Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Book Tour: Souls of Aredyrah series, author interview

I recently got a few minutes with author Tracy A. Akers and asked her a few things. She was easy to talk to and fun as well. Enjoy!

1. What author inspired you most to begin writing?
 J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings trilogy awakened a part of my brain I didn‘t know existed. I was fifty years old when I first read The Lord of the Rings, and I’d never read anything like it before. If not for Tolkien, I probably would have never written a novel, much less an award-winning epic fantasy series.

 2. Everyone has that one person who believes in them. Who was your personal cheerleader?
 I’d have to say my mom. As a mother of five children, she performed her real-world, left-brain duties well (working, parenting, housework, etc.) but when she finally embraced acting, something she had always wanted to do, she proved that the left brain part of our selves truly does need the right brain in order to make us whole. She not only helped establish a very successful community theater that is now in its 42nd year, but also became an award winning actress. She is now 83 years old and is still actively involved in the theater. Mom always believed in and encouraged her children’s creative interests and endeavors, even before she realized her own.

 3. If you had one, what would your own personal motto be?
 It’s not what you buy that you’ll take with you, it’s what you create.

 4. Have you ever had a book change your perspective on anything?
 Again, I’d have to say Lord of the Rings. It made me realize magic is all around us.

 5. Do you prefer silence or music, or perhaps just some white noise in the background, while you write?
 It depends. I frequently listen to music when I’m working scenes in my head, or trying to piece together story ideas. When I’m writing, music can either enhance or interrupt my thoughts, so sometimes it’s on, sometimes it’s not. I listen to mostly instrumentals, movie soundtracks, new age, classics, that sort of thing. Occasionally a song with vocals inspires me in regard to a character, but more often than not, the story the singer is telling is not the one I’m working on, so I pretty much stick with instrumentals.

6. Do you have other works besides the Souls of Aredyrah series, finished or otherwise?
 I recently finished the first novel in a new fantasy series. The series is called The Veils of Lore, and has ties to Aredyrah, but it’s a stand-alone series so reading Souls is not required. Book One is currently in the hands of beta readers.

7. How did you decide on the cover art for each book in the series?
 I love fantasy art and had in my head what I wanted the covers to look like. I don’t really care for photos and symbols on book covers, but prefer rich illustrations that convey an aspect of the story and/or characters that have readers appreciating the covers themselves. I found the artist, Annah Hutchings, online and asked if she’d be interested in doing the cover for The Fire and the Light. She said she’d never done a book cover before, but was anxious to do so. I sent her a description of the characters, the scene I had in mind, colors, small details, setting, etc. I’ve never met Annah in person, she lives in England, but we corresponded back and forth by way of emails and attachments, and she was lovely to work with. She has since illustrated all of the covers in the series, and I think they all turned out beautifully. I’ve received many compliments on them. 

8. Do any of your characters reflect someone in your personal life?
 Not intentionally, but I do see some aspects of Reiv’s personality in my son. I don’t know if my son would agree with that, though!

9. If there was one thing, anything, you could do different, would you?
 In regard to the series, I think I would have tried harder to find an agent. If the series had been picked up by a reputable publisher, I’m sure their editing and marketing departments would have made the books even better, plus it would have given the series a better chance of financial success. Publishing Souls myself has been a wonderful experience, but I’m ready to turn over the reins, so plan to shop for an agent for The Veils of Lore. With luck, a publisher will take interest in it. Fingers crossed!


Tour Schedule

Indie Hoopla Gala (5/5) | Mary's Cup of Tea (5/6)
Siren's Dreamscape (5/7)
Njkinny's World of Books (5/8) | Carpe Diem (5/8)
My Twisted and Kinky World (5/9) |  Indie Author How-to (5/9)

 Saintz Realm Spotlightz (5/12)
Fated Dimensions (5/13) | My Inner Muse (5/13)
A Saintz Dream (5/14) | The Blood Flow (5/14)
My Fae-void Demon (5/15)
Laki Loves Indies (5/16) | Hell Fyre Risen (5/16)

Series: Souls of Aredyrah



About the Series
Game of Thrones meets Narnia in this epic tale of two boys whose chance meeting leads them to a disturbing discovery: Not only are they bound by blood and prophecy, but their opposing beliefs are founded on similar lies. With adventure and romance, mysticism and cultural conflicts, this coming-of-age tales asks: What would you do if you learned everything you’ve been raised to believe is false—and those in power will do anything to stop the truth?

