Ruby Frost Excerpt

*taps the microphone* Is this thing still on? Testing…1,2,3….

Hi everyone!

I know I don’t blog as much as I used to and I apologize for that. I’ve been writing as fast as I can and working on Ruby Frost. I’m almost finished with the third draft of the novel and I really hope you enjoy Bianca’s next adventure in Everafter. There is so much more going on. You will meet a whole bunch of incredible characters and also a new villain. So I sincerely hope it’s worth the wait. I want to make sure I give you guys the best book possible.

 

Anyway here is an unedited sneak peek at Ruby Frost, featuring your favorite Wonderlandian, Maggie Hatter. 😉

 

“There are clocks everywhere,” Maggie said as she looked at her surroundings, with a mixture of awe and fear. She wrinkled her lightly freckled nose as though she had just smelled something foul. “I don’t like it. All this…tick-tocking. It’s unsettling.”

Bianca chuckled and shook her head. She knew that bringing Maggie with her to the real world was going to make things a bit complicated. Maggie Hatter, daughter of Alice and Maddox aka the Mad Hatter, had never been to school. Sure, she knew how to read and write (thanks to her mother) but other than that she had no interest in education whatsoever. But she was curious as to where Bianca went every morning. And it was that curiosity that got Maggie to wake up early and get dressed. She had to borrow some of Bianca’s clothes, which were a little big on her. Bianca was shorter and curvier than Maggie, who was tall and slim like her father, but she just shrugged and borrowed one of Bianca’s belts and that helped keep everything in place.

“Please behave. I only have a few months left to go and then I’ll graduate,” Bianca whispered as she guided Maggie through the busy hallways of her school.

“I promise. You don’t have to worry about me. Although that girl over there should worry about her teeth. Why does she have all that metal in her mouth?” Maggie whispered.

“They’re called braces and people use them to straighten their teeth.”

Maggie looked horrified. She covered her mouth to keep herself from crying. She composed herself and twirled a piece of her blond, curly (and sometimes matted) hair.

“Why? What did her teeth do? Do they put your teeth in prison for misbehaving? If so, then I want to know what sort of shenanigans the teeth around here like to do,” Maggie said.

Bianca rolled her eyes and tried not to laugh. “Just…shh. Okay?”

“Shh? Easy for you to say. You probably know where all the teeth go to have fun,” Maggie muttered.

They stopped in front of her locker. Bianca unlocked and opened it. She took out her math book and a few notebooks. She handed one to Maggie in case she wanted to take notes during class. Maggie arched an eyebrow and quirked her lip a tiny bit.

“What am I supposed to do with this?” Maggie asked, holding the notebook between her index finger and thumb as though it were a skunk.

“Take notes?” Bianca suggested.

Maggie tossed the notebook back inside the locker and slammed it shut. “I don’t think so. I’m here to observe and see what is so dangerous of about this high school. So far there is nothing here that is disconcerting. There are no jabberwockies, no Bandersnatch, no card soldiers. I’m starting to think you were exaggerating,” Maggie said.

“Trust me. I wasn’t exaggerating. Some of these people are horrible and vicious,” Bianca said.

Maggie crossed her arms over her chest and shook her head. “I’ll believe it when I see it.”

(c) Liz DeJesus 2017

 

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Mugshots Cover and Blurb

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Alice had recently been dumped by her boyfriend, Jack Hart. She’s not taking the breakup very well. She’s picked up a dangerous mushroom habit and has been taking frequent trips down the rabbit hole. Alice and her BFF Kat Cheshire go on a drug infused and sexually charged trip as they make their way toward Wonderland, a new dance club that Alice has been eager to visit. Will she make it out of the rabbit hole unscathed or will she forever be changed?

Holly is a good granddaughter and an antique store owner by day. But by night? She becomes a wolf determined to escape the nightly attentions of her ex-boyfriend, Pyotr.  The man that turned her into a monster. After she rejects his advances one time too many he threatens to kill the person she loves the most in the world. Her grandmother. Holly will do anything to keep her safe…even enlist the help of a woman with golden hair.

Winnie loves bears. Some people might say she’s obsessed but she calls it being an avid collector. She is searching for a particular set of bears. They are ‘The Three Wise Bears’ and each one is made out of solid gold. Winnie has two out of three. She’s close to finding the third one and completing her collection. She’ll do whatever it takes to find it…even breaking and entering.

 Snow is in a tough position at work….in more ways than one actually. Every night she puts on a show at The Poisoned Apple, her stepmother Cora owns the highly exclusive sex club. And every night Snow entertains the clients by performing sexual acts, but she’s tired of that life. She longs for the day she can quit her job and live with her boyfriend Jerry. But things get complicated when Cora becomes more and more unstable with every passing day. She grows obsessed with Snow’s beauty and popularity. Enough that Snow tries to run away from her controlling stepmother. Will she finally be free from Cora’s grasp? Or will she pay the ultimate price?

Fairy tales like you’ve never seen them before. These wickedly enchanting tales intersect in ways you couldn’t imagine. Enjoy finding out the story behind their Mugshots.

Coming soon….

 

 

Book Reviews

I recently had an author ask me about book reviews. My book First Frost came out in June 2012 and so far according to Goodreads.com:

1,546 people have added it to their to-read list.
302 ratings
115 reviews

So…how do I do it?

Reviewers and bloggers. That’s how. They are the bread and butter of indie authors. I’m going to talk a little bit about what I do and hopefully this will help you get some more reviewers reading your book.

1. Research. I start by looking at books that are similar to mine and I look at the reviews it has on goodreads. Some of those reviewers have links to their websites and blogsites on their page. Then I click on the link and check out their blog. I look at the types of books and what genres they like to read.

