Wednesday, December 23, 2015

The Organizer, by Natalie Star


In book two of the Mist trilogy, Damian Reynolds was destined to be the Organizer of Peace well before his birth. His sixteenth birthday marked a change in his life, one that could possibly affect the future of mankind. But Damian has quirks, issues, and is a natural born klutz so his task is not an easy one. He stays strong for his family and the girl he loves, even though she isn’t what she seems. Jessica has secrets of her own, and for good reason.

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B&N and iBooks are pending, will list when the links go live.

Thank you!

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

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Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Cover Art Fun

I have two independent/freelance cover artists I use for my books. And thankfully they get me.

My previous publisher had me fill out a two-page form that they would pass on to their artists. It would give them the basic idea of what I'd like my cover to look like. The publisher would then act as the go-between, and we were only allowed to have a couple of changes made to the original mock-up. I've heard some authors don't even get a say in their covers, and it can be frustrating when your cover looks nothing like your characters, or doesn't represent your story in any way.

That's the beauty of being able to hire your own artist. You contact them for availability and pricing, and then work directly with them, some do charge a minimal add-on fee for excessive changes, some don't charge anything at all and aim to please no matter how many changes you request. Luckily, I never have to make that many changes. In fact, most of my covers I love from the start. I think it's due to the information I give them in the beginning.

I usually explain what my characters look like (hair, eye color, tattoos, build, height, or any other physical attributes I feel are important), and then I explain the "feel" of the story, or where the story takes place. I might also tell them of any important implements or items that are important to the story. Then I let their creative genius shine through.

When I get the first mock-up back I search online for the stock photo they use so I can see if it's an overused image, and I also like to see the transformation. That's the fun part for me! But I always have to sit back on pins and needles while waiting for the final product. Which sometimes can take a week or two depending on their schedules.

I've shared my most recent YA Paranormal covers made by Lourdes Blazek, and the original stock photos so you can see the transformation too. What do you think?


Monday, September 21, 2015

Roanoke Author Invasion

Mark My Words has partnered with the Roanoke Author Invasion to provide free consultations to authors regarding their branding and marketing efforts!

What is the Roanoke Author Invasion you ask?

Join 30 bestselling authors of contemporary and paranormal fiction and more at the Holiday Inn Tanglewood in Roanoke, Virginia on April 11, 2015 from 12pm-4pm. Enjoy an afternoon of books, giveaways, and more as you get the latest releases from your favorite authors and discover new voices!

When: April 11, 2015 from 12pm-4pm

Where: Holiday Inn Tanglewood in Roanoke, Virginia

Who: So far, the following ladies coming to RAI '16:

  • Adrianne James Inger Iversen
  • Karen Lynch
  • Casey L Bond
  • Heather Hildenbrand
  • Rysa Walker
  • Rebecca Rynecki
  • Casey D Peeler
  • Alyssa Rose Ivy
  • Bella Roccaforte
  • Bryna Butler
  • Maryann Jordan
  • Tiffany Foster
  • Erica A Stevens
  • Kelly Walker
  • Melissa Haag
  • Cambria Hebert
  • Tina Lykins
  • Jo Michaels
  • Tammy Compton Mckee
  • Laina Turner
  • Paulina Ulrich
  • Jamie Magee
  • Desni Mallow Dantone
  • JD Nelson
  • Jennifer Snyder
  • Kimberly Knight
  • Stacey Rourke
  • Laura Rosner Ward
  • Riley Edgewood
  • Ranae Rose
  • Christine Redding Manzari
  • Kaylee Song
  • H.d. Gordon
  • Elodie Nowodazkij
  • Jen McConnel
  • Kristin Clark
  • Julia Crane
  • Ashley Stoyanoff
  • Allyssa Painter
  • Misty Provencher
  • Becca Vincenza
  • Kristen Day
  • Nad├Ęge Richards
  • Micalea Smeltzer
  • Daniele Lanzarotta
  • Crystal Cattabriga
  • Devyn Dawson
  • Bethany Lopez
  • Quinn Loftis
  • Erica Monroe Cope
  • S.t. Bende
  • Catherine Stine
  • Jena Leigh
  • Cidney Rose Swanson
  • and Natalie Star! 

  • Hope to see you there!
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    Monday, March 2, 2015

    Goodbye Winter, Hello Spring! Blog Hop

    Welcome & Happy Spring!

    I was inspired by the need for warmer weather to host the "Goodbye Winter, Hello Spring!" Blog Hop. The hop will start midnight EST on March 21st and end midnight EST on March 23rd. Hop around the blogs (listed below), and check out all the individual giveaways on each blog, as well as a Rafflecopter giveaway where you can enter for chances to win a $70 gift card to either Amazon or B&N (winners choice) the Rafflecoter runs until the end of the hop.

    Springtime for our family is a bit crazy, but welcomed. You see, we're a busy family we enjoy camping and hiking, but things get wild mostly due to our children's soccer schedules. 

    The fall/winter sports are over; volleyball, swimming, and indoor soccer. But our favorite has to be outdoor soccer, especially after being cooped up inside all winter. And the sunsets at the soccer field are gorgeous! 

    ***Enter to win a copy of my young adult paranormal romance, The Keeper (Second edition), by going down to the comments and telling me what you're looking forward to this spring. Winner chosen by

    The morning of her sixteenth birthday, Billie feels blessed despite the reoccurring nightmare that wakes her. Loving parents, a caring boyfriend, and great friends surround her until an heirloom necklace throws her into a world she never imagined.

    Read more about The Keeper on these sites:

    Thank you for visiting, enjoy the hop!  ~Natalie <3

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