Posts Tagged With: reading

League of Eternals is…

… outdated?
But, they aren’t even published yet. ROFLMAO
OMG, ok, so I decided to open up LoE today. (You know, that book series I initially wanted to start with as a writer but can’t let it into the world because it’s my baby.)
I had 1 and 1/3 stories in the series rough drafted as of, well, let’s not name years. I didn’t realize how long ago I finished book 1 until I got the bug up my ass to open the file.
Let’s just say the Sahara was still around the year I started Grant & Mac’s story and finished their rough draft shortly after the Sahara was no more.
(It’s mentioned in the first paragraph of the book and had an impact on a pivotal part of their history, so, um, yeah, rewrites will be needed for more reasons than my skill as a writer then.)
I just found it interesting and wanted to share.
If you are not familiar with LoE at all, they are eternal beings from different points in time who are currently living in Vegas kicking team evil’s ass, while making all the ladies…and some dudes, swoon. There’s a knight for the 1700s, a privateer from the 1800s, a cop from the 80s, a cowboy from the 90s, a male stripper from the 2000s, and a Fremont street celebrity impersonator from no one knows, who looks a hell of a lot like a murdered rapper. There are others, but we have to keep some things a secret.
Anyway, when I opened the file and was met with my partial character board, I just had to let y’all see it.
(The people in the pictures do not endorse me or even fucking know me. These are inspirational pics ONLY.)
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Do You Smell That?

If you’ve followed me from my very first book or if you’ve chatted with me at an invent, you probably know scent in my books is a big thing for me.
The way my characters smell is described in each book. Becuase scent matters to me, from the start of this journey, I’ve custom blended melts for every one of my main characters.
These little wax melts smell exactly as I imagine my characters do. I give them away with the purchase of their corresponding books.

I always believed, as a reader, if I could smell the characters I love as I read it would add a layer to the experience. Like an awesome immersive experience, so as a writer I try to give that to my readers with these melts.

I have a giveaway about it going on right now on my Facebook profile. Go find the original post to enter. https://www.facebook.com/verlene.landon

 

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The Devil’s Handmaidens

The Devil’s Handmaidens

Another series in the coming soon-ish category, The Devil’s Handmaidens.

A female-driven MC series with kickass women who are not exactly as they appear to be.

This series will follow the Devil’s Handmaidens as they find trouble, love, and themselves.

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January & Logan’s Playlist

 

I forgot to post it here at release, sorry.

I do NOT own the rights to any of the music or videos. They do NOT endorse me or my book. This is simply the music my characters shared with me and I listened to while writing the book.

Dangerous – Shaman’s Harvest

 

All American Nightmare – Hinder

 

Little Dirty Blonde – Winger

 

Bad Girlfriend – Theory of a Deadman

 

Black Honey – Thrice

 

Domino – KISS

 

My Name is Human – Highly Suspect

 

Colorful – The Verve Pipe

 

Mother – Danzig

 

Stand By Me – Ki: Theory

 

Heaven Nor Hell – Volbeat

 

Song #3 – Stone Sour

 

 

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Whew, October!

October was so busy, I can’t share everything in the newsletter so I am making this post about signings so you can see some of the pics.

October 7 was Brew City Book Signing in Milwaukee, WI.

I hit up the Harley Museum the day before and meet some awesome authors and readers at the event. My room sucked, it had mold, but it couldn’t ruin my weekend.

 

October 14 was Arch City Book Signing in Columbus, OH.

WOW, such a good time. I got to hang with some of my favorite people and saw the best drag show ever!

October 21 was Desert & Wine with the author at Vegas Valley.

I got to sit and chat with an amazing woman over cupcakes and hear some interesting information from other authors.

October 28 was Love N Vegas, right here in my hometown.

What a way to close out my year of signings. This event was ah-mazing. I hope to get an invite in the future.

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Author Questions Answered (Music)

Answering the author questions I get asked the most. I am in no way indicating that I speak for the community as a whole. As authors are diverse, so are their answers. This/these is/are simply mine.


