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Get Your Snippet…

This morning seems to be working out as one where it is more than obvious that I did not get nearly enough sleep, and there may not be enough caffeine in the world today to make up for the deficit. However…I did want to share a brief snippet from Breathe Me to Life. It is the story that is going to be in the fairytale boxset due to be released in May.

Breathe Me to Life (Once Upon A Twisted Time)

Kellan, Prince of the Light Court, searched the area for the reason the revelry had come to an abrupt halt. His gaze fell on the waif-like creature that had crossed through the thinned veil into Faerie. Rising to his feet, he brushed off the delicate, but annoyingly grasping hand of Devany from his arm. Without regard to her gasp of offence, or sparing her a second thought, he wove his way through the glittering throng of Fae to reach the female.

Out of the corner of his eye, he caught the sight of Prince Orin also heading towards the chit. That wouldn’t do at all. There was no way he would allow a lesser Prince, with his pale skin and equally pale hair and eyes to lay claim on a prize he had decided was his. Possessiveness had never been one of his vices. Suddenly feeling it gave him pause, but didn’t halt his steps forward or diminish his determination.

It had been a long time since a female had sparked Kellan’s interest for more than the momentary satisfaction of having his carnal needs met. He’d scratched the itch, but the desire to spend more time with the insipid females, whose sole focus was climbing their way to a seat that much closer to the throne than the one they currently occupied, was fleeting. Not even Devany, with her golden beauty, enticed him to bond with her.

She wasn’t a full blood mortal, of that he was sure. He could sense Fae blood coursing through her veins. She was shabbily dressed in a gown that had long since seen better days and would have served its purpose better as a rag. Her dark hair, with its streaks of auburn glowing in the light of the bonfire, tumbled down her back in a riot of curls, brushing the curve of her waist. She was young, by Fae and mortal standards, yet her luminescent skin, big green eyes, and high cheekbones hinted at the exquisite beauty yet to be.

He reached her just before Orin did. He swallowed a chuckle as the lesser Prince bowed and backed away, muttering his displeasure at being thwarted under his breath. He turned his attention back to the girl staring up at him in awe with her mouth slightly open. Smiling, Kellan cocked his head to the side, “And who might you be?” © Jolanthe Aleksander 2018

This story and 15 others are now available for pre-order for only $0.99. That’s right…only 99 pennies will get you fairytales with a twist.

Amazon Smart URL: http://hyperurl.co/OUATz

Until next week…Happy Reading!

~Jolanthe~

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Working Together

The book world is this strange and beautiful place where women and men write, talk to and about, argue with, dream about, and kill off, people who only exist in our imaginations. Some who don’t get it would say…there are meds for that. lol

Beyond the characters who live between the covers, the book world is huge. It’s a world that consists of authors, editors, beta readers, cover designers, formatters, publishers, and readers. It can be a well oiled machine working together to produce a piece of work to proudly present to the public.

Is it always pretty a pretty and harmonious place to be? Absolutely not, but then the same can be said about any group of people working together or in the same field. There will always be drama…there will always be drama llama’s…and there will always be those who pour gasoline onto the drama fire to dance gleefully around it. Protect your sanity and weed those people out. There is just not enough hours in the day, energy in the universe, or caffeine flowing through the blood vessels to deal with that. lol

At times, a group of authors will come together to put a collection of stories within a certain theme together to become either an anthology or a boxset. I’m doing a boxset due out in May and pre-order links are available if you would like to make sure you get it…hint hint.. 🙂

Not your childhood fairy tales!
A Limited Edition Adult Fairy Tale Collection
Reserve your #99cent copy of this collection now!
Once Upon a Twisted Time (Twisted Fairy Tales, #1)

Are you ready to dive into a world of *brand new & exclusive* fairy tales where your beloved stories are retold with a twist?
In this collection, new thrills are woven into the fables we know, both classic and modern. Uncover unexpected changes to old treasures, and fall in love with new adventures to explore.

From Cinderella to Rumpelstiltskin, The Mad Hatter to 12 Dancing Princesses, come find your unique favorites as these authors unleash diverse experiences of magical creatures in their wicked contemporary and paranormal romance worlds.

#iBookshttp://hyperurl.co/OUATT
#Nookhttp://bit.ly/2zythZw
#Kobohttp://bit.ly/2yqXKLs
#Goodreadshttp://bit.ly/2gkvAXU
Amazon link available soon.

(one of the authors in the boxset created this image. I love it!)

I’m off to caffeinate my brain and to put some words on the page before the getting ready for work ritual begins.

