Thursday, July 13, 2017

Where Have I Been?


It's been a while since I've posted anything. I wish I could say that I've been busy writing, but that is not necessarily true. I took some time to go on a little vacation with my family.  All work and no play makes me unbalanced, and balance is vital in life. Since I've been away, I thought I'd share a little bit of my vacation with you.  If you already follow me on Instagram, you've seen these pictures (and so many more). For those of you who are not IG fans, here is a snippet of my travels.



I absolutely love nature! I think that you all have already figured that out since my Diasodz are connected to the elements.  We visited many national parks, including Yosemite. The ONLY thing thing that I did not enjoy were the mountainside curves.  I'm a flatlands girl; I live in Florida, after all! ;-) My anxiety does not do well with driving precariously close to the edge of a drop thousands of feet above sea level.  Still, being surrounded by nature in all of its glory was so peaceful. I kept thinking of my characters and their affinities to earth, air, water, and fire while on this trip.  Earth is complete because of all of the elements, and I found so much peace with each exploration.



In San Francisco, we rode bikes up to and on top of the Golden Gates Bridge.  The ride kicked my butt, but I refused to give up.  I had to walk up most of the hills, but I managed to make it up one hill, and that was success enough for me. Lol! Atop of the bridge, I took a moment to admire the strength and durability of steel and to realize the amount of trust that we give to it.  In Santa Rosa, I took a hot air balloon ride with my son.  Ar'ch was definitely on my mind with this adventure. ;-)  So was Sofia! The fire used to keep the balloon in the air was fierce!


Oh, Rafe! Sigh... At Crescent Beach, we visited a lighthouse, and scattered around the beach were pieces of driftwood that had washed ashore. The trees were no longer alive, but they were still beautiful! The Redwood National Forest was majestic! There were so many trees that had been struck by lightning, and still they stood.  Their insides had been burned out, but their shells stood strong and tall and continued to provide shelter to animals and life to its surrounding environment.


Crater Lake brought us an unexpected surprise...snow in June! My son had never seen snow before (except on TV), so we spent time throwing snowballs at each other.  It was warm enough for short sleeves (and that says a lot for a Miami girl), yet the snow was still there in all its glory.  Craker Lake was beautiful and peaceful.  You wouldn't think you were standing on top of a volcano, but that it exactly what we were doing!


The Columbia River Gorge has many waterfalls, but this one, Multnomah Falls, was the most impressive.  What was so exhilarating for me was the fact that my father, son, and I hiked to the very top of the waterfall! It was not an easy feat, but we refused to give up, and at the very top, I found this gorgeous little river.  Where the water meets the earth... Sigh...

 
In Vancouver, we visited the Capilano Suspension Bridge and Grouse Mountain. While standing on that suspension bridge and looking over at the long-way-down, I remembered a certain promise that Angel made to Rafe. ;-) At Grouse Mountain, my father and I went to the top of a windmill and learned about the incredible power that they harness. :-)


Yellowstone National Forest gave us great views of the animals on the west coast. If you look closely, you will see a large elk in the bottom picture. :-)  The top picture holds a funny memory for me.  My son saw dandelions atop of yet another hill that we hiked and wanted to pick it to blow off the seeds.  I explained to him that the best way to love nature is to keep it alive, so he and I bent down to blow a few of the seeds into the air. As we were rising, my dad was laughing.  When I asked him why, he pointed out the bison chip (manure) that was right next to us. I guess the wind was in our favor (thank you, Ar'ch) because we did not smell it while we were down there. Lol!


I am not the athletic type.  I consider myself a professional spectator. ;-) But when your son asks you to go zip lining and tubing down ski slopes and then challenges you on an obstacle course, you do it. Period. And as you can see, I survived and made my little man a very happy athlete. :-) (For those of you who are curious, this is at Utah Olympic Park.)


