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Featured Author and Book Giveaway!

Posted in book reviews, science fiction, writing with tags , , , , , , on August 13, 2012 by rachelcoles

Recently, I mentioned that I was going to do an interview with an up and coming talented sci-fi writer, Jeff Kirvin! He’s written and writing what promises to be a riveting apocalyptic series, beginning with Revelation. For those of us who love end-of-the world stories, and like seeing all of the things biblical mythology can lead to, this is a great book to dive into! I asked Jeff a series of questions because I was curious about the inspiration for Revelation and writing in general. Without further ado, here’s Jeff, ‘God of Biscuits’!

1.  How did you come up with the concept for Revelation?

Jeff: It originally came from trying to write a far flung space opera. I
wasn’t getting anywhere with that, so inspired by recently reading
Christopher Golden’s Shadow Saga (still my favorite spin on vampires),
I decided to write a horror novel about a dark conspiracy of
immortals. Me being who I am, it turned into a technothriller anyway.

2. Who is your favorite character in Revelation, and why?

Jeff: I love them all, but I think I had the most fun with Dante and Jeff Frankel.

3. Which one was the hardest to write and why?

Jeff: Susan was definitely the hardest to write, because her background and
beliefs are about 180 degrees from my own. Making her a convincing
Christian conservative AND a compelling character AND sympathetic AND
not a stereotype… was hard.

4. If you could pick an event or memory that inspired you to start writing, what would it be?

Jeff: My mom not only read to me constantly as a very young (preschool)
child, but she also explained to me how and why the stories worked. At
the same time, my dad, an engineer, introduced me to the joys of
tinkering (which I still do with my myriad gadgets). Between the two,
it was only natural that I would start tinkering with story structure
and figuring out how to make stories of my own. By the time I was in
second grade, teachers used to pull me out of class and put me in
front of the fifth and sixth grade classrooms where I would stand in
front of these older kids I didn’t know and ad-lib fairy tales
complete with morals. Kids would follow me home begging, “tell me a
story…” Eventually, I started writing them down, and never really

5. Who would you say are your biggest influences in writing?

Jeff: Isaac Asimov, Stephen King, Michael Crichton, James Rollins.

6. I’m stealing this question from a Journal Jabber interview because it was cool: Vampires or Werewolves?
Jeff: Were-honey-badgers, because they don’t give a $#!+
I looked up honey badgers, and found an amazing video on You Tube. Hilarious, in case anyone was wondering what a honey badger was. I didn’t know before this video.
And for those of you who want to comment on either Revelation, Jeff Kirvin’s other publications, writing, or the honey badger, the first three win a free copy of Revelation! Make sure I can contact you to send you your free book! Happy Reading!

YA Indie Carnival: Chemistry Excerpt and Giveaway Winner!

Posted in book reviews, science fiction, urban fantasy, writing, young adult fiction with tags , , , on July 29, 2012 by rachelcoles

Hi YA enthusiasts!

We are excited to announce the winner for this week’s super giveaway for the YA Indie Carnival Anniversary! Drum Roll:

Emma Michaels, Happy Reading!

We have more giveaway for reading and voting on the Carnival’s different chemistry related excerpts. Think back to those days of high school blowing your eyebrows off in test tubes. What do you remember about those days? Were you the studious class star? Or did you practice chemistry in a more ‘botanical’ hands-on sort of way…

JD from Pazuzu’s Girl was based off of…a number of people I remember from my teenage years. Not me, of course…Mom.

Here’s my chem excerpt…completely fictional, in no way drawn from personal experience…:

“You want gadgets? I can make gadgets. I rebuilt that Z-28. You should see the bong I made last year.”

“I’m tech-impaired. And I don’t think a giant bong is going to help in this particular situation.”

“It might.” He pantomimed a lengthy drag on a pipe.

She grinned and gave him a shove.

“Look, look at what I invented!” He dug into a cardboard box in the corner. “I’m going to market it to defense companies when I can get a patent.”

He brought out a contraption that reminded her of Marvin the Martian’s ray gun. It had a gun stock, a long tube that looked suspiciously like a bong and a short plate of fins that looked like the fins from an ionizer used in offices to purify the air.

“Is that a bong, JD? Are you going to aim it at people and get them stoned?”

