Freebies

Greetings Beloveds,

Perhaps, it is the spirit of the upcoming holidays. Whatever the case, it has come to my attention that there will be several books coming available within the next few days for free. Most of them, written by close and, dare I say, incredibly talented colleagues. I must note, that among said freebies will be my own publications, “Syncopation of Ravishing Intensity“.

I will not take up too much of your precious time and provide you with the list of Free Titles and their respective links.

Available from November 28th, 2017 – December 3rd, 2017

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So, there you have it, ladies and gentlemen. Please enjoy and spread the word.

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An Editor Called “Text-to-Speech”

Greetings once more. 🙂

Today’s subject matter, I believe, is of great use to Indie Authors everywhere.

No one “loves” the daunting task of editing. Not even editors; much less authors. Yet, it is of primary importance if one is going to have a book worth reading. Every good author knows that the value of his/her book is weighed on how properly it is written. This is exactly why Indie Authors spend 9/10s of their time editing their works—well, the good ones, that is.

Herein lies the problem: many times things transpire that inevitably get in the way, and in the end, causes us to miss things. One of the main issues is called Author Blindness.

What is Author Blindness, you may be wondering? Here is a great article written by my mentor, friend and publisher, Y. Correa. Please feel free to take a look.

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Of course, sometimes there are other factors that can impeded the ability to edit properly. At times it is just bad eyes. There are many a random situation that can intervene and irrevocably hinder an Indie Author’s editing process.

cooltext170868228446602The tool that I am going to share with you today might very well change your life. And, I mean that.

In recent times I’ve discovered a tool that benefits us all. It is a little thing called “Text-to-Speech“. Using it is as simple as listening and following along; something most of us learned in elementary school.

Do you remember when your teacher would say, “Open your books to page 15. I will read and you follow along.” In essence, that is very much what utilizing Text-to-Speech for edits is like.

Now, of course, there is one very important note that everyone must take heed in:

To use Text-to-Speech in order to perfect your work, it is also important that you know proper grammar and punctuation. This tool would be of no benefit to someone who does not have a basic knowledge of conventional and correct English.

I do suggest however, should you be an individual that is not well versed in syntax structure, that you find a professional editor to assist you as it would be more beneficial.

With that said, allow me to give you an idea of how Text-to-Speech can work to your advantage.

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  1. To use Text-to-Speech you will need an electronic device equipped with an already installed version, or will allow you to download an application.
  2. You will also need your manuscript in Microsoft Word form.
  3. Next, it is a matter of listening, following along and paying attention.
  4. Personally, I like to have a notebook or note taking application on hand whilst I use Text-to-Speech.

Here is how it works:

  • Depending on your electronic device you might be required to either load your manuscript to the device directly, or email it to the device. This completely depends on what device you are using. My preferred method is my Kindle.
  • The next step would be to find out whether your device has an already installed Text-to-Speech tool (most kindles have a pre-installed program), or if you will need to download one.
    If you have to download one, the only application that I I would really recommend it one called “Voice Aloud”. The icon looks something like this:
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  • Once your manuscript has been loaded to your device, and you are certain that your device has the Text-to-Speech app, you can then move on to the editing process.

Side Note: Most Kindles will automatically convert your Microsoft Word document into a mobi file.

  • At this time, have your notebook or note taking app handy in order to jot down the typos you might have spotted. Or you can also use the actual Text-to-Speech application to “highlight” the mistakes.
  • Once you are done listening, reading, following along, and taking notes, you can then go to your original manuscript file and implement the corrections.

That’s it. It is really THAT easy. You will be amazed how many things you will spot when your manuscript is being read to you.

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So, my dear author friends, take advantage of this great tool to perfect your prose.

Cheers and until next time.

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Meet The All Authors Family: Beem Weeks

Greetings Beloveds,

I decided to take the month of March as a sort of introduction to All Authors. That is to say, I want you to meet each member that composes the All Authors P&P family. Today my guest is Indie Author, Columnist and Radio Blog Author Interviewer, Mr. Beem Weeks.

 

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Author Bio

Beem Weeks is the 40-something-year-old indie author of several short stories, poems, essays, and the historical fiction/coming-of-age novel Jazz Baby. A divorced father of two grown children, Beem has lived in Florida and Georgia, and is currently calling Michigan home. Among his literary influences he counts Daniel Woodrell, Barbara Kingsolver, and Stephen Geez. He’s been writing since childhood, having co-authored a play he saw performed by and for classmates and staff during his time in fifth grade. As a teenager and young adult, Beem wrote concert and record reviews for a small publication. Journalism had been his intended field from an early age, but all that changed with the publication of a short story that eventually led to his first novel, Jazz Baby. Beem enjoys indie films, loud music, and a well-told story. His latest release is a short story collection entitled Slivers of Life. He is currently hard at work on his second novel—though that’s a slow-go at times.

I asked Beem:

What is it like to be part of the All Authors Family?

The best part of All Authors is the encouragement that is so readily shared among the family. Everybody here loves to write. Without that support and encouragement from the All Authors family, the very act of writing could become quite a frustrating endeavor. It’s nice knowing there are other writers in our corner, ready to offer advice and support.

