My Write Road - SL Baum

... MY WRITE ROAD - S.L. BAUM ... I am a mother, a wife, a former teacher, and a writer! Crafter, baker, taxi driver.......

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

The FREE experiment... results :D

So as I posted a few weeks ago, I was attempting to get Amazon to offer my first novel - A Chance for Charity (The Immortal Ones) -
for FREE on Kindle. It happened pretty quickly. On Tuesday 11/15 Amazon chose to price match with Apple iBooks (which had already lowered my book to free) and within 24 hours I had over 10K downloads...

I made it up to #7 on Amazon's top 100 free Kindle book list. Downloads slowed over the next week and a half, but I was(am) amazed by the number of new potential readers I have received.

I say potential because I realize that there are many people downloading every free book available (whether it is in a genre they enjoy or not) and some may never get around to reading it and some may just not find it to their taste. But that's okay!

After 10 days free the book went back to paid...
it continued to sell - making an appearance at #2 on Amazon's Movers and Shakers list for Kindle and then reaching the spot of #251 (that is out of every single book in the entire Kindle catalog). I was a happy camper...

But that seemed to be a glitch of some sort because 3 days after being removed from the free list it was put back on the free list once again. From what I can tell, Amazon is price-matching with a site called Kobo... because that is the only place where I can find A Chance for Charity still offered for free. I haven't asked Amazon for the price to be raised (although I could email them and request it). I've just decided to see how long this lasts... how many new readers I can get. So far the response from new readers has been wonderful. I have new "Likes" on my FB page and new followers on Twitter... I have new reviews, FB comments, and emails from new readers letting me know that they enjoyed the series. It is a blessing!

So... here is the count... as of today 12/6/2011... after 3 weeks of being a FREE Kindle book... just over 35,000 copies of A Chance for Charity have been downloaded. This has led to increased sales of  My Link in Time and the companion novella Of Fire and Brimstone.

The series is growing a larger fan base and that is exactly what I had hoped for!

Monday, November 14, 2011

Trying the FREE book route...

It seems that to get the attention of new readers, in the eBook world right now, it helps to have a free title available for download. This is a no risk trial run for a new reader. He/she can try out my writing and decide whether or not they want to read my additional books. So, I've decided to give it a try. I've reduced the price of the first novel in The Immortal Ones series to $0.00 - that's as cheap as I can make it folks - on Smashwords.

Smashwords distributes my novels to iTunes, Sony, and Kobo (to name a few) ... but I've always uploaded to Barnes & Noble on my own. I've decided to let Smashwords distribute to B&N as well, because I am unable to price a novel below $0.99 when I upload directly. So soon, within the next 2 weeks, my novel will be FREE at all these outlets. My hope is that when Amazon is notified that it is free at other distributors, they will match the price. This is my only way to attempt a free book at Amazon (as they do not currently let me distribute via Smashwords).

Sound confusing? Well it is to me too. But I would love to offer my first novel to all the eBook readers out there for free (for a limited time)... and this is the path I must take to do so. I hope it works! Cross your fingers for me.

In the meantime you can download A Chance for Charity (The Immortal Ones) for FREE @ Smashwords so CLICK HERE for your free copy!

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

5***** review by the Paranormal Romance Guild

A Chance for Charity - S. L. baum


Book- A Chance for Charity
Author- S.L. Baum
Publisher-Amazon Digital Services
Genre- Paranormal Romance
Rating YA

So, let’s get the hard stuff out of the way. What a great YA book for young teens. The storyline was so intricate and compelling, I almost forgot the rating!!!  In doing reviews, I have read YA pieces and not many books have I loved.  S.L. Baum, step right up and take a bow!  Stephanie Meyers started the YA hysteria into the paranormal genre with Twilight. Ms Baum has written a wonderful first book for her Immortals with no sparkle but with lots of clout. 
Charity, AKA Emily, is an Immortal relocating to a small town with another Immortal couple as her “family”. During the unfold, we learn that Charity, nee Emily, is reliving her high school years, again, to keep a low profile for the ‘family’. They are not vampires, just Immortals who live long, have extra powers, and want to be left alone to live their lives. However, that’s not to be: they are being hunted by Levitcus and Ezekiel, brothers who have spent their lives hunting down immortals. 
We have Charity meeting her new High School classmates, humans/mortals, who she befriends. We meet Lincoln who arrives in town for the ski season to work at the local hardware store.  Charity/Emily is 17, and Link is 22. Their attraction is immediate.  I loved the writing, the storyline, the friendships, and the background of our characters. The story is believable, fun, and light hearted, but doesn’t deter from the underlying seriousness of the final showdown. 
Emily allows Link to know who and what she is, both past and present. There is an overall strength, love of life, and fun to the story that I had no trouble accepting.  Link knew from the moment he saw Charity...his heart was taken. The twist for this novel was, Hello Mortal...and it is a HE for a change. Link has to prove himself to Emily’s immediate and not so immediate family, and that he will be there for her. And when that happens...hold on to your seats!!!
 I read some reviews prior to reading this book and Twilight was alluded to. Is every 17 teen book a twilight story??? NOT!! But not every 17 YA novel is this good. The second Immortal book might be just out or soon to be released...If it is, I would ask the author to send me a copy.  There are some unanswered questions and parts of this story that have whetted my appetite for more. I, for one, would enjoy reading an addition to this journey and I just might be able to give it another 5 star review if it is as well written as this one!!! Thank you, S.L.  Baum, for a good read. 
Review by Gloria Lakritz
Review Chair and Senior Reviewer for The Paranormal Romance Guild

