Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Would You Work for Free???

A writer friend recently received a fan letter asking why all her books aren't free?

 Another writer I've heard of got a letter from a woman saying she steals the writer's books. You heard me right. She downloads them from Amazon, reads them, and then she returns them so she can get her money back. I think it's okay to return a book if you haven't read the whole thing already, and if you bought it with the intention of keeping it. This woman was shameless in her confession and let the writer know that she doesn't think she should have to pay for books.

 I've also read a fan letter sent to another author that clearly states .99 cents to 2.99 is too much to pay for a book. So she also thinks they should be free. For the most part I don't think readers like this are pure evil, just ignorant of some facts. They would probably feel differently if they knew those facts. Well, maybe not the woman who enjoys stealing books from authors. To her, I would just point out that libraries offer free books. Plus, there are so many free ones offered by the author that no one needs to steal anything. So the woman enjoys certain series enough to keep reading, but she's too cheap to pay for it. She doesn't value the author's work.

 I would love to go to where these people work and ask them why I can't have their service/product/whatever for free. Seriously. If it's a teen babysitting, would she watch the kids for free? Don't think so.

If they work for a big company, would they tell their boss they'll gladly do the job for nothing? Yeah, right.

If they sell Avon, would they give the stuff away? Nope.

So why do people expect authors to give their books away?

 Anyway, here are the facts I was talking about earlier that readers need to keep in mind when they start to moan about the 99 cents or 2.99 or whatever the price is on the book.
  1. Books take a LONG time to write. We don't just crank them out. I spend countless hours planning out the plot, outlining, doing character sketches, rearranging scenes, etc. Then I spend months, sometimes even a whole year writing the book. After that it's time for rewrites, revisions, and edits. So even if I charged 5.99 a book (which I don't), I still wouldn't be making minimum wage.
  2. Writers have to pay editors (that usually runs hundreds of dollars), a cover artist (some charge $600 for this), and let's not forget promotions. Everyone out there seems to be offering promotional help to authors... for a fee, of course. Some things cost a lot and don't even work.
  3. We are taking time away from our families to write, spending long hours sitting in front of a computer. I, for one, get bad eyestrain and nasty headaches after working on just one chapter.
  4. Writers have bills just like you do. We have to pay electric, water, gas, car and house payments, and buy food. Some of us work at writing full-time even though we are not making enough money to support ourselves yet. We live day by day and do what we can to keep the dream alive.
I know it makes authors crazy to get fan mail like the ones I described above, but I don't see it stopping. There will always be people that want stuff for free, rude people, and people who say crazy stuff without thinking.

 Remember, next time you buy a book, think about the hours, days, weeks, months, and even years that went into creating it. Before you begrudge the writer a few dollars, ask yourself this question: Would you work for free?

Monday, April 18, 2016

New Release


Clean Teen Publishing is proud to announce that BROKEN FATE by Jennifer Derrick is finally available! This young adult romance with a Greek mythology twist is not to be missed! Get ready for a new adventure that will have you swooning for the boy next door and screaming at all of the plot twists! To celebrate this release, BROKEN FATE will remain discounted at $3.99 for 48 hours only!
Ebook - Broken Fate
Zeus gave her one simple job: Kill every human. Atropos—daughter of Zeus and the third goddess of Fate from Greek mythology —spends her eternal life snipping human lifelines when their mortal lives are over. As if being a killer doesn't make life miserable enough, she and her Fate-wielding sisters must live amongst the humans on Earth thanks to a long-running feud between their mother and Zeus. Living on Earth means they must mingle with the mortals, attend the local high school, and attempt to fit in—or at least not stand out too much.
Killing and mingling don't mix, which is why Atropos' number-one rule is to avoid all relationships with the humans. Caring for the people she has to kill is a fast track to insanity. However, when Alex Morgan walks into her first-period English class, she knows she's in for trouble. He's the worst kind of human for her to like—one with a rapidly approaching expiration date. And he makes Atropos want to break all the rules.


“Celebrate the release of Broken Fate with a special offer! For a limited time, purchase Broken Fate in either paperback or as an eBook and receive the eBook anthology, Twists in Time, free! Simply email us a copy of your receipt for Broken Fate and you’ll receive a coupon code for your free copy of Twists in Time.
But that’s not all! Everyone who sends in a receipt for Broken Fate will also be entered into a drawing to win a mystery prize pack including three paperback Clean Teen Publishing Books, plus some author swag. Please note that this giveaway is only open to US residents. An alternative prize of three digital Clean Teen Publishing books will be provided if an International winner is chosen.
How to enter: Email a copy of your receipt dated between April 18th and May 8th, 2016 to info@cleanteenpublishing.com. Receipts must be received no later than May 15th. The drawing for the prize pack will be held on or around May 16th, 2016 and the winner will be notified shortly thereafter and asked to provide a shipping address.”


