Tidal Whispers Anthology ARC and The P.U.R.E. Giveaways!

I’ve got giveaways today! Two of them. Well, I’m doing one and Reviews by Molly is doing one.  For efficiency’s sake, let’s start with the giveaway I’m sponsoring on my blog, then at the end of this post, I’ll give you a link to head on over to Molly’s site. Easy peasy.

Giveaway of Tidal Whispers ARC e-book:

GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED

Congratulations to Becky Doughty!! who was lucky commenter #2 as selected by random.org. I didn’t count Julie Reece since she’s a contributing author and already has a copy of the ARC.

We’re almost to the release date for Tidal Whispers, an ocean-themed anthology from J. Taylor Publishing featuring stories from Jocelyn Adams, Julie Reece, Kelly Said and yours truly. That means we’re pining for early readers and reviewers, and therefore have some advanced reader copies (ARCs) to give away. Each of us has an ARC to give to a lucky commenter, so I highly recommend you pay a visit to each blog to increase your chances.

The Story Blurbs:

Heart’s Desire by Julie Reece
After a terrible accident, Tessa returns to her family beach house to heal. She doesn’t expect to see her first summer crush from seven years before. Cameron, though, reappears and ignites a relationship that’s far more intense than ever before. The only problem? Summer is once again coming to an end, and this time, Tessa will have to decide whether to choose life with Cameron or to never see him again.

The Sweetest Song by Claire Gillian
Under Poseidon’s rule, Circe is the most destructive siren in the Pacific ocean, her songs luring ships and their crew to their watery graves. Not Otis, the best halibut fisherman in the Alaskan waters. His ship, the Calypso, has avoided disaster each time Circe set her sights on him.

Given one last chance to deliver Otis to Davy Jones’ locker, Circe takes to land to waylay the handsome captain. Instead, it may be Otis himself who hooks the Siren.

Pearl of Pau’maa by Kelly Said
Should Miki choose to wed the local wealthy boy she doesn’t love, her stomach will stop grumbling. Her soul, however, will suffocate. With one last opportunity before she must concede, she sneaks off for a final dive to her hidden crate at the bottom of the seabed. What waits for her is more than a captured lobster. It’s a treasure she cannot claim without great sacrifice or true love.

The Undergarden by Jocelyn Adams
Nixie, a water sprite, lives a solitary existence as she struggles to understand the strange world beyond her waters. When she meets one of the pink ones, a curious boy named Wyatt, their friendship blooms into a love that can exist only upon the sands that divide his solid ground from her underwater paradise. Some love, though, once born, cannot be undone, even in the face of death.

Sounds great, eh?  If you’re on Goodreads, you might wanna click this:

Tidal Whispers

Just sayin’.

To Enter:

All you have to do is leave a comment telling me what sea creature, mythical or not, would you love to read about in a story. Be sure to include your email somewhere in your entry, either in form you complete or within the body of the comment.

The entry period will run until midnight Pacific time on May 12th. I’ll randomly select a winner on May 13th.  J Taylor will take care of sending out the ARC which is in ebook format, NOT print.

Also a Blog Tour Stop with Reviews by Molly!

A sponsored e-book giveaway for The P.U.R.E.

Reviews by Molly

Head over to Reviews by Molly to enter for a giveaway of an ebook copy of my debut novel, The P.U.R.E., a romantic mystery.

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Regan Summers…No Biting Allowed

If you’re on Twitter much, you almost can’t miss Regan (or her alter-ego).  Regan’s a regular tweeter and not just of the “look at me, buy my book!” variety, but of the truly funny and thought-provoking breed.  If  Steven Wright (the comedian) went a little more mainstream and tweeted, he’d sound a lot like Regan.  Ahem…a couple of recent examples that had me chuckling:

Hi, new followers! If you like talk about cake and vodka, books and figments of my imagination, we should get along just fine. 🙂

If you prefer to talk about politics and dirty things you want to do on the moon this summer, not so much.

In my peripheral vision I just saw a person-sized praying mantis walk by, reading a file. Might be time to change my contacts.

This Band-Aid on my pinkie is trying to make me e-yell at everyone. It’s so angry.

If you aren’t already following her, you must do so.  More details about Regan, including her bio and where you can find her at the bottom of this post. I’m honored to have corralled her over onto my blog to pick at her quirky, funny, yet seriously talented writer brain. Were I a zombie, I’m sure it would taste lovely too. But as my post’s title says, “no biting allowed”.

Welcome, Regan.  Let’s start with a few of the usual writerly type questions:

When and Where do your best ideas come to you?

While doing the dishes. Hands-down. New ideas usually form while I’m in the shower or trying to go to sleep or watching something unusual, whether real life or on a screen. But my best ideas – the solutions to sticky plot points or pivotal background events for my characters– those almost without fail happen while I’m washing dishes. Coincidentally, my cuticles are a mess.

What role does music play in your writing? Television? Cinema?

Sadly, I cannot handle distraction while writing. Not any. I wear headphones when I write, but it’s to block sound out. And yes, I know how sad this is. However, I will listen to certain songs or read passages/watch scenes to get myself in the mood for a particular type of scene. The scenes rarely contain similar content to what I’m writing, but they evoke a particular emotional response in me that I’m hoping to capture at that moment.

How do you get past writer’s block / avoid burnout?

I don’t get writer’s block per se. I occasionally run up against a wall in a particular story, and if I can’t grind through it, I withdraw and look for a way around it. The solution usually requires tweaking either what I’ve already written or amending my goals for what follows.

