Sunday, December 14, 2014

HOLIDAY MADNESS GIVEAWAY!!

Every day this week, starting today, I will be giving away a 50% off Amazon gift card to a random person who buys my book!

HOW IT WORKS: 

Purchase my book in either format and forward me the order email to clrhuth@gmail.com with subject line: I Bought Whispers!. You'll be in the running for that day's giveaway! If you purchase multiple copies -- they make great gifts! -- then you get multiple entries!

WINNERS: 

When you win, you will get an email from me for either $1.99 (if you bought my ebook for $3.99) or $6.00 (if you bought a hardcopy for $12.01).

WINNERS WILL BE DRAWN AT 6PM PST FROM DECEMBER 14TH-18TH!

WINNERS

14th: None! :-(

15th: None! :-(

16th: None! :-(

17th: None! :-(

18th: None! :-( 
Aw!! Too bad!! We'll try again in 2015!

Monday, November 17, 2014

Friday, November 14, 2014

"Desert Rice" by Angela Scott SALE!! 99¢

***SALE***
The mark-down of the ebook of DESERT RICE by Angela Scott, will only be available for a couple more days, so be sure to grab yours now!

http://bit.ly/FBproDRice

You owe it to yourself, at this crazy low price, to see why this award-winning book has a 4.7-Star average rating at Amazon, and dozens of rave reviews.

Samantha Jean Haggert is a beautiful twelve-year-old girl, but no one knows it. All they see is an awkward boy in a baseball cap and baggy pants. Sam’s not thrilled with the idea of hiding her identity, but it’s all part of her brother’s plan to keep Sam safe from male attention and hidden from the law. 15-year-old Jacob will stop at nothing to protect his sister, including concealing the death of the one person who should have protected them in the first place--their mother.

Sam and Jacob try to outrun their past by stealing the family car and traveling from West Virginia to Arizona, but the adult world proves mighty difficult to navigate, especially for two kids on their own. Trusting adults has never been an option; no adult has ever given them a good reason. But when Sam meets “Jesus”--who smells an awful lot like a horse--in the park, life takes a different turn. He saved her once, and may be willing to save Sam and her brother again, if only they admit what took place that fateful day in West Virginia. The problem? Sam doesn’t remember, and Jacob isn’t talking.

"The Doll Maker" by Majanka Verstraete ON SALE 99¢!

***SALE***
An awesome lower grade spooky adventure for kids 6-10 years old, THE DOLL MAKER by Majanka Verstraete, is marked down from $3.99 to $0.99 for a short time. This sale ends soon, so grab your copy now.

Amazon: http://bit.ly/EP4TDMam

Barnes and Noble: http://bit.ly/EP4TDMbn

*****

Derek’s little sister wants one of those creepy-looking dolls staring at him from the strange new doll shop in town, and what his sister wants, she gets. Now they’re stuck with a doll that looks so human, it gives Derek the creeps.

When Derek tells his friends, Martin and Jamie, about the new shop with creepy human-like dolls, they want to see for themselves. That has “bad idea” written all over it, but he takes his friends there anyway.

They meet the mysterious doll maker, who reminds Derek of Dr. Frankenstein, and who brainwashes Martin into buying one of those scary dolls. Derek and Jamie push and pull Martin out of the shop, but something isn’t right with their friend. He’s shivering all over, and he has no memory of what happened in the shop.

Martin’s condition worsens every day, and Derek’s sister grows more and more obsessed with her new doll. Derek and Jamie have to find out what’s going on, and fast, because….

…the doll maker seems linked to a bunch of mysterious disappearances, and the last thing Derek wants is his sister, or his friend, being next on the doll maker’s list.

"The Daughter of the Sea and the Sky" by David Litwak ON SALE 99¢



SAVE $3.00! The eBook for "The Daughter of the Sea and the Sky" by David Litwack just went on sale, marked down from $3.99 to $0.99 for a short time. For links to all retail listings, just visit the publisher's page for this great book here:http://www.evolvedpub.com/.../the-daughter-of-the-sea.../

A mysterious nine-year-old from the Blessed Lands sails into the lives of a couple in the Republic, claiming to be the Daughter of the Sea and the Sky. Is she a troubled child longing to return home, or a powerful prophet sent to unravel the fabric of the Republic? The answer will change the lives of all she meets… and perhaps their world as well.

