Evaluations of the Tribe

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Evaluations of the Tribe by Raphyel Jordan

YA / SciFi

“You Learn. You Work. You Fight.”

In spite her age, Aly should be the ideal Goolian combatant in her tribe. Her reaction time is faster than any adult. Her agility is off the charts, and she’s one of the top ranked sparring students in the entire village. If she could just fire a single beam of energy from her palms, like everyone else on her homeworld, she wouldn’t get pushed around, harassed in class, or long for acceptance.

The Evaluations, however, can change that. If she can be the last one standing in a dangerous rite of passage that will put her years of training to the ultimate test, she’ll finally prove her worth to her people. Anything less, and she’ll be the local outcast for the remainder of her life.

There’s another person in the tribe longing for the same prize due to a similar dilemma, and it will take all of Aly’s strength to defeat her. There’s only one small problem. That person happens to be her best friend.


Fifth Avenue Fidos

Wannabe Pride’s Book Pick of the Week:


Humor / Romance

Once upon a time, there was a princess who felt like a dog…I mean a real mutt.

Mable Barker, a frizzy-haired mongrel from Queens with no real life direction, is never going to snag a man like Jason Mead, a purebred Upper East Side veterinarian. Or so she thinks. Even in her daydreams, the infatuated-with-fairy-tales Mable imagines herself as a princess with a crooked tiara and a whole orchard of poison apples. Then again, Jason isn’t exactly traditional prince material himself. The shy but adorable Dr. Mead’s awkward ways around women have him substituting the search for his lifelong human companion with playing canine matchmaker—breeding blue ribbon champions.

Jason’s first breeding attempt yields Innis, Fifth Avenue’s snarliest Pekingese. A dog whose temperament, it appears, will never fit show-dog standards…until he meets Mable, whom Jason hires as a dog walker.

Could Mable actually have what it takes to handle Innis and Jason? Can three imperfect beings ever come together to create utter perfection at the Westminster Dog Show—and beyond? Will Mable and Jason ever trust their feelings, allow love to be unleashed? Will Mable ever see herself as a princess capable of riding off into the sunset?




Wannabe Pride’s Book Pick of the Week is:


Mystery, Thriller, Suspense

There is no greater motivator for evil than a huge sense of injustice!

Tom Ashdown, an unlikely hero, owns a betting shop in Brighton and gambles with his life when he stumbles across an attempted kidnapping, which leaves him entangled in a dangerous chain of events involving the IRA, a sister seeking revenge for the death of her brother and an informer in MI5 with a secret in his past.

Revenge is a fast paced thriller, with twists and turns at every step.

In a thrilling and violent climax everyone is intent on some form of revenge.




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Romance Novel Addicts Anonymous


If the photo here freaks you out, you can feel free to skip this article. If you snapped to attention and said HELLO! when you caught sight of this six-pack packing hunk of male yumminess, then you might be interested in what I have to offer.

As we all know, romance novels aren’t for everyone. Like any fandom, there are hard core followers of the books as well as plenty of people who think they’re stupid. I’m a member of the former group, but it’s not always easy. I for instance, am grateful for the advent of e-readers since now no one can see the half-naked covers of a lot of the books I read. And I’m a romance WRITER. (Or will be come January 2016, when I will publish my fourth book but first in the romance category.)

I reasoned that I wasn’t the only person with this issue, so I created a new Facebook group called Romance Novel Addicts Anonymous.


Your friends and family might make fun of you for loving romance novels, but here you’ve found a safe place to profess your love for all things romance!

Welcome Message

Welcome to our lovey-dovey, super-sexy romance readers club! You’ve entered a judgment-free discussion zone where nothing is too sappy or sexy.

ALL heroes and heroines are welcome here:

Nice guys, alpha males, bad boys, werewolves, billionaires, vampires, gay, straight, bi, historical figures, aliens, and anything else that can love and/or mate.

READERS – tell us what you’re reading! What do you love? What do you hate?

AUTHORS – please DO post your book links and tell us what you’re currently working on! You might find your next big fan right here.

Life’s not all champagne and roses…but in here it is.

