Sunday, March 2, 2014

Day 2 of my birthday bash brings Katie Salidas and...we have a winner!

When I think of mixing it up, which is Katie's blog message below, I can't help but think of Katie Salidas. We met a few years ago and I can tell you a few things...she is super nice, she does vampires (not like that) and she's a go to source if you're interested in self-publishing. Oh, and in the last few years she had a hundred kids. Okay, so not a hundred, just two. But how the heck she manages to do all that with two kids under 3 (which might as well be a hundred) and an older minion...I'll never

Check her out when you get a moment. That moment can start as soon as I announce yesterday's winner: Evelyn Adams! Evelyn, I'll be knocking on your email door very shortly for your address. Those of you who didn't win, don't worry! You're name went in the bowl for the grand prize. You still have oodles of chances to win :)

Today, the lovely magical multi-tasking Katie is offering the Immortalis Box Set as the door prize. That's um...all of them! In one. Hot damn. And on top of it there's a coupon code below to get book 1 of her most recent series for a song. Can't beat that with a stick.

*Just comment for a chance to win and be sure to leave your email address for me in case you do win. If I can't contact you, you can't win. And that would be sad... :(


Mixing it up!

It’s not really recommended to write in multiple genres. It’s hard enough as it is to nail down one specific genre. Each one has its own rules and elements that should be captured. But, there are some of us out there, in the writing world, who just can’t help ourselves. We have to play in everyone’s playground. Romance, Erotica, SciFi, Dystopian, Paranormal… the list goes on and on. They are just too much fun to play with.
Kinda reminds me of that old Reeses’ Peanut Butter Cups commercial “You got chocolate in my peanut butter… you got peanut butter in my chocolate…” 

Various genres overlap so well. Why not have a little paranormal in your erotica? How about a little Dystopian in your SciFi? Or, better yet, throw as many as you can into one book. Paranormal Dystopian Romance with a hint of SciFi. If the characters participate maybe then a little Erotica can be squeezed in too.
Okay, that might be going a bit too far, but I do think that the various genres do overlap enough that in the course of a book it is easy to hit quite a few. Think about it. You start with paranormal creatures. They are over the age of 18. That places you into the adult paranormal category (or if you want to get trendy you can label it New Adult.). Add in a little romance and you’re now into New Adult Paranormal Romance. Switch it up by adding a little Mystery. Or you’re in the future and these paranormal creatures are in a super advanced society…SciFi! The possibilities are endless and in mixing up the genres you can really have fun with a story.
That’s where my latest book came from. I’m a fan of vampires and other paranormal creatures.  I’m also a fan of Dystopian fiction. That sparked the idea of a post-apocalyptic world where vampires are not the predator, they are the prey and so are other supernatural creatures. That’s two genres down… I’ve got a few romantic elements in there as well. And it is so much fun to write.
Book 1 of three was just released: Dissension. It is getting wonderful reviews from readers, so I think the genre mashup idea is working. But, don’t take my word for it. Try it for yourself. Read a sample and then, if you like, use this Coupon Code: JQ75W  and grab a copy, cheap!  

Dissension – Sample/Excerpt 1

©Katie Salidas 2014

Rising Sign Books LLC

The roar of the crowd, all twenty-five-thousand people in attendance, rose to a thundering crescendo when Mira delivered a bone-crunching blow to her opponent’s ribs. Standing only five feet tall, she might not have appeared a formidable warrior, but the thin, spiky-haired waif of a vampire could hold her weight and more when put to the test. Amplified by the superb acoustics, the sound of bones cracking echoed through the Superdome arena. The defeated, a red-headed male vampire staggered, punch-drunk, and then dropped to his knees. Dirt and sweat coated his face but could not mask the fear in his icy blue eyes. His was a look Mira had seen so many times before. Her opponent’s immortal life had finally come to an end, and he was ready to take the final deadly blow.

Above her, Mira knew the fifty-foot mega screen showed her hapless victim in brilliant resolution, ensuring that all who were attending, and those watching from the comfort of their homes, could see these last gruesome moments in crystal clear high-definition. 

