Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Random musings-The Walking Dead

Okay, so I caught up with the last four seasons in a week. That says something. It took me this long because I didn't think the show was more than zombie eating folks and I just think that's gross. Well, the show is about much, much more. It's still gross.

With that said, I leave you with Carl. One of my favorite characters in TWD.

My son has me singing this...yeah.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Gears of Brass Anthology Cover Reveal!

Gear up for GEARS OF BRASS! 

A world like ours, but filled with gears of brass, where the beating heart is fueled by steam and the simplest creation is a complex clockwork device.  

Within this tome, you’ll find steampunk fairy tale re-tellings, as well as original stories that will send your gears turning.  

Welcome to the steampunk realm, with eleven authors guiding your path. 

GEARS OF BRASS is a steampunk anthology published through Curiosity Quills.  It will be available for purchase on November 10, 2014.  Within the pages, you’ll come across clockwork inventions and steampunk-ified fairy tale retellings.  Eleven authors will guide you through worlds filled with airships, top hats, and corsets. 

Meet the authors:
Jordan Elizabeth writes young adult fantasy for Curiosity Quills, including ESCAPE FROM WITCHWOOD HOLLOW which was published in October and the upcoming TREASURE DARKLY; she’s represented by the Belcastro Agency.

J. Million is the author of Last of the Giants and can always be found reading or writing.

Lorna MacDonald Czarnota is a professional storyteller and author of several books including, Medieval Tales That Kids Can Read and Tell, Breadline Blue, Legends Lore and Secrets of Western New York, Wicked Niagara, Native American and Pioneer Sites of Upstate New York, and Dancing at the Crossroads: Stories and Activities for At-Risk Youth Programming.

SA Larsen is represented by Paula Munier of Talcott Notch Literary and is the author of published short stories, community-interest stories, and magazine articles focused on children. 

Grant Eagar is an Engineer who would take the tales he told his children at bed time, and transform them into fantasy stories. 

Clare Weze is the author of The House of Ash (forthcoming) and the co-author and editor of Cloudscapes over the Lune.

Eliza Tilton: gamer, writer and lover of dark chocolate; author of the YA Fantasy, BROKEN FOREST, published by Curiosity Quills Press.

Heather Talty's stories have been featured in Enchanted Conversation, as well as her own fractured fairy tale site, Mythopoetical (

W.K. Pomeroy is a third generation writer who has published more than 70 short stories/articles/poems across many genres and styles, which now includes Steampunk.

Christine Baker is the author of Lana's End, The Guild of Dagda, and many more. 

Natalia Darcy: a bookilicious reader, tea drinker and Zumba aficionado who enjoys playing cards against humanity and washing her hair with ice cold water. 

You can get your steampunk fix before GEARS OF BRASS is released in November.  To enter for your chance to win a copy of GEARS OF BRASS, you will need to share the cover.  This can be on your blog, Facebook, Twitter… Each time you share the cover image, log it into Rafflecoper (#insert link) to record it.  It will give you more chances to win.  The drawing for the winner will be held on October 27th

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Friday, October 3, 2014

Friday Round-up

Writers Write. That's what we do.

I've been writing loads this week and can't believe I haven't finished it yet. I did write the first "the end" that is an accomplishment. Now I'm doing edits. Yay! This sucker will be done in a few weeks and ready for betas. Anyone interested? shoot me an email. 

I participated in a few new releases this week. 
I'm so happy to surround myself with people who inspire me!  

Check out...

It's free and a great inspiration for authors. 

Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, October 1, 2014


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Wow, we're already in October. I've been thinking a lot about the reasons why I write. Every now and again I have to remind myself of the value of writing...for me.

I write for publication and I write for me. These require two very different mindsets. When I write for publication I feel as if I have the intended readers looking over my shoulder. When I write for me it's just me.

When I write for publication everything needs to be perfect. I need to make sure I'm drawing my readers into the world I create, into my characters. When I write for me I have to make sure I'm drawn into my characters, that I care. Sometimes, these two work in harmony. Sometimes, there's a war in the midst. But how to determine which way to go? Ah...that is the question isn't it.

I believe as an author one must work in tandem with those two evils. I'm totally not saying readers are evil...or me, but that mindset that plays in the background of the writer's psyche.

Most of the success stories I've read Stephen King, Junot Diaz, and the like, have been about authors who've struggled with a story "the story" and have beaten it into submission. Now, I can't really say for certain, but it would be safe to assume that probably they weren't in a happy place during that time of their lives. If they were writing for themselves, they probably would've abandoned the story to find a new one or just kept writing crap. No one would see it anyways.  But their intention was publication. To have readers read and enjoy it.

What the heck is my point here? Well, after five years with this novel I'm currently writing, I have beaten it into submission. Tears, guilt, hopelessness, helplessness, desperation, denial...all injected themselves into the process like some bad drug. Now, I can't say for sure that this will be "the one". But I think it's safe to say that I'm writing "the end" on this fucker and moving on.

And that, my friends, family, and acquaintances, is inspiration.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Private Internship Release Day!

