Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Top of Utah Book Signing July 13

Book signing! Book signing! Book signing!

Ok, so there's one hitch--my paperback cover still isn't finished, so I may not have books on hand to sigh...but I will be with famous authors Wendy Knight, Shantal Hiatt, and Mercedes M. Yardley at the Eccles Community Art Center on July 13 from 3:30-5:30. We'll be signing books, handing out swag, maybe having a giveaway or two. Who know what shenanigans we might get up to? It's 4 women on caffeine and possibly sugar. Anything is possible.

I created an invitation on Goodreads. Everyone is invited, and word on the street is Wendy Knight might bring cupcakes (but I'll probably eat yours before you get there...). You should come!

Check out the other authors and come have a great time!

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Get Born in Vengeance Free this Friday!

A member of my critique group is offering the first book in her Dacian Legends series, Born in Vengeance, free this Friday. You want to snatch this one up, friends. She does historic romance like no other.
Ok, this image is a copy from Amazon so you can't actually look inside...but check out this book! Seriously!
 It's good stuff!

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Time to get Freaked

Now that Psyched is out there and not commanding so much of my time, it's time to get a little freaky.

Not that kind of freaky.

Gutter brain...

The next book, a continuation of Aisi's story, is Freaked. Aisi is trying to move on with her life, trying to figure out how to fix what she couldn't quite fix at the end of Psyched, dealing with a mom who can't really deal with her now that she knows the truth of who her daughter is, and Leo? He's totally out of control, in the funniest way possible. So, yeah, there is no normal for Aisi. Not anytime soon. Her life is going to get jerked out of control yet again when a timid but powerful cousin enters the picture. If that's not enough, the bad guy returns, thirsty for revenge and desperate to save his own soul.

Monday, June 10, 2013

Final Stop on the Psyched blog tour! Whew!

It's not so easy to put into words, sometimes, how it feels to publish your own work. When you go through a regular publisher, you already have some validation that your work is good. You were accepted. Indie writers don't really have that luxury, because we put our souls into something and then just toss it out there and hope someone else loves it too.

And then you publish it. Everyone can see it, and you work your backside off to get it out there, work to connect with the people you wrote it for (other than yourself, of course). I admit there were moments of paralyzing fear, when I was pretty sure only my mom would read it (and she wouldn't even enjoy it, probably, because she's partial to a good old-fashioned bodice ripper).

Getting positive reviews and encouragement from people like best-selling author Sherry Gammon have made this journey a little less scary. Sherry is the grand dame of networking for indie writers. She's sold many thousands of books, started her own indie publishing company with fellow author Cindy C. Bennett, and her first book ever is currently being made into a movie. She's that awesome. And she's been a great friend and mentor through the process. Please check out her review of Psyched, and then get your own copy!

Stop # 5

Best-selling authors fill my critique group. We swap stories, offer suggestions, give each other the occasional smackdown, but I get more from my writers' group than I ever did from my editor when I was with a traditional publishing house. It's great because they are interested in helping me make my story better without having the added burden of worrying what will sell.  So I'm a little intimidated by them all because these women move books. Their work SELLS. So when best-selling romance writer Camelia Miron Skiba gives you a review like this, it's nice.  There may or may not be happy dancing involved.

Saturday, June 8, 2013

Another stop on the blog tour: Clean Indie Reads

Special thanks to blogger Lia London and Clean Indie Reads for highlighting Psyched this weekend! I follow them on twitter and use their hashtag #CR4U. It's a way to find great books I don't have to worry about my kids seeing and then getting scarred for life, and then me having to go through therapy too because I had to explain what they just saw and, more to the point, why I had it...and writers like me are there and use #CR4U, too. This makes me happy dance.

Thanks again!

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Blog Stop 3: Author Cindy C. Bennett

When it comes to writing, author Cindy C. Bennett is the real deal. She's what newbs like me aspire to be--several books published and with a loyal following, in addition to being incredibly talented. Check out her blog here and go see what she has to say about Psyched and my girl Aisi.

Thanks, Cindy!

Monday, June 3, 2013

Psyched Blog Tour Stop 2: Misty Moncur

I met Misty Moncur online through some mutual writer friends. When she volunteered to host me and Psyched for my blog tour, I started happy dancing. Then I checked out her blog, saw her bibliography, and was shocked at how much she's written. This girl is legit.

