Review: Stroke of Love by Melissa Foster

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STROKE OF LOVE

Book Two, The Remingtons

(THE REMINGTONS: a 5-book contemporary romance series featuring alpha male heroes and sexy, empowered women. They’re flawed, funny, passionate, and very relatable to readers who enjoy new adult romance, contemporary romance, and women’s fiction.)  

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Kate Parello runs a volunteer program in Belize for Artists for International Aid, where she deals with self-centered artists who use the program as a means to repair their marred reputations. She loves the country, the people, and what AIA stands for, but too many diva volunteers have turned her off to press-seeking celebrities altogether and left her questioning the value of the volunteer program. When she meets incredibly handsome and charming Sage, he stirs emotions she hasn’t felt for ages, even though he represents the things she despises.

 

Laid-back artist Sage Remington escapes his wealthy lifestyle in the Big Apple for a two-week journey of self-discovery to figure out how a guy who has so much can feel so empty. When he meets ultra-organized Kate, who lives her life the way he’s always dreamed of living his, the attraction is too hot to ignore, but Sage is there to figure out what’s missing in his life, not to find a woman.

Every look, and every late-night chat in the romantic jungle brings them closer together, but Sage can barely think past stripping away Kate’s misconceptions about him. Kate fights him every step of the way—even though she finds it hard to ignore the strikingly handsome, generous-to-a-fault artist who wants to do nothing more than right the wrongs of the world—and love her to the ends of the earth.

 

My Review

 Stroke of Love is the type of story that fills you up totally. I can’t express how much I enjoyed the relationship between Sage and Kate. Moreover, both characters were easy to connect with. Sage is perfect, and made up of everything you’d want in a book boyfriend. He’s strong, self-assured and so much more… Did I forget to mention that he is simply gorgeous? But I can appreciate the fact that although he is a well-known artist with money, he’s not superficial. In fact, Sage is rather humble.

As the story opened up with Sage arriving in Belize, his mindset was in a good place. I already felt like I knew him, having read the previous book. Melissa Foster did an excellent job of bringing him alive. And the chemistry between Sage and Kate was so very real. Their romance blossomed over a two-week period, yet it was done in a pleasing manner. Honestly, this pair complimented each other in every way possible. I could also appreciate the fact that even though they loved one another, they were focused on doing more with life. I thoroughly enjoyed this story. Great couple and chemistry, with a valuable storyline! Loved, loved, loved it!

(I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.)

 

 

 

About the Author

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Melissa Foster is a New York Times & USA Today bestselling and award-winning author. She writes contemporary romance, new adult, contemporary women’s fiction, suspense, and historical fiction with emotionally compelling characters that stay with you long after you turn the last page. Her books have been recommended by USA Today’s book blog, Hagerstown Magazine, The Patriot, and several other print venues. She is the founder of the Women’s Nest, a social and support community for women, the World Literary Café. When she’s not writing, Melissa helps authors navigate the publishing industry through her author training programs on  Fostering Success. Melissa has been published in Calgary’s Child Magazine, the Huffington Post, and Women Business Owners magazine.

Melissa hosts an annual Aspiring Authors contest for children and has painted and donated several murals to The Hospital for Sick Children in Washington, DC. Melissa lives in Maryland with her family.

Visit Melissa on The Women’s Nest, Fostering Success, or World Lit Cafe. Melissa enjoys discussing her books with book clubs and reader groups, and welcomes an invitation to your event.

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Book Blast: ” An Element of Time” by Bebe Knight

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“A vampire and a slayer walk into a bar… Sounds like the beginning of a bad joke, but for Veronica and Mackenzie, it’s the beginning of the rest of their lives… “

The world has seen its fair share of evil, but Veronica Chase had no idea such monsters truly existed. Werewolves, poltergeists, witches… even vampires. Ignorance was bliss. But her reality was crushed on that horrid day her family was taken away from her. Now, Veronica has devoted her entire life to hunting those very creatures, searching for the werewolf pack that murdered her parents in hopes of finding her abducted sister. Nothing will get in her way of settling the score for the hand she was unjustly dealt. That is until her newest assignment brings her to her knees.

