Writers Need Writer Friends.

I don’t know where I’d be right now without my writer friends. This time last year I’m not sure I had many, if any at all, and it wasn’t until I made friends who were writers, that I realized the value in having a strong support system while navigating the world of publishing.

I’ve never been good at making friends. I prefer to stay away from crowds, the idea of busy conferences terrifies me, and the intimacy of writers meet-up groups terrifies me even more.

I found my network online through twitter, facebook, and blogging. I’m not sure how it happened, really. I didn’t seek out contacts or other authors to talk to. It kind of just happened naturally, which is how genuine connections are made.

I follow 772 people (mostly writers) on twitter, and of those follows I would say maybe 6-10 of them have become great friends. Many of them I talk to daily, sometimes several times a day. We discuss our challenges with writing and publishing, share ideas, lift each other up when one is feeling down, and support each others work.

It’s an amazing thing to have someone to reach out to when you’re doubting yourself. And it feels nice to have someone reach out to you for help in return.

If you’re out there swimming in social media, trying to make a writing career for yourself, make sure to take a break from book promo once in a while and just talk to people. You never know who you might meet, or how that person may impact your writing life.

I imagine it would be a pretty lonely journey without a shoulder to lean on once in a while.

 

** Don’t forget about The Darkness of Light signed paperback giveaway**

Tweet me “Enter” @TamzWrite to enter (announcing this Friday) & sign up on Goodreads for a chance to win one of two more copies! https://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/90108-the-darkness-of-light

 

 

Down to dollars and cents. What does Self-Publishing really cost?

Let’s not pretend that the phrase “Self-Publishing” doesn’t have its negative connotations. It does. But if you ask me, there is a BIG difference between an author who writes a book and uploads it right away, versus an author who has their work developed, copy-edited, and formatted professionally.

I prefer to call the latter of the two groups “Indie-Authors” as opposed to “Self-Published authors.”

To me, “self-publishing” implies that you did everything yourself. “Indie” means you are simply short a publisher. You’ve taken all the same steps a publisher would take, and used a team of people to get you published; only you did it independently. Anyone who’s read self-published books can spot the difference immediately. I’ve read some that should probably have never seen the light of day, and others that I could have easily picked up from Barnes and Noble.

But there are always exceptions to the rule. Some people are amazing at formatting, cover art, and copy-editing. But in reality, most of us either aren’t, or don’t have the time and patience to learn.

When I was searching publishing options, I had a lot of trouble getting to the bare bones of what indie-publishing would cost me. Just a simple google search will tell you that a developmental edit can cost you anywhere from $100-$2,000. My first thought was that the highest price was probably the best. But through the publishing process, I’ve learned that’s not always the case.

So, what does independent publishing really cost? I will tell you averages of what I paid and the range of reasonable prices I discovered along the way. Not all of these services are musts, but all should be considered.

Developmental Editing – $100-$250 (Can go as high as $2,000).

If you have a lot of quality beta-readers, you may decide to skip this step, and that’s fine. But for many, having your aunt read your manuscript won’t give you the kind of knowledgeable, honest feedback you need. Look for a DE who works in publishing. There are plenty of literary assistants out there who do this kind of thing on the side. Alternately, you may want to hire another author, someone who you KNOW writes well, and has a proven track record of success.

You want someone to be honest with you, to pick apart your work. If you get DE feedback and you don’t want to cry just a little, then they didn’t do their job right. A developmental edit should force you to reevaluate your story and question things you may have been avoiding.

Copy-Editing – $400-$1000 (More likely to be around the $600-$800 range for a 100,000 word novel). Copy editors will typically charge either per 250-word page or per 1000 words. Costs can range between $3.50-$6.50 per thousand words, or $1.25-$4 per page. I wouldn’t pay any more than that. There are so many great editors out there who work within these ranges.

DO NOT—I repeat, DO NOT SKIP THIS STEP EVER! There are always cases of an error of two getting into print, even in traditionally published books, but a bad copy-edit can kill your book FAST. Unless you’re 100% confident that you are the BEST copy-editor that ever lived, don’t do it! Also, don’t forget how difficult it can be to miss your own mistakes. You need a FRESH pair of eyes on your work. Books that have not undergone a good copy-edit are what gives “self-publishing” a bad name. So PLEASE don’t skip it!

