Wednesday, January 13, 2016

THE MIDNIGHT SPY named by Kirkus Reviews as ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF 2015!

Yep, you read that right - Kirkus Reviews, who call themselves 'the world's toughest book critics' recently released their list of the BEST BOOKS OF 2015 - and guess what?!  THE MIDNIGHT SPY was on the list!!!  Crazy, right?  See cover below w/ super-awesome sticker! Yay! Thank you Kirkus!!!

"Compelling characters, riveting tension, and rich, complex worldbuilding make this a must-read for fantasy fans."   For full review go here.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Thank you!

Hi Guys,

I haven't been too active on social media for quite awhile and my newsletter and blog have been sorely neglected.... there are a lot of different reasons why that you probably wouldn't find too interesting.

Tonight I offered a giveaway of THE MIDNIGHT SPY to my newsletter subscribers and some YALSA librarians and I have to tell you that the response has been so heart-warming and inspiring!

Within minutes I received requests from readers, bloggers and librarians whose names I recognized because they have been supporting my books since THE FAERIE RING came out in 2011! Additionally,  I've received sweet notes from others just sending congratulations and good wishes.

I am so grateful for the support! Publishing is a tough business and it's hard to make your book stand out from the many books the big publishers decide to support.  I write because I love to write - to create stories and the characters in those stories and twists and turns to keep a reader guessing - but without a doubt, the best part of being an author is when I hear from readers that they appreciate and love my books.

So to everyone who has taken the time to respond and share their support - THANK YOU!  It means way more to me than you'll ever know!


Thursday, July 30, 2015

Kirkus Review of THE MIDNIGHT SPY

Well Poppets - it's that time again  - holding my breath about the Kirkus Review of THE MIDNIGHT SPY!  Well known for being the toughest book critics in the world - (they brag about it!) here's what they had to say:

"Compelling characters, riveting tension, and rich, complex worldbuilding make this a must-read for fantasy fans.”

“Hamilton’s prose shines on the page, delivering brilliant descriptions and fast-paced plotting with plenty of tension. The prophetic quatrains are based on the 16th-century writings of Nostradamus, lending authenticity to the story. Nica is brave and strong, but her flaws and vulnerability make her a compelling heroine for whom it’s easy to cheer. Likewise, Shanks and his best friend, Sebande, are complex, intriguing heroes who are equally as dynamic. The trio drives the book, resulting in unexpected plot turns, edge-of-your-seat suspense, and moments of tension-relieving laughter. Secondary characters, such as her depraved father and the wise castle scholar, are well-drawn too. The way Hamilton cleverly layers in pieces of information that become important later is excellent, creating a tightly plotted storyline in a detailed, lush fantasy world. The ending calls upon inner strength and bravery from the young trio, but plenty of loose ends promise another book in the outstanding series."

OMG – I can’t even believe it! I got chills reading that!   The whole review is here:

The book is available on Kindle and Nook and paperback and Indiebound!

Also, if you'd like to add it on Goodreads - go here!

Thank you for your interest and support!!!!

YAY!!!!! :-)

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

The Start of Something New....

I'm quite excited to announce the start of a new series!
THE MIDNIGHT SPY is the first book and will be released 
July 26th, 2015:

She would risk her life to escape…

“What have we here? A midnight spy?”
    Nica lifted her chin and hoped he couldn’t feel her knees shaking. “Release me.”
    Instead of releasing her, his eyes narrowed as he examined her features. “I didn’t know Mosaba had a daughter,” he said softly. “You wouldn’t be a spy and a liar, would you?”

 * * *

Trapped in an unbearable existence, Nica Santos risks her life to escape from her father only to be captured by one of his soldiers—until the most unlikely of allies comes to her assistance—but not before she realizes she has traded one prison for another…

As war explodes around her, Nica becomes  ensnared in a confusing web of intrigue, romance, betrayal and ancient magic......

Go here to pre-order!

Go here to add it to your Goodreads list! 

Stay tuned in the next few months for ARC giveaways and updates!


