Monthly Archives: December 2014

Getting ready for a new year…

2015

I have to say that New Year’s is one of my favorite holidays if not my favorite. I love the idea of looking back to see what I’ve accomplished only to make goals for this year to be more successful. With that in mind, I’d like to spend this blog post just talking over some of the crazy hair-brained things I plan to do this year with my time, resources and talents.

Goals are a roadmap to moving toward where I want to be and who I want to become as I go through life. I love goals!

Writing Goals:

This one is a steep climb for me, but I’m excited about it. I plan to write 10-16 books just depending on my ability to make time to sit down and create. I am going to be writing YA, MG and NA this year, so it should be a good variety. I’ll be working with BookTrope on most of the series/novels, but there are a few that might go through my self-publishing platform simply because of how fast I can move verses how fast they can move.

Blogging Goals:

I plan on writing on my blog 2-3 times a week mostly with updates, random writings and great books I’ve read or will be reading! I’ve opened a new blog for my pseudo name Kate Thomas, but I think I’ll mostly use that to talk about my New Adult Paranormal series, contest and book involvement. I am opening two other blogs today for the new year. One will be about a journey I’ve been needing to take, but have been doing it all wrong – weight loss. It’s called, “The hardest journey I’ve taken.

I’m starting Optifast with my doctor on Monday (MY BIRTHDAY) and hope to take off about 50lbs this year. I’ll be blogging about that for my own record and to encourage others who are taking my same journey. Lastly, I’m a Christian first and foremost and need to start using some of my writing talent to give honor to God, so I’ll be writing a “Thirsty Thursday Devo” and other random encouragements to build up my faith and hopefully yours. That blog is called, “Acknowledging Glory.”

Entrepreneurial Goals:

I’ve always been type A and the type of person that looks for opportunity everywhere. That being said, Jacob and I are going to work hard on creating a few side businesses this year. The ultimate goal? Him and I working from home together – There is no one I love spending my day more with than my husband. He is the better half of me and is one of the greatest gifts I’ve been given. So… I created an LLC this last year because I’m a CPA by trade, so I’ll be picking up a few small business clients that need bookkeeping/financial advise. I already have a subcontract to do taxes for the upcoming tax season.

I’ll be writing my novels of course and then I’m working on kicking off “Good Tales Book Tours,” a virtual book tour company simply because there are 2-3 in the market to compete with. Seems like there is room for one more. Logo is almost done for this, domaign is purchased and a web-designer will start putting together a custom site on Feb 1st.

This company will be a partnership with Jacob and should open around March/April 2015. Jacob and I are working hard to convert the garage to an office/wood shop. He’s crazy talented with woodwork and metals, so we’re creating a store on Etsy early this spring as well. We’re going with a partnership structure on this one too. So loads of business-type boring stuff to do, but we’re on our way. I drew the logo for our etsy business this morning! 🙂

Personal Goals:

This year I’m going to focus on my faith, my finances and my health. I plan on spending 30 minutes a day with my concentration focused on the things of God, so whether that is prayer, a bible study or my Bible, something that centers me and gives me focus.

Jacob and I are going on a pretty tight budget for this new year in hopes of getting ahead a little and paying off some debt to help us to move toward our goal of self-employment sooner rather than later. A cash budget seems to be the only way to go because that debit card or credit card is just TOO easy to use.

My health is going to be about two things: losing weight for good and running. Jacob and I are going to start training to run a 5k and then hopefully by October we’ll be up for the 10 for Texas. We’ll see! 🙂

“The New Year stands before us, like a chapter in a book, waiting to be written. We can help write that story by setting goals.” Melody Beattie

I couldn’t agree more. I plan to write the next chapter in my life story this year by setting goals and being uber focused on my goals. My end result? Success – Freedom – Peace.

Are you setting goals and if so, what words does reaching those goals bring to mind?

Happy New Year’s! It’s going to be our best  year yet!!

L.

