Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Hysteriata by DA Botta and IWSG Guide

Hello, friends! And Happy December! All decorated for the holidays yet? Here in the States, our family does ours the day after Thanksgiving, so our house is currently festive and jolly all around.

There are two books I want to share with you today so I'll get right to it ...

First up is my good friend DA Botta's series The Elyzian Chronicles. It's a New Adult fantasy. Think: adult style Harry Potter.

Emily Hobbs is off to Salem State College when a chance encounter with a fortuneteller changes everything. Emily is transported to the realm of Elyzia and learns that she is, in fact, one of the most powerful witches in existence.

Madame Lavache, the strict headmistress of Cedalion Covenstead, has her sights set on Emily. In her desperate cling to power, Lavache attempts to protect her tyranny by invoking sinister forces, including bloodthirsty pirates and The Devil himself, to rid Elyzia of the rebellious witch.

Along with her companions – an old hermit, a small coven of witches, and their totems – Emily sets out on a collision course with destiny.

Just as the tarot foretold.
A powerful witch
A simple tarot read
And all hell breaks loose

About DA Botta - D A Botta has written four New Adult Fantasy novels, The Elyzian Chronicles, and has also published a collection of poems There in Them Blues.  D A is currently working on a New Adult Mystery series, Seriously Confidant, projected for debut in the fall of 2015.  D A is a Fantasy Representative for NA Alley and frequents #NALitChat on Twitter.  When not writing, D A plays guitar and dabbles in graphic design.  D A lives with his family in Massachusetts.

Author links:

DA is one of the most genuine and supportive writers I know and he's finally stepping out into the world to promo his own books. If you haven't already met him, be sure to stop by all his social media outlets and say hello. He will no doubt become your new best friend. 

Today is also a special day for Insecure Writers Support Group! Because it's the official launch of 

And it's totally FREE!!!!!

Tapping into the expertise of over a hundred talented authors from around the globe, The IWSG Guide to Publishing and Beyond contains something for every writer. Whether you are starting out and need tips on the craft of writing, looking for encouragement as an already established author, taking the plunge into self-publishing, or seeking innovative ways to market and promote your work, this guide is a useful tool. Compiled into three key areas of writing, publishing, and marketing, this valuable resource offers inspirational articles, helpful anecdotes, and excellent advice on dos and don'ts that we all wish we knew when we first started out on this writing journey. 

Grab it now! 

And there you have it! Two smashing books to end the year with. I hope you're all having a fabulous month. It's a tough time for my family right now with my father-in-law's cancer rapidly progressing. I'm not online as much these days. I'm taking more time to slow down and relish family. I hope you are too. 

Congrats to the IWSG team for an amazing book launch, and congrats to DA Botta for finishing his series and getting the word out.

What are your goals for the end of the year? Did you win at NaNo? Any news to share? 


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

PK, really sorry about your father. Spend time with your family. Much more important.
Thanks for spreading the word about our book!

D A Botta said...

Thank you so much PK!

SA Larsenッ said...

Unbelievably, we are all decorated for the holiday season. Years past, we'd decorate the tree after our Thanksgiving meal, while we digested. But as the kiddos grew older they showed less interest and more interest in watching football after the meal. LOL

Somehow, I convinced everyone to help this year. Well, almost ...

EEK!!! I didn't know ISWG book was out today! So thrilled to be a part of it. ((Hugs)) to all involved.

cleemckenzie said...

I had a good laugh when you asked if we were all decorated for the holidays! Answer: More Soundtrack laughter, please.

News: Sudden Secrets, my next YA is out this month. Ergo, no house decorations. :-)

Chrys Fey said...

I decorated for Christmas on Black Friday, too. :)

Adult Harry Potter style? That sounds interesting! Best of luck to DA!

And I'm praying for you and your family, Pk! HUGS!

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

Congrats to DA on his book. The end of the year is coming along really fast.

Emily R. King said...

This is a tough time of year to have illness in your family. I hope you treasure every moment of Christmas cheer!

shelly said...

Awesome stuff!

Anonymous said...

Sorry to hear about your father-in-law, family must come first.
Take care
Yvonne........will be thinking of you.

Elephant's Child said...

I am so sorry about your Father-in-Law. Cancer is a sucky beast - and family comes first. And second. And third.
Hysteriata sounds right up my alley. Thank you for the heads up.
And it is lovely to see the ISWG Guide being so widely promoted.

Norma Beishir said...

I'm sorry to hear about your father-in-law, PK.

The ISWG Guide isn't free on Amazon, but pretty close to free!

Carrie-Anne said...

Sending good vibes your father-in-law's way!

I won at my very first official NaNo, at 74,971 words at the end of the month. I would've written more had I not had a two-week bug which zapped a lot of my energy.

Elizabeth Seckman said...

Tree is up, still need to haul all of the boxes out of storage. Maybe by this Sunday?

Stephanie Faris said...

Adult Harry Potter. I like it. And what a cool cover!

D A Botta said...

Hi all - thanks for the love and cover-love!
I worked really hard on them. I actually went thru 3 re-skinnings in total over 4 yrs. Until I came up with these ones.

In case you don't know: the symbol is of the pagan triple-goddess, and represents the waxing/full/waning moon phases - maiden, mother, and crone in witchy worlds.

The creature is a Frenzious Scynder, a cross between a spider and a scorpion, colors of a yellow-jacket. They secrete oils that ... have some magickal implications in the novel.

William Kendall said...

Congratulations, D.A.!

PK, I'm sorry about your father in law.

Lexa Cain said...

Congrats to DA! He sure is prolific and has talents in different genres. *envying look* Wishing him much success.

Sorry about your father-in-law. You should indeed be appreciating family, especially at this time of the year.

dolorah said...

Both look awesome PK. And being with family is a good way to spend time right now. Hope you new year is a happy one.

Kittie Howard said...

I'm sorry about your father-in-law, PK. Understand your devotion to family and appreciating so much. Hub's brother passed last month, a difficult and sad time, strengthened by family and friends. HUGS!

Yep, we're decorated and READY!

LD Masterson said...

Enjoy the Christmas season as much as you can and spend time with your family. That's what gets us through the hard times.

Jennifer Ruth Jackson said...

Don't worry about online, just be with your family as much as you can/need to. Trust we'll be here when you return.
When I had a chance to look back on my time with my grandmother, the memories of her in the later part of things (she had Alzheimer's) are some of the best/most poignant I carry of her.

I'm keeping you and yours in my thoughts.

Michelle Wallace said...

Happy New Year to you and your family!

Mark K said...

Dropping by to wish you (and everyone else here) a very happy new year for 2015 - I hope it brings you more of the best from 2014 and more.

Stay healthy, happy and peaceful of mind. May your wealth never dwindling and your heart always find.

Apologies for leaving FaceBook, but I find it hard to stomach that social monkey on my back.

Take care, my friend. Read you soon :) x

JJ said...

With a name like Botta, how could he go wrong! Happy New Year.

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