Thursday, December 27, 2012

The Keeper is in print!

The Keeper is out in paperback!

I feel the need to celebrate. I found out on Christmas Eve, the night before my birthday, (yes, I was born Christmas day) that my eBook was available in paperback format. Happy Birthday to me! One of my publisher ladies, Lisa, of Decadent Publishing posted a message on my fan page to let me know of the paperback. I like how she just sneaked it in there.

First week of January is also the one year anniversary of The Keeper. It was one short year ago that I was going crazy before release day. I was trying to find reviewers, working with Megan McDade to set up a blog tour, filling in spotlight requests, blogging, and answering interview questions. My head was spinning. This year it won't be as crazy so I plan to enjoy it. Not that I didn't enjoy last year, but it was stressful.

I'm excited for the paperback. Now I'll have something tangible to sign that my fans can read. I'll be touring with the girls from YA At Heart Book Tour soon. We're starting to book engagements and set up our calendar for the year. So be on the look out for Crystal Cattabriga, Daniele Lanzarotta, Devyn Dawson, Tressa Messenger, and me to be somewhere on East Coast USA this year.


Visit my website Natalie Star for details on how I plan to celebrate in January! Details coming soon. I have things for a giveaway you just might enjoy; key chain, citrine gem stone, signed swag, a signed paperback of The Keeper...and more. Can't wait, hope to see you there.

                                                                                                  ~Natalie Star




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Friday, December 21, 2012

Protect Us Blog Tour





Today I'd like to welcome Tressa Messenger to my blog. She's on her blog tour for the Protector series. But first before we get into any of that, I would like to wish her a "Happy one year anniversary"! Yay, congratulations! =)

Okay, moving on...  (oh, and don't forget to enter the rafflecopter below for a giveaway).



Anna-Marie and Alessandro work hard to provide a stable life for their only child, Gemma.  The child that was bestowed to them by their goddess Ameretat for reasons still unknown.  Like Alessandro’s mother did to him, Anna-Marie works diligently to protect her special daughter and lead her away from following in her father’s footsteps in becoming a Protector.  Weeks before Gemma’s eighteenth birthday Gemma has a magical night with a boy, Ford Chase, who just may have been “the one”.  They laughed and danced and kissed under the moon light.  That is before he was forcefully taken away from her by a Rogue.  Gemma desperately chases after them, but to no avail.  Heartbroken and angry Gemma vows right then and there, despite her parents pleading, she will join the Protector order on her eighteenth birthday and avenge Ford’s death.  No one could foresee the events that would ensue thereafter and little by little the gifts that Ameretat blessed Gemma with become apparent and are far more than anyone could ever imagine.




Places you can find Tressa on the internet:


Tressa's Goodreads


A little about Tressa:
I am a small town girl with big dreams. I grew up in a small coastal community called Pamlico County in the town of Reelsboro, North Carolina. Growing up in such a rural area there wasn't much to do, so I developed a wide fantasy finding solace in writing poetry and songs. After leaving high school I left my little secure coastal town to discover other parts of the country using life as my teacher. It was a sad and lonely time, but also a fun and exciting time in my life. I had too many emotions to process so I started to put it all down on paper. That became the start of my first novel, which I have yet to finish. A few years later I wrote my first complete novel entitled Protector. This novel was a dream come true, although I found out during the process, at 31 years old, I am dyslexic. Reading was always a struggle throughout my life and finding out why has really made a difference in me and my writing. Writing was such a wonderful and daunting process, but I have succeeded in doing something I never thought I would do. I have 4 novels published, Protect, Protect Me, Protect Us and Too Close To Home, with many more on the way. Writing is such a passion of mine and I hope my readers feel the love I put into my work.
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Thursday, December 20, 2012

Party Like It's The End Of The World





Synopsis:
Digitus 233 – Available Dec. 21st on Amazon

Digitus, the world’s dominant corporation, has studied human nature for centuries. They are experts who expand on a human’s natural gifts and talents to create supreme world leaders in all major areas of science, art, religion, and leadership. A select few are handpicked each year to join the elite.

This year, fifteen-year-old Zeph fights to uncover the truth with the help of an old man and a monkey, while as a final test of induction into Digitus, five teens are dropped from a specially designed Learjet and land on a barren arctic island. They are forced to come together in an effort to survive and escape. Unfortunately, escape is short lived when a Russian ballistic submarine rescues them and a computer malfunction threatens an all-out nuclear attack on North America. Time is running out and the sub’s programmer cannot stop the computer failure. It is up to the teens to convince the Russians they should be allowed to give it a try.

Tick tock.