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Fill Your Kindle Sale – Dec 26 thru Jan 1

All ebooks are only 99 cents for the duration of the sale. Look below to see all the books included
(listed in alphabetical order by author).

Thanks for shopping Indie!

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Click here for links to all of the books!

Crazy to think for a dollar each, all of these books could be yours.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Years!

Book Tour: Seed (Keepers of Genesis I)

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I’m so crazy stoked to post up information on db Nielsen’s new book, “Seed: Keepers of the Genesis I.” She’s a great supporter of Indie Authors and Indie Books and an all around awesome person. Enjoy the information below and grab a copy of this great book today – I have. My review will be coming soon!

Seed: Keepers of Genesis I
Keepers of Genesis Series
DB Nielsen

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Genre: YA PNR/ Urban Fantasy
Publisher: LBLA Digital
ISBN: 1908879181
ASIN: B00K75I06E
Number of pages: 432
Word Count:  160,000

Cover Artist: XLintellect PTY LTD

Book Description:

A powerful, hidden artefact is unearthed and, with its discovery, an ancient conflict is reignited. Seventeen-year-old Sage Woods, the daughter of an eminent archaeologist, uncovers the artefact’s disturbing secret and is placed in terrible danger.

Unwittingly, she has stumbled into an invisible war between two primordial dynasties of a supernatural order – a war in which she has a fateful role to play in a race to control the power of the SEED.

Embroiled in a quest that takes her from the British Museum to the Louvre to the Vatican Secret Archives, Sage realises that her blossoming romance with the mysterious, alluring St. John Rivers is inextricably tied to the artefact.

Up until now, St. John has managed to keep his true identity hidden, but Sage is determined to delve deeper to uncover his dark secret and his connection to the SEED.

It is a decision that will have a devastating effect on humankind…

Available at Amazon

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About the Author:

db nielsen was born in British Hong Kong and immigrated to Australia in childhood. db likes to travel the world with family; dividing time between residing in Sydney and visits to the cathedrals, crypts and museums the world over, doing research for new projects. The author is a university lecturer in Linguistics and Semiotics, and continues to teach English Literature and Language whilst writing fiction.

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Tour Giveaway

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Big News: Soul Keeper Series has a Publisher

Morning everybody!!

Hope you day is going smashingly well. I got eleven, (yes count them) eleven hours of sleep last night. I’m wide awake and rejoining the land of the living after five weeks of the flu. Who knew there were two billion different strands and that I would be the only human alive to sample each of them effectively – I know… impressive.

I’m super stoked to share some news related to my Soul Keeper Series. Last week Seattle-based publisher, Booktrope picked the series up and will be reprinting the titles under their publication starting in January. As you guys know, Deceived released on Aug 28th this year, Destroyed on Nov 15th this year and Descent is scheduled for Jan 2015.

Booktrope is honestly a new style of publishing from anything I’ve seen and to be completely honest, I start researching them a month before I released Soul Keeper independently. I wanted to find a publisher that would help me with the areas I didn’t understand in this industry, meet me at the table with my ideas and theirs alike and give me a wide reach because of their reputation while I’m working so hard to build mine. Enter Booktrope.

Check them out when you get a chance – http://booktrope.com/

Their model is all around working together as a team. So as an author, I’m given a Book Manager, an Editor, a Proofreader (obviously I need this one bad. Is proofreader one or two words?), and a cover designer. There is no up front fees paid to anyone like I do now in self publishing, but everyone shares in the royalty of the book sales. So the incentive is that everyone on a team will work hard together to create something incredible and then promote it in the right venues, aligning the message to the appropriate target market and such.

I have to give thanks out to my friends, Della Connor, who I met at the Texas Teen Book Festival in Austin. The only way to submit to Booktrope is through a recommendation by a current author of theirs and Della was kind enough to submit for me. 🙂

So what does all of this mean? UM… I don’t know, but I’m super stoked to already feel like part of a family.

Look for more announcements to come as I have a lot to share over the next few days. I’ve been BUSY in my flu season.

