Kindle Book Awards Semifinalist!

The Sentient made it to the semifinals of the 2015 Kindle Book Awards!

This makes me so happy! Winning books in each of the 7 categories get a smorgasbord of promotional support, which is a huge deal for works written by indie authors.

Also, I got this sweet badge:


Finalists will be announced September 1st. I guess I’ll just have to keep myself distracted until then by forging ahead with The Prophecy.

Reading Challenges and the Acquisition of Swag

I happened across a couple different reading challenges today that caught my fancy. I hope to focus more on writing this coming year, which may mean less time for reading-wait, who am I kidding? I’ll make time for reading, I always do. Perhaps not enough time to complete the goals outlined here, but the challenge is always fun regardless.

The Book Riot 2015 Read Harder Challenge:

The Official 2015 TBR Pile Challenge:   This one even comes with the chance to win a $50 gift card to or The Book Depository!

If neither of those seems like your cup of tea, a search for 2015 reading challenges will turn up troves of others. So take a look, enjoy the holidays (and possibly stock up on gifted books), and then let a new year of reading begin!

In other news, I received my prize from author Andrea K. Host’s giveaway celebrating her 5,000 rating mark on  I greatly enjoyed Host’s Touchstone Trilogy, and only owned it in eBook format – but no longer! There were three prize options to choose from (and a winner for each one), and I am now the proud owner of the galley copies of Touchstone, complete with personalized note from the author.


One of the other prize options through the giveaway was a copy (eBook or paperback) of every single one of Host’s books not already owned by the winner. As awesome as that would be to receive, I decided I would rather support her work by paying for it when I got around to reading more. Then when I saw the price for shipping two hefty galleys from Australia to the U.S., my timeline moved up and I wasted no time downloading her Medair duology 🙂 I look forward to reading it soon (as part of a reading challenge, perhaps?) Should you want to check out her work yourself, she currently has all of her eBooks on sale at $0.99 for the holiday season (

Wishing you all good cheer and happy reading!


Ever since learning of the world of self-publishing, I have made a point to regularly read the work of other indie authors. One of my absolute favorite experiences in this endeavor was with The Touchstone Trilogy by Andrea K. Host. Touchstone, which started as a fiction blog before being published, is a young adult science fiction/fantasy story, and it’s kind of amazing. The trilogy begins with Stray, continues in Lab Rat One, and concludes in Caszandra. Then there is the Gratuitous Epilogue, detailing bits of our heroine’s life after she no longer has to worry about the troubles she helped to right in the primary three installments. It was perfect for readers who, like me, weren’t quite ready to leave the wonderful world Host had introduced us to in her books. This bit can be downloaded for free from the author’s website.

Anyway, Host recently held a giveaway that included three different prizes one could make a bid for. The choices included: a copy of any of her books the contestant did not yet own, in ebook or paperback format; one of several partial novels she began but never completed; or galley copies of the Touchstone novels from when she was preparing them for publication.

As another author, I considered which prize would be the best choice for me. As awesome as it would be to get a copy of all of Host’s books, I figured I would rather support her by purchasing them myself as I read through her work. I own the Touchstone books for the ereader only, and so I thought having a hard copy of them in a galley would be nice. And since I’m new to the industry of self-publishing, receiving the drafts, as part of the publishing process, would not only be pretty sweet, but also appropriate for a fellow indie author learning the trade.

You can probably guess where this is going (at least from the title of the post, if nothing else!) I won the prize I had entered the contest for! I’ll be receiving the galleys of Host’s books that I enjoyed so much. Very exciting!

If you are so inclined, you can check out Host’s website here: You’re welcome. 🙂