Last year I spoke at a conference on the importance of keeping your website updated…
Last year I spoke at a conference on the importance of keeping your website updated…
Wow! Have you noticed lately how many ebooks there are to choose from? It’s insane! The hard part is knowing if the book you choose is going to be one you actually love or one you wish was a paperback so that you could burn it or, at the very least, throw it across the room in disgust.
This week I discovered a new favorite site: The Fussy Librarian. You are going to LOVE this! Here’s the blurb from their site:
With millions of books out there, it can be time consuming to find the good stuff. We can help! Only The Fussy Librarian remembers what genres you like and your preferences about language, violence and sexual content. Like only cozy mysteries? We’ll only send you an email when there’s a mystery that doesn’t have sex, violence or profanity. Read everything? We’ll send you lots of suggestions each day. It’s that easy!
Isn’t that awesome? OH! I forgot the best part – It’s FREE!!!! All you have to do to sign up is go to the website and enter your email address. Choose your content preferences and hit submit. Each week you’ll see a new list of ebooks chosen just for you. It’s a reader’s best friend.
You don’t want to miss any of their hot summer reads. So, hurry over to Fussy Librarian now and get signed up now! And don’t forget to share this great tip with all of your book-loving friends because sharing is caring.
Happy Anniversary to the coolest book blog on the block! Clean Indie Reads is a happy corner of the worldwide web where readers can find a delicious mix of genres without all the gore and gratuitous sex. The site has been growing like wildfire since it opened last year and to celebrate, we’re having a sale! Come find a few new favorites and tell your friends. This is a one day only sale, so hurry over there now before it’s gone.
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Ugh. Today has been so weird. I finally decided what my problem is: new book hangover. Yep. That’s what it is. I spent all weekend working like mad to get through the revision process for my new book (coming this summer!) and at 8:42 last night I finally hit send on that sucker. It is now in the very capable hands of my top secret beta readers and I can rest easy.
Except that I can’t. *sigh*
I hardly slept at all last night and then I spent most of the day wandering from project to project, from FB to Twitter and back again. What a terrible waste of a beautiful day! I’m just sick over it. But for some reason I can’t seem to focus. And that’s when it hit me: Book Hangover.
There’s only one way to cure a book hangover. You have to pour yourself into another book. I think I’ll read a regency era novel and soak up some of that deliciously intricate language so that I can pour it into my main character’s dialogue in the final rewrite. Then, maybe I’ll invest a few hours into my favorite online game, racing around beautiful fantasy forests and searching through old villages for useful artifacts. Then, I’ll take all of that inspiration and pour it into my next book project: Light series book 3, The Light Within.
Have you ever had a book hangover? How did you get your groove back?
I can hardly believe it is already May. This year has been constant action and now I find myself just weeks away from a very busy summer. So I find myself doing what countless women before me have done in these glorious cool days of spring: Spring Cleaning.
Oh, I’m not just talking about cleaning out closets and vaccuuming under the couch (remind me to do that, though!) As a writer, I’m doing a different sort of cleaning. I came out of winter’s fog with a mess of unfinished drafts, broken site links, and a To Do list a mile long. So, last week I sat down, dusted off my laptop, and got to work. So far this is what I’ve accomplished:
Whew! I’m exhausted just looking at this list! But the fabulous thing about spring cleaning is that once you are finished, everything looks so bright and shiny. I am thrilled to share all of my work with each of you. Thank you for supporting me along the way. By the time fall comes around there should be a few more shiny new bits of news to share. Until then, please have a fabulous summer.
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Here in the states we set aside a day each fall to be thankful for all we have been given. This year I’m celebrating at home with a table full of good food and a my lovely family. And while I’m counting my blessings, I’ll be thinking of you, dear reader. I want to say thank you to all of you who have cheered me on and supported me through my first year as an indie author. I’m thrilled to have such loyal fans and dear friends. Thank you!
This Friday, when you begin the hunt for the perfect gifts for your family and friends, please consider supporting an indie author. My gals over at the YA StoryTellers Society are sharing a few suggestions with their readers to help you narrow down the perfect gift for the book lovers in your life. You can even win a $25 Amazon gift card to make shopping easier. Just take a pic of yourself holding one of our books and you could win!
