Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Cover Reveal: Coming February 28, 2017 from @Bellatrix_Press – Rise of the Deva'shi (Parthalan #3)

Rise of the Deva'shi will release February 28, 2017 from Bellatrix Press! The cover was designed by the super talented Veronica Jones, and boy is it gorgeous!
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Preorder here ---> http://amzn.to/2ivCJbz

Synopsis:

A stolen girl. A legendary champion. A plan that might destroy Parthalan once and for all…

Aeolmar, First Hunter of Parthalan, leads a solitary life. Having long since abandoned his quest to kill Mersgoth—the demon that murdered his family—Aeolmar moves through his days with cold efficiency. Everything changes when he leads a training mission in Brennus, where he’s attacked by Mersgoth himself, and saved by an unlikely heroine.

Latera, first born and heir to Gannera’s throne, is kidnapped and left for dead in Parthalan’s vast forests. A lone human amongst Parthalan’s fae, she makes a home in Brennus, and lives a quiet life—until she finds herself defending a wounded First Hunter from a clutch of demons.

Back in Parthalan, Harek warns Asherah of something called the deva’shi—a warrior loyal only to the demon lord, Asgeloth. Both Aeolmar and Latera suspect that there is more to this deva’shi than what Harek has told them, but before they can learn the truth, Parthalan’s borders are attacked. Will Aeolmar and Latera be able to stop the deva’shi in time, or is it a distraction to hide Harek’s true plans?

RISE OF THE DEVA’SHI – book three of the Chronicles of Parthalan

Catch up on the series! Click the covers below to purchase book one and two!



Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Writer Wednesday: Super Simple Quick Start Guide to Self-Publishing AND Super Simple Quick Start Guide to Book Marketing by E.J. Stevens

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Want to self-publish a bestseller? This simple introductory guide will give you the basic information you need to begin self-publishing. Whether you are writing your first novel or looking to breathe new life into your backlist, this guide will give you the tools you need to successfully self-publish. Useful information, direct links to resources, checklists, and step-by-step tutorials will help you create a professional quality book. Simple tips will save you time that you can spend on writing, publishing, and promoting your next bestseller. This book provides an introduction to:
  • Building a Writing Template
  • Copyright
  • Beta Readers and Editors
  • ISBN and Barcode
  • Font Licensing
  • Book Covers
  • ARCs
  • Ebook Formatting
  • Print Book Formatting
  • SEO, Keywords, and BISAC Categories
  • Retail Product Pages
  • Pricing
  • Audiobooks and Narrators
  • Translations and Translators
Each chapter will take you one step, leap, or bound closer to successfully publishing your book. Grab your cape. It's time to be an indie publishing hero! Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Super-Simple-Quick-Start-Self-Publishing-ebook/dp/B01M3QJJW5/ Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Super-Simple-Quick-Start-Self-Publishing-ebook/dp/B01M3QJJW5/ Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/super-simple-quick-start-guide-to-self-publishing-ej-stevens/1124924077?ean=2940153790633 Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/super-simple-quick-start-guide-to-self-publishing iTunes: https://geo.itunes.apple.com/us/book/super-simple-quick-start-guide/id1167083634?mt=11&at=1000lsYL Book Cover: https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-UEMTUU-FWA0/WFIXc_uUeyI/AAAAAAAAF0Y/vCnGf5aOIvg-waJHYaRKlE8o3ENZt4TNwCLcB/s1600/Self%2BPublishing%2BGuide%2BCover%2BFlip%2BEJ%2BStevens.jpg Genre: Nonfiction, Writing, Research & Publishing Guides Publisher: Sacred Oaks Press  |  Release Date: January 10, 2017 ISBN: 9781946046024  |  ASIN: B01M3QJJW5