Proofreading – $100-ish

This can be an optional step, and you can also use your beta-readers to catch errors. But you may want to hire a separate editor to give your book another once over. I skipped this step with my first book and now wish I didn’t.

Formatting – $100-$250

This is another important step that can’t be ignored. It is hard to figure out the formatting for every different distributor, and I know that I certainly don’t have the patience for it. If you do have the time, make sure it’s as perfect as it can be, because bad formatting can be a big problem for readers.

Cover Art – $5-$450

YEP! That’s a big price range, isn’t it? I can tell you that I stayed on the higher end of that spectrum, although, I have many writer friends with gorgeous covers, who paid a lot less.

People DO judge a book by its cover. Especially ebooks. You HAVE to have an eye-catching cover in order to grab a reader’s attention. Some people are amazing with graphics and do their covers all by themselves. They know how to choose the right stock photos and manipulate them into gorgeous covers. If you’re not one of those magically talented people, please don’t choose the “create your own cover” option on free websites. Find covers you like and look in the acknowledgments page of the book; usually the author thanks the cover artist. Or ask around. There are so many artists out there and so many price options, but FREE, should never be one of them. Mmmkay?

Book Tour – Free-$150 (I wouldn’t pay more than $150).

There is some debate as to whether or not a book tour actually helps sell books. I’ve done two tours. Both cost me $100 each. One tour was amazing and definitely sold books, the other did absolutely nothing for me.

Ask around to find a tour company that’s right for you, your budget, and your book. Does the tour find blogs to review your books (this is what you really want), do they do interviews, or do they just do a spotlight?

Alternately, you can save money by recruiting blogs hosts yourself. This isn’t always as easy as it sounds. Some blogs work exclusively with tour companies, while others are so bogged down with requests, they don’t have time to take your book on. If you can find somewhere around 15-30 blogs willing to host your book, you’ve got yourself a blog tour.

ARCs, Giveaways, and Swag – ? (So far I’m at about $350-ish)

This is an ongoing expense for me. Initially, when I first began promo for my book, I ordered 20 paperback copies for giveaways. At my cost that’s $5.50 per book, which cost me a total of $110. But then you have shipping costs to consider. Within the US, shipping a book costs $2.98. To Canada it’s $10. And to anywhere else is obviously more.

Some authors think ebooks are a better giveaway option because they’re “free.” But emailing a book file isn’t always a great idea. Sure, it’s fine if you trust the person, but there is always a risk of your book file ending up on a pirating site. And you don’t want that.

Instead, it’s a better idea to “Gift” your book from Amazon, B&N, Kobo, or whatever reader the winner uses. You can also set up a “Free” code on Smashwords that allows the user to download your book at no cost.

Gift cards, mugs, magnets, etc…I have not done any of this for giveaways. I’m still not convinced that they help sell books. I’d much rather give my books away and gain readers than have someone’s caramel macchiato in a mug with my book cover on it.

Business cards vs bookmarks – I bought business cards a few months ago. They are gorgeous and have my book cover and author photo on each side. I think I paid around $45 for 500. But now I’ve figured out that they were probably a waste of money. What I should have done was order bookmarks. Most of us don’t keep business cards, or they get lost in the bottom of our purses and junk drawers. But bookmarks…I have a ton of those and use them all the time.

Recently I contacted my cover artist and asked her to create a bookmark that went with my book cover. She came up with an amazing design and it only cost me $30. Printing and shipping for 100 will cost be around $35. The bookmarks have all the same info that’s on my business cards, but I bet people are going to keep them around a lot longer.

The Grand Total – $605-$2,200 (with an additional $350+ for promo items).

So you see, the cost can change dramatically based on what you can do for yourself (on a professional level). There are also other expenses to consider like advertising and such, but that’s not important here. What’s important is understanding what’s involved in creating a quality book—one that people WANT to read.

These costs are based on the services I used. I’m sure there are other authors out there who’ve had different experiences, but I’m guessing for someone like me, who can’t format, make my own cover etc.…these costs are pretty accurate.

There is also a lot of time involved in getting these things done. You didn’t just sit and write a book for months or years. You had to research, find the right people, and then wait on them while they did the things you hired them to do.

