domingo, 31 de julio de 2016

Interview: Joshua Jadon

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Tell us a little about yourself and your background?
  For those who don’t know my name is Joshua, I am a book cover designer. I grew up in Grand Rapids, Michigan and have lived here for the past 20 years. JoshuaJadon.com is my hub for doing all my design work for authors. My focus is creating eye-catching book cover designs for authors that will help them catch the attention of more readers to ultimately sell more books.


  How do you think you’ve evolved creatively? I drew ALOT when I was younger. I remember riding the bus home in like 2nd grade and coming home to grab a TV tray and a pen, then watching my favorite show Imagination Station which helped teach me how to draw. To bad they canceled the show, it was such a great show and their aren’t many people out their that teach that on television. So yeah, drawing was pretty much my focus from age 6 to about senior year in high school.


  Tell us about the cover/s and how it/they came about. I remember telling myself I don’t want to learn Photoshop. I had various opportunities to take the course in middle and high school but never did. Then finally in college after not using digital software at all to do my art I finally crossed over. The first assignment in my college Graphic Design class at Central Michigan University was on designing book covers and after I learned that I pretty much decided I needed to look no further for work. At that point class became less important than building my book cover design portfolio so I could then go onto launching my own site on the internet.

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I worked at a car wash called Sparkling Image for a good year or so while I was building up my website and then at one point I literally was just tired of working at the car wash and wanted to take this thing more seriously. So one rainy day at the car wash when I working and just came to the decision that I am done and would rather invest my time in building up my book cover design business. The funny thing is I hadn’t even made a sale yet when I quit working their, I had about $200 saved and just took the leap. A few weeks later I got my first sale and been at it ever since then.

Do you think that the cover plays an important part in the buying process? Yeah it’s crucial to increasing the amount of readers that see your book and actual readers who buy your book. The idea as an author or self-publisher is to come out with a book that’s going to sell right? So it only makes sense to pair the writing up a great cover design. When a customer is looking at a book cover design there are only a few seconds of opportunity to catch that readers attention and get them interested. This is why it’s so important to a cover that really pulls them in.

 Why did you choose this route? I’ve always liked designing and creating things from ideas so when I finally realized I wanted to continue doing this and as a career it became pretty clear on what the next steps I needed to take in order to make it happen. I can say though being persistent and not quitting is what has kept me going.

Did you make any marketing mistakes or is there anything you would avoid in future? Yeah, to be honest at first I didn’t really know what would work for me. After I got my first sale though I realized “Oh, so social media does work.”. Building up a presence online has been a key factor for finding new authors to design covers for. At first I think the biggest thing I failed with was understanding and believing in what I was doing and knowing that it would actually work if I just kept trying things and seeing what would result from them. In the future I would avoid guessing on what I am doing without a real purpose behind it. That just leads to more wasted time. Being clear and focused on things while taking decisive action has brought me a long way.

  Is there anything else you would like to add that I haven’t included? Yes, have faith in what you’re doing and embrace the process and steps it’s going to take to get wherever it is you want to go. Maybe you want to become a best-selling author, the idea is to clarify this before hand so all the steps you take are aligned to the outcome you’d like. Take action combined with the necessary steps and you can almost guarantee you’re on the right path. And if you’re not, you just adjust along the way and keep going. It doesn’t matter if you’re a designer or a author or a car washer, what matters is the result you really want. Being uncomfortable for me has helped me see okay I can either keep doing what I am doing or move through it and get to the other side. The last thing my art teacher in high school told me was “don’t settle” and I am just now really seeing what she is talking about.

Click here to get an eye-catching book cover designed by Joshua Jadon today!

sábado, 30 de julio de 2016

Reseña: Lights Out




Recién fui a ver Lights Out (Cuando las luces se apagan) y estaba demasiado genial, esta se baso en un corto del mismo nombre del director sueco David F. Sandberg. aquí les dejo el corto para que lo vean:  Corto de horror 


 hace poco me entere entonces casi un mes atrás que venia la película y casi me da algo y dije de verdad? como sera y la verdad lleno mis expectativas, el terror se podía sentir en el aire y en cada cosa que pasaba la verdad.


