Friday, December 13, 2013

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Monday, November 18, 2013

Ember Series Announcement


Ember Series Hiatus...

Big news for my Ember Heads about the future of my YA/PARANORMAL series. Some will see this is as bad news, BUT it is not. It's the BEST of news for the future of the series.

Ember series is on hold for the moment.

This will not affect the work that is already out, Ember, Downpour, and Seasons In Ash. They will still be available for purchase and review, BUT Aftershock (book 3) is now on hold. Why? Because as this writing journey has progressed, I find myself wanting the best for my work, and beloved series. Recently, certain aspects of my series have been...ummm... How do I say this politely?... 

Borrowed. Copied. Duplicated.

AND I'm over it.

I'm ready for the next level in the journey of MAX, ASIA, and SAM. Therefore, a change is in order. I'm talking about NEW covers, NEW edits, NEW perspectives, and even NEW book titles. Don't worry though, it will still be the emotional, and musical roller coaster you all have come to love and stalk. My publisher, and inner circle are excited and very much a part of this decision, and support these upcoming growing pains, completely.

The NEW ideas are limitless!!! AND, when the new fresh coat of paint is dry, there will be a HUGE relaunch of the series with plenty of fresh swag and prizes! I promise.

I'm currently refreshing the stories, and hammering out the NEW covers. They will be completely original, and hopefully I'll have an official announcement on the "amazing talent(s)" that will be bringing your favorite FIRE-STARTER to life. I. Can't. Wait. 

As the NEW, refreshed Ember Series readies itself to burn brighter than ever before, I ask of YOU ALL, my dear, Ember Heads...patience, trust, and hope. I'm nervous, yet excited to take this next step. I will be including YOU ALL on the next steps, as I go. Heck, I will probably even be taking votes on which images and merchandise to use, as they become available. Ember's fires belong to all of YOU, and that will never change.

2014 will be BIG-BADA-BOOM!!!
Thank you!!!

As the mighty Max Valentine always says...

..."I burn for you."

~ Mads ~






Monday, November 4, 2013

Thank You!!!

Hope everyone enjoyed the blitz tour and contest. You all rock!!!
THANK YOU!!!

M

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Las Vegas Comic Expo 2013

Las Vegas Comic Expo was a blast this year. I shared my books with many talented artists and comic book crushes. Wonder Woman in da house!!! ~ M

(Cosplay by Valerie Perez. She rocked.)



Monday, September 30, 2013

Friday, September 13, 2013

Seasons In Ash

SEASONS IN ASH


All fires have a beginning.

Seasons In Ash, the emotional prequel to the best selling YA/PARANORMAL Ember Series, will give you a glimpse into the lives and past of the main characters in the series.

THE FIRE-STARTER: Meet Max Valentine’s first love, and the heartbreaking consequences that shape his teenage years. Young hearts beat fast.

THE RAINMAKER: Witness one of the worst days in Asia Michaels past. A very public and messy unveiling of her emotional storms. Beware her wrath.

THE GIRL NEXT DOOR: A day in the life of Samantha Summers. Experience the bittersweet events that lead to her foreboding future. Can she prepare herself for the most challenging of adventures? A new love...

A short novella from the mind and soul of Madison Daniel. Music and words collide in the beginning of the Ember Series.




Friday, September 6, 2013

2000 Fires

Help get the official Ember Series page to 2000 "LIKES"!!!
There will be prizes and swag when it reaches that magic number!
Like, follow, stalk away! ~ M

https://www.facebook.com/EmberSeries


Tuesday, July 2, 2013

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Thursday, April 11, 2013

♥ Cameo Renae: Rue Volley ~ Double Gun Dealer Series Tour & Guest...

New interview and guest post from one of my favorite peeps, on one of the best blog/websites!!!

Rock on Rue! Rock on Cameo! ~ M


♥ Cameo Renae: Rue Volley ~ Double Gun Dealer Series Tour & Guest...: The AMAZING Best Selling Author RUE VOLLEY is on tour with her DOUBLE GUN DEALER SERIES!!!  The Double Gun Dealer series i...

Friday, March 29, 2013

20 Questions Spectacular!!!


The 20 Questions Spectacular!!!
~ Sophie Davis VS Madison Daniel ~


Check out this battle of literary awesomeness with the "talented" author Sophie Davis. Afterwards, enter our giveaway!!! Big bada-boom!!!! 



1. Well hello there, Madison.  We’ll start off this game of 20 Questions with an easy one: How much of you is in Max, your protagonist in the Ember series?

MD: Probably about 50% me, 50% rockstar superhero. Ember and the character of Max were the first things I created in literary form (back in 2008), and at the time, I was told to “write what you know...” Well, that’s what I did. And all I really KNOW is 80’s movies, comic books, music and the awkwardness of teenage angst. Ha
SD: I can totally picture you as Nicolas Cage in that 80’s cinematic masterpiece, Valley Girl ;)  Hahaha, I hope our readers look up the cover!  (kidding, kidding)

2. How about you, Sophie? How much of yourself goes into the stories you create?

SD:  Talia, the main character in Talented has some similarities, both physical and in personality.  But I have other characters that have a lot more of me in them, and some with a lot of my closest friends.

