New Complimentary Service for Editing Clients: Custom Short URL NewBookBy.Me

New Complimentary Service for Editing Clients: Custom Short URL NewBookBy.Me

I’m happy to announce a new complimentary service for my editing clients that will be available starting today: custom short URLs with the domain newbookby.me! The way it will work is when a book is available for sale online, I will provide clients with a custom short URL such as: newbookby.me/NewSunRising newbookby.me/Sarfer newbookby.me/Aversion newbookby.me/PearlDiver Obviously the use of the URL is optional, but I think it’s a pretty cool URL for a new release. I’m working on getting another domain for when books are no longer new, but for now, here’s hoping my clients enjoy the shiny new links I can...
Sarfer by Daniel Arthur Smith

Sarfer by Daniel Arthur Smith

How did it get to be the end of May already? I don’t know where the year has gone. And as usual, I’m falling behind on blogging. A couple of weeks ago, my client Daniel Arthur Smith submitted his short story Sarfer to Kindle Worlds. The story takes place in the world of Hugh Howey’s Sand, a post-apocalyptic world where the world is covered in Sand and divers burrow into the sand to retrieve hidden treasures of the buried cities of the old world. The official synopsis: Sarfer is the story of Mattie, a sailmaker’s son. When the great wall of Springston fell, he lost his father. But his father’s words resonated, “When you fall down, get back up.” So Mattie persevered and rode the wind to the brigands to become a courier, transporting anything anywhere, no questions asked. While the story takes place in Howey’s fictional world, you don’t really need to have read Sand to appreciate the story. Some of the terminology might be foreign, but you pick up on it soon enough. I’m giving away a Kindle copy of the story to help celebrate its release, so if you’re interested in entering, simply comment below and tell me what you think when you look at the cover! After you’ve done that, log your entry into the Rafflecopter widget below. a Rafflecopter...
GIVEAWAY: The Mage and the Magpie by Austin J. Bailey

GIVEAWAY: The Mage and the Magpie by Austin J. Bailey

When I began editing fiction last year, I asked myself if it was possible to review a work I’d edited and remain unbiased. A friend told me that it wasn’t, so I told myself I couldn’t review things on Amazon or other sites selling the books I’d worked on. However, after more consideration, I don’t really see anything wrong with writing about a book’s release on my own blog and giving some brief thoughts on the book with the disclaimer that I was paid to edit the book. On that note, I was paid to edit The Mage and the Magpie, the first book of The Magemother Trilogy by Austin J. Bailey. There. Now you know. Here is its magnificent cover: The book, which is Austin’s debut novel, is a fantasy adventure geared for middle-grade readers. The Mage and the Magpie is about twelve-year-old Brinley, who is roused from sleep one night by a loud gong that only she can hear. The bell eventually leads her to the land of Aberdeen, which is in great distress over the disappearance of the Magemother, the mother of the elemental mages that keep the world in balance. During her adventure, she meets Prince Hugo of the kingdom of Caraway and Tabitha, a young birdkeeper at the Magisterium, where students train in the art of magic. Together they embark on a quest to find the Magemother, meeting new friends and old enemies along the way. I have a special place in my heart for fantasy books, and The Mage and the Magpie was a true delight to work on. Brinley is a wonderful character, and if I had...
Homemade Pomegranate Juice

Homemade Pomegranate Juice

The last week here on Oahu has been agonizingly humid, and for some reason all the fruit for sale in stores either looks really sad, is too expensive, or both. So in addition to being miserable, there’s nothing really cool and refreshing for me to snack on. Every time I go to the grocery store I tell myself that I’ll come out with some fruit no matter what and in the end, I come out with nothing but bananas. And cold bananas are weird. In the end, I had come up with my own solution. A few years ago, when we were picking out what trees to grow in the yard, I was insistent that we get a pomegranate tree. I buy the trays of gigantic POM Wonderful pomegranates from Costco when they’re in season during the winter months and end up frowning down at my yellow fingertips for weeks on end. But those things are hella expensive. I think the last time I wanted a tray it was something like $16. Which brings me back to our pomegranate tree. It grew for several years, and finally last year one of the little red fruits got to just about the size of my fist. I picked it, opened it with glee, and sighed. It was rotten, even though there was nothing on the outside to indicate anything was wrong. Talk about a bummer. I’m ashamed to say I basically ignored the tree from then on. Then last month Mr. Pikko says, “You know, there are tons of pomegranates, are you going to eat them?” I went to go look and...

GIVEAWAY: Dial’s Sugar Cane Husk Scrub

A couple weeks ago I got in a new Dial product to try from the Purex Insiders program. It was a bottle of hand soap from their new Boutique Collection, which includes scents such as Sugar Cane Husk Scrub, Coconut Lime Verbena, Yellow Raspberry, and Water Blossoms. The bottle I received was for their new Sugar Cane Husk Scrub, which hit store shelves in February. A fun fact about me: I grew up near sugar cane fields. Raised in what we always used to call “the boonies” on the Big Island, there was a huge abandoned cane field right down the road from our house. I used to find it rather terrifying, imagining all the types of critters living in there after so many years of just sitting there, but there were also times where it just looked peaceful, especially when an occasional cow would wander over to the fence by the road. We’ve been using the soap in our bathroom these last few weeks and while the scent isn’t among my favorites (it’s got a sugary vanilla scent to it), my daughter and I both agree that the little micro-scrubbers are what make it feel unique. That said, it’s probably not actually bits of sugar cane husk, since this soap is simply inspired by the scent of freshly cut sugar cane, but we love the little scrubby feel of it anyway. Sort of like Lava soap, only much finer. I’ve got a coupon to give away for this one, which will get you one free bottle of an 8 ounce bottle of Sugar Cane Husk Scrub. To enter,...