It's Friday. The beginning of a nice long weekend. Perhaps you need a good escape into the dream like the rest of us. So with that in mind, I wanted to give you a taste of Midnight Magic.
Drake and Lorelai
“I watched you fight. It was a thing of beauty. Jorund was a fool to challenge you even if you were drunk. Never had I seen anything like that.” Lorelai nodded. A small ghostly smile hinted around the corners of her mouth. Drake had lost his mind and slipped into the place he always went during a battle. Nothing had mattered except kicking Jorund’s ass. No swords, no knives, no weapons. Just his fists. He remembered how it felt when his knuckles smashed into the man’s ribs. Satisfying. He had never liked that asshole. He ran his mouth too much. “You broke his nose, his ribs, and three of his fingers on his left hand before his men pulled you off of him. One of the men who grabbed you had a broken foot for the effort.” Lorelai had never met him, and her first impression of him had come from a brutal drunken brawl in which he tried to beat another man to death. And she described it as a thing of beauty. Only Lorelai would have seen that disaster quite like that. She was perfect. The only woman who saw a fight near exactly as any man would.
Sorry to tease like that, but the story had to get out so I could move on to this blog. Sometimes writing is seriously like that. The scene just needs a place to go. If they don't get out of my head, they crowd my mind, and it is difficult to concentrate. Other times it is quite necessary to deliberate over every word to ensure that it it crafts the detail of the scene so that the image for the reader is crystal clear.
I don't know how other authors write. I have heard of things like story outlines and plot arcs, but these are things English majors and teachers know and understand, not me. Perhaps that is part of the analysis of writing rather than the art. Either way it feels a bit like Greek that I don't speak, and my fear that it would damage the process leads me away from that knowledge as surely as my lack of financial solvency leads me directly to Indie publishing.
That takes me to Draoithe. I am so excited!
The Short Reads are on https://allauthor.com/. Check that out! Draoithe was on Topless Cowboy again this week.
The series is on
https://myadultplace.net/draoithe-a-pack-forms-by-ophelia-kee/ as well.
The word spreads.
If you have not stepped into the dream yet, what are you waiting for? A Pack Forms is free this weekend!
I'm supposed to be promoting the book coming out Jan. 30, 2020, Dream Therapy. There is like this whole science behind book promotion that I have been reading about. It boggles the mind sometimes. I mean I am sure that I am doing it wrong anyway, so that's okay. I will try again next week. It's Friday right?
I mean, a girl is allowed a few mistakes. If not, I would not be human. My ability to write science fiction is not so great, so maybe I better not think about becoming a robot too much!
Let's talk about something that actually matters for a minute. Reviews. Amazon sends emails to you asking you to review the stuff you buy. So does Kindle. Google asks you to add reviews to maps about places you have been. My plumber asked me to rate his service when he fixed the leaking faucet in my bathroom a couple of weeks ago. You probably blow most of them off. I
You believe that it's a waste of time unless you are getting a free burger from Wendy's or a free six inch sub from Subway. Maybe you do the survey at Big Lots just to see if you win the gift card, but writing a review on a book seems less significant.
But as an Indie Author, reviews are incredibly difficult to get. Many of my books have been read many times and still no reviews. I have gotten feedback on a few of them directly from you all. I answer my facebook, twitter, etc... Heck, I even answer emails if you don't want others to know the question.
I can't tell you how many times I check to see if someone has marked the stars and took the two seconds to write something only to see that no. Nothing. It's okay, I still love to hear from you and I want to answer the questions. That actually has led to me writing more books. But the reviews would be nice.
You don't need to get carried away. Just a good read or two would do. I don't have money to buy reviews. I also am offended by that. If it's a good book, it will get reviews. Right? But sadly, no. It gets bought and read, but not reviewed.
So I am not above begging here. Not just for myself but for all authors. Please, if you read, write reviews. Other readers need to see them, and your favorite authors need them. It's like a bit of Midnight Magic. Reviews not only help other readers decide if a book is quality or not, but it helps Kindle and Amazon decide if the book is worth offering to its readers. Everytime you leave a review of a book you loved, you give that book another chance to be loved again by a new reader. From my heart, to those of us who read, thank you for being kind and leaving a review.
Enjoy the weekend,
Welcome to Ophelia Kee Speaks. This is a blog chronicling my independent author walk. The journey into the dream has been a life-changing experience as I try to become a full-time writer and leave the professional world behind me. In my blog each day, you will find information on the ‘behind the scenes’ for writing contemporary adult fantasy fiction and paranormal romance stories set in the dream. I will speak on topics detailing with my writing, publishing, promotion, and marketing as well as social media dealing with my books, book trailers, book launches, book art, music, audio, and video, as well as shameless self-promotion. I am not an expert and am not claiming to be one. I am simply one writer offering a glimpse of my struggle to become a successful independent author. Thank you for considering my words. All rights reserved.