After one hundred and eight years on earth, Mackenzie Jones thought he had seen it all. With the exception of daylight of course, but that’s what comes with the territory being a vampire and all. Perpetually damned to live his life as a bartender in the shadows of the night, nothing has sparked his interest lately. Just once he wished something exciting would happen in his mundane life. Little did he know, his wish was about to come true. Walking through the door to his bar, and into his heart, Mackenzie allows love to take the wheel for the first time. There’s just one slight problem. She’s there to kill him.

 

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The delectable scent of meat searing on the grill hit his senses as he made his way into the kitchen. Daniela was making his favorite meal; filet mignon. Mackenzie hadn’t realized how long he’d gone without food until now; his stomach growled in response to the sizzling steak, ready to eat it raw if he had to. Daniela turned off the blender and poured the concoction into some glasses.

“I thought this might cheer you up,” Daniela said, handing a glass to Mackenzie. “Drink up!” Her attention went back to the blender as she sang, “You put the lime in the coconut, and drink them both up.”

Daniela had a way of making all the troubles in the world just disappear, even if it was as simple as making his favorite meal or whipping up a tasty drink. Mackenzie sat at the head of the table and gulped down the contents in his cup. But for some reason, it didn’t work this time. He was still as depressed as he was before. Maybe even more so.

Smacking the glass down on the table a little harder than he intended, the crystal chimed delicately in response. One drop of blood from the Type O cocktail escaped the lip of the glass and started to slowly slide its way down to the base. Mackenzie stared at the liquid ruby and couldn’t help but image it being the warm blood of a lover, descending down her neck after a fresh bite. His fangs released in response. How he longed to hold a woman with soft, beautiful skin in his arms. Maybe Daniela was right, maybe he did need a companion. Instead, the opaque crystal goblet sat lifelessly in his palm. He picked up the glass and slowly licked the droplet in one upward flick of the tongue. The action, as harmless as it was, opened a flood gate of instincts Mackenzie had to try to repress; he had to push back into the coffin where he stashed them years ago.

“You okay?” Daniela asked, sitting down next to him. “You look a little pale, like you’re going to be sick.”

“Of course I’m pale. I’m a vampire.” Mackenzie smiled, showing off his protracted fangs. Daniela chuckled in response and went back to finishing the meal.

Lucky for him, she bought his lame excuse when in actuality he was scared. Scared that his vampire nature would spring to life and drown him in blood lust for all the years he suppressed the urge. He barely knew what it was like to be a vampire, but his instincts were rushing back to him. Now, after visualizing that tantalizing temptation, he had to try not to be one again.

Shit, Mackenzie thought.

 

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Bebe Knight is the author of the paranormal romance series, The Eternal Flame Books. She lives in Upstate NY with her husband and son. Writing has always been a part of her life whether it be books, plays, or handwritten letters to friends and family. It’s a dream come true for her to be able to share her stories with others.

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Review of “A Lioness’ Tale” by Perri Forrest

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A Lioness’ Tale is the debut novel, from Amazon bestselling author, Perri Forrest. It touches on themes around, sexual openness, entrepreneurship, and the blueprint of relationships. Gabriella Alexis Sandoval is the story’s heroine. She is beautiful, sassy, goal-driven, and fiercely independent. The daughter of an advertising executive, and a public relations guru, the apple didn’t fall far from the tree, as Gabriella becomes a success, in her own right. As the story begins Gabriella’s first love reveals that he’s been offered – and plans to accept – a full football scholarship 3,000 miles away. Gabriella is blindsided by the news but remains optimistic about the state of the relationship, until the other bomb drops: He suggests hitting the pause button on their union while he focuses solely on college and football, telling her, “I have to give this a chance. The opportunity is too great to sacrifice.” With her world shattered, Gabriella’s mother, wanting to console her daughter, arranges for a trip to the family’s annual vacation spot, Brazil – the place she’s come to love as her second home. Brazil holds many surprises for Gabriella, and she returns home refreshed, with a renewed confidence, and ready to take on the world. You’ll laugh with her, you’ll cry for her, and you will see her grow from a young woman to a full grown powerhouse. A Lioness’ Tale is the story of life, love, and all that falls in between.

My Review

     Pure talent! After reading the first few pages, I became a fan of Perri Forrest. The author is totally in a zone, and capable of laying a strong storyline. I actually had to take a moment away from reading to read over the author’s background because all that I could think was that she must have been writing from birth and honing her skills all along.

