Friday, June 23, 2017

Adult coloring pages for Goddess, Spellbound. Yours for the downloading!

For the past few months, I've been working on a special project. One, because I've been feeling the need to sketch, and two, because I thought it would be fun to create coloring pages based on my book, Goddess, Spellbound.

Today, I finally finished! And Smashwords didn't explode when I uploaded the file, lol.

So now you can download a copy of Goddess Spellbound Adult Coloring Pages for yourself! For free!

I was hoping to make a PDF myself, because the images scanned better into that format, but sadly, that was not to be. I had to rescan the sketches as JPGs, which didn't pick up as much detail as the PDF, for some reason.

But I hope you will still enjoy coloring these pages - if you're into that kind of thing. The sketches depict scenes in the book, or show other cool ancient Egyptian artifacts. Or the cover, which you see below.





If you download it, I suggest going for the PDF. Then you can print the pages as many times as you'd like to color them.

If you do download it, please let me know how you like it!

Again, I hope you enjoy this labor of love.


Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Spread the love

Writing can be a discouraging business. Lately, it seems like readers are more harsh in their reviews, picking out inconsequential details to slant a review toward the negative. An author on Facebook recently said she received a complaint from a reader who’d purchased one of her books on an illegal download (I refuse to romanticize them with the term ‘pirate’) site, discovered there was only one page in the ebook, and blamed the author.


By the way, this is only one of the many reasons not to use illegal sites. Many times, the ebooks offered contain malware and viruses. Not to mention that the author is obviously not getting compensated for their hard work. And if you think writing isn’t hard work, try spending months and months – if not years - crafting your own story. It’s a labor of love, but not easy.


The industry itself can be overwhelming, with reports of overall sales declining. On social media, I’ve noticed more posts by discouraged writers who are on the verge of giving up, or have already done so.


I’m one of those writers who can’t help myself. Ideas strike me, and my mind spins with details, working out all the threads. If I’m not able to write for an extended period, I’m miserable. I NEED to write. It’s simply part of my life, and has been since I hit double digits.


In any case, bits of encouragement, scattered though they may be, are like stepping stones that keep us afloat. So if you read a book and it left you satisfied, or (better yet) wanting more, reach out to the author and say so. Believe me, you’ll make their day.


I even appreciate a nicely worded rejection. Last week, an agent responded to my query by saying that my novel wasn’t right for her, but that I was a talented writer and should keep querying other agents. Rejections can be difficult, but that’s the best kind to receive.


How else can you ensure the writers you love keep writing? Tell your friends about their books. Write an honest review on Amazon, Goodreads, Barnes and Noble, or other book seller sites where other readers will view it.


The author will be more grateful than you know.


Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Finette's Folly - Steampunk fairy tale


Finette’s Folly

A Steampunk fairy tale romance



About 32,860 words



Happy endings require patience, hope, and a little ingenuity. Finette Proulx puts her skills at repairing clockwork gadgetry to greater use when she bets all she has on an airship race. Her loss only steams up her desire to win the prize at the British Diamond Cup—and her freedom. After such a lonely life, love seems too much to ask... until she meets Sacha. A mysterious Romanian, “Sacha” Aleksander Dragomir Dalca, aids her in ways she doesn’t suspect. At the moment she thinks her life is falling into ruin, she finds him waiting to catch her with open arms. The handsome gypsy affirms her belief that dreaming's not for fools, and she deserves to write her happy ending her own way.



Finette's Folly is a re-imagined fairy tale based on the French version of Cinderella, Finette Cendron.



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Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Once upon a time...

... is more fun mashed! My upcoming novella, Finette's Folly, is a reimagined fairy tale based on the French version of Cinderella, Finette Cendron. In steampunk!

It's been literally years in the making, but it's almost ready to release.

Here's a peek at the cover.



Happy endings require patience, hope, and a little ingenuity. Finette Proulx puts her skills at repairing clockwork gadgetry to greater use when she bets all she has on an airship race. Her loss only steams up her desire to win the prize at the British Diamond Cup—and her freedom. After such a lonely life, love seems too much to ask... until she meets Sacha. A mysterious Romanian, “Sacha” Aleksander Dragomir Dalca, aids her in ways she doesn’t suspect. At the moment she thinks her life is falling into ruin, she finds him waiting to catch her with open arms. The handsome gypsy affirms her belief that dreaming's not for fools, and she deserves to write her happy ending her own way.

I can't wait to share this story with you!




Sunday, March 19, 2017

What's in a name?

Apparently not much. Shakespeare was right when he said, "A rose by any other name would smell as sweet."

Character names are the one thing that can stop me from writing a story. To me, a name reveals a lot about a person: their heritage, their strengths, their personality. So I always take extra time in choosing each one. If it doesn't feel right to me, I can't continue until I find a name that does. If the right name eludes me for too long, I'll insert brackets where the name should be, and keep writing.

So imagine my surprise when I learned that some readers don't care one bit about names. In fact, three of my former high school classmates commented that they ignore the names in stories, and substitute their own.

I was floored. Of course, I didn't expect any reader to be impressed with the names of my characters, but I did hope they would remember them, at least.

As a reader, the only time I object to character names is when the author goes overboard. This tends to happen in science fiction and fantasy sometimes. The characters are called something unreadable, and unpronounceable. That puts a damper on the story for me.

Since learning the names I select aren't nearly as memorable as I hoped, I've tried not to obsess about finding the perfect one. I'll admit, it's been a challenge. I still want the name to feel right.

So now I'm curious about other readers. What about you - do you substitute your own character names while reading? Please share!




Monday, February 13, 2017

Cover reveal: Omega by Jus Accardo




Omega (The Infinity Division #2)
One mistake can change everything. Ashlyn Calvert finds that out the hard way when a bad decision leads to the death of her best friend, Noah Anderson.

Only Noah isn’t really gone. Thanks to his parents’ company, the Infinity Division, there is a version of him skipping from one dimension to another, set on revenge for the death of his sister, Kori. When a chance encounter brings him face-to-face with Ash, he’s determined to resist the magnetic pull he’s felt for her time and time again. Because falling for Ash puts his mission—and their lives—in danger.

Coming August 1, 2017 from Entangled Teen!


About the Author

JUS ACCARDO spent her childhood reading and learning to cook. Determined to follow in her grandfather’s footsteps as a chef, she applied and was accepted to the Culinary Institute of America. But at the last minute, she realized her true path lay with fiction, not food.
Jus is the bestselling author of the popular Denazen series from Entangled publishing, as well as the Darker Agency series, and the New Adult series, The Eternal Balance. A native New Yorker, she lives in the middle of nowhere with her husband, three dogs, and sometimes guard bear, Oswald.