Don’t be a Dick

Posted: July 29, 2016 in Uncategorized

Food for thought from author Whitney Dineen–thank you!

Whitney Dineen

#dontbeadick

I’ve recently stumbled into a bit of controversy in my career as a romantic comedy author. A couple of months ago I released an much anticipated sequel to a bestselling book. As a result, some of my fans are infuriated with me, as in spitting, hock-a-loogie mad. As in, “I’m never reading your books again, you horrible woman…” irate.

Every author receives negative views, it’s expected. It’s almost a rite of passage to get your first 1-star review on a new release. Yet I’ve noticed a trend lately. There’s a new nastiness to reviews that didn’t seem to exist before social media became our “go-to” avenue of communication. It’s been a human characteristic since Aesop– familiarity breeds contempt.

Once upon a time, when the only way to communicate with an author, was to write them a letter and send it to their publisher, people didn’t unleash their vitriol so freely…

View original post 941 more words

Lessons from the Iceberg

Posted: July 16, 2016 in Uncategorized

This post by Casey Hayes speaks volumes! I’m so glad I can call her a friend!

Meet Me Between the Pages

I’m not ashamed to admit that I was super naive about the book publishing world once. I’m also not ashamed to admit that I have been known to be prideful.

You see, I wrote a book. I thought it was good. I thought it was original and creative and what every reader was looking for. I thought my decent handle on grammar and spelling would be praised, and that editors would adore me for lessening their workload. And so I held out for the taking my beautiful first book full of sweat and tears and every ounce of my heart. I envisioned the idea of becoming the next overnight sensation like Suzanne Collins or Stephenie Meyer. In fact, I was certain my story was so grand that agents would literally be jumping at the chance to sign me up. You can imagine my disappointment when my less than humble ego…

View original post 683 more words

My ‘sister’ author friend featured an interview with me today! What a great present today! Thanks Shantele!

thedebutcollective

Today’s spotlight is extra fun because it’s Author SF Benson’s birthday! So we are wishing you a very Happy Birthday from the Debut Collective! Also, a HUGE congrats on being nominated for Best Debut Novel in the UTOPiA Awards!

The Debut Collective is a supportive tribe of authors (both published and aspiring), editors, formatters, and cover designers working together to foster a new generation of stories and authors. We will be publishing 5 short story anthologies in June 2016.

We are pleased to share the following interview with contributing author, SF Benson.

ShantellaPlease share a little about yourself and your background.

I’m a Michigan native, living in Georgia with my husband, a daughter, and a couple of miniature fur kids (two female short-haired guinea pigs). At one time our household included three Samoyeds, saltwater fish, a hamster, and three guinea pigs.

I’ve always wanted to be a writer, but…

View original post 1,492 more words

Gallery  —  Posted: May 23, 2016 in Uncategorized

Regress by SF Benson

Posted: April 5, 2016 in Uncategorized

I was featured on PageBurners.com today! Thank you!!

Screen Shot 2016-04-04 at 3.46.29 PMAge: 16 and up (upper YA)

Genre: YA Dystopian

For fans of: Divergent and Delirium

Summary: Truly Shara Shepard, who lives in war-torn New Detroit, is your typical teenager. She enjoys music and art, but in her world these things are banned. Citizens regularly report the location of Creatives to the government. Not only is Tru guilty of being a criminal, she’s also facing her seventeenth birthday and inoculation with a mandated vaccine which will change her forever.

Zared Aoki is a teenager living on the city’s ravaged streets. When the New Order came into power, homeless people were swept out of sight. According to the government, Zared doesn’t exist. The mission he’s on will make sure officials won’t forget who he is ever again.

When Tru and Zared’s paths cross, sparks fly—in more ways than one. Tru is reckless and has no tolerance for liars. Zared plans his moves…

View original post 212 more words

An interesting summation about indie publishing!

C.S. Wilde

As an indie author, I focus most of my budget on editing. One, because I want to get a FANTASTIC book out there, and two, indies in general have a bad reputation. And that bugs me. Some of us put really terrible stuff out in the world, I won’t deny it. But then again, so do many trad publishers.

Anyway, putting a high quality book out there means my budget for everything else is quite…restrained. And making a book is not JUST about writing and editing, oh no, my friends. I wish it was.

