Friday, May 27, 2016

#FridayFeature Celebrating Southern Magic Authors #Romance #Making Magic

The spotlight today will be on Southern Magic Author, Gayle Wilson.

Gayle writes Historical Romance and Romantic Suspense (Intrigue)

Title: His Secret Duchess

Genre: Historical Romance


Mary Winters Harbored A Secret Deep Within Her Heart

She'd borne the duke of Vail a child and was determined that no one--not even the noble love of her life himself--would ever uncover the truth.

Afire with the passion of youth, Nick Stanton had lain with Mary Winters. Now, scarred by warfare in mind and body, he feared he'd be no fit husband to his beloved--or father to the son now claimed by another man, a man whose one desire was to wreak vengeance on then all!

Title: Take No Prisoners

Genre: Intrigue (Romantic Suspense)



Kidnapped by marauding tribesmen when her helicopter went down outside Kabal, tough-skinned CIA operative Grace Chancellor had little choice but to entrust her life to the only man she'd ever loved--and lost.

Years earlier, tough-as-nails special agent Landon James made a harsh choice: duty over personal life. Now, he was single-handedly going in to rescue Grace and prove how wrong he was. As Landon and Grace fled through the mountains, faced with heat, thirst, and gunfire, would old wounds reopen and turn them into permanent strangers--or would old desires be reignited?

Connect with Gayle online at Website 

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

What are you doing?

“What are you doing?”

How a person speaks is more than just the words that come out of their mouth. Communication includes body language and can change the whole tone of the words. The title of this post can be taken numerous ways and sometimes in depends on the mood of the reader as to which message it delivers. It’s extremely important when writing to provide a picture of how those words should be heard.

First example:

Mother stood in the doorway of the room with her hands on her hips and a scowl on her face. “What are you doing?”

From those two sentences, it is easily implied that the tone is heading into the disciplinary range. Somebody is in trouble when Momma is mad. Oh… but wait… I didn’t say the mother was mad in those two sentences, I showed you.  You can picture the event and almost hear the way the words would be spoken.

Second example:

Mother peered around the door into the room with an eyebrow raised and a half grin on her face. “What are you doing?”

Now we have a whole different feel for the story and sound to that one question. The actual question didn’t change, but Momma’s no longer mad – she’s curious. Whatever is occurring in that room is more than likely funny.

Third example:

Both of Mother’s eyes opened wide. “What are you doing?”

Can you guess the emotion to be conveyed with this one? Shock. Whatever is happening has caught Momma off guard or she thinks the person is a total idiot. She could have thrown up her hands in a stop or any other motion to convey the thought.

Last example:

“What are you doing?” Mother asked.

Hmmm. Well, I have no idea what to assume for Momma’s emotion. The biggest part of writing is to verbally paint a picture. When writing, consider the blank canvas (piece of paper) and determine the best possible words to convey what the picture should be.

So… what are you doing?

Monday, May 02, 2016

A Look Under the Hood at CreateSpace

A few authors interested in self-publishing have asked me about CreateSpace, the Print-On-Demand (POD) company owned by Amazon. This is how many indie authors, including myself, get our books in print. They aren't the only game in town, but they're easy to navigate and free (unless you use their services).

Here's a look at the main page where you can log in or sign up for a free account.


Once logged in, you land on your Dashboard where you can see all of your titles. You can also see messages and alerts, but these are emailed to me so I don't miss anything. Examples of these messages are when proofs have been ordered or files approved.
You can click on any of your titles to make changes/edits or add a new title by clicking the blue button that says "Add New Title". These choices take you to the Project Homepage.

Once on the Project Homepage, you can click where you need to go for an existing book, or follow the prompts for a new title.

Take a look at the Icon Legend.
Since this book is available, you can see the little green check marks by each step in the process. The little red circle is there because my print books are formatted differently than my ebooks, so I upload to Kindle separately.


Under Setup, you can enter title information, ISBN (your own or their free one), select your book size and page color, upload your interior file, review the file, create or upload your cover, and submit files for review.


While Amazon reviews your files, the icon by File Review will be "in process". If there's a problem, it'll have the yellow "action required" symbol. They'll email you with details about what's needed. Under the Review section, you can either order print proofs, or use the digital viewer. I always order print proofs of my first file. After I make minor changes/corrections and re-upload my edited file, I use the digital proofer. It shows your book from the front cover to the back and every page in between.


Under Distribute is where you select distribution channels, such as Amazon US, Amazon Europe, CreateSpace store, bookstores, libraries, etc. This is also where you set your price, choose your cover finish (matte or glossy), enter your book description, and publish to Kindle if you wish. 

Boom! You've got yourself a print book ready for the world.

This is a very quick overview intended to remove some of the anxiety around getting your books into print. The support staff at CreateSpace has always been extremely helpful any time I've had questions or concerns. The process is straightforward and efficient. I'm happy to try to answer any questions.

Happy uploading and happy week!