Wednesday, December 30, 2015
Time to set my goals for 2016 and look back on how I did in 2015.
For 2016, my goal is to fill in the blanks with four more titles. I'm currently working on Jill, the sequel to Jade & Jane. Then Fire On Ice, a new Jewel adventure. I'm planning a novella in the Norma Jean's School of Witchery series called Witch in a Wheelchair and another Halloween short story continuing the adventures of Midnight (a cat familiar) that I started in The Ninth Life. So, two novels, a novella, and a new short story.
In 2015, I met my writing and publishing goals with 3 novels and a short story. I will continue the hybrid way with both traditionally published as well as self published works.
On the sales front, my goal for 2015 was 2,000 paid sales. I didn't quite meet that goal but did come close. Jade & Jane should finish the year with about 800 paid sales. Jewel & Ghost School had roughly 600 paid sales and my little short story another 30 sales. Other than that short story which sells for a whopping $1.00, I didn't run any special 99 cent promos or free downloads of my books.
Jade, which published in 2013, is still my number one selling book with around 500 sold this year. Sales really took off in March when Book Two: Jane published.
I am really excited to see a similar thing happening with Norma Jean's School of Witchery. Publication of Book Two in October and this series has really taken off.
So I am really excited for next year and I hope you follow me on that journey. You can keep track of my books by following me on my Amazon Author page.
Thursday, December 10, 2015
Wednesday, December 9, 2015
My goal is to have fun writing
Fun books to read
Give one of my books a try today.
Jade & Jane are on sale for the Holidays
Only $2.99 for the eBook
Ghost School #YA
Tuesday, December 8, 2015
Friday, December 4, 2015
Jade and Jane are on sale at Amazon.com (US)
eBook prices for each book now only $2.99
It looks like International prices have been lowered as well. If you have not started this series, now would be a great time to do so.....
Jade and Jane are on sale at Amazon.com (US)
eBook prices for each book now only $2.99
It looks like International prices have been lowered as well. If you have not started this series, now would be a great time to do so.....
Thursday, December 3, 2015
Tuesday, November 17, 2015
I had experimented with chapter titles in Book One: Jewel and had so much fun with it. I found it helped me focus on what I wanted to write in that chapter and gave me motivation to get it written. Here are a few from Book Two: Ghost School....
Chapter One: Who You Gonna Call?
What better way to start? "Movie night at Norma Jean's School of Witchery."
Chapter Four: Under The Radar
“I need a private jet and I need it now,” I told Jane. “We must have a bad connection,” Jane replied. “It sounded like you said you need a private jet.”
Chapter Six: Dances With Wolves
Another movie reference. Jewel goes on a run through the woods with some Werewolves.
Chapter Eight: None So Blind
"I dreamed of Thor again. I was naked in a big field, and he was up there throwing lightning bolts at me
without much luck. He was wearing a blindfold and appeared to be frustrated. I wanted to play, and he
couldn't hit the broadside of a barn."
Chapter Eleven: How I Learned to Stop Worrying
Yet another movie reference. This chapter is explosive!
Chapter Seventeen: Dead or Not Alive
It's not always nice to be wanted.
Chapter Eighteen: Thou Shalt Not Pass
Yep. Riddles on a bridge.
Chapter Twenty: Off With His Head
Too funny. Jewel has always wanted to say that.
Chapter Twenty-Three: The Medium Is The Message
A book reference this time and with a double meaning.
Chapter Twenty-Six: With Great Power Comes An Egg
My favorite. You're going to have to read the book to find out why.
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Friday, November 13, 2015
TIME FOR THE LOST
Calla's disappearance leads her family and friends to suspect that she’s lost. In a desperate attempt to find her, Valcas seeks help from a man he betrayed. A new search begins, one that sounds promising, even if it forces Valcas to confront his past.
The travel team reunites for a mission they never saw coming: a journey to a world caught between life and death, and hidden within the deepest recesses of time. Ivory rediscovers a friend and Ray learns the meaning behind his tattoo. But the connections they make between travelers and the lost may twist the core of the Time and Space Travel Agency inside out.
Time for the Lost is the third installment in The Call to Search Everywhen serial series.
Catch up with Calla and Valcas' adventure before the third book releases in February 2016!