Mira gazed down at her opponent’s blood-soaked face. Though he was her enemy for the moment, she did not relish having to end him. No one should be forced into the arena and told to kill or be killed. It wasn’t right. But it was what was demanded of her, and given the choice between her life and someone else’s… well, there really was no choice. No matter the cost, Mira was a survivor.

She glanced up to the large private box overlooking the arena. A well-dressed man in deep-purple robes sat, enjoying what appeared to be a dinner of filet mignon and roast potatoes. Even here, in the dusty arena below, Mira’s enhanced senses picked up the tantalizing scent of very rare, bloody steak. She could hardly believe that a human could not only watch the murder about to take place, but also sit and eat the dead flesh of a once-living being while doing it. From the smell of it, the poor beast was practically still bleeding on his plate. Who was truly the more savage creature? 

Over the crowd’s roar, an announcer introduced the well-dressed man, Lucian Stavros, Regent of the Iron Gate. Lucian gently and purposefully slowly set down his knife and fork. He took another moment to wipe his face clean and then smiled, acknowledging the roaring crowd. 

Chants of “Death, death, death,” rang out from the throng as a single unified demand.

The Regent listened for a moment, making a show of putting his hands to his ears to hear screaming hoard’s request, and then held a hand out, with his thumb pointed to the side.

As if the next moment were the most important, the anticipating mass hushed. Eerie silence filled the arena as everyone watched for the Regent to make his decision.

From her vantage point below, Mira saw the steely look of determination cross the Regent’s face. If she didn’t know better, she might have thought he took this decision seriously; but then, he was human, and they never cared much if her kind lived or died. Lucian Stavros took a cursory glance down at Mira. Their eyes met. It was only a brief moment, but in that short time, Mira saw him waver.

Could it be true, she wondered, or was it just a trick of the light? No human actually cared about the lives of vampires. The moment faded, and the fleeting thought left.

Mira saw the Regent’s decision. He turned his thumb down. Death! 

The crowd went wild.

The last hope for her defeated opponent had vanished; Mira had to finish him. “Sorry,” she whispered to the half-dead vampire on his knees before her. Though her fangs tingled at the prospect of tasting his final dying moments—her reward, if you could call it that, for living through another battle— she did not enjoy what she was about to do. Like her, he was a slave, forced into servitude to the humans as they saw fit. He had not asked for this, and neither had she. But, despite what either of them wanted, it was the will of the crowd, the humans, that had to be served.

Aiming to sever the carotid artery with her fangs, Mira dove at her opponent’s neck. His death would be quick. At least she could afford him that luxury.
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About the Author:
Katie Salidas is a Super Woman! Endowed with special powers and abilities, beyond those of mortal women, She can get the munchkins off to gymnastics, cheerleading, Girl Scouts, and swim lessons. She can put hot food on the table for dinner while assisting with homework, baths, and bedtime… And, She still finds the time to keep the hubby happy (nudge nudge wink wink). She can do all of this and still have time to write.

And if you can believe all of those lies, there is some beautiful swamp land in Florida for sale…

Katie Salidas resides in Las Vegas, Nevada. Mother, wife, and author, she does try to do it all, often causing sleep deprivation and many nights passed out at the computer. Writing books is her passion, and she hopes that her passion will bring you hours of entertainment.





  1. I am a huge fan of Katie's , can't wait to read Dissension. I absolutely love her Immortalis series.


  2. Sounds pretty intense, but also quite cool!

    Trix, vitajex(at)Aol(Dot)com

  3. Sounds sexy and fabulous! Loving the anniversary festivities, Sommer! -Jade

  4. Interesting twist on the Colosseum games, looks really good.


  5. Would love a chance to read a new author!

  6. Nice excerpt

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

  7. Thanks for stopping by, everyone. I'll be drawing in the morning before posting day three. And of course, you've all been entered to win the grand prize as well as today's door prize ;)

  8. Oh, that sounds like a yummy little story.

  9. Late to the party - as always. But not here to win - here to say HI KATIE. I absolutely love the excerpt. And Sommer, you know I'm a sucker for new authors. *grin* And you keep bringing them to me.

    This sounds wonderful. Can't wait to add it to my TBR list. As for actually getting to READ it, well, it'll be there....right?


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