Thursday, October 23, 2014

New from Carlyle Labuschagne: DEAD OF NIGHT (AFTERSHOCK #1)

Dead of Night
by Carlyle Labuschagne
Young Adult Dystopian Romance

In a dark and desolated After Earth, love still does exist,
but the cost of bearing such a flaw is death.

World War III has left Earth in utter turmoil. People’s beliefs are said to be
the cause of the worldwide destruction. After The Clearing new laws are set about -
to show certitude in anything besides the law is weak and chargeable as mutiny.
To be illogical and have faith in religion is illegal, to be limitless is dangerous.
And illness is seen as a defect – all flaws that are inexcusable.

But to love is the greatest betrayal of all mankind. It is a fault the world has
long forgotten and punishable by death, a fatal risk Aecker and Opel are
fully prepared to take - because in love there is freedom.
But how far can they push back before it claims
their lives and of those they care about?

Carlyle Labuschagne is a South African award winning author working her way into the hearts of international readers with her first two books in the Broken Trilogy. Her first young adult dystopian novel The Broken Destiny reached top 3 in its YA debut category. The sequel Evanescent won YATR literary award for best Sci-Fi book 2013.
Her "Become a Published Author" programme for students launched Feb 2014. 
She is not only an author, but works as a marketing manager by day. She holds a diploma in creative writing through the writing school at College SA. 
Carlyle loves to swim, fights for the trees, and is a food lover who is driven by her passion for life. Carlyle also writes for IU e-magazine India, an inspirational non-profit magazine that aims at inspiring the world through words. The drive behind her author career is healing through words. Carlyle is also the founder of the first annual book drive – Help Build A Library in Africa Project. And hopes to launch her very own Indie book festival in Johannesburg March 2015.
“My goal as an author is to touch people’s lives, and help others love their differences and one another.”

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Thursday, October 16, 2014

Two Years of Creepy Hollow: Time for a GIVEAWAY!

Some of you will remember that I first began publishing Creepy Hollow as a series of novelettes (Guardian, Labyrinth, Traitor, Masquerade ...). That began in March 2012, so more than two years ago. But the first NOVEL, the compilation of those four parts along with a couple of bonus scenes, which formed The Faerie Guardian, was published in October 2012. TWO YEARS AGO THIS MONTH!

Creepy Hollow has done better out there than I could ever have hoped, and its two-year anniversary is an excellent time to celebrate!

You could win a set of all three Creepy Hollow paperbacks, or a signed Creepy Hollow postcard and bookmark. This giveaway is open internationally :-)

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

WIN With Jessica Bell's New Thriller Release, WHITE LADY!


To celebrate the release of Jessica Bell's latest novel, WHITE LADY, she is giving away an e-copy (mobi, ePub, or PDF) to the first person to correctly guess the one true statement in the three statements below. To clarify, two statements are lies, and one is true:

Mia, the daughter of Sonia’s lover, ...
a. realizes she’s a lesbian a third of the way into the book.
b. is scared of her fitness-obsessed mother coming home from LA and finding out she’s fat.
c. asks Sonia for tips on how to kill her mother.

What do you think? Which one is true? Write your guess in the comments, along with your email address. Comments will close in 48 hours. If no-one guesses correctly within 48 hours, comments will stay open until someone does.

Want more chances to win? You have until October 31 to visit all the blogs where Jessica will share a different set of true and false statements on each one. Remember, each blog is open to comments for 48 hours only from the time of posting.

If you win, you will be notified by email with instructions on how to download the book.

Click HERE to see the list of blogs.


*This novel contains coarse language, violence, and sexual themes.

Sonia yearns for sharp objects and blood. But now that she's rehabilitating herself as a "normal" mother and mathematics teacher, it's time to stop dreaming about slicing people's throats.

While being the wife of Melbourne's leading drug lord and simultaneously dating his best mate is not ideal, she's determined to make it work.

It does work. Until Mia, her lover's daughter, starts exchanging saliva with her son, Mick. They plan to commit a crime behind Sonia's back. It isn't long before she finds out and gets involved to protect them.

But is protecting the kids really Sonia's motive?

Click HERE to view the book trailer.
Click HERE for purchase links.

Jessica Bell, a thirty-something Australian-native contemporary fiction author, poet and singer/songwriter/guitarist, is the Publishing Editor of Vine Leaves Literary Journal and the director of the Homeric Writers' Retreat & Workshop on the Greek island of Ithaca. She makes a living as a writer/editor for English Language Teaching Publishers worldwide, such as Pearson Education, HarperCollins, MacMillan Education, Education First and Cengage Learning.

