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I have joined forces with two fellow Crescent Moon Press authors to celebrate our new covers and pending releases on January 15, 2013. (Stay tuned for Release Party Scheduled for January 22nd) To celebrate we are giving away Author Review Copies (ARCs) plus copies of our previously released books in the series to one lucky winner. Let me be clear ~ enter to win the following:
7 ~ EBOOK Gift PACK:
ARC of SOUL AWAKENED & SOUL REBORN by Jean Murray
ARC of FOR THE LOVE OF HADES & MEDUSA, A LOVE STORY by Sasha Summers
ARC of TAINTED & WASTELAND & AWAITED by Lynn Rush
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Only the strongest love can unlock the souls of the Underworld
LOVE FOR BLOOD OR HONOR
Kendra, an Egyptologist and demi-god in waiting, is the key to unlocking Bakari, the Egyptian God of Death, from his cursed slumber. Desperate to free him, she inadvertently binds herself to the god with a spell that only death will undo. To save Bakari from himself, she may have to sacrifice her innocence, and possibly her soul, before he becomes his family’s worst enemy.
HAUNTED BY SINS OF THE PAST
Bakari awakens to a world at war and a beautiful woman who has tethered his soul to hers. In the wake of his self-destruction Kendra is his only hope of salvation, but another has vowed to keep Bakari from the one thing he craves most– his Parvana. His butterfly.
Hades, the Lord of the Underworld, has no patience for living things or his Olympian brethren. His purpose is order, administering justice to those who enter his realm, and keeping the balance decreed by the Fates. Meeting Persephone sways his focus, her gentle sweetness threatening his control. But he will not be tempted.
Poseidon’s scheming wreaks havoc upon Persephone. Hades has no choice – he must rescue her.
Hades awakens something within the Goddess Persephone. She feels no fear from his brooding presence. In truth, she’s never felt so alive. Every stolen moment together only confirms her instinct: he is meant to be hers. Such a powerful union suit will face opposition – from Olympus, her troubled betrothed, the Fates, even Hades himself – but she is determined to win his heart.
After over four hundred years as a Guardian, Durk Langdon rebuked it all. Walked away from everything when his mate, Jessica, was brutally murdered. Yet he has no recollection of anything since that gruesome day.
Nothing alleviates his longing for Jessica or his disdain for the Guardians until a former brother in arms joins him and his cause. Visions of his lost love start appearing in the most unlikely places, until Durk learns she survived.
But when he sets out to find her, demonic obstacles he never could have imagined tear them apart.
If only he had trusted her…
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Last week on Crescent Moon Press’ Blog, I posted my pitch to my publisher. It was my first and it wasn’t pretty, but I caught the eye of the editor and here I am today. But what happened between then and now. Boy, a whole lot! (Don’t forget to leave a comment on this post and Crescent Moon Press’ Blog and be entered to win signed print copy of Soul Reborn, see details below)
I remember being so stunned by the contract offer. It took about a month and then I received my first edit reviews and was surprised there wasn’t more red letters and highlighted sections. I thought wow, maybe this won’t be so bad. Little did I know the first edits were story structure and plot, which tends to be one of my strengths. Let’s just say the second and third passes were bloody. Don’t even talk to me about passive writing. Ack! I worked so hard to remove it, I will never make that mistake again.
I think the fabulous part of it all was that my editor was as much a mentor as she was my editor. She did an amazing job. I laughed at my own mistakes and learned some hard lessons, all of which have made me be a better writer today. This is a tough industry and to say you must have tough skin is an understatement. The key that made it such a great experience was the fact that I wanted her to be brutal, because it forced me to learn and change my habits as a writer. It was very important not to take her feedback personally. She wanted this book to succeed as much as I did.
Of course I can’t help but share one of my editorial comments. Like I said before, I did a lot of laughing at myself. A. LOT.
Not many authors share their faults, but what the hell– it’s my anniversary!
Editors comments on my CRUTCH PHRASES: “You really, really, REALLY love the phrases “clenched teeth” and “ground teeth.” It seems like someone is clenching or grinding their teeth every page or so, sometimes more than once per page. We can’t have that. Delve deeper into the 98% of communication that is nonverbal and find more ways to show your characters’ frustration/irritation. I started marking the ones I saw about halfway through the manuscript. Globally searching for “teeth” and “jaw” should root out most of them. Have fun!”
Her comments inspired me to share my experience. This is an archived post that I released shortly before my book was released.
What I learned from my editor in the first 60 days: “Oh, how I love to “grind my teeth.” Crutch phrases and everything else in between…
I picked my favorite lesson out of the list because I can’t help but laugh every time I see it. “Oh, how I love to grind my teeth” or as it were “Oh, how my characters loved to grind their teeth.”
Being a new writer has its challenges. It is a learning process every step of the way, and thank god for my editor, Heather Howland at Crescent Moon Press. She has held my hand through editing Soul Reborn and its journey to publication. I can’t thank her enough.
Yes, writing about emotion and the display of it is very difficult for a new writer. Whether it is inexperience or laziness, we use phrases over and over and over again. Apparently, my idea of showing frustration was teeth grinding and jaw clenching. My hero, Asar- Egyptian God of the Underworld, is a very intense character, angry and bitter. Poor guys soulless. He gets very frustrated with the heroine, Lilly. She is a serious distraction from his quest for vengeance. For as many times as he ground his teeth (67 occurrences) and clenched (19) his jaw, he would have nubs for dentition and TMJ by the end of the story. A dentist’s nightmare.
