Monday, April 21, 2014

What Tomorrow May Bring

I have been working on a little side project.  And it is about time you know what it is.

PRISON NATION is being published in a digital boxed set!

WHAT TOMROROW MAY BRING is a digital boxed set, featuring 11 YA Indie authors and their dystopian worlds.  The books range from kids stranded on islands to killer rain, mind-readers to bio-terrorism.  And of course city-size prisons.  If you are a YA Dystopian fan, this set will definitely satisfy that hunger.

What Tomorrow May Bring will be released May 1, 2014
And the best part?  It will be ONLY $2.99

I am more than excited to be boxed along these other fantastic Indie authors.  In fact, I am all out giddy about it.  It has been so much fun talking to these other authors and watching this set come into being.  And come on, that cover... I oggle it quite often.


And keep an eye out on May 1st to snag your very own Kindle copy!


What Tomorrow May Bring - The YA Dystopian Boxed set includes 10 books and bonus chapters from established and up-and-coming indie authors in dystopian literature in a single collection. Each story contains a brand new foreword by its author.

THE STORIES:
Open Minds, by Susan Kaye Quinn
The Moon Dwellers, by David Estes
Prison Nation, by Jenni Merritt
daynight, by Megan Thomason
Stitch, by Samantha Durante
The Girls from Alcyone, by Cary Caffrey
The Narrowing Path, by David Normoyle
The Rain, by Joseph Turkot
Virulent: The Release, by Shelbi Wescott
External Forces (Bonus Chapters!), by Deborah Rix 


WHAT WILL YOUR TOMORROW BRING?


Thursday, April 10, 2014

COVER REVEAL: Moments of Julian

You know my awesome author friend Keary Taylor?  Well, she has yet another book coming out!  And this time, it is an adult romance.  (Don't worry.  There are no shades of grey going on here.)

Today is the big cover reveal day.  So I won't ramble much.  You are all here for her anyway.

Ready?


It was just a work party, filled with kissing the well-dressed rear ends of clients and fake smiles. Until my boss accused me of something I didn’t do. Until I got pissed and then there was this guy who was hot and flirting with me, and then there were his hands and the backseat of my car and a night of everything but you know what.

I never expected to see him again. But suddenly Julian Dohring is everywhere. And I can’t get over the endless tattoos that cover his arms, how he’s apparently a recovering video game addict, and dresses like he’s ready to walk down the red carpet at any moment.

Ten years ago I made a pledge to stay away from alcohol and sex, and to never get too personal with anyone. It’s gotten me this far. I’m twenty-seven, I have a career I’ve worked my heart and soul into, and more money than I could ever blow on shoes and the finer things in life. My attitude and pride have always been enough to keep any man from getting too interested. Until Julian…who claims I can’t dance, and has the nerve to call me a “peach.”

I’m Sage McCain, and needless to say, Julian has my attention.

Publication Date: May 6th, 2014
(Go add it to your Goodreads now!)

Doesn't it sound great?  Well, it is!  I may be already working on reading it... Make sure to snag your copy when MOMENTS OF JULIAN is released.  And don't forget to give Keary some love!

Congrats yet again, Keary!


Keary Taylor grew up along the foothills of the Rocky Mountains where she started creating imaginary worlds and daring characters who always fell in love. She now resides on a tiny island in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and their two young children. She continues to have an overactive imagination that frequently keeps her up at night. She is the author of THE EDEN TRILOGY, the FALL OF ANGELS trilogy, and WHAT I DIDN'T SAY. To learn more about Keary and her writing process, please visit www.KearyTaylor.com.

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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Chilling with Kindergartners

My oldest son is in Kindergarten.  Well, almost done with Kindergarten.  He actually turns 6 tomorrow and in a few months will be a big bad First Grader.  Those thoughts are giving me a major mommy moment though, so moving on...

His class right now is learning about the jobs people do.  I am blessed with the ability to spend every Tuesday helping in the class, and yesterday I got to do more than the usual tech-time/hallway working.  I was given the chance to stand in front and share with these awesome little kiddos the things I do.

What a blast!

