IndieWritersReview Cover Reveal! Fissure(Chronicles of the Interred #2) by Marilyn Almodovar! (ATOMR Tours)


COVER REVEAL

FISSURE

(Chronicles of the Interred #2)

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By Marilyn Almodovar

YA Paranormal Romance

Releasing May 20, 2014

Published by Iambe Books, LLC

Cover designed by Nimbi Design

 

Baxter Jacobs just survived the worst Sweet Sixteen in history: buried in a coffin, hunted down by assassins, and losing almost everything that mattered to her. She’s ready for some normalcy, but “normal” won’t play any part of this Time Bender’s future.

Now that the immediate threat is over, Baxter learns just how much the English Council expects of the newest Interred. The pressure has her seriously considering her uncle’s offer to take her to New York, especially since she thinks it will keep her Healer, Jack, from overusing his abilities. Knowing the New York Council’s ranks are filled with beings using dark powers, however, makes her hesitate.

Before she can choose, the decision is wrenched from her. Fissures in Time result in a new battle with an old enemy. Someone she thought she’d lost reenters her life, and she’ll discover a web of lies woven into the fabric of Time…lies only she can unravel. Baxter will have to use her growing abilities to try and reveal the truth, even if it forever changes the reality she knows.
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Marilyn Almodóvar is the author of a series of YA paranormal novels. Born in Ft. Huachuca, Arizona, Lyn is a lover of words whose reading tastes range from Victorian novels to the books of Stephen King. Her favorite past-times have always been reading and writing, two activities that let her escape to other worlds.

Lyn could happily exist breathing the clean air of Narnia, trapped in a cupboard under the stairs with Harry, fighting alongside Captain Jack Sparrow, doing an internship in Torchwood, or traveling around time and space with the Doctor…as long as she can have Mr. Spock, Captain Kirk and Captain Mal as companions.

She currently lives in Central Florida with her French husband, English-born eldest son, and French-born youngest son.

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IndieWritersReview Welcomes Wages of Sin: A Novel by Yolonda Tonette Sanders (#Video Interview)(Maverick Promotions)


Hello Everyone! I am very excited that today IndieWritersReview will participate as host for Wages of Sin: A Novel  by Author Yolonda Tonette Sanders as part of her #MaverickPromotions virtual tour! So please check out an awesome #Video Q&A with this talented Author!

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On Tour April 15th-19th

AUTHOR Yolonda Tonette Sanders

Website

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Ohio native Yolonda Tonette Sanders is the author of four published novels, including her latest release, Wages of Sin (Strebor Books/Simon & Schuster; April 2014). She is also the founder and CEO of Yo Productions, LLC, a Christian based literary services and theatrical entertainment company, which Yolonda used to launch a successful theatrical production of her debut novel, Soul Matters (Hachette Book Group; 2005). As a writer, Yolonda continues to develop new projects and is even working on a young adult series. As a speaker, she has been invited to address audiences across the country.

Social Links

Website: www.yoproductions.net

Facebook: www.facebook.com/yoproductions

Twitter: www.twitter.com/ytsanders

Purchase Links

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Wages-Sin-Yolonda-Tonette-Sanders/dp/1593094736/ref=tmm_pap_title_0?ie=UTF8&qid=1392148743&sr=8-1

ABOUT THE BOOK

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In the first novel in a juicy and thrilling mystery series, homicide detective Troy Evans desperately hunts down a serial killer.

Troy Evans believes in God, but he’s seen enough evil on his job to shake his faith. Nonetheless, his loyalty to his family never wavers, and he would do anything to protect them—one of the reasons he is a workaholic.

Natalie loves her family, but she’s becoming increasingly frustrated with Troy’s job. His schedule is often hectic and unpredictable, and she’s also helping her best friend deal with some serious issues— and struggling to come clean about a secret she’s hiding from Troy.

While Natalie deals with her issues, Troy spends the majority of his time searching for a serial killer who abducted and murdered several women without rhyme or reason. Desperate to stop the murderer before more women die, he works diligently, but the killer always seems to be one step ahead of him. Then Troy comes to the awful realization that he and the killer have something in common—something that instantly sets him on a mission to end the terror…or die trying.