In the first two days of the group’s inception, we had 40 – fairly active – members. It’s a closed group, so only members can see what’s posted there.  Personally, I love the freedom that comes with such a private discussion group. For example, while I may not post a photo of a hot, shirtless guy on my regular Facebook page so as to scandalize my mom, my daughter, past classmates, and current and former coworkers, I WILL post it in RNAA, much to the delight of its members. (My mom does, however, read my blog so she did see Joe-Six-Pack-Abs here. Sorry, mom!)

As I’d expected, romance readers seemed thrilled to have a semi-secret, non-judgmental place to discuss their passions.  What did surprise me was the number of romance writers in need of support. I’m blessed with non-romance reading yet supportive family members, so it’s easy for me to forget that not everyone is so lucky. One writer said she is criticized for writing “that mama porn” and another writer said her family judged her for writing male/male romance. She asked if that kind of thing was welcome in the group (the answer was HELL yes and please post the link…)

It may seem like a silly problem, but nobody likes to be made fun of for the things they like. Of course, we folks in the group have a sense of humor about our obsessions, but we also enjoy talking about them openly in a safe place.

Like a lot of people, I was one of those little girls who loved all those princessy Disney movies and I guess I really never grew out of it.


So, if you love reading and/or writing romance novels, I hope you’ll join our group.  We have a lot to talk about. And much to look at…..

  • Linda Fausnet

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Mr. Wilson

Wannabe Pride’s Book Pick of the Week is:
MR. WILSON by Jeff Tanyard

Terry Wilson is leaving Earth.  Nothing remains there for him but painful memories.

The Wagon Train project offers him the chance to settle a new planet, and he jumps at the opportunity.

While in space, he receives important news from home.  It comes too late, though, and his contract forbids his return. 

He’s finished with Earth whether he likes it or not.  But Earth isn’t quite finished with Mr. Wilson.




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My Adventures with Learning How to Use Scrivener

Tech Support

Well, I took a few hours to take the Scrivener tutorial and I have this to say about it:

I didn’t cry once.

If you know me personally, you understand why this is a big deal. Six Tips for Writers for Dealing with Icky Technological Stuff 

I am terrible with anything technological, but I’m trying really hard to embrace it. It’s important for any writer who is serious about the business aspect of writing not to shy away from the tough stuff. Like a lot of writers, I’m an airy-fairy creative type, and I find technological stuff quite intimidating. I am generally a patient person, but I freely admit that when I’m learning something techy and complicated, I well, I absolutely lose my shit. However, I know in the long run, technology can often save a significant amount of time. As you know, time is invaluable to a writer.

So! I was fortunate enough to have some down time between when one day job ended and another one began, so I decided to take some time to learn Scrivener. If case you don’t know, Scrivener is a drafting program designed to help writers organize their material as they write. It works for novelists, screenwriters, thesis-writers, and pretty much any other kind of writing that requires research and organization. It’s surprisingly affordable, it’s only about forty bucks and it’s available for both Mac and PCs. Check out Scrivener.

I spent several hours going through the tutorial, and I found it amazingly easy to use. I loved that it was a written manual, not a video one, so it was easy to start at stop at my leisure. I felt my brain getting kind of full at around the 45 minute to one hour mark, so I was able to stop when I felt like I needed a break. The manual is clear and explains things in an easy, step-by-step method. If you give yourself a little time to learn it, you’ll be a master in no time. I am now using Scrivener for both my blogging and my novel writing and I ABSOLUTELY LOVE IT.

Briefly, here’s what it can do for you:

– You can keep all your research for your project all in one place. Your files are all kept in a Binder on the lefthand side of your screen.

– You can break your work down into as many files as you want. I am currently writing a paranormal romance series, and many of the characters and locations appear in all three books. So, I have my character bios – broken down by each character in a different file – and my research on locations, facts, and more are located in the binder.

– You can easily break your book down into an individual file for each chapter. When you’re done, you simply export the book and it will combine all the chapters into one.

– You can keep your outline (if you’re an outliner/ plotter like me) there for quick and easy reference.

– You can easily split the screen and work on two docs at once. I LOVE this feature when I’m working with a beta reader. I keep the critiqued chapters on the bottom of the screen while I work on the draft at the top.

