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My Thoughts on “A Series of Unfortunate Events #3: The Wide Window” by Lemony Snicket

My Thoughts on “A Series of Unfortunate Events #3: The Wide Window” by Lemony Snicket

 

The third book of A Series of Unfortunate Events starts off with the the children being taken to another relation.  I don’t think the children would have been well off with Aunt Josephine.  She did not seem well suited to children, and her home felt rather uncomfortable to me.  Not to say that I don’t think  the orphaned Baudelaire children could have been happy with her.  On the contrary, I honestly believe that the children would have been able to find happiness in even the most dreadful of circumstances.

I think it was by this time in the book that I noticed that something bigger was happening in the series, and that Lemony Snicket was in fact a character in the story, not just the author, and I was sucked into the story.  I kept trying to guess who Lemony was, if the children knew him, and what his part in the story was.

Such a wonderful story, and I look forward to sharing it with my kids.

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Publishing Helps from A Community

Publishing Helps from A Community

 

So this is a topic that is near and dear to my heart, and brings a tear to my eye every time I think of it.

I love my Author Friends.  I am so grateful to them for all their help and support.

I have not had to spend a single penny to publish any of my self-published works.

I have bartered services with friends for editing, teasers, book covers, and formatting.  I will be the first to admit that the editing on my self-published titles are not the best.  But, I will equally be the first to say my covers are as eye catching as anyone else’s.

One thing I have done on my own every time is create my own book descriptions.  That is one failing I will own.  I am working on improving my copyrighting, but it is still not that great.

But, my community helps me with that, too.  I draw on the strength and prowess and support of my fellow authors almost daily.

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The Revenge of the Fifth!

The Revenge of the Fifth!

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I am a bit of a Star Wars Geek, can you tell?

To many today is Cinco de Mayo. Yeah, and to all you who celebrate that holiday, may you have a great day. But to me, it is the birthday of my Uncle. Many Happy Returns Uncle! I love you (even though I really doubt he’ll see this.)

Anyway, the Month of May is the month we are talking about Publishing on Burning Embers blog, so it is on my mind to talk about here as well. As a hybrid author, meaning I have a traditional publisher (Cosby Media Productions) and I self publish some things, and I am part of a couple self-published anthologies. So unlike last month, (editing) I actually know a few things about publishing.

So let’s talk publishing.

First thing, NOT EVERY BOOK YOU WRITE IS THE RIGHT FIT FOR EVERY PUBLISHER.

Some authors are lucky and they can publish with just one publisher their entire career. And that works for them, and that works for their publisher. If that is not you, no worries.

Let’s start off with what type of publishers there are.

There are the traditional publishers. The Big 5 in New York City, Cosby Media Productions, and the like.

Then there are the self-publishers.

Then there are Vanity Presses, which as far as I understand it, Vanity Presses are a one stop shop for a self-published title where you pay the Vanity Press, and they do everything for you, instead of you shopping around for an editor(s), cover designer, formatting, and you having to upload your book to whatever book distributor you choose.

Throughout the month I will go into greater detail about each option, and why you may want or not want to choose it for your individual project.

 

 

But before we can talk about publishing, you need a story to tell.  Do you have a story to share?  I would love to learn more about it!

Comment below on either what you are thinking of writing, or for you experienced authors, your current WIP!

 

Oh, on the note of WIP, which means Work In Progress, I am still working on my Christian or Fantasy Thriller, whatever type of Thriller it becomes, but even more exciting, I just signed up to ARC read a new book from Tessonja Odette, that genius who brought me “Twisting Minds” earlier this year.  So excited to see what she has in store next.

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JQM LITERARY SPOTLIGHT PRESENTS The Dark Awakening (The Chosen Coven Trilogy) by D.L. Blade

JQM LITERARY SPOTLIGHT PRESENTS The Dark Awakening (The Chosen Coven Trilogy) by D.L. Blade

