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Book giveaways and an Amazon gift card all to be won in this cover reveal!

BOOK THREE
The China Doll
By Deborah Nam-Krane
Genre: Mystery/suspense
Hypocrisy, half truths and lies…
Sick of being treated like she’s going to break, Jessie Bartolome is back to her old ways and calling everyone on their hypocrisy. Sheesh! One little breakdown and even easygoing Martin Shepard thinks she’s too fragile to handle their age difference. Good thing her older and equally yummy teaching assistant Robert Lester thinks otherwise…right?
“Beware of fragile things…
those edges are sharp once they break.”

GOODREADS
After spending so long cleaning up after everyone else, Jessie’s cousin Richard has never had the time to start a life of his own. However had he managed to find his girlfriend Zainab? So what is Richard going to do now that everyone else has grown up? Marry Zainab and start a family? Things have never been that easy for a Hendrickson…just ask his cousin Michael.
Richard’s mother, Lucy, is one of the most powerful women in Boston… so when is she going to put a stop to the blackmail ruthless Alex Sheldon has been holding over her for years? And if Richard knows more than he’s letting on, why hasn’t he gone after Alex himself? The question is, how much does he- or anyone else- really know?
Welcome to the Bartolome/Hendrickson family.
The China Doll is Book Three in The New Pioneers Series
  
EXCERPT

“My dad drowned. My mom died in her sleep.”“How old was she?”“About twenty-six.” Jessie shuddered just a little bit. “Just a little older than Miranda is now.”“That’s awfully young to die in your sleep.”“Heart condition, they said.”“Who’s they?”“Richard and Lucy.” Jessie shook her head. “No. Just Richard.”“What did your aunt say?”“Nothing,” Jessie said quietly. “She just let Richard do all the talking.”“How old was he?”Jessie sighed. “Thirteen, I think.”“And how old were you?”“Four.”“So how do you know you remember it correctly?”Jessie looked at him square in the eye. “Because you know when you’re that age. When you’re a little kid, you don’t have to go through the apologetic BS you do when you’re older. When you’re eight, even. You just get it. And people think you’re crazy or in the way or rude because you get it and then you say it. So then no one wants to talk to you or they send you to your room. Then you start making up excuses for why they must be right and you must be wrong. Then you grow up, and you realize that you had it right back then, and if your world seems messed up, it’s because you bought into someone else’s lies. So don’t lie anymore, and everything will be just fine.”“And when did you come to that nugget of wisdom?”“When I was fifteen,” Jessie said quietly. “And I’ve been very happy ever since.”

Story so far…

BOOK ONE
The Smartest Girl in the Room
Genre: Coming of Age
Nineteen year old Emily wants her college diploma fast, and she’s going to get it. But when the perfect night with perfect Mitch leads her to a broken heart, Emily is blind to her vulnerability. When the person she cares about the most is hurt as a result, Emily’s ambition gives way to more than a little ruthlessness. She’s going to use her smarts to take care of herself and protect the people she loves, and everyone else had better stay out of her way. But shouldn’t the smartest girl everyone knows realize that the ones she’d cross the line for would do the same for her?
BOOK TWO
The Family You Choose
Genre: Family Saga
GOODREADS
AMAZON
BARNES AND NOBLE 
SMASHWORDS 
KOBO
ITUNES
SONY
Miranda Harel has been in love with her guardian Alex Sheldon since she was five years old, and Michael Abbot has despised them both for just as long. When Miranda finds out why she wants both men out of her life for good and questions everything she believed about where and who she came from. Finding out the truth will break her heart. Without family or true love, will her friends be enough to bring her back?


AUTHOR INFO
Deborah
Nam-Krane
is a writer living in Boston proper who has been storytelling since
she was a little girl and writing those stories down since she was eight. Any
given day will find her reading, writing, reviewing, editing and, just for fun,
homeschooling her three school-aged children (she’s very grateful the fourth is
now college-aged).

The
China Doll
is the third installment of the New Pioneers series,
the sequel to
The Smartest Girl in the Room
(March 2013) and
The Family You Choose (September 2013). While
her long-suffering editor works her magic on the fourth installment Let’s
Move On
, Deborah is working on the fifth. That book will be set in the
world of Boston and Massachusetts politics, 
and her job will be to tone down
the true stories she’s heard so they seem believable.