– You can save all your work on the whole project all at once. I used to painstakingly save all my individual docs that I had open (which was a lot) one at a time, first on Google Drive then on my key as backup. Now ALL the docs are in one place and you get to save the whole project all at once.  ** a word of warning. So far Google Drive doesn’t play nice with Scrivener, nor does One Drive. You DON’T want to save your project on the C Drive because your drive could crash and you could lose all your work. Dropbox is a great place to save your work since it’s a cloud. I use Dropbox then save it on my key once in a while as an extra backup. **

– When you’re done with your book draft, you can export it to another format, such as word. You can even export it to ebook format, though I haven’t tried that yet and I’m sure it would need additional, manual formatting after that.

Believe me, if I was able to use Scrivener successfully and immediately, a blind, deaf, monkey with its hands tied behind its back can do it. The authors of the Scrivener tutorial seem to realize that they are dealing with right-brained, temperamental, writerly types and offered encouragement accordingly throughout. Every once in a while, they encourage you to take a break and enjoy some tea and a biscuit (if you’re in the U.S., substitute with coffee and a donut).

All I can say is that I have found Scrivener to be well worth the relatively small amount of time and money investment. Now that I’m back to work full time while raising two kids and running a household, it’s really saved me time and gotten me organized.

What about you? Have you used Scrivener? Do you love it as I do??

  • Linda Fausnet

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Wannabe Pride’s Book Pick of the Week is:

Cant Shake You

Contemporary Romance

One thing Carissa Brandt knows: spontaneity always gets her in trouble. Still, she’s gone and jumped head first into an impulsive summer renovation project with her fingers crossed. When her contractor turns out to be a cheat, it seems her only lifeline is the proffered hand of Josh Hudson–the sexy Marine who left her aching for more than their single night together three years ago.

Josh has two hard and fast rules: never mix business with pleasure and don’t look twice at women his friends have dated, much less loved. It makes life in a small town simple–or it would, if he wasn’t harboring a secret with the potential to destroy his good name and the reputation of a woman he can’t get out of his head.

When Carissa finds herself in a bind, Josh’s integrity–both personal and professional–won’t let her fail. Will working together finally extinguish the attraction lingering between them? Or will the smoldering embers of their passionate rendezvous ignite all over again and set aflame the friendships they cherish the most?


Lady of the Shadows


 Lady of the Shadows

Lady of the Shadows by Saray Gelb

Mystery, Thriller

Based on the true story of the lady of the shadows

Jordan is an intelligence and covert operations agent. She is a beautiful and sensual woman in a world of macho men. Carrying with her the experience of an army commander, she becomes a sophisticated spy. She enrolls in obscure missions behind enemy lines and recruits the dancing skills that accompany her since childhood in order to infiltrate an exclusive men’s club in a hostile country.

After her discharge from the unit, she continues with missions of espionage and surveillance as a private investigator, “a shadow woman”.

Between the more recognized “shadow government” to “shadow war” there is a world of concealed shadow people. The shadow people secretly gather intelligence through observation and surveillance in the covert intelligence world.

In the spiritual world, the shadow people are God’s followers who walk in his shadow.

In the psychological aspect, these people accompany the individual in life’s crises and upheavals.

All of these together are embodied in book “The Lady of the Shadows” and its heroine who went through all the stages, from an intelligence agent through a private investigator, a student and a teacher in the mystical world until she became a PhD in psychology and an Adlerian lecturer. She chose to help people while she herself remained in the shadows.

After reading this book, you would not walk through shadow zones.

Betrayals, dancing in foreign territory, pain and growth, are all leading the reader in a suspenseful and exciting experience that contains insights about love, hate and revenge.

This is a book about a wild and liberating femininity and a sensual and passionate woman in a world dominant by males. Reality and imagination are fused together inseparably and concoct a sweeping and moving story.





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Making Your Book PERMAFREE – How and Why You Should Do It



There’s no one right way to market your book, and pricing is definitely one of those hot-button issues among writers. Some insist that they wish to charge a higher price for their work, reasoning that they spend months or even years on their book and don’t want to devalue it by giving it away for too cheap. For others, their goal is to get their book into as many hands as possible, and therefore have no problem charging as low as 99 cents or even giving their book away for free. It’s best to determine exactly what your goals are as a writer, and then go from there. As with everything else in self-publishing or even business in general, don’t be afraid to experiment with different prices and it’s okay to change your mind!

