Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Unlikely Truce

What am I reading now?  Going Rogue (Robin Benway)
Annnd. . . what do I think so far?  This is the second in there series. (Honestly, I liked the first one better. This one was slow starting, but the second half was great.)

Being permanently based in a local New York City high school as an undercover operative has its moments, good and bad, for 16-year-old safecracker Maggie Silver. Pros: More quality time with her former mark-turned-boyfriend Jesse Oliver and insanely cool best friend, Roux. Getting to spend quality time with her semi-retired and international spy honorary uncle, Angelo. Cons: High school and the accompanying cliques, bad lunches, and frustratingly simple locker combinations. But when Maggie's parents are falsely accused of stealing priceless gold coins, Maggie uses her safecracking skills to try and clear their names. Too bad it only serves to bring the wrath of the now corrupt Collective down on all of them. Can Maggie and her "new team" defeat their former allies?

         Smoke and ash blew past the hole that passed for a window. “Let me out!” the prisoner called from inside the tiny cell. The sound of the roof crashing on the floor above testified fire was engulfing the prison.

            When the door finally opened, support timbers fell, breaking the guard’s leg.

           Manacles locked the prisoner’s ankles to the wall. Crawling across the floor, he thrust his hand toward the guard’s. “Give me the key.” The guard measured the pirate before him, supposedly one in league with Satan himself. “Surely the king wants to kill me himself.”

            Reluctantly, he handed over the key.

Read More! Here are the other blogs writing for this prompt too…

Wendy Knight, Author:
Kelly Martin, Author:
Alison Woods (Peering Into. . .):
Jessica Winn, The Distracted Writer:

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Torn Canvas

What am I reading now?  Torn Canvas (Donna K. Weaver)

Annnd. . . what do I think so far?  I love how Donna packs her books full of emotion. I can feel their struggles and pain, making the books all the more satisfying! This books fits right in with her style. Loved it!

Modern-day pirates took more than Jori Virtanen’s friends; they stole his face. Not only does the twenty-four-year-old former model have to confront months of reconstructive surgery, he discovers his previous life was as superficial as his looks. 

Jori struggles to make a new life for himself as an artist while evading the press. They expect a hero, but he knows the truth. His beauty masks a beast.
Olivia Howard’s given up a normal life for her job, and the sacrifices are finally paying off. The twenty-six-year-old, talk-show host’s ratings are heading to the top of the charts. Her dream is to make a difference in people’s lives, but the studio wants mind fluff—like interviewing hot model Jori Virtanen. 

When Olivia learns the guy helped rescue passengers on a cruise excursion from kidnappers, she knows this is the story she needs to make her case. The only problem is the hero was injured, and now he’s disappeared.

 The more Olivia learns about the man behind the scar, the more intrigued she becomes. But Jori is no girl’s happily ever after. Once she finds him, Olivia has to free his heart and heal the beast.

Thought for the day:

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Cover Design

What am I reading now? Several Books by Erin Knightley
Annnd. . . what do I think so far? Sometimes I wonder about books by just looking at the cover picture. It's fairly common that the more skin showing on the cover, the more racey the story will be. When you look at the pictures for these books, notice that none of the women are in an intimate embrace with a bare-chested man. Good chance you'll get to read the whole book without skipping large chunks.
     I read these books this last week and immediately went back to see what else is available from this author. I enjoy fall-in-love stories and none of these disappointed me. That's rare. I can't even say which one I like best--you'll have to read them and let me know what you think.

Cover Design
This past week, I attended Indie Author Hub's conference. One of the classes was about designing covers and shared some great points for Deanna and I to consider as we decide on covers for our books coming out soon. Here are some of the points to think about:
•  Is the image relevant to the story?
•  Does the image match your target audience?
•  Does the image identify a likely genre?
•  Is the title (and other text) readable?
•  Do the colors pop?
•  Is the thumbnail picture still recognizable?
•  Is the picture a high enough resolution to be clear?

Our books will be available in August! Look for a reveal of our covers soon.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Not Your Average Fairy Tale

What am I reading now?
Not Your Average Fairy Tale (Chantele Sedgwick)

Annnd . . .what do I think so far?  This is a fun story, a light read just perfect for summer. And for my teacher friends, this would be a great book to shelve in your classroom too.

Ash Summerland has it all-good looks, popularity, and the best grades at The Academy of Magical Beings. Ready to complete his last assignment in order to graduate, Ash is confident he will get the apprenticeship he wants. but when he opens the letter from the Council, he is shocked to discover he has been assigned to apprentice Lady Shenelle, Keeper of Happy Endings- aka the head fairy godmother. Ash is forced to grant three wishes to a troubled human girl named Kendall, and ultimately give her a "happy ever after." But Kendall turns out to be more than he bargained for. Still grieving over her father's death, she doesn't want anything to do with Ash. And worst of all, she doesn't believe in happy endings.

            “I hate living with a neat-freak.” The red of Carlie’s face intensifies with each word. She begins chucking the throw pillows at Larissa in the small apartment’s living room.
            When Larissa flings the pillows back at her, one rebounds, knocking over a bottle of juice, splashing the contents over the edge.

            Carlie skips quickly aside, pulling the tablecloth off as she falls to the floor. Mail, a bowl of cereal and textbooks scatter across the floor. “In all the time I've lived here, I never once called this place home.” From the middle of the mess, Carlie looks around. “Until now.”

Visit my friend's blogs to see their stories too.
Wendy Knight, Author :
Kelly Martin, Author:
Alison Woods (Peering Into. . .):
Jessica Winn, The Distracted Writer:
Stephanie Worlton's Kreating Krazy blog:
Lindzee Armstrong/Lydia Winters