Monday, April 21, 2014

New Kindle Release: Eye of the Beholder by Elissa Gabrielle

The true measure of our existence begins with the way we view the world.

Jerusalem "Jay" Jones has experienced the uglier side of life. As an Iraq war Veteran, he is a hero for bravely putting his life on the line to serve his country. But that unselfish act resulted in him lying in a Veteran’s hospital with injuries he sustained from the war. His present circumstance should be a cakewalk for Jerusalem considering what he has witnessed both as a child and while in the heat of battle. The pleasantries of love, laughter and life have always seemed to elude him. From his early days as a child growing up abused and terrorized on the tough streets of Newark, to being all that he could be in the military, Jerusalem’s life has been anything but pleasant and attractive when viewed from the surface. Now, vulnerable and reclusive, he must face the world he joined the military to escape, armed with only dark secrets from his past, a bruised and burdened psyche and limits to him physically.

Jill Lopes longs to fix the wounded and broken, but before she can heal the sick, she must first mend her own battle scars of unhappiness and resistance, and find a way to push past the experiences that haunt her. When fate boldly steps in and introduces itself into Jerusalem's and Jill's lives, they realize that the challenges we meet in life hold the power to open us to a higher, more meaningful existence. Will they both be able to view the world for what it really is under the clear truth of who they are and what they are capable of becoming together? Does beauty really lie in the eye of the beholder? Experience the power of love on this redemptive journey where the purpose of the tribulations in one's life, will be empowered to reveal the gifts they bring.


Don't sleep on Elissa Gabrielle's literary skills. Head to AMAZON now to purchase your copy of Eye of the Beholder today. 

You won't be disappointed.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Pre-order Your Copy of RIPPED by Katy Evans Today!

Every woman wants me--except the one I sing for.

Seattle shakes with anticipation: they call it the concert of the year. They say girls are getting pregnant just thinking about Crack Bikini being in town.

But when you love a girl, you don't leave her with nothing but a ring and a promise.

Any man with half a brain should know..

So what did I expect my girl would do when she saw me again?

Well, for starters, she loathes our music. Particularly the song I wrote about her.

When I sing it, the stadium is in an uproar. Thousands of fans scream my name like

I'm a god--but yeah, not her. Crystal clear: the girl's not happy to see me.

Black hair, black boots, a bad attitude, that's her -- Pandora Stone is a freaking man-eater and she's out for my blood.

That's alright.

Let her come at me. Because I'm out for her heart and, this time, there's no way she can stop me.

Pre-order RIPPED (Real #1) today at Amazon, iBooks, and Barnes and Noble!

Other books in the REAL SERIES:

Danielle Allen's BACK TO LIFE Is 99 Cents Today and Saturday

With a 4.7 overall rating at Amazon (52 customer reviews), BACK TO LIFE is a book you will want to check out. Today and Saturday, author Danielle Allen is offering the novel for only 99 cents.

Head to AMAZON right now to read the book description, download your copy, and settle in for a weekend of reading!

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Talking Book Covers with Designer Junnita Jackson

.:Junnita Jackson:.
Brooklyn born and raised. A 70's baby. A lover of words. A spoken word artist. A graphic designer. A mother, wife, sister, friend and daughter.


When and why did you start designing book covers?
I started designing covers when I couldn't find an affordable option for my 2007 debut novel, If It Don't Hurt It Ain't Love.

To you, how important is the cover to the success of a book? At least for that PURCHASE of the book?
Very important. The reason we even pick up a book we didn't initially go to the bookstore to buy is because the cover design called out to us.

Here's a tough question: What are three of your favorite book covers... that you have designed of course? And why?
These are my current favorite covers, they were all in my Predesigned Cover Collection until someone fell in love with the story they told. The first one (Revelations of a Drug Lord cover) I'm so very drawn to, and actually had a hard time parting with it once the client claimed it because I couldn't help but to wonder what was so deep on his mind. The second one (Karma cover) taught me a lesson in typography and how the font can actually change the genre of the book even if the image stayed the same. For this one, I went with a font that whispered paranormal in my ear. And the last one (Destiny cover), I loved because it was bold and controversial. She has a needle in her arm, and I knew it would take a bold author to claim it as their own.

