You won’t believe how simple and FREE creating an authors website can be!

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In the past, an author’s personal website was the holy grail of finding information on our most beloved writers and storytellers. From book tours to correct reading order, to a mailing address where you could send fanatical letters and wail about the death of your favorite characters. Like a brick house we built with our bare hands, they were our personal spaces, our platforms through which we reached our readers. But, with the rise of blogging and social media, the authors website is slowly fading into antiquity. Or is it? Times are constantly changing and with it comes a flux of new technology and social platforms that overwrite the old. If you’re a millennial like me you no doubt witnessed the death of MySpace and the rise of Facebook and Twitter. But, who’s to say that in ten years these popular sites will still be around? Having a Facebook “like” page and a booming twitter account are fine, but in the case that Facebook nosedives at any time in the future, having your own platform that’s controlled solely by you may be your only saving grace. I can already hear you screaming at me, “But websites are expensive! I can’t afford that!” and “I don’t know how to code a website! I can’t be in control of something I know nothing about!” Relax friends and colleagues, I’m here to provide a comprehensive guide on building a simple website that you can operate without entirely on your own. Follow along and in three simple steps, you will have your own FREE platform that no one can take from you, not even the Facebook banning police. I know we’ve all had our run in with those jerks. Here we go!

STEP ONE: Choosing a host website

A.C. GreenleeThere are many platforms that allow you to host your website with a custom domain name, which is what we’ll be using here so that you completely “own” your website. The host I think is the best and personally use is Tumblr.com. Tumblr is a blogging website that allows users to create their own blogs and seamlessly share content from millions of users all around the world. This both allows authors to find and interact with new and prospective fans while simultaneously keeping their blog or website fresh with new content. I’m going to go out on a limb here and assume you already have an email address. If not, I highly recommend Gmail for all your emailing needs. Grab your email and navigate to http://www.tumblr.com and create an account. Account creation is extremely simple. Simply enter your email address, password and select a username. I suggest creating a username that in some way correlates to what you’re trying to accomplish.  AuthorJenineHadwick is perfectly fine as apposed to PrincessPonyGlitterBootyShorts. I’m serious, tumblr usernames get pretty rediculous. Now, open up a new tab and get ready for step two.

STEP TWO: Acquiring a domain name

Head over to http://www.dot.tk/. This is your domain provider.A.C. Greenlee Website Creation Guide A domain provider, in a nutshell, is a computer network server where your website will be hosted 24 hours a day, seven days a week without disruption. Essentially, your personal computer, the one you’re using right now could act as a host for your website. With a few apps and minor HTML and coding knowledge, you really wouldn’t need a domain provider at all. Except for the fact that your computer isn’t turned on and connected to tA.C. Greenlee Website Guidehe internet all day every day and your internet connection probably wouldn’t have the strength to support all the people flocking to your website. Domain names usually range in price from $10 a month to over $100 a year for a .com domain. But, with the dot.tk website, you will be
provided with a .tk domain name completely free of charge. Yes, COMPLETELY free. The only catch is that you have to renew your domain name every year. But, for a free website, that doesn’t seem too daunting now does it? Head over to http://www.dot.tk and pick your domain name. Now, this will be the NAME of your website, the name through which users will find you. For example, my website is http://www.acgreenlee.com. I opted to pay for a .com domain name for personal reasons but, notice how simple the web address is. Your domain name could be anything from FamousAuthorHeather.tk to HankHillSellsPropane.tk. Just make sure it’s exactly what you want and something you won’t regret choosing later. After checking that your domain is available, proceed to the signup process.

Configuration:

  1. Select Use DNS.
  2. For the IP address slots, enter the IP from Tumblr (66.6.44.4) in both slots.
  3. Select 12 Months from the drop down menu.
  4. Enter the CAPTCHA.
  5. Complete registration.

Head back over to tumblr:

  1. Click Settings (the gear icon) at the top of your Dashboard.
  2. Click the blog you’d like to update on the right side of the page.
  3. Click the pencil to the right of the username section and enable “Use a custom domain.”
  4. Enter your domain (e.g. mywebsite.tk).
  5. Click “Test your domain.”
  6. Correct problems if the test finds any, and click “Test your domain” until the test is successful.
  7. Hit “Save.”

If you navigate to your username.tumblr.com blog and it tells you that theres a problem, don’t panic, this is a good thing! It means tumblr is pointing correctly to your domain name and all there’s left to do is wait until all the mechanical stuff updates iteslf. Now lets move onto step three, the fun part!

