Daemoneum Cover Reveal

Okay guys, this isn’t exactly the usual thing you’re used to seeing on here, but this book is by a friend and I’ve read it and it kicks ass even if you aren’t into all that ooey gooey lovey mess. Really though, this is a solid read that’s action packed start to finish. This series is a must have. 

Daemoneum
Laney McMann
(The Primordial Principles #2)
Published by: Jagged Lane Books
Publication date: July 2016
Genres: Urban Fantasy, Young Adult

Boulder, Colorado is too quiet, and no one needs to remind Cole Spires how unnatural that is.

In the aftermath of Dracon’s death, the Daemoneum have gone into hiding. Every known Hive has been shut down and evacuated, and for the first time in Cole’s memory, the Brotherhood, Kinship, and all common houses across the country and abroad are considering lockdown. Leygates are being systematically closed around the world, and the Primordial are waiting …

In the bunker underneath the Brotherhood, Kade Sparrow is as safe as she can possibly be, or that’s the idea, but no one can explain how her Astrum necklace found its way into her bedroom. There were no footprints, no traces of breaking and entering, no evidence of any kind that someone had infiltrated the Brotherhood common house. Yet the necklace still sat on her night stand, wound in a perfect circle of gold, the tiny star glinting on its chain. And the only person who could have put it there … is dead.

In the second installment of The Primordial Principles, strange occurrences are happening across the globe. Relationships will be tested, old players will become new, foes will turn into allies, and an unlikely adversary will force Cole and Kade to go on the run.

As the fallen rise, the Primordial must unite as one.

Or all could be lost.

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Author Bio:

Laney McMann is the author of The Fire Born Novels, The Primordial Principles, and The CrossWorld Chronicles (coming soon)

The product of very creative parents and the most imaginative grandmother ever, she has an untapped passion for the supernatural and all things magical. Her voracious appetite for reading fantasy started really young ~ and so did her love of words.

She writes young adult dark urban fantasy novels mixed with a spike of romance, a hint of history, a dash of mythology, and lots of paranormal.

On the non-writing side of life, Laney is a former classical dancer, music snob, chef, and a right-brained thinker to a fault. When she’s not dreaming up new dead ends to torture herself with, she spends her time running and playing her music way too loud.

Laney is published by J. Taylor Publishing and formerly by Booktrope Publishing.

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Knuckle Up Chump. Writing is a Deathmatch #MondayBlogs

I’ve said it before, I’ll probably say it a million more damn times. Writing ain’t easy. And when I say that, I don’t mean writing 80,000 words of coherent story. Don’t even get me started on the countless hours of editing. The soul crushingness of beta readers and further editing. Not to mention the sore throat from reading the entire novel out loud.

I suppose it could end there, but after you’ve written and edited a novel, you probably want to sell it, right? And when I say writing ain’t easy, I’m still not talking about the fight to craft the perfect fucking query letter. Is this concise? Does it convey the right tension? Do I include previous works? What if they didn’t sell well? Should I tell the agent about my overwhelming fear of praying mantises (Manti?)?

After that there’s the always smooth sailing of rejections. Form letter after form letter after slightly personalized form letter, the highlight of the rejection process. But hey, even J.K. Rowling got rejected, right? So you keep plugging ahead. Eventually move from agents to small presses. That shouldn’t be as strict and then you find one and discover that you should have been building yours social network months ago.

It goes on and on. The struggle for sales is real. What about this technique? How about this marketing service? There are probably a million different questions and ten million different answers. And every last one of them leads to work. How much work you put in can decide how successful you will be.

A friend sent me something to the extent of this: Only 5% of people start a book. Of them, only 5% finish the first draft. Of those only 5% have the tenacity to stick through edits. 5% through queries and so it goes. On and on. So do you have what it takes to be in the 5% of the 5% of the 5% of the 5% or whatever? Yes, good. Write a novel and sell some goddamn books. If the answer is no, that’s not a bad thing. Maybe you just really enjoy writing books.

To be honest, I’m at a bit of an impasse. I started writing books because I love it. I started selling books because I’m a narcissist who needs constant approval. Now, I’ve got 4 novels out there that, quite frankly, aren’t selling worth a damn. Recently, I’ve signed up with a book marketing badass (C.D. Taylor) and she has given me a ton of instruction (Read: Work) to market myself. If I follow every bit of direction I’ve been giving, I will surely sell more books, but I will also not have any time to write any more books if I follow all of the instructions. Selling books means a lot to me, but so does writing them. I’ve got a decision to make about how hard I’m willing to work to be successful. So do you. Life is all about finding a balance, my friends. Sometimes that comes natural and sometimes you have to work for it, but whatever you do, never assume writing is easy and know that it doesn’t stop as soon as you get words on the page.

