Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Another freebie

There's a New Sheriff in Town goes up for sale today!  I'm very excited to see how readers take to this new story.  To help introduce the characters, I'm doing another free promotion.  Starting Wednesday, February 1 and lasting through midnight (Pacific time) on Friday, February 3, the book will be free for Kindle owners!  This has been a successful vehicle to get my books and name out there, so I'm anxious to see how it works for the new book. 

Enjoy, and as always, feel free to comment!   http://amzn.to/yIpYZA

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Staying focused

It has been a whirlwind these last two months.  Since signing up for KDP Select and being allowed to offer free promotions on my books, I've seen my book sales and rating SKY ROCKET!  It's amazing and I am continuously humbled by it all.  I'm so happy to know that other people enjoy my books.  Amazing...
But with all the excitement of watching (and tracking--like a bloodhound) my book sales, I've been unable to stay focused on the book I'm currently writing.  I thought I had it all planned out, but as reviews are coming in of my already published works, I'm starting to change this story a little bit.  Of course, all of that is happening in my head because I just can't seem to get anything out when I sit down to type.  Before all this started, I'd say I was about 2/3 done with the book.  I'm still at that point and seem to be making NO progress towards finishing the other 1/3.  To make matter worse, another set of characters have popped up and won't stop invading my head with their story!  It's quite frustrating, like trying to carry on a serious conversation with someone while another person shouts into your ear about something completely off-topic.  It's not pleasant.
On top of all that, I've got my real job to worry about. 
So, here I am.  Blogging about my frustration instead of working on the story.  I have a long weekend coming up, and if I set my mind to it, I think I can bang out a few more chapters.  I just hope the others will keep quiet long enough for me to do it!

Sunday, January 8, 2012

To read or not to read, that is the question...

The Hunger Games

The name has been floating around out there in my world for about a year or so.  I've heard lots of people talking about it and I've seen lots of tweets about it.  I've even watched a few commercials for the new movie.  So, why am I so hesitant to read it?
I read the Twilight books.  I'm not ashamed to say that I read them and enjoyed them.  I liked them for the same reason that so many people hated them; because they were cheesy, mindless, hopelessly romantic and unrealistic!  Just because I'm an adult doesn't mean that I want to learn some big lesson or gain some huge insight into the world every time I pick up a book.  Sometimes, I just want to escape.  Okay, most of the time I just want to escape.  I don't want to read a book about someone who lives a boring and mundane life like me.  I want to read about someone who meets a vampire and falls in love with him, because that's not real!
So, I have no real argument against reading The Hunger Games.  Everyone I know that has read it, loved it.  I say that it doesn't interest me, but I don't know...maybe it does.  I just recently finished reading Ender's Game, something that I would not normally have read or liked, but despite that, I enjoyed it.  Why not pick up The Hunger Games? 
Am I afraid of being one of those people who only reads the book because it's popular?  What's so bad about that? 
Am I afraid of being sucked into another story that is really meant for tweens?  Twilight got a little out of hand, don't you think...yeah, I'm talking to you Team-Edward-shirt-sporting-soccer-moms! 
What is it that holds me back from reading the books?  I don't know! 
If you've read the books, and you are a sensible and intelligent adult woman, tell me what you think?  Should I read them? 

Sunday, January 1, 2012

A Week at the Beach

It's almost time for my newest release.  I'm so excited I can barely contain myself!  Because I'm so excited for you to read this new book, I'm going to let you preview the first few chapters!  Here's to piquing your interest...

SORRY!  You missed your chance!  I guess you'll just have to wait for the book to become available!