**Thanks so much - to the Paranormal Romance Guild 
for this wonderful review**

Visit the guild at

It is a wonderful meeting place for the lovers of
Paranormal Romance!!

Monday, September 26, 2011

I added page tabs!

I knew it was probably a very easy thing to do, but had simply never investigated it. So, today, I finally did a google search and ended up at a sight with tips for blogger (Tweak My Blogger). In a few minutes I was on my way... and now I have page tabs and posts on those pages... amazing :)

Please take a moment to click on them... cuz they work and everything !!

Monday, September 12, 2011

Dream a Little Dream...

I’ve always had the most interesting dreams… reoccurring dreams… typical dreams… sexy dreams… dreams that seem like a movie… dreams that end up being stories that have to be written down and shared.
My first reoccurring dream, the one that I still remember some 35 years later, involved King Kong. I had it so often as a child that I still remember the details…
In the dream I go to a theme park and there is a ride called King Kong. It is as large as the real King Kong and you take an elevator up to the top of his head. The ride is actually a huge slide that is inside his body. You start at the top, slide all the way down, and exit out his feet. Something goes terrible wrong when I get up to the top. You see - there is a switch in the back of the Giant Ape that says REAL/RIDE and when I get up to the top and enter King Kong’s head… someone switches it to REAL!! (Hey I was 5 years old – it made sense back then).
So little me is stuck in his head as he comes to life and breaks away from the supports. He starts rampaging around the town, and through King Kong’s eyes, I can see everything that is going on. But I am stuck inside. How do I get out? I am trapped inside a gigantic ape that is destroying the town!!
I woke up sometime after that point. I think I made it out a few times and was able to switch him back to RIDE. Thank goodness!!
 During High School and College I would wake up some mornings and actually grabbed paper and pen to write down different dreams. They were so vivid and I knew they would fade if I didn’t get the details down. The one that came to me on more than one occasion (and the one that will make it into print someday) involved teens that were driving somewhere and some kind of an explosion caused a rock avalanche. They were trapped on both sides and couldn’t drive out from the lake area they were passing by when the avalanche occurred. A swim in the lake… some alien/supernatural events happen… and some of the teens don’t leave the lake the same way they entered… I’ll save the details for the story. I think I’ll start that one soon. I’ve been thinking about it a lot lately.
I have the typical naked dreams… going to school… going to work… I always manage to conveniently cover certain parts of me with a random item… newspaper, a hat, my purse, my hands :D
I also have the loose teeth dream more than I would like. That one oooks me out the most! I hate waking up from it. I have to run my tongue across my teeth when I wake up, and chomp my jaws together, just to make sure that all those teeth are still in place and aren’t falling out. I can actually feel then moving around while I talk, in the dream, and then they slowly start falling out. Ack – I seriously hate that dream!!
Ladies… When I got preggers the first time, I read that I would have some dreams that were adult themed. Ummm… yeah… that happened. I have three kids and during each pregnancy I had some AMAZING dreams… If you didn’t get them when you were pregnant… so sorry… you missed out… big time :D
My dreams are remarkable to me. I am so thankful that I am able to recall them after I wake up. I should write more of them down. I guess the ones that I take the time to transcribe are the ones that were meant to stay with me. Charity and Link are here now. I thought of her while awake, but she really came to life in my dreams. The story that I am working on now was first a dream. Most of the time, I just dream a small scene… my imagination has to take it from there… to flesh out the story. Where did these characters come from… where are they going… what drives them? I love exploring those avenues.
My writing is precious to me… and so are my dreams…

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

The Novella is Live!

Well - I reached my goal - finished the novella - sent it out to Beta Readers - made revisions and edits - and hit the Publish Button... on Amazon Kindle, B&N Nook, and Smashwords!

I am glad to have the next story in The Immortal Ones series out there for readers.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Coming Soon

Look for

Of Fire and Brimstone
(The Immortal Ones
Elizabeth's Novella)

by the end of August.

It's coming soon...

almost here...

I'm so excited!!

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Amazon, Barnes&Noble, Smashwords... The Distribution Game

I have been self-publishing my work for a little over a year. In the beginning it was a VERY slow process. The first distribution outlet I uploaded my book - A Chance for Charity (The Immortal Ones) - to was Amazon.

