From Imagination To Publication

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Kindle Version of OPPRESSION Available for Pre-Order!

The re-released version of OPPRESSION is up on Amazon for pre-order!

Pre-Order Kindle Version
It's only the Kindle version as of right now, but it's still really awesome to see the new cover on display. I can't wait to hold the actual book in my hands. I've already ordered the proof, and (fingers crossed super duper tight) I hope it turns out well! You just never know.

I've always been a perfectionist, but reformatting my books has taken it to a whole new OCD kind of level. Here's the thing...when you justify the text of a novel to both the left and the right to give it that perfectly rectangular book page look, sometimes the words getbunchedup and sometimes the sentences get stretched out leaving big    spaces     between   the   words. Yikes. I think it looks terrible. It REEEEHHHHEEEAAALY bugs me. SO, what's an author to do? Hyphenate, right? Yeah, yeah, sometimes that doesn't always work. What if the word you're supposed to hyphenate is a single syllable word with no place to add a hyphen?!! I dug through the internet and found a pretty decent solution. There is something called character spacing. I won't get into specifics, but if you reduce it to 95%...blah blah blah. Okay. It took forever, but the book looks GREAT. No spacing issues :)

Now I wait. Because in the back of my mind, I'm terrified that my "fix" is going to look different in print. The proof will be here in 5 days. So begins my 5 days of torture. We shall see, my friends. Bah!

Wish me luck.

Has anyone else had experience dealing with spacing issues or any other formatting/book publishing challenges?

Monday, June 15, 2015


Summertime is here! That means beaches, free time, traveling
...what is awesome to have with you for all three??


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Calla Larkenwood wants nothing more than to be a guardian, but her overprotective mother has never allowed it. When circumstances change and Calla finally gets to join a Guild, she discovers guardian trainee life isn’t all she hoped it would be. Her classmates are distant, her mentor hates her, and keeping her Griffin Ability a secret is harder than she thought. Then an initiation game goes wrong, landing Calla with a magical ability she can’t control. She needs help—and the only way she can get it is by bargaining with the guy who just discovered her biggest secret.


Come and join the Facebook party tomorrow night, starting at 4pm EDT. There will be prizes from other authors, a "spoiler" thread where you can talk about the book with other readers if you've finished reading it by then, and LOTS of prizes from Rachel!

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Children of the Gods COVER REVEAL

REDEMPTION (Children of the Gods #3) is ready and waiting! Hooooray! Along with it, I'll be re-releasing the first two books in my series through Acorn Publishing. Thankfully, cover makeovers are "in" these days, because my books are wearing all new jackets thanks to the amaaaaaahahazing, Carrie Butler.

Here they are!!

(Children of the Gods #1)
September 2, 2015

There are others like her. Many of them. And they have been waiting for her for a long time.

Elyse knows what it means to keep a secret. She's been keeping secrets her whole life. Two, actually. First, that she ages five times slower than average people, so that while she looks eighteen years old, she's well over eighty. Second, that her blood has a mysterious power to heal.

For Elyse, these things don't make her special. They make life dangerous. After the death of her parents, she's been careful to keep her secret as closely guarded as possible. Now, only one other person in the world knows about her age and ability.

Or so she thinks. 

Elyse is not the only one keeping secrets. There are others like her all over the world, descendants of the very people the Greeks considered gods. She is one of them, and they have been waiting for her for a long time. Some are waiting for her to put an end to centuries of traditions that have oppressed their people under the guise of safeguarding them. Others are determined to keep her from doing just that. But for Elyse, the game is just beginning-and she's not entirely willing to play by their rules.

(Children of the Gods #2)
October 2, 2015

The Descendants have waited long enough for freedom.

Elyse has done everything she can to protect her friends from The Council's reach. As long as they believe she's dead, she has time to rest and train for war. And war is inevitable. 

When Kara arrives with the news that Anna and Chloe have been captured, Elyse is faced with the realization that no one is safe until The Council is stopped and Christoph is destroyed. She doesn't need a prophecy to tell her to lead an army. Christoph has done the one thing that ensures she'll fight to the death. He's threatened the people she loves. 

