Spawn, Tangled Threads Series

Spawn_ebookSpawn by Nancy Brooks

is here!

True to form, Nancy continues with this fast paced, action packed adventure that will keep you turning the pages.

Kiarme’s band of mercenaries aren’t quite out of danger yet… find out what happens.

Book Description:

It would have looked like a typical American home, except for the bars on the windows, the aluminum foil wrapped around the roof, and the sign on the lawn that read ‘Beware of Aliens’. This they were used to; it was an assignment they could handle efficiently as Disseminators of Misinformation. But when Seven Banks and his fellow DOM operative arrive in Nebraska to discredit a typical alien sighting, they find themselves thrust into the wrathful path of cannibalistic creatures highly skilled in guerilla warfare. A hostage situation soon ends in a race against time to stop bloodthirsty creatures determined to hunt down and kill fugitive enemies—a band of mercenaries led by the only man who can exterminate the spawn of a demigod.

Click here to read SPAWN

 

NEW RELEASES!!

We have been busy at the 12 Angels Publishing arm of this outfit.

Take a look! Four (4) new e-books released within a matter of a couple months and the great news is that both NANCY BROOKS and CECILY MAGNON are busy working on the follow up books to their respective serieses.

2015 is going to be raining with great new books.

Stay tuned.  We have a lot in store for you this year!!

For more information on the books pictured above, check out any of these links below:

12 Angels Publishing blog

Cecily Magnon Amazon Author Page

Nancy Brooks Amazon Author Page

Assassins by: Nancy Brooks

NEW RELEASE!!

ASSASSINS

by: Nancy Brooks

Assasins-EbookLegend has it that Humans and Non-Humans once shared this land we now call Earth. Truth is, they still do. Most Nons are descendants, half-humans, living undetected on every continent. They like it here. They want to stay. This is their home.

It wasn’t always like that. Back when legend was being written, Nons wanted this land for themselves. They hated humans and would do anything to force them out of this world. They’re the reason why the Milesian Army was formed. With the Milesians leading the battle, almost every immortal was exiled into the Otherworld. Those who managed to escape were considered violators. 
 
The M.A.’s off the grid. No one really knows who or where they are. They capture, contain, and exile every Non they can find. They make sure the average person lives in ignorance, unaware that immortals exist; they hire assassins to make sure the secret stays hidden.
 
My name is Eric LaSalle. I am one of those assassins…
NEW RELEASE!!
DARK SKIES
by: Cecily Magnon
dark skies ebook_coverPassions are erupting…
Cryptic alliances are forming…
Armies are gathering…
And the fabric between good and evil is slowly tearing open…Time is running out on Elysa and The Order of the Anakim. A gathering gloom hangs heavy over their mystic realm as the demon hordes measure a final deathblow in their age-old struggle. Step by step, the demons murder, capture, and conjure their way to a realm unified by utter darkness. Their ruthless queen Ashtaroth – guided only by ambition and her voracious thirst for carnal pleasures, masterminds their rising tide of evil.

The Order must unify its splintering members to meet the defining challenge of their history… or pass forever into oblivion. (To read more click here)

Author Interview — C.D. Gorri

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is proud to present:

C.D. Gorri!!

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BB& B: Christine, can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

Christine: I earned my Bachelor’s Degree in English Literature from Montclair State University. I attended Catholic school from grades K-12 and photo 1am the youngest of six daughters born to Italian immigrant parents.

I currently live in my home state of New Jersey with my husband, my children, and my dog.

It has always been my dream to be an author and I am proud to say I am currently writing a teen/YA paranormal fiction series. My eBooks, Wolf Moon: A Grazi Kelly Novel, and Hunter Moon are both available online.

BB & B: I thought the story was very well done and I’ve read a lot of paranormal, but I have to admit most of my reading has been in the Adult genre. I’m curious why you chose to go with Young Adult?

Christine: I chose to write Young Adult lit for a number of reasons, the one that comes to mind first is I am a huge fan of YA books. I love the whole coming of age story line that sort of goes hand in hand with YA fiction. When you start with a character who is a child or a teen there is so much room for growth on a personal level and in the story line that the possibilities are endless. It just made sense to me that if I wanted to write a supernatural story this is where I should start.