I started with telling them I have THREE jobs.  Oh, their eyes went wide.

I first explained that I am a stay-at-home mommy.  A few had doubtful looks on their face.  Is that REALLY a job?  After I told them that I "get" to do the laundry, dishes, cleaning, errands, budgeting...along with playing with my kiddos, they seemed to understand it was a bit more than Netflix marathons and naps.

Then I shared my love of photography with them.  It was a blast watching the kiddos giggle at photos I have taken of cute little babies and sit in awe of the awesome gadgets I get to use when snapping memories.

And finally, I talked about books.  And reading.  And writing.  The kids ate this up!  They helped me edit a sentence on the board, I showed them different drafts of my book, then finally pulled out the finished thing for them to see.  Their faces were lit with the joy of books, and I couldn't help but smile.

Don't mind the strange face.  I was talking...or growling.  Either way.

Their questions to follow consisted of: "Can you write one hundred books about cats?" "Can you write a pink book about pink?"  "Can you write one million books about one million things?"

I then turned it around and told them:  "Sure, I can.  But you can too!"
Their faces lit up even more.

It was amazing being able to share this passion of mine with my son and his friends.  His face was beaming the entire time, and when his teacher asked if he was proud of his mommy, he nodded happily.
I love making my son proud.

The two most important things I told the class?
  1. We all make mistakes.  We don't always get it right the first time.  That is why we learn and edit and grow.  So never give up.

  2. The best way to become a better writer is to read and read and read.

Then I finished with having each kiddo in the class sign a copy of my book.  I am going to keep this forever.


What a great way to spend an afternoon, and an even more awesome way to get me revved back up into finishing the edits on Lady Justice!  Which I am doing.  Right.  Now.




Monday, January 20, 2014

A Quick Blip on Pirating


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Pirating is a majorly occurring (and accepted) act nowadays.  It has gotten to the point that half the time, you might not even be sure if you are watching a "legal" copy or pirated copy of a film.  And I will admit: I never saw the problem with it before.  (Aside from the fact that it is in fact illegal...)

Then I self-published my first book.

And found pirated copies of it.

I had never imagined people would pirate digital books.  That might have been naive, but it is true.  While movies never offended me (they have already made back all their money plus some in theatres, right?) the idea of people "stealing" books and giving them away for free just blew my mind.

And made me angry.  Like, Hulk angry.  Smashing and all.

Which is why I am finally giving in and rambling away in this blog post.  I know I have already written a small post on this topic before, but it is obviously still on my mind.  So here we go.

You might be of the same mindset I was in about pirated movies.  They have already made (and most likely still are making) their money.  Why can't we as the public enjoy the art now, for free?  It is art, dang it!  Down with commercialism!  Trust me, my mindset hasn't been far from yours.

But when it comes to books, especially independently published books, I cannot agree.
Now, bear with me.  This is my point of view, as an Indie Author.

  • My book has not been given a budget of some x-million dollars before it was ever created.  It was not funded at all.  It was created in my home, a midst raising my children, cleaning, cooking, living a normal day to day life.  It was created in the dark, with only my eyes seeing it for the majority of the time.  And there was always that chance that after creation it would be tucked away and denied its existence, meaning all those hours I spent on it were for nothing.
  • I was not given an advance.  Now, being as I only know as much about the traditional market as I have researched or been told by other authors, I can't dive too much into this.  But I do know that sometimes (most of the time?) an author can be given an advance once their book is picked up for publication.  Yet even that is no where near what you might assume it is.  And as an Indie: We get nothing.
  • I make only a portion of my sales.  Believe it or not, I am not raking in the moolah.  I am still getting started, and might not see a significant income for years, if ever.  I chose to set my ebook at a low price because yes, I believe everyone should have the chance to read it.  It is art after all.  But that means I get an even smaller income from each book sale.  And on months when sales dip low, I make pretty much nothing.
  • If I want any sort of publicity, ads, graphics, editing, etc...I have to either do it myself or pay someone else to do it.  Which means more money out of my hand.  And where is that money coming from?  Book sales.  If they are happening.