Our adventures ended with a peaceful cruise across South Lake Tahoe. It was so serene that my little man fell asleep in my arms, and I enjoyed every moment of it.  The sun on my face, the wind in my hair, the water beneath me, and the earth surrounding me... It was the perfect place to rejuvenate me.

And now, I'm home, and I am ready to finish the final chapters of the Diasodz's concluding novel.  For those of you who are patiently awaiting book five, thank you! I promise that it will be worth the wait. :-)

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Spotlight Author - Wendy Scott!

I am so happy to spotlight this fantastic author, Wendy Scott! I have several of her books on my TBR list and cannot wait to read them! Please join me in welcoming Wendy to my page!


Today, Wendy is going to share with us Lodestone, Book 1, Witch Hunt Series.


Lodestone (Witch-Hunt) review by author Aoife Marie Sheridan.

https://aoifesheri.wordpress.com/2013/06/11/review-of-witch-hunt/

"When I first started reading the book it felt like Harry Potter, a story written for a younger person, but I was given this book by the author for an honest review so I kept reading.

Wow. What a story, I cried so many times, not just a few tears, at one stage I had to stop reading because it became too much for me. The loss of a loved one in the book was so real and raw; that it felt as if the author's own experiences had been pasted in this book. It tore at me so much. Lauren was a woman cursed in a sense since birth, hardworking, loyal, and loving and what she was subjected to and suffered was heart wrenching, and her vengeance was understandable it was as powerful as her love.

The story is told mostly through the eyes of Sabrina a healer growing up in a world where witch craft is forbidden by the Order of Lauren. Sabrina is kind and shy, simple in ways living a protected life, with no knowledge of who she is. Until she discovers she is a relative of Lauren a women who is remembered incorrectly as being evil. As the story develops we see Sabrina conquer her fears, and she grows so much it’s like watching her transform into another person.  The story is fast paced and doesn’t slow down at all, the lands that the author creates are haunting at times, yet so breath-taking like the forest  or the city of Sha’ La’ Shang. The plot is thick with deceit, murder and greed.

The love story between Sabrina and Micah is there through the whole book, but it doesn’t over power the story at all, it alters the future for Sabrina, but I can’t wait to read the second book to see where they end up, and find out what exactly Sabrina will do now that her powers have fully ignited.
A wonderful story, one that I would highly recommend, I applaud the author for a tale that made me cry, squirm with unease, and made my heart pound with anticipation."


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Behind the scenes of Lodestone with Fantasy Author Wendy Scott.

One of my aims is to deliver a story with an emotional punch. In Lodestone, I explore the maternal bond between a mother and daughter.

Hell crash lands into Lauren’s world on a broomstick. She faces every mother’s worst nightmare when her daughter is abducted by the witches. Never one to stand idly by, Lauren retaliates and discovers an unquenchable thirst for vengeance.

The repercussions of Lauren’s actions still reverberate in Valloaria generations later. In the same circumstances, if it was your child, would you have done what Lauren did? Would you have raised the Lodestone?

Sabrina, Lauren’s last descendant, is the only one left who has the power to undo Lauren’s legacy, but it’s a suicide mission. Does she sacrifice her future to fix someone else’s mistakes from the past? Would you?



In the US, Amazon has 124 reviews and a 4.4* rating for this book!


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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

The Dreaded Moment

The moment has come. Shortly after dreaming my characters into existence in 2010, I knew this scene was coming. It is finally here, and I don't want to write it. My fingers are throwing a tantrum and refusing to cooperate, almost as if my characters have each taken hold of a separate digit and are pulling against it with all his/her strength (and they are much stronger than I). They know, as well as I, that there is no alternate ending; this is the way it was always meant to be. That doesn't make it any less painful.

I have grown to love my characters, all of them. My antagonists aren't these purely evil characters who deserve to die, and my protagonists are not perfect, either. Death does not come only to those who have earned it. It cares not how you've lived your life; it stills your heart because it can. The war between the Diasodz and Raizyns has come, and war always brings death. It is inevitable. And I must write it.

