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Seconds Before Sunrise: Cover Reveal & Scavenger Hunt

1 Dec

So the day has come! And below you can read the full synopsis as well as see the lovely cover created by Viola Estrella. (But there’s a bigger surprise, so stay tuned.) Many of you might wonder where the design came from, but here’s the quick truth: Minutes Before Sunset is about being in the Dark, Seconds Before Sunrise is about being a human, and Death Before a New Day is about being in the Light. So this cover was carefully designed to depict the theme of the humanity of the protagonists, especially Eric. (Hence the green color and the boy.)

But what’s the surprise?

47 wonderful blogs are helping me out with this cover reveal, and I’ve linked them all below. By clicking the link, you will be transported to their blog where they have shared a unique fact or sneak peek into the trilogy. There are 47 blogs and 47 facts. Have fun on the scavenger hunt, and enjoy the cover reveal!

Thank you.

Seconds Before Sunrise (The Timely Death Trilogy, #2)

Seconds Before Sunrise, coming this March

Seconds Before Sunrise, coming this March

Two nightmares. One memory.

“Chaos within destiny. It was the definition of our love.”

Eric has weeks before his final battle when he’s in an accident. Forced to face his human side, he knows he can’t survive if he fights alone. But he doesn’t want to surrender, even if he becomes the sacrifice for war.

Jessica’s memory isn’t the only thing she’s lost. Her desire to find her parents is gone and so is her confidence. But when fate leaves nightmares behind, she decides to find the boy she sees in them, even if it risks her sanity.

Add Seconds Before Sunrise to your Goodreads bookshelf today.

Visit these blogs, read the facts, and get an inclusive sneak peek into the The Timely Death Trilogy: (On December 3rd, you will get to see these lovely bloggers again)

1. Ennlee’s Reading Corner              2. I Am Kelli Beck             3. Little Ballad of Life

4. So Many Books, So Little Time       5. Amber Skye Forbes: The Dancing Writer

6. S.L. Stacy: The Urge to Write    7. Why I Can’t Stop Reading  8. The Novel List

9. Romance Bookworm’s Reviews    10. Love Words And Books

11. Natasha Hanova           12. Endless Reading            13. I Read Books

14. Fetching Figment         15. Ky Grabowski                  16. A Reader’s Review

17. Ms. ME28 Reviews       18. Jacinda Buchmann       19. The Examiner

20. The Legends of Windemere          21. A Ponderance of Things

22. Ken Thinks Aloud          23. YA Book Nook         24. Cassandra Lost in Books

25. Shelly’s Book Corner         26. Taking on a World of Words

27. Stephanie’s Book Reviews          28. The Other Side of Paradise

29. Coffee Shop Reader       30. Dan Thompson    31. Note to Selph Book Reviews

32. Of Musings and Wonderings                                       33. Author S Smith

34. Harper’s Happenings (will be posted on December 2)

35. akiiKOMORI Reading       36. Love Words And Books   37. Making My Mark

38. Confessions of a Book Whore      39. The Noif Matrix    40. I’m a Book Shark

41. Press Pause, Fast Forward      42. A Daily Dose of Katsy  43. The Fine Print

44. Alexis Allinson       45. Dissertation Gal         46. Write Word Editing

47. 1 Write Way

Blogs and facts were chosen at random, and #23 is bolded because 23 is my favorite number 😀 YA Book Nook is also the winner of the pre-release ebook of Seconds Before Sunrise! Congratulations! 

Thanks for participating,

~SAT

Quoting Other Bloggers

19 Nov

First, congrats to Tanya Taimanglo. She was the winner of my previous post, and she will soon be guest blogging on this website. Thank you to everyone who shared their inspirations.

And thank you to these two lovely readers for reviewing Minutes Before Sunset: (click the links to visit their pages.)

Press Pause, Fast Forward: “Now what I love most about this book, and practically in any other book, is the kick-ass heroine. I can always appreciate a female character whose purpose is not only to look cute and pretty in the arms of her leading man but to actually show some attitude and who knows how to fight back.”

Stephanie’s Book Reviews: “I liked the use of the double lives – that everyone looks so different in their Shade or Light form than they do in their human form. It made me look more closely at everyone that Jessica meets. I look forward to finding out who Darthon, the Light descendent, is as a human.”

Now, today’s topic:

As a blogger and writer, I think it’s proper etiquette to credit and link a blog that inspired a post. I actually mentioned this on my Facebook Author Page and asked, “What do you guys think? If you find a post you like and/or want to debate, do you think you should link to that blog or simply discuss the topic as is?”

Today, I am going to be elaborating on this as well as sharing some of your answers in regards to this question.

Again, my opinion is pretty simple: if you have been inspired by another’s blog post to write on the topic, I think you should credit the blog, especially if you refer to their post and/or use their examples.

I think it’s a win-win situation.

Your website will be seen as a blog that is continuing an important conversation as well as a writer who respects other writers enough to read and quote them. It will establish more followers from both ends. After all, bloggers will be more likely to link to your blog, too, and that will add to the connections of the community. What is there to lose if you quote them?

At this point, you might think this is an obvious and even strange topic to talk about, but the truth is sort of ugly. 

I read a lot of blogs, many of which are on WordPress. In fact, it’s one of my favorite pastimes. But I have seen blogs that have obviously copied from another’s—even going as far as using the exact same articles or even copying and pasting information. I think the worst offense is when a blogger refers to another blogger’s opinion out of context and does not offer a link for readers to visit in order to verify the information. No one wants to be misquoted, used, or put in a poor light. This is the main reason I think this: it’s the right of the second blogger to mention and argue another blog, but I also think the first blogger has the right to know so they can debate in a healthy and positive manner. By not linking to their blog, the first blogger may never know they are even being quoted. They may never get a chance to debate or even thank the second blogger. That’s where I have an issue.

I have to admit that I have had this happened to me. I do not feel like anyone has misquoted me (that I know of) but I have seen my exact examples and articles used over the same topic I posted about only a few days before. Although I am flattered, it also saddens me, because I work very hard at posting every other day. It sometimes takes me hours to find the perfect articles to link to. So, yes, it feels like I’ve been cheated when someone else has simply copied and pasted the information I provided. That being said, I am glad the conversations are continuing, whether or not someone feels like quoting me. Sharing the topic is my ultimate goal, after all. Most of the time, I simply want to thank you, even if you do not agree with me, which, for the record, I read every blog post that links to my blog and I always thank them for providing my information–again–even if they disagreed.

Here are opinions from my Author Facebook Page:

Participate on my Facebook, and your answers might be used next.

Participate on my Facebook, and your answers might be used next.

Joe H Hinojosa: I totally agree that you should give credit to the original blog, and post a link, even if you opinion differs from the original.

Quinten Rhea: as Artists & Writers we should always, always credit/link the source. It is just respect for others that took time to create something. I get annoyed when people post photos of Artwork with no title, no Artist name or source. I ask for the info & they mostly say :’ I dunno, I just like to picture’ If you like it, Like it enough find out the info & share it as well. {that’s my original 2 cents}

Jeanette Bailey: discuss as is….mind credit where credit is due works too…:o)

My call-to-action is as simple as my opinion: Let’s continue to enhance the WordPress family by helping one another. Please link to a blog if it has inspired you to write over a topic and/or if you are simply mentioning a blog to discuss or debate a topic.

Thank you.

~SAT

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