Hum… Maybe several indie authors could get together and start a “FundMe” for marketing! What does everyone think?

Originally posted on Young & Twenty:


I am a twenty-something girl writing about the struggles of my love life, self-discovery and bottomless mind.

I created the blog ‘Young & Twenty’ to build a community of struggling post grads and sure enough, I gained 11,000 subscribers within 5 months.

I now hope to take Young & Twenty further and build a brand, accessible to a larger audience.

D O N A T I O N S W I L L :

1.  Allow for a graphic & web deisgner to improve the look and convenience of the Young & Twenty desktop format as well as mobile.

2. Cover the annual costs of hosting fees and a personalized domain name.

3. Give me the ability to run an ad-free blog.

4. Allow me to put my time into my blog so that I can achieve my goal and prove, that there is success from once a struggle.

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Audible Special Deal For Monday 12/15/14 – The Snow Queen – FREE!

The Snow Queen | [Hans Christian Andersen]

This classic tale is a fantastical fable of two dear friends – one of whom goes astray and is literally lost to the north woods, while the other undertakes an epic journey to rescue him. This charming, strange, and wonderful story is a timeless allegory about growing up and the challenges of staying true to one’s self, and it served as the wintry inspiration for the blockbuster hit Frozen.

Pets For Christmas – Can Be A Very Bad Idea

It is the holiday season,  and the following scene provided by an article on petfinder.com is something to think about seriously. Entitled “Pets as Presents: A Good Idea?” the article starts with the following paragraphs:

You’ve seen it in the movies – sweet little Suzy toddles down on Christmas morning to find her new puppy sitting patiently under the tree with a big red bow around his neck. Suzy squeals, runs to hug the puppy, who gives her a big lick on the cheek, and the two live happily ever after.

While it would be great if such holiday surprises always worked out so well, that’s often not the case. More frequently, 3-year-old Suzy, who is too young to know what caring for a pet really means, cries the first time Puppy bites her on the hand while the two are playing. Mom and Dad then pile him up in the car and drop him off at the local animal shelter along with the three to five million other dogs and cats returned to shelters each year.

This also brings up another issue which is just as sad, if not sadder. Puppy Mills.  Despite the intense suffering of these dogs, puppy mills are operating all over the U.S. You can read more about puppy mills at the ASPCA website. These dogs lead horrific lives – my own Peanut had his back feet chewed of, his body was a mass of flea-caused open sores. He was a success story – he lived for ten years before I lost him to congestive heart failure.

This is much like Scooter’s face when he lunged at me… scary, isn’t it? It was MUCH too fast for me to escape his teeth. Photo courtesy of animal.kukuchew.com

As you know if you read the original post I rescued Scooter from the shelter, snatching him from the doors of the gas chamber. But sometimes puppy mill puppies, which I have no doubt he is (research is a wonderful thing, isn’t it?), can’t be saved. Bad breeding, bad food, mistreatment as a puppy, all leave scars. And sometimes, genetic issues which cannot be cured.

Scooter, I now know, suffers from Idiopathic Aggression, also know by various other names such as “Rage Syndrome”, “Paradoxical Rage Reaction”, or more popularly, “Jekyll and Hyde Syndrome”.  There is no cure.  It is believed to be a genetic condition, (though “idiopathic” means they don’t really know for certain exactly what causes it; possibly multiple reasons). It is more common in purebred male dogs, usually showing up between one and three years-of-age. He literally “checks out” and when he comes back from his fugue state he has no idea what he just did. While I,  of course,  am bleeding all over the place and grabbing for peroxide, betadine and  bandages. And lots and lots of pain meds and antibiotics. One of my fingers is wrapped up in a soft cast (punctured and cracked bone but not broken) and my foot and the rest of my hand is bandaged. Ouch. We are trying to  come to an “understanding” where he lives here, gets his Bil Jac and his allergy meds and a warm, safe place to live, veterinary care and toys to amuse himself with. We will see if it works. If not, I will have to make the hard decisions.

