Excerpt and Giveaway: The Quarter Change by Kiarra M. Taylor

About the Book

TQCeBook (2)Title: The Quarter Change

Author: Kiarra M. Taylor

Genre: Contemporary Romance

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A drastic personality change brought on by a person’s upcoming twenty-fifth birthday and the realization that they have been EXISTING for a quarter of a century but not LIVING.

Kimbella Tyler is done floating through life…

She’s turning twenty-five in a few weeks, and even though she’s in the prime of her life, living by the motto “Keep head down or in a book” hasn’t exactly been fun. Sick of hanging in the background of life, Kimbella embarks on a mission to leave her introverted ways in the past and live by a new motto—“Liquor. Lust. Living.”. The first step in her mission is to change her surroundings. Armed with her “Quarter List” full of fun local attractions and wild, adventurous things that she was always too introverted to do, Kimbella heads to California for two weeks of no holds barred fun.

An unlisted attraction…

Kimbella’s carefully laid plans are interrupted when she meets the crazy sexy Dr. Roman Tanzman and he attaches himself to her at the hip. Rolling with the punches for once in her life, Kimbella takes Roman along as she goes on the adventure of a lifetime—well the adventure of a quarter of a lifetime.

Liquor. Lust. Living Love…?

Kimbella’s new life is one she’s always dreamed about; filled with hot nights with Roman, endless fancy dinners and dancing and no shortage of liquor. But with Kimbella pretending to be a bold, outgoing and sexually forward woman, and Roman pretending to be a carefree guy who isn’t going through the most trying time of his life, their facades have the potential to be their very undoing. Liquor and lust were part of the plan—love certainly wasn’t.

Excerpt

Once we made it home, I grabbed a bottle of wine and a glass, shutting myself inside my room. I stripped down to my black bra and panties and climbed into bed.

Pride & Prejudice starring Keira Knightley was showing on TV, and I quickly lost myself in it, happy I had only missed the first five minutes, I kept my eye on the screen and deftly opened the wine bottle. I looked down at the glass lying on my bed and said to hell with it; and guzzled straight from the bottle.

Within forty-five minutes, I was nearly finished with the bottle and already could feel my face heating, signaling that I was tipsy and would soon be heading over the border into drunk girl territory. The part of the movie where Mr. Darcy refuses to admit his feelings for Elizabeth Bennett came on.

I had seen the movie a thousand times before, and read the book twice as many times, so the tedious evolution of Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth Bennett’s relationship was not new to me. But for some reason today, Mr. Darcy’s arrogance and carelessness pulled at my temper and I hurled the wine opener at my flat screen TV.

“What the hell is wrong with you, Mr. Darcy?” I slurred angrily. “Can’t you see the girl has feelings for you, you freaking jackhole!”

In my drunken haze, I stared at the TV expectantly, waiting for Mr. Darcy to detour from his lines and answer me. He didn’t.

I flopped back in disgust and stared up at the spinning ceiling as tears made their way down either side of my face. I was too spent to even wipe them away.

Author Bio

FullSizeRender (1)Kiarra M. Taylor is a Pittsburgh native and current resident. She is a mother to a handsome son as well as a beautiful daughter. A lifelong bookworm, Kiarra began writing in the fifth grade and hasn’t stopped since. With so many genres out there she doesn’t limit herself to writing in just one and aims to write across genres. Her interests in books vary as does as her interest in music; she literally likes it all. Some of Kiarra’s favorite authors are; J.K. Rowling, Sylvia Day, Tiffany Snow, Jane Austen, Maya Angelou, Mary Monroe and ML Rodriguez.

Aside from reading Kiarra has a passion for all things Criminal Justice and currently holds several higher education degrees including a Master of Science in Criminal Justice Administration.

When Kiarra isn’t transferring fictional worlds from the dredges of her mind to her laptop, you can find her nose-deep in a book or spending time with her children.

Ever the social butterfly, Kiarra is very active on social media so please feel free to catch up with her on FacebookTwitter,Instagram and Goodreads!

Links

Amazon.com

Amazon.co.uk

Amazon.ca

iTunes

Kobo

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Social Media

Website:  www.authorkiarramtaylor.com

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Guest Post: “Corlex: Episode 1 – Titan and the Reaper” by Jacob Ingalls & Ryan

The Business of Writing

Disclaimer: Advice in the post is based of United States law; please research your local laws

Greetings my name is Jacob and I am one of the authors of the Corlex series and today I want to talk about the business that is your book.

