Wednesday, September 24, 2014

A New Book Trailer!


Howdie from beautiful Oregon!

Just kidding. But since I've been immersed in rewriting and editing now for several months, it almost feels like I'm there.
Not really. Notice I said almost
It totally feels like I'm in Wisconsin.

I wish this was my view!

Oregon Coast 



Believe it or not, I'm nearly ready to publish my 6th novel...which is actually the first book I ever wrote! And to answer the question I know you're dying to ask:
Yes! I really DID have it under my bed all these years! 

If you've ever seen my 
Author Central Profile  <---- clicky thing
on Amazon, you'll get it.

Actually, I had a copy of said novel on my computer too...saved and uploaded from my last computer to my current one. If you recall, I wrote this book WAY back when I was still homeschooling our youngest son...
who is now twenty-eight. Which means I must have written it circa 1999.
  
So, it's been  
A.  L.O.N.G.  T.I.M.E.  C.O.M.I.N.G.

Come on, you remember the story...
I pulled the book out of it's dusty domain for the much needed rewrite and edits -way back in 2007. But then I had that awesome dream and I HAD to start writing the Ravenswynd Series: T.R.I.H.
If you want to know what that acronym is, you'll have to ask!  

And just like in the previous rambling paragraph, I got side-tracked. But last winter/spring I told myself: Rewrite the dang book already. Get it published before the dang year is over already. Clean the crap out from under your bed already.
I actually listened to myself! 

It. Is. Done.

I'm waiting to hear from two of my beta-readers yet. (You know who you are) 
Once I get the go-ahead, I'll be uploading the document. In the meantime I thought you might like a bit of a teaser.


As in a book trailer.


So here it is.
  




What do you think?

If you have trouble viewing the video,
let me know and I'll send you the direct link to You-tube. 
Seriously.  
I WANT you to SEE the video.  I stayed up till 4 a.m. last night re-doing it over and over and over.
And then again today. 
Seriously. 
I deserve would greatly appreciate some dang feedback!
Please.



Thanks!

Have a great week!









Monday, August 11, 2014

OUTLANDER





I'm sure that most of you probably know, Outlander - by Diana Gabaldon - is my favorite book. (It's book one in a series of 8 books - so far...) 
As far as genre goes, Outlander is one of those hard to define novels, but basically it's a historical fiction - filled with adventure, mystery, science-fiction/fantasy and romance. And, it is amazing.  
For a detailed synopsis click here: Diana Gabaldon's Website

And, unless you've been living under a rock for the past several weeks, you also know that Outlander has now been made into a Starz original weekly series. For more on the Starz/Outlander series, click here: Starz


I've got to say, they did a fantastic job! Ron Moore, screenwriter and tv producer, best known for Battlestar Galactica and Star Trek, is brilliant. He loved the book and wanted to make an adaptation, but decided to keep it as close to the original as possible - and he succeeded! Thank you, Ron!
For more on Moore, click here: Ron Moore on IMDB

The score was composed by Bear McCreary, who has created original music for a myriad of TV shows, some of which include: Battlestar Galactica, The Walking Dead, DaVinci's Demons, and many more.  
Needless to say, Outlander's music was hauntingly beautiful!  
To hear some of it, click here: Bear McCreary/Outlander

                                 And here's the opening credits music:

                           


Sam Heughan plays Jamie Fraser, and if you've read the book(s) you must agree they couldn't have chosen a better actor.  There was a lot of talk prior to the show's first airing - some  people suggesting he wasn't tall enough, his hair wasn't red enough, etc.  But believe me, I've read the books, and this man IS JAMIE!
His expression when he looks up at Claire after she comes to his aid (first a dislocated shoulder and then a bullet wound) is absolutely perfect. You can see the beginning of a subtle attraction begins here; he is in awe of this woman and her unique ways:



Caitriona Balfe plays Claire Randall, the main female protagonist who is hurled back in time from 1945 to 1743.  Some folks had said Caitriona was far too thin and fragile looking, but trust me, after seeing the first episode several times,
she IS CLAIRE!  The book mentions that Claire has a difficult time hiding her emotions, that her facial expressions give her away, and Caitriona has done a fabulous job of showing us those emotions even when she isn't speaking. She is an awesome actor and I'm looking forward to seeing her evolve even further as Claire goes through all of her adventures.



