Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Afterlife - SPOILER!!!!!!

I'm writing Afterlife and nearing completion of my first ugly draft and I wanted to give you something whet your appetite.

If you've been reading my blog, you know that all of my books are related. There are strings that travel through them all.

In Sleepers, the reader didn't get any direct connections to Cloud Prophet Trilogy. I wanted my readers to fall for Lianne since she's so different from Reychel. But in Afterlife, the stories start coming back together. Lianne meets a really hot guy (yes, she's still with Bryden at the beginning of Afterlife). Who is he? How is he related to the two trilogies? How does he bring them together?

I'll give you a hint - He was a key player in the plot of Severed, but the reader never actually met him. He was only named in the last chapter....lol....got it yet? (Sleepers & Afterlife take place about twenty years after the end of Severed.)

So if you've read Anathema, Oubliette & Severed - you'll definitely want to pick up The Swarm trilogy, starting with Sleepers. There's time. Afterlife won't be out until summer.

Happy reading!!!!!!!

Here's a discount coupon code for Sleepers, regularly $2.99 on Smashwords, but you can download it for $2.00 with the code good through March 5th - DG27W 

Sleepers on Smashwords

Friday, February 17, 2012

Four of the Big Six Kick Libraries to the Curb

As of this week, many library patrons will no longer be able to check out new ebooks from four of the Big Six traditional publishers.


Simon & Schuster



All of them will no longer be making their new ebooks available to Overdrive, the system most libraries currently use to provide their patrons with access to ebooks.

I normally don't bitch about publishing on my blog. But today, I am. You play dirty with libraries and I will fight back.

I want everyone who cares about libraries to read this article now. Spread the word. Tell everyone you know what they're doing.

Denying libraries access to materials really makes me angry.

My mom has been a library aide since I was in second grade. I have worked in multiple libraries. My books circulate in libraries and I am VERY PROUD of this.

What the Big Six is doing is driving more consumers toward independent authors. Not only do we charge far less for our ebooks than traditional publishers, but we also make a significantly higher royalty. That will attract more authors to epublish on their own.

If you support libraries, and everyone should, please join in the outcry. In a time of economic uncertainty, publishers are punishing readers - particularly lower-income readers.

Quite frankly, it disgusts me.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

An Interview, An Author, and a Magic 8 Ball: Cherie Colyer

Cherie Colyer is a really fantastic writer. We met online a couple years ago when we were part of the same critique group. Her novel, Embrace, came out recently so read on to learn more about her!!!!

MJ: Tell me a bit about your novel, Embrace, in your own words - not the official synopsis.

CC: Embrace is a story about a girl who discovers there are unseen forces in the world, and she’ll need to embrace these forces to save her friend. When Madison’s spunky best friend becomes panic-stricken, seeing things no one else can and desperately trying to escape them, she’s taken to the hospital. Madison’s search for an explanation for her friend’s sudden hysteria leads her to discover supernatural powers. Madison will need to believe in the impossible and she’ll need the help of others if she hopes to save her friend and stay alive.
MJ: Did you pants or plot while writing your first draft?

CC: I’m a pants it kind of girl. I usually have a general idea about what is going to happen when I start to write a book – the basic beginning, middle and end – but the characters’ choices along the way determine how they get from chapter one to the end of the story. Sometimes they even surprise me.

MJ: What’s your next release going to be?

CC:   I had to consult my crystal ball on this one and it wasn’t in a chatty mood today so I’m afraid I don’t know the answer to this question. I do have a few queries out for my middle grade ghost story and then I’ve finished a new teen paranormal novel about a brother and sister who must outsmart supernatural beings if they hope to remain human and if they are to avoid being pawns in a coming war. I’m very excited about both novels. Fingers crossed, I’ll find homes for them soon.

MJ: Now for the fun stuff!!!

MJ: If you were trapped on a deserted island and you could only bring three books, what would you bring?
 CC: Hmm. This is a hard one because my taste changes depending on my mood, but since I have to choose: Wurthing Heights, Halfway to the Grave (Bones is hot J ), and a how-to book on surviving in the wild.
MJ: Who is your celebrity crush?
CC: Am I only allowed one? That seems so unfair. Top of the list: Ian Somerhalder (aka Damon Salvatore).
MJ: What is your favorite color?
CC: Blue, a bright brilliant shade like you sometimes see in the late afternoon sky just before the sun sets.

MJ: Wolves or vampires or zombies? 
CC: Vampires, the ones that don’t sparkle please.
MJ: What do you wear when you write? 
CC: Nothing……. wait for it……. special. If it’s a Saturday or Sunday morning, I usually have my pj’s on, but other than that I wear whatever (shorts, t-shirts, jeans, sweaters, you know, the usual stuff).
MJ: What’s your favorite vacation spot? 
CC: Maui, but I would love to visit Europe.
MJ: Now, I need YOU to ask ME a question about absolutely anything under the sun. It has to be a yes or no question and will be answered by my 9-year-old’s all-knowing Magic 8 Ball! The question can be serious or silly - it’s up to you.

CC:  Will spring come early this year?

M8B: It is certain. Well, now we know whose butt to kick when we get a snowstorm in late March. Do Magic 8 Balls have butts? lol

Thank you SO MUCH to Cherie for participating in my interview series!!!!

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