Wednesday, November 30, 2011

BOOK COVERS- Graphic Designer "GX"

The Path Now Turned



Yesterday on Facebook, a lovely woman, Ashley Barron, called attention to her blog where she was hosting my book cover designer- Graphic Designer "GX." She posted a wonderful interview with GX. My latest cover was even shown! Got me to thinking. I really have to thank GX for the great covers! I love my covers. He captured the exact feel of my series.

So while Novel Works is hosting Indie writers this week, I should let anyone interested in a great, affordable book cover know about GX. Check out his website.

Shadows of the Past
Don't forget today's the last day on Whispers of a Legend Release Celebration. It's not too late to get that review in on Shadows of the Past, even if it only I enjoyed it. Any review gets you a free copy of THE PATH NOW TURNED! One winner will get a $15 gift certificate. The winner will be announced tomorrow!

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

WHISPERS OF A LEGEND, PART TWO-THE PATH NOW TURNED IS RELEASED!

THE PATH NOW TURNED
The Path Now Turned has been released! You can find the next installment of Whisper of a Legend at Amazon, Barnes and Noble and Smashword.

Kela has always known what path in life she would follow. She was born a Euchoun. Half Witheleghean, a passive peaceful race where magic runs freely and the other half, Sordarin, a valiant warrior race of hawkmen who rule the sky, she was born with one purpose- to protect. Having proven her ability during the Payelaga Desert battle, she believes herself ready to follow her destiny beside Cono, her warrior. Fate has another path for Kela. A fear emerges that Asmeodai, an evil as no other, is on the threshold of her world. Having proven her ability during the Payelaga Desert battle, she believes herself ready to follow her destiny beside her warrior. Fate has another path for Kela. When she discovers all she has long believed is not as it seems, the betrayal leaves Kela torn by her desire for Cono and the path she has been given to follow. 


The Legend continues...


Excerpt-



His arms rounded under me. Lifting me into his arms, he prepared to fly, but as suddenly as he swept me up, he released me. My feet found the ground, but his arm held me tight to him. I sensed the change in him.
Then I heard Falco calling to me. For how long he had done so, I didn’t know but his tone lay with frustration and annoyance. The King was about to descend on us. I glanced up at Cono, worried.
“It is only a delay. King Edulf has given his permission for us to be together and for you to stay. He must only want to collect information on your arrival,” he smiled. His hand went under my chin. “I have questions also. I was only waiting until after…” he paused. “As such where did you get the gown?”
“It was a gift for my birthday,” I answered him. My eyes searched the sky for the sign of the expected entourage. “No one listens to me. I have told you that the woods hold spirits. The Wood Spirit said it was destiny, my fate to wear. You do not like it?”
His nostrils flared on a sharply indrawn breath. “I like it very much. I have never seen you so…”
“Like a lady?” I asked. Irritation now recalled. “Is that what you mean as my cousin you saw before you came to me?”
“Do I detect my Kela is jealous?” he laughed, shaking his head. “You have no rivals for my heart if that is what you ask.” Suddenly his tone altered, somber. “There is much to be made up to you, Kela. I tried to come before this day. Forgive me. Hold to me.”
“I asked for nothing but you.”
“You have me, always. We are bonded, Kela.”
Lowering my head, I stared into his eyes. In all of things I had no knowledge, but this bond, this union, I comprehended well. I would not be complete without him by my side, nor he without me.
Above me the fluttering of wings announced the King’s arrival. I recoiled back into my warrior’s arms, secure in the knowledge we were one. 

