Sunday, April 28, 2013

From Bk1 of #Eternelles INESCAPABLE: What happened that night between Adri and her daughter? #snippetsunday

Hey peeps!

We are officially in winter. Woke up this morning to temps of 20degC - just a few weeks ago, we were waking up to 28degC. The wind is also lashing and it bites, leaving you with chapped lips and a throbbing sinus headache if you go out without covering your head. Yes, I do live in the tropics... Lip balm is gonna do double duty this season!

Anyhow, It's Sunday and the cool weather is perfect to hunker down with a good book...or some good snippets of upcoming or already-released stories. I'm sure the folks @ snippetsunday will provide more than a good roundup of goodies.

I add mine to the list. Still with Inescapable, the first book in the Eternelles series co-written with Natalie G. Owens. So far in the past few weeks, I've been showing you the tumultuous relationship between the heroine I wrote, Adri, and her daughter, Sera (written by Natalie).

What really happened on that fateful night? Read on to find out. We pick up from last week...


'...
“That man…that creature…he took all that I wanted from me. He took the life I’d chosen, Mom.”
He’d turned her into a vampyre, and left her for dead.
“And I compounded it all by forcing you to live on,” Adri had thrown out with bitterness lacing her voice. “You’re saying I shouldn’t have loved you as much as I did. I shouldn’t have been so selfish to want you to live.… To decide to feed you my blood to keep you alive after…he toyed with you. To stop you from turning into a vampyre, or worse.”
She’d looked at her daughter’s eyes then, eyes whose unique color surprisingly echoed her own, so deeply, despite the fact the two of them shared no blood. “Even after all this time, you still think this?”
“I’m stuck on this because...because you want me to forget. I’m…”
“If I could make you forget, like I can by erasing the memories of others in crowds, trust me, I would. But it’s never worked on you, no matter how many times I’ve tried.”
Giving up, Adri had taken a deep, shaky breath and left Sera alone with her pain, as she’d wanted.

        And now here she was, looking her best and ready for business.

...'


Inescapable will be releasing on all major indie platforms (Kindle, Smashwords, B&N, etc) around May 10, peeps. Yep, barely 2 weeks away! Can you imagine how excited Nat and I are right now? :)

Don't forget to check the official snippet sunday group on FB to find the other participants. Among them, goodies will go up from Anastasia Vitsky, Sarah Wesson, AJ Nuest, Sharon Buchbinder, Kate Wyland, Sue Ann Bowling, Summer Ross, Veronica Scott, & Karysa Faire.

From Mauritius with love (and a really bad cold!),

Zee

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Catching up with the cover reveal of LIGHT MY WORLD, Bk2 of the Island Girls series!

Hey peeps!

After 2 weeks in the house (where we were stuck thanks to a huge cyclone making its apparition in our area and staying put for days!), the hyenas are finally back into school, and the weather has returned to bright and sunny. Not exactly hot, since we've already veered into winter territory, it seems, but the sunrays can get very warm when you're out under them.

Anyhow... kids back in school = me back at work. Hard. On top of prepping for the release of INESCAPABLE, Book1 of the Eternelles series co-written with Natalie G. Owens, and which will be my first foray into the indie world, I am once again running around as the headless chicken. Well, what can you do? Gotta live up to my name, innit?

And speaking of work, my editor at Decadent Publishing and I are almost done with edits on Book2 of the Island Girls series, Light My World.
In fact, we even have a cover! If you're with me on FB and Twitter, you've seen this one already. But here's the official reveal.

To put you into the frame of this story, here's the blurb:

It is a truth universally acknowledged that, to find a prince, a girl has to kiss a few frogs along the way. But what happens when a modern-day princess comes across...an ogre?

Diya Hemant is done with her mother’s relentless matchmaking and the pressure to get married ASAP. Hadn’t anyone told the old generation that this is Mauritius in the twenty-first century, and not the Regency era? She yearns to find her Prince Charming, yes, but she’ll find him on her terms. After all, she’s armed with the definitive list of requirements that paragon of hunkiness has to possess.

When her path crosses surly British widower Trent Garrison’s, Diya is sure she’s found an ogre of the worst kind, and one who can never be turned into a frog, let alone a prince.

But hate at first sight can be a powerful emotion, stronger even than instant attraction. Fate keeps pitting them against one another – could this be a clue that both Diya and Trent need to find what lies in their, and each other’s, hearts?

And the cover....




Amazing how the artist scored me models who look exactly like how I'd pictured the characters. The girl on the cover resembles Lea Michele, don't you think? I didn't write this story with Glee's Rachel in mind, but she would totally fit the description of Diya. Take a look...

And I always, always pictured Trent as actor David James Elliott. This bloke on the cover looks so much like him, it's insane!