Jennifer Derrick became a writJennifer Derrick Photoer at the age of six when her parents bought her a child’s typewriter for Christmas and agreed to pay her a penny per page for any stories she churned out. When she got older, Jennifer realized that she needed to make (much) more money from her writing so she first turned to the corporate world (where she learned that she is spectacularly unsuited to cubicle life) and ultimately to freelancing where she now writes everything from technical manuals to articles on personal finance and European-style board games. Her writing career came full circle when Clean Teen Publishing published Broken Fate, her first novel. By her calculations, her parents owe her about $3.00 for the book.
She lives in North Carolina and, when not writing, can often be found reading anything she can get her hands on, playing board games, watching sports, camping, running marathons, and playing with her dog

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Featured Author June Stevens

Crimson Tree Publishing is proud to present the official cover reveal of CHANGING MOON by June Stevens Westerfield. CHANGING MOON is the third book in The Paranorm World Series— a new adult paranormal romance set in a post apocalyptic world. Lovers of paranormal romance and dystopians will fall for this series. Each book can be read in order or as stand alone novels. (But we give you fair warning that you will not want to stop reading this series after just one book.) VOODOO MOON is currently free! In addition, we have set a special cover reveal rate on IMMORTAL MOON for $2.99 and CHANGING MOON (pre-order) for $3.99. Take advantage of this amazing deal today while it lasts!
But first, a little about the Paranorm World....

The Paranorm World

Two hundred years ago the world was very different. It was an age of technology and prosperity. There were more than 7 billion people on earth. Magic and paranormal beings were relegated to fiction and myth. In the Technological Age Year 2012 the Earth experienced a natural phenomena which we now call the Cataclysm. There was a polar shift in which the earths natural magnetic poles shifted. The polar shift caused a series of natural disasters that changed the landscape of the world.  Earthquakes, hurricanes, blizzards, tornadoes, and tsunamis pounded the world leaving devastation and death. Whole cities and even states were leveled by earthquakes and swallowed by the sea. The melting of the polar ice caps caused flooding.
Society collapsed. Major cities were leveled by disasters, power plants and refineries were destroyed. The basic infrastructure of the country disintegrated. There was no longer any electricity, public water systems no longer worked. Food supplies dwindled as there was no longer enough gasoline for shipping. At first the government tried to keep order with police and military. But as more and more disasters destroyed major cities and even the capital of the United States, the government crumbled. With no government to pay or command them there was no longer an army or even police forces. Riots abounded, destroying as much property as the disasters.
Disasters killed more than half the population in just a few years. Over the next five decades famine, disease, and war killed millions more. Humanities only chance for survival was reliant on those who had long ago become outcasts and myths. Humans who through natural evolution, genetics, or viruses had preternatural abilities.
In the ruins of the old civilization, a new one rose up. One that blends technology and magic. One where paranormal beings like mages, vampires and shifters live side by side with normal humans.

Changing Moon: A Moon Sisters Novel

Paranorm World Book Three
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A brutal attack has left Anya’s body and life forever changed. The man she loved is gone, her relationship with her family is in tatters, and her future is dead. With the woman who attacked her still at large, her growing friendship with Luca is the one comfort keeping her sane. Determined to take control of her life and her body, she finds her purpose to move forward, getting revenge add-to-goodreads-button AMAZON_COM_png


Voodoo Moon: A Moon Sisters Novel
Paranorm World Book One
A sinister magic is sweeping across Nash City...
To Fiona Moon, it’s just another day at work. And some days, well, they’re a helluva lot worse than others. As a member of the elite Black Blade Guard, Fiona is tasked with hunting down the most-dangerous Paranorm criminals. To find out who is kidnapping mages and sucking the life energy from their bodies, she has to work with the one man that embodies everything she despises. Master Necromancer Ian Barroes, a rich professor of Necromantic Studies, wants only one thing in this world… Fiona. They each hold secrets that could destroy them, but that could also be the key to destroying the evil Voodoo priest, Bokor. They must learn to trust each other and track down Bokor before more innocent lives are lost. When Fiona becomes a target of the evil madman, she is lured into his trap. Now, she and Ian have to fight for survival… and their very souls.




Immortal Moon: A Moon Sisters Novel
Paranorm World Book Two
Anya Moon only has one personal rule: Don’t date vampires. She never dreamed the price for breaking it could be her life. In his five hundred years as an assassin, Jarrett Campbell has never gone beyond a one-night stand with a woman. As a vampire, he knows a lasting relationship with a Norm is out of the question. But Anya Moon is just too intriguing to pass up. A two-week fling can’t hurt as long as they both know how it will end… right? Caught up in a romance he never expected, Jarrett forgets that his life as an assassin is never safe... especially when one of his past targets returns from the dead. Now he is in a race against time to save Anya, but is her life worth his death?



