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Not Quite Kindle / Re: Initials Game!
« on: February 03, 2013, 05:56:57 AM »
Hank Williams

The Book Bazaar / Re: 100 pages of action, romance, and drama - $.99!
« on: February 03, 2013, 05:53:09 AM »
I would really love a review for this.

« on: February 03, 2013, 05:47:39 AM »
Latest 5 Star Review -

I followed Kristy and Marshall throughout the book, and it really threw me for a couple curves. I enjoyed this story even though i seen a different outcome. It kept me on the edge throughout most of it.

The author does well keeping the reader up to speed through the entire book, and reflects on what you have already read. Great book to read!

The Book Bazaar / What makes someone a criminal?
« on: February 02, 2013, 05:53:20 PM »
One morning.
Two brothers.
Three deaths.

The Frailty of Lou Crane is a short story about two brothers in 1959 who go traveling through the woods, heading for school, when they see something they shouldn't.

The Book Bazaar / Re: Post one sentence that describes your book
« on: January 23, 2013, 04:57:40 PM »
A must read for horror fans who want a slice of romance, Skin Trials unravels itself into a darkness so unnerving that you'll wonder, "Will the judge be coming for me?"

« on: January 23, 2013, 08:56:25 AM »

FREE FOR A LIMITED TIME ONLY - Skin Trials is the first of three novellas based in Clear Water, Washington about a series of curses that Balthazar Refluci brought on the community, which comes into effect the first decade into the century. Kristy Hawkins, who has recently lost her fiance, has moved into the house a few miles from Blackstone Creek, where the Trials are known to start. Marshall Hayes, her fiance's brother, is a man of unusual abilities who will try his best to keep Kristy alive. But Balthazar may just prove to be more of a challenge than Marshall can face.

Author's Guarantee: Those who read this novella before it was published highly commended it.
If you like paranormal romance, you will like this. No. You will LOVE this.

« on: January 12, 2013, 09:52:12 AM »
Step into a world of darkness, total chaos, and a constant fear of losing control!
Prepare yourself for the undead judge and the trials that desire your eternal soul!

A must read for those horror fans out there who want a slice of romance, Skin Trials begins with the premise of darkness and death as the main character slowly begins losing her will to live. But, as the Trials take hold and threaten to claim her life, she begins to yearn for every second of her existence... for they may well be her last!

150 pages. Quick read. Paranormal Romance.

The Book Corner / Re: Who are your most memorable authors?
« on: January 12, 2013, 09:38:11 AM »
Three more I also like...

Anita Shreve
Luanne Rice
Kay Hooper

More to come. LOL!

The Book Corner / Re: So, what are you reading? (2013 edition)
« on: January 12, 2013, 09:35:35 AM »
I'm reading:

Dead Reckoning

To read:

Dragon's Fate
Tia's Folly

All from self-published authors.

Not Quite Kindle / Re: Book Title Game
« on: January 12, 2013, 09:00:58 AM »
Apples - last I looked, there was one - just now I looked "And Then There Was None." (Agatha Christie)

Not Quite Kindle / Re: Initials Game!
« on: January 12, 2013, 08:54:36 AM »
George Washington

The Book Corner / Best Hook?
« on: January 10, 2013, 12:58:32 PM »
In your opinion, what is THE best opening sentence for a book?

Mine's a toss up between the opening for "Rebecca" and Dickens's "best of times" one.

Apologies if this has already been asked.

Not Quite Kindle / Book Title Game
« on: January 10, 2013, 10:59:36 AM »
Let's talk books.

I mention a book in quotes, question form. You do the same. Include in parentheses at the end the author of the book.

Have you ever been to "Salem's Lot"? (Stephen King)

Not Quite Kindle / Re: Initials Game!
« on: January 10, 2013, 10:54:35 AM »
Lizbeth Scott

Not Quite Kindle / Re: THE QUESTION GAME
« on: January 10, 2013, 10:53:05 AM »
Well, have you ever experienced a morning of silence where you can read to your heart's delight?

What is your favorite hobby?

Not Quite Kindle / Re: The four words per post story!
« on: January 10, 2013, 10:47:39 AM »
singing old pirate tunes

Not Quite Kindle / THE QUESTION GAME
« on: January 10, 2013, 05:27:37 AM »
THE GAME: I ask a question and you answer with a question, then you pose your own question.

How are you this morning?

Not Quite Kindle / Re: The four words per post story!
« on: January 10, 2013, 05:21:06 AM »
a pirate was whistling

Not Quite Kindle / Re: Initials Game!
« on: January 10, 2013, 05:06:07 AM »
Hedy Lamar

Fire Talk / Re: Kindle - types in weird stuff?
« on: January 09, 2013, 07:31:13 PM »
Thanks, Betsy, and, yes, I was talking about the fire.

Now if only I can find how to turn it off. lol

Told ya you're a hero.

Fire Talk / Kindle - types in weird stuff?
« on: January 09, 2013, 07:19:57 PM »
My Kindle has a mind of its own.

When I'm typing something in, a word that doesn't even resemble the one that I'm typing in comes up. Is it because I type too fast? I don't know.

