Monday, November 5, 2012

Lily; The Witch Hunter

YA Paranormal
Date Published: 9/27/12

Witches. Vampires. Werewolves. Demons.

Moving to Salem introduces Lily Mauve to a whole new world, one she is in the centre of.
If making new friends and falling in love isn't enough, there's also the fact she's a witch.
A witch destined to be a triple goddess and defeat the man who has hunted her kind for over three hundred years.
Faced with heartbreak, never-ending family secrets, lies and betrayal, she must stand strong and be the leader everyone knows she can be.
Lily thinks the war will end in Salem, because destroying Henry Luther is her birthright, isn't it?

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Guest Post
Starting Out As A Writer – 5 Things You Should Know.

You need a good cover.
What's the first thing that attracts you to a book in a store? For me, it's the cover. A good, clear font and a memorable image. The cover is what makes someone look twice and pick the book up.
It shouldn't be any different online - in fact, it's even more important when you're publishing an ebook. The icons are tiny, so unless you have something that shouts 'check me out!' chances are, people will pass right by your book.
It is expensive to hire someone - especially if you want to make it big. If you have a friend that's a pro on Photoshop or GIMP, talk to them and see if they can do you one for cheap. I hooked my new beta readers & editor with free ebook copies, 20% off the print price when it's arranged and a mention in my books. They're happy with that - maybe your graphics pro friend will be too.

Choosing a title isn't easy.
A title - the single most important thing about your book, even before the cover and synopsis in my eyes. I look at a title first.. Is there anything in it that appeals to me?
You have to have a title that conveys your story and it's meaning. People see 'The Witch Hunter' or 'A Magical History' and without even reading the synopsis they know there's magic/witches involved.
That's what you want. You want a title that's memorable but clear.

A catchy synopsis that leaves the prospective reader wanting more is a definite.
The second thing you look at when deciding whether or not to buy a book is the synopsis, or blurb.
I've spent a lot of time reading e-books from indie authors and one massive flaw I see is a super long synopsis. Usually, unless their cover (!!) is amazing, I pass them over.
You don't want to give away what will happen before your reader has bought your book - where's the point in buying it?
You need it to be catchy so people think 'ah - what's this all about?' Even if they only download a sample. Usually, if you've got them to a sample, you have them getting the book pretty soon.
If you remember to have it informative without giving away your secrets, almost like a pre-reading cliffhanger, then you should be pulling in the downloads.

You won't sell thousands of books in the first week.
When I published A Magical History, the first part of The Mauve Legacy, I expected my downloads to come flooding in. After all, my book was free, and it was a good story - but they didn't. I think I've only just passed the 1000 mark.
Unless you have the time to promote, promote, promote, downloads will be slow coming in. Make sure you have at least a Facebook page to update your readers and advertise.

You will get bad reviews.
Your book won't be to everyone's taste, some people might read it and genuinely not like it.
In fact, my first ever review was a 2* review, and very critical.
If you're in that situation, like I was, don't give up. Don't view a bad review as a put down, view it as constructive criticism. People are telling you what they don't like and in most cases, how you can improve your work.
Listen to them!
Remember, the reviews are from people who have read your book, and it's always better to hurt someone with the truth than it is to soothe them with a lie. You wouldn't leave a good review on a book you didn't enjoy, so it won't be any different when the book is yours.

First thoughts after......
Dun dun duuuunnnnnnn!  Ready for the next book!

How Distracted did I get?
Lily is a normal teenage girl.  Until her parents move the family across the US to Salem, Massachusetts.  Thrown into a new world Lily learns to cope.  Lily is a one of a kind character.  She's sarcastic, strong and a natural leader.  With the many obstacles thrown at her she learns to go with the flow and fight back.  I loved this story.  It was difficult to put away to work and cook.  I did have one issue with the book.  The story was based in America but the teens in the book used British English slang and normal speak.  I love British English, however if the book is based in America I feel American English should be used. Even though I did have a few issues with the book I absolutely loved it!  

I give Lily; The Witch Hunter..........

4 baskets!!!!!!!

Author Bio
Emma Hart is a young mum/maid/launderette/personal chef/author who lives in Barnstaple,
Devon in England. She lives with a man bearing the title fiancé who is incapable of
picking up dirty socks and their one year old little monster who currently shouts 'quack' at
When she's not writing or being mum, she enjoys sitting down with a good book to get
five minutes peace, which almost never happens. She freely admits to hating talent shows
on TV, (The Voice, Xfactor etc) but being completely addicted to them and unable to stop
watching. Emma believes there are only two men in the world who can say they truly
understand women – their names are Ben & Jerry – because if you didn't understand women
there's no way you could create ice-cream that good.
She also admits to being a bit eBay obsessive. You will find at least 200 items on her watch
list at any one time. Little girl's shoes is another love of hers – just as well because her
daughter grows incredibly quickly. Sadly, this is the only one of her obsessions she is able
to justify.


Twitter - @EmmaHartAuthor

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