Thursday, October 30, 2014


How far into the hollow would you go?

After losing her parents in a terrorist attack on the Twin Towers, fifteen-year-old Honoria escapes New York City to Arnn—a farming town with more legends than residents, and a history of witchcraft and secrets best left buried.

Everyone in Arnn knows the story of Witchwood Hollow: if you venture into the whispering forest, the witch will trap your soul among the shadowed trees. In the lure of that perpetual darkness, Honoria finds hope when she should be afraid, and a past of missing children and broken promises.  To save the citizens of Arnn from becoming the witch’s next victims, she must find the truth behind the woman’s madness. How deep into Witchwood Hollow does Honoria dare venture?”

ESCAPE FROM WITCHWOOD HOLLOW is Jordan Elizabeth’s first novel.  This young adult fantasy, published through Curiosity Quills Press, is now available for purchase. 

Jordan Elizabeth, formally Jordan Elizabeth Mierek, can’t get enough of the woods, be it splashing through a stream, sitting beneath an ancient oak, or following a path up a hill.  Some of those adventures have led to abandoned foundations.  Exploring the rocks and crumbling bricks sparked Jordan to imagine who might have lived there before, and that train of thought carried her to a wicked legend and an enchanted hollow.  You can contact Jordan via her website,

How my Hometown is like Arnn
As told by Jordan Elizabeth

I was born in a hospital in a city, but after that I grew up in a town similar to Arnn.  Okay, my town is Arnn, granted is goes by a different name and there is no haunted wood.

If you walk down Main Street, you see old houses – think General William Floyd from the Revolutionary War.  He built one of them.  You also see a small library, gas station, post office… It feels the best when strolling along in the autumn, surrounded by colored leaves and that crisp cold.

Driving past Main Street brings you to country roads, farms, and forest.  Some of the farms date back to the 1800s.  I lived for many years in a small house on my grandmother’s farm.  Exploring some of the more run-down buildings inspired ESCAPE FROM WITCHWOOD HOLLOW.

The woods offer even more marvels: deer paths, streams, hills, twisted trees, and best of all old foundations.  Countless hours spent wandering the woods provided more fodder for the novel.  With the magic and mystery, a walk through a forest is like a journey into the past.

Arnn enjoys public functions to rally the townsfolk and my home does the same.  Town wide garage sales come to mind first.  My mother and I always rent a spot on the library’s lawn.  It’s a great opportunity to meet neighbors and swap “treasures.” 

Heritage Days are another big event for my home.  Vendors set up stands along Main Street, people dress in costumes, and events, such as battle reenactments, take place over the course of the weekend.

The Black River Canal once gurgled through my town.  Now most of it has been filled in, but you can walk along the trails and explore the ruins.  People who have the filled-in canal in their backyard often discover artifacts while they do their yard work.

While my town is infamous for its ski resort, it is also well known for Lake Delta.  Year-round you can find people fishing, hiking, swimming, camping, hanging out on the beach… Okay, so they aren’t swimming in the winter, but they are ice-fishing.  Lake Delta was once the Village of Delta.  Buildings were relocated, others razed, and the village was flooded.  Our town hall and my grandmother’s house were both relocated from the old village.  I’ve written short stories about the flooded village, but I plan to compile a ghost novel about it sometime in the future.

A trip through my town wouldn’t be complete without passing by the graveyard.  Its two houses up the street from mine and dates back to the late 1700s.  Without exploring the graves, I wouldn’t have imagined Lady Clifford, the witch.

Experienced writers always say to write what you know.  I did that…sort of…I just added a whole bunch of imagination to real life.

Jordan Elizabeth is offering up a free eArc of ESCAPE FROM WITCHWOOD HOLLOW.  To enter for your chance to win a copy of ESCAPE FROM WITCHWOOD HOLLOW, you will need to share the cover.  This can be on your blog, Facebook, Twitter… Each time you share the cover image, log it into Rafflecoper to record it.  It will give you more chances to win.  There are other ways to enter.  You’ll have to take a look to see what those are!  The drawing for the winner will be held on November 16.