2. Policy. Almost every blogger has a review policy. Read it thoroughly. You don’t want to give anyone a reason to delete your email without a second thought. And also, if they’re not into a specific genre and you know your book is in the genre that he/she isn’t interested in reading, do yourself a favor and don’t submit your book. Nothing is going to change their mind. It’s like sending a nonfiction book to a reviewer that reads paranormal books. Stick to the policy.

3. Followers. I also look for how many followers this blogger has. Most of the time I’ll submit to a blogger/reviewer if he/she has 100 followers or more. Why? You want someone who has people constantly checking in on their site. You’ll have a higher chance of getting someone to purchase your book.

4. Be polite and professional. A lot of the reviewers I submit to are interested in Young Adult books and some of them are older (21-30 years old) and some of them might be younger (13-17 years old) and the younger group might even have their parents monitoring their email (which I agree with 100%) so you want to come across as a professional. Here’s a sample email that I’ll send to bloggers that don’t have a specific guideline in their review policy.

Dear Insert Bloggers Name Here(Another tip: Always find out what the bloggers name is, it lets them know that you actually did read their blog and that you are genuinely interested in them reading your book. Try to be personable, you know what I mean?)

My name is Liz DeJesus, I have a young adult fantasy novel that has been released through Musa Publishing titled First Frost. I was wondering if it was something that you would be interested in reading and reviewing.
Here’s a quick blurb:
For generations, the Frost family has run the Museum of Magical and Rare Artifacts, handing down guardianship from mother to daughter, always keeping their secrets to “family only.”
Gathered within museum’s walls is a collection dedicated to the Grimm fairy tales and to the rare items the family has acquired: Cinderella’s glass slipper, Snow White’s poisoned apple, the evil queen’s magic mirror, Sleeping Beauty’s enchanted spinning wheel…
Seventeen-year-old Bianca Frost wants none of it, dreaming instead of a career in art or photography or…well, anything except working in the family’s museum. She knows the items in the glass display cases are fakes because, of course, magic doesn’t really exist.
She’s about to find out how wrong she is.
I look forward to hearing from you soon. Thank you for your time and consideration.
Sincerely,
Liz DeJesus
Author of First Frost, The Jackets, and Nina
See? Simple. Direct.Polite. To the point.

5. Rank. On Goodreads, you’ll sometimes notice a little rank of sorts. Some of the reviewers on there are ranked by top users, best reviewers, librarians, readers, and more. Some of these are listed by country. I’ve found amazing reviewers that are from the US, UK, Netherlands, Canada and India.

6. Bloggers follow other bloggers. Sometimes instead of writing (it does happen) I’ll focus two or three hours just clicking on links on other bloggers site. I found about 30 links on one bloggers site last week. I found a WHOLE bunch of reviewers that were willing to read and review my book.

7. Always be nice. I cannot stress this enough. ALWAYS. BE. NICE. Just last week I submitted a book to a reviewer and I got a two star rating. It happens. I mean, don’t get me wrong, it SUCKED. But I’m not the type of person that will go around arguing with other people on the internet. But the reviewer remembered that I was nice (she even wrote it on her review, so for all I know I got an extra star just because of it). Anyway that’s the risk you take when you submit your book to be reviewed. Even when you follow the guidelines, and all the rules put into place that’s the risk. All you can do is hope that you get more good/positive reviews than negative ones.

8. Stay in touch. If you’re in this for the long haul (not just writing one book and then vanish in a puff of smoke) you’ll want to remember all the reviewers (if not all then at least most of them) that way you can submit your other books to them. Especially if you’re like me and you’re writing a series. It helps that you already know some reviewers that have read and enjoyed your past work. Even if it’s on twitter or facebook pop in and say ‘Hi’ every once in a while. Try to be sincere (people can smell a fake a mile away).

9.Thank you. When the reviewer has posted the review of your book (whether it’s positive or negative) stop by and leave a comment on their blog thanking them for taking the time to read and review your book. What they do takes up a lot of time and effort, they do it for free and for the love of books. It’s nice to know that they’re appreciated.

Anyway it would be great if I had another tip so it would make an even ten but this is all I have for now. I’ll also include a few links to some review sites to get you started. They’ve read and reviewed my book (so you know they have excellent taste in books). Good luck and may you receive many five star reviews!

 

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Faerie Magazine Ad

Every once in a while I’ll save my pretty pennies and invest in a well placed ad. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t. The point is that sometimes you just have to be willing to take a chance. You know what I mean? That having been said…I bought an ad at the Faerie Magazine website! And it looks so pretty! I love it. 🙂

Here’s a screenshot of it. 😀

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It’s going to be there for three months and there’s a chance that they’ll even post an excerpt of Glass Frost on their blog. Keeping my fingers crossed. 😀

Anyway please check it out! 😀 http://www.faeriemag.com/

Teaser Tuesday

Note: This is an unedited snipped of my Work in Progress ‘Shattered Frost’. Enjoy!

“Wonderland?” Terrance whispered.

“How did they get to Wonderland?” Prince Ferdinand asked.

Terrance arched an eyebrow and smirked. “Remember who we’re dealing with.”

“Ah yes, Bianca Frost…Mistress of the Impossible.”

What Terrance really wanted to do was grab a sledge hammer and crack the floor open to see if perhaps

there was a rabbit hole hidden underneath all the concrete, but he knew that his efforts would be pointless. He

knew there was one man who knew a way into Wonderland. His father, William Connor.

© Liz DeJesus 2014

Read the first two books First Frost & Glass Frost.