 

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Promotion April 15th-19th

Tues. April 15th- 30 minute Book Chat w/ Michelle Cornwell-Jordan-  IndieReview Behind The Scenes Internet Radio

Wed.  April 16th- Video Guest Post promo at IndieWritersReview

Thurs.  April 17th- Spotlight at Write Indie: Musings of a Writer Geek

Fri.  April 18th– Ten Minute Twitter View chat w/ Host Michelle Cornwell-Jordan

Sat.  April 19th – Video Chat aired at IndieReview Behind The Scenes TV (Web Video Content Host)

 

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IndieWritersReview’s Music Monday! Spotlight: IndieRock Artist MR KITO!


Hello Everyone:) It’s Monday so that means music and today is IndieWritersReview’s Music Mailbox!

So if you are an Independently produced artist or group; and you would like to be featured here in the Music Monday Feature. Then please submit your bio, links, cover-art and all details with music(video) sample to indiereviewradio@gmail.com

Submission deets: All information must be appropriate for all ages! CLEAN AND RADIO EDITED 

(ex. Cover Art and Music Video).

Music Videos submitted via You Tube and must be edited for appropriate content and language:)

***In other words guys keep it family friendly Guys:O)*** 

Thanks to all participants!

Just In From Music MailBox

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Mr. Kito Website

MR KITO is the musical solo project of Eric Michot, a French multi-instrumentalist and producer living in Cape Town since 1998.

Having played extensively in the local indie music scene, Eric began writing and recording his own songs during 2012.

By featuring on several online platforms at once and focusing on simply getting the music out there rather than sales, MR KITO was able to get to the enviable response from music fans worldwide.

Now Playlisting on 4 Japanese FM radios, 5 French FM radios, Sweden’s alternative station, Radio Andra, Network Radio and Assembly Radio in South Africa, and NETRADIO Radio from France and Russia. Featured in online magazines such as “MRU TV” (Ireland), “Trike’s Trax of Fame” (Canada), “Songs that should be mainstream” and “Metal heads & college threads” (Australia), “Music Island” (Japan) “Scope Magazine”, “Muzic Notez Magazine” , “Jam Sphere Magazine”and “Floorshime Zipper Boots” blog (USA)

MR KITO has now launched his 7th Album “Where Are The Lizards?” with “Presence Records” label.

Find it on most relevant Music Download Sites alongside “The Middle of Everything”, “My Tattooed Self” and “The Weatherman” from the same artist.

 

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“Where Are The Lizards?” is playlisting on Radio Andra, Network

Radio and Assembly Radio in South Africa, and NETRADIO Radio from France
and Russia. The EP has also been featured in online magazines such as MRU
TV (Ireland) Trike’s Trax of Fame (Canada), Songs That Should Be
Mainstream (Australia), Music Island (Japan) Scope Magazine (USA) and
Floorshime Zipper Boots (USA).

Here is a link to stream the “Where Are The Lizards?” EP on Bandcamp:

Listen to Mr. Kito Music Here

IndieWritersReview Celebrates Return Of The Ascendant by Raine Thomas (Excerpt and Giveaway!)


Good-morning Guys!  Okay today for the Return Of The Ascendant by Author Raine Thomas’s  Celebration…which is now available with TWO NEW BONUS CHAPTERS! Woot!! Woot!!

I have a very special excerpt! So please check it out below:O)

Return Of The Ascendant 

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Synopsis: Expecting to enjoy another typical college night at a frat party with friends, Kyra Vaughn’s plans derail when she’s almost killed…twice. Her savior, a tall, sexy stranger who calls himself TaeDane, claims that he’s the personal bodyguard for the Ascendant of Alametria. She’s convinced he’s crazy.

Especially when he insists that she’s the Ascendant.

With dark enemies hunting her down, Kyra has no choice but to trust her supposed bodyguard. Ty vows to help her remember her past and return her safely to Alametria, but someone seems intent on interfering, challenging his abilities at every turn.

