International Cat Day Paranormal-Scope

I could call them werecats, but truthfully, cats are paranormal already. So many of their talents were given a bad rep in history because humanity doesn’t always get the best qualities of another species. Still, they accommodate us with cuddles and purrs. We may not understand them, but they clearly understand us.

While I am not qualified in anyway to read neither stars nor planets I am intimately linked to the paranormal in the world in many ways. So are you.

The paranormal-scope is for entertainment and is not meant to guide your life.

Aries:
Cats do love hanging out with those they love. Do the same!

Taurus:
Cats are known for following their passion. Write down your passion and make a plan to achieve it.

Gemini:
Cats are great for thinking in the box. They nap and use it for toy storage too. You will be challenged this week to think outside the box.

Cancer:
Cats will collect things they consider fun. You are entering the Shop the Sales Zone. Consider carefully what you need. Make a list and stick to it.

Leo:
Cats aren’t always good with change. They dig in their claws. Try to be flexible and open. Change can bring good things too.

Virgo:
Young cats can be shy and prone to hiding. You want to step away from being shy and stretch your talents.

Libra
Cats love to roll in the sunshine. Enjoy these last days of summer, and do something fun!

Scorpio:
Cats love new opportunities to get more treats. This week is your treat to network and see your career options.

Sagittarius:
Some cats seek out new adventures. Plan a daycation to a new place.

Capricorn:
Cats are very creative! This is your week to benefit from your creativity. Express yourself.

Aquarius:
Cats can be skittish when meeting someone new. Meeting new people can mean being open to learning new things.

Pisces:
Cats know the meaning of self-wellness. They always get enough sleep. Have you been getting enough rest? Naps can be restorative.

Thank you and be safe.

-Susan
Susan Hanniford Crowley, Amazon Kindle Bestselling Author of Vampire Romance, and now YA sweet adventure novels too.
www.susanhannifordcrowley.com
Where love burns eternal and whispers in the dark!

EverWarm for ages 13-113 is now available at Kindle and Amazon Paperback. More to come.
Lady Fallon’s Dragons for ages 13-113 is now available at Kindle and Amazon Paperback, Nook, Kobo, Smashwords, BAM online bookstore sells the paperback, Scribd, and in paperback in the UK at Waterstones, also in Amazons around the world.
The Vampire with a Blanket of Stars, Arnhem Knights of New York, Book 3 is available in Amazon Print and Kindle, Nook, Kobo,  Apple, Walmart ebooks & Smashwords.Vampire Princess of New York, Arnhem Knights of New York, Book 2 available in Kindle and Kindle Unlimited!
Vampire King of New York, Arnhem Knights of New York, Book 1 now in Kindle and Print! Walmart Bookstore Online
Vampire in the Basement, Vampires in Manhattan, Book 4 available in Kindle.
Poseidon’s Catch(mythology romance) available in Kindle.
Mrs. Bright’s Tea Room (steampunk romance) available in Kindle.
A Vampire for Christmas, Vampires in Manhattan, Book 3 available in Kindle.
The Stormy Love Life of Laura Cordelais, Vampires in Manhattan, Book 2 available in Kindle and Print and Barnes and Noble Print
When Love Survives, Vampires in Manhattan Book 1 available in Kindle, Nook, Kobo, Smashwords, and iBooks (on Apple devices).

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Writing Tools: Getting To Know Your Characters By Susan Hanniford Crowley

Getting to know your characters gives you a lot to work with. Write a character description and include everything you can think of. Here is a possible list.

  1. Name of Character and meaning if you can find it
  2. Physical Description
  3. Family background – where they came from and they have lived.
  4. Jobs your character has had, include jobs their family members have had
  5. Siblings, age differences, how they get along
  6. Pets
  7. Personal beliefs
  8. Friends – How do they help or don’t? Why are they friends?
  9. Enemies and why they are enemies
  10. What are their favorite songs, tv shows, movies
  11. What do they enjoy doing in their off-time from work
  12. What are they afraid of?
  13. What places do they not like at all?
  14. How do they view themselves?
  15. What character has the strongest influence on them?
  16. Do they have a strength or remarkable talent or skill?
  17. Do they have a weakness? Could also be an allergy.
  18. What do they love the most?

You could add more but this will give you a strong start if you do this for your main and secondary characters. You could do this for all your characters, especially if you plan to use them in another book in a series.

