Inferno Cover Reveal and Teasers!

In just a few weeks, the fourth and final installment of the SKALS series will be done. While I’ll miss the characters and journey dearly, I’m looking forward to starting new projects and seeing what the future will bring. I can’t thank everyone enough for all of the messages, love, and support you’ve shared with me. This has been one crazy ride, and I know the path hasn’t always been easy. (I guess that’s my way of apologizing for my sick and twisted imagination. 😉 ) Thanks for toughing it out and sticking with me.  Never, in my wildest dreams, could I have imagined all of the amazing people I would meet. That, for me, has honestly been the BEST part.

Best wishes and much LOVE!~

Adri

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Inferno-Preview

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Inferno Teaser

 

SKALS Birthday Bash!

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Sebastian has a birthday coming up! It’s hard to believe, but in a mere 12 days, the first book in the SKALS series will be a year old. I have no idea where the time went or how it all flew by so quickly. All I know is it has been one amazing journey, and I have met so many fantastic people along the way. The love and support I get from my readers is beyond humbling. (Sebby is beyond thankful too!)

In order to celbrate, we’ve thrown together a little contest. This will run until March 25 on my FB page here: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Adriana-Noir/124836300943575

Feel free to stop by and enter or just say hello! I’ll also be posting some upcoming news about the 4th and last book in the series soon. Much love!~

Adri

Edge of Obsession (SKALS #3) Cover Reveal

Sooo….I think it’s time for a little cover reveal and blurb. The 3rd installment in the SKALS Series is almost here!

~ Coming 8-30-2013 ~

~ Coming 8-30-2013 ~

Sebastian Baas is at a crossroads. After a near brush with death left them both reeling, he is determined to rebuild the life he’s created with Taylor. He burns for revenge, but settling that score won’t be easy. Betrayal runs rampant behind the scenes of the lethal SKALS organization. His life was traded for secrets. Greed and ambition have rocked his team to its core and, once that web of deceit starts to unravel, Sebastian is no longer certain where he can turn.

Marx is coming down hard. One by one, his teammates are starting to shatter. Cases run cold and the dreaded reconditioning cells grow full. New threats are emerging and, this time, they are powerful enough to bring SKALS and the men behind it crashing to their knees.

As the pressures at work increase, Sebastian finds himself locked in a bitter struggle—trapped between self and duty, survival or love. No longer able to ride the fine line between the two, he has to make a decision once and for all: lose what’s left of his humanity or find a way to save himself and the people he loves.

Either way, Sebastian and Taylor are about to begin the fight of their life. Take SKALS or leave it: once that decision is made, there is no turning back…

Before I go, I just wanted to say thank you! I feel like I can’t say that enough, or even find a way that’s adequate, but seriously…thank you so much for the comments, love,  and support you’ve been sending my way.  I couldn’t do this with out you! And even if I could, it wouldn’t be nearly as much fun!

Rock on and have a fantastic week!

~Much Love~

Adri

Want to be an author? Use your own effin’ words!

Wow. Just wow. You would think I would learn by now, but no. I keep popping my head out of the sand, taking a look around, and ultimately wishing I hadn’t! Holy bat shit, Robin. The whole damn world has gone crazy.

I don’t even know where to start this time. My thoughts are all over the place. It seems some recently released book was, in large part, plagiarized. Not just from one best-seller, but two. Maybe even more. *blinks* Say whaaaa?  http://dearauthor.com/book-reviews/the-plagiarizing-of-tammara-webbers-easy-by-jordin-williams/

The real kicker—this book was doing really well. It was seeing the kind of numbers I only see in my dreams.

I feel horrible for the authors who took the time to create their own stories, who poured their heart and soul into their characters, and busted their asses to get where they are—only to have someone else turn around and steal large portions of their work. It sickens me. It makes me want to turn insta-Seb on their behalf and bust out the SKALS team, helicopters and all.

I find this infuriating. You just don’t DO that. Ever. I’ve been sitting on a fighter story for three years now. It’s next in line after SKALS. I won’t even touch another book about fighters of any kind until mine is done because I don’t want to take the smallest chance that something I read might influence me, even subconsciously. Apparently, I’ve missed out on some really great stuff, too—but that’s the way it goes.

