Monday, October 31, 2011

Darkspell Launch Spookfesta is HERE!













I'd like to thank everyone of my best bloggie palz who volunteered to help make this possible. There is an overwhelming amount of kindness that brings me to tears. Thank you, guys, you ROCK!




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If I had all the magic in the world, I'd live in a log cabin in the middle of 1,000 acres with horses on it. *SIGH*




Great news!  Darkspell is here to stay! I have to admit that I am thrilled and nervous at the same time.


Winter Sky believes she is everything ordinary . . . until she is kissed by Alex Stormhold.

As seer of Stormhold Coven, Alex is sworn to be Winter's protector against the darkness that hunts her. Violently thrust into the magickal realm she always thought impossible, she stumbles upon a disturbing secret of her own.

Will love prove thicker than magick?

Darkspell is now available on Smashwords
Kindle, and Amazon.com paperback

For a signed copy, please visit my website! http://www.authorelizabethmueller.com/


This Wednesday, I will announce 3 winners from the beautiful list (hopefully you would have posted to qualify)!







Saturday, October 29, 2011

Darkspell--7 Different Ways to WIN a Copy!



Ever skimmed ahead to see if anything bad happens to your favorite character? Well, here's your chance with Darkspell without having to actually read. How you say? Glad you asked! The easiest and funnest way of course is with chapter illustrations!






That is one way that makes Darkspell so fresh and fun to actually read!


Onto the free stuff . . .


I've searched the web and have found 7 different ways for you to win a FREE copy of Darkspell!


1--Romancing-the-book.com! November 6th--SUCCESS!


2--Darkspell Launch Spookfesta! October 31st--SUCCESS!


3--"like" my fan page and automatically enter to win a Darkspell copy on Halloween! October 31st--SUCCESS!


4--Konstanz Silverbow's Book Giveaway! October 31st--SUCCESS!


5--Taneesha has shown tons of Darkspell LOVE! November 12th--ONGOING


6--Scribblers Cove's Hurricane Season Double Book Launch Give-Away! November 31st--ONGOING


7--CK Bryant Giveaway & followup chat with ME!--SUCCESS!






It's easy to win! Well? What're ya waitin' for?




PS:
WOOOOT! My debut novel, Darkspell YA Paranormal Romance releases this Halloween!









Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Book Review: Deep Blue Secret by Christie Anderson



Sadie James has fallen in love with a mysterious boy with green eyes. He seems to be where she needs him, like when she nearly drowns in the sea. How doe he know where to find her?

After he pays her a forbidden visit, he is all she can think about. Obsessed with him, she hunts the entire school, but doesn't find him.

Rayne struggles to keep his feelings at bay from the day he meets Sadie, but is that what he really should do?

Christie Anderson did an excellent job at revealing the plot and characters by showing us its secrets bit by bit. The characters are well thought out and believable down to their endearing habits! This book is a sweet romance that had me turning the pages for more.


to purchase Deep Blue Secret:
http://www.amazon.com/Deep-Blue-Secret-Water-Keepers/dp/1463768591/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1317345871&sr=8-1

view the booktrailer:
www.youtube.com/watch?v=BNODYfM7lvo

visit the author!
http://christieanderson.org/


Thanks, Christie, for the wonderful read!

Monday, October 24, 2011

The Power of Being an Author by Brian Moreland


Today I have the honors of having Brian Moreland as my guest. Please visit his blog and let him know how awesome he is!

Without further ado, Brian Moreland!

Your manuscript is written. Your agent sells it to a publisher. You celebrate with your friends and family. After signing the contract, your very first advance check arrives in the mail. You had hoped for six figures, but it’s only four. It’s divided up into thirds and barely pays one month’s bills. You won’t receive the other two payments until your book is edited and releases late next year, but who cares? You’ve landed your first book deal! You do your happy dance in the living room. Months later your manuscript returns home with lots of red marks and notes from your editor. You edit the book and rewrite a couple chapters. Soon after, your editor emails the cover design. You’re blown away by the artwork and fancy type with your name on the cover. Your book suddenly takes on a whole new dimension. You post the cover on Facebook. Your friends and family give you lots of “Way-to-go’s!” and “Congrats!” Twelve to eighteen months later your book releases on Amazon and in book stores across the country. At last, after years of dreaming and writing, you hold your printed book in your hands. It’s like holding a newborn baby, and your heart swells in your chest. You might even shed tears. The metamorphosis is complete. You can now drop the moniker “aspiring writer” and proudly call yourself an author.

