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Sound Off Time: Why Social Media’s Da Bomb!





Millenia Black
we all know, times are ever changing, ever improving. When I was a kid growing
up in the 80s, I had no clue the Internet was on its way in with a vengeance!
And in the early 90s when I discovered and fell in love with Sidney Sheldon
books, I couldn’t have imagined that one day I’d have the ability to simply
boot up a laptop and shoot him a hero-worshipping e-mail—which I did many years
later and nearly keeled over when he actually replied personally!

So connecting, bonding and sharing our passions
with each other has never been easier—or more fun—than it is today. I remember
when you actually had to sit down, write letters, lick their envelopes, then stamp
and mail them off to New York publishing houses c/o of your favorite authors to
let them know just how much you loved their books, or even to invite them to a
conference call with your book club.

And as a writer, it’s amazing to be able
to get a kick in the proverbial butt from your readership when you’ve spent a
little too much time in the procrastination currents and not enough in the flow
of inspiration and creativity. As such, RAINDROPS ON ROSES is my first novel in
eight years! The Great Betrayal came
out in late 2006, and since then there’ve been several dedicated fans who’ve
found me on Goodreads, Facebook, or on my website asking whether or not I was still
writing and when the next book would be coming out. I can’t tell you how much those
pings inspired me to pick up my pen, get back in the game and reacquaint myself
with my trusty old muse.

Currently, I’m enjoying the heck out of Pinterest! It’s too bad the site
wasn’t around when I published my earlier novels because creating a board for
the Favorite Things Trilogy has been loads and loads of fun! Visual aids never
go out of style, do they? And so my readers get to check out the characters’
sense of style, the cars they drive, the music they listen to and of course—lots
more of their favorite things! It’s pretty neat!

Now I know there are those who say social
media’s dumbed us down or made us lazy, but to that I say we need to accentuate
the positives and eliminate the negatives! The pluses far outweigh the minuses
when it comes to the convenience and ease of connecting and sharing with
others, whether they be long time friends, family members, or a new reader
who’s discovering your books for the very first time…

Cheers to socializing! Let’s
connect, bond and be merry!

 From the #1 Bestselling Author of THE GREAT PRETENDER comes a highly anticipated new trilogy! Love, Loss, Jealousy and Vengeance — A Razor-Sharp Love Triangle For the History Books! 

Book One of the sizzling new FAVORITE  THINGS Trilogy  
What happens when the man you love, falls in love with someone else?

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Mayfair Island, Florida. Grief-stricken
after the sudden loss of her beloved grandmother, an enduring but
reclusive Hollywood icon, young Priscilla Bauer finds herself adrift and
looking to find solace in the arms of her vast inheritance, when she
meets the kind and considerate corporate brand designer, Michael Frost—a
drop dead gorgeous beacon of light in her all too dark night.

hard and falling fast, Priscilla has no idea she’s stepped into
dangerous territory…Because someone else has already branded Michael
Frost her very own—and she has no intention of ever letting him go.

Passions are high, but bitter vengeance gets even higher!

With RAINDROPS ON ROSES, the captivating Favorite Things Novella Trilogy—takes flight!

About Millenia Black:
Millenia is the bestselling author of the novels THE GREAT
PRETENDER and THE GREAT BETRAYAL. She loves to tell a compelling story
and is an avid reader. Heralded as a double life and relationship
expert, she’s been a featured guest on radio shows across the country
e-book guide everyone should have!

Millenia is an alumni of
Keiser University and was born and raised in Florida where she still
resides today. She is currently working on BLUE SATIN SASHES, book two
of the sizzling FAVORITE THINGS trilogy!

Currently unmarried, Millenia has never dated anyone living a double life…she thinks.


What lies beyond the wormhole… is the devil incarnate

Chris Burton.

Jake is a trainee Jump Pilot and war is rife in the galaxy…

The Sentinels are very sensitive about a region of space, light years from their territorial boundaries. They are guided by the Betanica Sect, who seek to protect the galaxy and in particular the Tri Star Region from invasion by the Kryl. The Kryl are the devil incarnate…

Jake is a final year Alpha Academy student and he has chosen Jump Ship Command to launch his career. He and Steve are two of the brightest academy pilots. They are also vying for the affection of the same girl. Carla is looking for her sister, who left home 6 years before to join the Collective, led by the sinister and mysterious Professor Winterburn. Winterburn casts a spell over everyone he meets.

The Sentinels and the Betanica Sect lock horns with Alpha in a battle to assume control of the Tri Star System. Alpha’s aim is to open the Blue Worm hole; a gateway to another galaxy. The gathering masses are joined by Winterburn and his flock and by Jake and Steve whose sole intention is to rescue Carla Stevenson from Winterburn’s clutches.

How to format for Smashwords?

Easy Steps
1.  Bring up your manuscript. Save it somewhere safe.

2.  With your ms safe, we can “play” with formatting. There will be no page numbers, no fancy fonts or pictures (it’s possible but this guide is just basic). You will need your notepad, so locate that. I found it in my start bar and I searched it.

3.  You’ll also need to locate your tool bar (at the top of your word document).

4.  In the to tool bar find the    mark. It’s called “pilcrow” and represents a paragraph break. Click it. Your precious ms should be littered with strange marks now.

5.  For formatting with Smashwords you should only see the pilcrow, the small “space” mark, which looks like a tiny raised full stop and a page break mark: 
No other mark is allowed, and so we now aim to remove all other marks!

6.  Open the “notepad” of your computer.

7.  Copy ALL of your ms. I go into the ribbon and click “select all”, then move my cursor to the darkened area of my ms and right click to copy. 

8.  Paste your ms into your notepad.

9.  Open a clean word doc.

10.  Then copy your ms from the notepad and paste it to the clean word doc. Close the notepad, you don’t need that any more. In your clean new word doc, make sure the pilcrow is activated again.

11.  Select all. Then make sure your new document is NORMAL – see below circled.
12.  Select all again, and in your tab bar drag it over to where you want your indents to be.
13.  Now you need to check for all stray spaces, tabs and returns. Delete them all. There are no short cuts, so it will take a while. Make sure your document is a decent size so you can see those stray spaces (these mainly occur at the end of a paragraph just before the pilcrow).
14. Next select all again, and keep to TIMES NEW ROMAN, point 11 or 12. Titles and chapter headings should be no more then point 14.
15. Chapter headings MUST begin CHAPTER ONE etc The “chapter” bit is a must. Have a pilcrow above a line break, and one below.
16. Everything is to the left, and you want your chapter headings centred. You can’t use the normal way any more. In the tool bar you will see “Change Styles” with “AA”. Beneath it is a small button, click it to bring up a small window.

17.  At the bottom of that window are “AA” again. Click them.
18. And up pops another window. In the “name” put CENTRED. Then in the right, left, centred or justify buttons below click CENTRE. Then OK.
19.  Your chapter heading is now centred. Now EVERY TIME you need to centre something you will click on the little mark beneath “style changes” and use the centred that you made. Just highlight what you want centred and click on your newly made CENTRED button. 

That’s your ms formatted. 

Remember to follow the guidelines for the copyright page because SMASHWORDS are your publisher as an eBook, not your original publisher.

Good luck!