Monday, July 24, 2017

Star Trek: Discovery

I’m a Trekkie fan, amongst many other obsessions of mine, and I’m thrilled to hear that Star Trek is finally returning to television with Star Trek: Discovery. The new show is still somewhat shrouded in mystery, but it comes out this September, and I’ll definitely be eagerly looking forward to it. I grew up watching everything from NextGen to DS9 to Enterprise, so now that I can finally watch a completely new series I’m pretty pumped!

As for the plot itself, the Star Trek franchise is playing it pretty close to the chest so far. It’ll be the first series that doesn’t focus on a captain as the main character, and it’ll feature various new species and plotlines previously unrevealed in the greater Star Trek universe. It also includes a star-studded cast with parts being played by famous actors, such as Michelle Yeoh, Sonequah Martin-Green, and Jason Issacs, just to name a few.

But don’t take my word for it. Check out the trailer and the rumors about it online. No matter what, it ought to be another fantastic journey where no one has gone before

Thursday, July 13, 2017

At the Sac State Fair This Weekend!


I’ll be at the Sacramento State Fair this weekend signing copies of Between Two Fires! If you’re in Northern California, stop on by. Even if not to see me, the corn dogs and rides are fun too;)

It’s my first year doing a book signing at a state fair, although I’ve enjoyed attending the fair for years. It’ll be interesting to see how it goes, and there should also be other authors there as well. The best part is, I’ll be in an AC building, no joke in 100+ degree weather.

I’ll also plan to be there the following Saturday as well. It should be lots of fun! Hope to see some of you there!


Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Kids in the Garden


We had a great 4th of July this year, and have the garden going too. What with the drought being long over in California, it’s nice to be growing tomatoes, pumpkins, and other goodies this year in the yard. I really enjoy the nice summer weather and the promise of fresh produce as the months go by.

Of course, I’m finding that kids in the garden is a delightful, if somewhat mixed blessing. They love to help out in the dirt, but sometimes they’re as much a hazard to the plants as they are to themselves. But then again, it’s all part of the fun and chaos, I suppose.

We lit fireworks in the street afterward with some friends in the neighborhood. The kids really enjoyed it. Can you guess at what point some of the fireworks went off when I wasn’t expecting it?  :)




Tuesday, June 27, 2017

ARC Giveaway of Dark Winds Rising!

I just got some lovely ARCs for my upcoming novel, Dark Winds Rising, via St. Martin’s Press. My second published novel, it comes out December 5th this year, but you don’t have to wait that long. 
I’m running a giveaway this week amongst everyone on my mailing list.

Simply go here to enter by joining my mailing list and get a chance to win an early copy.


I’m super pumped to be sharing Dark Winds Rising as the sequel to Between Two Fires. Amazon already has my budding series listed online as the Queen Branwen Series. Below is a brief blurb about it. Enjoy!


Dark Winds Rising

Queen Branwen finds her world once again turned upside down as Pictish raiders harry the shores of her kingdom. Rallying her people once more, she must face her most dangerous foe yet, the Queen of the Picts. Ruthless and cunning, the Pictish Queen turns the Welsh against each other in a bloody civil war, and Branwen must attempt to stop her before her country threatens to tear itself apart. All the while Branwen is heavy with child, and finds her young son’s footsteps dogged by a mysterious assassin. Branwen must somehow defeat the Picts and save her people before the Pictish Queen and a mysterious assassin threaten to destroy their lives from the inside out.


Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Hooked on Endeavour

Lately, my wife and I have really gotten into a new TV murder mystery series, Endeavour. Set in 1960s Oxford, England, it follows a young Inspector Morse and his boss Thursday through some pretty awesome mysteries. Not only is the acting good and the sets realistic, but the show’s writing is pretty phenomenal too.

They basically took the idea of the old Inspector Morse series, and gave it a serious revamp with this retro 60s prequel crime thriller. Shaun Evans and Roger Allam are spectacular in this series, and many of the secondary characters are incredibly intriguing as well. If you simply enjoy a well-told mystery, plus some 1960s Britain thrown into the mix, then this is the show for you.

They just came out with the 4th season, which I’m catching up on now. I hope they make a ton more of these because the people who put this series together really know how to make a compelling mystery along with some characters that you can’t help but care about. So check it out, especially you mystery buffs and writers, I promise you’ll enjoy it! 


Friday, June 16, 2017

Call for Beta Readers


I’ve got a newly completed manuscript I’m pretty pumped about and looking for some discerning eyes to give it a read. I’ve got some of my awesome reviewers already reading it, but I wanted to ping my fellow bloggers/writers to see if any of you were interested in reading some or all of my newest MS. What’s it about?