You can check out what the other Society members listed as their favorite indie author deals for the year by clicking HERE. Meanwhile, here are a few of my favorites to add to your Kindle this season:
At sixteen, Bay-Lee is not your typical girl. The last thing she wants is to be popular, to be noticed, so she never raises her hand in class. She doesn’t participate in extra-curricular activities and purposely puts the wrong answers on tests in order to keep her solid C point average. Her classmates have no clue who she really is, Van Helsing’s daughter. They don’t know she’s on the run, hiding from monsters that want to kill her before she can turn into a great hunter. They’re afraid of her… and they should be because she plans to be the best hunter the world has ever seen. As soon as she is finished with her training, she’s going to track and kill the werewolf pack responsible for tearing her mother to shreds, and nothing is going to get in her way.
Teens are disappearing in a small river town in southern Ohio as Keira Ryan begins her freshman year. Kidnappings aside, her worries mount as she crushes on an older guy, her best friend starts dating a spoiled cheerleader, and the parents that abandoned her at birth arrive at her doorstep. And, oh yeah, she’s a tooth fairy destined to kick some butt and bring about the end of a royal line of vicious, blood-sucking tyrants.
Kara, a college student still reeling from her mother’s recent death, has no idea the hidden world of Ourea even exists until a freak storm traps her in a sunken library. With nothing to do, she opens an ancient book of magic called the Grimoire and unwittingly becomes its master, which means Kara now wields the cursed book’s untamed power. Discovered by Ourea’s royalty, she becomes an unwilling pawn in a generations-old conflict – a war intensified by her arrival. In this world of chilling creatures and betrayal, Kara shouldn’t trust anyone… but she’s being hunted and can’t survive on her own. She drops her guard when Braeden, a native soldier with a dark secret, vows to keep her safe. And though she doesn’t know it, her growing attraction to him may just be her undoing.
Carin exposes the true reason she was asked to summer on the Mallace Mansion estate. Will she be strong enough to recognize love and redeem her family legacy? Or will the temptations of power and control lure her to the same dark places where others lost themselves?
Merrilyn’s life is quiet and predictable. An apprentice to the royal healer, she spends her days helping in the village or up to mischief with her best friend who happens to be the handsome younger son of the king. But when a mysterious archer shows up in the forest and shoots their escort, Merrilyn’s life is forever changed. Caught in a battle between two forgotten gods, she must embrace her destiny and fight the very powers of darkness before it’s too late.
Don’t forget to stop by The Society and enter to win.
Halloween is just two weeks away and like many people, my mind is on the spooky and the supernatural these days. It doesn’t hurt that my current work-in-progress happens to be all about the running from demons. Talk about creepy!
Well, the girls over at the YA Storytellers Society have all been blogging this week about our fave YA monsters and I figured it was about time I confessed to mine. Vampires are flashy and werewolves are warm and fuzzy, but my favorite monsters to read about are…
When I was in school, I read every book in our tiny school library that had anything to do with ghosts. I quickly blew through all the creepy ghost stories to full length paranormal fiction and finally on to nonfiction books about ghost hunting and paranormal research. Eventually, it got to the point where I had to stop reading so many creepy books because I was freaking myself out!
These days I don’t read many ghost stories and I absolutely hate scary movies. BUT, I am still a fan of the supernatural. I love shows like Ghost Hunters International (foreign travel, historic sites AND ghosts! Booyah!) And I’m writing about the spirit world in my new series, so that’s had me doing a lot of research. The only thing I don’t love about ghosts in a YA story…They make romance a little difficult!
If you want to see one of my new favorite ghosts, check out our new online book club. This month we’re reading Bait by KC Blake. See if you can spot the ghost in the story and then stop by our Goodreads group and let us know what you thought of it. I bet you’ll love it as much as I did! And did I mention that Bait is FREE this month? Hurry over and grab it now.
Want to know what the other authors in the society think about YA monsters? Check it out on the YA Storytellers site. You’ll find it under the Fun Fridays tab. What’s your favorite monster to discover in a YA book?
I have a lot of new products coming up this fall including new books, audiobooks, and some new swag items to share with your book loving friends. I don’t want you to miss out on a single thing! So, I’ve decided to send out a newsletter each season letting you know all about what’s new in my world and what new releases you can expect from Sutherlin Books. This will also include any special events like book signings, contests, or giveaways I have coming up. As a special bonus, each person who signs up for the newsletter this month is going into a drawing for a FREE swag pack which includes signed book marks, and custom jewelry designed for The Wanderer Series!
So, what are you waiting for?
Earlier this week I introduced you to a brand new site created just for fans of YA indie fiction, The YA Storytellers Society. Twice each month members of the society will blog about a common topic. This week’s topic is Creepy & Lovin’ It. So, here’s a creepy excerpt from my book, To Light the Path.
