Monday, December 19, 2011
Tuesday, December 13, 2011
Saturday, December 10, 2011
Sunday, November 27, 2011
Survey: Please visit the three sites listed and the type pages listed. Return the completed survey to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com (seems there are some issues with the south email) by Saturday December 3, 2011 at midnight.
Please visit on or more of the following on each site:
Bookstore Main Page
Please answer the following questions:
1. On a scale of 1-10 how easy is MuseitUp Publishing's site to navigate?
2. On a scale of 1-10 how easy is Lyrical Press's site to navigate?
3. On a scale of 1-10 how easy is The Wild Rose Press' site to navigate?
4. Which site did you find easier to navigate and why?
5. Which site did you find the hardest to navigate and why?
6. Which site did you find had just the right amount of information on each of the pages?
7. Which site did you find had too much information on each page?
8. Which site did you feel had the best color scheme and why?
9. Which site did you feel had the worst color scheme and why?
10. Which site would you be more likely to buy a book from and why?
11. Which site would you be least likely to buy a book from and why?
12. Which site did you prefer the Author's Page on and why?
13. Which site did you prefer a Book Page on and why?
14. Two of the sites begin on the homepage of the bookstore and one on a general web page, which approach did you prefer and why?
15. Which site did you feel had the best graphics - not including covers?
16. Which site did you feel had the worst graphics - not including covers?
17. Please give a 1-5 sentence opinion on each site:
- MuseitUp Publishing
- Lyrical Press
- The Wild Rose Press
18. Which site was easiest to find contact information on?
19. Which site was hardest to find contact information on?
20. Do you purchase eBooks?
Thursday, November 24, 2011
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
Tuesday, November 8, 2011
Friday, November 4, 2011
What's next? Putting in the title and author's name. Every single title I do a cover for starts with a very basic text in white. This will not be the final placement or style of the text - but it's a good starting point. It allows me to go - What should I emphasis in the title? Where's a good spot for it? What type of font should I use?
Thursday, November 3, 2011
Wednesday, November 2, 2011
Sunday, October 16, 2011
Tuesday, October 4, 2011
Saturday, September 24, 2011
We started at Carrabba's for dinner. Not only is it our favorite place, we've gotten to know the owner and manager, which makes each meal seem like going over to a friends for dinner. We got our favorite appetizer - Crab Cakes. Now I live on the Gulf Coast and every decent resturaunt in town has them - but Carrabba's has the BEST! Then we tried the Salmon for the first time. A nice and really light meal.
Then we went to the bookstore and I got three books to read - which hubby knows makes me smile.
We ended the Date Night going to the University of South Alabama Drama Department's play I Hate Hamlet. All the performances were great! But three stood out. Gray West as Gary Peter Lefkowitz, was wonderful. Your suppossed to hate his character and 1 minute on stage and I hated him! I completely believed him in the part, he played the smarmy, money hungry, hollywood director perfectly. The there was Jean Galloway as Lillian Troy. Now Ms. Galloway is not a college student but she has taught theater at the University of Mobile and was in the movies Close Encounters of the Third Kind and Back Roads, so I expected her performance to be good - but it was stellar. She shouldn't be wasting her time in this town, but in Hollywood playing sassy grandmothers! Finally was Andrew Willis as John Barrymore. He really commanded the stage with a quiet Presence, that made you look away from the main action just to see what he was doing. The best seen was when Ms. Galloway and Mr. Willis were on the stage, just the two of them. I leaned over to hubby when the scene was finished and actually used the word incandescent.
So how was your Saturday night?
Sunday, June 12, 2011
On my trusty Sony there are 42 books by authors like J.R. Ward, Alexis Morgan, Ilona Andrews, Lora Leigh, Jennifer Estep, CT Adams and Cathy Clamp, Joss Ware, Angela Knight, Lewis Carol, Kerrelyn Sparks, Nalini Singh to name some. Last I checked the all wrote "Real books".
"Love your visuals. They says it all. When our shelves begin to bow in the middle with the weight of our love of words, thank the literature Gods for the e-reader invention. Now I can carefully pick and choose the books that occupy a place on my physical shelves. Like the films I buy on DVD to watch again and again, a great read earns the right to inhabit the limited physical place in my home.
