Virtual Fantasy Con (Giveaways & More)

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The links to the direct event pages for each day.

And here is a peek at one of the author’s that will be at the event:
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What are you waiting for? Go check it out and don’t forget to enter the giveaways and contests.

MIA? Not anymore (Plus New Challenge & Giveaway of Sorts)

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Really sorry for my absence. I hadn’t realized it had been almost two months since my last post. I do have book reviews to share, just haven’t had the time to edit them and post them up. I have been quite busy with life and my drawing. I also attend conventions and sell my art there.

The conventions have dimmed out and I have a bit more time to devote to this wonderful blog, which I missed very much. But no worries, I do have a great new challenge going on that you will all like.

NANOWRIMO has started and though this year I won’t be taking part in the writing aspect of it I will be continuing my writing tips from last year’s challenge. I will also be taking part in the 30 Days 30 Covers Challenge that runs along side NANOWRIMO. I am doing my own version of it since I can’t seem to figure out how the signing up for the offical challenge takes place. The best part of doing my own is that I can finally reveal my big surprise I have had in the works, at the end of the month one lucky reader/writer/commentor will get a FREE Book Cover.

Yup, you read right. I will be giving away one premade cover from my ever growing collection over at PremadeCovers4U. Please keep in mind that it will be one of my covers and not one created by one of the other artists. My covers are sold one time only, so don’t try to grab dibs on a cover that is currently up until the last day of the cover challenge because the cover might not be available then. This way you also don’t miss out on one of the wonderful new covers I design.

There is a catch. You have to of taken part in this year’s NANOWRIMO challenge and finished. The winner will need to send me the link to their NANOWRIMO page showing me the book they will be wanting the cover for. It is only fair.🙂 This is meant as an extra incentive to finish that novel, without worrying about the cover. I will be posting a new blog entry with more info on it as the time approaches.

If you like this, go ahead and check out my Cover Challenge being posted over at my cover blog. Day 1-3 are already up and will be posted on the PremadeCovers4U shop later today.

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If you are hesitant to check out my other blog here is Day Three’s Cover:

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See you all tomorrow. I have a great online convention to share with you all, it has a great amount of writers, illustrators, and bloggers taking part, so make sure to check back Nov. 4th and check it out.

Kissing Cassie: Tour Stop

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Author Name:  L.T. Kelly (Lucy Taylor)

Book Title:  Kissing Cassie

Genre and Sub-Genre: Contemporary Romance

Book Content Rating:  4 Not PG-13 – Lots of sex but only some details left to the imagination M/F

Tour Stops:

Aug 31- L. Frazier

Sept 1 – Enchanted Tales of the Romantic Kind

Sept 3- M. Clark

Sept 5- Arachnea’s Corner of the World

Sept 7- J. Manzano

Sept 8- E. Horton-Newton

Blurb:

When high school drama teacher Cassie Thornton finds herself drowning in a failing marriage, she struggles to get her head above water. Her husband, Robert, is a workaholic science professor at Oxford University with a sordid secret. After eight years of marriage, Robert’s blatant disinterest in her forces Cassie to demand they go on a vacation, hoping it will reunite them.

Gorgeous Jared Peterson is the cream of Hollywood actors. His squeaky clean image, coupled with his outstanding results at the box office, has earned him respect industry wide. That’s until his cunning fiancé and co-star goes on a rampage, setting out to destroy his reputation. How else could he cope with her betrayal except to escape Tinseltown?

When Cassie and Jared meet on the island of Majorca, it sparks a life changing chemistry between them. Jared refuses to continue with his career without her by his side. Cassie must decide whether to give up life as she knows it, or leave it all behind to give their love a chance.

Book Trailers:

Falling into You: https://youtu.be/4UgihZ13bTs

Falling to Pieces: http://goo.gl/NE70vV

Kissing Cassie: https://goo.gl/Z0boHW

About the Author

L.T. Kelly lives in rural Lincolnshire with her husband, two children and a mentally unstable Cockapoo named Mylo. She enjoyed a successful eleven-year career in the Royal Air Force which put plenty of stories in her writing cap. L.T. now divides her time between writing, being a wife, mother and an Emergency Medical Dispatcher for the ambulance service. It’s the writing that keeps her sane.