This is also part of your book’s bible. There is nothing more confusing to a reader to have the hero look into the heroine’s brown eyes on page 156 when they were green on page 6. Having this information already put together in one handy place helps an author be consistent.

If you read the Vampires in Manhattan series, you’ll see how some characters have more description while others have less. Remember how description blends in the flow of the store and is not “dumped” in one place at the beginning. You can find my first series here: https://www.amazon.com/Susan-Hanniford-Crowley/e/B004YXOGXG

Have fun reading and writing!

Truly,

Susan
Susan Hanniford Crowley

EverWarm for ages 13-113 is now available at Kindle and Amazon Paperback. More to come.
Lady Fallon’s Dragons for ages 13-113 is now available at Kindle and Amazon Paperback, Nook, Kobo, Smashwords, BAM online bookstore sells the paperback, Scribd, and in paperback in the UK at Waterstones, also in Amazons around the world.
The Vampire with a Blanket of Stars, Arnhem Knights of New York, Book 3 is available in Amazon Print and Kindle, Nook, Kobo,  Apple, Walmart ebooks & Smashwords.Vampire Princess of New York, Arnhem Knights of New York, Book 2 available in Kindle and Kindle Unlimited!
Vampire King of New York, Arnhem Knights of New York, Book 1 now in Kindle and Print! Walmart Bookstore Online
Vampire in the Basement, Vampires in Manhattan, Book 4 available in Kindle.
Poseidon’s Catch(mythology romance) available in Kindle.
Mrs. Bright’s Tea Room (steampunk romance) available in Kindle.
A Vampire for Christmas, Vampires in Manhattan, Book 3 available in Kindle.
The Stormy Love Life of Laura Cordelais, Vampires in Manhattan, Book 2 available in Kindle and Print and Barnes and Noble Print
When Love Survives, Vampires in Manhattan Book 1 available in Kindle, Nook, Kobo, Smashwords, and iBooks (on Apple devices).

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For The Love Of…Flying by Artemis Crow

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Erin Hanson is an Australian poet that I’ve only just learned about. Definitely a “where have I been” moment. What caught my eye was a Facebook post with part of one of her poems. Here’s the full-length poem:

“There is freedom waiting for you, On the breezes of the sky, And you ask “What if I fall?” Oh but my darling, What if you fly?”

How beautiful are those words? Simple, but so inspirational. As I work my way through my most ambitious writing schedule this year, as I try to cope with the loss of my mother only three months ago, I’ve found myself floundering a little, feeling flat, wondering why I’m doing this at all.

But this poem reminds me that when you take that leap, sometimes you soar, and sometimes the thermals of excitement and inspiration are hard to find. But you keep searching for the lift so you can push your personal boundaries in whatever you’re trying to accomplish. 

Yes, you risk the fall, but when you fly? It fills your soul.

I hope you’re taking those leaps.

P.S. Speaking of writing, book 9 in my Zodiac Assassins series, Aries On Fire, comes out on August 16th! Available for preorder now on Amazon! https://www.amazon.com/Aries-Fire-Zodiac-Assassins-Book-ebook/dp/B0B436HV6Q

Check it out!

May Your Words Flow Freely,

Artemis

The Zodiac Assassins series
Available on Amazon Kindle and Print, Nook and Kobo

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No Pain, No Gain… Not Really?

No pain, no gain. As a kid I heard the saying all the time. And interestingly, it was used as a blanket statement, as if it applies to everything in life. As an adult, I realize that is not the case. If anything, applying the statement to your entire life can create a lot more stripes than is necessary.

Yeah, sure, there are definitely things in life that are painful. I mean physically painful. Waxing it’s never pleasant. Microblading is another thing that really doesn’t seem like a walk in the park. Whoever invented heels, clearly didn’t wear them long enough. Corsets? Must have been invented by a madman.

Still, things like exercising can be really fun. Yes I know that the first couple weeks are terrible, especially if you have not exercised in a while or ever before. But there comes a point when you appreciate pushing yourself and you appreciate how great you feel. Dating is another one. Love can hurt if it means a broken heart but overall, dating shouldn’t be putting up with crap. If we truly value ourselves, we will realize that we don’t deserve pain just because. No true gain can be worth that.

There is pain in life, but it is important to measure the gain and what it is worth to you. Don’t just take it because you’ve been told it is something necessary. You need to be the judge of that.

