Sunday, January 13, 2013

Challenge #2 is coming

 

Challenge #2: Best Description

Starting Friday, Jan 18th, visitors will be able to vote for the Best Description.  Does your description really stand out for all the rest? Have you taken full advantage of Bold Face and Italic letters?  Does it have keywords in it that you picked for the keywords when you submitted your book?  Do those keywords stick out for people to see?

WHICH OF THESE TWO DESCRIPTION STANDS OUT THE MOST?

SAMPLE A

A How-To Guide for First-time Authors on Writing, Publishing and Market a Book! Bruce Goldwell treats the subject of writing, publishing and marketing a book like it is a recipe. How To Write, Publish & Market A Book is a reference guide that first-time authors can use to have everything in place so they can self-publish their book. This book is an easy to understand guide that touches on the basic's of how to successfully prepare for publishing. Bruce practices one of the core principles that Jill Lublin (author of " Get Noticed... Get Referrals: Build Your Client Base and Your Business by Making a Name For Yourself.") teaches – that building networks and using referral-based marketing is central to ones being successful. When people work with each other they can achieve outstanding results.How To Write, Publish & Market A Book not only gives first-time authors some helpful information on writing, publishing and marketing their book, but also gives authors some useful recipes they can use so they can eat heartily while writing. Goldwell shares personal recipes he has developed over the years which includes the recipe for his SizziQ© Basic BBQ sauce. A recipe created by Shawn Bucher, Gourmet Chef and Author of The First Timers Cookbook. Bruce is the administrator of a group on Facebook called The Writers Network and a few of the authors in the group have also shared their favorite recipes too. Bruce invites first-time authors that read this book to join The Writers Network on Facebook so they can network with authors in the group. This book is not intended to be a master's guide for new authors but rather a guide to help get first-timers on the right path and through the process of publishing their first book.

SAMPLE B:

A How-To Guide for First-time Authors on Writing, Publishing and Market a Book!

Bruce Goldwell treats the subject of writing, publishing and marketing a book like it is a recipe. How To Write, Publish & Market A Book is a reference guide that first-time authors can use to have everything in place so they can self-publish their book. This book is an easy to understand guide that touches on the basic's of how to successfully prepare for publishing.

Bruce practices one of the core principles that Jill Lublin (author of " Get Noticed... Get Referrals: Build Your Client Base and Your Business by Making a Name For Yourself.") teaches – that building networks and using referral-based marketing is central to ones being successful. When people work with each other they can achieve outstanding results.

How To Write, Publish & Market A Book not only gives first-time authors some helpful information on writing, publishing and marketing their book, but also gives authors some useful recipes they can use so they can eat heartily while writing. Goldwell shares personal recipes he has developed over the years which includes the recipe for his SizziQ© Basic BBQ sauce. A recipe created by Shawn Bucher, Gourmet Chef and Author of The First Timers Cookbook.

Bruce is the administrator of a group on Facebook called The Writers Network and a few of the authors in the group have also shared their favorite recipes too. Bruce invites first-time authors that read this book to join The Writers Network on Facebook so they can network with authors in the group. This book is not intended to be a master's guide for new authors but rather a guide to help get first-timers on the right path and through the process of publishing their first book.

If you change your description between now and the start of Challenge #2, post a comment to this blog post so the description for the VOTE can be modified to reflect the changes.  Deadline:  Jan 16th MIDNIGHT.

S.L. Dearing

Thirteen years after the last world war, the village of Lia Fail sits peacefully above the Hollywood Reservoir in the Santa Monica Mountains. The village is making ready for the fall Gathering, where the other colonies from various parts of what was once Southern California visit for ten days of fun and reminiscence. What begins as a normal Gathering, soon changes as the people of Lia Fail begin to see magic around them. Then they receive news of a horrific massacre and face a nightmare as a dark evil descends on the tranquil village. Alia Stark, the queen of Lia Fail, must face this evil along side her oldest and dearest friends as well as an incredible new ally as the fate of her people and the lives of her children rest in her hands. Will her new magic be strong enough to save those she loves the most?

