Friday, April 21, 2017

Friday Feature: Runes Kindle World


It's no secret I love the Runes series by Ednah Walters. I'm lucky enough to edit Ednah's books, too. Well, she has a Runes Kindle World now! Check out these great novellas that released in Ednah's world.


Welcome to Kayville, Oregon, a safe and charming small town nestled in wine country. Kayville is home to spectacular waterfalls, old growth forests, vineyards, and orchards. Hidden among the simple townsfolk is a secret society of powerful Immortals -- centuries-old beings with special abilities harnessed from magical runes, a gift from Norse god, Odin. They mingle with Mortals, raising the next generations and contributing to their community. From organic farmers like the Jemisons to stockbrokers like the Sevilles, the Immortals have sworn to protect their true identity. But love knows no boundaries, and when the Immortals love, they will risk everything to protect their Mortal soulmates.

Whose story is next? A girl visiting relatives? A witch searching for a place to belong? Or just an average college student heading back to school when their car breaks down? Will you explore the past of an Immortal? The possibilities are endless. Be creative, and dare to enter the Runes world.
Grab the novellas here.

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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Writer Wednesday: Trial and Error


One thing I've learned in this industry is that most things we do are done by trial and error. We try different POVs or tenses. We test new methods for promoting books. Trying different things and seeing what works can be brutal at times. Especially when those efforts require spending money, and let's be honest, they usually do.

I've mentioned before that 2017 is about trying new things for me. I'm taking part in two ventures (I can't really tell you about either just yet) that are completely new to me, and I'm nervous. Very nervous. Excited too. I feel like I'm walking into a dark room, waiting for someone to turn on the lights so I can see if my new efforts will pan out or not. But here's the thing. Even if they don't work out the way I hoped, I'm glad I'm testing the waters. I'm glad I'm doing different things, because I know what doing the same things looks like. I know what the results are. So in order to make changes in my writing income, I have to make changes to the way I put out books. 

I'll keep you posted on what exactly I'm doing as I'm able to speak more about the projects. Until then, what have you done differently this year?

*If you have a question you'd like me to answer from the other side of the editor's desk, feel free to leave it in the comments and I'll schedule it for a future post.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Monday Mishmash 4/17/17


Happy Monday! Monday Mishmash is a weekly meme dedicated to sharing what's on your mind. Feel free to grab the button and post your own Mishmash.

Here's what's on my mind today:
  1. Editing  I'm editing for a new client this week.
  2. Secret Project  I'm working on a secret project that I'm really excited about. More on this to come.
  3. Thank You!  I want to thank everyone who bought a copy of Lies We Tell and/or help share the book during its release last week. <3 font="">
  4. Proofing It Was Always You  My proof for my July Ashelyn Drake release is on the way. I can't wait to hold it in my hands—and then proofread it of course.
  5. Pirate Island Cover Reveal  The cover for Katie L. Carroll’s middle grade adventure PIRATE ISLAND is here! Check out the cover and blurb, and add it on Goodreads.
    A thrice cursed island, a legendary pirate treasure, and one not-so-brave boy. What could possibly go wrong? 
    For centuries, the whereabouts of Captain William Kidd’s lost pirate treasure has remained a mystery. When Billy’s best friend, Andy, proposes they look for it on nearby Pirate Island, Billy thinks it’s just another one of their crazy adventures. It’s usually Billy who ends up in trouble as a result, but he goes along for the ride…like always. The more he delves into the life and death of Kidd, the more he thinks the treasure is real and that it might be buried on the small island in Long Island Sound. Billy—nope, call him William—becomes obsessed with the captain of the same first name. He even believes he’s possessed by Kidd’s restless soul. Now he and the spirit of a long-dead pirate are leading the crazy adventure on Pirate Island. And what they find is far bigger than the treasure they imagined.

That's it for me. What's on your mind today?

Friday, April 14, 2017

Friday Feature: United by Heather Young-Nichols



Captured by his own people.

Sentenced to death.

When the goblin Aric Bramble is kidnapped for treason, it’s up to Alyssum to rescue him from a dark fate. Yet saving him comes at a cost; their return to New York causes Alyssum’s world to shatter. She’s discovered things she can’t unlearn, information that contradicts everything she believes in and turns her world into a lie. Abandoning what she’s been taught, Alyssum seeks peace, and attempts to find a way to bring the Gremalians and the Gobel together…

A way to live without war.

But ending the war isn’t Alyssum’s only concern. Earth is now starting to rebel against its magical inhabitants. Earthquakes, tsunamis, and other natural disasters plague the Gremalians and the Gobel as a result of both kinds stealing Earth’s copper to enhance their own powers.

