Archive | September 2013

A review

A new review for A Girl Named Cord.

I read this book in two days flat, and it was just what I needed – an engaging, fast paced, plot driven adventure full of drama, taking me deep into another world and distracting me from this one for a while. The Western genre is well invoked, not only by vivid descriptions, but by the authentic dialogue which I could almost hear as I read it. I quickly grew to care about the central character, and was glad to see a plucky, female lead who showed great courage and love.

The writing is clear and uncomplicated, and in this modern world of turmoil and cynical disbelief in happy endings, I enjoy reading such stories, and seeing things turn out exactly as they should, or would – in an ideal world. I read for different reasons, and for pure entertainment and distraction this book fitted the bill perfectly. It would have benefited from slowing down a bit at times, to give room for a bit more background and character development, as occasionally the action lacked obvious roots. However, I enjoyed the fact that it was delivered in two parts, the second set many years later, which satisfied my impatient wish to know how things turned out in the long run, and gave the whole thing a pleasant, epic feel.  I would happily read more work by this author.

Thanks to Harula for this great review! 🙂

You can purchase A Girl named Cord here: http://www.amazon.com/A-Girl-Named-Cord-ebook/dp/B00E91QL7W/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1375371493&sr=8-2&keywords=a+girl+named+cord

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I Am A Writer

Some people think authors are lazy. That all they do is sit at their computer and stare blankly at the screen. And that their blog(s), Facebook page(s), Twitter, LinkedIn, email, and all other sorts of social media outlets are pointless and just take up time that could be spent elsewhere.

To those people I say, “You try writing a book, edit that book, find the means to either make your own cover or hire an artist,  and then get that book published and show me some sales.”

It isn’t as easy as some people believe. In the beginning, I had reservations about joining Facebook and WordPress. But, at the insistence of my publisher, I joined. I have not once regretted that decision. Few people have bought my book. And for the most part, those people who have bought (as well as taken the time to give me an honest review) are people whom I have connected with here by showing samples of my work, i.e. poetry and book excerpts. I’ve met other authors who are much like myself, and they offered to interview me or set me up for a guest blog to get some exposure for myself as an author and for my published works, many people have even re-blogged my posts about sales, contests, and the such. In turn, I try to offer them the same exposure by re-blogs, interviews and so on and so forth.

Writing is easy. Being an author is hard. There is a difference between writing a letter or sales sheet and a 40,000 word novel. This is one point I cannot get across to people. There are jobs in this world that are solid. You get a regular paycheck. Yes, there may be surprises and objects along the way, but chances are you’re not going to run into any career (or life) changing roadblocks.

Authors put not only long hours, but part of themselves, into their work. It is not just a hobby. Writing is something authors are passionate about and it isn’t something they just want to do, but need to do.

Please respect that writing is the career of authors. No, they don’t work the usual 9-5 hours, work Monday through Friday, they don’t take sick days or have paid vacations (some of them don’t have vacations at all, and others don’t get paid for anything), but this is their job. It is their life and it’s what they love. They are working to support themselves and their families.

Blog Tour: The Inheritance by Elaine Jeremiah

Please welcome Ms. Elaine Jeremiah!

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What is the name of your book?

The Inheritance.

Do you remember what sparked your interest in being an author?

I’ve loved reading since I was very young.  I guess I’ve always wanted to be a story teller, partly because of my love of reading.  I decided that I would love to tell my own stories, to write my own book.  I’ve been experimenting with writing for many years, but it’s only recently that I’ve really focussed on it so much.

Did you self-publish this book, or go the traditional route? How did you make the
decision?

To be honest it was an easy decision to self-publish.  A few years ago I completed my first novel and emailed it to a few agents but had no favourable replies.  So I felt with ‘The Inheritance’ that I wanted it to be read as soon as possible by as many people as possible.  Because going down the traditional route takes a long time, and is so difficult to have success with, I decided that it would be best to self-publish.

If you could go back and write this book all over again, would you do everything the same?

No.  I think the story is a strong one but stylistically some of the dialogue isn’t as good as it could be.

Pick your favorite sentence from your book and share it with us.

‘As she was sitting surrounded by her belongings in plastic bags, Emma wondered how it had all gone so wrong for her.’

How did you come up with the title?

The story revolves around my character Emma blackmailing her father into giving her her inheritance early so that she can leave the farm she lives on, which she hates, and go to London to live with her wealthy friend.  So calling the book ‘The Inheritance’ seemed obvious.

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Who did the cover?

My husband.

What was your favorite part about writing this book?

I think my favourite part was developing the story and the characters from the initial inspiration.  I know a lot of writers say this, but the characters took on a life of their own and it was great to see how the story changed as the characters grew and new ones emerged.

And what was the hardest?

Research.  I didn’t have much to do, but I really don’t enjoy it!  However, having the internet at my fingertips helped a lot.  Although there are some things it can’t tell you.

Is there anything you find especially challenging about being an author?

I think the main thing I find challenging about being an author – apart from research – is sticking to one idea or theme of my story.  I may want to change some aspects of it along the way, but I think it’s important for me to try to stay with the one central idea I’ve come up with.  That makes it less confusing for me than if I veer too far away from the original idea.

Do you have a motto or a special quote you kept in mind while writing?

Not really, but I like to think that there whilst there may be millions of books out there, there are also billions of people and so there’s a place for my book too.

Think back ten years. Did you ever see yourself making it to this point where you were publishing your first novel?

Definitely not, certainly not self-publishing like this.  I don’t think that publishing digitally like this even existed back then, so this is a wonderful opportunity for me to get my work out there for people to read.

What advice would you give to a person just starting out as a writer?

