Saturday, August 1, 2015

Cover Reveal!

Today I would like to share the newly revealed covers for author Sabrina Samples poetry books, Pieces of my Soul and Shattered.

Pieces of my Soul

Love was fleeting... Just a whim... I had lots of fun... I cried tears.. Some of joy... Others of sorrow... Then he came into my life... all was erased... I know now that I have found the one to piece back together my once broken soul.

Buy now on Amazon Kindle





Shattered

She thought suicide was the only way out. She struggled with every breath, every smile and every word she spoke. Nothing seemed to fix the overwhelming need to take the blade to her skin. Let yourself be placed in the authors shoes and begin to feel as she does as she overcomes the struggles and hardships in her life.

Buy now on Amazon Kindle



Ms Samples also writes a paranomal fantasy series called the Wicked Souls Saga. Currently the first book, Wicked Souls, is available.

Wicked Souls

Spencer Bishop's past was nothing more than a falsified case of fake memories. Every birthday, holiday, and special moment was changed in order to protect her from evil.
Aiden, the lover who was erased with her other memories, came back into her life an caused her to question reality and figure out who she was. After an act of bravery, Spencer was granted her memories back. Aiden, her true love and the Angel's in Heaven desired for her to see her true destiny and fight evil. Can Spencer defeat the evil before it destroys her and Heaven?


Buy now on Amazon Kindle 

About Sabrina Samples:
Sabrina Samples was born and raised in Cleveland Ohio. Even at a young age she always loved writing. She would write poetry and short stories. It wasn’t until one of her teachers submitted a poem of hers to a poetry company that she realized she wanted to write more for people to see. From that point of inspiration, she has been constantly writing. Sabrina finds motivation and desire to write in the need to leave something behind for those who come after her time. When Sabrina is not busy working on her writing she enjoys playing Dungeons & Dragons, spending time with her husband and daughter. “Thank you to all of my readers. Thank you for all the support you have shown me over the years. Thank you for reading my books. If it wasn’t for you guys I wouldn’t be able to do what I do best.”

Sabrina’s current works include “Shattered”, “Pieces of my Soul” and “Wicked Souls", which is book one in the Wicked Souls Saga. She is currently working on “Hidden Secrets”, “Vengeful Flames” and “Before the Fall” books two, three and four in the Wicked Souls Saga.

You can follow Sabrina on Facebook, Google+, Twitter and Goodreads to stay up to date on her new releases, events, reviews and interviews. Make sure to follow so you don’t miss any updates or teasers. Sabrina also has a website that can be visited at www.sabrinasamples.weebly.com
 

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Upcoming Events!

I will be taking part in these upcoming events, both online and in person! Hope to see you there!

August 1st through August 9th

Join me at 3:00 for the Indie Appreciation Party, an online Facebook Event. Join the event here to be reminded of when it starts: https://www.facebook.com/events/908533475886514/ This week long event is to show our appreciation to the independently published community by spotlighting some of their authors. There will be games, laughs and some awesome prizes! So come join the fun and show your support for the authors who work hard day in and day out!


September 13th, 2015

Come see me at the 25th annual Berea Arts Fest on Sunday, September 13th from 10 am until 5 pm! You will be able to find me in The Book Store in Berea (address below). I will have print copies on hand for purchase at only $8 each (regular price 9.99), as well as free bookmarks and other assorted swag. There will be other authors and, since it is the Arts Fest. It is completely FREE to come and there will be more than just authors, so check it out! I hope to see you there!

The Book Store in Berea
50 Front Street
Berea, OH 44017
thebookstoreinberea@gmail.com
Tel: 440-973-7272

Learn more about the Berea Arts Fest here: http://www.bereaartsfest.org/



Save the Date: November 1st through 8th

On Sunday, November 8th, I will be taking part in the Flavour of Fantasy Virtual Fantasy Con. I will post more about the event and share a link closer to the date, so keep an eye out!

