Thursday, March 26, 2015

Paranormal Romance/Fantasy?

I remember the day I picked up my first romance novel. It was one of the 'those' novels. You know the ones. Cheesy plot line, cardboard cutout characters and tons of sex scenes. I was 11 years old and filched it from my mom's stack of library books. I'd read my own pile and wasn't due to go back to the library for 2 more days.

My young, voracious reader self may have been desperate...

That fateful day started a habit that lasted all of 6 months when I realized all of the stories were basically the same, the authors had just changed the hair color, the sexual position, and the setting. (Yes, 6 months! I was only 11. I spent the first few months just getting past the forbidden feeling of what I was doing.*blushes*)

These books left me with a negative view of the "romance" genre and a low opinion of my mom's reading preferences. Then the inevitable happened. I ran out of books...again! (Thank God today for e-readers and e-books.) My mom's stack of books beckoned to me, but wary from my previous experience, I tried re-reading my own books. Very few books are good enough for me to enjoy re-reading them and I soon turned to my mom's stack with a resigned sigh.

Instead of a repeat of my last experience, my mind was blown thanks to the books by Nora Roberts, Christine Feehan and Jayne Castle/Jayne Ann Krentz that happened to be in that fated stack of my mom's library books.

Has anyone else noticed how amazing some of the worlds created in today's paranormal romance genre are?

Authors like Nalini Singh, Meljean Brooks, Evangeline Anderson, G.A. Aiken, A.W. Exley and many others have created worlds that are well developed enough to belong in the Sci-Fi/Fantasy section of the book store with that added bonus of a steamy sex scene or two(or 10).

Yet despite my current appreciation of these romance authors, I still find myself uncertain of the paranormal romance novel I've been working on. I'm afraid of being pigeon-holed as 'just a romance author' if I go ahead with publishing this one.

Until the last few years, I didn't even admit to the guilty pleasure of reading romance novels because of people who think like this:

Peer shaming of any kind is just wrong, by the way!

You see, my dream has always been to be published in the Sci-Fi/Fantasy genre. It was my first love. The genre out of which was born my love of books. My first 3 published novellas are YA fantasy. I have an epic fantasy I've been working on for the last 5 years, and plans to publish another YA fantasy series and an urban fantasy novel.

Then this idea for a paranormal romance came to me one night in a dream. It's a really good idea and I REALLY want to publish it.

Am I worried for nothing? Has the romance genre come far enough to negate the old stigma that used to be associated with it? Should I publish any romance novels I write under a pseudonym? These questions plague me with uncertainty. I'm hoping some of my writer bloggy buddies will give me their perspective on the issue. I want all of my writing to be published under my name, but I can't help my worry. What do you think?

Friday, March 13, 2015

Easing back in...and an Excerpt from my next Shine novella #blogging #Shine #YAFantasy

Hi friends! I hope this finds you all doing well and getting ready to tackle the A to Z Challenge in April. I took a much needed break from blogging, but now I'm ready to slowly get back into it. I'm still trying to decide if I'll participate in this year's A to Z, but regardless, I look forward to seeing all the great posts by those participating.

Don't know what the A to Z Challenge is? Here is the link and button.
If you're a blogger, I'd definitely encourage you to check it out. I always enjoy it when I participate.

I've recently finished my 3rd Shine novella. *happy dance* I'm hoping it'll be published in April or May. If you've been following Camille and her gang of Shine friends, you'll be excited to know she's kept her promise and found a way to get Sophia to Russia. In fact, the whole gang is going to check out the claims about Russia being a Shine safe haven. If you haven't read my first 2 Shine novellas, you can click on the covers for both on the right.

To celebrate this accomplishment, I've decided to share a snippet from my 'still being edited' manuscript for The Gilded Cage, the 3rd adventure in Camille's story. I hope you enjoy it!

