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Friday, October 24, 2014

Guest Post by Kia Carrington-Russell on the Possession Of My Heart Blog Tour (Urban Fantasy)

Guest Post by Kia Carrington-Russell:

Marketing : Bookmarks Posted on 13/10/2014 by kia
 

Over the next few weeks I will be writing articles on marketing materials and ideas—but ones that are affordable. Let us start with the humble bookmark. So, you’re really excited because your book is soon to come out and you can’t wait to see how it will look on flash posters, business cards and bookmarks. You look into the pricing and almost cry at the quotes you receive from printers and designers. Well, you’ve stumbled across the right article: I will give you a few tips and ideas to help you with your marketing budget. When I first looked into marketing materials I was surprised by the expense involved in producing a simple bookmark. I would suggest you research it to find out how expensive they can be. I couldn’t justify spending such a large sum of my budget on a bookmark. Why did I even want bookmarks? Because they are a good marketing utensil and I would definitely advise that you look into this small investment. I give bundles to my local bookstore when I have recently released a new book. When a customer buys a book they place them in their bag, and voila: you have promoted a few details to a potential customer. On top of that, when having book launches or promotions outside a bookstore you can always have someone offer these to people as they walk past. They might not all be interested, but some might. They might take it home and then later realise they still have it, and that is a potential buyer. Everyone likes freebies, even if it is a cost-effective bookmark. I often place one of my bookmarks for a certain book inside the cover of a different title: say Phantom Wolf in my Possession Of My Soul book, and vice-versa. That’s because if a customer has bought my book—and hopefully enjoyed it—they then already have a bookmark informing them of the next title I have written. They have all the details in their very hands and they probably didn’t even notice they were using it the whole time. For my bookmarks, I print two next to one another on a postcard. I cut them myself and for every postcard I then have two bookmarks. Depending on what size of bookmarks you are after, you could probably even manage three slim bookmarks out of the one postcard. I have a cover/captivating image on the front with a gloss finish. And on the back I have my ‘Crystal Publishing’ logo and QR code so the interested person can scan it and instantly be directed straight to an excerpt and a brief of the blurb. Some might think this looks tacky or that there is too much writing, but I want my readers to know all they can about my book. Who knows, this might change in time, and I might decide on a different style, but right now it works for me. And for a fraction of the price I was originally quoted. You can have professionals design it for you but I prefer to measure and create it myself. I like to be hands-on with my marketing materials and often do most of it myself, same with my online marketing and images. I usually use the character images or parts of the book cover for the images on my bookmark. I print through an Australian marketing and printing company called Vistaprint that often have sales, and the best part is that they are affordable. For one hundred bookmarks it usually would cost me $15, but I usually wait for the sale when you can get that amount for half the price. No matter where you live, it is very possible you will have a similar kind of online marketing and printing service, all you need is a little research to find them. You could probably even use Vistaprint—which I would highly recommend—though I am unsure of how much the postage would cost for your delivery. But it is much more affordable than the hundreds of dollars quoted on the other bookmark printing websites. If uncomfortable with creating or designing your own bookmarks, you can always affordably hire someone on Fiverr (www.fiverr.com). There are heaps of wonderful marketing designers on there who can help you for as little as five dollars. I personally like using bookmarks as marketing asset. It is something I can offer to my readers for free, and do so affordably. For me, it creates more excitement for my books as well. If you have any questions about bookmarks, or any other marketing materials, please comment below or inbox me on the contact page. I would love to hear your question. Don’t forget to either subscribe
to my page or drop by next Monday for my weekly blog. And remember, over the next few weeks, this blog is all about marketing materials and ideas that can help you. I hope you are all having a wonderful day and happy writing/reading. 
I offer informative, tips and ideas on my Monday weekly blog to help fellow indie and self-publishing authors at:
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Virtual Book Tour Dates: 10/10/14 – 11/7/14
Genres: Urban Fantasy/ Romance/ Action/ Paranormal
Series: The Three Immortal Blades









