Sunday, 20 April 2014

The Brenda Novak Auction - SFR Brigade

The SFR Brigade has a category in the Brenda Novak annual online auction for diabetes research taking place on the 1st of May. This is an awesome opportunity to support a great cause AND win some exclusive science fiction romance goodies! You can read more about the auction HERE, and check out the SFR Brigade's fabulous category of items HERE. My contribution to the auction is a now rare and signed print edition of my scifi romance novel Keir with a one-of-a-kind handmade charm bracelet. I'm also one of the contributing authors to the rare print edition of the Brigade's anthology. 


But there are lots more shiny things too! Please stop by and take a look. And if you'd like to help promote the category and the event, please feel free to use the ready made tweets below. The Brigade will be launching its promotion on the 20th April, but any and all support for this great cause is appreciated.

Here's the shortened link to the "Out-of-this-World Offerings from the SFR Brigade" category:



Trekker? Browncoat? Star Wars fan? Don't miss the @SFRBrigade category of the @BrendaNovakAuctionhttp://bit.ly/1jgNHZl

Space fan? Check out these offerings: Memorabilia, movies and more from the @SFRBrigade in the @BrendaNovakAuctionhttp://bit.ly/1jgNHZl



Love the romance of space exploration and science fiction? The SFR Brigade offers a sneak peek at its category of cool offerings for the Brenda Novak Online Auction for Diabetes Research. Auction begins May 1, but get a sneak peek here! http://bit.ly/1jgNHZl

Thursday, 10 April 2014

Join the Spring Fling Blog Hop!


Love, Lust and Lipstick Stains are running a blog hop from the 21st April to the 24th. Bloggers and authors will join forces to offer some awesome giveaways and introduce readers to new books, and they're looking for more bloggers to take part! What is a blog hop? A blog hop links all the participating blogs, allowing readers to 'hop' from blog to blog to view the great posts and enter into any giveaways. What do I need to do? Go to their blog HERE and sign up! You have just a couple of days left to join in.

Wednesday, 9 April 2014

#Cover #Reveal - The Book of Bart by Ryan Hill #YA #paranormal #humor @J_Ryan


Blurb:
Behold! The cover for Ryan Hill's debut YA Paranormal novel THE BOOK OF BART, coming May 22 from Curiosity Quills! 

Only one thing is so powerful, so dangerous that Heaven and Hell must work together to find it: the Shard of Gabriel.

With a mysterious Black Cloud of Death hot on the shard’s trail, a desperate Heaven enlists the help of Bart, a demon who knows more about the shard than almost anyone. Six years ago, he had it in his hands. If only he’d used it before his coup to overthrow the devil failed. Now, he’s been sprung from his eternal punishment to help Samantha, an angel in training, recover the shard before the Black Cloud of Death finds it.

If Bartholomew wants to succeed, he’ll have to fight the temptation to betray Samantha and the allure of the shard. After an existence full of evil, the only way Bart can get right with Hell is to be good.

Stalk Ryan Hill here:

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Monday, 7 April 2014

#Cover #Reveal - Meilin and the Challenger via @CateMasters #zombie #romance #futuristic


Meilin and The Challenger
Futuristic urban fantasy/fairy tale
73 pages
April 11, 2014 from
Musa Publishing: http://musapublishing.com/

Blurb
Meilin King has never believed in fairy tales. Happy ever afters might have happened in the old days—before zombies. But this is 2089. When her father promises riches to the one who can rid their city of zombies, Meilin and her sisters rush to develop a solution that won’t bankrupt Dad.
The war overseas left Will MacGregor disillusioned, but fighting zombies at home is a cause he can embrace. Meilin’s another. Tough but sweet, she might make him believe in life again, and maybe even love, if she doesn’t kick his ass first.
When zombies kidnap her family, Meilin must rescue them. But can she and Will save them from the worst fate of all?