If you’d like to get these announcements earlier (hot off the press), then sign up for my newsletter!! The holiday one went out yesterday!

L.

COVER REVEAL: Descent, Soul Keeper III

YAY! I’ve been thinking about sharing my last Soul Keeper book cover since it was done two weeks ago and yet… today is the day we set for the cover reveal. I was so crazy busy today that I just ran in front work to post it up!

I hope you love it. If you look closely you’ll see the brush strokes for the fire. I just love it. It represents the last book in my series so well. Tell me whatcha think!!

Gotta give props to my design artist, Brand Launcher on 99designs.com.

Without further Adieu…

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The path of truth lies hidden deep,

To find the light the climb is steep.

But in despair resolve is sound,

What once was lost will now be found.

All is lost and the prophecy seems null and void. Samantha is dead to the living world, and Marcus and Nicolas completely destroyed, but things aren’t always as they seem. To save the one they love, the boys will have to traverse the Descent, a darkness that all will enter and few will ever leave. The interference of gods and goddesses on the chessboard of blood has left the door open for a new player to enter the scene, and she holds the most powerful gift of all—sacrificial love.

Will the exit clause be invoked, dissolving of the chain that binds the trio together?

Will the Descent be the final setting for their love story or will they rise again?

As the curtain draws closed on this tale of old, who will rise and who will fall?

And what if their choice is no choice at all?

Why I Love Being Indie!

I think from a young age I’ve always been independent, always looking for a way to forge a new path and climb a steep hill and do it mainly on my own. So joining onto the Indiebooksbeseen and the Indie movement is something that was bound to happen.

A little bit of history…

I wrote my first YA supernatural novel in the spring of 2010, having read a zillion books through my younger life and realizing that I truly understood the necessarily elements that belonged in a YA novel without going over the edge. I’m funny and a bit edgy myself, so I figured I could do this book thing. Can I just tell you that writing the 90,000 word / 500 page novel was the easy part.

After getting more people than necessary to edit the book I began to research the query/agent/publisher map. How was I going to get this great story in front of the right people and better yet, make the time to do all of these non-writing activities to get the book published? I’m sad to say that I spent three times the amount of energy and effort on trying to get the book noticed than I did creating it. Crazy!

The whole effort ended with a great story, 200 rejections, months and months of beating my head against the wall, tons of dollars to attend this event and use this template and yadda… yadda… Finally – I put the manuscript in a drawer and said to hell with it.

The rest of the story…

Four years later I was done being poked by a good writer friend of mine who’d fallen in LOVE with Soul Keeper back in 2010 and finally opened the drawer to dust it off. A few good writer friends of mine had gone “Indie”. I pushed back against them a little and asked 2 million questions as I wasn’t in the mood to spend money or emotional energy on a project that seemed to be going nowhere.

However, with loads of nudging and reassurance I decided I’d self-publish my books and if nothing else – they’d be loud and proud on my own shelf. So let me tell you why I love being Indie.

1. No one will ever love my book as much as me. It’s my creation and having the freedom to choose what it looks like and where the plot goes is all mine to decide. I don’t have someone standing over my shoulder making it “better” by their definition of “better.”

2. I can spend as little or as much time, energy and money as I want. Obviously the more I put into it, the more I’m going to get out of it, but that’s with anything in life. The cool part is that if I’m a good editor or if I can design my own cover, then those are costs to be saved and skills to be used.

3. I belong. In a world of independent authors I find myself fitting in just perfectly. We all work hard and dream big and the encouragement is beyond belief. I don’t have to write a certain genre or stick to a certain structure in the plot. I simply write, promote and support and honestly feel great about myself at the end of the day.

Being an Indie author, to me, doesn’t really have anything to do with being Independent though. It’s a statement that says I’m capable of making every step along this book writing/producing platform to take a dream from start to finish. The truth of what Indie authors are doing is showing the world that there still exists hope. Hope to dream big and work hard to make that dream a reality.

That’s why I love being Indie!

L.