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 en verdad creo que fue una genial adaptación del corto y me encanto que usaron a la actriz del corto al principio de la película como un cameo, les quedo perfecto en realidad, 

luego le metieron un poco mas de historia y quedo genial, creo que si le hacen una secuela para explicar quien era la chica podemos morir tranquilos y que la dejen hasta ahí claro jajaja sino se diluye tanto que se muere la emoción.   fue una experiencia interesante aterradora, divertida hasta cierto punto y de verdad que tuve que dormir con las luces prendidas después porque waoo me quedo ese horror en la mente.   

 los personajes me encantaron, la trama estuvo a otro nivel de bueno y la verdad el monstruo muy bien hecho de verdad que si, el trasfondo fue interesante y bueno la verdad es una película que recomiendo mucho para que la vean, aquí les dejo el trailer para que se animen: Trailer Oficial 

 Para los que ya la vieron cuéntenme cual fue su parte favorita y si hubo algo que no les gusto.

Meet an Author: Isabel Brann

 


Tell us a little about yourself and your background? 

Hi! My name is Isabel Brann and I was born and raised in Venezuela. I’ve recently defended my thesis which was the last step to finish my five year bachelor’s degree in Classical Languages and Literatures (a.k.a. A lot of Ancient Greek and Latin classes). I’m the eldest child of two and the only girl. I’m single (if I add “and ready to mingle?” would this sound too much like an online profile for a dating site?), I don’t have pets at the moment and I love reading as much as writing.

Which writers inspire you? So many! Off the top of my head I could mention: Homer, Pamela Clare, Kresley Cole, Nalini Singh, Jeaniene Frost, RJ Loom, and G.A. Aiken.

Have you written any other novels in collaboration with other writers? Not yet but I would love to!

When did you decide to become a writer?
I don’t think I can pinpoint an exact date. I always knew I wanted to be a writer, as clichéd as that sounds. However, I started taking the steps to publish my debut novella after my mom discovered she had an aneurysm in her head and, luckily, was able to have surgery in time. Facing the possibility of losing such an important person in my life made me realize I didn’t have time to waste. I couldn’t wait for the “perfect” time because it would never come.

Do you write full-time or part-time?

I’m a part-time writer. I’ve just finished my bachelor’s degree and I’m going to start applying for graduate school soon so it’ll be part-time for a while longer.

Do you work to an outline or plot or do you prefer just see where an idea takes you? 

I start a general outline of things I need to happen and in what order… and then my hands do whatever they want whether it agrees with the plot or not!

Do you have a strategy for finding reviewers? 

I’m a new author so I’m still finding my way. So far I inquire bloggers that have it stated on their pages that they are open to review and submit my book to them. It doesn’t always work but I’ve met some amazing bloggers that way.

What are your thoughts on good/bad reviews? 

Opinions are like butts, everybody has one. A bad review doesn’t mean your book is trash, nor does a good one means is the best in the world. It’s all about what people like or doesn’t like. I try to be very open to them. The good ones make me smile, especially when I see a reader caught things I was hoping to transmit and unsure if I had managed. The bad ones I try not to take personally and see if I can improve from them. The ones that are not constructive but an attack on the author as a person, those I Ignore.

How can readers discover more about you and you work?

I’m in social media and I love to talk to readers! You can find me on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/isabelbrann/) and on Twitter, as well ( https://twitter.com/isabelbrann). Or you can email me at isabelbrann@gmail.com

Any Comments for the Blog readers?

Thank you! You’re the ones that keep the Indie community alive and thriving!

Any feedback for me or the blog?
No. Just a thank you for the opportunity and the support!





miércoles, 20 de julio de 2016

Spotlight: When summer came calling


Title: When Summer Came Calling Anthology
Author(s): Michelle Irwin
Sam Destiny
Shelby Reeves
C.J. Hart
Franny Marie
Jamie Summer
Lady J.
Lottie Cannon


When Summer Came Calling: An Anthology
A collection of lethal, lighthearted, and lustful stories perfect for lazy summer days.

Eight amazing authors have come together to create this summer anthology.









