Thursday, 17 April 2014

Anonymous - Published Today! And There Are Prizes!




I'm delighted to announce Dani-Lyn Alexander's latest release - a tense, thrilling contemporary romance that will keep you riveted - Anonymous. Believe me, online dating will never seem quite the same again.

The world of writing is strewn with potholes, waiting to trip up the unwary, We all have our foibles and blank spots. We also rely a little too heavily on the wonderful technology that's supposed to make our lives so much easier, right? Er - well, not always.

Here's Dani-Lyn, with an experience I can certainly relate to. Bet you can too. So grab a cup/glass of your favourite beverage, sit back and read on:



The Importance of Proofreading 


Two years ago I sat down with a pile of paper and a pen to write my first book! When I was about half-way through, my husband took me out and bought me a laptop, and my best friend came over and taught me how to use Microsoft Word. I thought it was the greatest thing ever invented! Not only was it much faster to type than to write by hand, it even corrected all of my mistakes. At least that’s what I thought.

I finished my book, all 90,000 words of it (which was down to 55,000 by the time it was published) and sent it off to my beta reader. Renee is the same friend who taught me how to use Microsoft. We’ve been best friends for a very long time, and she knows she can be brutally honest with me. The conversation went like this:

Renee: “If I see one more comma, I’m going to rip my hair out of my head.”
 

Me: “What do you mean?”

Renee: “Did you read through this manuscript?”

Me: “Of course. Is something wrong?”

Renee: “I just counted eleven commas in one sentence!”


Lesson learned: When you read through something, especially something you’ve written, edited and read a million times, you see what you expect to see. My mistake was in hitting the comma key every time I paused to think, without even realizing it. Then when I read back through it, I still paused in the same places so the comma didn’t seem out of place.

When I began working as a proofreader for a small publisher I realized proofreading is MUCH different from reading for enjoyment, or even editing. You are not looking at content, or losing yourself in the story, you are reading each and every word, punctuation mark, every symbol on every page. Often times, especially when using Track Changes for edits, you end up with things like; punctuation on the wrong side of quotation marks, missing punctuation, words written twice, missing words, missing letters… These are the things you MUST look for while doing a final proofread of your manuscript. Spell Check can’t tell the difference between “The girl had rice.” And “The girl had had lice”.

Thanks Dani-Lyn. I too have learned that relying on Spell Check can land you in all sorts of trouble!

Now, for a glimpse of Anonymous:




What happens when an online date is not what it seems?

After Ali's heart is broken, she decides to try Anonymous, a new dating website where you can retain complete anonymity while you search for your soul mate. When she discovers Joe, she thinks she may have at least found a new friend and decides to put her past behind her and move on.

Several death threats and an attempt on her life force her back into contact with her soon-to-be ex, Mark, who is the lead detective on the case. The tension builds between them while Ali struggles to get over Mark, and Mark races to find the maniac who's trying to kill her.

When Ali meets up with her online flame, she finds he's anything but the friend she imagined…

Wow! Here is where you can buy Anonymous today!

Amazon.com

Amazon.co.uk 
Amazon.ca 
Amazon.com.au 
B&N 
ARe 
Kobo


Dani-Lyn Alexander lives on Long Island with her husband, three kids and three dogs. She loves spending time with her family, at the beach, the playground, or just about anywhere. In her spare time, which is rare, she enjoys reading and shopping—especially in book stores. Some of her favorite things include; Bernese Mountain Dogs, musicals, bubble baths and soft blankets. She’s an incurable insomniac and has an addiction to chocolate.
 


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4 comments:

  1. Antonia I did what you said and you were right. Mind you my keyboard has no lettering on it. Dani-Lynn, great post. Your book sounds fab. best of with it

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  2. Thank you so much for having me, Antonia!!
    ~ Dani-Lyn

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  3. My pleasure, Dani-Lyn. Shehanne - don't know how I'd ever manage with a keyboard with no letters on it!

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