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Writers' Cafe / Pathetic Peeves - Confess Yours
« on: June 14, 2018, 03:51:11 PM »
On the whole, I don't mind typos in the books I'm reading. Typos happen, is my philosophy. Except for one. If a character is vomiting and they're described as "wretching" my brain explodes. Lose the W!

Okay, so what's your ridiculously tiny, nagging irritant - and I'm talking books, people! Don't tell me about your neighbours ;)

The Book Bazaar / New Sci-Fi novel, The Ceph Sector - aliens & more!
« on: April 25, 2018, 05:20:02 PM »
The Ceph Sector - 99c for a short time, or read it free in Kindle Unlimited.

The legendary Ceph have been in stasis for forty two millennia. In a century, they'll wake. History remembers them as an unstoppable force, employing a mysterious power to decimate sentient life on the planets they attacked.

Jaya's first mission as a new Shaman Justice is to lead an expedition into the perilous Ceph Sector. If she can learn how to contain or fight the sha-energy-using Ceph, Galaxy Proper might let them live. If not, destroying the Ceph's home world, with all of them on it, will prevent the Ceph from ever waking.

Jaya will do anything to avoid the annihilation of an entire sentient species. But she has no idea what her compassionate instincts will cost her. She has a century in which to save the Ceph - unless they wake early.

The Ceph Sector is a compelling science fiction novel featuring aliens, alien politics, and secrets that will destabilize the galaxy.

The Book Bazaar / New Fantasy Novel - The Troll Bridge - 99c, KU
« on: February 15, 2018, 09:55:18 PM »
My fantasy novel, The Troll Bridge, has just hit the virtual shelves. Link:

A witchling child befriends a troll boy and changes the fate of a kingdom.

Trolls aren't born. They're made, and they fight for the kingdom of Adynn. They are its first and fiercest protectors, guarding the roads into the mountain kingdom.

When young Morgana befriends a newly made troll boy and names him Peter, she unwittingly reveals her magic to his creator. Sorcerer Veritas removes her from her remote village to the School of Sorcery. There she will learn to cast spells and forge charms, but she’ll also learn the high price of friendship, and the reality that someone with her magical ability will always be a target for others who seek power.

War is coming to the kingdom of Adynn. The Vlad Empire, with its death magic and slaves, is closing in. Morgana will be trained as a war wizard, but in her heart she resists the role. She doesn’t want to fight and she refuses to kill. So Sorcerer Veritas will provide a little motivation.

A powerful story of friendship, magic and high adventure.

Writers' Cafe / Any Tips on Starting a Facebook Group?
« on: February 13, 2018, 03:25:37 PM »
I'll be starting a Facebook group to support my book review page shortly, and I wondered if anyone had any tips. Things that worked in kicking off your FB group and in keeping it buzzing. Also, if there's anything I shouldn't do...

The original FB page is here It has a Kindle Unlimited focus.

Thanks, in advance.

The Book Bazaar / New futuristic romance FREE till Dec 30 - Raid
« on: December 26, 2017, 03:02:46 PM »
My new short romance, "Raid", is free till Dec 30. It's also in Kindle Unlimited if you prefer to borrow rather than own it. Happy reading!


Happy New Year!

The Book Bazaar / New Christmas Sci-Fi
« on: December 05, 2017, 08:33:48 PM »
"Jingle Stars" is my new Christmas novella, free to read in Kindle Unlimited (own it for 99c). When a starship plays Santa Claus ...

The Book Bazaar / New Space Opera - 99c or free in KU - Cosmic Catalyst!
« on: October 23, 2017, 08:43:17 PM »
*New Release*  A renegade shaman and her bounty hunter mate saved the galaxy - now they'll pay the price! The thrilling adventures of the "Shifters and Shamans" series continue in COSMIC CATALYST. Aliens, pirates, and worst of all, politicians! Beware!!! 99c for a short time only. *Read for FREE in Kindle Unlimited*

Writers' Cafe / BookBub Buzz
« on: August 24, 2017, 03:53:39 PM »
Is anyone exploring BookBub's Buzz - the beta thing for chatting about/reviewing books? Are authors allowed to join/follow people?

The Book Bazaar / New Release: Legendary magic. Desert hideout. In KU.
« on: August 10, 2017, 02:40:25 AM »
My new release, Desert Devil if 99c for a short time -and free to read in Kindle Unlimited. A thrilling paranormal romance!

Writers' Cafe / You just have to laugh
« on: August 04, 2017, 02:55:03 AM »
I was checking my website stats (my website gets very few clicks) and oh my goodness, there were outgoing clicks to Amazon. Someone was actually looking at my books, they might buy them!

I got excited too soon. The person was actually checking out two space opera books I recommended: The Witches of Karres by Jame Schmitz and Sweet Starfire by Jayne Castle. Great books, just not mine ;)

For my two main paranormal romance series, Lou Harper did the covers and they are amazing. However, for side projects and especially short novellas, I make my own covers. I use It's a nice aid to procrastination ;) I don't have any graphic design skills or anything, so the simpler the method, the better for me. But I'm curious. What do you use if you design your own covers?

