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BLOG Tour and Review: The Sorcery Code

Today Starts the Review Tour & Giveaway for

The Sorcery Code by Dima Zales!

In celebration of the big release today, author Dima Zales will also be giving away a complete signed set of his international bestselling series, The Krinar Chronicles. Enter to win via the Rafflecopter below. Be sure to stop by each day to check out the new tour stops each day for new reviews and more chances to win.

BLURB: The Sorcery Code by Dima Zales From the internationally bestselling authors who brought you the Krinar Chronicles comes a captivating tale of intrigue, love, and danger in a world where sorcery is entwined with science . . . Once a respected member of the Sorcerer Council and now an outcast, Blaise has spent the last year of his life working on a special magical object. The goal is to allow anyone to do magic, not just the sorcerer elite. The outcome of his quest is unlike anything he could’ve ever imagined – because, instead of an object, he creates Her. She is Gala, and she is anything but inanimate. Born in the Spell Realm, she is beautiful and highly intelligent – and nobody knows what she’s capable of. She will do anything to experience the world . . . even leave the man she is beginning to fall for. Augusta, a powerful sorceress and Blaise’s former fiancée, sees Blaise’s deed as the ultimate hubris and Gala as an abomination that must be destroyed. In her quest to save the human race, Augusta will forge new alliances, becoming tangled in a web of intrigue that stretches further than any of them suspect. She may even have to turn to her new lover Barson, a ruthless warrior who might have an agenda of his own . . . WHERE TO PURCHASE THE SORCERY CODE {Click to Purchase}

MAP OF KOLDUN:
Map of Koldun from The Sorcery Code

Map of Koldun from The Sorcery Code

ABOUT THE AUTHOR DIMA ZALES: Dima Zales Dima Zales is a full-time science fiction and fantasy author residing in Palm Coast, Florida. Prior to becoming a writer, he worked in the software development industry in New York as both a programmer and an executive. From high-frequency trading software for big banks to mobile apps for popular magazines, Dima has done it all. In 2013, he left the software industry in order to concentrate on his writing career. Dima holds a Master’s degree in Computer Science from NYU and a dual undergraduate degree in Computer Science / Psychology from Brooklyn College. He also has a number of hobbies and interests, the most unusual of which might be professional-level mentalism. He simulates mind-reading on stage and close-up, and has done shows for corporations, wealthy individuals, and friends. He is also into healthy eating and fitness, so he should live long enough to finish all the book projects he starts. In fact, he very much hopes to catch the technological advancements that might let him live forever (biologically or otherwise). Aside from that, he also enjoys learning about current and future technologies that might enhance our lives, including artificial intelligence, biofeedback, brain-to-computer interfaces, and brain-enhancing implants. In addition to his own works, Dima has collaborated on a number of romance novels with his wife, Anna Zaires. The Krinar Chronicles, an erotic science fiction series, has been a bestseller in its categories and has been recognized by the likes of Marie Claire andWoman’s Day. If you like erotic romance with a unique plot, please feel free to check it out, especially since the first book in the series (Close Liaisons) is available for free everywhere. Keep in mind, though, Dima Zales’s books are going to be much more PG 13 . . . at least that’s the plan for now. Anna Zaires is the love of his life and a huge inspiration in every aspect of his writing. She definitely adds her magic touch to anything Dima creates, and the books would not be the same without her. Dima’s fans are strongly encouraged to learn more about Anna and her work at http://www.annazaires.com. Connect with Author Dima Zales: Facebook | Twitter | Google | Goodreads | LinkedIn | YouTube | Blog

GIVEAWAY:

Author Dima Zales is giving away a complete signed set of his international bestselling series, The Krinar Chronicles.

Enter to win via the Rafflecopter link below!

http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/share-code/MDI4NDRjMWMzNmI1ZmYwOWY3MGQ4NWMxZjA1YjczOjIy/

The Sorcery Code by Dima Zales

The Sorcery Code Review Tour is Presented by Beyond Words Book Tours

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And my review!

I received a free copy in exchange for a fair review.

