Monday, January 26, 2015

Keeping It Real: My Book Signing at Hastings!

Two Saturdays ago, I had my second book signing and event. It was in my hometown at Hastings. For those of you not familiar with Hastings, they are a nation-wide chain that sells books, music, DVDs, etc... I'm trying to stock pile my books for Indie Book Fest that I'll hopefully be attending with K.S. Thomas this summer. I try to order a few a month and rather than let them just sit in my basement, I have them on consignment at Hastings. When I dropped off the books in November, they asked if I wanted to do a signing and I was like, uh... yes! Check it out, here's my poster for Everybody's After Love and my books on display. 

Going into Saturday, I was worried that no one would come. I mean when I did the library event back in November, I didn't sell a single book and barely had anyone stop and talk to me (other than to be polite!). So, needless to say, I wasn't really looking forward to it...

I shocked myself at how professional my table looked! I started the day with the goal to sell three books which was ten percent...Oh and let me tell you how BOTH of the shirts I brought had stuff on them so my sister was frantically trying to spot wash/dry them for me. Thanks, Sha Sha, you're the best!
The signing had barely started and in walked a girl in sunglasses, reading the sign on the door. I laughed at her joke and then realized, "Hey, I know you!" It was my baby cousin, who is almost twenty-one, but the last time I saw her she was in high school! Her parents were with her so it was great to catch up with them. My cousin had curly hair like AR's and whenever someone mentions cutting AR's hair, I always think about my cousin so her dedication had a note about that.
Next walks in a girl I went to high school with and her sister. Surprisingly, they just happened to walk in with no idea I was there or had even wrote a book! It was great to catch up with them. Of course, I didn't think to get a pic until after they left. :( Thank you though, Kayla and sis for your support!

Then my long time friend, and always supporter whether it be moving cross country, running 42 flights of stairs, throwing a baby shower, cake hunting, or spreading the love about my books, Laura came to visit. 
My namesake's mom and sister stopped by to show their support. They're sending one to California for my namesake! She's a doctor, too, so maybe I'll pick her brain for future books.
My Girl Scout buddy, Gabe stopped by! Of course, we spent the majority of time talking about her new, sweet baby.
Mama Laura came by, too! I played soccer with her daughters back in high school. She had read Love is a Fire and commented that she couldn't believe it was me writing that. I always blush but my response is, "Hey, it's no FSOG!"
My childhood best friend's older sister (and likewise my honorary older sister) came by to get a set for both fams. She even bought one for her sweet Mimi since she was the inspiration for the Mimi in Love is a Fire. She reminded me of a prank she pulled on me in middle school, took pics, and posted in the local newspaper on my sixteenth birthday. Keep that in mind, you might be reading in that in a book some day!
And another bestie from back in the day, WAY BACK, stopped by. She's still pissed at me about Nick Garrity, but came to show her support and get some more books.
Overall, I far surpassed my goal of three books, but more than anything, it was great to see familiar faces and while it's been years since I've seen most of them, it's awesome how after all this time, they still support me. A huge thank you to those that came to see me, purchased books, and always have my back. I also have to thank those of you that reminded me of old memories that will more than likely appear in future books.

After the signing, my sister and I went out to dinner with some of her high school friends (she recently joined FB and is kindling old friendships). Dinner was a-ma-zing and to top it off, the day was finished with this little bit of heaven-Baked Alaska! I'd definitely call the day a success in my book!

Fear Me by B.B. Reid

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I don't believe in Fairy-tales and Prince Charming. I believe in fear. He taught me how to be afraid. We first met on a playground during a wonderful summer day. It was the first time he hurt me and it wasn't the last. For ten years he's been my tormentor and I've been his forbidden. But then he went away and yet I was still afraid. Now he's back and wants more than just my tears. You see...he thinks I sent him away so now he wants revenge...and he knows just how to get it. *This book is new adult and contains rough elements such as harsh language, mild violence, and strong sexual content. Readers should be 18+.*

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B.B. Reid was raised in North Carolina and attended North Carolina State University where she graduated with a B.S. in Business Administration. She also has a military service background in the N.C. National Guard. Her goal in life was to one day become lawyers for corporate America, but her dream was to write romances and touch the lives of millions of readers. B.B., also known as Bebe, found her passion for romance when she read her first romance novel by Susan Johnson at a young age and she would sneak into her mother's closet for books and even sometimes the attic. It soon became a hobby and later an addiction that influenced her life in a positive way. As a person who has always wondered about the existence of her talent, B.B. hopes that the launch of her debut novel, Fear Me, will be the beginning start to the pursuit of her happiness as well as her readers.  