As Kyra’s memories emerge, she remembers that Ty is more to her than he’s let on…much more than he’s allowed to be. She’ll also discover that there are many things about her planet and herself that she’d rather forget. In the end, she’ll have to make a choice: cling to the life she knows, or risk it all to become the person she’s destined to be.

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BOOK EXCERPT

 

Excerpt from ROTA 

 

After they drove a few more miles, she asked, “Do you think I’ll remember anything about Alametria? Maybe my, um, birth parents?”

Guilt rose within him, but he pushed it back. It wasn’t his fault the barrier between them was there. He’d damned well figure out how to get around it.

“Yes,” was all he said.

She nodded. Although he imagined she must have tons of questions, she didn’t speak again. Her gaze remained fixed on the passing landscape. The moonlight bathed her profile, enhancing her beauty. She looked calm and collected, but he sensed the painful loss that she did as she realized she’d soon be leaving this place behind. It was as though she was trying to memorize every detail, fearing she’d forget it as thoroughly as she’d forgotten her former life.

Why could he sense her emotions and not read her thoughts? Was it because they originated in different areas of the mind? Whatever the reason, he sensed the emotion swirling through her and felt her tamp it down. That level of control was something she’d never conquered before. It surprised and impressed him.

What else had she learned here on Earth? Had she finally learned…?

A familiar pain made his forearms grow warm. Tightening his grip on the steering wheel, he forced the thought from his head. He thought instead of the fight with the Shelvaks and the transition to come. Anything to keep his mind from dwelling on things it shouldn’t.

Things it couldn’t.

“We’re nearly there,” he said loud enough for everyone to hear. “If the Shelvaks found the university, it’s possible they have found the transition point. Everyone needs to be on their guard.”

“Do you have another one of those light swords?” Kyr asked.

His eyebrow rose. “They are called de’llums, and no.”

“What about a gun? Do you guys use those? Maybe with lasers or something?”

“No.”

She gave him a disbelieving look. “You came to Earth without a gun?”

“We stopped using projectile weapons some time ago. Why would you even need one?”

Frowning, she said, “I don’t have anything to defend myself with. I don’t even have my phone or shoes this time.”

“You have me.”

She looked at him. He expected a sharp retort about what she conceived to be his arrogance, something she would have done in the past. But she looked worried, not irked.

“I don’t want anything to happen to you,” she said. “All of you are at risk because of me. I can’t stand that.”

Once upon a time, Kyr would have thrived on the knowledge that she was important enough to justify others risking their lives for her. She wouldn’t have thought twice about someone getting hurt to protect her. In fact, she would have expected it, maybe even demanded it.

He knew on the last world she’d visited that she’d finally learned humility. Now, he knew she’d also learned to care about others beside herself.

Which meant he was in serious trouble.

 

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ROTA GIVEAWAY!!

Please click the link to enter the Rafflecopter Giveaway for some very cool prizes!

Prizes

Signed copy of Return O The Ascendant

$15 Amazon Gift Card

Raine Thomas Swag Pack

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

 

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Bio: Raine Thomas is the award-winning author of bestselling Young Adult and New Adult fiction. Known for character-driven stories that inspire the imagination, Raine recently signed with multiple award-winning producer Chase Chenowith of Back Fence Productions to bring her popular Daughters of Saraqael trilogy to the big screen. She’s a proud indie author who is living the dream. When she isn’t writing or glued to e-mail or social networking sites, Raine can usually be found vacationing with her husband and daughter on one of Florida’s beautiful beaches or crossing the border to visit with her Canadian friends and relatives.

