September Again by Hunter S. Jones!

Hello, lovely people! 🙂 Remember the fabulous September Ends I featured a while back on the blog? Well Hunter S. Jones and ‘An Anonymous English Poet’ have done it again! Read down to find out more about their newest offering, September Again.

 

 

According to Cherokee beliefs, opportunity will bless you twice.

September Again, second in the series, September Stories, is the follow up to the hugely popular indie sensation, September Ends. September Again finds Liz Snow Savage leaving England. She follows her daughter Zelda Savage back to America after Zelda’s betrayal of her. More drama ensues as Liz looks for meaning in life while Zelda finds her direction after the tragedy of losing Jack O. Savage, The Poet. Set mainly in Chattanooga, Tennessee, September Again chronicles the rhythm of life’s cycles. The ebb and flow of love unravel the mystery of Liz’s past. September Again allows a further glimpse into the intricate web of passion and desire which have entangled Liz Snow, Pete Hendrix and Jack O. Savage for years. Will a chance encounter finally reveal the truth? What act will change the destiny of Liz and Zelda forever? The story of sin, salvation and redemption continues in Book 2 of the September Stories, told through a mosaic of prose with a smattering poetry. 

Magic happens when you least expect it.

Where can I get a copy?

Amazon US

Amazon UK

Amazon CAN

And where can I find out more about the authors?

Hunter’s Amazon Profile

Anonymous Poet’s Profile

Hunter’s Blog

Hunter’s Facebook

Hunter’s Twitter

From Where I Stand Blog Tour–Guest Post From Rob Zimmermann!

Good morning everyone! I’m happy to welcome the awesome and talented Rob Zimmermann over to the blog today, to take over as part of his book tour for his début book of poetry, From Where I Stand! So without further ado, grab your coffee or tea, get comfy, and I’ll hand over….

 

Rob's Author PicRobert has been writing poetry since the eleventh grade. His writing started as impulsive rambling, but soon became a passion. A few years later he attended SUNY Potsdam where he received a B.A. in Creative Writing.
His main focus is poetry, but at times you can find him dabbling in short fiction. Robert has also created the blog A Life Among The Pages, where he posts his writing as well as book reviews.
When he’s not reading or writing, Robert enjoys spending time with his dog, Deuc. Deuc ran out of the woods in August 2011 and they have been inseparable ever since.

 

Blurb

From Robert Zimmermann comes From Where I Stand, an emotional debut poetry collection. Zimmermann explores strained parental relationships, loss of life, and the despair associated with grief. Alongside these darker themes, he delves into the small areas of life that often go unnoticed but become the hope we are searching for.

From Where I Stand Cover

Discussion
Poetry: Fiction or Non-Fiction

When I started paying more attention to the way books are classified on various sites, something strange hit me. My observation may be because poetry is the main discipline in which I write, but either way I think this is an interesting subject to bring up.

Poetry: should it be classified under Fiction or should it be labeled Fiction-Fiction? When I look on the Amazon book listing, poetry falls under:

• Fiction > Poetry (in Kindle categorization)
• Literature & Fiction > Poetry (in “normal” book categorization).

When looking at this, you see it’s at least consistent for the two ways books work on Amazon (Book and Kindle e-book). But is poetry REALLY just Fiction?

Let’s take a look at a few other booksellers online for a second. Over on Smashwords, poetry is also listed under Fiction. And guess what Barnes & Noble has it under…you probably guessed right. B&N has it under Fiction & Literature.

What do you all think? Which “label” would you place on Poetry? I’d like to open this up for discussion in the comments below. I’d also like to stir the pot a little by stating my view on this topic.

I feel that there is enough variety in poetry to warrant its own category on the same level as Fiction and Fiction-Fiction. And if that can’t happen I feel that most poetry could easily go under Fiction-Fiction.

Why is this? For those who read poetry regularly enough, I think you can back me up when I say that more often than not, a poet is writing words that border on being considered a memoir. Whether it’s an autobiographical poem or based on an event that was witnessed, I think more real life goes into the poems than Fictional elements.