You see I had written a book. It had been sitting on my computer for months... finished... and I hadn't done anything with it. In March of last year my Hubby decided to buy himself a Kindle (his dad had bought the first Kindle model as soon as it was released and told everybody he knew about it). When I saw my Hubby with that second edition Kindle, it just struck me... this eReader thing is simply going to explode. I was poking around the Amazon site in April and saw a note about self-publishing and by May I had made the decision to upload to Kindle. I played with the book file and got it ready... then in the first week of June 2010... I hit the publish button!

June - 7 copies
July - 14 copies
August - 11 copies
Sept - 28 copies

As you can see I was going nowhere... fast! I had published, but how could I get the word out? I had dumped a few hundred dollars into Google Ads, Yahoo Ads, and building my website... and that had done very little. Blogs, Facebook, Message Boards, Twitter, finding a great group of Author & Reader Friends (Al's Place)... that is what helped me. That and more places to upload. When B&N announced their PubIt platform (for self-publishers to upload for Nook), I uploaded there. Soon my books were selling over 100 copies a month. Then I uploaded to Smashwords.

I released the sequel - My Link in Time (The Immortal Ones - Book Two) - at the end of March 2011. During March, April, & May of this year I was selling well over 1000 copies a month.  Then at the very end of June... My books were placed into the Smashwords Premium Distribution catalog, which added Kobo, Sony, & iTunes (I sold a few extra copies in June even though it was almost the end of the month when my books showed up those websites - I'm still waiting on July numbers)... also Diesel and Scrollmotion.

While summer months and Amazon's BIG SALES on Traditionally Published Kindle books have slowed my Kindle sales numbers... my Nook sales numbers are on the rise... and I have high hopes for the Smashwords Premium catalog. So I continue to play the game.

I keep trying to get the name S.L. Baum out there... to make The Immortal Ones a recognized series... and to produce more work. There is a novella coming out soon, that will be an addition to The Immortal Ones series... Of Fire and Brimstone (The Immortal Ones - Novella). Look for it near the end of this month.

And wish me luck... because as we all know the distribution and sales game requires so much luck!!

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

2 New Reviews that have Warmed my Heart!

There are a lot of readers out there that have shunned the indie author. Many have taken this stance... If authors choose to do it on our their then they must not have the talent it takes to be a "real" writer. So, I just want to take a moment to thank my readers for taking a chance on an indie author! I hope you found something that you enjoy... and realize that relying on the publishing houses to tell you what is good and what is not, is not the only way to go. There are many wonderful and talented indie authors publishing their works on their own today!

The reason for this heartfelt "Thank You" was seeing two new reviews pop up on for my books today. The reader/reviewer said that she is now going to seek out other indies. And I think that is simply wonderful!! Thank You - Sara C - and happy hunting!

A Chance for Charity (The Immortal Ones)

A Chance for Charity (The Immortal Ones)
Price: $0.99
Availability: Auto-delivered wirelessly

5.0 out of 5 stars So happy to have found this!, July 26, 2011
Amazon Verified Purchase(What's this?)
I just wanted to share that this is a very enjoyable entry into the young adult vampire genre. I love reading about a strong female, it was a lot of fun with the perfect amount of "cheese" romance and action. I couldn't wait to read the second one, so I'm thrilled that I didn't find this till both had been released! If this is a genre you are interested in, you will absolutely enjoy this book!

I'd also like to say that this author has now sparked a new mission in me to seek out and purchase independently published authors to read on my Kindle. So, thank you for that!

My Link in Time (The Immortal Ones Book Two)

My Link in Time (The Immortal Ones Book Two)
Price: $2.99
Availability: Auto-delivered wirelessly

5.0 out of 5 stars Very enjoyable!, July 26, 2011
Amazon Verified Purchase(What's this?)
I'm sorry, this won't be a thorough review. I'd just like to share that after I read the first book of The Immortal Ones, I immediately downloaded and began this one. And I loved it just as much. I really enjoyed the action, the strength of the main character, and the deviation from other books in this genre. In addition, this author has now shown me how many amazing books there are to explore in the independently-published world and I am having a blast seeking them out. You won't regret reading this. In fact, I'm not sure how you could read the first book and not jump right into this!
Thank you, SL Baum!

Friday, July 15, 2011

ENT - Ereader News Today - Book of The Day

For an idie author, book bloggers are instrumental in helping to drive our sales. And they do an amazing job of it. One way that we work together (indies and bloggers) is by sponsoring a Book of The Day. It helps bring revenue to the blogger (who spends loads of time promoting authors) and sales (but more importantly - exposure) to the author.

Please check out Ereader News Today - a great website/blog - that brings you info on all the amazing deals out there in the eReader world! ... plus the guy who runs the site is a pretty nice guy!!

So, here is my Book of The Day at ENT...

