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Roadside by Angie Dokos

Description

Zayne finds Serena’s lifeless body off the side of the road one morning. She has been beaten and left for dead. As she recovers, they become the best of friends. It doesn’t take long for Zayne’s feelings to grow stronger. Will the fear of ruining their friendship keep them from taking a chance on love?

My Review:
Roadside is a gripping tale of triumph over tragedy. Serena is a strong woman who fights through the physical, mental, and emotional violation of her body, and over time, the healing of her mind and spirit as the narrative unfolds.

This is the second book I’ve read from the author, and I enjoy how she allows the reader to organically unravel the plot. 

Zayne is the hero in Roadside. He and his father find Serena’s lifeless body on the roadside. His tenderness, kindness, and compassion earns Serena’s trust, and the push and pull of their growing friendship evolves into a blistering attraction. 
Will Serena and Zayne allow their friendship to develop into something more? That my friends, you’ll need to read for yourself.
Kudos, Angie Dokos! 

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What’s up with Harlequin?

Rumors on social media and the internet states that Harlequin is longer acquiring titles for: Harlequin Nocturne, Harlequin Western, Love Inspired Historical, Kimani Romance, and Harlequin Superromance. (I could not find any official statement.)

I’m not sure how it affects the authors, and the employees of those Harlequin lines but my thoughts and prayers are with each one during the phase out.

Two years ago, after much research, I made an educated decision to add publishing to my eighteen-year-old media company, Jones Media. I had the desire to write fiction that I enjoy reading and with the ever-changing landscape of the book industry, I didn’t want my books in hands other than my own.

The closing of those genre lines within Harlequin reinforces my decision.

Self-published authors continually fight traditional publishing companies along with many agents, bookstores and libraries that keep indies from mainstream readers. To the readers, I’m an avid reader and the self-published talent is impressive. 

I have an advantage over some authors. I have graphic designers, editors, and over thirty years of marketing experience to put behind my books. 

Even with my experience, my paperback books will not see the light of day on a bookstore shelf because I choose not to sign a form saying I will buy back books. The NY rep with B&N, in all fairness, wanted my books but without the buy back form, her hands were tied. She stated they would be conservative in placement but as a business owner, I wasn’t about to risk having to purchase back 60k books. (FYI- My paperbacks are available with most booksellers online and signed copies are available at DFJonesAuthor.com)

That’s like selling thousands of an ABC car to dealerships then six months later the dealerships make the manufacturer of the ABC car buy back the cars! “New vehicles stay until they’re sold,” says Automobile Protection Association (APA) president George Iny. 

Hastings Bookstores was one of the few SP author friendly stores in the USA, and they filed bankruptcy.

Based on my personal experience, E-books sales are 99 to 1 over print editions. That’s where I concentrate my marketing efforts.

Self-publishing with Amazon, Draft2Digital, Smashwords, etcetera, make it easy to upload a manuscript to the world but if you don’t edit properly, create an aesthetically pleasing cover, and most importantly, market your books, your titles will drown in an turbulent ocean of book titles where free and nearly free sales crest the top of the waves. 

I love to write. Writing gives me joy but I’m also competitive enough to want to profit from my efforts. So I too use the free and nearly free book promos to attract readers. 

As with any start up company, it takes time to build a loyal clientele.

My readership numbers keep steadily increasing, and my social media footprint along with loyal readers help spread the word about my books. 

I like owning the Copyrights to my books. I love interacting and making friends with readers around the world. 

It’s priceless.

I cannot imagine placing my trust into a company with my work and them doing away with the product lines. But hey, they did say to submit to the lines that they’re keeping, and like it or not, I guess that’s big business.

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Read Antique Mirror Free Today!

“I really enjoyed reading Antique Mirror. It was quick, light, but with some suspense. Because it’s a short read, the suspense parts are minimal, but works well with the story. The pace is very fast, so there is never a dull moment. I happily give this book a 5-star rating!”

Highly recommended to those who like quick reads with a little suspense and romance.” 

Victoria is a budding artist who buys an old farm to renovate the old cabin and barn for her home and art gallery. 

