COVER REVEAL! Sacrifice of Innocence

Alright folks! Its my turn to share with the world the brand spanking new cover for the second edition of Sacrifice of Innocence. The new re-edited edition will be available early in January 2013.

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A cult has been killing children for its rituals and only one cop knows who they are. Detective Stan Brookshire knows but his past keeps people from believing in him. Can he rise above the stigma that shrouds his past and stop a cult from taking yet another innocent child from her mother’s arms before its too late?

Excerpt:

Prologue

The man in the corner listened in the darkness, the wind whistling through the crack in the window frame, billowing his hair around him. The child in the room with him was invisible in the darkness. Even the power of the sun, let alone the light from the full moon, could not dampen the gloom hidden behind the boarded windows.

 Hearing a sound, the man stiffened. It was the child; the sweet, young child.

 “Very soon, my precious, very soon,” Joseph whispered, his breath coming in short gasps. Excitement filled his belly; time was drawing closer for the boy.

Footsteps in the hallway caused the boy to whimper in fear, lighting the man’s loins on fire. Desperately wanting the forbidden, to touch and play with the boy, he tried to force the urge back down. He wasn’t allowed that pleasure, yet. The priests would come soon and the boy would have to be pure. The man’s needs would have to wait. The boy would have to wait.

Dreaming of the day he would finally be able to have his way with the boy, the man fixed the delicious whimpers in his memory. The boy would no longer be able to cry and plea.

 It was coming soon. So close now.

 On the other side of the room, he heard the ominous creak of the door opening. Blinding light silhouetted a figure dressed in long robes.

 He hurried over and retrieved his boy-child, his breath coming in gasps so ragged that he thought his lungs would cease to function.

 A whimper was all that escaped the gag when the boy tried to scream. Cringing at the man’s touch, he fought against the bonds, causing the man’s groin to harden once more.

 The man smiled. He tightened his grip upon the boy as he tried to wiggle free. The door stood open, waiting for him and the boy.

 Suddenly, the door swung closed behind him, plunging the room into darkness once again.

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Many thanks to all the people who made this possible! Many thanks to my covers designer Miranda Stork. Please stay tuned for more details for the exact release date for the second edition!

Lindsay Avalon Guest Post

I have Ms. Lindsay Avalon here with me today with to talk about her experience on becoming and Indie Author. Take it away Lindsay!

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One year ago, my sister had someone convinced me to participate in NaNoWriMo. I really didn’t have much of an idea of what the hell I was going to write but I decided to do it anyway. I had attempted NaNoWriMo in 2010 and failed because I tried to write a pure fantasy novel and ended up getting lost halfway through the plot. I wanted 2011 to be different. You see, I love to read and my house is covered in paperbacks. Don’t even get me started on how many Kindle books I have. Despite this, I’d still look around the bookstore and complain to my husband that I had nothing to read. He’d tend to reply, “Why don’t you write your own books then?”  My husband provided me with the answer: write what I know. This time around I decided to write a paranormal romance during NaNo, and Breaking the Nexus was born.

 Writing what I know was the best advice ever, and I ended up winning 2011. Best feeling ever at the time. I didn’t actually finish the story though but I shelved it for a while. It stayed in the back of my mind, prodding me so I started putting out feelers to indie authors I liked reading trying to figure out how they’d become popular. I figured it wasn’t as simple as publishing on Amazon and magically gaining readers, but I had no idea how to go about the process.

 Fast forward to summer time. I’d had a few friends read my book and they’d told me how fabulous it was so it helped me gain confidence to keep trying to finish it. I had learned the importance of social networking so decided to take the plunge. Within a couple of weeks I’d started meeting a few people who were willing to read my story and that’s when I learned a very hard truth…my story wasn’t as fabulous as I thought it was. Don’t get me wrong, everyone loved the premise, but the execution wasn’t the greatest. Stylistically I did some strange things that may or may not have been designed to help me win NaNo *cough cough, no contractions, cough* I can neither confirm nor deny this though 🙂 There were other issues I just didn’t know about and all of a sudden I realized, holy crap I have a lot of work to do. I was devastated at first until I realized there was merit to what they said. They weren’t criticizing my work, they genuinely wanted to help me.