About the Author
Chess Desalls is the author of the YA time travel series, The Call to Search Everywhen. She's a longtime reader of fantasy and sci-fi novels, particularly classics and young adult fiction. Her non-fiction writing has led to academic and industry publications. She’s also a contributing editor for her local writing club’s monthly newsletter. The California Writers Club, South Bay branch, has awarded two of Chess’ stories first place for best short fiction. When she's not reading or writing, she enjoys traveling and trying to stay in tune on her flute.
Monday, November 9, 2015
I'm very pleased to feature Markie Madden today. She is the author of Fang and Claw, a paranormal crime novel and the first book the Undead Unit Series. If you have read J.D. Robb's Detective Eve Dallas series, you will want to make sure to check this one out!
Lieutenant Lacey Anderson of the Dallas Police Department heads up a elite new squad dedicated to solving crimes involving Immortals like herself. Lacey, a Vampire left for dead when her family was slaughtered by Werewolves, still has nightmares about the attack.
Detective Colton Scarber is her unwilling partner and second-in-command. He’s a Werewolf, a descendant of those who killed Lacey’s coven. She’s unaware of this, but she doesn’t trust him from the start. When the fragile beginning of the team is threatened by the truth, can they learn to trust one another as partners must, or will the Undead Unit be doomed to failure?
A mysterious suspect and strange physical evidence leads them to solve a case spanning decades, and leaves Lacey with no other choice but to rely on her enemy when her very life is at stake!
He stalked out of her office, fuming inside. Sure, she gets to do the easy part, he thought. I can see it now, from here on out, she’s gonna treat me like an AIDE! Damn it, I’m a full detective, why do I get all the grunt work? He retrieved the tablet from his tiny cubicle in the bullpen, then looked in the direction of the break room. What the hell.
He stuck the tablet in his pocket and reached for his coffee mug. Unscrewing the lid, he went across the bullpen and into the cluttered area of the unit’s break room. Droplets of coffee and tiny grains of sugar littered the counter top. Colton reached for the coffee pot, yanking it from its warming plate harder than he’d intended to.
One whiff of the dark brew was enough; immediately, he poured it down the sink and rinsed the pot. Putting grounds into a fresh filter, he placed the carafe back on the warmer and hit the button that would allow filtered water into the machine. While he was waiting for the machine to finish brewing, he helped himself to another powdered donut, devouring it in just a few bites, licking sweet, white confectioner’s sugar from his fingers.
He returned to Lacey’s office. She was again engrossed in her laptop, the keys clipping cheerfully under her fingers. She didn’t look up. God, you’d think she doesn’t even know I’m here! Not seeing another flat surface in the room except for her desk, he set his mug on the small table just inside the door, where Lacey always kept her car keys and other odds and ends.
Turning the big, black screen on, he turned to his tablet and began transferring the “book” from his it to the screen. At the moment, it contained a brief report from the EMS team in the field, Lacey’s almost finished assault report, and his own notes and impressions from the scene. Later on, it would also include lab reports, mug shots of potential suspects, and the sketch artist’s composite from the victim’s description.
At the moment, there was very little in the way of arranging the information, so he skimmed over the partial report that Lacey was still working to complete. Colton saw that she had added the victim’s impression of a smell similar to cinnamon or ginger as an exact quote. She’s a stickler for details, that’s for sure, he thought. She might not even be that bad to work with, if it weren’t for that ugly...incident back in Greece.
Though Wolves were included as Immortal persons by humans, as adults they did age, but at a rate much slower than anything the humans had encountered before; the humans often regarded them as Immortal along with other species who never aged. Of course, their children grew at a very rapid rate, until they hit adolescence and became independent.
Wolves had almost instinctual ancestral memories that could be traced back many hundreds of years into their past. Though Colton hadn’t been born yet, the pack of his ancestors had been the one to destroy Lacey’s coven. It was something of an embarrassment for his pack today, a vicious blood feud so old that no one even knew what had started it.
With the humans forcing anger management classes on all Wolves before they could work alongside humans, violence committed by Wolves had gone down. In recent decades, the classes had become mandatory for any Werewolves attending school, including grade schools and universities.
Now, they were attempting to push it on pups at day care centers. He shook his head at the thought. They’re always trying to make us into something that we’re not. But I do wonder why she didn’t fight harder not to be partnered with me. How can I work with her and this huge white elephant in the room?