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Sophia appeared, tears flowing down her face, with Dahlia cradled in her arms. Camille met her stricken gaze. A hard knot formed in her stomach.
"Daisy collapsed."
The battle raged in her ear. A gun went off. Camille gritted her teeth. "Take me there. Now."
"I'm about used up, Cam."
Camille nodded. She met Brenna's devastated gaze. "Karen is waiting at the park. Get V, Dahlia, and the rest to Ohm. I'm going to help Rachel put down a rabid dog."
Sophia gently laid Dahlia's body on the couch then stood and wrapped her trembling arms around Camille. She rested her forehead against Camille's back and said in a voice clogged with tears. "Close your eyes."
Camille's body grew light until she couldn't feel her own skin or the bones it covered, then an instant later gravity returned. She opened her eyes and found herself in a dark hallway. Using her Shine, she hid herself and Sophia from everyone except Rachel. Taking a deep breath, she edged into the chaos of the living room. Rachel saw her and smiled. A brown haired Shine crouched behind the overturned dining room table. The woman's eyes narrowed. She scanned the room, hesitated over where Camille stood, but continued on.
Camille paused. Did the other woman have the ability to see past Camille's Shine? Unwilling to take a chance, Camille stepped back into the shadows of the hallway. Rachel sent a butcher knife flying through the air at the woman. As if she could read Rachel's mind, the brown-haired Shine pulled the table between herself and the knife.
Camille thought of the loud gongs of a watchtower clock. Keeping the gongs uppermost in her mind like Daisy had taught her, Camille pulled out the syringe Fear had given her. She nodded to Rachel. Rachel's smile widened. Every item in the house that had any type of iron in it flew through the air to whirl around the brown-haired woman and the table in a vortex. Camille edged around the whirling knives, pipe, tools, sculptures, and debris until she was directly behind the woman. She lifted the hand with the syringe and nodded.
The vortex froze and Camille slammed the syringe into the woman's back without letting her own skin touch the other Shine's. The brown-haired woman whirled around and lurched toward Camille. Right as her fingers grasped Camille's arm, her eyes rolled up in her head and she dropped to the ground.
***

Every story has an event that catapults them onto a path they may not have taken otherwise. In The Gilded Cage, Camille's crew loses a member of their little family. This devastating loss sets them onto a path that ultimately leads to Russia where they learn the hard way that some things really are too good to be true. I hope you liked this peek into my upcoming novella and thank you so much for stopping by to say hi!

Are you participating in the A to Z Challenge? Have you read my first 2 Shine stories, Lost Haven and Road to Nowhere

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Cover Reveal: DREAMTHIEF by Tamara Grantham

COVER REVEAL: 

DREAMTHIEF by Tamara Grantham

We are pleased to reveal the official cover for Dreamthief by Tamara Grantham. This book is amazing on the inside and now the outside is just as awesome! We can't wait to hear what you think of the cover. Make sure to leave a comment and let us know your thoughts. 



RELEASE DATE: September 1, 2015
GENRE: Fantasy Romance
SERIES: Fairy World MD
PUBLISHER: Crimson Tree Publishing


LEARN MORE ABOUT:


Visiting Faythander, a fairy world, is a nasty business. Forget the fairies and unicorns, most people come back with lost memories and mental problems. Olive Kennedy knows. She's the therapist who treats patients suffering from Faythander's side effects. She may have an emotionless mother and an apathetic boyfriend, but she takes pride in her job. She's never failed to cure a client—until now.

Traveling back to Faythander wasn't on Olive's to-do list. But she has no choice. The fate of both Earth and Fairy depends on her ability to stop an evil being called the Dreamthief. Saving the world, she can handle. Falling in love—not so much. Now, she'll have to decide between her heart and the future of an entire planet. As if battling the forces of evil wasn't complicated enough…

Dreamthief is the first book in the Fairy World MD series. 

Add Dreamthief to your Goodreads TBR List


ABOUT TAMARA GRANTHAM:

Tamara Grantham was born and raised in Southeast Texas. She comes from a family of writers. She took her first writing class from her uncle Larry Franklin, who worked as an author and literary agent at the time. At the age of fifteen, she received her first acceptance letter. Her uncle wrote, “Thank you for letting me read your short story, The Quest for the Spear. I enjoyed it very much, and see that you have a talent that can be developed.” In his Writing Fiction class, he challenged each of his students (which consisted of her two sisters and cousins) to write a novel. The challenge seemed daunting at the time, so daunting that she didn’t do it.

Despite her uncle’s praise, writing was not a part of her life until the age of 28, after she was married with three small children. She read a book called Princess of the Midnight Ball by Jessica Day George. While she loved the novel, the thought occurred to her that she, too, had characters and stories in her head that were just as creative.

The standing challenge from her uncle, made fourteen years earlier, finally became a reality. She wrote her first novel in one month. After that, she wrote five more books and several short stories and novellas. In 2013, she signed her first contract with former writing mentor, and New York Times-bestselling author, William Bernhardt, to contribute to his Shine series. The novellas are about young girls with unusual abilities. In November 2014, almost four years to the day that she finished her first book, she signed with Crimson Tree Publishing (the adult imprint of Clean Teen Publishing) for her novel Dreamthief.

