Saturday, May 30, 2015

Product Review Dragonfly Soap



I bought this soap at a farmers market from the maker herself, Katherine.
She was so sweet and didn’t think I looked old enough to have kiddos. After showing her pictures of my babies, I got a Mother’s Day discount.

We got three bars.
One was a patchouli, oatmeal and goats milk bar. I’ve been using this as a facial bar and totally love it.




We also got a lilac bar. I love the way it scents my whole bathroom when I shower.

The third one we got was called Hippie Chick. This one smells so juicy.

I’m always skeptical of the quality new stuff like this, especially homemade.

The soap doesn’t dry out at all. Even after lots of use it looks crystal clear without the pealing edges.

Even though this soap is less expensive or comparable to the soaps you would get at a Bath and Body Works, these soaps last forever!

The lather on them is amazing, just like using a liquid soap.
My skin feels very clean afterwards with a light, natural scent.

The soaps themselves are a work of art. I can only imagine how amazing Katherine’s house smells after making soap all day.

My husband loves these too.


Here are a few pictures I found on her Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/DragonflyHandcraftedSoapsByKatherine



















Here is another of her websites to check out: https://dragonflyhandcraftedsoapsbykatherine.selz.com/?mode=edit

Thursday, May 28, 2015

How To Tell A Good King From A Bad King – Hint From The Chronicles Of Narnia and Book of Mormon.






Okay, so here goes a political post that I don’t often do because, at this point, people already have their minds made up.

There are many people very unhappy with the current American government. There has even been talk among some higher government sources that a civil war could quite possibly be a reality.

As an author, part of my job is to study people from an objective point of view.
I started a study of kings and compared it to our current ruler here in America.


If men start relying on the government more than God and themselves for their food, clothing, housing, cell phones, education, etc. then we set up a man or government to be a god. When that man or government falls, that’s when we will have riots and people starving.
A bad leader will want to create a dependent society. A dependent society is much easier to control.




I was watching Prince Caspian and during the final battle, when the two opposing armies are rushing toward each other, I noticed what the kings were doing.

On the Narnian side, King Peter picked up his sword, even though he was already battle worn and injured, he rushed the enemy with his people following behind him.

On the Telmarine side, the king pointed his sword and shouted, “Charge” then he stayed safe while his men advanced forward into battle.

King Benjamin from the Book of Mormon labored with his own hands to support himself so he didn’t have to add additional taxes on his people. Mosiah 2:18. King Benjamin also stood by his people in battle and fought with his own strength. Words of Mormon 1:13
Same with Alma. Alma 32:5

King Noah was the opposite. He taxed his people heavily so he and his buddies could party, wear nice clothes, get drunk, etc. See Mosiah 11:13-15. When his people came under attack he ran away and encourage the men to leave there helpless wives and children and save themselves. Mosiah 19:11

It is also mention in the Book of Mormon about an enemy king who ended up taxing King Limhi’s people 50% of profit. This was considered slavery and bondage. Mosiah 7:22-24

How much are you paying in taxes? Sales tax, property tax, income tax, government fees for doing anything, food tax, gas tax etc. There are almost 100 types of taxes in America that didn’t exist 100 years ago.


In many ways, history really does repeats itself. I encourage everyone to study both good and bad kings from history and learn the qualities of real leadership.
You can compare these qualities to any person in a leadership position.

People serve a good king because they love him. People serve a bad king because they fear him.



Images from:

www.moving-picture.com
www.narniafans.com

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Carving Out A Niche - Marketing Books



Another Publishing Parallel – Marketing

I’m going to make this story easy and have it take place in the writer world.


Once upon a time in the magical kingdom of Writer Haven there was a great famine.
The famine became so great that many writers gave up. Some citizens of Writer Haven started wars with each other because they felt like there wasn’t enough to go around.