What do you people think? I'm very curious to know! :)

From Mauritius with love,

Zee

Sunday, April 21, 2013

From Bk1 of #Eternelles INESCAPABLE: teenage angst from a mother's POV #snippetsunday

Hey beautiful people!

For once, it's a beautiful, dry, and sunny Sunday here in Mauritius. I'd had it up to here with the rain and wind and humidity - ack! Thank goodness for this change in weather, though we've veered into winter climate with this kind of brilliant light that however doesn't heat at all!

Perfect time to cuddle with a good book... though ye all in the US and Europe are going into spring. Well, even spring is a good time to lose yourself in a good read...

*hint, hint* This one will be coming out in May, sometime around the 10th (assuming Amazon cooperates!). Your spring read for this year? Thank you if you make it this way. :)

Anyhow, another little teaser for you.

We pick up a few lines from where we left last week - in the middle of Adri recalling the epic argument between her and her daughter, Sera.

Remember - these 2 women are not "normal" humans.... Adri is an immortal who grew up on Olympus, the daughter of greek god Dionysos and a human maenad. Sera hails from mysterious origins, but one thing is for sure - she has phoenix blood in her. 124 years earlier, she appeared as a baby wrapped in flames and plopped into Adri's arms.


'...
“But I could have grown old, like everyone else! We couldn’t be sure. I’m not like you.”
An immortal who had lived close to three millennia—they knew of no one on the mortal plane as old as she was.
“You know I’m the only one of my kind. As for you, you never looked a day older than eighteen. What’s to say—”
He did this to me!” Sera had interrupted. “You know that damn well. I can never be rid of this vampyre bent. That’s the part of me that keeps me young…and cursed.”
“Sera,” she’d said softly. “That’s not true. You’re not cursed.”
“You keep saying that,” she spat, “when you’re the one who changed everything. Especially things that were best left alone!”
Sera’s implication that she—her own mother—should have left her to die rather than do the unthinkable to save her….

....'


Want to check out more people posting their snippets today? Then head here. Some fantastic ones worth looking at are from AJ Nuest, Sarah Wesson, Sharon Buchbinder, Veronica Scott, Siobhan Muir, History Sleuth, Vivien Dean, Joyce Scarbrough, Sue Ann Bowling, and Kate.

Hope ye're all having a lovely weekend, peeps!

From Mauritius with love,

Zee

Sunday, April 14, 2013

From Bk1 of #Eternelles INESCAPABLE: the joys of the mother-daughter relationship! #snippetsunday

Hey peeps!

It's Sunday again - where did the time fly? One week of Easter break down for the hyenas; one more to go for me. Wish it went this fast, but then, too, I won't be getting much done if the time flies by me... Knuckle down, Zee: you've got work and deadlines!

Not to mention upcoming releases... And speaking of, how about a little more from Inescapable, Book 1 of the Eternelles series, and my collab with my bestie, Natalie G Owens?

Last week, I introduced you to 'my' character - Adrasteia 'Adri' Dionysios. She's a 2900-yr-old immortal raised on Olympus by Zeus himself. Sent to Earth in 800BC after a petty squabble with the one she considered her father, Adri has lived her life like a libertine and has taken her pleasure where she wanted it. Not surprising, given she is the biological daughter of Dionysos, god of wine and revelry, and a human maenad...

All this changed in 1887 when a baby wrapped in flames appeared in her arms out of thin air.

Motherhood is a whole new challenge for this oh-so-experienced woman... and dealing with a girl who, despite being 124 years old, still seems to cling to teenage rebellion is a struggle, to say the least...

The following come right after last week's excerpt. Adri had her work as a mother cut out for her!

'...
Adri sighed; not for here and now, she told herself as she marched up the steps. On the landing, she paused, and threw a look around—an air of urgency settled over her skin like crackling electricity, but she shrugged it off. She was overwrought from the fight with Sera. Another fight with Sera.
She’d wanted her daughter to come with her, but Sera preferred to stuff herself with chocolate cake and wallow in self-pity; it was the same, year after year, at this time. What could she do? Words from that drawn-out argument echoed in her head.
“Look at you! You sit here eating cake like a two-year-old boy and scarfing it down as if it were the last slice in the world. Why not do something different, for once? I just don’t understand you sometimes!” she had said in frustration.
“Mom, that could’ve been us on that ship, we would’ve survived and I would’ve ended up here, happy. Who knows, perhaps I’d be dead of old age by now, too, buried next to William, and our kids would be grown, with children of their own.”
But none of that ever happened. None of it ever will... Those words had hung in the air between them like a hangman’s noose ready to administer a protracted death.

...'


