All Good Things Come To An End

June 11, 2017

A black sea of thoughts flooded my mind, and then all at once everything inside me hurt: every nerve, every vein that pumped blood dutifully to my broken heart, felt like it had been set on fire… ~Desdemona Starr, A.K.A Dessi~Shameless: a Morning Star Institute novel by Alissa T. Hunter

Every once in a while there’s a line from a book that hooks you in, and makes you want to read it over, and over again. (You, book lover sitting there reading this knows exactly what I’m talking about) This is one of my personal favorites from Shameless, the second book in my Morning Star Institute series. At this moment Dessi is so overcome by the grief she feels when the person she loves most betrays her, and so overwhelmed by all these mixed emotions, she can do nothing more but stand there, frozen in shock. Her world was just shaken, her feet kicked out from under her, everything she knew about this person has been a lie. You can’t help but to feel for Dessi during this time, knowing she has to mourn, let her anger out, and do what she does best:  devise a plot to get back at those who have wronged her.

Desdemona Starr, a.k.a the Devil’s daughter, is not someone you should entice to hate you. See how far Dessi has to go for revenge, in book three of the Morning Star Institute series, Ruthless.

Release date coming soon.

Music to reflect Dessi’s Broken Heart

 

Broken heart dessi

Malicious Book Trailer Video

I wanted to make a blog concerning the art of making a book trailer video. So here it is!

I’ve seen book trailers made for so many of my favorite series, and that’s when the thought hit me: why can’t I make a video for my Morning Star Institute series? With a little help from Sweet Hell Designs, (my favorite graphic designer), Malicious book trailer was born.

Making a book trailer wasn’t as easy as I personally thought it appeared to be. First you need to buy the rights for the images you wish to use during your video. Next, you need to know how to distort, crop, and size every image accordingly, not to mention adding those fantastical elements which really make the video pop…fiery Hell-hounds any one?

Next, you need to choose the music you’d like to have playing in the back ground, if you’re not doing a voice-over. Choosing the music was definitely my favorite part of the process! We used a Fall Out Boy cover fitting to the pace I wanted the video to play. After you have gathered all of the above essentials, putting it together in slides, matching the time frame needed for the video, as the icing on the book-trailer-cake.

Now it is time to stick a fork in it, you’re done!

(Sorry for all the cake references. The New Years Resolution to eat healthy is fighting back with a vengeance)

Here is the Malicious book trailer video, just click the link below, and enjoy! Also, if you’d like to follow my blog, simply look over to the right of your screen, and choose to follow my book blog. Thanks guys, I have the best group of readers. No, really, I do!

Malicious Book Trailer

Please stay turned for the Shameless book trailer, the second installment in the Morning Star Institute series.

Ultimate Writers Muse: The Playlist!

Every writer has a secret Muse to help get into their book’s mindset…often enough it’s through the PLAYLIST. I know that for me, tuning into my favorites (based on the particular tone of the novel I’m working on at the time), helps drown out my minds distractions, allowing me to think only of the characters and story before me.  Here are some of my favorites when working through the latest installment of the Morning Star Institute series,  Ruthless:

Never Too Late

Pain

Animal

Ashes of Eden

Diary of Jane

Between the Rain Drops

First Time

Never Let Me Go

Decode

Crush

Wish You Were Here

Warrior

Now you’ve heard my playlist! Please feel free to follow my blog by clicking over to the right, on the follow button. Also, leave your comments if you have something you’d like to say. HAPPY LISTENING GUYS!

 

 

 

 

Author Resolutions to Keep

Happy New Year to all of my fellow authors, and writers!
New Year’s resolution can mean so many different things for many different people.
Some people cringe with the word, others embrace it like a spring’s first rain shower: a clean slate, and fresh new start.
If you guessed that I’m the former, you would be right.
As different as each of our new profound resolutions may be, I feel pretty confident when I say: as writers, and authors, we all share similar writing goals. Which is why, today I compiled several sources to help get, and keep you on track.
Let’s start this off right by saying…you really CAN do it all! By this I mean, you can be a parent, work two jobs, and still find time to write, only it may be in smaller increments than you would prefer. Writer Mama, Christina Katz says so, in her Writer Mama book she wrote to guide authors on Raising kids and your writing career side by side. In this fast-pace, real life writer hacks, Christina suggests keeping an open laptop on the counter and every time to walk by it, type something, anything, even one sentence, (a book gets wrote one word at a time).  I suggest the same for keeping a notebook handy at all time: in your purse, briefcase, care, coffee table, and write, write, write. When I’m constantly on the go, sitting at soccer games, doctor offices, waiting in car for school to let-out, I fill up my notebooks with the intention to transfer to my computer once I’m at home. Otherwise you will lose those fantastical ideas that kit you like a semi while standing in line at the grocers. You won’t remember later, trust me.
In writing guide, Hooked, by Les Edgerton, you’ll learn to write fiction that grabs your readers on page one, and never lets them go. My number one rule I live by is that you are bored writing your book, (at any time, on any page during your book,) your readers will also be bored. Write the kind of book you would want to read!
Another great read for an author is Fire in Fiction, by Donald Mass. In this writing installment of his, he explains step-by-step of how to outline a book, keep it flowing, and grab the attention of a literary agent. And perhaps most importantly, he explains what NOT to do to turn off readers, and agents.
Read different genres, write, build your brand through social media, and read about how to write and sell in our current book market. All of these help to build good author habits that you will continue throughout your writing career. Writers Digest.com is my number one source for keeping up with today’s writing trends. You’ll learn from experienced authors, top Agents, and Publishers.
 Another suggestion is to get yourself in a writers group that matches the genre you like to write in. My books are Young Adult, which is why I participate in YA Highway. Joining genre-related groups keeps you active in your community of writers, agents, and fellow ambitious authors.
Joining a critique group sponsored by a publishing house, is also a sure bet to wiggle yourself into the writing-world…Authonomy is produced by a division of Harper Collins, for instance. Here you get to post your hard work, have others judge and critique your book-baby, while Harper Collins keeps an eye out for real potential (a book deal is on the line here, so take a critique serious).  Here is a quick recap for what TO do, including some marketing tips.
  • Be consistent. Never stop researching, reading, and writing.
  • Build your brand by blogging several times a month, posting on social media accounts, and being yourself.
  • Take advantage of home pages for authors, such as Amazons Author pages. Upload your bio, picture, and books sold on Amazon.
  • Watch YouTube videos from other successful authors telling their story. Hey if it works for them, it could work for you.
  • Find, and invest in reviewers. Your mega fans are your greatest asset. Don’t take them for granted. Be real, and kind to these fans. They will be the ones to drive your book-baby.
  • Find a merry group of readers you can trust to read, and write honest reviews for top book-selling sites. Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes and Noble…even their own blogs and websites. Offer incentive by way of posters, free books, bookmarks or a mention on your Author website. A little gratitude goes a long way.
I hope this has helped. Everything I have learned, and posted for you here, came from advice from other authors, and agents. Most of which I found on Writers Digest.com.
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