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Cover Reveal: Unnatural by J.A. Belfield

Published September 16, 2013 by LS Murphy

GUYS! Seriously, I fell in love with this cover the second I saw it. 

Besides the fact that it’s a Holloway Pack novel,

Besides the fact that I adore J.A. Belfield, 

I LOVE THIS COVER!

I would totally pick this up in the bookstore based on the cover alone. 🙂

Check it out.

Unnatural_Cover_webAbout Unnatural: 

Unnatural. One word to sum up werewolf Kyle Larsen—his mood swings, abnormal body, and choice of female.

The first two, he blames on the vampire venom.

The third, though? No, feline shifter Brook Nicholls was all his doing—a female of whom the pack will never approve.

As part of the Coalition, an organisation with even stricter rules than the pack and a rigidly warped sense of responsibility, Brook comes with a whole lot of opposition of her own.

No wonder the two of them keep their relationship secret for as long as they can.

Now, distanced from his family by his own indiscretions, Kyle’s left to fight battles he’s unsure how to win—some of them even against his own pack.

Is one woman really so important that he’s willing to defy his Alpha for her?

If his heart has any say in the matter, the answer will be yes.

Release Date: April 7, 2014

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Cover Reveal: Inspired by Danielle E. Shipley

Published August 26, 2013 by LS Murphy

Check out this awesome cover for Inspired by Danielle E. Shipley!

Doesn’t this sound fab?

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About Inspired

For a muse like Lucianíel, one story’s end is another’s beginning.

In the wake of his author’s sudden death, Luc takes ownership of her surviving creations—four fantastical characters with tales yet to be told—saving them from unwritten lives crumbling around them and giving them a second chance at a literary future.

Luc finds that chance in the unsuspecting mind of Annabelle Iole Gray, a quirky teen with her head in the clouds, nose in a book, and imagination ripe for a brilliant muse’s inspiration.

Or so he hopes.

Neither Luc nor Annabelle, however, realize all they’ve undertaken. Even with a to-write list including accounts of a shape-shifting cat creature, gentle knight-in-training, vigilante skater girl, and a mystery boy smothering in unspoken fear, the most remarkable saga created between author and muse just may turn out to be one stranger than fiction.

Their own.

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Want to check out Danielle’s writing before Inspired hits the shelves? Add ONE MORE DAY to your TBR list which has the story “A Morrow More” written by Danielle. 🙂

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{Blog Tour} Guest Post by J.A. Belfield

Published August 15, 2013 by LS Murphy

I’m thrilled to have the illustrious, multi-talented J.A. Belfield on my blog! I love the Holloway Pack series, so I jumped at the opportunity to be part of the Caged blog tour. In Caged, Belfield does something interesting. She takes her long running series and changed POV. It’s a risk, and one that most definitely paid off. I asked her to share her thoughts on this.

Here they are:

Switching POV in a series isn’t really that different to switching when you write a new novel unrelated to any others. I mean, you have to figure out who your character is, all the same. Get to know them. Work out their whims and wants and traits, and what will make them tick or cry.

Right?

Except switching POV in a series comes with one major bonus—as well as one important drawback.

The bonus is this: if your character has already appeared in previous books as a lesser personality, then you’ve already got to know him a little bit. You’ve seen his personality. You understand how he might, from an outsider’s perspective, react to certain situations. You’ve witnessed the building of his relationship with those around him, and with whom he prefers to interact.

It’s a win, right? You already know this dude on the outside, which should give you a pretty decent basis from which to build.

However, as much as this is an advantage, it can also be a disadvantage, if not treated with the utmost care.

Because if a certain character behaves in a certain way in earlier books, or has a relationship with a certain someone, drives a certain car, has a certain hobby, prefers a certain food … yep, you’ve got it. You can’t deviate from that. Not if you want it to be consistent and, thus, believable. And certainly not without a major catalyst of some kind.

So, the trick is, if you’re planning to write a series, especially if you’re planning to switch up the main character for different books, think ahead. Ask yourself: Would they do this? Is this them? Is this who I want them to become? In essence, don’t treat these side characters as insubstantial. Because you never know just how it might affect your story—or their story—later down the line.

P.S. I always find giving the main character for the next book a greater role in the preceding book helps me to understand them better, too, as well as gives me the chance to weave in traits that might have been previously hidden. That way, those little details won’t seem so out of the blue, and each book will then transition more smoothly from one character to the next. It’s an introduction, of sorts—for yourself as a writer, and for your readers. You should all try it—it’s fun. 🙂

About Caged: If the meek can become deadly, the strongest can be weak.

