Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Wolves' Knight Book Hooks





From Wolves' Knight, Book 2 of the Free Wolves series. On sale for 99¢ for a short time.

     The wind picked up and a gust almost covered the sound. Tasha’s ears pricked forward at the shuffle of footsteps. A figure inched along the side of the building, stopping at a window. Tasha tightened her muscles, but didn’t move.
     Then he went on. Tasha was positive it was a male although the wind blew the wrong direction for her to catch his scent. Not even her tail twitched as he stopped at another window. Her ears caught the sound of him tapping on the glass. He moved again.
     The third window sat in a pool of darkness. But Tasha’s eyes watched as he raised the window. He grasped the window frame and started to lift himself inside.

      And Tasha exploded into a snarling mass of muscle and fangs.




Blurb: 

Tasha Roeper knows what it means to protect your own. So when her friend, Dot Lapahie, CEO of Lapahie Enterprises, suspects that the Free Wolves are under attack, Tasha immediately signs on to lead the investigation and guard Dot.

But Tasha's not convinced it's the Free Wolves that are the target. She fears that her own pack—the Fairwood Pack—are the actual quarry and Dot is only a decoy.

The deeper Tasha digs, the more puzzles she uncovers.

Torn between tradition and a changing world, will Tasha risk everything to save a friend—including her own life—when old enemies arise?

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Monday, October 16, 2017

Things to Change in my Industry #OpenBook Blog Hop



People hate computers. Come on, admit it. There a necessary nuisance as far as you're concerned.

So when I mention I'm in IT, you roll your eyes and say "Better you than me." Or something like that. Right?

Here's the thing. Me and machines don't get along. At least we didn't. I can cause a radio to go all static-y by just walking in the room. But me and computers? Different story.

Now, I'm not an expert in all things computer. But I'm definitely above average. Not bad for someone who didn't touch their first computer until she was over 30 years old.

Thing is, I'm not afraid of them. Just like I know how to break them, (and I have broken a few)  I know how to fix them. To me, it's fun It's the logical side of my brain analyzing a problem and figuring out how to resolve it.



So what would I change about my industry? Same thing as I do on a regular basis. Help the end user understand what how they can use all that power at their fingertips. I don't expect everyone to be able to open a computer case and understand all the bits and pieces inside, but they should be able to make an effort to understand the programs they use on a regular basis. For example, they don't have to hit Caps Lock to make a capitol letter, that's what  the shift key is for.

Is it scary? Sure, at first. But, as in many things,  too many people aren't even willing to try.And that's what I would change.

Let's find out what our other authors would change by following the links below.



October 16, 2017 – Things you want to see change in your industry.
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Monday, October 9, 2017

Business Resources #OpenBook Blog Hop




Thank heavens for the internet. When I started this process of being a writer, I relied on magazines as a source of information. Anyone still subscribe to Writer's Digest? Or Coda? (now Poets & Writers)

That was back in my poetry writing days, and they were a lifeline. Inspiring articles, success stories of other writers, lists of potential markets. All things I would have never found  on my own.

Then I started writing books and everything changed. The list of literary magazines I haunted on a regular basis held no value anymore. I needed a list of agents and instructions on the proper way to type up a manuscript. At least that's what I thought.

Then I signed up for my first writer's newsgroup through Yahoo. I thought I might get some tips on writing as well as information on how to submit a query. What I got was so much more.

I'd vaguely been aware of ebooks, but hadn't seen one. I still made my weekly or so trips to the library to get my reading materials. The first few electronic books I downloaded were enjoyable reading, but I missed the feel of paper in my hands. (And still do!)



When the first discussions of indie publishing came to my attention, I followed them with curiosity. Then interest. I could publish my books without an agent or a publisher? I didn't have to
change my stories to fit someone else's boring standards?

Eventually I discovered other writers on Facebook. And on-line critique groups. And sites where you can check your work for spelling and grammatical errors. And free blogging sites (Like this one! Thanks, blogger!) And so on and so on.


So thanks, internet, you've been a great help.

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Here's a few links a starting author might be interesting in.

prowritingaid.com/Free-Editing-Software.aspx

https://www.grammarly.com

http://www.critiquecircle.com/default.asp

Now let's go find out what everyone is using!




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Monday, October 2, 2017

Favorite Charity #OpenBook Blog Hop


I suppose some people wouldn't consider my favorite charity as a charity at all. They consider it more of a club, but it couldn't exist without contributions from lots of people.

I grew up wearing brown and then green with this organization. As a teen, I spent summers as both a volunteer and a paid employee working for this group. I was lucky enough to be able to move on to being an adult volunteer first and a paid employee later.

It was with this group that I learned my love of nature. The trees, the hills, the sun and the rain. I learned how to build fires and how to put them out. I hiked trails and helped build them where none existed.
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I learned self-reliance and child care and how to manage money. Through this organization, I got to  explore cities and places where I'd never traveled before.I got to have relationships with adults that weren't my parents and be more of an adult myself. And yes, I sold cookies.

It was on a camping trip with this group that I first decided I wanted to grow my hair long. One of the adults on the trip-another girl's grandmother- always wore her hair in a braid that was wrapped into a bun. Very old fashioned. But one morning she took it down to comb it out and it was the longest, most beautiful silver hair I'd every seen. I'll have hair like that some day.







So here's to the Girl Scouts. Still my favorite charity. I know they've been having some tough times lately, but I hope they stick around for years to come.

Now let's go find out what charities the other authors like.



October 2, 2017 – Talk about your favorite charity and why it’s your favorite?
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Monday, September 25, 2017

Business Lessons for Writers #OpenBook Blog Hop







I don't claim to be the most business-savvy author you'll ever meet. In fact, I'm still learning. But the toughest lesson I've learned is that it takes money to make money.

For the most part (and there are rare exceptions) writing a good book isn't enough to make you successful. There are lots of good books out there, and it's tough to get noticed in the crowd. You can try all the free sites in the world and sell a few books, but that won't support your writing habit.







Then there are other places that charge varying degrees of money to publicize your book for you. Usually the price of their advertising matches the size of their audience. The bigger the number of their followers, the more money you have you spend to get listed with them. But there's a reason that authors buy promotions with those sites—they sell books!

I'm not going to give you a comprehensive list of sites that will publicize your books. A quick search on the internet will give you that information. Two moderately priced ones I had good luck with are E-Reader News Today and Robin Reads. Each costs around $50 to promote a book in the mystery genre.

There are also services that will send out tweets to their followers and others that will post to groups on Facebook for you. Some offer to promote your book across a wide range of social media. What you do depends on how you want to reach your target audience.

So if I had to start over, I'd make sure I had a "bank" to use for paid promotion services. I know it may seem unnecessary after sinking money into editing, formatting and a professional cover, but it's worth it.

And that's my 2¢ worth. Now I'm off to learn from my fellow authors!





September 25, 2017 – Tell us your biggest business lesson learned. If you were to start your writing career all over again, what would you do differently?
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