30 November 2015

NaNoWriMo 2015

What a gloomy way to end my month. November should be a month for me to concentrate on writing my NaNoWriMo novels. But no, this November is just full of happening. For the fourth (and hopefully the last) time, I had “It’s Just Love” re-edited. The new editor will be same editor who edited my shorts stories, after receiving some rather bad reviews about grammatic errors instead of the story itself. Then after having received the files back, I got busy with changing the covers and work on it too while struggling to find time to write on top of my busy Christmas season job.

My first plan for NaNoWriMo this year was to write something I’ve never tried before, a dystopian fiction. But as NaNoWrimo came closer and closer, I panicked.
I’m not ready for dystopian! I still need more training. I like creating havoc in my head, but I’m not strong enough or confident for this genre. Then, I thought of writing Descendants of Heaven, a fantasy fiction that has been in my PC far too long. However, I canceled that too. I’ll go for something simpler or so I hoped.

Filipino drama! Not Taglish, I’ll write it in as much Filipino as possible (English will unavoidable in Filipino book because Philippine language has a lot of borrowed words but yeah!) 

However, I’m such fickle person, so I went back to Descendants of Heaven at the last minute and started working on it by November 1. 


I manage to write more than 10k by day 3 but then...
...nothing… My word count didn’t increase as much as I wanted. It is said, “third time’s a charm” my third NaNo novel won’t be reaching 50k in the near future. I tried my best, but I guess I’m not lucky to win again. But if things go smoothly I’ll probably finish the first draft before valentines next year.

I'll try again next year. If the third novel isn't the charm, then maybe my third year of joining will be.
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28 November 2015

[News] Novella Overhaul

When I first published "It's Just Love" my contemporary romance novella, it was edited by an editor who claimed to be a professional editor and used to be an editor some big publishing house in the US. She charged me a fortune for my 35k novella and had the nerve to say that "I don't know the first thing about editing" after the proofreader told me it needs editing. In short, I had another editor for the second round before releasing it but that was not good enough. Some the reviewers in Goodreads commented that it had grammar problems and another saying it was jarring to read. 

It took me some time to recover from it before I took the book and had it edited again for the third time, but then I caught errors short time after it was republished. It's tiring to keep revising, but I did it again and for the fourth (and the last time) I decided to have the novella by another editor whom I could trust this time.

It's not just an ordinary revising this time, but a complete overhaul. New summary, book cover and new Title. 

     


So give this new version a chance!


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18 November 2015

[Featured Author] Linda Andrews

About this author

Linda Andrews lives with her husband and three children in Phoenix, Arizona. When she announced to her family that her paranormal romance was to be published, her sister pronounce: "What else would she write? She’s never been normal."

All kidding aside, writing has become a surprising passion. So just how did a scientist start to write paranormal romances? What other option is there when you’re married to romantic man and live in a haunted house?

If you’ve enjoyed her stories or want to share your own paranormal experience feel free to email the author at lindaandrews@lindaandrews.net She’d love to hear from you.

Visit here at her Website: http://www.lindaandrews.net or see her works on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/LindaAndrwes






Six months after an Influenza Pandemic swept across the globe, the world is starting to emerge from quarantine. But Pestilence Free Day is short-lived. For an unseen enemy has just been unleashed.

Five people. Seven days.

A brilliant scientist with an apocalyptic forecast

A soldier that needs an enemy to fight

A college student venturing into a changed world

An insurance salesman who exploits every opportunity

A juvenile delinquent desperate to leave his past behind

Redaction: Humanity is about to be erased from the Book of Life

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A woman from the past. A cyborg with no future.
They have every reason to mistrust each other but one: survival.

When Nell Stafford passed out it was 2012. When she wakes up naked aboard a starship it's 2138, and she's surrounded by the Syn-En: synthetically-enhanced soldiers with a grudge against humans like her. She doesn't know where she is or what's happened, only that her life has been destroyed and everyone she's ever known is dead.

Their leader Beijing York has just discovered his people's creators--humans--have betrayed them. They were promised freedom and equality in exchange for settling a newly discovered planet at the other side of a wormhole. But the Syn-En have outlived their usefulness.

