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INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR LARISSA EMERALD (REVIEW OPPORTUNITY)


CHECK OUT a new Paranormal Romantic Thriller/Suspense series from author Larissa Emerald. PERFECTION is receiving rave reviews on Amazon!

For an added treat, scroll down to read Larissa’s interview. 😃

PERFECTION REVIEWING OPPORTUNITY

Interested in a copy of PERFECTION to read for review? Email me at cynthiashepp@yahoo.com or comment on this post.

Author: Larissa Emerald

Book: Perfection: Book 1 of Code Perfect series

Amazon Link: https://amzn.to/3brV67v

Release date: Already published

Review time: 2 weeks

Review copy delivery: Book Funnel

Reviews to be posted on: Amazon. Goodreads and Bookbub much appreciated, but not required.


🆓PERFECTION IS ALSO AVAILABLE FOR FREE ON KINDLE UNLIMITED!

Her perfect life is everything she ever wanted…until it isn’t. How far will Kindra go to save her child?

Kindra B-Zaika designs Genetically Engineered Individuals, and with each generation, they become smarter, more beautiful, healthier–whatever improvements the Committee decrees. It doesn’t matter to them that the divide grows ever wider between Coders and GEIs. Or at least not until a prominent dignitary’s D Generation child suddenly dies of a mysterious virus.

Now Kindra must team with York Richmond, a striking, rough-around-the-edges Coder police lieutenant, to catch the sociopath who unleashed the deadly virus. To him, she’s an icy GEI scientist. Just like the ones who wouldn’t give him the time of day when he needed them most. At least, that’s what he thinks until he spots her being human.

The killer poses a threat to an entire generation of children, and they must stop him before all of D Generation is infected, including Kindra’s own daughter. But as they work together to find their suspect and develop an antidote in the meantime, a forbidden attraction sparks between them.

Can they find the answers before time runs out for the children?

AUTHOR INTERVIEW WITH LARISSA EMERALD

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  • What inspired you to start writing?

Reading, of course. Then, I began by rewriting the endings to movies. I’d get upset when they didn’t end the way I wanted, so I’d rewrite the ending. When my kids were young, I’d write little things for them. One day I found an announcement for a writing class hosted at the library. I dropped everything and attended the workshop. I’ve been writing ever since.)

  • What advice would you give a new writer, someone just starting out?

Develop a thick skin. Perfection can be a killer in so many ways. Just write. Persevere. Never give up.

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  • What comes first, the plot or characters?

It depends on the story. My paranormal series Divine Tree Guardians began with driving along and seeing a tree roped off with construction fencing. I have a huge love of trees. My Terror, MN series began knowing I wanted a team of angels to protect the town. My Nocturne Falls Universe stories all began with a character. I already knew they would be set in the fun town of Kristin Painter’s Nocturne Falls.


 

 

 

  • Do you hear from your readers much? What do they say?

Yes. I love hearing from my readers! Most of my books are paranormal stories. My readers love the imaginary places I take them to, and I usually include an element of family in the story.

  • What was your favorite part, and your least favorite part, of the publishing journey?

My favorite part is writing the story and meeting readers. My least favorite is marketing.

  • Where can readers purchase your books?

All my books are on Amazon. My Nocturne Falls Universe stories and a few others are on Barnes and Noble, Kobo, and iBooks.

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  • Where can readers find out more about you and your books?

My website, which is where you can also sign up for my newsletter.

You can also follow me on Facebook.

Contemporary List     or     Paranormal List

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  • Are there any secrets from PERFECTION you can share with your readers?

One thing I played around with is the myth that we use only 10 percent of our brain. In creating more intelligent genetically enhanced humans, I gave the heroine telekinetic powers. You’ll have to look for these instances in the story.

  • What was the inspiration for the story?

My son is the initial inspiration for Perfection and the book is dedicated to him. He was born with a rare genetic abnormality. He’s an adult now, mentally handicapped, but doing well living on his own in an apartment complex for individuals with disabilities. There were times when he was growing up when I wondered what it would be like if science and doctors could genetically “fix” his genes and make him normal. I love him so much. Life gives us all challenges, this was mine.

A secondary inspiration is my granddaughter. She has been battling leukemia for three years. Diagnosed when she was thirteen, I enjoyed writing a world where people were immune to all diseases, no cancer, no cystic fibrosis, no illness.

  • What is the key theme and/or message in the book?

I think it’s that life is precious. Children are precious.

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  • What is the future for the characters? Will there be a sequel?

Yes, two stories are coming in August. Forbidden, a novella. The story takes the reader further into Kindra and York’s relationship and their decision to make their life together—top secret, there’s a wedding– despite the rules of the time against mixed marriage between GEI, genetically engineered individuals, and Coders, the ancient race gene pool. Flawed, a novel where the heroine and hero of this story undertake the job of protecting Kindra.

  • What were the key challenges you faced when writing this book?

Even though the story is set in the future, the characters experience the same things we see today. Teenagers still push the envelope and have their own style. Parents still love their children. Families have their ups and downs. People fall in love. Yes, it’s a romance, too. It was a bit of a challenge to imagine what the world would be like then. I really enjoyed researching advancements and technology. My husband helped a lot with that. He’s an engineer. If you know any engineers then you may be able to imagine some of our discussions.

  • Are you working on anything at the present you would like to share with your readers about?

I’m working on book 3 of Code Perfect series. Hold on to your seats and guard your heart.

  • How many plot ideas are just waiting to be written? Can you tell us about one?

At the moment, I have three other very different stories begging to be written. The first is a paranormal women’s fiction. And one of these days, I’m going to write the psychic time-travel story about a young woman who goes back in time and is trapped in the body of her ancestor. She experiences falling in love, only to be thrown back to her time. And then…  

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  • What are you reading now?

Sucks To Be Me by Kristin Painter

  • Favorite quote:

HMS-Practice-Harder

  • What do you like about audiobooks?

I can do two things at once.

  • How many bookshelves are in your house?

Two.

  • What do you like to do when you are not writing?

Gardening, traveling, reading.

 

  • What’s your favorite food?