#TeaserTenth for February

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#TeaserTenth is a monthly meme for writers, both published and unpublished. It’s a great opportunity to meet other writers, as well as readers, by sharing a sampling (10 lines or less) of the stories we are working on, or have already published.

Feel free to join! (click the badge above for details.)

This week, I’ve decided to share lines from one of my works in progress. This is taken from a random spot in the book. (unedited.)

Enjoy!

Here’s something a little more intimate than I’m used to. These lines are from my current work in progress, tentatively titled GAMBIT.

“I love you,” Sam gasps between kisses.

A moan escapes Fox’s lips as Sam digs his fingers into her back. He drags her closer to his body. If he holds her close enough, they synchronize. Two hearts beat as one. Two chests rise and fall in tandem. Two beings become one. Sam kisses deeper, feels the love of Fox under his skin.

In his mind, this moment could last forever. Sam imagines doing this on the beach, sun setting into the ocean. Hell, for this, this feeling, this moment, Sam would drive to the ends of the Earth. A hundred lives could never make Sam feel as real as he is right this moment.

A sound somewhere between a Wookiee and a cat caught in radiator fan is the only warning to the slimy, dirty, rotted fist that connects with Sam’s right ear.

#TeaserTenth Here’s ten lines or words and such

teasertenthbadge#TeaserTenth is a monthly meme that writers, both published and unpublished, can play along in. It’s a great opportunity to meet new folks like yourself, as well as showcase what stories you have going on to both other writers and (hopefully) readers.

Here’s ten lines (THE FIRST TEN LINES) from a novel I’m working on titled: Uprising, in Requiem, I hope y’all like it.

“You know, when Hank said, ‘A county boy will survive,’ I just don’t think this is the kind of shit he was talking about.” Galvar glances back over his shoulder at Grace. She puffs out a tired laugh and adjusts the tree branch they are using to carry the fallen deer on her shoulder.

Grace and Galvar spent years hunting for hobby—and for Grace’s famous deer jerky, of course—but now they hunt for necessity.

“I’m serious.” Galvar steps on a branch hidden under the leaves on the ground, stumbles, rights himself. “Why do we have to get the shittiest apocalypse of all time? Yeah, sure, zombies were cliché and all, but that would have been better than this. Hell, even sparkly vampire apocalypse might have been better than a fucking angel apocalypse, maybe.”

Six months since angels descended from the sky like locusts, but they didn’t destroy the Earth like some biblical plague, this was more like a hostile fucking takeover.

Feel free to check out some of the other authors’ ten lines, all participants can be found here: http://www.jabelfield.com/teaser-tenth-sign-ups.html

Have a great day, guys!

Christmas Cracker Scavenger Hunt

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Hey All, I’m here to share in a scavenger hunt. The rules are simple, all you’ve got to do is hop around from each participating blog and grab a letter. Arrange all the letters together to spell a Christmas-y word and that word lets you enter to win a $100 Amazon gift card! Not to mention that at each stop is a secondary giveaway for some pretty sweet ebooks. I’ve read most of the ones on the tour and I would suggest entering them all cause they rock. So what do you do?

 

First step. Remember this letter:

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That’s important. You’ll need the letter from each blog post.

 

Next, this part is optional, but do it anyway:

Enter to win INSPIRED by Danielle Shipley. I’ve read the book. It’s really great and Ship is a cool cat. You’ll want to read it.

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Go there and tweet merrily.

 

Finally, go to the next stop on the tour. Nab the letter, enter to win another free book, and repeat. Where’s the next stop? Let me tell you:

The blog of Juliette Cross

 

That’s it, but just in case you get lost along the way, here’s a list of all the participating blogs. Good luck and merry fucking Christmas, y’all.

 

Danielle E. Shipley

Julie Reece

Juliette Cross

Keri Lake

Claire Gillian

Jonathan Lister

Laney McMann

Anna Simpson

Terri Rochenski

Alexander Nader

J.Taylor Publishing

J.A. Belfield

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Secret of the Souls Blog Tour w/ Terri Rochenski

Hello friends and readers! Today Terri Rochenski has stopped by to share a quick list of her favorite fantasy powers with us and to give you all some info about her new book, SECRET OF THE SOULS. It’s an epicly epic fantasy and you will enjoy it. Read this, then go read the book because it’s awesome.

