Wednesday, June 7, 2017

STARSWEPT Cover Reveal @astralcolt @snowywingspub

It's cover reveal day for Starswept by Mary Fan! This sweeping YA sci-fi romance will be released on August 29 by Snowy Wings Publishing. The cover features photography by Roberto Falck, with graphic design by Streetlight Graphics.

Title: Starswept
Author: Mary Fan
Release Date: August 29, 2017
Publisher: Snowy Wings Publishing

Some melodies reach across the stars.

In 2157, the Adryil—an advanced race of telepathic humanoids—contacted Earth. A century later, 15-year-old violist Iris Lei considers herself lucky to attend Papilio, a prestigious performing arts school powered by their technology. Born penniless, Iris’s one shot at a better life is to attract an Adryil patron. But only the best get hired, and competition is fierce.

A sudden encounter with an Adryil boy upends her world. Iris longs to learn about him and his faraway realm, but after the authorities arrest him for trespassing, the only evidence she has of his existence is the mysterious alien device he slipped to her.

When she starts hearing his voice in her head, she wonders if her world of backstabbing artists and pressure for perfection is driving her insane. Then, she discovers that her visions of him are real—by way of telepathy—and soon finds herself lost in the kind of impossible love she depicts in her music.

But even as their bond deepens, Iris realizes that he’s hiding something from her—and it’s dangerous. Her quest for answers leads her past her sheltered world to a strange planet lightyears away, where she uncovers secrets about Earth’s alien allies that shatter everything she knows.

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Mary Fan is a hopeless dreamer, whose mind insists on spinning tales of “what if.” As a music major in college, she told those stories through compositions. Now, she tells them through books. She is the author of the Jane Colt space opera trilogy, the Firedragon YA dystopia/fantasy novellas, and the Fated Stars YA high fantasy novellas. She's also the co-editor of the Brave New Girls YA sci-fi anthologies, which are dedicated to encouraging girls to enter STEM careers and raising money for the Society of Women Engineers scholarship fund.

Find her online at

Twitter: @astralcolt
Instagram: @astralcolt

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

BRAVE NEW GIRLS Cover Reveal @astralcolt @TClosser feb 21

Today, I’m revealing the cover and story line-up for BRAVE NEW GIRLS: STORIES OF GIRLS WHO SCIENCE AND SCHEME, coming August 2017! This YA sci-fi anthology (edited by sci-fi authors Paige Daniels and Mary Fan) features stories about girls in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math)… Girls who engineer, tinker, hack, and more, using their smarts to save the day. It’s got space operas, sci-fi mysteries, steampunk, cyberpunk, all kinds of punk! Proceeds from sales of the anthology will be donated to the Society of Women Engineers scholarship fund.

And without further ado, here’s the cover!


Stories in the anthology (in alphabetical order by title):

The 17th Quadrennial Intergalactic Neo-Cultural Expo and Science Fair by Jeanne Kramer-Smyth
The Adventure of the Brass Lamp by Margaret Curelas
Arch Nemesis by Jamie Krakover
The Babysitting Job: A Robot Repair Girl Adventure by Josh Pritchett
The Case of the Missing Sherlock by Mary Fan
Chasing the Copper Dragon by Karissa Laurel
Circus in the Sky by Lisa Toohey
Dangerous Territory by Holly Schofield
The Experimental Bug – First Test by Jelani-Akin Parham
Hack by Evangeline Jennings
In a Whole New Light by Michelle Leonard
The Last Android by Paige Daniels
Let Androids Eat Cake by Meg Merriet
The Maker’s Handbook by George Ebey
The Non-Existence of Gravity by Steph Bennion
Nova by Stephen Landry
Our Very Respected and Always Benevolent Leader by Kay Dominguez
Scilla’s Monster by Elisha Betts
Skyris by A.A. Jankiewicz
Sweet Emotion by Bryna Butler
The Swiss Cheese Model by Eric Bakutis
The Verne Shot by Brandon Draga



Brave New Girls: Stories of Girls Who Science and Scheme is the second volume of the Brave New Girls anthology series. The first, Brave New Girls: Tales of Girls and Gadgets was released in June 2015 and has so far raised thousands of dollars for the Society of Women Engineers Scholarship fund. Find it on Amazon.


Paige Daniels is the pen name of Tina Closser. By day she works as an Electrical Engineer and Mom mushing her kids from gymnastics and violin practice. After the kids go to bed, she rocks out with her headphones turned to eleven and cranks out books. She is an uber science geek. If she wasn't married to the most terrific guy in the world, she would be a groupie for Adam Baldwin. Her books include Non-Compliance: The Sector, Non-Compliance: The Transition, and Non-Compliance: Equilibrium.

