Wednesday, December 11, 2013

For Writers Only: An Open Letter From the Authors Guild

Earlier this year, I became a member of the Authors Guild. I wanted to be a part of this organization because I feel they promote author welfare like no other, especially on the legal front. This morning I found this in my inbox with a message asking me to share it. I'm interested in your thoughts on the content. If you agree with the content, you should join the Authors Guild to support their cause. But, more importantly, if you DON'T agree with the content, maybe you should join, too. Because this organization calls itself the "Authoritative Voice of American Writers", and if all types of American writers don't join, their voices won't be heard.

You can learn more about the Authors Guild here: http://www.authorsguild.org.

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An Open Letter to My Fellow Authors

It’s all changing, right before our eyes. Not just publishing, but the writing life itself, our ability to make a living from authorship. Even in the best of times, which these are not, most writers have to supplement their writing incomes by teaching, or throwing up sheet-rock, or cage fighting. It wasn’t always so, but for the last two decades I’ve lived the life most writers dream of: I write novels and stories, as well as the occasional screenplay, and every now and then I hit the road for a week or two and give talks. In short, I’m one of the blessed, and not just in terms of my occupation. My health is good, my children grown, their educations paid for. I’m sixty-four, which sucks, but it also means that nothing that happens in publishing—for good or ill—is going to affect me nearly as much as it affects younger writers, especially those who haven’t made their names yet. Even if the e-price of my next novel is $1.99, I won’t have to go back to cage fighting.
 
Still, if it turns out that I’ve enjoyed the best the writing life has to offer, that those who follow, even the most brilliant, will have to settle for less, that won’t make me happy and I suspect it won’t cheer other writers who’ve been as fortunate as I. It’s these writers, in particular, that I’m addressing here. Not everyone believes, as I do, that the writing life is endangered by the downward pressure of e-book pricing, by the relentless, ongoing erosion of copyright protection, by the scorched-earth capitalism of companies like Google and Amazon, by spineless publishers who won’t stand up to them, by the “information wants to be free” crowd who believe that art should be cheap or free and treated as a commodity, by internet search engines who are all too happy to direct people to on-line sites that sell pirated (read “stolen”) books, and even by militant librarians who see no reason why they shouldn’t be able to “lend” our e-books without restriction. But those of us who are alarmed by these trends have a duty, I think, to defend and protect the writing life that’s been good to us, not just on behalf of younger writers who will not have our advantages if we don’t, but also on behalf of readers, whose imaginative lives will be diminished if authorship becomes untenable as a profession.

I know, I know. Some insist that there’s never been a better time to be an author. Self-publishing has democratized the process, they argue, and authors can now earn royalties of up to seventy percent, where once we had to settle for what traditional publishers told us was our share. Anecdotal evidence is marshaled in support of this view (statistical evidence to follow). Those of us who are alarmed, we’re told, are, well, alarmists. Time will tell who’s right, but surely it can’t be a good idea for writers to stand on the sidelines while our collective fate is decided by others. Especially when we consider who those others are. Entities like Google and Apple and Amazon are rich and powerful enough to influence governments, and every day they demonstrate their willingness to wield that enormous power. Books and authors are a tiny but not insignificant part of the larger battle being waged between these companies, a battleground that includes the movie, music, and newspaper industries. I think it’s fair to say that to a greater or lesser degree, those other industries have all gotten their asses kicked, just as we’re getting ours kicked now. And not just in the courts. Somehow, we’re even losing the war for hearts and minds. When we defend copyright, we’re seen as greedy. When we justly sue, we’re seen as litigious. When we attempt to defend the physical book and stores that sell them, we’re seen as Luddites. Our altruism, when we’re able to summon it, is too often seen as self-serving.

But here’s the thing. What the Apples and Googles and Amazons and Netflixes of the world all have in common (in addition to their quest for world domination), is that they’re all starved for content, and for that they need us. Which means we have a say in all this. Everything in the digital age may feel new and may seem to operate under new rules, but the conversation about the relationship between art and commerce is age-old, and artists must be part of it. To that end we’d do well to speak with one voice, though it’s here we demonstrate our greatest weakness. Writers are notoriously independent cusses, hard to wrangle. We spend our mostly solitary days filling up blank pieces of paper with words. We must like it that way, or we wouldn’t do it. But while it’s pretty to think that our odd way of life will endure, there’s no guarantee. The writing life is ours to defend. Protecting it also happens to be the mission of the Authors Guild, which I myself did not join until last year, when the light switch in my cave finally got tripped. Are you a member? If not, please consider becoming one. We’re badly outgunned and in need of reinforcements. If the writing life has done well by you, as it has by me, here’s your chance to return the favor. Do it now, because there’s such a thing as being too late.