First some background about me, my undergrad degree is in Finance, my MBA is in Financial Services, and I have started and sold one company.

You may or may not have thought about this, but when you decided to write a book, you started a business, and there are a lot of tenants and things to consider when starting your business.

Here are just a couple of things to consider:

  1. LLC’s: LLCs or Limited Liability Corporations act as pass through entities for tax purposes. What this means is that there is technically a company, which is given all the rights there in, but all the income from the company will be reflected on your personal income tax statement. LLCs provide a lot of benefits, but the most important is providing a barrier between your assets and the business assets of your book, this barrier is known as The Corporate Veil. This Veil protects your personal assets from attack if you get sued for copyright infringement or a myriad of other things that your business could be sued for. The Veil can be pierced, but it is hard to do
  2. Taxes, Taxes, Taxes: No matter what you earn from your book $1 or $1,000,000, the government will want their cut, so it is important to document everything and keep every receipt. If you are starting to earn some serious money from your book ($1000+/month), I would highly recommend getting a professional accountant that is outside of your friend/family group. In the United States it is incredibly easy to run afoul of the IRS, and that is one of the worst places you can be.
  3. Be ready for the ‘Yes’: You’ve worked very hard, and have sacrificed a lot of hours of sleep and time with family to get your book ready, and then your phone rings with a publisher on the other end. All your dreams have come true, now what? One of the things that sinks a new business the fastest is not being prepared for success. Here are a few suggestions for your “Yes” plan.
    1. Call your business partners if any
    2. Call your lawyer so that they can review the terms of the contract that is being sent to you
    3. Call your accountant to start getting a tax and income preparedness plan in place so that when the cash starts rolling in you don’t get yourself in trouble
    4. Call your bank and setup a business checking account if it isn’t already setup (this can be a part of step 3)
    5. Don’t be too quick to say yes
    6. If/When you say yes, call friends and family
    7. Celebrate, you’ve earned it

Thank you for reading, there is much more to the business of your book and I encourage all of you to do some business reading, so when the “Yes” comes you are ready. If you have any questions, you can reach me at codycorlex@gmail.com

-Jacob

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About the Book

Title: Corlex: Episode 1 – Titan and the Reaper

Author: Jacob Ingalls & Ryan

Genre: Sci-Fi

The sound of the Solar Trains cry above as he hunts for his bounty, today a half-cyborg pirate, tomorrow a nano-bot infused scoundrel.

He is one of the few of his kind, he chases the Solar System’s worst villians alone, only equipped with his wits, and the fastest draw in the Galaxy

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Jacob Bio:

A little about Jacob:
For as much as I think I’m probably different than most writers, I’m probably not. I am an engineer by trade, with 2 degrees in finance, but I live for my lunch break because that is when I get to write. The last year or 2 I’ve been playing around with different ideas and none of them seemed to stick, but then Ryan came to me with the idea for Corlex and one simple question “Do you want to write a book together?” and that as they say ‘Is History.’

Some of what I like:
I’m a giant nerd, I’ve been watching Star Trek since I was 7, I love going to Cons and DOTA 2 is my favorite game. However, on any given fall Saturday though you will find me in front of my TV cheering on the Oklahoma State Cowboy Football Team with my wife.

Ryan Bio:

I’ve always had a fervent curiosity about the sci-fi world, but never truly pursued writing it down on paper until my good friend Jacob and I schemed together the idea for Corlex. He has always been a great inspiration to me and I am thankful for the opportunities we have to come up with new ideas for you readers!

I spend most of his time dreading the work hour, and when I come home I soak up much needed family time with my wife and two boys. I have always been an avid and dedicated game, and recently opened my own stream under Twitch. Here you can find me testing out all the newest games such as Fallout 4, The Witcher 3, GTA5, and more!

Links

http://codycorlex.com/

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B015QFTE50

A card for my sister Ate Mae from Norway with love

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My good friend, author Jessica Larsen drew this card for my sister, Ate Mae. The flower in the card is gladiolus. It symbolizes strength, sincerity, and remembrance.

Jess sent the physical card by post and it comes with a letter for my sister inside.