Here’s a very highly rated bargain Kindle book which is also today’s Book Of The Day. A Chance for Charity (The Immortal Ones) by S.L. Baum has a near perfect 4.8 star rating and costs only 99 cents!
This was an amazng book! I couldn’t put it down! The story always has you guessing and things never go the way you think they’re going to go, but it all totally works. I would recommend this book! – Amazon Reviewer

A Chance for Charity (The Immortal Ones)
by S.L. Baum
Rating: 4.8 Stars
Category: Paranormal Romance
Price: $0.99

Here’s what the reviewers have to say:

When you start the story, you will wonder if you are getting entangled in yet another vampire story. But I can assure you it is not! Almost immediately you find there to be mystery and twists that are so much fun. I cannot wait to read the next book and continue the journey with these characters.
I really enjoyed reading A Chance For Charity. I was happy to find a fresh read in the genre I enjoy so much and highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a great supernatural/paranormal romance read.
What a real treat to read the first book published by S.L. Baum. She is a talented lady. I thought this book was wonderful! All the characters in this book round it out to be a real page turner. I knew I liked these Immortals right from the start. What you’ll find in store for Charity and Link and the rest of the crew will make you thirsty for the next book in the series, I know I am!
Sometimes its nice to get lost in another world and enjoy the innocense of romance that doesn’t seem to exist in everyday life. The style of writing is easy to follow and you will find yourself easily getting lost in Charity’s story. I’m really looking forward to the sequel! 

Get A Chance For Charity here: A Chance for Charity (The Immortal Ones)

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Amazon 3G Kindle Special Offer - for the same price as a K3 Wifi only!

Hubby has a K2 (second generation Kindle) that has 3G because that is all that was available at the time he ordered it. It cost over $200 and I was reluctant to get one for myself (being the well known cheapskate that I am). So I waited. But he loved his kindle so much and I coveted his!!

Then Amazon announced the release of K3 (third generation) and said there would be two options
1) K3 Wifi only connection - this means you MUST have a wifi connection at home (or go to a place with free wifi) to download your books and connect to Amazon (without using the USB) - $139

2) K3 3G which would act like the K2... a 3G connection to Amazon wherever you are in the world (that can get a signal)... for life. $189

That news kicked me into gear! I got a Kindle for myself (the wifi only version - because I am often at home when choosing my books and wifi would be all I needed). Then we got Kindles for our DDs for Christmas and 1 for my MIL too!

THEN Kindle announced their KSO (Kindle Special Offer) which means that you will have to have advertisements sent to your Kindle forever. The ads are not going away (for those people who ask how to upgrade to a regular). There is no upgrade... you either have a KSO or you don't. If you don't want the ads then order a regular K3. But I've asked around and have been told that the ads are not bothersome and they never appear in your reading (just on the home screen and the screen savers). These were priced at $114 (for wifi only) and $164 (for the 3G version). When they were released.

NOW - Amazon Kindle has made a deal with AT&T for the KSO 3G that will make it an even better deal. It will now be only $139 - that is the same price as a K3 wifi only - that is a great deal!

... from their official press release:

"Kindle 3G is by far the fastest-growing connected device on the AT&T network. We consistently hear from customers how much they enjoy the freedom of not being tied to a Wi-Fi hotspot and instead being able to download and read new books anytime, anywhere on AT&T's fast, reliable network," said Ralph de la Vega, President and CEO, AT&T Mobility and Consumer Markets. "We are excited to sponsor Amazon's best Kindle - Kindle 3G with Special Offers - at the new lower price of only $139."
Kindle 3G includes all the same features that helped make the third-generation Kindle the #1 bestselling e-reader in the world:

  • Free 3G wireless, no annual contracts, no monthly fees
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Tuesday, July 5, 2011

My Blood Approves - Cam's Review

My Blood Approves by Amanda Hocking - Review by Cameryn (age 13)  

My Blood Approves is a book of love, mystery, and of course, vampires. This book takes vampires to an all new level in their age and civilization. The age can be from a day old, in vampirism, to over three hundred years. Their part in civilization could be anything from an everyday street prowler to one of the world’s top industry owners.

This book is a romance between two of the characters. It may not exactly say it or show it right away and it may not even be part of this first book, but you’ll just have to read the series to find out. I was always kept on the edge, wondering  who falls in love in the end. This is a very tricky romance!

The five main characters of the first book are Alice, Jack, Peter, Ezra, and May. Out of those five, my favorite would be Peter. He was the quiet, mysterious one throughout the book. Peter had kept to himself and was always trying to fight for what the right thing was, in his mind.

My favorite part of My Blood Approves is when Alice is trying to figure out what is wrong with Jack, Peter, Ezra, and May. They’re supposed to be a family but none of them have similar characteristics. One day Jack almost reveals himself and Alice gets suspicious. That’s when she starts questioning this “family.” Eventually the answers are given and her life turns upside-down.

I highly recommend this book for YAs, YA book readers, and vampire readers - such as myself. I enjoyed this series immensely, especially this book. You wouldn’t be wasting your money.