A great flood of new technology caused many new authors to flock to writer world in hopes for prosperity.
Some writers wanted to close the gates and not let anyone new in. It was fight every day to horde and protect resources.

The king of Writer Haven looked over his kingdom and saw the war about to start by desperate writers trying to get their books out into the world.
They all believed they had limited resources and avenues.
Some believed the only options to get books distributed was through a publisher, bookstore, or Amazon.
Some thought their only way to market was social media and blog tours.

The king reminded the whole kingdom of the daily feast. This was a feast that every citizen could attend any time they wanted. No one was limited and everyone could eat until they were full everyday.

Thousands of writers flocked to the feast for dinner and noticed only ten pies.
They each grabbed a knife and plate and started fighting for a slice of pie. Everyone knew that ten pies couldn’t feed thousands.

The king raised his hands and stopped the commotion and asked why they were fighting.
They said they felt like there wouldn't be enough room for everyone to market, they has to be the loudest, they had to have the most friends on Facebook, they had to have  the biggest blog tour etc. in order to beat the rush of marketing authors.

The king looked confused and asked. Did you not see what else was out there besides pies?
The authors looked and suddenly realized the table went on for miles. There wasn’t just pie, but cake, roast turkey, rosemary grilled potatoes, pasta salads, jello salads, baskets of exotic fruit from the Philippines, authentic Hungarian soup bowls, bread made by the Amish, popcorn from Disneyland, Smoked fish from Alaska, blackberries from Oregon. The options for this marketing feast were world wide and endless.

Some authors rushed and ate so much that they got sick. Others stopped and really had to think about what they wanted on their plate and what was the most important.




I want all my author friends to think about this.
This is Marketing.
Your table is miles long and your options are worldwide, but you can’t “eat” everything even if you think everyone in the world will want to read your book and your goal is to be richer than Stephanie Meyer, and own a bigger castle than J.K. Rowling, and have an epic movie made like Tolkien.

Lets talk now about carving out a niche.

You need to think about your goals for your book. I’m not saying you can’t have a castle like J.K., but as with any goal there are steps to take.

For example:
Let’s pretend you have a children’s book about gardening. What are some niche markets you can tap into that will bring your sales percentage up?


  • Farmer’s Markets
  • County fairs
  • Speaking to Elementary age kids about the importance of gardening.
  • Parent and children gardening blogs
  • The local FFA
  • Social media involving Outdoor activities for kids 
  • Homeschooling groups
  • Get a booth at a Homeschooling convention
  • Host a contest for kids. Whoever grows the biggest pumpkin etc. wins a pair of gardening gloves.
  • Join the local Chamber of Commerce
  • Start a gardening club for youngsters
  • List your book on www.Kidsgardening.org
  • Connect with America the Beautiful (a non-profit providing free seeds)
  • Connect with Captain Planet Grants
  • Talk with owners of gift shops. See if they would be willing to sell your book during their farm festivals or let you do a reading on a hayride.
  • Connect with EPA Environmental Kids Club
  • Connect with Farms for City Kids.
  • Check out local gardening clubs.
  • Home depot and other home improvement stores could also be used as distribution outlets.


The list can go on! I found a whole world of kids gardening stuff by spending 10 minutes on the internet.

Will these same marketing ideas work for someone with a medieval romance book? Well, maybe, but it won't be as effective.


My concern is that I see authors, let’s say with the children’s garden book, that have one of two attitudes. The famine attitude and the food glutton attitude.
The famine authors think:
I don’t have a “real” publisher. (So? Go do it anyway.)
My publisher will do all this for me. (No. No they won’t.)
There is no way for me to market this type of book. (I just proved there are hundreds of unique ways to market this book.)

These are the authors who give up before they really tap into their market. Or they look out how their author friend with the medieval romance book is marketing and try to follow her and they are not as successful in her niche market.

