Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Writer Wednesday: So, How Do You Write A Book, Anyway? #writerwednesday #amwriting #amediting #plotholes #timeline #authorsofinstagram

I do my fair share of events, which encompass everything from book signings to me teaching creative writing.  The question I'm asked most often is how one goes about writing a book.  Therefore, for the first time ever I present photographic evidence of my writing process:

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Glamorous, huh?

The larger white lined page is a timeline for the fourth Parthalan book, Golem...and it goes on for five more pages. The colored circles each represent a different character and the illegible scrawl comprises the main conflict in each chapter. Add to this the three smaller notebooks (full of character details and outlines) and the barest corner of my planner (to ensure I don't miss any deadlines), and one thing becomes apparent: in order to write a book, you need to do a lot of writing that will never make it into the book.

The moral of the story is that writers need to write lots and lots and LOTS of words before they generate the magic 80k or so that end up as a finished novel. There are no shortcuts, you can't get "lucky" and have your first uncorrected, typo-ridden draft picked up by a Big Five publisher (at least, none of the first drafts I've ever seen would be picked up), and you can't hire an editor to magically fix plot holes and continuity errors. There is no substitute for sitting in your chair and doing the work yourself.

Is any of this easy? No, it's not. But after you've done the work and beaten every last plot twist and character flaw uppity punctuation mark into submission, you will have done the impossible, and made your imagination real.              

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Sunday, May 7, 2017

Gallowglass #Review Copies Now Available - Releasing June 6 #urbanfantasy #comingsoon #bookbloggers #bloggerswanted #IARTG

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 Gallowglass review copies are available now! If you're interested in reviewing the first installment of a new urban fantasy series, click here ---> ARC request sheet    

 Everyone who posts a review between June 6 and June 13 will be entered to win a $10 gift card to Amazon or the bookstore of their choice!

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You can preorder Gallowglass from the following retailers:  Amazon Barnes&Noble Kobo iBooks     

Available now - Changes boxed set for 99 pennies: http://amzn.to/2qdXM5V

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Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Voting is open for the RONE Awards! @InDTaleMagazine #RONE2017 #amreading #amwriting #IARTG

Voting is open for the RONE Awards! 

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Just click this link to cast your vote for The Virgin Queen: http://www.indtale.com/2017-rone-awards-week-three 

 You do need to register an InD'Tale's website in order to vote, but it's easy peasy to do so. If you don't want to receive their free newsletter you can unsubscribe after voting. If you haven't read The Virgin Queen yet, the ebook is currently on sale for 99 cents. Amazon: http://amzn.to/2pxnvTF 

 Thank you in advance for the votes :)
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Order the Changes boxed set and get three books for 99 pennies! Click here--> http://amzn.to/2oPgyA0




Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Writer Wednesday: The Award and Preorder Edition #fantasy #romance #boxedset @InDTaleMagazine @limitlessbooks

Big news - The Virgin Queen has been nominated for a RONE! Voting in that category begins May 1st, and you must register here to vote. And if you haven't yet read The Virgin Queen, the ebook is currently on sale for 99 cents across all platforms!

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Amazon --> http://amzn.to/2oLpi6m 
B&N --> TVQ@B&N              

Voting runs until May 7th, so be sure you cast your vote early!

The Changes series is now a boxed set! You can read all about Britt and Sam, Astrid and Donnie, and Cindy and Sean in one handy package. The preorder price is 99 cents, but it will increase to $5.99 after the May 2 release date. Get your copy now, and save $5!
  Changes Series PREORDERPreorder here ----> http://amzn.to/2p3DbPC

That's all for now - and don't forget to vote!

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Writer Wednesday: Wellness Check In #writerwednesday #wellness #amwriting #probiotics

One of my main goals of 2017 is to incorporate more healthy choices into my daily life. I want to feel great, keep my creativity flowing, and (hopefully) be a good influence on my children. Now that I've been doing this for a few months, I have a handle on what's working for me.