So here are a few things that you, as an indie on a tight budget, will need to take care of(besides writing a great book):

THE TECHNICAL STUFF

  • The basics: Writing an enticing blurb, your copyright page, your back matter, dedication, acknowledgments, about the author, etc
  • That was the easy part. And no…

View original post 266 more words

Angela McPherson Romance Author

GLCoverReveal

Untold Press is excited to share the cover of Gypsy Love, a paranormal romance by Angela McPherson and Lynn Vroman, coming in 2016! Want to receive book releases, giveaways, and other exciting Untold Press news first? Sign up for our newsletter today! Also, be sure to visit our website to discover more Untold Press books. Now, on to the exciting reveal!

Gypsy Love EB2

b0fc5-add2bto2bgoodreads

Two centuries ago, Adrian vowed to seek revenge against the Gypsy woman who bound his spirit for eternity. Despite how far under the dirt Miryah Kotorara’s bones lay, he won’t stop tormenting the Kotorara bloodline. The person doesn’t matter, only the name.

Until her.

Dr. Mia Kotorara has spent the last ten years trying to forget her Gypsy heritage. Ostracized by her family and emotionally damaged, Mia throws herself into her work to fill the void. She forgets everything from her past—except for the man who solely exists in…

View original post 293 more words

3 BOOKS for ONLY 99 PENNIES!

Posted: March 6, 2016 in Uncategorized

Here’s a sale you don’t want to miss! A wonderful, realistic love story.

Yep. You read that right.

Here’s the deal… Books 1, 2 & 3 in the Holding On series for only 99 pennies. The sale is scheduled for March 6th-13th (♦ see below)

FB BB series sale (1)

This is the first time, and ONLY time this year, you will be able to snag this deal. The regular price… $4.99. If you haven’t started the series, now is the time!

Originally, I was planning on only running this sale on Amazon. (hence the reason the graphic says Amazon only) Why? They update their prices quicker than most other platforms. Don’t buy your books from Amazon? Well, last minute decision, it’s going to be available for 99 cents on all platforms!

Here are your links so you can get your one-click on…

Amazon, B&N, Kobo, Scribd, Inktera

♦♦♦ Some platforms take longer than other to update their pricing – please be patient and check…

View original post 27 more words

My Favorite Quote of All Times

Posted: February 19, 2016 in Uncategorized

C.S. Wilde

carl_sagan

“What an astonishing thing a book is. It’s a flat object made from a tree with flexible parts on which are imprinted lots of funny dark squiggles. But one glance at it and you’re inside the mind of another person, maybe somebody dead for thousands of years.

Across the millennia, an author is speaking clearly and silently inside your head, directly to you.

Writing is perhaps the greatest of human inventions, binding together people who never knew each other, citizens of distant epochs. Books break the shackles of time.

A book is proof that humans are capable of working magic.”

[Cosmos, Part 11: The Persistence of Memory (1980)]”

View original post

Free Stuff Is The Best Stuff

Posted: February 19, 2016 in Uncategorized

Libby Cole

Book Fair-1

Freebies! Do you want them? A chance to get your mitts on books from any and all genres?

I’ve teamed up with some of my author buddies to create a book fair. It starts on Facebook this Saturday – yes, this Saturday. We’ve got lots of giveaways scheduled and posts about new books every day. Check out the link to get amongst it.

http://www.facebook.com/events/927569970656592 

I’ve put a copy of the Hawaiian Heartbreak trilogy up for grabs – yes, all three books. And while there are plenty of other romance authors involved, there’s also fantasy, sci-fi, mystery… the list continues. There’s almost 100 authors taking part, so I can guarantee you’ll find something to tickle your fancy.

Happy reading, and good luck with the giveaways!

View original post

This should put a smile on your face!

By Hook Or By Book

giphy (1)

In honor of this truly important day  – *hiccup* – here’s some funny quotes and gifs to help us celebrate.

giphy

“The doctor told me to drink more wine. Also, I’m calling myself the doctor now.”

~ Unknown ~giphy (2)

“Wine is constant proof that God loves us and loves to see us happy.”

~ Benjamin Franklin ~

 giphy

“Once we hit forty, women only have about four taste buds left: one for vodka, one for wine, one for cheese, and one for chocolate.”

~ Gina Barreca ~

giphy (1)

“It doesn’t matter if the glass is half empty or half full. There is clearly more room for more wine.”

~ Unknown ~

giphy

“There are 13 minerals that are essential for human life, and all of them can be found in wine. Coincidence? I think not.

~ Unknown ~

 giphy (2)

“It takes only one drink to get me drunk. The trouble is I can’t…

View original post 11 more words