New Release: EXTINGUISHED

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Imani Simmons knows her mother was murdered. For fourteen years, she has collected evidence and had her mother’s spirit lurking in the back of her mind. But revenge isn’t so easy when the murderer is not only a powerful political figure and expert air manipulator, but your own step-mother. If Imani wants to expose her step-mother’s crimes, she must first come to terms with her own impotency as a non-manipulator and then spark the fire that will bring the truth to light.
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EXTINGUISHED is a short story at 7,300 words. Find it HERE in the Kindle store.

Today Only $0.99 — Modern Fantasy with Twisted Mythos

TODAY ONLY Death Defiant, an action-packed modern fantasy novel with a twisted mythology, will be available for only $0.99!

When humans began hunting them thousands of years ago, demons locked themselves away in their own dimension, leaving their half-demon spawn to wander the earth. Abandoned, alone, and outcast from all societies, half-demons formed their own small cities or learned to live, mutilated and hidden, from the humans who wanted them dead.

After saving a stranger in a busy New York street, Cherifa reveals to the world her two biggest secrets: she’s a half-demon, and she can’t die. With humans, demons, and everything in-between wanting to harness her power, Cheri must go on the run with the eccentric person she saved. But her death has sparked waves of revolution in the half-demon community, and if she wants to stop an interdimensional war, she’ll have to go through Hell to do it.

As part of a Kindle Countdown Deal, the price will be going up to $1.99 tomorrow (1/1/14), and then back to it’s usual $2.99 the day after (1/2/14). Get this deal now before time runs out.

Review: Sinners by Eka Waterfield (5/5)

Title: Sinners

Author: Eka Waterfield

Rating: 5/5

Genre: Contemporary Fantasy, Dark Fantasy

Blurb:

Beautiful. Predatory. Self-obsessed to an extreme degree. All of those can be applied to the sidhe, the ancient rulers of the worlds of fae. They are also addicts – and symbols of human pollution are their drug of choice. Toxic and industrial waste, chemicals and radiation are sweeter to the sidhe than the most exceptional vintage.
Noble Lord Niavin of House Arkezea is as close to a traditional drug lord as the fae worlds will ever see. Between the scheming of his opponents, fickle customers, and the constant need to explain his strange opposition to carnal depravities, Niavin’s hands are always full. And of course, his noble peers are ever happy to create even more trouble…

About a year ago, I saw someone searching for an asexual person who could tell them if their ace character was represented in a proper, respectful way. Being asexual myself, I volunteered to look over her manuscript for her. While the story sounded very interesting, I didn’t expect much from it, but I enjoy critiquing and making other people’s stuff better, so I thought I would have a good time helping out regardless.

I vastly underestimated what I was getting myself into.

I got to read Sinners when it was in its early drafts. Waterfield is not a native English speaker, but I couldn’t tell. It was better than many other manuscripts I’ve read, though it still needed some editing. The word-craft was beautiful and elegant in a way I had not expected, especially for a story this dark. Waterfield’s description of scenery and characters is beautiful and evocative, her sentences beautifully created to conjure images of the fantastic and disturbing.

What truly struck me were the intricacies within the plot. Waterfield does not simply tell you that the sidhe are sneaky and scheming, but she shows you, keeping you on the edge of your seat and constantly guessing as you try to figure out what these devious fae are up to. The foreshadowing is great, and when the reveals come, they are shocking — though you feel a fool, because you should have known this all along.

I loved this story. I read it four times, and I never got bored. Even if the plot never changed, the story always held my interest with an iron fist. After spending so long with this novella, I probably have some level of bias, but I adored this story, and I am eager to have others read it, as well. Sinners is a fast-paced, gruesome, and beautiful story well-suited for lovers of twisted fairytales and dark fantasy.

Death Defiant – Available Now

Bright light filled her vision. Dying had never felt like this. It dimmed after a moment, and she looked over. Bel stood over the man, who cowered with his broken arm—sharp turns, shattered, bent at more than one unnatural angle—tight against his chest. Only, Bel was glowing. Her flesh filled with white light, casting her body in shades of pink and red. It was as if a sun had formed inside her and was trying to burn its way out.

Let go.

“Let go.”