Blurb:
After the great fight between Tyran and Misfeata, Karla’s body is recovering. Misfeata has manipulated and possessed her body — now, she lies dormant. But for how long?
Paul and Karla continue to venture into the unknown. Karla is in pursuit of her parents, as well as a cure for her body in which Shielder blood now resides. She must find a cure for herself both physically and mentally as she struggles with the morals of this very different world.
As Karla tries to avoid the war, she inevitably drags Paul into dangerous circumstances. A rare Elemental Breather is after Karla and out for war, but why? Now, not only combating the Starkorfs, Karla must contend with the Elemental Breathers and her own fighting spirit.
In this time of hardship, Lucas comes back into her life. He is also targeted by the strange Elemental Breather, Taskatae, who calls herself ‘Mother.’ After his betrayal, Karla must learn to trust him again as he reminds her who she truly is now.
Can she survive the constant battles from not only the physical world but from within? For a while Misfeata is dormant; Karla must try to keep hidden her true feelings. Karla is in turmoil as she faces who may truly possess her heart.

See the book trailer for the first book in this series, Possession Of My Soul: The Three Immortal Blades 

Excerpt:
They’re after the blades, I realized to myself, searching for where Aeisha once was. I looked down at her paired blade in my hand, summoning the energy it possessed. I could sense her partnered blade — it was not that far from here. Was the girl a distraction?
As if hearing my annoyance, Ashley ran over to me as the Starkorfs all began to flee behind the small girl that took Paul’s knife, which held no significant power to it, why run away with it? Plus, they had Aeisha’s other blade.
They’re here for the Immortal Blades. Chase them and find that girl, find out who sent them,” I shouted.
I felt Aeisha’s pulse once more from whoever held it and ran with my blade. The girl that had taken Paul’s knife must have been a distraction. I ran into the direction where Aeisha called to me. It did not take me long to run past only eight houses until I found the four Starkorfs that ran from me. The one in front was holding Aeisha.
They quickly turned to face me as another arrow shot for me, this time breaking through my Shield and into my shoulder. I winced at it, holding my hand firmly to the injury. How did it get through my Shield? I felt the pulse of Tyran and then the shiver of Misfeata coming to the surface. But how is Tyran close, does that mean Nathanial is behind this ambush and close by? Have they been following us this whole time or is Lucas working with him, telling him of our location?
Get out!” I screamed ripping at the arrow and tearing it from my shoulder. Pain stirred in my wound more than usual. What does this mean? Is Nathanial absent, but still leading this ambush?
I projected my Shield once again as orange ripples swirled around me, only to be broken by another arrow that shot into my leg. I screamed once more in anger as I felt my face twist, trying to compose Misfeata. Where are these arrows coming from and how are they penetrating my Shield?
Anger swelled within me as I faced the Starkorfs, running for them.
Give me Aeisha!” I raged, angered by my attackers, annoyed they thought they could steal Aeisha from me successfully.
I cut the first Starkorf’s stomach quickly, catching it as it fell forward and using its body as a barrier, noticing another arrow coming for me. The arrow pierced into the Starkorf’s body as I dropped it, leaping for the other. I caught its wrist and swung him in front of me as another arrow shot for me. Another Starkorf’s burned face caught the corner of my eye as it tried to use Aeisha against me, trying to strike me down with her.
I crouched quickly, using the Starkorf I had hold of as the shield to my back. I elbowed the oncoming attacker in the stomach and quickly slashed Aeisha across his knees. He staggered and dropped as I pierced his leg, catching Aeisha’s partnered blade as his grotesque figure screamed on the ground.
I jumped over a fence and hid against the side of a house, firming my back to the wall to hide from the archer. I searched for the archer, noticing the other Starkorf who now ran in the opposite direction, away from me. An arrow hit her back and she dropped to the ground as another caved into the side of her head. The archer is killing their own kind.
Perhaps the archer was no ally of the Starkorfs either? Or maybe because they hadn’t killed me or stolen Aeisha the archer was displeased. I stared for a little longer, hearing a sob behind me. I turned with blades in hand ready to confront my attacker, only to find a small child in front of me with tears running down her face.
My eyes widened. Is it human? Or is it a trick? I briefly searched behind: a trampoline, a few toys on the ground, a vegetable garden at the back. No hiding places for any others to attack from. I stared back into the child’s face as emptiness filled it and shock echoed through such innocent eyes. There is no evil in this girl. This is only a mere human child. I looked away in disbelief. She would have seen everything. The reality of this other world made me nostalgic. I have taken the innocence of this girl away, opening such a horrific nightmare in front of her.
I will now be the memory of her greatest fear.

