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Monday, September 19, 2016

No, I'm not dead!

Sorry I have not posted anything in forever and even sorrier I haven't written anything in a while. I totally lost my mojo! 
BUT, it is back. I'm working on a few stories now. I am close to being finished with the first one, but it still needs revisions and edits so it will be a bit, but I am working on it every day!
The title of my first new novel is Ugly Truths and here is the synopsis:
Drew’s plans for the future are all laid out for him...thanks to his father. He’ll graduate in June and go to Norte Dame on a full ride scholarship. Drew’s life is an open book . . . except for one little ugly truth.
Ali’s life is shrouded in secrets. She’s living in fear for not only herself but for her sister as well. Her mother’s given up on life . . . and her father? He’s the reason for her fears.
When Ali and Drew connect, sparks fly, only neither is sure that love is what they want or need at the moment. But you can’t always control chemistry.
As they grow closer together, Ugly Truths are exposed, truths that put them and their love to the test.
Here is the cover...for now. I have a tendency to change covers so don't hold me to this!



 The next story I'm working on is titled Unbreakable. It is the fourth book in the Port fare Series! The main character is...Hillary Jeffers! Yup, that mean, manipulative Hilly that tormented poor Maggie so. Yikes!!! Here is the cover...maybe;)



And the final story is titled Just a Diamond in the Rough. This is a short story (at least I think it will be;) and its MC is a writer who LOVES mysteries and she soon finds herself up to her "ankles" in one. It's a funny romance I hope you will enjoy.



And finally, I updated the cover to Unlovable. I've been toying with the idea forever and finally decided to bite the bullet. The hardcopy will have the old cover of the girl on the swing, but the ebook has this cover. What do you think??


Thank you so much for sticking by me. I really appreciate all your love and support. Write me a comment below and let me know what you think! 
Thanks for stopping by!
Sherry Gammon
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Monday, June 13, 2016

Urban or Rural Thesaurus...or both!

The Setting Thesaurus DuoAs we write, we can become consumed by the plot, by the story events that sizzle with conflict, tension, and intrigue. But what often holds readers in thrall are our characters and how they grow and change.

Who they evolve into, what fears they push past, how they take on pain to reach fulfillment regardless of the challenges—all of these steps in the character's journey, combined with the plot, can create a fascinating trek through the pages of a novel. And yet there's another element that's needed to meld the story and character arc together: the setting.

Choosing the right one for each scene is critical to give deeper meaning to the character's inner and outer journeys. The right setting can symbolize our protagonists' goals, remind them of their past, steer their choices through emotional triggers, and lend them the strength to soldier on, no matter what opposition stands in their way. But what if "the right setting choice" is one we haven't experienced ourselves first hand? How do we describe it?

Well, there's some good news on that front. Two new books have released this week that may change the description game for writers. The Urban Setting Thesaurus: A Writer's Guide to City Spaces and The Rural Setting Thesaurus: A Writer's Guide to Personal and Natural Spaces look at the sights, smells, tastes, textures, and sounds that a character might experience within 225 different contemporary settings. And this is only the start of what these books offer writers. In fact, swing by and check out this hidden entry, HOUSE PARTY, a location from the Rural Setting Thesaurus volume.
 
And there's one more thing you might want to know more about....

Rock_The_Vault_WHW1Becca and Angela, authors of The Emotion Thesaurus, are celebrating their double release with a fun event going on from June 13-20th called ROCK THE VAULT. At the heart of Writers Helping Writers is a tremendous vault, and these two ladies have been hoarding prizes of epic writerly proportions.

A safe full of prizes, ripe for the taking...if the writing community can work together to unlock it, of course.

Ready to do your part? Stop by Writers Helping Writers to find out more!



Thanks for stopping by!


Sherry Gammon
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Wednesday, May 25, 2016

A World Apart

Then . . . 
 AWA-FINAL small cover 1200dpi 

Now!
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Trauma surgeon Lieutenant Cassandra Toma begins her deployment at the Joint-Unit Air Base on the wrong foot. On her first day, she clashes with her new commander. Her rebellious nature and sassiness rival her excellent performance in the operating room. It might be the only reason she’s not reprimanded … or is it?