     A Lioness’ Tale is a different type of read and not quite what you’d expect in a Coming of Age novel. Everything about this read was fresh and unique – I absolutely loved it! No matter what I read, I need to see strong characters and a remarkable storyline. This was all found in Gabriella Sandoval’s story about coming into her own. I went from feeling sorry for her heartbreak to rooting for her strength, as she stomped into her future. Gabriella took charge of her life is a might way and you could simply feel her emotions along the way. I also enjoyed the characters that played a role in her development as a young adult. Ms. Forrest did an exceptional job in connecting the characters (both primary & secondary). I also liked the fact that this was not just a plain romance read. It speaks to the strength of women claiming their lives. I was connected with and invested in this story from start to finish. If you know how to appreciate good solid skills in storytelling and are able to appreciate a book that provides a plot outside of the normal, I have three words for you: READ THIS BOOK!

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Perri Forrest was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, and raised in sunny California. She describes herself as a trilogy – a Businesswoman who navigates through Corporate America flawlessly from Human Resources to Project Management, a Sociologist with a burning desire to save the world, and an Author who loves writing life into fiction. While her pen and paper consummated when she was pre-teen, her written words would not be seen until a long time after. Perri’s dream was always to write a book, but she didn’t take steps to do so out of fear that readers wouldn’t be interested in what she had to say. When Perri suffered the devastating loss of her first cousin, in 2006, with a few months left to complete her undergraduate studies, she barely made it through. A good friend not only suggested that she begin blogging, that friend gifted her with a newly designed blog platform, which birthed her first e-journal. The blog opened a whole new world for Perri and served as a place she could express candidly, about life. When her blog was discovered and she began receiving compliments on not just her candor, but on her writing style, it fueled the fire, and thoughts of penning a novel resurfaced. The lingering doubts of, “Who would even want to read your work?” were replaced with, “Worry about an audience later, and just do it.” And that she did. Perri writes what she likes to call, Sensual Romance. “I call it romance with a lot of heat and passion,” she says. “It’s a sexy kind of intimacy that I love exploring through my characters. I enjoy seeing them connect on both intellectual and physical levels. That connection allows me to build erotic moments, with purpose, and satisfaction.” Perri plans to perfect her craft and delve into other genres, down the line. With “Amazon bestselling author,” added to her list of credits, Perri is in the writing game for the long haul and has no intentions of putting down her pen any time soon.

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Review of “How My Life Became Chaos” by Victoria J. Brown

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Kat is pregnant after only being with Max for 6 months. Running her own beauty salon, dealing with her depressed alcoholic father, fighting battles with Max’s mother and facing ex-girlfriends, Kat isn’t sure if having a baby is the right thing to do. Her life feels like one big mess, whatever decision she makes will change her life for ever.

 

My Review

 

From the minute I began reading How My LifeBecame Chaos, I knew it would be a good read. Victoria J. Brown tells a very real and relatable story of a transformational time in Kathryn Neasham’s life (AKA Kat). I could appreciate the family issues she tackled, the support of the sisterhood and the budding relationship with Max. Something that stood out to me the most was just how Kat’s life, from the time that she was little, still had such a strong impact on adulthood. I felt her emptiness and uncertainties in coping with the past, present and what is shaping up to be, an interesting future.

I don’t do spoilers, but I enjoyed the transformation. I can literally see how Kat’s life has made her stronger, without her even recognizing it. Moreover, I felt for her “situation” in regards to her parents, empathizing with her all the way. I loved the fact that much was rectified, in one way or another, especially when it came to Marianne because that relationship was beneficial to both of them. I would certainly recommend this series to anyone that appreciates the realities associated with Women’s Literature. The author is very talented and skilled, and I would certainly read more of her work in the future.

 

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The laughter was the strongest memory of that afternoon. We giggled as we ran through the perfectly trimmed hedges of the maze while Mum and Dad followed our screams of excitement. This type of frolicking would usually have had me, a twelve-year-old, sitting on a bench, far too cool to join in such childishness. There was something about knowing I wouldn’t bump into my school friends, and my parents’ enjoyment, that made the whole day different. I was relishing the fact that I was still a child. Libby was only six years old at the time, and pleasurably held my hand as we meandered round the densely grown hedges.

Mum had packed a bundle of sandwiches. We devoured our way through the mixture of ham, cheese and jam, picking at the plain-flavoured crisps, the pink, decorated cakes and the chocolate biscuits. The large red blanket allowed space for us all as we soaked up the glorious weather, appreciating the small breeze that cooled our clammy bodies.

