Posts on random topics by Elizabeth Parker, author of books about dogs and thrillers. Finally Home, Final Journey, My Dog Does That!, Bark Out Loud!, Paw Prints in the Sand, Paw Prints in the Sand: Mission Accomplished, Hearts of Gold, Unwanted Dreams, Phobia, Faces of Deception and Evil's Door.
All available on Amazon.com in kindle and paperbook. *A portion of the proceeds from the sales of these books will be donated to an animal rescue group.*
Do people really do this? Since becoming an author, one thing I've noticed in forums,
on comments, in the news and even on reviews is that there is 'hype' that some
authors— indie or traditional—buy reviews.Even worse, there are also rumors that some authors will PAY to have bad reviews put on OTHER author's books or purposely write bad
reviews on another's book to bring that book's ratings down!
I sincerely hope that is not true, but had to comment.
My question is this- WHY?!!As an indie author, I can say either you'll like my books or you
won't.There's no need to buy reviews
and I certainly wouldn't stoop to buy reviews that badmouth another
author.That is simply awful!
In the wide world of books while, yes, there are
competitors, I don't know anyone who will ONLY read books from ONE author.Ifyou
like thrillers, wouldn't you read any author's thriller as long as it looked
appealing?Is the general public just
going to sit around and wait for their one favorite author to write another
book without checking out other authors?As an avid reader, I can tell you that there is no way I would just sit
and wait. I'll read books by other writers without a problem, as long as I like
their style.There's no need to crush a
So, that being said, I find it important enough to
repeat.There's no need to smash the
competition.Since I've been writing,
I've met other authors who write of the same genre I do and their work is
amazing.You can bet that I've given
them a great review if I enjoyed their books. I would never badmouth them just
to direct readers my way.
And buy reviews? I don't know any author who does this and
if this truly happens, then that is just too bad.Either someone is going to like your work or
they won't.I'll be honest- I love
getting a good review, (and sometimes sulk a little over the bad), but I read
them, try to learn from them and move on.It's just bad sportsmanship, for lack of a better term, to sabotage
another author or falsely build yourself up.
Do friends and relatives write reviews?Of course, some might and why shouldn't they
if they are honest?And most that I know
are pretty candid.They can also be
pretty straightforward when a book has mistakes.I've had other authors send me painful (but
necessary) lists of edits that needed to be made to my books.It's just the way it is—especially in the
beginning.Without an editor, errors can
So one promise I can make is that I'll never buy reviews-
good or bad.If you're another author
and I love your book, I'm giving a review!And if you're receptive to constructive criticism, I'm happy to forward
you any errors I've come across.
years ago, I entered the exciting scene of indie authors without realizing just how much
I'd learn and how many wonderful people I'd meet. Now, when I say meet, I don’t mean in person.I haven’t truly 'met' any of these authors,
nor have I even spoken to them on the phone.I might not even recognize them if I passed them on the street!I have to say, however, that I do feel like I know many
of them, through their books, social media and various forums.I've been fortunate enough to be able to
speak with many of them, ask advice, give advice,receive and provide feedback, and overall,
discover that there’s a LOT of unique hidden talent out there, probably writing a book
as we speak!
some of them to provide for links to their books and decided to put together a
list for Summer Reading and some are suggestions from friends. I’ve read a few
of these books and others, I haven’t yet had the opportunity to read, but they
will be downloaded to my kindle in the near future!I figured why not share them with other
authors and readers, who are looking for some fresh creativity. The best part is that many of these
are $2.99 or less! That’s less than a greeting card and provides hours on
entertainment! You might even discover your new favorite author!The descriptions are either from the author
So, in no particular
order, here they are.Enjoy!