Excerpt
A click sounded beside him. Meilin propped a rifle to her shoulder and sighted her aim toward the advancing zombies. “Let’s annihilate the party crashers, sisters.”
A lopsided smile quirked his lips. “Not all the party crashers, I hope.”
Her stance steady, she glanced over. “I might spare you.”
Oh hell, I’m in love. Gunfire erupted on either side, but he couldn’t tear his focus from her. Amazing, how she braced against the kick of the rifle—her slight frame absorbed it and she fired away. Like you should be doing.
As trained, he lifted the Uzi. Stunned, he could only watch as the girls split the zombies’ heads with one shot apiece, the most efficient kill he’d ever witnessed. The zombies at the front of the charge fell first. Those in the center scattered to either side. Hell, these women didn’t need his help. If only the soldiers in his platoon had been so deadly accurate.
Better at least try to be helpful. He let the bullets fly. Too bad the walking dead couldn’t run; soon they dropped to the forest floor with the others.
The tallest blonde held a strange set of binoculars to her face. “There, two more getting away.”
Hard to sight them in the dark. He swiveled one of the dance floor spotlights in their direction. Momentarily blinded, the walking dead stopped walking. Meilin and the tall blonde aimed, and their shots cracked the zombies’ heads in two.
Meilin tapped his shoulder. “Aim the light to three o’clock. I think I see a few more.”
She stood so close, he grew woozy. Cherry blossoms. He struggled to fight off her intoxicating scent. He did as she asked, but his acute awareness centered on her. Built the way he liked, petite but powerful. She moved with purpose and grace, surety and intense focus in every action. Like the others, she felled the three zombies with one shot each, in exactly the spot needed for the final kill: their heads. Oh yeah, a woman who knew what she wanted and went after it, a force to be reckoned with.
She rested the rifle butt against her hip. “What do you think, Lakshme? More hiding out there?”
The girl with almond eyes shrugged. “Probably.”
Yeah, most likely. Better make sure. “I’ll do a sweep and check.”
The tallest blonde winced. “By yourself?”
Lakshme smirked. “Aren’t we lucky? Superman’s here.”
Meilin’s gaze swept over him. “Oh, I thought he was the Green Hornet.”
The blonde’s lip curled. “Horn dog, more like.”
What the hell was their problem? “Hey, I’m only trying to help.”
“Good thing.” Lakshme’s voice turned breathy. “We’re helpless girls, after all.”
Oh, man. Great first impression. “No, I didn’t—”
Meilin raised her rifle and shot three times in quick succession. “Three more down. Now we need to find out how many we missed.”
A no-nonsense babe. Excellent.
The tall blonde jumped to the ground. “Pull up the truck so we can dump the bodies. Wouldn’t want to ruin the surprise for any latecomers.” She flashed a sardonic smile and headed for the nearest carcass.
One sister disappeared into the brush. An engine roared, and a delivery truck backed into the site, halted, and the doors flew open.
Once they’d loaded the last of the zombie bodies, Will blew out a breath. The tall blonde latched the door closed. How did they all still appear ready freshly showered and ready for a night of dancing? They had this routine down, to the last detail.
“What now?” he asked.
The tall blonde poked a finger into his chest. “Now you forget everything you saw here, and we won’t have to incinerate you with the rest of them.”
Forget? He glanced at Meilin. Not happening. “You might find me useful. And I want to learn more about your operation. It’s impressive. Mr. King’s looking to hire—”
The blonde grabbed his shirt, her grimace eye level with him. “Don’t ever mention him again.”
Not speak of their father? He studied Meilin for a clue.
She wrenched the blonde’s arm. “Back off, Zoe. He’s harmless.”
Zoe shoved Meilin, who stumbled backward and lost her balance.
Landing on her butt, she looked up at Will with sadness. “Sorry.”
His heart lurched. Hopefully, not sorry she met him. “For what?”
A hard thud to the back of his head came in answer. His knees hit the dance floor, and he toppled over.

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About Cate
Cate Masters has made beautiful central Pennsylvania her home, but she’ll always be a Jersey girl at heart. When not spending time with her dear hubby, she can be found in her lair, concocting a magical brew of contemporary, historical, and fantasy/paranormal stories with her cat Chairman Maiow and dog Lily as company.
Look for her at http://catemasters.blogspot.com and in strange nooks and far-flung corners of the web.

