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Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Books-A-Million dips toe in print-on-demand business |

Books-A-Million dips toe in print-on-demand business | "Books-A-Million Inc., the Birmingham-based chain of 253 bookstores, will dip its toe in the print-on-demand book business and install on-demand hardware in a Maine store and a store to be named later, the company announced today."

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Self-Published Author Lands Book of the Week Promotion at Apple’s iBookstore - GalleyCat

Self-Published Author Lands Book of the Week Promotion at Apple’s iBookstore - GalleyCat: "Smashwords author JD Nixon scored the coveted “Book of the Week” promotion at Apple’s iBookstore this week, making the first book of the author’s Heller series free for a week for iBooks readers."

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Saturday, July 13, 2013

I now have 72 reviews on Amazon


New five star review! 

Thank you Nanette!! You Rock! 

5.0 out of 5 stars a great read!July 12, 2013
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This review is from: Tales of Aradia The Last Witch Volume 1 (Kindle Edition)
The Tale of Aradia was in my opinion a totally great read for all ages. I'm a huge fan of strong female characters and Aradia was strong in so many ways.

Aradia's story actually begins with a sad start. As a baby she loses her whole family but one last attempt to save her life brought her to her life as it is now. A human family found her in a cave and adopted her as their daughter. Aradia and her parents always knew she was different but it wasn't until they moved to Salem that she started to fit in.

Never having friends, for fear she might hurt them, Aradia was pretty much a loner, but on her first days of school she met Rhonda and felt truly at home with her and her new friends. As any new teen she was also attracted to pretty much every hot guy she saw which was weird in itself because the school had a really high amount of them around.

I loved how L.A. jones intertwined the world of the hidden with humans. There were Fae, werewolves, vampires, and shifters all together in her school but Aradia didn't know all of this yet. She had no knowledge of this Hidden World or what she was.

I especially liked Roy. He was sweet and totally the boy next door type. He has a little bit of a crush on Aradia so of course when Aradia started to make googlie eyes on Dax he was jealous as heck. Didn't help matters that Dax is a vampire.
Now Dax is completely opposite of Roy. he's the bad boy Aradia can't seem to get out of her head. Dax notices Aradia too but he's got a hidden agenda that might put a bit of a wrinkle in their relationship.

All in all I could not put this book down between the hot guys, watching Aradia learn about the Hidden's, and trying to solve a huge murder case I was on he edge of my seat. I recommend this book to anyone who loves mystery, paranormal reads, and a bit of jealousy. This book has all that and more.

Come and find out what Happens in the Tales of Aradia. Getting the next book right now. :)
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The Hidden Vampire symbol


To explain the vampire hidden symbol: 

Harrison R. Bradlow and I chose to use the alchemy air symbol 

"The Greeks proposed the existence of five basic elements. Of these, four were the physical elements – fire, air, water and earth – of which the entire world is composed. Alchemists eventually associated four triangular symbols to represent these elements.

The fifth element, which goes by a variety of names, is more rarefied than the four physical elements. Some simply call it Spirit. Others call it Aether or Quintessence (literally "fifth element" in Latin).

In traditional Western occult theory, the elements are hierarchical - spirit, fire, air, water and earth – with the first elements being more spiritual and perfect and the last elements being more material and base. Some modern systems, such as Wicca, view the elements as equal." 

What the alchemy symbol air represents in term of the vampire is their evolution from human (the bottom) to something more (the vampire.) 

The circle symbol represents the labyrinth, which in turn represent their long lives. 

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Hidden symbols

A while back one of my favorite Aradians (a fan of the Tales of Aradia book series) Tracey Sadler suggested that perhaps all the hiddens have their own separate symbols. My editor, Harrison R. Bradlow, and I agreed that this was a good idea. Tracey also suggested that perhaps the Hiddens have their own unified symbol and I also thought this was a good idea but like Harry and Jennifer (another one of my favorite Aradians) mentioned the fact that they are hiddens means they stay hidden. A big unified symbol I think would give them away. However, I do think I will be able to work in that angle a bit later on in the series. No spoilers though because that just wouldn't be fair. 

But back to the symbols, as Devanie pointed out I must like the symbols I choose for the hidden races because after all this is my series. I believe that an author's true purpose is to entertain their readers and be able to recieve feedback from them. I want Aradia to be more than just a book series, I want it to be an opportunity to breach that gap between authors and readers. Self publishing although many people loathe it has caused a shift in the balance of power in the publishing world. Now the publishers must see their authors as more than just employees. They must see that their authors are their partners. The self publishing movement is what helped caused this. I want Aradia to be something similar. I want it to be the chance to bridge the gap between fans and authors, to give fans an opportunity to voice their own ideas and input. Give the people what they want I always say but for the love of God take the time to ask them what they want before you decide.

This is the process I used in choosing my symbols 

In my special fan group, I posted pictures that I created to represent the different types of people in the hidden race.

This symbol represents the vampires. Their color are reds, blues, and purples. 

This symbol represents the werewolves. Their colors are brown, black, and white.

This symbol represents the Fae. Their colors are pink, green, and yellow. 

More description on how these symbols came to be will follow tomorrow. 


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