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FIRST, LET’S GET TO KNOW YOU A BIT. TELL US SOMETHING UNIQUE ABOUT YOURSELF: 
I used to be part of a ghost hunting team in southern California. What an experience. I miss it.
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WHAT IS THE GENRE AND AUDIENCE FOR THIS BOOK: 
It’s young adult paranormal fantasy. Anyone 14+. All ages have enjoyed it but it is categorized as YA
WHAT WAS THE INSPIRED YOU TO WRITE THIS BOOK: 
A dream 10 years ago. It started off with writing it down so I didn’t forget my dream and it turned into an incredible story that I hadn’t yet seen in books.
TELL US ABOUT YOUR BOOK: 
My protagonist, Mercy, her life has devolved into a string of bad events. Her mother’s brutal beating that nearly stole her life, a dangerous stalker lurking in the shadows, and a car accident, where the man who rescued her disappears right before her eyes. This man who she thought was a hallucination, tracks her down at a nearby cove, and claims they were once in love from another time. Another century. But Mercy has no memory of this world he shares, and instinctively doesn’t trust him. He also reveals to her a life-changing secret—she’s an ancient witch, vampires are real, and she’s destined to destroy them. There’s also the troubling discovery that her blood is lusted after by the undead, and a sadistic vampire leader sets his eyes on her, and will stop at nothing until he takes Mercy as his own. There are more twists and turns but I don’t want to spoil those for the readers. This is a story about a teenage girl who’s life changes forever, as she’s thrown into a perilous journey to save mankind. The trilogy definitely gets darker as you go into the next book to the next book. The trilogy does conclude at the end of the third book in an epic, and satisfying way.
WHERE CAN WE PURCHASE YOUR BOOK: 
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A Series of Unfortunate Events #2: The Reptile Room Lemony Snicket

My Thoughts on “A Series of Unfortunate Events #2: The Reptile Room” by Lemony Snicket

 

This book was a fantastic follow-up to The Bad Beginning.  After the unfortunate events with Count Olaf, the children are sent to live with their Uncle Monty.

And that is where this great adventure begins.  I really loved Uncle Monty, I thought he was a great character!  he cared for the kids, he was passionate about his reptiles, and he was a great joker.  The Incredibly Deadly Viper was a perfect name for such a fantastic pet and companion for Sunny.  I really think the kids could have had a wonderful life with Uncle Monty, but as the name of the series implies . . .

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JQM Literary Chat Welcomes Catrin Russell

JQM Literary Chat Welcomes Catrin Russell

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TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF: 
I am 31 years old, living in Sweden and working as a registered nurse. I have two children, with a third one on the way, and two dogs. My husband is from England, and he moved here 7 years ago. We live a busy life, like most parents do, with a joint interest in games, a variety of creative tv-shows, and – of course – anything fantasy related. I have been writing for as long as I can remember, but only recently (in 2019) took the step to actually publish my work. I also try to read as much as my schedule allows, preferably fantasy with a sprinkle of romance, not unlike what I write myself. During what time I have left, between working, writing, kids, household, and dogs, I like to squeeze in a bit of drawing (because it sounds like I have plenty of free time, right?)! I do all my own artwork, drawing the characters from my stories, and create cover art and promotional pieces for my books. My mother is an art teacher, so she would have me written out of the will if I didn’t. Lucky for me, I love drawing, so I’m in my happy place then! However, the best time is spent with my family and friends. It is where I can relax, reload my batteries, as well as fish for inspiration for any new WIPs I’m currently working on!
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WHAT INFLUENCED YOU TO WRITE YOUR GENRE(S)? 
With a lifelong fascination of all things fantasy, it felt natural to me to delve into this world when writing. I have always played games that are heavily influenced by Dungeons and Dragons (including the original table-top variation), which also focuses a lot on the medieval period, and I have therefore developed quite the love for this time period. Through my background in game design (studying the subject for 3 years at university), I also want to incorporate the bigger picture, and add worlds where thought-provoking topics are covered and reflected upon. And as a true fan of fast-paced, action-based Japanese manga and anime, I want plenty of action, blood and gore, to show my interest in the darker side of things. The real world is far from lovey-dovey, and so are mine. However, this does not make me avoid love stories. Quite the opposite, but I put my characters through a world of hurt as they navigate their worlds.
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WHO ARE YOUR FAVORITE AUTHORS? 
David Gemmell, Janny Wurts, and – most recently – Lois McMaster Bujold.
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WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE BOOKS? 
To elaborate on my choice of favourite authors: David Gemmell’s Waylander books from the Drenai Saga, Janny Wurts’ To Ride Hells Chasm and Lois McMaster Bujold’s The Curse of Chalion.
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WHO ARE YOUR FAVORITE LITERARY CHARACTERS? 
David Gemmell had a real talent making believable and beautifully broken characters. That is a part of why Waylander has stuck with me through the years, as he is most definitely one of those. Lord dy Cazaril from The Curse of Chalion is another believable and broken character. I do not know why, but this type of character really speaks to me, perhaps in the way they are portrayed as far from perfect, and thus more relatable. I create my own characters in a similar way, where I obviously love all of them, but one that is particularly close to my heart is Edric, a man featured in The Prime Series. He comes with a really dark past, abused in more ways than one as a child, and his story centres a lot on how he tries to deal with this in his daily life. It does not only affect his self-esteem and personal choices but also how he interacts with other people. Edric really allows me to highlight mental health issues and the long-term effects of abuse. He was much inspired by a person I knew in real life, and, in a way, Edric is an homage to him.
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IS THERE ANYTHING YOU WANT TO SHARE WITH POTENTIAL READERS? 
The Power of Conviction, and The Prime Series as a whole, has been a real labour of love. Even if it was initially written only for my own indulgence, it is most definitely worth publishing for others to enjoy, hopefully as much as I cherished writing it. So if you are looking for your next exciting read in Dark/High Fantasy, you might just find yourself loving The Power of Conviction and The Prime Series. The Power of Conviction, the first book of the Prime Series, is now available as both eBook and Paperback. The second book is currently only released as eBook, but is scheduled for release on Paperback in April. The third book of the series will be released this year, but the date is yet to be decided, so keep an eye out! And, of course, there will be more projects coming up! So keep up to date with my bookish adventures through my social media. Links are featured below!
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WHERE CAN WE GO TO LEARN MORE ABOUT YOU AND YOUR LITERARY WORKS? 
My website is an excellent place to start! There, you can find information about me, my books and where to find them. But if you want to keep up to date with my daily bookish things, then seek me out and follow me on social media! I am available on plenty of sites, such as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and more.
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JQM LITERARY SPOTLIGHT PRESENTS Hood of Sedna: A Capot Adventure Series by L.D. Wosar

