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Spotlight: The Alliance Series by Emma Adams

It's release day for Collision, Book 3 in the universe-hopping urban fantasy Alliance series! I'm so excited to take part in this promotional tour for Emma and her books. She's an amazing author and wonderful Twitter friend.

Now, let's learn a bit more about this book and the rest in the series. 

When Earth suddenly gains inexplicably high levels of magic, all fingers point at the Alliance.

On a distant world, where magic-fuelled forces of nature rule over humans, a disaster is sweeping the land, threatening to knock the Balance across the Multiverse out of sync. When Kay and Ada are sent there with the other Ambassadors, they’re thrown into the centre of chaos. Nature is alive, and angry.

Ada embraces the magic she still half-fears, but learning to control it proves harder than she can imagine. Kay, meanwhile, becomes more reckless than ever when testing the boundaries of his own abilities. When faced with living magic, no one is safe from its influence. Ada and Kay must choose what they’re willing to risk for the sake of saving a world that might already be doomed. Can mortals overcome the gods?

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Excerpt:

Heart in my throat, I pulled the stunner. Sparks immediately shot from the end, and I winced.

Carl struck at the creature with his stunner. An electric jolt split the smoke and the creature yelped. A creeping feeling curled around my spine, and I turned in time to dodge a second pair of insubstantial fangs as they snapped inches from my head.

I aimed the stunner at the beast and fired, a jet of red-purple lightning sparking off the walls. The creature screamed, but a louder noise overlaid it: a tremendous roar from ahead.

“Watch out!” Carl yelled.

I spun around in time to see an even bigger monstrosity rise from the smoke–red and long-limbed and snarling.

Where did it come from? Stupid how that was my first thought, but panic made me freeze up for a moment. It lashed out in a sea of sparks, and several guards fell, lightning encasing them. Carl swore, backing up, and other two monsters appeared alongside it–where the hell did they come from?

“My stunner’s out!” Carl yelled. “I’m calling for backup–if you run out of shots, just run!”

I had five shots left. Ignoring my pounding heart and shaking limbs, I ran at the nearest creature, which advanced on the fallen guards, and shot it with the stunner. A blast of magic far stronger than the stunner should have hit the creature in the face, sending ripples of magic pulsing outwards–only by pure luck did it miss the guards on the ground. Damn. If it hadn’t been for the adamantine in my blood, the backlash would have probably knocked me out. I wasn’t in control.

“Guys, stay back!” I yelled at two other guards who’d come to stand alongside me. “It’s not stable.”

I’m not stable.

But I had no choice. I struck with the stunner, sending a searing bolt of lightning at the nearest beast. Except the lightning didn’t come from the stunner. It came from my hand.

A nearby guard swore. “I’m out of shots.”

“Take mine,” I said quickly. “I can fight without it.” Magic seemed to want me to.

“Thanks,” he said, blinking like he was surprised I’d give away my weapon, and caught the stunner.

A snarling bundle of red smoke descended on us. How many of these things were there? For every one I knocked down, two more appeared, sparking and trailing smoke. I struck another with a bolt of magic, aiming at the floor to make sure I didn’t hit any of the other guards. The beast dissolved in smoke… and then divided in two. Like some ghastly hydra. Both halves growled at me, sparks flying out from their clawed, smoky red hands.

Shit. I backed away, thinking hard.

A rumbling sounded, and the ground trembled under my feet. What the hell? I’d thought the reinforced floor was impervious to any kind of hit. The magic. It’s got to be the magic. Lucky my shoes were magicproof, too.

“I’m getting outta this corridor!” someone shouted, and the sound of running footsteps clattered on metal.

A growl sounded, but before I could strike the two smoky creatures down, both dissolved into a formless red haze. Through the fog, guards ran everywhere, shouting, while I struck out with magic, to no effect. The magic-creatures had turned themselves into smoke, and it was like trying to beat up a cloud. At least we all looked equally ridiculous, I thought as I spun on the spot in what probably looked like an undignified ballet manoeuvre. Another guard face-planted, while a second tripped over him and brought the two of them crashing into a heap.

And the floor shook again, the smoke coalescing in the centre to form one formidable beast, filling the space from floor to ceiling. A shower of purple-red danced off the walls. I jumped back, but not before a spark grazed my forehead. The pain was more sharp than electric. Wincing, I braced myself against the wall, out of range of the magic. I still couldn’t see the creature. It was made of pure magic, and didn’t have a solid form. But I could feel the energy burning, and it was all concentrated in one place. The monster had pulled all the magic in the area into itself. It has to burn out. It can’t keep going like that.

