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Why I love being Indie! #indiebooksbeseen

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At first I was like, I don’t—I really don’t love Indie!

*yanks off Indie badge*

Hold the phone and listen. I’m saying not especially more than the other. For me. Each book has a journey.

The reasons I don’t fully bunnies and rainbows love it are many and easy to detect by the bags under my eyes. So much self-promotion and so much work. I’m not saying other traditional authors don’t work but this is my less-than-green grass side to complain about so there you have it.

However, for this post I’ve decided to count my blessings and water my Indie grass so to speak!

#1 The Visual Arts

Oh yes. This is spot NUMBER ONE! My covers are hugely-hugely-HUGELY important to me and (cough cough) (plug The Book-Design Guy) has made it incredibly enjoyable.

Let me break it down just a tad:

We do a color scheme that mentally meshes with my “world.”

We pull our hair out a bit at ideas that won’t work.

Usually ending up with a terrible and cluttered mock up (because of me).

He forces me to decide what is MOST important to convey while I basically cry a lot and eat cookies and hand it over to the expert like I should have all along.

And then I get to watch this baby be born.

*(And just an FYI Gods of Anthem has a cover I love so much I want to sleep with it at night. THIS is the type of inspiration that keeps me going. It’s gas in the tank.)

(cough cough) Join the party to see it released on January 3rd (PARTY HERE)

 

#2 The Blurbage

Oh yes. This is spot NUMBER TWO! My blurbs. They are the lifeblood of my story and I want them so unbelievable people ask me, “This is for YOUR BOOK? YOURS?????” They can’t believe it.

Logan’s blurb is…majestic…

I’ve seen my poor traditional’s stuck with some weirdly patched together blurbs. (shudder) I stay awake at night with a knife under my pillow just imagining this scenario.

I worked on my current blurb for about…a year. So yeah. It’s mine and I don’t want any suit touching it. (pulls knife)

 

#3 The Other Indies

What? “Don’t get soft on me, Logan.” SHhhhhhh. Indies have their own culture. A lot of time ( I won’t lie ) It’s annoying! The “buy my book” chants are a dull roar in indie town and yes, that can be somewhat irritating, BUT you also hear the call of the wild, independence, the Bravehearts of writing, the raw novelists who don’t have anything holding them, they won’t be PC or even Disney, the warriors that bear the scars of indebtedness, the starving artists with their own tale of woe. And who am I to discourage that type of muse? It makes for great things. As for me and my house, we know to have a dream realized you must first lose a few….so GO INDIE!

 

#4 You. Did. It.

You had lots and lots of help if you are smart. You rely on a village if you are wise. But the truth is, at the end of the day, YOU were in charge. YOU CONQUERED that mountain thrusting your pointy ended pen into it again and again, forcing it into submission and you were a mini-god for a day. You killed it and then rose it back from the grave just to kill it again. And BY all that IS HOLY YOU ARE KING!

 

#5 It’s Your Money (mostly)

This is important too. You have to support yourself in this game somehow. They don’t give away laptops at Best Buy in an effort to help with the flooding and saturation of Young Adult markets or offer you free kindles so you can read and stay sharp. No. You have to pay the bills like the rest of us poor shlubs writing their entry level novels. You really aren’t making bank right off bat. BUT going Indie you get a bigger piece of the pie when you DO sell. When you do “make it” the cash is in hand more quickly. So there. In your face big FIVE OR FOUR or whatever number they are at in this sad economy.

My slice is bigger with Indie. That’s good for me. Very good.

I like pie.

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So there you have it! Part one of the #indiebooksbeseen Blog hop! Check out Ten Things that Suck (and Rock!) about being Indie (part one)

Part two drops on Monday Dec 15th!

 

XOXO

L

WE SAT DOWN WITH THE LOVELY SUNNIVA DEE TO TALK ABOUT HER BEST SELLING _SHATTERING HALOS_ AND ALSO MY FAVORITE F WORD!

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“Shattering Halos, my “firstborn,” has been in the making since December 2011. I pumped out the first draft in a month. Then I spent eighteen months rewriting. Revising. Polishing—polishing—POLISHING! Long story short: if you were inside my head right now, you’d be scared because I’m all over the place. For me, to be able to see my own work published, in the hands of readers, and on a daily basis receive happy messages from someone who loves it, is just mindboggling. I love my life!” Sunniva Dee

As you all know I’ve recently branched out into interviews! I love it. People seem to enjoy my take on poking the bears—(cough) authors, so here we are again!