Days after moving in, she keeps noticing shadows from an antique mirror over the fireplace left by the previous owners. One evening after talking with her art dealer, Max, she’s relaxing in front of the fire when a man appears on other side of the mirror. 

He begins to talk to Tori, and she’s drawn to him. Curious more than anything, she places her hand on the mirror and is pulled into another dimension. 

Jonathan’s been living in the cursed mirror for over a hundred years, and Victoria is his only hope of escape, but the young witch Jasmine has other plans.

Will Tori and Jonathan’s relationship endure the test of time?

Read Antique Mirror Free Today!

Offer ends at midnight.

My next project is The Witches of Hant Hollow by D.F. Jones, copyright 2017, all rights reserved. Release date TBA. Prequel to my short story, Antique Mirror. 

Prologue 
1916
The Witches Curse

Jonathan gazed upon the face of his lovely bride while making love to her for the first time. Holding her in his arms until he reached the moment of ecstasy. 

Mae gasped for breath and then her eyes rolled back into her head. She lay limp in Jonathan’s arms as he screamed her name.

He glanced up, and in the back doorway, stood Jasmine, the young woman he rescued from stoning. She pointed her finger at him–reciting words he couldn’t understand.

In an instant, Jonathan was cast into the antique mirror. He braced his hands on the inside of glass watching helplessly as Mae lay dead on the other side.

Jonathan pounded the glass and screamed, “Why? Why have to done this to me?” 

Jasmine shook her head slowly as tears glistened in her eyes. “I’m sorry.”

The mirror clouded over, and he could no longer see the other side.

In disbelief, he looked about the cabin. Everything seemed the same but he knew it was different. 

Jonathan ran out the door toward town. The moment he crossed his property line, he stood back in the same spot in the cabin.

He screamed again and ran to the back of the woods. When Jonathan reached the end of his property, he climbed over the barbed wire fence, and landed back inside on the cabin floor.

He sat and stared at the wooden walls in a state of confusion. 

The rumors were true! Jasmine was a witch, and she’d killed Mae, and cast him into a mirrored existence of what used to be his life with no way to escape.

I’ll keep posting excerpts during the project!

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Changeling by Debbie Herbert

Changeling: An Appalachian Magic Novel (Appalachian Magic Series Book 2) by Debbie Herbert, Author of Bayou Shadow Hunter, RWA 2017 RITA Finalist, best paranormal romance 

She thought she was a witch . . . she’s more

Skye’s a young witch who sucks at spells and works at a metaphysical store, The Green Fairy. Strange things are happening there at night: black specks of movement out of the corner of her eye, mysterious buzzing noises, unidentified dragonfly-like carcasses in the basement, and a hidden cache of absinthe (aka fairy crack).

Kheelan is a human changeling. Raised with the fairies, he’s viewed as an inferior species whose only use is to serve his kidnappers. He’s been totally screwed by the Fae and his only goal in life is freedom. When he meets Skye, he sees an opportunity to escape. The last thing he needs is to be distracted by feelings for this quirky witch. 

As Samhain, the witch’s Halloween, draws near she must make a bold move to claim her heritage and power, restore order in the fairy realm, and try to win Kheelan’s freedom and love. Absinthe, autism and augury meld into a paranormal cauldron where fairies are sly tricksters waiting to trap you in their Realm.

For fans of Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight series!

Although this is the second in the series, it can be read as a stand-alone novel. 

Other Books in the Appalachian Magic series:

Book One: Charmed and Dangerous
Book Three: Charmed by the Salem Witch

Praise for Changeling:

“I absolutely adored this enchanting tale that blends Fae lore with the fascinating world of witchcraft in a coming-of-age story that will touch your heart with angst, humor, romance,and charm.”

“If there was a way to auto-sign-up to receive every one of Herbert’s books, it’d be done already. I LOVED her Dark Seas series and was SUPER excited to see what she had in store with this.

“Skye and Kheelan were immediately relatable and endearing in this coming of age story with magic and fairies. Watching sky to come into her own as a witch was charming. I was rooting for her from the onset, and her flaws, especially as a witch, made the story engaging and suspenseful.”
“This was a fast and fun read, highly recommended.” Top 500 Amazon reviewer

Debbie Herbert’s List of Books

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Spinning Time makes Amazon Best Seller

Amazon Best Seller, Spinning Time is live! 
Enter the Spinning Time Amazon Giveaway*

Download your ebook for only #99cents 

“Author D.F. Jones Spinning Time is a fun read and a new departure from her previous books. I found her time travel romance to be inventive, fast-paced and enjoyable. Highly recommended!” 

