Friday, May 10, 2013

Come Join the Party...a Look at Authors from a Strange Point of View

Imagine're at a high school reunion.  There's dancing and everyone is living up to their reputation and their personality.  Where do you fit in?  Do you brag, or do you watch others?  Are you a participator, or are you a wall flower?

I think of this like being in a group of authors.  I'm involved (and have been involved in the past) in a few groups of authors, through Facebook, Twitter, Yahoo groups, or even local author groups.  I've found them all to be the same, from a sociological standpoint.

A group of authors (or ANY group of people) seem to have similar types of people involved in the group.  I'm going to describe them for an author's group, if they were all at a dance.  I'm also giving them a label, so I can refer to them later.  No one will probably fit any given category, but might cross categories.

The Salesman:  This is the true salesman.  They can be humble, but whatever they say, it's usually to make a sale, no matter what.

The Fixer:  This person wants to fix your problems while writing about your life.  They usually have their hands in more than one project at once and are overwhelmed.  But they're always willing to help others.

The 'Crazy':  My middle kid said I HAD to have this one in the party mix.  This is the author who's a 'little out there' and talks to their characters (don't we all?).  Their goal isn't really to sell a lot of books, but to share their stories with others, even though others may not want to hear about them.  (Can you tell where my middle kid put ME?)

The Wall Flower:  This person has written one book and is too afraid to tell anyone else about it.  They stand on the sidelines, watching everyone else talking about their books, but is afraid to jump into the conversation.

The Life of the Party:  Have you ever seen someone take control of a group, making everyone want to follow them?  This is the life of the party.  They're fun and energetic, and everyone wants to read their books.  They sell a lot of books, but some of the time, the books don't live up to the hype.  But they're good at making sales while you have no idea they've even pitched their books.

The Success:  This is the person who's made it in life.  They're worth millions and people bow at their feet.  They're the celebrities and certainly act the part.

The Pushover:  This person does whatever everyone else tells them to do.  They want to make it, but they're floundering, because they don't know which path will take them to success, so they try it all.

The Jerk:  This person puts others down to promote themselves.  They can be nice, but watch out...they're nasty behind backs.

Band Members:  Believe it or not, these people are part of a group at a party.  They're the ones who support other authors and build them up, but forget to promote themselves.

I'm sure I missed a few, but you get the idea.  Which other ones would you add?


Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Two more books!

'Lighting the Darkness' by Eryn Grace:

*** NOTE: Based on Christian morals--Christian Romance ***

Second grade teacher, Rebecca Albertson, lost her daughter and husband on the same date, two years ago, and her grief now consumes her life. On the anniversary of her family's death, she finds herself at a dinner party at her brother's home, right along with the new single minister, Reverend Mark Andrews, from her brother's church. Mark tries to get her to live again, but she keeps the wall up in her heart, holding God accountable for her family's deaths. But it seems that God has a plan, and no outside force, including all the single women vying for Mark's attention at the church, can hurt this budding romance. 

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'Beyond Secrets' by Markee Anderson:

He's a barista in a wheelchair.

She's the face of Mrs. Chatty, stalked by the mob.

Can true love survive danger and deceit?


When Sierra Madison is demoted to a gossip columnist at work, she wanders into the coffee shop across the street, where Nathan, a handsome barista in a wheelchair behind the counter, befriends her. After finding out that the part owner of her newspaper is a mob member and wants her silenced, Sierra gets help from a detective named Phil who looks identical to Nathan. But both men declare they don't know each other and never seem to be able to meet. Even though Phil can walk and he protects her from the evil Chicago undercurrent, she still wants Nathan, but knows it can never happen when she finds out his secrets.

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