Coming up for air

I just finished round three edits of Nancy Marie Segovia’s Come Hell or High Water and Jody Kessler’s A Witch’s Fate. Wonderful books, wonderful authors, and both well worth the read – and you really can’t go wrong poking about in their backlist of books on Amazon for extras to read, either.

The fact that it’s five in the morning does not actually escape me. The feeling that my eyelids are made of coarse-grit sandpaper tells me the time better than the clock does.

I’m honestly wracking my brain for ways to promote Smuggler’s Justice, because I absolutely swear I have no idea how to market a book to save my life. I think it’s a great story, but trying to explain it in ad copy just to share in Facebook groups is much harder than it looks! I was just looking at ads on Amazon, and wouldn’t it just show to go ya? The smallest budget they’ll allow is $100. I don’t know about you, but I don’t have a spare $100 laying around. Try as I might, I didn’t make that much in royalties in all of 2016. Glamorous jet-setting business this authoring is, ain’t it?

My Patreon is still at 2 patrons – I adore my patrons, both of them! I’ll be adding a short story just for them within the next week or so, once I’ve finished writing Siren’s Call. If you’d like to get in on the patron-exclusive stories becoming a patron is easy, and I’m offering some fun perks, too.

Speaking of Siren’s Call, I’m considering whether or not Madeleine’s beau-to-be should be a lion shifter, considering that she’s holding a small grudge against all lion shifters because her douche canoe ex-boyfriend was one.

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I Never Call, I Never Write…

It’s true. I neglect my blog shamelessly. I have been working quite a bit. I’ve been editing several manuscripts for “my” authors – Freedom’s Call and Come Hell or High Water for Nancy Marie Segovia, and A Witch’s Fate for Jody Kessler. I’ve also been writing under both my own name and pen names. In 2016 I published “Dragon’s Eggs Benedict” in Betrayals of Another KindWolf at the Door in Love Potion #9, an anthology of the work of 15 award-winning and USA Today Bestselling authors, “A Witch in Mill City” in Forbidden Rites, “After the Clowns” in Black Candy Halloween AnthologyLove & Magic in CELEBRATE! with the Love Brothers anthology, “Dark Meat” in Happy Holidays Horror Anthology, and Smuggler’s Justice, book 1 in my Smuggler at Large series.

I’ve also been doing the other work of publishing, both for myself as well as for other authors. I’ve formatted (and in some cases re-formatted) books for Rita Brumm and Joe Harwell for both print and ebook. I’ve created book covers for Joe Harwell, Mark McQuillen, and of course for my own books. I actually went just a tiny bit overboard and I put together the covers for the first 15 Murphy’s Law series books! I need to get that ambitious for the Arcane Line series and for the Smuggler at Large series.

I’m still improving my skills with Skillshare courses – constant improvement is the key to keeping your mind active and agile. 🙂 I’m testing the waters with co-writing several stories. I continue to webmaster for The American Coton Club, I’ve just recently built a website for another author, and I’ll be building another website for a potential publishing business partnership in the very near future.

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Author Interview with Melissa Robitille

Aris’s interview with me for Forbidden Rites.

Into the Mind of the Writer

Introducing an author of “Forbidden Rites.”

  1. What genre are your books?

I write speculative fiction, which includes fantasy, science fiction, horror, paranormal romance, urban fantasy, and other stories based on ‘what if?’

  1. What draws you to this genre?

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I enjoy imagining entirely different worlds where anything can happen.

  1. What project are you working on at the moment?

I always have several projects going at a time, but my major project is a paranormal romance which is a crossover novella between my Murphy’s Law series and Liz Crowe’s Love Brothers series for a holiday boxed set with Ms. Crowe and a group of other authors.

  1. What’s it about?

Detective Andrew Munroe leaves Mill City with a broken heart and a tarnished record and moves to Lucasville, KY. There he meets Tricia Shelton in unfortunate circumstances – her ex is stalking her, and she needs protection…

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LOVE POTION #9

Denna Holm, writer of Dark Warrior, part of our Love Potion #9 paranormal romance boxed set, blogged about our release.

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USA TODAY BESTSELLING & AWARD WINNING AUTHORS!

This collection of paranormal romance stories, novellas, and full-length novels has something to satisfy everyone. For those that like just a little spice to those that like it steaming hot, our 15 authors have collaborated to bring you the best in paranormal romance.

A mermaid with a werewolf baby who was separated from her love… A love affair between a Russian eagle owl and a Siamese cat… A werewolf who falls in love with a ghost… Magical princesses and knights who travel through time to escape the horrors of their world… A retelling of Sleeping Beauty with vampires, magic, and terror… shamanic magic and astral travel…all can be found within. This enormous box set offers the reader a taste of everything. You will get hours of entertainment, novelty and enjoyment all the while knowing that there will be a satisfying Happily Ever…

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Bizarre Interviews with Kyle Perkins-Week 4.

Kyle Perkins interviewed me… and this happened! LOL

Author Kyle Perkins

By Kyle Perkins.

Sorry for the delay, guys! Today’s interview is with Melissa Robitille. I got a week behind, but all is well again. Let’s jump right in.

Question 1: So, who are you? What do you write?

