Now Available: Protostar by Braxton Cosby

Hey, guys!

Remember when I did the cover reveal for Braxton Cosby’s Protostar? Well, the book is officially out today! Super exciting! I wanted to do a quick spotlight so ya’ll can pick up a copy for yourselves. 🙂

 

Here’s the synopsis:

 

WHAT WOULD YOU CHOOSE: LOVE OR DUTY? As the Torrian Alliance continues its age-old mission of hunting down Star-children, King Gregorio Derry reluctantly agrees to send his only son, William, to planet Earth on a mission to bring honor back to the Royal Family name. The target: Sydney, a young teenage girl, unaware of her alien heritage. When an unforeseen accident delays the assassination, William begins to realize a connection forming with Sydney and struggles to follow through with his orders. With the fear of Civil War imminent back home, William must make the ultimate choice between his irrevocable duty and love, sacrificing everything he believes. But as a hidden menace emerges to secure a vested interest, and impossible odds begin to mount against them, William and Sydney wonder if a connection between two Star-Crossed lovers is enough to save them from destruction.

 

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You can pick up a copy of the eBook on Amazon and other online retailers (Smashwords, B&N, Kobo). Paperback for this title will be available on June 30th, and there will be a special Facebook launch party on that day. (I’ll let you guys know all about that soon.)

 

Also, did you know there is a prequel to this book? It’s titled Broken Prince, and was released on eBook last week. I have had the pleasure of editing all the books in the Star-Crossed Saga thus far, and really enjoyed Broken Prince. Grab a copy on Amazon.

Broken Prince

On June 30th, Braxton will be releasing the follow-up to Protostar: Supernova. I am really stoked for that. If you’re into YA/Sci-Fi, you HAVE TO read this series! Just trust me on this. 🙂 The paperback for Supernova will also be released on that same day.

To see all the other books written by Braxton, just check out his Amazon Author Page by clicking HERE. Also, feel free to send him a tweet and congratulate him on his book’s release.

 

 

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About Braxton:

Braxton A. Cosby loves to share stories of hope, inspiration, and love that exemplify the joys and trials of life’s journeys. He is a multi-award-winning author who delves in a little bit of every genre from young adult fiction, health and non-fiction, to autobiographies. 

For a full bio, click HERE to visit his website.

You can also find him on Twitter and Facebook.

 

Cover Reveal: Supernova by Braxton Cosby

Happy Monday, readers!

I have a special post today. Braxton Cosby is releasing a bunch of really cool books this year, and coming soon is the Star-Crossed Saga. I already did a cover reveal for the first book in the series: Protostar. Its follow-up, Supernova, is just as exciting and fabulous as Protostar. I also had the privilege of editing this incredible book, and I can’t wait until it’s available to the public. Lovers of YA and SciFi especially are in for a real treat with this series.

Braxton is also hosting a cover reveal for yours truly, over at his blog! If you want to see the cover for my next book in the Spirit Lake Series, The Wrong Fairy Tale, head on over to his website. 🙂


 

And now, here’s the insanely gorgeous and cool cover for Supernova:

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Isn’t that such an awesome cover? I LOVE it! Check out the blurb below:


 

WHAT YOU CHOOSE, BECOMES YOU…

Against everything he had known as truth, William has made the choice to protect Sydney from the forces seeking to destroy her. But just as these two Star-Crossed lovers are beginning to explore their relationship and search for answers to the mysteries of Sydney’s existence, she advances to the next stage of her Star-child evolution—Supernova—and struggles not only to control her new powers, but also the emotions for her new love. William seeks to find the truth behind Sydney’s erratic behavior, while overcoming the new threat headed to Earth to destroy them. With new villains and old allies on the horizon, and chaos brewing on William’s home world, will self-sacrifice prove to be the only way for him to achieve victory and defend his love, or is there another way?

SUPERNOVA is the follow-up to the debut award-winning novel: PROTOSTAR!


Updated eBook release dates for Protostar & Supernova:

Protostar: 6/15
Supernova: 6/30

Release date for Protostar & Supernova paperbacks:

6/30

Broken Prince, the exciting novella in the Star-Crossed Saga, will be available on eBook:

6/1

 

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Braxton Cosby

About Braxton: Braxton A. Cosby loves to share stories of hope, inspiration, and love that exemplify the joys and trials of life’s journeys. He is a multi-award-winning author who delves in a little bit of every genre from young adult fiction, health and non-fiction, to autobiographies. 

For a full bio, click HERE to visit his website.

You can also find him on Twitter and Facebook.