*To let everyone know, My Blood Approves contains kissing, mention of things more than just kissing, and alcohol usage. Mothers: before looking into owning the rest of the series and having one or more of your children read these books, I think you would need to read and approve of them (or not). There is drug and alcohol usage along with things more than just kissing within the rest of the series. I feel as if I’m making the books sound awful, but they really aren’t too bad. I’m 13 and I’m aloud to read it, they may be inappropriate for younger readers. So do take this into consideration. I feel as if I should mention this. No hard feelings to the author. I did really love this series. I’ve read My Blood Approves three times!

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Chicken Meatball Subs...

It has been awhile since I posted anything having to do with food! To be honest... I do not love the kitchen in this rental house and rarely cook anything other than the basics... we are eating out more than usual.

But... I've been craving meatballs lately and last night I broke down and made some. When you think of meatballs, think of a little round meatloaf. Basically anything you'd make meatloaf outta... you can do a meatball outta too. These are pretty basic and easy to make... and OH SO GOOD!

2 lbs Ground Chicken Breast
2 Eggs
1/2 to 3/4 c Seasoned Bread Crumbs
Garlic and Herb seasoning
Fresh minced Garlic

I'm not the measuring sort of Gal...  So...
just get a bowl, put in the Chicken, Eggs,
and bread crumbs... then add whatever
amounts of each of the seasonings that you
want. I use less Cumin than everything
else because a little goes a long way and
it has that great smoky flavor!

Use your hands and mix it all together...
then start rolling the meatballs.
I put the balls in a 9x13 pan (that I had coated with PAM) and when I'd used all my chicken mixture, I poured a 15oz can of Hunt's Tomato Sauce over the tops of the balls, and around the edges of the pan.

Cover with foil and bake in a 375 degree oven for about an hour.

We had meatball subs for dinner! I just put some meatballs in the rolls, added some shredded cheese to the top, and popped them back in the oven for a few minutes to melt the cheese and crisp the bread. Then I put a little of the sauce on the top after I took them out of the oven.

Don't they look D-lish?! My kiddos thought so!!


Monday, June 27, 2011

Winner Winner Chicken Dinner

OK - no Chicken Dinner - just a signed paperback of my book :)

The winners have been chosen with the help of
Kristin Craven - A Chance for Charity
Linda Cupp Mihay - My Link in Time
I'll contact you by email to get your mailing address!
Thanks for entering to win :)

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Signed Paperback Giveaway :)

As part of my Book-A-Versary month... I'm doing a Signed Paperback Giveaway!

If you would like to win a signed paperback... I'll mail out one copy of each book... (A Chance for Charity and My Link in Time - there will be two separate drawings).

So... comment and leave your name and which copy you'd like to win (or put BOTH if you want to be entered for both books).

Drawing will be held on Sunday and winners announced on Monday 6/27

If blogger is being strange and won't let you comment - then just go to my FB author page and comment on the note there. We are not supposed to conduct contests on our FB pages anymore - but hey - whatever works!

Monday, June 20, 2011

Rippler - Cam's Review

Rippler by Cidney Swanson - Review by Cameryn (age 13)

Rippler is a book with love, surprises, and character’s always having the fear of being discovered. This book kept me on my toes and had unique twists to it. I’ve heard of “turning invisible”, “vanishing”, and many similar things, but never “rippling.”

The author made this book very interesting by creating a whole new life in the eyes of Sam, Will, and Mickie. At first you were thrown into the action desperately fighting to find the answers to everything. But you did get your answers, so don’t worry about being confused!

The ending of the book had to be my favorite part. It left me hanging for more and that’s what I look for in a book. To me that’s what puts the icing on the cake. My favorite character was Will because he was always the one to be depended on and to look up to.

This is a perfect action-love story for YA readers. There is only kissing too, and I like a clean romance. But don’t get ahead of yourself and jump to conclusions. Everything kept twisting around in this book. You’ll just have to read and find out what happens!

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

The Book Report from the Black Lagoon - The Boy's Review

The Book Report from the Black Lagoon by Mike Thaler - Review by Ethan (age 8)

This book is about a boy, named Hubie, who can barely read (the book says "I'm a slow reader. It takes me three minutes to read a STOP sign.") and has to do a book report on a chapter book.

I like that the Black Lagoon books always have a cool cover and the boy in the book imagines silly bad things happening to him.

My favorite part of the book was when Hubie imagines an avalanche of words starting to come towards him. I didn't like how the picture on the front of the book was not anywhere inside the book.

That's pretty much it.

The Book Report from the Black Lagoon
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Friday, June 3, 2011

Candy Wars - T-Bug's Review

Candy Wars: The Tooth Fairy vs The Candy King by author R.G. Cordiner
Review by Tristyn (age 11)

Candy Wars was a very interesting book. I liked the candy creatures the most. What I enjoyed about them was how unusual they were: chocolate archers, marshmallow soldiers, and icing sugar snowmen. I can picture them well in my head

When James and Emily go through a portal that appeared in their bedroom they find themselves in a mysterious land, there they learn different stories of who is the good guy and who is the bad guy. I found this was a very intense part of the story because James finds the Candy King’s land and Emily is taken to the Tooth Fairy Queen’s (the TFQ) land. There the two kids learn the wrong thing about the other land and start to become brain washed into thinking their sibling is a selfish tooth fairy or a greedy candy creature.

