First of all, I would like to say that I actually asked the following author to do this so you aren’t allowed to be too hard on him. Unless you were planning on being hard on me, then by all means, take your rage out on him. Please welcome the amazing Dean Orion to Readful Things. I read this book a few months ago, and it has become one of my writing bibles. Seriously, if you are an author or hopeful, you want this book!
This is my shameless plug for an author that deserves it
and also my admission
that I am his groupie. Really, I got the T-shirt to prove it.
Greetings to all my fellow Readful Things devotees!
My name is Dean Orion. After twenty-five years in the trenches of writing in the entertainment business, I recently wrote a book called “Live To Write Another Day, A Survival Guide for Screenwriters and Creative Storytellers.” The idea behind it was pretty straightforward. I simply set out to share my experiences and at the same time offer what I hope to be helpful advice and inspiration to my fellow writers.
*He is too nice and humble to say this but I’m not…find his book
The book has been out a couple months now and has received some very nice reviews, not the least of which came from our wonderful Ionia, who is now officially my new best friend.
And now she’s giving me the floor on her blog yet again, to plug a free promotion for my book that’s running on Amazon this week, May 29-31. I hereby proclaim her the patron saint of writers everywhere!
If you’d like to learn more about me or my book, please visit my website or my Amazon or Goodreads author page. (I’m sure Ionia has put a couple of easy to find links around here somewhere.) website: http://www.thewritergene.com/the-book
I could go on of course, but in the interest of being a polite guest, I will leave it at that. If you’re a writer (or any type of artist who’s serious about the creative process), please download “Live To Write Another Day” while it’s free this week on Amazon. I’d love to hear your feedback and continue the conversation.
Here is the description:
Owen Sage is the emblematic college freshman at Easton Falls University. He studies hard, plays hard, and is incredibly charming. With all the worries about his first year in college, he was not prepared for what would happen next. His way of life was flipped upside down when he was drawn into a different world, a world unbeknownst to him. He mysteriously crossed into another dimension, into the beautiful land of Everville. His tragic excitement was abruptly halted when he discovered that there was a darkness forged against both the natural world, which he knew well, and the new land which he discovered, Everville. He must devise a plan to save both worlds while joining forces with the race of Fron and The Keepers, whom both harbor hidden secrets he must learn in order to gain power over the evil that dwells in The Other In Between.
With a race against time to save both worlds, his short time at Easton Falls did not quite prepare him for the evil, dark forces he must fight in order to conquer The Other In Between.–goodreads
I read this book and fell in love with it. Roy Huff has a unique style that makes you feel almost as if you are one of his characters.
I asked him to do a guest post about publishing and why he chose the route he did, and he kindly agreed to do so.
You can find him at http://www.owensage.com
Please welcome him to Readful Things:)
The original idea to write the book Everville: The First Pillar came from the response I received to an English paper written for a college course I had taken. It was the first time, I had seriously thought about writing a book, though I had often flirted with the idea through various stages of my adult life. After I decided to embark on the journey of writing a book, my initial plan was to go the traditional publishing route. My thoughts were that I wanted to be respected in the writing community as well as have a better chance at a commercially viable book. Even though I expected it to be a little more challenging, I thought using the standard method would make the most sense.
Over the next eighteen months, I slowly wrote a page or two in fits and starts, while periodically doing research into literary agents, publishing companies, and what would be the best approach to getting published. It soon became clear that before I even approached a literary agent, I would need to have a polished manuscript. Even then, it would still be difficult to find an agent willing to look at the completed manuscript, and I would likely receive numerous rejections beforehand. If I were fortunate enough find a literary agent who would have been willing to represent me, the manuscript would still need to be sent to publishers for review with no guarantee that it would be accepted. I could have tried to go directly to the publishers, but considering most publishers do not even consider unpublished authors, it seemed unlikely that would have been a good idea.
After writing only thirty pages, I realized that the daunting task of getting represented and published was preventing me from writing the book. I did want the book to be commercially successful, but I also wanted to finish the idea that I had in my head as well as make a contribution to the literary world. I then did a little more research into self-publishing and e-book options, and I eventually decided that it would be the best approach. Once I made the decision to self-publish, through Kindle as well as print, I finished the first draft in three months and took other steps to market the book. I can honestly say, that had I not done that, the book would not have been written.
