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Greetings. I’m Mocha, author of The Angel at the Devil’s Gate, a psychological suspense, which I’m trying to raise enough funding for through Kickstarter to publish. My novel is about Eli Nunn, a troubled teen who is moved back to Kansas City following the aftermath of a violent drug deal. Returning to a school where his ruthless reputation still thrives, Eli encounters and instantly connects with Angel, a beautiful and mysterious black-clad orphan. Their flourishing romance begins to grow darker when Eli learns details of Angel’s chilling past. Conflicted with alarm and intrigue, Eli accepts a proposal from Angel that puts both their relationship and lives in danger.
The idea for my novel came to me while I watching an all-day marathon of true crime investigations on the ID channel. About three or four episodes in, I wanted to write a novel based around a well-plotted murder, but I did not want to the novel’s protagonist to be a detective trying to solve the murder. I wanted the main characters of the novel to be the murderers.
Since its launch in 2009, Kickstarter has become the lead crowd-funding site. Kickstarter’s mission is to bring creative ideas in film, art and literature to life. Since Kickstarter has launched, the company has helped fund over 200,000 projects. In 2014, 22 million dollars went into publishing projects, making them the third most funded projects on Kickstarter that year.
One of my favorite things about Kickstarter is that the people who donate money to a project do not walk away empty-handed. Backers receive rewards as a “thank you” from the project’s creator. All the backers who donate to my project will receive my novel in one of its various formats. Among other rewards, I’ll be giving away bookmarks, postcards, one-on-one interviews, posters, and the upper-level backers will receive my next novel upon its completion.
I believe Kickstarter is a perfect recourse for authors who want to self-publishing their work, but they do not have the finances to really give their novel the treatment it deserves. A lot of money goes into producing a successful self-published novel. Professional copy-editors and designers are not only expensive but they’re essential. A main factor to a self-published novel’s success is discoverability. Without your novel actually being discovered and easy to find on the market, the chances of it finding the eyes of readers are very slim. How does one make their novel visible? Promotion. Social media campaigning, Google Search Program, Press Releases and NetGalley (a book reviewing site used by publishing insiders) are among the tools that can help promote a novel and find its audience, and like copy-editors and designers, they can be expensive.
My goal is to raise $6,500 to cover all production and promotional cost as well as the cost to print my novel and to ship it along with all the rewards to my backers. If my project becomes overfunded, I plan to add more rewards for my backers, and depending on how overfunded I am, I’d love to an audio version of my novel.
My project will be live from June 1st – July 10th. If you have any questions or concerns, I’d love to hear from you. Send me a tweet @Mocha_Writer. If you’d like to learn more about my project, see a detailed outline of how I plan to use the funding or to make a pledge, drop by my Kickstarter page, you can also contact me on there.
BTS Magazine: May/June Issue
On the cover is V.A. Dold title Cade and Myra Nour’s title Time Shifters. You can read more of V.A. Dold’s interview here. She talks about her Le Beau Brother’s series. She has some great covers and you can read an excerpt from Cade.
Myra’s interview is here and she talks about her writing process and tips for new authors. She also has a nice over for Time Shifters and has an excerpt you can read.
Once upon a time a beautiful girl fell in love with a beast…’ It is a tale as old as time but what if all you thought you knew about Beauty and her Beast is wrong? In this novel, Beauty comes out of the shadows to set the record straight, beginning with her first glimpse of the vampire that would change her life and moving on through the ages of love, loss, and immortality. From eighteenth century France to modern-day New Orleans, a tale is woven that will make you question your perception of what it means to live, what it means to love forever, and what it means to look the beast in the eyes and know only passion. Do you believe in magick? Can you imagine the shades of gray in things that appear black or white? Then prepare yourself for the greatest love story never told. This is not your child’s fairytale. This is the real story of Beauty and her Beast.
Purchase Link: http://amzn.com/B00K425LCG
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Author Bio: Keair Snyder is an author from Columbus, Ohio. She lives with her boyfriend, her two dogs, her two birds, and her bunny. She is the author of two novels and is currently working on the sequel to Beauty.
Blog Link: http://thehappyhippiewitch.blogspot.com/
(The Immortal Chronicles Book 1)
In Immortal At Sea, the first adventure in The Immortal Chronicles Adam talks about what it took to make it back to shore safely, and why it’s a bad idea to sail on a gilded ship. His adventures on the high seas have taken him from the Mediterranean to the Barbary Coast, and if there’s one thing he learned, it’s that maybe the sea is trying to tell him to stay on dry land.
