Cover Reveal: THE LAST STORED by Sonia Poynter





The Last Stored by Sonia Poynter
Surge, Anaiah Press


Blurb:

After the sudden death of her parents, making it through the day is a struggle for Amber Megan Peel. In the midst of her grief, an exquisite bird perches on her garden fence and shows her visions of a vivid landscape and a dark lord slouching upon a throne. She thinks the visions are tied to her sorrow. But when a boy flies through her kitchen window to tell her she’s the Last Stored, she wonders if she’s just lost her mind.

Cree of Din is tasked with one job: Bring Amber home. For seven years, Cree has trained as her protector and it is the ultimate responsibility. Failure means Amber’s certain death, and that’s not an option for Cree – especially since he’s falling in love with her.

The Returning has begun. Now all Amber and Cree have to do is enter Tali, a world of unimaginable splendor and equally unimaginable horror, and defeat Lorthis. If they can’t, not only will Tali plunge into darkness, but so will Earth.

Release Date:
January 6, 2015



Book Links:
Anaiah Press: www.anaiahpress.com



Author Bio:

Sonia Poynter is a homeschooling teacher, an active youth volunteer, and a writer.  She grew up traipsing through the thick woods of Kentucky often getting lost in the magic of the forest. The woods inspired her heart and her father and mother, a Kentucky Colonel, cultivated her love for storytelling. For Sonia every day is an adventure, providing her with an endless parade of eccentric characters and vivid worlds. Currently, she lives in the sleepy community of Pittsboro, Indiana, with the love of her life and God has blessed them both with three amazing kids.





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Time Management Tips for Writers



Okay, I must admit that I'm writing this post as much for myself as anyone else. We all have busy lives. If we aren't careful, time will pass us by, and we'll have nothing to show for it. Here are some quick tips to stay productive.

  1. Do the most important task first second. First, there's coffee. Then writing, editing, or whatever else is on your "must get done" list.
  2. Use a calendar. A lot of people use their phones, which is fine. But I'm a visual person, so I use an actual calendar to keep track of my progress. There I keep record of my daily, weekly, and monthly goals.
  3. Make a to-do list. I am the master of to-do lists. I have one prepared nearly every weekday. Even if my schedule is somewhat similar from day to day, I find that I'm more productive if I have a visual of what needs to be done.
  4. Set goals and stop. Currently, I'm revising one of my novels, and I have divided up the entire novel with binder clips, four chapters each day. That's my goal, so I take the current day's clipped pages and complete them. Then I'm done for the day. I'm not drained or frustrated, and I'm still able to complete my task on time.
  5. Unplug. Turn off the sound notifications for your social media. Distraction is the root of all evil. 
  6. Time yourself. Set a timer on your phone and write. Then take a short break. If you have time for more, proceed.
  7. Take breaks. This one is hard, but if you take a break between activities, it truly helps you mind refocus. 
  8. Reward yourself. Accomplished your goals for the day? I find that Dove dark chocolate is the best reward. :)
  9. Take days off. Writing is my job, even if I'm not currently being paid. I take two days off every week, just like I would working a regular nine to five.
  10. Steal time. When you're in line, sitting in a waiting room, or have any moment of down time, pull up your phone's notes app and write. You can later incorporate those thoughts into your writing. I do a lot of short scene writing that I later use in projects. Every moment helps propel your goals, so go ahead and steal 'em.
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Blog Tour and Giveaway: CHARMING by Krystal Wade





Krystal Wade is back with a spine-tingling retelling of Cinderella!



In this edge-of-your seat, tension filled retelling of Cinderella, a vengeful schizophrenic pulls sixteen-year-old Haley Tremaine into his dark world. She must make a choice: save her abusive, alcoholic father and bitter little sister and allow the only people who've treated Haley like family to die, or seek out the killer and save them all.

Charming by Krystal Wade
Release Date:
October 6, 2014 
204 pages
Title:
Charming 
Genre: 
Contemporary Young Adult Thriller
Publisher:
Curiosity Quills
Tropes: Fairy Tale Redux, Tortured Heroine, Kidnapping, Murder, Paranoia
Format: Digital eBook, Hardcover
ISBN: 9781620075340 / 9781620075364
Available at: Smashwords | Barnes & Noble | Amazon
Synopsis: They say what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger, and that's great . . . as long as you don't die.


Sixteen-year-old Haley Tremaine had it all: top-notch school, fantastic family, and a bright future, but all of that changed when an accident tore her family apart. Now, an alcoholic father, a bitter younger sister, and a cold headstone bearing her mother’s name are all she has left.


Chris Charming has it all: a powerful CEO for a father, a prestigious school, and a fortune at his fingertips, but none of that matters when he lands a reputation as a troublemaker. Struggling to follow in his father’s footsteps, he reaches out to the one person he believes truly sees him, the one person he wants: Haley.


Little do they know someone's determined to bring the two together, even if it means murder.



Excerpt


“Hey, kids.” Mrs. Charming stood by their feet, smiling down at them, still linked to her husband. “We should head out. Park closes at dark. Plus your dad and I have a movie to go see.”

Chris drove Haley back to his house; both sat quietly, leaning somewhat toward the center of the small Porsche. He pulled up next to Dad’s truck and sighed. “Thank you for being so good to them.”

“Chris—”

“No, I mean it.” Chris opened the truck door for her, then closed it as she slid onto the cold leather seat.

Haley rolled down the window and leaned on her elbow, so close to him, so freaking close. “They’re good people.”

And deserve better than me in their life.

“Most people treat them as if they’re just money bags from which to draw upon when they have a need.”

“I don’t need anything from them. I just want your family to be happy, you to be happy, Chris.”

“You’re different, Haley Tremaine.”

“So are you, Chris Charming.” Haley turned the key in the ignition, but the truck wouldn’t start. Cold, stabbing panic ripped apart her lungs.

“Guess I’ll need to walk.”

“You’re nuts if you think I’m letting you walk. Murderer on the loose, remember?” Laughing, Chris opened the door and took Haley by the hand, then guided her to the driver’s side of his car. “In fact, I’d really like you to drive.”

She smiled and snatched the keys. “Okay. Fine, but you better wear your seatbelt.”

He did, and she drove, and they laughed, winding down country roads, passing cars as though they sat still and Chris and Haley were in a speeding bullet. Haley downshifted and squealed the tires as she stopped in front of her house on Main Street. But when she glanced at the front of the house, her heart skidded to a halt.

Niles sat on her porch, bouquet of flowers in hand, scowling.

Author Bio:


Krystal Wade is happily married to the love of her life (don’t gag) and raising three beautiful children in the gorgeous state of Virginia. They live just outside Washington, D.C., and every day she wakes up to find herself stuck in traffic trying to get there. When she’s not working, commuting, or chasing after her three children (four if you count the man), you can usually find Krystal outside talking to her chickens like they’re the cutest things in the world (they are), or training her amazing dogs how to herd said chickens (which they love), or curled up on the sofa with a good book (why can’t that be 100% of the time?).
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