The glutton authors think this:
All I have to do is spam the internet and everyone will buy this book
I’m going to become as rich as God off this book.
Everyone else will see their sales go down because of how well I’m doing.
Every book store in the world will carry this book.
This will soon be required reading in all schools.
I’m going to sell more books than Stephanie Meyer.

These are the kinds of authors that everyone complains how annoying they are on social media or they try to start wars with other authors because they see only the "ten pies" instead of the whole table.

We can take any type of book and come up with a huge list of unique ways to market it.
Remember that table? There is enough for everyone. If authors really understood this then authors would not look at each other as competition, but as allies and friends.
Soon you realize that the feast can be a potluck and we can help each other out and still have plenty.

My wish is for authors to be as creative in marketing as they are in writing their books.

Steps to finding your niche:

1. Determine who best would like your book (age, gender, culture) be specific.
2. Find other people and organizations (festivals, conventions, novelty shops etc.)
3. Ways to make public appearances (schools, signings, teaching engagements.)
4. Media ( Podcasts, radio, news interviews, radio readings etc.)
5. Social media (be specific and don’t market only to authors. See hobby groups, education groups, etc.
6. Mass distribution (advanced marketing) For most authors, I would suggest the help of a publicist or marketing specialist to help in this area.

Some times its easier to think about marketing when its not your own book.
For practice, what are some ways to market a book about how to draw fairies?

What are some ways to market a book about American Law?

What are some ways to market a book about African History?

What are some ways to market a fantasy book about mermaids?

Feel free to share ideas.

Friday, May 15, 2015

Lets clear this up - Publishing Terms

Traditional Publishing or Commercial Publishing
Traditional publishers are investors in a product. The product just happens to be a book.
Most often they purchase the rights to produce the product from the author. Agents are often involved to negotiate sales and terms of contract.


Subsidy Publishing or Partner Publishing
 Subsidy publishers enter a partnership with authors. 
They are like co-producers of a product.

Let say if the contract is 50%/50%.
Each partner (the author and the publisher) will invest 50% of the cost for production. 
Once the book sales start coming in, they will split the commission 50%/50%.

These percentages can be all over the scale. Just make sure the investment and commission is fair. You should get back the percentage you put in.

Often, these kinds of publishers will invest services such as editing, cover work, formatting etc. and the author will pay for the actual printing or they will use print on demand.
Authors should keep all rights and ownership of the work.



Vanity Publishing
Good Vanity vs Bad Vanity

This is basically a publisher for hire.

Everyone rolls their eyes at the mention of Vanity Publishing, but if you've used CreateSpace at all, in a very real way you could fall under Vanity Press.

Lets say you wrote a book, but have no idea what to do next.
You want to hire a company to edit, format, do the illustrations, printing, etc.
You give them a wad of cash and they drop of a pallet of books on your doorstep.

They make their money from services and printing. What happens to that pallet of books is up to you. Sometimes they will also sell you services such as marketing or distribution.

See. That doesn't sound so bad. Its a lot like self-publishing except you have a ton of help.


            Why Vanity Presses have a bad rep

  • Uneducated authors feel scammed.

Sometimes Vanity Presses present themselves as a "publisher" and not a "press." This can be misleading and authors often fell ripped off when they get a pallet of books on their doorstep and not a pallet of money.  

****Vanity Presses are in the business of printing books, NOT selling books.*** 
As long as you are educated in this, you shouldn't feel ripped off.
Vanity Presses can be amazing for some authors.

  • Quality control
Vanity presses don't often have quality control and will accept any author (good or bad.)




  • Jealously
Traditionally published authors always sneer because they had to "work hard" to convince their publisher to take their book while vanity published author only had to "work hard" to earn the money to hire their publisher.



Self-Publishing
****This model should only be used if the author has an incredible amount of knowledge in the publishing industry.***
The author wears all the hats and bears all responsibility for the writing, investment of production cost, quality control, marketing, distribution, etc.
They will often use a services company like Eden Literary to make sure they have a quality product that is edited, illustrated, formatted, etc. to professional standards so they can compete with other authors.