Aoife Marie Sheridan

Sarajane Anderson is your regular twenty-one year old with family, friends and a normal job. She also happens to be the only person who can save Saskia, a parallel world to earth. When Sarajane is taken to Saskia, she could never have imagined the reality of the world that she is stepping into- a world where magical abilities are in everyone's possession. She must face a father she never knew, a world that is beyond her belief, a guardian who captures her heart; and a darkness that wants to take it. On her journey, Sarajane discovers her magical abilities, and realizes too that they come with a price. Sarajane is truly tested as her own loved ones are put at risk- the ultimate question she is forced to ask herself is, how do you choose who lives and who dies?

Dominique Goodall

A wolf. A destiny. And only one war to stand in his way.


When Convel leaves his birth pack, he didn’t expect to end up in a war against cougars. As he gathers his strength about him as well as new pack-mates, he is also confronted by Humans – once believed to be mostly dead.


He isn’t alone in his endeavors. He doesn’t know it, but Singer and her rag-tag ‘pack’ are racing towards him for the climax in his life so far. With Sage, the elderly lynx, helping to guide him, will he be successful or will the traitor in his life get what they want?

Wendy & Charles Siefken

Kai has been fighting for survival and trying to find a way rid the world of the disease his father created.. His father was a military scientist charged with the task of perfecting a formula that would create a superior breed of soldiers. Kai's father accidentally created a race of zombies. Like a virus, it soon spreads to the entire world, unleashing a period of unsurpassed chaos and conflict. In the midst of this turmoil, Kai comes across a young woman named Clover, who is part of a clan traveling across the United States to try to find what is left of humanity. Clover is a part of a clan of werewolves who can turn at will but aren't blood thirsty savages as depicted in general history. . Along the way Kai and Clover come across stragglers who join with the group as they journey across the upper part of what used to be known as North America. One night while Kai and Clover were watching a meteor shower they meet a group totally out of this world. Kai and Clover begin a heroic journey, fueled by the increasingly dim hope that somehow, the human race will have a chance to start over.

Venessa Kimball

Mature YA/ New Adult Paranormal, Fringe SciFi series * New Adult/Mature YA due to fringe science theories and concepts* Jesca Gershon-Sera has an average life on the surface. She is a sophomore in college, has a loving family, and holds a part time job at a local bookstore with her best friend. Her life is pretty normal. Except, under the surface she feels like she is losing her mind. Reoccurring nightmares have plagued Jesca for most of her childhood. She thought nothing of them, until they began intensifying and finding their way into her waking hours. Voices, vivid images and supernatural abilities in her nightmares are beginning to seep into her reality. Ezra Kahn is one of her college professors. Lately, Ezra happens to be everywhere she is; like he is watching her. Along with the slight fear that her professor is stalking her, Jesca fears that she won't be able to handle much more of the insanity that is blurring her reality. On a chance encounter, Jesca confides in Ezra about the crazy happenings. Jesca thought that he would think her to be insane or a freak. But, to Jesca's surprise, Ezra Kahn reveals that she is not a lunatic and that all of the insanity is very real. Instantly, Jesca's reality is set askew. Ezra reveals that he has been sent to help her. He tells her she is experiencing these events in her life because of her inherited purpose to protect humanity from inconceivable catastrophe. Jesca's roller coaster begins here! Boasting piercing suspense, pre-apocalyptic adventure, consuming romance, and "reality-based" spirituality and science fiction, Piercing the Fold: Book 1 will pull the reader in for the ride and won't let go!