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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Ricochet by Jessica Wilde

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Title: Ricochet
Author: Jessica Wilde
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Release Date: February 23, 2015
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Fear.
It's the last thing I remembered.
I was afraid.
Afraid to fight, afraid to run… afraid to breathe.
Then, everything had gone dark. As if life was finally hearing my pleas, my cries to end the torment. To end the fear.
But even in the dark, I still felt it.
I always felt it.
My life had been a ricochet of one event leading to the next. Bouncing back and forth from good to bad. Happiness to despair. Hope to fear.
My name is Arianna West. I'm stronger now. Steady. Alive.
I can find a way to survive on my own. I can see what is coming for me. I can channel my fear into strength.
Except… I didn't see Jack.
And Jack changed everything.
For readers 18+ due to language, violence, and sexual content.
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I live in Morgan Utah with my husband, daughter, and dog, Kolo. I write as often as my active daughter will let me and my husband has the patience of a saint. I find inspiration from dreams, people I meet, and life experiences. When I write, I usually end up drinking one too many cans of Peace Tea, eating three too many Fruit by the Foot fruit snacks, and accidentally kicking my pup and best buddy, Kolo, too many times since he loves to sleep under my desk at my feet. I started writing as a teen, but my fear of the unknown won out every time and I threw everything out. After becoming a mother and deciding to stay at home to raise my beautiful little girl, I tried again when I couldn't stop thinking of ideas. I loved every minute, every hour of sleep lost, and every character that came to life in my mind. It's strange, but my favorite moments are when I have writer's block because I can turn to my husband and find inspiration through him by just doing what we do best together. Talking, laughing, and just being in love. He doesn't like to read, but he never stops encouraging me to keep going. Writing has become an important part of my life and every book has a special place in my heart.
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Monday, January 19, 2015

Keeping It Real: I Traded Workouts for Writing

I remember back before I had my daughter and I had all the time in the world. I mean, yeah, I still had twenty-four hours in a day, but other than work, I really had no time commitments. So I ran half-marathons, went out with the girls ( alot!), took roadtrips to anywhere and everywhere, blogged,  and I still had time to write a blog about the daily musings of our lives (that was my writing outlet back then). It's funny to go back and see what I wrote about then. For instance, I seriously did a blog post about if Sun Chip bags were really biodegradable... and took pictures! Wow, just wow, let that sink in and then I'll move on...

So yeah, I had time, all kinds of time and then I had a kid. Now, I know I don't post too much about her, but my kid is awesome. It's cliche but she's seriously the most amazing thing in the world and she is my world. Nothing is better than picking her up after work and she runs to me, yelling, "Mommy, I missed you! I love you!" Seriously... melt.my.heart!

During the year after she was born, I seriously had no life. If I did something, she was by my side. My girl and me, we're inseparable. She's 2.5 now and I can count on my hand the number of nights we haven't spent together and they were all for work.

Then we went to Outer Banks, NC for family vacation and I decided it was time to buckle down and finally lose the baby weight. And I did and it was awesome and I felt great! It was such a huge difference at the playground with my girl and I felt like I was back on track. I'd lost fifty pounds and had about twenty more to go. I was getting up at 5AM and going to boot camp then running another two miles afterward, go to work, pick up my daughter, play with her and I'd go directly to bed.

Then I found out about this crazy little world called indie authors...and I was sucked in. I read as many as I could, my mind started turning, and I started asking how this whole self-publishing worked and then I started writing... and writing... and writing. I also started teaching so the hours in my day were once again limited. I stay up late writing so getting up at 5AM was no longer feasible. I met writing friends online and then I published a book and met readers. Every free moment of mine is spent online marketing, writing, reading, editing, and the list goes on. And somehow, I gained back all the weight I lost plus ten more pounds. Sigh...

Of course, the class I teach starts up again in a two weeks and my time is going to be even MORE limited. I don't know what to do, but I HAVE to do something. I've started watching what I eat but I need to FORCE myself to do some type of exercise for at least thirty minutes a day.

I traded my workouts for writing. I love to write but I need to be healthy. Over the next few weeks, I'm really going to evaluate my time management skills and figure out what I can do with my hours in the day so that my body is happy and so is my brain.. and my readers!


Monday, January 12, 2015

Keeping It Real: Being in a Boxed Set

In case you missed it, The Right Pitch is in a boxed set called Heroes to Swoon For. This is the first boxed set I've ever been included in. First off, I was honored to just be asked, especially with the talented authors that comprise our set. Second, I had no idea what I was getting into. Honestly, my whole goal of being a part of the boxed set was just to expand my readership, which I totally did (Hi Rebecca A!). I also thought that maybe, just maybe, I'd actually break even on a book.

Once the process started, I sat back and listened to the more experienced authors. It's always hard to get a group to decide on one thing, but for the most part, we all got along and agreed on the majority of the items. We each had a task, mine being partying and takeovers. Apparently, that seems to be my expertise! Once the set released, we just sat back and watched our advertising and hardwork to see what happened.

And...I'm happy to report that after only a month of sales for the set and just eight days of sales of The Right Pitch on its own, I have FINALLY broke even on a book, possibly even made a little profit. Woohoo!!!

