Cover Reveal: Chameleon by K.T. Hanna

KT Hanna is a friend of mine from Twitter. She’s a lovely person and I am delighted to be able to share the cover of her forthcoming novel with you today!

Chameleon (The Domino Project #1) is a YA futuristic science fiction story. It’s set in the wasteland of earth after a meteor shower devastates landmasses, makes seas rise, introduces the psionic gene into the human race, damages the atmosphere, and gives the gift of an alien parasite to the world.

The goodreads blurb is as follows:

After Sai’s newly awoken psionic power accidentally destroys her apartment complex, she’s thrown into an intensive training program. The only grades are pass or die.

Surviving means proving her continued existence isn’t a mistake–a task her new mentor, Bastian, takes personally. Her abilities place her in the GNW Enforcer division, which partners her with Domino 12, who is eerily human for an alien-parasite and psionic hybrid. When her assassination duties are revealed, Sai understands the real reason for her training.

On a mission to dispatch a dangerous Exiled scientist, she uncovers truths she never thought possible. Sai is unsure who to trust as her next mission might be her last, and a double agent seems to be manipulating both sides.


Without further ado – here is the cover, by the amazingly talented S.P. McConnell.

CHAMELEON Domino Project Front with Text 2

Isn’t it wonderful?

It’s available for preorder for a special price of $2.99 from Amazon.


About the Author

KT Hanna has a love for words so extreme, a single word can spark entire worlds. Born in Australia, she met her husband in a computer game, moved to the U.S.A. and went into culture shock. Bonus? Not as many creatures specifically out to kill you.

When she’s not writing, she freelance edits for Chimera Editing, interns for a NYC Agency, and chases her daughter, husband, corgi, and cat. No, she doesn’t sleep. She is entirely powered by the number 2, caffeine, and beef jerky.

Note: Still searching for her Tardis

To celebrate the cover reveal, we’re giving away 2 x $10 Amazon e-gift cards (open to anyone who can receive and use an Amazon e-card). Just click on as many options as you like in the Rafflecopter form and enter!


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And The Story Flows On

I keep thinking of writing something here, but I never quite figure out what to say. That said, it’s been a while and I know some of you aren’t also on Twitter, where I’ve been more active. It’s time to update here, lest some people worry.

To start with. I’m doing well. Better than I’ve been in a while. While I have the occasional bad days, and some things I know I need to stay away from because they’re problematic for me, on the whole, life is good. I remind myself regularly that I’ve come a long way, especially given it’s only been about 6 months since the breakdown. I’m not always good at patience, but I’m learning.

You guys continue to be a big part of my recovery. Those on Twitter, those whose blogs I follow and who have commented on mine. You guys are awesome. I feel very lucky to be part of such a great community. Thank you, guys.

As for writing, that too is coming back. Slowly but surely in some ways, and a good kind of run over by a train in others. I went from not working on much to re-imagining my whole Necromantic trilogy, starting with book 1, Where The Ether Flows. That was good and fun, and I had high hopes for the rewrite. I still do.

But then another story idea popped into my head. Followed by another, and another. I am now juggling 5 story ideas, including the rewrite. That’s the train I mentioned running me over. I’m learning to slide from one to the other as the ideas are flowing. So far, it’s working. Each is growing at its own pace but definitely growing and I’m excited about them all.

The one that will probably get written first is a prequel to the Mirrors of Bershan trilogy. No, it’s not the one I mentioned a long while back, the one about Ganson, Brinds, and Ivanne. This one is about Ki and Lydia, their history together. It wasn’t something I’d planned to write, but a friend recently read the trilogy and one of her comments was that she loved them and wanted to read their story. Then another person said the same thing. The next thing I knew, my brain was putting together story and a structure for this. I don’t have a name for it yet, but I’m over halfway through outlining it already. Ki has a lot to say, which is no surprise to me.

The others are still in the early stages and there’s not a lot I want to say about them at this point. One’s going to involve an anti-hero who steals magic. One involves a stolen princess. One was inspired by a song, Modred’s Lullaby by Heather Dale. It’s a fantastic song with a rich story of its own. Oh, and one with the working title of The Death God.