His tablet beeped, drawing his attention back to the task at hand. He saw that Lacey’s finished report had been entered into the system, so he touched a few buttons on the tablet, calling the information into his notes and from there onto the case board.
He felt the hairs on the back of his neck stand on end, and when he glanced behind him, he saw Lacey standing very close to him, her eyes focused on the board. Again, he felt a bit unnerved by her motionless manner. She rarely blinked, and stood, still as a statue, her hands clasped behind her back as she studied the information presented on the screen.
“You got a way of sneaking up on people, don’t you?” A corner of his mouth turned up in a sneer.
“I just walk the way I walk.” He couldn’t tell by her tone if she had meant to do it, or if it was truly just the way she moved. He shivered, his skin crawling. Vampires were no longer conscious of the need for personal space. At least the older ones weren’t. Maybe they should make Vamps take a class in manners. Yeah, like teach them out of the Emily Post primer or something. This thought amused him.
To get just a bit more personal space, he stepped to the side and studied the board as intently as she was. Well, two can play this game, he thought with derision. If she doesn’t have to be friendly, then I don’t have to be friendly.
Please check out The Undead Unit Series Home Page
Marguerite Madden, called Markie by friends and family, was born August 19, 1975, in Midland, Texas. She grew up in the small town of Flushing, Michigan. While in high school, she took creative writing and was a photographer for the school newspaper. In 1993, she won the National Quill and Scroll Society award for best photo in a high school paper. She began writing her first novel, Once Upon a Western Way, while still attending school.
Markie is now married with two teenage daughters, three rescue dogs, and her horse, Athena, who is featured on the cover of her horse care guide, Keeping a Backyard Horse. She tried many times over the years to publish her novel, first on her own, and then hiring a literary agent, all without success. In early 2012, after getting her first smart phone and e-reader application, Nook, she discovered the world of self-publishing through a website called Smashwords. She finally published Once Upon a Western Way through this distributor in April, 2012.
In the late spring of 2013, Markie came down with a mysterious illness, which was ultimately diagnosed as leukemia (AML specifically). She underwent a rigorous treatment of chemotherapy, during which, at one point, her life was endangered. While she was hospitalized, an old high school friend who is also a published author reconnected with her. Since cancer and the treatment of cancer forced her out of the traditional workforce, Markie turned her attention back to the world of writing.
By December of 2014, Markie was the successful publisher of three books, her first published work, Once Upon a Western Way, now available in print as well as e-format, as well as a self-help guide to horse care, Keeping a Backyard Horse, available in print and e-format, and her cancer memoir, My Butterfly Cancer, available in print, e-format, and audiobook. Her other two will soon be available in audiobook format as well. Markie has founded Metamorph Publishing, in order to publish her own books, and she is now working with two other independent authors as well.
Currently, Markie lives in the small town of Fisk, Missouri, with her family, her dogs, and her horse. She is still writing and is working on a crime/paranormal series called The Undead Unit Series. Book one of the series, Fang and Claw, is releasing October 4, 2015. The second book of the series, Souls of the Reaper, is expected out in 2016, along with a thriller novel entitled Cured Delusions. You can find her at her website: https://metamorphpublishing.com.
1. Great to feature a fellow author also writing in the urban fantasy/crime genre. I'm curious about what authors influenced you to choose this genre. Some of my favorite authors write in this genre.
JD Robb and Kay Hooper have been great influences of mine and I hope I can even come close to emulating these great ladies!
2. Tell us about your publishing experience and what led you to Metamorph Publishing.
I had leukemia, a blood cancer. It was June of 2013 when my life forever changed. I spent nearly 8 months off and on in Barnes Jewish Hospital in St. Louis. I spent over a week in the cancer ICU. You know you’re sick when they move you from the cancer ward to the cancer ICU! I was bleeding internally and they couldn’t find the source, or give me enough blood transfusions. It was during this time that I reconnected with a high school friend, you know how it goes. “I heard from so-and-so that you were sick, etc.” She is a published author, and I had published Once Upon a Western Way through Smashwords in 2012, but I had no idea how to get it into print. She helped me, and that’s how I got the idea for my cancer memoir, My Butterfly Cancer. Not only did I mean to refer to the butterfly effect, the theory that one tiny action on one part of the world can cause a catastrophic event by the time it reaches the other side of the globe. But also, butterflies have a special meaning to my friend, and so I wanted to honor her as well. So, Metamorph Publishing was born. Now we have a total of five books published through us, and more to come.
