Saturday, March 29, 2014

A Day of Firsts

Today I had my first book signing (Yay!) and it went very well. Lots of friendly people, one congratulated me on being so young and having been published (Thanks!) and I was also asked to do another signing in a town near here. I’ve always loved Half Price Books and they’re a very friendly bunch.



That’s First of the day #1.
First of the day #2 is not so great. On my way home from the signing, my car once again shut itself down without warning and I had to coast to the median in the middle of I75. I barely made it off the bridge, which would have seriously sent me into a panic attack. How is that a first when you said ‘once again’? I hear you asking. It’s not. The ‘First’ I am speaking of is calling 911 because of my car breaking down. We were in the middle of a highway up against the median with heavy traffic coming both ways. Which leads to another first, the cops never showed to help me. Oh they were around, I saw two cars pulled over while I and my son sat ignored, but none stopped to help. Even when 911 said they had sent someone.
Did I mention it was raining?
No, not raining. Pouring. Cats and dogs. Nor’easter. Pitchforks and hammer handles.
First #3. Since the cops were clearly not coming to help, I called Transportation Assistance, which I did not know about today (Seriously, put the number for your state in your phone) who showed up, fixed my car, and sent me on my way.
Did I mention I had to pee?
By the time Transportation Assistance got there, there was no holding it. I think my insides are permanently scared from the experience. I begged the driver to just forget the car and take me to a bathroom! A tow truck was on its way, (yes, I nearly called the army to rescue me and my child) and I asked if the tow truck could just bring the car to the bathroom I was using and pick me up from there. That was out of the question and one look at my son and the Transportation guy was ready to run for it. (Men… smh)
Did I cry?
Hell yes I did. Have you ever been stuck in the middle of nowhere in the rain and having to pee? You would have cried too. I cried like a little girl whose pony was just ravaged by a pack of wolves as she screamed out “NO! Mrs Pumpernickle!” Only mine was more like “NO! Why the f@#$ is it always *&^%$@* ME? I have to @$#%^*! Pee!”
Don’t worry. My son slept through the whole thing.
I however got to be the grownup and rescue us, yet again. I really should have a metal for the number of times I’ve saved us while still keeping my head and not giving up. It’s been rough.
So my day started out all, Yay! And now it’s all like, I just want to go to bed. I survived and the towing company got all my profits from todays sales. Big congratulations there way I guess. I’m going to bed.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

The Gift of Charms, The Land of Dragor (Book 1)


The land of Dragor is shrouded in mystery. No one comes in, and no one ever leaves. The smoke rising from the Fire Which Must Never Go Out covers the land in a shroud protecting the dragons from the outside world, and that's the way the council wants life to continue.

Yoshiko is a red dragon born from an unusual egg and on the day of his birth he was neither deemed a blessing nor a curse until the day he could prove he was one or the other. The rules of this land keeps Yoshiko from being what he is, a color changing dragon. No other dragon can change colors, and such a feature is feared and removed from Dragor.

Bullied at fire school and feeling a misfit, Yoshiko works hard to grow strong to complete three tasks set before him by Guya, a dragon that keeps to himself, in order to understand his destiny and to learn the secrets lying outside the only world he's ever known. Their world is about to change as Yoshiko comes closer and closer to unraveling his destiny. Join him on his journey and learn more about the Land of Dragor as the first ever color changing dragon seeks to restore the world with talents long lost.

The Gift of Charms is a wonderful story through the eyes of a dragon society seeking to live in peace, but something is brewing. It has a unique view on the age old rivalry of dragon vs human. I enjoyed the fact that the dragons are not held as evil, blood thirsty creatures. They seek peace and freedom. Yoshiko's determination and growth in himself is a great example for kids and I would gladly let my son, (or daughter if I had one) read this book. It holds a great lesson in being yourself and being proud as well as standing up for yourself against the unkind words of others. I look forward to the next book!

