Friday, July 28, 2017

#authorinterview on Lisa Haselton's Reviews and Interviews

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Book-related:

Please share a little bit about your current release.

A Vampire’s Tale focuses on heroine Marisa Clements who is a struggling writer. Unknown to her, a paranormal skeptic, a vampire has been influencing her life path. This is not any ordinary vampire. Corgan Halton is ancient and powerful with the ability to see the future. He wants to tell his story and end his life. He chooses Marisa to author his tale. But his presence in her life puts her into danger, the helpless target for Corgan's enemies. It takes a coordinated group (of wizards and vampires) effort to fight the enemy. During the progression of the story, Marisa and Corgan fall in love - the emotions intensified by the high-pressure, dangerous situation they find themselves in.

What inspired you to write this book?

I’ve always been fascinated with vampires. I’ve read the books, and watched countless movies and TV shows about them. They are fascinating creatures and, despite their blood-thirsty, murderous natures, Hollywood casts them as heroes. Every author has their own version. From “sleep in a coffin during the day and hunt at night” to the possibilities of day-walking and reproduction. Than you factor in their interactions with other supernaturals… I think some of the concepts bear more merit than others so I, too, created my own version.

Excerpt:

Marisa’s mind raced… “This is unbelievable.”

“What?” Corgan smirked. “The little you actually know about vampires?”

“For your information, I can tell the difference between truth and the Hollywood version.”

Corgan looked at her with a raised eyebrow.

“I can,” she insisted. “No coffins, blood with healing properties, flying, super speed, super strength, immortal, mind-reading, fortune-telling, death by sun…” She looked at him and tilted her head. “Why couldn't I compel you to leave my apartment that first night?”

“You could have, if that's what you'd really wanted.”

“Oh.”

“Can anyone enter the home of a vampire then?”

“Only if the property is in the name of an undead.”

“Is yours?”

“No.”

“Oh. What about holy water, wooden stakes…”

He laughed. “Are you thinking of doing me in?”

“No,” she gasped in horror. “I would never—”


What exciting story are you working on next?

My next project may very well be a sequel to A Vampire’s Tale… I’m also working on a prequel to my first paranormal romance Dream Hunter.


Writing life related:

When did you first consider yourself a writer?

When I first became published in 2014. Before I published a book, I wrote stories and I blogged, but it was more of a hobby. I still write as a past-time, but now I have an author platform – website, blog, social media presence – and it’s evolved into more than a sideline project.

Do you write full-time? If not, what do you do other than write and how do you find time to write?

I don’t write full-time… I have two busy little boys who occupy most of my time. My family is definitely my priority. I make time for other interests like rock concerts and musical theatre. Writing time is carved out of “my time” either early morning or after the kids go to bed.

Fun related
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What would you say is your interesting writing quirk? I love clich├ęs and often work them into my stories, even if they are ultimately omitted during editing.


As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up? Writer, actress, lawyer, in that order. I ended up going to business school.


Anything additional you want to share with the readers? I love visitors and you can reach me through my website or by email
mayatylerauthor@gmail.com.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Promo for Slow Burn by @SaschaIllyvich

Tempting secrets of an angel
Seductive mysteries of the beast


Derrick, a former spy, has been asked to protect the sultry Sonja, a death metal singer whose magical voice grabs him by the balls and won’t let go. He’ll protect her, all right…with every part of his body tight against hers.

"I'm burning for you, baby. I need inside of you. Beg me," he growled, a low sound that rumbled through her chest, exciting her further.


Her touch hardened him and made his nerves very aware of the swell of her ass and luscious curve of her breasts.


Right now his fingers were walking a delicate, arousing line up her spine.


Sonja uses her voice to purge her fans of their darkness, their hate and hopelessness. But evil forces want to use her magic for their own ends. All she wants, at this point, is safety for herself and her band.


When Derrick and Sonja team up, Sonja does her best to resist the lure of safety he represents, until a radical league that wants her dead propels her into his arms. Will his help be enough? Or will she lose her heart to him, only to be killed in the process of saving the world?





Author Bio:

Sascha, who was proclaimed by the publishing industry as The Gentleman Playboy of Romance, started writing eighteen years ago. His erotic romances have been listed under Night Owl Romance’s and Road to Romance’s Recommended read lists, and he’s been nominated for a CAPA by The Romance Studio.  Recently, Torn to Pieces was a USA TODAY Recommended Read.

