Wednesday, October 31, 2012

In The Spirit of Giving - INDIE-giving FEST

It's November already?  And the Indelibles have got something for you! Nope, we can't either.  But we don't mind that November has brought some blog fest goodness our way.  If you participated the recent Indelibles event, _______, THANK YOU!  [Lisa - insert what you want to say here.]

And now that Halloween is behind us, it's time to start thinking about Thanksgiving.  For us at Indelibles, Thanksgiving is a time to reflect on the blessings.

In this spirit of thankfulness and giving, the Indelibles bring you INDIE-giving.
This is a blog fest that will run from November 18-25 (the Sunday-to-Sunday surrounding Thanksgiving).  During this week, each participating blogger will reflect on her or his blessings and share something with visitors.  Some may choose to give away a book.  Some may choose to share the best piece of advice they wished they'd known before they published.  The choice of what to share will be as unique as the individual blogger.  The only requirement is that you open your heart in the spirit of thankfulness and giving.

Although this is something we could do individually, banding together to share our blessings seemed like the right thing to do.  If you'd like to join us, add your name to the linky list and get your post ready for November 18th.  Whether you're an Indie author or just love reading Indie books, we hope you'll join us.  We can't wait to see what blessings have been bestowed upon you this year.

Monday, October 29, 2012

Paradox by Patti Roberts Another Halloween Read


The Paradox Series
Book 1 Paradox – The Angels Are Here (2010)
Book 2 Paradox – Progeny Of Innocence (2011)
Book 3 Paradox – Bound By Blood (2012)
Book 4 Paradox – Equilibrium (2013)
Genre: Fantasy/paranormal
Paradox – Bound By Blood, book blurb:
A story within a story. A world within a world.
Love is not counted in years
Love is counted in heartbeats
Love is not bound by distance
Love is bound by blood
In the Ancient World
In the New World
Love will prevail
Some will kill for love — Some will die for love
Some will love until it hurts. And some will make the greatest sacrifice of all.
"Paradox is not a story in a place - it is the legend of a whole world." Ella Medler.

