Monthly Archives: January 2013

Book Extras for Nevermor

I got through my edits and everything looks good! I hope we are error free!! But just in case, yes, I’m reading it AGAIN and tweaking it one last time before the release. I’ve also got a friend on the case, so hopefully between the two of us we can have it looking pretty good.

Only 12 more days!!!

Well, as you know, the book will be available through Kindle at first, but from there I will work on preparing the document for Smashwords (unless I change my mind), and from there, I’ll be working on bringing it to print! But first, Kindle. There is something special about the Kindle version, in that it allows the addition of Book Extras that can be accessed directly though the ebook through a service called Shelfari. So on top of making sure that the book is ready, I’ve also been compiling some extras.

So far, these things may not include a lot of information that you won’t get in the book, though I tried add some. Anyway, but they include:

  • Character descriptions
  • Settings and locations
  • Glossary of world terms
  • Quotes
  • Summary
  • themes and symbolism

And whatever else I’m able to cram in there. Another cool thing about it is that I’m pretty sure that you can interact with it. So if you see a quote you like while you’re reading, you can go on Shelfari and add it! Pretty neat, huh?

That’s all I’ve got for now. I plan to have another post for you tomorrow. Until then! 🙂


Hard at Work

I know I haven’t been posting much lately, but that’s because I’m hard at work on my editing. I hope to get that finished up this week, and then I can spend the rest of my time on fine tuning before the release on February 12th!

As I’ve been reading through it, I find myself stuck to the story, even though I wrote it and know what’s going on, so I hope that’s a good sign for what readers will think. 🙂 Most people that I’ve heard from seem pleased with the Nevermor preview – even though I suppose there could be a lot of people out there who don’t like it but just haven’t said anything… Ah well. I think it’s good. I’m happy what I’ve done with the story, and I feel that I’ve done it justice. I suppose that’s the most important thing, in the end. I set out to do what I intended and I made the story my own.

Anyway, I haven’t slipped off the grid. I’ve just been busy, as you might expect.

I’d like to remind you to please check out ONCE UPON A DARKENED MIND, and if you’ve already done that, please go back on Amazon and rate and review it. Seriously, the review doesn’t have to be profound. But basically, I need you guys. I suppose I’m fortunate to have started with a little fanbase before trying to publish, but you all are pretty much my lifeline to reaching new people.  So far, I only have 7 reviews on DARKENED MIND, which is nice, but I’ll definitely be hoping for more than that on Nevermor when it is released. Very very important!

Well, it’s not much, but that’s your small update for now.

Release Info for NEVERMOR

Alrighty, still editing, but I’m over halfway, formatting as I go, and I’ve decided on a release date! This is unless I hit a major setback or else something happens in my life and I can’t make it happen. But I’m ready to commit at this point.

The release date for Nevermor on Kindle is Tuesday, February 12th.

The contest for free copies will run until the 11th, and then I will chose a winner so that the winner can be informed and can download right away. =) Just a heads-up: while I’ve had multiple entries by some people, I only have 21 individuals on the list, which means at this point that I will be giving away only 1 copy. Help me out my encouraging others to enter, whether they’ve heard of Nevermor or not! That’s part of it. =)

The book is going to be available on Kindle first, and then it will eventually be available on Smashwords as well, but only Kindle in the beginning. In case you’re wondering, the book will probably never be promoted as free like ONCE UPON A DARKENED MIND, because I’m not planning on enrolling it in that particular promotional program. After all that, I’m going to see about bringing it into print, and also start on my rewrites on Forsaken Dreamscape.

Hmm…I guess that’s all I’ve got to inform you of at this point.

Excited! (If I can get these edits kicked.)

I also wanted to share a few things that people have been saying about NEVERMOR so far:

“If possible, I find myself even more attached to the world of Nevermor and Wren. I have eagerly been awaiting the release of Nevermor….Wren has taken on a personality more genuine and believable than I anticipated.”

“Amazing!! Absolutely amazing! I cannot wait until Nevermor is published, I will certainly be purchasing it!!!”

“The characters were immediately lovable, even the very cocky Rifter. The settings and overall feel were very believable….It was all that I had hoped for!!! ….It was well worth my time, and now I can’t wait to get the full edition!!”

“Got me hooked on the first Chapter!”

Thanks to all of you who have been reviewing ONCE UPON A DARKENED MIND on Kindle, and I hope more of you will join in! It’s very important. after all!! Can’t wait for all of you to read NEVERMOR!

First free day – success!

Once Upon a Darkened MindThanks to all of you who downloaded this little book of mine, and special thanks to those who shared it and reviewed it! I had over 200 downloads in the US and a few others scattered across other countries. I appreciate the help! You guys are great!

In case you missed it, I’m doing another free day on SATURDAY 1/19! Hopefully that will be a big day for sales. Maybe more people will come around looking for books on the weekend.

I’m glad that several of you have already enjoyed it, and I hope the rest of you do too! I’ve had several positive remarks! The main thing I am happy about is that the new characters are being received so well! I didn’t really doubt them. They are good characters, but I have been worried that people would be able to accept the name changes. If you haven’t started reading it yet, please do approach it with an open mind, as if you are reading a completely new book, and just let it take you away!