Now, let me say that I didn't start writing just for the money nor do I plan to quit my day job for writing. A friend explained it perfectly to me and while I still get discouraged at times because I haven't made back my money, I still try to keep this in mind. Basically, it goes something like this...I like to write. Writing is my hobby. Hobbies cost money. If I were a photographer and needed a new lens, I would spend money. With writing, I spend money on editing, covers, etc...The only difference with my hobby is that I have the potential to earn some money back.

Isn't that a great philosophy? It really is, but like I said, it can be discouraging at times when I see how much I've spent and how little I've made. However, my core group of fans and friends that tell me how much they enjoy reading my stories and love my characters make me forget about the entire money aspect and that's what keeps me writing more, more, more! So thank you for that encouragement and support!

As always, I'm way off topic. So the whole point of this is BOXED SETS! Overall, I would say it was definitely a good investment in my time, money, and more importantly, experience. I still don't have any idea on how certain things work, but I have a clearer understanding on some new ideas. Would I do it again? Absolutely and I am! As of now, I'm going to be in two boxed sets in 2015 so stay tuned!!!

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Protective Hearts by D. S. Williams

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Treasured Moments

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Presented by the Crazy Lady Authors, a collection of the good, the bad, and the ugly side of relationships. Hold on to your seats. Some of our tales will have you doubled over in laughter, bring tears to your eyes, and some will make you thankful for the place you call home.


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A Moment in Time - Kelly Cozzone Alexa Wright is a happily married mother. Her son, Eric, was born in a previous marriage and he struggles with his place in both families. She has vowed to make the best decision for her son. Eric wants to live with his dad. How can she possibly figure out what the right decision is?

 
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Haunted Raine - R.E. Hargrave Lorraine Morrissey let life pass her by. Her wake up call comes when she realizes that her husband is rarely home, and she's filling her days with trivial tasks. A crazy idea to save her marriage leads to a summer vacation unlike any she's ever taken; one that involves buying a haunted house.


Coming Home - Teri Riggs Abby, a young Navy SEAL's wife, must learn to cope after her husband dies in the line of duty. Hoping to learn how her husband spent his final days, she heads to Bethesda to sit with her husband's best friend, a soldier who remains in a coma caused by the same IED blast that killed her husband. But can anything mend Abby's broken heart?

 
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15 W. Gibson - Aubree Lane Knowing Uncle Sam is about to come knocking, Jimmy Franks enlists in the Navy. Leaving Suzy is the hardest thing he's ever had to do. Left alone to deal with their feuding families, Suzy Franks is heartbroken when Jimmy ships out. Her husband's letters of love brings comfort, but 15 W. Gibson is a lonely place without him.


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The Agent - Samantha Jacobey An author of dark tales is looking for someone to represent her. An agent who thinks all writers are the same wants the job. Will one lunch date be enough to convince him that she's different, or will her clouded past continue to overshadow her future?


The Bench - Nikki Lynn Barrett Ten years ago, Neil spent a summer with his grandparents when he couldn't deal with problems at home. That one summer led him to his first love, Amber, until a family crisis pulled him away. Now he's back in town and face to face with the woman he never could forget.  

Summer Song - Linda Lee Williams June Gorman might be imprisoned in a nursing home, but her mind roams free. In her private world, memories and melodies go hand in hand. Every day she embarks on a musical journey through her life, one filled with laughter, love, pain, and tears ... her summer song.

 
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Crazy Love - Jayne Hyatt Will Meg be forced to resort to using the crazy family tradition, which she has spent most of her life avoiding, in order to win the man of her dreams?


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The Treasured Legacy - Holly Barbo Leone uses the last of her strength to share important family history with her only relative: her grandson David. Despite her final wish not to sell the family heirlooms, David and his wife, Anne, look into it because of their desperate need for money. But the pieces have secrets and the young couple finds themselves in unexpected danger.



Ghost Connection: Lost - Jami Brumfield Ghost Connection is a series centered around Cassandra O'Grady and her unwanted ability to see spirits. In episode one, Cassie and her ghostly best friend, Abel, help a girl save her family from a jealous boyfriend.


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Poppy - Cherime MacFarlane A teenage girl learns that the father she adores is not her real father. From her friend's dad, Emma Kay learns her Poppy won her and her mother on the turn of a card. Wrecking her mother's car does not help.


Camael's Gift - Michele E. Gwynn In the heavenly realms, conflict and war are as routine as escorting souls to the other side. For Camael, his routine has just been disrupted as he finds himself drawn to a human woman he encounters while comforting her dying child.


Life Storms - Terri Hubbard Carle Throughout life, you face many types of storms. Learning to trust, believe, have faith and stand strong, will help Carley and her family, as well as Carley and Chad grow closer and stronger.


The Tree House - J.B. Yarbrough The day her brother is born, Izzy hears the words Down Syndrome for the first time. Frightened, she runs to the safety of her tree house.


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On January 16 and 17, 2015, all 14 authors will be gathering at one huge Facebook Release Party. Questions answered, teasers of their upcoming books, visits from special guests and huge prizes available to be won.
Come join the party...it's a BYOBB (Bring Your Own Book Boyfriend), but I'm sure these authors will have some available too.
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