Friday, April 28, 2017

Friday Feature: Fated

A Witch
An Immortal
And a Soul Reaper

Lana Longhorn has a "special gift" that causes people to reveal their deepest, darkest secrets. She thinks it's the reason for the tragic accident that killed her parents when she was a child and has become an expert at hiding her gift from the world by age eighteen.  That is, until a soul reaper from Hel walks into her life.
From the moment they meet, Syn Shabaka pushes Lana's buttons. He is the first person she's ever met who is immune to her gift, and the first person to offer her a way to be with other gifted people like her. The offer tempts her, but fear that he will discover the truth about her adopted family keeps her from accepting. 

Lana has already lost one set of parents, and she refuses to lose another. As sparks fly between the pair, Lana must decide what is important, keeping her family safe or finding her happiness.

Check out the first novella in Ednah Walter's new Mystic Academy series! You won't regret it. Grab it here.

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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Writer Wednesday: Is Blogging Worth It?

Over the past year, I've seen quite a few people say goodbye to blogging. Why? Well, it seems that the amount of people reading blogs these days has diminished. I can say I've definitely seen evidence of it. I don't get as many comments or views as I used to.

Blogging takes time, and we're all busy people. So if very few people are stopping by to interact on blogs, are they still worth it? Don't freak out on me, but I'm not sure anymore. I'll admit I've been toying with the idea of giving up my blog. I do still love Monday Mishmash and catching up on what everyone is doing, but I find that lately, I'm struggling to come up with blog topics for Wednesdays and even books to spotlight on Fridays because blog tours are fading away quickly, too.

So help me decide, please. Should I keep blogging? Should I cut back to Monday Mishmash posts? What are your thoughts on blogging?

Monday, April 24, 2017

Monday Mishmash 4/24/17

Happy Monday! Monday Mishmash is a weekly meme dedicated to sharing what's on your mind. Feel free to grab the button and post your own Mishmash.

Here's what's on my mind today:
  1. It Was Always You Cover Reveal Sign-ups  The cover reveal for my Ashelyn Drake contemporary romance releasing July 10th will take place on May 10-12. If you'd like to participate by sharing the cover on any social media site or your blog during that time, sign up here.
  2. New Newsletter Service  I recently switched from MailChimp to SendPulse for my newsletter. So anyone who is subscribed might notice it looks a little different. It's still me, though. (If you were subscribed to my previous newsletter, don't worry. You'll still get them. All the emails transferred over.)
  3. Newsletter Giveaway  I'm running a giveaway exclusive to my newsletter subscribers. Subscribers are automatically eligible to enter. If you aren't a subscriber, sign up here so you don't miss out. The newsletter with the giveaway will go out on Wednesday.
  4. Editing  No surprise that I'm working on a client edit this week.
  5. Drafting  I'm currently drafting the second book in the Love Chronicles series. (It Was Always You is book one.)
  6. Cover Design Time  This weekend I'm sending my cover designer the necessary info to get an awesome cover created for Reignited, my Ashelyn Drake hot romance that will release in September.
That's it for me. What's on your mind today?

Friday, April 21, 2017

Friday Feature: Runes Kindle World

It's no secret I love the Runes series by Ednah Walters. I'm lucky enough to edit Ednah's books, too. Well, she has a Runes Kindle World now! Check out these great novellas that released in Ednah's world.

Welcome to Kayville, Oregon, a safe and charming small town nestled in wine country. Kayville is home to spectacular waterfalls, old growth forests, vineyards, and orchards. Hidden among the simple townsfolk is a secret society of powerful Immortals -- centuries-old beings with special abilities harnessed from magical runes, a gift from Norse god, Odin. They mingle with Mortals, raising the next generations and contributing to their community. From organic farmers like the Jemisons to stockbrokers like the Sevilles, the Immortals have sworn to protect their true identity. But love knows no boundaries, and when the Immortals love, they will risk everything to protect their Mortal soulmates.

Whose story is next? A girl visiting relatives? A witch searching for a place to belong? Or just an average college student heading back to school when their car breaks down? Will you explore the past of an Immortal? The possibilities are endless. Be creative, and dare to enter the Runes world.
Grab the novellas here.