You can connect with Beem at these places:

Or buy his books, here:
Here is an excerpt of his novel, “Jazz Baby”.
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Billy Blood moved like shirtless mortal sin through Aunt Frannie’s backyard garden, working hard at that nub of a stump he intended on having gone long before suppertime. Above his head the sky had gone black with the bruise of thick angry clouds that promised cool respite from that sticky heat clinging to my skin like an old set of long johns.

I watched from the kitchen window, taking care not to be seen. Lord only knows all the foolish ideas he’d string together after catching me spying.

’Cept I had a few ideas of my own needed expressing.

“What time does he take lunch?” I dropped onto a chair at the breakfast table and fixed on the colored girl.

Suspicion, like those storm clouds, gathered in Neesie’s dark eyes. “What you want with him? Ain’t good for nothin’ but trouble.”

True enough. Everybody in Rayford knew that much about Billy.

But I still needed him.

“You mind yours and I’ll mind mine,” I said, spreading the morning pa-per across the table.

Neesie dipped into the laundry room, fell away from my sight long enough to let me have a better gawk at that Choctaw boy.

He’ll do it, I convinced myself, creeping through the back door. Offer the boy a dollar and he’ll jump at my plan.

I crossed the yard without any real sense of what I might actually say to convince him to see things my way. I mean, suppose he expected something that costs more than a dollar? Something intimate, personal.

The thwack of the ax echoed off the back of the house. Billy raised it again and slammed it hard against that stubborn stump like he and it had gone round and round in some long-standing feud not likely to see a conclusion anytime soon.

I stayed back a good piece, avoiding the splintering wood raining down on the area closest to Billy. “Where’s that goat?” I asked, scanning the azaleas for movement.

Billy stopped mid-chop and fixed me with a look meant to run me off. “Ain’t got time to chatter, Teegarten.”

“Wanna earn a dollar?”

That got his attention.

He tossed the ax aside and fished a handkerchief from his hip pocket. “Doing what?” he asked, wiping at his forehead.

I moved in closer, just to show I meant this to be our secret. “Go tell Addison Markley I need a word with her.”

Billy wanted more than a dollar for what I was asking. I could tell by the way his eyes dropped to my legs—bare beneath a new lemon-yellow sundress—and did a slow sashay up the length of my body, settling on the small swell of my breasts.

“Tell her yourself,” he said, snatching hold on his ax again. “I have work to do.”

“It’s too far to walk,” I complained. “Besides, it won’t take you but a few minutes to drive over.”

Billy spun on me like maybe he’d got confused over which way the stump went. “And suppose her daddy’s there. You think I wanna catch a bullet over his stupid daughter ain’t got sense to know she’s a girl?”

“He won’t be there.” I lied, but New Orleans counted on my meeting with Addie. “He’ll be out at his still.”

“Can you guarantee that?”

I couldn’t, even though my nodding head claimed I could.

Sweat shined his upper lip like it meant to water a dark mustache—if only the Injun had the wherewithal to actually grow one.

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Thank you for visiting and do not miss out on the opportunity to connect with Author Beem Weeks, a wonderful person and writer.
Farewell.
Donny 🙂

Demoness Enchanted Cover Reveal

Hello and welcome!

Today, the All Authors Publishing House Family brings you a Special Cover Reveal. In 2014 All Authors brought you the first installment in this series; “If Death Should Love Me” by C. Desert Rose.

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However, today we bring you the cover of the much awaited second installment in the series, “Demoness Enchanted“.

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Normalcy, was not a word recognized by Zita. Her entire life was nothing, if not abnormal. Her family, herself, her entire existence, all of it; unnatural. Yet, to her it was nothing but the truth of her actuality. Such, was her life—making it to her normal, as she knew nothing else. Still, it was what made her whom and what she was… a hybrid!

Roman; a witty, silver tongued young man with an average life. He looked forward to finishing High School and thereafter going on a missionary trip to Brazil. He knew that something special awaited him there. What he didn’t know was exactly how special it was.

Fate’s endeavor is Fate’s design, and Fate’s design is unlike any humanity has ever known.

Demoness Enchanted, the story of two completely different beings and the scheme which destiny has preordained for them.

The Fate’s Endeavor Series, surpassing the emotional fabric of angels and demons and delving into the delicate threads which infuse Fate’s tapestry.

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Now, without further ado, we introduce to you the cover of the upcoming “Demoness Enchanted”, by C. Desert Rose.

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A Group for LGBT Authors and Readers

Hello all and Happy New Year 2016!

It is so wonderful to connect with you all on this new year, and even more wonderful to realize that we have yet another year to make our dreams come true.

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Today, I was browsing Google+ an Facebook for “Groups/Communities” to join that would help provide exposure to my works. What I found troubled me. There are little to no Groups/Communities on Facebook and Google+ for LGBTQIA books and book lovers. The ones that I did find do not give much leeway for authors and readers to connect, or for authors to promote their works.

