Are You Ready for Comicpalooza?

I am! I can’t wait!

If you plan to attend, please come see me in the Artist’s Alley at the Texas Writers of Teen Fiction booth! It might be listed as Rose Garcia Books, since my partner was originally going solo, and her name is, well, you know…

ROSE GARCIA. This is her. Isn’t she pretty? Rose Garcia (2)

We will be selling our books at a special convention price. Both of us write young adult sci-fi and fantasy. Her trilogy follows a girl being chased by a trans-human hunter through multiple lives, and she is on her FINAL life. Most of my books are about characters who find out that the ancient gods of Greek mythology are still alive and well, and the characters become entangled with them in ways both joyful and deadly. We will also have goodies at our table, so come by and get yours. My furry friend, Pinwheel, may also be visiting.

I am also so excited about being a GAME MASTER for the FIRST time!!!!

I hope you will come and try my game! It should be fun for the whole family, and you don’t have to be familiar with any rules beforehand. My game is called Greek Mythology Bingo Plus.

It will take place on Saturday at 10 a.m. in Ballroom A, at tables 52-60. Click here for a map of the convention center.

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I will be using my own original flashcards depicting 48 different characters from Greek mythology, and you, the participant, will be playing on a team of two to four around a beautifully illustrated bingo poster.

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The first 50 participants get a goody bag just for playing. The bags will contain bookmarks, my Medusa button, and a chocolate coin.

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And the winners will get their choice of a My Little Pony Pegasus, a tiara, a snake ring, or an Eva Pohler Books backpack.

The first time we go through all forty-eight cards, which might produce two or three winning groups, we’ll play the game at the “easy” level, which means all participants get to cover the image I call out whether you know the god, goddess, hero, or mythological being or not (and I will be educating you about them, to prepare you for the next level).

If we have time, we will then play at the “moderate” level, which means only those teams who can successfully identify the character whose name I call out may cover the image on their poster.

There is also a “difficult” level, but we won’t have time to play it at the con. I’ll just tell you a bit about it at the end of our session.

And if you are a writer or artist of any kind looking for ways to promote your business, you might like to attend my panel, Self-Promotion for Writers, which will take place on Sunday, at 1:00 p.m. in Panel Room 8, 370 C.

If you are not attending the con but would like to know more about my Greek Mythology Bingo Plus game, you can do so here. Beginning June 15th, you can also support the production of this game on Kickstarter, getting your own copy for only $20.

So, how many of you are coming to Comicpalooza?

 

Announcing the Release of Vampire Affliction

The second book in Eva Pohler’s contemporary young adult fantasy, The Vampires of Athens, is here!

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Gertie goes to Athens to study abroad and learns that vampires and demigods are real. She unwittingly becomes a catalyst to a war between them after making friends on both sides. The vampires want liberty at all costs, and the demigods want to protect the city. When their parents and the gods undermine their efforts to bring about a positive resolution, the three teens realize they’re on their own, and no one will save them.

Kindle  Nook  iBooks   Kobo   Google Play   Smashwords

Get the first book for only 99 cents!

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Watch the trailer here!

Join the Facebook Release Party here!

Elizabeth Kirke’s New Cover!

The long awaited third book in the award winning More than Magic series is almost here!
Read on to be the first to find out the upcoming release date!

More than Magic #3

Soul Choice

Forget everything you know … about magic …
   Jen doesn’t know who people keep mistaking her for, but one thing is clear: her mystery double is not popular. When Jen is kidnapped by a group bent on revenge for something she never did, it’s up to her friends to rescue her. Little do they know, Jen’s captors are ready for them.  
   Thomas, TS, Charlie, Dani, and Mariana become the latest victims of a malicious experiment, one which could spell doom for magic-kind. Now their lives, and maybe their entire world, are in Jen’s hands. Unfortunately, escaping the facility is the least of their problems. The experiment is dangerous; one in three test subjects dies. And considering five of them are affected, the odds don’t look good.
       Time is running out and Jen and her friends are faced with the hardest decisions they’ve ever had to make; how do you know who to trust, when your own mother isn’t who you thought she was? Just how much will you sacrifice for a friend, even if it’s your life?
   And how can you make a choice when the wrong one means death?
A big shout-out to Crystal at Inked Phoenix for the amazing cover!!!

 Casting its spell June 1, 2015…

Missed the first two? There’s still time to catch up!
Available wherever ebooks are sold!

 

Release Day Party May 11th!

If you haven’t already joined my Vampire Affliction release day party, scheduled for Monday, May 11th at 7 p.m. CST, please do! Just click on the banner below to get to the Facebook event!

