Monday, November 10, 2014

Authors Bailing Out?







THE INDIE MOVEMENT PRODUCED many people that wanted to be authors

The disillusionment with being an author is that - - - you can become rich doing it. That's always been the fantasy. Many would be writers thought that this was always the end game. The payoff. Their expectations.

THEN REALITY

For awhile, Amazon was making the Indie authors king. If they had a decent book, lots of promo, Amazon fed their gravy train. And made it rain with money. Many Indie Authors quit

Not only are Indie authors feeling the pinch, but some of my traditionally publish authors do also. They get lower advances, but hey, at least they are making some money up front.

ARE YOU IN IT FOR THE PASSION or THE PAYDAY?

This is where it truly is telling. Artist, authors, visionaries - didn't usually get paid tons of money just because they created something - even when they created something REALLY good.

But when I started writing, it was NEVER for the payday. It was because, I just can't help myself. I love it. It relaxes me, intrigues me, and make me want to write more.

THE LONG HAUL

Well authors that have paid their dues, and have the passion ... are still writing. They are. Do they care if they get the numbers? The payday? Can eat? Yes, that's why the large masses of authors ...still work a day gig.

SO ARE YOU?...in it for the PAYDAY? THE PASSION?

Thursday, October 30, 2014

ESCAPE FROM WITCHWOOD HOLLOW by Jordan Elizabeth





How far into the hollow would you go?

“After losing her parents in a terrorist attack on the Twin Towers, fifteen-year-old Honoria escapes New York City to Arnn—a farming town with more legends than residents, and a history of witchcraft and secrets best left buried.


Everyone in Arnn knows the story of Witchwood Hollow: if you venture into the whispering forest, the witch will trap your soul among the shadowed trees. In the lure of that perpetual darkness, Honoria finds hope when she should be afraid, and a past of missing children and broken promises.  To save the citizens of Arnn from becoming the witch’s next victims, she must find the truth behind the woman’s madness. How deep into Witchwood Hollow does Honoria dare venture?”

ESCAPE FROM WITCHWOOD HOLLOW is Jordan Elizabeth’s first novel.  This young adult fantasy, published through Curiosity Quills Press, is now available for purchase. 

https://curiosityquills.com/books/escape-witchwood-hollow/


Jordan Elizabeth, formally Jordan Elizabeth Mierek, can’t get enough of the woods, be it splashing through a stream, sitting beneath an ancient oak, or following a path up a hill.  Some of those adventures have led to abandoned foundations.  Exploring the rocks and crumbling bricks sparked Jordan to imagine who might have lived there before, and that train of thought carried her to a wicked legend and an enchanted hollow.  You can contact Jordan via her website, JordanElizabethMierek.com.




Thursday, October 23, 2014

THE BOOK OF LIFE - Movie Review


I'm a sucker for an 'ethnic' centered fairytale! So... when my kids asked to see this movie there was no way I would deny them.

Here's the bio from Imdb: Manolo, a young man who is torn between fulfilling the expectations of his family and following his heart, embarks on an adventure that spans three fantastic worlds where he must face his greatest fears.

My Family's Review: Now do you believe there is a 'love triangle' in fairy tales? Well there was one here. I also can say we fell in love with both of the heroes. The movie was visually pleasing. Beautiful, colorful and even had symbolic meanings rather closely tucked within the Mexican culture. As an adult there were a few slow parts, but still captivating. The music was good and the story was fun. My kids (the girls) absolutely loved and gushed over it. My son said, "I liked it okay." My husband - thought it was too much singing (bah-humbug) and me, loved it. We give it a 4 out of 5 stars.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Cover reveal Steam Punk! Great Authors! In one Awesome Book! Oh My!

Can you say Sexy! Sassy! Steam Punk? Anthology?

Well I've got one hot off the press.

COVER REVEAL

for 

GEARS of BRASS


Just so you know - Two AMAZING AUTHORS I know personally are in this pretty baby.

Authors who's stories are inside that I can wait to read: 

SA Larsen is represented by Paula Munier of Talcott Notch Literary and is the author of published short stories, community-interest stories, and magazine articles focused on children. http://www.salarsenbooks.com/


Jordan Elizabeth writes young adult fantasy for Curiosity Quills, including ESCAPE FROM WITCHWOOD HOLLOW which was published in October and the upcoming TREASURE DARKLY; she’s represented by the Belcastro Agency.

JordanElizabethMierek.com

Both starring authors are in....




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Monday, September 29, 2014

MAZE RUNNER Movie Review

There's nothing like a Great Adventure!





Synopsis from Fandango:

Based on the bestselling novel by James Dashner, this adventure thriller for young adults follows a young boy named Thomas (Dylan O'Brien) who finds himself trapped within a giant, deadly maze with a group of other kids. While he has no memories of his life prior to being in the maze, he is plagued by nightmares about a shadowy organization known only as W.C.K.D., and hopes that these fragments of dreams will help him discover the secrets of his past and a way to escape. ~ Tracie Cooper, Rovi




My Family Review:

I have to admit, I didn't read the book yet. Why? Well, writing, working, you know. But now it's on my to-be-read list. Personally, I like to see the movie first so I won't have high expectations and book comparison issues that take away from my overall enjoyment of the film for what it is - entertainment.

However, my husband and daughter read it (after they saw the movie previews about it, they wanted to read the book first.)

