Drakon Cover Reveal

A few weeks ago, I released the cover reveal for my YA novel The Alliance: Bloodlines. Now I’m excited to reveal the cover for Drakon, the sequel to Bloodlines.

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Drakon Blurb

The Alliance still defend the streets of Jefferson City, but the demon hunter team thought life would be better after the battle with Jaysk at the Four Aces—after their greatest enemy was defeated. However, Bailey deals with a loss her fellow hunters can’t understand, and now she hunts demons on her own. To make matters worse, a new Four Aces casino is being constructed, and Jaysk’s Queen is in town calling all of the shots.

The answers Bailey seeks and the power the Alliance needs to stop Jaysk’s Queen both exist in a place outside their world—the demon dimension known as Drakon. Bailey is horrified when she finally learns the details of her boyfriend’s former imprisonment and torture in Drakon. The nightmare continues when Jameson chases her through a portal leading straight into the demon dimension. Forced to deal with the haunting memories of his captivity, Jameson must help find a way to keep them from becoming prisoners or dragon food. The Alliance couple races against time to escape Drakon with a plan which they hope will defeat the Queen.

Thanks to my successful Indiegogo campaign, both novels will be released this holiday. Both covers were designed by the extremely talented Ida at Amygdala Design.

The Alliance: Bloodlines 2nd Edition Cover Reveal

Two years ago, I released my very first self-published novel, The Alliance: Bloodlines. Bloodlines was scheduled to be the first in a series of YA Urban Fantasy novels, but the debut novel generated little buzz. Rookie mistakes were made including my cover design choice, and a list of my lessons learned can be found here on my blog. I created an Indiegogo campaign to improve the quality of my novel, which was fully funded and assisted with costs of the cover designed by Ida at Amygdala Design.

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Bloodlines Blurb:

In Jefferson City, things really do go bump in the night. The city is plagued with supernatural elements, but most of the citizens are unaware. Jaysk McLeod is the owner of The Four Aces—the central hub of all things evil—where gamblers often disappear and demons usually flock.

Kristen Bailey is a bullied teen from a broken home, until one day she loses control of her emotions and her special abilities appear. She gains super strength she can’t always control and unnatural healing abilities. Jameson Brown is just a young man with an addiction and no purpose, until he meets his first demon. Sheila and Star are both survivors of demon attacks. These four random citizens—troubled outcasts—meet with one common goal, to purge the monsters from their city.

Funded by Pryce, a former government scientist, they form a demon hunter team known as The Alliance. With the help of some unlikely allies, they must take back their city from Jaysk and the other supernatural elements that plague it.

The Alliance: Bloodlines will be re-released on Amazon in late November with the sequel, Drakon. Stay tuned for Drakon’s upcoming cover reveal.

Thank You Indiegogo Campaign Supporters

In June, I created an Indiegogo campaign with the hopes of reaching the minimum amount needed to self-publish my novels with professional formatting and covers. I was overjoyed when friends and fans of my first novel, The Alliance: Bloodlines, rallied together to fund my campaign in just three days! The initial goal of $500 was met and exceeded.

Thanks to the amazingly generous people listed below, I was able to fund the republishing of Bloodlines and prepare the sequel with better quality.

Thank you again for supporting me on this journey! Updates are coming soon!

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The Alliance: Bloodlines and Drakon will be published via CreateSpace and available on Amazon later this fall, and a cover reveal will be planned for later this month.

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The Pitch Wars Experience

If you follow my Twitter account, you’ve probably seen an abundance of writing related tweets using hashtags such as #PitchWars. What is Pitch Wars?

Pitch Wars is now one of many contests/author events geared towards helping writers who seek publication. The contest was created by the lovely Brenda Drake, and you should check out her page for the details and schedule here.

Basically, writers can submit their query letter and first chapter to select mentors who are participating in their genre. The mentors are published/agented authors, editors, interns who are offering up their free time to read each submission they get. After they read through their submissions, they can only select ONE author to scoop under their wing as a mentee.

What does this mentor and mentee partnership mean? Great knowledge! And the mentor will assist the mentee with polishing their query letter and manuscript to become ready for the final round of the contest: The Agent Round.

During the Agent Round the mentees submissions will be made available to the select agents participating in the contest. There’s no guarantee of scoring an agent, but if you get this far in the contest, you should feel rewarded knowing you’re on the right track.

This year the numbers totaled at a little over a hundred mentors and well over a thousand submissions were received. So there’s no guarantee of an agent and the odds are tough no matter how strong your submission might be, so why enter? Regardless of whether you get an agent or even selected to be a mentee, the overall Pitch Wars experience is very rewarding.

Why?

First, submitting is great practice and that’s never a loss! You might even score some feedback from the mentors. Feedback is not required because the mentors are already devoting their free time to the contest and have to focus on helping their mentee. So, let’s keep things classy and make sure to be both patient and appreciative if any mentors take the time to offer feedback to you.

Second, this was my first Pitch Wars and I was not chosen as a mentee, but it was a pleasure connecting with the community. The mentors are pretty active on Twitter, and they provide valuable information via Twitter and their personal blogs. This also gave me a chance to make new writer friends! So basically, search the Pitch Wars hashtag for the chance to learn from industry professionals or meet some awesome writers who might be looking for a critique partner.

The contest is annual, and it’s never too early to work on your submission for next year’s Pitch Wars! Also, visit Brenda Drake’s page for other contest options scheduled throughout the year. Good luck and happy writing!

Favorite Childhood Movies of the 80s

I was born in 1982 and have been a weird little geek for as long as I can remember. I can recall jumping around on the furniture (when my mom wasn’t looking of course!) imagining I was Superman and bouncing around pretending to teleport like Nightcrawler from the X-men. Seriously y’all, I thought I was an X-Man. I was always pretending I was one of my favorite male heroes, but that’s a whole other issue, haha.

I recently sat awake at night considering my influences as a writer and Joss Whedon, Stephen King, J.K. Rowling, and Felicia Day came to mind as always. Before I found those amazing minds, I grew up in the time of awesome 80s movies. Maybe my imagination further developed into what it is today because of the movies I devoured as a small child. Most likely. So I made a list of some of my favorite childhood movies, and I think you can see a theme here, but here are my 1980’s movie influences. I can even begin to count how many times I watched these movies as a kid.

In no particular order, I thank these 80s classics for being awesome:

The Empire Strikes Back

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Indian Jones trilogy

The Goonies

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Howard the Duck

Little Monsters

Ghostbusters

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The NeverEnding Story

The Terminator

Back to the Future

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Batman (Tim Burton’s)

Fun fact: I didn’t enjoy Beetlejuice or E.T. Sorry! We can still be friends, right?

I didn’t list Stephen King movies because I can’t remember what age I started watching them, but I discovered his books by the time I was going into high school.  Just know I loved his books and the movies! And judge me all you want for Howard the Duck, but I loved him! What movies did you find influential during your childhood? What are your favorite 80s classics?