Book 1
In the world of Aredyrah, things are not what they seem. An ancient Purge has plunged the island into darkness, isolating its cultures by superstition and fear. Dayn lives in the northernmost region of Kirador and knows nothing of the great city-state of Tearia far to the south. All he knows is the Kiradyns are the only survivors of a god’s fiery wrath, and he looks nothing like them. Meanwhile Ruairi, a prince destined for greatness, resents his Tearian obligations, longing for a life he can never hope to have. But when tragedy takes his beauty as well as his name, he finds himself exiled by the very beliefs he once held dear. Both boys long for acceptance in societies that cling to religious ideals, but when fate throws them together, Dayn and Ruairi discover some unwelcome truths: not only are they bound by blood and prophecy, but the teachings they have been raised on are nothing more than lies. Will they reveal what they have learned, risking their lives and the security of those they love? Or will they keep silent, denying their destinies and the future enlightenment of their world?

Buy Book #1: The Fire and the Light
Ebooks: Kindle | Smashwords | Nook | Sony
Paperback: Amazon | Barnes and Noble

Book 2
The Prophecy has come to life in Tearia, and the Temple wants nothing more than to see it dead. Whispers say the Unnamed One walks amongst them, and there is little doubt as to who that person is. Reiv is oblivious to the hopes turning in his direction, just as he is ignorant of a plot being waged against him. He has no time for rumors or innuendos; he is too busy trying to build a new life for himself. But the life he longs for will have to wait. A rebel movement is growing, and Reiv’s cousin Dayn has joined the insurgents in their cause.

Angered by Dayn’s involvement, Reiv reverts to his old self-serving behaviors. He wants nothing to do with prophecies or rebellions, and isn’t sure he wants anything to do with Dayn either. But when tragedy throws Reiv into new turmoil, he finds himself facing a dangerous choice. Someone he loves is dying, and there is only one chance to save him.

Will Reiv choose to be a Transcendor, fated to sacrifice his life for another? Or is he truly the Unnamed One, a hero destined for glory? One will save the life of an individual, the other that of an entire kingdom.

Buy Book #2: The Search for the Unnamed One
Amazon   |  Smashwords  |  BN  |  Kobo

Book 3
The saga of Aredyrah continues as Dayn and Alicine return to Kirador to find things very different from when they left. Their house has been ransacked, their parents missing, and evidence of spell work has put a price on Dayn’s head. Frightened, they go to the nearest place they know of: the homestead of Haskel, a man who has never been accepting of Dayn’s differences, and even less so of his own son’s.

Back in Tearia, Reiv has settled into the quiet life of a Shell Seeker. But while the rhythm of his routine is calm, the longings of his heart are not. He turns to Cora, an eye-catching girl who has also drawn the attentions of Lyal, a man whose hatred of Reiv goes far beyond jealously. But romance is the least of Reiv’s worries. A terrible plague is spreading, and Reiv’s brother, the King, is determined to burn it from the land—even if it means killing innocents along the way.

While Reiv risks annihilation by Tearia’s increasingly brutal king, Dayn suffers challenges of his own. His disappearance from Kirador months before not only ended the existence he once knew, but started a witch hunt that threatens his safety and the survival of his clan.

Both Dayn and Reiv find themselves facing a difficult choice: Leave their homelands in order to save themselves and those they love, or stay and fight an evil they cannot hope to defeat.

Buy Book #3: The Taking of the Dawn
Amazon  |  Smashwords  |  BN  |  Kobo

Book 4
In this final installment of the award-winning Souls of Aredyrah series, Dayn and Reiv find themselves facing an old foe and falling into the trap of a new one. Struggling to make their way home through a bitter landscape, they soon discover they are not alone. A tribe known as the Taubastets has captured them in a life-or-death scenario, and the tribe’s chief is determined that one of them must be sacrificed. When a young warrior named Tyym vows to see them home, they face decisions that will not only affect their survival, but the spiritual salvation of their world.

