Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Cover Reveal - Arkadia

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Book Title: Arkadia

Author: Dzintra Sullivan

Genre: Paranormal
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I am Arkadia Castner. I am beautiful. I am popular. I am also the most messed-up witch you will ever meet. I can’t make water boil, or make the wind blow; I can’t even light a match without the aid of a flint. My 18th birthday is in six months, and if I don’t pass the Paranormal Safety Exams (PSEs) by then, I will be banished to the Isle of Shadows for eternity, never to be seen again – it will be as though I never existed.

I found myself at the halfway house under the supervision and guidance of Den Mother and telepathic empath, Eloise Mayflower. The halfway house is the last chance for troubled paranormal teens like me to pass our PSEs and avoid banishment. Eloise knows everything I think and feel, and is supposed to be helping me, but I still can’t do basic spells a six-year-old can do. I hate it here, but I have no choice. This is my last chance.

I had all but given up hope, when in walks Bohdan Drak. Tall, dark, and so damn sexy it hurts to look at him – even his muscles had muscles. He is a dragon shifter and wears the mark of having passed his PSEs. When our souls meet, we realize we have found our soul mates and perfect matches. My dying hope has found life again, and I finally have a reason to look forward to a future.

I thought everything would be fine, but darkness and despair creep into my future. I have been framed for a murder, and everyone believes I am guilty. The paranormal council now watches my every move. Can I trust Bohdan and true love? I fear my destiny is to be banished forever …

Book Cover

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About the Author

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Dzintra Sullivan is a happily married mother of four amazing children. She lives on the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia. She has always been an avid reader starting with Enid Blyton and Judy Blume as a young girl. Quickly falling in love with the Paranormal creatures in her teen years.

Dzintra owns and runs the FB page Book Friends Forever, having started it to connect with other book addicts from around the world. Dzintra has always had a dream to write, and she is now living her dream. "Arkadia" is her debut novel, and book one in the Halfway House Series.

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Saturday, August 23, 2014

Take a trip to funky town

At the moment I'm in a little bit of a funk. The post-completion funk. It usually lasts between a few days and a week. It's hard to explain what it's like, but I'd say it's similar to writer's block but also almost the reverse of it. Instead of not having words or not being sure how best to get what's there out, it's more having an abundance of ideas and not being able to work out which ones are genuine, and workable, and which ones are just a little on the ridiculous side.

The usual post-completion funk is being made a little worse at the moment because between now and the end of 2014 there is so much buzzing around that it's hard to get my brain to settle into one idea for long enough to get it moving. So what's coming up exactly? Well, I have a cover reveal to organize, beta-read edits for Happily Evan After to arrange, trying to organize everything I need for my self-publishing adventure, getting ready for the two author signings next year, edits (through to release) for Through the Fire, as well as my day job and life in general. Don't get me wrong, I'm definitely not complaining, quite the opposite in fact. I'm so excited by the way everything is amping up and getting that much closer to the moment when I can finally share my words with you all.

I know that will come with it's own challenges and things that try to pull my focus away from my words, but I won't let that happen. I'm going to keep writing regardless of any distractions, I've just got to learn to get funky with it.

How about you, what are you looking forward to for the rest of 2014?

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Very Revealing

Sorry everyone, I've been very heavily head down, bum up trying to get everything done with stories, covers, and a few other bits and pieces that are hanging around. So I'm just dropping by with a really quick blog post today. I wanted to let you all know that I have set a cover reveal date for my stand-alone novel, Happily Evan After, the cover will be revealed here and across a number of other blogs on 7th September.

I'm going to have a Facebook event for this, so if you want to come along, feel free to jump in and join up:
Cover Reveal Party
I'll be hosting some giveaways, posting the blurb and hopefully some teasers, and just generally trying to have a good time.

If you want to be one of the blogs to do the cover reveal, you can still sign up for that here:
Cover Reveal Signup

Thank you for your ongoing support and I promise, I'll be back to regular posting soon.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Say it . . . out loud.

One of the first thing's you'll be told when it comes to editing is to read things out loud. It is often a good opportunity to find inconsistencies in the text or word repetition that can be missed on a read-through. This is particularly important for dialogue and making sure it sound "real." This advice is brilliant and should definitely be done. However, sometimes it's impractical to be reading a story aloud. Especially if you're in a crowded place, at a coffee-shop or something similar.

There is something that can help though, something my publishers put me onto a while ago, a PDF to speech app. There are a variety available, from free ones to paid ones. I have downloaded one onto my phone and, combined with a set of headphones, it is a great way to listen to the story out loud without having to look like you're talking to yourself. Providing of course that you don't mind a robotic tone and no infliction of tone.

That's where listening to a PDF to speech app can be a little bit different from reading text aloud, but providing you know why, it's still a good tool to have in your writing toolbox.

Of course, both reading aloud and PDF to speech apps differ from an actual audio book. With an audio book, it is paid voice actors reading and interpreting the text, giving it a warmth and a depth that a simple app can't have and that you're unlikely to adopt yourself if you're reading your own text back.That's why despite developments in these apps, audio books will always have a place in the world for those who like to "read" books that way.

What do you think about listening to books? Have you used a text to speech reader? Audio books? Or do you prefer text in front of you to read and absorb? I've listened to a couple of books as audio books, when I'm reading for enjoyment, nothing beats reading physical text.