Monday, August 7, 2017

Blurb writing - basics you should include

When I, as a reader, read the blurb on a book, there's certain things I want to learn about the book from the blurb. And I'm going to share those in this post. Perhaps it will help writers write better blurbs about their book.

Blurb writing checklist for authors

  • No. 1 should be a short, basic synopsis of your book. The character count should be between 500-1500 characters. It should include the names of your 2 main characters, and a brief description of what happens, from beginning to mid point, leaving off the end of the book; but only posing a question about what happens.
  • ------ The rest of these should come at the end of your blurb, after the synopsis above, and should not be included in the character count. -------
  • Genre - Begin with what genre you think your book is.
  • Recommended ages - tell what ages you recommend this book for. Don't rely on the website to do that. It's your job as a writer to know what age audience you've written for. For example: 18 plus, 15 and up, good for children under the age of ???. Hopefully you get the idea. Give a basic age range, or a starting age and up.
  • Sex content - tell what kind of sex content is in the book. Does it have graphic sex scenes? Does it have romance but no graphic sex scenes? Does it have a rape scene in it? This is an important thing to tell, especially if it has a rape or other such scene in it.
  • Violence level - Let you readers know what level of violence is in the book. Loud arguments? Fights? Gun battles? Torture? Physical violence against women or children?
  • Cliffhanger or standalone - Tell whether this story has a cliffhanger continued ending, or if it is a standalone story that is all completed in this book. 
  • Also tell if it is part of a series of books, and are the books in the series all standalones or are they connected.
  • HEA - A lot of romance books especially include this. Happily Ever After. 
So that gives you an idea of what to put into a blurb. Some writers already include a lot of the stuff listed above in their blurbs, and I thank the ones who do. Some seem to think readers should plow through reviews to find this info, and those who think that are being very inconsiderate of their readers.

** Writers who include this in their blurb are simply showing common courtesy and care towards their readers. **

If you are afraid of including the above in your blurb for fear of turning readers off of your book, then you are doing a disservice to your readers; for they will be far angrier at you for not including it. Don't deceive your readers into buying your book.

Write a clear and truthful blurb.

It will help your reviews, because you won't have people getting your book expecting one thing and getting another. And it may pick you up some fans for it too.

Cliffhanger warnings are especially important! There are lots of one star reviews from readers disappointed because there wasn't a warning about a cliffhanger ending.

So authors, give a care for your readers, and write clear and truthful blurbs.

I hope you find this helpful.

Monday, April 10, 2017

New release - Magic Fire by Catherine Vale

~~ New Release ~~

Magic Fire: an Urban Fantasy Novel (Shifting Magic Book 1) by Catherine Vale

~~ Blurb ~~
We aren’t going to run. We’re going to kick some serious Warlock ass. 

Rogue gargoyle attacks aren’t exactly something I deal with every day, but it’s nothing I can’t handle. So why is this stranger insisting that I need to come with him to stay alive? Who does this guy think he is?

I’m a skilled fae with an arsenal of magic at my disposal. I sure as hell don’t need some cocky, arrogant dragon shifter protecting me, even if he is drop-dead gorgeous.

But what if I’m wrong?

A murderous Warlock is on the rampage, and he will not give up. Evil is reaching out to me, longing to bind me within its torturous grasp with monsters and mayhem around every corner.

The road to survival is marked with betrayal and deceit, some by the people I love the most.

If I want to survive, I must put my life in the hands of a cursed shifter—that is, if I make it through the night.

** Magic Fire is the first book in Catherine Vale's brand new urban fantasy series. Don't miss this thrilling world of magic, mayhem and sacrifice, in the battle against dark forces. **

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She loves coffee, chocolate and supernaturals. Her dream is to one day meet a Mage, or for her husband to sprout fur and fangs and confess to being a shifter - whichever comes first.

Catherine lives in Ontario, Canada with said husband (and possible were-bear), and her children.

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Monday, April 3, 2017

New release - Yours to Claim by Cathy Jackson

New release from author Cathy Jackson,

Yours to Claim (Yours to... Book 2) by Cathy Jackson

-- Blurb --
Ruthie Eden is in love with the Roselle children. Caring for them has opened her heart to their precocious and endearing love, and that’s the good news. The bad news is she is falling in love with their father, popular YouTuber Maximillian Roselle. She can see a future with him, but how does he feel about her?

Maximillian Roselle has too many things on his mind: his wonderful children, his dream career and the beautiful, compassionate and fiercely loving woman he has hired to care for them. It is a recipe for love or disaster. Max has been finding it difficult to maintain his emotional distance as an employer and, truth be told, he doesn't want to.

Facing fears of the future and ghosts of their pasts with newfound love and faith, Max and Ruthie embark on a relationship guided by their hearts and God.

