Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Time is on our side...


A little comic I made about a year ago using stripcreator.

It seems the more books I write the less time I put in actually writing. I feel this urge to market and promote all of my books and I suppose that is only natural. As writers we want people to read our books and in my current financial situation, I also want to see some modest financial gain from the time and energy I put into it.

I have found that the best way to get sales is to continually publish new books. Every time I publish a new book, I see an increase in sales. It's not only the new book that sells but it also seems to start a surge in sales of my back list of previously published books. Then I spend a couple of months riding that wave of new sales, then a couple of more months wondering why my sales are now down and coming to realize I had better get busy on writing that next book.

Of course, if I had done better on writing that next book during those four months I would probably have it ready to publish rather than scrambling on getting it written. It's a cycle I am going to do my best to avoid after Wiznewski James is published. I'm going to try and starting writing the next book almost immediately this time rather than spending the majority of my time looking at the sales and promoting and marketing the new release. I'm going to strive for more of a balance this time around.

Wish me luck, it won't be easy to resist the urge to focus exclusively on my new release....


Coming soon (meaning I will get it done as soon as possible).

Thursday, March 30, 2017

New Release: The Caging at Deadwater Manor by Sandie Will



I'm so excited to be able to help Sandie Will spread the word about her debut novel. I just bought my copy at today's special price and I hope you will do the same!

Do you like a suspense-filled novel? If so, I’ve got a treat for you. My friend Sandie Will has just published her debut novel The Caging at Deadwater Manor and it is a treasure.

It’s about a young woman named Jeannie who finds herself held against her will by staff at Deadwater Manor - a psychiatric hospital with an unscrupulous past. Inspired by true events, this is a captivating story where Jeannie shares her heart-wrenching experience while getting treatments that will make you cringe.

Jeannie’s story takes you on a disturbing, edge-of-your seat nightmare that will prey on your psyche for years to come. And it can be yours TODAY ONLY for just $2.99.

To grab your launch-day priced kindle copy of The Caging at Deadwater Manor and to learn more about this fabulously cringe-worthy read, head to…

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Don’t miss this opportunity to be one of the first to know how Jeannie’s story ends!



Monday, March 27, 2017

Cover Reveal: Wiznewski James by Rose Montague




Coming soon ♥
I hope to have everything finished by the end of April and a book release sometime in May.

Hello. My name is Wiznewski James. I'm a real person but that's not my real
name. My real name is GEM (Genetically Engineered Modification) Set 231
Batch 31,390. My sister is called Kate and she's not a real person but that is the
real name I gave her. She's an AI (Artificial Intelligence). She rides around with me
in my brain. Together we are on the run and hiding in plain sight. It was only a
matter of time before we ran into ConGlom again.

I've got the Genesis Egg and ComGlom wants it. I'm going to make sure they
don't get their greedy hands on it. When they find out who I really am, they will want
me almost as bad as they want the device. I've decided to take a stand. It's going
to be a real fight and they have no idea what they are getting into. They made me
and I will make them regret it.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Jade: Excerpts


1. "I held the dagger up and the light of heaven shone forth, brilliant, seeking every shadow and filling it with that light. Other than Emily, the rest had turned their eyes away from it. She was stronger in her magic and I could tell she was fascinated by the dagger. I withdrew my dagger from my right boot sheath, a close copy I had found, very similar in design and replaced it in my boot sheath with the Sicam Tenebrarum."

2. ""Nice tattoo," he said, I looked at my arm and in the same place where the little dragon had been when I went to London Jane's party, was now a pentagram tattoo, perfectly formed. Looking at the TV again and smiling he asked, "Your doing?"
"Maybe so," I said, smiling as he pushed buttons on the remote, to no avail.
"Mayberry will just have to do," he replied, setting the remote back down on the bar."

Get Jade here:

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.

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Jane: Excerpts


Excerpts from Jane (Three J'amigos Book 2)

Two excerpts from Jane by Rose Montague:

1 ."It was an old beat up two-tone Dodge Monaco but we were
not complaining. There was plenty of room in the back seat and
Caryn had told us we had a several hour drive before we made it to
Seattle. It was a spur of the moment thing for them to come down
and Caryn said she just wanted to give Rae a feel for a universal
portal as part of her early education as a witch.
As we drove the radio softly played Somebody Loan Me a
Dime.
“That’s weird,” said Caryn. “The radio in this thing hasn't
worked for years.” She turned knobs and pushed buttons but the
song stayed on.
I looked at Jade. Rae sat between us, handing Jade handfuls of
the second bag of chocolate espresso beans. She was attracted to
Jade’s power and was having a good time. Jade just shrugged as
she crunched. I didn’t think it was her doing.
The song changed to She Caught the Katy and Caryn asked
over her shoulder, “What are your plans in Seattle?”
Jade swallowed and answered, “We’re on a mission from God.”
Then she took another handful of beans from Rae and stuffed
them in her mouth.
I slowly banged my head on the window, thinking okay, why
not?
“We’re chasing the Devil,” I said."