I was told by one person that Amazon wasn’t letting them leave a comment. If that happened for you, Please!, don’t give up on it. I really need those ratings and reviews. It’ll be the difference from my stories standing out or slipping away into the sea of other indie books. Also, if you leave a comment, do feel free to mention the short stories too. :p

Free Today – Once Upon a Darkened Mind – for Kindle

This isn’t much of a post, but it’s a reminder. The book I just released is free today only! Please share this information, retweet me or share the book link of facebook. I would really like as many downloads as possible, and since it’s free, there’s no reason not to try!

I’m not sure if this link only takes you to the US version…but you should be able to find it in your version of the site by just searching for it. I made it available worldwide, so if you have access to the Kindle store, I’d think you’d be able to get it. You guys let me know how that works or if you have a problem so i can consider if for Nevermor’s release.

I’m reading through Nevermor again, making corrections, getting all my legal stuff in order and getting it set up in ebook format. After I get a handle on how long that will take, I hope to be able to give you a date of release.

Keep checking in! And don’t forget to rate it and leave me a comment on Amazon! It’s very important!

Once Upon a Darkened Mind – now available!

Some big things have happened this morning! I am now an official Author at Author Central through Amazon, and my first little book has been published!! Does this mean I’m a real writer now? I hope so!

You can visit my Author Central Page to see my Biography and my Books here:  Please Like my author page!

Once Upon a Darkened Mind

Once Upon a Darkened Mind is now available to be purchased, and again, it includes 2 short stories, 2 poems, and a generous portion of Nevermor. Those of you with Amazon Prime can go get it now! Others can go buy it now, but you might want to wait because tomorrow it is going to be FREE! Don’t forget, and I’m probably not going to let your forget because I’m sure I’ll be Tweeting about it all day.

Even though you might want to wait until tomorrow, you can still go in and read a sample portion of ILL just by clicking “Look inside this book”. =)

Here’s the link for the book:

I’m not going to hold you to it today (unless you want to) but tomorrow when it’s FREE, I hope you’ll help me share it! Please don’t try to review unless you have downloaded a copy, so that your review will be verified. =)

If you don’t have a Kindle, no problem. There’s a Kindle App that you can put on just about anything – your phone or even your computer. You can get that here:

This is exciting!!! I guess it’s back to editing Nevermor now.

Oh yeah, one more thing. If you’re curious, I got the book cover image from Shutterstock, but I wanted to give a shout out to the artist Ann Mei.

Short Stories first, Nevermor later (but not much later)

In my last post, I mentioned that I was going to release a short story or two on Kindle to pave the way for Nevermor. The main reason I’m doing this is because if I publish on Kindle and enroll in the KDP select program, I can promote this short book for free for 5 days. People eat up free books. This way, I can get a sample of my work out to people who don’t even know I exist, and tease them with a little bit of Nevermor at the same time. I thought it sounded like a good idea, so I’m going to see what it does for me.

Okay! So what is in this small collection?  It will include two short stories, a couple of poems, and a portion of Nevermor. Basically, it’s an introduction to Lani Lenore.

No one from Wattpad has seen my short stories, and even if you’ve followed me from fictionpress, you probably still haven’t seen these! :O

One is called Ill… (that’s ‘i-L-L’) which I wrote a few years ago to go in a small ‘storybook’ I published with Blurb, which centered on the Nine Little Girls poem, but I didn’t get many sales, mainly because the price of it was so high. (It just cost too much to print because it was in color) Anywho, only people who have a copy of that book have seen that story, but I’ve been told that it’s a good one. Here is a brief description of it:

ILL: A Love Story – Veronica is ill.  All believe that she will die like the others, but one day a healer comes to her bedside and manages to cure her.  Smitten with him, Veronica decides to follow him.  She convinces herself that it is love – until the day finally comes when she discovers she may not know his motives as well as she thought.

There is also another story I was thinking of including, which NO ONE has ever seen.  It’s called The Tale of the Tangle, otherwise known as ‘the bunny story’. Just trust me on this.

As for Nevermor, you’re getting the first 4 chapters – which comes to a whopping 16,000+ words! It should be enough to really get people started with it, and hopefully leave them wanting more. The whole book is at least 25K.

So! To drum up some publicity for Nevermor, I’m planning to publish this small collection on Kindle. This will go for 2.99 in the Kindle store, and will hopefully be posted soon – like as soon as tomorrow possibly. If you want to buy it to help me out, that’s fine. Consider it a donation. But you don’t have to. I’m going to set it up for a free day as soon as I can so you can all download a copy for nothing. =)

However, if you have Amazon Prime, I encourage you to borrow it from the KDP library, because you can read it for free and I still get a bit of money from that. =)

If you get it for free, however, I still ask you to help me out by rating and reviewing it on Kindle. This is very important! It doesn’t have to be a lot, or even be wordy or profound, but I just need some positive feedback to be there. Even having reviews for this story that I intend to put out for free is extremely important in helping get Nevermor noticed!

Once I get this done, I’ll be able to go back to Nevermor and start picking through it again. Hopefully it will be ready to go in a few weeks as well. I can’t confirm a date until I’m certain that it’s ready. For now, I hope this small collection and preview will tide you over. 😉