Social Links

FaceBook: https://www.facebook.com/authorltkelly

Amazon.com: http://goo.gl/vELpwf

Amazon.co.uk: http://goo.gl/kbZlYF

Website: http://www.ltkelly.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/LTKelly2

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7123774.L_T_Kelly

Book Links: http://ltkelly.com/falling-to-pieces/

Resplendence Publishing: http://goo.gl/h8VW5E

Launch Party: https://www.facebook.com/events/1590948874507177/

Why settle for ONE free eBook when you can get several…?

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Since I missed June and July’s free eBook Spotlight I thought I give another shout out to Story Cartel. Amazon and Smashwords are filled with eBooks priced at $0. One can’t beat FREE, especially with Summer demanding those endless ICEEs and splashes in the pool. But what is even better is the chance to try a book out before it is released. Here are a few that have caught my attention from the great selection of genres Story Cartel has to offer:

The White Death by Daniel Rafferty

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Expires in less than 21 hours

A deadly virus sweeping across Planet Earth…

An Alien Council with questionable motives and unlimited resources…

A threat to humanity greater than anything before…

It’s a busy day for the new President of the United States. To ensure humanity has a future and take drastic global action to curb the spread of the virus, President Thomas Morgan turns to the only people he can trust to solve the crisis and save humanity: Section 51, a team of scientists and public servants — and one loyal alien named Freda — operating beneath Area 51 in Nevada.

As human populations begin turning on each other, desperate for survival at all costs, civilized societies across the planet begin to disintegrate. Governments crumble, chaos reigns, and death spreads like wildfire. Can the president and Section 51 thwart the real possibility of extinction … and handle the consequences of their heart breaking decisions?

 

The Accord by Karl J. Morgan

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A chance encounter with Zeet of The Accord almost doomed our galaxy in Tears of Gallia. Dave Brewster travels to a forgotten planet to uncover their intentions. The cyborgs of The Accord were once human, but have long ago moved their brains into robots. Now their leaders are massive constructed planets, hosting millions of smaller cyborgs and billions of human slaves who serve as laborers and food.

But The Accord has a problem. The Magallenic Clouds are running out of metal to build more robots. Now they must invade our galaxy to recruit new Friends and to harvest the metal and feedstock of our worlds.

While the Free Society masses its starship fleet to fight back, Dave must find a way to slow them down, or somehow convince them to end their heinous reign of terror. The Accord is an epic tale of impending war against a vastly superior enemy. It is also a story of new love, enduring faith and the ultimate power in the universe.

 

Demon’s Daughter (Cursed Series Book 1) by Amy Braun

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Wanted by law enforcement. Chased by drug cartels. Hunted by demons…

Constance Ramirez has more than her share of problems when it comes to protecting her adopted sister, Andromeda. Especially since Andromeda isn’t fully human, and her strange powers are dangerous and out of control.

But Constance will do anything to keep her safe, which won’t be easy with bounty hunters hired by the drug cartel she betrayed looking to capture her, and savage monsters seeking to take Andromeda for their own dark purposes.

Being a big sister has never been so hard… Or so deadly.

 

 

Have a book you’re about to release why not give Story Cartel a try and put your book up for review.

 

 

Web Serial Writing Month…Who’s ready?

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Everyone knows November is National Novel Writing Month (NANOWRIMO), but do you all know August is known as Web Serial Writing Month (WESEWRIMO)? Well over at EpiGuide they sure do and they’ve been taking part for the last eight years. I don’t know what it is about writing in tight deadlines, but if you don’t give yourself one you might never sit down and get writing. So why not go for the gold.

When I received an email informing me about Web Serial Writing Month I just had to join. My new zombie series, The Dead Can Run, has been gathering quite a bit of dust lately and it needs to be finished and polished. What better way to motivate me to write than pure intense pressure and fear of word count milestones that seem to have no end? But it’s still too early to say that I won’t be trying to find ways to keep myself from writing.🙂

On the other hand I see many hours of coffee and sugar rush in the future. How about you? If you’re up to the challenge why not end this summer with a great new story or serial in this case. This is also a great way to prep for that dreaded NANOWRIMO.

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The best thing about this event is that YOU get to set your writing goals. 750 words a day, here I come.

