Sneak Preview #DarkFacade | #SneakReader #amwriting #amreading

And you know you’ve been waiting all morning. I bet you even checked what time zone Detroit was in and was wondering why I hadn’t posted this morning.

I wake up at five and literally am going at sixty to one hundred miles an hour as soon as I put my feet on the floor.

Sigh…

I know… no, excuses!

I promised you a sneak peak to Book four and I’m going to give you just that.

I’d like to thank #SneakReader, SDunn for her help in a pinch early in the morning for helping me and responding fast to an email for some story research.

I’d love to hear your feedback. There might be some major errors in this puppy because Momma was very overwhelmed this week.

Okay, no more talkie talkie, time to post an excerpt… 

Enjoy...

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#DarkFacade Book 4 Coming soon | Updates & Partial Book Cover Reveal #Sneakreaders #amreading #amwriting

Life as we know it for me has been a bit difficult.

Uncomfortable.

Not only am I struggling to get into a house because currently my family and I are homeless (but staying with my father, which is a tale in itself), I’m also going through the gambit with men and my writing life. I’ve also started a new job that’s consuming all mental activities and making me really exhausted once I get home.

I’m suppose to be finishing up the edits to His Substitute Wife, but I had to put it down to get the house done. On top of that, I need to finish off Dark Facade Book Four.

I just need to work out the last part. I figured out who killed Lisa and I’ve pretty much wrapped up how I’m going to use Onyx, while slipping in a little bit more about what’s going on in her life – you know with Blaque & Shadow.

(Currently listening to The Tourist with Johnny Depp and I keep typing their lines.)

Also I’m working with @paytonleaf on the final book cover for Dark Facade.

Coming up with a fresh and final book concept to tie all the other books together is very difficult.

I really had planned on book three being the final and leaving it at that, but so much story line had to be put in book four so this is all new.

For this book cover, I thought to concentrate on the rugged Philippe. I hardly have men on my cover and I wanted to do something just a little bit different.

Low-key portrait of scary man with evil eyes
partial book cover for #DarkFacade Book 4

I’m going to incorporate some elements from book one and three into this one and go from there. Wish me luck and thank you for your patience.

Now that I’m 80% moved into my home – kids still need beds and I have other things around the house that need to be worked on (a roof, a basement, a kitchen and so forth) I think I can sit down enough to hack out all the notes I’ve made on scrapes of paper, on my phone and @Evernote (my most favorite app for writers in the world).

Next post will be by this Thursday when I’ll have an excerpt of the book available for you – my loyal #SneakReaders.

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Dark Facade (Book Three)… On Smashwords & Coming 2Yr Reading Device Soon!

If I had a penny to give to my readers for every second they’ve patiently waited for this third book, they’d be at least dollarnaires.

LOL

Or something like that.

Thank you guys.

But now the real waiting begins as you all just hold your breath for the third installment of Dark Facade to appear on your reading devices.

I’ve just uploaded to Amazon and Smashwords.

Of course Smashwords beat Amazon in the upload, but Amazon should be up by morning… hoping and praying.

For all the other devices, I’m sorry you’re going to have to give it time, but soon… very soon!

Dark Facade (Book Three)

 

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By Sylvia Hubbard
Rating: Not yet rated.
Published: March 08, 2013
Words: 23,833 (approximate)
Language: English

Short description

Evil Behind The Mask… In the third book, Maxine vows never to return to the secret society and never give in to a man’s lust, yet…

Extended description

Vowing never to return to the “Society” Maxine tries to return to normal life, but longs for the taste and touch of Philippe, despite the evil that was done to her. Though she tries to deny her needs, Maxine struggles daily to concentrate on the most important project that could escalate her career, all the while STILL trying to find out what happened to Lisa. She prays Philippe isn’t involved in her friend’s disappearance.

With nowhere else to go, Maxine realizes she has to return to the “chamber” one… last… time…

Available ebook reading formats

You have purchased this book. How to download ebooks to e-reading devices and apps.

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Epub (Apple iPad/iBooks, Nook, Sony Reader, Kobo, and most e-reading apps including Stanza, Aldiko, Adobe Digital Editions, others) Download
PDF (good for reading on PC, or for home printing) Download
LRF (Use only for older model Sony Readers that don’t support .epub) Download
Palm Doc (PDB) (for Palm reading devices) Download

As usual, I ask you to leave your review and let others know. I can’t wait to hear your responses…

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COVER REVEAL #DarkFacade Book Three #amreading by @paytonleaf

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Evasive, but artistic.

