Win an ARC of SECRET OF THE SOULS by Terri Rochenski


J. Taylor Publishing is giving away FIVE ARCs of Secret of the Souls by Terri Rochenski!

Check it out!

Secret of the Souls

Thrust out of their homes by a human High Priest on a vengeful mission, the Natives of Derlund no longer have a place to call their own. One escaped capture, however, and now she, Hyla, is the only one who can save her people.

For, Hyla, though, saving her nation isn’t her ultimate goal—returning to the Pool of Souls is. Becoming its Guardian and preserving their faith is her heart’s desire. The perils of her current journey, though, could leave her unable to fulfill that dream.

To find her way back to the Pool, Hyla must live among dangerous, powerful humans willing to defend the Natives, and must submit herself—her Talents—to them. While her protection is paramount, plots to end Hyla’s life will push her to her physical and emotional limits.

On the edge of sanity, her courage tested, and convictions nearly broken, Hyla’s final test of loyalty to her faith comes with the death of one she could have loved.

Readers will experience Hyla’s spiritual and self-discovering journey once more, in this latest addition to the Pool of Souls duology.

And J. Taylor Publishing is giving away FIVE ARC copies.

To YOU!

You don’t even have to be a book blogger!

Nope, so long as you are willing to leave an honest review* by October 12th 2014, you are eligible to enter.

Interested?

Then just fill out the form and keep your fingers crossed.

You have until midnight of September 21st, 2014 to enter.

*A review should consist of your honest thoughts regarding a book, usually a few paragraphs long and around 150 – 500 (or more, if desired) words in length.

About Terri Rochenski

Terri started writing stories in the 8th grade, when a little gnome whispered in her brain. Gundi’s Great Adventure never hit the best seller list, but it started a long love affair with the fantasy genre.

Today she enjoys an escape to Middle Earth during the rare ‘me’ moments her three young children allow. When not playing toys, picking them back up, or kissing boo-boos, she can be found sprawled on the couch with a book or pencil in hand, and toothpicks propping her eyelids open.

Secret of the Souls cover reveal!


OMGosh, I can finally reveal this cover!  I’ve been sitting on it for over a month.  Isn’t it swoon-worthy?  Too bad I have to wait until October to read it.

Secret of the Souls

Pool of Souls
by Terri Rochenski
Release Date: October 6, 2014
Target Reader: Adult
Keywords: Fantasy

Back of the Book

Thrust out of their homes by a human High Priest on a vengeful mission, the Natives of Derlund no longer have a place to call their own. One escaped capture, however, and now she, Hyla, is the only one who can save her people.

For, Hyla, though, saving her nation isn’t her ultimate goal—returning to the Pool of Souls is. Becoming its Guardian and preserving their faith is her heart’s desire. The perils of her current journey, though, could leave her unable to fulfill that dream.

To find her way back to the Pool, Hyla must live among dangerous, powerful humans willing to defend the Natives, and must submit herself—her Talents—to them. While her protection is paramount, plots to end Hyla’s life will push her to her physical and emotional limits.

On the edge of sanity, her courage tested, and convictions nearly broken, Hyla’s final test of loyalty to her faith comes with the death of one she could have loved.

URL: http://www.jtaylorpublishing.com/books/34

About this author:

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Terri started writing stories in the 8th grade, when a little gnome whispered in her brain. Gundi’s Great Adventure never hit the best seller list, but it started a long love affair with storytelling.

Today she enjoys an escape to Middle Earth during the rare ‘me’ moments her two young daughters allow. When not playing toys, picking them back up, or kissing boo-boos, she can be found sprawled on the couch with a book or pencil in hand, and toothpicks propping her eyelids open.

Other books in this series:

Eye of the Soul

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“Make Believe” e-book giveaway!


It’s an e-book giveaway and just in time for the magical leprechaun!

What am I giving away?  What else other than this magical book!

