Adventures in Taos

Adventures in Taos

Lola Dodge | Adventures in Taos

More than a month into my Taos stay, and I haven’t posted a single blog. I’ve been so busy hiking and walking, enjoying the sage and sunsets!

(Don’t worry, I’m slathered in SPF 50 at all times.)

Lola and Mary at Wiliams Lake, Taos, NM
Williams Lake was one of my favorite hikes despite the SNOW in the MIDDLE OF JUNE. I huffed my way up to 11,000 feet and then slid down the mountain on my soggy butt, because SLUSH. But the payoff was so worth it! And Mary Karlik is a total peach for tolerating me and rerouting us back to the trail every time I led us astray.

The Taos farmer’s market is fantastic (although I keep buying teaography and empanadas instead of vegetables). Last weekend we caught Curtis Stone filming, and I creeped awkwardly around until I could get a good pic of him. If you don’t know who Curtis Stone is, you need to up your Top Chef game. Best show on American television!

The food in Taos is also spectacular. Northern New Mexican dishes are gloriously spicy, and I’m attempting to try the chiles rellenos at every Mexican joint in town. This week, we drove out to a local brewery for a picnic in the mountains with a few glasses of the raspberry wheat ale.

It’s basically heaven out here.

Despite all the distractions, I’m actually working. I’m cracking away on Deadly Sweet, rebranded my whole website (ta-da!), and am juggling a few really great marketing and editing classes. Also finally mailed out a whole bunch of copies of Quanta Rewind and matching bookmarks.

 

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Next stop, Los Angeles!

I’ll be sad to leave Taos, but I need to start shopping for RWA dresses in the big city. The whole Ink Monster team is heading to the national conference in July. Cannot wait.

Happy summer, wherever you are!

<3 Lola

DuckDuckGo is the BEST Search Engine for Readers & Writers

I’ve been playing around with new search engines, and after a few disappointing trials, I discovered that DuckDuckGo is the best possible search engine for authors, readers, and writers.

I am pretty much searching for books 24/7, whether I’m checking prices or summaries, or just looking for something new to read : ) This means tons of searches on all the book retailer pages. I feel like I’m searching for the same books over and over and over again, and with my decrepit laptop, that is both slow and frustrating going.

If I want to see Aileen’s books on Kindle, I Google “amazon aileen erin” to get a boring page of this:

But if I search using DuckDuckGo, I get:

A scrolling carousel of books at the top of the results?!

And it gets better. DuckDuckGo uses shortcut codes called bangs. The bang for Amazon is !a, so if I search “!a aileen erin” I bypass the search engine interface and go straight to the Amazon search results, which are exactly what I wanted to see:

This is SO SO SO convenient! And there are bangs for every book site you could possibly want.

The most important DuckDuckGo bangs for readers and writers are:

  • !a – Amazon
  • !bn – Barnes & Noble
  • !itunes – iBooks
  • !kobo – Kobo
  • !gb – Google Books
  • !gr – Goodreads

So instead of going to Goodreads to look up my books, I can use “!gr lola dodge” and go straight to this magic:

It is a wonderful thing.

I basically can’t recommend DuckDuckGo enough and I hope you’ll start using it as your default search engine because it makes browsing for books SO. MUCH. EASIER. #cometotheduckside

Also, not a sponsored post ; ) I just love to share things I love.

Happy reading!

<3 Lola

 

Why DuckDuckGo is the best search engine for authors, readers & writers

Quanta Rewind Release Day!

Quanta Rewind (The Shadow Ravens, Book Four) by Lola Dodge
Book FOUR of the Shadow Ravens is now in stores!

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It’s featured on the iBooks YA page.

Quanta Rewind (The Shadow Ravens, Book Four) by Lola Dodge is featured on the iBooks Young Adult page
AND the reviews are coming in!

Reads & Reels

“Quanta Rewind is a thrilling ride and I enjoyed it as much as the first three books. Quanta continues to impress me and I really love this ragtag group of people pushed together under the worst circumstances.”