So, please please put a lot of though into your decision before you do the “Puppy for Christmas” thing. And please, if you would, if you note the possibility of a puppy mill in your area, call the police. You could be saving hundreds of dogs from absolute misery.  Thank You!

{Release Day Launch} Rise of the Faire-Amanti by Raine Thomas (Ascendant Series #3)

Originally posted on Books: The Cheapest Vacation You Can Buy:

It’s launch day for Rise of the Faire-Amanti (Ascendant Series #3), and Raine Thomas is celebrating with a big giveaway! Read on for more details…

Rise of the Faire-Amanti

Book Blurb:

Stranded in the desolate Dark Lands, Kyr and Ty share a bittersweet reunion. Alametria lies on the brink of darkness. Their people are still reeling, believing she’s dead at Ty’s hands. With no other choice, many have turned to the Guardians and Advisor Vycor for guidance, never suspecting they’re being led to slaughter.

Kyr and Ty encounter overwhelming challenges in their fight to save their people: a deadly environment, murderous Marauders, and powerful protections preventing them from reaching the palace. When the journey itself could mean their deaths, the one thing that keeps them going is the thought of bringing VycorDane to justice.

Facing a battle on multiple fronts, lacking resources, and significantly outnumbered, Kyr and Ty must rely on each other in…

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One Of My Kindle Scout Books Was Chosen For Publication

Dear So, I Read This Book Today,

Congratulations! Your Kindle Scout nomination, “Drawing Down The Moon”, has been selected for publication by Kindle Press. The author, Joe Clifford Faust, wanted to make sure you received this thank you message:

“Dear Reader, Thank you for taking the time to support my novel Drawing Down the Moon. I appreciate your confidence in the project and the time you took to vote for it and perhaps even pass word about it onto friends and fellow readers. If you’re interested in staying in touch about future creative projects, you can do so through my Facebook page (facebook.com/Joe.Clifford.Faust.Writer) or my web site/blog (joecliffordfaust.com). Thanks again for the support, Sincerely, Joe Clifford Faust”

As a thank you for your time – and great taste – we are going to send you a free copy of the book before it is officially published. We’ll let you know when your early, free copy is available for download.

There is no better way to celebrate than by scouting more books!

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Three cheers for reader-powered publishing!

The Kindle Scout team

“You’re self-published… so, like, not good enough for real publishing?”


OK this is a great post by “Writing Madness” Charlotte Cyprus! Check out her site – she has some really great articles.

Originally posted on Writing Madness:

A quick reminder that Kiss of The Fey is free on Amazon until Sunday 12/14/14!

There are typically three reactions when I tell someone I’m self-published.

  1. Oh, I’m self-published too! I understand. Let’s discuss relevant book stuff!
  2. Self-publishing? Is that different from publishing? I don’t read much.
  3. Self-publishing? So, a shitty novel that got rejected from everywhere you submitted it to?

Clearly, it’s the third reaction that’s the problem. I will admit upfront that there are lots of self-publishers whose books aren’t good enough to be published. I wrote an entire post about self-publishing fails. I’m not picking on those authors because I understand that some of them don’t really understand what it takes to be successful. They just want to be a writer, and I can sympathize with that. I’ve wanted to be a writer since 3rd grade.

In my internet searches, one article said that self-publishers flood…

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Kindle Scout – Crowd Sourcing For Authors And Readers

Maybe I have just been so busy I haven’t noticed notifications (see how I did that? LOL) That is a definate possibility as I have been scrambling to meet my obligations for year-end so I can start 2015 fresh. Be that as it may, I was reading a post on Becky on Books…and Quilts and I caught this paragraph at the bottom of the page:

Kindle Scout is reader-powered publishing for new, never-before-published books. It’s a place where readers help decide if a book gets published. With Kindle Scout, Amazon is taking a 21st century approach to publishing, letting readers nominate which books progress to funding. It’s like your favorite reality TV show, except for books. It means you can now read excerpts from hitherto unpublished books and, if you like them, give your thumbs-up.Each book across the romance, science fiction and mystery & thriller genres, has 30 days to get as many votes as possible. After this period, Amazon checks which titles have the most backing, and selects which will be published.So why would you wish to nominate a title? Well, if you like what you’ve read in the short extracts, it means you can read the full novel when it hits publication. But more than that, you also receive a free Kindle edition a week before it’s officially released.