Mary Fan is a hopeless dreamer, whose mind insists on spinning tales of “what if.” As a music major in college, she told those stories through compositions. Now, she tells them through books—a habit she began as soon as she could pick up a pencil. And what stories she has! Currently, she has three series in progress and likes to think that she has even more in her bag. Her books include the Jane Colt trilogy, the Firedragon novellas, and the Fated Stars novellas.

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Blog Tour: Crawdad by Lisa T. Cresswell

Welcome to the Crawdad Book Blog Tour!

For the whole month of January, my new contemporary young adult novel Crawdad, will be featured on the blogs of some of my besties - authors and book bloggers who support the readers and writers of  diverseYA - and I couldn't be more pleased. I hope you can visit them all and enter the giveaway.  

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Lola's Blog Tours Presents: Keeping the Distance by Clarisse David Cover Reveal

Today is the cover reveal for Keeping the Distance by Clarisse David. This cover reveal is organized by Lola's Blog Tours. This cover is designed by Daniel Tinagan

Keeping the DistanceKeeping the Distance (I Heart Iloilo #1)
By Clarisse David

Genre: Romance
Age category: Young Adult
Release Date: February 6, 2017
No bets. No fake relationships. Just a very real one that has to be kept under wraps.

Seventeen-year-old Melissa wants to dye her hair cotton candy pink and focus on her ukulele instead of Physics. But she can't. As the daughter of a Catholic school principal, living up to her model student image 24/7 is a must. Something's about to give under all the pressure. She only hopes it isn't her.

Getting involved with a troublemaking basketball player is the last possible thing she needs...

Lance is used to getting what he wants. With a pretty face he uses to full advantage and his role as co-captain of the basketball team, the easy way is the only way he's ever known. Until the day he notices the prim Melissa he's known forever is actually hot and decides to ask her out. He has no idea he's about to learn the lesson of a lifetime.

Not getting what he wants might exactly be what he needs.
You can find Keeping the Distance on Goodreads

You can pre-order Keeping the Distance on Amazon

Clarisse DavidAbout the Author:

Clarisse David is a Young Adult and New Adult author from the land of epic heat waves a.k.a. the Philippines. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Literature and cannot survive without Taylor Swift songs, red lipstick, and books. When not hanging out on Twitter, she can be found working on her latest writing project.

You can find and contact Clarisse here:

- Website

- Facebook

- Twitter

- Goodreads

- Instagram

- Pinterest

- Newsletter


There is a cover reveal wide giveaway for the cover reveal of Keeping the Distance. These are the prizes you can win:

- One winner will win an ebook copy of Keeping the Distance by Clarisse David and an ebook of their choice from #romanceclass. See the whole list of romanceclass books here:

- 2 winners will each win an ebook copy of Keeping the Distance by Clarisse David

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Thursday, October 13, 2016

Kickstarter Projects make me go broke!: Castor's Easy Readers by Castor Tales
Kickstarter will be the death of us!

So I'm sure everyone has a kryptonite on causes that'll make them broke XD 

Inclusion in books will always be that cause we fight for. There probably isn't a greater cause in publishing than inclusion in books for children and teens.

There are all these new mediums to find and fund inclusive content and it's pretty common knowledge that the publishing industry isn't always the best at positive, inclusive content.

Publishing independently is quite a challenge. We've learned that ourselves how expensive it is, which is why it sucks that it isn't taken as seriously as traditional publishing =(

Crowdfunding is one of those awesome mediums looking for folks like me to loose a few bucks to help out causes or works that have a message and Castor's Easy Readers by Castor Tales is a really good one! 

I read an easy reader book last year based on the heavy content of the book and thought about how public schools tend to fail kids. I was probably a kid that last time I'd read easy reader book before then, but I remember being in middle/high school(before home school) and there were kids my age who had such a difficult time reading, thinking back, I wish we'd had more diverse reading material. Especially with folks with learning disabilities or that just struggling reading in general.

Castor Tales is a set of three different books all with children of color as major characters(I swoon a little bit at the Black vampire😍) in fantastical settings where they're their own heroes.

Three awesome illustrators by the names of Brittany Ngo, Courtney Hicks and MJ Erikson, team up with NYT/USA Today bestselling author Ellie Ann to create three lovely books that explore race and gender in ways children's books don't often go.

This project is about 8 days away from ending and it could really use folks that see the message behind it to contribute even a buck to it's awesomesauce cause😍 

There are a ton of great rewards for every budget. This would be a great addition to anyone's shelf or bedtime story time!