WRITING PROGRESS

HE CAME FOR ME

BOOK ONE IN THE PROTECTOR SERIES

http://www.amazon.com/He-Came-Book-One-Protector/dp/1447875591/ref=sr_1_cc_1?s=aps&ie=UTF8&qid=1422879701&sr=1-1-catcorr&keywords=he+came+for+me+book+one+in+the+protector+serieshttps://www.smashwords.com/books/view/82996
http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/he-came-for-me-book-one-in-the-protector-series-c.-m.-brown/1113030642?ean=2940011475573

HE CAME FOR MINE

 BOOK TWO IN THE PROTECTOR SERIES

https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/82996         http://www.barnesandnoble.com/s/he-came-for-mine?keyword=he+came+for+mine&store=ebook




Wednesday, 30 October 2013

FROM THE GREAT BEYOND BLOG HOP




AngelaGwen, and Roland Yeomans are hosting "From the Great Beyond Blog Hop!


We have been asked to write a post about a famous deceased author or celebrity who we would like to contact in a seance,


My choice would be Stieg Larsson, author of the series, Millennium Trilogy - The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Played with Fire and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest.

I would be fascinated with his response to learning that the series became an international success after his death and his reaction to learning his books were made into movies.

There would be many questions that could be asked about his writing and the creation of his characters.  The focus character of his books, is such a dark, strong woman it would be interesting to find out how he developed her and where his inspiration for his development came from.




Sunday, 27 October 2013

CHRISTINE RAINS - 13TH FLOOR COMPLETE SERIES

Today, I welcome a very close blogger friend, Christine Rains, to my site. She has recently released her 13th Floor Series as a collection and having read most of the stories, I have no hesitation in helping her to get the word out about this awesome collection.

Christine, has written a piece, posted below on how her writing style has changed, which I believe is honest and open, and also holds insight into the development and progression of most writers.

Please welcome Christine and send her your thoughts and well wishes!



Title: The 13th Floor Complete Collection
Author: Christine Rains
Genre: paranormal romance

Release date: October 13th, 2013

Blurb:
Six supernatural tenants
Living in a haunted apartment building
On a floor that doesn't exist.

Six novellas telling their tales.

A retired demon acquires a price on his head.
A werewolf is hunted by her pack.
A modern day dragonslayer misses his target.
A harpy challenges Zeus for the soul of the man she loves.
A vampire is obsessed with a young woman he can't find.
A banshee falls in love with someone who's death she has seen in a vision.
And a sweet ghost must battle a primal monster to save them all.

All the stories take place at the same time intertwining their lives together on the 13th Floor.





HOW MY WRITING STYLE HAS GROWN

Once upon a time, I was the Mistress of Horror. Okay, maybe not mistress, but an apprentice. A really bad apprentice. My stories were full of terribly written YA and NA angst and gore. I wanted to be the next Stephen King.

The first horror story I submitted was immediately rejected. My fragile writer's ego shattered. For over ten years, I wrote in secret. Yes, I did continue writing. Yet I hid the stories in the dark, burying them in a box under my bed.

During those years, I crept away from strict horror. I experimented with fantasy and science-fiction, and my biggest dirty secret, romance. My style was long-winded. Drawn out prose, overly done descriptions, and dragging backstories. One of the tales I wrote during that time was an epic fantasy of nearly 200,000 words. I dared to share this one with a few friends, and they loved it. With their support, I hesitantly started seeking publication again.

The next phase was all about practice, practice, practice. I joined online play-by-post RPGs and dabbled with fanfiction. These taught me to be flexible, how to improvise, and that not everyone is going to like you. The latter is the hardest lesson. I attended writing conventions where I eagerly drank in every tidbit shared. I worked on short stories which I always considered something I could not do. I lost my long-windedness and learned every word matters.

I wrote a couple of science-fiction dystopian novels. They were concise and unusual, but I tried too hard to be quirky, to force a style that wasn't me. My next project featured a witch I'd played in a few RPGs. She was tough, smart, and sexy. I finished the manuscript and it shined. This was the one. I had a couple of short stories published at this point. I was feeling brave.

The rejections came pouring in. There was some interest, but once the agent or publisher read the manuscript, they passed. Why? I'd found my style. I was passionate about it.

