"I also post a notification to social media any time I add something to my blog or earn accolades on the web for my work. I reserve sites like Storify, GooglePlus and LinkedIn exclusively to promote posts about my own work."
"Which leads me to Brand. Many of the more seasoned authors out there know all about this. But there are those like you who are just getting started—who want to understand what it takes to not only write well but market well."
The private detective John Melville Salas receives news of the murder of his friend and mentor Domingo Badía, better known as “Alí Bey”. All the clues seem to point towards a mysterious secret society called “The Custodians of God”.
The investigation will lead the detective to the Hungarian capital city, Varós Buda, where he will discover a terrible secret related to the Lost Ones in Time and the incident that chained them to such a disastrous destiny.
An old manuscript hides the keys that can lead to the ruins of an ancient civilization. Deep in its belly lies a powerful weapon and the key that could lead to the rescue of his daughter Sara and the rest of those frozen in the time.
The heroine of this story has been a good girl for a long time, without much to show for it. But when a chance to grab that brass ring appears, she reaches out, despite the likelihood of falling on her face, because failure won't kill her and the risk is worth the reward.
In every epoch and age there are a handful of souls who hear the Earth's voice, hearken to the Muses's song and drink from the font of the Goddess of Wisdom. These are the poets, artists and visionaries of our world: the creative geniuses like Dante, Milton and Blake, whose inspiration and insights have shaped our cultural memory.
Unhappily, with the advent of the modern age the Muse's song has become silent and the font of the Earth's Wisdom has begun to dry up. To redress this precarious situation, six of the nine Muses have descended from Olympus to take birth upon the Earth. Their purpose is to re-awaken humanity to the inspiration of the great arts and restore the broken links between gods and men.
But, the six Muses are not just daughters of Zeus, they are also the daughters of Mnemosyne, the Goddess of Memory, and the granddaughters of Gaia, Mother Earth herself. And when the Muses discover that their mother and Gaia have a totally different agenda for them than their father Zeus, well it is at this point that their loyalties become divided and everything becomes very bloody and messy.
"People are surprised that I’m a full-time author. I just had Thanksgiving here in Canada last weekend, and even my family are like, 'How do you make a living at this?' and ask all sorts of questions about it. Some are skeptical, others are just fascinated."
As of today, even with the long detour over the past year, my cumulative blog traffic is in the hundreds of thousands for unique ID’s, and in the millions for the number of page views. Several individual posts have received as many as 40,000 hits each.
These strong numbers lead me to believe there remains a robust and engaged readership for this type of material.
Allison doesn't trust her father, so why would she believe his fairy tale about a long forgotten Irish people, the Tuatha de Danaan? But truths have a way of revealing themselves. Secrets will eventually surface. And Allison must learn to set aside her plan and work with her father if there is even a small chance it could restore her mother's sanity.
The last thing I see before I close my eyes are his silver wings coming toward me. He lifts me up and takes me in his arms. While demons hurl fireballs at us from every direction, I study his face. I realize he doesn’t want me to live; he needs me to.
Chrissie decides her fate by choosing the man she will marry. But which love does she pick? The love of a friend, or the great love of her life?
Does it matter the turns Chrissie takes? Or will her life be as it should? Can a woman fight her own fate? And is her perfect guy, as perfect as he seems? Does happily ever after come simply for Chrissie?
Secrets are revealed as The Half Shell universe collides with the Affair without End series in a dramatic, unexpected, emotionally intense journey of a rich girl with dark secrets finding love with a troubled rocker.
"My female characters all are women with everyday issues like my own. I think most women readers prefer characters they can identify with rather than those that are picture perfect. For me, it’s easy to shift my own flaws onto my characters and very satisfying to watch as they overcome them."
I’ve always thought that the idea of writing being a completely solitary lifestyle was a myth. The act of writing is solitary, not the life of a writer. Especially a fiction writer. For those of us that have the characters in our heads all the time, we wish we were alone sometimes.
Sixteen-year-old Riley is fortunate to have been born on the right side of the fence. But her life of privilege comes crashing down when someone breaks through the Perimeter and murders her sister. She forsakes her own safety to go in search of the killer. Luc decides to go with her otherwise she’ll be dead before she’s past the security gate. But what awaits her outside is more unbelievable than she ever expected.
"I had read somewhere a few years ago that by asking repeatedly for something would automatically increase your odds of getting what you want. In other words, if someone says no, it really means maybe. If you ask again and provide more detail, your chances of them saying yes increases considerably."
The deserts of Morocco, ballrooms of Edwardian London, and jungles of India come to life in this story of difficult love and the lengths people will go in order to be with the person they were meant for.
Memory is pain, but there are some things he’ll never forget…
At thirty-nine years of age, Will Gailey is an “over the hill” singer-songwriter who leads a rock band that the music business doesn't consider to have the “now” sound. A trauma has rocked his world, and as a result his memory of events has been severely affected. Will can remember the lyrics and chord changes to his songs, but there are other things that seemingly he’s forgotten. Will has always enjoyed fishing, but even that relaxing activity has become a source of frustration. He’s become angry and disassociated, and has turned from the one thing that could bring him peace and healing. And where that one thing is concerned, that’s where his anger and the blame for his physical and spiritual pain are errantly directed. In his mind, that one thing is the cause for his loss and his suffering.
"The setting of a novel is critical, particularly for a mystery or thriller. After all, in addition to providing details that enrich the story, the setting can actually assist, or impede, an investigation. Choosing a familiar setting is usually a good idea for a mystery or a thriller because it should directly influence the characters and the plot."
Nowadays, my garage holds my overflow books, with a giant stack of cardboard boxes filling up one entire corner.
Before the rise of e-books, I used to sit at the dining room table, a pile of newly bought or traded books in front of me, and choose my reading for the next week. It was a lovely process, though a bit time-consuming.