  Super Simple Quick Start Guide to Book Marketing by E.J. Stevens
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Want to improve book sales? This simple introductory guide will give you the basic information you need to begin promoting your book. Learn how to find readers, increase sales rank, and become a bestseller. Both independently published and traditionally published authors will benefit from the tips, strategies, and checklists provided in this how-to guide. This book provides an introduction to:
  • Building an Author Platform
  • Website and Blogging
  • Social Media
  • Email
  • Media Kit
  • Creating a Marketing Plan
  • Book Swag and Promotional Items
  • Blog Tours, Cover Reveals, and Book Blasts
  • Giveaways
  • Interviews and Guest Posts
  • Book Reviews and ARC Reviews
  • Retail Product Pages
  • SEO, Keywords, and BISAC
  • Advertising and Price Promotions
  • Building a Newsletter Mailing List
  • Bookstores, Libraries, and Sell Sheets
  • Book Signings and Conventions
Begin using these simple methods to help your book sales soar. Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Super-Simple-Quick-Start-Marketing-ebook/dp/B01M257XCK/ Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Super-Simple-Quick-Start-Marketing-ebook/dp/B01M257XCK/ Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/super-simple-quick-start-guide-to-book-marketing-ej-stevens/1124924080?ean=2940153790664 Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/super-simple-quick-start-guide-to-book-marketing iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/super-simple-quick-start-guide/id1167083633?mt=11 Book Cover: https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-G-w74ycI2M4/WFIXm4zPBGI/AAAAAAAAF0c/u6XQhRtuu8U6RK1-6l25H9N3L3b9yzUYACLcB/s1600/Book%2BMarketing%2BGuide%2BEJ%2BStevens.jpg Genre: Nonfiction, Writing, Research & Publishing Guides Publisher: Sacred Oaks Press  |  Release Date: January 10, 2017 ISBN: 9781946046031  |  ASIN: B01M257XCK

E.J. is giving away a 2017 Planner and Custom Pen, perfect for beginning the year with new writing, publishing, and marketing goals.  Entry is by Rafflecopter.  Giveaway is open to US/UK/CA.  Giveaway begins January 10th and ends January 31st.

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Author Info:
E.J. Stevens is the bestselling, award-winning author of the IVY GRANGER, PSYCHIC DETECTIVE urban fantasy series, the SPIRIT GUIDE young adult series, the HUNTERS' GUILD urban fantasy series, and the WHITECHAPEL PARANORMAL SOCIETY Victorian Gothic horror series. She is known for filling pages with quirky characters, bloodsucking vampires, psychotic faeries, and snarky, kick-butt heroines. Her novels are available worldwide in multiple languages. BTS Red Carpet Award winner for Best Novel, SYAE finalist for Best Paranormal Series, Best Novella, and Best Horror, winner of the PRG Reviewer's Choice Award for Best Paranormal Fantasy Novel, Best Young Adult Paranormal Series, Best Urban Fantasy Novel, and finalist for Best Young Adult Paranormal Novel and Best Urban Fantasy Series. When E.J. isn't at her writing desk, she enjoys dancing along seaside cliffs, singing in graveyards, and sleeping in faerie circles. E.J. currently resides in a magical forest on the coast of Maine where she finds daily inspiration for her writing. Join the E.J. Stevens newsletter and learn about news, events, and ghosts. Monthly news updates, tour photos, and exclusive reader perks (FREE reads & giveaways!). Great resources for authors on E.J.'s "Author Resources" page on her official website. Blog: http://www.fromtheshadows.info Website: http://www.ejstevensauthor.com Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/EJ-Stevens/376112702562340 Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/ejstevensauthor/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/e-j-stevens-b0a63016 Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/1569666.E_J_Stevens Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/E.-J.-Stevens/e/B002RGHK6C/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/EJStevensAuthor Author Photo: http://s756.photobucket.com/user/EJStevensAuthor/media/AuthorEJStevens-2.jpg.html

Thank you!

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Interview With Kendra L. Saunders, Writer, Fashionista, And All-Around Awesome Person @kendrybird @bellatrix_press #WriterWednesday #interview #fashion #author #amwriting

Happy Wednesday, readers!

It's no secret that I get by with a little help (okay, a lot) from my friends, and one of my besties is Kendra L. Saunders. She writes, she's a fashion blogger, and she makes a mean latte. In fact, she's so awesome that I made her a character in my contemporary romance, Changing Scenes. Read on, and find out why her fans adore her so.

