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The Immortal King available for pre-order now



The first part of the prophecy fulfilled, Alastair and Lisa should be happy upon their return to Scotland. Yet too soon reality catches up with them.
While Lisa struggles with the sudden gain of power and the possibility of being pregnant. As if that wasn’t enough the man who raped and brutalized her is still out there and worse even, he knows she is back.
While helping Lisa to adjust to her new power, Alastair has to deal with the fact that they need to find and resurrect Arthur, his half-brother. Most would think a reunion like that a joyous occasion, but not for Alastair who deeply believes Arthur to be a rapist and a traitor.
Yet there is no way around it, only Arthur can bring forth Excalibur, and they need the Sword of Light to fulfill the prophecy.

Book Cover Design

An appealing and intriguing book cover is almost as important as the book it contains. It is what your reader sees first, what will lure him to pick it up and open it, it’s your ice breaker, your lure and bait.

Now that said, not every author has the talent, resources or time to design their own book cover. Which is why I offer my service for as low a price as I can.

You can check out my store where I offer pre-designed cover. The choices are constantly growing, since I design a new one whenever I can spare the time. Nicoles Art World

However, if you can’t find something that will fit your story, but like my work, then contact me, I do custom designs.

What I need from you is a summary of your story (what it is about), the overall mood it should convey (fear, darkness, horror, crime, bloody, drama, romance, happy…. ), any ideas you have yourself and want incorporated, or if you have something that is a must… like a woman with red hair, or a man with a scar across his face. And of course, the Title and the author name / pen name you want on the cover.

Basic Fee is $80.00 Cad and then it depends on how complex and time consuming the cover is. I will design several for you to choose from.

If from all the covers I design for you, you don’t like anything, you don’t get charged.

If you are interested, contact me at

Here are a few examples:


Alien breakthroughplanet earth in the starry background,abstract










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skull castledragon mystic angel man and dock









skull w sword Deadly drugs bloody skull









romance 6 moon struck dark man in moon

Don’t forget the good old paperbacks

I often forget to promote my paperbacks, simply because they show up on the Amazon page but if you order them on Createspace I actually make a little more money… so please if you can order from them….

Waiting in the Wings

My Life with Dyslexia and other Shit…

The Immortal Druid (available soon as Paperback as well)

So there they are, and I hope to see lot’s of sales soon…. would be so great and if you liked the book please leave a review. Here, on Amazon, Goodreads or anywhere you like.

What’s the best thing about being a writer?

A question I have been asked on more than one occasion.

A writer is a waiver of worlds, a creator of dreams and kindler of hope.

In my stories I can pick up topics that are controversial, or some sort of taboo in some societies. I can pick up problems from abuse, victimization, breast feeding, politics, over things like disabilities, sexual lifestyle, sexual orientation to things like history, future of our race, or where I believe we’ll end up as such.

I can create worlds in which problems have a solution, outsiders are in the inside and differences are accepted, understood and even welcome.  By doing so and sharing my story with others, I might touch the heart of some, and leave a little of those dreams and hopes behind. Shaping some small part of a person, that in the end might touch a real person’s life for the better.

Writers all throughout history have done exactly that, and in some cases the written word was the greatest weapon of all. Toppling governments, changing societies and impacting the way people look at life. Many writers impacted my life, made me think and dream, and made me a better person. I want to do the same.

However, that isn’t all writing is to me, and if you expect me to say something like it’s a great source of income, you are wrong.

Writing is freedom of mind. A way of letting go frustrations, rage, depressions and all kinds of feelings we usually hide behind a mask. A mask that comes off and slips when giving voice to a character. No matter how farfetched a character might be, all have a little bit of the writer in them. Yet at the same time not one character is a full representation of the writers mind, heart and soul. Never more than a fragment of us goes into the character.

Yet by handing over some piece of us, we free ourselves of it. Writing is good for the soul, no matter if you write with the intent to share or just keep a diary for yourself.

