#MadeItMonday: Cover Reveal Time!!!

Welcome to #MadeItMonday, where I post something I’ve made in the previous week, and where you can join in and post something you made too! The rules are easy: post a pic somewhere of something you’ve made in the last week (ish; let’s say in the last month as the hard-and-fast) and tag it. Sit back and enjoy scrolling through all the beautiful things we’ve collectively created, and celebrate the fact that humans can be awesome! 🙂
Whee!!! It’s COVER REVEAL DAY!!! And yes, I am totally cheating and using this as a #MadeItMonday, because our budget for this anthology was about

this big

so I did the cover 😉

Darkness and Good: 38 fantasy and science fiction short stories by Liana Brooks and Amy Laurens

Yeah, okay, it needs a thin border around it. Hmm.

ANYWAY, yay! New book! We’ll be setting up preorders in the next couple of weeks, and the lovely Darkness & Good anthology will be released March 19. I’m excited!

From the Darkness and Good blog comes a collection of fans’ favourite stories, all in one convenient volume. Come read about gods and monsters, unicorns and shapeshifters, magical worlds and galaxies far, far away!

Oh, and if you’re a regular follower of the Darkness & Good blog, never fear – there’s some new content in this anthology too 😉

 

What have you made this week? (It doesn’t have to be fancy!!) Don’t forget to tag your contribution, or even better, leave a link in the comments!! I love seeing what inspiring things other people have made 🙂 🙂 🙂

 

A Pretty Piece of Shiny Artwork: Cover Reveal!

Breaking radio silence to squee joyously over the cover reveal for the Twinny One, aka Liana Brooks, whose final book in the Time and Shadows series is due out in a scant 7 weeks! Wheee!! Buckle your seatbelts, ladies and gentlemen; this one’s going to be a wild ride! Read on for a sneak peek at the first two pages…

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Readers of Blake Crouch’s DARK MATTER and Wesely Chu’s TIME SALVAGER will love Liana Brooks’ DECOHERENCE–the thrilling, time-bending conclusion to the Time & Shadow series!

Samantha Rose and Linsey MacKenzie have established an idyllic life of married bliss in Australia, away from the Commonwealth Bureau of Investigation, away from mysterious corpses, and—most of all—away from Dr. Emir’s multiverse machine.

But Sam is a detective at heart, and even on the other side of the world, she can’t help wonder if a series of unsolved killings she reads about are related—not just to each other, but to the only unsolved case of her short career.

She knows Jane Doe’s true name, but Sam never discovered who killed the woman found in an empty Alabama field in spring of 2069. She doesn’t even know which version of herself she buried under a plain headstone.

When Mac suddenly disappears, Sam realizes she is going to once more be caught up in a silent war she still doesn’t fully understand. Every step she takes to save Mac puts the world she knows at risk, and moves her one step closer to becoming the girl in the grave.

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DECOHERENCE

Decoherence (n): a period of time when all iterations collapse and there is only one possible reality.

~ Excerpt from Definitions of Time by Emmanuela Pine, I1

 

Day 247

Year 5 of Progress

Capitol Spire

Main Continent

Iteration 17—Fan 1

… three. Rose stood and peered through the frosted, warped glass of the conference room as the speaker turned away. It didn’t matter which iteration she was in, Emir was predictable. She had seven seconds to do a head count. She didn’t need that long.

A quick head count was all it took to confirm that the einselected nodes she’d been sent to assassinate were where they belonged.

Every iteration had nodes, people or events that kept that variation of human history from collapsing. Dr. Emir had created a machine that allowed people not only to move along their own timeline, but at critical convergence points, it allowed them to cross between realities. But the Mechanism for Iteration Alignment’s greatest ability was the one that allowed Dr. Emir and Central Command to steer history by erasing futures they didn’t want.

Rose knelt beside the door, did one final sweep for alarms, and nodded for her team to move in. It was her job to cross at convergence points, kill the nodes, and collapse the futures that no one wanted.

One look at the version of herself watching this iteration’s Emir with rapt fascination was enough to make Rose want to snip this future in the bud.

Chubby was the first thing that came to mind. Rose’s doppelganger was enjoying being at the top of the social pyramid and probably gorging on whatever passed as a delicacy here. The squared bangs with a streak of riotous red only accented the corpulence and lack of self-control the inferior other had.

Even with a heavy wood door between them, Rose could hear that this iteration’s Emir was hypothesizing things the MIA was never meant to do. Everyone with half a brain knew that decoherence didn’t combine iterations, it crushed them. Only the true timeline, the Prime, would survive decoherence. Planning to welcome and integrate doppelgangers into the society was pure idiocy.

