Read My Romances on the Go!

Tapas-logoSome fun news! You can now read my 5 Touchstone romances on the go!

I love trying new things, and that includes publishing on apps.

My 5 Touchstone romances have been published on the Tapas app, available in the App Store or in Google Play.

Touchstone Series by Beth Barany, Magical tales of romance and adventure

You can read the first few chapters for free, then use keys and coin credits to read more, or wait for a few minutes or days to read the next chapters.

Tapas allows you to read bite-sized episodes on your commute, or on lunch or coffee break.

First download the Tapas app:
App Store
Google Play

  1. Then click on Books,
  2. Then tap Categories,
  3. Then tap into Romance.
  4. From there you can scroll down to find my 5 Touchstone romances.

The Tapas marketing department let me know two things for this Labor Day holiday weekend:

1. There is a Labor Day Coin SALE on Tapas! More bang for your buck.

2. My story Labyrinth of Love and Roses will be featured (free keys!), so you can unlock some extra chapters!

A Labyrinth of Love and Roses by Beth Barany
A Labyrinth of Love and Roses by Beth Barany (Touchstone, #4)

To take advantage of these offers, be sure to download the app. You can even comment and chat with me directly on the app.

Hope you enjoy! Let me know if you download the app and what you enjoy about it.

Have fun!

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There’s a Kick Ass Heroine in All Of Us by Kathrine LaFleur

Welcome back to my occasional series on kick ass heroines in fantasy and science fiction. Please give a warm welcome to today’s guest author, young adult fantasy writer, Kathrine LaFleur.

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Moonlight Hunting by Kathrine LaFleurI love routine. I’m a planner, and spend a lot of time in my head. My comfort zone is very well worn. I’m not a very athletic person, and certainly not a thrill seeker. I’m happy to walk the dogs, show up to Pilates, and work up a good sweat on the dance floor now and then, so creating Moonlight for the Cardonian Chronicles series, a character who is both physically and mentally strong, and who knows her way through a good fight, was an exciting challenge for me.

I don’t think Kiss Ass Heroines are born; they are made. Some are lucky enough to have a mentor, while others blunder through on their own. Moonlight is the result of a combination of both, and in writing her story I enjoyed finding out how she developed from a baby born into privilege to a fierce young woman living by her wits and physical prowess.

Moonlight has many skills. She can strategize, wield a blade, and resist the mind washing effects of a Persuasive. Her teacher also happened to be her father, and he made growing up a thrilling adventure for Moonlight, as he taught her how to stand her ground, fulfill her own needs, and be proud of the blond hair and blue eyes that made her different from everyone else.

By no means is Moonlight perfect. She feels fear and falters. When her knowledge and skill aren’t enough to prevent a tragedy, she chooses self-loathing, punishing herself for events beyond her control. She confuses vulnerability with weakness. Self-reliance and a need to hold herself to unreasonable standards of perfection morph into self blame and isolation, an unwillingness to let others pick up some slack when life starts to get too real.

I’ll be brave enough to admit that these are the same flaws I grudgingly see in myself. Learning to speak my truth, to be me, real and raw, instead of presenting a fragile façade of what I think others want to see has felt like an act of heroism in itself, and the lessons have often been painful.

There are probably pieces from a hundred different Kick Ass Heroines swirling about inside my Moonlight. There’s Robin McKinley’s Beauty, who is driven by loyalty and love, and Mercedes Lackey’s Talia, who is her own worst critic. I recognize Nikki Heat in there, too, rushing headlong into danger in order to find answers she desperately needs. And of course, my favorite Kick Ass Heroine of all time, Xena, Warrior Princess.

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All of these heroines are a source of strength and inspiration to me. I don’t know that I would take Moonlight’s initiative and chase down a villain. You won’t find me clashing swords or executing a vise-like headlock anytime soon, but I like to consider Moonlight and the rest of those courageous women to be my cheerleaders when I find myself in a challenging situation. Removing a monstrous wasp from my bedroom, showing up for a meeting that I know will drop me into the terrifying pit of unemployment, or putting my writing out into the world to be scrutinized, I take a breath and ask myself, “What would Moonlight do?”