But the monster didn’t show any signs of slowing down. Stunner shots mingled with the sparks, and inhuman screams told us at least one hit the target. My hands shook too much to risk aiming another magic shot, even as I felt the creature’s magic surging through the air. A bolt of pain shot through my forehead. I reached to touch the skin, and found it blistering hot. I thought magic couldn’t hit me!

Start the series from the beginning with Adamant (Alliance, #1), only 99 cents this week!

 

 

Ever since a devastating magical war tore apart Ada Fletcher's homeworld, she and her family have lived under cover on the low-magic Earth. Stuck in a dead-end job in London, Ada has spent her life hiding her true identity--and her magic. Until she loses her job, is chased by a rampaging monster, and is arrested as a prime suspect for a murder she had nothing to do with. It really isn't Ada's day.

Kay Walker, grandson of the Inter-World Alliance's late founder, expects to spend his first week as an Alliance employee hunting rogue monsters, not solving his supervisor's murder or questioning a strange, fierce young woman caught trespassing in the Passages between worlds. Killer or not, her abilities raise questions about the Alliance's history, and the closer he gets to the truth, the higher the body count rises.

The last thing Ada wants to do is help the infuriating Alliance guard who arrested her, but it soon becomes clear that the Alliance knows too much about Ada's magic. More, in fact, than she knows herself. One thing's certain: she's not the only one keeping secrets, and trusting the wrong person might cost more than her life...

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What reviewers are saying 

"Adams delivers high suspense throughout the whole book and manages to get you emotionally attached to the main characters which keeps you worried at every twist and turn. I basically flew through the action-packed story with its monsters and magic." - Goodreads reviewer

"Adamant is a fantastic start to a fun, adventurous and super cool series... Can't praise it enough!" - Alisha at Reality's A Bore.

Discovering she's a walking magical weapon is just the beginning of Ada's problems.

Joining the Alliance might be the key to seeing the worlds she's always dreamed of, but now Ada's in trouble with her family and her boss has put her on goblin-catching duty. With enemies around every corner and a centaur uprising threatening to bring a bloodbath to Earth's doorstep, the Alliance has their work cut out. While investigating the mysterious death of the centaurs' king, Kay and Ada navigate tensions between humans and centaurs and find the real, deadly potential of magic.

Against an enemy they quite literally can't see, Ada and Kay must face up to the power that almost destroyed their lives...

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The Passages between worlds are out of bounds for a very good reason, but nineteen-year-old Kay Walker sees them as another challenge. Exploring the monster-ridden tunnels offers a thrill nothing on Earth can match. Until a rivalry escalates into a deadly game, and the lure of magic comes with a high price...

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Emma is the author of various fantasy novels, including the universe-hopping urban fantasy Alliance series and the YA paranormal Darkworld series.

Emma spent her childhood creating imaginary worlds to compensate for a disappointingly average reality, so it was probably inevitable that she ended up writing speculative fiction with magic and monsters. She lives in the middle of England, but dreams of exploring the Multiverse. When she's not immersed in her own fictional worlds, Emma works as a freelance editor and proofreader and reads an improbable number of books.

Visit www.emmaladams.com to find out more about Emma's books, or subscribe to her newsletter (smarturl.it/ELAnewsletter) to get a free Alliance short story and monthly updates on upcoming releases.

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It's really happening...

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Yes. This is it. One and a half year later, my beloved Callie and Ky are FINALLY getting to tell their story. What's even better? People are wanting to read and review it. Talk about terrifying. But hey, such is the life of an author. And that, I am forever going to be! Below is my upcoming tour schedule with YA Bound Book Tours. For three years now, I've always ran my own book tours working as a publicist for Sizzling PR. But alas, the fabulous Swoon Romance is doing it for me! Check out the awesome bloggers below who get to take part! I'm so thankful for them all, because as a blogger myself, I know how time consuming it can be. 


Meet Callie. She’s nineteen, quirky, and fears commitments. She also has a love/hate relationship with her tennis shoes.

Nine months of college, done and gone, and all Callie has to show for it is her freshman thirty. But alas, no worries, life has other crap plans for her now. Plans that include a set of nuptials from hell for her older, she–devil sister Anna. Struggling to rid her chubby–sexy vibe, Callie is put on a strict Anna regimen of ‘do this do that’ while attempting to avoid the unavoidable. The unavoidable being Ky Hampton: her once skinny–skater–boy turned sex–god, ex best friend from across the street.

Kylan feels as though he is a waste. A mechanic, country music singer with not a lyrics to his name. A boy with a proverbial skateboard still strung around his neck from high school. He’s lost, and he’d be the first to admit it. But the moment he spots Calla Lily––with a cemented penis in hand––the more he realizes that she’s exactly the muse he’s been missing.

But when the going gets tough, and the secrets of her past grow thicker, Callie has to figure out if her tennis shoes will be her escape this time around in life, or her demise instead.