Well, what do you think? (Answer in the comments below)

I’m really deep into getting this book done before next week.

Reviews are pouring in – some good, some bad – but I’m going to take this it like it is.

I do warn readers this is different than what I usually write and I would like to note, I originally wrote this in 2007, so stop telling me I’m trying to copy 50Shades.

Honestly, I’m not trying to.

This story originated when I saw a building with the address I describe in the book and the concept of the story came to me.

I’m excited about the hoopla the book is getting and I do appreciate your patience in getting the story to you.

Dark Facade: Book Three is coming.

If you haven’t caught up with us and just joining us, please go to Amazon by clicking here or there are the smashwords links.

Dark Facade (Book Two)    by Sylvia Hubbard
Price: $1.49 USD. 21420 words. Published on February 14, 2013. Fiction.
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
When The Dark Comes… As the saga continues, Maxine infiltrates The Masquerade, an underground secret society of wealthy men who believe money can buy everything, including treating women however they please.
Dark Facade (Book One)    by Sylvia Hubbard
Price: $0.99 USD. 24510 words. Published on January 30, 2013. Fiction.
(5.00 from 1 review)
Maxine, an AA graphic designer who has no life, realizes that her best friend and coworker disappeared the day after telling Maxine she was going out on a hot date with a man she met on the Internet. Now it’s up to Maxine to find out what happened to Lisa and who was this mysterious man, who emailed his picture to her friend that Maxine just can’t stop thinking about.

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Don’t forget to tell me what you think of this cover for book three? And any other questions you have for me?

I’ve been reading past comments and I must say this is one of the most liveliest discussions on my blog to date!

Keep it coming!

Author’s Update: #DarkFacade finalizing cover & guestimating release of Book Three #writing

Doing a series is like looking after a baby. You have to keep checking on it just to see what’s going on, take care of it, nurture it and keep it strong and healthy.

Especially when you just want to sit in a corner and write.

There’s a lot to do and it’s never enough.

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When is book three coming?

I’ve been getting that a lot off line and now I’m starting to even see it in my search options as well.

PEOPLE ARE SEARCHING FOR BOOK THREE IN GOOGLE. lol

I thought it was exciting to know.

ANSWER THE QUESTION, SYLVIA!

Book three should be available by March 1st. SHOULD BE?

Currently, I’m on Chapter 27. Yeah, serious. As I type this, I’ve just finished up 27 and moving to 28.

That’s how quickly I’m moving. three pages a day. On good days, I could get up to six, but this is a bad week so you’re getting three pages a day.

Don’t push it.

I’m trying to move in a house, get the kids together, keep my sanity during this bad time in my life and just trying to push out the best book you’ve read.

Maxine’s fun.

Onyx is funner.

(I know that’s not a word.)

Back to work.

Have you gotten your copy? Have you done your review?

Dark Facade (Book Two)    by Sylvia Hubbard
Price: $1.49 USD. 21420 words. Published on February 14, 2013. Fiction.
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
When The Dark Comes… As the saga continues, Maxine infiltrates The Masquerade, an underground secret society of wealthy men who believe money can buy everything, including treating women however they please.
Dark Facade (Book One)    by Sylvia Hubbard
Price: $0.99 USD. 24510 words. Published on January 30, 2013. Fiction.
(5.00 from 1 review)
Maxine, an AA graphic designer who has no life, realizes that her best friend and coworker disappeared the day after telling Maxine she was going out on a hot date with a man she met on the Internet. Now it’s up to Maxine to find out what happened to Lisa and who was this mysterious man, who emailed his picture to her friend that Maxine just can’t stop thinking about.

Thanks in advance

PS: I sent the cover concept to @paytonleaf and I hope to have a preview of something at least by Monday. That’s the 25th. (My son’s birthday, so I won’t be revealing the cover until the 26th.)