There are a couple others that are drifting around, but those are the majors that currently haunt me in a big way.

It’s nice to have stories flowing again. I haven’t started drafting anything yet, but that’s okay. This is a big step toward that. I’ll get there in time. I’m refusing to pressure myself in anyway about this, or to rush things. I’m staying in the moment with my writing and remembering that progress is good, no matter how large or small, and that it’s not a race. There are no real deadlines except those I make, so I’m refusing to make myself crazy. Time is on my side.

Things are definitely looking up in my life, both personal and writing.

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Music’s Box: “Memories” by Beau Barnett


This is an absolutely wonderful story by my good friend Beau Barnett. He’s a brilliant writer. You should go Read it. I am not responsible for any crying you may do. ;)

Originally posted on Team Hellions:

The next installment in the Music’s Box project is a tear jerker. Then again, if there is one writer I know that can evoke emotion better than any, it’s Beau Barnett. I’ve known Beau for a few years, he’s contributed stories to many a blog project, including my previous one. His ability to capture a moment – what’s felt within it, the sounds, the sights, how everything changes – is his strongest suit. He can write a damn good love story that puts Nicholas Sparks to shame and he does it every time. This particular story is a dual narrative from the main characters, Mark and Rachel’s, perspectives. Their story began a couple of years ago with “Make a Wish”. Among friends, this is the story that gave birth to the phrase “skyward at the sky.”

The song Beau chose is “Memories” by Eisley, a beautiful testament to marriage and…

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Cover Reveal: Dead Ringer by Sarah Fox

It is my very great pleasure to share with you the cover of my friend Sarah Fox’s debut novel, Dead Ringer. I met Sarah through the wonderful Twitter writing community and she is a wonderful person. Truly, I’m lucky to count her a friend. Because we live in the same province, I’ve even gotten to hang out with her a couple of times now, which is a real treat.

Sarah is a writer of great talent, and I was so thrilled when first she was picked up by an agent and then announced she had sold her cozy mystery Dead Ringer for publication. And now you get to see her beautiful cover! But first, a little about Dead Ringer:

Title: Dead Ringer
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Publisher: HarperCollins (Witness Impulse)
Release date: June 2, 2015


Midori Bishop’s life is hitting all the right notes. She has her dream job playing violin in a professional orchestra and is embarking on a secret relationship with the symphony’s hot maestro. But when Midori finds a cellist strangled to death, the maestro soon becomes the number one suspect.

Midori sets out to prove the maestro’s innocence but discovers that he and many others have secrets they would rather keep hidden. As the investigation takes Midori closer to the truth, the killer gears up for a grand finale — with Midori as the intended victim.

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Sounds good, doesn’t it? You know you want to add it to your TBR list, don’t you? If you’re on Goodreads, you can do so here!

And now, I guess I should stop teasing and show you the lovely cover of Dead Ringer.

Dead Ringer


I really love this. So perfect.

There you go, guys. Now, go add it to your TBR list and when it comes out, read and review!


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Cover Reveal: Pathogen: Patient Zero

My good friend Kai Kiriyama has been very busy of late. She’s writing up a storm and has a new book coming out soon, Pathogen: Patient Zero. It’s available for preorder right now from Smashword, with others to follow. Ready for a look at the cover? Sure you are.


Isn’t it pretty? Now for a little information about Pathogen: Patient Zero.

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Every outbreak starts somewhere…

A young girl, hospitalized with a violent strain of the flu.

The charismatic doctor who promises that she’s going to be okay.

A nightmare virus that threatens to destroy them both.

Reduced to the title of Zero, she is dehumanized by her doctors into little more than a series of charts and procedures. Zero is left to her own devices, telling her story through a haze of drugs, slipping in and out of consciousness, and trying to find some kind of inner peace as the doctors hustle around her to find a cure.

