Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Shattered Worlds Spotlight: Author Ali Winters!

Okay, so I'm thrilled to be here with our very first Shattered Worlds Feature: SOUND OF SILENCE by Ali Winters!

This is a fantastic science fiction/dystopian romance that's exclusive to the Shattered Worlds Boxed Set!

About Sound of Silence: One dance, one touch, one kiss… That’s all it took to change the fate of the world.

When aliens land looking for their new home and offering world peace in exchange, apprehension is strong. But Raylinn Marrow refuses to hide.


When Raylinn meets the leader’s son, Jace'el, one touch is all it took to turn Raylinn’s world upside down. He captures her heart, drawing her into a forbidden love affair, but the secrets and mysteries that surround Jace’el could be their undoing.


The unspoken cost of peace takes its toll, Raylinn and Jace’el search for the truth that threatens to destroy all life, risking everything for survival and love.



Be sure to check out SOUND OF SILENCE, available for only 99cents along with 22 other amazing science fiction, paranormal, fantasy, and dystopian stories in the Shattered Worlds Boxed Set! The set comes out on August 8, but you can pre-order it now and get some exclusive bonuses!

Pre-order SHATTERED WORLDS on:




Don't forget!

Join our pre-release Facebook party this summer, where there are TONS of chances to win swag and books for readers as many different authors will be hosting alllll summer long. We'd love to see you over there!

And there's a HUGE giveaway for author services like editing and promo packages too. Check that out here. Something for everyone!

Help us spread the word about the boxed set! Go here for details--this one's easy and has a gift card AND a Kindle!

Oh! And I bet you're wondering about those bonus books for pre-ordering. You'll get access to 17 bonus novels by the Shattered Worlds authors simply by 1. Pre-ordering the Shattered Worlds boxed set, and 2. Emailing a screenshot of your proof of purchase or forwarding your purchase receipt to shatteredboxedset@gmail.com. A link will be sent back to you with the links for you to download your free bonus books. That's it!!


Spend a dollar. Get 40 books. Life doesn't get much better than that!

About Ali Winters: Ali Winters was born and raised in the Pacific North West where she developed her love of nature, animals, and all things green. For as long as she can remember, she’s been mesmerized by the extraordinary world of books and fantasy. There has never been a time when stories were not begging to be told, either by drawing, photography, or writing. With encouragement from one of her favorite authors, she jumped in, head first, to pursue the career that had been calling to her since the day she opened her first book. She has a deep love for coffee, tea, warm blankets, dogs, creating art in any medium she can get her hands on, and family.

Find Ali on her website, twitter, Facebook, instagram, BookBub, Goodreads, or Amazon.

Friday, May 12, 2017

Pre-Order the Shattered Worlds Boxed Set Today!

Okay, so I'm super-excited to be teaming up with several other YA and NA authors who have amazing sci-fi, fantasy, and paranormal novels. There are 23 books in this boxed set, including my full-length YA time travel thriller, RIFT.

And it's only 99cents! For the whole boxed set. #woot

About Shattered Worlds: Escape into twenty-three epic worlds that will leave you breathless.

From dystopian nightmares to gorgeous steampunk and fantasy settings to fairy-tale retellings and beyond, SHATTERED WORLDS has every story you’ve been dying to get your hands on!

This unique Young Adult/New Adult collection, inspired by the creative minds of today’s New York Times, USA Today, and international bestselling authors, promises to satisfy your cravings for action and adventure as you experience rune magic and time-travel, overthrow corrupt governments, meet reapers and aliens, battle dragons, fall hopelessly in love, and break ancient curses, right alongside some of the bravest characters in fantasy fiction!

Each book within this collection is exclusive to the set and can’t be found anywhere else.


The set comes out on August 8, but you can pre-order it now and get some exclusive bonuses!

Pre-order SHATTERED WORLDS on:


Other Awesomeness!


Join our pre-release Facebook party this summer, where there are TONS of chances to win swag and books for readers as many different authors will be hosting alllll summer long. We'd love to see you over there!

And there's a HUGE giveaway for author services like editing and promo packages too. Check that out here. Something for everyone!

Help us spread the word about the boxed set! Go here for details--this one's easy and has a gift card AND a Kindle!

Oh! And I bet you're wondering about those bonus books for pre-ordering. You'll get access to 17 bonus novels by the Shattered Worlds authors simply by 1. Pre-ordering the Shattered Worlds boxed set, and 2. Emailing a screenshot of your proof of purchase or forwarding your purchase receipt to shatteredboxedset@gmail.com. A link will be sent back to you with the links for you to download your free bonus books. That's it!! 