THIS is the difference between “self-publishing” and “indie-publishing” and the end product will reflect the amount of effort and money put into it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It’s The Darkness of Light Giveaway Time!

Yesterday I decided to do an Easter giveaway. I announced 1 ebook and one signed paperback of The Darkness of Light is up for grabs. This morning, instead of announcing 1 ebook winner, I decided to pick 3.

On Friday April 25th I will announce the signed paperback winner (for now this prize is US only), and I will also give away another ebook (within any country).

To enter, just tweet me @TamzWrite and say “I entered to win an (ebook/signed paperback) of The Darkness of Light by Tammy Farrell”

And/Or you can write the same thing on my facebook page www.facebook.com/thediachronicles. Tweeting me and writing a facebook post will get you 2 entries.

Good luck!

Sequel Writing Struggles

It’s starting to become clear to me just how complicated sequel writing can be. In my last sequel update, I said I was done with the first draft of The Embers of Light and was preparing to send it out for developmental edits. That was true. But the more I sat on the first draft, the more I realized that something was missing from the plot, and the ending wasn’t what I needed in order to round out the series as a whole.

When I initially wrote The Darkness of Light, I hadn’t planned on writing a series. I had a story to tell—Mara’s story—and I knew exactly how it would end. But here’s the problem. That last scene that I had pictured in my mind never happened.

Sure, Mara’s story was told, and the main conflict of the novel was resolved (which I think is VERY important when writing a series), but there was more I needed to write in order to get her to that final scene I’d envisioned. As I wrote The Darkness of Light, I began to realize that it wasn’t just Mara’s story I was telling, but Malcolm’s and Corbin’s as well. Like a traditional fantasy novel, I could have written a 1000+-page book with a part 1,2&3. But that’s a big commitment for readers, it might have alienated non-fantasy readers, and I wanted to give special attention to each individual story.

While I wrote the first novel with an ultimate ending in mind, I wasn’t always sure about how I’d get there. The rest came to me after the first novel was written, and so in the revision process, I was able to plant seeds of information that would continue through the series.

The Embers of Light follows the same format as the first novel (told from 3 POVs), but the main arc of the story is about Malcolm. I knew what I wanted to do with him, but tying it in with the first novel, while still planting seeds for the third is a lot harder than I’d imagined. The problem now is that readers know these characters, so I not only have to make sure Malcolm’s story furthers the plot, but that Mara and Corbin’s does as well. They’re all interconnected, and they always have been, which means I can’t forego one character’s development for another. Everyone needs my attention now.

The third book in the series will have a stronger focus on Corbin. Again, I already know where he’s going and how he’ll get there, but I have to let the reader get to know him better if they’re going to want to read an entire book about him. So while I take Malcolm on his journey, I have to make sure Corbin doesn’t get overlooked. His story will be the one that gets to me to that final scene I’d imagined so long ago.

I am STILL working on revisions for The Embers of Light. But the good news is now the third book is plotted out enough to help me understand what NEEDS to happen to get me there. I had to write 34 chapters of a first draft sequel before I figured this out, and now I’m going back over every chapter, word by word, and page by page, rewriting scenes, adding new ones and creating the stepping-stones to carry the story forward.

It’s a lot harder than simply sitting down and typing out a story. Now I’m creating a saga that won’t be finished until I get to that last scene, the one I see so clearly in my mind. At least now I can see the road ahead, but the struggle is walking it to the end.

Dealing With Writer’s Block

On my blog tour one of the most common questions I got asked was, how do I deal with writer’s block? I know writer’s block well. I’ve had small bouts of it, I’ve had a three year stretch of it, and I’m dealing with a tiny bit of it right now, well, maybe it’s more like a slow down than a total blockage, but it’s still frustrating.

I think in order to deal with writer’s block, it’s best to understand what causes it in the first place. For me, I’ve found I get writer’s block for two reasons.

  1. The scene/story isn’t right and I am refusing to change it.
  2. I have disconnected from my emotions, making it impossible to feel passionate about what I’m writing.

When I find myself experiencing writer’s block, I first have to determine which cause I’m dealing with. If the scene isn’t right, I try something new. Sometimes the solution is as simple as writing the scene from another character’s perspective. Other times I have to let go of the chapter, go to my notebook, and re-plot the story.

