Fashon Forward Fiction: Outfits Based on Books!

Hey readers, how are you this Thursday? I don’t know about you, but when my nose isn’t stuck in a book, it’s usually sniffing around Pinterest for the latest fashion looks. I also LOVE when people make outfits inspired by my favorite characters (Ravenclaw inspired outfits for the win!. SO….I’ve whipped up some of our first sets on Polyvore, inspired by our books! Check it-

The Book: Wild Children by Richard Roberts

Wild Children, by Richard Roberts - CoverBad children are punished. Be bad, a child is told, and you’ll be turned into an animal, marked with your crime.

The Wild Children are forever young, but that, too, can be a curse.

Five children each tell a different story of what they became:

  • One learns that wrong can be right, and her curse may be a blessing.
  • Another is so Wild he must learn the simplest lesson, to love someone else.
  • An eight year old girl must face fear and doubt as she dies of old age.
  • Love and strangeness hit the lives of two brothers in the form of a beautiful flaming bird.
  • Finally, the oldest child learns that what is right can be horribly wrong.

Together they tell a sixth story, of a Wild Girl who can’t speak for herself, and doesn’t seem Wild at all.

 

 

The Look:

Wild Children Set

Wild Children Set by curiosityquills featuring MICHAEL Michael Kors

The Book: Division Zero by Matthew Cox

Division Zero, by Matthew S. Cox - CoverMost cops get to deal with living criminals, but Agent Kirsten Wren is not most cops.

A gifted psionic with a troubled past, Kirsten possesses a rare combination of abilities that give her a powerful weapon against spirits. In 2418, rampant violence and corporate warfare have left no shortage of angry wraiths in West City. Most exist as little more than fleeting shadows and eerie whispers in the darkness.

Kirsten is shunned by a society that does not understand psionics, feared by those who know what she can do, and alone in a city of millions. Every so often, when a wraith gathers enough strength to become a threat to the living, these same people rely on her to stop it.

Unexplained killings by human-like androids known as dolls leave the Division One police baffled, causing them to punt the case to Division Zero. Kirsten, along with her partner Dorian, wind up in the crosshairs of corporate assassins as they attempt to find out who – or what – is behind the random murders before more people die.

She tries to hold on to the belief that no one is beyond redemption as she pursues a killer desperate to claim at least one more innocent soul – that might just be hers.

The Look:

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Division Zero Set by curiosityquills featuring a black shirt

The Book: Obsidian Eyes by A.W. Exley

Obsidian Eyes, by A.W. Exley - Cover1836, a world of light and dark, noble and guild. The two spheres intersect when seventeen-year-old Allie Donovan is placed at the aristocratic St Matthews Academy. More at ease with a blade than a needle, she finds herself ostracized by the girls and stalked by a Scottish lord intent on learning why she is among them.

She begins to suspect why she is at the school when soldiers arrive to see her friend, Zeb, a mechanical genius. On the hunt for answers she breaks into his underground laboratory. There, Allie discovers he is not just constructing sentient mechanical creatures, he is building a devastating new weapon for the military.

Used to relying on herself, Allie must cross the guild-noble divide to keep Zeb safe and stop the weapon falling into the wrong hands. However, the guilds want the device and she is caught in their trap. Once rescued from Newgate prison, now she must obey the overlord of the guild and deliver up her friend or he will return her to the gallows. Can she trust her new bonds of friendship to save both their lives?

 

The Look:

Obsidian Eyes Set

Obsidian Eyes Set by curiosityquills featuring a metal wall clock

The Book: Calleer 107 by Matthew Cox

cover1000When thirteen-year-old Natalie Rausch said she would die to meet DJ Crazy Todd, she did not mean to be literal.

Two years is a long time to be stuck between two people that want nothing more than to destroy each other. A tween crush on the larger-than-life jock from a local radio station is the only trace of a once-happy life ruined by warring parents.

Whenever WROK 107 ran a contest, she would dive for the phone, getting busy signals and dead air every time. She never expected to get through, but at least with her best friend at her side even losing used to be fun.

Before her parents ruined that too.

Her last desperate attempt to get their attention, falling in with a dangerous group of older teens, goes as wrong as possible. With no one left to blame for her mess of a life but herself, karma comes full circle and gives her just a few hours to make up for two years’ worth of mistakes-or be forever lost.

 

The Look:

Caller 107 Set

Caller 107 Set by curiosityquills featuring knit jeans

The Book: God’s Play by H.D. Lynn

God's Play, by H.D. Lynn - CoverSixteen-year old Toby was trained by a family of hunters to kill shape-shifters — but he has a unique weapon in his arsenal. With a touch of his hand, Toby can lift the magical protection shape-shifters use to disguise themselves as human. It’s an unusual skill for a hunter, and he prefers to kill monsters the old-fashioned way: with a blade.