Debbie Herbert, RWA 2017 RITA Finalist, best paranormal romance 

Description:

Spinning Time rips Julia decades away from Phillip, but their love inextricably binds them together as they fight for a way to reunite.

1948 
Southern debutante, Julia Boatwright has everything a twenty-one-year-old desires, a wealthy family, close friends, and Phillip, her handsome fiancé. 

Until one day, Julia plunges into the deep pools of Burkett Falls trapped in a natural time portal that spins her seventy years into the future.

ATTRA (Alien Time Travel Research Agency) Commander Adams runs a secret agency controlling time events, and she wants Julia.

Julia holds the key that may break the time space barrier into the distant past shaping the future outcome for the inhabitants of Earth. 

With the help of time tracker, Ruben Callaway, and his team, a window of time approaches which may allow Julia a loop of time between the parallel universes to travel home.

Will Julia find a way to Phillip before time runs out?

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*Special Offer and Giveaway subject to change without notice. 

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Spinning Time, a time travel romance by D. F. Jones

Spinning Time, a time travel romance by D.F. Jones releases Tuesday, May 9! Tick,tock, tick, tock, Special Pricing Ends Soon!

Spinning Time rips Julia decades away from Phillip, but their love inextricably binds them together as they fight for a way to reunite.

Advanced Reader Reviews are coming in:

“Author D.F. Jones Spinning Time is a fun read and a new departure from her previous books. I found her time travel romance to be inventive, fast-paced and enjoyable. Highly recommended!” Debbie Herbert, RWA 2017 RITA Finalist, best paranormal romance 

“Spinning Time is paranormal romance at its finest. I’ve read her other series, and it seems almost juvenile in comparison. I don’t mean that in a bad way. The complexity of this story she wove would have made my brain hurt. I’d never be able to think up some of the things she did. It’s brilliant. Her imagination is a force to be reckoned with. It was like a remake of The Notebook meets Age of Adeline mixed with sexy “Aliens” and time travel. Even time and evil forces couldn’t stop Julia and Phillip from finding each other. Their love was an unending one. A beautiful and unique tale.” Giovanna Bovenzi Cruz, BeautyandtheBooks83 

“D. F. Jones has done it again! Another wonderful story with relatable characters. It’s full of action and romance. The characters and their personalities were beautifully written. This is another one I must add to my physical book collection! Thank you, D. F. Jones, for always keeping me entertained and waiting for more!” Nicole Ryan, Goodreads review

“What a great story. It’s breathtaking and by far the best time travel romance I have yet to read thus far. It is so well written and thought out. High five D.F Jones, you did it again! A written masterpiece. A must-read for anyone who enjoys romance and/or time traveling.” Kelly Kortright, Goodreads review

Description:
1948 

Southern debutante, Julia Boatwright has everything a twenty-one-year-old desires, a wealthy family, close friends, and Phillip, her handsome fiancé. 
Until one day, Julia plunges into the deep pools of Burkett Falls trapped in a natural time portal that spins her seventy years into the future.
ATTRA (Alien Time Travel Research Agency) Commander Adams runs a secret agency controlling time events, and she wants Julia.
Julia holds the key that may break the time space barrier into the distant past shaping the future outcome for the inhabitants of Earth. 
With the help of time tracker, Ruben Callaway, and his team, a window of time approaches which may allow Julia a loop of time between the parallel universes to travel home.
Will Julia find a way to Phillip before time runs out?

Spinning Time’s Kindle Fire Giveaway

1: Order Spinning Time by D.F. Jones special release pricing only #99Cents for digital. 

2: After you order, celebrate with me the release of Spinning Time, register for a chance to win a 

A. Free Kindle Fire Grand Prize

B. All participants who’ve registered are also entered in a $25.00 Amazon Card contest!

C. Share, tag-a-friend and me- Each share gets a point to win a Signed Spinning Time copy!
Don’t forget to enter your order number to qualify!