Cover Reveal: Protostar by Braxton Cosby

Last week, I had Braxton Cosby on my blog for an interview. This week, he and I are sharing hosting responsibilities, and I am revealing the cover of his re-release, Protostar, while he’ll be revealing MY new cover for Spirit Lake (formally known as Feast Island). Needless to say, it’s going to be an exciting week on the blog!

Now, for a bit about Protostar—which, by the way, I had the privilege of editing in January: Protostar is a special, deluxe edition of the multi-award-winning first book of the series the Star-Crossed Trilogy. This re-release, according to Braxton, has better story-telling elements, and its followup, Supernova, is the “highly anticipated successor” of the series. Protostar is slated for release in April, and Supernova will be released sometime in May.

And, you guys, both books are AWESOME. Young Adult Sci/Fi Fantasy, with lots of twists and turns and surprises. I also had the privilege of editing Supernova and am very excited for its release this spring.

Protostar Synopsis:

What Would You Choose: love or duty?

As the Torrian Alliance continues its age-old mission of hunting down Star-children, King Gregorio Derry reluctantly agrees to send his only son, William, to planet Earth on a mission to bring honor back to the Royal Family name. The target: Sydney, a young teenage girl, unaware of her alien heritage. When an unforeseen accident delays the assassination, William begins to realize a connection forming with Sydney and struggles to follow through with his orders. With the fear of Civil War imminent back home, William must make the ultimate choice between his irrevocable duty and love, sacrificing everything he believes. But as a hidden menace emerges to secure a vested interest, and impossible odds begin to mount against them, William and Sydney wonder if a connection between two Star-Crossed lovers is enough to save them from destruction.

And now…the big reveal… *drum roll, please*

Protostar Cover

Ta-da! What do you think? I LOVE it! When we have an official release date, I’ll be sure to let you all know. 🙂

—> Also, don’t forget that today is the release of The Sect: The Windgate, which is Braxton’s first book. It was featured on this blog last week. Check out the post by clicking HERE if you missed it.

The Sect: The Windgate is the Award-Wining Book 1 of The School of Ministry Series, and is out now on eBook. The paperback is coming out April 21st.  Evan’s Heart, the novella and prequel to The Sect, is now available for free! Grab a copy NOW by clicking HERE!

9 300About Braxton: Braxton A. Cosby loves to share stories of hope, inspiration, and love that exemplify the joys and trials of life’s journeys. He is a multi-award-winning author who delves in a little bit of every genre from young adult fiction, health and non-fiction, to autobiographies. 

For a full bio, click HERE to visit his about page on his website.

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On Thursday, I’ll be revealing the cover for my book, Spirit Lake, which is the first novel in the Spirit Lake Series. But, tomorrow, I have a treat for you guys. Robin Woods is stopping by my blog for a special interview, and on Friday, I will be hosting an interview with one of her characters, who happens to be my favorite book boyfriend. 😉 Stay tuned for all the fun going on this week. There might even be another giveaway! Hooray!

I hope you all have a very lovely Tuesday. Here’s to reading and writing!

-T xoxoxo

 

Interview & Spotlight: Braxton Cosby Shares His Latest Book & Other Endeavors

Happy Monday to you all! Remember when I had a really awesome guest last year, Braxton Cosby? If you have yet to read my first interview with him, click HERE to do so right now and then come back and read this post.

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Braxton is back to share his newest release, as well as tell us what he’s been up to the past several months. So sit back with a cup of coffee and enjoy reading the latest from Dr. Cosby.

 

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Synopsis for Broken Prince: Spurred on by the desire to forge his own destiny, Prince William Derry seeks to complete his bounty hunter training by taking out a strategic target on the edge of the star system that could quell the undercurrent of uprising against the Torrian Alliance. To do so, he must collaborate with objectionable characters and trust his wits rather than his training in an effort to gain his father’s confidence. His resolve is tested when he is forced to make a decision that threatens to shatter the foundation of his identity, risking not just the mission, but the lives of those involved.

Follow Prince William’s origin story into bounty hunter status in this prequel to the incredible Protostar, the first novel in the Star-Crossed Saga.

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Interview with Braxton Cosby:

1. Why did you decide to write Broken Prince?

BC: I felt that it was necessary to write Broken Prince after I completed Protostar so that readers could get a better feel for William before he arrives on Earth. The origin story had purpose behind it so that those who read Protostar would be able to understand why William made the decisions he did. Readers would also be able to get a better feel about the relationship between William and his father King Gregorio. This story gives you a good feel of William’s personality from a weaker, softer vantage point when he is thrown into the unknown.

 

2. What kind of feedback have you received from readers in regards to Broken Prince?

BC: People seem to be enjoying it. For the most part, they are really hungry to dive into Protostar now, which was the goal of releasing the novella when I did. They love the action elements and the developing story arc.

