Dominion Rising & Shattered Worlds

DOMINION RISING

23 full-length, brand new, exclusive novels for 99¢

Find all the Sci-Fi and Fantasy reads you’ve been craving in one fantastic set!

Whether it’s alien invasion or dark fairytales, heart-pounding galactic adventures or cyberpunk romance, Dominion Rising will satisfy with a thrilling mix of 23 BRAND NEW novels set in fantastical realms. Sword and sorcery, far-flung galactic empires, alternative history, epic magic, slipstream futures: this collection of carefully selected, exclusive novels is sure to please and delight readers of speculative fiction.

Over five thousand pages packed with aliens, faeries, vampires, gargoyles, warriors, telepaths, space pirates, starship captains, hapless mercenaries, street urchins, robots, cyber-enhanced humans, badass heroines, and lost princesses.

Dominion Rising brings you a galaxy of talented authors, including New York Times bestselling authors Gwynn White, Margo Bond Collins, Tom Shutt, Felix R. Savage and Erin St Pierre; USA Today bestselling authors P.K. Tyler, Anthea Sharp, S.M. Schmitz, K.J. Colt, Dean F. Wilson, Lisa Blackwood, Marilyn Peake, JC Andrijeski and Erin Hayes; and award-winning and Amazon bestselling authors S.M. Blooding, Melanie Karsak, Timothy C. Ward, Daniel Arthur Smith, Tony Bertauski, Rebecca Rode, Cheri Lasota, Ann Christy, Becca Andre, Logan Snyder, Ella Summers, and Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy notable Samuel Peralta.

 

LINKS:

iPad mini giveaway: http://www.pktyler.com/dominion-rising/ (bottom of page)

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B06XDGHZF5/Pavarti-20

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SHATTERED WORLDS

Escape into twenty-three epic worlds that will leave you breathless.

From dystopian nightmares to gorgeous steampunk and fantasy settings to fairy-tale retellings and beyond, SHATTERED WORLDS has every story you’ve been dying to get your hands on!

This unique Young Adult/New Adult collection, inspired by the creative minds of today’s New York Times, USA Today, and international bestselling authors, promises to satisfy your cravings for action and adventure as you experience rune magic and time-travel, overthrow corrupt governments, meet reapers and aliens, battle dragons, fall hopelessly in love, and break ancient curses, right alongside some of the bravest characters in fantasy fiction!

Abusers are Losers

I’m not sure anyone can say this enough … and maybe we, as a society DON’T say it enough. So, in case we haven’t heard this lately:

Abusers are Losers.

There are a lot of excuses for abusive people:

“He was angry.”

“He’s addicted to alcohol/drugs, he can’t help it.”

“She’s so annoying; of course he hit her.”

“He can’t help himself.”

“He grew up in a bad home.”

“What did she expect when she got with him?”

“She’s stressed out. Why did he keep pushing her buttons?”

Why do we say these things? Why do we excuse abusers over and over again?

Let’s go over these excuses, shall we?

“He was angry.”  Ooookay. Do you hit people when you’re angry? If you do, you’re an asshole. If not, then see? You can control yourself. Anger isn’t an excuse.

Let’s move on.

“He’s addicted to alcohol/drugs, he can’t help it.” Guess what? There are people addicted to alcohol or drugs or both who don’t emotionally abuse their partners. They can control themselves. If they can, then using addiction as an excuse is what abusers do to get out of taking responsibility for their actions. They can control themselves, they just don’t want to.

“She’s so annoying; of course he hit her.”  I’ll bet you have a coworker who is annoying. Do you hit them? If you have kids, well, it’s a given they’re annoying. Do you hit them? No. You control yourself. No matter how annoying that cop is, you don’t hit him. This is another excuse that lets the abuser off the hook for the abuse. It’s not okay. No matter how annoying someone gets YOU DON’T HAVE THE RIGHT TO HIT THEM. Same goes for a person in an intimate relationship.

