Luna 4 Lumos



I was on Tumblr earlier, and saw something called Luna 4 Lumos mentioned. 

Knowing Lumos - as well as being a spell from the Harry Potter Series - is J.K. Rowling's charity for underprivileged children, I Googled what Luna 4 Lumos was.

Turns out, some Youtubers, lead by Tessa Netting and Dayeanne Hutton, have decided to do a fundraising drive for Lumos, in Luna Lovegood's name. 

Why? 

Because Lumos is a great cause, and because Luna Lovegood (from the Harry Potter Series) is an icon for the voiceless. 

She's different and unique, and not afraid to be true to herself, and it's often people like that, people who don't fit into the mainstream, that need our help. 

Many Youtubers have recorded videos for the Luna 4 Lumos tag, including Tessa Netting and Brizzy Voices, to promote the fundraiser. 

And there's fun things to unlock, like Harry Potter Movie Marathons with the Youtubers, each time an amount goal is reached! 

If you're thinking of donating, here's the Luna 4 Lumos page: https://www.crowdrise.com/luna-for-lumos1

And if you can't afford to donate right now, spreading the word also helps, so a Facebook page has been created to help with that: https://www.facebook.com/Luna4Lumos/

I was very tempted to make my own video for the Luna 4 Lumos tag, but I am terrible in front of the camera, so instead I thought I'd post a blog version of the questions. Please feel free to play along!



COVER REVEAL: Sweet Venom by Kirsty-Anne Still



Today I'm thrilled to help reveal the cover for Kirsty-Anne Still's forthcoming romance novel, Sweet Venom, which is out on February 28!



Title: Sweet Venom
Author: Kirsty-Anne Still
Release Date: Feb 28, 2017
Add to TBR - http://bit.ly/2lhtnR7

Synopsis:

There are two sides to every story.

Until there are three.

And ours isn't for the faint of hearts.

***

SWEET VENOM is a crazy in love novel set in three point of views - crazy, crazier and craziest. This is a love triangle that is not made for those looking for an easy love story or an obvious end.
If I were you, I'd be careful who you fall for.

This is STANDALONE.
Meant for mature readers due to murder, violence and sex.

Pre-Order Links:



Excerpt:

“Sorry!” I exclaim, noticing a young woman in a purple satin hoody. “I wasn’t looking where I was going!”

“It’s okay,” she says, her voice delicate. “Flower,” she says, a small, polite smile lays upon her pink lips and holds out a freshly cut pink orchid with a pink ribbon around it. “Treasure it.”

I take it, mesmerized by the beauty of the orchid. I look up, but she’s no longer looking at me and starts to slip away, but I grab her wrist before she can disappear.

“Thank you,” I tell her, grateful.

“No,” she starts to say, a bright smile bears her teeth. “Thank you.”

I let her go, leaving her to continue on through the groups of people.

“Ashley!” Lawson yells above the crowds and I look up to see him using a street light to get him higher than the crowds of people. “C’mon!”

I look once more behind me, noticing the blonde’s gone. I face toward Lawson who urges me to get to him and I listen. I keep the flower close to me and make my way through the masses. I catch up, the flower protected against my chest as I try to get passed people without damaging it. I make it to the front of a shop where everyone’s waiting and as I fall before them, I allow the flower the breathe.

“That got crazy,” I say, exhaling heavily. “But got given this,” I mention, putting the flower out.

A white tag declaring MARDI GRAS falls from my palm and I look proud with this collectable.

“By who?” Lawson barks, stepping forward to grab my hand. “Who gave you this?”

“I don’t know,” I say, looking at the orchid. “Some girl … she had a hood up, but she was blond. Why does it matter?”

Lawson says nothing, but takes the flower from me. His gentle with it, delicately touching it as if it’s the most fragile things he’s ever been given. I watch him pick at the ribbon with the tag on it. His face pales and he returns his gaze to me.

“It’s got your name on it,” he states and he spins the Mardi Gras tag to show my name in clear, curly red lettering.

My heart sinks.

“What?” I ask, reaching for it. “How is that possible?”

“Where is she?” he asks, his voice taut. “Which direction did she go in?”

“I don’t know,” I tell him, trying not to let fear get a grip on me. “Back towards our balcony, I guess. Who gave me this?”

I can see that Lawson doesn’t want to reply. His jaw becomes tight and he wets his lips, shuffling between his feet. I also see his effort not to run in that direction making the situation even harder to understand.

“Lawson,” I say, trying my hardest not to sound frightful. “What the fuck is going on?”

