Caveat Venditor—Five Mistakes KILLING Self-Published Authors

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A great post about self-publishing too soon. When should you actually take the leap?

Originally posted on Kristen Lamb's Blog:

Rise of the Machines Human Authors in a Digital World, social media authors, Kristen Lamb, WANA, Rise of the Machines

All right, it’s about to be a brand new year and many of you are wanting to finally see your books published. ROCK ON! But, I am the friend who will tell you if there is toilet paper hanging out of your pants. Writing isn’t all glitter and unicorns and I want to warn you of the most common stumbling blocks, because I really DO want you to succeed.

When I began writing I was SO SURE agents would be fighting over my manuscript. Yeah. But after almost fourteen years in the industry, a lot of bloody noses, and even more lessons in humility, I hope that these tips will help you.

Self-publishing is AWESOME, and it’s a better fit for certain personalities and even content (um, social media?), but we must be educated before we publish. In fact, my last book Rise of the Machines (cover above) is much…

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Shadow Stalker: Forbidden Love Episode 4 Book Review


Synopsis

The storms on the Dark Isle can be deadly. Kado and Auren find shelter to wait it out in relative safety, but little do they know another storm is about to descend upon them.

Love.

Auren meets, Etan, a young shadow stalker in her uncle’s village, and they experience an immediate and deep connection. As far as she is concerned, she’s old enough to pursue a relationship with whoever she wants, but the shadow stalkers live by different rules. Auren learns that her love for Etan is forbidden, and pursuing it can lead to dire consequences.

Review

This is definitely one of the best if the not the best Shadow Stalker episode to date. I loved the whole forbidden love angle and I usually hate romance. Renee spun the tale magnificently. It wove in seamlessly with all of the Shadow Stalker’s rules. Auren once again tries to rebel but it was utterly surprised that she learns how to cut her link with her mentor, Kado. I liked how Auren doesn’t instantly get over her near death experience with a storm. It was an interesting perspective of seeing Auren’s aunt and uncle for the first time. Overall, you just have to read it.

Luckily for all you budding readers you can get this episode for free when you sign up to Renee’s mailing list here, http://reneescattergood.com/subscribe-today

Book Links

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Kindle:
http://amzn.to/1vV1Xxm

 

Author Links

Website: http://reneescattergood.com

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The Fifth Watcher Book Review


Synopsis

At the moment of Audrey Montgomery’s birth a new world came into existence. It is a barren place, a catalyst for the darkness spreading through the multidimensional system. The shift in power makes Audrey an invaluable pawn in a war between those who want to protect her and those who will go to extraordinary lengths to eliminate her.

As a result, she has spent her life on the run, unaware of her true origins. When her father dies and leaves her with a shocking legacy, her life is irrevocably changed. If she has any hope of surviving, Audrey must embrace her new reality and trust a man who is as dark and uncertain as the future itself.

Lieutenant Keith Delany, an Interdimensional Officer of the Law (IDOL), is tasked with bringing her in. It is an assignment his entire team is invested in, having spent years searching for her. As a senior member of the squad, Keith is charged with protecting her, with showing her the truth about her past, and with preparing her for an unknown future. As an IDOL he is responsible for every life, for every traveller who navigates the system. But his connection to Audrey is unprecedented, and he soon discovers she alone holds the power to prevent the continuum’s collapse.

Review

I loved the whole sci-fi feel of the book. The different powers in the book which depend on where you live was ingenious. The start of the book was very good and I enjoyed the perspective of different worlds. The only thing I would say was I got very confused. The POV swapping and world travelling made me wonder what the actual goal was. The same person in different realities was a good idea but I got a bit confused who was who. Perhaps include a character guide at the start or end of the book with a piece of information about who a character is. Though this could be just me as I avoid high fantasy for the same reason. Lots of characters with complicated names really confuse me. I still liked the book and if you like high fantasy or hard-core sci-fi then this book is for you.

Author Links

Website: http://www.mbarkersimpson.wordpress.com

Website: http://www.mbarkersimpson.co.uk

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/melissabarkersimpson

Twitter: http://twitter.com/mbarkersimpson

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/mbarkersimpson

Purchase Links:

Amazon: http://amzn.to/1F5YBtt

Kindle: http://amzn.to/1vw1XpT

Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/493377?ref=DragonKnight2013

Createspace: https://www.createspace.com/5107982

After Computer Glitches We Finally Have Our Winners

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Yay! I got 2nd place in one of Dragon Knight Chronicles’ writing contests. My short story, Challenging a Demon: Idiot Number 73,854 is about a foolish human challenging a High Archdemon.

Originally posted on Dragon Knight Chronicles:

Greeting Readers and bloggers,

As you have come to probably notice we are running a bit behind on our contest announcement do to technical difficulties to our email account. It came to our notice that a few entries weren’t received by our email like they were suppose too. This has come to our knowledge just a few days ago. So out of respect to those that entered but weren’t received we decided to make an exception to our deadline rule.

