Friday, June 29, 2012

Transcend Masquerade Blogfest

The Indie Elite is thrilled to be participating in the Transcend Masquerade Blogfest celebrating the upcoming release of Christine Fonseca's fabulous new novel, Transcend. The publisher, Compass Press is calling it The Phantom of the Opera meets Black Swan. Speaking from personal experience (yay for beta readers!), we've got to tell you, this is one mind-blowingly amazing novel. And so is the cover. Before we get to it though, for the masquerade we have to tell you a secret about the Indie Elite.

Our secret: We're about to begin guest posts on the publishing industry and all things writing related right here on the Indie Elite by Indie Elite members. Get ready for some fantastic insight into the publishing world!

Christine is doing an epic giveaway that you'll want to get in on so be sure to click on her name to go to her blog and enter after you finishing reading! You can add Transcend to your Goodreads lists here.

Now a bit about Transcend:

All seventeen-year-old composer Ien Montgomery desires is to find his muse - someone to ease the burdens of his family's rigid expectations and the recent death of his older brother. When he meets a beautiful violin-prodigy, Kiera McDougal, his music takes on new life. With her, he imagines a future outside of his parents” control. That is, until a horrible accident tears them apart.

Sent to die in a sanatorium, Ien’s obsession for Kiera grows unbearable. Tortured by thoughts he can’t escape and the truth of his monstrous disfigurement, he flees, desperate to exact revenge on the people that ruined his life – his parents. But, vengeance is empty. Betrayed by those closest to him, Ien discovers that the price for his happiness may just be his sanity.

Set against the backdrop of late 19th century New York and inspired by Leroux’s Phantom of the Opera, TRANSCEND combines the tragedy of Shakespeare’s Hamlet with the psychological suspense of Black Swan.

Prepare yourself, ready, okay, here's the cover:

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

IE Reviews~Destiny's Fire

We’ve decided to bring you a new reoccurring feature on the Indie Elite, short reviews of excellent indie books (both through small presses and completely independently published) from authors who aren’t Indie Elite members. Today’s review is of Destiny’s Fire by Trisha Wolfe, published through the small press, Omnific Publishing.

My thoughts:

This is the first steampunk novel I've read and wow, just wow. I'm totally a fan of the genre now! It takes a talented author to introduce so many characters with big roles in a novel and have each of them be compelling, and Trisha accomplished that beautifully. I felt for each of these characters and was pulled into the wonder of the story from the very first page. Magic, secrets, cool devices, and a world I didn't want to leave, Destiny's Fire has it all. I can hardly wait for more from this author.

Here is the Goodreads blurb about Destiny’s Fire:

It’s the year 2040, and sixteen-year-old Dez Harkly is one of the last of her kind—part of a nearly extinct race of shape-shifters descended from guardians to the Egyptian pharaohs. Her home and her secret are threatened when the Council lowers the barrier, allowing the enemy race to enter the Shythe haven.

As the Narcolym airships approach, Dez and her friends rebel against their Council and secretly train for battle. Not only is Dez wary of war and her growing affection for her best friend Jace, but she fears the change her birthday will bring. When Dez’s newfound power rockets out of control, it’s a Narcolym who could change her fate... if she can trust him.

Dez’s guarded world crumbles when she discovers why the Narcos have really come to Haven Falls, and she's forced to choose between the race who raised her and the enemy she's feared her whole life.

You can find it at these links:

GoodreadsB&N, Amazon and more. 


Saturday, June 23, 2012

Reader Girls Review To Ride A Puca

The renowned Reader Girls have reviewed Heather McCorkle's historical fantasy, To Ride A Puca, and they loved it! Congratulations Heather! Here is a snippet of the review:


"When I come across a really good fantasy novel I don't fully realize it until I've reached the final period. When the author's words have the ability to suck me into a new world filled with new faces, powers, settings, and more, and then keep me hooked throughout the ups and downs until I've forgotten I'm a reader and thinking I am the main character--that's the true sign of something wonderful. Heather McCorkle's To Ride A Puca is such a novel."~Reader Girls.

To read the entire review click on the link provided above. Haven't heard of To Ride A Puca yet? Here is a bit about it:

Invaders are coming to take what isn't theirs, again. 

Neala wants to stand and fight for her homeland, but as one of the last druids, she may be standing alone. 

Persecuted, hunted down, forced to live in obscurity, the druids have all but given up. Can the determination of a girl who has barely come into her power bring them together? Or, just when she finally finds her place among her kind, will they end up losing a homeland their very magic is tied to?


Monday, June 11, 2012

Happy Book Birthday Mea Culpa

Today Compass Press is releasing Christine Fonseca's latest novella in the Requiem series, Mea Culpa, for FREE on Smashwords. This novella is a bridge between the first full-length novel, Lacrimosa, and it's sequel, Libera Me which is due out later this year. You can download Mea Culpa on Smashwords in all digital formats (Nook, Kindle, and more). They will be listing it directly with Amazon and Barnes and Noble as well but it takes them a bit longer to list a book as free so if you'd like a free copy, they are asking that you please go to Smashwords. Also, to celebrate, for a limited time, they're also offering Christine's first novella,~the one that launched the series~Dies Irae for free on Smashwords as well.

Here is a bit about Mea Culpa:

Everything has a price, especially duty. And love.

Azza's attacks are always deadly...ALWAYS. But that was before Nesy. And before Mikayel and Zane. Now, death has a new enemy. But, what's the cost for saving a life?

MEA CULPA follows one angel's quest to save his best friend.

Don't forget, Dies Irae is only available for free for a limited time so hurry and get your digital copies of both Mea Culpa and Dies Irae from Smashwords. We at the Indie Elite will be downloading our free copies, spreading the word, reviewing, liking, and all of the above. I mean how could you not? Just look at that picture of Zane. Okay no licking the screen...