Introducing CRASH LAND ON KURAI, My New Sci-Fi Series!

Introducing CRASH LAND ON KURAI, My New Sci-Fi Series!

Today is the cover reveal for my upcoming sci-fi novel, CRASH LAND ON KURAI! This series, The Hikoboshi Series, is a space opera, action adventure series, and it’s a spin-off of my Nogiku Series. The main character in this series, Yumi Minamoto, is the daughter of Kentaro and Namika from the Nogiku Series, and she’s a rash and brash journalist. She’s made some bad decisions, and this trip to Hikoboshi is her chance to make up for a lot of what she’s done wrong. It’s a make or break moment for her.

I started writing this book last November during NaNoWriMo. It’s been through a few revisions and I’ve written the second book in the series too, which helped me refine this book. I’m so looking forward to writing and publishing this whole series. There’s a lot in this world to uncover, plenty of places to go.

Let’s get to the cover! CRASH LAND ON KURAI was designed by Najla Qamber of Najla Qamber Designs. I love Najla. We work together really well. I told her what I wanted and within a revision we had exactly what you see here. She also designed the cover for Book 2, which I already have and love.

Big thanks goes to Lola from Lola’s Blog Tours who organized a cover reveal for today. I’m so grateful for her help throughout the years I’ve been published. I couldn’t do these things without her.

Yumi Minamoto has the shortest fuse on the ship. She’s just whipped a bully and been confined to quarters, but she’s not staying there. A disgraced journalist trying to clear her name, her job is to document the mission to the Hikoboshi system, and she’s determined to get it right, despite all the trouble she causes. But when unknown vessels fire on their ship, and Yumi’s life pod crash lands on a dying moon, she’s separated from her family and friends, and her mission falls to pieces. Now she must navigate the unfamiliar and deadly terrain, deal with a society she doesn’t understand, and try to stay alive until rescue comes… if it ever does.

Crash Land on Kurai is the first book in the Hikoboshi Series, an action adventure, space opera series that explores the worlds settled by the Japanese who fled Earth a century ago. Culture, history, technology, and swords clash in a fast-paced future society on the brink of war.

Currently, I do not have any pre-order links ready for this book! I’m holding off a little while waiting to see if some promo clicks into place. Rest assured that as soon as I have links, you’ll be among the first to hear about them.

I hope the cover and blurb delight and astound you! wink I can’t wait for you to read the book!

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PIRATE ISLAND Cover Reveal

Today on the blog, I wanted to celebrate a new book on the way out to the world. I usually only post books by other authors here when I know them really well, and their work really well, and Katie Carroll is by far one of my favorite people and authors. I really loved her YA fantasy novel ELIXIR BOUND (see my post here), so I’m sure PIRATE ISLAND will be a winner as well. I plan to read it with my own daughter as soon as it comes out.

PIRATE ISLAND

by Katie L. Carroll (katielcarroll.com)

Cover Illustration by Susan Tait Porcaro (susantaitporcaro.com)

Coming October 2017!

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A thrice cursed island, a legendary pirate treasure, and one not-so-brave boy. What could possibly go wrong?

For centuries, the whereabouts of Captain William Kidd’s lost pirate treasure has remained a mystery. When Billy’s best friend, Andy, proposes they look for it on nearby Pirate Island, Billy thinks it’s just another one of their crazy adventures. It’s usually Billy who ends up in trouble as a result, but he goes along for the ride…like always. The more he delves into the life and death of Kidd, the more he thinks the treasure is real and that it might be buried on the small island in Long Island Sound. Billy—nope, call him William—becomes obsessed with the captain of the same first name. He even believes he’s possessed by Kidd’s restless soul. Now he and the spirit of a long-dead pirate are leading the crazy adventure on Pirate Island. And what they find is far bigger than the treasure they imagined.

About the Author

Katie L. Carroll always says she began writing at a very sad time her life after her sister Kylene unexpectedly passed away. The truth is Katie has been writing her whole life, and it was only after Kylene’s death that she realized she wanted to pursue writing for kids and teens as a career. Since then writing has taken her to many wonderful places, real and imagined. She has had many jobs in her lifetime, including newspaper deliverer, hardware store cashier, physical therapy assistant, and puzzle magazine editor. She works from her home in Connecticut that is filled with the love and laughter of her sons and husband.

