Monday, April 29, 2019

Seriously, There is Truth in Fantasy

It's not all fun and games...
My goal is to have fun writing fun books to read. There is more to it than that, however. Amid all the humor, action, and surprise you will find some serious themes. The importance of these themes has weighed heavily on me the last few months so I wanted to take this opportunity to talk about them. The first is prejudice and how people in power weaponize it and use it to further an agenda. These people in power don't have our best interests at heart.
Jade was the first book I ever wrote and it's an urban fantasy. For those not familiar with urban fantasy it is simply fantasy in a modern or futuristic setting. In Jade's world you will find both the familiar and the strange. The strange part is the existence of supernatural creatures like vampires, shifters, witches, and fae. Sometimes people fear the things that are different and in Jade some corrupt people in power play upon those fears and use that to their advantage. We see this in the real world with politicians using fear of immigrants or members of the LGBTQ communities to consolidate their power and leverage this fear into hate. Don't let them manipulate you!
When I wrote Jade I was very involved in supporting those that I felt were falsely accused or wrongfully convicted by a far less than perfect justice system. You will see this theme in Jade. Manipulation of evidence, false testimony, forced confessions, use of public opinion and propaganda to further an agenda of guilt are some of the things still happening with our justice system today. Do not be deceived!
The good themes in Jade are friendship, loyalty, and the power of a few determined people to overcome extremely low odds. I think you will enjoy the ride.

Monday, April 8, 2019

Read Self-Published Month

I read both traditional and self-published authors and if you have not read self-published books before this post is intended to help you out.

Lisa Emme..
I dare you to read this book and tell me it's not as good as the majority of traditionally published books out there. Pure fun with action, romance, mystery, and supernatural creatures.

Dead and Kicking... Book 1 of 5 in The Harry Russo Diaries (5 Book Series)
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Erik Schubach...
A very prolific author of Lesfic titles, many in the fantasy and SciFi genres. I've read many of his titles and they were all great reads. I suggest starting with a short one, Fixit.

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E.B. Hood...
Melabeth is a very dark urban fantasy read, yet filled with wonder and surprise. It's one of my favorite reads ever which includes many fantastic traditionally published books.

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Lilo Abernathy...
The Light Who Shines was one of my first ever "I can't believe it's self-published" reads. Just grab this one. You won't be sorry...

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B R Kingsolver...
Any fan of urban fantasy will love her books. I read the Chameleon series and was blown away...
Book 1 of 5 in Chameleon Assassin Series

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I hope you will give self-published books a try!

Monday, March 11, 2019

Books, Cats, & Egg Rolls

I love books and I love people who love books. I enjoy travelling to magical places in fantastical realms. I enjoy reading a book from cover to cover, without many interruptions. If you see me reading you can go ahead and assume I'm not in the mood and if you are looking for food, please order takeout. Don't forget the extra egg rolls.

I'm looking for a reader who reads for enjoyment, that wants to read fun books with plenty of action and just a light touch of romance. A reader that will overlook an occasional typo and forgive me for my plot flaws. A reader that likes twists and turns and a ton of surprises. If you love cats that's a plus.

We are on the same page.

Friday, February 8, 2019

Our Books Are Not Free

I'm not upset with people for pricing their books free. I understand the concept of a free sample to get someone to try one of your books in the hopes they will go on to buy the second one and so on. I have done it myself. Unfortunately, over the years so many people are doing it that a lot of readers never have to really pay for a book, they just go on to the next free one. I would love to see this practice change back to a short story or a little prequel to entice people to buy. Or may a limited time at a reduced price first in the series book. I do think that if you are looking for a lot of reviews on these free books you will probably end up disappointed. There are so many out there a lot of them never get read and the ones that do, some readers feel they don't really have a lot of value because they were free which makes the chances of getting great reviews, greatly reduced. In the meantime those authors trying to get just a little compensation for their work grow frustrated with trying to make sales and fall into the temptation of FREE, making it harder for the next author hoping to recover their costs or make a few dollars for their hard work. There are a lot of great books out there that never sell and never get the readers they deserve. It's a tough cycle with no easy solution and no end in sight.
I do believe that educating readers on the cost of publishing and marketing a book helps. There are a lot of readers out there that want to support an author's efforts, that don't want them to give up. Others just don't understand how expensive it can be to publish a good book.
Maybe events like this will help. I really feel that something still needs to be done.
comments welcome....

I hope you will join us!

Friday, October 19, 2018

To Be Continued...

Don't you hate it when a series stops while you are eagerly awaiting the next episode. Yeah, me too. I want to apologize to all my fans that have been waiting a long time for the next Jewel adventure. I have been suffering from writer's block but another two stories will eventually come in this series.

There's a dragon egg that needs to be found. Romance and adventure await. It will come and you won't be disappointed. The next story is firm in my head and I just need to get it written. Please hang in there. I will get through this.

For those of you that have not read these books, I encourage you to do so. They are a lot of fun. Both are reasonably priced and both are free with Kindle Unlimited.

Jewel #YA

Ghost School #YA