Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Servants of Fate Trilogy - Cover Reveal

I'm very happy to take part in today's cover reveal for the Servants of Fate trilogy by Wendy Sparrow!

I first read Stealing Time as part of The Naughty List, which I reviewed (see review here). I loved it and couldn't put it down. When I found out there were two more stories, I was excited to get my hands on them!

In November, everyone will be able to enjoy the trilogy!

Without further babble, here are the beautiful covers!

Father Time’s son, Zeit Geist, must sacrifice a mortal’s lifetime to the Fates each New Year’s Eve. Last year—inexplicably, really—he made an 11:59 substitution. The Fates are pissed and they’re after his mortal Hannah. With the year ending, he ought to figure out why he’d saved her—and why he keeps doing it.

Following an unlucky year, Hannah Lyons needs a week’s holiday in a lodge to unwind. What she gets is near-death experiences and a sexy immortal who can’t avoid kissing her, but might have to kill her. After all, even Zeit can’t hold back time indefinitely.

Released: November 1, 2016




“You’re messing with time?”
He didn’t deny it. He just pulled his hand from hers and went back to eating. Her hand was cold without the heat from his palm, and she slid it off the table self-consciously.
“Will you stop doing that?” she asked.
“Why not?”
He set his utensils down again and looked into her eyes—as if he was gazing directly into her soul. “Because I’m the one keeping you alive.”

Tempus fugit. Time flies…unless you’re Tempus Halt, Father Time’s son. Day in and day out are the same, except for New Year’s Eve when he steals the life of a mortal on behalf of the Fates. This year marks his first failure to stay the monotonous course. A mortal’s kiss and her insistence on taking the place of his year’s sacrifice stalled out everything. Now, Tempus has to keep her alive for a year so his sacrifice isn’t wasted, but that’s the only reason—definitely.

One of these crazy grim reapers stole Lacey Carpenter’s estranged father’s life two years ago. She’ll give her own life rather than letting it happen again. It backfires when Tempus doesn’t actually kill her, and they have to spend the year together. She’s falling for an immortal who stops time, not just to save her life, but also to ruin her dates and steal her books. This can never work and fate is just not on her side—in fact, they’d really like her dead before Tempus falls for her in return.

Released: November 8, 2016

“I’m immortal.”
“Yes, but what if you weren’t immortal? What would be on your bucket list?”
“I’ve done everything.” When you weren’t limited by time, money, or proximity, you could do everything—twice.
“You’ve fallen in love?”
“Of course not. Mortals believe in love. Time holders know it’s a temporary rush of hormones misleading those with limited lifespans to cling to each other, prolonging a fleeting sensation that is ultimately only in their heads. Human beings use love as a confirmation that their brief existences have meaning.”
“I bet you tell all your dates that.”

When Ruin’s mortal sacrifice to the Fates on New Year’s Eve is already dying, it should be the easiest life he has to take, but not this year. The dying man knows Ruin is there to kill him, but he asks Father Time’s son to look after his twin sister. Ruin can’t stay away from the sweet and sensual Phoebe. His previous interactions with women changed the definition of his name, Ruin, so he can’t fall for her, especially when the lovely mortal doesn’t know he killed her brother.

Phoebe’s brother promised to send her a guardian angel, but Ruin seems too devilish to be holy. He only wants to be friends and keep watch over her, but she can’t resist him. Loving Ruin is a sin tempting her heart. How wrong is it to cause an angel’s fall? Ruin and Phoebe’s time is running out as another New Year’s Eve sacrifice approaches, and Ruin might lose everything for keeping his true hand in fate secret.

Released: November 15, 2016

She stepped forward, cupped his face in her hands and kissed him. At first, he didn’t respond. Maybe he was too surprised. Maybe he didn’t like it. Then, he tunneled his fingers into her hair, grabbing a firm hold of her, and kissed her back. Oh, he liked it…and she liked that he liked it. Mmm.
When she would have opened her mouth to make this kiss a whole lot more, he pulled back and stared at her.
“I shouldn’t have done that,” he said with a sincerity that unnerved her.
“How bad is it that you did?”
He raised his eyebrows.
“Will you go to hell or something?” If so, that was a new low in her abysmal dating history.
“Go to hell?” he repeated.
“Do angels go to hell for kissing?”
His mouth opened and closed. “I promised your brother we’d be friends,” he finally said.
“Friends can kiss.”
“I don’t think they can.”
“We seem to have managed it just fine.

I really hope you pick up these sweet romances, packed with humour.

Monday, August 8, 2016

Follow Your Heart

On your writing journey you're likely to hear people say, "Write what you love."

But why is that important?

It can be tempting to follow trends when you see a certain genre or trope flying off the shelves, especially if you've been querying for years with little success.

I write mostly urban fantasy, so I understand. The genre is a VERY tough sell right now.

It can be tempting to look at what's "hot" and jump on that bandwagon. But one important thing to remember is, publishing is slow. It can take over a year to find an agent, then another year or more to sell the manuscript. By the time you make it through the process, whatever trend you chased has likely passed and five more have come and gone.

One of the most important reasons to write what you love is because you're going to have to read your manuscript a million times. Okay, maybe not a million, but it will feel like it. If you don't love it, it's easy to abandon it. If you don't want to spend hours with your story or characters, why would a reader?

I adore my characters. I love my stories. Even with all the love I have for them, I have been tempted to set fire to my manuscript many times because I was so sick of reading it. After a break, I'd pick up the manuscript again and remember why I loved the characters and story in the first place. If you don't have that passion for your work, you're not likely to finish it.

The love you have for your work shines through. If you write something you only like, or even really like, it won't read as well as something you are passionate about. It's sort of like what's said about good cooking, it's that way because you can taste the love that went into it.

Sometimes you'll be tempted to give up. But hang in there. Write what you love and try to make it as unique as possible to stand out. Hopefully, it will find a home with someone who loves it as much as you do.