Book Release: Palindrome 656 by CF Waller

Happy 2016, all! This is my first post of the new year, and I find it appropriate that it’s spotlighting not only a new book release, but one of my favorite authors as well. ANDDDDDDDD I happen to be the editor for this new edition of: Palindrome 656. 😉 

If you don’t recall, or if you’re new here, I hosted C.F. Waller, author of Free Dive, in this previous post. I am a huge fan of his work and had the privilege of editing Free Dive when Cosby Media Productions acquired it. You can grab a copy of Free Dive by clicking HERE. I actually bought a copy for my grandma for Christmas (she reads cool books, obvi).

But I digress. Today’s post is about the latest and greatest release from Waller: Palindrome 656. Below is everything you need to know about this book.

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Genre: Science Fiction/Fantasy/Thriller/Dystopian

Publisher: Cosby Media Productions

Editor: Tamar Hela

Publication date: 1/12/16

Age recommendation: 17+

Blurb: SECRETS TELL LIES
When a ghost ship turns up in orbit after a half decade of silence, the powers that be are going to want answers. And when you are the only person still breathing, you can expect an interrogation. Hannah, the Empire’s leading lady of counter-intelligence, is about to go head to head with the Union’s best interrogators in a life or death battle to find the answers to some seemingly simple questions. As she decides what to answer and what to leave out, none of the stories she is about to share will paint her in a positive light, but in her case, they rarely do. It’s said that the “winners” write the history books, and while the Union continues to demand answers, it seems Hannah, whose greatest victory is managing to stay alive, is the only one holding a pen.

Grab your copy from Amazon by clicking HERE.

 Where can you connect with C.F. Waller?

Stalk him on Google (click this link for a laugh)

Website: Cfwaller.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/wallercf

Twitter: @wallercf

Amazon (book links/author page): Click HERE

 Goodreads: Click HERE

About C.F. Waller

Charles published his first science fiction novel at age forty-seven, after a flight on an ill-fated commercial airliner over the Atlantic Ocean, that nearly became an episode of Why Planes Crash. This experience illustrated for him firsthand that writing about exotic or dangerous locales was safer than traveling to them. Since then, he likes to think his meticulous research and storytelling gives readers a clear sense of their grandeur, without the inherent risk of flying.

After narrowly escaping the academic death-grip of several universities, Charles worked in nightclubs, took a turn as a new car salesman, and also as a hurricane shutter engineer. His favorite authors include Oscar Wilde, Kurt Vonnegut, Jr., and Michael Crichton. The latter being especially close to his heart, as Crichton epitomizes the techno-thriller genre and and the failure of humans to interact with technology.

Though he will forever be a Midwestern boy at heart, he now lives on the gulf coast of Florida with his wife, Tina, and one fuzzy feline companion. If he’s not working on a new novel, you can find him volunteering at church, playing overly competitive Yahtzee with his spouse, or indulging in an unhealthy addiction to competitive cooking shows on television.

HUGE Online Book Launch Party!

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Hey, readers!

Just wanted to let you all know about a really cool Facebook event I’m MCing next week: The Ultimate Cosby Media Productions Book Launch Party.

Basically, we’ve launched a lot of books (see above) from CMP in the past few weeks (mine included), and we want to have a virtual party to celebrate and host some giveaways. I’ll be hosting, along with fellow authors Keshawn Dodds and Braxton Cosby. We’ll also be sharing the spotlight with some of our other author friends, who will be running some fun activities and hosting giveaways of their books/swag.

If you’re a YA book lover, you definitely should join the party. The link is public, so you can RSVP and join by clicking HERE. I’d love to “see” you there, hanging out with all of us and talking about books. 

The event will run from 9am PST/12pm EST to 5pm PST/8pm EST on Tuesday, June 30th. Again, you can click HERE to check it out and join.

Hope to see you there!

Author Interview: Cris Pasqueralle, Author of Destiny Revealed

Happy Wednesday, dear readers!

This week, I have the pleasure of hosting Cris Pasqueralle, author of Destiny Revealed. Before we get into the Q&A, here’s some information about Cris’s debut novel:

Title: Destiny Revealed

Publisher: Cosby Media Productions

Genre: Middle Grade Fantasy Fiction

Amazon link: Click HERE

Goodreads link: Click HERE

And now, let’s get to it! Time for some Q&A:

 

1. Tell us a bit about yourself—what’s your background and how did you become a writer?

My name is Cris Pasqueralle, and I am Long Island born and raised. I currently live in Levittown, NY with my wife, Tricia, and my two daughters, Toniann and Deanna.  I am a retired NYC police officer, and I have always wanted to write.  I began writing stories while in high school, and it was my daughter’s love of fantasy fiction that led me to write The Destiny Trilogy.

 

2. What is the genre in which you write?

I write middle grade/YA fantasy.

 

3. What is the book you recently published? What is it all about?

My most recent work is Destiny Revealed, book one of The Destiny Trilogy. It follows the story of 13-year-old twins Jack and Maddie Austin who, during their birthday celebration, see their parents kidnapped by the evil wizard: Tardon. Then, they are whisked away to an unknown, magical realm by their Uncle Benny, where they learn they are wizards with a great destiny. They embark on a rescue mission to save their parents, and learn the truth about who, and what, they are.