The techs sealing the door shut gave her the high sign.

Rose nodded to her hacker.

“Cameras locked. Security is deaf and blind, ma’am” Logan’s voice was a soft whisper in her earpiece. He was a genius with computer systems, a fact that had saved him when they collapsed I-38 three years ago. “We have a fifteen-minute window.”

“Hall cleared,” reported Bennet. “Permission to move perimeter guard to the exit?”

Rose nodded. “Permission granted.” She waved for the soldiers to move out. There could be no risk of failure. No chance for the errant nodes to escape, and no risk that her team would get killed here.

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Jane Doe Cover Reveal!

Yay, the twinny one Liana Brooks has a cover for her upcoming sci fi thriller series with HarperCollins! This is the cover for the ebook, which is coming out on April 28. There will be a print edition too, but not for a couple of months after that

SO! What’s the book about, I hear you ask? Well! I have a blurb for you! HOW CONVENIENT.

A body is found in the Alabama wilderness. The question is: 
Is it a human corpse … or is it just a piece of discarded property?

Agent Samantha Rose has been exiled to a backwater assignment for the Commonwealth Bureau of Investigation, a death knell for her career. But then Sam catches a break—a murder—that could give her the boost she needs to get her life back on track. There’s a snag, though: the body is a clone, and technically that means it’s not a homicide. And yet, something about the body raises questions, not only for her, but for coroner Linsey Mackenzie.
The more they dig, the more they realize nothing about this case is what it seems … and for Sam, nothing about Mac is what it seems, either.
This case might be the way out for her, but that way could be in a bodybag.

A thrilling new mystery from Liana Brooks, The Day Before will have you looking over your shoulder and questioning what it means to be human.
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Friday May 17th, 2069

Alabama District 3: Commonwealth of North America

With an asthmatic wheeze the engine died. It figured. Stuck in a man’s craw, it did. This truck had been his daddy’s and his pappy’s, and before the Commonwealth government forced him to replace the diesel engine with the newfangled water doohickey, he was certain he’d pass the truck onto his son.

He’d been playing under the hood of trucks since he was six and now he was stranded. Embarrassing, that’s what it was. He climbed out of the cab to check the engine out of habit. The ice blue block of modern fuel efficiency stared back. Three hundred bucks it’d cost him, straight from his pocket.

Oh, there was a government subsidy, all right. A priority list. Major Population Centers, they said. Unite the countries of the Commonwealth on a timeline, they said. And what did all that mean?

It meant the damn Yankees got upgraded cities and free cars before the ink was dry on the Constitution and what about the little man? Nobody thought about the working class. No one cared about a man covered in oil and grease anymore.

He thumbed his cellphone on. No reception. Figured.

So much for the era of new prosperity. He’d hoof it. There was a little town about five miles down the road where he could call Ricky to bring a tow truck. It would have been cheaper to pay the diesel fines than get all this fixed.

Off schedule. Over budget. Son of a –

He stared at the distant trees. Well, it wasn’t going to get any cooler.

He grabbed his wallet and keys from the cab of his truck. The tree line looked like a good spot to answer a call from nature, then he’d see if there weren’t a shortcut through to town. A meadowlark sang. Not a bad day for a hike. Would’ve been better if it weren’t so dammed hot, but at least the humidity was low. He wouldn’t like to walk in a summer monsoon, not at his age with arthritis playing up.

Under a sprawling oak he unzipped his pants. As an afterthought, he glanced down to make sure he wouldn’t stir up a hill of fire ants.

A hand lay next to his boots.

He blinked, zipped his pants slowly, and turned around. “Hello?”

Cicadas chirped in answer.

“Are you drunk?” The quiet field that looked so peaceful only moments before was now eerily sinister. He nudged the hand with his foot. It was swollen and pale and crusted with blood, just like a prop out of a horror movie.

Maybe it was a good idea to run to the next town.

 

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Exciting Booky Things!

You guys! I got my copy of Liana Brooks’s Even Villains Go To The Movies today! In print and everything! There’s one thing about having an ebook released by a publisher other than yourself – but a print book? That’s another level of cool again. And I am so stoked to be able to hold a copy of this book in my hands. It’s not mine, but Liana and I are crit partners, and I think I must have read through the draft of Movies at least four times before it went to the publisher, and I am disproportionally excited to see that my cut of the back cover copy is the one that ended up being used :o) It’s not my book, but I still feel a sense of ownership over it, and a proportionate (or maybe, let’s face it, way more than proportionate :D) sense of satisfaction, glee and general squeeful excitement to be holding a physical copy.

