It’s…Sale Time!

Hey everybody! I have some great news. From now (6/22/19) until next Saturday (6/29/19), the paperback version of my new novella, Crimson Vows, will be on sale on Amazon.com! The paperback will be on sale for $12.50 (originally $14.00). This sale is only for a limited time, so make sure to visit here before the sale ends! If you would like to download the e-book version of Crimson Vows, it is also available on Amazon and can be downloaded for $5.99. It can be purchased here.

As always, thank you to all who support my writing!

Emily Bradford has just turned sixteen. She’s about to experience something she never thought possible. As Emily grapples with the fact that she has a special gift and holds the key to stopping a horrible crime, she must work hard to save the life of a young woman and many more to follow.

Vince Ashcroft is not in a good place in his life. His father is abusive, his mother struggles to keep her head above water, and no matter what he does, Vince can’t seem to be truly happy. When faced with an impossible choice, Vince finds himself falling off the edge of sanity and into an ocean of cruelty and malice.

Crimson Vows by [Ginsburg, B.W.]
Written by: B.W. Ginsburg   Cover designed by: Ginger Elinburg
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Crimson Vows – Meet the Protagonist and Antagonist

For a week now on Instagram, a friend and I have been hosting the #aweekinastory author challenge. The challenge helps promote either the works in progress or publish works by authors by sharing some details about the characters in the author’s stories. There is one more day in the challenge, but I thought I’d share with you some of the responses that I used for the challenge. These pertain to the protagonist and antagonist in my newly published novella, Crimson Vows, which can be purchased on Amazon.com.

1.) Overused catchphrases by protagonist and antagonist

  • Emily (protagonist) – She doesn’t really use catchphrases (she actually mocks her best friend, Amy, for using one), but she does say the word ‘crazy’ a lot as she’s worried that if she tells people about her abilities, they’ll think she’s insane.
  • Vince (antagonist) – He doesn’t use many catchphrases, either, but he tries to be agreeable with the people he deals with so that he comes off as kind.

2.) How do your protagonists and antagonists see themselves?

  • Emily (protagonist) – Sees herself as kind and moral. She also sometimes worries about what others think of her.
  • Vince (antagonist) – Views himself as clever, sly, and sneaky. He considers himself better than everyone else and takes pride in being cruel and malicious.

3.) Protagonist’s fashion style 

  • While Emily is mostly a casual dresser (jeans, shorts, t-shirts, tank tops, etc.), she also enjoys shopping for dresses for special occasions.

4.) Antagonist’s bad habit

  • Vince has not always had this habit, but due to feeling he needs to find another way to calm his urges, he picks up smoking for a while.

5.) Protagonist and antagonist’s strongest and weakest character trait

  • Emily (protagonist)
    • Strongest trait – Her dedication. She’s loving and passionate and when it comes to stopping evil, she’ll do whatever it takes
    • Weakest trait – Her self-esteem could use some work.
  • Vince (antagonist)
    • Strongest trait – Clever and sneaky (but in a bad way, so yeah)
    • Weakest trait – He’s cruel

6.) Love language of protagonist and antagonist

  • Emily (protagonist)) – She shows love by being kind and honest. She wants the people she cares for to know everything there is to know about her, even if it means possibly losing them.
  • Vince (antagonist) – Never truly falls in love, but rather, pretends to. He fakes kindness and tries to remain agreeable to keep up the façade that he cares.

7.) Books that protagonist and antagonist would love

  • Emily (protagonist) – books like the Nancy Drew mystery series and perhaps some thrillers and suspense novels. Her whole life she has dreamed of being a detective, so she’s definitely interested in books that touch on that topic.
  • Vince (antagonist) – Horror books, definitely. Vince would be a huge Stephen King fan. However he might not be too happy if in the ends of books, the heroes prevail. He’d really like a good Grimm’s original fairy tale!

 

A Few Things I’ve Learned About Writing

Hey everyone! So I realize that I’m not a pro at writing, but I do think that I have some good advice to share with all of you. Therefore, I thought I would talk about some things that I’ve learned throughout my writing journey. I hope you enjoy!

1.) Take Your Time – I know how exciting it is to imagine a finished product, but something that is well done takes time. It may be tempting to get to the end of your story, but trust me, in the end you’ll be proud of yourself for taking your time. Taking one’s time helps avoids prolonged editing and frustration.

2.) Don’t focus too much on the length of your story – I understand the desire to sometimes have your story be a certain length, but sometimes adding more words (or more situations) in a story just weakens the writing altogether. The same goes with shortening a story just so that it fits into certain guidelines. I truly believe that you should write the story you want, no matter how long it is. Especially if you’re self-publishing and have no limitations, I think that letting your story go where it wants to go is your best bet.

3.) Don’t beat yourself up if you find a lot of mistakes while editing – Everyone makes mistakes – even the most famous of authors. Whether you made the mistakes because you were typing too fast or you legitimately didn’t realize it was a mistake at the time, there’s no reason to get angry at yourself. While some people may believe otherwise, writing isn’t easy. Be proud of yourself for what you’ve been able to accomplish.

An Interview with Author and Cover Creator, Ginger Elinburg

Today I will be interviewing Ginger Elinburg (@elinburgedits), creator of the book cover for my new novella, Crimson Vows. Ginger is also a talented independent author, known for her books: Wicked Welcome, Whispered Deceit, her newest release, Demon’s Angel, and many others. To check out Ginger’s books, please click the link below:

https://www.amazon.com/Ginger-Elinburg/e/B00HUUC11Y?ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_2&qid=1559617650&sr=8-2

 
How did you get interested in graphic design/designing book covers?