For Ethan Holloway, his mission to find a missing werewolf should be simple. Crack a few heads, bust a few chops and the solution always reveals itself. Always.

Not this time.

Ethan’s reputation precedes him, and because it does, someone is ready. Waiting. Unbeknownst to Ethan, he’s about to go down. Hard. Against a foe he never suspected and in a world he never imagined could be real.

What awaits Ethan is a fight not only for his reputation, but also his pack, his female, and his life. If he survives, damage control will become priority number one.

If he survives.

Because even Ethan’s not sure he’s strong enough to take on an entire race all by himself.

Especially one hell bent on exposing who and what he is in the name of sport.

Read an excerpt here.

To learn more about J.A. Belfied, visit her online at http://www.jabelfield.com

Swag #Giveaway: ONE MORE DAY goodies

Published July 15, 2013 by LS Murphy

Hello EVERYONE!!!!!!!!

I haven’t been blogging much lately because … well, because I have been writing my tail off. 

Since last June when I signed with fabulous literary agent Julia Weber, I have been incredibly busy with edits on my YA novel EXTRA INNINGS, writing another YA comtemp PIXELATED, and signing a contract with Entangled Publishing for NEIGHBORS, a contemporary romance novella. Crazy, right? 

On top off all that, there’s ONE MORE DAY! The release date is still a few months away, 

AND I HAVE A GIVEAWAY FOR YOU!

ONE MORE DAY goodies

GRAND PRIZE WINNER GETS:
ONE MORE DAY journal, pen, and bookmark!

PLUS ….. 

A SIGNED COPY OF SENSHI BY COLE GIBSEN!!!!!!!!

First place winner gets:
PEN and BOOKMARK.

So, how do you enter to win? As Bean says, “Easy peasy, lemon squeezy.”

Comment below on what you would do if you only had ONE MORE DAY!

Contest will run from 7/15 through 7/29 and YES IT IS INTERNATIONAL!

{Blog Tour} Guest Post by the AMAZING Jocelyn Adams

Published June 12, 2013 by LS Murphy

joceadamsExcuse me while I SQUEEEEEEEEEEE! *cough cough* Okay, sorry about that. Had to get it out of my system, you know? And why am I being such a fangirl. Becuase the AMAZING Jocelyn Adams is invading my blog today. I LOVE the Lila Gray series, and was fortunate enough to get a sneak peak of the first book of her Ironhill Jinn series, Stone Chameleon. She has this amazing ability to always make me cry. 
Okay, enough of my rambling. Here’s Jocelyn….

How it feels to complete a series…

Writing a book is like assembling a puzzle, maybe a thousand piece deal with one image to deal with.  You still have to edge it out, pick out the main points, then fill in the rest of the pieces to make the greater picture come to life.  I think that’s why I like writing so much because it puts my brain to the test, to see if I can weave all of the little intricacies of characters, environment and plot together to make something whole and real out of it.

Writing a series, however, is like assembling several puzzles with multiple images from one communal pile of pieces where it’s not always clear what pieces belong to which image.

In book one, the primary conflict and characters need to be introduced, as well as set up for the rest of the series.  Book two needs to remind the reader what happened in the beginning, as well as build up for the final showdown in book three, all while having its own storyline that comes to completion.

Book three is even harder.  There are a ton of loose pieces hanging around from book one and two that need to be placed in the right order and combinations, creating that final assembled group of puzzles.  As someone who doesn’t plot anything, getting that finished RiseoftheMagiproduct at the end of Rise of the Magi was a struggle.  Blood, sweat, tears and a lot of soul went into Lila Gray’s character, friends, her world, even the villains that came and went.

I felt strangely empty after I wrote THE END and sent it off to the publisher.  Spent.  Quiet of the mind.  And a lot sad.  I’d been dragging my feet on that last book for a long time because I didn’t want to say goodbye to that world and its residents, the living houses, the romance that bloomed between several of the characters.

But it was over.  I’d finally assembled the giant puzzle and liked the picture it created.  Since I started writing back in 2009, I hadn’t gone more than a few days without writing something new.  After finishing the trilogy, it was two months before I was able to engage my imagination again.  It was a little scary, I’ll admit.  I worried that inspiration had left me and I was done writing.  That I’d poured all of me into Lila Gray and had nothing left.