If you like superheroes and/or flirty romances, I totally recommend you pick up a copy of Even Villains Go To The Movies. It’s Book 2 in Liana’s Heroes and Villains series, BUT it stands alone from Book 1, so you can read it with exactly zero problems if you haven’t read the first 😉

And of course, if you do happen to read a copy – do the author a favour, and leave a review 😉 <3

Even Villains Go To The Movies eCover

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Hustlers, Harlots, and Heroes!

How many of you know Krista D. Ball? She’s an amazing author who writes very fun field guides for other authors (along with assorted fiction of course). These aren’t the typical How To Write A Book books, these are well researched, in-depth looks at things you never stopped to think about.

Like, what did Aragorn eat while he was chasing the hobbits to Isengard?

Or, how many layers of clothing would a Regency harlot wear?

Off hand, I don’t know the answer. I doubt you know the answer. But Krista knows the answer. In fact she’s famous for her historically accurate feasts (read her Twitter feed – it gets gruesome).

Krista’s steampunk and regency guide HUSTLERS, HARLOTS, AND HEROES is out now. And for this week only, WHAT KINGS ATE AND WIZARDS DRANK, a fantasy lover’s guide to food, is on sale for 99cents.

If you are an .epub or PDF reader you can buy the Amazon book and Krista will send you the correct file format when you email her the receipt. kristadball @ gmail

Excerpt from WHAT KINGS ATE AND WIZARDS DRANK

 

Fast Food

Early Roman streets were lined with food kiosks. Most Plebeian apartments didn’t have kitchens and cooking facilities, so the population relied heavily on street vendors. Sausages or cooked meats covered
in garum (a fish entrails sauce) could be purchased from vendors while going about one’s business.[i] Over two thousand years later, Victorian factory workers had access to over three hundred food vendors along their routes to work.
Steampunk heroines would stop at a kiosk for a mug of coffee, tea, or chocolate, drinking it there before handing the cup back (can you imagine how dirty some of those mugs might have been!). The beverage might only cost them a penny, far cheaper than the cost of coal to get their stoves going in the morning, assuming they even possessed a stove in their apartment.
After downing a hot beverage – welcomed on a cold January morning – our heroine could pick up a slice of currant cake for half a penny (if she could afford it, she’d pick up another for later in the day). Or, perhaps she’d want a boiled egg, too, which would cost another penny.[ii]
A miner or a fisherman working away from home all day might bring a meat pocket with him to keep him going. These are like the ones recommended in Chapter 1 where a cooked packet of food would keep a hero going throughout the day. Don’t buy from a stingy stall; the hero needs to eat! Make sure those pockets are filled with lard, bacon, bone marrow, chopped kidneys, and egg yolks.[iii] A kitchen sink is too heavy to include, but everything else is fair game.
This is an excerpt from Krista D. Ballís What Kings Ate and Wizards Drank (c) 2012,
published by Tyche Books.


[i] Dargie, Richard. (2005). Rich and Poor in Ancient Rome. London, UK: Smart Apple Media, p. 13

[ii] Broomfield, Andrea Food and Cooking in Victorian England. Westpost, CT: Praeger Publishers, 2007. p 25, 26

[iii] Hazlitt, W. Carew. (1902). Old Cookery Books and Ancient Cuisine. London, p. 111

 

Cherry Blossom Cover Reveal!

…Okay, that was freaky. Right as I typed the title, the TV in the next room said ‘cherry blossom tree’. Not just that, obviously, it’s part of some sitcom or movie, but still. TIMING.

*ahem* Anyway.

So! It is January! If you have been one of the sneaky few who has acquired a Cherry Blossom bookmark, you will know that this is the month in which the second of my short story collections releases! Except actually, due to some hiccups, it probably won’t be released until February. Sorry about that. But! You can have the cover, if nothing else :o) Innt she puurdy?

CB version 1.1 - Smaller

Blurb is over here, and yes, just like To Dust, I have bookmarks for this one too (which may or may not have a QR code on the back that will allow you to read it for free; I neither confirm nor deny). Feel free to shoot me a message requesting some here – just remember to include you’re postal, since my telepathy circuits are playing up 😉 😀 And no, I won’t keep your address or give it to anyone else. Promise.

