Friday, October 18, 2013

The Riddles of HIllgate hits #1 out of all ebooks on Amazon's FREE listings

On October 11th, The Riddles of Hillgate hit #1 in Amazon's FREE ebooks department! It stayed there for over 24 hours. We're thrilled.






It's still free today, so go pick up your copy:
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Monday, August 12, 2013

New Release! TO KISS A WEREWOLF


What some Goodreads users have to say:
To Kiss A Werewolf' was a fun read, full of surprises!” —Tracy
“A fresh take on almost everything para-related.” —Kirsten
“Highly recommend for young adults and adults that enjoy an interesting, well written story.” —Jane

ABOUT:

As president of Paranormal Addicts Anonymous, Stella’s got no time for popular guys. Especially the surfers who hang at Shoreline’s beach—they think flashing a sand-sprinkled, tanned chest is enough to get any girl. But when surfer-hunk Damien Capernalli crashes Stella’s PAA fieldtrip to a haunted bed and breakfast, it may be time to rethink her priorities. 


...And what’s with that wolfish gleam in Damien's eye?


Just $3.99

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Re-branding the Zoey and Claire Mystery Series

NEW COVER
NEW COVER
THE ZOEY AND CLAIRE MYSTERY SERIES got a face lift! Now referred to as Z&C Mysteries, we've made some fun cover changes. While we love the original covers, we are certain the new covers will appeal to even more women. A big concern was that the previous covers didn't do the stories justice, because they looked absolutely serious. Look at The Riddles of Hillgate's original image below. Where was the feminine vibe, humor, or fun? Zoey and Claire are a mother-daughter sleuthing team, but they are also funny, brave, amazing women whose personalities clash in the most perfect way! We needed to show this somehow.


NEW COVER
We hired artist Lauren Burke of Hey Hey Designs! to make a custom silhouette of the ladies to spread across every one of our covers. To the left, you can see the results (click images to see larger). Zoey is standing behind her daughter Claire, holding up her gun, ready for anything. Claire is holding the flashlight, as usual, the beam highlighting a tombstone. We're in love with everything about it, from their posing to their high heels. (The background images were purchased separately  from istockphoto.com.)

So, our plan is to re-advertise this series, and to continue release more books. We completely believe in Z&C Mysteries. It's a fresh, unique series, where the mother and daughter can kick butt in heels if they have to. The situations can get very scary, but nothing is ever too gory. The reading is clean, while also vibrant. It's just plain fast-paced fun. Our expectations are that these diamonds in the rough will soon sparkle in all their intended glory.


Original Cover
Original Cover
Original Cover

Thursday, March 21, 2013

A Newbie Author's Experience as a Panelist at LTUE

So what do you do when you find yourself fielding audience questions alongside world-class authors? Remind yourself that you’re already on your way to being in their shoes.

Stan Crowe and David Farland
In mid-February, I got my first chance to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with some of the heavy hitters of the modern literary world. Folks like Tracy and Laura Hickman, David Farland, and Howard Tayler all attended the 31st annual Marion K Smith Symposium, affectionately known as “Life, The Universe, and Everything” (LTUE).

Held in Provo, Utah, this event brings writers of all skill levels together to mix, mingle, and discuss the finer points of writing. There’s something sublime about putting New York Times #1 best-sellers in front of aspiring authors, and watching new dreams take root and begin to grow.

My first experience with LTUE was as a clueless college freshman. I went for the games, and the chance of girls. Though I enjoyed my first brush with this excellent symposium, I really had no clue just how much I’d missed in my short-sightedness.

Fast forward to 2013, and times have changed. The hopeful newbie is replaced by the published author who is now sitting on the other side of the panelists’ table, answering questions about how one can use the past to predict a future worth writing about. To my left are James A Owen and Eric Sveden. To my right is newcomer Scott Bascombe. We progress from discussing Iran’s nuclear program and into how technology can be used to generate great story conflicts.  I'm sitting with some wicked-smart authors,and it feels great to be among them.

Courtesy LTUE.net
 My panel aside, the major highlight of my attendance was getting in—almost literally at the last minute—on the mass book signing on Friday night.  David Farland was just beyond arm’s reach, and had I been just a hair faster than fellow author L.L. Muir, Mr. Farland would have been using my pen to sign all the books people brought to him.

Alas, I only have “The pen that David Farland didn’t use.”

From networking to presenting to just plain fun, this year's LTUE was the absolute best one I've ever attended (there’s something great about having Tracy Hickman ask, “So, tell me about your work?”).  It was an honor to represent Breezy Reads, and I'm excited to do it again in upcoming conferences.

I left the symposium ready to conquer the world. Or at least a small portion of it. I'm already making plans for 2014.

Stan Crowe is the author of the romantic comedy The Cinderella Project.

 

Friday, October 26, 2012

HALLOWEEN SPECIALS


We're having a Halloween Sale on these ebooks! These sales are only guaranteed to be active through Amazon.com purchasing. Choose your favorites, from 99 cents - 2.99!

  • BeSwitched, 99 Cents
  • The Cinderella Project, $2.99
  • Suzy Q., Who Are You?, 99 Cents
  • The Riddles of Hillgate, $1.99

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Fallen Angel Cover Reveal Sign-Up

Fallen Angel will be released in early 2013 (date TBD).

We are setting up to hold our FIRST EVER cover reveal event! Molly Snow has been writing a teen romance that we are very, very excited about.