JQM LITERARY SPOTLIGHT PRESENTS Hood of Sedna: A Capot Adventure Series by L.D. Wosar

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FIRST, LET’S GET TO KNOW YOU A BIT. TELL US SOMETHING UNIQUE ABOUT YOURSELF:
I am not sure how unique I am. I grew up a Navy brat, but my heart has always been in California and Washington state. I am a mother of three adults, two of them military- although one is now a veteran. Also a grandmother of 2 gorgeous girls. I work full time for the gaming industry and still make sure to get my writing in, my first love.
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WHAT IS THE GENRE AND AUDIENCE FOR THIS BOOK:
The genre is a Western-Steampunk-Fantasy and hope to gain an audience of all ages, although not recommended for children under 13 years of age.
WHAT WAS THE INSPIRED YOU TO WRITE THIS BOOK: 
I always loved fantasy, it was not until I incorporated a bit of fantasy in the second installment of the Kit Weston Chronicles, Wight Angel that I wanted to write fantasy, but still keep within the Western. Steampunk came because I love the look and the ambiance of Steampunk. I am not scientific to delve into that aspect.
TELL US ABOUT YOUR BOOK: 
Stevie Capot has ran away from an old, violent life and wanted to start anew. She emulates Robin Hood and steals for this community who took her in. Years later she has made an enemy of Marshal Tristan Vaurien who decides to hire a couple of bounty hunters to aid him in the capture/death of Stevie….both of them; however, are warlocks. One, Rowan Shaw, is kind and caring, albeit dangerous in his own right – the other, Sebastian Corbeau, is a self-proclaimed bad ass shape-shifting warlock and he doesn’t care about anything but himself. However, will these two pull her into their magic yarn…or will she turn the tables on them?
WHERE CAN WE PURCHASE YOUR BOOK:
It will be available on E-Book and Paperback on Amazon – March 7, 2020. It will be on Audible around the beginning of April, as I have a voice actor named Aaron Smith producing that at the moment.
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My Thoughts on “A Series of Unfortunate Events #1: The Bad Beginning” by Lemony Snicket

My Thoughts on “A Series of Unfortunate Events #1: The Bad Beginning” by Lemony Snicket

 

My niece recommended this series to me, so I went to the library, and picked it up.

