Thursday, April 28, 2016

Yikes!

Well, looking at my sales in February was more than a little bit disappointing. I barely made anything on my books, at all, which doesn't bode well should the trend continue. So I'm asking you if you have the funds and have been considering my books that you would snag your copies when you could. I would really appreciate it. I want to be able to write full time, but I cannot leave my job if I'm going to get paid less for my writing than I do at work.

I have two books available at this time of my seven book series: Blood & Magic and Dragons & Magic. They are available on Barnes & Nobles, Kobo, Google Play, Smashwords, Amazon, etc.

Also if you have purchased copies of my books please leave me a review. It really does help and it makes a difference! I only have four reviews right now - two positive and two negative. If I should receive another positive review, it might convince someone who wasn't going to buy the book to buy it. I really do appreciate every sale. If you have a copy of the books and you enjoyed it - in addition to leaving a review I would really appreciate it if you could tell your friends about my books. I could really use the help. These books aren't available in stores and I'm publishing through an independent press so every little gesture helps. Thank you ever so much!

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Reviews & Their Significance

I have two reviews on Amazon that are positive and two that are negative for my novel Blood & Magic. If you enjoy my book please leave me a positive review! I could really use the exposure. The more reviews I have, the more likely my novel will reach more people, and to have a broader audience would be absolutely awesome.

Here's the link to Blood & Magic. This is only book one of my Magic Series. I would hate for my voice to be stifled as there are 6 more books in this series to be released yet. Please help my dream come true and help support an author of an independent press! I would appreciate that much more than you could ever know. My second book was made available in October 2015 and has no reviews yet. If you enjoyed my novel Dragons & Magic I would appreciate it if you kindly left a review here.

Thank you! Reviews and ratings really do help us authors to be seen and heard and as I have so much to say yet - I would love to reach a wider scope of people and get my writing further into the world. Thank you for understanding and helping me with my goal. I appreciate all of your support.

Monday, April 25, 2016

The Gladiator and the Guard

I'm excited to announce that my young adult action and adventure novel, The Gladiator and the Guard, is now available for purchase! This is the second book in the Krillonian Chronicles, sequel to The Collar and the Cavvarach

First Things First: a Little Information about Book 1: 


Bensin, a teenage slave and martial artist, is desperate to see his little sister freed. But only victory in the Krillonian Empire's most prestigious tournament will allow him to secretly arrange for Ellie's escape. Dangerous people are closing in on her, however, and Bensin is running out of time.  With his one hope fading quickly away, how can Bensin save Ellie from a life of slavery and abuse?


What is the Collar for, and What is a Cavvarach?


The story is set in a world very much like our own, with just a few major differences.  One is that slavery is legal there.  Slaves must wear metal collars that lock around their neck, making their enslaved status obvious to everyone.  Any slave attempting to escape faces the dilemma of how and where to illegally get their collar removed (a crime punishable by enslavement for the remover).  

Another difference is the popularity of a martial art called cavvara shil.  It is fought with a cavvarach (rhymes with "have a rack"), a weapon similar to a sword but with a steel hook protruding from partway down its top edge.  Competitors can strike at each other with their feet as well as with the blades.  You win in one of two ways: disarming your opponent (hooking or knocking their cavvarach out of their hands) or pinning their shoulders to the mat for five seconds.



Click here to order The Collar and the Cavvarach from Amazon 
for $2.99 a discounted price of just 99 cents through May 30th!
 
And now, The Gladiator and the Guard, with another awesome cover by the talented Jack Lin!

 
Bensin, a teenage slave and martial artist, is just one victory away from freedom. But after he is accused of a crime he didn’t commit, he is condemned to the violent life and early death of a gladiator. While his loved ones seek desperately for a way to rescue him, Bensin struggles to stay alive and forge an identity in an environment designed to strip it from him. When he infuriates the authorities with his choices, he knows he is running out of time. Can he stand against the cruelty of the arena system and seize his freedom before that system crushes him?

Click here to order The Gladiator and the Guard in Kindle format from Amazon 
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Click here to order The Gladiator and the Guard from Smashwords (for Nook or in other digital formats) 
for $2.99 a discounted price of just 99 cents through May 30th!


Annie Douglass Lima spent most of her childhood in Kenya and later graduated from Biola University in Southern California. She and her husband Floyd currently live in Taiwan, where she teaches fifth grade at Morrison Academy. She has been writing poetry, short stories, and novels since her childhood, and to date has published twelve books (two YA action and adventure novels, four fantasies, a puppet script, and five anthologies of her students’ poetry). Besides writing, her hobbies include reading (especially fantasy and science fiction), scrapbooking, and international travel.


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Sunday, April 17, 2016

Sharmat's Folly

I usually focus on my own Magic Series, but yesterday I was approached with a request from a fellow author to review his novel.

So I read Sharmat's Folly by Clinton A. Seeber this morning, and found that I rather enjoyed it. I managed to get it free for exchange of a review I left him on Goodreads. I will say, however, that I do prefer paperback copies to e-copies but that's just my own personal preference and really has no significance or bearing on my rating of this book.

I think the vital lessons that I pulled from this book were: you have to believe in yourself and never lose hope (which ironically enough is Jacob's surname.

I gave him five stars and this is the review I left him on Goodreads: "Sharmat's Folly is an interesting tale that I quite enjoyed. It does involve a hero going on another quest as most stories do, but Jacob Hope is an unlikely sort of hero - a druggie pulled into a fantasy universe he is always doubting the reality of the world he's stuck into. He's a very easy to relate to character in that he is very flawed - cowardly and feeble. Yet despite his limitations, he pursues onward and tries to help Trena (the beautiful elf maiden) who saves him from calamity and her world from destruction of the "taint". It is an enjoyable read with interesting characters and an engaging plotline. My only quibble is that some parts feel as if they're dragging, but all in all the details and characters are very rich.

I really must admit that I am not a fan of Miss Trena Treelimb. I think it's because I didn't really perceive her as having any real flaws or quirks as if she's a typical "pure of heart" character. She didn't intrigue me, at all. However, I am really fond of Hammond. If Clinton kills off Hammond - it's over. I'm not reading any more books in this series. Hammond was my first and always favorite character of this series. Don't ask me why I adore dwarves so much, I just do, and Hammond amuses me. I really enjoyed his battle with the Iron Maiden and the truce they made at the end.

You can purchase your own copy at the following link: Sharmat's Folly.

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Vlog Mention & Review Requests

My bestie Owl happened to mention me and my book Blood & Magic in her vlog which you can view here. It is the first book in a seven book series.

It's an ensemble series with the main protagonist being Lucille Roddingale. She shows up in all the sequels even if the books don't always center around her exclusively. The books start with her and end with her. There are a few loose ends left, but I prefer to leave some things to the imagination. Everything ties itself together quite nicely if you follow along from book one all the way to book seven.

If you've read the book and enjoyed it please feel free to leave me a review. I would love to boost my rating from where it currently stands. Also, if you've read my book Dragons & Magic and enjoyed it, please let me know! There aren't any reviews for that book yet. I would love to see that someone enjoys it.

Hope that you enjoy your day, I should be off to get some writing done.