 

3. Has writing become any easier since you have written more books?

BC: Things really flow a lot more smoothly now. I can bang out more stories quicker and I see them unfold more fluidly. I can’t wait to finish one book and move back into the other.

 

4. What are you currently working on?

BC: Working on the sequel to my current novel The Windgate. The next book is really coming together well and I can’t wait for people who read and enjoyed the first one to see how the characters develop. The storyline is getting a lot of attention so that readers are pulled in from the beginning and are rewarded for finishing it.

 

5. What will be your next release? Can you tell us a little about it?

BC: I have a couple of autobiographies that I am working on right now with two celebrities. It’s still kind of a “hush” situation, so I can’t give out too many details, but a press release is in the works and will be on the Cosby Media Productions website very soon.

 

6. What do you hope will be a takeaway for readers of your series?

BC: The experience of life. I hope readers feel what the characters go through. The story has to read believable. Even though there are Sci-Fi and paranormal elements, I would like to think that readers are pulled in so far that their reference of reality is suspended. I also want them to anticipate where the series may go next and then read the next one. Hopefully, I’ll be able to avoid the predictable road and give them just a few surprises along the way.

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Braxton_A. Cosby4Bio: Author, actor, entrepreneur. Multi-Award Winning Author Braxton A. Cosby is a dreamer who evolved from concepts on pen and paper to pixels and keyboards. He tells stories that evoke emotions and stimulate thought. Protostar: Book 1 The Star-Crossed Saga and The School of Ministry: The Windgate are currently two Young Adult series he created. Braxton is the CEO of Cosby Media Productions, a full-service media company with five divisions focused on developing Intellectual Properties that will “Entertain the Mind and Inspire the Soul.” Braxton lives in Georgia with his wife, three children, and a troop of crazy African Cichlids.

 

Special Guest: Braxton A. Cosby Shares His Writing Endeavors

I am so honored and thrilled to play host today to Dr. Braxton A. Cosby. You’ve heard of his uncle–the beloved Bill Cosby–and Dr. Cosby, like his uncle, seeks to make the world a better place through his experience and influence. His latest adventures include writing Young Adult fiction. ProtoStar, book #1 of his Star-Crossed Saga is due out next year. Check it out on Goodreads by clicking HERE. And coming soon–VERY soon–is his novel The School of Ministry: The Windgate. Below, Cosby explains just what this book is about, and gives us some insights into his writing process and goals as an author.

Dr. Cosby and I connected on Twitter–isn’t the Internet a wonderful thing? Therefore, through some messaging, I have the awesome privilege of reading and reviewing an ARC of The Windgate, and will post as soon as I’m finished with it. But now, without further ado, I’ll hand you all over to Dr. Cosby so you can find out more about him through an interview we conducted via e-mail:

BraxtonBIO: Dr. Braxton A. Cosby received his doctorate in Physical Therapy from the University of Miami and has been an experienced clinician for over 12 years. He is also a certified personal trainer and sports nutritionist. He currently co-hosts a weekly radio show with Jamie Dukes on Atlanta’s own 1380 WAOK called “Ask The Fat Doctors” where they discuss current events and matters of health and wellness. Braxton (A.K.A. the FatDoc) runs his own blog called “Cosby’s Corner”, where he dishes on almost everything from books and movies, to fitness and sports. He also models, acts, and is an award-winning Young Adult author.

Interview

TH: Where did your love of books/storytelling/reading/writing/etc. come from?

BC: Well, admittedly, my knack for storytelling is definitely in the genes. My Uncle has been doing stand-up for years where he shares his tales of fatherhood and family. My stories probably parallel his in some aspects because the focus is on values of accountability and the importance of making the right choices and accepting the consequences.

TH: What cultural value do you see in writing/reading/storytelling/etc.?

BC: I think it is so important for people to share their culture with everyone. There is such a big world out there, with communities of people that can be appreciated from various aspects. Storytelling is a great way to share that with others. I try to write stories that have people everyone can relate to in some way beyond color and ethnicity. The focuses of my books are to pull people in to the personalities of the characters and the hope is that people will identify with them in some way or another.

TH: What does your writing process “look” like? How do you get your ideas and inspiration? 

BC: I start with an outline and I brainstorm ideas that I think would be interesting to the story and see if they fit. The characters have to fit, the setting has to make sense, and the ending has to be engaging. If it all works, then I start to piece it together and make it flow from beginning to end. Moving things around as I write has become a practice that although slightly painful at first, is much appreciated once it is executed and smoothed out.

