Archive | October 2013

Day 13 and 14–18 Days of HELL-O-WEEN Weekend Edition

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“There was something awesome in the thought of the solitary mortal standing by the open window and summoning in from the gloom outside the spirits of the nether world.”
~ Arthur Conan Doyle

Welcome to Day 13 and 14 of Cover Host’s Hell-O-Ween Chills and Thrills Weekend Edition, featuring authors from the Horror genre of Authorsdb! Browse the covers of these indie horror books.


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Oyster Books–A Raw Deal for Authors? Guest Post by Kevin Brennan

What say you? Will the “Oyster” open up to grant you a huge, sparkling pearl . . . or a lump of coal?



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Thank you, first, to Francis, for asking me to contribute a post to her blog. She maintains such an eloquent tone here that I’m a little afraid of tarnishing the silver, but since she reads regularly, I’m sure she knew what she was getting into!


As a self-publisher with a newly released novel I’ve been exploring lots of ways that writers like Francis and me can find and attract readers, so at first I was intrigued by a new concept in “book delivery” – Oyster.

Have you heard of it? No? You will, and probably sooner than later.

Oyster has been described as a Netflix for books, and it works like this: Subscribers pay $9.95 a month and get to browse, download, and read as many books as they want. Pretty simple. And, you can imagine, pretty attractive to a certain kind of reader. According to…

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To Curse or Not to Curse: On Pottymouth Blogging

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Blogs are all about voice — we respond to a blog when we connect to the person behind it. While tone, style, and formality vary depending on the blogger’s goals, most bloggers hope that their voice comes through clearly.

For some of us, being true to our voices means unleashing the occasional (or not-so-occasional) f-bomb, which can either draw readers in or shoot your blog in the figurative foot. Is there a place for pottymouths in the blogosphere, and how do you decide how much to let fly?

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Update about Author Steve Smy

Author Steve Smy Is In Hospital, please keep him in your thoughts and prayers.



I received a message from Steve’s son Damien this morning, unfortunately, Steve had at least one small stroke over the weekend and has gone into Hospital for treatment and observation, it is not known at this time how long he will be there, but I will keep everyone updated as best I can.

Please DO NOT email Steve, it will not be possible for him, his family, or me, to access them, so they may get deleted by the Email provider before he gets to see them.

Knowing that Steve’s friends, followers and blog visitors, will all want to join me in wishing Steve a speedy recovery, and to give encouragement to his family, please use the comments box below this article to leave your messages, they can be accessed by Steve’s family.

Meanwhile, as arranged by Steve some weeks ago as a precaution against such an eventuality, I…

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How passionate are you?

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There is one thing that many authors seem to lack. In romance through horror the word is passion.

I’m not talking about the lovey, squishy, messy thing between consenting adults. Passion is an author’s burning need to tell the story. It makes the plot and the characters eat at him until he nearly bleeds words. It’s what sets any work apart from the mundane.

All of the craft experience in the world will net a miserable story without this key ingredient. Authors gather around and be honest with us readers.

So I ask you…Do you feel your story like the heat of a summer day, like the cold of a bitter night, like the very inside of your soul?

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A Series Must Start Somewhere . . .

Patrick O’Scheen’s thoughts on Writing A Series . . . enjoy!


In my third and last post (for now) on the work of self-published author, Patrick O’Scheen, I turn the blog over to the man himself for his thoughts and reflections on the art of series writing. Take it away Patrick.

SEER guest post imageOne, two…three…four…more. A series starts somewhere. It grows from a simple story into an elaborate sequence of plots all tied together by a place, a time, a theme, an opinion, or a thread. They are multiples of the same…that are different.

Authors choose to divide a single story into a series of books for various reasons. Often the plot is too complex to be contained in a single tome, but usually it is a question of document size. Books beyond what is considered a normal word number are separated into volumes for the sake of magnitude. However, some authors also consider a cliff-hanger a way to bolster bookshelf sales.


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Guest Author Lauren Klever

You meet the best authors on Chris The Story Reading Ape’s page; like Lauren Klever, author of The Secret Watchers series. Check out her exciting novels for YA, and adults will enjoy them as well! /|\

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Lauren Klever

Hey, I’m Lauren Klever, author of young adult fantasy action adventures. I’m a certified teacher who is dual endorsed for grades 5-9 so YA was a natural fit for me. I also love to read young adult literature because I’m a big kid at heart. My series The Secret Watchers is a contemporary action-packed fantasy with a fourteen year old male protagonist. Very early in book one, Owen discovers he has ability to see darkness in the world and is now driven to repair what he can while trying to balance his own moral compass. It is no simple job and is further complicated by the dark watchers who try to neutralize him, in any way they can.

I’m an only child (read as huge imagination) and spent my childhood in Milwaukie, Oregon. I’m a graduate of both Oregon State University and Portland State University from where I have Masters…

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Book Promo Day: 3rd October, 2013

CURSE OF THE SALUTE – one of the featured books on Steve K. Smy’s Imagineering site! Thank you Steve /|\


As I stated last week, due to the Tsunami response to my post on 24th, I have had to limit the number of books to six, but if you’ve made a submission and yours is not in this article, DON’T PANIC, it just means that it will appear NEXT Thursday 10th October or on a Thursday thereafter.

In fact, ALL the October slots have now been filled and the first November slot started, so please give me at least 3 weeks to recover before sending in any more book Promo applications (Chris)

This weeks SIX (6) great entrants are as follows:

The Fencing Master’s Daughter by Giselle Marks


Regency Romance– Edward, Earl of Chalcombe, walking home, is attacked by footpads. He attempts to defend himself but is bludgeoned to the ground. Death seems inevitable when a fat ugly man carrying a stick and a beautiful slender young lady appeared…

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