I enjoyed this book so much I have read it about 5 times and I was extremely excited when the 2nd one came out. I strongly recommend this book to readers who enjoy action packed fairy tales.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Portal - Cam's Review

Portal by author Imogen Rose - Review by Cameryn (age 13)

Portal is a book of romance, action, tight situations, and emotional scenes. With its time travel and dimensions never thought to have existed, this book kept me waiting to see what would happen next. I was never bored and when it came to me wanting to escape into a good story, it was the perfect book (series) to read.

My favorite part of the book would have to be when Arizona makes a crucial decision at the end. It is my favorite because she has very good reasons to go with each choice. It’s suspenseful and I was practically jumping out of my seat when I read the outcome. My favorite character has to be Kellan because he is always the one that keeps things in order and takes charge. He also was like another big brother to Arizona (before Arizona Stevens came into the Darley life).

Portal is a fantastic read for people with an interest for love and the unthinkable. I have read the whole series twice, so you can tell that it will keep you entertained no matter what! I would recommend this book for everyone over the age of 11. There is only kissing just to put that out there for the mothers!

I think anyone would enjoy this book tremendously. It will keep you on your toes all the time. I was so very eager to read the rest of the series. I can’t wait until Imogen’s fourth book in this series comes out. I highly suggest you read Portal. It would be a wonderful day if you got the whole Portal Chronicles for your kindle.

Monday, May 30, 2011 my Kiddos!

I feel that as an author, I walk a fine line when it comes to reviewing another author's work. But hey... I have 3 amazing kiddos that are AVID readers... and there is no line crossed if they want to spout their opinions about the books they read. And let me tell ya - my kids have opinions!

I would love to share their favorite (and not so favorite) books with you.

My 13 YO daughter is a YA paranormal junkie - she can read a book a day during the summer (and just did with The Summoning series).

My 11 YO daughter was a Junie B and Judy Moody addict when she was a bit younger and is now transitioning into older books.

My 8 YO son thinks that Dav Pilkey is the greatest writer in the Universe and Captain Underpants should be a national treasure.

First review coming soon...

Monday, May 23, 2011

Missing the Norm...

With all the new questions and concerns that are now a daily part of my life... Who do we choose to rebuild the house? What kind of budget are we working with? Where is the Margaritaville Margarita machine? OK the electronics company delivered half of my computer speakers, where are the other half? Will I really be back in my home in 5 more months? ... I am missing my normal daily activities.

I went a month without writing... there was a story started on my computer (that I couldn't get to) and I wanted to re-read it and continue with it... I got that back a few weeks ago... Yay!

I haven't baked a thing in two months... this is a big deal! I love baking. I had to go out and buy all new everything (because any food that was in the house was trashed). Flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, vanilla, powdered sugar, baking chips... all those staple supplies had to be replenished... and I always seem to forget something while I am out! The kids are out of school on Thursday and I promised we would bake!!!

I haven't crafted anything in two months either. I know... cry me a river... but crafting is a HUGE part of my life! I had some craft supplies brought over (my entire scrapbooking room is going to be destroyed but all my supples are good - they are just mostly being stored right now)... I just don't have the room in the rental house :(

So... I think I just may have to live without my norm for the next several months, while the house is rebuilt and then while we move back in and unpack (or donate a good portion of) our stuff... I have a feeling that my norm will have shifted by then...

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Where's my stuff???

The day of the fire, our insurance company called out two "preferred vendors." One was a re-construction company and the other was a pack-out company. The re-construction company was there to survey the damage and give us a bid to rebuild... straight forward... no problem.

The pack-out company was there to clean up my items and classify them as salvageable and un-salvageable... and then pack them up for us. I immediately decided that we needed our salvageable items to be split into three categories.
1) Stuff that could be put into long term storage
2) Long term storage stuff that also needed to be climate controlled
3) Items that we would need at the rental house

So, I spent a week going through our ruined house with sticky notes and tagging everything! I made piles... I threw away the obvious trash... I got clothes ready for donation... and then I tagged "Rental" - "Long Term" - "Climate Control" all over the house. The pack out company sent over TWO guys... that was it... two guys! They walked around my house and wrote down everything... the name of each and every DVD, book, CD, spice, can of food, EVERYTHING! Now this took forever. I understand that the insurance wants records... but long handing each and every item in my house on a yellow legal pad... not so efficient.

It took this company 3 weeks and everything was done in a half-assed way. There are still things that were overlooked and not packed. Then it was time to "purify and sanitize and deodorize" the items - AFTER they were packed in boxes. So, the boxes were piled, stacked, and crammed into the master bedroom of my house and a contraption was brought in that recycled the air and cleaned it... it ran for 2 days... "sanitizing" items that were packed in sealed up boxes. Yup, that makes sense to me :/

I had asked for the "Rental" boxes to be brought to the Rental house on April 22nd - the company was non-committal - so on April 23rd we went to the house and found a few boxes labeled rental and took them ourselves... by April 27th we had still heard nothing... for days... no word... air machine gone... my stuff in boxes... still in my house... my smoke damaged house... my unsecured (with multiple unlocked windows) house... WTF

Disappointed... to say the least!

