We're in the midst of kitchen remodeling here at Chez JK, and a wee plumbing issue had us drinking bottled water for a few days (and to think my Laddie laughed at me when I bought an emergency reserve all those months ago). As I trekked down to the basement for a fresh gallon, grumbling, I … Continue reading Drops in the Ocean: A Book Giveaway for Charity on World Water Day
Happy Halloween! Are you ready for some online trick-or-treating? I don't have carved pumpkins or fake spiderwebs like your decor-enthusiast neighbors, but instead of chocolate or granola bars, I'm giving out free e-books. (Can you imagine collecting books door-to-door all night? How do I start a new holiday?!) Here's how it works: ring my digital "doorbell" on October 31st by submitting … Continue reading Tricks and Treats, Pt II: Free Kindle Candy!
Years ago, I read a fantasy novel my sister recommended. Although I wasn’t a huge fan of the genre, I thought it would be fun for us to follow a series together, so I tackled the dense paperback. The first few pages didn’t grip me. Neither did the first few chapters. “It starts slow, but … Continue reading How to Write a Novel, Part 4: Opening Lines and First Chapters
Indie authors face many challenges, but perhaps the greatest is getting their work recognized. One way of distinguishing your title among the flood of self-published material is through book awards. A shiny stamp on the cover immediately tells potential buyers that an objective institution reviewed your book (not just your cousin who gave you a five-star rating on Amazon) and deemed … Continue reading Blue Karma’s first award!
Erika of "The Book's the Thing" was kind enough to accept an review copy of Blue Karma and posted her thoughts yesterday. Thanks, Erika! Be sure to browse the archives as well; her blog includes numerous genres and a lot of intriguing lesser-known titles. It might tip you off to your next engrossing read.