So take it away Terri:

ONLY TEN?!?!? This is gunna be tough…

  1. What human hasn’t wished this more than once?
  2. Who wouldn’t want to lift a Ford F-350 with one finger?
  3. The ability to remember everything I’ve ever seen, been told, experienced, and read. Yeah. I’d kick major ass on Jeopardy and win me some cash.
  4. To heal with a touch. Pretty sure this one doesn’t need an explanation.
  5. Mind reader. Ooooohhhhhhhhh yeah.
  6. The ability to see through things. What’s that called? Every man’s fantasy? HA!
  7. Mind control. So everyone would think like I do, duh.
  8. Invisibility, aka every man’s fantasy #2.
  9. Who wouldn’t want to be able to manipulate their environment?!?
  10. Leaping, aka teleportation. Banks would LOVE this superpower, wouldn’t they?

 

And there you have it. Now for some info about the shiny new book.

 

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Blurb:

Thrust out of their homes by a human High Priest on a vengeful mission, the Natives of Derlund no longer have a place to call their own. One escaped capture, however, and now she, Hyla, is the only one who can save her people.

For, Hyla, though, saving her nation isn’t her ultimate goal—returning to the Pool of Souls is. Becoming its Guardian and preserving their faith is her heart’s desire. The perils of her current journey, though, could leave her unable to fulfill that dream.

To find her way back to the Pool, Hyla must live among dangerous, powerful humans willing to defend the Natives, and must submit herself—her Talents—to them. While her protection is paramount, plots to end Hyla’s life will push her to her physical and emotional limits.

On the edge of sanity, her courage tested, and convictions nearly broken, Hyla’s final test of loyalty to her faith comes with the death of one she could have loved.

 

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Bio:

Terri started writing stories in the 8th grade, when a little gnome whispered in her brain. Gundi’s Great Adventure never hit the best seller list, but it started a long love affair with storytelling.

Today she enjoys an escape to Middle Earth during the rare ‘me’ moments her three young children allow. When not playing toys, picking them back up, or kissing boo-boos, she can be found sprawled on the couch with a book or pencil in hand, and toothpicks propping her eyelids open.

 

Ms. Rochenski’s Links:

Website Blog Facebook Twitter Goodreads

 

Link for Secret of the Souls on Goodreads:

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17156378-secret-of-the-souls

 

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Interview with Laney McMann

To celebrate the release of her new book TORN, Laney McMann has stopped by to have a little chat with me. Read on to see how what she thinks of my beautiful hair and other things.

 

Alex Nader (AN): The Fire Born series is steeped in more Celtic-ness than Irish Breakfast tea with a dash of Jameson. I’ll keep that in mind as we go forward. First, what of the usual signs and symbols would you most likely have as an ogham? (that’s like a protective tattoo for those that aren’t in the know) (I wasn’t in the know until I read Torn)

 

LM: Awesome first question. If I were to have an Ogham, which honestly let’s face it, I’ve already considered getting one, I would definitely have the Shield Ogham, the element of fire. I also love the Arwen, of course. 😉

 

AN: I’m going to look up pictures and insert them here. Next question a leprechaun and a Fae (<- right word?) Walk in to a bar, the owner only has one pint of Guiness left, fistfight for the brew, who takes it?

 

LM: Hahaha. The Fae always takes it. Always. I’d tell you why, but then I’d be giving plot points away.

 

AN: You have some pretty awesome gargoyles in Fire Born. For you are gargoyles freaky monsters or beautiful architecture?

 

LM: Beautiful masterpieces. In the books the gargoyles definitely play a more monstrous role, but once you understand how they came to be what they are, I think their beauty shines through.

 

AN: okay, you’ve fallen down the rabbit hole and the Queen of Hearts has sentenced you to death. Your last hope for survival is to move her with your emotionally crippling karaoke rendition of what song?

 

LM: Hahahaaa. The Climb. Miley Cyrus. Get how I did that? A hole?

 

(Argument over the ridiculousness of a Miley Cyrus reference has been redacted for your sanity.)

 

AN: Last part, word association, just like the usual trips to the psychologist, I say a word, you type the first thing that comes to mind. Ready? Go.

 

Celtic:

Dance:

Strong female character:

Asshole:

Dipshit:

Alex Nader’s hair:

 

LM: Celtic: Cross

Dance: Ballet

Strong female character: Teine

Asshole: Sam

Dipshit: idiot

Alex Nader’s hair: Character

 

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Signed paperback copies of TIED & TORN to ONE winner (U.S. & Canada), E-book copies of TIED & TORN to ONE winner (INT), and 5 signed TIED & TORN bookmarks to 5 winners (U.S., Canada, & U.K.)
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TORN Fire Born #2
Release Date: September 8, 2014
Target Reader: Young Adult
Keywords: Fiction, Paranormal Romance, Urban Fantasy

TORN BLURB:
Find Max.

