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.

Me_ Hey, can you check out my bulb_ (1)

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.

KC Freeman - Author

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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51IVu5JCQBL._SY346_He was sent to collect her, not to fall in love.

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.

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


Radio Nowhere by Lee Beard

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.


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.

Epoch Earth: The Great Glitch by Toasha Jiordano

This weeks review!

The Naked Reviewers


I was thirteen the first time I watched someone glitch out and die. Things went downhill from there.
Forcibly chipped by the Sister Nations. Then forcibly un-chipped.
For those who didn’t comply, The Great Glitch was swift justice.
I’m Synta, one of those Children of the Resistance, and by Stone I’m gonna get us off this planet!

A little about Toasha first:


Toasha Jiordano was born somewhere in this galaxy. We haven’t quite narrowed it down, yet.

Rumor has it there are siblings out there, who share her genetic makeup, should that DNA become a necessity one day.

She is a full-time writer who moonlights as a desk jockey for fun.
When she’s not writing, she likes to spend her time sleeping.

Sherry Terry’s Review: 4.8-Stars


Epoch Earth: The Great Glitch by Toasha Jiordano is a fantastic read. Once I started reading it, I couldn’t put it down…

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Hypatia of Alexandria (The Legendary Women of World History Book 8) by Laurel A. Rockefeller

#review #history #woman

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51ZfcEQkyiL._SY346_As the western world fell into darkness, she dared defend the light.

Born in 355 CE in the aftermath of Constantine’s reign, Hypatia of Alexandria lived in a collapsing Roman Empire, a world where obedience to religious authorities trumped science, where reason and logic threatened the new world order. It was a world on the edge of the Dark Ages, a world deciding the question of science verses religion, freedom verses orthodoxy, tolerance verses hate.

For over 40 years, Hypatia stood between the dark ages and the light of classical philosophy, arts, and sciences. Though none of her books survived the aggressive book burnings of religious zealots, her legacy remains that of one of the greatest scientists of all time.

This is her fascinating true story.

A little about Laurel first:


Born, raised, and educated in Lincoln, Nebraska USA Laurel A. Rockefeller is author of over twenty books published and…

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Covers, the first shot at selling your ebook.

Today, I’m going to gush.  I found a wonderful designer to do my covers… for 29.99 each.  Yep.  That’s what I said, 29.99 for a professional cover.  He’s my new cover.


Author RA Winter Sparrow's Dream

Author RA Winter Sparrow’s Dream


I just love how the colors melt together, it says everything I need a cover to say about my writing.  Native American, romance, love and a happily ever after.

A cover is the first thing a reader sees.  It must grab them, but also tell a story.  Your story.  If the cover is drab… well, you’re not going to see sales unless you have a huge base of fans.

You must sell your story, and the only way to do that is with a great design.

Covers are hard to find at this price point. At 29.99, everyone can afford these. 

The artist is Kayci Morgan, a lovely lady.  I’m so happy I found her.


Kayci has been self-publishing for the past four years. She uses her experience as a graphic designer and marketer to offer covers that sell books at affordable prices.

If I was you, I’d check out her books too.  Steamy stuff.  Great work.  I just finished one a couple of weeks ago and loved it.  A vampire and werewolf love story.

Some of her premade covers below are for sale. For 29.99! You can find more at  

And while you’re at it, check out Kayci’s author page on Amazon and her wonderful books.


author Kayci morgan, writer, covers, cover artist, blogger

author Kayci Morgan, writer, covers, cover artist, blogger



author Kayci morgan, writer, covers, cover artist, blogger



author Kayci morgan, writer, covers, cover artist, blogger



author Kayci morgan, writer, covers, cover artist, blogger

Each of these covers tells the story that you will find inside.  The old ‘don’t judge a book by its cover’, just isn’t true anymore.  A good designer can bring your book new life.


There are a lot more books on Kayci’s Amazon Author page.  Check her out.  You won’t be sorry!


author Kayci morgan, writer, covers, cover artist, blogger