Emotional issues are a lot harder to overcome. If I feel disconnected from the story, I have to figure out why. Am I upset about something? Is there something I don’t want to face? Am I not connecting with the characters or the plot because there’s no truth in it? When this is the case, it’s important for me NOT to force myself to write. They say a writer should write everyday, but when I am struggling to get words out, the last thing I want to do if frustrate myself more.

When it’s an emotional issue keeping me from writing, I try to embrace it and take a step back. This is my mind telling me that I need to take a break, inspire myself, and recharge. The best way I’ve found to accomplish this is to read. Writers NEED to read in order to write. So I will make an extra effort to read something I love that makes me excited about telling stories. I read books from authors I admire, and books that make me wish I’d written them myself.

I also take time to watch movies that inspire me. While I’d love to sit and watch a Mad Men marathon, I’m a fantasy writer and chances are I will gain nothing from Don Draper and his cigarette smoking dalliances. I watch historical movies, fantasy movies, and nearly anything on the history channel.

Once I take a step back from writing, I find the itch to write comes back pretty quickly, and I usually wait until the itch is so strong that I can’t wait to sit down and continue with my manuscript.

If none of that helps, you can always try some of these terrible ideas…

  1. Get drunk (Maybe not such a bad idea).
  2. Rewrite the ending to Lord of the Rings.
  3. Scrap your entire project and decide to become an impressionist painter.
  4. Spend your days on Twitter and Facebook.
  5. Call every person who ever told you that you couldn’t write to tell them they were right.
  6. Quit writing forever.

So, as you can see, dealing with your writer’s block is probably a better idea than ignoring it.

How do YOU deal with writer’s block?

 

The Dia Chronicles ~The Embers of Light Teaser

Guess what! I have the final cover for Book 2 of The Dia Chronicles entitled The Embers of Light.

Unfortunately, it’s a little too soon to reveal it, but what I can do is give you the back cover synopsis.

Hopefully this will hold you over until I can give you more.

The Embers of Light

The descendants of the ancient gods think they’ve found peace, but the time has come when new magic and ancient powers will collide…
Stripped of his Dia powers and left to rot, Malcolm is a prisoner of Valenia—a sentence he finds worse than death. His thoughts of revenge are the only thing keeping him sane, but when he finally manages to escape, Malcolm discovers that living as a mortal is more dangerous than he ever imagined. After stealing from the wrong man, Malcolm becomes a captive once more, only this time his punishment is one that he won’t soon forget. His only hope of survival is Seren, an enigmatic young girl with golden eyes and a malevolence to match his own.
When he’s led to Mara and Corbin, the two responsible for his fall from grace, their new faction of Dia is in chaos, infiltrated by an ancient power thought to have been banished forever. This only fuels Malcolm’s ruthless ambitions, but he soon realizes that he too is under attack, a pawn in a centuries old game of power and greed. As new battle lines are drawn, Malcolm finds himself in unchartered waters, forced to choose between helping those he’s vowed to destroy or give in to his lingering desire to settle the score.
Debts will be paid, lives will be lost, and no Dia will ever be the same.

 

My First Two Months as an Indie-Author ~ The Good, The Bad, and The Unexpected

Today marks two months since the official release of The Darkness of Light! I can’t believe it’s been two months already, and yet, some days it feels like it’s been longer. Either way, it’s been a great experience so far and I can tell you with all sincerity that I have NO regrets about deciding to publish this book.

The Days Leading Up to Release

I think for any author, no matter how their novel comes to life, the days leading up to release are both exciting and utterly terrifying. You imagine your book coming to life, people buying it, reading it, and (hopefully) loving it. Then you have those moments of terror when you envision your book dying a slow death. Maybe no one buys it. Maybe it gets bad reviews from the start. Maybe the world never even gives you or your book a second glance.

Release Day

Luckily for me, many of my fears we unfounded. Release day for me was exhilarating. My blog tour started off well, with many bloggers giving my book good reviews, and I got lots of messages and tweets from people buying my book. But then the terror kicked in again…Oh my gosh, people are buying my book, people are reading my book, people are going to start telling me what they think of my book…

Again, this is a cycle of excitement and fear that happens to all authors, so I knew I wasn’t completely crazy.

