Friday, September 12, 2014

Business Grant

We have applied for a business grant to grow our design and printing business and would love your support. This grant would enable us to grow our business both locally and nationally, as well as offer more services for design clients.

Simply use the link below and log in with Facebook to vote. We need 250 votes to qualify for the grant by October 17th. Please feel free to share and thank you for your support!

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Monday, August 25, 2014

Writing New Adult Fiction

I was honored with an awesome opportunity to contribute to this book. Please check it out! My insert can be found on Chapter 13, page 225 - Author Branding Through Cover Design.

Writing New Adult Fiction
By Deborah Halverson with foreword by SYLVIA DAY

“For the writer who wants to become a new adult author, or the new adult author who seeks to enrich her craftsmanship and stand out from the herd.” 

Tammara Webber, New York Times best-selling author of Easy and Breakable

From Sylvia Day’s Bared to You to Jamie McGuire’s Beautiful Disaster, new adult fiction has arrived—and it’s hotter than ever. But there’s more to this category than its 18- to 26-year-old characters: The success of your story depends on authentically depicting the transition of your young protagonists from teenhood into adulthood. With Writing New Adult Fiction, you’ll learn how to capture the spirit of freedom, self-discovery, and romance that defines the new adult experience.

  • Create memorable characters that act and sound like new adults.
  • Sculpt a distinct personality for your fiction with POV, voice, tone, and word choices.
  • Build a unique, captivating plot that satisfied your audience from beginning to end.
  • Learn tools for revising effectively and efficiently in a speed-driven market.
  • Weight the options for your path to publication: traditional, indie, and hybrid.

The new adult category is filled with opportunities to break in with distinct plots and original characters. Make your mark by writing a novel that’s fresh, unique—and wholly new adult!

Writer’s Digest Books, ISBN 978-1-59963-800-3
Amazon | B&N | IndieBound | Goodreads | Writer’s Digest Books

Monday, May 26, 2014

New Release! Introducing Western Nights

Introducing Western Nights...
A compilation of five Western Romance stories!

By Authors:
Kristen Osbourne
Beth Williamson
Sandy Sullivan
Nickie Asher
Hildie McQueen

TBR Author Website

Five top-selling authors share their favorite western romance heroes -- all boxed up for you in one sexy, irresistible package!  Open the pages and fall into the arms of a cowboy. Be prepared to hang on for the ride. Whether in the Wild West or in contemporary times, these men know how to handle their women.

 Buy from Amazon

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Authors After Dark Sneak Peek

Authors After Dark is coming QUICKLY and
OMG this year is going to be INSANE!

As always AAD is about the readers, and the amount of awesome we have put together for you this year, you would be INSANE not to attend….

First, our amazing Master of Ceremonies is none other than Alexandra Ivy! She will be doing a cool little event to celebrate your favorite gargoyle, Levet on Friday! Wanna know more? Check out the FB group where Alex will be talking about the awesome that she has going on!

Torquere and authors BA Tortuga and Julia Talbot will be Sponsoring our Welcome event, the Midnight Rodeo… And it looks like We will have some VERY COOL goodies and… Riding… happening… *SNICKER*

How about Parties? This year we have a special event called the Leather and Lace Ball! Curious? We thought so! Take a ride on the wild side and let your inhibitions fly with five New York Times Bestselling Authors of erotic romance. Cuffs and corsets encouraged.

With:
J. Kenner, Liliana Hart, Carly Phillips, Janelle Denison, 
Jasinda Wilder and Lorelei James

The ladies will be talking more about this on the FB group starting soon!

New for 2014 is the Paranormal Party! Join over 20 Paranormal authors who will be giving away goodies, some books and hanging out with you to snack and chat! Wanna know what authors are involved? You will have to join the FB group to see!


And of course, we have the amazing Masquerade Ball! This year it’s the SINS AND VIRTUES BALL! Are you a sin or a virtue? Join us for a wild costumed event! Prizes for the best costumes, including a 200$ gift certificate to Lori Ann Costumes!