Title: Detective Jake: The Search for Truth
Author: Sheila Rae
Description: Detective Jake Stalb and his partner, Detective Cheryl
McCoy, respond to a report of a drive-by shooting. Arriving on the scene, they
discover they have two victims.Neither
victim can be identified. After returning to the police station, Jake gets a
shock when he realizes the boy reminds him of a bully and a killer from his
past. Jake now has to track down the killer, find a missing child, and deal
with memories he thought he’d buried as a teen-ager. It’s not
long before Jake discovers, through his own gut feelings and the concerns of
his partner and the patrol team helping on the case, that the gang to which the
killer belongs is receiving help from within the department’s ranks. Jake
realizes he has more than a homicide to solve, he now has to discover how deep
the inside operation goes. Jake also learns, through comments made by the
insiders and the shooting suspects, that he’s a marked man. After hearing the
name and the threat, Jake is able to put the name with a face. Doug Sylvester
is the bully from Jake’s past who is seeking revenge against Jake and will stop
at nothing to kill him.
not a man who believes there is a supernatural power influencing his life;
however, that’s all about to change. An avowed atheist from a young age, he
learns miracles do happen.
Christians is a story of spiritual warfare. It exposes the realm of the spirit
world, where demons manipulate the minds of nonbelievers and Christians alike.
It is a story that relates to biblical prophecies as well as paranormal
activity and the world of the occult.
Description: Miranda's life was going great. Five
days shy of getting married, her two best friends were planning to take her on
the camping trip of a lifetime for her bachelorette party. Then, with one
horrible phone call, her wedding is called off and her future is changed
forever. Deciding to take the
camping trip herself to get over the man who broke her heart, she finds herself
face-to-face with whom she believes to be a stripper who hadn't received the
memo that the party was cancelled. Soon after, Miranda is caught between a rock
and a hard place...literally. Mix a steamy park ranger, with loads of alcohol
and a determination to forget What's-His-Name, you have the perfect recipe for
Miranda's second chance.
Language, Sexual content, graphic violence, bloody gore.
Recommended for ages 18+Title:Marinade-Wishing-Well-Series-Book One
Author: Rebecca Ratliff Description: What if having your most desired
wishes come true was as easy as throwing something in an old well, and stating
your wish? What if the one granting your wish was a beautiful demon named
Daniel? Would you take a chance? Allison Philips, a girl you'll love to hate, is on the
verge of losing her best friend, Sarah. She reluctantly decides to go to the
freshman wishing well party with the hope of finding her friend and giving her
an apology. Never a believer in anything but herself, she makes a wish that she
knows will make Sarah happy. Instead, Allison fights for her life as Daniel
makes her wish come true in the most agonizing and terrifying way possible. Links: http://www.amazon.com/Marinade-Wishing-Well-Series-ebook/dp/B006XNQ7L4/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1337123598&sr=1-1 Title:Bigger-Wishing-Well-Series-Book Two
Title: C I N: "Lynn, Lynn, the city of sin. You never come
out the way you went in." (C I N Series)
Author: Christina Leigh Pritchard Description: The Doctor said I should be dead.
My heart beat furiously. I looked up at the flashes of lightning in the sky.
Yes, I should be dead.
Why wasn’t I?
year old Lisa Brown’s life is falling apart. First, her mother and father
divorce, then their house forecloses and now, her mother has decided to commit
herself to a psychiatric hospital. If that
weren’t enough, she must leave sunny south Florida to attend a boarding school
full of geniuses in cold, Lynn, Massachusetts. Link:http://amzn.com/B003T0G84A Watch the
book trailer! http://youtu.be/yRdrGVinWdQ
Title: Beguiled: The Tribulation Conspiracy
Author: Joanne Lyons
Description: The world economy is slowly failing and a global monetary
system is imminent. GUILE is responsible for making it happen. If they can make
America fall, everything else will fit into place as the other nations topple
like dominoes. They tripped the USA with the attacks of 9/11. But after the
World Trade Towers fell, there was only increased American pride. They decide
to be subtle with destruction of a non-suspicious nature. How can they do this
and not implicate themselves? Links: http://www.amazon.com/Beguiled-The-Tribulation-Conspiracy-ebook/dp/B006HUE4MM/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1337378666&sr=1-1
Parker Title: Faces of Deception
was a regular girl striving to exceed her own expectations in life, strictly following
her own path, while finding her footing amongst unforeseen obstacles.As a teenager she found herself implicated with
a twisted clique that posed as her friends, but used her as a scapegoat when
their own freedom was on the line. Although a major setback, she redeemed
herself with society and believed she'd never encounter that clique again.