The room immediately became crowded. Falco flew beside our grandfather followed by only a few I recognized. Lord Lothar landed with Roderic. Roderic, my own cousin whom I had never met, but knew from the Shimmering Pool, stared at me. Cono lowered his head and bowed. A moment later, I curtsied. 
The delay did not go unnoticed.
Rising back up, the King frowned upon me. I didn’t care. I was to stay. He had need of me and I had shown him my worth. Hadn’t I? The years of his treatment brewed inside of me. The unfairness of all swelled deciphering what I had witnessed this day…the world that had been denied me.
King Edulf gestured for the Sordarins on the ends to spread out, exiting out the entrance door. A few moments later the room held only a trusted few, except Roderic who still stood by Falco. King Edulf nodded to his other grandson.
“Roderic, check to make sure all is secure.”
Roderic’s jaw clenched and muscles twinge, but he bowed and retreated out of the room. My brave thoughts forgotten when King Edulf’s attention turned once more on me. I was once more the child cowering in his bedchamber. My legs buckled beneath me. Cono’s arms caught me.
“She weakens only slightly now when her power is expelled, your Majesty,” Cono offered.
King Edulf nodded, but his intense stare remained on me. I had not seen him for well over four years. Four years since he banished me to the Forbidden Forest to train without distractions, to become the Euchoun Scarladin had need.
“Where did you get the gown?”
Of all the words I expected him to utter, those were not among them. I looked back confused at Cono and back at the King.
“It is my eighteenth year today, your Majesty. It was a gift.”
“I see your manners have not improved. I asked who gave it to you not for what reason.”
My chest heaved. Cono squeezed my hand, but I jerked it back from him. Suddenly regaining my composure, I answered, “Since I have been banished, your Majesty, my contacts have been few as you yourself have seen to, but I have no control over the spirits in the Forbidden Forest. The Wood Spirit in his kindness gave it to me to meet my destiny he said.”
“It was not a Wood Spirit,” he said solemnly and without emotion.
“I have not told you a lie. How else would I get anything, Your Majesty?” I implored. My fears forgotten replaced with only my anger. “I have nothing. My only tunic lies upon the ground by the stream. You question a gift and question not how I came. The Wood Spirit sent me through today. He told me it was time. If I questioned, I would question why it was not you that sent for me.”
“It is not your place to question me.”
“What is my place?”
Ignoring my brother’s pleas to contain myself and refusing to look over at Cono whom I was certain would have silenced me, I rebuffed their intent. They hadn’t lived as I, with purpose perhaps, but I had been promised this day to return. I met King Edulf’s stare with my own. Comprehending for the first time, he wasn’t acting as my grandfather, but my king.
“You are a Euchoun bond to protect.”
Without care of etiquette or fear of reprisal, I interrupted. “In which I have and will always. But I ask you, Your Majesty, how can I do so from the Forbidden Forest? Has it not become obvious I am needed?”
“It is well you were here today,” he acknowledged. Flexing his wings, he walked around me, making no effort to conceal his assessing of my being. “With the display, I can well see Twiten and Cono have done well in your training. Your skills have greatly improved.”
“Thank you, Your Majesty,” Cono offered. “We are prepared as you can see. It is well she has returned. I will see to her needs this day…”
“Plans have changed, Cono,” King Edulf said in a commanding tone. “In all I was premature to agree to all you asked. I have need of you this evening. The Celebration Ball has to go on as planned and your presence is required. I will see to Kela. Falco will be calling for Sareta.” He turned back to me. “It isn’t time, Kela. You are to return back to the Forest.”
"No!” I cried, stepping backwards to Cono. “I refuse. I’m not going back ever. I have done all you required. I have trained endlessly. It is all I have done. I’m eighteen today…”
Reality returned blaring before me. I tumbled backwards out of Cono’s reach. Shaking my head, I fought back the water welling in my eyes. Warriors did not cry. I was not a child anymore and I refused to let that man see me cry. All eyes within the room lay upon me like a caged animal.
Cono stepped forward, bowing low, but his words plain to hear. “Your Majesty, I must object. You gave me your word. All is set. She is already here. People have seen her power. They know or will soon comprehend a Euchoun is present. I have all arranged to keep her out of harm’s way. We agreed…”
“It is regrettable, but a complex matter has reared its ugly head once more that needs to be extinguished. Until then, I see no alternative except her return to the Forest,” his words echoed in my ear.
I looked around again and panic fluttered. His reason...I didn’t care. I wasn’t going back. No, no, no…please, no. I hesitated and then said, “I can take care of myself, Your Majesty. Do not be concerned that I will claim myself as your granddaughter…”
“It is not my concern, Kela. You’re not.”
My eyes widened on his words. Confusion rang. He gestured with his hand to clarify his meaning.
“My granddaughter, Kela Calledwdele, died years ago. Misfortunate, but tragedies are expected in life. You are a Euchoun. It is time you come to terms with all that it pertains. Sacrifice is the life of a Euchoun.”
Not his granddaughter! Sacrifice! Looking around, I saw within Cono and Falco both had known. Incipient hysteria surfaced within my being.
“Then who am I?”


