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I like DA Bale's take, as it introduces the emotion of the story in mental imagery, right in the first line.

I'd also take out the "All are" from the second line, as John Dixon said.

My only nitpick would possibly be the line about Lauren 'spending a lifetime trying to forget the trauma', as she probably wouldn't have chosen to become a forensic scientist in that case? (Because she'd have constant reminders of serial killers/child abductors etc in her job) Maybe she became a forensic scientist because she was trying to "atone" for the fact that her sister was murdered and she wasn't? (not that she'd have anything to atone for) or trying to solve murder cases and not let murderers get away with their crimes?

Just echoing this^^^^
(I have a forensic artist who is trying to atone for his role in a family tragedy - but the constant reminders have an adverse impact on him - I have ghosts rather than romance tho :-) )

Is this a standalone? It does sound like it could have series potential which you might want to keep in mind when choosing a title...

The Book Bazaar / The Saviour Trilogy - Part One: Haunted
« on: January 02, 2017, 07:19:09 AM »
Saviour: Haunted

Nick Travis, forensic artist, gave up his career in an attempt to save his sanity and his marriage, but when he is asked to help identify the remains of a young boy he can't refuse. His conscience won't let him.
Plagued by nightmares from his own past and stalked by the prime suspect for the boy's murder - a man who has been dead for years - he discovers that those around him are in danger and finds himself on the verge of losing everything, one way or another.
He has no choice but to surrender and risk facing the consequences of using the psychic ability he tries so hard to ignore.

Book One of The Saviour Trilogy. Three supernatural mysteries introducing Nick Travis, reluctant psychic.

Available in this series

Haunted - Saviour: Part 1
Buried - Saviour: Part 2
Revelation - Saviour: Part 3
Saviour: The Trilogy

Each book in this series is a novella, Book one is approx 17,000 words

Writers' Cafe / Re: Thoughts on Blurb and cover?
« on: December 27, 2016, 02:35:11 AM »
Blurbs are not my strong point, so not qualified to comment on the entire thing - but should it be (who's whispering mean nothings into her ear)?

The Book Bazaar / Re: Dreaming, Not Sleeping ~ Short horror story
« on: November 11, 2016, 03:03:00 AM »
Dreaming, Not Sleeping now has a new cover...

When night falls we can venture into danger within the safety of our dreams - where nothing can really touch us... or can it? One woman's insidious fantasy threatens everything, but some nightmares are simply too good to resist.

Writers' Cafe / Re: New Covers not showing up???
« on: November 10, 2016, 01:59:12 AM »
Same here. I updated the cover for Dreaming, Not Sleeping on Monday, but no change yet on its Amazon page.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Horror Cover Designers
« on: April 26, 2016, 06:01:06 AM »
You could check out Elderlemon Design:

Going to just throw some random thoughts in (maybe very random - but may help you think)

If you already have plenty of ideas for stand alone stories, can you think of any way to link them with one character? A freelance journalist for eg - or a travel writer (if you want to use different locations), a hitchhiker/someone who is 'on the run'/missing - so that you have their personal story/journey carrying on in the background of each new encounter?

Or if you want to keep the stories completely stand alone - brand yourself together with the genre... J C Albert's Psych Series (but better than that  :) ) with covers, logo and website etc that all work together so you stick in the readers' minds

Coming up with one original character (who isn't a detective/PI, if you want to avoid police procedural stuff) who has a lot of mysteries to solve to keep a series running is tricky... Mine is a forensic artist, but as there is a supernatural element I can move away from solving crimes.  Psychological profiler... where the focus is getting into the mind of the killer/criminal (am thinking Tony Hill from Val McDermid's novels or Will Graham). Again... freelance journalists or someone on the move/run (Incredible Hulk comes to mind and combines the two. Or The Fugitive?) Think of TV series... I am going back a bit - but there was The Magician (we had Jonathan Creek in the UK - which I think featured a journalist paired up with someone who devised stage illusions, so could solve 'locked room' type mysteries). Supernatural/fantasy/sci-fi makes things easier... Dr Who, Torchwood, Quantum Leap... jumping about in time and space and location...

Or...write a first in series that brings together an ensemble cast revolving around a key character, allowing you to to keep all characters involved but also focus on individuals for some stories?

It's a quiet afternoon - have rambled...good luck making head or tail of it  :)

Writers' Cafe / Re: Free promotion not functioning on
« on: August 07, 2015, 11:07:07 AM »
I also set up a couple of free days for an anthology - it's showing as free in UK but not on Amazon US

The stories/books in my signature are available through KU

Julia Kavan - Horror
Beth Kelan - Supernatural Mysteries



It will be interesting to see if they leave the blue line (for borrows) or if it goes away. If they leave it, we can calculate the percent ourselves, if pages read is tied to book title on the dashboard. (The email said it wouldn't be tied to book title & Marketplace).

I emailed KDP yesterday to ask this question. The response is:

"In this case, I'm sorry to let you know that the number of individual borrows for each title will no longer be available either on the sales graph or in the report."

I also said that having the number of borrows available alongside the number of pages read would be useful to us as writers. Their response:

"Please know I've taken your concern as feedback and communicated the same to our business team for consideration as we plan future improvements.
As always, please remember you can count on us at any time.
Thanks for being part of Amazon KDP!"

They also repeated the same examples for payments.

I will miss knowing how many of my books have been borrowed.

We are being paid per page read, not after the book has been read to a certain point, which is when it currently registers on the graph....Maybe - just maybe - borrows will still show up on the graph but as soon as they are borrowed, rather than when the reader reaches 10% as they do now?