The author makes 100% of the profit, and retains 100% of control, and 100% of rights.
Hiring a publicist and submitting to distributors will help an author be more successful with sales.
Getting a good distributor, reputation, and fan following can be MORE IMPORTANT than getting a publisher.


Publishing Group or Publishing Guild
This is like the Law of Consecration, but for authors.

Lets say you have a tight-knit group of 5 authors. 

Susan is a professional editor.
Sally does professional formatting.
Sidney is a professional cover designer.
Sarah does marketing and tours.
Sandra does events and wed design.

This glorified writer's group is each other's cheerleaders, writing coaches, and each invest time equally in the other's books.

The authors then may use a print on demand such as CreateSpace to then make their books available to readers or they may print and distribute like traditional publishers.

This awesome thing about this is that when one author is successful, then it raises everyone else up. The guild name becomes more powerful and each author has increased credibility.
This is a great way to build a fan base fast.


****NOTE****
if you want to join a writers guild, make sure you have something amazing to offer and the people in your group can offer you something amazing in return.
Make sure you all work at a similar work pace. If everyone is producing 15 books a year and you only write 1 book over 15 years, then this group may not benefit you.
These kinds of groups fall apart when there is inequality.




Other important terms:

Hybrid Authors
Authors who use 2 or more ways to publish.
These authors statistically make more money than other types of authors.

For example: Angelia published with a big publishing house in New York, but she also has a Christmas book she self-published.


Hybrid Publishers
Publishers who offer several types of publishing services.
Their contracts are flexible depending on the author's needs and what they are willing to invest.

These publishers may just act as a coach for self-published authors, or invest 50/50, or if the product is something they think they can get a return on, then they may offer the author an advance like a traditional publisher.

Indie Publishers and Indie Author
These terms are often used very loosely, but would usually fall under the category of Self-published or Partner Published.
The authors have flexible contracts or no contract at all.
The author will also retain most, if not all rights.






Thursday, May 14, 2015

Publishing Scams and Dishonest Contracts --- Be a NINJA with Author Self Defense Skills

Okay authors, something serious here.


I'm going to expose a few publishing scams, but there are so many ways to scam an author that I can't list them all.

You need to have author self defense and self control.


My number one advice is this: HAVE REALISTIC EXPECTATIONS.
2. A publisher isn't going to make your dreams come true - even if having a publisher is your dream.
3. Publishers aren't God, they are business people.
4. Come up with a business plan BEFORE you get an agent or publisher. Then your agent or publisher should be your partner in business, not your boss.
5. Contradicting tip #4, YOU, that's right, YOU, are the boss! Make sure you have a contract that allows you to fire your agent or publisher if they are not doing their job.
6. RESEARCH every agent and publisher before submitting.
7. If an agent or publisher contacts you first, then stay on guard.
8. Talk with other authors that work with the publisher or agent. What was their experience?
9. Not all publishers are honest, not even all LDS or other Christian Publishers.
10. Know the industry as well as you know your book BEFORE you publish anything.

Following these tip will help you avoid most scams and traps that authors get caught up in. I know that these ten things are going to require a huge mind-shift for many authors.




So you get an offer from a publisher.
Most authors will SQUEE, make an announcement on social media, jump up and down, have a party with their friends, take their spouse out to a celebration dinner, max out credit cards (because soon they will be rich) etc.

That is about as wise as being asked on a date then you go home and make wedding plans.



Here are few scams to look out for:


Quick and Easy: (copyright theft)

You get an offer from a publisher SQUEEEE!
But in order to make this book more "marketable" they want to stick a name on the cover that is easier to pronounce. OR a name on the cover that is a man because books by women don't sell well (that is a lie BTW.)
The publisher comes up with a pseudonym or pen name for you.