Sunday, November 27, 2011

THE PATH NOW TURNED

The Legend Continues...


                THE PATH NOW TURNED

IT'S UP!


This week the second installment of the Whispers of a Legend saga is released! My eyes are blurry, but it is up on Smashwords, Barnes and Noble and Amazon! Don't forget if you haven't read Shadows of the Past- it's free on Barnes and Noble and Smashwords


The legend, they say, is whispered within the winds along the magnificent Preda Mountain Range, the words and deeds never to be forgotten of the Time of the Nuxvenom, a time when the Sordarins crushed the impending threat, the dreaded Asmeodai, and once more Scarladin was safe. The mighty Sordarins, rulers of the sky! No, the Sordarins have slept well over the years secure in their knowledge the Great One watches over them, knowing the legends holds a mighty warrior will emerge if threatened again, born with a destiny only to defend their world. But subtle changes have emerged. Little by little fear beings to resurface that their world, their very existence is once again threaten. They look to the skies anxiously awaiting their warrior; questioning perchance if the Great One has forgotten them. I know this how? For I am the one born to defend their world. I, Kela Calledwdele, was born a Euchoun. I am their warrior.

So starts this epic fantasy...Whispers of a Legend saga. Kela Calledwdele was born with a destiny, a Euchoun with only one purpose in life...to protect. Torn between two worlds, Kela soon discovers she is the hope of both. Now she must find the courage to face the destiny fate has dictated to her. 

Kela has always known what path in life she would follow. She was born a Euchoun. Half Witheleghean, a passive peaceful race where magic runs freely and the other half, Sordarin, a valiant warrior race of hawkmen who rule the sky, she knows well her parents gave the ultimate sacrifice to give her a chance to live. Yet, in so doing, they have left Kela unprepared to face the dangers that await her. Her instincts are to protect and in this she does, but in so doing it leads her into a world where she knows not whom to trust. In time her power matures and grows stronger when she bonds with a Sordarin warrior, Cono. She learns well why she holds the power. An evil as no other before, Asmeodai, has emerged but all is not what it seems as a dark cloak encompasses her family. Betrayal, distrust, treachery leaves Kela alone. She is torn by her desire for Cono and the purpose, the path, she has been given to follow. And when another emerges within her world, one who seemly wants only to help her along her path, she is pulled further away from her Sordarin.

Having proven her ability during the Payelaga Desert battle, she believes herself ready to follow her destiny beside her warrior. Fate has another path for Kela. When she discovers all she has long believed is not as it seems, the betrayal leaves Kela torn by her desire for Cono and the path she has been given to follow. 


Follow me on Novel Works this week also. It's INDIE WEEK! Should be fun! 

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

THE LEGEND CONTINUES...

THE PATH NOW TURNED

Coming the week of November 28th, the Legend Continues.... THE PATH NOW TURNED will be released!
Follow Kela along her journey to fulfill her destiny.

Kela has always known what path in life she would follow. She was born a Euchoun. Half Witheleghean, a passive peaceful race where magic runs freely and the other half, Sordarin, a valiant warrior race of hawkmen who rule the sky, she knows well her parents gave the ultimate sacrifice to give her a chance to live. Yet, in so doing, they have left Kela unprepared to face the dangers that await her. Her instincts are to protect and in this she does, but in so doing it leads her into a world where she knows not whom to trust. In time her power matures and grows stronger when she bonds with a Sordarin warrior, Cono. She learns well why she holds the power. An evil as no other before, Asmeodai, has emerged but all is not what it seems as a dark cloak encompasses her family. Betrayal, distrust, treachery leaves Kela alone. She is torn by her desire for Cono and the purpose, the path, she has been given to follow. And when another emerges within her world, one who seemly wants only to help her along her path, she is pulled further away from her Sordarin...

Whispers of a Legend is a continuation of Kela's journey. If you haven't read the first installment- Whispers of a Legend- Part One- Shadows of the Past- don't worry. You can find it numerous places- FREE! 
Barnes and Noble, Smashwords, and Freeebooks to mention a few. It is also offered at Amazon, but at this moment it's not free.

You will be able to buy your copy of The Path Now Turned on Smashwords, Barnes and Noble, Amazon and Diesel ebooks next week! Don't forget the contest celebrating the release of Whispers of a Legend. A simple review of Shadows of the Past is all it takes to enter for a copy of The Path Now Turned and a chance for a $15 gift certificate to Amazon or Barnes and Noble.  

Shadows of the Past




Monday, November 21, 2011

Best Fantasy Books Turned Movies

Twilight
I confess- I went to the opening of Breaking Dawn at midnight last Thursday night. Did anyone else? I've gone with my daughter, Becca, since the series began. I have to say that Twilight isn't my favorite series, but my daughter loved the books. Being she's a senior this year, I figured how many more movies is she going to want go see with me in the next few years? I enjoyed it. Not only the movie, but my daughter's company along with my son's girlfriend, Lyndsay. Somehow or another Lyndsay didn't think she would get my son would take her to see Breaking Dawn. Like my daughter, Lyndsay, loved the Twilight series. Both of them were at the right age when it came out and, of course, female. Boy, did Stephanie Meyers come up with a great love story. Awesome series for young adults, no matter what Stephen King says. Great writer, but he's not a young teenage girl.

Hunger Games
Now I'm looking forward to the upcoming movie- Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. I absolutely loved the series. I thought Hunger Games the best book I read last year for a numerous reasons- the concept, the writing, the characters... The book also stayed with me for a long time. The problem I had with Hunger Games was it was rated young adult. Maybe it was just me that thought the content might cause issues with younger children. No, it didn't have graphic sex, but the violence and the image of children killing children bothered me. Maybe I'm just an old ninnie! Kids are different today. I saw the premiere of the trailer. With all the young, young kids in the audience proves its just me that is worried about those kinda of things. But if you saw the trailer, how could you not have shivers during the count down?

What I loved about Hunger Games was the characters. I realize that Ms Collins may have used the premise of Survivor. She may have even used the premise used in The Lottery, but to come up with children having to kill children to survive in the manner she did- genius! As I said Hunger Games was the best book I read last year. Now the other two in the series were good, but Hunger Games stands out.

So what about adults? Are you not excited for the second season of the Game of Thrones? Have you seen the trailer released about the second season? You know I had never heard of the books until HBO came out with the series. There is absolutely no question about the rating of this series. It is not young adult. I love series like this though. I get so attached to the characters and places. I'm excited for the second season. I just have to start the books...I know...I know...I need to read them. They are high on my list. One of my issues with reading books such as this is that I can't put it down. I really do have an issue when it comes to stop reading a book I'm into. People around me get so grumpy when I read like that. Imagine wanting dinner, clean clothes, clean house for that matter. Hoping to get the books for Christmas, though.

Maybe I'm hoping they are going to be another Lord of the Rings. Another great book series. The movie did do the books justice. It's hard to do justice on the big screen at times. You know the adage- the book is always better than the movie. I think Lord of the Rings movie series was just as good as the books.

Now I'm turning my attention for a brief moment to Fairy Tales and the obsession with Hollywood to bring them on screen. After trying to watch Little Red Riding Hood's adventure on the big screen, I would have said DON'T.  What an awful movie! But then I saw the trailer for Mirror, Mirror. You know it doesn't look that bad. I saw the trailer to Snow White and the Huntsman. I'm going to hold back on that one. Not sure yet, but Mirror, Mirror holds promise.

Okay by now you must realize I love tales of fantasy.(I didn't even get into my envy of JK Rowling and Harry Potter). I suppose it is one of the reason I wrote Whispers of a Legend. Come next Monday, The Path Now Turned will be released. I'm excited to continue Kela's journey.  Remember the legend is only beginning....

Oh, a couple of things. First I do realize that Twilight is paranormal and not fantasy. Just for my blog I included it. Second, don't forget about my contest celebrating the release of Whispers of a Legend!  Enjoy your Thanksgiving week! If you haven't gotten your free copy of Shadows of the Past, just click...

