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Binding worlds to the page
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Check out this urban fantasy!

Alice Koufax desperately wants to break out of the Herald’s Lifestyle section, and when a local football hero proposes to the mayor’s succubus daughter, she thinks it’s finally her ticket to the front page. But when the bride-to-be disappears with rumors of a cursed engagement ring, Alice realizes she’s grabbed a demon by the horns.

On top of all that, she has to deal with her half-elf mother’s interference in her love life, the inscrutable Fae, and the mysterious Stonemen. Can she save the day, reunite the lovers, and most importantly, get her story filed before the deadline?

Welcome to the five ‘burghs, where the Gates in Pittsburgh put power, ruins, magic, and Hell itself just a subway ride away.


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Hell Bent is release and for sale!

Right now it's just on Amazon, but it is for sale. http://a.co/d7MAK9m

Alice Koufax desperately wants to break out of the Herald’s Lifestyle section, and when a local football hero proposes to the mayor’s succubus daughter, she thinks it’s finally her ticket to the front page. But when the bride-to-be disappears with rumors of a cursed engagement ring, Alice realizes she’s grabbed a demon by the horns.

On top of all that, she has to deal with her half-elf mother’s interference in her love life, the inscrutable Fae, and the mysterious Stonemen. Can she save the day, reunite the lovers, and most importantly, get her story filed before the deadline?

Welcome to the five ‘burghs, where the Gates in Pittsburgh put power, ruins, magic, and Hell itself just a subway ride away.

Many thanks for +Karen Conlin for the editing!
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If someone has betrayed your trust, remember... It's good that you are a kind, trusting person. It's the flaw in them (not you) that caused the hurt. Your character is still intact. You are the same person you were before. Their actions cannot diminish you.

Who would not rather trust and be deceived? - quote from poet Eliza Cook
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Celebrating #IndieAuthorDay by recognizing some awesome science fiction and fantasy books by indie authors I've read over the last few months. I could go on and on, but I'll stick with 10. Read mini-reviews and get links to each book in the blog post below!

Nice Dragons Finish Last (Heartstrikers #1) by +Rachel Aaron
Air Awakens (Air Awakens, #1) by +Elise Kova
The Path of Flames (Chronicles of the Black Gate, #1) by Phil Tucker
Orison by Daniel Swensen
Star Nomad (Fallen Empire, #1) by +Lindsay Buroker
Blood Honor (The Day After Never, #1) by Russell Blake
CyberStorm by +Matthew Mather
White Feather (Protectors of Xil Book 1) by +CJ Parmenter
Derelict (Halcyone Space, #1) by +Lisa Cohen
Bound in Blue by H. Hamilton-Senter

Like I said, I could go on and on, but these 10 will be a great start to anyone looking to read more indies! Lots of great epic fantasy, urban fantasy, space opera, etc. to choose from!

#scifi #fantasy #spaceopera #indie #author #indieauthors #sciencefiction
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ROFL -- This made my night! Can't wait to see Bladerunner 2049 in theaters tomorrow. Harrison Ford's expression is priceless! I will be looking forward to this scene.

#scifi #bladerunner #sciencefiction
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Happy birthday to Mark Hamill, whose wonderful voice I've lately been listening to as Fire Lord Ozai. This article has me LOLing IRL.

#starwars #captainAmerica #wintersoldier
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ZOMG I can't wait for Thor! (More Loki, please!)

#Marvel #Thor #movies
We must save Asgard. Get tickets to see #ThorRagnarok in theaters November 3! https://fandan.co/2y9whuN
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I'm trying out this free online course called Self-Publishing Mastery by Iain Rob Wright and thought some of you might be interested as well. Yes, it really is free. Topics:
Amazon KDP Exclusivity (KU)
Keywords in depth
Using HTML code in your description
Pricing strategy
Perma-free
Tracking sales with Book Report
ACX
Createspace
Building your website
Building your mailing list
Social media
Promotion
Other income
Advertising on FB & AMS

Obviously, YMMV, but I think there will be some good nuggets in here if nothing else. Always take someone else's experiences with a grain of salt. After all, he started in 2011, and he's writing horror. If you didn't and you're not, your writing and publishing path will be different. But see what you can glean! It's free!

#writetip #writing #publishing
A-Z of Self-Publishing
A-Z of Self-Publishing
azofselfpublishing.teachable.com
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It's (almost) Read an Ebook Day! What are you reading on your Kindle, Nook, Kobo, or other ereader app?

You can follow the slightly awkward hashtag #readanebookday on social media to read all about it. (Am I the only one who reads that as Read a Nebook Day?)

Apparently OverDrive originally thought up the day to celebrate ebooks. Now they’ve got a new app called Libby that lets you download or stream ebooks from your library. It has cool features like letting you push the ebooks to your Kindle app to read if you prefer. Go watch the video here: https://meet.libbyapp.com/

Your library may let you download The Last of the Ageless and the companion short stories using Libby and Overdrive. Or you can get it for $2.99 for Kindle.

Directed by his tribe’s belief in the Ancient Teachings, Dalan saved the life of a fellow shapeshifter, only to learn she didn’t need rescued at all — quite the opposite — Nyr deserved to die.

Show your #ebooklove here: https://books2read.com/ageless

Or (if you insist on paper), buy the paperback locally here: http://www.indiebound.org/book/9781514879399?aff=traciloudin
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I'm writing with the window open and I can smell the neighbors mowing their lawn. A glorious night for writing!
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This article on reader proxies--like Watson in Sherlock Holmes or Harry in the Harry Potter books--is well thought out. It has some great insights.

I personally was never able to "inhabit" Nick from the Great Gatsby and found him utterly mediocre, but Harry Potter is certainly a good example of a reader proxy I was drawn into from the first page. Though it offers some strategies on how to create a reader proxy, this article doesn't quite get to the tactical level. I was wondering if using "you" is common, like in the Great Gatsby examples. That would be my only critique.

I look forward to reading other great articles from Standout.

#writetip #writing #readers
https://www.standoutbooks.com/reader-proxy-reader-proxies/
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