“He can’t help himself.” What the fuck ever. That’s one friggin’ dumb excuse, isn’t it? It even sounds dumb. He can help himself. He can figure out how to turn it off when the cops show, can’t he? He can help himself when it’s time for court. That’s a bull shit excuse.

“He grew up in a bad home.” So? Really? This is the excuse you give? Please. It insults every kid on this planet that got hurt in their home and vowed never to hurt anyone else.

“What did she expect when she got with him?”  Not to be beaten, that’s what she expected. How hard is this to understand? No one wants to be hurt. (The people who like pain with their sex are more into consent and respect than abusive assholes ever will be.)

“She’s stressed out. Why did he keep pushing her buttons?”  I don’t care how stressed out she is. She’s a grown-ass adult and she can damn well keep her hands to herself. I don’t care how many buttons your partner pushes, you don’t get to hurt them for it. If you’re so damn sensitive, you need to check yourself before you wreck someone else.

There are ten million excuses people make on behalf of abusers, not counting the ones they make for themselves and they are all bull shit.

Abusers are losers. They aren’t cute. They aren’t disturbed. They aren’t a redeemable diamond-in-the-rough. They’re just assholes and losers.

Don’t let anyone convince you otherwise.

 

Rape Isn’t a Plot Point

So I watched part of Into the Forest tonight. I say part, because the second the creepy dude walked out of the forest and tried to rape one of the protagonists, I turned it off.

Rape isn’t a plot point.

Why was it in this movie at all? Sure, it’s an apocalyptic movie. That means bad things happen, right? And rape is bad, right? So of COURSE rape has to happen. Right?

Wrong.

Rape is often used in novels, shows, and movies, as a way to make sure we know someone is BAD. It’s used to motivate a main character. It’s used to make an awful situation scarier. It’s rarely written into a novel in order to explore the consequences of sexual violence, to show its impact on the victim, to shine a light on all the crap society lays on the person who dared get raped.

Into the Forest seemed to be an interesting post-apocalypse story about two women who have to rely on each other to survive a global blackout that leaves them without power and stranded in the forest. It could have been about the power of family, the importance of being with people who love you, the way that trials and tribulations bring people together.

And then Stan, the creepy guy, strolls out of the woods.

Do you know how awful it is to watch a movie or read a book and always, in the back of your mind, worry that your favorite character might be sexually assaulted? Do you know how exhausting it is to fear for the female characters’ safety constantly? Even when it’s not a horror flick, there’s always the chance the writer is going to write in a sexual assault scene.

Think of Game of Thrones. Think of Sansa. There was no other way they could think of to show us that Ramsay Bolton was BAD? They hadn’t already established that with his other heinous acts? We couldn’t have seen Sansa grow stronger through other tribulations? Really?

What does it say about our society, that the de facto terrible thing we think of to visit on women is rape? What does it say about our perception of women? And men? Why are we constantly telling the same stories over and over again and then complaining because nothing ever changes?

I’m not saying there should never be sexual violence in a movie or show or book. But it happens often enough that I cringe whenever I suspect it might creep into the story. There are very few stories I’ve read or shows I’ve watched that treat the assault as anything more than a thing that drives the characters forward. It’s rare when it doesn’t feel gratuitous–a violent titillation that serves to gratify sick voyeurs. Why else would Stan come creeping out of the forest? Why else would we see two ominous men standing by a car on the side of the road? What were they doing there? Who did they have in the car? We can guess, can’t we? The sexual violence was implied, just as it was when the motorcyclists surround the car with Dad and the two girls in it. “Well, look what we got here,” one creep mutters.

Sexual violence isn’t about sex. It’s not sexy–but you wouldn’t know it by the portrayal of the violence in our entertainment. In reality, sexual violence is about power and control. It’s awful and devastating and affects victims for the rest of their lives.

For the love of all that’s unholy, don’t include sexual violence in your stories or your movies if all you want to do is showcase how BAD your bad guy is. Don’t make it sexy. Don’t downplay its affects. Because if you do, I won’t read it. I won’t watch it. And I will find something better to spend my time on.