Yay book! *o/*

IT’S THAT TIME!! To Dust Cover Reveal

WOOHOO!! I can’t believe we’re halfway through October already, and that means COVER REVEAL TIME!!!!! I could faff on and on about how exciting this is, but I know that you’re really going to skim anything I say to get to the cover pic, so whatevs, I’ll keep it brief. I’m sure you can all guess I’m thrilled to little bits and pieces about this anyway 😉 😀

So without further ado, the cover of my upcoming release, To Dust!

To Dust Final Small

Remember, you can get free signed bookmarks just by filling out this form, the blurb is here, and you can read some fun deleted scenes if you crack the clues that are all here.

Yay! Cover! Two weeks until release!!

(PS: Liana Brooks, Madison Louise, Pippa Jay and Beth Overmyer have all been gracious enough to share in the cover reveal. If you have a moment, drop by their blogs and say hi :o))

(PPS: I do have comments enabled on the blog. You just have to hunt for the tiny plus sign down there to the lower right to open them. Sorry. Working on that one. <3 )

To Dust Deleted Scenes Game

Sorry, meant to post this on Monday when the game went live on Twitter and Facebook :o) But better late than never, right? O:) 😀

Want a sneak peek at the front cover of To Dust before it’s officially revealed? How about reading some deleted scenes that will never be available anywhere else?! YES?!! THEN LET’S PLAY A GAME!!!

Here are the rules: I will offer 3 clues. Answers to these clues are in my free short stories. (All available here FOR FREE – you can even read them online, you don’t have to download anything – and they’re all super short, with the answer being found at least within the first 800ish words.)

You will put the three words together, and stick them after this URL: http://www.amylaurens.com/books/to-dust/ thus giving you access to sneak peek of cover and deleted scenes!
Ready? GO!!

 

Clue #1: In “Shoe”, the pairless shoe looks exactly like a pair that which friend of Jenna has? (6 letters)

Clue #2: At the end of Certified, what happens to Anna? She is ________. (8 letters).

Clue #3: What is Adelaide’s horse’s name in Sea Foam and Blood? (6 letters)

 

Good luck!!

Cover Reveal!

But not for me. Sorry. *grin* My cover reveal is October 16, remember? And it’s NOT TOO LATE to sign up for that one, just sayin’. O:)

But! Cover revealingness! Today it is my excited and bounciful honour to help Twinny Dear, aka Liana Brooks, reveal the cover for Even Villains Go To The Movies, book TWO in her FABULOUS Heroes and Villains series! Book one chronicled the adventures of Dr Charm in the search to save his wife, with the help of his four gorgeous children who all have super-powers of their own. In book two, the kids are all grown up, and Movies is Angela’s book. She’s the blue-eyed quad 😉

If you like superheroes and flirting and motorcycles and happy endings and intrigue, you’ll LOVE Even Villains Go To The Movies. Really. It’s awesome. And it’s out November 15. Mark that on your calendar 😀

So without further ado, the shiniful, prettyful, beautiful cover.

 

 

When your mother is America’s Superhero Sweetheart and your daddy’s the Number One Super Villain, you grow up feeling a little conflicted.

Angela Smith has superpowers—nothing that will ever make her comic-book famous—but her ability to psychically sense and manipulate the emotions of people around her has drawn unwanted government attention. Forced to choose between her quiet life as a teacher under constant surveillance or the life of a rogue, she chooses the latter. She plans to hide out in sunny Los Angeles where being a blue-eyed blonde won’t make anyone bat a false eyelash.  

Silver screen star by day, superhero by night, Arktos is a triple-threat. He can fly, freeze anything, and see glimpses of the future, all of which he needs to keep the city of Los Angeles safe, but which does nothing for his social life. When a frightening vision of an explosion leads him to rescue a damsel in distress, he finds himself trading Shakespearean insults with a rogue.

Angela knows just how dangerous well-intentioned superheroes can be: one tried to kill her family when she was young. Arktos knows he should hand the rogue over to Company justice; it’s not safe for someone like her to be in the middle of a fight.

But they can’t seem to stay apart. And together, they just might be able to melt all the obstacles standing between true love for a hero and a villain.

 

Hurrah! Congratulations, Twin o’ Mine 🙂

 

Relevant links for further info:

Author Website * http://www.lianabrooks.com/
Liana's GoodReads Author Page * http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5804096.Liana_Brooks
Liana's Twitter Page * https://twitter.com/#!/LianaBrooks
Liana's FB Fanpage * https://www.facebook.com/pages/Liana-Brooks/278779308851471
Liana's Biography Page * http://www.lianabrooks.com/p/biography.html