7.18.2014

Sales!

I'm still taking my break from blogging/reading/reviewing, but I wanted to let you guys know that I have a few sales going on!

Audiobook Sale:


It looks like you can possibly download the Submerged audiobook for only $1.99! I have no control over the price on the audiobook, so it can change at any time. If you've been wanting the audiobook, now would be a good time to download it.

eBooks:


Program 13, the first book in the Emile Reed Chronicles, is still free through ALL eBook retailers!

*Program 12, the prequel short story, is currently free through ALL eBook retailers...except for Amazon. For some reason they just won't price-match on this one.*


Capture is currently only $0.99 through ALL eBook retailers!


Submerged is currently only $0.99 through ALL eBook retailers!


No Place Like Home is currently only $0.99.

Also, if you've started the Emile Reed Chronicles and you enjoyed it, I would recommend purchasing The Emile Reed Chronicles: The Complete Series because it's almost $5 cheaper than purchasing every installment on its own. Plus, it'll have a pretty new cover come the end of August. (You'll also be able to purchase it in paperback at that point!)

For those asking about signed copies, I need to update my Signed Books page, but for now, you can e-mail me concerning which book you'd like as well as your zip code. I'll be able to provide the costs to you and then send an invoice through PayPal.

I should be back on the blog soon, but for now, I'm going to focus on getting everything straightened out in my personal life. Also, to those that have been supportive, thank you so much. It means a hell of a lot, seriously.

Now, I'm still on Twitter and Tumblr. Since SDCC is next week, there's going to be a lot of news coming out from Marvel, so I can't completely avoid the internet. If you need to get a hold of me, you can message me on Twitter (@NicoleSometimes) or you can contact me on Tumblr (NicoleSometimes).

<3 Nicole

7.13.2014

A Personal Update.



Due to things going on in my personal life, I’m taking a break from blogging/reading/reviewing everything right now. Well, for at least a week or two.

A lot has been going on lately, some of which I’m just not comfortable talking about publicly. What I will say is that this past week, my family suffered yet another loss. It wasn’t entirely unexpected, but that doesn’t make it any easier. With that, along with other things that involve other family members, this hasn’t been a good week. I’ve tried reading, blogging, etc but I just don’t have it in me right now

I can barely get any writing done. My head just isn’t in it. Because of this, I need to take a short break from things. So if you don’t see me around this week, that’s why. I’m taking a bit more time for myself, because things just are not great these days, and I need to get my crap together.

I feel like an ass for how many breaks I’ve taken over the past year, but things haven’t been great in my personal life for sometime, and even though I took a few breaks, I never really took enough time to handle things properly. So I’m working on that now.

On the plus side? I do have some books coming out soon that I am incredibly proud of (Stouthearted and Arabella). So you will get those very, very soon.

After I release Stouthearted and Arabella, it’ll be a bit before I publish another title. I want to take a month or two to work on a few comic book scripts I’ve been wanting to write. I need to change it up every now and again, so don’t expect to read anything new from me until October (I have a short story in an anthology coming out then).

<3 Nicole

7.08.2014

Teaser Tuesday!

I've been quiet on the blog front, and I'm sorry about that.
I took a mini break from the internet over the holiday weekend because I'm honestly running on fumes these days. I'm trying to catch up on my review stack, so if you're an author waiting on a review, it is coming! I just need a bit more time to catch-up on my reading!

To make up for my silence, I have two teasers today. An extended teaser from Stouthearted, and a cover teaser for Arabella!

An extended teaser for Stouthearted:



The Beginning
Bradley
When I’d managed to survive the Outbreak ten years ago, I thought that there was no way life could get much worse. Apparently I had been a bit too hopeful on that one because this was definitely worse. Much worse.
I was angry, in pain, and beyond ready to go home.
But I had a mission to finish, one that no one had yet to return home from. I wasn’t going to allow myself to be another Rescue Guard added to those that had died during a mission. Screw that.
I glanced down at my tablet, at the images of the two men I’d been sent to locate, and leaned back against a tree. I’d remembered seeing the one on television when I was younger. His face had been ingrained in my memory. But the other guy was a stranger.
“If you manage to locate them, you are to report your findings immediately, do you understand? Don’t try and be a hero, Bradley. You’ve seen what they’re capable of.” My bosses words replayed in my thoughts as I shoved the tablet back inside of my backpack.
How the hell could I forget what they were capable of? I asked myself.
When Kyle told me he was being sent on the next rescue team three months ago, I did everything I could to try and persuade him to stay. But the idiot insisted on going.
“I’ll be fine,” he promised. “I’ll be back before you even have time to miss me.”
I don’t know why I allowed him to board the Hovercopter that day. I knew that what he’d told me had been nothing more than nonsense meant to reassure me, but I allowed myself to believe it. And he never came back.
We lost contact with the Hovercopter shortly after it arrived in Florida.
That seemed to be the norm with the rescue missions.
As soon as our teams would arrive in Florida, we would lose contact with them. It was almost as though they just disappeared.
But I knew that wasn’t true. Because every time, without fail, the Hovercopters would register months later, but there would still be no sign of our men.
It was almost as though both Carlton Troum and General Hack had been expecting us, which was why I decided to fly a different route into the state. The thing was, I hadn’t been expecting what I’d found when I arrived.
“What the hell?” I glanced around at the rubble around me, wondering if maybe I’d gone in the wrong direction. But according to my handheld GPS, I was exactly where I was supposed to be.
Smack dab in the middle of a graveyard.