“if you’ve been around for long enough, you’re bound to experience a few unpleasant things: fires, earthquakes, avalanches, volcanoes, sometimes all on the same afternoon. Boats, I can tell you from first-hand experience, sink. A lot. Sometimes it’s because whoever made the boat for you made a crappy boat. Maybe you made a crappy boat. There is also the occasional psychotically malevolent storm that doesn’t care how well designed your boat is. When you encounter something like that, and the thing you were relying upon to keep you alive ends up sinking, you really want to know you’re not too far from the safety of solid ground. Oh, and here’s another thing to worry about when you’re in a boat: sea serpents.” –Adam
Purchase Link: http://amzn.com/B00K9UXPVW
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Gene Doucette is an award-winning screenwriter, novelist, playwright, humorist, essayist, father, husband, cyclist, dog owner – and a few other things, too. He is, in other words, a writer. A graduate of Boston College, he lives in Cambridge, MA with his family. His standalone novel Fixer and the books in his critically acclaimed Immortal series – which follows a sarcastic, alcoholic, 60,000 year old man named Adam – are his publisher’s top sellers, and have spent months at a time respectively on Amazon bestseller lists. The third installment in the Immortal series – Immortal at the Edge of the World – has just been released.
I am delighted to let you know that Sanctum Illuminant: Shadow Havens Book 8 is now available for your favorite e-reader, including Kindle, Nook, Kobo E-Reader, iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch!
Here’s a peek at what’s ahead!
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The saga of the Sanctum and the Demesne concludes as it began … among angels.
Lucifer’s game has always been about Kellan and Christine and he hasn’t hesitated to manipulate everyone in the living realm and the angelic world to reach his terrible goals. Now, a vicious lie and Christine’s compassionate nature have been used against her. Her abduction, the tragic death of a Sanctum warrior and the brutal battle between Fortune and the Luce brothers, have left everyone in the Shadow Havens reeling.
As archangels and angels descend on the Sanctum, Michael and Kell realize that Christine has tied the hands of those who would have protected her, without realizing what she was doing. Her best hope for coming home rests with Phanuel, a blind, renegade archangel, who hasn’t been seen or heard from in centuries. Hope and repentance may be his area of expertise, but some question where his loyalties remain, since he’s spent far more time with Lucifer than anyone else.
While Christine begins to cope with Lucifer’s manipulation and falsehoods, a bittersweet reunion takes place in the hereafter. There will be a price for what Bride’s done, yet she cannot regret the outcome. It’s only the beginning of what the living, the angels and the denizens of the hereafter will do to maneuver Lucifer into a corner he cannot escape from.
There’s more at stake than the love between a beautiful woman and a shunned angel. The balance of the living world is riding on what happens next. As the threads between the living world and the hereafter tighten into chains, everyone will play a part in the outcome … for better or worse.
Sanctum Illuminant: Shadow Havens Book 8 contains descriptive material and scenes of explicit sexual encounters between consenting male and female adult characters. It is intended for adult readers only.
Approximately 173,000 words. ISBN: 978-1-4566-2451-4
Also by Edenmary Black:
Sanctum Angels: Shadow Havens Book 1 ( January, 2012 )
Sanctum Warriors: Shadow Havens Book 2 ( April, 2012 )
Sanctum Retribution: Shadow Havens Book 3 (August, 2012 )
Sanctum Illusions: Shadow Havens Book 4 ( March, 2013 )
Sanctum Storm: Shadow Havens Book 5 ( July, 2013 )
Sanctum Renaissance: Shadow Havens Book 6 ( March, 2014 )
Sanctum Weres: Shadow Havens Book 7 ( October, 2014 ) and
Sanctum Illuminant: Shadow Havens Book 8 ( April, 2015)
Thank you so much for your readership and for joining me on this amazing journey through the shadows!
Hello reading and writing, friends and colleagues. Thanks to Twitter & Facebook networks, I have a fantastic guest to introduce you to today; Artist & Author, Mr. Shane Evans.
Shane W. Evans
Artist & Author
2011 NAACP Image Award
2012 Coretta Scott King Award
Shane W. Evans, (St. Louis, Missouri), has lent artistic his talents to nearly 30 children’s books. His work has brought him recognition from the White House, an invitation to the Nation Book Festival, and has been showcased on The Oprah Winfrey Show and The Late Show with David Letterman. In addition to his awards and achievements, Evans has worked with many celebrities on their books, including, Holly Robinson Pete, Shaquille O’Neal, Taye Diggs, Bell Hooks, Deloris Jordan and Rosilyn Jordan, and has been published by Scholastic Inc., Harper Collins, Candlewick, Chronicle books, with more releases to come.
Tell me about your latest illustrations? What are the books about?
I have had 4 books come out in the past year.