In addition to PIRATE ISLAND, Katie is the author of the YA fantasy ELIXIR BOUND. Find Katie on her website, Twitter, Facebook, and Goodreads.

All That Glitters By Tracy Krimmer Cover Reveal

It’s not often that I do cover reveals on my blog, but this one is for a new romance to publish this year from my good friend and critique partner, Tracy Krimmer. I adore her work, and I have this book to-read on my Kindle. I hope to start it soon so I can give feedback in a timely manner *cough cough* I hope to be timely. Lol. If you find this book interesting, be sure to follow her on her blog or sign up for her mailing list!

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Today is the cover reveal for All That Glitters by Tracy Krimmer. This cover reveal is organized by Lola’s Blog Tours. The cover is designed by K Creative Designs.

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By Tracy Krimmer
Genre: Contemporary Romance / Women’s Fiction
Age category: Adult
Release Date: summer 2017

Blurb:
Country-music star, Dory Walker, never wanted to come back to the small town of Sycamore Bay. But after her fairy-tale life is flipped upside down, and her marriage becomes a casualty, she has no choice.

Harris Malone is a man with few commitments. He keeps a low profile most days while he cares for his young daughter and helps run his dad’s hardware store.

But when he and Dory run into each other at the local gas station, all either can think about is the searing kiss they shared many years ago.

Can a woman who only wants to rekindle her career and a man who enjoys a no-strings attached lifestyle find everlasting love?

You can find All That Glitters on Goodreads

About the Author:
Tracy’s love of writing began at nine years old. She wrote stories about aliens at school, machines that did homework for you, and penguins. Now she pens books and short stories about romance. She loves to read a great book, whether it be romance or science fiction, or any genre in between, or pop popcorn and catch up on her favorite TV shows or movies. She’s been known to crush a candy or two as well. Her loves include fitness, reading, coffee, dogs, and naps (not in that order), and her dislikes are blue cheese, cold weather, and burpees.

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Introducing THE DAYDREAMER DETECTIVE OPENS A TEA SHOP!

If you’re on my mailing list, you already got this information last week! The next book in the Miso Cozy Mysteries Series is on its way! Right now, it’s being read by my trusty team of alpha readers and my critique partner and then it just needs a copy edit, proofread, and then it’s ready to go!

In THE DAYDREAMER DETECTIVE OPENS A TEA SHOP, things start out really well for Mei and Yasahiro. They’ve worked hard to get Mei’s dream of a tea shop for the elderly up and running. Mei is painting again, helping her mom around the farm, and they’re about to leave on a relief trip to help earthquake victims in the south of Japan. But of course Mei’s luck turns bad and Amanda returns to Yasahiro’s life, ruining pretty much everything.

This was a hard book to write because it really puts my characters through some tough times. The story introduces a few new characters and ushers in a paradigm shift for everyone. I basically turn everything upside down, shake, and see what falls out. While fun, it was also very challenging. Hopefully you all enjoy it.

Mei Yamagawa’s bad luck is almost at an end. Her tea shop is a week away from opening, she and Yasahiro have planned a trip away, and the future is looking bright and hopeful. But when Yasahiro’s ex-fiancée, Amanda, shows up unexpectedly, demanding his time and presence, all of their plans dissolve. Amanda is tough and drives Mei up the wall, so it’s no surprise when Mei tells her to get lost, only for Amanda to be murdered a few hours later. Yasahiro becomes the prime suspect, and Mei must put everything on hold to help free him.

Following Amanda’s past through her digital footprint, Mei uncovers secret lovers, shady business deals, and the biggest secret of all, why Amanda and Yasahiro broke up in the first place. With everyone turning against her and the case under media scrutiny, tracking down the killer becomes an obsession Mei can’t give up. There’s no turning back, though, because solving the murder means getting her life back. Not solving it means losing everything forever.

Want to read the first chapter? Check it out on the THE DAYDREAMER DETECTIVE OPENS A TEA SHOP page!

I plan for this to be available some time in late February or early March. I AM NOT PUTTING IT UP FOR PREORDER. Something is going wrong at Amazon right now, and I don’t want to get caught in the middle of it. I know at least a dozen people who have been ruined when Amazon either delivered a draft file to their readers OR delivered a kindle file that wouldn’t open. All these people did preorders. Amazon changed the preorder system in November and it hasn’t been the same since then. I’m not chancing it with preorders anymore. 🙁

I promise that once the book is out, you’ll hear about it here and on my mailing list. Please sign up in either place to get the news!

