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As some of you know, I have been consumed with finishing my new YA metaphysical fantasy/thriller, THE EARTH SHIFTER. It is presently being polished and professionally edited. Despite the upcoming holidays, I am making supreme effort to release my book on its original target release date of December 20, 2012. This date has not been chosen randomly, as it coincides with another date, December 21, 2012 –  the notorious 12/21/12 – which some perceive as the “end of the world” and others as the time of great shift of consciousness.

THE EARTH SHIFTER is my unique take on what has been and what is to come, as we speed ahead toward our common future. As with all of my books, THE EARTH SHIFTER is a whimsical and original, yet satisfying, stew of fantasy and reality. The cataclysms and events described in it indeed took place, and those predicted may materialize, if mankind… But I’ll leave it up to you, dear reader, to decide where fantasy ends and reality starts. This is BOOK 1 of the trilogy, with Books 2 and 3 to be released in the not so distant future.

In the next couple of weeks, I’ll be making additional announcements and posting THE EARTH SHIFTER excerpts.

To celebrate the book launch, I am planning a huge giveaway! And I mean HUGE! What will be given away is a surprise, but suffice it to say, it’s something really awesome & valuable, and you’ll definitely want it! 

Enter the new world and join me on December 20, 2012,

when the epic EARTH SHIFTER journey begins! 

Stay tuned, as much more is coming your way!

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It is also my great pleasure to announce that I received the newly created and very exciting Blog of the Year 2012 Award from a friend and blogger I admire, Holly Michael.

Her blog, Writing Straight, is awesome and very much worth the visit! Here is the link to her post about the Blog of the Year 2012 Award. Also, special congrats to Holly on becoming a winner of NaNoWriMo 2012!

As you can see, there is one gold star with the possibility of six in total.

The ‘rules’ for this award are simple:

1 Select the blog(s) you think deserve the ‘Blog of the Year 2012′ Award.

2 Write a blog post and tell us about the blog(s) you have chosen — there’s no minimum or maximum number of blogs required — and ‘present’ them with their award.

3 Please include a link back to this page ‘Blog of the Year 2012′ Award —http://thethoughtpalette.co.uk/our-awards/blog-of-the-year-2012-award/ and include these ‘rules’ in your post (please don’t alter the rules or the badges!).

4 Let the blog(s) you have chosen know that you have given them this award and share the ‘rules’ with them.

5 You can now also join our Facebook group — click ‘like’ on this page: ‘Blog of the Year 2012′ Award Facebook group, and then you can share your blog with an even wider audience.

6 As a winner of the award, please add a link back to the blog that presented you with the award, and then proudly display the award on your blog sidebar, and start collecting stars!

Yes — that’s right — there are stars to collect! Unlike other awards which you can only add to your blog once, this award is different! When you begin, you will receive the ’1 star’ award, and every time you are given the award by another blog you can add another star! There are a total of 6 stars to collect.


Which means that you can check out your favorite blogs, and even if they have already been given the award by someone else, you can still bestow it on them again and help them to reach the maximum 6 stars!

And now, it’s time for champagne… The envelope, please! Blogs to award:

Ralph Whillier http://bluefishway.com/

Darlene Foster http://darlenefoster.wordpress.com/

Wendy http://greenlightlady.wordpress.com/

Michele Seminara http://micheleseminara.wordpress.com/

Russel Ray http://russelrayphotos2.com/

Stefan Maxima http://hillsofherchastity.wordpress.com/

Lesley Fletcher http://inspirationimport.wordpress.com/

Seyi Sandra David http://seyisandradavid.org/

Karen Robiscoe http://charronschatter.com/

Quillan and Angela http://toemail.wordpress.com/

Jim L. Wright http://olbigjim.wordpress.com/

Lori Lipsky http://poetrypatio.wordpress.com/

And last but not least – and in full compliance with the award rules – Holly Michael http://writingstraight.com/, because I would have given it to her regardless of whether I have received it from her or not. 🙂

Congratulations bloggers! I love to visit all these great blogs and I’m sure you will, too. Each one is wonderful, and each will make your life brighter and richer in its own, unique way!

P.S. Based on some questions about the upcoming release of THE EARTH SHIFTER I received from my readers, here are a few additional details:

THE EARTH SHIFTER will initially come out as an ebook available in all formats, incl. kindle, nook, PDF, etc. It will be available from all major ebook retailers and all buy links will be listed at the digital book store of my official author website, LadaRay.com.
I will certainly consider a paperback and later, perhaps an audio, but unfortunately, I don’t know much about audio books, so that could be a while. I’ll keep everyone posted of my plans, but your best bet is to read it as an ebook – if you want to read it early. It’s very easy by the way, and if you don’t have an e-reader or a tablet, you can simply download PDF to your computer. Who knows, you might enjoy this new reading experience!

THE EARTH SHIFTER description and details are available here: http://www.ladaray.com/the-earth-shifter.html

You can also sample my writing and sneak peek THE EARTH SHIFTER’s first 2 chapters, which are available as an excerpt with CATHARSIS, Legend of the Lemurians (a metaphysical fantasy novelette). CATHARSIS can be downloaded in any ebook format for free at Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/235546

In the next 2 weeks, I’ll also be posting excerpts here, on my blog.

Stay tuned!