PATTI ROBERTS was born in Brisbane Australia but soon moved to Darwin in the Northern Territory. Her son Luke was born in 1980. She currently lives in Cairns, Queensland where she is writing the Paradox Series of books. Paradox – The Angels Are Here, is the first book in the Paradox Series and was first published as an eBook with Smashwords in 2010 and Amazon in 2011. Patti continues to write the Paradox Series. It is Patti's wish to one day own and operate a writers retreat in FNQ - Australia.
How long have you been writing, and how did you start? I started writing at the end of 2009. I'd just had my heart broken and I needed to do something for me – other than feel sorry for myself. So, rather than go out and get a haircut, buy a new outfit, a new pair of shoes, the usual feel-good therapy, I bought a new laptop instead and started writing the Paradox Series.
What do you like best about writing? The freedom to get lost in imaginary worlds, I love that. It's a total high. There is nothing you can't do.
How did you come up with the title of your book? I liked the word Paradox, what it means, so I wanted that to be the theme throughout the entire series.
Meaning of the word Paradox: a statement or proposition that seems self-contradictory or absurd but in reality expresses a possible truth.
Do you have another job outside of writing? I also make book cover, trailers, formatting - for ebook and print - and promotional material for other authors.
How would you describe your book in a tweet?
"Paradox is not a story in a place - it is the legend of a whole world." Book review by Ella Medler.
Do you outline, write by the seat of your pants, or let your characters tell you what to write? Seat of the pants/character driven.
Did you have any say in your cover art? What do you think of it? Tell us about the artist. I design all my own cover art. I buy royalty free images then manipulate them to fit the Paradox style.
What books have you read more than once or want to read again? There are way to many books out there to be read, so I don't read the same book twice. Although, having said that, I am very tempted to re-read Stephen King's book on writing. That was so entertaining. What an incredible life and talent... not that I have read many of his books.
Tell us a book you’re an evangelist for. I love the Game Of Thrones series by George RR Martin. Big stories, big worlds, big cast of characters, plus dragons.
Have you ever bought any books just for the cover? Did you enjoy the book(s)? I have bought many books by the cover, many I am yet to read. I am a "Cover Love" junkie.
What do you do to market your book? Twitter, facebook and blogs, such as this one. Thank you by the way. I also have a pretty extensive blog dedicated to the Paradox world.
Do you have imaginary friends? When do they talk to you? Do they tell you what to write or do you poke them with a Q-tip? My "friends" like to visit fist thing when I wake up, if they can wait that long. They are also very prominent when I shower.
How do you get to know your characters? I have an idea of who I think should play a part. Then I will go looking online until I find a face that fits the character. I buy it, print it out, and pin it to my character wall.
Do you have a favorite of your characters? Way too many. But I have to say, I really like writing for the most vile ones...
When you start a new book, do you know what the entire cast will be? I have my regulars, but there are always one that come to visit because 1 – they have a part to play later on. And 2 – you have to have someone to exterminate.
Which character did you most enjoy writing? At the moment I would have to say Abaddon. He doesn't look all that evil. But we all know looks can be very deceiving.
How do you name your characters? Bounce names around off the top of my head from favorite books, TV shows, movies or people I know.
What would your main character say about you? I know where you live.
If you could be one of your characters, which one would you choose? Holly. Kick arse Princess from the Ancient Forest Of Doors. She is part witch, has a hot body and great hair, and is great with a bow and arrow.
With which of your characters would you most like to be stuck on a deserted island? Wade or Cerberus. If I was younger. Damon, Riley or Zach. Or Josh, if he wasn't so obsessed with Angela.
Tell us about your favorite scene in the book. I really like the Ancient world. Dragons, castles, witches, Angels, Grigori (vampires) ... I love all those scenes.
What song would you pick to go with your book? I have a list. But for the Ancient world I really like "Two Steps From Hell". Most of my characters have songs that I have chosen just for them. For example "Halo" by Beyonce is the song I chose for Riley and Grace. Cerberus and Cleona, "Fireflies" by Ron Pope. For Wade and Kate, "A drop in the ocean" by Ron Pope.
Where and when do you prefer to do your writing? I have a writing desk, a very messy one, in my bedroom.
Where’s home for you? Cairns, Australia.
What do you like to do when you’re not writing? Catch up with friends, read, and watch a few of my favorite TV shows. Designing book covers, formatting books...
What are you working on now? Paradox – Equilibrium. Book 4 in the Paradox Series. And, about to co-author a book with a very talented indie author... A romance/feel-good/drama.

Publisher: Self published – Paradox Publishing

Saturday, October 27, 2012


So...did you ever notice that frigtening, scary, sick, horror never seems to start off with a huge bang like most action packed books?

What gets you...what hooks you is the build up...the suspense of it all. The knowing that something REALLY bad is gonna happen and you can't seem to stop yourself from reading more.

I get it, I'm hooked on it, and I don't mind the BORING PARTs because I know that something absolutely shocking is going to happen.

Here are some more Halloween Reads to check out ... if you dare. You'll never think about Vampires sparkling again or Zombies being cute and cuddly.

Share your creepy reads with me :-D

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Spooky, Scary, Eerie a YA Indie Carnival

So, Halloween. And..and...scary characters.

All the YA INDIE CARNIVAL bloggers are in on the fun!

I'm going to take this moment to reminisce over the creation of my most Evil Villian.

Gavin Steele from Purgatory Reign, which comes out in ebook February 2013 and print May 2013.

First, let me give you his Bio:

Gavin Steele is thirty years old, gorgeous, fit, blond, a billionaire owner of a multi-million dollar company that specializes in exotic metals, bio-genetics, drugs and uhum some other sordid dealings. He has a obsession with killing things slowly and slicing them up. Also, he's a loving older brother to Lucien who was created to do his bidding.

