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Wednesday, June 12, 2013

BIG NEWS! NEW WEBSITE & BLOG!


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All new blog posts will be at my NEW SITE! www.amhargrove.com. This blog will be deleted in three months!

Monday, June 10, 2013

Release Day for reEMERGENT!

It's Here! reEMERGENT, the Final Installment in The Guardians of Vesturon Series 

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Xarrid Yarrister is barely surviving...he’s living a life in hell.
The love of his life, Saylan, has vanished into thin air, and his telepathic powers can’t connect with her mind.

Saylan, a Guardian of Vesturon, doesn’t know herself anymore. Kidnapped by the Xanthians, she’s had a robotic chip implanted in her brain and is now a prisoner in her own body, lacking free will, at the beck and call of her cruel masters. 

For over a year Xarrid has been on the hunt. The Guardians have searched everywhere for her, but when they finally bring her home, Xarrid discovers her memory is gone. He’s determined to restore his love’s mind back to its healthy state. Removing the chip can cost Saylan her life, but doing nothing will cause irreparable brain damage. What choice will Xarrid make and how steep of a price will Saylan have to pay?



EXCERPT

I am power. I am strength. I am the wind. I am speed. I am courage. I am faith. I am hope. I am fierce. I am loyal. I am steadfast. I am true. I am protection. I am honor. I am a Guardian of Vesturon.

Xarrid Yarrister paced within the confines of the Guardian headquarters on Vesturon.  Standing at about six feet four inches tall, and nothing but pure muscle, he was an impressive yet intimidating sight. Long wavy dark hair and piercing cobalt blue eyes, he wasn’t someone one would merely give a passing glance.  In fact, his appearance demanded one’s complete and undivided attention. There was a time, and not too long ago, that he simply looked like the young brother of Rayn, Rykerian and Tesslar...softer and youthful.  Not so anymore.  Scultped and chiseled, he was magnificent to look upon, but Xarrid couldn’t have cared less about his appearance.
He had taken some hard knocks over the last year, one of them being the death of his brother Therron.  The other one was the disappearance of his soul mate, Saylan.  The latter had changed him into the male he was today.  Hardened was the word that aptly described him.  Most Guardians feared his wrath.  Others looked up to him.  All of them respected him.  He was ruthless and cunning, but that’s not to say he wasn’t fair, because he was a Guardian after all.
Xarrid was on the hunt...the hunt for Saylan.  He would never rest until he had proof that she was either dead or alive. If she was alive, pity the ones that held her.  They would have hell to pay if they had made her suffer one tiny bit.
The door to the conference room opened and ten males filed in, including Xarrid’s brothers Rayn, Rykerian and Tesslar.  His father, Rowan, the Great Leader of Vesturon, was also among them. 
Everyone but Xarrid took a seat when he asked, “Well, what have you discovered that prompted you to call this meeting?”
The males looked around uneasily and finally Rayn, the eldest of the siblings, spoke.  “The pandemic on Earth is winding down.  Our Guardian teams were never able to make a dent in it with any of the vaccine we placed down there.  The small pox virus was too virulent and before they could make any progress, it had wiped out sixty-five percent of the population.  Our estimates are that it may go to at least seventy percent before it completely runs its course and dies out.”
Xarrid flexed his hands and then rubbed his neck.  Ever since Saylan disappeared he’d refused to cut his hair which gave him an unkempt, wild look.  Since he was a Guardian, he wore a thin braid in the back which was one of their requirements.  They weren’t allowed to cut it but every ten years, so it added to his long and unruly hair, Xarrid looked the part of a rogue.  He was the antithesis of his brothers and the other Guardians that were present as they wore their hair neatly trimmed and were clean shaven.  Xarrid didn’t take the time to bother with such inconsequential things such as that. He didn’t have the time nor did he have the inclination.
“Bloody hell! It would be nice to get some good news for a change, wouldn’t it?” he asked no one in particular.
Rayn, the oldest of the brothers, gave him a long, hard look before he spoke.  “That’s not all.”
“Well, what are you waiting for? Go on,” he bit out.
“There are reports that the Xanthians have streamed in and taken over.  Humans are not only dead from the disease, but the Xanthians are killing anyone that won’t agree with their demands.”
Xarrid slammed his fist into the palm of his hand.  “Those bloody Xanthians.  I hate those bastards.  My mission is to destroy them all.”
Rowan looked at him, his expression grave.  The last year had taken its toll on all of them, but Rowan bore the physical signs like a banner.  Tall, dark and handsome, he’d always been robust and full of life.  Lately, the purple half moons beneath his eyes had deepened and the lines around his mouth were now more pronounced.
“My son,” Rowan began, “I don’t want to see you waste your life away by trying to destroy something that may be an impossibility.”
Xarrid turned to his father and in a voice laced with steel, said very quietly, “They took from me two of the people I dearly loved.  I will live the rest of my life trying to get Saylan back. If and when I do, I will go after them with a vengeance.  I will leave and breathe revenge, Father.”
Rowan sadly shook his head. “I would rather you focused your efforts on other things.”
“I understand what you would rather have.  Unfortunately, I have different goals.”
Turning to Rayn, Xarrid asked, “What are our teams doing on Earth regarding the Xanthians now?”
Rayn glanced around at the others before he answered.  “We’re thinking about pulling out.”
“What? How can you think that? What about our Compound? What about the Nunne Hi? Talasi? The others?”
“We would keep the Compound active and the Command Center in Haywood County, North Carolina.  All others would be evacuated.  The Nunne Hi are safe right now.  You know they won’t leave their Great Smoky Mountains.  They are tied to their ancestors, the Cherokees, spiritually. Their caves are hidden and it would be nearly impossible for the Xanthians to discover their location.”
Xarrid started pacing, trying to make sense of what they’re telling him.
“We’ve been through this from all angles.  When the virus finishes running its course, Earth will be a different place,” Rayn explained further.
Xarrid looked at Rayn like he’d grown an extra head.  “That’s exactly why we need to keep our presence there.  That’s when they’ll need us the most.  Earth will be a hell hole Rayn.”
Rayn felt the knots growing again in his gut.  He hated this decision.  It sickened him whenever he thought of it.  “We don’t have the troops to spare. We need all the hands we have to get Xanthus back on track.”
“We need to blow Xanthus up and forget about it. Then we’ll have the extra hands we need so we can rebuild Earth.”
Xarrid was losing his patience with Rayn. He let out a loud breath and started shaking his head.
“Xarrid, you know we can’t annihilate Xanthus.  It’s against our covenants.  The Council would never allow it nor would the Universal Free Rule.  We are protectors of the universe, not destroyers. Besides, are you willing to take that risk where Saylan’s concerned, if she’s still there?”
Placing his hands on his hips, he stared at Rayn as he began tapping his foot.
“You know she’s not.  Jurek and his team have turned Xanthus upside down searching for her.  With their power, they would have located her by now.  The Praestani do not fail in that.”
Rayn stared at Xarrid for a moment.  He didn’t want to start an argument with him because they had been over this time and again.  “You have your opinion of Jurek and I have mine.  Let’s just leave it at that.”
“Well then, as far as I’m concerned, this conversation is over.  I have things I have to do.  Father, give my love to Mother.”
Xarrid turned and stormed out of the conference room, leaving them all staring after him.



