COVER REVEAL! Elder (Firstborn Trilogy #3) by Raine Thomas


Hello Everyone! Today I am participating as a host for the Elder cover reveal. Elder is the third book in the Firstborn Trilogy by the Award winning Raine Thomas!

So sit back and enjoy!:O)

The cover was created by the amazing Devan Edward of  Nimbi Designs

COVER REVEAL

Elder (Firstborn Trilogy#3)

by

Raine Thomas

Blurb

Clara Kate is one of the eight beings needed to activate The Elder Scroll, an ancient artifact causing tragedy and darkness on the Estilorian plane. She knows that her focus needs to be on finding the final piece and stopping the evil Mercesti, but Ini-herit isn’t making it easy.

He’s working closely with Clara Kate on the quest to stop their enemies…too close for her comfort. His presence serves as a constant reminder of the love they shared on the human plane, a love that he no longer remembers at all.

Her life and the lives of those she loves are at risk, and she knows she has to put aside her personal problems. So far on their journey, she’s endured heartbreak, terror, pain and loss. She’s even been brought to the brink of death.

She thinks things can’t get any worse.
She’s wrong.

Coming December 27, 2012

          Add it to your to-read list on Goodreads

Brief author bio: Raine Thomas is the award-winning author of a series of YA fantasy/romance novels about the Estilorian plane, including the Daughters of Saraqael trilogy and the Firstborn trilogy. She is a proud member of Romance Writers of America and is a contributing blogger to The Writer’s Voice. When she isn’t planning weddings, writing or glued to social networking sites, she can usually be found on one of Florida’s beautiful beaches with her husband and daughter or crossing the border to visit with her Canadian friends and relatives.

Ways readers can connect with Raine:

Twitter (http://twitter/Raine_Thomas)
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Website (http://rainethomas.com)
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I Survived NaNoWriMo 2012!!!!!


Hello Family!:O) I just wanted to let you know that I survived NaNoWriMo completing the event with 50,015 words!

Woo Ha!!!! So thanks so much for all those who encouraged on-line and off-line, I really appreciate you guys!:O)

Also, I have gained a lot from NaNo not just my completed FIRST FULL LENGHTH NOVEL!!!

No, not at all:) I learned to express myself a little more, and that it is okay to allow my writings even in post to reflect my voice.

So with that in mind, I am adding another blogspot to IndieWritersReview which is for showcasing awesome Authors and Artists and IndieReview Behind  The Scenes which is the same. WRITE INDIE:MUSINGS OF A WRITERGEEK, will be my more personal blogspot where I  discuss the things I am learning on this writing/publishing journey. Hopefully information that will allow me to become a better writer and these are the ideas I will share.

No in no way, will my starting this particular writing blogspot mean I am an expert on the subject of writing. LOL oh, please no! It will be a place where I will share what I am LEARNING!!!! I also will muse on the writing life and my literary passions:) Yes, really???? LOL

So, you are more than welcome to hang out with me there as well it will be featured on my website, so look for it around:O)

But please, please keep hanging with me here to see what’s next with the awesome and VERY  talented guests

here on IndieWritersReview and IndieReview Behind The Scenes!

NOW TO ALL WHO ENTERED NANOWRIMO, REGARDLESS OF WORDCOUNT! EVERYONE ARE CHAMPIONS!

So please enjoy this victorious picture from Pinterest and the cool sounds of Crazy Frog as he celebrates his victories to Queen’s WE ARE THE CHAMPIONS!

Happy Thursday all:O)

I SURVIVED!!!!!

VIDEO

Crazy Frog – We Are The Champions (Ding a Dang Dong)

Happy Thursday All:O)

NaNoWriMo: Heading For The End? Make Pinterest Your Friend!


Hello Everyone…Happy Wednesday! I just wanted to say hello, and to give a NaNo and IndieWritersReview’s Upcoming Events update:O)

But quickly, a random thought from Moi…

Well, I just wanted to say that now I am on the Pinterest bandwagon:) I always thought it was a cool site, had the account and updated it at least every I don’t know every  three months…,lol.

But since I have started NaNo, I find myself there more frequently, looking for pictures for cute, quirky updates:) I discovered something, well at least it was an epiphany for me, that there is great story fodder out there! If looking for story starters, writing prompts, or fillers anything.