K.D. Emerson Bio
Author, K.D. Emerson was born (or is that hatched) several years ago. We won’t go into how long it has been because she has this fantasy that she is still a teenager off to conquer the world. Her first novel was written in pencil, stapled together and placed in the school library. At age 6, she didn’t have a clue an author needed a publisher. She has a passion for the written word and assisting other writers in becoming the best they can be. She also loves to promote others and cheer them on to victory. Follow her on twitter @MstrKoda or you can find her at www.masterkoda.com and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/kimmutch.emerson 


Saturday, December 8, 2012

Sins of the Fallen, by Daniele Lanzarotta

Today I'm excited to be spotlighting author Daniele Lanzarotta with her newest, "Sins of the Fallen" (I love that title, and I love the cover). Sins of the Fallen is book #3 in the Academy of the Fallen series which has received great reviews.  

And now, here is a synopsis by Daniele's character, Hunter:

I knew how much Kayla had changed over the past few weeks, but it was nothing compared to what I had seen in her from the moment we stepped into this place. The Kayla from before she learned about this world, was gone. She was already attached to some of their kind and I could see that she felt as if it was her responsibility to protect them all, the haunted and the fallen. She was starting to put them before her in every decision she made. It started sometime before we left the Academy where her father is in charge. After her incubus half-brother and his allies attacked the Academy, we managed to leave and take shelter here. Only, everything about this place is completely different. Many of the beings that live here have earned back the privilege of being full-blooded angels. Well, some say that is a privilege; others see it as a curse. Either way, the place itself had already started to become my very own curse. From the moment Kayla stepped foot in this place, I could see her change complete faster and faster. This Academy was giving her the confidence to be who she was meant to be, and deep down, I knew it was only a matter of time before I would no longer be needed in her life. It may sound selfish, but as Kayla started her journey to save those who were left behind, I was fighting for her. I was fighting to be worthy of a Nephilim.


Excerpts:

“There is no amount of training that will keep her safe.  Look at her! She is — she looks like a Barbie doll who got snatched from her dream house.” -Samael – Sins of the Fallen

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“I won’t stop until I find a way for this to work.  There has to be a way, Kayla.  Everyone keeps saying that we are meant to stay together.   Fate can’t be this twisted.” - Hunter – Sins of the Fallen

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I paused and looked down at Kayla.  “I can’t lose her, Jennifer.”  I glanced outside where Ethan was and then back at her.  “You understand how I feel.  Please don’t let her die...” - Hunter – Sins of the Fallen



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You can find more info on Daniele and her work at these websites: (and she is awesome in that she likes to interact with her fans).

Daniele's Website
Twitter @DaniLanzarotta
Facebook: Academy of the Fallen and Author Daniele Lanzarotta

Monday, November 26, 2012

Natalie's News...

I know I haven't been blogging much lately. I've been busy with family, the holiday shuffle, and writing/editing my books. But I have news! So, I'm here to share it with you =)



First, my eBook, The Keeper is going paperback!

I don't have a release date yet. I'll let you know when it happens. It's in the queue for formatting. I did read through it and revised & edited the manuscript one last time before it prints. I made some minor adjustments, and I toned it down with Tony's accent. It's still there, but not as prevalent as it was.






Second, my character Ramey has a short in an anthology by Melissa Ringsted called Paranormal Days Gone Awry. You can find out how Ramey really feels about Billie. This eBook is currently on sale for .99 cents! Grab a copy while you can and you'll also get to read works by some authors that may be new to you. Purchase link HERE.

Third, I had to put The Organizer, the next book in The Keeper Series, on hold (again - sorry). Too many other things getting in the way. I don't want to be distracted while I re-write the ending. The original ending that I wrote many months ago (and don't remember) was deleted off of my thumb drive. One of the drawbacks to sharing technology with my children. It was an accident. I figured saving to a thumb drive was safer than keeping things on my computer, because I have lost documents due to virus's before. Silly me. Now I use Drop Box online. You live, you learn.



Fourth, Five of us Young Adult Indie Authors got together and formed a group called YA At Heart Book Tour.

Official page for the "YA at Heart Book Tour", with YA authors Crystal Cattabriga, Devyn Dawson, Daniele Lanzarotta, Tressa Messenger and Natalie Star is:  HERE I hope you will "like" us on FB and follow us to hear news on our upcoming releases, book signings, conventions we plan to attend, and giveaways! We have a lot of fun things planned for the upcoming year! Don't miss out! =) *Update* Our first giveaway has been posted. Click the box below the "like" button on our facebook page! Good luck! 
Thanks for stopping by! 
<3 Natalie Star

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Enlightened Book Tour, by Devyn Dawson


Jessie Lucente, a Light Tamer, has started her junior year at Parca Academy in New Bern, NC. She has a new boyfriend, Caleb Baldwin. He is beyond good looking, he is her mate for life. They've been bound by the light and will rule and heal with it too. Her new classes aren't what she expected. Finding out the school is filled with 'gifted' kids is almost too much to comprehend. She finds out what it really means to be a Light Tamer. Some of the assumptions she had are debunked and now everything is crystal clear...well, clear as mud. Now that she is enlightened with the facts, she struggles with the truth. 

