilled when my friend, Eleni Konstantine, posted a YouTube clip for his next movie, The Immortals. He looks pretty damn hot in a skirt, that's all I can say!! And his weapons are impressive. I will definitely be checking it out, purely for research purposes you understand because Henry - especially in this gear - is a dead ringer for the hero of my next ancient historical romance!

And here's the trailer. Enjoy!