The price of your print book is based on the actual cost of production, so you don’t have as much leeway there. With an ebook, you can change the price as often as you like. As a relatively new author, I am embracing the idea of giving some of my books away for free. Right now, my main goal is visibility. I want to get my name out there and I want to find *my* readers – readers will enjoy my specific kind of writing (mainly romance, some bad words, a fair amount of sex). My writing style isn’t for everyone – nor should it be – but I know there are readers out there who would like my books. I just need to find them.

One of the most popular permafree strategies is to give away the first book in a series for free (Which Book in Your Series Should You Discount). This is my plan for my upcoming paranormal romance trilogy – the Gettysburg Ghost series. However, the first book, SOMEBODY’S DARLING, is not slated to come out until January. My other book sales are sluggish now (that’s an understatement. FLATLINED is more like it.) I’m tired of seeing goose eggs for my “sales” figures, and I just want people to read some of my work right now. My plan is to give away my debut novel, QUEEN HENRY, for free for a while to see if I can get some new readers and hopefully some email list signups.

An added benefit to giving your book away for free is that it can show up under the Also Boughts on Amazon, thus increasing your exposure even more.

To make your book permafree on Kobo and Smashwords, you simply set your price to zero and go along your merry way. For Barnes and Noble and Amazon, it’s not quite so simple. For B & N, I never did figure out how to do it. In fact, it may not even be possible. Amazon is still king when it comes to self-publishing, so you gotta get your book free over there if your plan is going to work. There are two ways to get your book permafree on Amazon:

  • Enroll your book in Kindle SELECT (different than KDP which is Kindle DIRECT publishing. That one just means you’re published on Amazon). SELECT means you can ONLY publish on Amazon and nowhere else. If you’re enrolled in Kindle Select, you can do a free book promotion for a total of 5 days for every 90 days you are enrolled in KDP Select. I did this, and got about 400 free downloads of QUEEN HENRY. Not bad. I hit #9 on the free list category in LGBT fiction, which was exciting!
  • If you are NOT enrolled in Select (I’m not anymore) the only way to get your book free on Amazon is to get them to price match when you’ve got your book free elsewhere. Put your book for free on Kobo and/or Smashwords, then get someone to report it to Amazon by clicking on Tell Us About a Lower Price on your book’s Amazon sales page. Sometimes Amazon will price match right away and sometimes it might take a while. If you need someone to report your book to Amazon for a price match, you can shoot me your Kobo/SW free links and I’ll be happy to do it for you. Also, the friendly folks on KBoards are usually willing to help. I had someone from KBoards and my wonderful mother report my book for me to Amazon. It took my book about three days to get priced to free on Amazon.

Though not for everyone, making your book permafree can be a great strategy to help new authors break into the publishing scene and it can be an excellent way for established writers to launch a new series and get some new readers. I’m amazed at the number of highly successful authors who continue to use this strategy long after they’re making good money.

What about you? Have you tried giving your book away for free? What were the results?

– Linda Fausnet



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THE LONELY WOLF by Monica La Porta

The Lonely Wolf


Paranormal M/M Romance

The archangel and the alpha werewolf, two men from rival species, an everlasting forbidden love.

A father and a son, estranged for eighteen years and reunited by fate.

Amidst bigotry and racism, Ludwig and Quintilius have been in love for almost two thousand years. Yet, their relationship is put to the ultimate test when Ludwig is named archangel, and he must decide between Quin and his brethren.

Lupo is a young, misguided werewolf in search of an identity and full of anger. Seeking to secure his position among the Reds, the most feared street gang in Rome, he commits himself to a life of crime, only to find love where he least expected.

One morning, after rescuing a vampire from a vicious werewolf attack, Ludwig makes a discovery that will link Quintilius’s and Lupo’s lives forever. But despite their good intentions, love and happiness aren’t in sight for the three men, while vampires, werewolves, and angels plot against them.