That’s all Layla cares about. Not healing from the Fomore attack. Not finding answers to how she survived a fall that nearly killed her. Nothing will stop her. She will find him. She’ll even pair up with an overbearing Fallen Angel who’s hell bent on making everything harder than it needs to be if she has to.

Protect Layla.

For Max, nothing else matters. Not the bruises covering his body. Not the pain radiating from his broken bones. Not even his hands tied behind his back. He will find a way to save Layla, and the Fomore will pay if they’ve hurt her.

Every. Single. One of them.

In the second installment of The Fire Born trilogy, a new breed of villain looms—one Layla and Max will never suspect, and this killer has nothing to lose. Better yet, with Max and Layla’s deaths, victory is in the grip of the enemy.

Will Max and Layla find each other in time, or is it already too late for them both?

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Win an ebook from @LaneyMcMann #giveaway #books

J. Taylor Publishing are giving away FIVE ARCs of Torn by Laney McMann!

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TORN by Laney McMann

Find Max.

That’s all Layla cares about. Not healing from the Fomore attack. Not finding answers to how she survived a fall that nearly killed her. Nothing will stop her. She will find him. She’ll even pair up with an overbearing Fallen Angel who’s hell bent on making everything harder than it needs to be if she has to.

Protect Layla.

For Max, nothing else matters. Not the bruises covering his body. Not the pain radiating from his broken bones. Not even his hands tied behind his back. He will find a way to save Layla, and the Fomore will pay if they’ve hurt her.

Every. Single. One of them.

In the second installment of The Fire Born trilogy, a new breed of villain looms—one Layla and Max will never suspect, and this killer has nothing to lose. Better yet, with Max and Layla’s deaths, victory is in the grip of the enemy.

Will Max and Layla find each other in time, or is it already too late for them both?

If young love worth fighting for keeps you up reading all night, you will love this second installment in the Fire Born trilogy.

And J. Taylor Publishing is giving away FIVE ARC copies.

To YOU!

You don’t even have to be a book blogger!

Nope, so long as you are willing to leave an honest review* by September 14th 2014, you are eligible to enter.

Interested?

Then just fill out the form and keep your fingers crossed.

You have until midnight of August 25th, 2014 to enter.

*A review should consist of your honest thoughts regarding a book, usually a few paragraphs long and around 150 – 500 (or more, if desired) words in length.

About Laney McMann:

 

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Laney McMann

With a passion for the supernatural and all things magical, Laney developed a voracious appetite for reading fantasy at a young age. A vivid imagination helped set the stage for creating her own worlds and placed her onto the writing path.

By the time she reached her teens, she’d accumulated notebooks full of poems, which led to short stories and finally novels. Young adult dark fantasy, paranormal romance, and mythology are among her favorite genres.

A former classical dancer and chef, she grew up in sultry Florida where she still resides with her family.

Trying to Fit In #WritersAgainstBullying

My publisher has recently informed me about a program called ‘Writers Against Bullying’ and invited me to write a post about bullying. I’ve been thinking about this since I got the email this morning and what I would say and the points that I would make. It’s still hard to work all of this in a coherent post, but I’m going to try, and for the sake of being able to read this to your children or share among your family, I’m going to tone down my normal level of language. Believe me, this is a tall order because this is one topic that really effing ticks me off. (ßThat’s PG, right? Close?)

If this post gets shared around and you don’t know me from my ranting or novelizing, I’m going to tell you right now, I’m a bit of a joker. There have been very few situations, including some pretty painful things from my past, that I haven’t been able to poke fun of. Jokes and making people laugh have been a part of me for as long as I can remember. Part of that was to cover insecurities. If I made fun of myself before anyone else could make fun of me for the same thing, I was forcing people to laugh with me instead of at me.

I want everyone to know and understand that bullying happens to almost everyone. Very few people I know have escaped it. Sure, some have it worse than others, but the biggest thing I think it boils down to is how different someone is. There are people that immediately recognize the clique they fit in and are lucky enough to do just that, fit in. It’s hard to be mocked when there are others at your back.

But what about when you’re different? I’ve got a lot of hair. Seriously, check out my profile pictures, I make Chewbacca look well-groomed. Where I live a guy with long hair is a man of many names. Loving, kind names like: hippy, stoner, girl, pansy, and faggot. I heard all of them when I was in high school. A friend’s dad used to call me the girlfriend as in, “Look, Randall, brought his girlfriend over.” In school, I had someone threaten to cut my hair off every single day. At least once a week someone would physically grab my pony tail and threat to cut it off.

