Does size really matter?

owlbookLOL! Just in case, you were wondering? Yes, size does matter. Specifically when we are talking about length.

I mean sometimes, a shorty will do depending on your mood, but there are times when full length is what you want to spend the night with.

Get your mind out of the gutter.

I’m talking about book lengths here.

So, this has been bugging me for a while. I hear and see different things on the web as far as guidelines when it comes to how long a book should be. What I’ve gleaned is that there are standards depending on the genre. These standard seem to have come about due to the many years of traditional publishing.

But, indie publishing is exploding and with that comes change. I guess I’ve wondered (as an Indie) if these traditional book lengths still hold water in this ever changing market. Well, here’s what I can tell you based on the searches I’ve done.

  • There’s a “guideline” on how long book lengths should be, but there’s nothing set in stone.
  • The market is changing as evidenced by Amazon’s push towards Short Reads. There’s a short-read option in almost every genre.
  • Ebook readers are growing in sales. This means more books are being read on electronic devices including smart phones. An average person’s reading stamina on an e-reader is not the same compared to a physical book.

I found this table on Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Word_count) and thought I’d share it here for a quick reference:

Classification Word count
Novel over 40,000 words
Novella 17,500 to 40,000 words
Novelette 7,500 to 17,500 words
Short story under 7,500 words

I also found this article by Lee Masterson and I just LOVE the way she sums up the answer to the age old question every author has probably asked at one point or another, “How long should my book be?”

Masterson says, “The simplest answer is: As long as it takes to tell the whole story.”

Check out Lee Masterson’s article here. She goes into more detail about word count guidelines from micro-fiction all the way to epics.

http://www.fictionfactor.com/articles/wordcount.html

Happy creating!

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.

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Gathering Storm

read an ebook wkSmashwords is celebrating the adventures of e-books this week.

If you haven’t already heard, there are tons of both free and discounted books available.

Stock up your reading device and join the fun!  As a little something to get you started, Cecily’s book Gathering Storm is FREE as part of this wonderful celebration.

Click on the links below and use the coupon code posted on the book page to get your copy for free. ENJOY!

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While you’re shopping, Prelude to a Storm is also free.

What can I say? We love to give and share around here 🙂

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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 — Tara Ellis

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Tara Ellis!!

taraellisAuthor Tara Ellis lives in a small town in beautiful Washington State in the Pacific Northwest. She enjoys the quiet lifestyle with her husband, two teenage kids, and several dogs. Having been a firefighter/EMT, and working in the medical field for many years, she now teaches CPR and concentrates on family, photography and writing young adult novels.

BB & B: Can you tell us a little bit about what inspires you and how those inspirations led to crafting your novel, Bloodline: Forgotten Origins Trilogy Book 1?

Tara: This is actually a hard question. I remember when I first decided to become a writer. I was eight years old, and had just typed out my first short story on our old typewriter. I was already an avid reader, and the feeling I had when I created my own world was exhilarating… and it still is.

When it comes to what inspired me to write Bloodline, I would have to say first,bloodline_TaraEllis that it’s my longtime love for science fiction. It’s something I’ve always turned to when I have a need to escape for a little while. In the year or so leading up to the creation of Bloodline, I had been getting more into conspiracy theories and ancient alien/Egyptian tales. Not that I necessarily believed any of it, I just got a kick out of reading about it. Stuff like that makes you wonder, and perhaps broaden your perspective of the world around you.

I had read The Hunger Games a year before, and my daughter was fourteen, so these influenced my choice to try first person POV, and to keep it a clean read. It was important to me that my daughter be able to read it, without causing any embarrassment.

I’m a stickler for a good story. I spent much more time thinking about and researching the plot lines than I did writing it.

BB & B: What made you choose Egypt and an Egyptian lineage for your characters’ bloodline?

Tara: How could I resist? I knew I wanted to tie in an ancient virus from the past to the present, and I wanted the main character to be unique. I started with Alex. Making her half Egyptian took care of both needs. I didn’t know how much that was going to matter though, until I got quite a ways into the outline. It just all came together and gave me chills!

BB & B: I happen to be watching Ancient Aliens the same time I was reading your book. Call it synchronicity, but the topic was about global pandemics having an alien origin. Needless to say, the impact between your book and the TV show made me totally paranoid. Given your medical background and the obvious research you’ve done about ancient meteor impacts and theories, what do you think the chances are, that something similar could actually happen in our real world?

Tara: Don’t you just love it when stuff like that happens? I think my husband thought I was a bit…odd when I started writing these books. I don’t think he bought into the whole idea until I had completed Heritage and started getting back some good reviews. Then, he happened to be watching what was probably the same show that you’re talking about. It came out a good year or more after I had published Bloodline. He called me into the room and told me to watch it, seeming a bit surprised at some of the similar themes. I just grinned.