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Want to read it? Just register here and you could win an e-copy on Sunday, March 17!

Author Terri Rochenski wants to be what kind of mythical creature?


I am so lucky.  Today I have the fantabulously gorgeous bubbly author and MAKE BELIEVE antho buddy, Terri Rochenski, visiting the Dreamweaver’s Cottage!  I’m so excited.  Come on everyone. Let’s give Terri a warm welcome.

*Standing Ovation*

Wow, look at that Terri. They love you already.  Thank you so much for dropping by the Cottage today.  I know you are on a whirlwind tour, hopping all over the blogosphere promoting not only MAKE BELIEVE but another little ditty as well.  We’ll get into that in a few minutes, but for now, let’s focus on MAKE BELIEVE.  Your story, SACRIFICIAL OATH, is the first one to appear in the anthology. Can you tell us in one sentence why everyone should read your story?

You. Will. Be. Moved.  At least I hope so. hehehe

Hey, I know I was.  It was so touching and I thought you had an absolutely perfect ending.  I couldn’t help but wonder while I was reading it though, how you managed to write such a great story with a couple of little ones around.  Do you just sit down and write with all the noise going on around you, or do you have to go somewhere where you can have a few moments of peace and quiet?

Peace and quiet? What’s that?!?!?!? Seeing as how I have 2 little girls, I don’t have a choice! It’s write while they’re ‘quiet’ (aka leaving me alone for 5 minute spans) or I give up my hobby till they’re both in school. Not happening.

I hear that.  It’s really difficult to balance being a parent/spouse/worker and writer.  Anyone who can juggle all of that deserves a giant medal and some serious kudo points.

What sort of tools do you use to write and are there things you MUST have around you when you write?

I actually write the old fashioned way first – pen & paper. So a clipboard is a must. My stories tend to flow a bit better for me since I can’t backspace, editing while trying to write. Sometimes there’s a 2-yr-old hanging on one leg, and a 3-yr-old whining on the couch beside me. Yup. It’s fun being me.

And you do it all with such a beautiful smile on your face.  I don’t know how you do it.  You have two short stories appearing simultaneously in December – SACRIFICIAL OATH in J. Taylor Publishing’s MAKE BELIEVE anthology, and BEGINNING OF FOREVER in Still Moments Publishing, CHRISTMAS MAGIC.  Now that you are a published author, what advice would you give to aspiring authors?

There’s lots & lots, but the best (and advice I STILL don’t follow although I know it works) is to write every day. Even if it’s a scene or single line. Keep it fresh & moving along.

Excellent advice.  Okay, are you ready for some lightning round questions?  You have won a million dollars.  What’s the first thing you do with the money.

Pay off both houses (finish the WiP house we live in now) THEN buy all my Pen sisters round trip tickets to the lake house!!! Hehehehe Wouldn’t that be lovely? Seriously.

I would so love that.  Party at the lake house, girlfriends!  When you were 12 years old, what did you want to be when you grew up?

A writer.  An astronaut. A surgical nurse.  Yes, all three at once.

There’s definitely a plot line in there somewhere.  What is your favorite quote?

There’s an English word for a beginning writer who never gives up. Published.  – J. Konrath

Ohh, I LIKE that.  *jotting it down in my little notebook*  Reece’s Pieces or M&M’s?

Reeces. YUMMIES! Not a huge chocolate fan.

You’re not a chocolate fan???  Stop the presses, boys.  A woman that’s not a chocoholic!  That ranks right up there with women who don’t like shoes!  Oh wait, that would be me.  Okay, so we’ll be weird together.  I knew there was a secret reason I liked you so  much.  What is your favorite television show of all time?

That’s a toughie. Since I’ve been singing on stage since I was 5, I have to say American Idol. BUT, a few others stand out for me.

Lie to me – taken off the air WAY TOO SOON IMO. LOVED that series. Like big time.

Little House on the Prairie – my childhood love. Always wanted to be Laura.