I mean for example, a picture of Lenny Kravitz the musician (or for those that may not know him that way, the dude Cinna from the Hunger Games); well let’s say that there is a picture of him sitting and relaxing on a porch with his electric guitar…well, that’s a great story add-in…example “my character raced through the neighborhood attempting to allude the cyborg and when passing Lenny Kravitz’s house, the cyborg  became distracted and that led to his destruction!(Must have been a female cyborg:O)

Okay, that was terrible, but you get the point. Or you see a picture of a futuristic alien hugging an Angel on Pinterest and there you go, an excellent idea for a new story set in a Dystopian society????? LOL okay, terrible again:)

Or maybe its a great place to surf cool, funny, or pretty pictures and helps distract you from that inevitable time clock which is looming before you to finish! Okay maybe that is the point!!!!!!!

ANYWAY, just saying Pinterest is great go to place…Alrighty, now you’re going…how random? EXACTLY, I may be cracking under NaNo stress, BUT will keeping pushing forward!

So on to the real reason I’m sending this quick post. Just letting you know that right now I am standing at 47,004!!! towards my 50,000 word count goal by Friday November 30th!!!

So yep, but I am pushing forward and putting my nose to the grind…but first I stopped by Pinterest and found this great inspirational picture,lol. thought I would share:)

 ENOUGH SAID:)

Also if you wish to know the updates on the Virtual Voice between myself and the fabulous Author Jamie B Musings check out deets on her cool blog Culture Shock

Okay IndieWritersReview Updated Upcoming Events!

November 29th- Cover Reveal for Elder by the award-winning Author Raine Thomas

December 01st- Written review and interview with Author BK Walker and will speak with Ms. Walker on IndieReview Behind The Scenes!

December 05th- Hosting a review stop for Author Ada Adams Re-Awakened Tour!

December 15th- Review of the newest release of Author Emma Meade

and on IndieReview Behind The Scenes will speak with the fabulous Author HD Gordon!

So there you have it guys!

Have an awesome day!

NaNo Update the Count Down!


Hey Guys:) I just wanted to send out a quick message saying that I may be scarce over the next few days….(maybe…sometimes, I just cannot stay away:O)

Anyway, for those who might not know I entered the National Novel Writing event called NaNoWrimo and well this is its last week. The challenge is to write a 50,000 word novel in thirty days! So in other words, we are to have our fifty count by 11:59pm Friday 30th or before:)  ,lol..,lol…um..heh…(nervous laughter:)

I sit now at 44,009 towards my goal of 50,000!

So I will be over the next few days attempting to complete my 50,000 word novel, and will be entertaining you with small updates and really cute pictures:)

(Why do I add in so many smiley faces????)

Anyway, no worries because after NaNo all will come back to normal, I will actually start updating about the Voice again. I really let that ball drop, but the fabulous Jamie B Musings who I was in Virtual competition with and even though she is also in NaNo, and knocking it out…has kept up with our friendly competiton.

So I direct you to her awesome blog, and in her Archives you will find how we are doing:) Jamie B Musings. But I will post updates soon after the NaNo closes. But also wanted to let you know, now that Kindred is out and NaNo soon over, I will get back to what I love… showcasing the awesome Indie Authors, Musicians and their creations out there!

So here are some upcoming features! (IndieWritersReview!)

November 29th- Cover Reveal for Elder by the award winning Author Raine Thomas

December 01st- Written review and interview with Author BK Walker and will speak with Ms. Walker on IndieReview Behind The Scenes!

December 15th- Review of the newest release of Author Emma Meade

and on IndieReview Behind The Scenes will speak with the fabulous Author HD Gordon!

and much much more! So stick with me:O)

Now a look at how I am feeling right now due to NaNo stress…a visual:O)

Happy Tuesday!

IndieWritersReview’s Music Monday! Music Artist Cecile Monique’s Interview Hits Record Numbers and Spotlight on Music Artist MacKenzie Porter!