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About the Author:
Kia Carrington-Russell is a young author working on her first series: “The Three Immortal Blades”. Kia began writing at the age of fifteen in high school- finding that all her warped and strange dreams were giving her a fantastic new world- and since then she has never looked back.
Kia Carrington-Russell
Kia was born in a small town in Australia, moving around a lot at a young age until finding a stable town where she finished her schooling. Kia found herself enjoying and expressing herself through poetry, short stories and writing, photography, painting and drawing. All these mediums help Kia express the different world that she is so fond of.
In ‘Senior Art’ Kia focused on feminism and female empowerment; exposing through her work issues and concerns that many people would rather just “sweep under the rug”.
In one art installation, Kia made a bed out of Pokémon cards- the concept being that when she slept a new world would come to life and it was the only one she saw and constantly lived in.
Kia now focuses on her photography, writing and self-help blogs on her website: ‘Precious Living’.
Kia is now keenly working on “The Three Immortal Blades” series knowing that this book has to be shared with the world and that is what she aims to do now.
Kia writes in her Australian home, trying to focus at times on simply what is running through her head, as her cats either terrorize her legs as scratching posts or her puppy barks in her ear for play-time. And as she continues her series, they grow with her book.
Kia is strongly supported by her friends and family and thanks them dearly for being with her along the bumpy road and nothing would please her more than having your support as well.

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Giveaway:
Enter to win 10 Ebook Copies of Possession Of My Soul: The Three Immortal Blades (Open Worldwide) or 2 Print and Autographed Copies of Possession Of My Soul: The Three Immortal Blades (Open to Residents of the UK, USA, CA and Australia). The giveaway will run: 10/10/14 – 11/7/14. Enter through Rafflecopter.


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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Young Adult Fantasy New Release: Air Riders by Echo Fox

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Virtual Book Tour Dates: 10/1/14 – 10/29/14
Genres: Fantasy, YA, Romance
Series: Equilibria





Blurb:

Tai is in love and he wants to fly across the mountain shouting it to the skies. He is ready to share his life with Keiko, when a strange event turns his world upside down.
The Daiku, long-time prey of Tai’s tribe of Zephyrus, start fighting back. With the whole tribe in danger from the reptilian creatures that roam the dark forest below, Tai must put all his knowledge of hunting to the test to help safeguard his people.
With the Daiku becoming an ever more erratic threat, control of the hunters is given to a fast-rising star of the Hunting Wing, Aiko, and for a while all seems to be going to plan. The Daiku can be defeated and Tai can finally live his life with Keiko.
However, is everything as it seems? Is Aiko really the Zephyrus’ salvation? Or will Tai need to gamble everything – and everyone – he loves for the greater good?



Excerpt:

Tai closed his eyes and was transported back into his memory. He remembered the rush of cold air over his shoulders, pressing against his head as he rose through the hair. He was following Keiko, upwards, towards the Ororan undulating through the sky above the mountains.

Keiko dipped through the gossamer curtain, the waves of light flickering over her skin and casting rose pink tones to her hair. A glimmer of soft sea foam green swept over her shoulder as she glanced back over her shoulder at Tai.

‘Race you!’ she called.

Tai grinned and summoned a wind to bear him along but before he could gain on her, she flipped; diving deep into the curling colours, riding the air faster and faster, disappearing from view behind a deep purple wave of light.