Richard Russo
December 2013
 
 
 
 

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

A Word About The Green-eyed Monster (and I Don't Mean Godzilla!)

Fair warning, this post might get ugly. That’s because I’m talking about the green-eyed monster today. Not Godzilla but something far, far worse. 

Author jealousy.

 I’ve never blogged about it before, but I’ve observed hideous author behavior over the last couple of years, some of it directed at me. Some of it directed at others. I think it's time to take a stand and call it out for what it is: wrong, wrong, wrong.

Everyone, at one time or another, feels like they are not living up to their potential. It’s perfectly okay to look at another author’s success and think, wow, what could I change about my writing or business practices to achieve that?  I don’t think that’s jealousy. Real jealousy is when an author takes an action to sabotage another author’s success in order to make his or herself feel more successful or potentially gain traction on the charts.

Just in case there is any confusion, the following actions are deplorable displays of author jealousy. None of these are good sales strategy or “guerilla” marketing. I don't care if you read about it in an Indie publishing book or heard about it at a conference; these things are unethical

The Obvious

Leaving bad reviews of a competitor's book

Whether you’ve read the book or not, you have a conflict of interest. You cannot possibly rate a direct competitor’s book fairly. And, if your review magically contains a link to your own book, give yourself a big frowny face on your author card. Not cool.

Spreading rumors about an author or book on social media or in private groups

I recently had an author tell me that another competing author had solicited negative “helpful” votes on one of my books from a private group of authors. Apparently, I've heard this has become common practice for some authors and publishers. 

Reporting a book as having inappropriate content when it doesn’t

This one requires no commentary. Awful.

Listing or tagging a book inappropriately in order to attract the wrong audience (and therefore negative reviews) 
The specific instance I’m thinking of was the author of an adult’s only novel finding her title on a list recommended for ages 9-16.

The Not So Obvious

Telling a critique partner his/her work isn’t ready when it is, or that it is ready when it is not
(This one needs no commentary.)

Giving purposefully bad advice 
(Ex: “Don’t worry about hiring a copy-editor. Waste of money. People expect self-pubs to have some errors.")

Discouraging success 
(Ex.: "That blogger/conference/agent represents really big authors. Don’t even bother querying them.")

Attributing someone’s success to things other than their writing
(Ex: “Wow, you must be really good at marketing!” ...because your success couldn’t possibly be due to your writing. “You really got lucky going free around Christmas!” …because otherwise no one would have downloaded your book. “Smart to write a sci-fi when everyone else was writing romance. Now there’s no competition is your genre!” because if there was you wouldn’t be ranking.) These types of comments insidiously undermine an author’s confidence.

Which leads me to this…

Five Reasons You Should Avoid The Green-eyed Monster
  1. Success begets success. Good writing in all genres attracts interest in that genre. A good angel book gets readers interested in buying more angel books. The Hunger Games launched a huge following for dystopian. Sabotaging books like your own only sabotages YOU.
  2. Scheming Undermines Learning. All that time you are spending to feed the green monster could be time spent writing your next book or reading a book on craft. The green monster is a huge time waster.
  3. No one defines your success but you. If you are not happy with yourself selling 300 books per month, you won’t be happy selling 30,000 per month. Self satisfaction comes from within, from knowing how much of yourself you poured into a book and how far you've come.
  4. You miss out on being a part of someone else’s success. It’s a great feeling to watch someone you know really blossom. Even better if you get to be the wind beneath their wings.
  5. It may come back to haunt you. Amazon and others are getting much better at tracking inappropriate activity. No one wants their name associated with an article like this after all. www.forbes.com/sites/suwcharmananderson/2012/08/28/fake-reviews-amazons-rotten-core/ 

What about you? Do you feel author jealousy is a problem? Have you experienced this on your own publishing journey?

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Why you DON'T want him to buy you jewelry for Christmas

Every year, I inevitably find myself in a social situation where the question is posed, "What do you want for Christmas?" Every year, inevitably, someone in the group will say, "jewelry." This always leads to a discussion about why jewelry will never make my list and why I choose not to wear much of it, even though I can afford it. Truth is, my husband knows better than to buy it for me!