Lampford Hall stood proudly at the top of the park but the Hall itself was not open to visitors. Lord and Lady Lampford had opened their delightful grounds to the public but wanted to keep their home private. A dwarf stone wall with wrought-iron railings separated the Hall from the gardens and three members of staff circled the magnificent place. The sandstone building gleamed elegantly in the sun as people stood outside the guarded area, taking photos which would allow them to savour the moment for ever.

We had listened to Mum tell a story about the fairies who lived in the magical Hall (for Libby’s benefit, not mine, although I loved listening to her tales). Libby had been mesmerised as Mum told her they all have their own responsibilities. Libby, who’d lost her first tooth the month before, concluded that the ‘tooth fairy’ must have the most important job. Mum explained we couldn’t go inside the magical Hall because if we saw the fairies the magic would disappear; just like we couldn’t see Santa. I remember thinking that when I had children I’d want Mum to tell these amazing stories. She’d had them stored, adapting them for different scenarios. When I listened that day I wished I was younger, still believing in the magical spirit of childhood. It was a deep-rooted feeling. One that had nested with me since my discovery that Santa didn’t exist (all because of Hannah Johnson, who hit me and told me I was stupid for believing such a ridiculous story). When Mum explained the truth, it wasn’t only Santa that disappeared; the enchantment of childhood and that special ability to believe in anything also vanished.

Choosing to immerse myself in the childhood atmosphere of Lampford Park, I joined Libby on the swings, slides and roundabout. We fed bread to the ducks, carrots to the deer and lettuce to the rabbits. We devoured soft chocolate ice-cream which trickled with

chocolate sauce, chocolate sprinkles and a chocolate flake – absolute luxury. We ran through the water fountains, tasting the splashes that bounced against our skin. Our clothes were soaked right through. Mum and Dad watched us from the edge, their arms linked together, enjoying our squeals of exhilaration. Over-excitement unleashed our deviant side as we dragged Dad by the arms, pulling him into the water jets. Libby and I laughed hysterically as he chased us through the shower of cold, refreshing water.

On the journey home we all (except Mum) had to take off our clothes. Libby and I were down to our pants. Poor Dad had to strip off too: his shirt and trousers were soaking wet. Mum wrapped me and Libby tightly in blankets as fatigue engulfed us. I remember closing my eyes as they joked about hoping they didn’t have an accident or get pulled by the police.

‘What would they think?’ Mum laughed.

It was decided that fish and chips would end the day nicely. Mum dropped us off at home with strict instructions to get our pyjamas on, ready for a cosy and warm night. It was mine and Libby’s job to rummage through our collection of videos and pick a suitable film for us all. It was always one of the Disney collection which Libby decided upon.

Usually Dad would have done the fish-and-chip run, but because we’d well and truly drenched him, Mum insisted she go. I still wonder to this day: if we hadn’t soaked him, would she still be here?

I wanted to ask the policeman that, as he sat with Dad in the lounge, relaying the news that Mum had been involved in a car accident.

She didn’t make the fish and chip shop.

She died.

Instantly, they said.

‘I think I’m pregnant.’

‘What!’

‘I know.’

‘You think?’ Suzy smiled. ‘So you might not be.’

‘You’re right, I might not be, but I’m four days late.’

‘That’s nothing. Sometimes I’m a week late.’ Optimism shone from her eyes, her gentleness always present as she relaxed back in her chair.

‘I’m never late and I feel so ill.’

‘You wouldn’t be ill after four days, would you?’

‘Some of my customers say they knew as soon as it happened.’

‘Really?’

I nodded, raising my eyes at the absurdity that a woman would know when one of her eggs had been impregnated. With flashes of how and when it could have happened piercing through my mind, I asked, ‘Can you remember that ball I went to with Max?’

‘God, how could I forget?’ Suzy groaned and we both laughed at the memory of me dragging her around Newcastle, York and Leeds, looking for the perfect dress. I was so nervous about meeting Max’s work colleagues for the first time. I wanted them to be impressed, or I didn’t want Max to be embarrassed; I wasn’t sure which was the more important. I knew I had to look my best: a scruffy beauty therapist is never a good advert. We’d shopped for weeks on end, but it was worth it: Max commented, as did most of his colleagues, about how stunning I looked. It didn’t stop the nerves, though.