Simply Nicollette

“There is plenty of action, great friendships, fun sci-fi aspects, and some swoony moments, too!”

Les Chroniques Aléatoires – Review

“Avec un peu d’humour, beaucoup d’action, une histoire bien ficelée et une histoire d’amour très belle, Quanta Rewind ne pouvait qu’être un coup de cœur.” (With a bit of humor, a lot of action, a well-crafted story and a lovely love story, Quanta Rewind could only be a favorite.)

A Page to Turn Reviews

“the more I watched the characters grow and learn, the more attached I became until I reached the point that I spent the last half of the book screaming out loud at them. I mean, how was I supposed to live if any of these fictional darlings died??”

The Avid Reader

“If you love a good dystopian, science fiction book then you are going to love Quanta Rewind and all of the Shadow Ravens novels.”

 

Thank you SO MUCH to everyone who reviewed and to all who’ve supported the Shadow Ravens. I would’ve given up on writing this book if not for your enthusiasm & encouragement <3 <3 <3

QUANTA REWIND is my last book in the Shadow Ravens series. There could be more books (hopefully more Cipher books by Aileen), but I’m coasting along to some new projects for now.

What’s Next??

First, I’m getting my act together on the sportsy contemporary I’ve had on my desk for more than a year. It’s “finished” but needs a boatload of revision and I finally have time to get serious. This book is so important to me, I’ve been struggling with the need to make it perfect. So quest for perfection = zero actual progress. But this is the year. I swear!!

Then, NEW YA FANTASY. Slash Urban fantasy. I’m starting a new series for Ink Monster called the Spellwork Syndicate and the first book, Deadly Sweet, features a witch who just wants to bake magic cakes and be left alone. The cakes go well, but the left alone part… you’ll see ; ) Stay tuned for the cover reveal in August!

<3 Lola

 

 

 

Quanta Rewind Blog Tour Update

Quanta Rewind Blog Tour

The Quanta Rewind blog tour is underway! Hooray!!

Click a post to read and enter the giveaway. And don’t forget to enter the Quanta Rewind Goodreads giveaway–we’re offering TEN paperback copies of the book!

April 19th

Movies, Shows, & Books  – Quanta Rewind Playlist

Zerina Blossom’s Books

Reads & Reels

“Quanta Rewind is a thrilling ride and I enjoyed it as much as the first three books. Quanta continues to impress me and I really love this ragtag group of people pushed together under the worst circumstances.”

SolaFide Book Club – Lola’s Writing Journey

The Silver Dagger Scriptorium

April 20th

Simply Nicollette – Review

“There is plenty of action, great friendships, fun sci-fi aspects, and some swoony moments, too!”

T’s Stuff

A Book Addict’s Bookshelves

Bookwyrming Thoughts – Ten things no one knows about Quanta!

The Rest Is Still Unwritten

 

April 21st

Loves Great Reads

Pippa Jay

BookLove

Readdayandnight

“Fast paced, action-packed and thrilling.”

April 24th

Don’t Judge, Read

Smada’s Book Smack

Book Lovers Life

Les Chroniques Aléatoires

“Avec un peu d’humour, beaucoup d’action, une histoire bien ficelée et une histoire d’amour très belle, Quanta Rewind ne pouvait qu’être un coup de cœur.” (With a bit of humor, a lot of action, a well-crafted story and a lovely love story, Quanta Rewind could only be a favorite.)

Paging Through The Days

April 25th

A Page to Turn Reviews

“the more I watched the characters grow and learn, the more attached I became until I reached the point that I spent the last half of the book screaming out loud at them. I mean, how was I supposed to live if any of these fictional darlings died??”

The Avid Reader

“If you love a good dystopian, science fiction book then you are going to love Quanta Rewind and all of the Shadow Ravens novels.”

Brooke Blogs – A day in the life of Quanta!

CBY Book Club

The Angels Pearl

 

Thanks to YA Bound tours for hosting : )

Quanta Rewind SNEAK PEEK!

