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Release Day!! The Core: Equilibrium I

YAY! I love release day. You work hard and slave away on not only coming up with a good, well-rounded story, but getting it in a readable format through editing and gathering advice. Then comes to the formatting and cover design! So much to do to get ready and yet – here it is. Another one of my creations into the world. Craziness!

I’d love for you to check out my new release, The Core: Equilibrium I under my pen name Kate Thomas. Information and links are below! Hope you love it as much as I do.

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New Adult Paranormal
Author: Kate Thomas
Release: TODAY!! Feb 12th!!

Amazon ~ Kobo ~ B&N

There’s something strange about David, something that goes beyond the way he makes Ellie feel. He’s wealthy, poised, and a complete enigma. With nothing to lose but her heart, Ellie goes in search of the truth—a search that leads her down an eye-opening path that reveals secrets about the world she thought she knew.

The world’s order is held in careful balance, the essence of good and evil tilting the scale. When the fabric of reality is stripped away, Ellie is forced to make a decision to follow the path David’s constructed before her or simply walk away. The Core is missing and someone must step up and stand between the light and darkness, holding each back and maintaining equilibrium.

Excerpt:

“You do realize that there is absolutely no chance of us actually getting away with this, right?” Ellie whispered loudly in the small confines of the car.

“There’s no need to whisper. We’re in a car by ourselves, Elle.” Jacob kept his eyes on the car in front of them, the large figure of his sister’s boss moving languidly from the Lincoln to cross the busy street. “Besides, it’s the holidays, and it’s far too busy in this neighborhood for Mr. Kelley to notice us.”

A soft sigh resounded beside him, and sounds of fidgeting filled the air. Ellie was rarely the type to be nervous or overcome with emotion of any sort. If anyone was capable of a stakeout operation, it was most certainly his twin sister. She was only a few minutes older than him, but years ahead in maturity and intellectual curiosities, to be sure. He smiled as he felt the overwhelming heat of her stare. Paying her no attention would be more fun than giving in to her well-founded fits of worry.

“I know you know I’m looking at you, Jacob.” Her punch was much too light to be anything but playful.

He glanced her way only briefly, a smirk on his mouth his only response. He was used to responding non-verbally.

“It’s not me you should be watching, but your illustrious boss. I didn’t come out in the freezing cold to spend my night in a car, hanging out with my bratty older sister. I came to see if I could help you get a few answers. Pay attention!” He turned the heater up, and the previously fogged window cleared, showing a row of beautifully decorated mansions.

Christmas was in full effect on Ebert Street, and the wealthy citizens of the neighborhood spent loads outdoing their friends and family. Their study for the evening was a Mr. David Kelley, Ellie’s boss for the last two years. He was an investor of other people’s money, a financial advisor by some standards and a bookie by others.

“I am paying attention, but I don’t know what you expect to find by sitting outside of a luxurious home in the middle of winter. It’s the holidays, so yes, David goes to parties and wines and dines the rich and famous. What did you think we would find tonight?” She added softly, “I didn’t even ask you to come.”

Jacob turned to face his sister. “You most certainly did ask me to come. You’ve been bitching for the last two years about your boss’s oddities, and it was you that wanted to start looking into his personal life.”

“Not his personal life, but I wanted to see what it is that he does with his time.” She turned to face him as well, a defiant look spreading across her features. “How does someone make more money than God and never really DO anything? Besides, you’ve been wanting a reason to see the Christmas lights in Westchester for years.”

“Christmas lights, pff …” He rolled his eyes. “I want to hear it or I’m leaving.”

“Hear what?” Confusion spread across her features.

“I want to hear that you asked me to come, and that this is your operation.”

“Don’t be ridiculous, Jacob.”

He turned to face the windshield and moved to put the car in reverse before her hand clamped down on his shoulder. “Fine. Fine. You’re such a child, but if I need to say it, I will. I wanted you to help me figure out who my boss really is and what he’s up to. There, I said it.”

Jacob put his hands in his lap and looked back at his sister. “Why?”

“Why what?”

He sighed before continuing. “Why did you want me to help you? You’ve been with Mr. Kelley for the last two years. Why now?”