The offer was a trick.

The wormhole has collapsed, and now both Nell and the Syn-En are trapped far, far from Earth to face almost certain death.

Bei has lost his future, and Nell has lost her past.

But Nell gained something in her 120-year sleep; somehow, she knows everything the Syn-En need to survive. Now she must convince Bei and his people to trust her--as soon as she learns to trust the mysterious intelligence.

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The extraterrestrials have landed and they're human.

Rae Hemplewhite didn't believe in aliens until a close encounter with out-of-this-world technology drags her into the extraterrestrial security program. Helping alien refugees adjust to life on Earth is difficult enough, but her first clients have a price on their heads. Plus, her new partner seems torn between the urge to kiss her or kill her.
And that's the good news.

The bad news: Alliances are forming in deep space. If Rae doesn't keep her witnesses alive long enough to transfer their top secret information to the right faction of humanity, Earth will become a battlefield.

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16 November 2015

[Cover Reveal] Strained

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About the Book

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Title: Strained
Author: Marcia Colette
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Alexa is keeping a secret from her husband and being half werewolf isn't it. After all, he’s a full-blood and doesn't care that there are those who think their union is an abomination. Despite their abnormalities, the Yorks have settled into suburbia and gone out of their way to look like the couple next door.

Their rouse may have fooled an entire community, but not the Georgia Pack. The Yorks have encroached on their territory. Most interlopers end up dead, especially when the bounties on their heads invite stalkers, killers, and psychos to collect. Despite the trouble the Yorks have brought with them, the domestic suburbanites have intrigued the pack.

Alexa’s less domestic than she seems. Eight months ago, her bounty hunting club disbanded after several team members lost their lives in an ambush. Since then, the club has reemerged and are expecting Alexa to take her rightful place among the ranks.

Keeping the truth from her husband about her extracurricular activities will strain the Yorks’ marriage and risk everything they’ve worked hard for. But, that’s the price Alexa pays when her deception becomes deadlier than her aim. A deception that also keeps her alive.

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Author Bio

Author Marcia Colette didn't start out reading or writing books. She had earned a bachelors in Biomedical Engineering before going on to complete her Masters in Information Technology.

While riding the MBTA train back and forth to her job in Boston as a software consultant, she picked up a copy of John Saul and never looked back. It wasn't long after that when she started writing her own stories. Five years later, she signed a contract with Double Dragon eBooks to publish her first urban fantasy novel.

Her next novel was a paranormal romance entitled Unstable Environment and was picked up by Parker Publishing, LLC. She went on to sell her next urban fantasy entitled Stripped to Samhain Publishing, LLC. During that time, she also released Bittersweet (YA), Hazardous Environment (Paranormal Romance), The Spider Inside Her (Urban Fantasy), and Deadlier by the Dozen (Urban Fantasy) under her own independent publishing label Dusk Till Dawn Books. She has sold several short stories and novellas to Mocha Memoirs Press and has continued her Alexa York series with Purple Sword Publications.

Marcia also writes science fiction under another pen name.

Still holding her own as an IT Manager, Marcia is a single mom who lives in South Carolina.

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11 November 2015

[Cover Blitz] The Soul Thief

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About the Book

Title: The Soul Thief (Angel of Death Series #1)
Author: Majanka Verstraete
Genre: YA Fantasy / Paranormal
When sixteen-year-old Riley is injured in a car crash and sees a girl stealing a boy’s soul, she’s convinced she’s hallucinating. But when she sees the same girl at the hospital later, she knows she wasn’t dreaming. That’s when Riley learns her secret heritage and who she really is: a halfling Angel of Death.

Riley must come to terms with her new reality and supernatural abilities, but before she can do this, girls her age start dying in mysterious circumstances. It’s up to Riley to figure out why, what the innocent victims have in common, and what she can do to stop them from dying.