‘Well, remember I told you I was that nervous, I drank too much and threw up in the toilets before the meal was served?’

‘I still can’t believe Max doesn’t know about that.’ Suzy laughed. Then suddenly, her smile vanished. ‘But that was, what? Seven, eight weeks ago? Did you miss last month’s─’

‘You remember a few weekends back we went to the Lakes?’

‘Of course. It’s when I met Michael,’ she giggled, like a teenager.

‘Anyway, I took two packs of pills back to back so I wouldn’t have my period whilst we were away.’

‘Good thinking.’

‘Well, now I’m due on and four days later it’s still not happening.’

‘But, if you’ve taken two packs together this can delay it, can’t it?’

‘I think so, but I don’t think I’d be this late.’ I ran my hand through my dark mane, the shine and texture inherited from Mum, the colour from Dad. ‘Plus, I feel so sick, my boobs hurt, and they’re bigger. I thought it was because I’d taken two packs of pills, but I know it’s not.’

‘You don’t know for sure.’

‘I’m sure enough – and I don’t know what the hell to do about it.’ Tears formed and I swallowed the lump in my throat.

‘Have you talked to Max?’

‘Not yet. There’s no point saying anything if I’m not.’ I sipped my coffee, trying to calm my nerves.

‘Right, come on. Let’s go.’

‘Where to?’

‘To buy a test.’ Suzy was already out of her seat as I sat stubbornly in mine. Not only was my sofa the most comfortable place to be, I’d had the day from hell.…

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About the Author

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Victoria J.Brown is a chick-lit author. While studying for her MA in Creative Writing she won a short story competition judged by Adele Parks. Although, Victoria holds a MA, she sees herself as a storyteller not a literary writer.

She is passionate about people following their dreams. She has written Annual Inspirational Books which provide daily motivational messages. Also being a qualified wedding planner and Managing Director of Calm Weddings, she has written 3 weddings books.

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Self-Publishing by Karen Perkins

Deciding whether to self-publish or go the traditional route is a big decision. Writing is such a personal and emotional experience, we want the absolute best for our books and characters, yet publishing our books is a business decision and not a simple one. Yes, the traditional publishing houses have a great deal of experience, with editors (both content and copy), typesetters, cover designers, printers and distribution networks. But they focus on printed books and seem to view e-books as a necessary evil, and price them in such a way as to protect their print sales. But print sales are decreasing and being replaced by e-books. To have your book on the front tables in a bookstore costs a great deal of money, and people now tend to buy paperbacks of their favorite authors—they find new authors by buying an e-book, at a much reduced price or even free. Only if they like it will they buy that author’s other books, whether e-book or paperback. New authors, therefore, get a bad deal from the traditional publishing houses. It takes eighteen months for a book to be published after handing in a manuscript. The royalties an author receives per book sold is miniscule, and their control over their book non-existent. If the book doesn’t sell, the author is dropped and left with nothing, including confidence. Self-publishing, on the other hand, is a fast-growing industry and, whereas once it was most authors’ backup plan, it is now many authors’ first choice. You receive up to 70% royalty on sales and have complete control over your story. In my opinion, there should be no reason why a reader should be able to tell whether a book has been published independently or traditionally just by reading it—and quite simply they also deserve a self–published book to be of the same high standard as a novel from one of the major publishing houses. This means getting all the elements right—not just the story, but also the editing, formatting and cover—but there are many editors, formatters and cover designers out there who will do a fantastic job, for an honest wage—and you keep all the rights to your work. It is important to do your research, and find the right people, but the people who are good at what they do will have examples of the books they have worked on, and make it easy for you to judge the standard of their work and make sure they are the right one(s) to help you publish a professional book. Then there’s the promotion. This is hard work and very time-consuming, but with the Internet and social media, there are many opportunities to connect with readers and raise awareness of your books. I have found the community of Indie authors to be extremely supportive and encouraging—and count many as friends. I have also connected with readers in a way that wasn’t possible just a few years ago, and I have found the whole experience of publishing has been very rewarding and fulfilling.