Merrilyn sat staring into the fire, debating with herself silently over all the things the Dream Stealer had said to her. She couldn’t hope any longer that he would stay away, but at the same time, she didn’t want to hear his promises anymore. She knew he couldn’t keep them; they had to be lies. Still, she wondered about the man who could invade her thoughts so easily. Who was he, and what did he really want with her? She hoped tonight to find out.
She took her place by the fire Aiden had built and tried to force herself to sleep. Instead, sleep eluded her. She tossed and turned long after the others were snoring. Merrilyn wondered if maybe she had been foolish to think she would hear his voice again so soon. With a deep sigh, she gave up trying to sleep and watched the smoke curl up toward the stars.
The clouds were thick tonight and a chill filled the air. She was glad for her warm blankets and snuggled deeper into them. Justan’s arm fell off of her and he snored loudly before rolling over to face the opposite direction.
Merrilyn turned back to stare at the fire and nearly jumped in surprise. The smoke had changed. Instead of the thin wisp rising slowly away from the dying flames, it now billowed into a large cloud that puffed and grew as she watched.
The Dream Stealer’s voice called to her, and Merrilyn tried not to smile in relief.
“You were waiting for me?” he asked, a hint of laughter in his voice this time. “I am a little surprised, Merrilyn. It seems you can’t decide how you feel about me.”
Her mind had been drawing its own picture of him for weeks. Now she wondered if his face would match the beautiful voice she heard singing in her dreams.
The smoke billowed suddenly, and a man appeared stepping out of the haze. Though she could not at first see his face clearly, her first thought was that he was the most handsome man she had ever seen.
He smiled at that. He was dark, his hair a deep brown, almost black, and his eyes were the same. He wore a black cloak that covered most of him.
The smoke swirled around him, pooling at his feet and then rushing away along the ground. She looked around, surprised to find herself standing at the top of a mountain. She could see the land stretching out all around her in every direction. It was beautiful and she wondered about all the places she had never seen. She gazed at the expansive scene in wonder.
“It could be yours,” he said softly beside her.
She turned to look up at him, searching his face, eager to read his expression now that she could. But it told her nothing more. He watched her calmly, waiting for her reply.
“Who are you to give it to me?” she asked at last.
He laughed. “What a clever question. Haven’t you guessed?”
Merrilyn shook her head.
“Ah, well then. I have a question for you,” he said with a smile. “Why did you want to see me?”
He took her hand and raised it to his lips. Then, he turned it over, running his thumb across her wrist where her pulse throbbed a bit quicker. His smile widened as he pressed a kiss into the palm of her hand.
She watched him with a mixture of fear and fascination. He lifted an eyebrow as he watched the play of emotions on her face.
“Shall I answer that for you?” he asked, teasingly.
“I want to know what it is you want from me,” she said at last.
“I only want to give you all that you desire. Surely you cannot object to that.”
She appraised him warily, and his lips twisted into a smile.
“Ah, I forgot. You don’t trust me.”
He sighed dramatically.
“I suppose I will just have to convince you then,” he said. “Come with me and I will show you.”
Her eyes widened at this suggestion.
He waited, hand outstretched for her, his eyes locked on hers. At last, with a deep breath for courage, she took his hand and fog billowed at her feet. It grew into a great cloud, swirling around her until she could no longer see anything but the Dream Stealer smiling down at her.
Slowly, the fog faded. They appeared in a stone chamber that reminded her of the king’s great room back in Nomar. It held no furniture except an enormous throne made of solid stone. It was black and as her eyes travelled the room, Merrilyn noticed scorch marks along the walls and floor. Strange since the room no longer smelled of fire.
“This could be yours,” he said softly, pulling her further into the room. “Here, you could sit on a throne and rule the nations.”
He pointed to the far wall where several large windows looked out over a great valley. She stepped closer, staring out at the land below. From here it seemed as though she could see the entire world.
“All of this could be yours, if you will choose it.”
He stared down into her eyes and she felt her pulse quicken. “I will see to it that you have all that you want, all that you long for. I will make you the greatest woman who has ever lived. All will know your name and speak it with reverence.”
She glanced away from his intense gaze and looked again out the windows at the world below. It was dark now, as though a storm were growing and the clouds choked out all the moonlight, obscuring the earth below from her sight.
Merrilyn took a deep breath, suddenly fearful. Something deep within her warned of an unseen danger and she tried to understand it, to see it clearly, but it eluded her. She looked up at the man beside her and saw how he watched her with coolness, as though he understood the reason for her fear better than she.
Read more creepy tales by our society members HERE.