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Sunday, 6 April 2014

#Cover #Reveal - Evolution: SAGE by Starla Huchton @rizphnx #NA #superhero #romance

Evolution: ANGEL (the Evolution series, book 1) -

On Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00ITS86H4
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/20412199-evolution


Beginning on April 6 through April 8th, for 2 days only, Evolution: ANGEL, the first book in the series, will be marked down to 99 cents on Amazon.com.

The Evolution: ANGEL Cover:


New Adult Superhero Romance
Release date: March 6th, 2014
On Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/21411599-evolution
Synopsis: "Candace Bristol has always been obsessed with comic books, but in a world where the nightly news often mirrors these inked stories, her dreams of becoming a real superhero could actually come true. After being rescued by members of the government’s AdvaNced Genetic EvoLution (ANGEL) Project four years ago, getting recruited for this elite team is all she's wanted. Now 18, she's finally reached her goal after years of study and physical training, but little could have prepared her for life as a genetic experiment. As though coming to terms with her new ability to manipulate water isn't tough enough, she never expected to be swept off her feet by one of her fellow recruits. With genetic alteration, the threat of physical and mental instability hangs over every superhero like a shadow. When one of their own tumbles over the edge of madness, Candace will have to choose between protecting the world, and saving the one who holds her heart."

And now, book 2. The cover…

Evolution: SAGE (the Evolution series, book 2) New Adult Superhero Romance
Release date: May 6th, 2014
Synopsis: "Devastated by her choices, Candace Bristol is on the brink of losing it all: her mind, her hope, everything she thought she was. But from the ruins rises new purpose. An enemy has emerged and it will take everything to combat this new threat. Broken as she is, picking up the pieces and carrying on might be the hardest battle to win, but it's either fight, or lose what little she has left. Amongst the wreckage, hope still burns. The flicker of a flame kindles something within her she thought was dead. Love can break you. So, too, can it bring you back to life."

And here’s a little sneak peek at the book…
Welcome home.
The emotions overwhelmed her as she slipped into the pool, sinking to the bottom.
Home.
Belonging.
Acceptance.
Comfort.
Candace didn’t know if she deserved to feel any of this, but there was no arguing with her connection to the water. It didn’t care about her mistakes. She had been missed.
She swam, moving back and forth through the water, soaking up more and more of the solitude and unexpected peace. Closing her eyes and floating, she turned inward, pushing past all of the hurt, all of the guilt, all of the loss, and drifted in a sea of calm. In the back of her mind, she knew this relief was only temporary. Eventually she would have to return to her other existence, the one where everyone wanted— expected— things from her.
Where she expected things from herself.
Jackson was right, of course. As much as she hated to admit it, his words were the slap in the face she needed. Once again, Candace was in his debt.
She frowned. There was a strange back and forth between them, an ever-shifting imbalance of helping one another. Funny, considering he was such a jerk otherwise. If he were consistently nice, maybe it wouldn’t sit with her so uncomfortably. As he ran more cold than hot with her, she never knew where she stood or what to expect. It was frustrating. Jackson Lawrence was not easily categorized or pinned down. Honestly, she couldn’t say with any amount of certainty whether or not she detested Jackson or kind of liked him, although the thought of liking someone as unlikable as him disturbed her on multiple levels. Did she have that much self-loathing that she’d attempt to spend more time with him?
She shivered. No. Definitely not. She more or less hated herself, but wasn’t about to hang around people who made her feel worse.
She took a breath and dove backwards, under the surface again. Life was too complicated. This was simpler. Maybe she could hole up here and no one would notice.
Swimming to the far end, she emerged at the side of the pool to catch her breath.
A crowd of people waited for her. She stared back at seven shocked faces.
“What?”
Jackson shook loose from the grasp of two armed soldiers. “Satisfied? She’s fine. Can I go now?”
“You’re still in trouble, Jackson. Shut the hell up.” True stepped to the edge and crouched down. “You scared us, sugar. What are you doing here?”
“Um… swimming?” Candace said. “Sorry. I didn’t know I wasn’t allowed.”
True shook her head and grinned. “Didn’t you hear the alarms? We’ve been looking for you for thirty minutes. Why didn’t you tell someone?”
Candace shot Jackson a sidelong look. “There was no one to tell.”
Amir Jones rubbed his face and sighed. “Yeah, we noticed.”
Dina was silent, but shifted nervously. Hector was also quiet, but looked more pissed than nervous.
“You all right, Candy Cane?” True asked. “If you want some company, I can suit up and—“
“No!” Candace interrupted. “God, no. Sorry, True, but all I really want is some peace and quiet without people constantly talking to me. No, I’m not okay. I probably never will be. But, holy hell, if I have to deal with one more day of everyone treating me like a broken doll I might actually consider drowning myself just to avoid it.”
True grimaced. “You know we’re all trying to help you, right?”
She sighed. “I know, I know. But, seriously. I can’t think with everyone hovering like this. I just… I can’t. I appreciate what you guys tried to do. Really.” She pushed back from the side, treading water. “No one else can fix me, True. I’ll figure it out.”
She dove under again, blocking out everything but her connection to the water. The next time she came up for air, they were gone.

