Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Cover Reveal! Traitor's Knife

 Okay folks! This is exciting stuff. I'm telling you; you've waited a long time to hear this! (And see it, too, as a matter of fact.)

 Because... this is the day that I FINALLY reveal the sum total of the Stunning Results created from the Super Insightful answers submitted by the Brilliant Participants of our Cover Art Poll!

  Yep, that's right! Here is the final cover for Traitor's Knife!

    Thanks so much for the help, guys!

 So... what'cha think?

   I'm pretty excited about it's release on July 9th! So exciting, and kind of nerve-wracking at the same time.
    *Did I do everything right? Am I missing something major and glaring and I'm just totally blind to it?*

 I've been lining up a blog tour of sorts with guest posts and author interviews, and the date is coming right up!
       So hang tight!

  (And seriously, what'cha think about the final cover?)

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Hello Bloglovin'! Do you like Summertime?

So they say that Google Reader is scheduled for execution and that the "normal" way of subscribing to blogs is over. Like, irrevocably over.


 I suppose it must be true.

 Still, I'm okay with that. I found myself signed up with Bloglovin' and it actually makes it easier to keep abreast of what folks I follow are saying. It compiles everything into a email message with short blips about each new post that has been posted, and I can easily skim through and only open the posts that I have time for.
 Really quite clever, actually.

 And I'm also thinking of subcribing to more blogs that have interesting posts. Now that keeping up with them is so easy.

 Anyway, something you might want to think about. If you want to grab some of that same peace and tranquility within the world of blogs, jump on over to here. It's not hard, and it's actually really slick.

Monday, June 17, 2013

Thanks to All who Participated in the Sale!

  Special thanks to everyone who grabbed a copy of Jeweler's Apprentice while on sale for 99 cents! I really appreciate it!

   Of course, I was NOT constantly checking Amazon Reports... (much.)

 Just for everyone's information, I re-did the cover for JA after getting a better feel for the cover we were coming up with for Traitor's Knife. I had gotten a little feedback on a few tweaks JA's old cover could use, so I took the opportunity of the sale to implement the tweaks and improve the cover a bit, and I think it turned out even nicer than it was before.

 Also, since I was re-doing the cover, I want back through the inside words as well, and tried to catch any and all things pointed out by previous readers. While I was in there, I added a few paragraphs here and there to address questions I'd received, and I think that this is definitely a stronger story for that. 
  So, anybody who has previously downloaded JA, please feel free to log back in to Amazon and the site should sync your old version with the updated one, and give you the latest, top of the line reading experience for Jeweler's Apprentice.

 And.... if any of you do that, and delve into the story again, I'd love to know what you think of the changes! Or, if you even notice them. Smile

Have a good one!


Wednesday, June 5, 2013

39 Books on Sale: all 99 Cents Each!

I'm participating in a big Indie book sale!  39 books are all on sale for 99¢  June 5-12!
(Including the YA light fantasy adventure novel Jeweler's Apprentice by E. Kaiser!)

At the end of the list Jordan Smith's "Finding the Core of Your Story" is 99¢! 
Grab it!

Here are the books in the sale:
By Elizabeth Kaiser
  • Jeweler’s Apprentice

  • By Luke Alistar
  • Offset

  • Catalyst ZX-10

  • Deep Water

  • The Offset Trilogy

  • Daughter of Thieves

  • By Starlight

  • The Element of Surprise

  • The Unseen

  • Velvet’s Wings

  • By Kendra E. Ardnek
  • Sew, It’s a Quest

  • Saffron’s Big Plan and Other Stories

  • Do You Take This Quest?