I found this an enjoyable read. From the very first page it reminded me of the set up of Weird Science–remember that movie?  It’s the one where a geek decides to create a perfect girlfriend in the form of a robot. (She would have made a great fembot in Austin Powers as well).

Well, this book starts with a rather similar scenario. Meet nerdy sorcerer Blaise, who has been sequestered in his tower for over a year working on creating the perfect thinking object of magic.

What he gets instead is a young beautiful woman with a mind like a computer and unprecedented magical powers.

I found the beginning a little comical because of this. The beauty and innocence of this conjured female against the extreme awkwardness of the sorcerer was funny. I worried that it might become a geek boy’s dream come true, but the action swiftly moved to other things from there. Through it, the reader learns the politics of the land as well as the social issues afflicting everyone.

This was a quick read, and there’s plenty more to come before the tale is over. I liked quite a few aspects of Dima’s world, including the use of mathematics for magic. The book appeared fairly well edited and I didn’t find any glaring issues to detract from the reading.

I give this a four out of five stars.

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Author Interview: Kate de Jesus

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I have a special interview this week–I’ll still be doing my regular feature tomorrow, but I thought I’d add in an extra. Meet Kate de Jesus, who is promoting her series The Gateway Discoveries. You can find more information about her on Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7092119.Kate_de_Jesus

1)      What first made you want to write?

I always seem to be stuck in my own head, thinking about books or movies and sort of extrapolating what would come next for the characters.  In high school and college I would actually volunteer to write papers for my friends because I just liked to do it.  I put off writing for a lot of years but when I started reading some of the books my twelve year old son read and talking to him about what he likes in a book, I decided to put pen to paper myself.  It’s sort of a productive way of getting stuck in my own head, because I get to spend hours thinking about awesome characters in fabulous circumstances, and all for a good reason!

2)      Why the Bermuda Triangle?

Most people are interested in the unknown and the unexplained.  To this day there is no concrete explanation for some of the disappearances and events that happened in the Bermuda Triangle and a lot of kids in my target age group have heard of some of these mysterious stories.  It seemed the perfect setting for a group of scientists and their kids to disappear off the face of the earth, and to offer a sort of ‘explanation’ of it being the location of a gateway that the characters found themselves pulled into.  It added a touch of real life to the story.

3)       My latest book.

I just released The Brutal Ones, The Gateway Discoveries Volume 2 on Amazon.  This is a continuation of the first book and characters, except the second book delves deeper into the other world the gateway has led them too.  The characters now face forces and age old clash between the people of this newly discovered world while trying to find a way home.  They are drawn into events because they cannot, in good conscious, leave without helping, and because if they don’t do something they will be crushed by the conflict.  There is definitely a message of ‘do the right thing’ in this book.

4)       Who do I see as my audience?

I collaborated heavily with my twelve year old son on the first book.  We discussed the types of action he likes to see in the books he reads, and I used pictures of monsters he had drawn to describe the creatures in my book.  My goal was to write a book that had the stamp of approval for action, theme and cool characters for the 9-12 year range.  It was also important for me to make both a strong boy and girl character so that the book would cross over and all kids can relate to the characters.

5)      Who is my favorite author?

I would have to say JRR Tolkien is my favorite author, not only because he wrote one of the best all time epic fantasy stories with The Lord of The Rings trilogy, but because I can pick the books up every few years, read them cover to cover again and love every minute of it.

6)      What was the process for my book cover?

This was my first book cover, so it actually was a hit and miss type of thing.  My son liked the picture and we made a stab at creating a cover ourselves with Powerpoint.  It wasn’t a bad effort for our first try but it just looked a little too home made for my tastes.  I actually found a website, Author Marketing Club, that lets book cover designers list their services on their site, so I picked a designer whose examples I liked.  I was so thrilled with the cover that I asked her to do a cover for my second book, which I was about half way done with.  Having a cover already finished for my second book was a huge boost for me, and I actually incorporated a few small details from the book cover picture into the story since I was still writing it.  I just started book three but I already have a cover pictures and have the same designer working on it.

7)      What are some important tips for authors?