”No, it started out as one but it’s post-bong technology. It’ll be the new rage in non-violent warfare. It gives people the munchies you get after you get stoned.”


“You know how distracting and compelling the munchies are? I once spent four hours searching for an open pizza joint, at three in the morning, when I knew I had a paper due in class at eight. Didn’t you ever see Harold and Kumar Go To White Castle? The idea is that when people are sprayed with this mist, they will stop caring about whatever their mission is and hunt for junk food instead.”

“You’re insane.”

“But it doesn’t project generalized munchies. You know how addictive junk food is? It’s based on that, not just on pot munchies. I got the idea from that movie where the guy ate only McDonalds for a month.”

“You are living proof of the dangers of watching too much television. The inside of your head must look like a cartoon.”

“No, seriously, I’ve distilled the chemicals from particular foods that make them so addictive. There are three different varieties of Munchie Mist, that’s what I’m calling it: Big Mac, Doritos nacho flavor and Hostess Cupcakes. Once the person breathes the mist, they feel an immediate need to get those specific foods.”

“The poor schmucks stuck at the drive-thrus and checkout counters aren’t getting paid enough. How did you distill it?”

“I was stoned and me and Jonesy started talking about war and wouldn’t it be cool if we could solve the violence thing. Distilling stuff isn’t hard at all. A crap chemistry set from Big Lots can do it. I made something else too! Booger Blaster! The other day, I woke up with the worst allergies ever, after my run-in with your dad. My eyes were swollen shut with mucus, you know, gunk, and my nose was all goopy—”

“That’s enough detail for a clear picture, thanks! So do you blow dog fur and pollen at people?”

“Close. This other formula stimulates histamine production. You just turn the ionizer to this setting here. So it doesn’t matter what people are allergic to, peanuts, dogs, pollen or whatever. They turn into walking snot-wads. I got the idea after Jonesy called me a snot-wad.”

He was so eager, she had to smile. “That’s very clever. Disgusting, but clever. I don’t think it will help us, but maybe it’ll get you into MIT.” She inspected the fins for a minute. “So why didn’t you tell me about being a mad inventor? Why don’t you have stuff in your car, like the Batmobile?”

“There is stuff in my car. It just doesn’t work yet, not the way I want it to. I’m having some problems with the pulse generator. And I thought you’d just make fun of me and blow me off if it didn’t work right.”

End Excerpt

If you like this excerpt, go ahead to and vote for it. And don’t forget to check out my fellow Carnies’ blogs for their chem excerpts, they’re great!


1. Laura A. H. Elliott 2. Bryna Butler, author Midnight Guardian series
3. Heather Self 4. T. R. Graves, Author of The Warrior Series
5. Suzy Turner, author of The Raven Saga 6. Rachel Coles, author of Into The Ruins, geek mom blog
7. K. C. Blake, author of Vampires Rule and Crushed 8. Gwenn Wright, author of Filter
9. Heather M. White, author of The Destiny Saga 10. Liz Long | Just another writer on the loose.
11. Ella James 12. Maureen Murrish
13. Valerie Sloan 14. YA Sci Fi Author’s Ramblings
15. A Little Bit of R&R


And for what’s new, visit:

Secret Santa Winners and Indie New Year’s Resolutions!

Posted in book reviews, indie, urban fantasy, writing, young adult fiction with tags , , , , , , , , on December 23, 2011 by rachelcoles

Da da da! Drum roll please! The winners of the Secret Santa giveaways are:

Kelli, Diana, and Malvina! They will each receive e-copies of Winnemucca, Warriors of the Cross, and Of Sun and Moon! Merry ChristmaHanuKwanzika!

And the Grand Prize Winner is Vanessa Eric! She won a list of books located at, check it out!

The codes for the books will be emailed to the winners.

