Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Leap Into Indie Giveaway Hop

Paranormal Wastelands
Today is quite a magical day.

For one: It only comes around every four years.

And two: It's my brother's half birthday.

But finally: It's Leap into INDIE!!


Today is the day that Paranormal Wastelands and Can't Put It Down are honoring the hard work of the Indie Writer.

It's hard writing a book. I honestly thought it would be the easiest thing ever. That the words would just pour out of me. That the plot would be there right in front of my face. That it would all fall into place with such little work.

 What a load of garbage I was feeding myself! 

Let me explain what really happens.

You tend to forget words that you learned in second grade.

You get addicted to doing anything but writing. 

And you tend to self doubt yourself no matter what you come up with.

Ladies and Gentlemen, writing is HARD!

But when complete
after you have someone read it
you get a feeling that maybe the journey wasn't so bad.

And with that in mind I would like to give away a copy of the journey that I took.

In honor of Leap into Indie I am offering one digital copy of my novel, "Ryder" (a modern retelling of Little Red Riding Hood).

Just enter below! And remember to HOP!

*contest is open internationally

Friday, February 24, 2012

It's time for a Ryder-rific Giveaway

Its time!
It's time!
It's time!

"Ryder" has been on the shelves for nearly two weeks and it's time to get down to brass tacks and


I haven't done much PR. I've been waiting for everything to fall into place. I've been waiting for TODAY!

Because today is the day that I tell the world that RYDER is available to the masses!

Ladies, Gentleman, Werewolves of all shapes and sizes.... I wrote a book and I'm ready to squee about it.

I've hid it for so long. Keeping it mostly to myself and a few close friends, but now it's time to get out there and tell the world.

And what's the best way to spread the word? Why with a extra awesome giveaway, of course!!

My sister-site, Paranormal Wastelands, is lighting the Ryder firework display as we speak. Head on over there for a chance to win your own digital copy of Ryder. And please try not to get burned. Darkfallen can be a devil with the matches.

And remember... we can only have one winner. If Lady Luck isn't on your side then you can always purchase your own copy for the low price of 99 cents from these fine retailers.

Now let's get out there and get Ryder up on the charts! 

Saturday, February 18, 2012

I did it all for the Nook(ie)

Exciting news!

I don't know when it happened by Ryder is now available on the Nook through Barnes and Noble.

I am contemplating putting Ryder on Kobo. Since it is already available on Smashwords, I wonder if this is necessary.

Friday, February 17, 2012

Why retell? Why not?

Everybody has a favorite movie, book, song.

Most have more than one.

But many have one that really sticks out.

I think it must be really great for a director to remake their favorite movie. For a singer to cover their favorite song.

But what about your favorite story?

What do writers do?

Why, they retell it of course!

I really love how many fairy-tales are are going under the knife and getting a modern face-lift. It makes me full of squees.

With "Ryder" I started out with just wanting to write a girl werewolf story. But once I figured out how to incorporate a Little Red Riding Hood vibe the story came to me more easily. And totally made me more excited. Now I had a chance to play with the Big Bad Wolf!

But would some say that is cheating? That this author can't come up with their own plot?

I disagree with those Negative Nancies.  Re-telling a beloved story is just plain awesome. It gives the author a chance to tell the story the way they wished it would have been told.

Do you have a favorite retelling? I'd love to hear what it is.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

All my ducks in a row

Hi again!

It's been a full 3 days of trying to get "Ryder" out there.

So far I have achieved getting it up on Amazon and Smashwords.

I have submitted my novel to Barnes&Noble but these things take time.

Also, some very nice Goodreads librarians walked me through the steps of getting "Ryder" up on Goodreads.

Another thing is I now have an Goodread's author page!

This has definitely been a learning experience.

It blows my mind at how much time and effort this process takes.

I'm sure in the end it will be worth it!

Monday, February 13, 2012

The birth of Ryder

It's official! Ryder is finally up on Amazon :)

I have been working on Ryder since November 2010 and I'm ecstatic that I can now share it with the world.

For months I had wanted to tell the proper girl werewolf story. I have read several and most of them left me wanting more. Where was the action? The horror? The teeth, the eyes, the fur?

That's when it came to me. A journey that I didn't think I would ever embark on. I was going to attempt to write a girl werewolf story. But how to do it?

I had no clue.

I couldn't sleep that night. And then it came to me. Twist my favorite fairy-tale. Twist it like never before!!

And that is how Ryder was born.

Ryder is my version of a modern retelling of Red Riding Hood.

Everyone has a secret.
You're lying if you don't.
Fourteen year old Piper has tried to keep her secret hidden.
Everyone who finds out always winds up dead.
Only the man in the dark suit knows the truth.
A man she only met once.
The man who made her what she is today.
The man who bit her.
But that's all about to change.

Piper Glendale is on the run from the moon as her secret Sister Wolf wars with her. Fighting for control, Piper tries to keep her buried deep inside. But sometimes her sister breaks free.

Escaping from an institution, The Sister Wolf claws her way out. On the run her powerful body runs dry. The sun has finally risen. Piper has regained control.

Awaking in a cemetery, she prowls through the grave stones in search for food and shelter. Overlooking a hill, Piper sees a boy. A boy who is about to change her life. A boy in a faded red hood.

Based on the beloved children's classic Little Red Riding Hood, "Ryder" is a modern retelling with a twist.

Want to find out more? Go check it out on For the Low low price of 99 cents you can take Piper and Ryder home on kindle.

Click here for Ryder.