Spend a dollar. Get 40 books. Life doesn't get much better than that!

Check out the Shattered Worlds website, where you can find everything you need for prizes, giveaways, meet the authors, and more!



Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Nominate JUST FRIENDS for publication!

Okay, so I have another book up for a Kindle Scout nomination! This one is called JUST FRIENDS, and it's a clean YA contemporary romance in the vein of Kasie West, Jenny Han, and Huntley Fitzpatrick.

This is the 3rd Scout campaign I've run, and they chose my first book and declined my second. I've had a good experience with them, so I thought I'd give it another go!

If you nominate the book (you need to have an Amazon account, about 15 seconds, and enough stamina to make 2 clicks), you'll get a *free* copy when it releases.

NOMINATE HERE.

About Just Friends: One guy. Too many girls. No solution.

High school senior, Mitch Houser, is thrilled to have multiple colleges recruiting him because of his record-breaking times on the track, but Mitch hasn’t told anyone the real reason he’s been setting records. He’s trying to outrun his girl problems. Most days, Mitch can’t change into his running clothes fast enough. But Mitch will have to face both Jade and Holly—and decide which one of them to put into the “just friends” category.

I wrote this book during my keyboarding endorsement in the summer of 2012. It's been through a lot of edits since then, and I think the time is finally right to get it out there!

I hope you'll nominate it! Thanks!

Monday, April 3, 2017

April Featured Books: RIFT and MEND

Dude, so I sort of dropped off the planet last fall. I've been putting a lot of pressure on myself to meet deadlines for my western romances (which you can check out here, if you want!) and I sort of forgot that I also released two YA sci-fi novels.

I wrote RIFT a very long time ago. I got an agent with it. She couldn't sell it. I submitted it to publishers, and it got a deal. Then the deal went bad. Then I tried Kindle Scout. It got rejected. I'd already written the sequel and conclusion, MEND, so I decided to self-publish them both.

And I did!

They are my April Featured Books of the Month. If you haven't read either of them yet, they are both 99 cents until APril 30, so you can give them a try for a very low investment!

RIFT: In this dangerous game with time, someone's bound to lose.

Seventeen-year-old Saige Phillips can’t help holding on to the hope that she’ll find Chloe, her twin who went missing five years ago. After all, Saige sees echoes of Chloe sitting in the window and skipping down the stairs. Though there’s never been any sound associated with Saige’s “hallucinations,” she’s freaked out by the breathing she hears in her bedroom.

The breathing is definitely real, and it’s definitely not coming from Saige. It’s echoing through a time rift that originates in Saige’s bedroom. Then a grayed-out guy shows up, saying his name is Price and he’s from the future. He has the same blue film clinging to him that Saige has seen on Chloe, and she seizes onto the idea that her twin went through the rift.

As Saige searches for answers in her time, she’s met with secret after secret, all coming back to one source: her physicist mother.

Price lives in the year 2073 with his Time Keeper father and a whole slew of global initiatives that regulate time travel. He knows time shouldn’t be played with. What he doesn’t know is why the rift opened now, or how he can stop it.

The deeper Price digs, the harder the truth is to swallow. His father willfully violating the global time travel initiative is one thing. Stealing the rift site from Saige’s mother is quite another. And kidnapping—or worse—to cover everything up takes things too far.

When the rift begins to show signs of overuse and instability, Price is desperate to close it before it explodes while Saige will do anything to keep it open long enough to find Chloe.

In this dangerous game with time, someone’s bound to lose.

Get a copy for only 99 cents! RIFT is also part of the Kindle Unlimited library.



MEND: With Cascade gone through the rift, Price is determined to fix everything and find her. It doesn't matter if there's somebody that could become him--steal his life--on the other side of the rift. What does matter is that he figure out how to mend it.

But he doesn't even have access to it anymore. When he wakes up to a new, different existence than what he's used to, he realizes that everything about time is fluid. And anyone with the power to walk through time can change his entire future.

Cascade knows this all too well, having lived in dozens of realities over the years. And the one she lives in now, she doesn't want. Because it still harbors secrets about her father, who her sister Saige is determined to find.

Find him they do, but no one--not Price, not Saige, not Cascade--is prepared for what they'll find on the other side of the rift...

Get a copy for only 99 cents! MEND is also part of the Kindle Unlimited library.

I hope you'll give these YA time travel books a try!