The Immortal Druid, book 1 in the Utopian Saga coming soon

Promotion publishing dateThousands of years ago events were set in motion to save the human race from extinction and lead them into the future. Fate wove and entwined bloodlines, so in the end there would one powerful woman and one powerful man, leading her children to Utopia.
Lisa Longshire is the last in a long line of courageous and powerful woman, and when her unusual dreams lead her to Toronto, she takes the first steps towards a destiny that will either make her the most powerful woman alive, or destroy her.
Alastair McScath has long given up hope of finding his fated mate, and stopped looking centuries ago. If not for his brother Condan and his endless meddling, Lisa would have never crossed his path.
A net of intrigue, romance and danger is set in motion, the only guidance a prophecy promising them dark times and horror before they can reach their goal. If they survive that long.

Embark on an epic journey on April 27th, and keep Alastair and Lisa company as they discover love and what it takes to survive destiny. Pre-Order Available here

Social Media not Selfish Media

It about a year since I started using social media as a tool to promote and sell my work. And I never expected it to be easy, yet neither did I expect it this hard. Until I created my first page on Facebook, I had no way of seeing how many people came to my profile or what posts they clicked on. And even with the page, it took several Likes before that statistic was offered to me.
Now, social media is a great tool to get the word out about your product, and in fact, there are a lot of groups on Facebook alone specialized on book promotion and anything related to book writing and publishing. Yet the whole thing has a great big flaw. That not many seem to understand the concept of social in social media.
First of all, after joining many of those groups dedicated to book promotion, of bringing authors and readers together, I realized that all I saw happening was spamming. One post after another showing nothing more than the book cover, and a link to where to buy. Not many took the time to at least copy and paste the text from the back of their book into those posts. Nothing that I would consider an effort to engage readers. For a while, I tried the same, emulating other authors in hopes of better success.
I knew in my guts that it was a wrong move, but everyone was doing it that way, so it had to have merit. Well, it doesn’t. I watched my stats on my website, amazon, Smashwords and my author page of course. My visitors count went to down almost zero during that trail run. I looked at other author pages, seeing that many did the same on their page as they did in those groups. Posting one generic post after another, without saying anything about their book other than price and where to buy it.
In the end, I returned to my not generic posts and tried to be more engaging in my posts. My stats went up again, but not by much.
For a while, I sat back and simply observed until I felt like I knew what was wrong and why social media wasn’t working the way it should, in regards to promotion. So let me tell you what my conclusion is. We are selfish, not thinking further than our own interests and by all means, I’m no exception.
As Indie authors, we all struggle to make sales. We all spend hours on promotion and drumming up readers in the hopes of creating a fan base. We are in fact all in the same boat, and it’s barely floating. Yet instead of actually helping each other, we see each other as competition.
I didn’t just observe what was going on in general, but also my own behavior. So to make this clear, I am counting myself to those selfish and nearsighted authors who aren’t that social.
The big problem is that when, as authors, we join a promotion group we don’t actually know that there are readers there. Most of the time all I see is authors posting their books, and as said earlier, in a non-engaging way. Yet that wouldn’t be so bad if we would share those posts more often than not.
Success with social media is based on the snowball effect, it’s how posts go viral, and how you reach the largest possible audience.
Let’s make an example. I have 100 likes on my page, meaning if I post 100 people get it on their timeline or page feed. Now the book I’m promoting might only be of interest for 2 -5 people out of those 100, and only 1 might like it so much that they feel like sharing. And that’s where the problem begins. We only take into account what we like, not what those we are connected to might like. Many of us participate in Like shares, or follow shares on Twitter, but how about we share our posts a little bit more often.
Don’t get me wrong it is nice to meet other authors, I love hanging out with some and the exchange of knowledge is priceless. However, most authors don’t actually buy books from other indie authors, but from bestseller novelists because we want to learn what they already know.
Meaning, those hundreds of authors we are connected to because we shared likes, are not our customers. However, we are each other’s beginning of a snowball. We all have readers that follow us, friends, family, aquatics and others from the industry. If instead of ignoring the promotional posts of our fellow authors, we would share them with our readership, who might find it interesting, even if we don’t, and they do the same, then we have the snowball effect, social media is supposed to have.
The problem is that we think of each other often as competition, but you know what, as a reader I follow more than one author. Ranging from young adult novels to mature reads I like at least 20 or somewhere around that number, which I follow closely. Another 50 or something in that area I like enough to keep eyes out from time to time and check what they have new.
Our readers aren’t married to us, if I were to look for comparison, it would be a harem. Readers collect authors like the Sheik collects his women. There are enough readers to share.
And even if not, thanks to our Like exchanges we have authors from genres that aren’t the one we write in. I, for example, write mostly fantasy and fiction romances with erotic. I might not want to promote another author from that area, but as there is a wide variety of genres, there are also readers that aren’t just romance readers, or just fantasy readers. My readers might enjoy a gardening book or a historical romance, they might like a sex free read sometimes, so why don’t I share those posts? Because until now, I was selfish and didn’t want to share my readers, didn’t want to risk losing even one to another author. I was stupid.
We all should share posts from other authors, spread the word within our readership. Share it and say something like, “this sounds like an interesting book” or “look at this beautiful cover” or, and this one I will use often myself from now on, “Hey look at that, this one is on sale.”
We don’t need to read the books we share, or even like them or be interested in them because the people we are connected to might.
The summary of all of that is:
Don’t just post a link, but write engaging and informative posts.
Share with your followers posts even when they aren’t interesting to you. Find a reason to share them. Topic, cover design, because it’s on sale.
Use social media the way it’s supposed to work, be social and support each other.