Sneak peek of Quanta Rewind (the Shadow Ravens, Book Four) by Lola Dodge

With Quanta Rewind releasing THIS MONTH, I wanted to give you a little peek into the story you’ve all been waiting for ; )

The full first chapter is posted on the Ink Monster blog – just subscribe to the Ink Monster newsletter and you’ll get the password in your email soon!

In the meantime, enjoy the first few paragraphs : )

Chapter One

QUANTA

My pulse rang loud in my ears as I puzzled over the doorknob in front of me. The only light in the narrow hallway glowed from Devan’s raised hand, but Cipher was starting to crackle with nervous sparks of electricity as she leaned closer, voice muffled by her protective facemask. “What’s next?”

I kept staring at the knob. What is next?

Good question. By way of an answer, bluish timeghosts fuzzed over reality, showing me all the ways the next seconds could play out.

Letting the present bleed away, I relaxed into my power. I stumble over the trip wire just across the threshold. That was a start. “There’s a wire on the first step through the door.” And then?

I tiptoe over the wire. Cipher and Devan follow me into a vacant gray office. It looks empty enough, with only a few bare desks and no furnishings or working lights, but before I can wave the girls across the room to the next door we have to crack, a shooter pops out from behind the desk. I lift my gun, but Cipher’s already pushing me aside to safety. She takes a hit to the shoulder before I can shoot.

Blinking back to the now, I scowled at Cipher. “Shooter behind the desk on the left. Don’t be such a hero.”

Cipher’s mask covered her mouth, but I knew she was scowling right back at me. “I didn’t do anything.”

None of us are doing anything.” The golden light glowing from Devan’s hand flickered as she grumbled.

“Just let me take out the shooter. Can you unlock the door?” I stepped back, giving Cipher room.

She lifted a portacomp to the door’s keypad, punched in some numbers, and a beep sounded. I tried to breathe in and out and keep my focus as I pulled out my gun. We’d win this time. The possibility was there in the ether, if a little hazy and unlikely looking. There were only three more booby-trapped rooms between the exit and us, and I spotted at least one future where we darted through the last door grinning wide for the first time in weeks.

I just had to find the right path. We could do it.

Definitely.

Probably?

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Preorder now to keep reading on April 25th!

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<3 Lola

All The Things I’ll Do After Quanta Rewind

Life After Quanta Rewind & The Shadow Ravens | www.loladodge.net

I’ve been majorly MIA the past few weeks (months?!) and Quanta Rewind is to blame. Lately, I spend all day every day at my desk, working on the draft and listening to ambient arctic noise

As you can imagine, I’m an inch away from a total breakdown.

The good news is the draft is juuuuust about finished. Bloggers will be able to download it on NetGalley at the beginning of April, and we’re still signing up for the blog tour, so hop on if you’d love to host!

I’ve survived thus far by consuming near-lethal quantities of Cherry Coke and dreaming of all the fun I’ll have when this deadline is in the bag. Thought I’d share a few things I CANNOT WAIT TO DO after Quanta Rewind is off my desk:

1) Shower

Hygiene is the first item to go when the deadlines hit. My hair looks like I’ve been moisturizing with Crisco, and I need to get back on the cleanliness schedule of a normal human person.

2) Play Breath of the Wild for 375603560q9479345 hours

It has come to my attention that I’m a grown adult and shouldn’t get sucked into buying a $300 console plus accessories just to have a Zelda machine… But then again OPEN WORLD ZELDA WITH COOKING AND WHO CARES ABOUT MONEY. I’m going to hunt down a Switch and spend a solid week gathering mushrooms. That’s just how I roll.

3) Catch up on dramas

I’m ridiculously behind on my drama watching. I got sidetracked with all this work (lame!) so I stalled out on Jealousy Incarnate, The Princess Weiyoung, and Hwarang, but I’m determined to catch up. PLUS, I have Goblin on my to-watch list and I can already anticipate the binge because it’s supposed to be the best.

