YA Paranormal Romance Cover Reveal

YA Paranormal Romance Cover Reveal

Please help me welcome new author Kat Stiles as we reveal her cover for her YA paranormal romance Connected. ~ ~ ~ Title: Connected Author: Kat Stiles Publisher: Wild Child Publishing ISBN: 978-1-61798-155-5—eBook, 978-1-61798-156-2—print Genre(s): YA Paranormal Romance Heat Rating: NA Length: 87,207 Page Count: 306 Price: $5.99, $12.99 Purchase page: Coming Soon Release date: 6/3/15 Author website: katstiles.com Author blog: katstiles.com Blurb: High school is hard enough, Em knows. Her freshman year introduced her to all the cliques, annoying teachers, and tough homework assignments. But discovering you have super powers and not knowing how to control them is a whole new level of complicated. Thankfully, Em isn’t alone. Her best friend Roz starts having unusual dreams that come true, and Tommy, Em’s secret crush, can hear the softest whispers in class. A romance blossoms with Tommy. But just as things are looking up, people start dropping like flies. A telepathic serial killer is on the loose and only Em and her friends have a hope of stopping him. Or do they? If they don’t figure out the killer’s identity soon, one of them could be next. Bio: Originally a Jersey girl, sunny Texas is where I now call home, in a town way up north in the panhandle called Wellington. Along with the man of my dreams, I have two children: a rambunctious five year-old girl and a sweet but vocal one year-old boy. Three cats, three dogs and an inordinate amount of pet hair complete my household. For fun I like to read YA, horror, and existentialist fiction, as well as watch cartoons, movies, and sometimes even cartoon movies. I try not to take anything in life too seriously and...
Round Robin — Good Storytelling

Round Robin — Good Storytelling

Today’s Round Robin topic: What glues you to a story start to finish? And/Or what hooks do you use to capture your readers? This is an interesting question because I don’t generally think in terms of what keeps me reading, but rather in terms of what will turn me off. So, thinking in terms of what keeps me reading is a bit of a switch. I know what I like, but defining it is new. What am I looking for? In essence, good storytelling. But what is good storytelling? My list may be different from yours, but this is mine. The protagonists are sympathetic and likable. I want to root for them to win, to overcome, to escape, to do whatever it is that they need to do. I want to see a character arc. There doesn’t have to be a huge amount of growth, but a realistic amount for the story line. Some characters will grow more than others, and that’s fine. The characters stay true to the personality the author has established. If they do something out of character, there better be a good reason for it that is germane to the story line and character. The story is somewhat unpredictable. I like happy endings, but I don’t want to be able to predict how I am going to get to that happy ending. I think this is why I am a pantser rather than a plotter. Once I start plotting out my entire story, I lose all interest in it. Of course, my characters will often change my plans anyway. For instance, in my upcoming release The Whispering House,...

The Demise of a Publisher

This morning, I opened my email to discover an indie publisher is closing their doors. My experience with this publisher has primarily been through an email list, but I have still come to know them and am sad to see them go. As I don’t know if this publisher has announced to their authors yet that they are closing, I’m not going to say which one it is. Their authors will know, and the rest of the world, soon enough. Whenever a publisher folds, I’m saddened for the publisher and the authors. Not to be surprised, from the contact I have had with the owner, they’re closing to prevent the inevitable bankruptcy. Not only are they doing this for themselves, but also the authors. Bankruptcy court is not a friend of authors. Those who have been through it will tell you that. But why was bankruptcy inevitable? To be quite honest, sales for many publishers have been down significantly in the past year. There are a number of contributing factors, including a glut of free books, the new subscription services, piracy, and returns. All of these most likely contributed to their closing. If we want to survive, we have to find new ways to get noticed and to draw readers, paying readers. So, I am going to tell you, friends, if you love to read, here are a few things you can do to support your favorite authors and support their publishers. Buy a book. I am ever puzzled at people who think $5.99 is too much for a full-length novel (whether it is electronic or trade paperback) yet have no problems paying $3.50...

Parking Enforcement and Tickets

Just now. I’m outside, and this student teacher is parked in front of our house. Not only is it street cleaning on our side of the street, but we have permitted parking after x number of hours. We’ve done this because we are close enough to the school that, without it, we’d never have anywhere to park. We are not the only street or neighborhood who has this problem and resorted to the same tactics. Anyway, the kid comes out (it’s lunch) and spies the ticket on his car. I happen to be outside talking to someone. Kid picks up the ticket and says: Shit! Me: Yeah, well, it’s street cleaning today. Kid: I thought it was on the other side of the street today. Me: Nope, but you know we have permit parking here. Kid: Yeah, but I haven’t been getting tickets. Me: Well, you should be. Kid: Well, that’s fucked up. He jumped in his car, gunned his motor, and raced ahead about 25 yards to park in front of my neighbor’s house where there’s even less parking. (shrug) I wasn’t being mean. I have nothing against him. I get it. Really, I do. The school doesn’t have enough space nor provide enough parking for the students, the teachers, staff, administration, or visitors. Their only option is to look to the neighborhood, but the neighbors are a bit tired of parking being scarce. So, it’s kind of a Catch-22. And, maybe, I’d be more sympathetic if I didn’t come home with a full car of groceries and no place to park. But, honestly, what really irks me is that people...