But I don't want to. How do I say goodbye to some of these characters when I can empathize with their choices? How do I take them away from those who love them only to leave my other characters suffering with their loss? Why do the prophecies always have to be right?

I haven't written a single word of the scene, and already I am drained. It's playing on repeat in my head, and I'm trying to rewrite it so that I save a character or three, but it always comes back to the original scene. There is no point in procrastinating any longer. The end has come, and it must be written. I only hope that when it is over, my characters (and I) can find peace with the aftermath.

Friday, April 14, 2017

Author Spotlight - Harmony Kent



I am thrilled to share with you today this amazing author.  Indie Author Harmony Kent is an award winning multi-genre author. Her publications include:  




Today we are celebrating her newest book, Moments!


Book Blurb:

Come.

Take a moment to delve into tales from the dark side, have fun with fantasy, dabble in dystopia, and court danger in a little science fiction.

These tales touch upon death, grieving, war, fresh starts, hope, courage, change, choices, and encouragement.

And then, after all that, you’ll find the poems.

From the lonely echoes of an empty house to the soaring heights of unexpected love and joy and learning to live as free as clouds and water.

For each of us, a moment encompasses a lifetime and, yet, passes in but the blink of an eye. In but a moment, everything can change. And in this very moment, life beckons in all its potentiality.

When the shadows fall, what will you do?

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As well as being an avid reader and writer, Harmony Kent also offers editing, proof reading, manuscript appraisal, and beta reading services.   As well as reviewing and supporting her fellow indie authors, Harmony works hard to promote and protect high standards within the indie publishing arena.   She is always on the lookout for talent and excellence, and will freely promote any authors or books who she feels have these attributes. 

For all books available from her, check out her author pages at Amazon UK and Amazon US.

Book Trailer videos: Harmony’s trailers.
Twitter: @harmony_kent https://twitter.com/harmony_kent

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This tour is sponsored by 4WillsPublishing.wordpress.com.

Monday, April 10, 2017

#RRBC 2017 Springtime Book and Blog Party - UPDATED



Thanks for partying with me over here in Miami, FL. I appreciate all of you who took the time to join me on my day of the RRBC Springtime Book and Blog Party! Here are my winners:

Today's Prizes - 04/11/17:

*an e-book copy of one of my novels (winner's choice) - 5 winners (KRISTY MODIA, MARETHA MENICHINI, C. S. BOYACK, JOAN HALL & CHARLES W. JONES)

* a signed copy of The One Discovered (continental US only) - 1 winner (MAE CLAIR)

* a signed copy of The One Enlightened (continental US only) - 1 winner (MAGGIE THOM)

* a signed copy of The One Betrayed (continental US only) - 1 winner (MIKE LYNES)

* a signed copy of The One Revealed (continental US only) - 1 winner  (SUZANNA BURKE)

* Author Spotlight on my blog - 1 winner (LARRY HYATT)

Total Winners: 10! :-)
I will be contacting all of my winners within the next couple of days to send you your prizes. Congratulations! :-)

If you did not win on my page, there are plenty of prizes still out there to win. Just go to: https://ravereviewsbynonniejules.wordpress.com/rrbc-2017-springtime-book-blog-block-party/ 

Let's get this party started!

In order to win a prize, you need to leave a comment at some point today (04/11/17).  You don't have to be a member of RRBC to win, but if you love reading and/or writing, RRBC is the place to be. That will enter you into the drawing.  That being said, you are more than welcome to share this post with others. :-)

With each of these #RRBC book and blog parties, I have told you about my Chronicles of the Diasodz series. You can see those posts here and here and here.  I am thrilled with the responses that I have received to each of my novels, and I thank each of you who have taken a chance on me and have read my series.  If you are new to my work, you can read about my series here and here.