My question puts him more on edge, so he’s looking over his shoulder at everyone behind him. It’s now I see that they all hold the same solemn, bereaved look he did when he saw the pink orchid. Slowly, he turns back to me with a severely grave look in his eyes and he seems to have entered a trance as he looks back at the orchid. Gradually, he brings his eyes from the flower to mine and I see fear in them.

“She’ll rain down petals before she rains down hell,” he whispers, reluctantly giving me the flower back.

“What?” I ask, feeling my brow tightening. “What the hell does that mean?”

“Ashley,” Lawson starts, trying to steady his voice as his eyes fall once again onto the flower in my hand. “That’s the mark of death.”

Author Info:

Author, graphic designer, book worm, peppermint tea obsessive.

Kirsty-Anne stumbled across her love for writing as she started university. Over the last couple of years she's found the style of writing that best defines her and her work. Her favourite genres to write are romantic suspense with dark themes, but loves to push her boundaries.





BOOK RELEASE: All It Takes, by Clare Dugmore



I’m thrilled to announce that my dual-POV contemporary romance ALL IT TAKES is out now, exclusively on Amazon Kindle, with the paperback forthcoming in the next couple of days. 



Title: All It Takes
Author: Clare Dugmore
Genre: Romance
Release Date: February 14, 2017
Description:
All It Takes is one night to change the rest of their lives.

Graduating Uni, travelling Europe and buying her own place – these are on Megan Green’s to-do list.
At just twenty-two, becoming a mother isn’t.

Fast cars, expensive clothes and bedding a different women every night – this is how Kian Murphy spends his time when not in the MMA ring. Pre-natal scans and birthing classes are not on his agenda.

After a chance meeting and passionate encounter, Megan finds herself pregnant with Kian’s child. But with a womanizing reputation, and a temper that often leads him into trouble, Kian is hardly boyfriend material, let alone father material.

Now Megan and Kian must work out if they have All It Takes to turn their one-night-stand into a relationship that will connect them for a life-time.
All It Takes is a dual-POV new-adult, contemporary-romance about responsibility, love and discovering who you are in life.

In hnour of the release, I'm holding a Rafflecopter Giveaway: 


Cover Reveal: Golden, by K.M. Robinson

Today I'm very excited to share the cover for K.M. Robinson's forthcoming fairy-tale re-telling, GOLDEN!


Title: Golden
Author: K.M Robinson
Genre: YA fairy-tale re-telling, with dystopian twist
Release Date: March 28th 2017
Blurb: 

When the girl with the golden hair betrays everyone, not even she has hope of surviving.

The stories say that Goldilocks was a naïve girl who wandered into a house one day. Those stories were wrong. She was never naïve. It was all a perfectly executed plan to get her into the Baers’ group to destroy them. 

Trained by her cousin, Lowell, and handler, Shadoe, Auluria’s mission is to destroy the Baers by getting close to the youngest brother, Dov, his brother and sister-in-law and the leaders of the Baers’ group. When she realizes Dov isn’t as evil as her cousin led her to believe, she must figure out how to play both sides or her deception will cause everyone in her world to burn.

If her allegiances are discovered, either side could destroy her…if the Society doesn’t get her first. 



About K.M. Robinson

K.M. Robinson is a storyteller who creates new worlds both in her writing and in her fine arts conceptual photography. She is a marketing, branding and social media strategy educator who is recognized at first sight by her very long hair. She is a creative who focuses on photography, videography, couture dress making, and writing to express the stories she needs to tell. She almost always has a camera within reach. 

Connect with K.M. Robinson: 


About Snowy Wings Publishing:

Snowy Wings Publishing is a brand-new, independent and author-driven publisher of Young Adult and New Adult books. From speculative fiction set in fantastic new worlds to contemporary stories that will warm — or break — your heart, your imagination will take flight in bold new directions on Snowy Wings.

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WIP Joy Challenge - Day Thirty-One: Everyone Share Your WIP's Premise

For the month of January, I'll be taking part in the WIP Joy Challenge, created by Bethany A. Jennings (found via a share from Adam.C.Macdonald).


(Please note, protagonist takeover week has now finished, and entries are once again written by myself.)


My premise is:

25 yr-old makeup artist falls for rockstar twice her age, and together they have to make their relationship work amidst false newspaper stories about them, his spiteful ex-wife turning up, with their troubled teenage daughter, and her disapproving family. 