My Journey

I have been passionate about books since I first learned to read, and also had a very active life, including being a very keen sailor. Unfortunately, I injured myself in the Contender European Championships in 1995 (although still won the ladies title), which resulted in a condition called fibromyalgia. This is an extremely painful and debilitating condition and resulted in the loss of my previous career as a financial advisor. I started writing, almost as therapy, and it quickly became a compulsion. I cannot see myself ever stopping now! I struggle to travel, and realized this would work against me in looking for an agent and traditional publisher so I decided to self-publish as a way to show publishers I was able and willing to promote and market my books online, as well as—hopefully—prove sales and gain positive independent reviews. I enjoy the publishing side of writing so much, I have not submitted to a single agent since I pressed that ‘Publish’ button the first time, nor do I expect to. All three of my current books: Ill Wind and Dead Reckoning in the Valkyrie Series (historical novels about piracy and slavery in seventeenth-century Caribbean), and Thores-Cross (a historical paranormal stand-alone novel) are #1 best sellers in their categories on Amazon—Ill Wind and Dead Reckoning in Sea Adventures, and Thores-Cross in British Horror. And all my own work. I also established LionheART Publishing House when I published my first books and this has grown to offer copyediting, proofreading and formatting services for other self-published authors. In the past year, I am very proud to have helped over one hundred books be published on four continents—some very successfully—and LionheART has recently expanded to include cover design by a talented graphic designer, Cecelia Morgan, who has also designed the covers for my own books. I have also recently published The LionheART Guide to Formatting, which is a comprehensive, step-by-step guide to formatting e-books and paperbacks in Word 2010 to help indie authors who prefer to do it themselves. This was followed by The LionheART Guide to Editing, in both UK and US Editions. There are a number of comprehensive grammar guides out there and I wanted to compile a tool which is simple, easy to use, and full of tips to help you decipher the punctuation and grammatical rules and apply them to your own work, without drowning you in information, whilst paying attention to current trends in the publishing industry. The areas I have highlighted are the ones I come across most often when editing and I also detail the method I use when editing and polishing a manuscript for publication. Even if you decide to hire the services of an editor, most charge by the hour and the higher the standard of your manuscript, the lower the final editing cost. As writers we are wordsmiths, creating a world, characters and story through language, and punctuation is one of the tools of language. To ignore it, except for rare exceptions, to me is like Monet painting with the wrong colors, or Michelangelo attempting to sculpt using a hammer when a chisel is needed. Words are what we do, language is our medium and punctuation our tool. When I write, I want to take my readers to my world, to join my characters on their journey, to experience their challenges, traumas, desires. I want them to take this journey with me, without noticing the individual words, full stops or commas. I want them to lose themselves in the story, not in the mechanics of it, and this will only happen if all the elements are right.

Formatting

There are three main avenues to publish your book as an Indie author: Kindle (KDP), paperback (usually CreateSpace) and EPUB (usually Smashwords), and each avenue needs a different format, each with its own challenges. Kindle (KDP). The main difficulty in your Kindle format is that what you see in Word is not necessarily what you get on a Kindle after your Word file has been converted to their mobi format. This means indents have to be properly set (tabs or a number of spaces don’t translate well). Also, watch out for spaces at the ends of your paragraphs and extra paragraph breaks with can result in blank pages in the Kindle book. CreateSpace is an Amazon print–on–demand company. Publishing through them means your paperback will be available on every Amazon site in the world (including Book Depository), and they will print and send a copy of your book to order. You therefore have worldwide distribution with little or no set up costs. This is also the format where you can add your own style to the finished book, with headers and footers, different fonts etc., and the main issues here revolve around the sizing of the file, and formatting page numbers etc. correctly. Smashwords is the difficult one. They convert your file into a number of formats, the most important of which is EPUB, and distribute to a wide range of online e–book companies, including Barnes &Noble (Nook), Kobo and iBooks. Because your book has to meet the criteria of all these sites, the requirements are more stringent than for KDP above. The best way to ensure your book passes is to use their Nuclear Method, which strips out all the existing formatting, and then start again. It is time consuming (and at times frustrating), but it is the best way of ensuring there is no stray formatting, such as hidden bookmarks or fields, that would cause your book to fail their review process.

Editing

There are three types of editor, all with different roles to play:

Content Editor

Copyeditor

Proofreader

But what do they actually do?

Content Editor (Or Developmental Editor or Substantive Editor)

A content editor will consider the ‘big picture’ of your book: the plot, characterization and character development, pacing, your theme, subplots and consistency. A content editor will suggest changes and rewrites and makes sure the foundation of your novel is solid.

