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.

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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?