Until next week…Happy Reading!

~Jolanthe~

New Year – Even more new

As the month nears its close, I’m excited to bring you a NEW-NEW cover.
We’ve looked at updates of ones you may have been familiar with…but this one is brand new to everyone but the set partners that are in the thick with me.

May 8th Once Upon a Twisted Time will come out, a box set of Twisted Fairy Tales…my contribution is a story titled: Twelve. It’s a take on The 12 Dancing Princesses…and ooooh do I have it twisted. Wanna peek??

Can’t share too much more than that yet…but the cover might give you a clue.

Interested?? Take a chance for less than 1 Benjamin at any of these outlets.
(the Amazon links are coming soon)

Make New Friends but Keep the Old

I have some pretty darn awesome friends. Friends I’ve had since Jr. High and High School, friends who I’ve known before I ever  thought of publishing anything I wrote, and friends who I’ve met since becoming an author. Some of the common denominators is that they are all supportive, they are real, and they aren’t the type of people who are your friend until someone new comes along.  I love that each and everyone of them comes from a different walk of life, but what connected us in the first place was our love of of something. Whether it was for an activity we participated in during our younger school days, or sitting on the floor of our dorm rooms talking and laughing as we learned to be self-sufficient without the watchful eyes of our parents making sure we didn’t fall, or through our love of books and the characters within.

Sometimes, I get so wrapped up in getting the next story on the page and into promoting the books I have out, I feel like I’m neglecting those friendships. There’s a certain amount of guilt that comes with that, and I’m so very lucky that as I travel down this road of being an author, those friends who aren’t a part of the publishing world have stuck with me…and even cheer me on.

There’s a song I learned when I was a Brownie/Girl Scout. It’s one of the few that I remember:

Make new friends,
but keep the old.
One is silver,
the other is gold.
A circle is round,
it has no end.
That’s how long,
I will be your friend.

True friendship doesn’t need constant attention and tending…but it does need  and deserves some of your undivided attention. Show your friends you see them, you hear them, you appreciate them, and you love them. In other words…be present in their lives. You never know…it could be just the thing they need to know in a moment when dark clouds are looming. Your time and attention may be the light to guide them through.

Until next week…hug a friend and Happy Reading!

~Jolanthe~

 

New Year – New Everything Part the Third

The year is flying. It’s only the 15th and this is already the 3rd part in the NYNE posts. GOSH!

I was going to post over the weekend and have it pop up this morning, but life happens. An electrical fire at the daughter’s apartment had us doing rewiring work, sure…the apartment people should…but since they are already upping her rent 1 month in, and we have the ability and pieces…why give them cause to raise it further? It didn’t take long…just details. A lot like writing work is…details: They make or break the job being done.

Then there was the ongoing writing work that I’m not happy with and trying to wrap since the first of several deadlines is approaching. Those pesky things will sneak up and bop you on the head if you don’t keep at it…so, I’m keeping at it. I did a re-read of the other part of one story, to make sure I have the nuances and details straight in my head. It’s been awhile since I wrote or reviewed the first part, so again, DETAILS…they matter.

Next up is a not so new thing. A year ago I got a promotion. I became the compliance chairman for my state, which has a lot of responsibilities for managing federal reporting for a number of locations. This position was supposed to rotate to someone new for this year, but as things go, that person is no longer available, and thus I am likely retaining the job. Which translates to some two-step shuffle to my signing schedule if I can’t finesse the details early. I’m hopeful, even as the realist in me knows what is probably going to happen. 😦

All this as I’m waiting to hear on another promotion that will translate to a cross-country move. Until there is more to know, it’s a waiting game…one my recent personal challenges are making difficult to remain calm for. An answer, either way, would be good in the short course instead of the long, but we all know how that works…or doesn’t when you’re waiting. Watched pot & alla that.

So…I have lots of things in transition, and more that haven’t entered the fray of my crazy yet. I have managed to finally get the added bits into something of a routine, though they effectively manage to throw my regularly scheduled writing work for a loop several times a week. I’m still morphing. I’ll get there…hopefully before I crash & burn.

Last…as promised….here’s the next Custos Series updated cover. Book of Change, book 2, got the logo like book one, and a minor tweak to make the cover image fit the scene from the book more precisely. I’m tickled. Can you spot it?

The Book of Mysteries updated cover will be revealed next week and I hope you love it as much as I do. It feels more like it belongs with the first two and I cannot wait to see what books 4 & 5 look like, now that we have the logo and a clear sense of where the series is headed before it wraps up.