Ellie began fidgeting again, her eyes moving from his face to focus somewhere in her lap as her fingers brushed by one another. She didn’t speak for a minute, and he didn’t give her comfort or afford her any alternative besides answering him. He’d been pulled into this unfounded operation, and he deserved a reason for the sudden change in her behavior. She glanced at him and then exhaled loudly, as if realizing that she was, in fact, going to have to share some information that she must’ve wanted to keep to herself.

“Fine. I wanted to know what he was doing because he’s so mysterious, and I’ve yet to figure out what it is that he does. Not to mention that every time I see him I’m reminded of how unbelievably attractive he is. Maybe my only motive is that I just wanted to sit here and stare at him.”

“Liar. Sell that crap to someone else. Tell me the truth or my car and I are outta here.”

“What? He’s hot!” She paused and received a look from her brother that pushed her to continue. “God, you’re so difficult at times. I would totally do this with you if you asked, and I wouldn’t give a rat’s ass why you wanted me to.”

“That’s a lie too. You’d never do this in a million years with me, and you’d most likely call me creepy for wanting to do it. Enough … why are we here? What did you see? Or did you hear something?”

“Both. A few days ago I came in an hour early, and the smell of Clorox hit me in the face like nothing you’ve ever smelled. I dropped my things quietly and walked down to Mr. Kelley’s office, peeking in to see if everything was alright.” She paused and looked at Jacob and then back toward her hands, her large chestnut gaze filled with foreign emotion. “He was only in his slacks, and parts of his chest and back were covered in what looked like blood. There was blood on his floor and a bit on the walls.”

“Good God, Elle. Did you call the police? Was he hurt, or did someone get hurt?”

“That’s the weird part. I never saw anything but the blood and, being a bit overwhelmed by it, I simply left and called in sick that day. I wasn’t sure what to do about it. I can’t imagine him hurting someone, since he’s such a pillar of the community and such. Besides, what if it wasn’t blood, or what if he’d cut his finger or something?”

“Cut his finger? Don’t you think the amount of blood or whatever would be slightly less than what you’re describing from a papercut? Just because he gives to the people around him doesn’t mean he’s not a monster underneath all that Daddy Warbucks stuff.”

She nodded and sunk down in her seat as the large figure jogged back from the house toward his car. The man stopped before getting into the back seat of the Lincoln and focusing for a minute on Jacob’s car, the tilt of his head and bend of his neck telling Jacob one thing—he wasn’t looking at Jacob, but at Ellie.

“We need to go,” she whispered and covered her face with her small hands.

 

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(listed in alphabetical order by author).

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Why I Love Being Indie!

I think from a young age I’ve always been independent, always looking for a way to forge a new path and climb a steep hill and do it mainly on my own. So joining onto the Indiebooksbeseen and the Indie movement is something that was bound to happen.

A little bit of history…

I wrote my first YA supernatural novel in the spring of 2010, having read a zillion books through my younger life and realizing that I truly understood the necessarily elements that belonged in a YA novel without going over the edge. I’m funny and a bit edgy myself, so I figured I could do this book thing. Can I just tell you that writing the 90,000 word / 500 page novel was the easy part.

After getting more people than necessary to edit the book I began to research the query/agent/publisher map. How was I going to get this great story in front of the right people and better yet, make the time to do all of these non-writing activities to get the book published? I’m sad to say that I spent three times the amount of energy and effort on trying to get the book noticed than I did creating it. Crazy!

The whole effort ended with a great story, 200 rejections, months and months of beating my head against the wall, tons of dollars to attend this event and use this template and yadda… yadda… Finally – I put the manuscript in a drawer and said to hell with it.

The rest of the story…

Four years later I was done being poked by a good writer friend of mine who’d fallen in LOVE with Soul Keeper back in 2010 and finally opened the drawer to dust it off. A few good writer friends of mine had gone “Indie”. I pushed back against them a little and asked 2 million questions as I wasn’t in the mood to spend money or emotional energy on a project that seemed to be going nowhere.

