New authors – help has just arrived

Elizabethhawk publishing

To all new authors, starting out can be frustrating,  we are unsure of what to do. Sometimes we feel we are alone in a dark room, with no-one to guide us or help, well here is your candle, your light, your guidance, your community.

Elizabeth Hawk Publishing isn’t just a publishing company, it’s a community. 

Elizabeth Hawk Publishing was created to provide a sense of community for fiction authors. We also want readers to know our work is professional and credible. Our group shares resources, advice, and ideas. We provide mutual help with beta reading, editing, formatting, cover art, and marketing so our readers get the best final product possible.

So, if you’re a fiction author (or have a story to write) that is struggling through this intimidating world of agents, publishers, and misinformation, check us out! We’ll help you self-publish with the use of our imprint. This will allow you to keep all of your book sale profits to yourself.

Now, you may be wondering what is an imprint and why is it important to an indie author? 

  • An imprint is a publishing name to publish your own work under. (Think: Sourcebooks, Penguin, Random House)
  • An imprint lends a polished and professional look to your book.
  • An imprint lets readers know your work is credible.
  • An imprint is a brand. People will grow to recognize it when they see it. We have great books and authors, readers see our brand positively.
  • If you are part of a group that all uses the same imprint (as opposed to being the sole user of a name or using your own name), readers will feel more confident in spending their hard earned money.

What’s in it for you?

  • You will receive access to our private blog. On this blog, we share information, resources, and advice. Need a list of editors? Check out the list. See what people have to say about who they’ve used in the past. Cover designer? It’s there too. If you need a beta reader, just list it.
  • Have a question? Ask it. We have been through this process and can help answer questions you may have.
  • You will also have access to EHP’s graphics for use on your website, books, etc.
  • You will appear on our website and facebook page. We encourage all of our authors to promote you on their pages as well.
  • You’ll have a fantastic final product.
  • Most importantly, you’ll get to brand your book with our name. Your paperback will have our logo on it’s spine. When people look up your ebook on Amazon, they will see Elizabeth Hawk Publishing as the publisher. That’s huge!

EHP charges a reasonable set-up fee for your first title. There is a small charge for each additional title that you would like to use Elizabeth Hawk Publishing’s name on. That’s it. You proceed like a self-published author, but with our help along the way. You keep all the cash from your book sells for yourself! Our service is an investment that will benefit you and your books.

We want you to succeed and can offer you the power of an imprint and the support of a community.

Visit us at http://www.elizabethhawkpublishing.com

Review of Aoife and Demon

 

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Review of Aoife and Demon

Rating: 5 stars

(3rd Review for June)

 

Wow I haven’t fallen in love with a book like this in a long time. I actually can’t wait to read it again and savour the humour, romance and world building. If I could give it ten stars I would. JUST AMAZING.

 

Characters: Aoife well we share the same name, so great choice LOL J But that’s as far as the similarities go unfortunately. Aoife had me holding my sides, she was witty, sarcastic and feisty everything I love in a main character. She captivated me. I felt myself sink, turning the last page. I didn’t want to leave her, demon or Azure for that matter. So Book Two better be ready soon. I am so the first in the cue.

 

Okay Demon: Hmmm demon, demon, demon, he was HOT. Ahh I was drooling he was that hot and was such a cruel smart arse, BUT I LOVED HIM he was such a man, ahhh more drool. Okay back to my review gotta stop day dreaming about demon but basically is what I am trying to say is I LOVED HIM>

 

Azure what a pet, yes he is blue but he was so good to Aoife, and loyal to Demon. He seemed to be there every time Aoife needed him and he was very handy with his shape shifting abilities.

 

The world building was beautiful. I could picture the small villages to the creatures that lived there.

 

 

Can’t wait for book 2. I only have one moment that’s annoying me, was it wise for Aoife to tell demon about how Shehrzad really died? 

