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Dragonhunters Tour & Giveaway

Dragonhunters
by Garon Whited
Genre: Epic Fantasy
You don’t become a hero for the money. The money’s nice, sure, but you
become a hero because something inside compels you, drives you to it.
Defending people from monsters simply doesn’t pay well enough to make
it a good career move.


As for hunting dragons… well, the money is usually good, but the job
really bites.
A group of five professional heroes goes into the lair of the dragon.
Who will win?
Spoiler: The dragon.
But it turns out killing a hero sometimes does nothing more than make him
even more determined.

 

Sometimes, heroes are never more dangerous than when they’re dead!
Garon Whited was supposedly born in either 1969 or 1970; the original birth
certificate is suspiciously unavailable and other records do not
agree.
After spending some years in college playing with computers, he finally
joined a radical group of jellyfish herding nomads. Having fought
zombie dolphins, quasi-corporeal spirits, and brain-sucking mole
rats, he is uniquely qualified to write fantastic fiction. His
subsequent attempts at professional salsa repairman and ley line
salesman met with similar success. He claims to live in Texarkana, on
Earth, but people have been known to disagree.
Follow the tour HERE!
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Nightlord Series Tour & Giveaway

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Nightlord Series Book 1
by Garon Whited
Genre: Urban Fantasy, Paranormal
Eric didn’t ask to be a vampire. In fact, he didn’t even believe in them.
Then he meets a beautiful woman, wakes up with a hangover, and bites
his tongue with his own fangs.
Which pretty much settles the question.
Now he’s trying to hold down his day job while learning the rules of the
Undead — the most important being that bloodthirsty urges and
predatory instincts are a real bitch.
Upside;
Eric has the beautiful Sasha to teach him the ropes, including the
magic he’ll need to survive.
Downside;
they’re being hunted by members of the Church of Light, who are
determined to rid the world of vampires.
When Sasha is killed, and Eric is thrust into an alternate world in his
quest to avenge her death. There he becomes a Nightlord, fights a
dragon with the help of his magical steed, Bronze, and upchucks a
sword named Firebrand.
But things get really interesting when Eric finally finds Tobias, head of
the Church of Light. Soon Eric finds himself at the center of an epic
battle at the literal edge of the world in a fight to keep a terrible
darkness at bay.
“When you fall off the Edge of the World into hordes of demonic Things from
the Outer Darkness, you really start to wonder about your life
choices.”

–Eric, part-time undead, expectant father, and short-term astronaut.
Shadows
Nightlord Series Book 2
I’ve awakened in a stone box about the size of a large coffin… I’m
filthy, everything aches, and, by the various so-called gods, I smell
awful.
I’ve woken up in worse places.
Hmm. What does that say about my life choices?”
Eric, amateur magician, part-time vampire, and accidental king.
It’snot easy, being King. Especially when you’ve got an allergy to
sunrise and sunset, a fire-goddess for a mother-in-law, demonic
adversaries, random assassins, and a basement full of insecurities to
cope with.


Add to that his daughter, the fire-priestess/princess, a couple of
lightly-deranged professional magicians, a whole city full of
wizards, and enough squabbling princes to resemble a kindergarten
argument.
It’s enough to make a man want to just go home.
Luckily for Eric, he has the world’s fastest pet rock, a smart-mouthed sword,
and a horse that not only understands him, but likes him anyway.
An awful lot of young ladies seem to be up all night, wandering around
the halls on the off-chance they’ll bump into the King when he’s
in the mood for a snack. Since when did I become sexy? And why didn’t
anybody warn me it was going to be work?”

Eric, elder geek and occasional idiot.
Orb
Nightlord Series Book 3
We all have inner demons. We fight them all the time. Some of us achieve
inner peace by coming to terms with them.
But how do you come to terms with inner demons that tear free and become
outer demons?


Eric has been a vampire for nearly a century, and his demons are more than
metaphors. While they controlled him, he was the Demon King. Now he
has to avoid the monsters in his own mind, as well as angry nobles,
fanatical religions, assassins, magi, other vampires, criminal
organizations, and the neighborhood gossip.
He wants two things: To find Tort, and to have someplace to call
home.
It may be too much to ask.
Knightfall
Nightlord Series Book 4
It’s not easy, being King. You can’t always rule a kingdom and still do
what needs to be done.
Eric–or King Halar, also known as the Demon King–has more than enough
problems without the crown.


But quitting the job of King isn’t easy, either–unless you want to be
beheaded. Most people regard that as an unsatisfactory way to quit.
Even vampire lords tend to be cautious about guillotines. A King who
loses his head has a real problem… or none at all.
It’s time to sort some of these problems out, settle a few more, and kill
the rest.

