Monday, July 21, 2014

Kindle Unlimited

Okay - as you've probably already heard, read, or seen, Amazon has launched a new reader subscription service (coined as the Netflix for e-books).

What does that mean for readers? Well, it would seem you'd have access to over 600,000 books for less than $10 a month. However, none of the "Big-5" publishers are participating. So your choices might be more limited than it appears. It seems that most of your choices would include self-published authors ... along with some big name titles (like Hunger Games, Harry Potter) thrown in there to tempt you.

What does that mean for authors? If you're a self-published author, it appears complicated at first glance, and I can't help you there. If you're a traditionally published author, the news is you'll get paid as though someone actually bought your e-book once they've read more than 10% of it. ... Which is based on the current "free sample" that is offered to Amazon customers before they actually buy the e-book.

If you want more information ... here's an AWESOME post on the topic, but interestingly enough the most significant information is found in the comments.

What do you think? Are you going to take advantage of the "one-month free" offer?

Friday, July 18, 2014

Create an Amazing Protagonist

"If you can create a strong character with a strong sense of core self, then thrust him through a plot that attacks those pillars of identity, and surprise the reader with some of his choices, you will have an amazingly layered protagonist on your hands." -- Mary Kole (Writing Irresistible Kidlit, page 109)

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Word Crimes

In case you missed it ... here's an awesome video to make you smile and laugh:

Monday, July 14, 2014


I Hunt Killers (Jasper Dent, #1)I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is the first book I've read by author, Barry Lyga, and now I'm a fan!

I picked up this book because it was recommended (in the book HOW TO WRITE IRRESISTIBLE KIDLIT by Mary Kole) as an example of how to make an unreliable narrator likeable. The main character, Jazz, is certainly likeable in I HUNT KILLERS.

And this is a creepy book!

I was a little surprised that this was a YA book, because it is very gory, very violent, and it features the POV of the killer as well as the teenage main character. So while I'm not sure I'd run out and recommend this to the teenagers I know, I would definitely recommend it to my friends who read Dean Koontz and/or Stephen King.

And this is an excellent book in the study of psychology. Seriously. Is it possible for the son of a notorious serial killer to become anything not-like his father? And is it wrong for ALL parents to want their children to grow up to be better than them? ... Jazz's dad just wanted Jazz to become a better serial killer. YIKES.

Such a great book. I couldn't put it down. But if you don't like horror and gore, don't pick this one up.

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Friday, July 11, 2014

Book Review: TWIGS

TwigsTwigs by Alison Ashley Formento

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I really got a kick out of this book. Yes, it was silly and over-the-top in places, but I laughed a lot. Reading some of the other reviews on Goodreads, I'm surprised that so many people disliked the main character, Twigs. I thought she was pretty funny. But maybe that's because I've thought about hitting people with my car, too. ;) I do agree that some of her nicknames for people were rude, but poor little Twigs, she was unhappy and angry and lonely, and she was just doing the best she could in her soap-opera life.

As far as a YA book goes, there is quite a bit of cussing and sexual references, but there's not a lot of violence (unless you consider hitting people with cars, iPods, and shampoo bottles violent). I might not recommend this book to my younger teenage friends, but I would definitely recommend it to my friends who read Janet Evanovich's "Stephanie Plum" series.

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Wednesday, July 9, 2014


Legend (Legend, #1)Legend by Marie Lu

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Best trilogy I've read in quite a while. All three books are out and available. I'd recommend having them all so you can read straight through the series. The only thing that bothered me about the storyline was the fact that the main characters were so young. They seemed to me to be older teenagers rather than younger ones. But other than that, great series. No offensive language that I can recall. No sex scenes. There is violence, but nothing over the top. I love having a strong heroine fight alongside a strong hero. I highly recommend this trilogy, and I look forward to reading more from this author.

Prodigy (Legend, #2)Prodigy by Marie Lu

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Book two in the trilogy. LOVED it. Great writing. Great story. Great characters.

Champion (Legend, #3)Champion by Marie Lu

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Seriously. What are you waiting for? Go read this trilogy. It is great. I loved it so much, I made my husband read it. He cried. Yup. Book three (CHAMPION) moved him to tears. No tears for me, but I'm a little more cold hearted. *wink*

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Friday, July 4, 2014

Happy 4th of July!