Incorporating probiotics - I've been incorporating probiotics into my diet since mid-January, and I felt the beneficial effects almost immediately. Aside from the physical improvements, I'm much more even-tempered and calm. I get my probiotics from a combination of kombucha and fermented foods like kim chi. (Standard disclaimer: I am no health professional. If you're interested in learning if probiotics can help you, see out a qualified professional. Here's an article from The Mayo Clinic, and another from Web MD, to get you started.)

I gave myself some curfews - No social media after 10 pm, and in bed before midnight. Really, no one needs more social media, and having an hour to wind down before bed leads to quality sleep. If only I could dream up some new plot twists...

I'm eating more real food - I didn't want to go on a diet so much as I wanted to eat better. Therefore, I didn't limit myself on what I could have, but I did make an effort to purchase more vegetables, whole grains, and vegetable-based protein. With all that good food in the house, who needs all that processed junk?

Thanks to these (and a few other) healthy changes, I look and feel better already. Even though it's only April, I've already successfully launched two titles this year, am on track to release three more, and I haven't missed a deadline yet. By prioritizing wellness, I have the stamina and mental acuity to keep everything else in line. Will I still have setbacks? Of course I will. Everyone does. But by staying as on-track as I can, those setbacks will be minor bumps, not game-changing catastrophes.

What positive changes have you made in 2017? Tell us in the comments!

Coming June 6: Gallowglass
Karina didn't set out to free the Seelie Queen's gallowglass. Now she'll do anything to keep him.


Preorder here: http://amzn.to/2nG62e5

Monday, April 10, 2017

Cover Reveal: Gallowglass #urbanfantasy #paranormalromance #new #amwriting @Bellatrix_Press

Karina didn’t set out to free the Seelie Queen’s gallowglass. Now she’ll do anything to keep him.



Preorder here: http://amzn.to/2oReLdB

After Karina and her brother, Chris’s, lives fall apart in separate yet equally spectacular ways, they leave New York behind and head to the UK. Karina buries herself in research for her doctoral thesis, all the while studiously not thinking about the man who broke her heart, while Chris—who’d been a best-selling author before his ex-fiancĂ©e sued him for plagiarism—drinks his way across the British Isles.

In Scotland, they visit the grave of Robert Kirk, a seventeenth- century minister who was kidnapped by fairies. No one is more shocked than Karina when a handsome man with a Scottish brogue appears, claiming to be the Robert Kirk of legend. What’s more, he says he spent the last few hundred years as the Gallowglass, the Seelie Queen’s personal assassin. When they’re attacked by demons, Karina understands how dearly the queen wants him back.

As Karina and Robert grow closer, Chris’s attempts to drown his sorrows lead him to a pub, and a woman called Sorcha. Chris is instantly smitten with her, so much so he spends days with Sorcha and lies to his sister about his whereabouts. When Chris comes home covered in fey kisses, Karina realizes that the Seelie Queen isn’t just after Robert.

Can Karina outsmart the Seelie Queen, or is Robert doomed to forever be the Gallowglass?

Gallowglass will be available everywhere June 6, 2016.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Writer Wednesday: Getting Things Done #writerwednesday #amwriting #amediting #motivation #giveaway

It's no secret that I have a packed schedule for 2017. With five novels releasing, two big events, and a slew of smaller appearances, it's a wonder I'm not running around like a chicken with my head cut off. My secret for getting things done is perhaps the most low-tech trick out there: an old-fashioned to-do list.

I typically work off of several to-do lists. I have the main one, with the big goals, and several little ones. For instance, here is my current main list:
  • Review/approve Gallowglass ebooks
  • Golem cover info to designer
  • Golem draft complete by 4/30
  • Gallowglass #2 complete by 5/31
  • Gallowglass #3 outline by 4/15
  • Finish outline for YA
  • Research: Scandinavian folklore, County Clare local legends, Crail/Perthshire folklore
If that looks like a lot, it's because it is. The easiest way to tackle such a lost is to break it into smaller parts. Therefore, here's today's list:
  • Finish Scandinavian folklore book
  • Golem to 80k
  • Write blog post (yep, this one)
  • Laundry (because real life happens too)
  • Review swag/stock for upcoming events
Now, that I can handle in a day. Not only do these lists keep me organized, as I tick off completed tasks I feel accomplished. It's like I'm giving myself a few little mini-awards while I'm working toward my overall goal, and who doesn't like rewards? Come to think of it, I think I deserve some chocolate.