Writers' Cafe / Leveraging What You Have - KU & recommending reads
« on: June 13, 2017, 04:03:46 PM »
Since I got a Kindle Unlimited subscription in December (when it finally opened to Aussie readers) I have been reading a ton of books in it. It finally struck me that it was something I could leverage without much additional effort. So I started a FB page focused on recommending books I've read and enjoyed in KU, particularly paranormal romance, scifi, fantasy and some mysteries.

I haven't built an active group, but my daily posts do get views and it is early days. The best thing is, it's very little extra effort to post a quick review there and there's the very strong hope that I'm helping people find some more obscure KU books.

I guess I'm posting to say that it's worth looking at your time spent during the week and questioning if any of your activities can be tweaked to support your writing/promo work.

Edited to add: the page


My venture into sci fi has just released. "Her Robot Wolf" 

A starship shaman kidnapped by a bounty hunter must work with him to defeat a galactic terrorist - her grandfather!

New Release! Paranormal romance, FIRE FALL - a billionaire's daughter, a wizard mercenary, and ... Bigfoot?

99c or free in Kindle Unlimited

Beauty Conquers the Beast - FREE April 23 & 24 - a NEW short romantic fantasy

Lady Nora and Prince Alexander were never friends, and she can’t think of anyone more deserving of the curse that made him the Beast of the Sighaway Forest. But when six princesses from neighboring kingdoms fail to break the curse, it’s more than just the big and brutish Alexander who is suffering.

For her country, and out of an overdeveloped sense of duty, Nora will enter the beast’s castle. She’ll fight mysterious magic and confront the secrets of her heart, but the elusive beast remains untamable.

The shocking solution to breaking the curse will change Nora’s life forever.

STORM ROAD by Jenny Schwartz (that'd be me!) is only 99c till April 14 – or FREE in Kindle Unlimited. An Amazon exclusive!

A Gothic thriller, mystery and suspense as a woman with secrets allies with a former marine to defeat a Civil War ghoul in the Appalachian Mountains.

I do! Lou Harper is a genius :) Although the last cover, Denying the Dragon - amateur hour - is mine ;)

Release Day procrastination is in full swing for me, so I thought I'd waste your time too :)

The Book Bazaar / New Paranormal Romance thriller - 99c short time promo
« on: February 21, 2017, 02:35:11 AM »
***RELEASE DAY*** New & only 99c for a short time! FREE in Kindle Unlimited -- Fantastical Island

An island of ghosts and magic -- and someone is hunting its secrets!

"Up In Flames" is free till Jan 27 -

Diane Lee is a newly qualified Mage for Hire with a To Do List that ought to include hiding under the blankets. Bad enough she still hasn’t bought her mom’s birthday present, but now that list item has been replaced with “fall in love”. As if she had time! And then there is Number One on the list, “Save the President’s life”. Uh, what? Diane’s organized day goes up in flames as she encounters a very sexy, presidential bodyguard and a salamander with a sensual desire to bliss out.

I've been overwhelmed with responses and my newsletter is full - so I'm not taking further books. Thanks!

Tuesday Jan 24 I'm sending out my newsletter with the title "Kindle Unlimited - Bestsellers and Obscure Finds". If you have a Kindle Unlimited title that's a safe read (some sexiness is fine, but nothing x-rated) just add the link in the comments. All genres. I'll just be listing title and author, with the title linked to Amazon. Since my newsletter is also my blog, I'm hoping this post will have a long life.
My blog

*RELEASE DAY* thrilling paranormal romance PHOENIX BLOOD - 99c or free in Kindle Unlimited

He broke her heart, saved her life, and paid in agony for her freedom. 

Did I dream that months ago someone shared a way to search for where your book appears in others' also-boughts? Something and the ASIN code?

I read Chris Fox's latest book, Six Figure Author, and the ideas in there have been percolating. One of the things I'd love to do is make my wandering-around-Facebook time more useful. You know, chat with readers who like the genres I write so that I can get a sense of possible trends. I don't necessarily want to write to trends, but knowing what resonates would be great. So, anyone know of some great FB paranormal romance or urban fantasy groups? Or broader fantasy and sci fi?

At the moment, I mostly hang out with other authors - and you're all gorgeous :)

I wouldn't mind learning of Kindle Unlimited focused FB groups either. Now that KU is open to Australian readers, I'm reading up a storm.


Writers' Cafe / Plotting - who else is low tech?
« on: October 13, 2016, 04:43:11 PM »
I hear of all these amazing, mysterious software programs, spreadsheets, what have you that aid plotting. Me, I sit down with coloured pens and paper. Then there are scribbles, bubbles and arrows. When I'm pretty clear of where I'm headed with a story, I open a notebook and start putting down characters and major points in some sort of order. That's it. Low tech but it makes me happy to curl up in a chair and just dream.

A woman, her sword, and the werebear who'll own her heart. Alchemy Shift 99c for a short time to celebrate its release!

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