Date Published: May 9, 2014
Spawned from an ancient promise, treachery and intrigue follow the protagonists through our world and one lost to the waves. Bound by an invisible bond, they are thrust into a fantastical world of pirates and demons.
James Benedict is a just man haunted by evil. Pushed to the edge, everything stripped from him, a new man arises . . . a man whose name strikes fear into the hearts of all who hear it: “Captain Hook”.
Eileen Davis was a timid woman. Through a fateful cruise she finds herself in the company of the Captain of the Mistral Thief. With his guidance, and the meddling of the local barista, she eventually finds her inner strength.
Will the two of them unite through time to fulfill the promise of their ancestors or will tempers ignite leading all to failure?
Guest Post :
Starting Out As A Writer – 5 Things You Should Know
1. Be prepared for critiques. Not everyone will like your novel. Don’t take it personally.
Use reviews to your advantage. Obviously, great ones will help sell the novel. Bad ones? Hopefully they will give you insight on what you can work on for when you write your next novel. One of mine? Point of view switching. I never realized how often I’d done it until my first harsh review. Thank you! Now that I know, I can work on it and make a conscious effort to avoid that mistake in the future.
2. Marketing is a big part of writing a novel. If you have a difficult time talking about yourself in the positive, you’ll have a difficult time with marketing your novel. Promotion of a novel includes the author as well. How do you do this? Research! Just like with your novel, you need to research ideas, methods and unique ways to get your “brand” across to the public.
3. Look for forums, groups and other authors to connect with. Gaining insight on their successes and failures will help when you are reading to begin your own personal journey as a writer. I’ve mentioned on other blogs that Goodreads is a great resource, but there are many out there. Look for one that is a good fit for you.
4. You are not as good as you think you are, or as good as your family thinks you are. There’s always room to improve. Ouch, right? Sorry to say it, but you aren’t all that and a bag of chips 😉
I certainly wish I were! But keeping a level head and understanding that there is always room to grow will be beneficial to you in the long run. That isn’t to say that you can’t be proud of your book, but certainly look for what things could have been worked on in your current novel and apply what you learn to your next book.
5. Move on, write more. The only way you can improve on your writing is to write. Like a muscle, your writing ability must be used and exercised otherwise you’ll remain stagnant. Write, write and write some more! I’ve heard authors who’ve set aside ten minutes every day to write. I haven’t done that, but I work around a busy schedule and write when I can. Do what works for you, but try to do it often. Need feedback on your writing? Use a critique site meant for authors, find beta readers or attempt to write a fanfiction piece. There are plenty of websites that offer free online writing classes. There are plenty of books that offer tips of writing. I’ve found this amazing place called the “library” where I’ve discovered I can place books on hold online and then go pick them up. Awesome!
Elizabeth uses writing as therapy, her release from everyday stress. At night, after work and once the children are finally tucked in bed, for the fifth time, she sits at her laptop and lets her imagination flow.
Elizabeth has produced short stories, one of which will be published in an anthology. She’s had fun writing a Sherlock Holmes fan fiction story, A Case of Need, based on the BBC’s Sherlock. By July 2011, her first novel, Second on the Right, had been completed. She spent several years polishing the story in order to provide a high quality product to the public. Second on the Right is her first professional novel.