Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Looking For Book Bloggers!


I'm looking for book lovers who are also avid bloggers!


I'm offering an opportunity for bloggers to be part of my Early Reviewers mailing list. You won't be spammed and will only receive an e-mail when I have Advance Review Copies (ARC's) available, so we’re talking about once a year, if that. By signing up, you will receive free digital ARC copies of all upcoming releases before they are officially released. ARC copies are given away during early stages of editing, so errors will be found occasionally. If you are interested, just fill out the form here.


If you’re a reader who doesn't blog but would love to know about new releases, giveaways, or events I'm taking part in, you can sign on to my author Newsletter. I only send out Newsletters when I have new release information or events going on, so no clutter in your inbox (I hate spam and try not to spam my beloved readers)! Your info will not be sold or used for any purpose but to let you know my latest news. Sign up here.


Sunday, August 9, 2015

Disappointing News

I will no longer be attending the 25th Berea Arts Fest.

This decision came quite painfully. Back in July, The Bookstore in Berea was looking to host local authors during the Berea Arts Fest. It was stated that the event would be free to participate in.

Today I received an email stating some guidelines and what to expect. Standard stuff--except for one thing: the event had gone from free to not so much. As stated in the email:

"After much consideration and encouragement from other local authors we will be handling all sales that day and will be taking only 30% of the sales from the books for the day."

I questioned the sudden fee, as it is a bit steep for an independently published author like myself. I understand fees. I have no complaint against them. You're allowing me to use your space to sell my books. Even the local library has a 10% fee when a certain amount in sale is generated. However, I do not understand how an event can go from being "FREE" to having a 30% fee. It brought me to question it, asking if there was no other alternative to the fee, perhaps even a lower percentage we could agree upon, to which she replied:

"We thought 30% was very fair. Our attorney and the Berea Arts Council advised us we had to take a percentage because it was not fair for other venders, etc."

So now the story has changed a bit involving the percentage. At this point I was being urged to withdraw. She also suggested that I markup my books and flat out told me that my pricing was "incorrect".

I know what it is like to not have a lot of money, to not always be able to get what you want, and as thus I have always kept that in mind when it came to pricing my books. I have always strove to keep my pricing affordable to my readers that I cherish so much.

And so I officially withdrew from the event.

Saturday, August 8, 2015

New Fresh Look!

Since the first book of the Chronicles of Midgard series, Falls the Shadow, was published, it lacked a crisp map. The original, admittedly, was drawn up on paper with pen, shaded with pencil, scanned into the computer and...yes, I admit to doing something terrible...lettering was added through MS Paint. The sizing was off, so the map always appeared rather small and blurry in both print forms, and pretty much completely unreadable in ebook versions.
A few days ago, I sat down with my drawing tablet and began working on a digital map with more proper sizing and nicely drawn lines and more easily read, crisper letting. I am very proud to show the new, updated map that will be featured in the third installment of the series, Opening of Lost Doors.
While the exact release date of Opening of Lost Doors is still undetermined, I am hoping for an early winter release. Until then, enjoy these little kiddish drawing of the main crew!

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Cover Reveal!

Today I would like to share the newly revealed covers for author Sabrina Samples poetry books, Pieces of my Soul and Shattered.

Pieces of my Soul

Love was fleeting... Just a whim... I had lots of fun... I cried tears.. Some of joy... Others of sorrow... Then he came into my life... all was erased... I know now that I have found the one to piece back together my once broken soul.

Buy now on Amazon Kindle





Shattered

She thought suicide was the only way out. She struggled with every breath, every smile and every word she spoke. Nothing seemed to fix the overwhelming need to take the blade to her skin. Let yourself be placed in the authors shoes and begin to feel as she does as she overcomes the struggles and hardships in her life.

Buy now on Amazon Kindle



Ms Samples also writes a paranomal fantasy series called the Wicked Souls Saga. Currently the first book, Wicked Souls, is available.

Wicked Souls

Spencer Bishop's past was nothing more than a falsified case of fake memories. Every birthday, holiday, and special moment was changed in order to protect her from evil.
Aiden, the lover who was erased with her other memories, came back into her life an caused her to question reality and figure out who she was. After an act of bravery, Spencer was granted her memories back. Aiden, her true love and the Angel's in Heaven desired for her to see her true destiny and fight evil. Can Spencer defeat the evil before it destroys her and Heaven?


