Mythology: my fountain of inspiration

I have always loved a good story. As a kid, I loved fairytales and basically any story with a hero and villain. I remember on my birthday wearing a pink princes dress with a plastic sword around my waist. See, I didn’t want to be just a princes, I also wanted to be a hero. Sadly I never learned to wield a sword or any martial arts, but luckily I have my fictional heroines to draw from.

In my new urban paranormal series, I have strong female characters, which doesn’t always mean they are bad-ass and kick some ass (though most do) but they are strong-willed. A great source of inspiration to me is world mythology. Though the Mythos series takes place in modern times, the battles are ancient. Especially the war of the gods which is one of the subplots in the series. 

If you’ve read The Amazon and the Beast then you know it ended in a happily ever after, but as some readers already pointed out, it’s more of a happy for now. So, what can you expect for the second book in the series?

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Book covers: Before and After

Most people buy books with their eyes. At least, I do, unless I read about a book-or already know the author-and don’t particularly care about the cover. However, for a baby indie such as myself, it’s important to have a great, professional looking cover. For The amazon and the beast I had a cover from fiverr first which was fairly cheap (the more professional looking artists on fiverr were quite expensive which is only normal considering the quality). But then I stumbled upon a great facebook group for indies and saw other covers and was like… umm okay, my original cover just won’t do. At all.

I was lucky to come across Andrew Dobell’s Creative edge studios and had a new cover made. The end result was fantastic and I get a lot of positive feedback. Lesson: save up for a professional cover!

So, how did the cover for The Amazon and the Beast come to life?

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Instafreebie excerpt

 

Hi there,

I’m so excited to announce that the editing of the Amazon and the Beast is almost finished. I’m hoping to publish within a few weeks. The first pre-orders were already flying out the door while I was in Japan. A travel blog about this beautiful country will follow later this week.

In the meantime, if you want to enjoy reading some kick-ass paranormal romance, here’s the excerpt on Instafreebie.

Enjoy!

Beta readers and what to ask them.

So, on the first of March the editing of The Amazon and the Beast will start. I’m super excited about my first supernatural romance/urban fantasy novel. It will also be my first indie ebook so a whole new world is opening up for me with (seemingly) endless opportunities. One of the things my editor told me to do before I hand in my first draft is to send it to my beta readers. I had a fixed few beta readers, but I found I needed fresh new eyes. So, who best to ask than book bloggers I like reading reviews from. I specifically searched for bloggers who read my genre and who are good critiques, which of course is essential.

Then I thought about what to ask them?

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Why Scrivener is my new best friend

Ever have those moments when you discover something new and go like “how have I ever lived without this before!!”? Well, I kind of have that with Scrivener. I might actually be one of the last authors on Earth (sometimes I do like to exaggerate) that discovered this writing tool just now. For the last 4 years I was using one main Word document for my manuscript and several sub Word docs for my notes. I also had paper notes all around the house. Well, no more!  Thing is, with Scrivener you just need 1 program that does it all.

Since a picture says more than a thousand words I will show some print screens.

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