Also, I’m a mom. I wanted to write something my children could read and identify with a little bit. My ten year old is my biggest reader and I didn’t want to write anything that I would have to tell her she couldn’t see until she was much older. It also gave me a built in test group for my ideas! LOL

WolfMoon2 (1)BB & B: Wolf Moon is your first novel. How long was this story brewing inside of you before you began to write it? How long before you decided to publish?

Christine: I have always wanted to write. Grazi, my main character, has been whispering in my head for years. It finally took a very long and cold winter last year for me to come back to a short story I had written about her (about ten thousand words) and turn it into a short novel.

The night I published Wolf Moon on Smashwords I was completely giddy with excitement. I was only looking to see how it would work and I was honestly thinking about waiting a month or so to do it, but then bam, one click later and it was done. I haven’t looked back since.

BB & B: I got a chuckle a few times reading about Maria Graziana’s school experience in a Catholic School. I went to one too and it certainly brought back some memories. Can you tell us what inspired you to pick this setting for Grazi’s character?

Christine: Well, it is a small world indeed! I am a Catholic schoolgirl myself and I wanted to use some of my own experiences in my book. There is something universally true in all schools I think, from the linoleum to the weird teachers and stuffy principal that we can all identify with. It is also an environment that doesn’t see much light in the world of fiction and I thought, why not? My kids go to Catholic school, wouldn’t it be cool to write about something I know and they know and share it with the world?

Also there is Grazi herself. She was raised by her Catholic grandmother and it just made sense for her character to have grown up going to Church and attending Catholic school. The same Catholic school her mother attended and where she met her future husband, Grazi’s father. I guess I could argue if they hadn’t gone there, they never would have met, and the story would not have been possible.

BB & B: Can you give us your favorite scene or quote from Wolf Moon and what inspired this particular scene/quote?

Christine: That is almost like asking me to pick my favorite child! LOL Seriously though, I don’t think I have a favorite scene or quote. I love all of my characters, yes, even the bad ones! I would have to say I am a big fan of Grazi’s and am rooting for her all the way! But the deeper into the series I go the more the other characters surprise me and I am sure they will surprise you too. Grazi is not the only one I feel deeply connected too. Ronan, Angela, and even Julianna have some growing to do in books 2 and 3 and without giving anything away I can tell you they are just fascinating to write.

BB & B: I am truly curious what lies ahead for Grazi. Without giving away any spoilers, can you give us a little sneak peek into the next book?

HunterMoon (2)Christine: In Hunter Moon, book 2, we pick up right where book 1 leaves off. Grazi knows she is a Werewolf and becomes aware that there are things that go bump in the night. Things that seem to want her dead. She embarks on a journey of self-discovery, learning more about her heritage and her parents’ lives and deaths. She makes new friends and her relationships take surprising turns. Grazi’s character also learns that not everything is as black and white as the Hounds make it. In fact, she will help them realize what they have been ignoring for years. Demons are stirring and they want the world.

I am currently working on Rebel Moon, book 3, in it, Grazi must learn and decide for herself who to trust. She learns more about her role in the upcoming battle for dominion over the world and she must decide how and if she will fight. In her personal life things are getting complicated and Grazi comes to see that love comes with a responsibility that she had never realized. Darkness comes for her in the shape of a boy-faced demon and Grazi must resist him in order to find the strength she needs to continue the fight. In the end she will find that when she has her friends by her side she is stronger than ever.

BB & B: What can fans expect from you in the future?

Christine: I am planning at least two more books in Grazi’s series as well as a possible spin off series. I am just fascinated by Grazi’s universe and have plans to expand and build upon it.

BB & B: Do you have any tips for aspiring writers?

Christine: Yes. Write. Don’t stop writing. When you think you are finished, write some more! It is easy to say I will start tomorrow, but don’t wait. There is never extra time or enough time. Just write wherever and whenever you can. And for those who ask you what your real job is just remember this is a real job. If you treat it as such you will get it done. Good luck and never give up.

BB & B: Any last words you’d like to share about Wolf Moon or the series?

Christine: I just want to say thank you for hosting me here and thank all of you for taking the time to read this! And if you are looking for something with a little fang and a little fur to read, give Grazi a try. I think you’ll like her.

Be sure and look for me, C.D. Gorri, author of the Grazi Kelly Novel Series.