Book Links

Amazon

Barnes and Noble – www.barnesandnoble.com/w/return-of-the-ascendant-raine-thomas/1119125925

iBooks – COMING SOON

Kobo - http://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/return-of-the-ascendant

Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/21411752-return-of-the-ascendant

Social Links:
Twitter (http://twitter/Raine_Thomas)
Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/rainethomas

Goodreads (http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5053436.Raine_Thomas)
Pinterest (http://pinterest.com/raine_thomas/)
Linkedin (http://www.linkedin.com/pub/raine-thomas/53/111/bb3)
Website (http://rainethomas.com)
Blog (http://RaineThomas.com/blog/)

IndieWriterReview’s Celebration for the Return Of The Ascendant and Giveaway by Author Raine Thomas!!


a fun plus 103Good-morning Guys!  Well I am very excited about the celebration for the Return Of The Ascendant by Author Raine Thomas’s which is now available with TWO NEW BONUS CHAPTERS! Woot!! Woot!!

Yes, for the rest of this week we will celebrate!  So today I have an awesome Guest Post from the award winning Author Raine Thomas herself! Yep so check it out below:O)

Bio: Raine Thomas is the award-winning author of bestselling Young Adult and New Adult fiction. Known for character-driven stories that inspire the imagination, Raine recently signed with multiple award-winning producer Chase Chenowith of Back Fence Productions to bring her popular Daughters of Saraqael trilogy to the big screen. She’s a proud indie author who is living the dream. When she isn’t writing or glued to e-mail or social networking sites, Raine can usually be found vacationing with her husband and daughter on one of Florida’s beautiful beaches or crossing the border to visit with her Canadian friends and relatives.

Book Links

Amazon

Barnes and Noble – www.barnesandnoble.com/w/return-of-the-ascendant-raine-thomas/1119125925

iBooks – COMING SOON

Kobo - http://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/return-of-the-ascendant

Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/21411752-return-of-the-ascendant

Social Links:
Twitter (http://twitter/Raine_Thomas)
Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/rainethomas

Goodreads (http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5053436.Raine_Thomas)
Pinterest (http://pinterest.com/raine_thomas/)
Linkedin (http://www.linkedin.com/pub/raine-thomas/53/111/bb3)
Website (http://rainethomas.com)
Blog (http://RaineThomas.com/blog/)

 

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ROTA GIVEAWAY!!

Please click the link to enter the Rafflecopter Giveaway for some very cool prizes!

Prizes

Signed copy of Return O The Ascendant

$15 Amazon Gift Card

Raine Thomas Swag Pack

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Return Of The Ascendant

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Synopsis: Expecting to enjoy another typical college night at a frat party with friends, Kyra Vaughn’s plans derail when she’s almost killed…twice. Her savior, a tall, sexy stranger who calls himself TaeDane, claims that he’s the personal bodyguard for the Ascendant of Alametria. She’s convinced he’s crazy.

Especially when he insists that she’s the Ascendant.

With dark enemies hunting her down, Kyra has no choice but to trust her supposed bodyguard. Ty vows to help her remember her past and return her safely to Alametria, but someone seems intent on interfering, challenging his abilities at every turn.

As Kyra’s memories emerge, she remembers that Ty is more to her than he’s let on…much more than he’s allowed to be. She’ll also discover that there are many things about her planet and herself that she’d rather forget. In the end, she’ll have to make a choice: cling to the life she knows, or risk it all to become the person she’s destined to be.

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Author Raine Thomas

Guest post 

If you had asked me a year ago which genre I was least likely to ever write, I very well might have said science fiction. While I enjoy Sci-Fi movies like Star Wars and Star Trek, I didn’t grow up reading the books, and being a visual person, I was of the opinion that Sci-Fi themes translated better on the big screen. Besides, I’m a romance writer. What’s romantic about aliens and spaceships?

 

Fast forward to July of last year. The annual UtopYA conference had just wrapped up in Nashville, and the conference’s founder announced the theme (always paranormal based) for 2014’s conference. The theme, she said, is aliens.

 

My initial reaction was something along the lines of, Really?

 

Then, on the drive home with fellow authors Tiffany King, Sarah M. Ross and Carol and Adam Kunz, we came up with an idea to write alien-themed short stories. We’d get a few other authors to participate and we’d put them together in an anthology that would be sold in support of UtopYACon. That anthology, titled Take Me to Your Reader, ultimately changed my writing goals for all of 2014. It also made me fall in love with aliens.