3. I notice you have four books planned for this series. Do you have an idea how it will end? Do you plot everything out in advance or do you write by the seat of your pants?
I think I’m up to six books planned now, but I might not have posted all of them on my site just yet. I have no idea how far the series will go or where it will end up. There’s an almost infinite amount of possibilities with the Undead Unit. All of my Immortal characters will be based on supernatural beings that exist in actual lore or legend, and there are many, many stories scattered throughout the history of the world that I can base characters on!
4. What have you learned since you first started writing that you wish you knew at the beginning.
I’ve been writing since about the fourth grade. I wrote all through high school. I had a high school English teacher who was self-published (back in a time when he had to pay the printer to print up X number of his books, and then sell them himself). His words to me many times were “Don’t ever give up. What’s not possible now may, in fact, become doable in the future.” Those words came true, and look where I’m at now. He passed away a few years ago, I wish I could tell him just how much he influenced me.
5. What are three things you love about this book and what would you say to someone reading this to convince them to give your book a try?
I love this book because it’s a blending of crime and paranormal, but my Immortals don’t drink blood or eat human hearts (well, they’re forbidden by law from harming humans), and they’re portrayed as being as “normal” as possible. They eat, sleep, and go to work just like everyone else. Another point is that, though my characters seem so normal, they suffer prejudice from the humans around them, just like people of any minority anywhere in the country. It’s meant to make a simple statement: why can’t we all just get along? And last of all, my characters have come to me with a very rich back story, in some ways. So there’s more going on behind the scenes and who knows what will come to pass later on!
Follow Markie Madden at these places (It's an impressive list)
Official Website: https://metamorphpublishing.com
The Undead Unit Series Home Page: https://metamorphpublishing.com/the-undead-unit-series/
Square Store: https://squareup.com/market/metamorph-publishing
Zazzle Store: http://www.zazzle.com/metamorphpublishing*
Official Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/booksbymarkie
Facebook A-List Street Team: https://m.facebook.com/groups/873491482694797
Google+ personal: https://plus.google.com/+103793638053436988384
Google+ business: https://plus.google.com/+metamorphpublishingMP
YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCaDYw5Ocjq3zynC7LTOwXUw
Amazon Author Page: http://geni.us/3ZSX
Google Play/Books: https://play.google.com/store/books/author?id=Markie+Madden
Wednesday, November 4, 2015
New blurbs for Jade & Jane (not yet updated on Amazon)
Jade: Meet Jade Smith, a magical mutt with a mission. A detective partnered with a shifter named Rolfe, she’s on the case to solve a slew of murders: Vamps are killing humans, and nobody knows why. When London Jane, the most powerful vamp in town, is implicated in the murders, Jade knows something isn’t right. Together with Jill, the Winter Queen of Faerie, Jade and Jane take their investigation underground. On the run, with nowhere to hide, they uncover a secret that could destroy Faerie, as well as the human realm. Will Jade stop the killer in time? Or will she be the next victim?
Magic, mayhem, and mystery abound, and the odds are stacked against them; it’s three against three hundred.
Jane: Jane & Jade are chasing the Devil around the world. That's probably not the smartest thing to do and when the hunters become the hunted, the action really gets rocking, leading to a non-stop thrill ride of a road trip. Vampires and Shifters, Angels and Demons, throw in a giant troll and some witches and you've got a paranormal war.
That doesn't leave much time for romance but there is a wedding, and a funeral, and both are ones you don't want to miss. Take a ride with Jane & Jade!
Monday, November 2, 2015
Please welcome Claire Plaisted, mystery and suspense author of Hidden Secrets.
Hidden Secrets in the first book in the Garrett Investigations. A private company based inn New York.
Anastasia Belaruski is the best agent within the company, getting her work done, never letting the side down – well until thing start going wrong on her assignments. It seems someone is out to kill her. Along the way Anastasia discovers some Hidde Secrets about her birth. Who is she really and why does her boss Malachy Garrett start getting under her skin, making her desire more than she should.
Read this fast paced mystery murder romance with its twists and turns in the most unexpected of places.
Extract from Hidden Secrets – Malachy is in hospital, Anastasia rushes to his side…
“He became part of a shootout ending with his car exploding. He had a slug in his shoulder, lost lots of blood which explains why he’s still here fretting away,” Yuri grinned.
