Tag: SF Romance

Show me love!

From my published book, the Theater of Dusk. Wonderful picture/ word combination by Katherine. 馃檪

Do you remember the SF romance I told you about? Well, I’m almost done with editing! Soon I’ll send the manuscript to my editor, and I really, desperately, urgently need all the help I can get. What do I need? I need all the sales and reviews you can give me. If you planned on buying my book, now is a good time. If you felt like writing a review, this is an excellent time to do it. I don’t mind negative reviews if they are honest opinions on my book and not personal attacks on me. The latter is not reviewing; it’s slander. It doesn’t help other readers decide and doesn’t paint a flattering picture of the reviewer either.聽

If I want to be honest, it is not a coincidence I haven’t got a single negative review so far. It’s not because my friends are reviewing me because this isn’t the case. I owe it to two facts. The first is pretty straightforward: I haven’t had enough exposure to get negative reviews. I do have in mind a list of possible negative reviewers if I hit a bigger audience. Homophobes will bash me, the overly religious will throw fits, the women-hating crowd will get their panties in a bunch… Well, I’ll live. I mean the world is a big place and there’s space for everyone. Live and let live.

The second reason is even stranger. For some reason, people like my writing. Believe me, I am surprised. When your friends like your writing, there is always a nagging suspition at the back of your head: they say they enjoy it because they are your friends. They don’t want to hurt you. It’s vastly different when random strangers enjoy your book. I casually browse my Goodreads Author page and a complete stranger has left a four or five star review for my published book, the Theater of Dusk. It wows me completely and utterly. It mystifies me. It doesn’t surprise me because I consider myself a bad writer, but because my subject matter isn’t easy. I write about loss, deceit, self-doubt, betrayal, suicide, killers… My writing is intimate, unusual, sad and weird, and what do you know, someone else out there, a person I’ve never met, read it and liked it. They identified with my stories and my heroes and got something out of it. I don’t know what and it doesn’t matter. I hid a message in a bottle and threw it in the sea. The bottle reached a shore and someone found it and read it. The bottle could have been lost, broken, and yet… it wasn’t. It’s a small miracle.

I need more small miracles to happen. Miracles like a review, or telling a friend you enjoyed my book, or sharing one of my blog entries. Here are some suggestions:

Please give me a chance to continue writing. Help me get my second book out. I need a very handsome amount for the editor, and every single penny counts. I need reviewers and reviews for my work, and every review makes a difference. It’s been an uphill struggle with nothing to show for my efforts except for the books themselves. For me, that is a reward in itself. Please help me. I honestly, truly need it. And for those of you who already bought my book, reviewed it or promoted me, thank you so so much. I am deeply grateful. It means more than I can explain. You are my small miracles, and you give me the strength to continue. Thank you.

Here is my book:
http://www.amazon.com/Lizbeth-Gabriel/e/B00HVCOFMY/

Create Space: (an Amazon company)
https://www.createspace.com/5204932

Attention: This is for buying physical copies of my book, not the ebook version. For the ebook version please go to Amazon.

Looking for a title

I am looking for a title for my SF Romance novel and brainstorming with my illustrator on a possible cover. Naturally, I decided to browse covers and titles in Amazon. Here are some titles I found.

聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 Desired By The Alien
聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 Seduced By The Alien
聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 Stolen By The Alien
聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 Bought By The Alien
聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 Caressed By The Savage Alien
聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 Chosen by the Alien
聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 Chosen By The Alien Lord
聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 Releasing Rage (Cyborg Sizzle Book 1)
聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 Alien Warrior’s Captive Earthling
聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 Alien Alpha: (Qetesh Warrior)
聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 Rescued By Tordin: Olodian Alien Warrior Romance
聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 Alien Warrior (Zerconian Warriors Book 1)
聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 Warrior’s Mate: A Sci-Fi Shifter Romance
聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 Claimed by the Warrior
聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 Barbarian Lover
聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 Kidnapped by the Alien Barbarians
聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 Alien’s Innocent Bride
聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 Alien Commander’s Chosen

I can safely say that I am no wiser than I was before (at least concerning a possible title). My illustrator is none the wiser either. Almost every cover had a headless torso with amazing abs superimposed on a scifi background. Astounding abs, those aliens. I want to be abducted by a savage shapeshifter barbarian alien lord commander too, but maybe tomorrow. Tonight I have to wash my hair.