Book #1: The Secret To Balance By Michelle Irwin



Book #2: Life After Marriage By Sam Destiny



Book #3: The Lies We Tell By Shelby Reeves



Book #4: Life And Death By C.J. Hart



Book #5: Camp Nightmare By Franny Marie



Book #6: Forgotten Pieces of Memory By Jamie Summer



Book #7: A Love Forever Unheard By Lady J.



Book #8: One Last Summer By Lottie Cannon



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martes, 19 de julio de 2016

Top Ten Tuesdays: Ten Books Set Outside The US




Well I do get the idea from my friend Literary Dust and she got it from The broke and the bookish and I wanted to try one, they are so cool really.

 This Tuesday is 10 books set outside the US, so here is my list:
  1. Ndura, this one is set on Namibia, Africa / ambientado en África.
  2. The Eden Project, set on my country Panamá, (this one is only in spanish)/ ambientado en Panamá.
  3. Letters to Nan, set on Australia and England / ambientado en Australia e Inglaterra.
  4. Opium Warfare, set on the exotic Shangai / ambientado en la exotica Shangai.
  5. A Whisper of Leaves, set on beautiful Mt Fuji, Japan / ambientado en el hermoso Monte Fuji, Japón.
  6. The Moors, set on England / ambientado en Inglaterra.
  7. Switch, set on Africa / ambientado en África.
  8. The vampire Lestat, set on France / ambientado en Francia.
  9. The Veil: Awakening, set on England / ambientado en Inglaterra.
  10. Inventing Elliot, set on England / Ambientado en Inglaterra.
  11. En los Umbrales del Hades, (bonus / bono), set on Panamá / ambientado en Panamá.

I managed to get 10 of the books I have read that are set outside the US hope someone will find one interesting enough to read it =)

Hoping to do the one next week, if anyone want to hop in, you can find more information here: Top Ten Tuesdays

 Para los hispano hablantes, tambien podemos hacerlo en español.

lunes, 18 de julio de 2016

Top 3 de lugares para comprar checheritos

 
Bueno me decidí a hacer un top # de los lugares aquí en Panamá que creo son super divertidos de los que conozco para ir a comprar cositas divertidas como collares, medias, pulseras, que sean diferentes a todos los demás.

  1. Claire's
  2. Funky Fish
  3. Burbujas

Meet an author: Savannah Verte




INTRODUCING SAVANNAH VERTE

GOOD MORNING!!!! (Yes, this is my greeting regardless of the hour.)
My name is Savannah Verte and this is my first Authors After Dark. I CAN NOT FREAKING WAIT!!!
I was first published in 1990 after I graduated college. (Thank Goddess that book is out of print.) I have written everything from poetry to paranormal, and contemporary women’s fiction to mystery/suspense. I don’t fit cleanly into a category, or two, so I call myself a Contemporary Vagabond, emphasis on the vagabond. At AAD I’ll have a few titles with me; Viva Zapata & the Magic 8-Ball, Kingdoms Fall (the 3rd Vengelys book, but I’ll have 1 & 2 as well), Book of Time, and Book of Change (book 1 & the prequel for The Custos series). If you are wanting a specific title, shoot me an inbox and I’ll gladly hold it aside for you. I am bringing limited quantities because I’m flying this time and I already have 3 checked bags to get all the books & swag to Savannah.


