Urban Fantasy Fans, Meet Chris Smith of The Hunters

Today I’m helping out my friend Heidi Angell with the launch of her new book. Check out this character profile below. Enjoy! 🙂

Who is Chris Smith?

Chris is the main protagonist in The Hunters, book 1 of The Hunters Saga, an urban fantasy horror series for those who believe vampires should be killed, not kissed.

He is that awkward 17-year-old nerd/ D & D/ Goth kid that only has a few friends and spends most of his time with his nose in a book, obsessing over the supernatural.

Good thing, too, because if it wasn’t for his “weirdness” he and his brother Lucas would have been turned into vampires, or worse.

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The author has always pictured Chris in her head as being a young Drew Fuller (like, EARLY Charmed days, young Drew Fuller!)

Drew not only embodied the dark awkward feel that the author was channeling for Chris, he also has that natural innocence and purity of belief that makes him so appealing to those who take the time to get to know him.

Chris has spent his life in books, mostly Fantasy, and has a very strict moral code that he really struggles within this modern day and age. Despite “just being a kid” he is driven to do the right thing and is very selfless in his actions. He also wants to be a hero (what teenage boy, doesn’t, right?) This puts him in some pretty sticky situations!

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Want to learn more about Chris and his friends? The Hunters was just re-released with a new cover, to celebrate the launch of the second book in the series, The Hunted, Coming this February. You can get a free copy of The Hunters by subscribing to the author’s bookish e-newsletter or grab a copy for $4.99

Want to see more on the Tour? Tomorrow there will be a live reading by Fiatcelebrity on Twitch at 5 pm CST and a guest post by the author titled “Why My Vampires Don’t Sparkle” on Notes Around the Bend

Be sure to mark your calendars and follow this awesome tour!

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Writing update re: A Raven’s Revenge

I’ve actually been driving myself kinda nuts lately. I finally hit approx. 20,000 words and it’s been a pain in the ass. Sure, my characters are great, I love them, but I am torn with what to do with them. Little bits of the ending are coming to me and I think I’m going to work backwards to fill it in. Usually, I don’t work this way, but what the heck.

My main questions I’ve been asking myself:

Who dies?

Who gets resurrected?

Who dies for real?

How do they die?

Who betrays Justice?

How does Justice defeat Seliki?

Does the Devil get in the way?

Do Seliki’s siblings join in?

Does Serena join in?

Ahhhhh. So many questions!? You can see why I’m having a hard time with this. I need to make decisions and go with it. That’s really been my mental block lately. Writing A Raven’s Touch was easy, it was new territory, I had no idea what I was doing. Now, I’m trying to tie back things I’ve laid down and it’s not that easy to have to go back to things.

Also, I’m picky about where and when I write, so it has to be perfect. I have to be in the mood. It’s ridiculous I know, but if it’s not there I can’t force it. Sigh.

That’s pretty much where I’m at and I’m going to keep going hopefully something can come of all this scribbling.

Thank you event A or B?

I have been feeling rather grateful lately because people have been super nice about my new cover. Also, Colleen Hoover recently had this post presidential event that was AMAZING. There were 70 different contests with bloggers, and authors where people were posting contests/giveaways. I couldn’t believe how many people had such a great time. I want to do something like that too.

I’ve created two headers for this event and I would like your thoughts. Which one do you think is better and WHY?

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What is this event going to be?

Colleen Hoover had a Facebook event where she asked readers/bloggers/authors to post contests and giveaways to make people smile after the US election. This resulted in 70+ discussions threads where people posted giveaways and contests. It was FANTASTIC! So many people had a great time. The ONLY thing that was difficult was getting to all the threads. People quickly lost their threads because of sheer volume.

I would like to do an event like this and seeing as being thankful is a good theme as any why not do it close to the US Thanksgiving?

So – here’s my question: Which cover image do you like?

Mark your calendars because this is going to be good.

Newsletter Amazon Gift Card Winner & Holiday e-card Sign Up!

I am a big fan of the holiday season. Even though I’m not what one would call a follower of a particular faith, I do believe in doing the right thing and being a decent human being. That’s partly why I love Christmas time. It’s a nice break from selfish behaviour where for ONE day people put aside differences and are thankful. Mind you, that’s not how it always goes. The hope is there though.