I’ve stuck to historical fiction, but in this case it’s a murder mystery set in London during the Blitz. Below is a blurb on it. If interested, please email me at author@marknoce.com. Thanks a million!


Murder Under the Blitz

1940. London. Jane and Clive come from different worlds. She’s a proper young secretary and he’s a devil-may-care adventurer, but when their boss in British Intelligence dies under mysterious circumstances they team up to track down the murderer. Their investigation quickly turns dangerous when they discover that the unknown murderer is a Nazi spy preparing the way for an Axis invasion of Britain. Time runs short as Jane and Clive struggle to solve the case before the bombs of the Blitz and the mysterious spy threaten to destroy them both.


Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Summer Reading

Summer’s almost here and I’m working on my summer reading list. I generally like to reread some of my favorite novels over the summer, in addition to new works. I’ve already started on a few.

Old Favorites I’m Rereading

- Edgar Allen Poe – short stories like The Gold Bug and The Purloined Letter.

- Hawaiian Mythology – I have a collection of these legends I intend to reread again.

- Alexandre Dumas – The Three Musketeers, because I’ll always love Dumas’ work.


New Favorites I’m Reading

- Agatha Christie – Poirot mysteries, such as Dumb Witness and
Appointment with Death.

- Dashiell Hammett – his noir mysteries, pretty much any of the few I haven’t read yet.

- Maybe some more Lawrence Block, specially his Scudder mysteries (if I haven’t read them all).

Yeah, I guess I’m on a bit of a detective noir kick at the moment, but hey, even a “dark” summer can be a fun one.


How about you? What types of books are you looking forward to perusing this summer?


Friday, May 26, 2017

Saw U2 in Concert!


My wife and I saw U2 in concert last week and they rocked! Mumford and Sons opened for them and they were pretty good too. It’s the first time we’ve been to a rock concert since having kids, so it was cool and surreal to be out without the little ones.

It’s been thirty years since U2 came out with the Joshua Tree Album, so they played the entire album live, which was pretty awesome. They also had lots of other great songs they performed as well, and delivered an uplifting experience. Aside from being awesome musicians, I continue to appreciate U2’s honesty, integrity, and efforts for positive change in our world.

I keep trying to get back on the blogging bandwagon like I used to, but what with work, kids, and writing sequels for my publisher, I find that blogging keeps getting pushed to the back seat. I hope of course to remedy my absence online shortly. Everybody looking forward to summertime?   


Friday, April 7, 2017

Speaking at the California State Fair This Summer


I’ve been invited to speak and show off my novel at the California State Fair this summer in Sacramento! I’ve always enjoyed attending the state fair in July when hundreds of thousands of people flock to the state grounds in the heat to try out rides and eat cotton candy. But I also really enjoy the air-conditioned halls where they feature artists and authors along with their books for sale.

Even though it’s about three months out, I’m excited to get to share my novel at this venue where attendance literally peaks at tens of thousands of visitors per day. I can’t wait to talk about Between Two Fires with so many people over several days. It ought to be fun!

Apologies for having been off the radar for a few weeks. I had some final edits to take care of for my sequel coming out in December (Dark Winds Rising). I’ve also got a third book for a different series I was polishing up, as my agent is pretty excited to start showing it to the publisher. All good stuff in the works. 

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Cover Reveal for Kristin Smith!

COVER REVEAL AND GIVEAWAY:

Clean Teen Publishing is pleased to share the cover reveal for the second book in the thrilling DECEPTION GAME series by Kristin Smith. FORGOTTEN is scheduled to release on August 21, 2017. Readers can grab a copy of the first book in this exciting young adult dystopian series at your local Barnes & Noble store, as well as at all online retailers. Check out the new cover for FORGOTTEN and be sure to enter the giveaway!

FORGOTTEN by Kristin Smith

(The Deception Game, #2)
August 21, 2017
Pre-order your copy here

Book Blurb:

The epic tale of Sienna Preston continues in this second installment of the exhilarating Deception Game series.

Seventeen-year-old Sienna is no stranger to heartache and loss. But this time, it's different; someone―or something―has tampered with a loved one's memories, and she's determined to get answers.

The trail leads her to the glittering skyscrapers and modern luxuries of Rubex, the Capital of Pacifica, where she infiltrates the government's Agency for Intelligence and Genetics. But answers are not always easy to come by, especially when her own memories may have been altered. Luckily, Zane Ryder is there to help her put the pieces back together, his devotion and concern muddying the waters between friendship and something more.

