September 30, 2015

Newest Release - Somewhere South of Sane

I've been MIA for a bit and while I blame my time management skills now that summer is over, it's also because I've been very busy in author world.

I plan to do an update soon about upcoming releases, novels, works in progress...but in the mean time I can announce my involvement with the second edition of the SOMEWHERE SOUTH anthology!

For the first time in a long time, I have returned to the world of the Syrenka Series. Julian (our selkie king) is making an original appearance in the latest edition and will give everyone a peek into the story behind the selkie that fell in love with a mermaid.

All stories in the anthology take place on False Key - the island of dreams and nightmares, shifters and mermaids.

The official release date is October 4th, but you can pre-order your own copy now for just $2.99!

Visit False Key—We love our tourists. So tasty. 

Looking for a fantasy getaway? Ready for some supernatural romance? In a dozen short stories and poems, escape to False Key, Florida--island of dreams and nightmares, shifters and mermaids. Some want to hook up, but beware. Watch out for predatory marine life on the prowl, catch up with your favorite naughty angel, a wily witch, and a fearless shaman in Book 2 of Somewhere South. 
Whether you're stopping for a cold one at the Peg Leg or catching a late show at Skinwalkers, False Key nightlife promises creepy bartenders, magic-slinging waitstaff, and gullible patrons. Why not join them? 
If you like the Bourbon Street books by Deanna Chase, the Syrenka series by Amber Garr or Sutton Shields’ Merworld Water War stories, you’ll love these supernatural tales set on a mythical island in the Florida Keys. 
Read more about a few of our stories: 
Well Inked by Serena Schreiber--False Key's new shaman wants a whale but inherits a twisted kitty. 
Propagation by Mary Freeman--Do you know where mangroves come from? Beware the beach. 
Inversion Therapy by Dale Simpson--Shift your perspective on love and partnership compliments of False Key. 
Persuasion by Amber Garr--While seeking a mate, a selkie gets distracted. 
Distant Shores by Kathleen Spalding--Reality stretches, revealing secrets in the night. 
P.O. Box 319 by Corina Pelloni--A post box delivers supernatural correspondence. And a snake ghost. 
Father's Day by Amber Garr--A huckster gets the girl. But she's a shifty one. 
Over It by Sutton Shields--A Mini Wave (Supernatural romance from The Merworld Water Wars series). 
Yon Hither by A.P. Kelly--Unstable ley lines threaten to rip the fabric of reality. Again. 
Handy by Serena Schreiber--When the King Tide washes up something big and fishy, the merman in pursuit enlists the help of our favorite shaman. Twisted kitty lends a paw. 

You'll also enjoy poetry from Kathryn Thomas, Wanda Frazier, and Mary Freeman as well as the artwork of Corina Pelloni and Dj Voelker. Buy Somewhere South of Sane, and slip away from reality today.

August 19, 2015

Cross-Genre Authors - Do You Follow?

Today I'd like to talk about something near and dear to my heart - authors switching genres and hearing whether or not you take the journey with them.

I always thought that if I detoured out of the fantasy/science fiction worlds I loved to live in, then I would do so using a pen name. I also never had a story strong enough to write so it wasn't something that I really had to address.

Until now.

I am currently working on an adult contemporary (sweet) romance. The first book is nearly complete and there are a total of three planned for this particular series. It's no secret that contemporary is popular, and in fact, I pretty much missed that new adult CR bubble. But for good reason - I didn't have a story to tell (more about that later). So now that I've made the leap into a completely separate genre with no fantasy, magic, supernatural creatures, or post-apocalyptic worlds, I wondered if I should use a pen name.

And this is what I ultimately decided:


I did not want to carry on two separate personas, social media accounts, emails, etc. Plus, I may just find a totally different audience that would eventually love to live in a world filled with mermaids, witches, and cambions. So ONE MORE BREATH (Book One of The Georgia Girl Series) will be published under AMBER GARR (at some point) and I will officially become a cross-genre author.

So what do you think? Do you follow authors into other genres? Comment below and be entered to win an ebook of your choice for my #HumpDayGiveaway.
August 12, 2015

Do You Judge a Book by its Cover?

As an author, and especially an indie author, it's difficult to turn your head without loads of people offering advice. This information could be on topics such as marketing, self versus traditionally pubbed, editing, formatting, and so on.

But the one piece of advice that hasn't really changed throughout my four years doing this professionally is that PEOPLE WILL JUDGE YOUR BOOK BY ITS COVER.

I would imagine it's good to have a catching blurb and a lot of reviews, but as people browse through their phones searching for the next book, most likely they will click on the one that captures their eye the best. I'm a reader as much as I am a writer, and I will confess that my attention will go to the cover before I decide if I want to read the blurb or a sample.

It is also important to have a cover that doesn't look like it was just slapped together in an hour. Especially self-published books. They need to compete and they need to stand out. And the beauty of being an indie author is that you CAN change your cover if you don't think it's working for your book.

That's why many of my covers have evolved over the years. For example:


Each time I changed these covers, it was a tough decision but one that I thought had to be made in order to grab attention of potential readers. So what about you? Do you find that you judge a book by it's cover?

Comment below (now through Sunday) and be entered to win in my weekly Hump Day Giveaway!