Two Months Later ~ The GOOD

The first few days or weeks…or more…after a book release, chances are the author will be obsessively checking their amazon rank. Until royalty checks come in (or we make the NYT Best Sellers List), this is the only way we can gauge how well our book is doing.

I’ll admit, I did this for at least the first few weeks. I’d wake up in the morning and instead of checking twitter or Facebook, like I usually do, I would go straight to Amazon.

I was shocked that for the first month after release, and sporadically throughout the second month, my book was always in the top 100 of the US, UK, or Canadian Kindle store under the Mythology and/or Historical Fantasy categories.

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At that point I was so excited about being in the top 100 I didn’t even care if I made a penny in royalties.

During these last two months I’ve also had a book launch party, saw my book on the shelves of bookstores, received a lot of great reviews, had a newspaper article written about me, and had Anne Rice post on her FB and Twitter about the article. I can’t tell you how excited every step of the journey has been.

And Then I Got Paid.

This is the part everyone really wants to know about. Since releasing The Darkness of Light I have received 2 royalty payments. They weren’t enough to pay my way to Paris so I could move into a pied-à-terre, eat baguettes, drink wine, and write all day, but they were enough to satisfy me. In fact, they were more than I expected my first royalty checks to be. The notion that I have received money for writing a book still amazes me. While I can’t run away to Paris just yet, I have made enough to start covering the expenses of my next novel, and that was always my goal in the first place.

I knew from the start that I wouldn’t make a profit off this book. Any money that came in from it would go straight into producing the sequel. One of the keys to being a successful indie-author is to keep writing books. Chances are you won’t make a profit to start, but hopefully with the next book, and the next, and the next, you’ll begin to see higher royalties from multiple books being purchased at one time. That’s the hope, anyway.

So as far as the GOOD goes, I couldn’t have asked for a better two months and I have never regretted my decision to publish my novel.

Two Months Later ~ The BAD

Yes, yes. I’m sorry to tell you that, while it’s been an amazing journey watching my dreams come true, there have been some challenging moments, as well.

The Royalties ~ Yep, they are part of the good, but they are also part of the bad. The money I’ve earned so far has not been enough to get excited about. Sure, it’s helping me produce another novel, but if I had to earn enough money to live on, I’d be living in a box by now. As I said before, I am happy that I earned money at all. I don’t care if I make $10 or $1 million, but if I was under any kind of idea that I’d be rich from writing one book, I’d be very, very wrong.

The Work ~ Once a book has been released, there is A LOT of time spent promoting it, tracking sales, tweeting, searching book blogs etc… I don’t love this part. It’s incredibly distracting, and while it can be exciting, it takes time away from what I should be doing, and that’s WRITING! It’s hard to find a balance between promo and production. I still haven’t figured that one out yet.

The Reviews ~ This is the part authors fear the most, and I am certainly no exception. While I have received many wonderful reviews, the fear of a bad one was enough to drive me to drink. Three weeks after my book launched, I’d managed to convince myself to stop looking at the reviews. I knew a bad one was coming (it happens to every author) and I was determined never to see it. But then, one day as I casually browsed Goodreads and Amazon for another book I was looking for, I decided to check on my book and GAH! there were the bad reviews. I didn’t want to look, I promise you I didn’t, but I couldn’t seem to look away.

I read these reviews between my fingers, taking in every word like 1000 needles to the heart and, while I thought I’d prepared myself for bad reviews, as it turns out, I was NOT prepared at all.

It took me a full 48 hours to finally realize I was being ridiculous. First of all, I ASKED for reviews! I got on the loud speaker of social media, asked for HONEST reviews, and that’s exactly what I got. I have to appreciate the fact that someone took the time to buy my book, give it a try, and then commit more time to telling people why they hated it. :). Either way, it’s what I asked for.

I spent a lot of the next day reading bad reviews of the books I love, which helped me to realize (and truly understand) that not everyone likes every book. Who do I think I am, Virginia Woolf? Ummm, no. So, once I got over myself, I realized that I’d just lived through my worst fear and survived. (That’s the good part).

Two Months Later ~ The UNEXPECTED

There were some things I didn’t plan for prior to the release of my book. One of them was the pressure. It seems to come from everywhere all the time now. I have eager readers who want a sequel, friends at parties constantly asking when the next book will be out, slowing sales that scream at me to get another book out fast or watch my series die.

