Saturday, August 20, 2016

Wanted for Murder: Snippet from Starrella Falls for #WeWriWa #Superhero Adventure & Romance

Welcome to another Sunday with Weekend Writing Warriors. Here, writers in different genres showcase their stories with 8-10 sentences. Join the fun and read our snippets.

I’m continuing the scene from my latest release: Starrella Falls, Book 2 in the Secret Supers. You can read the first chapters HERE.

Background: The wanted murderer, Craoker, followed Toby and Estelle out of the pub. Croaker attacks Estelle, and Toby knocks him out.
The final sentence was: “What guy?” Mark strode over and stared at the body.
[Slightly creative punctuation to fit]

“Croaker, the man wanted for murder,” Estelle explained; “we recognized him when we were in the pub.”
“He was bothering Estelle,” Toby growled, pulling her protectively to his side.
“Are you all right?” Diane asked, running to Estelle and catching her hand.
“I’m fine; Toby is looking after me.”
Kneeling by the unconscious Croaker, Mark examined his face, “You’re correct, Ryan, it’s Croaker in a simple disguise.” He looked up at Toby, “I’ll take him to the police station. Give me a hand to shove him in my car.”
Grabbing hold of his arms, Toby lifted Croaker’s upper torso and Mark seized his legs to carry the unconscious man to the car. Toby stepped aside and rubbed his hands together, “Better tie his hands.”

 Starrella Falls

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Thursday, August 18, 2016

Promotion Strategy for Series with 2 Books #Indie #Authors

The Secret Supers Series is 5 months old and has 2 books so far. 

Tag Line: If you like feisty heroines, hunky heroes and quirky animals, this superhero mystery and romance is for you.

Super Starrella

Starrella Falls

Book 1 Free Aug 5-7 and then 99c
Book 2 99c

Promotion Sites for Free Days  – Aug 6-7th Cross-promoted by participating authors & a major success!  - YA for Aug 5th at $7


Best Rank Free occurred on Day 3 and book stayed at #2 in subcategory for much of the 3 days. 
Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #124 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
·       #2 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Romance > Science Fiction

Day 4 – both books at 99c - Sold: 11 of book 1, 5 of book 2

Book 1
Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #27,183 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
·       #202 in Books > Science Fiction & Fantasy > Fantasy > Superheroes
·       #332 in Books > Romance > Science Fiction

Book 2
Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #27,504 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
·       #204 in Books > Science Fiction & Fantasy > Fantasy > Superheroes
·       #342 in Books > Romance > Science Fiction

Day 1: 362 free copies taken. 3 sold of book 2 at 99c
Day 2: 782 free copies taken. 7 sold of book 2 at 99c
Day 3: 943 copies taken. 11 sold of book 2 at 99c
Total of 2087 free copies & sold 21 of book 2

Total by Aug 15th
Sold 12 of Book 1 + 30 of Book 2 = 42 x $0.35 = $14.55 less $7

KU Reads: >4700 of Book 1 + >2900 of Book 2  

Note: Sales tail off quickly, but KU reads continue for longer. 

New Reviews 4-5 Stars
3 for Book 1 and 2 for Book 2
Caveat: These reviews are probably not all from this promotion. 

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Cover Reveal for Pets in Space Anthology of 9 Original #SciFiRom Stories

Pets in Space

Out October 11th, 2016

Even an alien needs a pet...

Join the adventure as nine pet loving sci-fi romance authors take you out of this world and pull you into their action-packed stories filled with suspense, laughter, and romance. The alien pets have an agenda that will capture the hearts of those they touch. Follow along as they work side by side to help stop a genetically-engineered creature from destroying the Earth to finding a lost dragon; life is never the same after their pets decide to get involved. Can the animals win the day or will the stars shine just a little less brightly? New York Times, USA TODAY, Award Winning, and Bestselling authors have nine original, never-released stories that will capture your imagination and help a worthy charity. Come join us as we take you on nine amazing adventures that will change the way you look at your pet!
10% of profits from the first month go to Hero Dogs raises and trains service dogs and places them free of charge with US Veterans to improve quality of life and restore independence.


By S.E. Smith (New York Times/USA TODAY Best Selling Author) Matrix Roma is a member of the elite Zion military Cyborg Protection Unit. Matrix gets more than he bargains for when his cyborg partner, a hybrid Wolfhound named K-Nine, goes missing and ends up finding a mate for Matrix in the middle of a deadly mission on an unknown planet called Earth.


