Monday, April 29, 2013

DEBT COLLECTOR (Serial Novel) by Susan Kaye Quinn

Guess what I'm sharing with you all?

A HOT HOT HOT new Serial Series named the DEBT COLLECTOR by Susan Kaye Quinn!

Simply Yummy!



Here's a Tasty Tease Excerpt for you!

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Excerpt from Delirium (Debt Collector 1) by Susan Kaye Quinn:

The shakes have mostly settled out, but I still take care not to spill as I fill all three shot glasses with pure Polish w√≥dka, neat. The bottle wasn’t expensive, but it’s a step up from the stuff at the local liquor stop, which is only one shade away from rubbing alcohol and almost as deadly. Moe, Larry, and Curly stare at me from the glasses, their faces fixed forever in an approving smirk, a disgusted frown, and a wide-eyed dumbfounded look of shock, respectively. All three are apt reactions to my life, my profession, and the ritual the four of us are engaging in once again.

“Hello boys.” I salute them. “Made it home without losing my breakfast.” They’re still judging me with their looks, so I pick up Larry’s shot, throw it back, and slam it down, his look of frozen disgust turned away. The vodka burns, and I cough even though I expect it. The ten percent still buzzes inside me, and I know the life force is kicking against the alcoholic onslaught carving a liquid path of happy through my system.
I’ve already placed my order with Madam Anastazja for one of her high-end sex workers who cater to collectors. No familiar faces, I added online this time. It’s easier to get lost in a girl when I don’t know her face, yet. Lost is where I need to be right now, and I have just the recipe to get there. Wait till the nausea passes. Get a hot shower and a change of clothes. Stow my trenchcoat in the closet by the door until I need to dress the part of Death again. Do three shots with the boys to get me started, then spend an hour of tangled limbs and ecstasy in the sheets with the girl. Finally, split the rest of the bottle until we’re both so stupid drunk we don’t remember any of it.

It’s my routine, it makes me forget the spook and the fresh black mark on my soul, and I don’t mess with it. The next day, I’m back to normal, on the sort of even-keel that gets me through the day and the night and the day after that. Until I collect again.

Plus it saves me from drinking the entire bottle alone.

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AUTHOR BIO
Susan Kaye Quinn grew up in California, where she wrote snippets of stories and passed them to her friends during class. Her teachers pretended not to notice and only confiscated her stories a couple times.

Susan left writing behind to pursue a bunch of engineering degrees, but she was drawn back to writing by an irresistible urge to share her stories with her niece, her kids, and all the wonderful friends she’s met along the way.

She doesn’t have to sneak her notes anymore, which is too bad.

Susan writes from the Chicago suburbs with her three boys, two cats, and one husband. Which, it turns out, is exactly as a much as she can handle.
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Wednesday, April 24, 2013

MEETING PRINCE CHARMING - Reality Show Of Love?

I have to cash in on this. Lately, my daughter has been addicted to 'Reality TV' shows that center on dating and competing for your 'man'.

I have to admit to being a bit seduced by it and yet appalled. Rather appalled.

THE SELECTION

First, I always thought the guy should 'work' for the woman. Let's face it, I've been married for 20 yrs now and I have to say that I enjoyed the lengths my husband went to in order to get my attention. He had my attention at his first, 'hello' but I didn't let him know it.

Besides, I'm a bit selfish and would like to think that the guy that's interested in me isn't going to be kissing the girl standing next to me in like 20 minutes after we chat. Because if he gets to do kissy face with somebody hot why can't I while I take my time to decide if he can even kiss well.

Then there is the 'Match Maker' who selects like subjects for the guys and get this 'coaches' the girls on how to land Mr. RICH Right.?! Now if this doesn't sound like a recipe of disaster I don't know what does. Teaching a person to accentuate their positives will only last a short time til their - NEGATIVES come out to play.

So, I personally have a problem with the 'selection' process for these shows.

THE DATING

No way would I call what they do on those shows dating. No. Kind. Of way! It's more like, can I act as freaky as possible to get and keep his attention since he's going to be able to rub it up with the girl next in line.

Also, these parts seem a bit scripted to me. What do you think?

THE PROPOSAL

Yes, this does come. The guy usually proposes marriage. Truthfully, it's beyond me how any of them could work. The couple usually 'really' gets to know each other off camera. Then he finds out that the girl is truly a 'gold digger' and she finds out the guy is truly a 'player' and that what they did on the 'show' was all...(hush your mouth) a fake.

SO WOULD YOU?

So, I ask would you do this? Go through great lengths like this to meet your Mr. RICH Right?

Monday, April 22, 2013

TV Interview 4/23 on The Literati Scene!


I can't wait to go to Boston on Tuesday! Yes, I'm so excited to be flying in to meet with Smoki the host of The Literati Scene. With all the excitement dying down from the sad recent events, it'll be an honor to step foot in the city of Boston.

So check out the website below and look for my interview if you can :-D


The Literati Scene- BNN- TV Boston public television - 4/23/2013 (10:30am)

It's hosted by Smoki Bacon who I here is wonderfully charming, personable, warm and professional. Not to mention, and is well respected in Boston.



Website for show: http://literatiscene.org

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

FLIGHT by Lindsay Leggett - THE PARTY!!



A devastated world living underground. Winged beasts who prey on the few humans left. A Hunter on the run from the only family she knows, the family who has betrayed her. A secret so deep it has the power to change everything.

Harpies. The Elder Corporation. Hunters. Deleted Scenes. Excerpts. Character Bios. Contests. Awesome Prizes.