It will take more than the words of an oracle to help them fight against the most powerful Descendant alive. To break The Council's oppression and rise up against a plot so many years in the making, Elyse will need to get dangerously close to her enemy. So close, in fact, she may not survive.

(Children of the Gods #3)
November 2, 2015

Nobody promised freedom would be peaceful.

Lead Council member, Christoph, is dead by Elyse’s hand, and Descendants have begun to emerge, exposing their secret to the world. Some see this as the prophecy come to fruition, but the prophecy caries a heavy consequence. It was never meant to be as peaceful as most had hoped.

Humans and Descendants struggle to live together in a world that isn’t ready for such a change. America is divided. Those who glorify the supernatural race believe Descendants truly are the gods they claim relation to. Others see them as a threat.

When Elyse gives birth to the next generation oracle, she sees one final vision—war. The destruction of the country’s major cities, and the end of America as we know it.

After her daughter is born, Elyse finds herself without the ability she needs to predict the future. Desperate to save the world from such conflict, she puts her faith in the hope that Descendants are the key to survival. After all, they have the power to supply a broken society with the means to survive.

Only from the ashes can a new world be born.

Thanks for stopping by to check out my covers, and thanks to everyone who helped share them!!

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Baby Awesome

I've been posting a lot of book stuff lately. I figured it was time for a little baby awesome to break up the flow.

Here is my latest eating a bench...

What can I say? He's a moose.

For those of you really really wanting to know what's going on in book world...

1. My series cover reveal is tomorrow!! I can't wait.

2. I took a poll on what the tag-line should be for REDEMPTION. You voted and the result was:

Nobody promised freedom would be peaceful.
(I love it!)

3. My writing partner and I will be promoting our books at this year's Vegas Valley Book Festival (if all goes according to plan). It will be held Oct. 15-17. See you there!!

Friday, June 12, 2015

CHAMELEON Cover Reveal & Giveaway!

Chameleon (The Domino Project #1) is a YA futuristic science fiction story. It's set in the wasteland of earth after a meteor shower devastates landmasses, makes seas rise, introduces the psionic gene into the human race, damages the atmosphere, and gives the gift of an alien parasite to the world.

The goodreads blurb is as follows:

After Sai's newly awoken psionic power accidentally destroys her apartment complex, she’s thrown into an intensive training program. The only grades are pass or die.

Surviving means proving her continued existence isn't a mistake--a task her new mentor, Bastian, takes personally. Her abilities place her in the GNW Enforcer division, which partners her with Domino 12, who is eerily human for an alien- parasite and psionic hybrid. When her assassination duties are revealed, Sai understands the real reason for her training.

On a mission to dispatch a dangerous Exiled scientist, she uncovers truths she never thought possible. Sai is unsure who to trust as her next mission might be her last, and a double agent seems to be manipulating both sides.

Without further ado - here is the cover, by the amazingly talented S.P. McConnell.


It's finally here

CHAMELEON Domino Project 

Front with Text 2

Isn't it GORGEOUS!?!?!

Sit back and bask in this for a moment.

It's available for preorder for a special price of $2.99
Amazon Link

About the Author

MeKT Hanna has a love for words so extreme, a single word can spark entire worlds.

Born in Australia, she met her husband in a computer game, moved to the U.S.A. and went into culture shock. Bonus? Not as many creatures specifically out to kill you.

When she's not writing, she freelance edits for Chimera Editing, interns for a NYC Agency, and chases her daughter, husband, corgi, and cat. No, she doesn't sleep. She is entirely powered by the number 2, caffeine, and beef jerky.

Note: Still searching for her Tardis


To celebrate, we're giving away 2 x $10 Amazon e-gift cards (open to anyone who can receive and use an Amazon e-card) Just click on as many options as you like and enter!

