Welcome Back To The Fetal Position

For those of you who don’t already know, my go-to position whenever I have to tackle formatting issues for my ebooks is the fetal position.  A true classic, it really seems to lend itself to that particular activity and comes quite naturally to me in times of technology-induced stress.  It sure did this weekend!

Hard to type that way, though…

But anyway, I soldiered on because I’m hoping to make my books available on more than just Amazon and Barnes & Noble, and what’s cool about Smashwords is that an author can upload a manuscript to the Smashwords site, and then Smashwords will churn out appropriate digital versions that meet the technical requirements for a lot of online book vendors.  Like iTunes, Kobo, etc.  The only thing the author has to do is format his or her manuscript to Smashwords specifications.  Piece of cake, right?

Dang, my body almost went into “fetal lockdown mode” just at the memory.

But my books appear to have made it through the first phase of the approval process, the automated part; now I just have to wait for an actual human being to tell me if I screwed anything up.  Could take several days.  I predict much chocolate and ice cream will be consumed during that waiting period.  By me, at least.  I don’t know about the folks at Smashwords.

But while there’s a lot of stress involved with this particular side of writing sometimes, it’s alleviated a little bit when one wakes up to see a review like the one I got this morning from my first Smashwords sale:

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“I came across this book by chance and found the description intriguing. After enjoying the sample, I quickly purchased the entire story. Being a writer myself, it usually takes a lot to pull me away from my own work, but Playing Cupid did so with surprising ease…”

For those of you who would like to read the entire review (I’m talking mostly to my mother here, I know), click here.

And now I’m off to find chocolate…

It’s Release Day!–Well, Sort Of…

Okay, so maybe it’s not an official release day, but All’s Fair in Love and Weddings is now out in paperback, so I figure that’s close enough.  And I just saw that Amazon put it slightly on sale, too–marked down a whole 89 cents!  Woo hoo!

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Here’s the link for those folks who want to take advantage of those tremendous savings…

And because it’s also St. Patrick’s Day, here’s a little festivity for you:

Have a very happy March 17th!  :D

If Winter Weather Has You Down…

This is generally the time of year when we all start longing for sunshine and warmer weather, and even though it’s been milder here in the Pacific Northwest, I haven’t exactly seen anybody jumping into their swimsuits yet.  (Then again, I don’t get out much…)  But that doesn’t mean we can’t all dream of a gorgeous day at the beach–and what better way to help that little fantasy along than with the aid of the perfect beach read?

Well, have I got a book for you!

That’s basically my way of saying that my romantic comedy set in the Virgin Islands–All’s Fair in Love and Weddings–is about to become available in paperback form.  See?

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Much as I love the convenience of my Kindle, there’s just something special about that paperback smell as you turn the pages, know what I mean?

So barring any last minute glitches, the paperback should be up on Amazon sometime this March.  And then, yes, I will sleep with one under my pillow as I dream of sand and surf…

How about you?  :)

Just For Valentine’s Day

Hope you’re having a wonderful Valentine’s Day!  And nothing says Happy Valentine’s Day like a chance to win something–well, unless it’s chocolate, or a sweet card, or something sparkly, etc., but anyway–

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Crimson Romance–the publisher of my first two books, Coming Home and The Bargain–has a sweepstakes going on through the end of February that has as a prize a Kindle Fire preloaded with 25 of Crimson’s books.  (Which makes me wonder if it ought to come with a warning, because with that much romance, you might just overdose.  But what a way to go!  Am I right, or am I right?)

If you’re feeling lucky, check it out at this link here.

If you prefer not to gamble and like more of a sure thing, you might consider checking out the huge sale of Crimson books happening on Amazon right now.  All of their kindle books are on sale for $1.99 this month, and there’s a little something for everyone:  suspense, sweet, supernatural… you name it, they’ve got it.

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If you’re interested, the link to the sale is here.

And now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m off to spend a little quality time with my valentine…

In With The New…

A new year often means new choices, new resolutions, and all sorts of wonderful changes. For me, though, not so much.  Generally speaking, I fear change, unless we’re talking about the monetary kind in the form of coins and such.  Then I only fear it if someone is flinging it at me with great force.  Not that that happens to me often, and quite frankly I’m starting to think that the extra money would be worth it if it did.  So feel free to hurl away!  Checks and all major credit cards, too.

But as stuck in my ways as I am, I do realize that a little change now and then is good for a writer’s productivity–especially after the holiday season when all the hustle and bustle have taken their toll on said writer’s daily writing habits.  So I figured January is a good time to play around with some new ideas and see if I can’t put a little ZAP back into my creativity.  Thanks to the internet, I’ve found all sorts of things to try!

Some are easier than others to put into practice, of course.  For example, it’s true that my productivity would probably improve leaps and bounds if I followed one suggestion and tossed our television set out the front window, but my husband doesn’t seem nearly as interested in that prospect as I am whenever I mention it, and even though I’m one of those few people who don’t really care one whit about watching the Superbowl, The Blacklist is supposed to be starting up again after all, and I do care a whit about that.  Quite a few whits, actually.  (Is Red Lizzie’s dad after all, or isn’t he…?  I must know!)