 

It was in the course of writing The Ascendant, my short story for the anthology, that I created the characters KyrVawn and TaeDane. Even though it was “only” a short story, I developed detailed character sketches for them, taking the time to flesh out their home world of Alametria…which isn’t even the setting for the short story.

 

I knew once I went through all of that effort that I wasn’t going to be able to stop writing Kyr and Ty’s story in 8,000 words. Still, the idea of writing Sci-Fi romance novels was something I imagined might get done “one day.” That changed rather quickly when I was approached by bestselling author Kristie Cook about participating in a box set she wanted to do with Lynn Rush, R.K Ryals, and Rachael Wade. The theme of the box set was going to be New Adult paranormal, she said. Did I have any books that fell within that genre?

 

Well, no, I didn’t. But I had the idea for one, and a prequel short story already written. So I set aside my other writing projects and decided to move forward with Return of the Ascendant.

 

Since then, there’s been no looking back. ROTA first published in the Curses, Fates & Soul Mates box set in February, and is now releasing on its own with two new bonus chapters. I plan on having Rout of the Dem-Shyr (Book 2) and Rise of the Faire-Amanti (Book 3) released by the end of 2014. The response from my fans has been enthusiastic and inspiring. They, like me, have fallen in love with the characters and their world.

 

And so here I sit, an author of two published Sci-Fi stories with two more on the way. I suppose this just proves that we should never say never. I hope any readers out there who think they wouldn’t enjoy reading Sci-Fi give Kyr and Ty a chance. Believe me when I say that there IS something romantic about aliens and spaceships, and you’ll find it in The Ascendant Series.

IndieWritersReview Spotlights Return Of The Ascendant (Plus 2 Bonus Chapters!) by Raine Thomas!


Hello, Hello Everyone! I am very excited to spotlight Return Of The Ascendant by Author Raine Thomas’s which is now available with TWO NEW BONUS CHAPTERS! Woot!

So yes, we are celebrating today! Please check out below the details on this awesome read and my review below!

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ABOUT AUTHOR RAINE THOMAS

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Bio: Raine Thomas is the award-winning author of bestselling Young Adult and New Adult fiction. Known for character-driven stories that inspire the imagination, Raine recently signed with multiple award-winning producer Chase Chenowith of Back Fence Productions to bring her popular Daughters of Saraqael trilogy to the big screen. She’s a proud indie author who is living the dream. When she isn’t writing or glued to e-mail or social networking sites, Raine can usually be found vacationing with her husband and daughter on one of Florida’s beautiful beaches or crossing the border to visit with her Canadian friends and relatives.

Book Links

Amazon

Barnes and Noble – www.barnesandnoble.com/w/return-of-the-ascendant-raine-thomas/1119125925

iBooks – COMING SOON

Kobo – http://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/return-of-the-ascendant

Goodreads – https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/21411752-return-of-the-ascendant

Social Links:
Twitter (http://twitter/Raine_Thomas)
Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/rainethomas

Goodreads (http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5053436.Raine_Thomas)
Pinterest (http://pinterest.com/raine_thomas/)
Linkedin (http://www.linkedin.com/pub/raine-thomas/53/111/bb3)
Website (http://rainethomas.com)
Blog (http://RaineThomas.com/blog/)

 

 

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ROTA GIVEAWAY!!

Please click the link to enter the Rafflecopter Giveaway for some very cool prizes!

Prizes

Signed copy of Return O The Ascendant

$15 Amazon Gift Card

Raine Thomas Swag Pack

a Rafflecopter giveaway

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Return Of The Ascendant

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Synopsis: Expecting to enjoy another typical college night at a frat party with friends, Kyra Vaughn’s plans derail when she’s almost killed…twice. Her savior, a tall, sexy stranger who calls himself TaeDane, claims that he’s the personal bodyguard for the Ascendant of Alametria. She’s convinced he’s crazy.

Especially when he insists that she’s the Ascendant.

With dark enemies hunting her down, Kyra has no choice but to trust her supposed bodyguard. Ty vows to help her remember her past and return her safely to Alametria, but someone seems intent on interfering, challenging his abilities at every turn.