I'd also like to take this chance to thank Bethany A. Jennings for hosting the WIP Joy Challenge, I've had a lot of fun taking part this month. And thank you to everyone who has commented on my posts either here, on Twitter or on Instagram.


WIP Joy Challenge - Day Thirty: What Do You Hope Will Touch Readers The Most About This Story?

For the month of January, I'll be taking part in the WIP Joy Challenge, created by Bethany A. Jennings (found via a share from Adam.C.Macdonald).



(Please note, protagonist takeover week has now finished, and entries are once again written by myself.)


I hope readers are touched by the relationship between Jade and Seth - that even though they're twenty-five years apart in age, they genuinely care for each other. 

I also hope readers are touched by the friendship between Jade and her BFFs Chloe, Maria and Kelly.


WIP Joy Challenge - Day Twenty-Nine: How Long Do You Expect To Be Working On This WIP?

For the month of January, I'll be taking part in the WIP Joy Challenge, created by Bethany A. Jennings (found via a share from Adam.C.Macdonald).

(Please note, protagonist takeover week has now finished, and entries are once again written by myself.)


Hopefully not too much longer! lol

I'm on 43k right now, so about half-way there.

When I started writing during NaNoWriMo, I had hoped to have this finished by the end of December, but life got busy.

And while I'm making slow and steady progress now, I also have other things going on including a release in two weeks (!!) and a short-story I'm working on for a charity anthology.

I'll be pretty miffed if I haven't finished the first draft by Easter thought, and aim to get done with revisions etc. by the end of the year.

WIP Joy Challenge - Day Twenty-Eight: Protagonists, What Are You Self-Conscious About?

For the month of January, I'll be taking part in the WIP Joy Challenge, created by Bethany A. Jennings (found via a share from Adam.C.Macdonald).

(Please note, as this is protagonist takeover week, all posts are written by my age-gap romance protagonist Jade Landon). 


I wasn't self-conscious about anything, really, until me and Seth got together. 

Now I worry about my age, and what people think when they see us together. 

Do I dress and act too immaturely? Do people wonder what he's doing with someone like me, when he used to be married to a model? 

Does Seth compare me to his ex-wife?

I've only slept with two people, and though Seth had been married for twenty years, he's still considerably older than me and had been the lead singer of one of England’s most popular rock bands. 

I’m sure he has way more experience than I do. What if he has certain … expectations?

The story Courtney sold to the paper hasn't help either. Now I wonder if people think I'm only with Seth for his money.

I know I should only care about what those closest to us think, and mostly I do, but sometimes it's hard to shut out those doubts and insecurities. 

Cover Reveal: The Dwelling of Ekhidna: Book Five of the Shape Shifter Chronicles

Today I’m helping reveal the cover for Lauren Jankowski's The Dwelling of Ekhidna, Book Five of the Shape Shifter Chronicles, designed by Najla Qamber Designs. This action-packed urban fantasy is releasing this Tuesday, January 31, from Snowy Wings Publishing!



Title: The Dwelling of Ekhidna: Book Five of the Shape Shifter Chronicles
Author: 
Lauren Jankowski
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Release Date: January 31, 2017
Publisher: 
Snowy Wings Publishing
Add to your Goodreads list here!
The home of the guardians, the Meadows, has always been a place of peace and safety, untouched by the ongoing war against the Grenich Corporation. But that could only last so long.

During the guardians’ autumn celebration, a bomb goes off, shattering the Meadows’ tranquility. In the aftermath of a tragedy, a deadly virus is released that afflicts only healers. The only cure to the virus is hidden in the Seelie Court, in a location that only one knows: Eris, a legendary trickster, locked away in the dungeons of the Pearl Castle for her crimes against the peoples of Earth. When the Four are forced into a temporary alliance with the unpredictable Eris, their journey becomes more perilous than anyone expected.


WIP Joy Challenge - Day Twenty-Seven: Protagonists, Do You Sympathize With The Antagonist?

For the month of January, I'll be taking part in the WIP Joy Challenge, created by Bethany A. Jennings (found via a share from Adam.C.Macdonald).

(Please note, as this is protagonist takeover week, all posts are written by my age-gap romance protagonist Jade Landon). 


Haha! No.

If Courtney has redeeming qualities, she's certainly never shown them.

From my first day at G.E.M network, she's been nothing but mean to me; calling me names, taunting me, complaining my work wasn't as good as my colleagues.

Things have escalated since Seth and I got together. Courtney told the media about our relationship, so that reporters turned up outside the studio, and then she sold a story to one of the papers, saying that I was a gold-digging whore, who was only using Seth.