I'm a romance novelist, a co-founder of NA Alley, and the owner of Forward Authority | Design Services. You can find my Mark of Nexus series (NA paranormal romance) at major e-retailers. :)

Monday, July 21, 2014

Updates and Voting!

Hey, guys! Four things:

1. In case you haven't heard via social media, something pretty cool happened a few weeks ago. Strength (Mark of Nexus #1) was named a finalist for BEST NEW ADULT novel, and the Mark of Nexus series was named a finalist for BEST SERIES, in the 2014 eFestival of Words - Best of Independent eBook Awards! :)

(Say that three times fast.)

The finalist with the most votes wins, so now I need YOUR HELP. If you've read the book/series, would you mind taking a few minutes to lend your support?


1. Go to: http://www.efestivalofwords.com

2. Click register—under the header on your computer or on the left side of your mobile device—and fill out the form. In order to confirm your account, you will have to pass some kind of easy human-validation. It will likely be a market survey question ("What kind of vehicle do you drive?") and/or some kind of word scramble.

3. Then it will ask if you want to opt-in to any offers from sponsors—which you likely won't—so, don't check any of the boxes, and then click submit.

4. You are now a registered user with access to the voting polls! You may log-in.

5. Click: http://www.efestivalofwords.com/nest-new-adult-finalists-t540.html

6. There, you will see a polling thread with bubbled options. Select 'Strength, by Carrie Butler'—or whichever novel you prefer—and click 'Submit vote'.

7. You will receive a confirmation that your vote has been cast.

8. Now, please navigate to: http://www.efestivalofwords.com/best-series-t546.html

9. You will see a different polling thread with bubbled options. Select 'Mark of Nexus, Carrie Butler'—or whichever series you prefer—and click 'Submit vote'.

10. You will receive a confirmation that your vote has been cast and you just made an author's day! :D 


While you're there, quite a few of our other friends have made the finals, too. Nancy S. Thompson, Lisa Regan, Alex J. Cavanaugh, Dana Mason, Katie Mettner, and Michael Infinito—to name just a few! Please be sure to check out their categories and vote for your favorites. :)

2. If you're an NA Alley fan, buckle up. Massive changes are in store next month...

3. I've made progress on the How I Found the Write Path e-book. Just a little more formatting, and we'll be able to plaster it everywhere!

4. This, because it's been in my head for almost a week. LOL

Question of the Week:
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Thursday, July 17, 2014

[Cover Reveal] FIERCE by L.G. Kelso

We have another fantastic cover reveal today! This one is especially near and dear to my heart, because not only is L.G. one of my closest writer pals, she's a client of Forward Authority. :D

About the Book

Title: Fierce
Series: Whatever it Takes, #1
Author: L.G. Kelso
Category: New Adult
Genre: Contemporary Sports Romance
Release Date: August 2014


Book Description

Tori’s MMA career was taking off, until she beat the wrong man. Her training partner, nursing a bruised ego, snapped—shattering her trust and confidence.

Three years later, Tori’s keeping her fists to herself as she struggles to put herself through college. But when a group of gangbangers hassle her at work, old habits kick in and her fists fly. Max Estrada, a frequent diner customer, steps in and gets them out of hot water, but Tori is still fired… days before tuition is due.

With no other option, she’s forced to take a desk job at her old pounding grounds, where her demons still haunt the cage and the temptation to go glove-to-glove with familiar pro-fighter, Max Estrada, is too much. The sexy Colombian draws her back into the world of MMA and revives her dreams of becoming a professional face-puncher—until Will, her old partner and current Middleweight Champion, struts back into the gym. The secret they share is an unexpected liability to his career, and he’s determined to keep her silent.

With her life on the ropes, Tori will have to face the past for a shot at winning back her future, or carry the weight of a loss even greater than before.


About the Author

L.G. Kelso is a fantasy and contemporary novelist. Having grown up watching Xena and Hercules with her grandmother, she inherited her passion for all things magic, paranormal and mythological. She also has a probably unhealthy obsession with martial arts, and as a boxer she strives to give readers an authentic view of MMA in her contemporary sports novel.

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