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Linda Bloodworth Cover Reveal: A Raven’s Touch Day 5
Today we’re counting down to the cover reveal of A Raven’s Touch, by Linda Bloodworth. For the next 5 days, get closer to the cover and read a different sample each day.
Who is Linda Bloodworth?
Linda Bloodworth loves chips, like really, ketchup to be exact. Ketchup chips are only found in Canada. Lucky for Linda, she lives in Toronto with her husband and three fur babies. In between writing, debating for hours about the Oxford comma, and the misunderstood semi colon; Linda enjoys camping, and getting away from the city on day trips.
Bullied through high school, seventeen-year-old Justice St. Michaels is grateful for the help of her best friend Moira O’Fhey. Their only wish is to graduate high school, leave the sleepy town of Fallingbrook and all that happened behind them. The Heavens have other plans. Between growths on her back and being involved in explosive school fights, nothing seems to make sense. When an unexpected encounter with Darien Raventhorn causes worlds to collide it exposes the truth about who Justice’s real identity. To avenge a family death, Justice must embrace her birthright, and slay the demon before all Hell breaks loose.
Moira squeezes my arm.
“We need to get up. Come on. We aren’t going to be sitting ducks. He looks like he wants to start trouble.”
My heart starts beating faster and I stand up. Moira has already packed her bag, and she pushes mine into my hands. With her hand on the small of my back, she urges me along.
“It’s a public place, Moira, he won’t hurt us here. He’s all talk, right?” She looks me in the eyes.
“Don’t underestimate crazy.”
We hear a low wolf howl that causes a ripple of fear to flow through me. I stop momentarily. No way is that for us, surely not.
What can you expect in A Raven’s Touch?
Adventure, friendship, and bit of romance mixed into a very different kind of paranormal story. It’s not the formulaic story where there’s one type of paranormal hero. Be prepared for Half Angels, Witches, Elves, demons, and a dragon for good measure.
Add A Raven’s Touch to your TBR pile. Get your Pre-Order on Amazon!
If you miss the pre-order, don’t worry, the official release day is December 28, 2015.
What did you think of A Raven’s Touch?
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The eerie sensation of being watched crawls up your spine as your eyes track the shadows lurking right outside your lamp’s illumination. Your sanity is only a thread away from ripping at the seams as the terrors between the pages stalk their victims, leaving you huddled under the covers… too afraid to turn off the light.
These twisted stories will leave you breathless and shaking, dreading putting one foot off the edge of the bed… for fear of what just might be hiding underneath.
Seventeen authors. Seventeen tales of terror. Infinite nightmares.
Watch your back.
Stories featured in this anthology:
– Every Thorn by Rene Folsom
– Dead Ringer by Jason Brant
– Autumn by Elizabeth Collins
– Don’t Kiss the Dead Fred by A.E. Killingsworth
– Affliction by S.L. Dearing
– Lucid by Andrea Stanet
– Donations by Bart Hopkins
– Bernice by Chad Foutz
– Destination: Death by Eaton Thomas Palmer
– Powerless by Laurie Treacy
– Freezer Burn by Jon Messenger
– The Watcher by Lindy Spencer
– Immortal Luck by Magen McMinimy
– Izzy’s Assassin by Nicole Clark
– Say My Name by Michael Loring
– Damaged People by Nicki Scalise
– Blog Stalker by Phil Taylor
** Edited and Compiled by Cynthia Shepp and Rene Folsom **
Price Increase for 2016 and Terms and Conditions Update
Editing Prices are going up on January 1, 2016. The prices go into effect for every manuscript done on and after January 1, 2016. The price goes into effect for every author, new and established. The rate increase is .0005 on every package.
The common rates through the Editorial Freelancers Associations are $40-60 an hour with the norm being an accepted ONE to six pages done in an hour. 250 words is considered a page. At my HIGHEST rate, six pages at 250 words a page only adds up to $12. I strive to keep my prices affordable for independent authors. It is my goal to help every book possible achieve its greatest potential, despite budget. Rate increases are necessary to keep a business running, but never will my prices jump to unachievable levels. I look forward to working with you in the coming year.
Proofread starts at: .0045 a word
Copy Edit starts at: .0060 a word
Copy/Proof starts at: .0080 a word
Terms and Conditions that may have been Modified or Added (These are in effect now)
I occasionally update my Terms and Conditions. It is a client’s responsibility to occasionally glance at it to see if anything has changed.
MANUSCRIPTS must be submitted in Times New Roman, size 12 font, and double spaced. If they are not, I will change them. It makes the editing process cleaner and easier.
I DO NOT edit non-fiction books. However, I will edit non-fiction articles, website material, press releases, and other such subject matter. I am also not familiar with UK grammar. I will edit UK books, but only if they are being completely Americanized. If you want to keep some UK tone, (colour instead of color, sayings, etc) that is fine. You just have to make sure to tell me. However, any and all grammar related issues I do recognize will be Americanized.
GRAPHIC and/or gratuitous rape scenes are not accepted. Books containing them are subject to IMMEDIATE return without refund or completion.