 

http://www.aoifeanddemon.com/

Spotlight of White Rose: The Seal of Oblivion (Book #1)

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Book Synopsis:
“Look at you, coming in here all demanding. As if. You’re just some prissy bourgeois-y rich girl cry baby. Doesn’t even want to be the hero, but ironically wants the hero relic. What are you going to do, pretend in your house for a while and then when the real fight comes, cower?”Thirteen-year-old Laqiya wants to be normal, but that’s a hard feat when she can control the forces of nature. It become even harder when she finds out from her old babysitter, Nightshield, a part feline woman who literally has nine lives, that she is the reincarnation of a woman who locked a power hungry tyrant in oblivion and created the seal of oblivion to make sure he stayed there. Now the seal is breaking and if Laqiya wants to be normal, she has to deal with the baggage her past self left behind, starting with find the pieces to a staff that used to belong to her past incarnation before one of The Tyrant’s dark mistresses, Lady Sahajah, finds them first and uses them to destroy the seal of the oblivion.

Laqiya would actually be content to simply ignore Lady Sahajah and her so-called destiny. But Laqiya quickly finds out that the dark mistress won’t let her because the Tyrant is afraid of her. While he can try to take over the world with his dark powers, Laqiya can stop him by turning the forces of nature against him. That is if Laqiya could figure out how to actually use her powers.
And going head to head with the Tyrant’s dark mistress Lady Sahajah is not like the anime she likes to watch on the internet. Instinct does not always lead her in the right direction. Good is not in everyone. And Lady Sahajah doesn’t plan on wasting time lecturing Laqiya on her brilliant plan before she kills her so that Laqiya can figure out a way to defeat her.

Laqiya has no choice but to try to stop Lady Sahajah. More than that, Laqiya has to try to invoke the alter identity of her previous incarnation. She has to be The White Rose… Then, maybe after all that, she can at least pretend to be normal again.

Where you can purchase this book: Amazon 
About the Author:
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A 22 year old college student whose been writing novels since she was ten, Holly Dae writes YA fantasy and paranormal novels featuring a diverse cast of characters, usually featuring an African-American female protagonist. When she’s not writing or doing homework, she’s gardening, cooking, obsessing over Teen Wolf and trying her best not to spend her gas allowance on new books.

Book Tour – Garry Rogers Author of Corr Syl The Warrior – Spotlight

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Corr Syl The Warrior by Garry Rogers

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When an armed patrol crosses the border into Wycliff District, the Wycliff Council sends Corr Syl to investigate and recommend a response. Corr soon learns that spies have infiltrated his district, and already many lives are at risk. He catches a glimpse of something truly evil, and with no time to spare, must choose between a safe response that might fail, and a sure response that might start a global war.

 

 

 

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Where you can purchase this book?

Amazon Kindle

Amazon Paperback

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About the Author

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Garry Rogers has a PhD in Physical Geography.  He taught at Columbia University and UCLA, and currently serves as President of the Agua Fria Open Space Alliance, Inc.  He has published three nonfiction books, and hundreds articles in peer-reviewed science journals and conference proceedings.  He is currently working on a sequel to his debut novel Corr Syl the Warrior, and a second volume on Arizona wildlife.

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Spotlight and Interview with Author Roxanna Rose

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Synopsis:

What if your entire race were created by the ancient Celtic God, Dagda to please his beloved daughter, Brighid, who gifted your maternal bloodline with a spark of her soul? Now you’re given the task of living in the mortal realm to bring the gift of the Arts to the mortals she loves; while being relentlessly hunted by the Goddess of the Killing Rage to satisfy a deadly desire for Otherworldly vengeance.

Just before Eléan’s seventeenth birthday, the Goddess of Lust & Rage, along with the Immortal she created, destroyed her sheltered life. Now, an object of possession by mortals and immortals alike; Eléan must learn to control her legacy and, with the two warriors that love her, save the Goddess Brighid by protecting the small flame of Immortal soul that lives within her.

