Mara Valderran is an author of young adult and new adult books, but she's more than just a madwoman with a writing box. She is an avid reader and fan of all things sci-fi and fantasy. She loves roller skating and movies, though typically not together. She lives in Las Vegas with her husband and demanding cat. She hopes to one day meet Daniel Jackson from SG1, or at least the actor who played him. When she’s not writing, you can find her reading, playing video games, or counting down the days until DragonCon.
Do you live in the Las Vegas area? If so, come visit me at the Vegas Valley Book Festival, where I will be signing alongside fellow Curiosity Quills authors Sharon Bayliss, Lisa Collicutt, and Katie Hamstead on October 18th!
On sale September 11th! The Actuator 1.5: Borderlands Anthology picks up where The Actuator: Fractured Earth by James Wymore and Aiden James left us: When the Actuator breaks the earth into a patchwork of altered realities, the remaining Machine Monks begin looking for the Keys to put it back. In the meantime, everyone in the world has been transformed without knowing why. This collection tells about some of the people struggling to deal with the change.
This anthology includes my short story: “The Austenation” is a tale where Pride and Prejudice meets werewolves in the English countryside of the Victorian era. Dealing with the strict social mores of the day, along with lycanthropic consequences, the story’s young heroine is forced to do what was often unthinkable in that era: take matters into her own hands.
Curiosity Quills has signed the first book in my YA dystopian series, Altar of Reality (Shifted Realities #1) and slated it for release in January 2015! I'm already hard at work on the second book in the series, and can't wait to share these characters and their journeys with you!
The cover reveal for Altar of Reality will be October 18th, with the blog tour to follow in January. Advanced reading copies for reviewers will be available soon! Keep an eye out for more news about this series as it unfolds!
Bummed out that summer has come to an end? Let us help you welcome the cooler weather with the Fall Into Fantasy promotional tour, showcasing awesome fantasy books you can curl up with right now! Each week will feature a different fantasy book or series and give you opportunities to win lots of great prizes. Join us at the end of the tour for the Fall Into Fantasy Wrap Party on Facebook December 12th-15th with guest hosts, games, and even more prizes!
Want to get involved with this promotion? You can still sign up as a blogger to post the featured book or series each Monday or get involved with the Facebook party.
Review Spotlight: Sidekick by Auralee Wallace
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Looking for a fun read? I highly suggest this one. Auralee Wallace has channeled her inner Joss Whedon with clever story telling and snarky dialogue that will keep you laughing out loud. Bremy has left her life as the spoiled daughter of a rich corporate billionaire after discovering that Daddy dearest isn't so dear after all. In fact, he's pretty evil. Resolving to rectify all the bad karma her father has brought down on her life with his evil enterprise, Bremy leaves her life of wealth and comfort to start over and find a way to support the twin sister she was forced to leave behind. She crosses path with the city's resident hero, Dark Ryder, and decides that becoming Ryder's apprentice is the best way to clean up her karma, even if it isn't necessarily the best way to pay the bills.