Cover Reveal by Stacy Hoff

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In my humble opinion, there is nothing more exciting to authors than the moment we first see our cover art. Since I am not only a writer but an artist, seeing each new cover is the ultimate creative experience. The verbal and visual meld of my brainchild.

I am, however, not the artist for my own covers. This person is selected by my publisher. Somehow, it’s even cooler to see how somebody else took my book concept and represented it in a visual format.

The cover artist for my new book, LAWFULLY YOURS, is the same artist who designed DESIRE IN THE EVERGLADES (see that cover art below). Her name is Leah Kaye. And again, in my humble opinion, she is very good at what she does. No wonder Soul Mate Publishing, Inc. continues to select her work.

Let me know what you think about my new cover, and your thoughts about cover art in general.

LAWFULLY YOURS will be released on Amazon by Soul Mate Publishing, Inc. on March 11, 2015. If you’re curious what it’s about, check out the book blurb that follows below.

And for those of you who are in, or near, Connecticut, please some to the book signing for my debut novel, DESIRE IN THE EVERGLADES. There will be fabulous appetizers, wine, and me—reading the pages of DESIRE while tying not to blush. (This event is free to attend.) Here’s the information:

Saturday, March 14, 2015 6:30—8:00 at Chameleon Haircolor Cafe & Spa,                         323 Washington Ave., North Haven CT (p)203-234-7900.

http://www.chameleonhcc.com/ https://www.facebook.com/chameleonhaircolor

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Book Blurb for LAWFULLY YOURS

The prestigious Connecticut law firm of Grovas & Cleval has always been rife with office drama and crazy clients. But an office affair between a young associate and a powerful partner—her boss—might be the biggest scandal of all.

Quirky, quiet Sue Linkovitch is Jordan Grant’s newest hire. Barely out of law school and hired on a fluke, she has no idea what she’s gotten herself into. Unfortunately, Jordan isn’t sympathetic to her professional “growing pains.” In fact, he’s downright frosty. The only time he thaws is when he’s around his five-year old daughter. So why is she so attracted to him?

Jordan Grant sees Sue as bright, bookish and a terrible temptation. Yet he knows not to get involved with a woman again—he learned this from his divorce. And if that hard knock lesson wasn’t enough, he’s been falsely accused of sexual harassment in the past. If their colleagues even think he’s interested, it will be the death of his career—and hers.

Find Stacy on Social Media: http://www.facebook.com/authorStacyHoff Twitter: twitter.com/authorStacyHoff Web: http://www.stacyhoff.com

Desire in the Everglades available on Amazon now. http://www.amazon.com/Desire-Everglades-Stacy-Hoff-ebook/dp/B00NFSMCYG/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1410289138&sr=8-1&keywords=desire+in+the+everglades.

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Photo and logo of the hair salon is the property of Chameleon Haircolor Cafe & Spa. All rights reserved. Reprinted here with permission.

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What I’ve Learned: Secret 8 – How to Hashtag on Social Media

I’m a social media marketer in my day job in addition to doing websites. Consequently I like to keep up on trends and collect cheat sheets that will keep me straight on all the social media platforms. Just by looking at Twitter, you can tell hashtags are a puzzle to a lot of people. Some manage to hashtag the whole message. Please, don’t do that. You’ll see why below. This is a fun infographic courtesy of Neil Patel’s blog on Quick Sprout.  YAY! Hat’s off to Neil for his brilliance in making a great cheat sheet that we can use for Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and Google+.  Enjoy!

The Ultimate Guide to Hashtags
Courtesy of: Quick Sprout

-Susan
Susan Hanniford Crowley, Amazon Kindle Bestselling Author of Vampire Romance
www.susanhannifordcrowley.com
Where love burns eternal and whispers in the dark!
Vampire King of New York available at Amazon Kindle and print, Barnes and Noble Nook and print and in Kobo
A Vampire for Christmas in Kindle

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Great Expectations… Are They Great Enough?