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Wednesday, March 29, 2017

New Release - Wedding Dreams box set



Release Date: April 18, 2017
Authors: Maggie Way, Abbie St. Claire, Alix Nichols, Amy Olle, Ann Marie Frohoff, Ann Omasta, Auriella Skye, Amy Brent, DelSheree Gladden, Gemma Brocato, Iona Findley, Kate Allenton, KM Hodge, Kristi Rose, Lexi Ostrow, Lindzee Armstrong, Lita Lawson, Michelle Jo Quinn, Nicole Morgan, Susan Ann Wall

You are invited to the weddings of your dreams!
Twenty award-winning, USA Today and International best-selling authors have come together to bring you over 3,000 pages of love, lust, and lusciously sexy men.
From sweet second chance romances to bad boys, BBWs, and brides looking for revenge, this is a perfect read for anyone who enjoys Romance or Women’s Fiction. These pages are packed with cozy romances, thrilling international and holiday adventures, and sweet heart-melting stories. Our authors bring you everything from hot cowboys to rockstar romances, elegant weddings to nuptial disasters, and blushing brides to bold women, all in a delightful celebration of love.
You’re in for a wild, passionate ride on a breathtaking voyage to make your heart soar. This box set will leave you craving all things marital and wishing the honeymoon would never end.
Heat level: sweet to sensual
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Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Author K.M. Lowe is having a sale!

Author K.M. Lowe is having a January sale!

January is a time when people are recovering from the festive season. So three of her romance novels are on sale from January 2nd through February 1st . This will be the only sale she holds this year, so grab some heart touching stories to keep you company on a cold night.

A Different Christmas 
Two people. Two upbringings. One Christmas.
Sam was brought up to her happy family gathering at Christmas. Filled with many traditions that as an adult she thought were normal for everyone.
Getting ready to finish work for the holidays to go home to her family in Scotland, was her idea of fun and relaxation. Well, that was until her boss, Luke, told her he was dragging her to New York for work. 
Much to Sam’s irritation, she has to go along and attend New York before flying home on Christmas Eve.
Luke grew up with parents that had a multimillionaire company and wanted for nothing. Apart from a family to celebrate Christmas with.
Luke grew up thinking he had what everyone had at Christmas, until he grew up and realized that Christmas is a family occasion.
Two characters that clash at the slightest thing is a recipe for disaster. Throw Sam and Luke into New York and it is either a make or break for their working relationship.
Would Christmas be different after this year?

A Country Escape
Molly has had a rough couple of years. Losing her mum is one thing, but getting out of a bad relationship to realize that she is pregnant, is another.
She decides that in order to get her life back on track, she needs to move away from her family home in Aberdeen, to a small country village in Stirling. Little did she know that this move was going to be the best thing she has ever done.
Molly's new home and business plans all work out nicely. Her offer on Ethel's Farm is accepted and her business plans get the go ahead. Greg Macintosh is her saviour and helps her get everything sorted. Their friendship blossoms but Molly can't accept her deeper feelings for him. She thinks that because she has a baby on the way, she has to live the rest of her life as a single mum.
A trip to Aviemore in December is eventful, to say the least. Molly and Greg reveal everything to each other and Molly walks away from her chance of happiness.
Things take a turn when Molly and Greg are thrown into the arms of one another to get through a tricky situation.
Can their friendship progress to the next level, or do they end up going their separate ways?

It Was Meant To Be
Leela Park was a happy twenty-eight year old. She thought she had everything going for her, until a bombshell came crashing down on her life.
Leela was happily engaged to her partner Mark. He was a police constable at Strathclyde Police Force. When he went to work one day, he never expected it to be his last day on earth.
Leela had a hard time coming to terms with Mark's death, because she recently found out that she was pregnant with his baby. More tragic obstacles in her way of grieving and she ends up in hospital fighting for her life.
Happier events unfold when Leela decides to take time off work to go travelling for the year. She never expected to travel, let alone end up in France. She was glad she did. Touring around France, made her settle down in Marseille. But what was in store for her there? What was going to happen when she bumped into an old face? Was everything going to go crashing down around her, or was it meant to be?

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Spotlight - Poppies For christmas

Poppies For Christmas
Stacy Keywell
Publication date: November 15th 2016
Genres: Romance, Young Adult
A celebration of love without labels. It’s easy to be brave with you by my side!
Popular DJ Dexx finds himself positively smitten by the precociously pristine Poppy Paris. Too bad she’s already taken by an older boy, Declan Davies, a beautiful model with a thriving career, and a perfect family. By a dreamful stroke of chance, Dexx finds himself invited to spend Christmas at the Davies home by a gorgeous girl, granting him the opportunity to pursue the precious Poppy. But in his quest to win her over, he unlocks a world of imperfection and insecurity, where people are picked on for their disabilities, speech, appearance, and eccentricities. For Poppy and her friends, love trumps labels, and everyone deserves a brave friend to stand by their side. What gifts will Dexx discover this Christmas? Will he ultimately find true love, or will he discover something even greater?
You are invited to read a powerful story about living with autism, but not letting it define you, about being bullied, but carrying on with determination and grit, and about having dreams, but not giving up in the face of adversity. Come celebrate something beautiful with Poppies for Christmas.

Author Bio:
Stacy Renée Keywell enjoys spending time misusing, mispronouncing, and misspelling languages, especially in her native tongue, English. When she is not stargazing or daydreaming she creates adventures for her family to conquer. Besides following her whimsical dreams, Stacy likes to sing to the music in her head, dance poorly, and compose non-sensical words. She is also the author of Forbidden Sky- Book One of the Dark Wing Series. Stacy resides in Michigan in a little house in the woods with her husband, and two daughters.