However, with loads of nudging and reassurance I decided I’d self-publish my books and if nothing else – they’d be loud and proud on my own shelf. So let me tell you why I love being Indie.

1. No one will ever love my book as much as me. It’s my creation and having the freedom to choose what it looks like and where the plot goes is all mine to decide. I don’t have someone standing over my shoulder making it “better” by their definition of “better.”

2. I can spend as little or as much time, energy and money as I want. Obviously the more I put into it, the more I’m going to get out of it, but that’s with anything in life. The cool part is that if I’m a good editor or if I can design my own cover, then those are costs to be saved and skills to be used.

3. I belong. In a world of independent authors I find myself fitting in just perfectly. We all work hard and dream big and the encouragement is beyond belief. I don’t have to write a certain genre or stick to a certain structure in the plot. I simply write, promote and support and honestly feel great about myself at the end of the day.

Being an Indie author, to me, doesn’t really have anything to do with being Independent though. It’s a statement that says I’m capable of making every step along this book writing/producing platform to take a dream from start to finish. The truth of what Indie authors are doing is showing the world that there still exists hope. Hope to dream big and work hard to make that dream a reality.

That’s why I love being Indie!

L.

Check out this link: https://clrozelle.wordpress.com/2014/12/08/10-things-that-suck-and-rock-about-being-an-indie-author-part-1/

25 days of Indie’s – Deceived Day 1!!

So one of my favorite book bloggers is up to something new – a 25 day video posting for the 25 days of Christmas that features indie authors. Keeley’s support of what we as indie authors are trying to do is seemingly rare from what I’ve seen thus far and very appreciated by me and my buddies.

So huge thanks to her and I hope you enjoy the video!!

Deceived was picked for Day 1!!

Check it out. 🙂

Howl at the Moon (MG)

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I’m working hard on my debut Middle Grade Novel, Howl at the Moon. I’m so crazy stoked about it because the story was just incredibly fun to write. My editor just returned the first draft with very few edits and I have commissioned an artist to draw the cover, so I’m well on my way to getting it out the door and sharing it with my family, friends and fans.

I’ll be posting updates here of course, but the release could be as early as Christmas or as late as end of January. Either way – ALMOST THERE!!!!!

Short Excerpt:

Darkness pressed in tightly as the wind of early winter swept up and tossed my hair around my head. My eyes were wide with terror as silky white mist moved in front of me. My  breath was trapped in my lungs, screaming for release. The cemetery yawned with delight as the air shifted just so, and the figure of a young woman materialized, her empty eyes moving among those gathered to conjure her from far below the earth. A snort echoed in the air around me as the witch doctor beckoned me to engage the spirit.

            “Speak, boy. She’s now part of your future,” his gravelly voice barked out in my direction.

The burning on my forearm began again and I gasped, looking down, still holding the candle I’d been given in the other hand. The spirit moved closer to hover above me, her lovely pale lip lifted in a devious smirk.

            “Yes, Ben, tell me of the—”

“Benjamin Warren!” Mrs. Lawson shouted. “Are you even awake?”

I snapped my head up as I quickly wiped the drool from my face, my sleeve seemingly already wet. “Uh, yeah. Just closed my eyes so I could think better.”

L.

Destroyed, Soul Keeper II RELEASED!

Oh my goodness I’m stoked to share this next book with my readers. I had SO MUCH fun writing book two because the plot went to places I couldn’t imagine. There were moments that were wrapped in Greek Myth and others where I felt like I was visiting Diagonally in Harry Potter. So much fun. I think my new favorite character has to be Eros, the God of Love.

Check out the new book on Amazon and pick up a copy today!!

http://www.amazon.com/Destroyed-Soul-Keeper-Book-2-ebook/dp/B00P9UOFYS/ref=asap_B00N51UAO2_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1416078768&sr=1-2

From the second book in the Soul Keeper Series…

 

Now I lay me down to sleep,

Whom shall I trust my soul to keep?

If I should die before I wake,

I leave to fate my soul to take.