Tobias Menzies plays Claire's husband, Frank Randall, and he also plays the main antagonist, Captain Black Jack Randall, who happens to be Frank's brutal ancestor.  Again, I think they chose wisely:


All in all, I'm completely satisfied with the first episode.  There were a few minor differences, several of which only made it easier for those who haven't read the books, (in my opinion) and I have NO complaints.  
Hey, I've been waiting for this for 12 years! 

I still get goosebumps just watching the trailer...


And I will not admit to how many times I actually watched episode one...

If you're interested in following along and keeping up with all the Outlander shenanigans, here are several facebook groups you might find fun and interesting:




And here's Diana's FaceBook Page 
(She posts often and actually communicates with her fans!)


So what did you all think of the first episode?


Now, if I could only get my mind back on my own writing, perhaps I might get my current WIP finished this year! 


Have a great week!









Tuesday, July 1, 2014

SMASHWORDS SALE


Sizzlin Summer Sale!


For the entire month of JULY, Smashwords is having a gigantic site-wide sale. Authors can choose how big or small they want their sales to be; books are anywhere from 25%,  50%, 75% off, or FREE!

All of my books will be half-priced from July 1, at midnight, until July 31.


                                        Smashwords Link

    Yes, that's 50% OFF all of MY books.

Click here


At Smashwords, there are several formats available including:

epub
mobi (kindle)
pdf
rtf
lrf
pdb
txt

In addition, you can also read the books online, or download the original document once you've paid SMASHWORDS!

Once you choose a book, make sure to use the coupon code at check-out to receive your sale!

Hey, this is a site-wide sale!
And while you're there, you can read my interview!


Have fun and Happy reading!!







Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Mystery of the missing photos.



How do you like the new look of my blog?  There were several reasons why I had to change it, yet again.

I read Anne R. Allen's Blog earlier tonight and it was all about the do's and don'ts of blogging. (You should read it if you're a blogger; it was really good!)

One of her suggestions was that we should never have a dark background with light text,    ...which was exactly what I had.  :(   
Anne says it's harder to read, especially for some of the older folks.

So as I'm checking out my last blog post to see how hard it is to read, I find 5 of my pictures are missing! Instead of the photos I had; there were big black squares with a minus sign inside. Just like this: 


It took me a while to figure out why this happened, but I think I did.

Apparently, when you have your Google account linked with your phone (which I do) and then you use the photos you've taken with your phone (that are automatically saved on your Google+ profile) and use them within your blog...(which I did) and then sometime later you delete said photos, (which I did) they tend to disappear from the blog! Wow.

Why didn't I know that? And furthermore, why didn't someone tell us?

Anyway, the whole post looked really stupid with those missing photos...AND it WAS hard to read...so here we are...blogging after midnight, without any original ideas of my own to share.

Check out Anne's blog.  You'll be glad you did. 

Have a great week!






Wednesday, April 30, 2014

IT GOT ME!


Dear Readers,

I just looked up the meaning of the word - Syndrome on WordWeb -
This is one of the meanings I found -
Syndrome: a complex of concurrent things.

And now I think I'm suffering from a new syndrome. 

They call this new syndrome SNAPOS.
Short for:
               Social 
               Networking 
               And 
               Promoting  
               Overload 
               Syndrome

(No one really knows who "They" are)

SNAPOS makes one tired, irritable, lethargic, and basically - sick of the computer.  For a writer, that is a very BAD thing.