Now for the honored tradition of crafting resolutions for the New Year, in the hope that we’ll jolt ourselves to do something we’ve been putting off doing or failing to do that we really want to do. This is the time of year, beloved by gyms and sports stores everywhere as droves of resolved people flood the exercise classes and treadmills and vitamin shops, determined that this will be the year they get into shape and live healthier. I’m on year 6 of ‘the year I’m taking off the baby weight’…

But New Year’s Resolutions aren’t just for health conscious people, they’re for writers, for artists, for people seeking an education who haven’t taken the plunge to apply for their bacherlor’s, masters, Ph.D, trade license etc. Or just for people who say, ‘Man, you know I’ve been more pissy with my family than I ought’, or  ‘Dude, I gotta stop worrying so much’. Resolutions are great because they give people a new start, the world over. In Jewish tradition, we do the same thing. We have Rosh Hashanah, Rosh means ‘head, Hashanah means ‘the year’. It’s the Jewish new year, falling at a different time than the Julian calendar, because we follow a lunar calendar. But it is the same principle. Beginning with Rosh Hashanah and ending with Yom Kippur, which means Day of Atonement, are the 10 days of atonement. The purpose of these, which are among the highest holy days of the Jewish year, is to review the things we’ve screwed up on, and resolve to do better next year. Sound familiar? Because we’re Jewish, we have to add guilt-laden language like ‘atonement’ to the mix, but you get the idea. It’s the same.

We start over with a ‘new me’. The new me’s going to stop worrying about dumb things, the new me’s going to lose ten pounds (or thirty), the new me’s going to take a deep breath when my kid tests boundaries instead of getting impatient, and as an indie writer: The new me’s going to finish that novel I keep starting then giving up on.

I’m working on a novel, for now called Refrigerator Messiah, about an organism that creates a new species of human. More detail I’ll give when I’m closer to finishing it. I am going to finish it this year. That is my Indie New Year’s Resolution. And then I’m going to go back to another one I put on the shelf, called The Last Refugee, about the decline of the world of faery.

Stay tuned for these, and stay tuned for my upcoming novel, published in the spring by Journalstone Publishing, called Pazuzu’s Girl, about the teenage daughter of the Mesopotamian demon, Pazuzu. It is my debut novel!

What are your New Years Resolutions? See what upcoming works we can expect from fellow authors in the carnival! Danny Snell’s Refracted Light Reviews Patti Larsen, Author of The Ghost Boy of MacKenzie House, the Hunted series, and the Hayle Coven novels. Courtney Cole, Author of Every Last Kiss, Fated, Princess, and Guardian. Also a contributing author in The Glassheart Chronicles. Wren Emerson, Author of I Wish and a contributing author in The Glassheart Chronicles. Laura Elliott, Author of Winnemucca. Nichole A. Williams, Author of Eternal Eden, and the upcoming Fallen Eden. She is also participating in the Glassheart Chronicles. Fisher Amelie, Author of The Understorey, as well as a contributing author in The Glassheart Chronicles. Amy Maurer Jones, Author of The Soul Quest Trilogy as well as a contributing author in The Glassheart Chronicles. T. R. Graves, Author of Warriors of the Cross. Cyndi Tefft, Author of Between P.J. Hoover, Author of Solstice, The Emerald Tablet, The Navel of the World, The Necropolis. Alicia McCalla, Author of the upcoming science-fiction novel Breaking Free. Heather Cashman, Author of Perception. Abbi Glines, Author of Breathe, and the upcoming Existence and Vincent Boys. Cidney Swanson, Author of Rippler., Cheri Schmidt, Author of Fateful, Fractured, and Fair Maiden, Fire Dancer, Lexus Luke, Author of Manitou, The Sky People Saga, Fire Breather, Suzy Turner, Author of December Moon and Raven, Dragonslayer, K. C. Blake, Author of Vampire Rules, Elephant Trainer, Gwenn Wright, Author of Filter, Ring-Leader, Kimberly Kinrade, Author of Bits of You, Pieces of Me and Forbidden Mind, Prestidigitator, J.L. Bryan, Author of Paranormals series- Jenny Pox. Tommy Nightmare & Alexander Death Darby Karchut, Author of Griffin Rising, and soon Griffin Fire Heather Self Bryna Butler, author of the Midnight Guardian series

What’s new this week?

What’s new this week

Coming December 16! You let us know why you’ve been naughty or nice and enter to win books at each carni’s booth all week, from 12/16 to 12/23. On Dec. 23, find out what books you’ve won!
‘Tis the Season of the Squeee!
In honor of our Cover Love theme, Bryna Butler unveils the cover art for Midnight Child, book 3 in my Midnight Guardian series which releases in Feb!
In preparation for December’s release of Guardians of the Cross, author T. R. Graves is sending out a coupon which will allow the most-recent edition Warriors of the Cross Click here to downloaded for FREE. Enter coupon LY87N good through 12/20/11. Guardians of the Cross will be released 12/24!
Check out the new trailer for The Midnight Guardian series by Bryna Butler!
Melissa Pearl, YA author of Golden Blood has just started a new blog called YAlicious. It’s a blog to celebrate YA fiction and aimed at teens and readers of YA. Swing on by and check it out!