This isn’t always the case. I’ll openly admit that. Who’d really argue that Paradise Lost is based strongly on fact? (Please, don’t start a religious tangent here.) There are poems that fall clearly on one side of the spectrum and poems that fall on the other. Yet, there are also poems that blur the lines and don’t have a clear home in either camp.

Where does my book, From Where I Stand, fall in all of this? I would consider my poetry to be Fiction-Fiction. It does have fictional elements in a few poems, but the main focus of the work is autobiographical. Yet, when you look for it on any site, you’ll find it under Fiction.

I don’t feel that it’s misleading a reader, exactly. I think it’s more that poetry becomes hidden if it’s under the vast expanses of Fiction. I also think that if it were under the Fiction-Fiction umbrella only, not enough readers would bother for it there. I personally rarely look under the Fiction-Fiction section of e-bookstores. Based on this, I wouldn’t expect many other readers would either (at least those in my group of acquaintances).

One last thing to consider when you think about your own stance in this matter. When I’ve walked into numerous bookstores, whether it was a Borders, Barnes & Noble, or any of the great used bookstores I frequent, Poetry has ALWAYS had its own section just like Fiction and Fiction-Fiction. So why does this change when labeling books online? It’s much easier to organize online considering there’s no need to consider where to place that extra bookcase for the poetry books.

Please, I’d love to hear what you all think. Don’t hesitate to disagree either. Just keep it clean and friendly. I think we’ll all learn something from the discussion 🙂

 

LINKS:

Blog – http://alifeamongthepages.wordpress.com/
Twitter – https://twitter.com/miztrebor
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/Robert.Zimmermann.Writer
Goodreads – http://www.goodreads.com/user/show/6435657-rob-zimmermann
PURCHASE LINKS:
Amazon US – http://www.amazon.com/From-Where-I-Stand-ebook/dp/B00A5AVLO4
Amazon UK – http://www.amazon.co.uk/From-Where-I-Stand-ebook/dp/B00A5AVLO4
Smashwords – https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/253778

AND DON’T FORGET THE AWESOME GIVEAWAY!

Robert will be giving away 5 ebook copies (.mobi, .epub, or PDF) of From Where I Stand at the end of the tour. To enter, please leave a thoughtful comment on this post and be sure to leave an email to be contacted with if you’re a winner.
One comment per person per post, feel free to comment on multiple posts for an extra entry for each. Winners will be gathered together from all the blog tour stops and then chosen randomly.
Giveaway ends December 9th at 12:01AM. Winners to be announced soon after they are selected.

Guest Post From Katie Jennings for When Empires Fall!

WHEN EMPIRES FALL

FREE eBook Promotion and Birthday Bash Blog Tour!

In celebration of her quarter-life crisis, Katie Jennings is running a one day only FREE eBook Promo for her latest release, When Empires Fall! Click the cover image below to download the FREE eBook from Amazon, or click HERE!

 

What people are saying about When Empires Fall…

“A modern day epic in the tradition of Gone With The Wind… Infused with deception, lust, murder and romance, Jennings creates a magnificent family saga not to be missed.” -J.L. Firestone, author

“Exhilarating and fresh… Jennings masterfully weaves an intricate web of deception and lies…When Empires Fall is not as much a story about the rich as it is a story about human character.” -Cristian Mihai, author/blogger

“Wow! This word doesn’t even capture the writing ability of Jennings…gifted with character development to rival the New York Times best-sellers…Jennings tantalizes her readers at every chapter and scene break. Her characters are addictive.” -Bestselling Author Carolyn Arnold

Synopsis…

Some rise by sin, and some by virtue fall…

In America, kings are not born, they are made. Men with ambition build their own empires and it is their heirs who carry the torch of tradition, generation by generation.

The Vasser Hotel Empire rose out of the ashes of an Industrial era, cementing itself in the very heart of America’s greatest city, New York. Through the drive and courage of one man, a legacy was born that would last more than a hundred years.

That is, until word got out that one of their own was murdered.

Sixty years of lies will come crashing down in flames of treachery and blood, and the truth will send shockwaves through an entire nation. Now the newest generation of Vasser heirs will have to deal with the consequences, or else allow their legacy to burn to the ground.