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I will be giving away a Tarot reading to one lucky winner EVERY night between now and release day!! I will usually do the reading between 8 PM and 10 PM CST, so check out the event page for details! These readings are based on Greek Mythology, which (as most of you know) I LOVE!

In addition to the readings, I will be giving away other fun prizes during the actual event on Monday night.
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Athena, who makes appearances in this series, will be giving away her locket! I know many of you have been trying for months to win this inspirational piece of jewelry. Monday may be your lucky night!

As in The Gatekeeper’s Saga, Hades plays a major role in The Hades t-shirtVampires of Athens (surprise, surprise! He is my favorite, after all!). He will be at the party to give away his t-shirt!

Although Medusa doesn’t come in until the third novel, she will be at the party to give away one of her shirts, too! And both these shirts come in adult small Medusa Shirt Finalthrough 3X, though the Hades shirt style is a bit different for the plus sizes–solid black and no trim, like the Medusa shirt.

Speaking of Medusa, she also features on the backside of my Greek Mythology Flashcards. How would you like to win the VERY FIRST pack of the 48 beautifully illustrated cards, most of which were drawn by the talented Desiree De Orto?

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Heracles Flashcard

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And, in addition to the locket, the t-shirts, and the pack of flashcards, I will also be giving away a $25 gift card, a signed set of The Gatekeeper’s Saga, and a signed copy of Vampire Addiction!

So I hope you can join in for the fun this Monday, May 11th, at 7PM CST on Facebook. I’m giving away a $5 Amazon gift card to the person with the most invitees, so be sure to invite your friends!

To prepare for the release of Vampire Affliction, be sure to grab your 99 cent copy of the first book, Vampire Addiction. You can grab it here, if you haven’t already.

You can also pre-order Vampire Addiction here! Preorders help authors get their ranking up on release day, so if you  plan on getting your copy, a pre-order would greatly help me!

Shawn McGuire’s Newest Cover!

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Back Cover Blurb 

A new home in a new state. The chance to get away from the relentless bullies and reinvent himself. Then on the first day at his new high school, Robin Westmore finds himself in the exact wrong place at the exact wrong time and right back into the role of victim. All Robin can do now is wish for the harassment to stop.

Being the leader of the genie world is not what Desiree expected. The Guides aren’t happy with her or any of the decisions she makes. The only thing they all agree on is that they want their old boss back, but Kaf has vanished, leaving the Guides in shock and Desiree with a broken heart.

While Desiree hides from her responsibilities, Robin disappears into the video game he’s created. There he finds excitement, adventure, and control. When the game presents him with an escape from his tortured life, will he take it?

Excerpt

Chapter One

Robin

Maybe I could call in sick. With something fatal. Something so contagious the entire high school would contract it just by looking at me. Was there such a thing? I took out my phone. “Okay, Google. What is visual contagion?”

“Good morning, Robin.”

For half a second I thought my phone had learned my name. And had started speaking in my mom’s voice? I entered the kitchen and found Mom in her pink bathrobe with the tea stain down the front, waiting for me. She must’ve heard me talking to my phone.

“Morning.” I set my messenger bag by the back door and took a seat at the kitchen bar.

Google had only come up with only one direct hit and was now blinking at me, waiting for something that would challenge its storage banks. The ‘contagion’ it presented wasn’t even a disease. It was some company in Vancouver that spread positive messages on organic hemp or bamboo T-shirts. Great. I ask for science, I get hippies.

“Do you think Visual Contagion would be a good name for a band?” I asked Mom as I scrolled through a few of the t-shirt pictures.

“Hmm,” Mom said, tapping her fingernail against her teacup. “A band that plays music?”

My turn to sit and blink. “What other kind is there?”

“Plenty. A wrist band. Hairband. Wedding band. Waistband.”

“Okay, okay.” She’d go on and on and then open the thesaurus app on her tablet if I didn’t stop her. “I’m a guy. I don’t think about hairbands or jewelry. Yes, I meant a band that plays music.”

“Then I’d say no. Visual Contagion, great a name as it is, would not work for a musical group.” She took a sip of her tea, Irish breakfast according to the tag hanging from the string, as she contemplated. “Auditory Contagion could work. Audio? Audial?”

Auditory Contagion would indeed be a damn cool name for a band. Almost made me want to form one. Except I couldn’t play a single instrument. Not even that plastic flute-thing they made us play in elementary school. Maybe I could compose something on my computer. I needed music for my video game anyway.

“Okay, Google. Popular music software.”

“Would you like some breakfast?” Mom asked. “Or are you just going to play with your phone until it’s time to leave?”

