Category - Self Publishing

I’m On Wattpad Now!

Okay, so I already was on Wattpad, but now I actually have something posted!

I’ve been reading a lot of stories lately on Wattpad and I really enjoy the serial style that many Wattpaders (is there an actual name for them? For ME?) use. They post new chapters or scenes once or twice a week on specific days. Soooooo, I decided to start my own serial style story!

The story I have chosen to use is the novel I started for the 2012 NaNoWriMo. I did not get very far that year and gave up pretty quick, so I don’t have much of the story complete, but it has been haunting me ever since I abandoned it. I thought that was a sign that I should get back to it. And what better way than posting updates once a week on Fridays of the first draft!

Without further ado, here is the (temporary) synopsis for Obsession:

Obsession On Wattpad

While on a vacation at West Edmonton Mall with her best friend, Maia, Cheryl discovers that the guy she is trying to avoid has followed them across two provinces. Her ex-boyfriend, Brad, has been stalking her ever since she broke up with him and not even a road trip could dissuade him. While trying to have fun regardless, Cheryl drinks too much and wakes up to find that she has been kidnapped, but not by Brad.

Soon her life turns chaotic as she discovers an underground sect of genetically altered super humans.

Separated from her friend and with no idea how to escape Brad on her own, Cheryl throws her allegiance to the only people who seem to be able to help her. Her kidnappers.

Please give it a read, and vote and comment!

My Books Need Your Help on Patreon!

Patreon Page

As you may know from my Facebook or Twitter, I created a Patreon page! Basically, Patreon is a crowdfunding platform similar to Kickstarter or Indiegogo, except that instead of it being a campaign for one project it is for aaaaaall the projects.

Eventually I am going to need to pay editors, cover artists, and formatters to pick at my writing, design my covers, and make the final package look awesome! And for that, I need money. Which is something I have a certain lack of.

At the moment, I have a 6000 word short story that is almost ready to be sent to a professional editor and many half way completed first drafts of novels. I have made it my goal this year to get one of those first drafts not only complete but published! And for that, I will need the professionals mentioned above.

That’s where Patreon comes in.

I have set up my account in such a way that it is easily affordable for just about anyone. Each and every patron, no matter how much they pledge per month, gets access to my creations section on Patreon. I will be posting at least once a week with short story drafts, drafts of chapters, or completed drafts of what I have been working on recently. And not only that, they also receive PDF copies of each and every final product. Whether that is a short story, a novella, or even a full length novel! To access this, you only need to pledge at least $1 per month! (Just some measly pocket change!)

There are also more levels ($5, $10, and $50) which get some more stuff (pictures of my cute dog, the ability to tell me what I have to Tweet, or even signed copies of my paperback novels once they are published!).

I also plan to surprise my patrons once in a while with exclusive content and sneak peeks of cover art, etc.

The great thing about Patreon is that it’s on-going. I never plan on using any of the money earned from Patreon for anything other than producing the best books possible. None of it will be used for groceries or clothes or dog food. That is a promise!

Thank you so much for spending your time reading about my crowdsourcing project. Even if you are unable to contribute monetarily at this time, please consider sharing this blog post or the link to my Patreon page. Word-of-mouth is often the best marketing there is! Again, thank you!

Review of Rosehead by Ksenia Anske

Rosehead CoverFirst of all, what a great cover. Don’t you agreed? Matches the title perfectly. It may not be accurate to the description in the book but that doesn’t matter! It catches the eye and makes you think, ‘what the hell?’. Perfect.

I have read Ksenia Anske’s tweets for quite some time now and I downloaded her book of tweets, Blue Sparrow, and enjoyed it, so I finally decided to read one of her novels. I chose Rosehead solely based off of the cover. Really, I did. I had no idea what the story was about nor what age group it was aimed at. (Turns out it is a mid-grade book, but I believe it is enjoyable for any age!)

The story is about a young girl named Lilith Bloom who has travelled from America to Germany with her family for a family reunion. Lilith sees and feels things that most other people do not and her mother forces her to take pills to stop the visions. Upon arrival at her grandfather’s home, Lilith discovers that something is very wrong about her grandfather’s rose garden. She sets off, with her talking dog, Panther, to discover what mysteries lie in the garden.

The story is reminiscent of The Little Shop of Horrors, but has it’s own twists and turns. The character’s are intriguing and sympathetic. And Panther is a convincing talking dog (He really just wants some steak, madam).

Although the premise is quite dark, the writing itself make the story feel rather whimsical and, at times, even comedic.

I recommend this novel and I surely hope that Ksenia Anske writes a sequel!

Buy it here: Rosehead on Amazon

Or download for free here: KseniaAnske.com/books/Rosehead

Ksenia’s blog: KseniaAnske.com

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