Curious Little Werewolf, Now in Audio!


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Happy Dance Time!!
Everything it seems has run at a snail's pace since the start of 2020. But things are still running. My audio release of Pretty Little Werewolf took almost two months to be approved by ACX to release to Audible. So when my producer told me she was finished with Curious Little Werewolf, I had little hope of getting this out before June. But, the stars aligned and the approval process moved so much faster. TL;DR - Curious Little Werewolf is now available in audio!!!!


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Audible/ACX gives us 25 free codes (US and UK) to share with reviewers to help boost initial reviews for the newly released titles. So, of course I'm passing that along to you. These are first come first serve. If you would like to review either of these titles, click the links below to request your code. 

Pretty Little Werewolf

Curious Little Werewolf 

And of course I have collected other deals to share from the awesome authors participating in StoryOrigin. Seriously, I love that site. What a great way to get the word out about books and share the author community. 
So, here are the current weekly deals!

Bloodbound Nocturne
Bloodbound Nocturne: An Urban Fantasy Romance (The Sophia Kelly Chronicles Book 1)
$2.99 Kindle


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Romance with a Kick
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More Than Meets the Eye - Midweek Madness
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 Supernatural Giveaway
Supernatural Horror & Thrillers
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Fantastic Fantasy for Review!
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More reads to keep you entertained at home.

Lots going on this week. Looks like some of the country is beginning to open up. Quarantine looks like it might be lifted slowly. That's great news, as long as we don't see a resurgence. Fingers, toes, and eyes crossed. I do enjoy a happy ending so I'm praying that is what we are seeing happen here. But, even if we are opening up and going out side, safely, we are still not out of the woods completely. And so we still need to make sure we have plenty to entertain ourselves with at home. A few of my indie friends have released books this week and I'd like to introduce you to them. And of course post the sales for this week to. So, without further ado.... 

NEW RELEASE BOOKS


Iron and Madness
Three fae follow a trail of madness, spurred up by the dying cries of innocents.
Fae usually hunt just for food, this time they hunt for vengeance.


 Cloud Diver
Johnny Wheeler was perfectly happy being a diver in Void Life. One fateful day doing his job in cyberspace he ends up finding a secret floor in the tower, and finds a woman with a Gunblade walking towards an ancient storage system known as the cloud. Johnny follows her and gets a file that everyone from zombie mobsters to unicorns that farts rainbows are after. Johnny's only escape from this adventure business is that girl with the Gunblade (who may or may not like him very much.) 


DEALS AND STEALS


The Nibiru Effect
The Nibiru Effect
A Time Travel Adventure
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Starlight: A YA Paranormal Fantasy Romance (Immortal Heritage Book 1)
A deadly secret. Two broken hearts. One destiny.
$0.99 Kindle ebook

Prisoner of Fae
Prisoner of Fae: Enchanted Penitentiary Book 1
$2.99 Kindle
Accused of murder. Locked up with dangerous Fae criminals and dangerously attractive prison guards. But I'm totally innocent—I know it.

Molten Heart: A Fire Drake Love Story by [Katie Salidas]

Molten Heart: A Fire Drake Love Story
Contact between the human world and the dragon realm is strictly forbidden. No one knows this more than Dax Hyland. Drake Enforcer of the Pacific Colony.

 Supernatural Sale
Supernatural Horror & Thrillers
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Avoiding Echoes In Your Manuscript



WHAT IS AN ECHO?

The technical definition of an echo is simple:

Repeating a word or similar version of that word in the same sentence, consecutive sentences, or same paragraph (close proximity).
Pronouns like she/he, character names, and I get a small pass on this as they are repeated intentionally.

Quick and Dirty Examples:

The room was a small child’s bedroom.
Damn he was smooth. And with the looks to match. No. She couldn’t fall for the smooth talking.
We protect magic and the community of magical beings.

While echoes are not totally avoidable in writing it is good to limit them in your work.

Why?

Because an echo interrupts the cadence of your work. A story flows not only because of its plot, it has a natural rhythm to its words. Books are not just blocks of text. They are a mix of sentences in varying lengths. That creates a natural flow and pacing for the reader. But, when we hit an echo, that flow is interrupted. As if listening to a record when it hits a scratch, it’s an almost audible sound for a reader. A distraction, small, but noticeable. Used sparingly, it is not off-putting (we can’t avoid them all), but the more echoes your manuscript has, the more that scratch becomes noticeable to the reader, and can take them out of the story world. We don’t want that.

