Sunday, February 16, 2014

Curses, Fates & Soul Mates - Interview with Kristie Cook, Lynn Rush, R.K. Ryals, Raine Thomas and Rachael Wade! Meet 5 authors and their books!

Happy Sunday!

Tomorrow is the release day for Curses, Fates & Soul Mates box set.

Curses, Fates & Soul Mates box set features 5 books, which will be released on February 17th: The Space Between by Kristie Cook, Frostbite by Lynn Rush, Cursed by R.K. Ryals, Return of the Ascendant by Raine Thomas and Repossession by Rachael Wade.

I had an opportunity to make a short interview with the authors. Enjoy!

How did you meet each other?

We pretty much met each other on Facebook and Twitter. As for in-person meets, Kristie and R.K. met at the RT Booklovers Convention last year, and Kristie, Raine and Rachael sat on panels together at the Indie BookFest in Orlando last year. Raine and Rachael have actually been at numerous events together. Lynn is waaaay over on the other side of the country – LOL – so we haven’t had a chance to meet her in person yet. We all hope to remedy that in the near future!

What was behind the idea to release the box set? Why exactly you 5 and exactly these books?

Kristie: I’ll answer this! I’d been thinking about doing a project like this for a couple of months when Lynn reached out to me and asked if I was interested. I was all, “Heck, yeah!” We both wanted to promote New Adult genre fiction so readers and the public can see that there are so many New Adult options out there beyond contemporary romance. The two of us brainstormed authors we know who met certain criteria: 1) Obviously, they needed to write New Adult paranormal; 2) They needed to be indie, at least for this book because they needed to have their rights; 3) They needed to have at least some kind of platform so they could bring their readership to the box set (which also shows that they’re experienced and serious about their writing career); and 4) We liked them because we knew this would be a team effort. J We reached out to Raine, R.K., and Rachael, and they all jumped on board.

How did you come up with the name of the box set - Curses, Fates & Soul Mates?

We wanted a short, simple title that covered as much as possible. We did a lot of brainstorming and loved how Curses, Fates & Soul Mates covered all of our books in some capacity and was also catchy.

What do you think are the advantages of releasing a box set, besides the price?

We want to reach more readers! We’re expanding our reach not only with each other’s audiences, but also by creating a convenient way readers can discover all of us. I mean, they get 5 new-to-them books and authors for less than the cost of most single titles! Since all of the included books are firsts-in-series, we’re hoping people will go on to read our other books, too.

I have always been curious how the working process behind releasing a box set is? Who was responsible for which task? How did the process look like?

Everyone has been great about chipping in. We all have our strengths and weaknesses and things we like to do and things we don’t. For example, Kristie and Chrissi (her business partner/publisher) took on the formatting and uploading to the different retailers because they have tons of experience there and great contacts. Kristie’s background is marketing, so she created a marketing plan. Lynn is our Twitter and online party expert, so she took the reins with organizing those. R.K. and her assistant Christina (who’s also a blogger) has taken charge of reaching out to bloggers. Rachael spearheaded the cover design and Raine took on writing the promotional blurb and fleshing out the copyright. When something needs to be done, we always have someone jumping in and taking care of it. We couldn’t have asked for better teammates!

Briefly, what are your books about?

THE SPACE BETWEEN by Kristie Cook: Self-contained dancer Leni Drago and inked-and-pierced playboy Jeric Winters must discover the truth behind their connection as well as their ties to a journal from 1989 – and they must do it fast, before all evidence that they ever existed disappears. Two love stories, one mystery and a paranormal twist that readers call “mind blowing.”

FROSTBITE by Lynn Rush: Love is warm and fuzzy for most people, and it would be for eighteen-year-old Amanda Smith, too, if her kisses didn't cause frostbite.

CURSED by R.K. Ryals: Sometimes being bad is better… A vintage-loving witch. A cocky demon. An old grimoire. An ancient curse. A family secret that changes everything.

RETURN OF THE ASCENDANT by Raine Thomas: Party plans derail for college student Kyra Vaughn when she’s nearly killed…twice. She’ll have to rely on a sexy stranger with unusual abilities to keep her alive and help her discover who she’s destined to be.

REPOSSESSION by Rachael Wade: The Invaders have come for Earth, and Skylla Warden’s in the very center of the upheaval. On a mission to take back what is rightfully theirs, Earth’s population is determined to make sure this isn’t the end. But some endings were never theirs to begin with.

How do you market the box set? Any events planned readers should know about?

We’re going with a multi-pronged approach, trying to cover all major marketing avenues. We all have newsletters, street teams and blogs, so we’ve been promoting pre-order links through those platforms as well as on our social media pages. We’ve created a Facebook group called Souls of Indie, where we’re cultivating a fellowship of paranormal readers that we hope to grow over time. There are Facebook and Twitter parties scheduled between 2/14 and release day (2/17) with lots of reader interaction and fun giveaways. And we’re also advertising in a few key places to help get the word out.