Dukes of Hazard – another childhood love. Wonder why?  Hehehehe

Don’t watch much TV nowadays. I can do without all the reality crap stations consider good watching.

I loved Little House on the Prairie.  Michael Landon was so cute and it was such a good, wholesome, feel-good show.  Okay, I’ve got a toughie for you.  If you could be any mythical creature, what would you be?

I’ve never thought of this before. Great question! Probably a pixie like Tinker Bell. Always wanted to fly. Always wanted to be a ‘fly on the wall’ & listen in where perhaps I shouldn’t be. hehehehehe

I can so see you being a little fairy, flitting around, sprinkling pixie dust on everyone.  Never pictured you as an eavesdropping fairy but I do have to admit, listening in on conversations makes for great plots.

Ok, dahling, I see you have a little one tugging on you and begging you for waffles so I’ll let you get back to your precious family.  Thank you so much for stopping by and taking time to talk to me.  You are always welcome at the Cottage so I hope you stop by again soon.  Also, good luck with all your endeavors and please keep me posted on other publishing deals you want the world to know about.

For the rest of you, please take some time to read an excerpt of SACRIFICIAL OATH here, and if so inclined, pop over to any of the following links and purchase your very own copy of MAKE BELIEVE.

amazon.comBarnes&NobleAReBooks on Boarddiesel bookseBookMall, eBookPiegohastings.com

You can also drop in on the other MAKE BELIEVE author sites and  enter any number of giveaways going on.

J.A. Belfield

Kelly Said

Lynda R. Young

Jennifer M. Eaton

Last but not least, don’t forget to drop by Terri’s website/blog, and say hi, then head over to Twitter and Facebook to let her know you’re stalking her.  Tell her I sent you.  🙂

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Blog Tour eff-ups. Yep, I made one, but it’s all good


Okay, cut me some slack.  It’s my first blog tour.  🙂

For those of you who haven’t tried to put a blog tour together, let me tell you it’s tons of fun, incredibly hectic and completely EASY to make mistakes, especially if you’re not paying attention.  Sad thing was, I thought I had it all together.  My Google Calendar doesn’t have a blank spot on it from Dec. 1 – Jan. 3.  Apparently, however, I made a boo boo and didn’t mark it on my calendar.  I double-booked appearances today.  You can find me blabbing away on the blogs of two of my anthology mates:

Kelly Said and Terri Rochenski  *bangs head on desk*

Oh well.  They are both such sweethearts and made me feel better by not calling me names AND YOU guys are lucky because you get to blog hop with me all day.  Isn’t that fun?  Nod and say “Sure it is.”

Sorry girls.  I’m glad it all worked out though.   I couldn’t ask for better antho buddies.

Win an ARC of the upcoming anthology, MAKE BELIEVE


I have some über exciting news for you!  I received the okay from my publisher, J.Taylor Publishing, to give away an ARC of the Make Believe anthology!  Whoo Hoo!!!  You have no idea  how much this thrills me.  Only a few lucky people will receive an ARC of the anthology before it’s officially release on December 3, 2012, and you might be one of them!

Read all about the anthology here.  Curiosity piqued?  All you have to do to find out how they end is enter the giveaway.

What do you have to do to win?

Leave a blog comment telling us your favorite fantasy as a child.  Did you dress up like Superman?  Did you dream of being a rock ‘n roll star?  An actress?  Come on.  Don’t be shy.  When done, head over to my website and fill out the rafflecopter form to validate your entry.

Contest for readers/reviewers will run from October 3 to October 15 with the winner chosen at random on October 16.  Leave me your e-mail address along with your comment so I can contact the lucky winner!

J. Taylor Publishing will send out the ARC in ebook format.  Good luck everyone and thanks for participating.

A sneak peek at The Amulet of Ormisez


Several months ago I shared the great news that J. Taylor Publishing accepted my short story, THE AMULET OF ORMISEZ, for their MAKE BELIEVE anthology coming out December 3, 2o12.  I was thrilled beyond words and all of you were so sweet and wonderful, sharing all your congratulations and good wishes.  I am truly blessed to have so many wonderful followers who support each other in their endeavors.