If only for the purpose of completing the book, self-publishing was clearly the correct choice. There were some mistakes that were made, and the traditional route may still be an option now that the first book in published, but the initial decision has so far seemed like the right one, and it has allowed me to start on a path that I otherwise might not have taken. Whether the book or subsequent books in the series achieve commercial success, remains to be seen, but deciding to take the plunge and self-publish has encouraged me to make connections and contacts in the writing community, as well as research additional ways to improve my writing and market future books. More importantly, has also allowed me the opportunity to get feedback from readers who have already been inspired by my work. That alone has made it all worth it.
Thank you so much Roy for sharing your thoughts with us. I would love to have you back for another visit to tell us more about your series!
You can see my review of Roy’s fantastic book here:
First of all, I would like to say thank you to all the amazing mums out there inside the blogosphere and outside. You will never find a higher paying job ladies!
Happy Mother’s Day!
And now for the results of my marathon. Well, I made it across the finish line second, 3.8 seconds behind the leader. I was a bit disappointed in me for not getting first, but I crossed the finish line and in the end I suppose that is what is important.
So glad to not be training early this morning. I will be taking part in another one at the beginning of Fall and am also planning a bike ride from Nevada to Oregon next spring.
I wanted to thank everyone for their support and well wishes during my training and participation in this event. You all kept me going when I was so ready to give it all up! I am so lucky to have you all in my life:)
If you have not caught it yet, Green Embers did a fabulous tribute to mums everywhere:
If You would like to get a great free fantasy book you can share with mum this weekend, here is some info for you:
Roy Huff’s Fantasy ebook, Everville: The First Pillar is free today through the 16th. Here is the link: I read this book earlier this year and was impressed with it!
Okay, so happy Mum’s Day everyone! Hope it is lovely for all of you. Tomorrow we will return to our regularly scheduled program of blogger of the week and books, books and more books. Also–a quick apology for not getting to your posts the last few days. I will work hard this week to get up so I don’t miss anything important. XOXO
So, more stuff. I recently did an interview with Jim Gibson about his children’s book series featuring Perdita the loveable Dog, which you can find here: http://wp.me/p2SbOP-cL
Jim’s book, The World According to Perdita Whacknoodle: The Thanksgiving Pageant of Doom will be free this Saturday and Sunday. Pick up a copy for the Little one in your life! (Trust me even the parents have fun with it!) You can find it here:
I am going to make another fabulous attempt at the Scarlet Letter this evening, and since the common idea seems to be that I should just skip the first chapter, that is what I intend to do, along with no comfortable furniture and a proper meal that does not consist of sugar and more sugar. Maybe a little sugar. I will report progress tomorrow:)
So now let us have a bit of fun before I go and make that proper dinner I spoke of. I love one sentence reviews because they are rather pointless but also a lot of fun. So, I thought it would be fun to write a one sentence synopsis of your favorite Book, Movie or game. It can only be one sentence but must tell about the plot. There is no prize other than my uproarious giggles. Sorry that.
Because I am a good sport, here is mine: The Scarlet Letter –
ZZZZZZZzzzZZZZZ. See, there you have it. One sentence.
This is one of the books on my “to be read soon” list and you can find it FREE today on Kindle, by going HERE
I haven’t read it as of yet, but I can vouch for how much work the author has put into editing it and getting it ready for our reading pleasure. If you are a lover of all things horror, here is a book that promises a good time!
Why is everyone picking on the lovable Wistfell family today?
I wanted to have a little fun with the blog today, since we are heading into the weekend. I have a couple of prizes:
Very Pretty brand new paperback copies of these books. If you would like to win them, here is what you gotta do:
Write me a complete story in a hundred words or less. It has to make sense, have a beginning, middle and an end. (Easy right?) Here’s the catch. You have to use every one of the words in the following list in your story.
Leave your story in the comments section. The participant with the best story will win the books. I will pick the winner on the 24th of this month:) I may ask the other followers of the blog to help me choose if more than one person actually enters a story. I hope you do!
This boxed set contains the following full-length books by Stephanie Bond:
LICENSE TO THRILL (a romantic mystery) She’s between a rock and a hard body….
#1 Paranormal Romance Thriller – Heartsblood: A woman of science. A man of magic. Hunted for their HeartsBlood
#1 Historical Paranormal Romance - Fated: Torn apart by History. Bound for Eternity
#1 Contemporary Romance – Indian Moon - Real Romance…for the rest of us
#1 Romance/thriller short story- My Dangerous Valentine – Spies in Stilletos series
#1 Romance/thriller short story – Targeted – a Bridge short story between 30 Pieces of Silver and Havoc
HUSBAND HUNTING 101 - a woman takes a class to find a husband and is suddenly attracted to a commitaphobic advertising executive she just hired to create a new ad for her sexy lingerie store!