Chicken Pot Pie. And I make a yummy one with homemade from-scratch crust. Ooh, wait a minute. Maybe I should change that to wine and chocolate. Yes, that’s a favorite, um… dessert.

  • Have you ever been on a sports teams? If so, what sport?

Competitive baton twirling. I can’t throw a ball to save my life, but a metal stick, I rock that.

  • Share something your readers wouldn’t know about you.

I have three golden retrievers. See pics on FB.

  • If you could cure a disease, what would it be?

Cancer. Oh, how I wish!

WOULD YOU RATHER:

  • Would you rather be in a room full of snakes or a room full of spiders? (That depends.

Spiders. As long as they’re not tarantulas.)

  • Would you rather live in a haunted mansion or live in an un-haunted cottage?

Un-haunted cottage.

EITHER/OR:

  • Do you have a favorite recipe?

I share my favorites in my newsletter. Hint hint.

 

BTW, I also share inspiration for my books on Pinterest. 

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DON’T FORGET TO GRAB PERFECTION, FREE ON KINDLE UNLIMITED!

OR, IF YOU WOULD LIKE A REVIEW COPY, LEAVE A COMMENT WITH YOUR EMAIL OR MESSAGE ME ON FACEBOOK.

 

Need an editor? 

2018 Editing Packages


Reminder: please go to http://www.cynthiashepp.com for the most up-to-date information.

Editing Packages

2018 Prices

Proofreading starts at .0055 a word

Proofreading is done on a final draft and includes line-by-line correction of spelling, grammar, and minor sentence structure issues. Each proofread receives at least two passes before being sent back to the author. This package does not include second edit after author reviews changes.

Package fees are baseline fees. 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.

Anything under 20,000 words is automatically $110 (or above).

Detailed Copy Editing starts at .0070 a word

Copy Editing is done on a final draft and includes detailed, line-by-line editing for sentence structure, grammar, spelling, and, if needed, other issues that do not require major changes, such as plot consistency, character analysis, and style. Each detailed copy edit receives at least two passes before being sent back to the author. This package does not include second edit after author reviews changes.

Package fees are baseline fees. 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.

Anything under 20,000 words is automatically $140 (or above).

Detailed Copy Editing & Proofread Package starts at .0090 a word

(Recommended)

This is the package I recommend most for every author, as well as my best-selling and best-value package. It also includes a free blurb edit ($40 value). The Detailed Copy Editing and Proofread Package combines both services. This package has two different steps. First, Detailed Copy Editing will be done to a manuscript and sent back to the author. The author will then make all the changes they need to based on offered suggestions. Once the author has finished this stage and sent it back, a thorough Proofread will be done on the finished product. Please refer to the above explanations for each service to see what they entail. This is the most cost-effective package if you desire both a detailed copy edit as well as a final proofread after suggested changes have been made. This package gives the most-polished end product. It is the author’s responsibility to supply the blurb at the time of the edit.

Package fees are baseline fees. 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.

Anything under 20,000 words is automatically $180 (or above).

$40 Flat Rate for Blurb Editing & Critique

Need help making your blurb great? Need a fresh pair of eyes to check for errors and readability? This is your option. This is a flat-rate service with a five-day turnaround.

$50 Flat Rate for Small Jobs

Almost anything under 1,000 words, such as query letters.

Press Releases, Website Material, Articles, and any other Non-Fiction Works over 1,000 Words – (I do not edit non-fiction books)

Price will need to be discussed on an as-needed basis.

New Service: Blog Post and Newsletter Editing

Price will need to be discussed on an as-needed basis. Monthly prices available based on number sent out.

2017 Rate Increase Bulletin


Price Increase for 2017 and Terms and Conditions Update

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Editing Prices are going up on January 1, 2017. The prices go into effect for every manuscript done on and after January 1, 2017, even if it was scheduled for 2017 in 2016. The price goes into effect for every author, new and established. 

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 $13.50. 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. 

2016 Prices:

Proofread starts at: .0045 a word

Copy Edit starts at: .0060 a word

Copy/Proof starts at: .0080 a word

2017 Prices

Proofreads starts at: .0055 a word

Copy Edit starts at: .0070 a word

Copy/Proof Package starts at .0090 a word

The minimum price for under 20,000 words for each package will also increase according to the new prices.

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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 glance at it once in a while 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.

PRICES are baseline prices. Each sample or manuscript is evaluated before a quote is given. Prices depend on how much work each individual manuscript needs. I am very fair, and baseline prices are given whenever possible. I encourage every author to self-edit at least twice and to use (good) beta readers BEFORE turning it in for editing. It is the best way to keep your prices down.

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, usually in July. 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 before contacting me for copy/line and proofreading.

I reserve the right to refuse any and all manuscripts at my discretion.

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If you have any questions regarding this post, or an editing slot, please contact me either through this form or cynthiashepp@yahoo.com.

CHRISTMAS IN JULY FROM CTP


READY TO WIN?

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How is it July already? This year is passing by at super sonic speeds. For some of you it’s smoking hot outside, and for our friends on the other side of the planet some of you are donning your July winter wear. No matter where you are, now is the perfect time to celebrate our Christmas in July giveaway! The winner of this giveaway will receive a Kindle Fire if in the US, along with 12 of our most recent  digital releases. If you live outside the US, don’t fear, we will send you $50 in Paypal cash in lieu of the Kindle Fire, as well as the 12 of our new e-book releases. Be sure to get as many entries into this giveaway as you can because this prize is worth nearly $100! Also, check out the details below to see how you can earn up to $200 in additional Paypal cash during this giveaway! 

“Wow, I never win anything!” ~says nearly everyone who has won a Clean Teen or Crimson Tree Publishing giveaway. So don’t pass this giveaway up because you aren’t feeling the luck today.

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WHAT E-BOOKS WILL I WIN AND DID YOU SAY SOMETHING ABOUT $200 CASH?

You could win any of the following ebooks during this giveaway. But don’t wait for this giveaway to end to get your copies of these amazing titles! If you win this giveaway and already own any of these books, we will give you an additional $10 per title you own if you can provide proof of purchase! That’s the ability to earn up to $120 if you have all 12 books.

But wait, you could earn even more!