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Thanks and happy reading!
“del mare alla stella,
~C.D. Gorri

If you’d like to find out more about CD Gorri and her fantastic new series, be sure to click the links below:

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All of CD’s books can be found at your major ebook retailers like:  Smashwords, Amazon, Barnes & Nobles, Google Play, Itunes, Kobo and more.

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Is there a difference between erotica and steamy romance?

Couple Kissing at SunsetWell… I have been pondering this question for some time now. Why? Because, I admit it, I read a lot of romance novels of all heat levels — all the way up to erotica; and I have noticed that the difference between erotica and steamy romance is very blurred.

I would say there is a difference, but at times it’s really hard to pick out and even harder to explain, but I’m going to try. The differences are based on my observations only and certainly not something I’ve scientifically researched.

So, what are the differences?

  • Descriptive word use
    • In erotica, you get a full frontal assault and there is no questioning what body part is receiving attention and what is getting done to that body part. The body part is glorified in all its splendor and there is no shame in the words used to pay it homage.
    • Steamy romance — the choice of words are softer, more subtle, not actually naming the part, but perhaps pointing to its location. Yes, there is plenty of loving attention to the body part as well, but attention is shown in a more “flowery” kind of way, but with a mix of a good “pounding” when needed. Catch my drift?
  • Frequency of sex
    • In erotica, all the time, all ways, any ways.
    • Steamy romance, there’s a buildup in the story that leads to the sex scene. In some stories, the couple may not get together until half way through the book — the peak if you will 🙂 LOL! I crack me up.
  • Focus
    • In erotica, the point of the story is the sex. The best way to describe this is with erotica anthologies. The focus of each short story is the sex — the how, when, and where, doesn’t really matter, but you know that in each story, that the couple will end up boinking.  Why, because that’s the point of the story. There is no plot twist, except maybe if the alpha male twists something on alpha female, but that’s it. The goal is for the couple to succumb to their lust and have brain numbing sex while they’re together.
    • Steamy erotica, like I said above, there’s a build up to the sexual encounter. The plot moves and winds for the couple to overcome certain things together and sex just happens to be one of the things that brings them closer. In most stories, the sex is the act that solidifies their bond and brings out their feelings of love. That’s where the “romance” comes in 🙂

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Here’s a few more related questions:

Can steamy romance have “explicit” language and scenes? Yes.

Then shouldn’t it be called “erotica?” Perhaps.

So is there really a difference, if steamy romance can have the same type of scenes that erotica can have? The difference may be miniscule and the only difference, may be in the way the author and/or publisher decide how to categorize the story and  market it.

Either way, as a reader, whether you purchase a book categorized under erotica or romance, I think it’s fair to say that you’re going to be reading some scenes that can have you wiggling in your pants — and really isn’t that the point of both these categories because when it comes down to it, a great author regardless of genre, will make you feel the characters — in this case the feel includes pleasure.

Happy reading!

 

Building a legit biz

businessOkay, so when I first dipped my big toe into self publishing, did anyone tell me that it’s actually a real business?  NO! For me, I was following a dream and all I was thinking of was writing and creating books.

It seems obvious now, but when you’re starting something new, obvious questions don’t come up, cause you don’t know what those questions are, let alone ask ’em.

So, here’s my advice for those of you going into self-publishing… Self-publishing is a legitimate, for real business and you have to treat it like one.

Eventually, hopefully sooner than later you will make money through self-publishing.  When you start making money, now you’re a “paid professional.” It doesn’t matter that behind the scenes, you’re still learning what to do and trying to figure things out.  One thing that you gotta remember is that when the money starts coming in, there is a matter of taxes that have to be accounted for.

So… my advice, make your self-publishing biz, legit from the start, rather than having to clean up later.  Get your business documents in order even if you’re only making a dollar a month.

My advice is going to be specific to the U.S. and more specifically — California residents. But the thing to remember is that no matter where you live, your local government will have rules and regulations as to how they want local businesses to conduct themselves and how they (meaning your local governmental agency) wants to get paid.  It all goes down to paying fees and taxes.

Okay, so for California and even this, may vary from County to County and City to City, so do some homework, but I’ll give you some buzzwords to ask about.

