Last day…

Today is the last day to get Painted Girl for FREE and RedHorse for .99c.  Once you’ve read it, I’d love to hear your thoughts on my work.

For the past two weeks, I’ve been locked out of my blog so I have a lot of catching up to do.  I’d love to post more photos of Puerto Rico when there’s time.  The country is open for business and I’m sure you’d love the beaches.

Today I’m finishing up reading Roseanne Beck – Talk to Me.  It’s a romance AND has ghosts, so you know I’ll be devouring it.  Catch the Naked Reviewers review on Wednesday!

Poor Sherry Terry, head of The Naked Reviewers is laid up with a broken ankle!  Give her some love, she could use a lot of it right now.  Oh, and she posted her injury, go check it out on her facebook page.  The lady has beautiful legs with a big cast on her foot.

Also, head over to the Naked Reviewers and check out Sherry’s daily questions about your WIP.  We’d love to hear what’s going on in your world.

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The Immortality Game by Ted Cross

#scifi #bookreview #5stars

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00000Moscow, 2138. With the world only beginning to recover from the complete societal collapse of the late 21st Century, Zoya scrapes by prepping corpses for funerals and dreams of saving enough money to have a child.

When her brother forces her to bring him a mysterious package, she witnesses his murder and finds herself on the run from ruthless mobsters. Frantically trying to stay alive and save her loved ones, Zoya opens the package and discovers two unusual data cards, one that allows her to fight back against the mafia and another which may hold the key to everlasting life.

A littled about Ted first:

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Ted Cross is from Arizona and has spent the past two decades traveling the world as a diplomat, all the time dreaming about writing fantasy and science fiction. He has visited nearly forty countries and lived in eight, including the U.S., Russia, China, Croatia, Iceland…

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Batman’s Clock by Alex Maher

One cup of coffee, one day’s nightmare.

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All I wanted was a simple cup of coffee before I started work. Fate, however had different plans for me that day.

A short fiction story inspired by my own personal experience of being stuck in Sydney during the Lindt Cafe siege.

A little about Alex first:

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Alex was born and raised in England. When he was sixteen, his family moved to Australia where he learned how to surf, joined a rock band and rode his motorcycle to shows. Alex currently lives with his wife, three beautiful kids, two dogs, three cats, several parrots and a fish tank.

RA Winter’s Review: 4.5-Stars

Batman Clock by Alex Maher,
This was a short read full of emotion and turmoil. Written in an Aussie dialect, it brings you right into the scene. I love Alex’s writing, this is the third short story I’ve read by him, and he always leaves me reeling (In a good way). He does emotions…

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New Release

I released my Spirit Key Book 1, Painted Girl on March 15th.  I’ve been making videos and ads, and today I’m going to tackle the embedded link so you can get a preview.  Free.

Painted Girl is the beginning of a whole new world, one filled with ancient spirits and love.  My writing captain, Bailie, has compared it to a paranormal YaYa Sisterhood.

My problem?  Figuring out exactly who to market it to.  (One of the first things I should have thought about—writing to market.)  I took my own road, and wrote to what speaks to me.  I should have made it romance, they are so easy to market, but Painted Girl doesn’t contain a happily ever after, it’s the beginning, the long road to love.  A love that sticks with the good and the bad.  One worth fighting for after RedHorse loses his arm, and can’t have children. Real life dilemmas with supernatural elements.

First, I have to tell you that I spent three hours yesterday making a video, one that turned out perfect… and guess whose internet decided to crap-out the second it was finished online?  Yep, mine.

Ugh.

Now, to the sample.  If you’ve read it, leave a review for me.  I’d love to hear your thoughts.

The Spirit Key Book 1, Painted Girl.

 

The dreaded BLURB

So, yeah, the title says it all.  Authors who write fantastic books shiver with fear at the mention of this foul five-letter word.

Why?  Because so much rides on it.  The story may be the best thing since whipped cream, but if the blurb sucks, well…

And of course, it doesn’t help when asking someone about your blurb and the spellchecker keeps changing it to bulb.

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So, if autocorrect can’t get it right, how can we?

