Monday, May 22, 2017

The Mated Anthology by Kerry Adrienne

Saving His Wolf by kerry Adrienne
(Mated anthology)

USA Today bestselling author Kerry Adrienne’s exciting novella in the Shifter Wars series about a woman who is seeking her fate and a man determined to help her discover her true nature.

Title: Saving His Wolf
Author: Kerry Adrienne
Release Date: May 22, 2017
Publisher: Carina Press
Series: Shifter Wars
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Word Count: 30,000
Format: Digital
ISBN: 9781488024399

Synopsis:

Olivia, born blind and without the ability to shift, yearns to seek her own fate away from her watchful and devoted wolf pack. Vulnerable and stuck in human form, she's alone and at risk in the forest's brutal winter when she's rescued by a park ranger and taken to his cabin in Deep Creek. By the warmth of a crackling fire, she's comforted by his presence. But it's his rugged scent that stirs something in her she's never felt before. 

Bear shifter Powell sensed the instant he held her that Olivia was his mate. He also knew she had the untapped powers to discover her true shifting nature—if only he could convince her to trust in him, and to believe in herself. Now the one thing that stands to threaten their healing mating hunger is Olivia's distrusting and vigilant pack. A pack prepared to do anything to get her back. 

But there is no danger as strong, no desire so liberating as what Powell is bringing out in her—because Olivia can finally see where her destiny lies. 

Find out more at: Carina Press | Amazon | Google Play | Kobo | iTunes | B&N

 About Mated: A Paranormal Romance Shifter Anthology

MATED
One anthology. Three wolf shifter romances. Don't miss this collection of stories from USA TODAY bestselling author Kerry Adrienne, Sionna Fox and Shari Mikels  
A woman born blind and without the ability to shift yearns to seek her own fate away from her watchful, devoted wolf pack. Vulnerable and stuck in human form, she's alone and at risk when she's rescued by the bear shifter who is her destiny. 
An accident forces a man to change the best friend he's loved for years…or leave her for dead. There's no reason to hide his true self anymore—but can she ever forgive him? 
And a pack alpha finds that rescuing his fated mate from a violent confrontation with two wolf shifters is easy. Helping her move from fear to acceptance of the animals—and him—is a challenge. 



About Kerry Adrienne:
USA Today bestselling author Kerry Adrienne is repped by Marisa Corvisiero at Corvisiero Literary Agency. Kerry writes in many sub-genres of romance including paranormal, science fiction, erotic, m/m, time travel, and many more. She loves history, science, music, and art and is the mom to three daughters, many cats, and various other small animals. She loves live music and traveling most anywhere.

In addition to being an author, she’s a college instructor, artist, costumer, editor, and bad guitar player. 

Connect with Kerry: Website | Blog Facebook | Twitter Amazon


Monday, May 15, 2017

The trouble with reviews

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Authors need reviews on their books, that's not a secret. In fact, if you are a friend with an author, chances are they've asked (no, not asked, begged you) for a review.
You might've seen many memes on Facebook or other social media stating to support author(s) by reviewing their books. However, the reviewers are not forthcoming and you can hear crickets chirping and see tumbleweeds rolling across many Amazon book pages. 
So, what are authors to do? Obviously crying on social media isn't an answer. In desperation, many are forming and engaging in review exchanges. Yes, I'm guilty as charged. However, I quickly noticed that these groups eventually turn into "don't buy this book it sucks, buy my book it rocks" kind of thing.

Image result for bad book reviewsAuthors reviewing other authors' work are the most scathing. Over the years I've received my fair share of such reviews and guess what, they are all from authors. Or they can be pretty vague, as they sit tight to see if the other party (the one they are swapping reviews with) will award them with a five star and a glowing review.

When an author reviews another author, they will point out things a reader wouldn't necessarily notice.Things such as points of view (POV) also called head hopping, passive language, info dumping, plot holes, redundancy and so on. Before I started writing, I didn't know of these things. To me a book was a book, either I liked it or I didn't and anything in between. 
The unfortunate things with these review exchange groups is that often the rules dictate that the book must be reviewed, at what cost to the author, that is none of their concern. In some groups, if the reviewer thinks the book deserved one or two stars they are to contact the author and let them know and ask if they still want the review posted. I can live with that rule, however, many reviewers will assign three or more stars, but the written portion of the review will basically bash the book. Their reasoning is that the Amazon algorithms can't read the review and that all reviews matter, no matter of rating or how favorable they are. Okay, so the computer program can't read it, but people can. And while some don't care about what others have to say, many unfortunately do. On top of that (and many if not all authors are aware of this) to get into promotion programs such as BookBub, you need a certain number of reviews that are four to five stars rated. I don't know if the text part of reviews are the part of acceptance, but I would assume so. Otherwise you can have nothing but 5 stars ratings with most unfavorable reviews.

