Monday, January 19, 2015

Reviews

I was going to finish watching the New England vs. Indianapolis game. However, it pretty much was over from the beginning. Anyway, welcome. It's been very spring like weather here. I still have heater's around, just in case. Fill your plate and grab a beverage, then a seat and we'll get started.

I want to talk reviews. I sell books, not as many as I'd like, but some. Way more than reviews I receive. So then I wonder, do my books suck? But the few reviews I've received are, on the majority, good. I've always heard not to have your friends or family give reviews because... I can't remember the exact reason why that's not good. But still some of my friends and family have given me a good review. But most of my reviews are from people I do not know.

Lately, I've noticed a few authors on various social media doing giveaways for reviews. If you give them a review you are placed in a drawing for a basket, or whatever. Is this the way to go? I want an honest review, and granted you hope people give you an honest review even if they do want to win the basket. BUT how do you really know if it is?

I figure if my books sucked, the reviews would all be bad. But they're not. How do you get your readers to give a review?

I've had GoodReads Giveaway's and out of the ten or so books given away only two people, that I'm aware of, have given me a review. Not great reviews, though not terrible ones. I don't know what to do. I've done contests, in hopes people will win my book and give me a review, but to no avail. Is a giveaway the only way to get a review? If it is, I'll try it, but I can't give something away every month in order to get one or two reviews.

But then after saying all that. I want people to give me a review because they liked/loved my book and want to give me one. What do you do? Anything special?

Monday, January 12, 2015

What's out there?





Good morning or afternoon as the case may be. Today, I'm checking out what is out there. In other words, it's NOT about me. What a refreshing thought, right? Anyway, most of you know the drill. Fill you're plates with healthy goodies (yeah, that time of the diet year) and with refreshing beverages. I have some Skinny Girl wine for those of us who CAN'T go without our wine.

Are you an Indie Author? If so, I have the best cover artist out there. No, I'm not kidding you! Check out her web site. Or just look to your right. Most of my covers are designed by Sheri McGathy, and the cover posted to the left, my cover, she designed. She's easy to work with and her rates are very reasonable. She also has pre-made covers that may work for you. They're a little less than ones she designs from scratch.
http://thefinalpolish.weebly.com/
www.thefinalpolish.net/

Do you need an editor? Well guess what, I have the best editor out there. Nope, I know you think having the best cover artist and editor just doesn't happen. Well it did. And I'm so lucky to have found both! Junie, my editor, is very easy to work with and her rates are unbelievable. Her site is The Final Polish. She doesn't accept rough drafts. It is literally the final round. She isn't a critique partner, or beta reader. She edits grammar and punctuation. So when your manuscript has been the rounds with your crit partners for story and plot holes, sagging middles and all that and you're ready to send to Amazon or an agent you send it to Junie, she'll give it The Final Polish. Check her web site for more information. It may make the difference between a yes or a no with an agent. Or a good or bad review.
http://judybaker.coffeecup.com/Books.html
So you're not a writer. You're a reader. I have something for you. Judy Baker/Anna Sugg. She writes romance, romantic suspense, and historical westerns. And you'll love her stories. You can find her information on her web site. And you're in luck, she has a January Giveaway. Don't miss out, check it out now.

I hope I've given you a bit of help today. I know that they all help me. Sheri, Junie, and Judy. Covers, edits, and relaxing!

Monday, January 05, 2015

Resolutions

Happy New Year! Fill your plates and pour yourself a drink. Take a seat and let's discuss...

Do you have resolutions for the new year? Or do you call it something else, like intentions or goals? What is the difference? Let's see:
Resolution: a resolve; a decision or determination: to make a firm resolution to do something.

Goal: the result or achievement toward which effort is directed; aim; end.

Intention: an act or instance of determining mentally upon some action or result.

So, resolution by any other name, pretty much is the same thing. Every year people ponder the things they want to accomplish during the year. They start out with purpose and drive, and how many people actually complete those resolutions, goals, or intentions? Based on myself alone not many, if any.

This year I sat down to make my resolutions and it turned out to be a 'to do' list. Will I complete it? Yes, I'm good at to do lists. I take one task at a time until the list is completed.