STEP THREE: Customization

The thing I love most about tumblr is how easily customized it is, even if you have no knowledge of coding. After you’ve beaten your website into shape and you have your AuthorsWebsite.tk website set up and tested, head back to tumblr and go Blog Settings and Edit Theme. You can choose from a million free (and paid if you’re about that life) themes to make your websiteScreen Shot 2015-08-28 at 11.04.09 PM look however you want. By uploading a header image and profile picture, most themes will give you an entirely personalized website at the push of a button. For even more personalization, hit Edit HTML in your blog editor and get ready for your first, simple HTML coding lesson. Head over to any free tumblr theme code site (we’re going with http://kawaiilayouts.com just because I love them) and copy one of their free theme codes. Head back over to the Edit HTML section of your tumblr editor, select the HTML that’s already there, hit paste, update preview and TADA. Completely new website with the click of a button.

With your new website you’ll be able to truly build an authors platform independent of any social media sites personal fate. And, in the case that something happens to tumblr, there are quite literally a million different alternatives to hosting, and your domain provider dot.tk even has its own page builder if you ever want to cut your ties to a host all together. You can have your cake and eat it to by using social media in conjuncture with your personal website, extending your reach and your influence exponentially. Make them work with each other and for each other! Now that you have the foundation laid out for you, what are you still doing here? Go! Go build a website!

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A.C. Greenlee writes tailor made romance and erotic with real women in mind

Genesis Character Introduction: Victoria Bouchard

Next on our list of character introductions is our spunky heroine, Victoria.

Adorable to look at, our heroine is a fiery little number with a potty-mouth and a penchant for getting her way, even if it means resorting to violence. Although she isn’t physically the strongest, she uses her enhanced mental prowess to overcome any obstacle she finds in her way. Now introducing, Victoria Bouchard, Kaizer’s Angel. 

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Name: Victoria Bouchard

Played by: Shin Yeong Kim/Ji Eun Lee

Age: 24

BirthdateSeptember 18th, 1990

Zodiac: Virgo exists in the mind, everything is inside. To the world, Virgo presents a calm and collected exterior, but on the inside, nervous uncontrolled energy resides. They are constantly trying to figure things out, how to improve everything; analyzing and thinking. Virgo can tire itself out without even moving! Virgo has a constant drive to improve and perfect, this can lead to extreme pickiness and finickiness. They are pure, their motives are honest, never malicious and they want to accomplish something.

General information: Since she was a small child, Victoria has always had problems with her sight, a fact which often left her ostracized by her siblings and classmates. A true daddy’s girl, her only friend and confidant growing up was her father Percy Bouchard, who doted on the girl, spending a good portion of his time making sure she felt right at home. During her teenage years, Mr. Bouchard was diagnosed with ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, and spent the remainder of his life on earth in constant suffering. Victoria blamed herself. After her father’s death, she was sent to Harlan, Iowa to attend college at Viking Lake University, where she met and fell in love with Kaizer Dresden, a brilliant albeit lazy Grim Reaper. She knows his secret, to a certain extent, and he’s forever curious about the strange mental abilities she displays.

Personality Type: ISTJ – The Duty Fulfiller

Serious and quiet, interested in security and peaceful living. Extremely thorough, responsible, and dependable. Well-developed powers of concentration. Usually interested in supporting and promoting traditions and establishments. Well-organized and hard working, they work steadily towards identified goals. They can usually accomplish any task once they have set their minds to it.

Heroine Archetype: The SPUNKY KID – Gutsy and true, she is loyal to the end. She is a favorite of many writers, and for good reason. You can’t help but root for her. She’s the girl with moxie. She’s not looking to be at the top of the heap; she just wants to be in her own little niche. She’s the team player, the one who is always ready to lend a hand.

Best strengths: Intellection, Learner, badass adorable, little miss badassbadass adorable.

Worst flaws: Cannot spit it out, Anti-Hero, Innocently Insensitive.

Ego flaw: Stubbornness.

Ambitions: To graduate at the top of her class and later, help find the psychopath who’s making sashimi out of all her friends and classmates.

Internal conflict: She seems composed on the outside, but inside she struggles with the potential to do great evil in the world instead of good.

External conflict: She’s self-deprecating when it comes to her love for Kaizer. She can’t help but believe that she isn’t good enough for him.