While she’s not writing, and sometimes while she is, she raises four (soon to be five!) beautiful children, ages one to ten. She lives in Galveston, Texas with her husband and kids, one cat and one dog. Her husband David is her biggest support. For the past ten years he has been in training to become a surgeon. She frequently picks his brain for the sake of her stories, a habit she hopes he’ll forgive.



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www.tamaragrantham.com

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Saturday, October 4, 2014

Author Fair Fun!

So excited for the Read Local Author Fair 2014 in Stillwater next weekend. If you're nearby or feel like an impromptu road trip, I'll hope you'll come see me. I'll have print copies of both Lost Haven and Road to Nowhere for sale. 


Remember, I'll mainly be blogging over at my website: www.SabrinaAFish.com, I'll try to post important event updates here, but anything else will be posted on my website only. I hope you'll come over and check it out. Don't forget to subscribe to my e-mail newsletter and/or leave a comment!!

Monday, September 8, 2014

Blog Moved!

Hey bloggy friends,

Just a reminder that I'll now be blogging from my website:

www.SabrinaAFish.com

Please join me there for new updates including my cover reveal and giveaway for my upcoming Shine novella, Road to Nowhere.

I hope to see you there!

Have you checked out Lost Haven, my first Shine novella? It's available on Amazon for $0.99 now!

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Change is just...Scary

Hello loyal followers! Thank you, as always for once again visiting my humble blog. I truly appreciate each and every one of you. Unfortunately, change is in the wind and it is with a heavy heart that I bid adieu to my time on Google Blogger.

With the publishing of my first novel, my rapidly growing trophy company, and need for directing traffic toward my website, I'll now be blogging exclusively from my webiste:

www.SabrinaAFish.com

If you're interested in keeping up with me, please go to my website and visit the Blog tab.

I'll post Mondays as usual, but I'll also be adding Funny Friday posts.

~Sabrina

P.S. Have you checked out my latest novella, Lost Haven? If not, now is the perfect time as it is on sale for $0.99 in anticipation of the upcoming release of its sequel, Road to Nowhere.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Buyer Beware


Over the last month, I've been experiencing a building allergic reaction. Like a potion or spell gone wrong(or is that right?), a small patch of itchy and very tiny little blisters will pop up, drive me crazy, then disappear a few hours later. I ignored it at first, determined to see it as nothing other than a freak rash. I really should know better. I need the antidote or counterspell, if you will.

You see, I'm allergic to formaldehyde.  Yeah, you read it correctly. This nasty substance, which puts any self respecting, evil witch's brew to shame and gives embalming fluid and fingernail polish it's nasty odor, builds up in my body over time until it's gained enough momentum to break my entire body out in a rash of tiny blisters that itch to no end. Weird, I know.

I've only broken out a total of 4 times over the whole of my 31 years. The 1st time was due to an everyday use of fingernail polish when I was a teen. I stopped coloring my nails and the outbreak went away. Over the years, I'll occasionally get a mani/pedi, but I'll be sure to give it at least six months between each time to keep an outbreak from occurring. I thought I was golden. (Apparently, that evil enchantress throwing hexes my way is much more determined than I thought.)

Willful ignorance (and not having a healthy respect for your local potions master) is not a good idea, folks.

The outbreaks are getting closer together, despite the fact that I hardly ever wear fingernail polish, the last two outbreaks occurring within the last 5 years. What has changed? I could no longer ignore the situation, nor give fingernail polish sole responsibility for my dilemma.

Did you know that formaldehyde is in, what seems like, EVERYTHING? Even though I'm allergic to it, I had no idea. I check labels and when I don't see the actual name 'fermaldahyde', I think I'm good. WRONG!

Sneaky sorceress, er, I mean, manufacturers use all kinds of synonyms and chemicals that 'act like' formaldehyde. Thanks to globalhealingcenter.com for this list of ingredients to look for and avoid:

*Formalin   *Methanal   *Oxymethyline   *Urea   *1,3-Dioxetane   *Quaternium 15   *Methylaldehyde
*Methylene Oxide   *Formic Aldehyde   *Oxomethane Formalin   *Phenol Formaldehyde

Now I'm off to check the products I'm currently using for the cult culprit responsible for this itchy reaction. And hopefully, I can prevent any future discomfort. *sigh*

Source: The Hidden Formaldehyde



Have you checked out my novella, Lost Haven, yet? Get it soon. The sequel is finished and should be out this fall!!



Anyone else ticked off an enchantress lately, as I apparently have? *grin* No? Do you have a weird allergy? Is your reaction instant or does it take time to build up, like mine? Do you like YA Fantasy with female protagonists? Have you read Lost Haven?