September 23, 2019

#Utopia Go Fund Me Blog Hop #Giveaway

As we jump into the FIFTH year of the amazing UtopiaCon, we want to give back to the organizers who have given so much inspiration and support to us. A conference of this magnitude–of this level of MAGIC–is not cheap.

Over the past few months, we’ve learned that organizers, friends, and even family have come forward and given from their own personal funds in order to help move Utopia forward another year, and we want to pay them back. We want to FIGHT FOR OUR WRITE and do our part to help.

This year especially, we’d like to make sure the Utopia team  goes into planning sessions with an extra boost to the conference’s bottom line.

So if you’ve ever been touched by Utopia, or if you love any of the authors, bloggers, or readers who have, please take a moment to give a few dollars. This will insure that the inspiration continues.

We hope you’ll be led to give from the heart…but to sweeten the deal, we have some MAJORLY EPIC incentives! In addition to what you’ll get from the Go Fund Me organizers (see the donation page to read about those), you’ll also get entered to win any one of these amazing raffle prizes listed in the Rafflecopter below!

Prizes like this one:

And in order to help convey the magical sense of community Utopia has instilled in its attendees, I want everyone to know that…

WITHOUT UTOPIA I NEVER WOULD HAVE….

(Don’t you LOVE the still image YouTube picked?! I tried to change it, but it was determined to make me look silly.) ANY-who…

There is no purchase or donation necessary to enter the drawing, but we encourage you to give even just $10 in order to help move us toward our big goal. And don’t forget, every donation of at least $10 earns you FREE books!

How to enter:

  1. Go visit #UtopiaLove’s Go Fund Me page and make a small donation (this isn’t necessary, but we would be so jazzed if you did this first! AND this earns you an automatic prize based on your donation level. Check your email to collect.)

  2. Click through any one of the Rafflecopter entry methods. Complete the necessary item and get entered for all of the raffle prizes listed below.

  3. Click through to the list of other participating authors & bloggers to read how Utopia has changed them!

That’s it! Thanks!

 

Participating Blogs:

Shantella Benson

S.M. Boyce

Stacey Marie Brown

Susan Burdorf

Shelley Custer

Komali da Silva

Amy Evans

Ginny Gallagher

Heather Hildenbrand

Karen Hooper

PK Hrezo

Elisabeth Kauffman

Carlyle Labuschagne

Patti Larsen

Liz Long

Jo Michaels

Michaela Mills

Kallie Ross

Raine Thomas

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DECEIVE Launch #Giveaway + the Daughters of Saraqael Turn 4!

Let’s Celebrate, Y’all!

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The big news today, of course, is that Deceive (an Estilorian Novel) is now LIVE! I’ve been waiting for months now to share this book with the world. I can’t wait to see what you think of Eden and Connor’s story!

To celebrate the launch, I’m hosting a giveaway…and not just a little one. You could win a brand new Kindle Fire! You’ll find the entry form at the end of the post. I hope you’ll help spread the news about the launch and the giveaway, and of course, I hope you’ll grab your copy today!

Book Blurb:

When the elders imprisoned Metis, they took every precaution to protect the Estilorian plane against her evil.

It wasn’t enough.

Now she’s escaped, and no one is safe. Fueled by hatred, she wastes no time imposing vengeance on those who captured her. She knows the surest way to destroy their lives is by taking what they love most, and she begins with a child named Eden.

Years later, Eden remembers none of her former life. She serves her “Master,” unaware of the family still searching for her. But as her eighteenth birthday approaches, memories begin to surface, and she questions her circumstances for the first time.

Eden’s confusion mounts when she’s joined by Connor, a handsome Elphresti male who reveals things that shatter her reality. They’ll end up on the run, knowing they can trust only each other. After all, Metis will stop at nothing to get them back, and she thrives on her ability to deceive.

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One More Reason to Celebrate

Today, the Daughters of Saraqael turn four. If that isn’t reason to celebrate, I don’t know what is!

It’s so hard to believe that it’s been four years since I hit “Publish” on Becoming, Central, and Foretold. On that day, I had about 100 Twitter followers and less than 20 followers on Facebook. I knew next to nothing about book publishing and marketing. In looking back, I can’t help but wonder how I got where I am today by bumbling along. I can only be grateful for all of the support I’ve received along the way!

