It’s Like Christmas In July–No, Wait–August. My Bad…

I just wrapped up my latest manuscript, It Happened One Night, in which I’ve had my nose buried for some time now in my writer’s cave, so I can’t really be blamed for being a bit confused over what calendar month it is, right?  Right.

Thought I’d better pop out of the cave long enough to share some great book sale prices that are going on now, though, just in case one of them might be one you’re been considering buying but haven’t been able to squeeze into the budget.  Ready?  Here we go…

My debut novel, Coming Home, is part of a new 10-book bundle being released by Crimson Romance August 31st, and it’s up for preorder right now for just 73 cents on Amazon and 99 cents elsewhere.  I already preordered a copy for myself because, hey, it’s an affordable way for me to check out some other Crimson authors whose work I’m not yet familiar with.  It’s at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and iTunes for sure, and possibly at other ebook retailers as well:

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The Bargain, which is now part of Amazon Encore’s imprint–yay!–is on sale for 99 cents and available at Amazon only.  Don’t know how long–I’m afraid I’m out of the loop on this one.

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And finally, my romantic comedy All’s Fair in Love and Weddings is temporarily on sale at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iTunes, Kobo, and Smashwords for the next couple of weeks at the low, low price of 99 cents.

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Whew!  And there you have it.  I’ll stay out of my writer’s cave long enough to catch my breath and wait for beta reader feedback on my latest, and then it’s off to the wonderful world of writing again!

Have a good one!  🙂

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…

Coming Soon…

After a somewhat chaotic summer, I finally finished my first solid draft of All’s Fair in Love and Weddings–and it turned out to be somewhere between two and three times as long as I expected it be originally.  How did that happen?  Guess I’m wordier than I thought.

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So once I get a chance to do some tweaking and polishing up–and yes, that is the highly technical terminology for it–I plan to chase down a couple of beta readers and sit on them until they promise to give me thorough feedback.  Once I let them up and they do a read-through, this baby’ll go live on Amazon.  Yay!  I’m SO looking forward to it!  There’s a certain thrill that goes along with pressing that little “Publish” button…

And then, of course, there’s the upcoming September 15th release of the Crimson Romance book bundle that my first novel, Coming Home, is in, so I’m pretty excited about that, too:

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There’s even an official link for it now right here, although the very pretty cover art isn’t up yet.

Good golly–I guess it’s about time to get busy on the next project…  🙂

Coming Soon…

Thanks to a heads-up from a fellow Crimson Romance author, I discovered this morning that there is a link on Amazon now for a paperback version of my second novel, The Bargain.  Yay!  I’m so excited!

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At the moment there isn’t any cover art showing, and the book’s status is “Temporarily Out of Stock,” but it’s still a step in the right direction.  I’m going to hold off ordering any copies until it actually says they have them, but when they do… Look out!  I’ll be the first one in line to click on “Add to Cart.”  Multiple times.  And then I will cuddle with a copy of Coming Home AND The Bargain.  That’s normal, right?

If you’d like to check it out for yourself, here’s the link, but I wouldn’t pre-order it since I vaguely remembering having trouble doing that when the link for Coming Home first showed up.  People who waited until it actually showed as “In Stock” got their copies way before I did, and I finally ended up having to cancel the order and trying again.  I guess the early bird doesn’t ALWAYS get the worm.

Have a great day!  🙂

Royalties & Kodak Moments

Some people say you can officially call yourself an author when you first put words down on paper.  Others say it’s not official until you actually get published.  And still others insist it’s not something you are allowed to officially announce until you earn money from it.  Well, all I can say is…

It’s official!  On ALL counts.  Woo hoo!  Got my first royalty statement today from Crimson Romance!  I is a real writer!

I’m not saying I can afford to retire now or anything, and I won’t be buying myself a new car unless it’s of the Tonka variety, but still–it’s pretty dang exciting.  My first book, Coming Home, has earned me my first royalties.

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I will probably frame the royalty statement and hang it on my wall.  Where’s my camera?  I need to get my hubby to take a picture of me holding the royalty statement up while I grin from ear to ear.  I CAN afford a picture frame, at least.  And perhaps even a celebratory pack of gum.