Shadows of the Past
The Path Now Turned



Sunday, November 20, 2011

The Week Ahead!

Castles in the Air Blog
            Thanksgiving week! A week for family and friends. Slowing everything down a tad this week...a tad. Gearing up for my next release a week from Monday- THE PATH NOW TURNED. Holding my breath. Think SHADOWS OF THE PAST's numbers look good considering that Amazon hasn't gone free...yet. My ranking on Amazon are creeping to the outer sphere whereas on Barnes and Noble they are going in the right direction.
Shadows of the Past
            On Barnes and Noble Whispers of a Legend, Part One- Shadows of the Past has broken under #3,000 rank- #2968. On the Sci Fi-Fantasy Nook books, Shadows of the Past is #289. I'm extremely happy with those numbers...yet on Amazon??? I haven't the foggiest when it's going free. I don't know if it ever will be free on Amazon. So what will that do to my numbers on Amazon and Barnes and Noble with the second in the series to be released? I guess we'll see.
            Then having issues with Diesel ebooks, too. It's on the site correctly except it won't allow Shadows of the Past to be downloaded. Smashwords is trying to correct it, but so far it's still having issues.
The Path Now Turned
Coming Nov. 28th!
            Have to ask myself if I'm releasing THE PATH NOW TURNED too early. Should I wait for another month? No...I have a plan in my little head. It's set to go. I also have edits to do on my historical next month which should be released in January. Then I want to release VISION OF DESTINY in February. I'm just going to have to hold my breath and see...
            I have a busy month ahead of me. Christmas...Christmas...Christmas is on the horizon. Novel Works is taking it easy this week. I'm only posting blogs I like and feel others might also. Starting on November 28th I'm hosting Indie Writer's Week. I'm looking forward to it. Ruth Cardello is helping put it together. Lovely lady. Should be a great week.
            Don't forget about my contest this month celebrating Whispers of a Legend Release! I still love getting reviews. Don't miss out on your chance of a free copy of The Path Now Turned and a $15 gift certificate.
            Don't think I'll be talking about numbers this week (unless Shadows of the Past goes free on Amazon). I'll be building for THE PATH NOW TURNED release.
            Have a wonderful Thanksgiving week!            
         

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Does It Make a Difference Giving a Book Away Free!

Shadows of the Past
          Just wanted to give a quick update on Shadows of the Past. Was it the right move to give Shadows of the Past away free? I think so- at least so far. You have to make some kind of move to get people to read your book. I've seen free samples of work from James Patterson, Tess Gerristen, Susan Wiggs, and Sherrilyn Kenyon. I know I have them on Kindle myself. But what does this mean for me?
         The downloads for Shadows of the Past have far exceed my published books. That in itself has been worth it. But what is the difference between giving away free a book and a book that cost .99 cents-
Consider my rankings. At Amazon where Shadows of the Past is still at .99 cents- it's   #270,178.
At Barnes and Noble where its free -it's    # 4,387.

The Path Now Turned
To me that's says a lot. Now will it mean that when The Path Now Turned releases more sales- we'll see. I hope so. Everything I've heard so far has been good.
     

Saturday, November 12, 2011

GOING INDIE!