  JAP: Let’s start with fashion! You’re a fashion blogger, have attended NY Fashion Week, and you’ve got a unique and very photogenic personal style. Have you always been interested in fashion?

  KS: I've been into accessories for as long as I can remember! As a kid, I was already trying to make weird and exciting jewelry, usually by taking things apart that I shouldn't have been touching! As I got older, my love for fashion expanded to clothes, and at 17 years old, I got my first subscription to InStyle magazine. There was truly no going back then. I'd also like to credit much of my love of fashion to my best childhood friend, Sarah, who was in love with the luxe life from a very young age. She taught me so much about fashion, makeup, and everything, really.

  JAP: In Changing Scenes, you’re an up and coming designer who’s not afraid to take risks. Tell us about a risky move you made that paid off.

KS: One of the riskiest moves I've made actually relates to fashion! Years ago, I reached out to a fashion designer and asked him if I could interview him. I had almost no credits to my name in the world of interviewing, at the time, and was running entirely on confidence. It worked! He said yes, and I began interviewing people from all aspects of the fashion world. That led to attending New York Fashion Week, and I hope will eventually lead to Paris and London Fashion Week as well!

JAP: Rumor has it that Viktor Arson, the male lead in The Unlove Spell, is loosely based on a fashion designer. Any truth to that?

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KS: He is! Dmitry Sholokhov is a fashion designer from Belarus who has appeared on and won two seasons of Project Runway. He's also probably a magical being. In late 2012, I wrote The Unlove Spell, and a lot of Viktor's character sprang from a certain photograph of Dmitry and his Project Runway model! I still love how evocative that picture is. He has one of the oldest printed copies of The Unlove Spell that exists, many edits ago. I can't wait to get him the edited, shiny, pretty copy!




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JAP: Engaged to an Alien Pop Star, the sequel to your wildly successful Dating an Alien Pop Star, releases soon. Tell us about it!

KS: I'm so excited about it! Engaged to an Alien Pop Star is sexier, funnier, and even more wacky than Dating. Griffin makes an album for his fans, a romantic proposal takes place, and the gang has to face off with some giant alien bugs. What's not to love? I can't wait to hear what fans of the first book think of this one!

JAP: Finally, do you have any advice for those looking to get more involved in fashion or writing?

KS: For style bloggers, your presence in the world of style is your business card, as it were. Make sure you're dressed how you want others to perceive you, whether it means wearing vintage, lots of accessories, minimalist pieces, designer pieces, or cheap clothes that you've spun into your own new piece. People will come to expect certain things from you, and come back to see what other styles you've created from your signature palette of ideas, colors, or vibes. All of those things make up your “brand”, and you want your brand to be as consistent as possible.

For instance, I'm over the top in fashion, but also very feminine, and love outrageous accessories and makeup. My personal “brand” is one of luxurious eccentricity... but that doesn't usually reflect how much I actually spend on my wardrobe! It's almost always possible to find pieces that fit your vibe but are a fraction of the price of designer, without giving yourself away. I've made it a goal to share amazing style for fashionistas on a budget, which is also inclusive of average and plus sized gals (and guys!)

I admit, I don't actually take many full body pictures of my outfits, because my accessories and makeup are usually the focus of my fashion-y posts, but having a good quality camera is, of course, very important. Document as much of what you wear as you can, and share it liberally. Make sure to credit the creators of your accessories and the brands of makeup you're wearing. Brands love getting shout-outs on social media and blogs, and will often share your posts with their followers if they like them.

As for writing about fashion, I suggest you read as much as you can about fashion, go to fashionable events, keep an eye on sartorial trends happening in your local area, and start your own trends that you can tell others about. If you're hoping to interview people in fashion, do what I did! Be brave and confident, and ask if you can interview someone! You never know who will say yes! Just make sure you have some questions ready to go in case you get a yes. You don't want to be unprepared, and look unprofessional.
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Like I said, Kendra's awesome! Have any questions for her about writing, blogging, or meeting sexy rockstars? Leave 'em in the comments!