Now excuse me while I go change out of my pajamas for my photo shoot…

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Guess What Finally Arrived In The Mail! (or…The Squealing Could Be Heard For Miles)

Look what finally shipped from Amazon and arrived on my doorstep today!

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Words cannot express what it felt like to thumb through a paperback for a story I had written–surreal, maybe.  Thrilling isn’t a bad choice either.  I’m probably going to walk around holding a copy close to me for the next several days and then whip it out to show people whenever a chance presents itself:

“I’d like paper instead of plastic today, and–oh, look! See my book?”

“Fill ‘er up with regular please, and while we’re waiting for the tank to fill, take a look at this book I wrote!”

“Yeah, sorry, doctor.  I don’t really have an abnormal growth to show you today, I just wanted you to see THIS!”  [holds book up]

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Now, if you’ll excuse me, I must go do a happy dance…

I Will Sleep With One Under My Pillow

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In other words…my first published book, Coming Home, is officially available in paperback now through Amazon.  Pardon me while I squeal with delight:

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Okay, you can uncover your ears now.  No, wait, I feel another one coming on–

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Now I’m done.  For the time being, anyway.

But my first book in paperback is a very exciting thing!  Now I have to practice my “author” signature for all the MILLIONS of people who will no doubt be clamoring for me to sign their personal copies.  Well, at least my mother will…  But I can feel a certain giddy madness coming on that may result in me leaving signed copies under random people’s windshields in supermarket parking lots.  Hey, you have your marketing strategies, I have mine.

For some reason the paperback version still isn’t correctly linked to the ebook version on Amazon–the course of modern technology never did run smooth–but hopefully that will be fixed before too much longer.  But if you’d like to see it with your own eyes, here’s the paperback link.

Eeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!

Sorry.

Cover Art Reveal

So for my first two books, I didn’t have to do a whole lot as far as the cover art was concerned because the publisher had its own resources to create that.  All I had to do was offer a little input and cross my fingers that the final result didn’t include a Fabio lookalike.  Mission accomplished, right?

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Nary a hint of Fabio to be seen.  Whew!  [wipes forehead in relief]

But now that I’m also going to try self-publishing on Amazon, I need to tackle cover art myself.  Now I could hire someone to do it for me using fancy schmancy software, but that can get expensive.  Besides, I figure I’m creative enough to come up with something on my own, right?  And boy, did I!  I think I totally nailed it.  What do you think?

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I’d buy this book.  Wouldn’t you?

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4 out of 5 (Stars, Not Dentists)

Thank you Kim at Read Your Writes Book Reviews for the lovely review today!  (It’s right here, if you’d like to read it)  It’s wonderful to start one’s day by reading something like this–especially if one is exhausted and a wee bit grumpy from someone in one’s neighborhood shooting off fireworks until 1 A.M.  One would like to hunt those folks down and hang them by their toes from a tall tree until they swear never to do it again.  Yes, one certainly would.

But assuming my vision is not so blurry from lack of sleep that I am reading things wrong, Kim gave Coming Home 4 out of 5 stars.

Yay!

And I Didn’t Even Curl Into The Fetal Position ONCE…

Whew.  This is a tale of survival, but not one involving fireworks and explosives despite the time of year (Happy 4th of July, by the way).  No, this is even more incredible.  I survived another run-in with…

…SOFTWARE.  [cue the screams of horror]

Yes, believe it or not, I actually attempted another foray into the world of modern technology of my own free will and made it through.  ‘Course, I have an awful headache now, and I feel a little nauseous, but, hey, at least I didn’t require a clean change of underwear when I was done.  I call that a win!

Today I learned about something on Facebook that’s a great tool for authors, and it’s called BookPulse.  It’s a way to add a tab on your author page that visitors can click on and then learn all about one of your books.  It looks very professional, and it has all sorts of little extras.  If you’d like to see it–and I hope you do!–my author page is here, and it has a little red About My Books” tab that will take you to my brand new baby:  a page dedicated to my first book, Coming Home.

Let me know what you think!

(And thanks, Erin, for walking me through it!  Couldn’t have done it without you.  Well, certainly not without curling up into the fetal position anyway…)       🙂