Friday, January 9, 2015

Nightscape Press 2014 Releases

We put out some phenomenal new books over at Nightscape Press in 2014 and we have several on deck for 2015. In case you missed what came out last year, here's a brief recap:

In this beautiful and chilling tale, Rick Hautala moves us with a coming of age story like no other. It's 1960. A young boy and his friends spend most of their time in the treehouse they built in The Big Tree in front of Old Lady Wayrenen’s front yard. But when Hurricane Donna comes, it leaves more than just a trail of property damage. A chain of events pushes the natural and supernatural worlds at odds with one another and a young girl's life hangs in the balance. But is she even real? Combined with the words and artwork of some of Mr. Hautala's dearest friends: Christopher Golden (Foreword), Thomas F. Monteleone (Afterword), and Glenn Chadbourne (cover art); The Big Tree is one of Rick's most autobiographical and personal stories from the heart.

The launch of our Young Adult Imprint, Pask Curfew Press, with:

It began with a drawing. High-school student Sarah Pennington is in art class one day when her desk mate, Ben Phelps, shows her a drawing he’s done of a sinister knife-wielding figure he calls Shrike. Then came the dreams. Sarah begins having strange dreams of Shrike in which he commits disturbing acts of vandalism. When she awakens, she discovers her dreams have come true. The destruction is real – and so is Shrike. Now Shrike’s alive. As Shrike grows stronger, his actions become increasingly violent, escalating to stalking, terrorizing, and ultimately, murder. And he must be stopped. Sarah must help Ben stop the monster he created. But how can they fight a being that was born from anger and shaped by imagination? A creature that lives halfway between dream and reality? They have to find a way – before it’s too late for them both. They say art imitates life. Sometimes, it imitates death. 

From Sword and Sorcery to Paranormal Romance, from Weird Fiction to Fairy Tales, Fantasy For Good presents a wide range of exciting short fiction to accommodate every taste. In this collection of thirty stories, legendary authors (including NYT Bestsellers and World Fantasy Award winners) and great new up-and-comers in the genre spin tales of magic and mayhem.
Featuring brand new fiction from Piers Anthony, Michael Moorcock, Carrie Vaughn, Kelley Armstrong, Alan Dean Foster, Katharine Kerr, David Farland, Jane Lindskold, Nnedi Okorafor, Todd McCaffrey and many more, alongside classic tales from George R.R. Martin, Jay Lake, Kevin J Anderson & Rebecca Moesta, and Neil Gaiman.
Fantasy For Good also includes a classic tale by master novelist, Roger Zelazny, author of the Nine Princes in Amber, who passed away in 1995 after a battle with colorectal cancer. His son, Trent, provides a moving introduction.
All proceeds from the sale of this anthology go directly to The Colon Cancer Alliance, a charity dedicated to the prevention of this deadly disease, as well as funding research and supporting patients who suffer from it.

How do you escape an entity who can manipulate time itself? Accompanied by his American girlfriend Beth, British ex-pat James Randal has come home to assess his father’s latest real estate venture. The house at Binsham Park is an enigma of patchwork architecture from various eras, nestled in the remote Herefordshire countryside. And it is haunted. The ghosts of Binsham Park have never harmed anyone before, and the chance to stay the weekend in a real life haunted house is too great to pass up. Having invited James’s old school friend Derek and his wife Chloe to join them, both couples prepare for two days of ghostly adventure and excitement. But something is waiting for them inside The Patchwork House. Something so powerful it can move pieces of the house back and forth through time at will. Something so malicious it will tear apart reality to isolate and torment its victims. Something so terrifying it will push James and his friends beyond the limits of sanity. When time yields to the will of something truly evil, you’re in for the longest night of your life…

Twenty-three year-old Ally Forman, a $350 million dollar lottery winner with Down syndrome, is either cursed or blessed, depending on how you look at things. When professional wrestler Stryker Nash loses his job, Ally, his biggest fan, wants nothing more than to put him back in the ring. And she will spare no expense. Her mother, however, has other plans for Ally’s winnings and her life. SHORT BUS HERO is a darkly humorous look at life with Down syndrome, the rise of a wrestling empire... and angels. Yes, angels.

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Monday, January 5, 2015

If you'd be so inclined...

