Thursday, February 1, 2018

Link Fiesta --Blurbs

Alessandra Torre has publishing advice videos! How did I not know this? Here's one on how to write a kick-butt blurb.

H.M. Ward has another good video here. The Creative Penn has another one.

A good primer on blurb-writing.

And here's a possible explanation for the Amazon reporting snafu.

Monday, January 29, 2018

Link Fiesta

Apple is revamping the iBooks store! This is good news for me because I'm thinking of taking the Banshee Creek series wide during the summer. I'm doing one last sales push in KU to see if it sticks, and if it doesn't it will likely go wide by June.

Nook is also revamping. Hallelujah!!

Is the Instafreebie gold rush over? I'm experiencing this phenomenon too.

Best 2017 book marketing advice for authors.

We are getting a "feminist" Charmed reboot,  a "dark" Sabrina the Teenage Witch reboot, and a Supernatural spin-off called "Wayward Sisters." I'm really excited for all of these.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Twin Peaks: The Return, Episode 5

I'm still not sure what's going on, but now things a lot less surreal. This is not necessarily a good thing.

Bad Coop is possessed by Bob. Good Coop is now insurance salesman Dougie. He still loves coffee, but is otherwise mentally impaired. Dougie's wedding ring somehow ended up in the militated corpse's stomach. There's a fantastic new forensic pathologist and she hasn't died yet, which is promising.

The Twin Peaks Sheriff's Department is still looking through boxes.

Shelly's daughter is married to a jobless drug addict.

We meet another bad guy.

The casino guys are pissed.

The car bomb explodes. The mysterious kid watches it go.

Dougie's jacket is now light green (the color of rebirth?). The hotel keys are in the trash can. Bad Coop can do weird electric stuff.

I thought it was kind of disappointing, but I'm still curious as to where it goes.

Friday, June 2, 2017

Link Fiesta

Chris Fox breaks down a bestselling Amazon launch.

Christina Dodd has a great post on getting Bookbub followers. And, seriously, how annoying is it that Amazon doesn't provide follower info?

C.D. Reiss also did a great post on using Bookbub ads for a book launch.

Easy tips for creating a series bible.  I didn't do a series bible for Banshee Creek while I was writing Must Love Ghosts, and it's one of my biggest regrets because all my books are set in that world and my readers love the characters. Now that I'm writing Claire Delacourt's series and revisiting those first books so I'm taking advantage of this and finally writing a series bible. Better late than never!

And here's a handy-dandy pre-publication checklist and a great KBoards post on urban fantasy tropes Yes, Drop Dead Witchy will have a UF feel too it. I hope it works. *crosses fingers*

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Twin Peaks: The Return, Episodes 3 and 4

This is still so confusing.

Real Coop is trapped with a red-dressed Silent Hill reject in an in-between space separating the Red Lodge from the real world. Something threatening chases them around. The numbers 3 and 15 seem to be significant. Electric outlets also seem to be important. Evil Coop is driving. Another Coop is in an abandoned house with a hooker.

Seriously, there's a third Coop?

At 3:15 Evil Coop is supposed to return to the Red Lodge through his car's cigarette lighter (yep, I am not making this up), but he manages to circumvent the mechanism but sticking his hand in his mouth. As a result the third Coop is sucked into the Red Lodge through an electric outlet, minus his shoes. He turns into a golden snitch and the Fire Walk With Me ring drops onto the floor.

And that's not even the weirdest thing that happens.

Good Coop materializes thought the houses electric outlet, minus his shoes. The hooker takes care of him (no, not that way), gives him Third Coop's shoes, and takes him to a casino in her badass yellow Jeep Wrangler (the color yellow seems to be important, not sure why). He still has his Room 315 key in his pocket, and he narrowly escapes an assassination attempt when it drops to the floor and he bends to pick it up.

Third Coop had enemies, it appears.

Good Coop proceeds to win all the coin slot jackpots in the Casino. The owner eventually kicks him out with his winnings and he takes a limo to Third Coop's home. Third Coop's wife greets him angrily, but is appeased when she sees all the money. She's happy because now they can pay off whoever is trying to kill Third Coop. Wait, isn't Third Coop a golden marble now? I guess Good Coop is now Third Coop.