Blog Tour Schedule:
October 7:
Her Book Thoughts! - http://herbookthoughts.reads-it.com - Review

October 8:
Bookish Affairs - http://bookishaffairs.wordpress.com - Review
A Cup of Tea & A Big Book - http://acupofteaandabigbook.blogspot.com/?m=1 - Review

October 9:
Bookish Wanderlove - http://bookishwanderlove.blogspot.ca - Review
Book Butterfly in Dreamland - http://purpleshadowhunter.blogspot.com/ - Review

October 10:
Worth Reading It? - http://www.worthreadingit.blogspot.com - Review
Reader Girls - http://www.readergirlsblog.com - Review

October 13:
JennyBee's Book Blog - http://jennybeesbookblog.wordpress.com/ - Review
Love In Every Page - http://loveineverypage.weebly.com/ - Review
Books&Tea&Sugar - http://booksandteaandsugar.wordpress.com – Review
The Young Folks - http://www.theyoungfolks.com/ - Review

October 14:
What's Beyond Forks? - http://www.whatsbeyondforks.com - Review
Words I Write Crazy - http://writingcrazyme.blogspot.com/ - Review
The Shadow Realm – www.xtheshadowrealmx.blogspot.ie - Review

October 15:
Dragon Blog - http://www.melissapetreshock.com/the-dragon-blog - Review
Between The Lines - http://bestbetweenthelines.blogspot.com - Review
Crawling Over The Pages - http://couchpotatoism.blogspot.com/ - Review

October 16:
Once upon a twilight - www.onceuponatwilight.com - Review
Our Book Boyfriends - http://ourbookboyfriends.blogspot.com/ - Review
Little Whimsy Books - http://littlewhimsybooks.tk – Review
The Best Books Ever - http://www.thebestbooksever.com/ - Review
The Rhapsodic Curiosities - http://heyitsaneca.tumblr.com - Review

October 17:
books are love – www.hello-booklover.tumblr.com - Review
Undercover Book Reviews - http://undercoverbookreviews.blogspot.com/ - Review

The Phantom Paragrapher - www.thephantomparagrapher.blogspot.com - Review

Nothing new...nothing bad...nothing amazing...just right.

So...summer vacay is here. *cue the confetti*  Wait. No confetti. *Cue the need to eradicate sleep so I can stay up all night and work instead?* Yeah, that sounds about right. Too bad it'll never happen.

My kids are home EVERY day ALL day now, therefore my writing has taken a backseat to softball practices, trips to the park, sleepovers that never end, and swimming. Don't get me wrong, I still work my booty off every single time I sit down at my computer, but when the little girl fists start flying, and the "I'm bored's" have kicked in, then that typically means the 2,000 words I just wrote, winds up being crap. 

But alas, it's okay. I'm surviving, regardless of the fact that I may or may not need some sanity meds by the time the clock ticks bedtime every day. But hey, being a mother is the most rewarding job on the planet, so of course I wouldn't change it for the world. What I might do though, is demand a raise in Starbucks rewards from my hubby.

I've got a sequel for my Swoon Romance bookie, Finding Her Way Back, that needs finishing by the end of July. Yikes. Six weeks away is not that long. (note to self: deadlines suck) I'm doing fairly well with that one. It's my main character's sister's story. She's straight up mean and wicked, but she has her reasons.  Trucking along at 40,000 words and counting, with an 80,000 word goal, I have to remind myself that I'm in control here. I can do this. Hell, I once wrote a 30,000 word novella in two weeks. So, I've totally got this. I think...  
Now for some downer news. I'm almost to the point where I have to shelve my Romeo and Juliet retelling, His Game, Her Rules. *cringes* I've queried the agents. I've had six full requests. And almost all have passed. Except for one. One in which I'd literally fall off the earth for if she ever said "Yes, this book is astonishing and I wanna rep it now!" (hahahah... Sigh... A girl can dream, right?) 

The rejections have gotten soooo much easier, though. I will say that one! I don't curl up in a ball and cry for a few hours anymore. Nor do I stuff my face with ice cream and Oreos either. *um, yeah, I totally did those things the first time. Husband asked if I was gonna make it. My 3 girls cuddled with me on the couch and we sang along with Frozen until I didn't feel like my life had been sucked away to the pits of literary hell.* Now, instead, I shrug them off, and say, "there's always tomorrow, right?"  