The words came from everywhere, and Cheri was sure time must have frozen, because nobody moved. To disrupt the stillness would mean death, but then the woman released Cheri from her grip.

Move.

“Move.”

The woman, shaking, scrambled to the man’s side, never daring to rise to her full height. She stayed crouched, staring at the ethereal form as it approached the one they hunted.

Hold on…

“…tight.”

Bel’s light faded, and she reached down to loop an arm around Cheri. Just like that, the world around them rushed past in a blur of light and sound.

My debut novel, Death Defiant, is finally released! Above I’ve provided an excerpt from the novel for you guys.

What’s that? You want to see a main character that is:

  • Bisexual?
  • A well-developed female?
  • A woman of color?

Then you should check out my book! It’s a full-length fantasy novel all about Cherifa’s attempts at preventing interdimensional war and a half-demon uprising. Enjoy!

Death Defiant goes live tomorrow!

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After saving a stranger in a busy New York street, Cherifa reveals to the world her two biggest secrets: she’s a half-demon, and she can’t die. With humans, demons, and everything in-between wanting to harness her power, Cherifa must go on the run with the eccentric person she saved. But her death has sparked waves of revolution in the half-demon community, and if she wants to stop an interdimensional war, she’ll have to go through Hell to do it.

Get hype!

Tomorrow my debut novel DEATH DEFIANT will be going live as an ebook! I’m really excited to share this with you guys, as I’m very proud of the finished work.

While the ebook version will be available later tomorrow (just in time for Halloween), the print-on-demand version is scheduled for release November 14th. Thank you to everyone who supported me through this, and I hope you guys enjoy the final product.

Halloween Spawn Giveaway!

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Happy Halloween!

In honor of the spookiest of holidays, I’m giving away my short story, Spawn, for free. From 12am Pacific October 31st to 12am November 1st, Spawn will be free to download on Amazon and Smashwords (Coupon Code: GC338). It’s a short story, and while it may not be terrifying, I like to think that it’s pleasantly creepy.

For those of you who don’t know about it, here’s the blurb:

The Seven Holy Virtues and Seven Deadly Sins abound in a world where the strength of one’s personality births great beasts into the world. Those with these spawn are both revered and feared in a world where one’s character is the greatest weapon of all.

Alice, the rare origin of two spawn, is a cocky, accomplished assassin who values beauty and art over all else. But when an unknown monster begins stalking her in the dark, she remembers what it is like to fear.

I hope you’ll download it and enjoy it!

Spawn gets its first reviews, and I begin screaming uncontrollably.

Spawn CoverLast Monday, I published my first short story, Spawn. Eight days later, I got my first review from Antonio Simon Jr., an author at Goodreads.

With a five-star rating, Antonio says:

This short story is the author’s first published work, and it is, in a word, excellent. The writing is brisk, crisp, and visceral. The characterization, for so short a piece, is direct and appropriate. Alice is emotionally detached from her work, depicted not as a savage murderer but as an artist, one who contrives artful and fittingly ironic deaths for each of her contracts. We also see how she succumbs to her fears when she realizes the tables have turned and she is no longer the hunter but the hunted.

Definitely a good read. Give it a shot, you won’t be disappointed.

Did I start screaming?

Yeah.

And then I saw I had another review over at Amazon:

I stumbled upon this quite by accident, but I am so glad that I did. Spawn is everything that I have been looking for in my fantasy writing: gripping, graphic, and above all, GOOD. It is simultaneously real and surreal, if you can believe that. Yes, the story focuses around people having such strong emotions that they manifest, but other than that… totally believeable. Also, this is only 99 cents? Let’s be real, I can’t even get a candy bar for 99 cents anymore. And this is infinitely more satisfying than any sweet. I look forward to reading anything and everything that follows this impressive first step.

I’m really glad my roommates aren’t here, because they would think I’m insane from all the squealing and squawking I’ve been doing.

I’m used to getting reviews – good reviews, too – on my fanfiction, but that’s a very specific niche and community in which I worked. Getting sparkling reviews from people on my fanfiction felt – and continues to feel – amazing. But getting a glowing review on something that is completely, one-hundred percent my own?

That feels fantastic.

Spawn is currently up on Smashwords as a pick your price option (which feels appropriate for a short story) or for $0.99 on Amazon.