4) Plan my next move

I’ve been in America way too long, and it’s time to skip out before all the visa regulations get crazy. Maybe back to Thailand after the burning season is over??? Or Bali?! Haven’t decided yet, but I’ll finally have time to plan.

I've left the country

5) Start my new series!!!

I am SO EXCITED to start a new project. The first book in my new series comes out on Halloween and I can’t wait to dig into all the early stage research and worldbuilding. It’s been killing me to have this one on the back burner. More updates (and preorder links!) coming soon, but this one is about WITCHES AND CAKES (my two favorite things in life) and I hope you love the new world as much as I do!

Catch you on the flipside of this deadline!!!

<3 Lola

Quanta Rewind Cover REVEALED!! (+ Giveaway!)

Lola Dodge Book Cover Reveal

I am so very pleased that I can finally, finally, FINALLY share the cover of Quanta Rewind, the fourth book of the Shadow Ravens series!

Drumroll…

 

 

 

 

 

 

The cover of Quanta Rewind (The Shadow Ravens, Book Four) by Lola Dodge
 

 

Preorder at:

Amazon | iBooks | B&N | Kobo

Goodreads

It is a THING of BEAUTY, and I hope you love it as much as I do : )

And to CELEBRATE the AWESOMENESS (I apologize for all these caps, but it’s too late to stop), I have a fun little giveaway of some of my favorite things. Enter below and share the love!

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<3 Lola

All the Quanta Reset News!

Quanta Reset BannerQuanta Reset released on Tuesday, and I have so much great Shadow Ravens news to share : )

The blog tour wrapped up with a bunch of lovely reviews from some of my favorite bloggers, including LilyElement, Simply Nicolette, Functioning Insanity, and my #1 fav French review blog, Les Chroniques Aléatoires.

So things were good! And then, I woke up to discover Quanta Reset featured on the iBooks YA page:

Quanta Reset (the Shadow Ravens, Book 3) by Lola Dodge, featured on the iBooks YA homepage

And things were GREAT!!

But THEN, Cipher went on BookBub and Aileen Erin scaled to the top of the Kindle charts:

Cipher (The Shadow Ravens, Book 1) by Aileen Erin, tops the Kindle free charts

AND THEN EVERYTHING WAS AMAZING!!!!

I’m so excited and grateful for this success for both Aileen and me : ) Thank you to everyone who supported me through this book launch!!!! <3 I think this calls for some celebratory release week sheet cake + champagne!

P.S. Don’t forget to enter the Goodreads giveaway for Quanta Reset hardcopies!

And you can now TBR Quanta Rewind (The Shadow Ravens, Book Four) on Goodreads or pre-order it at Amazon, B&N, Kobo, and iBooks.

Hooray!

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Lola in Los Angeles

Lola in Los Angeles | www.loladodge.com

It’s still Monday (in my timezone) and I’m sneaking in a blog before I turn into a pumpkin. Today, I’m coming at you from the rolling hills of Los Angeles, where I’ll be hanging up my passport for a year or so.

1. Los Angeles

I’m so excited I get to stay in LA! The food is crazy delicious, I can get involved in any class/activity imaginable, and I have so many new cafes to explore. It’s such a cool city, I have zero worries about getting bored… But I am kind of apprehensive about this whole parallel parking thing. I remember the last time I parallel parked (Five-ish years ago in Pittsburgh?) and gave my passengers a solid twenty minutes of laughter. But that was before I had a back-up camera, so maybe now it will be okay??? (crossing fingers)

I'm Single Nobody Loves Me

2. Wait But Hi

I ventured out into society over the weekend (THE SHOCK) because I got chosen to join one of the Wait But Why meetups taking place in LA. Unfortunately, Tim Urban did not show up in person (so I couldn’t propose marriage yet), but I met 15 super interesting people and we shared a lot of wine and great conversation. Writers, directors, film editors, divers, MBAs, actors, musicians–such an awesome and eclectic group!

