Coliloquy Launch and Kindle Contest

Coliloquy comes out of the Kindle Developer Beta Program for Active Content and will be available on all e-ink Kindle devices. By delivering titles as active content applications, rather than static publishing files, Coliloquy enables new kinds of engagement that simply aren’t possible in a traditional book format. Multiple “what if” story lines let authors and readers explore different permutations of character relationships. TV-like episodes can grow and change, based on reader choices, voting, and feedback. Fans can reread a key scene from a different character’s point-of-view or unlock new content. -Press Release

I am so happy to be able to share with you all the launch of this fabulous new innovative publishing company. I have read two titles (Witch’s Brew by Heidi R. Kling and Arcania by Liz Maverick) and I was delightfully surprised at how much I enjoyed this choose your own path format. From the two books I read, I read through them twice. I had to see what happens with all the choices.

Here are the four books that you can get for your Kindle e-ink device today:

Heidi R. Kling, Witch’s Brew (The Spellspinners of Melas County): a contemporary young adult series about a modern day witch who must betray everything she knows to save her magic and her forbidden love.

Kira Snyder, Dead Letter Office (Parish Mail): a contemporary southern gothic mystery series about a teenager who discovers a cache of centuries-old letters containing clues to crimes happening in the present day.

Liz Maverick, Arcania, Trial by Fire #1 (Arcania): a young adult fantasy series about an underachieving teen thrust into an MMO-like world of magical combat, where she must master her own genetic gifts while investigating her twin sister’s suspicious death.

Tawna Fenske, Getting Dumped: a serialized romantic caper about a woman who loses her job but finds love, intrigue, mayhem, and a new career buried in the unlikeliest of places.

Contest:

Coliloquy has given me a shiny new Kindle preloaded with their titles to give to you! Just use the Rafflecopter form to enter. You do not have to use your last name, or even your real first name. Just make sure that you use your correct email so that I can contact you if you win! The only mandatory entry is for you to leave a comment telling me what you think about serialized books with choices in ebook form. Make sure you click ‘I did this” on the Rafflecopter or it won’t count!


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Review: Witch’s Brew by Heidi R. Kling

The first book in the new THE SPELLSPINNERS OF MELAS COUNTY series about a modern-day witch who must betray everything she knows to save her magic and her forbidden love.

I wasn’t sure how I would feel about one of my favorite contemporary authors going speculative. I also wasn’t sure how I would feel about a choose your own path serialized 10 part series. I went into this book with a hopeful heart and I loved every minute of the story. I even read it twice! So that I could choose all the choices and see the story from both ways.

One part Melissa de la Cruz with a heaping dose of L. J. Smith, Kling’s speculative debut delights the supernatural purist in me. It is obvious that painstaking amounts of research on witchcraft was done by Kling, unless she herself is a witch which is a possibility. I have seen her wear some crazy shoes.

The story follows witches who are constantly hyper aware of the fact that warlocks are out to get them and steal their powers to survive. A curse, a prophecy and a love story are unfolding as you read Witch’s Brew and with the choice function you hold power over the destiny of our protagonists. And yes, that is just as super cool as it sounds.

The story and the characters had a very contemporary feel and I liked that Kling was able to keep that aspect of her writing in this book as well. Kling has a talent for writing believable teens in up to date fashion and that really has a chance to shine through in a paranormal setting.

This book and others from the new digital publisher Coliloquy based in the Silicon Valley are available only on Kindle e-ink devices to provide the most enhanced technology to guide the reader through the book and the choices.

The next installment of Witch’s Brew cannot come fast enough for me. I am dying to see what happens to our ragtag group of witches next.

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BEA and TAC the video edition

So I am kind of lazy and instead of writing everything I did in a post. I let my husband work for 4 hours to make a video YAY. I have some video of great authors from the Teen Author Carnival, and other things you guys haven’t seen. I met a wonderful gaggle of bloggers and I am grateful for that. You all rock!

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