Friday, May 27, 2016

Huge Book Sale May 27th to May 3

Many have read these, many more have not. Some will share this because they love them, other won’t because they don’t wish to inflict my books on people they care about. On the flip side of that, if you didn’t like them, share this to your enemies! Plenty of opportunity abounds for lovers and haters alike! Here is your chance to spread the love (or torture those you feel are deserving). All of my books are on sale in one way or another, so take advantage of it since I don’t do these often. The sale runs from today, May 27th thru Monday, May 30th

A New Beginning (short prequel) – FREE
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In the War of Fire, death often heralds a new beginning…
Dragons, magic, and war are commonplace for sixteen year old Emallya. Though she longs for the simple life of hearth and home, some things are not meant to be.
Her dreams for the future are changed in a single night when battle breaches the walls of her home, and she finds her true calling. The innocent hopes of youth are cast aside as Emallya steps forward into a future she never imagined for herself.
*This is a short story within the Dragon’s Call world and includes a bonus peek into Embers at Galdrilene, the first Dragon’s Call book.

Get it FREE on Amazon

Embers at Galdrilene (Dragon’s Call book 1)
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“A ray of light, a stain of shadow, shall endure to breathe life and death into the future”
The war between the Guardians and the Shadow Riders ended in total devastation. The final battle killed all the dragons and left nothing but fields of ash. A small clutch of dragon eggs was all that remained to provide hope for the future.
Five hundred years later, the ability to use magic is a death sentence and dragons are remembered as a curse. But the unhatched dragons sing for their riders…and six lives will be changed forever.
The elements of magic are drawn together as the dragons’ call leads them on a journey where they learn everything they’ve been taught to believe about magic and dragons is wrong.
With the last of the dragons and the world at stake, they will risk everything to heed the call.
But an evil from the past rises again. Shadow Dragons ride the dawn once more…

Get it for .99 on Amazon

Tears of War (Dragon’s Call book 2)
New Tears of War cover
“Old things come again and new things surface.”
Faced with a looming war, the riders have no choice but to leave the safety of Galdrilene and reach out to the nations for help. But the Shadow Riders are doing the same and not all nations are opposed to their rule.
New discoveries are made, old wounds are reopened and betrayal hides among welcoming smiles.
As one nation begins to unravel it’s clear that some choices, even those made with the best of intentions, can have devastating consequences.

Get it for 1.99 on Amazon

Ashes and Spirits (Dragon’s Call book 3)
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“The incomplete weave breeds the darkness…”
Presented with impossible odds, the Guardians struggle to hold against the Shadow Riders. While enemies from within are discovered and allegiances are formed, the losses mount.
As the war escalates, one Guardian may have to make the ultimate sacrifice to save all.

Get it for 1.99 on Amazon

Bound by Time -FREE
Time knows no bounds when you are tested to your limits…
Isobel Moore is looking forward to spending her summer break alone while her parents are overseas. But when she returns home from college she discovers it’s no longer the welcoming place it used to be…and that something sinister now resides within.
As Isobel begins to question her sanity, a mysterious neighbor moves next door with plenty of his own secrets…and Damien DeLuca has the uncanny ability to always show up when the unexplainable happens.
Now Isobel must unravel a past that tests her limits and everything she thought she knew—before the darkness kills her.
Get it for FREE on Amazon

Bound by Legend
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When demons show up there will be hell to pay…
At nineteen Morgan has already faced more loss than she can handle and has more experience living on the street than she wants. Unable to do anything other than keep on the move in order to hide from the demons that hunt her, she guards her heart and emotions carefully. But when the demons start talking to her and calling her by a name from another life, things spiral beyond her control.
Lucian, an ancient dark angel who has seen his fair share of lives, is happy being a free agent until he’s assigned to Morgan. Determined to do everything on her own, she’s unlike any channel he’s ever met.
As the danger mounts and a demon prepares to open a gateway to the underworld, Morgan must find a way to overcome her past in order stop him. Offered what her heart desperately wants, and holding a key that will close the gate but open another, Morgan struggles find the strength to make the right choice.
Get it for .99 on Amazon 

 What people are saying about the Dragon’s Call books
The people that were happy:
“I thoroughly enjoy these books and feel anyone that love true Fantasy, full of magic and dragons, will enjoy these books. The characters are richly written and the storyline is addictive. The interaction between dragon and rider is some of the best Fantasy I’ve read. I love the relationships the author has developed between the two.”
“Took a well used genre (dragon riders) but added a new twist that had me struggling to put the book down. Real page turner that keeps you on your toes.”
“All 3 books are just wonderful. From start to finish it will keep on edge just waiting for what will come next. You won’t be disappointed!! These books have gotten me in trouble!! I couldn’t put it down, tried for work as a result!! Dragon Loves must read set. Looking forward to reading more books by this Author!!!”
And the people who weren’t happy:
“Very boring. ….”
“This book might take prize for overall, most cliche fantasy book Ive read this year.”