So the book is published and you never get a pay check or the publisher disappears.
Turns out that that pen name was actually a real person and the so called publisher registered the book with the "false author" as the copyright holder through the Library of Congress.

Are you squeeeing now?

Now you have to get a lawyer and work with the Library of Congress. The Library of Congress is very slow.




Quick and Easy #2: 

You get an offer from a publisher SQUEEEE!

They are a small publisher and can only do a small run (about 250 books.)
They have you sign and number each book. Kind of like how artist will number their paintings.

You find out that the publisher is not actually a publisher, but a collectible company. They get rare and hard to find books and sell them for lots of money.

They take your book and post it on ebay as "Rare, First Edition, Signed and Numbered by the author."

That's it. Your book is supposed to be rare and hard to find.



Quick & Easy #3:

The author is dead. They re-print the book, get a new cover, and put their name on the cover and make all the royalties.


Quick and Easy #4:

They borrowed someone else's money to print your books. Since they couldn't sell all your books, then they try to make you think you owe the lender money. They claim they don't owe you any royalties for anything they sold.


Quick and Easy #5: ( Sorry this is repetitive. Quick and Easy from Orem, UT. had lots of scams.)

I'm going to pay you all your royalties in company stock. Never mind its stock I printed off at home with a bad color cartridge. Its going to be worth a dollar a share someday and I just gave you a million shares.



Next Company:

New York Literary Agency and Writers Agency and many other names (all ran by Robert Fletcher)

Here is the Official Press Release:


Attorney General Bill McCollum today announced that his office filed a lawsuit against a Boca Raton company that allegedly preyed on aspiring authors. According to the Attorney General’s lawsuit, Writer’s Literary Agency and owner Robert Fletcher used more than 20 websites and related companies to collect funds from potential authors, but misled victims about fees, costs, and promised results.

The Attorney General’s Economic Crimes Division received more than 175 complaints from around the world claiming Fletcher and his associates, who claimed to act as literary agents and publishers, allegedly collected money from victims anxious to see their work published. Potential writers paid anywhere from $89 for an initial critique to over $600 for various services including editing and marketing of a manuscript to publishers. Allegedly, Fletcher also told potential writers that fees were paid from book sales when in fact all costs of publishing were paid by the authors. According to the lawsuit, few books were ever sold as a result of the efforts of Fletcher’s companies.

Investigators determined Fletcher expanded into the field of publishing within the past year. Fletcher admitted to having no background as a literary agent and to using at least 10 aliases in his businesses.

The lawsuit seeks injunctive relief against Robert Fletcher and his associates, as well as his many businesses, prohibiting further business activities in the field of literary agencies or publishers. The Attorney General is also seeking full restitution on behalf of all victimized consumers, civil penalties of $10,000 for each violation of the Florida Unfair and Deceptive Trade Practices Act, and reimbursement for fees and costs related to the investigation.



http://accrispin.blogspot.com/2009/09/victoria-strauss-florida-attorney.html

http://absolutewrite.com/forums/showthread.php?153939-Florida-Attorney-General-Files-Suit-Against-Robert-Fletcher-Writers-Literary-Agency&s=0fc5bf00abf0fa601a410898b59b9619



The lesson here is DON'T GIVE AN AGENT MONEY. Don't give a publisher money unless they are a partner publisher or vanity press. Even then, know what you're doing.




Poetry Book Scam

You've entered a contest. You didn't win, but someone wants to publish your poetry in a book. SQUEEEE!

All you have to do is pay $75 and they will send you a hard back copy of your book.

So you get a hard back in the mail and it turns out that 6,000 other poets paid $75 to be in the book too.

Even with the cost of printing, someone just made a ton of money.



This is an excerpt from: http://www.ivetriedthat.com/2009/02/05/the-poetrycom-scam/

"Poetry.com is making between 50-60 of these books per year with about 6,000 poems in each. Given that the book costs about $75, they are making over $22,000,000 per year on book sales alone! They give away one annual prize of $10,000 per year or about 0.0004% of their annual book sales. These guys are disgustingly cruel."