I’ve been studying them.  Youtube videos, downloads, ebooks, you name it.  Then I read other blurbs and a lightbulb went off.

Each week I read a book for a review. Some blurbs had me biting at the bit to read them. Why?

Because the MC’s wrote the blurb, not the narrator.  I want emotion.  When the MC tells you about the book, it’s personal.  I don’t like to read 1st person POV, well, very few but in a blurb, it is fantastic. (Sue Seabury is excellent at 1st POV, read her Shear Luck and you’ll see why.)

I’m tweaking my blurb for a new release.  What do you think?  Yes, there is a long version and a short.  I also cut this one up depending on who I’m targeting and try to use each section/voice in different ways. It does need another pass for smoothness, and I’m not sure I like the ‘filly to sugar line’, it sounds too young for a robust cowboy. But, each voice comes through.  Will it work?  I don’t know, but it’s better than saying this is a story about…

 

 

A Native American Woman’s journey as she discovers the will of her ancestors with supernatural influences. A world of spirits, a growing love, and nefarious forces collide in this must-read paranormal fiction.  
Sara.  Haunted by her mother’s ghost.
RedHorse was there when the mud grabbed me and wound its way through my body. My dead mother’s voice sang in the shadows scaring me. RedHorse comforted me, and my heart shattered in my chest, pounding away at his closeness.
Hopefully, he won’t think I’m crazy and tell Grandfather that the woods scared me. I won’t have Grandfather worrying that I’m going crazy. And no, there is no such thing as ghosts. It’s only the wind, whispering over the trees.

RedHorse. Tortured by his father’s voice.
Sara tempts me and pulls me toward her like a filly to a lump of sugar. If only my father’s ghost didn’t stalk me every time Sara comes close. I have to leave, I can’t tolerate the farm anymore and the muffled voices in my head. Hopefully, I can convince Sara to leave Kansas, her grandfather, and our community. To make a life somewhere else without the ghostly spirits that yell at me. She could sell the land her grandfather leaves her and we could start anew.
If she’ll have me.
The Old One.  The Bad is coming.
And someone will have to pay the price at some point, even if it is with a life. The sacred land must be kept safe from trespassers, or we’ll take the land ourselves and more.  Some spirits are angry and argue that this was once ours and it could be again if the Spirit Key leaves, we can unlock the door to the death realm that is kept shut by each Spirit Key.

We have to stop them, but only if Sara finds her calling on her own, without interference.

Grandfather.  The Old One called me.
Took me off my Kansas horse farm and into the future. My beautiful land had been taken away, bulldozed and turned into a suburb. The land must stay in the family or our heritage will be lost and coated over with asphalt.

Only the Spirit Key can save our heritage.
Young Sara looks like the best candidate, but she’s yet to see any ghost since she was a babe and her father’s spirit cuddled her as she screamed in fright. She must embrace her Native American roots to keep the land safe from intruders and that means letting in the ghosts and with it the fears of that night so long ago. Her life is at a crossroads. She’s floundering unable to find a job or her calling. Struggling along without a purpose is the worst thing a person can do.

Death is always near.
My time wanes. The spirits need a leader, someone to help them cross-over, or they will take matters into their own hands and make war on the living so that the land will be free to hunt without human interference.
But a niggling tells me the Old One has something else in mind. Something I won’t like.
The Spirit Key needs a helper. 
Someone who respects our heritage and can speak to the dead. I pushed Sara and young RedHorse together, and the relationship could work, but the spirits don’t want him. They’ve seen his future and soon, he will step on the ledge towards death.

I made a bad choice.
 
A new world full of old spirits, love, suspense, and culture.

 

 

Prologue or Not to Prologue, That is the Question

Check out Karen’s first chapter, she has it up here. This gal is one fantastic writer. Join her in her new world. You won’t be sorry.

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I may have mentioned this before, but it bears repeating the question into the ether…

Are prologues out or are they in?

