The Print Book is Almost Ready! by Mandy Rosko

After a few more quick beta reads from some lovely readers, I got the pages set up for the print version of Bad Boy Bear, and then sent off the information, along with the updated back blurb to the book.

 

As of this writing, I’m still waiting to get the book back and see what it looks like, though it will be mostly the same as you saw last week, here’s a refresher 😉

 

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The spine size will have to be adjusted, and the blurb will be a bit shorter with some flourish on the first line, but otherwise, she is beautiful, and I positively cannot wait to hold it in my hands when I order the five proof copies.

 

I think it’s one of the best things about being an author, getting to hold the physical book in your hands. There’s something about that, that I love. When it’s on my shelf, it’s like a trophy for what I’ve accomplished, and I couldn’t be happier to get this into the hands of my readers who have been so loyal and amazing to me through this entire journey 😀

 

Next month I’ll get started on The Wild Wolf’s Wife, in between bouts of playing the new Legend of Zelda game, of course 😉

 

If you want to learn more about what I’m up to and what I’m writing, then you can check out these links right here:

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Zombie Fever Paranormal-Scope

Things are changing and everything is up for grabs. Keep those you love close to you.

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 purposes only and is not meant to guide your life by.

The week for:

Aries:
Zombie love to run. It’s good for the health. Review your exercise routine.

Taurus:
Gourmet food may be the answer, though I don’t recommend brains.

Gemini:
Foggy brain is a problem for a zombie. They just can’t remember enough things. Make a list and eat a good breakfast to clear the fog.

Cancer:
Zombies are great listeners. They don’t need to talk much and you can vent all your want around them.

Leo:
One zombie is a morning snacker. Six zombies are a dinner party. Prepare for unexpected company.

Virgo:
Zombies feel sluggish. Probably eating too many sugar fueled brains. Eat more vegetables.

Libra:
Music inspires Zombies to move it. Perhaps dance will fuel your energy and expand your exercise.

Scorpio:
How far can a zombie run before parts fall off? It’s the same principle with cars. Give your vehicle a checkup before any road trips.

Sagittarius:
It’s a little know fact that zombies make terrible outfielders. Why? Because they just stand out there. Don’t do the same. Get in the game.

Capricorn:
Pudding confuses zombies. They like it. We think it’s the consistency that they enjoy. Similar to brains in a blender. So if attacked, serve them pudding.

Aquarius:
Baby goat terrify zombies. So keep a yard of baby goats. Giggles.

Pisces:
You have a week free of zombies. It’s yours to go out and have fun without worries.

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

NEW: Vampire Princess of New York, Arnhem Knights of New York, Book 2 available in Kindle!
Vampire King of New York, Arnhem Knights of New York, Book 1 available in Kindle and Print and  Barnes and Noble Print
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
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What’s In My Head May Not Be In Your Head. By Ripley Proserpina

Book covers. I rarely buy a book based on the book cover. I don’t expect the model on the front to match the characters in the story. My own book covers resemble my characters only broadly; they’re not dead ringers. (See below. Nora, my female main character, is not perfect- in fact- Nora would probably say something like, “I wish I looked like this.”). Recently, though, I’ve been seeing Facebook posts by some of my favorite authors with their vision of their characters.

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Most of the character photos are models, though hardly any are ones I could place, or name. Sometimes, I love this. If it jives with my vision, and someone has found the exact right real life person to match a character I’ve fallen in love with, it can be thrilling. Oh! There you are! 

But other times, I get an acute sense of disappointment. Not long ago, an author of a series I adore posted photos of her female main character. A model, probably in her teens, no make-up, but still: perfect skin, perfect teeth, perfect hair. (No make-up doesn’t mean, no photoshop, but I digress). And I found myself completely bummed out.

Why? Perfection. I’d spent days in this character’s head with her. Her doubts were my doubts; her flaws were my flaws. This author had completely sucked me in, so I was talking, walking, breathing her characters, but now that she was in front of me, in all of her beauty, I didn’t recognize her. I lost my book buddy. It helped to re-read the book, get back in her head, but some of the magic was lost.