Enjoy the week. I for one will be indoors mostly I think. The snow has been falling all day and the roads are a map of ice-covered thoroughfares. Not good for prolonged travel, so I’m not. If I don’t have to be out, I won’t be…but maybe that means I’ll get ahead, or at least back on track in my word-work. It could happen.

Til next week, read something good and tell a friend!

Sav

 

Inventory and Signings

It’s that time of year. What time is that you ask? It’s that time to take inventory of what I’ll need for book signings. Rack cards, magnets, postcards, free with purchase swag, book marks…do I want to purchase pens? The list can go on and on.

Initially, I was going to attend 3 signings this year. Unfortunately, I had to pull out of one due to a family obligation. I will be at Writers on the River in Peoria, IL and at Penned Con in St. Louis.

Writers on the River is on July 21. 2018. It is a charity even and proceeds go to two wonderful charities, Love Heals Thistle Farms and The Center for Prevention of Abuse.
Take a look at all the authors that will be attending this event…but keep in mind, life has a way of getting in the way, and this list is subject to change because of it. Click on the link to read up on the attending authors and find out a little more about the charities.

https://writersontheriver.weebly.com/

The other event I will attend, Penned Con is September 20-22. Proceeds from this event benefit, Action for Autism. Two Ballrooms of Authors waiting and wanting to talk books with you. Two days to purchase and get your books signed, and parties for authors and readers to mingle outside of the signing rooms. Click on the link to check out the list of authors and to learn a little more about Action for Autism.

https://pennedcon.com/

As far as books I will have at these events goes…I will, of course, have Beyond the Veil of Whispered Dreams and The Veiled Path to Destiny available for purchase.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The fairytale short story I’m writing will still be a part of the e-book boxset that will be released in May.  That being said, the pre-order links (the Amazon link not available yet) for Once Upon a Twisted Time are up, if you’d like to pre-order your copy.

Not your childhood fairy tales!
A Limited Edition Adult Fairy Tale Collection
Reserve your #99cent copy of this collection now!
Once Upon a Twisted Time (Twisted Fairy Tales, #1)

Are you ready to dive into a world of *brand new & exclusive* fairy tales where your beloved stories are retold with a twist?
In this collection, new thrills are woven into the fables we know, both classic and modern. Uncover unexpected changes to old treasures, and fall in love with new adventures to explore.

From Cinderella to Rumpelstiltskin, The Mad Hatter to 12 Dancing Princesses, come find your unique favorites as these authors unleash diverse experiences of magical creatures in their wicked contemporary and paranormal romance worlds.

#iBookshttp://hyperurl.co/OUATT
Nook: http://bit.ly/2zythZw
Kobo: http://bit.ly/2yqXKLs
Goodreads: http://bit.ly/2gkvAXU

Until next week…Happy Reading!

 

Window to the Heart of the Story

This last week I participated in a 7 day book cover challenge on Facebook. The objective was simple. Each day post a book cover that you love, no explanation, no comments, no reviews, no buy links…just post the cover and tag a friend or two to challenge them to follow suit.

I found there are a whole slew of covers I think are beautiful. Then there are ones that just draw me in, making me want to thumb through that book’s pages and delve into the world within. They say the eyes are the window to the soul. I think the covers are the window to the heart of the story. That’s not to say that just because the cover is beautiful the story within is a wonderful read, and the reverse could also be said…just because you or I don’t like a cover, doesn’t mean the story isn’t a wonderful piece of wordsmithing. After all…they also say, never judge a book by its cover.

Next week I will be sharing with you the cover for my story in the fairy tale box set I am participating in. It’s a cover that I have had my eye on for about six months. I would look at it, admire it, wish I had a story to go along with it, and then pray it would still be there when I went back to see it again. The stars aligned…I had a story…the cover was available…and now it’s mine. Miiiiine, precious. lol I can hardly wait to share it with you.

Until next week…Happy Reading!

~Jolanthe~

 

 

Stirring the water

More ages ago than I could accurately quantify, a speaker made the comparative reference to personal growth as ‘all in’ or likened to a stagnant pond. I think about their comments occasionally, using them as a metric for myself, based loosely on the ‘smell factor’ for the scum on the surface.  There is a great body of water I know for the mental imagery as well…if the spring warms faster than the aerators are activated…there is a lovely green, mossy blanket that covers the surface of the water. While pretty – it is clearly out of place.

The same can be true for notions about writer things. I’d much rather have my life pond look like this…colorful, peaceful, but also…scum free.

(Image source unknown. No copyright infringement intended.)