Today, I want to do something a little different. I want to share with you something that I did not write.  This was written by my very talented sister, Kristy Modia.  She is a high school Language Arts teacher who sponsors a creative writing club called Writer's Ink.  Her students perform in spoken word competitions through the Jason Taylor's Louder Than a Bomb organization.  Recently, the coaches were asked to share a piece of their own writing, and the following piece is what my sister shared.  Enjoy! :-)

This is my 19th year of teaching.
So much has changed since I first started,
And as a mentor, I’m tired,
Tired of education being one–sided.
So listen to my side.
You know what I hear often?
"Miss, what can I do to pass?"
I feel like answering by saying,
“What you should have been doing
While you were engaged in your routine of puff, puff, pass.”
That’s how so many of you end up blind-sighted.
You don’t want to learn.
You want a get-out-of-jail free card,
But this isn’t monopoly.
Education isn’t a game
And it’s not my job to bail you out.
In fact, you’re the one who bails when I try to help,
But somehow I am supposed to care.
Most of the time when I am teaching
Half of you aren’t even mentally there.
You see, I’m in a battle,
Always fighting off the lure of social media.
I’m left competing for your attention, and
Well, that’s not right!
I ask you to face the book and
You pull out your phones and hop on Facebook.
I ask you to follow me in the chapter and
You wonder how many followers you have.
You’re more concerned with Tweeting,
And you’ve perfected the art of cheating.
Yes, you’ve cheated yourself out of an education,
Cheated yourself out of real social interaction,
Cheated yourself out of living in the moment,
Moments that you will unfortunately never get back,
And while you should be working on improving yourself,
You're too busy taking selfie after selfie,
Hoping to get as many likes and hearts as you can.
Truth is, you wouldn’t do this if you really liked yourself.
You need affirmation from friends who don’t even know you,
But you don’t care; you don’t even know yourself.
You know how to use those filters on your Snapchats,
But you don’t know yet how to filter in reality.
So long as you have a cute Instagram,
You’re happy…
So I can’t compete or even instill a gram of knowledge into your heads.
You are the generation of instant gratification,
But few of you are ever really satisfied.
Education partly died when the word text went from a book from which to gather knowledge
To an abbreviated version of English used for virtual communication.
Congratulations! Your phones are now truly smarter than you.
So, you ask me how you can pass?
I will answer by saying, "Stop passing."
Stop passing on opportunities that I give you,
Stop passing the time on mindless acts,
Stop passing by your classes and actually go inside,
Stop trying to hide - 
Hide from responsibilities,
Hide who you really are in favor of false appreciation,
Hide from the only gift you have - the present.
Learn to present yourself as a student.
This generation is connected to being disconnected,
So here I am, representing one of many tired educators
Because students continue to give us less
And their only true connections to life remain wireless.


Besides being an author, I am also a middle school Language Arts/Intensive Reading teacher, so this poem resonates with me, and I hope it impacts you as well.  Many of you are parents who can also connect with this poem.  Technology is both a blessing and a curse, and it takes strong will-power and character to know what role it should have in our lives.  Too many people have forgotten how to enjoy life and have become prisoners of their own devices.

My sister has written two novels, but she is a perfectionist, so she has yet to publish either one.  She's afraid that they aren't good enough, so she keeps them hidden from the world.  She almost didn't give me this poem because she "just wrote it on a whim for the LTAB presentation."  One day, I will convince her to publish her works, so remember her name. ;-)

Thank you for visiting me today. I share today's party with two other extremely talented authors, so please visit their sites as well.  You can find them on the #RRBC 2017 Springtime Book and Blog Party line-up.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

New Release and Author Spotlight - A.M. Manay

If you don't already know, I am a huge fan of author A.M. Manay and her November Snow series.  Although I have spotlighted her before, I am honored to be sharing her with you again today because her new novel, She Marches Through Fire, is finally available! :-)



The November Snow series follows November Snow, a girl who has visions of the future who gets mixed up with vampires and werewolves and faeries. I have read the entire series and LOVE it!  In the author's words, here is a little glimpse into two of the characters that you learn to love (and/or hate) from the series.


