New Release!

Feral Moon, book 2 of The Dark Woods series is available now!

Greyson Wolfe may be a killer with the instincts of an animal, but he’s no fool. He came so close to getting everything he’d ever wanted. Then it was over, both the girl and the happy ending were snatched away by one well-placed lie. Second chances don’t come along often, and never for people like him. The girl he loved may be gone, but she’s not forgotten. Not by him. Not by the wolf, either.
Harlow Dyer doesn’t know the handsome stranger who looks at her with haunted, hungry eyes. She’s always been Daddy’s little debutante. Rich, spoiled, pampered, and protected. Hasn’t she?
The fairytales were wrong. The wolf wasn’t the villain of the story. The girl in the red dress was always meant to be his. Now, he just has to convince her.

Seal Mother by Rose English

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Seal Mother ~ A Selkie Tale in Verse by Rose English

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One lonely seal

in the midst of the ocean

rolls on the waves

to the rhythmical motion.

The seal watches over

the child on the sand.

Her lovely young daughter

born of the land.

On Midsummer’s Eve seals swim up onto the sand, shed their skin and transform into beautiful young women to give thanks to the mysterious Moon Goddess.

Lost in dance, no one notices a shimmering sealskin being stolen; leaving one beautiful Selkie trapped on the land forever.

Can an unlikely friend help her reclaim her skin, or is she destined to remain forever in human form?

‘Seal Mother’ – a magical Selkie tale of love, loss and deceit, told in verse. (Click image to enlarge)

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Amazon: http://viewbook.at/SealMother

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/40745694-seal-mother—a-selkie-tale-in-verse

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About Rose English:

Rose English, author

Living on ‘England’s Green & Pleasant Land’, among the gentle rolling hills of the Herefordshire Countryside, Rose’s house is wall to wall books. She even has a ‘Leaning Tower of Paperbacks’.

Rose is a dreamer, preferring a simple & quiet life. Often spending time alone, although never lonely, being ever surrounded by great characters when lost in a good book. She loves theatre and the arts, adoring live performances on stage. Rose has very eclectic tastes.

Working as a school librarian, and sharing her love of books with children, was the best job she ever had. However, life moves on and another chapter was only a page turn away.

Author Links

Website: https://roseenglishukauthor.wordpress.com/

Facebook: www.facebook.com/RoseEnglish.UK.Author/

Twitter: @RoseEnglishUK

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NEW Release!

I have big news. Wings of Defiance is finally done and up for pre-sale as we speak! It’s the 3rd book in The Immortal Sorrows series, and the beginning of the end for the series. Grab a copy now, because it goes live on July 19, 2018!

Buy Here: https://amzn.to/2MNuxOo

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Gwen’s best friend Izzy fell in love with Death. Everyone knows there’s no happy ending to something like that, right? It wasn’t a surprise when tragedy struck in the form of a vengeful Fate, but it left Gwen to pick up the pieces of her life and move on alone.
Devastated and angered by the loss of her friend, she simply wants to withdraw from the world for a while. Too bad for her, because Izzy wasn’t the only one the monsters want. She’s something special, a human who carries Reaper blood, and that makes her valuable to the right people. Her only hope of survival lies in the hands of an inept guardian angel and an egotistical Reaper who’s as sexy as he is lethal.
Don’t miss Wings of Defiance, the third book in the Immortal Sorrows series by Sherri A. Wingler. If you like sexy angels, ruthless demons, or snarky romance, then this book will have you turning the pages! Come check it out!

 

Free Book Alert: Crimson Moon

I decided to wish the mothers out there an early Happy Mother’s day. Whether your children are human or furry, you deserve a treat for all your hard work. So, for the next two days, May 7th and 8th, I’m giving away “Crimson Moon” for #Free! To get a copy, just follow the link at the bottom of the picture that says “Buy On Amazon” and pick it up. (And if anyone wants to give me a Mother’s Day gift, nothing says love like a book review!)

Free Book Alert: Rising Tide by Claudette Melanson

Good afternoon, all! I’m so excited to share this. “Rising Tide,” by Claudette Melanson and one of my favorite books ever just went perma-free!!! If you’re interested, the review I left when I read it for the first time is below the links. Do yourself a favor and go pick up a copy.

Rising Tide is PERMA FREE on Amazon, iBooks, Kobo, B&N & Smashwords!