Author picture:


Bio: A geek of all trades, Starla Huchton has been crafting stories in various genres since 2007. Her first novel, THE DREAMER'S THREAD was released as a full cast audiobook podcast, becoming a double-nominee and finalist for the 2010 Parsec Awards. After releasing short fiction of steampunk, noir fantasy, and other varieties, she released the first three books of the Sci-Fi Romance ENDURE series in 2013. All three books of the EVOLUTION series will be released in 2014, as well as a Steampunk Fantasy novel, MASTER OF MYTH (the Antigone's Wrath series, book 1), which was the first place winner of the Crested Butte Writers' contest, The Sandy, in 2012. When not writing, Starla trains three Minions, a black lab, and a military husband whilst designing book covers for independent authors and publishers at designedbystarla.com.

Author Links:
Author blog: http://www.starlahuchton.com
Author Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Starla-Huchton-Author-Page/255657227797465 
Twitter: http://twitter.com/riznphnx

Wednesday, 2 April 2014

Keir, Kensington, and What Happens Now

Okay, so this has been a big decision hanging over me since Lyrical Press Inc. announced its sale to Kensington, but now I can give you news. After much consideration, I decided not to sign the new contract. It boiled down to the fact that, even if I'd negotiated the terms I wasn't happy with, it still wouldn't give me what I ultimately wanted. And what I wanted was control of Keir and the series. Oh yes. Keir was meant to be book one of five books, which I humorously refer to as a 'Quintology' (yeah, you have to have read the book to get that one. I never said I was a comedian. :P ) But it was never marketed as that, and I had no guarantee that the situation would change with Kensington, or even that they would contract book two whilst tying up my rights to book one in ways I wasn't happy to accept. So, although I've no doubt Kensington will be a huge boost to the Lyrical authors who have chosen to sign up with them, it wasn't for me. I have plans for the books, and for other associated works that the new contract would have made complicated, if not impossible. It was a tough decision as I've only chosen to self publish short stories before (partly for financial reasons), and Lyrical gave me my first break in publishing. Renee gifted me with a gorgeous cover that has garnered compliments and a couple of awards. I am sorry to leave, but I have to do what I feel is best for me as an author.


Say goodbye to the old cover!
So what happens now? Well, Keir had already been taken down during the Lyrical/Kensington transition. It will need new edits and a new cover before I can re-release it. I'm already working on the first, and I have shiny new drafts for the second. Keir will get a complete overhaul with a new tagline and blurb to boot.

This will also mean the rest of the series will be put out as fast as I'm able. This will NOT mean rushing out sub-standard work in the space of a few months simply for the sake of having them out, even though I know many have been waiting impatiently for the second book as it is. I'll have deadlines for two contracted works and one for a self published short later in the year, so those must take priority. However, I hope to have Keir back out this year, in print and digital, with the sequel (which has already had considerable work done on it) out early next year. Book three should follow mid to late 2015. Books four and five are likely to be 2016, perhaps 2017. I also have a side story set between books one and two which I hope to have available in 2015.