Over the past four years, I’ve connected with hundreds of readers and other authors. I’ve sold tens of thousands of books. I’ve won multiple awards and the Daughters trilogy has been optioned for film. And there’s even more news to come…

Thank you so much for supporting me and my books. Deceive is a gift to my readers for your unwavering support of the Estilorians. I hope to share more with you soon!

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Cover Reveal: IGNITE (a Broken Novel) by Carlyle Labuschagne

 

Win this fabulous brass leaf bracelet 
(entry details below) 

 

Cover Reveal ~  Ignite a broken novel



~ Its always darkest before the dawn 



COMING 2016 

From award winning YA science fiction Author: Carlyle Labuschagne


In this epic conclusion to the Broken Trilogy when all seems lost and annihilate by darkness, Troy sets out to to rescue his friends and the survivors of his planet from the controlling hands of Illuninatus. On his rescue mission he discovers where Ava has been held captive for nearly three years completely warded from all supernatural seekers. Troy alone can save her from the brink of her dark disease and stop her from unleashing death to life as we know it. 

But first Troy and Troy  have to set out  into the darkest, lost realms of a desolate Earth together seeking out Cain who holds the answers on how to how the cure to the Shadowing Disease works before her disease becomes irreversible and she becomes the Dark Queen forever, burning down the entire world and those she loves down with it. 

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Cover Designer: Ubber talented Regina Wamba Mae I design and photography 

Book: Ignite A broken novel #3 (end of trilogy) can be read as a stand alone

Publisher: Fire Quill Publishers

Expected date: 2016

 ~ add the book to your TBR pile Ignite A broken Novel

About the author

 

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June 18th – 21st Nashville 



Calyle is an South African award wining author, with a flair for mixing genres and adding loads of drama to every story she creates. For now she is happy to take over the world and convert non Sci-fi believers. Her favorite genre to write is YA SF and dystopian romance novels.
Her goal as an author is to touch people’s lives, and help others love their differences and one another by delivering strong messages of faith, love and hope within every outrageous world she writes about.

“I love to swim, fight for the trees, and am a food lover who is driven by my passion for life. I dream that one day my stories will change the lives of countless teenagers and have them obsess over the world literacy can offer them instead of worrying about fitting in. Never sacrifice who you are, its in the dark times that the light comes to life.”

Carlyle used writing as a healing tool and that is why she started her very own writers support event – SAIR bookfestival. 
 “To be a helping hand for those who strive to become full times writers, editors, bloggers, readers and cover artists – its a crazy world out there you dont have to go it alone!
follow @CarlyleL for all the crazy updates on all things me.

Founder of SAIR Book Festival 
Co Founder of Fire Quill Publishing. 
Founder of Help build a library in South Africa. 


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Carlyle Labuschagne’s books on Goodreads

The Broken Destiny The Broken Destiny (Broken, #1)

reviews: 59
ratings: 171 (avg rating 3.84)

 

 

Dead of Night Dead of Night (Aftershock, #1)

reviews: 26
ratings: 34 (avg rating 4.38)

 

 

Evanescent Evanescent (Broken, #2)

reviews: 16
ratings: 48 (avg rating 4.33)

 

 

Absolution Absolution (The Broken Diaries, #1)

reviews: 3
ratings: 7 (avg rating 4.43)

 

 

Dead of Night Dead of Night (Aftershock Book 1)

reviews: 3
ratings: 3 (avg rating 5.00)

 

 

Enter to #Win in the Jumping in Genres Blog Hop by Stuck in Books!

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“May I Suggest” #Giveaway Hop Hosted by Stuck in Books!

It’s time for another #giveaway hop hosted by Stuck in Books!

Enter here for your chance to win the Daughters of Saraqael Trilogy Bundle eBook + a $5 Amazon Gift Card!

 

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Book Spotlight: KATIE AND THE NORTH STAR by Katie and Bethany Lopez

I’m so excited to share a new children’s book by Katie and Bethany Lopez, Katie and the North Star!