Stupid movie.

Fantasy World Building

Fantasy is fun to read, isn’t it? I read a book with a nuanced, intricate fictional world and I’m usually blown away by the amount of detail that’s there, the loads of planning I imagine it took the author to build the world, and the way it all fits with the story being told. How did they do that? I wonder. Also, How the hell did they manage to keep all that detail in mind as they wrote?

I’ve learned the hard way that detailed notes on your own world are the way to go. When I was young, innocent, and more positive, I thought I’d be able to remember all the shit I was putting into my books. I wrote it, after all.

HAHAHAHAHA!

Now I know better. Now I know that I won’t remember, no matter how vibrant, amazing, wonderful my story is. I just won’t. Other things crowd in. Memory (as we know) is a sketchy beast anyway. We think we remember things perfectly but we don’t. (Oh, how we don’t.)

There are things that can both help you world build as well as keep the details you’ve created close at hand as you write.

Tip 1: Create your World Bible on day one.

“What?” you ask. “Why would I create a world bible for a single story?”

Because, as I said above, your memory is an asshole. It wants you to think you’re remembering everything perfectly, even as it slowly enhances, reshapes, and reworks what you think you once knew.

However you keep your bible, keep it well. Put in the details you’re sure you’d never forget. “My main character’s nickname is Ole Blue Eyes! Of COURSE I’ll remember that her eyes are blue.” Riiiiight. Until that day you are opening up the file for book six and you wonder if you were just being ironic or what. (Trust me, it happens.)

In your world bible, you want:

  • Space for your characters and their characteristics. (Don’t forget birthdays! You’ll think they won’t be important and then BOOM! Suddenly you need to know when everyone is born and it’ll slow your roll. Don’t let birthdays slow your roll. Put them in your bible.)
    • Add phrases your characters say a lot.
    • Add gestures, physical tics, etc … that define your characters.
    • Add your characters’ kids, their families, etc…
    • Add nicknames.
    • Add favorite foods, drinks, etc … Hell, add their fav brands, too. Whatever defines your character, make a note of it in your bible.
  • Places, place names, locations, and why they are significant to your story.
    • Knowing what chapter you mentioned a town in can help you find it again when you’re trying to remember just WHY you mentioned that town. (Some of this recording will feel tedious and you’ll want to stop. Don’t. Trust me. It’ll save you a lot of grief in the long run.)
    • Add in descriptions of the buildings, rooms, etc …
    • Make sure you tell yourself WHY you made the main character’s room pink when she always wears black when she’s working.
  • Languages
    • If you’re creating a language for your world, make sure you note all the words you use, even if all you do is sprinkle a few things here and there. Note which chapter they come up, again, so it’s not a nightmare finding the reference again.
    • If you are creating a language, make sure you add references to the people and culture using the language. Explain to yourself why the speak the way they do. You’ll forget.
  • Miscellaneous
    • Anything you can’t find a place for or a category for, write it down anyway! It might end up being important later. Glorious bits of detail, a concentration of the color red, a particular smell–whatever it is, write it down.

Tip 2: Give yourself time to dream

If you want a gloriously detailed world, you don’t pack it full of shit first run through and hope for the best. Describing the leaves in minute (and dull) detail won’t make people gasp at the gloriousness of your world building. They’ll just throw your book across the room and find something else to read. Real world building takes time. (This is hard for me! When I get an idea, I just want to write it, who cares about the layers? But layers are what you want when you’re creating a world.

Give yourself space to build on the story idea. You’ll need to know about the culture of the place you’re creating, the economy, the religions, the geography (and how the land/water has shaped the people), the food, the magic system (if any) and its rules, the language, what kinds of weapons they use, the history of war (or peace) in the land (and why), etc …

I don’t recommend just writing down a few things for each and thinking you’re good to go. At best, you’ll have a cursory world in which to set your characters, at worst it will come across as shallow, and the worstest (It’s a word now!) would be creating a world that suddenly doesn’t fit your characters. ACK!