kendrybirdAbout the Author

Kendra L. Saunders is a time-and-space traveling fashionista author who writes books about magical, dark-haired men, interviews famous people,and suggests way too many bands to you via whatever social media platform she can get her hands on. She writes with good humor because humor is the best weapon for a girl who can't learn karate (or ballroom dancing). She's the author of the Alien Pop Star series, magic realism novel Inanimate Objects, the dark comedy Death and Mr. Right, and the poetry collection Geminis and Past Lives. Connect with Kendra online at www.kendralsaunders.com/

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 And read about her fashion designer alter-ego in Changing Scenes: http://amzn.to/2giKSPC

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Writer Wednesday, Thankful Edition #WriterWednesday #thankful #thanksgivingeve #author #amwriting

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Since it's Thanksgiving Eve, I thought this would be a great time to list a few of the things I'm thankful for with regard to my writing life - some of the items listed make my job as an author easier, some offer inspiration, and some give me purpose. Without further ado, let's get started!


  1. The Internet - seriously, how can I not appreciate a tool that lets me listen to native Gaelic speakers, get a 360 degree view of Angkor Watt, and research archaic terms for metallic elements all in one night?  Strong research makes a strong story, and I'm lucky I can do this from the comfort of my laptop instead of a library or dusty records room. Not that libraries aren't awesome, but most aren't open at 3 am.
  2. Social Media - okay, that's kind of included with internet, but hear me out. Social media has exploded in recent years, allowing me to interact with my readers in real time, all over the world. That's awesome.
  3. My Writer Friends - I have met SO MANY awesome writers, and many have become my beta readers, critique partners, and friends. Speaking of writer friends...
  4. Bellatrix Press - I once despaired that I'd never find a publisher that had the same vision for my work that I do. Happily, I was wrong! My next title with Bellatrix - Rise of the Deva'shi (Parthalan #3) - will release in February 2017, and there will be more to come. I can't wait.
What are you thankful for this season? Share in the comments!

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Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Writer Wednesday: NaNo Check In, And Release Dates For Changing Fate And Gallowglass! #WriterWednesday #NaNoWriMo #goals #amwriting

It's Day 16 of NaNo! If you're writing your 1667 words per day (the minimum daily word count to stay on track to reach 50k by November 30), by now you have written 26,672 words.

My current word count is 16,998. I'm not exactly killing it this time around.

That low word count begs the question, what's going on? I win NaNo EVERY year. Usually, I hit the 50k mark around the three week mark, and gloat like a gloatasaurus rex all over the internet. To call this situation is perplexing is an understatement.

As for what's impeding my progress, a few things happened. I had to reevaluate the publishing timeline for my Parthalan series, and complete a massive re-edit ASAP. That took up the first week of November, which put me behind in my word count but moved my series forward. All in all, that was a good trade.

Having put out that fire, I got into my WIP...and right around the 6k mark, the plot went off the rails. It didn't deviate all that far, and it's definitely fixable. This story is one that I've wanted to write for years, and I will definitely see it completed. Could I fix it and still hit my 50k goal? Probably. But, then something happened.

Something kind of awesome.

Out of the blue, I was hit with the most fricken' amazing idea ever. It's a YA, and I never write YA, so that in itself is exciting. It takes place in Ireland, and there are mermaids and lost cities and surfing. I haven't had this much fun writing in years, and even though I'm 10k behind, I don't care. I am going to finish this story, and then I'm going to edit and revise it to perfection. Who cares if it doesn't hit 50k by November 30? No one, that's who.

My confidence is bolstered by the fact that my previous NaNo projects have fared well. My 2014 NaNo, Changing Teams, released last November, and the third in the series, Changing Fate, will release on March 28, 2017. And my 2013 project, Gallowglass, will release on June 6, 2017.

You read that right--GALLOWGLASS HAS A RELEASE DATE!!!

To sum up, keep working on your WIP, no matter where you are in your word count. To steal NaNo's motto, the word needs your novel.

 Have you encountered some NaNo setbacks? How did you work around them? Tell us in the comments!

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Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Writer Wednesday: You Can't Make This Stuff Up #writerwednesday #NaNoWriMo #truestory #amwriting

The 2016 Presidential election. Well, that happened.