Do you have any tips or tricks for tackling your to-do list? Share them in the comments!

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Sunday, April 2, 2017

We're Treating Readers to a Spring Fling Enter for the chance to win $1250 in Amazon Gift Cards! Mega Gift Card Giveaway April 2-24 and Facebook Hop April 21-24 #giveaway #amwriting #amreading

We're Treating Readers to a Spring Fling! with a Mega Gift Card Giveaway April 2-24 and Facebook Hop April 21-24

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Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Live Today: Changing Fate (Changes #3) @limitlessbooks #newrelease #contemporary #romance

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One click to purchase ---> http://amzn.to/2mLWv4J

"What would you give for a second chance with your first love?" 

Cindy has loved Sean O’Rourke for as long as she can remember…  

When Cindy Cavanaugh got pregnant at fifteen, she wasn’t worried. After all, she knew Sean would always be there for her and their baby. Now twenty years have gone by, and she’s Cindy Sullivan, stuck in a loveless marriage to Patrick, an ethically corrupt lawyer who controls her every move… And the daughter she shares with Sean is getting married.  

Sean has never gotten over his first love, and seeing her again is almost more than he can bear…   

When Sean arrives at his daughter’s wedding rehearsal, it isn’t the bride who takes his breath away. Cindy is just as smart and funny, but she not only is she married—Sean is in an unhappy relationship of his own. It seems their love is nothing more than a fond memory.  

A moment of passion leads to unexpected complications…  

After a few stolen moments during the reception, Sean is determined to be with Cindy again. As for Cindy, the only thing keeping her married is her controlling husband’s ironclad prenuptial agreement—until she learns that her tryst with Sean led to more than just passion. Seeing this as her long awaited second chance, Cindy leaves her husband and runs back to Sean, but Patrick is prepared to use any means necessary—legal or otherwise—to keep Cindy by his side.  

As Cindy and Sean struggle to build a new life together, will they succeed in Changing Fate?   

✦ Cover Designer ✦ Robin Harper of Wicked by Design https://www.facebook.com/WickedByDesignRobinHarper  

 Books 1 and 2 are available now: http://amzn.to/2nqJpHb



Thursday, March 23, 2017

Writer Wednesday: How To Make In-Person Appearances Even More Awesome #WriterWednesday #Events #amwriting

It's no secret that I love in-person events. After spending months or in some cases, years, working on a novel, getting out of my writer cave and presenting my work to potential readers is wonderful. I have attended hundreds of events, both as a presenter and an audience member, and I've learned a few things along the way. Below are some quick and easy ways to make sure your event goes swimmingly.

 Be sure to check out my upcoming events here.

Presentation Matters - You don't need to spend hundreds of dollars on swag and display merchandise, but if you're given a table you should make it as appealing as possible. For example, in the image below along with books and swag, I have a display rack, a table covering, and a string of white lights. Since the rack was borrowed and the table covering is a repurposed curtain, I only paid 99 cents for the lights. Small investment, big impact. Now about that wacky author...



Your Appearance Matters, Too - Strive to dress and behave appropriately for the venue in question. If you're visiting a school or library, keep in mind that children may be present, so be cognizant of your language and subject matter. You don't want to risk not getting asked back because you dropped a few inappropriate words.

And for the love of all that is holy, wear clean clothes! I will never forget one particular bookstore event where a fellow panelist was wearing a sleeveless top, thus revealing an absolutely filthy bra. Really, people, do you want to be known for your writing, or your hygiene?

Be Gracious - Most people are great. Some are jerks. Be kind and polite to everyone, since no one will remember the name of the heckler in the third row, but social media will light up like a Christmas tree if you lose your cool. So what if you've been asked the same question ten times in a row? If it's the first time that person has asked you the question, they deserve a polite response. Of course, if the same person has asked you the same question ten times, you have full permission to get creative with your answers :)

 All kidding aside, you'll catch more bees with honey than vinegar. Saying please and thank you go a long way, and people remember kindness.

