Sunday, July 22, 2012

Shout Out to Indies

We here at The Paperback Princesses often receive emails from Indie authors requesting reviews and are blessed with free book copies. Often we are unable to get to so many titles before our mass market published books take over our TBR shelves. That doesn't mean there aren't plenty of great reads though! We want to give back to those Indie authors and are declaring EVERY SECOND SUNDAY our SHOUT OUT TO INDIES MEME. For those of fellow bloggers, please feel free to add our meme to your regular schedule. We only ask that you quote and link back to us as a courtesy. For all of you Indie authors, we invite you to contact us at the contact link to your top left. We will select 1 - 3 titles (each time we post) that sound interesting. Lastly, for you readers, this is a bit of a test so please do comment and let us know what you think. We will also be offering up giveaway copies whenever we can! So without further ado, here are this week's picks -

Published: May 2012

The doctors have told Kay that she will die before she reaches her eighteenth birthday. Her mother’s determination to save her life leads them to a move outside of Asheville, NC to a new set of cancer specialists in the hopes to help her. But it’s not what Kay and her Mom find in the doctor’s offices in Asheville that lead them on the journey to save her before time runs out. It’s what Kay finds in the woods outside of Asheville, and an inhumanly gorgeous guy named Ryan, instead.

Myths and fairy tales come to life before Kay’s eyes, bringing her closer to the ultimate cure if she can stay alive long enough to get there. And if the cancer doesn’t kill her before she finds the cure the secrets her mother has hidden from her may be the beginning of the end.

   Jessie Lane is the writing team of Crystal Leo and Melissa Pahl. The two sister-in-laws share a great love of breath-taking romance, cliff hanging suspense, and out-of-this-world characters that demand your attention or threaten to slap you around until you do pay attention to them. Because really, it is ALL about the characters. (They’re kind of megalomaniacs)
When not loosing themselves in a story they remember they have real lives. Crystal lives in Kentucky with her husband and two little girls who plot daily the many ways they can drive their poor mother crazy. At the end of the day Crystal then calls Melissa and threatens to ship her two nieces to their favorite Aunt with lots of air holes punched through their box. Melissa answers Crystal’s crazed calls in Washington state where she lives with her husband and big furry baby of a Rottweiler named Yuffie and reminds her that children are not shippable.
This is their first novel but they are all geared up and excited to be releasing other projects soon.
Writing with a Co-Author
 It might help to explain the back story to us and why we went the route of writing together. Unfortunately we live really, really far apart. I live in Washington and Crystal lives in Kentucky. We normally talked about once every other week on the phone or on Facebook. So for Crystal to call me late at night was not a surprise, but I answered quickly anyways. (Most Hilarious conversation we have ever had, and yes some whiskey was involved on both sides). And yes Crystal, drunk dialing will always be hilarious!
So back to the story, she was frustrated about the book, and couldn’t concentrate on having to revise and reread it again and again. So I told her she needed a set of fresh eyes to go over it and to send it to me. I’ll send it back to her in a few weeks and then she can look at it again after I made corrections to the best of my abilities. I jokingly told her all she had to do was make me brownies as a thank you. She agreed and then sent me a list of things she wanted changed and flipped and cut out and so on. It took me about three weeks before I sent it back to her and prayed she wouldn’t be pissed at the outcome.
Three days later she called me and her voice was care free while she kinda shouted in my ear ‘THANK YOU SIS’! Pretty much after that phone call we started to collaborate on the rest of the ideas swimming around in our minds and decided that we needed to work together for the sake each other’s sanity and because we had more hilarious phone calls to add to the first one that started it all.
We both have active and vivid imaginations and having someone else there to help with the releasing of those ideas is so refreshing. We get each other easily, sometimes finishing each other’s thoughts. So when one needs a break the other takes over. Now we are inseparable. She’s not just my sister-in-law; she’s one of my closet friends, and my partner in crime. (On my recent visit, her husband (my brother) and my dad, were laughing at us because we were trying to make a ‘basket’ with the paper off of the straws into each other’s shirt, yes we know we are immature but it was funny - until she got the kids involved. She cheated and I quickly ran out of ammo.) We keep it simple and fun. We agree on a lot of things and when it’s put to paper, it’s amazing.
 Since I am writing this from my home in Washington, I know Crystal agrees with me on this. We wouldn’t be Jessie Lane without the other and that Crystal still owes me brownies. Love you SIS!

1 comment:

  1. I am the same. I get masses of requests from Indie authors and I do try to get a bit read/reviewed but again, need another head, lol!!

    I do Indie Author Spotlights now and I am behind by several, but I will get there:D