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We would like to welcome

our newest publishing authors!

"A Plumb Dickens of A Christmas"

"Mistletoe and Horseshoes"

"Vixen" by Juliette Douglas

Freckled Venom: Freckled Fury  3 Book Boxed Set by Juliette Douglas

"Payback: Eye For An Eye"

and other books

by Gerald L. Guy

Blue Mug Mondays by Vanessa Hancock


Payback: Eye for an Eye (Gus McIntyre Adventures Book 1) Kindle Edition

by Gerald l. Guy (Author)


Young Gus McIntyre came by his dislike of outlaws naturally, as you will discover in this special boxed set. In RUN LIKE THE WIND, a group of desperadoes ambush he and his father and leave the fourteen-year-old orphaned in the lawless Black Hills of the Dakota Territory. In RUN TO DANGER, it’s Mexican vaqueros who covet and try to steal a large number of Circle H Ranch steers. The teenager is bushwacked again, but an old Apache war chief comes to his rescue.

#YA, #Western, #adventure, #action



Blue Mug Mondays

by Vanessa Hancock (Author)


When Tori’s husband dies, she is left alone with her two daughters and no idea what she will do to take care of her family. After years of abuse, she finds it hard to connect with anyone until she meets David. With the hope of what could be, her heart is shattered once again when tragedy strikes her family. She wants to believe there is hope, but the voices in her head want to keep her in darkness. When Tori is exposed to her mother’s Bible study group, she meets Stephanie, and sees in her a light she has never known. Can the light she sees be enough to drown the voices inside, or will Tori be consumed by darkness to keep her secrets?

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We appreciate their business. 

Author B.K. Stubblefield


Devin Harper  - Promouvoir Promotions Client

September 24, 2019


Perserverence and knowing you are better up there and the books can wait until you are who you want to be.

Thank you Crystal L Gauthier I tend to KEEP going as you know and do the same thing but when I come up here and the HIGH ENERGY Vibrations I am astounded first by what LIFTS off my Heart and shoulders and how TIRED I really am ... then a few days into my meditation or just driving up to the summit to "BE" I begin to feel Myself again...boy I needed this ... love this mountain and the Energies SHE Is...

Crystal L Gauthier I so appreciate 'you dear' and your wisdom you shared.


January 17, 2018

Will Mayo

Crystal can I reiterate that you are the most adorable, loving, patient sensible publisher or editor an author could ever have?

December 18, 2017

Neal Sayatovich: I just want to tell you how thankful I am for you and Southern Owl. You have been incredible to me and I appreciate every thing you have done for me.


Testimonial from Author Victoria H. Loren...June 22, 2017

Sometimes acceptance (in giving up wanting anything more that what is humanly possible) is the best policy. We want our best foot forward and that is all we can ask for. What we all are doing is amazing given our resources. Especially you and your team as a independent publisher. We are not set up with elaborate programs or huge print presses. Yet, the final product can compete and that speaks volumes.

C.L. Scholey - 2017

When Crystal asked me to write about my success as an author I was flattered and a bit overwhelmed. I’m not a USA Today bestseller or NYT bestseller but I do sell and have hit #1 Amazon numerous times, ARe bestseller though it’s a moot point now as with Fictionwise. I’ve hit bestseller on Bookstrand. Managed in the hundreds on Barnes and Noble. Was author of the year with a book of the year. Second in so many categories with different books and publishers with awards.

All authors love to write so it’s not that I’m doing anything differently. All authors have passion, drive, and I bet each of us is an emotional roller coaster. My words are geared to what I’m feeling most often. If I’m sad so are my characters, when happy, ticked off—same.

So why do some authors sell better than others? I’ve read amazing books that get little notice and some really awkward stories that go far. I’m not sure there is a ‘fair’ factor involved. I think there is a lot of luck. I also think promotion has a great deal to do with some authors. For instance: If you have a box of kittens in a barn in a corner who will know? You might get the odd family member or friend. But if you put a sign up outside the barn it may catch added attention. If you go a step further and put flyers out you may sell all your kittens, in the paper, you may even have some asking when the next litter will be born.

A good publisher is important if you decide to go traditional. It’s in a publisher’s best interest to help you with your book, after all they have an investment. Check out the publisher and their authors. If you have a publisher who couldn’t care less, callously tosses your hard work up for an unreasonable amount or a paltry sum you’ll run into difficulty if they leave you stranded and do zero promotion—either way. If the cost is too much remember, readers blame price on authors  regardless when being informed the publisher sets the price. If the cost is too little other than for sales purpose readers may think the story isn’t even worth the small amount. Do your research. If you self-publish be forewarned you’ll need the backup of some die hard readers. Readers are invaluable. Readers who take the time to share your work, review your work or offer suggestions are gold. Treat them as such because they have no ulterior motive, they just love your work and you’re lucky to have them.

Know your worth. I don’t mean simply money, I mean know what your words mean to you. Years ago I had an editor rearrange a story until I felt it wasn’t mine, I felt bullied. Some changes are fine, some advice is truly wonderful, but the second you put your words down you own them, you have to be happy with them. Your life won’t be over if you tell someone ‘reject changes’ and put your foot down. YOUR name is on the cover. Yours. That’s what people remember.

Why do you write? No—really? Each time before I begin a story I ask myself that very question. Like dreams there are some who must continue their explorations in their sleep because their mind will not be contained when your eyes close. Words are explosions onto paper. Extensions of you that will not be harnessed.

Go big or go home…always go big because, no worries, if you’re an author you will always have a home. It’s inside you. It’s where your characters live until you write the life into them. I can write anywhere. My thoughts and ideas are a blink of an eye away at any given time. And don’t just ‘write what you know’. I’ve never met a Zargonnii, Castian or Tonan warrior! Step out of your comfort zone, there is no ‘box’. Do, write what you feel.

So, why/how do I sell books? Hell if you can figure it out let me know. It’s 1am as I finish this. I still have zero clue. Then again, it’s 1am. Everyone in my house is asleep including the dog.

Whether you sell or not, ask yourself one last question. Does writing make you happy? If the answer is yes, then you have the most important sale of your life; you just sold you—to you. That is the most important emotional financial exchange of your life. You must be important to you. You will be the one weathering the insecurities, the edits, the frustration, the patience needed involved from start to—lol, there is no finish. You will weather the reviews from day one until you pull the book and decide it’s ‘day done’. I hope you never have a day done. Welcome to being an author. :)

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