Hello, Hello Fam:) Its Monday and around here that means music… So I love Mondays, but I will have to say this weekendwas incredible! During this weekend Music Artist Cecile Monique was our(Jamie B Musings and myself) guest again on IndieRveiew Behind The Scenes radio. We were throwing a spotlight on this incredible artist. It was her song Immortal Beloved that provided a theme for my characters Angel and Rafael. Besides the group Fireflight, Cecile Monique was my favorite go to music:)

Now the fun part, this interview that happened on Saturday November 24th was actually featured on Blogtalk’s Main Page under Staff Picks! This was exciting enough, It ran the entire weekend, and I have checked this morning and it has finally been removed from feature…but the artist Cecile Monique and the handy dandy screen shot captured it and you can check it out right here! Click the link below:)

Cecile Monique FaceBook link

Why do you ask am I explaining this? Well, yes it was a fantastic interview and she is a incredibly talented young woman, and during that interview in ONE weekend we sit at a TOTAL OF 31,194 ARCHIVE LISTENS!!!!!!

IndieReview Behind The Scenes sits at a overall total of  42,710 listens!

INCREDIBLE!! So we want to thank Blogtalk for featuring our show for the 2nd time! We also want to thank Cecile Monique for being such a wonderful participant AND most of all we wish to thank EVERYONE that listened this weekend or at anytime! THANKS THANKS THANKS!! YOU GUYS ROCK!!!

So, please continue and show love to Cecile and stop by her  FaceBook page and leave a like and also check out her music on Amazon.com and all of the digital retailers!:) I also need to shout out to the BEST teammate EVER!!! Jamie B Musings!:)

Whew! How exciting:)

But down to business its not over I have another wonderful talented young woman to highlight below!

Raised on a cattle and bison ranch in Southern Alberta, MacKenzie began studying piano, violin, and voice at the young age of four. As a classically trained violinist, MacKenzie performed for many years as a soloist and a chamber musician, performing with various symphonies. MacKenzie’s family of musicians helped cultivate her sound and for a number of years MacKenzie toured with a family band including her brother Kalan Porter, 2004 winner of Canadian Idol, before branching out to perform on her own. In 2011, MacKenzie won the Nashville North Star competition and has recently opened for Kenny Chesney, Doc Walker, Trooper, the Canadian Tenors and has performed for such notables as Gene Simmons and Prime Minister Harper.!She performed as part of 2011’s Ottawa Capital Hoedown featuring Rascal Flatts, Carrie Underwood, Kenny Chesney and Miranda Lambert. MacKenzie is also an accomplished actress and her credits include numerous feature films and television productions.! She has worked with such names as Patrick Swayze, Carmen Electra, Michael Madsen, Aidan Quinn, Jason Priestley and Kim Coates, to name a few. MacKenzie was awarded the 2010 “Best Actress Award” at the Rosies, the Alberta Film and Television Awards, and was named one of the “Top 11 Talents to Watch” in British Columbia by BC Living last year. Currently, MacKenzie is writing and recording her upcoming Debut Album and has her debut single set to be released in the Fall.

Mackenzie’s website Mackenzie Porter

Check out her video! I Wish I’d Known!

Release Day of Kindred! (A Night School Vampire Hunter Trilogy novella)


Happy Saturday all:) Today is finally here! It is the official release day of my new novella the second in the Night School Vampire Hunter Trilogy!  KINDRED.

Thanks to V’Bre Photography for the great photos and NextArtist Media Service for the incredible cover design!

ON SALE NOW!

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www.barnesandnoble.com

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Add to your T.B.R. list at Goodreads!

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There will be lots of activities happening to celebrate this fabulous event. So let’s jump right on into this!

I would like to thanks some very special people who have truly been awesome in helping me out with the pre-buzz relase blitz and now today’s release! These are presented in random order!

Author C.P. Bialois where you can go check out his review of Kindred, and I am so excited that I was actually reviewed in his weekly countdown! (***that’s right, that’s right…how ya like me now!****:O) LOL!  No, I really thank CP for taking the time to read and review!

Author Ronda Caudill has been so gracious and she also has posted an early review of Kindred, so please head over to her spot and check out her really cool site!

Author Emma Meade who allowed me to ramble on about my vision for IndieWritersReview and IndieReview radio in a guest blog at her place today! Thanks Emma for giving me the stage:)

Author Laura Deluca who also gave an early review of Kindred! Laura also has given me so much help behind the scenes regarding writing advice and marketing! Thanks so much:)

and last but not least the wonderful, and fabu Author Jamie B Musings who puts up with me weekly as a fantastic co-host for IndieReview Behind The Scenes!