Our Winners Are:

1st Place:

Helen Screaming

by: Wilson F. Engel, III

2nd Place:

Challenging a Demon: Idiot Number 73, 854

by: Louise Findlay

We are sorry for the inconvenience to everyone that have been waiting for this announcement. I have a few words to explain our choices and why we only made the choices we did. There were several entries that were semi good but know where near up…

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Angelic Confessions Book Review


Synopsis

In a world where the Father created all I was born…an angel. A new breed I was meant to overthrow the children of heaven. To prevent this I was taken, and raised as Father’s own. My memories wiped, the dark beast inside me caged. Memories never stay buried though…

Review

It starts off very well with the main character, Aye’s past. I liked the background to the sort of demonic side. It then quickly switches to Aye being raised by Father and taught by angels. They shower her with gifts and affection to try and contain her subconscious murderous intent. She struggles against the restraints of Father and what she is not allowed to do that other angels can. She gradually falls in love with Pio, one of her guardians. I loved the start which set the scene but I did grow bored through the (what I felt was) the predictable middle. Good read though.

Purchase Links

Prices: £7.73 Paperback http://mybook.to/ac-paperback

£7.76 Kindle http://viewbook.at/ac-kindle

Social Media Links:

Book Site:
http://angelicconfessions.webs.com

Amazon Author Page:
http://author.to/Jan-Marie

Blog:
http://authorsandangels.blogspot.com

Goodreads:
http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7474225.Jan_Marie

Shadow Stalker: Shadows’ Betrayal Episode 3 Book Review

Check out my book review for the first episode of Shadow Stalker at louisefindlaybooks.wordpress.com/shadow-stalker-the-hidden-truth-episode-1-book-review

Check out my book review for the second episode of Shadow Stalker at louisefindlaybooks.wordpress.com/shadow-stalker-the-delohi-saqus-fate-episode-2-book-review

 


Synopsis

The Council of Elders on the Dark Isle, the home of the shadow stalkers, have refused to allow their people to help the Coalition in the war against the Galvadi Empire. Now the Coalition is in danger of falling to their enemy. If this happens, the shadow stalkers will have no ally against the empire.

 

After seeing Kado’s vision and learning what she will become, Auren is terrified of leaving the Dark Isle. It seems the Council of Elders may be plotting against her, despite her willingness to remain on the island.

 

To escape the tensions being placed on them by the council, Kado and Auren leave their village to explore the Dark Isle, but there are worse things lurking in the islands forests than the power hungry council.

Review

 

I love this episode. I like how Auren gradually understands Kado and his motives. It’s also good when Auren presents intelligent ideas like when she says about the shadow people already thinking of Kado as the Foramar. Her interactions with Cathnor give much loved backstory to Kado. This segment has much more information about what will happen in the future via prophecies which is very shamanic. The one thing I’m would criticize though is how Kado is more loving and less harsh towards Auren. I understand it will be like that as the series progresses but I feel it may be too much too soon.

 

To round off, another great episode. Looking forward to reviewing episode 4.

 

Book Retailers

 

Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/487052

 

Social Media Links:

 

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Author Page: smashwords.com/profile/view/rscatts

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The Dagger of Adendigaeth Book Contest

Melissa McPhail (author of The Dagger of Adendigaeth ) is running a book contest where you can win two $50 Amazon gift cards and an autographed copy of her book. Read on to find out how.


At long last, the reason for the blessed Adept race’s decline has been discovered: powerful beings known as Malorin’athgul are disrupting the Balance and preventing Alorin’s Adepts from awakening to their gifts. Who are they? Where are they? And how can they be stopped when they wield a power meant to unmake the universe itself? 

In T’khendar…Prince Ean val Lorian has forsaken his companions in blood and battle to join the traitorous Fifth Vestal in T’khendar in the hopes of gaining some insight into the tragedies that plagued his Return. Now he must confront the man he’s long thought of as his enemy and discover the role he is meant to play in the First Lord’s darkly magnificent game.

The Vestal Raine D’Lacourte has followed his traitorous oath-brother Björn through six kingdoms and into the distant realm of T’khendar seeking explanation and atonement. But the condemned realm harbors shocking secrets, and Raine soon realizes he’s facing his greatest enemy yet—not in Björn, but in the truth.

Elsewhere in Alorin…the young truthreader, Tanis, faces a new villain in the fiery-eyed man he followed from the café in Rethynnea; the soldier Trell struggles to reconcile his growing feelings for the girl he rescued from the river against the guilt of his unknown past; and in Tambarré, another truthreader named Kjieran van Stone treads the incense-filled hallways of the Prophet Bethamin’s temple hoping to uncover a plot of treachery and betrayal before the Prophet demands his soul.

The time has come for each player to claim his role in the First Lord’s masterful game. All will be tested, but only time will tell how many can survive the dagger of Adendigaeth.

Get the Dagger of Adendigaeth via Amazon or Barnes & Noble

You can win by entering the Rafflecopter contest here or by leaving a comment here or on another of the other blogs listed here. Good luck.