Valentine Series Giveaway

It has begun: The Valentine Series Giveaway! Readers can enter for a chance to win a copy of all three books in the Valentine Series*. Entries will be accepted now through March 11, 2016. Many will enter…only one will win! So, please sign up for your chance to win! Here is the link: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/28260232-valentine-3?from_search=true&search_version=service

 

*Winner will receive a copy of the first edition of Valentine 1.

 

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Valentine 3 Presents: Who Shot J.R.?

So many new characters appear in Valentine 3: Queen of Hearts, and there are a few new events for readers to keep their eyes on. One of the most important events, is who shot J.R.? And by J.R., I mean John Rafferty. Rafferty is the bane of everyone’s existence. Everyone wants him dead. But the question is, who would be brave enough to shoot him? There’s only one way to find out: keep reading the Valentine series!

My Do’s and Don’ts for Editing

When you’re a writer, you find yourself wearing the hat of an editor, too. For me, editing is the worst stage of writing a book. It’s tedious, and boring, and seems to go on forever, depending on the length of the manuscript. While I was very proud on the day I completed a three hundred page manuscript, I was also annoyed because I knew I’d have to sit down and EDIT all three hundred pages. But, it was a learning experience. If you can afford to have someone else do the editing and proofreading for you, kudos to you. But, if you’re like me, you have to do it yourself. I’m not going to label myself an expert on editing and proofreading, but I would like to share some of the things I’ve learned.

Do all of your proofreading at one time.

I used to print a few chapters, edit them, then type a few more chapters, print them, edit them, and so on. This is a mistake. I did this for Valentine, and Fortune’s Wing, and Allan & Mac. These are much shorter books, however, using this method of proofreading and editing, left a lot of room for errors. I also did this for the original Our Lady of Righteous Rage. I must have read that book five times, and there were still a ton of errors after it was published. So, with Novocaine, I decided to try a different approach. I just spent time writing the entire manuscript, without worrying about proofreading. That took a tremendous amount of pressure off of me, because it allowed me to focus on the story. When the manuscript was complete, I printed it and proofread it, then read it a second time. When I received my author’s proof copy, there was only ONE error, which I corrected.

 

Don’t rely solely upon Spell-Check

Spell-check is helpful, but you can’t trust it to catch every mistake. Do you know how many times I’ve typed pf instead of of? More than I can count. Then, there’s dialogue. I have a tendency to use gonna instead of going to in my dialogue, and Spell-check gets me every time.

 

Don’t edit while you’re tired.

I’ve made this mistake. I feel like I’m on a roll, and I don’t want to put the manuscript down. I just want to get it done! But, I have learned to stop if I’m feeling sleepy. Sleepy editing will not benefit your writing. You need to be alert and well-rested.

 

Do read your writing more than once.

Yes, read it several times, to be sure everything is correct. Will you get sick of your own writing? Possibly. But is it worth it? I think so.

 

Do print your manuscript out and read the hard copy.

Should you read it on the computer screen or on your tablet? You could, but why would you want to? It’s stressful on the eyes. Reading a hard copy will help you catch more errors.

 

Valentine 3 Notes

If you’ve been keeping up with the series (and I hope you have!), then you know a lot has changed since I first introduced Val Entienne and company in 2010. What began as a story about a girl going on a road trip to rescue her father has evolved into something completely different. There are shoot-outs, and hit men, and a Syndicate full of crime bosses. We’re a long way from the road trip, folks.

What’s the theme of the Valentine series? Girls with guns? Violence? If that’s how you choose to look at it, I certainly can’t stop you. But those are not the themes I intended. Valentine, is about family. Our pink-haired heroine only wants to protect the people she loves. She beginning to learn about and understand the world she was basically born into. Valentine, is about the choices we make, and the choices that are made for us. It’s about how our past can shape our present, but ultimately, we can alter the course of our future.

Queen of Hearts picks up where The Patron Saint left off (warning: there may be spoilers here!). Val returns home, and the Entienne house is whole again. But, she’s unaware of the new dangers and new people who are about to enter her life. There’s Michael Aldus: a liaison for the Syndicate. And of course, there’s the Syndicate: the network of crime bosses, hit men, and criminals who work all across the country (and the world). This is the world Val became a part of, when her father started working for John Rafferty. As Val is about to discover, it may have started even earlier than that.

Queen of Hearts answers some questions from the previous books, and presents a few new ones as well. And the ending, will be the big shocker (of course, I won’t tell you here). I’ll be hosting a major giveaway on Goodreads.com at the end of the month, so I’ll keep you posted.

 

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The Valentine Series Giveaway

Greetings, ladies and gents. So, it’s February, and most people are probably getting ready for Valentine’s Day.  When you think of Valentine’s day, you probably think of hearts and chocolates, and romance. I think of a pink-haired girl with a pair of guns. Yes, I’m talking about Val Entienne, the Patron Saint of the Weak.

The new monthly theme for Woolaston Entertainment is all about the Valentine series. With book three of the series currently available, I’m hosting a special giveaway on Goodreads.com.  What makes this giveaway so special? Easy: I’m giving the winner the entire Valentine series. That’s right: the contest is for Valentine 3: Queen of Hearts, however, if you win, you’ll also receive a copy of Valentine and Valentine 2: The Patron Saint. That’s a pretty sweet deal, right?

Why am I doing this? There’s a few reasons. One: if you haven’t read books one and two, reading three may leave you feeling confused. Two: I want to put my books in as many hands as possible. Three: I’m feeling generous. Really, I am.

The giveaway will begin at the end of the month. I’ll keep you posted.

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