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.

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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
“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
“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...

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

Trelloran Seduction is available for pre-order!