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DARKNESS SERIES, 1 & 2 - K.F. Breene
Sasha has grown up with one surety: sheâs not normal. Since she was little, sheâs had unexplained talents & seen strange shapes in the shadows no one else can see. One night, everything changes. Suddenly she is immersed in a world full of danger & magic. She must finally reveal her secrets in order to survive.
LUCAâS MAGIC EMBRACE - Kym Grosso
In the Big Easy, vampire, Luca Macquarie, & witch, Samantha Irving, embark on a spellbinding journey, searching for a mystical relic. With cryptic clues & clandestine allies, will they destroy the dangerous amulet before others acquire it? Will Luca give in to his erotic desire for the witch who magically captures his heart?
DAMON - Teresa Gabelman
Damon DeMasters, vampire warrior, has taken an oath to protect his own kind as well as humans. Social worker, Nicole Callahan fights for the right of every child placed in her care. Damon has been ordered to train Nicole & her colleagues against the dangers they now face. Even as sparks fly, Nicole & Damon depend on each other to protect the children of both races.
DESTINED - Brenda K. Davies
Terrified of becoming mated like her parents, Isabelle has locked herself away to avoid their fate. Despite her determination to remain alone, her world is rocked when Stefan arrives at their door. Just as she begins to let her guard down, Stefanâs dark & deadly past catches up to him & threatens to destroy them both.
HONEYMOON BITE - Sharon Hamilton
Anne caught her husband cheating before their wedding cake was cut, so she takes her honeymoon in Tuscany alone. Bitten by a vampire on her wedding night, she is left for dead, until Marcus Monteleone, her 300 year old fated mate, rescues her. Will they be able to navigate Marcusâ rocky & dangerous past to have an immortal future together?
A SUMMONERâS TALE - Victoria Danann
The devastatingly seductive ex-vampire, Istvan Baka, is forced to relive his tragic life as human & confront his past as vampire while his friends search for him. That search ultimately proves that love waits patiently through lifetimes for a second chance.
BLOOD AND SNOW VOLUMES 1-8 - RaShelle Workman
"Lips red as rubies, hair dark as night. Drink your true love's blood, become the Vampire, Snow White."
Every thousand years the Vampire Queen selects a new body, always the fairest in the land, & this time sheâs chosen Snow White.
THE NIGHTLIFE SAN ANTONIO - Travis Luedke
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EMT on call, Adrian Faulkner resuscitates a beautiful woman after a mafia shootout. He can't explain why he picks her up in the hospital parking lot three days later, then ducks the police. She wanted to escape. He wanted to get laid. They both got more than they bargained for.
MIDNIGHT CAPTIVE - Arial Burnz
After seven years, James Knightly returns as a master swordsman, ready to captain a ship & wed his childhood sweetheart, Cailin MacDougal. Waiting for him is a dagger-toting hellion for a bride, an immortal father-in-law, & an enemy bent on threatening the family James holds most dear.
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They have requirements to submit your e-masterpiece, so pay attention to these:
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At least twice a year we don't post to the blog to recharge and come up with more ideas for the next six months ahead.
When I attempt to blog everyday the writing becomes stale and I'd rather think, research and bring new opportunities to you than write something that doesn't suit.
In the spirit of Thanksgiving I have much gratefulness in my heart. I love writing and publishing every day. I've learned so much within the past two years about the craft, about preservation, persistence and loving every moment.
Coming up in January it will be two years since Troll River published it's first book, "Luke's Tale: A Story of Unconditional Love". Since then we've grow to eight authors and now very soon we will be announcing a ninth.
The website has undergone one overhaul and another should be coming within 2015. We've continued to bring Marketing Mondays, Tuesday Tools, Whimsical Wednesdays, Publishing Thursdays as well as Friday Fun and hope you'll look around and review the suggestions, warnings and advice over the course of the blog.
In January, we'll begin posting with fresh new ideas, new topics and questions. Thank you so much for your support and supporting our authors!
ACTION ITEM: Click the links and review these post for strategies going into 2015!
Marketing and Marketing Mondays will give you some great ideas and help you know the process before you go in. Or learn that Marketing and Promotions are not always the same thing.
For Unique and useful Tools for every author try Tuesdays Tools.
If you're feeling nostalgic about the past year try Whimsical Wednesdays or if you have a sick and perverted sense of humor try Friday Fun.
If you want to know more about the publishing side, are curious about publishing or what a publisher goes through try Publishing Process Thursdays. Of course if you want to see a publisher apologize or find out what NOT to do in the publishing world, there's always the publishing fail category. Of course there is the Author Resource section in which I'm updating as well.
Then there are our Authors. Check them and their blogs out and see what the process has been like for them!
and have a Lovely New Year! (for only $2.99) We'll see you in 2015!