The problem: I had no idea how to market myself. I didn't even realize what I was writing was paranormal romance. I'd queried one story, and the agents and publishers read something different. Learning the business side to writing is even more nerve-wracking than learning about the craft. Yet through my education, my writing style shifted. Knowing about the business of writing helps a lot with your actual writing.

I've found a style that works for me: fast-paced, witty, and sexy paranormal romance. And while that's what I write right now, I'm always taking opportunities to learn and grow as a writer. I experiment with various styles and genres in short stories. I'm excited to see where my imagination takes me next.

How has your writing style changed over the years?



Author Bio:
 
Christine Rains is a writer, blogger, and geek mom. She has four degrees which help nothing with motherhood, but make her a great Jeopardy player. When she's not writing or reading, she having adventures with her son or watching cheesy movies on Syfy Channel. She's a member of Untethered Realms and S.C.I.F.I. The 13th Floor series is her first self-published series. She has eight novellas and twenty-one short stories published.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/authorchristinerains
Twitter: https://twitter.com/@CRainsWriter
Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4017568.Christine_Rains

Friday, 25 October 2013

HALLOWEEN SEDUCTION GIVEAWAY HOP!



This hop is run by Renea Mason and Valerie Twombly and will run from Oct 25-Nov 1, 2013
  • Grand prize will be a $100 Amazon gift card (donated by Renea and Valerie)
  • Second prize will be a copy of Eternal Flame, by Valerie Twombly





rafflecopter code: a Rafflecopter giveaway

As both of my books deal with Paranormal Romance, I have decided to give away 2 ebook copies of both books.
For a chance to win, simply fill out the second Rafflecopter giveaway at the bottom of the post!
Good Luck!

He Came For Me

 (The Protector #1)

azz, lives on the beautiful Sunshine Coast, in Queensland, Australia. She leads a normal teenage life busy with friends, TAFE College, a part time job as a waitress, surfing and searching for a boyfriend!

Until one day driving on her way to TAFE she is passed by a red Mazda Rx7. The driver holds her attention and as they both wait at a set of traffic lights to change to green, a sexual tension passes between them.

In the days that follow she finds that this guy moves into her life as she befriends him, his friends and family! But are Seb and his friends what they seem to be?

Attacks by groups of boys targeting girls Jazz's age are becoming noticed by the media. Eyewitnesses to the attacks state that these youths seem to possess abilities no normal human would be capable of. Is it drugs or is it something else?

Jazz finds that Seb, seems to be stalking her. What is his purpose? Is he really a friend or is he actually a foe?

A fantasy novel revolving around a love story between two young people, who should not by rights, come together. Crossing the dimensions of two worlds, this story embarks on a journey of love, duty and togetherness as the two young lovers fight to be together and keep each other safe. Overcoming many obstacles while fighting to protect one another this story will leave the reader intrigued and wondering what will happen next!


He Came for Mine  

(The Protector #2)



a Rafflecopter giveaway

Monday, 21 October 2013

WRITER'S FOR WRITER'S (W4W'S)

Stephen Tremp  Christine Rains

M.Pax and (myself), C. M. Brown

Writers helping other writers to succeed.
Twitter hashtag: #W4WS
Find us on Facebook

 An initiative to promote writers and their books (that’s you)!

Our Mission:

• Help writers bring awareness of their book(s) to tens of thousands of new people

• Help writers reach Amazon Top 100 in at least one category (i.e., suspense, free, etc.)

• Increase sales of their book(s) after the promo is over

• Drive new traffic to their blog and increase following

• Create verbal and viral buzz.

W4W's is held the third Monday each month!

How it Works: The spotlighted author will choose a social media avenue, such as Twitter or Facebook (or both). Then, the good people of Blogdom will promote the author’s book to their Twitter followers or Facebook friends, that is, incredibly large new audiences the author could not reach on their own.
Facebook: The writer posts an image of their book along with a short blurb and a link to Kindle on their blog. Visitors simply click the Facebook page, then share the link with their FB friends. https://www.facebook.com/Writers4Writers
Twitter: The author posts pre-written Tweets on his/her blog. At your convenience, simply copy and paste Tweets into Twitter. Or go to #W4WS on Twitter and Retweet.
To sign up, join the Linky List HERE! 