Today I hit another milestone in this whirlwind publishing process.  So many of you have asked when they will get a sneak peek at the stories in the anthology and I’m happy to say today is the day!  Below you will find the first 250 words (or thereabout) of THE AMULET OF ORMISEZ.  The editing process has been fantastic and there were very, very few changes to the opening page.  What you see here is pretty much the way it looked upon submission, which makes me really, really happy.  I guess all that studying and taking  notes and practicing and reading about opening hooks and the importance of 1st pages paid off in this case.  I want to give a HUGE shout out to my beta readers and critique partners.  Without you, AMULET, may not be where it is today.  You guys rock my world and I can’t thank you enough for all your help and late nights, phone calls and multiple reads.

My story is just one of six fantastic short stories and I am thrilled to appear beside an amazing group of authors.  Please take the time to visit all of their websites over the next several months and get to know them as I have.  As today is the official release date of our sneak peeks, they may have their excerpts up today, too, so make sure you make the rounds, introduce yourself and tell them I sent ya!  Also, if you don’t mind, please click here to add it to your To-Read list.

And now, for your reading pleasure, may I present the first page of The Amulet of Ormisez:

Elton Fletcher urged his horse through the wind and sleet toward the enormous shadow rising from the moors against the darkness.  Sagewick Castle.  Home. Faster and faster he rode, speeding past the hedges and trees hiding the royal palace of Trumwald, his cloak snapping behind him. The horse galloped through the archway of the gatehouse, its nostrils flaring, hooves clopping against cobblestones.

A stout man rushed from the stable house, wool cloak over his head, oil lantern in hand.

“Welcome home, Master Fletcher.”

“Thank you.” Elton dismounted and handed over his horse to the welcoming marshal. “It’s good to be back. Tell me, has Master Cayden retired for the evening?”

“He has not, Lord Elton,” replied a familiar voice, “but might I suggest you tidy up a bit before socializing.”

“Ah, Ferris!” Elton grinned at the man on the steps. “What a pleasant sight! I assume my room has been prepared.”

“Of course, my lord. We’ve been expecting you.”

“Splendid. I’m cold as a corpse. Perhaps you’d like to join me for some apricot brandy and something to eat? I’m famished.” Elton embraced Ferris.

“The brandy is already in your room. I’ll have the servants fetch whatever you wish once you are settled.”

Inside, a slew of servants, waiting by the doorway, greeted Elton with exuberant smiles on their faces.

“Welcome back, Master Elton.”

“It is good to see you again, my lord.”

“May I take your coat, Sir?”

A young boy of no more than ten years stood before Elton, his arms outstretched. Elton smiled and draped his sodden, fur-lined coat and leather gloves across them. Reaching inside his coin pouch, Elton withdrew a gold therap and tucked it in the boy’s trouser pocket. “For your troubles,” he said, tousling the boy’s hair.

The young face beamed with delight as he ran down a marble corridor shouting for his mother, the coat dragging the ground behind him.

“You’d best be careful of your treatment of the hired help, Sir,” said Ferris. “Your brother would not approve.”

“Why?” Elton walked with Ferris down the entrance hall, flanked by roaring fireplaces set between massive columns. His boots echoed with each click upon the black marble floor.

“Things are not as they were when you left two years ago.” They climbed the wide, stone stairway and followed a maze of corridors. Vibrant, handmade tapestries popped against the limestone walls while slender red carpets lay underfoot. Oil lamps flickered against the stone.

It seemed all had remained as Elton recalled.

“Lord Cayden has … changed,” Ferris continued, his face drawn. “He is not what you remember. Watch your step and your generosity.”