Because of his special skill, Toby suspects he may be a monster himself. His suspicions deepen when William, a jackal-headed shape-shifter, saves him from an ambush where Toby’s the only survivor. And Toby doubts William helped him for purely altruistic reasons. With his list of allies running thin, Toby must reconcile his hatred of shifters and the damning truth that one saved his life. It’ll take both of them to track down the monster who ordered the ambush.

And Toby needs his unlikely alley because he has a vicious enemy — the infamous Circe, who has a vendetta to settle against the hunters. Toby has to unravel the mystery of his dual nature. And he has to do it on the run — before Circe finds him and twists him to her own ends.

 

 

That Look:

God's Play Set

God’s Play Set by curiosityquills featuring high rise jeans

The Book: Happiness, Next Exit by Anthony Mathenia

Happiness Next Exit eBook 1000Is staying with one guy worth being separated from family and friends forever?  That’s the decision Rose Gluck has to make.

Raised in a strict Jehovah’s Witness congregation in rural Missouri where romance is a four-letter word and life is charted from childhood, Rose’s prospects as the future wife of Clinton Greer, the boorish son of the authoritarian congregation overseer, do not seem especially bright.
However, when Wyatt True joins their congregation, a possibility of a new relationship emerges, along with new trials. Through their growing friendship, Rose begins to understand the deeper truths of love. Meanwhile, Rose’s grandmother worries that she is being led down the same road that caused Rose’s mother to be lost.

But are true love and happiness worth exiting what she always considered true religion? After all, her choice has eternal consequences—in the most final sense of the word.

The Look:

Happiness, Next Exit

Happiness, Next Exit by curiosityquills featuring leather gloves

Reviewer Recruitment Event

Reviews and reader feedback are the lifeblood of any author and publisher, and Curiosity Quills is eternally thankful for our amazing reviewers, and subscribers to the reviewer mailing list who request review copies or sign up for review tours every month.

But there’s always room for improvement, and we’d love to reach even more readers with our books.

Thanks why September 20 – October 20 is the CQ Reviewer Recruitment Event!

We’d like to invite you to join our reviewer mailing list (if you’re not already a member!)

It’s a great way to get the best Curiosity Quills books ahead of anyone else! Plus, we offer our VIP reviewers a chance to earn perks the more books they review, including great CQ branded swag like mugs, t-shirts and tote bags!
We’re running a special promotion for people who sign up between now and October 20th, where we’re giving away three ebooks of your choice from our catalog for signing up now.
You’ll also be entered into a special giveaway for a $15 Amazon Gift Card and a physical book of your choice.
Existing subscribers are also in with a chance of winning if you get a friend to sign up between now and October 20. You’ll also receive three ebooks of your choice, and be entered into a special drawing to win one of the following prizes (**NOTE** Each person you get to sign up counts as one entry for the main prize draw, so the more people you get to sign up, the more chance you have of winning!):
BOOKWORM BECKY -Adopt a Ghost – Unique Necklace!
Antique Medical Book, The Science of Life Parker 1881 Illustrated / Impotence Male Sexual Dysfunction Quack Science STDs

PRE-ORDER: Game of Love, by Ara Grigorian

Curiosity Quills is excited to announce Ara Grigorian’s new-adult, contemporary-romance GAME OF LOVE is now available for pre-order, ahead of its release on May 4, 2015. To celebrate, Ara is hosting a Rafflecopter giveaway in which one first place winner can win a $25 Amazon Gift Card, and three second place winners will win an eARC of Game of Love!

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Game of Love, by Ara Grigorian -Game of Love

Game of Love is set in the high-stakes world of professional tennis where fortune and fame can be decided by a single point.  Gemma Lennon has spent nearly all of her 21 years focused on one thing:  Winning a Grand Slam.  After a disastrous and very public scandal and subsequent loss at the Australian Open, Gemma is now laser-focused on winning the French Open. Nothing and no one will derail her shot at winning – until a heated chance encounter with brilliant and sexy Andre Reyes threatens to throw her off her game.
Breaking her own rules, Gemma begins a whirlwind romance with Andre who shows her that love and a life off the court might be the real prize. With him, she learns to trust and love…at precisely the worst time in her career. The pressure from her home country, fans, and even the Prime Minister to be the first British woman to win in nearly four decades weighs heavily. As Wimbledon begins, fabricated and sensationalized news about them spreads, fueling the paparazzi, and hurting her performance. Now, she must reconsider everything, because in the high-stakes game of love, anyone can be the enemy within…even lovers and even friends.In the Game of Love, winner takes all.