2. "In that brief moment I could tell the remaining two were just
a few steps behind me. I leaped at the approach wall, planted my
feet near the ceiling, and pushed outward with my legs, curling
into a ball with my hands at my ankles drawing the last two
daggers from my boots. The last vamp was quick enough to have
slashed his sword as I flew back past him and sliced me all the way
across my back from the right shoulder to my ass. In one more half
twist, this time landing in a crouch, I had raised the two daggers
in front of me in a crisscross and caught his sword lunge straight
at my head. Directing it upwards, I rose, stepped into his body
and ripped his throat out with my fangs in a quick, snake-like
strike, body pressed against him. I had not counted on him having
a dagger as well and he managed to leave it in my side before
he fell to the floor, blood pumping out of his jugular. Leaving one
of my daggers in his heart on his way down, I threw the last dagger
at the vamp that followed, causing him to pause as it thumped
hilt-first against him. I so needed to take knife throwing lessons if
I ever got the opportunity."

Get Jane here...

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Get Jewel for 99 cents: Limited Time!


I must be crazy. For the first time ever, I have priced one of my novels at 99 cents. I'm planning on trying this for a few days only so you better grab it quick. Price reduced on Amazon venues only.
If you have been waiting, now is the time...
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Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Guest Post: Georgia Carter Mathers


I'm very pleased to have Georgia Carter Mathers on Fantasy Fun Reads today. She has some great tips for Indie authors, tips I wish I had read when I first started publishing.

Guest Post:


Editing in the wild wild west of indie book production

The life of an indie writer is like weathering a dust storm in an old western. We must produce quality books quickly or die a death that results from our readers forgetting about us. We don’t have the benefit of a big publishing team or a big budget. When the dust storm arrives, we’re tough enough to ride it out, release another book, and still find time to socialize on Facebook and woo that blogger.

While a trade-off in book production results when speed is favored over quality, indie writers can still produce books with minimal errors to a strict time schedule, sometimes in as little as three months, by implementing some or all of these suggestions:
  1. Assess your goals

If you’re writing as a hobby and hoping to make a little bit of money on the side, you may only want to take up some of these suggestions. Consider all of these suggestions if you’re writing as a professional writer and you want to make a lot of money.

  1. Be proactive; learn your grammar and your style guide.

This is one of the most important suggestions I can make to you. It is based on the way that journalists work. Because sub-editors are being phased out or outsourced, journalists are now required to produce high volumes of work, accurately and quickly, and they must produce material that is grammatically correct every single time. An indie writer is no different. Getting it right the first time is in your best interests.

If you know you have a problem with grammar, do something about it. Buy a book of exercises that teaches basic sentence construction. Work through it slowly. Learn to recognize basic errors, and it will save you time and money in book production. At the very least, learn from websites like the Purdue Online Writing Lab.

Get a copy of your style guide and use it as a reference until you start feeling comfortable with the conventions. If you’re writing for the US audience, you might want to use The Chicago Manual of Style.

  1. Develop an army of beta-readers, but don’t treat them like editors.

Rather than give your manuscript to one or two friends, give it to upward of six people in your network. Select those who like the genre you’re writing in and give it to those who can provide feedback on the issues you’re writing about. When they have finished reading your manuscript, ask them whether they enjoyed it and what they thought could be improved.

If you’re writing a character from another culture, get a sensitivity reader. Be prepared to hear that you’ve written a stereotype that makes them angry. This means that you need to be prepared to either dump or significantly rework your characterization. Be prepared to repeat this process until the sensitivity reader is happy.

Use your beta-readers to make decisions about how much work your manuscript realistically needs and whether it is worth spending money to publish this manuscript.

Some beta-readers will correct your grammar, and that is great. If they are correct, by all means, thank them, take their advice, and make the changes. But they will not be able to correct grammar reliably; they don’t have the skill required. If the indie has used a beta-reader instead of an editor, the indie will eventually receive feedback that an unacceptable amount of mistakes have been missed. Often there is no time for another round of editing. The indie writer is already in the middle of producing another book, and they will have to wear the embarrassment.

  1. Develop an editing schedule that includes all the editing phases and stick to this schedule

The kinds of editing that occur in each phase can differ between editors, so it is best to ask what the editor will do before you hire them. Incorporate the scope of the work to be done into the editing contract.

Make sure your editing includes structural and developmental editing, copyediting or line editing, and proofreading after your manuscript has been put into the book template. Don’t skip any of these steps. You will be sorry if you do.

Lay out your editorial schedule and keep to it as though it is your bible. The structural and developmental edit might come back with editorial suggestions that will take a long time to fix, but wherever possible, keep to your schedule.