Now for a bit about the anthology:

Make Believe

by J.A. BelfieldJennifer M. EatonJ. Keller FordTerri RochenskiKelly SaidLynda R. Young

Release Date: December 3, 2012

Target Reader: Adult

Keywords: FantasyParanormal RomanceRomance

Description

Sacrificial Oath by Terri Rochenski
An impetuous act unwittingly makes Alesuela the fulfillment of the Sovereign’s Blood Oath to their Goddess. In five days, she’ll be forced to make the greatest choice of her life: become the virginal sacrifice already promised, or force the man she loves most to die in her place.

With an impossible choice in front of her, she searches for ways to undo the oath, and in her quest, finds not everything in her life is as she expects.

The Amulet of Ormisez by J. Keller Ford
There is only one way to save Elton Fletcher’s brother from an insanity-ridden death.

After years away from home, fighting for his people, Elton returns to discover his only sibling, Cayden, possessed by greed and malice, and responsible for malicious, unthinkable deeds. Cayden, though, isn’t the only one afflicted by the Amulet of Ormisez, and Elton finds himself in yet another battle, where the price of failure could be his own life.

Birthright by Lynda R. Young
Christa can mask the pain and hide the scars, but running from a birthright is impossible.

She’s tried to escape her grief by fleeing to a small town in Florida. Much to her frustration, the locals think they recognize her even though she’s never been there before. To make things worse, a man named Jack spouts outrageous theories about her.

Both spur Christa to bolt, to start fresh yet again, but there’s something about Jack that intrigues her enough to stay. The only problem? Someone else wants her to leave, and they won’t stop until she’s dead.

Petrified by Kelly Said
A mysterious storm has replaced summer with winter, devastating crops and smothering Castle lands in snow. Prince Sterling August stands alone as a leader, lost in personal grief as well as a desire to help his people but with an inability to do either.

The answers he needs await him, but without Lochlyn, a woman who’s just as isolated as Sterling, he’ll never see what stands before him, cloaked in illusion.

Last Winter Red by Jennifer M. Eaton
Emily is a Red, a woman whose sole purpose in life is to produce offspring. When her husband dies and leaves her childless, she risks her life and forsakes the safety of Terra—a disease-free city born after the nuclear holocaust. Beyond its boundaries, she knows, survives a man with whom she can be properly paired.

The Outside, though, holds secrets the government struggles to keep, and what Emily discovers on her quest for a mate will change her life forever.

Escort to Insanity by J.A. Belfield
From a charity auction, to a stroll in the park, to the craziest night of her life. Nicole Harrington can’t help but wonder how a simple event went so drastically wrong.

Of course, the male escort she booked is wholly to blame. Not only charming but shrewdly intelligent, Benjamin Gold drags Nicole into a platoon of unimaginable problems—ones from which she’ll have to find the courage just to survive.

Websites of MAKE BELIEVE authors:

J.A. Belfield

Jennifer M. Eaton

Kelly Said

Lynda R. Young

Terri Rochenski

It’s real…it’s really real! I’m getting published!


It’s happened before…seeing my name on the cover of an anthology, but it was different the last time.  I did some very minor (and I do mean ‘minor’) editorial work for a publisher, and in exchange, my short story, The Passing of Millie Hudson was given a spot in the pay-for-inclusion anthology.  Though I was ‘published’, I never felt validated as an author. It didn’t count.

Today, however, I feel validated.  A real, honest-to-God publisher chose my story out of a sea of many to appear in their anthology.  I didn’t pay my way into it.  It wasn’t a perk.  I was chosen.  My story was chosen.  That word is very, very powerful.

Chosen.

That’s why seeing my name on the front cover of the Make Believe anthology is such a big deal for me.  I mean, signing the contract was huge!  I couldn’t believe it.  My very first publishing contract!  It was something I wanted ever since I could hold a crayon.  It was on my bucket list – to be officially published before I leave this life.  My prayers were answered.

