Monday, December 29, 2014

99 cents and a free kindle? What?!




We are excited to announce the amazing sale of THE GATES OF ATLANTIS COMPLETE COLLECTION on eBook. You can get this fantastic middle-grade series for just $0.99 (regularly $19.99). This sale price will available December 29th through January 12th. To help celebrate such a sale the Atlantis authors are giving away a Kindle to one lucky winner. 

Don’t forget to enter the GIVEAWAY at the bottom of this post!

About THE GATES OF ATLANTIS:
Centuries ago the great city of Atlantis had to be hidden from humans. Now magically buried in the depths of the ocean, it is the source of all magic. All is well in the magical world…until the leaders of Atlantis listen to the whims of a mad man.

A group of teens set out on their own unique quests to fight for the world they love. They face dangers they didn’t know existed. As they battle their way through mysterious tunnels and secrets of the ancient world, they find themselves in a race against time. One by one, the mad man will shut down the Gates of Atlantis and destroy the magic. Can these unlikely heroes stop him before it’s too late?

Book 1: BANSHEE AT THE GATE, by Wendy Knight: Half-human, half-banshee Seven loves her life with her awesome brother Haran and her dad while delivering souls safely to death...until Death comes calling for Haran.

Book 2: GUARDIANS OF THE GATES, by Laura D. Bastian: Mermaid Talia wants to be a Guardian. Exander wants to leave Atlantis and explore the upper world. An accident at one of the gates gives them both their chance, but they also make a startling discovery—someone is destroying the gates.

Book 3: SECRETS OF THE MINE, by Juli Caldwell: Adam believes in myths and magic. Clancy doesn’t. Two normal kids’ lives change when they embark on the adventure of a lifetime on the back of a sea kelpie...if only they can get away from the strange creatures that are determined to stop them.

Book 4: MAGICIANS OF THE DEEP, by Jaclyn Weist: A trip to Ireland changes Colin’s life when a bite from a mysterious fish awakens unlimited knowledge and dormant magical powers. He knows exactly how to save a magical world, but can he get there before it’s too late?

Book 5: MADNESS BEHIND THE THRONE, by J.R. Simmons: Phoibos, bullied and taunted by other kids, believes something is wrong with Atlantis. His charm with the nobility and skill as warrior as he grows make him believe nothing will stop his quest to purge Atlantis from everything he finds impure.

Book 6: BATTLE FOR ACROPOLIS, by Mikey Brooks: Talon keeps getting in trouble. It’s not his fault things around him randomly burst into flame, but he’s not sticking around to find out what happens next. When foster sister Hattie encourages him to run, they make a break for it, only to find an unexpected destiny awaiting them in Atlantis. They just have to get there first. When they do, they find a lot of help. Characters from all the previous books appear to help fight Phoibos. These unlikely heroes risk it all to save the magic and fight for Atlantis.


Where to get the series on eBook:


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The GIVEAWAY!
One lucky winner will be selected to win a Kindle, 6" Glare-Free Touchscreen Display, Wi-Fi (Retail price of $79.99). A winner will be selected from those living within the continental United States. The winner will be announced January 13th and they will be notified via email to provide a valid mailing address. Good luck to all the entries and thank you for helping us share the news about this awesome series.

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Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Playing With Quotes


I'm working on a contemporary romance, and this quote is from early in the story. This makes me smile and I'm glad it came out of my head. I don't love the website I used to make this so I'll keep looking (it did weird things to the font when the thing I typed wasn't a letter), but for now, enjoy.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

True story, bro


 Today I mailed off Secrets of the Mine to the Tybee Island Book Festival, to be considered for inclusion in their festival next September. I love events like this, where authors and the community come together to celebrate literacy and all the great books out there (the fact that I've always wanted to visit Tybee Island and Savannah is an added bonus  here--I've been in love with Savannah ever since I read Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, and my used copy from Paperback Swap had a news clipping about one of the actual characters in the book, Lady Chablis...who isn't actually a lady).  Keep your fingers and toes crossed for me!

Monday, November 3, 2014

A Romance Anthology Cover Reveal

Finally here, the cover for the Say Something Anthology inspired by A Great Big World's song "Say Something." Seven short stories by seven talented authors: Angelica French, April London, Deena Remiel, Kris Tualla, Morgan Kearns, V. S. Nelson, and my dear friend Camelia Miron Skiba.

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Coming 12.01.2014. Isn't it beautiful?