Contests:

Unless this is for a fundraiser by an organization you trust, just don't do it.



Plagiarism:

Every author should send out books to beta readers and reviewers.
Sending e-books are great because it doesn't cost the author anything, unless you have a dishonest beta reader.

This happened to Rachel Ann Nunes.

This is her story here:
http://rachelannnunes.blogspot.com/2014/08/standing-against-plagarism.html

You can help fund her lawsuit here:
http://www.gofundme.com/standingagainstplagiarism



Unauthorized Sharing:

When you send out your manuscript before publication, make sure you mark them in some way.
What I do is make some small change to each manuscript to make it unique to each beta readers.

That way if it gets copied or spread I know who did it.

Let your readers know this copy is unique for them. That might help them avoid temptation to copy or share.
I always put their name in the heading.

This happened to Stephanie Meyer with her book Midnight Sun.

Here is an excerpt from her website:

http://stepheniemeyer.com/midnightsun.html

"As some of you may have heard, my partial draft of Midnight Sun was illegally posted on the Internet and has since been virally distributed without my knowledge or permission or the knowledge or permission of my publisher.
I have a good idea of how the leak happened as there were very few copies of Midnight Sun that left my possession and each was unique. Due to little changes I made to the manuscript at different times, I can tell when each left my possession and to whom it was given. The manuscript that was illegally distributed on the Internet was given to trusted individuals for a good purpose."


We Want Your Money, Not Your Book 

Most often these guys are bad Vanity Presses vs. the Good Vanity Presses (Post coming soon about Good vs. Bad Vanity Presses)

They have no interest in your success and will accept just about anything.
They want to sell you services at a high price.

Unless you decide to go Subsidy or Partner Publishing, then don't give anyone money for anything.


We Pay Higher Royalties

SQUEEE!

Well, not really. This Print on Demand publisher wants you to pay for everything upfront, that's why they pay higher royalties. Most authors sell fewer than 100 copies.



Shady Contracts that Fine the Author

An author friend of mine called me up and was really upset because she wanted out of her publishing contract.

Apparently, they wanted to publish her and she squeed and sign a really large contract for a dozen books and book ideas for the future.

The publisher was horrible and after not even publishing one book she wanted out.
The publisher said, sure you can go, but we will fine you $200 per book title if you leave us.




Shady Contracts, First Right of Refusal

No one likes this, but so many publishers do it.

Fight to have this removed from your contract.

This is basically committing to them forever. Some publishers won't let you write anything again unless they can get a cut of profit.

For example: One LDS author with an LDS publisher wrote an article for a church magazine.
Because she didn't have "permission" and didn't let the publisher have first right to the article she was disciplined.




Regular Employer Contracts.

When hired, some employer contracts say that they own all intellectual property you create while employed with them. Some places say that if you do anything on company time, even brainstorming, it belongs to them.

Just watch this.





These are just a few scams. Scammers are creative and will be thinking of new ways to steal from you.

Remember to follow 1- 10 of the author self defense tips.

The most successful scams will appeal to your emotions or your "Author SQUEEE!"

Remember the survival saying: "Stay calm, stay alert, stay alive."




Please leave a comment. Let everyone know if you've heard of any other scams out there.
There are so many and we need to look out for each other.


Friday, May 8, 2015

Book Review Night & Amazing Authors!




Our Relief Society had a Book Review and Exchange night.


We had a great lesson about the Book of Mormon and what a diverse book it is.



We played word games then talked about awesome books we've recently read and made lists of books we would like to read this summer.
We could have been there all night talking about books.










And there was good food.







Many wonderful authors and publishers donated to this event.



