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Kindle Romance Novels: Finding Refuge Hearts Redemption by Lucy Francis

8 Jul

Kindle Romance Novels: Finding Refuge Hearts Redemption by Lucy Francis.

Yes, yes, this is a shameless plug for Finding Refuge, but I also wanted to give a huge shout out to Donna Fasano for maintaining the Kindle Romance Novels website and twitter feeds. She does a lovely job spotlighting new romance novels every day and giving them a publicity push.

She’s also a best-selling author, so check out her page: http://www.donnafasano.com.

A must read for anyone who creates

28 Jun

If you are an artist, a musician, a writer, someone who creates…

If you don’t dare show your work to others for fear that it isn’t perfect, no matter how many times you’ve polished and revised and improved it…

If you offer your work and it is enjoyed by many and yet criticized by others to the point that you tremble with the need to revise and improve what you once thought was a finished product…

READ THIS: The Business Rusch: Perfection « Kristine Kathryn Rusch.

Yes, writers and other creators need to master the skills of their trade. We need to grow and improve, to study and to keep creating. But there comes a point when we have to be able to trust ourselves that the work is done.

How many projects have you done that you have literally workshopped to death? That you have revised until it is polished but lifeless? That you have stored in a closet or on a hard drive because you fear that it isn’t perfect and will therefore never be good enough?

I’ve done this so many times. And Ms. Rusch walloped me upside the head with a perspective that I sorely needed today.

Read her blog. It will be so worth the time, I promise!

A fun way to start the week

25 Jun

I’m the featured author this week at Kindle on the Cheap and Cheap eReads! If you’re not familiar with these sites, you should be, especially if you’re on Facebook. They list free and inexpensive ebooks for the Kindle and the nook. I think the Cheap has another page that lists deals for Smashwords, Kobo, and Sony as well. They have pages that specialize in YA books, romance, even nonfiction. All books listed include the star rating and the genre as well as a link to the book. Check them out!

Kindle on the Cheap

Cheap eReads

Mending Fences reviewed by Romance Junkies!

21 Jun

Okay, so the cold is hanging on, and a sore throat developed last night, six days into this craziness. Guess who’s off to the doctor?

On a much brighter note, Mending Fences finally got a ‘review site’ review. As much as I love, love, LOVE the reviews readers have been generous enough to leave on Amazon and Goodreads, there’s just something about getting a look from a Reviewer, you know?

This particular reviewer, at the Romance Junkies site, gave the book 4 Ribbons, which in RJ talk means “A book I would recommend to all my friends.” Yep, I’m a happy girl. Here’s the link to the review: Mending Fences.

It’s Monday and All is Well

18 Jun

After a very long weekend (made longer by a nasty cold that developed. Don’t mind me coughing over here in the corner.), I’m happy to report that all is momentarily well. Aside from the cold.

What I mean is Mending Fences and Finding Refuge both successfully loaded and are available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Smashwords. Other retailers are coming (I’m sure I’ve said that already), but the books should be available now in all the major formats.

So, what’s on the agenda this week?

  • I write nonfiction under my other writer hat, and I have an article to finish.
  • Reclaiming my flower beds, which are once again choking with grass. Darn stuff. Weed barriers are useless against it.
  • Reclaiming my desk. I should seriously upload a photo of what my out-of-control desk looks like. You’d be shocked that I manage to get ANYTHING done.
  • Catch up on some reading. I have The Third Scroll by Dana Marton, The Book of A Thousand Days by Shannon Hale, and The Governess Affair by Courtney Milan as the next books to conquer on my TBR mountain range.
  • Watch two movies coming out this week: Brave and Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter. Soooo excited for both of them!
What are your goals for the week?
I’ll leave you with trailers for the movies, in case you’ve missed them.

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?

If you haven’t seen this, you should!

4 Jun

Tinkerbell by Jirka Väätäinen

Today, I discovered a new work by one of my favorite designers. Jirka Väätäinen is a very talented Finnish university student who has created a series of pictures of Disney characters in “real life”.

His work is so fun and just gorgeous to look at. He has done one villain, Ursula from Little Mermaid. The rest of the series includes Aurora (Sleeping Beauty), Belle (Beauty & the Beast), Esmerelda (Hunchback of Notre Dame), Jasmine (Aladdin), Ariel (Little Mermaid), Megara (Hercules), Mulan, Pocahontas, Tiana (Princess & the Frog), Snow White, Cinderella, Rapunzel (Tangled), Alice (Alice In Wonderland), and Jane (Tarzan).

I really hope he turns his attention to the Disney heroes at some point. Or at least more of the villains. I’d love to see what he could do with Maleficent!

If you haven’t seen his entire series, check out his website by clicking on Tinkerbell, or have a look at the photos section of his Facebook page.

A perspective on criticism

2 Jun

I came upon a fabulous blog post today. It is primarily focused on writers, as it is discussing negative reviews. However, I think it gives a great perspective on criticism of any sort a person might face. For the record, I love chocolate, bacon, and Harry Potter. That will make more sense if you read Beth’s post: Beth Revis: How to Respond to Negative Reviews.

For me, negative reviews cause a moment of brutal embarrassment. Think about those moments in life when you’ve totally and completely made a fool of yourself. Remember that sort of instant nausea accompanied by the furious pounding of your heart, when you’re sure that everyone saw what you did and everyone thinks bad things about you and you’ll never live it down? That’s the feeling I get. Once I get past that nasty emotional stew, then I take what I can from the comments that will help me improve, and I let it go. You can’t please everyone all the time. People’s tastes are far too wide-ranging for me to ever write something that all romance readers enjoy. And that’s okay. Because if you try to please everyone, you end up pleasing no one.

How do you respond to criticism?

The Summer Web Hunt is ON!

1 Jun

Summer is underway, and what better way to kick off the season of sun, fun, relaxation and reading than with a scavenger hunt across the internet! My blog is part of Night Owl Reviews’ web hunt. There are LOTS of great prizes. I’m giving away a $100 Amazon Gift Card! Click on the graphic to get all the information and instructions on what you need to find and where to look.

To answer the question from my blog, you’re looking for the blurb for Mending Fences. Good luck!

Graduation Day and A Twist on Pride & Prejudice

31 May

Happy Thursday! It’s a crazy busy day around here because son #3 graduates from high school today, woohoo! Three children down, two to go, I’m over the halfway mark. So, while I’m off to watch a class of nearly 800 students walk (and yes, that takes as long as you might think it does), here is something to brighten your day.

Have you seen The Lizzie Bennet Diaries? It’s a modern adaptation of Pride & Prejudice, told as Lizzie’s video blog on YouTube. New episodes are uploaded every Monday and Thursday, and it is so much fun! Give it a look!