I just bought a Kindle two weeks ago. My dry, tired eyes have never been so happy when I climb into bed at ten p.m. after a long day on the computer. Crank up the font size, pull out the corner bookcover book light, sink into a cloud of backresting pillows and SMILE! It is the most revolutionary benefit to my reading life in my life. Print and paper dust mites banished, I don't even sneeze anymore when cracking a good read.
#1 recommendation for anyone who loves to read? An e-reader. This summer as I travel about the country and Europe the weight restirctions on the airlines worldwide shall not daunt. I have a six ounce e-reader and the world of books at my fingertips.
Thanks for the great post, Delilah.
Wednesday, March 23, 2011
The woman who stood in the door way was enough to bring any man to his knees. White blonde hair curled pleasingly about her face in gentle waves, intelligent blue eyes widened slightly and full pink lips pursed. The sensible blue pantsuit she wore showed off every curve to perfection. He lamented he was taking the brunette, Elle to the annual dinner and not this gorgeous creature.
“Nick Clausen.” She finished for him.
He was surprised by the derision in her tone. Had he passed her over for someone else? Impossible. He wouldn’t be that stupid. “I’m afraid you have me at a disadvantage, Miss?”
She shrugged one shoulder and motioned him in out of the cool December air. “Come on in. Elle will be out as soon as she decides what to wear.”
He stepped into the apartment and heard the door close behind him. It was a typical apartment, white walls, nondescript beige carpet. A television sat against one wall on a wood stand, opposite it was a comfortable looking couch. A tiny Christmas tree was displayed on an end table, the only concession he could see to the holiday.
The blond stepped around him and started towards the kitchen, halfway there she stopped and turned back to him. “Drink? I know you prefer Corona with lime, but we’re fresh out.”
He was about to ask her how she knew that when his date stepped out of the hall.
Sunday, February 6, 2011
"Quinten had an idea," Jenkins husky whisper sounded in her ear.
Afraid she was dreaming, Leena didn't turn as she answered, "What was his idea?"
He nuzzled her neck a moment sending a shiver of desire through her. Hades, how could she think any other man could satisfy her?
Friday, February 4, 2011
"The creative side and editor side of your brain hate each other. Never let them work together." Angela Knight.
I've found this to be very true. When I'm working on a first draft if I try to edit it as I go - I can't get any further.
"Writing is 10% creativity and 90% editing." Unknown
Once you get the rough draft (creativity) done it's all about the editing - self, self, self, content, line.
"You already know the story, you just forgot it." Delilah K. Stephans.
When you get the idea for a story, you know the who, what, when, why and how of the story. The rest of it is getting it into words. There will be times you forget what's next - but just remember you already know what's next - it is the logical progression of what you've already put into words.
"The Villain is alway the hero of his own story." Alexis Morgan
The hero and heroine may know this guy is EVIL, but he's protecting his business interest, his religion, his power base, his rule, his whatever so doesn't see that in himself. In his mind he's noble and ambitious and doing whatever deeds he's doing for the greater good. Keeping this in mind will definitely make for better, stronger villains in your book.
"Opinions are like A@^#)#$s everyone has one." Unknown.
Point of View to me equals opinions. If I gave a scenerio "A man sighted along the barrel of a pistol." So what is that man doing? Is he getting ready for battle? Is he about to shoot someone? Is he considering buying it? All three of those questions could be answered yes from three different people - but only the man sighting down the barrel knows why. The reader doesn't need to know the thoughts of everyone in the room because the only thought that matters is the one that will move your story forward.
Often I see new authors want to put in every characters POV, it's not needed and can be confussing. Using the example from above.
Ben sighted along the barrel of a pistol. It felt good in his hands almost like it was made for him.
George watched while Ben checked out the pistol and wondered if it was loaded. It was a silly fear, but one he always had.
Jane watched the interchange and rolled her eyes. If George didn't make the sale, they weren't going to have enough money to by the rent.
Ben nodded. "I'll take it."
Now let's see that same scene through a single POV - I'll use Ben.
Ben sighted along the barrel of a pistol. It felt good in his hands almost like it was made for him. He looked over the counter at the two clerks. One of the clerks, a man, looked nervous about something, his eyes shifting to the gun and to Ben's obvious comfort with the wepon. The woman rolled her eyes, probably anxious to close for the night. Ben nodded. "I'll take it."