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While every author will appreciate it if you brought their attention to the issues with their books, they would appreciate it more if you do not state these issues publicly, especially if you have that author's private contact. Chances are someone already did it but just to make sure the author knows, you can drop them a quick line through private channels. If the book is really that bad, a reviewer always has a choice to not to review it if they think their review wouldn't help the book or the author. It's no different than when you see a post on Facebook you don't agree with and instead of commenting something that would anger the poster and cause some flames to fly, you just continue scrolling. Not your circus, not your monkey. Even if the group rule states you must review. No one can make you review it or do something you don't feel comfortable with and you have qualms about doing it. And with mostly authors exchanging reviews in these groups, this could work both ways and backfire. Seems the saying 'treat the others the way you would like to be treated' is going out of style, and in that case how many would want to find out just how they treated others. So unless you are absolutely, one hundred percent sure that your book is spic and span, keep the negativity out of your reviews.
With the ease of publishing a book these days, there's a plethora of people who wake up one day and decide to do just that, write and publish a book. That's the easy part. The hard part, surprisingly, is finding your readers. That comes as a shock to many and they think it's okay to bash other authors' books and that such actions will get hordes of readers their way. It's quite the opposite.
Some even argued that we get our job performances reviewed. Yes, yes, we do. In your boss' office, behind the closed door. I suppose they also believe that it's okay to manipulate Amazon ranks any way they can, to get on that bestsellers' list. If the big companies can employ people to only write glowing reviews on their products, why can't they do what they must in order to get ahead? Boy are they in for a surprise, an ugly surprise. Amazon cracks down on these things and banns people from ever selling on their sites.

Now, don't get me wrong, I don't expect nothing but five stars glowing reviews. Any rating you believe the book deserved is fine. But justify that in your review in a diplomatic manner. Stating "this author needs to find a better editor, there were not only typos but often the wrong word was used out of context. If that doesn't bother you too much you'll probably enjoy this book."
I don't know about you, but this sentence grated me. Couldn't this have been toned down? Something along the line of unfortunately some editing issues prevented me to enjoy the book fully. Or left this out of the review and brought to the author's attention either via private email or Facebook channels. Then to add an insult to the injury the assigned reviewer messaged the group with a warning that I'll most likely turn pissy because I challenged her review. Which I didn't. I thanked her for the review and told her that I'm aware of the issue and that I'm addressing it with my editor. Then another question arised. Why would I stick with the same editor who didn't do a good job in the first place? Because I've already paid her and chances are she wouldn't refund my money. Plus, she was apologetic and got on re-editing the manuscript right away. While people from the group offered to do free edits on the first chapter or so in a few weeks, maybe longer. I've already had such an offer and the person never delivered. Instead, she acted as if she had no idea what I was talking about. Then gave me every excuse in the book why she can't do it. Thank you, but no thank you. When I offer my help, that means I'll get on it asap or at the very least let you know that I'm running behind but didn't forget you. Plus, I didn't want to tell the other person, but I've read her book and it could use better editing too. She shouldn't be offering her "editing" services either. I suppose she was butt hurt because I refused her offer of free editing.

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On the negative book reviews, I too am guilty of giving not so favorable reviews to books and I always made sure author knows the issues and if is up to them to fix them. I'm not a Grammar Nazi so if there are grammar issues, I'm not the one to notice them unless they are obvious, such as you're vs. your which seems to be the biggest issue these days. Most books that didn't impress me were BDSM and I tell the authors this is not my cup of tea, but they insist I read and review and are positive I'll love it. I find their alpha males' possessives toddler like behaviors. No real alpha self made billionaires male would act that way, and the way the women are treated in these books is borderline with abuse. But that's whole other issue to be discussed over a pot of coffee or two.

I had to write this long rant as a way of arguing with myself whether it is feasible to continue writing books. With the market already saturated with free or $0.99 books, and even box sets of 20 + books sold for as little as $0.99, the readers are overwhelmed too and are becoming increasingly picky. I hear now they don't even want to sign up for Kindle Unlimited since they have to pay a monthly fee for that when there are perma-free books out there. But as the meme below says

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And I will most likely continue to write. Writing is not only my creative outlet, but also a therapy and escape from the ugliness of the reality. Despite the fact that at the moment all the fun and love I had has been sucked right out of it. It's the only way I can get better at it. 

Thank you for reading my rant. I'd like to hear your thoughts on this. 

