Archive for July, 2011

Now Also Supporting Customers through Live Chat

Thursday, July 28th, 2011

Author: Sherry Helms

We take pride in announcing that we have initiated Live help on our website. Though it is currently in testing phase and available for a very limited period of time, we would soon be making it available for at least 12 Hours a day.

We are sure that the Live help/chat will help our customers resolve their queries faster as it makes them accessible to Printsasia customer support in real time.

This will work as a supplementary channel to our Ticketing system.  Our customers will now interact with our customer support via both email and chat.

We welcome users’ feedback on the Live Chat support and request all to start using it for interacting with our support team.

Have You Ever Inspired Someone?

Wednesday, July 27th, 2011

Author: Jason Halstead

The brain of a writer is a scary place. Few of us do it for money — it’s no golden ticket to a life of luxury.

I do it because it’s an outlet to explore ideas that are outside the boundaries of the reality. Not necessarily time travel or summoning up the spirits of our ancestors, I mean plots and concepts that we’d never want in our everyday life.For example, I’ve written some pretty interesting characters over the years. If any of those characters showed up on my doorstep there’s a good chance they’d be greeted by a steaming puddle on the floor while I hustled my family off to a safe place several hundred miles away — and that’s just the human ones!

It’s not all about the cool villains though.  A lot of the characters I read about when I was younger helped me to establish who I wanted to become, from an ethical point of view as well as an emotional one. They overcame mistakes and evolved into better people, regardless of race, gender, or genre.

Now I want to thank those authors and pay it forward to other people by writing about realistic characters who have the same kind of troubles we all do.

Emotional baggage, addiction, obnoxious neighbors, weight or body image problems, evil cultists trying to seduce your daughter into joining their ranks, and other sorts of things we all deal with on a day to day basis. For many of us dealing with this is overwhelming, by reading about someone else who found a way to do it we can be empowered. I can think of no greater compliment I have been paid than to have been told that I inspired someone.

About the author:
Jason Halstead works by day as an IT Manager. In his spare time he enjoys spending time with his wife and two children, writing, and competitive powerlifting.

The Gestation of A Series Idea-Yasmine Galenorn

Monday, July 11th, 2011

Yasmine-GalenornAuthor: Yasmine Galenorn

Night Veil, the second book in my Indigo Court Series, just hit the shelves.
When I first approached my publisher with the idea for the Indigo Court Series, it was with a vague idea that had caught my eye in a dream and I fleshed it out as best as I could and my publisher liked what I’d presented. But when it came to figuring out the actual story—to writing the first book—I stood there between a vision and a blank page. Luckily my love of movies and music came to help.

Two of my biggest influences when planning out Night Myst were not really influences, so much as inspiration. I knew I wanted the series to be somewhat darker than my Otherworld Series. I knew I wanted it to be moody and brooding—almost like a gothic dark fantasy. I knew who my characters were. I knew the setting. So I let the whirl of thoughts settle in my subconscious, as I slowly began to turn the visions and snippets into a tangible book.

Right around that time, I happened to watch The Mothman Prophecies for the first time. And the movie totally ensnared me with the mood and the gritty feel to the story. I felt like I was entering a bizarre dream. There were monsters in the shadows, lurking, and hints of madness and the slow realization that there are creatures living on the edge of our reality who do not care—who have no remorse for anything they may do.

Within fifteen minutes I realized that my reaction to the movie was the same one I wanted to provoke in my readers with Night Myst—the first book in the Indigo Court Series. So I allowed myself to sink into the movie, paying attention to the way it affected me, to the visceral impact it had on me. By the end credits, I was a total fan-gurl. But, then, during the ending credits, they played the theme song (Half Light by Low and tomandandy) which—like the movie, immediately captured my attention. I couldn’t get the song out of my head. And before long, I realized it was the “theme song” to my series, evoking everything I wanted to bring out from the books.

I immediately went to an online store and bought the movie (I’d rented it on Netflix). There, I also discovered that the only way to get the soundtrack was on MP3, so I also bought the MP3 album. And then I listened to the music—as well as the rest of the playlist I built around the song Half Light (I have huge playlists for my books and you can find them in the back of the books and on my website)—over and over again as the the Indigo Court world began to take form.

While listening to the music, my characters began to whisper their stories to me. Myst—Queen of the Indigo Court—and the Vampiric Fae she leads grew into a terrifying force. And Cicely, the main character, evolved into a witch who can control the wind, who has lived life on the run, only to come home and find out that she still can’t settle down and live a normal life for once. And so evolved her lover Grieve—torn between the Fae prince he was and the monster he has become, and Lannan Altos—the hedonistic true vampire who will do anything to possess and bend Cicely to his will. As my subconscious gave birth to all of the characters, it also gave birth to the story arc: a battle between three forces—Cicely and her friends, the true vampires, and the Vampiric Fae.

So that’s how the seed germinated that became the Indigo Court Series. Inspiration for writers comes in many ways. A dream, and a movie, and the music in that movie, put me in the mindset to think about the mood of the books, and allowed my subconscious to roam free and discover the heart of my new world.

About the author:

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Yasmine Galenorn writes two urban fantasy series for Berkley: both the Otherworld/Sisters of the Moonand the Indigo Court series. In the past, she wrote mysteries for Berkley Prime Crime, and nonfiction metaphysical books.  Her books have hit the New York Times, the USA Today, and the Publishers Weekly bestseller lists numerous times. Yasmine has been in the Craft for over 30 years, is a shamanic witch, and describes her life as a blend of teacups and tattoos.  She lives in Kirkland WA with her husband Samwise and their cats.

Yasmine can be reached via her website at www.galenorn.com, Twitter & Facebook. Her social networking sites are linked on her website.  To grab you copy of Night Veil, please visit our online bookstore

Book Review: The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein

Tuesday, July 5th, 2011

Author: Sherry Helms

Garth Stein’s book The Art of Racing in the Rain will definitely appeal to people who are either  fond of dogs or of  car racing. The book has been narrated from a point of view of a dog called Enzo. A dog of profound understanding, he curses his big, floppy tongue that won’t allow him to form words, which he thoroughly understands.

Enzo knows that he is different from other dogs: a philosopher with nearly a human soul and obsessed with opposable thumb. He has learnt and educated himself from his master Denny- an up and coming car race driver and from watching shows on the National Geographic Channel and Speed vision all day. It is through Denny that Enzo has gained tremendous insight into the human condition and he sees that life, like racing, isn’t simply about going fast. Using the techniques needed on the race track, one can successfully navigate all of life’s ordeals. Enzo who is very close to his death recounts the story of his life, recalling all that he and his family have gone through. From sacrifices Denny has made to succeed professionally to the unexpected loss of Eve: his wife, the three year battle over their daughter, Zoe whose maternal grandparents pulled every string to gain custody. In the end, despite what he sees as his own limitations, Enzo comes through heroically to to preserve the family and holding in his heart the dream that Denny will become a racing champion with Zoe at his side.

The Art of Racing in the Rain has got everything: Love, tragedy, redemption, danger and especially a patient, wise and doggish character. Stein has put more wisdom, humanity and insight into the dog’s thoughts than are found in most human characters. It’s a heart wrenching, beautifully crafted story with a captivating look at the wonders and absurdities of human life.

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