Monthly Archives: February 2013

Cover Reveal: CassaStorm by Alex J. Cavanaugh

I’m excited to be taking part in the cover reveal for Alex J. Cavanaugh’s upcoming release CassaStorm. It is the third installment in his bestselling Cassa series, which includes CassaStar and CassaFire. The cover is pretty cool, huh?!

CassaStorm by Alex J Cavanaugh

 

Release Date: September 17, 2013

Genre: Science Fiction-Space Opera/Adventure

Print ISBN 9781939844002

E-book ISBN 9781939844019
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
CassaStorm by Alex J. Cavanaugh:

A storm gathers across the galaxy…

Byron thought he’d put the days of battle behind him. Commanding the Cassan base on Tgren, his only struggles are occasional rogue pirate raids and endless government bureaucracies. As a galaxy-wide war encroaches upon the desert planet, Byron’s ideal life is threatened and he’s caught between the Tgrens and the Cassans.

After enemy ships attack the desert planet, Byron discovers another battle within his own family. The declaration of war between all ten races triggers nightmares in his son, shaking Bassan to the core and threatening to destroy the boy’s mind.

Meanwhile the ancient alien ship is transmitting a code that might signal the end of all life in the galaxy. And the mysterious probe that almost destroyed Tgren twenty years ago could be on its way back. As his world begins to crumble, Byron suspects a connection. The storm is about to break, and Byron is caught in the middle…

Ways to link to Alex:
Author blog: Alex J. Cavanaugh
Twitter: @alexjcavanaugh
Amazon: Alex J. Cavanaugh

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She Said What?!

Badge (1)I’m participating in the Blogoversary: She Said What?! blogfest today, which is being hosted by Michelle Wallace and Elise Fallson. They are celebrating their blog anniversaries this month and wanted to do something cool and fun. So they created a comic strip and asked bloggers to fill in the blanks. So here goes!

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You can get to a list of other participants here.

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Author Synithia Williams Chats About Worth the Wait, Writing and Her Celeb Crush

Today I have the pleasure of talking with romance author Synithia Williams. I met Synithia on Twitter awhile ago and I’ve been following her budding writing career ever since. She has two romance books under her belt, You Can’t Plan Love and her most recent release Worth the Wait.

Me: Hi, Synithia! Thanks so much for joining us today. Please tell us a little about yourself and when you first knew that you wanted to become a writer?

synithia williams Synithia: Hey, Mel! Thanks for asking me to visit. Hope you don’t mind I brought lattes. I love dishing over coffee 🙂

Anywho, I’ve been writing for as long as I can remember. I wrote my first book when I was six and hand wrote my first 300 page novel in high school. It’s something I’ve always done, but really considered a hobby. I didn’t pursue my writing dreams until 2010 when I saw a friend go after her dream. I still can’t believe that my books were published so quickly.

When I’m not writing, I work full time on sustainability issues in the Midlands of South Carolina. I’m married with two boys (who are a handful but loveable). When I’m not writing, working, wife and mothering I’m usually in front of the television watching British miniseries on Netflix.

Me: You write “spicy romance set in the South”. Who are some of your favorite authors and did they play a part in your writing?

Synithia: I’ve got so many favorite authors. I really should pick one, but I’m too wishy washy to do that. I like the worlds created by paranormal authors J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter books and J.R. Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood series. My favorite historical authors are Beverly Jenkins, Laura Lee Guhrkie and Lisa Kleypas. And I adore contemporary romances by Delaney Diamond, Adrienne Byrd and Maureen Smith.

All of these writers play a part in my writing. Whenever they write something that evokes some type of response in me it urges me to try and achieve the same thing in my writing.

Me: I absolutely loved your first book, You Can’t Plan Love and the heat between Kenyatta and Malcolm. I think I fanned Continue reading

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So That’s What That RSS Button Is For!

Courtesy of RBGStock.com

Courtesy of RBGStock.com

I’m far from a genius having superb internet savvy. Sure, I know how to Google something when necessary and even then, I sometimes have to click seven or eight links to figure out what it is I’m trying to figure out. So, no, I’m not going to win any awards for my internet intellect.

One thing I was really baffled by was how to keep up with all my favorite blogs. I know that it may be simple to a lot of people, but for me, it became quite a challenge. Sure Blogger and WordPress have the reader function where you can store urls of the blogs you want to follow but you can’t really organize anything. Plus, if you skip a day or more online, it’s painstaking to scroll back through everything that you want to catch up on.

So I went the route of subscribing to email notifications. I know what you’re thinking. She’s crazy as all get out. Yes…I am was! I was getting so many emails I was losing track and it was just as bad as trying to keep up using that damn WordPress Reader.

Well, not too long ago one of the bloggers I follow mentioned in a post that he keeps organized Continue reading

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Where Have All the Books Gone?

file0001352216339How many of you out there own a Kindle or a Nook? Now how many of you still buy print? How many of you still peruse the shelves of a brick and mortar bookstore or the stacks of a library?

file000473781623I still love tangible books. I love dog-earing pages for future reference and I love sliding my bookmark in between the pages to save my place. I love being able to lend one to my sister when the read is worthwhile. And I love sitting with my daughter when she reads one with colorful illustrations that help narrate the story.

A few days ago Barnes and Noble announced that they plan to reduce the number of stores by twenty every year for the next decade. Their revenue over the holiday season was down over the last year and, as you may already know, print book sales everywhere have been down. That struck as both sad and disturbing. Even though they still made a ridiculous amount of money, I wondered if the largest brick and mortar Continue reading

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