3. I know that Max has trouble choosing between the two female characters in Ember; how much of a ladies man were you in high school?

MD: Hmmm...tough question. There were two versions of me back in school, the easy-going, soft-spoken, frontman to my local rock band AND then there was the shy, awkward, hopeless romantic, that just wanted to connect with that “one” special person. Let me put it this way, I looked like the kind of boy your father would hate for you to bring home, but was actually the exact kind of young man your parents always told you to look for. Basically, a ‘good boy’ in a ‘bad boys’ body.
SD: Haha, so a wolf in sheep’s clothing?  Nice.  Sounds like my kind of guy now, though back in those days I would have gone for the straight-up wolf.

4. All right, describe your teenage experience in 10 words or less...GO. :)

SD:  Fun, embarrassing, bad decision making, some of my favorite years!

5. Tell us about your first girlfriend. 

MD: Enlightening, artistic, challenging and smelled like strawberries. That’s all you’re getting...hehehe.
SD: Strawberries… now why does that sounds familiar?  Ohhh, right, that’s Samantha from Ember’s scent…you heard it here first ladies- we found Madison’s kryptonite!



6. Tell us about your LAST relationship. BOOM.

SD:  It’s a tragic tale of love, Madison.  We first met in college, where we bonded over dirty dishes and pickles – we worked at a sandwich place.  I fell in love with his long hair and angry attitude, not sure what he saw in me, but I did wait tables in some very short shorts.  While it was obvious we both pined for the other, we never professed our love.  I left our small college town for D.C., while he headed south to warmer weather – Miami to be exact.  He married a Brazilian supermodel.  I got a Master’s degree.  He divorced the Brazilian supermodel.  I got a law degree.  And then if finally seemed like the right time to get together.  Unfortunately, our mutual attraction only existed in theory.  In reality, we had nothing in common.  So after a year of flying back and forth between DC and Miami, we parted ways.  Since then, only one boy sleeps in my bed, my Benji look-alike, Humphrey.


7. Who were you most nervous to have read your first book?

MD: He hasn’t read it yet. So, I can’t answer that question just yet. BUT it’s always nerve-racking to show your words to your family.

8. What was the most surprising reaction you received after showing your work to the ones closest to you, good or bad?

SD:  My uncle called my mother to tell her how funny the first book was.  He said I must have a terrific sense of humor.  The only problem is, the book wasn’t supposed to be funny…

9. Do you have a writing outfit?  Do you get dressed every day when you’re working on a novel, or are you the ratty bathrobe, holey boxers type?
MD: I’m definitely a jeans and T-shirts kind of guy. Casual, yet proper. Nothing feels as good as a nicely worn, old pair of jeans.
SD: Agreed!  Worn-in jeans are the best.


10. Your perfect location to work, write, and play...the beach? Or the park?

SD:  The beach.  I recently went to a destination wedding in St. Croix and I spent the majority of my time sitting on the beach with my HUGE laptop, writing.  It was the best week of my life.

11. What was it like writing from the perspective of a teenage girl?

MD: I love it. I’ve only done it a little bit, in the Ember series. BUT I’m actually working on an all new series from the perspective of a teenage girl. Honestly, I think boys and girls are fundamentally made up of all the same ingredients. Fear, love, acceptance and the joy of discovering something new. We just process those ideas a little differently, that’s all.

12. What’s your favorite character emotion to write about in your stories?

SD:  Hmmmm.  Hard one.  Oddly I’m going to say anger.  I think about every time the parking attendants ticket my car at 7:01 (it has to be moved at 7:00am for street cleaning), just as I am running outside in my pajamas to move it, and I put all of that frustration at the parking people into my characters.

13. How have you found the transition from writing songs to writing out whole novels?  Did any of your books start as songs, but then you realized that the story needed to be told in depth?

MD: They’re quite different. There is a similarity in the layout and structure building though. My song writing is usually based around the song title or the groove or hook of the song AND I’ve found that my stories come to me the same way. Either a title sets me in the direction of the story I am writing or the main plot twist or hook decides the path I choose. Great question!
SD: Why, thank you.  This is actually something I’d been wondering.  I am in awe of people who can write songs- how you figure out how the words and music and instruments all go together is completely beyond me.

14. Any favorite bands? Songs? Music inspiration?

SD:  Definitely the Foo Fighters; I even traveled across the pond last fall just to see them play at the Reading Festival!  They played a three-hour set and I was in heaven.  I’ve also been known to rap Biggie Smalls in some of my finer moments.  In general, though, I listen to a lot of different music for inspiration when I write.  I have playlists for books, scenes, characters, you name it.