Monday, June 3, 2013

Sunday, June 2, 2013

reEMERGENT Cover Reveal and Excerpt

reEmergent Cover Reveal

And Excerpt

Release day June 10!



Xarrid Yarrister is barely surviving...he’s living a life in hell.
The love of his life, Saylan, has vanished into thin air, and his telepathic powers can’t connect with her mind.

Saylan, a Guardian of Vesturon, doesn’t know herself anymore. Kidnapped by the Xanthians, she’s had a robotic chip implanted in her brain and is now a prisoner in her own body, lacking free will, at the beck and call of her cruel masters. 

For over a year Xarrid has been on the hunt. The Guardians have searched everywhere for her, but when they finally bring her home, Xarrid discovers her memory is gone. He’s determined to restore his love’s mind back to its healthy state. Removing the chip can cost Saylan her life, but doing nothing will cause irreparable brain damage. What choice will Xarrid make and how steep of a price will Saylan have to pay?

And now for the EXCERPT


The female trudged through the streets of Atlanta, post-pandemic Atlanta, not focusing on anything but the back of the individual in front of her.  Her black hair was filthy and matted; her fingernails were ragged and torn with dirt caked beneath them.  The sooty streaks covered her skin, but if one took the time to look closely, they would have noticed that at one time she had been quite beautiful.  The vacant look in her eyes hid any kind of recognition, any kind of triggered memory that might exist, buried deep within her mind.

“Halt!” the commander yelled.

The line of workers came to a stop as they waited for their next orders.

“This is where we stop for the night.”

They were in front of a large empty warehouse in which the windows had been broken and the doors torn away.  The streets had been abandoned months ago, when the hemorrhagic smallpox disease had swept through the city, and then the country and finally the world, leaving millions of people dead in its wake.  That’s when they came...the Xanthians.  They came to take over Earth and make it their own.  She was part of their scheme, only she didn’t remember that.  She scarcely knew anything anymore. Her mind was now controlled by them...by the nanochip they had implanted into her cerebral cortex.  It had taken over her brain and turned her into a minion.  She now belonged to them, doing exactly as they told her, without a thought of her own.

They entered the building and heard the rats scurrying away.  Rats and cockroaches...they’d survive anything, it seemed.  Many humans had been forced to start eating them to survive, for the food sources had quickly dried up and disappeared.  Unless you had a spot of land where you could plant something, you were out of luck.

“Number Five, get over here and give us a hand,” one of the Xanthian soldiers yelled.

