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Monthly Archives: April 2017

An editor is a crucial piece of the publishing puzzle and your relationship can make or break a project. Don’t make the same mistakes I did.

There is something to be said about the rush you get when you finally type the words “THE END” into a manuscript. You have put your heart and soul into the page and for me, it was like I finally reached the top of a mountain. Little did I know it was just the first plateau.

I had been fortunate by this time to have worked with some of the best self-publishing authors in the business and knew that editing was going to be a beast. I was a first time author for goodness sake. I thought it would be perfect to team up with a good friend who wanted to get into editing. This played out like a bad horror movie where everyone could see the monster behind the curtain but you.

I first want to go on record that the editor in question is an amazing editor. She really did help polish The Awakening into what it is today. Also, had I continued working with her it would probably be 1,000 times better. Yet, I know it would have lost the harried style that I was truly going for. We ultimately parted ways amicably and I shelved my book for four years because I lost all confidence in the project.

Finally, I couldn’t stand seeing all the Facebook Memories showing me a project that I truly loved. I went through and got the story edited and finally pushed publish on it. I figure that it was never going to win a Pulitzer, but it is a fun addition to vampire lore that is worth telling.

So what advice do I have for someone who is finishing up their novel?

Do your research! Talk to your editor about what they like to read and do a first chapter edit. It gives both of you the opportunity to see if you want to work together.

Remember that as a self-published author, you are the boss. Don’t let anyone discourage you from publishing if that is what you want to do.

The editor is ultimately out to create the best version of the story. If you have done your research and know that they are a good fit, then trust what they are saying.

The Awakening by JP Adkins

What would you do if you found out you were genetically a Vampire? Would you embrace it or run? I have found that power is a strange
thing – sometimes it pulls you into places you never knew you would go. I have done things that most have only dreamed of; ran through walls, jumped off buildings but it all seems like folly.
I am what happens when genetics mutate, when the species collide, when the beauty can’t resist the beast. I can’t infect with my kiss, but I can awaken with my seed — if they are a mutation such as I.

JP Adkins Social Media

JP Adkins sees it as his mission in life to help you realize your dreams and to uplift your mood. He is a celebrated graphic ,web , and clothing designer, has helped many authors publish their books, and has recently published his first novel, The Awakening.

JP Adkins gets pleasure in finding ways to make life more beautiful for himself and those around him. His dream is to travel the country writing inspirational stories and leading meditations wherever he goes. He believes too many times we allow ourselves to quit trying because we tell ourselves we don’t know how, we don’t have the money, and we aren’t good enough. He wants to inspire others to take the inspired action required to design their lives. In his quest to serve the world, he has taken the first steps in ordainment in the Order of the Jedi. You Are Loved!

In preparation for the move from Blogspot to WordPress, I’m sharing the RLF Gem Bloggers of this site. Each Saturday for the next few weeks, I’ll showcase a different author.

2014 Star Blogger: Marilyn Baron

Marilyn has appeared on the Romance Lives Forever blog seven times. She has been an RLF Gem multiple times and was on the list of Bloggers of the Year in 2014. The position is chosen by the amount of visits the author’s post receives.
I’m proud to present Marilyn with the 2014 RLF Gem Award.
Others who won monthly top blogger awards in 2014 were Daisy Banks, Vicki Batman, E Ayers, and JD Faver.

About Marilyn Baron

Marilyn Baron is a public relations consultant in Atlanta. She’s a member of Marketing for Romance Writers, Romance Writers of America and
Georgia Romance Writers (GRW) and the recipient of the GRW 2009 Chapter Service Award. She writes humorous women’s fiction, romantic thrillers/suspense, historicals and paranormal. She has won writing awards in Single Title, Suspense Romance and Paranormal/Fantasy Romance.
Website www.marilynbaron.com
Blog www.petitfoursandhottamales.com
Twitter https://twitter.com/MarilynBaron
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/pages/Marilyn-Baron/286807714666748?fref=ts
Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4722647.Marilyn_Baron
Amazon Author Page http://www.amazon.com/Marilyn-Baron/e/B008PJFQPC/

Marilyn Baron’s Latest Book

Marilyn’s 20th work of fiction, The Vampire Next Door, a paranormal romance, is now available for pre-order. The worldwide release date for the novel is June 9, 2017. Aurora Dawn Hale, the ravishing daughter and granddaughter of psychics, wants to take a bite out of the boy next door, reformed vampire Lancelot “Lance” Lakeland, who repents his past and desperately desires to be good. Lance has given up immortality to be with the woman he craves. He must convince Aurora Dawn he is worthy of her trust. Will she love him for who he is and leave her fiancé at the altar? Or wake up from her spell in time to recognize the evil presence of the fiend who has terrorized her family for centuries?

