Monday, March 28, 2016

Pre-A to Z Challenge Book Promotions

On Friday, April 1st, I'll be starting the month long posts for A to Z. So today, I thought I'd give myself a little blogging break and take the opportunity to promote my YA Fantasy novellas:

Lost Haven
In the near future, a few young women manifest extraordinary abilities called "Shine." Each girl's ability is different. Some develop extraordinary mental abilities. Some become physically strong. Others have powers that defy description. But the world does not embrace these Shines. It fears them.

Camille’s life hasn’t been the same since her parents' traumatic murder-suicide. In the aftermath, an intruder breaks into her home. Camille discovers a mysterious thumb drive hidden in her father’s office and realizes the unwanted changes in her life are just beginning. Caught in a spider's web of politics and conspiracy, betrayal and abduction, Camille is about to discover that the world is changing and hiding is not an option. Not even for Shines.

Road to Nowhere


In the near future, a few young women manifest extraordinary abilities called "Shine." Each girl's ability is different. Some develop extraordinary mental abilities. Some become physically strong. Others have powers that defy description. But the world does not embrace these Shines. It fears them.

Camille's ability to make others see what she wants them to see is no longer a secret. Her best friend is dead. Her home is not safe. Armed with only a list of known Shines and the rumor of a secret Shine headquarters, Camille embarks on a road that seems to lead nowhere. She's determined to fight the government oppression of Shines--and her attraction to a boyfriend she can't trust. But when Camille is captured by someone bent on exploiting her Shine, she realizes the fight is not just about her freedom but her life. Will she discover what's at the end of the road to nowhere? Or will she become a slave to someone who sees her only as a means to a very profitable and deadly end?

The Gilded Cage
In the near future, a few young women manifest extraordinary abilities called "Shine." Each girl's ability is different. Some develop extraordinary mental abilities. Some become physically strong. Others have powers that defy description. But the world does not embrace these Shines. It fears them.

Camille and her Shine friends are at war for the basic rights their fellow Americans take for granted. But some Shines aren’t interested in the fight. After one of Camille’s friends is killed during a mission, Camille is begged by the non-combat team members to find a safe haven. A Shine homeland. Even though she knows there are forces desperate to destroy her, Camille gathers a small group of friends and travels overseas. Are the Russians really protecting their Shines? Or are these rumors of a safe haven luring them to a deadly gilded cage?


These three novellas are part of a multi-author series created by NY Times best selling author, William Bernhardt, called Shine. Mr. Bernhardt wrote the first 5 novellas and has since combined them into one novel. My 3 contributions follow my character, Camille, through her adventures in the Shine Universe and are intended to be read consecutively. Lost Haven is on sale right now for $0.99.

~Sabrina A. Fish is the author of YA Fantasy novellas Lost HavenRoad to Nowhere, and The Gilded Cage. You can follow here or go to her website to learn more about her books.

Friday, March 25, 2016

Funny Friday!

Today's Funny Friday blog post comes thanks to my kiddo and his love of story time. At 9 years old, my beautiful boy doesn't care that he can now read pretty much anything himself now. He still loves to curl up next to mommy and hear me read stories out loud. He says I make them 'special'. *cue melting heart*
Our current story time project is Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials Trilogy. We're only a few chapters into book 1: The Golden Compass and the boy is hooked. He loves, loves, loves the banter between Lyra and her daemon, Pantalaimon. One particular comment by Pan made him giggle particularly loud, which in turn made me laugh. So today's Funny Friday is a piece of a conversation between Pan and Lyra.
"...And I think it's none of our business. And I think it would be the silliest thing you've ever done in a lifetime of silly things to interfere. It's nothing to do with us."
"Don't be stupid," Lyra said. "I can't sit in here and watch them give him poison!"
"Come somewhere else, then."
"You're a coward, Pan."
"Certainly I am..."

Reading to my child is one of my very most favorite things about being a mom. I'm always looking for new stories to introduce him to and would love your recommendations. What are/were your favorite stories to share with your child/children?

~Sabrina A. Fish is the author of YA Fantasy novellas Lost HavenRoad to Nowhere, and The Gilded Cage. You can follow here or go to her website to learn more about her books.

Monday, March 21, 2016

A to Z Challenge: Theme Reveal Day

I've jumped on the blogging crazy train again this year and decided to do the A to Z Blog Challenge 2016!! And today is the great Theme Reveal Day!!! *cue confetti & streamers*

I've found a theme just makes everything easier and much more fun for me. If you're new to this wild ride, I'd definitely recommend doing the same. Here are the theme's I've done in the past.

2015-Female characters from books, movies, and tv shows.
2014-My favorite fantasy characters
2012-Poems based on subjects taken from the epic fantasy I was working on at the time(hardest theme ever).

Since I'm a fantasy writer, I wanted keep my theme related to this in some way. So without further ado:

My 2016 AtoZ Challenge Theme is:


Each letter of the alphabet will cover a god or goddess from among the world's deities. This is a topic that fascinates me and I look forward to sharing it with you each day in April. So be sure to stop in and comment with your opinion of that day's chosen god/goddess. It's bound to be an epic adventure!

