Tuesday, August 18, 2015

A New YA Series: "The Starlight Chronicles!"




Hello everyone! I hope all is well with you! I've been on a blogging hiatus for a while because of my health. I had to do some chemo. Yuck! But I'm done and while I was doing that my wonderful publisher Eskape Press published the three books in "The Starlight Chronicles." I thought I'd share them with you!














Lark Singer’s relationship with her mother is prickly to say the least. As she enters a musical competition that could launch her career, Lark also searches for answers her mother would rather keep hidden. Throw into the mix the fact her best friend Bean has been acting strangely, and Lark finds herself launched into uncharted territory. Will her quest for answers sabotage her musical aspirations?













Lark Singer is seventeen years old and already on the way to a brilliant music career. As she and her band, Starlight, gear-up for an upcoming, life-changing band competition, though, life seems to be throwing her a few curve balls. The mysteries of her past seem to be unraveling, and she’s no longer certain she wants to know those answers, or how knowing about her past will affect her difficult relationship with her mother. And when her best friend, Bean, changes things between them, all her plans for a musical future are placed in jeopardy. How can she balance her unraveling personal life to keep her musical goals on track?









Seventeen-year-old Lark Singer and her band Starlight have entered a competition that could launch their musical career if they win. However, Lark soon discovers that her nemesis, Duane McIntyre has also entered making her desire to win stronger than ever. How far will Lark go to win and what will it cost her in the end?





Thanks for stopping by and checking out my new series! I appreciate it! And if you like paperbacks you can get all three books in one paperback! Here's the link!




Lark Singer is seventeen years old and already on the way to a brilliant music career. But as she and her band, Starlight, gear up for a competition, life seems to be throwing her a few curve balls. The mysteries of her past seem to be unraveling, and she’s no longer certain she wants to know those answers or how knowing about her past will affect her difficult relationship with her mother. And when her best friend, Bean, changes things between them, all her plans for a musical future are placed in jeopardy. How can she balance her complicated personal life to keep her musical goals on track?






Thursday, August 13, 2015

5 Posts Authors need to Stop Making

Social media is tricky and there is so much advice floating around it can make an author's head spin.  Here are 5 Posts Authors need to Stop Making.


  1. Facebook is hiding my page posts!  Facebook isn’t ‘hiding’ your posts, they are still there.  Facebook is limiting how often your posts appear in your liker’s newsfeeds.  Is this annoying?  Yes.  Should you whine about it?  No.  Not in public.  Facebook is a social media system that has a specific method of function, figure out how to engage your audience without whining or asking for likes and comments.  Ask questions, share valuable content, be social.  No one likes a whiner.
  2. I liked your page so you should like mine!  Uh, no, it doesn’t work that way.  If you want to know what I have to say, then by all means follow me through whatever social media channels you prefer.  If you are just trying to build your own fan base through guilt reciprocation, you are doing it wrong.  Focus on connecting with people as a person and you’ll build a long lasting relationship, one that is mutually beneficial.  Guilt tripping people into following your social media only boosts your numbers momentarily until that person unfollows you in a few days.
  3. If you love me, you’ll leave a review!  There is no harm in saying you appreciate your reviews and sharing a glowing write up but your readers DO NOT OWE YOU A REVIEW.  There is no contract, real or implied, that states a reader has to leave a review.  If a reader leaves review, feel blessed.  If not, get over it.
  4. Buy my book!  Buy my book!  Buy my book!  We get it, you are selling a book.  Most authors are.  If a person wants to buy your book, they will.  Beating them over the head with demands to purchase your book will drive people away.  Social media is meant to be social; do you hang out with people that try to sell you things all day long?  No.  So why are you spamming your followers?  Share writing bloopers, images* that inspired your work, and character interviews.  If someone likes your posts, they can hunt down your book with relative ease.  The only (sorta) exception to this is a new release, but please don’t overdo it.
  5. Rants.  We all have bad days and want to vent but your social media is not the place.  Speak to a friend, post in a closed author group, but venting to fans about an industry they may not understand does no one any favors.  The only thing it might do is tick people off and inspire them to leave or worse, retaliate on your behalf.  Who wants to listen to someone who complains all the time?  Not me!  Show some class and zip it. 

 *Make sure you have the rights to be sharing the images.

 About Elle Clouse:
Elle has been writing fantasy and science fiction romance for years and an avid participant in the NaNoWriMo.

Elle is happily married to a martial arts instructor, a mother of two small boys, and constantly talking her husband out of adopting a new pet. She knits and stamps in her spare time as well as feeds a latte addiction.

Read more at:  http://elleclouse.com

Saturday, August 1, 2015

GRRWG is On the Move Again!


GRRWG is moving again! The face-to-face meetings, anyway. Starting in September, our meetings will take place at Peppino’s Sports grille in Kentwood. The address is 1515 Eastport Drive, and it’s just north of M-6, on the west side of Kalamazoo Avenue. We hope our new home will work out.

As for this month, we'll meet at Tommy Brann's on August 8 to hear what Chad Allen has to teach us on Marketing. Hope you'll be able to join us!