This book is on tour from 03/07/2013 to 04/30/13. Please spread the word! Reeling from his wife's unsolved murder, Malcolm Cutter is just going through the motions as a chauffeur and bodyguard for Hollywood's rich and famous. Then a pair of Guatemalan tough guys offer him a job. It's an open question whether they're patriotic revolutionaries or vicious terrorists. Either way, Cutter doesn't much care until he gets a bomb through his window, a gangland beating on the streets of L.A., and three … [Read more...] about January Justice by Athol Dickson
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One of the eternal questions about writing is how to go about the messy business of actually putting stories together. The kind of books I write are slippery to plot: character-driven fiction is focused on following a character’s personal growth and has a lot less plot-based oomph than some genres (genres like thriller, fantasy, “active” romance). When I was writing The Sock Wars – which took me almost six years – I found it difficult to find the story arc. I was working full-time and … [Read more...] about Guest Post by by Maia Sepp How to Write by the Seat of Your Pants: Outline or No?
Lucy Tuttle is a workaholic financial planner whose biggest worry is how to line up the sticky notes on her desk just so, until her only relative dies a car accident halfway across the world. Suddenly Lucy (apartment dwelling, doesn’t-own-a-hammer Lucy) inherits a handyman’s delight on the other side of town. Her boyfriend, a laid back environmentalist with an affinity for organic lentils and sock thievery, convinces Lucy to move into her aunt’s brokendown house. The two of them embark on a … [Read more...] about Orangeberry Book Tours – The Sock Wars by Maia Sepp
This book is on tour from 28th February to 7th March. Please spread the word! Anne's relationship with her boyfriend Neil has disintegrated. After a two-year separation, they pack for a week vacation in hopes of reconciling. But fate has other plans for them. The discovery of a bejeweled cross and ancient human bones opens a door to a new and frightening world--one where the ghost of a medieval nun named Genevieve will not let Anne rest. This new world threatens not only to ruin Anne and … [Read more...] about Shadows of the Past by Carmen Stefanescu
Tsaen was the ruler of Ray, chosen by the Divine Spirit. She was the third daughter born to poor farmers from the northern province of Lakan. At two, she spoke like a fifty-year-old scholar. The council, chosen for their evolved spirits, acted as the Rayan ruler’s right hand. They were his buffer, his ears and many times his mouth throughout the land. When Tsaen was brought to the Rayan council members, the ruler, Agrei, was nearing the end of his time and the council had begun its search for … [Read more...] about Ray – A planet I would love to live on – Guest Post by Eleanor T Beaty
A lush garden, with ancient ficus trees, surrounded her grandmother’s cottage in the Grove. The tall trees’ cascading aerial roots had terrified Lya when she was small. At night they turned into huge monsters with scary faces. Nee had come up with the perfect solution to make her feel safe; she'd placed three angels with chimes in the garden to guard the house. These angels didn’t have wings or names. They were but blue wooden silhouettes. Nee’s gates stood open. The mango trees in her garden … [Read more...] about Excerpt from Fallen Ruler by Eleanor T Beaty
Why are book covers so important? Well, the pat answer to that question is because it is the first thing a potential reader of your book sees. And we must not underestimate that answer. As humans, we are prone to weighing and judging initially by our vision. Unless a person is visually impaired or in tune with what I call the ether levels of life, like aura, vibes or the cloud of intelligent non-matter that I find precedes most people when they enter your awareness, most people analyze and … [Read more...] about Why Book Covers Are So Important – Guest Post by Alex A. Akira @AlexAAkira
For every woman who wonders if she chose the right career… In Love and Other Subjects Carolyn Jenkins strives for two things—to be the greatest teacher ever and to find true love. She’s as skilled at both as an infant trying to eat with a fork. Carolyn’s suburban upbringing and genuine compassion for people who don’t fit effortlessly into society are no match for weapon-wielding, struggling students, drug-using colleagues, and a wicked principal. Meanwhile, her budding relationship with a … [Read more...] about Love and Other Subjects by Kathleen Shoop @kathieshoop
1. One of the biggest lessons I learned about becoming a published author was that the “quality” of a book doesn’t guarantee a book deal—quality is not objective. I’m not talking about quality that applies to unedited, unformatted work or books that boast a sloppy cover where there is little attention to the writing at all. I’m talking about people who think romance is frivolous and therefore the books are junk or that historical fiction is too serious to enjoy with all that realism, so those … [Read more...] about Lessons Learned About Becoming Published – Guest Post by Kathleen Shoop @kathieshoop
This book is on tour from Feb 1 2013 to Feb 28 2013. Please spread the word! “You tell and next time you won’t even be able to crawl away.” Neal Marchal lived with this threat for the next eight years. When she finds her neighbor murdered, she knows who did it. The why is the secret the family has been keeping forever. The reminder to never reveal the secret is her limp. She rebuilt her life and now Neal has everything to live for—music, performing and a growing affection for the young … [Read more...] about Bad Apple by Barbara Morgenroth
In my opinion there is no avoiding the rejection blues, and no one should spend time trying to do this. The rejection blues have been my biggest enemy and my best friend. You get an email form a prominent agent, they are interested, they want to know your timeline, your vision, your platform. You email them back within the hour, and nothing. You get a lead, a publisher is interested in printing your book. They are enthusiastic about the work about the style, about your voice. The next day, … [Read more...] about How to Avoid the Rejection Blues by Chloe Zola @ChloeZola