"Looking for Love in All the Wrong Places"
by A.M. Manay

I've been thinking a lot about the relationship between November and Luka as I wind up my November Snow Series with its final installment, SheMarches Through Fire.  Why is November drawn to Luka despite hating everything he has done or has tried to do?  Why can't she simply reject him altogether?
November and Luka have a complicated dynamic.  Her inability to disengage from him doesn’t arise only because power is seductive, though it is.  It's not solely due to vampire blood magic.  It's not just "Stockholm Syndrome.”  It's not simply an impulse toward self-destructive behavior, though that does play into things.  It’s also not just due to the fact that she has a savior complex, though she does certainly have a deep need to save people.

I think that the final factor that might not be immediately apparent to the casual reader is that November sees something familiar in Luka, as he does in her.  When it comes down to it, Luka may be the character who best understands November and her emotional motivations.  November and Luka are two sides of the same coin.  Both survived devastating and abusive childhoods.  November lost her father at a young age.  Her neglectful and abusive mother struggled unsuccessfully with addiction and was terrified of November's gift.  Luka's parents rejected him and left him for dead because he was born with a physical disability, and his surrogate vampire family enslaved and exploited him for years before giving him eternal life.  They both experienced significant trauma, but they reacted to that experience differently.

While November chooses to turn to the good while dealing with her pain, Luka chooses a more evil road in response to his own.  November's reaction is to seek safety and affection wherever she can find it.  She, both consciously and unconsciously, tries to get everyone she meets to love her and protect her the way her parents did not.  She, essentially, goes looking for love in all the wrong places.  Luka's response to similar trauma is to seek to control the world and everyone in it, especially those who mean anything to him.  His greed and his ruthlessness spring from the desperate emotional need to rule his universe and to prevent another abandonment.  Consequently, any event causing helplessness or loss affects him profoundly, as it does November.

My creation of November's connection to Luka, especially as it develops in SheMarches Through Fire, isn't meant to express approval of his crimes or of his abusive behavior, nor is it intended to be leading to a romance with some kind of "happily ever after."  Her actions with respect to Luka aren’t meant to be seen as particularly wise.  You’ll have to decide for yourself how you judge them both.

These two antagonists have a great deal more in common than I realized when I first began to write the series.  Isn't it funny how our characters somehow take on lives of their own?  What complexities do you see in November’s relationships with the other characters?


If you want to see how November and Luka’s dangerous dance comes to a close, order SheMarches Through Fire, available today at all major ebook retailers.




Series: November Snow
Author: A.M. Manay
Cover design: A.M. Manay
Release Date: March 28, 2017
Genre: Supernatural fantasy

Psychic vampire November Snow must battle grief, injury, and her own family as she fights evil on all sides. She seeks a cure for the poison sapping her strength and a fairy weapon as powerful as it is dangerous to wield. When it is time to save the innocent and gain justice for her maker, will she find the strength to march through the fire?

If you want a little bit more information, watch this book trailer: https://youtu.be/m9gxWk0Q1m8






Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Author Spotlight - Linda Mims


I am so excited to help you get to know this debut author.  Meet Linda Mims, a retired educator turned author.  That alone is reason for me to adore her. :-) Her novel will be the reason that you love her.  So, without further delay, here is a little information about Linda.


Linda Mims started creating tales in her head as a child. At age 12, she knew she was onto something when she sold a story to her grandmother for a quarter, but it was her dad’s more practical advice, to get a good education and find a real job, that she followed.
After retiring from her “real job” as an educator, Linda began her writing career as an indie author. The tale of The Neon Houses was born out of a careless comment that people had lost interest in reading. The joke was that decades from now we’d need to hold reading nights in neighborhood parks for citizens who wouldn’t be able to read.
Linda rolled that idea around in her head until it turned into a whole society of have-nots. Once the idea got rolling, she worked nonstop until she’d finished the first draft. Writing is now her real job!
LindaMims resides in a small suburban town 30 miles outside of Chicago, IL where she likes to cook, garden, and blog, sometimes simultaneously. She is married to her long-time love, has two grown daughters and one bossy, bichon-pom, Alexis.