Will Alyssum bring both sides together? Or is it already too late to stop the coming disaster?

A young adult paranormal romance filled with action, adventure, and a bit of romance, United is an urban fantasy novel perfect for fans of author Heather Young-Nichols Grounded series.

The book is only $.99 so grab it on Amazon.
Heather Young-Nichols is a multi-published YA and contemporary romance author and a native of the great and often very cold state of Michigan. She is better known at home and to her friends as the Snarker-in-Chief, a job she excels at beyond anything she could have imagined. She loves many things, but especially cold coffee, hot books, and baseball. But not necessarily in that order.


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Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Writer Wednesday: First Person or Third?

If you've read any of my books, you know I love first person POV. It doesn't matter if it's first person dual POV or if only one MC is telling the story. I like to be inside the head of the main character(s), experiencing everything while they do. I don't read very many books written in third person because I feel like the perspective distances me from the characters and story. Until...

Recently, I decided to rewrite one of my Ashelyn Drake books in third person. Why? Well, it's going to be in a boxed set with a bunch of other authors. Oh, did I not mention that before? ;) More news to come when I can say more. For now, I'll just say that I was encouraged to alter the POV of the story for a few reasons. At first, I panicked. I may have ranted and raved for a day. Then I sat down and got to it, and you know what? Close third person dual POV reads a lot like first person dual POV. With this particular book, I realized I liked third person better. I couldn't have been more shocked, but it seemed to suit the story. Now this doesn't mean I'll be writing in third person from now on. No way. My plan is try a book out in both and see what works better. Just like with anything else, I think you have to find what works for each individual book.

Which do you prefer as a writer, first person or third? Do you find the same is true for when you are playing the part of the reader?

*If you have a question you'd like me to answer from the other side of the editor's desk, feel free to leave it in the comments and I'll schedule it for a future post.

Monday, April 10, 2017

Monday Mishmash 4/10/17


Happy Monday! Monday Mishmash is a weekly meme dedicated to sharing what's on your mind. Feel free to grab the button and post your own Mishmash.

Here's what's on my mind today:
  1. Lies We Tell Is Now Available!!!  It's release day! I couldn't be more excited for everyone to read this book. I have to say I really love writing for adults, and suspense is such a fun genre! Grab your copy here!
    Madison Kramer thought her past was behind her. With a new name and a career as a best-selling author, what could go wrong? 

    She never expected Trevor Lockhardt to walk into her book signing, offering his services as her publicist, or that she’d end up falling for him. But what she really didn’t expect was a stalker sending her messages, both written and in the form of dead bodies. 

    Madison can’t escape her parents’ murder any longer. But is it their killer coming to finish what he started fifteen years ago? How long can she keep her past a secret before her lies come back to get her?
  2. Revisions  I'm finishing up revisions on a book after changing the POV and the tense. I'm happy with the way it's transformed. I'll be sending it off to my editor later today.
  3. Proofing It Was Always You  I'm doing a digital proofing round of It Was Always You, my Ashelyn Drake adult contemporary romance releasing in July. Then it's off to the printer so I can do a physical proof.
  4. Drafting  I may start drafting a new book this week since I have a few days off between client edits. That is unless someone sees this and sends me a short edit to tackle. ;)
  5. Monroe County Book Expo  I'll be signing copies of all of my Kelly and Ashelyn titles at the Monroe County Book Expo (held at the Hughes branch of the Eastern Monroe Public Library). If you live in or near Monroe County, PA, come see me. I'm having a half price sale on two Ashelyn titles!
That's it for me. What's on your mind today?

Friday, April 7, 2017

Friday Feature: Piper Morgan Makes A Splash


I'm always excited to share a new Stephanie Faris book! Check out Piper Morgan Makes a Splash! How adorable is this cover?


Piper Morgan tries her hand at acting in the fourth book of the charming Piper Morgan series.

Piper’s mom is helping out at a local pool shop, and the owner wants to shoot a commercial for his store. Piper thinks it’s the PERFECT opportunity to get in front of the camera and experience a little bit of showbiz. But will Piper’s contribution to the TV commercial make a splash—or will it go belly-up?



Stephanie Faris is the author of the middle grade books 30 Days of No Gossip and 25 Roses, as well as the Piper Morgan chapter book series. An accomplished freelance writer, her work has appeared in Writer's Digest, The Writer, Pacific Standard, Mental Floss, and The Week, among many others.

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