Well, the time has come to announce Dan O’Brien’s latest project: Mobsters, Monsters & Nazis: a collaboration between Dan O’Brien and Steve Ferchaud, who illustrated Conspirators of the Lost Sock Army and the Loose Change Collection Agency. What I am revealing today is the sketches for some of the interior illustrations (which will be black and white) of the first issue. It will be released as six issues (eBooks) starting on Halloween. It is influenced by film noir, pulp comics, and an abiding love of Lovecraft. It is now available for pre-order and Dan will be promoting it heavily starting in the month of October. He would love to hear what you think of it so far! Visit him at: http://thedanobrienproject.blogspot.com/ or on Twitter, @AuthorDanOBrien
Friday, October 17, 2014
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Shelf Full of Books: Book Review: Empty Shell by Ashley Fontainne: Empty Shell By Ashley Fontainne Publisher: RMSW Press Published: September 29, 2014 ASIN: B00NCCEWO8 Amazon Synopsis: The q...
Monday, September 29, 2014
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Wednesday, September 10, 2014
I love a challenge. It keeps the mind engaged and neurons firing on all cylinders. That is why I decided to design my own cover and interior for my latest novel, Empty Shell. After undergoing a thorough edit, the pull to try my own creative skills was just too much for me to ignore.
After weeks of learning how to use Photoshop, thanks to numerous online tutorials, I scratched enough of the surface of the program to create the ebook cover:
(Photo credits: Nicolas Raymond http://www.freestock.ca
Courtney Simonds http://www.csimondsphoto.com)
Then, I went through the process of learning how to convert the manuscript to the appropriate electronic files (epub & mobi) for use on various ebook readers. That little exercise made a few gray hairs sprout! At times, I became frustrated and walked away from the computer, wondering if I'd lost touch with my sanity. But, I was unwilling to give in and trudged on until I finally figured it out. I jumped around the living room like a little girl, thrilled with my efforts when I realized I did it!
That excitement was short-lived. My next issue to tackle was the dreaded print version. More gray hairs appeared, followed by several bouts of foul words spewing out of me. Again, if it weren't for all the tutorial videos and blogs I found online, I never would have finished. It took two weeks for me to figure out how to create the cover wrap and another week to grasp and execute the interior formatting. Yesterday, I achieved both and uploaded the final products to CreateSpace. I squealed with glee when the documents were uploaded and accepted "without errors" and I had a chance to view the final product with the Interior Reviewer.
So, I am excited to share the completed cover wrap:
The ebook is available for pre-order on Amazon and Kobo (unfortunately, B&N doesn't offer pre-orders) and Empty Shell is also on Goodreads, if you would like to add it to your TBR shelf. Empty Shell is a suspenseful thriller with a mystery to boot! I'm not quite sure why Kobo has it listed as an espionage mystery, since that isn't one of the categories I picked, but hey, it's on there!
I also created the book trailer (which was really fun!):
Here is the synopsis--
A pair of pink, silk underwear…
The quiet world of Melody and Jack Dickinson is about to be turned upside down. Twenty years of marriage hangs in the balance when Melody finds out about Jack’s infidelity. The betrayal is made worse when Melody discovers his lover is Serena Rowland, a young woman who works at Melody’s law firm.
A receipt from an overpriced hotel…
Harsh words are exchanged before Melody storms off to work, determined to have Serena fired. But when Melody hears Serena was murdered over the weekend, everything changes. Serena’s body is found beaten and strangled with a pair of pink, silk panties, in the same hotel that Jack had admitted staying at over the weekend. Within seconds of hearing the news, Melody’s life spins out of control when Jack calls in a panic. The police are at their home to arrest him for Serena’s murder.
Pictures of a young woman’s scantily clad torso on a cell phone…
Was she married to a monster? One who beat and strangled the young woman to death, or was Jack set up? Did Melody’s own dark secret, hidden inside her heart for years, have something to do with the nightmare they suddenly find themselves in?
Melody and Jack are about to discover that one fateful mistake will destroy many.
A sincere thank you to all my family, friends and FANS for all your support and belief in me. Without each of you, this labor of love would be for nothing. And, a special thanks to NY Times bestselling author Janelle Taylor. As I said in the dedication, your support and friendship mean the world to me.
