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Less Than A Day Away!

We are counting down to Ancient City Convention 2014! It’s a three day long multi-genre fandom convention at the Hyatt Regency Riverside in Jacksonville, Florida the 18th-20th. We will be there to sell our books, including our new releases, and will even have a special guest with us! So be sure to stop by and say you saw our post on our site/Facebook/Twitter and we’ll give you a discount!

For more information please be sure to visit ACC’s site. Looking Forward to seeing you and all our friends there!

 

Night Rising is Here!

The quest is over and now the war for Zeus’s throne will begin in Night Rising, the fourth Mantle of the Gods novel by Tricia Sparks. A major victory has been won, but one battle does not make a war. Sam Abrams and Annalynn Gallagher now stand at the edge of failure.  With opposing forces converging on Zeus’s crown, and the efforts of the only deity who seems to share Sam and Anna’s goal foiled, one shadowy figure prepares to make her move while another begins to stir.

Haunted by the spirit of an ancient god, Detective Lance Roman returns to Los Angeles with the sword of war in hand, and Catherine Nichols at his side.  Yet they have not left their struggles behind them.  Still in danger of becoming a pawn in evil’s elaborate game, Catherine must rely on Lance.  As a wielder of the war god’s mantle, Lance must make a choice in order to protect the woman he loves – a choice with far-reaching consequences. One man’s need and another man’s ambition may speed the world into the hands of Chaos.

Available on Amazon in print and ebook!

Blood & Rain

Jacksonville, FL, is a city with historic roots and character, much like many other cities in the United States.  Yet the mundane façade hides a layer of reality not seen by humans – except for a select few.  Alex Rosselle is such a one.  The IRS and her clientele know her as an artist, yet the city’s paranormal underbelly see her for what she is: a Hunter coming into her own, one whose skills are about to be tested.

Something monstrous is stalking the streets of her beloved city.  No one knows what it is, let alone where it comes from.  With every kill it makes, storms brew. As she hunts for the source, Alex will encounter an old nemesis, a new ally, and the interest of an ancient deity as she faces the unknown threat. She will discover a snippet of storied history that may just hold the key to the mystery in the midst of the bloodshed, a deadly force that is bearing down on them all. Something only one of them can stop – provided Alex doesn’t drown first as the city becomes awash with blood and rain.

 Available on Amazon in print and Ebook!

Introducing LJ’s Fourth Book of her Crystal Garden Saga Series…

Drown_Voice - Front Cover Only - Ver 2Drowned Voice is the fourth story in this epic quest. It tells the story of Mirielle Riva, a young girl who grew up in the foster care system migrating from one home to another with no family to call her own. Growing lonely, Mirielle learned to take what happiness she could by indulging in the things she enjoyed such as singing and dancing. So when she was given a shot to be on the high school varsity swim team she set off for swim camp with enthusiasm and hope. Her sixteenth birthday arrives with little fanfare in the fact that the only gift receives is  a lost voice. Not the great start for the day she was hoping. Things get worse when she surfaces in the pool only to discover she is no longer in the world she’d woken in that morning. Instead she finds herself trapped in a cursed kingdom being ravaged by the sea. Lost in a world where some happy endings aren’t written, but are forged in adversity, Mirielle must seek out answers if she has any hope of returning to the world she’d left behind. The waters will rise as Mirielle seeks to find her crystal rose.

Find it on Amazon in ebook and print!

Gusty Proposals- Fight for Change

Violet Piccolo spent the first fifteen years of her life never thinking for herself. Everything from the type of clothes she wore to the friends she kept was dictated by overbearing parents. She obeyed without protest or complaint until her sixteenth birthday when her father’s latest scheme to advance the corporate ladder had her facing a relationship with a boy she didn’t know. When Violet makes a stand, it has unforeseen consequences. The petite girl shrinks to a mere few inches high and she winds up in another world full of danger and magic.  While the change leaves her free of her childhood shackles, Violet’s troubles are far from over as in this new realm she finds herself confronted with others who believe they know what is best for her. To fly free, Violet will have to embrace her destiny. She will soon understand that sometimes standing up for what you want isn’t enough, somethings must be fought for. For Violet gaining her crystal rose won’t be the hardest part of her journey as she will learn that a mind unused when strained may just shatter.