I can get overwhelmed, like when I get a long list of edits or when I’m working on a new book while editing another. Then it’s all about triage.

My basic philosophy is that I’m going to die before too long, though hopefully not soon, and I’d like to produce a decent number of stories I’m proud of before I go. Maybe it’s a morbid thought, but I’d rather be morbid and writing than… (what’s the opposite of that? Igmorbid?) …than igmorbid and not.

Who DON’T you tell you’re a writer / have written a book and why?

I don’t talk about it much at the day job, though I disclosed it at hire and a few coworkers are interested. Once you’re published, unless you have an airtight pen name or persona, everybody’s going to find out. Better to start learning coping mechanisms (to reduce the frequency of unbearably awkward conversations) and move forward.

Who has surprised you the most support-wise, fan-wise?

I’ve been blessed – a word I don’t use lightly – to have received an enthusiastic outpouring of support from friends in online forums and on twitter. And I was surprised as hell when my younger brother and one of his buddies basically went around hand-selling DBtM for a week. I guess all those late-night rides paid off.

How much time do you spend on social media?  Does it help or distract?

Twitter is my go-to social media. I chat throughout the day and pick up most of my industry news that way. I limit my time on social media because I’m convinced that constantly flitting back and forth between screens and stimuli is habit-forming. So when I’m actively writing or working on a revision for my agent or editor, I will limit myself to maybe an hour a day, though I will check email and peek at twitter on my phone. I lack the will to maintain full hermit status.

Are you naturally shy or outgoing? 

I’m an introvert, but I had to get over that years ago in order to function in the workplace.

Has this changed any since you published your book?  How have you dealt with and/or overcome your nature?

Basically I picked a few characteristics that I thought would help me be more successful and practiced them until they became third, if not second, nature. That’s helped with the promotional aspects of publishing, though the fact that most of it is online helps as well. I do love the opportunity to edit before anyone hears what I have to say.

If you became an overnight writing sensation, would you embrace your celebrity and milk as much as you could out of your fifteen minutes of fame or would you withdraw, keep your head down working and protect your privacy?

What an interesting question, Claire. I have no idea. I assume I’d do what was required to promote, but otherwise keep working. My ultimate goal is to be able to write full time, and I can’t imagine success erasing my desire to put words on the page.

Whose works do you read and then think, “I am nothing but a hack?” if you think that at all?

The last author who inspired that reaction in me was N.K. Jemisin with The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms. The books that blow me away as a reader are often painful to read, as a writer.

Do you frequently, rarely or never re-read books? 

So frequently that my to-be-read pile is now coated in a crystalline shell of bittern neglect. I read for escape and for new adventures, but also for comfort. So I often retreat favorites when I’m stressed. I also re-read in order to try to pick up writer tricks and to analyze things like suspense and pacing.

What do you think is the next up and coming revolution in reading and writing?  How do you think you’ll adapt?

I’m really interested to see whether we start to see a surge in “choose your own adventure” type electronic books soon, where at a few key points the readers can decide which options to follow. I’d love to write urban fantasy novellas like that, where the reader could follow points of interest or her own suspicions, or head toward or away from romantic entanglements. I say novella since, if you’re writing multiple options, the final effort and word count would be really high, so the length of one complete story might need to be a bit shorter than novel-length.

I’m loving the animated cover demos I’ve seen recently for e-books and am really excited to see how that art develops. And I fully expect to see “soundtracks” sold alongside e-books in the near future.

What would you rather have an abundance of:  time, money, solitude, companionship, public recognition, intelligence, or physical prowess?

I would say “time”, but I read enough sci fi and horror to know there is a trick to this question, and not a nice trick.

Ha-ha, yes indeed, there’s always a catch isn’t there.

Thank you so much, Regan for spending some time with me.  Great insights into you, the writer and writing in general.

Regan has a nifty little novella that’s out now called Don’t Bite the Messenger from Carina Press, the first of what will undoubtedly be a series.  You’ll definitely want to get in on the ground floor with this series because it features a host of fresh twists on an old favorite:  vampires in mainstream Alaska not only outed but prospering and bringing benefit to the economy…though the vamps aren’t too compatible with technology. Here’s more about it:

Anchorage, Alaska

The vampire population may have created an economic boom in Alaska, but their altered energy field fries most technology. They rely on hard-living–and short-lived–couriers to get business done…couriers like Sydney Kildare.

Sydney has survived to the ripe old age of twenty-six by being careful. She’s careful when navigating her tempestuous clients, outrunning hijackers and avoiding anyone who might distract her from her plan of retiring young to a tropical, vampire-free island.

Her attitude–and immunity to vampires’ allure–have made her the target of a faction of vampires trying to reclaim their territory. Her only ally is Malcolm Kelly, a secretive charmer with the uncanny habit of showing up whenever she’s in trouble. Caught in the middle of a vampire turf war, Sydney has to count on Malcolm to help her survive, or the only place she’ll retire is her grave…

You can find Regan online here:

Website / Blog  |  Twitter  |  Facebook  |  Goodreads

Regan Summers lives in Anchorage, Alaska with her husband and alien-monkey hybrid of a child. She can suspend disbelief in the space of a heartbeat, is prone to spazzing out in inappropriate settings, and believes that hard work leads to happiness (after all the misery of the hard work, that is).

Her favorite piece of advice is: run fast and maintain a low profile. She believes this applicable to at least 90% of all problematic situations.