It’s not just guys. In school, my wife’s hair hung down to her hips. She had the same problems with people. It’s because we both looked different. Where I live ‘real men’ have crew cuts and dip chewing tobacco. What I’m saying is, I stood out. Hell, I still stand out. As an adult, I still have someone ‘offer’ to ‘cut my hair for me’ probably once a month. And as an adult, I’m better suited to deal with that because I’ve found people to be at my back. People I can talk to and they will call that guy an asshole for saying that.

So when kids are in school and they get bullied the ‘tough parent’ or ‘old fashioned teacher’ does what? They say, ‘Hey, bullying happens. It’s not like anyone got hurt’. Right, because no one got a black eye, no one got hurt, is that what you’re saying? So, since these kids aren’t getting physically abused it doesn’t count? That’s some messed up logic. We all, adults included, know how much emotional hurt hurts. These parents and teachers, what do they do? Tell the kid to come back if it gets worse? Teach them a stiff right hook and send them back to the mulch-arena?

That’s one way to do it. What is that going to teach the kid? They’re on their own? No one’s got their back? Sure, that might be a step far, but what all the adults are doing in these scenarios is saying, ‘you’ll do great kid, just show ‘em what you’re made of’. So this kid goes to school, where other kids are going to bully him or her. Then comes home where they can’t escape the bullying anymore because the other kids stalk them on social media. They tell their teachers and parents who then tell the kid they are on their own and there’s nothing that can be done.

Alone at school. Alone at home. Alone on the internet even. Man, it sure sucks to be alone, doesn’t it? You, reading this right now, can you remember ever in your life feeling lonely? Left out? I can. It sucks. It’s miserable and leads to some pretty dark places. Everyone may have someone special who loves them, but how do you know that when you feel like you’re all alone?

What is my solution to all this? Huh, Mr. Smart Guy Nader with all your hair and wisdom? Honest answer? I have no idea. When my daughter got bullied in kindergarten (effing kindergarten for eff’s sake) I had a talk with her teacher that got me nowhere and then I told my daughter to call the kid a poopey-head because I think on a six year old level. I did exactly what I’m talking about. I gave my kid the best armor I could and sent her out to fight among the blood and sand of the playground. The kid that bothered my daughter hasn’t had a class with her since. Ava hasn’t had to deal with that, but what if she had? What if she had to put up with years of this kid? I don’t know. I really don’t.

I have no simple solution for any of this. Even good kids can be mean to others. It’s a social thing, like I said earlier. There are plenty of people that are fine in a one on one setting, but when they have to bully to fit in, they will because they know it will be their turn to get bullied if they don’t. Again I ask, what can we do? We can love not only our kids, but any kids we come in contact with that need it. Am I that long-haired hippie right now? Sure. But if we make people feel like they belong, maybe there won’t be anyone left who feels like they don’t. Everyone belongs somewhere. It just takes some longer than others.

I’M GIVING AWAY FREE, AWESOME SHIT!!! #GIVEAWAY #ALLCAPS

So the other day,  I got all frisky and decided to make a poster for Beasts of Burdin. I like the covers and they convey the darkness of the series just fine, but I wanted something a little, how do you say, brighter.  Burdin has that je ne sais quoi I wanted to embody in an image. Okay, fucking, okay, you caught me. I just really wanted to use the phrase ‘je ne sais quoi’ okay, fuck off. There may be some French in my lineage, I don’t fucking know. It just sounded cool, all right? All right. So, here’s the poster:

 

Burdin poster

Now, those of you who have read Beasts of Burdin should look at this poster and go, ‘Yeah, that’s about right’. I’ve you haven’t, let me give you a run down of my little triptych. First panel is Nora. She’s Ty’s secretary/pro fictionalizer of all things demon related. She’s just hanging out, probably drinking a cocktail and most likely planning her next tattoo. Second panel is Hartnet, Ty’s adopted brother. Hartnet is a cop and he’s the straight shooter of the bunch. He seems to care about rules and not breaking them and shit. Fuck if I know why, but someone’s got to have a moral set in this story and it sure as hell isn’t Ty. Last panel, and probably my favorite, is Ty. Everything about this frame screams Ty Burdin. He’s drunk and smoking and none of it makes him feel any better. Him knocking the letter out his own name is really the icing on the cake as he’s a bit of a fuck up.

 

So there you have it. I’m going to print this thing up and I’m going to sign it and mail it to you. I’ll even throw in a copy of the book so you new readers know what the hell I’m talking about. AND WAIT, THERE’S MORE. If the contest gets over 300 entries, I’ll pick another winner to get a free e-copy of Beasts of Burdin because I’m generous like that. So, enter up, guys.

 

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