This is Flight... on Fire. 

Stop by April 17th for bonus material, a live chat, excerpts from Flight, and awesome prizes.

What is Flight on Fire?

Flight on Fire is a massive online release party for my Sci-fi NA novel, Flight. I knew I wanted to do something special for my release party, and I ultimately decided that I wanted a massive, interactive party with special features, prizes, quizzes, vlogs, a live chat, and more. 

From 6:30pm through 10pm EST, Flight on Fire will be live. 

Those who pre-register will automatically be sent copies of Flight preludes, Huntrix and Case 501, and be entered into the draw for the ultimate prize pack filled with awesome ebooks, swag, and a $100 giftcard to the winner’s bookstore of choice. 

There will also be smaller prizes and contests, and a chance to get your Official Harpy Hunter Certification. 

Overall it’s going to be tons of fun, and I hope to see you there!



Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Writers Diversify!

As an author in today’s changing publishing industry, its time to up your game and diversify as the way of the future. In the past an author would go about getting a Literary Agent, then hope their agent can sell their one book to an editor at a large or small publishing house and then their book is birthed to the world. After that, they hoped to garner a contract for additional works through the same agent and publisher.

HOW TO DIVERSIFY

Consider what you plan to write. What genres you are writing? Can you create some short story fiction to keep your readers engaged? Then write to build your platform.

Plan for more than one release....mix these up

Series:
If you are working on a series, don’t finish the series until you sell book one in that series. Instead for your second book, start a new series or create some short stories that can be sold independently.

Stand Alone
Creation of a stand alone without having additional works in queu can mean that after your book’s initial launch and post promotion period, your readers zest for your work has grown cold. Consider having other works that can be coupled with your stand alone like bonus materials, follow-on stories, or other items that give you a reason to entice readers and keep your work alive.

Serialized Series
This is a great new emerging market now that ebooks are well accepted and purchased nowadays. Planning this within your scheduled yearly releases can also boost readers awareness of you as an author with little time invested in writing a nice short serial sideline story to your novel releases.

Short Stories: This is a great way to keep your releases going without writing longer novels. Also, this can be a way to gently break into a new genre you’ve been wanting to explore.

Examples of ways to keep the wheel turning:

Create 1 novel for the year and two short story fiction works you can get placement in anthologies, publishing as stand alone, or submit to magazines.

Create 2 novels for the year, one a series, the other a stand alone short novel.

Remember, the more product you are producing, the more opportunities you have to sell.

Pursue more than just the traditional route...

Nowadays authors can publishing through an agent, publisher and in addition, publish some works themselves. Evaluate your book and your abilities to see if you can do both, publishing traditionally and non-traditionally. You can fund your publishing using sites like Kickstarter, or publish in ebook only.

Mix Things Up To Stay In Your Readers Good Graces

In the emerging publishing market of today, authors that want to stay above water and keep their visibility to their readers consistent will benefit by offering a variety of works besides just a novel a year. Mixing things up with a short story release, a serialized release and an appearance in a new genre grows your audience and gives you a valid reason to say to your readers, ‘Hey! Remember Me!’

Sunday, April 7, 2013

TSAVO PRIDE by Laura Diamond


TSAVO PRIDE RELEASE BLITZ

Please welcome Laura Diamond who I let take over my blog to share her gorgeous cover and new book:



On April 8, 2013, I’m announcing the release of my spin-off short story, TSAVO PRIDE, a young adult paranormal horror set in 1890’s Kenya. It’s based on the man-eating lions of Tsavo.


Author Laura Diamond had such a blast sharing her PRIDE series with you that she’s decided to self-publish a spin-off short story. Set in 1890’s Kenya and based on the man-eating lions of Tsavo, this young adult paranormal short has a decidedly horroresque bent to it.

Here’s a teaser trailer on YouTube:



Blurb:

Rogue shapeshifters, Santamo and Legeny, believe they are kings blessed with the power to shift into lions. Using that strength, they brutally defend their land from the British building the Ugandan Railroad that threatens their way of life. On a particularly ruthless raid, Santamo meets his match—Naserian. He spares the girl’s life, a move that fractures his relationship with Legeny and blurs his visions of cleansing his territory of invaders.

While the pile of bones in Santamo and Legeny’s cave grows, so does Santamo’s attraction to Naserian. When she challenges him to give up his murderous ways, will Santamo stay on the path of death he believes is his duty, or will he choose Naserian, and love?

TSAVO PRIDE is NOW AVAILABLE via Amazon for $0.99! Amazon Prime members can borrow it for free. ;)


About Laura Diamond:

Laura Diamond is a board certified psychiatrist and author of all things young adult paranormal, dystopian, and horror. Her Young Adult Paranormal Romance novelette, NEW PRIDE, and novel, SHIFTING PRIDE, debuted late 2012 from Etopia Press. A spin off short story based on the lions of Tsavo, TSAVO PRIDE, is now available. A short story, CITY OF LIGHTS AND STONE, is in the DAY OF DEMONS Anthology by Anachron Press and another short, BEGGING DEATH, is in the CARNAGE: AFTER THE END Anthology Volume One by Sirens Call Publications. Forthcoming novels include a young adult adventure, ZODIAC COLLECTOR, and young adult dystopians, ENDURE and EVOKE. When she's not writing, she is working at the hospital, blogging at Author Laura Diamond--Lucid Dreamer and renovating her 225+ year old fixer-upper mansion. She is also full-time staff member for her four cats and a Pembroke corgi named Katie.

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