I have downloaded The Neon Houses and can't wait to read it to review it for you all, but in the meantime, check out this review from another incredible author:


A Review for THE NEON HOUSES
By Mary Schmidt on January 26, 2017
Format: Kindle Edition

By the middle of chapter one, I knew this book was different from mainstream futuristic novels. Mims’ wove a true unique read with an interesting plot and characters. I didn’t expect a chilling murder at the beginning, but this novel demands action and is quite gripping. A future Chicago and Gang Territory, those with money, and those who live in the ghetto – drug/crime lords, growing up on the street, and more makes this book believable, as I can visually see this entire novel in my brain. A book that garners this kind of a reaction from me garners five stars, especially when it is well-written. Mim’s characters spring to life in a futuristic socioeconomic environment and gave me pause to wonder just what Earth will be like in the late 2000’s. Well done Ms. Mims.

This book should be moved to the top of your list of TBRs. The cover alone is phenomenal! Here is the synopsis of the book:


Dr. Noel Kennedy hears screams inside her head, but the screams aren’t hers. While preparing for her annual end-of-summer barbecue, Noel hears her young friend—twenty-year-old Zarah Fisher—screaming for her life. However Zarah is miles away!
Noel knows the exact moment Zarah takes her last breath because Noel has a secret! It’s a secret that not even her husband Richard knows.
As the Deputy Chief of Schools of Gang Territory, Noel has perfected her life. She is a solid, middle-class citizen from New Chicago, Incorporated. New Chicago and Gang Territory have become vastly different societies since the early Urban Wars. Now, year 2087 finds New Chicago’s military-trained police determined to enforce laws that keep “gang people” out.
Harlem Pierce, a New Chicago police detective, has been warned to stay away from this case and he urges Noel to let it go. But a new killing involves Noel’s younger cousin and her boyfriend and links Noel to it in a startling way.
Who can Noel draw on? Must she turn to Warren Simpson—the menacing, treacherous boss of Gang Territory? Or … could he be the killer?
Check out this awesome book trailer for more information: https://youtu.be/_JrglVENUOs

While you are at it, follow her on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/boom_lyn

The tour is sponsored by 4WillsPublishing.wordpress.com.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Author Spotlight - Jan Sikes


Author Spotlight - Jan Sikes


Happy Valentine's Day! I can't think of a better way of spreading love on this day than by sharing my love of reading and writing with you.  So, for this Valentine's Day, I am sharing with you a fellow author who has written several different books.  She is a member of Rave Writers - International Society of Authors (RWISA).  Join me in welcoming this amazing author of several novels and learn more about her in my interview with her.


      How long have you been writing?   The first thing I remember writing was a gospel song around         the age of eight or nine.


How many books have you authored?  5  

Please give us up to 3 titles? Flowers and Stone, The Convict and the Rose, Home At Last

Do you have a writing schedule?  I wish! I have such a busy life that too often my writing goes to the back burner. But…once I am moved and settled in my new place, I intend to change that and work on my story in some form or fashion every day. Wish me luck!

You’re a member of RAVE WRITERS –INTERNATIONAL SOCIETY OF AUTHORS (RWISA)Why do you think you were accepted into this exclusive group?  I’m an award-winning author and while  I’m proud of this recognition, I see tons of room for improvement in my writing. And, I think that is why I was accepted into RWISA – not because I have won awards for my writing, but because I hunger to continue to grow and learn the craft.