Monday, March 20, 2017

Echoes of Silence is only 99 cents this month!

Okay, so if you haven't read my debut adult fantasy novel, there's no better time than now! Echoes of Silence, which won the Kindle Scout program and is published by Amazon's Kindle Press, is only 99 cents until April 3!

You should get a copy today. The book is also available in Kindle Unlimited.

Echoes of Silence: Her voice could unleash a war...

Twenty-three-year-old Echo del Toro doesn't know about the bride-choosing festivities the tyrannical Prince of Nyth has planned--until she's taken from her home by five armed soldiers. She's led under the cover of a magically produced storm to an opulent compound to join hundreds of girls, each vying to be chosen as the next Queen of Nyth.

As she plays the charade of falling in love with the Prince, Echo realizes three terrifying truths: He is hungry for her song-magic, he has a secret plot to dethrone his father, and he is not wholly unlikeable.

Faced with the strongest dark magician in centuries, Echo must know when to let her voice fly and when to hold her tongue, or she'll find herself caught in the lasting notes of a song that can't be unsung.

I am currently working on outlining the sequel, which I hope to release later this year!

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

UNTIL WINTER BREAKS is available today!

So the second book in my Redwood Bay Romance series is out today! It's called UNTIL WINTER BREAKS, and I hope you'll get a copy!


I absolutely love this book. It features Jared Newton (Sophie's brother) and Millie Larson, his nosy, next-door neighbor as they try to navigate their way toward a happily-ever-after.

He rides into town on a motorcycle, so we've got a Bad Boy hero. And who doesn't love a girl-next-door romance? I know they're some of my favorite!

If you're looking for a great beach-side romance, you've found it in UNTIL WINTER BREAKS!

I hope you'll get a copy today, from the retailer of your choice.

And if you haven't read the first book, UNTIL SUMMER ENDS, there's no better time than now! The romances in the Redwood Bay Romance series are considered clean & wholesome. Some would say "sweet." I hope you enjoy them!

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

RIFT is out!

Okay, so my newest addition to the YA science fiction genre came out yesterday! I, uh, thought I'd written a blog post about it a couple of weeks ago, but well, I didn't. Ha!

RIFT has had a rough road to publication. It's had highs and lows. Been on submission in New York, been through countless revisions, and got picked up by a publisher (which announced yesterday that they're closing. RIFT would've been out with them in February 2017. Ironic that I released it on the same day they announced their closure, right?!), and then I got my rights back.

I submitted it to Kindle Scout, and they didn't take it. For a few days, I thought I'd just move on my merry way. And then I thought, No, I'll put this book out. I do love the book, and I hope readers will too!

You can get RIFT on Amazon.


Monday, October 10, 2016

A Productivity Schedule

Okay, so I've been on a pretty crazy productivity schedule for several months now. The reason is because I'm releasing a new inspirational western romance every 11 weeks. And there was one point in April, where I'd just put up a pre-order and I'd only written ONE CHAPTER of the book.

One chapter.

And the book was coming out in 11 weeks. And I'd only written that chapter so I could put it in the back of the book coming out.

I started panicking a little. I mean, I write fast, but I need time to edit, let the book sit, format, etc.

And I never wanted to be that far behind again. My goal for the summer was to write enough so I could be working 6-7 months ahead of a book's publication date.

I wrote 240,000 words from the last day of school in June to the first day of school in August. And since school started, I've written 2 more books, one at 50K and one at 53K. And I just started another that I'm 20K into.

I have to do this if I want to continue publishing according to my schedule -- and in fact, I've decided to roll out my new series (starting in January) every 6 weeks. SIX WEEKS. But I'm happy to say that the book I'm writing right now doesn't come out until April. So I've achieved that 6 month cushion I wanted for myself.

I'm using Google calendar to keep track of what I should be working on. I give myself 3 weeks to write a 50K book. If I can get 3K/day for the 18 days, I can get really close. I take Sundays off, and I don't work Mondays so I can usually get closer to 5K to make up for any days I don't meet my word count goal.

I draft 2 books back-to-back. Then I take a break for formatting, marketing stuff, relaxation, releases, outlining the next 2 books, etc. That's usually 2 weeks. Then I'm back to drafting.

I feel like I'm doing pretty well at sticking to my schedule, but I also re-evaluate everything every month to prioritize things I may have overlooked, or move a book I'm not feeling like writing. But I have a productivity schedule, and I use it!

Do you do anything like that? How's it going for you?

Monday, October 3, 2016

New #YA #scifi coming to an eReader near you!

