Tuesday, November 29, 2016

"Sherlock, tell me where my bloody wife is, you pompous prick or I'll punch your lights out!"

 It's been far too long since I last posted. I've been having a hard time lately, probably because of the up coming holidays. Not only do I miss my friend and am still trying to work through my grief, I am really homesick. The combination has made it hard to do anything, including blogging and writing.

 I have been keeping up on NaNo. It's been hard and slow, but I've managed so far and should be able to finish in time.

 Thanksgiving has come and gone, which means I have my tree all set up and am busy Christmas shopping. And as you can see, I really have little to say. Probably because this is a long week, even though it has just started, and I kind of wish I could be in my fuzzy jammies aright now and curled up in bed. but I am being a good girl, posting and getting ready for a meeting I have to go to.

 What else can I ramble about to fill time and space? Nothing, nothing at all. I can't get my mind on anything besides my PJs. THEY ARE SO FLUFFY AND WARM AND I WANT TO SNUGGLE IN THEM!

 Okay, that is all I have. I have to go rummage around for a shirt...because isn't that how everyone passes their evenings?

 You can guess where I got the quote. 

Photobucket

Sunday, November 13, 2016

An Earthly King blog tour!!

http://hazelwest.blogspot.com/2016/10/an-earthly-king-blog-tour.html

Synopsis

Six months after Ciran defeated King Lorcan and instigated a peace treaty between the High Court of Ireland and the Goblin realm, things have been slowly getting back to normal in the kingdoms. That is, until the council decides that it's time for High King Eamon to find a queen.

On top of that, there seem to be stirrings of rebellion in the Faelands, as not all the Fair Folk like the High Court's treaty with the Goblins. So it's up to Ciran Mac Cool and his company to stop the rebellion before it goes too far, while also trying to keep Eamon safe from potential assassins. And with all the prospective brides rubbing elbows with the High King, that's easier said than done.

With the help of their friends and a spunky agent from the Bureau of Protection Against Fair Folk, Ciran's Company attempts to stop the Faery plots before Ireland is thrown into all out war. Again.

An Earthly King is another action packed book in this Celtic urban fantasy series with lots of friendship, humor, angst, and even traces of the Ballad of Tam Lin.

Title: An Earthly King (The Modern Tales of Na Fianna #2)
Genre: YA, Urban Fantasy, Alternate History

Purchase Links:

Createspace Paperback:
Kindle:
Smashwords:

(Links for Blood Ties –Book One)
Createspace Paperback: https://www.createspace.com/5165155
Kindle: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1505596130?keywords=Blood%20Ties%20Hazel%20West&qid=1455604855&ref_=sr_1_1&sr=8-1

Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/615849


About the Author

Hazel West lives in Purgatory, er, Florida, with her books and her hedgehog Horatio. When she’s not writing, she’s reading other people’s books, studying folklore, or binge-watching something on Netflix—drinking coffee is also a given.


Links







Excerpt: Everything happened at once. Eamon had bent over to unlock the passenger side door for me, turning, likely to ask why I was standing so far away, when a dark shape came hurtling out of the shadows and bowled him over before I could shout a warning.
A wicked blade came into the attacker’s hand and I threw my knife as soon as I saw it, catching the figure’s wrist and causing him to fall back with snarl. Before I could do anything else, Killian had come up from behind the creature and swung his sword, decapitating it in one swift movement. He reached down to help Eamon up while I went to inspect the attacker.
Redcap,” I told them grimly, seeing the distinctive red cap on the decapitated head as well as the pointed ears and lean figure. I stepped on the thing’s arm and bent to pull my knife from its wrist, wiping it on the sleeve of the Fae’s coat. I turned back around to see Killian cleaning his own blade.
Are you all right, Eamon?” I asked.
He nodded, as Killian turned to me with a glare. “Oh, it’s Eamon is it? By the bloody fae, this really is getting into the gossip rags.”
She saved my life, Killie, I think she deserves to call me by name; and is this really the time?” he said, still looking at the dead Faerie. “So, what exactly am I supposed to make of that?”
I shuddered slightly despite myself, and it had nothing to do with the cold wind. “I’m afraid this might mean we have quite a bit to worry about after all.”

