Updates and Neverlost Release!

Things have been all over the place for me, “real life” wise! Drama, chaos, the whole nine yards, but it looks like–finally–things are settling down. That said, I’ve been trying my hardest to keep to a word count minimum each day, aiming (loosely) for a book release a month up until December–I’ll let you know how that goes. I apologize for the lack of updates and releases up until now–my last release was Wildheart last December. How time flies… I hope to make it up to my readers in the following months and year to come :)

That said! I do have news! Deciding to take a step out of YA and into the “New Adult” genre–as well as breaking into my first contemporary romance–I wrote the beginnings of a new series. The first novel–Neverlost–was actually inspired by a song my musician brother came up with :)

I’m super stoked/anxious/nervous/excited! for you guys to read Neverlost! It’s different than anything I’ve written thus far, but that might not be a bad thing? I’m hoping you all love it :)

I’ve decided to do a little experimentation. Some of you might know of Amazon’s new Kindle Unlimited Program? Basically for 9.99$ a month you can read all the books (that are enrolled in the program) for FREE! Like a library! (Think Netflix or Spotify for books and you got it!) I’ve decided to try this new program out with Neverlost, as an author.

Which means two things:
1) For those of you who have a Kindle Unlimited subscription, you’ll be able to read the book for free! (And for those of you who don’t have a subscription, Amazon is doing 30-day-free-trials, so go sign up! Though I think KU is only a US thing at this moment!)
2) On the downside, this means Neverlost is Amazon-exclusive for 3 months…which means my non-kindle readers won’t be able to access it. This is a bummer and the biggest reason I hesitated on even joining KU–but I have to go with my gut and my gut seems to think KU is something important.
SO for those of you who DON’T have kindles! If you have smartphones or android devices (and I believe apple devices too!) go and download the Kindle Reading App, sign up for your free trial of Kindle Unlimited, and give it a download.

Again, thank you guys so so much. I couldn’t do this without you! Happy reading!

Cover links to Neverlost’s page, where you can find more information and buy links!

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Now Available: Souljacker

Here’s the official announcement–forgive me, as it’s a tad late. Souljacker has been out for about a week now, but I’ve been busy eating up the words to my new project, which I’ll be posting about soon :)

So here we go!

Now Available: Souljacker (YA Science-Fantasy Romance) - $2.99

Only one more year until she’s 18, then Lucifer Swift can start a new life, one not filled with loveless foster homes and whispered rumors—painful reminders of her past. She knows she’ll never outrun her Need, the monster inside of her that can suck the life force out of someone with just a touch, but she can sure as hell try. Nothing holds her here. She has no family, no friends, nothing.

Until she meets him.

Iofiel is a Cyberhound—a dark Faerie creation who can shift from man to canine and back again in the blink of an eye. Pack law denies him the right to love, but Iofiel can’t suppress his want. And he wants what he can’t have: A certain girl with haunted blue eyes, a girl with secrets darker than his…

Now available at: Smashwords, Amazon, Amazon UK, Amazon DE, and Barnes & Noble.

Paperback coming fall 2012!

Read the first two chapters here!

I really hope you enjoy it :D
~Kodi

Wolfsong: Wattpad’s Friday Find

Hey all! I’m busy kicking bronchitis’s butt right about now, but I have something to share!

A few months ago, my friend sent me a link to this blog post about Wattpad’s Writer Partnership Program. Already a member of Wattpad, I’d found so many good stories through the site already (I loveee their Android app and I’ve bought several books after finding them on WP) that this just seemed to be the right choice for me, a way to build a fan base and share with readers who love books like Wolfsong.

Today, Wolfsong went Featured on Wattpad and was also their Friday Find :) I’m so beyond excited for this turn of events.

So what’re you waiting for? Go read it :D If you read it and like it, why not share the love? Comment or vote? FB/Tweet it to the world? Thanks guys, ILU <3

(Working on making Spellbound the best than it can be! Still planning on a March release :D)

Spellbound: Finished! Now With More Cover Reveal!

So. I started the beast that is Spellbound as a fun, seat-of-my-pants ride through NaNoWriMo 2010. I made it through 40k and crashed. I thought it was horrible and never wanted to look at it again. Earlier last year, I decided to put it on my Kindle and give it a read-through, to make sure I wasn’t missing something.

And I loved it. Sure, it needed a few fixings, but I quickly went back to work, adding changes and freshening up the prose. I love Wylde’s spunk and Kascien’s stubborn spirit. I was determined to have it done in December…and that got moved to January. And now it’s February. It’s been a long three months…but as of today, February 8th, Spellbound is officially done. Well, first draft, anyway :P 71.6k total. This number will change come edits.

The next month and a half will be filled with read-throughs and critiques. Changes will be made, all for the better (I hope!) to make Spellbound as strong as it can be.

