Friday, September 27, 2013

Friday's Freaking Great Book Deals



Everybody loves a great sale!

And this sale is unbelievable

5 Indelible books that are 
Free or only.99 cents!
Lucky You!



Free everywhere for a limited time.
Regularly $3.99
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1- Grab Watched- an award winning, bestselling YA suspense novel with a dash of romance. It has been in the top 50 of Amazon for over 2 years.


Change.
She longs for it.
A murder.
She will never be the same.

It takes more than a school trip to Washington, D.C. to change Christy's life. It takes murder.
A witness to the brutal slaying of a senator's aide, Christy finds herself watched not only by the killers and the FBI, but also by two hot guys.
She discovers that if she can't help the FBI, who want to protect her, it will cost her and her new friends their lives. 







Buy here
Only .99 cents
Amazon
2-Laugh and cry with Brooklyn in First VL. Virgin Lips. 
YA contemporary romance.  only .99 cents
Episode #1 of Confessions of a 16-Year-Old Virgin Lips

You may not have heard of it, but where I live, it's a thing with a card, even if it is a figurative card. I was Brooklyn Hamlin, certified virgin lips, and I planned on clinging to that figurative card with all I had--while dating as many of the hottest guys at school as I could.
Maybe that's a bit strange. I mean, what teenage girl isn't interested in kissing? Locking lips definitely interested me, but the drama that came with it didn't. No kissing, no drama. Simple.
But on my sixteenth birthday, on my first real date even, the drama found me. His name was Luke Graham--cute, funny, and bad news for the whole female race. 

Enjoy First Kiss the first episode in the wildly popular Confessions of a Sixteen-Year-Old Virgin Lips.  It is 60 pages. There are 5 episodes.





99 cents (reg. $2.99)
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3-DRAGONFLY- only .99 cents
by Leigh Talbert Moore

"Dragonfly swept me off my feet! Once I started reading this book it kinda sucked me into the story and I had a hard time putting it down." --Stephanie, My Thoughts...

Three bad things I learned this year:
-People you trust lie, even parents. 
-That hot guy, the one who’s totally into you, he might not be the one. 
-Things are not always how they appear.

Three good things I learned this year:
-Best friends are always there for you, even when they’re far away. 
-That other hot guy, the one who remembers your birthday, he just might be the one. 
-Oh, and things are not always how they appear.

Anna Sanders expected an anonymous (and uneventful) senior year until she crossed paths with rich-and-sexy Jack Kyser and his twin sister Lucy.

Pulling Anna into their extravagant lifestyle on the Gulf Coast, Lucy pushed Anna outside her comfort zone, and Jack showed her feelings she’d never experienced... Until he mysteriously withdrew.

Anna turned to her internship at the city paper and to her old attraction for Julian, a handsome local artist and rising star, for distraction. But both led to her discovery of a decades-old secret closely guarded by the twins’ distant, single father. 

A secret that could permanently change all their lives.



4-PERCEPTION -free
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Seventeen year old Zoe Vanderveen is a GAP--a genetically altered person. She lives in the security of a walled city on prime water-front property along side other equally beautiful people with extended life spans.
Her brother Liam is missing.

Noah Brody is a natural who lives on the outside. He leads protests against the GAPs and detests the widening chasm they've created between those who have and those who don't. He doesn't like girls like Zoe and he has good reason not to like her specifically.

Zoe's carefree life takes a traumatic turn. She's in trouble and it turns out that Noah, the last guy on earth she should trust, is the only one who can help her.



Only .99 cents
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Only .99 cents
5-Volition by Lee Strauss

 Zoe Vanderveen is on the run with her captor turned rescuer, Noah Brody. 
They're in love.

Or at least that's what he tells her. Her memories have returned but her feelings are dreamlike--thin and fleeting. Her heart can't be trusted. Just look at what happened with Taylor Blake.

Senator Vanderveen's new team of cyborg agents are in hot pursuit, and a reward for their capture is broadcast nationwide. Record breaking cold and snow hinder their escape. Someone dies helping them.

And their fight for survival has only begun.

Monday, September 23, 2013

A Few of My Favorite Things.

Okay, I've done interview posts, advice posts, cover swap posts. I think today should be a random fun day post! Yay!