This book is suitable for children four and up, and is available now in ebook and paperback!
Cover Design by Regina Wamba of Mae I Design
Illustrations by Hetty Mitchell
Katie and the North Star is a book filled with adventure, joy, and imagination. Join Katie as she learns why she can’t keep the North Star all to herself.
Follow Katie and Bethany:
Katie and Bethany Lopez are a mother and daughter writing team. Katie is currently navigating through the first grade. She loves reading, writing, and Shopkins. Bethany writes stories for all ages. She enjoys writing full time, and spending time with her family. Katie and the North Star is their first collaboration.

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Katie and the North Star by Katie Lopez

 

Katie and the North Star

 

by Katie Lopez

 

Giveaway ends April 15, 2015. See the giveaway details at Goodreads.

 

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Raining Romance Books #Giveaway Hop Hosted by Stuck In Books!

Enter Here to Win a $5 Amazon Gift Card and an eBook of the Daughters of Saraqael YA Fantasy Romance Trilogy!

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$250 Spring into Cash #Giveaway by I Am A Reader!

Easter Money 2015

An Amazing Group of Authors & Bloggers have joined with me to bring you 1 fabulous prize!!

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Release Date Contest for DECEIVE (An Estilorian Novel) by @Raine_Thomas

Hello, my friends!

It has been SO LONG since I last had any Estilorian news to report. It makes me positively giddy to let you know that the release date for the next Estilorian novel, Deceive, has been set!

To celebrate, Red Coat PR has set up a contest where you could win an Amazon gift card. All you have to do is guess the correct release date!

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To enter the contest, CLICK HERE.

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Want to learn more about Deceive? Make sure you’re subscribed to my newsletter by signing up for Book Notifications on my site’s sidebar. News about the book will be released starting the first week of March.

What I will tell you is that you’ll need to be caught up on your Estilorian reading before you read Deceive…so make sure you read (or re-read) the Daughters of Saraqael and Firstborn trilogies in the coming months. I can’t wait to hear what you think about the next Estilorian novel. I hope you’ll help spread the word!

 

 

 

 

 

Release Day Blitz: 10 YEARS by Bethany Lopez


It’s release day for 10 Years by Bethany Lopez! Check out the excerpt below!

Title: 10 Years (Time for Love #5)
Author: Bethany Lopez
Age Group: NA
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Blurb: 

Gwen and Craig met through their older siblings when they were ten years old. The shy girl who loved to take pictures, and the focused baseball playing boy were fast friends, whose relationship grew strong as they grew older.

When Gwen’s innocence is stolen at a high school party, she turns to her best friend, Craig. Always her rock, Craig does what he can to defend Gwen’s honor, while still abiding by her wishes.After a night of passion leads to a morning of pain, Gwen fears that the person she loves the most, is the person that is destined to destroy her, so she pushes Craig away.

Ten years after their friendship began, Gwen and Craig are both at college excelling in their respective passions, but there’s a void in both of their lives, where their bond used to be.When both finally admit their love for each other, and agree to give romance a shot, will they finally become the couple that everyone knows they’re destined to be, or will Gwen’s unresolved issues from her past, tear them apart forever?