If you’re a member of my Newsletter I sent out an email with two messages:

1. Holiday e-card sign up!
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If you’d like to receive an e-card for whatever holiday you celebrate let me know and sign up HERE: https://goo.gl/forms/vZTFaVV484SC7Sok1

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For those of you on the list who did participate in my mini contest thank you.

The winner is: Veronica V.Congrats Veronica V. Holiday sign up.png

It does pay off to open emails, you never know what surprise is waiting in store for you.

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Yesterday, on my Facebook fan page I made a surprising statement:

“Don’t hate me, but I think I’m going to ruin the Little Mermaid in A Raven’s Revenge.”

I’ve been thinking a lot about Seliki and what she is going through as the villain of the story. What if she’s just misunderstood? What if she had a horrible upbringing? What if she hates her Father the Devil? I can imagine readers are going to hate me for making them feel sorry for Seliki and maybe, just maybe, people will see why she’s like this.

My big whiteboard has become a great help as I’m struggling with a few ideas and plot twists. I tend to talk out loud while I’m writing ideas down and thank goodness I can do this at home because I can’t imagine what someone would think of me if they saw me. Ah well. That’s just how I do things.

If you haven’t picked up A Raven’s Touch – what are you waiting for? Click HERE.

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Cover Reveal for Murder En Pointe by: Charmain Zimmerman Brackett

Hello friends! I always love to be able to give back to people and I admit Charmain has a special place in my heart. She was the first friend I made on Facebook as Linda and I really cannot say enough kind things about her. She’s smart, professional, and kind hearted. I’m happy to help her out with her new novel coming out today! Be sure to check her story out and click on the buy link at the bottom.

murger on pointe.jpgBlurb: Murder En Pointe 
With a diva ballerina waltzing through town for two sold-out performances, Grace Ward has to be on her toes to make sure the star’s flowers are perfect. Her delivery goes awry when she finds the prima donna dead, and another Augusta mystery lands in her lap.

Bio
Charmain Zimmerman Brackett writes about what she knows and loves – her hometown of Augusta, Ga. The veteran journalist has been a writer from the time she could pick up a pen and has written for various publications including The Augusta Chronicle, where she’s a feature writer and the ArtSide columnist. She’s written several novels and illustrated children’s books including the 2014 Yerby Award for Fiction winner, The Key of Elyon, and the 2015 Georgia Author of the Year winner, Little Pearl’s Circus World, based on the true story of her great-grandmother, Pearl Clark LaComa, who started performing in her father’s circus at the age of 4.
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Book Except

I walked around and listened.

Silence – an eerie silence, at that.

I seemed to be alone, but for some reason, I felt like someone was watching me. I felt a shiver down my spine. I’d never heard of a phantom at this theater. I felt the urge to get out of there as fast as I could. I wanted to run.

I put my hand on the door handle and paused as I felt another shiver. That urge to run was even stronger. I knocked on the door and waited. Despite the feeling of dread, I opened the door, and what I saw as I entered the dressing room shocked me. I saw a woman lying on her back on the floor. It was Aleksandra. Wearing a beautiful, silk, Asian-inspired robe, the same leotard and tights from earlier, and a pair of pink pointe shoes on her feet, she lay motionless.

I stepped back and paused for what seemed like an eternity. Of course, it was probably only a few seconds. I couldn’t scream, but my heart felt like it was going to beat out of my chest. When I finally got my bearings, I placed the flowers on the makeup counter in front of the wall of mirrors and then stared into the reflection. There was something written in Russian in red lipstick on one of the dressing room mirrors. Another mirror was broken and several of the light bulbs that surrounded it were broken as well. Bloodied glass shards lay on the counter and pulverized purple eye shadow glittered on the floor. Several containers littered the carpet as though Aleksandra had entered a massive struggle right before her violent end.

I noticed a second pair of pointe shoes beside her. Saturated in blood, the shoes’ ribbons were laced around her neck, and orchid blossoms were scattered atop her still body. There was blood on her hands, which were resting by her side. It was odd. It didn’t seem like a natural position. My own hands started shaking as I took it all in. I felt dizzy. Where was my phone? I rummaged through my purse until I found it. Speed dial 2 for my husband.

