Monday, November 20, 2017

Monday Mishmash 11/20/17


Happy Monday! Monday Mishmash is a weekly meme dedicated to sharing what's on your mind. Feel free to grab the button and post your own Mishmash.

Here's what's on my mind today:
  1. Local Vendor Event  I'll be signing copies of all my books at the local vendor event at my daughter's school today from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Ayla will be signing both of her books, too. 
  2. A Merrily Matched Christmas Releases on Thanksgiving  If you love holiday romances, grab this collection for only $.99. This price will go up soon, so don't wait! Get it here.
  3. Our Little Secret $.99 Sale  Limitless Publishing has lowered the price of Our Little Secret to $.99 for the Thanksgiving/Black Friday/Cyber Monday weekend. Grab it here
  4. Follow Me on BookBub  If you're on BookBub, make sure you follow Kelly Hashway and Ashelyn Drake. I now have profiles for both my names on there.
  5. Happy Holidays!  To everyone in the US celebrating Thanksgiving, I hope you have a wonderful holiday. And for those venturing out on Black Friday, be safe!
That's it for me. What's on your mind today?

Friday, November 17, 2017

The Mark of Noba by G.L. Tomas



Check out this excerpt from The Mark of Noba by G.L. Tomas
I made my way to the top and timed myself at thirty-one seconds. Not better, but not bad for the days I took off. I thought it might help to freestyle a bit, to feel as though I’d worked. I didn’t brag about it, but it was euphoric to swim a fifty-meter lap in less than a minute. Guess that’s what happened when you kept at something. You got better at it. Who knew?
At my tenth lap, my lats started burning from the resistance. What better time than now to take a breather. I was nearing the pool’s edge, about to call it quits, when a vacuum-like pull dragged me back under the water. What the hell was going on?
I swam with war-like effort, but with every stroke I made, I seemed to sink deeper…deeper…
Did I push myself too hard? Maybe, but if I didn’t push hard now, I was going to drown.
Don’t panic, Sterling, you can do this! But no matter how hard I went, I’d reach a certain point and get sucked back down. I must be losing sanity points on top of oxygen because the next thing I saw was something I couldn’t believe. Shadows of what looked like two people. I was too deep to see features, but they were fighting…on top of the water.
Torpedoes of waves shot toward the pool’s surface with a violent quickness that almost pummeled me. I had to get up for air and now! The closer I swam to the top, the stronger the waves became.
There’d been two gusts of waves a minute ago, but now I counted eight at a time. I was sure I’d surpassed my current record of thirty-six seconds underwater, but that wouldn’t mean much if I was dead. I mustered what strength I had left before I had to open my mouth for air, but when I reached the surface, it was entirely solid.
I didn’t have much strength and soon I’d have to open my mouth. I used whatever in me I had left to break through the surface. No use—it was hard like a metal door. I wouldn’t be able to break it open, not with my bare hands.
I was going to drown. I took one deep exhale. It gave me a few seconds, but my lungs cried for oxygen.
A strong force hit the water. Someone was sinking with me. It was so fast, but seemed like slow motion. I didn’t make out her face, but I reached for their hand. Contrasting skin color. My mouth opened, allowing water to flood my throat, burning into my lungs. I couldn’t fight it anymore. At least I wouldn’t die alone.
Want to read more? The Mark of Noba is exclusive to the Wrath and Ruin boxed set. Preorder yours today for only $.99 and get 24 sci-fi/fantasy books!

Monday, November 13, 2017

Monday Mishmash 11/13/17


Happy Monday! Monday Mishmash is a weekly meme dedicated to sharing what's on your mind. Feel free to grab the button and post your own Mishmash.

Here's what's on my mind today:
  1. Editing  I'm editing for a client this week.
  2. Drafting  Last week I was able to finish up a draft I had to put aside for client edits. One more draft left to go in this, series and then I can figure out where to put it in my publishing schedule (either late 2018 or early 2019 so I have plenty of time for editing).
  3. Winter?  It's been so cold here it feels like winter instead of fall. We've had snow flurries twice, too. I'm not a winter person at all, so I'm not loving this.
  4. Amazon Giveaways  I have two Amazon giveaways going on right now, and they are ending soon. If you'd like a chance to win A Shade of Vampire by Bella Forrest, you can enter here. And if you'd like a chance to win Dirty Little Secret by Kendall Ryan, you can enter here. Good luck!
  5. Novella Series  I'm contemplating a novella series for the summer. It would be an Ashelyn Drake series. I'm curious how many people read novellas, though, so if you do, please let me know.
That's it for me. What's on your mind today?

Monday, November 6, 2017

Monday Mishmash 11/6/17


Happy Monday! Monday Mishmash is a weekly meme dedicated to sharing what's on your mind. Feel free to grab the button and post your own Mishmash.

