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My Publishing Journey- #LifeBooksWriting – Author Blog Challenge

This week’s Author Blog Challenge is ‘My Publishing Journey’. I’m a writer. I like words, so I looked up the definitions of  journey and a couple of them really resonated with me.

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This is so true of my publishing journey. Firstly  I was in my early fifties when my first book was published. I’d enjoyed writing since I was in my late teens but my writing journey stopped and started so many times. Some would say I just wasn’t dedicated  enough and that’s true. Writing is a guilty pleasure for me. Something that’s profoundly personal. I’m not good at putting myself at the top of the list, there are so many other people  that I consider more important. Looking after my family and earning a living were my focus for many years and writing was something I did when I could find a few minutes.

Secondly, even though I now have three books published, I know I am only at the beginning of my journey and I just hope I have enough years left to establish myself in the writing world. I have no illusions of best seller success but I do want to write books lots of people like reading.

Publishing Journey 2

I am a novice writer I still have so much to learn. I have recently been told by a couple of publishers that I have a’real’ talent as  a writer but that I need to work on my grammar and punctuation.  This has always been a blind spot for me and one that I wonder if I can master this late in life but who knows?

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My publishing journey has been a learning experience, after the initial euphoria of becoming a published author , I realised the work was just beginning.  Can you write another book? Is it as good or better than the first one? Can you make your potential readers love your books as much as you do?

My publishing journey to date is relatively short.  The Dragon Legacy, my first book published December 2013. The Dangerous Gift, my third book published February 2016. Book number 4 Past Shadows  is yet to be published. I have been asked to revise and resubmit by one publisher so I may do  that. Whatever happens you’ll be the first to know.

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How Important is the Right Price?

Price £Ask most indie authors and they will say ‘it’s tough selling books, electronic or print, today’. The ‘new’ accessible publishing world has undoubtedly opened up the book selling market to all.

The downside? It’s created a stampede of writers and small publishers flooding the market, particularly with eBooks.

The chances of becoming a runaway bestseller are minuscule. Even making a living from your book sales is unlikely unless you can stand out from the crowd.

Price $Price is one way of getting noticed.

If you price your e book too high, after the initial friends and family sales, it’s likely your Amazon rankings will tumble and your book sales stagnate. Surely, that only happens if you fail to market and promote your book effectively , you might think?

In my experience, which admittedly is limited , no amount of promotion, a self published or indie published author can do, will compensate for a book that is overpriced.

Why are book prices set so high?

The overheads for small publishers and self -publishing authors can be high. The cost of editing, proof reading, formatting, cover design and promotional blog tours, all adds up and needs to be recouped from the book sales.

Unknown Author Who Am IWhat you need to remember is there are unlikely to be many sales if the price is too high. Especially for a new or relatively unknown author, selling in a saturated market.

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With this in mind I asked my publisher to reduce my book prices, to put them more in line with similar eBooks,marketed by larger publishers. It will be interesting to see if a competitive price has an impact on sales. I will let you know.

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Author Interview with Kim Kasch – The Viking Princess

Kim Kasch 11.2014Today I have  Kim Kasch,a fellow Crimson Frost author, on my blog, sharing her thoughts on books and writing. I will be reviewing Kim’s New Adult, historical fantasy novel; ‘The Viking Princess’, in the next few weeks.  I love Arthurian legends and this one is intriguing. See what you think.

VikingPrincess_KimKasch_SmallBlurb -2THE VIKING PRINCESS is not your typical Disney princess. This story sizzles. Morgaine LeFey is King Arthur’s half-sister and she has a Viking Prince for her lover–and who needs a Knight to come to your rescue, when you have a Viking?! But England and Scandinavia were at war – so this is one romance that nearly tore two kingdoms apart: They met on a battlefield, poised against each other, but their attraction was more powerful than any sword, stronger than any warrior and more magical than Merlin.

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What would you like your readers to know about Kim Kasch?

I’m a writer who grew up in a family with nine kids, when Mom and Dad could probably really only afford two. Plus, Grandma came to live with us after Grandpa died so, I was into recycling before it was the trendy thing to do…back then, we called it wearing “Hand-me Downs” not Repurposed articles and it was nothing to be proud of. Today, in Portland, the wealthy recycle, reuse and repurpose articles and feel no shame in telling people they shop in thrift shops. ;D Times have really changed.

The Viking Princess is your debut novel. I understand it’s a retelling of a little known legend involving King Arthur’s half-sister and a Viking. It sounds intriguing, can you tell us a little about the story and its characters?