AUTHOR’S NOTE: Writing a series… pressure, pleasure and pain #DarkFacade READERS QUESTIONS #amreading #amwriting

I’ve been studying the market for a long while and I wanted to do something just a little different with my stories.

darkfacadeBook1-smallerNow I usually do live books on the website, but I wanted to try to make some type of money in doing this and decided with the market of readers liking “Series” of books, I saw breaking up large books into smaller books and going from there.

I decided Dark Facade would be an easy way to get the books as a series and also interest new readers into what I write.

This book doesn’t have a lot of characters that appear in other books and it’s a standalone story not many have heard about.

Although a complicated plot – very dark and seedy – it gives readers old and new something different. An off the beaten path for me, yet sensual enough for me to really dig deep in give my readers something I think they will enjoy.

I’ve never been a writer for the readers. I’ve been more of what’s going to make me keep writing and seeing something I haven’t seen in other type of books that would be interesting to try to work out.

My goal for writing a story is to make the sinful look good and to make the unbelievable believable.

I think that’s why I get a lot of “I can’t believe this?!” kind of reviews on my books.

But I don’t dwell on this.

I do like when #SneakReaders go and say “If you want something different, you MUST try Sylvia’s books.”

Because I think I do create something that you would never imagine with characters you can’t help but love – even if you love to hate.

In Dark Facade, I introduce readers to Maxine.

Now if you haven’t read the story, here’s some background without the spoilers:

She’s a loner, like almost all my characters. She likes to keep to herself and finds her only life in work. Until her close co-worker comes up missing. Maxine delves into her co-worker’s life to find that the woman might be part of a secret society in the seedy underground of Detroit.

Maxine joins and that’s when it gets interesting for her.

I won’t tell the whole story. That would defeat the point of you buying the book and seeing what happens.

I’m not trying to get into the Fifty Shades of anything, trust me.

I actually wrote the book in 2007 and just now dusted it off to see if Readers could take this side of me.

What side is “the dark side”?

The dark side I would say. The side that says just what if there were men out there that liked to treat women like crap and there were women out there who didn’t mind being treated like crap… for the right price.

The Pressure

Keeping it good. Since I originally wrote the story in 2007, I basically have a first draft I have to go through and piece it out add the extra story line I created and also go into a little bit more details in other matters I had quickly punched out. darkfacade2Bigger

How deep should I go down the rabbit hole? i don’t want to disgust you, but I want to remain true to all the characters. In book two, everything took a big turn when you saw a lot more of the dark side of the life inside the Masquerade and then you saw a horrible side of Philippe along with Maxine getting a backbone at the wrong time.

I was tempted to take the scene out between her and Devon. I knew this crossed the line, but I decided to keep it in because I wanted to be true to the story.

The Pleasure

I am having so much fun hearing the feedback (That’s why you need to stop reading right now and go to Amazon or wherever you bought the book and leave a review. DON’T FORGET TO LEAVE A REVIEW ON GOODREADS TOO!)

The pleasure of the journey to create a serial book for my readers was terrifying at first, but now that I’ve bounced out book two and working on book three, I’m getting more and more excited.

The Pain

FINISHING! Getting the time between getting a new house together, keeping my sanity as I go through a horrible time in my life and also geting the energy to be creative and work at this project has been mentally, emothionally and spiritually stressful.

(That’s why you need to make me happy and leave a review of the book somewhere and then tell five friends they need to download their own copy too)

Someone did ask me was I going to put this into paperback.

One painful step at a time.

It’s been a little less painful as Smashwords is getting my books into premium distribution very fast.

The second book I put up was approved for premium in less than a day and a half. That was pretty fast. I usually don’t see it being done for about two weeks.

(Please let me know if you see the books in other books stores such as Barnes and Nobles, Diesel, Sony and iTunes. One reader reported book one was there, but I haven’t heard news on Book two yet.)

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Would I recommend other writers jump into doing series?

Yes, but not as a first book.

I would say get some books under your belt and then start doing a series.

I relegate this experience to writing a soap opera.

  • You have to stay on schedule.
  • You have to communicate to the readers what’s in your head, if you are going to be on schedule, if you are having a tough time and just making them apart of the process.
  • You have to leave cliffhangers that MUST be answered soon in the next book or by the end of the book
  • You have to talk about it and make sure all the other books connected to the series are easy to find
  • You have to make sure you stay true to the characters
  • You have to give the readers an ending.