I get it. I know. That feeling of longing when you see a woman with a truly stunning piece of jewelry, a diamond the size of a golf ball or a necklace that would fit in comfortably with the crown jewels.  We've been conditioned to think that gems are a good investment that convey love and permanence in a relationship, and the bigger the gem the bigger the love, right? Wrong. So wrong! And ladies, you are the only ones who are going to change the perpetuation of the myths around jewelry.

Myth #1: Jewelry is a good investment

Sorry, no. Most jewelry is marked up at every stage in the production and distribution process to well above its actual value. Diamonds especially depreciate significantly the moment you leave the store. The only exception might be the well timed purchase of gold, but most jewelry you wear isn't a pure enough gold for you to see a return on your investment.  (Source: CNN Money)

Myth #2: Jewelry shows an investment in the relationship

There are much better ways to show you are invested in a relationship than jewelry. Jewelry is a "one and done" gift. He gives it to you and then walks away. On your finger or around your neck, it acts as a repellent to others who might be interested in you, but the jewelry does not have an equal effect on your man. Compare this to a gift of an experience, like concert tickets. Concert tickets require planning for the future and thinking about your likes and dislikes. Concert tickets mean he really believes he will still be with you a month from now when Beyonce comes to town and that he recognizes that you love Beyonce (even if he doesn't). Plus, going to that concert will create a shared experience that you can talk about for a lifetime. In fact, research shows that people who buy experiences rather than stuff are generally happier. (Source: Forbes)

Myth #3: Jewelry doesn't hurt anyone…

Hey, it's just a fashion choice with sentimental value, and it's not hurting anyone, right? Well…truth is it might be. Gems are mined. Mining is both bad for the environment and often employs unsafe working conditions and child labor. Plus, have you heard of blood diamonds? Diamonds are sometimes used to finance conflict and social injustice around the world and to launder money. In a jewelry store, you can't tell which diamonds have dirty little secrets behind them and the sales person isn't going to know.

Full disclosure, I do have a small diamond in my wedding ring (one purchased before I knew about blood diamonds) and each girl in my family has a special, matching platinum necklace with heavy sentimental value. I don't judge people who wear jewelry and often admire artistically designed pieces. But for the reasons mentioned above, my jewelry purchases are few and far between, and much more conscientious than they used to be.

And jewelry is not on my Christmas list.

Monday, November 18, 2013

Lost Eden Available Now

Lost Eden, the fifth book in the Soulkeepers Series releases today!



Rules. Balance. Consequences. War. 

When Fate gave Dane the water from Eden to drink, she did more than save his life. She changed his destiny. 

Since the beginning, a covenant between God and Lucifer has maintained a tenuous peace, balancing Soulkeepers and Watchers and the natural order of things. Dane upset that balance the day he became a Soulkeeper. Fate broke the rules. 

Now, Lucifer is demanding a consequence, requiring Fate to pay the ultimate price for her involvement. God intervenes on the immortal’s behalf but in order to save her soul must dissolve the covenant and with it the rules, order, and balance that have kept the peace. A challenge is issued. A contest for human souls begins. And the stakes? Earth. Winner take all. 

The Soulkeepers are at the center of a war between Heaven and Hell, and this time nobody, anywhere, is safe from Lucifer’s reach.



Make it yours!


About the Author

G.P. Ching is the author of The Soulkeepers Series, Grounded, and a variety of short fiction. She specializes in cross-genre paranormal stories, loves old cemeteries, and enjoys a good ghost tour. She lives in central Illinois with her husband, two children, and one very demanding Brittany Spaniel. Visit her at www.gpching.com and www.thesoulkeepersseries.com.

Friday, November 15, 2013

The End is Near! Lost Eden November 18th


I've been pretty quiet on this blog lately due to circumstances beyond my control. But I'm popping in to let you know that I just uploaded the final version of Lost Eden to all major retailers.  Book five will go live at midnight on Monday, November 18th. Available for pre-order now!

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Lost Eden Cover

Lost Eden, Book 5 in the Soulkeepers series is coming November 18th! If you missed the cover reveal, hosted by Xpresso book tours, here is the cover and blurb for your amusement.



Rules. Balance. Consequences. War.

When Fate gave Dane the water from Eden to drink, she did more than save his life. She changed his destiny.

Since the beginning, a compact between God and Lucifer has maintained a tenuous peace, balancing Soulkeepers and Watchers and the natural order of things. Dane upset that balance the day he became a Soulkeeper. Fate broke the rules.