We are still waiting to talk with our insurance adjuster about the company that they sen over to us... to help us in our time of need.

Oh yeah, and the company that has all our clothes - to clean the smoke smell out of them. They haven't cleaned a single article of them yet... just a few pieces of luggage... cuz that is a priority item... don'tcha think!

Saturday, April 30, 2011

My House... on Fire...

So... this is not a figurative title for a blog post... my house was literally on fire! On March 31st I was having a late lunch with one of my HS friends. I checked my phone as we were finishing up and noticed that I had 3 missed calls from Hubby, no texts... just missed calls. That was quite unusual, so I immediately called him back... and he said, "Where are you?!". I explained that I was out at lunch and then he told me that he was on his way home, that he got a call at work from a neighbor saying that flames were shooting out of our roof, and that I needed to get home. He had thought that I was home that day (I'd forgotten to tell him about the lunch).

I turned to my friend and said, "I have to go. Apparently, my house is on fire!"

I live 2 minutes from the restaurant we were at and arrived to a street, blocked off by police. I spoke to the officer, explained that it was my house, and he pointed out a spot I could park and then walk over to where a fireman would meet me and explain what had happened.

This is a completely surreal experience to find oneself in. You see it on TV, the movies, read about it in books... but your house is never supposed to be the one! My neighbor from across the street (a retired fire chief) walked up to me and said that he had been outside and saw the flames, shooting out of the roof, up into the air. His wife called 911 as he kicked down our side door, went through the house in search of people, pets, and then pictures (he called it the 3 P's). The man is a saint! He pulled pictures off my walls and laid them outside until he decided it was unsafe for him to be in there. He explained that the smoke was down to his knees as he moved through the house!

The firefighters were an amazing crew... managing to contain the fire to the attic (where it had started) and used a combo of water and foam to combat it. There was minimal damage to our personal property (they were able to lay tarps across our furniture etc - before parts of the ceiling collapsed). But... our house is toast. We are looking at a complete rebuild! We found out, 4 days after the fire, that wiring in a fan that exhausted hot air out of the attic and through the roof was the cause of the fire.

Another friend of mine was able to pick up my kiddos from their 2 different schools that day... and lie to them - saying that I was at lunch and running late. When I picked them up later that day, I explained the truth... telling them that their house was un-livable was a very hard thing to do. Watching my kiddos sob at the loss of the only home they have known was heart wrenching.

My family - of 5 people and 3 dogs - moved in with my in-laws for 3 weeks, until we secured a rental house (which the insurance has signed a 6 month lease on). My in-laws are great - but live about 40 minutes from the kids' schools. We were driving great distances and waking up super early every day. It was a stressful situation. We've been in a rental house for exactly 1 week now, and life is beginning to gain it's rhythm again. The rental is about a half a mile from our home - which is good!

Now we are faced with choosing the right Re-construction Contractors for us... and start the rebuild of our home. My huge silver lining in this awful situation is a new house. It is not the way that I would ever have chosen... but I get to remodel and update our entire house... and that is kinda great!

So, I am going to do my best to focus on the positive as we move through this next adventure in our lives!

Monday, March 28, 2011

My Link in Time

So... Book Two is out. It has had a great opening weekend. I am so happy!
The book is currently available at Amazon for Kindle and B&N for Nook :D
Amazon link
Barnes & Noble link

eReaderNewsToday ENT Book of the Day

Yesterday I was ENT's Book of The Day - it really gave book 1 a sales push.
ENT is a great website!

Friday, March 11, 2011

My Link in Time (The Immortal Ones)

Well, here is the cover... anticipating release at the end of this month...
stay tuned!

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Cake Balls

So... I'm on twitter and follow @SparklingReview and that girl is ALWAYS posting something tasty looking that she's made for her ETSY store ( you really should check it out - ). One day she mentioned cakeballs and I said "Cake is square!" I'll stick to that... but... they looked so good I had to try it.

My version is no where near as pretty as hers... but they taste pretty darn good.

Step One - Bake a cake and let it cook (I made a red velvet one)

Step Two - Crumble up the cake in a big bowl.

Step Three - Get frosting (canned or homemade).
I made a simple cream-cheese frosting
with equal parts butter and cream-cheese,
a dash of vanilla, and powdered sugar
until you like the thickness.

Step Four - Mix the frosting into the crumbled cake
until it is moist enough to form balls.

Step Five - Roll the mixture into balls.
I didn't want red stained hands so I used
the two spoon method. Took a bit longer
but works just as well.

Step Six - Freeze the Balls (for an hour or so)

Step Seven - Melt down some chocolate.
I made Chocolate covered Cakeballs
using both white and milk chocolate.