Here is a list of all the authors and publishers who donated for our book night:

Cheri Chesley
Trifecta Books
Tristi Pinkston
Michael D. Young
Rebecca Blevins
Caroline Gregory
Shawnette Nielson
May Nicole Abbey
Peggy Urry
Jewel Allen
Margaret L. Turley
Donna K. Weaver
Rebecca Gage
Jordan McCollum
Braden Bell
Rebecca Belliston
Julie Coulter Bellon
Wendy Burr
Penny Freeman
Xchyler Publishing
Anika Arrington
Debra Erfert
Didi Lawson
Candace J. Thomas
Scott E. Tarbet
Den Ireland
Joanne Kershaw
JD Spero
Alyson Grauer
Teresa Hirst
Laura Walker
Holly Kelly
H. Linn Murphy
Misty Moncur
Kate Palmer
Alison Palmer
Kristen Carson
Jewel Adams
Bonnie Gwyn




THANK YOU, 
AUTHORS & PUBLISHERS!!!








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Remember to leave your book reviews.

Great places to review books are on Amazon and Goodreads.

You can also review books on your personal blog or storybook blogs like this one, A Storyboook World.

If you would like to submit a review to us, please email me at EdenLiterary (at) gmail



Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Guest Post The Kingdom on the Edge of Reality

The Kingdom on the Edge of Reality










Paperback: 360 pages

Publisher: Two Harbors Press

Language: English

ISBN-10: 937293645

Genre: fantasy, action and adventure

The Kingdom on the Edge of Reality

Why would Jack Darcey, a stage actor and ex-competitive fencer, choose to live

in a medieval kingdom in the Canadian wilderness? How could such a place exist and

flourish in the 21st century, and why would anyone want to live there?

Welcome to Albert Keane’s beautifully designed medieval kingdom nestled in a

completely isolated river valley in the Canadian wilderness.

There is a castle, of course, and a monastery. Knights, sword fights, dungeons, chivalry and a feudal kingdom!

Farmers work the land, artisans ply their trades, monks keep school and visit the sick, and yet no buddy misses the modern world at all.

So how does Jack Darcey – actor, wanderer, end up being a

hero? Why does Albert’s fortune teller believe that Jack could turn the tide – if he lives long enough?

Jack Darcey's bravery, honor and love shine throughout the

book.

The book seamlessly blends medieval and modern elements, The Kingdom on the

Edge of Reality keeps you spell bound with a wide array of action, humor, adventure

and satire in a kingdom set apart in time and space.

Teenagers and adults who enjoy King Arthur-like stories, castles, battles and life-

threatening quests will enjoy this Arthurian saga. The Kingdom on the Edge of Reality is

not only an escapist adventure but at times creates cultural controversy. Everything that

takes place in this story is possible and feasible.

Gahan Hanmer's creativity and gift for storytelling came from his background in theatre.

Creativity ran in the family, Gahan's mother and uncle were well known actors. He

developed his talent exclusively as a theater artist, working with many inspired teachers

and directors. Every night, after his two daughters were in bed, he became the main

character in a perilous mythical journey and recorded it as it unfolded in his imagination.

Years later, rewritten and revised many times and finally pruned and polished, the result

was The Kingdom on the Edge of Reality.







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About Gahan Hanmer

Gahan Hanmer speaks French and Spanish and has a Master of Fine Arts degree from

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Saturday, May 2, 2015

The Monster Asylum Series Book 1: The Fangs of Bloodhaven GIVEAWAY

Cheree Alsop is giving away THREE free copies of

The Monster Asylum Series Book 1: The Fangs of Bloodhaven

All you have to do is:

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Being a teenage vampire in a human family isn’t easy, especially in a city where harboring any monster subspecies is illegal. When Everett is injured attempting to save a werewolf, she takes him to the Monster Asylum, a place that shouldn’t exist, and introduces him to a world of acceptance and possibility. Dark creatures begin to plague the five cities. Everett’s ability to fight against them makes him irreplaceable if the human world that fears him can accept a vampire as a hero.

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