Monday, June 1, 2015

Motivational Monday

Here's a message from The Universe to kick off your Monday: 

Guidance, attention, help, maybe. Love, always. Criticism, never.

What to give others.

Love always,
    The Universe

p.s.  Isn't it fun being you!

Make your life what you want it to be!  Happy Monday!


Friday, May 29, 2015

Adventure Day

Hello Poppets!

I know it's been a long time since I posted but here I am again. :-)  What's new, you ask?  Well.... my daughter is home from  college for the summer and we are enjoying an Adventure Day each week. We are lucky to live in Twilight territory (yes, we live pretty close to Forks, Washington) and so this week we went hiking in the Olympic Peninsula Forest which is where Edward and company lived....and played baseball....  To wit.....

That is a HUGE rock below.......followed by the mysterious forest....

If one is going to find vampires - this would be the spot you would look.  But more seriously, I don't know any fantasy writer who doesn't love a mysterious forest - and the Olympic Peninsula is a natural rainforest that is SO fabulous!

On the writing front, I have finished a new fantasy, sci-fi story entitled THE NIGHT GATE and am currently seeking representation. It's a tough business so we'll see how that goes.  Here's the blurb about THE NIGHT GATE:

Can Anna change the past to save the future?  

As a Paradox who can alter history, Anna must jump through time to save those she loves and a doomed future—before the evil Morg capture her.

Born in London 1870, Anna Brown learns on her eighteenth birthday that she is a Traveler—someone with the ability to move between the past, present and future through a timeslip known as the Night Gate. In a cosmic game of cat and mouse, she is tracked through time by the Morg, bounty hunters from the future.  

To escape, Anna jumps through the Night Gate to another lifetime and meets the mysterious Zev, but the Morg are getting closer, leaving a bloody trail through time. As Anna hides in yet another lifetime she falls in love and learns she is a Paradox—conceived in the future but born in the past—giving her the unique ability to alter history.  But as her past collides with her future, she must choose between saving those she loves and saving the world… 

It's a different kind of story than THE FAERIE RING but kind of a fun read.  What do you think? Sound interesting? Let me know in the comments! 

That's it for now.   Be back soon!


Thursday, February 19, 2015

THE FAERIE RING is now an audio book!

I am so excited to announce that THE FAERIE RING is now an audio book!!! Narrated by the fabulous Mil Nicholson, her smoky, deliciously British voice will take you back in time and drop you in the middle of Tiki and Rieker's mysterious world of Victorian London.

THE FAERIE RING is available on Audible, iTunes and Amazon.

You can listen to a sample here.  (Click the 'Play Audio Sample' link under the cover image.)

I count myself so lucky to have this opportunity!! Hope you enjoy!


Sunday, October 19, 2014

Sunday afternoon...

Signing bookmarks and books for some lovely librarians....

Happy Sunday!

Thursday, October 16, 2014

What Kirkus Reviews has to say about THE FAERIE QUEEN

If you're a writer, you know about Kirkus Reviews.  They brag about being "The World's Toughest Book Critics" and there are lots of wounded authors who can confirm that it's true.  It was with a sigh of relief that I read Kirkus' positive review of THE FAERIE QUEEN today!  Here's in part what they had to say:

"Hamilton delivers vivid battle scenes in the lead-up to a brilliant, surprise ending. The prose is witty and rich throughout, offering a masterful vision of two intertwining worlds. The faerie lore is also intricate and well-developed.   A strong finale to a dark, compelling series." -Kirkus Reviews

As an author, I am THRILLED by that review and hope it will perhaps sway someone considering THE FAERIE RING series to give it a try.  

Happy Thursday! :-)

Saturday, October 4, 2014

And we have a winner....

Hello Poppets!

Thank you to everyone who entered my giveaway of all four books of THE FAERIE RING series! Without further ado - the winner is:

Mary Preston

Mary, once I get your mailing address I will ship the books out straightaway!

I have another giveaway of THE FAERIE QUEEN going on over on Goodreads. Click here to enter.

Happy Saturday!