If you have purchased at least 10 of the titles below, we will increase your cash to $200 total! This is all on top of the Kindle Fire Prize! Two of these books are pre-orders, so pre-order sales count! 

*For more info check out the very bottom of this post. 


OUR NEW RELEASES THAT WILL BE INCLUDED:

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More details regarding the cash prize: Any or all cash prizes will be awarded via Paypal and paid in US Dollars. To win the additional cash that is available if you own any of the 12 titles listed in this giveaway, you will need to provide proof that you have purchased each of the titles you are claiming the cash for. This can be through an order history screen shot in Amazon, or physical receipts from other retailers. The purchase has to have been for a physical amount and cannot be proof of having used a coupon code to download the title for free, such as the type of coupon codes we use for reviewer copies. The proof of purchase can be for either the digital or print version. The burden to provide proof of purchase will need to be on the winner. All purchases must have been made on or before July 30, 2016 to be eligible for the additional cash award. You do not have to provide this proof of purchase prior to the end of the giveaway. Only the winner of this giveaway will need to provide this proof and will have 10 days from the date their name is drawn. If a winner is drawn who has not purchased any of the above books, they will still receive the original prize of the Kindle Fire and the 12 digital books (or the alternative International prize.) If you have any further questions regarding this giveaway, please don’t hesitate to contact us at: info@cleanteenpublishing.com.

June is Audiobook Month


June is Audiobook Month!

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June is audiobook month. I am a SERIOUS audiobook addict. Any moment I’m not working, I’m listening. I can carry on conversations and go about my day with the book still going, rarely having to rewind as long as it’s not an involved conversation. I mean, I take breaks, of course lol. My husband likes to talk occasionally. 😉 But even with the people who enable my habit (thank you, by the way 😊), with my Audible membership, and with whispersync audio so I never actually pay full price for an audiobook, it can be an expensive habit. However, it’s worth EVERY penny to my sanity.

I have thousands of kindle books lol, but even when I have the book itself, I get upset and just say, “oh well,” if I can’t find the audio. Reading used to be my absolute favorite thing in the world to do. When my job made it hard to differentiate between work and pleasure reading, listening became a lifeline I grasped with both hands. (It’s harder to hear mistakes, though I still find myself hearing them more the longer I listen lol).

Listening takes books and makes them into movies in my head–complete with different character voices if the narrator is good. (I only listen to good narrators. If I can’t handle the person’s voice, I can’t make it through the book. That is one of the only downs to audio. The other is that not every book is available on audio.)

Audio, just as paper or electronic books used to do (and still do in work), transport me out to places I’ve never been and takes me on adventures that leave me reeling. The best thing about audio is that you don’t have to just sit and take hours doing nothing. You can clean while surviving the apocalypse, you can walk the track while sailing the high seas, you can drive while falling in love with a new character, and you can sit through your kids many practices and games “watching” with the secret earbud in your ear while you find the cure for the zombie outbreak.

I always thought I wouldn’t be able to concentrate on them. That because my brain never stops, I wouldn’t comprehend them. It was a challenge at first. It’s something you have to kind of teach yourself. And depending on your mood, some days are harder than others. But eight times out of ten, it’s a seamless connection. One that calms my heart rate, soothes my worries, sweeps away my stress, and allows my brain to find the peace it needs.

If you have an anxious brain or one that never stops with the worrying, what haves, what might bes, what you need to do, what everyone else needs, etc, audio is like a Xanax. It’s allows for me time with a simple slip of a bud in your ear. With only one in, you can stay attuned to the world, listen to your kids, answer questions, and live a normal life. But when you get the rare chance to slip them both in, it’s a transportation to a place that only exists in the ether of you and the words. It’s bliss.

Audio has transformed all the mundane parts of my life that were usually filled with my brain on overdrive into enjoyable tasks (well, cleaning is never enjoyable lol, but a book makes it bearable 😉). It opened up more opportunities to experience new things. It got me off the couch in my spare time.

This month, I challenge you to try an audiobook. Pick one you’ve wanted to read, listen to the sample and make sure the narrator is a great one, or ask for recommendations. Keep an open mind and slip on the headphones. (Wireless ones where you can choose to put in one or both buds are the best.) Escape to another world while you do your chores or on your commute. Let me know how you like it. ‪#‎audiobookmonth‬ ‪#‎iloveaudio‬

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My recommendations for audiobooks are:

Until the End of the World is free on Amazon, so don’t use these series as your free Audible credits if you are a new member. It is whispersync ready, which means if you buy the kindle book for $0.00, you get the audio for a reduced rated. I think it was like $2.99 after buying the eBook. The whole series is amazing. I think they are all also whispersync ready. However, the novella, So Long, Lollipops, is FREE on Audible, but $0.99 on Amazon, so don’t buy it on Amazon. Don’t listen to it first either. It has to be listened to after the first book.

 

 

 

The Lunar Chronicles is also an amazing series that you must check out. The narrator is so good. If you are new to Audible, these are the books you should get for free when you sign up.

 

 

 

 

Of course, anybody who knows me knows I LOVE Harry Potter. The audio of the books is amazing. Even if you have read the books, you must listen to them. It is a whole new experience altogether.


 

 

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Editing Services (2016)


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Putting your manuscript into someone else’s hands is a scary task. With four years of experience, a BA in English/Literature, and over three hundred edited books, this is where I can help. My pledge is to treat your book with the respect it deserves, working with you to polish your dream into a reality. Everything from proofreads to detailed copy edits, and even money-saving packages, I can give you the best service possible at an affordable price.

Prices & Packages: 

Proofreading starts at .0045 a word

Proofreading is done on a final draft and includes line-by-line correction of spelling, grammar, and minor sentence structure issues. Each proofread receives at least two passes before being sent back to the author. This package does not include second edit after author reviews changes.

Package fees are baseline fees. 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

Anything under 20,000 words is automatically $100.

Detailed Copy Editing starts at .0060 a word

Copy Editing is done on a final draft and includes detailed, line-by-line editing for sentence structure, grammar, spelling, and, if needed, other issues that do not require major changes, such as plot consistency, character analysis, and style. Each detailed copy edit receives at least two passes before being sent back to the author. This package does not include second edit after author reviews changes.