HERE COMES THE BRIDE – a twin switch leaves Marci Turner playing fake fiancé to a sexy man at his best friend’s wedding. But his parents decide to throw them an impromptu wedding and the fireworks begin!
UNDER THE COVERS – a marriage therapist hires an actor to play her husband for publicity purposes when her husband leaves her for a man!
See Me in Your Dreams (The McKenna Legacy 1)
Keelin McKenna inherited her grandmother’s ability to dream through other’s eyes and becomes haunted by a teenager’s dreams. The girl’s father, Tyler Leighton, thinks Keelin is trying to run a scam on him until she dreams of something known only to him & his daughter.
Dunescape Cottage brought Bram Vanmatre home to haunting childhood memories of a night when his father washed up dead on a deserted beach. The crumbling mansion called to Echo St. Clair but she wanted to deny its supernatural attraction until, trapped in one of its underground chambers, she was confronted by its ghost. Even as they succumbed to their undeniable attraction, they were equally seduced by the house’s mysteries…and come face-to-face with the past.
Hot Corpse, a Det. Shelley Caldwell short story
Detective Shelley Caldwell, a homicide detective in the Chicago Police Department, gets all the woo-woo cases. When skeletons of bodies- are found,she knows the supernatural is involved. Not wanting a psych evaluation, she keeps that aspect hidden as she tracks down the killer in this short story.
This is an action-packed novel following covert operative Kyle Harris from his home base in Northern Virginia, through the streets of Trieste, Italy and the snowy Alps of Austria, in his quest to stop a greedy businessman from single-handedly depleting the world’s food supply.
When it’s discovered that the murder of Kyle Harris’ wife is not a case of ‘wrong place, wrong time’—but another piece of the puzzle—his professional war against the culprits turns equally personal.
The pursuit picks up speed when Harris joins forces with Italian operative, Piero Ciompi, who also turns out to have a personal stake in finding the engineers of this potentially catastrophic seed mutation campaign.
Kyle Harris is confident their plan will work. Though his military training and personal distrust of others keeps him perpetually on guard, he hopes his instincts about Piero Ciompi are dead on as they join forces and storm the enemy’s remote Austrian fortress.
Maggie Finn travels to South West Florida expecting to find heat, sand, and gangs of old people. What she finds are dead bodies, a kidnapping, the mob and a certain Jewish Cuban detective that she has developed a school girls crush on.
It’s not long before she’s engulfed in events that will either destroy her or prove to her that it’s never too late to begin again and that life isn’t over until it is.
This book is filled with fun and unforgettable characters and situations that never leave a dull moment from page one to epilogue.
Like a thunderhead heedlessly bearing down—The Storm Glass builds in fearsome intensity, drawing the good, the truly evil, and the innocent together when a despicable crime rocks the small city of Hannibal. Wilson is powerless to stop the heart rending violence and brutality. Getting revenge is an entirely different matter.
Jim Wilson, a fiftyish ‘regular’ guy, is anything but. For a decade he has used an extraordinary antique ring, a trinket found in an antique store, to feed the kitty, as he likes to put it. Using the invisibility and ability to levitate that the ring magically allows…Wilson is, arguably, the world’s greatest sneak thief; a phantom with a sense of humor and a taste for dopers’ dollars.
On a well-deserved vacation, a cruise the length of the Mississippi on his boat, the Thief of Hearts, Jim and Iris encounter a sprightly retired admiral, Hans, and his charming wife, Millie, who are heading downstream to their home in Hannibal, Missouri.
None of them are aware of the convoluted plot to utterly destroy a local bank, a crime involving millions of dollars and cold blooded murder. None of them suspect the portly local banker of the depravity and homicide he’s capable of, aided by a hardened thief and killer just out of prison and lusting for the biggest score of his life.
No, Jim’s biggest worries are that Iris wants him to retire from the business and he fears that Hans, who is actually ex-CIA, may know more about the ring than Jim likes.
But after heart-rending tragedy befalls during the robbery, Jim and Hans mount their own investigation heedless of the threats by the inept local Sheriff and the confused FBI agent in charge of the case.
They don’t have to follow the rules and they aren’t trying to put the bad guys in jail…they’re after payback…call it justice or retribution—or the cold-blooded quest for revenge that it actually is.
They’re bringing the bad guys down and they’re not afraid to use Jim’s ring to make that happen.