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Clean YA Paranormal Mystery/Romance ☠

166 Reviews & 4.6 Overall

Find it FREE :

Amazon: http://buff.ly/2pD5RAO

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My Review posted in 2015:

I just absolutely loved this book! I’m especially happy I found it after the 2nd book, Undertow came out. That way I don’t have to wait to see what happens after the cliffhanger Ms. Melanson left us with. I’ve already 1-clicked the sequel, and I cannot wait to start it:)
I won’t give away the secrets of this book for potential new readers. Discovery of a really amazing book is the fun of reading in the first place. There is one thing I do want to address, though. Several reviews have mentioned how odd it seems for Maura to refer to her mother as Caelyn instead of Mom for much of the book. I found this to be a brilliant touch of ‘showing’ instead of ‘telling’. I got it, I really did. Caelyn had her daughter at a very young age, and in some ways, the two of them have grown up together. Caelyn is fiercely protective of her daughter, but she is emotionally dependent on her too, and in several ways, she’s allowed Maura to take over the role of parent. They have an extremely complicated relationship, and all of the secrets between them don’t help them to understand each other.
I’m extremely impressed by the excellent way this book was written. Good writing is a combination of learned skill and innate talent, and Ms. Melanson has both. I love discovering new writers, and I look forward to watching her career blossom. If you’re wondering whether to give this book a shot, just download the free sample, and see how fast it gets you hooked!

Crimson Moon Blog Tour

Title: Crimson Moon
Series: The Dark Woods
Author: Sherri A. Wingler
Genre: Paranormal
In the old days,

people whispered about the wolf, said he came only at night, and only by the

light of the full moon. They locked their doors and huddled close to their

fires, safe in the knowledge they could prepare for his coming. The truth is, no

one is safe, because the wolf walks in the skin of the man. Always.

Harlow Hayes is a runaway, thief, and failed Southern belle. Forced to grow up

fast after what her mama delicately referred to as, ‘the incident,’ she learns

the hard way not all strangers are kind, real monsters hide in plain sight, and

family can be found in the most unexpected places. Harlow Hayes is about to meet the Wolf.

Sherri Wingler is the author of The Immortal Sorrows and The Dark Woods series. She lives and works (way more than full-time) in Indiana.
Sherri shares her home with her husband, Steve, too many rescued kitty cats, and one co-dependent Shih Tzu named Spanky. When she isn’t writing, or working in the real world, her spare time is spent raising money and awareness for animal charities, in the hopes of saving at least a few little critters.
Sherri is currently hard at work on her next book.
For more information visit www.sherriwingler.com

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Crimson Moon Release

I need your help!  Crimson Moon releases March 5th, 2017 and I need a few more people to support the HeadTalker campaign to make the book go viral. Supporting costs you nothing. It just allows the app to post to your social media of choice. Please click the link below, hit support, and pick the icon(s) you want to support from. Media support is possible from Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Tumblr. Thank you!

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Judging a book by its cover

There’s the old saying which says, ‘Don’t judge a book by its cover.’ Now, we all like to think we don’t, but to be honest, most of us do. A beautiful cover is the first thing you notice about a book. It’s the thing which draws you in, entices you to maybe read the book’s description, possibly crack it open and take a peek inside. Many would argue that it’s the content which sells the book, and there’s a lot to that theory, but it’s the cover’s job to draw you in from the start.
A wonderful friend of mine, Ms. Heather Slaughter of Bookpressed, once referred to the right book cover as wrapping for your present, and honestly, I can think of no better description.
When I first decided to publish, I didn’t want to sink a small fortune into my little project. You know, just in case my book bombed. Indie authors come and go, but if a book isn’t going to sell, there’s no point in sinking your life’s savings into a cover. So I went the cheap, er, frugal route and did it myself to start with.
I knew a few things about cover design, but precious little. One of which was, I needed a royalty free image for the cover. So I found a beautiful picture of a creepy, gothic doorway. It cost me a whopping $15 to make the original cover.
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For those of you who have read “Wings of Darkness,” I think you’ll agree it was a nice nod to the graveyard scene in chapter 6. For those of you who haven’t read it yet, it’s just a pretty picture which makes absolutely no sense if you’re cruising through Amazon’s 3 million books. It’s pretty, but it’s vague.
Then, wonder of wonders, I started getting some pretty outstanding reviews (if I may say so myself.) My book wasn’t flopping at all. It was floating along, holding its own. Book 2 was about to come out when I decided to bite the bullet and have a professional redo the first cover, and I’m so glad I did.
Finding the right person to do your cover takes some work, but that’s for another blog post. I lucked out pretty quickly. A friend of mine introduced me to a very nice lady, Danella Miller of Danella’s Designs. She actually does a bit of everything. A photographer originally, she also designs websites, graphic design, and now book covers.
http://danellasdesigns.com/main/product-category/bookcovers/
I highly suggest, if you’re in the market for new covers, that you go pay her a visit. Her pre-made covers are just gorgeous and start at less than $100. Custom jobs are a bit higher, of course, but well worth the results.
This is the new cover.
WINGS OF DARKNESS - KindleIt captures my main character perfectly. The colors stand out and it does exactly what it’s supposed to do, which is draw the reader in.
Book 2, “Wings of Shadow,” needed a cover, too. This is what she came up with. (Special thanks goes to our model for Izzy, Miss Katie Durant.)
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The cover changed in February, and I really should have gotten this post up earlier, but I wanted to see how the cover change would effect sales. A few other authors I know were wondering about how it would change my bottom line, too. Happily, I can report that the new covers have just about quadrupled sales! Yes, I sank some money into professional covers, but they’ve paid for themselves in no time. I was so happy with Danella’s work, in fact, I commissioned her to do the rest of the covers for “The Immortal Sorrows” series. Each cover has come out more beautiful than the last. She not only wrapped the present, she put a giant bow in top!