  • By Katie Lynn Daniels
  • Supervillain of the Day

  • Fire and Ashes

  • Inspector Floyd

  • Supervillain Hunters, International

  • Sanctity of Life

  • By Molly Evangeline
  • Every Tear

  • A Captain’s Heart

  • Finding Faith

  • Courage

  • Trust

  • By Ophelia - Marie Flowers
  • Zeal Aspiring

  • By Elisabeth Grace Foley
  • The Ranch Next Door and Other Stories

  • The Silver Shawl: A Mrs. Meade Mystery

  • By Jennifer Freitag
  • The Shadow Things

  • By Jessica Greyson
  • Annabeth’s War

  • By Aubrey Hansen
  • Red Rain

  • Peter’s Angel

  • By Sarah Holman
  • The Destiny of a Few

  • The Destiny of a Galaxy

  • By Abigail J. Hartman
  • The Soldier’s Cross

  • By Holy Worlds
  • The Sword and the Pen

  • By Rebekah Jones
  • A Year with the Potters

  • By Elizabeth Kaiser
  • Jeweler’s Apprentice

  • By Jacob Lauser
  • Through Crystal Skies and Windy Nights

  • By J. Grace Pennington
  • Firmament: Radialloy

  • Never

  • By Jordan Smith
  • Finding the Core of Your Story

  •  This one I particularly recommend to any author/writer types out there! The information on clearly defining the concept of your story can save you hours and hours of painful re-writes, not to mention pages and pages of painfully deleted text!
     Don't do that to yourself! If you've got a book buying budget at all, grab this for 99¢ and you'll be doing yourself a huge favor! It's fun to read and makes the tips and tricks easy to remember.
     If you get this, remember to thank me later.  E.

    Saturday, June 1, 2013

    A Life Actually LIVED... Is That Out of Date?

     Does it ever seem like everyone is so busy with virtual things at that real living is losing ground? I know I've been spending an increasing about of time on the internet and computers as I attempt to foray into the world of marketing my books and myself as author... and the one thing that really keeps sticking out at me is the fact that I am simply "not on here enough".
     I'm already shorting all sorts of delicious real life experiences that I'm currently choosing to prioritize beneath my writing exposure... and I miss them badly.
     How can these other people STAND it? What is it, do they Live on their screens?
    There is no other way it could work.

     Twitter is like a madhouse. There are thousands of tweets going everywhere at any given second, and it's physically impossible to read all of them. I am a relative newcomer to the tweeting scene, and only have a handful of folks I follow, (compared to many on there!) and I am inundated with 140 character messages.
     I don't even see them all.
     I cannot read them all.
     And, most of them I'm not even interested in.

     I suppose if I lived with a smartphone in my back pocket, I'd whip the little critter out at every quivering ping and check to see what fascinating thing has been released into the world of the cyber-webs by some human thought somewhere on the real earth.
     But what kind of life would that be?

     This morning as the sun was coming up and everything was slightly green and dampish looking, I was walking under the trees of the windbreak, with the grass reaching halfway to my knee. It was beautiful, and peaceful and verdant in a way that no image or video or words could fully express. It was inspiring and calming.

    The culprits, w/ my sis to hold them still!
    I don't like walking; being a more Bilbo-like character. But I take the dogs out for a circle around the place because they're young and energetic, and if they don't get their excursion they tend to act up at stress points throughout the day.
      -We have rules here for dogs: Don't chase the goats, don't maul the cats, and absolutely-on-pain-
    of-a-thrashing do not pounce on a chick, or even a chicken. (These are hard rules for active, adolescent canines, but important ones for the safety and harmony of the farm.)-
      To increase the likelihood of my sticking with this program, I have mapped the distance on MapMyRun (it's .51 mi.) and I add it to my tally. (I'm Walking to Rivendell. Have been for years. Now at the Nimrodel Rope Bridge. ...And need to update my status....)

     How do people following 6,000 Twitterers possibly stay abreast of everything? Is it even remotely likely that they actually do?

     And how do authors write, if they have no real life to infuse their words with authenticity, no real breezes of hard labor and disappointing results to bring poignancy to their fictional disasters, no real world sweetness of victory to steam up through the prose and drag the reader captive in imaginary triumph?

     I don't know how it'd be possible.

      Do you?
                Does anyone out there?