But dark secrets are buried deep within the family itself, and everyone has an agenda. Love of family and forbidden passion will set off sparks in a powder keg ready to annihilate the empire, but it may also be the only thing keeping them whole.

When reputation is everything, it will take all they’ve got to save themselves from their own undoing.

Book Trailer…

But Wait…There’s More!

Also in celebration of both her birthday and the FREE promotion, Katie is unveiling the book cover and teaser trailer for the highly anticipated sequel to When Empires Fall…

Here is
Rise of the Notorious
Coming Spring 2013

 

Synopsis:

Finish, good lady; the bright day is done, and we are for the dark.

When their empire fell, darkness descended upon the Vasser Hotel family and shrouded them in chaos. It was a darkness layered in violent sins and staggering deception, made only more potent by a haunting truth. Murder, it seemed, was a burden they couldn’t escape.

With a scandal plaguing the family’s reputation, the Vasser heirs must rise to the occasion and utilize a killer’s advice to turn bad publicity into good, and tradition into innovation.

If only it was that easy.

In an elaborate game of hidden motives and sinister agendas, more dirty truths from the past will resurface, truths that could bring about victory or bloodshed. But how will the Vasser siblings react when the real threat to their family not only has power and control on the mind, but assassination as well? What will they do when it becomes clear that someone out there wants them destroyed, no matter the price?

The Vassers may have fallen from grace, but now they will rise as notorious.

 

About Katie Jennings…

 

Nothing can compare to the exhilaration of discovering, at last, a mode of release for the imagination. Mine came, after years of struggling to visualize my creativity, in the form of written word. I found myself with my nose constantly in a book, absorbing the life of the characters and the beauty of the setting. It was intoxicating, to say the least, and the only thing I knew was that I wanted to give writing a shot, and take the thousands of characters and storylines in my head and put them down on paper, and form them into something real and compelling.

In truth, I’m just a girl from a small town north of Los Angeles, with an imagination for days and thank goodness a keyboard at my fingertips. And even though my husband thinks I’m a nerd and my mom is undoubtedly my biggest fan, at the end of the day I’m loving life and enjoying giving breath to the characters living in my heart, and sharing with others all the creativity I can harness.

I believe in true love, and I’ve always believed in happy endings. And that is just the beginning of the story.

 

 

Connect with Katie…

Official Author Website

Facebook

Twitter

Blog

Amazon Author Page

Guest Post from Tessa Stokes

Hey folks! We have a guest post today, from Tessa Stokes, so I’m going to pass over to her……. 🙂

 

A British author, Tessa writes paranormal romance and urban fantasy romance, as it gives her more chance for happy endings.
She was born in the United Kingdom, but has lived in different parts of the world because of her work and has many interests, amongst which reading features highly. Tessa loves history, and tries to cram in as many visits to historical, sacred and ancient places as she can in any free time she has.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Trying to please both sides of the pond: A British author’s dilemma

 

I’m a British author and my books are set in the United Kingdom. They vary from a series that is young adult fantasy romance (17-21 years old) ‘The Seven Spell Saga’, to adult paranormal romance, ‘The Ruthin Trilogy’. All of them sell much more in the USA than in Britain.

I write for the eBook market now, Kindle, Nook, Sony, KOBO and iPad.

When I first released my ebooks, as a British author I used UK English spelling. It didn’t sit happily with some US readers and I began to use American spelling.

Little by little, I have changed to use American spelling and names for items all the time where possible because it seems that as a British author I am better received in the USA by doing this. I have to look after this market because I really want my stories read and British readers are so thin on the ground.

Some of my humor is very English; take this passage from my adult fantasy romance, Stone Kisses

 

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Almost a week had gone by and Mercury was aware that his stone mantle was completely hardened. Not a tendril of his lovely hair tangled in the breeze, not a sliver of his drapery moved when a fox brushed against him in the night. His heart was heavy and he had begun to believe that Justin had no intention of even re-selling him in order to go on with some semblance of the game. He was abandoned. Stella had let him down; no Justin had let him down. He knew the teardrop was still there on his cheek and if he could he would have cried some more.

