Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Coming Soon: SPHERES book one, Stories From The Veil


Teaser Image  Spheres' Book Cover
Cover Reveal July 31st 2019
EPD September 30th, 2019

Blurb

After turning eighteen,  The honorable Lady Cameron Hoyt, once heralded as the best Sphere Catcher in the training grounds near the Veil goes missing. 

It’s clear to everyone on this side of the Veil that Dark forces from Ixternia broke through with the help of one of their own. However, as investigations reach dead ends people start accepting that Cameron might never be back. 

Five years on from that fateful day, the Veil opens and Cameron is found in the Moors, with no recollections of how she was taken or what was done to her. To make matters worse, her father, The Lord Protector of the Realm, has appointed the ex-Crown Prince of the Phoenix, and her best friend’s ex-boyfriend, West Matheson as her guard. 

Together, West and Cameron will have to figure out how to regain her memories, and find the culprit, before Magic escapes Ixternia back into the human world. 

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Teaser Tuesday: The first chapter of The Disappearance of Camelot

Book Cover, Illustration and Map by Funky Book Designs
Preorder: http://bit.ly/DisappearanceCamelot



Chapter One,
Summer, 498 C.E.
The explosion made the earth around her tremble. When her dark eyes followed the wolves, it was clear that several of them had been swallowed by the opened ground under their paws. Still, she had to lead the rest of them back to the settlement before nightfall. Guinevere knew that she could mourn them then.

Fireballs and lightning bolts rushed close to her ears. She turned sharply the moment she recognized the familiar scent of their home blowing from the east. It’d been years, but Merlin had cast a spell to protect the settlement, making it vanish from everyone’s eyes, so the casual observer couldn’t ever find it. However, the pack could see the settlement once they crossed the border.

She let her paws sink in the dirt after she drifted left. Her body shook with a low howl leaving her body. This was a warning to the witches that followed them across the forest. If they continued, the pack would not hesitate to tear them apart.

Her heart sped up when she noticed one of the younger witches flying overhead. If she touched down on their territory, it would be fair game for Guinevere to kill her. After all, she’d broken the treaty, and followed them home.

“Evie! Evie get back!” her sister Ari called in their tongue, as soon as she shifted to human form. As she rushed toward Guinevere, her flaming red hair loose behind her, waving in the wind.

A wary smile settled on Guinevere’s lips at the sight of her. Ari was wearing a brown dirty dress on her belt, a spoil of war. It was probably from one of the witches she’d killed on their way back to their territory after they’d gone out to help the local dragons. Unfortunately, the witches had tricked everyone, making them believe they were slave girls being sold to the Roman soldiers. When the dragons decided to act, the witches struck with a force that they’d never seen before. Guinevere knew that her pack was alive, because of the magical protections that Merlin had cast on them a long time ago, and over the blue azurite pendants that we all wore.

“Evie, get back!” Ari called once more before Guinevere growled at her.

Her eyes suddenly searched for the witch ignoring her sister’s request. The girl with the dark hair that had flown so high following them was no longer airborne. Guinevere knew that she must have been close then. With renewed strength she pushed forward, nudging the younger cubs with her nose as they ran past her, making sure that everyone went across the border. She was afraid that the witch would pounce on them and strike the cubs.

Suddenly, the late afternoon sky filled with fire and smoke. Gone was the cloudless and blue sky, and while the last of the cubs traversed the border, Guinevere stood still as the roaring winds picked up speed around her.

Her long dark curly hair slashed around her face, while she lifted her arms and placed her hands over her face, to protect herself. Dirt and debris from the forest lifted up in the air signaling the arrival of something powerful. Dragons, she thought darkly before she took another step inside the perimeter.

After shifting back to human form, in the safety of her territory, she grabbed her bow and arrow which she had left in the hollow of a tree. Her eyes scanned the area directly in front of her, it was then that the body of the witch, that had been following them closely, fell from the sky. It landed with a loud thud at Guinevere’s feet. Not too far from her, the witch’s head rolled off toward one of the oak trees, leaving a trail of blood behind.

“Who did that?” Ari shrieked standing beside Guinevere, her neck elongating as much as it could, before Guinevere hit her with the bow.