I think it is VERY possible. Here, I’ll add to your paranoia. Read this article: http://www.cnn.com/2014/03/05/world/europe/siberia-giant-virus-discovered/

It’s about the giant Pithovirus that was recently discovered in Sibera. Notice the publication date of March, 2014….almost a year after Bloodline’s original release date. They suspect this bugger is about 30,000 years old, and this is what scientist have to say (from the above article)

“…The discovery of Pithovirus shows how incomplete our understanding of microscopic biodiversity is when it comes to exploring new environments…”

And the potentially bad news: “…the reemergence of other viruses is no longer the domain of science fiction”

~France’s National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS)

How about that? Now, they’re not claiming this giant virus came in a meteorite, but here is an article from Time magazine in 2011, where they talk about a published paper that discusses the possibility:

http://content.time.com/time/health/article/0,8599,2057461,00.html

Some people believe it…some do not. I say….what if?  🙂

BB & B: Without giving away any spoilers, can you give us your favorite scene or favorite quote from Bloodline? Why is this your favorite?

Tara: Towards the end, there is a climactic scene where Alex comes to terms with some things. It’s funny you asked for this, because there was a recent review posted on Goodreads, where the reader chose this scene and quote to use in their review…and it’s my favorite, too.

“But what the creators of the virus don’t understand is the human desire to fight for our freedom and our value of life. To simply be alive, isn’t enough…I finally realize that our greatest gift, and weapon, is love. I mean, who can ever win against something as powerful as that?”

~ Alex (Bloodline: Forgotten Origins Trilogy, Book 1)

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It’s one of my favorite scenes in Bloodline, and my favorite quote, because I think that it’s at this point where the reader realizes how invested they are in both Alex and the story. That they both matter to them. At least, that’s my hope. As the author, that’s what it meant to me. I already liked my story and all of the characters, but at that point…I felt that tug, so that I knew I was invested. I had to see Alex through to the end of her story, and that meant writing the next two books.

BB & B: Bloodline is the first book in the Forgotten Origins Trilogy. Can you give us a snippet of what’s next for Alex in Books 2 and 3?

Tara: I have a confession. As much as I love Bloodline, I think that I grew as a writer, so I believe Heritage is a better book. Bloodline was the first full-length novel I ever published and I did and still do, have a lot of growing to do.

heritageHeritage is a bigger story. It’s 20,000 words longer than Bloodline and I do quite a bit more character development. This is where the dystopian setting starts, and I guarantee you that there are some twists in the plot that you will NOT see coming! Alex has some new, even bigger challenges and personal obstacles to overcome. Just as I grew as a writer…her character grew, too.

Descent is my favorite book of the three. At 95,000 words, it’s truly an epic tale. There are more characters, storyline developments, war, and death. The Forgotten Origins Trilogy isn’t your typical Young Adult story. I feel very strongly about that. It doesn’t hinge on a love interest (although there is one), but on a back-story that’s so intricately woven, that even though you don’t see it coming…it all makes such perfect sense at the end that you feel like you just got of a good roller-coaster!

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

Tara: I tend to be a bit ambitious. So although I kept saying that I was taking descentsome time off from everything when I was done with Descent, I already have my next adventure started. After some research, auditions, and feedback from other authors…I have decided to record my own audiobooks! I’ve done some theatre and so this type of thing isn’t new to me, but I’m excited about it. To really bring Alex to life and literally tell her story myself…how cool is that?

I’m starting with a MG story I wrote last year. Yes, I also have a middle grade mystery series started. The first one is called: The Mystery of Hollow Inn. It’s only 24,000 words long and I already have the first three chapters narrated. I figure I can learn all of the ropes with this book, so I’ll be ready to produce a good product for the trilogy. Be on the lookout for them!

After that, I plan to write another edition in the mystery series, but I honestly don’t know if I can stay away from the Forgotten Origins. It might just succeed in calling me back. 😉

BB & B: Do you have any last words you’d like to share with your fans?

Tara: I just want to say thank you to everyone who has given my story a chance. There are literally hundreds of thousands of self-published books every year. My hope is that my characters and plot are unique enough to stand out. But you know what? As a writer, I already feel successful. I felt successful when my kids first finished reading the draft on Bloodline, after not being able to put it down. I’ve already entertained my family and friends, and because of the amazing opportunity that self-publishing creates, and blogs like yours have given me…strangers have stepped into my world and gotten lost for a little while. That makes it all worth it!

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Thank you Tara for spending time with Books, Blogs, and Bits! Best wishes to you and your continued success.

If you’d like to find out more about Tara and her work, click on the links below for more info:

Amazon Author Page

Tara’s Website

Facebook Author Page

Facebook Trilogy Page

Goodreads

Tara’s books are available at Amazon.com.