Well, The Viking Princess isn’t your typical Disney Princess. She is a sorceress and a shield maiden who doesn’t need a Knight to come to her rescue. In fact, she meets her Viking lover on the battlefield as they sit poised against each other: Knights versus Vikings.
Morgaine Le Fey is King Arthur’s half-sister and Holger Danske is the Danish Viking Prince and warrior who ride against each other as enemies but they faced an attraction more powerful than any sword, stronger than any warrior and more magical than all the powers of Merlin.
Holger steals Morgaine away from Camelot in the hopes of using her as a bargaining chip against King Arthur but, when they are alone together, emotions are sparked inside them that rage into a blazing fire that threatens both their kingdoms.

Is having your book published like a dream come true? If so what does it mean to you?

I have been writing stories for as long as I can remember. Maybe because we only had one television and with twelve people living in the house, I never got to pick the shows we watched. So, instead I read books from the library and wrote my own stories to entertain my brothers and sisters and later my own kids. And, getting a book published validates the writing I’ve been doing over the years. Plus, sharing The Viking Princess with English-speaking people is very important to me. I believe King Arthur and Holger Danske really lived epic lives that have been memorialized in legends over the years. And, perhaps the only reason we know the stories about Arthur is because they were written in English.
I think it’s time people learned about the other stories that are woven together throughout history in French, Danish and Celtic languages. The Viking Princess shares one such story.

What inspired you to write The Viking Princess? Is it a standalone story or part of a series?

The Viking Princess is the first book in The Viking Series. The second book, The Viking Queen, should be coming out soon. The Viking Princess is a story that stands alone as it tells the tale of the budding romance and is the beginning of the romance between Morgaine Le Fey and Holger Danske. It is a true sizzling romance but the next book will build more upon the legends and lives of the characters.
I was inspired by Hamlet’s Castle, when I went to visit the historic site with my husband. There in the tunnels beneath the castle I first saw Holger Danske and heard of his legend. When I came back home to Portland, I started researching the stories of King Arthur, Charlemagne and Holger Danske and found that their stories were woven together. All three Kings were given magical swords but I had never heard of any of them except for Excalibur. That peaked my interest and I had to learn more. . .

Have you a favourite writing place? If so, where and why do you like writing there?

I love to curl up on my bed, late at night, with my laptop…not very romantic but it sure is a cozy place to write ;D

Was it difficult to write about historical events and Vikings who are usually characterised as wild and hedonistic for the New Adult market?

It was hard to try to weave the Arthurian legends into the Viking tale, along with the stories of King Charlemagne while being respectful to all three legends in a way that could tell Holger’s and Morgaine’s romance without seeming trite.

Social media savvy is important for writers. What’s your favourite social media platform and why?

I love Pinterest because I can see so many crafts, foods and fun things without having to travel any further than my laptop. Plus, I love blogging too because I can share so many stories, recipes, and pictures with my family and friends…did I say I love to write ;D

I love fantasy stories and King Arthur’s legends are particular favourites of mine. Was it your love of history and legends that made you write this story? Would you like to write in any other genre?

I have always loved historical stories but I also love to see new spins on old tales. I loved Wicked because it was a new perspective of The Wicked Witch of the West and brought an entirely new light (of green) to Elphaba. Plus Maleficent was another story that took a totally different twist on an old tale. Those types of books really appeal to me. I even enjoyed Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. Maybe because I also love horror stories.

I love to write all sorts of stories from kids’ stories to sizzling adult romance. One day I’d even like to write a recipe book ;D I just love to write.

Do you have a writing process you would like to share with us?

Late in the evening, I love to relax with my laptop. Not very romantic to curl up with an electronic device…but, then again, it can be very soothing.

What’s next for you and your writing?

I have a young adult horror novel coming out in July. It’s set in my hometown of Portland, Oregon and it’s about a demonic tattoo artist. Did you know that Portland, Oregon is the fifth most tattooed city in the country? Just check out this site:
Anyway, Demon’s Ink is a mix of Stephen King’s “Needful Things” and the legendary horror of “Rosemary’s Baby.”

And, I have book II in the Viking Series, The Viking Queen, coming out soon.

Thanks for sharing your thoughts with us today Kim. I look forward to reading and reviewing , The Viking Princess  soon.