Major David Hunt is unsure how to handle the brilliant and beautiful Cassandra. As her commander, he can’t consider a relationship. A forbidden passion consumes them with the intensity of an erupting volcano, leaving her heartbroken and him with tarnished honor and pride as an officer. The only way out for David is disappearing into the dangerous warzone in Iraq.
When their paths cross again, Cassandra and David find they have a common goal—to find Cassandra’s brother, Maj. Robert Toma, kidnapped by insurgents while on patrol. To rescue him, they must put aside their resentments and fight their common enemy. And the fire between them is back.
Cassandra wants to give David—and their love—another chance. But she doesn’t know that his mistake, his secret, could cost them both the love they’ve finally found.

As promised since beginning of this month I have a $ 25.00 giveaway going on for anyone stopping by to see the new cover. All you have to do is leave a comment here with what retailer you'd prefer the gift card from.
For a limited time A WORLD APART is up for grabs for only .99cents. Hurry up before the sales ends!   

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Guilt Trip by Juli Caldwell Enter to WIN a copy!!!




Avery Elliott is so busy hiding from her past that she doesn't realize she’s been stuck in a rut for the last decade or so. Despite a job she loves, a hilarious great-grandma she adores, a reliable Friday night date, and two of the best friends a girl could ask for, she’s not happy.

So why can’t she move forward with her life? 

After Mr. Friday Night humiliates her and bails, Avery spins it into an opportunity. She joins her friends on a singles cruise, hoping to reset her stagnant life.  Instead, her great escape becomes a floating prison, locking her in with everything she needed to get away from. 

And then someone she never thought she’d see again appears on board, a blast from the past who’s haunted her for far too long. Avery has to decide if she should leave the past where it belongs, or fight for a happiness she never thought she deserved.


Guilt Trip is now available on Amazon. Check it out!  In honor of its release and Valentines/Singles Awareness Day, Juli Caldwell is having a Worst Date Ever contest. Visit her facebook and share your awful story--BOOM. You're entered. Give Guilt Trip a shout out or a retweet on Twitter--another entry. Make sure you hashtag it #guilttrip and let her know @ImJuliCaldwell so she can find your entries! Winner gets signed paperback or ebook, whichever they prefer! Winner announced Sunday Night.


Thanks for stopping by!
Sherry Gammon
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Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Do You Judge a Book by its Cover?





Over the years my novel Unlovable has changed. Not the story, (with the exception of fixing a few typos!), but the cover has!
This cover is my original cover. It is a photo of Central Park that I added a few effects to and called it good...Oh how naive I was! I sold a few hundred copies, but I knew that I needed to update the cover or all my hard work would be for not.











My next cover changed everything. I contacted a digital artist out of
England named Paul Beeley. I'd seen his work and was impressed. I told him what I was looking for, and together we created this cover. That changed everything! My book was picked up by several big book bloggers, received wonderful reviews, and caught the eye of Films By Serendipity who is currently making Unlovable into a movie! So it seems people may judge a book by its cover, at least at first. If the inside doesn't hold up, then the world's most incredible cover won't help at all.






However, according to the powers that be,(the big five publishers) changing book covers helps to draw in new readers. One cover may connect with someone, whereas another may not. When I recently updated the cover to Unbelievable from this:

   to this:     

Since so many people were now copying my cover I decided to freshen up Unlovable to this: (Yes, I now design covers!)
It is pretty much the same except for a color change and I added some details, like Maggie's trailer in the background. I toyed with the idea of changing the cover completely, but I loved the girl on the cover and felt she represented Maggie so well..until now.
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I LOVE these covers and am seriously debating whether or not to completely change Unlovable's cover. I love the girl on the swing and feel people connect it with Unlovable, but I wonder if a new look altogether might be better.

PLEASE comment below. Should I change the cover, or stick with the blue girl on the swing? And of the two new suggested covers, which do you prefer? 


I'd like to thank all of you who took a chance on an unknown indie author and read (and reviewed!) my book! I will forever be grateful. <3
Thanks for stopping by!
Sherry Gammon
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