What are some tips you use at appearances? Have you ever been to an event that went south in an epic manner? Tell us in the comments!


Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Writer Wednesday: Cover Reveal: Changing Fate (Changes #3), And Other Great Reads #writerwednesday #coverlove #Changes #romance #new

Changing Fate (Changes #3) available March 28, 2017 from Limitless Publishing
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Cindy has loved Sean O’Rourke for as long as she can remember…

When Cindy Cavanaugh got pregnant at age fifteen, she wasn’t worried. After all, she knew Sean would always be there for both her and their baby. Now twenty years have gone by, and she’s Cindy Sullivan, stuck in a loveless marriage to Patrick, an ethically corrupt lawyer who controls her every move… And the daughter she shares with Sean is getting married.

Sean has never gotten over his first love, and seeing her again is almost more than he can bear…

When Sean arrives at his daughter’s wedding rehearsal, it isn’t the bride who took his breath away. Cindy is just as smart and funny, but she not only is she married—Sean is in an unhappy relationship of his own. It seems their love is nothing more than a fond memory.

A moment of passion leads to unexpected complications…

After a few stolen moments during the reception, Sean is determined to be with Cindy again. As for Cindy, the only thing keeping her married is her controlling husband’s ironclad prenuptial agreement—until she learns that her tryst with Sean led to more than just passion. Seeing this as her long awaited second chance, Cindy leaves her husband and runs back to Sean, but Patrick is prepared to use any means necessary—legal or otherwise—to keep Cindy by his side.

As Cindy and Sean struggle to build a new life together, will they succeed in Changing Fate?


Catch up on the series - books one and two are available now.




More great reads to check out, including one of mine!

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Samie Sands - Lockdown - http://amzn.to/2llt3wx

Amanda Mackey - Pain - http://amzn.to/2ll5HaE

Maddie Wade - Healing Danger - http://amzn.eu/4ZuT9X6

ML Rodriguez -This I Promise You - http://amzn.to/2lQFDaw

Alyson Hale -  Rock Her Hard - http://amzn.to/2lQZLcW

Marianne Rice - Staying Grounded - http://amzn.to/2mHT5va

Marie Skye - Unjustly Destroyed - http://amzn.to/2l8RWQQ

Amy Reece - The Seeker Series - http://amzn.to/2lUPXPU

Debbie DeLouise - Between A Rock And A Hard Place - http://amzn.to/2mCEbHp

Jennifer Provost - Rise Of The Deva'Shi - http://amzn.to/2lJqS9D

S.Valentine - His Confession - http://amzn.to/2ma3kf8

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Live Today - Rise of the Deva'shi (Parthalan #3) for 99 Pennies! #new #fantasy #romance #parthalan #sale


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Live today - Rise of the Deva'shi (Parthalan #3)! And it's on sale for 99 pennies!

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 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


New to the series? No problem! Not only can Rise of the Deva'shi easily be read as stand alone, the first two books are also on sale for 99 cents. Act fast - these deals are for release week only.






 Heir the Sun ---> http://amzn.to/2lZK1Vi

 The Virgin Queen ---> http://amzn.to/2lhWn7i

 Happy reading!

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

#OnTour with @HeaBookToursPR @daroach12books | #HBTPRM ═══ SERIES BOOK TOUR ═══ #TheDemonHunterSeries by #DARoach #YA #ParanormalRomance

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BETWEEN THE BLEEDING WILLOWS by D.A. Roach The Demon Hunter Series Book 1 YA Paranormal Romance  