MUSIC

Modern Computer Station

  • What do you listen to when you write? Do you have a writing playlist?

This is probably one of the top 5 questions I get asked. Almost every questionnaire I receive has it, many readers ask it, and I always want to know about my favorite books/authors too.

For me, I don’t have a set writing playlist, rather each couple/book has their/its own unique playlist. More often than not, music is my first introduction to them, the first thing they share with me. I get to know them through their music before they let me in on their story. Music is, for me, an intimate way to get to know people in real life, so why not my characters? They don’t always give me their entire library, but a song here or there, and once I have enough to get a feel for them, I immerse myself in that music, even when it is totally not my personal taste. Not only when I am actively writing, but when I’m in the car, riding Lemmy, or working out. That playlist is on a loop, and at some point, I mesh with them on a different level, and then their story begins to take on new layers. I continue listening to the playlist until the book is finished.

FOLLOW UP QUESTIONS

  • Do you always connect through music?

Yes and no.

Yes, because I always need to connect through music for my character to have depth. For me to even understand them and tell their story, I have to feel their music.

No, because sometimes I can’t. When I find myself skipping songs repeatedly, I suffer character block. I can’t get a real feel for them. Currently, I find myself skipping songs on my WiP playlist or just turning it off, causing me to not be able to connect to one of my main characters. I can’t write them when I can’t connect and sadly, music is my main bridge.

  • Why isn’t it in the back of your book? Can (do) you share it?

I have read books with a playlist in the back matter, and while I personally love the idea, I am not sure of all the legalities about doing it myself. I would rather put my money in editing, covers, and marketing than to pay a lawyer to find out or to handle it if I do so without full knowledge and have to pay. (Yes, there is always Google, but I prefer not to rely on an internet search for legal advise.) Besides, I do share the playlists. I have them on Spotify, I also share them on my Facebook page and Pinterest. However, I am going to start sharing them here. (I’ll get my back-lists up this week.)

  • Do your characters only listen to your favorite music?

No, sometimes they listen to songs that make me want to drive rusty railroad spikes through my eardrums, but it’s not about what I like, it’s all about getting in touch with them.

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January Newsletter

IN THIS ISSUE

1. Hello
2. Book News
3. Winners & Newsletter Giveaways
4. My Bookshelf (book giveaway)
5. Where To Find Me

In Person
Online


1. HELLO

WOW!
It’s a new year already!

This is my first newsletter of the new year and I hope it finds all my subscribers happy and healthy.

I find it hard to believe that another year has come and gone.
(Not for my newsletter though, look for a Newsletter Anniversary Giveaway this year.)
Please bear with me while I try to optimize my newsletter for subscribers. You may notice new looks and layouts, and if you see one you particularly love or hate, please let me know.


2. BOOK NEWS

I have three books available as of now, I would love it if you’d check those out.

Sadly, they are no longer available on KU, but happily, this decision has made them available to a wider audience.

Currently available in electronic format on Kindle, nook, iBooks, and kobo. I hope to expand that distribution further this year.

Paperbacks are available at VerleneLandon.com, Createspace, Amazon, and B & N online I believe. Another avenue I hope to expand.

Grab Your Copies Today!

 


3. WINNERS

Janice, you have 48 hours from the time stamp of this newsletter to contact me from either your Facebook or Twitter account, to claim your prize.

HOW TO ENTER FAN of the MONTH!
It’s simple, friend, follow, tag, like me on social media. Interact with me, maybe even let me know you subscribe once. I take a random sampling of interactions and choose a random winner.
Must be an active subscriber when win is announced and when prize is claimed in order to win.
(Prize value of $20.00+)

To join in the January Just For Fun, have a drink with the men of Imagine Ink. Take a picture of one of my paperbacks or e-books with your favorite drink. Post that picture to social media, and tag me. Enter before January 25th.