Deborah
is all over the place on the internet- no, really- but the best way to keep in
touch is to follow her blog
Written By Deb and subscribe to her newsletter (only publishing news,
never spam).
GIVEAWAY
$10 Amazon gift card
5 copies of both The
Smartest Girl in the Room
and The
Family You Choose
Link:

Agy Wilson on why you need to suck it up and keep going.

 Nan’s Gift is a quiet story with fun language
and warm illustrations,
Nana’s Gift is appropriate for readers young and old.
 

Amazon.com
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There
is a great deal of paradox to any art.
Pushing on
through creatively means a lot of butt-in-chair time, and one has to master
both objectives in order to succeed.

My mother and grandmother gave me
permission. Go write, go draw. More than likely to get me out of their hair,
but it became a good use for my time. I fell into the love of creating images
whether with words or lines quite by accident. I soon found people responded
with “ooohs” and “ahhhs”. I still love the appreciation
people feel about my work, and I love the time spent ferreting out expression
from a page. Each step of the way though I improved, there was more to
challenge me. That was true then, it’s just as true over forty years later. I
hope it’s still true in another forty.

Perhaps
you’re not as luck as I was, being a pain and then being directed toward
falling in love with something before you can say no. But you can pick up a
craft anytime along the path of your life.

Frannie never expected a ghost
with revenge
on her mind!

Coming Soon!
Mid-grade
It’s the doing of something, the
investment of yourself your time and thought, which transcends craft into art.
Or, as one of my favorite sayings put it, “It’s never to late to be what you
might have been.” (George Sand).

My new venture has catapulted me into
uncharted territory. I published Nana’s Gift last year after years of traditional pursuit and moderate success. 
The goal is to publish more of my own books, and a co-adventure with the fabulous Margot
Finke
. I’m not only illustrating and formatting epicture books, but in
Margot’s case, I’m animating her charming stories– they just lend themselves
to it.

But I knew nothing of Photoshop, and I only knew of WacomTablets a year ago. This year I learned about Mobi and Sigil and InDesign and
Smashwords. As you read this, I’m in the process of learning about
applications, animations, Adobe Catalyst and DRM, and sometimes my mind is
boggled about how much I’ve learned and how much I need to know. Pushing
through means really applying myself in ways I’ve not done. Perhaps ever. Whether
you’re already doing something outside your comfort zone or thinking about it,
a lot of success is mindset. I thought I’d tell you my secret to the paradox in
case you’re thinking of doing something crazy as well.
Imagyne
OF
COURSE DO YOUR BEST!
 But just as importantly LEARN to your best. Absorb
as much as you can from the best sources you can find and don’t be afraid to go
back or spend some time really becoming comfortable with your subject. Recently
I decided to revisit character development, I found someone outstanding in his
field, and for a twenty dollar investment in his books and the time to read and
process them (about two days), my characters became ever so much stronger.
Don’t have the money? Get a library card, and check out interlibrary loan.
Research through Youtube, your friends, any professional groups, and don’t be
afraid to ask people you admire, what their influences are. Join a critique
group. Can’t find one, find a few friends who you can trust, and start one. Yellapalooza just celebrated its tenth
anniversary and I would have been lost with them.

Imagyne
IT’S A JOB. If you wait for the mood to strike, it
just might not. In order to master ANYTHING it takes DOING. Wrestle with it,
make some crap if you have to, don’t give up. You can put one thing down for a
little bit if you’re too frustrated, but make sure you pick it back up. Me, I
tend to put it down and pick up something related, so I stay focused on my
goals at hand.

AND IT’S PLAYTIME. Don’t be afraid to try new
things, see where it goes. We haven’t decided where to go with Margot’s
characters yet, but I loved all the rendering styles 
(rare for me) and they were quite out of my
normal handling. Because it was fun
.
BUT YOU GET MORE WITH HONEY. Reward yourself when you achieve something, anything. If you’re at all like me, your infernal internal editor can really knock you about. Invite her in for tea and crumpets, or whine, er, wine and cheese, and point out what you do that’s good. Me, I’ve been rewarding myself with an episode of a television show, or small predetermined gifting. Yes, Agy, you can have that chocolate bar if you finish that chapter. Watch the tutorials on Youtube for two hours with good notes, and you can watch a Netflix with the family. Even if you would have done that already, it’s good to acknowledge the positive. Be very careful though, because this tends to spill over into other aspects of your life.

