Wednesday, September 28, 2016

DIY Mini-Book Charm Tutorial

I've finally (FINALLY!!!) written a comprehensive list of detailed instructions for making these amazing mini-book charms in 7 easy steps. I've photographed every stage of the process, and I've documented all the tips and tricks I've learned (I hope) over the years. YOU CAN MAKE THESE CHARMS FOR YOURSELF!

Why have I stopped making them? Because I've been doing a lot of cover art and interior book design (graphics and formatting) for authors and publishers, as well as random business graphic design. I still make the charms once in a while for past clients who want to continue their collections (or who aren't in a major rush), but the bottom line is, there are too few hours in the day to do everything I want to do in a timely, high-quality manner. (Personal flaw: I have a hard time cutting corners for the sake of speed. :-)

So check it out!! Skim the 30+ photographs and if you're serious about making your own mini-book charms for swag, gifts, or personal keepsakes, take the time to read the directions--you'll save yourself a lot of trial & error if you do.

And just so you know, making these charms IS a time-consuming process that DOES require some effort. But let me say on behalf of myself, past clients, and from the many authors who've received miniature charms of their personal books from spouses or friends, IT IS WORTH IT!!!

Be proud of your writing accomplishments and 
make a charm for every book you've written!! 
(I'm serious!)

(and feel free to share the love!) 

Cheers and good luck,
Toni Kerr

Friday, September 11, 2015

Fallen Darkness, by RB Austin

Book 2 in the Trihune Series

Fallen Darkness
The war between Apollyon and the Trihune has begun.

Lucas scours the street in need of a fix. He captures his enemy instead of kills. Spins lies instead of truth. Seeks darkness instead of light. So close to the edge with no concern for the fall.

The map was foretold. Its key long lost.

Sent on a mission to find the key necessary to defeat Apollyon, Lucas meets Kate. Fiery, powerful, unable-to-touch-any-object Kate. As his feelings for her grow, the addiction inside him wanes.

Until he learns she is not meant for him.  

Find the key. Find the way and triumph. 

His future with Kate is bleak. The darkness, too hard to control. The key, still lost.  

Can Lucas win the battle raging inside his body in order to win the war rising on the streets?

If you haven't read Fallen Redemption (book 1) yet, check it out here!

Cade committed himself to saving lives before he learned the full consequences of his life-altering decision. It wasn’t until he was tending his sick wife that he learned the enormity of what he’d done and he was unable to save her from the monster he had become. Consumed with guilt and praying for absolution, he threw himself into killing every Fallen he could find to save the humans he’d sworn to protect. But then Emma, deliciously mortal and completely forbidden, swept into his world, stirring an overpowering desire. Now he’s not only fighting soulless creatures, but also his inner cravings, trying to maintain his distance and continue on his path to forgiveness. He can’t afford to lose control again and sacrifice another love.

About the author:
RB Austin enjoys torturing dogs (dressing her Cairn terrier in knitted sweaters and booties), embarrassing her daughter (singing in car . . . at top of her lungs . . . with the windows open . . . at a stop light), and indulging in the second deadliest sin (chocolate, Swedish fish, chocolate, sour patch watermelons, and chocolate).

This author's love of the sun puts in her in the more-than-likely-not-a-vampire category, unless you're referring to the bloodsuckers in her Trihune series, then all bets are off.

Feeling stalkerish? Visit her website,, and learn where she hangs out on the Interwebs.

Sunday, September 6, 2015

Stranger in the Shadows, by Joann Clark-Jackson

Book Two in THE ADVENTURES OF HODGI BRIGMAN Series, by Joann Clark-Jackson

"Hodgi's side began to ache as he chased the dark figure into the night. He watched from a distance as the stranger climbed the steps of the Gothic-style church of St. Anastasia."

Does Hodgi's family vacation to Verona, Italy, turn out to be more than he bargained for? Join our hero and his cousin Amadeo as they follow a mysterious stranger, while seeking answers to the family secrets and stolen artifacts intertwine.

Joann Clark-Jackson's The Adventures of Hodgi Brigman: Stranger in the Shadows is the second book in a series of intriguing short story mysteries that projects the reader on a riveting tale of deception, tragedy, stolen artifacts, and the courage of an ordinary young man.


Have you read book the book that started it all? 
The Adventures of Hodgi Brigman: Secrets in the Shack, Book One in the Hodgi Brigman Series by Joann Clark-Jackson

Along for the journey, young Hodgi Brigman accompanies his dad on a thirty-year-old cold case expedition to Lake Nakuru, Kenya. How could Hodgi possibly know that an afternoon of taking photos, gathering stones, and scouting dusty trails would lead him to a run-down shack full of secrets, bringing him face to face with the killer?

Joann Clark-Jackson's The Adventures of Hodgi Brigman-Secrets in the Shack, is the first book in a series of intriguing short-story mysteries that projects the reader on a riveting tale of deception, tragedy, stolen artifacts, and the courage of an ordinary young man.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Jack Sprat Magazine Issue #1

Attention Comic-Con Fans! 
(and authors!) 
Meet Jack, Issue #1 from Jack Sprat Magazine! 