And yes, it's that ship, in case you're wondering... the one that set out on April 10, 1912, from Southampton in England on its maiden voyage crossing the Atlantic ocean to New York...

Natalie posted her snippet from Sera's POV today. Check it out!

Want to read more amazing snippets? Then head to this link - they're all here!

Hope ye're all enjoying a fab Sunday. We're in the throes of cyclonic warnings with utterly despicable weather right now, so no good weekend for us...

From Mauritius with love,

Zee

Saturday, April 13, 2013

2 British boys battle for the top spot today! *on my Playlist!*

Hey peeps

It's a cold and dismal Saturday here today. Cyclonic warning Class1 in force this morning when I'm writing this; hopefully we won't get much worse weather. Lotsa rain is not what we're looking for, esp after the recent floods in the capital city.

So what else is there to do except hunker down inside the house, maybe with a good book, or a good WIP? Yep, I'm writing a new story (more about that next week with the Progress Report).

But another thing you can do when the weather is awful = grab a nice afghan, settle in your couch or comfy sofa, and plug in the earphones! Yes, I mean relaxing with good music!

Now, ye all know I love Brit Pop and that's what I listen to, mainly. No surprise then that I have two talented British lads vying for the top spot right now.

Want to join in and help me weigh who will win? Then take a listen down here. *grin*

First up, he's the winner of the latest version of X-Factor. Lots of people diss him but I think he's got a lovely voice, and that song of his is just heartbreaking!




Then, we have Olly Murs. Another top lad in the British charts. Got an amazing style that reminds me of a cross between the popular vibe of Robbie Williams and the alternative/electro-reggae beat of Jamiroquai.



So, which one wins it for you? I'm having a hard time deciding...

And if anything, I hope these tracks brightened your weekend a little. I know I could do with a spark.

From Mauritius with love,

Zee

Monday, April 08, 2013

Catching Up & musings about my 2013 release schedule!

Hey beautiful people!

Funny how I find myself with some time on my hands when the hyenas are on break. I usually go nuts and all kinds of crazy haywire when they're at home, but this time, I tried to clear my sked a bit to be able to spend some time with them.

Not that I've managed to, really... I mean, I've arranged my schedule to fit everything I need to do within the hours when the kiddo is at school, and though on the whole I've accomplished my goals, I still find myself with a full plate at times.

That's what happens when your work is more akin to freelancing than having a set 9-5 jobs. As an editor, I don't really control when a project will land in my lap, and then I also depend on the author I am editing to stick to a certain schedule/deadline and the two of us need to work together. And most of the time, an editor is not working exclusively on one project, which means she'll be free when the work has returned to the author - there are other projects vying for attention in that time frame.

Not to mention that I find myself with a hectic publishing schedule this year. Lol, not that I'm complaining, but the work of an author doesn't stop when the book has been written and contracted. Then start the edits, which can get quite taxing and time-consuming (esp when you have other jobs to fit in, too)... and you also have promo and social media and all that lovely hoopla. Thank goodness I am a social butterfly who loves to keep in touch and maintain relationships; otherwise I'd be a basket case.

But publishing schedule, here's what mine is looking like right now:

May - Inescapable, Book1 of Eternelles with Natalie G. Owens

July - The Other Side, Book 1 of the Island Girls Trilogy with Decadent Publishing

September - Light My World, Book 2 of Island Girls

October - Indomitable, Book2 of Eternelles

November - Winds of Change, Book 3 of Island Girls

In the middle of all this, I suppose Transient Hearts (Western Escape with Decadent) will come out, too. I still don't have a release frame for that title.

And I'm trying to score a release for a Christmas story, which will (hopefully) mean that December will have a release, too.

Busy bee, eh? But that's how I love it! I mean, I've been writing for 8 years, and it's now that I'm really feeling like an author with a release schedule. Like, I know where I'm going and what to do to get there.

Feels quite spiffy, actually... *grin*

Oh, and speaking of releases, I realize I haven't posted my latest cover here. My FB peeps and Twitter followers have prolly already seen this one, but to you my blog viewers, here it is (along with my apologies for being so late with this reveal).



Isn't this one a beauty? The designer, Valerie Tibbs of Tibbs Design, created the dreamy perfection I wanted to showcase in this cover. The models look pretty much exactly how Lara & Eric look like (Eric is slightly more blond,actually). But the whole effect is just perfect!

Here's the blurb for you, in case you have no clue what I'm referring to here!

Divorce paints a scarlet letter on her back when she returns to the culture-driven society of Mauritius. But this same spotlight shines as a beacon of hope for the man who never stopped loving her. Can the second time around be the right one for these former teenage sweethearts?
 
