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Synchronicity: Nike’s Wings

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Synchronicity: Nike’s Wings

A few years back I was inspired to write a political action thriller. An avid news reader, I’d been accumulating odd bits of information on a variety of subjects, including politics, terrorism to drug trafficking. One source of puzzlement was why this country has no truly fast response group, so for the purpose of the story I invented one, the National Intelligence Organization – a purposely vague title both for the agency in the book and for the book itself. Rather than our somewhat militaristic approach of wait, assess and...

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Now in Audio!!

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Now in Audio!!

The #Epic #highfantasy #audiobook Song of the Fairy Queen! A tale of Kings, #wizards, #fairies, #magic, epic battles, and the alliances forged between nations and people. In print, ebook and now in Audio! With the brilliant Zak Price narrating! https://www.audible.com/pd/B07GY3PVYQ/… … #writing #writerslife #author #books #ebook...

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Song of the Fairy Queen is now available in Audio!

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Song of the Fairy Queen is now available in Audio!

I’m delighted to announce that Song of the Fairy Queen is now available on Audible! Audiobook details Song of the Fairy Queen By: Valerie Douglas Narrated by: Zak Price Length: 15 hrs and 55 mins Unabridged Audiobook Release date: 08-30-18 Language: English Publisher: Valerie Douglas Get your copy on Audible today!   Song of the Fairy Queen 2018 Top Shelf Indie Book Awards Nominee It’s said of Fairy that if you’re in dire need and you call their name they’ll come. With his castle under siege and his young son in...

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Audio – Part 2

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Audio – Part 2

Okay, to be honest, I never considered myself to be an audio person, although I know a lot of people who use audiobooks for traveling to and from work or on vacation. I had my reservations about doing that (more on that later) but as with many authors I love my readers, so, as with print and e-books, I wanted to give those who liked audio the chance to hear my books. So, a few years back I took the leap into audiobooks. I was excited, but I had trepidations. ACX/Audible was available through Amazon, so I set it up through them. The process...

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Audio – I’m so excited!

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Audio – I’m so excited!

Once before I dallied with the idea of doing audiobooks, starting with one of the novellas in The Coming Storm series – Setting Boundaries – a prequel to the series.  At best the result was ‘meh’. The narrator was okay, but he was convinced fantasy had to be read with a ‘British accent’ – I’m not sure why. And his accent wasn’t really British. It wasn’t horrible, but there was just something… that wasn’t quite there. I had wanted to have the whole series on audio with the...

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Top Shelf Indie Book Award Nominee – Song of the Fairy Queen!

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Top Shelf Indie Book Award Nominee – Song of the Fairy Queen!

A Top Shelf Indie Book Award Nominee (I didn’t submit it, someone else nominated it and Top Shelf thought it was worthwhile. I’m floored.) http://topshelfmagazine.net/index.php/sci-fi-fantasy “Brilliant, absolutely Brilliant. Having just finished reading ‘Song of the Fairy Queen’, I have to admit that it was one of the best books I have read in a while.” See more about Song of the Fairy Queen...

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Should you get New Cover Art?

Posted by on 8:58 pm in advice, Cover Art, e-publishing, new writers | 0 comments

Should you or shouldn’t you purchase a new cover? That is the question. A good cover isn’t cheap. Here’s how to determine the answer: Does it portray your genre? Is it working? Is it bringing readers to your book? Do your reviews reflect that? A hard-edged thriller cover should be a stark as the content. A fantasy cover should let the reader know whether it’s epic/mythic (landscapes, castles, swords), urban (edgy, usually dark, street views), heroic/tolkienesque/arthurian (pastoral, swords, magicians), historical, or a...

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Being Right or Being Kind

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Being Right or Being Kind

When did manners become a bad word? When did behaving well turn into a bad thing? When did political correctness become a pejorative? Has the general negative attitude of this country permeated to all levels? When did it become more right to be cruel than to be kind? There has been a ‘debate’, and I use that word very loosely, about a certain situation on Facebook that degenerated into name calling, unkindness, and worse. Bullying. The person involved was ganged up on by a large number of people. Even worse, since it was...

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