Monday, June 8, 2015

$40 Gift Card & Signed Book Giveaway

Eva Pohler is having a big sale/giveaway this week! Here's the info:
Part paranormal romance and part adventure story, this trilogy follows Therese’s adventures as she struggles to overcome the challenges the gods dish her in her quest to become like them.
For one week only, from June 7th to June 13th, the digital box set of The Gatekeeper’s Trilogy, usually $5.98, can be downloaded from any ebook retailer for 99 cents!
That’s three full-length novels, a total of 230,564 words, for less than a buck!
The Gatekeeper's Trilogy Promo
Here are the download links:
To celebrate this one-week sale, Eva Pohler Books is also giving one lucky winner a $40 gift certificate of his or her choice, plus a signed paperback set of the trilogy. Keep reading to find out how to enter.
This series was initially written as a trilogy and can end with the third book, or you can keeping reading through all six. This box set includes the first three books. If you want to keep reading, come back here to follow Therese’s adventures as she strives to become a goddess in the ancient Greek pantheon.
You can find the other three books in the series here:
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After you download your copy of The Gatekeeper’s Trilogy, be sure to enter THIS international rafflecopter giveaway, which ends at midnight on June 13th. You can enter daily!

Monday, June 1, 2015

New YA Book Release by Shawna Romkey

The Devil Made Me Do It
By Shawna Romkey

Book two in the Speak of the Devil

The demons strike back! 
Lily is working with the angels to stifle the last of the demon outbreaks and to figure out how to stop the Silence of God, so life can get back to boring normality. But all hell breaks loose when she's stolen from school and brought face to face with the devil himself. Lily has to find her way back home to Luc, crack the prophecy that breaks the curse silencing God, and figure out how she and Luc can ever really be together; but Lucifer has other plans for her that don't include her ever getting out of Hell intact. 

AmazonBarnes & Noble | Kobo | iTunes

About Shawna Romkey

Shawna grew up around farms in the heart of Missouri but went to the University of Kansas, was raised in the US but now lives on the ocean in Nova Scotia with her husband, two sons, one rescue dog and one overgrown puppy from hell. She’s a non-conformist who follows her heart. She’s taught English at the university and secondary levels for close to twenty years and can’t quite fathom how all of her students have grown up, yet she’s managed to stay the same.  She’s a huge geek and fan of Xena, Buffy and all kick ass women, and loves to write stories that have strong female characters.

Sunday, May 31, 2015

For The Mamas...

Today, the amazing and talented VMK Fewings releases a new novella in her Enthrall Series. This series is NOT for the kiddos, but if you're a book-loving Mama who likes super hotness, then this is for you ;)

Cameron's control is priced at $1.99 but the rest of the series is on sale for $.99! Woot!!

I'm not sure how long it will last, but for $.99 why wait?

"I couldn't put this puppy down....I couldn't resist the feeling that something major was always about to happen...literally the whole darn book." - Goodreads Reviewer

People are really liking this series. So much so, that VMK can now call herself a best-selling author!! YAY! Congrats V!

Buy Cameron's Control by clicking HERE.

Or book one in the Enthrall Series by clicking HERE.

Friday, May 22, 2015

VOTE For Your Favorite Tagline - Book #3

If you've been following my posts lately, you might have realized Children of the Gods #3 suddenly has a title--REDEMPTION! Woooot!

Here is a little update for you all:

1. REDEMPTION (Children of the Gods #3) has officially been sent off to my foreign publishers, Editions Milan (France), AdA (Canada - French translation), and SharpPoint Press (Taiwan - Chinese translation). Though I can't guarantee how long it will take them to publish it, at least my work is done! YAY! I'll keep you in the loop about release dates.

*US release is scheduled for September 2, 2015

2. The covers for all three books are complete and the cover reveal is scheduled as planned for June 15th. Sign up to take part HERE. (For those who don't know, I'm re-releasing the first two books in the series. More info on that HERE.)

3. REDEMPTION has been added to technically you can read the back cover blurb (though it may change) by clicking HERE.

4. Cute Side Note: While I was polishing up REDEMPTION for my foreign publishers, my 2-year-old got a hold of my red pen...he had some suggestions (See pic).