“You’re going to hurt yourself,” she chided her sister, when the wind stopped for a moment then changed directions. “Cover your eyes,” she instructed Ari and a few of the other wolves who were now joining them, while the ground shook again when the dragons landed.

The first thing Guinevere noticed was that these dragons weren’t like the local gray ones. For starters, they were twice their size, muscly. Their skin was different colors, a palette of blues, greens, black and silver. Their scales had wild patterns, some of them glinted in the afternoon sun.

The biggest of the dragons stood a few feet away from her. His olive skin was covered in fresh blood and there were several wounds on his front legs. Blood dripped from his mouth, and she was sure that it was this dragon who had killed the witch. There were spots on his chest and side that were presumably hit by fireballs as his skin looked singed. His dark brooding eyes settled on her and for the first time in a long time, Guinevere wanted to run and hide. She wasn’t sure how she was staying put as the dragon studied her. Her heart raced faster, as a memory from long ago shook the corridors of her mind.

“Is that—” Ari began but Guinevere gave her a stern look which made her stop talking.

“Your Majesty,” a familiar voice called from the other side of the border in the dirty Roman tongue. She didn’t need to look in his direction to know who was speaking. It was the voice that haunted her dreams.

“Merlin,” the olive skinned dragon said after shifting. “I thought you said you’d warned them that we were coming to help,” he was tall with wild dark locks that fell to his shoulder like a cascade of infinite darkness; as black as his eyes. His body was muscular, scars covering most of it, and fresh blood. “Please excuse our … impertinence,” he said looking directly at Guinevere before quickly tilting his head to the side.

“It’s the king,” the voices behind her said with irreverence. No one knelt.

“He can totally suck my—” Cadeyrn began when Guinevere shot him a warning look. Immediately her third in command looked at the floor, rather than continue the banter.

Guinevere hid a smile when her eyes met Arthur’s who looked visibly confused. It was clear to her that he didn’t understand their language.


“Merlin did send word,” she began in Latin. It wasn’t hard for her, her mother had taught her, hoping that it would be beneficial to her; after escaping the family home when Guinevere was only two years old. “We just thought you weren’t interested in saving our pack. After all, we’ve sent word of the vampire attacks for months and you offered none,” Guinevere took a step forward, fearless, but her sister’s hand held on to her wrist so she couldn’t go much further.

“Really?” he asked arching an eyebrow. There was a quiet fury in his eyes, and if Guinevere could venture a guess, she would say that no one had ever talked to him like she was doing right now. She didn’t care. He wasn’t her king, and she wasn’t going to bend her knee before him. “Well, I apologize for the lack of word. On our way here, we were actually ambushed by the vampire coalition. They seem to have allied themselves with the witches,” the king replied before pointing needlessly at the body. “They’re all dead, just like her, if you’re wondering.”

“Vermin never dies,” Guinevere replied nodding to the wolves so they could burn the body.

“I’m hoping you’re not including me in that vermin list,” Merlin stated with an easy smile that made her heart flutter. He’d not changed at all, much less aged since the last time he’d been in her presence. His auburn hair was still a mess of curls, and his intense blue eyes still brought her some sort of unspoken comfort in the midst of the battle.

“Why are you here?” Guinevere asked cuttingly, not wanting to dwell in those feelings. She knew the reasons behind this sudden need to help them. Merlin had of course sent word to her about how her life was going to change. Her pack.

Her eyes returned to the dragons. One by one they all shifted, and like her wolves, it seemed that Merlin’s enchantments extended to helping them be clothed once they shifted back into human bodies, to spare them the embarrassment of running naked.

The king stepped closer locking eyes with her. “You know why I’m here, Guinevere,” his tone was stern but casual.

“What if I say no? Will you then kill us all and burn my settlement down?” she asked, her voice filled with anger before she lifted her head and tilted it to the left over her shoulder, pointing at the wolf territory that the dragons couldn’t see.

“Of course not, I’m not a complete monster. I could keep a few of you as slaves. We always need dogs.” the king replied in a tone that chilled her to the bones.



Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Pre-Order The Disappearance of Camelot Today!

Morning!

The Disappearance of Camelot is ready for pre-order on Amazon and ready for its release May 31st, 2019! *throws confetti around*


After two mysterious time travelers confirm the Disappearance of Camelot, Guinevere, together with Merlin, must act quickly to ensure the safety of all Magical Beings.
Camelot is no longer safe, and the only place where Magic can survive is a pocket world of Merlin’s creation.
In a race against time, Guinevere, and her pack of wolves, must convince the other Magical Beings to abandon their settlements before their constant battle, over power and territory, decimates Earth.

Cover by Funky Book Designs: http://funkybookdesigns.weebly.com/


Tuesday, March 12, 2019

The Disappearance of Camelot's Cover Reveal

 *drumroll*


Add to your TBR : Goodreads
New Adult Novella
Stand Alone, #.5 Stories from the Veil 

After two mysterious time travelers confirm the Disappearance of Camelot, Guinevere, together with Merlin, must act quickly to ensure the safety of all Magical Beings.
Camelot is no longer safe, and the only place where Magic can survive is a pocket world of Merlin’s creation.
In a race against time, Guinevere, and her pack of wolves, must convince the other Magical Beings to abandon their settlements before their constant battle, over power and territory, decimates Earth.



Monday, February 25, 2019

A message to people who steal books

This past week Romancelandia was once again at the forefront when it comes to drama. Plagiarism from one “author” was so rampant, the news leaked through Twitter into other realms like YA Twitter, Fantasy Twitter, etc.

We discovered not only that the lady in question had stolen from renowned authors, but also she stole from Wikipedia, and cooking websites. But before that was a known fact, and the list of authors affected grew to more than twenty-five and the books copied into three of her own books went as high as thirtysomething, this lady packed it in.

At first, she said to have no knowledge of anything, ghostwriters did it. She promised to investigate, and then to make it right with the authors in question. But that too was a lie. She deleted her Twitter and Facebook accounts, and later her YouTube one. The appropriate thing would have been to talk to the authors, all of them, admit her wrongdoings and then return the money that readers paid for her books, before compensating the authors.

Book plagiarism and book pirating seem to have become the norm ever since … well ever. It seems that it was harder to keep track of these things unless a reader brought it up with the author directly or their publishing house.

Nowadays, us writers still depend on readers pointing out when they think our books are being copied or uploaded illegally to a website.

So, this past week, as I was completely immersed reading the whole mess that has become this latest crisis, adeptly deemed #CopyPasteCris on Twitter, I too was contacted by a reader. I wasn’t given a lot of information. This person mainly pointed out that she’d seen my Spanish book in a sharing site.
I had to Google Coraz贸n, Muleta y Estoque in order to see which site the person was referring to. In doing so I quickly found a book sharing site that not only has essays, articles, and books uploaded by people but also charges a membership so people can read and borrow from their list.

As I’m the publisher of this book, I quickly sent a notice asking them to remove the book. Once the correct form for verification was submitted, the website removed the book. However, they didn’t provide any information about who uploaded the book, or how many times this book was shared.
I asked them about the user, only because this is the only book that I’ve published that has been uploaded to multiple free websites, all of them Spanish websites.

The girl who uploaded it previously did so to two different sites. One in Spain, one in Mexico. I asked the identity of the user, just like I had done previously, only because I wanted to know if it was the same person.

I don’t know what prompts people to do things like this. This is not different than you walking in a store, taking something off the shelf, and then walking out of it without paying. It’s still stealing.
Just because I buy a book from Bethany Lopez, Anne Rice, Stephen King, it doesn’t give me the right to upload said book online and make it available for others to read. The author is the only person who can decide whether or not to do such a thing because the author is the only OWNER of the book. Just because one pays for a copy of said book, doesn’t give one the right to do with that copy as one pleases.

Dear Readers, please continue to approach authors when you find their work being plagiarized or uploaded to sites where you know the Author wouldn’t upload. You are our first line of defense in order to protect our books. And I’m sure that I and all authors thank you for being our eyes and ears in the book world.