Cover Design by = Emma Michaels
Thorne Woodson has all of the girls swooning. His Doc Martens and hoodie stand out against his school uniform. He might be the guy to heal Amber's broken, grieving heart. What's his story, and why does he appear everywhere Jessie is? He has a secret that will change the game for everyone. Who is he in cahoots with? 

Amber starts her junior year with a bang and a huge crush. She has a point to prove on the first day of school. She refuses to let everyone believe she went soft over summer break. Her shenanigans end with detention on the first day. The anniversary of her brother's death has her making dumb decisions but her friends have her back. Jessie will struggle to help Amber deal with the grief. 

The secrets that have been revealed by Fate will leave Jessie in a new role. It will all come down to bloodline versus logic. She must step up and embrace her new title, and life on the other side of the shimmer. With her small army together, they promise to vanquish Nyx back to the Underworld and seal the portal she came through. 

The second book in The Light Tamer trilogy will answer the questions that are burning in your head. A beautiful tale of first love and friendship. Be prepared to be amazed at the twist in this story. You didn't see it coming, but you'll be glad it did!

Author Bio - Devyn Dawson

Devyn is a full time writer, wife and pet owner.  She's been writing since she was a small child.  Her first office job was working for a publisher and data entry of manuscripts.  She literally typed them and saved them on real 'floppy discs'.  When she was in high school back in the 80's, she would read Stephen King one day and Sweet Valley High the next day.  She said one day she'd find a way to merge the two books.   

Currently Devyn and her husband of 19 years live in New Bern, North Carolina. Devyn is originally from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and still refers to it as home.  She has two adult children, Paris and Hunter.  When she realized she would be facing an empty nest and family so far away, she decided to write about characters to entertain her.  Her new series The Light Tamer, is about friendship, relationships and falling in love.  The Light Tamer series is a younger young adult book, the one that takes you back to the beginning before being jaded.  It offers characters that are both good and flawed.  Throw in some mythology and you're in for a quick trip that will leave you breathless and enlightened.

Where you can find Devyn online:



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Saturday, October 6, 2012

The Keeper Reviews Tour



As the links go active I will update them! :)

The Keepers Review Schedule:

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Next Big Thing Blog Tour

Week #15 of The Next Big Thing Blog Tour


I'd like to thank Joss Landry www.josslandry.com for tagging me in the The Next Big Thing 

Blog Tour! It's a lot of fun and we get to meet new authors that we wouldn't have 

otherwise! My book my never be the Next Big Thing, but the thirty or so reviews it's gotten

on my first novel have all been pretty good! 



Ten Interview Questions for The Next Big Thing:

What is the working title of your book? The Organizer

Where did the idea come from for the book? This is part two in my Trilogy of The Keeper

What genre does your book fall under? Young Adult Paranormal Romance

Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition? Unknowns.

None of them remind me of any actors.


What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book? Billie's son is of age to be The

Organizer, and the time has come for him to play mediator between good and evil. What

happens when love interferes?

Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency? The plan is to 

submit it to the publisher who put out the first book in the series. If it's rejected I will self 

pub.

How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript? It's been in 

the works for over a year now.

What other books would you compare this story to within your genre? I wouldn't. 

It's a unique story with a unique plot. I guess the overall theme people can relate to is 

"good vs. evil".


Who or What inspired you to write this book? I had a dream that I couldn't shake for 

four days. Finally I wrote it down. What I wrote became part of my prologue for the first 

book, The Keeper and I just went from there.
  

What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest? The main character 

is a loner, and has issues that any teen might, but it's harder for him. I've modeled him 

after my sonwho is on the autism spectrum with high functioning Aspergers. I don't come 

out and say that's what the character has in the book, but I give him some of the quirks.



List of my tagged blog hop buddies for next week! Check out 

their blogs next Wednesday to read about their WIP's and 

New Releases!



