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Ever wonder what the lord looks like?

I had a piece of art commissioned by a long time friend and an amazing artist so you can see Noll with the lord from NOBODY’S GODDESS. Gah! This is so exciting! Love what you see? Merritt is open to commissions at her site: MASART.

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THE FADING DUSK Cover Reveal

My long-time readers know that YA author Melissa Giorgio is my beta reader and best friend–and that I’m her beta reader, too. I’ve been a huge cheerleader for the Silver Moon Saga, her 3-book, 2-novella debut series. Now it’s time to get excited about the first book in her new YA fantasy series, Smoke and Mirrors, which begins this summer with THE FADING DUSK. Just look at this AMAZING cover from Mae I Design!

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BOOK & AUTHOR INFO:
The Fading Dusk by Melissa Giorgio
(Smoke and Mirrors #1)
Publication date: July 2015
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Synopsis:

In the gritty city of Dusk, seventeen-year-old Irina makes her living as the street magician Bantheir’s assistant. The job isn’t glamorous, but she loves the crowds, the shows, and most of all, the illusion of magic. But Irina’s world is shattered the night she is arrested and charged as Bantheir’s accomplice to murder—murder by magic.

Real magic, the kind that’s been forbidden since the old wars.

Irina finds the idea of flashy showman Bantheir using actual magic to kill someone laughable, but she’s the only one who sees how ridiculous the claim is. But how can she convince everyone Bantheir is innocent when they’ve already made up their minds? Desperate, Irina must decide who she can trust to help her win her freedom. Is the surly, handsome Captain Leonid telling the truth when he says he believes Irina is innocent, or is he just using her to get to Bantheir? What about Aden, the sweet soldier and longtime fan of Irina’s who claims he’s on her side?

Irina said she wanted to know the truth, but when she stumbles across a dark secret that changes everything, will she be strong enough to survive?

AUTHOR BIO:
melissabiopicMelissa Giorgio is a native New Yorker who graduated from Queens College with a degree in English. She’s always dreamed of being a writer and has been creating stories (mostly in her head) since she was a little girl. Also an avid reader, Melissa loves to devour thick YA novels. When not reading or writing, she enjoys watching animated films, listening to music by her favorite Japanese boy band, or exploring Manhattan.The Sight Seer, published June 12th 2013 by Crushing Hearts and Black Butterfly, is the first book in the Silver Moon Saga. In November of 2013, An Autumn Dream, a Silver Moon Saga novella that takes place between books one and two was published. The Soul Healer, the second book in the series, was published in April of 2014. A Promise of Magic, the second novella in the Saga, was published in November of 2014. The Shadow Stealer, the final book in the series, released February 27th, 2015.

Twitter: @melissa_giorgio
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/melissagiorgiofan
Wordpress: http://melissagiorgio.wordpress.com/
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Introducing The Fading Dusk!

It’s with great pleasure that I can announce my best friend and beta reader Melissa Giorgio‘s new series, Smoke and Mirrors, which starts this summer with THE FADING DUSK!

       In the gritty city of Dusk, seventeen-year-old Irina makes her living as the street magician Bantheir’s assistant. The job isn’t glamorous, but she loves the crowds, the shows, and most of all, the illusion of magic. But Irina’s world is shattered the night she is arrested and charged as Bantheir’s accomplice to murder—murder by magic.

            Real magic, the kind that’s been forbidden since the old wars.

            Irina finds the idea of flashy showman Bantheir using actual magic to kill someone laughable, but she’s the only one who sees how ridiculous the claim is. But how can she convince everyone Bantheir is innocent when they’ve already made up their minds? Desperate, Irina must decide who she can trust to help her win her freedom. Is the surly, handsome Captain Leonid telling the truth when he says he believes Irina is innocent, or is he just using her to get to Bantheir? What about Aden, the sweet soldier and longtime fan of Irina’s who claims he’s on her side?

            Irina said she wanted to know the truth, but when she stumbles across a dark secret that changes everything, will she be strong enough to survive?

I’m a beta reader for that series, too, and I can’t wait for you guys to read it! It’s part mystery, part romance and part magic in a beautifully gritty setting.

Add it to your Goodreads to-read list now!

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NOBODY’S GODDESS Cover Reveal

It’s here! Look at the lovely cover for my YA romantic fantasy debut, NOBODY’S GODDESS, the first in The Never Veil Series, courtesy of Month9Books:

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In a village of masked men, magic compels each man to love only one woman and to follow the commands of his “goddess” without question. A woman may reject the only man who will love her if she pleases, but she will be alone forever. And a man must stay masked until his goddess returns his love—and if she can’t or won’t, he remains masked forever.