Blinking in shock at her speed, Tai shook his head in wonder and then jumped onto the back of the wind he had summoned. Whooshing through the air, Tai clashed through the delicate ripples of colour. He raced along on the wind, glimpsing the ground in the distance as he flew above.

Every other second or so he caught a glimpse of Keiko’s long white blond hair whipping fast around a pattern of deep pink or coloured pale green as she dove alongside a curtain of moving light. She was so fast!

Tai felt an exhilaration bursting in his chest, he was smiling so widely he could feel his cheeks begin to ache in the cool air rushing over his face. His own white hair flickered around his neck and back as he flew. He wondered briefly what they would look like to anyone down below.

-How did you make Hunter when you’re so slow?- Keiko’s voice snickered joyfully in his ear as she darted over a shimmering wave of lilac. She laughed, he could hear that without her pushing her voice to his ear, and blew him a kiss.

Determined to catch her; Tai stopped chasing and dropped through the light like a stone. He plummeted down, feeling his adrenaline spike as he went into free fall through the glimmer. Catching himself in a bundle of warm air, Tai eyed the wheeling and dipping Ororan above him and spied Keiko following the movements of the light ahead of him. Sneakily, he flew straight underneath the colours, watching to see where the next ripple would place Keiko.

Smiling, he rose up through the air and appeared directly in front of her, catching her startled face just before she crashed into him.

He wrapped his arms around her, holding them both still in the air as she pummelled his shoulder.

‘You cheated! Couldn’t catch me after all, huh?’ she squealed, laughing.

‘What do you mean I cheated?’ sputtered Tai. ‘I think you’ll find I’m the one who tracked you down and caught you. And that’s why I made Hunter.’

She curled into his chest, allowing him to carry both of them through the soft streams of colour as they descended back to the ground. Tai alighted and started to stoop, to put Keiko back on her feet but she stopped him. Her hand crept up his arm and caressed the side of his face and they looked at each other.

Tai saw himself reflected in her violet eyes as she leaned forward and planted a sweet kiss on his lips. Tai felt his heart race and he hugged her tighter.

‘I think I may be falling in love with you Tai.’ whispered Keiko in his ear.

He smiled and kissed her again.

‘I know I’m in love with you.’ he murmured. ‘Absolutely, irrevocably, in love with you.’


Buy Links:
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About the Author:
Echo Fox lives in a sleepy town in the south of England with her partner and supremely fluffy cat. She studied Classics and Archaeology at university and is forever inspired by the myths and legends of the past. Echo finds the best writing fuel is freshly baked cookies and she is always 100% more productive on a sunny day.

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Win a $20 Amazon gc (open internationally) or an arrow charm necklace (restricted to residents of the USA or UK). This giveaway will run 10/1/14 – 10/29/14. Enter through Rafflecopter

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Sunday, October 19, 2014

Fire and Ice Book Tours - Huge Fall Giveaway - Readers, Enter to Win Ebook Prize Packages and Amazon Gift Cards!

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Thursday, October 16, 2014

Werewolf Romance Spotlight: The Wolf Town Guardians Series by Rose Wynters


The Wolf Town Guardians Series by Rose Wynters

Wolf Town Guardians – Born to walk this world as both wolf and human, these men take their role as protectors very seriously. Enjoying sensual pleasures as they please, this group of alpha werewolves are the finest when it comes to protecting their hidden settlement.
Guardians are the masters of self-control, taking pride in their authority and hard, muscled bodies. That all changes at the first scent of their mates. Their control snaps. The mating heat begins.
This is their stories.