Of course, this pressure is completely internal. No one is hounding me to get things done and I have no deadlines to meet other than the ones I set for myself. Whenever I feel myself getting stressed out about writing the next book, I have to remind myself that I’m the boss and I make the decisions.

Another thing that came as a completely wonderful surprise to me was the support I’ve received. I’ve had so many people send me pictures of themselves with my book, I’ve had friends introduce my novel to their book clubs, and I’ve made many wonderful friends whom I may not have known had I not written a book.

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All in all, I’d say the last 2 months have been better than I ever could have imagined. I’ve definitely learned a lot along the way, which I hope will make my next publishing adventure a lot easier. I can’t wait to see what the next few months have in store for me and I am very grateful that I’ve managed to see my dreams come true. Now it’s time to aim higher. :)

The Darkness of Light ~ Available now on Amazon, B&N, Kobo, and Through Select Retailers.

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Release Day for Night Moves by Kristen Strassel!

Good morning Everyone!

NIGHT MOVES, the next installment of Kristen Strassel’s Night Songs Collection is available NOW and it’s also Kristen’s birthday!

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Be sure to stop by her twitter @KristenStrassel and wish her a happy birthday, and pick up your copy of Night Moves today!

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NIGHT MOVES COVER

We bonded in darkness, over darkness.

Melanie Vaughn’s job ruined everything. Her social life, nonexistent. Her relationship with her boyfriend, a hostile roommate situation. She resolves to fix everything one snowy afternoon, but instead comes home to discover her boyfriend is already exploring other options. Blonder, bustier options. Rage drives Melanie to do the unthinkable.

When Soul Divider was on the top of the world, so was Ryder Maddox. When the band faded into obscurity, Ryder’s luck plummeted with it. In a last ditch effort to rekindle the band’s heyday, Soul Divider teams up with powerful vampire clean leader, Talis de Rancourt. In return for her services, the band pays the ultimate price for never ending fame.

Now on the run, Melanie meets Ryder in a middle of nowhere hotel. She never expected her teenage rock star crush to be as lost and as in need of a companion as she is. Their connection is all consuming, even before they find they share another kinship: murder.

The newly turned vampires in Soul Divider still have a lot to learn. The police and public begin to connect the girls that go missing or die in sync with the band’s tour schedule. Back at home, clues are also adding up against Melanie as well. Between constant media coverage and unrelenting attention from the authorities, Melanie and Ryder find themselves in unchartered territory

 

 

COVER REVEAL ~ Night Moves by Kristen Strassel!!!

I LOVE cover reveals! And today I have a cover for a book that I can’t wait to read!

You know how much I loved Kristen Strassel’s Because the Night, so I’m REALLY excited for Night Moves, the next installment of the steamy vampire romance series The Night Songs Collection.

The book release date is March 26th, but while we wait, here is the cover.

NIGHT MOVES COVER

Night Moves Press Kit

Book Name: Night Moves (The Night Songs Collection, #2)

Book Genre: New Adult Paranormal Romance

Book release date: March 26th, 2014 by Fast Foreword Publishing

Night Moves (book  #2) on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/20815056-night-moves?from_search=true

Night Moves book blurb:

We bonded in darkness, over darkness.

Melanie Vaughn’s job ruined everything. Her social life, nonexistent. Her relationship with her boyfriend, a hostile roommate situation. She resolves to fix everything one snowy afternoon, but instead comes home to discover her boyfriend is already exploring other options. Blonder, bustier options. Rage drives Melanie to do the unthinkable.

When Soul Divider was on the top of the world, so was Ryder Maddox. When the band faded into obscurity, Ryder’s luck plummeted with it. In a last ditch effort to rekindle the band’s heyday, Soul Divider teams up with powerful vampire clean leader, Talis de Rancourt. In return for her services, the band pays the ultimate price for never ending fame.

Now on the run, Melanie meets Ryder in a middle of nowhere hotel. She never expected her teenage rock star crush to be as lost and as in need of a companion as she is. Their connection is all consuming, even before they find they share another kinship: murder.