Your Sins and Virtues Sponsors:
Sin Lust
Boone Brux
Opal Carew

Sin Pride
BA Tortuga
Andrew Grey

Sin Envy
Stella Price
TJ Michaels

Sin Gluttony
Desiree Holt
Saranna DeWylde

Sin Greed
Ann Mayburn
Heather Long

Sin Sloth
Lizzie T. Leaf
Julie Morgan

Sin Wrath
Stacey Kennedy
Marianne Morea

Virtue Charity
Kerry Adrienne
Trista Ann

Virtue Chastity
Jenn LeBlanc
Annabel Jospeh

Virtue Humility
Milly Taiden
Donna McDonald

Virtue Kindness
CJ Ellisson
Alexandra Ivy

Virtue Temprance
J. Kenner
Sidney Bristol

Virtue Diligence
Denise Grover Swank
Jenna McCormick

Virtue Patience
Lousia Bacio
Kallypso masters

And if THAT isn’t enough awesome that will be going on… This year we have an amazing off site costumed event… the Ladies on the Green event sponsored by the AAD Anachronistic Society! This will be an hour and a Half on the famous GREEN in Charlotte (a half block from the hotel). It will be a Costumed event (though Costumes are not required they are encouraged!) to celebrate Gothic, Victorian, steampunk dark historical literature! Your hosts will be: Sahara Kelly, Amanda McIntyre, Leanna Renee Hieber, A.L. Davroe and S.A. Price. Prizes and readings will happen, as well as photo ops!


And NEVER forget the Amazing Open bar with Mel Schroeder and friends! They have SO MUCH awesome set up for you just before the Bookies… you do NOT wanna miss that!

Getting excited yet? How about some info on the AWESOME mini events we have going on? Ready?

On Wed. Night,  Join Sasha White and Joey W. Hill for a wild party and Q&A, Also, the Blind Date Book Party will be open to start your con right! (If you have never done a BDBP, you are MISSING out! You need to attend, Get your blind date book, find the author that wrote it, and hang out with them!)

Thursday?  Panels up the wazoo, and the Bookie Awards----- goodies and books to be given out! The hangout with The GNO girls lead by CJ Ellisson and Boone Brux for some crazy fun! And if that wasn’t enough?  Readings and a Blogger Sleepover party as well!

Friday? More panels, a games carnival with Nina Gooden and Pals, Name that Author with Cat Johnson, and some other fun surprises!

Saturday? A few panels, the Big ass booksigning with 100 authors,  the Cowboy Stampede party, the Readers Mad Tea Party with Hildie McQueen, An after the bookies event with a special publisher sponsor, And Jess Michaels’ Birthday extravaganza!

SEE? SO MUCH AWESOME! All the authors that are involved with parties will be talking about their involvement on the FB group, so join up and get ready to rock.

Oh? You say you’re not registered for AAD yet? You need to be! All registrants get put in the hat for the welcome party prizes, and these prizes are AMAZING! Breakfast with authors, Booze and Books, side trips to Carrowwinds…. We have a minimum of 90 special prizes…. So…

You need to rock this con! And as if this wasn’t enough…. AAD will be giving away something really awesome to registrants…. Wanna know what?

How about 5 VIP registrations for THE NOVEL EXPERIENCE 2015 in LAS VEGAS? YES… 5!


And…

How about this… If we hit 100 more registrations from TODAY April 10th to June 10th, we will give away 2 AAD registrations for 2015…  2!!!!! So get registered, get your room and get ready for one HELL of an amazing year with us!

 JOIN US! WE CANT WAIT TO HANGOUT WITH YOU!

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Meeting Authors

It has been my privilege to meet many authors in the last few years at book signings, conventions and personal venues. My first opportunities came as a book blogger and then as a book cover designer. I still get butterflies walking into conventions. I adore introducing myself to authors I have worked for but never met in person. The relationships I have created in the publishing industry are priceless. The readers, authors, editors, bloggers and other designers I have met have, in many ways, become an extended family.

