A to Z Theme Reveal_A Glimpse Behind the Curtain

FINAL A to Z Theme Reveal It’s finally here! The moment we’ve all been waiting for! The coolest virtual social gathering leading up to the largest and longest international party on seven continents, The A to Z Challenge *sign up here*!

Special shout-out to the Magnificent Seven of #TeamDamyanti for hosting this historic event! Be sure to visit my fellow house elves, Vidya Sury, Anna Tan, Csenge Zalka, Guilie Castillo Oriard, Jemima Pett & Mary Wallace, and our fearless leader, Damyanti!

 

Check out the hundreds of REVEALS HERE!

Damyanti Team BannerNow, for a sneak peek behind the red curtain. *insert drum roll here*

Wait for it.

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Henry Cavill as Superman in Man of Steel

Oh, hello Henry. Thrilled you could swing by, but it’s not time for you yet. Ahem, BEHIND the guy wearing the red curtain.

Castle in the Mist by Gray Artus

A to Z THEME

Welcome to Olympus, where the Muses of Greek Mythology are charged with the responsibility of discovering, inspiring, guiding, and molding the young incarnations of legends past until they once again take the form of greatness. Enter a world steeped in ancient mythology and mystery. Embark on a journey through the imagination with an enchanting cast of characters as they uncover who they once were and who they will become.

Join me, and a host of brilliant composers from the film music industry, this April, as I unveil sneak peeks of an epic YA fantasy series inspired by my backyard neighbors, the Biltmore Estate!

Oh, and there will be PRIZES! I adore comments. So much so, that I’m willing to part with a very tempting Biltmore-themed prize pack, that may include three of a writer’s main food groups: Coffee, Wine, and Chocolate.

Every comment = a coveted entry into the proverbial hat for the prize pack!

Should you feel compelled to FOLLOW this site, LIKE my author FB and FOLLOW me on TWITTER I will happily reciprocate and throw in some extra entries!

AND that’s not all!

Speaking of EPIC, I’ve another surprise glimpse behind the cinematic red curtain!

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Chris Hemsworth as Thor

Also in the month of APRIL, I’ll be hosting the mother of all WRITING CONTESTS with my favorite composer gang over in Hollywood and leaders of the film music industry, AUDIOMACHINE! As part of a global, cross-industry promotional project for audiomachine’s upcoming public release, PHENOMENA, we’re introducing a groundbreaking campaign to encourage the next generations of authors, artists, musicians & composers! And YOU can be a part of this historical event!

PHENOMENA’s EPIC HEROES CONTEST

Open Internationally!

▶ Create your own Superhero and give us an extraordinary tale, under 1200 words, geared toward Young Adults and inspired by the PHENOMENA album track, “Fortress of Solitude“.

Entries will be accepted April 1st through May 1st. Entries must be posted in the comments section of the dedicated PHENOMENA page (opening April 1st)

The Top 3 Winners will be determined by myself and audiomachine. PHENOMENA-themed prizes will be awarded to our Top 3. The 1st place winner will be PUBLISHED in the first ever audiomachine album companion ebook for PHENOMENA.

Stop by April 1st for more details on this incredible event, including a special contest announcement for ARTISTS!

Speaking of Heroes, I’m thrilled to announce the latest release from my dear friend and literary hero, M. Pax!

worldsonedgeWEBWorlds on Edge, Backworlds Book 5

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War is coming. A horde of merciless aliens poise just beyond the Edge. In a matter of weeks they will devour the worlds.

Racing ahead of the apocalypse, Craze returns to the Backworlds to warn them and plan a defense. Only he can’t go home. Banned from Pardeep Station, he must wage a more urgent battle. His moon is under siege, and his friends are dying.

Bad things come in threes, and the galaxy is no exception. An old enemy returns, attacking moons and defenseless globes, leaving a wake of destruction. Worse than that, they threaten to join forces with the alien horde.

Defeat seems inevitable. Craze may not be able to stop it. Yet home is worth the fight.

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EXISTENCE: Tales of The Last Immortal_Realms Faire Event WINNERS!

Realms FaireThanks to everyone who made Realms Faire a huge success! Special thanks to the brilliant indie science fiction and fantasy author M. Pax for creating this annual event, it was a blast!

 

 

 

 

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▶ To read the complete audiomachine-inspired story, “Tales of the Last Immortal”, created by myself and author Amy Willoughby-Burle click HERE!