Book your flight and pack your bags for Florida! The World's Tallest roller coaster is set to be available in 2017. Check out the roller coaster simulation! If you'd rather stay home and look into a book with the same affect, I have these recommendations:
One of the things you will come across when editing your book, will be putting the copyrights and your publishing information in it.
This usually happens on the first page after the title page, which is in the very beginning of the book. While there are many ways of accentuating those things on the first blank pages, have you ever thought about putting it at the back?
Why does it matter?
Who said the Copyright page had to be in the front?
Let's start with why you may want to put the copyright page in the back.
People don't tend to follow publishing companies, they follow authors. Those who are grabbed by the cover and blurb will look into the sample. In turn if you have more of the author's writing than legalese blocking and hogging up space for the writing, the less of a free sample people will be able to read.
When Amazon only allows 10% of the book to be viewed and you have a short story--only the publishing info will be seen. Also, you want to give people as much of the sample as possible. Sometimes if you give them the whole chapter, they feel invested in the book and will buy it.
Maybe that's just my preference, but I as a reader, want to read the book. Readers expect a book to be copyright. As long as the copyright is somewhere in the book the author is protected. Having to scroll through the copyright, the dedication, the acknowledgement, the TOC, the acronyms...I don't care! This stuff isn't endearing. Let me see what the author can write. If I like the book and want to use the editor, I will find them. Only publishers care about who published the book. If I want the info I'd rather find it in the back.
What about why you should put the copyright in the front?
Be aware of the fact, that the common reader might not even get to that mysterious part of the book, which usually contains only the appendix, the afterword and the index page.
When the book is later stored in libraries and bookstores and for the buyer’s that desperately want your book and can only find it through an ISBN number, they will look in the front. Some might even be so confused that they may never think to look in the back of the book.
There’s always going to be that person that thinks the copyright should always be in the front. They will claim an unwritten law about the copyright page in the front of the book. "It's always been like this..." -- said the lemming ready to jump.
But it's true, a certain expectation to be met with how you present yourself and your book and the rules that the reader will expect to be complied. When you are publishing on your own, you want your work looking as professional as it gets.
Having your book edited the traditional way will look clean and polished, while stepping off into other direction might look extravagant. Of course if that’s the idea behind it, go for it, otherwise it might just not be properly understood.
Of course I'm part of the movement that breaks with tradition and hope the readers thank me for getting the copyright page out of the sample. Ebooks don't allow you the same sampling as walking into a store and picking up a print book to browse. Authors only have that 10% sample to give readers and sometimes an extra page of the story makes the difference of a sale.
Whether you think of creating an e-book or an old-fashioned paper tome, you should consider what changes would serve your work the best. Remember the innovation is the key of new generation, but the devil still lives in the details.
Crit partners are the best when they know how to crit a WIP. But sometimes your crit partners don't know how to help you.
They send back a WIP with a couple of smiley faces and a few lines of text. After 10 edits this should be the case. But a first draft? If you're like me, not so much.
I love red marker. I love red lines. Thank you word for the notes section because I tend to leave notes that go off the page from the original line I'm highlighting. But if your crit partners are giving you the WIP back with no red and saying that the book is fabulous after the first draft...here are some questions to draw them out:
Questions for Crit Partners
1. What are your overall impressions of this story?
2. How satisfying did you find the climax of this story?
3. How satisfying was the resolution of the main plot?
4. Was the protagonist “likeable” or entertaining to read?
5. Does the story keep the promise that the opening makes to the reader?
6. Was the character growth satisfying (or was the growth clear)?
7. Did you feel a) sympathy and b) empathy for each of the main characters?
8. Were the protagonist & antagonist believable human beings with motives you could understand?
9. Were the relationships between characters satisfying and believable?
10. Were the stakes as high as they could be, or can you think of a way to raise them?
11. Was the main character's black moment as dark as it could be?
12. Was the theme of the story clear, or does it need to be strengthened?
13. Did this story fit with the conventions of its genre?
14. What rating (from 1 – 5) would you give this story?
This is not an excuse to eye roll at your nearest sibling...eyes are important for reading, editing and writing. We must take care of our eyes! When the strain of a computer screen presses on and the symptoms of a headache loom, I have a few eye-rolling exercises for you!
All silliness aside, these exercises will help the muscles behind the eyes. Muscles that are rarely remembered. Yes, rubbing your eyes, washing your face and taking a break from the computer screen help, but when you have real eye strain these tips give much needed relief! Keep writing!! Eye-roll away!
You've got your book up on pre-order for Amazon, Smashwords, Kobo, B&N & Apple, Congratulations!! This is the time to CELEBRATE! Woot!! Dance Minions!! Dance!!