Hum… Well, that sounds Interesting! Apparently the first Kindle Scout winners were announced on December 2, 2014, so I am not too terribly far behind. But the more I look at it, the more I think what a great thing this would be for authors. Here is the link for authors to submit their books: https://kindlescout.amazon.com/submit

The first ten winners are shown here – click the art to go see information on the lucky books.

Readers can learn about the process from their end here: https://kindlescout.amazon.com/about and vote on here:  https://kindlescout.amazon.com/

There is even a handy-dandy video to watch. Although, I couldn’t get the video link to work on the picture, you can see the opportunity to watch at the top of the page when you go to Kindle Scout.

You can keep up to three books nominated at a time, and update your nominations whenever you want.

After looking over the books available for nomination, these were my three:


A vengeful predator returns to New Orleans.

Thirty years ago, 12 year-old David Mathews survived a horrific night deep in the swamps of south Louisiana. Now his predator has returned, seeking his warped sense of revenge. His target: David’s only son. In a race against time, ex-NOPD Detective Evan LeBlanc must uncover hidden secrets and unjust motives, while putting his own demons where they belong; behind him. Through the streets of New Orleans, explore nightmarish evil, and how one man learns to embrace the future ahead.


Why I chose this book:  The cover caught my eye immediately. It reminds me of the works of Dianne Millsap and Dianne Parks, two of my favorite New Orleans artists. Next, the blurb kept me interested, then the first sentence of the book grabbed my attention and wouldn’t let go:

New Orleans is like a dead bride dressed in beautiful orange flowers.

Definitely got my vote.

Next is:

Drawing Down The Moon

by Joe Clifford Faust

Love. Intrigue. Really great Chinese food.

When Ricky Gold met Kada in the middle of West Texas, he was intrigued by her name, her tattoo, and the way an angry redneck chased her out of the bar. When someone close to Kada turns up dead their flight begins, first from an assassin… then two… then every law enforcement officer in a five-state area. Drawing Down the Moon is equal parts Hitchcockian thriller and romantic comedy as Ricky and Kada lean on each other to survive – and hope to find some really great Chinese food.

Hum… Really great Chinese food. Well, what is not to like (grin). Again, the cover caught my attention, which is is important as we all know. And the blurb is well written.The first line?



My third choice is:

Whispers: A Westfall Novel

by Barry Napier

An ancient ritual devastates a small town.

A set of stone pillars and two horrific masks appeared in the forests of Westfall, Virginia overnight. As strange as this may seem, Agent Graham Ogden has seen it twice before. And on both occasions, a series of murders took place. Ogden arrives in Westfall after two murders have already occurred. With the help of local Sheriff Travis Mears, he races to solve the mystery of the pillars and masks, trying to prevent more deaths while the town descends into madness around them.

First line?

When Pete Dooley cast his line into the water for the first time that morning, fog was still wafting across the pond.

That first line gives you a feel for the whole book, as well as melding into the cover art. Murder, mystery, rituals. Yep. Definitely the third of my choices.

Here is something I tell my editing clients all the time, in one way or the other. Some say your first eight words must catch your reader’s attention in or to keep their attention, some purport a specific number of seconds, from seven to thirty. Whichever you believe, you must believe that your work is not only important to you, it is important to your readers. Your work is their escape, a world where they can pursue their interests in whatever genre, of course – but more importantly, they can leave this world behind for one that engages their mind and heart. So many things make up a truly good book. Clear writing, character development, world building. And good editing! One of the books on offer interested me in it’s premise, but the immediate problems with editing and writing style turned me off immediately. Whether it was eight seconds or thirty, I wouldn’t consider wasting my precious reading time on sloppy work.

If you check out Kindle Scout and find things you like, please share!