Author Simone Salmon releases “Camille and the Bears of Beisa-Drafnel” through Solstice Publishing

"Camille and the Bears of Beisa-Drafnel" was recently released by Solstice Publishing.

“Camille and the Bears of Beisa-Drafnel” was recently released by Solstice Publishing.

As my guardian angel instructed, I wrapped a small piece under the ribbon tied around my braid. I noticed Miss Mattie’s immediate reaction. Her harsh tone gentled and she even allowed me to eat with her at the dining table. A welcomed change, my nerves were still on guard, unsure of how long Miss Mattie’s tolerance would last. Against my better judgment, I decided to ask about Caleb and Cassandra.

“Miss Mattie, do you think I can visit with my sister and brother sometime soon?”

Growling, Miss Mattie cocked her head and then swung around to face the door. Her eyes rolled back into their sockets. Her head snapped back as she sniffed the air.

“Why are you sitting at this table?”

I warned you, Grandmother. Leave the table now!

Miss Mattie’s neck protruded as her limbs extended. Fingers mutated into claws and hind legs ripped through her lower extremities. Wiry tufts of hair sprouted all over her body. Her face contorted and elongated as saliva slimed down enlarged jowls. My hand stifled the scream roaring through my head.

Get up and walk away slowly. Do not turn your back on it. Now!

From Camille and the Bears of Biesa-Drafnel by Simone Salmon

Hello, book enthusiasts!  Yes, it has been a while, but we are back with another Solstice Publishing author, Simone Salmon, author of Camille and the Bears of Beisa-Drafnel, a fantasy-thriller filled with intrigue, adventure, and surprises at every turn.  As usual, B&B lets the author’s work speak for itself, and Simone’s work has received praise from many peers, including screenwriter and author Robert Blake Whitehill of the Ben Blackshaw Series:

This story operates in many rich dimensions. It reads like a graphic novel, but without need of illustrations, as the events explode like fireworks in the mind’s eye. What an amazing piece of writing!”

Simone Salmon, author and Certified Reiki Practitioner, has released "Camille and the Bears of Beisa-Drafnel."

Simone Salmon, author and Certified Reiki Practitioner, has released “Camille and the Bears of Beisa-Drafnel.”

Salmon describes herself as a “spiritual truthseeker,” who embraces and appreciates many different spiritual pursuits, including appreciation of psychic phenomena.  On her blog, she showcases many emerging authors and offers services as a Certified Reiki and Pranic practitioner.  Salmon is a native Jamaican who moved to New York and resides there while, in her words, work on her “exit strategy from Corporate America.”  Let’s welcome Simone to the Books & Blondes Cafe with a hearty hug, a raised mug, and checking out her work!

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Twitter: @miraclemindcoac




Some marketing basics for Emerging Authors

One of the most frustrating parts of being an emerging author is learning how to market.  Even more frustrating is learning how to do so without the funds needed to execute a business or marketing plan.  Many authors put their own money into creating promotion campaigns and procuring the items needed to conduct a marketing blitz.  Advertising, merchandising and promotions are categories which require money and, in many cases, the author simply doesn’t have the funds.

So what is a writer to do?

Melissa Miller, CEO and Founder of Solstice Publishing, has seen many authors succeed on a super-tight budget.  She pointed out many things which emerging authors can do to get their name out there, and it all comes down to one word:  branding.

“The main thing is branding your name,” says Miller.  “I would focus your blog a lot on branding your name as an author. A lot of people don’t really understand that.”

One of the core issues, Miller notes, is that many authors underestimate the power of social media.  Websites like Facebook, Goodreads, Twitter, Pinterest, LinkedIn, and Tumblr all have specific niches they orient towards.  Twitter is a particular favorite of Miller’s, primarily because its format allows readers to interact with authors in a way which is not offered by many other sites.  To her, this is essential for budding authors who have little or no money to spend on their marketing.

“People want to interact with authors,” she noted, adding that with the economy still being in a bit of a slump, many people are doing everything they can to stretch their entertainment dollar.  To Miller, a budget-priced book from an author who is happy to talk to readers about the work, to allow readers to understand what the author is thinking, is worth way more than a budget-busting bestseller from a novelist who has no time to interact with the people who help he and she bring home the literary bacon.

In an era of fiscal austerity for many people, social media offers the best return on investment, especially if the only investment one can afford is time and ingenuity.  Some authors have taken to building their brand not just as a writer, but as bloggers and advocates of various causes.  The goal, according to Miller, is to engage readers as as someone who customers can relate to, and who is easy to approach.  Many emerging authors have taken to understanding this, and some of the world’s most successful authors offers readers an open platform to directly contact them for any questions or comments.

Most important, however, is that authors understand that much of the promotional resources available are free or low cost.  Many website platforms offer free and low cost options for those looking to promote their books.  Unfortunately, many writers get taken advantage of by companies and individuals peddling services which can easily be done using automated systems built into free web services.  One of the most important things to bear in mind, however, is that building a brand is as important, perhaps more so, than offering up a bunch of freebies or gimmicks.  An author’s brand is their image, and that image can mean the difference between readers buying because they find an author fun and engaging, or taking a pass because that same author is regarded as unapproachable, grumpy, arrogant jerk.

Olivia Gracey brings heat, heart and humor together in “The Allow Factor”


Title:  The Allow Factor

Publisher:  Solstice Publishing

Author:  Olivia Gracey

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Author Olivia Gracey takes the insanity of a “toxic romance” to a new level with her novel “The Allow Factor.”  Gracey weaves a story of the push-pull passion between Sadie and Radley, a relationship which can only be described as “crazy maddening.”   While the story contains the prototypical dashing hunk in Radley, whose own sex appeal is like honey to a bee, Sadie knows, deep down in her core, that he is simply poison for her.  Like a smoker trying to quit, she does everything in her power to resist his advances, only to be drawn back into him with his touch and kiss.

As the story goes on, Sadie must find herself and admit what she knows to be true but simply can’t face; that Radley isn’t so much “Mr. Right,” as he is “Mr. Right Now.”   Sadie’s passions are her weak spot, and Radley knows exactly how to penetrate those points, so to speak.  Most stories of this ilk would ask “will he ever change?”  This is where The Allow Factor diverges in way which is refreshing.  While waiting on Radley to change, Sadie discovers the real question is whether she will allow herself to not only be loved, but to love, the she deserves.  These answers are not easy to find and, before it’s all said and done, the reader will likely want to grab Sadie by her shoulders and scream “what the ___ are you thinking???”  Of course, Sadie truly represents all of us who have been there, which makes her character so very relatable.

The Allow Factor does something most romance stories don’t do – it melds the emotional with the physical, and uses both to crank the love scenes up beyond the merely “white hot.”  For a romance, this story is refreshingly action-packed, and the dialogue is not the stilted sort of “puppies and kittens” platitudes or emo-laden lows found in so many mass-market works.  Gracey takes great pains to ensure the reader understands Sadie’s character, and engages you to Sadie’s heart and soul on a journey which most women (and even a man or two) will be able to look at and say “yep, I’ve been there!”

This is an excellent story for the discriminating romance fan looking for a work with both heat, heart and humor.  The Allow Factor is more than just a great read; it is a window into the soul of everyone who has suffered the heartbreak of a passionate toxic relationship.  Gracey better be allowing herself the ability to create more stories like this, because she is an emerging author who is the real deal.