This month our selected authors are:

Alex Cavanaugh and Isis Rushdan

 Make sure you visit both our authors for this month and tweet and re-tweet their posted tweets!


Tuesday, 15 October 2013

TEASER TUESDAY

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by

of Should Be Reading.
Anyone can play along!
Just do the following
  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) "teaser" sentences from somewhere on that page
BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE ANY SPOILERS!
Make sure that what you share doesn't give too much away!



You don't want to ruin the book for others!

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My Teaser this week is from

Stopover at Backworlds' Edge
by M. Pax

BURB:

The Backworlds Book 2. The interstellar portal opens, bringing in a ship that should no longer exist. A battleship spoiling for a fight, yet the war with Earth ended two generations ago. The vessel drops off a Water-breather, a type of Backworlder thought to be extinct. She claims one of Craze’s friends is a traitor who summoned the enemy to Pardeep Station. A betrayal worse than his father’s, if Craze lives to worry about it.



TEASER:  

Craze scooped the rest of the ricklits out of the roaster and into a bowl set out between himself and Meelo. He popped one in his mouth, enjoying the burst of meaty juice mixing with the spiced outer crunch. As tasty cooked as they were raw.
Pax, M.. Stopover at the Backworlds' Edge (Kindle Locations 385-387). M. Pax. Kindle Edition.



 

Friday, 11 October 2013

BEYOND THE EDGE, BOOK 4 BLOG BLAST, BY M. PAX

BEYOND THE EDGE
BOOK 4
IN THE BACKWORLD SERIES 
 
BY M. PAX 

 
Follow this link to find where to purchase your copy from Amazon, Smashwords, and Kobo:  http://mpaxauthor.com/mpaxworks-books-and-stories/the-backworlds-series/beyond-the-edge/
 
Blurb:
 
For two years Craze’s dear friend, Lepsi, has been missing. The murmurings of a haunted spaceship might be a message and may mean his old pal isn’t dead. The possibility spurs Craze and Captain Talos into space to uncharted worlds to find out. Searching an unfamiliar region of the galaxy beyond the Backworlds, they stumble upon pieces of a terrible truth.

 
Meanwhile, Rainly remains on Pardeep Station as acting planetlord, dealing with the discovery of her man's dark and brutal past. Becoming more independent unlocks some of her latent protocols, forcing her to face a sinister secret of her own.
 
13597642          15751672             Boomtown Craze (The Backworlds Book 3)

Wednesday, 9 October 2013

INDIE LIFE, MONTHLY POST FOR THE INDELIBLES


What is Indie Life?
http://indeliblewriters.blogspot.com.au/ 

How: Sign up on the Linky at the bottom of Indelible Writer's Blog Page
When: Post on the second Wednesday of the month (starting 1/9/2013)
What: Write anything indie related: something that will inspire or help a fellow indie; something that celebrates a release or a milestone; something that talks about the ups and downs, joys and heartaches of Being Indie.
Grab: The banner above to include in your posts!

October 2013

Being an Indie Writer I find, like many others, the most important task besides writing and self-publishing your work, is marketing your product.


Earlier tonight I checked the blog sites of my distributors and upon opening my Smashwords account, was pleasantly surprised to find a sum of money contributed from sales through Barnes & Noble and Sony (Apple).

I then quickly visited my Amazon account to check what movement, if any had happened through them. As usual, only a small number of books had been sold.

For some reason I am unable to crack into the potential market of Amazon, as easily as I have with other book distributors.

I have come to the conclusion through watching the impact of books released by other authors in my category and genre, that Amazon seem to prefer their authors have a publishing company backing them and/ or an agent to help with distribution and marketing.

Don't get me wrong, I have nothing against Amazon, but I am posting this post with the intention of asking other authors if they have had a similar experience with sales through Amazon? And, if so, would you mind sharing your experience? 

You may also have a secret to share, about how you achieved any positive outcomes using Amazon as your distributor? If so, please leave a comment below or send me a personal email using the email list below:
c.m.brown.books@gmail.com  
 
Thanks for taking the time to read this post and I hope some of you have an answer.


Carolyn



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He Came For Me He Came For Me (The Protector, #1)
reviews: 19
ratings: 20 (avg rating 3.30)

He Came for Mine He Came for Mine (The Protector, #2)
reviews: 2
ratings: 3 (avg rating 3.67)