Happy writing this week!

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Lazy Days of Summer Paranormal-Scope

Enjoy the last days of beaches and barbecues before the winds change again.

While I am not qualified in any way to read neither stars nor planets I am intimately linked to the paranormal in the world in many ways. So are you.

The paranormal-scope is for entertainment and is not meant to guide your life.

Aries:
Vampires have an incredible focus on achieving their aims. You have the same gift. While others are playing, get a lot done at work. You’ll feel better and enjoy your weekends more.

Taurus:
Shapeshifters love meeting new people. You will meet someone who will make an impact on your life.

Gemini:
Elves know how to relax in the river and under the stars. Make your bath a spa experience.

Cancer:
Gnomes love interesting conversations. Enjoy gabbing with friends. By listening you will learn some new things.

Leo:
Werewolves are not careful with their money. You have entered the Budget Zone. Time to re-evaluate your spending, what you contribute to your retirement fund, and save toward big budget items or home repairs.

Virgo:
Faeries love meeting new faeries. This is your week to network. Meet new friends. Discover new career possibilities.

Libra
Gremlins love collaborating. In that way, they can take apart even more home appliances. For you, collaborating can be a good thing.

Scorpio:
Dragons are devoted to their loved ones. Take some time to do something special with those you love most.

Sagittarius:
Sprites run toward their goals. It would be easier if you wrote them down and chose one to work on. Take it a step at a time.

Capricorn:
The phoenix soars and chooses what do see. You can have fun in these last days of summer without going into debt. Choose wisely.

Aquarius:
Goblins love to tell those close to them what to do. Go to your dear ones if you need guidance.

Pisces:
Pegasus soars into sunrises. The winged horse is all about possibilities. New opportunities are coming your way.

Thank you and be safe.

-Susan
Susan Hanniford Crowley, Amazon Kindle Bestselling Author of Vampire Romance, and now YA sweet adventure novels too.
www.susanhannifordcrowley.com
Where love burns eternal and whispers in the dark!

EverWarm for ages 13-113 is now available at Kindle and Amazon Paperback. More to come.
Lady Fallon’s Dragons for ages 13-113 is now available at Kindle and Amazon Paperback, Nook, Kobo, Smashwords, BAM online bookstore sells the paperback, Scribd, and in paperback in the UK at Waterstones, also in Amazons around the world.
The Vampire with a Blanket of Stars, Arnhem Knights of New York, Book 3 is available in Amazon Print and Kindle, Nook, Kobo,  Apple, Walmart ebooks & Smashwords.Vampire Princess of New York, Arnhem Knights of New York, Book 2 available in Kindle and Kindle Unlimited!
Vampire King of New York, Arnhem Knights of New York, Book 1 now in Kindle and Print! Walmart Bookstore Online
Vampire in the Basement, Vampires in Manhattan, Book 4 available in Kindle.
Poseidon’s Catch(mythology romance) available in Kindle.
Mrs. Bright’s Tea Room (steampunk romance) available in Kindle.
A Vampire for Christmas, Vampires in Manhattan, Book 3 available in Kindle.
The Stormy Love Life of Laura Cordelais, Vampires in Manhattan, Book 2 available in Kindle and Print and Barnes and Noble Print
When Love Survives, Vampires in Manhattan Book 1 available in Kindle, Nook, Kobo, Smashwords, and iBooks (on Apple devices).

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Writing Tools: Writing Friends and Family Sagas By Susan Hanniford Crowley

It was a funny thing. I wrote The Stormy Love Life of Laura Cordelais first, which focuses on the tempestuous relationship between Laura Cordelais and vampire David Hilliard. Laura is one of those rare unfortunates who slipped from the Brooklyn Bridge instead of jumping. David had just asked God to take mercy on his loneliness. He ends up jumping into the river to save Laura. Dying from her injuries, David wants to give her a second chance at life (even if it’s an undead life). She’s not grateful.

Laura was working in New York City but was from New Orleans. She considers vampires to be monsters. That’s why she’s not grateful to him. He hopes that returning her to New Orleans will make things better.

I don’t want to spoil too much but this is where friends get involved. There is a long-lost relative who also helps. The point is the hero doesn’t do everything alone. Some people give him advice. Others stand with him when times get rough. All these friends or family help move the story forward.