When Sienna gets too close to uncovering dark Agency secrets, she's framed for the murder of a prominent government official, sending her on the run. Sienna's heart may be torn about who she loves, but none of that really matters anymore―because the only thing that awaits her now is a death sentence.


ENTER THE GIVEAWAY:

BOOK ONE IS NOW AVAILABLE IN STORES AND ONLINE!
CATALYST by Kristin Smith
(The Deception Game, #1)

Too pretty. Too smart. Too perfect.

In a crumbling, futuristic Las Vegas where the wealthy choose the characteristics of their children like ordering off a drive-thru menu, seventeen-year-old Sienna Preston doesn’t fit in. As a normal girl surrounded by genetically modified teenagers, all of her imperfections are on display. But after the death of her father, everything she’s ever known and loved changes in an instant.

With little skills to help provide for her family, Sienna clings to the two things that come easily—lying and stealing. But not all thief-for-hire assignments go as planned. When a covert exchange of a stolen computer chip is intercepted, she becomes entangled with a corrupt government official who uses her thieving past as leverage, her mother as collateral, and the genetically modified poster boy she’s falling for as bait.

In order to rescue her mother, there may only be one option—joining forces with the Fringe, an extremist group, and their young leader who’s too hot to be bad. Problem is, these revolutionaries aren’t what they seem, and the secrets they’re hiding could be more dangerous than Sienna is prepared for. In the end, she must be willing to risk everything to save the one thing that matters most.

CATALYST (The Deception Game #1) Teaser:




Author Bio:
Kristin Smith writes young adult contemporary and science fiction novels. When she’s not writing, you can find her dreaming about the beach, beating her boys at Just Dance, or belting out karaoke (from the comfort of her own home). Kristin currently resides in the middle-of-nowhere North Carolina with her husband and five incredibly loud but extremely cute boys. To read more about her obsession with YA novels or her addiction to chocolate, you can visit her at kristinsmithbooks.com.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Cover Reveal for Dark Winds Rising!

Dark Winds Rising is the sequel to my debut novel Between Two Fires, and comes out with St. Martin’s Press December 5th 2017! Today is my cover reveal for the next book in my historical fiction series set in medieval Wales. A big thanks to St. Martin’s Press for the great cover art!



Dark Winds Rising (synopsis)
Queen Branwen finds her world once again turned upside down as Pictish raiders harry the shores of her kingdom. Rallying her people once more, she must face her most dangerous foe yet, the Queen of the Picts. Ruthless and cunning, the Pictish Queen turns the Welsh against each other in a bloody civil war, and Branwen must attempt to stop her before her country threatens to tear itself apart. All the while Branwen is heavy with child, and finds her young son’s footsteps dogged by a mysterious assassin. Branwen must somehow defeat the Picts and save her people before the Pictish Queen and a mysterious assassin threaten to destroy their lives from the inside out.


Dark Winds Rising is my second novel in a historical series published by St. Martin’s Press. My debut novel, Between Two Fires, (also published via St. Martin's Press) is available wherever books are sold. Learn more at marknoce.com or connect via my newsletter or blog.

Between Two Fires: Amazon / Barnes & Noble / Macmillan

I’m also hanging out at my fellow blogger’s online “homes” this week as they share my cover, including Kristin Smith, C. Lee McKenzie, Elizabeth Varadan, Elizabeth Seckman, Nick Wilford, Heather Holden, Shannon L., and Cathrina Constantine.  


Come on by and checkout their blogs! A big THANK YOU to all!

Friday, February 24, 2017

Book Tour Going Strong!


I had a great time speaking for the third year in a row at the annual San Francisco Writer’s Conference held at the Mark Hopkin’s Hotel! For the first time, I got to hold up my first published book as a crowd of a few hundred cheered. Definitely a rad experience!

This weekend I’m off to San Luis Obispo, where I’m speaking to students at my old alma mater, Cal Poly. I’ll be chatting with English-majors and hanging out with my former professors (all of whom insist I call them by their first names now). How trippy, cool is that?

Then the following weekend I’ll be in Sacramento speaking at the annual Authors On the Move fundraiser. I’ll be chilling with other traditionally published authors like Cara Black and Hector Tobar. I definitely will need to get my suit out of the closet for this one.

Whew, I guess it’s good to be busy:)  


Thursday, February 9, 2017

Speaking at SFWC Next Week!