For the County, I live in, which happens to be San Joaquin County, these are the steps, I’ve had to take:

1.  I had to go to the County’s Recorder’s Office to apply for a fictitious business name and pay for the application fee.

2.  Once, I completed the application, I had to publicly post the business name through a local paper distributed in our County for thirty (30) days. I had to pay the local paper to post my business name.

3.  Once the 30 days of posting completed, I had to get a validation from the local paper and submit that to the Recorder’s Office.

4.  Once the Recorder’s Office had the validation, they registered my fictitious business name.

5.  Then, and I didn’t know this part… I got a notice from the local City’s financial department alerting me that it has come to their attention that I am running a business and therefore needed to obtain a license in order to comply with local City ordinance… blah, blah, blah.

6.  So, I go to my City’s (Lodi) financial department and apply for a license.  The license part wasn’t a big deal, but I had to complete an extra set of paperwork because I was running the business out of our home.  I had to sign paperwork that I would not post signs or do anything that would compromise the integrity of our neighborhood… blah, blah, blah. I had to pay extra fees to run the biz out of our home, but it’s good for as long as we live in the house.

7. At this point, I thought I was done.  I got my biz license, got an okay to run it out of the house, and my biz name was registered at the County government.  Oh no. I wasn’t done.

8.  I then got a notice from the County Assessor’s Office asking me to fill out a form that basically asks why I have a business license for my residence.  The form was short and even came with a self addressed/stamped envelope, but it was yet one more step that I wasn’t told about.  So, I went to the Assessor’s Office and turned in my form. No fees for that form, just a quick, “it’s a-ok” from the rep.

9. This is the latest. I have finally worked up enough courage to participate at a local event, where I have the opportunity to show and sell my books.  I had to fill out more forms, okay no big deal. I’m used to forms by now,  but the event organizers were asking for a biz license — okay got that one, but they also wanted a seller’s permit. WHAT?! What’s that? Isn’t that my license?

10. Today, I went online looked up information on seller’s permits and it lead me to the State of California Board of Equalization. Presto! Online registration available for Seller’s Permits. There is a regular seller’s permit and a temporary seller’s permit.  I got the regular one since I don’t want to have to keep re-applying every time I decide to participate in an event and besides, I don’t consider my little publishing biz — temporary. I hope to grow this baby!  The permit is good for one fiscal year and you have to re-register and definitely report taxes/income and all that stuff. The best part was that the Seller’s Permit was no cost and I was able to print up the permit as soon as the application process was done. WOOHOO! That was a bonus since I needed to have the permit to participate with the event!

So… and I’m learning this as I go and something else may come up, but for now 12_Angels_Publishing_2here’s what I’ve learned you’ll need.

1. Fictitious Business Name (registered with your local government).  You may have to do a public posting through a local paper, but this will depend on your local gov’s rules.

2. Business license. You typically have to get this through the City where you have your business located.  I work 12 Angels Publishing out of our kitchen, so I applied through our City.  If, like the City I live in, there are ordinances dictating how what you can or cannot do in a residential area, you might want to check if there’s any extra permits you have to get to work out of your house.

3. Once you have your business license, go ahead and apply for a Seller’s Permit. In California, this is required for any business engaged in selling in California.

If anything else comes up, I’ll definitely update this post. I’m learning by fire and during those times, I get a little too close to the heat, I’ll let you know so you can stay nice and cool!

Again, remember going into self-publishing is a true, bonafide business. You do this right and you’ll be living your dreams.  It’s not a get-rich-quick scheme whatsoever. You will have to work your butt and your heart out and you will have to be careful because there are a lot of gamers out there who will try to scam you out of your hard earned money.  Buyer beware is a good rule of thumb to adopt.

Anyways, take the time to do the research to see what your local government requires. It’s better to have this out of the way and know that your business is following all the rules from day one, rather than to find out the hard way and have to make up years of fees and taxes. Blech! Who wants to deal with that?

Happy publishing and I’m excited for your success!!

Free e-books

12_Angels_Publishing_2One of the things, I love to do on the weekends is to go through Amazon’s free e-books.  It gives me a passive activity that keeps me occupied for a few hours.  If you’ve never done this, I recommend trying it.

Here are the benefits of trolling through the free stuff.