Monday, February 11, 2019

The Disappearance of Camelot teaser





The Disappearance of Camelot
EPD May 31st, 2019
Book Cover Reveal March 12th, 2019

Book Blurb,

After two mysterious time travelers confirm the Disappearance of Camelot, Guinevere, together with Merlin, must act quickly to ensure the safety of all Magical Beings.
Camelot is no longer safe, and the only place where Magic can survive is a pocket world of Merlin’s creation.
In a race against time, Guinevere, and her pack of wolves, must convince the other Magical Beings to abandon their settlements before their constant battle, over power and territory, decimates Earth.

Monday, January 28, 2019

Camelot is coming

Years ago I had the great idea (or the worst idea). I wanted to create a series of book set in a common universe where I could bend time and blur the lines between my books. That's when Stories from the Veil was born.
Character Bio and details for Merlin


I wanted each book to be a stand alone. Different characters will be at the helm of each story, but they'll also be characters that you know of because they'll be tied together by that one common universe. That's when I wrote the first draft of The Dragon and the Phoenix. After writing it, I knew that the book would be a stand alone, but I could do so much more with the universe that I was creating. I wanted to learn more.
Character Bio and details for Arthur


So that's when I resuscitated my Spheres book from 2009, which was trunked for the billionth time. I rewrote the story to fit the universe, but still... after all the re-writes were done, I still needed something. That something was The Disappearance of Camelot.

And before I forget, if you want to add it to your TBR, https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/43693048-the-disappearance-of-camelot
Character Bio and Details for Guinevere

The Disappearance of Camelot, a novella, and the .5 book in the Stories from the Veil series. Through the eyes of Guinevere, Arthur and under Merlin's magical guidance, the reader will take the first steps immersing him/herself in the pocket world of Ixternia, or the world outside of it. The series is filled with magical creatures, not only wizards but also Sphere Catchers, Shadow Guardians, Dragons, Phoenix, Werewolves and Vampires.

I don't have a publication timeline but the working book titles are as follow:

  • The Disappearance of Camelot (.5) (EPD May 31st, 2019)
  • Spheres (1)
  • The Dragon and the Phoenix (2)
  • The Queen of the East (3)
  • The Malgrange Witches (4)
  • The Brickenhall Pack (5)
  • Avalon Rising (6)

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Happy birthday, Interred! And a giveaway!

A day like today in 2013, Iambe Books published, Interred, the first book in the Chronicles of the Interred series. I can't believe it's been six years already.

Time has never been an issue for Baxter Jacobs, but then she never knew she had the ability to Bend it.

As her sixteenth birthday approaches, Baxter inherits a pendant that will change her life. Connected to the pendant is a dark and mysterious young man named Declan Ashdown. Trapped in a Time loop for the past 122 years, Declan needs Baxter’s help to escape. The only problem is, she has no idea how to do it.

To acquire the power she needs to free him, she’ll become one of the Interred, those whose Magical abilities emerge as they come of age. When she does, she’ll discover that Declan isn’t the only one interested in the fact that she’s a Time Bender.

As the Interment arrives, Baxter knows this will be no Sweet Sixteen. A vengeful relative and ruthless Council are determined to control her. Declan’s powerful and charming descendant, Jack Ashdown, claims he can save her. She’ll soon have to decide who she can trust, and how to master her new abilities before Time runs out.


To mark this occasion I would love to giveaway three signed copies of Interred. 

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Monday, January 21, 2019

Updates

Hi Everyone,

Reviews Update 
There'll be no review on Wednesday, because I've neglected the book I'm reading since I've been editing. :( Also baking... I've been trying to perfect my macarons, which is something I do when editing/writing. When things aren't going my way, I just retreat to the kitchen and bake.



Anyway the next review will be up on January 30th, fingers crossed. :)

Publishing Update
For now, I'm working on The Disappearance of Camelot, which I'm hoping to publish by late April beginning of May. This will be a novella, and #.5 of the Stories from the Veil series. Once that book is out of the way, I'll delve once more into Closer to the Edge, hoping that it can be published by the end of 2019.