From Kai Kiriyama, author of Blaze Tuesday and the Case of the Knight Surgeon and My life Beyond the Grave: The Untold Story of Vlad Dracula, comes her newest book, this dark, YA medical horror, PATHOGEN: PATIENT ZERO.

From start to end, PATHOGEN takes the reader on a journey through the death of a young woman, struck ill by what seems to be the flu. As she deteriorates, the story follows along from her point of view as she succumbs to more symptoms, and is forced to endure more and more tests while the doctors treating her look for a cure. Heartbreaking and harrowing, PATHOGEN: PATIENT ZERO journeys through the five stages of grief, and explores what it feels like for those suffering from terminal illness.

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PATHOGEN: PATIENT ZERO will be released May 15, 2015, and is available for pre-order on Smashwords.

About Kai:

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Kai Kiriyama is a writer of many things, mostly novels, of varying genres.

With diplomas in tea leaf reading, palmistry, crystal divination, and crystal healing, it’s no surprise to see novels reflecting the otherworldly with her name on them. Influenced by tales of magic, deception and monsters, Kai takes her genre-hopping seriously.

She currently lives in Canada with her pet snake and a looming deadline.

She can be reached by email at

You can find Kai on Twitter

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On her website:

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Embracing Your YOUness

This post is about me, but it’s also about all of us. I mentioned on Twitter a little while ago  that I’d had an epiphany. Today, I’m going to share it with you.

In the course of my recovery, my therapist and I have talked about a lot of things, and one that particularly resonated with me is the subject of self-talk. It’s something we do both consciously and unconsciously. It’s the things we say to ourselves but also how we react inwardly about things we do (or sometimes don’t do).

My self-talk is generally negative. Sometimes it borders on self-abusive even. Through it all is the theme of not being enough. Not tall enough. Not smart enough. Not worthy. Because of this, I’m constantly surprised when people around me express what I mean to them and it’s positing. I’m amazed sometimes that you guys want me around even. Most of my life, I haven’t even noticed I do this to myself. This made it harder to fight or even see what I was doing to myself.

But then I was reading a post about getting back into writing by my friend, Julie Hutchings. She talked about writing 200 words and how you’d never tell a friend essentially “that’s all?” so why do that to yourself? This is so true for me. I tell writer friends all the time that however much they wrote, that’s more words than they had which is automatically a win. I’m learning to do this for myself, to savor just getting some writing done. So far, that’s going surprisingly well.

But as I read Julie’s post, something clicked, something bigger. This is a broader thing. So often I’ve dismissed my own accomplishments as not enough, who I am as not good enough. I’ve constantly demanded more, no matter what I’ve done, how much or how well. It’s like somewhere in my head, I believe there’s some level of perfection I can achieve, even though I know perfect is a concept with no basis in reality. It is impossible. And yet I keep thinking I should do more, that I’m not enough.

In doing so, I’ve missed all the things that I am. All the things that I’ve done. I’ve sucked the joy out of my own life by refusing to appreciate myself. And I’ve decimated my self esteem, not to mention letting others trample it into oblivion, in the process. That self-talk I mentioned? These are things I would never be cruel enough to say to others, all heaped on myself. A small mistake turns into me being stupid, useless and a bad person. Because I forgot where I set my glass of water down, for example. It’s that insane for me.

From talking to others, I am certain I’m not alone in this. So many of the people I know engage in this to some extent. Raise your hand if you’ve ever engaged in this behavior, even a little. Oh my, that’s a lot of hands.

I say that stops here and now. I am at last going to work on giving myself credit for the things I’ve done and who I am. It was a long journey, at times difficult, but I’m here and on my feet. I invite you to come with me. Do it every day. Give yourself credit.

And they don’t have to be big things. Got all your items on your to-do list for today done? Celebrate that. Got the kids fed on a difficult day where you’re not feeling great or things are going wrong around you? Give yourself a pat on the back. Acknowledge the victories, even more so on hard days than easy ones.