By Susan Grant (New York Times Best Selling, USA TODAY, and RITA Award Winning Author) Interplanetary Marine Lt. Lukas Frank has a lot in common with a street dog named Bang-Bang; they both started off as scrappy orphans fighting to survive—and beat the odds. Things change when Bang-Bang leads Lukas to starpilot Capt. Carlynn Riga. The tough war hero learns what it means to surrender — his heart. Lukas’s struggles with PTSD threaten to tear the three of them apart, but nothing threatens them more than when Carlynn goes missing on a mission. Can a scarred marine and his unlikely canine partner find Carlynn and bring her home, or will he lose everything he’s finally found worth fighting for?


By Cara Bristol (USA TODAY Best Selling Author) Memory: intact. Cognitive function: enhanced. Emotion: erased. After becoming a cyborg, Captain Dante Stone didn’t think he’d ever feel again, until a traumatized young woman and a ball of synthetic fur named Sparky helped him to love.


By Veronica Scott Cargo Master Owen Embersson is shocked when the Nebula Zephyr’s ship’s cat and her alien sidekick, Midorri, alert him to the presence of a stowaway. He has no idea of the dangerous complications to come – nor does he anticipate falling hard for the woman whose life he now holds in his hands. Life aboard the Nebula Zephyr has just become more interesting – and deadly.


By Pauline Baird Jones Emma Standish didn’t think her day could get any worse. Her dad is marrying his boss, her dragon suddenly came back talking and typing, and it’s her fault the Earth, or at least ten square miles of Texas, is going to be destroyed. That’s what happens when you forget something very, very important. Luckily for her, she’s got the love of her life that she can’t remember and her dragon by her side. Who needs to worry when you’re having a day like this?


By Laurie A. Green Navigator Taro Shall has a mission no one wants – find a way to eradicate snakes on a starship. He never expects to find the answer to his problem in a charming street vendor named Adini. His already unusual mission becomes more complicated when he suddenly acquires an adorable StarDog that soon sweeps him and Adini into the maw of a brewing insurrection.


By Alexis Glynn Latner Young Roboticist Ten Jaxdown has to deploy, and possibly sacrifice, the swarm of investigative robots that he has invented and cares about more than anything else in the star system. It may be the only hope for those depending on him and his robots to save them. Yet, even as frantic preparations for the unprecedented deep-space rescue mission are set in motion, it could all be threatened by sabotage. Anastasia Steed is an intrepid young mission designer. She steps forward with an idea that can improve the odds of the mission. Neither she nor Ten expect the assistance they receive from a very unusual pet. A pet that will bring together two alienated human beings who didn’t realize they needed each other. Can Ten and Anastasia discover who is behind the sabotage, save the mission, and discover what is evolving between them? With a little bit of unusual help, anything is possible.


By Lea Kirk Graig Roble is a Senior Commander with the Guardian Fleet security. His specialty as a weapons specialist and combat master is his world, what he was born to do - or so he thought until he finds his resolve and focus inexplicably wavering. His new position aboard the Atlantis can't even save him; if anything, it has left him questioning his own motives. He never thought that could happen until he met Simone Campbell. Simone's focus is on her home world - Earth. She thought her life was full with her research as a botanist. After all, she always believed that helping the people of her world become self-sufficient should take all of her concentration - except it doesn't. There is one man that keeps pulling her attention, and her heart, away from her job. Graig's gift of a puppy to keep her company does more than that, it keeps him in her dreams. How can such a simple gift bring her comfort and make her long for more? Graig and Simone are about to find out that sometimes love can blossom from the smallest, furriest ties.


By Carysa Locke Teegan’s job as a hunter is to track down the Talented, those driven insane by their gifts. She and Ember, her psychically gifted fox, have tracked dozens of people for Cole, the man who works to rehabilitate and recover these troubled souls. When one of Cole’s most dangerous patients escapes, Teegan and Ember are on a hunt that could prove fatal if she doesn’t keep her focus on her mission. Unfortunately, Cole is proving one distraction that might make this her last hunt if she can’t do that. Can Teegan keep her heart and mind in the game long enough to save an entire planet’s population, or will her distraction lead to heartache – and possibly death for everyone?

Saturday, August 13, 2016

What guy? Snippet from Starrella Falls for #WeWriWa #YA #Supergirl Adventure

Welcome to another Sunday with Weekend Writing Warriors. Here, writers in different genres showcase their stories with 8-10 sentences. Join the fun and read our snippets.