Okay, so it's been a while since I've released any YA novels. I'm still plugging away on them. I still like writing them. I just think they require so much more brain power than I sometimes have!

 But I have a duology coming: The Rift Walkers duology will be published very soon! And they got new covers!

You can get RIFT, the first installment in the series, on October 17. That's my mom's birthday, so I was pretty stoked to release a book that day.

And the second and final book in the series, MEND, will be out on December 11. That's MY birthday, and I've always wanted to release a book on my birthday! So I am going to! It's going to be epic.

 I love the covers the fabulous and award-winning Steven Novak did for me. Don't you think they're amazing? (Lie to me!)

Anyway, here's a bit more about the books, with buy links if you're so inclined to pick up a copy.


About RIFT: Seventeen-year-old Saige Phillips can’t help holding on to the hope that she’ll find Chloe, her twin who went missing five years ago. After all, Saige sees echoes of Chloe sitting in the window and skipping down the stairs. Though there’s never been any sound associated with Saige’s “hallucinations,” she’s freaked out by the breathing she hears in her bedroom.

The breathing is definitely real, and it’s definitely not coming from Saige. It’s echoing through a time rift that originates in Saige’s bedroom. Then a grayed-out guy shows up, saying his name is Price and he’s from the future. He has the same blue film clinging to him that Saige has seen on Chloe, and she seizes onto the idea that her twin went through the rift.

As Saige searches for answers in her time, she’s met with secret after secret, all coming back to one source: her physicist mother.

Price lives in the year 2073 with his Time Keeper father and a whole slew of global initiatives that regulate time travel. He knows time shouldn’t be played with. What he doesn’t know is why the rift opened now, or how he can stop it.

The deeper Price digs, the harder the truth is to swallow. His father willfully violating the global time travel initiative is one thing. Stealing the rift site from Saige’s mother is quite another. And kidnapping—or worse—to cover everything up takes things too far.

When the rift begins to show signs of overuse and instability, Price is desperate to close it before it explodes while Saige will do anything to keep it open long enough to find Chloe.

 In this dangerous game with time, someone’s bound to lose.


BUY for only $2.99 on Amazon.


About MEND: The high-octane conclusion to the time travel thriller, RIFT.

With Cascade gone through the rift, Price is determined to fix everything and find her. It doesn't matter if there's somebody that could become him--steal his life--on the other side of the rift. What does matter is that he figure out how to mend it.

But he doesn't even have access to it anymore. When he wakes up to a new, different existence than what he's used to, he realizes that everything about time is fluid. And anyone with the power to walk through time can change his entire future.

Cascade knows this all too well, having lived in dozens of realities over the years. And the one she lives in now, she doesn't want. Because it still harbors secrets about her father, who her sister Saige is determined to find.

Find him they do, but no one--not Price, not Saige, not Cascade--is prepared for what they'll find on the other side of the rift...

BUY for only $2.99 on Amazon.

Monday, September 19, 2016

Get 15 #clean #romance #novels for #free!

Okay, so this week only, you can get 15 clean romance novels for FREE. That's right! I've read several of these romance novels, and they're fantastic. Yes, two of them are mine. But it's the perfect time to read some romance if you haven't for a while!

GO HERE to check out the novels, download as many as you'd like, and then enter to win a $60 gift card!


Monday, September 12, 2016

ECHOES OF SILENCE is on sale this month!

Okay, so my Amazon book, Echoes of Silence, is on sale this month for only $1.99! That's a pretty great deal for this book, as it's over 100,000 words!

This is an adult fantasy that won Kindle Scout. I have really enjoyed my publishing process with them, and I'm thrilled that it's one of Amazon's featured books this month.

And hey, if you have a Kindle Unlimited subscription, you can read Echoes of Silence for free, along with a bunch of other Kindle Scout-winning books. I've organized a KU Swap Meet that you can check out here.

It's organized by genre, so you can pick up other fantasies, romance novels, science fiction books, and more. Be sure to go look at all the books that are on sale for $1.99 or 99-cents -- or FREE if you have a KU subscription.

While you're there, be sure to enter to win a $100 gift card from the 22 authors that are participating in this month's swap meet!


One book I've got my eye on is THE SPIRIT TREE by Kathryn M. Hearst. I mean: "Lifetimes of family secrets. Threats from every direction. A young woman forced to discover the truth." That sounds amazing, right? And it's a fantasy too, so if you like fantasy novels, be sure to get this one during the Swap Meet too!

