Sunday, April 12, 2015

IndieReCon is Almost Here!


IndieReCon, the Free Online Self-Publishing Conference is Almost Here!

If you've even considered publishing a book yourself, then you should attend the free online IndieReCon. I learned a lot last year and was introduced to authors I never would have discovered if it weren't for the conference. It was the best writer's experience yet.

Here are a list of reasons for attending IndieReCon gives that may resonate with you:

10 Reasons Why You Should Register For IndieReCon Today!

Want to make self-publishing mission possible? We give you 10 reasons why you should join us for IndieReCon, a 3-day global event to promote quality and craft in indie publishing.

1. IndieReCon is FREE to attend. Yes you read that right. The best thing about IndieReCon is that it’s 100% FREE to attend our sessions.

2. IndieReCon is a conference for authors by authors.

3. Get the nitty gritty details on self-publishing basics like pricing, distribution, and formatting from top industry professionals.

4. You will learn to build your marketing and publicity skills.

5. You will chat with NY Times bestselling authors Barbara Freethy and Belle Andre.

6. We have fun contests and HUGE giveaways. (Hint –Begins with a KO and ends with a BO) :-).

7. It’s online. You can attend in your PJs. Need we say more?!

8. You will discover some great new indie authors to read.

9. You will learn about all the fab communities and tools out there for indie authors. Every single blog post, chat, webinar will be packed with all the information you need to help you on the self-publishing path. IndieReCon will help you learn all the dirty secrets about the indie pubbing industry and help you succeed. Hang out with us all day and all night. Hourly posts. Tons of chats, vlogs and webinars.

10. It could seriously change your writing life! (This is my little add-on. If it wasn't for this conference, I don't think I would have gotten into publishing last year.)

Dates: April 15th - 17th

The online conference is scheduled for April 15-16th 2014 with online seminars, workshops, discussions and master classes culminating in a reader-centered Indie Author Fringe Fest live from The London Book Fair’s Book and Screen Week, on Friday 17th April. 

What are you waiting for? Tell your friends!

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Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Final Brixton Sister Cover!


My Third and Last Alpha Warlocks Cover...Or is It?!

Hello Skye Readers!

So if you all have been keeping up with the Brixton sisters, you know that Carmen is the last sister...or is she?

I have said before that this series is just the start. I will be working on (and hopefully releasing by May/June) my first Curvy Paranormals of Kala West book. This series will be longer, hotter, and full of supernaturals. Menage sexiness all around. 

Also, witches and warlocks aren't the only creatures coming out to play. Vampires, werewolves, and ghosts will be saying hello, among other things.

I also plan on releasing a that centers around the sisters' mother, Seraphine, and her warlocks, Callen and Cruz. So when this third story comes out, don't worry. It's far from the end.

Now, for the moment of reveal.....

My third cover for the Alpha Warlocks of Kala West series, The Alpha Warlocks' Own:

In this third installment, you'll meet Carmen, the BBW fire witch, and her Alpha Warlocks, the Durant twins, Ryan and Royce. Ryan is an air warlock, and Royce is a fire warlock. You can imagine the fire storm these two create.

If you remember the first book, you've already met Ryan. Now, all the characters come back to save the youngest Brixton sister, including her smexy and yummy warlocks.

Look for this to come out late April or early May. If you haven't read Charice or Claire's story, they are both available on Amazon and are Free in Kindle Unlimited. 

Check Charice's out HERE or if in the UK, HERE

Find Claire's story HERE or for UK readers, HERE. Claire's story is $.99 for a limited time, so jump on it!

Check out the COMING SOON tab for more details on Carmen's journey and the story synopsis.

If you want to be in the know for when these two books debut, join my MAILING LIST!

Happy Sensual Reading,


Sunday, April 5, 2015

Utilizing Daydreams and Observations to Kick-Start Story Ideas


Quick and Dirty Skye Tips #3 - Daydreams and Observations: Story Idea Generation at Its Finest!

Hello Skye Readers!

I was reading over a self-help writing book that told people how to get ideas for writing. That's one thing I'm not lacking on. I have so many awesome ideas and too little time to write them all. However, I was surprised to find out two missing mental tools missing in the book I was reading that I have come to value: Daydreaming and Observing. Let me break both down.

1. That Far Off Look In Your Eye May Be Your Next Story

Has a parent or teacher ever told you, "Get your head out of the clouds!" Maybe a person was talking to you, noted your vacant look, and asked, "Are you listening to me?" That's a big one I hear most often because, honestly, sometimes I don't. The world is a busy and noisy place, and sometimes I tune it out. Most times I don't realize I'm doing it, but sometimes I do.

In my upcoming story, The Alpha Warlocks' Desire, my heroine is a daydreamer herself. Claire, as an earth witch, always makes her way down from the clouds sooner or later. Me? Sometimes it takes me a little longer, and that's not necessarily a bad thing.

You may have noticed that one of my taglines is "Conquering New Worlds and Conversing with Her Characters Daily." This may seem quirky, but it's true, and yes, I am a little crazy from it. I think most writers will tell you they're a little crazy, but so are actors, singers, entrepreneurs, and anyone who longed to break the conventional path of life.

The reason why I use this as a tag is because I'm constantly thinking about my characters and their journeys in new worlds. I've tried to force things in outlines and stories, but sometimes characters guide what they want to be without me pushing and prodding.

I've always been a big daydreamer. Movies have always been a passion of mine, and usually they cause me to think and daydream long after the credits finish rolling up. Some of my best ideas come from daydreaming up stories after watching an awesome movie or T.V. show. 

I watched Being Human (both UK and US versions), Lost Girl, and Witches of East End last year, as I have ever since they all started. I thought it was awful that these shows had season finales and wished that I could keep some magical elements going for my own enjoyment. Then the seeds of the fictional town of Kala West, Florida was planted.

The next time someone tells you to stop daydreaming or start listening, say okay, and then jot down your daydreams. They just may be your next story idea.

2. Observing Humans (and Sometimes Animals and Aliens) Interact Builds Ideas

Let's face it. As a society, we're nosy by nature. Haven't you ever been in traffic, only to realize it was partly in due to nosy drivers gawking at the scene of destruction? Be honest. You were probably one of those nosy drivers. 

As a Central Floridian, I-4 is our biggest interstate because it leads people straight to tourist central: Universal Studios, Disney, and loads of other fun for outsiders. Not so much fun for us locals, let me tell you.

But one great thing about living in a big city like Orlando is that there are many opportunities for people watching (animal watching too). I have got some good ideas for verbal fights by watching couples scream at each other in Barnes and Nobles, noting how strangers greet each other at Starbucks, and viewed how religion can help (and hurt) people when going to church. 

These small instances add up and can help when creating your own character relationships. The alien comment stems from MegaCon coming to town soon, but it can also be from movies, since loads of films give personification to animals and aliens (Avengers sequel anyone?).

Anyway, the point is that observing people, and other living things, in their habitat can enhance storytelling. The same goes for dialogue. I love dialogue. You are definitely going to get loads of dialogue when you read any one (or all :-D) of my stories. But the way I talk isn't the way everyone talks, so hearing the voice of others helps to portray different characters outside of myself.

It's your turn again. What was a daydream you had that could have been a kick-ass story idea? Remember, it's not too late to start it!

Happy Sensual Reading (And Writing),