Cover Reveal: An Honest Mistake (Crusaders MC #1)

Title: An Honest Mistake (Crusaders MC #1)

Author: L. Grubb

Release Date: In August, date TBC

Cover designer: Clarissa Wild

Goodreads:

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25851972-an-honest-mistake

 

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Synopsis:

Ever since Alexis Newman was young she knew her path in life, but to get to the top you have to start from the bottom. With no man in her life she sets out with her best friend to dance her frustrations away.

Catching the eye of the crusaders mc resident assassin was definitely not in her life plans.

Cobra is not the type of alpha you read about he’s not romantic, he doesn’t date, he doesn’t care. His life is all about protecting his club doing whatever necessary. That all changes when he spots her across the club. She sparks something in him. Ice cold Cobra starts wondering whether he can have a happily ever after but at what cost?

Setting his sight on love was not his life plan.

With war brewing between the crusaders and their rivals the hell riders there is danger lurking around every corner. Will Cobra bring Alexis to the dark side? Or walk away forever?

Will Alexis give up her perfect life plan for an unknown future?

Decision time. Head or heart? Life, love or death?

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About the author:

Author photoLucii is a your typical British girl, hates the sun and hibernates when summer arrives! She lives at home with her partner and 3 year old daughter, where they spend the day watching Frozen and playing playdoh.

She started off as a regular person, job, home life, health issues and a love of reading. After reading the Fifty shade phenomenon, she went onto social media to seek other authors writing the same or similar genres. She entered a world she didn’t know existed and went to open a successful blog.

Inspiring dreams took a back burner, while she learned the book community and met a bunch of amazing authors and readers alike.

A year later she decides to start writing, hoping against hopes that her friends and fellow readers will like what she brings to the table.

 

Author Links:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/lucii-grubb/390555987809881

Twitter: https://twitter.com/l_grubbauthor1

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/14143582.l_grubb

Revealing the Magic: DIY Cover Route

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In our last two blog posts on Self Publishing, we discussed designing your own cover as alternate route to getting the cover for your book done. This is mostly frowned upon. Why is that?

Some argue that even though writers have vast imagination when it comes to their story, the same imagination hinders their ability to look at the overall cover in a sales pitch point of view. An author can get attached to their story and characters and want to include as many aspects of it on the cover. This doesn’t always lead to a good cover.

Let’s look at some examples: (covers taken from Amazon listing and in no way a means to down rate the covers and or works of these authors)

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These three covers all contain an interesting image, but the font just doesn’t pop out enough and kind of gets lost. It is important to make sure the title and author name are visible in thumbnail size. A little tweaking of the title and author name would increase the appeal of these covers.

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Here you see the font start to pull you in. The array of subjects serve more than pretty images, they hint at the mystery and magic of the book.

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These last three covers really nail what a cover needs: an overall appeal, clear genre classification, and a wow factor.

What if an author doesn’t have the computer skills needed? Unless educated on editing programs it will be hard to create a flawless cover that works. This leaves you two choices, learn the software and enough techniques to give you a cover that will help promote your story or leave the DIY for when you do have the time to do so and hire someone to do it for you.

What if an author’s budget is small or nonexistent? Getting someone to design a cover can get pretty pricey very quickly.

Here is the cover I designed for my book: The Five Kingdoms of Severi. (Cost to make-Under $25.)

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The model shown here was selected about a month or so before the cover was completed from Dreamstime. Yet, I could not get the cover to work and ended up tossing the model aside as a possible subject. Only after finding the rest of the elements that comprise this cover over at Dollarphotoclub (free image from Fotolia) was I able to make the model work.

Below are the images used in the cover. See how the main background determined the overall feel and look of the cover. And the best thing is that all the images except for the model cost $1 each.

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I am both a cover designer and an author, with a little over a year of experience. I decided to create my own cover and the gray scale illustrations that accompany the inside of this book to see what I could do. It might not be the best cover, but with every cover I create there is room to grow.

As long as your cover doesn’t hinder your book I don’t see why you can’t DIY. The best thing about self publishing or indie publishing is that you can always replace your cover with a better one later on if the original one isn’t working. Taste changes.

Things to remember:

Keep the title and author name as big as you can.

Seek an overall look to your cover and ensure you keep the same feel throughout your series.

Don’t be afraid to try textures and mess around with the layer settings.