All those movies you have seen about authors, who are slightly insane, bent over their keyboards, barely scraping by on bills and rocking empty food cupboards and seldom shaving, honestly are not too far from the truth.  We writers are a strange breed.  We allow ourselves to wallow in disrepair, all for the sake of this world in our head that we cannot ignore.

We need your support.
Not your piracy.

I am all for sharing copies you have paid for.  Books should be shared.  Amongst friends.  Not ripped off and posted on illegal sites for all to be had.  Share your paperbacks.  Your hard covers.  Your lendable ecopies.  Find the giveaways, the times authors set their book to free for a limited time.

It might seem like a small thing, downloading a pirated book for free from some random site.  But that is one less book sale this author might be needing badly just to get paid at all that month.  That is one less paid support telling the author "I believe in you."  And honestly, that is one more slap in the face of someone who has chosen to do this insane art.

So take up the challenge and promise your authors today:
I will not pirate books.

We thank you, from the bottom of our creative hearts.





Monday, January 13, 2014

Time For a New Year

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This might be two weeks late, still...
HAPPY NEW YEAR!

I hope each one of you had a great holiday season, an amazing New Year welcoming, and are on some sort of right foot as 2014 begins.  I have been working hard on getting everything in my life back in order.  (It is amazing how much a move can throw everything into the blender and spit it out.)  I am finally feeling like I have my feet on the ground, and I have decided it is about time to come back.

So here I am!
*cheers for self*

To start off my new blogging year, I thought it would be nice to share some of my 2014 goals with everyone.  Note: I am not calling these resolutions.  Why?  Because resolutions never happen.  You set them...then wander away.  These are goals.  Meaning I am aiming to accomplish these.  Some I might not.  Some might change as the year changes.  But I need focus in my life, so these goals have been made.  Ready?


  • Blog again!  Boy, have I missed this blog.  Over the last year or so, I have fallen away from it and that is just not okay.  So I have set the goal to blog again.  I am still trying to figure out the best schedule to try and stick to.  I used to have a three day schedule (Mondays were random posting days, Wednesdays were WIP update days, Fridays were review days.)  While I loved that schedule, I feel like it needs to be tweaked a bit.  If any of you have any ideas or suggestions, please do email/comment/tweet them my way!
  • FINISH LJ.  I know, I know.  I have said this many many many many times.  But I mean it this time around.  I have been dragging my feet on it, for various reasons.  It has finally come down to the point that I need to either A) Finish it or B) Put it away and move onto one of my other WIPs.  I have been trying to decide if I should share my hesitations about LJ or keep them nicely to myself and just keep chugging along.  Either way, you will be hearing more about it very very soon.  (Thank you to everyone who keeps cheering me on with this!  Your rooting gives me hope!)
  • Bedtime.  I am notorious for staying up well past midnight, every night.  And boy am I paying for it!  The zombie that is Jenni nearly every day is a sore reminder that I am indeed closer to 30 than 20 and I need to change some habits.  So from now on, on weeknights, my hubby and I have set a personal bedtime of 10 pm.  Wish us luck.
  • Move it.  As in: Exercise.  Again, not a resolution, so there is a chance this will happen.  Enough said.
  • And last but never least: Read.  I read a dismal amount of books in 2013.  It was truly quite sad.  This year, I need to read.  I am on my third book of the year, and amidst all the other goals above, I will be reading away.  Got any good recommends?  Share them!


There are more goals, but those are the top five.  My life has been lacking balance and focus lately.  I am honestly hoping this will get me back on track.  I miss blogging.  I miss reading and writing and yes, even editing.  So here we go.  Bring it on, 2014!

Do you have any personal goals for the New Year?  Any suggestions for any of mine?  Do share!






