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Angie Derek Fan Page Giveaway

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I hit 100 Fans at my Angie Derek Page on Facebook. To celebrate I am giving away a copy of one of my ebooks. Head on over and enter the Angie Derek Fan Page Giveaway




Horse Schools Online Giveaway

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Only two mare days until the end of January. I'm really hoping to hit 100 Fans on my Horse Schools Online Facebook Page by the end of January. We'll be giving away a special prize to one of our Fans when we hit 100. Click on the box below to go to our page. Then click the Like button to become a Fan.

Horse Schools Online

Six Sentence Sunday - Spectors by Angelia Almos

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Spectors by Angelia Almos. 

A space pirate almost loses everything she cares about when she's blackmailed by the military into running a dangerous mission.

Six Sentence Sunday Snippet:

She rested her chin on his shoulder. Their argument momentarily forgotten while she focused on the problem at hand. “We’ve got an MSA ship up ahead that needs to be avoided. What would you suggest?”

His face lit up and his lips curved into a grin. “I’ll get us out of here.”

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Available as an ebook from Amazon, Barnes and Noble, iTunes, Sony, Kobo, Smashwords.

Science Fiction Fantasy Saturday - Horse Charmer by Angelia Almos

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Horse Charmer by Angelia Almos. Young adult fantasy novel.

A sheltered princess discovers her remarkable gift with horses while on a dangerous quest to find her father's murderer.

Science Fiction Fantasy Saturday Snippet:

The barn was quiet and empty of people as she hurried down the long aisle of stalls. The presence of the horses worked its way through her like a soothing balm. The stallion she'd been riding earlier nickered as soon as he spotted her. Cassia patted his head and reached to unlatch his stall. She stopped. Someone was watching her. She turned to the stall across from him.

The petite mare Luki had given her looked back at her. Even in the dim light, the mare was achingly beautiful compared to the bulky mountain horses around her. Cassia slowly approached her and opened the stall door.

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Available as an ebook from Sony, iBooks, Diesel eBook Store, Sm…

My LoveBytes Interview

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Note:  This article used with permission by RWA Online, Chapter #136 from their January/February 2012 issue of LoveBytes.
Interview with Angie Derek By Karen Jones
Angie, would you tell us a little about Mafia Secret? Mafia Secret is a romantic suspense novel about a professional cheerleader thrust into the mob.
Lessa Noelle grew up never knowing she was the illegitimate daughter of a mafia king pin. After his murder, she finds herself a surprise heiress immersed in the dangerous world of organized crime with only the guidance of Marco Santo her father’s second in command to help her.
Marco searches for her father’s killer and tries to keep the realities of his life from touching her. An uneasy attraction blossoms between the two. An already dangerous situation turns volatile when a killer turns his attention to Lessa.
How did you come up with the idea for Mafia Secret?
The initial story idea came from a running plot line on a soap opera. The story line had ended and I was left wondering …

Fun With Indie Publishing Part 2 - Formatting

Find Part 1 here.

Formatting

Getting your book(s) ready. I'm not really going to go over editing except to say it is up to each individual author on how much editing you think your book needs for primetime. I know writers who higher out for content editors, copy editors, and proofreaders. I know writers who hire out for a proofreader. I know writers who use beta readers and critique partners to proof their manuscripts. I know writers who have one trusted reader to do it. It is up to you which way you choose to go. No way is the "right" way despite what some people will say. But I will agree you should have at least one other person read it with at least an eye toward typos and errors - authors are notoriously bad at catching those things.

Once you have set up your accounts at KDP, PubIt, and Smashwords it is time to start formatting your files. If you have any short fiction or nonfiction I would recommend starting with those since it is a lot easier to fix a shorter docum…

Six Sentence Sunday - Whitelighter by Angie Derek

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Whitelighter by Angie Derek. A steamy paranormal romance novella.

A young witch's special powers make her a target to any vampire who catches sight of her.

Six Sentence Sunday Snippet:

“Your white light, it goes neon whenever you run hot.”
Crossing her arms, she faced him, pulling it back in. “Better?”
“Yeah, we’ll have to work on that.”
“You going to tell me how you can see my light when you aren’t a vampire?”
“A little late to be asking me such a suspicious question.”

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Available in multiple ebook formats from Smashwords, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Sony, Kobo, Diesel.

Science Fiction Fantasy Saturday - Spectors by Angelia Almos

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Spectors by Angelia Almos. 

A space pirate almost loses everything she cares about when she’s blackmailed by the military into running a dangerous mission.


Science Fiction Fantasy Saturday Snippet:

Death shadowed him. He wouldn’t get off this planet alive. Luke Ryan knew the truth with every instinct he possessed. Mentally ticking off everything he would have to do, he walked as swiftly as he dared. They were behind and possibly around him, the one reason he didn’t allow himself to run and reveal he knew they were coming to take him. What they didn’t know was what he held in his possession. The one item that would allow his people a chance at taking the aliens down. If they knew he had it, he wouldn’t have made it to the docking yard.

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Available as an ebook from Amazon, Barnes and Noble, iTunes, Sony, Kobo and Smashwords.

Fun With Indie Publishing Part 1

I've had friends and acquaintances ask me about my indie publishing and how (and if) they should indie publish. I'm always happy to help and tell what I've learned, but I tend to worry that I'm forgetting something. So, I decided I would make a series of blog posts on what I do to indie publish. It's been a learning process as I've gone along and I'm still very much in the learning phase so please don't take anything I say as gospel. Use what you will and be sure to explore and learn some on your own as well.

