Monthly Archives: August 2011

What are your thoughts?

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Since I’m getting close to releasing my first e-publication, I thought I’d take the time to ask you folks some questions in regards to e-books.

Let’s start with covers. I love a good cover and one of the things I get sad about with e-books is the fact that you don’t really get a good look at it unless you hunt it down (in your reader menus you can normally click to go to it). Sometimes, they have the front (and if you’re lucky back) covers all the way at the end. That’s a nice surprise, but I wonder why they don’t put it in the beginning. I can understand that if you have too much front end info, people might get annoyed about how many times they have to click to get to the start of the story, but I’d think to have the cover image come up first, it’d be just like reading a hard version. What do you guys think? Would you be annoyed by having the cover image come up before the title page or first page of text (chapter/prologue)?

Then there’s a table of contents. I kind of never understood why fiction books have them. I guess maybe if you always stop reading at the end of a chapter and don’t use a bookmark, they’d be handy, but do people really read like that? In an e-book, the only plus for them I can think of is if you know something is in a certain chapter and you want to go back and look at it, the table of contents is a quick way to get back there, but again, how often do people do that? I think they’re kind of pointless for the most part. Do you ever use it in a fiction book?

I’ve already discussed bio pictures before. I’m putting one in. You don’t want to see it? Too bad! ^_^  I dislike most pictures of myself but I know I like to see what an author looks like so I figure you guys might want to see as well.

What are your thoughts about excerpts from other novels at the end of the book? Does it have to be from the book’s sequel (if they have one) or is another novel from the author acceptable? Do you even bother to read them?

I think that’s about all I can think of at the moment. If I’ve missed something important you want to comment on, please feel free! I want this to be an enjoyable experience for everyone so your thoughts and comments are really helpful. Thanks in advance everyone!

We’re looking for a few good men & women

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 Did a vampire kill your brother? A mother? Another
loved one? Are you filled with unquenchable rage and
sadness?  There’s a way you can heal and help your
community at the same time!

Follow the information on
the attached PSA posters and
join your local Vampire Force!

For more information, pick up Patricia Lynne’s
vampire story,
Being Human
today!

The illustrious author has this to add:
In Being Human, vampires are not a myth, they are a reality to humanity – a scary one. In order to combat vampires, a special branch of police force was created: Vampire Forces. But they don’t use stakes or garlic to combat vampires; that ended up being a disaster with a lot of deaths. VF is very much like a normal branch, guns are issued, tasers and batons. As such, they will seek out people to join in a very normal way.  Thanks MaryBeth for creating these Public Service Announcement Posters. And thanks to the people who provided the images. Remember VF needs you to shine a light in the darkness!

  

 
/photo credit goes to the following people. Thank you!

Image: Salvatore Vuono / FreeDigitalPhotos.net
Image: phanlop88 / FreeDigitalPhotos.net
Image: Pixomar / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

It’s a whirlwind!

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Announcing the In Leah’s Wake Social Media Whirlwind Tour—WooHoo!

You guys might remember I interviewed Terri Giuliano Long a couple of months ago about her book, In Leah’s Wake. Things have really blown up for her since then and when I was approached to be a part of her Whirlwind Social Media Tour through Novel Publicity, I couldn’t pass it up. Not only did I enjoy the book, but I’ve spoken with Terri often since then and she is a lovely person and a great writer. I hope you guys will take part in the festivities and learn a little more about her and perhaps pick up the book!

As part of this special promotional extravaganza sponsored by Novel Publicity, the price of the In Leah’s Wake Kindle edition has dropped to just 99 cents this week.

What’s more, by purchasing this fantastic book at an incredibly low price, you can enter to win many awesome prizes, including a Kindle, 5 autographed copies of the book, and multiple Amazon gift cards (1 for $100, 3 for $25, 5 for $10, and 10 for $5 – 19 in all)! Be sure to enter before the end of the day on Friday, August 26th, so you don’t miss out.

To win the prizes:

                   
  1. Purchase your copy of In Leah’s Wake for just 99 cents
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  3. Fill-out the form on the author’s site to enter for prizes
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  5. Visit today’s featured event; you may win an autographed copy of the book!

And I can win $100 too if you vote for my blog over on the author’s website. The blog host that gets the most votes in this traffic-breaker polls wins, so please cast yours right after purchasing In Leah’s Wake and entering the contests!

