Sunday, July 31, 2016

Naelos Coloring Puzzle Page

While working on the adult coloring book last week, I decided it might be fun to create a puzzle page that one could still color. I made some fairy houses and felt this page would be perfect for them. Naelos is one of the fictional countries I created for Tiaera. It's the land of fairies, faes, elves and dwarves. It's also inhabited by mythical creatures like unicorns, gryphons, merfolk, and more.
I tried using several online word search generators online to save myself some trouble, but every one had copyright restrictions, so I decided to try my hand at making my own puzzle.

Though this pages will be in my coloring book (due out some time in September) I would like to offer this to all my blog friends as a little gift.  Here is the PNG page for you to download, print and share as you like.  All I ask is that you do not change anything on it and let me know if there is a problem with it that I need to fix. I won't add the answer page here as Word Searches are pretty easy to do, but if you do have trouble finding all the words, contact me here or via email ( to request the answer page. To download this page: Right click on it and click on Save Link As and save on your computer. Print it out using any graphics program like Paint, MSPublisher or Photoshop.  

Here is a link for the PDF version.

Thank you all for being my blog friends and enjoy coloring and doing my Naelos puzzle! Stay cool!

Monday, July 25, 2016

Authors beware! eBay is Fine with your UNauthorized pirated books.

I have discovered that my books are being sold on eBay.

It's bad enough to know that they are pirated and online for free, but what's even worse is that eBay is allowing unauthorized member sellers to sell my books as if they were new. I can understand that someone who has legitimately bought and read the book and no longer wants it would go to eBay to sell it, but that's not what I am writing about. I am writing about actual eBay stores such as Booktopia that is selling copies of Legend of Fayre Sea for almost $27 a copy. Such sellers are not authorized by me and I am getting no royalties from their sales.

I tried to report two sites selling my books as vendors and called eBay customer service. It was very upsetting to learn that unless I can prove they are "counterfeit" copies of my books, they will do NOTHING to keep the stores from selling my books. The burden of the proof is on me. I told them I didn't want them selling my books at all! Not without royalties. They need to go to authorized dealers like Barnes and Nobel or Amazon so that I get royalties for copies sold to these vendors for resale. eBay doesn't care how they got them or what they are doing with them.

So, this self-published author is currently stunned, out-of-luck and demoralized. Any thought of another novel is being shelved while I recover and decide what to do about my adult coloring book. I am not rich by any means from the countless hours I have spent writing and drawing here at my computer has been for .. well... not much since the pirates and hackers out there have made my books free or are selling them on their downloading service and getting paid for it without giving me a dime. I must accept that unless I can hire a lawyer (which is not possible) I will have to live and move on in life a victim of pirates that will continue to steal and make money on what I created. I won't be robbed once or twice or even a few times but continuously as long as people keep downloading from these so-called legit sites.

If you want to make sure the author of the World of Tiaera trilogy books is going to get her fair share in royalties or payment, the only three places you should buy:

1. Directly from me here at my blog. I use Paypal to accept your credit cards easily and securely.
3. Barnes and Noble

Any other site on the web that sells or gives away my books for free are not paying me royalties and are, therefore, doing it illegally! They are dealing with my stolen, uploaded intellectual property.

Here is a good article I found that explains much more. If you are a writer or author, read this so you know where eBay stands regarding your books.


Thursday, July 21, 2016

The New Look and Local News

I went to visit the blog of my friend, Auden Johnson, the other day and saw an interesting post about author blogs. Her blog is called Dark Treasury. If you like dark fantasy it would be a good place to discover some great books, tutorials and stories. But back to her post... Auden wrote about the need for authors to simplify their blogs in order to present a better, more organized appearance that would make a blog more user-friendly. I was so impressed by her suggestions and decided to give my World of Tiaera blog a makeover.  I found a very interesting background that wasn't too feminine and the navy blue and white was a good change from the previous dark red background. The Tiaeran Beaded Bookmarkers are now available at the cross bar menu with the books. The blog is now only two columns and the posts are in black letters and off-white background. I have to agree that it was a bit of a nightmare trying to ensure the white or gold lettering appeared okay when making posts. Thank you, Auden, for your tips. It would be nice to get some feedback from my visitors. Please take a moment to comment your thoughts and recommendations.

Summer is a good time for making blog/web site changes, along with writing new material before the snow birds return in the fall and the holiday season arrives. Friends and fellow writers are busy with their crafts and writing projects while the temps here soar over 110+ degrees. If one is not swimming in the lake or pool, it's a good time to write those chapters, reviews and stories.

There is some sad news about our local Hastings Books, Music and More store. The business has filed for bankruptcy and I had to go get all my books I was selling there. I have checked with the book manager, Peter, and he says he is hopeful their doors will not be closing. Some buyers are very interested and the store will be auctioned. Once things are settled and it looks like the store will remain open for business, I will bring my books back and plan for a fall/winter book signing. This is a great store and Peter is a wonderful man who supports many of the local authors. I hope things turn out well in the next few weeks.

I have been working on the official World of Tiaera coloring book and have completed 33 pages so far. Only four or five more drawings to go. The book will have excerpts from my trilogy so that people who buy the book to color in might learn a little about Tiaera and the characters. I am tempted to even add a page to color that will also be a word search puzzle of places and people on Tiaera. We shall see if it happens. I still plan for the book to be no more than $10 a copy and hope to have it ready by September.

That's about it for now, friends. Keep cool and drink lots to stay hydrated. Will be back soon with some more samples of the pages I have done. Don't forget to comment on the blog makeover! Cheers!