Books I and II in The Raven Saga (Raven & December Moon) by Suzy Turner, are now available in paperback! Get your copy from Amazon now.

The Valkyrie Novels, a series of 3 novels- Dead Radiance, Dead Embers and Dead Chaos, by T.G. Ayer will be published in 2012 by the amazing team at Evolved Publishing. See T.G. Ayer’s announcement here!


YA Indie Carnival: Secret Santa Giveaway!

Posted in book reviews, horror, indie, urban fantasy, vampires, writing, young adult fiction, zombies with tags , , , , , , , on December 16, 2011 by rachelcoles

Remember when you were in school and someone decorated your locker with wrapping paper and candy canes and big red bows? Today there’s a note taped to the outside of your locker. It reads:

Enter the Secret Santa Giveaway from Dec. 16 to Dec. 22, 3PM Pacific and on Friday, Dec. 23, Noon Pacific you could find TONS of books inside!

GRAND PRIZE: A Kindle or Nook copy of the books featured on the Grand Prize List!

To enter the Secret Santa GRAND PRIZE Giveaway just FOLLOW & comment on a carni’s site telling us why you’ve been naughty or nice this year. Each carni will have individual giveaways too so be sure to visit all the carnis to win as many books as possible!

ALL WINNERS ANNOUNCED 12/23/2011, Noon Pacific.

Author: Laura A. H. Elliott [giveaway 1 ebook copy of Winnemucca & 13 on Halloween @ each carni site]



Book: Winnemucca, a small-town fairy tale

Blurb: When fear’s as blind as love, how far would you go to find your own happily ever after? One mistake will change Ginny’s life forever. One answer will set her free. Ginny fights to untangle her big, fat, lie-of-a-life on an enchanted road trip to Winnemucca, where she believes all her answers lie. To solve the riddle of her past, she must outrun everyone who wants a piece of her future–including a man determined to see she never has one.

Genre: YA Coming of age, magical realism

Recent reviews:

“Exciting from start to finish. Wonderful coming of age book told well. Great characters and a terrific message.”

“You’ll be laughing, cringing, cheering for Ginny – and hoping she’ll make Elliott write her a sequel.”

“Winnemucca is a newborn classic.”

“Elliott’s voice is so unique and captivating, her turn of phrase so poetic and delightful, that it makes this story seem mystical and transcendent in a way that I’ve not read before.”

“Overlaid with a sense of the fairy-tale, the novel combines magical elements with the real world to great effect. In every way, Elliott’s debut novel delivers.”


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Laura’s bio: Once upon a time there was a little girl who grew up in very cold, snowy place and dreamed of living in the desert. And so she did. Laura loves writing about the murky seas of perception while eating lots of popcorn. She lives with her hubby, and dog Oso, in their tree house on the coast of central California not far from her two grown daughters who love climbing trees as much as their mom. Laura is the author of Winnemucca, a small-town fairy tale inspired by her life-long love of a little-known town, Avenal, CA, and her equal love of enchanted teenage road trips. 13 on Halloween is the first book in the Teen Halloween Series. Laura’s next book, Transfer Student, a YA sci-fi romance, will be released in April of 2012. 14 on Halloween, book 2 in the Teen Halloween series, will be released in the summer of 2012.


Author:  T. R. Graves



  • Warriors of the Cross (now available)
  • Guardians of the Cross (release 12/24/11)
  • Enemies of the Cross (fall 2012)



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T. R. Graves Bio:

The debut author of The Warrior Series, lives in Texas with her husband of twenty-five years. Together, they raise their seventeen-year-old daughter and six-year-old son. Besides being blessed with a supportive family, she counts her career as a registered nurse in not-for-profit hospitals among her most fulfilling accomplishments.