While Reiv, Dayn, and Tyym navigate a web of conspiracy and doubt, Dayn’s sister Alicine struggles with loss and the impending threat of invasion. The king of Tearia has not abandoned his quest to slay them, and his seemingly unstoppable army is nearly through the pass. But when Tyym enters the scene, hope is rekindled. Even Alicine cannot deny the charisma of the mysterious warrior who has wormed his way into their lives, and into her heart.

The game is in play. A traitor is in their midst. Can the souls of Aredyrah hope to defeat a monster disguised as a king? Or will they succumb to a darkness beyond their understanding?

Buy Book #4: The Shifting of the Stars
Amazon  |  Smashwords  |  BN  |  Kobo


Tracy A. Akers is a former language arts teacher and an award-winning author. She grew up in Arlington, Texas, but currently lives in Florida with her husband, three naughty pugs, and a feisty chihuahua. She graduated with honors from the University of South Florida with a degree in Education, and has taught in both public and private schools. She currently divides her time between writing, lecturing, spending time with her family, and costuming at fantasy and science fiction conventions.

Ms. Akers has won numerous awards for her Souls of Aredyrah fantasy series for young adults. As a Florida Book Awards winner, she was acknowledged for her contribution to YA literature by the Governor of Florida during the 2008 Florida Heritage Month Awards Ceremony. Books One and Two of the Aredyrah Series are included in the Florida Department of Education’s 2008 Just Read Families Recommended Summer Reading List. In addition, Ms. Akers has been an invited guest author at major book events and writers’ conferences, a panelist at fantasy and science fiction conventions, and was on the steering committee for Celebration of the Story, a literary event held at Saint Leo University.

The Souls of Aredyrah Series is Ms. Akers’ first series of novels for young adults.

Website  |  Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Goodreads


 GIVEAWAY

$25 Amazon.com or BN.com Gift Card giveaway Ends 05/31/2014. Open only to those who can legally enter, receive and use an Amazon.com or BN.com Gift Code or Paypal Cash. Winning Entry will be verified prior to prize being awarded. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 or older to enter or have your parent enter for you. The winner will be chosen by rafflecopter and announced here as well as emailed and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Rafflecopter or any other entity unless otherwise specified. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Giveaway was organized by Kisha from Indie Hoopla Services & Promotions, http://indiehoopla.com and sponsored by the author. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.
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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Book Blast: The Souls of Aredyrah Series

Tour Schedule


Series: Souls of Aredyrah



About the Series
Game of Thrones meets Narnia in this epic tale of two boys whose chance meeting leads them to a disturbing discovery: Not only are they bound by blood and prophecy, but their opposing beliefs are founded on similar lies. With adventure and romance, mysticism and cultural conflicts, this coming-of-age tales asks: What would you do if you learned everything you’ve been raised to believe is false—and those in power will do anything to stop the truth?

Book 1
In the world of Aredyrah, things are not what they seem. An ancient Purge has plunged the island into darkness, isolating its cultures by superstition and fear. Dayn lives in the northernmost region of Kirador and knows nothing of the great city-state of Tearia far to the south. All he knows is the Kiradyns are the only survivors of a god’s fiery wrath, and he looks nothing like them. Meanwhile Ruairi, a prince destined for greatness, resents his Tearian obligations, longing for a life he can never hope to have. But when tragedy takes his beauty as well as his name, he finds himself exiled by the very beliefs he once held dear. Both boys long for acceptance in societies that cling to religious ideals, but when fate throws them together, Dayn and Ruairi discover some unwelcome truths: not only are they bound by blood and prophecy, but the teachings they have been raised on are nothing more than lies. Will they reveal what they have learned, risking their lives and the security of those they love? Or will they keep silent, denying their destinies and the future enlightenment of their world?