Now, Lucifer is demanding a consequence, requiring Fate to pay the ultimate price for her involvement. God intervenes on the immortal’s behalf but in order to save her soul must dissolve the compact and with it the rules, order, and balance that have kept the peace. A challenge is issued. A contest for human souls begins. And the stakes? Earth. Winner take all.

The Soulkeepers are at the center of a war between Heaven and Hell, and this time nobody, anywhere, is safe from Lucifer’s reach.

Monday, August 19, 2013

Lost Eden Coming Nov. 18th

The fifth book in The Soulkeepers series, Lost Eden, will be released November 18th, 2013. What does the cover look like?

Find out September 12th when Xpresso book tours reveals the Lost Eden cover to the world!  If you are a blogger who would like to be involved in the cover reveal. please sign up here.

Then, stop back after the reveal to sign up for the Nov. 18th tour, also hosted by Xpresso.

More to come!


Friday, June 21, 2013

Get Grounded! 99 cents for a limited time!

Grounded is a Bookbub deal today. 99cents (regularly $3.99) 


Get the book nominated for best dystopian by UtopYA at rock bottom pricing, for a limited time.


Thursday, May 30, 2013

Grounded Nominated for Best Dystopian of the Year


YESSS!  It's true. *SQUEEE* I woke up to a monumental surprise this week. Grounded has been nominated as best YA Dystopian of the year by UtopYAcon.  I am thrilled that my  Amish heroine, Lydia, is right up there with her more modern counterparts! Thank you so much fans who nominated this book.


Now it's time to vote!  If you loved Grounded, please visit this link and cast your ballot! 

Friday, May 10, 2013

Help Me Reveal Grounded's New Cover (Coming May 21st)!

Grounded is getting a new cover!  

Artwork Via Xpresso Book Tours


Although I liked Grounded's original cover, I've been fielding comments from readers that the science fiction look of the artwork doesn't do justice to the electrifying romance within. In response, I worked with Steven Novak to create a new cover that better reflects the story and the results are AWESOME!

Want to be the first to see it and share it with the world? Sign up to be part of the cover reveal on May 21st at Xpresso Book Tours!

Hope you can join me in spreading the news!


Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Soul Catcher Release and Gift Card Giveaway!

In honor of Soul Catcher's release, I'll be visiting a few blogs over the next month and giving away a $100 Amazon gift card. Enter below and follow me on Facebook for information on blog stops as they pop up. Don't forget to check out Soul Catcher and the rest of the Soulkeepers Series.

Book 4 in The Soulkeepers Series (13+)

Dane Michaels has been to Hell and back and isn't interested in repeating the experience. But as a human caught up in the Soulkeeper's world, his life isn't exactly his own. No one can explain why Dane was allowed through the gates of Eden, but it's changed everything. Now, the only one who can make him feel safe is Ethan, the telekinetic Soulkeeper with a dark past and a heart of gold.

When Malini asks Dane to be part of a mission to find the last Soulkeeper, Cheveyo, more than one team member thinks she's tempting Fate. But Malini suspects Fate has had a hand in Dane's life for some time and that he could be the key to unraveling Lucifer's latest plan of attack.




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Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Author Exhaustion: When Things Get Tough

I came across this post by an author friend this morning on Facebook:

Sometimes I get so tired I wonder if I can keep going, but the only other option is quitting, and that I won't do. -Maria Kelly

Maria's quote hit so close to home with me that I couldn't let it go without a blog post. The irony is, honestly, I don't have time to write this; I'm behind on all of my goals.  But I need to write this.  Because I think many writers, especially Indie authors, go through what I'm going through right now. And just to warn you, this post is going to be brutally honest.

When I published my first and even my second book, things were fairly simple. I was focused on the mechanics of finishing the books, getting them edited in the best way I could afford to, covers, formatting for various venues, and publishing to the world with a blog tour and some advertising.  I did these things, and was very excited and surprised by the success my early books achieved. I was able to balance writing with marketing and social media.

Flash forward six books later, now I'm juggling development, marketing, and PR for titles under two names,  and three potential series. And I don't usually talk about this, but besides being a mom, I'm a caregiver for a family member with a long-term illness and that role has pulled me away from work this year. There is such thing as a sales arc. Books are somewhat like balloons.  You knock them up with one hand (tours, advertising, marketing)  and they gradually float back down to earth. So you do more marketing. Tapping the books up again and again over time. 