Why should a reader want to purchase Curse, Fates & Soul Mates?

This box set is an opportunity for readers who enjoy Paranormal New Adult Romance to fall in love with new authors and characters that will grab their hearts and not let go. Every author in the set takes pride in her writing and has earned numerous accolades, so readers are assured of five great books. With an introductory price of 99 cents, you can’t go wrong!

Thank you!

Here are the blurbs of the books!

The Space Between Summary

When Life Falls to Pieces, Answers Lie in the Space Between

Leni Drago can't make a smart decision on her own, according to her mother anyway--the few times she's tried resulted in disaster. When her uncle sends her on a dance tour in Italy to find her real self, she returns to an empty home and any evidence of his existence wiped out. Then things get even stranger, like the mysterious appearances of Jeric Winters--inked, pierced and a hit-'em-and-quit-'em type. He's one decision that should be easy for Leni. Or is he?

Jeric doesn't do girlfriends. Unless they're someone else's. He left the fighting cage and modeling for a reason, and girls who want more than a night of fun are distractions he doesn't need. Especially when they come with as much baggage as Leni carries. But he can't shake the gut feeling that he needs to know her. All of her.

To discover the truth behind their connection and their ties to a journal from 1989, they must face painful secrets from their pasts. And they must do so quickly because their own existences are falling to pieces.

This first part of The Book of Phoenix takes you on a heart-wrenching ride as you discover the answers that lie in The Space Between.

Frostbite Summary

Amanda gives a whole new meaning to cool...

Amanda Smith is sick of getting chased from town-to-town. So when she lands in tiny Trifle, Arizona, she hopes it's her last move for a long time. Despite hating the smallness of the town, she settles in and finds a best friend, and even a boyfriend. Normality at its finest.

But for a girl who can shoot snow from her hands and lift a two-ton truck over her head like a bag of feathers--normal is not an option.

The scientists who murdered her mother come barreling into Amanda's quiet life. She must decide if she'll run again or stay and fight. The price of either choice might be her life or the lives of those she's come to love... 

Cursed Summary

A grimoire. A witch. A Demon.

Ellie Elizabeth Jacobs, often known as Monroe due to her fascination with vintage attire and old movies, is an 18 year-old witch and a darned good one! But there is also something very wrong with her. Demonic energy makes her powers stronger, she has the ability to ward off Demons, and Lucifer wants her.

Sometimes being bad is better. Or at least that's how Luther "Thorne" Craig feels. The hybrid Demon son of the cursed Cain and the Demon Lilith, Luther is reluctantly sent to New Orleans, Louisiana by his brother, the hybrid Demon ruler of the Outer Levels of Hell, to protect Monroe from Lucifer's searching Hellhounds.

But what happens when things go wrong?

In this riveting spin off from R.K. Ryals' Redemption series, Monroe is faced with an old grimoire, an ancient curse, and a journey to discover a family secret that may surprise them all.

Return of the Ascendant Summary

Expecting to enjoy another typical college night at a frat party with friends, Kyra Vaughn’s plans derail when she’s almost killed…twice. Her savior, a tall, sexy stranger who calls himself TaeDane, claims that he’s the personal bodyguard for the Ascendant of Alametria. She’s convinced he’s crazy.

Especially when he insists that she’s the Ascendant.

With dark enemies hunting her down, Kyra has no choice but to trust her supposed bodyguard. Ty vows to help her remember her past and return her safely to Alametria, but someone seems intent on interfering, challenging his abilities at every turn.

As Kyra’s memories emerge, she remembers that Ty is more to her than he’s let on…much more than he’s allowed to be. She’ll also discover that there are many things about her planet and herself that she’d rather forget. In the end, she’ll have to make a choice: cling to the life she knows, or risk it all to become the person she’s destined to be.

Repossession Summary

Skylla only knows that she has been kidnapped and held prisoner by the foreign invaders and their human allies. And that the world is ending. Or so the humans think. The invaders have made it clear that their arrival is one of hostile intent, and as their takeover spreads, so does the panic across the globe. No one knows how to defeat them, or if it’s even sane to try.

Jet, Skylla’s human captor, is up for the challenge, though. A traitor in Skylla’s eyes, he is working with them. But Jet has his own agenda; one that doesn’t include babysitting Skylla or helping the enemies. And as the human race struggles to keep the invaders from achieving their goal, Jet and Skylla’s paths collide to reveal the truth behind Skylla’s abduction.

The invaders are headed for the water. Jet is headed for the water. But that’s the last place Skylla wants to be. That’s where the future of humanity lies, and where the bridge to their yesterdays was burned. On a mission to take back what is rightfully theirs, Earth’s population is determined to make sure this isn’t the end. But some endings were never theirs to begin with.