I know some of you are wondering, but Logan, aren’t you a horror concierge? A gun toting gangster wanna-be aficionado? Yes to all of the above, but I do enjoy reading just about everything under the sun. With only a few exceptions, I am a book lover. I luffs them like I luffs cakes and pies. Mmmmm cakes and pies….

So here we are with the current new Jenny from the block in NA and paranormal romance. That’s right folks, it’s the Hollister genre (as I lovingly call it) with a bit of spice, because…supernatural!

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Sunniva, we are so excited you came to speak with us today! I know you are a pretty energetic person so tell me, are you doing cartwheels right now?

Sunniva: Yes! Cartwheels! *glances around suspiciously*
Are there candid cameras?

*makes note to add candid cameras*

I know that Shattering Halos is what we all came to hear about, but first, have a seat, take a glass of wine and let your hair down girl!

Give us the low down on behind the scenes. What type of things, vices even, keep you ticking? Outside of writing, like, what makes you have such a gorgeous glow? And don’t tell me you are an angel for reals unless… (gasp) are you?

Sunniva: No, seriously. ARE there cameras in here? I always have my hair down and wine keeps me going. I think it’s sooo good for you. (Moderation, schmoderation.) To the angel part: let’s not ask my husband. He might mention horns. Or hissy-fits. Unless he’s trying to be diplomatic.

Hissy-fits are right up my alley! Keep things passionate I always say.

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Okay. One more thing before we jump in. Is your house filled with angel knick-knacks? And do you ever wear wings and a halo to spice things for you and Mr. Dee?

Sunniva: As soon as I get home from my day job, I change into wings and a halo. I have yet to find a good halo that doesn’t hurt after a couple of hours. Plus…on me, they tend to fall off after a while. Shatter, even. Sometimes they don’t fall off. In which cases Mr. Dee has to…uh, remove them.

*blushes* Well I did ask, didn’t I?

All-righty then! It’s on to the interest of the hour _Shattering Halos!_ Oh my-oh my-oh my (this is what I say throughout most of your scenes). I don’t know how you manage to make your male characters extra spicy, but I hear that in this first of the series you gave a lot of ladies the swoon emoticon.
First, give us a low down overall of your book!

Sunniva: OK, SPOILER ALERT! I will now go into detail on everything worth knowing in Shattering Halos. After this, you can write an essay about it in school, kids, and never have to read it. No, I’m kidding. Basically, I wanted to write a story about angels. I wanted them to be total studs who plopped into ordinary girls’ lives. I didn’t want these girls to have special powers or be descendants of something supernatural. They needed to be regular humans, like you and me. Then, I wanted them all to get into tons of trouble together and have a nice, spicy chemistry as they did. And voila, you’ve got Shattering Halos.

That makes an unusual amount of sense for my show.

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Tell us about how you come up with such hotties?

Sunniva: Oh, that was the easy part. I have lots of imagination, and like most writers, I’m big on people-watching. All I needed was to piece together the perfect guys from traits and features of people around me. There are a lot of charismatic people out there!

Charismatic…or sexy?

Sunniva: *thinks really hard* BOTH!!

Let’s say I’m looking for an angel with some snark. Where would I find such a creature?

Sunniva: *raises hand and jerks it in the air* Oh-oh! I know! Pick me!!
That would be my Cassiel. He’s snarky, hot as hell, and absolutely impossible to resist. Ask Gaia.

Since I have a no abs policy, can you give us a brief descript for all our potential future Sunniva-lovers out there? Neck up! (I know, I know ladies, sorry.)

Sunniva: Oh, goody! Well, both of Cassiel’s ba… Sorry. Neck and up, you said. Rewinding.
The Shattering Halos’ boys are fallen and celestial angels. Cassiel (even from the neck and up) is sex personified and the devil in one hell of a stunning package, while Gabriel is eerily beautiful with a disturbingly perfect personality. One of them loooves to drive girls crazy. (Guess who?) The other can’t begin to fathom the reactions he draws.

And yep: together they’re dynamite.

Ok-so. Gabriel: good guy

Cassiel: fallen angel

And me

If there was a broadcast warning for this book, what would it be? Warning this book:

Sunniva: Watch out for… uh… stuff…coming your way in this…book here!

From zero to Fifty Shades how hot would you say the steamy scenes in your book are?

Sunniva: Now that I’ve finished the sequel, Stargazer? Probably at Forty. God, I don’t know. I’m actually number dyslexic, so I might be wrong. Maybe it’s Five??!

Question, can I borrow a halo for my weekend out?

Sunniva: Yes, but as I mentioned, they’re not all that comfortable. I’m actually acquiring a small factory in the Netherlands where they’re already working on much better prototypes. I’ll keep you posted—I’m definitely in need of venture capital for “Halos-R-Us” anyway, and I know you’re dying to get rid of some cash.