T. R. Graves Blurb:

Because writing is so personal, there were many things compelling me to embark upon this journey. My reasons were diverse. First, I wanted to find a way to bond with my daughter. I quickly found our young adult book dialogues opened the lines of communication and allowed us to discuss issues, which may have been very uncomfortable in any other situation. Second, I craved an ingenious way to preserve my mother-in-law’s and my father’s mannerisms. Time was steeling away their memories faster than I was willing to let them go, telling me my children would never really know them if I didn’t do something quick. I began this series with a plan to embed them solidly into the book in hopes that my children would be able to fall in love with them vicariously through eerily similar book characters (my son must be older to read the books…obviously). Finally, patient care is a wonderful career. I wouldn’t change my profession for anything. At the same time, the emotions I’ve witnessed while caring for people’s family members and the emotions I’ve felt have left a soul-deep and permanent impression in me. I cried so many times with grieving family member and for innocent victims. I wish – down to my core – I would have been able to miraculously ‘save’ some of my patients from their untimely deaths. With this series and in my books, I can.


Warriors of the Cross:

Dr. Allison La Crosse has the power to cure the dying with her touch. Given her career, this gift would be valuable if she were not drawn like a magnet to the person’s every symptom. Some of which are fatal. At the hospital and surrounded by life-and-death emergencies, Allison’s inability to manage her impulse soon turns deadly.


Warriors of the Cross Kindle Readers Favorite Quote:

“A true test of someone’s love is how they act when they’re stressed and not how much they love you when everything’s goin’ good.”

T.R. Graves,WarriorsoftheCross

Warriors of the Cross Recent Reviews:

  • MichaelMaedoBreathtakingly beautiful “This is the first book I have ever written a review on for amazon. If I could give it more than 5 stars I would. I voraciously read multiple books a week but this is one of the best books I have ever read. The love of God and the desire to do the right thing permeates this book but does not hit you over the head. Brody, Allison, and Clark are so real. I feel like a better person after having read this book. I can’t wait until the next book comes out.
  •  Gloria “I have never wrote a message on the books I have read. But I have enjoyed this book. I am looking for the other books in this series. I am suggesting it to all my friends. It was amazing.”
  • Roseycortescortes “This book was fantastic. I read about a book per day or two, don’t love most of them. Characters are real. Living people. They are likable and you care what happens to them. Dying for the next book!”
  •  ebgbVery Entertaining Read!“This book was so interesting, I read it twice! I can’t wait for the sequel to be released. The plot twists are very creative, and being a nurse, I especially enjoyed the medical aspects.

Guardians of the Cross Back Cover – Release Date 12/24/11

Allison La Crosse’s world is in a tailspin. After learning she has the power to cure the dying with her touch (a lethal curse when wielded), she is viciously attacked. More unsettling than the violence is the identity of her assailant. Devin turns out to be the first person she ever saved and her mother’s killer. When her soul met Devin’s an unimaginable bond was formed. Now, Allison must save Devin from his twin brother’s control or kill them both. If she fails, she’ll lose Clark and Brody forever.

Enemies of the Cross Back Cover – Release Date Fall 2012

Enemies of the Cross will be the most exciting book of The Warrior Series. Continuing the life-threatening adventure, Allison reunites with Devin, the first person she saved – from the womb – and her mother’s murderer. After he reveals secrets never meant for her to know, she becomes more torn and confused about her destiny. In the end, her only options are to scrutinize her undying commitment toward the people she loves, learn how to control her deadly powers, and fight the Satan’s Sect members with everything she has.


Title: Of Sun & Moon, Book 1 Midnight Guardian series

Author: Bryna Butler

Blurb: Teens are disappearing in a small river town in southern Ohio as Keira Ryan begins her freshman year. Kidnappings aside, her worries mount as she crushes on an older guy, her best friend starts dating a spoiled cheerleader, and the parents that abandoned her at birth arrive at her doorstep. And, oh yeah, she’s a tooth fairy destined to kick some butt and bring about the end of a royal line of vicious, blood-sucking tyrants.

Over the years, humans have pieced together sightings and assumptions to create the myth of the tooth fairy. As it turns out, they were pretty much wrong.

Where to Get:

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Grand Prize: Free ebook copy of Of Sun and Moon, Book 1 and Whispering Evil, Book 2


And stay tuned for my own Grand Prize Giveaway of the ebook anthologies Beyond The Veil and Into the Ruins!

Have a great holiday, and happy reading!

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