Crystal Collier Cover Reveal! Plus ROW80 and Mini-Rant About Twitter


Guess who's revealing a cover today?

Before that, a quick ROW80 update from me -- we're nearing the end of this year's round 3, and in true ROW80 style, I'm revamping my goals for this current round and the next. No, I haven't finished edits at all. I'm hoping that after this year's NaNoWriMo, when the writing is in full swing once more, I'll have the motivation for edits.

Until then, I've suddenly got three new knitting projects! I'm not doing too badly with unfinished objects (UFOs!) -- I only have two at the moment. One will likely never get done, while the other is easy, and will hopefully fall into the knitting I'll be doing on the new projects. I expect all this to take up either my weekend reading time or my commute reading time. On the other hand, I'm actually starting to read regularly on the Kindle app on my phone, which means more reading time at night after baby falls asleep (in the same room) -- and yet this completely removes Twitter time.

[As an aside, I have a mini-rant, because this has been bugging me for over a month now: I love Twitter but am really soured by the version for Android -- compared to the Twitter app for iPad, the app on Android is utterly useless with regard to lists. And, the main news feed being impossible to keep up with and full of advertising, I only ever check my lists.
I've been forced to use Hootsuite to actually be able to check lists with any kind of completeness, and even that is subpar -- both Twitter itself and third-party apps only scroll back to a designated number of tweets, which is utterly infuriating. I check Twitter only once a day, and I want to scroll back in the last 24 hours, start from the bottom, and read up. I don't want to only go back 20 hours or 17 hours or to whenever an arbitrary number of tweets has been reached: just show me everything!
And I certainly don't want -- or understand the need for -- the insane way Hootsuite loads: I scroll all the way down as far as the stupid arbitrary code permits, start reading up and, suddenly, there's a blank spot and it says "load more tweets" -- but I just loaded everything! then I have to reload, scroll back down to where I'd stopped, start reading up again, and after a designated number of tweets, there it is again, "load more tweets". It's like reading a newspaper article online, trying to scroll up to check something in the first paragraph, and having to reload the entire page once more.
What on earth is going on here? Why won't Twitter itself just load every tweet in my lists for as far back as I care to scroll, then keep it loaded so I can happily read up for as far as I want? The iPad version does this just fine -- what gives with Android?]

Now for some excitement!

(#3 Maiden of Time) by Crystal Collier

TIMELESS (Maiden of Time #3)
by Crystal Collier
YA Paranormal Historical
Release Date: November 1, 2016


In 1771, Alexia had everything: the man of her dreams, reconciliation with her father, even a child on the way. But she was never meant to stay. It broke her heart, but Alexia heeded destiny and traveled five hundred years back to stop the Soulless from becoming.

In the thirteenth century, the Holy Roman Church has ordered the Knights Templar to exterminate the Passionate, her bloodline. As Alexia fights this new threat -- along with an unfathomable evil and her own heart -- the Soulless genesis nears. But none of her hard-won battles may matter if she dies in childbirth before completing her mission.

Can Alexia escape her own clock?

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Crystal Collier is an eclectic author who pens clean fantasy/sci-fi, historical, and romance stories with the occasional touch of humor, horror, or inspiration. She practices her brother-induced ninja skills while teaching children or madly typing about fantastic and impossible creatures. She has lived from coast to coast and now calls Florida home with her creative husband, four littles, and "friend" (a.k.a. the zombie locked in her closet). Secretly, she dreams of world domination and a bottomless supply of cheese. You can find her on her Blog, Facebook, or Goodreads, or follow her on Twitter.

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Congratulations, Crystal!

Speaking of ROW80, I've got more book reviews of novels by founder Kait Nolan to come, as well as the latest Catherine McKenzie and more (let's not get into how impatiently I'm waiting for my copy of Louise Penny's new book) -- and photos of all the knitting projects, natch!

If you know of a third-party app that's also free but handles lists on Twitter better than Hootsuite does, please tell me!


I couldn't follow any more on Twitter than just my lists.
Mini-Alex is proud to say he owns one of your projects that wasn't a UFO.
And congratulations to Crystal on another great cover.
Hi Deniz - I'll be getting into Twitter sometime soon - but have been saying that for years ... but must now do it: goal. Well done on your knitting projects and yes mini Alex reminds us of your other UFOs ...

Crystal's book is certain doing a lot of Timeless Touring ... cheers Hilary
Chrys Fey said…
I don't look at my feed much on Twitter. I've put people I like to pay attention to into special lists and check those out. Those feeds fill up so fast. I'd rather see what my favorite people are posting. :)
Crystal Collier said…
Thanks, Alex.

Hilary, I hope you'll be patient with me. The week is half over.

Chrys, that's a smart way to use Twitter. I totally need to get organized like you. One day.

I only use twitter through Tweetdeck (infinite scrolling) on my desktop. I get notifications on my phone, but it's too awkward to tweet back--especially when I want to include images. Way too limiting.

Thank you so much for sharing my cover today! You rock. Cheese all the way!
Denise D. Young said…
Beautiful cover! Congrats to Crystal on the release of Timeless. It sounds fascinating.

I haven't tried to use Twitter on my phone yet. I tend to only participate in Twitter chats such as #StoryDam because I get overwhelmed with random "buy my book" tweets when I just log in to Twitter. Maybe I should get back into it more.
Crystal Collier said…
Thank you, Denise. It is fascinating. ;)
Another great book to add to my list of books to buy and then try to find the time to read....

Revamping goals that don't work is always wise.

I have been inspired by this to consider making a few Twitter lists - I've never done that, but it could be so useful!
sage said…
Congratulations Crystal. As for Twitter, I have an account but rarely look at it.
Crystal has done a nice job with these covers. I love time travel books!
Deniz Bevan said…
Thanks for coming by, everyone!
Aww, I'm glad I knitted something for mini-Alex :-)
I've heard of Tweetdeck. I thought it wasn't free though -- better check it out!
Deniz Bevan said…
Congratulations again, Crystal!
Suzanne Furness said…
I am on Twitter but must confess I sometimes give up looking too far back for the reasons you mention. I normally only get to take a look once or twice a day.
We have a whole shelf of Agatha Christie on our bookshelf.
Congrats to Crystal on the new release.
Deniz Bevan said…
Thanks for coming by, Suzanne!