There are lots of opportunities to see me at AAD and I hope you’ll take one or two.
I’m coming in on Tuesday to catch Sherrilyn’s shin-dig, but am more excited about getting to go to the shelter on Wednesday to do some work for them. I’ll be back in time for Stella’s official kick off, and you want to find me there…I’ve sponsored the Ultimate Author Stalker and you can get your game card from me at the welcome. I am humbled and honored to have help from 28 of the other participating authors to make the game epic. I cannot thank them enough!!
Thursday morning, roll out of the sack and come have coffee & brekky in your jammies with me and the 14 other incredible women authors who I get to share the stage with, The Breakfast Book Babes. After that, it’s panels and I’ve grabbed some time to do a reading from one of my books before everyone scatters for outside fun.
Friday is more panels, and another chance to catch me in the reading room before the Release Event. I’ve saved a release just for AAD. Quick change later and I have a table at the Debut Dinner. My book, Viva Zapata & the Magic 8-Ball, is a story about friendship, life, and finding your tribe…I can’t wait to share my tribe with the folks at my table, and see what the others around the room have cooked up. It’s going to be awesome!
Saturday is of course the signing, but then the night I’m beside myself excited about…The Fantasy Ball. My table at the event is themed Mardi Gras Masquerade. The series I’m working on (and releasing a book or two at AAD for) has one of the primary settings in New Orleans at Mardi Gras. My table will be festival fun complete with beads…and I am jacked to get to come to the ball as my character Adelia from Book of Change. I haven’t seen the costume yet, but it’s already a dream come true to get to step literally into one of my books. Now if only Rourke were going to be there. ;)
If we haven’t met before, come up and introduce yourself!! I’d love to meet you. If we’ve met…I’m waiting for a squitch & some sugar, I’m sure it’s been too long. I got to meet a number of you at TNEE earlier this year and YOU are why I signed on after getting home to come to AAD. Stella’s events are insane and epic for authors and readers. I’m so thrilled to get to do another one so soon & have another hang with great folks. It’s 17 days away now…are you ready?






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Meet an author: Kiki Meyer




INTRODUCING KIKI MEYER

FAIRY TALE ENDINGS FOR TOUGH WOMEN

As a new writer, I am really looking forward to Authors After Dark in Savannah from August 3 through 7, where I will release my second book! (And I never thought I could write even one.) Both of my books are a part of a series with other writer friends. I hope that what I write rings true for large numbers of women and men who can deal with strong women.

I write sweet and dreamy HEAs (that are also a bit sexy). I always wanted a large happy family where each member loved the other unconditionally and comfort could always be found within the confines of the home wherever that was.



I believe this desire is borne out of my love of fairy tales of all kinds but the Disney ones especially. I always wanted to be a princess, but I also wanted to carry a gun or some other means of self protection, ride a horse, live independently and never just follow everyone else.

My first book, The Cavalryman’s Mail Order Bridefeatures a small town in Missouri for my heroine’s home. This reflects much of my own experiences and probably echoes what I wanted and still want out of life.

My second book The Widower’s Mail Order Bride will debut at AAD and also has a strong woman as the heroine. She, too, seeks family above all else. Hopefully, you will want to read my book to see if she succeeds.
It is my belief women won the west. Those ladies were strong beyond our understanding, they exceeded in those things to which they applied their uniquely female approach to life. They held their babies in their arms while working the fields. They drove wagons like a field hand and kept their focus on family and home. They learned to shoot guns, to establish and run businesses at a time when they did not have many legal rights and they educated and nurtured their children along the way.

I will be reading from one of my books and I’m nervous as a feral cat. You can catch me and provide moral support Thursday in The Readings Room from 3:30 to 3:40. I am also scheduled at the New Release event so I will look for you if you will look for me. It’s set for 4 p.m. on Thursday in the Mezzanine.

In addition, I am hosting a breakfast along with others at 8:30 a.m on Friday. Look me up. I would love to visit with you and learn what you enjoy reading.

I am so excited and feel so privileged to attend AAD, so check out my table. I would very much enjoy visiting with you. In fact be the firstone to my table during the Saturday book signing and tell me, “I’m a princess too,” and I will give you a free book.

The Cavalryman’s Mail Order Bride
At the start of the war between the North and South, Dorothy Evans is left all alone in a small town in central Missouri with a young son to raise. When gossip about her deceased husband's treasonous actions threaten her livelihood, she realizes it's up to her to do something to secure her future. She’s not afraid of work nor of adventure, so Miss Sally Pinkerton’s matchmaking service once again plays a part in determining just how far a woman like Dorothy might be willing to go to ensure a decent life for her son.