But at what cost?
“Knightfall” is the fourth book of the “Nightlord” series. It picks up
exactly where the previous book, “Orb,” ends, and carries
on with an adventure of epic proportions!
Garon Whited was supposedly born in either 1969 or 1970; the original birth
certificate is suspiciously unavailable and other records do not
agree.
After spending some years in college playing with computers, he finally
joined a radical group of jellyfish herding nomads. Having fought
zombie dolphins, quasi-corporeal spirits, and brain-sucking mole
rats, he is uniquely qualified to write fantastic fiction. His
subsequent attempts at professional salsa repairman and ley line
salesman met with similar success. He claims to live in Texarkana, on
Earth, but people have been known to disagree.
Follow the tour HERE
for exclusive excerpts and a giveaway!
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January Owlcrate

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As I mentioned in my post last week, I recently signed up for the Owlcrate subscription service. The good people at Owlcrate curate a themed box every month that features a new (less than 45 days on the market) Young Adult book and other goodies for the book lover in us all. The packaging is super cute! Bonus fact: my first box was left on top of my mailbox by my local postal carrier and it was stolen (I can only hope that the thief REALLY enjoyed their free book and merch).

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This is what I saw when I opened my box for the first time. Isn’t it magical? Contents included: a Severus Snape funko pop figure, white chocolate mint lip balm, a gorgeous print from Evie Bookish based on the Throne of Glass Series, a Raven Cycle bookmark, and Worlds of Ink and Shadow by Lena Coakley. The book was a fast read and I enjoyed reading outside of my usual high fantasy comfort zone.

If you are interested in subscribing to Owlcrate, check it out here. If you’d like to check out the boxes for yourself without subscribing, they are currently selling their December boxes as a one-time order through their website. I can only hope that my next boxes will be just as magical. Stay tuned for more updates.

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Last but not least, don’t forget to check out the Pop Songs anthology on Amazon. Warning: features me. 🙂

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Love The One You’re With

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I have some exciting news to share! A personal essay of mine will be featured in a new book entitled “Everything I Need to Know About Love I Learned From Pop Songs”. To quote the editor of the book, we’re just going to call this thing “Pop Songs” for the rest of the post to save my fingers. “Pop Songs” will feature 13 essays from writers of every sort of romantic persuasion that share the common thread of how a song has influenced their views on love. Spoiler alert: mine is about a Stevie Nicks song. The book is available for digital pre-order here and will be released on Valentine’s Day.

Also, I just signed up for the OwlCrate monthly book subscription service. I’m super excited about receiving my magical monthly reads and plan on writing unboxing posts every month. That’s it for now. I hope you all are having a great 2016 so far.

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To Thine Own Self Be True

Dear friends,

I just wanted to take a moment to update you on my writing journey since my post a few weeks ago. The NaNoWriMo challenge once again boosted my writing productivity and confidence. Since participating in the month long process, I was able to recalibrate multiple story outlines and finish multiple short stories and poems. While I still have not been able to finish a novel during the challenge, I usually generate the stories and ideas that will become the basis of my writing for the next year.

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Since participating in NaNoWriMo, I have incorporated writing into my DAILY schedule and I now look forward to my writing and editing sessions after work. There’s just something truly magical about settling down in your favorite chair for a couple of hours to do what you love and shed the stresses of the day. To quote both Shakespeare and my grandmother (who uses this quote in response to any sort of life question I’ve ever posed to her), in life and in all things “to thine own self be true”. I hope that all of you can find the time to do something you love every day to get out of the monotonous cycle of your everyday life, even if it’s just for a few minutes.

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NaNoWriMo Prep

Since it is only four days until Halloween, it also means that it’s only five days until the beginning of National Novel Writing Month. Even though I intend to watch as many Halloween films as possible between now and Sunday (aka gorging myself on candy corn while watching scary movies in the dark) I haven’t forgotten that it’s almost time to re-calibrate my writing habits.

For those of you who have read some of my earlier posts it should come as no surprise that my writing schedule is varied, at best. I was shocked when I returned to this blog and saw that so much time had passed. My creative writing has taken a similar nosedive in productivity. Even though I’ve successfully completed two major writing projects this year I just haven’t made the time to generate new ideas. Despite my less than perfect track record the past few months, I am ready to reintroduce myself to my muse and attempt to reignite my creative spark.

As part of the NaNoWrimo challenge, I promise to start carrying my idea journal with me at all times and create at least one fully developed scene per day. Even though I’ve never managed to start and finish a novel in a month, I usually get some pretty great ideas, not to mention a boost of pride. For anyone else participating, I wish you luck, and for those who are not I ask you to encourage the writers in your life. Happy Halloween, I hope to see you all here again soon.

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Finding The Creative Spark

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Something that I struggle with when helping writers is helping them to find their inspiration. On a personal level, I’m a “lightning in the bottle” type of writer. I can be inspired by anything at any time but I struggle to capture the idea and then turn it into a workable project. I try to remain open to new ideas and do my best to write as much as I can once inspiration strikes. One of my clients, however, is always unsure about whether or not she’s feeling the creative spark. Unlike me, she is an extremely regimented writer and keeps detailed notes on every aspect of her work. When we first started working together I was shocked by the amount of notebooks she had on had that were filled to bursting with her chapter summaries and character descriptions, ect. Whereas I struggle to get my ideas down fast enough, she has trouble adapting her notes into stories. While I envy her planning abilities, I suggested that the next time she felt the need to write down a chapter summary to instead try writing the chapter itself. This method has helped her writer two books is fairly rapid succession, both of which have done well for her sales wise, but she still struggles to find her spark. Feel free to comment below if you have any suggestions or have experienced the same sort of problem.