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Thursday, October 2, 2014

YA Scavenger Hunt - TEAM INDIE - Check Out Bonus Content For Author Phillip Simpson's Rapture Trilogy!

Welcome to the YA Scavenger Hunt! This bi-annual event was first organized by author Colleen Houck as a way to give readers a chance to gain access to exclusive bonus material from their favorite authors ... and a chance to win some awesome prizes! At this hunt, you not only get access to exclusive content from each author, you also get a clue for the hunt. Add up the clues, and you can enter for our prize--one lucky winner will receive one signed book from each author on the hunt in my team! But play fast: this contest (and all the exclusive bonus material) will only be online until Sunday 5 October!

Go to the YA Scavenger Hunt page to find out all about the hunt. There are SIX contests going on simultaneously, and you can enter one or all! I am a part of TEAM INDIE--but there is also a red team, a gold team, an orange team, a red team, and a blue team for a chance to win a whole different set of signed books!

If you'd like to find out more about the hunt, see links to all the authors participating, and see the full list of prizes up for grabs, go to the YA Scavenger Hunt page.


Directions: Look out for my favorite number blow (it's pretty obvious ;-) ). Collect the favorite numbers of all the authors on TEAM INDIE, and then add them up (don't worry, you can use a calculator!). 

Entry Form: Once you've added up all the numbers, make sure you fill out the form here to officially qualify for the grand prize. Only entries that have the correct number will qualify.

Rules: Open internationally. Anyone below the age of 18 should have a parent or guardian's permission to enter. To be eligible for the grand prize, you must submit the completed entry form by Sunday 5 Oct, at noon Pacific Time. Entries sent without the correct number or without contact information will not be considered.

Introducing Author Phillip Simpson...

As part of the hunt, I'm hosting Phillip W. Simpson! He's the author of many novels, chapter books and other stories for children. His publishers include Month9books, Macmillan, Penguin, Pearson, Cengage, Raintree and Oxford University Press. He received both his undergraduate degree in Ancient History and Archaeology and his Masters (Hons) degree in Archaeology from the University of Auckland. Before embarking on his writing career, he joined the army as an officer cadet and owned a comic shop. His first young adult novel, Rapture (Rapture Trilogy #1), was shortlisted for the Sir Julius Vogel Awards for best Youth novel in 2012. His latest YA book, Minotaur, is due for release with Month9books in October, 2015. When not writing, he works as a school teacher. Phillip lives and writes in Auckland, New Zealand with his wife Rose, their son, Jack and their two border terriers, Whiskey and Raffles. He loves fishing, reading, movies, football (soccer) and single malt Whiskeys.

Find out more information by visiting Phillip's website, or check out the latest book in his RAPTURE trilogy, APOCALYPSE!

The seven years of the Tribulation are almost over. The Apocalypse- the final battle between good and evil - is almost upon us and with it, the end of the world as we know it. For the last seven years, the half-demon Samael has battled his inner demons as well as the very real demons that inhabit the desolate, ash-shrouded Earth. Betrayed by Heaven and Hell, cursed by the surviving humans that he strives to protect, separated from all those he loves – Sam’s existence is filled with death and despair. Now he must make a choice. Continue to fight for those he swore to protect or leave them to their fate and join his father in Hell. The Apocalypse is coming and it isn’t going to wait for Sam to make up his mind.

Phillip's BONUS CONTENT is seriously cool. A recent graduate of Sunderland University, Mat Dawson, used Phillip's novel RAPTURE as the inspiration for his final project. So today I give you ... The Concept Art of Rapture!

And don't forget to enter the contest for a chance to win a ton of signed books by me and not 1, not 2, not 13, but EVEN MORE other authors! To enter, you need to know my favorite number (hint: the biggest number listed in this paragraph ;-)) as well as the favorite numbers of all the other authors in TEAM INDIE. Add all the numbers up and you'll have the secret code to enter for TEAM INDIE's grand prize!


To keep going on your quest for the hunt, you need to check out the next author, Clara Stone!


In addition to the overall grand prize you can win from each team of authors, you can also enter individual giveaways on some of the author's pages. This is one of those!!

I'm giving away a paperback of any one of my books to one lucky winner. If the winner is based in South Africa (like me), I'll send a signed copy. If not, I'll send a copy directly from Amazon to the winner, so it won't be signed. This giveaway is open internationally!

P.S. If you'd like to check out MY bonus content,
I'm being hosted by Erin Underwood :-)