Check out this link: https://clrozelle.wordpress.com/2014/12/08/10-things-that-suck-and-rock-about-being-an-indie-author-part-1/

Blog Tour: Religion, Rage & w(R)iting

I’m extremely happy to post up three fantastic authors and their fantastical publisher on my blog today. 4WillsPublishing is run by none other than the President of Rave Reviews Book Club (which I’m a member of and you should be too! Nonnie wanted to give out a big Thanks to her authors by throwing them a surprise blog tour. AWESOME!! Check out all of the information below including links, covers, pics of our lovely authors, and book trailers. Enjoy and go out and grab a copy of these great reads.

So welcome to the Religion, Rage & w(R)iting Blog Tour!!

Up first is author Shirley Harris-Slaughter!

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Book Synopsis:

OUR LADY OF VICTORY – The Saga of an African American Catholic Community is a compilation of memories, records, photos and interviews.  The author recalls growing up in the legacy of Mother Anna Bates. 

Follow the tale of the infamous wall…built to separate blacks from white residents and how it almost impeded the development of the area.  It’s the story of a thriving Catholic community in spite of regressive government policies;  on the verge of developing strong Catholic roots but doesn’t quite make it.

This is the Saga of an African-American Catholic Community.  Don’t run from the information housed inside the covers of this book because the mere mention of black and white being divided makes you uncomfortable.  Run towards this historical narrative because, whether black or white, yellow or brown, if we don’t know the history, we are surely destined to repeat it!  I dare you to read this book and walk away unmoved!

Next is author Rhani D’Chae

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Book Synopsis:

A brutal experience transforms an unproven young tough into a ruthless killing machine. For fifteen years he waited, building his body into an unstoppable weapon so that vengeance would be had through the strength of his will and the power of his hands.

On the bloodstained streets of a northwestern city the enforcer known as the Drill stalks his prey. Judge, jury, and executioner; he seeks out those who target the weak and the vulnerable, condemning them to the kind of justice that has made him a legend.

And last, but certainly NOT least is author Harmony Kent!

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Book Synopsis:

Polish Your Prose is a powerful new guide that gives essential editing tips for authors. Lots of books have been written on the art of writing, and here—at last—is a guide that will teach you the essential techniques of editing your own book. This will help you turn a promising manuscript into a published novel. And, it does this without the jargon. You don’t need to know all the grammatical terms in order to make use of this book. You don’t need to know the definition of a split infinitive, a comma splice, or a ‘to be’ verb, as this manual explains these in detail in easy to understand terms, and a lively and engaging style.
Chapters on Passive Writing, Tense, Point of View, Dialogue, and other techniques take you through the same processes an editor would go through to polish and perfect your manuscript. Good writing is nothing without good editing. Learn the secrets of good editing and writing with this essential author reference, which offers so much more for so much less.
Harmony Kent is an award winning author, and accomplished editor and proofreader. Her passion is helping Indie Authors to successfully achieve their goals and dreams.

Check out this trailer – The Religion, Rage & w(R)iting Author Blitz Book Trailer

And our lovely Nonnie Jules has published several very successful books. She’s a no-nonsense sort of lady and you’ll love her. Check out these great reads!!

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“When I write, I don’t allow the fear of consequences to interfere with the writing process.  I have in the past paid for my commitment to the truth and the way I live my life.  I am prepared to pay more if I have to. ~ Taslima Nasrin

Too many let fear of the consequences of hurt feelings dictate what they write, and their writing style.  Don’t you, be one of fear’s victims.  I urge you to simply write!”  ~ Nonnie Jules

25 days of Indie’s – Deceived Day 1!!

So one of my favorite book bloggers is up to something new – a 25 day video posting for the 25 days of Christmas that features indie authors. Keeley’s support of what we as indie authors are trying to do is seemingly rare from what I’ve seen thus far and very appreciated by me and my buddies.

So huge thanks to her and I hope you enjoy the video!!

Deceived was picked for Day 1!!

Check it out. 🙂