EXCERPT

As I looked around, I noticed Liam walking over to Aliyah. He looked handsome as usual, in jeans and a V-neck shirt, his hair perfectly tousled and his mischievous grin in place. I watched as he spoke to Aliyah, making her turn her attention from the conversation from the girl in her biology class, to him. I watched his face as he flirted, and knew the moment she shot him down. Liam tried to look as if it didn’t matter, but I could tell that almost three years of rejection was starting to get to him, and as he walked past her into the kitchen, I wondered why he didn’t give up.
“Jeb, can I cut in for a minute?” an achingly familiar voice said to my left, causing me to forget about Liam and Aliyah, and turn toward Craig.
“No,” I said loudly, before Jeb could respond, then growled in frustration when Jeb turned and walked away. “Ugh, what do you want?”
I didn’t wait for him to respond, instead turning on my heel and walking down the hall toward the bathroom.
“I want to know why you’re here. Why you keep coming to my frat parties, when there are a million other parties that you can go to. Do you like torturing me?” Craig asked from right behind me.
I whirled suddenly, causing him to stop so abruptly he had to steady himself with one hand on the wall, spilling a healthy stream of beer onto his shoes. We both watched as the gold liquid hit his nice, clean loafers.
I trailed my gaze up to his, an apology on my lips, but froze when I saw the anger on his face.
“You don’t want to talk to me anymore… Fine! You don’t want to be friends… Whatever, I’m happy to accommodate you.” Craig began walking closer as he talked, causing me to step back. “But your actions show something different. I think you miss me, you just don’t know how to make things right between us, and that’s why you’re always here. Just admit it, Gwen… Talk to me,” The anger left his voice as he pleaded with me, and although I knew what he was saying was true, I couldn’t bring myself to take the olive branch he was extending.
“Get over yourself,” I responded instead, lifting my chin and meeting his eyes haughtily. “I like to come here because you guys have the best booze, and the hottest guys.”
Craig took another step, and when my back hit the wall, I put my hands on my hips, refusing to back down at the look of hurt that flashed across his face.
“So you’re just here to get drunk and fuck my brothers, is that it?” he replied, and I had to stop myself from flinching at his crassness. I knew I was hurting him, but I needed to preserve my heart, and this was the only way I knew how to do it.
“Yup.”
“Well, don’t let me keep you,” he replied, stepping to the side.
His affable tone just pissed me off more.
“Don’t be such a hypocrite. You go home with random girls all the time, and you certainly drink your share of alcohol…”
Craig stepped back in front of me, blocking my way, and leaned his face down into mine, the anger practically vibrating off of him.
“Don’t give me that double standard bullshit. If I thought for one minute you were drinking and sleeping with random guys because you were enjoying college and sowing your wild oats, or whatever the fuck you call it, I’d be all for it. I’d be your biggest damn champion… But we both know that’s not it. You’re doing this for my benefit, to punish me. And the shit of it is, I have no idea what I’m being punished for, but I can tell you one thing, you’re not happy. You know it, and I know it, and I just wish you’d wake the fuck up and let me help you.”
His words pierced my skin and I suddenly felt like a cornered, injured animal, and all I wanted to do was fight back.
I was about to scream in his face, and maybe start kicking, when Liam and Aliyah came up behind us and Liam put a hand on Craig’s shoulder.
“Hey, brother, ease up,” Liam said with a forced chuckle. “The entire party can hear your squabble.”
Craig turned to his side and I squeezed past him, taking Aliyah’s hand so she could lead me down the hall.
“Gwen,” Craig called, his voice gentle and full of regret. “Meet you next Friday at three?”
I nodded, then turned and walked away.
We were going home for Brock and Victoria’s baby shower. Even though I didn’t give him the time of day for most of the year, we always drove back home for special events and holidays together. It started when Shelly and Cal had their first baby. Craig had been so excited to be an uncle, and I really wanted to be there to see the baby, so I’d agreed to go with him. After that, it just became a habit. I knew I should put a stop to it, I’d been telling myself that for years, but it was the only time that I let myself be with him, and not fight the entire time. We both loved our family and friends, and since they were so closely intertwined, it would be silly not to go together.
Then there was the fact that I still attended all of his baseball games. Sure, I took pictures and submitted them to the school paper, but no matter how many times I told myself I was going to stay home, and stop going to his games, I always went.
If I was honest with myself, I’d realize that one of the main reasons I never bought a car, was that if I did, I would no longer have a reason to carpool back home with Craig. And, if I stopped going to his games, I’d not only be breaking a promise I made to him eight years ago, but I’d miss the joy and pride I always felt when I watched him play.

 

It was a good thing I hadn’t been honest with myself in over three years.

 

 

 

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This story is meant for readers 18 and older.

Series Reading Order:

8 Weeks

21 Days

42 Hours

15 Minutes

10 Years ~ Releasing, Feb 3, 2015

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About the Author:
Award-Winning Author Bethany Lopez began self-publishing in June 2011. Since then she has published various YA and NA books. She is a lover of romance, family, and friends, and enjoys incorporating those things in what she writes. When she isn’t reading or writing, she loves spending time with her husband and children, traveling whenever possible.