Liam and James have been friends…brothers…since they were children. Now the Otherworld has been released into the Mortal Realm leaving a bloody path of terror in its desire for vengeance. It’s coming for Eléan, a woman they both love and would die to protect. Will the Otherworld destroy their bond…or will their love for Eléan give them the strength to fight what’s coming?

Forced into the service of the Goddess Morrigan and made immortal, Greagoir must be the vessel for the Goddess’ uncontrollable lust and killing rage. Eléan is the key. After all these centuries, all that stands in his way are two mortal warriors gifted by a goddess and a young woman’s desire to survive.

Where can I purchase this book?

Amazon

Barnes and Noble

About the Author:

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Roxanna Rose is a California native with a deep connection to her Ulster Heritage. Fascinated by Myths and Legends from cultures around the world, she enjoys creating YA & Fantasy novels steeped in their mysteries. “Desires: A Legacy Novel” is the first in a series based on Celtic Myth & Legend. “Malevolence: A Legacy Novel” will be released later this year along with “She Who Watches,” an Urban Fantasy novel based on the Native American legend. Roxanna divides most of her time between her writing and her career as a Veterinary Technician and Wildlife Rehabilitator.

Interview with Roxanna Rose:

Question: What have you published recently?

“Desires (A Legacy Novel)”, the first book in the Legacy Novel series, is available now in hardcover, soft cover, and eBook.  “Malevolence (A Legacy Novel)” will be out later this year. I am also working on another urban fantasy, “She Who Watches” that is based on a Native American legend. It should be out later this year, as well.

Question: How, and when, did you decide to become a writer?

When I was in college, my English teacher (who was actually the Psychology professor) asked us to write five pages in the format of a romance novel. I had been reading romance novels for quite a while and just knew I would get an “A” as I jumped eagerly into the project. When it was graded, he returned it with a note saying “No man could make love all night after being shot in the shoulder.” Well…obviously the man had never picked up romance novel in his life. He must have been inaccurately projecting his inadequate manly prowess onto my buff and totally hot character (who was only winged by the bullet). I received a “C” on the paper, but I was hooked on writing. I still have the paper.

After that, I began entering every writing contest I came across and read mountains of books on becoming a writer. During a genealogy search I came across a thread called “Clancy’s Pub.” It was a site for those with Irish ancestors, but (true to our Irish blood) there were a number of talented writers in the group. We began writing spontaneous stories on the threads, which really expanded my writing abilities. Now that I have a book in print, I do not intend to ever stop writing.

Question: Where can we find your published writing?

It is currently available through Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Powell’s Books, Sears, Abbott Press Bookstore, and a number of book markets.

Question: What is a typical day like for you as a writer?

I wake up early to check emails and social media sites while I have my coffee. Next, I usually work on marketing, etc. in the mornings since I am on the west coast and my publisher is on the east coast. I do most of my actually writing in the late afternoon and evening until I go to bed.  Unless, of course, if it’s raining. My imagination seems to work overtime when the weather is stormy and I will usually put on a pot of tea and write all day.

Question: What are your favorite characters that you have created? Tell us about them

In “Desires” I would have to say James is my favorite. He is a gorgeous, totally hot guy that is so in love with Eléan that other women don’t really register with him. Who couldn’t see themselves living “happily ever after” with someone like him?

Question: do you find you “mentally edit” other writers’ works as you read them? Does doing this help you or bother you?

When I read, it is for the joy of reading the story. I let my imagination take me into the book so that I can feel the emotions that the author is trying to convey. I can’t do that if I am looking for flaws. I think the only time I ever had a problem with “errors” in a book had nothing to do with the author. I was reading one of Richelle Mead’s books. It was just getting to a really good part when “bam,” my book was missing 20 pages. I ended up driving almost 40 miles to get to a bookstore for a copy that had all the pages. What can I say…she’s one of my favorite authors.

Question: What music do you listen to, while writing?

