Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Cover Reveal: Another New Life and SAS Winner!

A couple of things today - first, the winner of E.E. Giorgi's spotlight for the $5 Amazon gift card and CHIMERAS eBook is......


Congrats, Chrys! 

Also, I'm a little late to this awesome cover reveal and it is such a gorgeous cover with the black and white with the partial green title.  I love it!

Title: Another New Life
Author: Sydney Aaliyah Michelle
Publication Date: June 2, 2014
New Adult Contemporary Romance
**This book contains adult subject matter. Not intended for young readers.**

Cover Design by: © Arijana Karčić, Cover It! Designs

Miranda Preston is a walking contradiction. Beautiful on the outside, but, insecure, haunted and damaged on the inside. Despite these contradictions, she’s ready to start Another New Life. 

When her talent wins her a piano scholarship to the University of Texas at Austin, Miranda arrives on campus determined to experience everything college has to offer and to keep her secrets in the past where they belong.

An easy task, until the first guy who catches her eye happens to be someone, she’s known all her life.

Eight years have passed since the last time Miranda and Troy saw each other. He reminds her of the best and worst times of her life, but she can’t think about one without dwelling on the other. As they grow closer, every day their attraction reminds them they are no longer kids.

The epic romantic love story that is Miranda and Troy seems to be destined for a happy ending, but Miranda knows it's only a matter of time before her secret is discovered. A secret that will not only destroy their relationship, it will destroy Troy, too.

Can Miranda focus on her future with Troy while preventing her past from tearing them apart all over again?


About The Author


Sydney Aaliyah Michelle is a New Adult Contemporary Romance writer, a voracious reader and movie fanatic who 

Sydney has been blogging at sydneyaaliyah.com for three years, where she interviews people about their tattoos, discusses her favorite movie quotes, reviews books (New Adult & only the ones she loves) and journals about her writing and editing process.hailsfrom Texas. After surviving 5 1/2 years living in China, she had the courage to finally pursue her passion and become a writer.

Sydney’s self-published debut New Adult Novel Another New Life will be available June 2014. An active tweeter, she is also a JuNoWriMo (2x) and NaNoWriMo (2x) winners who notes the sci-fi action flick “The Matrix” as the best representation of her life in the past. She is blessed to be awake now and doing what she loves.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Saturday Author Spotlight - E.E. Giorgi!


Welcome to the Saturday Author Spotlight with E.E. Giorgi!
Read on to learn more about E.E., her books, and where you can find her!

An eBook copy of CHIMERAS will be awarded to 1 random commenter via Amazon! In addition, this person will also receive a $5 Amazon eGift Card!

(To qualify, leave a comment by Tuesday, April 15th

Spotlight Interview with E.E Giorgi

1.  How did you get into writing?

I used to write a lot in high school and college. A few of my short stories placed in a couple of competitions, too, but then life took over: grad school first, then a full-time job, then kids. I didn't write anything until 2008, when I read a book that was so bad I couldn't stop thinking of how differently I would've written it had it been my story. Believe it or not, that's what got me writing again. 

2.  Where is your favorite place to write and do you listen to music or need silence?

I write at my desk at home, mostly at night after the kids are in bed. There's a sense of peace that comes from knowing that all the tasks of the day have been accomplished and finished, and that the lunch boxes for the next day are made. So I turn on the Jazz, sit at my desk, and write.    

3.  How do you meet up with your writing muse?

I tend to "brew" stories in my head for a while before I start writing. But even after I've pondered for a while and have a clear scene in mind, there are instances when I still can't find the right words. If it's a particular setting that I'm having a hard time visualizing, I start googling images. I get lots of ideas from pictures and images -- they help me in the world building. Sometimes, when the muse seems to be particularly silent, I drop everything and go for a walk. Usually, when I return to my computer the words start flowing again. Of course, I also have to make sure that Facebook and G+ are all turned off, or else the words will flee again. 

4.  Do you have any other books that we can check out?

Not at the moment. I've already written the sequel to CHIMERAS, but I want to promote CHIMERAS for a few months before releasing the sequel. I have also completed the first book in a second series, GENE CARDS, a thriller set in a society ruled by wi-fi technology and genetically modified foods. But this one also will have to wait a few more months before I can release it. 

5.  Do you have any sneak peek tidbits about what you're working on now? 

Here's an excerpt from the first chapter of GENE CARDS:

She saw the flash first, through the rearview mirror. Then came the blast, so strong it made the car jump and propel forward. Glass shattered and exploded. Debris washed on the windshield. 
She didn’t stop to look back. 
Tires skittered on soot.
The Toyota lost ground.
She thought of her e-books and DVDs, devoured by flames. Her papers, her notes, her research—turning to ash. She pictured the fragments of glass and metal exploding in low motion, shattering into pieces and scattering star-like in space before arching back down like colorful fireworks. 
She clutched the steering wheel and pressed the navigator panel.
No point in looking back.
A cloud of black butterflies fluttered in the air, black butterflies with ember-rimmed wings.
Yulia winked. One insect pirouetted ahead of the vehicle and then flattened against the windshield. Across the charred hem of its wings, Yulia read, “Antisense Oligonucleotides.”
Antisense Oligonucleotides.
They weren’t butterflies.
They were burned fragments of her printed papers.

Author Bio

E.E. Giorgi is a scientist, a writer, and a photographer. She spends her days analyzing genetic data, her evenings chasing sunsets, and her nights pretending she's somebody else. Her debut detective thriller CHIMERAS, a modern Philip Marlowe mystery with a genetic twist, is now available from Amazon (http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00JI6UNPE). CHIMERAS is also the title of E.E.'s blog (http://chimerasthebooks.blogspot.com/), where she discusses the science and photography that inspired the book. 

Featured Book

by E.E. Giorgi

Haunted by the girl he couldn't save in his youth, and the murder he committed to avenge her, Detective Track Presius has a unique gift: the vision and sense of smell of a predator. When a series of apparently unrelated murders reel him into the depths of genetic research, Track feels more than a call to duty. Children are dying, children who, like himself, could have been healthy, and yet something, at some point, went terribly wrong. For Track, saving the innocent becomes a quest for redemption. The only way he can come to terms with his dark past is to understand his true nature.


Where you can find E.E. Giorgi
Blog      Twitter     Amazon
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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Winners and a Submission Opportunity

Hello everyone!

I wanted to announce the winners of the last giveaway for an eBook copy of my book The Headhunters Race. And the winners are:

Terri Rochenski

Wahoo and congrats!  Let me know what format you'd like (mobi, ePub, or PDF) and your email and I'll get it sent to you!

Also, there is a submission opportunity with Jonathan Cape - they are calling for submissions from June 1st to the 30th.   It looks like they are part of the Random House/Penguin Group.  What's really interesting about this opportunity is that they are also allowing works in progress (I guess as long as you have 50 pages!) 

Below is the link for more details so check it out and get those submissions ready!

Jonathan Cape

Happy writing and reading all!