Monday, May 5, 2014

A-Z Reflections, and the Power of 2 times 2!

A-Z Afterthoughts
My third A-Z Challenge was a lot of fun, but I feel like I fell short with visiting others. April was a rough month for me, and I was out of town. I spent a total of 14 nights sleeping in a hotel bed. Then, the first moment I'm finally home, three executives from my company's headquarters fly in to visit with me for a couple days.

So for April, work was a killer.

Which meant my ability to visit everybody was limited. For that, I apologize. I know I missed a lot of great posts.

Writing about some great (and some not-so-great) one-hit wonders was a blast. I hope you enjoyed reading them and watching the music videos.

The Power of 2 times 2
I have two great authors to share with you today, and they both happen to be releasing the SECOND books in their series.

First up is the wonderful River Fairchild...

A Dragon’s Lament, book 2 of the Jewels of Chandra series is out now!


Magic is real. So is betrayal.

David enters the Fire Kingdom and events shift from bad to worse. He learns a shocking truth about the dragons, a truth destined to block his efforts to retrieve the lost magic of Shaylar from the ruling Council. After a cave-in and injuries force a rescue, David finds himself more isolated than before as personal concerns scatter his trusted advisors and the wizard who led him there abandons him.

The head of the dragon Council negotiates separate deals with both David and his father, sowing further discord between them. David's close friend, Lothan, disappears into the caves and doesn't return. A group of dissidents kidnap Wilks, the child empath David is sworn to protect. With no options left, he accepts the Council's demands to help them in their centuries-old conflict, risking a war which might kill them all.

Even if David manages to win, there's no guarantee the dragons will let him leave the region alive. They don't want the Kingdom of Shaylar to rise again and will stop at nothing to see it remain a pile of dust.


River Fairchild is somewhat odd, brandishes a dry sense of humor, owned by several cats. Lives in a fantasy world. A fabricator of magic. Makes stuff up and spins tales about it. Believes in Faerie crossings and never staying in one place for very long. Speculative Fiction wordsmith. The secret to her stories? Spread lies, blend in truths, add a pinch of snark and a dash of tears. Escape into her world. She left the porch light on so you can find your way down the rabbit hole.

My blog:

Buy Links:
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Also available in paperback

And now is Becca Campbell's cover reveal for the second book in her series!

Welcome to the cover reveal for Flawed: Outsider (book number two in the Flawed series) by Becca J. Campbell! This gorgeous cover art was designed by the talented Steven Novak.


Is He Only Normal?

After a psychopath tried to kill his friends, Josh Schuyler figured 'normal' was far off. The real problem: Josh's friends have all acquired supernatural abilities, while he's still the same average guy. Josh has always believed he was destined for greatness, but he's been out of college for two years without  a clue of his purpose. After watching his friends and siblings develop superhuman traits, he wonders if he might be meant for something grand, too. Can Josh even hope for an extraordinary event in his own future? And how long must he wait for this transformation - if there is one? When Alex met the Schuylers, she was grateful for new friends to whisk her away from her lonely life in California and give her an escape from her divorced, bickering parents and aimless future. But Josh won't drop his defenses, and Alex isn't sure she wants to trade her old life for this new, uncertain one. Nicodemus has an amazing ability he's been milking for years to get whatever or whomever he wants. Things are going great until a young woman - Alex - inadvertently busts his latest swindle. Nic is furious when he discovers his power has been disabled, and he vows to find her in order to wreak his vengeance. She will be punished. All he needs is a little help from his friend, Ethan Black. Josh has been waiting for his big break, or for the chance to be a hero, or just the opportunity to stand out in his own, extraordinary way. Will Josh discover his purpose in time to stop Nic?

Outsider (Flawed, #2) Release

Add Outsider to your Goodreads to-read list here

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Congrats to these two awesome ladies!


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

That's a lot of nights away from home!
Congratulations to the authors. River's cover is stunning.

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

I enjoyed your A-Z theme, Jay. Some of those songs really took me back…. :)

Madeline @ The Shellshank Redemption

L. Diane Wolfe said...

Both have beautiful covers.