Congratulations to all the winners and many thanks to everyone who participated!

WINNERS — Please send me your mailing address via the Contact Sam page!

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WINNERS of Signed EXISTENCE Albums

JIN CHAE
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Filipe — for naming “Puff the Magic Dragon” as the classic children’s tale that inspired our collaborative tale!

WINNERS of EXISTENCE Albums

Helder Dantas
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Gwen Gardner 
Social Media Winner — Rosa Fernández Muñoz

 

EXISTENCE: Realms Faire Collective Performance_Final Chapter

Realms FaireRealms Faire is an annual event hosted by the brilliant indie science fiction and fantasy author M. Pax. Starting November 11th, you can enter to win some amazing prizes, including books, ebooks, jewelry, albums, giftcards, and a Kindle. There are several fun events where playing is the name of the game! Visit the links below and help spread the word. Hashtag #grogz

Joust ~ Drench-a-Wench/Soak-a-Bloke ~ Stockade Brigade ~ Dueling Bards ~ Phasers ~ Masquerade ParadeCastle Jumble ~ Dragon Hunt

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Welcome to the world of EXISTENCE

Each day, author Amy Willoughby-Burle and I, will unveil tales of “The Last Immortal”, inspired by audiomachine’s EXISTENCE. This is a collective performance, a collaboration between words and music! Choose the correct track that inspired each tale, and you’ll be entered to WIN SIGNED EXISTENCE albums by composer Kevin Rix! You’ll have 5 chances to enter, starting Nov. 11th through the 15th. The commenting window for all chapters will remain open until Sunday Nov. 17th, midnight EST!! For more details, click HERE!

Bonus Challenge: Tell us the name of the classic children’s tale that inspired our collaborative storythe first person with the correct answer WINS a signed EXISTENCE album!

FINAL CHAPTER

by Samantha Redstreake Geary

“I have lived a thousand lives,” the king whispers, his sword hovering in the space between life and death. “I would trade every last one of them for peace.”

 

“More bloodshed will not bring you peace,” I offer, my instincts screaming to survive while my mind surrenders to a fate I rightfully deserve.

 

“It is not your blood I seek. There’s been enough souls ripped from this realm by my hand,” the king concedes, pain and regret waging a silent battle in his eyes. “I’ve grown weary of war…”  ▶ Read the rest of the Final Chapter and wager a guess in the comments section of the main page HERE!

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EXISTENCE: Realms Faire Collective Performance_Chapter 5

Realms FaireRealms Faire is an annual event hosted by the brilliant indie science fiction and fantasy author M. Pax. Starting November 11th, you can enter to win some amazing prizes, including books, ebooks, jewelry, albums, giftcards, and a Kindle. There are several fun events where playing is the name of the game! Visit the links below and help spread the word. Hashtag #grogz

Joust ~ Drench-a-Wench/Soak-a-Bloke ~ Stockade Brigade ~ Dueling Bards ~ Phasers ~ Masquerade ParadeCastle Jumble ~ Dragon Hunt

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Welcome to the world of EXISTENCE

Each day, author Amy Willoughby-Burle and I, will unveil tales of “The Last Immortal”, inspired by audiomachine’s EXISTENCE. This is a collective performance, a collaboration between words and music! Choose the correct track that inspired each tale, and you’ll be entered to WIN SIGNED EXISTENCE albums by composer Kevin Rix! You’ll have 5 chances to enter, starting Nov. 11th through the 15th. The commenting window for all chapters will remain open until Sunday Nov. 17th, midnight EST!! For more details, click HERE!

CHAPTER 5

by Amy Willoughby-Burle

With that question spoken into the air, the boy before me begins to change. He grows taller, broader, older—more familiar. I am dumbstruck.

“I am surprised you did not recognize me,” he says.

I am surprised as well.

“I am King Jacques of Honalee,” he says. “I have searched through endless lives for you. Waiting for this moment. Praying to whatever god would hear me—thinking none had.”    ▶ Read the rest of Chapter 5 and wager a guess in the comments section of the main page HERE!