Author Bio

Majanka Verstraete begged her Mom to teach her how to read while she was still in kindergarten. By the time she finished fifth grade, she had read through the entire children’s section of her hometown library. She wrote her first story when she was seven years old, and hasn’t stopped writing since. With an imagination that never sleeps, and hundreds of possible book characters screaming for her attention, writing is more than a passion for her. She writes about all things supernatural for children of all ages. She’s tried to write contemporary novels before, but something paranormal always manages to crawl in. Majanka is currently studying for her Master of Laws degree, and hopes one day to be able to combine her passions for law and writing. When she’s not writing, reading or studying, she likes watching “The Vampire Diaries” and “Game of Thrones,” spending time with her friends, or playing “World of Warcraft.”
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10 November 2015

[Blog Tour] The Journals of Bob Drifter




About The Book

Title: The Journals of Bob Drifter

Author: M.L.S. Weech

Genre: Paranormal Thriller / Urban Fantasy

Bob Drifter is a substitute teacher with a secret. He seems like no more than a polite young man who loves to read and mentor students in his free time. Yet, on the side, Bob takes part in some rather strange extracurricular activities that soon attract the attention of local police. For some reason, people have a way of dying around him.

It’s not his fault. Maybe he just hangs around people who are already dying. Maybe he has bad timing. But Bob knows better. He has a secret mission that must be completed before he ends up in prison or raises the ire of the most frightening individual in the supernatural world. No pressure.

A terrifying new force has set foot into Bob’s life, and a string of ghastly mutilations follows this figure wherever he goes. Now, Bob has to keep his own secrets, protect his students, and fulfill his mentor’s wishes. Welcome to the world of those who watch over the dead.

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Author Bio

M.L. S. Weech was born in August 1979 in Rapid City, South Dakota. He fell in love with fantasy and science fiction at an early age. His love of writing quickly followed when he tried to write a sequel to his favorite movie. He didn’t know what copyright infringement was. He can’t remember a time he wasn’t working on some sort of project from that day on. He wrote for a junior high project. The only way his freshman english teacher could get him to settle down was to let him start writing a book. He completed what he calls his first manuscript when he was 17.

He got a ton of feedback that was honest, helpful, and not much fun to listen to, but instead of quit, he simply wrote another, and then another.

He fell in love with reading in high school when he was introduced to Timothy Zahn and the Star Wars novels. Then he was handed Anne McCaffrey, Robert Jordan, Dean Koontz, Brandon Sanderson and so many more. He went from reading to complete homework to reading more than three books a month.

He joined the U.S. Navy as a journalist in 2005. He served on aircraft carriers and destroyers. He served in the deserts of Iraq and the mountains of Afghanistan. He finished his time in the Navy in 2015, and currently teaches future Navy Mass Communication Specialists at the Defense Information School.

When he wasn’t taking pictures or writing features or news stories, he was writing fiction. Photojournalism was a hobby he enjoyed getting paid for, but writing fiction has been and remains his true dream.

He’s completed six manuscripts and is already planning a seventh. He took his third project to Archway Publishing, who helped him turn his life-long dream into a reality.
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05 November 2015

Changing the Edits- haha :D

For almost any author out there, there's probably nothing more rewarding to hear/read a readers review. But sometimes that review could knock the daylight out of the writer.

It happened to me too many times. I know I can't please every reader, but what saddens me most is if the reader is disappointed not because of my fiction but because of the editing.
*Cries* 

Yes, I know I maybe not the world's greatest storyteller, but I want my readers to review the story, not spot grammar mistakes and rate the book low because of it.

Here's one of the review from Changing the Past, one of my free ebooks on Smashwords:


July 18, 2015: "The characters in this and the story line are very good. However, work needs to be done with the currently poor grammar. For this reason I give it 4 stars instead of 5."

I kind of brushed it off, thinking that maybe the reader was just too strict with the grammar. Even if the ebook is free, I did pay to have it edited and proofread by an editor. But I expected too much.


About a month later. Oct. 26 I got another review that shook me. Here's what the reader wrote:"This short story is good but the grammar does need some work."

Wah! I don't want my reader to think that I'm sloppy with my work.