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Johnny Nothing


Johnny Nothing may be BORED at Uncle Marley’s funeral, but his life is soon to be come far from BORING. Uncle Marley is dead as dead can be, but he is bringing his family to life with his quirky bequeaths and requests set forth by his solicitor Mr. Dark. Johnny Nothing had nothing, as his name clearly states. Even after Uncle Marley gave Johnny everything, he was still left with nothing. Johnny’s mother is the worst mother in the world as she takes his inheritance and spends more and more of his money on her own selfish and outrageous desires. Johnny has to devise a way to stop his mothers spending before she continues on her path to drain the account Uncle Marley left to him before Johnny is able to fulfill Uncle Marley’s final request.
Johnny’s quiet personality, and his innate fear of his mother, leaves Johnny feeling helpless, but he is not alone. Will Johnny replace the money his mother has spent before it’s too late? He must team up with the only man truly on his side and teach his awful mother a lesson.
This story is written through the eyes of the narrator who gives lively, sometimes overly smelly, descriptions and advice, (don’t smoke kids!) bringing a comedic side to Johnny’s dark tale. The images in the book are very unique and creative and give a clear picture of just how disgusting Johnny’s family is. A very unique, dark, comedic tale that truly tickles your funny bone. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book, at times laughing a bit too loud, and I highly recommend reading it.
Johnny Nothing is only available on Kindle, found here:
Check out the sample and see if it’s for you!

Friday, March 21, 2014

So this past week has been pretty great, besides the loss of my remote control... 
This week I discovered that my entry for Peter V Bretts warding contest won second place! My entry is below:


My son sleeps well at night knowing he is protected from Demons. Don't know what I'm talking about? You should check out The Warded Man and the books of the Demon Cycle series and it will make a lot more sense. Great books. You can check out more entries and his books here:
http://www.petervbrett.com/2014/03/13/warding-contest-winners-2/

I also had a great time at Brandon Sanderson's signing on Tuesday only to come home to my prizes from Peter V Brett where upon I squealed like a little girl to have 6 wonderful books signed all in one day. Plus a nice little note that gave me happies :)

On top of all the fun has been quite a bit of work getting things together for the book blast where you can sign up here:
http://motherdaughterbookreviews.com/book-blast-sign-ups-sticks-n-stones-and-the-garden-of-phea-by-angela-burkhead/

As well as Box 010 I'll be a part of next month that can be checked out here:
http://mtmcguire.co.uk/tag/box-010/

And I'll update that info when the time gets closer. It's going to be lots of fun! I got to rant about things I wish would disappear and you can vote in agreement (or disagreement) with my ranting. You'll get to know me and my pet peeves a bit better ;) He has several interviews up with the wonderful ranting of other authors if you'd like to check that out.

I'm in the middle of a wonderful book, Johnny Nothing, that I'll be giving you a review on soon. You should check out the sample on Kindle and see if you're interested. I'm loving it! It's witty, and dark, and very unique.

Speaking of reviews, there are a couple of great reviews of Sticks n' Stones and the Garden of Phea up on Amazon, after the book blast next month there will be plenty more. Very exciting and I am really looking forward to the book blast.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Prizes, Surprises, and Appearances

Currently, I am reading the Demon Cycle series and as every fangirl in love with the story, I entered Peter V. Brett's warding contest in hopes of winning signed copies of his books. I found out this morning I won second place! Which can be seen here,
http://www.petervbrett.com/2014/03/13...

If you are so inclined to see. My sons crib does still have the wardings, the permanent marker will not be going away any time soon. Sleep tight knowing he is well protected from the night.

I recently requested to be a part of a local schools Artist Appreciation Day and will get an entire section to myself to pass out copies of my book to a few lucky students. Very excited about the opportunity and I will be looking for more in the future.

My book signing is still scheduled for the end of the month, times and such are listed on my Facebook page, assuming I will have copies of my book by then. Still waiting on my order. The store will also be selling a few copies so if you miss it (this being a message for people in KY, that's where the signing is) the bookstore will have signed copies. All others can purchase a copy on Amazon, if you would like one signed, contact me ;)

Very exciting morning full of activity and I hope to keep the momentum going.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Tropic of Serpents

Lady Trent is at it again in pursuit of understanding and documenting dragons. She travels to the Tropic of Serpents and finds herself, once again, in over her head. The heat is scorching, the forrest is dangerous, the dragons are magnificent.