Years later, however, they disrupt her life in more ways than one.Just when she's about to reach her breaking
point, a freak accident forces her to make a rash decision; one that can put
her away forever, or set her free for good. On the south side of town, Donovan
and Carmine were co-owners of a plumbing facility. Friends for years, they each had their
concerns regarding the company, as well as about their own vested
interests.When a string of burglaries occur
and money mysteriously disappears, they deal with it their own way, keeping the
police force as far away as possible. In
tangled webs of deceit, these two worlds intertwine.The real question is, which one of them can
truly be trusted? Links: http://www.amazon.com/Faces-of-Deception-ebook/dp/B0078G41CW/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1337384699&sr=8-2 www.facebook.com/goldenbooks1 www.twitter.com/golden_books
Women’s FictionTitle: Love & Wrath: The Beginning
Author: G.E. Johnson
Description: A shameful secret. A
powerful friendship. Righteous vengeance... This novella pulls
back the curtain on the lives of two best friends, Sheila & Lily,
successful art gallery owners who are well-known in the Mid-Western art world.
Beautiful art is the last thing that these friends are worried about, though,
when their friend Keisha flees her abusive husband after years of covering for
him and comes to her friends for help. Links: Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Love-Wrath-The-Beginning-ebook/dp/B005F4FNE4 Facebook:http://www.facebook.com/gejohnsonfans
As an indie author, I'm always interested in meeting people
and reading books by other indie authors.Since I started writing and publishing my own work two years ago, I've
met a group of creative, ambitious, generous, helpful and overall fun-loving
people who are always willing to go the extra mile without ever being asked. This group is not limited to only indie authors,
but also includes business owners, photographers, and volunteers in animal
rescue organizations. I've been taken aback by some who have gone so far above
and beyond for me, especially in this day and age, that I don't know how to
thank them! One of these people is indie author,
Bon Rose.She writes spooky short
stories that keep you entertained and longing for more.In fact, before long, you'll find yourself revisiting
Amazon to download her next book!
A quote taken from her Amazon
website, is apropos as it relates to her stories. "Warning: My short stories are for children and the young at
heart. If you're too old to remember your childhood, these aren't for
you!" Don't we all want to remember a time when there wasn't a worry
in the world and have just a moment or two to be young at heart?
Her bio, is as follows: "Born
in Iowa, I grew up reading the Nancy Drew Mysteries. As a teen I did a rough
draft of a short story but it wasn't until a few years ago that I finally took
my time to sit down and re-write it, and then had it published as an e-short
story called Old Jacob. I now have several short stories and one book with the
first 6 stories which is called The "Old Adventures of Hailey and
Jared". These stories were written with my grandchildren in mind and are
based on some adventures from my childhood. I did write one story for adults
"Dying to Write" as once I start a story it's hard to stop and it
occurred to me that I could do a story about it. I have sold a few and of
course would love to sell a bunch more but the feeling of accomplishment when I
finished a story is satisfying enough."
To learn more about this author, click here to visit
To view all of her books, stroll
on over to Amazon and visit her author page: Amazon.com
Thanks to Dennis Blanchard, a great indie author for whom I have a great deal of respect, I found something that I wanted to write about.It has been a while since I wrote on this blog, so I'm glad to be back. In my book, Phobia, the main character kept a journal.As I was writing it, I knew that girls kept journals during their younger years and some even still do, but I wasn't sure if guys did and if so, would they admit to it?I found out that quite a few had and yes, they admitted it, although they might not have at the time.
I recall keeping a journal and then it doubled and then tripled in size.In addition, I kepta dream log.I can still remember some of the lines that I wrote in my journal because my witty, sarcastic humor shined through even when talking to myself! During a bout of self-pity, I recall writing this line verbatim, "I'm writing with the pen that my boss gave me after shutting down the business.Guess that's how I have so much time to write now."It was a Cross pen.I still have it fifteen years later and it still writes. I guess that says something about Cross pens,and I do wish I kept those journals. Right now, they are floating away somewhere, pages of illegible scribble that probably no one except for myself can decipher.
Journals are a funny thing, because at the time, you don't want anyone to read them, but years later, you might find that you want to share at least SOME of their contents.Why? Because they CAN be hilarious since so much time has passed!You might look back and say to yourself, I was upset about what and who?I can't even remember their last name!It's also a great release of stress, anger, happiness, or sadness. Nowadays, I'll type up a journal, get my frustrations out and then close out without clicking the 'save' button.