You may like Dreaming, Not Sleeping in my signature - it's a quick read - but is available through KU

Writers' Cafe / Re: Unpublishing
« on: March 30, 2015, 01:47:18 AM »
Has anyone republished a book with an identical title and blurb and maybe some small changes to the story with a new ASIN and gotten Amazon to re-attach the reviews? That, to me, would be a good thing.

I have a couple of titles that were originally published through a small digital press. When the contracts expired and the rights reverted I self published... same titles, same pen names, but new ASINs - the reviews I had before the publisher removed the books from Amazon reappeared within 48 hours. I would think the same would apply if unpublishing and republishing your own - although you haven't said if using the same author name for those titles - I would imagine that's how they link everything together.

Writers' Cafe / Re: What's up with Goodreads?
« on: March 20, 2015, 09:44:00 AM »
On my Author Profle I have 'friends' and a large amount of 'followers' that I don't think were there before - but no 'fans' anymore. I didn't have many...but I quite liked having fans  :) On my Dashboard I just have 'followers'. The difference in numbers makes me think they've combined friends and fans into followers  ::)

Writers' Cafe / Re: TV Shows that inspire you?
« on: March 20, 2015, 06:18:10 AM »
In the UK - The Fall (Gillian Anderson and Jamie Dornan). Dialogue is a bit clunky at times - but the switches between points of view and the developing dynamic between protagonist and antagonist make it compelling.

The Book Corner / Re: What's your favorite Horror novels
« on: March 20, 2015, 05:16:09 AM »
Another lover of The Hellbound Heart - Clive Barker

lost boy, lost girl - Peter Straub
Demon Seed - Dean Koontz

The story that has stayed with me from childhood is Marianne Dreams by Catherine Storr. For a children's novel it's a pretty dark fantasy verging on horror. It was adapted into a kids' TV series in the 1970s (Escape Into Night) and a film (Paperhouse) in the late 1980s. I think it was this story that sparked my love all things dark/horror. I would have been seven when I watched Escape Into Night.

The Book Bazaar / Re: Dreaming, Not Sleeping ~ Short horror story
« on: March 18, 2015, 07:29:44 AM »
Details now updated in first post.

I uploaded Part 3 of a series a few days ago - and now have this:

But there is nothing similar to the 'series' section on the Maze Runner product page on any of the Saviour pages. Maybe it will appear at Amazon's convenience - I couldn't see a way of adding it via Author Central.

Writers' Cafe / Re: What's your favorite review you've received so far?
« on: December 19, 2014, 05:01:10 AM »
As someone who adores reading short stories, I always think it's a shame when one gets dinged for being...well short... (even when that's what it says on the tin...), so getting this review from someone who seemed to really 'get ' it was lovely. Of course I appreciate all reviews!

"I haven't read a short story for many years and I really don't know why. For an author a short story must be as, if not more, difficult to write than a full length novel. Being able to construct a mini plot, with a structured sequence of events, must need some intense planning and thought.

Not a precious word is wasted in this haunting, eerie and often poignant story, which has an almost ethereal quality in the way it captures the sensual yet horrifying feelings evoked by our nameless female protagonist.

The erotic passion, sensual language, horror and suspense, provide an atmospheric, chilling and unsettling read, as she constantly dreams a dream from which she cannot and often, does not, want to wake.

Slowly, her dream becomes a nightmare of sexual longing, losing someone she loves and being powerless to stop it, falling out of love with one person and in love, or is it lust with someone, or something else!

Her husband, worried by by the depth of her dreams, becomes drawn into her passionate alter ego, only to be used by whatever force is controlling his wife, for an uknown purpose and then tossing him aside like a leftover when she becomes totally obsessed....leaving me to ponder and speculate on the conclusion long after I had finished reading ....

A well spent few minutes, I loved this short story for what it is, but I didn't really want it to end. Julia has a way with the language she uses, the style in which she writes is totally captivating and enthralling, and her ability to set a mood shows a rare talent."

In the UK - Saviour: Part 1 - Haunted (published under pen name) is just inside...

    #57 in Kindle Store > Books > Crime, Thriller & Mystery > Suspense > Paranormal > Psychics
    #97 in Kindle Store > Books > Crime, Thriller & Mystery > Suspense > Occult

Writers' Cafe / Re: Alphasmart
« on: October 14, 2014, 02:02:38 AM »
Wow! Did 4K on my Dana today. Small problem with lighting, though. It doesn't do well in sunlight or direct light.

On my Dana I use the 'function' (bottom) + 'contrast' (top) keys, and then the touchscreen to adjust. The backlight also helps sometimes.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Alphasmart
« on: August 30, 2014, 09:45:15 AM »
Mine just arrived! So excited to get using it. Took me forever to find the stylus but other than that, plain sailing.

Mine arrived Thursday - in great condition. Getting the hang of it - fewer typos (why?), and I won't have to try and translate my handwriting 3 weeks after jotting down/scrawling an idea in a notebook now, I can just upload it  :)

Writers' Cafe / Re: Alphasmart
« on: August 26, 2014, 11:26:19 AM »
Hah! I missed out on one too (wonder if it was the same one) but I ordered one from the US instead. It still works out slightly cheaper than the ones on sale now but I have to wait at least another week for it to get here.  :(

There was much muttering and swearing at the time... :-) Mine should arrive Thursday or Friday

Writers' Cafe / Re: Alphasmart
« on: August 26, 2014, 04:35:53 AM »
For anyone in the UK interested in getting an Alphasmart Dana, there are some for sale on ebay at the moment (fixed price including free delivery)

Have ordered mine, after missing out on one up for auction a couple of weeks ago  :)

Writers' Cafe / Re: Cover opinions please
« on: August 05, 2014, 04:11:31 AM »
Hi, Geoff  :)

Strange horror/paranormal - right up my alley...but not getting that feel from current covers either.

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