12 Giveaways: Demon’s Heart!

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This Christmas, I’m pleased to give away a signed copy of my YA fantasy novel Demon’s Heart (Sweetwater Books). Enter here for your chance to win—and get it read before the sequel comes out March 2016!

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Rustav is carrying a dangerous secret—one his uncle won’t hesitate to kill for. Now on the run, Rustav has only two options: turn and fight his uncle and the bloodthirsty demons of the island, or flee into the unknown and face the mysterious dangers of the forest.

Forced to choose between following his destiny and saving his life, Rustav soon discovers that his only hope of surviving lies in the mysteries of his past . . .

Get lost in this fantasy filled with a daring combination of action, adventure, and a hint of romance.

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Praise for Demon’s Heart

“A talented writer can convince a reader that fantasy is real; a gifted author makes it look easy from the opening scene. This was Emily Hall Bates’s novel Demon’s Heart! It’s a creative story
that simply doesn’t stop. Intense action sequences, along with a brave and selfless hero, make this book highly addictive. Every reader who loves original, powerful fantasy will be absorbed in this compelling read.” —Rachel McClellan, Amazon best-selling author of the
Fractured Light series and Confessions of a Cereal Mother

 “Bates’s style is striking and sophisticated. Her mastery of storytelling grabbed me from the beginning and still hasn’t let go! Demon’s Heart is a fantastic new fantasy that will appeal to fans of author R. K. Ryals and Rothfuss’s very popular King Killer Chronicles.” —Hannah Clark, author of Uncovering Cobbogoth

 “Demon’s Heart takes the reader on a colorful adventure through lands of peasants and kings, soldiers and demons. Rustav’s tragic past and his solemn destiny make his journey one of poignant self-discovery.” —Adrienne Quintana, author of Eruption

 “Bates has created a world rich in history and originality—a perfect backdrop for an epic romance.” —R. C. Hancock, author of An Uncommon Blue

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About the Author

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 Emily lives with her husband, 2 daughters, and a goblin that sleeps in a cupboard. She can usually be found reading voraciously, writing madly, crocheting sporadically, or eating chocolate behind the fridge so she doesn’t have to share.

Visit her blog, Twitter, Facebook, and website for more news and excessive love of words and books.

And don’t forget to check out the rest of our 12 Giveaways of Christmas!

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12 Giveaways: Gift cards and eBooks!

Today’s featured author is Jason Zandri, who is giving away TEN PRIZES! Check out his post below and click here to enter his giveaway!

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As part of my involvement in the Twelve Giveaways of Christmas Blog Tour I am doing a couple of things.

I am, of course, posting my own post and promoting all the others and I am also doing a Rafflecopter giveaway. That is what this post is.

Each day, I am going to kick off with this same summary information (that you’ve just read) and then I am going to cross post the links to the blogs on the tour.

I am going to ask each of the readers to my blog and everyone I hit across my social networks, to follow the links to the other blog posts. Catch the writings and the spirit of the season.

For each post of mine (including this one) I am going to offer one part of the “10 Painfully Obvious Truths Everyone Forgets Too Soon” posting (Credits: by Marc Chernoff, marcandangel) and my own thoughts on it.

Today’s is:

  1. The average human life is relatively short.

We know deep down that life is short, and that death will happen to all of us eventually, and yet we are infinitely surprised when it happens to someone we know.  It’s like walking up a flight of stairs with a distracted mind, and misjudging the final step.  You expected there to be one more stair than there is, and so you find yourself off balance for a moment, before your mind shifts back to the present moment and how the world really is.

LIVE your life TODAY!  Don’t ignore death, but don’t be afraid of it either.  Be afraid of a life you never lived because you were too afraid to take action.  Death is not the greatest loss in life.  The greatest loss is what dies inside you while you’re still alive.  Be bold.  Be courageous.  Be scared to death, and then take the next step anyway.

A number of things come to mind when I read this, but I suppose it’s the simple thought of “plan your life like you might live forever but live it as if it might end tomorrow.”

Yes, you want to make sure to take the time to save for a house, a vacation, retirement, and so forth, but no one ever lay on their deathbed saying “damn, I really wish I could have put in 100 more hours at work.”