HOWEVER, books that contain rape are not an automatic no. A girl trying to get over being raped, a fade-to-black rape scene that is integral to the story, a book about rape that inspires hope in victims, a crime book that manages to impress the violence without making it graphic and pleasingly sexual, etc… would all be considered and most likely accepted. Please just explain the scenes to me. Erotica books that use rape as something pleasingly sexual, or any book that does, or any book that describes rape in graphic, violent, sexual, scene-by-scene detail, will not be accepted and if in a book I accepted without my knowledge, will be returned with NO REFUND OR COMPLETION.
AUTHORS are responsible for getting their books to me by the date agreed upon. If I have not received it within two days of the agreed upon date, I will move on to the next in line, unless I have an email from the author and we agree on other terms.
RUSH jobs, which I very rarely take, will incur a fee. It will depend on length and time given to finish. The start amount is $100, and it goes up from there.
PLEASE be aware that books that need excessive editing outside of the package picked may lead to extra fees. The fees will be discussed with the author before any work is done. If while editing the book, excessive editing outside the package becomes a problem, progress will halt while the author is contacted. This rarely happens. However, I have had a book for proofread that the sample was great, but when I received the book, only the first two chapters were acceptable. The rest needed more of a developmental edit. This is the reason I ask for middle-of-the-book samples, although that is not always a foolproof method.
PAYMENT is accepted up front. An invoice is sent through PayPal when I receive the manuscript. No work will be done until invoice is paid in full. PayPal fees are calculated and added to final bill. A $100 cancellation fee will be charged if the client cancels their time slot less than a week before their date. A $50 cancellation fee will be charged if the client cancels their time slot less than two weeks before their date. This fee is strictly enforced.
*If an author contacts me and makes other arrangements to reschedule or cancel before the two-week mark, there is no fee. Be respectful of my time and let me know two weeks in advance if you cannot keep your spot.
HOLIDAYS and holiday weekends DO NOT count toward the estimated amount of time given to edit your manuscript. Those times are spent with my family. We always take a vacation during the week of Thanksgiving and a week in the summer. Please be respectful of those times. If any of those fall during your time period, please be aware of this. Example: If you are given a time period over Christmas, please be aware the holidays will interfere with the edit time. Times given are estimates unless completely firmed up by way of a pre-order publication date. Two-week turnarounds are no longer given. Manuscripts are given my complete attention and are turned over in as timely a manner as possible. Please be patient.
***I am NOT a developmental editor. I am a final-draft editor. If you are a FIRST-TIME author who needs extensive help with plot, character development, and flow, I would recommend that you hire a developmental editor to work with you through the different stages of editing.***
I reserve the right to refuse any and all manuscripts at my discretion.
If you have any questions regarding this post, or an editing slot, please contact me.
Humanity has expanded beyond the borders of Earth into the far reaches of space. Human ingenuity has also expanded—as well as its theology.
On one side of an interplanetary war: a new religious order, dedicated to the expansion of human enlightenment. On another side, loosely connected to the order but hardly on the same page: the military, dedicated to the expansion of human influence.
And then there are the aliens. Worlds beyond understanding. Planets beyond comprehension. Forces which represent threats that cannot be calculated, and so must be eliminated.
Timberwolf is a soldier with too many voices in his head. Gray is a bishop with grander ambitions than his church. Highland is a planet run entirely by artificial intelligence—all of these factors point to the same conclusion: God has a story for everyone—or so the scripture of the day says.
This story is just beginning.
SmashWords (sample available here!)
Amazon (sample available here!)
Formats: .MOBI, EPUB, PDF
Genre: Military Science-Fiction (With hints of politics and theology)
Elevator pitch: It’s sort of like Aliens + Apocalypse Now + Wizard of Oz
Log line: A battered super soldier is bent on stopping his former mentor from restarting an interstellar war.
We’ve pushed out the galaxy and have met plenty of aliens… and we’ve fought and destroyed them all! That was until we met the Arnock – mind controlling creatures that drove us insane on contact.
Timberwolf, a former special ops soldier, was once captured by the Arnock and driven to near madness. He can now “hear” the Arnock in his head. He’s gone on multiple suicide missions and come back unscathed – the alien presence in his mind forces him to survive.
Emanuel Gray used to be Timberwolf’s commander and mentor. A former General, now religious fanatic – Gray believes our uneasy peace with the Arnock is a sin. He’s a wanted man and has gone rogue. He’s hell-bent on securing a secret weapons factory on the planet Highland and wiping the Arnock out for good.
Timberwolf now works for the Department of Peace Enforcement. He “listens” for an Arnock attack and hunts for the outlaw Gray. When the old friends but new enemies cross paths, Timberwolf chases Gray to the weapons factory world of Highland. When the Arnock arrive it becomes a battle for the deadliest weapons in the galaxy. Timberwolf will have to choose between getting the alien spider out his head or taking out Gray – all while millions of lives hang in the balance.
Timberwolf will be published by the Zharmae Publishing Press on August 20th.
Tom Julian works days at an insurance company and nights and weekends as an author. He enjoys traveling, long-distance cycling, and waking up early to brew the perfect cup of coffee. He’s an unabashed beer snob and native of Trenton New Jersey. Tom’s first novel, Timberwolf is a military science fiction novel influenced by Aliens, Battlestar Galactica and Apocalypse Now.
Tom is the father of Izzy and Liam and husband to the lovely Brenda-Lea. He writes while warming his feet under his Bernese Mountain dog, Maggie May. Favorite movie/book/food = O Brother, Where Art Thou?/Sirens of Titan/Trenton Style Tomato Pie.