Meet the Author: M.L. Gardner

Author M.L. Gardner

M.L. “Molly” Gardner writes with a simple but elegant style. “It is important to me that readers see the character clearly, the room they are in, and the facial expression they hold during conversation. I often go back and edit out some of the details, finding a good balance of painting a picture and leaving some for the readers imagination. I also only keep an eye on the rules. For every rule I have ever read for fiction writers, I have found a fabulous author who has successfully broken that rule. So from the start I have not focused on the rules. I only care about writing a good story people will love. Don’t get me wrong–grammar and sentence structure are important. So is finding the right balance between conversation and narration and fleshing out characters. But I don’t take it to a level that compromises my sanity. As an author friend of mine so wonderfully puts it to those who micro-analyze his work, Boy did you miss the point. Go be an editor.” Continue reading “Meet the Author: M.L. Gardner”

Book Signing Blues – Part 2

In part 1, we established that you are an author and not a salesman. Writing a book is different from selling a book.

In person.

At a book signing event.

You wonder how I presume to tell you how to conduct a book signing when I’ve never had one myself. First, I have been in the vicinity of book signings before, and by “in the vicinity,” I mean I was one of those people cutting your table a wide berth as if you were selling dog-poop kebabs. So, I know why people don’t come up to you and engage you.  Second, I’ve had most of a bottle of cough syrup now and this all makes perfect sense to me, so try to keep up. Continue reading “Book Signing Blues – Part 2”

Sneak Peek – The Kiss of Night by K.S. Brooks

Today, the lovely and talented K.S. “Kat” Brooks shares a sneak peek at her book, The Kiss of Night. This title is up for an award for book cover of the year. You can vote to support Kat by going here, and clicking on The Kiss of Night, (which is listed as #5 in the right sidebar) and voting. The site is a monster to load, so do be patient.

The world’s top anti-terrorist agent has a new mission: dealing with being forced into early retirement by a debilitating injury. Former Special Agent Kathrin Night fights the demons of her past, present and future while dealing with her new mysterious Russian bodyguard, Agent Aleksey Khovechkin. Sent compliments of the Russian Minister of Defense, refusing his services is not an option. But is Aleksey’s true mission to protect her, or does he have another agenda?

The Kiss of Night is available from Amazon in print or Kindle format, Barnes & Noble, and other online retailers. Continue reading “Sneak Peek – The Kiss of Night by K.S. Brooks”

K.S. Brooks’ “The Kiss of Night” Up for Book Cover of the Year!

My good friend and fellow author K.S. Brooks just received some fantastic news. Her book The Kiss of Night is up for a Book Cover of the YEAR award.

YOU can help her win this prestigious award by  going to this page and on the right, scroll down just a little bit and place your vote for #5 and click Vote!

So, go already! What are you still loafing around here for?