Wednesday, May 31, 2017

The Battle for the Four Realms: Dragon Bone by Aldrea Johnson

Introducing a new YA novel by author Aldrea Johnson. It's a brand new release, and it looks to be a good one.

About The Battle For the Four Realms: Dragon Bone

"Siblings Aliedori and Maldar, heirs to the throne of the Southern Realm are attacked by an unseen assailant while camping in The Sacred Forest. Aliedori's brother Maldar and his golden dragon, Keidrop, are trapped by a powerful binding spell; a spell that leaves Aliedori strangely unaffected. In a

n attempt to track down their unseen attacker Aliedori uses her natural gifts and casts a "Seeker" charm enabling her to pursue a chase to a shadowy figure through the dark woods until he mysteriously disappears without a trace...and the adventure begins!

As the trio sets off in the direction the mysterious figure disappeared they encounter mysterious creatures formed from dark magic, a mage powerful enough to incapacitate dragons and other threats only ever spoken of by the Chronicler.

As they journey East more of the Chronicler's prediction come true, Aliedori's destiny lay ahead along with ... the battle for the four realms!" (Amazon)







Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Writing Killer Book Blurbs

Navigating the Indie writing world is tricky, but it's gotten a whole lot easier with the help of Facebook Groups and some great ebooks. There are workshop style groups, and books that cover just about anything, but my favorite by far is a book and group that helps authors tackle blurb writing.

As a word of caution, always read the rules of the group when you join it. You don't want to get banned. I'm speaking from experience here. I joined a group (which I loved) and forgot there was no promo of any kind. I asked for readers. Banned for life. No warning, nothing. So, remember to keep the rules in mind when posting.

Group Help for Writing Awesome Book Blurbs

Perhaps the bane for any writer is writing book blurbs. I know mine have been less than subpar for years. But, I read a few books, joined a Facebook group, and I think I've finally gotten the hang of it.

What do you think? Here's my latest. For Beneath the Metreskan Sands.

Babylonia Steele has spent her life digging in the dirt looking for artifacts, but no dig has ever been as important as the one on Mirada. Her findings could shake the very foundation of the planet’s government. A tip from a traitor in her inner circle has alerted the Militarian authority, and it seeks to stop her at all costs. Fortunately for her, her closest friend just happens to be Gwyn Casteliano, the best smuggler, and pilot in the quadrant. In a life and death chase, she will risk all to protect her findings. Will the government destroy her? Will she lose everything Beneath the Metreskan Sands?

I think it's pretty good, but I thought the other ones were pretty good, too. I needed a second opinion, so I submitted it to the Facebook group and got feedback. It was a go. If there had been a problem, members would have helped me rewrite it, or offered suggestions. This is the kind of help you can find in Facebook groups.

I highly recommend the group Write Compelling Fiction Blurbs with Glenna Mageau. It's a small group, but highly resourceful and engaging.

More Help for Writing Awesome Book Blurbs


Gotta Read It! by Libbie Hawker, is currently free on Amazon. I don't know if it is perma-free, or not. But, I highly recommend getting it either way. I have a hard time following author's instructions for writing book blurbs, because I often equate those instructions with word problems, and I hate math. I think it's because of my dyslexia of math, but either way, I didn't have this problem with this book. It was easy to understand, and once I found the golden nugget inside, it was simple and step by step. I have used her formula ever since.

I don't want to give away the exact details because I don't want to spoil the book or reveal her secrets, but Ms. Hawker boils down a hard and difficult subject into five sentences that for me, were life changing.


What books or Facebook groups have you found helpful? I'd love to hear from you!

--Arwen









Saturday, May 27, 2017

A Short Time Opportunity for Space Opera Fans: Beneath the Metreskan Sands Free Promo


Don't miss this opportunity to get your own copy of the newly released book, Beneath the Metreskan Sands. It's the continuing adventures of Gwyn and Adrik, with a whole lot of awesomeness thrown in the mix. Get yours today.

