For this week only, thousands of Smashwords publishers and authors (including yours truly) will be offering deep discounts on ebooks, with coupon code levels for 25%-off, 50%-off, 75%-off and FREE.
Interested? Here's how it works:
At one minute past midnight Pacific time on March 5, the special Smashwords Read an Ebook Week promotion catalog goes live on the Smashwords home page. Readers can browse the catalog and search by coupon code levels and categories. After 11:59pm Pacific time on March 11, the catalog disappears.
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Visit my Smashwords page https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/611928 and download a free copy of Bring Me to Ruin, the first book in my Haunted Hollow urban fantasy romance series about a small California town with the secret to time travel buried beneath it. Use COUPON CODE: SFREE at checkout.
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In a few weeks I'll be making a short trip down the California coast to San Simeon to celebrate birthdays with some of the ladies in my family. Destination: Hearst Castle. The romance and drama of the castle perched in the hills overlooking the Pacific Ocean has always appealed to me. A few years ago, my husband and I visited the famed estate of William Randolph Hearst. Here are some of my favorite moments from that tour (2013). I think it could be fun to set a romantic thriller here. What do you think?
A friend recently sent me a link to a story about a young Brazilian comic book artist, Hugo Canuto, who's turning African gods into superheroes. As someone who's also been inspired by the gods and goddesses of Afro-Caribbean religions in both my writing and my artwork, I was intrigued. It's exciting to see these dynamic gods and their stories make it into modern day culture.
Click here for the link to his website.
Anyone who knows me well knows I'm a huge fan of the Mexican holiday El Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead). So when my husband surprised me with tickets to Cirque du Soleil's Luzia, a production based on Mexican folklore, I was beyond thrilled. The event was a visual delight, full of the color, fantasy, and magical realism I associate with Mexican culture. Want to see it for yourself: https://www.cirquedusoleil.com/luzia
I found this adorable fairy door on a recent walk to Park Street. I love all the detail, down to the hinges and the kitty. Below are a few more doors I spotted on the same walk.
My husband is an avid consumer of all things Internet, and he frequently forwards me articles he thinks I might find interesting. Well, here's one I think any introvert (or an extrovert who loves one) will appreciate. It's 10 Things About Love Only Introverts Would Understand, by Dawn Hafner.
You can check out the entire article here.
Here's the two second summary:
1. Introverts need quiet time with those we love.
2. Introverts can step out of our comfort zone for love.
3. Introverts only unlock our hearts for the most special of souls.
4. Introverts deeply value listening.
5. Introverts do not mean to seem distant in love.
6. Introverts often fall in love with extroverts.
7. It’s best to let an introvert think before you argue.
8. Introverts long to be understood.
9. Introverts love to have fun.
10. Introverts love to know you are happy.
The rest of Dawn Hafner's interesting article can be read here.
These wet, winter days make me think of gothic romances and moody cemeteries. Here are some moody, gothic photos I took at our local Mountain View Cemetery in Oakland, CA. Incidentally, the cemetery is as lovey in rainy, gray weather as it is in the sun, and is a great place for picnics and walks.
Welcome to Radley's Hollow. Once a bucolic small town nestled in the rolling hills of Northern California, Radley's Hollow became the epicenter of an apocalyptic ghost war that breaks time and turns the world into a wasteland. Join the men and women of the Hollow as they battle the resurrected dead, fight to survive and thrive in a devastated world, and travel back in time in a bold attempt to fix it all.
Unlike most series, which progress in a linear timeline, the HAUNTED HOLLOW is all about jumping through time in search of the pivotal temporal events that broke time with the goal of creating new outcomes.
The first novel, Bring Me to Ruin, starts at the very end of time, in 2147 when the Earth is just a few years away from total destruction. It sets the tone for the series, invites the reader into the hearts and minds of the heroine, Thea Maloney, and her true love, Gerard Wyatt, a.k.a. The General, and introduces the major conflicts as well as the series arch villain, the witch queen of the Haunted Hollow.
The second novel, Before My World Turned Blue, follows one of the time travelers from the first book as he negotiates his latest mission in the year 1942. His job is to ensure that the young Ruby Radley never becomes the deadly witch destined to destroy the world.
The third book, Howling for You (currently in production), returns to 2147 and picks up right after Bring Me to Ruin and Before My World Turned Blue leave off. It ties both stories together and delves into the hopes and dreams of a new pair of lovers whose love affair may well have been what shattered time.
Subsequent books in the series will similarly weave through 300 years of Radley’s Hollow’s history as Thea, the General and their allies fight to save humanity’s future.
As a work of small town urban fantasy romance with paranormal, historical and sci-fi elements, this series is eclectic to say the least. It includes armies of clockwork zombies, ghost hunters, witchcraft, magic and spirituality, the Fae, Sonoma county, dark matter, steam/diesel/cyberpunk, time traveling detectives, and a whole lot of love. I took some of my inspiration from the contemporary BBC TV series Dr. Who, Caribbean religions, the study of dreams and the history of California. To find out more about what inspires me, go to http://www.tessrider.com/the-world.html.
Tess Rider lives with her wonderfully eccentric husband in an equally eccentric Victorian in the San Francisco Bay Area. An avid cat lover in search of her next cat, Tess is a huge fan of anything by Joss Whedon and she gets inspiration for book titles from song lyrics. She’s an accountant by day, a novelist by night and an artist at heart 24/7.
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