Sunday, February 23, 2014

Meeting Mercedes and Reading a little on the Dark Side

Okay, I’ll admit, when I first heard the concept of Twilight, I thought it sounded ridiculously stupid. Eventually (like when the fourth book was released) I gave it a try and was pleasantly surprised that I found it interesting. I know, you either love Twilight or hate it. But that’s not my point, so keep reading.

              Same goes for Horror. I am not a horror fan. I don’t read Stephen King or Dean Koontz. I think I have deep-seated trauma from growing up in such a scary house. Anyway, along comes Mercedes Murdock Yardley and I have to admit, I really enjoyed her book, Nameless. Yes, it’s horror.

              I “met” Mercedes through a FaceBook writing group and was so happy to find another writer in Las Vegas who was also LDS. The first time I met Mercedes in real life was at my first book signing at Barnes & Nobles with myself, Mercedes, and Ericka Kiefer. Actually my part of the signing was more a hand-out-my-postcard-for-my-upcoming-book-release.

              Mercedes is so sweet and has the cutest, softest voice, you would never think she writes horror. But horror it is and like I said above, I really enjoyed reading her book, like I-couldn’t-put-it-down kind of enjoyment. I can’t say I’m a horror fan, or that it has become my new favorite genre to read, but I would definitely read more of Mercedes’ stories. (Lucky for me, there are more available to read).

              Nameless has a butt-kicking heroine, Luna, and Reed Taylor. He’s my favorite. You will have to read it to see why, but I think Reed Taylor could easily be your favorite, too. It’s definitely worth a read, horror fan or not.

              Here’s more about Mercedes and Nameless.

LUNA MASTERSON SEES DEMONS. She has been dealing with the demonic all her life, so when her brother gets tangled up with a demon named Sparkles, ‘Luna the Lunatic’ rolls in on her motorcycle to save the day. Armed with the ability to harm demons, her scathing sarcasm, and a hefty chip on her shoulder, Luna gathers the most unusual of allies, teaming up with a green-eyed heroin addict and a snarky demon ‘of some import.’ After all, outcasts of a feather should stick together...even until the end.

MERCEDES M. YARDLEY wears red lipstick and poisonous flowers in her hair. Nameless: The Darkness Comes, book one of The Bone Angel Trilogy, is her second work for Ragnarok Publications, the first being the 2013 Stabby Award-winning, Apocalyptic Montessa and Nuclear Lulu: A Tale of Atomic Love.
Mercedes has been published in several diverse anthologies and magazines, ranging from John Skipp’s horror anthologies, the I Will Survive book with Gloria Gaynor, and Neverland’s Library by Neverland Books.
She has also worked as a contributing editor for Shock Totem Magazine and currently lives in Sin City. Her short story collection, Beautiful Sorrows, came out in 2012.

NAMELESS: The Darkness Comes reached as high as #3 in Amazon's "Hot New Releases" in Dark Fantasy during its January 2014 debut, and it has been amassing lots of four and five-star reviews ever since. It is volume one in "The Bone Angel Trilogy" by Mercedes M. Yardley, author of the award-winning novella, APOCALYPTIC MONTESSA AND NUCLEAR LULU: A Tale of Atomic Love and of Shock Totem's BEAUTIFUL SORROWS. Mercedes is working away on volume two of this trilogy, and it is slated for a January 2015 release.

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Rules of Engagement by Amber Gilchrist.

I "met" Amber through a friend in an online writing group. I was given the opportunity to read her book "Glitch" and loved it. It was a fun, quick read. The next book I read was "The Tell-Tale Con", which was YA and I also loved. What can I say, I'm a sucker for YA. So I was very excited to get an Advanced Reader's Copy of "Rules of Engagement" and be invited to participate in Amber's Blog Tour. Again, Amber did not disappoint. Her characters were witty and fun, and the book was well-paced and I sort of ignored my children for an afternoon so I could finish it. So with that said, and a recommendation that you should pick up a copy, here's your teaser.

But wait! Did I mention there were prizes? Yes there are prizes. But I am not going to tell you how to win those prizes. You're going to have to scroll down (reading as you go) to find out how to win said prizes.

Good luck to all. I hope you enjoy this post and I hope you enjoy the book and win the raffle!

For Annemarie Whitted, her youngest sister’s engagement starts as a happy event, and ends as a slap in the face when she comes to the harsh realization that she’s a failure at relationships, a person in stasis. Annemarie is motivated and organized, a woman on a mission, and she’s getting married now.Her Rules of Engagement ensure she’ll make the right choice, and her committee will find her potential eternal companions. She assigns the job to her closest sister, Lisa, and Lisa’s husband, Tanner. Of course, Tanner comes with baggage— his brother, Ben, Annemarie’s lifelong nemesis.

The war between the two of them gives a brand new meaning to Annemarie’s Rules of Engagement, and his presence isn’t helping her at all. Especially when he disapproves of her methods and questions every step she makes. Especially when their forced proximity makes each of them really see each other for the first time. Especially when she discovers that her heart has secret corners she never knew, and that the Rules might have been her biggest mistake of all.

Author Bio:
Amber Gilchrist lives in New Mexico with her husband and three children. She writes YA for upper teens, as well as LDS Romantic Comedies. She calls her lifetime of jumping from one job to another 'experience' for her books and not an inability to settle down. Amber loves mysteries and a good, happy romance. She also loves to laugh. Sometimes she likes all of them together.
A fan of quirky movies and indie books, Amber likes to be with her family, is socially inept, and fears strangers and small yippy dogs. She alternates between writing and being a mom and wife. She tries to do both at the same time but her kids don't appreciate being served lunch and told, "This is the hot dog of your discontent." So mostly she writes when everyone else is in bed.
Amber loves to hear from readers and can be reached at
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There will be a giveaway through the duration of the blog tour on a Rafflecopter form. The giveaway is for an ebook of Rules of Engagement for international readers, and a set of handcrafted sugar scented lotion for US readers. If you're read the book, you know the meaning of the sugar scent. :)
Here's the link (click on it, what do you have to lose? Heck, you might even win):