Lastly, something I've shared with others and have no idea where I heard it.
"A book is like a tree. There are roots and the trunk, branches and leaves."
So how does that work? Let's say you are writing a book that takes place in the past. You do all this research - what people wear, average cost for certain items, who were the political movers and shakers, natural disasters, etc. You fully develop your characters on a character worksheet - so you know (I'll use the hero for this) the color of his hair, eyes, skin, his birthday, his favorite tutor or if he was educated at all, his hobbies, is he good or bad at poker, does he have something unique about him, what his parents and siblings were like, what type of horse he rides and all the other little details. All of that is the roots of the tree.
Then there is the plot, main characters, minor characters and surroundings - those are the plot, surroundings and characters. The plot is the trunk of your tree - it takes all the goodies you found in researching and carries it up to the leaves and branches making a whole instead of bits and pieces. The limbs would be the scenery - because readers need to be able to visualize where the characters are. The leaves are the characters and how they interact.
The roots of your book are the things you as a writer need to know but the reader doesn't - they'd just get bored with it. The days of writers getting paid per word are long gone. The readers are interested in the tree they see above ground - trunk, branches and leaves. (on a side funny - it just occured to me that we say branches when they are on the tree and limbs when they fall off)
Hope these help you in your writing.
Sunday, January 30, 2011
Though she loved Dru like a sister, her Paranormal Investigator best friend could not give directions to save her life. Kara chuckled as she remembered the time that the two of them had gotten lost looking for a specific Mickey D’s where Dru’s latest crush worked. It wasn’t like both of them hadn’t grown up in that city and should know where it was and Kara had known. But, Dru had insisted they take a shortcut that the boy had told her about. By the time they had found the place, he’d been gone for an hour. With another girl. Kara always wondered if the slime bucket had given Dru the directions on purpose knowing her lack of direction.
Tuesday, January 25, 2011
As Diana’s footsteps faded, Francisco examined the three males in front of him. Long
suppressed training instinctively took over far more easily than he was comfortable with. Their
attire of baggy hoodies and low riding pants could hide a multitude of weapons. The confident
swagger each thug exhibited as they moved to surround him indicated they didn’t think him a threat. He easily picked out the leader by the not so subtle hand signals the man was giving his companions and stepped toward him. Mentally, he quickly identified the three as Boss, Righty and Lefty.
“You shouldn’t have interfered, man,” Boss growled. “Now we’re gonna have ta mess you
Francisco spread his arms, elbows slightly bent and palms up. “You are welcome to try.”
Sunday, January 23, 2011
“Be careful Adam Spencer death stalks this city. Be cautious, you don’t want to meet her in a professional capacity.” She turned and started back down the row then looked back over her shoulder to meet his gaze. “Your family, they didn’t suffer.”
He couldn’t speak as she continued away from him and stepped behind a large oak tree. Forcing himself to move he hurried after her. Rounding the tree he scanned the rows of headstone but there was no sign of the woman.
Friday, January 14, 2011
When I asked Delilah what she wanted me to talk or write about here, she said whatever I want. Giving a writer with an inner muse as quirky as mine free reign is a dangerous thing---So, my daughter, Best Selling Author Kat Holmes, stepped in to direct the inner me.
"Talk," she said, "about what motivated me to write the stories I either already have up for sale, Santa is a Lady, or those about to be released, Forever With You, on February 1st, The Pendulum Swings, on March 1st, Twilight Comes on May 1st, and In From The Cold, June 1st. (I know...a daunting process-)
The easiest place for me to begin, is the one thing you are all going to realize right off the bat
...EVERY one of my stunning covers have been created by my hostess, Delilah K. Stephans, who just happens to be the absolute best artistic genius in all of the Milky Way Galaxy.
There is something else that each of these books have in common...they have elements of the life I have lived and are, therefore, semi-autobiographical...that is not always a good thing, since I seem to be rather hung up on having too many of my heroines share my biggest character flaw---a little girl voice that would make Minnie Mouse
envious while everyone else clamors for one of those huge conical amplifiers my Great Aunt Agatha plastered
against hers whenever I was around.
Now that you know one of my darkest secrets, I guess I should tell you about my books, how they came into being, and which parts come from Lin's
(L.J Holmes) pre-authorship.
