Friday, February 28, 2014

Upcoming!

 



 March is going to be very exciting!!!

Light to the Darkness is releasing March 21st!

This will be available on iBookstore, Kobo, Barnes and Noble, Amazon, Smashwords, and More! Check the Light to the Darkness page for links!

Another teaser chapter will be posted soon!

A bonus chapter from Lucas' POV will be posted as well.

A Giveaway for the Light to the Darkness will be held after release!

My second novel Jolted is in progress. More info and teasers to be posted.

Be sure to check out my new FaceBook page! 


Saturday, February 22, 2014

Review: A Beautiful Lie (Playing with Fire #1) by Tara Sivec





Garrett McCarthy, Annabelle Parker, and Milo Roberts were as close as friends could get. They shared in each other's joy during graduations, promotions, and engagements. They consoled one another through heartache and loss.

When one of the friend's life is tragically cut short, it's up to the two left behind to pick up the pieces and find out the truth - no matter the cost. As they slowly start to uncover the nature of his deception, and the very powerful people behind it, they begin to question everyone and everything, even themselves.

Everyone has secrets - some do it for love while others do it for power. Those secrets can change perceptions, alter reality and sometimes destroy lives.



Pic of the Day!

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

How to Compile Epub from Scrivener

·    I was able to use Scivener to create my epub and upload it to Smashwords with no errors!
  
     Below is step by step instructions along with photos to get a perfect ebook!

       Make sure your story is complete and you have the necessary front matter such as:

·      Cover, Dedication & Copyright. 
    Note on Copyright Page & Dedication: If using the pre made pages in Scrivener, Delete the returns on the pages so that the first lines of texts are at the top. You can have about 3 but 5 or more will throw AutoVetter errors

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Friday, February 14, 2014

Smashwords Vs BookBaby

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I had always planned to distribute with Smashwords and Kindle Direct. When I learned BookBaby released a free account option in the beginning of 2014, I had to reevaluate my options. A standard account with BookBaby was previously $99 setup fee, and turned me away immediately. With a free account, you may upload your ePub and they will distribute to the major retailers. Conversion to ePub from other formats are not included with the free account from BookBaby, you need a Standard, or Premium account.

Since I already have a ready ePub file, the conversion feature is not that important to me. I have found many articles comparing the two services, many leaning towards Smashwords because of the $99 fee. With the new free option, I couldn’t find a comprehensive and fair comparison, so I had to do it myself.

Here are some of the basic features: [This is comparing BookBaby Free Account]

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Self Publishing: My tools and process so far

I haven't been able to post any reviews because I am trying to refrain from reading to complete my novel and get it out to distribute. The draft is done, cover is done and all I need to do is finish some editing. My goal is to publish on my birthday, March 21st.

I started my draft for Light to the Darkness in December of 2012. I completed it early February of 2013. 

I have had beta readers, reviews and editing. Now all I need to do is finish making the noted changes from my editor. 

Now I have done TONS of research on self-publishing, e-book markets and writing in general. I made notes and printed pages and pages of articles. Anyone who knows me well knows I take up a lot of crazy hobbies. Every hobby I research, and obsess and learn everything I can learn about it. These crazy hobbies include, but not limited to: sewing, photography, graphic design, polymer clay, furniture from pallets, cars and many other arts and crafts.

Friday, February 7, 2014

Very Bad Things (Briarcrest Academy #1) by Ilsa Madden-Mills

Very Bad Things (Briarcrest Academy #1)




This was a great book. It was refreshing. It was funny, creative and all around wonderful. It was hot and fun. I was worried it would be cliche. Good girl finding a bad boy with tattoos and a motorcycle. I was wrong. 

I loved the chemistry these two had right away. Sparks and fireworks the moment they see each other. I loved it. 

The story progresses with Leo and Nora wanting to be together but can't. I was slightly hesitant to read this book at first. Reading the description, I thought I wouldn't be intrigued by the storyline. To be honest, I thought the age difference wasn't a good enough reason to stay and apart and I would grow bored and restless. I was gladly proved very wrong. I couldn't put the book down and loved every second of it. 

Let us start with Nora. She's 19 and lives a perfect life with perfect parents and perfect grades. She hates it. She snaps and decides she is going to be bad. I felt bad for her, always trying to impress and never feeling like she is good enough. My heart broke for her.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Arsen: A Broken Love Story

Review:

Arsen: A Broken Love Story

By Mia Asher 


All I can say is wow.
This is definitely an emotional roller coaster. 
I have never been so conflicted before reading a book. Team Ben or Team Asher?

I felt for Cathy. I really did. I was worried when I read reviews that I would hate her for cheating. And for a minute there I did. Ben was great. I was waiting and hoping for him to do something, anything, to make it seem like Cathy was better off without him, but it never comes. 

The gravitational pull to Asher seemed natural though. It was slow moving and didn't seemed forced just to great conflict. What I loved the most was that even though Ben was amazing and no woman would really want to stray from this man, I could understand Cathy's indecision and wants. 

The story is slow moving in the beginning with a lot of backstory and flashbacks. Without this the reader wouldn't fully understand the situation and be as emotionally invested. So as much as I was itching to get to the good parts, I was glad we took the walk down memory lane. 

After reading I couldn't stop thinking about the characters. What happens to them? How are they feeling now. My mind was spinning. I loved it. It was raw and real. No fake and fluff. Just real raw emotions. It was refreshing. Great book!