Giveaway: http://hazelwest.blogspot.com/2016/10/an-earthly-king-blog-tour.html





Photobucket

Wednesday, November 09, 2016

BLOG TOUR!

 I am behind. Because life stinks sometimes.

 I am taking part in the Crannig Castle Blog Tour!!!

Monday, November 7th


Tuesday, November 8th


Wednesday, November 9th


Thursday, November 10th

Friday, November 11th

Saturday, November 12th


Monday, November 14th



About the Book

God, please look after Adriel. Keep him safe and keep him from acting foolish. And please help him to be able to find me.

Rae knew she could trust God to look after both of them. It was all she had now.

The Time Captives have been reunited. The rightful king has been freed. Now all that remains is to defeat the strytes who still hold a tyrannical rule over the people of Calhortz. But with their lack of soldiers, it’s a task that is easier said than done. They need allies, but are they worth it when it requires facing ghosts from their pasts?

Returning to his home country only brings the loss of Adriel’s family to the forefront of his mind. His determination to find Rae has never ceased, but now that determination could potentially destroy all that he and the Time Captives have been working towards. And his new-found faith may not be able to withstand the challenge.

Will they be able to set aside their personal struggles for the sake of the freedom of all or will they allow their pasts to consume them? Will they manage to win back Crannig Castle from the rule of the strytes? The fate of Calhortz hangs in the balance.

Crannig Castle is the final book of the Time Captives trilogy, a tale of faith, family, fantasy, and a fight for truth and freedom.



Buy Now




Creighton Hill and The Crossways will be free on kindle November 7-11, so if you’re posting on one of those days, please include links.


About the Author


Morgan Elizabeth Huneke is a homeschool graduate who lives in Georgia. She has enjoyed creating characters and writing stories since early childhood. Books have always been a big part of her life, never more so than when working at the local library. Her other interests include reading, playing the piano and violin, and politics.

You can connect with Morgan on her website, blog, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus, and Pinterest.

Giveaway

Join in the excitement of Crannig Castle and enter to win a special prize! The first prize winner will receive signed copies of the entire Time Captives trilogy. The second prize winner will receive a signed copy of Crannig Castle. The third prize winner will receive an eCopy of Crannig Castle in the eBook format of his/her choice. Giveaway open to U.S. residents only.

Jill Spotlight

Physical Appearance: Shoulder length brown hair, gray eyes, average height and weight.

Age: 11

History: Jill is a fairly normal girl, or at least my normal, which may not be normal at all. She’s right smack in the middle of five children; she has an older brother and sister and a younger brother and sister. She’s more of an academic type, good at school, likes to read, does like the outdoors, but is very dependent on having an indoors to go to. She’s a fan of Noel Streatfeild and Rudyard Kipling, but it’s her love of E. Nesbit and C.S. Lewis that prepare her the most for her own excursion into a fantasy world. After investigating the disappearances of her long lost ancestors, she and her siblings journey through a fantasy world to find them, find the slave boy who is required to free the rightful king, and prepare for war against the strytes who hold a tyrannical rule over the people.

Author’s Notes: Jill, named after Jill Pole, was my original POV character and spring boarded from me. Most of my main girls do that. Jill is, probably, a good mixture of me and Jill Pole, only with brothers and a better attitude. My sister, however, didn’t really like her POV, so I switched it to her younger brother Joey. I was able, gladly, to bring in some Jill POV in Crannig Castle. I liked writing Jill because I could make her a better version of me. I could give her my likes and dislikes, my taste in books and clothes, but I could help her overcome some of my faults. Not that she’s perfect—she isn’t—but it was like exploring a might-have-been. And that’s what writing is, isn’t it? Exploring all the might-have-beens in life?