Getting the attention of stores

Even in times like these where internet and digital is everywhere, many readers still prefer a physical book. And I have to admit, I get it, the feel of the paper, the weight of it, it is simply a totally different experience then with an e-reader. Lucky for us as Indie authors and thanks to POD services like Lulu and Createspace offering that option to our readers isn’t hard or expensive anymore.

However, aside from offering a physical book, many readers especially the generations 40 and still prefer to buy books in stores as well.

Statistics say that most spontaneous buys happen in stores while most sales online are informed. Now, we all think our stories are just as good as one ending up on the bestsellers list. We all love our books, they are our children and we are proud of them. But just like with real children we often don’t want to see and admit the flaws. Which is the reason we need people to take a chance, those people are usually spontaneous buyers. Ergo, store buyers, that are interested because of the title or cover. But how do you get them into stores, and in what stores can you get them?

Well, the first thing you think of as an author is a bookstore of course. I tried writing to bookstores, in the beginning, sending them a long, well… very long letter. Explaining what my book was about, who it targets, what the price is that I can give them and so on. Two to tree weeks later I called all those stores, thinking they had enough time to read and consider. Only to find out that most hadn’t even read beyond the first few lines. At some point, I got tired of that answer and asked why they didn’t read further. The answer was, “it’s just too long, if I’m interested I can look up all that stuff on my own, I rather have a pitch or a blurb, if it wakes my interest I get either in contact with the author or check if my wholesaler can get it.”

One of then, one I talked to in person was so friendly and explained it a little bit more in detail.

Do you know how many books get published each day now that it is so easy to accomplish, several thousand. We get between 10 and 50 letters a day with offers, pleas, and bargains to add someone’s book to our inventory. Yet we don’t have endless space to simply add everyone. Neither do we have the time to read all those letters, and take them long into consideration. If the letter doesn’t catch me in the first paragraph, I throw it away, so I can move on to the next.

Now that might have been a little harsh and blunt, but honest and that I can appreciate.

I tried the same approach with other kinds of stores, thinking they might not be so busy that they can’t read my letter, and it was a fine letter. Now, again a few weeks after sending them, I called those I send it to, only to find that almost nobody read it. “have you any idea how much spam mail we get, how many offers for products? Sure we sell books, but we are mostly a (grocery store, pharmacy, drug mart) Those offers are what we need to take time, a letter about a book is just too much.”

Did you notice the similarities? Too long, takes too much time, doesn’t catch my interest right away.

For the time being I gave up on trying to get my book into stores, simply because I couldn’t think of a different approach. Until a few days or weeks later I saw a so-called blurb or snipped card on Twitter. Of course, I had seen them before, but that day I thought, ay… that looks like a postcard. And that got me thinking.

