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text 2017-03-17 00:39
When an Alpha Purrs By Eve Langlais 99 cents
[(When an Alpha Purrs)] [By (author) Eve Langlais] published on (June, 2015) - Eve Langlais

A billionaire CEO and leader of the largest East Coast pride, Arik is a ladies man and a lion. Used to commanding others, and obedience, he can't believe it when a hairdresser with tempting curves chops off a hunk of his precious mane.

But her biggest mistake is in running from him.

Run as fast as you can, little mouse, because this cat loves to chase--and pounce.

Oh, and he also likes to nibble on tender bits. What he doesn't expect is to fall for a human woman, a woman who can make the impossible happen because everyone knows lions can't purr...until now.

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text 2016-10-05 08:57
On self publishing The Big Picture - and becoming an indie author

 The Big Picture - A Camera, A Young Woman, An Uncompromising Ethic, was the first novel I knew I would publish independently.


I wanted to explore a number issues and without the constrains of genre I had no idea where they would take me. I was excited.


I wanted to examine the creative process - and how the art and the artist are influenced by the marketplace.


I wanted to delve into the intensity of family dynamics - how wonderful it is when it works and how damaging it can be when it doesn't.


I wanted complex characters and authentic relationships.


As a journalist, I'd covered stories that couldn't be reported. I knew what was going on but I couldn't get someone to go on (or off) the record to admit it. It's frustrating, but what could you do?


Well, you can use it in fiction. The plot of The Big Picture is comprised of some of those unsubstantiated stories and also my investigation into the influence on our lives of drug money.


To get at my protagonist's inner journey I went deep inside myself, rooted around, and came forth with not so much the truth about a life I've experienced, but one I'd hoped (still hope) to live.


Nigerian writer, Chinua Achebe said, "One of the truest tests of integrity is its blunt refusal to be compromised." I wanted Freyja, my heroine, to be that person. I wanted to see where her blunt refusal to compromise and her intolerant attitude toward those who do would lead her.


Here's what I came up with:


Young, talented, ambitious, Freyja Brynjarrson’s a photographer struggling to crash the art establishment, the challenges presented by her family, and still keep true to her uncompromising ethic.

Fate places her on the front line of a political demonstration where soldiers open fire on civilians. She photographs death for the first time and likes it.

Because of the sensitive nature of her pictures the current government, facing an imminent election, tries to suppress them. But someone far more unscrupulous than government spin-doctors also wants those images destroyed.

Gunnar Brynjarrson, Freyja’s eldest brother is the head of an illegal narcotics empire. He’s concerned about the opposition party’s platform to decriminalize drugs. His sister’s photographs could influence the outcome of a close election and put his business in jeopardy.

As events unfold, Freyja slowly becomes aware of the far-reaching impact the billions of narco dollars have on the government, the economy, friends, family and even herself. Something insidious has infected society and like a super bug it’s resilient, opportunistic and appears as a mutation in the most unexpected places.

Freyja refuses to compromise and is intolerant and unforgiving of those who succumb to this evil or are complicit in their acceptance of it. If she stays at home she’s afraid she’ll be infected and never attain success on her own terms.

She takes an assignment with an international agency photographing the chaos and casualties of Mexico’s drug war. Freyja soon discovers she’s shot only one frame of ‘the big picture’.

The Big Picture focuses on dramatic action, zooms in on political intrigue, and takes a candid snap shot of modern romance. The plot also reveals how narco dollars, overtly and covertly, influence every level of our lives; the wars we fight, the governments we elect, the impact on healthcare, and most importantly and tragically, our personal relationships.


When The Big Picture was finished I set about self-publishing. I used Kindle Direct for the e-book and Createspace for the paperback, both Amazon platforms.


I know a little about publishing having been (and still am) a community newspaper publisher for nearly four decades. Mind you, with the speed technology is evolving past experience doesn't count for much, if anything. In any case, I didn't find the process that difficult. The most difficult part was, and still is, making sure my original manuscript is error free.


I loved this book. I did everything I could to promote it - used social media, sent out advance copies, ran giveaways, sent forth positive thoughts.


I allowed myself to hope. It was a mistake. The Big Picture was self-published without acclaim, reviews or sales. I was disappointed. I felt bad, not so much for myself as for the book. I felt I had let everyone down - meaning my characters.


I regrouped and focused on why I write - because I love to, to learn new things, and to pass my view of the world on to others. Two out of three - not too bad.


Upon reflection I realized The Big Picture had done no worse than the first three books I had published with a publisher. I enjoyed the independence of self-publishing - and the responsibility. So when it became time to renew the contracts with my publisher I said I would if they would publish all the books as paperbacks. We compromised - they published Not Wonder More - Mad Maggie and the Mystery of the Ancients and I yanked the other two books, Spirit Bear and Eagleridge Bluffs.


I subsequently self-published and released Spirit Bear as

 Saving Spirit Bear - What Price Success, and Eagleridge Bluffs as Loving the Terrorists - Beyond Eagleridge Bluffs. My re-released books have fared no worse than the one remaining on the publisher's list, all have done terrible.


Next month I'll retain the rights of my last book under contract and I plan to re-release it as a self-published book as well.


