Celebrating #IndiePrideDay with Bound to Blackwood’s Sharon Lipman


This is about to be an epic weekend in the world of independently published authors. The Sick Rose Vampires are going to celebrate #IndiePrideDay by introducing you, the fans, to just some of the variety of indie talent who are offering book deals and new releases! I am happy to have my blog possessed this evening by paranormal romance author, Sharon Lipman, as she shares with us Bound to Blackwood.

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July 1st 2016 marks #IndiePrideDay, a day when the Indie Authors of the world unite to to offer a real alternative for readers and lovers of books by offering special discounts on their books. There is a huge Indie Author community out there and they’re determined to take indie books mainstream. What does this mean for you? Well author, Sharon Lipman is offering her paranormal romance novel, Bound to Blackwood for free this weekend! Yes, that’s right, a great book, totally free. A proud indie author herself, she’ll be supporting the movement on July 1st, and you can too. Download your copy of Bound to Blackwood now and follow the #IndiePrideDay trend on twitter for some more amazing indie books and discover some new-to-you authors. You won’t regret it!

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Lena, a vampire and a Guardian of the Order, has been honour-bound to protect human souls all her life. Acting first and thinking second is what’s saved her skin time and again in the war against the Fallen, but her disregard for orders soon catches up with her when her boss is seriously injured. Forced to take responsibility for her actions, Lena is thrust into the path of her very own kryptonite; Thorn. The raw power of his soul calls to her and his mere presence lights a fire within her that she cannot contain.
With Vampire magic waning and the race in crisis, can either of them afford to ignore Nature’s call? If they do, the future of the race is in jeopardy. If they don’t, they will both lose the most precious part of themselves. Their souls.

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SharonLipmanAuthorPicA huge fan of the paranormal romance genre, Sharon Lipman started writing in her teens. It wasn’t until she was in her thirties that she found a story she was desperate to share. House Blackwood was born and Bound to Blackwood is her debut novel. She was born in west London and grew up in leafy Surrey in south-east England. A lover of all things British, except the weather, she now lives in Almeria, southern Spain with her husband and an ever growing collection of dogs.

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Go snag Bound to Blackwood while it’s hot, and we will see you back here tomorrow with more deals and new releases!


Happy #IndiePrideDay!

#IndiePrideDay Vampire Book Party Starts Tomorrow


Are you looking for summer reading suggestions? Do you like free stuff? Do you like to support independent creative endeavors? Do you have a Kindley-Dindley or other e-reader?

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#IndiePrideDay is almost here! The Sick Rose Vampires is getting the party started early! I will be hosting paranormal romance author, Sharon Lipman, right here on the blog tomorrow. You can hear about her debut novel, Bound to Blackwood, and the delicious deal she is offering all weekend!


13501621_10209029636194772_1095369102842902340_nAlso joining my party July 1st will be Lynne Murray’s, The Falstaff Vampire Ghosts! You had me at vampire ghosts! This is another killer deal that you won’t want to pass up. I will provide you a direct link to the goods Friday!



And of course, you can get started on The Sick Rose Vampires series with two paperbacks for the price of one! My special offer will only be available Friday, so don’t forget!


If you are a Sick Rose fan and have my books already, you may participate in #IndiePrideDay by taking a selfie with the books and uploading the photo to Twitter or Facebook using the hashtag!

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Now let’s finish getting primped for the book party!

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#IndiePrideDay 2016


I have been having a blast working with #IndieBooksBeSeen. It is a great network of self-published authors, and I’ve been having fun being a part of their catalog for 2016. I am so proud to be able to share this catalog at book-signings and provide it for free to my readers. It’s a beautiful catalog with a myriad of book selections.


#IndieBooksBeSeen catalog at Cosplay Con, Taylor, Michigan on June 4th

#IndieBooksBeSeen is a movement that comes with it’s very own holiday that I am pleased to be participating in this year. It’s a day for us indie authors to take over social media, brag about our work, and offer special deals to our readers. Last year #IndiePrideDay was a top trending topic on Twitter. Let’s do it again, shall we?


I’ve decided to do something really crazy for this special day. It’s something I’ve never done before and will only be available on July 1st. Well, here it is:


Get #BOGO here!

Take advantage of this insane offer in the name of Indie Pride! I’m being brave and offering a DEEP discount even though I’m still trying to get a new vehicle after mine was stolen about a month ago. You may track my progress of obtaining a replacement ride and contribute here. Supporting my writing and art helps too! Please buy my stuff here! Thank you so very much!

BONUS: For #IndiePrideDay I am also offering you direct access to a SUPER-natural deal from paranormal romance author, Sharon Lipman. Check back here one week from tomorrow to see what it is. I promise, it’s good!


2016 #indiebooksbeseen Catalog


Indie authors hustle harder.

The market can be challenging for self-published authors. Self-promotion can be a full-time and awkward job. We don’t get the publicity and backing that a publishing house can provide.

Mark Shaw, author of “Keeper of the Wind”, started the #indiebooksbeseen movement on twitter a couple of years ago with the intention of getting indie writers and their overlooked talent the exposure they deserved across social media and beyond. It is a community for indie authors to support one another and promote our work collectively. This year I contributed “Blood & Alcohol” to the 2016 catalog of books. This catalogs ship worldwide, as the #indiebooksbeseen movement and it’s contributors are an international collective of writers. The catalog offers book selections from all genres across the board, with something for all ages.