Flavour of Fantasy is an online group and collective. They'll be hosting the first ever Virtual (online) FantasyCon. It will be held online in a Facebook Event on November 1-8, 2015. Each day will focus on a specific genre:

Nov. 1st: Sci-Fi Sunday
Nov. 2nd: Paranormal Monday
Nov. 3rd: Dark Tuesday
Nov. 4th: Epic Wednesday (Includes Traditional Fantasy)
Nov. 5th: Fairytale Thursday
Nov. 6th: Urban Friday
Nov. 7th: Steampunk Saturday
Nov. 8th: YA Fantasy

Share with them the love of turning the Impossible into the Possible.

There will also be panel discussions via YouTube, a Scavenger Hunt, Giveaways, and a Cosplayer Costume Contest with a daily prize for the best selfie and costume and a grand prize. For more information, contact the Flavour of Fantasy page: https://www.facebook.com/AFlavourOfFantasy/

Monday, July 27, 2015

Radiance Review

3.5 Stars

Radiance by Grace Draven

"THE PRINCE OF NO VALUE

Brishen Khaskem, prince of the Kai, has lived content as the nonessential spare heir to a throne secured many times over. A trade and political alliance between the human kingdom of Gaur and the Kai kingdom of Bast-Haradis requires that he marry a Gauri woman to seal the treaty. Always a dutiful son, Brishen agrees to the marriage and discovers his bride is as ugly as he expected and more beautiful than he could have imagined.

THE NOBLEWOMAN OF NO IMPORTANCE

Ildiko, niece of the Gauri king, has always known her only worth to the royal family lay in a strategic marriage. Resigned to her fate, she is horrified to learn that her intended groom isn’t just a foreign aristocrat but the younger prince of a people neither familiar nor human. Bound to her new husband, Ildiko will leave behind all she’s known to embrace a man shrouded in darkness but with a soul forged by light.

Two people brought together by the trappings of duty and politics will discover they are destined for each other, even as the powers of a hostile kingdom scheme to tear them apart."

 
I accidentally deleted the entire review I had written. I'm going to try an remember it. I thought Radiance was very well written. I greatly appreciated the different approach that was taken in the arranged marriage between Brishen and Ildiko. There was no anger or hatred for the other. Actually, they took it rather wall and saw the best in their situation. They built up trust and eased their way into a good friendship. I even found their "insults" very cute.
 

Spoilers below: The one thing that did irritate me was that as soon as Brishen and Ildiko discovered the depth of their feelings, they started doing it like rabbits. It made me see them almost as teenagers who couldn't control themselves.
End spoilers
 
I liked the book very much and wouldn't turn aside reading another involving Brishen and Ildiko.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

500 Like Giveaway!


My Author Page on Facebook has reached 500 likes, so I'm having a giveaway in celebration!
Six winners will be chosen. Each winner will be offered the choice of either a Kindle copy of Defiance (The Priestess Trilogy #1) or Falls the Shadow (The Chronicles of Midgard #1).
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Saturday, July 4, 2015

What to Look Forward To!

What is my current project? Well, actually I am working on three projects, but one alone holds the highest importance over the others. What would that be, you might ask? Well, the long awaited third installment of the Chronicles of Midgard series! Join Maeja and crew as they seek to gain Odin's spear, Gungnir, before the Empire. More attacks by Hel's army of walking corpses and the full awakening of the Valkyrie! While the release date is currently undetermined, I'm aiming hopefully for a winter release, pending the editing process. Keep an eye out for the official release date.
So, wonder what else is in the works? Well I can say there are two stand alone books currently being worked on. One is a short story based off the Brothers Grimm fairytale of Snow White--except with a dragon. On the night in which Neve was born, a great white dragon was seen in the sky, an ill omen to be sure. However, even after the death of her mother and her father's later remarriage, Neve lives a life with a loving family--until everything changes. Keep an eye out for Winterspell, coming soon!
As for my other work in progress, we have gnomish thief Esla. Based of a D&D character I played, Esla is caught red-handed--except that the treasure she was to steal has already been stolen. Betrayed by her master, Esla is offered the chance to redeem herself by stealing back what was stolen. Her journey, however, takes a twist as a sinister evil arises that she cannot ignore. Fall into an adventure filled with both humor and danger in Rogue's Dance!
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Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Venus in Red Review

Venus in Red by Therin Knite
4 Stars

"Grayson Dynamics, led by the illustrious Mick Grayson, is the most powerful technology firm in the world. But underneath the fame and fortune exists a dark and dirty history. Corruption. Lies. Betrayal.
Now, a woman with a grudge intends to wipe clean that filthy slate—by killing the CEO who wronged her years ago and ending the global coup he’s been planning for years.