 

Available on Amazon and at Ancient City Convention July 18-20.

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Sample Chapters from Gusty Proposals by LJ Gastineau

 

Chapter 1

 

 

Where am I?

The dark forest was foreboding in the moonless night, yet somehow she had a feeling she had been there before. It was almost like déjà vu.

Something was coming.

She could hear the snapping of twigs in the       distance. Her heart raced, fearing the unknown. Should she run? Should she hide? She could barely see anything around her. Only outlines of trees; their branches skeletal and grasping as though they could snatch her from where she stood like some sort of thief of night.

Something cold and wet touched her face. Was it raining? She would have to find someplace to use as a shelter or risk getting pneumonia.

Forgetting all the mysteries that lurked in the dark she ran blindly. A glimmer caught her eye from the right. Curious, she headed in that direction then came to a halt. It was a large gilded mirror. Mesmerized by her reflection she approached it staring in wonder. A scream tore from her throat as something beyond its smooth surface grabbed her pulling her towards it.

 

 

Chapter 2

 

 

Violet Piccolo gritted her teeth when the shrill cry of her alarm clock ripped her away from her dreams. She groaned, tugging her pillow over her head as she squirmed further under the covers.

Next she was greeted by a firm rapping at her   bedroom door. “Violet, it’s time to get up…”

She winced at the insistent sound in her mother’s voice. Didn’t the woman realize that it was her daughter’s sixteenth birthday? Shouldn’t Violet be allowed to do whatever she wished including sleeping in rather than playing dress up? She was so sick of doing     everything that was expected of her!

“Violet, are you even listening to me? We have a long day ahead of us.”

Knowing that unless she said something, she would have to endure a long winded lecture, the petite girl surfaced from her warm cocoon. “Okay, mother. I’ll be right there.”

“Wear a button down shirt, please. It’ll keep your hair from getting messed up when you change for   tonight.”

“Okay.”

Once the click of high heels departed away from the door, Violet plopped back down on the soft pillow, a halo of strawberry blonde curls fanned out around her head. She sighed, lifting her amber gaze towards her calendar. May 20th. Her birthday, yet… It felt like it had never been hers to begin with.

As the only daughter of a well-to-do businessman and his socialite wife, Violet felt she was more like a commodity. She was always expected to behave a certain way. Her friends were handpicked by her   parents, from the time she could talk. Her life, in   general was regulated from what she could eat to what she wore. Her birthday was no exception.

Rather than have a simple party with friends or even dinner out with her parents, Violet was expected to cater to being another pawn in her father’s climb up the cooperate ladder as his boss’s, son’s Prom date!

What’s next? Marriage? Violet glared at the garment bag which contained the baby pink gown trimmed in sparkling crystals—nothing less for her parents’ little bargaining chip.

“Violet! You’re wasting time. Hurry up!”

She winced at her mother’s harsh tone. With a sigh, the girl gathered herself from the bed then dressed as she was expected—a button down shirt and skirt.

Violet knew her mother would criticize her hair if she stepped out of her bedroom as she was. Instead she gathered it back into a ponytail, securing it with an elastic band. The woman would still be critical, but she would just have to deal with it.

With one last glance back at the loathsome pastel room that her mother had forced upon her only daughter, Violet grabbed the garment bag then left.

 

The story continues in Gusty Proposals, book 3 of the Crystal Garden Saga by LJ Gastineau.  Click here to purchase the trade paper or here to buy the Kindle e-book.

Also, for those of you who’d like a signed copy of any of LJ Gastineau’s books, she will be at the Trinity Gateways LLC table at Ancient City Con in Jacksonville, FL.  The con is July 18-20, 2014 and she will be there all weekend.  LJ — and the rest of us at Trinity Gateways — look forward to seeing you there!

 

Gusty Proposals

Gusty Proposals - Front Cover OnlyGusty Proposals is the third story in this epic quest. It tells the story of Violet Piccolo, a young girl who has had every decision in her life made for her by overbearing parents. Everything from the type of clothes she wore to the friends she kept. For years she has obeyed their wishes without protest. However, on her sixteenth birthday things change when her father forces her into a relationship with his boss’s son in an attempt to advance his career and Violet makes a stand for the first time. Her rebellion has unexpected consequences as she shrinks to a mere few inches high. Her troubles don’t stop there though as the petite girl soon finds herself in another world filled with wonder, danger, and magic. Though now free of her childhood shackles, Violet finds herself confronted with others who believe they know what’s best for her. To fly free she must discover who she really is so that she might achieve her destiny. To do this she’ll have to learn that sometimes just standing isn’t enough. Somethings must be fought for as she seeks the crystal rose.