As Kyra’s memories emerge, she remembers that Ty is more to her than he’s let on…much more than he’s allowed to be. She’ll also discover that there are many things about her planet and herself that she’d rather forget. In the end, she’ll have to make a choice: cling to the life she knows, or risk it all to become the person she’s destined to be.

 

My Review

I was truly excited for the opportunity to read Return Of The Ascendant! I am a true fan of Author Raine Thomas loving all of her works, and so I was beside with excitement with reading a new series from this author!:O)

Return Of The Ascendant follows college student Kyra Vaughn whose biggest concern was the birthday outing she  and best friends Avana and Sam would attend. But things changed when her birthday outing was transformed into an introduction into an entirely new world!

Soon not only does Kyra learn that she is not from Earth, but that she is a great ruler…considered an almost Savior in her home world; and also reeling from that knowledge and the fact that the parents(Earth) , her best friends and all that she thought was “real” to her was not…Kyra at some points feels as if she will not be able to deal with it all. But the bright spot in all of that which is happening to Kyra is Ty; the incredibly hot protector who she instinctively is drawn to, although she has no memories him. But when Kyra is returned back to her world, she is not happy with all that she discovers…her birth parents are  cold almost indifferent towards her…and many of those in the foreign world…desires to see Kyra destroyed.

As she tries to adjust to her home again and to the knowledge of who she once was and the fact that her love for Ty is forbidden …Kyra has the desire to reject all that’s new and return to what is familiar.

But soon choices must be made and an enemy faced that leaves Kyra with the choice of  allowing those she love and those she was born to protect in danger or to fulfill her destiny!

Author Raine Thomas never fails to thrill with her action packed plots, steamy encounters and well written stories! I love Kyra’s strength, her voice is realistic and feisty. Ty is protective, gorgeous and I enjoy seeing the relationship with the two evolve. I sometimes giggle at his frustration when Kyra does not remember who they were to the other, or his slight jealousy of Sem’s (Sam’s) affection for Kyra. But it is very evident there is no one else that can come close to Ty in Kyra’s heart!

I also really liked the characters Avana who would be the type of best friend I would love to have and Sam (Sem) with his “Damon(Vampire Diaries) good-looks…he also made it onto my book boyfriend list as well!!:O)

I truly despise Vycor ugh…that is all I can say regarding this character! Lol

One of the tickle moments for me was when Kyra was introduced to the Palace’s mode of transportation which for this incredibly advanced society was a horse and carriage! Her jaw simply dropped:O)

I truly enjoyed Return Of The Ascendant with its fast-moving plot, well written and well-rounded characters…gorgeous guys and strong females plus very HOT scenes this is a fantastic read! I recommend to anyone that likes Paranormal, Sci-Fi or Fantasy. Also I recommend for 18 years plus due to some adult situations:)

I can barely wait for the next book in the  Ascendant series!! Please hurry up Ms. Thomas with the next book!:O)

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IndieWritersReview Special Spotlight Feature Author Victoria Ziglar (Guest Post)


Wow…Wow…Wow! Guys I have another AWESOME Special Feature for you today! We’re on a roll:) I am spotlighting Author Victoria Ziglar and her newest releases…so please check out Victoria (another fantabulous writer bud of mine) Guest post below!

 

Meet Author Victoria Ziglar! Also Victoria will be one of our featured guest over at IndieReview Behind The Scenes Internet Radio on June 7th at 11amCentral Standard Time(9pmEastern Standard Time)

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AUTHOR VICTORIA ZIGLAR

Website

Titles By Victoria Ziglar

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My name is Victoria Zigler, but feel free to call me Tori.  I’m a blind, self-published author of children’s books and poetry.  Having moved away from where I was born in the shadow of the Black Mountains in Wales, UK, a few years ago, I now live by the sea in the South-East of England, UK, with my husband and our little family of pets.  I generally spend most of my time reading or writing, but when I can tear myself away from books for long enough I also enjoy doing crafts such as knitting and cardmaking, playing figure games such as Monsterpocalypse and Classic BattleTech, playing roleplaying game such as Dungeons And Dragons, doing a bit of cooking and baking, listening to music, and spending time with my husband and pets.  I also love most things to do with animals and nature, and have an interest in history; especially Egyptian and Stone Age history.