Friday, October 24, 2014

DEAD NEW WORLD Tour Stop (And the Top Ten Awesome Things About Zombies by Ryan Hill)

by Ryan Hill
When the the leader of a powerful cult kidnaps the woman Holt loves, he teams up with his best friend to save her from a fate worse than death in DEAD NEW WORLD. Fans of Jonathan Maberry's ROT & RUIN and AMC's hit series, The Walking Dead will devour Hill's action­-packed take on the Zombie genre.

Zombies aren’t mindless anymore.

Before the world fell into chaos, the undead existed only in the imagination. Now, more of them walk the earth than living. Zombies move about freely, while humans entomb themselves inside concrete barricades to stay alive.

All that, while the leader of a powerful cult - known only as Reverend - becomes the next threat to the rebuilding United States. Believing zombies to be God’s latest creation, making humanity obsolete, he wants to give every man, woman, and child the chance to become one. With his combined army of humans and zombies, he may well 
get his wish.

Best friends Holt and Ambrose went up against the Reverend once. Holt lost a foot and a zombie bit Ambrose…though he survived the virus, only to become a human-zombie hybrid, reviled by the living and unwelcome among the dead. When the Reverend kidnaps the woman Holt loves, the race is on to save her from a fate worse than death.

Ryan Hill's Top Ten Awesome Things About Zombies

1. They take a licking and keep on ticking... but is ticking really the right word, since they're dead? I'm not sure.

2. People can take out their frustrations on them. Nobody cares if you lop off a zombie's head with an ax. It's actually considered a good thing.

3. Zombies only eat meat - no messing around with veggies. Granted, zombies love their meat/brains sickeningly raw, but they also don't have to worry about their mother telling them to eat their veggies, so that's a decent trade-off.

4. So what if they have blank stares, rotting flesh, and terrible breath? Zombies always have some kind of higher metaphorical meaning to them. Which is cool.

5. When writing about them, it's socially acceptable to try and think of the most disgusting way to kill a zombie. Not only is it acceptable, it's downright expected. 

6. They really come in handy if you need to clear a mine field. Just don't let any exploding zombie bits get in your mouth.

7. Nobody does Michael Jackson's Thriller dance better. Nobody.

8. In a strange, backward kind of way, zombies are proof there's life after death... get it? #ZING

9. Blind people can fight them off. Seriously. Read World War Z if you don't believe me.

10. Being a zombie probably isn't all that bad. Apart from the decaying flesh, horrific body odor, craving for human brains, walking around in the same set of clothes until someone puts you down for good... okay. Nevermind. It would be that bad.

Growing up, Ryan Hill used to spend his time reading and writing instead of doing 
homework. This resulted in an obsession with becoming a writer, but also a gross 
incompetence in the fields of science and mathematics. A graduate of North Carolina 
State University, Ryan has been a film critic for over five years. He lives in Raleigh, NC, 
with his dog/shadow Maggie. Ryan also feels strange about referring to himself in the 
third person.

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Monday, October 20, 2014

HEIRS OF WAR, CROWN OF FLAMES by Mara Valderran Tour Stop! Check out the except and Giveaway!

The NA fantasy series Heirs of War has taken Wattpad by storm with over one million reads, and the second installment has arrived. Catch up on Heirs of War (#1) for just 99 cents now!

Heirs of War #1:

When seventeen year-old Zelene finds herself thrust into a world of magic and prophecy, she discovers fighting destiny might not be the toughest battle she has to face. Now she must join with three other girls, complete strangers linked only by blood relation, to fight a war they know nothing of and rescue the twin sister she's never met.

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The adventure continues with Heirs of War, Crown of Flames...

Heirs of War, Crown of Flames
Heirs of War #2
Mara Valderran
Cover Art by Gretchen Byers

Weeks have passed since Ariana and Alec escaped from Kellen's dungeon, but danger isn't far behind them. The guilt of his past weighs heavily on Alec’s shoulders, and his secrets only push Ariana further away. As they travel through unknown lands and encounter multiple threats, their biggest challenge might be trusting one another.

