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To Pay or not to Pay-Book Reviews.

18 Sep

The internet is full of them. I am sure that you have thought about it.Haven’t you ever wondered how some authors get those countless reviews in one day right after they have published their book? They have purchased reviews.

Well we have thought about this and where we stand is that this is just wrong.

Reviews should be earned! It is really that simple.

We understand that the market is difficult but how do you get the feeling of accomplishment with a paid review? The simple answer is-you don’t!

Reviews tell you something about your writing. Rather it be good or bad one way or the other it helps you as a writer grow. You cannot achieve this growth with a paid review.

Paid reviews do not give you any satisfaction from your peers. There is something to be said about knowing that your peers have purchased and reviewed your book. You do not receive this with a paid review. Your peers tell you what they are looking for from you as a writer. 

Although reviews of any type look good against your book, your conscious knows. Do you really just want sales? Wouldn’t you rather know that people enjoy your writing, your craft? You will not receive this either with a paid book review. 

Reviews are part of being a writer in fact they are necessary but receiving them dishonestly is not morally or ethically right. Part of being a writer is being honest with yourself and your readers. You make yourself vulnerable every time you sit down and write so do not waste your time and all that effort by deceiving your readers. 

Earn your reviews-you will feel extremely satisfied, accomplished. 

Writer BEWARE!!!

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Feature Friday with Author of Fancy Gap, C. David Gelly.

14 Sep

Feature Friday with author of Fancy Gap, C. David Gelly.

What would you like everyone to know about you?

Eternal optimist—lover of life—sets goals & gets them done! Ignores “you can’t do that because!”

What would you like for everyone to know about your book?

First but foremost it’s a work of fiction! First word hit the parchment last October 1, 2011.

How did you come up with the idea for your book?

The legendary fog (cloud deck) that settles in over Fancy Gap on a regular basis is mystical and the notion that a book could be crafted from that planted the seed.

How often do you get out into the woods, to just walk around and enjoy the mountain air. 

Run at noontime just about every day and ride my road bike on the Blue Ridge Parkway on weekends.

How have the folks of Fancy Gap and the surrounding area taken to this book?

Actually much better than I anticipated. The majority, especially the younger set sees it as a very exciting moment. Yet there are a few…but that is simply expected with any novel. I also have a Billboard on Highway 52 halfway between Fancy Gap & Hillsville. So the locals know all about it! 

How often do you write and normally what is the setting like (I write with music in the background or some kind of noise and like and prefer to sit on the back deck with the sun shining)?

When I write it usually is before breakfast. I knock out a 1,000 words at a time. I also write on long flights to Europe or Hawaii.

Which of your characters would you like to solve a mystery with?

Quinn & Louisa are the obvious answers. Yet Levi the Carroll County detective would be a hoot to work with.

Who would be the lead detective?

Levi Blackburn.

This is one of five novels, so how do you know that there will only be five?

Orchard Gap is the next Gap going down the Blue Ridge Parkway. This will be an agro-terrorism mystery/thriller.

Any tips to other authors on writing?

Listen…this isn’t easy. Any author must be committed to the project. Know your audience. Know what will keep them glued to your novel. Keep throwing out bait and reel them into the next chapter. Through in a surprise or two throughout the novel. In Fancy Gap the search was for the little girl. I included a dwarf into the mix. Readers loved it!

I wanted to finish my questions regarding your poem “The Clock of Life”, which of course, is not part of your book, but once I read it I enjoyed it.  Plus these are my questions, so I can deviate.

Do you think that a clock can be wound more than once, if you look at from the standpoint of either new found love or if in the sense of repair?

The clock of love can be wound more than once. The clock of life but once.

"The Clock of Life" 

The Clock of Life is wound but once 
And no man has the power 
To tell just when the hands will stop 
At late or early hour. 
Now is the only time we own 
Love, live, toil with will, 
Do not wait until tomorrow, 
For the Clock may then be still.