 

First, I’d like to say thanks for the interview. I’m a little nervous, so I’ll probably make a few typos

I’ve always loved editing photos and creating something new by merging two or more pictures together.

 
What was the first cover you designed?

 

The first cover I ever designed was for my own book Wicked Welcome. It was the original cover and I used photos that I had taken myself.

 
What’s your favorite thing about designing book covers? Your least favorite?

 

Favorite thing – That *gasp* moment. The moment everything comes together and I catch my breath because it’s better than I hoped.

Least favorite – When my program freezes.

 
What programs do you use when designing your covers?

 

I used to use Gimp (which I still LOVE), now I use Lightroom and Photoshop.

 
Your favorite cover that you’ve designed?

 

One of my recent ones, Evil Comes Home.

 
Your favorite book cover that someone else has created?

 

Oh, this is a hard question to answer. I don’t know that I have a favorite because I love books, all books. The cover for Creatura by Nely Cab is gorgeous. And the formatting for the interior is stunning.

 
In addition to graphic design, you also enjoy writing and are a published author. Tell us a little about your books.

 

My books are mostly paranormal, but I always add a little humor and a bit of romance in each one. A few are suspense thrillers. I’ve recently started writing short psychological thrillers under a pen name, Ellie DaKaye, and I just published the first book this year.

 
You are now selling book covers. How much are you selling them for? How much do you sell your books for?

 

The ebook premade covers are $55 each. I want to be able to deliver a great cover at an affordable price. My hope is that authors wouldn’t hesitate to reach out to me if they see a cover they want to use, but maybe can’t swing the price right now. I’ve been there, I know how hard it is when you first start out. So, please, feel free to email me (elinburgedits@gmail.com) with questions and such.
My book prices vary from Free (Wicked Welcome) to $5.99 (Hunted by Death BOOKS ONE AND TWO).

 
How does one go about buying a cover from you?

 

Contact me via email @ elinburgedits@gmail.com and we can work out the details.

 
What/who inspires your work?

 

Nature, my children (they’re adults, but still), and (don’t laugh) my dreams.
I created the cover Losing Faith because of a dream and I wrote my Hunted by Death books because of a reoccurring nightmare.

 
Is there anything else you’d like to share with us?

 

I’m working on creating a webpage for my ebook covers to make it easier for potential clients to get in touch with me and I’ll post on my Facebook page as soon as it’s up and going.
If you find an eBook cover that you like, there’s a good chance I also have the paperback cover created as well.

 
Ginger can be found @arkansasauthor and @elinburgedits on Instagram. The link to her Facebbok page is https://m.facebook.com/authorgingerelinburg/

New Novella by B.W. Ginsburg – Crimson Vows!

Hey everybody! I have some very exciting news. My new novella, Crimson Vows, is now available in ebook and paperback formats on Amazon.com!

Here is what the book’s about:

Emily Bradford has just turned sixteen. She’s about to experience something she never thought possible. As Emily grapples with the fact that she has a special gift and holds the key to stopping a horrible crime, she must work hard to save the life of a young woman and many more to follow.

Vince Ashcroft is not in a good place in his life. His father is abusive, his mother struggles to keep her head above water, and no matter what he does, Vince can’t seem to be truly happy. When faced with an impossible choice, Vince finds himself falling off the edge of sanity and into an ocean of cruelty and malice.

To purchase your copy of Crimson Vows, please click here! Thank you!

I’d like to thank all of you who support my writing. Extra special thanks goes to Ginger Elinburg who designed the cover art for Crimson Vows!

Writing Update!

Hey everybody! I hope you’ve all been doing well. Here is an update on my writing and some projects I’ve been working on!

•Instagram Story Giveaway

    •From March 9th, 2019 – March 31st, 2019, if you purchase one or more of my books and send me a DM (direct message) on Instagram showing proof of purchase, I will email you a free Microsoft Word version of one of my short stories. More information about this giveaway can be found on my Instagram page @b.w.ginsburg48.

•New Story Update

  •I’m currently writing a new story! The story is crime and fantasy fiction. I will keep you updated as I continue working on the project!

•Articles and poetry on Harness Magazine

   •Harness Magazine has been kind enough to publish some of my work! You can find my articles and poetry here!

 

The Poetry Continues!

Hey everybody!

I believe in my last post I talked about how I was writing some poetry after feeling stuck when it came to writing a new novel. While I am in no way giving up on writing fiction, I have decided to work on writing and publishing a poetry book!

First let me remind all of you that Gary Ginsburg and I do already have an inspirational article and poetry book out that is available for purchase on Amazon.com, entitled Inspiration Unbound. I’d like to thank everyone who has already purchased a copy and continues to support our writing. If you have any questions about this book, please feel free to ask.

While in the last article and poetry book that Gary Ginsburg and I came out with, Gary wrote the poems and I wrote the articles, I will be the sole author of the next poetry book and it will only contain poetry. So far the poems I have written for the book include such topics as : love, divorce, anxiety, fame, politics, music, dreams, etc. I am very excited to be working on this new project and hope you will join me in this new journey!

As for my progress, I have about thirteen poems written so far and am happy to say that the writing is going well! If you want to read some fantastic poetry while you wait for my new book to be finished, please feel free to check out the inspirational article and poetry book written by myself and Gary Ginsburg! Inspirational Unbound includes wonderful poetry and articles that talk about anxiety, strength, overcoming obstacles, and much more! Thank you!