But I didn't write this to whine.  I wrote to talk realistically about author exhaustion. I hear about authors setting crazy goals for themselves, 5,000 or more words per day 6-7 days per week. These are moms, dads, have other jobs both full-time and part-time, and I think to myself, that is AMAZING. You are AMAZING if you can keep that up and have a family life, and act as your own PR and marketing professional. And hopefully, it will pay off. Hopefully, those words aren't forced, will be used in your final version,  and will connect with your audience. Hopefully, you won't regret what you missed while meeting those goals.

My warning is, sometimes it doesn't pay off. Here's my story. Most people know me as the author of the Soulkeepers Series, but in 2012 I published a book called Grounded. Grounded took a year to research and write. It was professionally edited by an experienced editor and read by more professionals before publication than any of my other books. It is my highest rated book by far and, believe it or not, actually spent time with an agent before publication.

I was so excited to release Grounded, a book I considered to be my personal best, and thought for sure  with all of its professional development, it would be a bestseller.  Well, it's not.  In fact, it hasn't done overly well. Like I said, the ratings and reviews are great, but sales? Not horrible but not terrific. Grounded was written to stand alone but intended to be the first in a trilogy.  Now, I am in the unenviable position of considering sending the synopsis for books 2 and 3 to an early grave. 

My point is that we as authors need to have a healthy balance in our lives.  Author Hilary Wagner often says to "write the story that's in your heart." I've thought about that over the last year. We as Indie authors do the work first then, maybe, if we are lucky, get paid later. If you don't enjoy the work, if the story isn't in your heart, if you're not "feeling it, it's hard to keep going. (I think that's why I connected with this post by Megg Jensen about changing her course to write Shucked.)

So, I'm admitting I'm at a crossroads.  I'm a little exhausted. And I have to decide what comes next after the last two books of The Soulkeepers Series. For now, I'm:
  • breathing deeply
  • writing when the muse grips me
  • planting a garden
  • enjoying my family
  • critiquing and helping other writers where I can
  • and not forcing anything.
And as Maria Kelley says, I'm not giving up. Not an option. Just taking a beat to rest up, regroup, and revisit my goals.


Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Debt Collector Series by Susan Kaye Quinn

What's your life worth on the open market?
A debt collector can tell you precisely. 
The Debt Collector serial is a dark and gritty future-noir about a world where your life-worth is tabulated on the open market and going in debt risks a lot more than your credit rating. 
Lirium plays the part of the grim reaper well, with his dark trenchcoat, jackboots, and the black marks on his soul that every debt collector carries. He's just in it for his cut, the ten percent of the life energy he collects before he transfers it on to the high potentials, the people who will make the world a better place with their brains, their work, and their lives. That hit of life energy, a bottle of vodka, and a visit from one of Madam Anastazja's sex workers keep him alive, stable, and mostly sane... until he collects again. But when his recovery ritual is disrupted by a sex worker who isn't what she seems, he has to choose between doing an illegal hit for a girl whose story has more holes than his soul or facing the bottle alone-a dark pit he's not sure he'll be able to climb out of again.
Debt Collector is a nine-part serial, with each episode 12-15k words or 44-60 pages. The first four episodes are out, and the remaining episodes release every two weeks. Contains mature content and themes. For young-adult-appropriate thrills, see Susan's bestselling Mindjack series.
Susan Kaye Quinn is the author of the bestselling YA SF Mindjack series. Her new Debt Collector serial is her more grown-up SF that she likes to call future-noir. Her steampunk fantasy romance is temporarily on hold while she madly writes episodes to keep Lirium (the titular Debt Collector) happy. Plus she needs to leave time to play on Facebook. Susan has a lot of degrees in engineering, which come in handy when dreaming up dangerous mind powers, future dystopias, and slightly plausible steampunk inventions. Mostly she sits around in her pajamas in awe that she gets make stuff up full-time. You can find her at www.susankayequinn.com What's your life worth on the open market? A debt collector can tell you precisely. Delirium (Debt Collector 1) is now available on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Kobo, iTunes, Smashwords. See the Debt Collector website to check all the latest episode releases and goings on in the Debt Collector world.

Saturday, April 20, 2013

FAQ: About The Fourth Book...

It will come as no surprise to my readers that I'm a huge Harry Potter fan.  I think J.K. Rowling is a genius and certainly her books are some of the most well worn on my shelf. In 2007, she surprised some of her fans by announcing that Dumbledore was gay.