So, what better to celebrate the end of a novel…than to have a cover release? :) I’ve been working on this for the past three months and I’m finally happy with it! If all goes well, I aim to have Spellbound available in e-format by the end of March!

Spellbound:

Wylde Debraux is 16; sassy, fiercely independent—and the Wyvern princess of the desert tribe of Kiir’vanan. When her father demands she choose a suitor within a fortnight to become her mate, Wylde rebels…and finds herself face to face with her enemies.

Born without power, Kascien Trump is a slave to the Magi. He’s as trapped as the bio-engineered dragonhounds he breeds and fights for his master. Then Wylde blazes into his life, offering him the possibility of freedom, and he knows she’s probably his only ticket out of there. Alive, anyway.

But when Wylde’s captured, the spellbound slave and the fiery dragon-shifter have to put aside their differences and work together to outwit the Magi and escape the clutches of Kascien’s corrupt master…or lose themselves trying.

Saturday Snippet: Spellbound #2

Today’s snippet comes from my dragon-shifter WIP, Spellbound:

Wylde sprang away, crouching next to the fallen deer, her wings receding into clawed hands which spread, splay-fingered, on the ground. The doe’s brown eyes were wide, still hanging on. Wylde stroked her fingertips against the velvety nose as nostrils flared and unflared. The doe shuddered and then the last breath left her lungs and she was merely a shell of herself. Her soul ripped free with one final jerk. Wylde, graced, watched as the whisper of a ghost found her legs and took off into the woods, her spectral form blending in to the wisps of mist gathering around them before disappearing.

“Thank you, Free One.” The Wyvern’s voice was thick as she uttered a soft Vanlan prayer and sliced her claws across the doe’s throat. Ribbons of crimson flooded free and Wylde bent down. Heat still pulsed off the corpse, the smell of the blood sickly sweet, making her mouth water.

With both hands, she lifted the deer’s heavy head, bringing it close and licked the blood flowing from the wound. The taste of the doe’s lingering energy made Wylde’s stomach roar, a gargoyle statue brought to life by the pallid light of the moon.

And baring her fangs, she began to feed.

Book Review: Red by Kait Nolan

Last spring, upon pondering over the idea of going indie ourselves, my friend and CP, Sadie Hart, introduced me to a couple of indie authors: Kait Nolan and Susan Bischoff. I began to stalk follow their blogs. Both of them are awesome and write YA paranormal romances (so go check them out!)

So naturally, I had to read their stuff :P I’ve bought and read both Red by Kait Nolan and Hush Money by Susan Bishcoff, but it was earlier this year. Time for a refresher! Add in my kindle app for my Android phone and you’ve got a recipe for READING TIME! So I’ve decided to try my hand at a review!

Red is a YA paranormal romance, a retelling of Little Red Riding Hood…with werewolves. (My personal opinion: Both times I read it, I didn’t feel that much of a ‘fairy tale’ vibe in this, vs. just an awesome werewolf romance. Just my two cents.)

It’s written in first-person, alternating between the two Main Characters, Sawyer and Elodie. This was a bonus for me; I love this point of view and Kait did it awesomely. Each character had their own mannerisms and ways of talking, and I enjoyed being in both their heads!

For me, Elodie was a strong, stubborn heroine, and Sawyer’s anger issues in the beginning of the book (and how he controls them/how Elodie calms his wolf) made him all the more sexy. I loved the story line and I didn’t foresee the Big Bad until the scene was upon me. The pacing was a little slow in the beginning (again, this is my opinion; keep in mind that I’m ADD!) but she pulled it off with a wonderful ending and follow-up.

I loved the fact that despite this being a werewolf novel, it wasn’t focused on packs/pack life, but instead on the characters and the hunter stalking Elodie. It just felt more unique to me this way.

Did I mention the romance? The kiss scenes in Red were one of my favorites in a YA book. The romance was sweet and sexy, without being over the top, or too adult. Kait Nolan knows how to write romance! (And I only wish I was that talented :P)

I finished Red in less than 48 hours and realized there were things I  MISSED when reading the first time. And it totally made my day to re-discover the book!

So the long and short of it? Four and a half weenies!

I loved this book and will read it again! If you love werewolves, strong heroes, and sexy YA romance, I have the feeling you’ll love Red too! I’d recommend this to my little sister…if she wasn’t so against e-books :P

A Little Christmas Spirit

Wow. 6 days and counting ’til Christmas? Really? Jeez, last time I checked it was the first LOL.Time flies when you’re having fun editing a novel! :P

-climbs into Santa’s lap- Okay, big guy. I reallllly want a Wii… I miss playing Metroid Prime…and uh, well. There’s a new Zelda game out? And you know I love Zelda. So…  -puppydogeyes-

