Sunday, July 19, 2015

Cover Reveal: Guiding Lights by Jessica Florence

I'm revealing the cover for Jessica Florence's new novel, Guiding Light. And I must admit it's gorgeous. And the blurb is awesome! Don't just take my word for it. Just see for yourself.
Guiding Light Blurb
He sings of suffering. His eyes hold the pain of living in sorrow.
The moment our gaze meets recognition flares within.
We are tortured souls drifting in a sea of darkness.
He knows I have secrets that I'll never tell.
I am numb
I am broken
I am dirty
I can never be the guiding light through the darkness he thinks I am.
I have forsaken my past, I rely on keeping myself shut off.
But he has secrets too, secrets that would destroy everything I have left.
I wish things were different, that maybe we could be each other's lifeline.
But destiny drags us down like an anchor.
The broken can only drift in the sea barely staying afloat
And now the cover...

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Saturday, July 18, 2015

52 Reason's Why You Should Buy My Books

I saw the postscript for one of my customers from my day job that read, “52 Reasons to ____.” I immediately loved it. My initial thought was, could I come up with 52 reasons for people to buy my books. I was certain that I could come up with 10. Was that pathetic or what? So, never one to back down from a challenge, I did it!


1. My main character, Chloe, is just like every other teenager. She’s lost and confused about who she is and who she will become.

2. The story takes place in Manhattan, New York. Everybody loves New York.

3. The series is really twisty. There’s lots of plot twists that reviewers agree they didn’t see coming.

4. The first book starts with a kiss that shouldn’t have happened.

5. If you like cliffhangers, the first book has a huge one.

6. Alex Pettyfer was the inspiration for the male lead, Chris Thomas.

7. Reading is good for you. Why not read my book?

8. The final book in the trilogy will be out in August so you don’t have to wait long for the end

9. There are no vampires or werewolves. Not that I don’t like them. Just saying…

10. There’s a blend of fantasy and sci-fi. Because I’m nerdy like that

11. The main characters have superpowers

12. One reviewer described the book as a cross between Fringe, The Vow, X-Men, and Doctor Who.

13. There’s a mystery that unravels as you read

14. Romance blossoms between Chloe and Chris

15. Everyone in the story knows what is going on but Chloe. She can’t even remember her name.

16. Someone dies in the first chapter of book 1

17. One of the main characters loves giving nicknames

18. Main character, Chloe’s nicknames are: Babs, CC, A, Sybil…

19. If you think you know what’s going on, you don’t. Read the next book and you’ll see

20. The main character does an entire 360 in book 2 and 3

21. There are some really steamy scenes but no actual sex

22. There are some laugh out loud moments in each book. One character, in particular, thinks he’s a comedian

23. There are some amazing fight scenes in book 2 and 3. One huge one in book 1

24. The main character, Chloe’s, favorite food is pancakes.

25. The series gets better with each book. In my totally unbiased opinion

26. There’s a short novella told from the perspective of Chris that makes him more swoon-worthy

27. The plot is original. Even the reviewers who hated it had to admit that

28. The three main characters are flawed in a good way.

29. There is a funny scene involving the atmosphere in book 1

30. The bad guy is really bad

31. Chloe Carmichael is trapped inside of someone else’s body and that person hates her guts

32. You’d make the author very happy

33. If you’re an author of YA fiction, you can use it as research

34. The trilogy might just get your kid that hates to read reading

35. It’s the summer and your kid’s got nothing else to do but eat all the food in the fridge

36. The Kindle/e-book version is less than a cup of coffee. Or breakfast taco if you live in Texas

37. The books are not too long. Many people have said they read them in single settings

38. Reading about first love is amazing

39. The main character, Chloe, loves the band Three Days Grace.

40. Chloe and Amanda is the same person.

41. Chloe and Amanda get into a physical altercation – try and figure that out without reading the book.

42. The cover for book 1 is especially pretty with fuchsia and yellow.

43. There’s only three books and not 10. You get to know the ending sooner

44. Main character, Chris, smells like mint and chocolate.

45. There are multiple universes.

46. Chloe has great friends

47. There are multiple universes

48. Chris’s patience with Chloe is admirable and sexy.

49. Amanda has some juicy secrets and she’s not telling in book 2

50. The last book has a surprise second point of view character

51. Main character, Amanda, loves Sia

52. Because the first two books are going on sale soon but you can read them for free with Amazon's Kindle Unlimited

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Thursday, July 16, 2015

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Maya James has enough of being on the run, and her body is paying the price. Plain and simple she’s tired - very tired. The people she thought were her parents… let’s just say nothing is as it seems. When she literally runs into a mysterious stranger, her world begins to glow. She knows in her heart he’s the one to help her - possibly save her. Retreating to his house hidden in the forest she forms a plan - get in, get some much-needed rest, and then get out. She never intends to feel anything. But after spending weeks by herself, she now resents that her savior… her caretaker makes her feel something other than hate. How do you make choices, choices that not only affect you, but an entire race of people? Fate steps in… and gives you some much-needed direction.

Morningstar warrior Jaden loves causal women - especially long legged, blondes. He doesn’t need to know their names and never needs a repeat performance. When his midnight stranger offers him a roll between the sheets without any commitment, he’s intrigued by what she makes him feel. He doesn’t expect her to stay or suddenly become his responsibility, but now that he actually “feels” something - what’s a vampire to do? Better let fate run its course.

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Thursday, July 2, 2015

Our Orbit: The Musical Elements

Many thanks to you, Dawn, for hosting me on your blog today. When I first stopped by several weeks ago, I was very impressed with your use of music on the website. That struck me as a special inspiration you could turn to at any time to refresh your mood or energize your writing! Songs that we love and melodies we remember from long ago are a rich source of imagery for many writers, I think. You inspired me to look back at my novel, Our Orbit, to consider how I used music in that story.

