Monthly Archives: February 2012
So go on over and get a copy – they give up to 5 away for free.
And you can also enter to win a Kindle Fire – but today is the last day to enter.
Head over and support a great new site – oh, and check out my book, too.
Until next time – read on!
Yep, you read that right. This week’s review is my first. I am one of the 2 people who did not read Twilight.
So, I jumped in with both feet, and took on
I really like the way it starts. Imagine having your new husband - oh, you almost caught me in a spoiler moment.
Let me say that the opening intrigued – and there is a pull of suspense, of “what will happen next?” that carried me through the book. I especially liked the settings, and that some of it was in Northern California, in places I’d been and recognized. I always enjoy the instant connection that creates between the reader and the story.
And the heat between the main characters – where is my fan? Well, you’ll just have to get a copy and find out for yourself what they do, and how often they – ahem. Right.
You can get your own copy here.
And check out Sharon’s website - it has info on her other books, and I enjoyed learning more about her.
Next on my list is Heavenly Lover – there was a tease in the back of the book, just long enough to make me want more. So I’m off to get it all.
Until next time – read on.
I still have one day to go on my free promo with KDP Select - I decided to go full bore and use all 5 days – and I am quite pleased with the results so far.
When Walls Can Talk went from oblivion to hit the top 20 of the Children’s Fantasy & Sci Fi and Fantasy & Magic lists. I’m even getting downloads in Germany.
This is a new release, with no reviews, and no real publicity beyond my blog post, some Facebook time, and some Twitter posts.
So, we’ll see what happens on Wednesday when I go back to paid – it’s been quite a ride so far.
And just to let you all know, with the exception of the book reviews I have promised to do, I’ll be off the blog for the next couple of weeks. I’m in the final push with my novel, and I’m going to put all my focus on it.
Until next time,
For those of you who hang out at my site, you may have noticed the title of my novel has changed. I did this for a good reason – and feel like I dodged a bullet in the process.
I thought it would be cool to use song lyrics for the titles of my Claire Wiche books, and I was so enamored of the idea, I didn’t even think of one little detail – copyright.
A random thread brought it to my attention, and after I finished having heart palpitations, I promptly did some research. There is a law known as Fair Use. Wikipedia gives a great explanation, but here is the bottom line – use song lyrics anywhere in your writing, and you better have permission.
A song title can be quoted, since it can’t be copyrighted, but lyrics are like any other kind of writing – and they are protected.
Think of it this way – would you want your opus quoted, and not get the credit for it? Nope, neither would I.
So I decided to avoid the entire issue, and changed my book title. By the way - the new title is from the Bible, which is completely public domain. I checked.
If you want to go ahead and use those lyrics, get the permission, give the proper credit, double and triple check the law. You can also simply refer to them – or write your own.
Yes, you can – it’s not as hard as you think.
Now, for the experiment:
you may have also noticed as you stalk my site that I have my novella exclusively for sale on Amazon. I did that for a reason.
Since this is my first release, it is also my chance to play, try things out, see what flies, and what crashes. My first big leap is a free promo through KDP Select. From today until Tuesday, Feb. 21 at midnight Pacific Standard Time, When Walls Can Talk will be free to download.
The purpose? To bump myself up in the rankings, get on some lists, and get more eyes on my book.
I am going to have fun with it, enjoy the ride – and I’ll report the results next week.
And yes, I believe this calls for a squee!
Until next time – write on
Today my review is for
I have to start out by saying I love Casey, the main character. She is immediately likable, and becomes even more so as the story evolves. Coming from a dance background, I enjoyed that aspect of Casey’s life, and her passion for it.
And Drew – oh, every girl’s dream bad boy. Yep. He made this heart skip a few beats.
This was another book I raced through, because I simply couldn’t wait to see what happened next.
I loved watching their relationship evolve – I especially loved when -
Ah, you know me – no spoilers. Let’s just say I loved this book, and you need to go get your copy. Right now. You can do that here.
Until next time – read on.
So I was formatting my ebook last weekend. . . .
Yeah – ALL weekend.
I had a great guide, which saved me many hours and much hair tearing: Guido’s Guide to Formatting. It looks long, but every section is brief, to the point, and has what you need for a clean .mobi and .epub file. If you’re planning on taking this adventure, I highly recommend it.
After a few false starts, I got everything formatted the html way. What did me in was the fact that I was going back and forth between two versions of Word. And some of the formatting went a bit – sideways. It was easy to find once I converted – I simply compared the converted file to my html file, and fixed mistakes as I went.
Finally, after *mumble mumble* hours, I was ready to upload. Yep, the proud mama of a newborn ebook. *wipes forehead*
Then I had to do it all over again for Smashwords. Oy. Writing the bloody book was the easiest part.
But it is done and gone, and I can rest easy knowing I have someone doing my next book for me. Oh, yes – I am HAPPILY paying someone else to format my 60,000+ novel, especially since we are headed into paperback realm, and I do not want to go there. Not alone.
My first foray was with a 22,000 word novella – not bad, since each readthrough took less than an hour. But multiply that hour by several readthroughs and, yeah, you get the picture. All I kept thinking was it was time I could have used writing. Hence the formatting guy, who is now my new best friend.
Would I do it again? For a short story or novella, most likely. Now that I know the ropes, and the Word issue has been fixed, I know it will go much faster. For a novel – not ever. But that is my choice, and it is one made from the position of been there, done that, man I earned the t-shirt.
So, what are your formatting stories? Good, bad, ugly? Share them here.
Until next time – write on.
Okay – it’s Thursday, so time for a book review. This week I am going to talk about
I have three words: steamy, steamy, steamy!
I wasn’t expecting to need a cold shower while reading parts of the book, but, whew.
I really enjoyed the story itself – there were some unexpected twists, a villain worthy of a takedown, and great chemistry between the main characters, Cassie and Seth. As usual, I’m not going to give much of the story away, except to tell you that you should head on over and grab yourself a copy.
I look forward to more of the Protectors Series. Soon. *hint hint*
Now go on and buy the version you like best. Yep, I’m done here.
Until next time – read on.