A little patience and rest fixed me right up, though, and my writing gear slipped back into overdrive.  I’m so happy about that.  There are so many more worlds I need to create, characters to roam in them, and chaos to inflict on them.

Now I only hope I can wiggle out enough minutes in my life to write them all.  🙂

goodreads-badge-add-plusAbout Rise of the Magi

In a battle of wills, who is strongest? The one who hates or the one who loves?

In a test of faith, who will fight the hardest? The one who has everything to lose or the one who believes only in herself?

For Lila Gray, the answer is both. For the Magi, the questions are pointless since they can’t lose, and they’ve been waiting since before Lila’s birth for this one moment. Lila only needs to find them to understand her entire purpose in life. This time, though, instead of protecting her people, Lila may be leading them all, including her unborn child and the man she loves, to their deaths — and not by accident.

In the ultimate trial of heart and soul, and the conclusion to the Lila Gray series, Lila will learn that the greatest weapon of war is herself, with one ultimate unknown. For which side will she fight?

Excerpt – Chapter 1

I choked on the black fear unfurling in my soul, brought on by what would come, what always assaulted me the moment I slipped into unconsciousness. It was stupid to think I could run from it for a third night, but shreds of hope were all that had kept me sane. Primal, cold and so dark it blotted out my Light.

Sleep, more terrifying than anything I’d faced yet, claimed me again.

Standing on the balcony of the new fae castle, I gazed over winding rows of ancient shifter houses, each quiet and seemingly content in slumber, in a night that wasn’t dark. Dark and light all at once—a perfect balance, as if the world hadn’t yet decided which side would win, until the red clouds rolled and curled across the sky like blood spilled into water. Flames, intelligent and ravenous, spread from the east, ready to consume everything and everyone until nothing but ash remained. Heat licked at my skin, growing hotter. Knowing it was only a dream didn’t keep sweat from pearling along my face and neck or the blue streak of profanity from escaping to color the air. Heart thundering, I gripped the railing while I stared at the coming storm, brain frozen with the puzzle I hadn’t yet solved.

What are you trying to tell me? What am I missing?

From below, shrieks invaded my ears, thundering across the land until they rose into a deafening clatter of sound. The houses came alive with light, moaning as fae spilled into the cobblestone streets and stared skyward before scattering, each filled with agony and despair deep enough there would be no escape from it. Dying. They were dying. My own scream built in my throat, to tell them I would fix it somehow, that I would save them, but it couldn’t find an escape. Nor would my body obey my commands to move, to help them. To do something. Anything.

The scene changed as it always did. I stared down from far above, my limbs turned to torches of white fire. A globe of light around me cast a white wash over the city, over the fae who still ran in every direction.

From me.

I am the storm.

Wings pounding against the wind reached me a moment before a giant snowy owl arrived to hover before me, those golden eyes shining with rage and fear, both inducing immense relief that Liam had come and blinding horror with some distant knowledge that he should have run, too.

My scream pierced the silence as a wail let loose from his beak.

No. No!

“Wake up, Lila. Please, wake up!”

Warmth on my arm jerked me awake.

Damn near hyperventilating, I scrambled out of bed and landed on my hands and knees on the hardwood without a stitch of clothing on, unsure if the room spun or if I was just dizzy. When Liam approached, his eyes haunted and glassy, a chilled realization hit me and stalled my breath until my lungs ached with need. What if the storm hadn’t been a dream?

 About Jocelyn Adams: 

Jocelyn Adams grew up on a cattle farm in Lakefield and has remained a resident of Southern Ontario her entire life, most recently in Muskoka. She has worked as a computer geek, a stable hand, a secretary, and spent most of her childhood buried up to the waist in an old car or tractor engine with her mechanically inclined dad. But mostly, she’s a dreamer with a vivid imagination and a love for fantasy (and a closet romantic — shhh!). When she isn’t shooting her compound bow in competition or writing, she hangs out with her husband and young daughter at their little house in the woods.

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Waiting on Wednesday: Tied by Laney McMann

Published May 1, 2013 by LS Murphy

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme, showcasing books that we are

waiting to read hosted by Breaking the Spine.

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Since the moment I first saw the cover to this, I have been anxiously awaiting the release.

