Cover Reveal :: The Elysian Prophecy

The Elysian Prophecy Cover Reveal

The Elysian Prophecy Cover Reveal

I am so excited to be part of the cover reveal team for Vivien Reis! Her book is coming out this spring and I am (im)patiently waiting to read it!

Scroll down to see it!

The Elysian Prophecy - eBook

Here are some details about her book:

Release date: Spring 2017 (date TBA)
Synopsis:

A mysterious island. An ancient evil. A society determined to gain power.

Fifteen-year-old Abigail Cole and seventeen-year-old Benjamin Cole never thought one day could alter their lives forever. After a violent attack leaves their father in the hospital and their mother goes missing, both discover there’s more to their family history than mental illness.

But when Abi is abducted, she learns the attack wasn’t random. Thrust into an exotic and beautiful world part of a multi-millennial feud, Abi must decide who to trust in a society built on secrets. Enlisting the help of a boy connected to her in impossible ways, Abi uncovers a family secret stretching generations–a secret her abductors have also discovered.

With Abi gone, Ben tries his best to search for both his sister and his mother, but his hold on reality is fading. Something dark has latched onto him. Violent hallucinations and paranoia force him to believe he’s next in line for the family curse.

Set in a world of magic and fatal powers, failure can result in unthinkable damage. With the clock ticking, Abi and Ben must decide what’s right in time to save themselves and those they love.

When darkness is coming, who do you trust?

To read an excerpt of The Elysian Prophecy, click here!

 

About the authorVivien ReisVivien Reis grew up all over the world and started out as most writers do–voraciously reading every book she could get her hands on ,and writing as soon as she could wield a pencil.

Nowadays she’s a mechanical engineer by day and a writer by night, doing her best to help other aspiring novelists reach their full potential through her website and YouTube channel.
She started writing her debut novel, The Elysian Prophecy, during a Camp NaNoWriMo event in July 2015. The YA dark fantasy will be available for purchase in Spring 2017. Feel free to join her newsletter to be among the first to hear of any Elysian news!
Giveaway details
One winner will receive an eARC of THE ELYSIAN PROPHECY, when available.

Entering is simple, just fill out the entry form below. Winners will be announced on Vivien Reis’s original cover reveal post here and in her monthly newsletter (sign up now!) within 30 days after the giveaway ends.

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Podcasts I’m Loving

Podcasts I'm Loving | B A Harding Writer

I am new to the podcast phenomenon (as in, like, I just started listening to them last week). I don’t follow very many, but here are some that I love!

Productivity Paradox (Created by my favorite planner-maker, inkWELL Press)

Write Now with Sarah Werner

Creatively Unscripted (geared more towards photographers)

Elise Gets Crafty (I’m a sucker for goal-setting)

So You Want To Be A Writer

Subject: Found (Audiodrama about finding a mythical creature. Learned about this from the Write Now podcast!)

Any other podcasts I should add to my feed? Let me know!

SOULMATED Book Release Day!

I am so excited that SOULMATED by Shaila Patel releases today and that I get to share the news! If you haven’t yet heard about this wonderful book by Author Shaila Patel, be sure to check out all the details below.

This blitz also includes a giveaway for a Perfectly Posh, Posh To Meet You Set ($20 value), US Only courtesy of Month9Books. So if you’d like a chance to win, enter in the Rafflecopter at the bottom of this post.
 
Title: SOULMATED
(Joining of Souls #1)
Author: Shaila Patel
Pub. Date: January 24, 2017
Publisher: Month9Books
Format: Paperback, eBook
Pages: 300
Find it: Goodreads | Amazon | B&N | TBD
Two souls. One Fate. 
Eighteen-year-old Liam Whelan, an Irish royal empath, has been searching for his elusive soulmate. The rare union will cement his family’s standing in empath politics and afford the couple legendary powers, while also making them targets of those seeking to oust them.
Laxshmi Kapadia, an Indian-American high school student from a traditional family, faces her mother’s ultimatum: Graduate early and go to medical school, or commit to an arranged marriage.
When Liam moves next door to Laxshmi, he’s immediately and inexplicably drawn to her. In Liam, Laxshmi envisions a future with the freedom to follow her heart.
Liam’s father isn’t convinced Laxshmi is “The One” and Laxshmi’s mother won’t even let her talk to their handsome new neighbor. Will Liam and Laxshmi defy expectations and embrace a shared destiny? Or is the risk of choosing one’s own fate too great a price for the soulmated?
Excerpt:
 
My mind wandered to a vision of what Laxshmi’s eyes would look like if I kissed her. It caught me by surprise, making me cough. Grand. Now I was the one with the concentration problem. If I kept this up, I’d have a hard time blocking out my classmates’ feelings. I stretched my legs a bit and tugged at my jeans. Jaysus.
 
Was I thirteen again?
 
Keeping other people’s emotions out of my head was like blocking calls on my mobile. Normally, most empaths had about a ten- to twenty-foot reading range, so it wasn’t too taxing on me, having been an empath since childhood. Unless my concentration was shot to hell, blocking was as simple as breathing. Soon, staying open to Lucky meant she’d have her own ringtone in my head, and I’d be able to lock on to her feelings without having to do anything at all.
 
