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Evergreen Cover Release

February 3, 2012

Drum roll….. Tada! What do you think?

A kingdom on the brink of war.
A king on the fringes of insanity.
A family running for their lives.
Ash and Fin’s only desire is to be together anddive into their happily ever after, though their conflicting worlds work topull them apart. Neither is ready to convert to the other’s life: become ahuman or a mer. Little do they know that somewhere in Natatoria a secret holdsthe fine fabric of everyone’s lives together. If the truth is discovered, Ashand Fin will no longer have the luxury of waiting. They’ll be forced to choose.But will it be for loyalty or love? Or will someone else make the choice forthem if they can’t decide?
Enter the watery world of treachery, greed, and thebinding mer kiss as the story continues with Evergreen, book two of MerTales.

Coming June of 2012. I’m excited and… I have a lot of work to do!

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Devotion, by Kristie Cook, Review Blog Tour

February 1, 2012

I’m happy to announce the book birthday of a dear friend and author, Kristie Cook. The wait for Devotion, book #3, is over and it’s finally here! Having been on a similar journey as Kristie, I can vouch that she’s probably at home, nervous, excited, and giddy as her fans devour the next in the Soul Savers Series. Let her know you love it and post a review on Amazon, B&N and Goodreads, will ya?

I promise you, you won’t be disappointed. Devotion is INCREDIBLE and totally worth the wait!

With powerful abilities gained from the Ang’dora and Tristanback by her side, Alexis thinks she’s ready for the next challenge— protectingher son from what appears to be the inevitable. But she has so much to learnabout her powers, her new world and the people in it. Nothing is what it seemsto be on the surface, including the Amadis.

Power-hungry politicians comprise the council and makeimpossible demands. A traitor lurks among them all, inciting trouble that coulddestroy the Amadis and, ultimately, humanity. The Daemoni wreak havoc in thehuman world, with the ultimatum that they’ll continue attacking innocents untilAlexis and Tristan are expelled from the Amadis’ protection. The couple’s ownsociety begins to shut them out. But that’s not all.

Someone’s keeping a secret. A big one. Faith and hope inAlexis and Tristan will be restored if she can uncover the truth in time.

But the search for answers leads only to the discovery ofmore betrayals by those closest to Alexis. Her devotion is put to thetest—devotion to her husband, to her family, to her people and to herbeliefs—leaving her to question whom she’s fighting for and why she should evenbother. But if she won’t fight . . . who will?

I don’t want to spoil anything for you by telling too much, but it’s a page-turner and half the time I wasn’t sure if I was rooting for the right people. Kristie keeps readers on their toes as she paints the scene with her words and leads readers on a wild goose chase. There’s were-lions, were-tigers, were-alligators, Oh my! The Amadis is also  revealed and you’d think, for those sided with the angels, they’d be safe, right? *insert buzzer noise* Devotion is filled with love, passion, family, friendship, betrayal, lies, and treachery so deep, you want to wring someone’s neck. I know for those who love the series are going to be up long hours deep into the night to find out what happens next.

Where to buy:

Follow Kristie:
Author’s Website & Blog: http://www.KristieCook.com
If you are new in hearing about the series, these are the order of the books:
Now go out and GET IT!
Hugs, Brenda

Contest: Name Tatchi’s Novella

January 31, 2012

I need a title for a novella I’m working on for Tatchi to be released around Evergreen’s release. So, I’m going to turn it into a contest and ask your opinion.

Here are the guidelines:

I’d like it to play off either Ever or Never. Or it could play off a color.

There’s already a book called Nevermore, Evermore, and Everneath, so I’m wanting to stay clear of those titles. Or any new releases that have the same name.

The story will take place underwater in Natatoria and focused on Tatchi wanting to leave, but unable to because of … well, if you’ve read Everblue, you’ll know why.

The contest will run from now ’til February 18th. Please leave a comment below with your suggestions. Enter as much as you want.

I’ll pick 5-10 of my favorites and then let you vote!

Winner will receive a $50 Amazon gift card and a shout out in the acknowledgments!

Sound fun? I hope so!

Hugs, Brenda

Help & Support of a Blogger and Friend

January 22, 2012

Many of you in the book blog-a-sphere know Yara from Once Upon a Twilight. She’s suffered a tremendous loss two days ago. Her home burned, not once but twice, which has caused tremendous damage.

You can imagine how horrible that would be to lose everything in one fail swoop.

