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BOOK TOUR

Happy Saturday, peeps!

My book tour has been officially…booked! Wha pow! Below is the schedule. If you would like a chance to win signed copies, eBooks, some swag and more, hit these sites up and enter. These hosts have agreed to do a review only tour which means that they will have a review of Blood Soaked Ashes up the day they host. So, not only will you be able to enter, but you also get the chance to see what others think about the book! Yay!

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Tour Schedule

WEEK ONE
March 2nd: CiCi’s Theories REVIEW + TENS LIST
March 3rd: TTC Books and More REVIEW + MUSIC PLAYLIST
March 4th: Geek Heaven REVIEW
March 5th: Sunrise Avenue REVIEW
March 6th: LuLo Fangirl REVIEW

WEEK TWO
March 9th: Such A Novel Idea REVIEW
March 10th: Winterhaven Books REVIEW + WHAT’S IN FRANKIE’S BAG?
March 11th: Imagine A World REVIEW
March 12th: Petrichor REVIEW
March 13th: Her Book Thoughts REVIEW + INSPIRATION BOARD

Angry Robot Books discontinues Strange Chemistry and Exhibit A Imprints.

Image from Strange Chemistry Site
Image from Strange Chemistry Site

Upon hearing the reports this morning of Angry Robot Books discontinuing two imprints: Strange Chemistry and Exhibit A Books, I immediately went to the Twitter feed that surrounded this news. Hundreds of authors/readers/industry professionals are tweeting their thoughts/condolences and it shows how extremely personal this feels to all us authors/bookish folks, (I’ll stop forward-slashing everything now).

My first reaction was to Tweet my 140 character “sorry” but then it occurred to me that I have a bigger voice than 140 characters. I have a fan base (small, but powerful…so I like to think) and it’s my obligation to pull my efforts in another way. I can actually support these authors.

Frankie, what are you getting at? Are you a magician? All this holding out has got me on my seat’s edge. All thoughts I’d like to think ya’ll are thinking.

So, here are my thoughts. The purpose of this blog is 1) to inform those who do not know of this new. Read it here. And 2) to list the authors affected by this and their works so yous (yeah yous) can go show your support (actions are louder than words).

Go forth yee readers\authors\industry professionals (I said I wouldn’t forward slash gah) buy a book! Post it with your lovely face or cat or dog or ferret or ant collection. Show off your fabulous Tropical Smoothie alongside your newly purchased book! I’ll have mine up as soon as I get out today to get one. And don’t forget to hash-tag them! Or use this one #happytosupport. Eh? I’m open to suggestions on that one.

And, if you are unable to dish out the dollahs, support these authors by other means. Give them a shout out on Twitter, write a blog post on one or more of your favorite authors from these imprints,  vlog yourself, or your dog, or cat, or ferret, or ant collection? rolling around in copies you might already own…spread the word man!

Updates and Announcements, and a Funaaaay Video!!

The 2014 Book Expo America is just around the corner! With the event nearing, the nervousness and excitement are making a knot of fluttering in my stomach. I shouldn’t be this nervous; no one knows who I am, I’m doing a short signing event at the Independent Book Publishers Association booth, a small corner at a gigantic show, the paparazzi surly will not be following me around, and NO ONE KNOWS WHO I AM. So, why am I nervous? Hmmm…I should seek the oracles. I’ll let you guys know how that goes…if I make it out alive!!!
Looking beyond the BEA, I am preparing myself for what is possibly a huge event in my career. I mentioned this briefly on my Facebook fan page, but I’d like to elaborate with you here because, as Christopher Walken says in one of the funniest Saturday Night Live skits, I can “really explore the space.”
Of course you know I’m going to hook you up with the link to watch it.
So, the news is just as big as it is small. Whaaa?…you say. Keep reading.
A few months ago I submitted ERAMANE to an agent and included all of the amazing reviews. Seriously, they are awesome. This agent emailed me back and explained how my personality reached them and they wanted some more information on the book, sales so far and such. But I’m a self published author with only me promoting my work, so being a newbie puts me in a dark hole with countless others. It’s amazing how much room is in there!
Anyway, we exchanged several emails before it occurred to me that I have a project which hasn’t been published (cause it isn’t finished) so I took a shot and mentioned my WIP. With enthusiasm, the agent asked that I submit a formal query to them as soon as it is finished!
So, there it is my huge/tiny news. No it’s not an announcement that I’ve been agented, or better than that picked up by a publishing house, but it is an announcement that my work has caught the eye of a person that has the capability to get me signed, and that my friends is pure awesomeness!
Now that I have written a short story for you, I will wrap this up, but before I do I want to mention that in a few days I will have the times for my book signing at the BEA which I will post here, Twitter, and my FB page, and look for a short story that I will be releasing June 2014 for $0.99 entitled Serial Wanda. It’s a dark comedy and has been fun to write. I will announce this again when the release date gets closer.
Okie dokie. Thanks for hanging in there and reading all of this. You guys rock, and thanks for sticking with me.

 

 

 

 

 

ERAMANE’S IndieReader Discovery Award Review!

I finally received the review of ERAMANE from the Independent Book Publishing Association. It got three stars!!! Four would have been nice, I would have been eligible for that pretty gold sticker they put on your book, but…the review is great! I’ve pasted it here so that you may pleasure/punish your eye holes with it.

ERAMANE, by Frankie Ash, is an imaginative and exhilarating work of fantasy. With suspenseful story-telling and modern themes, this novel compels the reader to join Eramane on her thrilling adventures into the supernatural.

ERAMANE follows the story of seventeen-year-old Eramane Fahnestock as she transitions into young adulthood in her village. After years of feeling unsatisfied with her quiet life as part of one of the wealthiest families in her community, Eramane finally gets the change she has been hoping for. But with the arrival of a mysterious visitor comes the question: Is this change for the best?