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EXISTENCE: Realms Faire Collective Performance_Chapter 4

Realms FaireRealms Faire is an annual event hosted by the brilliant indie science fiction and fantasy author M. Pax. Starting November 11th, you can enter to win some amazing prizes, including books, ebooks, jewelry, albums, giftcards, and a Kindle. There are several fun events where playing is the name of the game! Visit the links below and help spread the word. Hashtag #grogz

Joust ~ Drench-a-Wench/Soak-a-Bloke ~ Stockade Brigade ~ Dueling Bards ~ Phasers ~ Masquerade ParadeCastle Jumble ~ Dragon Hunt

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Welcome to the world of EXISTENCE

Each day, author Amy Willoughby-Burle and I, will unveil tales of “The Last Immortal”, inspired by audiomachine’s EXISTENCE. This is a collective performance, a collaboration between words and music! Choose the correct track that inspired each tale, and you’ll be entered to WIN SIGNED EXISTENCE albums by composer Kevin Rix! You’ll have 5 chances to enter, starting Nov. 11th through the 15th. The commenting window for all chapters will remain open until Sunday Nov. 17th, midnight EST!! For more details, click HERE!

CHAPTER 4

by Amy Willoughby-Burle

I know right away that something is gravely wrong.

“What do you know of magic, boy?” I ask, carefully. “Have you seen it before?”

“I have indeed,” the boy says.

My heart begins to race, my skin tingling with trepidation. I am not usually fearful, but fear grips tight to my throat.

“Let me be the one to show you this time,” the boy says and waves his hand through the mist.  ▶ Read the rest of Chapter 4 and wager a guess in the comments section of the main page HERE!

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EXISTENCE: Realms Faire Collective Performance_Chapter 3

Realms FaireRealms Faire is an annual event hosted by the brilliant indie science fiction and fantasy author M. Pax. Starting November 11th, you can enter to win some amazing prizes, including books, ebooks, jewelry, albums, giftcards, and a Kindle. There are several fun events where playing is the name of the game! Visit the links below and help spread the word. Hashtag #grogz

Joust ~ Drench-a-Wench/Soak-a-Bloke ~ Stockade Brigade ~ Dueling Bards ~ Phasers ~ Masquerade ParadeCastle Jumble ~ Dragon Hunt

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Welcome to the world of EXISTENCE

Each day, author Amy Willoughby-Burle and I, will unveil tales of “The Last Immortal”, inspired by audiomachine’s EXISTENCE. This is a collective performance, a collaboration between words and music! Choose the correct track that inspired each tale, and you’ll be entered to WIN SIGNED EXISTENCE albums by composer Kevin Rix! You’ll have 5 chances to enter, starting Nov. 11th through the 15th. The commenting window for all chapters will remain open until Sunday Nov. 17th, midnight EST!! For more details, click HERE!

CHAPTER 3

by Samantha Redstreake Geary

The boy’s challenge hints at something more. The sharp fingers of warning run along the edge of my spine.

“Tell me, what battle lies before us?” the boy asks, voice dripping with surprising vehemence.

“It is the final savage struggle for survival,” I reply, words heavy with remorse. “The grisly end to a war waged over 100 years.”

I bear the scars of this carnage still, the claws of guilt ripping away at my soul. “The sky rained with their blood. Their spirits soaked the land. The hungry mouth of time fed on their bones until there was nothing left but dust and the devil.”  ▶ Read the rest of Chapter 3 and wager a guess in the comments section of the main page HERE!

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EXISTENCE: Realms Faire Collective Performance_Chapter 2

Realms FaireRealms Faire is an annual event hosted by the brilliant indie science fiction and fantasy author M. Pax. Starting November 11th, you can enter to win some amazing prizes, including books, ebooks, jewelry, albums, giftcards, and a Kindle. There are several fun events where playing is the name of the game! Visit the links below and help spread the word. Hashtag #grogz

Joust ~ Drench-a-Wench/Soak-a-Bloke ~ Stockade Brigade ~ Dueling Bards ~ Phasers ~ Masquerade ParadeCastle Jumble ~ Dragon Hunt

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Welcome to the world of EXISTENCE

Each day, author Amy Willoughby-Burle and I, will unveil tales of “The Last Immortal”, inspired by audiomachine’s EXISTENCE. This is a collective performance, a collaboration between words and music! Choose the correct track that inspired each tale, and you’ll be entered to WIN SIGNED EXISTENCE albums by composer Kevin Rix! You’ll have 5 chances to enter, starting Nov. 11th through the 15th. The commenting window for all chapters will remain open until Sunday Nov. 17th, midnight EST! For more details, click HERE!

CHAPTER 2

by Amy Willoughby-Burle

“Real magic?” the boy asks, his voice a sliver of sound, so bound up as it is in wonder.