Buy Book #1: The Fire and the Light
Ebooks: Kindle | Smashwords | Nook | Sony
Paperback: Amazon | Barnes and Noble


Book 2
The Prophecy has come to life in Tearia, and the Temple wants nothing more than to see it dead. Whispers say the Unnamed One walks amongst them, and there is little doubt as to who that person is. Reiv is oblivious to the hopes turning in his direction, just as he is ignorant of a plot being waged against him. He has no time for rumors or innuendos; he is too busy trying to build a new life for himself. But the life he longs for will have to wait. A rebel movement is growing, and Reiv’s cousin Dayn has joined the insurgents in their cause.

Angered by Dayn’s involvement, Reiv reverts to his old self-serving behaviors. He wants nothing to do with prophecies or rebellions, and isn’t sure he wants anything to do with Dayn either. But when tragedy throws Reiv into new turmoil, he finds himself facing a dangerous choice. Someone he loves is dying, and there is only one chance to save him.

Will Reiv choose to be a Transcendor, fated to sacrifice his life for another? Or is he truly the Unnamed One, a hero destined for glory? One will save the life of an individual, the other that of an entire kingdom.

Buy Book #2: The Search for the Unnamed One
Amazon   |  Smashwords  |  BN  |  Kobo


Book 3
The saga of Aredyrah continues as Dayn and Alicine return to Kirador to find things very different from when they left. Their house has been ransacked, their parents missing, and evidence of spell work has put a price on Dayn’s head. Frightened, they go to the nearest place they know of: the homestead of Haskel, a man who has never been accepting of Dayn’s differences, and even less so of his own son’s.

Back in Tearia, Reiv has settled into the quiet life of a Shell Seeker. But while the rhythm of his routine is calm, the longings of his heart are not. He turns to Cora, an eye-catching girl who has also drawn the attentions of Lyal, a man whose hatred of Reiv goes far beyond jealously. But romance is the least of Reiv’s worries. A terrible plague is spreading, and Reiv’s brother, the King, is determined to burn it from the land—even if it means killing innocents along the way.


While Reiv risks annihilation by Tearia’s increasingly brutal king, Dayn suffers challenges of his own. His disappearance from Kirador months before not only ended the existence he once knew, but started a witch hunt that threatens his safety and the survival of his clan.

Both Dayn and Reiv find themselves facing a difficult choice: Leave their homelands in order to save themselves and those they love, or stay and fight an evil they cannot hope to defeat.


Buy Book #3: The Taking of the Dawn
Amazon  |  Smashwords  |  BN  |  Kobo

Book 4
In this final installment of the award-winning Souls of Aredyrah series, Dayn and Reiv find themselves facing an old foe and falling into the trap of a new one. Struggling to make their way home through a bitter landscape, they soon discover they are not alone. A tribe known as the Taubastets has captured them in a life-or-death scenario, and the tribe’s chief is determined that one of them must be sacrificed. When a young warrior named Tyym vows to see them home, they face decisions that will not only affect their survival, but the spiritual salvation of their world.

While Reiv, Dayn, and Tyym navigate a web of conspiracy and doubt, Dayn’s sister Alicine struggles with loss and the impending threat of invasion. The king of Tearia has not abandoned his quest to slay them, and his seemingly unstoppable army is nearly through the pass. But when Tyym enters the scene, hope is rekindled. Even Alicine cannot deny the charisma of the mysterious warrior who has wormed his way into their lives, and into her heart.

The game is in play. A traitor is in their midst. Can the souls of Aredyrah hope to defeat a monster disguised as a king? Or will they succumb to a darkness beyond their understanding?

Buy Book #4: The Shifting of the Stars
Amazon  |  Smashwords  |  BN  |  Kobo



Tracy A. Akers is a former language arts teacher and an award-winning author. She grew up in Arlington, Texas, but currently lives in Florida with her husband, three naughty pugs, and a feisty chihuahua. She graduated with honors from the University of South Florida with a degree in Education, and has taught in both public and private schools. She currently divides her time between writing, lecturing, spending time with her family, and costuming at fantasy and science fiction conventions.

Ms. Akers has won numerous awards for her Souls of Aredyrah fantasy series for young adults. As a Florida Book Awards winner, she was acknowledged for her contribution to YA literature by the Governor of Florida during the 2008 Florida Heritage Month Awards Ceremony. Books One and Two of the Aredyrah Series are included in the Florida Department of Education’s 2008 Just Read Families Recommended Summer Reading List. In addition, Ms. Akers has been an invited guest author at major book events and writers’ conferences, a panelist at fantasy and science fiction conventions, and was on the steering committee for Celebration of the Story, a literary event held at Saint Leo University.