The Widower’s Mail Order Bride
After the death of her mother at the hands of an unknown assailant, Ellie Tyler is forced into a sordid life of degradation in St. Louis. But just when Ellie has lost all hope, Miss Pinkerton steps in and gives her a leg up. With education, a new outlook on life and a prospective husband and his small son waiting for her, Ellie sets out for San Francisco. Once there, she finds a life that is more wonderful than she ever hoped for—until her plans for happy ever after are thwarted by a horrible accident. Ellie, determined to keep her newfound family close, must now decide between love and friendship. Will she be able to find her happy ending, or will she be forced to settle for something less?

About the Author
Kiki Meyer lives in Florida with her husband and two cats. Growing up in Central Missouri, she loved the history from that area. Her books are inspired by her love of home.

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jueves, 14 de julio de 2016

Review: Black Ice

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Blurb

Danger is hard to resist in this sexy thriller from Becca Fitzpatrick, the New York Times bestselling author of the Hush, Hush saga.

Britt Pheiffer has trained to backpack the Teton Range, but she isn’t prepared when her ex-boyfriend, who still haunts her every thought, wants to join her. Before Britt can explore her feelings for Calvin, an unexpected blizzard forces her to seek shelter in a remote cabin, accepting the hospitality of its two very handsome occupants—but these men are fugitives, and they take her hostage.

Britt is forced to guide the men off the mountain, and knows she must stay alive long enough for Calvin to find her. The task is made even more complicated when Britt finds chilling evidence of a series of murders that have taken place there…and in uncovering this, she may become the killer’s next target.

But nothing is as it seems, and everyone is keeping secrets, including Mason, one of her kidnappers. His kindness is confusing Britt. Is he an enemy? Or an ally?

Rife with psychological twists exploring themes of revenge, misogyny, and familial duty” (Publishers Weekly), Black Ice is New York Times bestselling author Becca Fitzpatrick’s riveting romantic thriller set against the treacherous backdrop of the mountains of Wyoming. Falling in love should never be this dangerous…




pages: 400
language: English
genre: drama, romance, suspense
Review:
it was an amazing book I truly loved it, romance, intrigue and danger everything I like in a book, this one was the first book of Becca I read and I'm glad I did, it was so interesting and adrenaline filled.

the plot made my mind work over hours trying to find out the truth on this but I do feel something was overlooked I don't know if it was only me but it will be with me to ask later.

I really liked Jude and Britt characters they were so interesting and full of life, i'm glad they could work together like they did, Calvin is another story completely but well as long as Korbie I don't know I feel something on her wasn't right at some point.

Long story short I did enjoy a lot this book, so onward with dangerous lies now.  

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Sinopsis:
Britt ha estado entrenando duro para una excursión a las montañas en lo que será su viaje de fin de curso con Korbie, su mejor amiga y hermana de su ex novio, Calvin. De pronto, este se suma al plan de las chicas, y Britt se da cuenta de que aún no ha superado la relación que mantuvo con él y quizá no esté lista para su compañía. Pero antes de que tenga tiempo de explorar sus sentimientos hacia Calvin, una tormenta de nieve obliga a Britt y a Korbie a buscar refugio en una remota cabaña, cuyos dos ocupantes las toman inesperadamente como rehenes. Para salvar sus vidas, Britt acepta hacer de guía para ellos y sacarlos de la cordillera. ¿Logrará Britt salir con vida? ¿Llegará Calvin a tiempo de salvarla? ¿Serán los secuestradores de las chicas responsables de los asesinatos que vienen produciéndose en la región?


páginas: 400
idioma: inglés
género: drama, suspenso, romance
Reseña:
fue un libro sorprendente que realmente amé, romance, intriga y peligro todo lo que me gusta en un libro, éste fue el primer libro de Becca que he leído y estoy contenta de haberlo hecho, era tan interesante y lleno de adrenalina.
la trama hizo que mi mente trabajara horas extras tratando de averiguar la verdad en esto, pero sí siento que algo se pasó por alto no se si solo fui yo pero ya me tocara preguntar después.
Me gustaron mucho los personajes de  Jude y Britt eran tan interesante y llenos de vida, me alegro de que pudieran trabajar juntos como lo hicieron, Calvin es otra historia completamente, pero estuvo bien, en cuanto a Korbie no sé siento que no estaba bien algo en ella. 
Larga historia corta me gusto mucho este libro, ahora a seguir con mentiras peligrosas.




miércoles, 13 de julio de 2016

Meet an author: Elaine Calloway




Introducing Elaine Calloway

Greetings, Authors After Dark Attendees and More!