When I compile resolutions, they're more complex, like. Promote every month. Make a schedule and stick to it. Come up with a marketing plan. Sell X amount of books. By the end of the year, I will have accomplished... Probably some of it. Anyway you get my drift. The problem with those are; life. Life happens. You can't know that you will have the same conditions next month that you have this month. Life, as you know it, can change in the blink of an eye. So resolutions, goals, and intentions change. Sometimes daily. And compiling those marketing plans, schedules, etc. take time away from my main objective. To Write.

A 'to do' list? That's the beauty, it's there, conditions may change but your list is still there to be checked off one at a time. There is no expiration date. When you are done with the list. You compose the a list of what you need to do next. It can roll from day to day, month to month, year to year. And it takes only a minute to write. It's on your phone and/or computer. Check it off anywhere.

What do you do?

Monday, December 22, 2014

Happy Holiday's

Whatever you celebrate, whether it is Christmas, Hanukkah, or the winter solstice, or even something else, I hope you have a wonderful holiday season. Be careful and stay safe.

I would like to thank all of you for a wonderful year. Thank you for your support of my characters. In their honor I am having a end of year giveaway. My next blog post will be on January 5, 2015, and the winners will be announced. Holy cow, I can't even believe 2015 is here already. Anyway I got off track. Back to my end of year giveaway. I will be giving away something to two lucky people.
The winners will have their choice of one of these fun things that are on the sides of the blog post.

All you have to do is, follow, like, join my circle/circles, subscribe or connect with me on one or more of the following social media:
Follow on Amazon Link.
Like me on Facebook Page, Join my circle/circles Google +, Follow me Twitter, Become my fan on Goodreads, connect on LinkedIn, Follow me on Pinterest, subscribe to my channel on YouTube, and subscribe to my newsletter** (you can sign up on my web site).
On January 4, 2015, I will put everyone's name into a hat, who did the above (you get your name in for each that you do), and then I will draw two names. January 5th the winners will be posted. Good luck!

**Just a little about my newsletter, I only send out my regular newsletter every quarter. Once in awhile I'll send out a quick note, but not often. Every regular newsletter I am giving away a $5 Amazon or B&N GC to one of my subscribers.

As you know, I visited NY and Brooklyn, the stomping grounds of the Beckett's, in November. While there, I had my friend take some clips of their favorite places. I thought I'd share.

I hope you have a wonderful new year!


Monday, December 15, 2014

What is your favorite holiday memory?

I don't know about the weather where you live, but here in Utah it hasn't got the memo that it is December. It's cool but not the usual cold accompanied by two feet of snow. Fill your plate with goodies, and pour a glass of your favorite beverage. Once you're settled in your seat we'll begin.

What is your favorite holiday memory? Doesn't matter what holiday, just that it's your favorite memory.

I'll start. I have lots of great holiday memories from my childhood, from Halloween to Easter. I am not sure which is my favorite. I do remember eating too much cherry pie at my grandmothers home. And believe me, it was a long time before I ate a cherry pie. Even now, years later, if there is a choice between cherry and something else... it's the something else.

I do know that every year it seems the season is here before I'm ready, I'm busier than I ever remember being. And it seems the year passes in the blink of an eye. I'm not sure, is this age? Or is time actually moving faster?

Anyway, I'd love to hear about your memories. Please share with us.

Just a reminder that my Indie books are all 25% off through the end of the month.
I found out--It's probably been like this for awhile sometimes I can be slow--that Amazon let's you follow an author. I'd love to have you follow me. Here's my Amazon Link.

And while I'm at it, I'll tell you the rest of my social media such as it is.
Facebook Page, Google +, Twitter, Goodreads, LinkedIn, Pinterest, and my newsletter (you can sign up on my web site). I only send out my newsletter every quarter. once in awhile I'll send out a quick note, but not often. Every regular newsletter I am giving away a $5 GC to one of my subscribers.

Monday, December 08, 2014

The Beckett Winter Celebration!

Welcome everyone, grab your plate and fill up with goodies. And don't forget your favorite cold or hot beverage. You're in for a treat. The Beckett's are having a celebration! It's on Facebook. There is going to be all kinds of goodies under the tree. The Beckett's have invited all of their favorite authors. Who will show up? And in honor of the celebration Disappear, Innocent, and Quiet will be on sale for $.99 and the Beckett Series bundle on sale for $1.99 through December 13th.


Hope to see all of you there!

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Winter Sale! 25% off

Good day everyone! It's cool in the garden. Grab some goodies and a hot drink and find a seat.

