Cover Reveal!

This is it ladies, gentlemen, and trans alike 🙂

Part 4 of The Chronicles of Xannia is nearing its launch — and that means:

!!COVER REVEAL TIME!!

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Sorry!

This is just the teaser – lol!

Stop by Goodreads between 6pm – 7pm EST on Friday November 2nd to see the cover for the last book in The Chronicles of Xannia Series.

I’ll be conducting a giveaway for a free e-copy of the book and drawing names from all those who stop by and leave a comment either about the new cover or the series in general.

Just scroll down to the bottom of the book page to: DISCUSS THIS BOOK and you’ll see the thread for the Cover Reveal 😀 Don’t forget to refresh the page every few minutes to keep up with the incoming comments.

I’ll be answering questions to the best of my ability all hour — #nospoilers.

Hope to see you there 🙂

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5 Star Review!

Hi everyone,

I don’t normally post my book reviews but this one had me as giddy as when I first finished writing book 1 of the The Chronicles of Xannia.

If you haven’t had a chance to pick up Time’s Tempest yet, maybe the Red Headed Book Lover is just who you need to hear from 😉

Note: This is not the Red Headed Book Lover, just a royalty free image from pixabay.com to represent her.

Blog Excerpt:

Time’s Tempest is an incredible, unique and phenomenal novel courtesy of a remarkable author, M.J. Moores. When I discovered Time’s Tempest and read the words ‘embarking as a guide into the death zones that are the Deserts’ I knew instantly that I had to read the book as well as share it with you lovely readers because how rare is that! I was intrigued right away as to why the Deserts are death zones and what has happened to make it this way. The fact that I was intrigued and wanted to read the book from the description alone shows us, readers, that M.J. Moores is a phenomenal writer who knows how to hook you from her description and premise alone! Time’s Tempest is a thrilling story that is shocking as well as entertaining, and the story managed to captivate as well as delight me from the first few pages. Time’s Tempest can only be described as the kind of novel for those that are looking for an escape and to be taken on an adventure because Time’s Tempest will provide this with its thrilling story that is hard to forget!

Click HERE to read the full review 🙂

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Big Picture vs. Reality

 

 

With spring just around the corner, I thought I’d declutter my desk and give myself a fresh space to concentrate and get organized.

So, I put up a corkboard that I bought before Christmas (just for this little task) and proceeded to post my TO DOs related to writing.

Exhibit A (the first image above)

I was so proud of myself for finally getting this task done and clearing my work space that I had to take a picture so I could share it — I know, but I was proud of myself for taking that first step.

Exhibit B

As I worked on some housekeeping items on my computer for some volunteer work I do (writing community and elementary school community stuff), a few more TO DO items came to mind that I had avoided putting down on my already overflowing list. No biggie. We’re being thorough here, right?

Exhibit C

24hrs after putting up my “Let’s get organized” board, I’m staring at the Big Picture all of a sudden and averting my gaze… Here I was, so excited about having a plan and writing down my To Do List items on coloured pieces of paper (a great procrastination technique for avoiding writing/editing), and now I’m feeling overwhelmed again.

I have:

3 short stories I promised to critique (1 novel beta read I completely dropped the ball on last month).

3 publicity initiatives I need to follow through on (facebook infographics/update my book events here/schedule another 6 or so blog posts for my emerging author website–Infinite Pathways)

2 projects to complete before going to Toronto Comic Con in 3 weeks (design mini-booklets for Lost Chapter #1/design, print, and stick labels on my paper book bags)

1 personal short story to edit (my publisher is looking for that by May 1st)

1 new book to edit (mine! was picked up by Love Knot Books but I won’t get those edits for another month or so)

2 new books to write (Forgotten Fallacy–book 4 of Chronicles/and book 2 in the aforementioned romantic suspense series just picked up by Love Knot Books)

1 Grant Application to complete (today’s deadline)

1 Grant Application to prepare for (October deadline)

1 book to update (Cadence of Consequences…apparently my “style experiment” is rubbing traditional readers a tad raw so I need to add names before each shift after a break when I switch to a new point of view)

3 middle grade adventure stories to rewrite (long-term goal for this year)

Amazon reviewers to approach 

Query letter to send to agents (for The Hollow Kiss, book 1 in my Urban Fantasy series)

…and…

A list of bookstores to contact to get my books in on consignment

TAKE A DEEP BREATH (I’m yelling this at myself, not you)

How easy it is to forget to prioritize; to breathe; to take small steps, to breathe, and to realistically look at the fact that some of these items have been hanging over my head for a year now; some I need to complete within the next month; one I’d like to finish within the next two months (draft 1 of Book 4!); and still others that are on my “distant future” want list.