  • FREE e-books!
  • Relaxing activity
  • If you pay attention and if you’re trying to learn about the book biz (like me), you’ll see what types of covers are popular, what types of titles are popular, and what the descriptions look like on those popular titles
  • You’ll learn your own trend and how you shop for e-books. I find that when I shop for free e-books, I don’t care so much about the reviews on a book.  I’m more willing to take a chance even on a low rated e-book.  I figure, what do I have to lose?
  • FREE e-books! I know I’ve already listed this benefit, but seriously being a bookaholic, free satisfies my need to add to my ever growing e-book collection.

I like to use my iPad for this, but you can’t use the Amazon app to search for freeMC900441397[1] e-books.  What happens is that the titles will show up, but you won’t be able to download.  You actually have to get into Amazon via the web.  I just use the Google app, type in Amazon.com and use the link that Google brings up.

Once you’re inside Amazon’s “store” just type in “free kindle e-books” in the search field and as if by magic all the free e-books appear before you. There’s usually 400 pages worth of free e-books.  I’ve never gone through all 400 pages and there is that part of me that wonders what I’m missing, but as much as I love Free, I just don’t have the fortitude to go through 400 pages!

Of course, you can narrow down your search, by adding keywords to your   search like free kindle ebooks “nonfiction” or “…romance”, or “…paranormal”. With specific keywords added to your search criteria, your options become more manageable.

Alrighty, that’s my tip this week. Check out the free stuff. You never know what gem you might find. I’ve discovered some great books/authors by doing this.

Happy searching!

 

 

Create a book trailer for free

12_Angels_Publishing_1One of the best things that I’ve learned how to do since becoming an author is to make my own book trailers.

Granted, my book trailers are not fancy like what  professional productions can create, but my trailers are decent. And best of all, I have a lot of fun creating them!

So, I’ve made about four of them for 12 Angels Publishing. The first trailer I made for Spirit 101, I did spend some money for pictures, but that was before I learned to scour the net for FREE stuff!

With a little patience and some imagination, you can create a book trailer too for very little to zero money.  For those of us creatives that have not yet figured out how to make money from our trade, free is always good!

I’ve listed the resources and tools I use below.  If you’d like to see what 12 Angels Publishing book trailers look like, please go visit my channel on You Tube.  I used my blue logo for this post, since that’s the same pic I’m using for the You Tube channel.

Click here for my channel 🙂

I have a PC with a Windows based operating system.  My PC came with Windows Movie Maker and this is what I use to put together the trailers. It’s super easy to use.  If I can figure it out, anyone can.  It doesn’t have a lot of bells and whistles, but there’s enough effects included to give you variety from project to project.

If you don’t have Windows Movie Maker, here’s a link you can check out. Windows Movie Maker.  Remember read the descriptions first and make sure it’s something that your PC can handle and pay attention to your PC’s security and firewalls before you download. I can’t guarantee safety of any of these downloads, I simply want to show you where you might find them for free.

For free stock pictures:

For free stock video:

For free royalty free music:

This list is not all inclusive and there are more free sites out there. Make sure you read the licensing rights and understand what kind of credits need to be given.  For me, I like to go ahead and include the artist names and/or website names of the sites I used to get my material.  I don’t mind giving credit where credit is due.

Again, I cannot guarantee any of these sites and I have no affiliation with any of them. I just happen to have found them and thankful that there are generous folks out there willing to share their work for free.

Here are the steps I take to create book trailer.  You might develop a different process and that’s ok too! Do what’s fun for you 🙂

  • I pick which book to create a trailer for. I know, obvious right?
  • Decide what kind of feel you want for the trailer — serious, dark, happy, whimsical.
  • Choose your pictures, images, and videos according to the feel you want to convey. Pick relevant images. I know, obvious — again 🙂
  • Choose your music according to the feel you want to convey
  • Arrange the order of your images. There’s lots of flexibility with this — you can always move them around in Windows Movie Maker.
  • Draft some text or caption that you want to include in the trailer.
  • Decide where you want those captions to show in the trailer
  • If you’re really savvy, choose SEO rich words to use. I don’t worry so much about this (at least not right now). I just want to have fun creating 🙂
  • Layer all your content together in Windows Movie Maker and then decide on the transitions and special effects that might smooth out your presentation and give it some “ooh-ahh” moments.
  • Have fun!