For the Home Office



Hate those whiteboard calendars? I do too. Buy a fun picture frame or recycle one from Goodwill to create your own dry erase board.



This works much better for daily word count goals and you can even change out the back design because its a cute picture frame~ 

Or put your favorite Quote of the day!






Here's mine from a Writers Retreat I did in Sunriver Oregon!

I asked each author to write down their goals for the weekend.

***My goals were lots of hot tub time, food, friends and finishing Fable.






What about all of those books we have?
How about making a book shelf out of.....Books!


I happen to have tons of old books that I bought just because I thought the hard cover was beautiful. Not that I'd ever read it. I'm sure a few of you have trunks full of decorative books like I do. 


Home Made E-Reader stand!


Want to make your own ereader stand. Directions can be found here at 



What about Jewelry?
Every aspiring author needs cute jewelry.  I find that I'm obsessed with Typewriter face jewelry.

This Pendant is from The Pendant Island Etsy Shop
$13.50


Ring from The Rusted Key Etsy Shop
$39.99





FANDOM FUN

Found this on Tumblr and was surprised that
 3 of my books were featured on  
A very cute way to connect readers with the characters in your book!








Book Swag



I absolutely love book charms. I think they are cute and adorable and fun for prizes and giveaways and swag for conventions.


I got my books made from the BookSwagShop on Etsy.





I had some mini purse charms like this made for my books. 
I just didn't have any pictures of them on my computer.



Food Food...Glorious Food.

Someone make me these now.
Made with fondant and edible paper.


Butterbeer Latte Recipe



Cold Butterbeer Recipe


Recipe found Here at Design Lovely

I could spend all day sharing my favorite book things. But I will stop here for now. Feel free to PIN AWAY!






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Chanda Hahn is the author of the popular Unfortunate Fairy Tale Series which includes UnEnchanted and Fairest which have topped the ebook charts in 5 countries. She also has a passion for writing YA epic fantasy. She's been a children's librarian, children's pastor and costume mascot. She lives in the beautiful but rainy northwest that is Portland Oregon with her husband and twin childre





Monday, September 16, 2013

Five Ways eBooks Have Changed My Life

Given the title of this post, you might think my list is about selling eBooks. I'm an author and it is true I've made my living on eBooks. But today, I'm appreciating them as a reader. I was a reader long before I was a writer, and I was an early adopter of the ereading device. I still have my Kindle 2. My family gave it to me for Mother's Day 2009. Best Mother's Day gift EVER. Little did I know that first device would change my life in five important ways.

1. Instant Gratification: One morning I decided to read Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen. Thirty seconds later, I was snuggled into my special reading chair falling in love with a depression era circus. Ereaders are absolutely the fastest route to the written word.

2. No More Uncooperative Pages: I remember one particularly embarrassing elliptical session at the gym where I tried to exercise while holding open a hardcover of Harry Potter. It was neither a good work out nor an effective reading session.  In contrast, my eReader rests on that tiny shelf above the start button as if it was at home playing with the bigger machine.  Turning the page takes just one sweaty finger.

3. No Glasses; No Problem: The years of working twelve hours a day on a computer have been hard on my eyes. I really should wear reading glasses. But with my ereader? I simply make the font bigger. Genius!

4. Back and Shoulder Friendly: Before my kindle, I always had a sore back.  Always.  When you are carrying two or three twenty pound books around with you at one time, that will happen.  No more.  My ereader weighs a couple of ounces and fits in my purse.

5. I Read a Greater Variety: The ebook revolution has opened up a whole new world to me. In the old bookstore days, I would not never wandered over to the non-fiction aisle, but when I see a book like Super Foods For The Brain on my Kindle best seller list, I check it out. I've read in every genre since I purchased my kindle, and because I buy a bunch of Indie books too, I don't see the same tropes in fiction that you do again and again in the bookstore.  I've read more work that breaks the mold in electronic format, work that sadly would not have made it into the traditional market.  For example, Jenny's Blue Velvet by Angela Carlie. Is it a romance? A thriller? Who cares!  It's good, and it's different. Would I had risked it in hardcover? Probably not.

My eReading habit has evolved from Kindle, to iPad, and lately to my iPhone. I regularly purchase books from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, and iTunes on my iPhone and read every time I find myself waiting for something or someone. I've definitely read more books since my family blessed me with that first ereader.