Note: this isn't the final edited excerpt from Purgatory Reign

Gavin knew from experience he’d only have a short time to get his answer before the greedy one would consume the spirit in which it hid and demand the price. “The name of the one who can stop me, the one I should remove from the equation,” he demanded from the psychic.

She hissed, and her white pupils turned on him. “Peter. Peter Saints.”

Her body jerked from side to side in an attempt to fight her way free of an invisible force, but it was too late, the price would be paid. For one moment, shock and fear laced her expression before she slumped to the floor, permanently silenced. He slipped his hands into his pocket, pulling out rubber gloves and a knife that he calmly unfolded. For a brief moment he stared in space while in thought. 

“Peter. Peter Saints.” the sound of the name left a foul taste on his tongue.

Shrugging off his jacket, he grinned. Messes, he hated to leave messes. And tonight, like all the other nights, he’d clean it up.
To pre-order PURGATORY REIGN, click here.

What creepy, scary things you will find in Purgatory Reign are:

- Blood Drainers
- Psychotic Killers
- Kidnappers
- Evil Orders
- Deadly supernatural forces
- And more!

A bit of the movie PUSH, I-AM NUMBER FOUR and WANTED with a splash of action!


UNDEAD by Kirsty McKay
HAUNTED by Willow Cross
MALICE by Griffin Hayes

Monday, October 22, 2012

Are You Ready for NanoWrimo Write Madness?

Yeah, are you?

Ready for Speed Writing Your Next Novel in just 30 days? Do you have your NanoWrimo profile set up?

Well add me as your friend :-D I'm (lmpreston) in need of some friendly support and word count competition.

If you didn't know about NanoWrimo it's 'National Novel Writing Month' and no it's not the only write frenzy event of the year but for me it's the first ever one I joined in on.

Somethings it did for me:
- Helped me create a writing habit
- Wore me the heck out, lol!
- Squeezed a 58K novel out of me
- Forced me to write straight through, no time to edit because it's all about the word count
- Did I say, 'wore me out'

What I did to prepare:
- Completed a loose outline for the project I wanted to write
- Schedule my write times for each day and (I also did some all-night writing sessions)
- Got hyped by getting friends to cheer me on

Now, here's some other ways to report your word count and get some encouragement

- Twitter: use the hashtag #Nanowrimo to report word count. Hey and use the #amwriting and #wip ones to just for good measure

- Facebook:

Stay tuned for my re-post on Speed Writing for other Nanowrimo authors!

Friday, October 19, 2012

I'm Speaking At the Maryland Writer's Conference!

Yes, it's winding down and I'm getting pumped for the conference in Maryland this weekend. (click here to find out more:

Maryland Writers Conference - 2012

Writing in Times of Change   Not only am I speaking at the conference but I'm co-chair of it with an amazing woman, Kay Chilcote, who's jumped in at the last minute to get the event in order.   If you're in the Maryland Area, you can just walk in an pay to attend the event.   SESSIONS & TOPICS: From Books-To Script-To Movie, Speed Writing Workshop, Fiction's Forgotten Discipline, Writing In Response To Current Events, Edit it Write, Writing Sell Worthy Query Letters, Writing for Personal Growth and Publication, Build Your Author Platform, Seducing Agents With Your Synopsis, Writing Romance That Sizzles, Write & Market Memoirs, Fifty Shades of Marketing Poetry, What is a Publisher And Should I Become One, Marketing Short Stories, The Space Between Non-Fiction and Fiction, Children's Writing Past-Present and Future and MUCH MORE!

ALSO, one very special feature that I added to the conference when I started to volunteer 3 years ago, the Editors and Literary Agents pre-viewed the query letters and First 5 pages of the manuscripts for the authors who gave their verbal pitch.   If you can't be at the conference please plan to attend one next year. They are great events that get you networking.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Witches! Vamps! And Witch Devotions by Elizabeth J Kolodziej

Halloween Book Alert!

I've read and enjoyed the first 2 books of this series and just purchased book 3 to get my Halloween fix on.

Witch Devotions is Book 3 in the Last Witch Series! And I challenge you to read all three of this unique adventure.

