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YA novels on sale for 99 cents, limited time

For a limited time two YA fiction novels are on sale for 99 cents each AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE SMASHWORDSKOBO THE BIRD WITH THE BROKEN WING Rachael is a guardian angel who finds herself trapped in Purgatory with Ben Taylor, a young soldier she was assigned to watch over. She knows the terrible secret that's keeping him trapped in limbo, but can't understand why she got dragged into Purgatory with him when he died. Desperate to set his soul free, Rachael uses counselling sessions to guide Ben into a state of self discovery. Yet it's been ten years now, and they're both still trapped in limbo. It's not until the appearance of a feisty teenager, Jet Jones, that Rachael comes to understand how her attempts to get Ben to unleash his dark secret have unleashed one of her own. And this secret is bad news for angels, like herself, who have made a terrible mistake. YA URBAN FANTASY FEEDBACK Ethan James, Florida Bowman, and Jake Inala are three teenagers who need organ transplan…

Cover reveal - The Reluctant Price by Dani-Lyn Alexander

Welcome Dani-Lyn Alexander who has a new release this week. What a stunning cover. And don't forget to check our the giveaway at the bottom of this blog post.
Reluctant Prince Cover Reveal
Reluctant Prince
Kingdom of Cymmera
Book One
By
Dani-Lyn Alexander


Betrayal lies cloaked in shadow.

Seventeen year old Ryleigh Donnovan is certain her life is cursed. Nothing ever goes smoothly, and her first job interview is no exception. An earthquake rocks the building, sending Ryleigh on a frantic search for her younger sister, a search which lands her in the hospital. Terrified they’ll push her for answers she can’t afford to give, Ryleigh flees with a mysterious stranger.

Jackson Maynard is about to be ordained as a Death Dealer, a warrior for the Kingdom of Cymmera, but first he must pass one more test. When he fails to acquire the human girl the prophet has chosen, he’s forced to stand trial for treason. Banished from his realm, he seeks out the girl from the vision, Ryleigh Donnovan, and tog…

Cover reveal - two YA fantasy fiction re-releases

Welcome

Sometimes it's a good thing when an author gets the chance to re-release a novel. It's good because that write might know how to write better blurbs to attract readers to pick up or download the book. It's good because they might know what they want the cover to look like to attract readers to pick up or download the book. 

So it is my great pleasure to do a cover reveal of my first two published YA novels that are re-released this month and also have a new low price for the ebook.

The Bird with the Broken Wing


In this YA fantasy novel, Rachael is a guardian angel who finds herself trapped in Purgatory with Ben Taylor, a young soldier she was assigned to watch over. She knows the terrible secret that's keeping him trapped in limbo but can't understand why she got dragged into Purgatory with him when he died. Desperate to set his soul free, Rachael uses counselling sessions to guide Ben into a state of self discovery. It's been ten years now, and they're…

When book rights revert back to the author

Last week the rights to my two novels published through a small-press publisher in 2011 and 2012 were reverted back to me. My contracts were supposed to last until Sept 2015 and October 2017.  While it heralds the close of one door, I did a little happy dance, along with many other authors, because this opens up a new door.

What does it mean when rights revert back to an author? It can mean a few things. The first thing that pops into mind is that sales have dropped and the admin costs are higher than the income. However another reason for rights reverting back is that the publisher is no longer interested in working that particular genre.
I once worked for a record company and we had an artist who was coming up to the end of his fifteen album contract. The contracts department were eager to get him to sign on for more albums, however the artist politely declined, stating that he wanted to know what it felt like to be a free agent, just for a little while and then he would sign up agai…

Top 5 tips for dealing with delays

Funny thing about the publishing world. It involves people. No matter how defined a deadline is, say for a release of a novel, there are still ways to delay its release. Editors get sick. Editors go on holidays. Writers get sick. Writers have family issues. My first novel The Bird With The Broken Wing was mutually delayed by 2 months by myself and the publisher after a death in my family occurred.

So many things can lead to the delay of a novel's release. Some delays are unavoidable. They're also a normal part of publishing. But they are not without consequences.

It's not just publishing that experiences delays. How about that flight that got bumped? I once waited 5 hours for a plane to have its engine changed over. Other travellers have had worse - like tsunamis or blizzards delaying their plans.

The point is that delays are a part of life and writers have to deal with them as they would any other delays.

Most writers these days do a lot of their own promotion. They have to.…

Jean BookNerd: D.L. Richardson Author Interview

I'm just going through some of the interviews and giveaways I've done over the years and I thought I'd share this one. It was one of my first interviews/reviews and giveaways with JeanBookNerd blog and there were over 12,000 entries for a few copies of ebooks and some swag.



I'm giving away a print copy of the novel all through September and October 2014 so stop by the blog and website to enter. anyway, here's a link to the original interview. I hope you enjoy.



Jean BookNerd: D.L. Richardson Author Interview: Book Nerd Interview D L Richardson is the author of ya paranormal novel The Bird With The Broken Wing. She once ran a secondhand cloth...

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Easy graphic design tool for writers

This week I came across an incredibly easy graphic design tool to make banners and ads for my novels. I discovered this tool a smidgen too late, as the deadline to get 50% off an ad for RomCon magazine lasted only a few days and it took me longer than that to track down a site that suited my level of expertise. I missed the deadline. Sad face. Next time I'll be ready.

I usually create my images in PowerPoint and covert them to jpeg, and earlier I provide a post on how to create an image using PowerPoint. You can read the full blog post here. The problem with this method is the quality of the jpeg is shit. I can create an okay quality png file, but nothing I use is compatible with a png file. So I had to find something I could use, because let's face, I'm on a budget. I need it free. and I need it easy to use.

Well, this week I found exactly what I was looking for. I believe this new tool is the best thing since the invention of the word processor. So far I have created high …