Tuesday, 26 April 2011

Fire Up the Kindle!

Okay, people.  The eagle has landed.  Judgment day has arrived.  It's in the can.  Whatever idiom you've got, the bottom line is that my ebook is now available on Kindle (soon to be followed by Nook, iPad, Sony and Kobo) for the very special price of $2.99.  Grab anyone you know by the collar, v-neck, or neckline of choice who likes YA paranormal/urban fantasy and introduce them to Winterborne by Augusta Blythe.  

Here's the blurb:
Sixteen-year old Mia Winterborne is destined to be special.  Details are sketchy, though, as her dad disappeared with all the answers when she was five.  Mia only knows that she’ll inherit her kickass superpowers on her seventeenth birthday.  Helping Mia prepare for her anticipated ascendancy is Loie (rhymes with Joey) Bryce, her best friend and eternal sidekick extraordinaire.  The girls’ intense friendship has never wavered until now, when Andreas arrives in Salcey Ridge.  They both fall hard for the British hottie, who quickly becomes a fixture in their lives.  When they discover that Andreas is not who he appears to be, the frightening reality of Mia’s powers finally hits home.  The nearer Mia’s birthday draws, the more the danger escalates and long-buried lies are exposed, putting the girls on a path that they never expected. 

Winterborne is Book 1 of my Universe Unbound series (with Book 2 hopefully out by the end of the year).  In the meantime, I am making good progress on a YA dystopian novel that I intend to publish this summer and have another urban fantasy I'd like to launch as well.    

I would love any help in getting the word out, so feel free to pass along my Kindle link (if you click on the book cover, it takes you there), my blog, my website, the word, etc.   I've also created a FB page, but it's looking a little lonely at the mo so 'friend' me, please.     

Lastly, I'd like to give a shout out to the helpers -- my brother-in-law for designing an awesome book cover and for showing me the barebones of html, mobi and ePub files, my editor Jennifer Feddersen for her helpful suggestions and my family for giving me time to indulge.  Next stop - my website!  

I intend this blog for musings and the like so forgive the flagrant self-promo, which I'm afraid will happen from time to time.  Next week, I promise to revert to raving lunacy.  Ciao for now!   


Friday, 8 April 2011

Medieval Musings

Top 10 reasons why I'd suffer an early death in medieval times (not the restaurant but the actual time period) --

10.  Would not respond well when summoned as "wench." 

9.   Would be unable to grow hair long enough to demonstrate my womanhood.  Frequent Shakespearean-style mishaps ensue (yes, I know Shakespeare is Elizabethan -- thanks).  

8.   Would be unable to function without daily hot showers.

7.   Would most definitely die during childbirth.  

6.   The pox would be upon me and fast.  I get every bug that infiltrates our bacteria-free zone.

5.   Would not possess elbow grease required for scullery maid-type labor.  Would surely be burned at the stake for my perceived impertinence/uselessness/heresy/leprosy.

4.  Would die of boredom unless I invent television, er, guess I would start with electricity.

3.  Would suffer immobilizing back strain after fighting off rats for last piece of bread in back alley.

2.  Would off myself if I had to share one room with my entire family.

1.   Would never survive the journey to Mount Doom.