Wednesday, February 27, 2013

RATGIRL: Song of the Viper, Now Available As Paperback

And today, RATGIRL:Song of the Viper is available as a paperback on Amazon. For all of you who have been waiting for the book instead of the ebook, here is the link.

Thanks to all my blogger friends and followers for helping me launch my debut novel. :) I appreciate your support.

Thanks so much.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

RATGIRL: Song of the Viper on sale now!

Finally! RATGIRL:Song of the Viper is now available as an ebook on

Sixteen-year-old streetwise orphan, Jax Stone is an expert at surviving in a dangerous city, where rats rival the homeless for food and shelter, but she’s an amateur at fighting the immoral mayor when he kidnaps her little brother. Desperation demands she quickly master the role of courageous opponent. She uses her hypnotic singing voice to lead rats to their death, and all the children to safety, in a dying city cursed by the deadly sun.

Other sales outlets will be listed as they become available.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

A Book and Roses Giveaway for Valentine's Day

Happy Valentine’s Day.

I’d like to celebrate Valentine's Day by a giving away a dozen chocolate roses and a copy of my new novel, RATGIRL:Song of the Viper.
Just how Jax Stone might have celebrated this day of “love” would certainly be different from the traditional celebrations we know. Let’s see how.
Red roses are a tradition for Valentine’s Day. In Metro City, where global warming has ravaged most of the earth and rainstorms pelt the region at unexpected times, roses do exist, but only at the manicured mansion of the tyrannical mayor, where they can be tended by servants on a daily basis, and they’re not red. They’re yellow. The same breed of roses Jax’s grandmother grew out in the country, when Jax was a little girl. So if Jax were to receive roses they would most likely be yellow.
Or….they might not be real, which leads me to another Valentine tradition—chocolate candy. In Ratgirl, the only candy mentioned is foil-wrapped kisses, and the only one who gets to eat them is Squeakers, Jax’s little brother’s pet rat.
But with her best friend being so creative, those same kisses could have been fashioned into “chocolate roses.”
Another tradition, though quite old took place in medieval times, when girls ate bizarre foods on St. Valentine's Day to make them dream of their future spouse.
In Jax’s case, what she eats is always bizarre. Bread made from acorn flour, chokecherries, wild carrots, and chipmunk stew are among the crazy items on her daily menu. And what she eats has nothing to do with her dreams of Colt Conrad, the Air Caravan pilot, who she fantasizes about even before she actually meets him.
Their love story is full of angst, sarcasm, tenderness, and hope—a true romance that fits the criteria of Valentine’s Day. Valentine's Day is the day designated for lovers and for those hoping to start a romance. It's a day for shows of affection, as well as brave gestures and taking a chance. Jax Stone certainly exemplifies these characteristics everyday.
RATGIRL:Song of the Viper is scheduled to be released this week as an ebook. A few days later it will available as a paperback. Please stop by or Barnes and Noble, or your favorite online retailer to purchase it. You won’t be disappointed.
Add your name and a comment about how you celebrate Valentine’s Day to be eligible for a copy of RATGIRL: Song of the Viper, and a dozen “candy” roses.
Love and sweets are in the air. :)

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Meet Jax Stone (RATGIRL: Song of the Viper) and win a Critique

Today, is the scheduled the kick-off date of the virtual blog tour for RATGIRL: Song of the Viper. For the next month, Jax Stone and I will be touring blogs of other children’s authors to promote her story.

The Storyteller’s Scroll is a natural place to start. Jax and I would like my readers to know her story will be available February 15th at all online retail outlets such as Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Apple as both an e-book and a paperback.

So Jax, can you tell the readers a little about yourself?

Life in Metro City is hell, but I do the best I can for myself, and my little brother. I guess your readers would have to read RATGIRL:Song of the Viper to get the true picture of my life.

And why is that? It’s a YA dystopian novel, after all. Many already exist on bookstore shelves.

Yes, but my story is unique. It’s gritty, and scary, and yet tender at the same time. My friends and I are homeless orphans. We have no choice but to live in a dying city, ravaged by global warming and a tyrant mayor, who steals whatever he can from us—our electricity, our food, and even our children. I’m an expert at surviving in Metro City, where rats rival us for food and shelter, but I’m an amateur at fighting the immoral mayor when he kidnaps my little brother.

What do you do about that? How can you fight the establishment as corrupt as it sounds?

I don’t have a choice. I quickly need to master the role of a courageous opponent to gain my brother’s freedom. But I can’t do it without the support of my friends, and a stranger who knows secrets from my past, even I don’t know. He shows me the power of love.

So, how did you outwit the mayor with your plan?

I don’t want to give too much away. All I can say is, I use my hypnotic singing voice to lure the rats and save the children.

This sounds like an exciting story. The Pied Piper was never this electrifying. Can you offer the readers of The Storyteller’s Scroll an incentive to purchase your book.

Yes, I can. I’ve convinced my creator, Gayle C. Krause to giveaway a 1st chapter critique of an MG or YA novel.

To be eligible for her critique:

1.     leave the title of your novel in the comments section
2.     state what social media sites you used to spread the word about RATGIRL.

Okay, so a winner will be randomly selected by on the March15th and will be posted on The Storyteller’s Scroll.

The winner can contact me through my website link in the top right-hand corner of this blog.

Of course, any questions or communications are welcome through my website email as well.

Thanks, everyone for meeting me. Looking forward to sharing more of my life with you, soon.

Jax Stone

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