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This is such a card, this one isn’t formatted yet for a postcard, but it’s enough as example. Usually, I use it on Twitter of Facebook, but after those calls and talks, I decided to try a different approach. Instead of a long letter, I designed postcards. The front similar to what you see here, only instead of where to buy I put the book information, like how many pages, what kind of paper, what size of book, ISBN and ASIN. The result was a front where you had all the important info nicely compacted. The cover, a snipped that I believed represented something good from my book, and all the important info. On the back of the postcard, I entered the address of who I wanted to reach (obviously) and wrote my contact information. Including a little “thanks for your time”

Now you’re asking, “did it make a difference?” and the answer is, yes and no.

Yes because:

I send out around 100 postcards to bookstores, supermarkets, drug stores, corner stores and so on. Just as I did before. This time, I got 43 responses.

No because:

Out of those 43 responses I had only 7 direct sales, 23 books altogether. However, the rest, at least, gave me a response, telling me that they either were still fully stocked and would get back to me when they had room for a new book or that they would contact their wholesaler about it.


However, since then I talked to several who had responded, sadly not about sales, and they all told me they were happy with my approach. So I thought I share it with you, and if you need help designing those postcards, you can always employ my help.

Idea inferno after 15 day’s of NaNoWriMo

Well…, I haven’t written anything for the Blog in 15 days. Why? Because I had the most fun writing in a long time, participating in NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month). Meeting other authors from Manitoba, connecting with them, working alongside them, was exhilarating and still is even with me being done with my draft already. I’m going to continue working on it, while keeping the contacts I made alive, and hopefully encourage others to keep on going.
However, NaNo was not only inspiring to my writing, but also sparked several ideas. That and other factors that wiggled their way in. But more to that a little later.
The first thing I realized when I came near the end of my draft was, that I don’t want to lose the connections I made when NaNo is over. Another thing was that I know there are even more authors out there, but not everyone is willing or interested in taking up the challenge NaNo is. So I decided to open up a community on Google+ that will be open to any Manitoban based author, writer, blogger, editor or publisher. It’s not in existence yet, but will be soon and I hope that many of the NaNo writers will join me there. That way we all have the benefit of networking, and keep the encouragement and support alive outside of NaNoWriMo.
What else happened in those 15 day’s that I vanished into the word of NaNoWriMo? I had an interview with the local newspaper, and well it didn’t quiet go as I had hoped for two reasons. First of all, I live in a church going community and my book entails explicit, detailed sexual intercourse and some BDSM. Not that I really see a problem, but apparently several other people do and the newspaper has to go by what people want to read. So that was one of the reasons they can’t feature my book Waiting in the Wings and I have not really a problem with it, understanding where they stand. After all they are a business. Yet during the interview another reason was named and that one I hated to hear.
I’m dyslexic as most know, and have to place my trust into others when it comes to editing my uncountable spelling mistakes, grammar chaos and punctuation horrors. And thanks to my dyslexia I can’t really check if they do a good job. So when the nice journalist told me my book still is filled with mistakes, after I had it edited by a professional, it stung a lot. The thing is I can’t even find those mistakes and say to the editor, see… here that was a mess up by you. I contacted her and complained but well… apparently my formatter thought he was doing me a favor by correcting mistakes that in his words “jumped out” at him. So that the version published isn’t the exact version I got from my editor, and I have no way of telling whom made the mistakes the journalist is talking about.
It’s annoying and I wish I could assign blame but it won’t get me anywhere if I do. So instead of crying about spilled milk, I decided to work with what I have and decided to start the Waiting in the Wings spellcheck game. Still working it out, but the basis will be that every sold copy, paperback or digital will add an fixed amount into a pot, that I the readers can win three times a year, so every four months, in the form of a Visa gift card. How to participate? Well, first of all you need to purchase a copy of Waiting in the Wings, because in order to enter your name into the pot, you will need to read it. How to win? By sending me a list with all the spelling, grammar and punctuation mistakes you could find. Out of those lists, one will win the amount that came together in the four months the competition runs. How exactly it will work, all the details, I still have to work out. So stay tuned.
What else… Ah… right… A big thank you to Novel Suite Publishing who added me to their raster of artists. You rock guys… Thanks a lot.
Then thanks to NaNo I realized how much time and effort goes into researching all those way’s to publish and what is connected with it. So in the next few days, weeks, I will be writing some articles concentrating on the companies I work with and their benefits and drawbacks.