I had the pleasure to meet Yara over a year ago and work with her when she first started blogging. She embraced my books and has become a wonderful friend. I’m devastated for her, but glad no one was hurt.

I’d like to help in this tragedy. I’m donating a finished copy of THE ONYX TALISMAN to one lucky winner and gift a Kindle of the TALISMAN TRILOGY to another. All you need to do is donate to the families fund, hosted by Twilight Moms, and provide receipt.

If you’d like to enter, forward the paypal payment email to laniwoodland(at)laniwoodland(dot)com. You can erase the donation amount. We just need proof you donated. Then we will use random.org to pick a winner. There’s lots of other prizes from other authors as well. Check it out HERE.
Open Internationally
Ends 11:59 Jan 28th
Thank you!
Photo from Montgomery County Police Reporter

Hugs, Brenda

In the Wild

January 11, 2012

Courtney sent this to me this week stating:


“This is literally how excited I was to download this book. 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 Definitely not getting much sleep tonight!”

These are the things I didn’t see when I started writing. Thanks Courtney! 
I’m also excited to share my new bookmarks! Squee. Note the cute dagger charm! If you check out my freebies link and join my street team, I’ll send you one with a SASE.
The Onyx Talisman is sweeping Amazon by storm, listed as a best seller in these categories: #37 in Futuristic, #60 in Fantasy.
Wow.
I’m on cloud nine. Thanks everyone! The box book set (trilogy) will be out later this week and physical books later this month.
Hugs, Brenda

Devotion Cover Reveal from my bestie Author friend, Kristie Cook

January 10, 2012

I’m excited to announce the cover reveal of Devotion, Kristie Cook’s third book in her Soul Savers Series, to be published in February 2012. But not only did I design the cover, I had the privilege to read the early release copy and …. *swoon* … it’s AMAZING! Betrayal, secrets, powers and loads of passion, it’s a page-turner. But I can’t take all the credit for the cover, though. Kristie had a vision in mind and she knew exactly what to say to help me create what she wanted. I wish I could show the mock-up procession from start to finish.

You need to pick up all three books right now if you haven’t, Promise, Purpose, Genesis so you’ll be ready to devour DEVOTION in February!

With powerful abilities gained from the Ang’dora and Tristan back by her side, Alexis thinks she’s ready for the next challenge—protecting her son from what appears to be the inevitable. But she has so much to learn about her powers, her new world and the people in it. Nothing is what it seems to be on the surface, including the Amadis. Having believed the secret society to be definitively good and righteous, she discovers she couldn’t have been more wrong.


Power-hungry politicians comprise the council and make impossible demands. A traitor lurks among them all, inciting trouble that could destroy the Amadis and, ultimately, humanity. The Daemoni wreak havoc in the human world, with the ultimatum that they’ll continue attacking innocents until Alexis and Tristan are expelled from the Amadis’ protection. The couple’s own society begins to shut them out. But that’s not all.


There’s a secret. A big one. And faith and hope in Alexis and Tristan will be restored if she can uncover the truth in time.


But the search for answers leads only to the discovery of more betrayals by those closest to Alexis. Her devotion is put to the test—devotion to her husband, to her family, to her people and to her beliefs—leaving her to question whom she’s fighting for and why she should even bother. But if she won’t fight … who will?

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Winner of Talisman & Onyx book tour sign-ups

January 4, 2012
Congrats to Desiree! 

She was the lucky winner (via random.org) of the life-sized faux onyx talisman. Here’s her review on Amazon:

“Wow wow wow Brenda you totally made me cry! After anticipating for your book to be released I devoured it from beginning to end, thank you I loved it!!!”

I wish you all could have won. Every review touched my heart and I’m HONORED to have each of you as fans. This is something I never saw in my writing future and your feedback drives me to write more and write better. Somehow, someway, by God’s grace I ended up in the middle of something great and I’m thrilled to share that part of my life and entertain you. The rewards are immense and I thank each of you! You all are getting something special in the mail from me very soon!

For those of you waiting for physical copies, I expect them the end of the month. If you’re a book reviewer and have read the first two books, I’d like to invite you to join the book tour hosted by Jaime from twochicksonbooks in March 2012. **Unfortunately, I need to limit international peeps to five (Canada/Mexico only) and to first come first serve because of shipping costs and shipping time.** 

Please sign up HERE.

Happy New Year! Make it COUNT!

Hugs, Brenda