Free Promo is 5/27/2017-5/28/2017

About Beneath the Metreskan Sands


Babylonia Steele has spent her life digging in the dirt looking for artifacts, but no dig has ever been as important as the one on Mirada. Her findings could shake the very foundation of the planet’s government. A tip from a traitor in her inner circle has alerted the Militarian authority, and it seeks to stop her at all costs. Fortunately for her, her closest friend just happens to be Gwyn Casteliano, the best smuggler, and pilot in the quadrant. In a life and death chase, she will risk all to protect her findings. Will the government destroy her? Will she lose everything Beneath the Metreskan Sands?

Saturday, May 20, 2017

New From Arwen Chandler: Beneath the Metreskan Sands

Beneath the Metreskan Sands will be out May 26, 2017! Make sure to check it out for pre-order!

About Beneath the Metreskan Sands

"Babylonia Steele has spent her life digging in the dirt looking for artifacts, but no dig has ever been as important as the one on Mirada. Her findings could shake the very foundation of the planet’s government. A tip from a traitor in her inner circle has alerted the Militarian authority, and it seeks to stop her at all costs. Fortunately for her, her closest friend just happens to be Gwyn Casteliano, the best smuggler, and pilot in the quadrant. In a life and death chase, she will risk all to protect her findings. Will the government destroy her? Will she lose everything Beneath the Metreskan Sands?"


Beneath the Metreskan Sands is the third book in The Outer World Chronicles.


Book One: The Militarian Job


About The Militarian Job:

Gwyn's smuggling activity has never been secret, but she has always flown under the radar of the Militarian -- until now. Forced to smuggle or die by order of the Militarian authority, she is on the run with a steep price on her head. Smuggling may be lucrative, but it becomes clear that her dangerous activity has compromised both herself, a new life form, and her family back home. Faced with a lifetime sentence on a prison planet, she and Adrik, her new ex-Militarian ally, must find a way to right the wrongs they've committed, and escape the Militarian death-grip she's fallen under.





Book Two: The Louvre Still Stands


About The Louvre Still Stands:

In a perilous age where humanity lives under the control of the Militarian government, one woman risks  life, limb, and ship, for a lost treasure trove on old Earth.

Gwyndalaria Casteliano, Captain of the starship Pleiades, leads her Ex-Militarian companion Adrik, and her childhood friend Rodrigo on the treasure hunt of a lifetime. While the common belief is that old Earth has been completely lost, after a bio chemical attack, Gwyn knows it’s ripe for the taking.

Intelligence, bought for a steep price, proves that the Louvre still stands. Gwyn leads her comrades on an adventure of a lifetime, as they make a desperate attempt at fortune. It’s too bad Militarian troops are hot on their trail.


Monday, May 1, 2017

War Machine by Maggie Lynn Heron-Heidel

Check out the new book War Machine from the Destiny in the Shadows series. Not only are you in for an exciting read, when you purchase War Machine, you are helping to protect child and sex trafficking victims in Cambodia through Agape International Missions. Ten percent of the proceeds of the sales will go to support this great effort.

War Machine Book Blurb:



"Blackmailed, cornered, and screwed. That’s what happens when you get caught… If you’re an assassin, that is. 

When a contract killer teams up with a four-star general to track down an elusive terrorist group intent upon detonating a nuclear bomb inside their city, sparks fly and not of the romantic variety. Racing against the clock through the desert, facing harrowing odds and dire consequences should they fail, they discover that the terrorists aren’t always the ones to fear… and may not be their true enemy.

Set in the ruins of New York, WAR MACHINE is a fast-paced adventure thriller filled with betrayal, suspense, and alliances that quickly turn into deadly enemies. Destiny in the Shadows hauntingly echoes the state of the world today and the fate of the heroes determined to save it.

Praise for Destiny in the Shadows 

" Absolutely WAR MACHINE is a well written novel that one cannot stop reading until the very last page - and then thirsts for a sequel! I especially love how the characters play off of and interact with one another throughout, especially given their roles on a journey that could prove to be a death mission in a dark world of deception. There is a balanced essence of danger, compassion, romance, and even humor, all elements not easy to successfully combine. Maggie Lynn Heron-Heidel nailed it with all the skills of a seasoned writer. I cannot wait to read more from this budding, brilliant author! "
- A Goodreads Review


Keep up with Maggie on her blog: Maggie Lynn Heron-Heidel