This book is exciting and unexpected from page to page. Tropic of Serpents is another unique look on dragons and their interaction with humans. Dragons live up to their legend as being fierce and worshipped by the local people but first and foremost they are animals with behavior to study and dissect. Not only has Brennan provide us with excellent detail of body structure and explaining flight capabilities, we also get a look into the world of breeding, the differences between breeds and their environments, and their unique behavior, all packed into the memoir of a strong female lead who admits she clumsily risks her life in pursuit of her goals.

The story also provides a deep look into Isabelle's world of class and female expectations which she defies and comes out victorious in scholarly discovery. She gives great details of the people she encounters and the reader gets a look at the severe differences between Scirling, Yembe, Moulish and more. Brennan leaves nothing out, except what is only meant for the ears of the Pure, and she opens up a world of strong characters, diversity, and political gain.

I have enjoyed both Lady Trent Memoirs tremendously having read both straight through upon receiving them. I won A Natural History of Dragons and I am happy I have the book a chance. They are not your typical man vs dragon or man taming dragon stories and I very much appreciate the chance to understand and appreciate dragons in their natural habitat. I hope someday she releases an actual Natural History book describing each dragon with sketches and such. I would buy that book in a heartbeat!!


Friday, March 7, 2014

K. Larson-Objective-Cover Reveal!

My story started out cliche, good girl falls for bad boy, but one wrong move changed all that. Turns out the good girl doesn’t save the bad boy. My story goes from cliche to risque to mind blowing. My story is different from all the others because the events of my story led me to one thing...my objective.

Remembering him comes in dreams and flashbacks that I can't control. I tell myself it’s time to let go...but moving on from him is impossible when I still see our lives in my head.

When you kill your soul mate you don’t ever really recover.
A year of trying to forget or rather move past it has taught me that you can't. Its an impossibility to move on from that kind of horrific form of betrayal. If you you’re too selfish or scared for suicide, like me, you learn to wake up every morning and follow routine. One foot in front of the other, day after day.

Hollow. Lifeless. Haunted. Loving him was like the sun on a summer day. Living without him is like slowly burning to death. Torture.

A Bloodlines Novel.
*Note Tug of War is the 1st in the Bloodlines books, each book can be read as a stand alone book.*


Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/19366566-objective


EXCERPT:
There are exactly five people in this town that know me, or of me. My neighbor Bentley, the bouncer where I work, Brock, the pimply faced kid who works the late shift at the liquor store, the chick at the Knight’s Super Foods who always seems to be working when I go in and Penny, the manager at the club who hired me. It’s just enough people to be safe and few enough to avoid drawing any attention to myself. I’m not a hermit. I just don’t like people all that much anymore. I suppose if shown a picture in a line-up some of the gym junkies where I box with Brock would be able to say ‘yeah, I’ve seen her’ but I doubt they’d remember my name. I like my quiet life. No distractions. It allows me to keep my eyes open and to stay alert and watch for the real danger. It’s not easy being paranoid and afraid all the time. Somewhere over the last year I went from feeling non-stop sorrow and bone-crushing guilt to rage. Pure hate. It fills me. It drives me now. I train because of it. I stay alert because of it. And I will achieve my objective because of it. Ezra will come for me. I realize he is the only thing keeping my hurt around. It was his fault. It still is and yet, I’m the one paying. I gave up my life, my love, my soul. Ezra has to pay and I am determined to make it happen, on my terms. I just have to stay alive long enough to kill him first. I have to do this. He ruined my life. I have nothing. I am nothing. I want it done as soon as possible. I’ve bided my time for so long now. Then I will forget. I will begin my life and I will forget that I ever knew him.

Author Links:

K Larsen on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/K.-Larsen/e/B00AN1BSIE
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