I think I’m still going to need that small TO DO list back on the corner of my desk — just so that I can prioritize and let myself see that:

A) There are actually 5 colourful notes I can take down and toss out — DONE!

B) There are 2 large notes that are “handy reminders” and not actual things To Do — YES!

C) There are only 4 projects I need to balance right now, 2 of which will be done by the end of the week, a 3rd by early next week — Okay!

D) The most important note on that board is not a note at all, but the picture of my son, for whom I cannot feel guilty spending time with.

And, that’s the takeaway here.

As much as I love writing, and editing, and helping others until my eyes bleed and my fingers…you get the idea. I need to remember that’s not what life is about. Sure, I’d like to make my deadlines and get some more traction on the sales of my books, but when it comes right down to it, if my six-year-old needs my help to pass the “boss man” on Crash of the Titians (X-Box 360), then I’m there for him 😉

What about you?

Have you had to shake your head recently and really prioritize your To Do List?

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Preening with Pride

Some of you may not know that in addition to writing, I am also a book reviewer for indieBRAG Medallion. I have been with BRAG for many years and I was honoured recently by having my debut novel, Time’s Tempest, receive an indieBRAG Medallion for excellence in self-publishing (not, I was not allowed to read my own book 😉 ).

BRAG Medallion is taking the time to highlight many of its dedicated reader/reviewers this year in an effort to show the humanity behind the award process and share what drives their readers. I have believed in the mandate of indieBRAG from day one, and I’m honoured to be interviewed about what it’s like being a reader.

Here is a brief excerpt:

One Reader’s Voice Out Loud with Melissa

Our readers are the foundation of what makes indieBRAG unique.  They not only select the books to become the next B.R.A.G. Medallion Honoree but give feedback to our authors. This feedback is important not only to the authors but to the reader as well. Readers carry a lot of weight in what we regard as quality in self-publishing. Not only that but how readers see author’s platforms and performance on social media. Today, Melissa is sharing her thoughts about promoting books on social media and much more!

indieBRAG: How do you find books and what do you think of social media and books?

I usually find my print books by visiting my local book stores and browsing the shelves. I tend to find my ebooks by browsing Goodreads. Social media and books isn’t something I’ve grown accustomed to yet, but that’s probably because I spend so much time on my computer for work that I’d rather get out of the house and explore.

indieBRAG: Do you go to an author’s website or social media when looking for a book or do you usually pick a book based on a search, on sites such as Amazon?

I don’t actually search Amazon for books. I will go in with a title in mind (if I can’t find it locally) and then make my purchase. I do look at Goodreads recommendations though. I enjoy visiting websites for authors I’ve discovered the old-fashioned way (and just so you know, I’m not even 40 yet!) or checking out authors who’ve found me via my review blog to delve deeper into who they are and what they’re writing.

Click HERE for the full Interview.

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Great News!

Time’s Tempest was just awarded a B.R.A.G. Medallion for being a high-quality indie book ❤

 

When time is your enemy and the truth will only get you killed, who’s left to trust as the world threatens to crumble around you?

Embarking as a guide into the death zones that are the Deserts, Taya leads a group of civilians who blindly follow a prophet obsessed with preventing the planet Xannia from environmental self-destruction. Here, fate and destiny wage war propelling an epic search for truth amidst 2000 year old lies, in opposition to a government bent on burying ancient secrets and anyone who goes looking for them.

As Taya desperately attempts to keep the prophet and his followers alive, this journey forces her to grapple with the circumstances of her past which have aligned to hurdle her into her darkest memories; making choices she never wanted to consider; learning truths she was never meant to know.

 

indieBrag and BRAGMedallion.com is owned and operated by indieBRAG, LLC, a privately held organization that has brought together a large group of readers, both individuals and members of book clubs, located throughout the United States and in ten other countries around the globe. The word “indie” refers to self-published books, while B.R.A.G. is an acronym for Book Readers Appreciation Group. The name “indieBRAG” and the B.R.A.G. logos are trademarks of indieBRAG, LLC. The B.R.A.G. Medallion is a certification trademark owned and controlled by indieBRAG, LLC.

Their mission is to discover talented self-published authors and help them give their work the attention and recognition it deserves. Our primary focus is fiction across a wide range of genres; however, we selectively consider non-fiction books as well.

~ Info courtesy of BRAGMedallion.com/About

You can find Time’s Tempest listed on the B.R.A.G. Medallion website HERE.

I can’t thank all of my readers and supporters enough for helping the series grow 😀

MJ

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