Saturday, October 26, 2013

Who Won the October Goodreads Contest?

Congratulations to Anastasia Feschuk  of Alberta. 142 people entered to win but she was the lucky winner of the signed paperback copy, The Temple of Indra's Jewel! 
 If you didn't win, don't despair! You can always pick up a paperback copy or e-book copy on Amazon, Kobo or Chapters -or- you can stay tuned for the next giveaway I'll be doing.

If you have a book blog where you review books and you'd like to have a free copy of my book to review, then I'd be honored to send you a copy. Message me with details and I'll get back to you.

Monday, October 21, 2013

The Book Launch Party was a success!

Thank you to all who came out and supported.

Blog Tour Interview On Roxanne's Realm

If you're wondering how I came up with the title for the Temple of Indra's Jewel or if the characters, or any scenes are based on a true life experience then you need to check out my interview on Roxanne's Realm.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Look who Made The Paper

Feeling very blessed to have just seen the Orono Weekly Times. I was interviewed by the delightful Peggy Foster a week ago and I must say that it was an amazing experience.

I was very nervous -- so used to being on the other side of the pen that I rambled on about everything from my writing group to my childhood all the way to my favourite authors. All in regards to my writing career of course, wink wink, and yet Peggy managed to weave it all into a beautifully coherent article. What a fantastic experience! Thank you: Peggy, Roxanne and Marg and everyone else involved in putting out this awesome local paper. Please be sure to grab a copy if you haven't already and check it out.

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Book Launch Party Time - Come Celebrate With Me!

It's officially time to come get your first edition of The Temple of Indra's Jewel and celebrate with me at my favourite local Irish pub,The Village Inn. All are invited! It's an open event and I look forward to seeing old friends and meeting new ones so please bring friends and family! Books will be available for purchase and signing.

OFFICIAL BOOK LAUNCH PARTY - The Temple of Indra's Jewel
The Village Inn
99 King W Bowmanville, ON L1C 1R2 (corner of King and Scugog)
7pm - 9pm
Drinks and Food Available for Purchase

Please email me or drop a line on the FB event page if you have any questions.

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Advance Reader Copies Are Now In!

I have a few additional spots left open for volunteers. If anyone else is willing to read my book within the next 3 weeks and review it on GoodReads or private blogs before the launch date, and also – perhaps most importantly – copy that review to Amazon as soon as the book becomes available then please let me know.

If the answer is yes and you'd like an ARC copy which comes in .pdf format suitable for most e-book readers (no print editions at this stage),  leave your email in the comments section below or email me privately

Those who help me out the most and bring new readers will receive a FREE printed edition of the book when it becomes available later in September as well as my unwavering gratitude. 

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Friday, July 19, 2013

The Temple of Indra's Jewel - Advance Reader Copy available end of July. Request one now!

September's launch date is fast approaching so I'm looking for volunteers willing to read the book in advance and review it on GoodReads or private blogs before the launch date, and also – perhaps most importantly – copy that review to Amazon as soon as the book becomes available. Any takers?

If the answer is yes and you'd like an ARC copy which comes in .pdf format suitable for most e-book readers (no print editions at this stage), just comment below and leave your email address so I can send you a copy when it's ready or email me privately

Please note – I'm looking for those who are genuinely willing and able to spread the word with reviews on GoodReads, blogs, websites, and so on, and then copy the same review to Amazon right after the book shows up as "on sale" in September.

Those who help me out the most and bring new readers will receive a FREE printed edition of the book when it becomes available later in September and my unwavering gratitude. 

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Return of the Marred Manuscript: Reviewing & Approving the Copy Edit

It’s been a little over three weeks since I sent my Temple of Indra manuscript off for the copy edit and it’s just come back. As I sit with coffee in hand I can't help but revel in the butterflies that flit at my anticipation. It’s become a work of art filled with red crossed out lines and dotted blue side bubbles. Not to worry - no actual ink was harmed in the process of this edit. My manuscript may be marred but I'm happy that it’s one step closer to print. Now comes the part where I read over all of their suggested modifications accepting or declining with fervor. Thank goodness for the track changes function as well as the clean copy they've sent. Having taken a quick peek I can already tell I’m going to love it. No major plot or character issues just good old fashioned grammatical corrections, which I’m always happy to pawn off on the experts.

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

The Best Time to Release a Novel: Summer vs. Fall

Since I’m in the midst of publishing my first novel right now, I’ve found myself pondering questions that I’ve never considered before. Such as, is there a best time of year to release a book?

My editor is pushing for the fall. However, personally when I think of September, I think of busy hectic traffic filled days. Getting the kids off to school, gridlock, meetings, picking the kids up from school, soccer practice, making dinner and the list goes on.

When I think of reading, which I often do, I think of the beach or my pool. Lazy summer Saturdays spent in the backyard with a paperback and a beer. Am I wrong? What about all of the vacationers, teachers and summer hour people. Summertime means more free time, doesn’t it? I On the other hand I read the summer months were bad for sales, because of vacation, weddings, family reunions, and summer camp which all equate to a lack of funds.

I’m hoping my reader's burning desire for the Temple of Indra will outweigh all other priorities. Yes, this is my bubble. What do you think? Do you consider the time of year as it relates to your book releases? Do you read more or less at certain times of the year?

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Publishing a Book: Getting the Editors Evaluation Back ... Dun Dun Dun!

Today all is right with the world. I'm sitting at my kitchen table, light reflecting off the pool enjoying a large cup of coffee and reading my Editor's Evaluation Notes. It's like ecstasy for my mind. 

Here's a direct quote out of the evaluation. 

"The evaluator still finds Sophia/Sapphira to be an appealing character. Here is a line that made the evaluator laugh out loud. p. 116 Maybe I did watch too many scary shows or maybe I just needed to smoke a fatty. 