Thanks for stopping by! =)

The Keeper (Young Adult/Paranormal Romance/heat level 2), by Natalie Star

Blurb:
   The morning of her sixteenth birthday, Billie feels blessed despite the reoccurring nightmare that wakes her. Loving parents, a caring boyfriend, and great friends surround her until an heirloom necklace throws her into a world she never imagined.
   “Gifted” with supernatural powers and an unexpected destiny as the Keeper, Billie and a mysterious boy from her past must work together to find answers. But, as they begin to discover feelings for one another, he disappears leaving her to fight evil alone. Her life spirals out of control. She breaks up with her boyfriend, Tony, and alienates her best friends Arianna and Jocelyn to protect them from the truth.
   As dark forces pursue her, Billie longs to run away from it all, yet a need to do what’s right compels her to face the future as the keeper of more than her own fortune.


Monday, September 3, 2012

Spotlight on Elizabeth Delana Rosa - Child of the Loch


Child of the Loch (release date November 5, 2012), by  Elizabeth Delana Rosa

Blurb:  23 year account, J.J McDonnell has spent her life trying to be normal and hide her gifts, but all dreams of normalcy are dashed on her 24th birthday. A handsome guy shows up on her porch with a marriage edict and news of the grandfather, that she never met, has died. Her world is about to change forever. J.J must make the perilous journey to the Loch and take her place on its throne, with no idea what is expected of her and dark forces closing in at every turn. Will J.J. be able to accept her destiny or will she stopped before she can?

Excerpt:
Prologue
The King lay in the large, downy bed inhaling his last, sallow breaths; he contemplated his kingdom’s future, which hung in the balance. His heir was needed or the kingdom would meet their disaster. He looked out the bay window shrouded in red velvet with golden cords.  His once fertile lands were now brown with decay and smelling of putrid compost. The land told the tale of his illness better than any edicts or long speeches. The King was dying and taking the land with him. It suffered with him in his illness.
The King would prevent his people’s demise at all costs, even if meant breaking the laws that he himself wrote in the Scroll of Decree. The King knew he must send his fastest messengers to the far west, riding past the borders of the Kingdom of the Lochoan lands. The journey would take the messengers further than anyone had ridden in the last years of King’s rule.  Only one, whose very name was outlawed in the land, had made the arduous trek that had traveled through all the lands of many allies, as the messenger was about to do now. The forbidden one’s journey had blazed a trail of tears and sadness to the borders at Engliss Outlands far beyond the pale, pink, rising sun and the blue rain clouds of the Loch, but these messengers’ journeys would be bring hope and light to a barren land. It was time to gather the allies. It was dark times like these in which the King’s enemies could strike, when his beloved Loch was at her weakest.
Even now felt the people’s pain as acutely as his own. The King squeezed his almond shaped eyes tight against the physical pain. He was so ravaged by the illness that no one would recognize him, a ghost of his former self. Now, only his amber eyes were a distinguishable sign of his pure royal line.  The bevy of relatives had already gathered fighting for what was left of his kingdom. He heard their disappointed thoughts from time to time. They hated him for his tenuous grip on life. Their ochre shaded eyes, we a variety of colors with only undertones and shadows, showing their royal lineage was of the distant past, that could only be verified by a scroll of lineages. Though they warred to be the chosen heir, they would never do, the land would not replenish with their hard hearts and diluted blood lines. They held no love or bond to the land, not like a true “child of the Loch.
The King had a direct heir someone whose veins were filled with the unpolluted blood of the first Queen, whose curse of a connection to the land became a blessing to her descendants. The heir would heal the land and hold proof that none other would do.  The entire line was blessed with unnatural beauty and gifts that were not apparent in any other clan of the Loch.
He rolled side to side in agony cursing his murderer again. The King’s pale, lined face contorted as tremors took him. The land suffered with him with an earthquake that knocked vases off petal stools and pictures from their places on the stone walls. His clumps of salt and pepper hair fell from his inflamed pink scalp and pustules of rot spoiled crops leaving nothing edible. While the fever blisters popped oozing water and lymph into jaundiced eyes, shut tight; flakes of pasty skin peeled from his dry lips and the trees withered bearing bitterly poisonous fruit.    
Even now he knew that these final hours were passing with prejudice. The slow, steady decline of the once strong King was highly unexpected in the view of the long lives of his predecessors. They flourished for many lifetimes because as they were steward of the land, the land was steward of them. Rumors flew about the kingdom blaming the loss of the Loch’s only heir. They knew that the King’s broken heart still bore the weight of the Queen’s death by the hand of the General of the Turlinds, the greatest enemy of the Loch. However, no one from the chief physicians to the peasant apothecaries could begin to fathom the true reasons of the King’s illness. Test after test drew the answers needed. It was not grief that had stolen the spry King’s health but poison from magic of darkness or herb of the vine that took its hateful vengeance upon the King’s body. 
There was no antidote of herb or spell. The cure for one could cause another to slaughter him more rapidly and excruciatingly.  It was well known in the land that the long list of poisons or black magics in the Loch that caused the King’s symptoms would all end horribly with the much-loved King cold and maimed in his grave. He would be unrecognizable to all who knew him and no hope of recovery. The King’s death warrant was signed, sealed and awaiting its hour of designation. The King was a slave in his own body, mastered by the unnamed venom that flowed throughout his skeletal body.
The King’s endured every moment of the physical pain of his illness without complaint, but it was the heartache that was unbearable and made him cry out to the God of his forefathers.  He longed for the days when he ruled with his beloved Queen and his son, a shadow of them both. 
The King could not escape the thoughts of his beloved son, a mirror of himself when he was healthy. Both men were hard-headed, amber-eyed and so unforgiving of each other, that it seemed that there never could be reconciliation. What transpired could not be undone and the Prince was far away in presence, mind and spirit.  For this, the King waited, begged, and prayed for death to come and sweetly end his pain. He needed it to release him from his bonds, but not before he brought mercy to the Loch and her people.
Imminent death has a way of boomeranging the thoughts of a life once lived and regrets harp like old women. The King again reflected on the hard truths that brought him here. He dwelled on the perpetrator of this horrific act of treason that would leave his kingdom heirless and without a future in its wake.
 “My heir is gone and I’m to blame,” galloped through his departing mind.
 Where had the time gone? It had been far too long since he last saw his boy, a man now, with a grown child of his own. A grandchild he had never seen face to face or held in his arms. How much had he missed in his arrogance and how could he get the rightful heir home in time to take the crown before the Loch was through?
Again, he stole a hard look outside his door that was flanked by relatives.  The King laughed bitterly at their pettiness. Only a true heir would do.
He fingered the photos in his ashen right hand and stroked the cheek of the young, dark-haired woman with his thumb. Another spasm grabbed him rigidly.  In his left hand, his grip tightened on the scroll marked in the family seal pressed into black wax crushing and crinkling the paper written in a shaky hand. The King was fading and he felt the last of himself disappearing into obscurity, soon he would see his ancestors and his God. No magic good or bad could touch him in the Land of Light.
The King called for another page, one who would go to his most trusted and truest friend, Chian, the Sovereign of the Ogres in the Western Wood.  There was no time for single journeys to be made. They would all travel through the Western Wood, but death waited by his beside, so he sent his riders to the lands of the Elves, Dragons and Merpeople. They would guide his heir when he could not. 
The King pressed the photo and the scroll into the final page’s solid, strong hand and his grasp fell weakly from the page’s wrist.  The young man gathered his bounty, bowed low and ran for the door.  He mounted the waiting horse and set off for the Western Wood at a dash.
Barely conscious the King urged himself on, garnering the final bits of his strength.  He only needed to be strong enough for his son and the hope he carried with him to make it back to the Loch. The King would set it right, even if he never lived to see the outcome. The race for the crown was on.
 “Come quickly, my son, for you hold the key to the future of the Loch,” he thought as he faded into the black, praying for his trusted pages’ safe journey and quick return. The King’s gurgling breaths could be heard throughout the castle and every subject loyal to the kingdom wept for the King’s impending death, mourning without hope for their dying land.