Editor’s Note: I love Nikki Heat (Castle) and Xena too! Waving hello from the San Francisco Bay Area!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Kathrine LaFleurKathrine LaFleur grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area. As an educator, she enjoys nurturing a love of reading and writing in her students. She hopes that her writing will empower readers to value their unique qualities and see their own potential to transform obstacles into opportunities to triumph.

You can purchase Moonlight Hunting on Amazon.

To see more books by Kathrine LaFleur: http://www.storyminepress.com/.

You can connect with Kathrine on her blog, and on Twitter, Facebook, and Goodreads. Follow her on Amazon too!

 

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Enter to Win A Cupcake Christmas + 35+ Other Sweet Romances, Plus Kindle Fire

Contest Graphic - Sweet Romance Giveaway - July 2016 - Barany Another fun giveaway!

To celebrate the summer, I’ve teamed up with more than 35 fantastic sweet romance authors to give away a huge collection of romances, PLUS a Kindle Fire to one lucky winner!

You can win my novel A CUPCAKE CHRISTMAS, plus books from authors like Shirley Hailstock and Stacy Juba.

Enter the giveaway by clicking here: http://bethb.net/35sweetromances

Good luck, and enjoy!

 

ABOUT BETH BARANY

Beth Barany, Young Adult Fantasy and Sweet Paranormal Romance Author
Beth Barany, Young Adult Fantasy and Sweet Paranormal Romance Author

Beth Barany is the award-wining author of Young Adult Fantasy and Sweet Paranormal Romance Author. Curious about her books? Download a sample of her first sweet paranormal romance here:

http://author.bethbarany.com/free-romance-story/.

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Film Festival by Girls from @CampReelStories

I’m a huge believer in having women and girls represented in media in all the ways women and girls show up in the real world, and in all the ways we women and girls can dream up.

Even today after lots more opportunities for women and girls to be represented in media, there’s still a need for more.

Henrietta The Dragon Slayer by Beth Barany, Book 1
This is why I write kick ass heroines who get to star in their own adventures.

This is why I write kick ass heroines who get to star in their own adventures.

A Cupcake Christmas by Beth Barany (Touchstone #5)
This is why I write entrepreneurial romance heroines getting their dreams and their loves.

This is why I write entrepreneurial romance heroines getting their dreams and their loves.

And this is why I volunteered this past week at Camp Reel Stories, a digital media camp for girls in Oakland.

Girls turning in equipment.
Girls turning in equipment.

And that is why — if you want to support girls behind the camera and in front of it in all our diversity, you are invited to come to their film festival Saturday, July 16, 9:30am-12pm. California Theatre, 2113 Kittredge Street, downtown Berkeley.

Camp Reel Stories: Film Festival
Camp Reel Stories: Film Festival

Cost: Sliding Scale Donation. Thanks!

Link to their site: http://www.campreelstories.com/

Twitter: @CampReelStories

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CampReelStories/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/campreelstories/

Camp Reel Stories is a digital media camp for teen girls. They made their short films in 5 days! Students films will be posted soon on the Camp Reel Stories site. Follow them on social media or sign up for their newsletter.

Join us Sat., July 16, 9:30am-12pm. California Theatre, downtown Berkeley.

PS. Camp Reel Stories is a 501(3)(c) organization and is always looking for donations, corporate sponsors, equipment, volunteers, and more.

A Production Team from Camp Reel Stories presenting their rough cut Friday morning.
A Production Team from Camp Reel Stories presenting their rough cut Friday morning.

“50% of the world is women so 50% of the stories should be told by women” — Stephanie Allain, LA Film Festival

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50% Off Romances + YA Fantasy at #Smashwords #SummerWinterSale2016

SMASHWORDS SUMMER%2FWINTER ANNUAL JULY 2016 SALEMore good news! July is a bundle of good news for readers looking for good reads, short reads, long reads, YA fantasy, fantasy romance, and much, much more!