Friday, October 24, 2014

Singing Ragesong in my Best Operatic Voice

JR Simmons is the author of a series called Ragesong, and my youngest is sort of a major fangirl for him and his books. She's done book reports and school projects on the first book, Awakening, and the second book in the series, Uprising.  My kid has wanted to review the series on my blog for awhile, and it took me a few months to get it together, but here it is--a review and interview of Ragesong by his #1 fan.




Kid: How did you get the idea for the series?  




JR: The idea for Ragesong began to float around in my head a few years before I wrote book one.  I've always loved music and fantasy, and I wanted a way to tie the two together.  I wanted music to play a role, but I wanted to focus on swordplay and medieval violence.  When I first came up with concept, Joraus and Swyf were slated to be two bumbling idiots named Grutnik and Yorken.  All I knew was that they would turn into something cool when they entered their world and in ours they would be silly fairies, and that they would pass into our realm through organ pipes.  I then shelved the idea for a few years to focus on other things. When I came back to it, I realized how much more of a role I wanted the Changelings to play in the grand scheme of the story. Joraus, Swyf, and Ragesong were born (though I did find a way to integrate Grutnik and Yorken later on, so look for them in Uprising).







Kid: What's your favorite character?  




JR: I had such a tough time answering this question.  I love them all.  Each and every one of them seem so real to me.  I've always loved Jake and his happy-go-lucky personality, but lately I find myself gravitating more to Sam.  I discovered a lot more about her in Uprising, and I was so pleased with the way that her character developed.  She is strong and passionate, fun and intelligent, and Jake is lucky to have a friend like her.  As I write Retribution, I find that the pendulum is gradually swinging back to Jake.  He is about to go through some tough things, and I am already sympathizing with him.



Kid: What's your favorite part in Awakening?  




JR: This is like choosing which child you love most!  I have narrowed it down to two.  I loved it when Joraus found Swyf in the human world after being parted from her for more than 12 years and the energetic/silly/heartwarming reunion that ensued.  I also love the Changeling battle when the group first arrives in Fermecia.  I was so excited when that idea came to me and I was able to flesh it out.  It was such a fun addition and it added a lot to the character of the Changelings.



Kid: What's your favorite part in Uprising?  




JR: Again, there were many that I had to choose from, but I would have to say that I really liked when Sam met Shivarra and the following initiation (readers will know what I am talking about here).  I also loved the final battle in Paxtra.  It was intense and I felt like it brought the book to a close most appropriately, while at the same time setting the stage for Retribution.



​Kid: If you could be one character from the series, who would it be and why?  

JR: Jake, of course!  Musical prodigy/Expert swordfighter/Videogame enthusiast?  Plus his mom and dad are totally great (even if they are a little strict with the video game thing).  He has the respect of a king, is known as "Klyle's Demon" by his enemies, and he is best friends with a deadeye archer and two creatures that can change into whatever animals they want.  Who wouldn't like that combination????  Totally awesome!

Her review of the Ragesong series (not edited by me, and if you know me you know how this kills me): 

I LOVE these books. I keep reading them over and over. I really like Sam she is my favorite character. I like archery too and it's fun to read about someone like me. Yorkin and Grutnik were really funny and Klyle and Shivarra are so cool. These books are great for people like me.

My review: 

JR is just as enthusiastic about his writing in person as he seems in the interview with my littlest. I've read both books and the attention to detail is incredible. His characters are fleshed out with appropriate flaws and arcs that reach through the series, so we can see how these teenagers Sam and Jake grow through their experiences in Fermicia. His world building is really brilliant with vivid detail. The violence is video game level, with no bad language. It's a great clean read for anyone who loves high fantasy like Lord of the Rings. I have no problem recommending this series to readers 11 and up.

Check it out!  

Also, here's a pic of me with the reviewer, because she's adorable. 



Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Where I Give My Own Stuff Away



Goodreads Book Giveaway

Secrets of the Mine by Juli Caldwell

Secrets of the Mine

by Juli Caldwell

Giveaway ends October 29, 2014.
See the giveaway details at Goodreads.
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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Sherry Gammon Hijacks Me For Some Audio Book Awesomeness


Unlovable is now an audiobook!! If you click here you can get the audiobook for free with a 30 day free trial of Audible on Amazon!! You can't beat free!
Along with the release of the audiobook, I've redesigned the covers of the first two books in the Port Fare series. ( I'm designing covers now. Click here and check them out!) To celebrate the new look, I am giving away paperback copies of the entire series. 
Here is the new cover for Unlovable. I didn't change it too much because I really loved the original one. (Thank you, Paul Beeley), but another author came out with almost the exact same cover, including the coloring :'(

I kept the girl on the swing because she fits Maggie's story perfectly, though I did add flowers to the swing. The rest has been changed completely. I love the blues and pinks, and I've always wanted a moon on the cover. I also added Maggie's trailer in the background!
                                                         
                                                             Here is the eBook cover:
And this is the Paperback
     This is the audio book cover.