This sounds like the type of thing I need to buy stock in ASAP!

Characters. Do they take on a life of their own, or do you orchestrate and really guide them along?

Sunniva: Every time I think I can tell them what to do. It doesn’t last long, though, for them to do their own thing and even shock me. I’ve had readers tell me that no, what the characters are up to is my fault, but really that’s not true! Sometimes they just use me. Use me, I say! *sniffs loudly*

*hands tissues out* What? I’m not crying. I’m just allergic to this…laptop.

Now that I think about it though, mine seem to need an extra amount of guiding. Maybe that’s my problem, hmm?

This is me and mine…

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Where did you get the idea for this story?

Sunniva: I wanted to recreate exactly what Stephenie Meyer did in Twilight but with angels. Bwhaha! Sorry. I have to stop messing around. The truth is, though, that Twilight inspired me to start writing it. Thoughtless by S.C. Stephens fueled me in the revision stages for the hot chemistry and the unpredictable, flawed nature of her “heroine.” My stories come as I go. It’s like telling a fairy tale to a child on the fly. Then comes the hard work of going back and rewriting it into something that actually makes sense.

High-five!
Closet Twilight lover right here! While I’d never try and write something like it I wish I could. Don’t hate…besides, I’d have like… guns…blood and stuff.

Sunniva: Oh, I am picturing your version. So. Vividly… *muffles a shriek*

For people out there just starting out in this author gig, do you have any advice?

Sunniva: Like my old high school teacher wrote once as a comment on an essay I turned in (free translation from Norwegian:) “It’s a long, hard road to become an author. If you want it bad enough, you’ll make it. Just don’t give up.” On a side note, I didn’t know I wanted to become a writer at the time. Needless to say, Mr. Rydning pops into my head quite a bit these days.

Some seriously great advice!

Give me a link to your fabulous book!

Sunniva: Oh well…since you insist:Click HERE!

Do you blog yo?

Sunniva: On Goodreads, I do:
https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7191170.Sunniva_Dee/blog

And I love-love-love new friends on Goodreads as well as Facebook and Twitter. Find me, lovely people!
https://www.facebook.com/sunniva.dee

Sunniva, it’s rocked having you. Guys, don’t walk—run to get your paws on this one! Also, any fallen angels out there reading this, gimme a call.

Anything special going on?

Sunniva: FREE-TO-KINDLE DATES FOR SHATTERING HALOS!

Yep, your timing for this interview, Logan, is straight-out Celestial. For 5 days only—April 15th-19th, any reader with a Kindle app downloaded to any device, Kindle or not, can get it for free.

I’ll be posting a new, maybe too-hot? teaser on my FB page every day during that period. If you dare to share, you can get on my Rafflecopter giveaway too! *claps hands toddler-style with delight*.

Thank you so much for having me, Logan—you’re awesome! (Your “Unhinged” is still my guilty horror pleasure.)
xoxo

FREE! My favorite F word ever!
And why thank you for the compliment! But you are not getting these videos back of you cartwheeling in wings and a halo 😉

Since Logan absolutely insisted we celebrate spring, romance in the air, etc, etc with a flowers-and-Sunniva author picture, here you go.
Since Logan absolutely insisted we celebrate spring, romance in the air, etc, etc with a flowers-and-Sunniva author picture, here you go.

Insisting is the name of the game! Love the pic BTW!!!

That’s all she wrote folks. So until next time, stay armed and dangerous.

L

Don’t be stupid. Write what you know: My new release!

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So. Yes. I finally have something to offer (soonish). I know, I know you were all comfy with the fact that I had absolutely nothing to sell and guess what? I still don’t!

That’s right folks. Don’t be a punk, step right up to the fantastical, magical, inescapable madhouse that is my mind. Unhinged goes on free download in just over a month.

January 2014 is the hopeful release date and pending any major drunkenness or screw ups on my editor’s part… Ok fine, on my part, it’s gonna be available then.

But what is it you ask.

Can’t you read? It says it right on the front! A twisted collection of short stories as follows:

Snowed
Hush now Jeremy Boggs
Rainbow
Violent Delights

(takes deep breath for blurb)

A journey through claustrophobic withdrawals mountain side, a ghost of fathers past scraping across the linoleum floor urging those oh so lovely urges. The mad surgeon’s victimless victims and a Prom Queen with a sweet tooth. Their plea for humanity, or loss of it, is scrum-dill-eeumtious. (you can quote me on that)

See. I was told to write what I know.

And you should too.

L