I'm not going to tell you who I voted for, or ask anyone to divulge their candidate of choice. If I've learned anything over the years it's that my readers are both intelligent and well-educated, and I'm confident that all of you voted according to your conscience. The fact that we can do that is one of the basic reasons the USA is such a wonderful place to live. What I am going to do is tell you about my experiences while voting.

What does this have to do with NaNoWriMo, you ask? Well, nothing, and everything. Hang on, you'll see.

Due to a series of not very random events, I didn't get to my polling location until after 5 pm. The first thing I noticed was the line; no one, and I mean no one, votes where I live, which is nice when I want to get in and out fast. But there was a line yesterday, and I thought yay, voter turnout!

I got my ballots, did my thing, and then I checked out and queued up to deposit my ballot in that little R2D2 contraption before heading home. Then the unthinkable happened. 

The contraption jammed.
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The R2D2 wannabe hissed and spit, and refused to take another ballot. The vast majority of us sighed, pulled out our phones, and politely ignored each other while those working at the polling station figured out what to do--but in every group there's one.

"Voter suppression," shrieked a woman near the front of the line. "You're refusing to count my vote!" 
"Ah, ma'am," said the obviously not getting paid enough for this nonsense man. "The machine is just jammed. It'll be fixed in a minute."

"Is it the paper?" she demanded. "Are these ballots printed on faulty paper? And why are you so calm? This is serious!"

"Yes, ma'am, it is serious," he replied. "The machine's been jamming all day, so we're kinda used to it."

"ALL DAY," she repeated, in all caps (and possibly italics). "WHY HAVEN'T YOU SENT FOR A REPLACEMENT?" And she went on, railing on about conspiracy theories and voter intimidation, and at one point she drew a comparison between the jammed machine and Jimmy Hoffa.

Seriously, you can't make this stuff up.

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Just like you can't make up meeting your favorite droid! 


 And that, my writer friends, is why I'm telling you this story. We writers are observers first, and we take in the minute details that others gloss over, and used them to create amazing works of fiction and nonfiction. I'm not currently working on a piece about an individual steeped in conspiracy theories who has an incident at a polling location, but maybe someday I will. When I need to write that sort of character, my writing will be stronger because I will have witnessed it first hand.

Now, I'm not exhorting you to go forth an cultivate trouble. What I am saying is to be present and aware as you move about your days, much like you orient your reader to time and space within your writing. Our shared human experience is a gold mine if inspiration, cautionary tales, and, above all, beauty.

And wackiness. Can't forget the wackiness.

 Have you ever witnessed something so out there you thought, wow, you can't make this stuff up? Tell us in the comments!


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Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Finding Inspiration, World Holiday Edition #WriterWednesday #inspiration #amwriting

Hey all! For those of you NaNo-ing, your word count should be right at 3334. Personally, I'm at 1053, but I have 28 days to catch up ;)

Today I'm talking about inspiration again, since having nothing to write about isn't really conducive to meeting word count goals. Several times, I've been inspired by holidays. Yes, you can be inspired by the more commercial, well-known holidays, but reading about other holidays can spark all sorts of creative thoughts.

For instance, today is November 2, All Souls' Day in the Christian religion, which commemorates the faithful departed.  A quick Google search, and the associated imagery it uncovers, can feed your imagination for a week.

Here are some other interesting, and not widely celebrated (at least not where I am) holidays:

Beer Day - Celebrated in Iceland on March 1. it celebrates the end of Prohibition, and, um, beer.

Lei Day - Celebrated in Hawaii on May 1. The custom is to wear a lei throughout the day.

National Science Day - Celebrated in Thailand on August 18. Commemorates King Mongkut's prediction and observation of a total solar eclipse in 1868.

Feast Day of Our Lady of Meritxell - Celebrated on September 8 in Andorra. In the 12th century, the statute of the Virgin Mary from the chapel in Mertitxell somehow left the chapel and was found under a wild rose blooming out of season. The villagers took it as a sign to build a new chapel on that site. The holidays I've mentioned above are only the the tip of the iceberg. If you find your inspiration lacking, I highly recommend a virtual stroll among world holidays.

How do you find inspiration? Tell us in the comments!

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