  1. Develop an editing team you know you can rely on.

So, this all seems like a long and drawn out process. It doesn’t have to be. When you’ve done it once, you will learn what works for you and what doesn’t. Basically, you will develop a set of procedures or steps that you know will need to be completed to produce a quality book. You will get quicker the more books you produce. You will learn who supported you and who didn’t. You will also learn which team member is worth the money you paid them. All this increases your efficiency in producing quality books.

When you follow these steps, and you’re announcing over social media that you’re releasing another book, your readers will come back for more. The behind-the-scenes-stuff that often feels like an almighty dust storm has not influenced the quality of your latest book. When readers buy it, they will have nothing to do but enjoy the book, knowing you produced it with love and skill. They’ll also know another book will be coming from you very soon.

Georgia Carter Mathers is an Australian writer and freelance editor. She holds a Bachelor of Arts, an Associate Degree in Creative Writing, and is currently halfway through a Graduate Certificate in Publishing at The University of Sydney. Her latest book, Trelloran Seduction, is a dystopian romance. She is currently writing the second book in the series, The Miana Prophecy. You can find Georgia at her website https://darklovestories.com




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Trelloran Seduction is available for pre-order!



Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Guest Post: Barbara Custer


I'm very pleased to host author Barbara Custer this week. The beginning of a book is so important, it keeps a reader interested and the ending gets them motivated to look into your other books or the next one in a series. 




Guest Post:

Those Troublesome Beginnings and Endings

This past month, I wrote a short story. It took a week to write it, but I needed another two weeks to rework the ending. According to my beta readers, I started off with fire but fell flat at the end. People ask what I find most difficult about writing. I’d say that writing beginnings and endings are tough. Especially endings.

Years ago, I started writing short stories. Now and then, an editor might ask for a rewrite, saying, “Your ending needs work.” That was when I’d start groaning. Behind the editor’s desk now, I notice that other authors struggle with their endings. When I request a rewrite for Night to Dawn magazine, it usually involves the ending.

“One Last Favor,” a novella-length story in the City of Brotherly Death gave me the hardest way to go with its ending. This tale features Tara, a nurse who goes up against the leader of a zombie colony. On my first draft, it ended with Tara willingly becoming undead. Then I realized that a dedicated nurse like Tara wouldn’t throw in with monsters that terrorize humans, so I attempted a different ending. My editor felt that my revised conclusion didn’t work, and she was right. That story went back and forth between my writer’s group and the editor three times. I came up with Tara marrying Chris, another major player, but my editor noted that I needed to resolve Tara’s pursuit by the revenants stalking her town. Several pots of coffee later, I came up with a workable ending. Thankfully, my editor had patience and a sense of humor.

When Blood Reigns didn’t give me any grief with the ending because it’s part of a serial. My current WIP is probably the last in the series. However, I was supposed to introduce my characters when I’m writing the second and third books in a serial, in case the reader hadn’t gotten around to buying the first book. Since that hadn’t happened, I wound up reworking the beginning by writing a prologue where Alexis tells someone about the struggles she went through in the previous novel (Steel Rose).

With my current WIP, I suspect I’m in for it as far as endings go. I’ll need to tie up the subplots and show that my characters have changed. A “twist” ending may work, but it has to be believable. The ending has succeeded when, upon arriving at the last word, the reader and I feel satisfied.

Why is this process so hard? In the beginning, I’m introducing a cast of new characters; I need to get to know them before I can construct a beginning that works. The thought crossed my mind to write the ending and use that as a basis for my story. The trouble is, my characters have minds of their own, and their decisions take me in different directions. Someone suggested that I let the characters decide their ending.
Have beginnings and endings posed a struggle for you? I’d love to hear about your experiences with this.

Blurb for When Blood Reigns:

Marked for death, Alexis accompanies her lover, Yeron, and four survivors of a zombie invasion on a search for the renegades who created a chemical that induces a zombie-like state. On the way, ravenous flesh-eaters attack Alexis’s team; one survivor turns on her. She realizes too late that the renegades have been tracking her every move. When officials capture her, she becomes deathly ill. Can DNA splicing save her? Will Yeron’s attempts at rescue jeopardize all their lives?

Author Bio & Links

Barbara lives near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where she works full time as a respiratory therapist. When she’s not working with her patients, she’s enjoying a fright flick or working on horror and science fiction tales. She’s published Night to Dawn magazine since 2004.
Other books by Barbara include Twilight Healer, City of Brotherly Death, Infinite Sight, and Steel Rose; also novellas Close Liaisons and Life Raft: Earth. She enjoys bringing her medical background to the printed page, and then blending it with supernatural horror. She maintains a presence on Facebook, Linkedin, Twitter, and The Writers Coffeehouse forum. Look for the photos with the Mylar balloons,
and you’ll find her.