The world appears to be going on regardless of the risks Ariana faces. The Duillaine insist that they are doing everything they can to find Ariana, but their actions betray that claim. Despite the danger and the war closing in around them, all of Anscombe seems to be more interested in the upcoming Imbolc festival and Terrena’s betrothal than rescuing Ariana.

Well…not everyone.

Tired of waiting for the Duillaine to help her twin, Zelene starts plotting on her own and finds a surprising ally in Rhaya, even as the Cynewards prepare to make a move of their own. But Zelene’s plans go awry when she finds herself with a new ability, a mysterious new friend, and more enemies within the walls of Anscombe than she thought.

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"You don't understand, Isauria. Their lives have to be about you—the Duillaine. You have to be protected."
"My life isn't worth any more than Liam's or any of the other Cynewards.”
Bianca stopped Isauria's walking with a touch of the arm that slid down to squeeze her fingers. "It is. It's worth more than mine or anyone else's. I know that's hard for you to understand, but it is something you must get used to. Many people would give up their lives to see to it that you are safe. Many will."
Isauria cast her eyes to the ground, feeling her face warm with emotion. "I don't want that," she said softly. "I can't even stand the idea of Liam being miserable because of me. I definitely don't want anyone to die because of me. It isn't right. None of it is. It isn't fair to trade my life for anyone else's or my safety for Liam's happiness. He'll never fall in love, never have children…from what you've told me he won't even grow old."
"That's true. Most Cynewards die of natural causes shortly after their wards do. It's only in your death that the magic binding them to you and keeping them alive releases them."
Isauria started walking again, focusing her attention on her younger sister. "They've been through a lot together. You can't just break that kind of bond."
"You seem to speak from experience. I've never thought to ask you if you left someone behind in Dhara that you cared for."
"Oh, no. I've never been in love. I've never even been on a third date." She could tell from Bianca's silence that she was confused at the terminology. "That's how you measure the seriousness of a relationship in Dhara. You go on a first date, then a second, then a third, and then maybe you call it a relationship. I never got past date number two."
"You probably didn't find any of the men in Dhara suitable because you didn't belong there.”
"They didn't really find me suitable was more the problem," Isauria explained, her freckled cheeks darkening at the subject. "I never really fit in there."
"Then the people of Dhara must not be very smart," Bianca said haughtily. "You are extremely beautiful and kind. They would have been lucky to have you."
Isauria’s cheeks reddened. She had always considered herself to be plain at best, with her pale and freckle-ridden skin and gangly limbs. "I bet you say that to all your patients."

Bianca lowered her head and then glanced up at her. "Actually, I probably shouldn't say that because you are still my patient." She bit her lip with an edge of nervousness at the blush of Isauria's cheeks. "I should probably get back to my other patients."

Mara Valderran is an author of young adult and new adult books, but she's more than just a madwoman with a writing box. She is an avid reader and fan of all things sci-fi and fantasy. She loves roller skating and movies, though typically not together. She lives in Las Vegas with her husband and demanding cat. She hopes to one day meet Daniel Jackson from SG1, or at least the actor who played him. When she’s not writing, you can find her reading, playing video games, or counting down the days until DragonCon.

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Monday 10/13
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Vicki TraskJessa RussoLorraine Harvey
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Tuesday 10/14Wednesday 10/15Thursday 10/16
Ali Dean (Review)Jan Farnworth (Review)James Wymore (Guest Post)
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Emma Adams (Interview)Laveda Kasch (Excerpt #1)Eliza Tilton (Excerpt #2)
Elsie Elmore (Interview)Jessa Russo (Excerpt #3)
Cait Spivey (Guest Post)Shooting Star Book Reviews (Excerpt #4)
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K. L. Schwengel (Guest Post)Katie Teller (Interview)Priya Kanaparti (Guest Post)
Charity Bradford (Excerpt #5)Sharon Bayliss (Review)
Vicki Trask (Review)
Sarah Anderson (Interview)

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Saturday, October 18, 2014

ALTER OF REALITY by Mara Valderran ... Cover Reveal!