I dream all my books and sometimes I wake up and go, “Huh?” When Love Survives is one of those books. It is the first in the series even though it was actually written after The Stormy Love Life of Laura Cordelais.

When Love Survives is set in New York City on that fateful day September 11th. New Yorkers pulled together to help each other. The story is about a shapeshifter and a young woman who doesn’t know she is magical, how they meet and become rescuers.

In all my tales, the hero and heroine don’t journey through the story in isolation. They meet others that help or hinder them. David Hilliard is a friend that shows up in the story. I put him in a rather embarrassing situation. (I won’t tell.)

Sometimes friends and family help out on a one-to-one basis. Other times you need the group. It is very much like life.

A saga is a long story that shows what leads up to that big event in the hero or heroine’s life. If you read the Vampires in Manhattan series, you’ll see how characters work together. You will also find my thread–the character that is in every one of the books. Check it out here: https://www.amazon.com/Susan-Hanniford-Crowley/e/B004YXOGXG

If you are interested in writing friends and family sagas, it is always wise to read some. Get used to the flow between characters. Each family member or friend has a skill, talent, or other asset in which they can help the main character.

Have fun reading and writing!

Truly,

Susan
Susan Hanniford Crowley

EverWarm for ages 13-113 is now available at Kindle and Amazon Paperback. More to come.
Lady Fallon’s Dragons for ages 13-113 is now available at Kindle and Amazon Paperback, Nook, Kobo, Smashwords, BAM online bookstore sells the paperback, Scribd, and in paperback in the UK at Waterstones, also in Amazons around the world.
The Vampire with a Blanket of Stars, Arnhem Knights of New York, Book 3 is available in Amazon Print and Kindle, Nook, Kobo,  Apple, Walmart ebooks & Smashwords.Vampire Princess of New York, Arnhem Knights of New York, Book 2 available in Kindle and Kindle Unlimited!
Vampire King of New York, Arnhem Knights of New York, Book 1 now in Kindle and Print! Walmart Bookstore Online
Vampire in the Basement, Vampires in Manhattan, Book 4 available in Kindle.
Poseidon’s Catch(mythology romance) available in Kindle.
Mrs. Bright’s Tea Room (steampunk romance) available in Kindle.
A Vampire for Christmas, Vampires in Manhattan, Book 3 available in Kindle.
The Stormy Love Life of Laura Cordelais, Vampires in Manhattan, Book 2 available in Kindle and Print and Barnes and Noble Print
When Love Survives, Vampires in Manhattan Book 1 available in Kindle, Nook, Kobo, Smashwords, and iBooks (on Apple devices).

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Let’s Get Real: Interview with Author Cherie De Sues By Susan Hanniford Crowley

Welcome! Let’s get real with Author Cherie De Sues today!

Susan:  Tell us a little about you, your background, and what is fun about you!

Cherie: I’m a California girl born and raised in Huntington Beach. My parents took me sailing in Newport every weekend and I fell in love with the ocean. I’m a Navy veteran, scuba diver, and explorer of new beaches worldwide. I’ve lived in Hawaii, Florida, and Galveston, Texas to enjoy the sea activities I love. I’m also a retired open heart surgical PA, a medical person who uses a scalpel under the direction of a surgeon.

Susan: What are your favorites: color, food, and music?

Cherie: My favorite colors have evolved from all ocean shades to now include pink and purple. As a working artist, I lean toward botanical flowers, leaves, and such. Mexican food is my favorite. I enjoy everything from Flautas to tacos, enchiladas, and empanadas with rice and beans…and cheese! I’m eclectic in my music choices. I listen to Spanish “Gipsie Kings”, Ottmar Leibert and alternative or rock & roll.

Susan: Tell us about your book.  Where does your book take place? Why did you choose that time and location?

Cherie: Because this is a Native American paranormal story, I chose the tri-state Navajo land and Oregon. All my novels are in places I’ve been and know. So I used the Oregon coastline and mountain rivers for much of the book. All of my novels are hot and rated 3-4 on a scale of 5. As a retired medical professional, I assure you that all verbiage is accurate and sizzling.

Susan: What makes your hero/heroine fascinating so we can’t put the book down? Spoilers are not allowed.

Cherie: This is a FAST-paced novel with danger, paranormal elements, a strong female character attorney, and a medicine man shapeshifter bounty hunter. There are no chances for boredom, I start with drama, suspense, sexual tension, and never stop.