Your theme was fun. I knew I'd be away too often to participate this year, so I admire that you were still able to do it.

Robin said...

It is very difficult trying to do anything else and the A to Z. I can't believe you worked that hard and still finished the challenge. Good for you!!!

Pat Dilloway said...

I'm sure most people feel they didn't visit as many. It's hard when there are like 2000 of them. I liked yours, some good nostalgia there.

Christine Rains said...

Yay for River and Becca! Glad you had fun with the Challenge even though you were so very busy. Hopefully May will be a month spent more in your bed. :)

Jay Noel said...

Alex: It was very rough, Alex

Madeline: Great! I'm glad you enjoyed it.

Diane: It wasn't easy. Hopefully next year won't be so crazy for me.

Robin: I'm exhausted. Maybe I need a blog vacation.

Pat: Speaking of nostalgia, I just read your post!

Christine: I hope so too.

Michael Offutt, Phantom Reader said...

Two great-looking books. I hope both these authors sell a lot of copies.

Jay Noel said...

Michael: Me too!

DEZMOND said...

love the covers of both books, especially the fantasy element of A DRAGON LAMENT and the hunky element of OUTSIDER :)

Lexa Cain said...

Your April sounds so busy I'm surprised you had time to visit anyone. Congrats on finishing!

I love River's book cover!!!! Wishing her huge success!! :)

Jay Noel said...

Dez: Can't beat fantasy and hunky!

Lexa: Yeah, I really tried my best.

mooderino said...

Loved the theme and even more when I recognised the tune! Congrats on completing the challenge.

Moody Writing

Samantha May said...

Awesome theme! And good job on finishing the challenge in spite of your crazy month.

April was pretty crazy for me too. I, for one, am glad it's over!

Tara Tyler R said...

i am in awesome company for cover reveals today! these books both sound intense in their own unique ways! congrats to both of you!
and thanks for your comments on my reveal, jay!
hows the dragonfly warrior doing?

Elizabeth Seckman said...

I understand about life getting overwhelming! I feel like every day is like treading water.

River's book looks really good, and so does Becca's!

BTW, given your advice not to let the hospital to allow our accounts go into collections, we hired an attorney and all is well in our world again! Thanks :)

Anonymous said...

It was tough for a lot of people to make the rounds, myself included. I'm glad I found yours and enjoyed your one-hit wonder posts.

Sheena-kay Graham said...

Congrats ladies. River and Becca have really nice covers. Jay I know what you mean about falling short on visiting others in A-Z this year. At first kept up but then.. Life happens and we just have to do the best we can. Congrats on taking part.

Loni Townsend said...

Egads. That's pretty amazing that you made it through the challenge, even spending half of it away from home, and then having company after that. You had a great selection of one-hit-wonders, some of which I couldn't help but sing along with.

Grats to River and Becca!

nutschell said...

Congrats River and Becca! Such cool covers. April was pretty crazy for me as well. Hope you're enjoying sleeping in your own bed now that's over:)

River Fairchild said...

Oh, wow, Jay! What a surprise! I'm just now catching up with everybody. Thank you so much for sharing my book and congrats to Becca!
I loved your one-hit wonders. So many songs there that brought back memories...and others that proved to be new to me. You did an awesome job of it!

Emily R. King said...

I'm amazed you were able to blog at all being gone that much! And thanks for introducing Becca and River.

Nick Wilford said...

Wow, you did really well for being so busy. Hope there was good wi-fi in the hotels! I enjoyed catching some of your posts and reliving those one time hits. Congrats to River and Becca, these both look great.

cleemckenzie said...

I think you did a great job! Here's a pat on the back to add to the others here. The new books look amazing and they just keep coming.

Mr. Shife said...

Congrats indeed to your writing friends. You did an excellent job in April and even more so now that we know how much traveling you were doing. We all knew you would get around to us when you had the time. Take care buddy.

Nicki Elson said...

Oh dammit! I can't believe I missed out on what sounds like a very fun theme. Like you, I didn't get around to visit during A to Z as much as I would've liked. Well, I suppose I have time to scroll through a few of your one hits right now...

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