 

4. Have you published or written any other works?

Destiny Revealed is my first published work.

 

5. Name your favorite characters you’ve made up and explain why they’re your favorites.

My favorite characters are Jack and Maddie, and Connie, from Destiny Revealed.  I like Jack because he is a lot like I was at 13, and Maddie and Connie because they are modeled after two of my favorite people: my daughters.

 

6. Do you ever get writer’s block? If so, how do you deal with it?

I will get a lot of backlash for this answer, but I don’t think there is anything such thing as writer’s block. I believe that it’s simply the characters telling us they are not ready to move on.  I keep the flow of writing by stopping when I am on a roll. This way, when I return to writing, I already have something to work with and I’m not staring at a blank page.

 

7. How long did it take to finish your first novel?

My first novel took nearly a year to get it to the point where I thought it would be presentable.

 

8. What were the challenges you faced when getting your first book published?

Initially, I wanted to go the traditional route, get an agent, and shoot for one of the big publishing houses. But after many, many form letter rejections, I found that I could self-publish direct to Kindle, which I did. Then, my luck changed, and Braxton Cosby, from Cosby Media Productions, saw Destiny Revealed, and thought it was a good fit for CMP. We pulled it from Kindle, reworded and copy-edited it, and re-released it—with much success.

 

9. How do you market your work? What avenues have you found that work best for your genre?

I market mostly through social media and found that Facebook readers’ groups, as well as Google+, and Twitter help me to target directly to fans of fantasy fiction.

 

10. What does your writing process “look” like?

My writing process is old school: a notebook, a pen, a cup of coffee, and usually a baseball game on in the background, or some music from the golden oldies.

 

11. What projects are you currently working on?

Currently, I am working on book three of The Destiny Trilogy, but I have some ideas for a couple of stand alone novels, and two other series I’d like to get going on.

 

12. What has been the toughest criticism given to you as an author? What has been the best compliment?

The toughest criticism has often come from people I know who say, “You’ll never make a living doing that.” I’ve also had a couple of reviews that said they had trouble connecting with the characters and wouldn’t want to continue with the series, but those have been few, thank goodness. 

The best have been two reviews that have compared my work to the Harry Potter books. One said: “The next up and coming Harry Potter and Percy Jackson,” and another said: “Move over, Ms. Rowling; there’s a new fantasy author in town.” Still, another called Destiny Revealed “Something akin to, but different from, Harry Potter.”  Those types of comments I find very encouraging and flattering.

 

13. What advice can you give to aspiring authors?

The advice I give to aspiring authors is to read everything, and keep at it. I tried for nearly thirty years to get published, and it finally happened. So, keep writing, no matter what anyone says.

 

14. When can we expect to see another publication of your work?

Gook two of The Destiny Trilogy, Paths of Destiny, will be available as an eBook later this summer.

 

15. What’s a cool (or nerdy) fact about you that you’ll share with us?

I’m not very cool, so there aren’t many cool facts about me. But a nerdy one is that I still enjoy cartoons; they crack me up.

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To learn more about Cris, visit him at these sites:

Facebook

Twitter

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.

 

Protostar Cover

 

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.

 

 

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.

 

Now Available: The Wrong Fairy Tale

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It’s here!

My next book in the Spirit Lake series is here, ready to be downloaded to your eReaders! I’m super excited to share my next “baby” with the world: The Wrong Fairy Tale. Here’s the synopsis:

Being a hero is not such an easy job after all.

It’s junior year, and Alex and her friends are just trying to survive high school: boring homework, detention, crushes…and a fateful journey through a portal to another planet—you know, the usual. Despite being average California teenagers, this group of six finds themselves on a return trip to the strange land of Cantelia, where their Spirit Guide, Goden, has sent them. This time, they appear near the Alfaran Forest: a place, where, once again, many inhabitants claim these kids are the Chosen Ones and that they will help to find a solution for ridding the forest of a new kind of horror.

Will the teens have the courage to fight the real enemy? Or will they be forever trapped on Cantelia?

 

Quick info for The Wrong Fairy Tale:

Genre: YA/Sci-Fi/Fantasy

Publisher: Cosby Media Productions

Appropriate for: Ages 14+

Add it on Goodreads: Click HERE

Buy Links:

Amazon: Click HERE

Barnes & Noble: Coming soon…

Smashwords: Click HERE

Kobo: Click HERE

–>Paperback editions for Spirit Lake and The Wrong Fairy Tale will be available July 14th.

 

By the way, if you don’t have an eReader, you can download the Kindle app for FREE for your smartphone, tablet, or computer by clicking HERE.

Thank you so much, dear readers, for your continual support of my work. Because of you, I actually have an audience. And, I hope you guys enjoy my latest book! I’m currently writing book #3 in the Spirit Lake series, Freak Show, and can’t wait until it’s finished and ready to be shared. 😉

Also, don’t forget to leave me a review! Reviews are like rainbows and unicorns for authors, and we sure do appreciate them. Thank you!