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I thought this said it all.
When I get bad reviews, I just shrug them off. It’s part of being an author and everyone gets them, I say. Then I go into my room, lock the door and I go through several stages:
Finally, stage five, writing again in the ‘I’ll show the bastards’-mode:
Thank goodness for the writing addiction.
Circle of Deception starts out with a bang. Literally. Megan Cardoza walks right into a plot to reunite her with her ex-love, Alex Hanover. Meeting her friends and siblings at a restaurant, she’s surprised when Alex shows up and sits down next to her. They haven’t seen each other in a long time but, when Megan goes to the ladies’ room, Alex follows her and, the next thing you know, they’re having hot sex against the bathroom wall.
Though they’d never stopped loving each other, Megan and Alex had pursued different paths, with Alex moving away. Now that Alex has moved back into town, they find themselves falling straight back into their old relationship. Everyone seems happy about the news except for Alex’s dad. The reader doesn’t really find out what Alex’s dad has against Megan, until later in the book but he does everything within his power to try and break the couple up again.
Sometimes funny, sometimes sexy, sometimes mysterious, Circle of Deception will definitely keep your interest until the last page. The cast of characters, themselves, make this book one worth reading.
Original post by Jacqueline Smith Why Self-Marketing is Actually the Worst.
As independent artists, musicians, and authors, it is up to us to spread the word about our work, our music, and our books. On top of that, we have to do so in a way that actually makes people want to invest in our products. Let me tell you right now, it is a huge pain. I’m a writer. I like to write. I’m a terrible salesperson. Yeah, I can recommend things to people, but for the most part, I like to let people choose what they want to buy on their own.
I’ve been published for about a year now, and I still think that self-marketing is awful. That’s not to say I don’t like talking about my books. I do! They’re one of my favorite things to talk about, along with dolphins, Harry Potter, and Scotland. I’m so proud of my books and I really think they’re awesome. But let’s be honest. Every author thinks his or her books are awesome. You’re never going to meet an author marketing his or her book by saying, “Yeah, I wrote it. It’s okay, I guess. It’s nothing great.” No! Every author is going to say, “This book is awesome!” And that’s good. Authors should be excited about their work.
Unfortunately, however, we authors tend to be very biased. An author is not going to think his or her work is anything but the best. And readers sometimes need more than an author’s word to convince them for that very reason. That’s why reviews and readers who enjoy your work are so important.
Personally, I’m not very good at playing the, “Are you ready for the next hot paranormal read? Check out Cemetery Tours by ME!” role. I feel like I sound like some sort of info-bot whenever I try. I’m a positive and overall happy person, but I’m also very blunt and to the point and I have an incredibly dry sense of humor. It’s so dry that I have friends who can’t tell when I’m joking. It’s not my style to treat my books like they’re something that needs to be hyped up.
Another reason self-marketing is the worst is that I always feel like I’m begging when I say things like, “Hey! Go buy my book, and if you like it, write a review! Please? I need reviews! It won’t take you very long! You have no idea how important this is to me.” Somehow, it feels like that translates to “PLEASE BUY MY BOOK SO I CAN EAT. I’M DESPERATE.”
Which, let’s be honest, in my case, it does.
The charade of confidence in self-marketing is an important one. But sometimes, I just really get sick of it. That’s not to say I’m not confident. I have the utmost confidence in my books. If I didn’t, I wouldn’t have published them in the first place. My very first manuscript remains unpublished to this day because I know it’s bad and needs a LOT of revision. But Cemetery Tours and Between Worlds are good. That’s why they’re out there.
It’s also important, with self-marketing, to remember there is a fine line between good, honest self-promotion and HERE LET ME CRAM MY BOOK DOWN YOUR THROAT UNTIL YOU READ IT. Let me tell you it is hard to tread that line. As authors, we want to talk about our books and get people to read them. Furthermore, we want people to buy them so we can make some money! Maybe I’m supposed to say, “It’s all for the craft and I’d write for free,” which is true. I would totally write for the rest of my life no matter what. But come on. We all want to get paid for our work, and it’s not wrong to say so.
Here’s the deal. I want people to read my books and enjoy them. I want to keep writing. I finished chapter 6 of my new YA book last night. I’m also in the midst of writing CT3. I’m going to keep writing no matter what. And I will self-promote as much as I have to. I love my work, and I hope this post doesn’t sound like I’m complaining. I know the path I’ve chosen and self-marketing is just part of it. I love my path. I wouldn’t have it any other way.
On that note, go buy my books.
I don’t usually give the shorter stories five stars but C.S. Janey (now writing as Violet Haze) packed a lot of punch into a smaller package with, ‘Sugar Baby Lies’. It’s a stand-alone that I read in one day. I’ve read many books where the wealthy man hires a woman to ‘take care of his needs’ without any entanglements but, to me, this one stands out.