 

The seal has been broken and the Soul Keeper Prophecy set in motion. Marcus and Nicolas are battling for the heart of one woman, Pandora’s only daughter; however, not everyone is playing by the rules. With interference from both sides of the lines and too many deities with hidden agendas, the trio must take matters into their own hands and look for another ending, one that removes control from fate.

Can they find the missing page from the prophecy that has the ability to change everything?

Will the new stranger they’ve been given as a guide assist or mislead them?

Will Samantha make a decision on who it is that she truly loves, saving one and destroying the other?

What if her choice is no choice at all?

 

One Lovely Blog Hop!

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This blog hop is designed to show our readers a more personal side. We list seven interesting facts to help cast light onto that tough writer’s persona we all like to project. But I am human and like everyone else I have dreams, hobbies, problems and goals. I see this as a way to share some of them with you, my readers.

The rules are that I share 7 Lovely Facts about myself, and links to a few blogs that I enjoy reading. If I’ve nominated your blog, please don’t feel any obligation to join in, but if you do please link back to the blog of the person who nominated you (that would be me), share 7 facts about yourself and nominate 15 blogs (or as many as you can).

There are so many blogs that I love to haunt from time to time and though I’m a twitter addict, its nice to get an expanded view of others and what’s really going on in their writing and personal life when able. I have to thank Chess Desalls, a fellow indiebooksbeseen author friend for pointing toward my blog in her post! She’s uber supportive of the indie book movement and if you haven’t checked out her book, Travel Glasses then you’re missing out!

Here are 7 Lovely Facts about me:

1) My folks love to tell people that I took dance lessons for 9 years, quitting before the 10th year, which was free if you’d participated for the previous 9 years. I took 9 years of tap, ballet and jazz, giving up only to play in the high school band! I still love to dance every chance I get, but instead of tapping to Fred Astaire or showing the kids the latest moves in the club, I’ve moved to the next phase of life – embarrassing my kids with my genius moves. Sprinkler anyone? I don’t know the guy in this demo video below, but I sure wish I did.

2) I am married to my best friend, my soul mate and the cutest boy in the room on all occasions. I met Jacob when I was 6 at church and we grew up together to some degree. I’m a couple of years older than him and he likes to remind me of that. He’s my second and FINAL husband, but outside of that he is my rock and my supporter. No matter how many crazy ideas I have or how many times I change jobs or shirts for a date, he’s always right there with a compliment and full support. I’m beyond blessed because he loves me.

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3) I have my BA in Accounting, my CPA certification in Texas and my Masters in Theology. I’m a bit of an overachiever and where my mind works very much like a mathematician and type A freakazoid, there is still a lot happening on the artistic side of my skull. I got the BA in accounting because I love math and structure and my first Acct class was a total breeze. I think with accounting you either get it or ya don’t. The MA in Theology was to better support the bible studies I teach at church and work.

4) I play a little on the piano, namely so that I could have music behind my voice when I write songs. Most of them are worship songs, but some aren’t. I have a link below to one of my favorites. Hope you like it. That is me playing my discordant piano and singing the melody and harmony. Fun stuff!

5) I have 3 kids – the best 3 kids in the universe. My oldest girl (soon to be 16) is our planner, the brain, the overachiever and uber tattler. My middle girl (soon to be 15) is out JV basketball star. She’s the point guard for her school and plays select when its not basketball season. My little guy (9) plays basketball too and loves his Xbox more than he loves all the rest of us put together. Pic below they sent me recently with a text msg that said, “We’re going banana’s without you mom!” 🙂

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6) I sit on the Governing Board of Directors as the Administrative Assistant for Rave Review Book Club. (#RRBC) I love this club and can’t believe I just recently found out about them. I’m an extreme optimist and an encourager of people. This club has the same mentality that I live by. If you’re an author, then let me put my plug in right here… Go join this review club and come see what Indie support looks like. Tell them I sent you. The lovely fact about me here is that I LOVE THESE PEEPS!

7) I often use this face when I’m face with that odd “ice-breaker” question, “Tell us your name and an interesting fact about you.” This one takes the cake every time and just because I love you guys… I have a youtube video below of the best fact about me. I can vibrate my eyeballs. 🙂 Check it out and don’t mind the goofy laugh. I entertain myself, what can I say? 😛

That’s a little about me.

