Available on Amazon

Good morning everyone! I am extremely happy to let you all know that A Sense of Light or Darkness is available in paperback on Amazon as of this morning. Just click here to be taken to the page. It is priced at $9.99, but right now Amazon is having a 4 for 3 special where, if you buy 4 qualifying items, the lowest priced item is free. Plus, as always, they have their super savers shipping for orders of $25 or more.

As for the ebook version, it is still available for Kindle, Nook, Apple, PDF download through Smashwords.com. I will update you when the ebook is distributed to the actual Kindle, Nook, etc. sites. One benefit of going through Smashwords is you may purchase the book once and download it in any format or all formats as many times as you would like. That means you could have it stored on your Kindle and your laptop and any other device you want -a very convenient option.

If you read it, make sure to leave a review, on Amazon, Smashwords or here, on my blog. I would love to know your thoughts.

One last thing! As a celebration for this release, any purchase made this weekend is eligible for 20% off list price. For Smashwords, enter the code LA37Z during your checkout. For 20% off the paperback you will need to make the purchase through Createspace and use the code GDAQMQNW.

This promotion will be good until Monday, July 2nd, 7am.

Thanks everyone for the support and I hope you enjoy!

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Bringing Up Books: The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane

The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane by Katherine Howe

In Howe’s first novel published the story centers on Connie, a grad student from Cambridge, as she uncovers mysteries surrounding her grandmothers home. Connie’s mother insists that she take care of the house -do some summer cleaning and prepping for the sale of the abandoned home. At first Connie dislikes the idea of spending her summer handling the estate, but when she finds a mysterious key and a piece of parchment with only the words Deliverance Dane tucked inside a bible belonging to her grandmother, she becomes enthralled with finding the source. Able to link the words to a rare physick book, she uncovers some of the mysteries, but only opens more secrets, deepening the mysteries.

I bought this book without any recommendations. I was standing in Barnes and Noble, head slightly cocked to read the spines of books as I passed slowly, and the word “physick” stuck out. Used to seeing the word as physic, I thought it was an interesting misspelling. That word alone resonated multiple meanings, drawing up for me things like medical because of “sick,”  something physical and something psychic. So when I grabbed the book and revealed the cover I was pleased when I was further intrigued with a decorative cover, evoking something eerie, something magical. At this point I was set on making a purchase and I have to say the book was every bit as entertaining and interesting as the cover and titled suggested. I particularly enjoyed the flashbacks to the the Salem witch trials. It is a story within a story and both are very well laid out.

Createspace Upload

Today I am working on creating the print version of A Sense of Light or Darkness. I am using Createspace powered through Amazon and it is a very user friendly tool. I uploaded a .docx of my manuscript that had errors in it and when the program launched the interior viewer, it was easy to see what the errors were. I downloaded the template for the book size I wanted  I readjusted the text in Word. After finalizing the document I re-uploaded and reviewed the interior a second time. With some other adjustments and a couple other uploads to ensure I had the pages on the sides I wanted them on (like the title page I wanted on the right side), I was done. Then comes uploading the cover image. Again the site gives you everything you would need to know to upload your own image easily, or you can chose to design one through them (good option if you still want a do it yourself option but are not graphically/artistically inclined).

I will update you more as the book is reviewed by the site and becomes available.

A Sense of Light or Darkness

Yay! I just finished uploading my poetry collection to Smashwords. Check it out! I think the cover art came out beautifully, thank you all for your suggestions and support. There is a sample of the book available that includes about 4 poems out of the 40 I have written in the collection. Take a peek!

Smashwords is a site I have heard great reviews about and chose because if formatted properly (mine is still under review) your book will be distributed to affiliates like Barnes and Noble, Amazon and Apple among others. Formatting was time consuming, but relatively easy (we’ll see if it bounces back with any errors). I am certain that it only took me so long because 1) it was my first time publishing and 2) it was a poetry collection which requires a bit more attention.

Along with the acceptance I hope to have in distributing to the other sites through Smashwords, I plan on making a print copy available soon via Createspace. I will tell you more when I dive into it.

But, for now I wanted to share the awesome news.

