I'm super excited to announce that my Katon University series books have received a face lift by way of covers and name! The series is now called Mosaic Chronicles, and here are the updated book covers:
Pardon the massive numbers of possible prizes, ha ha. :-) I decided to go all out with this giveaway and offer like, a billion things. :-) This means that at least THIRTY-FIVE PEOPLE will win, and maybe more.
The full rules are here, (which is also where you'll enter the giveaway), but in short, you don't need to post a review to enter the giveaway. If you do post one, however, you'll get an extra entry point for each book and each retailer/website where you post a review.
Here's the awesome thing:
Most people won't post a review and will go for the free entry. Those of you who post reviews have a much higher chance of winning!
A note about reviews: they can be as long or as short as you'd like. And they can be posted pretty much anywhere, as long as the location receives traffic. You can also copy and paste the same review for the same book to all the different places where you post one.
Three $10 gift cards to Amazon, to be awarded to three separate people.
Twenty print copies of Discern, to be awarded to twenty separate people.
Two copies of Midian, to be awarded to two separate people.
Two sets of my Ranch City Academy series books, to be awarded to two separate people.
Two Illustrated Monster books (has illustrations of my Kilenya series monsters in it), to be awarded to two separate people.
One full set of my Kilenya series books in print. That's $75 of free books! To be awarded to one person. (And gah... I just noticed how crooked the picture is. Trying not to cringe... trying not to cringe... trying not to cringe...)
Tons of Bookmarks! I've got 22 inches of bookmarks that have the old series name them. All the other information is correct, but I can't use them at book signings anymore. One inch of bookmarks equals about 70 bookmarks. If you're interested in winning bookmarks, please tell me so on the giveaway form here. I know some of you LOVE swag, so I'll probably have a bunch of people ask for at least an inch each. Number of possible winners is unknown at this point.
Facebook Cover Photo Images! Five people will be awarded the cover image of their choice, to be selected from this website. I hope you like the quotes I selected - I found them in the popular highlights of Discern. I'll ask for suggestions for more quotes at a future point.
I've had a bunch of people ask me recently if I'm accepting new beta readers right now. The answer is yes and no. :-) What I'm looking for: people who catch errors and help me strengthen my stories. What I'm not looking for: people who want a free read. ;-) :-)
I've put together a system that better helps me know who is truly interested in helping out. If that's you, please read over the following selection from a short story I wrote a few months ago and email me (firstname.lastname@example.org) a list of the errors you find in it. Those who snag the most will be accepted into my beta reading list. (And please note that not all errors have to be grammatical. If you find problems in the characterization, the settings, descriptions, etc., those count too.)
(Also, when submitting your list, quote a few words surrounding the error so I know what you're referencing.)
The Blackwood Relic
Travis Blackwood hurried to finish hooking up the plow to
the tractor. Not only would pa tan his hide if he didn’t get the fields done
today, but Cassidy was coming over in a few hours, and he didn’t have much time
to get his chores finished before she arrived.
staring at the forest on the edge of the field. Though the sun was directly
overhead, the shadows there were deep and elongated.
seemed to fear the trees.
learned quickly not to ask why he struggled breathing, why his hands felt
clammy when he was near the forest. Pa refused to talk about anything that
concerned the place. He was determined to tame the only field on the property
that invited unruly growth—to force the trees to stay within their bounds.
standing by the plow here on the edge of the field, should have felt relieved
with the shadows so far away But the air surrounding him was still. Crickets
didn’t chirp—mosquitoes didn’t buzz. And the wind never seemed to stir the
leaves on this part of the farm—it was as if even the elements and creatures
felt there was something to be feared here.
himself. He’d never finish his chores if he couldn’t hold his thought together.
And if Pa caught him dawdling, he’d whoop him for sure.
To bad the old
man was still so much bigger than Travis, who was nearly 18. Travis hadn’t
caught up with the rest of the family yet—including cousins and some of the
He hopped onto
the tractor seat and admired his arms, pretending they had another ten pounds
on them each, like his cousin Justins. But Cassidy obviously didn’t care about
that sort of thing. Her beautiful blues eyes were just for him.
stick into gear, Travis pulled onto the field. Once he settled into the
familiar pattern, he was able to daydream, and thoughts of the forest fled his
Though he was
nervous to introduce Cassidy to the family—scared, even—he also couldn’t wait.
They’d be so surprised that he—scrawny, tiny Travis—could get a girl like her.
Well, he could.
And he had.
A sudden bump
jolted Travis from his daydreams, and the grinding that followed was rough
enough to make his teeth ache. The tractor stopped moving and the engine whined
as it attempted keep going.