And that's when I thought of Sharon Stevenson. For years now, I've been struggling to find an affordable editor that would be able to edit my story without making me fret of the result, and I believe she's the person for the job. She had already edited my soon to be released short story, The Flame Squad: Sly Prince, and a good friend (not a friend who just flatters me, she is an honest reviewer) told me that it was nicely edited, this never said that to my other work before.

Thanks to Sharon, I can now proudly present the new edited time travel romance, Changing the Past.


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03 November 2015

[Excerpt] WOLF, WY


Have you ever fall in love at first sight? I haven't. I don't believe in that. What I do believe is love at first read. Today I'm so happy to say that I just found a favorite book teaser! Though, I'm not a big reader of M/M (gay romance) stories. A.F Henley's WOLF, WY has a charm that makes me want just to jump and read it. And I will probably keep obsessing about this book until I read the complete story. So, please watch out for my review! Okay, let's go and have a taste of this wonderful excerpt!

Genre: Gay, Paranormal, Urban Fantasy
Notes: Wolf, WY contains some explicit content
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Fluorescent bulbs winked and hummed, doing their best to warm up and respond in the cold. It didn’t matter. Randy didn’t need the light to be any brighter to see.

“Holy fuck…” Both of his hands slapped the wall behind him, regardless of the shock of cold it gave his system, and Randy flattened himself against the surface. He remembered the wolf at his back deck. More, he recalled the size of it. And if this wasn’t the same damn one, it was Wolfy’s close cousin.

He already saw the headlines: Idiot city brat eaten by wolf in his own garage. It would be followed with a plea for everyone else to please, please keep the morons that didn’t know how to deal with the animals of the county out of their county.

The wolf lifted its nose and sampled the air. Then, in a gesture that Randy read as ‘dinner smells about ready’, it lowered his head and trained its gaze on him.

Run! A voice in Randy’s head screamed and just as quickly something else knocked it aside. Stay still! If you run, it’ll chase you, and there’s no way you’ll make it out the door in time to shut it!

Even if he did, would he have the strength to shut it if the wolf leapt at it? Probably not. Its shoulders were wide and muscles rolled underneath its thick fur. One lunge would knock Randy on his ass.

It stepped, not exactly forward, but on an angle, crossing its paws and almost gliding several inches closer.

Randy’s bladder twinged, his throat seized, but a groan still managed to squeak its way out. The wolf’s ears perked, it shook its head and stepped again.

“Oh, fuck. Fuck, fuck, fuck.” He was barely whispering, but he couldn’t stop the words from coming. “Please don’t eat me. Please don’t eat me.”

When the wolf advanced again, the pleas became a bastardized prayer. “Oh, God, if there’s a God… right now I hope so… I am so sorry for anything and everything I’ve done wrong.” He swallowed a breath of panic and flashed a quick glance at the ceiling. “Unless ‘anything wrong’ includes me being gay. Because if this is payback for that, then fuck you, the damn thing can eat me.”

The wolf was close enough that Randy could stare right into its eyes. They were eerily beautiful—gold, deep brown, and they were lined in a thick, black streak that would make beauty queens everywhere weep over its perfection. But the focused, direct stare was enough to make Randy weak in the knees.

Wolf, WY Excerpt
© AF Henley, 2015

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About the Author
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Henley was born with a full-blown passion for run-on sentences, a zealous indulgence in all words descriptive, and the endearing tendency to overuse punctuation. Since the early years Henley has been an enthusiastic writer, from the first few I-love-my-dog stories to the current leap into erotica. A self-professed Google genius, Henley lives for the hours spent digging through the Internet for ‘research purposes’ which, more often than not, lead seven thousand miles away from first intentions but bring Henley to new discoveries and ideas that, once seeded, tend to flourish.

Henley has been proudly publishing with Less Than Three Press since 2012, and has been writing like mad ever since—an indentured servant to the belief that romance and true love can mend the most broken soul. Even when presented in prose.

For more information please stop by for a visit at afhenley.com.
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P.S: This excerpt was first posted at Cinderella Stories. I got both the permission of the author and the blog's owner. 


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