Amazon Blurb:
This is Book 3 in The Last Witch Series, Vampyre Kisses (Book 1) and Werewolf Descent (Book 2) are also available!

Witch Devotions:

With Trent gone, Faith, the last witch in the world, feels she can not go on without him. The pain grows so intense that she shuts out her friends and loved ones to be alone; unsure of what to think about the paranormal world anymore. However, on a trip to see Gordon she realizes what she can do to make the pain go away. A spell.

But, the spell ends up back firing and Faith has now forgotten the past six months. All the memories of vampires, werewolves, and her magical training have vanished. And the first to find her is Louis who comes to whisk her away and change the course of her life forever.

Webs of lies and deceit have Faith feeling powerless and scared that when Louis gives her the option of becoming a slayer she takes it, hoping to get revenge on the race she believes stole the past six months of her life away. With the Goddess Circe interfering, Lilith still missing and Faith unable to remember Trent, no one knows what will happen next!

However, when a stranger enters her life bringing with him secrets to her missing memories, Faith can no longer trust those around her and must figure out for herself who is good and who is evil. The world of vampires and werewolves or that of slayers. The coin is still up in the air and Faith must make a choice of where her devotions lie.

If you enjoyed this book, consider signing up for my email distribution list to learn when new books are released! Just visit my website: and click the subscribe by email on the right hand side!

Books Available by Elizabeth J Kolodziej:

Vampyre Kisses (The Last Witch Series #1)

Werewolf Descent (The Last Witch Series #2)

Salvaged Pieces of a Werewolf Lost: A Zou Tai, Prince of werewolves Novella

I Believe in Werewolves - An Anthology of Wolfen Terror

The Sexiest Time of the Year: Erotic Encounters of the Yule Season

Monday, October 15, 2012


Coming out Feb 2013
Oh, and did I tell you? I got to read it so stay-tuned for my review!!!
One word ... EPIC!

Jason Evans, a shy, introverted high school freshman, thought that his mundane life was all there was – girls, golf, physics, and the occasional bully. Until he found out about the secrets his grandfather had been keeping from him … a set of stones that allowed them to jump through time … a maniacal madman who used the stones to shape history to his liking … and Jason’s role as one of the few people in the world who could stop that man.

Against impossible odds, a fourteen-year-old boy must take up his legacy, learn everything he needs to know within one short day, and travel helter skelter into the Middle Ages, to join Henry VII’s fight against Richard III, end the Dark Ages, and stop the man who now holds his grandfather captive. In this romp through history, Jason and his friends must race against – and through – time to accomplish not one, but two missions.

Save his grandfather.

And save the world.

Reviews from amazon:

"I've never worked with medieval armies, so this was a whole new world for me. Patrick's descriptions and great world-building make me think I should look into it. Kudos!" - Quay Terry, Hollywood Military Consultant, Discovery Channel producer

"Watch out for PT McHugh - evil games are afoot in this book, and they involve jumping through time, fighting historical bad guys, and saving the world! This is my favorite kind of hero - the one who doesn't want to do it, but is the only man for the job. Go team Jason!" - Reader Review

Pre-Order here: Click!

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Maryland Writer's Conference this Oct. 21st

This Saturday I'll be speaking at the Maryland Writer's Conference, as a member of Maryland Writer's Association, as an author, Vice President of Mid-Atlantic Book Publishers Association and co-owner of Phenomenal One Press.

I can't wait. The program's wonderful and I'm happy to be a part of it. If you live in MD, DC, VA, PA and want to get ready for NanoWrimo or build your writing career, join me this Saturday at the Maryland Writer's Conference.

  • When

  • Saturday, October 20, 2012
    8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
    Eastern Time Zone
  • Where

  • University of Baltimore ’s Thumel Business Center
    11 W. Mt. Royal Ave
    Baltimore, Maryland 21201


With the changing horizons in the publishing industry, authors are trying to navigate all the opportunities now available to them. Join the Maryland Writers Association.