Lara Reddy left London after her husband dumps her for a more accommodating uterus—at least, that’s what his desertion feels like. Bumping into him and his pregnant new missus doesn’t help matters any, and she thus jumps on a prestigious job offer. The kicker? The job is in Mauritius, her homeland, and a society she ran away from over a decade earlier.
 
But once here, Lara has no escape. Not from the gossip, the contempt, the harassing matchmaking....and certainly not from the one man she hoped never to meet again. The one she’d loved and lost—white Mauritian native, Eric Marivaux.
 
Back when they were teens, Eric left her, and Lara vowed she’d never let herself be hurt again.
Today, however, they are both adults, and facing the same crossroads they’d stood at so many years earlier.
 
Lara now stands on the other side of Mauritian society. Will this be the impetus she needs to take a chance on Eric again? To take a chance on love?

Hopefully, I'll be back soon and posting regularly about my crazy mad schedule on here. You do know you can also join me on FB and Twitter (see blog side bar, left, for the widgets to join me) where I am always sharing a quick snippet about my life and career.

From Mauritius with love,

Zee

Sunday, April 07, 2013

#snippetsunday From Bk1 INESCAPABLE: 1st peek at #upcoming #indie series Eternelles

Hey beautiful people!

Feels like ages since I last posted a Snippet Sunday... Didn't have the courage to post last week as Mauritius was reeling in the wake of flash floods that hit the capital city, Port Louis, on Saturday March 30. 11 people died, and hundreds of others have lost their homes and all their belongings... A catastrophe of that magnitude had never hit us and it was a dazed wakeup call for all of us Mauritians...

Anyhow, life does go on, and today I'm back on the bandwagon. Not posting from my 1NightStand any longer, since I have a new release coming in May, and wanted to start showcasing that one a bit.

So after 8 years of writing, and being totally happily involved with my main publisher, Decadent Publishing, I'm taking the plunge and going indie on top of epubbed. This project happened mainly through brainstorming between me and my bestie, author Natalie G. Owens. We wanted to write something together, and as we debated over endless emails, the idea for the Eternelles series came into being.

What is Eternelles about? Two immortal women, a mother and her daughter. They fight against evil, and in the year 2012, find themselves at the heart of an upcoming Apocalypse when a prophecy is revealed as to how the portal keeping Evil at bay from the human world is about to be breached...

This one will be an ongoing series, and is written in the format of TV show seasons. Natalie and I each write one POV in the story - I write Adri, the 'mother' and a 2,900-yr-old immortal born during the Greek Dark Ages and raised on Olympus. Natalie writes Sera, the girl who came to Adri in the year 1887 as a baby wrapped in flames that somehow, didn't burn her or Adri when she popped out of thin air into Adri's arms.

What's the mystery behind Sera's origins? The series aims at answering this question, all while embroiling these two women in a prophecy as old as time and a world on the brink of chaos.

The following comes from Chapter 2 in Book1, INESCAPABLE, and is the first lines from Adri's POV. Chap1 focuses on Sera and is written in Natalie's words. I thought I'd feature my writing and leave her to showcase hers on her blog.

Here goes:


'...

Adrasteia ‘Adri’ Dionysios stepped out of the Mercedes McLaren SLR and handed the keys to the uniformed valet as she passed under the bat-wing opened door of the sleek vehicle. The beaded clutch in her hand, she shrugged her shoulders so the fabric of the Burberry velvet blanket coat settled over her frame like a cloak whisper-blown onto her.

Always make a memorable entrance—funny words from her soul brother, the formidable Olympian god, Ares. She’d had to fall back on his twisted conception of living after his father, and her foster father, Zeus, threw her out on her ass for having dared to side with Ares in one of their petty father-son squabbles. Landing on Earth, Ares had followed her and taught her every intricacy of living on the mortal plane.

He did have a flair for the theatrics, though, and with a small smile, she reckoned his advice had guided her in good stead. For over two thousand years, she’d been impersonating the regal socialite heiress of the Dionysios family. This charity gala today should be a piece of cake.

She started up the steps of the Metropolitan Museum of Art off 82nd street. The flash of cameras sizzled and hissed around her, their blinding light almost making it seem like daylight had somehow crept up onto this still-chilly April night. The veil between the worlds that had lifted during the spring equinox would close fully in a few days—the witches and fae expected her and Sera in Shadow Bridge on that morning when they’d seal the fabric between the dimensions until the next equinox.
...'


Check out the rest of the amazing peeps on the Snippet Sunday list this week. You can find them all here on the FB group.

Excited to be sharing this new series with you, guys! Let me know your thoughts!

And, if you want to know more about Eternelles, and read the first lines from Sera's POV, then head over to Natalie's Snippet Sunday post today!

From Mauritius with love,

Zee
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