“He’s never good with hospitals, may I go in.”
“Yeah sure, make it quick though Ana.”
Quietly opening the door, she looked over at the bed. His shoulder and chest were strapped up with bandages, scrapes and cuts along his arms; the drip made her smile. She knew he hated them, mainly having a needle in his arm. Closing the door behind her, she approached his bed thanking God he was all right, she’d not realised they’d attack so soon. Kissing his forehead, he woke drowsily at her touch.
“Hmm you smell beautiful Anastasia,” Malachy reached up his hand to the nape of her neck, drawing her closer, “Just one kiss Ana, help make me feel better.”
Before she could move back, he kissed her gently but firmly nibbling his way across her lips, nipping her bottom lip to gain access to her mouth. Ana moaned returning his kisses, teasing and tasting. His hand fell away from her neck, bringing her back to her senses, pulling back heart pounding; she stood looking down at his drowsy face, sighing sitting in the chair beside him.
“So you’re not too bad then Mal. What the hell happened?”
“Did you come rushing back Ana,” he asked in sleepy amusement.
“Of course I did, it wasn’t funny when I realised it was you and not some idiot.”
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Claire Plaisted lives with her husband and three children in beautiful Rotorua, New Zealand. Claire is a Family History Researcher, researching and formatting books for family, friends and clients.
Whilst waiting for information for a Family History Book, Claire accidently discovered her skill of writing novels of different genres. Though having to re-learn some grammar skills, her books are a great read.
Since this time, Claire has also started a formatting business to help Indie Authors get their books online with a professional style that looks great.
Claire has published 11 of her own books though at present one series is undergoing changes and is been re-released over the coming weeks. All her books can be found on Amazon and Smashwords, with a few also in print.
It looks like you write in several genres. Do you have a favorite? I'm curious what books and authors influenced your writing.
I love them all. My first book was a Regency Mystery Romance which I have yet to publish. It was a great learning curve and still needs a bit of work. Next I went with an Investigator Series, then I wrote a young children’s, to prove I could write without doing sex scenes. I think I must be trying all genres out still so at present I don’t have a favourite. The books I have loved over the years or should I say authors are Elizabeth Goudge, C S Lewis, Rudyard Kipling, Mark Twain the going on to Lee Child, Nora Roberts, Clive Cussler etc. I have no idea if or how they may have influenced me, though I do love the saying from C S Lewis that a great children’s book is one that can be read by any age. I try and do that with mine, though at present only one is published.
Tell me how you got started in your formatting business and how you balance your time between that and your own writing.
Part of it was sheer frustration with Publishing Houses. It is so hard to get in the door and so frustrating when they say…” Not right for us,” without any further details. So I went about learning to format and publish online. Taking my books to my local writers group, one author asked me to format his book – this is how the business came about. By July 2014 I had a registered company and I have been building my client base ever since. Work is generally done during the week and writing at the weekend and nights unless I’m not busy, then I may write for a few hours. I’ve not written much this year though I have a lot of drafts to finish.
Have you always wanted to self-publish or did you try and find an agent or publisher first?
I looked for an agent and publishers. I didn’t take to either. Self-publishing is easier if you know how. Today I help publish other Indie Authors and it’s great to see them smile.
What have you learned since publishing your first book that you wish you had known when you first started?
Oh my, what I lot I have learnt. If it wasn’t for my friend Tina I’m not sure I would have continued. She taught me POV, First & Third person, and helped me with my grammar which over the last three years has improved greatly. I have met many other writers who also helped me along the way. I also had help from Sharon another friend who caught me using the wrong tense of certain words. So I wish I’d had more knowledge at the beginning, though learning it on the go means I retain the information much better.
Tell me three great things about Hidden Secrets, something that might convince a new reader to give your book a try.
At the moment ‘Hidden Secrets’ is in the top 100 in two categories on Kindle and has been for over a week now.
The story is fast paced with lots of twists and turns you may not be able to work out until you read it all. I love to make people think. The reviews I’ve had just blow me away; several readers love the first book they were demanding more. I can’t wait to finish uploading the series and publish book Six. Just so you know ‘Hidden Secrets,” was previously called ‘Malachy’s Unit,” of the Garrett Investigation Bureau. Malachy is gorgeous and falls for Anastasia, while she tries to push him away.
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