Wednesday, 24 December 2014

Reviews


Well, so far The Lebrus Stone has had a four star review, and today, this review was added on Bestchicklit:
What we say – review by Charlotte Foreman:
The Lebrus Stone appealed to me as soon as I read the blurb and I downloaded the book as soon as it became available on Amazon.
Crystal is a feisty main character; she’s strong, yet a jumble of emotions beneath the surface. She’s haunted by the death of her parents and driven by a natural urge to uncover the seemingly unattainable details about her childhood. It’s the promise of the Locke’s knowledge that leads her to Blacksville and the foreboding Thorncrest Manor. The atmosphere at the family home had a real gloomy, Beautiful Creatures-esque air to it, which I adored and was probably my favourite thing about the book.
Crystal’s feelings towards the handsome Cray had me hooked and I loved the undeniable pull she felt towards him, regardless if he was bad for her or not. Their interactions, at first, are strained and I personally would have liked the initial meetings to have been longer, thus holding more weight, but nonetheless desire zings from the pages and I found myself excited about what would happen when they were together next.
Many questions and mysteries are thrown up right from the start, creating a need for answers that will have you reading on and on.
Any further reviewers would be nice. I would send a free copy to anybody interested.
Happy Christmas

Tuesday, 9 December 2014

E-book has been updated


The Lebrus Stone was re-added to online sellers such as Amazon and Barnes and Noble with correct formatting and removed typos.

Again, I apologise to those of you who may have purchased the previous e-book upload with the slight errors.

My next mission now is finding reviewers. I would be sending the e-book to any reviewers for free. :)

M


Wednesday, 3 December 2014

My book has been published.


Yes The Lebrus Stone was published on the 28th of November after a hectic month of editing and tweaking and fussing day and night until my eyes were hard to open from being so sore and dry. Unsurprisingly, the book still ended up with a small amount of typos. As you can imagine, I panicked.

But....there was a formatting error with all the online sellers, so this gave me the chance to make the corrections before my publisher re-added it to websites such Amazon and Barnes and Noble. The polished version was added last week. I would like to apologize to anybody who may have bought the copy with the infrequent typos. I'm really sorry. Hopefully they aren't too distracting.

Hmmm. I have to say, after six years of writing and polishing this book, I think I was expecting fireworks or something after being published, someone to jump out of a cake and scream congratulations. But I haven't even been handed a sparkler; a match. I haven't been given one of those really miniature cakes the size of a golf ball. I haven't really had a congratulations in person or online, not even by those I had eagerly supported when their books were released. I suppose not telling many people I even write books, hasn't helped haha. But I just don't feel many would understand. I feel they would pretend to be happy about it. Many get intimidated by such achievements in my experience. They did in the past whenever I mentioned I acted and sang. I still see it in the expression of some when I mention my writing.

Praise has to be completely genuine for me. If it's not, I would rather they did not say anything. It's awkward and irritating seeing someone internally squirm from having to smile and act pleased for you. This is why I have chosen not to air my ambitions and interests. :)

As for my family, I don't think they would consider it much of an achievement unless plenty of money was made. My father is the only person who said a person who writes stories has a special skill, but I haven't told him the book has been published either. I don't want to disappoint him.

I recently decided to tell my friends so that I would have somebody to speak to about it other than my sister, and so that I could finally celebrate. I didn't get the congratulation I had hoped for, but I have arranged a night out with them. We're going to a place called Cloud 23 which is on the top level of a high building, The glass surrounding allows diners to see the city landscape all around them. Then it's off to a Christmas quiz night at a bar called Font. I haven't been to a pub quiz night before and thought it would be a nice way to interact and have some giggles. It's more my kind of night out now than standing around in bars and clubs shouting over music.

I may even order some cocktails even though I don't drink alcohol.

It's been really hard keeping the publishing of my book from my family, friends  and work colleagues. I've been wanting to yell it from the rooftop and do a stupid jig and say: I did it. I did it!! It took me years to get it perhaps right, but I did it!

But I'm proud of myself.

I've been inwardly celebrating, but I don't mind at all anymore.

I've achieved my goal.

I have three book blitz and a blog tour this month with HotTreePromotions, Xpressobooktours, Inthepagesdesigns, and Lady Amber and Candlelitauthorservices.

Happy reading and writing.

:)






Thursday, 6 November 2014

Hello new followers :)



Wow. The two cover and trailer reveals these past two days, have created some interest

All this before the book has even been released.

