Painting Sky by Rita Branches

I often lament how difficult it can be to get people to read self-published books. There are so many excuses that can be thrown at self published authors, deserved or not. While I pondering this, I realised that I am guilty of the very thing I was complaining about. The majority of the books I have read have been traditionally published. I guess I get sucked into the same marketing powerhouse as everyone else.

So I have decided to change that. I am going to actively look for new books to read which have been self published.

My criteria is simple. If it appeals to me in the same ways as a traditionally published book, I will read it. In other words, it could be a stunning cover, an appealing blurb, well placed marketing, a review on Goodreads, or, best of all, word of mouth. If I like the book, I will post a link on here to ‘My Indie Carousel’. It won’t really be a review, more of a reading recommendation. So if you’re like me and looking for new reads, watch this space!

The first book that came to my attention was Painting Sky by Rita Branches.

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Can you guess why? That’s right. The cover.

Actually, the way I stumbled across it was via a Facebook post that was a cover reveal for Rita’s upcoming novel, Under a Million Stars. I saw the cover and and fell in love. I didn’t know anything about the book, but I knew I wanted to read it.

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With my new endeavour to read more self-published books in mind, I desperately hoped this book had been self published. It was! Unfortunately, the book wasn’t released yet, but I did found out she already had a book out with an equally stunning cover.

Painting Sky is a beautifully written romance story in the New Adult genre. It is told from the perspective of the main character, Jane. Jane is moving out of her family home to attend college where is she studying art. She moves into a house with her boyfriend, Cody, her brother, Ryan, and Cody’s older brother, Keith. Romance ensues. The story is compelling, and although it follows a somewhat traditional romantic plot, it manages to come off as unique.

Here is the blurb, taken straight from the author’s website:

Book one in the Painting Sky series – it can be read as a stand alone.

Nobody ever said life was easy…

People pleaser, Jane Skylar wants nothing more than to earn her art degree, start her life, and bask in the bliss of living with her boyfriend.

But things don’t always go as planned…

Struggling with her creative side, Jane finds herself in turmoil, often confiding in her roommate – another, more talented art student, Keith Hale. Keith just so happens to be her boyfriend’s older, brooding brother. After a devastating breakup, Jane turns to Keith for comfort. But when the lines blur between roommate and lover, Jane’s life becomes more complicated than ever before.

When Keith’s past comes back to haunt him, their lives all get turned upside down, forcing the truth to surface. Now Jane must fight for what she wants–even if it hurts everyone she loves.

The thing I found exciting about this blurb was the previously unnoticed, ‘Book one in the Painting Sky series.’ It’s part of a series! Brilliant! That means there is more to come. In the meantime, I will have to wait until August to get my hands on her next book, Under a Million Stars.

If you, like me, are taken with the amazing covers of Rita’s books, you can find more info in the links below.

Purchase Painting Sky

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Visit Rita Branches’ website

Find Rita on Facebook

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Until next time,

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Advanced Readers of Forever Blue – what did you think?

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On the 31st of May the giveaway of advanced reader’s copies of Forever Blue ended. It wasn’t a long giveaway but there were still around 100 copies claimed. Thank you to everyone who took an interest.

If you were one of the people who got a free copy, I hope you’re enjoying it! I love to hear what you thought. Please feel free to contact me by leaving a comment, or emailing on abby.wilder@outlook.com.

And if the urge strikes, I’d really love a review on Goodreads. It doesn’t need to be much, just a sentence or two letting people know what you thought.

As an indie author, it is often hard to get the word out about your book. The reach and the exposure of traditionally published books just isn’t available, (unless you have large sums of money lying around) so any review, even by word of mouth, is greatly appreciated.

If you missed out on the giveaway, or, if you’d like to support Forever Blue by pre-ordering a copy, please follow this link to the Kindle Store.

And remember, the first book in my Behind Glass Series is only 99c on Kindle. Check it out here.

I hope this post finds you well.

Roll on June 17th!

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Help me decide the blurb for Forever Blue

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I’ve always struggled with writing blurbs. As I’ve said before, I’d rather write an entire book than the short blurb which ends up on the back.

So I need your help. I’m going to list four blurbs below. They all give slightly different information, or are told in a different way. Please help me by casting a vote for the blurb which would most compel you to read the book.

Whether or not any of these end up making the back cover of my book is yet to been seen, (I’m still playing around, wording choice etc could easily change,) but will give me a indication of which direction to head.

Thank you to anyone who votes on the poll. I really appreciate it!

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Blurb 1

 

Brothers, Ruben and Judah Mitchell, used to be close, but that was before they met Cara Armistead. Once she moved in next door, the brothers grew further and further apart until the tension between them led to an event which left one dead and the other branded by the aftermath.

One year later, after the death of her baby brother destroyed her family, Lennon Donnelly has moved back to her home town of Puruwai. While visiting the cemetery, she finds a boy sitting on a gravestone, a boy with secrets in his past, but someone who finally sees her. Accused by the town as a killer, he reaches out to Lennon, but as their relationship deepens, the events of the year before present themselves in a way no one could have imagined.

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Blurb 2

 

I broke the surface and gulped in air, running my hands over my face to push the water away.
A raindrop splattered on my cheek. He did not rise.
Seven more raindrops in quick succession splattered against my skin.
And still, he did not rise.
The heavens opened and rain fell like a sheet, blanketing me,
cutting me off from the rest of the world.
I thought it was the end of everything.
But I was wrong.

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Blurb 3

 

Lennon Donnelly feels invisible.
But when she meets a boy at the grave site of his dead brother, she feels as though someone finally sees her. As she unlocks the secrets of his past,
the truth comes to light in a way that will change her life forever.

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Ruben Mitchell is popular and talented and loved.
He and his brother used to be close, but when he starts a relationship with the girl his brother loves, it ignites a series of events which will leave one dead
and the other branded with the aftermath.

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Judah Mitchell is nothing like his brother.
He prefers to spend his time gaming or tinkering on his beloved car.
When the girl he loves returns home, he is afraid he will be hidden by the shadow of his brother.
And while returning home from a party, Judah makes a decision
which the effects of will ripple through the small town of Puruwai.

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Cara Armistead never wanted to come home.
But when her mother falls sick, she must return to help with her care.
She never meant to cause tension between the brothers,
but after an incident leads to the destruction of her family,
she’s not sure if she will ever be able to forgive the person responsible.

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Blurb 4

 

Lennon.

Someone saw me. He saw me.
I never thought it would end like this.
But I was wrong.

 Ruben.

Everyone assumed that we had a secret connection,
that I had the ability to look into the mind of my brother and know
what he was thinking because we looked alike.
But his mind was just as much a mystery to me as it was to everyone else.

  Judah.

My brother was perfect.
You would think that would mean I was too,
considering we were twins,
but nothing could be further from the truth.
Ruben was popular. Ruben was talented. Ruben was loved.
And I was branded his killer.

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