A blog about our adventures becoming a published Indie Authors. Here you will find advice, humor, and stories about what we've learned on our journey, along with books reviews, as well as great advice from other authors we've met on our journey. It's a long road, but the things you'll see and experience along the way can be very interesting.
The band called the All-American Rejects, wrote a song called "Move Along" which has always stuck with me. It did so even more when I saw the video which at one point involves a member of the band falling backwards into what appears to be an empty swimming pool. But just as he's in mid-air, the scene shifts to a side view where we see a bunch of hands rise up out of the empty pool to catch and support him.
That's what a lot of you have been doing for me since my last entry and I want to say a huge "THANK YOU!" So many of you encouraged me saying, "You'll find a way forward..." or "Are you absolutely sure there's no way to unite the two ideas, it sounds awesome?" These comments came to me here, on FB and over on Google+.
After reading all this feedback and dwelling on the problem I finally realized I was dealing with another "Rubik's Cube" (For those not familiar with what I mean by this, here's a link to an entry I did a while back about writing and Rubik's Cubes: Writing and Rubik's Cubes).
So I took a few steps back and gave the problem some thought...
Okay, I gave it a LOT of thought...
Eventually, I came to a realization... I thought I had only two paths because both led to storylines that I already had planned. In short, I had become paralyzed by my own vision of what I wanted to have happen in my series. But those stories had not been written yet, nor were they cast in stone. I was still in command. The Para-Earth Series was mine to create, and design however I wanted. The important thing was to make the journey interesting and entertaining for my readers, which many of you have told me repeatedly I do very well.
So instead of choosing either of the two paths I had before me, I did something else...
I grabbed the road I was already on and took it in a whole new direction which allowed me to marry the two ideas and make them work. It took a lot of thinking on my part but I've done it. The mysterious carnival people and Nathaniel will be appearing in "The Door". There will still be many unanswered questions about both, but in Nathaniel's case a lot of those will be answered in December. As for the strange people from the carnival, their time is coming as well. You will see more of them in upcoming books before meeting them personally. But meet them you will my friends. They're story may actually become an anthology of short stories written from the point of view of one who will join their ranks because it will be the only place he can be safe. You will also learn how the carnival's origins are connected to the ghostly Brandon, who watches over Cassandra, and will have all his secrets revealed in "The Door".
There are plenty of surprises in store for you all within the pages of this novel in progress. So stay tuned.
But for now I want to say, "Thank you everyone, for supporting and believing in me and my abilities as a writer." I will always do my best to create stories that will take you places you never expected, and make you laugh and even cry along the way. But always, I'll try to deliver a good product that leaves you feeling elated and full of wonder at the end.
Until next time... take care of yourselves and keep writing.
And one more thing. For those who are interested in checking out the music video for "Move Along" I'm adding the link just below. I find the song very helpful and uplifting at times and I hope you do as well. Enjoy...
Recently there's been a lot of discussion of Amazon Kindle's latest program... "Kindle Unlimited".
Now for those of you have heard but don't know a lot about it, here's a quick recap in a nutshell.
*Remember: this is only a brief overview and not an in-depth piece. I understand there are still some details to be ironed out*
With Kindle Unlimited, you pay $9.99 a month to have unlimited access to Kindle books through Amazon. You don't have to 'buy' the books, you simply have access to them. Sort of like a private library that you pay a monthly fee to have access to. Now considering there are literally thousands of books on Kindle this is a pretty good deal for consumers. You can sample and read any the books and decide if you actually want to purchase a copy for yourself in e-book or maybe go for an actual print copy, without wondering whether or not the book is to your taste.
So on the surface, this sounds pretty good right? So how does thi…
First I'd like to thank all the guest bloggers, authors, and reviewers who were so kind to supply our blog with posts. It gave me some much needed time to get some rest and help family members who had suffered a terrible loss. It also allowed us to get back to work on our anthology “The Vampyre Blogs – One Day At a Time” which will be coming out in early October, a perfect time for creepy stories and tales of encounters with strange beings. With only two stories left to be completed and edited, we will soon be lining up Beta-Readers and then doing our final edits. Work has also been progressing on “The Door” latest full-length novel in the Para-Earth Series, and “The Pass” the first installment in a brand new series co-written with Richard Caminiti.
In the meantime, I have been studying and purchasing the necessary equipment to begin audio-readings. As you can see below I've been slowly setting up a “Recording Studio” in our office/guest room.
Blogger’s Note: I know I promised the second entry about things I learned about putting together an anthology, but the bug we’ve been fighting turned into bronchitis, possibly bordering on pneumonia. So we’re both on heavy antibiotics which does not make for very sensible thinking or analyzing, much less writing. So please bear with us and hope you enjoy this latest book review. We hope to be back in the saddle very soon. Thank you.
"Ghost Hand" is a thrilling ride into a modern day reality, so like our everyday one, but with a twist... some people have 'Ghost Limbs'. It feels like the author took the concept of 'phantom limb syndrome', when someone suffers the loss of a limb yet still feels the missing appendage, and then made it into something more tangible in a unique way. The characters are born with what would have been a missing limb, except the limb IS there, only it's glowing and almost intangible at times. And sometimes, they seem to have a m…