My mom wasn’t the most domestic person. She did like to feed people though, and when she took the time to make an actual meal, she was a great cook.

I set my phone in my lap and analyzed my hunger level. “Juice and toast with butter and jam. Two slices.”

“Two? You’re hungry today. What kind of tea?” She held up her Irish breakfast to me with a questioning look and wiggled the box as if that would lure me to the Celtic side.

English breakfast, please. With cream and two sugar cubes.”

“Off to the range,” my dad said as he entered the kitchen and set a black case—smaller than a briefcase, larger than a lunchbox—on the gray marble counter.

“Before work?” Mom asked.

“I don’t have any meetings until ten today. I want to try out my birthday present.”

Who knew a guy could get so excited over a handgun? Then again, this one did have a built-in laser. Guns weren’t my thing, but if presented with a laser-operated piece of technology I’d be all over it. So, I could understand his enthusiasm to a point.

“Want to come with me, Robin?” Dad asked as he plugged the first of two coffee pods into the machine to fill his travel mug.

“Thanks, but I do have a meeting before ten,” I said. “I have that test first thing.”

“Finally,” Dad said. “I don’t understand the holdup on allowing you to take a placement test. You studied?”

“Of course he studied,” Mom said as though nothing could be more unthinkable than me not studying.

“I did,” I told them. “Don’t worry, I’ll pass.”

“They should put him directly into Calculus and Differential Equations,” Dad said.

“He could handle it,” Mom agreed, “but AP Calculus will be an easy A for him.”

“Good point,” Dad said and clapped me on the back, nearly knocking me off my stool. “Build that killer GPA. Get into the college of your choice and academic scholarships as well.”

“Don’t pressure him,” Mom said, setting a plate with my buttered and jammed toast on the placemat in front of me.

*****

Shawn McGuire is the author of young adult novels that blend contemporary settings and issues with a touch of fantasy and magic. She started writing after seeing the first Star Wars movie (that’s episode IV) as a kid. She couldn’t wait for the next movie to come out so wrote her own episodes. Sadly, those notebooks are long lost, but her desire to write is as strong now as it was then.

Her books deal with harder topics (death of a sibling, divorce, dating violence, bullying, and teen suicide) because she believes it is important to talk about these things. Those kinds of topics can be hard to handle and a bit overwhelming, so she infuses a bit of humor in her work as well because she also believes that a sense of humor can help you get through just about anything.

Shawn lives in Colorado with her family where she spends her time reading, cooking and baking, practicing yoga and meditation, and hiking and camping in the spectacular Rocky Mountains.

Author Links
Website – http://www.Shawn-McGuire.com
Facebook http://www.Facebook.com/ShawnMcGuireAuthor
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Pinterest – http://www.pinterest.com/shawnmcguire1/
Twitter – https://twitter.com/Shawn_McGuire
Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/3231214.Shawn_McGuire
Amazon Author – http://www.amazon.com/Shawn-McGuire/e/B00L0FJDFW/ref=sr_tc_2_0?qid=1420552843&sr=1-2-ent?tag=evapohboo0b-20

Author’s Other Works
The Wish Makers Series
Sticks and Stones
Break My Bones
Never Hurt Me

Bound Series Book Three, by Stormy Smith

Title Announcement: Bound Series Book 3 by Stormy Smith

Today, Stormy Smith released the name of the third book in her highly anticipated Bound series and we’ve got the scoop!

 

Introducing….

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If you haven’t picked up Bound by Duty or Bound by Spells, you’re going to want to jump on those now!

 

Book one – Bound by Duty

Nominated for Best Book hangover in the UtopYA 2015 awards!
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Amelia grew up in a world of half-truths. She knows she’s an Elder, but has no idea what that means. Her father reminds her daily that she must maintain control, but he refuses to explain why. Even worse, she’s betrothed to the prince of the Immortals and doesn’t even know his name.

Finally breaking free to live a few normal years at a community college, the last thing Amelia expects is to find her best friend in a cheeky southern girl, or fall for a self-assured human who sees her for who she is, not what she will become.

As she learns more about herself, Amelia realizes the line between love and duty is a thin one. As her power continues to increase exponentially and her questions are slowly answered, Amelia must make the ultimate choice. The question is, will her head win the battle, or her heart?

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Book two – Bound by Spells

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Bound by Spells released March 19, 2015 and has been consistently praised for the dual point of view storytelling, as being better than Bound by Duty, and a book no one can put down! In lieu of potential spoilers in the description, take a look at what fans and bloggers are saying:

Serena Chase, from USA Today’s Happy Ever After blog said, “Featuring a cast of mages and shapeshifters with unique magical abilities, one destiny-shaping prophecy, a genocidal megalomaniac, and a budding, heated romance (or two!), this book is paranormal gold! Read the first book in the series first, of course, but once you finish this one you’re sure to be salivating for the next release in this not-to-be-missed romantic paranormal series.”