Dream logs are another animal altogether.Since so many of my books are about dreams, or have dreams in them, or are something I dreamt up, I absolutely LOVE dream logs. Of course, some from years prior have gotten lost in transitions, but I still keep current ones. I love reading them over and over.Someare downright spooky, but others are funny as can be.I'm one of those people who recall their dreams frame-by-frame.I don't lose any of the details when I wake up, so it's interesting to see just what was going through my head while I was asleep.
Do you keep a journal? Did you when you were younger?Any funny stories you want to share? Feel free to post them here!
By the way, if you want a great book about the Appalachian trail, read about from Dennis - Three Hundred Zeroes: Lessons on the Heart on the Appalachian Trail.Pick it up at Amazon.com. And no, Dennis, you shouldn't shut up! :)
It’s beginning to be a busy month, especially with all of the stores pushing the holidays on us! I’m still trying to get past this hot summer, and I see Christmas decorations out there.Ouch! I’m not ready yet to start filling out all of my Christmas cards yet!
Needless to say, busy can be good.Just giving an update on what’s new.It’s nothing too exciting, but if you have nothing else to read, you can at least spend a moment here. Just don’t read it while you’re driving!
This week I became a member of Hearts Speak.It’s a great organization that does fantastic things for companion animals.I’m always interested in ways to help those without a voice and since I haven’t yet formulated a way to grow a money tree in my backyard (though believe me, I’ve tried), this was one group I wanted to become a part of.You can check out their services at http://www.heartsspeak.org/.
For the month of September, I’ve decided to slash prices for two of my books. The books that I’ve lowered the price on are my newest ones: Evil’s Door and My Dog Does That!
Evil’s Door is now available on Kindle, Nook and Smashwords for .99
As always, a portion of the proceeds will be donated to animal rescue.
Las Vegas Hot-Diggity Dachshund Club and Rescue is holding their 8th Hallo-Wiener Fundraiser on October 22, 2011 from 11-3pm.This is such a fun event held by an amazing group.They are going to be holding Costume Contest, Wiener Races, Kissing and Belly Rub contestsCostume Contests, Wiener Races, and Kissing and Belly Rub contests.The event will help raise money for dachshunds. Many companies contributed great prizes to this event and I'm happy that I was able to donate some books as well.Click here for more information on this fantastic group!http://www.facebook.com/#!/lvhddcr or http://www.lvhddcr.com/
Southern Nevada Beagle Rescue Foundation
Southern Nevada Beagle Rescue Foundation is holding a rummage sale. This rummage & raffle Event will be held on October 1, 2011. Visit http://www.southernnevadabeaglerescue.com/ for more details.Many companies contributed great prizes to this event and I was able to contribute by donating some books for the raffles.There’s going to be an adoption area as well!
If you’re on Twitter, then you may be familiar with the pawpawty that occurs every month. Along with others who donate, I’ve been trying to donate at least one book, if not more, for this great cause.This month it falls on September 24th and 25th.I’ll be donating one of each of my books.Click here to view the group that sponsors this fantastic event.Stop by. It’s a lot of fun!
Two of my newest books have been added to Smashwords.Find Evil’s Door and My Dog Does That! (as well as the rest of my books) on this site! CLICK HEREto download any of my books to Nook, Sony Reader, Kobo, and many other ereaders.
New Book on the Horizon
I’ve started on my new thriller and deciding on a title.I’ll keep you posted as I get closer. I’m expecting it to be published by late December 2011/early January 2012. Stay tuned!
At the end of January, 2011, I posted a blog of how I wanted to raise $2000 this year by donating a portion of the proceeds from the sales of my books to animal rescue.As of today, I am at $1400.Only $600.00 to go!I am making every effort to reach that goal.Thank you to my readers for making this possible and for all of your support.
So, that’s about it.Like I said, nothing mind-boggling but some fun things going on.Mark your calendars!