         When I decided to go the self-publishing route, I came up with a plan. In the back of my mind, I had always considered going Indie, but what lead to the leap of going to self-publishing. Frustration. One word to accurately describe my feelings toward publishing. Not writing. Never writing. I've worked extremely hard to learn the craft. I will freely admit I hadn't a clue how to write when I first began. Now having had two books published and a historical series on the way, I still have been met with frustration. When did I decide to go Indie? The exact moment?
          When I received a rejection for one of my books from a major publisher. Why? Not for content. Not for the writing. They loved the story. The problem. "We feel that your story has a solid foundation, but with the competitive nature of the publishing industry, we feel we can't offer you a contract at this time." Basically, I took this to mean- Nobody has a clue who you are. They were right. What would make me stand out?
          Giving away a book!
         When you work extremely hard writing a story, giving away a book for free is a big step. Like giving away a part of yourself. So I made up my mind. The next step- how? Then Roses of Prose hosted Ruth Cardello. What a lovely lady. So helpful. She has stepped out her journey through self-publishing on her blog-ruth-ebookexperiment. 
        Reading the Marketing Guide book with Smashword, he highly advised giving a book away. Crazy as this may seem, it makes sense. To sell, readers need to get to know your writing. Ruth Cardello gave away her first book, Maid for a Billionaire. Over 200,000 downloads! Her second book, For Love or Legacy, is rank #34 on Amazon Kindle.
        The next step for me was deciding what book. Thinking it over with my marketing strategist (me), I decided that running a series would be the best route. The only book I had ready to do that with was submitted to Crescent Moon Press. I considered my options and withdrew Whispers from Crescent Moon Press. They were great about it. Very understanding. I have to say that Stephanie Murray gave me the confidence with Whispers to attempt this venture with this particular book.
        With ebooks, I have been told, not to make them too long. Whiskey Creek cut my book in half when I submitted in The Sun Will Rise. Now its into two books, renamed The Judas Kiss and The Promise, and in the series Tides of Charleston with Another Night Falls to follow. Cutting the book in half made sense. So I used the same logic with Whispers.
Shadows of the Past
          The difference with Whispers is that I'm cutting the book into thirds. I'll explain why. My marketing strategist (me) decided to run the series kinda like a TV series with cliffhangers. Whispers started out with the thought of being a trilogy. So release the first three installments quickly. Boom...boom...boom! Shadows of the Past was released in October. Plan on releasing The Path Now Turned at the end of the month with Vision of Destiny released in January or February. Depends. I have The Judas Kiss coming out in January. It might push Vision of Destiny back a tad. But it is ready to go. 
           Cliffhanger series- do you think it will work? It better or my market strategist will be out of a job (LOL). 
           How has it been so far? For me, great. Not nearly the numbers of Ruth Cardello, but I'm happy. At the moment I'm ranked #6,154 at Barnes and Noble! That's awesome for me. Amazon not so well, but it hasn't gone free there. I'm hoping it will go free soon. Waiting patiently (wink).
           The difference between published and self-published. Pro- love the control! Con-miss my editor!
Professional editing is costly. So I'm relying on the only editor I can afford (me). 
           Reviews are coming back in. All good! Some of the comments reviewers have emailed me have made me feel extremely good. Everyone seems to love the story! I received two complaints- one- the story is too short. The other- a couple of misspelled words! Did I tell you I miss my editor?
           As for it being too short..maybe after the first three installments are released, I'll put them together into a print book. Sounds good? Does to my market strategist...
Coming Soon!
Don't forget I'm running a contest celebrating the release of Whispers of a Legend! Keep those reviews coming in!
          

Monday, November 7, 2011

Blogs, Blogs, Blogs...

SHADOWS OF THE PAST
Love blogs! Love having my book spotlighted by blogs. Today Shadows of the Past is featured at THE LINCOLN LETTER! A lovely interview. Besides talking of Shadows of the Past, do you like Batman or Indiana Jones?

Still have the excerpt on ONLY ROMANCE and EBOOKS FREE FREE FREE. Don't forget about the contest this month celebrating Whispers of a Legend's release. If you get a chance to review, Shadows of the Past you have a chance for a $15 Amazon gift certificate. If you do a review, I'll send you a PDF of the next installment, The Path Now Turned, soon to be released!

Whispers of a Legend's numbers are growing. I just hope they continue upward. Barnes and Noble just released it. I'm still waiting (patiently) for Amazon to go free. Would have thought it would have by now. Maybe they were waiting until Barnes and Noble and Diesel came out. Diesel ebooks is having an issue with my link. Agh!!! Looking into it though. Hopefully it will be fixed soon.

I've decided to do something a tad different to my blogs. I'm adding book recommendations I'm taking from Novel Works. Here on Castles in the Air I'll recommend fantasy, paranormal, and science fiction. Already added a couple. Like to help my fellow authors out if I can. Remember though on my recommendations, I may not have read any of them. I've come to the conclusion that while reviews are great (if I had the time I would do reviews), one of the best ways to decide if a book is right for you is to read the first couple of pages or an excerpt. I have brought home a few books I brought because of the multitude of reviews in the beginning of the book. I know one in particular. A fantasy. It had 32 glowing reviews. Perhaps that should have been my first clue. I tried to read it. Honestly I did. Never could figure out the storyline, the main characters even. Maybe it was just above me but it wasn't my kind of book.