 

Much thanks!!! I have included an interview that was recently published.

 

Fog shrouds mountain in mystery

Fancy Gap’s mist inspired an author to set his thriller in the Carroll community.

By Christopher Brooke, Reporter

Friday, August 10, 2012 at 6:00 am (Updated: August 10, 6:00 am)

FANCY GAP  — David Gelly saw possibilities in the famous fog of Fancy Gap — as a shroud of mystery for the setting in his fictional murder thriller.
He’s often driven up U.S. 52 from Winston-Salem, N.C., to his getaway in the mountains, having to slash through fog where he couldn’t see two feet ahead.
Like many drivers who have ended up in the multi-vehicle pileups on Interstate 77 or those who struggled to stay out of accidents in the area, the weather made an impression on Gelly.
To write “Fancy Gap,” Gelly combined his experience as a corporate security supervisor with his love of writing and his interest in the local culture of the Blue Ridge Mountains to pen this tale of a loathsome crime.

“For travelers along the Blue Ridge Parkway at Fancy Gap, the fog often hangs like an azure dream over the rolling green hills,” the book’s blurb says. “But when a madman abducts two children and disappears into the wisps with the young brother and sister, the landscape becomes a nightmare for the children’s parents and local residents.”

“On the bucket list: I said one day I want to write this novel,” he explained.
Staples of Carroll County and Blue Ridge Mountain living appear in the piece, including the Devil’s Den Nature Preserve and the Hillsville Labor Day Gun Show and Flea Market, Buffalo Mountain, the Beaver Dam Trail and vintages from a well-known local winery.
“For travelers along the Blue Ridge Parkway at Fancy Gap, the fog often hangs like an azure dream over the rolling green hills,” the book’s blurb says. “But when a madman abducts two children and disappears into the wisps with the young brother and sister, the landscape becomes a nightmare for the children’s parents and local residents.”
The inspiration came to him in October to write this story. After that, Gelly got up at 4 a.m. each Saturday and sat in his chateau with its panoramic views through the bay windows of the Piedmont. He continues typing until there were 1,000 more words on the page.
“It was a great use of my time instead of going to the bar,” he joked.

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While the places have their basis in fact, few characters in the book do, Gelly stressed. Any similarity to real people is a coincidence.
Quinn McSpain, the novel’s hero, is a 60-something widower, living like a hermit in his adopted mountain home and still mourning the loss of his spouse.
He meets workaholic FBI agent Louisa Hawke at a retirement party in Arlington, but the couple’s budding romance gets interrupted by a crime that horrifies the mountain community.
Gelly’s previous writing flowed in the non-fiction vein, as the author of many articles for the Twin City Track Club monthly newsletter.
Gelly has directed considerable energy over the years to his running, participating in 50 marathons. His outdoor activities continue, only now he’s hiking, biking and kayaking in the mountains.
Gelly provided security during his time in the U.S. Army, before going on to work for the IRS and then entering the private sector, including working for Sara Lee while it still manufactured clothing in Hillsville and Galax.
That meant he would travel here on occasion to talk about security matters. “I always thought Carroll County was a pretty place.”
No case he investigated in corporate security resembled the plot in the book. However, Gelly did help resolve a prominent scheme where a cotton buyer working to fill Sara Lee’s demand for the textile fiber took kickbacks from suppliers. David H. Mauney III was found guilty of conspiracy, mail fraud and money laundering in federal court in Greensboro.
An estimated $1.2 million was involved and the ringleader went to prison for 6.5 years.
Gelly stands on the verge of retirement himself, at which time he plans to fully immerse himself in the continuing adventures of McSpain and Hawke in the other five planned novels in the “Gap series.”
“Next year, when I retire, I won’t be bound by work,” he explained.

This is the first in a series of six “Gap” novels by David Gelly. Others planned for the series include Orchard Gap, Volunteer Gap, Willis Gap, Squirrel Gap and Low Gap. Fancy Gap is available on Amazon.com and comes in paperback for $14.99 plus shipping or $5.99 for a downloadable version. For more, see Gelly’s blog, www.makedustoreatdust.com.