Step Eight - Take an ice cold cakeball and cover it in
the chocolate. Then sprinkle a little bit of cake
crumbles on top or use colored sugar or some
other yummy topping.

Step Nine - Into the fridge or freezer to harden the chocolate.

Step Ten - EAT THEM!!

Monday, January 31, 2011

New Review up @ That Bookish Girl

Check out the new review of A Chance for Charity (The Immortal Ones) on...

That Bookish Girl's BLOG

A Chance for Charity was a beautifully crafted, well developed paranormal story. While the story falls under the young adult category, the characters themselves do not behave like naive teenagers – because they are nothing of the sort. Although Charity (who currently goes by Emily) appears to be a seventeen-year-old, in reality she is in her nineties. She, and her companions, Catherine and James, are “immortal ones”. They never age and can heal themselves, but they can be murdered.

Baum does a fantastic job with the characters, especially Charity. I found her to be extremely endearing and easy to sympathize with. For the past seventy odd years she has kept the world at a distance, after she lost her first love during the attack on Pearl Harbor. She looks to Catherine and James for companionship, but it is obvious that she is missing something.

The book begins when Charity, Catherine and James move to the small town of Telluride, Colorado. Because they do not age, they are forced to start over every few years to avoid discovery. The trio is constantly looking over their shoulders for the Lords family – a family who has made it their legacy to hunt down the immortal ones. When they arrive in Telluride, they change their names as a precaution, here Charity is known as Emily Johnston. James and Catherine pose as Charity’s Aunt and Uncle, since they appear older then Charity.

Like the character of Charity, I was also impressed with James and Catherine. As the book progresses both characters are fleshed out and we are given their back stories. I don’t want to give too much about the characters away, but the way they met was very creative. Both Catherine and James care immensely for Charity and act in the parental roles, even though in reality she is over ninety years old.
Soon after the makeshift family arrives in Telluride, Charity meets Link. She instantly feels comfortable with him and cannot seem to stay away. She knows that by allowing a relationship (of any kind) to progress she is putting her family in danger, but she cannot get him off her mind. She feels that she knows him from somewhere and Link feels the same pull towards her.

The only problem I had with this book can be found with Charity and Link’s relationship. Let me start by saying that I loved the two of them together. Link brings out another side to Charity; a side that she has kept hidden away for decades. He too has kept his distance from others and they sort of heal each others wounds. That being said, I thought their relationship progressed way too fast. They go from acquaintances to friends at a reasonable pace, but there descent from friends to soul mates was like lightning. I could kind of see it from Charity’s perspective; I mean she has been waiting to fall in love for a while. But Link is only twenty-two. How many twenty-two year old guys are ready to make a declaration of love after something like two months? Please don’t miss understand me, I was thrilled with their relationship, I just wish they would have slowed down at bit.

On another note, the plot line and writing were phenomenal. You get to meet a few different supernatural creatures as the book progresses – some vampires, witches and even a few shifters. However, I really appreciated that the supernatural elements were not over done. This was obviously a book about supernaturals, but that was not front and center. Often times with these sort of books, the characters themselves suffer because the author was so focused on their supernatural qualities and traits. All of the characters in A Chance for Charity were beautifully developed and the plot lines were well thought out.

There is also plenty of excitement packed within the pages; things really start to heat up when the Lord brothers come to town. Catherine, James and Charity have to decide whether to runaway once again or to stay and put up a fight. Like I said before, although they are immortal, they can be killed. They are terrified of losing one another, because they are all they have. I cannot imagine how lonely it would be, living on forever as you watch those around you die. The three of them keep each other sane; I don’t think they could stand it if they lost one another.

On a final note, the setting is also to-die-for. The images of the quaint ski town of Telluride that Baum paints are gorgeous. I could easily picture every different setting; Catherine’s store, Charity’s mansion, the ski slopes – every lovely detail was described. Yet, the writing never seemed to drag. The pacing was always just right. While we get a lot of information about each character, it comes in short segments so it is never overwhelming. There is nothing I hate more than when a writer goes off on a side note for pages and pages and pages. Thankfully, this is avoided and everything flows smoothly.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading A Chance for Charity and look forward to reading the sequel, which is going to be published sometime this year. Besides the minor problem with the pace of Charity and Link’s romance, the book was flawless. I connected with all of the characters, loved the storyline and cannot wait to see what happens to Charity and the gang next.

**Thanks to Sarah doing the Review!

Sunday, January 9, 2011

New Cover!!!

This is the final product of the
new cover!

I tried to blend the best of each
trial cover into the making of
this new one!

I am very pleased with the
end result!

Wish me luck!

Saturday, January 8, 2011

The Search for New Cover Art

Well I am in the search for a New Cover for my novel

I was leaning toward this one at first.

Then these last two started to grow on me!

Decisions... decisions!

Friday, January 7, 2011

Author Q&A over at the LHJ community

I was invited to do a little Indie Author Interview over at the Ladies Home Journal community boards. If you would like to read though my Q&A then CLICK HERE

My thanks to Annie over at LHJ.