Tweaking my writing schedule seemed more doable and certainly easier on our window panes.  Or at least it did until my alarm went off in the wee hours of the morning to mark the start of it, and I considered throwing it through the window.  Bleh…  Perhaps I’ll keep tweaking.

It’s awfully chilly in our house in those same wee hours, too, and typing with cold hands isn’t fun, so I thought starting a roaring fire in the wood stove before I settled in to write was a brilliant move on my part.  All cozy and conducive to churning out plot points.  Turns out, though, that I’m not very good at starting roaring fires.  But if you want a fire that coughs, wheezes, and feebly sputters out after three minutes, I’m your gal!  So I don’t get many words down on paper that way, but on the plus side, I think all the sitting down and getting right back up again to stir the coals is doing wonderful things for my thighs.

My most recent experiment in habits that might improve my writing focus has been finding something to provide appropriate background noise, which is not as simple as it might sound.  Lots of writers say they like to write with music on in the background, but I find that hasn’t worked too well for me.  If it’s songs I know and like, the temptation to get up and boogie around my living room is sometimes too much for me to resist.  (Ask my neighbor across the street, she’ll tell you.  And she’ll probably tell you to tell me to please close my blinds, too.)

I tried listening to a movie soundtrack that was mostly instrumental to counteract that effect–Lord of the Rings!  Yay!–but that only seemed to lead to hobbits popping up in my contemporary mystery that I’m currently working on, and it really didn’t help the plot at all; neither did the elves.  Go figure.  And then of course there was that time my husband heard me cry, “For Frodo!” and hurried in to find me perched on the arm of the sofa with my pencil wielded above my head like a sword.  It was awkward.  We didn’t make eye contact for a week after that one.

But I’ve hit upon a CD that seems to be just the ticket:  thunderstorm!  Not with music, just with thunder and, well, storm sounds.  It seems to set the mood for the dark and dreary house in my story with the added bonus of being quiet enough that it doesn’t send my beagle cowering under the cushions, which is what she does during real thunderstorms.

It’s been a win-win so far!

Well, except for the effect that the sound of accompanying rainfall has on my bladder, but hey, nothing’s perfect.

Christmas Greetings!

Here’s hoping this post finds you happily ensconced someplace cozy with loved ones on this fine Christmas morning!  Hubby and I are curled up with our beagle (who seems somehow to take up more than half of the couch despite her small size, but who also knows she can absolutely get away with it because she’s so cute…) and are admiring our diminutive Christmas tree:

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We did not wake up to snow on the ground, but thanks to modern technology, we can still have a white Christmas and share it with you no matter in what climate you live:

Wishing you and yours a wonderful holiday season!  :)

Happy Halloween!

Seems kind of fitting that I’m working on a ghostly haunted house story this Halloween.  I suppose it will be less fitting if I’m still working on it by the time, say, Valentine’s Day rolls around, but maybe I can figure out a way to work in a spooky winged cherub if that happens.  Might be the first of its kind… a new niche!

I thought I’d take a break from haunted houses and ghostly mysteries long enough to wish you all a happy Halloween, though.  So… Happy Halloween! Here’s to happy and safe trick-or-treating, and to put you in the right mood for all those cutie pies in costumes who will be showing up at your door tonight, here’s a nice little dose of Halloween cuteness:

And now I must return to my writing cave and get back to work on…The Bloodline!  Muahahahahaha!

(That was supposed to be evil laughter, just in case that part wasn’t clear.)

Have a happy holiday!

Leaves Aren’t The Only Things That Are Falling Right Now…

So if you’ve read any of my books, you know that I write stuff that’s at the opposite end of the spectrum from, say, Fifty Shades of Grey.  My stuff isn’t even three shades of ecru.  Anyway, one writer’s group of which I am privileged to be part is called Clean Indie Reads, and if you happen to prefer sweet rather than spicy reading material, you might want to check some of these authors out.  And now’s the perfect time because many of us have joined together in a HUGE sale through October 11th, and prices have temporarily “fallen”

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You can find all three of my Heavenly Bites novellas there on sale for 99 cents right now, but if you prefer other genres than romance, you’re in luck–they’ve got ‘em galore!

Here’s a link to the Fall Sale web page with all the books if you’d like to check them out. There are even several freebies.  Can’t beat that!  :)

So, anyway, just a little FYI for you all…  Have a good one!

Better Than Christmas Morning!

Okay, maybe not BETTER than Christmas morning, but for a writer, Release Day is pretty dang close.  Can’t sleep the night before, bound out of bed bright and early in the morning, and wake up one’s poor significant other by shouting, “It’s here!  It’s here!”  I’m so glad my hubby is patient.  :)

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Anyway… It’s here!  It’s here!  Release Day for All’s Fair in Love and Weddings!  It’s finally gone live on Amazon here, and it’s already garnered some lovely reviews.  Check them out at these blogs:

Bookworm Nation

Aleksandra’s Corner

Tome Tender

GenGen’s Book Blog

They certainly put a smile on MY face.  And on that note… Happy Release Day to all, and to all a good night!