As I’m wrapping up the draft for Book 3 of my Greylyn the Guardian Angel series, I once again find myself asking the same question I asked when I started the series. Do I introduce the character from the very beginning (450 years ago when she awoke in her own grave) as part of a prologue before diving deep into the story which is set in modern times USA (at least in Book 1, Rekindled Prophecy)? Or do I include this aspect of the story as a chapter or eliminate it altogether?

Trouble is, no one agrees. Some people love prologues and epilogues. Others don’t. Some declare that prologues and epilogues are out of fashion in the publishing world. Some say…do your own thing, to hell with current…

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Ruslan: A Very Russian Romance (Sons of the Motherland Book 2) by Victoria Wright

Raslan, A very Russian Romance

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Ruslan
When the leader of a powerful Russian crime family tasked him with the capture and rendition of his son’s intended bride, Ruslan didn’t think much of the assignment. After all, it wasn’t the first time he’d been sent to retrieve a reluctant bride. But that was before he met the mafia princess, before she got under his skin, melted his walls, and lit a fire in his battered heart.

Vivian
After a failed hit on her father, Vivian expected everything would settle down and she could get back to what mattered most: finishing her final year of med school so she could finally do something useful with her life. Instead, she found herself drugged and dragged to a foreign country for a marriage she refused to accept. Falling in love with the man who stole her freedom wasn’t…

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Radio Nowhere, Full review

 

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Review of Radio Nowhere by Lee Beard, presented by Author RA Winter.

 

After 99.9% of the earth’s population – and apparently, all the adults – dies in just under a month, the remaining teens and children are left confused, scattered, and dangerously unsupervised. A tech-savvy latchkey kid, an abused arsonist, and a girl who slept through the apocalypse must battle the elements, wild animals, and roving bands of feral children in order to reach their refuge. Deep in Oklahoma lies the small college town of Nowhere; there, a mysterious old man broadcasts to them via the college radio station, beckoning them to safety.

 

 

 

 

Radio Nowhere is a sci-fi thriller about a very real threat of a Pandemic.

I’m really loving this story.  It’s very captivating and I’m rating it high as a must-read for those who love apocalyptic stories.  I read mine on my smartphone on a kindle app.

To me, the story moved me.  A Pandemic starts slowly, and we never know where or when it will hit. We follow different people and really get to know them.  Each one is touched differently by the events that are unfolding.

Really loving this one. There were a few small formatting issues, nothing too major, but like I said, I was reading it on my phone. I’m sure the author will fix any of those piddly formatting issues but it was still very readable on my smartphone.

The author wrote it in Omni and really pulled it off well.  It’s one of the best Omni pov that I’ve seen in a while and I’ve seen a few and threw them away.  This one is a keeper.

The events unfold in an alternate view by different MC’s and we see how their lives are touched and how they die during a short period.

This one ends on a cliff-hanger, and I’m looking forward to the rest.

Fast-paced, there is never a dull moment.  Truly one to have handy on a rainy afternoon.

Just loving it.  4.7 Stars!

I really must take a moment to apologize to the author for being late on my review.  Events snuck up on me, and I’m a day late, but boy, this one was worth the wait.

Biography

Lee Beard, author of Radio Nowhere, lives in the piney woods of East Texas with sibling, Carter, and their menagerie of pets. Lee spends much of the average day writing, and is currently working on the second novel in the “uplifting apocalyptic” Radio Series, Radio Static. When not writing, Lee enjoys reading short stories and comic books, as well as leatherworking and dabbling in as many hobbies as possible.

Review of Radio Nowhere by The Naked Reviewers

Sherry and Heather give it high marks.  I’m really loving this story.  It’s very captivating and I’m rating it higher than those two.  I read mine on my phone on a kindle app. via Radio Nowhere by Lee Beard

To me, the story moved me.  A Pandemic, we follow different people and really get to know them.  Each one is touched differently by the events that are unfolding.

Really loving this one.  I’m sure the author will fix any of those piddly formatting issues but it was very readable on my smartphone.

The author wrote it in Omni and really pulled it off well.  It’s one of the best Omni pov that I’ve seen in a while.

Fast-paced, there is never a dull moment.  Truly one to finish on a rainy afternoon.

Just loving it.