I lower my face to his, the heat of my breath bringing a flush to his cheeks. So small he is, yet so brave. I fear more that he will leave than it seems he fears to stay. “Oh yes, child,” I reply. “Real magic and I shall tell you of it. But I warn you this—magic is not the stuff of fireflies and twinkling stars. It can be dark, my boy. It can be frightening. It is not a thing to trifle with, although many have made that mistake.”  ▶ Read the rest of Chapter 2 and wager a guess in the comments section of the main page HERE!

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EXISTENCE: Realms Faire Collective Performance_Chapter 1

Realms FaireRealms Faire is an annual event hosted by the brilliant indie science fiction and fantasy author M. Pax. Starting November 11th, you can enter to win some amazing prizes, including books, ebooks, jewelry, albums, giftcards, and a Kindle. There are several fun events where playing is the name of the game! Visit the links below and help spread the word. Hashtag #grogz

Joust ~ Drench-a-Wench/Soak-a-Bloke ~ Stockade Brigade ~ Dueling Bards ~ Phasers ~ Masquerade ParadeCastle Jumble ~ Dragon Hunt

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audiomachine_EXISTENCEWelcome to the world of EXISTENCE

Each day, author Amy Willoughby-Burle and I, will unveil tales of “The Last Immortal”, inspired by audiomachine’s EXISTENCE. This is a collective performance, a collaboration between words and music! Choose the correct track that inspired each tale, and you’ll be entered to WIN SIGNED EXISTENCE albums by composer Kevin Rix! You’ll have 5 chances to enter, starting Nov. 11th through the 15th. The commenting window for all chapters will remain open until Sunday Nov. 17th, midnight EST! For more details, click HERE!

CHAPTER 1

by Samantha Redstreake Geary

The skittering of rocks echoes off the slick walls, jolting me from my slumber. The boy has returned. He smells of the salty sea, his sweat heavy with honeyed anticipation.

“I’ve…I’ve come back…hope that’s alright. I…I brought you some of my Mum’s fish pie,” the boy offers, holding out a small package wrapped in worn cloth, tied loosely with weathered string.

I search the boy’s damp face for signs of fear. I find only daring. He is spirited, more so than even the bravest of men. I, above all others, have haunted the imagination of mortals.  ▶ Read the rest of Chapter 1 and wager a guess in the comments section of the main page HERE

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More Deadlines than Lifelines

InsecureWritersSupportGroupIWSG meets the first Wednesday of every month. A community of brilliant writers led by Alex J. Cavanaugh. Visit the Insecure Writer’s Support Group website and database! You’ll find everything from writing to marketing, along with encouragement and support!

I think every writer, on any given day, wishes they had a clone. I’m entertaining the idea of renovating our master closet into a lab, where I’m free to practice my illegal cloning skills–take that, government drones! There’s rarely enough time to *fill in the blank* and write. With multiple exciting projects vying for attention, I’m struggling with striking a balance between the creative process and my domestic duties.

Laundry is piled high enough to conceal family members. No one’s allowed to run through the kitchen, for fear of toppling the tower of dirty dishes. Our border collie is constantly kicking up dust bunnies the size of small children–the ones normally concealed under the deepest recesses of the furniture. And, I’m pretty sure there’s a few trick-or-treaters lost in the high grass that is our front yard. I’m clearly NOT as passionate about housecleaning as I am about writerly things.

Need I mention the succubus that is social media. I’ve just recently succumbed to Twitter. There’s an amusing story behind my Twitter initiation, one involving mistaken identity and a possible clone in CA, but that’s a tale best told over wine. I understand its usefulness, but there’s a learning curve in the land of tweets, not unlike a visit to a village filled with severe ADD sufferers speaking Pig Latin.

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Guess which bird I am.

So, should any lovely writerly folks have a few golden nuggets of time-management knowledge and/ or helpful tweety-bird advice, feel free to deposit them here:)

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Realms FaireIn the meantime, stay tuned for REALMS FAIRE, kicking off November 11th through the 15th! Led by the brilliant, Mary Pax! There will be 9 fun events with chances to WIN awesome prizes, everyday! I’ll be hosting a music-inspired event with bff and critique partner, Amy Willoughby-Burle and audiomachine, for their newest public release, EXISTENCE! I wrote the commercial blurb for this amazing album by composer Kevin Rix, and we’re ridiculously excited to share it next week! There will be multiple contests/ writing challenges on FB, Twitter and our blogs, with several signed EXISTENCE albums up for grabs:)

 

A taste of things to come…

Tree of Life: Chimera_Prize WINNERS — Featuring Author Alexandra Monir

Tree of Life_Album Cover My heartfelt thanks to the fabulous authors who graciously contributed novel prizes, and to the amazing readers, who readily embarked on this musical journey through the imagination.

This concludes the “featured author” event for Chimera. This music-inspired serial has evolved into a much bigger project, with exciting developments that will lead to a promising future for Chimera!

Readers who left their feedback in the comments section of the Chimera chapters were entered to win fantastic novel prizes from our featured authors. Congrats to all the winners and thank you for joining our adventure!


Winner of a signed copy of CassaStorm by Alex J. Cavanaugh RaveAir

Winner of a signed copy of Of Beast & Beauty by Stacey Jay  Amy W. Burle

Winner of a signed copy of The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater M.Pax

Winner of The Debt Collector Season One ebooks by Susan Kaye Quinn Susan

Winner of a signed copy of Alligators Overhead by C. Lee McKenzie  Gary Philip Pennick

Winner of The Backworlds audiobook and The Renaissance of Hetty Locklear ebook by M. Pax Yolanda Renee

Winner of a signed copy of Rootless by Chris Howard Alex J. Cavanaugh

Winner of a signed copy of Givin’ Up The Ghost with signed bookmark by Gwen Gardner   Djinnia

Winner of signed copies of The Sweetest Dark and The Deepest Night by Shana Abé  C. Lee McKenzie

Winner of a signed copy of Out Across the Nowhere by Amy Willoughby-Burle Michelle Wallace

Winner of Neverlove and Atone ebooks by Angela Brown Lisa Shambrook

Winner of a signed copy of Memories of Murder by Yolanda Renee Elise Fallson

Winner of That Fatal Kiss ebook by Mina Lobo Lisa Shambrook

Winner of The Immanent World ebook by KC Hunter Alex J. Cavanaugh

Winner of Taking Time and Passing Time ebooks by Ellie Garratt Al Diaz

Winner of In Praise of Lilith, Eve & the Serpent in the Garden of Eden & Other Stories ebook by Susan Scott Yolanda Renee

Winner of Beneath the Rainbow ebook by Lisa Shambrook Michelle Wallace

Winner of END OF DAYS audiobook and HER BONES ARE IN THE BADLANDS ebook by Roland Yeomans  DG Hudson


Readers who leave their feedback in the comments section below, will be entered to win the final featured prize  signed copies of Timeless and Timekeeper as well as the Timeless album of original songs from the series, from our featured author, Alexandra Monir!


 Alexandra Monir

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When tragedy strikes Michele Windsor’s world, she is forced to uproot her life and move across the country to New York City, to live with the wealthy, aristocratic grandparents she’s never met. In their old Fifth Avenue mansion filled with a century’s worth of family secrets, Michele discovers a diary that hurtles her back in time to the year 1910. There, in the midst of the glamorous Gilded Age, Michele meets the young man with striking blue eyes who has haunted her dreams all her life – a man she always wished was real, but never imagined could actually exist. And she finds herself falling for him, into an otherworldly, time-crossed romance.
 
Michele is soon leading a double life, struggling to balance her contemporary high school world with her escapes into the past. But when she stumbles upon a terrible discovery, she is propelled on a race through history to save the boy she loves – a quest that will determine the fate of both of their lives.


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When Philip Walker appears as a new student in Michele Windsor’s high school class, she is floored. He is the love she thought she lost forever when they said goodbye during her time travels last century. Overjoyed that they can resume the relationship they had a lifetime ago, Michele eagerly approaches him and discovers the unthinkable: he doesn’t remember her. In fact, he doesn’t seem to remember anything about the Philip Walker of 1910.

Michele then finds her father’s journals, which tell stories of his time-traveling past. As she digs deeper, she learns about his entanglement with a mysterious and powerful organization called the Time Society and his dealings with a vengeful Windsor ancestor. Michele soon finds herself at the center of a rift over 120 years in the making, one whose resolution will have life-or-death consequences.

Alexandra Monir’s Timekeeper combines breathtaking romance with a tale of complex magic in a sequel that will have every reader believing in the transcendent power of love.


alexandra_monir_timeless_ep_coveThe Timeless EP

Original songs from the books TIMELESS and TIMEKEEPER, written and performed by Alexandra


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