 

 

Author Interview — Heaven Lyanne Flores

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HEAVEN LYANNE FLORES!!

10636243_860975823954956_3290758886484938541_nHeaven Lyanne Flores was born in Los Angeles, raised in Las Vegas, and now resides in sunny San Diego with her family.

She is currently going to school to become a nurse but loves to spend her free time reading and writing while also managing the book blog, Indie Authors, Books & More. She also loves anything Disney princess related and has an unhealthy obsession with zombies.

Let’s find out more about this young talent 🙂

BB & B: Tell us a little more about yourself. I know that in addition to becoming a published author, you are also a blogger with a steady and growing community. That’s an awesome accomplishment. Can you tell us about your blog and why you decided to create it?

Heaven Lyanne: Well, I am eighteen years old and a recent graduate of Chula Vista High School. I’m originally from Los Angeles, CA but lived most of my life in Las Vegas. It wasn’t until I moved to San Diego three years ago that I found my passion for writing but I have always been an avid reader. I am currently attending college to become a nurse. Hopefully one day I can be a full time writer and a volunteer nurse at a free clinic.

My blog is called Indie Authors, Books & More. I created [the blog] when I was fifteen just after I got swept into this indie world. I saw how much it meant for authors to get word of their books out to others and I thought I would try my hand at helping out. Never did I think it would be where it is now. I just love to know I helped someone get their book discovered and for someone else to fall in love with a new book they wouldn’t have otherwise seen.

BB & B: Your love of words is evident. Where does that come from?

Heaven Lyanne: I have always loved to read. It’s something that I have done for as long as I can remember. I was always the girl people could count on to have a book with her. I think it all started when I first moved to Las Vegas when I was around seven or eight. My elementary school library was like my home away from home. Everyone would find me there with a book in hand.

BB & B: What inspires you to write and how did those inspirations lead you to create your first novel, Anastasia?Anastasia Cover

Heaven Lyanne: I have always been a dreamer. Every time I go somewhere I am thinking of the perfect story to go with the setting I am in. I’m not going to lie it usually involves zombies.

When I entered middle school my English teacher had us always write little mini stories. I just loved that assignment and soon found myself writing outside of class whenever I could. My friends always said they enjoyed my stories but I would never write more than two or three pages of one story before I had to start writing something else that popped into my mind, which is why I had to force myself to stay with Anastasia and not start writing something new.

BB & B: What is Anastasia about and why is it special to you?

Heaven Lyanne: Anastasia is a story about a girl named Anastasia (go figure). She and her family are witches. They moved to this planet called Bolton where all supernatural creatures originate from. When she gets there she soon realizes her whole life has been a lie. Now she is the only person alive who can fulfill a prophecy and bring peace back to Bolton, but she isn’t so sure if she has it in her to do what everyone is telling her she has to.

Anastasia’s story has always been with me. I would always be thinking of it and after a while I begun to write it when I would get bored in class. It is so special to me because this is a story I have had roaming around in my head for years. I never thought I would finish it and getting to actually publish it is the best feeling in the world.

BB & B: Without giving away any spoilers, can you give us your favorite scene or quote from Anastasia and why.

Heaven Lyanne:
This quote is spoken by Anastasia to one of my favorite characters, Yelson. This is my favorite because it speaks the truth about life. It tells you that nothing is set in stone. I have read so many books where the good guy always wins and gets his happily ever after. This quote lets you know that anything is possible. It could end with a happily ever after or it could be that the bad guy wins.

“We have to think realistically Yelson. This isn’t some fairytale where you know the good guys will win. This is real life. Life where the bad guys have constantly won. There is always a chance one of us won’t make it.”

~Anastasia

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

Heaven Lyanne: Oh I have so many different writings currently in progress! Along with finishing the Bolton series I have planned and begun writing books about aliens, zombies, werewolves, assassins, and more witches. Also I am a part of a paranormal anthology coming out in June so they can be sure to look out for that.

BB & B: Any last words for your fans?

Heaven Lyanne: Just that I cannot wait for everyone to get the chance to read Anastasia. It literally has been in the works for years and to be having the chance for people to read it is unbelievable. I hope everyone enjoys the world I’ve created.

BB & B: Thank you so much for spending time with us Heaven Lyanne! Best wishes to you and all your future success!

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If you’d like more information on Heaven Lyanne, please go check out her Facebook pages by clicking the links below:

Author Page

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Anastasia is going live OCTOBER 1st! Let’s help spread the word and give this book a good boost!

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Gathering Storm is coming!

gathering-storm-finalDo you feel the crackle in the air? Do you see the clouds gathering?