 This is the new cover for Unbelievable! It's a real change. I feel this cover fits the story so much better. Lilah feels trapped by her domineering father and his demands. She desperately wants to break free...can't tell you anymore or I'll spoil the story I feel this new cover portrays Lilah and what she is going through in a much stronger way, and it seems to fit in better with the other covers. While I loved the old cover, and had a huge say in its design, (Thank you again, Paul) it seemed out of place with book one & three's covers. This one holds the same "feel," if you will.
Here is the Ebook cover:
And this is the paperback
Unbearable's cover didn't really change, only the back was updated.

So, what do you think??

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Monday, September 15, 2014

September 27. Come Hang Out!

If you live in the Salt Lake metro area, the library is hosting a local authors event on Saturday, September 27 at the Viridian Library in West Jordan. It' an all-day event where you can browse tons of books in multiple genres, meet authors, learn about their books, and get your own signed copies! I'll be there, too, and I'd love it if you'd come say hi.


Sunday, August 17, 2014

Awards wha...?

I found out yesterday that Secrets of the Mine was nominated for an Indie ReCon Live award for best new children's book. I'm so excited! I never win anything, not even scratch off lottery tickets, so being nominated for something other than biggest dork ever (according to my kids, I'm the unanimous winner every single day) feels kind of amazeballs.



If you'd like to vote, please do. If you want to vote for me, even better! (Shameless self promotion? Guilty!) Here's the link right to where you vote for Secrets of the Mine, if you want. I will love you forever and ever. Ok, I love you anyway, but this will make me love you more.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Being West Is Best

Since my latest offering to the literary canon is a midgrade novel, I thought it would be fun to showcase another MG author. Monique Bucheger is touring the blogosphere with her new release Being West is Best. It's getting solid reviews, and it's perfect for your tween reader!



What are reviewers saying?



The author does a great job of showing her character's unique personalities. Being West is Best would be a good read for an older middle-grade reader--especially if they love horses and the outdoors.. Some tough themes are tackled, so beware if your child is sensitive.


Being West is Best is a book full of classic 12-year-old drama and high family values while dealing with adult problems. It brought me right back to my uncertain, brace-faced youth and kept me locked in with delightful characters (Ginnie's long, lost aunt being my favorite), just enough plot twists, and a healthy serving of girl power. It took me about a day and a half to read it, but the story and lessons still stick with me.

Here's what it's about: 


Twelve-year-old BFFs, Ginnie West and Tillie Taylor, are matchmaking geniuses. Together they maneuvered Ginnie’s widower-dad into proposing to Tillie’s divorcee-mom. Sweet! Certain they are well on their way to sisterhood, each girl is floored when Tillie’s lousy excuse for a father puts in an appearance after a six year absence. Too bad “lousy dad repellant” doesn’t come in a can. Even though Tillie’s dad has sobered up and is determined to make amends, Tillie would rather he just disappear again. If he stays, “Operation: Secret Sisters” may need to be renamed “Operation: Not Gonna Happen.” If that’s not bad enough, the biggest bully in seventh grade comes over often and wishes he could call the West’s farmhouse “home.” When the bully’s abusive dad shows up as well, Ginnie thinks it’s time to change her family’s motto from “When you’re here, you’re family” to “There’s no more room at the Wests'.”

You can find Monique and her books here: 

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Check out all her titles! They look perfect for my own tween reader. 



Monday, August 11, 2014

Rebekah Lyn's New Release, Jessie

FLORIDA. This author is from Florida, therefore I already love her. If you know me at all, you know that no matter where I live (and I've been all over) Florida will always be my home. I'm thrilled to host Rebekah Lyn and her new release Jessie, because I too lived near the Kennedy Space Center. I call tell you that there is nothing so spectacular as watching the space shuttle light up the sky during a night launch, or watching a launch from the beach miles away and the sheer force of thrust rumbles the ground enough so the individual specks of sand dance. It's amazing! Looking forward to reading this!

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 Jessie's story spans almost a decade, January 31, 1961 to July 20, 1969. I hope readers enjoy this excerpt. The beach chapter is one of my favorites. ~Rebekah Lyn 


The Beach 
  June 4, 1965
“Come inside to change,” Eleanor instructed. The sternness in her voice caused Jessie to look at her. He took in her red cheeks and Mrs. Maisey’s hand covering an embarrassed smile.

