Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Teaser Tuesday: The Nightingale

 Starting with today, each Tuesday you'll meet one member of The Nightingale Circus crew via an excerpt of their origin stories. Enjoy!

Pushing the blonde wisps of hair away from her face with both hands, Cielo thrust her pointed chin up. “I refuse to live like this any longer.”
And here they went again. One day she would turn into a beautiful woman, but for now she was a skinny kid, only joints and bones, dressed in a too big shirt and faded shorts, and on the verge of a tantrum.
Rake’s chuckle didn’t help improve the situation.
“You were told not to leave the train,” Big Dino said in a reasonable voice. “You are safe there, and we can’t run around chasing after you to protect you.”
“I wasn’t safe the last time.” Cielo held his gaze without blinking. “No one was.”
“We fixed that glitch,” Spinner said, voiced subdued and head lowered between his shoulders. It had been his fault for not taking into consideration that particular scenario. The security system was new, and they still worked on figuring out all of its quirks.
Big Dino nodded in his direction. See?
“They would have hurt people.” A stubborn crease formed between the girl’s eyebrows. She was too young for wrinkles.
“We would have gotten to them in time,” Rake said, and Cielo glared at him. Not too young for holding a grudge.
“Not good enough,” Cielo said, her small fists clenching by her sides. “I want this to stop. I can’t keep killing people.”

(The Nightingale Circus - The Nightingale)

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Leonard Cohen - Almost Like the Blues

I can't wait for the new album to be released!

Monday, August 11, 2014

Blue Moon Cafe Series New Cover

It's time for Blue Moon Cafe Series: Where Shifters Meet for Drinks to get a makeover too. This one is more drastic, brand new cover by Robot Brain Design, and another round of proofreading by Lynzie Fitzpatrick.

This little book was a surprise for me because, despite being a short story collection and not very long, it sales better than all of my other titles, which  proves there's a huge market for paranormal out there.

So, if you want to read about shapeshifters, here's your chance. It's only $0.99.

Blue Moon Cafe Series: Where Shifters Meet for Drinks is available as an ebook through AmazonSmashwordsBarnes and Noble, iTunes, and Kobo.

Monday, August 4, 2014

Human Instincts New Cover

Human Instincts English edition ebook cover got a makeover.

The original was two years old and looked very amateurish. Back then, it was my first self-published title, and I still had a lot to learn. The new cover looks... less so. Hopefully! :P I kept the image and the colors, but fiddled with the fonts a little. I'm happy with it at this point.

Human Instincts is available on Amazon.comKobo, Barnes & Noble, iTunes, and Smashwords.

And don't forget about the Romanian edition available here.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

2014 July Reading List

The Bane Chronicles by Cassandra Clare, Sarah Rees Brennan and Maureen Johnson – I enjoyed the stories written by Clare and Brennan more than the ones written with Johnson. 3/5 stars Amazon Bookdepository

Half a King by Joe Abercrombie – I think Abercrombie misfired with this book. Instead of broadening his audience by expanding to the YA market, he’ll lose some readers. YA usually comes with a more developed love story. This is why women read YA because at the end of the day it’s a story about a boy and a girl who fell in love. Well, this book was clearly written for guys. There’s a lot of fighting, pain and suffering, but not much else. Ok, the scheming was cool. Those who read Abercrombie’s adult books will be disappointed because this is YA, and those who are looking for YA will also be disappointed because it’s not quite there. And it’s a shame because the story is good. 3/5 stars Amazon Bookdepository

Xenos. Contact intre civilizatii edited by Antuza Genescu – I was happy to discover that my story included in this anthology read even better than I remembered. Nemira

Vegetal by Danut Ungureanu and Marian Truta – This was an interesting vegetal, rural apocalypse. I probably would have appreciated it even more if I hadn’t seen The Children of the Corn as a kid. 4/5 stars Nemira

The Naked God (Night’s Dawn #3) by Peter F. Hamilton – OK, so I’ve only read the first volume of the third book in the series. The Romanian edition has three volumes about 700 pages each, and when I picked up the second volume I thought, No way I can read a book this big on the same subject so soon after the other one, and I just moved to something else. Amazon Bookdepository

Cibola Burn (Expanse #4) by James S.A. Corey – Unlike book #3 in the series, which I didn’t like, I really enjoyed this one. The editing was better too. And did you hear more books have been contracted and they’re turning it into a TV series? I can’t wait! 4/5 stars Amazon Bookdepository