Thank you.

It's very flattering, but it's also making me nervous.

The pressure to live up to any expectation has doubled.

Still, I knew it was a good idea to have more than one cover reveal. I'm so glad those who arranged them agreed and allowed it

Thank you Lovingthebooklauch and Itchingforbooks.

The next reveal is on the 15th. A week later. Bit of a gap, I know, but we could reach those who missed the first two.

Before then, on the 14th, it's a book blitz. I might add something extra to it, like an excerpt.

The prize I will be supplying will be the same.

I wonder who the winners will be from these recent reveals. It would be great to be able to give everyone who entered the draw a necklace, to everyone who contributed and showed an interest. But alas, I don't have that kind of money to even try.

Forgive me. Perhaps my blessings could still be a gift,

I will try and post some character photos and the soundtrack.


:)

Sunday, 2 November 2014

Here. Again!!


I need to start posting a lot more on here.

Since the cover reveal for The Lebrus Stone is on Tuedsay with the amazing ladies at Lovingthebooklaunch, I thought I could add some character photos and the soundtrack on here, rather than wait to throw them at promotional events.

For now here's Cray and Crystal:












Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Here!!!


I've been away from all social platforms this year. I have had a lot of changes in my life to deal with, such as those mentioned in my previous post. I won't go into the sordid and rather boring details ;)

Anyway, I'm not only footloose and fancy free. I am eagerly finding ways to promote my book: The Lebrus Stone.

I have managed to find a nice Ukranian young man from Spain who has made me a very professional looking trailer. I have also arranged three cover reveals and a book blitz for the month of November.

The book is expected to be released mid or the end of November.

I know what you're thinking. Why three cover reveals?

Well at the time I didn't realise you just arranged one. I'm new to all this. Those arranging them for me have said they are fine with it. I figured it would be a way to gain the most exposure before the release date. Anybody who missed the reveal the first time would have a further two chances.

Plus I like to be different. :)

Here are the dates:

Cover and trailer reveal with Lovingthebooklaunchparty - 4th November.

Cover and trailer reveal with Ithcingforbooks - 5th November.

Book Blitz with Sage'sblogtours - 14th November.

Cover and trailer reveal with Bookplugprmotions - 15th November.

I will be adding prizes to all of these, and with the book blitz I may add character photos and a soundtrack. I co-wrote these songs with my now ex five years ago, and sang them. Three of the tracks would be instrumentals he wrote by himself.

Here is the synopsis of the book:

When eighteen-year-old orphan, Crystal Valdez, accepts an invitation to the small town of Blacksville, West Virginia, she’s hopes to have a summer to remember, a chance to get to learn more about her parents, to also get to know the family she never knew existed.

But the Lockes begin to act strange and erratic; eerie movements in the night fuel her very vivid and gruesome nightmares. To complicate her summer further, she becomes attracted to the menacing yet handsome Cray Locke: her none blood related cousin. He seems determined to keep his distance. The only bonus seems to be the housekeeper and gardener.

And when a local informs Crystal of the secrets buried at Thorncrest Manor, the kind consisting of a forbidden relationship and war between hidden worlds, and even witchcraft, she must decide whom to trust, even if it means giving up on those she has come to love.

It's strange to think this time last year I was with my partner of eight years, editing day and night, worrying and stressing about getting the book how I wanted it, and then signing the contract with my publisher.

I'm so glad I have my books to keep me looking on the bright side.


:)









Tuesday, 11 February 2014

New year. New chapter


Well as soon as it hit January the 1st, I was back to being single, back home with my parents, and looking for full-time employment, as well as somewhere to rent. ALONE.

I'm now not an editor for the small publisher. They changed their minds a month ago. It was probably because I wasn't choosing to edit what they kept sending me, which had only been about five or seven books to consider.

Still, it felt like things I had agreed to without thinking about it properly, had been resolved. And it seemed I was being shown how these kind of commitments weren't really needed as part of my goals. Not at the moment anyway.

I decided not to continue with in my freelance editing. It was just getting too much. I wasn't getting paid enough for all the hours put in.

However, I might take it up again on the side casually someday, just as a way to contribute.

I have written two novellas recently: a sci-fi romance, and a historical romance. Right now I'm concentrating on finding some personal security, full-time employment that could lead to a nice normal career after all these years chasing the the entertainment biz. :) Oh, and a place of my own. And then maybe, I will see if romance ever comes my way again.

M x