Karen Vanderlaan

As a young girl on the idyllic Milky Way Farm, author Karen Vanderlaan initially believes life is full of magic, wonder and horses. All too quickly, however, her innocence is lost when her mother gets involved with an abusive, manipulative woman named Bunny. Bunny subjects Karen and her young siblings to unspeakable cruelties—all in the name of God. Karen’s spirit is deeply scarred by Bunny’s inhumanity, but the adversity serves to solidify in Karen an inner strength and calmness that carry her through even greater challenges later in life. Karen’s story is at once uplifting and heart-wrenching. It reveals the best and worst of human nature in a riveting, true-life tale of the author’s journey to change life for herself, her siblings, her children and her beloved horses.

Dawn Gray

When Samantha Ricketts finds herself placed in a town half-way across the country, her only worry is how did she get there, but when her life is saved by a handsome and mysterious man, the connection they feel is almost more than she can stand.


Zander Smith was only acting on his instincts and training when he moved the dark-haired woman to safety but what he got from his heroics wasn't the distressed woman he had thought he was helping but a fireball of fury that sparked a storm within himself.


Together they tap into the supernatural to uncover the mysteries surrounding the strange town they were slowly growing fond of before they became part of its history.

Jim Henry

Antiquity Calais, Gillian Usha, Sherman Yazu and the Mighty Mundoo Asquith have battled Leviathan Avalon, Satan's Destroyer, in the climactic scene in the first book in this series, Antiquity Calais: Standing at Armageddon. Satan does not take losing well, and the prince of darkness has special plans for his destroyer. The result creates a rift that will make matters rather complicated, as Antiquity must decide who the main target should be. Meanwhile, Antiquity is introduced to the Council of the gods and learns there are some powerful allies who would like to join his cause. But are their motivations pure? Find out in the second book of the Universal Life Force Series, as Antiquity and his friends are Ascending Olympus!

Julie Gilbert

Working for the FBI certainly isn’t a “normal” job, but Special Agent Julie Ann Davidson has never encountered a case as personal as this one. Although not officially assigned to the case, Ann and her partner, Patrick Duncan, take up the cause of finding Rachel, Jason, and Emily Collins. As if that task wasn’t enough, Ann and Patrick also have a baffling case of internet thievery to investigate.


Who is Christopher Collins and what about his past is endangering his family? Where are Rachel and the kids being held? Where is God in the midst of chaos? Will Ann and Patrick arrive in time or will they find only pain?

Ruthie Madison

After 6 years of running from her boyfriend, he finds her and Julie is confronted with her past and with the help of God, is able to make a decision to whether she should return home to Montana or leave her past behind for good.

Anastasia Vitsky

In some countries, turning 21 means gaining the right to vote and drink alcoholic beverages. For Claire Labraun, the Christmas after her 21st birthday would be beyond her wildest imagination.

Minelle and Matthew Labraun believed in a traditional marriage. Matthew was head of their household, and Minelle was his helpmeet.
When it came to raising their headstrong 21-year-old daughter, however, they found themselves at a loss.

Minelle had always taught Claire to do the right thing for right's sake. Claire, however, had different ideas.

She rebelled against their rules, flaunted authority, and connived to get things she wanted.

She had never been spanked in her life; Matthew and Minelle kept that adult privilege strictly between themselves. But this year, a visit from Santa plus Claire's newly adult status would change her idea of Christmas forever.

Virginia Lori Jennings

Perfect for any science fiction reader in your life!

In The Alien Mind, Young Rivinaig shares her adventures and trials that began on that fateful day when a group of aliens called the Aruk abducted her and several other children. Another group of aliens called the Aunantet rescue the children and raise them as their own. Their new families teach them how to harness the full capacities of their brains, enabling them to defy the laws of physics and develop special mental abilities.

The past returns to haunt them as the Aruk plot revenge and make a bid to regain their control; the fate of the entire galaxy depends on whether the children can maintain theirfreedom.

A 4-8 grade novel, written to be enjoyed by all age groups!

Michelle D Bradshaw

I haven't looked at many of these poems for years. I've been writing since I was a young teen and it was therapeutic to go back and relive the feelings. I understand myself more from my writings. To see where I was emotionally and mentally at times was really scary. I have to thank God for bringing me through. There is no other explanation for how I survived all my emotional trauma. I see how my writing has matured over the years. I have a new vision and I'm hopeful. I love my life today and it's getting better as I learn and grow.

