Thursday, November 15, 2012

Fairytale is out in German, here's a German indie author I HIGHLY recommend, with a novel out in English!

Today I'd like to celebrate the publication of Someone Else's Fairytale in German as Nicht mein Märchen. The launch has been spectacular and the novel is selling very well, yet since most of my blog followers likely don't read German, it seems only fitting that I celebrate this publication by raving about a German indie author who just had her first book translated into English. I'm talking about Emily Bold, who has already made a big name for herself in her native Germany. Much of her work is historical romance, but this one has a paranormal twist. Here's my synopsis:

A curse that makes a man unable to die, also prevents him from living. He feels no pain and no emotion, merely drifting through existence like a ghost until he collides with a young woman with the inborn power to change his fate. Payton and sixteen of his clan members and allies were afflicted with the curse back in the seventeenth century, only not all of them consider it an affliction. When Samantha, a descendant of their bitter enemies, arrives in modern day Scotland, she steps into a centuries old feud between men who want to live again and those who don’t dare feel the crushing guilt for the sins they committed so long ago.

The Curse, is a complex and compelling book with a story that spans three centuries. While we’ve all seen the immortal guy in love with a mortal woman storyline before, Bold packs the pages with a rich backstory full of historical detail about clan warfare in medieval Scotland, something that the main character, Samantha, knows little about. She is on a modern day exchange program in a small Scottish town when she is nearly knocked over by Payton, who enjoys riding his bike at breakneck speed. It’s a trivial amusement for someone who can’t actually break his neck, only his fleeting encounter with Sam evokes real, physical pain.

This book is written in a mix of British English and Scots dialect. In choosing a translator, Bold wisely went with someone fluent in Scots dialect, able to write it in a way that all of us English speakers should understand. While it is possible at points to see that this is a translation (i.e. Britishisms in some of the American dialogue, which will be removed in the next edition), the underlying bone structure and emotional core of this book is first class. I’m very much looking forward to the sequel, which just came out in German. Everyone buy this book so she can afford to have the next one translated!

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

The Next Big Thing Blog Hop

Okay, everyone, I don't normally participate in Blog Hops on this blog, but this one is perfectly timed. Do we all know what today is? Today is the one year anniversary of when I indie published my first book! So far this November, I've sold over twice as many books as I did for the entire month of November last year. I'd like to celebrate with this Blog Hop, in which I'll answer questions about the upcoming sequel to Someone Else's Fairytale.

Starting below the book graphic are the words of the originator of this Blog Hop (modified to link to the author who passed it on to me), and my answers to their questions:



“From Twilight to Casual Vacancy, the past few years have been full of high profile reads. Love em or hate em, you have to admit you have at least heard of them.

As Authors we all dare to dream we will be next, and well let’s face it you never know ... right?

What is a blog hop?

Basically, it’s an Authors game of tag.

One Author posts, and then tags five other Authors, who each link back to them. Exponentially it is a marketing gold mine, and you my fair reader have hopefully just increased your to read list. Finding New and Exciting Authors you may never have found otherwise. Some of us are still writing, others are just being released. Either way, for you Fiction Lovers, a treasure trove awaits and I’d like to thank fellow Author, Michelle Renea Anderson, for tagging me to participate.”

Click the links to find out about Michelle Renea Anderson's book Shelby’s Plan.

Blog: http://shellsbookworm.blogspot.com

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Shelbys-Plan-ebook/dp/B007CT4GL6

Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/Michelle-Renea-Anderson/e/B000APA04G

Twitter: @MichelleRAnders

“In this particular hop I and my fellow Authors each in their perspective Blogs have answered 10 questions where you get to learn about our current WIP (Works in Progress) as well as some goodies as to our process, from characters and inspirations to photographic/ Cinematic eye candy! I hope you enjoy it!!

If this or any other items pique your interest, please feel free to comment and share your thoughts and questions.”

HERE ARE THE QUESTIONS

1: What is the working title of your book?

The working title of my next book is Nobody's DamselIt's definitely what I'll stick with since I've already got the cover designed.

2: Where did the idea come from for the book?

So in this book we return to the world of Someone Else's Fairytale, but focus on Chloe's career as a forensic scientist. She's put on her first case which happens to be a crime against a child. As a childhood crime survivor, she feels a strong personal investment in the case. Meanwhile the media and the public are all interested in her husband, Jason, because he's an A list actor. His frustration is that he feels he has incredible power in the world of make believe while his wife has so little power in the real world, where real lives are at stake. By working together, though, they find their worlds aren't as different as they fear.

This is a sequel to Someone Else's Fairytale, which I guess is technically an Amazon "Bestseller" as it's been as high as the top 200 paid in the Kindle store, but that's not a term I feel I should be using yet. Suffice it to say, a lot of people really liked Fairytale, so I've wanted to write a sequel for quite some time, but it took almost a year for me to put together a viable idea. I didn't want to just do a sequel in which we follow the characters around doing nothing. Even the most lovable characters get old in that kind of context.

3: What genre does your book fall under?

Chick lit, I gather. I never read chick lit, but Chick Lit Plus has already booked a review slot for it, so I'll trust their ability to categorize!

4: Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?

You know I'm terrible at this kind of thing. I know what I don't know, shall we say, and I don't know which actors would do the best portrayal. If I ever have to seriously answer that question, I'll likely be too giddy to be coherent.

5: What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

Chloe wants to crack a case and save a child's life, while her husband, Jason, fears that he's lost his edge as a Hollywood actor, yet together they find that they and their careers compliment one another better than they ever could have imagined.

6: Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?

I assume you mean self pubbed or traditionally pubbed. As E.M. Tippetts I always self publish, so this book will be no exception.

7: How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?

Six weeks for the actual typing, but about a year for all the mental work of plotting it.

8: What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?

See, I just don't read chick lit, so I wouldn't know. Someone Else's Fairytale is sometimes compared to Love Unscripted, but I gather that even if the subject matter is similar, the actual books are about as different as they can get.

9: Who or What inspired you to write this book?

My characters, I suppose. I've worked on coming up with ideas for plots and characters every day for ten years straight, so I don't have many "eureka" moments when I have this brilliant new idea. Usually they come together a little bit at a time over the course of weeks.

10: What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?

I'll always make sure that my series books do not need to be read in order, so even if Someone Else's Fairytale doesn't appeal, feel free to check out Nobody's Damsel.