A HUGE thank you to all who have stood behind the scenes and watched as I took on the adventure of writing a novel. Thank you to my test readers, editors and those who sacrificed time with me in order to brave the Wonderful World of Readers in order to publish the first novel in the Ancient Guardians Novel Series.
This journey has definitely been an unforgettable one as I witness the second Book in the series continue to captivate readers! As I press on through editing in book 3, I sit humbled by where this book series is taking me. I have developed a reading fan base that enjoy the characters and their story as much as I do! WOW!
Right now, I am invited to stand alongside of Best Selling authors in Miami and receive The Legacy of the Key’s Silver Medal! I am beyond speechless!
THIS was a dream and adventure I ALMOST gave up on, after receiving the first Draft back from a professional editor! I’m so thankful I didn’t give up! Funny as it may seem, I listened to the characters that wanted their story so desperately told and I pressed on for them….for my readers!!!!
So, no matter how high the mountain, forget what your mind tells you when it encourages you to give up! Most of all, ignore everyone who tells you…“it can’t be done! You can’t do this!” (While laughing at you and your dream you decided to share with them) I chose not to listen and here we are…..
As I previously mentioned in a recent post, The Legacy if the Key is a finalist in two categories for the Reader’s Favorite award contest.
Category #1: Fiction Supernatural.
Category #2: Fiction Fantasy
I am now honored to be a part of the Facebook group that includes only the finalists in all categories! Watching the author who created this amazing group post the finalists in all categories is making all of this much more humbling for me. Being a finalist in this amazing contest is also an exclusive invitation to all finalist whether they receive Gold, silver, bronze, or honorable mention awards. Funny thing is, I feel as though I’ve already achieved something I would have never anticipated with this book and/or series. The Legacy of the Key has brought me to an entire different level of considering myself as a published authur by achieving this.
As I have said and will always say, I wrote this book series, because it was a series that I wanted to read! I enjoyed it so much that I felt obligated to share it with the wonderful world of readers! I still sit amazed at the feedback the series is receiving, which is that much more motivating to press on through grueling edits and best of all, contuing the story of Levi, Reece, Harrison and the Guardians.
So with all of this said, I may be taking a trip to Miami, Fl. to walk on stage as a winner or recognition as a finalist, which means I need a good expression for everyone… Robert Downey Jr is who I decided to turn to for inspiration! Time to practice in the mirror.
What do you think? I have to have some fun for a once in a lifetime opportunity..
Maybe I’ll just wear my new crazy hat…
After a long, grueling move from Houston, TX to California and a anniversary spent in Yosemite National park, I was amazed to see that Book 1 in the Ancient Guardians series had been nominated for two awards with Reader’s Favorite!
Reading that this was a pretty tough process and there were many books that were great that unfortunately weren’t selected, I was more than amazed to find that Ancient Guardians made it! I, at first, want to give credit to the other books and authors who have worked hard and have great books that unfortunately didn’t make it this far, believe me, I never expected The Legacy to accomplish this either.
Secondly, I am sincerely grateful for this nomination and still struggle to admit this happened…but, it was not competitions or recognition that gave me the courage that writer’s require to publish a book or book series, it was for my reading audience that would enjoy the unique escape the series offers them. To receive reviews, hear from readers that needed the escape into this enchanting dimension that brought them back into a different time period where Chivalry existed, is the reason I shared this book series! I was burdened to share this story, the characters and this captivating with everyone. Why? Because, I, as a reader, needed and enjoyed the escape as well! It’s why I write, it’s why I spend money for a professional editor and it’s why I have the courage to publish! If this book amazingly wins in it’s categories, I will say right now, it’s for my readers! I did it for them! They are why I write and share my crazy and vivid imagination with the world!
So with that said, let’s see how the Legacy of the Key does…and if this book can win!!!!
How I feel as an author? I think this picture below describes it best.
Never give up, never quit! You never know where your path is leading you!
Photo credit: Above photo all rights of the actors in The Hangover 2 and the picture unedited belong to The Hangover movie series!
The photo above is a perfect example of how I look after nearly killing myself (along with my editor killing herself) while polishing and preparing a book for publishing!
By this time, we have already gone through the manuscript a million times, content editing, line editing…etc! Then we send off to test readers to find any missed errors!
(Disclaimer: We are all human)
None is at fault here for missing an error. And, yes, our test readers did find obvious errors!
So, now we run final test read to ensure that the book is ready to go….
Then it’s time to pay to have the books professionally formatted for all reading devices! Once that is done and finalized, it’s time to publish the book and hope it’s well received by the world of readers. (My anxiety is at it’s maximum at this point…) So I publish, but can’t walk away….I read again! How I am able to do this is unexplainable, but I guess it shows how dedicated I am to my characters and books as the author) Once I start reading the published versions….
This is when, what I like to call ‘easter egg’ errors pop up right before my paranoid eyes! This is how my luck runs….I see them (only after the book has been published) My reaction?? Everyone I tell that helped to test read for errors reactions? (See the above photo! :-)) I despise these errors, because even though they may be read-over errors, they are still errors and have the potential to rip a reader right out of the book. They also have the potential to show that I didn’t spend ‘quite a bit of money’ to have a professional editor edit the book! I work too hard for these little gremlins to show up in my books! Fortunately my husband introduced the books to a friend of his, who has an incredible talent for finding these errors and she was more than willing to help me remove them! (She’ll be on the editing crew for the rest of the books and I couldn’t be more grateful)
So, with that said, errors are fixed and both Ancient Guardians: Books 1&2 are currently being reformatted TODAY!
I know we are all human, and even the greatest of authors have errors in their books, but I try my best to publish books that the readers can enjoy without a ‘the the’ error showing up somewhere while they’re reading.
Sure there will be readers that will not enjoy the novels, error free or not. Of course I, just as any author, prepare myself for those reviews…but the errors have to go!!!
So enough of that, not only are the books being reformatted and republished but the NEW COVER for Book 2 “The Uninvited” is ready for publishing as well!!!
Here’s the new cover….
It was designed to match the colorful cover for book 1, The Legacy of the Key! I love it!!!
And no one is a loser…. If you have an e-reader The Legacy of the Key is now available for a FREE download on FREE Amazon Kindle & Barnes&Noble FREE Nook ebook.
Click the links above to download your free eBook today and get swept away into a new fascinating dimension and discover who the Guardians are the secretly protect Earth from other worlds! Nominated for a Global eBook award, The Legacy is sure to keep you turning pages!
Happy Reading and my best to all who enter the giveaways 🙂
Note: The giveaways are only available to US residents at the time. I plan to offer giveaways to other countries at a later date.
WHO HOLDS THE POWER: BOOK ONE In this epic coming of age story, we meet Ivan Thompson. A mild mannered, well-cultured and distinguished working class youngster who finally comes to terms with an ongoing issue. With plenty of humor, fun, love, some romance, laughter, and uncensored hand to hand combat, the story talks about bullying. The rewards and the benefits one reaps when they take a stand and push back. And the consequences against those who dare to use it.