A few fun facts about Bradley:
He's a new character. He's one of my favorites. He plays a big part in this final book for multiple reasons. And no, he wasn't introduced in order to write a love triangle. He's actually a gay male character, something that is touched on in the story, but only when there's reason for it to be mentioned.

A teaser for the cover of Arabella:



I'll probably be quiet over the next couple of days. I'm trying to finish up work on Stouthearted, so I need to focus. If you need me, I'm always reachable by e-mail.

And to make up for being so late on reviews, I will be doing giveaways for the next four reviews I'll be posting. So keep an eye out for those. ;)

<3 Nicole

6.30.2014

Happy Monday!

So June is almost over and I've accomplished...nothing.
This was a busy month for me, as you probably figured out given the lack of posts this month. Between working a full time job (close to 50+ hours a week), trying to finish up work on Stouthearted, taking a last minute trip to Pennsylvania, and trying to get through my review pile, I really haven't had much time to blog.

What I'm reading: I'm currently finishing up Elemental Hunger. (I'm so sorry for the delay, Elana!) I'm hoping to have that review up by Wednesday. This is assuming I don't pass out the second I get home from work again. I'm really enjoying it, it's just hard to find time to read right now.

What I'm working on: I'm also finishing up work on Stouthearted. This has been a hard book to write. I've been ready to throw in the towel a few times. Not because I don't want to finish the book, but because it's hard to focus on writing when you see so many hateful reviews for Submerged. I try not to read reviews, but every now and then I stumble upon them, and it really ends up killing my writing mood when I see just how much people HATE the story. This book probably would have been finished months ago had I completely cut Goodreads out of my life, no joke. I am almost finished with it, and I love how it is turning out, but I've already decided I'm not going to read any reviews for it. At all.

While we're on the topic of Stouthearted: If you loved the fight scenes in the first book, you're going to really enjoy this book. The first book mainly set up the world, so while there were some fight scenes, it was mainly all story. I needed to set up the world so that I could completely destroy it in the second book. In this second installment, we learn more about General Hack and Troum, the world outside of the Sectors, and the lies they thought to be true. It's a crazy book, but the ending is worth it.

Random stuff:
I think I'm going to take a bit of a break after I release both Stouthearted and Arabella in July.
I'm running on fumes these days, and I just need some time to actually sit down and read without worrying about getting any writing done. On the plus side? I'm going to allow my readers to decide what I write next. =)

My schedule should calm down a bit come late July, as I won't have any books to write for a few weeks. It probably won't get crazy again until October (I'll be heading to the NYCC, so I'll be away for a week at that point).

I promise I'll be a better blogger in 2015.
<3 Nicole

I'll leave you with some of my photos from the Philadelphia Comic Con. (I cropped myself out of the photos because I looked terrible, but I left my younger brother in them.)


6.23.2014

Book Review: Elemental Rush by Elana Johnson.

Elemental Rush (Elemental, Novella #0.5)Elemental Rush by Elana Johnson
Kindle Edition, 100 pages
Published: May 19th 2014 by AEJ Creative Works 
Review Copy: Purchased
Description from Goodreads:
Eighteen-year-old Adam Gillman has trained for twelve years to earn a coveted spot on the Supreme Elemental’s elite sentry squad. His brother, Felix, is the commander, but Adam is still thrilled when his official assignment to serve Alexander Pederson comes.

He moves into nicer quarters and can stop getting up at four a.m. to complete his mandated workout time. He still rises early though, because he needs the solitude to practice his airmaking Element—something that Adam has kept secret from everyone, even Felix, because he can’t be both an Airmaker and a sentry.

When Alex assigns him to kill a group of rogue Elementals, he balks at completing his mission for the first time. See, his only friend is Isaiah Hawking, and he’s the Earthmover on the accused Council. When faced with the prospect of killing him, Adam finds he can’t do it.

He’s well trained in assassination, but he thought he’d be murdering bad guys—not innocents.

When Alex buries the Elemental Academy—and kills over one thousand Elementals—in a fit of rage, Adam’s loyalty cracks. When he discovers that Alex is really a woman, and his brother’s lover, he defects. He hops from city to city, from Elemental school to Elemental school, always escaping only minutes before Felix can embed a knife in his heart or a tsunami can make a classroom his watery grave.

He tries to fight back, but he’s just one untrained Airmaster with exceptional tracking skills. He does his best to warn those in danger, but as the last Elemental school goes up in flames, he knows he needs to get some real firepower on his side.