There’s research—there’s drawing inspiration—and then there’s just taking things too damn far.

I don’t care how callous you are. How could you possibly feel an ounce of pride in yourself or your work after ripping someone else off? How could that possibly make you feel like you’re good at what you do or that you accomplished something? I’m not talking about the smug feeling you get when you do something devious and get away with it. I’m talking about the pure, unadulterated, and exhilarating rush you feel when you finally finish a book.

It’s the same feeling you get when you’ve poured every ounce of effort and determination into something, given it all you had, and finally accomplished a goal. It’s like winning a gold medal at the Olympics. The feeling is indescribable.

I don’t know how anyone could feel anything but shame and guilt after putting something out there that isn’t theirs. Soulless or not, could you really feel proud watching a book that you plagiarized climb the ranks? After all, it’s not your story or your writing that they love. It’s somebody else’s. I would think, somewhere in the back of that person’s addled little brain, that notion would always be there. At least, I certainly hope so.

They jipped themselves. They betrayed their readers in a way that is beyond unforgivable. They wounded some of their own. As competitive as the market is, many writers look out for one another. We stick together. We bond and form families of sorts, friendships that will last a lifetime, because so few people truly understand us and what we go through.

This plagiarist climbed the rankings at a furious pace, breaking well into the top 300 on Amazon in a few days. They will never know if they could have climbed that mountain on their own. Maybe they could’ve been something spectacular. Maybe their ideas could have left people breathless. Their words could have inspired and made readers fall in love. Instead, their career is ruined before it ever had a chance to start. They will never know what they could have accomplished on their own or what that feels like.

That side of it is sad. The side where somebody crawled down into the ninth circle of hell and sold their soul without even giving their self a fair shot. Maybe it’s easier to say because I’m not in that position, but I think I would rather write a hundred books and there not be a single person on the face of the planet who’s ever read my work than stoop to that level. After all, at the end of the day, I write for me—because I have to—because it’s what I love to do. Because if I didn’t, I would simply cease to breathe.

Life is hard. There’s no denying that. We all have goals we set for ourselves. We all have things we want to accomplish, and most of us will keep going and do whatever we have to do to get there. It’s called ambition and drive. There is no shame in feeding that hunger, as long as steps you are taking are your own.

We are all unique. We all have something to offer this world. We all have worth. It’s our job to let it shine. Don’t ever sell yourself short. I keep saying this, but every time I turn around, someone makes me feel the need to say it again:

Be bold. Be brave. Be fearless. Be YOU.

No matter what happens, that is something you can still be proud of in the end.

*end rant* GAH!

~Best wishes and much love~

Adri

 

Surviving SKALS Giveaway!

As mentioned before, I wanted to do a little something special for my friends and readers. Granted, it’s a few days behind schedule, but things have been crazy busy here and I already have one Facebook contest/giveaway ending tonight. What can I say? I love you guys. Your support and comments always mean so much, (dear God I could LIVE on Goodreads lately) so I want to give a little something back when and how I can. As much as the mental image of me hoarding every penny I make off of my books and hoovering over them like Scrooge or the dragon Smaug makes me laugh…that’s just not who I am. Besides, who would I be kidding? I would write regardless. It’s do or die for me, just like breathing.

Soo…here you go. If you listen carefully, you might hear a slow, rhythmic churn start to build in the background. Don’t be afraid. It’s just one of the SKALS helicopters preparing to launch. Or maybe it’s just the Rafflecopter I’ve put in place. I guess there is only one way to know for sure. Sit and ride it out…that and hope like hell it’s not Sebastian when he’s in a mood. 😉

http://bit.ly/11I71IK

It should start tonight at midnight, EST. Hope you are all having a wonderful week & best of luck!