Are all of you ready for the holidays? Many of you may not celebrate the traditional holidays, but in honor of the US winter I am discounting all of my Indie novels 25% for the entire month of December. Take advantage. Books are a great gift.

Madison McCullough is recuperating from a broken heart. Her fiance hadn't really loved her, he had used her as a babysitter for his young son while he wined and dined other women.

Brady O'Neill is a Formula One race car driver recuperating from injuries from a near death accident and a broken heart. Brady's matchmaking sister believes her son to be a chick magnet and encourages Brady to take her son to the grocery store.

When Madison and Brady meet, oranges roll. Thanks to Payton, Brady's nephew. The first eye contact over the fruit table causes the air to sizzle. No matter how much Madison resists the attraction, the two are destined for each other.
Reg. price $2.99.  Now -  25% - $2.24
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Hi, my name is Bella and I'm one of Heidi by Design signature creations. I'm a wedding dress. Someday I'll find a young bride with stars in her eyes and dreams of a future with her groom. I can imagine it now. The groom standing at the altar waiting, his gaze fixed to the door where his bride will appear and then walk toward him. I'll hug her curves and she'll shimmer and shine with the promise of what their life will be.

It all sounds simple and easy, doesn't it?

Wrong...

My journey is more of a zig zag than a top stitch along a straight seam as I search for the perfect bride who is my soul mate.
Reg. price $2.99.  Now -  25% - $2.24
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The early sixties was a time of making love, not war. Kathleen finds love and starts a war with her family.

Four Sisters is a story rich in the relationships of Kathleen Williams' life. Kathleen discovers her sexuality in the sixties. She's different from other girls her age and afraid her sisters, especially her closest sister, Deborah, will never understand.

When Kathleen reveals her love for a woman, her worst fears are realized—she’s banished from her home and family.

Forty odd years later, Kathleen is diagnosed with a terminal illness. Susan, her lifelong partner, encourages her to make peace with her family. Kathleen's journey, now, includes rebuilding her relationship with her sisters and parents, as well as the battle of her life. Her only chance for peace is to find acceptance.
Reg. price $2.99.  Now -  25% - $2.24
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The Beckett Series
After two years undercover as an FBI agent to infiltrate a crime organization and discover the identity of a hit man, Tyler Beckett’s cover is blown. Tyler’s new assignment is to protect the only witness who can identify the mysterious killer. If only he didn’t find her so attractive. Each day it becomes harder to keep his objective, especially since he knows the interest is mutual.

Keira Cavanaugh is the only witness to a hit ordered by a crime boss. The safe house is compromised and the same hit man shoots Tyler. Fearing Tyler is dead, Keira plans revenge on the crime organization. She must fake her own suicide in order to survive.

When Tyler discovers what Keira plans, he realizes he must stop her before he loses her for good.
Reg. price $2.99.  Now -  25% - $2.24
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All Jessica wants is a home and a family. So how did she suddenly find herself falsely accused of a felony and then kidnapped by a hit man?

Jessica Beckett loves her job teaching high school algebra. That is until Coach Brinley makes her life miserable because she actually has the audacity to fail his three staring football jocks. Maybe if they’d done their homework they would have passed. She refuses to be intimidated. He on the other hand refuses to admit defeat and manipulates the boys into accusing her of sex in exchange for passing grades.

Gabriel Despain loves his job as FBI agent. But falling for his partner’s sister has complicated a great partnership. It would be a lot easier to ignore his feelings if Jessica hadn't found herself in trouble. Now he must keep her safe. And if he can't remain objective, they both might get killed.
Reg. price $2.99.  Now -  25% - $2.24
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Christine Beckett’s dream of partnership in a prestigious New York City law firm has finally come to fruition. She has financial security, a loving family, and owns her home, why does she need a man?

Detective Solomon has worked with Tyler Beckett on several cases, he almost feels he is part of the Beckett clan. He considers them his good friends, except for Christine who seems to look down her professional nose at him.

Christine receives a threatening note and her townhouse echoes with mysterious cries in the night. That is when the handsome and irritating detective insists he temporarily move in to protect her. To add insult, it is with her family’s blessing.
Reg. price $2.99.  Now -  25% - $2.24
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The Beckett’s have a strong sense of family and honor.
When one of their own is threatened, their bond is as strong as a badge of steel.
Reg. price $5.99.  Now -  25% - $4.49
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Happy Winter! Enjoy!