Why do I mention any of this? Well…I’ve been thinking about it a lot lately. I have a professional career outside of writing and publishing, one that I don’t always enjoy, but never fail to be proud of. The idea with that work is that we are always innovating, always growing, reaching out to serve the customer in new and different ways. For that position, I am also on a short list of folks for a chance to move up and be a deciding factor for a team, a location, a region, and my company. It’s daunting and exciting at the same time. There is no moss growing. There’s no time.

That said, I’ve often been fond of the notion that those who forget history, the past that brought us to this present, are condemned to repeat it. Consequently, I spend a fair amount of time learning, and sharing the past practices as we reach for new, better, or innovative ones to replace them for my non-author me. Interestingly enough, I’ve gotten an opportunity to do it for the writer side of the equation recently…and I’m submerged in the idea of how much publishing has changed.

Moreover, I’m shocked to see how some things have returned to the fore, often with the user none the wiser for the point. The dialogue and discourse of the industry has changed expansively, and divisively. I’m not saying anything new, I realize that…but in learning about where we have come from, to seeing what we’ve become…I understand better the confusion so many are experiencing. The sheer number of charlatan experiences is mind-boggling. And, I don’t believe that it’s on a course to turn away soon.

There’s another adage I know about filling many roles, but mastering none – I think that’s where publishing is right now. With the floodgates open to allow publication of works that have been neither edited, or reviewed, put into the mix by writers who don’t understand or know the history, the market has flooded. And, continues to run over. Unfortunately pooling in places that don’t get stirred.

There are pros and cons to this. Writers who the ‘gatekeepers’ withheld once upon a time until they were better positioned to be published, either by writing education, or storytelling instruction, etc…are out and in the market…and what early bard didn’t have a few bumps in their stories? At the same time…they are in the market without the benefit of firm guidance on those factors, nor the expanded circle that used to be the path. In my head I see a fish on land…

What I mean to point out is this…once upon a time, the work went through so many hands before getting to public consumption, the village worked together. Now, we have individuals who are author, editor, art designer, marketer, publisher, and media rep. How many hats can we wear well? I think it is far fewer than most believe. And, I would argue that running for the sake of running doesn’t eliminate pond scum, it only churns it up to smell as each task takes a turn on the bottom.

I further believe, that just because we are seeing someone do something, doesn’t make it responsible or an accurate practice. I think most of us NEED others in our circle of influence. I think it reveals a large scale problem with publishing right now…One we need to get ahead of and back down before it destroys us all. There are valuable lessons to be learned from the past. Innovation should be moving the bar farther…not bringing it down. We collectively need to be doing better. I think that includes reaching out to others, and clasping the hands of those who reach for us.

That said…we also need to know and understand when in the timeline it is time to regroup and right our own ship before we align with an armada that isn’t where we’re trying to go. At the end, balance is everything. It’s what keeps us moving forward without letting the moss grow. For me, after the recent learning curve, I’m more convinced than ever that I need to take some time to stir the water. The surface may be clear, but I’m not sure what’s lurking underneath. I can’t accept that.

Last – don’t forget about the Crossword puzzle blog hop…there have been hiccups, but I’m loving seeing so many new sites and what they have to offer. Hope you will too. Until next time, read something great, and tell your friends.

Sav

The Curtain Closes

This past weekend, I attended the Glass City Author Event. It was my last signing of the season. Little did I know that after this year, the final curtain would come down on the Glass City Author Event. *sigh* I cannot say enough about how wonderful it has been to work with Kimberly Beale, Marissa Dobson, and Shauna Fox Parrot. These ladies worked their hinies off and made this an event for readers and authors alike. They and the event will be missed.

I had a great time. I met some new readers, connected with some new to me authors, and got to hang out with some great friends that I don’t see anywhere else but at signings. It will be a while before I see any of them in person again. That thought alone makes me wistful, but it is the nature of the beast when the friends you make live neither in the same city as you, or, in some cases, the same state. And I got to see some readers/friends who are bright streams of light, who make me smile every time I see them, and who’s enthusiasm for my books remind me what these events are about and why it’s important to put yourself out there to connect with reader you probably would never otherwise meet.

Right now, I have three events scheduled for next year. I’ll let you know about them as they get closer. Right now…I have a fairytale to right.

Until next week…Happy Reading!

~Jolanthe~

Savie’s Thanksgiving Crossword BlogHop

It’s almost time and I’m busting myself for it to begin. I’m so excited I can’t see straight…honest. Starting November 1st…each day is a new blog with a new clue for the puzzle…here’s all the news you need to know to participate and have a chance to WIN. GOOD LUCK!!

