Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Author Spotlight: Dominique Eastwick

Today I'm hosting Dominique Eastwick. I hope you will all give her a warm welcome! :)

HI I am Dominique Eastwick and I write Erotic Romance. Though I have some sweeter ones in the works as well as some historicals this is my genre for the moment.  Over the last two years I have published three works and have another one slotted to come out with Musa Publishing in October.

So I am no longer a One Hit wonder so to speak, I have my second and third books published and now I feel like I might be able to do this thing called writing, it wasn’t a fluke.  J

So here is my top ten list of things I learned since publishing my first book….

1. Just because you think your book is amazing and ready for print, it's not there is always more to edit.

2. Other Authors are always willing to help out, especially if you are willing to help them out.

3. Seasoned Published Authors are a font of information tap into it.

4. It's all about POV and staying away from passive voice.

5. Nothing can make your stomach clinch more then the email notice saying your book has been reviewed.  To open the email or not that is the question.

6. Writing the Sequel is far easier, all the Characters are already formed and most of the research is done.

7 Writing the Sequel is far harder, the characters are already formed and readers will remember if you changed their eye color.

8. Nothing is more nail biting then having your best friends and family read your book. (Sorry Dad)

9. Having the Sequel picked up is affirming, yet nerve racking, you are no longer writing just for you, you are writing for the publisher, the reviewers, the readers, so many more what ifs come into play.

10. Nothing makes you feel more like an author then going onto facebook and see the "go to the page of the book you are reading and type the first sentence" game being played and having two people quote your book.

Sure I have learned more for good and for bad but that’s what life is about a fun learning Journey. It’s the people you meet and the books you read or write along this crazy road that makes it so much fun.


Sometimes Love comes in a package we least expect to find it in.

Tony Sherman may be a modern day Adonis and a well-known ladies' man, but hiding beneath his carefree, playboy persona is a man who knows how to be discreet. He keeps his desire to protect all those he loves from being seen by anyone, particularly his family. Fate intervenes when he uses his charm to beg a favor from a co-worker, a women as unaffected by his charisma as she is by his looks.

Haven Pelletier is anything but the kind of woman usually found on Tony's arm or in his bed. She's mousy and rubenesque, unmoved by his Adonis appearance. But when circumstances bring them together, she sees right through his tarnished armor—to the true man underneath.

As Haven learns more about Tony, she discovers a man who might just steal her heart if she lets him. Can Tony be the knight in shining armor Haven needs? Or will the secrets in his past keep them both from finding happiness?

Twitter @dominieastwick

Monday, May 21, 2012

Navigating The Publishing World

Since I don’t have an author spotlight lined up for today, you are stuck listening to my rant about publishing.

I’ve run into some interesting hurdles while trying to market my book. My book is through an independent publishing company, which means I’m an indie author. However, a lot of self-published authors have also started calling themselves indie authors. (For the record, I love self-published books but didn’t feel it was the right path for me.)

A lot of review and book sites don’t want anything to do with self-published authors or independent ones. I’m finding because my book isn’t published through a big-six publisher, I’m getting a cold shoulder from some book sites. They don’t bother to respond to me e-mails even though I follow their directions carefully when I try and set up guest spots. I’m not really surprised by it, because I’ve always known about the bias in publishing. Independent authors don’t get to sign their books in the same room as the ‘real’ authors at conventions and certainly don’t get the same respect by anyone in the legacy publishing business.

There are also a lot of sites for self-published authors but they usually don’t consider books published by small, independent publishers. They want stories from authors who shrugged off the publishing world and went it alone to become a best-seller. Everyone loves those kind of stories.  

I’m also limited on how I can promote my book because a lot of what I do has to go through my publisher first. They aren’t going to loose hundreds of potential sales by offering my book for free on kindle (and they shouldn’t have to.)  So how do I get the word out about my book?

I feel like I’m sort of stuck on some weird middle ground. There just aren’t many sites focused on books by small publishers. Maybe they are out there, and I just haven’t found them yet.

How do you feel about the whole Big Six vs. Indie vs. Self-published debate? Do you think there are equal opportunities on all sides?