How can you get a copy of this awesome catalog? They will be available for FREE at all of my upcoming book signings for the rest of the year. Check the Events page for details. They are also included for FREE in ANY purchase you make from my webstore. Or you may contact me directly to request one. You might even spot one at a library or in waiting room if you’re local!

I discovered #indiebooksbeseen from Detroit based indie game developer, Gerald Moore, who is creating the fighting game “Hastings Paradise”.  It’s a fighting-style game featuring jazz legends Billie Holiday and Duke Ellington. Yes, I was sold from the beginning! You can follow Moore’s project on twitter @HastingsHR 

I’m looking forward to doing more with #indiebooksbeseen, including their “Indie Pride Day” this summer!

Customer Reviews


I am seven for seven with five star customer reviews on Amazon!  Please take a minute to read these well written reviews by the fans!  And don’t forget to add yours whether you purchased my book from amazon, createspace, or directly from me.  Thank you!



Mark your calendars for my next book signing at the end of this month!

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Sunday, November 30
at 10:00am – 4:00pm
19801 Farmington Rd, Livonia, Michigan 48152
Admission: $3
This is a smaller scale show by the same people who bring you Motor City Comic Con every year! I’m doing a book signing for my fans here who are local and don’t want to pay the big money to get into the big show in May. Please come visit me and pick up my book, or bring yours and get it signed!
If you’re a facebook user, feel free to RSVP and “like” my page (if you haven’t already) HERE!

The Sick Rose Vampires Book I: Blood & Alcohol
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Welcome to my new wordpress followers who came in behind my It’s The Great Pumpkin King, Charlie Brown mashup post for Halloween.  I hope everyone had a good one.  I’m sad that it’s over, but YAY Halloween sales!  😀


Why I’m Not Doing NaNoWriMo Yet Again This Year (But Why You Should)


The most common question I get regarding my self-published graphic novella is “how long did it take you?”  That’s kind of an awkward question for me to answer because the book is only 32 pages long.  My reply is “two years”.  If I wanted to, I could even go back and say “four years” because that is when I originally got the idea for the story.  But I didn’t start my heavy writing until NaNoWriMo 2012 and ended up with what is now enough material for a 200+ page novel.  In the span of two years time and a couple of Camp Nanowrimos later, I’ve gone back and forth between keeping The Sick Rose an online graphic series or publishing it as a novel.  Eventually I came to the conclusion to release it in paperback chapter by chapter, or book by book, because the drawings for the first book were already half done in the online graphic version.

If you have been thinking about ever writing a novel, I strongly recommend participating in NaNoWriMo.  Saying that my participating in it two years ago changed my life is a bit of an understatement.  I’m now a self-published author and illustrator.  NaNo taught me that I can be a writer, that really anyone can.  NaNoWriMo separates the “men from the boys” so to speak; but not so much in that it takes some remarkable skill to be able to do it.  It is in the doing it that makes a person a success.  I went in almost blind.  I had done no research, I had no outline or my characters fully figured out.  The story evolved with me and through the process of writing.  Because of it, I am now sitting on enough content to release several more books in paperback.

My NaNoWriMo spawn

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This is why I will not be participating again this year.  I couldn’t last year because I was still trying to revise and figure out what I was doing with The Sick Rose.  I have to keep my focus on working on Book II of The Sick Rose Vampires “Skin of the Night” because my fans want it.  So I am going to take my NaNoWriMo time and devote it to cranking out drawings, the way it helped me to crank out words.  I’m going to do a drawing a day for the month of November, book related or not, just to get and keep me drawing.  I looked around online and found that people have done this before, but there is nothing officially scheduled for November.  So I will be doing my own DrawMo in a couple days.  I already hopped on the end of #inktober on twitter after having taken a month off from The Sick Rose to promote the book.

You’ll see me and my DrawMo work poking around social media.  I hope everyone participating in NaNoWriMo this year makes it great!  Best wishes!

http://nanowrimo.org/ Get on it! (You’re ready.)

Character Study: King Arcanum of Numidia


The Sick Rose saga actually begins back in ancient North Africa.  I’m getting mixed feedback on whether or not it’s a good idea to make such a leap from a present day setting back to this time period in the novel.  I assure you it is all interrelated, but it does bring the flow of the opening story to an abrupt halt while completely switching gears to new characters.

Again, I am thankful that this is a work of fiction because the time period I’m looking at is about 200 BCE.  It takes place in a territory in North Africa called Numidia which was located along the Mediterranean sea.  Little information is available about Numidian culture due to the amount of war and fallen kingdoms and civilizations at that time.  I’ve read that as the Romans conquered territories, they frequently adopted aspects of the cultures they destroyed which offers me some ideas.  I’m also looking at Greece and Egypt as cultural influences on Numidia.  It was not until later on that Middle Eastern cultures migrated west into North Africa, where modern day Tunisia is located today.

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King Arcanum

I didn’t win anything in the drawing contest or even make it to the honorable mentions, but I’m grateful for the fire it lit within me for a spell. I’ve put out some great work over the past week, stuff that has even surprised myself. And that’s what it’s all about to me. Whatever creative pursuit I’m entertaining at the moment, when I make it about anybody else, or worry too much about the finished project, mine or others expectations, or make it a responsibility, I know I’m stuck. Staying present in the creative process, I am free.