Tuesday, June 25, 2013

don't miss it

Hi,

From today (25th of June) to Thursday (27th), my YA Sciene Fantasy "Paralan's Children" is available for free on amazon.

Paralan's Children

About the book:

Fresh from the academy, ambitious Galaktipol officer Vera Staven has been transferred to the only human settlement on the ice planet Paralan. Aside from smuggling, crimes are rare and the suicide rate is high. But something at the latest find nags at Vera, although no clues indicate it’s anything but a suicide.

When native Galaktipol officer Joloran Durim Brunàhgan meets the mother of his wee-ones for the yearly egg-opening feast, he doesn’t know he’s facing the worst case of his career. The next morning, fifteen Paralan wee-ones went missing, girls only. A catastrophe for the natives. Joloran hurls himself into the investigation, but he can’t get the murder of two wee-ones out of his mind that he couldn’t solve many years ago.

Paralan and humans harbor prejudices, making it hard for Joloran to follow all clues. Against his will, his superior requests support from the humans. POK Vera Staven is assigned to him, the only woman in the human Galaktipol station on Paralan. And time is running out. With every passing day, the probability of finding the wee-ones alive shrinks. But only as a team, Joloran and Vera might have a chance. Can they overcome their prejudices and cooperate, or will they find these children disemboweled in the icy wilderness of the planet’s far side too?

It's already rated 4-5 stars on Amazon.com and Amazon.de.
Get the English verison here
and the German version here.

Enjoy, and please leave a review,
Cat

Thursday, June 20, 2013

My trip to Kent and the ideas it spawned

Hi,

as promised, here are some of the pictures I took when I was in Kent. I loved it there. Wish we had a gulf stream around. My garden would look a lot nicer. ;-) At east, the trip brought back my enthusiasm for gardening. I thought I had lost it, but was wring. So I spend much of the really lovely, sunshiny days since my return in my garden trying to master the chaos. It will take time. Nearly 10 year of neglect don't undo themselves in a few days.

Now, for the photos and the ideas they spawned:


This is Canterbury Cathedral. I loved the symmetry of the view. With the ghost of Canterbury in the back of my mind, my Muse insisted there would have to be a nun's ghost walking these corridors. Since that's rather cliché, I send the idea back to my Muse to mull it over again and come up with something more interesting. She usually does, although it sometimes takes time.


I saw this motorcycle in a shop window in Rye, a small fishermen village. The minute I realized it was all hand made, I wanted to put a witch on it who could drive it around the country pollution free. One day, she'll make it into one of my stories. Promised.


When I took this photo (it might be a mulberry tree), I wondered if the tree snatched people from the chair to send them somewhere (maybe to the fairy queen). It looks rather predatory, doesn't it? I know that when my Muse has figured out where the snatched up people go, I'll have another short story to write.

You see, my trip was lovely. I posted more photos on my author homepage. Now, tell me, does your imagination run riot too when you're visiting new places?
Let me know in the comments,
Cat

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Break Over -- Blog Blitz

Hi,

I'm back from Kent and will soon post a couple of pictures (I took 2GB worth of them and need to sort them first). Meanwhile, I had promised to participate in The All Authors Blog Blitz, where authors introduce the work of other authors. My post will be featured on a horror writer's blog (luckily I do have ONE horror anthology published). Find my post here.

Now, let me introduce R.A. Boyd, writer of paranormal fantasy, and book #1 of her Perry Series. Perry is a succubus but has been living as a human. She's has no choice. Once she marries Haines, the hottest and most annoying incubus around, her powers begin to surface. Then an enemy comes to call, but she has to invite him in. She's being hunted. What a way to start out a honeymoon.



Here is an excerpt:

“I do,” I say sulkily, as the minister asks if I take this man standing next to me to be my lawfully wedded husband.
“You could at least muster some kind of joy over this,” Haines says quietly, as he squeezes my hand.
“Shut-up,” I snap at him.
For our friends and family attending our nuptials I have nothing but sweet smiles and kind words. But for this d-bag, I have snark for days.
This is not the happily ever after either one of us was hoping for. And Haines is certainly not the man I wanted to end up with. But if I don’t have a holy union (holy my arse!) with him, all hell will break loose and blah, blah, blah. We’re destined to be together. I despise him. He likes it. He can’t help it. He’s a demon. Figuratively and literally.


You can download Book #1 of the Perry Series, Hunted by Angels, on Amazon for 99ct

R.A. Boyd is a writer, and reader, of paranormal fiction, horror and urban fantasy. She lives in Maryland with her husband, daughter and her massive collection of books. Seriously. Her books have their own room.

She's been published in Tales of Blood and Roses and is currently releasing her novel Hunted by Angels. The Line of Lilith books are soon to follow.

To find her on the web, please visit:
her website raboyd.blogspot.com
Facebook R.A. Boyd
Twitter @ra_boyd

Find my post here

Enjoy your day,
Cat

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Blog-Break

Hi,

I am going on a holiday to visit gardens and castles in Kent, England! It will be the first time since my marriage nearly 20 years ago that I'll be travelling without my husband and kids. I'm scared stiff to say the least.

What if hubby doesn't manage to handle the kids? After all, they're both in puberty and very easily annoyed. What if they have to live on muesli and pancakes for the whole week? What if it keeps raining and our house is flooded? What if my dog stops eating because he misses me so much? What if... But probably not.

My mind knows exactly that everything will go well. It's just this over-active imagination dumping horrors on me. I wonder how people who aren't authors cope with these things. I can sit down and write a story where all the bad things happen increasing the catastrophes until the world explodes. After that, I can set aside my worries because my emotional side finally understands how unlikely these things are. But what do you do (no, not you, author. The one beside you)? Let me know, please. I'm curious.
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Sunday, June 2, 2013

layout

HI,

I guess you noticed that my layout suddenly changed to plain white. It took my a whole night to get it working again. Somehow, all the files I used before Blogger's update got deleted from my providers server (not Bloggers fault), and I had to adjust everything by hand. It's been bothering me a while, and with my revision coming along nicely, I thought I'd take the time to set things right again. Now, the layout of this blog resembles that of my webpage (feel free to check).

Habe a great day,
Cat