What have you been reading this month?

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

UNTIL SUMMER ENDS #newrelease celebration!

Okay, so it's release day for UNTIL SUMMER ENDS! I am thrilled to have this book out in the world before summer ends! It was postponed for a while, until my publisher was able to partner with Simon & Schuster Digital to distribute their books. Yay for summer romance!


So UNTIL SUMMER ENDS is a clean, contemporary romance. It is not inspirational, like my Liz Isaacson books. But again, it is clean. There's no swearing, the innuendo is mild, and there is one closed-door fade-to-black love scene. That's it.

If you like food trucks, you'll like Until Summer Ends.


If you like a beach romance, you'll like Until Summer Ends.


If you like your heroes to be tall, blonde, and an aspiring actor, you'll like Until Summer Ends.


If you like clean, feel-good romances, you'll like Until Summer Ends.

There is a month-long blog tour going on to celebrate the release of my debut contemporary romance. You can enter through any of the blog tour stops, or go here to enter to win a Kindle Paperwhite. You will need to sign up for my romance-only newsletter, where you'll only get news and notifications about my contemporary romance titles under the name Elana Johnson. (If you want news and notifications, which include special sales, about my Liz Isaacson titles, GO HERE.)

Blog tour stops today:

Wishful Endings
One Day at a Time


 

Buy UNTIL SUMMER ENDS today! 
(Available in ebook only; paperback comes out January 17, 2017.)

Amazon | B&N | Kobo | iTunes



Monday, August 8, 2016

Fall "Under Your Spell" with a haunted romance anthology

Dude, so I've enjoyed writing shorter works and combining with other authors to make novella anthologies. I've done two in the past year, and I have another haunting, Halloween anthology coming out on September 1.


The UNDER YOUR SPELL romance anthology features 10 wickedly romantic romance novellas, including my historical paranormal romance titled THE KILLING TOUCH.

I don't normally subscribe to research, but at my back-to-school professional development last year, I read an article in Scholastic for Kids about the Peshtigo Fire. It happened on the same night as the Great Chicago Fire in 1871, but was actually much more damaging. And I instantly wanted to write a story in that era, at that place.

THE KILLING TOUCH is that story. I hope you'll pre-order the anthology, because it's only 99-cents and there are a lot of amazing stories in the collection.

Order it here!

Monday, August 1, 2016

Only a few days left to nominate RIFT!

Okay, so the Kindle Scout campaign for RIFT, my YA time travel thriller, ends this Thursday, August 4! Only 4 more days to nominate!

If you have already, thank you! You'll get a free copy of the book if it is selected for publication. If you haven't nominated yet, please consider doing so. It takes about 30 seconds and again, you'll get a free copy of the book.

Win / win!

You need an Amazon account, and it'll prompt you to login if you aren't. (I happen to be perpetually logged in, but you know. I'm in therapy for my issues. *wink*) Then all you do is CLICK THIS LINK and then click the blue "nominate me" button.

Easy as pie!

Mmm, pie. I'd like some of that. :)

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Until Summer Ends will be out in two weeks!

Okay, so my next release, UNTIL SUMMER ENDS, a contemporary romance novel, finally has a release date!

And it's in only TWO WEEKS.

Yes, my jaw hit the floor too. But I am super-excited about this book. I loved writing it, and I hope others will love reading it.

It's my full-length contemporary romance debut, and I hope you'll order it and tell me how I did in a new genre!


A few fun facts about UNTIL SUMMER ENDS:
  • It's the first in a new series, the Redwood Bay Romance series, which will have at least 3 books.
  • It takes place in a small fictional beachside town called Redwood Bay in northern California.
  • It features a taco stand owner as the heroine. Food trucks, FTW!
  • The hero is a down-on-his-luck actor.
  • This is a clean romance -- there is no swearing and mild sexual content.
  • This is a contemporary romance -- no paranormal, no historical, nada. Just a girl, the beach, and her taco stand. Oh yeah, and that actor...
  • Until Summer Ends is the perfect beach read! I hope you'll take it on your vacation with you.


You can order UNTIL SUMMER ENDS from these retailers:


If you're interested in joining my romance newsletter, I've recently split it from my speculative fiction list. You can join the romance newsletter here, and get my beach-themed novella, OPEN FOR LOVE, for free. Then you'll get news and deals about my romances in your inbox.

UNTIL SUMMER ENDS will be released on August 9! I'm pretty stoked this book is coming out -- it's been a long three months of waiting past the original release date!    

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