Award Winning author, Lizzy Ford, is back with a fantastical novel, BLACK MOON DRAW, where we find out what happens when a reader gets sucked into the novel she’s reading.
Reader beware … A woman suffering from heartbreak wishes her life would change and wakes up in BLACK MOON DRAW, an unfinished book written by her favorite author, where she must seek out the hero and help him on his mission if she is to return home.
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Praise for BLACK MOON DRAW: “Lizzy Ford has done it again. She has created a story her fans are going to love and one that is different from so many others out there. The reader is transported into the book she is reading. . . I think that this is a story about believing in yourself and not letting what others say or how they treat you, stop you from that. In the end, it's about what you believe yourself capable of and not be scared to venture out of your comfort zone. I loved it!”—Cindy, Goodreads reader
What Naia doesn’t know: the story – and its hero – have been expecting her for quite some time, even though she has no idea what she’s doing there.
Naia must learn quickly how to navigate the dangerous, magical world of Black Moon Draw and find a way to complete her journey with the unlikely, uncooperative hero of the story, who holds the key to returning her home.
**** out of 5 (really liked it)
I received this book from Barclay Publicity as part of the blog tour in return for a fair and honest review.
The idea of a reader waking up in one of the books she's reading is a fresh one on me so I was intrigued when given this to read. This really is an 'Alice in Wonderland' sort of book and really, Naia has my every sympathy as she tries to figure just how the hell she got there, what she's supposed to do, how this world works and more importantly, just who she can trust.
There were some real laugh out loud moments in this book for me, such as when our timid battle-witch "I'm not a battle-witch, I'm a librarian" climbs a tree and declares herself a tree-witch instead. The typos, proof-reading and editing comments also made me laugh as this is something that I do myself when reading any book. I think we've all 'spoken' to an author as we've read their book at some time in our reading life.
The references to The Princess Bride and Neverending Story just were the icing on top of the cake for me as these are two of my all-time favourite films so I knew the references and could easily understand the implications. However, if you don't know these films then I'm guessing that might be an issue.
On the whole, I really enjoyed this book although I would have liked a bit more contact with the other characters. Some, like 'Wolfie' appear to be main characters but you don't have much to do with them at all during the book and you only find out what has happened to them as an aside. Loved the ending and look forward to reading hopefully more from "LF".
Inside the Mind of the Author
A lot of people ask me what it’s like to be an author. It’s difficult to explain the magnitude of what goes into every book release! Being an indie author requires the ability to tell a story as well as the business acumen of an entrepreneur. It’s the often dizzying combination of art and business, of unleashed imagination and laborious statistics, of unrivalled euphoria on release day and shrewd analysis of the effectiveness and efficacy of marketing strategies when reviewing the monthly sales. To be successful, there’s no place for ego, which is probably the hardest lesson to learn at first!
I’m a little different, so added to the above is the fact that I’ve normally got anywhere between three and five ‘televisions’ playing in my head, each of which is a story I’m either actively working on or my muses are working out for down the road. These televisions can cause me to be somewhat distracted, though I’m normally okay until there are more than five. At that point, the muses start to revolt, and I have to sit and write, no matter what my plan is for the day! I also have the ability to switch stations on the televisions and have the muses work out stories that I’ve had to move up in my release schedule and so on.
These televisions play nonstop all day long, sort of like background music. It’s how my muses and mind work out the details, important scenes, build a character, or whatever each story needs. When the time comes to write them, the story is there. It becomes a matter of my fingers keeping up with the movie in my head at that point!
I’m also an avid dreamer. I lucid dream every night and if I take naps or meditate during the day, I slide into the same state. I tend to think the barrier between the conscious and subconscious is a bit lower than normal for me, which is probably how I move in and out of dreams so easily. It’s also how I think I’m able to have those televisions playing all day, every day, because my mind is constantly working out stories, whether or not I’m actively thinking about them!
In addition to the televisions, there’s the planning element. Marketing, scheduling, release planning, convention attendance, maintenance on my backlist – all these things and other aspects of the business side require constant attention. Maintenance on nearly forty books can get overwhelming, and so can planning marketing and ads for the release of sixteen more books within a twelve-month period. Since I release so often, my process is basically marketing on steroids. I pick several big releases (e.g., four books in 2015 out of the twelve plus scheduled to release) to develop long-term marketing strategies around and then build my schedule and the strategies and release dates for the rest of my books.
I then coordinate as needed with – and execute whatever tasks are needed by – the small press publisher who has a few of my series, my publicist and her staff, a cowriter for one series I’m doing, the authors participating in various box sets I’m in, my sister (who is my finance manager and day-to-day business manager) and my admin team who help me execute social media marketing. Finally, I respond to fan mail, blogger requests to support giveaways and any other correspondence required.
Every day is different. Every day is also AMAZING and an absolute honor to be able to live out my calling in life. Being an author is a little crazy, a lot chaotic, rewarding in ways that astound me daily, and every once in a while, a little frustrating. My hat is off to every author who lives this incredible journey every day. The stories and writing, the business model tweaks, the planning and execution, the correspondence – these things are constantly churning through each author’s mind, and to balance them all – along with real life – is an amazing feat, one every author should be proud of.
The mind of a writer is beautiful, versatile and dynamic. It simply never stops.
About Lizzy Ford:
Lizzy Ford is the author of over thirty books written for young adult and adult romance readers, to include the internationally bestselling “Rhyn Trilogy,” “Witchling Series” and the “War of Gods” series. Lizzy has focused on keeping her readers happy by producing brilliant, gritty romances that remind people why true love is a trial worth enduring. Lizzy’s books can be found on every major ereader library, to include: Amazon, Barnes and Noble, iBooks, Kobo, Sony and Smashwords. She lives in southern Arizona with her husband, three dogs and a cat.