5. I need your help deciding on the tagline for the third book.

Here are the tag-lines for the first two books:

There are others like her. Many of them. And they have been waiting for her for a long time.

The Descendants have waited long enough for freedom.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Cover Reveal: Kingston Court by Holly Kammier

Today's cover reveal is not only exciting for my friend/writing partner/editor/publishing's exciting for me!! I've read/edited this book countless times. Not only because Holly and I are going down this publishing journey together, but because it's GOOD!

Congrats, Holly. I'm so happy for you and very proud to post this cover on my blog :)

Disclaimer: This is NOT a YA book. Adults only.

What happens when you take middle-aged, stay-home-moms, and throw them back into the workforce and dating? A modern twist between Desperate Housewives and Sex and the City, Kingston Court follows the love, lies, and friendships of two wealthy Southern California women. 
Samantha and Natalie are at a crossroads. Gorgeous, over-the-top Samantha, hangs her status and her happiness on her “perfect” husband. That is until she learns his secret. 
But she’s not the only mother on the block struggling. Natalie, nurturing and careful, is thrust back into the workforce after her husband barely survives a horrifying car crash. However, it isn’t just her new job co-hosting a national morning news show that keeps her busy. Alik, the hot young production assistant, does everything in his power to seduce the woman he loves. 
Death and misfortune in the span of a single year force these two women to rediscover their inner strength and make life-changing choices. Kingston Court is full of scandal, temptation, and all of life’s juicy little secrets. 

Add KINGSTON COURT to your Goodreads to-read list by clicking here.

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Thursday, May 14, 2015

Guest Post: Christa Yelich-Koth - Release of ILLUSION

YAY! I'm so excited for my friend, Christa. I had the pleasure of reading ILLUSION prior to its release, and it's SUCH a good book. Those of you who love intricate worlds and great science fiction/fantasy/space opera are going to love this one.

I asked Christa to guest post today as part of her blog tour. After reading her novel I was interested in who her biggest TV, movie, and author influences were and how they helped shape her novel, ILLUSION.

Take it away, Christa!

A single spark can start a fire.

Influences. I used to think I didn’t have any—that my writing voice was my own. Which is true. My writing style, flow, and tone are all me.  But how those elements came together was a mish-mash of flickering sparks from all around me.

Multiple mediums of storytelling and multiple types of stories have guided me into finding my own voice. Here are the most influential writers from my life:

1) Stephen King—I started reading King in middle school. I devoured his books: Misery, IT, Carrie, The Shinning. I loved getting wrapped up in his characters. He could write pages (and he often did) about simple character backstory and I never felt bored. It was this quality that I brought to my own writing—characters whose own stories inside the plot are as captivating as the current situation.

2) Anne McCaffrey—I got into McCaffrey’s Pern series in the beginning of high school. She had the ability to create a realistic world with politics, culture, and wait for it... dragons! All of these things intermingled so well I never felt like I was on a different planet—just a different version of one I somehow already knew. Creating a believable, yet relatable, environment is instrumental in creating alternate places in my science fantasy books.

3) Joss Whedon—Buffy became a staple in my life in high school. I quickly became a Whedon fan, following his other shows /movies later. What drew me in was his incredible ability to balance humor with drama. He could have the world (literally) falling apart around the characters and be able to bring humor and heart to the situation without rupturing the mood. This is something I love putting in my writing—that delicate teeter-totter to keep a situation from being too melodramatic, but also showing these are real moments happening to the characters.

4) Edgar Allen Poe—Poe’s short stories jumped out at me late in high school. His detailed descriptions of settings not only added to the visual of the story, but actually increased the tension. If I could capture that—make the settings part of the ensemble, part of the mystery, I could use something that is usually considered background and bring it forward as its own contender.

5) Anne Rice—Introduced to her writing in early college, I was impressed by the way Rice could make horror enticing. Her books about vampires were described in sensual and flowery ways. Then suddenly she would make you remember that these were monsters. This duality made me realize I could take something a reader would expect, change its meaning and feel, and then flip it back again. I could play with normal scenarios and twist them, giving the reader a new way to look at and think about concepts they’d only envisioned a certain way.