Book One, Wolf Town Guardians
King of a large settlement of werewolves in the rural Missouri countryside, Alexander Petrov is stunned when the residents of Nashoba become victims to a series of panther shifter attacks. Desperate to put an end to it before their existence becomes known, his life is changed when he rescues his mated female in an isolated cabin. The panthers believe she knows the location of the Jewel of Adolpha, and they won’t stop until they get it back.
Carole Anne Boswick is horrified to discover the supernatural world is real when a creature that looks like Bigfoot breaks into her home. Rescued at the last moment by a gorgeous and naked male, she decides to throw all caution to the wind and experience the promises his rock-hard body is making. The decadent sensuality she finds in his arms comes at a price, though. Is it one she is willing to pay?
The mating heat is on, and it’s more powerful than anything Carole Anne has experienced before. Utilizing the services of the pack’s Sheik, Alexander satisfies her body while his guardians fight to keep them safe. Will she submit to her King?
Genres: Erotic Romance, Plus-Sized Romance, Werewolf Romance, BBW Romance
Word Count: 60,888
Excerpt:
He groaned again, the sound guttural and drawn out. Carol Anne tore her eyes away and slammed her mouth shut, concerned for the man that had tried to save her life. “I’m so sorry,” she said, grabbing his legs gently. “Let me help you lie back so I can check your leg.”
He lay back quickly and rolled towards her. She bent over and moved her face closer to examine his wound, checking both sides. It didn’t appear as bad as she thought it would, but there didn’t appear to be an exit wound. The bullet was sitting somewhere in his massive thigh, and it would have to come out.
“I’ll be right back,” she said quickly, hating to leave him. His eyes were squeezed shut, his face wincing in pain. The door was still open, though, and she wanted to check her phone for a signal. Although the window was broken out, Carole Anne didn’t want to leave the door open for that thing to return.
Since his eyes were shut, she allowed herself one last, wistful look. She was going to have to find him a blanket. The sight of all that male perfection made it difficult for her to think.
Holding back a sigh, she quickly turned away. He threw his well-muscled arm over his face and groaned again as she took off in the direction of the door.

Book Two, My Wolf Protector
Resigned to never knowing the truth about his mate’s disappearance, Marrok Walker is a guardian with nothing left to lose. Late one night, his entire world is turned upside down when two battered werewolves stumble into Wolf Town. They have escaped from a hidden research facility in New Mexico, only moments away from death. Before losing consciousness, one of them makes a shocking revelation. Marrok discovers his mate is still alive… And desperate to be rescued.
Taylor Moore was just your average, virgin accountant, until a series of horrific events altered her life. Plus-sized and loaded down with responsibilities, she lets her best friend talk her into trouble. At the very last moment, she’s rescued by a tall, dangerous male riding a motorcycle. It’s the start of something wonderful… Until she’s abducted from him and taken to Hell’s Pit.
Thrown into a nightmarish world beneath a mesa, she has held onto the memory of the one night she spent with the handsome, Apache man. When the opportunity comes to help two werewolves escape, she assists them, asking only one thing in return. Find the werewolf named Marrok.
Now that he knows his mate is alive, Marrok won’t let anything stand in the way of reclaiming her. Planning a daring rescue, the guardians free the prisoners, but can he free Taylor from the ties that bind her?
His mate is no longer the same woman he knew, but the mating heat doesn’t care. It explodes, burning them both up alive. Taylor can’t resist the hot, alpha werewolf, but Marrok is known for his rigid self-control. Her past is coming back to haunt her…. Will she be able to seduce the wild and savage man before it does?

To claim his mate, Connor will have to break all of the rules…
It’s a good thing rules were made to be broken.
Connor Bouchard is a werewolf with a huge secret. He’s mated, but he’s done everything he could to avoid claiming his curvy mate. But the wolf that lives within him has had enough. And even if it means war, this alpha cowboy will have his mate.
Natalie Miller spent her entire life living on the Amish settlement in Missouri. Her world was safe… Until the night everything exploded in her face. She learns that nothing about her life was what it seemed… Even her. In a fiery blaze of horror, secrets are revealed… And an enemy of old comes back into play.
Forced to accept Connor’s protection, Natalie refuses to indulge in the attraction that lies between them. She didn’t count on the heat, though. It burns within her as she craves a satisfaction that she never needed before. Natalie finds herself wanted by two men, both of them willing to fight to the death to have her. Only one of them is destined by fate to have her, though.
Connor has to seduce her, the sooner the better. The full moon is quickly approaching, his opponent determined to possess his mate. Can Connor tame this wild filly before it’s too late?