15. What are the worst song lyrics you’ve ever written?

MD: Ha. Probably something to do with “big butts.” Just kidding. :)
SD: Those other brothers can’t deny… 

16. Any literary crushes? Favorite authors or books?

SD:  I don’t think I have any literary crushes right now- that special place in my heart reserved for character crushes is all Agent Derrick Morgan from Criminal Minds.  Favorite authors, hmm, there are a lot.  Stephen King, Dean Koontz, and Mary Higgins Clark are my old standbys.  I read just about any new book they put out, regardless of whether it sounds good.

17. What is your biggest quirk?

MD: I’m a bit of a gadget whore. I’m always chasing after the newest electronics. I think it has something to do with all the pretty lights! I’m also addicted to eyedrops. The stronger the better. Not too weird, I hope.
SD: Me too!  My best friend and I always crack up about the ridiculous number of chargers we have to pack every time we take a trip.  It’s a far cry from when we backpacked around Europe, carrying around paperbacks and –gasp!- sans cell phones.  As for the eyedrops… yeeeah, totally normal…


18. What’s the nicest thing you’ve ever done for a complete stranger?

SD:  Wow, really making me dig deep for this one.  I guess the nicest thing I’ve ever done for a complete stranger is pay for difference when she didn’t have enough money for the bill at Target.

19. If you had a helicopter, what would you name it?

MD: Easy! “THE REAPER!” Why? Because when someone says they’re scared to fly in my chopper I can jump up and scream... “DON’T FEAR THE REAPER!” That would rock! No? Okay then, how about “Hank.” Yah, I like Hank. Come fly the friendly skies with me and Hank. Word.
SD: Best. Answer. Ever.  Definitely stick with the first one- more cowbell, anyone?


20. If I offered to fly you anywhere in my helicopter, where would you like to go the most?


SD:  Can you take a helicopter from here to Switzerland?  My favorite place in the world is Interlaken, Switzerland.  You can run off the top of an Alp with a parachute and spend 10 minutes just floating down.  You can also be pushed off of one in a big rubber ball- it’s called Zorbing- but I drew the line at that.

Sophie, I just wanted to take a second to thank you for sharing your thoughts with me and our readers. This interview was a blast! You’ve been fantastic to get to know. I see great and epic things ahead for you. I’m sure your fans think the same. Let’s do this again! Write on! Rock on!

Now, let’s give away some prizes!!! ~ M

Thanks Madison!  And thank you for taking the time to answer my questions.  I wish you continued success with your books and music!  We should definitely do this again. 

Bring on the free stuff!

Sophie <3


ENTER GIVEAWAY HERE:

(Fantastic site!!!)
(Amazing blog!!!)

or

RAFFLECOPTER LINK: 


ROCK ON, MY FRIENDS!!! ~ M

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

The Next Big Thing Blog Hop


The Next Big Thing

I am so excited to have been tagged for The Next Big Thing Blog Hop! Thank you for tagging me Teal! I hope I can live up to the hype! Hahaha. 

All right, let’s rock this joint. 

What is the working title of your book?

MD: Lucas Ryan Versus (scheduled release date: May)




Where did the idea come from for the book?

MD: I dreamt it. It was one of those rare occasions when I remembered my entire dream. It was great. I had just been on this wild ride, in my sleep, and when I awoke from the humongous twist at the end of the dream, I sat up in bed and wrote it down. It was a great morning. Lucas Ryan Versus is my first true science fiction story. It’s fun, exciting and full of twists. I can’t wait to show everyone!

What genre does your book fall under?

MD: SCI-FI/YA/PARANORMAL

Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?

MD: I’m not sure yet. I’ve really tried not to cast the main characters this time. (that’s a first for me!) AND I am a big believer in “unknowns” playing the parts of your favorite book characters. I am anxious to see who the readers think will make a good Lucas.

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

MD: A day in the life of the world’s newest hero; video games, homework, high school, bullies, detention, crushes, secrets, other dimensions, monsters, super powers...the end of the world.

Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?

MD: I’m planning on self-publishing it in May, but I might option it to an agency too. Once the final edit is finished, I’ll get that figured out for certain.

How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?

MD: About 2-3 months. Not too long.

What other books would you compare this story to in your genre?

MD: Tough one...hmmm...I’m not sure. I’m going for a Percy Jackson kind-of-thing, only for a little older age. (13-18)

Who or what inspired you to write this story? 

MD: My love for adventure and science fiction movies/television series. 

What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?

MD: It’s the first in a series of books that I hope will continue on and on. I do not plan an end to the series, just keep going until I cannot write anymore. There is also a musical playlist wrapped inside, like most of my work.

And now, to keep the fun going: 

I am choosing 3 of my favorite authors. All 3 have some exciting things ahead. All three will go down in literary history as fantastic, original voices in words. Rock on, ladies...



I want to thank Teal Haviland again for “hopping” on me! Ha! Until next time peeps! Remember your light and shine on. ~ M

Friday, March 22, 2013