 Excerpt - 1He laughed at her, making her senses bristle.
She was not amused. “Am I humorous?”
“I have heard you are many things,” he replied, “but humor has never been cited as one of your virtues.”
“First you laugh at me, and then you belittle me. Is this the way you treat all women?”
He pulled back on the reins. His horse slid to an immediate standstill. Then, burying his face into her hair, he whispered in her ear, “I have shown enormous restraint. Would you like me to show you how I treat all women?”
The burning ember inside her flared to a flame. The muscles low in her belly tightened, as she clenched her legs tighter, wrapping them around his steed. Sucking air into her lungs, she felt the immediate pulse of desire race through the core of her body. She wanted to reach back over her head and wrap her arms around his neck, to pull him even closer.
It was all she could do to hold her tongue and keep from begging him, when all she wanted to say was, “Yes, yes, please show me.”
Her body motionless, she could feel the warmth of him as his hands grew bold, slipping beneath the soft linens covering her, his fingers gently gliding up over her stomach, travelling beneath her breasts and edging up…
A voice whispered inside her head. What are you doing? This man is your enemy. He intends to kill you, your brother, everyone you love…
She grabbed his wrists, holding him still and steady. “You have caught me, kidnapped me, and dragged me here. I may be your prisoner, but do not think that I am interested in your advances.”
His body tensed and he pulled back his hands, gripping her firmly about the waist. “I, Holger, the prince over all the Norse lands, have never had a woman decline the privilege of being my lover.”
“Prince or pauper, it matters not to me what rank you hold, for I, too, am highborn and accustomed to many privileges,” she snapped back, unwilling to let him bask in his own conceit. “And being your lover is not a privilege I would prize.”
“Perhaps,” he said, softening his touch. Slowly he ran his finger down the length of her neck, taunting her. “But are you accustomed to this?” He swung her around to face him; his mouth moved to her neck, gently caressing her throat with his lips and tongue.
The warrior with the devil’s horns was surprisingly gentle and tender with his affections. Morgaine could not contain her pleasure. A small sigh moved up from her throat, over her lips, unexpectedly escaping into the night air. “This is nothing,” he whispered against her flesh, his hand moving down over her navel. Travelling to the valley between her thighs, he pressed his fingers into her apex and she gasped at his touch.
He pulled his hand back. “After your shrill tongue and insults, the next time you will have to beg for my attentions.”
His tone shocked her back into the present. No man had ever spoken to her in this manner. He had no idea of her power. She was not some peasant he could toy with. Morgaine Le Fey was a princess, the sister of King Arthur. It was her turn to laugh…and it came out of her loud and hard. He must not know of her talents. She was the most powerful sorceress in Camelot and perhaps a dozen other kingdoms.
“Me? Beg? To think you will ever witness such an act from me,” she started to say but then shook her head and continued, “You must be more than foolish.”
“We will see,” he said, sounding more arrogant and insolent than ever.
“Yes, we shall see,” she replied, as he gave his horse a nudge and they continued riding.’

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The Haunted Academy – Derek Muk – Book and Author Spotlight

Author Derek Muk’s novella  -‘The Haunted Academy’ published by Midnight Frost Books was released in late December of last year. I am interested in all things paranormal so I am looking forward to reading it.

Read my review of The Haunted Academy, here soon.


UntitledProfessor Albert Taylor and his assistant, Jan, are paranormal investigators. They are hired to investigate spooky, mysterious goings-on at an exclusive all-girls school after a young student is murdered. What they assume will be a routine ghost haunting turns out to be something much more.

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Author BioderekmukauthorphotoDerek Muk is a writer and social worker from California. His short stories have appeared in various online and small press magazines.He has three chapbooks published: ‘Three Parts’, ‘The Sacrific and Other Stories’, and ‘Sin after Sin’.’The Occult Files of Albert Taylor‘ is his first full length collection of short stories.

In addition to writing, he enjoys reading, traveling, museums, art, dining out, and meeting new people. He has a bachelors and masters degree in social work.

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The Revenge Masquerade – Jane Hunt – #2 The Dragon Legacy

THE REVENGE MASQ-LARGEThe Revenge Masquerade – #2 The Dragon Legacy Series
Charismatic Jasmine and Zane, intrigued readers of ‘The Dragon Legacy’, when they helped Lukas the dragon lord find and protect the last dragon egg, from demonic Xavier. I’m so pleased to share their adventure and passion in picturesque Venice, Italy.

Title: The Revenge Masquerade.
Publisher: Crimson Frost Books.
Genre: Fantasy/Paranormal Romance.
Series: #2 The Dragon Legacy.