So what does this mean for my newest novel, ILLUSION?

You will get characters whose backstories are as captivating as their present situation.

You will experience a foreign surrounding and yet feel completely at ease there as you grow with the characters.

You will feel a balance between tension and reality—no dramatics, just truth. No goofyness, just heart.

You will be brought into a full world, where every piece is important, from the pinpoints of light in space to the nuts and bolts of the spaceship.

And the boundaries of your senses, your emotions, and the concept of personal growth will be tested, relearned, and turned around when you least expect it, keeping you sucked in.

I am amazed at the amount of influence I’ve felt over the years. Stories have touched my soul, my heart, my head. They have swayed me to write the best of all of those worlds.
I hope you enjoy ILLUSION. Thank you for joining me along my blog tour! And special thanks to Jessica Therrien for being the hostess at the end of such a great experience!

Christa Yelich-Koth is the author of graphic novel HOLLOW, comic book series HOLLOW’S PRISM and upcoming science fantasy novel ILLUSION from Buzz & Roar Publishing. She has staffed and led a workshop at the Southern California Writer’s Conference, been a panelist at MiniCon, and was co-founder of Green-Eyed Unicorn Comics. She can be reached at Her website is

ILLUSION can be purchased for pre-order (with an exclusive pdf schematic of the Horizon spaceship), at

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Book Release Dates

Well, here we go. Posting these dates means I have to push forward. No matter how crazy it gets with 2 kids...

For those wondering what is going on, I'm planning a re-release of my series, Children of the Gods. The first editions of the books were officially taken off the market. Both previously published books in my series (OPPRESSION & UPRISING) will not be available to purchase until their re-release. The stories will be the same, but there will be new covers, a bonus chapter, oh...and the 3rd and final book! YAY! Here's what you need to know about when the books will be available.


Re-release of OPPRESSION (Children of the Gods #1)


Re-release of UPRISING (Children of the Gods #2)


Release of the NEWEST and LAST book in the series, 
REDEMPTION (Children of the Gods #3)



Cover reveal for all three books: June 15 (subject to change)

ARC Distribution for REDEMPTION: August 1

Blog tour for REDEMPTION: November 2nd-16th

Friday, May 1, 2015


So, I've been laying low, waiting, nail-biting, driving my friend/fellow author/cover designer, Carrie Butler, nuts with all of my picky do-this-not-that nonsense, but last night she nailed it! I have a new cover for OPPRESSION. You have no idea how badly I want to show you. It kept me up last night. I just wanted to stare at I did. I had my phone by the bed and peeked at it about 50 times.

I'm such a perfectionist. I want things to be perfect right off the bat, so it's hard for me to let the creative process unfold. My stomach was in knots the whole time. I can't tell you how good it feels to look at my new cover and LOVE it. I'm so happy!

UPRISING and BOOK 3 are next...I can't wait to see what Carrie comes up with. YAY!

I'm going to try and buckle down over the weekend and post some dates for you guys. Release dates for the re-release of OPPRESSION, UPRISING, and BOOK 3, title and cover reveals, ARC requests, blog tour, etc.

Things are moving along :)

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Book 3 Questions & Answers

Now that I'm back I wanted to answer some of the questions I've been getting through email.

1.  When will book 3 be out?

I'm working on a specific release date with my Acorn Publishing team. We're narrowing in on the end of this year. Although I don't expect things to get delayed, you never know. I'll be announcing a specific release date shortly.

2. When will book 3 be out in France and Canada?

I wish I knew the answer to this. I do know that nothing will change with the French versions of the books. The covers will be the same, and they won't be pulled from the market while I re-release the English version. I'll be contacting the French publisher soon so I'll let you know.

3. How can I buy your book? I can't find it online...

Now that my books will be published by Acorn Publishing they've been removed from Amazon and Barnes & Noble. I'll be doing a re-release of Oppression probably in September, followed by Uprising soon after. Then I'll launch the 3rd book along with a box set before the end of the year. Until then, some paperback copies are floating around in the book-o-sphere that are for sale. I'm not sure what the prices will be though. They are the last of the ZOVA Books edition. The new ones will have new covers and a new look.