The heroine, Lucy, isn’t a virgin but she may as well be. Getting pregnant while losing her virginity, she devoted herself to taking care of her baby daughter and later, her mom, by herself. She hasn’t had time to date, let alone have sex. Desperately trying to make ends meet, she’s intrigued when told about a possible way to earn a better living as a Sugar Baby, a woman who’s hired by a man to be his ‘date’ at different events without being involved. She decides to check into it and is hired by a wealthy surgeon who has no interest in being romantically involved with anyone, ever.
Dr. Bradley Blackwell is handsome and generous, and, though it’s not required, he and Lucy soon move on to a sexual relationship. Lucy tries to keep her feelings neutral but ends up breaking one of Bradley’s most important rules, she falls in love with him. She doesn’t let on that her feelings are involved but suddenly, Bradley changes everything. Lucy doesn’t know what’s going on but gets the surprise of her life when Bradley proposes.
Their marriage is one of caring and companionship, but love isn’t mentioned. Lucy thinks she can be happy with what she has but discovers that a loveless marriage isn’t what she wants. Bradley can’t admit to love after having his heart destroyed by his first wife. With Lucy’s help, he works to repair his heart and let it love again.
A sweet and spicy, little story with great characters and a terrific ending.
Wow! This should happen to every woman, at least once in her life. A smoking, hot, younger, rich guy to dominate her, give her amazing orgasms, and buy her all new, expensive clothes. Sounds great to me!
Gillian is a 39 year old, divorced, college teacher. During a student/teacher meeting, Gillian’s student, Blake, confuses and intrigues the heck out of her. She’s not sure if he’s coming on to her or just being cocky, that is, until he kisses her. From there, he pursues her until she’s doing things she’d never even imagined before. And she loves every minute of it… well, except for the surprise he stages for her but you’ll have to read the book to find out what the surprise is.
Extremely sexy, laugh-out-loud funny and very well-written, ‘The 9 Minute Thing’ is a definite must-read. My only complaint is that I wanted more!!
History teaches us that some men are just plain evil. Stalin, Genghis Khan, Hitler, Vlad the Impaler… All have reputations for being terribly evil by torturing and killing many, many people but to some, these men were heroes.
To his countrymen, Vlad Dracul (No ‘A’. It was later added by Bram Stoker) was a great leader who warned his enemies away by impaling their comrades and putting them on display. To this day, Romanians will tell you that he was not evil.
Most of the world knows Hitler was a sadistic psychopath who killed people simply for the color of their hair, in some cases. To the Nazi’s, Hitler was a man of vision who could take the whole world to a new level.
That said, it seems it’s all in the way you look at it, your perspective, which side you’re on, or what version of the story you’ve heard.
In Inez Kelley’s, The Bastard, the Creator of All, has declared war on evil that has lasted centuries. In present time, the remaining warriors serving on earth, are the “bravest and the best” but, according to History’s point of view, are some of the meanest, cruelest men in all of history. These men are loyal to only one, besides each other, the angel that acts as their leader, the archangel, Josiel, or Sela, as she is known, the head of the Forsaken. The Forsaken is one half of the Creator’s army. They fight the good fight, on Earth, protecting the souls of humans from eternal suffering. The other half of the Creator’s army consists of the Righteous, angel warriors who protect the Heavens, led by the archangel, Michael, himself.
In the beginning of the book, the reader has no clue as to what’s going on. All we know is that a woman is attacked by paranormal beings and is then saved by paranormal beings. There’s talk of soul dust and tattoos that become weapons and, before you know it, you’re sucked in and, as the information is given, you are more and more intrigued. Pretty soon, you wish you could read faster so you can find out all the good stuff but, you also wish the book would last forever because it’s so dang good!
This story is so engrossing and full of information that, someone looking for a light read should save this one for a later date. Once you get sucked in, there’s no getting out until the end. Your emotions will be all over the place as you read. You’ll find yourself cheering for the heroine, Lacey, when she doesn’t give up despite all odds being against her. You’ll sigh dreamily over how sweet Erik is to her and how good they are together. You’ll fall in love with the warriors, and will be delighted by their personalities and camaraderie but shocked by what you find out about them. You’ll also be happy and mad, by turns, and, not giving anything away, wonder what the heck Ms. Kelley did that for. (You’ll have to read it to find out!) It’s like an on-going roller coaster of emotion, with occasional pauses for absorbing bits of history and celestial knowledge.
The best part, besides the very satisfying ending? The warriors are all totally drool-worthy and make great romantic hero material. With, The Bastard, being the first book in the series, I can only patiently wait (NOT!) and wonder excitedly, who the next book will be about.