The Souls of Aredyrah Series is Ms. Akers’ first series of novels for young adults.

Website  |  Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Goodreads

Tour Schedule



 GIVEAWAY

$10 Amazon.com or BN.com Gift Card or Paypal Cash, Ebook/paperback giveaway Ends 05/05/2014. Open only to those who can legally enter, receive and use an Amazon.com or BN.com Gift Code or Paypal Cash. Winning Entry will be verified prior to prize being awarded. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 or older to enter or have your parent enter for you. The winner will be chosen by rafflecopter and announced here as well as emailed and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Rafflecopter or any other entity unless otherwise specified. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Giveaway was organized by Kisha from Indie Hoopla Services & Promotions, http://indiehoopla.com and sponsored by the author. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.
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Monday, April 7, 2014

Author Interview: David Berger

I got the chance to ask author, David Berger, a few questions recently. It was great to get to know a bit more about him. I tried to stay away from the norm and strive toward the less traveled topics. I do hope that you are as pleased with the results as I am! :)

Author Interview

1. Do you prefer to write with a typewriter, pen and paper, or a computer?
a. I write with a computer since I tend to do research as I write, and it's just easier to be where I can get online if necessary.
2. Do you need music or silence to write?
a. Yes. Haha. I do both, actually. Plus, I use a website called rainymood.com and coffitivity.com. They provide background noise that helps me when I’m home and it’s too quiet. I don’t usually listen to music that I know, but when I do listen to it, it’s mostly instrumental or Classical music. 
3. Did you read a lot as a child?
a. Oh, yeah. I was reading voraciously at four years old, and I was the kid hiding under the blanket with the flashlight, devouring encyclopedias, the Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew mysteries, etc. Anything that had printed words on it, I read.
4. How did you pick your cover art? What was the inspiration?
a. For Finding Balance, I had been in touch with Michael Hamlett who had done some sketches of my main characters about ten years ago. On his website, he had a picture of five heroes in a stance similar to the one on my cover. When I asked him to do the cover, I showed him the other picture, and he modeled my cover after that. It works for a debut novel. For the sequel, Memory’s Curse, I asked for an action scene similar to one in the novel. Michael and I worked together to hash out the details, and he suggested a change to the original idea that works for the cover.
5. What would you like to be remembered for?
a. I honestly don’t know. Probably something to do with my teaching and my writing, but specifically, I couldn't tell you what that should be. I think people will remember something about me that resonated with them. I just want to be the best teacher and writer I can be. If that’s why I’m remembered, then that’ll work for me.
6. Are there any of your characters that are based off of any people in real life?
a. Nope. I avoided doing that. I wanted the characters to be individuals on their own merits and not tied to real people.
7. Of your characters, whom do you favor most, and why?
a. Oh, unfair! That’s like asking a parent to choose a favorite child. Of the four main characters, I have grown attached to each for very different reasons. Dan Fairmont was my first character for this story—my firstborn, as it were—so we’ve spent the most time together. He’s a brooding sort, and I can relate to that more, but I don’t think I favor him because of it. Sarah Jacobs is my youngest, I guess, and I’ve grown to love how headstrong and feisty she’s become. She grew up with two gay dads and a single mom, so she’s probably the most diverse of the four. Plus, she’s my Wiccan character, so I’ve learned a lot from her about that. Now, Aleta Halston is sarcastic and snarky, two qualities I admire, and she and I have had it out on a few occasions. She usually wins. My spiritual one is Brandon Jeffries. He’d be a “flower child” if he lived in the 60s, so in touch with nature and the animal world. Also, his compassion is humbling. But, to ask which one I favor? That’s not something I can say.
8. How long did it take you to write your very first novel?
a. Finding Balance started out as a short story called “The Olympus Corps.” when I was in high school (1985). I worked on and off with it for years until I was with my ex. He had his own business so I had a lot of time to myself. That, plus he was emotionally abusive, so I channeled my frustrations into my writing. It’s amazing how much fuel you get for creativity from anxiety. I actually finished the manuscript in 2010, but then I had to begin the editing process that took about two years. In February 2012, Finding Balance was published.
9. Of your characters, who is it that you just love to hate? Why is that?
a. It’ll be a bit cliché, I think, but Ares. Even being the bad guy mostly, he does have a role to play in the “grand scheme,” so for as much as I think he’s a jerk, he’s also a necessary evil. Throughout the series, he will probably evolve a bit, becoming less one-dimensional. He plays a significant role in Finding Balance, but not so much in Memory’s Curse. He may make an appearance in The Liar’s Prophecy, but it’s too early to tell.
10. How old were you when you first started writing?
a. Maybe eight? I was young enough to have been watching the Smurfs on TV with my sister, and she had the collectible figures, so we wrote some stories together. Rather, she’d help me with the ideas, and I would do the writing. After that, I think I wrote stories in junior high, probably based in myths since I was just starting to read them.