Monday, February 20, 2017

Guest Post: Jeremy Breitenbach


I met Jeremy at the event, Our books Are Not Free. He was looking for an author slot and they were all filled but after talking with him, I offered him a spot on my blog. Thirty-one years ago my son was born a two pound preemie and has cerebral palsy. He's the best son I could ask for and I admire anyone with a disability that strives for happiness. Here is Jeremy's story and I hope you will support him by buying his book, sharing this post with friends, and connecting with him on social media.

Guest Post:

I was born prematurely at 24 weeks gestation.  I am blind (legally blind to be specific).  I have no vision in my right eye and limited in my left.  I use braille to read and write.  I also have cerebral palsy which limits me to the use of one hand, my left.
 

I use a device called a VoiceNote Apex to write/braille my books.  It is part of the BrailleNote family of products from HumanWare.  The VoiceNote Apex's only difference from a BrailleNote Apex is that the VoiceNote doesn't have a refreshable braille display.  It uses text-to-speech (tts).
 

The first book I published is called The Gateway: A physicist opens a gateway on a planet within another dimension which leads to an alien invasion; violence and strong language.

Buy on Amazon:  https://www.amazon.com/Gateway-Jeremy-Breitenbach-ebook/dp/B00P453Y2M/

Barnes & Noble:  http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-gateway-jeremy-breitenbach/1120684018?ean=9781502377043

Goodreads:  https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/28286896-the-gateway



Connect with Jeremy:

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/JeremyBbach

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/OfficialJeremyBreitenbach







Wednesday, February 8, 2017

New Release: Blood Brothers by Julie Nicholls



Hi!
I’d like to announce the release of Blood Brothers. This is the 2nd book in the Blood Trilogy. We have already followed the characters – K34GEN, Gabriel, Lyssa, and GH05T from book one, Blood Ties, but it seems their trials are not over yet.
Gabriel is pure lycan and was caged by Dr. Keller at Solgen Labs. Dr. Keller is a genetic scientist who used Gabriel’s lycan DNA to create the perfect soldier by splicing his genes with a human. K34GEN was Solgen’s top hunter…but then Keller realized he could improve the enhancements he’d given the human and created GH05T. She was faster and stronger than K34GEN, with a few added enhancements, and it meant K34GEN was no longer the top dog. The former hunter, K34GEN teamed up with Gabriel and together they attempted to bring down Solgen Labs.
The story continues in Blood Brothers

Synopsis : Blood Brothers

When you've been a “guest” of Solgen Labs, brothers from another mother takes on a whole new meaning. Keagen and Gabriel thought they were experts on all Solgen's dirty little secrets. Until they met Ghost and found the deceit and conspiracy goes more than bone-deep; it goes right down to their spliced and enhanced DNA.

Need a sneaky peek?

“Your room’s better than mine.” Keagen pushed the door open wider as he edged his way into Ghost’s quarters. “I guess it’s a girl thing.” He snickered.
“Hey, if you want the pink duvet, take it,” Ghost quipped.
Keagen casually scanned the room while closing the space between them. He noticed the furrows congregating along Ghost’s forehead and blew out a weighty breath.
“I know what’s going on in there.” He pressed the tip of a finger to Ghost’s temple. The possibility she might be right and he should tell Gabriel about his condition was on his mind constantly, but finding the courage to admit he was imperfect wasn’t something he could do easily. He’d never concerned himself with the worries of others previously but seeing Ghost’s agitated expression bothered him. The realization that he could end up like K44 gnawed at him like a dog with a bone, and it was highly probable that this rabid dog would need putting out of its misery. Fear wasn’t in his vocabulary. There had never been anything he was afraid of…until now.
Ghost grabbed his finger and with pleading eyes stared at Keagen. She felt his pain. The possibility not only his body, but also his brain, might betray him was stinging—lacing him with more poison on an already infected wound. She wished he would listen to her and willingly let Lyra and Gabriel help, but the stubborn mask he wore wasn’t about to come off anytime soon.
They turned simultaneously to the sound of a knock on the door followed by Lyra’s soft voice.
“I’m sorry to disturb you. I know you’ve had a long journey, but Michaels wants to brief you on the current situation with K44.”
“It’s okay. We’re ready,” Ghost replied.
She released Keagen’s finger and moved toward the door, but Keagen halted her departure with a firm grasp of her arm. He pulled her close and let his mouth rest against her neck.
“I will tell Gabriel and Lyra about my problems…I promise.”
Ghost shrugged her shoulders. “It’s your business. I get that. I’m sure I’d feel the same, but it doesn’t mean I can’t worry about you.”
She smiled tentatively and headed out the door with Keagen following.
“Where’s Gabe?” Keagen directed his question to Lyra, who was already striding down the corridor.
She called over her shoulder and smiled. “He’s in recovery.”
Keagen charged forward and grabbed her arm, spinning her around. “From what?”
“The procedure.” She frowned. “Didn’t he tell you he’d agreed to give us the samples we need to help K44?”
“No, he didn’t.” Keagen scowled. “He said he wasn’t going to allow anyone else to experiment on him. What changed his mind?”
“You did,” Lyra replied and continued on to Michaels’ office after pulling her arm free and leaving Keagen standing with his mouth gaping.
Ghost sucked in a deep breath and braced. She approached Keagen from behind and stopped suddenly as he whirled around to face her. His furious expression greeted her.
“You told him…didn’t you?”
Ghost lowered her eyes. Before she could open her mouth to apologize, Keagen turned and followed Lyra to the operations room. Her eyes fell shut as she sucked in another large breath. She knew she’d fucked up. Her heart told her to chase after him and make him understand why she’d told Gabriel, but she knew he wouldn’t be interested. While something inside her said it was for the best, she felt guilty because she’d broken his trust.