Has anyone else had this issue? Should I shut off the "hints" thing, so it won't type anything except what I want to type?

The Book Corner / Re: Anyone a Historical Romance Fan?
« on: January 09, 2013, 07:15:00 PM »
What is Downtown Abbey? Is that a book? *please don't throw things at me - especially not sharp things*

The Book Bazaar / 100 pages of action, romance, and drama - $.99!
« on: January 09, 2013, 06:51:59 PM »
Love's Many Roads - A Story of The Heart
From my blog:

The premise:
Nikki Norman receives a letter from her sister, which states that their father is dying, and asks that she return home. What causes her to be reluctant at first is her last memory before leaving Vinewood, which still haunts her several years later. Somehow, she ends up on the road, heading home, knowing deep down that she's needed.

The Vinewood that she left is different from the one she returns to. The Delano family, headed by Demetrius Delano, has maliciously spread through the town of her childhood, which convinces her that she must remain and do what she can to become the antidote for the Delano disease. There are two parts of the disease she doesn't want to crush: Gina, who works at the hospital; and Adrian, one of Vinewood's detectives--who Nikki believes is too handsome for his own good.

Despite everything, Adrian walks down this road with Nikki. Together, they face Demetrius and whatever he can throw at them. Little do they know that this road they share will lead towards love.

A few notes:

My writing style:
Since this is 100 pages, the style I present for this novella is quick and to the point, but still (hopefully) with enough descriptions and inner conflict to give the reader something to imagine... feel.

My inspiration:
A quick little "Just so you know": On the Amazon page for this book, you will see that it says, "Lovers of daytime soap operas, this one's for you." The reason that I say that is simple: the male lead is played by none other than EJ (James Scott) from Days of Our Lives. I wrote this book during a time when I was wrapped up in the soap opera, back when it didn't seem so monotonous, as it does now. James was the primary reason that I watched it, which definitely makes him my inspiration for this book.

Warnings: (possible spoilers)
There is:

- a mentioning of "making love," but nothing is revealed
- a scene where the main character is almost raped
- some language, scene of drunkenness, violence throughout

Sample: (One of my favorite parts, when the main character is thinking about visiting her dad in the hospital. Enjoy!)

When I heard someone behind me clear their throat, I turned-expecting to see Lee, but nearly screamed when I saw Adrian instead.

"It's 4:30," he said, straightforward, putting his hands in his pockets. "They won't let you in to see him for another two hours; visitors are from 1:30-4:00 and 6:30-9:00. I know the ins and outs of the local hospital, and not only because my sister works there. I've been admitted a time or two."

"How did you know I was thinking about him?"

"Let's just say I know when someone doesn't want to reveal anything-they talk too much. Plus, I was watching your expression before we left, which was more or less the giveaway."

"Aren't you intuitive," I said and resumed my random walking.

"What can I say? I'm a detective, so I'm good at detecting." He waited a second before saying anything further, "Are you still hungry? I know a nice Italian bistro just around the corner from here. Nothing too extravagant. I don't think you're wanting to empty your banking account all in one day? Even the most serious shopaholics have a spending cap."

"That's the second time you've mentioned my finances today. Why should it matter to you what I spend or don't spend? If I waste away or blow up like a balloon?" I asked, stopping at the tail end of the car, drumming my fingers absently on the trunk while staring into the backseat. Realizing he hadn't answered, I began wondering if he was there, when suddenly he walked up beside me.

"Perhaps you don't know the fire you've started, Nikki, but it's one that you can't put out alone. Hell, I don't think even I can help extinguish it. My father isn't to be taken for a fool. When he finds out what you did today, by rescuing your family from their own personal collapse, he will take it as a personal blow. And he will find out, a fact which is a given, so I'm not going to try concealing your heroic deed, but I am trying to protect you. He is a dragon, capable of handing out so much damage that you'll literally feel like you're on fire, if he doesn't actually try that. Compared to him, no matter how much you want to deny it, you are holding nothing that you can use against him."

Writers' Cafe / Re: Writer's Block
« on: January 09, 2013, 06:23:29 PM »
Great way of looking at it, Mark. I think that's what I'm doing right now - suffering from my insecurity. Two-star reviews will do that to you, but - in the words of Tina Turner - I will survive. Hopefully my hair doesn't end up like hers, though. That would be bad.

Writers' Cafe / Best/Worst Experience - Self Published
« on: January 09, 2013, 06:21:23 PM »
What has been your best/worst experience since deciding that you wanted to become self-published?

Mine come from only a month "on the job."

My best: Finding out that I sold two copies of a book - and not even knowing about it until I hunted down the book and connected it to my author page. I don't even remember how that happened, but I logged onto Createspace one day, found that I'd sold two books and went crazy. The book is where it needs to be now, though, so no more sneaky sales for me.

My worst: Receiving my first two-star review (I've only gotten two reviews, one was five stars - different books). For a while, I steamed about it because the reviewer wrote mainly negative reviews, but I've gotten beyond that point. I don't care. I'll still write. I've been writing for fifteen years.

So... what about you?

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