Photobucket

Monday, November 07, 2016

"Let it begin! Let it begin!"

I have once again been AWOL. In all fairness this time, I have been really sick and trying to recover. But now I am not as exhausted anymore, and NaNo has started.

 This year I am being a NaNo rebel, for various reasons. Instead of writing a book I am editing So Much Owed, my next to be published historical fiction about the Tuskegee Airmen of WWII.

 I know, this is short and to the point, but I am still tired and bed sounds nice right now. So I am going to sleep, with the promise to return and do introductions for the characters.

 ALLONSY!

Photobucket

Thursday, October 20, 2016

"It's a fluffy fluff scarf."

 Why have I not posted this week? 

 I had a test, And not just any test, but a test on half my book, which means 140 questions. A big number of them. But add to the fact I had a burning sore throat....(I still have it. Because of course, since this is me we are talking about, I can't get a sore throat which feels like someone is stabbing me with a knife for just a day or two. No, I have to get a killer sore throat which lasts a week.)

 I have been doing other things besides school. Reading lots, writing when I get the chance - writing is still hard sometimes, even though I've been writing by fountain pen and typewriter.

 I have kind of done something I have been trying not to do this year - reading about seven books at once. Just look at my Goodreads page for proof. I did so well until this month, when I got plenty of good books at long last. I want to read them all and couldn't decide which to finish first so I am reading seven or eight at the same time....which means I will have to write lots of book reviews next month.

 NaNo is coming up. I AM SO EXCITE! And nervous. It is a mix of both.

 I really have no idea where I am going with this post. I just finished up this week's homework so I am still in school mode. Also my throat is hurting more and more the longer I am awake, and that is very distracting.

 Mostly I didn't want you all to think I had forgotten you. I should probably get up though and try and start my day.

 Farewell!

Photobucket

Sunday, October 09, 2016

"Yes, I loved being shoved in a sack and shoved through a magic portal."

 I AM LISTENING TO CHRISTMAS SONGS AND I DON'T EVEN CARE! I mean care that it is still two months away. I had a horrible dream I missed celebrating Christmas because everyone told me not to celebrate too early. When I woke and realized I hadn't missed Christmas I bought a Christmas CD and have been enjoying myself and my pre-holiday celebration. I would even have set up my tree but I like the idea of setting it up on Thanksgiving and I have no decorations yet.

 So, in honor of my mad Christmas schemes, or whatever you may call them, I AM DRAGGING YOU ALL DOWN WITH ME! YOU SHALL CELEBRATE EARLY TOO BECAUSE IT IS A WONDERFUL HOLIDAY!

 And yes, I just used unprofessional caps. Because I am a rebel like that.

 Here, have a song.


 Maybe it isn't exactly a Christmas song but it is close enough and was the first one I listened to.

 That is all. 

 Quote is from Rise of the Guardians. 

Photobucket

Friday, October 07, 2016

"I hate snakes!"

 NaNo is coming.

 I know what some of you will be saying, IT IS ONLY OCTOBER! Well, sure it is. But NaNo is in a month and surely as an Author I can count down to that time when I will lock myself up and drum out a novel in a month.

 So I am counting down. Besides, after NaNo comes Christmas, so it is just fun to count down to things in October.

 Do I have a book planned for NaNo? Why yes I do, thank you for asking.

 Want to know what it is?

 If you insist.

 I plan to finish the final Blade book. 

 Yes, that series which dropped off the face of the earth while I struggled with my writing. I can't say my writing is back where it was before. It is still hard for me to sit down and scribble out a whole book every single month, but I am getting back to that place.

 Which brings me to another point....not the writing, but the Blade books. That is the thing which brings me to this new point.

 I am looking for beta readers for The Broken Blade, the first in the Blade books. 

 ANYONE INTERESTED?! Please comment or email me if you are.

 That is all. I want to go away and read for a while. Because I am anti-social like that.

 Quote is from Indiana Jones, because why not?

Photobucket