Susan: What do you love most about your book? What was the toughest part?

Cherie: I wanted authenticity and I spent a great deal of time on the research for the native American Navajo words and lifestyle to be correct. Sometimes getting the answers I needed was tough. But blending an attorney in love with the law with a bounty hunter was like fire and water.

Susan: Please, share a sneak peek. 

*

Kicking hard, she bit the man’s hand covering her mouth and tasted blood. He pulled away with a pained yelp. Sara drew in a huge gulp of air then let it out on a scream she hoped would be heard over the music coming from the bar.

“Help! Somebody help me!”

The filthy, bloodstained hand came back over her mouth as the door of the trailer came into view. Sara fought with every ounce of strength in her command and the briefcase shoulder strap broke. Her cell phone, wallet, and documents fell out as she stomped down again with spiked heels.

Loud snarls layered over her muffled screams and she strained to look to the side. From out of the mist, a large cougar ran toward them and her captors abruptly released her. She crumbled to the ground. The earth shook with the power and rhythm of the feline’s paws. At ground level, Sara looked into amber eyes as the cat rose and went for the throat of the first man.

Screaming in horror, the man dropped with the first strike, hitting the dirt parking lot with blood gushing from his neck. He lay still, unconscious or dead, Sara couldn’t tell.

She crawled backward until she came up against the wheel of the trailer and watched in terror as the cougar ran after the other man. A door slammed closed and the cougar snarled. The cat stalked back into view, stopped and looked around the parking lot before padding quickly toward her.

A mew of fear escaped Sara’s lips as she cringed, bringing up her knees and covering her face, hoping to give the impression of submission. She didn’t want to die from the sharp claws of a cougar.

Her life—her incredibly empty life—flashed before her eyes. Even if she died, who would miss her? She had no family, no children. No man to call her own.

Sara held her breath and waited for the end.

Nothing happened. No growling, no teeth. A deep purr exhaled right in front of her and warm breath covered her trembling hands.

Steeling herself for what would come, she peered over her knees and looked right into the unblinking eyes of the cougar. She looked closely at the familiar amber with the ring of brown around the edges. The eyes of the stranger who’d kissed her.

No.

*

Susan: Why did you write your book?

Cherie: I enjoy suspenseful paranormal novels and am enamored with Native American history and life. This novel was an opportunity to stretch from the supernatural and medical/military novels I’d been writing.

Susan: What do you love to do when you’re not writing?

Cherie: I’m a watercolorist, artist, and surface pattern designer for Spoonflower and other online stores. I create wallpaper, fabric, and clothing under Gypsea Art Designs.

http://www.cheriedesues.com

I’ve been playing with the idea of creating the next two sequel books of Tales of the Red Moon Clan.

Susan: What is your favorite line in the book?

Cherie:

“She spared the cougar another sideways glance. He stared vigilantly out the back window. His lower jaw lay over the headrest; his feline body overflowed the leather seat. She shook her head, imagining the amount of fur she’d need to have vacuumed out of the Jag’s interior, but then smiled. At least he had the good sense to hang his claws over the edge of the seat so he wouldn’t scratch up the leather.”

Susan: Where can we find out more about your books?

https://www.amazon.com/Cherie-De-Sues/e/B00311U2C6/ref=dp_byline_cont_pop_ebooks_1

https://www.cheriedesues2.com

https://www.barnesandnoble.com/s/cherie%20de%20sues

Susan: Do you have any parting words for our readers or aspiring authors?

Cherie: Keep a journal, and write down what people say during interactions. Later, you can use these tidbits for your novel. For readers, I suggest trying new genres on occasion, you never know when you will find a gem and want to read all their work.

Thank you, Cherie, for getting real with us today at Nights of Passion!

Stay safe.