Thanks, Misty, for letting me hijack your blog! I'm honored (and a little intimidated) to be in the presence of greatness.You can find her post about Psyched right here. Click me!

Blog Tour for Psyched: Stop 1

The lovely and talented Shantal Hiatt put up a great post for me, plugging Psyched. Full disclosure: she is my sister.  Still, take a moment to soak up the awesomeness of having two kids in one family be published authors. You should definitely check out her book Agency. She crafted an excellent contemporary romance based on her real-life experiences as one of Salt Lake's top models back in the 80's.

Saturday, June 1, 2013

Hey, fellow authors: check it out!

Check in to the Blogger Book Fair, and book your trip to far away places!

July 22-26, 2013

Authors and Book Bloggers, Sign ups for the July 2013 Blogger Book Fair will close on June 15 at midnight central time, so get your registrations in to participate!

As of 5/31/2013, we have:

Authors: 89 Books: 233 Bloggers: 14 If you haven't yet registered, you can find all of the information on the Blogger Book Fair page.
  1. Check out the Code of Conduct
  2. Fill out either the Author Sign Up form or the Blogger Sign Up form (Deadline June 15)
  3. Kayla will match everyone with hosts and send out this information to you after sign-ups close
  4. Check out the events--all authors are eligible to participate in the events, and if you have an event you'd like to host, just fill out the simple Event Sign Up Form--all of this information can be found on the Events! page (Deadline July 8).
  5. If you're interested in hosting a giveaway to drive traffic to your site, sign up via the Giveaway Sign Up form (Deadline July 15).
  6. And if your book will be FREE or $0.99 for the duration of the Fair, you can sign up on the Free and $.99 Book Sign Up Forms (Deadline July 15).

Events:

as of 5/31/2013

Art Fiction Gala hosted by Lucie Smoker

Does your fiction promote the visual arts--through featuring an artist, painting, sculpture, performance art, etc? Then, consider entering Lucie's Art Fiction Gala. The Art Fiction Gala is a virtual celebration of fiction that highlights the visual arts. Dress up in your finest, pick up some friends--a bottle of wine--and sample mind-blowing fiction that crosses the line between literary and visual art. Plus a gallery of art featuring reading. More information & entry instructions

Three Wishes hosted by Kirstin Pulioff

Introduce your characters to the world. Kirstin Pulioff invites you to ask your main character, "If you found a magic genie lamp, what would be your three choices?" More information & entry instructions

Flash Fiction Challenge II hosted by Thomas Winship

Get ready to exercise your flash fiction muscles. For the Flash Fiction Challenge II, Thomas Winship will provide an opening line. From there, entrants will craft a flash fiction piece of approx 500 words. Entries will be displayed on Thomas' blog Vaempires during the BBF, spread out evenly across the five days, in order of receipt. More information & entry instructions
Snapshot Synopsis Contest hosted by Fel at The Peasants Revolt
Challenge: chisel your synopsis down to 50 words or less. Voting will be open throughout the fair for visitors to vote on their favorite Snapshot Synopsis. More information & entry instructions

Reader's Choice Awards hosted by Sherri at Shut Up & Read

All books registered for the Blogger Book Fair are automatically entered into the running for the Reader's Choice Awards. Voting will be open from July 22 to July 25. More information

Indie Soap Box Files hosted by Shah Wharton

Take a turn on the Soap Box. Shah invites speculative fiction writers to write a guest post about being an indie (or hybrid) writer. More information & entry instructions Restrictions: Speculative fiction writers only

Monster Menagerie hosted by Noree at Trip the Eclipse

What's your favorite monster or supernatural creature? Feature your creature in a flash fiction piece (500-800) words to be featured on Trip the Eclipse. Visitors will vote on their favorite piece. More information & entry instructions
Ways to Help:
Blogger Book FairDonate to the Blogger Book Fair via the BBF Donation Fund. To help get the word out about BBF, we would like to place ads on Facebook, Goodreads and other places, but to do, so we need a little help. We'd also like to have some BBF sponsored giveaways, so money donated would also go toward prizes. NO MONEY WILL BE KEPT BY ANY ORGANIZER OR PARTICIPANT. Spread the word! Share the Fair on your social media accounts and show off the Blogger Book Fair logo in your blog's sidebar.

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