Oddly enough, my initial five year plan had each book of the series releasing one a year from 2012, which would have seen the final book releasing in 2017. It might very well end up that the schedule I had to abandon back in 2013 will finally come to be true. The plan is a long term one because I intend to put as much, if not more effort into ensuring they're good quality work, and also because books four and five aren't complete yet. I also have other things in progress, such as the two recently contracted novellas, a third still out on submission, and other short stories in progress. Even if I never wrote another new thing I have enough work to keep me busy and releasing titles for the next three years. :) 


So Keir will return, and you'll finally get the rest of the books in the series. Promise! Oh, I should also add that without the totally awesome skills and full support of my editor Dani Fine, I probably wouldn't be considering such a bold step as self publishing such a big series. Thank Dani!

Monday, 31 March 2014

Release Day for #cyberpunk Reboot #scifi


It's release day for Reboot! Woo hoo! I spent yesterday evening loading it up to the retail sites (BTW fellow authors, you can set books up for pre-order at Smashwords and ARe if you weren't aware of the fact - wish I'd known that earlier!). Of course, B&N will likely be behind everyone else, but you can now download my cyberpunk short at the following places -


You can also check out the current reviews at Goodreads HERE, and add it to your to-be-read shelf while you're there. All reviews are appreciated!

Blurb:

“Welcome to immortality in utopia!”

From the moment Damien signed up for a perfect life with ReGen Inc., he didn’t ask any questions. He didn’t want or need to know. But after he’s rebooted this time, there are gaps in his memory he can’t ignore, and people he no longer recognizes are accusing him of betrayal. When someone dies, he’s determined to go looking for answers…but sometimes it really is better to forget.

Saturday, 29 March 2014

#Science #Fiction #Fantasy Saturday #70

Created by Misa Buckley

Good morning! Welcome to this week's #sffsat snippet, and a smidge more of my upcoming #cyberpunk release - Reboot. What do you think of the cover?

So here we are with the last ever sffsat. Wow! *sad face* I haven't taken part in many over the last year, but I'm going to miss it. Well, last time I gave you the opening to Reboot, with my rather confused male MC waking up. But what's he waking up to?




“Good. I’m going to remove the eye shield, and I want you to open your eyes as soon as you’re ready.”
“Okay.”
Pressure lifted from his face, and a crimson glow replaced the darkness.
“Whenever you’re ready,” the speaker prompted.
Damien opened one eye but shut it just as quickly when light stabbed into his retinas.
“Just relax and keep trying,” his companion urged.
Several blinks later, Damien could squint into the light. The man who’d spoken was a dark, blurred shape hanging over him.
“Good.” The man shifted away.
Still struggling to keep his eyes fully open, Damien stared up at the ceiling. It gleamed with a pale luminescence that stretched as far as he could see. The whole room was white, and an antiseptic smell filled his nostrils.


Reboot will be releasing on the 31st March at all digital retailers. In the meantime, why don't you check out the other participants in this week's sffsat? Just click on the banner below. :)

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Thursday, 27 March 2014

Guest Post - STRAT by Tara Maya #SF #military #scifi



STRAT by Tara Maya

BLURB
On his wedding day, Charlie's bride is kidnapped. As he fights for his life and her freedom, he discovers an ancient war helm with the power to control mechs. But if he uses it, he risks losing himself... and becoming embroiled in a war that will soon span the galaxy.


EXCERPT
Thirteen helmed Lords escorted me out to the center of the caldera: twelve lords from the legation, and Lord Ivess.

I knew Domany was right. They were unlikely to keep their word; but if there was even a chance I could save Sard from obliteration, I had to try.

We passed the frozen corpse of the woman who had taken her father’s helm and avenged her family during the jousts. All anyone had cared about her act of courage was that she had violated a stifling thousand-year-old code of law. Now I was to share her fate, for the same reason.

The legation offered Lord Ivess the honor of removing the faceplate and breather.  My hands were chained behind my back. They forced me to kneel in the sulfur snow.

He leaned close to me, although he did not need to be close to whisper to me over the link.