How has your ereader changed your life?

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G.P. Ching is the author of The Soulkeepers Series, Grounded, and a variety of short fiction. She specializes in cross-genre paranormal stories, loves old cemeteries, and enjoys a good ghost tour. She lives in central Illinois with her husband, two children, and one neurotic Brittany Spaniel. Visit her at www.gpching.com and www.thesoulkeepersseries.com.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Indie Innovators (Indie Life)

Because being indie doesn't mean going it alone.

"Hey now, you're an All Star, get your game on, go play,
Hey now, you're a Rock Star, get the show on, get paid,
And all that glitters is gold
Only shooting stars break the mold."
-All Star, Smash Mouth

Sometimes I think I was made for indie publishing: it's writing and wild creativity mixed with massive amounts of rule breaking. And indies don't just break rules. We blow them up, reducing them to subatomic particle sized pieces.
Here's your Rule. You're welcome.

Examples
Yesterday, I signed an innovative, revenue-share contract to translate my novel Open Minds into German. No publishers involved - this is an agreement between an indie writer and a translator - but it's much more than that. It's a partnership between two indie authors, an ocean apart, each willing to invest time, money, and marketing savvy in a literary work we both believe in. And hopefully will profit from.

Open Minds = Öffnen Köpfen? Aufmachen Verstand? {I can't even translate my title!}

Fellow Indelible Rashelle Workman started writing serials back when even yours truly thought it was crazy (or more accurately that I couldn't possibly write and publish that fast). Her Vampire Snow White serial was so wildly successful, she's writing another serial (The Cindy Chronicles, a Cinderella Twisted Fairy Tale). And she's got other works out too - girl cranks out words faster than I can keep track. She prices them low, too, and makes an absolute killing doing so. #shesmyhero

Indie Rockstar Hugh Howey breaks all kinds of rules, not least with his print-only contract with Simon and Schuster. But he's emerging as a thought-leader in this indie revolution as well.

"Does any bookstore or library have a twice-yearly Book Release Party where community authors come together to toast their accomplishments and swap copies of their books? Why not?" - Hugh Howey

"Indie authors are maniacally focused on the reader, almost to the exclusion of anything else. Low prices, fun and interesting genres and styles, a direct relationship, frequent output, you name it. Indie authors are doing well because they know it’s all about the reader." - Hugh Howey

Yes.

Indies have that close contact with their readers, their sales reports, their rankings, their bank deposits... and the freedom to try anything, write anything, publish anything. That's a heady mix. Indies have their finger on the pulse of the market.

You're free! So try something new.

Use Your Freedom
I had an idea for a novella-sized story last night. I sketched up the outline (because the dang thing wouldn't let me sleep otherwise). I'll write it in a couple weeks, as soon as my current edits are done. I'd publish it right away, but it's a Christmas story, so I'll hold off until we're near the holidays. I'll price the ebook low, but I'm also going to put out a slim, pretty paper copy that will be just right for stuffing this heart-warming Christmas story into stockings. (Rashelle gave me the idea for the little print book!)

I've never written a Christmas story.
It's going to be a contemporary adult tale - never wrote one of those either.
I've never made one of these tiny, cute chap-book sized paper copies.
I have no idea if a Christmas novella will sell, in ebook or paper.

I don't care. It's fun, and I want to give it a whirl.

Man, I love being indie.

p.s. I'm double dipping on Indie Life (such a rule breaker)! Over on my blog, I'm talking about Book Discovery in the Digital Age.

Susan Kaye Quinn is the author of the bestselling YA SF Mindjack series. Her more grown-up, future-noir Debt Collector was a sexy fling that proved she could write a serial after all. Now that Season One is complete, she's finishing up her steampunk fantasy romance, so her readers don't come after her with a steam-powered pitchfork. It would probably help if she didn't play on Facebook quite so much. Susan has a lot of degrees in engineering, which come in handy when dreaming up dangerous mind powers, future dystopias, and slightly plausible steampunk inventions. Mostly she sits around in her pajamas in awe that she gets make stuff up full-time.

Thanks for joining us for Indie Life!