~Sabrina A. Fish is the author of YA Fantasy novellas Lost Haven, Road to Nowhere, and The Gilded Cage. You can follow here or go to her website to learn more about her books.

Friday, March 18, 2016

Attention Historical Romance Lovers & Funny Friday Fans!

Tomorrow is the release day for my writer bestie, Angela Christina Archer. If you're into historical romance and find the 1930s depression/prohibition era interesting, I think you'll really enjoy this one. Here's my own quick summary and review.



is a historical romance set in the 1930s depression/prohibition period U.S. and the glory days of the mafia.
Black Tuesday, October 29, 1929, the day the stock market crashed, and the day Evelyn Ford will never forget.

With the untimely death of her parents and the loss of their only income, Evelyn, and her brother, Frank flee to a make-shift hovel built in Central Park. After Frank mysteriously goes missing, bare cupboards force Evelyn to seek employment anywhere she can find work, even if that means working at a burlesque theater.

Catching the attention of Don Vincent Giovanni, a Kingpin in the New York mafia, Evelyn discovers that Frank is serving time in prison for running hooch and he owes Vincent a lot of money. In order to pay off her brother's debt, Evelyn is thrown into the world of mobsters and bootlegging.

Between running hooch all over the city of New York and trying to save her brother, Evelyn finds herself drawn to Max Catalano, Vincent's Consigliere. Even with secrets of his own, he's the only one she can trust when she entangles herself in the middle of the New York mafia crime wars.

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I really liked the fast pace of the story and the mystery surrounding Max. I liked Evelyn's determination to do what was needed to survive in a time when surviving was so hard.

I would definitely recommend this book. Here's a little more about the author.


Angela lives on a ranch with her husband, two daughters, and many farm animals. She was born and raised in Nevada, and grew up riding and showing horses from hunter jumper, English equitation, western pleasure, trail, and halter. While she doesn't show anymore, she still loves to trail ride her paint horse, Honky. In December of 2007, she and her husband moved to Oklahoma.

From a young age, she always wanted to write a novel. However, she never believed she could write anything well enough for a publisher to even consider her. Every time the desire flickered, she shoved the thought from my mind until one morning, in 2009, she awoke with the determination to follow her dream. In December 2014, Angela launched Long Valley Press. You can visit her website at www.angelachristinaarcher.com or www.longvalleypress.com

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Are you a historical romance fan? What time period do you enjoy seeing stories set in the most? Have any good recommendations for the rest of us?

Funny Friday

A funny & sad reality for many writers, unfortunately. All we can do is grin and keep writing the stories the characters inside our imaginations demand of us. 

Monday, March 14, 2016

Criticism is Necessary!


Along with sending my novels to beta readers, I also have select family members that read them for me. My current work-in-progress is in the revision stage. As with all my books, I sent it to my grandma. And as I was counting on, she didn't just praise me. She saw issues and told me so.

This blog is for my grandma, who, despite fighting cancer for the last 2 years, took time to read my books and give me criticism I can use to get better.

Thanks, Gram! You're my hero. If I'm half the woman you are, I'll count my life a success. I love you.
Do you have family and friends who love you enough to criticize you when you need it? Who is your personal hero?
If you like what you read here, please consider visiting my website to check out out my books.



Friday, March 11, 2016

Funny Friday ~ A's Euphemisms

Welcome, friends, to my Funny Friday post. I have a somewhat quirky sense of humor, so I hope I can at least elicit a smile to start your weekend off right, each week.

This week's FF post comes courtesy of my 9 year old son, whom I'll refer to as 'A' or 'the kiddo'.

Now any parent knows that kids will do anything and everything to get around the rules, especially when it comes to improper use of language. My husband and I love the use of the occasional swear word, so my son is familiar with them. In an effort to NOT be a hypocrite, the rule in our house is:

No adult words until you're an adult (age 18 in the U.S.).

My son is pretty good at following the rules, especially when he considers them logical like this one. He's also pretty good at finding ways around them. So good, in fact, that I've taken to calling his ways around cursing without cursing, A's Euphemisms.



Let's put it in context. My hub of nearly 10 years, loves to pick on our son in any way imaginable. He'll stick a leg out and trip A when he walks too close by the couch where the hub is sitting. He'll grab one of last year's Halloween masks and jump out at a half asleep A while the kid is taking a shower. He'll sing extremely off key to one of A's fave songs while making up the world's worst rhyming lyrics while A is trying to sing along with the actual song.

That's just their relationship. The kiddo would always come find me and complain with that very familiar wail: "Mooooommmm, make dad stop (insert whatever dad has done this time)."

And my response has always been: "He only does it because he knows it bothers you. Ignore him and he'll stop."

After year's of this same complaint and response, the kiddo has found a response that makes him feel vindicated without breaking my rules. When his dad does anything he finds offensive in any way, his repsonse is: "Get wrecked, son."

And every single time, I can't help but think what he actually means and crack a smile. I'm so glad I get to experience being a mom.

One of my personal favorite euphemisms is that southern classic, "Bless your heart", which can mean so very many things. What smile worthy euphemisms have you heard recently? What is one of your favorite classic euphemisms?

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