PETS IN SPACE!!

That title totally deserves the ALL CAPS treatment! I haven’t done a cover reveal in a while because I stopped accepting them here on the blog. It seemed there was a new cover reveal every other day, or more, and I had to cut back because not many of them actually applied to my readers. But when I heard several of my scifi romance author friends had put together this anthology, I jumped on it because I just knew my readers would want this. After all, Carrie Fisher said we need more pets in space, so this is going to deliver on that!

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Nine of today’s leading SFR authors combine their love of Science Fiction Romance and animals to show that sometimes even an alien needs a pet.

Even an alien needs a pet…

Join the adventure as nine pet loving sci-fi romance authors take you out of this world and pull you into their action-packed stories filled with suspense, laughter, and romance. The alien pets have an agenda that will capture the hearts of those they touch. Follow along as they work side by side to help stop a genetically-engineered creature from destroying the Earth to finding a lost dragon; life is never the same after their pets decide to get involved. Can the animals win the day or will the stars shine just a little less brightly?

New York Times, USA TODAY, Award Winning, and Best selling authors have nine original, never-released stories that will capture your imagination and help a worthy charity. Come join us as we take you on nine amazing adventures that will change the way you look at your pet!

10% of the first month’s profits go to Hero-Dogs.org. Hero Dogs raises and trains service dogs and places them free of charge with US Veterans to improve quality of life and restore independence.

And here are the stories included in the set!

A MATE FOR MATRIX: CYBORG PROTECTION UNIT
By S.E. Smith (New York Times/USA TODAY Best Selling Author)

A genetically-engineered creature’s escape leads an elite Zion military warrior and his cyborg wolfhound partner to Earth, and to the warrior’s surprisingly feisty life-mate.

Matrix Roma is a member of the elite Zion military Cyborg Protection Unit. Matrix gets more than he bargains for when his cyborg partner, a hybrid Wolfhound named K-Nine, goes missing and ends up finding a mate for Matrix in the middle of a deadly mission on an unknown planet called Earth.

STRAY
By Susan Grant (New York Times Best Selling, USA TODAY, and RITA Award Winning Author)

When the woman he loves goes missing, an Interplanetary Marine and the scrappy street dog that he saved must use all their skills to find her.

Interplanetary Marine Lt. Lukas Frank has a lot in common with a street dog named Bang-Bang; they both started off as scrappy orphans fighting to survive—and beat the odds. Things change when Bang-Bang leads Lukas to starpilot Capt. Carlynn Riga. The tough war hero learns what it means to surrender — his heart. Lukas’s struggles with PTSD threaten to tear the three of them apart, but nothing threatens them more than when Carlynn goes missing on a mission. Can a scarred marine and his unlikely canine partner find Carlynn and bring her home, or will he lose everything he’s finally found worth fighting for?

SPARK OF ATTRACTION
By Cara Bristol (USA TODAY Best Selling Author)

When his emotions are erased, a cyborg military captain doesn’t think he’ll ever feel again – until he meets a traumatized young woman and a ball of synthetic fur named Sparky.

Memory: intact. Cognitive function: enhanced. Emotion: erased. After becoming a cyborg, Captain Dante Stone didn’t think he’d ever feel again, until a traumatized young woman and a ball of synthetic fur named Sparky helped him to love.

THE REAL DRAGON
By Pauline Baird Jones

A woman’s day goes from bad to worse when her dragon returns talking and typing, and she discovers that if she can’t remember, it will be her fault if the Earth is destroyed.

Emma Standish didn’t think her day could get any worse. Her dad is marrying his boss, her dragon suddenly came back talking and typing, and it’s her fault the Earth, or at least ten square miles of Texas, is going to be destroyed. That’s what happens when you forget something very, very important. Luckily for her, she’s got the love of her life that she can’t remember and her dragon by her side. Who needs to worry when you’re having a day like this?

STAR CRUISE: STOWAWAY
By Veronica Scott

A ship’s cat and her alien sidekick lead a Cargo Master to a stowaway.