“You stole my daughter from me, and that embarrassed me,” he hissed. “I will enjoy your death greatly. I’m not going to take off your breather, though. A quick death would be too easy. I’m going to remove everything but your breather. I’m going to let you die slowly, and as you die, you can watch Tears-of-Gold die too.” He laughed. “Did you really think we would spare Sard after you contaminated it with your thralls who think they can be lords?”

“No,” I said. “I expected you to lack all honor, having fought you before.”

He kicked me face forward onto the ground. My jaw smashed painfully against my breather. He grabbed the back of my kit and jerked me back up to my knees.

“Then why did you surrender yourself to us? That was stupid.”

“I’m a Fredder,” I said. “I guess stupid is just a bad habit.”

The other lords stood in a semi-circle around us, a few meters away. They watched impassively as Ivess dismantled my kit piece by piece, until he ripped away the last underlayer, and left me naked in the bitterly frozen acid. As he’d promised, Ivess left on my helm, the cursed Helm of Brin, trailing tubes to my discarded, but functional, air pack, so I could still breath.

It felt as though I had been dipped into fire. My skin sizzled and buckled. Every inch of my body below my neck came alive with pain, raw unbearable pain. I screamed inside my mask. Through my tears, I could see a huge army of mechs, the combined cavalcades of the lords of the “peace legation,” advance toward Tears-of-Gold. They weren’t going to just let it die of neglect, they were going to blast it straight to hell themselves.


LINKS
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Monday, 24 March 2014

Reboot - #Cover #Reveal #cyberpunk



Today is the cover reveal for my cyberpunk short story Reboot. But I'm not going to reveal it here. Oh, no. Instead, you can visit one of my lovely hosts in the list below and get a look at my new pretty (created by the talented Misa Buckley at Scorched Flower). Enjoy!

Saturday, 22 March 2014

The SFR Brigade Presents #1 - Imprint #scifi #romance #excerpt

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This is my first snippet for the SFR Brigade Presents. I know - what a slacker?! Lol. Anyway, I present an excerpt taken from my short story Imprint, part of the Tales from the SFR Brigade - a free scifi romance anthology. Having been rescued from a rather nasty fate by Deluvian Marshall Tevik who'd been pursuing her, my thief Jiona has woken up in what might seem a compromising situation at first assessment...

“Care to explain why I’m half-naked in your bed?”
Tevik quirked an eyebrow and perched beside her on the edge of the mattress, still keeping out of reach. “My bed, because there was nowhere else to put you. And as for your clothing…” He had the grace to look sheepish. “Strip search. After that trick in the vaults with the knife…” With one hand he gestured to a long, dark bruise over his ribs that matched those on the opposite side from where she’d kicked him. She flinched. “I couldn’t be sure what else you might have tucked away.”
“Bet you enjoyed searching me.”
A faint blush colored his cheeks. “I did what I had to do, for my own safety as much as yours. I didn’t want any booby traps going off in your outfit. You are known for them.”
She smirked. “Thought I might have a weapon tucked away in my panties?”
His blush deepened. Her panties had been little more than a strand of lace. Less restrictive, but certainly no cover for a weapon. Not even a very small one.
“With you, anything is possible.”
Jiona laughed. “Ah, now there’s a reputation I can be proud of!”


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Monday, 17 March 2014

Meet the #Author Monday - Starla Huchton #giveaway #NA #SFR


Please tell us a bit about yourself:
I’m a geek of many stripes, interested in everything from Doctor Who to superheroes to the odd craft project and slight obsession with personality quizzes (for me and everyone I know). My writing tends to reflect a lot of my varied interests. When I’m not writing or designing book covers, I’m chasing 3 kids and trying not to let the crazy military spouse life obliterate what sanity I have left. :)
Tell us about Evolution: ANGEL:
The goal of the Evolution series is to bring everything I love about comic books into novel format. The characters come from all walks of life, though it is primarily one hero's origin story, and it becomes an origin story for something much larger than that. It's a gamma-radiation-infused journey that looks at what it means to be a hero, including the sacrifices that come with accepting great power and what drives a person to become something more. It is NOT a YA story as it contains graphic language, adult situations, and violence (and all the feels as well).
What inspired you to write this particular story?:
It was one of those things that I never expected to write. I mean, I have an unfettered love for comics and their movies and superheroes, but never in my life did I ever think I’d be writing about them. I guess it just takes the right idea firing in your synapses. My kids were watching the Fantastic Four movie, and, after wandering off to tend to other things that needed doing, BOOM, idea hits me. Funny how those things work, isn’t it?
Please share a favourite snippet from your book:


Her senses exploded in every direction, pulled every which way by the water completely surrounding her. She swam along the bottom, addicted to the feel of the currents moving over her skin. Candace spun below the surface, like she was the center of a tornado, and plowed through to the far wall, finally surfacing with a gasp. She’d given up the swim team in seventh grade for track, but at the moment, she couldn’t imagine why. Now, swimming felt like the most natural thing in the world, maybe more than walking.
Scooping up a handful of water, she shaped it into one of her shimmering vines and wove it through her fingers, considering the weight of it, feel of it, the amount of force required to keep the shape and movement. Amused, she flung it away from her, like slinging spider webs from her wrist. She couldn’t keep from giggling. After a few rounds of that, she was back to swimming laps, twirling and twisting in the water for so long she started to feel overheated.
Candace slung her arms along the ledge, catching her breath and trying to cool down. The longer she stayed that way, the more something nagged at her. It wasn’t her that was overheated. The water was actually warmer than it had been. Frowning, she looked around. Still alone. Then what? Was her presence and ability causing the rise in temperature? She closed her eyes. After a minute or two, she let go of the edge, sinking down into the water to investigate. Her toes touched the bottom and she stabilized herself, letting the liquid surrounding her send the information she needed. Each molecule had a voice in her head, quiet, but there. She listened to them, trying to feel for any changes in their energy signatures.
The world exploded into warmth and motion as someone yanked her up by an arm, dragging her towards the surface. Forgetting where she was, she opened her mouth to scream, but got a huge gulp of water for her trouble. Candace found herself face down on the tiled floor, coughing up what she swallowed.
Terrified there was more coming, she scrambled to her feet to see who was responsible for scaring her shitless.
“Slow down, Sugar Plum. I think you’re safe now.”
She spun on the slick tile to face him. “Jackson? What the hell? What are you doing here?”
He was soaked from head to toe. Had he pulled her out of the pool? Why?
He scowled at her. “I was coming for a swim. That’s what people do in pools.”
Was he kidding? He was still in his clothes, shoes and all. “So, what, you have a thing against wearing swim trunks or something?”
“When I saw you stuck at the bottom I didn’t get that far. Why do you always need rescuing? It’s annoying.”
Her jaw dropped. “Rescuing? You thought I was drowning?”
Jackson looked confused. “You were down there a long time. That’s usually a good indicator of drowning.”
She crossed her arms over her chest and glared at him. “You scared the crap out of me. I was fine. I was…” She stopped. How could she explain it?
“What?”
“Practicing,” Candace said with a sniff.
“Practicing?” Jackson chortled. “Practicing what, dying?”
Done arguing, she stomped past him, wrapping her towel around her and collecting her things. She was pretty sure everyone and their dog knew she had a water ability by now, and he definitely would, as closely as he seemed to watch her. The locker room wasn’t far and at least she’d be able to escape him there.
“You’re welcome, Sugar Plum.”
She threw him a withering glance. “I didn’t need your help, Jackson. Don’t pretend like this was anything more than an excuse for you to see me half-naked.”
“Don’t flatter yourself.”
Done with him, she rolled her eyes and pushed open the door. Finally, this was one place he couldn’t follow her.
Which comes first for you – a character's looks, personality or name?:
It seems to be different for every book for me. With the Evolution series, the first thing I thought of was the end climax of the book. From there, it became a matter of figuring out who those people were and what got them into that ultimate situation. With the Endure series, it was the setting and the main couple. The Steampunk Adventure I have coming out later this year, Master of Myth, it was the personality of my main character. And with the project I’m currently working on, it was the friendship between two opposite-personality women. So, it really varies a lot.
Any tips for aspiring authors?:
Stop aspiring and DO. The best piece of advice you can take to heart is to write and keep writing. The longer you do it, the better you get at it, and the easier it will get. The rest you can figure out using the Internet. ;)
Questions for fun:
If you had the power of time travel, is there anything you would go back and change? Why/why not?:
I prefer not to mess with time travel. Just thinking about it hurts my brain. One cannot calculate all the little changes its possible to make and what consequences those will have on the future. I think most things happen for a reason, and I wouldn’t be who and where I am today without where I’ve been before. And I’m okay with that.
What super-power would you choose?:
The one power I think would come in handy is the ability to temporally reverse non-living things. I’m not a fan of immortality, but being able to “rewind” an object to the moment before something happened to it would be insanely handy. Like that time I spilled coffee on my laptop. Or when a child takes a pair of scissors to the furniture. Now that’s a superpower anyone could use.
If you could have three wishes, what would they be?:
Without being able to wish for more wishes, I’d probably wish for a greater conscience for people who lack it. So much of today’s problems could be solved by people having a little more humanity in their decisions. I’d wish for the world to have greater literacy, and time and desire to read, because it’s scientifically provable that reading fiction makes people more empathetic, increases creativity (thus critical thinking skills to solve problems), and gives more understanding of the world around us. Then I would wish that everyone buy my books to read, because I’m only two-thirds selfless. LOL
Coffee, tea or wine?:
ALL THE COFFEE.
What is your favourite book? (aside from one of your own!):
The Counte of Monte Cristo, followed closely by the works of Douglas Adams (Hitchhikers’ Guide and Dirk Gently series).
Favourite genre and why?:
This really varies for me. I write a lot of science fiction stuff, but my roots are really more in fantasy. Typically when I read, I’m more likely to read something paranormal in nature, but not necessarily romance. I’m not a big lit-fic or horror fan, but there are exceptions to every rule.
Favourite colour?:
Red. Always red.
Upcoming news and plans for the future?:
This year is going to be a big year for me, book-wise. All three Evolution books will be released by July, and then I have Master of Myth (a steampunk adventure) coming in September (Talk Like A Pirate Day!). It’s entirely possible I’ll have a fifth book crammed in sometime before New Years Eve as well, but I think four books in the wild is a pretty good goal for a 12-month period.