The featured events include:

Monday, Blogaganza on Novel Publicity! We’re kicking-off on the Novel Publicity Free Advice blog. We’ll ask the writer 5 fun and random questions to get everyone talking. Leave a comment or question in response to the post, and you may win an autographed copy of In Leah’s Wake. Don’t forget to visit the author’s blog to enter for the other prizes!
Tuesday, Twitter chat with the author! Tweet with us between 4 and 5 PM Eastern Time, using the hashtag #emlyn. We’ll be talking with the author about her favorite books and best writing advice. Bring your questions about In Leah’s Wake and don’t forget to use #emlyn or to follow Terri @tglong. By joining in the tweet chat at the designated time, you may win an autographed copy of In Leah’s Wake. Don’t forget to visit the author’s blog to enter for the other prizes!
Wednesday, Google+ video chat with the author! Join our hangout between 12 and 3 PM Eastern Time to talk with the author and us via video chat. We’ll be gabbing about great books including In Leah’s Wake and about writing. Did you know that Terri is a creative writing instructor at Boston College? She’s got tons of good advice for aspiring writers. By joining in the Google+ video chat at the designated time, you may win an autographed copy of In Leah’s Wake. Don’t forget to visit the author’s blog to enter for the other prizes!
Thursday, Facebook interview with the author! Stop by Novel Publicity’s Facebook page and ask Terri questions. She’s chosen three of her favorite topics to talk about:  writing, parenting, and gourmet cooking. Of course, you’re welcome to ask about In Leah’s Wake too. Leave a comment or question as part of the thread, and you may win an autographed copy of In Leah’s Wake. Don’t forget tolike Terri’s Facebook page or to visit her blog to enter for the other prizes!
Friday, Fun & games based on the book! We want to close this whirlwind social media tour with a gigantic bang, which is why we’ve set-up two interactive book-themed features on the author’s blog. You can take the official Facebook quiz to find out which In Leah’s Wake character is most like you and learn how that character ties into the story. Then try out our crossroads story game. Throughout the course of the narrative, you’ll have several decisions to make. What you choose will affect the outcome of the story. Play as either rebellious teenager Leah or the trampled peacemaker and mother Zoe. Leave a comment or question on any of Terri’s blog entries, and you may win an autographed copy of In Leah’s Wake. Don’t forget to check out the other give-away contests while you’re on Terri’s blog!

A Twitterview with Terri Giuliano Long, author of In Leah’s Wake

You can tweet Terri @tglong. Please do!  To learn more about twitterviews, go here.
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Calling all book bloggers!

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We interrupt the typical Tuesday/Thursday blogging schedule to light the bee signal (well I couldn’t very well use the Bat Signal TM as I’m sure I’d get in trouble for that…) to call out to book bloggers and reviewers.  As I have finished a major second run of edits on Near Death (just waiting on some line edits now/the little stuff, so nothing major will change) I find myself anxious to get it out into the world.  This is where you lovely book bloggers and reviewers come into play.

I am looking for people I can send an ARC out to (in digital form – sorry, I haven’t gotten anything printed yet since cover design is still in the works). In return I would ask two things of you:

1) Please read and review (honestly!) for Goodreads (and then if you wouldn’t mind copy & pasting that info into Amazon when it’s up there, that’d be super duper awesome as well!)

2) Review it on your blogs closer to the publication date (right now it’s tentatively in mid-September, but I’d give you a definite date as it gets closer). I’m fine if you don’t do the typical kind of review on your blog. You’d be free to interview me (or one of the book characters if you’d like!), write a song, do an interpretive dance, draw fan art, whatever you’d like to show how you felt about the book. I’ll leave it up to you.

On the day your post goes live, I will direct folks from this blog and Twitter to go check you out as well and ramp up your attendance.  I think it’s a decent trade off. ^_^

If you would be interested, please leave a comment along with the URL to your blog (or if you don’t have a blog & just do reviews on Amazon or Goodreads, leave me your name for that site so I can check it out). Oh! I need an email address too please.

Thanks folks! I look forward to reading comments from everyone who participates!