Monday, September 9, 2013

Five Myths About Writers: Busted...

Before I became a writer, I used to think that writers were some kind of special breed of human. They lived on a higher plane than the mere mortals. Basically, the human equivalent of a unicorn. Now, I'm not saying that writers aren't unicorns, but there are five things about writers that people seem to believe that simply aren't true:

1. Writers are solitary. Yes, we may spend hours upon hours locked in rooms with only our imaginary friends for company, but we are not anti-social people. All you need to do is go to a book signing with multiple authors to figure that out. Or look on social media. Or go to a writers group. Because we spend so much time alone, I think we crave community even more than the average person.

2. Writers are smarter than normal people. I consider myself to be relatively smart, but I'm not a genius. Not even close. I couldn't do long division to save my life right now. Or tell you all the elements on the periodic table. Or even tell you what a dangling modifier is. BUT, I can tell you all the name of Angelina Jolie's children without looking it up (Knox, Vivienne, Pax, Maddox, Zahara and Shiloh, in case you were wondering). Writers are curious people, and we seek knowledge. We want to know why things are the way they are. That's what makes us writers. Wanting to know the "why" of things. We're curious at best and nosy at worst.

3. Writers are socially inept. Yes, some of us are. But I think on the whole that writers nowadays have to be able to function in social situations. We have to tweet and be charming at book signings and witty on our blogs. We have to always be "on". This is exhausting, but it's all part of being a successful writer in the social media age.

4. Writers are boring. I have never been LESS bored in my life than I am when I'm hanging out with other authors. Especially romance authors. They usually have the best stories. I think this one stems from the idea that writers will drone on and on about "when I was writing my first novel..." I have encountered writers like this, but they have been few and far between.

5. Writers are self-absorbed. Okay, this one is a little true, but it's an occupational hazard. We have to put writing first sometimes, and that means neglecting spouses/children/family/friends in a way that makes it seem like we would rather be alone than be with actual people. But when you have a job, don't you go off to work every day and neglect those things? We just have a different schedule. When inspiration strikes, we have to seize it. Even if that's in the middle of a party and we have to run to the bathroom with a stack of napkins so we can jot down a few lines.

What myths about writers have you heard?


Chelsea M. Cameron is a YA/NA New York Times/USA Today Best Selling author from Maine. Lover of things random and ridiculous, Jane Austen/Charlotte and Emily Bronte Fangirl, red velvet cake enthusiast, obsessive tea drinker, vegetarian, former cheerleader and world's worst video gamer. When not writing, she enjoys watching infomercials, singing in the car and tweeting (this one time, she was tweeted by Neil Gaiman). She has a degree in journalism from the University of Maine, Orono that she promptly abandoned to write about the people in her own head. More often than not, these people turn out to be just as weird as she is. You can find her at her blog, on TwitterFacebook and Pinterest.

She is the author of The Noctalis Chronicles (Nocturnal, Nightmare, Neither, Neverend), Whisper, My Favorite Mistake, My Sweetest Escape (January 28, 2014 from HQN), Deeper We Fall, Faster We Burn and coming soon, Sweet Surrendering (Adult Contemporary; October 17, 2013) and For Real (New Adult Contemporary Romance; November 14, 2013).

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

August New Releases from the Indelibles!

August releases by Indelible Authors!
 
Life, Love, & Lemons
by Magan Vernon



-It's SQUEE-Dorable - Ashley Poston, Author of Radio Hearts
 
When life hands you lemons, sometimes you have to say screw the lemons and bail.

Seventeen-year-old Bentley Evans had it all. Then her Dad got laid off.

Now she has to move across town to a small apartment and leave her life of luxury for public school and a job at the local burger place. Just when her world seems like it's crumbling she finds solace in the unlikely punk boy next door, Kai Stone. But as their relationship blossoms, a jealous ex-girlfriend and a secret to tell that threatens to bring disaster back into Bentley’s life.


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HEIST
by Laura Pauling


 
A time travel mystery.
 
Sixteen-year-old Jack Brodie time travels back to the world-famous Gardner Heist. When he returns his life has changed for the worst. He keep returning to the crime to fix his mistakes until he has to make the ultimate choice: his family and his own happiness, or the girl he loves.
 