4. Are you doing any book events?

As soon as my books are re-released I'll be signing up for whatever I can. If you know of any in the Los Angeles/Orange County area let me know. Traveling out of California will be hard with two little munchkins so I won't be attending anything too far away.

Oh, and if you're wondering how I'm managing to pull off a re-release of my book series while being Mommy to a 2-year-old and a newborn. It's not going as smoothly as I'd hoped. This about sums it up...

At least my life is the good kind of crazy :)

What is keeping you busy these days?

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Baby News and Book News!

It's official. I'm the worst blogger on the planet. Ready for my list of excuses?

1. I had baby #2...we call him J.J. and he's been amazing so far. He's 5 weeks old, healthy, and happy :)

2. I have a 2-year-old who thinks he is 25. He keeps me busier than I could have ever imagined, but we have tons of fun. least he's a good helper...

3. Here's the big BOOK NEWS!!!

I've decided to explore the world of self-publishing...WAIT, WHAT?!

It was a really tough decision, but after thinking it over for several months I've decided to leave ZOVA Books. Part of me is really sad to leave such a great group of people. They have done so much for me and have changed my books in wonderful ways. When it comes down to it, I just need to be in control. I want to be the one tracking sales, working with distributors, etc. Nobody tells you that after working years to make a manuscript perfect (as best you can) that you'll have to hand it over to a publisher and your 300 page "baby" will be completely out of your hands. More and more of my author friends have decided to self-publish and have had tons of success. I've heard nothing but great things from those who have taken that path. So here I go...

The way I've chosen to self-publish is a little different than most, and honestly it's all very new to me, so I'm not completely sure how it will work. My editors/writing partners/friends at Acorn Author Services and Publishing have decided to brand the work they do, meaning select authors they work with will be under their catalogue. Basically I'll get to slap their logo on the spine of my books but I'll still be the one publishing my books. It's the best of both worlds! I get the control, yet still get to have the cover appeal that comes with a publisher's logo.

Stay tuned for updates on book 3!! It will be released this year :)

What has kept you busy lately?

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Back To School Giveaway

Welcome to the Back to School Giveaway hosted by the authors at Darkly Delicious YA.

Add great YA titles to your to be read list on Goodreads and enter to win an Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card so that you can purchase novels from your favorite authors.

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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

The Giver Movie

DUDE!! Has anyone seen it yet??? 

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Conquering Writer's Block

I honestly don’t know a single author who hasn’t had writer’s block at least once in their career. Most of the time it’s a regular occurrence. For me it happens every novel, generally around the same point each time. I wish I had the recipe for some magical writing potion you could brew….wait….coffee anyone? For each author, breaking the block is different. So even if I did tell you to spin around twice and chug a Pepsi while holding your breath, chances are you’d just end up really dizzy and bloated.

What works for me is simple. I sit my butt down in front of the computer and force my fingers to type regardless of whether or not I like what I’m writing. Getting the content out is the hardest part. Like Anne Lamott says:

The first draft is the child's draft, where you let it all pour out and then let it romp all over the place, knowing that no one is going to see it and that you can shape it later. You just let this childlike part of you channel whatever voices and visions come through and onto the page. If one of the characters wants to say, "Well, so what, Mr. Poopy Pants?," you let her. No one is going to see it. 
Now, practically even better news…All good writers write them. This is how they end up with good second drafts and terrific third drafts.

If you haven’t read her novel, Bird by Bird, you’re in for a treat (especially if you’re a writer). It’s titled based on a memory she has of her brother who waited until the last second to write an essay about birds when he was a child. Her father, an author, told him to take it bird by bird. This philosophy has helped me in writing every single sentence in my books. Some days I take it sentence by sentence. Others, page by page. Writing 300 pages seems so daunting, but if you take it “bird by bird” ….well, you end up with a book.

What helps you get through the process of writing?
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