The Private Internship blurb:

Sugar’s not so sweet and secrets can be deadly … especially with matters of the heart

Sienna’s bestie, Harper warned her not to intern for famous bad boy artist, Casper Mason. After all, he just fired Harper who helped Sienna get the interview. But the moment Sienna sees Casper—or Caz—sweaty and practically shirtless and swinging from chains while he works on his sculpture, she’s hooked. He’s the richest, hottest artist in New York, and he lives in the fabulous Williamsburg Sugar Factory. But he’s also an incorrigible game-player, who seems to relish challenging Sienna’s loyalty with a string of unsettling tests.

She knows she should get away fast. But by the time Sienna sneaks into his locked storage room and begins to unearth his dark and terrifying secret, she’s fallen way too hard for the handsome, charismatic Caz.

Book reviewers are saying:

"Beautiful. Amazing. A fantastic read that left me wanting more." -XoXo Book Blog

"A juicy read full of passion and magnetic chemistry that will have you hooked from beginning to end." -From the Purple Matter Book Blog

Author Bio:

Kitsy Clare hails from Philly and lives in New York. A romantic at heart, she loves to write about the sexy intrigue of the city, and particularly of the art world. She knows it well, having shown her paintings here before turning to writing. The Art of Love series includes Model Position (novella) and Private Internship. Kitsy also writes YA as Catherine Stine. Her futuristic thriller, Ruby’s Fire was a YA finalist in the Next Generation Indie book awards. Fireseed One, its companion novel, was a finalist in YA and SF in the USA News International Book Awards, and an Indie Reader notable. Her YA horror, Dorianna, launches on Oct. 24 with Evernight Teen.

Buy Links:

Private Internship at Amazon

Kitsy’s books at B&N

Kitsy’s books at AllRomance ebooks

Model Position (first in series) is on sale at Amazon!

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Thursday, September 25, 2014

Follow Fest

Purpose: A platform building opportunity for writers of all kinds. 
(Think, ‘cyber meet-and-greet with social media links for business cards.’)

When: September 22nd thru 26th, 2014.

How: Create a blog post using the guide provided and sign up on the Linky list any day during FollowFest week, after your post goes live. (To make things easier, there will be only one Linky list this year.) 

During the week of the fest, visit other blogs and connect with as many writers as you wish.

For more info go here

Name:  Elizabeth Arroyo

Fiction or nonfiction? Fiction

What genres do you write? Dark Fantasy, Romance, Thrillers, Contemporary

Are you published? Yes! for full info check out my website

Do you do anything in addition to writing?
I work in the community and teach writing to urban youth. 

Tell us a little about yourself.
I live in Chicago, for real. I have four amazing children and one amazing husband. I love to read anything with great characters. I also binge read. I could read four books in a weekend and then nada. I love watching action flicks, I tend to stay away from stuff that makes me cry (I've cried enough growing up), and... I'm addicted to Arrow CW. 

What are you reading right now?
I just finished The Digital Plague by Jeff Somers

Which authors influenced you the most?
Stephen King, Dean Koontz, J.K Rowling, 

Where can people connect with you?

Here on my blog, or Twitter @EArroyo5


Do you have a newsletter? Yes! Only for new releases. You can subscribe on my website

Is there anything else you’d like us to know?
You can find me on twitter when I should be writing. I am always on the look out for great Beta readers. I think they should have their own holiday. =)

Now your turn. Check out the linky above and join the fest. =)

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

The Zodiac Collector Release Day!

Release Day!

Title: The Zodiac Collector
Author: Laura Diamond
Publication Date: September 23, 2014
BISAC: JUV037000 (JUVENILE FICTION / Fantasy & Magic)
             JUV058000 (JUVENILE FICTION / Paranormal *)
Price: $9.95
Pages: 328
ISBN: 9781937053635

For almost-16 year-old Anne Devans, the annual Renaissance Faire means three things—her dad spending weeks in the smithy, her bipolar mom doing some manic costume making, and another ruined birthday for her and her twin sister, Mary.

This year, Anne wants things to be different, and she's going to do things her way.

On the eve of the Faire, Anne (along with a reluctant Mary) conjures up a spell that will make their 16th birthday party a whirlwind event. Little do they know that it's a literal request.

After the mini tornado in their room subsides, the girls realize they've invoked the power of the Gemini Twins, Castor and Pollux. That's the good news. The bad news is they also caught the attention of a sorceress named Zeena who has been collecting children born under each Zodiac Sign to enhance her power. Once she captures Anne and Mary, Gemini twins, the entire Zodiac—and the world—will be hers.

Anne leads the fight against Zeena, but her one-sided decisions could throw them into a world so far from home, even the Renaissance Faire would seem like a brilliant vacation. Between managing their new Zodiac powers, dodging their manic mother and trying to stop Zeena, they'll get a 16th birthday they'll never forget.

Purchase links: Amazon    Barnes & Noble

Author bio:
Laura Diamond is a board certified psychiatrist and author of all things young adult paranormal, dystopian, and horror. She’s a lucid dreamer, meaning she can direct her dreams while they’re happening. When she’s awake, she pens stories from her dreams and shares them with her readers. Laura has many published titles including the Pride Series (New Pride, Shifting Pride, and Tsavo Pride), the Endure Series (Endure and Evoke), The Zodiac Collector, a novella Sunset Moon in the Lore anthology, and several shorts stories. When she’s not writing, she is working at the hospital, blogging at Author Laura Diamond--Lucid Dreamer, and renovating her 225+ year old fixer-upper mansion.

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