Sunday, January 29, 2017

Guest Post: David Kummer



Continuing our series of guest posts, I'm happy to have David Kummer today, talking about why we love Fantasy and Young Adult books...

Why the beep do people like Fantasy?

What is something you hate? What is something you love?
The thing about opinions is that somebody always disagrees with you. There is somebody that
loves what you hate, and hates what you love.
What does this have to do with the Fantasy genre? You might have guessed by now. If you hate
it, there’s somebody that likes it. If you like it, there’s somebody that absolutely despises it.
So, now that we’ve got all of that understood, let’s discuss. You might be thinking “Why in the
world would anybody want to read about pointy-ear creatures, complicated magic tricks, and
lots of boring battle scenes?” And then, on the other hand, you could be quoting some line from
Lord of the Rings and wanting it to be written on your grave when you die (hopefully in some
Fantastical event, if you were able to choose.)
There are, like any genre, some things that people on the outside-looking-in get wrong. What
are some of those? I’ll tell you, from what I can tell.
First of all, there seems to be an idea that Fantasy is all about magic, battle, elves, weird
creatures, and that some of the elements are just so bizarre that nobody could ever truly write a
good book! You’re thinking, “Have you seen those covers?? What am I even looking at!”
Well, let me clear things up. There are some unbelievable elements in Fantasy (as in every
genre ever written), but there are many great books that are captivating, entertaining, and
enjoyable… and they have elves, dwarfs, magic, complicated covers, etc. If you don’t believe
me, it’s probably because you’ve never even tried a Fantasy book.
Another thing people have accused the genre of is being too repetitive. They say everybody is
trying to copy someone else. Whether it’s Lord of the Rings, Game of Thrones, Harry Potter, or
one of Stephen King’s forays into the category, there are certainly some books that have a
legendary status (depending on who you ask.) But even if some authors try to copy these books
almost word-for-word, the best of them make their own trail through the genre.
Why should you like Fantasy, or at least give it a try? First of all, if you like maps, this genre has
tons of maps. Maps in the stories, maps on the back cover, maps online, they’re everywhere!
And along with those maps comes worldbuilding.
This is one of the few (if not the only) genre where you can see worlds literally being built in
front of your eyes. From the ground up, you see all the chaos and disaster of our own world
history, but on a different stage, with different actors, and with a few unique elements thrown in.
I’m not saying you have to love Fantasy, but hopefully in this short article I’ve shown you that
there are plenty of good sides to the genre -and to every genre of books ever written. If a book
has a good author, no matter what the genre is you will find things that you enjoy.
We all have a desire for the Fantasy in the world, for the unique and different aspects of life. We
all love a good adventure story, or a coming-of-age tale, or a treasure hunt. And all of those
have heavy roots in the Fantasy.
So why not give it a shot? What do you have to lose? If you ever get lost, there’s plenty of maps
to help you find your way home.

Why the beep do people like Young Adult?

What is Young Adult fiction? Is it a genre? Is it an age group? That’s a tough question, and not
the one I’ll be answering today.
What I’m more interested in is why people like and dislike the (for sake of time, we’ll call it this)
very controversial genre. There are many people online who write that it is unacceptable and
almost sinful for adults to read this. And then there are those who think the opposite. It seems
like the book sales and the movies being made agree with the latter, so I’ll try to give you some
reasons why people find these books intriguing.
First of all, these stories are written for younger audiences, clearly. So the themes in them are
more innocent, more simple. That’s one thing that appeals to people: the clear, black-and-white
good-vs-evil conflicts, or even the somewhat murkier stories that have been coming out
recently. As adults read more YA Fiction, the genre becomes more suitable to them, and more
like the Literary Fiction works that adults used to find the most entertaining (according to some
article I read. It said that YA was like the new Lit Fic. I don’t know about that.)
The other thing is that characters in these novels go through tremendous growth, both
physically and emotionally. Not to mention, the characters themselves are younger, and I’m
sure adults get tired of reading about other adults doing other adult things. So YA books are
different, and that can be refreshing.
So why should you read YA books? Well, they always have happy endings, at least 99.9% of
the time (not an actual statistic, although you probably know that.) Along with the endings, there
is normally a long series of books for any given story. So that’s nice, if you’re looking for a long
project of reading.
And one of the most important reasons, especially for some people, is that they keep making
movies of these books! If you’re the type of person that loves to say, “Hey, I read that book!”
when watching the previews of a movie, then this is definitely your genre.
No matter what genre you read, don’t be afraid to try others, and to always keep an open mind
when you’re deciding which next book is worth your attention! Chances are, it has a young adult
in it (even if it’s not this genre.)