I had the privilege of interviewing Sheila Rae Myers, author of the Detective Jake series and "The World or The Word." I had started reading her books in 2010, and after the first one, I was hooked. I know that from my perspective, I am always curious about other authors and wanted to ask a few questions. I figured there was no better place to post her answers, than on my blog, so I am sharing them with you. You can find her books on Amazon.com. They are available in both Kindle and Paperback.
What inspired you the most to write? I enjoy watching crime dramas on television. The plots are interesting, but you rarely hear about what happens once the characters leave the office. In one series, the main character's wife is killed, yet they never really showed his emotional reactions, etc. To answer my own question about what was never shown, I wrote a short story about it. After I wrote it, I decided to try expanding that into a novel. I enjoyed that so much, I thought it would be fun to write crime novels which also show the other parts of the lives of the detectives and police officers.
Where do you get your ideas for stories? Most of the ideas I've already included in books or have written down for other books popped into my head when I was talking to people about news stories, politics, or religion. Some of the other parts come from unlikely places. For Detective Jake: Phantoms, I worked toward the surprise ending because of a story my brother, Keith, told me. In the novel I'm writing now, part of the criminal's M.O. is based on a drawing one of my co-workers drew as a doodle.
Do you have to conduct research for any of the detail in your books and if so, from which sources? I've never worked in law enforcement so I research the procedures and terminology. Most of that is done by finding professional law enforcement sites on the internet. If I can't find an answer, I'll use the contact email link so I can get the information from real police officers and detectives.
Do you read a lot of books? If so, what is your favorite genre? I try to read at least one book a month. Sometimes I read more, sometimes less. This will sound funny, but even though I write crime fiction, my favorite genres are horror and psychological thrillers.
Who is your favorite author and why? Wow! This is a hard one to answer because I enjoy books by a lot of authors. To name a well-known author, I would say Frank Peretti. His books revolve around spiritual warfare and issues faced by Christians. He weaves interesting plots and subplots together and they revolve around believable characters. By the end of the book, I've learned something about myself.
How many books do you currently have published? What are their titles? Four novels and one work of non-fiction. The Detective Jake series includes Detective Jake: The Search for Truth, Detective Jake: Ripped, Detective Jake: Phantoms, and Detective Jake: Second Chances. My non-fiction book is titled The World or the Word.
Do you have any books that are coming out soon? When? I'm currently working on the first novel in a new series. My working title is Skulls of Hatred and I'm aiming at getting it published by early next year.
What advice do you have for those who are just beginning to write? There are two things to remember. The first is to have fun and be yourself. Write what you want, when you want. The second thing is not to become discouraged when you share parts of your story with other people and they don't like it, especially when you get rejection letters from agents. Listen carefully to constructive criticism; ignore the people who are only trying to tear you down.
Would you like to see any of your books become a movie? That would be cool. The main reason I'd like that to happen is because quite a few people I've asked to buy my books have told me "I don't read, but if they ever make a movie, I'll be the first one in line".
What are the highlights of being an Indie author? How about the drawbacks? The best part about being an independent author is that I'm my own boss. I don't have anyone telling me what I should write, there are no deadlines, I can publish my books as soon as I finish writing them, and I don't have to split my earnings with an agent. The main drawback is I don't have a huge marketing team to help me sell books.
Do you have any book signings or events coming up? No.
Is there any way for the public to get an autographed copy of your books? I'm still working on this one. I'll probably run some contests at my website. I'm also trying to figure out the best way to sell autographed copies via my website.
On a personal note…
Where are you from? New Sewickley, Pennsylvania
What are your hobbies and/or what do you do in your spare time? I like to have fun, although some people probably wouldn't see some of the stuff as fun. I like to draw, read, and watch natural disaster movies. Although I took a break this year, I bowl on a non-sanctioned bowling league. When the weather is nice, I enjoy walking in the woods or just sitting outside where I watch wildlife. Pets aren't really hobbies, but I always enjoy sitting quietly with my two cats or watching their crazy antics as they play with each other or their toys.
Is there anything you would like to add? Although I think my answers to these questions are too serious, I'm not serious all of the time. I'll share one of my mottos ... Life is too short to be serious all of the time. Thanks Elizabeth for including me as one of the people you interviewed. Thanks to everyone who read through all of my boring answers.
Thank you, Sheila! (Your answers are far from boring)!