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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Writer Wednesday: Trial and Error

One thing I've learned in this industry is that most things we do are done by trial and error. We try different POVs or tenses. We test new methods for promoting books. Trying different things and seeing what works can be brutal at times. Especially when those efforts require spending money, and let's be honest, they usually do.

I've mentioned before that 2017 is about trying new things for me. I'm taking part in two ventures (I can't really tell you about either just yet) that are completely new to me, and I'm nervous. Very nervous. Excited too. I feel like I'm walking into a dark room, waiting for someone to turn on the lights so I can see if my new efforts will pan out or not. But here's the thing. Even if they don't work out the way I hoped, I'm glad I'm testing the waters. I'm glad I'm doing different things, because I know what doing the same things looks like. I know what the results are. So in order to make changes in my writing income, I have to make changes to the way I put out books. 

I'll keep you posted on what exactly I'm doing as I'm able to speak more about the projects. Until then, what have you done differently this year?

*If you have a question you'd like me to answer from the other side of the editor's desk, feel free to leave it in the comments and I'll schedule it for a future post.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Monday Mishmash 4/17/17

Happy Monday! Monday Mishmash is a weekly meme dedicated to sharing what's on your mind. Feel free to grab the button and post your own Mishmash.

Here's what's on my mind today:
  1. Editing  I'm editing for a new client this week.
  2. Secret Project  I'm working on a secret project that I'm really excited about. More on this to come.
  3. Thank You!  I want to thank everyone who bought a copy of Lies We Tell and/or help share the book during its release last week. <3 font="">
  4. Proofing It Was Always You  My proof for my July Ashelyn Drake release is on the way. I can't wait to hold it in my hands—and then proofread it of course.
  5. Pirate Island Cover Reveal  The cover for Katie L. Carroll’s middle grade adventure PIRATE ISLAND is here! Check out the cover and blurb, and add it on Goodreads.
    A thrice cursed island, a legendary pirate treasure, and one not-so-brave boy. What could possibly go wrong? 
    For centuries, the whereabouts of Captain William Kidd’s lost pirate treasure has remained a mystery. When Billy’s best friend, Andy, proposes they look for it on nearby Pirate Island, Billy thinks it’s just another one of their crazy adventures. It’s usually Billy who ends up in trouble as a result, but he goes along for the ride…like always. The more he delves into the life and death of Kidd, the more he thinks the treasure is real and that it might be buried on the small island in Long Island Sound. Billy—nope, call him William—becomes obsessed with the captain of the same first name. He even believes he’s possessed by Kidd’s restless soul. Now he and the spirit of a long-dead pirate are leading the crazy adventure on Pirate Island. And what they find is far bigger than the treasure they imagined.

That's it for me. What's on your mind today?

Friday, April 14, 2017

Friday Feature: United by Heather Young-Nichols

Captured by his own people.

Sentenced to death.

When the goblin Aric Bramble is kidnapped for treason, it’s up to Alyssum to rescue him from a dark fate. Yet saving him comes at a cost; their return to New York causes Alyssum’s world to shatter. She’s discovered things she can’t unlearn, information that contradicts everything she believes in and turns her world into a lie. Abandoning what she’s been taught, Alyssum seeks peace, and attempts to find a way to bring the Gremalians and the Gobel together…

A way to live without war.

But ending the war isn’t Alyssum’s only concern. Earth is now starting to rebel against its magical inhabitants. Earthquakes, tsunamis, and other natural disasters plague the Gremalians and the Gobel as a result of both kinds stealing Earth’s copper to enhance their own powers.

Will Alyssum bring both sides together? Or is it already too late to stop the coming disaster?

A young adult paranormal romance filled with action, adventure, and a bit of romance, United is an urban fantasy novel perfect for fans of author Heather Young-Nichols Grounded series.

The book is only $.99 so grab it on Amazon.
Heather Young-Nichols is a multi-published YA and contemporary romance author and a native of the great and often very cold state of Michigan. She is better known at home and to her friends as the Snarker-in-Chief, a job she excels at beyond anything she could have imagined. She loves many things, but especially cold coffee, hot books, and baseball. But not necessarily in that order.

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