Other things
Someone was kind enough to email me about the garden work I'm currently doing. It's still a work in progress like most things in life. Though I'm really hoping to quickly finish clearing it, so I can start thinking about the flowers that we want to plant in the front yard.

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Wolf Hollow by Nikki Jefford Review

Amazon US https://www.amazon.com/Wolf-Hollow-Shifters-Book-ebook/dp/B075QVVKFR
Amazon UK https://www.amazon.co.uk/Wolf-Hollow-Shifters-Book-ebook/dp/B075QVVKFR
Barnes and Noble 

Blurb:
An attraction that threatens the future of the pack…

Spirited, stubborn, and deeply loyal wolf shifter, Sasha feels the pressure from her pack to claim another pureblood, yet no one is brazen enough to defy the elders and toy with her . . . no one besides a hotheaded half-breed.

Tabor, a rebellious outcast, is the hollow's only wizard shifter. Constantly overlooked despite his strengths, Tabor believes Sasha is as shortsighted as the rest of the pack until she proves there's more to her than a blindly obedient lapdog.

Unable to resist the proud and sensual pureblood, Tabor would risk everything to claim her. Despite her vanishing bloodline, Sasha can't resist the charismatic half-breed, even as the elders set her up to breed with another pureblood.

Predators are closing in, threatening the strength and stability of their pack, and there are shifters within Wolf Hollow willing to do anything to prevent the pair from mating.

Review: 

4/5 stars


Wolf Hollow by Nikki Jefford has a very interesting and original premise. A dystopian world where wolves live away from what’s left of society, and where they seemingly fight for survival against those humans, wizards, and other predators like the vulhenas.
I have to say that I was hooked from the first page. This is a fresh new take on the werewolves, and it had the promise of something more since it’s set in a dystopian world.
The world building for this particular story was very good, though I needed more explanation about the outside world, far away from the pack. I’m really hoping that we get to find out why the world is the way it is, and when the pack left society and joined the wild. Presumably at some point they must have lived among humans as it seems that they enjoy a few modern cons, since they don’t make their own clothes, and seemed to go on runs to get supplies from the abandoned houses.
As far as developing the story and characters, I loved the way Miss Jefford stuck to her rules and regulations and even though the story developed, a lot of this things were unchanged up to a point.

Pros:
  Amazing new take on the wolves and their pack
 Dystopian world mixed with the right dash of paranormal  
Strong female lead

Cons:
 The romance between the two leads was a bit too quick and insta (for my liking.)
  Lack of info about the state of the world and how it got there. I hope this is broached in the next books.
 Lack of info about the pack’s origins and where they came from.

     A bit of advice:

If you read this book on your phone, tablet etc, you run the risk of wanting to chuck that piece of technology at the wall a few times, due to certain characters that you’ll love to hate. 馃槉


In all, a very good read, can’t wait to read the second book in the series. 


Monday, January 14, 2019

A very late start to Monday :)

One of those things I missed, all the time we lived in London, was a garden. Growing up, we had a very small one. That said, weekends were spent at my grandmother's country house, where we could run like crazy, and help out cutting down sugar cane, bananas, and other things. Looking back, living in the Caribbean do has a lot of perks. :) And Puerto Rico, throughout my childhood, was filled with perks.
Chavo and me
my first puppy. I must have been around 5 years old. This was taken in front of my grandfather's drugstore.


So back in 2012 when we decided to rent, I was really looking forward to having a garden. All that change when I started homeschooling in 2016. For the last two years, the garden was always an afterthought. And even though I have most of the equipment to deal with it, I ended up doing minimal work. 

Yay for gardening, and spending time with this little Gryffindor, the only one my Slytherin heart really loves. :) 

Fast forward to 2019, the year has started with a bang, and also a new to do list, because of the jadeera bugs. If you live in Florida, you'll know these pesky red bugs are everywhere. And when you've not really done a lot of yard work, they tend to multiply like crazy. So one of my resolutions ended up being, gardening and clearing the garden every day. And killing them mother trucker bugs. 


Last week when I started, I armed myself with my leaf blower and began the process of removing the leaves. This gave me ample time to think about the stories that I'm working on. Closer to the Edge, and Widowed need more editing, but I also have to finish writing the Stories from the Veil series. 