Here is a direct link to check it out: A Sense of Light or Darkness

Bringing Up Books: Pirate Latitudes

Pirate Latitudes by Michael Crichton

You know Michael Crichton for Jurassic Park, The Andromeda Strain, Sphere, and Prey, but he also took a stab at a pirate adventure. In 2009, a year after Crichton’s  death, Pirate Latitudes was published.

Set in the mid 1600’s, the story begins with the governor of Jamaica hiring Captain Charles Hunter to locate and pirate a Spanish galleon of it’s rumored treasure. The galleon is supposedly in wait for a Spanish fleet to escort it safely back to Spain, until then it is prime for looting, if not a very dangerous task. Shortly after accruing men for the expedition and setting sail, Captain Hunter and his ship are captured by a Spanish warship. They learn their journey will be even harder than expected.

Filled with sword fights, exotic and memorable scenery and locations, betrayal and friendship, Crichton succeeds in creating a fun, page-turning pirate adventure. I found the characters to be entertaining, especially Hunter and Bassa, a mute shipmate. Crichton packs the relatively short novel with interesting facts and history, along with an inner cover map of the areas traveled in the book, because no pirate expedition is complete without a map!

A particular success was Crichton’s treatment of time at sea. While the crew sails from one area to another it is a perfect trap to fall into a boring tone, monotonous and forgetful, however, the author livens up these parts with brevity and action.

For any fan of Treasure Island, for anyone who does not mind the absence of Johnny Depp in their pirate stories, this is a fantastic adventure that had me wearing my eye-patch and waving a sword…more than usual.

Introducing the Book Cover

Oh! I am so excited to post this! Here it is, the cover art for my collection of poetry, A Sense of Light or Darkness. With major help from my boyfriend, I think it came out really well. But my opinion is not what I need, I need yours! Let me know what you think. Does it grab your attention, Out of all the thumbnails floating by the screen, would you take a second glance at this one? Would does it make you think about?

Thanks for taking the time to comment and give your feedback. I look forward to taking your comments into consideration and further editing and finalizing this book. If all goes well, I will be publishing very soon.

Bringing Up Books: Prophecy of the Sisters

Prophecy of the Sisters by Michelle ZinkMichelle Zink

Prophecy of the Sisters is a story about Lia and Alice, twin sisters who are key figures in a battle that began far before their time. Set near the turn of the 20th century, each sister has her own role, one the guardian and one the gate. The guardian is meant to protect the world and the other sister. The gate  is the medium through which the Beast will try to come. Facing their fathers death, their new roles and the prophecy the sisters become enemies. Told from Lia’s point of view, she focuses on finding the keys that will help uncover the rest of the prophecy, but as fast as she works, Alice always seems one step ahead. Bit by bit, little pieces are put together and the sisters uncover more about their past, themselves, and their roles as guardian and gate.

The plot line alone intrigued me, and gripped me into the story, but it was the characters that held me in their world. Each character is interesting and well developed. Both sisters and Lia’s friends each have a draw that makes you want to know more about them. The story has an epic feel to it, a very large journey for seemingly small, ordinary people, but it adds a family legacy and, with it, the complications of relationships: sister to sister, mother to daughter (parent to child), lover to lover. Although some of the men in the story have important roles and unique, lovable personalities, the importance on the role of women in the prophecy makes the story especially well suited for young girls.

As the first book in the trilogy I am excited to read the next two. I rented this book from the library, but it belongs on my bookshelf and will soon be there. The author also has a few novellas told from the view of Alice, which is very interesting because although seen through the eyes of Lia, Alice is a conflicted character with deep emotion and deep determination, mirroring that of her sister. It will be interesting to hear her thoughts as she strives for the end of the prophecy.

The only thing I found a little odd about the book is it is told in present tense. Now, I had to adjust because most stories or at least the ones I’ve been reading lately are told in past tense, which might account for some of the oddity. But, the story is set at the end of the 1800’s, which makes it hard for me to wrap my head around the language of present tense in the past. But that is a very small thing. All in all, the book is a great, quick paced read.

Thanks to Dana for the great recommendation.