At eighteen years old, Cassidy has suffered more loss than most…
At the end of her senior year, her boyfriend, Jace Peters, was killed in a car accident, and her grandmother died only weeks later of a heart attack. Emotionally lost, Cassidy desperately searches for an heirloom her boyfriend was wearing in the crash—her mother’s gold ring. But during her search, Cassidy discovers more than her ring.
She finds a gate to the Demon Realm….
A battle is brewing, and Killian—head of the Demon hunters—preps his Clan for the approaching conflict. They’ve been working to secure the gate between his realm and the mortal world. But it’s been nearly impossible since Rya—a voracious demon on a quest to expand her power—devoured the soul of his Clan’s necromancer. Now Rya is possessed with the necromancer’s powers and she may break through the gate at any moment.
Apparently Rya isn’t the only one Killian has to worry about…
When Cassidy accidentally crosses into the Demon Realm, Killian can’t understand how a human girl survived the transition. Now he has to find a way to return her to her own world, or risk her being caught in the crossfire, which is a complication he definitely doesn’t need.
Once back in the Human Realm, Cassidy readies herself for battle. She signs up for Krav Maga classes, where she meets Tyler Romaitis—a handsome, tenacious, humble guy. He seems almost perfect, but nothing is ever that easy.
And as the balance between good and evil shifts, Cassidy finds herself—and her ring—at the heart of the conflict for the survival of mankind.


** ON SALE FOR 99CENTS! **

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by D.A. Roach The Demon Hunter Series Book 2 YA Paranormal Romance 

Cassidy and her mystical ring are stuck in the middle of a battle between the Demon World and the Mortal Realm…A conflict with the demons has left Killian, head of the Demon Hunters, injured and stripped of his powerful Demon Hunter tattoo. Cassidy is tasked with caring for him in the Human Realm until he is well enough to cross back into the Demon Realm. But soon she notices he is acting strangely and begins to suspect something is wrong.She seeks help from Serena, a retired Demon Hunter, but it’s too late…Cassidy returns home to find Killian has gone missing. Tyler, a friend with his own set of mystical powers, shows up to tell her that Killian is at his house demanding a meeting with the Demon Queen Rya. She and Serena have to work fast to find a way to heal Killian and get Cassidy’s ring away from him before Rya is involved. Meanwhile, Tyler and his dad have their own plan to make a deal with the Queen. The Queen has a decision to make, but not before securing her leverage… Rya wants time to consider the offer presented by Tyler’s dad, and takes Cassidy to the Demon Realm as collateral. The Demon Queen must choose between Tyler, the mate she was promised, and the mystical ring that was forged for her years ago. Tyler is forced to face the inner demon he has worked so hard to restrain. Will he succeed, or will he be lost to the darkness, leaving Cassidy to be sacrificed by the demons? As both sides gain alliances, the tension between the realms grows and the time for action draws near…


** ON SALE FOR 99CENTS! **

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— ABOUT THE AUTHOR —

D.A. Roach has been telling stories since she was a young girl in the suburbs of Chicago. In college she met the man of her dreams, her happily ever after, and married him 2 weeks after graduating. They have 3 kids together and a pet cockatiel named Gimli. D.A. did not find a love for books until after college. Her parents were immigrants from Lithuania and found tv and radio easier ways to hear stories so they did not do much reading or encourage it. But once she finished college and D.A. had free time, she discovered how amazing it was to get lost in a story.
D.A. is a full time mom and wife. When she is not doing domestic things (laundry, bills, etc) she is writing, reading, creating mixed media art, and helping beautify her kids’ school landscape. Oh, and she is ALWAYS listening to music. Her favorite authors include Rebecca Donovan, Richelle Mead, Larissa Ione, Stephanie Meyer, E.L. James, and Sylvia Day. Reading great works from authors like these has motivated D.A. to write her own stories. She hopes to make positive changes in the world with her art and writing.

“Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.” ― George Bernard Shaw

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Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Half Off Sale On Editing/Critique Services! #writerwednesday #amediting #amwriting

Here's how it is: someone hit my fence.

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 And, since the scofflaw left the scene, I'm stuck paying for the repair out of my own pocket. What's a poor writer to do?

 Wait, I can have an editing sale!

 My sale prices are listed below. I have a pretty quick turnaround time, and I'm currently accepting all genres. If you have any questions, or if you'd like to book my services, the best way is via my contact form here.

 And if you know any fence repairmen, shoot 'em my way :)  

Marketing and Editing Rates

Query letter and first three chapters: $25

Full manuscript critique, 60k – 100k words:

$75 Full manuscript critique, more than 100k words:

$100 Short story critique, up to 5,000 words: $15  

*If your project is different than what’s listed above, please contact me and we can discuss

What I will do: For critiques: I will review your project and point out plot holes, inconsistencies, and offer advice for improvements. I will point out what’s working well, and what can be altered to make your project truly shine.

