As part of the ANWA book conference, I’ll be signing books at the Tempe DoubleTree, 2100 S Priest Dr, Tempe, AZ on Saturday, 17 from 6-7:00. Books are available for purchase, or bring your own. You can see other awesome authors like James Owen, J Scott Savage, Aprilynne Pike, Annette Lyon, Melanie Jacobson, Kellly Oram, Brad McBride, Randy Lindsay, and many more
I had two Emilys post. Random.org chose the Emily without a last name. I just emailed you. Let me know which book you’d like.
Do you know that feeling when you’re on top of your to-do list? I don’t. Seriously, I don’t think it’s ever happened. I am much more likely to forget the things that were on my to-do list than complete them, like putting this blog up on the 14th, like I was supposed to do.
Sorry about that.
So anyway, I was talking with Tressa from Wishful Endings and she told me about her read-a-thon, where you tackle your to-read stack. Or add to it. I’ve forgotten the idea, or maybe I’m just incapable of shrinking my to-read list. But enough about me. Let’s talk about my books.
In the Slayers series, dragons are real and they’re coming back to the modern world. They don’t want to be our friends–which shouldn’t surprise any of us that have actually considered what a dragon looks like. Are they cuddly, furry creatures like cats, dogs, and horses that might like us? No, they are clearly carnivores and would like nothing better than to eat one of our limbs.
In the last book of the series, dragons are going to be flying around DC causing havoc. I admit that this scene may be inspired by all of those Godzilla movies I watched as a child. Don’t ask me why my parents let a small, impressionable child watch a giant, scary lizardish monster destroy cities. I don’t have a good answer. It clearly scarred me. I had lots of Godzilla nightmares.
For a chance of your choice of one of my books (if you live outside the US, it’s a choice of one of my ebooks) leave a comment telling me what your childhood fear was.
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If you haven’t read the first two books, don’t worry. A synopsis of the first two books is included.
Having superpowers is overrated. It requires Tori to go to way more team practices than can comfortably fit into a normal teenager’s schedule. Being a dragon slayer has other drawbacks too—like fighting dragons and keeping one step ahead of power-hungry dragon lords, all without blowing her cover.
Tori Hampton is a presidential candidate’s daughter, which means she not only has a public reputation to maintain, she also has a humorless bodyguard to ditch every time she needs to go on a mission.
And Dr. B has plenty of missions for the Slayers. When he discovers that someone is selling dragon scales on the black market, he’s convinced the seller can give him the dragons’ location. A surprise strike could turn the tide in the Slayers favor, but when they track down the seller, they find more than they’ve bargained for.
Suddenly, strategies need to change, alliances shift, and Tori finds herself caught in the precarious middle.
Jesse, the captain of the other Slayers team, is everything she wants, but then there’s Dirk, the dragon lord’s son—who also happens to be her ex-boyfriend. He’s determined to convince her that she should love dragons, and love him too. The fact that he and his father plan to overthrow the government? Details not worth arguing about.
Tori believes she can turn Dirk around and convince him to rejoin the Slayers, but he’s just as convinced that she should leave the Slayers and become a dragon lord.
Dirk can teach Tori how to control dragons, and it’s a skill she desperately wants. It could make all of the difference in a battle. It could save her friends’ lives. When Dirk offers to let her ride a dragon, she knows that meeting him is like playing with fire.
Andrea L, you won the copy of The Wrong Side of Magic, and Kelly you won The Phantom Tollbooth. I will try to get your email addresses from my website but for some reason sometimes it doesn’t show addresses, so to be safe you can email me with your addresses at jrallisonfans @ yahoo.com
So, here’s the next giveaway. My favorite childhood book was The Phantom Tollbooth (Which inspired me to write The Wrong Side of Magic) Leave a comment telling me your favorite childhood book for a chance to win a copy of The Wrong Side of Magic or a hardback 50th edition copy of The Phantom Tollbooth. I’ll choose that winner on Sept 5th.
Everyone who leaves a review on Amazon of The Wrong Side of Magic in between now and September 10th (and lives in the US) will win a copy of your choice of a hardback of My Double Life, Revenge of the Cheerleaders, My Unfair Godmother, or a paperback of Slayers, My Fair Godmother or It’s a Mall World After All. It’s like buy one book and get one free, pretty much. (If you live out of the states, I’ll set you up with an ebook of your choice.) After you leave your review, tell me which one it was at jrallisonfans @yahoo.com and remember to also give me your book choice and address. Cuz, yeah, I don’t know that information off hand. Oh, and here are some pictures from the book launch.
The non-virtual book launch is Aug 23, at 7:00 pm, at Changing Hands Bookstore, 6428 South McClintock Drive, Tempe.
There will be word cookies and some giveaways, so I hope you can make it. If you can’t, you can still buy the book here: The Wrong Side of Magic (If you liked The Phantom Tollbooth, you’ll love this book. There’s a lost princess, snarky unicorns, and trolls.)
Okay, back to the free ebooks
As always, I’m shamelessly asking you to review any of my books you read.
On Aug, 23 at 7:00 pm at Changing Hands Bookstore in Tempe, you’re invited to come celebrate the official book launch of this awesome book. There will be word cookies, games, and general unbridled frivolity. It won’t be the same without you, so please come! Oh, and Odd1sOut and Jaidan Animation fans, four winners in the games will receive signed Animation Squad bags. For those of you in other states, I’ll be doing an online launch after the 23rd.
If you liked The Phantom Tollbooth, you’re going to love this book. (Actually, you’re going to love this book anyway.)
The address is: 6428 S McClintock Dr, Tempe, AZ Here’s some info on it:
Here’s some info on the book:
Hudson Brown stopped believing in magic long ago. That is, until the day he is whisked away to the magical land of Logos by a curious compass given to him by his off-beat neighbor, Charlotte.
Hudson discovers that Logos is a land ruled by words, thoughts, and memories. A fairy might ferry you across the river for the price of one memory. But be sure to look out for snarky unicorns, as they will see through those who are not pure of heart.
Not understanding the many rules of Logos, Hudson is quickly saddled with a troll curse. Charlotte, who, along with her father, was banished from Logos, can help get rid of the curse–but only if he agrees to find the lost Princess of Logos in return.
That title was just my way of making it easier for search engines to find this answer, because I’ve already had a lot of people ask and the book has only been out a week.
I’m busy with deadlines for other books until Nov 1st, and then I’ll break out the manuscript and start working on it again. I was in the climax but have 50-100 pages left to write. And then the work of revisions start. And sadly, this takes a long time. Remember how your English teacher told you that Shakespeare was so brilliant he only wrote one draft? Hogwash. I mean, any author worth their salt (or in this case the 4.99 you pay on Amazon) does a ton of revisions. And I want you to feel that you got your money’s worth.
So, I’m aiming for the February 2017, but I’m frequently optimistic about how long writing takes so it may very well be later.