This is giving me a headache.

Oh, there's also a kid who had a birthday party.

Something, something at the FBI.

Then we are back in Twin Peaks where they are investigating something having to do with chocolate bunnies. Lucy and Andy's kid shows up. he's weird.

The End.

Is this good? I honestly have no idea. The In-Between Space scenes were really cool. I loved the eyeless lady in the red dress, but she died.

That's happening to most of the new characters. Coop Three's wife is intriguing to I expect her to bite it in the next episode. The hooker was kind of cool and she survived, which was very surprising. I think that was because Lynch needed her to drive Good Coop to the casino, though. Otherwise she would've kicked the bucket too.

The use of color is interesting, what with all the reds and yellows. I loved the use of the electric outlets.

But what else is there? I'm not feeling any of the new characters. Evil Coop is just one-dimensionally evil. Good Coop just looks confused (not that he doesn't have a right to, but, still, it's not very interesting). The investigators are just sitting around chatting. I miss the Chihuahua Lady (please don't die Dog Lady, I love you).

What the is happening? I'm going to be very disappointed if this ends up as a big battle between Good Coop and Evil Coop.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Twin Peaks: The Return, Episodes 1 and 2

So confused.

I totally fangirled when the theme came on. I was afraid they'd use new music, but, no they kept the old theme and Laura's pic and it was perfect. They even had the log lady on. *sniff*

Then we got flannel shirts and pick-up trucks and pine trees and I was nodding along like, yes. But then we switched to Manhattan, and there was a glass cage and a creepy guy who likes lattes and a pretty girl and was all "don't trust him, Tracy, he drinks lattes."

Never trust a guy who drinks flavored hot milk. Red flag right there.

Then the Chihuahua Lady showed up and there was a gross corpse and a murder mystery, which was confusing because why are we in South Dakota?

Don't get me wrong. I think South Dakota is real creepy, but, you know, where are the pine trees and the cherry pies? And why is Ashley Judd in this show?

Then Evil Agent Cooper shows up with a mullet and a spray tan (is BOB in the spray tan? is that going to be the big reveal?) and a gang, and 'm all, what?

But then there's a coffee reference and everything is okay again. And we go back to Twin Peaks and Hawk is there and Lucy and Andy, and I'm cheering.

Then Evil Agent Cooper starts killing people, and we are in the Red Room with Good Agent Cooper and some craptastic special effects (the arm is a tree now? and it has an evil twin brother too?) and Laura shows up and then she takes her face off...

It's all very cool, visually speaking, but I'm not sure where we're headed with all of this.

I don't really care about any of the new characters. They all keep dying just as I start getting attached (alas, Phyllis, I hardly knew ya). The music is fantastic, but there's not enough of it. I love the suspense and the creepy visuals but at this point I don't really care about any of these new people.

Latte Boy and Latte Girl bought it, and I was all, yep that's what happens to latte drinkers I warned ya. Only black coffee drinkers make it in Lynchlandia.

I'm on the fence about this one, I admit.

I guess there will be an Evil Agent Cooper vs. Good Agent Cooper showdown at the end, but I'm not feeling too emotionally invested in it. And there doesn't really seem to be a mystery. We know BOB is now Evil Agent Cooper and we know he's causing all the deaths, so...where's the beef, Mr. Lynch? Is there going to be a big twist in the future? Laura got sucked out of the Red Room, so is she going to show up in the "real" world killing people now? I could go for that.

I dunno. We'll see how this goes.

Friday, May 5, 2017

Link Fiesta

Promoting a sequel with BookBub Ads. I'm thinking of trying out BookBub ads with my next release so this is very helpful.

Awesome Kristen Ashley interview on breaking all the rules.

What are the rules I broke? First, I didn’t write what I thought people wanted to read. I didn’t research what might be popular — what might sell — and write that. I wrote stories that felt personal to me, that I enjoyed completely from writing to reading. The first book that I did this with was Rock Chick, and with it and the Rock Chick series, I broke all the rules..
Awesome SJ Pajonas post on drafting an email welcome sequence for your mailing list.