January 18, 2015

Sunday Reads

Think I'm going to start a new feature around here, called Sunday Reads. 

On Sundays, at least twice a month, I'm going to post about promotions and new releases that fellow authors have out right now, 

(I'll also be posting this on my Facebook Page as well.) 

So browse, see if anything tickles your fancy, and maybe find a few new books.

New jaguar shifter romance Tempted by the Jaguar: Revelation by Cristina Rayne! $0.99/ #FREE with #KindleUnlimited -https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00SDS2Z90

New release! Full-length Victorian set historical romance Mistress of Melody (Music of the Heart Book 2) by Anthea Lawson http://www.amazon.com/Mistress-Melody.../dp/B00OE9I6MC/...

Part Four of Seducing the Dragon by Jessie Donovan is now live! Will Evie be able to tame Bram's dragon? Will they rescue Murray? Is Evie Bram's mate? All of this and more will be answered! And it has a special new release price of $0.99 (reg $2.99).
All Romance eBooks: http://bit.ly/1E8vIxH
Google Play: No later than Jan 19th

New Release: The Lion Kings, part three in Renee George's Lion King's series. It's a menage, MFM, paranormal set in the 1960s.http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00PUM5IQO

January 16, 2015

Shortcomings Vs Goals

One of my biggest goals this year as a writer is to start moving more units of books. Since I pulled over half of my list from publication a while back, I've been slowly working on publishing new, and redoing the old stuff so I can re-release the new books.

Also, since I did this, I've lost a lot of my sales (and I would guess a fair amount of my readers) so I've practically been starting from scratch.

As a result of all of this, I'm learning that all the old stuff I used to do to market are just not nearly as successful as they used to be.

I'm also learning that I can't just put a book out and hope people buy it. I have to tell people about it.

Yet my biggest complaint is those people who do nothing but do "drive by promotions" online. All you see is their posts about whatever they're selling, and that's it. I am trying to find balance between promoting myself and posting interesting things in general online.

I like the interaction between me and others on Facebook posts, and even on Twitter, but I find myself hesitant to throw myself out there in groups online. I don't want to be one of those people who just promote their books in groups. I want to talk to people, learn about things they like, all that.

Probably from years of being a hairdresser--I talk to people all day long.

So when I put stuff out there and get no response, I feel like I'm screwing up.

I've made a decision this year to move more units, which means I have to do more marketing. And that also means I'm going to have to put myself out there more.

(Notice me trying not to bite my nails off)

I've always been afraid to ask people to do stuff for me--the independent side of me almost can't stand asking others for help. Even when it comes to promoting my books. Yet this year, in order to do what I want to do -- move more units -- I'm going to have to do just that. Regardless of the icky feeling I have in my gut when I think about asking for help.

It's going to be hard, but I'm going to try.

What about you? What changes are you trying to make in yourself this year?

January 15, 2015

Throwing it Back Thursday

Me, age 12. With a tan. 
I find myself today thinking about my childhood. Probably because my cousin posted this picture of me on Facebook last week. She was scanning all her old photos and putting them on disks, hence the weird, cut off "HP" logo at the top I probably should have cropped out.

Anyway, I'm about twelve there, maybe right around my thirteenth birthday (judging from the haircut and glasses). So this would have been the mid-late eighties.

Now, let's talk about fashion, shall we?

Those glasses are horrid. Seriously. But I remember being SO EXCITED to get them, because the frames were basically clear. And for someone who'd always had bottle-thick glasses, they were so cool, because they were made a little thinner, and the clear frame disguised the thickness.

I felt so fashion-forward in them. Probably why I felt brave enough to wear a tank top UNDER my swimsuit. And not only that, it was a MATCHING tank top. I seem to recall having several different ones I wore UNDER that particular suit that matched the colors in it. (I think my mother was concerned the front of the suit went down too low. Or maybe I was. Can't remember).

Yes. This look, I truly thought I was all that in. And just for reference, we were at the lake here, and had gone off to a playground nearby for me and my younger cousins to mess around at.

We spent a lot of summers at the lake when I was a kid. I learned to water ski when I was about 7, and slalom ski when I was 9 or 10. (I had to learn, my brother, who was 3 years younger than me, learned to slalom ski the summer before, and I could NOT have him doing something I couldn't do. That just would not work for me.)