It was very dark as there was no moon to be seen, and the air was satin with unshed rain. Mercury heard them before he saw them. Two people, a man and a woman. They had a torch and a wheelbarrow, which kept catching on the bushes that edged the path leading to this side of the building. When the path widened out to the square of concrete and the little access road, which meant the truck for the skip collection could get in, he heard the trundling sound of the wheelbarrow. Mercury thought they had two wheelbarrows when he could hear the sounds properly.

The people stopped and the woman held the torch whilst the man climbed into the skip.

Mercury listened to them.

“Frieda point it a bit further over here I can’t see what this is”. The man’s voice came.

“Okay Gabe but it’s not the strongest beam. I told you we should have got the other one too. What have you got there?” The woman answered.

“Rabbits, three of them and not too damaged either. Here take them. I’ll pass them one at once and there’s a gnome here too, just the top of his hat is missing. Two small frogs with chunks out of the back. Hey, a nice set of blue stone pots, oh wait a minute they are all cracked down one side, but no matter we can salvage them. Get a move on Frieda”, the man admonished, and Mercury if he could have, would have laughed. They were stealing the broken stuff.

He listened as they loaded their wheelbarrows and thought what does it matter? It was only going to be broken up for road fill anyway. If they want it who cares?

They trundled off with their wheelbarrows, but Gabe came back about five minutes later and looked around the other side of the skip.

Mercury heard the woman approach too.

“Gabe what are you up to? Come on don’t stay too long, and don’t stray in too far or the alarms will go”.

Mercury agreed with her and then Gabe was in front of him.

“Frieda check this out. They’ve tossed out a bloody great statue”, the man said peering at Mercury’s face.

Frieda appeared and lit the place up with her torch. The two were older than Mercury had expected maybe mid-fifties. They both had graying hair and were dressed almost identically in dark blue trousers, and padded jackets. The woman had a kind face and she looked hard at Mercury.

“He’s a handsome specimen and no mistake. I can’t see anything wrong with him Gabe. Do you reckon you could lift him? Let’s take him; we could definitely sell him on”.

Gabe chuckled. “I’ll never lift him Frieda. Go and get the sack trolley we’ll manage him that way”.

Frieda left with the torch, but Mercury had heard the words ‘sell him on’, and was feeling decidedly uplifted by these events.

Copyright Tessa Stokes 2012, All rights reserved

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There are words in this passage that are UK names for things because those characters are intrinsically British. How many can you pick? The humor and mode of speech used by the characters is British. It’s hard to want British readers to read what is really fiction written for them, but know the market is so small you need to use a variant spelling so that your work is read by someone somewhere.

I write for everyone now.

I’ve read countless comments on blogs and online notice boards where people posting go into arguments about what authors should or should not be doing with this dilemma. I don’t join arguments; all I can do is try to please both sides of the pond.

I’ve considered what’s happening in another light just recently because of figures issued by the UK publishing association. It would seem that the UK lags considerably behind the USA in take up use of eReaders. There’s no doubt that globally epublishing is outstripping traditional publishing in terms of sales. In the UK many authors who choose not to go Indie are still slogging around the traditional route of trying to get an agent and publisher in what is simply a treadmill now for new authors. Sadly the old saying about who you know still holds true for this scenario. After ditching writing academic and commercial text writing in 2009 I went straight to being Indie for my fiction work. I’m glad I did because like all artists I want my art seen.

It seems according to recent statistics that 61% of UK people receiving an ereader device of any kind last Christmas have yet to download anything to it.

I’d love a few more British readers because in the beginning I did set out to give them their own romantic vampires, mages, heroes, and lovers. In the meantime I’m thankful that there is a market and that Indie work is so well received globally, so thank you readers everywhere.

 

Find Tessa online:

http://the-ruthin-trilogy.blogspot.com

http://tess-three-in-the-morning.blogspot.com

http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Ruthin-Trilogy/160213177399394

http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Seven-Spell-saga/138580806204048

https://twitter.com/seventhspell

http://www.tessastokes.info

https://plus.google.com/u/0/109621241074531393479/posts

 

Find Tessa’s books,

http://www.amazon.com/author/tessa_stokes

UK Amazon

US Amazon

http://ebookstore.sony.com/author/tessa-stokes_209056

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/c/tessa-stokes