For query letters: I will help you polish that blurb and help your work stand out from the rest. For press releases and other marketing materials: I will craft compelling and original copy that will garner interest in you and your project. 

For all editing projects I will supply an overall summary of the work-including but not limited to pacing, plot structure, and character development-along with comments in the body of the work, provided the format allows such.

  What I will not do: I will not correct punctuation or grammar. For those services you should hire a professional line editor, which I am not. I can refer you to qualified editors upon request.

 At this time I’m accepting all genres.

 Rise of the Deva’shi (Parthalan #3) will release February 28! Preorder here: http://amzn.to/2ku5kO4 rotd_final_frontcover2

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

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Writer Wednesday: Let's Talk About Wellness #amwriting #wellness #writerwednesday

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Let's get right down to it: I have a lot going on this year. With five novels releasing, and all the associated marketing and appearances that I have scheduled (who knew that most of the work happens AFTER you finish the book?) I have my work cut out for me. So, what can I do to give myself an edge, and make sure all of this gets done?

Simple: focus on wellness.

Like many others, when my scheduled gets packed the first thing I cut is self-care, and that is quite possibly the worst tactic for a creative individual. Not only do we creatives need to focus on wellness so we can continue creating, if I ignore my health and get sick or exhausted, I'll start missing publishing deadlines and other commitments. Therefore, keeping my health in tip-top shape is my number one priority.

Over the past months, I've made a few small changes that have improved my overall health. Now, I'm not a doctor or a nutritionist, so please don't take any of this as professional advice. But I did do a crap ton of research, and what I've listed below has helped me. If you think you also may benefit, I recommend talking to a trusted health professional, and researching the holy heck out of these topics.
  1. I increased the probiotics in my diet - This is something that I came across during my wellness research. The link between gut health and mental and physical well being is profound, and one of the best ways to maintain that health is probiotics. I started with daily servings of kombucha (a fermented tea); now I brew my own kombucha, and I eat other fermented foods, such as kim chi and Greek yogurt, on a daily basis. The effect on my mental state has been amazing.
  2. I became religious about rest - Not just sleep, but rest in general. In the past, I would plug away at my day job for nine or ten hours, shut of my work computer, and immediately fire up my laptop and work on my next release. Since I work at home, I didn't even have a commute separating my work times; I literally worked for twelve to sixteen hours every day, with minimal breaks. Now I get up at least once an hour and do something besides work, even if it's just to walk to a different room and look out the window. I also take a few hours for myself after my day job ends. After doing this for a few weeks, I realized that I was getting more quality work done in less time.
  3. I started eating vegetables for breakfast -  Gotta eat your veggies, right? As much as I love vegetables, I could never manage more than two or three servings per day...until I started having kale and eggs for breakfast. Lately, my weekday has been sauteed kale, tomatoes, and onions, and scrambled eggs for breakfast; a grapefruit as my mid-morning snack; and quinoa and whatever leftover vegetables I have on hand for lunch. (Dinner is pretty much dictated by my kids, and that's just fine.) How's that for a healthy menu?
  4. I ended a toxic friendship - And let me tell you, I never saw that one coming. This individual and I had been friends for a few years, and after a series of events I realized just how one-sided our friendship was. For instance, we each subscribed to a paid newsletter, and would share each issue with one another. We did that to save money; writers are poor, you know. Well, the one I subscribed to was $60/year, whereas the one she paid for was $15/year--and the rest of our friendship was similarly uneven, and emotionally draining. Closing the door on that friendship was tough, but I just couldn't keep doing that to myself. That individual and I had very different ideas of what friendship is, and I do wish her well.
And there you have it, four simple steps to wellness! I began these changes two months ago, and I have to say I feel better than I have in years. As these changes become habits, I'll be adding even more "wellness hacks" to my routine.

Do you have any wellness habits? Tell us in the comments!

Rise of the Deva'shi (Parthalan #3) will release February 28! Preorder here: http://amzn.to/2ku5kO4 rotd_final_frontcover2

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

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!