Monday, October 6, 2014

The Turnagain Arm Launch & Giveaway!

I'm really excited to announce the release of my first self-published work, The Turnagain Arm. It's a novella that is a prequel to Polar Night and to its sequel Polar Day, which will be published by my publisher Ink Smith in January, 2015.

To celebrate the release I'm hosting a giveaway all this week. Two winners will receive a $15 Amazon.com gift card and an ebook copy of The Turnagain Arm. If you'd like to enter just leave a comment on the blog or tweet about the book/giveaway. I wanted to make the Rafflecopter very simple! :)

I didn't set up a blog tour or launch party for this release but I want to say a huge thank you to a few friends who are helping me spread the word this week and next. And also to the wonderful Michael Di Gesu who designed the cover for me and is posting about the book today as well.

Now on to the book! :)

Polar Night's Aleksei Nechayev leaves war-torn Russia in 1917 and makes his way to Alaska. Settling in at a railroad camp, Aleksei comes up against an adversary who seems to know the truth about the newly-turned vampire's identity. An adversary who soon gives Aleksei much more than he bargained for at The Turnagain Arm.


Cover design by Michael Di Gesu
Only 99 cents on Amazon Kindle

Book Blurb: 

Locomotive wheels screech to a halt. Potters Creek, Alaska is nothing more than a small camp set up alongside the tracks. A weathered sign dominates the scene.

The Turnagain Arm Saloon 


Est.1917


Only one passenger remains and exits.

The early afternoon full moon peaks through a shimmering snow fall as a shadow casts over each split rail. The wind howls, sweeping the cloak of a hooded figure. He follows   the tracks toward the distant saloon. A hulking man crunches through the snow, attracting his attention.

Calling out to him in a foreign accent, the townsman stops in mid step. The stranger catches up and engages him.

Until…

The man disappears under the stranger’s cloak.

Blood drips from his lips, and he wipes the remaining trickles from his mouth. After disposing of the body, the mysterious figure continues on his journey. He glides through the snow as if on a sleigh, leaving no footprints behind.


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Within a short period, he convinces Vasyl, the owner of the saloon, to hire him. Aleksei charms everyone he meets. But soon mistrust enters every tense line on Vasyl’s face as others disappear, and his wife falls under Aleksei’s spell.

The classic game of cat and mouse continues, but who will win?

Is a mere mortal any match for Aleksei?

A spark ignites within Alexei after yet another of Vasyl’s attempts to disgrace him.

This man knows of me. He must be a witch. Aleksei laughs. You are no match for me or my plan.


Buy The Turnagain Arm for 99 cents on Amazon Kindle


Enter to win one of two prize bundles featuring a $15 Amazon.com gift card and an ebook copy of The Turnagain Arm. 

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41 comments:

  1. Oh, Julie I'm so excited for you! Congrats on the Turnagain Arm! I loved Polar Night, and can't wait to sink my teeth into the prequel! On second thought, I'll let Aleksei do that! Michael created such a captivating cover too! I wish you much success, and I'm off to download my copy!

    Julie

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  2. Congratulations! I can't wait to read it. I loved Polar Night!

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  3. Did you used to live in Kodiak? I feel like we might have crossed paths.

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  4. Congratulations, Julie! Michael had a great post about it this morning.

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  5. Yeh, Julie! Saw "you" over on Annalisa's blog this morning. Good luck with everything! :)

    Madeline @ The Shellshank Redemption

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  6. Yay! Yay! Yay!!!! Congrats, Julie!!!! :D

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  7. Filled with things that I associate with cold and then add the undead? Hmm. How can you go wrong?

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  8. Woo HOO! Congratulations!

    I'm off to buy it now...

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  9. Thanks, all! And Michael, you crack me up LOL.

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  10. Congrats, Julie! It sounds wonderful <3

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  11. Oh, @Samantha, I'm sorry for not answering your question - but no, I never lived in Alaska. Wish I had! :)

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  12. Saw the news on Michael's blog and had to stop by. Great sounding premise for the Turnabout Arm and I like stories with any connection to trains.

    Good Luck and many sales!

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  13. Congratulations! You did this and with all the stress you have you should pat yourself on the back. This sounds like a really great read

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  14. Very exciting new adventure, Julie. Wishing you the very best.

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  15. Hi, Julie!


    CONGRATS!!!! SO happy to be a part of your release day!

    I'm glad you like the intro. I wanted to surprise you!

    ALL the best today! Such a HAPPY DAY!!!!!!

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  16. Woot woot! Congrats! Picking up my copy now.

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  17. Congrats Julie!
    Michael did a FABULOUS job!

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  18. Oh, cool! He's gotta be such a fun character to write about. Congratulations, Julie. Love the cover too.

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  19. Congrats on your new release! Polar Night was such a great read! Love to cover, too.

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  20. Congratulations on the release of your book! That is amazing.

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  21. Oh, how exciting! I absolutely love Polar Night, so I think it's awesome how you released a prequel for it. Wishing you the best of luck with this! :)

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  22. Congratulations on your new book! It sounds great!

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  23. How exciting!!! I love your cover. Very vivid. Congratulations on your new release!

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  24. Thank you, all! You guys are the best. :)

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  25. Congratulations! I concur, your cover looks A-MAZING!!!

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  26. I'm so excited for you, Julie!
    I added this to my Oct. Promo Friday post. ;)

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  27. Julie, I'm stoked about your release but shocked I hadn't heard any rumbling before it came out. Maybe I did and I can plead pregnancy brain, or I was just a little absent online while all the excitement started. Regardless, I'm immensely happy for you!

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  28. Hi Julie .. that's fantastic news - juts pushed the Kindle button ..

    Michael's done a great job with the cover .. I look forward to reading this first now ..

    Cheers Hilary

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  29. Thank you all again so much! And Melissa, thanks for adding it to your post, you are awesome. Crystal, no, you didn't miss anything, I've been so distracted with my mom I didn't do anything in advance. Thanks again!!!

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  30. YAY! Congratulations, Julie!! OF course I'll enter the raffle and tweet about it - I'd do that, anyway!

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  31. Most awesome. I loved Polar Night! And I'm looking forward to the sequel :D

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  32. Congratulations! Your cover looks fantastic!

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  33. Wonderful news and congrats! So excited to read this and Polar Night. Best of luck to you.

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  34. Unfortunately Rafflecopter still refuses to acknowledge my existence. Sigh. Best of luck with this prequel! I'm looking forward to reading it.

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  35. Congrats on your new novella, Julie! You're establishing yourself as an author of wonderfully creepy tales. Many good wishes and hugs!!

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  36. Congrats on the Turnagain Arm! Such exciting news!

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  37. Wooohooo - huge congrats to you, Julie! I hope you find the self-pubbing experience really rewarding and fruitful. :)

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  38. Congratulations on your first self-pubbed book!

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