Copyeditor

A copyeditor will check the detail, then double-check it, then check again. They will correct spelling, tense, grammar and punctuation and also any factual information in your manuscript such as real-life names, whether of historical figures, place names or brand names. He or she will create a style sheet to include all details of your characters, chronology and preferred spellings of words such as ok/OK/okay, t-shirt or tee shirt etc. that helps them ensure consistency. A copyeditor will suggest changes and highlight any inconsistencies or contradictions. They will focus on the writing itself and a good copyeditor will keep the reading experience at the forefront on their minds as they work to make sure everything is clear, there is no opportunity for misunderstandings (unless part of the plot), and your novel flows well. They make sure that the bricks of your walls and the roof—the structure of your novel—are solid, durable and neat; that your roof is watertight and the tiles are fixed solidly in place.

Proofreader

This is the final stage in the process and focuses on the words themselves. It is a detailed check for errors and typos—the final polish of your manuscript. In the building analogy used above, they are responsible for the pointing and the painting, in other words, the final presentation of your novel.

LionheART Publishing House

LionheART Publishing House offers low-cost, high-quality copyediting and proofreading for novels, non-fiction manuscripts, scripts, dissertations, poetry, children’s books etc., whether you write in UK English or US: £12.50 (US$21, €16) per hour As a rough guide, this usually works out as £4—£6 per 1000 words ($7—$12 or €5—€7.50)   We also format your book, ready to upload to either or all of the three main sites (KDP—Kindle, CreateSpace—paperback and Smashwords—EPUB). Our charges for this are £12.50, €16, $21 per hour, which normally works out at: CreateSpace Format: £12.50—£18.75, US$21—$31.50, €16—€24 KDP (Kindle): £12.50, US$21, €16 Smashwords: £12.50—£37.50, US$21—$63, €16—€48   Full details are on the website, including testimonials and links to books we have worked on: www.lionheartgalleries.co.uk/Publishing–Services or you can contact Karen Perkins on publishing@lionheartgalleries.co.uk, We are happy to carry out a sample edit so you can make absolutely sure you are happy with our work before you commit.

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Book Blast: Blue Butterfly by Marian L. Thomas

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About The Book

There have been five black ballerinas that have made a noticeable mark in the world of ballet. Five that have fought to have the world see their talent rather than the color of their skin. Each has graced the stage as soloist and/or principal dancer. Precious Blue Johnson is set to become one of them. Precious Blue Johnson, young, country and naive, from Lutts County, Georgia, is traveling to the energizing city of New York to search for her birth father and perhaps make history by becoming the first black ballerina. Her simple mocha skin and thick lips will put her in the center of a movement, expose secrets and unlock the past as she steps onto the stage as the Blue Butterfly. She will be guided by the vivacious and wise Ms. Ann and fall in love with the alluring Ray Silvers. Ray brings the whole package. Enchanting eyes, a bright future as a doctor, and a willingness to love completely. To Precious, he is perfect. Except Ray’s package includes his deadly past. Will their love survive the one person who could end it all—his drug-addicted mother?

 

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Chapter One

They say on the night that I was born June 30, 1969the fringes of the moon could be seen peeking out through the thin layers of the clouds. They say that the rain had done come down so hard it felt like something was tearing away at your soul, drop by drop. They say my mama was laying in the birthing room screaming because I was ripping her life away from her. They say that the doctors wanted to cut away at her tummy, but she had done plain-out refused. She was an ebullient woman, with the heart of an unbreakable but beautiful stallion.
I ain’t never seen the woman with eyes so blue they felt like they could reach down into the pit of your core and tell you about yourself. I ain’t never seen the warmth of her smile or the way she could soothe my daddy with her kind-hearted words. People talk under their breath about her. Talk about how long her silky blond hair was or how thin and soft her frame was. I do alls I can when I hear them whispering about the woman who gave her life so I could dance in the rain on a hot summer day.
Just before she took her last breath they say that she stared into my eyes and smiled because I done come into the world with what she thought was the better part of her. The one feature that my daddy loved the most.
She was the one who placed the weight of my name upon me. Precious Blue Johnson, but everyone around here in Lutts County, Georgia, fixed my name at Precious.
My dear, sweet Daddy is a tall, well-stocked-around-the-tummy man. I heard that back in his heyday he sported a nicely trimmed frame of six feet, two inches. That his hair used to be slicked back so perfectly there wasn’t a black woman in Lutts County that wasn’t dying to give it a coat or two of sweet brown sugar with the very tips of their hard-worked fingers.

