2015 Readers’ Crown Finalist • Dancing With Raven

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It’s time to celebrate! MDancingWithRaven-newText3dy paranormal novel, Dancing With Raven, has been named a finalist in the 2015 Readers’ Crown Awards!

Blurb: The Shakespearean Institute of London is the most powerful, prestigious, and top-secret demon-hunting organization known to mankind…and they want American Tori Moss dead before she turns eighteen. Demons are pouring into her hometown of Los Angeles as they await the end of the world, and she doesn’t know whom to trust or where to turn. After a handsome English boy enrolls in her performing arts school, Tori’s life takes a turn for the deadly. Sometimes in the fight between good and evil, the enemy of your enemy is your friend. And sometimes, you’re on your own.

If you’d like to judge DWR for yourself, you can buy it at Amazon, Smashwords, iTunes, BN.com.

Guest Author Annie Douglass Lima • The Collar & the Cavvarach

Today, I welcome author Annie Douglass Lima to my blog for a quick interview, and to talk about her brand new fantasy release, The Collar & the Cavvarach. Enjoy! ~ S.G. Rogers

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Bensin, a teenage slave and martial artist, is desperate to see his little sister freed. But only victory in the Krillonian Empire’s most prestigious tournament will allow him to secretly arrange for Ellie’s escape. Dangerous people are closing in on her, however, and Bensin is running out of time. With his one hope fading quickly away, how can Bensin save Ellie from a life of slavery and abuse?

What is the Collar for, and What is a Cavvarach?

The story is set in a world very much like our own, with just a few major differences. One is that slavery is legal there. Slaves must wear metal collars that lock around their neck, making their enslaved status obvious to everyone. Any slave attempting to escape faces the dilemma of how and where to illegally get their collar removed (a crime punishable by enslavement for the remover).

Another difference is the popularity of a martial art called cavvara shil. It is fought with a cavvarach (rhymes with “have a rack”), an unsharpened weapon similar to a sword but with a steel hook protruding from partway down its top edge. Competitors can strike at each other with their feet as well as with the blades. You win in one of two ways: disarming your opponent (hooking or knocking their cavvarach out of their hands) or pinning their shoulders to the mat for five seconds.


Want More?

Click HERE to read a description of the setting and what life is like for slaves and others in that world.

Click HERE to read an excerpt.

Click HERE to buy from Amazon.

Click HERE to download The Collar and the Cavvarach from Smashwords (for Nook or in other digital formats).

About the Author:ADL

Annie Douglass Lima spent most of her childhood in Kenya and later graduated from Biola University in Southern California. She and her husband Floyd currently live in Taiwan, where she teaches fifth grade at Morrison Academy. She has been writing poetry, short stories, and novels since her childhood, and to date has published ten books (one YA action and adventure novel, four fantasies, a puppet script, and four anthologies of her students’ poetry). Besides writing, her hobbies include reading (especially fantasy and science fiction), scrapbooking, and international travel.
Connect with the Author Online:

Email: AnnieDouglassLima@gmail.com, or connect with her on her blog, on Facebook, on Twitter, or Goodreads. Also, check out her Amazon Author Page, find her on Smashwords, LinkedIn, or Google Plus.

And now, for a quick interview!

Annie, what draws you to fantasy?

Reality just doesn’t offer me enough freedom as a writer! I like to be able to make the rules. When I read, I like knowing that things could happen that just can’t in the real world. Having said that, The Collar and the Cavvarach isn’t really fantasy, at least not in the typical sense. It’s more of an alternate reality. If you were to step into that world, you would probably assume you were still in our own world – except for a few key details, like the prevalence of slavery.

What book(s) are similar to yours?

While this isn’t technically a dystopian story, fans of the dystopian genre would probably enjoy The Collar and the Cavvarach. One of my beta readers said it reminded her of The Hunger Games (but she liked my book better!).

Which authors have inspired you most?

C.S. Lewis provided my very first literary inspiration. More recently, I’ve enjoyed the works of Anne Elisabeth Stengl. Her Tales of Goldstone Wood series is amazingly crafted. I love the way the time periods in some of the books overlap, focusing on different characters and sometimes different views of the same events. That storytelling style influenced my fantasy series, the Annals of Alasia, though not this book as much.

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RONE AWARDS • Week Four • Young Adult Paranormal and Novella

The InD’Tale Magazine RONE Awards continue! It’s Week Four, and I need your votes for my two nominated entries, Larken (Category: Novella) and Dancing With Raven (Category: Young Adult: Paranormal). Go HERE to vote (you must create a free account first), and I thank you for your support! ~ S.G. Rogers

LarkenThe sole survivor of a train accident, young Larken Burke is dubbed the Miracle Orphan. Four years later, however, her life is far from fortunate. Because of her emotional and physical scars, she believes she’s un-marriageable. With little hope for the future, she agrees to wed a gentleman she’s never met. Unfortunately, his aloof manner proves difficult to take.