Check out this great trailer!


Thursday, November 13, 2014

I'm just not giving her a break...


Are you on edge yet about Whispers of the Serpent? I am! And writing through book three is only making me want to give the sequel to you sooner!!

Squeee! Kids Books on KU!



For all you Kindle Unlimited subscribers, we're now offering some CHILDREN'S PICTURE BOOKS that you can get as FREE KINDLE BOOKS at Amazon, as part of your subscription.

Emlyn and the Gremlin: http://bit.ly/EP4EATGam
Silent Words: http://bit.ly/EP4SilentWordsAm
Davey the Detective: http://bit.ly/EP4DTDam
Larry The Lonely: http://bit.ly/EP4LTLam
Sammy Steals the Show: http://bit.ly/EP4SSTSam
 — with Emlyn Chand, Children's Book AuthorSteff F. Kneff and Chantal & Nico.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Excerpt from the "Whispers of the Sidhe"

"There's no such thing as fairies." I stared at the young prince, unblinking.

He crossed his arms with a look of displeasure. "That you would maim or kill my kin, wolf, with your words, be it out of spite or ignorance, makes me wish unpleasant things upon you."

I shrugged my shoulders. "Should I clap or something?"

"Oh, for the love of all things sacred, Zoe!" Dr. Seth Northman groaned, one hand tented on the middle of his face. "People have been killed for less."

"Look, it's been a long night, and this stupid town is hot, like, always." I raised a hand. "No, no, I don't want to hear again how it's cooler here than elsewhere or that it's a damn 'dry' heat. Either this little guy--"

Seth groaned again. "Zoe."

"Fine, if His Royal Wingedness has any information, now would be a great time to share."

The prince looked at the naga, who shrugged. "Alas, dear prince, I fear this is as best as we're going to get out of her."

Want to catch up on the adventure? 
Check out the first Zoe Delante thriller, Whispers of the Dead. 
The sequel is due out in your hot little hands in March 2015!

Thursday, September 4, 2014

I Must Be Doing Something Write...


*happy dance*

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Depression Truth


I recently had a mental break and find myself in the throes of a depressive episode. As I get back on my feet, I reached for the carthartis that is writing for me, and I wrote these two articles on Medium.com:

Depression: Ten Things You Should Know
On Monday, August 10th, 2014, I lost my current battle with depression. Not the war, mind you, that I’ve been fighting my whole life, but this particular battle I’ve been struggling with since my daughter left to live with her dad on the other side of the country in August 2013.



Depression: Ten Things that Help Us
It’s been a week since I published “Depression: Ten Things You Should Know”, two weeks since I fell into my current black hole, and in that time, the response to that article has told me that people really do want to do whatever they can do help us when we’re low. And I wanted to share with you the top ten things that helped me.

I hope you get something out of them.

Thanks for reading. 

Sunday, August 24, 2014

G'night to You!

Is It Getting Hot in Here? (Cover Reveal)

When I heard that the fabu Amelia James was doing a cover reveal, well, excited just doesn't cover it!

From the Trashy Goddess herself:
Twice the Trashy Cover Reveal!

Today I have not one but two gorgeous covers to expose. The first is for my upcoming contemporary romance, Tell Me You Want Forever.

The second is a new cover for the previous book, Tell Me You Want Me. The original cover is beautiful, but in recent months I've been seeing that couple on dozens of other books. I want to stand out, so I'm doing something different.


Both new covers and the original were designed by Mallory Rock
Hello? Is that the Mallory Rock to did the fantastic covers for my books? Oh, heck yeah!

Dear Readers, without further ado...drum roll please!

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Bestselling romance Tell Me You Want Me gets a steamy sequel....

Notorious heartbreaker Austin Sinclair vowed he'd never fall in love, but all that changed when he met his Janie. They're living their happily ever after... until an unexpected threat tears them apart. 

Austin is desperate to get Janie back, but fails miserably. He's said 'I love you' so often Janie doesn't care anymore, and getting her in his bed to prove it seems impossible. His old life beckons. Could he be that guy again?

Jane scored big when she landed Austin, but now she faces a temptation she never expected—one that makes her question what she really wants from love. Staying in a relationship with him requires all the strength she has. She's tired, and giving in to someone else would be so easy.

Each hopes that something will change, that the other will give in, but it's going to take both of them—together—to overcome this obstacle. Can they make their love last forever? Or has their fight been for nothing?