Being outside has been a blessing in disguise, since I needed to do a bit more moving around, as I'd been very sedentary for most of 2018. Does this happen to you as well? You start reading, or writing, or gaming, and then since you can't do this often, every little spare time you have, you end up sitting down? Not exercising?



Anyway, being outside really helps me think about not only most of the wips, but especially the Stories from the Veil series. I can see my Dragons, Phoenix, Wolves, Vampires, and my witches, more clearly when I'm outside, because all my characters in that series love the outdoors. 

Also, being outside and doing these tasks reminds me so much of the time I spent with my maternal grandmother, or going to my father's family's farm. Plus, whilst I'm outside doing the yard, my eight-year-old just loves to run around, and spend some of that magical and never-ending energy that he has. 

So here endeth the rambling. Next week, I'll share a bit about the characters I'm working on. For now, have a great week, and don't forget this Wednesday, I'll be posting my review of Wolf Hollow by Nikki Jefford. 

Monday, January 7, 2019

Happy New Year!!

Happy New Year! 
I hope 2019 is a great year for you and yours.



The last couple of years, the blog was a little bit unloved by me. It's not easy keeping to a regular blogging routine when you're both writing/editing books and home schooling. So this year, I've been organizing myself a bit better, and decided that after all, I can't post every single day. What I can do is pick some days during the week to post new content, which you will hopefully enjoy.

Today is my first day back writing/editing under a time table. After school broke out for us, I did the sporadic writing and editing, but after all it was Chrismukkah time, and then the celebrations for New Year's Eve, and that took up all of the time that I'd allocated to writing/editing. So this will be the new timetable for posts on the blog. :)

Mondays

I think Mondays are a good day to post any vlogs and updates :) so I'll stick to that. I might blog here as well, but I think I'll be vlogging on Instagram. (Or however that's called XD ) Nothing long. I think it's about a minute long anyway, so I'll be talking about what I'm working on and any release dates that are set in stone.

Also will probably show you the horrible drawings that I make in my bullet journal when jotting things down for the WIPs. :) For example:
Research for The Actor and the Author which is mainly based in Seoul, South Korea


Wednesdays

Wednesdays will be review day starting a week from today on January 16th, and hopefully, I'll be able to keep to the whole, one book read a week, as I used to do.

On January 16th, I'll be posting my review of Wolf Hollow by Nikki Jefford.
Nikki Jefford: https://nikkijefford.com/


Fridays 

Fridays will once more turn into Fit Friday. I used to blog back in the day about my weight loss and healthy life quest. It used to help me with the process, but I fell off the wagon and then stopped blogging all together.

I'll be starting PIYO once more, so expect a lot of updates on that if you follow my Instagram. :)

And if you don't follow me on Instagram, you can do so here: Marilyn Almod贸var Instagram

Friday, November 30, 2018

Winning Nano!



That's a catchy title, right? ;)

This is a quick update about Closer to the Edge, which I'm still editing. Also, my NaNoWriMo project was Widowed, and that was completed back on November 19th, which means that I'm hallway through writing another book, The actor and the author, and a third project titled Through the Magic Glass.

Hopefully all three titles will be available sometime in the next year. It's been a writing year of loads of ups and downs, though I kept writing, dealing with personal insecurities kept me from publishing Closer which is pretty much done, just needs a few more needed tweaks.

I can't wait to share Widowed with you, a story of a second chance at love in the San Juan Island off the coast of Washington state. The actor and the author takes place in South Korea when a famous romance author's marriage suddenly crumbles and her best friend, a hunky Korean-American actor offers her his place in South Korea so she can escape the press and finish her latest book. I'm totally crushing on the Korean-American actor and his bff, and how their relationship is changing from BFF's to lovers. The third work in progress, Through the Magic Glass is a delightful fantasy addition.

And speaking about Fantasy, my Stories from the Veil series is still a work in Progress. Spheres, which is the first book is ready for edits, just need to finish writing The Disappearance of Camelot's Novella and make sure that nothing in it affects Spheres. :)

Have you read any good books lately? Leave me your suggestions in the comments.