And those that are neither:
USA Bestseller List says, “Who are you?”
New York Times says, “This is a restraining order…”

The happy for the Bound series:
“Such a sweet, romantic and action packed story. From the onset, you’re drawn in and intrigued by everything going on. I never knew a window could be so menacing!”
“I have to say that I thoroughly enjoyed reading Bound by Time.”
“Amazing & intriguing story. From the very beginning I was drawn in & it never disappointed.”
The unhappy:
“The storyline was slow and uneventful with very little happening along the way.”
“Hated main character.”

USA Bestseller lists says, “We still have no clue who you are.”

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Writer Beware!!!!

You have written a book. Now you want it published. Do you query agents and see if you can get it into a traditional publisher. (Assuming you know the Big 6 in New York have 12 authors who get all their attention). Which means at least a two year or more wait. (James Patterson had 27 rejections on his first book. Chicken Soup for the Soul the first book had 47 rejections before being published). Or do you self-publish?

This is where you need to do your homework. There are ways to be an Indie Author and there are vanity presses. Here's how you know the difference:
    A Vanity Press:
     1. Charges you a ton of money
     2. Takes 80% of your royalties
     3. Might give you a 40% discount on your purchases
     4. Discounts your sales to Amazon and other wholesalers.
     5 Keeps you losing money

Small Presses:
     1. Offer you a contract
     2. Do NOT charge you up front money
     3. Take a portion of your royalties 40% to cover their expenses
     4. Will pay you royalties once you have made $20.

Indie Authors:
     1. YOU are the boss
     2. Have a great design team
     3. You pay for set up and book design
     4. 100% of your royalties are yours.
     5. Have your own logo
     6. Can be printed with your logo through with world wide distribution at NO COST to you.

Vanity Presses: Tate Publishing, Xlibris Publishing, Author House Publishing, Infinity Publishing these are the most widely known. There are dozens more. Check under Publishers for a complete  list. Stay away from them. They are NOT interested in promoting you. They are out to make money from you.

Small Presses are good. You have no risk. The downfall is they come and they go. So, there's the risk.

Being an Indie Author is the best if you have a stellar design team. I can recommend one. A good design team will help with your branding. People will come to recognize your books by their covers. They will be stand out with the right team.

Please be wary when you enter the publishing ring.


Tuesday, May 10, 2016

And the Rollercoaster Ride is Coming to an End

This man, my Dad, has gone through two surgeries for stents in his heart since last Friday. I am pleased to say, he is doing very well and will be transferred out of the Coronary Care Unit tomorrow.
It is looking good for him to come home on Friday.

On Sunday, May 15th, he will celebrate his 82nd birthday. And a belated Mother's Day with my sister and her family and my daughter and her family. While the festivities will be low key they will be a celebration.

I am looking forward to going home in June for two reasons now. To see my dad and to watch my granddaughter graduate from high school. Again low key on the celebrating, but it will be good to be home.

Thank you all for your prayers.

Sunday, May 8, 2016

When Life Becomes a Rollercoaster

Most days life runs smoothly. I'm a normal person who does normal things. But every now and then life throws me a curve ball. It came on Friday. With a message on my phone.

I'll start with my dad calling, oh wait it wasn't Dad. Mom's voice on the message telling me Dad had a heart attack and was in the hospital.

Mom, my granddaughter, Megan, and Dad, Aug. 8, 2014. We were at a family wedding.

The good news is Dad had two stents put in. He has one completely blocked artery. He needs two more stents probably on Tues. Expected to be back home by Friday.

In the meantime, my sister, Diane has been on site and keeping the rest of us informed. These are the times I hate being so far from home. I know it bothers Dean and Nancy both being so far away.

Sending prayers for God to watch over him. And trying to keep busy.


Sunday, May 1, 2016

A-Z Challenge---Letter Z

I apologize this should have been posted yesterday.

Z is for zany. Zany means amusingly unconventional and idosyncratic.
I have zany tendencies. I am easily unconventional and my friends tell me I'm funny. Being a writer sets me in a different zone.

I look at the world in potential mysteries. Or how can I make this incident a story without hurting those involved.

I also tend to not conform. Which sometimes gets me into trouble.

All-on-all it just makes life interesting.


It's a Dreary Sunday: Day 7

Morning pages were done with distractions today. Not a good omen. Especially since I woke up tired to rain. According to the news last ni...