HOW TO ENTER JUST FOR FUN!
Follow the instruction given for that month, don’t forget to tag me.
Must be an active subscriber when win is announced and when prize is claimed in order to win.
(Prize value of $10.00+)


4. MY BOOKSHELF


5. WHERE TO FIND ME
In Person

My Next Event/Signing.

Love and Fifty – Sacramento, CA
FEB 10, 2017 – 4pm – 10pm
Tickets & Info – http://loveandfifty.blogspot.com/

WOW, look at the attending author list!

FYI, if you plan to attend, my pre-order form can be found here for a great discount.

My Schedule For 2017


Online

Check out the amazing reader group I’m part of
the PLAYROOM

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December Newsletter

 

Happy Holidays Vixens!

This is my last newsletter of the year, so I’ll keep it short and sweet.

THIS YEAR…

We met 2 new Imagine Ink couples. (Love them tattooed men.)
I met some awesome folks at my very first signing. (So much fun.)
Y’all won a lot of books and prizes. (I mean A LOT.)

Met some amazing readers, authors, & models. (Yep, I fangirled.)

NEXT YEAR…

We will finish out the Imagine Ink series. (Bittersweet.)
I’ve committed to 6 events for 2017. (So much MORE fun.)
Y’all will win even more books & prizes. (I mean A LOT more.)

I hope to meet even more readers, authors, & models. (I’ll still be fangirling.)


If you haven’t met the men of Imagine Ink, why not curl up with them for the holidays?

JUST FOR FUN

Michelle Vandaley
@scottysmom2004 Twitter

You have 72 hours from this newsletter timestamp to contact me from your Twitter account, to claim your prize.

To enter this month’s Just for Fun, take a picture of one of my books in a holiday/winter setting. Be sure to @ or tag me for it to count. 1 entry per platform. (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram) Post must be public. Enter before 12/25.

FAN OF THE MONTH

Margaret Stagg
Facebook

You have 72 hours from this newsletter timestamp to contact me from your Facebook account, to claim your prize.

To be considered for FotM, simply interact with me online and be an active newsletter subscriber. That’s it. FotM is chosen at random. All FotM winners who claim their prizes are entered into FotY.

To be eligible for any Newsletter only prize, winner must be an active subscriber at the time the contest is announced in the newsletter and also at the time the prize is claimed.

FAN OF THE YEAR!

Look at this FotY prize pack!
($80.00+ value)

CONGRATULATIONS…

Message me to claim your prize within 72 hours of this newsletter timestamp.


Things to know before 2017!

THE HOLLY JOLLY PAGE HOPE
Starts December 13th, with tons of great prizes.
The prize for my page is a $5.00 Amazon gift card, why not start there?


Where to find me hanging out and telling inappropriate jokes next year.

If you plan on attending Love and Fifty, don’t forget to pre-order your books for an awesome discount!


Apologies for typos, poor word choice, and butchered grammar. I have an amazing editor for my books, but not for my newsletter.

Please do not mark this email as SPAM.
You opted in via the website, in person, a contest, or other promotional opportunity. I promise I did not obtain your email by deceptive means.
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November Newsletter

 

THIS!
UPDATE on Book 4 – Gus & John’s story.

I am plugging away on their story and plan to release in February. I may be pushing that to March, but I promise, it’s coming. I will say, the cover photo is the bomb, and I can’t wait to show it to y’all.

In the meantime, meet, or revisit the guys & gals of

The Imagine Ink series centers around a small parlor in the Florida panhandle. Each book can be read as a stand alone, you won’t be lost if you skip one. However, you’ll have a richer experience by reading in order. There are Easter eggs and answers to curiosities popping up all the time.

There are currently 3 books available in the series.
Indelible You (Imagine Ink 1) and Irrevocably Mine (Imagine Ink 3), are available in e-books at most online retailers. Brand Me (Imagine Ink 2) is only available in e-book from Amazon until late December.
(It will be available on KU until then.)
If you’d like to snag a signed copy of any of these books, check out www.VerleneLandon.com for details.
ENTER THIS!