Glad to see they have a sense of humour or perhaps just the munchies. :) 

Apart from the usual mechanical stuff, they find it ... dare I say, perfect. Well, at least they're not pointing out any flaws and they're constantly praising my changes in every section. Which ultimately means no more edits for me. The final copy edit will lay with them. *Sigh

Saturday, June 1, 2013

Slow & Steady Wins The Race

These were the first words I heard out of my editors mouth last night regarding my novel, The Purple Delhi Sapphire, the first book in The Temple of Indra Series. The next was Congratulations! The overwhelming joy inside me could not be contained. Commence the wine drinking!

Hopefully my trainer isn't reading this but it couldn't be helped. This book has been a long time in the making and it often feels like the snails are lapping me. However, after working incessantly finalizing the finishing touches I’m so happy to share it’s been chosen for the Editor's Choice Award. Love it!

I cannot wait to hold the final product in my hands and sign copies for all of you. Now it's just the final copy edit done at the Publishers - need to make sure the p’s and q’s are in place and hopefully this book will be hitting the shelves by the end of the Summer 2013.

Now I just need to stumble my way through all of the marketing. ‘Out of the pan and into the fire’ or so they say! Burnt Turtle anyone? 

Monday, January 28, 2013

The Next Big Thing

I am participating in an online writers event called The Next Big Thing which provides an overview of all kinds of upcoming and recent novels. It's kind of fun like a Blog Hop. Each person tagged answers a series of interview questions and posts them on his/her blog or website while linking to other writers. My thanks to Ann Dulhanty, who tagged me from her blog. Ann and I are in the same writers group The B7. Ann has a great sense of humour which I get into enjoy weekly when she reads excerpts from her work. The story Ann is currently working on is Urban Fantasy called the Odds of the God about Brigit, a blackjack-dealing, Vegas druid on a mission to save the world.
Below, I’ve answered questions about my novel and at the end I direct you to the blog of another author who will tell you about her upcoming story next week.
1) What is the working title of your next book?
The Temple of Indra Jewels 
2) Where did the idea come from for the book?
The idea first came to me around twelve years ago while snorkeling in the Caribbean. I was captivated by an underwater cavern and imagined it leading to another world. Five years later I found myself pregnant, with a severance package and a lot of free time. Being an avid reader I quickly devoured all the different time travel novels I could get my hands on.. I also love a good series. I was addicted but limited by selection so I decided to write my own sparked by that past vacation and sprinkled with elements from recent good and bad relationships and experiences in my life and in the process fell in love with the magical world of writing.
3) What genre does your book fall under?
I always struggle with this question because it doesn't fit neatly into any one box. It has a historical fiction feel because of the 19th century time travel. There's also a romantic element to it but I think I would mostly classify it as an adventure. Like an Indian Jones for women. 
4) What actors would you choose to play the part of your characters in a movie rendition?
That's tough because the lead characters Sophia and Sapphira would be played by the same person, one is very blonde and the other is very dark. I don't know of any one actress that totally embodies her. She was sort of a combination in my mind of Jewel and Vanessa Marcil. I've never seen Jessica Stroup from 90210 with blonde hair but I think she could probably pull it off. Sophia has two loves interests in the story, since she time travels into a past life.Cullen, the rugged Irishman is very much based on my husband but since he's not an actor I guess we could go with Cole Hauser or Alexander Skarsgard of course they'd need to learn some brogue so maybe Irish actor Michael Fassbender would  be a better choice. Chris Hemsworth with dark hair and green contacts or Joe Magliano could maybe play Viktor, the 19th century German but again they'd need the accent and some fiery green contacts. 
5) What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
The first book in the series is about a woman cursed by a magical family heirloom, destined to be murdered in each life by someone close to her, is forced to travel back through time to her past life as a 19th century princess in order to find the Delhi Purple Sapphire which can both damn and save her. 
6) Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
I would love to get picked up by a big publishing house and go mainstream but in the meantime I'm in the midst of publishing through iUniverse and the book should be released this year.
7) How long did it take you to write the first draft of the manuscript?
It took six months to write the first draft and twelve years to edit and publish.
8) What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
9) Who or what inspired you to write this book?
Diana Gabaldon inspired me. I'd also like to give credit to my parents who always encouraged me and my third grade teacher Ms. Baldwin who made creative writing fun as well as my aunt who at a very young age asked me what I wanted to be and reminded me many years later. That always stuck with me! 
10) What else about the book might pique the reader’s interest?
What more do you need? Steamy Sex, Mysterious Jewels, Time Travel & Murder
Now onto the next exciting writers who will perform this interview. I am tagging Marissa Campbell and Melle Onyschuk.

Marissa is from the B7 who also shares my love of Diana's Outlander series. She is currently working on a historical fiction set within the political turmoil of Alfred the Great’s England about a young women named Avelynn who stumbles into a passionate love affair with the viking enemy, only to realize she's betrothed to the real enemy, a man who covets her wealth and status and will stop at nothing to possess her. Please check out Marissa's blog.

Melle is one my besties and on top of writing a kick ass comic, she gets to dress like a total hottie to portray Mello Oh in The Future Prophecy. A graphic novel and concept album that tells the epic story of Sara Simms; the super-heroine who wields the power of the future of music. The aftermath of The Great War has left Toronto in a state of ruin, and the notorious Bogtown Records has seized control of the city. With the help of her younger sister Melle Oh, Decklyn Dubs, and King Selah, she unites the people and builds an army of faithful followers. Her loyal comrades courageously fight again Bogtown, while Sara embarks on a mystical quest to unearth the Future Prophecy. Please check out Melle's blog.

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