In order to build a great world, you have to start with your characters. Who are they? How have they been shaped by the place they’ve lived? Remember, the best, most beautiful, most detailed world is nothing without people. You need to work back and forth, between character and world, adding a thin layer after thin layer.

“Here’s this woman, she is middle-aged, she lost her family in a war. What war? What’s happening in this world? Who is fighting whom? Is she poor? Yeah, she’s poor, but why? What’s going on with the economy in her town? Is it like that across the country? What happened to make her poor? Is it just her or the entire town, entire region? Let’s say the region is poor because several harvests have failed. Why?”

Those are the kinds of questions to ask yourself as you think about your book and your world and your people. Go back and forth between them. If you find out that they harvest a certain kind of magical rock that only grows in their region, you might figure your character is strong, (magical rocks are heavy and maybe, since they are being harvested and can grow, that they are a bit bitey) and she has rough hands. Her body, her look, her mind is shaped by the world she lives in, the work she does. Your world can be huge, but it can only be as big as the characters who live it. 

Tip 3: Don’t plot everything out ahead of time

This is the pantser in me, but I really think some gorgeous things come from happy accidents. (Bob Ross agrees with me.) If you plan everything out to the tiniest detail, you’re not going to give yourself room to discover new and incredible things in your world. It’s okay to plan things out, but do it in a AAA Road Trip Planner sort of way. (Have you ever seen one of those? They give you a map with the most direct route marked and an indirect route. They give you some ideas for landmarks, and can even give you estimates on how much gas you’ll use. But they can’t tell you what you’ll see or what you’ll experience on that journey. That’s up to you.) You can know your characters wills tart at A in the first chapter and end at B, but you should let them have their experiences on the way, experiences you don’t plan out, no matter how tempted you are. You can always go back and fix things that don’t work, but if you don’t allow them to get off the interstate to gawk at the wildflowers, they’ll never see that mysterious ring glinting in the grass.

Tip 4: Do a lot of research

The research isn’t for you to copy or mimic. I don’t want to read pages of description on how a medieval woman put on her underthings if that has nothing to do with the story. I don’t care that you spent the last five hundred years painstakingly learning the minutia of Renaissance life. I. DON’T. CARE. If it doesn’t have anything to do with the story, it doesn’t matter. What you should be getting from your research is inspiration. Research should be pepper you sprinkle your story lightly with. No one wants a perfectly cooked steak smothered in it. (Talk about sneezing for days.)

Your research about the Aztecs can inform your medieval fantasy world set in AU England. Your degree is ancient Greek mythology (what were you thinking?) can make your Kenyan fantasy more nuanced. How? By finding the humanity in history. That humanity can translate into a number of different stories, no matter where it came from. Now, I’m not suggesting you take an entire religious system from one group of people and copy it into your story. I’m suggesting you really consider what it is about that religious system that intrigued you, lit you on fire, made you think about it for hours, days, months later. Use THAT to create your OWN religion for your novel.

Tip 5: Have fun

Don’t forget that even in the most dire places, there are funny things and people. Don’t forget that you’re writing because you love it. Don’t forget the joy of creation in the slog of work. Ultimately, it’s your world, it’s your book, it’s yours. It’s yours.

And what a beautiful thing it is, too.

 

Night Witches: new release by Mirren Hogan

Mirren Hogan is celebrating the release of her historical fiction novel Night Witches.

Searchlights lit up the sky, but they were looking where we had been. Antonina had restarted the engine and nimbly avoided them every time they moved.

“This is too close,” she declared, sounding breathless herself. Another couple of minutes and we’d be safely away. I swallowed hard and tried to force my heart to slow. I didn’t want to come that close again.

A second later, one of our bombs exploded, earlier than it should have. We used bombs with delayed fuses, deliberately set to go off once we were safely clear. We flew so low we could easily have been caught in the blast from our own bomb and blown out of the sky.

As it was, the shockwaves from the explosion rocked the Po-2, making it shudder violently. Pieces of shrapnel flew up at us from below, tearing several small holes in the wings and a large one in the cockpit floor beside my feet.