Then, while your having that wild party your publisher says It's time to market! Hands become waterfalls of sweat. Breathing becomes a lesson in sucking a golf ball through a garden hose. The brain comes to a screeching halt and all you can think to do is run! Run fast!
Yeah, go ahead, try those things. At the very least it will make you feel like you're doing something to market your book. However, if you don't have the nerve to become astranged from your family and friends and you don't want to be arrested for disturbing the peace, I have compiled a few marketing paid and free promotions to help get the word out.
First I would suggest you set your book to be pre-ordered and spend $200 - $300 for the launch. But there are those that might have more time than money so your strategy might change. For those that have set aside some money, look into these advertisements:
AuthorAd $99 Book Ad Promotion
Bargain Kindle Books - for 99cents
Book Reviews Author & Book Promotions
Book Tweeters | We tweet your book! Twitter book promotion!
eBook Promotion Service
Kindle Nation Daily | Author's Corner
NovelRank | Get Featured - Donation Drive
Pikel Scroll - Feature Your Product
The Kindle Book Review
The Kindle Romance Review
The Romance Reviews (TRR) - for the latest Romance, Erotic and GLBT book reviews, news, contests, author interviews and comments
Wanton Reads | Advertising and Features (Accepts Erotic)
Sponsorships | Indie Book of the Day
Indies Unlimited | Services Directory | Promotional Services
Now if you don't have money, I'd advise going the 99¢ route for pre-order and listing your book here:
20 Free Sites Where You Can Promote Your eBook | BookBaby Blog
50 Web Links to Let Your Book Go Viral! | Savvy Writers & e-Books online
Author Services » Steamy Romance Books
BookMarketingBuzzBlog: Book Marketing & Book Publicity Tool Kit
Digital Book Today - Helping Readers Find Authors In A Digital World | Digital Book Today | Helping Readers Find Authors In A Digital World
GBT Author Services Directory | GoodBooksToday.com Reviews
Generate Immediate Exposure for Your Book with a Free BookDaily Author Account
Pixel of Ink
Pretty Hot | Submit Your Book (Takes Erotica)
Promote Your Book on a Budget: 20 Thrifty Ways to Get Your Writing Out There | BookBaby Blog
first chapter of your book out to 1000s for free. | Kindlemojo's Books and Bacon
I recommend new authors go to one of these a day and fill out what's needed. This will hep you quickly learn what people need from you when you do a book blog tour. I would recommend at least doing that even if you have no money.
So as you wait for your book to come out, slow go through the different sites and fill out what you can, and do what you can. If it's your first book and you don't know what to do, it's okay. You'll learn. By the time your third book comes out, you'll know what to expect!
I met Kris online from another TRP author - Patricia A. Knight. They started talking about PAK's book and how she became a published author. Basically, their friendship started on twitter.
It turned out Kris was starting to have writing aspirations and PAK took an interest in her work. After some editing of Kris' WIP "Kings of Guardian", PAK started dropping hints about an author I might be interested in. She introduced Kris to me by way of telling me she'd found another writer with potential. After seeing Kris' MS in the raw, I agreed!
But before then I saw her name being passed around my author's email circles and replied to Kris' awesome quips and funny jokes. After an email chain of insane suggestions and a fun round of trying to write "the worst book ever" I gave her a challenge to write a story about a paranormal romance, with vampires, witches, cops, werewolves, a cowboy, involving a murder and a physic.
She came back with gold. This was NOT the worst excerpt of a book ever, this was amazing pull-out-of-her-butt fabulous writing and I'm still waiting to publish THAT book! Seriously, I've not seen a writer that can make outlandish demands fit perfectly together.
When I meet Kris face-to-face at a writer's convention, I had my contract ready to whip out and have her sign! It was actually one of my two goals to sign this author while at #RWA2014.
There was screaming, I remember screaming, and cocktails, we'd made a verbal agreement that I would read her MS after it was polished and she'd let me make the decision.
I'd asked her how would publishing this book change her life she said: "Well, duh...bucket list, dream come true...yada, yada, yada. If anyone buys my stories? Gravy. Seriously though, I have an inner voice that demands I write. Yet in a realistic world I know it takes hard work and sustained effort to make a successful career in anything. I am dedicated to become a successful writer who can retire from the day job and make a comfortable living from telling my stories."
From that I knew I wanted her under the TRP wing.
After reading the MS, I rushed her a contract hoping she didn't change her mind, realize her potential and go with a larger publisher. However TRP prevailed! And now I'm proud to present a book cover, blurb and excerpt of "Jacob: Kings of Guardian (Book 1)" by Kris Michaels!
Jacob: Kings of Guardian
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~ Sincerley, Your Editor
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