Tuesday, March 03, 2015

Writer, Beware! Nook Press = Author Solutions

In the Indie Author world, until recently, there have been two accessible print-on-demand-technology print edition options: CreateSpace and Lightning Source. Last October, Barnes & Noble launched Nook Press, giving authors another printing option . . . or so it seemed. Nook Press also offered a selection of author services that included editing and cover design. "Yahoo," everyone thought. "Now I can get a good editing job AND a cover, without going on the hunt!"

Questions quickly arose about why the prices seemed, well, a bit high for the services. Luckily for Indie Authors everywhere, several people have been digging into the answers, and David Gaughran is one of the best watchdogs around. Here's his post today, which I highly recommend you read and digest.
Author Solutions, Bloomington, IN. Image from Wikimedia, by Vmenkov, CC BY-SA 3.0
Vigilance is always required in order to avoid getting ripped off. Thank you, David Gaughran!

Monday, March 02, 2015

Julie Coulter Bellon's Cover Reveal!

Today is Madcap Monday, and I am so excited to show you the cover for a new novella, Falling Slowly, by my friend, Julie Coulter Bellon! This is a companion novella to All Fall Down, and tells what happens to Claire and Rafe when they come home from Afghanistan.

To celebrate cover reveal day, Julie is offering you a giveaway! Since Claire and Rafe are dating and getting to know each other in this novella, she wants to know: what do you consider to be a romantic date? Is it a candlelight dinner? A hike? A bike ride? A movie? Star-gazing? A moonlit stroll? Tell us your ideas! Every one who comments with their idea of a romantic date will be entered to win an ebook copy of BOTH All Fall Down AND Falling Slowly.

Put your comments below, including your email address, so Julie can come by and get the information to enter you into the giveaway.

Okay, are you ready?

*drum roll*

Here it is!

Here is the back copy:

Rafe Kelly never thought he’d fall in love with Claire Michaels, the hostage negotiator sent to get him out of a life or death situation. Though it was easy to see from the beginning that Claire was good at her profession, Rafe quickly realized she was even better for him personally―and that they might have a future together.

When they get back from their mission in Afghanistan, however, Claire goes back to the Hostage Negotiation Team and Rafe is left to deal with the huge hole in his life after leaving the SEALs. Trying to balance an uncertain future with a new relationship is made even more complicated when a family crisis strikes. Will Rafe and Claire be able to turn to each other for strength or are they over before they've really begun?

Don't forget to leave your comment for a chance to win the giveaway of BOTH the novella, Falling Softly, AND the novel, All Fall Down.

DO include your email address, or Julie will have a real tough time getting a hold of you.

Find Julie on her blog: http://ldswritermom.blogspot.com
Follow her on Twitter @juliebellon

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Sample Saturday - 3/28/2015 - Wes

 Hello! In today's excerpt from New Blood, Wes Haught meets someone who can change his prospects.

Wes scraped up a smile for his new customer. “I'm sorry for the wait, sir. I'm Wesley Haught. What can I do for you?”

“My name is Ferrell Badger. I was informed that this is the place to lease property in town. Is that correct?” The man's voice held a no-nonsense note.

Wes's smile broadened. I thought that suit meant money. “Yes, sir. Haught Enterprises handles such transactions. I'm at your service.” He wouldn't bother calling Lonnie to take on the job, since he'd been acting like a jerk this morning. It would serve him right if Wes brought in the business instead. Maybe Dad will spare me a little praise, for once.

“I was given the name of Grove Haught.” The man pursed his lips. “Is he about?”

“He's my father,” Wes replied. He shook his head. “He's home mending from a broken leg.” Dad's injuries were somewhat more serious than merely a broken leg, but the stranger didn't need to know that. “I can help you, sir.” Much better than Lonnie can. “Does this concern a house?” He hoped it did. His glance shifted briefly to the girl, who was presently occupied in inspecting a bolt of lavender-colored cloth, feeling the texture of the fabric as she ran her fingers over the surface.

When Mr. Badger made a sound, Wes pulled his attention back to the man.

“A house, yes, but also a building. I noticed the brick structure at the corner appears to be vacant.”

Wes felt his pulse quicken. Two leases! “Ah. That was the bank, but the crisis a few . . .” His words trailed off as he realized he wasn't putting the town's best foot forward. “Yes, that building is available, Mr. Badger. I can show it to you right away.” I hope Lonnie swept it out this week.

He stooped to rummage for the key in a box beneath the counter, and ran the housing possibilities through his mind. The same financial downturn that had forced Banker Pierce from his business had left his large house empty, as well. The no-nonsense set of Mr. Badger's shoulders, combined with his fine suit, spoke of wealth and privilege. The man wouldn't look twice at the rundown Peterson homestead, but the banker's home was a much grander affair, well suited to a rich gentleman's needs.


Thank you for visiting. I hope you enjoyed the sample. I appreciate your support of my work.

Author Marsha Ward's recent novel, Gone for a Soldier, is a 2014 Whitney Award Finalist in Historical Fiction. She wrote the novella, Faith and the Foreman, in the best-selling Timeless Romance Anthology Old West Collection, and is the author of an acclaimed novel series featuring the Owen family. Book 4, Spinster's Folly, won the 2013 USA Best Book Award for Western Fiction, and recently was named Finalist in Western Fiction in the 2014 International Book Awards. A former journalist, Ward has published over 900 articles, columns, poems and short stories. She is the founder of American Night Writers Association, a.k.a. ANWA.

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