Maybe it’s because Cecily’s book is almost out!  Watch out for Gathering Storm, Cecily’s debut novel.

Release Date: May 10, 2014

Genre: Supernatural/Paranormal Fiction

Rating: Adult/R

What’s it about?  Here’s a hint — With one push from his strong legs, he launched himself from the second floor railing and landed without a sound in a crouched position in front of her. He stood up slowly, not wanting to add to her fright. He looked at her soaked clothing, her chattering teeth, and the fear that she was attempting to hide. She was brave, reckless, and stunning, and he felt an instant need to shield her and get her to safety.

 

Author Interview–Fleur Gaskin

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the fabulous  FLEUR GASKIN!

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BB & B:  Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

Fleur:  I’m from New Zealand but I haven’t lived there for the past twelve years. I’ve been living in Asia mainly– with a year in Europe and six months in New York.

I traveled a lot because I was an international model. These days I live in Shanghai with fiancé and my two cats. I tutor English for an income but most of my time is spent working on my novels. I do yoga for exercise and I really miss living near the ocean.

BB & B:  What inspired you to write your book?

Fleur:  When I first began to write Arabelle’s Shadows I wanted to expose the world of modeling for what it really is, not how it’s portrayed in the media. Modeling is not as glamorous as it may appear and when I was modeling I often felt that the fashion industry was taking advantage of young girls who didn’t know how to stand up for themselves.

Then I started writing the novel and it formed into something else. Modeling in Arabelle’s Shadows is now mainly just the setting. The story is more about depression and Arabelle struggling to learn how to love herself. In the end I was inspired to try and show that no matter how bad things are, if you just keep going, keep trying, eventually things will get better.

BB & B:  What was the hardest thing about writing this book?  Can you explain why?

Fleur:  The hardest thing about writing Arabelle’s Shadows was talking about the depression. If you have been depressed before and have dealt with your issues then the best way to stay healthy is to not dwell on your past any more. It is a terrible idea to replay in your mind your worst thoughts over and over again. Bringing up the memories of my darkest moments and then attempting to turn them into words was really tough. I had to work hard to make sure my depression did not return. But, as with many tasks that are extremely difficult, in the end it was all worthwhile. Writing Arabelle’s Shadows was very therapeutic and now that it’s done I feel like I have left my past behind and am now a whole new person. ArabelleShadows

BB & B:  If there is one lesson, one message, or any one thing you can share with your readers, what would that be?

Fleur:  Love yourself. Accept yourself the way that you are. If you don’t like something about yourself, change it or forget about it. It’s very difficult to find love and happiness if you don’t already love yourself. That’s what Arabelle needed to learn. That happiness doesn’t come from wealth, beauty or dress size. That another person cannot solve all your problems for you. Happiness comes from within.

BB & B:  What do you love best about being an author?

Fleur:  My new favorite thing about being an author is being quoted. Often when people write reviews they quote something from the book and I’m always amazed at the sentences they find. I read the quote, think that it’s really quite lovely and then I realize I wrote it! It’s all very surreal.

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

Fleur:  I am working on a novel at the moment about being good. I’m hoping it will be more lighthearted than Arabelle’s Shadows. I have no idea just yet which genre it will fall into. I do know that it won’t be based on my life which will make it a lot easier to write!

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

Fleur:  Your first draft probably won’t be very good and that’s okay. Just get something down on paper and then develop your storytelling skills from there. When I wrote Arabelle’s Shadows I had to rewrite it over and over again. And every time I thought it was done, someone would come up with another thing that needed changing. I learned not to take criticism as an insult to my writing skills, but rather as helpful guide to improving my book. Because I kept going and going even when things were all going wrong I ended up with a piece of writing I am really proud of.

If you’d like to find out more about Arabelle’s Shadows, here’s a little summary to whet your appetite:

ArabelleShadowsEverything in Arabelle’s life is coming together. She has confidence, great friends, she’s even dating Naak, a wealthy Thai socialite. But there are too many models in Bangkok. Arabelle’s broke, she can’t find an agent in New York, and Naak isn’t as wonderful as he first appears. Slowly the Shadows creep back into Arabelle’s mind, bringing with them thoughts of hopelessness and despair. The vile Shadows know something Arabelle’s refusing to remember and, if she’s not careful, they’ll use it to destroy her. Based on a true story, Arabelle’s Shadows takes us on a journey through the struggles of growing up, not quite making it as an international model, and attempting to overcome a crushing depression.

You can purchase Arabelle’s Shadows at the following retailer:

Amazon.com

Barnes & Noble

Smashwords

Itunes

Be sure to follow Fleur, by visiting her at:

http://www.fightingtheshadows.com

http://www.facebook.com/ArabellesShadows

http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17282501-arabelle-s-shadows