In addition, thanks to the incredibly talented Music Artist Cecile Monique, who is helping me out with the Virtual tour(s) that are upcoming in December!

Cecile Monique

Today we speak with Cecil Monique in a featured spotlight at IndieReview Behind The Scenes! Cecile will speak about her EP and future projects! Also hear some of the other great songs from Cecile’s EP!

IndieReview Behind The Scenes Show Today at 11 a.m. Central Time!

Cecil Monique is helping out with the NOW & FOREVER virtual tour for Kindred through Virtual Book Cafe Tours thanks to BK Walker!

and Bewitching Book Tours thanks to Roxanne Rhoads!

Two Excerpts from Kindred (Night School Vampire Hunter Trilogy) Novella#2 

Excerpt #1

Post 31

Sweat traced a path across my forehead, trickling down with its salty kisses stinging my eyes, blinding me for precious seconds as I blinked hurriedly to clear my vision. The Alpha circled around me, a gloating sneer marring his handsome face; stalking me like the predator he was.

I gripped the oak stake in both hands; I stood in a defensive stance, feet spread, knees slightly bent. I kept my eyes on the Alpha as he moved with feline grace. Although I was in a situation of life or death, I could not stop myself from being caught up in his movements, his grace and agility, but I quickly shook myself out of that haze. I knew that he could be trying to influence me, as that is one of the many tricks of vampires. Sometimes it seems unfair that they have so many tools at their convenience, such as being extraordinary hot, their incredible strength and wicked speed; so much so, that it can blind a person to what type of monsters they really are inside. I felt myself weaken a little and I began to lose focus. The Alpha mockingly asked “What’s wrong, little hunter? Would you like to stop the running, and lie down so that I can have my lunch?” He smiled, showing his fangs. I felt the cleansing flow of anger rush through me, clearing my head. I knew he was attempting to place those thoughts inside my head to eat away at my confidence. Madison, my mentor, says that I have to block it, brick by mental brick. I am to envision a wall in my mind; one that is impenetrable in order to stop the dark whisperings.

I smiled and crouched slightly further in my stance. The vampire’s smile dimmed and he didn’t appear as sure as before. That uncertainty gave me a surge of adrenaline; I kept my eyes centered on the Alpha, but I was very aware of my surroundings. The hairs on the back of my neck rose and the tingling sensation began in my back, spreading and fanning out through my body. I call it my personal alarm system. Madison states that each Hunter has a different warning alert, tailor-made and wired into their body. Mine usually accompanied extreme nausea and headache whenever I was near a Shadowed One…

I knew another vampire was behind me. I looked into the Alpha’s eyes, and his cocky grin was back on his face. I knew I was being mocked and frankly, that was making me madder. But I knew through training not to allow anger to take hold; it could cost me my life—too much to lose. All of this was really hard to take in. One minute, I am the crazy loner girl, just me and my little brother, and the next I am a Vampire Hunter. The fact I didn’t even believe that vampires existed until a few weeks ago was bad enough, but now I’m some type of superhero? Oh, ok, right. But I have been told I am, and with the crazy, cool tricks my body can do…well, I guess it has to be true. I really haven’t had much time to think on it between trying not to get killed; it’s been pretty tough to wallow in doubt.

I lobbed the stake right and left as I rocked on the balls of my feet as trained. I felt the vampire behind me come closer and move out of my peripheral vision. I scoped two other Shadowed Ones coming from both my right and left sides.

I could tell the leader in front was driving, pushing me back towards the one behind me, and the others on the side were closing in for attack. “What, Hunter? No remarks, no witty comebacks? Do you have nothing to say? Or have you accepted that you will not win, that you are nothing but a little girl, and won’t be able to save your brother!” I felt blinding rage envelop me, but I heard a voice in my head saying, “Focus, control the rage, do not allow it to control you…” I breathed deeply and allowed the leader to be my focal point. Soon all I could see was the mocking vampire and then, with a hairsbreadth of warning—he attacked. Fangs showing, his hands forming claws, he lunged. I raised the wooden stake; he deflected my attempt, knocking the stake from my hand. He grabbed my wrist and, just as quickly, leaned in to take a bite. I tuned out everything else, and it was as if something else in me, a more primitive part of me took over. The vampire’s hands were steel bands around my wrist, but I drew from the inner power that I had been sensing and channeling over these last few weeks.