Gray Justice is the fast-paced debut thriller from Alan McDermott. When a killer walks free from court, the victim’s father sees just two options: accept the judge’s decision; or take on the entire British justice system. Tom Gray chooses the latter and his crusade attracts instant worldwide media coverage. It was just what Tom was hoping for, but it brought him a lot more than he bargained for.
Gray Justice is much more than a simple tale of revenge: it’s a rollercoaster ride with an ending you’ll never forget!
The CROSSE HARBOR TIME TRAVEL TRILOGY
Book 1 – SOMEWHERE IN TIME
Book 2 – TOMORROW & ALWAYS
Book 3 – DESTINY’S CHILD
Reviewers Choice Award – Best Historical Time Travel
Historian Emilie Crosse dreamed of a love that would last forever
Who knew she’d have to sail across two centuries to find it?
When her ex-husband Zane Grey Rutledge showed up at her door with a Revolutionary War uniform that was part of his grandmother’s estate, neither one suspected that their lives were about to change in ways they couldn’t possibly imagine.
Swept back in time to 1776 where a nation is struggling to be born, Emilie finds herself torn between two men: Zane, her ex who still holds the key to her heart, and Andrew McVie, the Patriot hero of her long-ago dreams . . . .
A sequel to “Haunted House: The World’s Most Haunted Houses”, learn more about America’s most haunted places including The Southern Mansion, Union Church, Bellwood Mansion, Union Station, Fort Monroe, Sleep Hollow and Ford’s Theatre!
THE MOST COLORFUL MYTH
FROM SCIENCE FICTION’S
GOLDEN AGE IS REBORN IN
SEAS OF VENUS
Earth is a dead cinder beyond the dense clouds. On a terraformed Venus the land is ruled by savage plants and the even more savage beasts that prey on them, while monsters out of nightmare swim though the globe-girdling seas. Mankind huddles in domed underwater Keeps, living a purposeless static existence—dedicated to pleasure but destined for oblivion later if not sooner.
Only the Free Companions, the mercenaries who fight proxy wars for the Keeps, live on the surface of Venus. Their warships course the seas, battling one another in struggles to decide victory or defeat for one day, life or death for a few individuals. The Free companions live till they die with the searing thrill of danger, and their deeds bring excitement and color to the bored residents of the Keeps; but Mankind is doomed unless something changes.
Few are willing to risk their lives for that change, battling both the terrifying environment and the ruthless oligarchs for whom the status quo means a lifetime of luxury. But there are a handful of courageous visionaries in the Keeps and in the Free Companies where death is a way of life!
She feels God nudging her toward ministry, but what options are there for a young single woman? Emily Evans has a hard time getting herself to class on time, much less figuring out God’s will for her life. Then, to her surprise, she feels that God is calling her into full-time Christian service. She expects the Lord will also provide her with a companion to share her life and ministry, but Emily does not want to marry any of the available young men. She squares her shoulders and decides she will accept the task of opening a new church in a pioneer community–alone. When Emily arrives at her new assignment, she is disappointed to find the church building in disrepair. After many days of hard work fixing it up, she announces her first service and is once again disappointed, this time in the size of her congregation. Is her faith strong enough to stand against the local doubters and myriad challenges that will test her calling?
The prophecy says I will fall in love with team leader and Angel, Marcus Cane. The prophecy also says that our love will cause his mission to fail and end the world.
This human is not worried. Why?
Because I do not intend to fall in love with Marcus.
The truth is I hate him. I hate his warm brown eyes with flecks of gold, his chiseled face and broad shoulders.
I hate how over protective he is just because a few thousand demons are after me.
In fact, I couldn’t care less about Marcus or his perfect telekinetic girlfriend.
And when I see him holding her, I don’t die a little inside…
When English accountant Daniel Elliott dies in a car accident one rainy night, his widow, Grace, is overcome with grief…and panic. Daniel was controlling and their marriage loveless, but he always took care of the sheltered Grace.
Or so she thought.
She soon discovers Daniel kept secrets: an alias, mob ties, a list of numbers, a mysterious beach house in Florida….and a girlfriend who looks like Grace.
Swallowing her fear, she flies to Miami to claim the house Daniel left her. But the price of her curiosity is peril. Underworld figures stalk her. The other woman has left a damning trail of evidence pointing her way. And handsome, troubled FBI agent Jack West has crossed precarious paths with Grace before. He could be her savior or her damnation. All she knows for certain is that she longs to be in his arms.
With little to go on and danger at every turn, Grace must depend on Jack to help her navigate the criminal world of south Florida, and find the truth behind the Ring of Lies.