Preorder The Vampire Next Door https://www.amazon.com/dp/B071CSXPXM/

Coming next Saturday…Top Blogger for 2015. Come back and see who it is! Visit the new blog – still under construction: RLFblog. Since the hashtag is #RLFblog, that’s the url for the new site. It will keep the name Romance Lives Forever.

Kayelle Allen

Is It True: The Reluctant Wife @warfieldcaro #historicalromance #RLFblog

Play Is It True with today’s guest Caroline Warfield author of The Reluctant Wife, a Historical Romance set in 1835. This is a game in which authors answer yes and no questions. They can elaborate on answers as much as they choose.

First, tell us about your book.

Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R (or maybe PG13 with extra caution)

When Bengal Army Captain Fred Wheatly, a disgraced soldier with more honor than sense, is forced to resign, and his mistress dies leaving him with two half-caste daughters to raise, he reluctantly turns to Clare Armbruster for help. But the interfering, beautiful widow demands more of him than he’s ready to give. He’s failed so often in the past. Clare’s made mistakes as well. Can two hearts rise above past failures to forge a future together?

When all else fails, love succeeds…

Now, tell us Yes or No for each answer below. Feel free to explain any (or none) of your answers.

Is it true:

this is your first book?
No.
this book is part of a series?
Yes. The Children of Empire series is about three cousins torn apart by lies and deceit and driven to the far reaches of the empire, who struggle to find their way home. Each has is own problems to overcome and each one finds happiness his own way.
you lost sleep while writing this book?
No.
you did research for this book?
Oh yes. Quite a lot, especially about the East India Company, Bengal, and travel between England and Calcutta. I was astonished to discover the India Mail’s overland route through Suez across the desert to Cairo, then Alexandria and on to London. It was fun to put them there.
some characters in this book are not human?
Yes. (The hero’s horse-grin!)
this book has more than one genre?
No.
you speak more than one language?
Yes, French, but not well. I can read Latin as well but I’ve forgotten all my Mandarin.
you grew up where you live now?
Hardly! I was an army brat. By the time I was six we had lived in the midwest, New England the Deep South and Europe. We recently moved here to be close to our grandson.
you love to read?
Yes.
you are never late?
No. I am clock impaired.
you love pizza?
Yes Thin crust with lots of fresh tomatoes and other veggies.
you love sushi?
No. Never touch the stuff, but I’m proficient with chopsticks and love most other Asian cuisine.
you have a pet?
No. We travel too much to keep one.

Where can we find your book online?

Amazon https://www.amazon.com/Reluctant-Wife-Children-Empire-Book-ebook/dp/B06Y4BGMX1/

Caroline Warfield Social Media

Traveler, poet, librarian, technology manager—award winning author Caroline Warfield has been many things (even a nun), but above all she is a romantic. Having retired to the urban wilds of eastern Pennsylvania, she reckons she is on at least her third act, happily working in an office surrounded by windows while she lets her characters lead her to adventures in England and the far-flung corners of the British Empire. She nudges them to explore the riskiest territory of all, the human heart.
Caroline is a RONE award winner and has five star reviews from Readers’ Favorite, Night Owl Reviews, and InD’Tale. She is also a member of the writers’ co-operative, the Bluestocking Belles. With partners she manages and regularly writes for both The Teatime Tattler and History Imagined.
Website http://www.carolinewarfield.com/
Blog http://www.carolinewarfield.com/authors-blog/
Twitter https://twitter.com/CaroWarfield/
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/carolinewarfield7
Pinterest https://www.pinterest.com/warfieldcaro/
Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8523742.Caroline_Warfield
Amazon Author Page https://www.amazon.com/Caroline-Warfield/e/B00N9PZZZS/
Newsletter http://www.carolinewarfield.com/newsletter/

 

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