Tuesday, November 21, 2006

New Zumaya Romance Imprint & Poll!

Hi readers,

I've just been passed the news that Zumaya Publications is planning to open a romance imprint, but they have so many wonderful names to choose from, they can't decide which one to pick!

That's where you come in!

Here are the details:

This past July Zumaya Publications moved business operations from its long-time home in British Columbia to the warmer climes of Austin, Texas. In the coming year, we plan to implement a number of exciting changes, and we want to invite booklovers to join us and qualify for prizes in three special contests.

In January 2007, Zumaya will establish a new romance imprint. Our authors have come up with ten excellent ideas for a name for the imprint, and we're interested in finding out which of them appeals the most to readers. So, we've set up a poll on Yahoogroups at Name That Imprint. To vote for your favorites (yes, you can vote for more than one) just send an email to name_that_imprint- subscribe@ yahoogroups. com.

If you're already registered with Yahoo Groups, you can just ask to add the group to your roster. Or go to http://groups. yahoo.com/ group/name_ that_imprint/ and sign up directly.

When the poll ends on 15 December, we will enter the email addresses of the voters into a contest. Three will win a gift card worth $100, $50 or $25 provided by Zumaya authors, as well as some special personal gifts the authors are lining up as we speak; a complete list will be provided in a week or so. Not only that, we're offering five holiday-themed ebooks—three for adults and two for kids—free for the duration of the poll.

So, even if you don't read romance, come to Name That Imprint and let us know which of the names tickles your fancy.


So, help us out, won't you? Lots of prized (MONEY!) and if you click on the files there, you'll have access on two freebie Christmas books! Thanks muchly!

Dorothy Thompson
Editor, The Writer's Life

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Hook Us With Your First Page # 3

And it's another installment of HOOK US WITH YOUR FIRST PAGE!

This first page comes from Heidi W. Durrow, and is the first page of her WIP titled "Light-skinned-ed-Girl" (literary fiction).

So, what do you think? Does she hook YOU with her first page?

Please leave comments in the comment box.

Chapter One

“You my lucky piece,” Grandma says when the bus drives up just as we reach the stop.
Grandma has walked me the half block from the hospital lobby to the bus stop quickly. Her hand is wrapped around mine like a leash.

It is winter in Portland and it is raining. Puddle water has splashed up on my new shoes. My girl-in-a-new dress feeling has faded. My new-girl feeling has disappeared.

My hand is in hers until she reaches into a black patent-leather clutch for change.

“Well, aren’t those the prettiest blue eyes on the prettiest little girl,” the bus driver says as we climb aboard. The new-girl feeling comes back and I smile.

“This my grand-baby. Come to live with me.” Grandma can’t lose Texas .

Her body is a bullet. She is thick and short. Her waist is the same go-around number as her chest. She has Grandma boobies; smother-you-into her kind of boobies that make her soft and squishy. Her dark hair is pulled back and is covered by a plastic bonnet. She puts the change in for my fare. “Here you go, ma’am.” The bus driver hands her a transfer slip for each of us.

“Thank you ma’am,” I say. I mind my manners around strangers. Grandma is still a stranger to me.

I know only a few things about Grandma. She’s a gardener; she has soft hands; and she smells like lavender.

For Christmas, Grandma sends Robbie and me a card with a new $10 bill wrapped in aluminum foil. On the back of the envelope where she presses extra hard there’s a small smudge. The card smells like the lavender lotion she uses to keep her hands soft.

I hold her hand again and think of cotton, not knowing what that means, and pillows and clouds. She doesn’t have a single wrinkle on her anywhere. She has dark eggplant brown skin as smooth as a plate all because of the lotion she sends for special from the South. “They got better roots down there—better dirt for making a root strong.”

“Well, aren’t you lucky to have a special Grandma,” the bus driver says. “Pretty and lucky.”
This is the picture I want to remember: Grandma looks something like pride. Like a whistle about to blow.

She wipes the rain off my face. “We almost home.”

When we find our seats, she says something more, but I cannot hear it. She is leaning across me like a seat belt and speaks into my bad ear—it is the only lasting injury I have from the accident. Her hands are on me the whole ride, across my shoulder, on my hand, stroking my hair to smooth it flat again. I am the new girl, partly the new girl but a little off –balance. Grandma seems to be holding me down, as if I might fly away or fall.

The bus ride is seven stops and three lights. Then we are home. Grandma’s home, the new girl’s home in a new dress.

Copyright 2005 Heidi W. Durrow

Thursday, November 02, 2006

Hook Us With Your First Page # 2

Here we go with First Page Entry #2!

This first page comes from urban fantasy writer, Jen Nipps, and comes from her WIP titled "Shadows of Stonehenge."

So, what do you think? Does it hook YOU? Let Jen know by commenting in the comment box below.

Chapter One

Shrouded in mystery and mysticism, there is yet another side to the mythical Stonehenge. A shadow side. A side most people know is there but refuse to acknowledge.

This night, a night with no moon, a figure approached the great monolith at the head of the circle of stones. It seemed to walk through the stone but did not emerge on the other side.

"I need to see Trevor,” a voice rasped, seeming to come from under the stone.

A window panel slid open, revealing modern electric lights before being blocked by the person on the other side. “Password?”

The figure swore. “No time! I need to see Trevor.”

The visage on the other side of the panel never wavered.

“Fine. Gaisgeach,” he spat.

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Virtual Book Tour

Good morning everyone!

Your blogmeister here would like to let you know that I will be touring blogs this month in my first ever virtual book tour for my eBook "A Complete Guide to Promoting & Selling Your Self-Published eBook."

I will be stopping off at blogs all over the country and talking about promoting your own eBooks (really it's not as hard as you think) in case you wanted to generate some Christmas spending money, or just in case you might want to do this yourself in the near future.

If you would like to follow along with me, you can visit my promoting eBooks blog at eBook Promotion for Self-Published Authors to find out where I'll be going next. My first stop is today at Kathy Holmes' blog, "Women's Fiction With Attitude"! So, follow that link, and if you have any questions about self-publishing or promoting eBooks, or promoting in general, leave a comment in her blog and I'll answer it there for you.

Happy promoting to you and see you there!