Unfortunate creatures who are forced or stumble into the bog of the black fog. They lose soul to the bog and in exchange they are given the power to harvest another being’s magic. Dark Harvesters steal the magic of others but with nothing to bind to it will fade. So they go on stealing and killing to maintain their magic. They are often controlled by the one who forced them into the bog.
Description: Their skin tone is a golden brown and their eyes are beautiful the color somewhere between dark blue and steal grey. Beautiful and deadly, the dark harvester’s looks are meant to mesmerize. Once trapped by their eyes, the victim’s magic is pulled from their essence leaving them with a burned out hull of a body.
A spiritual parasite that enters the body of an unsuspecting creature and invokes feelings to suit its pleasure. Often it feeds off feelings of doubt. It is also known to invoke hate and is also known as the spirit of war.
Although we’ve had a dusting of snow, we are waiting for Mother Nature to do her thing and dump loads of the white stuff. It looks like the ski area opening will be delayed but we know it will eventually come. It always does.
Last month I mentioned my hot chocolate obsession. It’s out of control! But if you are interested in joining me in this delicious decadence here’s my special recipe.
- 1cup organic whole milk with DHA Omega 3
- 2 HEAPING tablespoons of Nestles Quick
- Mini marshmallows – enough to cover the top of your mug
- Whipped cream
- Baileys Irish Cream – 1 ounce (If it’s been a stressful day 2)
Pour milk in microwave proof mug or measuring cup. Zap 1 minute. Add quick. Stir. Zap 1 minute. THIS IS THE IMPORTANT PART:
Pour heated chocolate/milk mixture in a mug. Add Baileys. Cover the top with mini marshmallows, Drizzle a little more Baileys on top. Cover with whipped cream. Drizzle a little more Baileys on top.
I am featuring Patty Blount in my November newsletter. (A little late, yes I know. I need to get on a first of the month rotation.) Sign up for my newsletter ( if you haven’t already) for a chance to win Patty’s newest novel, The Way It Hurts.
Also I want to give a warm thanks to Jean Baxter for being my October featured author!
Here’s wishing you all a FANTASTIC Thanksgiving. Please pray for all of the snow to be sent to Taos Ski Valley. And if you haven’t asked here, check us out. We not only offer world class skiing, we are making improvements every year. This year we have a new Kids center. It is AMAZING.
Welcome Fall! I hope your days are cool and crisp. We’ve had nights in the 30’s and 40’s and days in the 60’s and the mountain is displaying her fall colors.
As many of you I have a serious hot chocolate addiction. With cold weather, I don’t have to sweat while I’m drinking it. So what makes my hot chocolate so great? Watch for my newsletter to get my special recipe.
Once again I want to congratulate my September featured author Pricilla Oliveras on her debut book His Perfect Partner. Check it out on Goodreads.
The winner of His Perfect Partner is: Meggans Bowen! Congratulations!
October’s newsletter is full of exciting stuff too.
The featured author will be Jean Baxter.
If you haven’t signed up for my newsletter don’t forget to sign up by the end of October for a chance to win a copy of Jean’s book Salvageable.
And, AND, AND I’m giving away a Kindle. Yep. One lucky newsletter subscriber will win a Kindle.
If you haven’t had read Hickville Redemption it’s on sale!
Did you know that reviews help an author’s book become visible?
According to Amazon, “General consumer data on how popular your item is will influence search result relevance.” In other words, the more reviews there are, the further up in the search results the title will be.
For example, if you search Young Adult Romance, there are over three MILLION titles. That’s a lot of books! A book with 15 reviews will probably rank somewhere around the three millionth book on the list. In other words, it’s invisible. A book with 50 or 100 reviews will move up dramatically. Not to mention, reviews drive sales.
You might be thinking, “Wait a minute. I see books on the first page of my search results with only three reviews.” You are correct. There are exceptions to the rule. If the author has had best sellers in the past, they get a bye on new releases. But if sales tank and reviews don’t come in, they’ll drop further in the search. Maybe not to the three millionth level, but certainly off the coveted first page.
So how do you write a review?
It’s easy. It doesn’t have to be more than a sentence or two. Pretend your friend has asked what you thought of the book and answer just as you would to them. It’s okay if it’s not a five-star review. It’s okay to mention weak spots in the book. Just BE NICE!
Is Amazon the only place you should leave reviews?
No. I chose Amazon because they have more than the lion’s share of the market—as in 75% of it. Apple iBooks is number two at 12%. If you purchased a book from another source, iBooks or Nook for example, leave a review there. If you’re a member of Goodreads, that is another fantastic place to leave a review. If you loved the book, tell the world via word of mouth, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, or any other social media platform you frequent. You can’t imagine how much this helps an author.
One more thing—if there is an author you love, join their mailing list. Go to their website. I don’t know a single author who doesn’t enjoy connecting with their readers. Some will even give away free stuff. Some may invite you to be a part of an exclusive readers’ group, where you can talk with other readers about the books you love.
So that’s the skinny. Keep reading and please post reviews!