Now, Dumbledore's background only became immediately relevant to the main story line in Deathly Hollows, when his relationship to Gellert Grindelwald played a role in the adventure.

Still, many readers didn't see the many clues Rowling dropped to his sexuality.  She wrote middle grade fiction and his background wasn't obvious, although it was important.

Why do I bring this up?  Because wether or not you as a reader picked up on the clues, Dumbledore's background colored his character from the very beginning.

What has this to do with The Soulkeepers?

I've received a few reviews that sound something like this:





First off, I find reviews like this personally attacking. They imply that I had some alternative motivation
than staying true to the story and the character. These accusations are false. If anything, I was motivated NOT to release book four, knowing there would be some small minded individuals who would drag it through the mud. But I'm not going to waste time thinking about hateful reviews.

What I really want to put in writing is that Dane was always gay (although closeted because he lived in Paris, IL.). If you didn't see it, here are some clues you might have missed but were there all along.

*Spoiler Alert*

In book one, Dane isn't himself because he's under the influence of Auriel's elixir.  However, he talks about feeling repressed by the expectations of his family.  And although Auriel is beautiful, his desire for her is always related to the drug she gives him that makes him feel free from this repression.

In Weaving Destiny, Dane takes an interest in organizing the prom, and is the only boy to do so. He goes to the prom without a date wearing a white tux with lavender cummerbund. Earlier in the book, when he is accused of "liking" Malini he suggests that he feels the same way for Jacob.  In effect his "closeness" to Malini (and Jacob) is a way for him to feel safe and calmed by their presence (not attraction to Malini herself).

In Return to Eden, Dane has an immediate connection to Ethan, hugs him with everything he's worth, and attends Abigail's wedding with him where he chooses to sit with Ethan rather than his parents.

So, here we are at Book 4. If you've read it, you know that Dane is still closeted. He's reacting to Ethan physically in the beginning of the book but making every excuse possible to not act on those feelings.  This is essential to the story because in every book, the main character dies:


  • In book one, Jacob dies and is brought back by Malini.
  • In book two, Malini dies and is brought back by Jacob.
  • In book three, Dr. Silva dies, is made human by God, and then brought back to life by Malini.
  • In book four, Dane dies, not literally but figuratively, to his expectations of himself and his family's expectations. When he lets go of the farm, and gives up on the closet, he dies to the person he's been trying to be for so long, and comes alive to the person he truly is. He saves himself.


It's no coincidence that Dane's power allows him to walk in other character's shoes.  The power is a flip side of his greatest weakness, which is to not be truthful about his own journey, i.e. to not see himself clearly.

So, you see, Dane has always been gay, was meant to be gay, and the story would not make sense or have deeper meaning if he wasn't gay.  I didn't throw it in on a whim because of some personal agenda. It was always there, even if you chose not to see it.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Volition by Lee Strauss



VOLITION, the exciting continuation of Noah and Zoe's story from Perception, is HERE!






What doesn't kill you ...

Zoe Vanderveen is on the run with her captor turned rescuer, Noah Brody.

They're in love.

Or at least that’s what he tells her. Her memories have returned but her feelings are dreamlike—thin and fleeting. Her heart can’t be trusted. Just look at what happened with Taylor Blake.

Senator Vanderveen’s new team of cyborg agents are in hot pursuit, and a reward for their capture is broadcast nationwide. Record breaking cold and snow hinder their escape. Someone dies helping them.

And their fight for survival has only begun.




Haven't read PERCEPTION yet? It's FREE for a few more days!





Eternal Life is To Die

For seventeen year old Zoe Vanderveen is a GAP—a genetically altered person. She lives in the security of a walled city on prime water-front property along side other equally beautiful people with extended life spans. Her brother Liam is missing.

 Noah Brody is a natural who lives on the outside. He leads protests against the GAPs and detests the widening chasm they’ve created between those who have and those who don’t. He doesn’t like girls like Zoe and he has good reason not to like her specifically.

Zoe’s carefree life takes a traumatic turn. She’s in trouble and it turns out that Noah, the last guy on earth she should trust, is the only one who can help her.

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About the author:

LEE STRAUSS



Lee Strauss writes historical and science fiction/romance for mature YA and adult readers. She also writes light and fun stuff under the name Elle Strauss. To find out more about Lee and her books check out her facebook page. You can also follow her on twitter @elle_strauss and on Pinterest. To find out about new releases sign up for her newsletter at www.ellestraussbooks.com .

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