I’m Melissa Robitille, author, editor, book interior designer, book cover designer… workaholic. I write urban fantasy, science fiction, horror, and paranormal romance.

Question 2: Book interior designer? What in the fuck is that?

I make the inside of your print book (and ebook) look pretty. That’s usually page numbering, making sure the chapter headings look nice, making sure you don’t have weird extra spaces at the top or bottom of the page, etc. If you’ve ever seen a book with chapters that start with a large drop cap, a book interior designer did that.

Question 3: Well, well. Fancy. Now we know you on surface value, let’s get into the hard…

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SpecFic week 4 winner!

Reblogging – take a look at Kyle’s blog where he features each week’s winner. This week (#4), I won… Warning, it is gory and a bit creepy.

So, we are a month in and the stories just keep getting better. Shout out to Nick Oefinger for the awesome prompt! Week 4 Writing Prompt – Day 2 of the first manned mission to Mars, and one o…

Source: SpecFic week 4 winner!

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#YourNextFavoriteAuthor tour, L.E. Moebius

I’m reviewing L.E. Moebius’s 30 Days Stream of Consciousness: A Haunting (Streams of Consciousness Book 2)… I enjoyed rather more than I expected to.

Ms. Moebius has written quite a fascinating ghost story from the perspective of someone who will choose to ascribe events to anything *but* paranormal activity.

While the book is in first person, that doesn’t prevent the reader from having the feeling of watching a horror movie and wanting very much to yell at the protagonist and throw popcorn, while at the same time never being 100% certain who or what is haunting the house. Being able to ‘see’ the story unfold from behind the protagonist’s eyes gives the story a very immediate and compelling feel, and allows Ms. Moebius to bring a great deal of solid characterization to him, while leaving the other characters a bit mysterious in their motives & leaving us to wonder just what else he’s missing that’s right in front of his face.

As an editor, I will admit that I read with a very critical eye and I did find a few small errors – two or three words missing, two or three homonyms – but nothing significant, and on the whole the book is quite well written. The plot is well done and paced in an ever-tightening gyre which admirably adds to the atmosphere of suspense, particularly aided by the ‘ticking clock’ of the 30 days.

In conclusion, I would recommend this book for those in search of a good case of the heebie-jeebs. It’ll stand the hair up on the back of your neck.

A bit about L.E. Moebius:

I’m the next favorite author because of my compelling characters. I tap into raw human emotion and make the imagined real.

My favorite part about writing is the magical shiver I get up my spine when I read something really good and I realize I wrote it. Sometimes I wonder if I’m the one who wrote my books or if there is someone else taking over my thoughts and fingers and weaving a spell over the computer. Part of my writing process is to set aside a project once I complete it for at least two to three weeks so when I pick it up again I am looking at it with fresh eyes. When I come across those little gems of word magic in the pages I get goosebumps all up and down my arms and I feel like I can feel a Muse breathing secrets into my ear. I believe in spirits at exactly that moment.

About the Author

Lucinda Moebius has been a writer since she was a child and was first published in 2010. Since then she has worked hard to create unique visions and stories. Her work includes novels in multiple genres including: Science Fiction, Fantasy, Paranormal, Children’s Books, Screenplays and Non-fiction. Lucinda has a Doctorate in Education and loves teaching, but her greatest desire is to help others understand how literature and writing can bring enlightenment and understanding to everyone. She offers book coaching and advice to everyone, whether they want it or not.

Books

Echoes of Savanna: Book One: The Parent Generation

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B006RM66QM?keywords=Lucinda%20Moebius&qid=1454604916&ref_=sr_1_2&sr=8-2

Raven’s Song: Book One: T1 Generation

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B006YJ92GO?keywords=Lucinda%20Moebius&qid=1454604916&ref_=sr_1_1&sr=8-1

Write Well Publish Right

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1479316229?keywords=Lucinda%20Moebius&qid=1454604916&ref_=sr_1_3&sr=8-3

Feeder: Chronicles of the Soul Eaters Book 1

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0615968325?keywords=Lucinda%20Moebius&qid=1454604916&ref_=sr_1_5&sr=8-5

30 Days Stream of Consciousness V. 1

http://www.amazon.com/30-Days-Streams-Consciousness-1-ebook/dp/B01BW8JXBU/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1458052329&sr=8-1&keywords=L+E+Moebius

30 Days Streams of Consciousness Vol 2: A Haunting

http://www.amazon.com/30-Days-Stream-Consciousness-Haunting-ebook/dp/B01D7T9CFY/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1459303412&sr=1-2&keywords=L.+E.+Moebius

30 Days Streams of Consciousness Vol 3: Abduction

http://www.amazon.com/30-Days-Streams-Consciousness-Abduction/dp/0692706291?ie=UTF8&keywords=30%20Days%20Streams%20of%20Consciousness%20Vol%203%3A%20Abduction&qid=1464075455&ref_=sr_1_1&sr=8-1

Lucinda Moebius Fan Page: https://www.facebook.com/Lucinda-Moebius-Fan-Page-136358979707547/ 

My Writer’s Place: https://www.facebook.com/mywritersplace/

GoodReads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4176363.Lucinda_Moebius

Website: www.mywritersplace.com

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