Showing posts from February, 2015

Book Release ~ Lost & Scared

Lost & Scared

When their younger twin siblings were murdered by their cold-blooded father, Shane and Keri’s own twin connection deepened. Their father shamed Shane and Keri into silence, and then went on to bring four more children into a house shuddering under the weight of his unpredictable temper. Ten years later, what should have been a regular visitation turns into a horrific nightmare. Trapped in the Superstition Mountains with an addicted and dangerous father, Keri’s faith and determination wavers, but she knows she must save her brothers and sisters and return all of them to the home they love.
She now faces one insurmountable obstacle. He can’t afford to let her go.

Excerpt 1 ~ Shane
The window in my bedroom that I share with my two younger brothers overlooks Main Street. I angle my head, so I can attempt to see where my twin is. “See Keri?” Axe, my best bud, asks. “Nope. But I do see a bunch of cars leaving.” I face him and grin. “That means she’s on her way back.” “Great. We c…

Celebrate Reviews ~ The Good, The Bad, and The Indifferent

Ah, the dreaded review. A five star has us leaping over the moon and sharing with one and all. A one star will have us bemoaning those who don’t realize what it took to write our book. I’m fairly certain all of us have received a less than stellar review at some point in time. That one sticks with us, makes us rethink our dedication to the craft. Some authors have declared they’re ready to quit after their first bad review. Is that the way to go?
Absolutely not. A review is someone’s opinion about our book. There’s no need to troll the reviewer’s stats, searching for a reason they didn’t like our book. Please don’t post derogatory comments about the reviewer, either on the sales site or your blog. Ignore the review, unless the reviewer makes very valid points about plot content or proofreading/editing problems. Then it’s time to go through your book with a fine tooth comb and ask yourself if you could have done better. If you don’t see anything wrong, ask a person you trust to be blunt …

Curse of the Purple Delhi Sapphire

Curse of the Purple Delhi Sapphire Temple of Indra Series Book Two Rachael Stapleton
Genre: Mystery, Adventure, Romance
Publisher: Solstice Publishing Date of Publication: February 3rd, 2015 ASIN: B00SNAF018 Print Length: 215 pages Word Count: 66, 400 Cover Artist: Rebecca Boyd
Book Description:
As a librarian, Sophia Marcil loved reading, especially books about ancient curses and reincarnation, but she never imagined the legend of the Purple Delhi Sapphire was true until she inherited it and was transported back to a past life where she was murdered. Now she knows that not only is reincarnation real, but so is the devil’s magic locked inside the precious gem. Just as she’s about to tell her boyfriend Cullen about it, he proposes with an engagement ring made from a piece of the very sapphire that’s cursed her. Reeling from the shock and surrounded by his family, she allows him to place it on her ring finger. As soon as it touches her skin, she feels herself being wrenched back in time.
Before sh…

What’s Your Next DIY Project? Part 2

Now that we have Facebook under control, the next social media we’ll attack is Twitter. I’ve had so many people ask how I grow my feed, what I tweet, and how do I attract attention. It’s rather simple, if you take the time to learn Twitter. First, you have to make sure your feed is friendly and inviting. To do this, you need to have a fabulous banner to grab the eye and your picture. Fans want to know what their author looks like. Don’t put your book cover up instead of a picture of you. They’ll see the book cover a lot if they follow you. Discover a great artist who can assist you with making an inexpensive but eye catching banner.
Growing your Twitter feed is important, but don’t try to do that too fast. Until you have at least 2,000 followers, never follow too many people back. What’s the idea ratio? Stay at or under 10% of your followers. Otherwise, you’ll find yourself in Twitter jail. That’s where you won’t be able to tweet until your follower/follow ratio matches.
Now that you ha…

What’s Your Next DIY Project? Part 1

It’s coming up on springtime, when we do renovations, fix that which winter has destroyed, and plan for new beginnings. Do it yourself projects abound, so what are you, as an author, planning for your next DIY project?
Now that I have your attention, just what kind of DIY project am I talking about? Why, promoting your book. Is there anything else for an author to be doing when spring is in the air? Sure it’s February, but it’s never too soon to look at how you promote your book and see what is and isn’t working.
First on the list is how you present yourself on Facebook. Okay, I have to admit that my fan page doesn’t get as much attention as it should. I just don’t know what to say on a daily basis. That goes to who I am, a very private person still getting used to this expose all world. But I do have some good ideas about what you can do to improve your fan page reach.
#SneakPeekSunday is a great way to get attention for your page. What this entails is posting something like this: ‪#‎S…

Teen Issues

It was difficult to find a variety of teen books during my childhood in the 60s and 70s. There simply weren't many. I devoured the Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew mysteries, lived vicariously through Trixie Belden's adventures, and once (for about ten minutes) dreamed of being a nurse like Cherry Ames. After figuring out I couldn't handle the sight of blood, I gave up that dream. Another author I discovered was Judy Blume, and it was then I knew I'd address what had been mostly ignored – issues teens face daily: the peer pressure, the temptations, and mostly the problems people acknowledge when they're in the news, but otherwise they ignore them.
Why concentrate a wonderful love story on teen drinking as I did in Softly Say Goodbye?
The biggest reason is there are very few books available that focus on this story from the perspective of a teen standing up for what she believes is right. Peer pressure for teens is tremendous. Here they are, with all those raging hormones, g…