For those writers persistent enough to pursue a writing career—the ones who refuse to give up despite all the years without pay and rejections from agents and publishers—at some point you will publish your first book. It may take years, or in my case, almost two decades. I am living proof that dreamers who procrastinate can eventually complete a book and publish. And once you do, there is much glory to be had. You enter a whole new reality where you wield the power to accomplish bigger goals and experience more than you ever dreamed possible.

Traveling the world as an author doing research has opened many doors for me to have some extraordinary experiences. While doing research for my Word War II thriller SHADOWS IN THE MIST back in 2005, I backpacked across Germany, exploring some of the battlefields. While there, I met three historians—two German, one Dutch—who took me under their wing because I was an author. They showed me where to find some battlefields that weren’t on any tourist maps. I also got to tour a WWII museum that wasn’t open to the public. It was at a German man’s three-story house; every room, including the large basement, was full of war relics and mannequins dressed in German, American, and British uniforms. Every kind of weapon imaginable was on display. The German historians shared many personal details about the war that I would have never found in a history book. The next weekend they invited me to a WWII reunion, where I met several veteran German soldiers. They told me story after story that impacted the writing of my novel. Because I was an author, I was treated with high respect. And that respect has followed me to every country I’ve visited.

Publishing my second novel DEAD OF WINTER was even easier than my first. With SHADOWS IN THE MIST, I had established a track record of book sales, blurbs from famous authors, and positive reviews. I had also grown as a writer and had more confidence in what I could accomplish. My literary agent learned that a legendary editor, Don D’Auria, was starting up a new horror line over at Samhain Publishing. My agent thought this would be a good home for DEAD OF WINTER—a historical horror mystery about a cannibal killer stalking a fur-trading fort in 1870. I submitted my second book to Samhain Horror. Less than 30 days later, Don offered me a book deal. I did another happy dance. As it turns out, DEAD OF WINTER was chosen as one of the first novels to launch the new horror line in October 2011. From this experience, I have made friends with several other Samhain Horror authors releasing their books alongside mine.  
As an author, I’ve gotten to be the guest of honor at parties, been interviewed on radio shows, and was invited to speak to 900 junior high students. If you’re a public speaker, having a published book gives you credibility to land speaking engagements. A published book also gives you an opening into highly esteemed circles. I’ve met a number of best-selling authors whom I’ve idolized. I’ve shared meals with them, drinks at the bar, sat next to them on panels at conventions, and gotten to have long, personal conversations with men and women whose books I had been reading for years. Those experiences always gave me a sense of awe.

Your power gets even bigger once you hit best-seller status. If you’re Stephen King, James Patterson, or Dan Brown, you’ve achieved super stardom and the literary world is your oyster. Publishers roll out the red carpet and pick you up in limos. You get top billing on all advertising, your cover placed on Amazon’s homepage among other best-sellers, and your book displayed right at the front of Barnes and Noble. I’ve even seen famous authors in full-page ads in USA Today and on billboards. With this kind of exposure, selling thousands of copies and topping the best-sellers’ lists become automatic. From there your popularity with fans grows exponentially.

I once heard best-selling thriller author Brad Meltzer give a speech. He shared a funny story that one of his novels had just hit number one on the best-seller’s list in Bulgaria, a small European country. When he arrived in Bulgaria and walked off the plane, a crowd of people holding up signs were standing behind a chain-link fence and cheering for him. You would have thought he was Prince William or the Pope. Everywhere Brad Meltzer went in Bulgaria, he was treated like a royal celebrity. He described the experience as surreal.

While having raving fans is certainly one outcome of becoming a popular author, most exciting of all is that your book could get made into a movie. When I met horror author Brian Keene, he told me he was on his way to the filming of his novel Ghoul. He got to experience seeing his book coming to life in a whole new way as actors were playing his characters. When Stephanie Meyer’s Twilight series was being filmed, she got to visit the set and meet all the actors. And those movies have immortalized her characters and created an explosion of Twilight merchandise.

Stephen King has seen dozens of his novels and short stories adapted into movies. And so has R.K. Rowling, who has reaped the rewards of her Harry Potter series being made into eight blockbuster movies. Universal Studios even added a Harry Potter attraction at their theme park, and Rowling was a V.I.P. guest at the grand opening along with the movie stars.

Once the movie version of your book hits the big screen, you can watch your book sales skyrocket, and the power of what you can accomplish as an author multiplies. Not to mention your income. You can finally quit that day job and write for a living!

So what is it that gives authors such power to be treated like celebrities, earn lucrative incomes, and experience extraordinary careers?