RELEASE DATE 1 December 2014!



...“I can give you exactly what you’re asking for, Janie, and I can give it to you all night long.”...
Their first kiss is impulsive, fun, a little wicked—everything Jane Elliot isn’t looking for in a man, but desperately needs.

Their second kiss is slow, deliberate, an instant connection—everything Austin Sinclair never had with a woman, and doesn’t want.

Jane is no easy conquest, not the type of woman Austin’s used to. Stubborn as hell, and a bookworm more interested in studying than dating, she needs a little—no, a lot—of fun in her life. 
Well,Austin’s just the guy who can give it to her.

Too bad she thinks love should be easy. Too bad Austin knows it isn’t.

Everybody told her to stay away from the heartbreaker, but Jane knows there’s more to Austin than full-body contact kisses and bad boy charm. He promised her a good time—nothing more—and wow… does he ever deliver!

Aren't they beautiful? Love the covers, Amelia! 

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Rest in Peace, Captain, My Captain.

How to Write a Great Book Review!




 Or, "Eek, I want to write a review but..."

As a writer, our bread and butter in the current world are reviews given by readers on such sites as Amazon and Goodreads. It's how we move up in the rankings and expand our exposure. It's how we get new readers to, well, read our work.


Interestingly enough, the problem I run into, when soliciting reviews from people I know have enjoyed the book, isn't that they don't want to leave a review, but that they feel like they are ill-equipped to leave a 'proper' review.

Au contraire, mon frere.

YOU are the most uniquely qualified person to leave a review, because YOU took the time to read and (I hope) enjoy the book. No one else can leave a review like YOU.

So, ahem, how does one write a good review?

Here are my top ten things to consider:

1. Honesty. Seriously, that's it. If you write a honest review about the book, then you've done best by the writer, and that's all we can ask.

But Connie, I don't want to hurt your feelings! As long as you're respectful and honest, you're not going to hurt my feelings, I promise. I'm always growing as a writer, and I cannot grow if I don't know what I'm doing wrong.

2. What Did You Like? Tell me what you liked about the book. Did you enjoy the main character's attitude? Were the scenes visual enough for you? Did you feel like you were watching a movie as you read? Was there any particular scene that moved you? Did you cheer for the good guys? Or the bad ones?

3. What Didn't You Like? Tell me what you didn't like about the book. Were any of the characters obnoxious stereotypes? Did the writer go on too long describing a tree that never reappeared in the rest of the book? (I'm looking at you, Mr. King.) Were you uncomfortable with the violence and/or cursing?

4. Did It Teach or Move You? Did you learn something new about a culture or a stereotype that you didn't know before? Did you connect with any of the characters? Did it bring up a memory for you? Did character struggles make you overtly emotional?

5. Did It Remind You of Any Other Book? This seems like a weird question, right? But if you mention that a book reminds you of another book, people who are reading the reviews are more likely to say, "Oh, then I might like this, because I liked that book, too!"

6. Was the manuscript written well? And I mean, grammar and flow. Nothing is worse than a good story lost to typos, bad grammar and lack of paragraphs! So it's good for the author (and the publisher) to know if the quality of the manuscript is top notch or lacking.

7. Not My Genre, But... If you read a book on a whim (or as a courtesy to a new writer) and it is outside your normal genre, it's actually really helpful to comment about that. If you enjoyed it, if you didn't, mentioning that you usually read romance novels, so the gore was a little much, this lets other potential romance readers make better decisions about whether or not to take a chance on the book.

And three things you should never do:

8. One liners. Even with a five star rating. It doesn't help us as an author when you comment that you really like everything I write, but don't talk about the book at all. But I would much prefer that to one-star one liners. It's frustrating to get a review that basically says, "This book sucks" without any explanation on why it sucked for them.

9. Name drop. I love my friends. I love my friends who take the time to read my novels. But when you leave a review that says, "She's my bestest best friend ever, and I think she's the best author on the planet!" without any quantifying commentary about why this book in particular is covered in awesome sauce, it feels like a cotton candy review: pretty but full of fluff.

10. Revenge Review. Oh, this shouldn't even be a thing, but alas, it is. In the world of publishing, there are occasionally indie authors who cannot survive a low-star comment on their work and will purposely go to that author's books and leave crappy one-star reviews, dragging down the book's ranking. Don't be that troll. Just don't.