I’m Elaine Calloway and I’m one of the authors who will be at Authors After Dark. There are many opportunities to come hang out with me! I’ve listed all the activities where you can find me below.

Soooo…books! I write paranormal and urban fantasy, and currently I have two series going:

  • Southern Ghosts Series – a paranormal mix of romantic suspense, humor, and ghost stories. My new release at AAD, THE DEBT, is in this series and I have ten books planned.
  • Elemental Clan Series – an urban fantasy with good vs evil themes between Elementals and Fallen Angels. I’m giving away 50% coupons for the last book in this series that releases in November, so stop by and get one at the book signing!

I grew up in New Orleans with a love of cemeteries and the paranormal. No mystery as to why now my books focus on those themes! Some folks call me “Paranormal with a Southern Twist” since my books have specific Southern locales and euphemisms.

This will be my first year at AAD but I went to TNEE in April and loved it!



So come hang out with me! Chances to meet are below:

  • Wednesday night, I’ll be at the welcome party. Inflatable slides? I’m there!
  • Thursday morning, 8 a.m., I’m co-hosting a breakfast in your pajamas event with several other authors. Come enjoy food on us!
  • Thursday late afternoon, I’ll be at the new release event with my novella, THE DEBT, which is part of my Southern Ghosts Series. Get the book before anyone else at the signing!
  • Thursday evening, 9 pm, I’ll be on the riverboat cruise with other lucky readers and authors. Come find me and say hello!
  • Friday at 1:00 p.m., I’m on a panel discussing ghosts and all things spooky.
  • Friday evening, I’ll be at the debut author dinner. Come chat, talk books, swap stories.
  • Friday evening after the dinner, I’m hosting a table at the Drive-In movie event! There are prizes, inflatable chairs, special movie swag, and more!
  • Saturday is the book signing – come see me and get coupons, books, and more.



I’m so looking forward to the AAD event and feel free to introduce yourself before then if you’re in the FB group!

Thanks! To connect with me online, go to www.elainecalloway.com. All my facebook, twitter, pinterest, etc. links are there!





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martes, 12 de julio de 2016

Met an author: Tilly Greene



INTRODUCING TILLY GREENE


I’m Tilly Greene, author of erotic romances full of … wait, you don’t know me? Well let’s rectify that, let me tell you a bit about me.

I write hot romances and I mean scorching HOT. Yes, there is BDSM involved with most the stories and while that element helps make them steam even more, I also work to make this element relatable to those that aren’t in the life. I enjoy the heat and making characters a comfort to you as the reader and bringing them together with love and sex. Oh yes, there’s lots of sex! The fun part for me extends to the subgenres I choose to write. While I’ve written a Historical and Vampire stories, and touched on Futuristics, my focus has been on Contemporaries, Shape Shifters and Mythological Paranormals.

There, that’s a bit about me, now for the fun part … what I’m doing at Authors After Dark!



I have a bunch of stuff going on … Erotic Trivia [Thursday night], Literary Tea Party [Friday afternoon], a Coffee Café hour [Thursday afternoon], the Seventh Inning Stretch [Saturday after the signing] are the parties, I’m also sponsoring at the hotel bar called The Hellhound … have I told you I’m bringing a book called My Name is Cer as in Cerberus, the guardian of the Underworld, yah, as in Hades! … but I also have put together a gift basket with loads of goodies for folks to try and win! Don’t forget all the proceeds for to the Jasper Animal Rescue Mission so buys those tickets!

AAD is all about readers and our time as an author to stop writing and say hi, chat, relax, have fun, and make memories. Basically I’m looking forward to Savannah ☺

See you in less than a month, oh no, a month? Ahhh, I’m not ready! I will be, but I’m not ready yet!

Tilly Greene
Scorching romances full or twists, turns and ties!
www.tillygreene.com

Blog:  http://tillygreene.blogspot.com


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