Thank you so much, Jess. For taking the time to do this for Ate.

Maraming salamat. Tusen takk.

 

 

Release Day Party: “Shadow People” by Alec John Belle

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About the Book

Title: Shadow People

Author: Alec John Belle

Genre: Young Adult Paranormal

Heather Hawkins, a newly changed Monster Hunter, thought life couldn’t get any more complicated after the incident at the tower one week ago. With Kadin gone, she thinks life will finally go back to the way it should be. Until The Council calls a meeting for her and Hayden to discuss the incident. Hayden Williams is released from the hospital and wants to put all of the things he saw that night to the back of his mind. When The Council decides to meet with him, his hope is that he can get it done and over with so he can finally move on with his life. That doesn’t happen when he realizes his family has a big secret; one that he is very much a part of. Other forces against the Monster Hunters have different plans. Heather, Hayden, and their friends start unraveling the truth about the world they live in, and dangers are lurking in the shadows. A danger that could lead them all to their demise. In the second book in this paranormal young adult series, secrets will be revealed, and enemies will join hands, leaving you with an ending that no one could see coming.

Author Bio

Alec John Belle resides in Carson City, NV, where he is currently attending high school for his senior year. At the age of 16 he wrote his first novel, Before I Break. His hobbies include reading, writing, and obsessing over Pretty Little Liars. He writes paranormal and contemporary young adult, but often blends real social issues into his paranormal works. Alec can be found on Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads.

Links

https://alecjohnbelle.wordpress.com/

https://www.facebook.com/alecbellefanpage

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Release Day Party and Giveaway: “Strained” by Marcia Colette

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About the Book

Title: Strained

Author: Marcia Colette

Genre: Urban Fantasy
Alexa is keeping a secret from her husband and being half werewolf isn’t it. After all, he’s a full-blood and doesn’t care that there are those who think their union is an abomination. Despite their abnormalities, the Yorks have settled into suburbia and gone out of their way to look like the couple next door.

Their rouse may have fooled an entire community, but not the Georgia Pack. The Yorks have encroached on their territory. Most interlopers end up dead, especially when the bounties on their heads invite stalkers, killers, and psychos to collect. Despite the trouble the Yorks have brought with them, the domestic suburbanites have intrigued the pack.

Alexa’s less domestic than she seems. Eight months ago, her bounty hunting club disbanded after several team members lost their lives in an ambush. Since then, the club has reemerged and are expecting Alexa to take her rightful place among the ranks.

Keeping the truth from her husband about her extracurricular activities will strain the Yorks’ marriage and risk everything they’ve worked hard for. But, that’s the price Alexa pays when her deception becomes deadlier than her aim. A deception that also keeps her alive.

Author Bio

Author Marcia Colette didn’t start out reading or writing books. She had earned a bachelors in Biomedical Engineering before going on to complete her Masters in Information Technology.

While riding the MBTA train back and forth to her job in Boston as a software consultant, she picked up a copy of John Saul and never looked back. It wasn’t long after that when she started writing her own stories. Five years later, she signed a contract with Double Dragon eBooks to publish her first urban fantasy novel.

Her next novel was a paranormal romance entitled Unstable Environment and was picked up by Parker Publishing, LLC. She went on to sell her next urban fantasy entitled Stripped to Samhain Publishing, LLC. During that time, she also released Bittersweet (YA), Hazardous Environment (Paranormal Romance), The Spider Inside Her (Urban Fantasy), and Deadlier by the Dozen (Urban Fantasy) under her own independent publishing label Dusk Till Dawn Books. She has sold several short stories and novellas to Mocha Memoirs Press and has continued her Alexa York series with Purple Sword Publications.

Marcia also writes science fiction under another pen name.

Still holding her own as an IT Manager, Marcia is a single mom who lives in South Carolina.

Links

Website: http://www.marciacolette.com

Blog: http://marciacolette.wordpress.com

Publisher: http://purplesword.com/

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Release Day Party: “The Phoenix Project” by D.M. Cain

About the Book

Title: The Phoenix Project

Author: D.M. Cain

Genre: Psychological Thriller

A thought provoking and compelling dystopian world that will change the way you view justice…

A man fights for life—and redemption—in D. M. Cain’s riveting new novel, The Phoenix Project.