 
A Passion of Solitude
by Addison Moore



Worlds collide in THE SOLITUDE OF PASSION

When Lee Townsend’s past explodes back into her life, it does the only thing it can, it demands to reshape her future. 
When Lee’s husband leaves the country on a community outreach, the last thing she expects is for him to never come back—for him to have tragically met his demise.

Lee goes on to marry his adversary and settles into life and business with him, merging her vineyard with his and creating a worldwide conglomerate.

Five years later a twist of fate brings the past back to her and forces Lee to make a decision that will change the landscape of her life forever. 

Secrets emerge, forcing relationships to be examined—magnifying the surprising true underpinnings of her marriage. 

Lee’s heart is unwilling to surrender her love for either Mitch or Max.
She must choose to carry forward with the past or present. 

Lee has a choice to make.
Mitch can’t figure out how to win.
Max never loses.


Amazon
 
 
Fable 
by Chanda Hahn




Book 3 in the UnEnchanted Series.

All that glitters is not gold.
When something precious is stolen from sixteen-year-old Mina Grime, she will do anything in her power to get it back, even if it means traveling to the dangerous Fae plane and battling one of the strongest fairy-tale villains yet.

However, nothing can prepare Mina for the dangerous obstacles she will face in the Fae world, or the choices she must make when love and life are on the line.


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Indiestructable
by various authors
 

Need motivation and inspiration to self-publish, or sign that contract with an interested small press? Have you done all the research you can, but still feel ambivalent about the idea? Indiestructible: Inspiring Stories from the Publishing Jungle brings you the experiences of 29 indie authors—their passions, their insights, their successes—to help you make the leap into indie publishing.

This is not a how-to guide. This is the best of the indie tradition of experienced authors paying forward what they’ve learned, giving you information to help you on your journey. The personal essays in this book will leave you itching to get your work into the hands of readers and experience, first-hand, all the rewards indie publishing has to offer.
 
Not only is this anthology packed full of interesting, unique, and genuinely helpful information, and totally worth the 99c (only 99c!!!), 100% of proceeds will be donated to BUILDON.org, a movement which breaks the cycle of poverty, illiteracy, and low expectations through service and education.

Amazon
 

Monday, September 2, 2013

Cue the Carly Simon, I'm gonna be a Working Girl

I'm about to do something crazy.
Yes, again.
I'm about to become a writer full-time.
Forty hours a week, butt in chair, sitting in an office, no one asking me to get them juice or if I can put Jessie on.

Like most of my crazy ideas, my sister was involved.

We're having a beer on a Friday evening after I've had a meltdown. I haven't written all summer...in fact, I haven't written much since finishing Crossing in April. I have two books plotted - Frayed (Penny Black #2) and Diving In (a companion to Crossing), but I hate every idea I've ever had.
Yeah, I'm in one of those moods.

"You should hire a nanny," my sister says.
Like it's a thing I could do.
Like people who work from home hire nannies all the time.

Except...
maybe they do?

I've been calling myself an author for two years - since I became the sole breadwinner. But I've never really had a schedule. I write in ten minute increments and have learned to shut out the sounds of the television and my children fighting until...the scene is done!
Do I even want a schedule? Can I produce under a time construct?

I hesitate for the length of a swig of beer and then sign up with Care.com

By the next day, I had fifteen people who wanted to watch my kids while I worked.

While. I. Do. Nothing. But. Work.

I'll admit, I'm a little bit scared. What if I just sit in my office and stare at the wall all day feeling useless because no one needs me to get them juice or put Jessie on?

Of course, the other side of those feelings is excitement.

What if I'm awesome at being a full-time writer? What if I write EVERYTHING I want to write?

Crazy.

Crazy excited.


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Hey, I've got a blog tour starting today as well.
Check it.

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Stacey Wallace Benefiel is the author of the Zellie Wells trilogy, Found, the Day of Sacrifice Omnibus, Crossing, The Toilet Business - a collection of humorous essays, and multiple short stories. She sometimes goes by S.W. Benefiel or Reina Stowe, but knows she's not foolin' anybody. Stacey lives in an orange house in Beaverton, OR with her two young kids with old people names. When she's not writing or driving the kids around, Stacey is at CrossFit lifting heavy things and cursing the inventor of the Burpee.