Anyway! I want to help spread the Christmas cheer! Just in time for Christmas, anyone who wants to give my YA holiday novella, Christmas Angel, a try, can read it for FREE on Wattpad. It’s also available in multiple formats at Smashwords and for the Kindle on Amazon for .99 cents (and I’m working on getting it up at BN, but PubIt is giving me some trouble. SO. Soon I hope!) for those who want to purchase a copy of their own. And if you loved it, I’d love if you’d review it :)

Ever since his girlfriend died in a car accident on Christmas Eve, 19-year-old Cheshire Morgan has been…well…a Grinch. With a dislike for Christmas and his rent two months late, his only option is to take a job playing Santa for a bunch of whiny kids. Then he meets Savannah. She tells him that his girlfriend’s spirit can’t move on to Heaven until Cheshire stops clinging to the past. He doesn’t believe her, but she’s annoyingly persistent. She makes him a deal–spend the holidays with her, let her try and teach him how to love Christmas again. If she fails, he’ll never have to deal with her again. But can the spunky girl crack the ice around Cheshire’s heart in time for Christmas?

And an excerpt from the novella, one of my favorite parts :P Enjoy! 

She passed his apartment, making him turn around in his seat. “Where are we going?”

“My place. Don’t think you get off the hook with a little shopping! There’s a reason I bought you this coat.”

“Then take it back, please,” he groaned.

Her place was a little ranch just outside of town with tan siding and gold shutters. There were several big, square bushes out front. The gravel crunched under the Toyota’s tires as they pulled in. “Home sweet home,” Savannah smiled, then got out and patted the hood of her rust bucket. “Today, you get Lesson One: How to Decorate a House for the Holidays.”

Alright. Decorating he could handle. He used to be pretty good at it. He and Rae had had a crap-ton of lights and decorations and they were always the brightest and busiest houses on the block.

“Be right back,” sing-songed the girl as she darted inside, leaving Chesh in the garage surrounded by boxes filled to the brim with decorations. Damn. Her dad must’ve been loaded. He scooted the box over to the patchy couch sitting on the left and sat down. He began to pull out and untangle yards of blue icicle lights, his fingers working the knots loose. He didn’t even realize Savannah had come back out until he heard a crackle of static, then a pop version of “Santa Clause is Coming to Town”. The music filled the garage and Savannah plopped down next to him on the couch.

“Do we have to listen to this?” Cheshire asked. “I’m not a big fan.”

“You’re a big Scrooge,” Savannah said, pulling the lights from his grasp and plugging them into the wall behind them. She began to replace the bulbs that were burnt out, humming along to the radio and Cheshire knew he had to suck it up and deal. Together, with just the music playing between them and Savvy’s off-key singing that burned Cheshire’s ears, they got several strands of lights tested.

Savannah hopped to her feet, carrying a bundle, and headed outside. Chesh spotted a ladder in the corner of the garage and hauled it out after her. He held the ladder for her as she climbed up and used little plastic hooks to hang the lights on the house. “How’s it look?”

“Good so far. Keep going.”

They lapsed back into silence. He watched her carefully as she hooked the hooks on the gutter, one by one, and if he let his eyes lose focus just a little, he could pretend that she was Rae. Then Savannah turned towards him, breaking the illusion, and he frowned and softly murmured, “Rae loved hanging lights.”

“She always used to come over and help me with my place after Dad died. I was kinda lost the first Christmas after she…passed.”

So was I, he wanted to say. So much so that he hadn’t bothered to decorate anything since.

“Just think,” she continued, “Next year, you’ll decorate your place and remember this wonderful time we’re spending together!”

He meant to snort at her—really he did—but it came out as a laugh instead. She looked startled by this, nearly falling off the ladder, which made him laugh harder. God, he was going off the deep end… “Get down,” he managed to wheeze out and she hopped to the ground, giggling at him.

“This is good, Chesh,” she said brightly. “You’re healing through laughter!”

After he regained his composure, they finished lighting the house and then did the bushes. Savannah hung a wreath on the front door and they sprayed “snow” on the garage door in a snowflake pattern (though Cheshire thought they looked more like retarded stars). Snow began to fall about halfway through and Savannah danced around in it like a crazy person, dark hair trailing behind her. He merely watched her as she flopped down on the ground and began to make a snow angel, waving her arms and legs for him to join her, but he shook his head and settled for observing instead. She really was pretty—a different kind of pretty than Rae’d been; more delicate, fine-boned and angelic, even though she herself was a demon-child from Hell with what she was putting him through. He thought back to Wal-Mart, to the lingerie, and groaned. And this was just the beginning. He had to endure an entire month with this girl.

“Wake up, Chesh,” Savannah said, suddenly next to him, her face bright pink and her hair covered in snowflakes. He blinked, pulled out of his thoughts, and she tugged on his arm. “Let’s make hot cocoa. I have the best Swiss Mocha recipe and you’re just lucky enough to help me make it!” She bounded off like a hyperactive Golden retriever and he groaned.

Doomed.

Happy reading, and happy holidays :D