The first instance comes in the opening scene. It's just a small point, but I think it helps to reveal the main character. Miriam Winslow is a girl of nine, the youngest child of a close-knit working-class family. Before the plot takes off with Miriam's forced removal from her home and placement in foster care, I wanted to give a glimpse of how her intimate family members knew her. Rather than spend a lot of space of this, I tried to choose a telling detail. Miriam's feeling for music helped me out—


[As Miriam's mother, Emaline, drives through a snowstorm to pick up an older daughter, they bypass the turn for their home at Friendly Village Mobile Home Park.] Emaline suppressed a sigh. Instead of slowing for the turn, she tapped the horn and called out, “Hold the fort, Friendly!”

“Friendly, holding steady—” sang little Miriam from the back seat, quick to answer the cue in this family routine of forgotten origin, homage to the home where Emaline arrived as a bride half her life ago.

In this short passage, my aim was to show that Miriam is a happy child who enjoys melody and is not shy about sharing her voice. She expresses loyalty to her family by singing a "ditty" they invented for fun before she was born. As the story goes on, readers will learn that Miriam's older brothers and sister have largely given up such family rituals as they began to deal with mainstream culture at school and among their peers. Miriam is the one who keeps family traditions alive, and she will bring them to her new foster family.

As a motif in our writing, music can play a wonderful role in revealing cultural differences between groups of people. Our Orbit is a story that explores these differences on a small, local scale: Miriam's birth family and her foster family have a great deal in common, and yet they belong to separate groups with limited contact. Both families have lived in the same Ohio county for generations. They are of the same race and similar heritage from northern Europe. And both families are Protestant Christians of weekly church-going habits. Even so, the barriers between them are economic class and educational background.

When Miriam first attends church with her foster family, she is awed by the large building, bright chandeliers, and long hallways for Sunday school classes and meeting rooms. People are more dressed up than she is accustomed to, and all their clothes are new and brightly colored. But it is Miriam's reaction to the music at this big, new church that makes clear to readers: She grew up on the other side of the tracks—

While Miriam ran up the church steps…she heard a choir strike up a song inside. Sounded like a hundred people! Across the bright lobby…you could see the flash of white-and-gold robes as the singers stepped left, right, back, front, clapping their hands on each move. A rock band with guitars and drums was playing along. Tambourines rattled…

This must be the hugest church in town, Miriam thought, All we have back at Holy Redeemer is one little piano. And even with every person singing, there were only a few dozen voices…

Miriam's home church was a small, "backwoods" congregation without paid professionals to direct a choir or perform on the instruments. Although she soon comes to appreciate the music at her foster family's prosperous church, her first impression is mixed. Based on her experience, the "loud, peppy music" seems more like a performance than a call to worship. More like a "dance party" than an occasion to repent one's sins.

When Miriam's foster father, Rick, takes her back to visit her home church, Holy Redeemer Tabernacle, we see the tradition through his eyes—


[It was] a tiny white-washed church on Key Ridge, south of town… The piano’s tinny chords rang out… There was no choir director and no hymnals, but harmony swelled from two to four parts. The voices were strong for such an elderly crowd—

To Canaan’s land I’m on my way,

    Where the soul of man never dies,

        And my darkest nights will turn to day,

            Where the soul of man never dies…

People embraced. Some laughed, others wiped away tears…

Here is a list of a few songs that played in my head as I worked on Our Orbit. I've hunted up those I could find on YouTube to give an impression of how they sound. Some of the hymns are quoted in the book (as in the scene above), while others served more to set a mood for my writing.

"The Soul of Man Never Dies" performed by Tony Rice and Ricky Skaggs. From the DVD "Legends of Flatpicking Guitar,"-  view on youtube.

"There is a Balm in Gilead" performed by Mahalia Jackson - view on youtube.  

"The Stable Song" performed by Gregory Alan Isakov - view on youtube.

And to close on a happy note, here is "Dreams" performed by the Cranberries. This is the favorite song of Miriam's teenage sister Rachelle. It becomes embarrassing to Rachelle when her friends make fun of the band because they are Irish and "talk funny"! So we see that Rachelle's musical taste is a bit more open-minded than some of the people around her  - view on youtube.

BIO:  Anesa Miller is a recipient of a Creative Writing Fellowship from the Ohio Arts Council. She studied writing at Kenyon College and the University of Idaho. Her work has been published in The Kenyon Review, The California Quarterly, the Southern Humanities Review, and others. Her debut novel, Our Orbit, releases from Booktrope of Seattle in June 2015.



Book blurb:  Nine-year-old Miriam Winslow never wore new clothes, never had a haircut, and believes that sinners must repent with dramatic displays of remorse, or harm will come to their loved ones. Now thrust into foster care, Miriam must adapt to a secular lifestyle while struggling to keep in touch with her past. Foster parents Rick and Deanne Fletcher quickly come to love their “new little girl.” Soon they meet the rest of Miriam’s family. Uncle Dan believes he was abducted by aliens. Sister Rachelle, just out of juvenile detention, harbors painful secrets. Brother Josh is outraged that the Fletchers disrespect Christian teachings. He vows to take Miriam out of their home and put a stop to meddling in his family's way of life.

Now a finalist in the Next Generation Indie Book Awards for Best Regional Fiction, Our Orbit captures the tension between modernity and tradition in the Appalachian corner of southern Ohio. "A literary novel that reads at the pace of a thriller."

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