So yes, I had a tan. ALL THE TIME.

When my husband saw this picture, his first comment? "What the hell, you have a tan! You never go outside!"

Which is true. It wasn't much longer after this that I continued spending time outdoors. I reverted to being inside so much, my parents called me the "Great Indoorsman." And I still am, sort of.

Part of that is my allergies, which have gotten worse as I've gotten older. But also, a lot of that indoorsmanship started when I started writing.

January 9, 2015

Guys and Godmothers Book #1 on SALE!

Yep, for a limited time, Under His Nose, the first in the Guys and Godmothers series is on SALE for $0.99!

You really have no excuse to not run and pick up your copy!

Samhain Publishing

All it takes is faith, trust, and fairy dust. A swift kick never hurts, either.

Christy is due for retirement from her fairy godmother gig, but she agrees to take one last case. Helping Roark Turner find his perfect girl shouldn’t be much of a challenge—after all, she is a veteran fairy godmother.

What makes this case interesting? She must use as little magic as possible to bring Roark his much-desired Happily Ever After.

Roark’s perfect match is his best friend Stephanie Bowers. It should be simple to bring two people together who have been best friends since kindergarten, and let their free will take its course. It probably would have been, too, if Cupid hadn’t started shooting arrows into Roark, forcing the mortal to fall in love.
Now Christy must use every skill at her command—just not her magic—to thwart Cupid’s meddling and get Roark and Stephanie together without changing their free will or ruining her perfect record. Or she’ll never get her own Happily Ever After.
Product Warnings
Magic, fairy godmothers, a rambunctious god, and two stubborn people who need a kick in the butt to see what’s obviously meant to be.  

December 26, 2014

Here Comes The New Year!I

Yep, it's almost here, 2014 is about gone, and it's time for 2015.

I was amusing myself tonight and decided to go back through older blog posts, to see what all I had posted as "goals" for the last year. I wanted to know if I came even close to what all I wanted to do.


Okay, I sort of came close.



Let's see, what all did I say I was going to get done?

1. Revamping a series for re-release -- DONE. Book 1--Dark Within--comes out from Samhain in the fall of 2015
2. Getting a 4th Paranormal Romance that ties back into the Guys and Godmothers world finished. -- DONE. Comes out in the spring of 2015--Saving Her Destiny--The Mythicals Series.
3. A scifi-romance--It's on hold for the time being.
4. Fairy Tale Romance--There was one that was a rewrite -- DONE. There was a third in the series, it, however, is not done. A title was determined for it, though and believe me, that was a challenge. So sort of accomplished.
5. Time Travel Paranormal Romance -- Nothing was done with it. Needs a good rewrite.

Now, what else did I get done this year, that I had no idea I was going to do?

1. His Velvet Touch--part of the Taming the Alpha Box Set.
2. Paranormal Short Story, to be part of a new collection next year, September release date, ties into the revamped book series starting in the fall of next year. (Well, I'm close. I have 6 days to get it done on time.)
3. Rewrite of Fairy Tale romance, x2 (yes it was a bear.) Not the same one listed above, either.
4. Plotted out new short novella series. Book 1 1/2 done.

As far as outright NEW material written this year? 2 books--His Velvet Touch, and Saving Her Destiny. 3 if I can get this short paranormal done by New Year's Eve.

Fluffing and touching up of a LOT of books this year.

Next year's goals?

I have a list.

It's long.

And all these projects will be self-published, so that in itself is making them all extra time-consuming.

1. Paranormal -- Carnival Series
2. Contemporary -- Novella trilogy, Celestial Springs Salon
3. Monster-themed Paranormal novella
4. Christmas-themed Paranormal novella

That doesn't include the forthcoming edits for projects releasing later this year from my publisher, either.

Projects I want to get done, but not sure if I'll have time for:
1. Scifi book (waiting on my agent for this one...)
2. Fairy Tale Romance, final book in trilogy
3. Another Scifi book idea.
4. 2 Contemporary stand-alone books.

Yeah, I look at this list, and I start to get a little twitchy.

Think I'm going to have to up my daily word count goal if I'm going to make this.