The newly turned vampires in Soul Divider still have a lot to learn. The police and public begin to connect the girls that go missing or die in sync with the band’s tour schedule. Back at home, clues are also adding up against Melanie as well. Between constant media coverage and unrelenting attention from the authorities, Melanie and Ryder find themselves in unchartered territory

About the author Kristen Strassel:

Kristen shares a birthday with Steven Tyler and Diana Ross.  She spends each day striving to be half as fabulous as they are.  She’s worn many hats, none as flattering as her cowboy hat: banker, retail manager, fledgling web designer, world’s worst cocktail waitress, panty slinger, now makeup artist and aspiring author.  She loves sunshine, live music, the middle of nowhere, and finding new things to put in her house.  Kristen is represented by Pam van Hylckama Vlieg of Foreword Literary.

Kristen on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7267647.Kristen_Strassel

Kristen on Twitter: https://twitter.com/KristenStrassel

Kristen’s Blog: http://deadlyeverafter.com/

Other books by Kristen:

Because the Night (book #1) on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18489280-because-the-night

Because the Night (book #1) on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Because-Night-The-Songs-Collection-ebook/dp/B00GFCRJRO/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1384802462&sr=8-1&keywords=Because+the+Night+kristen+strassel

Seasons in the Sun (book #.5) on Goodreads:

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18774105-seasons-in-the-sun

Seasons in the Sun (book #.5) on Amazon:

http://www.amazon.com/Seasons-Sun-Kristen-Strassel-ebook/dp/B00H3NQ1DW/ref=pd_sim_kstore_1?ie=UTF8&refRID=05QAF8Z4ZKZ1CHA5016F

Blog Tour Spotlight, Review, and Giveaway ~ Taming Darkness by Kat Daemon

I’m excited to bring you a spotlight and review of an amazing debut novel by Kat Daemon.

Title: Taming Darkness (Taming Darkness #1)

Author: Kat Daemon

Genre: Paranormal Erotic Romance

Release Date: March 3rd 2014

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Since he was sentenced to earth eons ago, Lucifer has always lived by three simple rules: Humans are toys that are meant to be played with, love is a useless emotion, and the only creature worth fighting for is himself. To him, nothing matters but his own enjoyment, whether it be manipulating those around him, or indulging in the sins of the flesh with Lilith. Then he found young, sweet, and innocent, Maria, who is everything that Lucifer detests. She has devoted her life to her one true love, God. Unable to resist a challenge, Lucifer sets his sights on tempting Maria away from his enemy. Disguising himself as Lucas Starr, he creates a world that not even Maria can resist. He never planned on having the tables turned on him. Imagine Lucifer’s surprise when Maria brings him to his knees and shows him a glimpse of heaven once more.

Blinded by his arrogance and an unlikely vision, Lucifer falls again, this time forgetting that some lines should never be crossed. When his greatest opponent, Michael, shows up, all Hell breaks loose. Will Maria be able to accept Lucifer for who he truly is, or realize what Michael already knows: some destinies can never be changed?

Review

5 Stars

I was really surprised by how quickly this book had me drawn in. I think I expected a devilish love story where the antagonist is a mysterious villain. But when I discovered the story was told from the devil’s perspective, and when I saw how brilliantly the author created the mind of Lucifer, I was intrigued. Let’s be clear, Luc is certainly a devil. His malevolence is unquestionable. But he also comes across as very human, which I loved. Despite his wicked inclinations, he has human characteristics, like falling in love…with a NUN! If that kind of irony isn’t human, I don’t know what is.

There also seems to be a curiosity in him, a human tendency toward boredom, and an inner struggle that makes him feel so believable as a character.

I really loved this book and look forward to reading more from this talented author.

About the Author

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Kat Daemon grew up in New York where her imagination always seemed to get the best of her.  When she’s not hanging with demons, she’s usually armed with a strong cup of coffee and dreaming up her next tormented character.

You can find out more about Kat and her books at www.katdaemon.com

Tour Wide Giveaway!

Here’s what you can win;

Prize pack #1 – A Red Heart Necklace & a $15 Amazon Gift Card

Prize pack #2 – Essie “devil’s advocate” nail polish and a $10 Amazon gift card

Prize pack #3 – $5 Amazon gift card

(All prize packs will also include a signed postcard from the author)

Rafflecopter giveaway link:

http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/320ab744/