   



So with that being said, I'm excited to say I've already started to send out a hand full of queries for my New Adult book (the one with the sexy rugby playing daddy, and the curvy half-Filipina girl who...well, I can't tell you more than that.) I will say that i'ts a book that took me over a year to write, mainly because I had so many other things to work on. It's also the dirtiest book I've ever written to date. the plethora of names for the man's private parts is the clue for that. THE IMPERFECT TRY has been through the betas and CP's all that jazzy goodness. I've received nothing but positive reactions for it too.  Yet still, those ugly little nasty doubt worms have crept into my brain, and therefore I have to wonder, is it good enough? Of course, like all authors, my doubts are never ending. I'm always second guessing myself. Yet this time, when a piece get's broken from my sort of carefully guarded heart, I'm sure as hell going to strap on my girly balls and hold myself together because I. Am. A. Force. 

Okay...maybe not AWESOME. But just me. A girl who has been through the ringer to get where I'm at now. (Long story meant for another post, trust me, you don't wanna hear about my journey.)

Life's busy, and I'm trucking on. Reading more, reviewing more too. (WA-HOOOO!) In fact, I think I've read more books these last two weeks than I've read the last three months. It's exactly what I've needed. Because the bottom line is, books are my escape, whether I'm  writing them, or reading them, doesn't matter. What matters the most, is that I love doing those two things. And I always will.  If my girls make it impossible, or a slew of bad rejections come it too. I'm here, and I'm not going anywhere anytime soon!

 
And here's an adorable little bear because... well, just because. 

Super exciting news!

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This, right here, is my VERY first blog post as an author!!! *cues crazy kids above*

I'm beyond excited to finally take the personal blogging venture. And even more excited that my first post comes with such awesome news too. 

If you follow me on FB or Twitter, then you probably already know that just recently I signed a killer, awesome deal with an amazing, up and coming publishing house entitled  Swoon Romance.

To say that I was a wee bit excited would be a total understatement. I do believe my action consisted of running around the house in my jammies on a Sunday afternoon, only to land on my pillow and scream into my sheets with glee. 

Now, you might just be wondering how this all went down, huh? Or too, you might just be thinking to yourself, 'oh, well that doesn't sound all that amazing. Heather always has some sort of random  author/writer story to pass the time with, so why should I care now?

Well,  I'll be the first to say that this time, things are a bit different. And I'm going to tell you why...

After completing A Long Time Coming, I decided I wanted to continue on with my New Adult writing adventure. I love me some sexy times, and if I do say so myself, I'm not so bad at them. (I'm not expert, by any means,  but hey,  don't knock the beginner...) Any who, as I was saying, I kept up with my NA route,  only to be bombarded by a story in my head that wouldn't quit. We're talking the story that would never end!! This baby kept me up all night. Kept me from doing house work. Kept me from functioning, and kept my kids living on mac and cheese for six weeks straight.  (well, okay, not ALL the time, but you get the drift)

This is the story of Callie, my chubby-sexy heroine who has a serious love/hate relationship with her running shoes. In a journey of finding herself, Callie falls for Ky, her ex-best friend turned sex-god neighbor boy turned man that still lived across the street from her parent's house .  That's all I'll give you for now, just know that this story is unlike any one that I've ever  written before, and we'll leave it like that.

So, with a finished, decently polished manuscript in hand entitled  Finding Her Way Back I said to myself 'do something with it'. Something different. That's when I went on my very first book agent hunt.  And oh what an exciting adventure that was.

I did Twitter pitches, contests and even had some partial requests. All the while long I was stalking  Swoon Romance, wondering...should I...or shouldn't I? Then my choice was taken out of my hands when the publisher herself from Swoon Romance  saw my pitch during adpit and requested I send the full manuscript to her to read!  

Well, cripes...this was surely a heart break in the making, I had thought to myself. But alas, I sent it anyways. All the while asking why I tortured myself! I mean, some of my own personal Idol authors are published through there. Tons of the authors from there also have agents too. Would I be good enough? Would my story rock their world like it totally rocked mine?  It just wasn't possible for me to think this would amount to anything because believe me when I say I haven't had the best luck in this publishing field. Hence my negativity :)

But enough about that.

6 weeks, give or take a few days, later I received an email. On a Sunday. From Georgia at Swoon Romance. I didn't open it at first. In fact, I almost deleted it because I said I just wasn't in the mood for the heartbreak of a rejection. But decided it was best to just get it out of the way. No point in prolonging my fear. 

But  imagine my surprise when there was an offer for me. One that said she enjoyed my story, and wanted me to become part of the Swoon Romance family.  Cue the ugly tears...

You'd think I was dying tears. This was my most favorite publisher, and here  they were, wanting MY BOOK!!! Ahhh!!!!

Okay, so  that's  my story. But my main point of this little post was to say that no matter  what happens in life, no matter how much disappointment you face, or fears  you  must overcome in life, to go big or to go home is the way to  go. Don't  sell your self short like I did. Don't let your fear take over your expectations  either. And most of all, don't listen to the voice in  your head that says 'you  suck' because really...you don't. =)