Back in late spring I was contacted by Kasia James. She honored me with an invitation to contribute in an anthology about motherhood. Being both a mother and a writer, of course I accepted. The anthology is slated to be completed and ready to go by the beginning of the new year, if memory serves, and will be available in both paperback and ebook formats.
My children are ages 22, 20, and 12 and they make me happier than anything or anyone in this world. They are brilliant, artistic, wise, funny, and a joy to hang with. People tell me that my children are such fantastic human beings because I have been such a wonderful mother to them. I say the truth is the opposite. I am a wonderful mother because I’ve been blessed with three children who are among the most stellar human beings that I know. I’ve learned far more from them than they have ever learned from me.
Okay, enough gushing.
Kasia, our contributing editor, has just revealed the cover of our sweet little anthology and I wanted to share it with you all.
I am excited to be able to participate in The Ministry Blog Tour in celebration of the completion of the final book in Alesha Escobar’s Gray Tower Trilogy, Circadian Circle. Congratulations Alesha! It’s phenomenal to be able to rub shoulders with such smart productive indie authors. It inspires me to work harder and to believe in my writing. Thanks Alesha for being an inspiration and for producing a quality piece of fantasy literature.
The Gray Tower Trilogy is a mash-up of magic and espionage, set in an alternate WWII era where the Nazis join with warlocks and vampires to gain the upper-hand, and the Allies employ wizards to stand in their way. The trilogy follows the exploits of Isabella George, an alchemist trained by the Gray Tower and hired as a spy by British intelligence. After losing friends and colleagues to the horrors of war, she’s ready to retire. However, a vampiric warlock stalking her, and a deadly secret from her past, only draw her further into a world of danger and deception.
If that doesn’t sound like a fun and interesting story line check out what others have to say about it:
“In addition to the variety of allies and enemies Isabella George encounters in the first book, an array of new characters and situations await a reader in Dark Rift. Some of the characters are warm while others are of a most sinister and evil nature. I even found myself having some difficulty falling asleep at night after one particular encounter. While I will not disclose any of the major plot elements, I will reveal that there are several plot twists for which there is little or no warning. While there might be extremely subtle hints, Alesha keeps her secrets well hidden.” (Goodreads Review)
“This is a fantastic finale to a series of espionage and fantasy woven into a complex plot with well-developed characters and intriguing story line. I could not put this book down! There was tension, suspense, magic, love, mystery, and more over an exciting conclusion. Circadian Circle gripped me to the very end.” (Samantha LaFantasie, Made To Forget)
Go for a chance to win some loot by signing up for the Ministry Raffle. Come on, you know you want to! Have fun! And congrats again Alesha!
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The Tower’s Alchemist (The Gray Tower Trilogy, #1)
Dark Rift (The Gray Tower Trilogy, #2)
Circadian Circle (The Gray Tower Trilogy, #3)
For about the past year I’ve been exclusive with Amazon’s KDP program. Initially I saw an upsurge in sales. Nothing huge, mind you, but a noticeable difference. Then I ran into some major hiccups. My ebook kept showing up for sale on other sights, making me not so exclusive, and KDP would kick me out of the program. I have my past with Smashwords and my very unfortunate past with Xlibris (horrific vanity publishing) to thank for that. Each time I managed to get my ebook removed from one market, I’d sign back up with KDP. Each time this happened, about four times in total, I found that I couldn’t recover and sales were even fewer.
I realized that I was probably going about things all the wrong way. Go figure, I’m new at this, and besides having little time, I’m lazy. I wanted to make selling my book as simple as possible. I also spent more time worrying about that book than I spent worrying about my current projects and about this site.
Along the way I also just got off track with my writing. I was losing my resolve and my hope. Then I came upon this fairly new and interesting podcast called Rocking Self Publishing hosted by Simon. I encourage you to listen to a few of the interviews. They are incredibly enlightening and educational. You will quickly learn just how generous other indie authors are as they share some incredible information about self publishing. A site that always helps set a fire beneath my creativity and give me indie author hope is that of Lindsay Buroker, author of The Emperor’s Edge series. Besides being a successful and prolific indie author she imparts some amazing advice over at her site.
So, I made the decision to make some changes. We are always changing aren’t we? It’s supposed to keep us on our toes, I guess, but to be honest, it tires me out.
- I didn’t sign back up for the KDP program. What’s the point? Fewer venues means less visibility and fewer sales.
- I’ve republished An Unproductive woman on Smashwords and as a result it will soon be available at many outlets. In this case, more is more.
- I’ve come to the realization that I need to STOP avoiding outlining and give it an honest try. I’ve been pantsing myself into literary holes. I can’t seem to stay jazzed about a story or complete a story because I end up floating in space with no direction.
- I’ve decided to start working with some internal deadlines. I need to complete one of the multiple projects I’ve started over the last year. Not having done so when I know that I am capable has dealt a blow to my writer’s self esteem.
- I’m actively looking for reliable betas and reasonably priced editors. So if you have any suggestions please send them my way.
- I’ve dusted of the picture I purchased over a year ago with the intent to use on a book cover. I’m using it as the background on my desktop to keep me motivated about this project that I wholly believe in.
- I’m getting back to my old schedule, where I rise at 0400 to get some writing done.
- I will take no prisoners or excuses.
See you at success.