I felt a searing pain in my arm and leg and realised I’d been hit. A sudden burst of wet heat at the back of my left leg told me I was bleeding. I tugged off one of my gloves and reached down to feel a shard of metal sticking out of the underside of my calf. Although it hurt like nothing I’d ever experienced, I didn’t dare to pull it out in case I bled even more.

“Are you all right back there?” Antonina asked, so at least I knew she was alive.

“Yes,” I lied. “You?”

“I’m fine, but Valentina is going to be busy.”

That was true. The Po-2 could fly as normal, but the poor thing was going to need some patching up, as was I.

 

Buy Night Witches at:

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About the Author

Mirren Hogan lives in NSW Australia with her husband, two daughters, dog, cat, rabbits and countless birds. She has a Bachelor of Arts (English/ history), a Graduate Diploma of Arts (writing) and a couple of degrees in education. She writes fantasy, urban fantasy and science fiction. Her debut novel —Crimson Fire— was released by The Dragon’s Rocketship Publishing in October 2016, with more to come. These include a trilogy co-authored by Erin Yoshikawa. She’s also had several short stories published and has co-edited two charity anthologies; for breast cancer research and Plan Australia.

Mirren Hogan’s author page

Monsters Galore! Welcome Author Mike Wolff!

Author Mike Wolff has dropped by to show off his monsters for us. Yay!

Check out their dossiers. If you want to know who the 5th faction leader is, you need to pick up a copy of Guiding Council of Myths and Urban Legends! It’s on sale for $0.99. You can’t beat a deal like that!

Alistair the Troll:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Clancy the Dwarf:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rusty the Vampire:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rosa the Bigfoot:

 

 

 

 

 

Great monsters and I love the dossiers. That’s a super cool way to get people excited about your characters. If you like myths and legends with a dash of humor and horror, then you really should try out Mike’s book. Come on, you know you want to.

The author also does reviews. You can check out his page here.

 

 

Books, books, all the books

You. You there, with your ink-smudged fingers. You, with the stubby nails and callused fingertips. You, with the too-rapid heartbeat from the caffeinated beverages you consume from sunrise to sunset to fuel your muse. Yeah, you.

I love you.

I appreciate every drop of your blood, sweat, and tears that goes into the books you write, the stories you tell. I need you to know that. Books have supported me, taught me, comforted me, made me horny, made me laugh, made me cry. None of that would have been possible without you.

Someone told me I was wasting my life reading. Didn’t they know that I had lived a thousand lives in a matter of years? Who can say they’ve been to Mars? To the moon? To other worlds? To Hell and back again? I can. Anyone who reads can and, dear writer, you have made that possible.

You bawl over your words. I know you do. You poke at your sentences, wishing you could get them perfect, wishing they would arrange themselves into a shining castle of greatness. You read and reread your prose until you’re sick to death of yourself. You ask your significant other or your sister or your dad to read and reread it, you ask for advice, you fork over dollars and chickens and tiny bits of your soul to bankroll this book of yours and I need you to know I love you for it.

I have spent countless hours buried in your words, thinking about the way that last sentence rolled off my tongue, laughing until tears stained my cheeks and dampened my shirt collar, crying until my chest hurt, mourning the loss of characters as real to me as any real life person. I have scrimped and saved for your books. I’ve held them close. I’ve picked up extra copies at book sales because I love them so much.

Your hard work is worth it. Your struggles, your fears, your doubts that you’re good enough–they’re all worth it. You’re changing lives, you’re brightening days, you’re giving hope and company to the lonely.

You rock, writer, and you should know that. Don’t stop telling stories, okay? I’d be lost without you.

Sincerely

A reader.

Burning the Devil and Blood Curse

Book News!

2016 was a quiet year for me, book-wise. Burning the Devil was giving me fits, (I’m sure you saw me whine about it,) and I didn’t have anything else going. Sure, I wrote, but I was a publishing maniac like in years’ past.

