Monday, June 20, 2016

The Rosegiver - New Version on Amazon

~ The Rosegiver revision has been completed and I'm happy to announce that the book is now available on Amazon.com and Createspace. This has been a long process, I've learned quite a bit while working on this book and I know I have so much more to learn but it's a great feeling to reach the finish line...finally!

I hope to do a giveaway on Goodreads in the near future. One thing I've learned, writing a book is challenging enough but trying to market it and purchase copies is another hurdle to overcome. It is expensive and you must make plans and adjustments along the way or else you'll end up spending far more than you ever predicted you would. Now that the book is 288 pages, I didn't take into account that the publishing cost would increase too. It is costing almost $4.50 for me to purchase one copy. I wanted to set the book's retail price at $6.99 but I can't even do that in Createspace. The minimum price they are specifying for a book of this size is $10.75, so, I am setting the retail price to that exact amount.

Another challenge for me, are the low ratings I've already received for the book. There is no way for me to undo what has been done. These were ratings given when I first initially published my book, which back then, was a novella of 192 pages. These low ratings, I believe, will affect how potential readers will view this book and in some cases, will persuade them to move along. I don't blame them, who would want to read a book with mostly 3 stars when they could read a book with mostly 4 or 5 stars. I hope I can undo some of this damage.

Saturday, June 18, 2016

The Rosegiver's New Cover



~ Received the print proof copy of The Rosegiver yesterday evening. I was so excited to look at it and hold it in my hands. It was much heavier than the original book since it's just over 100 pages longer now. I noticed some spacing issues on a few sentences, so I had to do some editing and I've only just finished this afternoon. Not enough time in the day to do everything. It's hard to take a pause sometimes and really frustrating. Now, I have to wait for Createspace's approval and since this is the weekend, I probably won't hear back until Monday {sad face}.

~ I think it's time to make myself feel better by finishing my coconut gelato. The mango sorbet is really good too but the store was out of it.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Dandelion in a Vase of Roses


~ Just received word that three of my poems have been accepted by editor and poet Michael Lee Johnson for inclusion in his anthology, Dandelion in a Vase of Roses. This is wonderful news! Thank you, Michael, for the acceptance. I'm honored to be a part of your anthology and thank you for the invite.

~ Still waiting for a print proof of the revised, The Rosegiver, to arrive. Should be here by the end of the week (I hope). I can't wait to to see it, just hoping that the cover fits correctly. It's a beautiful cover that was custom made by a designer named Y. Nikolova who hails from Bulgaria. She was a pleasure to work with and went out of her way to ensure that the cover was designed the way I described to her. I was hoping to unveil the cover shortly after I reviewed the print and hopefully gave it the okay but it's already appearing online through Amazon due to the original already being published there previously. There is so much I learned from writing this book all the way to publishing and marketing it on my own. I hope to share this information later on with other indie authors.

~ Earlier today, while walking through the back garden, I watched a hummingbird sipping nectar from the Rose of Sharon and the Orange Peel Jessamine. It lingered for a while around the jessamine and I just stood there, watching this delicate, tiny creature doing its thing. We also have a hummingbird nesting in one of the trees in the back, not sure if it's the same hummingbird because we have quite a lot here. They are constantly zipping around and on an even luckier day, I see the familiar butterflies; one is orange and the other is white. These are the moments I take in and hold close. 

Monday, June 13, 2016

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

 


Pride and Prejudice and Zombies is a 2015 American horror comedy romance film directed by Burr Steers from a screenplay co-written with David O. Russell, based on the 2009 novel of same name by Seth Grahame-Smith.
The film stars Lily James, Sam Riley, Jack Huston, Charles Dance and Matt Smith (formerly Doctor Who).
Plot:
Jane Austen’s classic tale of the tangled relationships between lovers from different social classes in 19th century England is faced with a new challenge — an army of undead zombies…

~ Just finished watching Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. Loved the historical setting of this movie combined with something modern, zombies! Engaging and enjoyable film, would recommend to any horror, historical, or comedy fan. Absolutely love the movie posters!
4.5/5

Friday, June 10, 2016

Earthquake

~ For some odd reason, I woke up before the earthquake struck, around 1:05 am this morning. Next thing you know, the house is shaking and rumbling and it lasted for what seemed like longer than usual. I just learned a few hours ago that it was registered at 5.2. Have I mentioned that I don't like it when the earth is moving beneath you and all you can do is wait it out and hope for the best.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Wonderland by Amily Shen

Artist Amily Shen takes adult coloring book fans on a magical journey inspired by Alice in Wonderland.

Follow the White Rabbit into this imaginative coloring book inspired by Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, featuring intricate pen-and-ink drawings by acclaimed artist Amily Shen. Meet the Cheshire Cat, attend the Mad Hatter’s tea party, and play croquet with the Queen of Hearts in this evocative tale that invites you into a strange and beautiful new world of coloring.
 


Review:  Amily Shen's coloring book inspired by Alice in Wonderland is a marvel to look at. The images are beautifully drawn, from the teacups, roses and leaves borders, to the Mad Hatter's tea party, the Queen of Hearts, and many more. I enjoyed the addition of modern day places such as the cafe, where the book begins with the young girl and her colored pencils and sketchbook to a Japanese-style teahouse located in an enchanting mushroom forest. There are also puzzles to solve, a maze of roses, and areas where people can draw their own images which also makes the book an enjoyable experience.

I would recommend this coloring book to anyone who enjoys Alice in Wonderland, fantasy-type drawings, or just coloring books in general. It would also make a lovely gift for young children, tweens and teens, or anyone who is young at heart. I received this book for free from Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest review.

5/5

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Goodbye Prince



~ This morning, after returning from grocery shopping, my husband called to tell me that he had received a news flash that Prince had died. I thought he was kidding with me, a morbid joke, but not something I wanted to believe. I am still in shock. I listened to Prince all throughout my childhood and later years and always was a big fan of his music and his style. There will never be anyone like him, ever again, and that's what truly makes his passing even more sad and tragic. My favorite song of his, When Doves Cry, will always have a special place in my heart along with all of the other magical songs he created during his short time on this earth.