As some of you may know, in addition to running Nightscape Press with me, my husband, Robert S. Wilson is also an author.  He's written some really amazing books including the Empire of Blood series, the Ray Garrett Lifeline books, and more.

He's trying something new with the third Empire of Blood book, Rising From Ashes, as well as some future projects (including some of his music projects).  If you'd be so inclined, would love for you to hop over to his Patreon page and consider being a patron of his works.

Patreon is a really neat site that, if you're familiar with the term "patron", you can figure out what it is all about: being a funder for creative ventures.  

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Happy 2015!

Hello, all, and welcome to the future -- or at least that's how 2015 feels to me! I'm not setting "New Year's resolutions" as such, but there are a few things that I would like to do this year and make a focus. I think if I have that mindset, I may be much more successful in sticking with them than the traditional resolution route.  Here are the things I'd like to focus on for 2015:
  • Eating better
  • Exercising more
  • Blogging more
  • Reading (for pleasure) more
  • Spending more quality time with family
  • Saving more money

All easily obtainable goals and things that will make sure I do everything in my power to have 2015 go down as a "Good Year" in the books!  2014 was a rough year.  2013 had its rough points. 2012 was a very rough year. And I'm ready to start marking years back in the good column! (Yes, there were good things that happened over the past few years, but there were certainly some trials and far too many ups and downs for my liking -- that's part of life, but I think having a better attitude and doing more to be proactive willl help offset at least the things I have control over!)

So there's my first focuses (foci? ;-) ) for 2015. Do you have any resolutions or plans for how to make this the best year you possibly can?  I am thankful for all of you and hope to have more interactions!  Please feel free to comment on this and/or any other posts you find interesting!

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Lichgates by S.M. Boyce - Tour with Review & Giveaway


Thanks for joining me today for my tour stop for Lichgates by S.M. Boyce. This is a review tour that runs December 1-12. Lichgates is a young adult fantasy and is the first in the series. Check out the tour page for the schedule. Read all about the book, check out the giveaway, and then see my review below!

About the Book:

1 -LichgateLichgates (Grimoire Saga #1)

The final page will leave you breathless.
When Kara Magari uncovers a secret door in the middle of the forest, she discovers (and trips through) a portal to a hidden world full of terrifying things: Ourea. She just wants to go home, but the natives have other plans for her. She clashes with immortal shapeshifters, is carried off by a dragon, nearly dies on several occasions, and somehow becomes the master of an ancient book of magic called the Grimoire. Every time she thinks she's safe, her new "friends" show their true colors.
Kara needs an ally, or she might not survive Ourea's monsters. She drops her guard when Braeden, a native soldier with a dark secret, vows to keep her safe. And though she doesn't know it, her growing attraction to him may just be her undoing.
For twelve years, Braeden Drakonin has lived a lie. The Grimoire is his one chance at redemption, and it lands in his lap when Kara Magari comes into his life. Though he begins to care for this stranded girl, there's something he wants more. He wants the Grimoire.
Welcome to Ourea, where only the cunning survive.

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About S.M. Boyce:
Boyce-Photoshoot-800 wWhen I graduated with a degree in creative writing, I realized that made me well qualified for serving French fries. It would take years of writing hundreds of thousands of words of all kinds before I became the action and adventure bestselling author that I am today.

I specialize in action-packed stories that weave in fantasy, mystery, and heroines with a knack for mischief. All romantic leads are based loosely on my husband, who proved that soul mates are real. I have a deep love for ghosts, magic, and spooky things. If you’ve already finished my books, check out my blog or twitter feed for a dash of adventure.

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A beautiful Grimoire Saga Pendant
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Ends December 17th

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REVIEW: 3.75 out of 5
I couldn't decide between 3.5 and 4 stars.  So would that make it 3.75? =D  This was a really fun concept, and I definitely followed Kara, Braeden, and all the other Oureans through the ups and downs of this story. Characterization was great and plot was very interesting. The one fairly big issue I had with this one was that certain sections felt over written, especially areas that were being described (scenery and the like). It felt a bit forced and it took me out of the story in an otherwise very engaging book. I will definitely check out the next book, Treason, to see where the story takes us from here, but I would recommend this book for YA fantasy fans.

This event was organized by CBB Book Promotions.