Biggest fear: Failing. Whether it’s in life or a board game. She can’t stand to lose. Being blind, losing her sight and being ineffectivethese are the fears that haunt Victoria Bouchard.

Bio: Victoria was born in Norfolk Virginia. As a child she always dreamed of attending Harvard, or generally any Ivy League school, but quickly realized that her dream would be far from possible with her parent’s limited income. Victoria was cursed with poor eyesight as well as seemingly limitless mental abilities. She soaks up information like a human sponge, processes data like a super computer and can sometimes even hear the thoughts of the people around her.

Main Cast List:
We’ll continue our list of characters tomorrow with Mr. Ezra Dresden, the Grim Reaper Führer himself. The epitome of a powerful ‘badass’ he’s quite literally every woman’s wet dream. I think you’ll enjoy him~! Until next time!

Genesis Character Introduction: Kaizer Dresden

I promised you character introductions and who better to start with than the hero of our story himself? You’ll find a list of the main cast at the end of the post, as well as the actors/actresses portraying them. For the extended plot line and an excerpt from Genesis, follow the link below. Enjoy~!

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Name: Kaizer Dresden
Race: Grim Reaper
Played by: Tao Huang
Age: 24 (Appearance) 72 (Actual Age)
BirthdateOctober 25th
Zodiac: Scorpios are very deep, intense people, there is always more than meets the eye. They present a cool, detached and unemotional air to the world, yet lying underneath is tremendous power, extreme strength, intense passion, a strong will and a persistent drive.
General information: The youngest son of the Guardian Realm’s prestigious Dresden family. He was exiled to Harlan Iowa after blacking out and going on a rampage that resulted in the murder of several mortals before their time was up. Since then, he has taken up communications at Viking Lake University to pass the time and has developed a deep relationship with the mortal woman Victoria Bouchard.
Personality Type: ENTJ – The Executive Assertive and outspoken – they are driven to lead. Excellent ability to understand difficult organizational problems and create solid solutions. Intelligent and well-informed, they usually excel at public speaking. They value knowledge and competence, and usually have little patience with inefficiency or disorganization.
Hero Archetype: The BAD BOY- Dangerous to know, he walks on the wild side. This is the rebel, or the boy from the wrong side of the tracks. He’s bitter and volatile, a crushed idealist, but he’s also charismatic and street smart.
Best strength: Strong, Reliable, Protective
Ego flaw: Impatience.
Ambitions: To get back into his family’s good graces, to prove to his eldest brother Ezra that he’s competent and capable of handling business. Finding a way out of his ‘relationship’ with Victoria without hurting her (*Good luck). Later, to stop the psychotic killer trudging through Harlan murdering all the humans, his friends included.
Motive: At one point he is ruled by power and familial duty, but as the story unfolds, he realizes through the help of his brother Zain, that his loyalty to the woman he loves is ultimately more important.
Internal conflict: He’s constantly torn between wanting to do something great, and wanting to do absolutely nothing at all.
External conflict: He’s having a hard time balancing his love for Victoria with his fear of losing her.
Biggest fear: Losing someone close to him, most importantly, Victoria.
Bio: Being the youngest of fifteen, he’s spent his life being overlooked in favor of his powerful elder siblings, so naturally he’s learned not to ask for much. He’s lazy, and would much rather spend his time watching horror movies on Netflix and binge eating pizza than saving the world. He was exiled to the mortal realm as punishment and currently resides there, still ‘grounded’. At the end of the day, Kaizer just wants someplace–and someone–he can call his own, without fear of losing it to his family or the Guardian’s who rule his home world.
Main Cast List:
Kaizer Dresden – Tao Huang
Up next, we’ll meet Victoria Bouchard, our lovely heroine! See you soon!

New Character! Introducing…Mephistopheles

"Mephy is too adorable for words."
“Mephy is too adorable for words.”

Basic Statistics
Name: Mephistopheles
Nickname: Mephy (Given to him by Mallory and he HATES it)
Meaning of name: The Devil, The Dark One
Origin of name: Hebrew
Age: Just over six thousand, looks about seven or eight and acts like it too.
Gender: Male
Blood type: A+
Astrological sign: Leo
Chinese zodiac: Rat
Element: Fire
Nationality: –
Ethnicity: –
Race/Species: Demon
Sexual Orientation: Straight
Current status (marital/dating): Single
Police/Criminal/Legal record: As long as he is old
Birth date: August 1
Birth place: Hell
Current residence: Hell
Occupation: Son of Lucifer
Title/Rank: Prince

Past History
Backstory: Mephistopheles is the only child of Lilith and the only legitimate son of Lucifer. The heir to his father’s throne and the prince of all demons, he’s royalty and he acts like it. He wants to be served hand over foot at all possible times and won’t hesitate to disembowel those who anger him. Has gone through a record of three thousand four hundred and twelve nannies, all demons, who all met with unfortunate ends. By his nine hundredth year of life, his parents just gave up choosing a governess for the boy.