So why do I feel so awkward at these meetings!? It could certainly be my inner fan girl hyperventilating. Particularity when an author is just as excited to me me as I am to meet them. I always say, "I am just the designer." Without the author writing the book where would I be. I have had authors mutter about, "Not believing I am there... their cover designer is real." I have had an author stand up on stage talk about their book and then introduce me proudly as their designer to the audience. I have had an author tribute their success to me and confess their undying love. Which all should no doubt do *winks*. Complete strangers recognize my name. How surreal is that?

Though these times warm my heart and thrill me like nothing else, I fear I come off as dismissive or distant. Perhaps flaky or cold. None of which I am. I am snarky, easy-going, loyal, honest, and humble. If I spend a half an hour talking with someone I will relax and be all these things. But in those first minutes of an introduction I am a bumbling fool and too bewildered to even act intelligent. Thoughts run through my head like a freight train....does my breathe stink, do I look fat, what book did they write (OMG I READ IT LAST NIGHT), who else do I design for, my feet hurt, it's AN AUTHOR etc. I had an author whom I chat with several times a week tell me I was not as outgoing as they expected. Well, it is a lot easier to be funny and crazy online when no one is looking than face-to-face. Thankfully by the end of the meeting we were joking and more ourselves. Hopefully when we meet again I can more easily be me.

If you ever meet me please do not be offended if I look lost, distracted, or awed. The first two will most likely pass. I will always be in awe of authors, whom have been my heroes from grade school and are my inspiration today. I need not have worked with them or read their books, I will still be awe struck. It is not even crucial that I have heard of them, I will still be honored speak with them. I have the same feelings for bloggers and designers as well. I love meeting people with the same passion as I do. I am just not all that good at it. Perhaps over time I will get better... more articulate, sophisticated and smooth. Perhaps I will start wearing a suit instead of a tank top (not likely). There is one certainly though, I am and forever will be thankful for every moment spent with those who love books as much as I do.

See you at the next convention!


Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Convention Appearance Schedule



I am freshly back from New Adult Sleepover Weekend and am looking forward to my next convention date. I had a wonderful time at New Adult Sleepover Weekend (NASW). I got to meet Sarra Cannon and Zoe Dawson. Both of whom I have worked with for years. I was also thrilled to reconnect with the beautiful Hildie McQueen. Hanging out with Stella Price and the convention staff was a joy as always. Even though I was not officially staff for NASW (as I am for Authors After Dark) I tired to help whenever I was available and made an effort to check with authors on how they were doing.

As with any event hosted by Romance Ink I met many, many new to me authors, attended fun and informative panels, browsed the book signing and bought books! BOOKS!!! Some authors I was fortunate enough to meet and spend some time with were Dawn Robinson, Jennifer Lane, RL Griffin, Natasha Boyd, S.M. Boyce,  Kate Roth, Jen Duffey, Alyssa Rose Ivy, and Amy Evans along with many others.

As with all conventions the goodbyes are bittersweet, but thankfully I have the following dates on my calendar to look forward to:

Coastal Magic Convention
February 6-9, 2014
Daytona Beach, FL

Wicked Book Weekend
March 7-9, 2014
Fort Lauderdale, FL

The Novel Experience Event
March 28-30, 2014
Atlanta, GA

Book Bash
June 28-29, 2014 (tentative dates)
Orlando, FL

Authors After Dark
August 6-10, 2014
Charlotte, NC

The Novel Experience Event
April 2-6, 2015
Las Vegas, NV

Hope to see at the next convention!

Monday, November 25, 2013

The Days Before...

I envision the days before Black Friday to be completely quiet at retail stores. With an ominous air depressing the few lone stragglers crouched low over rattling carts. Like the pressure and weariness one feels before a dark summer storm. Tumbleweed rolls and scratches though the desolate isles. Anticipation electricfies the dusty air as the stand-off begins. Determined cashiers blow off their red glowing scanners and lightly stomp their no-stress mats. Eager shoppers check and recheck their shopping lists. A lone advertisement blows across the cold, quiet parking lot. Armed with credit cards the hoard begin to march into the brightly lit aisles, a tremor sways the florescent lights, and desperation soaks red sweaters.

Let the holidays begin...