All my books are 50% off on Smashwords for July, through July 31st.

Just use the coupon code SSW50 at checkout for 50% off during our site-wide promotion!
(Offer good through July 31, 2016)

Here are the Smashwords links for easy access:

Touchstone Series

Fantasy Romance, sweet, sensual romance for ages 16+

Touchstone series, Magical tales of romance and adventure by Beth Barany
Touchstone series, Magical tales of romance and adventure by Beth Barany

Touchstone of Love (A Time Travel Romance) (Book 1)
https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/395088

A Christmas Fling (A Christmas Elf Romance) (Book 2)
https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/386922

Parisian Amour (A Fairy Tale Romance) (Book 3)
https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/442047

A Labyrinth of Love and Roses (A Fairy Tale Romance) (Book 4)
https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/603020

A Cupcake Christmas (A Christmas Elf Romance) (Book 5)
https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/603017

You can also get the first 4 books bundled also for 50% off. A great deal!

Touchstone Series by Beth Barany

Touchstone Series: Romance Novella Books 1-4, plus a bonus short story
https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/552785

Henrietta The Dragon Slayer series

Young Adult Adventure Fantasy with Strong, Kick-Ass, Bad Ass, Heroine

HENRIETTA THE DRAGON SLAYER SERIES by Beth Barany, Books 1, 2, and 3
HENRIETTA THE DRAGON SLAYER SERIES by Beth Barany, Books 1, 2, and 3

Henrietta The Dragon Slayer (Book 1)
https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/46068

Henrietta and the Dragon Stone (Book 2)
https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/388586

Henrietta and the Battle of the Horse Mesa (Book 3)
https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/647775

50% OFF

Remember, all my books are 50% off on Smashwords for July, through July 31st.

Just use the coupon code SSW50 at checkout for 50% off during our site-wide promotion!
(Offer good through July 31, 2016)

Enjoy!

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I’m Author of the Week at #TheAuthorHour @TheAuthorHour #bookoftheweek

Beth Barany's novel Henrietta The Dragon Slayer is #Bookoftheweek, sponsored by #theauthorhour @theauthorhour.
Beth Barany’s novel Henrietta The Dragon Slayer is #Bookoftheweek, sponsored by #theauthorhour @theauthorhour.

I’m honored to be Author of the Week, well really  at #TheAuthorHour @TheAuthorHour on Twitter. My Henrietta The Dragon Slayer novel, Book 1 in the trilogy, is featured!

How cool!

Helene McCusker of @BookedPR runs a fun Twitter chat weekly on Wednesdays at 12noon-1pm Pacific/8-9pm British time. She’s in England! I’ve marked my calendar. 🙂

Come join us weekly to share about your books, share tips from your writers life, and connect with other writers. I’ve been playing along for the last few weeks and have been delighted at the fun connections I’ve made and opportunities I’ve created.

TWEET OUT
Tweet: Congrats to @Beth_Barany #bookoftheweek at #TheAuthorHour @TheAuthorHour #bookoftheweek http://ctt.ec/bAxp_+
Congrats to @Beth_Barany #bookoftheweek at #TheAuthorHour @TheAuthorHour #bookoftheweek http://ctt.ec/bAxp_+

 

Beth Barany's novel Henrietta The Dragon Slayer is #Bookoftheweek, sponsored by #theauthorhour @theauthorhour.
Beth Barany’s novel Henrietta The Dragon Slayer is #Bookoftheweek, sponsored by #theauthorhour @theauthorhour.
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July 4th Holiday 2 Special Giveaways for Henrietta The Dragon Slayer

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Follow me on Twitter to participate in a fun giveaway for a chance to win a paperback copy or an ebook copy of Henrietta The Dragon Slayer.

GIVEAWAY #1

HOW TO WIN A SIGNED COPY OF HENRIETTA THE DRAGON SLAYER

Step 1: Go here: https://metrme.com/. Scroll a little until you see the image above and click “View Metr” to follow me on MY Metr.
Step 2: Share on Twitter and tag me @beth_barany for Points in Tweets, RT’s and Replies.
Step 3: Follow me on Twitter!

