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LINK Release Day! Trailer and Massive Giveaway!!

TODAY’S BREW: I’m drinking pumpkin spice out of a jack-o-lantern

By Julie

HAPPY RELEASE DAY, LINK AND THE AMAZING SUMMER WIER!!!

For seventeen-year-old Kira, there’s no better way to celebrate a birthday than being surrounded by friends and huddled beside a campfire deep in the woods. And with a birthday in the peak of summer, that includes late night swims under the stars. Or at least, it used to. Kira’s relaxing contemplation of the universe is interrupted when a piece of it falls, colliding with her and starting a chain of events that could unexpectedly lead to the one thing in her life that’s missing—her father. Tossed into a pieced-together world of carnivals and gypsies, an old-fashioned farmhouse, and the alluring presence of a boy from another planet, Kira discovers she’s been transported to the center of a black hole, and there’s more to the story than science can explain. She’s now linked by starlight to the world inside the darkness. And her star is dying. If she doesn’t return home before the star’s light disappears and her link breaks, she’ll be trapped forever. But she’s not the only one ensnared, and with time running out, she’ll have to find a way to save a part of her past and a part of her future, or risk losing everything she loves. Dreamy, fluid, and beautiful, Link pairs the mystery of science fiction with the minor-key melody of a dark fantasy, creating a tale that is as human as it is out of this world.  Available now from Amazon, and other retailers.

AND IN HONOR OF LINK WHICH I HAVE ALREADY READ AND LOVE LIKE YOU CAN’T BELIEVE, A MONTH LONG GIVEAWAY!!!

LINKGiveaway Graphic

Giveaway Link: https://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/2d2042a46/

Summer Wier

About Summer Wier:

Summer Wier is an MBA toting accountant, undercover writer, and all around jack-of-all-trades.  Link is her debut novel and the first in The Shadow of Light series. She has three short stories appearing in Fairly Twisted Tales For A Horribly Ever After and co-authors the Splinter web serial. When she’s not digging through spreadsheets or playing mom, you can find her reading/writing, cooking, or dreaming of the mountains in Montana. Check out more of YA author Summer Wier on her blog, twitter, facebook, and goodreads.

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THE BLOOD TALISMAN Giveaway!

TODAY’S BREW: Trader Joe’s 4 pack sampler. All four. Shut up.

By Julie

It’s gifty time, Christmas fans. Start with this fresh new werewolf fantasy.

The Blood Talisman cover

Alex Jacobs gets bitten by a werewolf, and that’s only the beginning of his problems. When his wife is kidnapped and turned into someone he doesn’t recognize anymore, he not only struggles with letting her go but, also with saving her life.  Selene is a powerful witch that not only teaches Alex the ways of the wolf but, also teaches him about restraint and purpose. Her shy innocence quickly attracts him to her and he struggles with being torn between two women. Their feelings for each other are constantly put to the test as a battle for the blood talisman, the key to immortality, is fought for power to some and a way to live forever for others. It is quickly learned that immortality comes at a price to all of humanity.

WELL OF COURSE WE’RE DOING A GIVEAWAY FOR IT:

http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/share-code/YTdmM2RlYjFhMDQ0NmM1YWQxNjA5MTk3ZGNiYTk3OjY=/

 But if you don’t win, GO GET IT HERE:
AMAZON
Or for chrissakes, add it on Goodreads:

http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22490952-the-blood-talisman

THIS IS KIM, SHE WROTE IT:

Kim's headshot

 

About Kim:

Kim Culpepper is a horror lover! She is the author of The Blood Talisman, several short stories, and also runs Dark Child Create, a company the designs custom book covers. Her work has been published in Sanitarium Magazine, The Opening Line Literary Zine, and more.

 

Kim is a native of Colombus, Mississippi where she lives with her wonderful husband, two beautiful kids, and two mischievous cats.  Most of her writing is based in the south because she enjoys writing characters with accents and the South has plenty of people to inspire that.