Package fees are baseline fees. 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

Anything under 20,000 words is automatically $125.

Detailed Copy Editing & Proofread Package starts at .0080 a word

(Recommended)

This is the package I recommend most for every author, as well as my best-selling and best-value package. It also includes a free blurb edit ($35 value). The Detailed Copy Editing and Proofread Package combines both services. This package has two different steps. First, Detailed Copy Editing will be done to a manuscript and sent back to the author. The author will then make all the changes they need to based on offered suggestions. Once the author has finished this stage and sent it back, a thorough Proofread will be done on the finished product. Please refer to the above explanations for each service to see what they entail. This is the most cost-effective package if you desire both a detailed copy edit as well as a final proofread after suggested changes have been made. This package gives the most-polished end product. It is the author’s responsibility to supply the blurb at the time of the edit.

Package fees are baseline fees. 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

Anything under 20,000 words is automatically $165.

$35 Flat Rate for Blurb Editing & Critique

Need help making your blurb great? Need a fresh pair of eyes to check for errors and readability? This is your option. This is a flat-rate service with a two-day turnaround. 

$50 Flat Rate for Small Jobs

Almost anything under 2500 words, such as query letters. (Query letter format)

Experience:

BA from Grand Canyon University in English/Literature.

Graduated with Honors: Cum Laude.

Four Years of Experience.

Editor in chief for Clean Teen Publishing and Crimson Tree Publishing. www.cleanteenpublishing.com and http://www.crimsontreepublishing.com.

I have edited, compiled, and published four anthologies through Indie Style Press, which is a compilation of Editing Services by Cynthia Shepp & Phycel Designs by Rene Folsom, Author. 

Apocalypse: An Anthology by Authors & Readers, Paranormal Anthology with a TWIST, Stalkers: A Collection of Thriller Stories, and Stardust: A Futuristic Romance Collection.  You can find these on Amazon.

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Terms and Conditions:

I occasionally update my Terms and Conditions. It is the client’s responsibility to occasionally glance at them 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 that 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. (Rape Clause Added October 20, 2015)

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 mainly ask for middle-of-the-book samples.

PAYMENT is accepted up front. An invoice will be sent through PayPal when the manuscript is received. 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.

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 one 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 with me by way of a pre-order publication date. Two-week turnarounds are no longer automatically given. Manuscripts are given my complete attention and are turned over in as timely a manner as possible. Sometimes, life happens. 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 you hire a developmental editor to work with you through the different stages of pre-editing before you contact me.***

I reserve the right to refuse any and all manuscripts at my discretion.

 

Contact Details:

To contact me about availability, questions, or to submit your manuscript, please email me at cynthiashepp@yahoo.com. Please be aware that my schedule fills up quickly. For assurance of a spot, a 4-6 week pre-schedule is necessary. However, do not hesitate to contact me about sooner availability. It is possible that I have open spots.

(Many are not listed due to privacy)

Jason Brant: The Gate, Tartarus, Sheol, The Dark, Devoured, Consumed, Ravaged, Ash, Madness, The Perfect Crime

Marquita Valentine: (NYT and USA Today Best-selling Author) Twice Tempted, Just Desserts, Only For You , True For You, Not Over You, Wish For You, Burn For You, The Request, Be Mine, All the Right Moves, The Deception, Need You Tonight, Love So Hot, Dare Me Once, Love So True, Love So Irrestible, The Forgotten Bride, The Temporary Bride, The Billionaire Bride, Seducing the Billionaire’s Wife, Skin Deep,

Sawyer Bennett: (USA Today Best-selling Author) Off Course, If I Return, Forever Young, Off Chance, Legal Affairs 1-6, On the Rocks, Make it a Double, Confessions of a Litigation God, Sugar on the Edge, Uncivilized, Off Season, With a Twist, Off Duty, Shaken Not Stirred, Wicked Fall, Clash, Crash, Grind, Yield, Love Uncivilized, Wicked Lust

Rene Folsom: Heart You, Voices of the Soul, Eyes of the Soul, Truths of the Soul, Blood of the Soul, Secrets of the Soul, Bind Me, Hearts of the Soul, Shuttered Affections, Exposed Affections, Flatter Me, For Liberty, Adventurous, Tempt, The Wager, Game Changer, Trust, Trapt, The Break, Game On, Promise You,

Shelly Crane: (NYT Best-selling Author) Smash Into You

Tabatha Vargo: (NYT Best-Selling Author) On The Plus Side

Tabatha Vargo & Melissa Andrea: (NYT Best-Selling Authors) The Procedure

Jon Messenger: The Brink of Distinction Trilogy, Card Tricks, Rage

T.L. Frye: The Secret of Magik and Dragons

Rebecca Gober & Courtney Nuckels: Exposing Ele, Surviving Ele, Ending Ele

Magen McMinimy: Blood Claim, Resurrection Stone, Shadowed Memories, Primal Hunger, Immortal Craving, Primal Calling, Immortal Promise, Immortal Blood, Immortal Rapture, Immortal Rising, Wicked Perfection

Tanith Morse: Super Dark 2 and Super Dark 3

Rene Folson & Juli Valenti: Adventurous, Bound, Charming

Hans Cummings: Zack Jackson & The Cytherean Academy, Zack Jackson & The Hives of Valtra

Rachael James: Hook, Line, and Garter, Crazy B*tch, Baby B*tch

Erika Kathryn: Audie the Angel and the Angel Army, Audie the Angel: Plague

Phil Taylor: White Picket Prisons, 50 Shades of Phil, The Sneaker Tree

Nicholas Andrews: Festival of the Saints, Babyface Fire

Cheyanne Young: Powered

Shelby Fallon: Stealing Grace, Taking Faith

Ryan Casey: The Painting, The Disappearing

Jennifer Foor: Hustle Him

Andris Bear: Angel Unleashed, Demon Undamned, All Wicked’s Eve, Lover’s Lane, Memory Lane, Dead End Lane, Inked, Daring to Fall