About June Stevens Westerfield

11952987_1640673966217118_6535896007737217865_nJUNE STEVENS WESTERFIELD writes romantic fiction with strong, confident heroines. Her non-fiction work includes collections of real life stories that help give other women a voice. In addition to writing, she runs two small businesses designing greeting cards and websites. When not working she can be found reading, making jewelry, or snuggling on the sofa with her husband and six furbabies binge watching Netflix.

Find June Online


Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Featured Author Holly Kelly

 Start The Rising Series For FREE!!!

In a war between the humans and the inhabitants of the sea--humans will lose. Xanthus Dimitriou--the most lethal Dagonian to rise from the ocean--is on a mission to save mankind from annihilation. But first there's one small thing he needs to do... kill a beautiful young woman in a wheelchair.

Killing her doesn't start out as part of his plan. He entrenches himself deep in the human world. Aligning with his enemies, he prepares to send them to Triton to face their punishment. Then Sara Taylor rolls onto the scene. Xanthus knows at once she's a criminal. And her crime? Being born. She's a human/Dagonian half-breed, an abomination. Killing her should be an easy job. All he has to do is break into her apartment, slit her throat, and feed her body to the sharks. Simple, right? Wrong. If only she weren't so beautiful, so innocent, so sweet...

Saving the world may have to wait. It appears Xanthus has a woman to save. But protecting her may cost him his own life.

Visit Holly Kelly's Website

About The Author:

Holly Kelly is a mom who writes books in her spare time: translation--she hides in the bathroom with her laptop and locks the door while the kids destroy the house and smear peanut butter on the walls. She was born in Utah but moved around a bit, living in Kansas, Texas, and Hawaii where she studied marine biology. She's now back in Utah--"happy valley". She's married to a wonderful husband, James, and they are currently raising 6 rambunctious children. Her interests are reading, writing (or course), martial arts, visual arts, creating Halloween props, and spending time with family.

Author Interview:

Where are you from?
I was born in Utah but moved around a bit—living in Utah, Kansas, Texas, and Hawaii. Hawaii was my favorite place to live. I absolutely adore the ocean and would love nothing better than to live close to the shore again, but alas I’m back in landlocked Utah—but my husband and I have aspirations of someday buying a winter home in Fiji.

When and why did you begin writing?
It’s funny, but I’d never considered writing fiction until nine years ago—when I started writing my first “practice novel”—I actually wrote three of those. And no, they will never see the light of day. That ship has sailed.
Why did I begin writing? Well, I’d always been an avid reader, but it never crossed my mind that I could write a book myself. Then eight years ago, I read something Stephenie Meyer wrote. It was rough, it was unedited—it was a scene her publisher cut from Twilight. When I read it, I thought it was horrible. And then the thought struck me. I bet I can write better than that.  That moment, I opened up Microsoft word and started writing. I didn’t think it over. I didn’t plan it out. It was an impulsive thing. But then, once I started writing, I couldn’t stop. And when I wasn’t writing, I was imagining scenes in my head, thinking out characters, and basically spending my time in the world I was creating.  And this is how I live even now—always with one foot in the real world, and one foot in the world of my imagination.

What inspired you to write your first book?
My first book was a mishmash of everything I’d been reading. But my first published book, Rising, was something special. I actually got the inspiration for Rising from a picture. It was a picture of a mermaid, but this mermaid’s tail was unlike any I’d seen before—it was flesh colored. And it got me thinking, what if a mermaid was born on land, but she didn’t know she was a mermaid? She simply thought she was horribly deformed. That day, I started writing.

What books have most influenced your life most?

This is a really hard question! I simply love books—paranormal, fantasy, contemporary, romance… there are just so many. It’s easier to say what authors have influenced me. My favorite author is Amy Harmon. She writes mostly contemporary and a few paranormal. Her books are powerful! I’ve never read an author who has more heart than Amy Harmon! With her books, you laugh, you ball your eyes out, and you become so involved with the characters, that you literally feel you are inside the story. Some of my other favorites are J.K.Rowling, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Julie Garwood, Janet Evanovich, Stephenie Meyer, Brandon Mull, and Rick Riordan.

What are your current projects?
I’ve got two projects right now. I’m currently working on a new book called Cursed by the Fountain of Youth. It’s a paranormal romance with a crazed, murdering lunatic; ghosts; forbidden love; and the curse of eternal youth. And then next book introduces a twisted version of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. This one comes from my love of all things Halloween. It’s a spooky story with witches, headless horsemen, severed heads, and a Beauty and the Beast-style romance.

What would you like your readers to know?
For those who are aspiring authors, don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t do it. I heard it all myself—even from close family members.  I heard I would never get published, and that I would never write anything people would want to read. I didn’t believe it, and you shouldn’t either. Use criticisms as a springboard. Prove those naysayers wrong!  It’s not an easy journey, it will take time and a heck of a lot of writing under your belt to get there, but you can. If you just move forward and never give up, you too can become a published author!

