Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Realms Faire Winners / Bookworm News / Writing Update: December Goals / Wattpad Wednesdays: Reborn Chapter 13


This year's Realms Faire is over. Thank you, everyone, who participated, hosted, and was a sponsor during the event. I have the winners for the Riddle Me This prizes.

Riddle #1 - Answer: Dragon - Winner of River Fairchild's Diamonds and Dust: Patricia Lynne

Riddle #2 - Answer: Phoenix - Winner of Christine Rains' The 13th Floor Complete Collection: dolorah

Riddle #3 - Answer: Centaur - Winner of Cherie Reich's People of Foxwick and Their Neighbors: Patricia Lynne

Riddle #4 - Answer: Dryad - Winner of Ellie Garratt's Passing Time and Taking Time: T.B. Markinson

Riddle #5 - Answer: Peryton - Winner of Cherie Reich's Reborn: Samantha Geary Jones


BOOKS READ

The Replacement by Brenna Yovanoff
People of Foxwick and Their Neighbors by Cherie Reich (me!)
The Fire Seekers by Richard Farr
The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
A Diva in Manhattan by Aubrie Dionne

BOOK REVIEWS

The Replacement by Brenna Yovanoff
Mackie Doyle is caught between worlds in Brenna Yovanoff's The Replacement. I could understand Mackie's  plight as a changeling and unable to fully be within our world and not really belonging in the one he originally came from. He tried hard to be invisible, even though people noticed him. I love Yovanoff's world she created and how she took the idea of the fae and changelings, or whatever you wish to call them, and made them her own. The pace went smoothly and the story was well written. For a new take on changelings, I would highly recommend The Replacement by Brenna Yovanoff.

The Fire Seekers by Richard Farr
A new religion sweeping across the globe will change everything for Daniel and his friends in Richard Farr's The Fire Seekers. Having studied the Ancient Near East, Ancient Rome, and Ancient Greece as well as comparative mythologies, I was immediately sucked into this novel. Undecipherable ancient languages, ancient manuscripts, Greece and Mesopotamia are likely to pique my interest, and I often felt like I was reading about old friends throughout the course of this book. The mystery swept me in further. Who doesn't love a good conspiracy theory, after all? But the characters sealed the deal. Daniel is likable and heroic. The cast as a whole is quirky, and I loved them for it. The adventure is intense, and toward the end of the novel, I was holding my breath in anticipation for what would happen next. A fast-paced story, The Fire Seekers by Richard Farr is quite the fun thrilling story. I'm looking forward to the next book in The Babel Trilogy.

The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
Tea-time with a wizard and thirteen dwarves turns into an unexpected adventure for Bilbo Baggins in J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit. I first read The Hobbit back in 2002 after having seen the first of The Lord of the Rings movies. With the final movie of The Hobbit coming out in December, I wanted to read the story again, and it didn't disappoint. I'd forgotten many things and remembered others due to watching the movies. Tolkien writes this story as if he's telling you the story with asides and foreshadowing. Bilbo is a character to cheer for as he grows from a timid, flustered hobbit to a bold burglar worthy of a fourteenth of treasure. This story is lighter in narration and sometimes a bit silly than Tolkien's Lord of the Rings. I enjoyed reading The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien again and now I really want to read his Lord of the Rings again too.

A Diva in Manhattan by Aubrie Dionne
Alaina Amaldi must change her image if she wants to keep the role of Pamina in Aubrie Dionne's A Diva in Manhattan. A brash diva, Alaina often gets what she wants, except when it comes to love. Brett Robinson uses his tragic past as a barrier to keep from loving again. I wondered how he and Alaina would ever work out, even though they seemed perfect for each other. The dual points of view kept the tension high throughout. As I have read most of Dionne's work, reading this book was like coming home. I particularly loved the opera/music teaching parts since I once was an opera singer. With tender moments and intense ones, A Diva in Manhattan by Aubrie Dionne is a must-read story for readers who love sweet romances!

COVER REVEAL

The super-talented Erin Dameron-Hill has created the cover art for Untethered Realms' boxed set collection Fantasy Uprising. This collection will release in early December.

A collection of nine fantastic, spine-tingling stories. Magic. Mystery. Murder. Heartbreak and Hope. Defeat and Victory. Fantasy Uprising delivers a heaping serving of the best of fantasy.