M.L. Ryan: Special Offers, Special Attraction, Special Passage

Nicki Scalise: Prayer for the Dead

Jennifer Clay: The Other Side of Normal

Bart Hopkins: Dead Ends

Michael Loring: Number Eighteen, Say My Name

Dawn Husted: Safe

E.G. Gaddess: Dhampyr Journey

Jim Proctor: Made in the Stars, Veronica Phoenix

G.E. Saturley: The Real Deal

Toni Aleo: (NYT and USA Today Best-Selling Author) Breaking Away, Tangled in the Laces, The Whiskey Prince

Shaun Dowdall: Rebirth (A Thousand Hearts), Second Chance, From Beyond, Chrysalis Blooms 1-2

Kay Bratt: Somewhere Beautiful

Sonya Loveday: The Summer I Fell, End Note, If Ever I Fall

Candace Knoebel: Evernight, Everlost

Sonya Loveday & Candace Knoebel: Love Always, Runaway Heart

Stephanie Summers: Haunting, Awakening

Stephanie Erickson: Unseen, The Dead Room, Unforgiven, Undivided, The Fate

Kyan Yauchler: Homeostasis Lost, Autumn Nation

Katie French: The Brothers, Clay: A Breeder’s Story

Marta Brown: Sun-Kissed Summer

Shelbi Wescott: Virulent Stories

Peter Boland: The Spiral Arm Episodes 2-4

Pete Bauer: Kneel and Pray, Lost and Found

Annalise Nixon: Hard Place 1-6

Anthologies: Apocalypse, Twist, Stalkers, and Stardust

Clean Teen Publishing:

Rebecca Gober & Courtney Nuckels: Exposing Ele, Surviving Ele, Ending Ele

Gabrielle Arrowsmith: Concealed in the Shadows, Released from the Darkness, Reduced to Dust

Cindy Saunders: Double Star

Wonderstruck: Various Authors

B.T. Lyons: Heartkeeper, Heartbound

Jon Messenger: Wind Warrior, Flame Caller, Water Shaper, Earth God

Lauren Nicolle Taylor: The Woodlands, The Wall, The Wounded, The Wanted, The Willful (Woodlands Novella), Nora and Kettle

Jennifer Anne Davis: The Key, Red, War, Cage of Deceit

Holly Kelly: Rising, Descending, Avenging

Melissa J. Cunningham: Reluctant Guardian, The Elementalist, The Celestine Sword

Erica Kiefer: Lingering Echoes, Rumors, Vanishing Act

Kelly Risser: Never Forgotten, Current Impressions, Always Remembered, Sea of Memories

Sherry Ficklin: Haunting Zoe, Queen of Someday, Queen of Tomorrow, Queen of Always, Playing With Fire, In Too Deep

Delsheree Gladden: Wicked Power, Wicked Glory

Neil Harris: The Last Orphan, The Harvest, Enslaved

Amanda Strong: The Awakener, Hidden Monster, Holy and the Fallen, Inner Demons

Michelle K. Pickett: Finding Willow, Unspeakable, Milayna, Milayna’s Angel, The Innocent

K.C. Finn: A Place Halfway

Sandy Goldsworthy: Aftermath, Aftershock

Renee Shearer: The Hunted, The Forsaken

Shannon Maynard: Wicked Luck, Wicked Fate

Tyler Jolley and Sherry D. Ficklin: Prodigal, Riven

Audrey Greathouse: The Neverland Wars

Jennifer Derrick: Broken Fate

Audrey Greathouse: The Neverland Wars

Kendra Saunders: Dating an Alien Pop Star

Crimson Tree Publishing:

Alicia Michaels: Secrets (Bionics 3), Spark (Bionics 4), Flame (Bionics 5), Revolt (Bionics 6), The Resistance

Jon Messenger: Brink of Distinction series, Wolves of the Northern Rift, The Blood Thief of Whitten Hall, The Golem of Solomon’s Way

Peggy Martinez: Sweet Contradiction, Perfect Contradiction, Contradiction Cookbook

Ranae Glass: Chasing Daybreak, Chasing Midnight

June Stevens: Voodoo Moon

 

References:

Clean Teen and Crimson Tree Publishing: 

We have worked with numerous other editors in the past. There hasn’t been one that has stood out from the crowd for us like Cynthia Shepp has. Cynthia’s edits are not only thorough and accurate, but she offers a personal touch by adding simplified grammar lessons along with her edits to help our authors grow. Her professionalism and desire to go the extra mile make her a notch above the rest. We will continue to use Cynthia for our editing services for many years to come!

Marquita Valentine:

I highly recommend working with Cynthia for all of your editing needs. She always goes the extra mile, and catches things that most others wouldn’t in a manuscript. I find her prices reasonable and her work exceptional. I plan to continue to work with Cynthia on future projects. (New York Times and USA Today Best-Selling Author)

Jason Brant:

For anyone reading this and thinking about hiring Cynthia Shepp, let me tell you to stop waffling around and do it.  That’s a decision you won’t regret.  Her quality of work is so spectacular that she is now my full time editor.  My prose is stronger, my characters more believable, and my stories more plausible because of the fantastic work she has done.

Timely, accurate, professional, and affordable – what more could you ask for?

Jon Messenger:

Like most independent authors, I spent a significant amount of time looking for a quality editor.  I tried companies that didn’t live up to my expectation.  I found numerous editors who charged far more than Cynthia did but, when compared side-by-side, Cynthia’s editing work was of a far higher quality.

If you’re looking for an editor, you won’t find a better quality for a better price and a quicker turn around.  Cynthia is absolutely dedicated to providing the highest quality editorial services.  Her editing was so impressive that I’ve even hired her to re-edit novels that I’ve already published, just because she makes my work that much better.

If you’re still on the fence or searching for an editor, hire Cynthia.  You won’t be disappointed.