Modesty aside, what separates your writing from the millions of other writers in the world? We are all unique. And because of that, we each have a unique voice – way of expressing our thoughts with words. That is the one factor that separates any of us. I can’t tell a story like you and you wouldn’t be able to tell the story the way I do. I love this because it is what makes everything about the crazy world of writing so exciting, fresh and new!

If you could spend a day picking the brain of one author, who would that be? Taylor Caldwell Why? She wrote a historical novel in 1972 that totally changed the way I view world leaders, wars and the way decisions are made that affect countries. I would love to hear why she wrote this book, how she did her research and what it led her to discover.

Are you a die-hard INDIE writer who loves having complete control of your work, or, if you were offered a publishing contract today, would you sign on the dotted line? Although I love the freedom of being an Indie author, I would jump at a chance to sign a legitimate publishing contract. My sister is a traditionally published author (signed to a major publisher) and when I see all they do for her as far as marketing, I am envious. It would be nice to get paid, instead of having to pay for everything myself.

As an author, where do you see yourself in 5 years?  I know beyond any doubt, I’ll still be writing, but I also see myself getting more established as a teacher. I love presenting workshops to all levels of writers from children to adult. I learn so much that way.

What is the ONE tool that has been the most beneficial tool in the marketing of your books? Hands down, for me, public appearances. I sell more books by doing speaking engagements or through book signings. I love the one-on-one interaction with  potential readers.

Name one writer that you know of, member or non-member of RRBC, who you feel should be added to the RWISA Roster of elite members?  Mae Clair (in fact I am shocked to find that she isn’t already a member) Why? Her writing is superb, but as a person, she is one of the most supportive, encouraging and engaging RRBC members I’ve gotten to know.

What is the one piece of advice that you could share that would be most valuable for those aspiring to not only be writers, but those aspiring to be great writers? Never EVER think you’ve learned all there is to know about writing. It is an ongoing process and we should never stop learning!

Do you believe that writers who churn out several books a year are really putting out quality work?   It depends. I would say that answer could only be given on a book-by-book basis. I know some writers who put out three or four books per year and they are all amazing stories. On the other hand, I know some who are more interested in adding another title to their name than telling a great story or making sure it’s the best it can be.

If you had promised your fans a book by a certain date only to find that your book wasn’t the best it could be, would you go ahead and publish your book just to meet that self-imposed deadline and deliver as promised, or, would you disappoint your fans and shelve the book until it was absolutely ready? I would have to shelve the book.   No matter your reason, please explain why? To publish a book that wasn’t ready would only hurt me, not help. I would lose those reader fans quickly. Let me add, though, that I’d stay in contact with the readers and let them know the status of the book.

In your opinion, what makes a book “a great book?”  A character driven story that you can’t put down and that lingers with you long after you’ve read “The End.”

If you received a review of your book which stated that there were editing & proofing “issues,” what’s the first thing you would do?  First, I would contact the person who claimed there were editing and proofing issues to thank them for taking time to tell me and then I’d ask for specifics. And the second? If there were truly typos, errors or any other mistakes, I’d immediately pull the book down off the market, and go to work on the manuscript. 


Here is a little advice from Jan herself:


Don’t Fall in a Rut
We all have our own unique style of communicating, but as authors, do we let ourselves fall into a rut of using the same words over and over throughout our stories? I’d like to challenge all authors, new and old, to examine your wordage. Do you use “very, just, such, things or was/is/are/am” too often?
There are many reference books at our fingertips, and of course, a standard is the trusty Thesaurus. Isn’t it a wonderful handy tool to have right on your computer desktop? If you find a certain word or phrase that you get stuck using, do a search through the document and let your imagination and creativity explode by creating different and more descriptive ways of saying the same thing only better.
It is a constant goal to improve the quality, not quantity, of my writing. A well-written story that flows and draws the reader in is like stumbling upon a gold mine of emotion.  


Check out Jan Sike's latest book, which is currently FREE!

Home At Last by [Sikes, Jan]


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