After browsing and thinking about the situation deeply, and knowing that perhaps I am doing a bit too much, I opted to create a Group for said purpose. And, so I did.

I would like to introduce you to “LGBT Bookworms“, a Facebook group for authors and readers alike.

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My hope is that this group will acquire a life of its own and people within the community—as well as others that enjoy the literature—might commune, mingle and celebrate our love for the genre.

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I am blogging about this in the hopes that you help me spread the word and get people involved.

Thank you for your time and all the best.

Regards and love,

Adonis Mann

My 2015 In Review

Hello Dear Readers.

As always, thank you for taking the time to visit my blog. More than that, I want to extended my sincere gratitude for your dedicated following throughout 2015. I feel blessed and not a little humbled to have had such an amazing backing throughout the year. Hats off to you all.

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Today, I will summarize my accomplishments throughout 2015.

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2015 marked the birth of “Author Adonis Mann“, prior to that I was “Aspiring Author Adonis Mann“. What a wonderful thing to experience, to have one’s dreams come true in such a marvelous and tangible way!

With the publication of “Concordant Vibrancy 1: Unity” came the  wakening of my aspiration of being published. From there things just got better. Subsequently, I was signed on the All Authors Publishing House. It was a phenomenal thing to know that All Authors Publishing House accepted, not only new aspiring authors, but also short story writers, of which I was both.

Soon after “Concordant Vibrancy 1: Unity” came the release of my first official solo publication, “Let’s Play on Valentine’s Day”, although short, it was an accomplishment just to have had it published.

Soon after that came the release of “Crackles of the Heart: Divergent Ink Book 1” which included my short story contribution “Mystical Nights”, then shortly thereafter the release of “… and we” as a solo work.

Throughout this time I was blogging and book reviewing. I’d even started up a book review blog series which I called “Drive-By Reviews”. It was my own little blog corner dedicated to reviewing books of all genres and sizes. Although, my personal favorite was reviewing books within my own genre preference.

During this time my friendship/kinship grew stronger with the All Authors Publishing House Family Members. I was honored and appreciative to have developed this comradeship as one can never have too much support.

Soon after, came the call for the 2nd installment of “Concordant Vibrancy 2: Vitality” and immediately I got to work on my short story contribution to said anthology. A contemporary fiction about a man trying to find his way in the world, I called it “Barbershop: A Story of Home”.

In the interim of all of these wonderful events, I was also writing short stories and setting them aside as they will be included in my upcoming solo anthology called “The Syncopation of Ravishing Intensity”.

Apart from all of this, later on in the year I was asked to be a part of All Authors Magazine. I was so incredibly excited to have been asked to become a part of such a wonderful literary magazine, along side so many outstandingly talented authors. I was given a column named after my personal venture, “Drive-By Reviews”.

The very last thing that I accomplished this year was a collaborative work with my good friend, House Family Member and sister, Synful Desire. Together we wrote, “Simmer; Smoothe & Sweet”. This was my first extended work, having reached the size of a novelette. Thank you Desire, for asking me to be a part of this project. Words cannot explain my gratitude.

While to some my accomplishments may not seem like a lot, to me they are innumerable, as in 2014 I would have never imagined that all of these things would have happened.

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Suffice it to say that 2015 has been a very productive year, and I can only surmise that 2016 will be equally as spectacular.

Again, thank you all for being there for me. I would like to bid you all the most sincere of Seasons Greetings, and I pray that your New Year be filled with joy, love and productivity.

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Funny Inquiry

I was given the funnies inquiry and I feel obliged to have to respond to it today.

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I was asked, “Out of all of your characters (whether in your published works of WIPs), which guy would you have an intimate rendezvous with and why?

I giggled when I read this fan question as it gave me much to ponder on. You see, in my mind, I secretly have an amorous relationship with them all. The truth is that I’ve created them out of my desire to find a man like them. Therefore, to a certain degree, I’d love a rendezvous with all of them.

I suppose, however, that the dare (and the fun) in this question is to pick just one. Thus, I’ll endeavor to indulge my beloved reader with an answer.

Here we go …

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Recently, I’ve been doing a lot of writing, as I mentioned in the last blog post I wrote. In that, I’ve come up with a story that remains nameless thus far, whose main character is indubitably the man with whom I would converge.

He is sexy, radiant, daring and suave. Everything about his demeanor says, “Hey, let’s get it on.” 😀 And to make matters even better, he has no name. Yes, that’s correct. I left this character nameless on purpose. In all honestly, if I were to bask on a night on the town with one purpose and one purpose alone, I won’t want to know the sensuous beat’s name. I’d just want to have my way with him and nothing m0re.

In the spirit of that same circumstance, I’ve left this character nameless.

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In the story, this character has an encounter with a man by the name of Shy. Shy, for all intended purposes, was modeled after me.

So, I suppose, in essence I answered the question given to me before I even received it. LOL.

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Well, that’s all for now.

Before I go however, I’d like to wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving. May your day be blessed and filled with joy. With an open heart, I bid you all the best Thanksgiving ever.

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