Reborn by Cherie Reich: To save a kingdom, a prophetess must challenge Fate.

Fireseed One by Catherine Stine: On a devastated Earth in 2089, the son of a famous marine biologist must travel to a lethal hotzone with his worst enemy who helped destroy the world’s food source, to search for Fireseed One, a mythical hybrid plant that may not even exist. 

Givin' Up the Ghost by Gwen Gardner: In the haunted modern day medieval village of Sabrina shores, Indigo Eady must help a ghost solve his murder before she and her gang become the next victims.

The Marquis by Christine Rains: A retired demon must become the beast he loathes to save the woman he loves.

The Alpha by Christine Rains: A werewolf hunted by her pack must find a way hide or fight a battle she believes she cannot win.

The Rifters by M. Pax: In a strange wilderness town, a misplaced city gal must deal with a secret organization, a man from 1888, and a head-stealing phantom to save her missing sister.

Neverlove by Angela Brown: A tormented suicide survivor must find the power in her pain or risk the Devourer robbing her of a second chance to live, a first chance at love, and her very soul.

The Fall of Shaylar by River Fairchild: Magic is real. So is betrayal. Rivalry, jealousy, a desperate attempt to grab the magic of Shaylar—all converge to bring about the end of the precarious balance between the Five Kingdoms.

Diamonds and Dust by River Fairchild: Magic is real. So is betrayal. Two heirs. A Kingdom of dust on a troubled world. One might resurrect it. One might destroy it all.

BOOKS RELEASED IN NOVEMBER

Burdin of Choice by Alexander Nader
Keeper of the Lost Cities: Everblaze by Shannon Messenger
Yakuza Territory by Milo James Fowler
Captured Love by Juliana Haygert
The Glass Magician by Charlie N. Holmberg
My Sister’s Grave by Robert Dugoni
The Trouble with Falling by Rachel Morgan
Tarkin: Star Wars by James Luceno
The Chronicles of Ara: Creation by Joel Eisenberg and Stephen Hillard
Wickedly They Dream by Cathrina Constantine
A Diva in Manhattan by Aubrie Dionne
From the Cradle by Louise Voss and Mark Edwards
Until the Debt is Paid by Alexander Hartung
No Strings by Mark SaFranko
Presumption of Guilt by Marti Green
The Child's Past Life by Cai Jun
Revival by Stephen King
Killer Instinct by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Blue Labyrinth by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child
Legion by Brandon Sanderson
Taken with a Grain of Salt by Aaron Galvin
Married by Midnight by Talli Roland
You Cannot Kill a Swan: The Love Story of Lyuba and Ivan by Ursula Hartlein
Blood on the Badge by David Huffstetler
The Attic of Sand and Secrets by Medeia Sharif
The Unhappening of Genesis Lee by Shallee McArthur

Happy Wednesday!

I've been making very little progress this month on any of my November goals so that means no working on Fall of Gravity or the outline of Destined.

It's a good thing I didn't try doing NaNoWriMo, even though I really missed not doing it this year! I've been having dry eye problems again, and reading and staring at the computer screen for 8+ hours a day sometimes leaves my vision blurry. When that happens, I have to take a couple days away from doing much eye work. Because of this issue, I've decided to take it easier on myself and not expect to do too much for the rest of the year.

Because of the upcoming holiday in the US, I won't be posting next week. I'll be back on December 3rd's IWSG post.

Here are my December goals:
  • Once upon a Nightmare: A Collection - I've decided to work on this one for the rest of November and December. I hope to have the second edition of Once upon a Nightmare (originally titled The Nightmare Collection) ready by January.
  • Format and publish Fantasy Uprising. This boxed set features authors (me included) of Untethered Realms.
What are your December goals?

2014 Stats
45,420 Words Written
2631 Pages Edited
*Stats taken from 1/1/14 - 11/18/14

And it's also time for another chapter of Reborn to go up on Wattpad. To read from the beginning, click here. To read Chapter Thirteen, click here.


Don't forget there's still time to pre-order your copy of People of Foxwick and Their Neighbors. You'll save $3.00 by purchasing now. Pre-order at Amazon / Google Play / iTunes / Kobo / Nook / OmniLit / Smashwords.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Realms Faire: Riddle Me This (Riddle #5)

It's the last day of the Realms Faire, an annual event originally created by M. Pax. This year I'm hosting Riddle Me This. Read the riddle. In the comments, make your guess. All correct responses will be entered in to win the last daily prize. I will accept entries for this last riddle until Monday, November 17 at 8 AM EST. I will announce the winners on Wednesday, November 19.