Enden: A Fantasy Novel

To hear about the next release in this series, emaildavidkummer7@gmail.com.

They have grown strong in the shadows, the kingdom of Oldon. The land is void of hope and of strength against them. The human kingdoms grow corrupt everyday, so that the lines between good and evil are slurred.

One young man from a small village in the valley could change all of that. He fights with the passion of a warrior and the luck of a magician. And when the barbarians force him out of his home, the journey begins.

Trained by a knight, shadowed with secrets, and against the kingdom he once called home, Jonathan is an outcast, a rebel. But more than anything, he is a leader.

Enden is a world filled with wars, famine, sieges, torture, and death. But the greatest battle of all is to survive. Only one thing is certain. Something is rising, in the distance near the edge of the world where forgotten secrets brew. Something has risen. And it is coming.

Get Enden on Amazon here...

https://www.amazon.com/Enden-Fantasy-Novel-Wars-Book-ebook/dp/B01MYS1XFH

My name is David Duane Kummer. I'm a teenager, with a couple published novels and a collection of short stories.

I live in a small, river-town on the Ohio River in southern Indiana. Along with taking care of younger siblings (I have eight total), I make time for writing in between school and sports.

I've been writing since I was young, with As Trees Turned Away being my first published work and She being my first published novel. Along with writing, I am an avid reader and watcher of all things horror, and enjoy writing reviews on them for others who might want to know my opinion on them.

When I'm not writing, I enjoy talking with my hilarious friends and amazing girlfriend, spending time with my loving family, watching movies, and working out to burn all of the calories I get from binge-eating Hawaiian Rolls. Those things are really addicting, am I right? I'd rather get payed in those than money.

Anyways, thank you for taking the time to read this :) Have a great day!

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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Guest Post: Andy Peloquin


Continuing my series of guest posts on writing, today I am happy to host Andy Peloquin. Andy has a new release out today so be sure to read all the way to the end of the post for details.

The Simple Secret to Being a Prolific Writer

I'm not going to lie: I find the goal of reaching 1 million words written by 2019 a highly ambitious but reachable goal. When I started writing, just the thought of cracking 100,000 words seemed a huge effort. No doubt for many people, hitting a 40k to 50k word count feels like a Herculean labor. Heck, some authors I know labor for weeks over a short story!
Not everyone is born to be a prolific writer. Some authors will put out one or two books in their lives, but they will be amazing. Others will put out only short stories or novellas. There's absolutely nothing wrong with that. It's simply not who I am.
I'm the kind of writer who never runs out of stories to tell or words to write. By the end of 2017, I will have published around 600,000 words (in 5 books). And I'm going to tell you how I did that, and how I intend to reach the 1 million word mark by my goal.
It all comes down to one thing: writing every day.
As a fairly new author (first book published in 2015), I have to pick up other work to support my family. That means I don't get endless hours to dedicate to writing. In fact, I'm getting about 2 hours a day of pure writing, with the rest of my time focused on marketing, the day job, family, health, etc.
In those 2 hours a day, I'm managing about 2,000-3,000 words. Considering my books end up at 120,000+ words, it seems like such a small drop in such a large bucket.
But that's a mindset that I've learned to eliminate. Yes, 2,000 words is 1/60th of the words I need to write to finish a book. Yes, it seems to take FOREVER to tell a story. I'd rather spend all day every day writing. Sadly, being a responsible adult, I have to limit myself to the time I've carved out of my busy life.
And this is the simple secret I want to share. 2,000 words may not seem a lot compared to the 120,000 words of a book, but what about after 1 week of writing? 14,000 words is a much larger drop in the bucket—more than 10% of the book! After a month, that number jumps to close to 60,000 words—or 50% of the book. In just two months, a 120,000 word book is complete. That's very prolific for someone who is working two jobs, trying to stay fit, and being part of a family.
That daily drop is what eventually fills up the bucket. Put in the writing time every day, and it will add up over the course of weeks, months, and years. It's hard to see that far into the future when you want to finish the story/book NOW. Hells, I've had days when I want to ignore work, family, and health just so I can stay at my desk and hammer out 20,000 words and see REAL progress.