Newsletter Exclusive
November (JFF)
Just For Fun…& a prize

Share me or my books with friends…or strangers? Share my book link(s), or my social media link(s) to Instagram, Twitter or Facebook. (With or without a picture or flattering comment.) Make sure to tag/@ me for it to count. Post must be public, and remain so until 11/30. You may enter once per platform, for 3 entries total. Enter before November 25th.
(If you mention you’re a subscriber, it will count toward FotM also.)

Use the links in this newsletter to connect with me & don’t forget to mention you’re a subscriber at least once, so I can keep count of your interactions for FotM.


READ THIS!
FYI, any book you see here, is a personal choice I wanted to share with you.
No author has paid for me to recommend their book. In some cases, they don’t even know who I am.

Have you read Megan Matthews yet?
Well, you should.
Catch a sneak peak of her book RUSH in the Irrevocably Mine e-book.
Ooh, as I popped out to snag the cover and buy link for y’all, I noticed that right now,
RUSH is FREE!
No excuse not to check it out. You can read a great book for free, that’s a win-win.

JOIN THIS!

I share a pretty amazing reader group with DP Payne & Gwyn McNamee.

If you like fun, giveaways, and occasionally inappropriate posts, join us.
I have to say, we have some pretty awesome members, and they make us smile daily.
So yeah, did I mention fun?
Then, join us.
THE PLAYROOM

 * * * * * * * * * *
Wordy, Nerdy, Tattooed, & Dirty

Do you love scavenger hunts at events?

Do you love winning even when you can’t make it to events?

Do you love free books and swag from amazing authors?

Join Christy Anderson, Kris Jayne, AM Johnson, Verlene Landon, Robin Lee, Megan Mathews, Gwyn McNamee, and DP Payne – the Wordy, Nerdy, Tattooed & Dirty Authors in EPIC giveaways on location at events and online.
This is NOT an active group, except during GIVEAWAY EVENTS, so no worries about jamming up your news feed. Our next scheduled event in LOVE and FIFTY in February.


WATCH THIS!
Have you seen the Imagine Ink trailers?

INDELIBLE YOU trailer.
BRAND ME trailer.
IRREVOCABLY MINE trailer.


WHERE TO SEE ME IN 2017
If you’ve been following, you’ll notice I added a sixth event to 2017.
Click on the event names for ticket and venue information.
I hope to meet all y’all soon.

LOVE AND FIFTY
February 10 – Sacramento, CA
AUTHORPALOOZA
April 8-9 – Mesquite, NV
INDIE ADDICTS LA
July 1 – Los Angelas, CA
BOOKS IN BOURBON COUNTRY
August 19 – Louisville, KY
BREW CITY BOOK SIGNING
October 7 – Milwakee, WI
ARCH CITY AUTHOR EVENT
October 14 – Columbus, OH
If you are attending Love and Fifty in February and love to get books at a discount, check out my pre-order. I am offering a discount price for paid pre-orders, yes, even off the already discounted event pricing.
Love and Fifty (Sacramento, CA – FEB 10) – Book Pre-Order

WINNER, WINNER, WINE WITH DINNER!


  OCTOBER FotM
Fan of the Month
Tracy-Kelly Nault
(Facebook Name)
To claim your prize, message me from the account above within 72 hours of this newsletter time stamp. Include your subscriber e-mail, regular email (if different), and mailing address.
Thanks for being a loyal reader and a social media friend.September’s FotM prize – a $25 Amazon GC – was claimed.
FotM is chosen at random each month from a sampling of social media interactions. Elegibility is validated when prize is claimed. Prizes vary, but usually range between a twenty to thirty dollar value. Any FotM who validly claimed their prize, is entered into the Fan of the Year drawing. The prize pack for FotY will be valued over fifty dollars.
  OCTOBER JFF WINNER
Just For Fun
Anita Carol Grambrell
She posted a picture with my book on her phone. To claim your prize, message me from the account you posted the picture on within 72 hours of this newsletter time stamp. Include your subscriber e-mail and regular email if different.
It was so much fun seeing all your pictures, thanks for playing.September’s JFF prize went unclaimed.JFF happens each month in the newsletter. Participants are asked to do something on social media to gain entries. Winner is chosen at random from valid enties. Elegibility is validated when prize is claimed. Prizes vary, but usually range between a two to ten dollar value.
*PLEASE NOTE: To claim a FotM, JFF, or any other newsletter exclusive giveaway win, you must be a subscriber at the time the contest and winner announcement newsletters were sent. I post the newsletters online once they are sent to subscribers. If you were selected, but not an active subscriber when the newsletters announcing the contest, and you as a winner were mailed, you may not claim your prize.

