Thursday, September 15, 2016

Echo Effect (Sort Of) Returns, Plus ACEOs!

I posted a new Echo Effect strip on Patreon this week! (It’s nine panels long. *dies*) Everyone pledging at least $5 per month can see it here. If you can’t afford to pledge, don’t worry, I plan to share this strip outside of Patreon on November 18th. $1 patrons will be able to see a high-res version of it that day, too. (Why November? Because Echo Effect is technically on hiatus right now. Click here to learn more.)


I’ve also been working on ACEOs lately. What are ACEOs, you ask? They're miniature pieces of art that always measure 2.5x3.5 inches in size. The acronym, specifically, stands for Art Cards, Editions & Originals. Many artists sell these online, and I plan to do the same with mine. (Can’t promise exactly when yet, though. I’m still deciding how I want to price and ship them.) Been using watercolor pencils to create these, and often add in markers and other inking pens, too. Here’s a glimpse of all the ones I’ve managed to complete so far…


Because I have lots more art to work on, I’ll end this post here. Hope you guys enjoyed the previews!

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Cover Reveal: Timeless by Crystal Collier

Author Crystal Collier is celebrating a cover reveal for her Maiden of Time series this week! Read on to learn more, marvel at the beauty, and even enter a giveaway!



Book Title: TIMELESS (Maiden of Time #3)
Author: Crystal Collier
Genre: YA Paranormal Historical
Release Date: November 1, 2016



TIME IS THE ENEMY

In 1771, Alexia had everything: the man of her dreams, reconciliation with her father, even a child on the way. But she was never meant to stay. It broke her heart, but Alexia heeded destiny and traveled five hundred years back to stop the Soulless from becoming.

In the thirteenth century, the Holy Roman Church has ordered the Knights Templar to exterminate the Passionate, her bloodline. As Alexia fights this new threatalong with an unfathomable evil and her own heartthe Soulless genesis nears. But none of her hard-won battles may matter if she dies in childbirth before completing her mission.

Can Alexia escape her own clock?



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Crystal Collier is an eclectic author who pens clean fantasy/sci-fi, historical, and romance stories with the occasional touch of humor, horror, or inspiration. She practices her brother-induced ninja skills while teaching children or madly typing about fantastic and impossible creatures. She has lived from coast to coast and now calls Florida home with her creative husband, four littles, and "friend" (a.k.a. the zombie locked in her closet). Secretly, she dreams of world domination and a bottomless supply of cheese. You can find her on her Blog, FacebookGoodreads, or follow her on Twitter.

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Thursday, September 8, 2016

Baby Moo's Great Escape

Today’s the release day for Julie Flanders’ latest book, Baby Moo’s Great Escape! I’m a huge fan of her writing, so it’s a lot of fun to see Julie venture into the world of children’s books with this. Even cooler is how she'll be donating $1 to Sunrise Sanctuary—the home of Baby Moo and many other rescued animals—for each copy sold in September. (Yes, there’s a real Baby Moo!) Read on to learn more about this adorable book…

Baby Moo has a dream. He wants to travel the world and sing on the stage of the Sydney Opera House! While he loves his home at Sunrise Sanctuary, it hasn’t been the same since a piglet named Nathan showed up and stole all the attention away from Moo. Jealous of the new baby, Moo decides now is the time to make his escape and pursue his dream.

But the world outside the sanctuary gates is not quite the fun and exciting place Moo imagined, and he quickly finds himself in big trouble. Moo's friends Missy the dog and Ruthie the cat rush to help him, and land in some trouble of their own.

Lost and frightened, Moo and his friends must rely on each other to find their way back home. Will they ever see Sunrise again?

Friday, September 2, 2016

Cradle Rock Cover Reveal, Plus Novellas!

Tara Tyler's latest book, Cradle Rock, is celebrating a cover reveal this week! The artwork for it is amazing, so you'll definitely want to scroll down to check it out. First, though, Tara's sharing her thoughts on novellas! (An incredibly fun, but underrated, form of storytelling, in my opinion.) Enjoy!

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Thanks, for helping me with my cover reveal, Heather! You have an amazing artistic talent. I love seeing what you create!

Writing is a full time passion. I'm always working on my next books -- outlining one, editing another, promoting a release, etc! And what do I do to take a break from all that madness? Write some more!

NOVELLAS

Short stories and novellas are a great way to get out a complete story in a shorter sitting. Sometimes, you get an idea for a story and you don't have enough time to develop it because you want to finish the big one you're working on. But taking a break to write a draft of something shiny and new can be very beneficial!
My first novella in my
Unconventional Princess series
  • New ideas spark brain cells that might be tired from working on one story
  • Taking a break when you're stuck on a scene that you can't seem to fix will jump start your creativity and give you confidence back
  • When you do return to your big WIP, you're fresh and ready and full of enthusiasm!
  • If you finish your novella or short story, there are always sights looking to publish for cash! Why not submit it?!
  • And maybe you can turn your novella into something you can sell with self-publishing!
Here are some thoughts from a pro at novellas...CHRISTINE RAINS

"I love writing novellas because they give me the opportunity to write stories that are hard-and-fast, ones with deep plots and a few subplots with all the lovely twists and turns.

Pros 
  1. They're easier to write more a year than novels. 
  2. They make great companion stories to novels.
  3. The author won't get tired of writing in that world.
  4. Giving away a free novella to hook readers isn't as painful as giving away a novel!
  5. Serials are extremely popular. 
  6. It's challenging to write a standalone story for each novella and to link it all to the overall plot. (And that is a pro because I love it!)
Cons 
  1. Readers sometimes want more and complain the books are too short.
  2. You have to hook the reader right away because you need them invested quick.
  3. Pricing is lower than novels.
  4. Most publishers don't accept novellas, and some venues won't advertise or review them.
  5. If readers don't like the first book in a series, they won't buy the rest."
Have you ever written a novella? What do you think about short stories?


CRADLE ROCK
by Tara Tyler
Publication Date: December 1, 2016

Welcome to the forest.

Gabe and his girlfriend Ona are headed in opposite directions for Spring Break. After finding out humans might be a real part of their history, Ona is determined to dig up evidence of them in the mysterious mountains at Camp Cradle Rock. Being a logical goblin, Gabe tries to talk her out of it, but there's just no reasoning with a stubborn ogress.

When Ona goes missing, Gabe and his friends fly to Cradle Rock to search for her and discover a village of trouble, igniting an age old war. His physical skills may be lacking, but Gabe won't give up. With the help of his diverse group of friends, he will find a way to save his girl and maybe all beastkind. Humans, bah!

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And here's the book trailer! With sketches from my super fantastic inside illustrator, Laura Kramer.



Tara Tyler is a math teacher and writer who loves to help and inspire others. Her problem solving skills mesh with her vivid imagination to teach math in new ways and overflows into her productions of exciting action-adventure stories in a variety of media. Pop Travel is the techno-thriller series that started it all and Beast World invites a younger audience to join the fun!