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Emerging from Life Stuff and a New Paperback!

7 Nov

Wow, I’ve been away for a while. Sorry about that! Life sort of exploded on me and required uninterrupted attention to put everything back to normal, so the blog, my twitter, and my Facebook page all went lacking for love.

It was a lot of slogging through unexpected things that all had to be done right-this-minute, mixed in with the Helvetican’s birthday, Halloween, nonfiction writing for the other half of my writerly existence, replacing my printer that died when Mercury slipped into retrograde, and topped by making a ball gown for the Princess in two days.

Two. Days.

Satin bodice. Tulle skirt. (McCall’s pattern #M6466)

36 yards of tulle in six layers.

Finished just in time for the dance. I’ll have to upload a photo of the dress because I don’t think the Princess wants to be on my blog.

Yes, I am still reeling from the slight loss of sanity. But hey, now you know why I’ve been missing in action!

New on the writing front: I pulled the ebook of Finding Refuge from wide distribution and went exclusive to Amazon for the next three months. This poor book has had a tough time finding an audience. It’s had great reviews, but sold poorly at Amazon, dismally at Barnes & Noble, and didn’t sell at all elsewhere. So, in a bid to jumpstart its visibility, I went for the exclusive.

Due to the change, I can now offer Finding Refuge for a three-day FREE run, starting tomorrow, 11/8 and running through 11/10. If you don’t have a copy already, this will be an excellent time to pick it up. Just click on the book cover to the right…

Also…Finding Refuge is now available in paperback!  YAY! It’s so pretty, see?

So far, it is available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble, but it should be up on Books A Million and other bookseller websites within a couple of weeks.

Well, that catches us up to current on my side. Anything exciting going on in your world these days?

Final week of the Scavenger Hunt!

9 Jul

Hi all. Just a quick reminder: We are in the final days of the Summer Web Hunt. If you haven’t finished (or started, LOL), then click on the Web Hunt banner to the right to get started. The prizes are plentiful and excellent. I’m giving away a $100 Amazon gift card! So, what are you waiting for? Get your entry in, because it all comes to an end on Sunday!

Free Promo is underway!

14 Jun

Mending Fences is free today and tomorrow on Amazon. If you haven’t read it yet, or if you enjoyed it and want to gift it to a fellow romance reader, now is the time!

Here are the links:

Amazon http://www.amazon.com/Mending-Fences-ebook/dp/B0077I0OIG

Amazon UK http://www.amazon.co.uk/Mending-Fences-ebook/dp/B0077I0OIG

 

On the schedule this week

11 Jun

Happy Monday, everyone! There are some big things coming this week. Between now and Friday the plan is to:

  • Launch a new look for the blog
  • Offer Mending Fences for FREE Thursday and Friday before it leaves the Amazon exclusive program.
  • Release Finding Refuge on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, ARe, and Smashwords. It will launch on Kobo as soon as their new author portal goes live later this month so I can upload directly. I’ll also upload to Apple as soon as I can borrow a friend’s Mac.

Also, Mending Fences will be available on those same platforms as of Sunday, June 17. Being exclusive to Amazon can result in great sales, but, having done it, I’ve concluded that I don’t like paying the price of not having my books available to readers at their choice of vendors, in their choice of formats. So, out of Select I go.

Whew, that’s plenty to keep me busy this week. What’s on your schedule?

Auction ending, Scavenger Hunt beginning!

29 May

A couple of quick notes for today. First, Brenda Novak’s amazing month-long auction to benefit diabetes research is coming to an end on Thursday. Hop over and take a look at the great items still available. You have two more days, don’t miss it! Click on the blue box at the right to see the Kindle Fire loaded with 30 books, including my Mending Fences, on the auction.

Second, I’m participating in the Summer Fun Web Hunt, organized by Night Owl Reviews. It’s a scavenger hunt on the web, and there are AMAZING prizes up for grabs. I’m giving away a $100 Amazon gift card. See? Very cool prizes will be awarded during this promo. Click on the sandy beach box there on the right to get all the details on prizes and participating authors and websites. The fun starts Friday, June 1, and runs through July 15. It’s going to be a blast!