/as I don’t know what the response to this will be, I may have to set a limit on the amount of ARCs that go out. If I need to cut it off somewhere, I will update the blog and let you know

Book Review – A Line in the Ice

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Title:  A Line in the Ice
Author: Jamie Craig
Genre:  Sci-Fi Romance
Amazon Summary: 
Bloodthirsty monsters are emerging from the Antarctic ice, the same creatures that once stalked the battlegrounds of World War I. Back then, a group of soldiers valiantly fought off the beasts—and were never seen again. A century later, an elite military squad stands between civilization and the mysterious return of the enemy. Captain Charlie Weller thinks she’s seen everything—until a man crawls out onto the ice, barely alive and muttering about a place called Illyria. Lysander Davies claims to be the descendant of one of the missing soldiers. He insists the monsters are actually gentle creatures, under the control of beings far, far more dangerous… Drawn to the stranger, Charlie believes his stories and agrees to help him. But they both know nothing can come of their feelings for one another, for the only way to save earth is for Lysander to return to Illyria and close the rift behind him, forever…
Personal reaction:
I love a good romance and A Line in the Ice certainly delivers. Sci-fi related romance is new to me, but I enjoy many aspects of a good sci-fi book and this one has just enough to make it interesting but didn’t leave me scratching my head over complicated gadgets or weird political systems, etc. 
I appreciate the strong female character of Charlie. A romance with a woman in a military group is unfamiliar to me too, but the author(s) made her believable and realistic. She was hard when she needed to be, and soft at the appropriate times.
It was an exciting and enjoyable read with action and romance. A good combo.
Questions:
Q) Please explain who Jamie Craig is.
Jamie Craig is the joint effort of Pepper Espinoza and Vivien Dean.
Q) Is this your first collaboration?
It’s definitely not the first book we’ve collaborated on together. We’ve never attempted to collaborate with other people before we began working together, though.
Q) Romance books with Sci-Fi themes don’t seem to be the norm. What prompted you guys to write one?
We’re both big fans of genre–not just romance, but horror, mystery, sci-fi, and fantasy. The great thing about romance is that there’s always room to add another genre or two to the mix, and that’s what we love to do. We’ll write everything from historical westerns to futuristic Sci-Fis because we want to find the most interesting story.
Q) Tell the truth, are those sexy times scenes as fun to write as they are to read?
Of course! Sometimes it can be difficult, I won’t lie. But it’s always fun. So a lot like real sexy times!
Q) Antarctica is cold and bleak. Why choose such a harsh local to set your story?
Precisely because it’s harsh. Actually, this all started with a dream of a woman finding a man in the middle of the ice. Where did he come from? Why was he there? What was his story? The whole novel developed from those basic questions, and so Antarctica was always critical to the project.
Q) Charlie is a tough cookie!  Why make her a soldier? Did either of you have any personal military experience?
When we came up with the back story of why the rift would need to be guarded, we knew we needed to make the team military to mirror their roots. That allowed us to give our characters the skill sets they needed to survive in such a climate as well as make sure the job got done. Also, there’s a sense of self-sacrifice that comes along with the military, that belief that what you’re doing matters and you’ll do whatever it takes to save the people you’re protecting. That was core to what we wanted these people to be. Neither one of us has direct military experience, though Vivien has multiple people within her family who have served/still serve.
Q)  How much research did you guys have to do, if any, before writing A Line in the Ice ?
A lot! There was the military aspect, which we wanted to get right, as well as learning as much as we could about physiology so that we could create creatures that would survive exposure to such cold elements. We had the Shakespeare covered, thanks to Pepper, but we both had to brush up on our WWI history to make sure it all meshed well together.
Q) What can we expect from you guys next?
The final book in our Silver Maiden series will be released by Carina in September–Revealing Silver.
Q) Where can fans follow and connect with you?
Our website is http://www.jamie-craig.com/, and we’re on both Twitter (@jamiecraig) and Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/pages/Jamie-Craig)
Q) Lastly, for fun, if A Line in the Ice was being made into a major motion picture, who would you cast for Charlie and Lysander?
Hmm good question! Even though Colin Farrell doesn’t really look like how we envisioned Lysander, we think he’d be great for the role. He can be the charming, romantic lead and then go kick some major ass.
As for Charlie, think Scarlett Johansson in Iron Man 2. The look is perfect, but as an actress, she has tremendous range. She can sell both tough and vulnerable, which is what makes Charlie who she is.

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Tour Notes:
Please vote for my blog in the traffic-breaker poll for this tour. The blogger with the most votes wins a free promotional twitterview and a special winner’s badge. I want that to be me! You can vote in the poll by visiting the official Line in the Ice blog tour page and scrolling all the way to the bottom.
Learn more about this author duo by visiting their websiteblogFacebook or GoodReads pages or by connecting with them on Twitter.