BHC Appreciation Week

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This week is Blue Harvest Creative Appreciation Week. It’s a a celebration each year where the BHC authors get together and plan a week where we show our appreciation to our publishing partner, BHC for all that they do for us. It’s never the same week each year and BHC never knows if it’s coming or not, which is part of the fun. 

As BHC continues to grow, so does the celebration across the internet.  

I will readily admit that I didn’t know what I was doing when I sent my first book, Embers at Galdrilene out into the world. I fumbled around and generally made a mess of things. Then I found Blue Harvest Creative and they made all the difference in the world. The quality of my books and the quality of my writing went up. 

Working with BHC is a lot like have a publisher standing with me without losing any of my rights or royalties. And because they are affordable and aren’t one of those places that likes to rip authors off, I even still have both my arms and my legs. I didn’t even have to give up my first born child in order to afford them. And as BHC has grown, the things they offer their authors has grown with them. I’m definitely proud to be a part of BHC. I have never met a team so willing to bend over backward to make their authors happy. 

BHC has some big things coming up, one of which I can’t wait to announce even though I know it will be a bit before I can let you all in on it. Without them, this particular thing would never have happened. 

So here’s to Blue Harvest Creative, the company that’s like a publisher. One that doesn’t take rights or royalties, but still stands behind each of it’s authors.

Who are we? Check out some of the BHC authors below. We publish in a wide variety of genres. Fantasy, horror, romance (and many of its subgenres), drama, YA, NA, Non-Fiction, thriller, etc. You are bound to find something you like.

Author Website Twitter Facebook
Alex Meyering armeyering.com @ARmeyering facebook.com/alex.meyering
Audra Trosper adtrosper.com @adtrosper facebook.com/adtrosper
Barbara Watkins barbarawatkins.blogspot.com @paranormawriter facebook.watkinsfanpage
Bathsheba Dailey Beth-frommyheart.blogspot.com @Bathsheba15 facebook.com/bathshebadailey
Becky Vigus rebeckavigus.wix.com/penadream @Duchessoflilac facebook.com/RebeckaVigusAuthor
Claire Smith lifemusecoffee.com @authorcesmith facebook.com/authorcesmith
Frank Lattimore wfranklinlattimore.com @ImpactWriter facebook.com/WFranklinLattimore
Hannah Steenbock hannah-steenbock.de @FirleF facebook.com/HannahSteenbock
Jean Booth jeanbooth.com @JeanBooth facebook.com/AuthorJeanBooth
Jennifer Bailey jsbaileywrites.com @JSBailey_author facebook.com/jsbaileywrites
Katie Jennings katieajennings.com @dryadquartet facebook.com/authorkatiejennings
Kurt Winans coastersquill.com @kurtwinans facebook.com/pages/Kurt-Winans
LaDonna Cole heartworkvillage.com @Latidonna facebook.com/LaDonnaColeAuthor
Lexy Wolfe lexywolfe.wordpress.com @LexyWolfe facebook.com/lexywolfe13
Lisa Shambrook lisashambrook.com @LastKrystallos facebook.com/LisaShambrookAuthor
Melissa Hladik Meyer melissahladikmeyer.com @m_hladik_meyer facebook.com/pages/Melissa-Hladik-Meyer
Missy Ames marissaames.com @MarissaAmes facebook.com/MarissaAmesAuthorAndArtist
Natalie Gibson authornataliegibson.com @AuthorNatGibson facebook.com/author.gibson/about
Patricia Paris patriciaeparis.blogspot.com @patriciaparis1 facebook.com/pages/Patricia-E-Paris
Sara Johnston Daniell saradaniell.wordpress.com/ @DaniellSara facebook.com/saradaniellauthor
Shane KP O’Neill draculachronicles.co.uk @ShaneKPONeill facebook.com/ShaneONeillsDraculaChronicles
Shelley Wilson shelleywilsonauthor.com @ShelleyWilson72 facebook.com/FantasyAuthorSLWilson
Sophie Moss sophiemossauthor.com @SMossWrites facebook.com/SophieMossAuthor
Stephanie Pazicni Karfelt srkarfelt.com @SRKarfelt facebook.com/pages/S-R-Karfelt-Author
Tracy Meyer tracyhewittmeyer.com @TracyHMeyer facebook.com/TracyHewittMeyer
Zach Fortier zachfortier.com @zachfortier1 facebook.com/authorzach.fortier

Choosing Books Based On Race/Gender/Sexual Orientation?

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I came across an article on the internet encouraging people to only read books written by certain types of people for a year. Those written only by women, or those with darker skin, or gay/lesbians, or transgenders, etc. Basically any books except those written by straight white men.

Now I understand this is an attempt to get people to broaden their horizons. However that could have been said just by encouraging people to pick up and read books by authors they’ve never read before. Take your average yearly reading amounts and make at least half the books you read in the next year those that are written by someone new to you. Or genres you aren’t used to reading. Or if you want to take it a step further, for the next year make all of the books you read those that are written by authors you’ve never tried before or in genres you’ve never ventured into. 

But I don’t think one should use race or gender or sexual orientation of the author as a deciding factor in whether or not you read a book. I don’t think a person should ever put restrictions on their literary consumption. For one, with so many pen names out there, often not even a name that matches the gender of the author (Robert Galbraith anyone?), how is anyone to really know who is behind that author name? Unless you plan to dig around a lot.

If you try new authors and new genres, you will run across all kinds of authors. Women, men, white, color, straight, transgender, gay, lesbian, albino, freckled, authors with one green eye and one blue eye, poor, rich (and in between), foreign, local, etc. And you will find that no matter what the race, gender, sexual orientation, and what have you, we all write across the spectrum of genres.

Never avoid a story because physical (or sexual attributes) of the author. Because no matter what the physical or sexual differences there are between writers, there is one thing we all have in common; we are all mad here.

So branch out, read new authors, read new genres, and don’t worry about what the color or sex of the authors is, or who they’re sleeping with because that last is really none of anyone’s business anyway. 

Personally, I stop and look at a book when the cover and title catch my attention. After that, I read the blurb, then move on to sample the book. With physical books, that means I open it up and read the first few pages. On the internet, I use the “look inside” option. Never once does the physical attributes or sexual orientation play into my decision process. Why should it? Talented writers come from all walks of life. In fact I rarely know much of anything about a new to me author other than the name on the book until I’ve finished reading and come across their bio in the back. I never even look at it before deciding on a book, even though most books on Amazon are linked their author’s bio. I don’t care if you’re half alien and live part time on Jupiter. If you write a good story, I will read it. If not, I will pass. 

 And that is the way it should be. One should never look at a book and think, “Wow that looks like it’s something I would really love to read, but oops I can’t. Upon Googling the author, they are the wrong color/sex/religion/sexual orientation. *sigh* I will have to pass on what looks like an incredible story.”

Designing Dorelle’s Journey by Hannah Steenbock

Originally posted on Blue Harvest Creative:

Fantasy is one of our specialties, and we are delighted to present BHC author Hannah Steenbock’s design for Dorelle’s Journey, book one in The Cloud Lands Saga. The series will contain eight books filled with mythical and magical creatures, including Kraken, and of course, dragons.

Dorelle’s Journey is available now in trade softcover and eBook.

Click HERE to purchase the eBook on Amazon

Click HERE to purchase the trade softcover on Amazon

Blurb:

Dorelle loves dragons more than anything. Even her life. So when her dragon is threatened with death, she leaves everything behind: her career, her family, even the King she has sworn to defend.

She discovers a new land, new people—and a new, terrible danger to everything she holds dear. Can she deliver a warning even as she’s facing certain death?

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Ashes and Spirits Release Day!

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I’m running  late here with my blog but better late than never right?

Today is the day Ashes and Spirits flies free to soar among the readers! It has been a long wait, I know, but hopefully  you will find it has been worth waiting for.

A lot has gone into the creation of Ashes. From the long months of writing and revision as I brought all of the threads together (and rounded up the plot bunnies and herded them into their appropriate places), to the long process that my editor went through as she made sure I stayed consistent not only in the story but in the little details as well, to the beautiful cover and interior created by my design team. Blue Harvest Creative put as much work into bringing Ashes to readers as I did in writing it.

The final battle has begun!

“The incomplete weave breeds the darkness…”

Presented with impossible odds, the Guardians struggle to hold against the Shadow Riders. While enemies from within are discovered and allegiances are formed, the losses mount.

As the war escalates, one Guardian may have to make the ultimate sacrifice to save all.

Click  HERE and take a look at the interior!

And here is how it looks as an e-book. Blue Harvest Creative goes to great lengths to make sure all e-books are as beautiful as their paperback counterparts. In addition to that, they make sure the e-books are W3C compliant, validated, and match the print design. I couldn’t be happier with how all of my books turn out.

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It looks beautiful in the paperback as well

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And of course the absolutely stunning cover wrap they created for the paperback

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And all three gorgeous books together

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Still haven’t grabbed your copy? Get it HERE!

 

Dragon’s Call as a Movie?

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Well, not quite yet. However, there is a site that claims to help with that. The Imagine Film List. Post the book you want made into a movie, the actors you  think would play the characters best and find support.

I posted Embers at Galdrilene last night along with the actors I thought would play the parts best, and the director I wanted. The more support it gets, the more likely it is to be seen by the people who decide these kinds of things.

It looks like this:

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So, if you want to see Dragon’s Call turned into a movie, click on the link below and over on the left is a big bluish “Support” button. Click that. 

http://iflist.com/stories/embersatgaldrilene

Like the actors already there? Hover over their pic and click the thumbs up. Don’t like them? Add your selection to the list.

Have fun, support it, and maybe, just maybe, Dragon’s Call will one day fly into a theater near you. Or perhaps grace your tv screen in the form of a series.

Let’s see how much support can be gathered. :)

A Touch of Spring

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While those in the NE are getting pounded by winter, here in Kansas we enjoyed an 80 degree day. It was in the low 70’s yesterday and suppose to be in the 70’s again tomorrow. Three beautiful days of sunshine and warmth. Yes, it’s going to get chilly again and we even have a small chance for some snow by this weekend. But for now, I’m outside absorbing vitamin D, enjoying my flip flops, and working the garden beds over in preparation for real spring. 

We did however plant five beds of peas today. They won’t mind the colder temps still to come. Then when they have spent all of their energies and pea harvest comes to a close, the beds can be cleaned out readied for warmth loving vegetables. 

It was even nice enough to fill up the geese pool today. After a long stretch of nothing to swim in because everything was frozen solid, they were extremely happy. Much splashes and cavorting was done.

Winter will close in again (still hoping for early spring) but for now it’s beautiful. The house if full of fresh air as the breeze blows through the open windows.

In writerly type news, Ashes and Spirits draws ever closer to its release date and I grow ever more nervous. I can’t help it. I get this way every time before a release date. I think if I ever get to the point where I feel I’m so good there’s no need to be nervous then I will have reached a point where I should quit writing.

I continue to work hard on the next Bound book. I’m enjoying writing it and it helps keep my mind off the fact that Ashes will soon be a real live book that everyone can read.

Hope all is well with everyone. If you are suffering under winter’s temper right now, I’m sorry. Hopefully it passes soon and you too can enjoy a respite from the cold, even if it is brief.  

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Cover Reveal—Dorelle’s Journey by Hannah Steenbock

Originally posted on Blue Harvest Creative:

We are excited to reveal our cover for Dorelle’s Journey by BHC Author Hannah Steenbock. Dorelle’s Journey is the first book of the eight book Cloud Lands Saga. A high fantasy series that features a strong heroine, dragons, krakens,  and more!

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Front cover for eBook and Trade Softcover—Available February 24th, 2015

Click HERE to pre-order the eBook now for only $0.99 and save

Blurb:

Dorelle loves dragons more than anything. Even her life. So when her dragon is threatened with death, she leaves everything behind: her career, her family, even the King she has sworn to defend.

She discovers a new land, new people—and a new, terrible danger to everything she holds dear. Can she deliver a warning even as she’s facing certain death?

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Winter Pros and Cons

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So yeah, I am beyond sick of winter. I always am by the time the holiday season is over. All the pretty lights, big over the top dinners, and anticipation are over. All that is left is the flat gray sky, brown tree limbs and endless days of cold. In an effort to look at it differently, I’m going to list the pros and cons of winter.

Pros:

I can sit on my front porch without being accosted by mosquitoes, junebugs, and other assorted critters from the cornucopia of creepy crawlers that Kansas has to offer.

The air isn’t so laden with moisture from the humidity that it’s hard to breathe.

It doesn’t feel like a blast furnace outside.

Wildlife is easier to see due to the lack of leaves on trees and bushes

No tornadoes (for the most part)

I get to wear the thick, fuzzy socks I like that come in a variety of wild colors

I get to go bra-less because I almost always have some sort of thick sweatshirt on over my t-shirt

No sweating every ounce of electrolytes out of my body while in the garden

Frozen food is less likely to thaw out on the 30 mile drive home from the grocery store.

No pollens to drive the sinuses crazy

Snow is pretty

Cons: 

Yes, I can sit on my front porch without the creepy crawlies. Instead my nose freezes shut and I make great inroads on the path to hypothermia

The air is so cold and dry it burns the throat and lungs.

It’s so cold outside that the furnace struggles to keep up, creating air that resembles that of Death Valley which causes havoc with the sinuses.

Though logically I know the trees and bushes are only sleeping (smart lifeforms that they are) through the winter, it’s hard not to look at the brown, stripped down landscape and not imagine an apocalypse.

The icy wind stabs its frozen fingers through as many layers as you can wear and still move

I can’t go barefoot or in flip-flops

I have to wear thick sweat shirts in an attempt to stave off freezing to death

No garden. Which means no fresh tomatoes, cucumbers, bell peppers, etc (store bought does NOT count because it pales in comparison with real food)

Non-frozen food may need to be thawed by the time it makes the 30 mile drive home from the store

The prevalence of winter time illness just waiting to drag people into its evil clutches.

Snow stops being pretty the moment I have to walk through it, or it comes in on the dogs’ paws, or I have to shovel it, or try to load groceries in it, or push a cart out to my car in the slick, slushy mess that is parking lot at the store.

After reviewing my lists, I have come to the conclusion that I’m done with winter. I’m ready for spring now. This sudden desire for warmer weather is aided and abetted by the various seed companies who have graciously reminded me of the wonders of warm weather by sending stacks of seed catalogs full of pictures of green growing things and beautiful flowers.

As of right now there are 64 days until spring… 9 weeks. I’m going to go with 9 weeks because somehow that doesn’t sound as long as 64 days. And I know that warmer weather will actually show up before the official first day of spring. So to make myself feel better, I’m claiming only seven more weeks until I start seeing the first signs of Spring’s return.

Until then I’m going to continue avoiding the cold as much as possible. I’m going to wear warm, brightly-colored, fuzzy socks, drink hot coffee and alternate between writing and binge watching on Netflix while I wonder why bears and trees get to hibernate and humans don’t.

For those that are as eager for spring as I am, here is a link to spring countdown

Come the Dark by Rebecca Hamilton Release!

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Thanks for stopping by to view this quick announcement on Rebecca Hamilton’s latest release, COME, THE DARK, book 2 in the Forever Girl series. Although this book is the second in the series, it is a complete standalone following a completely new set of characters. And you can grab your copy today for only $0.99! Still apprehensive about reading the second book in a series? Well, you can grab the prequel, HER SWEETEST DOWNFALL, off kindle–Always Free–and on January 9th, THE FOREVER GIRL will be free also, for the first time ever! Worried you might forget the date? Join the mailing list using the option on the Rafflecopter below and you’ll receive a reminder on January 9th to download your free copy anytime between January 9th and 13th!

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COME, THE DARK

by USA Today Bestselling Author, Rebecca Hamilton

Come, the Dark 2Rose desperately wants to escape the abuse of the father who impregnated her and the dark spirits that haunt her life. Being thrust from Georgia 1961 into the era of Salem’s infamous witch trials isn’t what she had in mind, and now her daughter is left hopelessly out of reach.

The only way to return to her daughter is by facing certain death to banish the dark spirits that plague Salem. If she doesn’t eliminate these dark spirits in time, they will destroy civilization and trap her in this strange new place, ages away from her daughter.

Even if she can complete the task in time to return home to save her daughter, there’s still one problem: she’s falling in love with a man who can’t return with her. Achieving her goals will force her to choose between the only man who has never betrayed her and a daughter she can’t quite remember but will never forget.

A heart-wrenching tale of a mother’s love for her daughter, this romantic paranormal fantasy underlines the depravity of both historical and modern society while capturing the essence of sacrifice and devotion.

TRIGGER WARNING: This book deals with the sensitive subject of sexual abuse.

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THE FOREVER GIRL

by USA Today Bestselling Author, Rebecca Hamilton

NOW OPTIONED FOR FILM!


Beautiful blonde with dandelionsAt twenty-two, practicing Wiccan Sophia Parsons is scratching out a living waiting tables in her Rocky Mountain hometown, a pariah after a string of unsolved murders with only one thing in common: her.

Sophia can imagine lots of ways to improve her life, but she’d settle for just getting rid of the buzzing noise in her head. When the spell she casts goes wrong, the static turns into voices. Her personal demons get company, and the newcomers are dangerous.

One of them is a man named Charles, who Sophia falls for despite her better judgment. He has connections that might help her unveil the mystery surrounding her ancestor’s hanging, but she gets more than she bargains for when she finally decides to trust him.

The Forever Girl is a full-length Paranormal Fantasy novel that will appeal to lovers of paranormal romance, urban fantasy, witches, vampires, ghosts, paranormal mystery, and paranormal horror.

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About the Author

BeccaRebecca Hamilton is a USA Today Bestselling Paranormal Fantasy author who also dabbles in Horror and Literary Fiction. She lives in Florida with her husband and four kids. She enjoys dancing with her kids to television show theme songs and would love the beach if it weren’t for the sand. Having a child diagnosed with autism has inspired her to illuminate the world through the eyes of characters who see things differently. She is represented by Rossano Trentin of TZLA and has been published internationally, in three languages. You can follow her on twitter @InkMuse

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