It’s FREE! Two Days Only

29 Mar

I’m running a promotion on Amazon. Mending Fences is FREE on Thursday, March 29, and Friday, March 30! Here are links:  Amazon    Amazon UK

A quick recipe for Mending Fences, a sensual contemporary romance…

Take one reformed hotshot CEO playing rancher. Add one strong woman, an abuse survivor with a lot of secrets. Toss together for one searing kiss on Halloween, then separate. Fold in a slightly deformed pet bison who creates accidental serendipity. Stir together. Add discoveries, revelations, angst, heartbreak, suspense, and generous helpings of both healing and sexual tension. Layer with family relationships and a secondary love story and simmer to a Happy Ever After.

Don’t miss it! Download a copy before Friday at Midnight, PDT.

Playing Catch Up

27 Mar

Wow, almost a week since my last post. Granted, leaving the tribute to my dad up for a while was part of the plan, but then the weekend got away from me, and, well, here we are at Tuesday.

So, here’s a quick peek at Lucy’s Life at this moment:

  • I’m prepping for my first big Amazon promotion for Mending Fences.
  • I’m working on Finding Refuge, the second in this loosely tied series begun with MF. Tentative release is May ’12.
  • I sketched out a novella yesterday (at least I think it will be that short). It’s a time travel romance with a twist. Tentative release is June-July ’12.
  • I’m also spending time on the first in a sort of SF-ish paranormal romance series. I’ve had the individual books partly written for ages. Now I’m working on the overall series structure to make sure everything works together as well as separate. Some serious alpha males in this series, very bad boys. The first of these should release this fall.

Outside of writing, this week’s list includes spring cleaning the house, including the mess that is the storage room. It also includes finding the top of my desk, which should be declared at least a local-level disaster. The dogs need grooming, the roses need pruning, and the tree guy is coming to advise us on proper shaping of fruit trees on Friday.

Doesn’t sound like a whole lot. Trust me, it’s enough to keep me out of trouble for the week.

Please come back and visit on Thursday for the start of the Mending Fences promo!

Going Exclusive with Amazon

18 Mar

Since the launch of Mending Fences, I’ve been very methodical about promotion and learning where I could create movement. Some techniques work for generating sales, some don’t. While I’ve sold across all venues, the majority of my sales happen at Amazon.

Amazon offers tools to an author that have serious potential to increase visibility and drive sales. There is a price to be paid, though. An ebook must be sold exclusively through Amazon to use those tools.

So, I’m planning to move Mending Fences exclusively to Amazon for a 90-day period, not only to help it along, but also with an eye toward better visibility for Finding Refuge when it is released in May. The paperback book will not be exclusive, just the ebook version.

If you want Mending Fences in an ebook format other than for the Kindle, you might want to pick up a copy today. Otherwise, my books are DRM-free, so if you buy the book from Amazon, you can convert it to your desired format using software such as Calibre (which is awesome, I might add).

Any questions?

Blog Hop and Prizes You Don’t Want to Miss

12 Mar

Happy Monday! The sun is shining, the skies are blue and clear, and holy cow, it’s the middle of March already?

Okay, time to mark your calendar. Take a look at the green ad to the right there….This Friday, March 16th, we’re having a Blog Hop to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day and the wearin’ o’ the green! Over 120 authors are going to be talking on their blogs about being Irish, celebrating the day, wearing green, drinking green beer… pretty much anything related to St. Patrick’s Day!

Each author will be giving away a prize, like a swag pack, gift cards, ebooks, print books, and so much more. (I’ll announce my prize on Friday in my blog post.)

PLUS we have TWO Grand Prizes for TWO different winners! *gasp*

Grand Prize 1: Winner’s Choice of a Kindle Fire or Nook Tablet

Grand Prize 2: Winner’s Choice of a $90 Amazon or Barnes & Noble Gift Card

Here’s how you, the reader, can qualify for the Grand Prizes: Come on over to the Blog Hop websites on Friday, March 16th, and comment on as many blogs as you want. The grand prize winners will be chosen at random from the commenters. That means you can comment on EACH blog and give yourself 120 entries for the grand prize!

Sounds great right? Come on over and wear your green and win some prizes!

Read an Ebook Week promotion on Smashwords

4 Mar

March is Read an Ebook Month, and over at Smashwords, we are celebrating Read an Ebook Week (March 4-10). Thousands of authors have put their books on sale for the week, anywhere from 25% off to free, so it’s an excellent time to try out one new ebook, or stock up!

Mending Fences is on sale during this promotion week for $1, so if you haven’t had a chance to pick up a copy, this would be a good time. http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/131449

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