I wouldn’t suggest any more than four books in the series, unless each book is a standalone book. Meaning the characters relate to each other but each book could be read without reading a previous book.

Dark Facade is my only series currently where YOU MUST start at book one before getting into book two or three (coming soon).

Would I do this again?

Yes, I actually do have plans to do this with A LITTLE BIT OF SIN  (three books), EMPORER’S ADDICTION (three books) and EVE’S DECEPTION (two books).

I’d love to answer any more questions regarding the #DarkFacade books and I’d love to hear your comments – good and bad – in the comments below.

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Dark Facade (Book Two)    by Sylvia Hubbard
Price: $1.49 USD. 21420 words. Published on February 14, 2013. Fiction. 

     (5.00 from 1 review) 
When The Dark Comes… As the saga continues, Maxine infiltrates The Masquerade, an underground secret society of wealthy men who believe money can buy everything, including treating women however they please.
Dark Facade (Book One)    by Sylvia Hubbard
Price: $0.99 USD. 24510 words. Published on January 30, 2013. Fiction. 

     (5.00 from 1 review) 
Maxine, an AA graphic designer who has no life, realizes that her best friend and coworker disappeared the day after telling Maxine she was going out on a hot date with a man she met on the Internet. Now it’s up to Maxine to find out what happened to Lisa and who was this mysterious man, who emailed his picture to her friend that Maxine just can’t stop thinking about.

NOW AVAILABLE: #DarkFacade Book Two on #Smashwords & @AmazonKindle #amreading

Yes, your patience has been drawn to the max and your reward is Book Two in the series.

Get your copy:

Click here for Amazon Kindle | Click here for Smashwords

I’ve taken the characters deeper down the rabbit hole and I hope you know I’ve been especially realistic and cruel in this one.

I’ve already drawn readers comments on twitter:

Do you have comments? Share them on twitter and tag me at @sylviahubbard1 or the #DarkFacade hashtag.

Click here for Amazon Kindle | Click here for Smashwords

I want to thank Smashwords for approving the book so fast during this time for premium distribution so #SneakReaders can get it on other e-reading devices.

I was just informed you can get Dark Facade: Let The Party Begin Book One in the iTunes store already! (Thanks readers for the update).

If you see it on your e-reading store, please let me know in the comments. I think it’s just awesome you guys can get me everywhere.

I really had thought to make this one exclusive to Amazon, but I just had to share.

Click here for Amazon Kindle | Click here for Smashwords

I’ve had a lot of fun with this series and I might do another one. Maybe come out with A Little Bit of Sin this way too. I know that was a jamming story line. I just got to pray it didn’t get burned in the fire.

pray pray pray

Dark Facade (Book Two)

Cover for 'Dark Facade (Book Two)'

By Sylvia Hubbard
Rating: Not yet rated.
Published: Feb. 14, 2013
Words: 21,425 (approximate)
Language: English

Short description

When The Dark Comes… As the saga continues, Maxine infiltrates The Masquerade, an underground secret society of wealthy men who believe money can buy everything, including treating women however they please.

Extended description

As the saga continues, Maxine infiltrates The Masquerade, an underground secret society of wealthy men who believe money can buy everything, including treating women however they please. When her membership application is accepted, Maxine braces herself for a weekend where she will have to spend without any contact with the outside world. What Maxine never thought to encounter was the mysterious stranger was now … her master. Maxine breaks the rules determined to find Lisa. Yet she never expected punishment like this.

Available ebook reading formats

How to download ebooks to e-reading devices and apps.

Format Full Book
Online Reading (HTML, good for sampling in web browser) View
Kindle (.mobi for Kindle devices and Kindle apps) Download
Epub (Apple iPad/iBooks, Nook, Sony Reader, Kobo, and most e-reading apps including Stanza, Aldiko, Adobe Digital Editions, others) Download
PDF (good for reading on PC, or for home printing) Download
LRF (Use only for older model Sony Readers that don’t support .epub) Download
Palm Doc (PDB) (for Palm reading devices) Download

AMAZON Kindle 

Please don’t forget to leave your reviews and comments on the place you’ve purchased and share your experience with others.

I’d love more downloads and more feedback. You guys know how much I love feedback and it does encourage me to get things done faster… hint hint.

Reviews and comments are like food for my writer’s soul.

Feed me!!

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