When I told my husband and oldest son, they were about as excited as getting their teeth pulled.  Oh, they gave their congratulatory ‘That’s great’, but that’s where it ended.  No excitement.  No hurrah.  No celebrating.  Just “That’s nice.  I knew you could do it.”  My girls and youngest son, however, were ecstatic!  They bought me Asti Spumanti and poppers and were all full of happiness and squeals of delight.  They knew what this meant to me.  They got it.

Still, none of it seemed real until April 26 when I first saw the cover with my name on it.  I wanted to share it with everyone then, but I couldn’t.  Not until today.  Look at it!  Isn’t it pretty?  🙂

Squeeeeee!!!!!  I can’t believe it!  I simply can’t believe it.

Another beautiful part about all of this, is that one of my dearest friends, Jennifer M Eaton, is also getting published in this anthology.  We were both iffy on if we were going to submit, then coaxed each other into it, then went on this amazing journey together as writers, friends, critics, betas to end up, side-by-side, on the cover.  How cool is that?  Our first real published pieces appearing in the same anthology!

Make Believe is due to release on December 3, 2012 in e-book only, and you can read blurbs about each of the six stories below. After reading them, please pop over to each of the gal’s websites and leave a congratulatory message for them.  This IS a big deal for each of us and I am so very proud of each one of my anthology mates.  We did it, ladies!  *Pops cork*  *Throws confetti*

Sacrificial Oath by Terri Rochenski

An impetuous act unwittingly makes Alesuela the fulfillment of the Sovereign’s Blood Oath to their Goddess. In five days, she’ll be forced to make the greatest choice of her life: become the virginal sacrifice already promised, or force the man she loves most to die in her place.

With an impossible choice in front of her, she searches for ways to undo the oath, and in her quest, finds not everything in her life is as she expects.

The Amulet of Ormisez by J. Keller Ford

There is only one way to save Elton Fletcher’s brother from an insanity-ridden death.

After years away from home, fighting for his people, Elton returns to discover his only sibling, Cayden, possessed by greed and malice, and responsible for malicious, unthinkable deeds. Cayden, though, isn’t the only one afflicted by the Amulet of Ormisez, and Elton finds himself in yet another battle, where the price of failure could be his own life.

Birthright by Lynda R. Young

Christa can mask the pain and hide the scars, but running from a birthright is impossible.

She’s tried to escape her grief by fleeing to a small town in Florida. Much to her frustration, the locals think they recognize her even though she’s never been there before. To make things worse, a man named Jack spouts outrageous theories about her.

Both spur Christa to bolt, to start fresh yet again, but there’s something about Jack that intrigues her enough to stay. The only problem? Someone else wants her to leave, and they won’t stop until she’s dead.

Petrified by Kelly Said

A mysterious storm has replaced summer with winter, devastating crops and smothering Castle lands in snow.  Prince Sterling August stands alone as a leader, lost in personal grief as well as a desire to help his people but with an inability to do either.

The answers he needs await him, but without Lochlyn, a woman who’s just as isolated as Sterling, he’ll never see what stands before him, cloaked in illusion.

Last Winter Red by Jennifer M. Eaton

Emily is a Red, a woman whose sole purpose in life is to produce offspring. When her husband dies and leaves her childless, she risks her life and forsakes the safety of Terra—a disease-free city born after the nuclear holocaust. Beyond its boundaries, she knows, survives a man with whom she can be properly paired.

The Outside, though, holds secrets the government struggles to keep, and what Emily discovers on her quest for a mate will change her life forever.

Escort to Insanity by J.A. Belfield

From a charity auction, to a stroll in the park, to the craziest night of her life. Nicole Harrington can’t help but wonder how a simple event went so drastically wrong.

Of course, the male escort she booked is wholly to blame. Not only charming but shrewdly intelligent, Benjamin Gold drags Nicole into a platoon of unimaginable problems—ones from which she’ll have to find the courage just to survive.