On a side note- I'm being interviewd over at Dawn's Reading Nook. You can see the interview here.  :)

Friday, May 18, 2012

I'm being interviewed!

I'm being interviewed over at The Book Queen's Blog today. I hope you will stop by and say'hi'!

Here's the link

The Book Queen's Blog

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Nightfire Giveaway Winner

Time to announce the winner of my contests for a free copy of Nightfire

the winner is...

Gale Nelson


I'm e-mailing Gale now to work out details. Thanks to everyone who entered the contest! I hope you will check back in the future because I may have more contests and fun stuff in the coming months.

Monday, May 14, 2012

Author Spotlight: Sara Daniel

Please give a warm welcome to author Sara Daniel today!

Alyson, thanks so much for having me on your blog today.

I’m Sara Daniel. I write contemporary romance fiction—irresistible romance with captivating family drama.  Not only do I aim to entertain, I also want to give people hope and a belief that everything can and will turn out happily ever after.  So, I really hope my readers have that wonderful, warm fuzzy feeling and come away a little less cynical about the world around them.

I decided to publish with Musa Publishing because they were so author-friendly, completely transparent with sales data and had a great royalty rate.  Since then, I’ve found a great community of authors and warm, professional staff that make the entire publishing process a treat.

The Wiccan Haus intrigued me from the moment I heard Musa was developing a magical world that was open to submissions. I saw the cover for the first book in the series, and I couldn’t look away from the intense, rugged hero. I bought my copy of Shifting Hearts by Dominique Eastwick as soon as it was available and read it that night. I fell in love with the quirky cast of characters that inhabited the island, and I knew I wanted to create a story in that world.

I’d never written paranormal before, and I’d never written for a shared world. I had reservations about both. They were both immediately put to rest. Incorporating magic and paranormal elements gave me so much story depth that wouldn’t have been possible in a straight contemporary.

A Man Worth Fighting For

He has nothing left to offer. She's determined to show him just how much he's worth.

Shot by a member of his military team, Justin Lawson retreats to the Wiccan Haus. Holly Walters refuses to accept her boyfriend's out-of-the-blue rejection without an explanation, even if getting the answers forces her to be trapped on a bizarre island for an entire week. She's going to use every minute to work Justin out of her system once and for all. Justin's body and spirit begin to heal under Holly's loving ministrations. As she talks about never seeing each other again, he realizes he never wants to let her go. But the rogue assassin who had gone after Justin before is after him again. Before he can fight to make Holly believe in their love, he'll have to fight for both their lives.


“How did you hurt your knee?” Holly asked.

“Occupational hazard,” Justin muttered.

That wasn’t very comforting, considering he was in the military and always going off on missions that he couldn’t give her any details about. “Did you fall and break it?”

“Bullet shattered it.” His words were clipped.

She flinched, wanting desperately to reach for him, hating to think of the pain he’d been in, the pain she’d known nothing about. “And how long before or after this happened did you send me an eight word break-up text?”

“About seventy-two hours after.”

She immediately knew she’d been right not to take his text at face value. The self-destruction of a client and the week of lost work were worth it. She’d needed this explanation. More than that, it proved there was still hope for them. “So you conceivably could have still been under the effects of anesthesia.”

“I wasn’t.”

“But you were on pain medication for sure.”

“Don’t make excuses for me. I was an ass. I broke up with you, and you deserve better.”

The Wiccan Haus: A Man Worth Fighting For

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Nightfire Giveaway!

Today I'm running a contest- If you want a chance to win a free digital copy of Nightfire, all you have to do is leave a comment with your e-mail address below. Reposts are appreciated, but not neccesary. I'll be using to choose the winner. The winner will be announcened next Wednesday. Good luck!

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Blog Tour Day 3!

I'm being interview by E.J. Wesley on his blog today. I hope you will stop by and say hello!

E.J. Wesley's blog

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Blog Tour Day 2!

Today is day two of my blog tour! I'm over at Michael Offutt's blog. I hope you will stop over and check it out!

Michael's blog

Monday, May 7, 2012

I'm kicking off my blog tour today! I'm over on June Kramin's blog. I hope you will stop by!