Some of my favorite bloggers are listed below. Check them and their fantastical books out!

K.K. Allen is a young adult writer and author of the Summer Solstice Series. The first book in the series, Enchanted is available on Amazon and let me tell you – it’s AWESOME. I read it in a two day period and I didn’t have time to read it, but I made time. Fantastic story teller. She’s a great friend, positive supporter of all things indie and ridiculously cute. That should not make you buy her book, but it doesn’t hurt. Her blog is beautifully put together and gives relevant information about her series and all of the fun giveaways and activities that she stays busy with. She is the Member of the Month for RRBC as well!

Helen Treharne is an urban/supernatural fantasy author with more talent and personality than most of us have ever seen. She is authentic and kind, supportive and just one of my favorite indie author peeps. Her debut novel, Relative Strangers: A Modern Vampire Story was a great read. I couldn’t put it down and cannot wait for the sequel, which she promises she is working on! She has an alarming affinity for tea and you’ll know that quickly when you check out her blog, “Tea Talks.” It’s recently been redesigned and I LOVE how often she reviews other indie author books and just shares life with her readers. Check her out – she’s good people! Check out all of her works here.

D.E.L. Conner is the young adult author of the Spirit Warriors Series. Having released The Concealing and The Scarring I know her fans anxiously await her third book in the series. Della and I met recently in person at the Texas Teen Book Festival and hit it off immediately. To come back home and realize she was part of RRBC and uber supportive of indie authors herself made me love her even more. Her laugh is beautiful and she lives life to the fullest, teaching nursing students by day and writing stories that bedazzle us by night! Check out her blog and shoot her a note if you have questions about her stories, her experiences or her publisher Booktrope. She’s a total jewel.

Scott A. Mulraney is a young adult fiction writer and was one of my first pals I made within the social media author circles. His blog is always so incredibly informative and just a fantastic place to go to keep up with that’s happening in the news related to publishing, sales advantages and writing in general. The man is a plethora of knowledge and has more first names than I care to mention. Check out his YA fantasy trilogy, Danny Dirks and follow all of the adventures he takes you on. Or check out his YA sci-fi adventure series, Liquid Blue. Orrrrrrrr check out his adult suspense thrillers, Trilogy of Six. He’s amazingly talented and honestly one of the best guys I’ve met in these lovely circles. Check him out – you won’t be disappointed.

D B Nielsen, author of SEED: Keepers of Genesis I is a lover of history and that is obvious and apparent in the beautiful setting and rich history in this book. A huge supporter of Indiebooksbeseen and an elaborate party thrower, you couldn’t find a better author buddy than DB. There is a special page on DB’s website where fans have sent in selfies holding the book and I’m just taken by how inventive that was and how much it shows that DB cares about the readers and the hard-core fans. Check this author out. You will be quickly swept away to another place and longing for the moment to never end!

Go out and buy some Indie books and help support those with a great story to tell! Thanks for reading through this. I hope you enjoyed it and got a little from it! I LOVED doing it. ❤

My Virtual Book Tour (Day 6)

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Today is day 6 of my virtual book tour with Goddess Fish Productions and my stop today is House Millar. Check out the link below and come support me as I work to get information about my YA Supernatural series out to the public.

http://apmassie.com/blog/

Deceived is only $1.99 today on Amazon and Destroyed is open for pre-release. Go grab your copies today!! 🙂

I’ll post up each day where I’ll be and I hope that you’ll stop by and drop us a complement.

L.

My Virtual Book Tour (Day 5)

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Today is day 5 of my virtual book tour with Goddess Fish Productions and my stop today is Lisa Haselton’s Reviews and Interviews. Check out the link below and come support me as I work to get information about my YA Supernatural series out to the public.

http://lisahaseltonsreviewsandinterviews.blogspot.com/2014/11/interview-with-ya-paranormal-author-la.html

Deceived is only $1.99 today on Amazon and Destroyed is open for pre-release. Go grab your copies today!! 🙂

I’ll post up each day where I’ll be and I hope that you’ll stop by and drop us a complement.

L.