Britain has descended into chaos as violence and terrorist attacks seethe across this once-peaceful country. Outraged by the steady stream of lawlessness, citizens demand a harsher penal system, and the Phoenix Project is born.

In prisons across the country, inmates fight to the death in a weekly bloodbath while the nation cheers them on.

Raven Kennedy, a prisoner who has never forgiven himself for his unspeakable crime, struggles against his own guilt and self-loathing. But even as the real war wages on within himself, Raven is forced to battle some of the prison’s most ruthless killing machines. Can he survive long enough to unravel the anger and regret that shackle him—and one day find the forgiveness he seeks?

‘The Phoenix Project by D.M. Cain is a superbly written debut, soaked in tension and intrigue,’ Jack Croxall, author of the ‘Tethers’ trilogy.

Author Bio

D.M. Cain is a dystopian and fantasy author working for US publisher Booktrope. She has released three novels: The Phoenix Project – a psychological thriller set in a dystopian future, Soren – a middle-grade fantasy, and A Chronicle of Chaos – the first in a dark fantasy series. She is currently working on the next novel in the series, ‘The Shield of Soren’, and a novella to accompany it.

D.M. Cain is also a member of the International Thriller Writers and is one of the creators and administrators of the online author group #Awethors. Her short story ‘The End’ was published in Awethology Dark – an anthology by the #Awethors.

Cain lives in Leicestershire, UK, with her husband and young son, and spends her time reading, writing and reviewing books, playing RPGs and listening to symphonic metal.

Links

Website: http://dmcain84.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/dmcain84

Twitter: @DMCain84

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Guest Post and Giveaway: Writing Nonfiction Like a Boss by Nicole Delacroix, author of Sexual Confessional: Confidential Admissions From Social Media

You’ve had that moment of epiphany and a story pops into your head. You see a need in the marketplace and you have just the right voice to fill it. Most writers, when struck by a great idea and desire to write will simply begin writing, but there are several things to consider when embarking on a nonfiction project in order to foster your idea into one everyone will want to read about.

Know your Audience

The idea is just the spark, it’s a great idea but you need to make sure it’s one that needs to be heard. The first thing you need to do when writing nonfiction is identify your audience. Who is your target reader? Where do they live? How many readers do you think will want to read about your idea? Is there enough target audience to justify writing a book? All of these things will tell you if there is a market for your idea and helps you decide who you are writing for. And the more you know about your audience, the better you’ll be able to craft your message for them.

Is Your Idea Unique – Does the Market Need Your book

Sure, the idea is great, but is there already a book on the market that fills that need? Obviously, there will be some work similar to what you’re doing, and you have a unique perspective, but you have to ask yourself “does your voice add anything to the subject?” Take a hard look at what other authors have written on the subject and make sure what you want to write is different enough to make someone want to read what you have to say. Consequently, if there is no book on your subject, you need to understand why – there may be no market for the topic. Make sure what you have to say is unique enough to be said and adds to the topic in a beneficial way.

What is Your Idea and Why Would Someone Want to Read About It?

You’ve established the market needs your book but you still have to be able to sell it. You need to be able to tell your readers – and potential publishers – why your idea benefits the marketplace, and why you’re the person to write this book. Hone your topic and angle and know every argument for and against your book and how to respond. Come up with a one sentence description that would persuade someone to pick up your book and take it to the register to purchase. Be able to pitch your book to anyone and you’ll be able to sell your book to everyone.

Do You Have Enough To Fill a Book?

Knowing the difference between enough content for a full book and enough for an article or series of articles is crucial. Trying to stretch content into a full book can leave your manuscript scattered and rambling or you could leave out important information and even miss making your point completely. All of these things will make your writing seem unprofessional and unpublishable. If you’ve gotten to this point, it’s time to look at the book proposal.

The Nonfiction Book Proposal

There are many great resources for style and even templates of proposals available on the internet, but there are three basic questions every proposal needs to clearly address. They are:

What is the reason for this book – what set’s your book apart from the rest of the books on the market;

Who is your target market – and this needs to be detail as possible – you need to include demographics and show your market;

And lastly, Why are you the person to write this book – do you have authority or credentials to write this book – why should people want to listen to what you say on the subject.