My Real Children by Jo Walton – This isn’t fantasy or sci fi, it’s literary fiction, and the readers who enjoy literary fiction shouldn’t read it the same year as Kate Atkinson’s Life after Life like I did. Despite my complaints regarding Walton’s Among Others, I enjoyed that one more. There’s nothing special about the main character in My Real Children, and she lives a common, boring life in both worlds. I read books to escape daily life, not to relive the same crap all over again. The second half sounds like a history/genealogy lesson, and it gets terribly depressing towards the end. To make things worse, the premise of the book is laughable. 3/5 stars Amazon Bookdepository

Monday, July 28, 2014

The Impaler Legacy Omnibus Links

Kobo finally caught up with Smashwords and listed all of my titles. It only took four months. :P

You probably are aware of the links, but let's do a recap of the latest releases:

The Impaler Legacy Omnibus
Ebook: Amazon, Smashwords, Barnes and Noble, iTunes, Kobo, Scribd
Paperback: CreateSpace, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Bookdepository

The Third Wheel (The Impaler Legacy #3)
Ebook: Amazon, Smashwords, Barnes and Noble, iTunes, Kobo, Scribd
The Third Wheel is free everywhere except on Amazon. 

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Free Book Day!

Because I want you to have a good day like I'm having, today only you can download The Impaler Legacy Omnibus for free from Smashwords using the coupon code WG62W.

I hope you'll enjoy my vampire saga, and once you read it, I'd be extremely grateful if you wrote a review on Amazon, Goodreads, etc.

Now, where's that party? :)

Monday, June 30, 2014

2014 June Reading List

City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare – I’m afraid a year spent on CC has totally ruined me for this type of writing. 2/5 stars Amazon Bookdepository

The Churn by James S. A. Corey – Good character story, but it would have helped if I had read it right after one of the books. 4/5 stars Amazon

Aculophobia (Ten Macabre Short Stories) by A. R. Deleanu – Deleanu is a good atmosphere writer, but his dialogues need a lot of work. 3/5 stars Elefant.ro 

The Dark Tower 6: Song of Susannah by Stephen King – A step up from book 5, maybe because this one was shorter, but not as good as books 2-4. 4/5 stars Amazon Bookdepository

Rather slow on reading this month, and it's not like I wrote that much either, but I did edit two novels so that must count for something.

Monday, June 2, 2014

ReadWave Sci-Fi & Fantasy Theme

In case you didn't know it, I'm one of the editors of ReadWave Sci-Fi & Fantasy Theme.

Submit your 800-word sci fi & fantasy stories to ReadWave, short stories and excerpts only. If they're accepted, here's your chance to get a few extra readers.

Things that are unlikely to pass by me:
- poor grammar, spelling and punctuation;
- mixed tenses;
- head-hopping;
- passive voice and state-of-being verbs.

And this is all before getting to the plot and characters. Oh, and I hope I won't have to repeat the obvious, but the stories do need to include either sci fi or fantasy elements.

I'm looking forward to reading your work.

Saturday, May 31, 2014

2014 May Reading List

CPSF15 – A bit in two minds about the first two stories, but Abercrombie’s was good even if a little pointless. 4/5 stars Nemira

CPSF16 – I wish the magazine included more translations of recent stories, like Gregory Benford’s, and lay off on the 80s stuff. 4/5 stars Nemira

Prince of Thorns by Mark Lawrence – Clearly a debut novel with the expected flaws. The age of the hero bothered me the most, along with the final reveal and confrontation. All the secondary characters were just cardboard sketches, except for the captain who frankly was more interesting than the MC. 4/5 stars Amazon Bookdepository

The Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Galbraith – A decent crime novel, though I cared only about the detective and his secretary and none of the other characters.  4/5 stars Amazon Bookdepository

Best of Mystery & Horror #1 edited by Mircea Pricajan – Not bad considering that I’m not really into horror. It includes one of my short stories so I'm not going to rate it. Herg Benet

The Door into Summer by Robert A. Heinlein – Every spring I make  sure to read a Heinlein book, it sort of turned into a habit. I loved the title and its significance, and of course all the rambling about the cat. The book was pretty good too, though not one of his best.  4/5 stars Amazon Bookdepository