Marked by romantic tragedy and the loss of his brother, Brandon King has forsworn marriage. Obliged to take in a ward, he advertises for a mail-order bride to raise the boy. Since the union is to be a marriage in name only, his criteria are youthful age, a certain level of intellect, good breeding, and that the girl shouldn’t be so ill-favored she would embarrass him in society. To his dismay, he gets more than he’d bargained for.

Will it take a miracle for Mr. and Mrs. King to fall in love, or is their marriage another accident waiting to happen?

P.S. I’m writing the sequel to Larken right now, called Lord Apollo and the Colleen!

pagebreakDancingWithRaven-newText3dThe Shakespearean Institute of London is the most powerful, prestigious, and top-secret demon-hunting organization known to mankind…and they want American Tori Moss dead before she turns eighteen. Demons are pouring into her hometown of Los Angeles as they await the end of the world, and she doesn’t know whom to trust or where to turn. After a handsome English boy enrolls in her performing arts school, Tori’s life takes a turn for the deadly. Sometimes in the fight between good and evil, the enemy of your enemy is your friend. And sometimes, you’re on your own.

Ruse & Romance 2015 RONE Award Nominee • Voting Begins!

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Can a ruse turn into a romance before it’s too late?

My bestselling Victorian tale, Ruse & Romance, has been nominated for a RONE Award in the category of Young Adult: General (Week Three), but I need your help to get into the finals! Please go to arrow1twisting InD’Tale Magazine and vote for my book. Like Tinkerbell, every vote I receive will help me fly! Voting is open from April 27 – May 3rd, 2015, and you must register for an account first. It’s absolutely free (and I’ll need your help again in Week Four, for my novella, Larken).

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New Cover • KIRA

NEWKIRACOVERKIRA has a beautiful new face, just in time for spring!

Blurb:

Poisoned by an enemy, Kira struggles to find an antidote before she succumbs to enslavement. At the same time, she’s desperate to save Dorsit, a Leopard Clan wizard whose youth and magic has been stolen by a murderous wizard on a rampage. As Kira’s homeland is invaded by bloodthirsty legions, Kira flees across the country in a bid to reach the Mystic Mountain nymphs and a legendary cure. Hunted by shadow hounds, an army of Cyclopes, and an evil jinn, will her wits and skill as a warrior be enough to survive?

Excerpt:

When Reye and Kira emerged from the lodge, he yanked her down behind a horse trough in time to escape the notice of a squad of armor-clad Cyclopes marching south down the main street. Huge axes and other weapons hung from the giants’ belts or were gripped in their massive fists.

“What on Yden are those creatures?” Reye whispered.

“Mandral calls them cygards,” she murmured. “He’s formed an army of Cyclopes.”

“That’s insane!”

“If we don’t get out of Eastknot before his cygards surround the town, we’ll be captured. My father will have no warning what’s about to befall Nomad Territory.”

“Wyckcrest is seven days from here,” Reye said. “Even if we rode hard, we wouldn’t get there in time to do much good.”

“Ylan is four days away, and I just learned Dorsit is alive. He can transport us directly to my father’s encampment, and help us fight off the invasion. I fear he’s our only hope.”

Reye nodded, peeked over the trough to make sure no cygards were watching, and then pulled Kira to her feet.

“Let’s move.”

KIRA is available for the Kindle, HERE

#Dragon Lovers Countdown Deal • Tournament of Chance: Dragon Rebel

DragonRebel-Cory2Dragon lovers unite! From Monday, April 20 through Friday, April 24th, Kindle readers in the US and UK can take advantage of a 99 cent countdown deal for Tournament of Chance: Dragon Rebel.

Blurb:

If Heather manages to win the Tournament of Chance, she’ll be the first commoner to earn a place at court. Instead of a glorious victory, however, she’s arrested and marked for execution. After a daring escape, she joins the Dragon Rebels, who seek to overthrow the despotic monarchy and restore the former kingdom of Ormaria. Amongst the rebels are three shape-shifting wizards who claim to be rulers from the past. On a perilous quest to free the wizards’ magic, Heather battles wild dragons, vicious predators, angry trolls, and unexpected traitors. When a horrendous accident sends her back in time to fulfill a mysterious prophecy, she must rely on her warrior skills, wits, and endurance to survive.