Today, I’m continuing the scene from my new release: Starrella Falls, Book 2 in the Secret Supers. You can read the first chapters HERE

Background: Toby and Estelle left the pub by the rear exit and the man Croaker attacks Estelle.
The final sentence was: He dropped the dart, cried a Zarnoth curse and lunged at Estelle.

Racing across the parking lot, Toby grabbed Croaker’s arm and swung him round. In a blur of motion, a second dart shone in Croaker’s hand. Toby punched his fist into Croaker’s chin.
Croaker crumpled. Catching him under the arms, Toby eased him to the ground.
Brakes squealed and a man yelled, “Hey!” Mark Copper jumped out of his white sedan and Diane slid out of the passenger side. “What’s going on?” Mark called.
Straightening and gazing at Mark, Toby drawled, “It’s that guy who’s wanted for murder.”
“What guy?” Mark strode over and stared at the body.

Starrella Falls

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Saturday, August 6, 2016

Poisonous Croaker: Snippet from Starrella Falls for #WeWriWa #Superhero Mystery & Romance

Welcome to another Sunday with Weekend Writing Warriors. Here, writers in different genres showcase their stories with 8-10 sentences. Join the fun and read our snippets.

Today, I’m continuing the scene from my new release: Starrella Falls, Book 2 in the Secret Supers. You can read the first chapters HERE. I may be slow to read your snippets since I’ll be driving to a scientific conference on Sunday.

Background: Toby and Estelle are having dinner in their first real date for several weeks, when Estelle recognizes a man who walks into the pub. Toby says Croaker is dangerous so they leave by the rear exit.
A little background for this scene: At the beginning of the book, Toby’s fear that Estelle will be identified by their enemies leads to complications. But now, he has been recognized by Croaker.
The final sentence was: Croaker stood facing them.  

When they stepped outside, Toby gestured for Estelle to wait where she would be concealed behind the door. “Let him spot me first.” He walked to his motorcycle and bent on one knee, pretending to examine the front tire.
The man came out and focused on Toby. His face twisted in an evil smirk and he raised his hand. A needle point glinted. Estelle blazed at his fingers.
He dropped the dart, cried a Zarnoth curse and lunged at Estelle.

 Starrella Falls

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Friday, August 5, 2016

New Release: The CrimeLords' War by Liza O'Connor #Historical

Meet David, Vic’s brother in law

Vic met David Brown when they were roommates at Oxford, only David’s father lost the family fortune and David had to leave Oxford to make a living for his family. He became the finest dentist in London with advancements far beyond anyone else. He has a x-ray machine capable of finding cavities inside the tooth, electric drills capable of cutting out the decay, then filling the tooth with a special amalgamate that does not shrink and fall out in the winter. 
But his knowledge goes far beyond dentistry. He is connected with inventors all of the world, but especially in Europe and America. So when Vic asks David to help her get Tubs up and walking he comes at once with his new-fangled arc wielder, ropes and counterweights to make it easier for Tubs to get up and move about.
David is the smartest fellow Vic has ever known and has been critical in solving many of their crimes.

Chaos abounds in Late Victorian England. Xavier goes off on a mission without Vic because her protector, Tubs, is not well enough to keep Vic from harm right now. In fact, Tubs is dying and the doctor doesn’t expect him to live for more than a week. Upon discovering Tubs’ dire situation, Vic sets about rescuing him instead.
Good thing too. To all appearances the two strongest crime lords of London have declared war on each other. Only the two attempts on Vic’s life tells her this is all a clever plot by a third party—worse yet, a female villainess.
To stop the crime lords from destroying one another, leaving their territories open to the Russian spy, she must bring Seth and Samson together, share what is really going on, and get them to agree to work against this third party. Not an easy task since Seth Sojourn thinks Vic is nothing but a foolish sop. Unfortunately, Xavier has gone missing, so it’s up to her to convince the angry crime lord that her plan is best. Otherwise, this villainess will kill everyone who gets in her way and bring England to its knees.

