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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?

Live on Barnes & Noble…partly

17 Jun

Mending Fences is now off the Amazon exclusive and is live on Barnes & Noble, hooray! Here’s the Link!

I’m still waiting for Finding Refuge to finish processing on BN, but we will hope for resolution today.

Both books are coming to Smashwords and All Romance eBooks, probably today or tomorrow. Uploading to Apple will take a bit longer, and I’m holding off on Kobo until their new publishing portal opens. Have I mentioned that before? I might have. I’ve said a lot over the last couple of days that’s a little fuzzy in my head, due to severe sleep shortage. One rarely sleeps well when bringing new book babies into the world. Much like real ones 🙂

Where do you go to buy ebooks?


27 May

The last week of major schoolwork is done, hooray! There are a few teachers here and there giving tests on Tuesday or Wednesday, but for the most part, everyone realizes that the teens are not going to be using their brains post-Memorial Day vacation and are not really scheduling much for the remaining two days of classes. This means I can stop worrying about pushing the kids along with school. Whew. I love the end of the school year!

Now then, due to editing schedules and everything that goes into the end of prepping a book for release, the schedule for Finding Refuge has been pushed back a bit. It’s now slated for release June 14.

Also, after having Mending Fences exclusive to Amazon for 90 days, it will be available at other storefronts and in other formats starting June 17. Finding Refuge will be launching wide also, it will not be an Amazon exclusive.

The exclusivity thing can be very, very good for authors from a money standpoint. It’s very easy to boost a book’s visibility and the sales can be fantastic. Plus, when a book is available exclusively at Amazon, Prime members can borrow the book for free. Authors are paid for those borrows. So, honestly, leaving and choosing not to enter a book in an Amazon exclusive arrangement is scary. But I believe it’s the right thing to do. I want readers to be able to pick up my books in any format that suits them, without having to know how to convert or side-load or any other techie thing that’s required to read a book when you have something other than a kindle or a kindle app.

Please, wish me luck!

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.

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?

Cracking the Whip

23 Feb

Today is the day when I really have to switch over to concentrating on the next book.

Mending Fences is finally fully loaded. I’d noticed a problem with the italics font in the paperback proofs and corrected it. The new proof arrived today, it looks great, and I gave final approval. So, the paperback edition is now available at CreateSpace, http://bit.ly/wDYYsl. It will show up on Amazon by March 1 and will roll out to other retailers over the next month or two.

I’m awaiting reviews from some excellent websites, which is terrifying. In the meantime, I’m deep into Finding Refuge, the book to be released in May. It’s another contemporary romance, loosely linked to Mending Fences. ::glaring at the impudent paranormal romance that’s been nudging me for two weeks. It knows it has to wait until fall::

Time to crack the whip. I’ve had my head so full of details for getting MF completed that everything else was shoved aside. This weekend’s goals include finishing a magazine article, hitting the grocery store, practicing hard for the St. Patrick’s Day siamsa, and at least completing the pile-of-stuff-to-donate part of Spring Cleaning. Oh, yeah, and did I mention I want to complete this draft of the new book in the next week?

Wish me luck, friends!

Stop Sabotaging Your Own Success

17 Feb

I read this today and absolutely loved it: Stop Sabotaging Your Own Success: A Manifesto « When I Have Time by Sara Rosso.

How many times have you stopped yourself from going after something that interested you, something you wanted to try, because you were afraid of failure, or afraid of what others might think, or …whatever other reason you didn’t go for it?

I’ve done that, so many times. Luckily, something started changing for me after I hit 40. I decided I was too old to worry about what other people thought of me. I realized that life is too short and that I didn’t want to be an old woman someday, thinking back on all the things I wished I had tried. I knew that Old Me wouldn’t be proud of the opportunities I’d backed away from out of fear.

So, I’m pushing myself and I’m doing things I’ve always wanted to try. It doesn’t always go well. I studied Tae Kwon Do last year, and ended up blowing my knee out. I don’t regret a moment of it, though. I loved the lessons I learned. It broke me out of the shell I’d encased myself in over time.

Now that the knee is strong again, I take Irish dance classes, something I’ve loved for years and always talked myself out of doing because I was old and out of shape and I’d look stupid. I have a performance coming up on St. Patrick’s Day, and I couldn’t be happier.

I’m publishing my books, which scares me to death because it’s such a huge a thing to tackle. But now I won’t stare into the mirror someday, looking Old Me in the eye, and regret never trying.

What do you really want to try? Here’s a challenge: Go for it today!

It’s Here!! Thoughts on Diving into Publishing

11 Feb

I should have posted this yesterday, but it was such a whirlwind, I never had time to blog. Mending Fences, my first novel, is now on sale! YAY! It actually went live on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Smashwords yesterday. (Click on the Books tab above for links to the book on each seller.)

Going live was cool. I can see my book for sale! Even cooler? A couple of friends bought the book! Even cooler than that…STRANGERS BOUGHT IT. Oh, yeah. That was my favorite part of all, knowing that people who have no clue who I am saw the cover, read the blurb, and bought my book. If that isn’t squee-worthy, I don’t know what is.

A couple of things I’ve discovered in this huge learning curve of publishing books. A) You can’t use the same source file for every seller. I mean, you can, but I wouldn’t recommend it. Why? Because every conversion requires different settings in the source file to look good in the final format. The biggest one for me is Page Breaks vs. Section Breaks. For the Smashwords and Kindle conversions, Section Breaks from a Word document are evil. They make extra spaces and pages that don’t belong in your final conversion. But for nook conversions? Thou shalt remove the Page Breaks and replace them with Section Breaks in order to have a proper page change at the start of each chapter. Oy.

This is why so many authors pay people to do their conversions. But I have to do it myself. I’m a bit of a control freak that way, I guess.

B) That there is an enormous amount of work to do with creating an author presence. Facebook, blog, twitter, obviously. Then there’s making author pages on Amazon and Smashwords…hmm, haven’t even checked B&N yet. I had a friend ask if it wouldn’t be easier to have a big publisher, because then ‘someone would do all that for you, right?’ Um…no, LOL. I’d still be doing all of my own publicity stuff with the Big 6.

Yes, it’s a lot of work. But I really enjoy it. Plus, you know, control freak. I’d end up doing it myself no matter how I published.

Almost there

8 Feb

I’m knee-deep in converting Mending Fences into the proper formats for uploading to various sellers. It’s a bit of a learning curve, but I’ve never been one to sit back and let others do for me what I can surely learn to do myself. Which has occasionally led to very long projects, like rebuilding the broken sprinkling system when we moved into our house.

Don’t get me wrong, there are certain things I do not attempt. I don’t do major car repairs. That’s best left to the experts, and we have a fantastic couple of shops we’ve used for years. And I don’t do stuff with electricity. Well…I change light fixtures and plugs. I know how to make sure the power is completely off where I’m working, and I test it to be sure. But aside from those two things, experts are required. I can play with the plumbing all I want, but not the power. Because if you mess up the plumbing, you get a watery disaster that can simply be cleaned. If you mess up the electricity, it can kill you.

So, from that tangent back to where I’m at. Almost there. The book will be live this Friday, February 10. I’m also doing a Createspace edition for anyone who prefers a paperback to an e-book, but that will take another week or two.

Oh, and I’m almost 10k words into the next book. See that gray challenge icon to the right? Yep, supposed to hit 60k by the end of the month. I’m thinking the next time I take on a challenge like that, I shouldn’t be trying to launch a book at the same time. Once it’s up, I’ll dive in fully to the WIP. The goal is to launch that one by May 1. Yes, it’s ambitious. Wish me luck!