 

Kim on Twitter: https://twitter.com/kculpepper1

Kim’s Blog: http://www.kjculpepper.net/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/kim.culpepper.3

Kim on Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7957042.Kim_Culpepper

 

Join the book buzz using hashtag #BloodTalisman

 

 

What a Week

Today’s Brew: Blueberry coffee to go.
by Kristen

Seasons in the Sun Final

HOLY CRAP. I don’t know what it is about this week. If I did, I’d bottle it so I’d have it forever.

  • Seasons in the Sun is on a blog tour this week. The reviews are so awesome. I can’t stop smiling!  Check them out here.
  • Seasons in the Sun is FREE on Amazon! Not sure how much longer it will be, so if you haven’t grabbed it yet, go get her! Even better than that, ever since I mentioned it on Twitter, it’s been in the top 10 for its category!! Oh. My. God. That’s YOU GUYS who did that. Wednesday Night alone saw over 100 retweets, favorites, and shares about the book. You guys. *beats chest, fist pumps in your general direction*
  • I was featured in the local paper for the paperback release of Because the Night. If you’re visiting the blog for the first time because of that article, hi! Enjoy your stay! Check out what Julie has to say, too.
  • Because the Night is also enjoying a nice boost because of all of this attention.  I’m  doing a little giveaway on Goodreads, too.
  • If you guys can still stand me on Monday, we’re revealing the cover of Night Moves, book 2 in The Night Songs Collection. It comes out March 26, so you have a little bit of time to catch up on your reading!

 

I Said The Wrong Thing (and a giveaway!)

Today’s brew: Lime seltzer. I’m going to Las Vegas in 18 days. I need to lay off the bread and the beer if I expect to look cute in my party clothes.

by Kristen

Write what you know. It’s the most common advice people give writers.  It’s a security blanket for new writers. While we’re working on our pacing, plot, and conflict, we don’t have to worry about researching details about character traits.  It’s why Julie’s Nicholas practices Karate, and her book is set in New Hampshire.  It’s why I wrote about rock stars and reality shows, and set my books in Las Vegas in Massachusetts.  We know these things inside and out. We can incorporate insider details to make the characters and setting feel authentic.

But what happens when things you know are considered opinions by other people?

Because the Night had many beta readers, rounds of edits, and early readers.  As it was in production to go live, a reviewer pointed out that the way I referred to Callie’s hair and skin color might be considered offensive to some readers.

Oh. My. God.

In cosmetology school, we were taught to use food references when talking about hair color. How many times have you gone to get your hair done and not get what you ask for? Well, everyone knows food. It’s an easy way to communicate what you want. Butter and caramel are two totally different colors, and shades of highlight. Callie is biracial, and she has unusual coloring. It seemed natural to refer to these in my go to food terms, so everyone would know exactly what I pictured her to look like.  Apparently, that’s not politically correct.

*please pause while Kristen dies a little inside*

So one faux pas. We’re all allowed that, right? Well, I did it again.  In Seasons in the Sun, a huge gala that takes place. The book is set on Martha’s Vineyard, in super liberal Massachusetts. To me, it seemed natural to make it a fundraiser for President Obama, since his family vacations on the island every year. It wasn’t meant to be a political statement at all.  For the ending to make sense, I needed an over the top event. Unless aliens landed on the island, the President was as big as I could get.

Well, I underestimated people’s strong feelings about Mr. President.  Some people thought it was a political statement.

*Kristen dies a little more*

I know the place for my opinions is not in my books. Even though the main characters could care less about the political implications, the secondary characters do. This isn’t a post about not having opinions. We should all have strong opinions, and we should be able to respect each other’s differences. I just never thought I’d ruffle feathers that way in my romance novels.

I’m giving away my politically incorrect novels! And lip gloss. Because if you’re going to put your foot in your mouth, you should be properly glossed.  Click below and win stuff!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Vamptober Arrives!

TODAY’S BREW: BLOOD. No, not really, but we’re going for a thing here.

By Julie and Kristen

October is a month near and dear to our hearts here at Deadly Ever after.  There’s cider. Apple picking. Haunted Houses. And speaking of haunted houses, the whole month is just a lead up to HALLOWEEN.

This year, we have even more to celebrate.  Running Home will be available in paperback.  Because The Night will be released just after Halloween.  We want you to celebrate with us! Welcome to Vamptober.