Tuesday, August 19, 2014
by Donna Fasano
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: December 2, 2009
What are you working on now?
I’m currently writing two projects at once. I've never done this before, and I can’t decide if I love it or hate it. I’m writing a Christmas Novella entitled Almost Perfect Christmas, the story of man who enlists the help of a woman in giving his daughter a perfect Christmas. Unbeknownst to him, his little girl has every intention of playing an angelic matchmaker. The other project is the first book of a 3-book series called Following His Heart, the story of a man who is eerily drawn to a woman, and after they fall in love, they discover what brought them together, and it just might tear them apart. Yes, the description is vague, but that’s just the way it has to be for now. I’m chuckling as I type this. Both books are contemporary romance novels and are due out this fall.
What are you reading now or what do you have in your TBR pile?
I just finished Learning to Swim by Sara Henry. I’m currently reading Love Me Tender by Mimi Barbour. On my TBR pile you’ll find A Reluctant Hero by Jackie Weger, Creatus by Carmen DeSousa, The Neighbor by Dean Koontz, Three Junes by Julia Glass, One Way or Another by Elaine Raco Chase…should I go on?
What flavor is your writing style?
I always tell people I write cotton candy for the mind. Think back to when you were a kid and you took a bite of that delectable confection. What did you do? You smiled. That’s what I’m going for in my romance novels.
Was writing always the first thing you wanted to do in life?
No, I wanted to be a teacher, but then I met and fell in love with my husband. We married and began raising a family. It wasn't until my children started school that I started writing.
While you were writing, did you ever feel as if you were one of the characters?
I believe there’s a lot of me in my protagonists. I write about women who are strong, yet vulnerable. My main characters and my secondary characters have flaws and make mistakes (don’t we all?), but then most of them do all they can to learn, grow and become better people.
Do you have any advice for other writers?
One piece of advice I often give to writers is to READ. Don’t just read in the genre in which you write. Read everything. And then figure out what you liked and what you didn't…and then think about why. Reading and analyzing the writing of talented people can help you perfect your own skills.
Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
I bow down to readers! I am so appreciative that they spend their hard-earned money on my books and then take the time to read my stories. I am so blessed to have a job I love, and I wouldn't have this job if there weren't readers who love romance novels.
What inspired you to write your first book?
I came to writing through my love of reading. I spent many a Saturday as a kid in the local library. I loved books, but I never imagined I would ever write one. My husband gets the credit for my becoming a writer. When my children started school and I decided to find a part-time job, he looked around at the piles of romance novels in our home and said, “You've read a lot of those. Why don’t you try writing one?” So, you see. It’s all his fault.
If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
Not my latest book, but one of my titles—Where’s Stanley?—features an ending that I didn't come up with. I handed in the completed manuscript, and my editor suggested a different ending. I wasn't happy, but I did as she asked. Personally, I think the book suffered for it, but readers seem to enjoy it.
What books have most influenced your life most?
Old Yeller, Sounder, The Bell Jar, To Kill a Mockingbird…how can people read these books and not be influenced? There are so many titles that inspired me and moved me, molded and shaped me, there isn't time to name them all. The characters in these wonderful books help young readers to decide what kind of individual they want to be.
Do you ever experience writer's block?
There was a time when I’d have said no. I have a plant-your-butt-in-the-chair-and-the-words-will-come attitude. But I did suffer writer’s block while my dad was battling cancer. It’s difficult to write feel-good happily-ever-after when your beloved father is dying.
Do you write an outline before every book you write?
I do, yes. I equate an outline with a road made; how do you know where you’re going if you don’t have a map? I might write the first chapter or two on the fly, but I always take the time to plan out where I want the story to go. Now that’s not to say that the characters are going to stay on the straight and narrow. They decide to veer off the highway every now and then, and that’s when I have to do a quick reroute.
Have you ever disliked something you wrote?
I've never published anything that I disliked. I have started projects that haven’t seen the light of day, either because I couldn't figure out where to take the story, or I couldn't make the protagonist sympathetic or likable. It’s a rare occurrence, and when it happens, I just set the story aside and hope I can someday come up with a solution.