I’ve been tempted to post my characters, too. For The Searchers, I’ve found people who have Apollo’s dimples, or Matisse’s frame. But I’ve held off sharing them, not sure if anyone would care, or if they did, if it would ruin the characters for them. Maybe this is why people have a hard time when their favorite books are made into movies…

What do you think? Do you want to see what an author sees? Or as close as they can find? Or do you want to have your own vision? Just curious:) ~ Ripley

Finding Nora, Book 1.5 in The Searchers, releases 2/27/17.

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iBooks: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/id1207607080

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Not Shy Yet Sexy Saturday Blog Hop & Excerpt from Vampire Princess of New York

In Vampire Princess of New York, King Max’s daughter Noblesse has yet to find true love. For the Sexy Saturday Blog Hop seven paragraph excerpt, I had to find a moment of “shy yet sexy.” The blog hop said if I couldn’t, then opt for sexy. I decided on this scene between Noblesse and Donovan Dupre in the vampire healing room. The “star room” as they sometimes call it has a realistically painted night sky. The floor is dark blue like an ocean at night.  The healing bed is round and pure soil in enclosed in the wood frame at the bottom. The top has a soothing mattress.

Noblesse and Donovan were nearly killed. Other vampires lost their lives to save their princess. They are in this room to emotionally heal but now more is happening. As they lay together, clothed, with Donovan hugging her from behind, a secret is revealed. His words open her eyes, when Noblesse hears Donovan mindtalking with her brother David.

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She whispered, “Did you just tell my brother that you love me?”

Donovan grimaced. He would have to reinforce his mind blocks later, so she would not hear what he said to David.

She turned smiling up at him. “Well, mon cher?”

“I love you, Noble.” He kissed her tenderly at first and then with wild abandon, he cherished her lips and every part of her face and neck.

Then he stopped. Noblesse gasped. “Why did you stop?”

“No sex in this room, remember?”

“Then let’s get out of this room right now.”

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To be continued in the book: https://www.amazon.com/Vampire-Princess-York-Arnhem-Knights-ebook/dp/B01LWXYX1G

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

NEW: Vampire Princess of New York, Arnhem Knights of New York, Book 2 available in Kindle!
Vampire King of New York, Arnhem Knights of New York, Book 1 available in Kindle and Print and  Barnes and Noble Print
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 , Vampires in Manhattan Book 1 available in Kindle and Print, Nook, Kobo and Smashwords.
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Excerpt From My Upcoming Release by Stacy Hoff

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Release day is almost here! Yes, March 22nd awaits! I’ve been blogging up a storm about everything I’ve done to write my upcoming new novel, BETTING LOVE IN VEGAS (book 1 of my new BUILDING LOVE series). Today it dawned on me that maybe some of you would want to read an excerpt, to see for yourself what I’ve been working on.

SO without further ado…

Excerpt from BETTING ON LOVE IN VEGAS

Cat Warner’s plan was strictly business—Ty Orland was getting a piece of her mind. A piece the size of Mount Kilimanjaro.

Meeting him here, at the Better Hoteliers Convention, would let him know her Big Bear, California, property was not on the market. All she had to do was wait for tonight’s meeting with him. Somewhere in this giant, off-Strip, Las Vegas hotel, he was waiting for her.

“Er, Cat? You okay?” asked Vanessa, General Manager for all of Cat’s six inns. Doubt etched deep in her voice.

Cat knew better than to blow off the older woman’s concerns. More than an excellent GM, Vanessa fussed over her to an extent Cat’s own mother hadn’t ever bothered. Vanessa wasn’t about to tone down the attention, either, despite the fact that Cat—at thirty-one years of age—was hardly a baby.

Vanessa easily fit the “motherly” role in all categories except looks. The lean, tall woman appeared ten years younger than she was. Great skin from avoiding the sun like the plague, and no stray grays due to an almost religious pilgrimage to her hairdresser. Cat could only hope to age half as gracefully. Despite her pseudo-mom’s high-maintenance appearance, however, Vanessa was down-to-Earth, one of the many traits Cat loved about her. But Vanessa’s very best feature was having a heart as big as the Pacific Ocean.

“Yeah, I’m okay. Why?” Cat asked cautiously.

“Because,” Vanessa answered, brows furrowed, “you’re gripping the room’s key card so tightly your knuckles have turned white.”