 

Ever since I learned how to read and write I’ve loved to do so, and I suppose it was only natural that I quickly decided I wanted to be a published author.

 

In my late teens I managed to get a couple of poems published in the kinds of poetry collections where you just get a discount on the price of the book since you have a poem in the book, but my dream was to have a book published full of all my own work, and as I grew older I began to wonder if that would ever happen; with all the books out there, how could I make mine stand out enough to make a publisher want to take a chance on publishing it?

 

Then, in 2012, I entered a giveaway on a friend’s blog and won some ebooks by an author who had published through Smashwords.  When I created an account on Smashwords to claim my prize, there was a link in the e-mail that told me I could publish my books via them if I just followed the instructions in the style guide they had.

 

Curiosity peaked, I downloaded the style guide and began to read.

“I can do this,” I thought, as I read through all the steps in the style guide.  “I could do this, and publish my own books.”

 

I told my hubby and a good friend of mine about my discovery, and they both encouraged me to go for it.  So, that’s what I did.

 

I published my first book via Smashwords on April 22nd 2012, and followed it with several more, so that to date I’ve published 27 books, with a couple of others due for release soon.  Admittedly they’re generally short books, but since I tend to write for children that’s to be expected.

 

Anyway, the books I’ve published to date are as follows:

 

The Magical Chapters Trilogy:

  1. Witchlet
  2. The Pineapple Loving Dragon
  3. A Magical Storm

 

The Toby’s Tales Series:

  1. Toby’s New World
  2. Toby’s Monsters
  3. Toby’s Outing
  4. Toby’s Games
  5. Toby’s Special School

 

The Kero’s World Series:

  1. Kero Goes Walkies
  2. Kero Celebrates His Birthday
  3. Kero Gets Sick
  4. Kero Celebrates Halloween
  5. Kero Goes To Town
  6. Kero Celebrates Christmas

 

The Degu Days Duo:

  1. The Great Degu Round-Up
  2. A Very Degu Christmas

 

Stand-alone stories:

Bluebell The Fairy Guide

Frank The Friendly Ogre

The Great Tadpole Rescue

Asha’s Big Adventure

Snowball The Oddball Kobold

Goodies For Grandmother

 

Poetry books:

Mr. Pumpkin-Head And Other Poems

My Friends Of Fur And Feather

The Light Of Dawn And Other Poems

Waves Of Broken Dreams And Other Poems

The Leaf Monster And Other Children’s Poems

 

They are all available via Smashwords in all formats they offer, as well as from many other ebook retailers.

 

At one point I was also publishing my books via Amazon, but after a bit of a disagreement with them relating to my lack of eyesight and their site’s lack of accessability for screen reader users, I decided to stick with just publishing via Smashwords and let Smashwords distribute for me.

 

Other than that issue with Amazon, there have only really been two things I’ve found to be a bit of a challenge when it comes to publishing my books.

 

The first is cover creation.

 

Usually you’d send an idea for a cover to a cover artist, get sent something back, take a look at it, then say if it’s what you wanted or not.  There might be a bit of back and fourth, but essentially that’s it.

 

There’s a bit more to it for me though, because I’m blind so can’t see the finished design.  We have it figured out though… My hubby does the looking.  It means an extra step for each stage of cover creation, since my hubby has to take a look and describe it to me, but it works.

 

The biggest challenge though is something all authors – especially indie authors – have to face; marketing!

 

With all the books out there it’s easy for your book to get missed, and if you don’t take the time to do some marketing then chances are you’re not going to be making any sales.  Not that a lot of marketing will guarantee a huge amount of sales, but you have to admit you have more chance of making sales if people know your books exist.

 

Personally, I take any and all opportunities that present themselves for publicity: interviews, giveaways, read and review programmes, conversations about books in the genres I write in where people are looking for recommendations, etc.  But marketing is an ongoing process, and not an easy one at that.