June Kramin's Blog

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Author Spotlight: E. H. James

Show some love for author E.H. James, my spotlight guest for today ! :)

Laura - Blurb

George had seen some pretty strange things over his lifetime, travelling those roads. But if he had thought he’d seen it all, he was sadly mistaken. For if he thought finding Laura alone, along some deserted roadside, in the middle of the night, was strange, then he had no idea that what was to follow would challenge the very boundaries of everything he’d ever known.
Laura– Excerpt
The road was long and black before him, stretching out into the night. He hated these rural roads with no street lights, no homes, nothing but blackness pressing in around him. He strained to see the lines in the road, swallowed as they were by a heavy black haze.
But the rain had stopped now, and the wipers screeched in complaint as rubber drew across the dry windshield. He turned them off. The remaining water formed rivulets that ran together, making their way slowly up the glass.
At times like these, he wished he had gotten the radio fixed. He reached for the dial as though it would work this time, but all he got was a faint popping sound and some static. He turned it off and leaned back into his seat. “Damn.”
His annoyance wasn’t so much at the dead radio as at himself. He should have started sooner. He'd had one—no, two—drinks for the road. Now, here he was with two more hours of driving ahead and already it was well past midnight. He couldn't refuse a free drink, though. After all, he was retiring next week, and this was the last time he’d have to make a trip like this—all the way out here, into the middle of nowhere, holding the hand of one more client.
He drew his hand across his face as if to pull the weariness from his mind. Straining against the darkness, he thought he saw something in the headlights, a movement perhaps, maybe a reflection. He slowed down, staring out into the blackness. It was then that he saw her, standing on the side of the road. She turned toward him, staring into the headlights.


The Visitor’s Room - Blurb:
If Amy thought this day on the psych ward would be just like any other she would be sadly mistaken.

For although everything seemed normal, well as normal as a place like that could be, there was something that was not quite right. That she couldn’t put her finger on it only made it all the more perplexing.
Don’t go asking questions you don’t want to know the answer to, especially when you're on a psych ward, and even you begin to question your sanity.
The Visitor’s Room - Excerpt:
“Today’s as good as any to get a shock treatment.”
Amy lifted her head from the pillow to see Larry standing at the foot of her bed.
She waited as he turned and shuffled out the door, then laid her head back down and closed her eyes. Sleep began to return.
And then he was back, the rhythmic swish of slippers on tile as he approached.“Today’s as good as any to get a shock treatment.”
She sighed and waited a moment. Silence. Melanie was sound asleep in the next bed, unaware of the intrusion.
“Today’s as good as any to get a shock treatment.”
“Larry!”she said, her eyes snapping open. “Shut up and get the hell out of here!”
Larry smiled half-heartedly, turned, and wandered again from the room. This time, his shadow disappeared out of the doorway completely.
That had done it. She was definitely awake now.

She looked at Melanie and frowned.
Dead to the world. Like I should be. That girl could sleep if a freight train came roaring through here. Then again, who knows what meds they have her on this week?
She climbed out of bed and pulled on her slippers — blue terry cloth, just like her bathrobe, so cheap, her toe poked through the seam.
She padded over to the window.
The sun was rising over the horizon, but the building directly across the street was still buried in darkness. She wasn’t normally awake this early — though someone did knock promptly at seven every morning to inform her breakfast was ready.
It was quiet though. Peaceful as a grave. She could get used to this.
And then she heard it: the sound of water dripping.
Stepping away from the window, she walked — as she had yesterday and the day before, and every day for the past three weeks — to the bathroom. The sound wasn’t louder there, but she couldn’t imagine where else it might be coming from. It wasn’t muffled, as it would have been inside the wall. No water came through the collapsible ceiling. It wasn’t raining. No drain pipes ran outside her window.
The sound was like Larry: it came and went and was irritating.
And now it was gone.
The Visitor’s Room – Buy Links:

Author Bio:

E. H. James is an author writing novels, short stories, and poetry in the science fiction, horror, thriller and fantasy genres.
Contact Links for E. H. James

Friday, May 4, 2012

Release Day!

Today is the release of my E-book Nightfire! It's up on the Musa site and should be up on Amazon shortly!

Check it out here: