Archive | October 2015

Florida Romance Writers Fun in the Sun Mini Conference

This winter, escape the bitter cold and go to beautiful Ft. Lauderdale!

Florida Romance Writers
Fun in the Sun Conference

Featuring Keynote Speaker
NYT Bestselling Author, Carla Neggers

Saturday, January 16, 2016
10:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Broward County Main Library
100 South Andrews Ave., 6th Floor
Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

With Special Guest Speaker, Dr. Debra Holland, Bestselling Indie Author

A fabulous lineup of Editors & Agents, including:

  • Kristine Swartz, Berkley
  • Charles Griemsman, Harlequin Desire
  • Karen Thomas, Publisher of Cleis Press
  • Marlene Stringer, Stringer Agency

Great workshops:

  • Marketing on a Shoestring
  • The Indie Road to Success
  • Maintaining a Long-Term Career
  • Beginning Writers’ Boot Camp
  • Conquering the Synopsis
  • Editor/Agent Panel Spotlight

The event is to conclude with a public BOOK SIGNING that is open to all authors! Anyone interested in signing should email


  • A Sunset Cruise on the Intercostal Waterway – Friday @ 6:00 pm


FRW Members:
Saturday only – $90
Conference + Sunset Cruise – $115
Sunset Cruise only – $35

Saturday only – $100
Conference + Sunset Cruise – $125
Sunset Cruise only $40

Hotel accommodations are available. Visit for more info & to sign up.


Cover Redesign–Short Story eBook “Love, Death, and Overlapping Bosonic Singularities”

It’s a good idea to use a professional cover art designer for self-published books. Covers make all the difference, and artists struggle just like writers. So we should work together. But when it comes to short stories–eBooks that are only a few dozen pages long, that sell for less than a dollar, and can’t reasonably be expected to pay for the time and effort of writing and formatting, much less professional artwork–it might make sense to dabble as an amateur cover designer.

If that interests you, here is an example of an amateur design for the cover of the short story, “Love, Death, and Overlapping Bosonic Singularities,” a romantic science fiction available to eBook readers for 99¢. The cover is designed using exclusively Microsoft PowerPoint for Office 2010. The royalty-free artwork was obtained from Dollar Photo Club in two separate images. A white background in one image was removed using PowerPoint’s “Set Transparent Color” feature, and the rest was a matter of arranging things, playing with basic fonts, and saving a single slide as a PDF file. (The e-Reader mock up was provided by Adazing Design.)

561fdb8b5673dThe cover is dark. But it’s a science fiction romance (SFR), so that might not be a problem. The cover also uses too many fonts–at least according to the common rules of thumb for amateur book cover designers. But that rule is broken here intentionally. The story involves Amy’s involuntary traversal through inconsistent realities. At the outset we’re aware that Amy doesn’t consider reality to be fixed, and in short order it becomes evident why she thinks that way. Soon another explanation is offered. But still, that is just the beginning. The cover-font incontinuity is intended to parallel that broken stream of experience, as is the clunky title itself. “Love, Death and Overlapping Bosonic Singularities” is a mouthful. But it effectively foreshadows the central personal struggle for Amy as well as the key SF element of the story.

The working title had been “Shuffle.” That matched the story too, but it is remarkably less informative to anyone that hasn’t already read the story.

The original design was good, too. But it didn’t seem to “pop.” All that effort to reflect the story and reveal the mood and problem of the tale, had the same trouble as the early working title, “Shuffle.” It Love Death and Overlappingdidn’t capture the mood and promise of the story for a prospective reader. Rather, it was a satisfactory cover for a person that already had read the story. So out with the old, and in with the new.

“Love, Death and Overlapping Bosonic Singularities” was originally published in The Lorelei Signal, edited by Carol Hightshoe. The associated artwork in that publication was a wonderful piece by Lee Kuruganti, who was also the design winner for the 2oo8 Hugo Award Base. She also illustrated Twisted Thorn, by Richard King Perkins II, in the same issue.

If you haven’t read it yet, and if you’re an e-Reader, give the story a glance. It’s available from many eBook sellers, and at most sites you can read the beginning for free. If you like it and want to read the rest, the full piece is just 99¢.


The Caffeinated Writer

So here I was, thinking “Oh. I outlined this novel a couple years ago. I don’t need to figure anything out before November 1st.”

I was so wrong. And thankfully I’ve discovered this at least a few days in advance.

I realized that where I left off in my last draft of this novel was a point where a whole slew of new characters were about to be introduced. Like literally 5 at one time. Characters that had names, but no personalities established. And they are drastically different people than the other characters that are already alive in the story.

So TODAY is all about developing some characters. And a fun group that I do not particularly think I would be friends with myself. 😉 That’s what makes this fun though, right?

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When She Knows — Franconia Notch Trilogy: Book One by Jessie Clever

When She Knows_Book 1His latest problem is her newest assignment.

Shannon Wynter has it all figured it. Abandoned by her mother and left to care for her agoraphobic father, Shannon focuses on building her career as a journalist to the detriment of all else including her love life.

Ian Darke has his own problems. Battling past failures, Ian sets his eyes on launching a new factory for his father’s defense firm. But it’s the very father he failed that will do anything to sabotage Ian’s progress.

And when Shannon follows an anonymous tip that leads her to Ian’s factory door, the last thing she expects to discover is what she already knows.

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“But fraud for a defense contractor is serious.  You don’t want to defend your reputation as a provider to our armed forces?”

It took him a minute to realize that clicking noise was her following him over the pavement.  He spun around, his arms coming up once more to gesture his acquiescence, only she was standing too close, and instead of gesturing with authority, he ran into her, his arms striking her shoulders and knocking her against him.

He froze, feeling the length of her body collide with his, the scent of her shampoo invade his senses, her breath fall across the exposed skin above his shirt collar.  He felt her hesitation, the hitch in her breath, before she shoved against him, pushing herself away.

“I’m very sorry,” he said, his hands moving uselessly in front of him as if to help her regain her balance.

She stood with her pad held against her chest like some sort of shield, and he felt his anger drain into annoyance.

“I’m sorry,” he repeated, much more carefully, “I don’t have a comment, and I need to get back to work.  Please excuse me.”

He turned slowly this time, resuming his walk to the loading dock door.

“What is it that you’re using this factory for, Mr. Darke?”

He didn’t answer.  No matter how much he wanted to turn around and rail about his stupid brother’s stupid decisions, he did not.  He kept walking.

“Fraud, I mean, come on, that’s-“

And then he did turn.

“If you want a comment, you can call our PR department.”

“Great!” she said, and he almost smiled at her enthusiasm as she pulled up a clean page of her notebook.  “What’s the phone number?”

He shook his head at her and let his feet carry him back to where she stood on the pavement, notebook poised for the phone number.

“Shannon, was it?” he said when he was close.

He had felt her breath hitch when she had bumped into him, and now he dared to step a little closer than politeness would have dictated.  He saw it again, the slight hitch in her chest, and he felt a smile spread over his face.  He leaned in, dropping his voice to a soft, rich level.

“Have you heard of the Internet, Shannon?”

“Yes,” she whispered softly, her eyes locked on his.

“Use it,” he said and walked away, leaving her standing in the parking lot, her pen completely still.

About Jessie Clever:

JessieCleverheadshotIn the second grade, Jessie began a story about a duck and a lost ring.  Two harrowing pages of wide ruled notebook paper later, the ring was found.  And Jessie has been writing ever since.

Armed with the firm belief that women in the Regency era could be truly awesome heroines, Jessie began telling their stories in her Spy Series, a thrilling ride in historical espionage that showcases human faults and triumphs and most importantly, love.

Jessie makes her home in the great state of New Hampshire where she lives with her husband and two very opinionated Basset Hounds.  For more, visit her website at

Jessie can also be found on social media:

THE COIN by Maria Elena Alonso-Sierra

618f7jxaIXL._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_Who ever thought a coin could get you killed?

A cunning killer trusted his secret was safe, an innocent woman holds the key to his destruction, and an intelligence officer must keep her alive before the madman can strike the fatal blow.

When Gabriela Martinez finds a mysterious coin in the French Riviera, she is thrust into a struggle between governments, terrorists, and madmen, all seeking knowledge she doesn’t know she has. Richard Harrison, the intelligence officer assigned to protect her, has all he can do to keep her safe.  But when the psychological games to terrorize Gabriela escalate beyond his control, Richard must find a solution, if not, it may be too late for them both.

Set in the exotic French Riviera, The Coin is a story of hatred, betrayal, love and duty—of terrible and painful choices that, nonetheless, bring about personal triumph.

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About the Author:

Maria Elena Alonso-Sierra is a romantic suspense author with a unique point of view. Her adventure novels take place in locales across Europe and the United States, reflecting her international upbringing and extensive time as a global traveler. In her duology, The Coin and The Book of Hours, her characters, Gabriela and Richard, walk the same paths as their creator, though her life was never in so much danger.

Ms. Alonso-Sierra’s writing career began circa age thirteen with a very juvenile science fiction short story, but the writing bug hit, and she has been writing, in one capacity or another, ever since. She has worked as a professional dancer, singer, journalist, and literature teacher (and not necessarily in that order—she likes variety) and holds a Masters in English literature. She loves to hear from readers and, when not writing, roams around to discover new places to set her novels.

Ms. Alonso-Sierra is currently working on her third novel, and lives in North Carolina with her husband and her dog, Amber.


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Kirkus Reviews Fall Catalog

Anny Omous Publishing

Kirkus Catalog Fall 2015 Issue Cover
We at Anny Omous Publishing are proud to announce that our inaugural publication of, “The Three Year Affair”, is listed in the Fall Preview Kirkus Catalog. Kirkus has been well know for it’s reviews and has been an industry leader in the publication industry for nearly eighty years. We are honoured to have to have had this opportunity.

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This is an engrossing story full of surprises, darkness, and betrayal. The author’s humor shows through frequently, (“Fuck the cops. Oh ya, you just did”), and the character of Anny will garner readers’ sympathy for her uncensored humanity. This book is structurally tight, with chapters that alternate points of view between Liam and Anny and a narrative drive that will keep readers engaged.


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