Okay, step one, do you want to indie publish?

Honestly, with the climate today, early 2012, I can't imagine a reason not to indie publish. Does this mean you're giving up on your goal to be traditionally published? No. It means you are playing both sides of the fence. You can continue to send out submissions to the traditional markets while you indie publish other pieces. There are also writers who have no desire to traditionally publish an…

Six Sentence Sunday - The Beast's Redemption by Angie Derek

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The Beast's Redemption by Angie Derek. A steamy paranormal romance novella. 

A shape shifter and a witch have to trust in each other to break a hundred year old curse.


Six Sentence Sunday Snippet

“I’m ready.”
The mere sight of her heated his blood, and Alexander crushed the reaction down. He needed to stay focused. The little wench had an agenda. Daddy was up to something, but two could play that game. Who was he to turn down what was offered up so generously?

For more Six Sentence Sunday's from other authors head on over to http://www.sixsunday.com

Available in multiple ebook formats from The Wild Rose Press, Amazon, All Romance eBooks, Barnes and Noble, BookStrand.com, DigiBooks Cafe, Fictionwise eBooks.

A Year in the Life of a Short Story

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It's been one year since I released Jumping Thoughts into the big bad cyberworld. The story originally appeared in Ride! Magazine in 1997 and had been sitting on my computer gathering cyber dust. I've been going over my sales for the year to see how it did. And I was very pleasantly surprised. I honestly wasn't expecting a lot from the story. It was my practice book to get comfortable with all the different e-publishing formats, cover design, and everything else.
I wonder if it is the $.99 price point which keeps it selling as there aren't a lot of reviews for it. One 5 star on Amazon, but no where else. And sales have been steady over both Barnes and Noble and Amazon (in fact, it's about 45%/55% with Amazon in the lead). I haven't had any sales on the other platforms (though I am still waiting on numbers for the last half of the year for Apple and Sony).
My best sales were in January 2011 (release month) hitting double digits. February was a close second. It'…

New Blog Name

I'm still not happy with my blog's name. For those of you following me for a while you might have noticed I've changed it a few times. I know writer's who have super cool or clever names and others who just use their name as the title. I'm uncertain of what I should do. Part of it is I'm eclectic. This blog is for two very different pen names and within each pen name I write different genres.

Angelia Almos - Young Adult fantasy, space opera and horsey nonfiction.
Angie Derek - Steamy paranormal romance and romantic suspense.

I've thought about having separate blogs like I do websites, but honestly I have a hard enough time keeping up with my two blogs as it is. Yes, I have two. I also have the Horse Schools Blog. So for now, it's one blog for my writing.

Anyone want to help me come up with a cool blog name?

Six Sentence Sunday - Horse Charmer by Angelia Almos

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Horse Charmer by Angelia Almos. A young adult fantasy novel.

A sheltered princess discovers her remarkable gift with horses while on a dangerous quest to find out who murdered her father.

Six Sentence Sunday Snippet:

"A fortnight ago the treaty wasn't even complete." She took a sip of wine. "And now the treaty is signed, my father is murdered, and we are to be wed."

Torr stared at her blankly. She had spoken quietly so the siblings hadn't heard her sarcastic remark. Torr set his fork down and focused on her.


For more Six Sentence Sunday's from other authors head on over to http://www.sixsunday.com

Horse Charmer is available as an ebookAmazon, Barnes and Noble, iTunes and Sony.

Also available as a print book from Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

On My Keeper Shelf

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Another author did a post on what's on her keeper shelf; the books she reads over and over. And it got me too thinking. I have a pretty large keeper shelf, but when it comes to what I reread over and over, it's a much smaller list and it's a list that changes. If you'd asked my five years ago, ten years ago, etc. there would be completely different books on the list. But let's focus on today and I only let myself pick one book per author (some of them I have several of their books dog eared from rereading).

Shadow Game by Christine Feehan was the first book I read of hers. She has several bestselling series', but I always come back to this book as my favorite. I think it's the dynamic between Lily and Ryland.








To Die For by Linda Howard. One of the funniest romantic suspense novels I have ever read. The only Linda Howard novel written in 1st person (well, the sequel is too) so it has a very different tone from her other books which I also love. But this one is…

Looking Into 2012

This post has been a hard one for me. I wrote my goals post. Then came back and completely redid it. Then came back and deleted it. It started out as a general goals post then went to a I don't want to make any resolutions post. But then I reminded myself I need to have a writing plan. My ultimate goal is to make a steady income off my writing (the sooner the better). To accomplish this goal I need to be releasing so many titles each year. I don't have a magic number of titles to release, but I know the more the better. Yet, I am also planning on submitting a few titles to NY for consideration.

I began to make a list of possible titles to write. A few sequel books to titles already released as well as some which factor into the different genres of my pen names. I'm not going to write down exactly what I did in my notes as I already know the titles are subject to change based on sales, contractual obligations, and any shiny new ideas I might get.

But as I was staring at my …

Six Sentence Sunday - Spectors by Angelia Almos

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Spectors by Angelia Almos

A space opera about a pirate who almost loses everything she cares about when she's blackmailed by the military into running a dangerous mission.

Six Sentence Sunday Snippet:


Someone stepped in their path, but backed away when Kristy glared at him. “Impressive,” Andrew said. “Takes practice,” she shot back. “I don’t see you running.” He grinned. “I’m immune.”
For more Six Sentence Sunday's from other authors head on over to http://www.sixsunday.com

Spectors is available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, iTunes, and Smashwords.