Physical Characteristics
Height: 4’11
Weight: 90 LBS
Posture: He’s very small but his posture is perfect.
Build: Thin, gangly.
Skin: Pale
Hair: Black
Widow’s peak: Yes.
Ears: Pointed
Eyes: Blue or Black depending on his mood.
Who does s/he take after; mother or father?: Both, equally.
Style (Elegant, shabby, etc): He’ll wear anything but prefers to dress like a British School Boy.

Other Characteristics
Is s/he generally balanced or clumsy?: Clumsy.
Habits/OCDs/Obsessions: He’s obsessed with the screams of his victims. His mother even taped a few and plays them as a lullaby when he’s falling asleep.
Do they curse, and if so, to what extent: He hasn’t learned to curse…yet.

Psychological/Personality Attributes and Attitudes
Intelligence level: He’s highly intelligent for the age he looks.
Known languages: Omnilingual, like all demons.
Long-term goals/desires in life: Take his fathers place.
Short-term goals/desires in life: Murder all the humans he can before daddy comes to collect him.
Secret desires: To murder his mother.

Misc
What if…:
…s/he was an animal? What would they be and why?: A playful kitten
…s/he were the opposite sex? What would they do?: Be even more adorable, and even more dangerous.
…s/he could be characterized by an object; what would they be and why?: A blade, he’s very sharp and even deadlier.
…s/he were confronted with someone with an identical personality as themselves? What would they do?: Murder them.
What song best fits this character?: Natural Born Killer by Avenged Sevenfold.

New Character! Introducing…Eradeal

"Liar, cheater...backstabber. That about sums him up."
“Liar, cheater…backstabber. That about sums him up.”

 

Basic Statistics
Name: Eradeal
Meaning of name: To Eradicate
Origin of name: Assyrian
Age: Ageless
Gender: Male
Blood type: AB
Astrological sign: Capricorn
Chinese zodiac: Tiger
Element: Water
Nationality: –
Ethnicity: –
Race/Species: Demon
Sexual Orientation: Straight
Current status (marital/dating): Screwing Lilith…and everyone else
Birth date: December 12
Birth place: Hell
Current residence: Hell
Occupation: Archdemon
Title/Rank: Archdemon

Past History
Backstory: Eradeal is one of the oldest Archdemon’s in Lucifer’s employ. One of the angels who fell alongside the master demon, Lucifer has come to trust him and covet him like a brother. A big mistake on his part because Eradeal is always up to no good.

Physical Characteristics
Height: 6’5
Weight: 130 LBS
Posture: He’s pretty tall but has horrible posture. His shoulders slump and shows his age, especially when he is tired. Other times he’s very rigid.
Build: Slender, almost delicate. Which is deceptive because the man is very strong.
Skin: Pale.
Hair: Black, usually worn in a short ponytail or loose around his shoulders.
Widow’s peak: No.
Ears: Pointed
Eyes: Black
Style (Elegant, shabby, etc): He has no style, he wears what is comfortable. Always black.

Other Characteristics
Is s/he generally balanced or clumsy?: Very balanced
Habits/OCDs/Obsessions: He’s obsessed with being better than Lucifer.
Do they curse, and if so, to what extent: He can be very foulmouthed when he wants to be.

Psychological/Personality Attributes and Attitudes
Intelligence level: He thinks he’s very intelligent but is lacking in some areas. Such as street smarts; he has none.
Known languages: Omnilingual, like all demons.
Long-term goals/desires in life: Over throw Lucifer and assume control of hell.
Short-term goals/desires in life: Murder Mallory Douglas.
Secret desires: Marry Lilith
How self-confident is s/he?: He’s usually very self confident, except for where lucifer is concerned.
Most at ease when: Scheming
Ill at ease when: Being called out on something
If they could be described with one of the seven virtues, which would it be?: Patience
If they could be described with one of the seven sins, which would it be?: Gluttony
Character’s darkest/deepest secret: He’s secretly out to get Lucifer, and while he pretends to be an ally he’s constantly stabbing him in the back.