David arrived at five with notebook and a cloth measuring tape.
He asked Tubs to raise his arms as he sat on the bed, then measured the distance from the palm of his hand to the thick ceiling beam overhead. He then looked at Vic. “I’d like to drill and place a hook into the beam. That way we can use various equipment on the same hook.”
“Do it,” Vic said as she smiled at Tubs.
David asked Tubs if he could stand.
“Not right now. My legs are pretty tired.”
Vic bragged, “He lifted little boys with his legs for nearly an hour.”
David chuckled. “I doubt I could do that for even a half hour. Good thing Vic found us such a tiny little angel girl to adopt.”
“How is little Maddy?”
David’s smile widened into pure joy. “She is perfection incarnate. Always smiling and happy, so patient with her mother’s constant fussing.”
Vic rolled her eyes. Her sister was always trying to put the world to perfection. No reason why a one-year-old child should be left to her own natural inclinations.
“Once Tubs is walking, we’ll come visit.”
David took further measurements of Tubs and then explained what he had in mind. “Once your legs are strong enough to carry you, I’ll have made you a device that will help you walk to the water closet on your own.”
“That sounds good,” Tubs said glancing at the door of the room where his wife continued to sleep.
“He’ll be strong enough tomorrow,” Vic said.
“Then I’ll weld it tonight.” David smiled. “I have recently acquired one of Coffin’s arc-welders from America. It’s a fabulous device which creates an electric arc that heats to three-thousand degrees. It not only melts the metal and bonds pieces together, but will deposit the filler metal exactly where you want.”
 Vic patted David on his back. Her friend dearly loved American inventions.
“Just build it sturdy,” Vic said, hoping David remembered Tubs weighed four hundred pounds…or he did before he was shot three times in the chest.
David nodded and put up his notebook. “We’ll get you back to full strength, have no fear about that Mr. Tubs.”
Vic walked David to the front door, thanking him for making Tubs a priority.
“You don’t have to thank me. You have given me my wife, my daughter, and my home. Anything you ask me to do will always be a priority.”
David gripped her hand. “We’ll get Mr. Tubs back to health. I know how important he is to you and England.”
To be honest she liked David a great deal more than she liked her sister.

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Liza O’Connor was raised badly by feral cats, left the South/Midwest and wandered off to find nicer people on the east coast. There she worked for the meanest man on Wall Street, while her psychotic husband tried to kill her three times. (So much for finding nicer people.) Then one day she declared enough, got a better job, divorced her husband, and fell in love with her new life where people behaved nicely. But all those bad behaviors has given her lots of fodder for her humorous books. Please buy these books, because otherwise, she’ll become grumpy and write troubled novels instead. They will likely traumatize you.
You have been warned.
Mostly humorous books by Liza:
Ghost LoverTwo British brothers fall in love with the same young woman. Ancestral ghost is called in to fix the situation. And there’s a ghost cat that roams about the book as well. (Humorous Contemporary Romance)
Saving Casey— Cass wakes up in the body of a troubled teen who has burned every bridge imaginable. Her only choice is to turn this life around, but that’s much harder than she ever imagined.
Untamed & UnabashedThe youngest of the Bennet sisters, Lydia, tells her story. A faithful spinoff from Pride & Prejudice.
A Long Road to Love Series: (Humorous Contemporary odd Romance)
Worst Week Ever — Laugh out loud week of disasters of Epic proportions.
Oh Stupid Heart — The heart wants what it wants, even if it’s impossible.
Coming to Reason — There is a breaking point when even a saint comes to reason.
Climbing out of Hell — The reconstruction of a terrible man into a great one.
The Hardest Love Is to love oneself. Sam’s story.
The Adventures of Xavier & Vic Sleuth series: (Late Victorian/Mystery/Romance)
The Troublesome Apprentice — The greatest sleuth in Victorian England hires a young man who turns out to be a young woman.
The Missing Partner — Opps! The greatest sleuth in Victorian England goes missing, leaving Vic to rescue him, a suffragette, and about 100 servants. Not to mention an eviscerating cat. Yes, let’s not mention the cat.
A Right to Love — A romantic detour for Jacko. Want to see how amply rewarded Jacko was when he & Vic save an old woman from Bedlam?
The Mesmerist The Mesmerist can control people from afar and make them murder for her. Worse yet, Xavier Thorn has fallen under her spell.
Well Kept Secrets — The problems with secrets is that they always come to light, no matter how you wish to silence them.
Pack of Trouble — Changes are a part of life, but these changes almost kill Vic.
The Darkest Days — Muddled cases make Vic very grumpy.
The CrimeLords’ War — Vic is almost killed twice as she tries to prevent a CrimeLords’ War and stop a female Russian spy from killing Xavier.

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