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5 Reasons Why INDIE WRITERS Rock!

11 Sep

Why INDIE WRITERS Rock!

 

1. They have no publishing house-this may seem like a ridiculous idea of why INDIE WRITERS rock but they work even harder because they don’t have a big fat check to sit and write with. They either write to live or they live to write. 

2. Mistakes are made in every industry. With a writer, a writer that is “traditionally” published this is what an editor is for. With an INDIE WRITER you see their mistakes. This makes them human, humble.

3. Approachable. Meanwhile the big names you can’t say hi to on Facebook or get to know what they do day in and day out. An INDIE WRITER will say hello and “Friend” you. They will get to know their readers. They in fact depend on them.

4. An INDIE WRITER inspires us all. If a flunked out English major can write a best seller we all can. 

5. They are constantly improving their craft. With a “traditionally” published author they have editors, publisher and marketers that work with them to continually help them. With an INDIE WRITER you can watch them evolve into a beautiful writer with help from their readers, friends, and others who are in their inner circle. 

 

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Feature Friday with Author of Hot and Spicy, Patricia Macias.

31 Aug

Feature Friday with Author  of Hot & Spicy, Patricia T. Macias

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Hot & Spicy.

Okay start off with the basics.

Tell us about yourself?

Hola, I’m Patricia T. Macias. I was born in San Jose, California. I graduated from the University of Phoenix with a dual Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management/Administration. I currently live in Sacramento, California with my husband and children. My family is my pride and joy. I also enjoy spending quality time with family and friends. I do have a day job.

I always dreamed of writing romance novels. I wanted to write since I was in elementary. I loved reading about the romance, the heroes, and lovely ladies.  I love to write after work and on weekends.  All my characters are my new best friends.  I love writing about my new friends’ issues and love life. They’re always talking and living in my mind and dreams.  I am delighted to be achieving my dream.

Author-Patricia T. Macias

Tell us about your book?

Hot & Spicy is my debut novel. The novel is the first novel of a twelve novel series. The novel can be a standalone.  Their stories transpire in the same time frame

 

Jose Enrique De La Cruz is the eldest and is totally in command of the empire. He doesn’t have time to commit to a chica, not until he meets Jessica Maria Cortez. Jessica rocks his world and unchains his alma (soul).

 

Jose Enrique De La Cruz, CEO of the De La Cruz, Inc. needs a fiancée in time for the company’s 25th anniversary celebration. La familia is anxious to meet his fiancée, but he doesn’t have one.

His hermana (sister) Patricia agreed to obtain una novia for him. Paty enticed her amiga (friend) to pretend to be his loving fiancée. Jessica Maria Cortez agreed to be his fiancée for two reasons: one, she has always loved him and prays she can make him love her and two, this is  a great opportunity to achieve her dream of working as an interior decorator design manager. In no time at all, Jose Enrique and Jessica find themselves budding up into a relationship with tantalizing ecstasy

Hot & Forbidden is my next novel that will be out in Oct. 2012.   

 My Twist.

Jose Enrique confronts the evil menace from the Mexican Cartel and wars to protect la familia and his amor (love).  The entire family is forced into an ocean of nightmare and chaos

 My favorite question that is mostly consistent is do you have to have it quiet or noisy when you are working on your story?

I do prefer to have my surroundings quiet.   

What do you think has been the best thing to occur to you after starting to write for others to read?

I love it when people truly enjoy my story and want to read more, lol. Several people have commented “I love your story and it’s awesome.”

What book do you think has offered the most influence in your writing?

I love is Acheron by Sherrilyn Kenyon.

If you were to be a character in your book, but not as a lead character, who would you like to be and why?  