And that’s okay.

I do have news now, and I wanted to share!

First, Burning the Devil is now available for pre-order. WOO! I finally tamed this monster of a novel. ARCs have been sent out, the link is up, and I’m happy!

Here’s the cover!

<———— Hot. Cuz, you know, there’s fire.

 

Blurb:

To get the good, you’ve got to pay.

Mechanic Gwen Colburn knows this better than most, so when charismatic megastar Neo Tucker walks into her life, she doesn’t trust the glitter of admiration in his eyes or the sweet words on his lips. It’s only when a demonic killer from her past begins to stalk her and the bodies pile up that she realizes he’s the only sane thing left for her to hold onto.

Rumors of supernatural murders have dogged Neo ever since he became famous but it wasn’t until he met Gwen that it mattered. She’s the one he’s been waiting for all his life and all he has to do is help her learn to trust him. Too bad someone close to him wants to make sure he never gets the chance to find out just how perfect she is.
Gwen and Neo must fight to get what they desire most. The only question is whether either of them will live long enough to enjoy it.

MORE Book News!

Thanks to Babelcube and the fabulous Anna Chiarello, I now have a spiffy Italian translation of Blood Curse. Another WOO!

Check out these bad boys:

 

 

 

 

 

Now, I don’t have links yet, but as soon as I do, I’ll share. I was just too exited to wait.

Anyway, that’s all for now, folks. Oh wait, one more thing totally not related to my books (unless I win, of course.) I thought you’d like to know that 99Designs is holding a cover creation contest. Self-pubbed authors can win a chance to have their book pertified (totally a word). Just visit this linky-poo right here, ya’ll!

 

The Lost Diadem: A Rogue’s Tale Part 1

Welcome Saoirse O’Mara and check out the blurb for her book, The Lost Diadem.

Pick up a copy of her book, leave a review, and share, share, share so more people can find this little gem.

You never know when you might end up on the other side of the law….

Govin had no clue how much his life would change when he signed up for the City Guard in Davon. A fateful meeting throws him into an adventure he would never have imagined, not even in his wildest dreams, and he is left to fix the mess once known as his life. And if that weren’t enough, there is still a cunning thief to catch….

“Bardon put the quill down and scrutinised his work. The sketch showed a young girl with untidy hair, smart eyes and a cute little nose. ‘A pretty girl,’ he remarked. ‘Too bad she’s a thief. She might’ve grown up to become a beauty, but I doubt she’ll live long enough. The streets are rough, and the prison’s even rougher.’

Govin felt a pang of guilt.” Meet Govin and Tayla as their friendship begins. Their first meeting doesn’t bode well, but when faced with the choice to save themselves or do the right thing, they decide to stand up for each other. Soon, though, things get out of hand and they need help from others. Will they trust the right persons?

An award-winning fantasy/mystery mix! Pick up your copy at: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B008RCL2TQ/

Where can you find more Saoirse?

https://iamnotperfect2016.wordpress.com/

https://www.facebook.com/SaoirseOMaraTheresaBerg/

www.Twitter.com/saoirseomara

 

 

It’s here and it’s beautiful! The long awaited cover of Umbrae (The P.A.W.S. Saga, Part 3) created by the ever awesome Rachel Bostwick.

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So what’s it about?

Step into the Shadows of Umbrae …

Miri’s world at P.A.W.S. in St. Louis is falling apart. First, Danny is accused of stealing her opapa’s charm. But before he can defend himself, he mysteriously disappears. Miri seeks Josh for help and advice, but he too has gone missing.

Then Lilith has a vision – Miri dragged away by wolves. Miri needs answers, answers that she feels sure are hidden in the blank pages of the book of Argentum.

With the help of Lilith, she travels to the ancient city of Safed. There, with the aid of a mystical rabbi and an outspoken werecat, her omama’s story is slowly revealed. And Miri uncovers something else, a world hidden deep beneath our own – the labyrinth of shadows also known as Umbrae.

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Coming soon in paperback!

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