Next week I’ll be speaking at the annual San Francisco Writer’s Conference at the Mark Hopkin’s Hotel! This will be my third year in a row speaking at the conference I first went to as an attendee several years ago. The best part is that this time I’ll get to hold up my first published novel for all to see!

I guess it feels a little bit like graduating high school or something for me. I remember when I first attended the SFWC full of ideas and early writings. I learned the ins and outs of seeking publication via agents and publishers. Years later I finally made that dream a reality and now I get to share that same hope with new attendees.

I also plan to launch my cover reveal for my sequel early next month. But I’ll have a forthcoming viewing posted on my newsletter for anyone who wants an early sneak peek! http://www.marknoce.com/contact


Thursday, January 26, 2017

Cover Reveal Coming Soon


My publisher just showed me the new cover for my sequel, Dark Winds Rising! I can’t wait to share it with all of you soon! Very soon.

I’ve gotten the last edits in to my publisher, and now they’re just finalizing the release date for later this year. It’s gotten moved around a bit, but that’s all part of the process of working with a major publisher sometimes. Still, St. Martin’s Press is pretty cool, and they’ve done a great job on this latest cover.

If anybody’s interested in sharing the cover reveal on their blog once I set a firm reveal date, just ping me at author@marknoce.com. Thanks!

Hope all is well with all of you!


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Thursday, January 19, 2017

Finishing Up Rewrites for My Sequel


I’m polishing up the last bit of revisions and edit request from my publisher this week. Needless to say, it’s been both fun, and lots of work. But it all goes into making my next book all that much better.

The sequel to Between Two Fires is entitled Dark Winds Rising, and it comes out September 5th this year! I’m sooo pumped about it and am looking forward to seeing the new cover soon as well. It’s also a new journey into uncharted territory for me as I complete work on my very first sequel to come out with a major publisher. St. Martin’s Press and Thomas Dunne Books have been awesome as always.

How’s your January shaping up? What New Year’s resolutions are you trying to follow through with? What are you writing?


Get your copy of Between Two Fires today! Amazon Barnes & Noble Macmillan
Connect with me at http://www.marknoce.com/contact

Friday, January 13, 2017

The Hundredth Queen Cover Reveal!


The Hundredth Queen
Emily R. King
Published by: Skyscape
Publication date: June 1st 2017
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
As an orphan ward of the Sisterhood, eighteen-year-old Kalinda is destined for nothing more than a life of seclusion and prayer. Plagued by fevers, she’s an unlikely candidate for even a servant’s position, let alone a courtesan or wife. Her sole dream is to continue living in peace in the Sisterhood’s mountain temple.
But a visit from the tyrant Rajah Tarek disrupts Kalinda’s life. Within hours, she is ripped from the comfort of her home, set on a desert trek, and ordered to fight for her place among the rajah’s ninety-nine wives and numerous courtesans. Her only solace comes in the company of her guard, the stoic but kind Captain Deven Naik.
Faced with the danger of a tournament to the death—and her growing affection for Deven—Kalinda’s only hope for escape lies in an arcane, forbidden power that’s buried within her.
In Emily R. King’s thrilling fantasy debut, an orphan girl blossoms into a warrior, summoning courage and confidence in her fearless quest to upend tradition, overthrow an empire, and reclaim her life as her own.


Author Bio:
Emily R. King is a reader of everything and a writer of fantasy. Born in Canada and raised in the USA, she has perfected the use of “eh” and “y’all” and uses both interchangeably. Shark advocate, consumer of gummy bears, and islander at heart, Emily’s greatest interests are her four children. She’s a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators and an active participant in her local writers’ community. She lives in Northern Utah with her family and their cantankerous cat.

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Wednesday, January 4, 2017

What Makes a Cool Cover?


I saw this cover for Radio Girls the other day and was struck by its awesomeness. I’m not getting into the minutia of the book (which was cool too), but simply this stunning example of what an effective book cover looks like. It evokes a sense of feeling while also conveying essential info to the reader almost unconsciously.

The art deco design, the image of Big Ben, the juxtaposition of the woman at her wireless set, all not only catches the eye, they tell you everything you need to know. This isn’t a book about dragons or SciFi, it’s set in London, with a female protagonist in the 1920s. Most of all, it leaves the viewer wanting to know more. Hence, they are more likely to pick up the book and start reading it.

I was pretty fortunate to have a crack team at St. Martins’ Press who worked on my cover for Between Two Fires, and I’m thrilled that I’ll get to see the cover for the sequel soon. Signup for my newsletter to learn more about my own cover experiences with my publisher: http://www.marknoce.com/contact.


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