(FREE download until September 15th)

If you're an author looking for something outside the normal realm of publishing, check out the submission guidelines and theme for Issue #2! (submissions are officially open September 15th.) 

From the Jack Sprat Press website: 

What we’re looking for:

Genre mash-up, inspired by a classic crayola crayon color, no more than 1000 words. It must be a complete, stand-alone story with a unique twist. Make us go, “hmmm…”

Complete 4-page comics, art included, also inspired by a classic crayola crayon color. We like dark stories with a whimsical twist (e.g. Tim Burton or Neil Gaiman). Any style is accepted. We’re fans of manga, superhero, even stick figures. Wow us with your originality.

The genres we’re interested in:
Science Fiction
Magical Realism

Good luck!! :-) 

Monday, August 17, 2015

The Immoral Trilogy, by Arla Dahl

Made for the author, Arla Dahl
The Mark, Book 1
Be this a witch?

In 1600’s New England, it was decreed thus: "Whoever lies with the beast will bear a mark that is insensible and in their most secret parts, and may be located only through diligent and careful search." 

Accused of witchcraft, Abigail Prescott must strip for the masses and submit to the Governor’s inspection. She is ill-prepared for this shameful, grueling probe as it permits him to see and test her every inch and every hollow. 

Governor Jameson Foster has examined many before, but Abigail enchants him like no other. Before he succumbs to her sweet charms, he must uncover the dark truth of this bewitching. 

Should she feel his prodding and respond to his touch, her innocence will be proven. And this night he will claim her. Should she resist, fail to cry out in pain or in pleasure, then all will know she is a witch who bears The Mark.

The Accused, Book 2
Made for lucky winners of Arla Dahl's Facebook Event
There is no shame in pleasure. 

“Wherefore for the sake of fulfilling their lusts (women) consort even with devils.” -Heinrich Kramer, 1486 “Malleus Maleficarum” (The Hammer of Witches) 

To clear their names and save their souls the accused are stripped and bound before all as they await their governor’s examination. 

At the governor’s direction, Abigail Prescott, herself accused as a witch a mere hour past, will help test the women’s responses, for a witch marked by the devil cannot feel, no matter how gently caressed, no matter how deeply probed. Under the governor’s scrutiny Abigail is to thoroughly examine their naked flesh for the black mark of the beast. 

But the prideful Elizabeth Hobbs withdraws consent. And her fate is sealed. Taken deep into the forest by the watchman, she will remain naked and open to the elements to await her punishment. 

Stirred by her proud tears, the watchman touches her. Soothes her. But when a man succumbs to a witch’s charms, he too stands among THE ACCUSED

The Watchman, Book 3
More prizes for Arla Dahl's Facebook Event

"For when those in authority neglect to reprove sin, then very often the good are punished with the wicked." - Heinrick Kramer, 1486  The Malleus Maleficarum

By yielding to the proud tears of an accused witch, The Watchman's soul may have been touched by evil. Now he must stand bare before the governor, and submit to a thorough and shameful examination.

Though Giles Scott would resist the touch of another man's hands, it is through complete abandon that his innocence might be proven. Since it is only the witch who cannot feel, only Giles' arousal can spare him and another from the the noose. And so, he surrenders.

Yet screams from another chamber - perhaps pained, perhaps pleasured - awaken his fears from his youth, and the governor's touch no longer teases but stings, much like the punishing bite of a whip against the flesh of The Watchman. 

Attend the Event here:

from 50 NYT, USA Today & Amazon Bestselling & Upcoming Authors 
Come party with us, chat, ask questions, and get to know these awesome authors! The event will last 3 days. All times are EDT: 8/27 from 7:30PM - 10PM, 8/28 from 2PM - 12Midnight, and 8/29 from 10AM - 12Midnight. More specifics about the authors' schedules will be added closer to the event, so stay tuned!
Party Schedule - We'll start pre-party activities Monday, 8/24/15

Arla Dahl will be featured on Friday, 8/28/15 starting at 4:30

Read the trilogy here:
The Watchman, Book 3 (coming soon!)

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Book Swag Ideas

Maybe you DON'T want your cover on ALL your swag items...

Here's an awesome idea from author, Barbara Lieberman-- Items that have quotes and messages from your novel instead of the cover!

What a fun way to give potential readers a taste of what they might find inside. I love it!

Friday, July 10, 2015

Orion's Circle, by Victoria Sue

According to legend, when humankind is at its most desperate, the goddess Sirius will send three of the most powerful werewolf shifters ever created to save mankind. However, because they are so powerful, they will need a fourth to complete them, to calm them and help them reach their full potential. 

Aden, a young were, has been his pack's omega ever since, at the age of fifteen, he didn't shift like everyone else. Caught, reviled, and tortured because of his empathic abilities, he knew on the night he was told to run as sport for the pack hunters that it would end in his death. What he didn't know, however, was that on the same night he'd also meet the love of his life and a pathway to answers, because Aden is far more than just a pack omega. 

What begins as a hunt soon becomes a new adventure as Aden discovers that he has not only one, but three destined mates, and his role as lover is far more than trivial. The fate of all humankind rests upon it.

Find Orion's Circle (Sirius Wolves Book 1) on AMAZON!