*crosses fingers* Hopefully, I will get an ARC. 🙂

BLURB:

Normal people don’t believe their nightmares stalk them. They don’t fall in love with boys who don’t exist, either.

Seventeen-year-old Layla Labelle, though, is far from normal. Her delusions walk the earth. Her hallucinations hunt her, and her skin heats to a burn every time her anger flares.

Or is that all in her head?

Layla doesn’t know what to believe any more because if none of that’s true, Max MacLarnon must be an illusion, and her heart must still be broken.

No matter how much she wants to believe Max is real, doing so would mean everything else is, too. How, then, is that possible?

The answers lie in an age-old legend the supernatural aren’t prepared to reveal, and with a curse that could tear Layla and Max apart forever—if it doesn’t kill them both first.

In TIED, book one in the Fire Born trilogy, learning the truth will mean fighting an arsenal of demons, and being with Max will put Layla on a path toward her own destruction.

Just how far will Layla go to protect the one she loves?

The answer may never be far enough … away.

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{Blog Tour} – Interview with J.A. Belfield

Published April 7, 2013 by LS Murphy

Guys, I’m thrilled to have the always wonderful, always witty J.A. Belfield on my blog today. If you haven’t read any of the Holloway Pack books, I highly recommend you stop everything and go do so now…. It’s okay…. We can wait…. *crickets* Okay? Everybody back? Good. 🙂

About J.A. Belfield: One day, a character and scene popped into J. A. Belfield’s head, and she started controlling the little people inside her imagination, as though she were the puppet master and they her toys. Questions arose: What would happen if …? How would they react if …? Who would they meet if …? Before she knew it, a singular scene had become an entire movie. The characters she controlled began to hold conversations. Their actions reflected the personalities she bestowed upon them. Within no time, they had a life, a lover, a foe, family … they had Become.

One day, she wrote down her thoughts. She’s yet to stop.

J. A. Belfield lives in Solihull, England, with her husband, two children, three cats and a dog. She writes paranormal romance, with a second love for urban fantasy

Now onto the INTERVIEW!

What made you decide to become a writer?

I’m a writer? Dude, that’s awesome. 😉

Nah, just kidding. It pretty much boils down to the fact that I daydreamed and nightdreamed aaaaaaaaaallllllll the while (what can I say, I was a bored housewife), and one particular daydream just would not leave me alone. A few days later, it was still bugging me, and that’s when I began entertaining the idea of writing it down and making it into a story. It became my first novel.

What inspired you to write about werewolves?

My dreams. I have real funky and off-the-wall dreams. Sometimes they involve werewolves, and I found them fascinating whilst terrifying yet appealable and sexy all at the same time. So my head was—is—happy to venture deeper into what might make them tick and how they’d deal with being members of the ‘real world’.

If tomorrow you woke up and found out that you were turned into werewolf, what would your reaction be?

First reaction: OMG! This is freaking awesome!

Second reaction: F***! This is really gonna hurt.

Which character from the Holloway Pack do you relate to the most? Why?

The pack member who’s spent the most time inside my head is Sean, so I know him on a whole other level than I do the other pack members. However, due to gender and *getting* the female psych a lot more than I do the male, I’d have to say Jem. Because I can be as irritating and tough and as foolishly rash as she’s known to be. But I also value my friends and know how to love.

Okay, fess up. Which Holloway Pack werewolf is most like Mr. B.?

Dayam, what kind of a question is THIS?! I don’t know if I can compare, seeing as one’s 100% real and the others are 100% made up, but if you’re gonna force me to choose, I’d have to say Sean. A lot of how Sean feels toward Jem, as well as the decisions he makes because he believes they’re the best even though they drive her nuts, remind me a lot of what I ‘feel’ from Mr B. That a good enough answer?

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Alrighty then. Make sure ya’ll check out Belfield’s latest Holloway Pack tail (get it?) Resonance!

Guilt is a heavy burden for the one carrying it.

Jem Stonehouse is no exception to this rule.

What if she’d acted sooner? What if she’d fully recognised the threat? What if she hadn’t allowed the male pack members to head into the witches’ ambush?

For one, youngest pack member Josh Larsen wouldn’t be trapped in the sleep of the dead.

Now, Jem is convinced it’s her job to bring him back to life no matter what it takes— learning more about her heritage, risking pack exposure, or travelling to places she couldn’t have imagined possible.

Even if the journey endangers her soul.

 

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