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Coming Soon – Book 2 of the Felony Romance Series

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So here is a sneak peek at the cover art for Book 2 of the Felony Romance Series all about Randy and Karly.  I haven’t chosen a title yet but I’ll be sure to post it as soon as I’ve decided.  I have a few things rolling around in my head.  I’m definitely open to any suggestions!

Randy is a deep guy, full of surprises and harboring a lot of dark secrets that could threaten any chance he has of living a normal life.  Karly is all about fun but the good times are definitely coming to a close as the pressures of school and a mountain of debts begin to build. It will be interesting to see if/how they can work out their differences.

I can’t wait!!  I’m just as surprised as everyone else to see how things are resolved.

 

 

 

It’s finally here…

Amazon Hot New Releases

I started the New Year off with a bang. Intoxicated came out a few days before Christmas and went straight up to #6 on the Hot New Releases for Romantic Literary Fiction on Amazon.  Within the week it hit #62 on Top Sellers for the same category.  I’m still shocked.

I decided before the book release that my only goal is to create something that other people might enjoy reading. To hit a list – any list – on Amazon is way beyond my wildest expectations. All that aside, I had a terrific and terrifying time writing it.  It has been by far the most exciting and rewarding thing I have ever done. I hope you enjoy it too.

I’ve already started book two in the series and hope to release two more this year. I’ve learned a lot and hope to learn more, get better, and have a blast doing it.

All I know is that life is too short to waste.  If you have a dream, follow it. What are you waiting for?

 

 

What in the world am I doing?

I had no idea that being an author would take so much effort. I thought that all I had to do was type out a story, send it to a publisher/agent, and sit back. Boy, was I wrong! My published author friends all say that the most important thing is to focus on creating a good story and worry about all the rest later. Easier said than done!

Once the story is written, a whole new journey begins. Self-editing has to be done which consists of “murdering” all of those precious words that I struggled to create. Grammar and spelling have to be considered along every step of the way. Dangling participles, head-hopping, and wandering body parts are just some of the dangers lurking on the page. Then it’s off to critique partners, beta readers, and possibly a contest or two. Next is the question of whether to submit endless query letters and synopses to publishing houses and agents, or to self-publish. I have chosen to self-publish my first series which leads to the search for quality editors and professional cover art, copyrights, ISBN’s, and a gazillion other things that I didn’t even know existed until recently.

Now, I am knee-deep in developing a marketing platform. Social media is a must, everyone says. Facebook, Twitter, blogging, and reader websites are the road to self-promotion. Frankly, I’m exhausted after two hours of answering emails, posting, blogging, and tweeting. Where in the world do these authors find the time to work a “real job” for fifty hours a week and still devote the necessary time to their craft?

All I can say is that writing is the most fulfilling thing I’ve ever done. I’ve been doing it since I was a little kid. My closets and book shelves are full of manuscripts that will never see the light of day. Now that I’ve decided to take the plunge, I hope that someone out there enjoys reading my stories. And even if they don’t, I can always buy another book shelf.