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Cover Reveal for Prophecy of Solstice's End by Diantha Jones



Prophecy of Solstice's End

Oracle of Delphi #3

By Diantha Jones


                                            BLURB:Summer Solstice is here. Let the games begin.
Nothing but lies (some of them her own) and deceit have brought Chloe to Olympus for the Solstice Olympic Games. As the Oracle and the special guest of the King of Myth, Chloe becomes immersed in a life of unfathomable luxury, taunting history, and overwhelming excitement. Though scheming and untrustworthy, the gods remain on their best behavior as the tension and anticipation builds around the outcome of the Quest of the Twelve Labors, the deadliest competition of the Games. All seems well on the celestial front...until athletes start turning up dead and a philosopher missing for months returns with a most terrifying story...
But that’s not all.

As Strafford confronts his troubled past and more is learned about the Great Unknown Prophecy, Chloe grows close to another, setting off a chain of events that will bring her face-to-face with a truth that will rock both of her worlds to their core.

And it’ll all happen before Solstice’s end...


Prophecy of Solstice's End

Oracle of Delphi #3

By Diantha Jones 

BLURB:  Summer Solstice is here. Let the games begin. Nothing but lies (some of them her own) and deceit have brought Chloe to Olympus for the Solstice Olympic Games. As the Oracle and the special guest of the King of Myth, Chloe becomes immersed in a life of unfathomable luxury, taunting history, and overwhelming excitement. Though scheming and untrustworthy, the gods remain on their best behavior as the tension and anticipation builds around the outcome of the Quest of the Twelve Labors, the deadliest competition of the Games. All seems well on the celestial front...until athletes start turning up dead and a philosopher missing for months returns with a most terrifying story... But that’s not all. As Strafford confronts his troubled past and more is learned about the Great Unknown Prophecy, Chloe grows close to another, setting off a chain of events that will bring her face-to-face with a truth that will rock both of her worlds to their core. And it’ll all happen before Solstice’s end... Book Links: Amazon  | B&N | Goodreads

Author Bio: Diantha Jones loves writing fantasy books filled with adventure, romance, and magic. She's the author of the Oracle of Delphi series, the Mythos series, and the Djinn Order series (as A. Star). When she isn’t writing or working, she is reading or being hypnotized by Netflix. She is a serious night-owl and while everyone else is grinning in the warmth and sunlight, she’s hoping for gloominess and rain. Yeah, she’s weird like that. Website | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads | Goodreads (A. Star) | Amazon | Pinterest | DJ's Book Corner

Friday, April 14, 2017

Sexy to the Rescue ~ @MySexySaturday #MySexySaturday #MySexyAuthors #Saturday7 #MSS185


Welcome to the 185th week of My Sexy Saturday.

This week’s theme: Sexy to the Rescue

Don’t forget to check out Author Central where we’ll be sharing even more from our authors besides Saturday’s snippets.

This week’s theme is Sexy to the Rescue. Think fireman, policeman, doctor or anyone that would come to the rescue of someone else. These are those sexy people who put their lives on the line every day to save someone else. They do it without thought of themselves getting hurt and it makes them sexy as hell.

From my freshly released rom-com, "The Wedding Date"


BLURB Nerissa (Neri) Runic, in her late thirties is deemed unmarriageable by her family. So she fabricated a story about dating Mark Warren, a sexy doctor and the gym owner she's been ogling for months. She thinks none of her lies will come back to haunt her. When her mother RSVP s to the cousin's wedding invitation on her behalf including a Plus One, Neri has no choice but to attend...or come clean and face her family's scrutiny. 
Frustrated with everyone trying to fix him up on a blind date, Mark Warren lied about dating an elusive redheaded member of his gym who caught his eye months ago. Only, he fully intends to turn this lie into truth. Once he musters enough courage to approach her, that is. 
With hardly a month before his cousin's wedding, he hopes his mother would reply to the invitation, declining his attendance. But getting out of this obligation is out of question. She expects him to reply with ‘happy to attend with a guest’. 
When they find out they are forced to attend the same wedding, Mark and Neri must practice their 'relationship' in an effort to fool their families into thinking they are a real couple. 
But the thin line between pretending and the real deal is easily crossed.