A 28-(9) day journey celebrating the stories of great people in the world and african history that has been spread worldwide. From Nelson Mandela to Obama. It is a colorful and poetically creative voice.
2) “MIXED ME!” With Celebrity Taye Diggs. This is our second book collaboration and is due out in October 2015.. The story of a child with a lot of energy. Very self-confident about knowing who he is. Mixed Mike is what we call him and he knows love from all sides. His mother and father come from 2 different skin tones but LOVE is the focus.
3) “Lillian’s Right to Vote.” This is the story of a 100-year-old woman who climbs to the top of a hill to vote. We go through her story to see how she fought to win the right to vote for all. – Release date: July 2015 http://amzn.com/0385390289
(NAACP Image Award Nominee)
The Book Thief meets Hotel Rwanda and Girl Rising in this stunning film adaptation of The New York Times critically acclaimed novel. It is the story of twelve-year-old Amira, who lives in a Sudanese farming village. Her one true wish is to attend school, despite the values of her traditional mother who believes girls should spend their days helping with chores or preparing to marry. When Amira’s home is ravaged by attackers, she and her family seek safety in a displacement camp. Her world is shattered ― until a simple, unexpected treasure reveals endless possibilities.
Who or what inspired you to work on this series?
Regarding CHOCOLATE ME! And MIXED ME! This is a series that came out of the friendship between Taye and I. We went to school in Rochester (SOTA) and went to Syracuse together at SU. We came up with the idea for “Chocolate Me!” and published the first book years later. This sparked the second book “MIXED ME!” and because of the success of the first and the buzz with the second we are already talking about going to a 3rd book as well as expanding into animation.
What was your favorite part of the book to work on?
As the illustrator it is always telling the story that is interwoven into the words that you can’t see. There are many more stories in the pictures so I am always looking for ways to tell more of the story in the pictures. Clues and hints all the way through.
What do you find most rewarding in this?
Getting to connect with children and families.
Do you have any other books/illustrations complete or in progress?
What are your future plans with this project?
GROW into a global brand and a movement that brings families together around challenging topics that have to be addressed in a loving way. This is what Chocolate Me!, Mixed Me! & Olu’s Dream are all about.
Anything else you would like to add for future fans and friends?
To just be positive even if negative situations arise. Ask your heart for guidance and be KIND and LOVING. Hit us up at the Facebook pages and help us reach out to many.
The best links are going to be FACEBOOK and SOCIAL MEDIA.
www.chocolatemetoo.com (this should be evolving)
Thank you so much, Shane, for sharing your amazing list of talents with me and my friends. Best wishes to your continued success. I look forward to featuring you again in the near future. ~ Tracy J
And friends, please feel free to share this post to help spread the word about this amazing artist & author and his books with your family and friends. Thank you so much for stopping by!
by Marissa Dobson
Forever Creek Shifters #1
Fighting for love and family.
Patrick O’Reilly left behind his medical practice when he and his siblings were forced into hiding. Determined to live through the war against their species, they vow to serve their kind. Patrick will risk it all to ensure none of them end up as experiments in a government lab.
Clarissa Greenwood worked all her life to become a scientist, and to get the position at Hathaway Medical where she thought she would be able to find cures for diseases. Instead, she is witness to experiments on shifters. Disgusted by the truth, she gathers as much information as she can, and flees. She wants no part of the experiments—even if the cost is her life.
Shifters Underground was created to serve their species, not to help a human who had worked for one of the organizations that was hunting them. A message from a trusted shifter leaves them with no other option but to search for a woman who might be able to help them. A treacherous journey brings two destined mates together. Now Patrick and Clarissa must work together to protect not only each other, but all the shifters who fight for their lives, for love, and for family.
Publisher: Sunshine Press
Publication Date: March 24, 2015
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Born and raised in the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania area, Marissa Dobson now resides about an hour from Washington, D.C. She is a lady who likes to keep busy, and is always busy doing something. With two different college degrees, she believes you are never done learning.
Being the first daughter to an avid reader, this gave her the advantage of learning to read at a young age. Since learning to read she has always had her nose in a book. It wasn’t until she was a teenager that she started writing down the stories she came up with.
Marissa is blessed with a wonderful supportive husband, Thomas. He is her other half and allows her to stay home and pursue her writing. He puts up with all her quirks and listens to her brainstorm in the middle of the night?
Her writing buddies Max (a cocker spaniel) and Dawne (a beagle mix) are always around to listen to me bounce ideas off them. They might not be able to answer, but they are helpful in their own ways.
She love to hear from readers so send her an email at email@example.com or visit her online at http://www.marissadobson.com.