But that's not how it works, at least not for me—and probably not for most people. For those of us who aren't able to dedicate ourselves to writing full time (YET!!!!!), the secret is to put in the time every day. An hour. Two hours. 1,000 words. 4,000 words. However much you can do, do it. Trust me, it adds up over time!


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Child of the Night Guild (Queen of Thieves Book 1)
"They killed my parents. They took my name. They imprisoned me in darkness. I would not be broken."
Viola, a child sold to pay her father's debts, has lost everything: her mother, her home, and her identity. Thrown into a life among criminals, she has no time for grief as she endures the brutal training of an apprentice thief. The Night Guild molds an innocent waif into a cunning, agile outlaw skilled in the thieves' trade. She has only one choice: steal enough to pay her debts.
The cutthroat streets of Praamis will test her mettle, and she must learn to dodge the City Guards or swing from a hangman's rope. But a more dangerous foe lurks within the guild walls. A sadistic rival apprentice, threatened by her strength, is out for blood.
What hope does one girl have in a world of ruthless men?
Fans of Sarah J. Maas, Scott Lynch, and Brent Weeks will love Queen of Thieves…


Saturday, January 14, 2017

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Monday, January 9, 2017

Guest Post: Paul White

Continuing our series about writing, this week I am pleased to host Paul White. Reading this I am struck by how nice it is when a reader tells you they can see the scenes in your book taking place in their mind. When that happens, you know you have done something right.

Guest Post:

Getting intimate with your readers.

By intimate I mean really intimate, telling your readers about your ‘ills’, your personal peccadillos, your most secret sexual pleasures.
Sounds like something you would never do?
Well, maybe you should.
Now, bear with me whilst I, in my usual rambling fashion, seem to digress. I assure you all will become clear as you read on.

A short while ago I read an article by…(I forget who!)…which said, that reading is just using words to make suggestions, it is the readers mind that creates the images and makes the story.
To explain this further; when you introduce a character into your story, regardless of your own imagination, each reader will ‘build’ their own personal vision of how that character is; what they are wearing, how they walk, the tone and rhythm of their voice.
The finite details of the car or train they ride in will appear in the reader’s head like a movie scene. Each person will imagine this in a style which is unique to them.
As the reader turns page after page, the houses, the streets, the towns and cities evolve to create that readers own singular and distinctive world. Your words become their (the readers) own story, set in their own world.

All you have done, as the writer, is string one suggestive idea after another; the rest is perception, imagination and vision of the individual holding your book.
This is something I find fascinating; the ability to share thoughts and ideas with another person, a person who you, most likely, will never meet. Moreover, this ability to ‘suggest’ to place guided concepts into another’s mind has no limitations regarding time or space.
Whether the reader is a few meters or a million miles away; or indeed is reading your book a year, a decade or in a thousand years from now, your suggestive words will still stimulate their own imaginations, still allow and encourage them to create a version of that nether-world, a world you fashioned from thought in some timeless point and place.
At this juncture you may be asking yourself “what does any of this have with intimacy?”
Allow me to continue.

We all have personal and private thoughts; many we never share, even with those closest to us. This is not a fault or a weakness of character. It is simply what we do, as humans, as people.
Now, these things can be simple; like a certain smell evoking a memory. Possibly a memory from childhood, good or bad. But because it is an innermost secret we never reveal the emotions it stirs within us.

Another could be sexual pleasure, a certain touch, in a certain place, given by a former lover or during self-stimulation? Possibly, probably, never shared with another. The reason could again be many, primarily held within to protect us from the possibility of ridicule, however unjust or superficial that may be in reality.

Often not revealing such is matter of privacy, of not wanting to be embarrassed, or at least not wanting to give someone else the opportunity to embarrass us. Sometimes it may be protection of another sort, defense against the risk of giving leverage; presumed or real.
That all said and done, I know not a single person upon this earth who is not holding such personal secrets close. We all have them. Even you. Although sometimes we try to hide them from ourselves because of the pain, the hurt, the sorrow or guilt they dredge up from our pasts.
This is the form, the type of intimacy that I believe, as authors, we should share with our readers.
Now, before you shout at me, call me crazy, deluded or worse, let me clarify my train of thought regarding this matter.

I am not saying we should all blatantly reveal our souls; neither am I proposing a mass catharsis. I am simply expressing my view that, as each and every reader is creating their own version of your basic story, as suggested by the words you have written, that to get under the skin of your readers, to endear them to your story, your style of writing, your narration and, of course, to identify with your characters; what better way than to share with them some of the most intimate, emotive and emotional secrets a person can hold?
Doing so will further the perception of true-life, of reality for your readers. Just as you share some of your secrets with those closest to you, your partner, husband, wife, best friend, mother?
Such intimacy builds trust, strengthens relationships, cements bonds. What better way to endear your readers?