I hope this makes your book reviews a little easier to write (and a tad more beneficial to the author).

Keep reading!

You can find my work at: ReadZoe.com

Originally published at LinkedIn.com

Thursday, July 31, 2014

What Was Your Favorite Part?


Tell me what your favorite part of Whispers is!

GIVEAWAY: Who Wants to See the Cover to "Serpent"?



One lucky winner is going to get a signed mini-poster of the new cover and a $15 gift card to Amazon.com! Two more lucky readers will get signed mini-posters!

This is a review mandatory giveaway! Check out the Rafflecopter below! Winners will be drawn on August 8th!

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Monday, June 30, 2014

AND THE WINNER IS...

Sarit Dana-Yahalomi!!

Congratulations!

Didn't win? Everyone who entered gets a signed bookmark!
Please send a snail mail address to clrhuth@gmail.com for yours!

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Excerpt: Whispers of the Serpent



I glanced back over the guardrail, pushing just a bit of my energy over the distance to sense Sera. It didn’t take long to find her, and she wasn’t alone. Sure, I felt the other humans, but there were pockets of emptiness in the same space. 
 
I touched the spot on my neck, and my wolf growled. “If they get arrested, no one’s going to find those babies. Those guys aren’t going to give up a location. Not to the cops.”

“No, not to cops,” he repeated. “But sometimes, Zoë…” He said my name like it was a decadent candy between his lips. “Sometimes we are truly all that stands between the evils of men and those they would harm. And sometimes,” He closed the space between us and whispered in my ear, hot breath on skin. “Just sometimes, we are called on to be the agents of karmic retribution.” 

- Ch 30: Choosing Sides 


Oooh, I'm so amped to be writing this chapter! And the next one! I hope you all love it as much as I do!

Saturday, June 21, 2014

TEN DAYS LEFT!!

Were you hemming and hawing over entering the giveaway? You only have ten days left to win this fabulous prize pack!!
Go and enter now!!

And I'm only one review away from 20 reviews on Amazon! Make sure that you can see your review, so that I can see your review! Thank you!!

Happy Summer Solstice!


Friday, June 20, 2014

Excerpt: Whispers of the Serpent



I love this new novel...
“Lucy, no. You don’t get it. How long until someone figures out that you’re important to me? How long until you follow me into some stupid bad situation?” I turned, tears rolling down my cheeks. “You are my best friend. I would never forgive myself if you got hurt like this, just to be my best friend. So I am begging you, please, walk away. Not forever, but for right now.”

“Zoë, no! Are you kidding me? You need me more now than ever!” She reached for me again, and I backed up. “You’re serious.”

I wiped the tears off my face. “Something’s wrong with me, and I need to sort it out. And you need to let me.” Big, fat tears welled in her eyes. “Oh, Lucy, please don’t cry!” I held my hands out to her, and she grabbed them like a lifeline.

She pushed away the tears on her shoulders. “Not forever.”

"No, I couldn’t live without you forever.”

Lucy pulled me in for a big hug. “If you need me…” She echoed Daniel’s earlier offer in a whispered breath in my hair.

“I know. Thank you.”

And with one last squeeze, my best friend walked away.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Ultimate Whispers Swag Pack Giveaway!


Woot! Look at all these goodies!
In an attempt to break the 20 reviews hump, I'm offering this great swag pack for my Zoe fans!
 
ONE WINNER GETS: 
  • A mug and pen from Another Perspective, where Zoe works
  • A tarot deck and deck bag, just like what Zoe uses
Value of $50!

Oh, and everyone who leaves reviews gets a signed bookmark!! That means every. single. entrant. gets a bookmark, because leaving a review is mandatory for entry!

Interested? Let's get this going!

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Thursday, May 22, 2014

Woot! Woot! You Made My Night!


Tonight one of my longtime friend's teenage daughter, K, popped up to tell me she had seen a kid at her school in Pennsylvania with my book, and "they were very strongly recommending it to their friends". 

At first, I thought she was being cute about telling me that she was reading and recommending my book, but apparently not! 
One of the kids at school I saw today. No one had heard of the author before, though but in my head, I was like, "Woah, I know her!"
I almost feel famous! ;-) Someone is getting some free swag for making my night! It's the little things, folks! 

Thanks, K!