Lesson one: Find other body parts and gestures to display negative emotion.
As humans, non-verbal body language is a very important component of communication. It conveys how an individual may be feeling with or without verbal stimuli. It includes body posture, gestures, facial expression and eye movements. Research suggests anywhere between 60-90 percent of our communication is non-verbal. We process these non-verbal cues on a subconscious level. Astounding!
Whether we are using gestures, body posture or even the distance we place ourselves from another individual all conveys some meaning. Some unintentional gestures can act as a lie detector. Using these concepts in our writing empowers the characters, makes them real to the reader. Okay, easier said than done. Right?
How did I solve my problem? I decided I need to make some observations. What better place to pick up on negative non-verbal communication than the metro station in DC. Not a whole lot of verbal communication goes on between strangers in this environment and who wouldn’t be frustrated packed into a metro car with millions of other people invading their personal space.
Arms crossed over chest
Rubbing/scratching the back of the neck/head
Running fingers through the hair
Short breaths exhaling in small puffs through nose
Pointing one index finger
And yes, clenching jaw and teeth
Mix these gestures with facial expressions, body posture and verbal exchange and your character comes alive.
What is your favorite crutch phrase? What have you learned about yourself in your writing process? Please take a moment to share…
So, there you have it. From contact to release were some of the hardest days in my writing career. Writing the stories are easy compared to tearing them apart and accepting your flaws, but in the end the reward was worth THIS…
To see my first cover:
To announcing Soul Reborn’s release:
To reading my first reviews:
To attend my first conference & book signing:
Look out for more things to come.
Leave a comment on the Anniversary Blog Hop posts and be entered to win a signed print copy of Soul Reborn! (print- US/Canada only; ebook- international)
2nd Stop: This Post
3rd Stop: My first conference and Book Signing. Is that Lara Adrian?
4th Stop: Last day of Sale/Sunday, July 15th. The Journey Continues: Book II
Come join my anniversary blog hop.
I’m over at Crescent Moon Press’ Blog reminiscing about the pitch that sold my manuscript. The once titled Lion’s Flower found a new home and a new name, Soul Reborn. See how it all started.
Don’t judge a book by its cover, something magical could be hiding inside!
Google alerts had a great big surprise for me today. The Book Lovers Realm gave Soul Reborn 4.5 star review. Keri, the owner of the blog, had great things to say about the story and even shared it with her neighbor. It’s the little things in life that just rock your socks off 🙂
See what she had to say… The Book Lovers Realm
I want to thank Sam, Elena and Rhonda for hosting this fabulous blog hop. I love Small Press for many reasons. First, the stories they produce are truly hidden treasures. They are the bread and butter of debut and experienced authors, alike. Stories that would be classified as “not mainstream” enough have an opportunity to shine. I am so grateful to my small press, Crescent Moon Press. My editor for Soul Reborn, Heather Howland (now with another small press, Entangled Publishing) mentored me through my first publishing experience. She cared about the stories and treated the authors with respect. Small Press companies employ extremely talented artists, no matter what the genre.
So, what am I giving away??
An e-copy of Soul Reborn, Wicked Romance Organic Tote with Signed Cover Flats, Egyptian Tarot Cards
To Enter: Answer one of these questions in a comment below….
What do you like best about Small Press Publishers?
What is your favorite Small Press Author or Story Hero or Heroine??
My Favorite Small Press Authors:
My Favorite Small Press Covers:
My favorite Cast of Key to the Cursed Series Heroes:
Asar, God of the Underworld, Dead and Afterlife. He is most well-known for judging souls at the gates of the afterlife. Do not cross him or he may just feed your soul to the beast. Pass the test and receive everlasting life.
Bakari, son of Asar, and Protector of the Gates. Holder of the key to the Underworld. You will recognize him by the scorpion carved tattoo on his back and arms. Those daggers on his chest aren’t just for show. One pierce to the heart will kill any god.
Bomani, Commander of the Underworld Legion. You can’t miss him. He wears his rank on his skin in the form of scarification tattoos that cover his entire body and the brand of the legion shield on his chest. Don’t let his charismatic smile and jovial personality fool you. Only the strongest and fiercest alpha warrior rises to the top.
Kamen, brother to Asar, and Soul Eater. The largest of all the Underworld gods and the most dangerous. Stay clear of this big fellow. His stoicism is just a façade to the beast within. But he has it under control, most of the time.
The Gods of the Underworld have graciously agreed to help me promote my book, Soul Reborn.
For more great small press supporters, see below and continue on the blog hop!!
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I wanted to share this great opportunity to win e-copies of the first book in the Key to the Cursed Series, Soul Reborn. Plus, the goddesses are giving away some of my signed cover flats. This is a great time to get introduced to a unique paranormal romance read. These ladies have been so supportive, I would love to have you stop by for a visit on their blog.
It has been awhile so I had to share. The fabulous Elena over at Samsawesomness has given Soul Reborn a review. It made my week. I would be forever grateful, if you help me spread the word. Thanks again! Elena rocks!!
Teaser: “Talk about a load of Suspense! This novel was quick paced and engaging. Who would’ve known one story could carry so much depth. The paranormal aspect of the story was over the top A.M.A.Z.I.N.G!….”
(Elena, 27Jan12, http://samsawesomness.blogspot.com/2012/01/key-to-cursedsoul-reborn-by-jean-murray.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+SamEAndRsAwesomness+%28Sam%2C+E+and+R%27s+Awesomness%21%29)