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…

Yay! Another Review Of The Bargain!

Happy day!  Another reviewer reviewed my book!  And in case you couldn’t tell, she liked it!


Today I woke up to a lovely 4-star review of The Bargain.  Love to start my day that way!  Thank you, Harlequin Junkie, for the review!  If you’d like to read the whole review, check it out here.  And please feel free to leave your own review on Amazon if you’ve read the book.  Reviews are much appreciated!

And The Week Winds Down

Hope you all had a good week!  Mine was very busy with book release “stuff” and life in general (how is it that a house can feel clean for about 5 minutes and then suddenly all the housework needs to start all over again?  Stupid dust bunnies seem to multiply as fast as the real thing…)

Had a few highlights this week:

*  Lots of guest blogs with giveaways of The Bargain that will be ending soon, so I’ve got  ebooks to send out to the winners.

*  I’m in the process of commissioning my first book cover for the Christmas novella I plan to self-publish on Amazon later this year.  Woo hoo!

*  Woke up to a lovely review of The Bargain this morning that made me feel warm and tingly all over, so either I’m happy or I need to go to the urgent care facility immediately.  You can read the review here, if you’re interested.

More about the cover art experience later…

Giveaways, Spotlights, and Reviews–Oh, My!

July is turning out to be a pretty busy month for me.  How about you?

This morning The Bargain is being spotlighted on Book Binge as part of DFRAT, which is the digital-first readathon and celebrates ebooks.  There is another giveaway and another copy of the book up for grabs here, and frankly I’m just happy as a clam to be included in this event.  Thanks, Book Binge!

I also woke up this morning to discover my very first official review for The Bargain on My Daily Romance.  My stomach was in knots before I read it, but fortunately the reviewer enjoyed the book and was very complimentary, so it looks like I won’t have to throw up after all.  Yay for me!  To read the review or just check out the rest of the site, click here.  (And thank you, Amy, for the review!)

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.


July Starts Off With A Bang–And I Don’t Mean Fireworks

I woke up this morning to find a lovely review of my debut novel, Coming Home, on The Canon; thanks, Ellen!  Now that’s the way to start off a month!

Ellen’s site is a great one to check out if you’re looking for something new to read and you’d like a little input first.  So check out the review of Coming Home here, and then stick around and explore.

Have a great day, and good luck beating the heat.  I don’t know about you, but I’m starting to think the only hours that are cool enough for me to be awake are between 1:00 a.m. and 5:00 a.m.  Which means I’d spend 4 hours a day being productive and 20 just hunkering down with a bag of ice and a fan, trying not to move.  Well, maybe if I really micromanage those 4 hours well, it could work…

4.5 Star Review for Coming Home :)

A few minutes ago I discovered that Alex at Book Chick City gave Coming Home 4.5 star review on her site and had some lovely things to say about it.  Thank you, Alex!

If you’d like to check out her review, you can read it here.  I’m enjoyed reading it over and over and over…


New Review Of Coming Home

Thank you to Leslie at Leslie’s Psyche for taking the time to read and review Coming Home.  I’m delighted to say that she gave me a B+ and enjoyed the book.  If you’d like to read or her review or simply check out her site for reading recommendations, check it out right here.

Thanks again, Leslie!  🙂

Review of Coming Home

I’m a happy camper because I just got a glowing review of my book, Coming Home, by someone who isn’t a relative, friend, coworker, or anyone else who might feel at all concerned about crushing my fragile feelings with criticism of my writing.  The reviewer is a blogger who specializes in reviewing books.  I’m her official April 9th entry.


Here’s the review, if you’d like to check it out:  The BookFinder Blogspot.