Get yours at Amazon in print or on ebook! http://www.amazon.com/Gusty-Proposals-Crystal-Garden-Volume/dp/0988195143/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1404780898&sr=8-1&keywords=gusty+proposals+lj+gastineau

Achievement Unlocked!

Yes, I’m an Xbox girl, and I deserve an achievement badge for this one.

I finally finished the rough draft for Descent Into Darkness: His Revenge, the fifth installment of the series!  It’s been a long time coming, and the road to get here was pretty rocky for me.  Thanks to everyone who gave me the nudges and encouragement to keep it going.

But being written doesn’t mean it’s finished.  Other things have to happen before it publishes: the appendix has to be updated, the story has to go through a revision phase, followed by an editing phase, and the e-book cover has to be designed.  At present, I’m shooting for an e-book release in September 2014, and the printed omnibus containing both Part 4, His Command, and Part 5, His Revenge, is slated for publication in October 2014.  I’ll announce dates for each once they’re locked down.

Now I must get back to it.  Have a great weekend!

Taking a Day Off…

 

…from the day-job and the business.  Things have slacked off a bit, though we’re still fairly busy with back-end stuff for Trinity Gateways LLC.  My to-do list won’t be cleared for a little while yet, but today I’m stepping away from everything else to do some much-needed writing and re-outlining.It’s a gorgeous spring day.  The skies are mostly clear, the sun’s out, the temperature isn’t sweltering.  It’s that sweet-spot in the year for Florida, between the harsh chill of winter and pounding heat of summer.  It won’t last very long, either, so I’m taking advantage of it by stepping outside for my writing.

My backyard is an open one.  The little quad-plex condo I rent is one of several on the street, and the back has a fence on only two sides.  The patio is about as basic as it gets: a simple slab of concrete.  There’s a large maple tree that sheds a little shade on it throughout most of the day and the place came with a simple, hardy patio set consisting of one table and four chairs.  One days like this, while the rest of the residents on my street work or go to school, I like to dress the table and sit out there with a cup of coffee and my laptop.

Today, the squirrels are playing the maple tree.  There’s two of them twitching their tails at each other before darting off in search of something to eat.  The lizards and geckos have come out to find places to sun themselves, and a few birds are flitting about, from branch to branch, from tree to tree.  There’s a slight breeze, very few insects or pests, and right now there’s plenty of shade.  It’s about as perfect as it can get.

I wish I could do this more often.

He Begins

Descent Into Darkness, Vol. 1: He Begins

Yet Before I Get Started…

 I wanted to let you know that Descent Into Darkness, Vol. 1: He Begins, the printed omnibus including the first three e-novellas of the series, has been successfully republished by Trinity Gateways LLC.  The new cover is a big improvement over the old, and the map it features is a two-page spread of the entire continent of Orthanor.  I hope you like it as much as I do.

An Appearance in April

On 4/13/14, I and my fellow writers LJ Gastineau and Tricia Sparks will be at the North Florida Comic Con event at the Ramada Inn off Hartley Rd, Jacksonville, FL.  We’ll be at the Trinity Gateways LLC table, selling and signing books.  Be sure to come on by and say hello.  Also, a discount on our books is available to anyone who says that they saw us on Facebook or have visited our site.  Share with your friends, bring them along, and have some fun at the event!

And now I need to play with the words in my head.  Happy reading, and I hope to see on the 13TH!

Submissions Are Now Closed for Shadows of the Mind!

A big thank you to everyone who had submitted a short story to us. We’ve seen many truly exceptional entries! Any last minute submissions received prior to the closing at 11:59pm EST last night will be reviewed over the next few days. If you wished you could have submitted something but didn’t have enough time, don’t worry. We will be announcing open submissions for a new anthology shortly after Shadows of the Mind has been published so keep an eye out!


 

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