The power, I believe, comes from the stories that live between the covers of their books. Well-written stories with characters we can relate to can induce feelings of love, pleasure, joy, and hope for a better tomorrow. Your book can touch the lives of readers in ways you can’t even imagine. R.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter books inspired millions of children to read. Stephanie Meyers’ love triangle between a confused teenage girl, a vampire, and a werewolf offered a fantasy romance that young adults found highly entertaining, especially my fourteen-year-old niece, who has read the Twilight books multiple times and now reads every vampire romance she can get her hands on. For adults, authors like Stephen King, James Rollins, and Norah Roberts continue to churn out thought-provoking fiction that ignites discussions in online chat rooms and Twitter.

When a reader is emotionally moved by a book, they love to share their experience directly with you, the author. I’ve been fortunate to receive a number of exuberant Facebook posts, Tweets, and fan letters from readers. These words of praise always make my day. A group of students sent me a photo album with photos and letters describing their experience of reading my book as a class assignment. One fan expressed that reading my novel helped him get out of depression and inspired him to start living again. I have been deeply touched, seeing the impact my writing has had on others. I would not have had any of these incredible experiences had I given up on my dream.

Books have power. During times of economical uncertainty, when our media is bombarding us with news of politics, unemployment, and wars, a good book has the power to help readers escape into an alternate universe where they can experience anything that the author imagines for them. So if you’re still an “aspiring writer,” stick to your goals of becoming a published author. Do whatever it takes to complete your book and get it published. If a procrastinating dreamer like I used to be can do it, so can you. There is much glory ahead of you. Earning royalty checks and being treated like a celebrity are nice fringe benefits. Well-deserved perks for all those months you spent alone typing at your computer. The highest rewards, I believe, come from sharing the book that was in your heart and knowing that your words, your stories wield the power to bring joy to the lives of others.



Author Bio: Brian Moreland writes novels and short stories of horror and supernatural suspense. He loves hiking, kayaking, rock climbing, and dancing. Brian lives in Dallas, Texas where he is diligently writing his next horror novel. You can communicate with him online at http://www.brianmoreland.com/ or on Twitter @BrianMoreland. Check out his latest novel DEAD OF WINTER.

Amazon link for DEAD OF WINTER: http://www.amazon.com/Dead-of-Winter-ebook/dp/B005LYIDUY/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1315836343&sr=8-2

Get more writing and publishing tips at Brian’s blog:  http://www.coachingforwriters.blogspot.com

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Tough Skin?



Enter to win a signed copy of Darkspell poster, a $10 Amazon gift certificate, or a copy of Darkspell! How?  Just enter here and set up your post October 31st--easy peasy...pleasy?




Believe it or not, I've been needing to find my other thick skin. I know as aspiring authors, we are pushed to develop thick skins from critiques, rejections, changes, and so on. It hurts to have someone tell us that we need to rewrite it because then we believe that we aren't good enough.

But there is another sort that looms after the book has sold to a publisher. The feeling of rejection doesn't stop there...

What if the readers don't like it?

What do I do when I get a bad review?

I've had several published friends feel so bummed with the fact that they got a 1 or 2 star rating, or if a reader said some awful things about their books. I'm cringing here, and Darkspell isn't out yet! I have yet to find another layer of skin--and this one might have to be thicker because now it will be made public rather than private and between you and the other person.



How do you deal with thick-skin moments?




Monday, October 17, 2011

Marketing Crazy Days


Please remember to sign up for Darkspell Launch Spookfesta party for October 31st here--coolawesome prizes!




I have to confess that it's been TONS of work working with just one book. I would have to say much more intense than writing and submitting queries. You've got to keep up appearances with every network so as to keep your name in circulation. That's just online stuff. I've been taking mental notes of every place I could do signings as well as getting them to carry my book. I don't know how much marketing the big publishers do for you, but mine is small, but I'm happy to push my book along. It's certainly a growing experience!


Have you signed up for Darkspell Launch Spookfesta party? Check it out, there are cool prizes to be won!


Have you thought of marketing ideas for your book? What fun stuff do you have planned for your big day?








Thursday, October 13, 2011

Book Review: The Key of Kilenya by Andrea Pearson


Please remember to sign up for Darkspell Launch Spookfesta party for October 31st here--coolawesome prizes!


From the back:
When two vicious wolves chase fourteen-year-old Jacob Clark down a path form our world into another his life is forever changed. He has no idea they have been sent by the Lorkon--evil, immortal beings who are jealous of powers he doeens' know he possesses--powers they desire to control.


The inhabitants of the new world desperately need Jacob's help in recovering a magical key that was stolen by the Lorkon and is somehow linked to him. If he helps them, his life will be at risk. But if he chooses not to help them, both our world and theirs will be in danger. The Lorkon will stop at nothing go unleash the power of the key--and Jacob's special abilities.


