indie authors

HUGE Indie Author Giveaway!!

So you might be wondering who the lucky winner is from last week’s giveaway. Drum roll please… and the winner is… MAUREEN MAYER. Congrats to Maureen, who won a copy of the Twisted e-book.

No worries, if you weren’t the lucky winner this round.  Don’t give up just yet. You have three more chances to win!! Yes, three!! Add to that 12 other fabulous indie author’s promotional giveaways and suddenly the odds are ‘eva in your fava’. 😉Indie Author Giveaway

The best part about this HUGE Indie Author Giveaway is that, if you already LIKE my Facebook page then you already qualify for free ballots to enter the draw. A quick click is all you need otherwise, if you haven’t already paid me a visit, and you have a chance to win a copy of Twisted together with lots of other wonderful prizes. 😉

Here’s the link for the HUGE Indie Author Giveaway: http://bit.ly/ZfA8Sy

Good luck!!

Author’s Roundtable: Christa Simpson

Check out my Author’s Roundtable with @Jason_Bournesm.

Jason's Spina Bifida Journey

How did your family and friends feel when they heard you were writing?

A few of my friends were really excited about it; especially after I let them read my first book in The Twisted Trilogy. My family was totally shocked. Even though they believed in me, they really couldn’t imagine me self-publishing my stories. But guess what? I did it!!

What books or stories have you written? Published?

I’ve written three books, which comprise The Twisted Trilogy. To date I have published the first book, Twisted. The second book, Twist and Turn, is tentatively set to release on July 1, with the final book, A Twist of Fate, to follow later this year.

I have some other stories in the works, but they are all in the very early stages, and I’m not even sure which one I will pick up and go with next. There are two very different stories fighting for…

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A Twist and Turn Teaser

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ashley greene kellan lutz push premiere (Photo credit: Anthony Citrano)

Chapter Four Teaser: (Edwin and Abigail)
I pressed my lips into a sour smile. “Eddie, the cab sounds like a good start. But I told you I don’t have a date. We can go there together, but that’s as far as it goes. After that, you’re a free man.”

A smile crept over his mouth, lighting up his miserable face. “I’m already a free man baby.”

I slapped him on the shoulder and for a minute I started to believe that everything was going to be okay.

“Seriously though, I won’t be doing anything more to hold you back,” he said. “That night we will go to the party together, but we’re going single. I’m saying you can do whatever or whoever you want, without feeling guilty. I’m done shooting daggers at every guy that hits on you.” (more…)

Prologue Or Not Here I Come

Fake car accident. The vehicle on the picture ...

Fake car accident. The vehicle on the picture is an FSO Polonez MR’89. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Here’s my prologue (in rough draft) for TWIST AND TURN, book two in The Twisted Trilogy. I used a prologue to give the readers a glimpse at the paranormal aspect of this novel. I feel that it is very significant and, since my book is written in the first person (Abigail’s perspective), this is a way of seeing it through someone else’s eyes. It’ll tie in later, to make you say ‘whoa’.

So now you know. Abigail’s not crazy. Or maybe she is, for leaving Edwin. But she actually is seeing dead people. (At least one dead person in particular. J

PROLOGUE

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Six years earlier.

TESSA CLARKE WIPED THE tears from her eyes as she sobbed out of control. She was miserable, but certain she was doing the right thing.

“This is my daughter, he’s not taking her from me,” she cried, as she sped away from her home with no intention of turning back.

She squinted through the dirty windshield at the dark night with blurry, enraged eyes and a heavy foot. She dangerously weaved through cars on the highway until she reached her exit. Relief overcame her when she finally passed the City’s boundaries and dirt began to plume behind her on the freshly gravelled country road.

She looked in her rear-view mirror flashing a glance into the back seat. “I finally did it baby. I did it for us,” she said, a soft smile creeping onto her downturned lips.

A sudden flash of red light blinded her as she turned her tired, burning eyes to the oncoming headlights. (more…)

Where do you draw the line?

Writing

Writing (Photo credit: jjpacres)

So you’ve spent countless hours learning how to write a rockin query letter and a slammin synopsis.  You think you finally nailed it.  And then, after a rewrite and two edits later, you are certain it is ready.  Until you hit the dreaded SUBMIT button. (more…)

Indie vs. The Publishing Co. – I did not sign up for this…

So I’ve finished editing my manuscript and my friendly readers have weighed in their opinions. I’m ready to publish, but where am I supposed to go from here??!!

After reading the tweets of so many indie authors, I thought I would try my hand at self-publishing with Smashwords… but have you read the fine print? I really have trouble with the “trust the reader” idea. It’s hard to blindly trust all of these random people I’ve never met. Then I got paranoid, thinking someone would steal my indie published work and sell it to a publisher elsewhere in the world. Yeah, it’s a concern of mine. Working in a lawyer’s office I know how difficult it is to prosecute someone outside of the country. Am I overreacting? Likely.

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