I’m not sure I’ve ever blogged about this but I am a podcast junkie. I love them! And some of my favorite podcasts I’ve discovered via NPR. Most recently I listened to a podcast called Invisibilia which discussed how our expectations of each other can really affect our performance. Sound crazy? I highly recommend you check it out.

A large portion of an episode called How to Become Batman is dedicated to telling the story of Daniel Kish, President of World Access for the Blind and an expert in echolocation. The truth is that for many of us listening to Daniel’s story is amazing, but what Daniel argues is that it shouldn’t be—basically if we (society) would simply adjust our expectations we have for those who are blind, they would be able to achieve more.

I know the jury is still out on this but I couldn’t help but turn the thought over in my mind, wondering if I am expecting enough from my children or even myself. I’m not sure it even works when we are dealing with our own introspective thoughts, but I’d have to think there is something to it. Think of the pep talks we give ourselves or what we do as we are trying to pull ourselves out of a funk. It doesn’t always work but that could be due to many factors.

So where am I going with this? I guess I’m looking out at a lot of unhappy people out there and I have to ask myself, what they are expecting. What do each of us want out of life and are we setting our sights on the goals. Do we truly expect that we’ll reach them? If not, perhaps our expectations aren’t quite where they should be.

Happy writing this week and whatever your plans or expectations, reach for the stars!

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Ad for RT on the go and Translations for Burns Like Fire Are Almost Ready! by Mandy Rosko

Okay, I need to take in a deep breath because, wow, I’m spending a ton of money lately on  advertising and writing costs.

The cost to translation my short novel into German, after Canadian to American conversion, worked itself up to be almost two grand, and today I sent off a quick email to the lady at RT Magazine, hoping to snag a spot for the issue that will come out in time for The Romantic Times Convention in Dallas. I’m getting only the 1/4 page ad, but it will still work itself up to be a pretty penny.

@_@ I think now is about the time that I need to make myself a budget on what I can and can’t spend on marketing. I mean, I told myself that this was going to be the year that I did more marketing than ever before, which seemed easy enough since I do almost no marketing at all, but that’s quite a bit of money to spend in just one day.

My past self who used to work as a waitress part time is shrieking inside of my head, lol. I’m also going to take my driver’s test tomorrow, and hopefully I don’t fail it again. Stress abound and hoping I don’t end up crashing!

Anyway! On to happier news, the translations for Burns Like Fire are done! Woot! All I have to do is get the back blurb ready and I can take this sucker on over to Amazon.de :3 I’m so excited for that. I just have to get the new cover ready and then I can upload it for pre-order, and my last pre-order sales for The Princess’ Dragon Lord did pretty well, so I got quite a few readers over there now with just the one book :)

Other happy news is that next month, the sequel to Burns Like Fire will finally be available next month. A Shock To Your System. I’m super excited about this one and figured that I’d really quickly show off the cover:

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Isn’t it great? :3 I can’t wait to get this one into print. It’s going through one last beta reader, and then I can get the printed file set up. I’m also going to be handing this baby out for free in a week or so before the actual release date for some honest reviews. Still trying to think about how I’m going to do that, but for now, anyone who wants on the list of people who will get early access can sign up for my super cool street team ;) It’s small right now, but everyone on it will definitely get an early proof copy.

That’s it for now! Hopefully I will have more news for you later on this super cool book (can you tell I’m excited?)

Cheers

xoxo

~Mandy

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The Sunlit Paranormal-Scope

Being snowed in after snowed in after snowed in, everyone I know is feeling sad to depressed. We need sunlight and flowers and hugs. Keep wishing. Wishes do come true!

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:
Hobbits turn to comfort food when days are gray. Donuts are good too. Eclairs are better.

Taurus:
Goblins feel better when they review their finances. It’s a good time. Might as well set up for taxes early and get an early return.

Gemini:
Vampires avoid the sunlight.  Some people prefer being beyond the limelight. There is something romantic and magical about moonlight on snow. Enjoy your private time.

Cancer:
Shapeshifters care about health. Choose good food and eat for health this week to feel better.

Leo:
Dragons are into cuddling with those close. Plan an small party for friends.

