War of Nytefall: Loyalty Cover Teaser

While it might be a few months away, I have a preliminary sketch for the War of Nytefall: Loyalty cover. The artist is Alison Hunt and the idea is to do a symbol for each cover. Enjoy.

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Beyond Barlow, on #LisaBurtonRadio

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Hello all you Lost Boys and Merry Men, you misplaced children of all stripes. You’ve landed on Lisa Burton Radio, the only show out there bringing you the characters from the stories you love. I’m your host, Lisa the robot girl, and today my special guest is Ford Barlow, he’s a runaway stepchild who falls in with a group similar to himself. “Welcome to the show, Ford.”

“Are you…are you of the gods…from out there?”

“In a manner of speaking. And where are you currently?”

“Right here. I mean, in the woods. I wanted to get away from the others for a bit, ya know? And I found this totem in this glade. I’ve never seen one like this before, with lady parts and all.”

“Oh yeah. Now please speak clearly into the ears of the magic totem. Now, Ford, what would make a young man leave his home…

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Finally, A New Book From Don Massenzio

Author Don Massenzio

blood match front cover2017 was a tough year. My blog grew by leaps and bounds and I finished two books, but didn’t get either one edited or published. Most years I’ve published 2-3 books, but in 2017, I published none.

But, enough of that doom and gloom. My latest book, Blood Matchis now available for pre-order on Amazon. It will be formally published on February 2nd.

You might remember that this book was a Kindle Scout candidate and it performed well lasting on the Hot List for 209 of 720 hours or some part of 11 out of 30 days with over 4,000 views.

Here is a blurb about the book:

Intelligence analyst Jake Balrich boards his Monday morning flight, as he has so many times, for routine field work. When the plane lands, a passenger fails to wake up. Jake soon realizes that the death was not accidental and is…

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Sale Blitz/Spotlight – Shopping for a Billionaire’s Honeymoon – romcom

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Shopping for A Billionaire’s Honeymoon—Just 99c Until 19th January!

 Shopping for A Billionaire’s Honeymoon (Book 11 in the Shopping series)

Author: Julia Kent

Release date: January 31, 2017

Genre: Romantic Comedy, Contemporary Romance

Description:

He is addicted to his phone and his new role as CEO. I’m addicted to getting some on my own honeymoon.

One of these things is not like the other.

I am pretty sure a serial killer’s lair is the only place in the world where I could stash my new husband so he can’t manage the acquisition of our new company.

And that seems a little drastic.

But only a little…

All I want is one week alone with him. Hours in bed, legs tangled together in ecstasy, room service and long walks on the beach in Hawaii.

Not vying for his kisses around a Bluetooth microphone. The Borg aren’t sexy in real…

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7 Tips to Being an Author: Who Put Glass on This Road?

Quote on Reality

Full disclosure on this one:  I’m not sure what this was supposed to be about.  There are times I get an idea for a post, jot it down in shorthand, and assume I’ll remember what I meant later.  Less than a week later, I’m not sure what I meant by ‘7 Tips to Author Reality’.  Figure I’ll give some tips to those about to start on their journey in the usual tongue and cheek method.

  1. Run!  That or use a bike or some type of physical activity if you can.  Since authors spend a lot of time sitting due to writing and editing, it’s best to put aside some time for movement.  This can be outside or in the house, but the point is to do your best to ward off the author gut and stir up some energy.  (Smart Diet helps too, but it feels hypocritical for me to write about that while eating a Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Master Shake from Sonic.)
  2. There is somebody out there who will hate you and your writing.  They might never meet you in person or interact being a review, but they are out there.  It’s unavoidable because you can’t please everyone.  Will the negativity hurt?  Yes, especially at the beginning.  The best thing to do here is focus on the good and rant to friends in private instead of making a public stink.  It’s a big urge to fight, but that really will only make things worse.
  3. Controversial:  Many people will tell you that you can’t publish without a professional editor.  If you can afford one then great.  If not then be diligent on your own, find some beta readers, and learn from your mistakes.  Not every indie author has the money for editing, especially when you look at cover art and promos too.  Don’t feel ashamed if you have to work up to a professional editor, but also don’t half-ass your own editing and figure it’s good enough.
  4. Makes friends with other authors through social media.  Blogging is usually the easiest because it isn’t as limited as Twitter and Facebook.  Starting out, try to find other indie authors and comment a few times on their blog.  Not about visiting you or buying your books, but hold a conversation.  This should be more about making friendships than sales because you can get a lot of support from people who are actually in the same boat as you.
  5. With blogging, try not to write about the same thing too often.  This gets tricky after a few years when you start having a feeling that you’ve been over this before.  Seriously, I really do think I’m repeating myself here.
  6. Classic Tip:  Just because something works for one author, doesn’t mean it will work for another.  Certain promo sites are better for certain genres and some people are more comfortable on specific mediums.  For example, some authors excel on Twitter while others have trouble with the limited characters and fast pace.  Personally, I find a blog acting as a central hub works best because you get your feet into multiple platforms from one post.  Again, that’s just a personal preference.
  7. Never feel like you have to rush your writing, promos, or whatever else you’re going to put out.  These things take time and it’s hard to recover from a stumble, especially with debuts.  If you’re comfortable and confident then things will be a lot better. At the very least, you can adapt to any small issues that turn up instead of panicking like a chicken that sees the fox coming.
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Let’s all find that Jewel in the Mud

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Harmony Kent is a good friend of mine, and she’s here to tell us about her newest publication today. Let’s all help her out by using those sharing buttons and spreading the word.

Author Bio:

Harmony Kent is famous for her laughter, and has made quite the name for herself … she’s also, um, a writer … and fairly well known for that too. She’s even won a few awards. Harmony lives in rural Cornwall with her ever-present sense of humour and quirky neighbours and refuses to admit to her age.

If you catch her at work, you’ll see she also offers editing, proof reading, manuscript appraisal, and beta reading services. Not to mention being passionate about supporting her fellow authors.

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What inspired me to write Jewel in the Mud?

My life has been an interesting one and has provided many challenges, as well as seeing a lot of change—both…

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January’s Free Books And Giveaways

Nicholas C. Rossis

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eNovAaW giveaway | From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's books

In what is starting to look like a tradition, eNovel Authors At Work is offering this month yet another amazing giveaway. Along with the above books, you can also win:

  • eNovAaW giveaway | From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's booksKindle Paperwhite
  • Vera Bradley Pocket Note Set with Pen
  • Fisher-Price Nickelodeon Shimmer & Shine, Bedtime Wishes Shimmer
  • Panasonic ES2207P Ladies Electric Shaver, 3-Blade Cordless Women’s Electric Razor
  • Message Charm (46 words to choose from) Expandable Wire Bangle Bracelet
  • Inktastic – Life’s Better With Books Tote Bag Natural
  • Star Wars Black Series 6 Rey (Starkiller Base)
  • $15 Amazon Gift Card
  • Bass Pro Shops Active Watch for Ladies – Blue
  • Walking Tyrannosaurus Rex Dinosaur 21″ Toy
  • Panda Planner
  • Aurora Tears Purple Created Amethyst Butterfly Birthstone Water Drop Pendant Necklace, 18″

With so many gifts, you’re more than likely to win something! However, the giveaway will only run between the 17th and the 21st, so no time to waste…

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