I leaned back and grabbed the vampire’s wrists, twisting them out and down simultaneously. I then leaned back in and head butted the vampire, who, surprised, stumbled back. I took this opportunity to strike him in the throat, which caused him to go backwards, falling down.

The second in command rushed up from behind. I quickly delivered a rear kick to the vampire coming from the back and, as the two came in from the side, I grabbed one, hurtling him from the right side. I grabbed him, ignoring the anger and shock, and now increased rage that flashed over his face. I used him as support, jumping, and fanning my left leg out into a side strike, kicking him in his throat. As I fell down into a sitting position, I still held onto the vampire, bringing him down with me, and while rocking, used my legs as leverage to tilt backwards, and flipped the vampire over as he shouted in rage.

I quickly rolled back into a crouching half-stand and watched as the vampires regained their footing, all eyeing me menacingly. Just as I expected them all to rush me at once, I heard a familiar, loud, and irritating voice shout, “Enough!”

We all stopped and turned, breathing heavily, watching as the Drama queen herself, Bella Donna, walked down the shaded path from Ame Academy, slowly clapping her hands. She stopped directly in front of me, looking at me, arms folded, head tilted to the side as if observing a bug. Just the tip of her fangs showed as she said, “Well done, Hunter. You just might not get us all killed, like I originally believed.”

Jeez, where did I put that stake again?

Excerpt#2

 

A thought came into my head and I turned, pinning Rafael with a please don’t mess with me right now…or I’ll rip your heart out stare. I said, “When we first met, you said we knew one another that you were with me when I was little, that we’ve always known one another…always…l-l-oved one another…” I quickly tuned out the others in the room, not wishing to focus on the reactions of the others…although I did catch the big smile from Elin; an incurable romantic it seemed. I knew this should have been a private conversation, but deep down I felt Rafael knew what was happening; I wanted to know what he knew…

He looked at me, with one of those intense, smoldering I’m a hot guy, and I really know what this look is doing to you stare…but I wasn’t going to allow it to affect me. I simply held his gaze in a stable, strong manner…and hoped I didn’t look like a deer in the headlights… he sighed and said, “Do you really want to talk about this here?” Rafael looked at me intently, leaning forward, resting his forearms on his knees…hands pressed together in the steeple formation that everyone uses to signify they are deep in thought.

I said quietly, “Yes.” He looked at me again, and I swear, if he didn’t stop looking at me that way, I would completely forget what we were talking about. He stood up, and crossed the room and came to stand in front of me—did I happen to mention how close he was? Well, enough that I felt a little uncomfortable, but I wouldn’t step back, and I refocused. I needed to hear what he had to say.

“I knew you because I am ThunderKin; yes, I knew who you were and what this meant in the war coming Samhain…”

“Okay,” I said trying to digest that here stood one of the legendary Thunderbirds…I saw how his eyes glowed, now appearing that unearthly golden hue; a worried expression passed over his features, and I wondered what worried him. I said, “And the rest about knowing me?”

“I knew you because…” he said as he reached out, placed his hand on the side of my face, and leaned in close, lips almost touching. He whispered, “I knew you because you are my destiny…my mate.”

Really can you believe this?

Kindred Playlist!

Hey guys go try Kindred out and Happy reading!;O)

 

 

 

 


See what the fabulous Author C.P. Bialois has said about Night School Vampire Hunter! (***Squee*** I am SO having my fangirl moment***)

The BiaLog

For week 48 of 2012’s 52 Books in 52 Weeks Challenge, I picked up a copy of Michelle Cornwell-Jordan’s Night School: Vampire Hunter Book 1(Angel). As I’m sure all of you have noticed, I’m a fan of vampires and other supernatural baddies in the horror genre. There’s just something about a bloodsucker that’s freaking cool, but not as cool as a werewolf. J

When I first began reading Night School, the first thing I noticed was the format. I judge my reviews based on the story and characters and whether or not I enjoy it, but I have to say I absolutely LOVE the idea of the novella being a series of blog posts.

The idea’s been used before in one manner or another, the most famous one (that I read) is Dracula by Bram Stoker. Written in the form of journal entries and letters, the similarities between the…

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