Sawyer Bennett:

Cynthia just finished a manuscript for me and I cannot even begin to describe how thrilled I am by her work. It was thorough and professionally executed. Her insight into my work was invaluable. I will be using Cynthia for all of my future editing work. I cannot sing her praises loud enough. (USA Today Best-Selling Author)

Tanith Morse:

Let me start by saying that I have worked with a LOT of editors and Cynthia is hands down the best ever. Not only is she first rate at spotting all those little typos and continuity errors that all authors dread but her turn around time is nothing short of miraculous. Throughout working with Cynthia she was always a consummate professional, always keeping me up to date with her progress and, wait for it … she actually delivered the project THREE days earlier than agreed. Cynthia is a truly marvelous editor and I cannot recommend her highly enough. If you are an Indie author concerned about finding a diamond in all the murky waters of sub par editors I can wholeheartedly say that Cynthia is the real deal. A truly first rate editor that I will be recommending to all my friends.

Phil Taylor:

I recently received my first manuscript edited by Cynthia Shepp. I was blown away by the quality of her work. Her editing increased the quality of my writing immeasurably. Her rates gave me an incredible return on my investment and she was fast as well. I could not be more satisfied. I plan to use her again and have no hesitation at all recommending her to others. Thank you, Cynthia!

Hans Cummings:

I’ve worked with other editors before Cynthia, but she is the one I will be going back to. Her feedback was extremely helpful and her communication was great. There are many comments already left here which sum up my feelings for working with her, so I’ll just say: they’re right!

Cheyanne Young:

Cynthia is a fabulous editor with a really quick turnaround time. She promised dates to me and they were met with no problem. One thing I really liked about her editing was that she would include the reason why she changed some of my grammar errors, thus enabling me to learn from my mistakes and not make them again. I found that super helpful and it was a way of going above and beyond when editing my novel. I can’t wait to have her edit all of my future novels.

Shaun Dowdall:

Cynthia was recommended to myself by my cover designer and I must say I was more than impressed by the quality and efficiency of her work! I would definitely recommend her services for editing and I hope to work with her again once my second draft is complete! Wonderful job on my blurb. Thank you very much.

Rachel James:

I recently hired Cynthia Shepp to edit my manuscript and to critique my blurb. I was positively thrilled with the results. Not only is Cynthia professional, timely, and affordable, she was also very much committed to bringing out the best in both. I have learned so much from the experience, and I truly believe she has helped me become a better writer. For anyone looking for an editor, I cannot recommend her strongly enough. We have already begun discussing my next project, and I am very much looking forward to working with her in the future. Cynthia, you are fabulous!

Andris Bear:

Cynthia is fabulous–efficient, professional, and affordable. She met my high expectations on a tight schedule and was delightful to work with. She explains her reasons behind every suggestion (which is a big value to the flighty, anal retentive, worrywarts such as myself). I cannot recommend her enough and will definitely hire her again!

S.L. Dearing:

I have been fortunate enough to have three of my short stories chosen to be in Cynthia’s Anthologies and through the course of being chosen I have also had the opportunity to be exposed to her editing abilities.  She is exactly what a writer is looking for in an editor!  She is thorough, detailed, knowledgeable and interactive.  She is looking to make your manuscript the best it can be not only when it comes to correcting the grammar and punctuation, but also the flow and content.  She is definitely my first choice when my next novel is finished and I have complete confidence in her ability to make me shine!

Tara Moeller:

Best.  Editor.  Ever.  Seriously.  She is fast, good, and friendly.  She does an excellent job, without taking your voice out of your work. 

M.L. Ryan:

If you are thinking of hiring an editor, you can’t do better than Cynthia.  A consummate professional, she is thorough, prompt, and a joy to work with.  I can’t envision trusting my future manuscripts to anyone else, and you shouldn’t either!

Jim Proctor:

Cynthia edited a short story for me, and I was thrilled with the results. I had thought that the story was well written, having carefully gone over it numerous times. Cynthia’s edits amazed me. She made my work shine. She made rough sections flow beautifully. She suggested changes that made the story better without changing my meaning. Her comments explaining various issues throughout the story were very clear and extremely helpful. I was blown away. Her work is impeccable and her prices are very reasonable. I will never publish another book or story without hiring Cynthia to edit it.

Carrie Avery Moriarty:

Cynthia was great in editing my short story. She was concise in her changes, never making the story deviate from the original, and helped me present a better finished project. If she was unsure of my intentions, she asked for clarification. This was helpful because I was able to see where a reader would question what I had written. I couldn’t ask for a better editor for my work.

Kay Bratt:

When it comes to editing, Cynthia Shepp is one of the best. I’m first and foremost a storyteller, and I’ll admit my weakness is grammar and its plethora of rules. However, with Cynthia on the job, I can rest easy knowing that her attention to detail will give my manuscript that professional touch it needs. (Bestselling author of The Tales of the Scavenger’s Daughters.)

Pete Bauer:

Cynthia Shepp’s skills are top-notch. She has an extensive knowledge about the genre and age range for which my book was intended and gave clear, concise guidance on areas of concern. She has an eagle eye when it comes to finding punctuation, spelling or grammatical mistakes. No matter how many times I’ve read my book or had it read by others, Cynthia was able to spot the places we missed.

Best of all, Cynthia is a dream to work with. She was clear in her communication and remained true to her word on expectations and process, delivering her services in a timely manner. I spent a lot of time researching editors and her previous/current clients were all unified in their satisfaction. Like them, I couldn’t be happier.

Marta Brown

I cannot thank Cynthia enough! She is an amazing editor who goes above and beyond for her clients. She is a real find. Quick, kind, and a consummate professional. You will not be disappointed!

Stephanie Erickson

I have worked with Cynthia Shepp on my last four books, and I have no intention of stopping any time soon. As a perfectionist, I require two things from my editorial team: Accuracy and reliability.

Cynthia does an amazing job editing. One of the most consistent compliments my books get is that they are well edited. That is thanks to Cynthia’s critical eye and firm grasp of grammatical rules. Not only will she make a change, but she cites why the change was made, and even includes online links so you can see—and understand—for yourself.

Second, with such a tight publishing schedule, I have to have someone reliable, and Cynthia is just that. She tells you upfront when she can have your project done, and then she delivers on or before that date. That quality is priceless to me, and it helps me meet all my deadlines.

I highly recommend Cynthia for all your editing needs. Seriously, she’s amazing. Stop reading this now and get in touch with her. I mean it.