Sascha is a trained and experienced public speaker, and enjoys giving talks and teaching, particularly on aspects of romance, erotic romance, and writing.   He was the former host of The Unnamed Romance Show on Radio Dentata, and is fond of doing guest spots and interviews, on both traditional radio and podcasts.

Sascha writes for City Lights Publishing, Red Sage, Sizzler Editions, Totally Bound, and Decadent Publishing.


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Monday, July 24, 2017

The Future of Design by @mayatylerauthor

This blog post is a part of Design Blogger Competition organized by CGTrader.


Technology—and its rapid, ever-changing presence—is the driving force behind design, now, and—will continue to be—in the future.

Technology is the driving force behind design.

Born a “cusper”—during the transition of Generation X to the Millennials—in most respects, I relate more to Gen X. I witnessed the amazing evolution of computers—from the ones that filled an entire room to the ones we put in our pockets. The Millennials were born into the computer age. They expect the constant cascade—and easy access—of information. If the information they want isn’t immediately available, then they move on to the next topic.

The content on blogs, websites, novels, articles—and pretty much any written media—is composed of words—the unique combination of black, Times New Roman 12-point font letters. With 10-second attention spans and the desire for instant gratification, readers often seek out content in audio or video form. The Internet is a visual medium.

The Internet is a visual medium.

Written content is losing its relevance. And, with this revelation, the design—of your blog, website, novel, article—takes on greater importance.

Design, once largely discounted as mere “window dressing” for the all-important written content, is now the gatekeeper between you and your audience.

Effective design will attract your audience, but concise—and purposeful—writing will keep their attention. Starting with the headline. In Brian Clark’s 2006 article “Writing Headlines That Get Results” for copyblogger.com, he notes, “According to some of the best copywriters of all time, you should spend half of the entire time it takes to write a piece of persuasive content on the headline.” The headline entices, on average, only 20% of viewers to read more. The better the headline, the greater chance of exceeding this statistic.
Four headline writing tips:
  1. Useful to reader.
  2. Provokes urgency.
  3. Unique benefit.
  4. Ultra-specific.

And it’s not only what you write, but where you put it. The field of customer behavior studies eye tracking, which is a measurement of where, and how long, people look on a web page. In a 2014 article, Neil Patel analyzed several public eye tracking studies and summarized his findings.
Eight takeaways from eye tracking studies:
  1. Put most valuable content above the fold.
  2. Put calls to action at the bottom of the page.
  3. Use big, bold headlines.
  4. Break content into chunks of information.
  5. Use white space.
  6. The left side of the page is important.
  7. Don’t use banners.
  8. Use pictures of people.

Design is about what you write, where you put it, and its ability to adapt to different users.
Content. Location. Adaptability.


While your content must appeal to different audiences, your design must adapt to different devices—desktop computer, tablet, smart phone—so the user’s experience is consistent.



HubSpot, a marketing and sales company, knows “consumers now expect this type of experience from all of their digital interactions” and has incorporated an adaptable website design. A mobile user doesn’t want less information, they are looking for quick and easy access to information on whatever device they are using.

Conclusion:

Technology is the driving force behind design today. Technology will continue to be the driving force behind design tomorrow.

You have 10 seconds to reach your viewer so plan a user-centered design, adaptable to any device—anywhere, anytime.

Design for the future: use well-written content; place content strategically; and select a responsive design.


References:
Clark, Brian. (2006, March 6). “Writing Headlines That Get Results.” Copyblogger. Retrieved from http://www.copyblogger.com/writing-headlines-that-get-results/ Accessed on 2017, June 22.
DeKrey, Will. (2015, June 8). “Beyond Responsive Design: How to Optimize Your Website for Mobile Users.” Retrieved from https://blog.hubspot.com/marketing/optimize-website-mobile-experience#sm.0001953jk5631e10peo2m0sr1cqfl on 2017, June 22.
Patel, Neil. (2014, April 16). “8 Powerful Takeaways from Eye Tracking Studies.” Quicksprout. Retrieved from https://www.quicksprout.com/2014/04/16/8-powerful-takeaways-from-eye-tracking-studies/ on 2017, June 22.