Month: January 2016

Really Bad Book Covers

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I have always been of the mindset that when I am rich and famous, I can put out book covers that are abstract and artistic.  Meanwhile, while I am poor and struggling to sell 3,000 copies a month, I have to make darn sure my covers are representative of the story inside.  If you already have a day job and you want to release books for I guess, the hell of it, you can use any cover you like.

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Cloverdale “Wandelen Boom”

Fourteen short horror stories about the people, places and things in Cloverdale, Montana the World’s strangest small town.

It was released December 1, 2014.

It is priced at $2.99

Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,053,729 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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This one frightens me.

The description reads: Bonny was suddenly wide awake.
With a catch of fear in her throat, she saw the same white shadow that had followed her in the graveyard begin to appear.
“Who are you?” she cried. “What do you want?” The dazzling white figure smiled, a narrow brilliant evil smile.
“You know what I’ve come for,” he said.
“You can’t escape me.”
When Bonny inadvertently finds the object which the stranger so desperately wants, she is drawn into a mysterious and terrifying struggle between the Dazzling Clown and the kindly Black Monk. Suddenly, the whole fate of Time and Eternity, good and evil, lies in the hands of Bonny Starr…

Say what?

I can’t.

 

Now I just quit.

61+8nQj2mCL._SX166_SY265_Storybook relationships are rarely what they appear to be.

Most of these seemingly perfect relationships are filled with lies, deceit, and a little bit of insanity, just like Mike and LiLi’s. Mike fell in love with abused, promiscuous LiLi when he was sixteen, and over a span of seven years (two of which he spent incarcerated), his world evolved into confusion, hurt, and betrayal. LiLi, his dream girl, is the exact opposite of what he thinks and Mike quickly finds out that he can never change who she really is.

Mike must face the devastating fact that LiLi isn’t his bitch, and his best friend since childhood, Dee, is right there to help him..or is he? Come on this turbulent ride with Mike, LiLi, and Dee to find out if LiLi is Mike’s bitch, Dee’s bitch…or EVERYBODY’S BITCH!!!

by Niki Jilvontae    4.1 out of 5 stars (166)  One Hunnned and sissysix reviews! (Using my home girl voice.)

 

And there is a book 2

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Volatile, deceptive, addictive, and manipulative are just a few terms that can be used to describe LiLi and Mike’s relationship.

After finding out his dream girl was not the devoted housewife he thought she was, Mike must face the world knowing that he has been living a lie. A series of unfortunate events will lead Mike to the truth; however, that truth will quickly turn out to be more than Mike’s mind can handle.

The saying, ‘What you don’t know can’t hurt you,’ is true in this case. Because when Mike finds out all LiLi has been hiding, he goes on a psychotic rampage with an anonymous stalker on the loose.

Will Mike finally find out who’s bitch LiLI really is? Or will the anonymous stalker end up making them all someone’s bitch?

by Niki Jilvontae       4.3 out of 5 stars (55)  Yep 55 reviews.

Evidently not, because there is a Book 3

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After finding out that his entire marriage was a lie, Mike has a mental break that opens the door for the anonymous stalker to step in.

Out of his mind with hurt, jealousy, and rage, Mike sets out to make LiLi and Dee feel all of the pain he’s felt.

However, he doesn’t know that the stalker has a deadly agenda of his own.

Now Mike must face the demon inside of him and the one threatening his family while trying to remain sane and keep his bitch.

Come on this drama filled, thrill ride and find out once and for all if LiLi is Mike’s Bitch, Dee’s Bitch, Everybody’s Bitch,…or NOBODY’S BITCH!

I opt for the latter, because I am all bitched out.

Friends with Benefits: A Novella

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51D2DjOADCL._AA160_Grayson Broche led a simple life and was a man of refined taste. At the end of the day, he wanted to come home to his wife, his children and his dog. Currently, he had none of those things. The closest he had come to a stable relationship was his ten-year friendship with his best friend, Charlize. 

Dr. Charlize Filleman was a busy woman with no time for men with no ambition or jokers who wanted to ride her coat-tail. Her last date was three years ago and she was fine with that! The closest thing she had to a relationship was a weekly cooking date with her best friend Grayson, whose luck with love had also run short. 

Grayson proposed a plan to add a few additions to the friendship as they worked on her new cookbook. Adding in a pinch of reasoning, a dab of logic and stirring in some spice, these two to create a great recipe for an ideal relationship. 

And that is why Grayson Broche proposed they become friends with benefits.

Available in paperback and ebook.  Get it on Amazon.

Week 1: World Building

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I am not teaching much this year, so  I decided to do a 10 part series online in my writing group, Augusta Writers.  Yeah, that’s me.
Here is the schedule. I will post the materials on my FB page and share them here as well. Have a wonderful new Year. Here’s to a new Writing You!
January: World Building
February: Plotting
March: Storyboarding
April: Main character development
May: Setting
June: Conflict
July: Supporting characters, foils, villains
August: Chapter Plotting
September: Themes, motifs & word play
October: Resolutions that work
November: We write
December: Professional Editing

Week 1: World Building

Week 1: World Building.   Today, I want you to begin sketching where your novel is taking place. If it is in a company, an apartment, a department store or the Nakatomi Headquarters, we need to know how many floors and where the action takes place.
You can download a workbook here if you need something physical to look at and guide you.
Understanding where the action takes place is critical to the story.
If the character lives in a two bedroom cabin, we are talking hardwood floors and maybe a well that freezes over in Winter.
If the character lives in a high-rise building in Mid Town Manhattan, the likelihood of knowing her neighbors in slim.
If your main character lives in a small made up town. then the probability of them knowing their neighbors and having a workable relationship is feasible.
Where does your story take place.  This is the world in which you mush build.
Is it something elaborate where the character is taking on a quest that travels over a continent like Middle Earth; then you need a map.

Middle Earth, from The Hobbit by Tolkien.
Or is the world in which your character resides on that is open, with the forest as a backdrop being a character itself?
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Let us begin…

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Where does your story take place.  Keep it simple to start and the rest of the month we will tweak it and make it better.

Happy Planning

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Planners are the latest craze for women to gather and play with and exchange stickers.  Yes Stickers.  I usually have mine with a glass of Merlot while we plan weekly menus, top three goals of day, the week and the month.

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It really helps keep you focused on track when there are so many distractions vying for your time.

I went to an awesome planner party today. I love my Happy Planner because I can add and take away pages.

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I use it especially when I am writing. I layout the whole book in the planner as well as my daily word counts, target goals and marketing for each week. it is important if you are entering the planning world to pick the right on for your life style. I think for 2017, I am going to order the Inkwell Press Planner.

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I have an Erin Condren for my daily life, but I can not exchange pages.

Read here to get he latest skinny of planning.  There are also some free stickers.

http://kaysepratt.com/2015/10/the-ultimate-planner-review-2016-edition.html

A Novel Idea

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Hey there! I know some people like to take it easy over the New Year weekend, so I had this novel idea. I put every novel in my Kindle library on sale this weekend for only $.99.
Have a wonderful New Year! Happy Reading!

Vanity’s Pleasure: amzn.to/1kl2ZRm
Thursdays in Savannah: amzn.to/1DZpLHt
The Cost to Play: amzn.to/13SGj34
Menu for Loving: http://amzn.to/1YUJNYz
Loving Words: http://amzn.to/1UizsUO
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