Virgo:
Elves nurture plants for a reason. They find them energizing. Bring more plants into your home.

Libra:
Faeries are playful. Playing restores us. Find a game that you can play with others or online with others. Give yourself the right to play.

Scorpio:
Dragons have a sweet tooth. The trick is finding out which one.  LOL  Do not stick your head in a dragon’s mouth. Enjoy a treat, but don’t be fool hardy.

Sagittarius:
Pixies are incorrigible. Make time to be silly.  Go to a funny movie. You need to relax more.

Capricorn:
Werewolves are into rub downs. Massage is good for the body and spirit. Restore your energy. It’s time to take better care of yourself.

Aquarius:
Trolls have come out from under the bridge. The dark sometimes bring out the darkness in people. Be cautious in your dealings with others this week.

Pisces:
Faeries love flowers. Give yourself flowers. Bring more plants into your home and plant some from flower seeds in a pot. Their bright colors will cheer your gray days.

-Susan
Susan Hanniford Crowley, Amazon Kindle Bestselling Author of Vampire Romance
www.susanhannifordcrowley.com
Where love burns eternal and whispers in the dark!
Vampire King of New York available at Amazon Kindle and print, Barnes and Noble Nook and print and in Kobo
A Vampire for Christmas in Kindle

P.S. I’m planning a surprise on Valentine’s Day! It may be a double surprise!

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F is for Fifty Shades of Grey

50 shades

Yes, I’m actually going there, or at least partly. I have not read Fifty Shades nor have I seen the movie. I know only that it started out as fan fiction for Twilight, it was turned into a book that explores a BDSM lifestyle (of some sort), and has generated billions of dollars between the three books and now the movie that opened last week.

Why have I decided not to read the books or see the movie? Originally I was turned off by all the hoopla touting the books. Especially after hearing multiple times that the books were not well written. That may be the biggest turn off for me, no matter the subject matter. And I admit to a certain curiosity about them. I love a good erotic novel and I’m interested in reading about the BDSM lifestyle—I’ve even written a little bit about it as well. But that the writing might not be good now turns me off more than anything about a book.

Interestingly enough, I’ve heard the same thing about the Twilight series. And I have read that series actually, multiple times. My daughter was a big fan and wanted me to read it. I found the characters fascinating and the plot kept me turning pages and engaged throughout. Of course, I read it before I became a writer in 2009. Since then I have not re-read it, because I’ve become more aware of what is good or bad in a writing style and I didn’t want to be disappointed, although I have watched the movies and enjoyed them many times. So the plot and characters do hold up, it seems.

Still, I am intrigued by Fifty Shades. My daughter, the one who loved Twilight, has both read the Fifty Shades books and seen the movie. When I asked her how it was she said pretty good, but her concern was that a lot of the scenes had been cut and she hated the fact that Ana seemed less intelligent than in the book. As for the sex scenes, she said there was a lot of talking during those scenes in the movie theatre. When I asked her why, she said otherwise it would have been like watching porno with 60 other people. I somehow think that was not the intent of the film, but now I fear that I will have to see it just to judge for myself.

Fifty Shades of Grey has also sparked a huge sea of jokes poking fun at the books. My favorite one, which is a cartoon, I find to be just a whole lot of fun. Hope you enjoy it too.

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And by the way, how do you weigh in on Fifty Shades?

 

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Looking for A Hero? Who Would You Choose? By Susan Hanniford Crowley

When creating a hero for a novel, I look for certain traits. I like a brave guy. If he’s strong, it’s a plus. I have a leaning toward the smart guys. It’s not bad if he’s great looking. If he genuinely loves the heroine, I like to see how he expresses it.  So vote now for the one you think is the most heroic. I’d love to hear why, so please, write in the comments.

-Susan
Susan Hanniford Crowley, Amazon Kindle Bestselling Author of Vampire Romance
www.susanhannifordcrowley.com
Where love burns eternal and whispers in the dark!
Vampire King of New York available at Amazon Kindle and print, Barnes and Noble Nook and print and in Kobo
A Vampire for Christmas in Kindle

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