A.G. Henley

Cynthia did an excellent job proofreading my novel, The Fire Sisters. She was timely, professional, detailed, and always available for questions. She even taught me a few tips and tricks to make my next manuscript better. I highly recommend her! (author of The Scourge, a 2013 Next Generation Indie Book Award finalist)

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Contact: cynthiashepp@yahoo.com

(No Refunds… No Exceptions.)

I always recommend that authors send the manuscript to betas after editing. No manuscript will ever be 100% perfect. Betas can help find those stray errors before publication. They are a valuable asset.

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Giveaway from Stephanie Erickson


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Mackenzie Day constantly struggles to silence the voices in her head. The inner thoughts of those around her intrude upon every aspect of her life, threatening to turn it into chaos. 

All her life, she thought she was alone as a mind reader—a freak. 

Then a member of a secret organization called The Unseen suddenly introduces himself, and she’s immersed in a world she never knew existed. They teach her to hone her skills as a reader, but to what end? Secrets surround her, humming just out of reach, filling her with questions. 

Who are they? What do they do with their mind-reading abilities? In the end, just how far will Mackenzie go to be part of The Unseen?

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A Note from A Stranger


As most of you know, I am fixing to undergo a hysterectomy. I ordered a book USED called Through the Land of Hyster: The Hyster Sisters Guide. This book contains pre-op and post-op information, checklists, helpful hints for recovery and more. Advice given in the book is shared as a form of sisterly advice and women to women support. “Bedtime Stories for Hyster Sisters” are included to add to the sisterly charm of this book. This book reflects the solid information along with a bit of humor known at the Hyster Sisters website. I adore the website. It is a great place for any woman considering, getting, or recovering from a hysterectomy.

Regardless, the book I ordered was a USED book in perfect condition. Inside this book, I found a note that made my day. I thought it needed to be shared. People are wonderful. I just thought that people should know that. A simple note from a stranger can make a whole day brighter. God is good. 

I also want to thank everyone donating to my GoFundMe. You have no idea how much it means to me. ❤

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SPOTLIGHT & GIVEAWAY (SHATTER POINT by JEFF ALTABEF)


3D-ShatterPointAbout the book: Maggie met Cooper at a young age, but even then she sensed something was wrong with him. His charm, good looks, and wealth could not hide the danger that burned in his sapphire eyes.
Some nightmares don’t go away. He’d been haunting her from a distance for as long as she could remember.

Now things have changed.

When her sons Jack and Tom discover she’s been taken, they set out to rescue her and uncover nefarious family secrets, explosive government conspiracies, and a series of horrific murders along the way. Only their colorful great aunt and a covert resistance group can help them navigate the dark underworld full of political subterfuge and class warfare.

All the while, Maggie struggles to outwit her tormentor in a life and death psychological battle of tense desperation. Will Jack and Tom arrive before Cooper reaches his shatter point?

Midwest Book Review has described Jeff Altabef as an “articulate and engaging story teller” and “a contemporary novelist of considerable merit and imagination.”

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Readers' Favorite 5-Star ReviewReader’s Favorite has given Shatter Point two 5 Star Reviews!

This is one of those books that no reader will be able to part with until they reach the end, I guarantee it. —Anne-Marie Reynolds, Readers’ Favorite Book Reviews and Awards

This book has myriad twists and turns that will keep you holding on and wondering what is coming next.—Kathryn Bennett, Readers’ Favorite Book Reviews and Awards

 

 

About the prizes: Who doesn’t love prizes? You could win a $15.00 gift cards to Amazon or Barnes & Noble, or an autographed copy of Shatter Point!

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HeadshotAbout the author: Jeff Altabef lives in New York with his wife, two daughters, and Charlie the dog. He spends time volunteering at the writing center in the local community college. After years of being accused of “telling stories,” he thought he would make it official. He writes in both the thriller and young adult genres. Fourteenth Colony, a political thriller, is his debut novel. Jeff has a blog designed to encourage writing by those that like telling stories. You can find his blog, The Accidental Writers Workshop, on The Patch.

Connect with Jeff on his website, Facebook, Twitter,or GoodReads.

 

Read an Exceprt!

I’m a killer. No better than a common murderer, and worse, really. More like a serial killer who can’t help himself as he takes life after life, unable to stop even if he wished he could.

Darian frowned at the corpse on the stainless steel autopsy table. “Damn it, Zeus, I thought you were going to make it.” His frown deepened until long lines etched into his face. Remorse wasn’t good enough. It was useless. Pointless, really. Remorse would not bring Zeus or any of the others back.
He glanced at the video projections of Zeus’s brain development. His original brain on the left screen appeared normally formed and perfectly functional. The one on the right showed Zeus’s brain after he had injected him. Misshapen and grotesque, it was so overdeveloped it strained against the skull.
Darian shook his head. “Not again. I can’t lose another batch of test subjects.”
“We’re making progress, Doctor Beck. This time, the brain enlargement slowed at the end. With some adjustments, next time it might stop before….” George attempted to smile, but only the tips of his lips responded. Twice Darian’s age, he was so optimistic he could see the silver lining in a hurricane, but this lethal turn of events left even him speechless.
“We’re missing something critical. We need to stop the brain development before it overwhelms the subject.” Darian peered through the glass wall that separated the autopsy room from the rest of the laboratory. The remaining five subjects sat perfectly straight and stared mournfully at the glass as if Darian and Zeus and the table with death hovering above it drew their gaze.
An icy chill tickled its way up his spine. The others had no idea Zeus had died. They were often separated. To them, the glass wall was a simple mirror. They had no idea—could have no idea—a laboratory sat beyond the glass, yet he suspected they knew the truth: that Zeus was dead and he the killer.
Darian nodded toward the remaining subjects. “It’s odd that they haven’t eaten their breakfast. It’s already past noon. They must be hungry.”
Color drained from George’s face. “It’s unnatural for them to stare at the mirror like that.”
Darian pressed a button on a keypad and the one-way glass window turned gray, blocking the other subjects from view. Led Zeppelin started playing. “It’s just our imagination. Hand me the circular saw. Let’s hope we can learn enough from Zeus to save his friends.”
George handed him the shiny autopsy tool, but before he switched it on, the lab door swung open and Brenda Callaghan darted into the room. The normally composed, rather attractive young researcher appeared ashen, her jaw clenched tight.
“What’s wrong, Brenda?”