I listen to an eclectic mix of music. My imagination mixed with music is like throwing gas on a flame. I can hear something that will send my imagination into creative overdrive. I will play that song over and over while I am writing a particular scene to keep my emotions in a certain range. Of course, it often has that “Pavlov’s dog” effect and I can be somewhere public, hear a song and get battle ready or burst into tears. Yeah, I guess every job has it occupational hazards.

Question: What do you eat while writing?

I tend to drink a lot of herbal tea when I write. In fact, I always have a pot on a warmer next to my computer. If I am having intense brain-taxing days I might snack on Gluten-free pretzels or baby carrots; any worse than that and I go straight for the chocolate.

Five for Fun:

What is your favourite non-alcoholic drink? 

Starbuck’s Sugar-free Cinnamon Dolce Lattes. I love them!

What is your favourite cartoon character?

Scooby-Doo

What is your favourite movie of all time?

I love the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy.

What do you like to do for fun or just to relax?

I read…a lot!  I always have a book with me.  I can lose a whole day in book if I am not careful.

Question: Where can we find you on the web?

I have a website at: www.take2creativestorywriters.com

Goodreads:  http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6967557.R_Rose

Facebook:  www.facebook.com/DesiresALegacyNovel

Twitter:  www.twitter.com/RoxannaRose7

Book Trailer:

http://http://youtu.be/_QS6sEtmww0

Book Tour for Phyl Manning

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Synopsis

Here, There & Otherwhere are in two volumes published approximately one year apart, both anthologies of narrative nonfiction. The genre by its very nature (not memoir, not autobiography) requires true-life adventure with focus never on author per se but rather on what is happening under what conditions. In narrative nonfiction, the author is the story-teller but not ever the story itself.

Volume 1 takes place at some time during forty years overseas, mostly in settings such as the West Pacific islands, SE Asia, Nepal, Sri Lanka, southern Africa and involving often unusual people in a usually exotic settings along paths not often taken. Reader is allowed to accompany author on a high porch in the Nepali jungle awaiting a tiger . . . to be “mooned” by a herd of elephants . . . to find out what happens when a customer so much as touches a piece of fruit at a green-grocery in Northern Italy . . . to find out why we humans are prey as well as predators.

Volume 2 occurs mostly in the United States (two exceptions) over a span of a century and a half. How exciting are “the facts of life” when you are not yet five years old? Prone on low groundcover, can you survive the tornado ripping through your ballfield? How does it feel to continue living when the U.S. Government has pronounced you “dead”? And what happens to a tiger no longer willing to be “a tiger in [somebody’s] tank”?

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Bio

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Phyl Manning is originally from Nebraska, a widely traveled long-time educator who started teaching at age sixteen in a one room school house but did much of her 45-year service (classroom, curriculum, counseling, administration) at international schools overseas. She has lived and/or traveled extensively in the West Pacific, Southeast Asia (expanded to include Nepal and Sri Lanka) and Southern Africa as well as Europe. Her long-time experience/research/expertise/passion included international wildlife and the traditional Inupiat (Arctic Inuit).

Here, There and Otherwhere, Vol. 1, recounts adventures as an adult in overseas venues. Vol. 2 recovers adventures at various ages in domestic (U.S.) life. These will be her fourth and fifth books to see print.

Phyl Manning has a married daughter and family in Chico, CA, and a married son and family in San Diego.

Contact Phyl

I can be contacted by email: filmafrica40@gmail.com

Or through these websites: phylsbooks.com OR KalanaPress.com

Or by phone: (603) 654 9240

Or by U.S. Mail at 374 Burton Highway; Wilton, NH 03086

Book Links

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_1?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=phyl+manning

B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/s/phyl-manning?store=allproducts&keyword=phyl+manning

 

ELEPHANTS*PACHYDERMS *ELEPHANTHOLOGY* ELEPHANTS

Sure, they can paint—but only YOU can write. Yes, about elephants. We’re hosting a two-level contest with (a) modest $$ winnings and (b) possible inclusion in Elephanthology, a planned anthology of elephant lore—short stories of fiction or narrative nonfiction (imaginative writing, not articles per se), poetry, flash fiction . . . all published with author’s name for each piece.