Thursday, November 14, 2013

A Light In Dark Places (Blog Tour) SPOTLIGHT

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  A Light in Dark Places In December, 2009, Susan Cox Powell was reported missing from her home in West Valley City, Utah. As law enforcement tried to piece together what had happened to Susan, her husband, Josh Powell, became the only person of interest in the case. For Jennifer Graves, Josh’s sister, the nightmare started long before Susan’s disappearance. From her experiences growing up in the Powell family to the terrifying moment when she first started to believe her brother was a killer, she relied on her faith to stay strong. She devoted herself to the safety of Susan’s boys, Charlie and Braden, whom she hoped to be able to raise as her own. When the boys were murdered by their father in February, 2012, Jennifer was more than devastated, but she had to believe there was a reason for it all—including the deaths of her beloved nephews. In A Light In Dark Places, Jennifer shares her struggles and her triumphs. In coming to terms with such tragedy she finally was able to embrace the truth that we all have the power to choose our own path—and there is always hope, no matter how dark things may seem.


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JenandEmAuthorphoto1       Jennifer Graves is the mother of 5 beautiful children, 2 girls and 3 boys. She and her husband have been happily married for 19 years and together have been active in their community and church. Jennifer is the sister of Josh Powell who killed his 2 sons, Charlie and Braden, as well as himself in February of 2012, and is also believed to have killed his wife, Susan Cox Powell, in December of 2009. She is the recipient of the 2013 ChainBreaker of the year Award, given for breaking the chain of abuse and violence in her family. She enjoys homeschooling their children and mentoring in classes for the commonwealth school they attend. She also loves reading, playing card and board games, and learning new things. Most of all she loves to spend time with her husband and children. They currently reside in West Jordan, UT.

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Emily Clawson is an author, a mother and a mentor. She traditionally writes inspirational fiction. This book has been a life changing experience for her and she is grateful to have been a part of telling this story. She resides in Taylorsville with her husband and four children where they run their leadership mentoring programs for youth.

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  Tour Giveaway $25 Amazon Gift Card or Paypal Cash Ends 11/21/13 Open only to those who can legally enter, receive and use an Amazon.com Gift Code or Paypal Cash. Winning Entry will be verified prior to prize being awarded. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 or older to enter or have your parent enter for you. The winner will be chosen by rafflecopter and announced here as well as emailed and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Rafflecopter or any other entity unless otherwise specified. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Giveaway was organized by Kathy from I Am A Reader, Not A Writer and sponsored by the author. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW. a Rafflecopter giveaway

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

THE EVE by Keary Taylor - RELEASE DAY

Keary Taylor has released yet another fantastic read.  And today, you can get your hands on it.

The Eve is the final installment to The Eden Trilogy.  Have you read these books?  If not, you need to get out and snag them.  I have followed Keary every step of the way with this trilogy...and I love it!  There is mystery.  There is adventure.  There is romance and friendship and betrayal.  There are zombie-like robots that only have one focus in their existence: Spread.

Have I mentioned that I love it?

Help Keary celebrate the release day of this amazing read by snagging a copy for yourself today.  Then make sure to read the rest of her books.  You will fall in love with this indie author lady for sure.

And just for some fun: Stop by her Goodreads, Blog, Twitter, Facebook and/or Tumblr and give the lady some love.  Do it.  Go.  Now.

Congrats Keary!


A plan was laid out as the Evolution crushed mankind, a plan that was right under Eden’s nose all along. And Eve is the key to everything. New Eden—mankind—they have a small chance at fixing their dismembered planet.

But it will be a reckless sprint against time and the coming Bane to retrieve the final piece to the plot. New Eden’s worst fears have become reality. The Bane are back in the city and they’re smarter and more aggressive than ever. They know where the humans are and they’re coming to finish what they’ve nearly completed.

Eve has been content with the family she’s found—Avian, West, Gabriel, Royce. But she’s about to discover she may have the one family Eve never thought she would: blood. With every odd stacked against her, all the lies and all the secrets of her origins will be exposed.

The past and the future are about to come full circle.
Paperback | Kindle | Nook | ibooks (Coming soon!)


--> AND DON'T FORGET:
Join Keary Taylor, DJ DeSmyter and myself tonight at 9pm EST/6pm PST for our live Twitter chat!  We will be celebrating Keary's newest release, talking about dystopians and all things YA Lit, and even have some giveaways up our sleeves.  Use the hashtag #EveChat and we will see you there!



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