We are celebrating our nation's Independence Day by enjoying the beautiful outdoors near Grand Jean, Idaho. These are older pictures from previous trips, but we'll be enjoying the same location.
I love Idaho.
And I love the United States of America.
Happy 4th of July to you!

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

IWSG: Reporting Back!

It's the first Wednesday of the month, and that means it's time for ...

For complete details on this very supportive and awesome group - CLICK HERE and check them out!

So last month (I cannot believe a whole month has flown by!) - I blogged about the insecurities I felt as I was about to take my advance reader copies around to local bookstores.

I'm thrilled to tell you that overall it was a HUGE success. (But not a total success.) I finished feeling pretty high, but it was definitely a roller coaster ride. Some bookstores were thrilled to talk to me while others were quite hesitant. The hesitant ones gave me the impression that they get a lot of walk-ins who say, "Look at me! I wrote a book, and here's my three ring binder with my well worn manuscript inside." ;)

Some of the hesitant people warmed right up to me after they looked up the book on their computer and found it already listed in their system. That was a huge advantage.

And the work isn't over yet. I still need to follow up with several of the stores. Some of the decision makers weren't in when I stopped by, and some wanted to read the book before committing time and shelf space to it. I totally respect that.

From the stores I visited, I was able to schedule three events (yes, go ahead and click on that events tab up above now!), and I'm so very thrilled with the reception the owner of Hyde Park Books gave me. She was excited, supportive, and asked me to hold my launch party there. So, please, if you're anywhere within a hundred mile radius (seriously!) come and visit and eat a cupcake and of course, buy a book. ;)

The point of this post is ... even though something might scare the crap out of me, it's totally amazing when the rewards outweigh the cost of pushing through the nerves.

What scares you? Will you push through it?

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Happy Book Birthday to THE DEVIL MADE ME DO IT

Now available! 

The demons strike back!

Lily is working with the angels to stifle the last of the demon outbreaks and to figure out how to stop the Silence of God, so life can get back to boring normality. But all hell breaks loose when she’s stolen from school and brought face to face with the devil himself. Lily has to find her way back home to Luc, crack the prophecy that breaks the curse silencing God, and figure out how she and Luc can ever really be together; but Lucifer has other plans for her that don’t include her ever getting out of Hell in tact.


Book One, Speak of the Devil, is currently on sale for $2.99 for the Kindle.



Why me? I asked this question a lot, when I died, when I lived, when I’d lost my friends, when I’d hooked up with angels, when I was chased by demons, so it seemed trivial to ask it now, but why me? Why couldn’t I have a regular non-angel boyfriend to make out with and not worry about ruining, well, everything for everybody everywhere?

Snap out of it, Lily, I told myself. You have an amazing ability and super-hot— too hot— angel boyfriend, a blessed life that someone upstairs seems to think is valuable and worthy of protection. Quit feeling sorry for yourself and girl up.

“Right, girl up. I can do this,” I said aloud. My body was under control finally and I felt like I could go back to class as long as we got a new scene to work on. But I’d hurt Luc. I had to talk to him. I had to fix it and make it right. He was suffering with this as much as I was and probably more so since he had to have that pious-angel behavior and all.

I stood to go, pushing the vanity chair back as I did so.

“Lily!” someone whispered.
“What?” I turned to see if Cassie was there.
“Lily, look!” It was difficult to tell if it was a male or female voice since it was a whisper.

The voice was coming from behind me. I looked back around – that’s when I saw the surface of the mirror tremble, as though it were liquid. It rippled from the center. “Lilith!” The whisper came from the mirror.

Too late I remembered something Luc and Belle had said about mirrors. The surface splashed out toward me, and though I reflexively turned away and pulled back, the watery mirror grabbed me with its newly formed reflective arms and pulled me inside.



Shawna Romkey, teacher by day, writer by night (or day or whenever anyone leaves her alone long enough to get some work done). Bestselling YA / NA paranormal author of Speak of the Devil. The second in the series, The Devil Made Me Do It, will release July 1.


Shawna is from Kansas City, Missouri, but resides in Nova Scotia in a house by the sea with her husband, two sons, and currently two dogs but that’s subject to change depending on the local homeless dog population.


For more info, check out her website at



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Monday, June 23, 2014

HUGE Giveaway!

The authors at Darkly Delicious YA have banded together for a huge giveaway. With lots of fun prizes, there's something for everyone.

One lucky winner will receive a $40 gift card.

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