Buy: Amazon US Amazon UK

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Tax Relief #Freebie • Magical Misperception

Originally posted on S.G. Rogers, Author:

Do taxes have you down? Is your wallet too light? Enjoy a magical freebie, and let a wizard take you to a place of romantic enchantment. Magical Misperception is a Kindle freebie on Wednesday, April 15th only. Enjoy! ~ S.G. Rogers

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Young Prince Lee can’t talk to girls at all until he meets Jona Haever. His aunt, Queen Gaia, invites Jona to the castle for the summer to help Lee learn social graces. Although Her Majesty makes it clear Jona is no better than a servant, Jona and Lee become best friends. When the summer comes to a close, the two continue to correspond through a pair of magical boxes conjured by the Wizard Farland. Nine years later, Jona and Lee are closer than ever, but any romantic feelings between them are forbidden by law. Are the differences between a prince and a commoner too large to overcome, or…

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2015 RONE Award Nominees Ruse & Romance and Dancing With Raven

Originally posted on S.G. Rogers, Author:

R&RCover2InD’Tale Magazine has nominated my sweet Victorian novella, Ruse & Romance for a 2015 RONE Award in the category of Young Adult: General. Voting will begin in Week Three (April 27th – May 3rd, 2015), and I’ll need help to make it to the finals!

Blurb:

Unjustly labeled a flirt, Kitty Beaucroft is in need of a fiancé. Lord Philip Butler’s father wants him to settle down before he can become a landowner. With no intention of following through, Kitty and Philip enter into a temporary engagement as a means to an end. Unfortunately, someone knows the truth and is determined to expose them. Will the ruse turn into a romance before it’s too late?

If you’d like to read Ruse & Romance before you vote, go HERE.

DancingWithRaven-newText3dI’m also pleased to announce my paranormal novel, Dancing With Raven, was nominated in the category Young Adult: Paranormal

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Internet Radio Interview & New Releases • S.G. Rogers

Originally posted on S.G. Rogers, Author:

11059677_10153267506756435_4535834988916029936_nI had the pleasure of being interviewed by author John J. Higgins, who has an Internet radio program called Hanging With Higgins. If you’d like to listen in on our conversation, check out the ad, above. Here’s a quick link to Our-Truth.com.

In other news, I have two “new” releases today. The word “new” is in quotes because theloveletterseriescover titles aren’t exactly brand new. The Love Letters Series: Box Set contains both A Gift for Lara and A Gift for Fiona, two stories of twin sisters whose letters go astray.

A GIFT FOR LARA: Lara Robinson wrote a love letter four years ago, but received no reply. Now the man to whom she gave her heart will visit Blythe Manor for Christmas. How can she enjoy the holidAGiftforLaraays knowing Miles Greystoke must despise her for revealing her feelings in such an unguarded fashion?

As an awkward…

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Tournament of Chance: Dragon Rebel

DragonRebel-Cory2My 2014 EPIC Award Fantasy Finalist, formerly published by Musa Publishing, is now back on the market and available for pre-orders HERE.  Release date is March 31st!

Blurb: If Heather manages to win the Tournament of Chance, she’ll be the first commoner to earn a place at court. Instead of a glorious victory, however, she’s arrested and marked for execution. After a daring escape, she joins the Dragon Rebels, who seek to overthrow the despotic monarchy and restore the former kingdom of Ormaria. Amongst the rebels are three shape-shifting wizards who claim to be rulers from the past. On a perilous quest to free the wizards’ magic, Heather battles wild dragons, vicious predators, angry trolls, and unexpected traitors. When a horrendous accident sends her back in time to fulfill a mysterious prophecy, she must rely on her warrior skills, wits, and endurance to survive.

Excerpt:

The creaking of the dungeon door made Heather flinch. To her surprise, Joe appeared.

“How did you get in here?” she whispered.

“I stole the key. You’ve got to go now.”

“I’ll be executed if I’m caught trying to escape!”

“I hate to break it to you, but you’re going to be executed either way. The commoners are right angry about the tournament. You’ve become a symbol now, and a danger to the monarchy.”

Heather followed him out of her cell and into the unoccupied corridor. As they crept through the dungeons, she expected Joe to lead her up the stairs. She winced when he lifted a heavy metal grate and slipped into a sewer trench instead. With few other options, she did likewise. They sloshed through the smelly waste, toward a sliver of light she guessed led to the outside.

“Do you swim?” Joe asked.

“Huh?”

“The castle is built on a cliff, and this trench spills down into the ocean below. We’ll have to jump from the opening to escape.”

“What!” Heather only had a moment for his words to register because a cacophony of shouting and torchlight at the far end of the trench indicated they’d been discovered.

“Oops,” Joe said. “Be sure to dive away from the cliff so you don’t get crushed on the rocks below.”

He bounded the last few feet and launched himself fearlessly out into space. Heather blanched as he dove into the ocean, a hideously long way down. When an arrow whizzed past her ear, she could hesitate no longer. Bending her knees, she jumped with all the strength she could muster.

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Written flights of fancy, historical romance, and adventure from author S.G. Rogers

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