Emotional Characteristics
Describe character’s sense of morals: He has no morals
Spontaneous or structured?: Structured
Instinctual or logical?: Logical
How does this character act in public?: He prefers to operate from the shadows and is never in the public eye.

Misc
What if…:
…s/he was an animal? What would they be and why?: A vicious dog, pretending to be loyal but waiting to strike and destroy his master.
…s/he were the opposite sex? What would they do?: Nothing would change
…s/he could be characterized by an object; what would they be and why?: A crack in a foundation. You never know when its going to spread and ruin everything.
…s/he were confronted with someone with an identical personality as themselves? What would they do?: Murder them.
What song best fits this character?: A Demons Fate by Within Temptation

New Character! Introducing…Lilith

"Raving bitch would be a more apropriate name."
“Raving bitch would be a more apropriate name.”

Basic Statistics
Name: Lilith
Nickname: Lilutu
Meaning of name: Of the Night
Origin of name: Assyrian
Age: Ageless
Gender: Female
Blood type: B-
Astrological sign: Sagittarius
Chinese zodiac: Dragon
Element: Air
Nationality: –
Ethnicity: –
Race/Species: Demon
Sexual Orientation: Bi
Current status (marital/dating): Screwing everyone
Birth date: November 23
Birth place: The red sea
Current residence: Hell
Occupation: Demon queen
Title/Rank: Queen/Mother of Demons

Past History
Backstory: Lilith is the mother of demons, the first wife of Adam and the ex wife of Lucifer. Mother of his only legitimate son Mephistopheles, the demons split after their relationship became so unbearable he threatened to murder her. Lilith is deceitful, a backstabber and betrayer to all who mistakingly call her friend.

Physical Characteristics
Height: 5’9
Weight: 130 LBS
Posture: Straight, she’s tall and very graceful
Build: Lithe but muscular
Skin: Pale, porcelain.
Hair: Depending on her mood, it can be any color, any length and any texture. She mostly wears it either black or a very deep shade of purple.
Widow’s peak: No.
Ears: Slightly pointed
Eyes: Ever changing their color.
Style (Elegant, shabby, etc): Very elegant, she prefers wearing clothing that is sheer and shows off her body.

Other Characteristics
Is s/he generally balanced or clumsy?: She’s very poised and graceful
Habits/OCDs/Obsessions: She’s obsessed with claiming people.
Do they curse, and if so, to what extent: She can be very foulmouthed when she wishes.

Psychological/Personality Attributes and Attitudes
Intelligence level: Highly intelligent, but pretends to be ditzy and dimwitted to seduce men.
Known languages: Omnilingual
Long-term goals/desires in life: Over throw her ex husband and assume control over hell.
Short-term goals/desires in life: Get into her ex husbands pants.
Secret desires: To rule the world, all three realms, heaven, earth and hell.
How self-confident is s/he?: She’s very self confident.
How do they see him/herself?: As a queen. The one rightful ruler of the universe.
Most at ease when: Covered in blood.
Ill at ease when: Put on the spot about something.
Describe his/her sense of humor: Murder and mayhem are hilarious to this woman.
If they could be described with one of the seven virtues, which would it be?: Diligence
If they could be described with one of the seven sins, which would it be?: Wrath
Does this character have a deep/dark secret?: No.

Emotional Characteristics
Describe character’s sense of morals: She has no morals. Anything she wants, she’ll take it, whether you’re happy about it or not.
Describe character’s sense of self-control: She has no self control. She acts on impulse.
Spontaneous or structured?: Spontaneous
Instinctual or logical?: Instinctual
How does this character act in public?: A damn fool. She is very quick to cause a scene.

Family
Immediate family members and their ages: Mephistopheles, son, six thousand years old but looks about seven or eight. Lucifer, Ex Husband, Ageless, looks twenty seven.
Ethnicity and/or species of the mother: God
Ethnicity and/or species of the father: God

Misc
What if…:
…s/he was an animal? What would they be and why?: A lazy house cat.
…s/he were the opposite sex? What would they do?: Marry herself.
…s/he could be characterized by an object; what would they be and why?: A lute, her voice is beautiful and calming but she’s very hard to master.
…s/he were confronted with someone with an identical personality as themselves? What would they do?: Marry them.
What song best fits this character?: Scream by Avenged Sevenfold