“Hey, baby. I was just getting ready to call you,” I heard Drew on the other end of the call.

I continued to stare.

“Grace? Are you there?”

“Drew” was all I could say.

“What’s wrong?”

“Could you come to the dressing rooms at the Bell?”

The words seemed to be stuck in my throat. I tried to clear it.

“What’s the matter, Grace?”

“I think there’s been another murder.”

“I’m on my way.”

 

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Buy link:
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01LXRCE49

Cover Reveal: A Raven’s Touch – Linda Bloodworth + CONTEST!

It’s here! Today is the day! Without further adieu, feast your eyes on the newly updated cover for A Raven’s Touch.

A Raven's Touch by Linda Bloodworth

The cover was created by Amanda Walker. I HIGHLY suggest you check out her work and become a fan of her page. Feel free to ask her questions about her pre-made covers, she is fantastic to work with, honest, and super friendly. She also offers PA services, so do check her out. She is very knowledgable and a hard worker.

BLURB: 
Bullied through high school, seventeen-year-old Justice St. Michaels is grateful for the help of her best friend Moira O’Fhey. Together they’re just managing to scrape through the nightmare they call high school. Between Justice’s bizarre body changes and being involved in explosive school fights, things are going from bad to worse. Darien Raventhorn arrives on the scene only to add fuel to an already burning question—has Justice been living a lie her whole life? Thrust into an unwanted revenge mission Justice must avenge a family death, embrace her birthright, and slay a demon before all Hell breaks loose.

BIO:
Linda Bloodworth loves chips, like really, ketchup to be exact. Ketchup chips are only found in Canada. Lucky for Linda she lives in Toronto with her husband and three fur babies. In between writing, debating for hours about the Oxford comma, and the misunderstood semi colon, Linda enjoys camping and getting away from the city on day trips.

Here’s the best pic you’ll get of me:
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How do I get my hands on this book!?
Right here >>> https://books.pronoun.com/a-ravens-touch/

CONTEST TIME!! – THIS IS A 2 PART CONTEST

HOW TO ENTER:
1. Post a screen shot of your confirmation order for A Raven’s Touch in the comment section of this blog post. (It doesn’t matter when you’ve purchased the book now or before.)

2. Subscribe to my newsletter: http://eepurl.com/bLecmr. PLEASE MAKE SURE I CAN IDENTIFY YOU. Your screen shot + sign up name should be the same. You MUST approve the subscription email you receive.

PRIZE:
A $3 Amazon Gift Card!

TIMING:
I will randomly pick the winner Oct. 23 @ 10 AM ET.

Thank you so much everyone! I can’t wait to hear what you have to say. Please leave a review on Amazon or any other retailer. Your review is INCREDIBLY important and helps me out as an author. Let the contest begin!

$3 Amazon GiftCard Contest + Sneak Peek @ A Raven’s Touch cover

Ooooh! Tomorrow is the day @ 11am I will reveal the cover to A Raven’s Touch!! I am so excited to show everyone the beautiful work Amanda Walker did for my cover of A Raven’s Touch. Seriously, I think you guys are going to LOVE it. I have already received quite a few compliments from bloggers who have seen it. If you are in my newsletter group you will get to see it ONE hour before everyone else. Sign up here >>> http://eepurl.com/bLecmr

I’m also hyped up for the Cover Reveal party I’m having. It’s going to be a lot of fun and I’ve invited a few friends to help me celebrate:
https://www.facebook.com/events/1666799110316063/

Just to tease you a little more here’s a more revealing look at the cover:

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Contest time!

How to enter: 
1. Comment: What would your super power be if you were a hero?

2. Subscribe to my newsletter. http://eepurl.com/bLecmr
You must check your email and click on the link to fully subscribe. I will be checking. 

Prize:
A $3 Amazon Gift Card!  (Ps. A Raven’s Touch is $2.99)

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Date: 
I will randomly draw a name from the comments on Oct. 22 @ 10am ET. If you have not completed BOTH steps you will not qualify. 

Good luck!!