Keynote Speaker, MARITA GOLDEN will speak on 'The Changing Tides' and will give a panel on 'How to write a story your reader will never forget'

Also, panels, workshops and more on 'Write to Market' for Poets, Young Adult Fiction Authors, Short Story Authors and Script Writers. Learn how to write a best-seller, how to pitch it, how to market it and how to publish it.

Pitches! Query Letter Review and  Review of the first five pages with verbal pitch of your manuscript by leading Literary Agents and Editors.

SESSIONS & TOPICS: From Books-To Script-To Movie, Speed Writing Workshop, Fiction's Forgotten Discipline, Writing In Response To Current Events, Edit it Write, Writing Sell Worthy Query Letters, Writing for Personal Growth and Publication, Build Your Author Platform, Seducing Agents With Your Synopsis, Writing Romance That Sizzles, Write & Market Memoirs, Fifty Shades of Marketing Poetry, What is a Publisher And Should I Become One, Marketing Short Stories, The Space Between Non-Fiction and Fiction, Children's Writing Past-Present and Future and MUCH MORE!
Click here to see schedule
LITERARY AGENTS and EDITORS attending. Sign up for your session today!

Roseanne Wells

Roseanne graduated from Sarah Lawrence College with degrees in Literature and Dance. She joined JDLA as an associate agent in 2012. Previously with the Marianne Strong Literary Agency. An avid reader, Roseanne discovered her passion for book publishing during her internship at W. W. Norton, and she approaches agenting as a writer's advocate, editor, and partner. She is also an arts reviewer for and a volunteer for Housing Works Bookstore Cafe in Soho, NYC. An avid reader, she discovered her passion for book publishing during her internship at W.W. Norton and hasn’t looked back. Wells is interested in narrative nonfiction, science (popular or trade, not academic), history, true crime, religion, travel, humor, food/cooking, and similar subjects. She is also actively expanding the agency’s fiction list and looks for strong literary fiction, YA, sci-fi, fantasy, and smart detective novels (more Sherlock Holmes than cozy mysteries).

Brittney Ross

Brittney Ross is in editorial at the Hudson Street Press and Viking imprints of Penguin USA . Currently specializing in narrative nonfiction and popular science books, she also has experience on the agency side, working with children’s, YA, women’s and general commercial fiction.

Claudia Gabel

Ms. Gabel is a Senior Editor at Katherine Tegen Books, an imprint of HarperCollins Children’s Books, acquiring and developing middle grade and YA fiction in a variety of genres. Her best known titles are the 2010 Stonewall Award-winning novel Almost Perfect by Brian Katcher, and the Scarlett Wakefield mystery novels by Lauren Henderson. She is also the author of the YA series In or Out (Scholastic/Point) and the YA mash-up novel Romeo & Juliet & Vampires (HarperTeen). She lives in New York City.

Jessica Sinsheimer

Now an Associate Agent at the Sarah Jane Freymann Literary Agency, she’s developed a reputation for fighting office members to see incoming manuscripts first—and for drinking far too much tea. Her most recent sale is RIPPER, a paranormal/historical YA novel, about a Victorian girl who takes down Jack the Ripper–and its sequel. She is most excited about finding literary, women’s, and Young Adult fiction, and—on the nonfiction side—psychology, parenting, self-help, cookbooks, memoirs, and works that speak to life in the twenty-first century.

Meghan Stevenson

Meghan came to Hudson Street Press/Plume after editing the New York Times bestselling book The Bro Code for Touchstone Fireside. As a self-proclaimed how-to junkie, she loves taking a "master's class" in all things (and categories) prescriptive, but is keenly interested in the areas of pop science and psychology, love/relationships and health/wellness. For narrative nonfiction, she is particularly drawn to unusual hooks, a sense of humor and fresh voices, as well as exposing hidden worlds and funky subcultures. For Hudson Street Press, Meghan has most recently published The Meaning of Matthew by Judy Shepard and is excited about a savvy costcutting guide for Plume: Be CentsAble: How to Cut Your Household Budget in Half by Christy Pate and Kristin McKee due out in April.