About Kristie Cook

Kristie Cook is a lifelong, award-winning writer in various genres, from marketing communications to fantasy fiction. She continues to write the Soul Savers Series, a New Adult paranormal romance/ contemporary fantasy, with the first five of seven books, Promise, Purpose, Devotion, Power, and Wrath currently available. She’s also written a companion novella, Genesis: A Soul Savers Novella, currently available. Over 300,000 Soul Savers books have been sold, with Promise peaking at #54 on the Amazon Top 100 Paid list and at #1 in the Amazon Fantasy category.
The Space Between kicks off her second New Adult paranormal series, The Book of Phoenix, with part two, The Space Beyond, releasing in 2014.
Besides writing, Kristie enjoys reading, cooking, traveling and riding on the back of a motorcycle. She has lived in ten states, but currently calls Southwest Florida home with her husband, three sons, a beagle and a puggle.

Want more by Kristie Cook?

— Soul Savers Series —

— The Book of Phoenix Series —

The Space Beyond (Coming 2014)

About Lynn Rush

Driven to write, Lynn Rush often sees her characters by closing her eyes, watching their story unfold in her mind. Lynn Rush is a pen name that is a combination of two sources – Lynn, the first name of her mother-in-law, who passed away and Rush – since the author is a former inline speed skater and mountain biker. All of Rush’s books are dedicated to Lynn, her namesake.

Connect With Lynn Rush Online

Lynn loves to hear from readers!

Catch the Rush™

Author’s Website & Blog:
Facebook: LynnRushWrites
Twitter: LynnRush

Word of mouth is very important for any author. If you enjoyed the book, please consider leaving a review, even if it’s only a sentence or two.

Want more by Lynn Rush?

— Violet Night Trilogy —


— Wasteland Trilogy —

— Touch of Frost Series —

About R.K. Ryals

R.K. Ryals is the author of emotional and gripping young adult and new adult paranormal romance, contemporary romance, and fantasy. With a strong passion for charity and literacy, she works as a full time writer encouraging people to "share the love of reading one book at a time." An avid animal lover and self-proclaimed coffee-holic, R.K. Ryals was born in Jackson, Mississippi and makes her home in the Southern U.S. with her husband, her three daughters, a rescue dog named Oscar the Grouch, A Shitzsu named Tinkerbell, an OCD cat, and a coffee pot she honestly couldn't live without. Should she ever become the owner of a fire-breathing dragon (tame of course), her life would be complete.

Connect With R.K. Ryals Online

I love to hear from readers. Please visit me online!

Author’s Website:
Facebook: RKRyals
Twitter: RKRyals

Word of mouth is very important for any author. If you enjoyed the book, please consider leaving a review, even if it’s only a sentence or two.

Want More by R.K. Ryals?

— The Redemption Series —

Revelation (Coming 2014)

— The Thorne Trilogy —

Dancing with the Devil (Coming 2014)

— The Acropolis Series —

Deliverance (Coming 2014)

— The Scribes of Medeisia Series —

City in Ruins (Coming 2014/2015)

— The Legend Series (stand alone series) —

Retaliation Bridge (Coming 2014)

About Raine Thomas

Raine Thomas is the award-winning author of bestselling Young Adult and New Adult fiction. Known for character-driven stories that inspire the imagination, Raine recently signed with multiple award-winning producer Chase Chenowith of Back Fence Productions to bring her popular Daughters of Saraqael trilogy to the big screen. She's a proud indie author who is living the dream.
Raine is a hopeless romantic with a background in the fields of mental health and wedding planning...two areas that intersect far more than one would think. Her years working with children and young adults with emotional and behavioral challenges inspired her to create protagonists who overcome their own conflicts. When she isn't writing or glued to e-mail or social networking sites, Raine can usually be found vacationing with her husband and daughter on one of Florida's beautiful beaches or crossing the border to visit with her Canadian friends and relatives. 

Connect With Raine Thomas Online

I love to hear from readers. Please visit me online!

Author’s Website:
Facebook: RaineThomas
Twitter: Raine_Thomas
Pinterest: Raine_Thomas

Word of mouth is very important for any author. If you enjoyed the book, please consider leaving a review, even if it’s only a sentence or two.

Want More by Raine Thomas?

— Daughters of Saraqael Trilogy —

— Firstborn Trilogy —

— Estilorian Short Story —

About Rachael Wade

Rachael Wade is the Amazon bestselling author of THE PRESERVATION SERIES, LOVE AND RELATIVITY, and the upcoming New Adult sci-fi series, THE KEEPERS TRILOGY. When she's not writing, she's busy going to concerts, watching too many movies, and learning how to protect animals and the environment. She's an avid Brandi Carlile fan and loves all things Tim Burton.

Connect With Rachael Wade Online

I love to hear from readers. Please visit me online!

Author’s Website:
LightsOn Website:
Twitter: RachaelWade

Word of mouth is very important for any author. If you enjoyed the book, please consider leaving a review, even if it’s only a sentence or two.

Want More by Rachael Wade?


— The Preservation Series —

— The Resistance Trilogy —

— The Keepers Trilogy —

Restitution (Coming 2014)


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Happy reading!

1 comment:

  1. Thanks so much for featuring all of us and the box set, Inga!!