Megsandherbooks said, “I absolutely could not put this down…the lies, the deception, and the never ending struggle to find the truth had me on the edge of my seat eagerly flipping (er… tapping) to get to the next page…If you are a lover of unique stories filled with magic, shifters, action, suspense, friendship, and delusional power hungry villains you MUST one-click this baby!!!”

Fan Jolene Buchheit said, “There were moments when I had chills and moments where my heart was racing. When I turned the last page I was angry, because I can’t wait for book 3!”

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Stormy Bio PicAbout the author: Stormy Smith is the author of the Amazon best seller, Bound by Duty, and Bound by Spells. She calls Iowa’s capital home now, but was raised in a tiny town in the Southeast corner of the state. She grew to love books honestly, having a mom that read voraciously and instilled that same love in her. She knew quickly stories of fantasy were her favorite, and even as an adult gravitates toward paranormal stories in any form. Writing a book had never been an aspiration, but suddenly the story was there and couldn’t be stopped. When she isn’t working on, or thinking about, her books, Stormy’s favorite places include bar patios, live music shows, her yoga mat or anywhere she can relax with her husband or girlfriends.

Connect with Stormy:

Facebook ** Twitter ** Instagram ** GoodReads
Get teasers and sneak peeks on her website

 

Goodreads Giveaway of Vampire Affliction!

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Vampire Affliction by Eva Pohler

Vampire Affliction

by Eva Pohler

Giveaway ends May 10, 2015.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

Enter to Win

Be sure to join the party celebrating the release on May 11th at 7:00 PM CST on Facebook. Join here!

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Greek Mythology Flash Cards!

They’re almost here!

Illustrated by Desiree De Orto, these flashcards come in packs of forty-eight and are part of a Greek Mythology Bingo Plus Game I will launch on Kickstarter later this year.

And they will have their debut appearance at Comicpalooza in Houston next month!

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Comicpalooza takes place in Houston, Texas at the George R. Brown Convention Center, May 22nd-25th. You can register for the con here. And you can register to participate in Saturday’s “Greek Mythology Bingo Plus” here.

Here’s the address: George R. Brown Convention Center
1001 Avenida de las Americas
Houston, TX 77010

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For two hours, up to 72 people of all ages can participate on the third floor in variations of bingo as they learn about and test their knowledge of the Greek gods, goddesses, heroes, and mythological beings. Winners will receive their own set of flashcards!

I’ll also be exhibiting on the first floor with Texas Writers of Teen Fiction and my good friend Rose Garcia. I’ll be selling signed paperbacks at a discount and giving away the Medusa button to those who sign up for my newsletter.

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If you can’t make it to Comicpalooza but would still like to own a set of these flashcards, be sure to keep an eye out for my upcoming Kickstarter campaign!

 

 

 

 

Enter to Win the Athena Locket!

Many of you tell me time and time again that you’d love another chance to win the Athena Locket. Well, here’s another chance!

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Athena Locket closedShay over at Triple T–Tots, Tweens and Teens  will be giving one away to one lucky winner. To enter to win, visit her page here!

Scroll through the amazing interview she conducted with me–boy, was that fun! I reveal my motive behind writing The Purgatorium, the things that inspire me, my habits, my goals, and my current projects.

I think she’s also giving away some of my ebooks. Both giveaways are INTERNATIONAL!

Enter here!

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If you don’t win there this weekend, be sure to come to my Vampire Affliction Release Party on Facebook on May 11th. We’ll play fun games and I’ll be giving away lots of prizes, including the locket. Join here.

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I hope to see you at both events!

New Medusa Button!

What do you think of this year’s button?

You can order one from Zazzle now, or you can come see me at one of these events, where I’ll be giving them away for free!

May 22-25, 2015: Comicpalooza, Houston

June 18-21, 2015: UtopYA Con, Nashville

July 12, 2015: San Antonio Indie Bookfest, 11. a.m., Wonderland of the Americas

July 23-25, 2015: Penned Con, St. Louis

July 30-Aug. 2, 2015: Gen Con, Indianapolis

I’ve decided that, each year, I’ll come up with a new button, and I will likely invite you all to help me decide on next year’s design.

You might recall these buttons from years past:

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So what do you think of the Medusa button? And what would you like to see next year? Maybe Hades?

Get your Greek on!