The answer for Riddle #4:
Dryad


Riddle me this:
I am a hybrid creature,
half-deer, half bird.
My shadow displays who I used to be,
depending on what source you read.
What am I?

The correct responses will be entered in a drawing to win the ebook

More Games! More Prizes! Visit other Realms Faire events for more fun and chances to win more prizes: Joust ~ Soak-a-Bloke/Drench-a-Wench ~ Riddle Me This ~ Dueling Bards ~ Stockade Brigade ~ Phasers ~Dragon Hunt ~ Wisdom of the Creative Realms ~VelociRaffle Live Performance / Cody Sill: Into Oblivion

Amazon / Google Play / iTunes / Kobo / Nook / OmniLit / Smashwords

Amazon / Google Play / iTunes / Kobo / Nook / OmniLit / Smashwords

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Realms Faire: Riddle Me This (Riddle #4)

It's time for the Realms Faire, an annual event originally created by M. Pax. This year I'm hosting Riddle Me This. Read the riddle. In the comments, make your guess. All correct responses will be entered in to win a daily prize. The daily contest will run until 8 AM EST of the next day (i.e. when the next riddle appears), and I will announce all winners on Wednesday, November 19.

The answer for Riddle #3:
Centaur


Riddle me this:
I am the shy seductress of the forest.
Oak trees gave my people our name,
but we encompass all trees now.
I walk with Artemis,
and yet cannot venture far from home.
What am I?

Today's correct responses will be entered in a drawing to win the ebooks
Thank you, Ellie, for donating two ebooks for today's prize!

More Games! More Prizes! Visit other Realms Faire events for more fun and chances to win more prizes: Joust ~ Soak-a-Bloke/Drench-a-Wench ~ Riddle Me This ~ Dueling Bards ~ Stockade Brigade ~ Phasers ~Dragon Hunt ~ Wisdom of the Creative Realms ~VelociRaffle Live Performance / Cody Sill: Into Oblivion

Amazon / Google Play / iTunes / Kobo / Nook / OmniLit / Smashwords

Amazon / Google Play / iTunes / Kobo / Nook / OmniLit / Smashwords

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Realms Faire: Riddle Me This (Riddle #3)

It's time for the Realms Faire, an annual event originally created by M. Pax. This year I'm hosting Riddle Me This. Read the riddle. In the comments, make your guess. All correct responses will be entered in to win a daily prize. The daily contest will run until 8 AM EST of the next day (i.e. when the next riddle appears), and I will announce all winners on Wednesday, November 19.

The answer for Riddle #2:
Phoenix


Riddle me this:
Half-man, half-beast,
I roam the forests.
My gaze frequents the stars.
I hunt with bow and arrow.
We rarely permit humans to ride us
unlike our animal halves.
What am I?

Today's correct responses will be entered in a drawing to win the ebook
Yes, you will get the book before it officially releases!

More Games! More Prizes! Visit other Realms Faire events for more fun and chances to win more prizes: Joust ~ Soak-a-Bloke/Drench-a-Wench ~ Riddle Me This ~ Dueling Bards ~ Stockade Brigade ~ Phasers ~Dragon Hunt ~ Wisdom of the Creative Realms ~VelociRaffle Live Performance / Cody Sill: Into Oblivion


Amazon / Google Play / iTunes / Kobo / Nook / OmniLit / Smashwords
Amazon / Google Play / iTunes / Kobo / Nook / OmniLit / Smashwords

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Realms Faire: Riddle Me This (Riddle #2)

It's time for the Realms Faire, an annual event originally created by M. Pax. This year I'm hosting Riddle Me This. Read the riddle. In the comments, make your guess. All correct responses will be entered in to win a daily prize. The daily contest will run until 8 AM EST of the next day (i.e. when the next riddle appears), and I will announce all winners on Wednesday, November 19.

The answer for Riddle #1:
Dragon


Riddle me this:
With fiery feathers, I fly.
My lifespan is long.
I do not fear death
because within the ashes,
I am reborn.
What am I?

Today's correct responses will be entered in a drawing to win the ebook
Thank you, Christine, for donating today's prize.