~Much Love

Adri

Little Life Lessons

Ah! It’s that dreaded time of year again. With my birthday right around the corner, I’ve been doing a lot of reflection lately and not nearly enough writing. It’s my typical spring slump. In true spring fashion, things have been chaotic lately. Add to that the absolute joy and nervousness of a new release, and well…I’m pretty much wired and bouncing from one end of the interweb to the other. I can’t even focus long enough to read! Insanity, right? Or at the very least, mentally traumatic. I mean who *doesn’t* want to get lost in a good book?

What have I learned in the past year while the planet slowly rotated and I grew another year older? A few things. Some were lived, some were observed.

As much as I may want to, I can’t control everything. Some things are simply out of my hands and my capability to change.

Sometimes, you have to let go of the past in order to embrace your future.

No matter how damn hard you try, you will never be able to make everyone happy. That’s why it’s so important that you make the best decisions for *you.* Be mindful and considerate of others and their feelings, but don’t forsake yourself in the process. At the end of the day, be sure those choices are ones you can live with too. Make sure they put a smile on your face. You only live once, baby.

Be passionate in life and love. Be radiant. Freaking shine. Shine like the effin’ sun. Even if you are the only one who can see that light, trust me…it’s still there.

Love your readers for all they’re worth—because they are worth far more than you know. Give that love unconditionally. Show and share it often. Make time for them. They are the ones who make every arduous step you’ve taken worth it.

Opinions are subjective—they are personal—and everyone is entitled to have one. Be thankful someone took the time to read something you wrote. Be thankful someone took the time to share their thoughts. Hell, be thankful someone took their hard-earned money and invested it in something you did. The next time you feel like complaining, consider this: There are best-selling books—some of the most beloved and famous authors of all time—with low ratings and everything else. If *they* can get them, you will too. Not everyone is going to love you or your book. Get OVER it. Suck it up and move on. Some people will love your work. Others will hate it, and some will fall somewhere in between. That’s just the way it goes. As Forrest Gump would say, “And that’s all I have to say about that.”

Never ever give up. Never stop doing what you love. Keep reaching further and striving harder every day. Eventually, you will get to where you want to be.

Be gracious. Be kind, but be honest.

Forgive. Both yourself and others. Nobody is perfect. We ALL make mistakes. We’ve all done or said things we wish we could take back. The best we can hope to do is learn from those moments and move forward as better people.

Be bold. Be brave. Push those envelopes and comfort zones from time to time. You might be glad you did!

Family is everything. At the end of the day, they are what matters most.

Friends are a rare and precious gift.

I don’t have enough time in the day or fast enough fingers to keep up with all the ideas coming to me. For my own sanity, patience and prioritizing is going to be key!

I can ramble on about nothing and absolutely-freaking everything all in the same breath whenever I hit this blog.

Those are just some of the things I’ve learned or observed this year. I like to think I’ve grown in some aspect, other than just getting older. (I’ve also learned to have a back-up plan in place in case of another holiday disaster like Easter.) As for now, I have stuff to get ready for and weekend escape planned. Oh, and writing…lots of writing to do.

I also have a birthday giveaway in the works, so keep your eyes open for that on the 28th!

~Best wishes and much love!~

Adri

Release Day! Bound by Vengeance (SKALS #2)

After weeks of endless stress, revisions, and far too many sleepless nights, the second book in the SKALS series is done! (Hence the reason for my prolonged blog silence.)

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I just want to take a quick moment to say thank you. Thank you to anyone who ever bought one of my books. Thank you for reading. Thank you for the reviews, e-mails, or comments you send my way on various forums. It doesn’t get any better than that. Readers truly are the heart and soul of anything a writer does. You make us  feel good, and you let us know what we can do better–or at least strive to achieve next go around.

Rather than bore you with details, I thought I’d share an interview and review from one said reader. It gives some insight into both books and the characters, along with the concept behind SKALS (Special Kill and Leverage Squad) & other things you might not know. She posed some very tough questions! I’d love to say more, but I’m exhausted and drained…but in a totally good way. Totally good.

http://intoxicatingreads.wordpress.com/2013/05/17/debut-blog-review-of-skals-2-bound-by-vengeance-interview-with-the-author-adriana-noir/

~Much love and happy haunting

Adri