From those of us who didn't read the book. Loved! Loved! Loved the never ending action. The push and pull of the story. The mystery and slow revealing of the why they were there. What I didn't like was, well there there didn't seem to be a true conclusion. However, it was good enough. So from the pov of myself and three of my kids, We gave it a 4.5 greevers.

Now my husband and older daughter who have read all the books in the series (boy did I try keeping their opinionated mouths shut) they claimed there was a lot left out. Even though, that was the case they still said they enjoyed it.They gave it 3.75 greevers.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Rashelle Workman's Cover Reveal! Vampire Secrets



Join in the Fun!


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Title: Vampire Secrets (Blood and Snow Season Two) 
Author: RaShelle Workman 
Genre: Urban Fantasy (Reinvented Fairytale) 
Release Date: September 14, 2014 
Publisher: Polished Pen Press Corporation 
Cover by  Andrea Garcia 
Organized by Literati Author Services          

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

ESCAPE FROM WITCHWOOD HOLLOW by Jordan Elizabeth’s



How far into the hollow would you go? 


After losing her parents in a terrorist attack on the Twin Towers, fifteen-year-old Honoria escapes New York City to Arnn—a farming town with more legends than residents, and a history of witchcraft and secrets best left buried.

Everyone in Arnn knows the story of Witchwood Hollow: if you venture into the whispering forest, the witch will trap your soul among the shadowed trees. In the lure of that perpetual darkness, Honoria finds hope when she should be afraid, and a past of missing children and broken promises.  To save the citizens of Arnn from becoming the witch’s next victims, she must find the truth behind the woman’s madness. How deep into Witchwood Hollow does Honoria dare venture?”

ESCAPE FROM WITCHWOOD HOLLOW is Jordan Elizabeth’s first novel.  This young adult fantasy will be published through Curiosity Quills Press on October 29, 2014. 
Jordan Elizabeth, formally Jordan Elizabeth Mierek, can’t get enough of the woods, be it splashing through a stream, sitting beneath an ancient oak, or following a path up a hill.  Some of those adventures have led to abandoned foundations.  Exploring the rocks and crumbling bricks sparked Jordan to imagine who might have lived there before, and that train of thought carried her to a wicked legend and an enchanted hollow.  You can contact Jordan via her website, JordanElizabethMierek.com.

You don’t have to wait for October 29th to explore Witchwood Hollow.  Jordan Elizabeth is offering up a free eArc.  To enter for your chance to win a copy of ESCAPE FROM WITCHWOOD HOLLOW, you will need to share the cover.  This can be on your blog, Facebook, Twitter… Each time you share the cover image, log it into Rafflecoper to record it.  It will give you more chances to win.  The drawing for the winner will be held on October 20th. 
 


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Tuesday, September 2, 2014

My current project in Editing





Wastelands...book 2 in the BANDIT's series.

Has got me in editing quick sand. For some reason 'life' is getting pretty hectic - but in a good way. However, it's taking me forever to get through my first round of edits on this baby.

Now when I think back to the writing of it, I'd had a great time of it. It was a Nanowrimo novel. I kicked out the first draft in just 30 days - but truly my natural writing time is 3 to 4 months.

This push got the story out but cost me in editing time.

Don't fear. IT WILL BE MY NOVEMBER RELEASE! It will, it will, it will :-D

My plans for the BANDIT's series. Well of course for Daniel to finish this adventure, with all his faithful readers in tow.


Friday, August 22, 2014

You Will be able to find my books in the Caymans!





Books & Books Grand Cayman

It was a pleasant visit and surprise when I visited this lovely bookstore while on vacation in the Grand Caymans!

As an author and avid reader I enjoy dropping into local bookstores when I travel.

In doing so, I purchase books and look for other books from my fellow authors who I've known throughout my publishing journey.

While visiting Books & Books I chatted with one of the employees as I was purchasing books and mentioned that I was an author. She immediately looked up my books and offered me her manager's information regarding them carrying some of my books there.

The truth is, I never even considered the thought that they would want to purchase my books, but talking to people and getting to know them makes a big difference in their support of you. As a person and an author.

Needless to say, I am honored that this wonderfully welcoming store will be carrying my books alongside my great friend and awesome author, Hugh Howey's Wool series.

Share with how unexpected opportunities have found themselves to you?

My character's always have these, it's nice when I do too!

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Hercules with Dwayne Johnson aka 'The Rock'

Here ye! Here ye! The real Hercules has arrived!

Yeah I said it. And I meant every word of it. I've always loved Hercules. The idea of this hard as nails guy who has to find himself and fight against the obstacles placed in front of them.

My expectations for this movie was really really low. The last Hercules movie I watched I didn't even bother to review.

So...

The Blurb: (from IMdb)
Having endured his legendary twelve labors, Hercules, the Greek demigod, has his life as a sword-for-hire tested when the King of Thrace and his daughter seek his aid in defeating a tyrannical warlord.

My review:

It starts with the amazing story of why we should believe Hercules is the son of a god, delivered by his poor nephew while being tortured. Then it hits - action! Action! and more Action! Yes, if you are a testosterone starving action junkie that like a little sword play, arrow deaths wrapped up in a pretty good tale of deception - this is the movie for you. You will not be disappointed. I wasn't. However, the one reason I took off a star is because - hey, Hercules to me was kind of a handsome woman loving guy. Hey he is gorgeous and all. But poor Dwayne Johnson has yet again portrayed a mild and tasteful glance at romance in his movie. I give it 4 out of 5 cheers.