Cargo Master Owen Embersson is shocked when the Nebula Zephyr’s ship’s cat and her alien sidekick, Midorri, alert him to the presence of a stowaway. He has no idea of the dangerous complications to come – nor does he anticipate falling hard for the woman whose life he now holds in his hands. Life aboard the Nebula Zephyr has just become more interesting – and deadly.

STARDOG
By Laurie A. Green

A navigator and a charming street vendor are pulled into a brewing insurrection thanks to an adorable StarDog.

Navigator Taro Shall has a mission no one wants – find a way to eradicate snakes on a starship. He never expects to find the answer to his problem in a charming street vendor named Adini. His already unusual mission becomes more complicated when he suddenly acquires an adorable StarDog that soon sweeps him and Adini into the maw of a brewing insurrection.

SPIKE
By Alexis Glynn Latner

An unusual pet from space offers two young people a chance at love – and helps in solving a dangerous mission plagued by sabotage.

Young Roboticist Ten Jaxdown has to deploy, and possibly sacrifice, the swarm of investigative robots that he has invented and cares about more than anything else in the star system. It may be the only hope for those depending on him and his robots to save them. Yet, even as frantic preparations for the unprecedented deep-space rescue mission are set in motion, it could all be threatened by sabotage.

Anastasia Steed is an intrepid young mission designer. She steps forward with an idea that can improve the odds of the mission. Neither she nor Ten expect the assistance they receive from a very unusual pet. A pet that will bring together two alienated human beings who didn’t realize they needed each other. Can Ten and Anastasia discover who is behind the sabotage, save the mission, and discover what is evolving between them? With a little bit of unusual help, anything is possible.

SPACE RANGER
By Lea Kirk

A commander discovers that not even a new assignment can keep him from longing for something more – the woman who has captured his heart.

Graig Roble is a Senior Commander with the Guardian Fleet security. His specialty as a weapons specialist and combat master is his world, what he was born to do – or so he thought until he finds his resolve and focus inexplicably wavering. His new position aboard the Atlantis can’t even save him; if anything, it has left him questioning his own motives. He never thought that could happen until he met Simone Campbell.

Simone’s focus is on her home world – Earth. She thought her life was full with her research as a botanist. After all, she always believed that helping the people of her world become self-sufficient should take all of her concentration – except it doesn’t. There is one man that keeps pulling her attention, and her heart, away from her job.

Graig’s gift of a puppy to keep her company does more than that, it keeps him in her dreams. How can such a simple gift bring her comfort and make her long for more? Graig and Simone are about to find out that sometimes love can blossom from the smallest, furriest ties.

ESCAPE RUN
By Carysa Locke

The fate of an entire population rests on a hunter and her psychically gifted fox, unfortunately the man who hired her might prove a fatal distraction if she can’t keep her focus.

Teegan’s job as a hunter is to track down the Talented, those driven insane by their gifts. She and Ember, her psychically gifted fox, have tracked dozens of people for Cole, the man who works to rehabilitate and recover these troubled souls. When one of Cole’s most dangerous patients escapes, Teegan and Ember are on a hunt that could prove fatal if she doesn’t keep her focus on her mission. Unfortunately, Cole is proving one distraction that might make this her last hunt if she can’t do that.

Can Teegan keep her heart and mind in the game long enough to save an entire planet’s population, or will her distraction lead to heartache – and possibly death for everyone?

PURCHASE INFORMATION

I expect this to be on major retailers but no links yet!
Release Date: October 11 2016

Behold! All New Covers For The Nogiku Series!

Today is the day I’ve been anticipating for over six months. SIX MONTHS, PEOPLE. It was early in the winter when I decided the Nogiku Series needed new covers. I always liked the ones with people on them, but looking at the covers for other books in the same genre on Amazon, I knew that my Nogiku books just didn’t fit in cover-wise. For over a month, I played with the idea of designing new covers myself, and that was when I decided I no longer wanted to design covers anymore. I was writing the first two Daydreamer books, and I wanted nothing to do with designing covers! So, in an effort to get to know a new designer, I asked Najla Qamber of Najla Qamber Designs to give me new covers for both SUMMER HAIKUS and FACE TIME. I figured it would be my first real chance to hire out work to someone else. It was a test. She had no idea. Lol. But she came through with flying colors.