During the age of Olympos, when a vengeful goddess shatters the Sacred Scales, both immortals and humans alike suffer. Apollo, the god of truth, goes from a glorious existence as The Shining One to a victim of Zeus’ wrath, and his journey makes him question his godhood, his role in the cosmos, and his views on humanity. Prophecy and the Fates direct his course, and he must make difficult, yet vital, choices. Millennia pass, and Dan, Aleta, Brandon, and Sarah—four reluctant modern-day heroes gifted by ancient civilizations born of the gods—bound by prophecy, have to choose whether or not to save their world when it could mean they never existed. They must master their new powers while battling against incomprehensible forces from the Underworld and repairing the Sacred Scales, destroyed long ago. With the equilibrium between Order and Chaos unhinged, and the Olympian gods struggling to exist, these four must ally themselves with the United Nations to protect an endangered world, becoming the only group who can fight against metaphysical threats to the Earth, forging Task Force: Gaea. Can mortals succeed where gods cannot go?


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David Berger
Boston born, I grew up on Long Island in New York, and have my B.A. in English with a Master's in Secondary Education. I currently teach AP English Literature, IB English, and Creative Writing in Land O' Lakes, FL. My avid appreciation for fantasy fiction came from a childhood love of Greek mythology and comic books, especially Wonder Woman. Stemming from this literary love affair, I published my first novel, Task Force: Gaea—Finding Balance, in February 2012.

In addition to my fantasy writing, I have written poetry, much of which was influenced by my travels abroad, namely to Ireland. My hibernophilia extends not only to a great love of the Emerald Isle itself, but also to the writers who hail from there, namely W. B. Yeats, and I studied this poet in a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship at the National University of Ireland in Galway in 2005.

Additionally, I have traveled to Spain, France, and England—all with trips I have led with students—and hope to show more of my students what the world beyond Florida looks like.

I'm "living the dream," as it were, and I love life—I just hope it loves me in return. I reside in Land O' Lakes, FL with my partner of 13 years, Gavi, and our two cats, Yankel and Shayna.

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Monday, March 31, 2014

Book Blast: Sixth


SYNOPSIS
Brian Hay’s only dream in life was to be part of America’s elite, yet unacknowledged, Delta Force. After years of training to be the best the 75th Ranger Regiment had ever produced, his dream was finally coming true. But what starts out as what he thinks is a Delta hazing op soon turns into much more when Brian not only becomes a Delta Force soldier but a Mad Dog.
This book contains m/m adult sexual situations and is intended for readers of legal age in the country in which they reside. Please store your adult literature responsibly.
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Brenda Cothern
Brenda is unlike most authors since she only began writing a few years ago. Her first book Fates, an adult fantasy, was published in 2010. Her love for reading fantasy, paranormal, and contemporary erotic romance has caused her to discard her Bachelor’s degrees in management and marketing in order to write full time. Currently, Brenda has fourteen books published (two of which are free!) She is an Amazon best-selling author for Brothers By Bond and Not For Sale. One of her newest releases, Highest Bidder, is the sequel to Not For Sale and became available August 2013. Her latest release, Sixth, became available January 2014 and is the first in the Mad Dogs, series as well as a best seller on ARE.
Brenda resides in Tampa, FL when not attending conventions and is the Chapter Coordinator for the Tampa Bay O.G.R.E.s, as well as a volunteer with the Tampa Bay Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence. She is also an active member in organizing the Florida Leather Fetish Pride weekend and an associate member of the Tampa Leather Club, as well as their event coordinator for Alt Life Bike Fest.
For signed digital autograph, please send her a request through Authorgraph! A personalized autographed PDF for the book will be signed and sent to you! http://www.authorgraph.com/authors/BCothernBooks
If you enjoy her books, please show your support by giving it stars and/or writing a review on the various online sites such as Amazon or Goodreads.
She would love to hear from you! Visit her on the following:

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Ebook/paperback giveaway Ends 04/11/2014. Open only to those who can legally enter, receive and use an Amazon.com or BN.com Gift Code or Paypal Cash. Winning Entry will be verified prior to prize being awarded. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 or older to enter or have your parent enter for you. The winner will be chosen by rafflecopter and announced here as well as emailed and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Rafflecopter or any other entity unless otherwise specified. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Giveaway was organized by Kisha from Indie Hoopla Services & Promotions, http://indiehoopla.com and sponsored by the author. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.
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Sunday, March 9, 2014

Has reading a book ever changed your life?

Has reading a book ever changed your life? Which book? In what way did it change your life?
I had an assignment back in Junior High where I had to read a book titled Tuck Everlasting. It was my first introduction to the wonderful world of fantasy. It opened my eyes to all the amazing possibilities that are out there in the literary world. I knew there was fiction works out there, but the improbabilities of the unknown, the magical, the pure supernatural, were still a mystery to me. I found my passion right then and there. I knew then what I loved about reading. All the mysticism of the otherworld, it was incredible. It was the greatest moment of my life! I hope that everyone else gets the chance to experience the craziness of this spectacular realm known as fantasy and the paranormal genres. You will truly never be the same.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Blog Tour Review: "The Fire and The Light"



Series: Souls of Aredyrah, Book #1

In the world of Aredyrah, things are not what they seem. An ancient Purge has plunged the island into darkness, isolating its cultures by superstition and fear. Dayn lives in the northernmost region of Kirador and knows nothing of the great city-state of Tearia far to the south. All he knows is the Kiradyns are the only survivors of a god’s fiery wrath, and he looks nothing like them. Meanwhile Ruairi, a prince destined for greatness, resents his Tearian obligations, longing for a life he can never hope to have. But when tragedy takes his beauty as well as his name, he finds himself exiled by the very beliefs he once held dear. Both boys long for acceptance in societies that cling to religious ideals, but when fate throws them together, Dayn and Ruairi discover some unwelcome truths: not only are they bound by blood and prophecy, but the teachings they have been raised on are nothing more than lies. Will they reveal what they have learned, risking their lives and the security of those they love? Or will they keep silent, denying their destinies and the future enlightenment of their world?
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March 3