16th Century Vampire Blood

So this is what’s going to be happening:

  • #avampaday:  Check every day for some hot vampire action.
  • Flash Fiction Friday is all horror, all month long.
  • Julie will be handling the TV and entertainment facet of things
  • Kristen will be talking makeup, jewelry, and fashion.
  • Meet the characters of Because The Night!  Character profiles each week.
  • Giveaways!  Win Because The Night and Running Home. Yes, really.  But we’re going to make it fun. No rafflecopter up in this hizzy.

Kristen will be giving you the sauciest, scariest and longest lasting makeup tips for the big day, and folks, she’s a goddamn professional. She knows this. There will be jewelry to spare, too, because we loves us some creepy jewelry.

Julie will give you her unsolicited and unwelcome at times, opinions on American Horror Story starting October 5th, Dracula at the end of the month, and Halloween Wars on the Food Network. Because pumpkin carving is a thing, and Rob Zombie was there last year and if that happens again, you need to know.

Flash Fiction Fridays will rock it with handpicked horror authors, cooking up some craziness that I cannot wait for you all to see.

AND FOR HALLOWEEN THE UNDEAD DUO WILL COLLABORATE ON A SPECIAL FLASH FICTION BIT, FEATURING THE MEETING OF CHARACTERS FROM BOTH RUNNING HOME AND BECAUSE THE NIGHT!

Also, we have a surprise to tell you about coming up soon! A surprise that may or may not have something to do with some of our favorite writers and bloggers, and let me just tell you. You won’t be disappointed.

Follow #VVamptober and #AVampADay on Twitter for updates, probably far too often.

Halloween approaches and we plan on giving you treats, so be ready for the Undead to show you all the tricks up our sleeves.

Book Love and Lipgloss

Today’s Brew:  Hot chocolate with buttershots in it. Oh yeah.

by Kristen

As I might have mentioned a time or two on this blog, Because The Night comes out in November. That means a few things.  Hurking, first and foremost.  A lot of that.  I should be really skinny by release day.  It also means blog tours.  Which means more hurking for me, but for you it means giveaways!

Karrie hard at work

Karrie hard at work

I couldn’t just do what everyone else does for giveaways.  I needed to do something fun and cool and…me.  My agent suggested doing something makeup related.  How does it get more me than that?  It just so happens that a friend and colleague of mine has her own makeup line.  Meet Karrie Welch of Fortunate Face Minerals.

Meet...Immortal Dilemma, Fire Dancer, and Soul Divider

Meet…Immortal Dilemma, Fire Dancer, and Soul Divider

Karrie formulates all her own colors for all of her natural products.  I approached her with my idea to formulate lip glosses based on the bands in the Night Songs series, and she thought it was a great idea.  This Monday, I went to her laboratory to mix the perfect colors for Immortal Dilemma (blood red), Fire Dancer (a warm orangey red) and Soul Divider (a sheer plum with dark pink shimmer).  ‘Who the hell is Soul Divider?’, I hear my street team roar.  You’ll mean them in Night Moves, the second book in the series.

Before the lip glosses were born, they were just minerals in jars.

Before the lip glosses were born, they were just minerals in jars.

So these aren’t just little pots of goo.  No sirree, Bob. These are tubes that you click up similar to a Stila lip gloss.  On the bottom of the tubes, they will have little stickers with the appropriate band name. Like lip gloss you buy in stores, kids. This is a real thing. I couldn’t be more excited, not only that my book is coming out, but as a makeup artist to have products I helped create it surreal. They are highly pigmented and have all natural ingredients like jojoba oil and orange oil.  Julie of course had to try it out as soon as she got there.  Her review:  “It felt good and tasted good.  It was light but had substance.”  So what I’m saying is, this is the good stuff.

Then they get all ground together in a magic bullet looking contraption

Then they get all ground together in a magic bullet looking contraption

Right now, I’m planning on using these as promotional items.  If there is interest, I can make them available for sale.  (They would be $10 each, and whatever shipping costs).

And lip glosses were born!

And lip glosses were born!

Check out the Fortunate Face website for more information on Karrie’s products!

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