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Ara-Grigorian-16-of-25-1000-by-1000About Ara Grigorian

Armenian by heritage, born in Iran, lived in Barcelona, and escaped to New York until he found his home in Los Angeles, Ara’s first eleven years were both busy and confusing. The fruit salad of languages would slow down his genetically encoded need to tell stories. Until then, an alter ego would be required…
He received an engineering degree from California State University Northridge and earned his MBA from the University of Southern California. Today, he is a technology executive in the entertainment industry. True to the Hollywood life, Ara wrote for a children’s television pilot that could have made him rich (but didn’t) and nearly sold a video game to a major publisher (who closed shop days later).
But something was amiss until his wife read him the riot act. “Will you stop talking about wanting to be a writer and just do it?” So with her support (and mandate), and their two boys serving as his muse, he wrote stories.
Fascinated by the human species, Ara writes about choices, relationships, and second chances. Always a sucker for a hopeful ending, he writes contemporary romance stories. He is an alumnus of both the Santa Barbara Writers Conference and Southern California Writers’ Conference (where he also serves as a workshop leader). Ara is an active member of the Romance Writers of America and its Los Angeles chapter.
Ara is represented by Stacey Donaghy.

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Announcing Curiosity Thrills

Coming June 2015: Curiosity Thrills launches this summer with exciting offerings

Curiosity Quills Press was founded four years ago with the goal of delivering high quality speculative fiction using innovative technology for the best possible reading experience. Over the last four years our catalog has grown to include hundreds of titles in the science fiction, fantasy, horror, and paranormal genres, to name a few. This summer, we’re growing again. Curiosity Thrills will launch Summer 2015, bringing you the finest romantic and contemporary fiction.

Curiosity Thrills believes readers shouldn’t have to sacrifice quality in their quest for the perfect read. We are committed to providing the very best the romance genre has to offer, whether that be a traditional Happily Ever After ending or a sexy thriller with a twist. Our readers will find romance in a variety of genres, including contemporary, new adult, paranormal, romantic thrillers, and fantasy. Curiosity Thrills titles will feature dedicated professional editing and stunning covers designed to captivate and transport readers around the world.

[Please Note: Our new Curiosity Thrills logo is currently being perfected by the talented Ricky Gunawan and will be unveiled soon!]

We’re pleased to announce our starting line-up:

 

Ruby Stone and the Secret Passion by Tony Healey

Journey back in time to the heyday of the British Empire: the Victorian era. Ruby Stone comes to live with her aunt in London after a scandal forces her to leave India. There she finds herself falling for mysterious Lord DeMant, who is as secretive as he is attractive.

 

Game of Love by Ara Grigorian

A struggling tennis star whose celebrity status is out of control, realizes that trusting those around her is a luxury she can’t afford, especially when everyone wants something from her, until she meets her kindred spirit, and that’s when love takes on a whole new meaning on and off of the courts.

 

Happiness: Next Exit by Anthony Mathenia

Is staying with one guy worth being separated from family and friends forever? Raised by her grandmother in a strict Jehovah’s Witness household, Rose Gluck begins to question what it means to be happy. When exciting Wyatt True moves to the rural congregation, new possibilities emerge along with life-altering challenges.

 

Adultery by Rod Kierkegaard

Professor Orlando Plummer, philanderer and drunk, blunders his way through a dizzying sequence of academic back-stabbings and sexual musical chairs. Wicked, mordantly funny, and wise, Adultery teaches us a great many things about love, a literary life misspent, and the consequences of too much money.

 

Who Is Mr. Plutin? by Rebecca Strong

When Vika Serkova wakes up in a luxury apartment in St Petersburg, Russia—married to an oligarch and an elite undercover Russian spy—all she can remember is being an American and living in New York. Her new, Dom Perignon and caviar-infused life is delightful, but only until her husband drops an ultimate bomb about why she’s forgotten everything about her current assignment for the Russian president. The assignment implicates her family members in a conspiracy big enough to cost them their lives and Vika must save them—but only if she can manage it with most of her memory still MIA and her opponents set on destroying each other even before Vika’s manicure dries.

 

The Rearranged Life by Annika Sharma

Indian-American honors student Nithya has spent her entire life surrounded by her family, culture, and faith. Bound for medical school and a bright future, Nithya meets James, the American who makes her feel alive in ways she never expected. Now Nithya must navigate cultural expectations that demand she marry an Indian boy, while James becomes increasingly important to her.