Keep on writing, keep persevering.  That way you’ll improve as a writer and have a greater chance of success.

What tips can you give to the rest of us?

Pretty much the same as above.  I think we all need to practice, to hone our craft.  Even published authors improve their style over time.  We can always be better than we are now if we keep writing.

The Inheritance Links

Amazon UK

http://www.amazon.co.uk/The-Inheritance-ebook/dp/B00ESLWOW4/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1377868191&sr=8-1&keywords=elaine+jeremiah

Amazon.com

http://www.amazon.com/The-Inheritance-ebook/dp/B00ESLWOW4/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1377868304&sr=8-1&keywords=elaine+jeremiah

Goodreads

http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18400882-the-inheritance?from_search=true

Find me:

My blog

http://elainejeremiah.co.uk

Twitter

@ElaineJeremiah

3 stars and the power of reviews

A Girl Named Cord got her first 3 star review!

This was a cute story. But a little too predictable and everything was all tied up in a pretty package with a bow on it. It was a quick read and still enjoyable.

Thanks for this nice review, Pamela!

 

This reviews was very special for me because:

1. It is from a person I do not know.

2. It is my first 3 star review ever.

 

But it also made me think. I’m not an avid book reader so much these days, and I don’t read many kindles. The only kindle books I buy are from friends, or books from friends/acquaintances of friends. In those cases, the other reviews on amazon mean very little to me. But, from the viewpoint of a person who doesn’t know me or anything about my book, the ‘teaser’ we authors provide are possibly a little bias. This is when the reviews really do the speaking for our books and will either snag a sale or turn buyers away. This is why I review all the kindle books I read. I was seen one instances where my review was cause for a lady to try a book she’d normally never read. That, to me, makes the time it takes to write a review worth it.

What about you? What do reviews do for your books, and what is your feelings on giving reviews?

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Go to http://www.etsy.com/shop/FallNLoveCrafts and look through my plates. If you do not see anything you were looking for Message me and tell me what you were hoping to find. I have many different choices so just let me know. This sale only lasts one day, so make Friday the thirteenth your ‘lucky day’ by buying and saving!

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Hi everyone! I just wanted to let you know that I’m going to be marking all my plates down 40% on Friday the 13th. It will be your ‘lucky’ day!!!

Hurry , I have five plates available, and am anticipating them to go out of stock quickly the day of the sale!!!

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Guest Blog: Charles E. Yallowitz

Classic Creatures: To Alter or Not to Alter

Thank you to Briana Vedsted for asking me to do this guest blog.  Her question was how difficult it is to give creatures new abilities.  This stems from how many classic monsters are taken and changed to give a new twist or suit a genre change.  Dragons without fire, sparkling vampires, tall goblins, and other examples can be found throughout literature.  Some are successful and others come off as horrible insults to the creature.  I’m going to start with the most extreme example from my writing: Orcs of Windemere.

I decided that I wanted to make a major change to the orcs in my fantasy world.  Now, you can change the appearance of a lot of creatures relatively easily as long as you keep a few key features.  For orcs, this is large size and pronounced incisors of either overbite or underbite variety.  I changed up their color (made them gray) and gave them perpendicular ears, but the big change was in attitude.  Orcs are typically the vicious savages that need to be slain by the heroes because they side with the villain.  In Windemere, I gave them a central government and replaced their bestial nature with a wild philosopher mentality.  There are still orc bandits that wish to do harm, but there are such groups of all races in Windemere.  The orc government even goes political by letting the bandits survive to remind the other races what would happen if the orcs had no central government.  Another twist on the orcs is that a female orc is statuesque, blonde, and more gorgeous than another other non-magical race.  This is because in orc history, they were cursed to find their women repulsive and never breed.  The female orcs set out to reverse the curse and ended up being transformed to undo the curse.  So, they’re a beauty and the beast society that rarely sees anyone as beautiful or ugly.

That long example brings me to the simplest answer: retain some of the original and change enough to make your creatures stand out.  You should have some reasoning behind the changes too.  I’m not talking about a book explanation, but your own reasoning.  Remember that these creatures have survived in literature for longer than you’ve been writing and they have done so for a reason.  A dragon can exist without fire, but you need to keep the menacing power and some reptilian features.  A large bat with six legs isn’t a dragon and calling it such can be seen as the author being too lazy to come up with a name for it.

It was also asked about powers being added to monsters.  For example, a Pegasus that can spit fire or a troll that can change size.  This is an easier way to differ your monsters from the original, but it requires that you put some thought into it.  The powers need to make some type of sense for the creature.  If you have your trolls weak against fire then it makes little sense for them to be spitting it.  Something like this is very sloppy and can make it too easy for the monster to be defeated.  An example from my own world is that the griffins of Windemere are able to fire lightning in certain situations.  At a certain age they’ve gathered enough static electricity to do this.  Another ability is that they can understand every spoken language after a few words because they have been used as flying mounts of centuries.  Both of these abilities make sense for their role and have a logical explanation, which helps make them more acceptable.

Now if you go very far off the beaten path, like sparkling vampires, then you should have an explanation somewhere.  People are very attached to their monsters and you have to be ready for the backlash.  The bigger the changes, the more necessary an in-book explanation might be.  It could be a simple mention of an evolution or a demonstration of why the changes are necessary in that world.  Still, you’re not going to make everyone happy with the changes you make.  This is something you will have to understand, but not let it stop you.  The beauty of fictional creatures is that they are malleable and you can alter them if you need to.  As long as you retain the core of the creature, you can do a lot and not get yelled at too much by fans.

To read more of Charles‘s work, go here: http://legendsofwindemere.com/

And then, either check out his book of poems, or The Legends of Windemere Series: Book One and Book Two.