Dvora Swickle

How Christmas came to the animals of the forest and everywhere.

L.D.Hutchinson

What dark things lie in wait for you when you least expect it? Vampires? Avangeline used to think they weren't real, till she was told that her best friend has been one for years now as well as her fiancee, and most of the other people she knew. Later she find's out what she really is... The heir to a Vampire clan, and the only thing that can stop a war between good and evil.

Stephanie Myers

Ryleigh Simmons just turned seventeen.

After the death of her parents, Ryleigh is introduced to her beautiful Aunt Vera and thrust into a family she never knew existed.

Discovering she is a descendant of the Fae, she must embark on a journey to escape the clutches of her tyrannical Uncle Finar. Finar wants nothing more than to consume Ryleigh and those like her to become the most powerful Fae in existence.

Ryleigh is the only one who can stop him.

Herro Raymond

Alex Carter is just a normal kid stumbling through adolescence and trying to find his way in life-but all of that is about to change. He receives an uninvited visit in his bedroom one night by Shyra, an alien being from a distant planet; she tells him

PanOrpheus

Set in a fictional Ancient Greece and Egypt, this book presents an 'alternate history' ca. 500 B.C. The book is filled with magic, and mystery, as Theoclea, the Oracle, Pythagoras, and others travel from the Temple of Delphi to the Pyramids and Cairo. While the others prepare to search for a rare book, Theoclea gives the speech of a lifetime, speaking from a platform between the paws of the Sphinx!

Brad E Carpenter

Quotes and Points to Ponder to Live The Promised Life is a collection of quotes with questions to ponder. Quotes are especially chosen to inspire your life's purpose, individual reflection, family and friends and empowerment. Each quote is followed by at least one question for 5 minute reflections each day. This book is developed to empower you to Live The Promised Life on purpose.

Clarence Bonner

Author: C. D. Bonner. Cover Illustration by Patricia Garrigus. In 52 Creative Nonfiction stories, author C. D. Bonner reminds grown-ups of simpler, more satisfying times and gives adolescents a chance to discover the fun of exploring the wonders just outside their door.

   Most of the stories will make funnybones ache, but a few will make heartstrings feel like fresh sutures. A child tries to eat a biscuit that is so hard firemen must remove it; Sammy the Basset steals a baloney his own approximate size and shape; there is no reset button when a neighbor knifes the ice cream man over a thin dime; and, "A Fine Bordelleaux" moves into the house nestled between a child's school playground and his church. 

   I Talk Slower Than I Think chronicles the misadventures of a Georgia family growing up in the Sixties and Seventies. Although fans of Southern humor will enjoy the flavor, growing up transcends time and place. The book gives parents permission to park the helicopter, grab Granny's best tea strainer, and go outside to catch tadpoles with the kids. The length of these stories makes this book a perfect bathroom reader.

Jennifer Zeliff

What if there was such a thing as a do over? Abby is about to find out. Through a tragic accident, she must face her own choices in life. Will she choose to keep her life the same? Or will she change?

Life is cruising for Andy except for a girl, until he meets Abby. Is she the one? Will he find out?

Back home, a case comes up that changes things for both of them. What will they do?

Bobbi Kay

In the early seventies, Led Zeppelin ruled the air waves, belled bottomed jeans and bandana head scarves swept the fashion magazines. Belamie McConnell was not a typical teenager. She was an Air Force Brat from the time she was a twinkle in her father's eye. Afforded the luxury of world travel and being fluent in several languages, she grew up strong and independent. Always encircled by loving family and good friends, she felt safe and life was close to idyllic. Then Belamie's Dad received orders to be stationed at Clark Air Force Base, Philippines. Everything she knew or perceived her life to be, any plans she'd mapped out for her future, changed in that instant.