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Changing Gears

I've started on the next Zoe Matthews book and wow, what a change. I finished up the Doomsday edit earlier in the year, wrote Jaden's Joy (I'm not sure yet when I'll be releasing that one), and have started on the next Zoe Matthews book. All three books are completely different, though Doomsday…

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Staying Productive

There are so many distractions in the world today. And there are so many new distractions that authors didn’t have to think about 15 - 20 years ago. Things like:

  • Super-duper Cable TV (there are about 100 new channels that didn’t exist before)
  • Smart Phones
  • Social Media
  • Games on Sm…

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Postcards from the Edge!

Okay, so I'm not really on the edge. I'm just in my office, writing. I've been writing full time for a little over two months now and I've noticed a few interesting things that I thought I'd share.

Ready? Here goes:

1. Being alone all day takes getting used to. I'm single, so without my full-t…

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Location Research

I've started work on a new story, which is always wonderful. By the time I get a book to the final stages before publication, I pretty much can't stand looking at it anymore. Working on something new is refreshing!

This story is a romance with a light paranormal plot. It takes place in an ups…

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Late Nights and Late Night Treats

Okay, so the title is a bit misleading. That right there is the kind of late night treat I'd like (LUV) to have when I'm burning the midnight oil, the way I am tonight. But that drink at midnight on a regular basis would do unpleasant things to my body.

I made the picture nice and big so ev…

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Doomsday - Season 1 - Coming February 2016

Indie vs. Traditional

First let me preface this by saying publishing houses never twist an author's arm and make them sign a publishing contract. That decision is the author's. But once the author signs that contract they are giving up some aspects of creative control. For ins…

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The Making of an AWESOME Release Day!

I've been indie publishing for about a year now and I've learned a lot! Since October 2014 I've released 4 books. By December 2015 I'll have released 6. It's been a busy year.

All of the research I've done since October 2014 shows that the best plan to have followed would have been to focus o…

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Insights From the Baltimore Book Festival

 

This past weekend I went to the Baltimore Book Festival. As always, I had a great time! Over the past three years I've gone  I've picked up a few insights on ways to have a successful signing/appearance at large festivals. Here are a few of the things I learned.

1. Candy is always nice…

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Becoming a successful Indie Author!

Today I read Joanna Penn's book, How to Make a Living With Your Writing. If you're an indie author, this is a book you'll want to check out. She covers topics that I've been considering, but not quite sure how to implement.


It's offered FOR FREE right now, so you'll want to check it out IMMEDIA…

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Crazy! Overwhelming!

It's been a crazy year! I'm not sure what I was thinking when I started making so many life changes. 

At the end of 2014 I purchased a home. I also decided to make the shift from exclusively working with publishing houses to being a hybrid author. I rele…

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Indie Publishing - Proofing My First Paperback

Front & Back Cover

I'm proofing my book! Digitally for now. I have an actual paperback coming in the mail. I'm going to have to push back publication of the print version, but I'd rather do that than risk selling a book that doesn't look the best it can possibly look.

I…

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Indie Publishing - Adventures with CreateSpace!


I just finished formatting my first indie paperback. Whew! Feels like I had a workout. It's so nice to wait for the box of books to come in the mail from the publisher! LOL!

A few things that I had to consider that I hadn't thought of before:

1. Book Size - You'll notice the ebook is about 314 pa…

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Luna Bay - paranormal erotic romance

During the day I work as a Business Analyst. Last week we had our birthday lunch for the month. I'm new to the team so many don't know I write fiction. One of my co-workers asked what I write, I said paranormal mysteries and paranormal romance. At paranormal romance, she burst out laughing. She'd ne…

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Paranormal Mystery/Urban Fantasy Writers I Adore!

Get a glass of wine, put on Kim Waters, and get ready for some good reads!
I'm a huge fan of paranormal mysteries/urban fantasies, so I thought I'd share a few of my favorite authors here for anyone who is looking for a great, paranormal read.

Kim Harrison - http://www.kimharrison.net/
She writes …

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Why Indie Publishing?

Paranormal Mystery

 

A question I get asked a lot is, why I choose to indie publish despite having written for traditional publishers.

There's nothing wrong with traditional publishing. In fact, there are many awesome perks.

  • Publisher pays for cov…

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It's Out!!!

It's here! Zoe Matthews, the Undead Ghost, and the Demon is here! I'm so excited.

This book is close to my heart. Well, all of my books are close to my heart, but this one is especially close. It's a mystery, it takes place in my home town, and I was able to incorporate some of my favorite things…

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Horror & Cozy Mysteries: The Common Denominator

marketIf I had to pick 2 of my favorite genres to read & write that would be horror (NOT of the Saw variety) and cozy mysteries.

These are two genres that seem completely different. On the one hand you have some supernatural force strutting it's diabolical stuff all over town and wreaking havoc, on the o…

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New Release from my friend Adriana!!!

It’s All About the Research

Authors of erotic romance often get teased about what kind of research they might delve into for the sake of their books – it’s a tough job, but somebody’s got to do it…**snicker, giggle, knowing wink.**

The research my husband and I engaged in for this spicy …

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Late night scouting

Ward BuildingOne thing about writing, when you're writing a fantasy in a word entirely of your creation, places in the book look exactly how you want them to look. No questions asked because you've created that world and everything in it. But when you're writing in another genre and using a location that exists,…

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