Reviews from Goodreads:
Heather Alexander rated it 
Wow, this short book packs a ton of punch. Josephina is heir to the throne of Loch, a land of magic, mythical creatures, purity, and ferility. She is the halfling child of the son of the king of Loch and a human and has been living in our world her hole life. On her birthday a man named James, from Loch comes bearing a scroll that states she is to marry him and become the queen of Loch as her grandfather has died. Along the way she finds betrayal and love and brings together groups allied to her as well as enemies trying to thwart her. This book has mermaid,dragons, ogres, nymphs, elves, etc. It was fantastic and I can't wait to read more. I hope this is a continuing saga, as I absolutely loved the characters and the story and I want more!!!!

Karen Vance Hammond rated it 
“Are dreams real? What message do they send? Child of the Loch grabs your mind by the throat as it takes you vicariously through the eyes of Josephina in quest for the truth. An outstanding piece of work. You won’t be able to put this one down—diabolical entertainment!”

Karen Vance Hammond, Author of Shoe Marks a paranormal inspire by true events which took place in Texas. 

Author Bio:
I have always been a writer. When I first learned to write in Kindergarten, I wrote about pigs who "groo" wings and became "butterfys." I knew way back then that I would have a love affair with writing. It over took my life and has been a constant companion. Now over 20 years later, that love flows over into writing blogs, reviews, poetry and fantasy novels.