April 19, 2012

Confession is Good for the Soul; Hard on the Ego

I need to make a confession. The author portraits I’ve been using aren’t exactly recent photos. They’re only a couple years old … maybe three … okay four ;-) But a lot can happen in a few years -- especially when those years have been spent sitting on one’s butt in front of a computer for ten to twelve hours a day. I have a feeling the steady diet of Snickers and Cherry Pepsi didn’t help much either. 

My son say's my photos are false advertising, but since I'm happily married and not looking for a date I didn't think it mattered. I just found out it does.
Most of you will never meet me in person. I could have easily kept using the same old photos well into the next century -- and I probably will. Hey, it works for Danielle Steel. But my short story prequel to “Enchantment” was recently accepted into a prestigious Young Adult Anthology (more info coming soon). 

The publisher requires a “professional studio head shot” of each author. 
I could crop my existing photo, but it would still be an outdoor shot with boulders, evergreens, clear mountain streams and waterfalls in the background. That’s not what they want. They want a portrait of the author shot in front of an uncluttered, pristine background. And they want it tomorrow.
Luckily, one of my best friends is a professional photographer. She specializes in senior portraits, sports and event photography so she’s well qualified. I called her in a panic, she worked me in this morning and gave me the files this afternoon. Thank you Carol! 
So … here it is. The “real me.” Except, the real me is usually wearing sweats, no makeup and a baseball cap ;-) but this is as real as it’s gonna get for now. 

If you’re in the Boulder/Denver area and need professional photos, check out Carol Burkett at  Superior Imaging. And tell her I sent you.

That's it for now. I'll send out a newsletter when the anthology is published and announce it here as well. I can't say much about it yet, but Hunter has quite a bit of "screen time" in this story ;-)

April 13, 2012

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April 10, 2012

Bestseller for a Day

If you haven't already purchased a copy of Anew, STOP! Don't buy it yet.

Why on earth would I tell anyone to not buy a book that I personally reviewed and rated 5 stars?

Well, there's a couple of very good reasons for that. The first reason is if enough people buy Anew on April 12, 2012 it will help drive it to the top of the Kindle bestseller lists. The second, equally compelling reason is ... wait for it .... FREE BOOKS and a KINDLE!

You all know how passionate I am about free books! Especially high quality, bestselling free books. Basically, all you have to do is buy Anew on April 12 for $.99; purchase any (or all) of three bonus titles for $.99 (One of them is Enchantment ;-); then follow the instructions to receive your 100% rebate on the bonus books. So basically, you're getting 4 books for $.99

To show her gratitude, Chelsea is giving away a free Kindle! For detailed directions about how this all works, head on over to the Bestseller for a Day website.

If you'd like to read an excellent review of Anew, just scroll on down to my previous post ;-) Here's what the IBC is saying about the bonus books:

  • Enchantment by Charlotte Abel: Magic faces off with young love in this tale of a young witch slapped with a chastity curse. A Kindle Bestseller Top 20 in Love and Romance.

  • 7 Folds of Winter by Carolyn McCray: The Winter God has gone mad, dragging the world of Strathos into an eternal blizzard. Can a band of strangers fulfill a broken prophecy or will the prophecy break them and all they hold dear?

  • Gifts of the Blood by Vicki Keire: Before her world tilts toward impossible, Caspia Chastain thinks the only strange thing about her is that she sometimes draws the future. But then a stranger named Ethan appears. He’s frightening one moment, caring the next, and looks exactly like the subject of her most violent drawing.

  • April 06, 2012

    Review of "Anew" by Chelsea Fine

    Anew by Chelsea Fine

    Whoa. I love this cover art. It’s a little bit Vampire Diaries, a little bit Cinderella and a whole lot of awesome. The cover alone was enough to make me buy the book.
    Main Characters:
    Scarlett - 17 year-old girl with amnesia.
    Gabriel - Scarlett’s love interest
    Tristan - Gabriel’s twin brother
    Heather - Scarlett’s feisty, boy-crazy best friend
    Laura - Scarlett’s guardian for the past 2 years. 
    Seventeen-year-old Scarlett wakes up in the woods, alone, scared and with no memories. All she knows is that she is fifteen and her name is Scarlett. 
    Jump forward two years, Scarlett is trying to live a normal life, but she’s intimidated by the idea of dating until she meets the new boy in town, sexy, fun loving, Gabriel Archer. 
    With her best friend, Heather’s, encouragement; Scarlet decides to live a little instead of hiding in the shadows because of her unknowable past. Gabriel accepts Scarlett’s amnesia without question, but keeps his own secrets even after they start dating. She decides to get some answers and discover’s Gabriel’s twin brother, Tristan. He is aloof, rude and angry but Scarlett is inexplicably drawn to him. 
    My thoughts:
    I enjoyed this YA paranormal romance with an undercurrent of darkness and mystery and plan to read it again before I read the sequel. 
    At first, I thought the plot could have moved a little quicker, but that’s what I thought about “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” so take that comment with a grain of salt. Once I got involved, I couldn’t put it down. 
    One of the things I especially enjoyed was the slow reveal of character motivation that caused my impressions of Gabriel and Tristan to evolve over the course of the story. This would have been hard to do with faster pacing, so I’m glad Ms. Fine took the time to properly develop her characters. It’s difficult to explain what I’m talking about without spoilers, but I’d love to discuss it with anyone that’s read the book.  
    I’m intrigued by the backstory and hope Ms. Fine delves deeper into Scarlett, Tristan and Gabriel’s history as well as their original world of witchcraft, curses and betrayal. The glimpses I caught of this multi-faceted system of magic left me hungry for more. 
    Even though I figured out a few of the plot twists and secrets before they were revealed, I was completely blown away by the ending. WHOA! Not at all what I was expecting. Talk about a cliffhanger! All I can say is, there had better be a sequel -- and soon! (Awry is scheduled for release this June! WooHoo! I can't wait!)
    Five stars for an original plot with intriguing characters. Fans of the Twilight Saga, The Vampire Diaries and The Secret Circle will enjoy this book. Don’t get impatient with the pacing, keep reading! The ending is to die for!