Here’s the board…print it off to fill it in.

 

Savie’s Thanksgiving Bloghop 2017

The answers are all things from Savannah’s books, things she loves, or qualities/attributes she values.

The clue for each answer can be found at the blog listed on the date in November equal to the number. IE: 10 across would be on the 10th, etc.  ***NOTE – on the 1st & 15th there is more than one blog to visit. They are noted on the puzzle & highlighted so you can see where the answer goes. Also, Every 5 days, Savannah will be checking in and giving a clue on her website as well…they are denoted as ‘s’ clues. For those – go to Savannah’s Blog: www.savannahverte.com/blog.***

To be entered to win you must pm your completed crossword to Savannah’s facebook author page (www.facebook.com/authorsavannahverte) or email it to her at savannah@savannahverte.com

NO LATER THAN MIDNIGHT CST DECEMBER 5th.

The drawing will be held no later than Friday December 8th & the winner will be contacted.
They then will have 5 days to respond or default & a new winner will be selected.

BLOGSTOPS FOR CLUES:

1*1         Down                   Written Love Reviews

https://www.facebook.com/WrittenLoveReviews/

1*2         Down                   Musings from an Addicted Reader

https://www.facebook.com/Musings-From-An-Addicted-Reader-1452320254989887/

1*3         Across                   Obsessed by Books

https://www.facebook.com/ObsessedbyBooks/

s1            Down                    Savannah

2              Down                    Author Migraine Central

https://www.facebook.com/AuthorMigraineCentral/

3              Across                   Turning the Pages

https://pagesofthestory.wordpress.com/blog/

4              Across                   Booked and Loaded

http://bookedandloaded.com/

5              Down                    Karen writes Murder

https://karenwritesmurder.com/

s5            Down                    Savannah

6              Down                    Dena Garrison- Real… Hot… Romance

http://denagarson.net/

7              Across                   Wickedly Innocent Promotions

Http://wickedlyinnocentpromotions.blogspot.com

8              Down                    Clare & Lou’s Mad About Books

http://clareandlousmadaboutbooks.blogspot.co.uk/

9              Across                   Summer’s Smexy Book Reads

https://www.facebook.com/Summers.Smexy.BR/

10           Down                    Ellie’s Witchy Life

https://ellieswitchylife.blogspot.com/

s10         Across                   Savannah

11           Down                    2 Bibliophile’s Guide

http://2bibliophiles.blogspot.com

12           Down                    Dirty Bad Bloggers

https://www.facebook.com/dirtybadbloggers/

13           Across                   Author Mireille Chester

http://mireillechester.blogspot.ca/

14           Down                    Twinsie Talk

https://www.facebook.com/twinsietalk/

15*1      Across                   A Naughty Book Love Affair

https://www.facebook.com/bookerscorner/

15*2      Across                   ILoveBooksAndStuff Blog

https://www.facebook.com/ilovebooksandstuff/

s15         Down                    Savannah

16           Down                    Little Shop of Readers

https://www.facebook.com/LittleShopofReaders/

17           Across                   SydneyGen Reads

https://www.facebook.com/sydneygenreads/

18           Down                    I don’t get Sundays

https://www.facebook.com/idontgetsundays/

19           Across                   Triple A

https://www.facebook.com/TripleABookBlog/

20           Down                    Books 2 Blogs

https://www.facebook.com/Books2Blog/

s20         Across                   Savannah

21           Across                   Those Crazy Book Chicks

https://www.facebook.com/Thosecrazybookchicks

22           Across                   I Smell Sheep

http://www.ismellsheep.com/

23           Across                   Terri Luvs Books

http://www.terriluvsbooks.com/

s23         Down                    Savannah

24           Across                   Read Our Thoughts Book Blogs

https://readourthoughtsbookblog.wordpress.com/

25           Down                    Eskimo Princess

http://eskimoprincess.blogspot.com/

s25         Down                    Savannah

26           Down                    Author Kassie Lane

http://www.authorkassielane.blogspot.com

27           Across                   A Book Lover’s Emporium

https://www.facebook.com/abookloversemporiumbookblog/

28           Across                   Country Reads

http://contryreads.blogspot.com

29           Across                   Barbara’s Book Reviews

http://barbarasbookreviews.blogspot.com

30           Across                   Savannah

 

THE PRIZE…A Library Shelf messenger Bag, a Kindle Fire, and a charm bracelet with charms for all of Savannah’s Books.