This giveaway ends July 4, 2016.

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TOP OF THE LEADERBOARD.

HOW TO WIN: EARN MOST POINTS

Minimum Entry – 100 Points

Henrietta The Dragon Slayer signed print edition

Only 1 Contest Winner. In event of a tie? All #1’s will be thrown in a hat and the Winner chosen randomly.

REWARD
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HOW TO WIN

Simple. Person who has the most points and is Ranked #1 Wins!

Happy July 4th and good luck!

TWEET THIS!

Tweet: Enter contest to win a signed copy of #HenriettaTheDragonSlayer via @Beth_Barany here: http://ctt.ec/lL7dg+ http://ctt.ec/2Vf7x+Enter contest to win a signed copy of #HenriettaTheDragonSlayer via @Beth_Barany here: https://metrme.com/

 

 

 

GIVEAWAY #2

HOW TO WIN A DIGITAL COPY OF HENRIETTA THE DRAGON SLAYER

HOW TO ENTER; FOLLOW AND TWEET

Minimum Entry – 50 Points

Henrietta The Dragon Slayer ebook prize

1 Winner Chosen. In event of a tie? All #1’s will be thrown in a hat and the Winner chosen randomly.

REWARD
Henrietta The Dragon Slayer ebook prize (epub, mobi, or PDF)

ONLY @ tags count for points. #Hashtags do not earn points.

All prizes are fulfilled by the owner of the Metr. Pertinent information such as your email address may be shared with the Metr Owner to fulfill prizes or as part of the entry into the contest.

HOW TO WIN

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Step 1: Go here: https://metrme.com/. Scroll a little until you see the image above and click “View Metr” to follow me on MY Metr.
Step 2: Share on Twitter and tag me @beth_barany for Points in Tweets, RT’s and Replies.
Step 3: Follow me on Twitter!

This giveaway ends July 4, 2016.

Happy July 4th and good luck!

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Win a Signed Copy of Henrietta The Dragon Slayer in Huge YA Sci-Fi/Fantasy Giveaway

Win a Signed Copy of Henrietta The Dragon Slayer in Huge YA Sci-Fi/Fantasy Giveaway

ENTER HERE — GOOD LUCK!

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You can also enter the giveaway at ripleypatton.com.

Giveaway sponsored by Ripley’s Booklist.

You could win a signed copy of Henrietta The Dragon Slayer

Win a Signed Copy of Henrietta The Dragon Slayer in Huge YA Sci-Fi%2FFantasy GiveawayI will ship internationally!

FAQ

How long is the Giveaway?

It runs the entire month of July.

How many winners will there be?

There will be 1 Gift Card Winner, 15 Paperback Winners, and 1 ebook winner (who will get 8 ebooks), so a total of 17 winners.

Can anyone enter from anywhere?

Yes. This giveaway is open to entrants internationally.

How will the winners be chosen?

The giveaway sponsor will use https://www.random.org/ to pick the winners.

When will the Winners be chosen?

Monday, August 1st.

How will the winners be informed?

Once winners are chosen, the giveaway sponsor will  send each of the authors information on how to contact our winners and award their prize.

When will prizes be awarded?

Authors will award or ship all prizes within two weeks of the close of the Giveaway, so by August 15th.

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5 Star Review for Henrietta The Dragon Slayer on Amazon.ca

HEN1-5-star-review-by-Diane-GallagherThank you so much to Diane Gallagher for her lovely 5-star review to Henrietta The Dragon Slayer!

“Barany has built a multilayered fantasy world that is not just defined by its magic but also by culture and honour. … Well worth the read, particularly for teenage girls who may be struggling with their place in the world.”

Read the whole review here on Diane’s site or Amazon.ca or on Goodreads.

Start the Series Here

If you’d like to see if this young adult adventure fantasy is for you, start with the excerpt here.

Or check out the exclusive prequel here.

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