 

Inconceivable by Tegan Wren

When Ozarks native and journalism student Hatty goes “whole hog” during karaoke, she catches the eye of Prince John. She and John soon begin dating, and Hatty finds herself making headlines instead of writing them. Pressured to choose between invasive medical procedures to deal with infertility, and abandoning John’s claim to the throne, the couple feels trapped until a trip to Ethiopia shows them happy endings sometimes arrive long after saying “I do.”

 

Vineheart Farm by Lisa Kent

Eva Blanchard is getting used to living on her own in her parents’ old house, and she even starts making some changes. But her parents are dead, and their absence colors everything she thinks about, and everything she does. As she becomes more involved with her community, and as she develops a new type of relationship with an old friend, she discovers that both love and trouble come from unexpected places, and she must find the courage to embrace both.

 

Because of You by RaShelle Workman

In this sexy New Adult romance, Maddie Martin knew she’d see Kyle again. They attended the same college. What she didn’t except was to fall for him, especially since his dad murdered her parents.

 

Burn Baby, Burn Baby by Kevin Craig

Badly scarred after his abusive father drenched him in accelerant and threw a match at him eight years ago, seventeen year old Francis Fripp relies on his best friend Trig to protect him from the constant bullying doled out at the hands of his nemesis, Brandon Hayley—the unrelenting boy who gave him the dreaded nickname of Burn Baby. The new girl at school, Rachel Higgins, is the first to see past Francis’s pariah-inducing scars. If Brandon’s bullying doesn’t destroy him, Francis just might convince himself he’s worthy of Rachel’s attentions.

 

Family Cursemas by Rod Kierkegaard

When the wealthy Goodman family assembles for its gloomy annual holiday reunion, Holly Singletary is pressed into service to help cater the Goodman’s elegant Christmas Eve dinner. But someone – or something, perhaps the ghost reputed to live in the sealed-off East Wing – has chosen this Christmas to kill off the Goodman family one by one.

Curiosity Thrills: General Submissions Guidelines

Accepted Romance Sub Genres:

  • Contemporary
  • Historical
  • YA and NA
  • Fantasy
  • Paranormal
  • Urban Fantasy
  • Science Fiction
  • Mystery & Suspense
  • Thriller
  • Inspirational

Just what are we looking for when it comes to manuscripts? To start with, romance must be a central, driving force behind the story, and must resolve in some way at the end. Happy endings are not required, but reader satisfaction is. We want to be immersed in a world so believable we don’t want to leave it for our own. Give us flawed but relatable characters with depth and strong emotions. Make us feel what they feel. Above all, we want stories we’ll never forget.

While we encourage broad, inventive plots with complex casts of characters, please remember that our focus remains the romantic relationship. We expect every story to have a strong, fully developed romantic hook, no matter what type of genre. We accept agented and non agented manuscripts, although preference will be given to agented submissions.

 

Length

20,000-120,000 words. Submissions of less than 20,000 words and short stories are by invitation only at this time. Manuscripts of over 50,000 words will be published in print.

 

Re-releases

In some circumstances we will accept previously published manuscripts that meet our guidelines. Please follow our regular submissions guidelines, but let us know it has been previously published and include any relevant sales and marketing milestones.

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Anthologies/group projects

Curiosity Thrills does not accept anthologies or group project proposals from authors. Anthologies are by invitation only at this time.

 

Absolutely no:

  • Pedophilia. That is, sex between adults and underage characters.
  • Necrophilia. Vampires don’t count.
  • Bestiality. Shifters, aliens and paranormal creatures are OK.
  • Rape or incest calculated to arouse the reader.
  • Short stories or anthologies.

Also, while sex between minors may occur offstage or in flashbacks, it should not be described for the purpose of arousing the reader.

 

Please submit a Query Letter with:

  • Your name and contact e-mail.
  • The name of the manuscript you are submitting and the name of the series it is a part of, if any.
  • The length of your manuscript.
  • The genre, the premise, and the degree of sensuality present in your manuscript.

 

A short but complete Synopsis focusing on the characters’ goals and motivations, the major story events, climax and ending.

Partial which includes the first three chapters of your manuscript. A short prologue should not be counted. If all of the major characters are not represented in the first three chapters or the love story has not yet begun, please send through those points to the nearest chapter break.

Shit Non-Readers Say

Why are you reading?

 

 

Just put it down for a second

 

 

 

This book-adaption movie sucks

 

It’s just a book

 

Where do you find the time?

 

Why don’t you just watch TV

What are you doing?

 

You really need to get a life

 

Are you still upset about that books?


Are you even looking where you walk?

 

Didn’t you read that already?

 

Anything at all while you are trying to read