 

So, what advice would I give to people thinking of writing and publishing their own books?

 

*If you want to write, do it – this might seem like stupid advice, but I’m serious.  If you want to be a writer, you have to write, so keep writing and don’t give up on your dream of finishing that book.  If, for example, your excuse for not writing is that you only have ten minutes free each day in which to write, make the most of those ten minutes.

 

*Write because you love it – the chances of you getting rich and famous are there, but they’re very slim, so don’t count on them.  The best reason to write is because you love to write.  For one thing, if you love to write it will show in your writing and readers will feel your passion for the story behind the words.  For another thing, if you’re writing for fame and/or fortune then you’re likely to be disappointed.  If all you want is to share the writing your passionate about with the world, then you have more chance of succeeding in your goal.

 

*Write what you know and love – I know it’s been said before, but I happen to think it’s good advice.  You should write about what you know, or learn about what you want to write about, because you’ll need that knowledge to make the story feel real to the readers.  If they know about it, they’ll notice if you don’t, and if they don’t know about it then the chances are that they’re hoping to learn from your book, so help them to learn.  Yes, this does apply to fiction as well as non-fiction.  You should also write about what you love, because the passion you feel for the topic will shine through and bring life to your words.  This also applies to writing in a genre you love; writing in a genre you love to read is usually advisable as you’ll be more familiar with the kinds of things readers of the genre look for when deciding if a book is a good read or not.

 

*Don’t throw away ideas – if an idea pops in to your head, write it down.  It might not work for whatever you’re working on right now, but it could be useful later.  Keep writing tools on hand, and make a note of any ideas you have; no matter how silly they might seem at the time.  Admittedly they probably won’t all become stories, but it’s better to have loads of unused ideas laying around than to find you let one slip away that could have been amazing.

 

*Edit, edit, and edit some more – no matter how amazing your story is, if it’s poorly edited people aren’t going to enjoy it.  So, before you even think about publishing, edit! Catch those typos, grammatical errors, spelling mistakes, etc.  If possible, get someone else to have a look for you too; preferably someone who’s going to be honest about errors rather than someone who won’t want to hurt your feelings.  Those people who don’t want to hurt your feelings mean well, but by trying not to be too critical and failing to point out all those errors, they’re not helping you; a properly edited and well formatted book will get a better reception when you get readers who aren’t so concerned about hurting your feelings, so it’s better to have someone tell you about your mistakes now rather than have them damage your ratings and reviews later.  People enjoy a properly edited book better, so taking extra time to edit may also increase the chance of them telling their friends about your book.

 

*Don’t be afraid to give it away – I know it might sound strange to say that giving away copies of your book is the way to go, but it works.  People love giveaways, and love thinking they’re getting a great deal, so give them what they want.  Make one of your books free (the first in a series is good for this) or give some free copies of your book to people as part of a giveaway.  Another option is to sign up for a programme where you give copies of your books to people in exchange for reviews.  You can also make your book free for a limited time as part of a promotion (when it’s first published, when you publish a later book in the series, that sort of thing).  If you’re writing for love of writing, then the pleasure of knowing someone is eager to read your book should out-weigh the disappointment at not making any money from the copies you gave away.

 

*Grab all marketing opportunities – I already mentioned how I grab any and all opportunities for marketing, but I’m saying it again.  If you have an opportunity to get your name out there and mention your books, grab it with both hands.  Yes, marketing can take up a lot of time, but it’s worth it.  The whole point of publishing your book is to have people read it, and if you don’t take the time to do some marketing and let people know you and your books exist then you could miss out on a perfect opportunity to find potential new readers.

 

Thank you to anyone who made it to the bottom of this post for taking the time to read it, and to Michelle for inviting me to do this guest post in the first place.

 

If you want to keep in touch, keep up with my book news, or whatever, you can do so using the links below:

 

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

Smashwords: http://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/toriz

Facebook author page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Victoria-Zigler/424999294215717

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/VictoriaZigler

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

Blog: http://ziglernews.blogspot.com

 

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