Here's what's on my mind today:
  1. I Belong With You Releases Today!  I'm really excited for the release of book two in the Love Chronicles series. 
    Emily Richards and David Burke are the best of coworkers—pretending they’re over their hot yet short-lived romance.

    When Emily finds herself without a place to live, David jumps to her rescue, offering a room in his apartment. But how can two people who are very attracted to each other survive being in such close quarters, sharing everything including a shower? 

    David is ready to settle down, but that’s the last thing on Emily’s mind. Will the lies and jealousy between them be the end of their relationship for good?

    Order it here.
  2. It Was Always You Price Drop  To celebrate the release of I Belong With You, I've lowered the price of book one in the Love Chronicles series, It Was Always You, to $.99. Grab it here
    Aria Carmichael and Nate Dixon have the perfect friendship—completely ignoring the fact that they’ve been in love with each other for the better part of twelve years.
    When a night filled with too many drinks lowers their inhibitions, they both question if they could take their relationship to a new level.
    But a job opportunity threatens to put more than just physical distance between them. Will their romance end before it’s even truly begun?
  3. Magic and Shadows Releases Tomorrow  Another great boxed set for only $.99! Don't miss this deal because the price will go up soon. Grab it here
  4. A Merrily Matched Christmas  You can now preorder A Merrily Matched Christmas, a holiday anthology I'm part of. Check it out here
  5. Reignited is up in ebook!  Now that the Hot & Sinful Nights boxed set is no longer for sale, I've put Reignited up as a solo title. You can grab it on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Kobo, or iBooks.
That's it for me. What's on your mind today?

Monday, October 30, 2017

Monday Mishmash 10/30/17


Happy Monday! Monday Mishmash is a weekly meme dedicated to sharing what's on your mind. Feel free to grab the button and post your own Mishmash.

Here's what's on my mind today:
  1. Formatting  I'm formatting two of my own books and a book for a client this week.
  2. Proofreading  I have two paperback proofs to proofread this week. Both are early 2018 releases.
  3. Halloween  Tomorrow is Halloween! I hope everyone has a safe and happy Halloween!
  4. Editing  As usual, I have a client edit to work on.
  5. Jeni Fred's new blog  Most of you probably know Jeni as Beth. She has a new blog, and it has some great posts for writers as well as other professions. She talks about headshots, getting ahead of your to-do list, networking, etc. So if you haven't checked out her new blog, you can do so here.
That's it for me. What's on your mind today?

Monday, October 23, 2017

Monday Mishmash 10/23/17


Happy Monday! Monday Mishmash is a weekly meme dedicated to sharing what's on your mind. Feel free to grab the button and post your own Mishmash.

Here's what's on my mind today:
  1. Wrath and Ruin Boxed Set  I'm part of the Wrath and Ruin boxed set releasing in January, and this set includes 24 sci-fi and fantasy books for only $.99! That's a special preorder price though, so don't wait to grab this set. We've already hit #1 in three categories on Amazon!!! 
    Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B076KPGCLP
    Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/wrath-and-ruin-1
  2. Reignited  With Hot and Sinful Nights coming down on October 26th, I'll be getting the Reignited ebook up for sale later this week.
  3. Editing  I have another client edit on my plate this week.
  4. Book formatting  This week, I'm formatting A Merrily Matched Christmas, a romance anthology coming out on Thanksgiving. 
  5. Into the Fire Trilogy Halloween Sale!  October 27-31, Into the Fire will be free while the other two books in the trilogy will be only $.99! 
That's it for me. What's on your mind today?

Monday, October 16, 2017

Monday Mishmash 10/16/17


Happy Monday! Monday Mishmash is a weekly meme dedicated to sharing what's on your mind. Feel free to grab the button and post your own Mishmash.

Here's what's on my mind today:
  1. The Lost Island  My daughter finished her second book. I'm so proud of her. If you'd like to read The Lost Island for free, you can grab it on Smashwords, Barnes and Noble, Kobo, or iBooks
    Twelve-year-old Olivia Lockhart's life has been turned upside down after discovering her family's big secret. And now the only person with answers has fled. 

    Determined to track down Amanda, Olivia encounters several others—and each has a key to unraveling this mystery once and for all.

    But danger is waiting for Olivia everywhere her journey takes her. Can she unravel the clues, or will she become a victim of The Lost Island?
  2. Editing  I'm working on client edits again this week.
  3. Final Proofread  I'm doing the final proofread of I Belong With You, which releases November 6th. It's fully edited. Now I just need to make sure no typos slipped through during edits.
  4. Drafting  I'm not sure if I'll have time to draft this week, but I hope to.
  5. Mega Giveaway!  I'm part of a huge giveaway going on until December 15th. You can win my book Into the Fire along with 49 others! Check it out here
That's it for me. What's on your mind today?