  • Take the vacation.
  • Go for a walk.
  • Buy an ice cream cone for yourself.
  • Step outside on a sunny day; soak in the rays.
  • Step outside into the rainstorm; let the water wash over you.
  • Grab an extra hour of sleep.
  • Call a loved one and just BS on the phone.
  • Go over and see them.
  • Buy a bag of dog food and bring it to the animal shelter.
  • Clear out the canned goods that are about to expire at home and donate them to a food pantry for the less fortunate.
  • Sing or dance like nobody is watching / listening.
  • If there are people around, do it anyway.
  • Play with your kids / grandkids.
  • If they are older, take them to lunch (or that ice cream cone).
  • Forgive someone for their trespass; you do not have to forget what occurred, but perhaps it’s time to let part of it go.
  • Ask for forgiveness for a trespass of your own; if you are not forgiven by them, at least forgive yourself.

I will close my thoughts by looping back on what I said prior – “plan your life like you might live forever but live it as if it might end tomorrow.”

You want to do whatever you can that is timely and practical as far as working and savings so that you can have the best chance to have the same kind of life in your final years as you experienced your working adult life.

With that I emphasize two additional ‘moderation’ thoughts:

Do something ‘small’ tomorrow for yourself, in case it does in fact end up being your last day.

You are never going to see an armored car follow a hearse; find a balance in what you are putting off for ‘down the road’ and what you could do, streamlined, next weekend.

Share Christmas

“My best friend is the man who’ll get me a book I ain’t read.” —Abraham Lincoln

One of my favorite parts of Christmas is getting a stack of new books to love! This Christmas, I’m taking part in 12 DAYS OF GIVEAWAYS, where 24 authors are giving away books and other fun prizes from now until Christmas Eve! The Demon’s Heart giveaway can be found HERE, and links to and descriptions of all 24 other giveaways are right HERE.

Each day, I’ll be featuring a different author participating in the giveaway. Today, we kick off with Britney Mills and her book Share Christmas. Happy reading!

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I am so excited to be part of this fun book giveaway for Christmas! There are a bunch of fun authors participating and so many chances to get a great book!

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I’m giving away a few copies of my book, #ShareChristmas, that I finished a few weeks ago. I love Christmas stories, the short ones that make you want to cry because of the goodness of people. The reason I wanted to write a bunch of short Christmas stories is because there are so many different family situations that you might come across during the holiday season and I think by showing what people are going through, we can all be a little bit more sympathetic.

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There are ten stories that are all fiction but based on things that have happened in my life or in other’s life that I have witnessed and so hopefully you can connect with a few of them. This is a great book to add to your Christmas collection and even has a bunch of fun activities to do with your kids to keep the real meaning of Christmas in your home during this great holiday!

Plus, I’m also giving away a few more editing opportunities! Make sure to enter now!

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Make sure to check out all of the other great giveaways happening and I hope this is a great holiday for you and your family!

Who doesn’t love free books?

IMG_1246Today, BumblesBooks is bringing one of you lucky readers a FREE BOOK! We’re giving away one signed copy of ERUPTION by Adrienne Quintana! Here’s the summary from Goodreads:

Jace Vega has finally landed her dream job—working for Omnibus, an up-and-coming tech firm. But a mysterious message from her future self sets Jace and her old friend Corey racing to piece together clues before Omnibus destroys their future—and their past. This fast-paced thriller will keep you guessing till the very last page.

To enter, follow Adrienne on Facebook or on Twitter, then leave me a comment letting me know you’ve done it. You have one week! I’ll choose the winner next Monday, 27 July 2015.

And because it’s Monday and we must have our writing challenge, let’s make it Eruption-themed:

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Your character gets a message from his or her future self. What form does it take? What does it say?

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Okay, go enter for your chance to win a free book!

We have a winner!

Whew, I’m a little behind here! My first giveaway ended a couple of days ago, and I didn’t time that very well, because I was trapped in a car with no internet and no way to get word to the winner. So without further ado, I would like congratulate KARLI for winning a free copy of Demon’s Heart!

If you would like another chance to get a free book, head over to I Am a Reader. The wonderful and inspiring Kathy is running a giveaway of Demon’s Heart until December 28. Oh, and I did a guest post there, too, all about stars and books.

Happy Wednesday!