Well, isn’t it amazing what 15 days of NaNoWriMo can spark in someone’s brain? Now all I need is let those sparks grow into fireworks, right? So let’s get to work.

Can you believe that?

Since Waiting in the Wings was republished after being professionally edited by 3Pediting, I tried to get local stores to sell it for me. Not that I had much success with that but besides that I got the most ridicules excuse this week. You know I can life with, “sorry but I don’t want to take the risk.” Or something like, “sorry but your just not known enough to make me any money.” I get that, I grew up in business and know the risk they take, by placing me in their inventory. But I got the most amusing and ridicules excuse a little while ago.
I live in a small town of around 2000 people, out in the prairie, where you find more churches then schools and kiddy places together. It’s a quiet town, peaceful, and yet there is always something going on it seems. Anyway, it’s your average town, and the population is mixed in age.
One of the businesses I talked to, that serves mostly customers in the age group of 30 to 90 looked at my book. They sell from several other independent authors from the area. I left them a copy so they could read through it, and came back a little more than a week later.
The store owner then informed me very nicely, …drumroll… “I didn’t read it, I just opened it to one side and well… it was quit sexual. I since most of our customers are pious, God fearing folks, and many of them older, I think they might be offended. You know they are just too old for something like this.”
I was quiet torn when he looked at me apologetic, because for one the upper range of customer age in statistics is around 54 years of age. I also know that the main age range of his customer is around that age, it was one of the reasons I hoped to sell there. The other reason was, I had 10 books on my backseat destined for delivery in the old folk’s home. All of the people who had ordered one over the age of 75.
When I delivered them I had to bite my tongue not to tell them what the store owner thought of them.
Here a link to one of many statistics
To fellow authors, I don’t know about you, but I think I’m going advertise more in old folks homes, so far I had my best sales there.

Operating in a void

Fellow authors will most likely know what I mean right away. As and author the feedback of readers is one of our most important tools, only with feedback can we improve.
When our readers don’t tell us what they like or dislike, we operate in a void. A very frustrating void, especially when sales a low, or none-existent.
Any review is helpful, even when it’s telling us that we suck… sigh… because it might be the reason we don’t sell. We can’t improve if nobody tells us what we are doing wrong.
I call it operating in a void, because the silence is deafening and the daily look into the reports frustrating, making us wonder if we suck so much that there is no chance to ever sell a book.

When I first published Waiting in the Wings in April, it was the review of a reader that alerted me to the fact, that the person I had trusted with the edit, didn’t do a good job. Since I’m dyslexic, I knew that I couldn’t correct that, so I hired a professional editor to help me out.

I didn’t want to take the book completely of the market, so I put an info post in each description, warning the reader of the problem and promising to correct it as fast as possible. It took the editor and me four months, but we are finally done and the book is out again, fully edited. Yet contrary to the first publish, nobody is saying anything about it, and I live in a void when it comes to Waiting in the Wings.

It’s like torcher, wondering if the editor did a good job, if the changes made it better or worse, and if the story speaks to anyone. In my case, because of health issues, my writing, cover design and print work is all I have as income and this void is frustrating.
I talked to several people for the past view years since I was first published 2006 in Germany, and heard very often that they don’t want to write anything that is negative, but don’t feel like pointing out only the good without the bad. Well, hell… as an author I grow from both, the good and the bad. Sure I would love to read, hear nothing but praise, but that will never happen. I read a lot, many books are bestselling novels, yet I always find something negative.

I hope fellow authors agree with me, when I tell you to leave your opinion, even if you only read the sample, even when all you have to say is “it sucks because….” stop leaving us authors in a void, it would be highly appreciated. At least by me.