I would say write every day, or at least every day you can.  I treat it like a job, I write Monday through Friday for several hours.  If you already have a nine to fiver, set aside time in the morning or at night, even if it’s just a little bit of time.  It’s too easy to get out of the habit of writing and then those great stories never get told.

8)      What am I working on next?

I am currently working on book three in the series, Arden’s War, The Gateway Discoveries Volume 3, with a goal of having it available by January, 2014.  This book will wrap up the characters current adventure and launch them into the next one.  One of the things I liked about the ‘Gateway Discoveries’ concept is that I could develop some likeable characters, tell a complete story of their adventures in several books and then completely change course for another set of books.  The gateway possibilities are endless; outer space, Wild West, zombie apocalypse, all the characters need to do is step through a new gateway.  As to which gateway they will find themselves in for book four, we will all have to wait and see!

Author Bio:

Kate de Jesus is a wife and mother of two active boys who love to read. BUT, it wasn’t always that way; getting kids to love reading is usually an ongoing battle.  Trying to find a story with all the things kids love: lots of action, likable characters, weird science, bizarre creatures, mystery and positive messages at a cost that parents can afford, well; that’s asking for a lot!.    Enter Kate’s love of writing, and a new series that covers all these things!  Kate lives in Las Vegas Nevada and is a graduate of Washington State University in Pullman, Washington.  She is hard at work on the third book in The Gateway Discoveries series, Arden’s War, The Gateway Discoveries Volume 3.  The Brutal Ones, The Gateway Discoveries Volume 2 was just released and is now available on Amazon.com.

Interview featured on Cult of Me blog

Wow I’ve been posting a lot this week! This may change as I transition to my new job. Meanwhile, I’ve been featured on Michael Brooke’s blog here: http://thecultofme.blogspot.co.uk/2013/07/guest-author-interview-judy-goodwin.html . He’s the writer of Cult of Me and other books, and I featured him a while back on my blog here.

Check it out!

Couple announcements

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First, I want to celebrate the fact that yesterday my blog had its one hundredth follower!  *blows horn and throws confetti*  Thank you to all my followers!  I try to keep things interesting here with reviews, interviews, and publishing industry tidbits as well as stuff about my own projects.

And second, I was featured today on another blog–check out Audra’s blog here: http://audramiddleton.weebly.com/1/post/2013/05/interview-with-judy-goodwin.html

Tomorrow I’ll feature the next interview in my own lineup, with author Shaun Horton.

Links to Share

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I have a few  links to share today–one is a new review of my novel Heart of the Witch. She’s a tough reviewer and gave it four out of five stars which I think was well deserved. You can check out the review here:  http://paulinesfantasyreviews.blogspot.com/2013/04/fantasy-review-heart-of-witch-by-judy.html

Another review can be found here at E. M. Haven’s blog site–she wrote an excellent Steampunk Romance that I highly recommend–I’ll give a full review once I finish reading it.  http://www.emhavenswrites.blogspot.com/2013/04/book-review-heart-of-witch-by-judy.html

The last link I have to share is an interview of me and the process and thoughts behind writing this first novel. http://lmdavid54.wordpress.com/2013/04/04/interview-with-judy-goodwin-author-of-heart-of-the-witch/

Enjoy!

Goals: 14,795 words written so far this year, 14% of goal.

More marketing

So that $5.00 little advertising on Facebook, Twitter and Pininterest? Not a sale. Still not impressed.

The next step now is I’m putting the book on KDP Select on Amazon so that I can schedule some free day promotions and get the word out to a bunch of websites. Hopefully that will result in a ton of downloads and some reviews. (and sales? Sales would be nice.)

In that endeavor, I came across a couple good websites where I’ll also be featured in articles in the coming week.

One such website is BookGoodies. (link above). I’ll also be on Awesome Gang in the next day or so. I’ll post the link once I have it.

Weekly goals:

 

13348 / 100000 words. 13% done!

Featured on Indie Author News!

Hey, just pointing you in the direction of an article posted on Indie Author News about my new book, Heart of the Witch.

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Find the article here!