Santa Is A Lady is my debut at Muse It Up Publishing...and well, everywhere else too. (Yep, I'm a bonified Newbie.)
I hadn't intended for my first ever release to be a Holiday themed story, but all other themes were closed. Not being into a Valentine Theme, Fourth of July, Labor Day, Arbor day, (how DOES one write a Holiday theme about a tree?), or even Halloween and Thanksgiving...I was left with only one celebratory day...
I had no idea where to go with it, but then, as if somebody on Cloud Nine
decided to hand me a gift, our local news announced a "professional" Santa had just been arrested...five full days before Christmas.
Back when I was working my way through college, I worked store security at one of the big retailers
for a year. I got to see what Christmas means to "Business".
What, I found myself wondering, would a small business owner do if her Santa was arrested five days before Christmas? How would she go about replacing Santa when all the graduates of Santa University, and yes, such a place does exist, were working elsewhere? Who would she trust? Who could she badger into donning the jolly elf's red suit?
Her best friend, of course...but what if said best friend had MY Minnie Voice?
Santa is a Lady flowed like water over smoothly rounded stones in a creek-bed, and was released to some pretty amazing, at least to me, reviews by really spectacular renowned literary voices.
Santa is a Lady is available at Muse Publishing's BOOKSTORE.
I'm a person with an awful lot to say, so I have continued submitting to Muse Publishing and now have books that fall in both their Mainstream Wing and their Muse It Hot,
as in scorching the flames right off the nanobytes side.
My second release Forever With You, is a short story about a young woman on a quest...getting her custom designed cabin built in record breaking time.
Can Keith Patterson, the owner of Patterson Construction Coryne hired have the skills to meet her deadline...and damn it all...does he have to look like a center-fold magnet?
Forever With You will be available from Muse It Hot on February 1st and it has a surprise ending you won't see coming...I promise you that.
What motivated me to write Forever With You? I love the mountains and have a secret fantasy to one day have enough money to actually build my dream cabin in the middle of nowhere, from the ground up.
I love history...especially ancient history. I also love the possibilities of Time Travel...These loves inspired me to write
The Pendulum Swings to be released from Muse It Hot on March 1st.
What would happen if an ancient Roman slave wakes up in a modern day hospital, in the body of someone else with no memory of who she is or was? And how would you survive it in a body that everyone , your husband, your staff, all who knows its real owner loathes? How do you cope? Is it a temporary leap in time, or are you stuck forever.
I especially loved writing this story and adored the seductive fireplace that was interviewed at the following link: CLICK HERE At the very least, it'll make you smile.
On May 1st my Muse It Up release, things get darker with Twilight Comes.
This story is based on events that took place in a neighboring town. When senseless tragedy strikes people we thought we knew, we can't help but try to decipher a rhyme and reason. Twilight Comes, another short story, is my attempt to understand and rationalize what is unimaginable. The story will stay with you long after the last word has faded from your screen. I know this because I am still haunted by the events all these years later.
And now we come to my June 1st release. In From The Cold is a cougar story that made me laugh while I was writing it...and cry too.
Mari Donovan is fifty and very happy in her disdain for anyone cursed with the "Y" chromosome. She has spent twelve contented years creating her mountain haven. Her only neighbor is in his nineties and not even an overdose of Viagra is going to make him stoke Mari's inner fires...but then he has the obscene rudeness to up and die...leaving all his worldly goods to Mari, with one exception...she must sell the curmudgeon's cabin directly across the graveled road from her.
She's determined it will not be sold to any male not intimately courting the Grim Reaper.
But Fate has other plans.
He's 35, deliciously built, and too annoying by half whether chopping wood shirtless, or daring to sneak off to HER lake and swim in the suit nobody should be blessed with upon their birthday.
No longer is her libido sleeping, and God does that tick her off! Only one thing for it...she's gonna have to jump his bones, do the deed, get him out of her system and slip back into her pre-bone-humping contentment.
Best laid plans ALWAYS bite you!
That's it so far. All the stories that I have covers for from Muse's Cover Art Goddess and my generous hostess, Delilah K. Stephans.
Reviews of my first book Santa Is A Lady are available at my Horn Tooting Blog
I can also be reached via e-mail
Thanks Delilah for your covers...museum quality every one, and for this opportunity to do my Yakky Doodle imitation here as your most appreciative blog.