About:

Teen angel, Persephone, is the only one in all of Heaven who can't sing. In fact, her name literally means "Voice of Destruction." So diving down one of Heaven's portals, straight into singer Taylor Hamilton’s bedroom, seems like a good idea at the time. Maybe, just maybe, he can help. Plus, he is sooo cute!

While it can be fun swooning over a mortal, it can also be frustrating. Angels aren't supposed to fall for mortals. Then there's Taylor's guardian angel, who is ready to sabotage the budding romance at every turn. Will Persephone learn to sing before Heaven calls her back? And, most importantly, can love prevail for an angel who has fallen head-over-wings for a mortal?


Here is just a peek-a-boo of Fallen Angel:



If you would like to be a part of the cover reveal, sign up here. A blog tour will also be scheduled.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

A Man Has Entered Our Domain. Meet Stan Crowe, Romance Author

In a nutshell, tell us about the highly anticipated book The Cinderella Project:
The Cinderella Project explores some of the difficulties that I think many couples experience sooner or later in their relationships: what happens when temptations to stray arise, and there is every reason to give in? In today’s world, it seems expected that men are going to just “step out,” but I know for a fact that some men remain faithful despite sometimes great difficulty; I’m one of them. I think it’s a story that needs to be told, both to show the other side of the stereotype and to hold out hope that good men still exist, both within and without the realm of fiction.

How does it feel being a man writing a Romance?
Well, my hands have never been softer, nor my legs so smooth. Seriously, though, in a word: bizarre.

Yet cool at the same time, because I’m comfortable enough in my manhood that I can write about relationships and emotions that men do have (whether they admit it or not) and not feel emasculated. It’s definitely not a flooded field, and while Nick Sparks is awesome competition, it provides a sense of uniqueness I probably wouldn’t find writing many other genres.

Do you relate to the main character, med student Nick Cairn?
There’s a loaded question if I’ve ever seen one. I think I relate very well to Nick. In a way, Nick is like the “better me” I’m working to become. Nick might be fictional, but when I wrote him, I drew from personal feelings and experiences to inform his behavior up to the point where he took on a life of his own, and started writing himself. I think that’s kind of like life, though: we struggle through the early years with someone else’s guidance, but eventually, we grow into people who are their own selves, and who can make a positive difference in the world. I relate to that message of growth despite (or, rather, because of) struggles, and I relate to his desire to do what is he thinks is right even though so many things are screaming for him to take the other path. It’s the kind of integrity I try to keep in my own life.

Okay, so you write Romance and are a guy... Do you read any Romance?
Only recently. See, I stumbled into the romance genre—there was an online contest run by a girl, and my entry into that contest was the original form of this book. Turns out, I really, really enjoyed writing it, so despite the fact that I had almost zero experience with the Romance genre, the story compelled me anyway.
When I realized I actually could write a decent romance that was fun to read, it occurred to me that I’d better check out what was already out there, to get a better idea of how women felt, what they wanted in their reading, and what was entertaining to read. Let’s just say that I became a fast fan of Shannon Hale.

Where do you find inspiration?
My inspiration comes from frozen yogurt on rainy November days. I jest. The bulk of it comes from personal experience (mostly with my wife), and from observing the relationships of others. I dare say some of it comes from a “higher place,” for lack of a better way to put it, but I was raised around women—my single mom and three younger sisters. I had a reasonable number of female friends in high school and college, and I was taught to respect women from a young age. That has driven a desire to really understand them, and to value them in my life. As a result, I think I’m in better touch with women as a whole than most men I know. I love creating something they can enjoy.

How is your Romance different from most out there?
Aside from the fact that no one has sex in The Cinderella Project? The most obvious difference is that it’s told from a male point of view. I’m sure that has been done before, maybe even a few times. I’m not sure how often it has been done by a man. The book gets beneath the male stereotype and reveals (scandalously!) that yes, men actually do have emotions, and that, to paraphrase Mister Bennett, “a guy likes to be crossed in love now and again.”
I actively worked to keep this love focused on the commitment and the effort involved in making a relationship work in the long run, rather than on “just getting some” with the hopes that “real” love would come along before the end.
I just try to keep it light, fun, and real—no chiseled abs, no heaving bosoms (and yes, that’s me stereotyping romance novels).

Any last words?
That’s the kind of question you find on a last will and testament. I will say, however, that I absolutely adore my wife of almost 12 years (she was the only girlfriend I ever had, and my first kiss to boot; at least I got that right the first time). She has made me a better person than I ever was on my own, and through our seven (so far…) children, has given me a legacy I can be proud of. She brought not only this book to life, but my desire to pursue this rather unusual path: seeing her laugh and smile at something I’ve written is such a reward!
As I mentioned before, I hope my writing can give hope to women who find themselves in less-than-perfect situations, and give them hope that good and decent men are still to be had (if they don’t already have one).

Yeah, it’s a bit awkward talking about a book entitled “The Cinderella Project” with guys, but I’ve been surprised at how many men have actually found the subject interesting. Maybe I can be a voice for the real emotions and desires that men have, but that society tells us to suppress in the name of being “manly.” Because obviously, it’s better to channel surf, drink beer, and bet on fantasy football brackets than to admit that your heart acts funny when you really love a women, or to ‘fess up that you do sometimes choke up at something sweet now and again.
So if you’ll excuse me, I need to go shoot a round of pool with the guys…

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