 I have Miranda Stork and Tara S. Wood to thank for pushing me. They gave me the hard truth that my writing wasn’t perfect. They saw potential in me though and encouraged me to listen to their suggestions even when I didn’t necessarily agree with everything they said. When the prospect of writing an anthology came up, I jumped on it because I wasn’t ready to tackle the daunting task of revising Breaking the Nexus. This was without a doubt the best decision I ever could have made. I discovered the entire time I wrote BTN, I’d held myself back. Writing Song of the Abyss was amazing. I found my true writer’s voice and it was liberating. When I finished it and sent it to Tara and Miranda, they returned it with minor cosmetic issues (I have a tendency to skip words lol) rather than the massacre that had been Breaking the Nexus.

 Throughout all of this I’d been working to build an online presence. What started as something geared purely towards getting my name out there so people would buy my books, morphed into a genuine passion. I realized writing wasn’t merely a hobby; it was my true career path. I made tons of friends and no longer was I focused on getting my book published…I wanted to build the friendships and become a better writer. Indie writing is hard as hell because you have the responsibility of promoting yourself, but I love this challenge. I’m busier now that I’ve ever been in my life and I’m thriving. Rather than just being a passing interest like so many other things I’ve latched onto over the years, I have found what I want to do with my life.

 Being an indie writer is so much more than just putting words onto paper. It’s making friends that will last you a life time, constantly honing your craft, learning to take criticism, and accepting you may not be as awesome as you’ve always thought you were. These past few months have been insane, but I wouldn’t trade them for the world. My hard work is paying off and on 12/12/12 my baby, Breaking the Nexus will finally be released into the wild. Thank you to all of the people who have made this possible and I can’t wait to share it with all of you 🙂

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Thanks so much Lindsay for taking the time out to talk to us a bit about how NaNoWriMo became your inspiration and your drive to write Breaking the Nexus!

Come back and visit us on November 11, 2012 for the cover reveal!

WIP Mondays ~ Dragon Twins

**NB: I Moved the WIP Mondays over to Tuesday this week to make room for the Giveaway of Mr. Joel Mark Harris’ book “A Thousand Bayonets”  Be sure to check out that post if you havent done so already and make sure you get your chance to win a copy of that amazing book!***

A bit of back history and back talk … Stan is at it again!

Enjoy!

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“So what do you want us to do? Check out all of his business associates and find out which one of them might have a grudge against him? A big enough grudge that they would kidnap his daughter and kill his house keeper?”

“That would generally be the whole long and short of it.”

“Yes sir. I have kind thought that was what you were going to say, but we are homicide detectives, not hostage negotiators. Wouldn’t this be better handled by those guys?”

“You Stan have proven to me on more than one occasion that homicide detectives are not just about catching killers. Instead they are trying to save lives in the process.”

Stan knew he was more than likely referring to the Lily Macklin case during which he had almost single-handedly brought down an entire cult and the cop that was covering for it. And in the process he saved Lily Macklin’s life.

“Yes sir, but in those instances we didn’t know that there was a hostage. Now we do-“

“I don’t want to hear it Stan, you and Jane are more than equipped to handle this case. I have already told the mayor that you will be making it your highest priority. He has assured me that you will be able to have all the help that you need in solving this case.”

“Well that is a comforting thought.” Stan said looking over at Jane to see what she was thinking. She was lost in her own world, reading her notes from the night before.

“Not only that but apparently when the mayor called over this morning to offer his condolences and his support, he was told that the Chu’s specifically requested that you two remain responsible for this case.”

“Really?” Stan said long shocked. They hadn’t really done anything out of the ordinary to warrant such a request.

“Yes. Apparently you made a good impression on them. They think very highly of you both, said something about good hearts or something like that. The mayor wasn’t exactly sure what they meant and he only gave me the translation.”

“The probably said that they felt that we had good chi. And it doesn’t mean heart but rather something akin to soul, essence, you get my point.” Jane said without looking up from her notes.

Stan chuckled softly. That was Jane for you little miss know it all.