ELEMENTAL RUSH is a prequel novella to the full-length futuristic fantasy novel, ELEMENTAL HUNGER.
My Review:
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

ELEMENTAL RUSH is a nice introduction to Johnson's new series. It's short, but it manages to set up this world fantastically. I will admit that it did take me a bit to really get into it, but once I did, I didn't want to stop reading.

The story is about Adam, a young Sentry that eagerly awaits the day he is able to join his brother, Felix, to work for the Supremist. So, when his assignment comes in, and Adam finds himself having been selected, he is thrilled.

He willingly serves the Supremist, thrilled to be able to work alongside his brother. Until they are sent to kill a group of rogue Elementals. At that point, everything begins to change for Adam. He begins to question his position as a Sentry for the Supremist, what his goal truly is, and if he wants to serve someone that is willing to kill innocent people.

When the truth about the Supremist finally comes to light, Adam decides it is time to flee. He runs off and seeks training at various other schools in order to fully master his Air Element. But he runs into numerous problems along the way.

ELEMENTAL RUSH is definitely a good introduction to this world. And for a novella, it is a rather complete story.

Would I recommend it? Yes. It's an easy read, and you'll want to read the second installment as soon as you're finished with this one.

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6.17.2014

Book Review: Boys and Toys by Cara Lockwood.

Boys and ToysBoys and Toys by Cara Lockwood
Kindle Edition, 84 pages
Expected publication: July 15th 2014 by Cosmo Red Hot Reads from Harlequin 
Pre-Order: Amazon
Review Copy: Provided via NetGalley

Description from Goodreads:
Every girl has a goody drawer.

Sex toy party hostess Liv Tanaka has a collection. Vibrating purple rabbits, cherry-flavored edible underwear, flavored oils… Hey, wearing a leather corset and stilettos (while selling dildos) pays the bills. Just don't tell her very conservative parents. Because if they discovered Liv's sex-toy-selling "Asian Elvira" alter ego, her parents would disown her.

So far, Liv's doing a bang-up job of keeping her two worlds separate…until Porter Benjamin shows up at her party. Tall and too-tasty-to-resist Porter, who works for her father. Porter, who wants Liv to host a party just for him.

And oh, she's tempted. But getting involved with Porter means mixing those two worlds that Liv desperately needs to keep separate. And now Liv's Naughty Toybox is starting to look a lot like Pandora's box….

My Review:
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Boys and Toys by Cara Lockwood may just be my favorite Cosmo Red Hot Red to date. It’s a story about self-discovery, and acceptance. It’s not as steamy as some of the other titles, even though the title and plot may make you think otherwise. Sure, there is a particular scene in the beginning that is definitely steamy, but for the most part, the story focuses on Olivia, and her need for acceptance from her parents.

Growing up isn’t easy. And it definitely isn’t easy when you have parents that have a predetermined path mapped out for you already. This is something that Olivia finds herself dealing with in Boys and Toys. She hosts adult toy parties to pay her bills while searching for a marketing job in the meantime. IT wouldn’t be so bad, except she can never let her parents find out what she does. Or that she’s sleeping with one of her father’s employees.

When I first started Boys and Toys, I figured I wouldn’t like it. It seemed a bit too much for my liking. But like I said, the story focuses mainly on Olivia after the initial meeting between Olivia and Porter. There’s plenty of romance, don’t get me wrong. But it’s a lot more than that, and that’s why I ended up enjoying it more. Plus? It was one of the more realistic of the Cosmo Red Hot Reads.

The only reason I’m giving Boys and Toys four stars is because I would have liked an epilogue. It would have been nice to have seen what happened after Thanksgiving. A bit more closure than what we received.

Other than that? Boys and Toys is definitely a quick and enjoyable read.

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6.16.2014

"Stouthearted" Update + a Giveaway!

This has been a long time coming. I know, I know, but I finally have a release date set for Stouthearted! Are you ready?


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July 21st, 2014!


I know that seems far away, but it isn't, I promise!

I should stress that this is the FINAL book in Taylen's story. (It is a duology, after all.)
I'm sad to be saying goodby to these characters, but I think you guys will like how the story ends.  And for the Glate fans? There are plenty of swoonworthy moments!

There will be a pre-order option (on every eBook store except for Amazon, unfortunately). I'll have those links ready in early July. During the release week, you'll be able to purchase Stouthearted for only $0.99. After that it'll go up to $2.99 (regular price). The paperback will more than likely be the same price as the paperback for Submerged. Amazon likes to mess with the prices on those, though, so I don't know for certain just yet.

I'm so thankful to everyone that took a chance on Submerged. I was so scared when I released it, because I'd spent nearly two and a half years working on it before I published it. I adore Taylen, and I'm so happy that others have fallen in love with her story. It means a lot to me, so thank you, again. This book is for everyone of you. <3

As a thank you, and because today is my birthday, I'm going to giveaway ONE digital ARC copy of Stouthearted. How do you enter? Share this post (on Goodreads, Twitter, Facebook, etc) and comment below with your links, as well as a Twitter name for me to contact you. (I don't want you to post your e-mails publicly, so this will be the easiest way to get a hold of you.) The giveaway will run until July 10th, 2014.