Describe Your Book’s Content

Part of any good book proposal is a chapter-by-chapter synopsis and table of contents. The helps you create a guide for writing your book, making sure you cover all the topics you want to cover and make your points. And when you’ve finished this step, you’ll have a clear picture of your book in your mind. Now you’re idea is transformed from thought to paper and you’re on your way.

Why You’re The Best Person to Write This Book

It’s no secret that most nonfiction books are written by experts, but don’t let a lack of initials at the end of your name stop you from creating your masterpiece. If your idea is viable and your work is good, readers will see you as an expert in your chosen subject. Yes, having credentials to back up your work helps sell your work to a publisher and the marketplace, but there are options to adding gravitas to your book. You can bring in other experts, like a co-author, or even interview experts in the field. Lending an accredited name to your work will help establish your own expertise in the area. Do you have a fan base or loyal following? If so, you can leverage a solid platform into helping you establish marketability for your work. If the work is personal and contains a powerful message on the subject, people will respond.

How to Ensure You and Your Book Will Succeed

Every author – whether traditionally or self-published – will have to promote their work. Promotion doesn’t begin when the finished book lands in your hands, it starts from the moment the idea pops into your head. During the writing process every writer should spend time to help build awareness both for yourself and your work. This helps create buzz for the finished project long before it’s done and creates a marketplace you need to be a success. If you follow these guidelines, you can easily turn your great idea into a great book!

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About the Book

Front Cover ArtTitle: Sexual Confessional: Confidential Admissions from Social Media

Author: Nicole Delacroix

Genre: Non-Fiction Humor / Essay

Discovering secrets is titillating.

Everyone wants to peek under the covers, be a fly on the bedroom wall, or read someone’s diary. The juicier the secret, the more people want to know it, and sex is the most taboo of all subjects.

It’s human nature to be curious about what everyone else is doing. What do people like about sex? What are their fantasies? How far are they willing to go to please the one they love? These questions and more are explored, where everyday people offer up their most intimate secrets about sex.

One part social experiment – one part personal journey mixed with a little shock value, a whole lot of confession, laugh-out-loud comedy, deceptively thought-provoking questions and answers, all in the name of self-awareness. A foray into the inappropriate Sexual Confessional is a brash, unfiltered look at sex in the new millennium as seen by social media. A cautionary tale that warns “be careful what you ask the internet for, you may just get it…”

Author Bio

Author Portrait - newNicole Delacroix was raised with a deep love for words and literature. This appetite for reading was the foundation fuelling her creative passion for writing. With a strong will and precocious nature, she is the atypical Texan Southern belle, preferring the fantastical, science and reason. Growing up in the buckle of the Bible Belt, writing was her saving grace.

A fan of all genres, she will most often be found buried in fantasy, science fiction or nonfiction, favoring George RR Martin, Douglas Adams and Michio Kaku, while Joan Rivers, Mae West, Madonna and Audrey Hepburn are personal role-models, each possessing a strength she admires. Diversity extends to her writing as well, as she writes about anything that strikes her interest, with a keen eye for character and the absurd.

A blogger, author, and IT professional for a major ISP, she is consistently sought out to provide guest blogs and the oft-maligned tech manual, and receives many requests to review new works from fellow authors. She believes life is about possibilities, which challenges her to write outside her comfort zone, trying new projects and meeting new people.

Fiercely loyal to friends, family and pets, she is a proud member of the Atlanta Writer’s Club, avid Tweeter, and closet Anglophile with addictions to British Tea, Doctor Who and Soccer. Above all, she maintains sarcasm is a legitimate art form and strives to challenge conventional thinking.

Publishing History
Books:

Glimpse of Darkness, April 2014 – October 2014

Blog Posts:

Common Misconceptions About Literary Agents, January 21, 2015 Post Link

Guest Post: How Many Frogs Do I Have To Kiss?, January 19, 2015 Post Link

Guest Post: Books Vs. E-readers, December 21, 2014 Post Link

Guest Post: Using Createspace, December 21, 2014 Post Link

Guest Post: Author Social Media Checklist, December 6, 2014 Post Link

Links

www.nicole-delacroix.com
http://www.facebook.com/writer.nicoledelacroix
http://twitter.com/NicoleDelaCroix
http://www.google.com/+NicoleDelacroix
http://instagram.com/nicoledelacroix/
http://www.pinterest.com/wrtrndelacroix/
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