We all have our preferences to the type of writing we like. I'm here to give exposure to books. Fair. Right?

So what's coming up? My numbers to Shadows of the Past I hope. The sequel, The Path Now Turned, will be released the last week in November with the Vision of Destiny to follow in 2012. The contest. I have a week on Novel Works at the end of November spotlighting successful Indie authors. This week on Novel Works I have Dragonfly Publishing. A lot of fantasy and science fiction. Check it out if you get the chance. As always, let me know what you think!

Sunday, November 6, 2011

SHADOWS OF THE PAST


Only Romance Blog

So many places Whispers of a Legend, Part One- Shadows of the Past is being featured. ONLY ROMANCE is one of them. An excerpt of Shadows has been posted on the blog if you want to catch the feel of Whispers. I believe reading an excerpt whether the first chapter or a tiny excerpt is the best way to know whether the book will interest you or not. I can't tell you how many times I've bought books because of reviews I've read only to be disappointed once I opened the book and began to read it. So check it out. Let me know what you think. I love feed back.



Shadows of the Past is also featured on EBOOKS FREE FREE FREE blog. Can't tell you how appreciative I am of being on these great blogs. It's one of the advantages of being an Indie and free. I took up the challenge of offering a book free. So far, I've been pleased with the results. For the first time in my career as a writer I feel as though I'm on the right track. Readers get a sample of my writing which is so important. I don't mind asking people to read my book. They have nothing to lose. It's free.

Remember I'm running a contest this month celebrating Whispers of a Legend, Part One- Shadows of the Past release. At the end of the month, I will be releasing the next in the installments, The Path Now Turned.

Shadows of the Past is now up on Barnes and Noble and Diesel for free. I'm waiting patiently for it to turn free on Amazon!
Whispers of a LegendShadows of the Past
Numbers are looking okay. Growing slower than some; faster than others. I do feel good about offering Shadows for Free! The feedback has been all good!

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Whispers of a Legend Contest!

Whispers of a Legend
Shadows of the Past
November! A new month. A great time to begin a contest. For the whole month of November I'm celebrating the release of Whispers of a Legend. I feel so good I'm going to give everyone a copy of Shadows of the Past! Okay it's free, but the next installment The Path Now Turned won't be.

The Path Now Turned will be release the end of November. Yes, in time for a great Christmas read! I've taken a little different turn with this series. More or less each book is a cliffhanger for the next. I have planned the first three installments to come right after each other. So the third installment, Vision of Destiny, will be out sometime after February if all goes as planned.

I have been working diligently trying to get Whispers out to everyone. It's still not free on Amazon. It's not up yet on Barnes and Noble, Diesel, or Apple. Hopefully by the end of next week. But I have submitted Whispers of a Legend, Part One- Shadows of the Past to a few places on the internet. I love having people download it and read it. So exciting to launch a series.

Now for the fun part. You can find Whispers on numerous websites. Of course its own Smashwords. Then you can find it on Getfreebooks. Freeebooks. Digilibraries. Bibliotastic. In this time I have spent promoting I have found places I never thought I would. I listed some of them so anyone else self-publishing can see what I did and maybe it will help. I have to say Smashwords have been extremely helpful with promotions. It's funny because my other two books I have out at the moment, my publisher kinda just left it up to me how to promote. I hadn't a clue. I was lost in a sea of new releases. At least with Smashwords, they have given a market strategy. I can promise you that on my next historical release in January (The Judas Kiss), I will be using most of what I've learned. I have even learned how to do a press release.

Coming Soon!
So what do you have to do to win? I am doing all I can to get the word out about Whispers of a Legend. BUT I need your help. I need reviews. The more reviews the better. Even a good word (leaving a comment here or there) will enter you into the contest. For the first ten reviews for Shadows of the Past, I will give the reviewer a copy of The Path Now Turned. At the end of the month, I will choose a winner for a $15 gift certificate to Amazon. The reviews can be on any site. Good luck! And thanks a bunch!