Tuesday, August 23, 2016

2016 Summer Indie Book Awards! And other news.

CHILD OF BLACKWEN and MISTRESS OF BLACKWEN were nominated to compete in the Fantasy genre for the 2016 Summer Indie Book Awards! It's a really great honor. I thank those who nominated the Artemis Ravenwing novels, it just reminds me that there's a lot of you who are really enjoying my work. It's the best feeling in the world. ^_^ 

Here's some more information about how you can vote for my novels starting September 1st:

"Readers can vote in any and all genres, and they can choose multiple books in a genre as long as they mark ALL those choices BEFORE they click the vote button. Poll Maker will limit voters to a single visit to each genre per day. Voting begins September 1 and ends at midnight the morning of September 11. This is a one-time deal; the top three books in each genre will be declared the winners!"

To follow the Summer Indie Book Awards more closely, voting and all, visit the Facebook page here and the website here. Please tell your friends and vote, vote, VOTE! There's a lot of great authors listed, please check it out and support your indie authors. We love you readers!

To add both CHILD OF BLACKWEN and MISTRESS OF BLACKWEN to your bookshelf, whether it is via paperback or digitally, book one is here and book two is here. Don't forget about SPELLBOUND either! Also, not only am I working CHAMPIONS OF ARRYGN, book three of the Artemis Ravenwing novels, but I am also starting on the first of many prequels, DAUGHTERS OF BLACKWEN, which features both Tamina and Arlina Ravenwing. Time to show just how the two sisters followed the paths they did. I'm really excited. I hope you all are as well.

If you would like the full prologue of CHAMPIONS OF ARRYGN, I just need one more Amazon review for MISTRESS OF BLACKWEN (we're sitting at nine!). The moment that happens, I shall post it! All I can say is that it features the enigmatic raven, Eclipse, that was featured in the epilogue of book two.

“Time to start some chaos, Lady Ravenwing.” - Eclipse

Eclipse has been one of my favorite POVs that I've ever worked on. I don't know when book three will reach publication yet, but when it does, you'll all see why I enjoy him so.

September 1st proves to be a busy day for the author me, as I will also find out if both CHILD OF BLACKWEN and MISTRESS OF BLACKWEN made it through the prelims of the book contest hosted by Readers' Favorite. I submitted them both for the Fantasy genre and MISTRESS OF BLACKWEN already has the 5 star seal provided by Readers' Favorite. I am nervous and thrilled and no matter what happens, I'm still going to be proud of myself. Slowly but surely, my work is being recognized. That's all I could ever ask for.

On a final note, I have MISTRESS OF BLACKWEN bookmarks now! Other merch is coming, yay. October and Santa Fe Comic Con will be here before I know it. There's nothing more fun than meshing my love of cosplay and my love of writing together and then sharing it with you all. I'm playing around with a new look for Artemis Ravenwing just for the occasion. As always, there'll be pictures.

Happy reading, everyone! And don't forget to spread the news and VOTE! We indie authors appreciate you!

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

This is Me by C.E. Wilson - My Review.

My Rating: 5 stars

My Review:

**I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review**

C.E. Wilson presents us readers with a new novel blending sci-fi and romance. We are introduced to Chloe, a singer looking to find her big break and trying to move past the substitute teacher status. In exchange for a semi-independent life from her parents and be able to live in the city, they buy her an Asist: an Anthropomorphic Sentient Individualized Servile uniT. They are the "trend" in her world: customized to the desire of the user and programmed with what is deemed "necessary."

Enter Rogan: Chloe's Asist who fulfills her every need. Even with the look she wanted him to have, down to the exact placement of the piercings and tattoos, the only factor that snaps her out of the fantasy is the dead green eyes that greets her at every command.

...until one day Rogan disobeys her. A spark of life is spotted within those normally blank green eyes. And it has happened more the day Niven Adams entered Chloe's life. Is it possible for a robot to have the semblance of a soul?

C.E. Wilson brings out many themes into the novel that is so prevalent in our world today: societal pressures and prejudice being the main two. While it is common in Chloe's world to have humans loving their Asists and having very public relationships with them, there are those who feel that Asists shouldn't exist at all, Niven being one of them. Chloe's mindset struggles thanks to Niven and her fellow teaching friend who thinks she needs to have a normal human life, especially if she wants that full-time job as a music teacher (which interestingly enough, is competing against Niven for!). But she also meets another fellow substitute teacher who is more like her than she knows, and the struggles deepen.

What I've appreciated the most is that Wilson shows that there are more humans in the world who are truly dead inside compared to the Asists who are more human than they are given credit for. Definitely another fun novel to add to the bookshelf.

Extra Note:

If you would like to follow C.E. Wilson's adventures, go here! THIS IS ME will be released tomorrow for 99 cents. If you would like your copy as soon as it is out, click that mouse here. Happy reading!