Buy now on Amazon Kindle 

About Sabrina Samples:
Sabrina Samples was born and raised in Cleveland Ohio. Even at a young age she always loved writing. She would write poetry and short stories. It wasn’t until one of her teachers submitted a poem of hers to a poetry company that she realized she wanted to write more for people to see. From that point of inspiration, she has been constantly writing. Sabrina finds motivation and desire to write in the need to leave something behind for those who come after her time. When Sabrina is not busy working on her writing she enjoys playing Dungeons & Dragons, spending time with her husband and daughter. “Thank you to all of my readers. Thank you for all the support you have shown me over the years. Thank you for reading my books. If it wasn’t for you guys I wouldn’t be able to do what I do best.”

Sabrina’s current works include “Shattered”, “Pieces of my Soul” and “Wicked Souls", which is book one in the Wicked Souls Saga. She is currently working on “Hidden Secrets”, “Vengeful Flames” and “Before the Fall” books two, three and four in the Wicked Souls Saga.

You can follow Sabrina on Facebook, Google+, Twitter and Goodreads to stay up to date on her new releases, events, reviews and interviews. Make sure to follow so you don’t miss any updates or teasers. Sabrina also has a website that can be visited at www.sabrinasamples.weebly.com
 

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Upcoming Events!

I will be taking part in these upcoming events, both online and in person! Hope to see you there!

August 1st through August 9th

Join me at 3:00 for the Indie Appreciation Party, an online Facebook Event. Join the event here to be reminded of when it starts: https://www.facebook.com/events/908533475886514/ This week long event is to show our appreciation to the independently published community by spotlighting some of their authors. There will be games, laughs and some awesome prizes! So come join the fun and show your support for the authors who work hard day in and day out!



Save the Date: November 1st through 8th

On Sunday, November 8th, I will be taking part in the Flavour of Fantasy Virtual Fantasy Con. I will post more about the event and share a link closer to the date, so keep an eye out!

Flavour of Fantasy is an online group and collective. They'll be hosting the first ever Virtual (online) FantasyCon. It will be held online in a Facebook Event on November 1-8, 2015. Each day will focus on a specific genre:

Nov. 1st: Sci-Fi Sunday
Nov. 2nd: Paranormal Monday
Nov. 3rd: Dark Tuesday
Nov. 4th: Epic Wednesday (Includes Traditional Fantasy)
Nov. 5th: Fairytale Thursday
Nov. 6th: Urban Friday
Nov. 7th: Steampunk Saturday
Nov. 8th: YA Fantasy

Share with them the love of turning the Impossible into the Possible.

There will also be panel discussions via YouTube, a Scavenger Hunt, Giveaways, and a Cosplayer Costume Contest with a daily prize for the best selfie and costume and a grand prize. For more information, contact the Flavour of Fantasy page: https://www.facebook.com/AFlavourOfFantasy/

Monday, July 27, 2015

Radiance Review

3.5 Stars

Radiance by Grace Draven

"THE PRINCE OF NO VALUE

Brishen Khaskem, prince of the Kai, has lived content as the nonessential spare heir to a throne secured many times over. A trade and political alliance between the human kingdom of Gaur and the Kai kingdom of Bast-Haradis requires that he marry a Gauri woman to seal the treaty. Always a dutiful son, Brishen agrees to the marriage and discovers his bride is as ugly as he expected and more beautiful than he could have imagined.

THE NOBLEWOMAN OF NO IMPORTANCE

Ildiko, niece of the Gauri king, has always known her only worth to the royal family lay in a strategic marriage. Resigned to her fate, she is horrified to learn that her intended groom isn’t just a foreign aristocrat but the younger prince of a people neither familiar nor human. Bound to her new husband, Ildiko will leave behind all she’s known to embrace a man shrouded in darkness but with a soul forged by light.

Two people brought together by the trappings of duty and politics will discover they are destined for each other, even as the powers of a hostile kingdom scheme to tear them apart."

 
I accidentally deleted the entire review I had written. I'm going to try an remember it. I thought Radiance was very well written. I greatly appreciated the different approach that was taken in the arranged marriage between Brishen and Ildiko. There was no anger or hatred for the other. Actually, they took it rather wall and saw the best in their situation. They built up trust and eased their way into a good friendship. I even found their "insults" very cute.
 

Spoilers below: The one thing that did irritate me was that as soon as Brishen and Ildiko discovered the depth of their feelings, they started doing it like rabbits. It made me see them almost as teenagers who couldn't control themselves.
End spoilers
 
I liked the book very much and wouldn't turn aside reading another involving Brishen and Ildiko.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

500 Like Giveaway!


My Author Page on Facebook has reached 500 likes, so I'm having a giveaway in celebration!
Six winners will be chosen. Each winner will be offered the choice of either a Kindle copy of Defiance (The Priestess Trilogy #1) or Falls the Shadow (The Chronicles of Midgard #1).
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