JasmineZane Lupus, the wolf shifter who loved and left Jasmine broken-hearted, is in danger. Haunted by nightmares, Jasmine risks her fragile heart and travels to Venice to find her one-time friend and lover, hoping she can save him and rekindle their passion. Abducted by Lorenzo, a passionate dragon, Jasmine is tempted away from her quest to find her wolf.
Zane is confronted with what he suspects is an enemy from his past. He tries in vain to warn the dragon lord, Lukas, about the threat to the infant dragon. The horror beneath The Revenge Masquerade is ancient and terrible and determined to capture the infant dragon for its own ends.
The Dragon Legacy faces its greatest test. Is Jasmine, empowered by the guardian witch’s snake ring, strong enough to restore the natural balance? Or will the sacrifice she must endure destroy her before she embraces her destiny?

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Open mouthed she stood rooted to the spot. Zane walked towards the palazzo, his animal grace discernible even in human form. Jasmine breathed deeper and fought to master her temper. The calm state she sought proved elusive. How dare he dismiss her as insignificant? She was descended from a dynasty of powerful witches, and the wolf would do well to remember that if he wanted to keep his silver hide intact. His long strides took him to the palazzo’s entrance before she could unleash her verbal assault against his arrogance. Without thinking, she raised her hand in the direction of the beautiful flowers planted in terracotta and colorful earthenware pots. The largest started to shake and then spun until it hovered, gyrating madly several inches from the ground. Zane took a step inside the elegant doorway and Jasmine clenched her fist. The huge pot exploded and crashed to earth. Thousands of sharp shards of pot littered the terrace. Zane stopped and snapped his head round in the direction of the noise. Jasmine noted with satisfaction his expression was a comical mix of surprise and shock, his facial expressions a perfect map of his thoughts. She straightened her shoulders and stared into his angry silvery gaze and waited.
“What are you playing at, Jasmine? This isn’t the time for parlor tricks.” The largest piece of broken pot took flight and swooped over his head, almost slicing through his silver blonde hair. Zane stepped back and sidestepped several times to avoid the ceramic missile. “Fuck, Jasmine! Stop it. We haven’t time for your temper tantrums.” The shard of pot floated to the ground and lay harmlessly among the debris.
“That was a parlor trick wolf. The explosion was to get your attention, which it did.” Zane took a menacing step towards her.
“So what’s so important? My instructions were crystal clear.” Jasmine’s fingers itched. The urge to rearrange that handsome face into something ugly beckoned, but she resisted. Abusing her magic would have far-reaching repercussions. Guardian magic stemmed from nature’s balance; it was intended to maintain the status quo and promote positivity and goodness. Using it for self-gratification would lead to an imbalance, which wouldn’t be tolerated. She would be punished by the loss of her powers until she learnt the important lesson. She buried her hands in her trouser pockets. “That’s just it. You decided. You issued the instructions. I’m capable of making my own choices. I don’t need you to think for me. Or protect me.”
“Perhaps, but you were happy for Lorenzo to act as your protector,” Lukas countered, shooting a hole in her argument.
Jasmine kept her face impassive and made sure her barb reached its target. “Everything comes back to you, doesn’t it, Zane? Since Xavier and the demon snake, I’ve made a study of demons, memorized spells, which will thwart and destroy them. I could help you in there, especially if there’s a demon. You should acknowledge my skills unless you’re threatened by me.” Zane watched her intently but remained silent. It felt good to let go of the resentment she had bottled up since Zane used her and left her. She’d opened Pandora’s Box and didn’t want to close it. Not until Zane appreciated the pain he had inflicted and how she had used it to mature and grow. “Do you want my help or not?”

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I have enjoyed my first year as a published author. The Dragon Legacy was published in December 2013 and now The Revenge Masquerade, Book 2 in The Dragon Legacy Series is here.
As an only child and animal lover, my imaginary friends were horses. I loved creating adventures for us to enjoy. Now as a writer, my vivid imagination creates romantic, paranormal, mystery and suspense stories with larger than life characters and fantastic scenarios.
I love strong heroines, sexy heroes and scenarios that are not what they seem to be. There is always a strong romantic thread in my writing because I believe in soul mates, love at first sight and happy ever after.
When I’m not writing I enjoy reading, book reviewing, social media and walking in the countryside. I am also passionate about animal welfare. I have been married for over thirty years and have two children, my greatest success. I live on the edge of a country park where I love walking my beloved dogs and dreaming about my next story.
I enjoy talking with my readers and you can contact me via my website: Jane Hunt Writer or on any of my social media sites which are listed below.