Seventeen-year-old Noll isn’t in the mood to celebrate. Her childhood friends have paired off and her closest companion, Jurij, found his goddess in Noll’s own sister. Desperate to find a way to break this ancient spell, Noll instead discovers why no man has ever chosen her.

Thus begins a dangerous game between the choice of woman versus the magic of man. And the stakes are no less than freedom and happiness, life and death—and neither is willing to lose.

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And if you’d like, enter the below contest sponsored by Month9Books for a chance to win a digital copy after its release on April 21st!

GIVEAWAY INFORMATION:

·         One (1) digital copy of Nobody’s Goddess (The Never Veil #1) by Amy McNulty

·         Open Internationally

·         Winner will be drawn January 30, 2015

·         Winners will receive their book on release day

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NaNoWriMo 2014

Last year was the first time I officially participated in National Novel Writing Month, and it was tiring but also a lot of fun. Most importantly, although I felt burnt out by the end of it, I was happy that I got so many words down on the page in such a short amount of time. So I’ve decided to participate again this year!

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Please feel free to add me as a NaNoWriMo buddy if you’re also participating! You can also check out what I’m working on this year here, only there isn’t much information up since it’s the third in my trilogy. (I can’t exactly post a synopsis for that one before people have even read the first and second, can I? ^^)

I’m also going to be honest: I’m not starting a brand new project on November 1st, as the rules of NaNoWriMo require. I did that last year, and that was a true “win” for me, but I started work on NEVER VEIL 3 last week. My goal is to hit 50,000 words in November. I’ll be tracking those words from 0 on November 1st, even though I’ll already have some of the manuscript completed before that. After basically taking the summer off from writing brand new material (I did write 3000 words of a new work that’s on hold for now, revise NEVER VEIL 2, make small revisions to NOBODY’S GODDESS, and beta read/edit for a friend, though!), I need to work my way back up. I’m excited to get back to these characters I love, although it feels weird working on book three so long before most of you have a chance to read book one!

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Reviewing Anime Professionally

Any of you who’ve been reading my blog for a long time may have seen my love for anime and manga creep into the “Books I Loved” series I wrote a few years ago. (Like here, here, here, and here.) I more often talk about anime, manga and video games on my Twitter. (But I’m not above using some anime images on my Facebook to celebrate my writing milestones.)

I became obsessed with Sailor Moon when I was 12 years old and it didn’t take me long to realize my beloved “cartoon” about kick-ass lady superheroes was from another country, where they made lots more “cartoons” I loved just as much. Anime is a medium for every style story you can think of, from comedy to action to fantasy to sci fi. There hasn’t been a time in the nearly two decades since that I stopped loving it. A shared love for anime and manga is how I met a lot of my friends (including author Melissa Giorgio) and my boyfriend. The really good series have influenced my writing because I always strive to tell stories just as well as the anime that sticks with me years later. And in the past few years, with legal free, streaming anime available on sites such as Crunchyroll, Funimation, Viz, Hulu and Netflix, it’s never been easier to have near-instant access to the anime currently airing in Japan as well as classic series and films on demand.

But with so much available, there comes a problem: What to watch? When I was growing up as an anime fan, I watched practically every anime that made its way here, even ones that barely appealed to me, because the options were limited. Now there are simply too many shows to watch. That’s where Anime News Network’s Daily Streaming Anime reviews come in, and I’m one of the first reviewers in the program on a trial basis.

For the rest of the summer season, I’ll be the one giving out my opinions on Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-kun, Magimoji Rurumo, and Naruto: Shippuden. (Apparently I’m the rare creature “someone who’s watched ALL almost-600 episodes of Naruto and actually enjoys it” among those who applied. That, and my cat is an official “Ninja Pet” in Naruto: The Official Fanbook.)

I’d appreciate it if you follow me on Twitter and Facebook and re-post links to my reviews as they appear! Or just head straight to Anime News Network so you can read all of the reviews for the shows this season.

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Sassy Summer Book Party!

A few days ago I was a guest on the Dragon Blog, which is hosted by the Sassy Sisters Melissa A. Petreshock (author of NA fantasy romance Fire of Stars and Dragons) and writer Jennifer Streck. Today I can tell you about their:

Sassy Summer Book Party!

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I’m one of SIXTY-ONE authors who’s partying in the digital realm and donating a book. Whether you love YA, NA or adult/erotica, there’s a prize pack (or two or four) for you!

Since NOBODY’S GODDESS isn’t out yet, I donated (what else? ^^) THE SIGHT SEER, book one in the Silver Moon Saga, by Melissa Giorgio.

Win that and seven other books in this pack.

Stop by now through August 17th and tell your friends! Enter to win so many books or an Amazon gift card! 🙂