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River’s Remorse Release Day Blitz & Giveaway (Charlotte Abel)


 
After waiting for…ever, it’s finally here. The sequel to River’s Recruit is now available! 
To thank her loyal followers for their patience and encouragement, Charlotte Abel is making it available for the first twenty-four hours for just $.99. On June 21st, the price will go up so grab it while it’s a bargain.
 
 
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Here’s an excerpt from River’s Remorse:
 
Jonathan closed Ephraim’s journal then put it in the fireproof safe in the basement. He rubbed his eyes. He had no trouble seeing the tiny words, thanks to his enhanced vision, but it didn’t help him decipher Ephraim’s nearly illegible handwriting. It was pretty to look at but a bitch to read. 
Thanks to Dad’s genealogy addiction, he was used to reading that type of stylized writing. He’d already studied the book with a magnifying glass and was able to tell Jonathan what he needed to know. He knew not to eat or drink anything in wolf form—unless he wanted to be a wolf for the rest of his life. He also knew he needed to be careful about how much time he spent as a wolf and that he needed to stay in charge. He’d figured that part out on his own the night he merged.
There was a lot of stuff about shifter history and lore, but that could wait. It was fascinating, but Jonathan needed to focus on the things that would keep him alive and human. 
He hadn’t shifted again since merging, and didn’t want to, but apparently he didn’t have a choice when the moon was full.
He locked the basement door, double checked the plywood sheets he’d nailed over the windows then stripped and removed his prosthesis. He wrapped a towel around his waist then FaceTimed Dad. “Okay, I’m ready.”
“I wish I could help you.”
“You are helping me.” Jonathan didn’t know how out of control things might get so there was no way he was endangering Dad by letting him stay in the basement with him. “Promise me you won’t try to come down here.”
“I can’t even get out of bed without help.” Dad’s bitter tone surprised Jonathan. It was the first time he’d heard him complain about anything to do with his illness.
“There’s nothing you can do down here that you can’t do over the phone. The sound of your voice will help me remember who I am.” Jonathan hoped it would be enough. According to Ephraim’s journal, he should be surrounded by older, more experienced shifters. He hoped River was with Reuben. 
The thought of her ignited a radiant heat deep inside his chest. Ever since he’d merged, he felt her presence. It was a blessing and a curse. Their connection was real and tangible and he was grateful to have it. But the need to find her ate at him like an addiction. 
Electricity charged the air. Jonathan’s hair stood up on end. He didn’t want to short out his phone, so he propped it up on a box then scooted over until his entire body was in view of the camera. “Can you see me okay?”
Dad nodded. “Plain as day.”
“Can you reach your water?”
“I’m fine, son. How are you feeling?”
“Itchy.” Jonathan scratched his chest. His bones ached, but he wasn’t going to complain about pain to Dad. “I feel like bugs are crawling all over me.”
“Don’t fight it. Embrace the change. Let your wolf help, but stay in control.”
Tremors racked Jonathan’s body as fever consumed him. His connection to River intensified exponentially. She must have shifted. 
Yes! Run. Find mates!
Jonathan felt as if someone had embedded a giant fish hook in his heart and was trying to reel him in. Beads of sweat popped out across his forehead and upper lip. He gritted his teeth to keep from screaming.
“Jonathan? What’s wrong?”
Dad carried enough guilt about delaying Jonathan’s search for River. He wasn’t going to add more weight to that burden by confessing how much it hurt to fight against their bond. “The fever’s started.”
“It’ll break as soon as you shift.”
Jonathan’s body convulsed then exploded in a blinding flash of pain. But it happened so fast, and disappeared so quickly, he wasn’t sure if the pain was real or imagined. He scrambled to his feet and howled.
Escape. Run.
There was nowhere to run.
Jonathan trotted around the perimeter of the basement, knowing it was futile. He scratched at every board covering every window, but was thwarted by his own prior diligence. A corner piece of plywood splintered under his front paw. He wedged his muzzle into the triangular opening and bit off another chunk. 
“Jonathan? What are you doing? I can’t see you.”
Dad’s worried voice pricked Jonathan’s conscience, but his wolf refused to acknowledge it. He was hellbent on escape. He could almost feel the wind in his fur and the damp gravel under his paws as he ran along a river bank. The sharp tangy scent of pine layered over the sweetness of meadow grass called to him. He knew that he’d find River there. He intensified his efforts, digging and biting at the wood. Splinters pierced his gums and paws, but he barely noticed.
“Jonathan, please, I can hear you tearing something apart but I can’t see you. You’re not on camera.”
Jonathan tried to regain control of his wolf when he heard Dad’s plea, but the beast was too strong. Too determined to escape and find his mate. He knew he wouldn’t be able to shift back until after the moon set, but he tried anyway.
That got his wolf’s attention. He trotted over to the box where Jonathan had set up his phone and hiked his leg.
“No! Jonath—” The screen flickered then went black, silencing the distracting voice.
A feeling of pride and ownership flowed through the wolf. He sniffed his mark then moved to the next box and claimed it, too. 
He marked each wall, establishing his territory. Mine. Mine. Mine. He sniffed the pile of clothes his man had discarded and marked that, too. Mine.
He scratched the floor with his hind legs three times then trotted to the window and got back to work. He would find his mate and bring her here to his new den. They would stay until the man upstairs died then go home.
Happy?
Jonathan was glad that his wolf at least acknowledged his existence, but he was not happy. I can’t believe you pissed on my clothes!

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About Charlotte Abel

Charlotte Abel was born and raised in Oklahoma where she met her soul mate, Pete. She chased him to Boulder, Colorado and finally convinced him they were meant to be together forever. They’ve raised three kids, two ferrets, three dogs and countless hamsters — and are still happily married.
She’s in love with “real” life and paranormal romance. When she’s not reading or writing, Charlotte enjoys hiking, bicycling and primitive archery (although she’s never shot at anything other than a target!)
The final book of The Channie Series, “Finding Valor,” is now available!
Look for “River’s Revenge,” the third book of “The Sanctuary Series” in early 2015.