I must say, I am most grateful she did recommend the series to me, because it was a wonderful series.

But, this post is not about the series, it is about Book 1, The Bad Beginning.

I greatly enjoyed Book 1.  It was a great way to start the series off.  I felt bad for the children, then I felt worse, and was glad that the story ended with a touch of hope when the children were saved from Count Olaf.

 

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Editing on a Budget

Budgetting is not easy for authors, especially self-published & authors signed with small publishing companies.
The best way to get solid editing on your manuscript, without spending any money to it would be to barter editing services with fellow authors.
Meaning you edit one another’s book. Yes, it takes effort, and time, but by doing it, your own writing prowess will improve.

If you have some money saved up for an editor, then you can shop around for the best prices, and a good connection, you can sign up with an editing service that is electronic, like AutoCrit, or one that hires human editors to review your book. I don’t have the details on that, if you are interested in that type of service, ask for recommendations, or do a search, and choose the best option for you, your money, and your project.

Most publishing firms have at least one round of edits before a book is authorized to be published, but you also want to send them your best work possible.

Anyway, editing is not my strength.
Never has been.
I doubt it ever will be.

But I often agree to swap BETA reading with other authors, and I love seeing thier insights on how I can perfect my own story, while helping them perfect thiers.
That is why i am such a strong advocate for swapping BETA reads.
It does not always help you catch all your errors as much as hiring a professional editor will, but it is more cost effective. All it requires is some of your time.

Happy writing, and if you have any questions about editing or where to find an editor, check the author services page on my blog, or shoot me message on messenger, leave a comment, or email me at jqm.serv@gmail.com, and i can recommend you to a resource that will be more helpful than I.

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JQM Literary Chat Welcomes K.M. Jenkins

JQM Literary Chat Welcomes K.M. Jenkins

 

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TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF:
I’m a proud mama to twin boys. I work part time at a company that helps mentally ill adult work towards living on their own. When I’m not doing those two things I am writing. I’m a speculative fiction author that has written her first series of short stories. I mostly write Fantasy right now, but I am in the process of working on my first Paranormal Romance novella. I actually have been releasing a chapter of this PNR book to my subscribers every month in my mail outs. The book seems to keep everyone excited for my longer works so I plan to continue the adventure.
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WHAT INFLUENCED YOU TO WRITE YOUR GENRE(S)? 
I fell in love with the fantasy genre when I was in elementary school. First off, I should say that I had a strong reading disability and I hated reading. I don’t remember what book it was but it involved a girl being swept off into a world of magic and wonder. This book made me fall in love with fantasy. After that I was reading non-stop and reading books beyond my age range. I even worked towards getting out of my special education classes for reading. If it wasn’t for finding this genre I would probably never fell in love with books so much. Later on in life I decided I had my own characters wanting their stories told. Now I write Fantasy short stories and soon novels. I even fell in love with the Paranormal Romance genre so of course I am dabbling in that genre also.
WHO ARE YOUR FAVORITE AUTHORS? *
Fantasy: Mercedes Lackey, Allison D. Reid, Tracy Hickman & Margaret Weis, Kate Elliott, Elizabeth Kerner, Christopher Paolini, Rick Riordan and so many more… Paranormal Romance: Tim O’Rourke, McKayla Schutt, Aidy Award, Ines Johnson and so many more…
WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE BOOKS? *
By the Sword by Mercedes Lackey Song in the Silence by Elizabeth Kerner The Crown of Stars Series by Kate Elliott The Dragonlance Saga by Tracy Hickman & Margaret Weis The Percy Jackson books by Rick Riordan Eragon by Christopher Paolini I can keep going…
WHO ARE YOUR FAVORITE LITERARY CHARACTERS? 
Eragon is by far my top favorite character of all time. My second favorite is Kerowyn from By the Sword. These two characters inspired two characters in my Tarzinëa world. They actually appear in my Tales of Ferrês short story collection. But you will have to guess which characters were inspired by these two awesome characters from these books.
IS THERE ANYTHING YOU WANT TO SHARE WITH POTENTIAL READERS? 
I love reaching knew readers. I especially enjoy hearing what they have to say about my stories. I strongly encourage you to give my book a shot. There is a story for everyone to enjoy.
WHERE CAN WE GO TO LEARN MORE ABOUT YOU AND YOUR LITERARY WORKS?