Today is the cover reveal for Altar of Reality, the first book from Shifted Realities--a brand new series by Mara Valderran. This YA dystopian is set to be released January 31st, 2015 by Curiosity Quills Press. Mark your calendars, and be sure to add the book to your Goodreads list! Want to stay up to date on all things Altar of RealitySign up for Mara's newsletter so you don't miss a thing!

And now...the moment Mara's we've all been waiting for...

When sixteen-year-old Madeline suffers her first grand mal seizure, she finds herself in an unfamiliar reality, surrounded by strangers wearing familiar faces. Her best friend, Brandon, tells her that the world has fallen to chaos, the aftermath of World War III ten years ago. Madeline doesn’t remember anything from this life— especially not the explosion four years ago that killed her parents and landed her in a coma, or the Lord Commander; a zealot leader of the Southern Territories now searching for her.

Madeline barely has time to process everything before waking up to the life she’s always known. As soon as she dismisses it all as a strange and vivid dream, she finds herself back there once more. Unsure if she’s truly caught in the middle of a brewing rebellion, or teetering on the brink of insanity, she finds herself flipping between the two lives. Her heart becomes torn between two versions of the same boy and the lines between her realities begin to blur as she struggles to save her lives in both worlds.


Mara Valderran is an author of young adult and new adult books, but she's more than just a madwoman with a writing box. She is an avid reader and fan of all things sci-fi and fantasy. She loves roller skating and movies, though typically not together. She lives in Las Vegas with her husband and demanding cat. She hopes to one day meet Daniel Jackson from SG1, or at least the actor who played him. When she’s not writing, you can find her reading, playing video games, or counting down the days until DragonCon.

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Be sure to check out the Heirs of War, Crown of Flames blog tour going on right now! There are excerpts, interviews, a giveaway, and more. You can find the tour calendar here.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Gear up for GEARS OF BRASS! Cover Reveal!

Gear up for GEARS OF BRASS! 

A world like ours, but filled with gears of brass, where the beating heart is fueled by steam and the simplest creation is a complex clockwork device.  

Within this tome, you’ll find steampunk fairy tale re-tellings, as well as original stories that will send your gears turning.  

Welcome to the steampunk realm, with eleven authors guiding your path. 

GEARS OF BRASS is a steampunk anthology published through Curiosity Quills.  It will be available for purchase on November 10, 2014.  Within the pages, you’ll come across clockwork inventions and steampunk-ified fairy tale retellings.  Eleven authors will guide you through worlds filled with airships, top hats, and corsets. 

Meet the authors:
Jordan Elizabeth writes young adult fantasy for Curiosity Quills, including ESCAPE FROM WITCHWOOD HOLLOW which was published in October and the upcoming TREASURE DARKLY; she’s represented by the Belcastro Agency.
J. Million is the author of Last of the Giants and can always be found reading or writing.
Lorna MacDonald Czarnota is a professional storyteller and author of several books including, Medieval Tales That Kids Can Read and Tell, Breadline Blue, Legends Lore and Secrets of Western New York, Wicked Niagara, Native American and Pioneer Sites of Upstate New York, and Dancing at the Crossroads: Stories and Activities for At-Risk Youth Programming.
SA Larsen is represented by Paula Munier of Talcott Notch Literary and is the author of published short stories, community-interest stories, and magazine articles focused on children. 
Grant Eagar is an Engineer who would take the tales he told his children at bed time, and transform them into fantasy stories. 
Clare Weze is the author of The House of Ash (forthcoming) and the co-author and editor of Cloudscapes over the Lune.
Eliza Tilton: gamer, writer and lover of dark chocolate; author of the YA Fantasy, BROKEN FOREST, published by Curiosity Quills Press.
Heather Talty's stories have been featured in Enchanted Conversation, as well as her own fractured fairy tale site, Mythopoetical (
W.K. Pomeroy is a third generation writer who has published more than 70 short stories/articles/poems across many genres and styles, which now includes Steampunk.
Christine Baker is the author of Lana's End, The Guild of Dagda, and many more. 
Natalia Darcy: a bookilicious reader, tea drinker and Zumba aficionado who enjoys playing cards against humanity and washing her hair with ice cold water. 
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