His shoulders hang now sometimes, but that wasn’t always the case. No, it be said that when Charles Johnson used to walk down these dirt-filled roads, his shoulders stood towering with an air of confidence that one could breathe in from a mile away.
Once upon a time, it be rumored that his hazel brown eyes were fixed on singing his way out of Lutts County. They still talk about this fact in the rooms of their barely-able-to-stand homes, where they figure can’t nobody hear them but God. Whispering under the dim lights about how it is such a shame that he wasted his talent on a white woman.
There are nights when I would wonder what his voice must have sounded like. I would hear him humming sometimes, but I ain’t never heard the sound of butter flowing from his lips.
That’s what they say he sounded like.

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Paperback: 314 pages

ISBN-10: 0984896759

ISBN-13: 978-0984896752

Book Title: Blue Butterfly

Genre: Christian Fiction,  Age Group 18+

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About The Author

Clean Fiction novelist Marian L. Thomas is a dynamic story-teller with five engaging and dramatic novels to her credit. Her books have been seen on national television stations and featured in print magazines and newspapers. She has also been a guest on many broadcast and online radio stations. Her titles, My Father’s Colors and Strings of Color both received the USA Best Book Finalist Award. What makes her books unique? Mrs. Thomas is a pioneer for clean fiction for contemporary female readers. She refuses to lace her work with explicit sexual themes or profanity. Ms. Thomas’ books are rich with ever-intriguing themes of race, family strife, love, courage, friendship and forgiveness. And yet her tales, which seem to pre-stage current tabloid headlines, are spelled out in ways that suit the delicate moral tastes of both the Christian Fiction reader and the Clean Fiction book reader. Ms. Thomas resides in a suburb of Georgia with her husband, family and dear friends.

 

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Think The Way God Thinks by Stacy Y. Whyte

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Think The Way God Thinks provides daily inspirations, prayers and bible scriptures to renew the mind and transform the thinking. The human mind is one of the most powerful features that God has ever created; however, when negativity is allowed to enter it – it can create unnecessary pain. This book is designed to help eliminate fear from you and empower you to look beyond the past failures and tragedies and live your best. You are God’s precious treasures and He wants you to see yourself the way He sees you: as a phenomenon, a victor, a winner and a success story.

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Love is divine; it never grows old and it bears no grudges. True love knows no boundaries; it builds a solid foundation of genuine care and concern. It doesn’t go out of the way to humiliate you or rip your self-esteem apart. When you love someone, it drives you to cover him and protect him from unnecessary pain; it guards your whole being from the influence of outside forces. Sacrifices must be made within the relationship and friendship for it to progress and blossom.

Living a balanced life with the love of your life will create an atmosphere of passion and romance. Every couple should strive to focus their energy on developing a loving and sincere environment. True love is like the ocean, with no beginning and no end; it keeps going from eternity to eternity. When you reflect on God and the sacrifice He made in sending His Son to earth, you can truly experience the vastness of His love for you. God loves you without reservation and holds back nothing good from you, regardless of your mistakes and past failures.

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Genre: Religious | Christian Living | Self Help

Publisher: Victorious Creations

ASIN: B00INLDD52

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Stacy Bio

As a Motivational Speaker, Author, Entrepreneur, Blogger and Evangelist Stacy Y. Whyte is known as a voice of inspiration that is bringing hope to the hopeless through the word of God and by outreach programs. Stacy does not only encourage others to walk with integrity but empowers them to walk with a spirit of expectancy. Wherever she goes the message of love and hope is shared among people from all social class and barriers are torn down; hearts are healed and lives are transformed by the messages that she brings forth.

For Stacy writing is embedded in her DNA and it is her greatest passion in life. With an unshakeable faith Stacy continues to be a highly skilled motivator that reaches nations by her writings and teachings. Stacy says writing and sharing the Good News of the gospel is the window to her soul that leads to personal fulfilment and inspiration.

In addition, Stacy has been featured in Caribbean Voice News, Truth In The News Magazine, Ebony News, Street Hype News Magazine and also appeared as a guest on Trinity Broadcasting Network. For More About The Author, log onto:

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