Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Win Jessica Bell's White Lady


To celebrate the release of Jessica Bell's latest novel, WHITE LADY, she is giving away an e-copy (mobi, ePub, or PDF) to the first person to correctly guess the one true statement in the three statements below. To clarify, two statements are lies, and one is true:

The title refers to (among many other things) ...

a. a virgin bride

b. a true-to-life funeral service that exists in Melbourne Australia

c. the street name of cocaine

What do you think? Which one is true? Write your guess in the comments, along with your email address. Comments will close in 48 hours. If no-one guesses correctly within in 48 hours, comments will stay open until someone does.

Want more chances to win? You have until October 31 to visit all the blogs where Jessica will share a different set of true and false statements on each one. Remember, each blog is open to comments for 48 hours only from the time of posting.

If you win, you will be notified by email with instructions on how to download the book.

Click HERE to see the list of blogs.


*This novel contains coarse language, violence, and sexual themes.

Sonia yearns for sharp objects and blood. But now that she's rehabilitating herself as a "normal" mother and mathematics teacher, it's time to stop dreaming about slicing people's throats.

While being the wife of Melbourne's leading drug lord and simultaneously dating his best mate is not ideal, she's determined to make it work.

It does work. Until Mia, her lover's daughter, starts exchanging saliva with her son, Mick. They plan to commit a crime behind Sonia's back. It isn't long before she finds out and gets involved to protect them.

But is protecting the kids really Sonia's motive?

Click HERE to view the book trailer.

Click HERE for purchase links.

Jessica Bell, a thirty-something Australian-native contemporary fiction author, poet and singer/songwriter/guitarist, is the Publishing Editor of Vine Leaves Literary Journal and the director of the Homeric Writers' Retreat & Workshop on the Greek island of Ithaca. She makes a living as a writer/editor for English Language Teaching Publishers worldwide, such as Pearson Education, HarperCollins, MacMillan Education, Education First and Cengage Learning.

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Monday, September 29, 2014

New Release: First Daughter (The Dharian Affairs #3) by Susan Kaye Quinn

HUGS to everyone who preorderd First Daughter! Thanks to you, it has been consistently ranking in the Top 100 and Hot New Releases for Steampunk Books for the last couple of weeks! If you pre-ordered, you should have it on your Kindle (or other device) by now, and Amazon should have sent you an email alerting you to its arrival!

Third Daughter, Second Daughter, First Daughter
Third Daughter (The Dharian Affairs #1)
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Second Daughter (The Dharian Affairs #2)
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First Daughter (The Dharian Affairs #3)
Assassins, skyships, and royal intrigue...

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"I had high expectations for the finale. Those were exceeded!" V. Rundell

"First Daughter is the perfect end to an exciting story." - Susan Schleicher

"First Daughter is every bit as fantastic as the first two in the series. " - Leanna

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Friday, September 26, 2014

People Who Inspire Me

A lot of people tell me that I inspire them - sometime it's my stories, more often it's the fact that I'm publishing and making a living at it. Frequently, it's some hard-won lesson I've learned that I'm sharing (via the blog or the Indie Author Survival Guide).

This is always extremely gratifying.

Today, I want to share some examples of people who inspire me - because I'm in constant awe of what my author-friends accomplish in their journeys.

Adam Heine - game designer, author, father of foster-children in Thailand - there are many ways that Adam inspires me, and we've been friends and critique partners for a long time, but his recent post (I am not a great writer) inspired me once again with how he faces, time and again, the forces of darkness that keep us from creating our works, and beats them back. He's often bloodied in the process. This doesn't stop him. He's relentless. I'm glad I'm on his side, because I wouldn't want to be someone he was trying to defeat. Because he would win. (Go buy his game Torment: Tides of Numenera - he's the lead designer)

Sarra Cannon - an author-friend for many years, an indie published author before me, Sarra has consistently championed the idea of writing what you love and building a career from that. She was an early and fierce advocate for the independence of authors and their ability to create works worthy of publication without the blessing of some third party. Her passionate defense of writing for love has always resonated with me, but she recently responded to a report of an "overnight" indie author success (you know, the kind that can be dispiriting if your sales are flagging) with this:
"I think it's important to always keep your eye on the long-term. Stop watching what people are doing short term. Just because someone is riding a hot genre or running a clever gimmick does not mean they will still have a career two or five years from now. What are you building? What do you want to build? What's your personal goal? These are important thoughts. The game is changing so fast, it's sometimes hard to see or imagine the long-term possibilities or ramifications of your actions." - Sarra Cannon
If you think this sounds like something I would say... it's because I get it from her!  Sarra's constancy of vision is like a lighthouse for me, guiding me through moments of doubt. (Go buy her books - she's sold a ton of them, yet talks about how My Sales Numbers Do Not Determine My Worth. In short, she's awesome.)

Michael Kelly - long-time author-friend in my local critique group, Michael writes and draws comics and is an as-yet-unpublished prose writer. I absolutely love his works and am literally begging each month for him to bring more. This last month, he stopped me and a couple other writers after group, and polled us about our creative processes. He was seeking to improve his process, and so he was gathering information and trying to find a way to take his writing to another level (in terms of production). We had a delightful group discussion about the fine details of getting words out on the page, but the mere fact that he was actively seeking to improve was tremendously inspiring to me. Our discussion included published and unpublished writers, new authors and veteran ones - and we all faced the same challenges every day: how to defeat our fears, how to manage our anxieties, and how to keep creating works to share with the world.

The battle is being fought every day against the forces that would keep us from creating. I'm proud to count these people as my fellow creative warriors.