Cat at her hand and immediately released the key card. The rectangular piece of lightweight plastic floated down onto the convention center’s lobby carpeting. She bent to pick it up with a grunt of annoyance. Wondering whether the clerks at the reception desk heard the unladylike sound, heat rose to her face. The tight waistband of her business suit’s skirt jabbed into her stomach until she straightened up and hastily shoved the key card somewhere in the bowels of her extra-large pink purse.

If I had the money, I’d buy suits in a bigger size. Shopping the sales racks, the selection was always limited. But regardless of how the suit felt, at least it looked professional. The crisp white blouse against the navy skirt and jacket made Cat look more like a banker than a business owner. Appropriate, since tonight’s meeting was all about Ty Orland trying to earn even more money. At her expense.

Vanessa touched Cat’s shoulder. “Don’t worry so much. It’s your land. There’s nothing the man can do to make you sell. You know that. He’ll probably wind up being very impressed with you because you’re young, pretty, and professional. No doubt he’ll be gracious.”

“Yeah. Right.” Of course she’d think so. Cat sighed. Men. The day she found one actually willing to acquiesce to what she wanted would be, well . . . a fabulous first, actually. From her father to her ex-fiancé, their first thought was to bully. Not willing to be the victim any longer, Cat had learned to hold her ground. Still, confrontation was never going to be something she looked forward to. Let alone enjoyed. At least Vanessa understood this aspect of her nature.

Orland Premier Properties, Inc., had been particularly relentless. Constantly calling. Sending non-stop letters. Always trying to set up meetings. Tonight she would have her first—and last—meeting with the man. Giving him her final, definitive, unequivocal “no.”

She wasn’t a clueless, malleable kid anymore. She was a self-assured, experienced, mature woman. Accordingly, Ty Orland, multi-million-dollar-hotel magnate, would be in for a serious surprise. Namely, money could not buy everything.

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How We Do It

This weekend I watched the movie Across the Universe and it left me deep in thought over the simplest of lines. The movie itself was good with great music, but early on when the male protagonist is put on the spot he comes out with a deep yet simple reply. When asked about whether it is what a man does that defines him or who the man is defines what he does, he replies that it is not what he does but instead how he does it.

The phrase caught me because I’ve heard the what and even more important, the why behind many things. Very rarely do we talk about how we go from point A to point B. But the way we approach each task and how we finish anything is extremely telling about the kind of person each of us is.

Do we greet each day with a heavy heart and a reluctance to do anything or are we jumping with excitement for the work of the day. How we approach and plow through anything is going to have a huge impact on our productivity or even the quality of the work we produce. Have you ever tried to write a book you really weren’t into? Like any other task we aren’t eager to complete, it becomes a drag and no doubt, that attitude will show up to n the page.

So what do we do? My thought is to embrace each task with everything you’ve got. You will never again live this moment and have the chance to do it the way you want.

Happy writing this week!

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A Beginner’s Guidebook by Mandy Rosko

I’ve decided over the last couple of weeks that I was going to write a guide book of sorts.

 

I got the idea when I realized that there was still so much information out there that so many people didn’t know, and that I and other authors in my writer’s group were getting asked on a nearly consistent basis.

 

The problem is, how could I write a guide book? I don’t know everything there is to know about publishing, despite the number of times I’ve done it. The fact that I live in Canada also means there are going to be some legal differences between how I do things compared to how someone in the US would do things, or even the UK.

 

At the same time, I think this could be of some help, especially for the very beginners, or people who are just looking for some great places to get good cover art without spending $500+ to get it.

 

I remember once answering a question on Facebook about how to do something that seemed so obvious to me at the time, but I had to remind myself that just because I’ve known these things for a while, that it doesn’t mean others knew them as well.

 

But like I said, this would just be a quick and dirty guide. The absolute, 100% Beginner’s guide to getting started, and I hope it’ll have even a small impact 🙂 I’ll end up giving it for free to my Partrons at a certain tier, but otherwise, not sure what, if how much, I should charge, or just put it together as a complete freebie. We’ll see how that goes and how greedy I’m feeling down the line 😉

 

That’s it from me! If you want to learn more about me, you can head on over to mandyrosko.com though my blog is still broken because WordPress hates me -_-

Or you can head on over to Patreon.com/MandyRosko

 

And because I can’t go without sharing, here is the only slightly rough version of the print wrap I’ll be putting together for my latest book 😀

 

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