Monday, 30 June 2014

Bloodpledge Competition—Who Could Play Alec Munro?

I don't often host competitions, but lately I've taken part in a few hosted by other writer friends, and the fun we all had has made me a convert. It's a great way to attract new readers, as well as enjoy the one-on-one interaction with friends and fans alike. I especially enjoy seeing readers' reactions to certain scenes and characters in a book, amazed at the differing experiences and interpretations.
Isn't it wonderful we're all different?

Well, here's my very short comp as it only runs until 11pm Tuesday July 1st. EST.
In the future I intend hosting a few more which will run for much longer—at least two weeks—but as an appetiser, here's the first one:

Nominate who you think would be perfect to play the role of Alec Munro if a movie were made of the Dantonville Legacy series—Bloodgifted and Bloodpledge.

Head over to my Facebook page add a name or pic and you'll be in the running to WIN a signed paperback of either of my books PLUS a Dantonville heart-pendant (the one featured on the cover of my short story, Laura's Locket).

Have fun!

Tuesday, 24 June 2014

Bloodpledge Has a New Cover, and is Going on Tour!

I've been on blog tours before, and I love them! The exposure alone is worth it. So, here I am about to embark on another with the second book in my Dantonville Legacy series—Bloodpledge. (which been out a fortnight and has already reached #50 in Amazon's Top 100 Hot New Releases. Yay!) But, aside from that, the lovely team at Irresistible Reads Book Blog is hosting me again. If anyone wants to join up, go for it!
And here's the new cover:
I love the leather jacket. It fits perfectly into a scene in the book, even to his holding onto the sword strap (which is actually at his side in the book, but hey, artistic licence!)
Once I have the full information regarding the blog tour, I'll post the schedule on here so anyone can follow it if they wish. Of course there'll be some giveaways involved including FREE copies of my books and an Amazon voucher. 
And lastly, I'm also doing a giveaway on Goodreads Go on there to join and good luck! 

Sunday, 15 June 2014

Bloodpledge Giveaway on Goodreads

To celebrate the release of Bloodpledge, the second book in my Dantonville Legacy series, I'm doing a Goodreads Giveaway. There are THREE paperbacks on offer. So if you'd like to win a FREE copy, go and sign up and good luck!

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Bloodpledge by Tima Maria Lacoba


by Tima Maria Lacoba

Giveaway ends July 16, 2014.
See the giveaway details at Goodreads.
Enter to win

Tuesday, 10 June 2014

How Is Your Character Profile?

When I began writing Bloodgifted, the first book in my Dantonville Legacy Trilogy, I knew that to make my characters believable, each had to have their own unique set of characteristics—their little personality quirks, ways of speaking and even history. Creating full-bodied entities requires research, and for that I used my background as an English teacher. In class I often set my students the task of creating profiles of the protagonists in the novels they were studying. It's a great exercise, not only in familiarising yourself with a character but, in giving them life.

Here's my character profile for my male protagonist, Alec Munro:

Name: Alec Munro
Profession: Medical doctor and researcher
Appearance: Straight black hair; lavender eyes (brown before his transformation); full mouth; serpent & sword tattoo on the left side of his breast. Height 6'1"
Family: Belongs to Luc's clan.
Sired by: Lucien Lebrettan (Lucius Antonius Pulcher).
History: Doctor and widower (wife and baby died in child-birth) who enlisted in World War I; stationed in a military hospital on the Western Front. Accidentally shot by Owen Dantonville and transformed by Luc in 1918; founder of the Munro Research Labs in Sydney, which specialise in treating rare blood disorders; appointed Princeps (leader) of the Brethren in 1960.
Character: Decisive and determined, he acts on observation and experimentation then uses whatever means necessary to achieve his ends; has a strong sense of justice; compassionate and protective toward humans; loyal to his sire, Luc, who he regards as a friend.
Personality: Dry sense of humour; enjoys teasing Laura.
Habits: Runs his hand through his hair when he's working out something; calls Laura "honey" when he's concerned over anything.
Best Friend: Jake
Favourite Expression: Damn! Holy mother of….
Car: Drives a blue Mercedes Sports.

I've done this profile with all my characters, occasionally adding extra details as they appear. I then print them and stick them to my noticeboard so they're at eye-level when I start writing. Now they're no longer in my head, but right there, looking down at me, willing me to bring them to life. And I do.
Try it and see how it improves your character development.
Happy writing!

Thursday, 5 June 2014

Bloodpledge, Book 2 of The Dantonville Legacy Series Is Out!

I'm thrilled and announce that Bloodpledge, Book 2 in my Dantonville Legacy series is LIVE on Amazon—and other online retailers—a month ahead of schedule.
It's the first time everything came together so perfectly, and although I originally scheduled the release date for June 30th, there was no need to delay it. My wonderful readers have been asking for the next instalment in Alec and Laura's story, so here it is.

Here's the full cover, designed by the talented Patti Roberts 

Book Description:
Bloodpledge continues Alec and Laura’s story from Bloodgifted. Having undergone the Ritual and induction into the vampire community, Laura— the prophesised Child of Light and Darkness and last of the Ingenii—takes her place as Alec’s consort and First Lady of the Brethren.
But resentment and anger grow at Alec’s privileged position as daywalker. Among a powerful few, alliances are made and conspiracies formed, threatening a war that could destroy them all and endanger every human on Earth—creatures who would do anything to prevent the curse from ending. Now Alec and Laura must invoke the Pledge, an ancient ceremony that enforces Brethren loyalty to the Principate.

When Laura’s ex-boyfriend, Detective Inspector Matt Sommers, turns up with a threat that could expose Alec, the battle for their world and their lives begins.

I had fun writing this book, and my sincere wish is that everyone will enjoy it as much as I did.
Go and get your copy from any of the online links below. It's also available to buy, right here, on my website.