2015 Reading Challenge

Remember what I said about challenges? I’ll take them on when and if I can? Well, I ran across this challenge over at Lynette Noni’s blog and think I’m going to take it on. I didn’t plan on doing a reading challenge this year, but this looks like so much fun! I’m going to readContinue reading “2015 Reading Challenge”

Why I Would Stop Reading a Book

For at least a year now, I’ve been interested in steampunk. Not interested in the way where I rush out and buy every steampunk novel on the market and start collecting old gears interested, but more of a mild curiosity kind of interest. I guess I’m beginning to flirt with steampunk. If I see an articleContinue reading “Why I Would Stop Reading a Book”

Female Character Spotlight: Door

A few weeks ago, I started a series called: Female Character Spotlight, where I highlighted the character Adora Belle Dearheart. My goal with these spotlights is to bring attention to realistic female characters, especially within the fantasy and sci-fi genres.  I want to introduce you to amazing women, and girls, who are strong and weak, whoContinue reading “Female Character Spotlight: Door”

Female Character Spotlight: Adora Belle Dearheart

Ever read a fantasy book, or any book for that matter, that left you scratching your head wondering if the writer had ever met a living, breathing female in his life? We’ve come a long way in the literary world, but some women (especially in some genres) are still portrayed as superficial sex objects whose soleContinue reading “Female Character Spotlight: Adora Belle Dearheart”

An Indie Author’s Twitter Journey

At the beginning of May I created a Twitter account. Within that first week I gained 12 followers (maybe it was 11). When the confetti settled, I had no idea how to get more. I decided to stroll around the neighborhood and introduce myself. A few clicks later and I had followed some of  my favorite authors:Continue reading “An Indie Author’s Twitter Journey”

Are Books Dying?

According to this reading infographic from Common Sense Media, 75% of families have access to some type of e-reader, and yet 27% of 17-year-olds said they ‘never’ or ‘hardly ever’ read. 45% of 17-year-olds said they only read a book once or twice a year. According to this reading infographic from Raymond Geddes, 33% of allContinue reading “Are Books Dying?”

Why I Signed Preston’s Petition to Amazon

I did it. I signed the petition calling for Amazon to release Hatchette books. There’s so much anger about this issue out there, I’m half-frightened I’ll turn around and find I’m surrounded by an army of my own indie-published peers with raised pitchforks. For those who don’t know, Amazon and Hatchette Book Group (one of the Big 5Continue reading “Why I Signed Preston’s Petition to Amazon”

Renovations

My husband takes four weeks of vacation and what do I decide to do? What any respectable perfectionist would do–I reorganize. Not just the clean-up type of reorganization either, but the tear-everything-apart-and-toss-out-all-the-junk type. Everything was getting an overhaul–including the website. In fact, I can’t think of anything else that needed a redesign more. Every time I lookedContinue reading “Renovations”

The Loss of Gatekeepers

Many publishers will tell you they are not gatekeepers — at least in the sense of keeping books out. As Rachelle Gardner points out, publishers want to let books in and that makes sense. Unless, of course, you’re one of the authors stranded on the other side of the gate.