A quick glance at Sam, holding the waistband of his already unbuttoned shorts, and Jessie understood his mother’s concern. The boys grabbed bags from the trunk and ran into the house, following Harry and Jim to their bedrooms. Warm sand covered Jessie’s feet with every step and he relished the feel as it filled the space between his toes, slowing his movements. He watched Harry and Jim run out into the water, not slowing down until it reached their thighs and they fell forward into the water. Ricky and Sam were close behind. Sam dove into an incoming wave, his head popping up behind the rolling foam.

Max joined Jessie in the thick sand above the water line. “It’s good to be back, isn’t it?”

“We aren’t quite back, though, are we?” Jessie understood his brother’s lack of excitement. Max would never be able to visit the places they had known growing up. It was bittersweet for Jessie, knowing his home was now a missile launch site. When he became an astronaut, he could be launched into space from the very site where they used to hunt bobcats or from the clearing where they had camped every summer, but his brothers would never have that experience. Maybe it didn’t matter as much to Ricky and Sam. Maybe just returning to the beach with old friends was all they needed. Max looked to the north, along the stretch of sand dotted with fishermen, children building sandcastles, and couples lounging on blankets. Jessie knew his brother was thinking of the stretch of beach miles from here, where they’d found an old boat, battered and broken, washed onto the shore after a hurricane.

 Max shook his head. “If you really do get to be an astronaut, will you find Smitty’s grave?” Jessie had forgotten about Smitty, a mangy mutt the boys had adopted ten years ago. Smitty had run with them in the woods, waited faithfully below the tree house, and collected the ducks the boys had shot down. He’d died three years before the move. Max had buried him near the dunes, with a whittled dog bone as his marker.

“Yeah, I’ll find Smitty,” Jessie whispered. “Race you to the water.”

Max smiled and took off without a count. Jessie followed, laughing when Max tripped in the sand, allowing Jessie to take the lead. He reached the water a second before Max, who rocketed himself onto Jessie’s back, pushing him down into a deep wave. The boys came up sputtering. Max grinned, looking more like the mischievous brother Jessie had known on the island. The hurts of the past year, all of the fights, the adjustments to life in town, washed away with the falling tide. When the sun sank behind the three-story hotels and the sky turned a pale purple, the boys slogged out of the surf, falling, exhausted, onto the hard packed sand. Harry rose first, running up to the dunes and gathering driftwood. Jim found a few broken boards that were probably once part of a boat hull. In no time, the Maisey brothers had built a fine bonfire. All that was missing were some hot dogs.  

About the Book The four Cole boys suffer abuse at the hands of an alcoholic father, while largely  left to their own devices by a heartbroken and overworked mother. Their adventures on their island home have become a welcome escape, and one of the only things in life the boys can truly rely on. Jessie, the youngest and a dreamer, becomes enamored with US plans for manned space flight and its race to the moon, stirring his own dreams of one day becoming an astronaut. In a strange twist of fate, it is the space program and the momentum it gains that abruptly brings their beloved island life to an end. The family is forced to move to the city and start anew. Life in town creates new challenges, financial pressures, news of the Vietnam War and the impending threat of the military draft for Max the eldest of the Cole brothers.  

About the Author   Another Rebekah LynRebekah Lyn is a popular indie writer with a strong following of loyal readers who enjoy her inspirational novels of Faith, Adventure, and Hope. She is a Christian with a heart for new beginnings, and her desire is to reflect that in each of her books. Rebekah is a sandal-loving native Floridian, growing up in Titusville, Florida, within sight of the Kennedy Space Center. This was an exciting time to live on the Space Coast, with launches taking place on a regular basis. Growing up, the best place to watch a launch was at the edge of the Indian River, just blocks from Rebekah’s home. Fond memories abound of windows rattling and dogs barking as the big Saturn rockets or the Space Shuttles raced into the heavens. Sonic booms made everyone jump as the astronauts returned from space, and sometimes she could get a glimpse of their return in the skies above her home. She will always be proud of America’s space program. An eye witness to the Challenger disaster on January 28, 1986, she and her fellow classmates watched with horror as the historic event unfolded before them. This event became a personal and lasting memory. An active participant in social media, Rebekah enjoys interacting with her readers, particularly at her her signature “Tea with the Author” events. Rebekah Lyn Invites you to purchase books and e-books through Amazon   Barnes and Noble Smashwords   iTunes 

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