My Wolf Fighter:
Amanda Wyatt is having a bad month. Her bartender job at the Red Ruby is on the line, her cheating boyfriend has thrown her out, and she’s dying. Now homeless and without any hope, she’s resigned to living in her car in the woods… until a naked stud walks out to change her mind.
Ryker is a werewolf with a major chip on his shoulder… and the bad attitude to go along with it. When he discovers the beautiful BBW bartender he desires is homeless, he’s determined to get her into his home and into his bed.
When she agrees to the temporary arrangement, Ryker is sure everything is going along as planned. He uses every bit of his supernatural sensuality to seduce her, but it turns out that having her isn’t as easy as he thought it would be.
A future between them is impossible, but that doesn’t stop her from craving his muscular body and wicked caresses. And it certainly doesn’t stop him from plying her with his lethal seductiveness. The alpha is determined to mate her, and she’s determined to submit, even if it kills her.

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When Your Book Reviews Disappear From Amazon - Dealing With Other Authors That Try To Sabotage You

If you're an author or publisher, you're well familiar with Amazon. You're also well familiar with reviews. You've seen good reviews and bad reviews. And you might have already seen some of your reviews disappearing from your product listing page... The problem is, none of them are the one stars. They are the reviews that praise your book. 

Believe it or not, there are some authors that spend a lot of time pouring over other author's reviews. As ridiculous as it sounds, it's true. There are also authors out there that purposely leave negative reviews on other author's pages, and sometimes they even hire people to do their dirty work for them.

I want to say now, if you're an author doing this, you have no business being in this field. 

The market is huge for writers, and I'm a firm believer that there is more than enough room for everyone. Personally, I think it's foolish to compete with authors in similar genres. It's also ridiculous. If you're one of those that are surfing other author's product pages and leaving bad reviews out of jealousy, there is really something wrong. 

But there is also another side of this. There are also authors and others in this field that are reporting positive reviews left on other author's pages. And guess what? Amazon is pulling these off like crazy. It makes me wonder if they are really checking these out on a case by case basis, or if they are just automatically removing a positive review when someone clicks the link to report. Either way, it's ridiculous. If someone enjoys a book, they should be able to say so. Do we really live in such a negative society that it's considered wrong to actually enjoy something?

And if authors issue review copies, they shouldn't have to live in fear that their book reviews will be taken down. Amazon says that they allow negative book reviews, even if the person didn't read the full book or even if they didn't purchase it. They'll allow bad reviews just from someone reading the preview. So why shouldn't they allow authors to receive positive reviews from review copies?

Really, it's gotten out of hand. It's ridiculous. It makes one wonder if the day is quickly approaching that people won't be able to leave positive reviews on anything? It's like reviewers are attacked simply for enjoying something. Again, what type of world are we living in? 

If you're an author that is noticing honest reviews disappearing from your product page, there is really not much you can do about it. It likely makes your customers feel uncomfortable as well, wondering why their review has suddenly disappeared. The average customer that is not involved in the behind-the-scenes world of writing is not going to know about all this review drama. Hopefully they won't think that the author has asked for their review to be removed.

I've also heard that if more than one account shows the same ip address, that they will remove any reviews left. Really? This is the most ridiculous thing I've ever heard of. What about people that don't have the Internet, and they use their local library to order from Amazon and write reviews? I suppose that means that everyone that uses their library or coffee shop has their reviews considered "fake". 

Even though Amazon won't reveal why they've removed the review, I believe that authors should still email them. It's not right, and the good reviews are a big deal to someone that writes for a living. It can affect your income, and that's simply not right. Especially if you're losing out on money simply due to jealously. And Amazon seriously needs to reevaluate their approach to reviews. Clearly this way is not working. 