The next time I'll talk about , Forest - Love, Loss, Legend, how came out of the residuals of the previous book - war, drugs, and murder combined with my love of the wilderness - it's splendor and it's mystery.



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review 2016-08-01 15:14
Destiny's Call (Mages of the Nether #1) by A.M. Halford
Destiny's Call [Mages of the Nether 1] (Siren Publishing Classic ManLove) - A.M. Halford
Destiny's Call is the first book in a new series that shows massive potential! Daniel and Aiden are both mages living in the 'normal' world. With a set of rules and regulations that mages are bound by, neither knows what the other one is, although they have admired each other from afar for years. Aiden is the Medium of his generation and everyone tells him it's a gift. However, for his own reasons, he sees it as a curse. Daniel is a prince and heir to the throne. When his mother calls him and his cousins together with a warning, friction and tension abound. 
This story is intricately woven, with sexual tension, denial, danger, balance and betrayal within its pages. I loved how Daniel and Aiden helped each other, they definitely balance each other out. 
Well-written, with a smooth pace and interesting characters, this is an excellent start to the series and I can't wait to read more. Highly recommended.
* I received this book from The Romance Reviews in return for a fair and honest review. *
Archaeolibrarian - I Dig Good Books!
Source: archaeolibrarianologist.blogspot.de/2016/08/review-by-merissa-destinys-call-mages.html
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review 2016-06-26 12:20
Veiled Intentions (Veil/Dixon Security Series #3) by Kate Allenton
Veiled Intentions: Sophie Masterson/Dixon Security Series, Book 3 - Kate Allenton,Tess Irondale,Coastal Escape Publishing LLC

The Pentagram Killer (from book 1) makes a reappearance in this story, and Sophie knows that she is the one that needs to stop him. It appears that Marshal may have changed his mind about supporting Sophie, but there is always more to Marshal than meets the eye. Jack is still around, but is now one of the supporting characters. With a solid rapport from the rest of the crew, Sophie needs to handle this right to survive it.


Once again, very well written with a quick tie-up at the end. Good, solid characters acting (mostly) as expected. This is the last book with Sophie and Marshal as the main characters and it all goes down rather nicely. The only thing I was a bit surprised at is how BIG the killer was made out to be in book 1 - with Jack ending up in hospital, etc - but when it gets down to it, once again, it is over really quickly.


Still a brilliant book though, with sassy characters. Definitely recommended.


Archaeolibrarian - I Dig Good Books!

Source: archaeolibrarianologist.blogspot.de/2016/06/review-by-merissa-veildixon-security.html
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text 2016-06-23 18:13
The Top 25 Publishers for New Authors

(reblogged from Authors Publish)


The writing market can seem overwhelming, especially for new authors who do not have a history of past publication.


However, the following 25 publishers are all open to publishing new authors. They do not require literary agents. You can submit to these publishers directly.


It is worth noting that it is always helpful to create a history of previous publications of short fiction or poetry by submitting to literary journals. To learn more about submitting to literary journals, you can download our free ebook on the subject here.


All 25 of these manuscript publishers all have good distribution and clear marketing strategies. They are not vanity presses, self-publishers, or brand new presses. They are established publishing houses with good reputations.


Some of the publishers listed below are imprints of the “Big 5” publishers. None of the “Big 5” Publishers accept submissions directly, but some of their imprints do. Others are independent companies, some are based in the United States and others are based in the UK or elsewhere.


All the publishers listed below are open to authors regardless of nationality. Most of the publishers focus on publishing a particular genre or genres of books. The publishers are listed in no particular order.


Our full reviews of the publishers include more detailed submission information and links to the publishing company’s websites and submission guidelines. Not all of them are open submissions at this time, but many are. It is good to bookmark the websites of publishers you are interested in that are not currently open to submissions, and to check back regularly, if they do not overtly state when they will re-open to submissions.


1. Chronicle Books
Chronicle is a large independent San Francisco based publisher that publishes highly acclaimed children’s books, bestselling cookbooks, gift books, and a variety of non-fiction. Most have a strong visual element. Their books are beautifully made. To learn more, read our full review here.


2. Tor/Forge
Tor/Forge publishes science fiction and fantasy books. Run by Tom Doherty Associates, LLC, Tor/Forge is an imprint of Macmillan, one of the big five publishers. Tor is one of the most established science fiction publishers and they have won the Locus Award for best SF publisher 26 years in a row. To learn more read our full review here.


3. Avon Impulse
Avon Romance is a romance imprint of HarperCollins. Avon Impulse is their digital first imprint and they publish primarily new authors because of this. If your book does well in terms of digital sales and it is over 25,000 words in length it will receive a print run and receive good distribution. Books that receive a print run are officially published by Avon Romance for the print edition (and not Impulse). To learn more read our full review here.


4. Hard Case Crime
Hard Case Crime is a well respected and established niche publisher of hard boiled crime novels. The publisher has been featured in a number of respected publications including Time Magazine and The Stranger. To learn more read our full review here.


5. DAW
DAW is an imprint of Penguin books. They publish science fiction and fantasy books. DAW has published authors such as Marion Zimmer Bradley and Roger Zelazny. DAW has published many bestselling books and they have published Hugo award winning books. Read the full review here. .


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