To find out more, check out Phyl’s website.

1.      How to Write Narrative Nonfiction Like a Pro

I’m basing these words on forty stories in the two anthologies which are my last two among paperback/eBook publications—and both are narrative nonfiction. For me, a primary factor is to NOT call the genre “creative” nonfiction, which terminology suggests “imagined truth,” surely an oxymoron. And also fundamental to the genre is the author’s understanding that she (or he) is not undertaking memoir, at least not in the traditional sense, and certainly not autobiography. It’s all a matter of focus. Where memoir and autobiography are more familiar and long-established categories “about the author,” narrative nonfiction is neither.

This relatively new genre is about a time and place, a people, occurrences—all of abiding interest to the reader, of course. The author plays the role of storyteller and is never the story itself. A subtle but important distinction.

Yes. As author, I am in the stories—had to be, in order to give first-hand accounts—but the heart of the tale is elsewhere. In Volume 2 of Here, There & Otherwhere, where TIME is the major factor rather than (as in Volume 1) PLACE, that four-year-old whose mother is trying to teach the facts of life to is me—yes—but at a drastically different time and circumstance. The same is true of the ten-year-old trying with her teammates to survive a tornado roaring across the ballfield. The adult lyricist rhyming up Pach-a-ca-MAHK for a children’s chorus is not distanced by time so much as role. Or the would-be writer hearing the ways others (and herself) read their work aloud for the class and the picky professor.

Your “author” presence (or mine) cannot be avoided; but as indicated above, the emphasis is on another time, another place, another (and different) “age” or circumstance for the author, so not the writer herself/himself here and now.

As author of a mere two books of narrative nonfiction, the 2nd of which has the ink barely dried, I cannot be considered a “pro.” On the other hand, both paperbacks came easily and naturally, as a series of memorable circumstances great fun to share. I’m actually proud of both and may do yet another if I’m not out of stories. Volume 1 was the top-listed Finalist with International Book Awards in 2012. Volume 2 has not been entered anywhere, but readers so far (those who have reported to me) consider it “at least” as fascinating as Volume 1. Hopefully, I am presently Writing Narrative NonfictionLike a Pro. . . . perhaps you will decide.

 

Review of Witch-Hunt

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Witch Hunt

5 stars

(2nd Review for June)

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When I first started reading the book it felt like harry potter, a story written for a younger person, but I was given this book by the author for an honest review so I kept reading.

Wow. What a story, I cried so many times, not just a few tears, at one stage I had to stop reading because it became too much for me. The loss of a loved one in the book was so real and raw; that it felt as if the authors own experiences had been pasted in this book. It tore at me so much. Lauren was a woman cursed in a sense since birth, hardworking, loyal, and loving and what she was subjected to and suffered was heart wrenching, and her vengeance was understandable it was as powerful as her love.

 

The story is told mostly through the eyes of Sabrina a healer growing up in a world where witch craft is forbidden by the Order of Lauren. Sabrina is kind and shy, simple in ways living a protected life, with no knowledge of who she is. Until she discovers she is a relative of Lauren a women who is remembered incorrectly as being evil. As the story develops we see Sabrina conquer her fears, and she grows so much it’s like watching her transform into another person.  The story is fast paced and doesn’t slow down at all, the lands that the author creates are haunting at times, yet so breath-taking like the forest  or the city of Sha’ La’ Shang. The plot is thick with deceit, murder and greed.

The love story between Sabrina and Micah is there through the whole book, but it doesn’t over power the story at all, it alters the future for Sabrina, but I can’t wait to read the second book to see where they end up, and find out what exactly Sabrina will do now that her powers have fully ignited.

 

A wonderful story, one that I would highly recommend, I applaud the author for a tale that made me cry, squirm with unease, and made my heart pound with anticipation.