Wait But Why

3. Tessa Dare

Melissa at LilyElement got me started on Tessa Dare, and Tessa is yet another reason I’m excited about LA–she’s giving a talk at the local RWA chapter next weekend. How lucky am I?? Her Spindle Cove novella Beauty and the Blacksmith is free for a few more days, so check it out if you’ve never read her before. Her stories are always cute and hilarious with satisfying HEAs. They make me feel so cozy and happy!

Beauty and the Blacksmith by Tessa Dare

4. No Man’s Sky

These are the times I’m bummed to be a Mac owner. The reviews are coming out for No Man’s Sky and people are saying it has a boring resource gathering aspect, but I’m sitting over here like I LOVE BORING RESOURCE MANAGEMENT GAMES AND I WANT TO NAME PLANTS. Since I can’t just pop out and buy a gaming PC, I’m killing time until the Mac port release by watching playthroughs on YouTube. I highly recommend Shirley Curry’s gaming channel. She’s a grandma who her subscribers as “grandkids.” It’s TOO CUTE. “Oh no!” Shirely gasps. “That’s too far away. Oh no! I can’t go there. How far away is the planet?”

5. Book Finished!

Maybe I should’ve led with this, but QUANTA RESET IS FINISHED!!!

The file is on its way to be converted for Netgalley. YESSSSS!

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I’m so excited to be done. It kind of came down to the wire with this deadline (it always seems to…) but I’m happy to share the story with you all and I hope you love it!

The Quanta Reset Blog Tour runs September 20th-27th, 2016, hosted by YA Bound

Happy Monday!

<3 Lola

Another Exciting Monday… And Quanta Reset News!

Monday's Update from Lola with Quanta Reset News

I’ve been a busy bumblebee these past few weeks. A million things are going on and it’s been rough trying to balance them all with the ridiculous amount of time I’ve spent in the orthodontist’s chair.

But now only one last follow-up appointment is left because:

1. THE BRACES ARE OFF

Braces off 🎉 Braces off 🎉 Braces off 🎉 😀😀😀

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I’m so happy!!! A friend told me that my teeth look perfect now—like American teeth. So I’m glad I can finally represent my country with my mouth? Also because:

2. It’s time to leave Thailand

It’s been fun. I’ve made friends, I’ve gotten my teeth tortured into shape, and I’ve eaten enough khao soi and coconut shakes to last a lifetime (or at least a few months). As much as I’ll miss Chiang Mai, I’ve had one too many massive cockroaches in my apartment the past few weeks and it’s time for a break from nature.

I’m just bummed that I won’t have time to see this movie. I’ve seen the trailer half a million times while sitting at the coworking space at the mall, and I feel called to share it with you all. It’s about a haunted classroom and it may be the best zombie film ever made:

3. Next stop: Los Angeles

I’m so excited to be heading back to LA! I get to hang with Aileen, finally meet her baby, and hopefully eat lots of donuts while I’m in town. I also get to reunite with The Nook—my #1 favorite working spot at Aileen’s house. Not sure if it’s weird to have a favorite spot in someone else’s home, but The Nook has a long list of fans—it’s just so cute and sunny!

The Nook is my Happy Place

The Nook is my Happy Place

4. Quanta

We’re signing up hosts for the Quanta Reset blog tour. Jump over to YA Bound if you’d like to join in on the fun : )

The Quanta Reset Blog Tour runs September 20th-27th, 2016, hosted by YA Bound

5. More Quanta

Aaaaand, hold tight for more Reset news. The book should be live on NetGalley by the end of the month, but subscribe to the Ink Monster Newsletter if you want to be the first to hear about it. You should definitely get on the list regardless, because I heard a rumor that Shattered Pack news is coming soon, too ; )

Not that I’m biased or anything, but Meredith’s story is awesome. If you’ve enjoyed the Alpha Girl Series so far, you’re going to love reading from her POV.

Shattered Pack (Alpha Girl Series, #6) by Aileen Erin, releases November 2016

Can’t wait for this book to come out!!

Have a lovely Monday wherever you are!

<3 Lola