“Oh, no, oh, no,
Travis said, popping the thing out of gear. A cold sweat rushed from his scalp
and down his back. Only one thing would stop the plow.
Pa was going to kill him.
He jumped from
the tractor and rushed around to the side of the plow where the sound had come
said, pulling off his hat.
He’d run over
that rock, and the blades on this side of the plow were ruined, all tangled up
around the stone.
Why Pa insisted
on keeping it there, in the middle of the field, was beyond Travis. And the
stupid part of the situation—Pa
didn’t even know where it had come from, yet he still insisted it stay and that
no one touch it.
Well, Travis had
had i. It was time to get the thing taken care of. And tadoy was the best time
to do it, seeing as how pa and ma were out on a date. They always got back late
on date night, so Travis would have several hours to dig, if he harried.
He scratched his
head. Now to figure out how to get the plow unstuck. He bent and grabbed the
twisted metal, prepared to tug a hard as he could. But the moment his hand
brushed the rock, all thought fled his mind. His joints froze and his heart
stopped beating. A dull ache spread through his body, starting in his chest.
He gasped for
breathe, struggling to regain control, but a sudden terror sized him. He felt
someone—or something—approach. He looked around, barely able to move his head,
but didnt see anyone. The pressure became unbearable and tears sprang to his
What the heck was
the pressure released, but the feeling that someone was watching remained. The
sensation came from all directions, as if the person—or being—surrounded him.
“God?” he said,
looking up at the sky. But the feeling in his heart was far from the warmth Ma
always said came from god.
was out there.
caught. His hands slipped off the metal of the plow, his palms clammy. His
heart pounded, making his ribs ache.
No, nothing was
watching him. That was stupid. Only the plow was there, and plows don’t watch
humans. They don’t watch animals or trees or objects, neither.
don’t watch nothin’,” he whispered to himself, wishing his courage would
He was definitely
going to dig up the rock.
His phone rang
just then, making him jump. He pulled it out of his pocket, nearly dropping it
as he fumbled to see who was calling.
“Oh, Cass. Man,
you scared the bejeebies outta me!”
“I feel horrible,
and it’s freaking me out. It’s all on accounta this stone here.” He dropped his
voice, shielding the phone with his hand, hoping that whoever was listening
wouldn’t hear what he would say next. “And I gotta do something about it. Gotta
get rid of it. I’ll start as soon as possible ’cause it’s gonna take all
Cassidy made a
little pouty sound. “What about our date?’
his forehead. “Oh, Cass, I’m sorry. I totally forgot. But there’s no way I can
go bowlin’ when I know this evil is around. Ma and Pa are gone until ten, so I
only have now to do it. Pa’ll get so mad if he comes home and sees his field
dug up. Nope, gotta get rid of the stone now, then make the field right as soon
as I can.”
“Oh, well, okay.” She paused. “Could I come help?”
Something in the
forest caught Trevor’s attention, and he glanced that way. A sigh echoed across
the field toward the stone.
hissed. He crouched down, looking at the trees, trying to see what had made the
noise. Nothing happened, but he continued waiting, glaring in the sunlight,
trying to ignore the prickly sensation on his skin.
Cass might think he was a coward if he didn’t do something soon, he jumped to
his feet and shouted, “Whoever you are, you ain’t scaring me!”
They were, but
maybe they wouldn’t know he was bluffing.
freaking me out.”
and when nothing more happened, he passed a hand across his eyes. “It’s
freakin’ me out,” he muttered. “What
did you ask?”
“If I could come
Travis thought it
over for a bit. He didn’t want to put her in danger, but he could really use
her help. “I guess so,” he said. “But we have to be careful and we have to go
“Okay! I’m good
at digging. Between the two of us, we’ll get it taken care of.”
He couldn’t help
but smile at her enthusiasm. He was so lucky she’d decided to date him. “Bring
a shovel. And thanks Cass. I appreciate it.”
He ended the
call, tucking his phone back into his pocket. Talking to Cassidy always lifted
his spirits, but it didn’t take long for the pressing sensation of being
watched to put him out of sorts again. He glanced at the forest as he got back
to work. He’d never once set foot in it, on account of the stories. Stories he
was sure weren’t true, but regardless, he had never wanted to know for sure.
It took him
almost two hours to unstick the plow and get the tractor back to the barn. The
job would have been much easier if he’d asked Pa for help, but there was no way
he’d do that. Not when it for sure meant Pa would learn what happened.
learn about it eventually. Travis couldn’t hide something like that forever.
But at least when he did learn, that stone would be long gone, and Pa would be
too grateful to finally have a clear field to be mad.
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The giveaway starts on February 15, 2016 and ends on February 21, 2016. No purchase necessary, no international entries, and must be 18 or older to participate.
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