This does not mean you have to write a ‘tell-all’ revelation of your own life.
It does mean that you can and, in my humble opinion, should draw on your own life experiences, even those dark and deeply personal ones, to share with your readers. Remember they shall be relating your words to the intimate areas of their own lives not yours.
As fiction writers we cloak reality with fiction, mix fact and fantasy on a daily basis. Nothing changes; what may be perceived as fact is realised to be false and vice versa.
You can become as intimate as you wish with your readers when you draw on your most confidential of life’s experiences. They shall not be judging you, they will be judging you work…and their own lives.

If you still hold concerns about this, let me leave you with these words:
“Everything I write is fiction, except the bits that are true. Although my readers tend to think the truth is fiction and fiction the truth. I just wish I knew the difference”.

Thank you for reading me, a guest of the wonderful Rose Montague.
You may want to read my new book collection, ‘Tales of Crime & Violence’, several short (& some not so short!) focusing on the cognitive and emotional aspects of those involved with, or caught up in, unusual circumstances.

These tales focus on the people, their emotions, fears and dreams. Something quite different to the usual book in this genre.


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Friday, January 6, 2017

Guest Post: Jennifer Zamboni


This year on Fantasy Fun Reads I will be featuring various writers in different stages of their author journey talking about the whole writing business. Today I am pleased to host a guest post from Jennifer Zamboni. Jennifer is working on that debut novel and doing all the right things that I wished I had done more of when I published my first book. She is making friends in the author and reader community, networking, participating in writing discussions, and of course, reading!

Guest Post:


I am a lover of books. I love the look of them on my shelf, the feel of them in my hands. I’ve learned to love the ease and convenience of e-readers.

Early on in elementary school I was in a title one reading class, because I wasn’t keeping up with my peers. After three years, I caught up. After that, I was addicted.

I started so many novels, then got distracted by other ideas, and life in general. When I hit high school, I got more serious about my writing. I delved deep into a sword and sorcery style fantasy, entirely hand written in a large binder. 

I wrote by the seat of my pants, with notes in the margins to keep me on track. At 19 I completed my first ever first draft. I polished it to the best of my abilities (which weren’t as awesome as I thought they were), and started querying agents. 

In the mean time, I started penning a sequel, this time on my brand new lap top.

After receiving a few rejections, all form letters, I went back and read back through my manuscript one more time. I made a startling discovery: My writing was crap. Well, at least my editing skills were.

I put that manuscript on a shelf. I’ve read through it a couple of times. I love the story, I love the characters, but the words on the page need more than love.

Enter National Novel Writing Month. I meticulously planned and plotted another fantasy novel. I finished it, I love it, but it still wasn’t “the one.”

When I discovered Urban Fantasy, a switched flipped in my head, and lit up my world. This was it, this was what I am supposed to write.

I wrote a rough draft. I went on to another book, but that first one stuck with me, and I’ve gone back to it. This time, I’m better armed. I’m reeducating myself on grammar (a continual process for me), and networking, and reading.

It’s a slow process. I’m not sitting in a quiet room with a notebook anymore. I’m a stay-at-home mom of two toddlers. I’m exhausted, but I can’t stop writing. I’m doing edit after edit. I’m hoping this will be the year, maybe even the spring, I’ll send it off to beta readers, and editors. I can hire a cover artist! 

Hopefully soon, I’ll hold my book in my hands, put it into the hands of others, and wait with baited breath to see if it’s really as good as I feel it is.

On that day, every book I’ve ever read, every connection I’ve made in the last couple of years, will be there with me, cheering me on.

Read. Read a lot. Write and write some more. Edit, and edit again. And while you’re doing that, reach out to others, and they’ll be there for you too.

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Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Cats, Subcats, & Keywords


Rose Montague: Amazon Best Selling Author

It sounds good, doesn't it? Amazon likes top 100 lists and they do it by both categories and sub-categories. If you get into one of the top 100 best selling lists, it not only sounds good, it can also help your sales and boost your marketing efforts.


Norma Jean's School of Witchery, Book One: Jewel was at one time, ranked 92 in the Sword & Sorcery category, making it an Amazon best seller. Of course, it's a lot easier to get into the top 100 in a sub category than a major category or overall Best Sellers Rank.  Now if a reader is looking at another book in this sub category and clicks on the Sword & Sorcery line above, they will be taken to that top 100 list.  I have done it myself in categories and sub-categories I am interested in. You get on a list like this, it will help your sales. Fans of teen fantasy sword & sorcery may have purchased this book because it was on this top 100 list.

Unfortunately, a lot of these sub-categories are not something you can pick and choose from.  When you set up your book on KDP it gives you choices only from the main categories. In this case, I selected Juvenile Fiction > Fantasy & Magic. What got it into the Sword & Sorcery sub-category was likely my choice of keywords. As you can see from the screenshot below, I used sword as one of my keywords.


The good thing about KDP is you can always go in and edit the details of your titles, including the keywords.

Jane is also an Amazon Best Seller...