Above all, pay attention to how you talk to yourself, the internal monologue that goes on. As I said, I hadn’t really noticed how awful mine had gotten. When I finally really listened to it, I was horrified. But now that I’m aware of it, I’m working to change it. To be less judgmental of myself, and to keep perspective. Would you believe it’s working, and better than I could have believed when I started?

We are all enough, whatever that might mean to you. But we need to acknowledge that to ourselves. To accept that we can be enough, which is a hard one for me but worth working on. This isn’t to say you can’t look at yourself with a critical eye. Doing so is part of growing. But please, let your self-criticism be constructive. “I suck” or “I’m stupid”,  which are frequent parts of my own self-talk, are not constructive. I wouldn’t say that to someone else, so why am I saying it to myself?

I still want to improve, to strive to better myself. But while I’m doing that, I’ll also celebrate myself and my accomplishments. Balance the two, you know? Don’t let the want for more take away from you the enjoyment of who you are. Don’t forget to look at yourself and remember how impressive you are. Give yourself credit for your own awesomeness. Because you are, and the sooner you acknowledge it, the happier you’ll be. And I want that. I want you guys to be happy. I want you to be free from the monumental self-judgement that’s so common these days. You all deserve it.

Just think about it, guys. Listen to your self-talk and see if maybe there’s some tweaking to be done. Some celebrating to be added. And always remember, you are more awesome than you realize.

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Finding My Voice Again

A bit of an update, and some things I want to share. To begin with, my state of being, beyond just my mind, continues to improve. Therapy is helping, group therapy even more than I ever expected. But I think the biggest reason is me. I’ve changed, and maybe in the best ways.

One of the things that I’ve been doing is talking. I withdrew a lot when things started to get bad. And then there was this gulf and I didn’t know how to bridge it or how to talk about it. How to even begin.

I lost my voice in a very real, if not so literal way.

Thanks to some very good friends, I’ve found it again. Therapy has helped with that, but I really owe it to friends who listened, who let me say what I could and not push for more. Who let me open up more as time went on and I felt up to it. Friends who reached into the darkness and have been my lifeline. Thank you. You know who you are and I’m sending you all my love.

I’m trying to take good lessons away from what’s gone on and one of them has been the importance of letting people in. Of talking about not just the good things, but also the bad ones, the imperfections and vulnerabilities in my life, with those who care about me.

I lose perspective so quickly on those bad things, both events and things others say to me. They become all consuming, larger than life and overwhelm me. Talking about it, especially with friends who are supportive and love me, helps me regain perspective, even if it’s just because they remind me that not everything that happens is my fault. Also that I’m not a horrible person. Yes, I have often thought that about myself, in the last year particularly.

Learning to talk about my recent experiences has helped in so many ways. The most important is that I feel like myself again at some moments. They’re brief, but real. In those moments, I am again the me that  was able to do things and be happy no matter what, who was and felt capable of the things she wanted to do. Reconnecting with that self has been a blessing. I’d nearly given up on the idea that I could be that person again, so finding I am still her… Wonderful.

But I’ve also learned that I need to be careful and set boundaries. I took on too much, both personally and professionally and I crumbled under it after a while. I’ve got further thoughts on this, and an epiphany to share, but I want to keep that for it’s own post. It’s important enough for that, I think.

There’s more than one voice I need to regain, of course. My writing voice is the other. It’s proving a bit more elusive, but there are signs of its return. I’ve got a story drifting around in my head about a city in a valley, one that harbors secrets. I’m writing a short story for my friend Julie’s blog. Any of you writers out there who want to put a flash fiction out there, you should go here for details.

It’s nice to feel some inspiration again, and it’s nice to have a place to share the result. Talking about this on Twitter has yielded a fair bit of support and I have to say, it’s nice to know people want to read my stuff. Energizing, really.

So while I’m not all the way back yet, there are signs of it. I’m going to be okay. I’m going to be myself again. Maybe I’m even closer to that than I realize. Some days I feel like it. Hope is a good thing, right? :)

Thanks, guys, for sticking by me through this. You’re awesome. All of you.

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