Thursday, October 22, 2015

Acknowledgments & Birthday Announcements & Writers are writers and other Universal Truths

As horrible as I am at self-promotion, the breaks continue to come.  Let me be clear in saying, that has absolutely nothing to do with me suddenly becoming more comfortable with telling people that I wrote a book and that I want them to also buy it.  Nope I'm still the same level of awful in that regard.

The reason my books are ever discussed is due to my friends and family. I swear they are more enthusiastic about the fact that I write books than I am.  Sure, as the author I love my characters, I miss my characters and I help record their stories as they dictate them to me, but once it's all on the page, my desire for people to read it is a mixed bag.

While I love when people read and actually feel something when they read my work I also feel anxiety and self-conscious about them actually reading it.

It's weird spending months, or years on something only for someone to toss it aside or hate it,  so why go through that, when I could just write it, quietly publish it, and then pretend it never happened? Afterall once it's complete my job is done right?  Well no.  And I think that' s why traditional publishing still exists.  Writers write, and then we move on to the next.  Then the editors make it readable, the publisher gets to promote and sell. The writer is not meant to be apart of that process and I think it's because us writers are mostly introverts and if we not introverts then it's enough that we are writers.  We aren't claiming to be anything else.  We aren't supposed to be good at anything else...Except that we have chosen to self-publish so we have to be good at those other things.

I suppose this is my round about awkward and clunky way of saying, Thanks Guys for all your support and for helping me to sell my books because we all know I suck at it.  And lastly Happy Birthday Alyssa Berrington who was kind enough last year to except the first few pages of the final Harlow book as an acceptable present.

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Review of K.S. Marsden's The Lost Soul

You know a book is good when, even though you're starting a new job, getting your son into Kindergarten, moving to a new city, renting out your house, and writing your own book-you still find the time to read it.  That is exactly what was happening in my life when I received a copy of The Lost Soul.

First of all let me just say kuddos to the K.S. Marsden, because writing a first chapter that immediately sucks you in is no easy task.  So great job at creating likable intriguing characters that I couldn't wait to follow throughout the book.

Within the first few pages I was fascinated, surprised, scared, and begging for more all at once.  K.S. Marsden writes in such a way that you feel that you can anticipate the story, but just as you think that, another angle gets thrown in.  Without giving to much away I will say that the main character, Samantha is one that we can all relate to; the unforeseen heroine that follows her crush into a portal to another world. There's fantasy, adventure, and characters you want to see succeed, what else can you ask for?

Let me just say I can't wait for book 2.

Be sure to pick up your copy of The Lost Soul Book 1 of Enchena by K.S. Marsden NOW.