Be sure to like my FB Author page♥️

*Winner announced May 14; see form rules for details 
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Spinning Time, a time travel Romance by D.F. Jones releases May 2

A love story that transcends time…
1948 

Southern debutante, Julia Boatwright has everything a twenty-one-year-old desires, a wealthy family, close friends, and Phillip, her handsome fiancé. 

Until one day Julia plunges into the deep pools of Burkett Falls trapped in a natural time portal that propels her seventy years into the future.

Julia and Phillip live decades apart, but their love for each other keeps them fighting ATTRA’s Commander Adams who runs a secret agency controling time and wants something from Julia.

Julia holds the key that may break the time space barrier into the distant past shaping the future outcome for the inhabitants of Earth. 

With the help of a time tracker named Ruben Callaway, and his team, a window of time approaches which may allow Julia to thread the loop between the parallel universes back home.

Will Julia find her way home before time runs out?

“If you love time travel romance, drama, and thriller suspense novels, this book is a must read!”

For a very limited time, preorder for #99Cents 

Spinning Time, a time travel romance by D.F. Jones releases May 2. Preorder for 99 cents:

*After you preorder, celebrate with me the release of Spinning Time, register for a chance to win a Free Kindle Fire! Don’t forget to enter your order number. Click here: http://eepurl.com/cFyu19

*Winner announced May 14; see form rules for details.

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Why offer Free and 99 Cent E-books?

Did you know in most cases it costs more to buy a can of soda, a bottle of water or a Starbucks coffee than it does to purchase and download an e-book?

Why offer #Free and #99Cents E-books?

I love my books! Most of my e-books list for $2.99 which is about average on Amazon, but I offer ebook deals to attract more readers both for free and at 99 cents. It’s the old supply and demand rule. FYI- Kindle Unlimited is the new library. 

My print editions  prices are competitive, and I only discount my paperbacks at events and book signings. 

The E-book price doesn’t reflect the quality at all. As with anything, the more put into something, the more you get out of it. Remember what our parents used to say, “Practice makes perfect.” I invest an enormous amount of time and money on the development of a new manuscript. 

Just an FYI, my media company, Jones Media is approaching twenty successful years. I write because I’m in love with the creative process of developing a storyline. 

Writing takes me to a place where anything is possible and fiction takes me to a place made of dreams!

Every project is new and exciting. I want my readers to enjoy the story as much as I do. 

I chose to write as an independent author to keep control over my work and my copyrights. Thirty years of deadlines in marketing is enough reason to write as an Indie. 

Never say never, but at this time, I don’t see the benefits for me to seek traditional publishing because most authors must market their books. The book industry is evolving so rapidly it’s hard to keep up. Oh yeah, did I mention I own an ad agency. I choose to keep the lionshare of my earnings.

A sad fact, mom and pops, and larger retail stores are closing their physical doors because buyers love the convenience of buying online.  

You have readers that will always want printed books. But I love ebooks for two main reasons: I can adjust the font size and it saves trees.

There are so many wonderful authors and books available at a fraction of what it used to cost to buy a book. Personally, I would rather read than watch TV any day of the week, and I don’t mind paying for the books. 

Facebook has tons of reading groups for every genre. Plus, you make new friends talking about books!

The next time you shop for a book, read the free excerpt available at most booksellers. 

Verified reviews help too.  

Support the local authors in your area and the independent authors who swim across a vast ocean of book titles.  NY Best Selling Authors don’t need the help but new and independent authors will never forget you when you support their work. 

If you enjoy a book, share it with a friend, post a review, and tell the author. Most authors I’ve met love chatting with their readers. 

I love my readers! I want to thank the thousands of readers supporting my books, and I look forward to sharing my new project, Spinning Time, a time travel romance releasing on May 2, 2017.

Spinning Time’s Special Preorder Pricing is just #99Cents. 

Spinning Time Kindle Fire Giveaway (4/14) Once you’ve preorder Spinning Time, register for a chance to win a Kindle Fire during release week must enter order number on the form. (May 2)-click here: http://eepurl.com/cFyu19

Happy Reading!

D.F. Jones