Oh my, I would love to be Isabella De La Cruz or Patricia Elizabeth De La Cruz. They have strong personalities, extremely intelligent, and are confident women that know what they want. Isabella and Patricia are the two female attorneys in my series. Oh yeah, of course they’re hot, lol. 

If one of your books could be turned into a movie which would you prefer it to be?

Oh my, I want the entire series to be turned into a movie or television series. I believe that the De La Cruz series has all the ingredients to captivate and excite. It has romance, pasión, action, suspense, secretes, taboo, and danger. The stories have the Mexican cartel pressuring la familia to associate. La familia wars the cartel. Each cousin has their own individual love story and heartaches. The stories are in Spanglish. The Mexican culture, traditions and family dynamics are displayed. The story portrays a successful Mexican familia achieving the American dream. Several government agencies assist the De La Cruz familia.

Okay so everyone in the books clothes is only one color what color would that be?

Black

So your book is a romance novel, describe it as if you were ordering it as a drink?

Hot, smooth, red, spicy, delicious, intense

Why did you pick the romance genre to write and what genre besides romance do you like to read?

I decided to write romance genre because I love romance, passion, and happily ever after. I want to write paranormal romance. I enjoy reading romance and paranormal romance stories.

What TV or movie character would describe your leads? 

Harvey Spector is similar to the alpha males in my novels. He portrays the intellect, attitude, confidence, appearance, and will that’s captivating. 

What do you think makes the difference from a book being classified as Romance versus Erotica? 

I believe that a romance novel is based on the emotions and relationships of the characters.  The Erotica novel stories are focused on the sex.

I want to thank you for your interest,

Patricia T. Macias 

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Review-The Last Train Home and Other Stories by Erin Lawless

29 Aug

The Last Train Home and Other Stories

by

Erin Lawless

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The Last Train Home and Other Stories.

The Last Train Home and Other Stories by Erin Lawless

Erin Lawless

About the Book

This is a short short story book, which is 61 pages of 16 different stories.  The stories offer a variety of artistry in each read. 

Good

The book has some real good stories that draws you into the story.  The author has a very good way of defining the character and story with the use of little words.  If you like to have a small read and on to the next story then this would be a great book to have.  You are able to go from story to story and if you put it down you are able to pick up to a new story. 

Bad

The following is my opinions and should be taken with a grain of salt.  The bad of this was that some of the short stories were too short and what I mean they were so good I wanted more of the story

 

Review Rating 

I use three ratings

Read NOW: Pick it up now and read.

Put it in the stack: This represents the stack of books you have that are not a priority.

Put on the bookshelf: Every story should be read.  These sit on your bookshelf and sometimes you have nothing in the stack, so you go to the bookshelf and pull it out.  A bad book is better than good tv.

This book receives a Read NOW, which would be the equivalent to 5 star for those who are wondering.  There were too many of the short stories that I thought were very good and needed to be read than to give it a Put it in the Stack. 

Enjoy your day and read as you will have a new story to live in. X

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The Push is on for our lineup!

28 Aug

We have had an overwhelming response as some of you know to our FEATURED AUTHOR program over these last eight going on nine months now. Do you know why? We are the only non-profit out there that does this for FREE! Yes you read that right-FREE! We have continually worked with all of our authors and supported them hour after hour day in and day out for FREE! Although we would love donations, we don’t ask for them from our authors. 

2013-Going to be a great year!

Our lineup for 2013 is coming along nicely. We have heard from over 20 authors thus far.  Spots are still available for 2013 as we still need confirmation from some of these authors.  We have had some great success with this program but things are changing for this new year. Since we have been assigned a non-profit status we have to cross all our T’s and dot all our I’s so we now have an application. We also have decided to create this application to weed out any authors out there that might not value their time or OURS. We understand that this might seem a bit strange but we take your feature with Hotlit Books very serious and so should YOU! If you would like to be part of our program we expect you to work with us as a team. Which means that you follow our posts and you post as well. You like our page and you tweet about your feature. I know this seems simple, but trust me it obviously isn’t. 

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