And how will she accomplish this? With her newly acquired neural enhancements, of course. Complete with the power to manipulate the minds of others."


Although a short and quick read, Venus in Red is full of action with never a dull moment. Ms. Knite does well leaving the main character unnamed until the very last moment. I really like that. While reading Venus in Red I couldn't help but wonder what the MC had gone through that pushed her to that point. It all came to light and the ending wraps everything up nicely. I wouldn't mind seeing more of this character in the future.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Call for Street Team Members!



Call for Street Team Members!
I’m looking for readers interested in becoming part of my Street Team:


What the heck is a street team?
A street team is comprised of fans who wish to help get my books off the ground. Whether a member leaves a review on Amazon, Goodreads, Barnes and Noble, tweets or posts about the series on Facebook and Twitter—all help is immensely appreciated and in turn, rewarded. Good Karma always has a way of returning to you in the end!
What do you get for joining the Street Team?
There isn't a huge time commitment to being a member. As a member, you will join the online Facebook group and help spread the word about my books. Other than the knowledge that you are indeed an amazing human being, or a real-life superhero in disguise  . . . you’ll also get:

  •  First dibs PDF copies of ARCs (Advance Reader Copies). ARCs are books that are still in the works and will have some errors and may be slightly different from the final published copy. By accepting an ARC copy, you agree to not share, giveaway, or sell the copy off without my express permission.
  • First looks at cover art
  • Special street-team only giveaways and other swag and goodies that may pop up occasionally.
  • Promo materials such as bookmarks, flyers, etc. to those who want them.
There’s no obligation, and all that I ask is for you to have fun! Any and all help is greatly appreciated!

Ways Street Team members can participate:
You can do whatever you feel comfortable doing. It isn’t necessary to do all these, they are merely examples of ways you can help:
  • Join the Facebook group and get to know me. (If you’re a gamer, we’ll get along swell!)
  • Invite other readers (adults or older teens) to join the team.
  • Talk about my books on social media when you feel inspired - Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter, Blogger, tumblr etc.
  • Host a contest on your social media platforms. (I can provide giveaway prizes within reason)
  • Spread the word to family and friends about my books. (But please don’t spam them! We don’t want to drive them away!)
  • Take promo materials such as books marks and flyers to local readers groups, coffee shops, conventions, etc. that permit them. (If you run out, let me know and I’ll mail you more!)
  • Suggest one of my books for any book club in your area.
  • Ask your local library to order my books (or donate a copy)
  • Request the books up at your local indie store.
  • Use hashtags to get discussions going on books. (#TeamRil was created by one loyal reader of my Chronicles of Midgard series—it’s great!)
  • Post honest reviews on any site like Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes and Noble etc. (I can offer free PDF copies of ones you haven’t read and really want to read)
  • Add my books to your Goodreads lists.
  • Post about books on Release days and cover reveals.
  • Post about author news such as promos, appearances etc.
  • Share your favorite quotes from my books online.
  • Write a review for your local newspaper.
This is meant for those people who have either read and enjoyed my book, who want to play an active role in supporting me, or plan to read my books and want to be a part of something fun and unique.

Why am I doing this? 
  • To connect more to the readers who enjoyed my book and get the word out about my books in a more personal way. 
  • This one-on-one connection allows me to connect more on a personal level to thank you for your ongoing support!

If you are interested:
If you are interested in joining this team, simply email me and I will tell you what you need to do! Thank you for showing interest!