This is a fairly new syndrome, so new in fact, that most physicians are completely unaware of it. At the current time, the main carriers of this syndrome tend to be indie writers who spend far too much time on the internet doing all sorts of things in the name of MARKETING. Some of these things may include, but are not limited to:
Blogging, Networking, Face-booking (posting-sharing-liking), Pinning, Tweeting, Google-plus-ing, YouTube uploading, Goodreads-reviewing, Linking-In, and last but certainly not least, having a WEBSITE of their very own.



In addition to a regular Facebook Profile, some writers have set up a Facebook Page specifically geared for their writing and/or individual Book or Series. Perhaps they even have two or more Google+ pages, one Personal and one for their Book Series. Many have uploaded their book-trailers to YouTube. And most of them have a Blog and Twitter accounts as well as Pinterest, GoodReads, and LinkedIn accounts.  All in the hopes of advertising their books...having an "Online Presence" AND...Getting their NAME out there...



But here's what's really happening:
Raring to GO!
Here we go...

Going...going...
almost gone...

GONE
Just looking at all this work  networking is making me dizzy...


























By the way; Social Networking and Promoting Overload Syndrome (SNAPOS)is no respecter of race, ethnicity, religion, creed, color, gender, level of education, genre choice, or planet of origin.  If you are an Indie Writer, SNAPOS will get you in the end, and you will wonder why you have no energy left for actually living your life, much less doing what you love the most: Writing.

Since there is no cure for SNAPOS, I suggest you  Do nothing for 2 minutes  at least once every day. It may help... and it's quite relaxing. (Turn you speakers on)



THIS is my new favorite picture/meme: 


Try to have a great (productive) week!

And thanks for reading/commenting/clicking on the blue links.







   

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Guest Post!


Today, for a change of pace, we will hear from Nikolas Baron.  Nick works for Grammarly, an online automated proofreader that finds and explains grammar, spelling, and punctuation mistakes in all types of writing.

And without further ado, here's Nick!

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Know What You Write

There's an old adage in writing, “Write only what you know.” The idea is that when you're writing fiction, you should only write about subjects in which you are an expert. After all, in fiction, your ultimate goal should be to convince your reader of the truth in your narrative. How can I truly believe the struggles of the detective's job, if the author has never worked as a detective? Even science-fiction, a genre known for fantastical and wild elements, has to get at least some of the science right, or the story won't be believable. That's why the greats of science-fiction – Isaac Asimov and Arthur C. Clarke, for example – had strong backgrounds in science, which filtered into each of the science-fiction works.

As with most adages, this one is fairly true, but it's not the whole truth. I've been reading and loving fiction since I was a small child, and over the years, I've read everything from mystery fiction to historical romance to coming-of-age stories to thrillers, and I've learned many things, but one of the most important things I've learned is that in fiction, you can do anything. There are only a few rules in writing fiction, and even then, I can think of examples of books that break those rules.

So, if you want to consider “write only what you know” a rule, then I would encourage you to break it. After all, if we only wrote what we knew, then our careers as fiction writers would be short and boring. I say, instead of writing what you know, we should create a new adage: “Know what you write.”

Do you still need to strive for elements of truth in your fiction? Absolutely, but you also don't need to be an expert. For every science-fiction writer that had a strong background in science, I can name an equally great author that had none. For example, Kim Stanley Robinson's background is in English, while Philip K. Dick took classes in philosophy, history, and psychology. Even Robert A. Heinlein, often mentioned in the same sentence as Asimov and Clarke, dropped out of his mathematics and physics classes to enter politics. But their works all maintained the degrees of truth necessary for great science-fiction. How did they do it? They knew what they wrote.

They read and researched topics they intended to write about. They talked to experts about subjects until they had a working knowledge, until they were confident enough in said subject to write their stories. Were they experts? Maybe some of them. Most of them, however, had a working knowledge, enough truth to make their stories believable.

Know what you write.