Book Ratings!

A friend and I were having a discussion on book ratings the other day. I’ve had the same discussion pretty often with other friends who write and thought it might make a decent blog post. What is a rating, really? It’s like a tip you give your author for taking you on an adventure you wouldn’t have imagined on your own.

Amazon has a rating system of 1-5 stars, with 5 being excellent and 1 being awful. I have my own version of this, though. Here’s what ratings look like from the author’s point of view…

5* Excellent, my day was just made so much better because someone out there loved my book. I’m not just shouting into the void. Someone really gets me, and I want to take them to dinner and thank them personally for that validation I needed to get the next book finished. I feel like this about my 5* reviews…she loves her fish  :)  ......one time, I was hanging out with this little 3 year old whose dad happens to fish, and he had given her these two realistic looking plush fish, and the 3 year old, in her little voice told me that one, her favorite, was a trout. The other was a bass. She then looked at the trout, and said lovingly, "He's a good girl..."  Haha...this pic just made me think of that.

 

4* Not bad. The reader had some issues with the story, but I can take constructive criticism. Maybe I’ll take their concerns into account and try to fix a few things the next time I go through and polish my book. If the 4* is gushing with praise (and it happens surprisingly often) I might be scratching my head wondering what it would take to squeeze that last star out of them. Occasionally, you get the snarky 4*. Generally full of praise, but it’s clear they believe they could have done the story better. Good luck with that.

21 Reasons Why “Hocus Pocus” Is The Best And Most Important Part Of Halloween...number 1 being its filmed in my home town.

3* Meh. It’s just ok. Nothing to write home about and tell mother. The people dropping 3* reviews are pretty rare. Getting reviews are hard. I think the average is about every 1000 purchases will get 1 review, and the numbers get even higher if it was a free promotion. The reason 3* reviews are rare, I believe, is because people have to feel passionately about a book to review it. They either love it or they hate it. To them I say…

I asked this dog what his honest opinion was of our political representatives?  I'm thinking I agree with him....just sayin....

2* They hated it, but for some reason just wouldn’t drop the rating to a 1. Usually this type of reader is reading the wrong kind of book for them. Someone who loves sci-fi isn’t going to be happy with a paranormal romance, but if a book is out on free promotion, a lot of people will take anything free and then complain later.

23 Reasons Why "Hocus Pocus" Is The Best Halloween Movie Of All Time....not sure I'd go so far as "all time" but it is one of my favs to be sure

1* They loathed it. Personally, I think these are the people who just like raining on parades. If you go ahead and give into the urge to stalk them, ahem, trace their other reviews, you’ll find they don’t give out much higher than a 2* to anyone. These are the people you just want to grab by the scruff of the neck and ask…

Gladiator - Russell Crowe again! He is such a humble guy, even when kicking ass, and true to his wife. Sad though... he's just a pissed off farmer.

All of this was in good fun, of course, but seriously, thank you to the readers who leave ratings for their authors. The ratings keep us going like nothing else can.