For you, what are three things that every great cover should have?
The three things that every great cover should have is a clear readable font for the author's name, a clear crisp image that portrays some idea of what the book is about, and a layout that's easily read as a thumbnail sized or full sized image of the cover.

Are you currently having any specials on your book cover designs?
I am currently holding a sale for $250 for custom designed paperback covers and $10 off any predesigned cover. Both sales run until the end of this month.

Anything else you'd like to tell the CLG audience?
Not only do I design covers, but I also design and print coordinating bookmarks, postcards and business cards for an author's arsenal of promotional material.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

The Optimist-Kit: Support This Creative, Inspirational, and Motivational Project Today!

I have been blessed to meet wonderful people who exude positive energy, an energy that not only attracts you to them but also makes you want to be filled with that same positive energy.

Author and entrepreneur Pachet Burson is one of those people in my life, and when she told me about her new endeavor, I was compelled to share in the hope that those who love to inspire, who love to be inspired, who love to dwell in and celebrate their and others' creativity would join in and contribute to this worthwhile project!

Pachet Burson is a mother of three, wife, writer, blogger, and creative mind. She’s been called a “creative trifecta” because of her love of all things innovative. Whether she’s taking pictures, writing stories or making jewelry, Pachet believes that creativity is something that everyone possesses and it should be utilized daily to aid in inspiring, motivating and problem solving. She aspires to encourage and empower others to tap into their creative sides and continue the cycle of inspiration, motivation and empowerment. When she’s not working, avid coffee drinker Pachet is reading with the kids, eating sushi with her husband in Chicago, or lusting after Optimus Prime while eating butter pecan ice cream. You can learn more about Pachet at the following online outlets: her blog | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

Not too long ago, Pachet was inspired to create her new project, THE OPTIMIST-KIT. The Optimist-Kit is a monthly subscription box service featuring a journal, a writing utensil, stimulating trinkets and a unique 30-day inspirational challenge all packaged together with a creative theme.

Pachet told me that inspiration for The Optimist-Kit struck "when one of my followers on Instagram commented on a picture I took of an affirmation I wrote. Something told me to reach out to her, and I did via email. After she emailed me, I told her that I wanted to send her something like a care package. At that time I had no idea what I wanted to send, but I swear, God spoke to me and told me 'This is what you’re going to do. This is your business.' And just like that, I started drafting my idea of The Optimist-Kit."

With her divine inspiration for the kits, Pachet sees big things for what the Optimist-Kit can do. "At the end of the day," she said, "I want to share the power of creativity and passion with the world. I believe that we harbor so many thoughts, dreams and even baggage that we cannot truly be ourselves because we fear of what others think. 

"I used to fear sharing my ideas, dreams and even past experiences with others out of fear of what they would say, but journaling helped me open up and also helped me share some of my experiences with others. I said recently, if I can inspire one person then that’s enough for me and it’s true. All it takes is one."

Pachet's ultimate goal of The Optimist-Kit is broken down in four words: CREATE. INSPIRE. MOTIVATE. REPEAT.
  • CREATE: A daily writing ritual to ignite innovation and positive thinking.
  • INSPIRE: Oneself and others to find their passion(s), let go of negativity and embrace the person that we have all been blessed to be and become.
  • MOTIVATE: Others to be part of a positive movement and pay it forward.
  • REPEAT: Create the ultimate cycle of optimism and passion.

Pachet has already launched her April kits, and is currently fundraising for The Optimist-Kit via She is looking to raise $600 to help fund the upcoming kits for May, June and July through the purchase of t-shirts that she has designed.

Pachet is selling shirts featuring these four cores via Booster for just $24. These shirts will not only help raise funds, but they will also help spread the word about The Optimist-Kit.

"I believe that The Optimist-Kit is needed for anyone and everyone looking to release their inner thoughts and/or uncover their passions," Pachet said. "I would truly appreciate your support in any way that you can give it. Buy a shirt, spread the word about the fundraiser daily or weekly, no matter how you do it, please know that it will not be taken for granted."

To purchase a shirt and view Pachet's campaign, please check out her Booster campaign HERE.