The dark haired girl hurried over to assist him.  They were setting up this place as their new headquarters.  She was carting crates inside that they had just teleported from Xanthus, their home planet.  She had long ago lost her aversion to the Xanthians, when she lost her memory and everything that was herself.  She simply existed in her body, a shell, nothing more, nothing less.
The other minions set up pallets on the ground for everyone to sleep on and before long, darkness settled upon them.  They were handed their rations which they ate and drank and then were told to sleep.  It never occurred to them to do anything else, for they were minions, lacking the ability to think on their own.

Monday, May 20, 2013

KISSING FIRE Blog Tour Starts Today!

KISSING FIRE Blog Tour presented by Reading Addiction Blog Tours May 20 to May 31




Virtual Book Tour - May 20 - May 31

May 20 - Reading Addiction Blog Tours - Meet and Greet
May 21 - Faerie Tale Books - Review
May 23 - My Pathway to Books - Review
May 24 - Crystal's Random Thoughts - Review
May 25 - Let's Get Booked - Review
May 25 - Flutters and Flails - Review
May 26 - Cocktails and Books - Review/Interview
May 26 - Little Library Muse - Review/Interview
May 27 -  Queen of the Night Reviews - Review
May 28 - Kayla's Place - Review
May 29 - Book Referees - Review/Interview
May 30 - Sun Mountain Reviews - Review
May 31 - RABT Reviews - Review
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Tuesday, May 14, 2013

AND THE WINNER IS…..1000 LIKES on Facebook Giveaway!

And the Winner is….

LESLIE TRIMBLE!!!

Congratulations Leslie and thanks for entering!

Celebrating 1000 Likes on Facebook!

Just to say THANKS! 

I'm giving away signed copies of Kissing Fire, Shattered Edge and Edge of Disaster.  

(Since all these books are in the adult genre, you must be 18 years of age to enter. **For those under 18, stay tuned for an upcoming giveaway of the Guardians of Vesturon. This giveaway is open to US and Canada only. If you are from outside the US or Canada, you may enter, but you can only win the ebook version.) 


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Thursday, May 2, 2013

The Next Big Thing


THE NEXT BIG THING - WORK IN PROGRESS

I was super excited to have been asked to participate in the Next Big Thing. I was tagged by my friend, the amazing Fantasy Author, Brian Rathbone, and you can check out his books at www.brianrathbone.com


1.What is the working title of your next book?

I actually have two! I'm working on reEmergent, Book 4 of the Guardians of Vesturon and also Tragically Flawed, which is another adult contemporary romance.


2.Where did the idea come from for the book?

The idea for reEmergent came from my Guardians of Vesturon series and the idea for Tragically Flawed came from a couple of friends of mine who work for the local women's shelter. Tragically Flawed's main female character has been a victim of sexual abuse and domestic violence.

 

3.What genre does your book fall under?

reEmergent is a YA/NA paranormal romance with some sci-fi futuristic elements to it and Tragically Flawed is purely an adult contemporary romance.

4.What actors would you choose to play the part of your characters in a movie rendition?

Xarrid, the lead male in reEmergent would have to be Henry Cavill with longer hair and some scruff on his face.  Lily James would be my pick for Saylan, the lead female.


For Tragically Flawed, I would choose Jennifer Lawrence as Riviera, and Chris Hemsworth as Shan.


5.What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

reEmergent is about the returning to life for Saylan, who was captured by the enemy and had a nanochip implanted into her brain, taking away her ability to act and think on her own.

Tragically Flawed centers around a young woman who was sexually and physically abused by her boyfriend. She escapes that life to become her own person and realize her dream of being an artist can become more than just that.

6.Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?

Self-pubbed all the way!

7.How long did/will it take you to write the first draft of the manuscript?

reEmergent has been a long time in the making because I've had several interruptions in the form of other novels *grins* (such as the Edge Series). Tragically Flawed will probably take about six weeks.

8.What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?

reEmergent is in a genre all of its own because the whole series is sort of different. I say that because there are elements of science fiction, paranormal, urban fantasy, and fantasy all rolled into one in this series. It's sort of hard to say--Oh that's like such and such.
I really can't say Tragically Flawed is like anything else either. I try not to read a ton of other contemporary romances for that very reason.

9.Who or what inspired you to write this book?

I can't say anyone really inspired me to write reEmergent. It's just the finale of the Guardians of Vesturon series. As for Tragically flawed, I have a couple of friends that work at the local women's shelter and for the Rape Crisis Coalition. I also recently volunteered for a fundraiser for the Rape Crisis Coalition and the fight against domestic violence. This is a real issue in our society today so this idea began to unfold in my mind. I talked with Lynn (my friend) about it and she gave me some information about the typical victim--sort of a profile if you will-- and my idea just blossomed. I'm really excited about this book because I think it will highlight some important points about what a victim often goes through in the aftermath.

10.What else about the book might pique the reader's interest?

Well, for Tragically Flawed, I'm hoping everything ;-)
But for the Guardians fans, this will bring closure to the series.