• A Message From Z.L. Arkadie

    New Inspiration For Freed

    As you know, I was working on The Freed Christmases, Enthrall and I’m positive that I hit a WALL long before I tried writing the first word. Then recently I announced I was not going to write that story and started another; it only took a few stabs at it to hit the same wall. That’s when I realized my issue was bigger than any story. So this weekend I traveled to North Carolina for a work party. When I returned home yesterday, I slept for fourteen hours straight, and I’m still tired. I arrived in NC on Thursday, and after an hour of being in the humidity, I was…

  • A Message From Z.L. Arkadie

    Book Cover Conundrum No More!

    You all remember how steamed I used to get over cover artists not giving me what I wanted, right? Not only that but the bulk of them were more artists than business people. Oh goodness (massaging my temples, remembering how hard it was for some of them to deliver when they said they would.) I have some cover artists horror stories that I’ll never tell. Why never tell? Because I’m over it. And then there was the fact that the best ones, I mean those who were business-minded and knew the marketplace as well as being artistically talented, were ALWAYS booked for months or years on out. That would’ve been great but…

  • A Message From Z.L. Arkadie

    I Want To Read Romance!

    I’m going straight to those who read my books. Could you help me out? I love indulging in a great story, especially a great romance. But I must say, normally I can’t get past the first page of romance novels on the best-sellers lists. I like romances that are written like mine. Here’s what I roll my eyes at: The book starts with snippy and sassy internal dialogue. BOR-ING. Starts with a horny male’s POV. CREE-PY. Starts right off telling us how much of a ten the female lead is. (Roll eyes) Starts like a cliche TV show. Not for me. I hate, more like abhor cliches. Hate these stories as…

  • A Message From Z.L. Arkadie

    The Sense Behind Cliffhangers

    I really believe it’s time I write this post. I don’t think many readers understand where we as independent authors stand in the great marketplace of fiction books. We can write great books but it means nothing if we don’t get eyes on them. Personally, I love writing a story in the series format. It gives me a big plot point to write toward, one that gives the story a huge dramatic reason to continue. However, just because we write a book doesn’t mean we’re going to get visibility. We used to have more of it when I first began eight years ago, then Amazon was building it’s ebook/Kindle platform so they…