Truly,

Susan
Susan Hanniford Crowley

EverWarm for ages 13-113 is now available at Kindle and Amazon Paperback. More to come.
Lady Fallon’s Dragons for ages 13-113 is now available at Kindle and Amazon Paperback, Nook, Kobo, Smashwords, BAM online bookstore sells the paperback, Scribd, and in paperback in the UK at Waterstones, also in Amazons around the world.
The Vampire with a Blanket of Stars, Arnhem Knights of New York, Book 3 is available in Amazon Print and Kindle, Nook, Kobo,  Apple, Walmart ebooks & Smashwords.Vampire Princess of New York, Arnhem Knights of New York, Book 2 available in Kindle and Kindle Unlimited!
Vampire King of New York, Arnhem Knights of New York, Book 1 now in Kindle and Print! Walmart Bookstore Online
Vampire in the Basement, Vampires in Manhattan, Book 4 available in Kindle.
Poseidon’s Catch(mythology romance) available in Kindle.
Mrs. Bright’s Tea Room (steampunk romance) available in Kindle.
A Vampire for Christmas, Vampires in Manhattan, Book 3 available in Kindle.
The Stormy Love Life of Laura Cordelais, Vampires in Manhattan, Book 2 available in Kindle and Print and Barnes and Noble Print
When Love Survives, Vampires in Manhattan Book 1 available in Kindle, Nook, Kobo, Smashwords, and iBooks (on Apple devices).

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Security Blankets

It’s summer and my boys’ vacation time is in full swing. This being the first summer where we are supposedly easing out of Covid, I can tell the kids are wanting to just get out and play.They are having friends over and they are sleeping over at friends houses. It’s a summer of learning and trying new things.

As I help them pack to sleep over by a friend, I can’t help but smile that they still want to bring over their stuffed animals. These little toys still provide them comfort. It got me thinking about our own security blankets. The things We don’t want to let go of in order to face our fears. It sounds silly but the truth is that even as adults we are scared a lot of the time. Perhaps the fears feel like a bigger deal— we worry about paying bills, losing our jobs, not being successful in our endeavors and making mistakes we might not recover from.

Our security blankets may take the form of excuses as to why we aren’t willing to take risks or reasons we see the unknown as a threat. But are these really comforts to us? Or are they keeping us from learning and growing? Only we can truly answer this question for ourselves but it at least deserves some honest thought.

Happy writing this week!

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Heat Wave Paranormal-Scope

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We’re having a heat wave!

While I am not qualified in any way to read neither stars nor planets I am intimately linked to the paranormal in the world in many ways. So are you.

The paranormal-scope is for entertainment and is not meant to guide your life.

Aries:
Vampires that are artists have used their art to express themselves and widen their world. Take up art and see this widened world for yourself.

Taurus:
Shapeshifters know what to do when trouble is in the air. Keep aware of your surrounding. Keep a low profile this week.

Gemini:
Elves walk the road of self-discovery. Keep a journal. Visit a new place. Try a new recipe.

Cancer:
Gnomes are about family and friends. Spend time with those you cherish and those loyal ones that watch your back.

Leo:
Werewolves are patient when they hunt for something they really want. Save money toward your goal and be patient.

Virgo:
Faeries are always looking for new insights. Open your mind and listen to others. You may find out things you didn’t know.

Libra
Gremlins are retreating to pursue the creative arts and self-wellness. Consider doing the same.

Scorpio:
Dragons are charming and kind to others which makes networking work for them. Cultivate your best qualities and try more networking.

Sagittarius:
Sprites are always in a hurry. Slow down and do everything in moderation. There really is too much of a good thing.

Capricorn:
The phoenix rises and self-care becomes a priority. To do what you need to get done, take care of yourself so you can be at your best.

Aquarius:
Goblins are blunt when speaking to others and misunderstandings abound. Be especially kind and gentle with your words this week.

Pisces:
Pegasus isn’t very good with money. Exercise caution in spending and examine any big expenses, especially warranties.

Thank you and be safe.

-Susan
Susan Hanniford Crowley, Amazon Kindle Bestselling Author of Vampire Romance, and now YA sweet adventure novels too.
www.susanhannifordcrowley.com
Where love burns eternal and whispers in the dark!