Apologies for typos, poor word choice, and butchered grammar. I have an amazing editor for my books, but not for my newsletter.
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You opted in via the website, in person, a contest, or other promotional opportunity. I promise I did not obtain your email by deceptive means.
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Dear ARC Reader

Let me state up front, that as a writer, I enjoy sending out ARCs and opening on release day with reviews. To those who read and review for me so I can hopefully open strong, THANK YOU!

You get a free book, hopefully one you enjoy, but you give so much more than the $2.99 list price.

  • You give the writer your thoughts and ideas. Speaking personally, I have altered things in future books because of reviewers.
  • Amazon may even noticed a book, if only for a fleeting moment, because of reviews.
  • Someone out there may  discover a new author or book solely because of YOU. Remember that fluttery feeling when you found a book or author that just spoke to you? You can help someone else get that same feeling.
  • Your fellow readers get valuable information to make a book selection that best suits them.
  • ARC holders are envied a little bit. Yep, there are people out there who would love to get ARCs. Some I’ve met can’t afford books, and this is how they are able to read new stuff.
  • You have a good chance to get the next ARC, and the next, and the next. Also, authors talk, a lot. They might even recommend you to another author who wants to put ARCs in the hands of people who will review them.

That is some pretty amazing shit when you think about it. So much power contained within roughly 300 electronic pages, your opinion, and you willingness to share your thoughts.

A book that has a set number of reviews on Amazon can get better placement, recommendations, and get noticed by potential readers, while books with few reviews are sometimes buried and never seen by anyone not specifically looking for it by title or author.

So hell yeah, writers love ARC holders.*

*When they do what they agreed to do.

Lately, there seems to be a trend of people signing up for ARCs simply for a free book. Hell, I love free books as much as the next person, but there is a spirit to the exchange that isn’t being honored. Now that I’ve told you what is to be gained by ARC holders who follow the spirit of the exchange, let me show you the other side.

You get a free book, hopefully one you enjoy, but you give so much less than the $2.99 list price.

  • Other readers get nothing from it. Nothing!
  • The writer, who gave you a book that others have to pay for, before its released, gets nothing for their months of hard work. Well, this is not entirely true, we get acid reflux, heart palpitations, and sore fingers searching and praying and waiting for something we never see. Something we trusted you at your word to do.
  • The ARC was taken from others who would have followed the spirit of the exchange. I send out a limited number, not everyone who asks, gets one. Like I said, I have met faithful ARC readers/reviewers who only read ARCs because they can’t afford to buy books.
  • Someone new doesn’t get that fluttery feeling by discovering a new author/book simply because of your opinion.
  • Amazon doesn’t recommend it.
  • You threw away power! Never wielding it for good, or even evil. You just tossed it aside.
  • Future ARC distribution is impacted negatively.

I am sorry if this seems harsh, but for me personally as a writer, when I see less than 10% participation in a program, I drop the program. It’s not worth it at that point. It’s not a good enough return on an investment to continue to invest. As I have limited resources, I need to put my energy and other resources, where it can impact me most as an author. While there is a financial aspect, I am speaking in a non-financial sense also. But as with finance, if an investment is tanking, you pull out and find a more suitable one.

So please all you ARC holders out there, if you just want a free book to read at your leisure without the pressure to review it, go to the library, or hell, even the book store and read it there. But please do not take a “free” ARC that ends up costing others.

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