Though set in a fantastical world, the elements at the core of this story are in fact highly modern. Perhaps one of the most progressive ideas can be found in the way Eramane and her family view marriage. While other heroines are often pushed to marry as quickly as possible, Eramane’s family decided long ago this would not be the case for her. Her parents declined four proposals because they “do not believe that a girl should marry someone she does not know and cannot possibly love.” Such a modern view about the importance of love in matrimony is particularly striking, as it is starkly contrasted against the rustic village setting. This theme helps modernize the work, making it more accessible to young, contemporary audiences.

In addition to modern ideas about love, this work also challenges social class differences. In Eramane’s world, all public conduct is strictly dictated by a social protocol. Since the Fah[n]estocks live with hired help, Eramane often must face the way she is expected to act around servants. In these exchanges, Eramane once again shines as a modern young woman, disregarding social cues and acting instead on her emotions. In one poignant scene, Eramane tries to convince Oriana, the daughter of her servants, that Oriana is worthy of a man of higher class. Telling her that she “is not a servant,” that she is “[her] friend,” and that she loves her, Eramane reassures Oriana that she “will find a prince one day.” This conversation defies the social norms reinforced by the members of her community, but Eramane, a modern woman, chooses to follow her heart, regardless. With her inspiring independent spirit and passion, this strong young woman serves as an excellent role model for the young adult reader.

Ash skillfully creates the feeling of suspense that draws in the reader, especially through use of flashback in the beginning. Ash’s choice to describe two exciting events before launching into Eramane’s personal story starts the work with a bang, which only hints at the pages of action and excitement to follow. Despite minor problems, Ash’s writing style ultimately serves the story well by creating an atmosphere of imminent danger.

Ash combines modern themes, relatable characters, and suspenseful storytelling to form a compelling work of fantasy likely to appeal to a wide range of readers.

I’m a little solo cup hear me SHOUT!

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I have been asked to speak at a university in Northern Virginia! I was taken aback when the email came in asking if I would like to come in and relinquish some of my expertise and experiences to the budding lit students. I was like “hells yeah!” and then I laughed and cried simultaneously. Let me ‘splain.

First, it was such an honor to receive this request. I remember sitting in my English classes, listening to the sages as they spewed their words of wisdom to us, thinking how awesome it would be to have an impact on literary scholars, to put my mark on academia (I always picture a dog lifting its leg to a tree when I say “my mark”…but that’s not weird). This is something every author hopes for, what’s the point of writing if your work is forgotten in time? Poe, Faulkner, Chaucer, Moliere, Plautus, Homer…they are forever remembered because we study them, we dissect their words, and now, I get the honor of bringing my work into the environment of study. Totes mahgotes…awesome!

This road to publishing has been eventful, at times, and as the universe holds true to its “great balancing act” it has also been maddeningly uneventful. There are days when my inbox is full of review requests, book tour info, etc. These days are magnificent to me. They generate buzz for my book and confirm to me that I’m on the right track.

Then there are those days, and they like to come in multi-day strings, where my inbox is empty, nothing, a discarded solo cup lying on the ground after the concert has ended. And what’s worse, I sometimes feel like I’m actually being tossed into that dark trash bag and thrown into the dumpster.

But then the offers to be featured in book magazines and expos, to send review copies to popular reviewers, and to speak at universities come in. Ha! No dumpsters for me! Not today!

It’s a constant pulling off of the band-aid. But the most important thing that keeps me focused, stills my hand from slamming closed my laptop is that one true driving force behind it all…I love to write. And no matter what, I will always do just that.

 

 

‘Eramane’ Book Blog Tour

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Tomorrow starts the ten day book blog tour for my novel Eramane! I am super excited to read the reviews from the wonderful bloggers who so graciously agreed to host me. There will also be interviews and a giveaway that’s all WHA POW! and stuff. Check it out!

Also, since I have been stupid busy writing for NaNoWriMo,  I haven’t had the chance to share some cool news. I recently received a Kirkus review for Eramane and I’m so excited to tell you that it was pretty good. Here is a tid bit, but I will post a link to the full review later, “…a well paced, well written story, with good suspense, and a good main character in Eramane. Readers will want to know what happens to her after this book. This solid fantasy tale is well paced and well told…” -Kirkus Reviews.

Kinslayer mini review

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 I discovered Jay Kristoff only a few months ago, when Twitter suggested I follow @misterkristoff. I clicked on his Twitter handle to pull up his profile and BOOM! I was introduced to The Lotus War trilogy! The artwork immediately caught my attention; I had to see more. I found Kristoff’s blog, read his post on the Sydney/Perth Supanova, and, like the fish that bit, I was hooked.  His catchy bloggin’ style, made me think, “If his posts are this good, what are his books like?” I purchased Stormdancer. I read Stormdancer. I loved Stormdancer. Lucky me, I only had to wait two months for book two, Kinslayer. It released only a few weeks ago, and I was just as captivated. I would read for hours, and when I saw my blood shot eyes in the mirror I would be reminded of the lotus fiends; they weren’t hooked on the lotus, they were reading Kristoff novels!

 In Kinslayer, Kristoff creates an achingly fragile world using a complex combination of beauty and carnage. One cannot create this delicate blend by chance. No, Kristoff is skilled, crafting his words carefully, intentionally. He doesn’t flub the custard; he gets it right, every time.

Kinslayer’s recent release solidified Kristoff as one of my favorite authors. I re-read sentences in his books and each time I say the same thing, “Damn he’s good.” I finished Kinslayer and felt…ready, for whatever it is that the final book will bring, like I finished an R. Lee Ermey boot camp. Alright Mr. Kristoff, release the Kraken!