My thoughts:
Want to go on a colorful journey filled with adventure, excitement, and danger? Join ordinary Jacob who stumbles into a magical kingdom where all hope rests on his young shoulders. I admire his integrity for the choices he makes, though most of them are difficult. I enjoyed how he worked through tight spots with his friends who supported him the whole way through.


The world he stumbles upon is nothing like our own. It is well-developed and dangerous as I hoped for Jacob's success. The setting reminds me of Obert Skye's Leven Thumps, so you can imagine how one thing is so unlike another by our standards. It sure keeps our hero on his toes!


I have no doubt that readers will connect with Jacob as he juggles many things in life from basketball to peer pressure and as well as life or death choices.


Thanks for the blast, Andrea!


Where to find the Author:
You can learn more about Andrea Pearson here at her website: http://www.kilenyaseries.com/

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Writers Support 4 U: Dying Young


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So many things are going on right now with my writing career, I'm not sure where to start. I haven't written fresh in Darkspell's sequel for about 3 weeks now because I'm juggling my internet presence hard! I've been trying to recruit minions who are willing to help me. I offer swag as well as behind-the-scenes stuff with Darkspell and other fun things.

I've been thinking about places I could book sign and how to present to them.

I wonder if it'll ever die down, or if my life will always and forever be a roller coaster? Having children to take care of is crazy enough, will I die young?

What about you, how do you keep up with your marketing and writing and life?









Friday, October 7, 2011

Fantastic Friday Writers: Holidays


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Holidays and celebrations are fun and happy, right? They don't always have to be. As readers, we want something that is bright and entertaining--bigger than life. Maybe with some intensive scenes that are not necessarily cheery.

When I write about party scenes, I love to throw in tension. In one of Darkspell's deleted scenes, I had my characters attend a masque ball for Halloween. They danced and flirted and fought. Two boys became angry over Winter and crashed the party with their rivalry.

I've written about the ancient Viking wedding celebration where the groom becomes what the bride's heart wishes him to be--human!

Another scene from my high fantasy novel, Tragic Innocence, a rich merchant returns safely from lost caverns and a celebration is held. The heroine participates by playing the harp--something she never dreamed she could do, which builds to her self-discovery.

I use celebrations sparingly in my work and only if it will move the story forward. For Darkspell, it didn't add to the book since I have Homecoming and Prom in there. Too many parties make it boring I think.

How do you season your book with parties?

Let's see what our FFW writers think!
J.D.Brown - Urban Fantasy ~*~ Jeffrey Beesler- Science Fiction ~*~ Charlene A. Wilson - Fantasy ~*~ Anastasia V. Pergakis - Fantasy ~*~






Wednesday, October 5, 2011

IWSG: Insecure Writer's Support Group

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I am a pantser.


Whew! I've finally gotten that off my chest! I've written over 8 standalone novels. Suddenly, one of them was nabbed and releases Halloween!


I've struggled over the sequel because I have the pressure of having to be "better" than the first--more exciting. You know, the sequel blues? I have several elements from the first book of Darkspell that I could easily extend, but it's been a fair struggle finding it.


The pantser muse in me is having a blast with the sequel, but the logical editor in me is biting her nails as we both collide!


Something I have to realize and understand is that the first draft is just that, the first draft. It's so hard to separate the two--especially with the sequel because there's more riding on this than the first book.




Alex gave a simple 3 question guideline:

- Who do you want your characters to be when the story begins?
- What theme do you want to follow?
- What do you readers want?

I must confess that I'd have to guess at the last question since Darkspell has yet to make its debut!


Do you agree with me? How do you deal with the pressure of expectation from fans, making the story arc that much more impressive--yet not so farfetched so as to feel forced . . . fake?

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Monday, October 3, 2011

is this for real?

After Darkspell's edits and illustrating, I'm waiting for the big day October 31st! Sometime last week, my publisher sent me the official PDF format and I have on thing to say about it:


STUNNING.


My eyes teared and my mouth dropped. I had no idea just how impressive Darkspell is with my illustrations! Have you seen them? 


Have you signed up for Darkspell Launch Spookfesta party? Check it out, there are cool prizes to be won!




Being an author is like riding a wild roller coaster alone. I'm panicking because I'm not sure how to handle having a published book. I'm winging it now.


Here's my to-do list (the top 4  are ongoing):



  1. Keep up with blogging
  2. network over at Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and google+
  3. Darkspell's countdown
  4. set up book signings and presentations here in my state (I'm looking into outside, too!)
  5. run to the printers to get my Darkspell poster going!
  6. run over to the New Testament Project filming sometime this week
  7. read 3 books for book tour reviews before December
  8. finish Darkspell's sequel
Whew, I'm sure I've forgotten a few things... This doesn't include life outside my writing career.

What's on your list?