“Anyway, the fact of the matter is there is no way that you guys can turn the case down, even if I would let you.”

“Ok so you want us to go through all of Chu’s business associates, and then what? There has got to be more than a few, that are less than pleased with our prominent business man. We can’t put tails on them all.”

“I fully am aware of the fact that all I am asking you to do is find the ones that might have the capabilities of doing such a thing and tailing-“

The phone on the chief’s desk rang.

“Chief Di Organza?” Tony said picking it up.

Tony listened for a moment and then said “Alright I’ll send then right over.”

Stan looked at Jane as Tony hung up the phone.

“Alright here’s the deal. There apparently was an attempted kidnapping last night about a few hours later. Same basic circumstances. Only thing that is different is that this was a foster parent and a ward of the state.

There is no immediate connections we can make with this family to Chu’s. I need you guys to go figure it out. The kid, a Julian Chan, is down at number two precinct. Go down and talk to him see what you can dig up.”

Stan rose up and turned to leave, with Jane right behind him.

“Oh and Stan? Try not to scare the poor boy away. Be nice to him.” Tony said as they were leaving his office

“I am always nice.”

“Not to me you aren’t.”

“That’s because it’s you chief.” and Stan flashed him a big grin before he slid out the door.

Stan and Jane headed back down to the parking garage where they took his car to the precinct where Julian Chan awaited them.

GIVE AWAY MONDAY!

Hey everyone! As you all know I am a HUGE supporter of Indie Authors, and even more so if they are Canadian like myself! (Gotta support the home town boys and all that!) That said when a good friend, Indie Author and Canuck approached me about doing a giveaway on my blog of 20 copies of his book I jumped at the chance!

So allow me to once again welcome Mr. Joel Mark Harris to my blog

About Joel:

Joel Mark Harris is an award-winning British-Canadian journalist, novelist, screenwriter and producer. Born in Vancouver, he  graduated from Langara Journalism School in 2007 and worked for the Squamish Chief newspaper before freelancing. At Langara, Joel got the idea to write a series of books about a journalist, the first of which is called A Thousand Bayonets. In the novel, a former war correspondent named John Webster manoeuvres through the seedy underworld of Vancouver, trying to bring a vicious drug lord to justice. A Thousand Bayonets won an Editor’s Choice Award from Author Solutions and won the Pinnacle Achievement Award for Best Thriller. It also was nominated for 2012 Giller Prize Reader’s Choice Award.

In 2008, Joel went to British Columbia Institute of Technology for a public relations degree. After doing various jobs in the PR field, Joel wrote and produced Neutral Territory, a film about Henry Huge, who must return to his crazy Swiss family after falling into money troubles. Neutral Territory won best foreign film in the New York Long Island Film Festival and best feature film at the Interrobang Film Festival. It is also an official selection of the Beijing International Film Festival and the New York International  Film Festival. Joel was nominated for best  screenplay for Neutral Territory in the World Music & Independent Film Festival. In total, Neutral Territory has won ten awards and had fifteen nominations in twenty-three different film festivals.

Joel is currently writing a screenplay called Shots, a coming-of-age story about Carter, a teenager, who gets his first job at a coffee shop. He is also working on a sequel to his novel called Shame the Devil.

About “A Thousand Bayonets”:

John Webster, an experienced war correspondent, just back from the battlefields of Afghanistan, is seeking redemption from the hell he has witnessed. But when he is suddenly caught between two criminal gangs and finds he has nowhere to turn. With a price on his head, he must unravel who is behind the brutal bloodshed, and when the police slap a subpoena on him, Webster finds he doesn’t have much time to solve the mystery before he is thrown in jail. As Webster navigates the dangerous underworld, he struggles against the haunting memories and the terrible destruction he left behind in Afghanistan, which threaten to destroy him. But, as it turns out, pursuing the merciless drug lords may be his dangerous assignment yet.

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Now you ask how do you win? Simple! 20 randoms followers of this blog will receive a copy. So make sure to follow this blog and I will announce the winners on a special post on Wednesday. Contest will run from Monday December 3 to midnight Tuesday December 4. 2012  to give everyone time to invite as many friends as they can!