Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Release Date for Savvy Business Skills for Writers

Coming Soon--a New How-to Series
From Wild Child Publishing

Savvy Business Skills for Writers

Are you ready to take your writing career to the next level?

Super charge your career! Develop a keen business sense and learn how to find staying power in the publishing industry.

No matter where you are in your writing career, Savvy Business Skills for Writers will help you.

Savvy Business Skills for Writers: Book 1--Nuts and Bolts includes:

--Supercharge Your Career: 5 Steps to Creating a Dynamic Career Plan
--Networking 101: How to Network Brilliantly at a Writer's Conference & Beyond
--Promoting Yourself on a Budget
--Working Smart: Time Management Skills Every Writer Needs (using the PLOT system: Prepare, Lay Out, Organize and Track)
--No Fear Public Speaking: Even Introverts Can Speak With Confidence!

One of the complaints I often hear from agents and editors at conferences is how they feel the one area many writers can improve on is the business end. And, as an editor myself, I've noticed many authors while proficient in craft, flounder when it comes to business skills.

I'm a long-time entrepreneur, trained image coach, and workshop facilitator. I have long been in the business world and have helped many authors find their bearings in this challenging publishing business. I've written several articles on the business side of writing and often give presentations and online classes as well.

Release date--February 10th!

And look for Savvy Business Skills for Writers: Book 2--Branding and Promotion--coming in 2009.

Renee Knowles

Coming February 10th Wild Child Publishing

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

New FB releases and reviews

Freya's Bower would like to congratulate Sarah Masters and Chastity Vicks for their new releases and Nita Wick, Erin O'Niall, Penelope Friday, and Jambrea Jo Jones for their reviews.

Come join us on all day Friday at Castle in the Sky Flight of Fantasy.

Dominatrix: Book 4: Masochist by Sarah Masters

Mistress Shadow works in a dungeon in the heart of the city. Each short story explores one of her clients and their predilection.

Masochist: Matthew Scott needs Mistress Shadow, though he acts like it should be the other way around. Can he shirk the stigma attached to his desires, or will he forever treat Mistress Shadow with contempt?

Rating: Sizzling
Book Length: Sips
Price: $1.25
Genre: BDSM/Contemporary

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Nymphomaniac: Book 1: Hunger by Sarah Masters

Mistress Klara works in a dungeon in the heart of the city. Each short story explores one of her clients and their predilection, as well as her affliction of nymphomania.

Hunger: Mistress Klara is hungry for sex. Her client today is Harvey Lewis. Though he may sate her sexual yens, Klara is left unsatisfied in other areas of her life.

Rating: Sizzling
Book Length: Sips
Price: $1.25
Genre: BDSM/Contemporary

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Candy's Store: Book 2: The Pool Room by Chastity Vicks

What's your darkest fantasy? Under the watchful eye of a woman known as Candy, a place exists where all you have to do is ask for what you want. Welcome to Candy's Store....

Book One: The Pool Room

Marcus crossed a line, and his boss isn't happy. What plays out in one bored housewife's fantasy afternoon promises to be a more complicated battle of wills than anyone could have imagined.

Rating: Spicy
Book Length: Sips
Price: $1.25
Genre: Contemporary/BDSM

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Wagonmaster by Nita Wick

"I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves romance, especially historical western. I intend to keep this book and look for others from this outstanding author."

5 Hearts from Brenda Talley, The Romance Studio
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Rating: Spicy
Book Length: Novel
Price: $5.49
Genre: Western/Historical

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One Kiss from a Stranger by Penelope Friday

"One Kiss from a Stranger is a classic romance... I liked this story a lot... I would definitely read it again."

Tori, Joyfully Reviewed
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Rating: Tangy
Book Length: Novel
Price: $5.49
Genre: Contemporary

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A Touch of Spice by Erin O'Niall

"A Touch of Spice is very short, but engaging..."

Ivy, Manic Readers Reviews
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Rating: Spicy
Book Length: Mini
Price: $1.99
Genre: M/M/Light BDSM/Contemporary

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Runaway Man by Jambrea Jo Jones

"Go out and pick up this book... It's a quick read that has instant gratification with the hunger for more... I hope to read more of this author soon!"

You Want to Read by Tami, You Gotta Read Reviews
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Rating: Sweet
Book Length: Micro
Price: $1.49
Genre: M/M/Contemporary/Paranormal

Available February 3, 2009!


Marci Baun
Freya's Bower

Sunday, January 25, 2009

A Crone's Query

A tale of two Tristans with everything to lose and even more to gain.

When young Tristan wanders off into the woods, he meets a vicious Bean Nighe who has a proposition for him. He must answer her query correctly or lose his head.

Tristan Gippeswich is dying, betrayed by his king. He meets the most beguiling woman, but can he hold onto her?

Genre: FantasyBook Length: MiniPrice: $1.99
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Summer of 1647
Woods near Castle Lachlan , Scotland

“Ah, I thought I heard someone comin’ up me path,” an old woman called over her shoulder.
Gnarled hands lifted a soiled linen garment from the waters of the brook. Water dripped red beneath her fingers as she tried to wash away the blood. She stood before the fjord, a basket at her feet. Gray hair, long and coarse, sat high atop her head in a loose bun. Her back hunched beneath her faded moss green gown and looked painful in its disfigurement.

Tristan stopped cold in mid-step.

“Come ‘n’ sit, child.” The crone beckoned him with her crooked finger.

He did as she bade. No mere human could outrun magic, and he wasn’t stupid enough to try. Thus, he sat down on a stump an arm’s length away from her basket of soiled clothes.
The coppery scent of blood hit his nostrils and filled his lungs. Bile rose in his throat. He gagged on the rising vomit, and his stomach revolted. Fear cemented him in place. He raised his sleeve to his face to lessen the stench.

The crone laughed, draped the wet garment over a tree branch, and shook the water from her hands. She turned around and squinted at him. Her shrewd gaze roamed over him before she hobbled to another tree stump that he would swear appeared out of nowhere.

The Bean Nighe sat down on the stump, her knees cracking with age. A sigh escaped her elderly lips. “Tis much better to sit.”

Only one tooth remained in her mouth. It jutted outward from her lower jaw. He caught her disapproving eye and realized he stared.

“Tell me, lad, what do they call ye?”

He lowered his sleeve from his face. “Tristan.”

“Tristan? Tristan. Oh, known many a Tristans, I have.”

She said ‘known’ and not knew.

The crone crossed her arms over her chest and eyed him once more. Her speculative gaze made him sit up straighter. “Do ye fear me, boy?”

He debated on his answer for a moment and wondered if her question could be a trick. If he said no, would she turn him into a newt?
“Yes,” he said, his voice weak, honest.

“Good, ye should be afeared, laddie. Carelessness walkin’ about the woods not mindin’ where ye get yerself off to. A lad could lose his head doin’ such foolery.”

His stomach fell between his knees at her insinuation, and he gulped audibly.

“Tristan, let me tell ye a tale.” She paused for a long moment. Her speculative gaze narrowed on him, and he squirmed. “After me tale is done, all ye need do is answer one question and ye can go.”

“With my head?”

“With yer head.” She pointed a crooked finger and added, “If ye answer correctly.”