Georgia McBride

Owner of Month9Books, a young adult imprint whose focus is anthologies and original single author titles made up of speculative fiction stories from some of today’s most admired young adult authors. All of our anthologies will have a charitable focus, with proceeds through 5,000 copies sold going to benefit a multiple charities.

We launch in February 2012, and our first anthology releases October 16, 2012. Georgia McBride is the founder and executive editor. TWO AND TWENTY DARK TALES: Dark Retellings of Mother Goose Rhymes is our first release. Anchored around the release of annual anthology will be 5-8 other titles from both debut and established writers. We’d love for you to join us! Please send your resume to info (at) month9books (dot) com.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

A chat with an AWESOME Cover Artist - Alicia 'Kat' Dillman

Where here it is, my cover artist for Purgatory Reign, The Pack - Retribution, The Pack (book 1 new edition) and Explorer X - Beta

And guess where we met? Twitter! Yep, online meetups with any possible talent you need to get the job done. I love twitter.

Since it led me to Alicia 'Kat' Dillman.


-What do you think indie authors or aspiring cover designers should focus on when selecting important elements of their story for the cover design? Should it show the main character, important imagery? What is that balance between showing what is important and giving too much away?

Stay true to your story, don’t do something just because it’s popular or currently trending. I’m attracted to covers like the one I designed for Daemons in the Mist so that’s what I created. But some readers are attracted to high concept designs like those on the Hunger Games, so you also have to know your audience when creating covers as well.

I would suggest featuring a character on the cover and if you can a place from the story. It doesn’t have to be from an important scene, actually it’s better if the location itself evokes some kind of visceral feel or emotion. You should never give too much away on a cover, like the ending for example (yeah crazy I know but I have seen covers that do this). If the fact that Nualla was a daemon was a surprise to the reader I would not have put her horns on the cover, but because she tells us what she is in the first chapter nothing was ruined.

What types of programs do you use for your covers? Give us your best advice for those who want to learn the art of making beautiful covers.

First off I have to say I didn’t learn this all overnight. I have a BFA in Illustration from the Academy of Art and have studied book design for the past four years as well.

For my art (the painting part) I use Corel Painter, my custom designed brushes and a Wacom Intuos3 tablet. For the actual design of books I use InDesign since I design both the cover and internal pages of books. I also use it to design and format eBooks. For the Marked Ones mark that appears on the back cover and inside the book I used Illustrator.

My advice to aspiring book designers: Study books, not the stories in them, but the books themselves. The way they were constructed, the way they were laid out. Half of being an artist is learning to observe and analyze things. Look at some of your favorite covers and analyze why you like them, why they caught your eye. Why they said, “buy me, I’m awesome!” You can’t teach someone to be an artist, you can only teach them how to use the tools to become a better artist. For this reason I’m currently working on a series of informational eBooks for inspiring indie authors and designers.

Could you tell us about your process in creating the cover?
First, I decide what story I’m trying to tell; what I’m trying to get across in the image. Sometimes I sketch out a quick thumbnail in the computer or on a scrap of paper. The thumbnail is nothing to look it, more like visual shorthand because I can see the image I want in my head. But most of the time my design work and sketching is done in my head, it’s a skill I developed during art school.
After that, I hit the books, analyzing what’s out there. Trying to design something that’s true to the story while at the same time something that will stand out from the pack of other new releases.

For the base of Purgatory Reign’s cover, stock photography was used as part of a newer art form called Enhanced Photo Imagery. I head on over to the stock photography sites and browse for what I need. I then download their mock images and jump into InDesign to start mocking up a cover based on the template generated by the book printers. When I get the cover design the way I like it, I send it to the client and they purchase the chosen images.

Next it’s on the Painter where I take my custom designed brushes and go to town. Once the painting is complete, I head back over to InDesign and import the final art before exporting the file and sending it off to the printer. And that’s how my covers are born.

Alicia Kat Dillman
Creative Director of KatGirl Studio