TH: What is the genre in which you write and why did you choose it?

BC: I love Young Adult. I have to admit that I still envy young folks. The more that I am around them I appreciate the essence of being young. The responsibilities are less, the feeling of invincibility is there and the lack of cynicism is daunting. I love the way our young people today are so accepting of each other’s differences. It’s not perfect, but overall, they are so much less serious as generations past. I think that’s why they can lose themselves in books so easily. The pitch to them is ridiculously less nerve-racking as speaking to adults.

SOM Book cover 720 x 480 Centered grey JPEGcompressedTH: You live a busy life. How long did it take to finish The School of Ministry: The Windgate and did you ever strike a balance between writing and all your other commitments? 

BC: Wow. It is kind of crazy. I do have the gift of “Stick-to-it-ness” and that’s what helps me stay focused. SOM probably took 3 months to complete the first rough draft (one that I thought was the final draft). Then, the much needed editing process: probably another 2 months.

Navigating the schedule is something that has become an artwork. I have so many plates spinning at once that I wonder how I get through it all. But I just add things as necessary and let God sort out what needs to go. Who knows what task or project is going to be the next big thing.

TH: Can you briefly tell us what the book and the series are about?

BC: It’s the spiritual successor of The Harry Potter Series, in a nutshell. Orphan Ziv, trying to find the meaning of life, is recruited by a secret society when his lifelong friend and crush goes missing. They ask him to join them in their quest to hunt down evil and protect the weak, promising to help him find his friend.

Along the way, he learns that he has gifts and talents of his own that must be perfected if he is to both survive and find the things he is looking for: love and the truth. There’s a wonderful triple love triangle that evolves, awesome action scenes, and comical dialogue throughout the book. Even though the story is told through Ziv’s perspective, the development of the other characters in the story is what I’m the most proud of.

TH: What were your goals and intentions in this book, and how well do you feel you achieved them?  

BC: Tell a fresh, new story, that hadn’t been told before. Also, give young people something that was sleek and unique, that incorporates spirituality as being both real and cool. I think I came close.

TH: How does your book relate to your spiritual practice?

BC: Believing as much as possible; without always having the visual proof that there is a plan in place that is directing your life. Sometimes road maps are best left at home and that voice that speaks to you at the times when you most feel discouraged could ultimately be the only directive you’ll ever receive. Life is tough, but the decision to Choose is the most essential component of our fate.

TH: What are your thoughts on writing a book series and what will we see from you in your literary future?

BC: Love it or leave it. It is a huge endeavor because you are always thinking ahead as you write. Do I save this for part three, or put it in part two? How do I introduce this character, and can I kill off this one here? Wait a minute, that’s one of the main focuses of part five! It can be kind of crazy. But once you structure the thing, there is nothing that has been more rewarding in my professional career.

SOM has five planned books, while The Star-Crossed Saga (coming in early 2014) is a trilogy. I will be adding short books in between to give more background on characters and settings to keep readers interested. I have a lot of plans for each series. 

TH: What has been the toughest criticism given to you as an author? What has been the best compliment?

BC: Some of the toughest criticism is when people make statements about your work without offering objective examples. I don’t mind the comments, but show me in the work where it is so that I can possibly make it better. Nobody’s perfect and I’d like to make something that is my best effort. In the midst of the criticism, hopefully I can find some positive takeaways that can make the stories better and me a better writer. 

Best compliment: A recent reviewer said that SOM was fresh and new; they hope they can have the opportunity to review the next installment. That’s exactly what I want people to get from it. 

TH: What is your favorite book and why?

BC: The Hunger Games. I’ve only read the first two because I am trying to follow as close to the movies as I can. Suzanne Collins is a literary “beast”. Her writing is magnificent!

TH: How did you get to be where you are in your life today?

BC: Prayer from my grandmother, love from my mother, support from my wife, and a whole heck of a lot of perseverance. Life is not easy by any haul and I know that I’ve earned my way to the point I am today. I love what I do.

TH: What advice can you offer to aspiring and/or struggling writers?

BC: Find a story, don’t re-write one. Believe in what you have come up with and choose a path to publication. Don’t let it choose you. You have to decide why you are writing in the first place. Beyond the money and fame lies the true essence of a story that will move minds and hearts.

TH: Anything else you would like to share?

BC: Thank you for the interview Tamar, and for those who have connected with me: I hope you enjoy everything I’m giving to the world today.

 

Find Dr. Braxton A. Cosby at these sites:

Series website: www.theschoolofministry.com

Twitter: @Cosbykid_Fatdoc

Website: www.braxtoncosby.com

Blog: www.cosbyscorner.com