We live in an amazing age right now, where countless amounts of information are literally at our fingertips. We have only to sit at the computer, type some search terms into a text box, and learn. Read some basics about your subject, and then, read what experts say about those basics. Read articles about your topic, and then read other articles that critique those original articles. Learn what is going on in your selected field, learn the continuing conversation among experts who continue to push the envelope. From there, you will find the truths you need to strengthen your story.

How will you know when you successfully “know” your topic? When you can write about it, without directly copying any of the information you researched, when you can successfully write about a topic without plagiarizing your sources. Of course, anytime you integrate research into your writing, plagiarism should be a concern. Plagiarism is the intentional or unintentional use of someone else's words without giving them credit. Plagiarism should be avoided at all costs, because simply copying what another writer is saying isn't truly “knowing” a topic. Thankfully, in addition to providing amazing resources for research, the Internet also provides ways to ensure your work is original. At Grammarly, we offer one of the most sophisticated plagiarism checks on the Internet. Our service will scan your text, comparing it to documents all over the Internet, to let you know how original it truly is. Doing this early in the process can save you headaches in the future.

Writing only what you know will ultimately limit you as an author, which is never a good thing. When you write fiction, you have limitless possibilities in narrative form and style, so why shouldn't you have limitless possibilities in subject matter as well? Instead, do your research and know what you write. You'll end up with a story that feels real and organic, a story that draws your readers in with truth about its subject.




Bio:

Nikolas discovered his love for the written word in Elementary School, where he started spending his afternoons sprawled across the living room floor devouring one Marc Brown children’s novel after the other and writing short stories about daring pirate adventures. After acquiring some experience in various marketing, business development, and hiring roles at internet startups in a few different countries, he decided to re-unite his professional life with his childhood passions by joining Grammarly’s marketing team in San Francisco. He has the pleasure of being tasked with talking to writers, bloggers, teachers, and others about how they use Grammarly’s online proofreading application to improve their writing. His free time is spent biking, traveling, and reading.

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Thanks for a great post, Nick!





And as always, thanks for reading my blog!





Thursday, February 20, 2014

ANOTHER GIVEAWAY!!


Enter now!

For a signed copy of Ravenswynd Destinies, the final book in the series!

Here's what some folks are saying about the series:


(Amazon)
5.0 out of 5 stars Fangtabulous!!! January 4, 2014
Format:Paperback
When I said this series of books just keep getting better and better, I was absolutely right! "Ravenswynd Destinies" went above and beyond fulfilling all my expectations. I am now screaming inside, "Please, don't let this be the last book in the "Ravenswynd" series!" The author has created such believable characters, this reader is already feeling a great loss at reading the final book. If a series of books were ever written with the intent of becoming a movie, the "Ravenswynd" series definitely fits that bill to a T. Sharon Ricklin Jones, take a bow. I tip my hat to you, lady!
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(Goodreads)
's review
Feb 06, 14

Read from January 20 to February 05, 2014

I loved this book. Did not want it to end. Thank you for this whole series. I certainly would love to see it go on in the future!

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's review
Feb 13, 14

Read from February 11 to 12, 2014

Wow... this series took my breath away. I love what you did with the ending! Such a difference. I definitely recommend this entire series to all my friends and everybody who loves to read! Way to go, Sharon! Can't wait to see what you got up your sleeve next! ;)
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The entire Ravenswynd Series is available at 
Amazon, (Paperback or Kindle) 
Barnes & Noble, (paperback or Nook)  
They are also available at Smashwords, and AllRomance in several e-book formats.

Come on over to GoodReads and enter for your chance to win a signed, free copy of 
Ravenswynd Destinies!!

Good Luck!

Click on the Goodreads Link below to enter:



Goodreads Book Giveaway

Ravenswynd Destinies by Sharon Ricklin Jones

Ravenswynd Destinies

by Sharon Ricklin Jones

Giveaway ends March 20, 2014.
See the giveaway details at Goodreads.
Enter to win

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