FINALLY LISTEN TO YOURSELF. If you honor your process, you’re much more likely to be successful. Besides, how can others take you seriously if you don’t yourself? I can tell when my procrastination is about needing a break and when it’s fear and something to be waded through with my Wacom and ergonomic keyboard in hand.


I’ve found when I’m most engaged in my projects, I get the best responses from others. I’ve pushed at being fearless in my embrace of what I do, that I feel for it. When I give myself permission, it brings me full circle back to when I was gifted so long ago. Appreciation and enjoyment. No longer will someone send me away to do these things, so that is something I must create for myself.  Because I’ve braved this venture, I’ve met some wonderfully talented people. I’ve rekindled my love of art and writing, and even learning. I’m enjoying the work immensely.


Most of all, I’m getting back in touch with myself, that inner kid I heard tell about, the one I’d started writing to, long, long ago. No one may care if I do this, until perhaps after I’m done with this adventure, and that is probably as it should be. It is what it truly means to be creative, and for someone who has done it most of her life, I’m amazed that it’s taken me so long to get to this step.

All illustrations here are the work of Agy Wilson.


Agy Wilson
is an author, illustrator, egg artist and calligrapher living in Maine. You can contact
her via her fanpage, Agy
Wilson
.


Never judge a book by its cover?

Oh, but it IS judged. So get it right!
by 
Cindy McDonald



I love the cover of Hot Coco. I was
thrilled the way the designer, Todd Aune, placed the horses behind my name, and
then to make the details complete, he put 
Keystone on the saddle towels in the picture—you have to look close, but
it is there. Keystone Downs is the fictitious name of the racetrack where the
Unbridled Series takes place. This wasn’t the first cover, oh no, we adjusted
the design four times before we decided upon this one.


The first one had the same two characters
on the front, only she was clutching his gathered shirt in her hands, exposing
his chiseled abs, whispering in his ear, as he gazed upon her longingly,
clinging to every sultry word. Okay, at least that’s the way I interpreted the
pose. It was hot! I was enamored! My publishing manager, Lauren Carr—God bless
her—let me enjoy a full day of dancing around my living room in love with the
really hot cover for HOT COCO, until she decided it was time to reason with me.

“If that’s the cover you want, that’s fine,”
Lauren carefully began, “but I think it projects the wrong image for your
book.” She took a deep breath, “This cover will insinuate that there is sex in
the story. You don’t do sex scenes, Cindy your scenes are suggestive but not
sexual. Therefore, some readers that are looking for erotica will be
disappointed, and those readers that are not, won’t read the book because the
cover gives them the wrong idea. You will have upset two groups of people that
will never buy your books again.”


Drats! She was one hundred percent correct.
The fact of the matter is you must choose your cover very carefully. You want
to tell a story with your cover, but you don’t want to tell too much, and you
certainly don’t want to tell the wrong one.

The back of your cover is just as important
as the front. The information on the back can sell your book, or have the
potential reader return it to the shelf. Not good.

A good blurb is essential. I’m rather tickled
with the summation I’ve written for Hot Coco. It’s short, sweet, snappy,
and pretty darned clever, if you ask me—I may be a bit biased. 

Am I thrilled
with the blurb on the back of my other title, Deadly.Com? Mmmm, not so much. As a matter of fact,
I’ve had people tell me that the synopsis is totally wrong
for the book—one person told me that it gives too much away. Uh, oh, there’s
something that you really don’t want to do—give away the ending of your book.

Believe it or not some authors have done
just that. They write a very detailed synopsis that includes the ending, such
as: And in the end, Charlatan wins the race to seize back Westwood Thoroughbred
Farm’s reputation! Oh dear, why would anyone want to read the book now when the
suspense has been ruined and they know who will win the race, and that Westwood
will be exonerated? (BTW, I did not do that.)

Some authors believe that if they write a blurb that includes an uplifting ending, people will want to read the book
to see how Charlatan wins the race, and to find out why the horse farm needed
to be exonerated. I doubt it.  The reader
will most likely bypass the book and move on to another with a synopsis that
leaves them wondering how the story will end. It would be a better idea to write:
Westwood’s future depends on the mighty grey gelding, Charlatan. But can he
pull off the big win? 



Makes sense?

Confession: I keep a print of the original
cover for HOT COCO on the bulletin board in my office. Why? Well to tell you
the truth, because I really like it, and it was really hot. More importantly it
is a reminder that the right cover, conveying the right message is crucial to
good marketing.