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December Release -The Revenge Masquerade – The Dragon Legacy #2 –

Release date:

 The Revenge Masquerade

Tuesday 16th December 2014

Title: The Revenge Masquerade
The Dragon Legacy #2
Release Date:  16 December 2014
Genre: Urban Fantasy/Paranormal/ Romance
Publisher: Crimson Frost Books

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‘Zane Lupus, the wolf shifter who loved and left Jasmine broken-hearted, is in danger. Haunted by nightmares, Jasmine risks her fragile heart and travels to Venice to find her one-time friend and lover, hoping she can save him and rekindle their passion. Abducted by Lorenzo, a passionate dragon, Jasmine is tempted away from her quest to find her wolf.

Zane is confronted with what he suspects is an enemy from his past. He tries in vain to warn the dragon lord, Lukas, about the threat to the infant dragon. The horror beneath The Revenge Masquerade is ancient and terrible and determined to capture the infant dragon for its own ends.
The Dragon Legacy faces its greatest test. Is Jasmine, empowered by the guardian witch’s snake ring, strong enough to restore the natural balance? Or will the sacrifice she must endure destroy her before she embraces her destiny?’



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4* Review : Chasing the Sun – Sasha Abernathy

Hunted by Chaos. Protected by Death. Guided by Fire. Terran is now the key to a world she never knew existed.

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A life of predictability and comfort is rocked when Terran meets the mysterious Aiden…and she’s forced to choose between the life she knew and a life on the edge.

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For Terran, life was simple – until she meets the new art gallery owner, Aiden.

Through him, she finds herself surrounded by terrifying nightmares and gods. When an ancient evil threatens to escape and unleash all Hell, Terran must dive into a world she never knew existed to save them all…even if that means giving up her life to do it.

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 Chasing the SunThis story is a fusion of urban paranormal/fantasy and Egyptian mythology played out against the wild, untamed setting of Alaska. Not surprisingly it caught my interest from the first page.

Told from the aptly named heroine, Terran’s point of view you are immediately aware of her despair and sadness, two years after her tragic loss. Barely able to function in the ‘real world’, she lives through her strange dreams, which for a time allow her to capture what she has lost. The dream sequences are vivid and evocative of Terran’s current life and future.

There is intricate world building in the first half of the story. This slows this pace a little but allows the reader to understand Terran and empathise with her as she struggles with her grief and new discoveries. Terran thinks she is losing her grip on reality but maybe not?

This story is full of alpha males who all effect Terran deeply. Supernatural events clash with the ordinary; she discovers no one is really what they seem. The characters’ duality makes the collision of the mythological world with contemporary Alaska imaginable. For me it is the poignancy of this story that makes it hard to put down. The fast paced ending leaves us with more questions than answers. I can’t wait for book 2.

I received a copy of this book from the author in return for an honest review.

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chasing the sun-medium-1“Aren’t these Aiden’s pieces?” Micah had caught up to me and seemed as perplexed as I did.
“Yeah, I guess so.”
“Who would have thought he’d donate his work?” Micah commented and then lost interest, walking away as she saw someone she recognized.
I stayed, staring in shock.
“Don’t look so surprised. Your friend Jon’s charity is truly for a good cause.”
I shouldn’t have lingered. By now I should have known to avoid anything having to do with Aiden. Many of the contributing artists were here to help promote their pieces so I should have known. But somehow he always caught me off guard.
Actually, I’m surprised you have a heart at all.” My disdain oozed off my words as I gave him the biggest scowl I could muster.
However ugly I thought his attitude, I couldn’t say the same about his appearance. Aiden cleaned up nicely in his all-black tuxedo. His hair had been gelled down, but you could still see the natural wave of it. His tux looked as if it had been custom-made, which made me curious. How many black-tie events did he go to in order to have purchased a custom tux?
But, who cared? With my shoulders back, chest raised, and chin up I turned my head, grabbed my dress on the sides and walked away. Screw him.
I got about three steps away before I heard him.
“You look beautiful,” he said to my back. It stopped me, my heart thumping loud in my chest. An immeasurable amount of time had passed since someone besides my friends had told me I was beautiful. I could feel him staring at me, but I didn’t move. I only stood there, frozen.
“Terran,” His voice was soft with yearning. It was then that I gained enough courage to walk away. I had already made up my mind about him. He was too complicated and I was tired of the ups and downs of his mood. This man would break my spirit, at least what little of it I fought to keep.

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Born in Germany to a Puerto Rican mother and All-American Military father, who saw fit to give her a Russian name, Sasha Abernathy has always loved storytelling and travelling. Raised in Oklahoma, but eventually moving everywhere from Alaska to Spain, Sasha has finally settled in the beautiful state of Colorado. With her loving husband, two wild sons, and neurotic labradoodle, Sasha is surrounded by way too much testosterone and escapes through her mysteriously whimsical and romantic novels.


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My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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