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MER: Three days of free! Plus Giveaway!

WOOO HOOO! I am hosting another giveaway to celebrate MER: Three days of free! My young adult fantasy novel MER, (the first one in the MER series) will be FREE for three days on Amazon kindle. Haven’t had a chance to read it yet? Now’s your chance! Hurry, because the second book in the series is coming soon! To learn more about MER check out the MER tab at the top of this blog; watch the book trailer, read the blurb, or read a sample chapter!

MER will be FREE on MARCH 6th, 7th, and 8th!!!

Don’t have a kindle? No prob, you can get a kindle app for your PC, Mac, iPhone, iPad, BlackBerry, and Android phone here. Prefer a paperback? Just enter the rafflecopter contest below and have a chance at winning one of two AUTHOR SIGNED copies of MER, plus a chance to win a $25 AMAZON GIFT CARD!!!

To Sum it up. All you have to do is download MER for free on March 6th, 7th, or 8th from Amazon and enter the rafflecopter contest below for a chance to win:

*1 of 2 AUTHOR SIGNED copies of MERMER

*1 $25 AMAZON GIFT CARD

It is not necessary but I would very much appreciate the support if you could also do one of the tasks below, or heck, do em’ all! Haha! 😀

* After you read MER, a review on Amazon would be very much appreciated as MER is a brand spankin’ new series and would love the feedback!

*LIKE MER on Facebook here.

*Follow me on Goodreads here.

*Add MER to your Goodreads To-Read Shelf here.

*Give yourself a HUG for being so awesome and picking great literature to read!!!

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Thanks so much and good luck on the raffle!!!

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THE NEXT BIG THING!

The Next Big Thing …

Welcome to The Next Big Thing. My author buddy, Suzanna Williams, recently tagged me for a ‘chain’ blog entitled ‘The Next Big Thing’.
The deal is: I answer a few questions about my current work-in-progress, then I invite other authors to do the same. A bit like a chain letter, except it is only focused on an author’s work-in-progress.
Suzanna is the author of a young adult sci-fi action adventure titled Shockwaves. You can find her answers about her latest book by clicking here.
Suzanna was tagged previously by Katherine Lowry Logan, the author of The Ruby Brooch, a time travel romance.
Read about her work-in-progress here.
The authors I’ve chosen have been tagged can be found below my answers. So here goes:

What is the working title of your next book?

MER: volume 2. (This is just a working title until I make a decision on what the second book in the series will be called.)

Where did the idea come from for the book?

Besides the fact that I love anything fantasy, involving mermaids and magical creatures, it all started with a late-night conversation with my hubby. We were talking about current trends in young adult books and movies and I was like “There are so many vampire, werewolf, and wizard type books…what about merpeople?” And thus, MER was born.

What genre does your book fall under?

Young adult fantasy with a touch of romance.

What actors would you choose to play the part of your characters in a movie rendition?

This is a very hard question, because I have so many characters in my book, a lot of them being children and teens. BUT I will say that Russel Crow would be a great Lord Emrys, the children’s father.

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

MER is a dark and magically gripping tale of the Castlecray children, who are forced on a treacherous journey where bed-time stories come to life right before their eyes.

Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?

This was a very hard decision for me at first, but for now I will am self publishing the MER series. If I get a fantastic offer from a big-time publisher, then it may be a different story.

How long did it take you to write the first draft of the manuscript?

It took me nine months to write MER, the first book in the series, and I am shooting for six months for book 2! Wish me luck!

What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?

This is also a very hard question, because I believe my book is very different from any other. But if I had to choose I would say J.K. Rowling’s HARRY POTTER and George R.R. Martin’s A SONG OF ICE AND FIRE, which are two very different styles.

Who or what inspired you to write this book?

My family. My daughter, who is absolutely obsessed with fairy-tales and anything mermaid and my husband, who is my biggest support system!

What else about the book might pique the reader’s interest?

This series is geared towards young adults, but it is great for and loved by many people of all ages. It has a little bit of everything, from knights who fight for honor, a rebellion war and slimy crag trolls, to magical creatures, ancient prophecies, mermaids, and romance. If that doesn’t get you, check out the book trailer here done by Director Jeremy Womac and Monsoon Productions. It is amazing!
The authors I’ve invited to join in the fun are: James Eggebeen, a fantasy writer after my own heart, and Bethany Aan, a steamy erotica/romance and sci-fi writer.
I hope you’ll visit their websites and check out their books. Their answers will be posted on their blogs on Friday, March 1st, along with the names of the authors they’ve tagged. Look for #BlogNextBigThing

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Valentine’s E-book Sale! Win a $25 Amazon Gift Card!

The Valentine’s DayE-Book SaleToday’s hottest ebooks are on sale under $5 from Feb 14-16 only!

Mystery, romance, young adult – there’s something for everyone …

… including the chance to win 1 of 4 $25 Amazon gift cards! Hit the link below for a chance to win! 

And I’m happy to announce that my highly anticipated young adult fantasy book, MER, will also be on sale for $2.99 (down from $4.99) during the sale!

Check out the Indie Book Festival’s Valentine E-book Sale!

 

Click on the link below to enter to win 1 of 4 $25 Amazon Gift Card!!!

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REVIEW: CHOSEN by Jolea M.Harrison (No Spoilers)

I had the pleasure of reading CHOSEN by Jolea M. Harrison and quite enjoyed myself.

CHOSEN is the first book in The Guardian of the Word, a sci-fi epic fantasy series. The story tells of Dynan Telaerin and his ancestor’s long-lived struggle to rid the world of evil. Throughout the ages, destruction, re-birth, and devastation appears in a repetitive cycle every 1,000 years with previous information being destroyed, therefore handing the mystery to future generations until a certain king sacrifices his soul to remain and help. He brings this information forward in time to Dynan and Dain, who like him, are telepathic twin brothers. It is their destiny to finally break the cycle or die in the attempt, damning the world to eternal darkness and evil!

I loved the story line and the whole idea of the book. The story started a bit slow for me, and me being someone who enjoys fantasy (historical-ish, medeival-ish, renaissance-ish) more than sci-fi, it took a little while for me to get into the futuristic ambiance, but once I did, I loved the atmosphere of the Telaerin’s world! There is a point in the story when a certain character crosses the barrier, (veil, porthole, or what-have-you) and travels to a strange and mystical place. That’s when the fantasy really kicked in and I was hooked! I would have liked to know a bit more about the characters, but I’m sure as I go on in the series more will be revealed about them and I will grow to love them even more. That’s the great thing about a series; there’s always more to devour! To wrap it up, everything else was pretty darn good. The author’s description of the world, its geography, climactic spots in the story, and scenarios that the character’s find themselves in is wonderfully mastered and creates a beautiful picture in your mind. You always know where you are (and how it feels to be there) in CHOSEN. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys science fiction reading and I would recommend it to people who love fantasy with a futuristic twist!

Awesome writing Jolea!

I give CHOSEN 4 stars out of 5!

CHOSEN is now FREE on Amazon. Go pick it up for yourself here.

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