EXCERPT

She did couple of reps, with him standing at the back of the chair and spotting her at each rep.
“You got it. Now, try counting.”
“One,” she said, lifting weights over her head. “Two.” She counted on her way down.
“Still one, but nice try. Only count in one direction, either up or down, but not both.”
She continued, counting to nine.
“Ten.” He counted for her, grabbed the dumbbells from her hands and setting them on the floor. “You’re so quiet. It’s okay to drop the weights, grunt and groan, huff and moan. Let us hear you’re working out.”
She flashed a tight lipped smile. He listed all the sounds she made during sex. “I don’t want to give people wrong idea of what I’m doing.”
He chuckled and tapped her shoulder. “Shake it off and stretch. Do two more sets of ten reps while I quickly call my mom, and remember.”
Her gaze followed his pointing arm at the sign on a wall stating, if you find it easy, add five. She turned to him. “Add five pounds or reps?”
His brows moved closer with his narrowing eyes, as if surprised she would ask him that. “Both,” he said, his voice confirming his expression. “I’ll be back in a few.”
She nodded, watching his reflection in the mirror, until he rounded the corner. Turning her attention to the task he appointed her with, she completed her first set of shoulder presses and put the weights down to stretch.
A shadow cast over her. She tilted her head upward and met Ashley’s pursed lips and narrowed gaze.
Ashley plucked a bud from her ear. “You couldn’t stay away from him, could you?”
“I’m a client just like you and if he wants to train me, you must be crazy to think I’d pass on the offer.”
“Oh, you poor thing.” Ashley’s tone turned into a mocking concern. “You think he’s interested in you? No, hon, he’s playing you. I already told you he’s engaged.”
“You wanna vouch for that?”
Ashley flipped her perfect raven hair. “I see, you probed him for truth.”
Neri tucked loose strands of her unruly and sweaty hair under the elastic band. “Besides, if he’s playing me, what’s it to you? I’ll find out if that’s true sooner or later.”
“I got rid of all of his other girlfriends.” Ashley pointed her French manicured index finger. “I’ll get rid of you too.”
“Including his fiancĂ©? Just leave me alone. I’m here to work out.” Neri bent to pick up her weights.
Ashley popped the buds back into her ears. The music seeping from her headphones indicating she had the volume cranked up to the max. She stepped away from Neri and grabbed a pair of twenty pounds dumbbells. She smiled and perched her tush in front of Neri. “Hey, would you mind stepping aside? You’re blocking my view.”
Neri moved the chair to the left, but Ashley stepped in front of her again.
Ashley only pumped her arm higher and with more vigor. The bimbo couldn’t hear over the blasting music.
Neri leaned forward as she tried to poke Ashley’s back and gain her attention. Her fingers came short of touching Ashley, so she scooted a bit closer, mindful of Ashley’s arm thrusting the dumbbell backward.
Before she could reach out, Ashley’s weight collided with Neri’s nose. Pain ripped through her skull and a distinct sound of bones crushing sent terror through her. She reeled backward, holding her face that felt like it was about to explode.
A body builder next to them, dropped his heavy weights like hot cakes and the gym’s floor shook. He jumped off the bench and pushed Ashley away as she was about to repeat her move. “Get Mark!” he hollered.
“Hey,” Ashley shrieked, dropping the dumbbells. “What the hell?”
“You did this deliberately.” He pointed his arm at Neri.
“Did what?” Ashley finally removed both earpieces and turned the music off.
“Don’t play dumb. I saw the whole thing. Mark’s gonna be pissed.” The bodybuilder held Neri’s head tilted back, but the metallic taste of blood dripped into her mouth.
“It was an accident. She moved toward me in the middle of my set. If she doesn’t know the gym’s etiquette, then let her get hurt.”
“It wasn’t an accident, Ashley. Looked very deliberate to me.” The bodybuilder’s voice took a deep, warning tone.
Mark ran up to Neri’s side. A bag of crushed ice in his hand. “How did this happen?”
“Ashly jammed a dumbbell into the girl’s face.” The bodybuilder stepped away as Mark took over.
Mark growled at Ashley. “I’ll deal with you later.”
The warmth of his hand wrapped around back of Neri’s counteracted the coldness of the ice he held gently over her nose.
“What?” Ashley gasped, pressing her hand to her heaving chest. “You can’t kick me out. I didn’t do anything wrong. Your pet project here doesn’t know not to disrupt someone in the mid-set.”
The anger burned in his eyes as he glared at Ashley, making Neri shiver.
Ashley finally moved from her spot and rushed passed him. “I hate you.”
The bodybuilder’s head seemed to be stuck in permanent slow shake at Ashley’s retreat.
Mark seethed not glancing behind him.
Neri never saw him mad, let alone this mad.
He brushed his lips over Neri’s forehead. “I’ll get you fixed in no time.”
His whisper sent a whole different shiver up her spine. “I’m fine. Really, no need for all this fuss.”
“Neri, your nose is most likely broken. I’ll get you to see a surgeon. Just let me make a phone call. Can you walk? Hold this, don’t press on it.” He let go of the ice bag when she took the hold on it and he wrapped one arm around her waist to hoist her up.
She didn’t protest, only leaned on his arm. The small key to her locker, hanging from the elastic wrapped around her wrist came to her focus. “My stuff is in locker twenty seven. Can you get it?”
“I’ll send a staff member.” He tightened his hold around her. “Don’t worry about a thing. Just know you’re in good hands.”
Her legs turned to jelly with his closeness. Good thing only a few members hang out at the gym as he led her straight to his Jeep. 



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