Indie Hoopla Gala - Interview

March 4

My Fae-void Demon - Review

March 5

Indie Author How-to - Tens List

March 6

Carpe Diem - Spotlight Foxultely Reviews - Spotlight

March 7

Njkinny's Blog - Interview

March 10

My Inner Muse - Guest Post

March 11

A Saintz Dream - Tens List

March 12

My Inner Muse - Review

March 13

The Blood Flow - Review

March 14

Hell Fyre Risen - Guest Post



Tracy A. Akers is a former language arts teacher and an award-winning author. She grew up in Arlington, Texas, but currently lives in Florida with her husband, three naughty pugs, and a feisty chihuahua. She graduated with honors from the University of South Florida with a degree in Education, and has taught in both public and private schools. She currently divides her time between writing, lecturing, spending time with her family, and costuming at fantasy and science fiction conventions.
Ms. Akers has won numerous awards for her Souls of Aredyrah fantasy series for young adults. As a Florida Book Awards winner, she was acknowledged for her contribution to YA literature by the Governor of Florida during the 2008 Florida Heritage Month Awards Ceremony. Books One and Two of the Aredyrah Series are included in the Florida Department of Education’s 2008 Just Read Families Recommended Summer Reading List. In addition, Ms. Akers has been an invited guest author at major book events and writers’ conferences, a panelist at fantasy and science fiction conventions, and was on the steering committee for Celebration of the Story, a literary event held at Saint Leo University.
The Souls of Aredyrah Series is Ms. Akers’ first series of novels for young adults.
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My Review:
Here's what I give it- 4 out of 5 Wings
Would I recommend it-  Yes!
Here's why-
This was a great book that demonstrated just how much our differences can set us apart. We join Dayn, who is completely out of place in his town, and his sister Alicine, as they travel through a mountain to discover Dayn's history. They end up on the other side, in a completely different world it seems, where they meet Reiv, another outcast much like themselves. With his painful past written on everyone's face, Reiv struggles to make a new life for himself. None of them were prepared for the twist of fate that had brought them together.
Ms. Akers' charming tale of discovery and hope is a must read for any age. This is the first in a series of four books that I cannot wait to complete! With uncertainty and danger around every corner and each turn of the page, this is going to prove to be an excellent story that I will keep with me for years to come. I hope you will enjoy it as much as I did. Stay tuned for my review of the complete series, soon to come!


Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this novel as part of a blog tour in exchange for an honest review.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Book Blast: The Beasts Within

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Genres: Urban Fantasy, Vampires, Shifters


Series: The Foundlings
Book #3


SYNOPSIS

What does a motorcycle gang called The Blood Angels, a band of corporate mercenaries going by the code name The Liquidators, and a group of hackers, simply known as God Mode all have in common? One thing, they all want the complete eradication of all vampires.

Still reeling from the bittersweet victory in New Orleans, yet bolstered by new allies, Donnie copes with the losses and tries to go on. When his cousin is mortally wounded in a hunting accident, He is summoned back to the place he never thought he would set foot again - the reservation where his mother grew up.

Returning to Tennessee, he becomes entangled in an ancient struggle and finds himself battling an insidious new enemy. Donnie must now defend his loved ones from not only just vampire, but The Defiled as well. Yet, his Cherokee people hold a secret that will change everyone's lives forever.

The Beasts Within is the 3rd book in The Foundlings Urban Paranormal vampire series.


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R.M. Garcia
I was born and raised in New Jersey, and am the proud son of Puerto Rican parents. My parents moved to New Jersey from Puerto Rico shortly after getting married, I was born about a year later. I have 2 younger siblings, twins, Eric and Erica. Growing up I was a kind child who never asked for much. I didn't ask for anything because my imagination provided me with everything that I would ever need. My mother always said that of all her children I was the one that gave her the least amount of trouble.

I was considered a dreamer by all of my teachers, but I never thought that label was a bad thing. I was initially very shy until I got older and stopped caring what others opinions of me. I realized that I was who I was, and you either liked me or you didn't, simple as that. I have been called weird, quirky, funny and trustworthy, all titles I hold dear.

I wrote the short story of the Foundlings when I was still in High School and it was not till much later that I fully developed it into a book. Back in the day, I used to also write poetry, but story telling became my true love.

After High School, I moved to Florida and went to college. I dabbled in varied professions over the next several years. I worked in jobs such as Hotel Manager, Accountant, Insurance Agent, Travel Agent, Customer Service Rep, Draftsman, and even a Fry Cook. When I started on the book, I realized that this was my passion, what I was ultimately meant to do.

I loved writing the Foundlings and even if it does not become a best seller, I will continue to write. Publishing my first book led to me meeting my wonderful wife. So God willing and with help of my fans, The Foundlings will make a mark in the literary world. Thank you for reading about me.


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$25 Amazon.com or BN.com Gift Card or Paypal cash 3/10/2014. Open only to those who can legally enter, receive and use an Amazon.com or BN.com Gift Code or Paypal Cash. Winning Entry will be verified prior to prize being awarded. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 or older to enter or have your parent enter for you. The winner will be chosen by rafflecopter and announced here as well as emailed and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Rafflecopter or any other entity unless otherwise specified. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Giveaway was organized by Kisha from Indie Hoopla Services & Promotions, http://indiehoopla.com and sponsored by the author. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.
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