Friday, October 3, 2014

A Soul to Shine Literary Fiction Spotlight & Giveaway


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Virtual Book Tour Dates: 9/11/14 – 10/9/14
Genres: Literary Fiction, New Adult







About the Book:

Quote:
“You and I are now time itself, not just the city,
The whole world is taking part in our decision.
We are more than just the two of us now.
We embody something.
We are sitting in the People’s Square
And it’s full of people with the same dream as ours.
We define the game for all.
I’m ready.”
Wings of Desire
Wim Wenders
Peter Handke
 

Blurb:
From the outside, starlet Olivia Hammond has it all—fame, fortune and a Hollywood hunk boyfriend. No one suspects her rising self-doubts and anxieties. In order to escape the realities of her chaotic world, she dives into an Oscar quality role of a young woman trapped in the horrors of postwar Berlin. It is here that Olivia feels most comfortable.
Her real and fictional lives collide when the director casts Dimitri Malakhov, a Russian porn star, as her costar. She immediately fears her image and reputation will be tainted. Personally and professionally, she must face what frightens her most—exposing herself, her fears, her imperfections and her desires to the world.
The experience of filming the movie with Dimitri and being on location in Berlin destroys her prejudices and judgments. It shatters all her illusions and perceptions. When liberated from her own confines, her life and love truly shine.
Manchmal das Herz muss zerstört werden, um zu heilen.
Sometimes the heart needs to be broken in order to heal.

Excerpt:
Wings of Desire
The theater was surprisingly crowded for a weekday afternoon. Olivia wondered if the patrons were tourists or Berliners. From the voices, she heard they were mostly native. Olivia paid for their tickets. Dimitri bought a round of beers and the two found seats in the darkened theater.
Both were sullen and quiet as other people entered to watch the movie. Olivia listened to the soft German whispers. She glanced at Dimitri, who seemed a mile away. There was no doubt his mind was on Daniella. It had to be the worst feeling, making love to a man knowing he loved another woman. Guilt, shame and overwhelming disappointment shrouded her once liberated mood.
Soon after the movie began, Olivia started to cry, but it wasn’t the movie. She felt as though she was watching her own life. Why am I me? Why am I not you? Who am I? The questions were so complex, yet so simple. If the questions were so simple, why are they so hard to answer?
She didn’t remember when sadness annexed her life, but she was able to see it in pictures and hear it in her voice. She became crass and blunt. What was it that made me this way? Was it really Trent? I care for him. He is a good man. Is it movies? Is it the fans, the media? There was really no one she could blame her angst on; it just existed inside her. Numbness arose when there was no release. Sex became unfulfilling. The limelight ceased to excite. Designer gowns did not differ from ten-dollar rags. The movies she made no longer inspired.
Wings of Desire character Marion struck her deeply—the winged beauty on the trapeze. She flew so high and with ease for everyone to admire, but inside she was haunted by sadness and fear. No one saw her pain; she never showed it, yet every performance she thought of letting go and falling to her death. Every performance was a near act of suicide. This is my life, Olivia thought.
 
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About the Author:

 
Inspiration comes from watching way too much Monty Python. The abstract and the absurd way of looking at normal life, not only offers humor, but questions many problems in society in a light-hearted manner. If we can laugh at ourselves, if we can laugh at life, problems do not seem quite so difficult to tackle.  In fact, problems are not as complicated as they seem; everything is very simple. If you can laugh at it, write about it and read about it, most likely one would think about it.
Author Jennifer Ott has written several satire fiction, Wild Horses, The Tourist and two non-fiction books Love and Handicapping and Ooh Baby Compound Me! She recently published, Serenidipidus and Edge of Civilization. She also is the host of the SuperJenius Internet Radio show on Artist First radio Network.
Jennifer Ott lives in Long Beach, California, enjoys the sun, the sand, the surf and lots of Mexican food.

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A Soul To Shine by Jennifer Ott

A Soul To Shine

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