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Book Info-
Title- Evolution: ANGEL
Series-The Evolution Series #1
Author- S. A. Huchton
Genre- New Adult Superhero Romance
Expected Release Date- March 6th, 2014


Blurb-
Candace Bristol has always been obsessed with comic books, but in a world where the nightly news often mirrors these inked stories, her dreams of becoming a real superhero could actually come true. After being rescued by members of the government’s AdvaNced Genetic EvoLution (ANGEL) Project four years ago, getting recruited for this elite team is all she's wanted.


Now 18, she's finally reached her goal after years of study and physical training, but little could have prepared her for life as a genetic experiment. As though coming to terms with her new ability to manipulate water isn't tough enough, she never expected to be swept off her feet by one of her fellow recruits.


With genetic alteration, the threat of physical and mental instability hangs over every superhero like a shadow. When one of their own tumbles over the edge of madness, Candace will have to choose between protecting the world, and saving the one who holds her heart.


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About the Author-
A geek of all trades, Starla Huchton has been crafting stories in various genres since 2007. Her first novel, THE DREAMER'S THREAD was released as a full cast audiobook podcast, becoming a double-nominee and finalist for the 2010 Parsec Awards. After releasing short fiction of steampunk, noir fantasy, and other varieties, she released the first three books of the Sci-Fi Romance ENDURE series in 2013. All three books of the EVOLUTION series will be released in 2014, as well as a Steampunk Fantasy novel, MASTER OF MYTH (the Antigone's Wrath series, book 1), which was the first place winner of the Crested Butte Writers' contest, The Sandy, in 2012.


When not writing, Starla trains three Minions, a black lab, and a military husband whilst designing book covers for independent authors and publishers at designedbystarla.com.


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