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Featured Author Susan Harris

Blurb: Shattered Memories

A terrible tragedy forced Alana McCarthy to forget a year of her life and now she is to be executed for a crime she does not remember committing, the murder of her entire family. Lost and alone, Alana is terrified of unlocking secrets buried so deep inside her mind that she's willing to forget the one person who could set her free.

Daniel Costello hasn't forgotten about Alana and will do anything and everything to protect the girl he loves But first Alana needs to unlock her memories and find out the truth about what happened the night her family were killed.

The day of her execution is set. Together, will Alana and Daniel be able to uncover the truth behind her family's deaths before it's too late?

Author Bio:
Susan Harris is a writer from Cork in Ireland.
An avid reader, she quickly grew to love books in the supernatural/fantasy and Dystopian genre.  She writes books for young adults and adults alike.
When she is not writing or reading, she loves music, oriental cultures, tattoos, creepy snow globes, DC shoes, stationary, anything Disney, Marvel movies, psychology and far too many TV shows. If she wasn't a writer, she would love to be a FBI profiler or a PA for Dave Grohl or Jared Leto.

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Thursday, March 24, 2016

Featured Author Tamara Grantham

I believe in magic.

Am I crazy? Maybe. But not because I believe in magic.

Readers Fave Dreamthief
Hi everyone! My name is Tamara Grantham and I'm being featured on the blog today because I'm participating in #CTPshare, where a few Clean Teen authors got together and decided to tell the world about each other. So here's a little about me and my books. Dreamthief, book one of the Fairy World MD series, is FREE!
Visiting Faythander is a nasty business. Forget the fairies and unicorns, most people come back with lost memories and mental problems. Olive Kennedy knows. She's the therapist who treats patients suffering from Faythander's side effects. Despite her empty bank account, she takes pride in her job as Houston's only Fairy World medical doctor. She's never failed to cure a client--until now. Traveling back to Faythander wasn't on Olive's to-do list. But she has no choice. The fate of both Earth and Fairy depends on her ability to stop an ancient being called the Dreamthief. To complicate matters, she may be losing her heart to someone who can't love her in return. Saving the world, she can handle. Falling in love--not so much. As if battling the forces of evil wasn't difficult enough...
***Dreamthief has been selected as a finalist in Foreword's INDIFAB Book of the Year Awards. INDIEFAB-in-it-to-win-it
About the Author:
12244202_1070173206334225_942280103_nI married my husband David in 2002. We met in college where I studied English and he was a theater major. Things changed, however, and my husband went from theater to pre-med. I had no idea what I was getting into! But now he’s finally done with ten years of medical training and works as a burn surgeon. We are the proud parents of five kids, ages 9 months to ten years. I started writing after my mom had a stroke and I finally decided that I couldn’t delay writing my book any longer. Today, I have published four novellas and two novels with several more on the way. InDtale Add - Full PageBook buy Links: Amazon B&N Smashwords Kobo Itunes     Facebook Twitter Instagram Website

Monday, March 21, 2016

Featured Author C.J. Hart

The Hunted blurb:
Just your average boy-meets-girl, boy-kills-people story.

The Native American Navajo tribe has stories of a monster so wicked, so blood-thirsty, that they are to be hunted down and slaughtered. But are they just legends? Or is something sinister lurking in the shadows? The Yee Naaldlooshi—skinwalkers—have the ability to transform themselves. And they can be anyone. Anything.

The Hunters—a group dedicated to tracking the creatures—are hot on their trail and they won’t stop until every last one is dead. But are they all as evil as foretold? Seb, alpha of the Taylor, Arizona reservation pack, begins to question the acts of their kind. But he’s broken a rule and must choose between killing the girl he loves or risking everything to save her. Cassie must fight for her survival. The pack is after her. And they’re no joke. Cass is about to find out how sadistic they can be.

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Author bio:
C.J. Hart is a full-time writer who lives in Sydney, Australia, with a crazy pooch named Abbey and a boisterous, somersaulting rescue budgie (parakeet) named Kaleb. Her days are spent living in her fictional worlds and consuming way too much caffeine. She has an (unhealthy?) obsession with all things cupcake- and coffee-related plus Kerouac and YA dystopia/fantasy books. C.J. can often be found surrounded by books, marathoning crime shows and munching on vegan goodies, on Twitter (@authorcjhart), Pinterest, or dancing in a rainstorm.

C.J. hopes to one day visit Rio and is currently learning Brazilian Portuguese.

​​C.J. Hart is a pen name for Renee Shearer, who also writes adult fiction as Renee Swann.

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Website: www.cj-hart.com