EverWarm for ages 13-113 is now available at Kindle and Amazon Paperback. More to come.
Lady Fallon’s Dragons for ages 13-113 is now available at Kindle and Amazon Paperback, Nook, Kobo, Smashwords, BAM online bookstore sells the paperback, Scribd, and in paperback in the UK at Waterstones, also in Amazons around the world.
The Vampire with a Blanket of Stars, Arnhem Knights of New York, Book 3 is available in Amazon Print and Kindle, Nook, Kobo,  Apple, Walmart ebooks & Smashwords.Vampire Princess of New York, Arnhem Knights of New York, Book 2 available in Kindle and Kindle Unlimited!
Vampire King of New York, Arnhem Knights of New York, Book 1 now in Kindle and Print! Walmart Bookstore Online
Vampire in the Basement, Vampires in Manhattan, Book 4 available in Kindle.
Poseidon’s Catch(mythology romance) available in Kindle.
Mrs. Bright’s Tea Room (steampunk romance) available in Kindle.
A Vampire for Christmas, Vampires in Manhattan, Book 3 available in Kindle.
The Stormy Love Life of Laura Cordelais, Vampires in Manhattan, Book 2 available in Kindle and Print and Barnes and Noble Print
When Love Survives, Vampires in Manhattan Book 1 available in Kindle, Nook, Kobo, Smashwords, and iBooks (on Apple devices).

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Writing Tools: What To Do If Your Publisher Closes By Susan Hanniford Crowley

I was writing science fiction and fantasy, mostly sword and sorcery stories for Marion Zimmer Bradley and I went to a Nebula Awards Weekend, where I met Author Jennifer Stevenson who told me that she read my stuff and that I was really a paranormal romance writer. I went home and read a lot of paranormal romance and started writing in my new genre.

Then I submitted my book to Tease Publishing on the recommendation of another author.

The rest is history. In 2009, When Love Survives was published by Tease. Then began my relationship with 3 more books in the series Vampires in Manhattan plus 2 others in group anthologies.

When they closed in 2011, they graciously returned my print and ebook rights and gifted me my series ebook covers and the print cover for The Stormy Love Life of Laura Cordelais.

The two other books: Mrs. Bright’s Tea Room and Poseidon’s Catch were in an author group series. I received the rights back but was not gifted the covers. Since it was a group series, that made sense.

Gifting covers by a publisher is rare to never.

When your publisher announces they are closing, it is important to be discussing the return of the rights they have before they are gone. An author I know didn’t ended up hiring a private detective to find the publisher, who had moved. Finally, she got the news that the rights had been sold to another publisher and who that was.

I had been fortunate with Tease as they had a clause in their contract that said ‘in the event, the publisher closes, all rights return to the author’.

Other publishers may not have this clause. It is something to discuss before you sign the contract on how you can get your book rights back and how many years the publisher has them before they can be returned to the author or negotiations begin for renewal of rights with that publisher.

After all is said and rights returned, you have two choices: find another publisher or self-publish. I did find another publisher who wanted my newest book but chose not to publish my backlist. I learned self-publishing and republished the 6 books.

An important note: Never Sell All Rights. Sell print and/or ebook rights. Always have a time limit for each right. (Example: 5 years.) Keep the other rights. You would be upset if you sold all rights and your book became a movie. If your publisher had all rights, they would have the film rights too. If the book was optioned for a movie, the publisher would make money but not the author.

Next Saturday we are having a delightful guest author on the Nights of Passion blog!

Next Sunday, I will share more about the Vampires in Manhattan series in ‘Writing Friends and Family Sagas’.

Truly,

Susan
Susan Hanniford Crowley

EverWarm for ages 13-113 is now available at Kindle and Amazon Paperback. More to come.
Lady Fallon’s Dragons for ages 13-113 is now available at Kindle and Amazon Paperback, Nook, Kobo, Smashwords, BAM online bookstore sells the paperback, Scribd, and in paperback in the UK at Waterstones, also in Amazons around the world.
The Vampire with a Blanket of Stars, Arnhem Knights of New York, Book 3 is available in Amazon Print and Kindle, Nook, Kobo,  Apple, Walmart ebooks & Smashwords.Vampire Princess of New York, Arnhem Knights of New York, Book 2 available in Kindle and Kindle Unlimited!
Vampire King of New York, Arnhem Knights of New York, Book 1 now in Kindle and Print! Walmart Bookstore Online
Vampire in the Basement, Vampires in Manhattan, Book 4 available in Kindle.
Poseidon’s Catch(mythology romance) available in Kindle.
Mrs. Bright’s Tea Room (steampunk romance) available in Kindle.
A Vampire for Christmas, Vampires in Manhattan, Book 3 available in Kindle.
The Stormy Love Life of Laura Cordelais, Vampires in Manhattan, Book 2 available in Kindle and Print and Barnes and Noble Print
When Love Survives, Vampires in Manhattan Book 1 available in Kindle, Nook, Kobo, Smashwords, and iBooks (on Apple devices).

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