When the covers for SUMMER HAIKUS and FACE TIME landed in my inbox and I was happy, I casually mentioned to Najla that I wished she also did scifi covers. Her catalog is mostly romance, so I wasn’t sure if this was something she could do. She bravely said she wanted to make more scifi covers, and then I tasked her with redesigning my whole series! It was a super pleasant experience, as always, working with her. We brainstormed lots of ideas and using the family kamon, the family crests, from the series was our favorite of the motifs.

Here are the new Nogiku Series covers! Many thanks goes out to Lola of Lola’s Blog Tours who helped put together a massive cover reveal for this. I adore her and she did another amazing job helping me to promote this series.

ALSO THIS SERIES IS CURRENTLY ON SALE! REMOVED is free as always but both RELEASED and REVEALED are both 99¢!

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If for some reason, you see the old covers below, be sure to force reload your browser!

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I hope you love the new covers as much as I do! Feel free to enter the raffle I have going too! Thanks for being so supportive and for taking a chance on me and this series. heart

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THE DAYDREAMER DETECTIVE BRAVES THE WINTER Cover Reveal!

In true Stephanie fashion, I am moving on and ahead in my publishing career and getting the second book of the Miso Cozy Mysteries Series out to you all by July 7, 2016! I’m excited to publish this book and many more to come. I hope you like the cover! As you can see from the colors of the cover and the blurb below, Mei is braving a winter in Chikata like one she hasn’t had in a very long time. But she’s strong and will get through this! Pre-ordering is now available everywhere but Google Play (that’ll come soon, as I’m JUST getting the hang of Google Play).

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December has set in and just when the rural town of Chikata is recovering from one murder, Mei and her new boyfriend, Yasahiro, find their friend, Etsuko, dead in her apartment. Etsuko was sweet and talented, and now everyone suspects her longtime boyfriend killed her. Mei doesn’t believe it, though, and she vows to help solve the crime.

But Mei has more to think about than murder. With the barn gone and their vegetable stores destroyed, she and her mother are down to their last canned goods and no money for heat. Mei’s mom is fortunate to find work, but Mei must fend for herself, get a job, and keep their financial situation a secret from Yasahiro. In pursuit of paying work, she stumbles onto a new witness to the crime, and before long, the dead woman’s secret life unravels before everyone’s eyes. Half-starving and out of her element, Mei is on thin ice, and it’s going to take a whole lot of ingenuity and quick thinking to solve the crime before the killer gets to her as well.

Pre-order Now For Only $2.99!

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You can also queue up this book on Goodreads at: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/29898322-the-daydreamer-detective-braves-the-winter

I wanted to thank everyone again for all of your support! I write because I love to write and I’m so happy to be bringing stories into existence, but I publish for all of you! heart

Cover Reveal for THE DAYDREAMER DETECTIVE

Well, today’s the day! I’m excited about revealing the cover of THE DAYDREAMER DETECTIVE, the first book in a brand-new cozy mystery series! I’ve been nervous about getting this series under way because it’s something totally new for me. But I love a good challenge, and so does the heroine of this series, Mei. I love writing her. She’s complex and new. She’s got her own issues but still loves to help others, and she has a heart of gold, especially for her mom and good friends.

I hope you like the cover! I think it speaks well to the Japan location of the story and the flat illustration style is modern and eye-catching.

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Luck? Forget it. Mei Yamagawa is fresh out of it. She’s just been downsized from her 3rd job in five years and her bank account is dry. Now, to keep her head above water, she must leave Tokyo and move back to her rural Japanese hometown. And there’s nothing worse than having to face your old rivals and ex-boyfriends as a failure while starting life over as a farm girl.

But when her best friend’s father is murdered, and her best friend is named the main suspect, Mei turns her daydreaming ways towards solving the crime. Between dates disguised as lunches with the town’s hottest bachelor chef, searching for clues, and harvesting sweet potatoes, Mei has a lot of non-paying work cut out for her.

Will she catch the killer before her bad luck turns worse? Or will she fry in the fire with the rest of her dreams of success?

Pre-order on Amazon for only $2.99

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On Kindle (and Kindle Unlimited on March 31)
Don’t have a Kindle? Learn about my ePub Exchange Program.

Just like all of my full-length novels, THE DAYDREAMER DETECTIVE is just $2.99 for a limited time. I keep my prices low enough to give you a deal, and yet still high enough that I can recoup my costs as an independent author.

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