Echoes can be more pronounced in uncommon words. Even when those words are spaced further apart. Due to the nature of their uniqueness, they will stand out more within readers minds. This goes doubly so for words readers have to stop and look up.

Quick and Dirty Examples:

Kerfuffle
Ochre
Serendipity
Abjure
Ipso Facto
Tittynope

(This is by no means an exhaustive list, just the first few words that came to mind.)
Remember: When choosing words that are not used in everyday conversation, be especially careful how closely you place them in your work.


Rhymes and related sounding words can also create an echo effect. This does not apply to poetry. When writing a manuscript, be aware of this as rhymes have their own cadence and flow that can unravel the pacing of a sentence or paragraph.

Quick and Dirty Examples:

I’m a poet and I didn’t even know it.
At first he was unknown, but now he’s totally in the zone.
He gets a prize if he tries.


SO, HOW DO YOU SEEK AND DESTROY THESE BOTHERSOME ECHOS?

Read your manuscript out loud, or have it read to you.
As the author we are too close to our work to see the mistakes when we read silently. But when the words are given sound the natural rhythm comes out and you’ll hear the record skipping.

Use the find function in your word processor.
Admit it, you have crutch words. We all do. If you know you’re prone to overusing certain words, keep a list handy. Then, when the manuscript is complete, seek and destroy those words. You’ll often need to restructure sentences to remove them, but that’s what revisions are for, right?

Use an editing program.
ProWritingAid is one I use and it has an echo finding feature that will highlight all of the closely repeated words in a manuscript. This will make finding them super easy.


For more Self-Editing Tips, check out these other articles:

Self-Editing Tips and Tricks. Cut these words from your manuscript! - https://www.katiesalidas.com/2020/02/self-editing-tips-and-tricks-cut-these.html

Is your Manuscript ready to be Published? - https://www.katiesalidas.com/2011/07/is-your-manuscript-ready-to-be.html

Avoiding Echoes In Your Manuscript - https://www.katiesalidas.com/2020/05/avoiding-echoes-in-your-manuscript.html


Sneak Peek at the next Agents of ASSET book

I don't know about you, but the longer we are in quarantine the more stir-crazy me and the family are getting. Don't get me wrong. I totally understand the why, and I am not complaining. But I do miss the opportunity to have plans to cancel. I seriously scared the Amazon delivery driver the other day by being a little too eager to get a package from them. OMG human interaction, from other humans, not those living in my house.
All joking aside, it is tough and we still have a little ways to go before things get back to normal. So it is still super important for us to find ways to keep entertained. I'm working like mad with freelance projects. With my a-la-carte self publishing consulting business I'm glad to have the opportunities to work from home. And in my spare time I'm still working on the next book. Here's a sneak peek.
Agents of ASSET book 5... No release date yet, but as soon as I know, you'll know.


 Agents of ASSET book series

Catch up on book's 1-4 now.


And while you wait for book 5, check out these reads, available now. 

Serpent
Vigilante. Fugitive. Madman
She was the first Vigilante. He was her last case.

Halloween Fantasies by [Rozlyn Sparks]
Touted as the sexiest party of the year, the annual Halloween Fantasy Ball is the one place a girl can let loose and succumb to her wildest fantasies.

Beneath (Running From the Devil Book 1) by [J.E. Taylor, Katie Salidas]
An escaped demon and a snarky cat face off against the seven deadly sins.

Dissension: A Supernatural Rebellion Thriller (Chronicles of the Uprising Book 1) by [K.A. Salidas, Katie Salidas]
Dissension: A Supernatural Rebellion Thriller
(Chronicles of the Uprising Book 1)



About The Author

Katie Salidas is a USA Today bestselling author and RONE award winner known for her unique genre-blending style.

Since 2010 she's penned five bestselling book series: the Immortalis, Olde Town Pack, Little Werewolf, Chronicles of the Uprising, and the all-new Agents of A.S.S.E.T. series. As her not-so-secret alter ego, Rozlyn Sparks, she is a USA Today bestselling author of romance with a naughty side.

In her spare time Katie also produces and hosts a YouTube talk show; Spilling Ink. She also has a regular column on First Comics News where she explores writing from a nerdy perspective.