When the class bell rang, Lucky bent to pick up a small pile of textbooks from the floor. I hoped she wasn’t one of those geeks who carried her books around with her all day. Then again, maybe she was avoiding her locker because of me. The thought left me frowning.
 
As she got ready to leave, I waited for her. “Going to your locker?” I pointed at her books.
 
Her surprise came over to me in a gentler ripple than had her other emotions. The gentleness reminded me of a calm day on Galway Bay—the sand, small waves nipping at my toes, and the sun, glorious on my back. The surprise felt like a warm ocean spray I hadn’t been expecting. 
“Yeah,” she said with a sheepish grin.
 
“Brilliant. I’m heading there too.”
 
She bit back a smile, her excitement feeling like a frothy surf tickling my toes.
 
When we approached the door, she rushed to catch it before it shut, almost dropping her books. Most girls would’ve stood back and waited for me to make a dash to open it, making sure I was being attentive. Lucky didn’t seem to want any such nonsense, and I felt a bit off, like I’d put my trainers on the wrong feet. I couldn’t shake the feeling of being in unchartered waters.
 
She stepped to the side and held the door open for me—for me—and I had to dive forward to help her steady the load of books threatening to fall.
 
“Here,” I said. “I’ll help you carry these—”
 
“No. I mean, that’s okay. You’ve got your own to carry.”
 
I sensed a genuine concern from her, as if she were afraid to be imposing on me, not something I’d been expecting. I stepped closer, meaning to convince her to let me help, but then her eyes snapped up and met mine. The softness and sincerity in them froze me to the spot. Lighter and more vibrant than the other brown eyes I’d forced myself to stare into—all in the name of being romantic—her eyes drew me in like a kaleidoscope, with amber and black flecks peppering her irises. A soft gasp escaped her lips, and I understood how she felt. With each blink of her long eyelashes, it felt like an eternity before I’d see her eyes again. I had a strange urge to brush my finger over the tips of her
lashes.
 
I swallowed against the dryness in my throat. “I–I just have one book. In my bag.” Jaysus Christ. What is she doing to me? I couldn’t get sucked in. I wouldn’t. If I expected anything, it’d only turn into another disappointment.
 
About Shaila:

As an unabashed lover of all things happily-ever- after, Shaila’s younger self would finish reading Cinderella and fling her copy across the room because it didn’t mention what happened next. Now she writes from her home in the Carolinas and dreams up all sorts of stories with epilogues. A member of the Romance Writers of America, she’s a pharmacist by training, a medical office
manager by day, and a writer by night. She enjoys traveling, craft beer, and teas, and loves reading books—especially in cozy window seats. You might find her sneaking in a few paragraphs at a red light or connecting with other readers online at: www.shailapatelauthor.com

Find Shaila:
Giveaway Details:
(1) winner will receive a Perfectly Posh, Posh To Meet You Set ($20
value), US Only.
(10) winners will receive a SOULMATED Swag Pack, US Only.

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Winter Writing Tips

Winter Writing Tips B A Harding Writer

I live in northern Minnesota, so you can probably guess what the weather is like here. Or maybe not. Usually when I post a photo of the temp (last week it was -30 with a -45 windchill) I get a few comments from Southerners, saying they could never live here. It makes writing tough.

Yes, it’s cold. Bone-chilling, mind-numbingly cold. But you get used to it. To starting your car forty-five minutes before you have to leave, not being able to turn your car off while you wait in the car line for an hour, making sure your kids have all of their winter gear on – just to walk to the car.

Most days, I just don’t want to do anything because it’s so flippin’ cold. But word sprints call to me and so does the need to finish my first draft sometime before I die.

Here are just a few of my tips to get the writing done at home in the dead of winter:

  • cozy up with a big, fluffy blanket (I like the ones from Costco that have the white fuzzy backs)
  • make (or buy) a steaming hot cup of your favorite beverage (Starbucks and Caribou country up here)
  • crank up the heater just a little bit more, especially if you have a drafty home like me
  • wear gloves, if needed. Target has cute ones on sale – just the little “magic gloves”!)
  • Bonus tip: use a really old laptop that gets really hot, so it doubles as a heater. (Even with a cooling desk, it overheats. I’m hoping to upgrade in a few months, if it doesn’t explode before then.)

The best part of winter (other than the bears hibernating, according to my 7yo daughter) is that spring is just around the corner. There will be days when we can fling the windows open and breathe in the fresh air and days when we can’t even open the windows because they are frozen. Stay warm til then!

Linking to The SITS Girls Sharefest.

Is it cold where you write? What are your favorite tips for surviving winter?

 

Writing Goals For 2017

 Welcome to my new site! 

B A Harding Writer

I have so many things I’d like to get done in 2017. Obviously, writing is highest on my list of priorities.

  • write 500 words daily
  • outline two novels
  • outline #kidlit book
  • mind map two novels (not sure if I will like outlining or mind mapping, so I will try both)
  • mind map #kidlit book
  • write two articles a month here (I will be moving to a new site next month!)
  • keep up with social media accounts (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Tumblr)
  • create graphics for blog and social media
  • create author bio and get photo taken
  • create newsletter and email sign-up form

I would also like to participate in Camp NaNo in both April and July, and the actual NaNoWriMo in November.

It’s going to be a great year!!