Tuesday, December 9, 2014
I really, really enjoyed the first and second Shoalman Chronicle books and I anxiously await the third. These characters are the kind that stick with you even after you finish the story. Originally I read the second book first and was gone on them, especially Robert. So as you can imagine, I am SUPER excited I can finally share my love for this book with you guys!
Without further babbling, here's the awesome new cover for, SHOALMAN IMMORTAL by Toni Decker!
Falling in love was never supposed to be part of the picture.
one part Fantasy and
three parts of Holy Hotness.
Thursday, December 4, 2014
Thursday, October 30, 2014
My freak out is under control for now. But I make you all no promises for later.
Can you even BELIEVE that??? The book comes out in only 11 DAYS!!!
It's finally really hitting me. Like a big old smoking smack on the lips!
So, I've been waiting six years for this sign off:
Thanks for hanging in with me for all this time. Don't forget to give a book some love this week, and if you are so inclined, let that love fall on mine <3
Wednesday, October 15, 2014
Friday, October 10, 2014
Wednesday, October 8, 2014
Tuesday, October 7, 2014
Tonight at 7EST the lovely's at Two Chicks and A Dude Book Reviews are hosting an author take over of their facebook page which you can find HERE ! There will be prize, pictures, maybe even a few secrets but you can bet there will be tons of FUN!
Hope to see you all tonight!
Monday, October 6, 2014
Friday, September 26, 2014
8. Eat chocolate and wail when book is rejected
9. Write more new books
10. Revise first book four more times
11. Cry when book is rejected again
12. Go to giant conference and finally! INTEREST
14. Negotiate contract
Tuesday, September 9, 2014
After a little visit to the Hernando Library, I found a lovely little title and a few others to bring home. (Well, maybe not so little)
Seriously, that’s the title.
It’s a lovely little book and winner of the Andre Norton Award. Great story full of color characters. I’m actually reading it before bed to Son#2. He likes it a lot.
Now I know for all you new visitors you are like, wait. Don’t you write New Adult and Erotica???
Why, yes. Yes I do. But I will always be a reader of all kinds of books first. I’ve never been a genre snob or been one to turn away a well-crafted story. And this is a well-crafted story with beautiful prose. If you need a little something different, give this book some love.
Sunday, September 7, 2014
Thursday, August 14, 2014
***Images Eternal is the first book in The Shoalman Chronicles by Toni Decker. It will be available for purchase September 15th.***
The blood of a Guardian, the heart of an artist, no one can hide the truth from Amanda Hayworth. Focusing her visions through her camera lens, she reveals secrets no one plans to expose, even her own. To protect herself, Mandy hides her ability in plain sight, photographing local bands and showcasing the dramatic images on her website. Most bands beg for a feature article. But the new lead singer of one particular up and coming band isn’t like anyone she’s ever met. Lucien entangles her with his mystery and makes Mandy want things she’s never wanted before—strings.
Lucien Solvak has to impress an influential music blogger whose promotion could skyrocket his new band to stardom or flush them straight into the gutters. But the moment Mandy aims her camera his direction, he fears the images will expose his ties to the immortal he’s sworn to protect and destroy his one chance to live out his musical dream. Hiding from her camera is tough enough. Denying his growing feelings becomes an impossible feat, forcing Lucien to choose between oaths as a Guardian, his rock-star dreams, and the girl he wants.
Secrets define them. Lucien’s bind him to silence; Mandy’s bring her nothing but pain and disappointment. Only when they focus on what’s behind the images can they embrace their secrets for what they are—truth.
Look for it where eBooks are sold on September 15th.
Without any further ado... HERE IT IS!!!
Did I mention that Images Eternal by Toni Decker will be available for purchase September 15th? That's September 15th. Mark your calendars. AND you can look for Shoalman Immortal, Book two in The Shoalman Chronicles in January 2015.
For more information on this series, visit Toni Decker Books
Also, for a special treat, check out the blog post by our amazing Cover Designer, Sharon Carpenter, on the
behind the scenes look at the cover design
Friday, August 8, 2014
It has taken more years than I expected to reach the next step on this road to publication. But I’ve learned so much, met some amazing people, made life-long friends, and I wouldn’t change a moment of this part of the journey.
Much love and thanks for all the friendship and support you all have given me and this book and I’m looking forward to sharing all the exciting things to come with you!
Friday, July 11, 2014
Tuesday, May 6, 2014
There are times when my plan for the day might be to write a certain chapter or scene. Well, unless that’s also the character’s plan, it ain’t gonna happen. Hard lesson for someone as hardheaded as me, just so you know.
This past April, I was in a workshop with my local writers group. Our speaker took us through the imagery of the mind, where creativity lives, and how we writers spend a heck of a lot of time getting in our own way. It was a great workshop and really helped me clean out a lot of things that were preventing my creative flow.
But opening that door to your creative head space can also mean you’ll have new characters rudely butt in when you are feverously trying to finish a project. So do you give the character the old, IN A MINUTE treatment?
Or, do you get up from the chair, find your version of quiet place and listen? Really listen to those first pieces of story, dialogue or world building?
Ideas are such fickle things. They can come from so many places. Some of those places are light and fun to visit. Other times inspiration comes from the darker, more mysterious or painful places in a character’s heart. The sweet and sticky spider's threads it might take you seven gut-wrenching revisions to finally tease apart. But boy when the story finally comes to light, is that ever an amazing feeling.
What’s the inspiration you’re listening to today? Mine was actually pretty dang black but it was also extremely persistent. So guess what I did.
Here is a piece of the mysterious trail I walked with a new character today.
Enjoy the brain tickle of a million and one possiblities and don’t forget to give a book some love.
And my God, she’s stunning in love.
I’d forgotten the way she looks in love, or hadn’t bothered to remember.
Is there really a difference?
No longer the girl I fell for, the one I constantly reminded her I wanted back.
She’s a gorgeous woman. Strong independent, happy with herself. I can see that in the glow coming off her and its nearly blinding.
When did I stop seeing at her? Seriously, I can’t remember.
Her head tips back with a laugh, totally given over to the joyful sound.
Did I ever touch her that way?
No, no I didn’t. I was too busy with my own stuff to meet that need.
Her hair spills forward as he whispers in her ear.
I hate him.
She smiles wider as he opens her car door.
Did I ever do that?
I frown as my “did not” pile seems to be piling higher than my “did” the longer I watch.
My stomach turns to a hard ball as his fingers brush her cheek and her eyelids flutter closed.
My fingertips tingle remembering how her skin is warm silk in that spot.
He lingers close and I know then she loves him.
Because once, she looked at me that way with her beautiful eyes shiny, lips and cheeks flushed.
Yes, she’s completely, 100%, head over heels gone on him.
And I know exactly how he feels being on the receiving end of that look.
Like he can do anything, be anything, accomplish anything.
Did I ever give that same gift to her?
I mentally flip through the pictures of her face.
Crying, angry, hurt eyes.
Hollow with a loneliness she complained of, cheeks wet with tears and finally cold. Indifferent.
Did I ask? No.
Did I try? Why should I, that’s her job.
Did I chase that chill away with love?
I rolled over and fell right to sleep while her tears stained the pillow.
I belittled any dream that made me feel threatened.
I did anything I could to remind her that she was the very last thing I ever thought about.
Her heart is his to cherish, her dreams are whispered across his pillow instead of mine. It’s his joy at her accomplishments she craves.
I watch the taillights as long as I can when they drive away.
I was one lucky bastard to have ever held her heart.