More Games! More Prizes! Visit other Realms Faire events for more fun and chances to win more prizes: Joust ~ Soak-a-Bloke/Drench-a-Wench ~ Riddle Me This ~ Dueling Bards ~ Stockade Brigade ~ Phasers ~Dragon Hunt ~ Wisdom of the Creative Realms ~VelociRaffle Live Performance / Cody Sill: Into Oblivion


 Amazon / Google Play / iTunes / Kobo / Nook / OmniLit / Smashwords
Amazon / Google Play / iTunes / Kobo / Nook / OmniLit / Smashwords

Monday, November 10, 2014

Realms Faire: Riddle Me This (Riddle #1)

It's time for the Realms Faire, an annual event originally created by M. Pax. This year I'm hosting Riddle Me This. Read the riddle. In the comments, make your guess. All correct responses will be entered in to win a daily prize. The daily contest will run until 8 AM EST of the next day (i.e. when the next riddle appears), and I will announce all winners on Wednesday, November 19.


Riddle me this:
I am big and scaly.
Some of my brethren live in the sea while most of us live on land,
whether it be in caves, on mountains, or in forests.
We can fly and are known all over the world.
Don't get me angry or I might turn you into ashes.
What am I?

Today's correct responses will be entered in a drawing to win the ebook
Thank you, River, for donating today's prize.

More Games! More Prizes! Visit other Realms Faire events for more fun and chances to win more prizes: Joust ~ Soak-a-Bloke/Drench-a-Wench ~ Riddle Me This ~ Dueling Bards ~ Stockade Brigade ~ Phasers ~Dragon Hunt ~ Wisdom of the Creative Realms ~VelociRaffle


Amazon / Google Play / iTunes / Kobo / Nook / OmniLit / Smashwords
Amazon / Google Play / iTunes / Kobo / Nook / OmniLit Smashwords

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

#IWSG: Sales / Wattpad Wednesday: Reborn Chapter 12 / Realms Faire

IWSG was created by the awesome Captain Ninja Alex J. Cavanaugh. To visit the other participants, click here.
Sales. It's one thing we're most interested about but usually never hear about when it comes to authors. I must be honest. I wish sales were better, but doesn't everyone? Those months where you sell ten copies or less across all platforms kinda suck and there are way too many of those type of months.

The good thing about self-publishing is I do have a tiny bit of control of sales in the form on pricing. I decide the price. Best of all, I can decide on when to put titles on sale.



For the first time ever, the ebook of Reborn is now $0.99, a savings of $2.00. Purchase at  Amazon / Google Play / iTunes / Kobo / Nook / OmniLit / Smashwords.

And here are two pre-made tweets you can use, if you'd like to tweet the sale:


Reborn by @bookworm0753 #sale #fantasy http://ow.ly/DwS69 #99c http://ow.ly/i/7osfL

Reborn by @bookworm0753 #sale #fantasy http://ow.ly/DwStL #99c http://ow.ly/i/7osiN



You can also get People of Foxwick and Their Neighbors on pre-order for $0.99, a savings of $3.00. Pre-order your copy at Amazon / Google Play / iTunesKobo / Nook / OmniLit / Smashwords.

And here are two pre-made tweets you can use, if you'd like to tweet this sale:


People of Foxwick and Their Neighbors by @bookworm0753 Pre-order sale! #fantasy http://ow.ly/DwQZD #99c http://ow.ly/i/7orZI

People of Foxwick and Their Neighbors by @bookworm0753 Pre-order sale! #fantasy http://ow.ly/DwQZD #99c http://ow.ly/i/7os8d

Will lowering the price help sell the book?

So far it is, but I recommend getting some ads to help the sale along. Ereader News Today ran an ad I purchased for Reborn on Monday, and I got some nice results and on some bestseller lists.




By the way, Milo James Fowler hosted me on his blog last week. The topic was Finding Balance, and I have some tips on how I find balance between life, a day job, and being a writer. You can read the post here.


Not sure if Reborn is for you? Then read it on Wattpad. We're up to Chapter Twelve over there, and if you'd like to start from the beginning, click here.


Next week is the Realms Faire. There will be no Book Chat this month, and I'll be posting every day from November 10-14. Get your thinking caps on and read up on mythological creatures. Riddle Me This starts on Monday.