Diving In

This week I self published my first book. This  was not something I took lightly and took me years to come to this. I finally came to a point I either needed to dive in or swim away. Even after my book was edited and the cover was made, I sat on this project for a few months.

I’ve tried going the traditional route to get published, and I still will. I have enough rejections to fill my bedroom to the ceiling. Don’t get me wrong, rejection sucks but it’s part of the process. I have gotten some feedback on my rejections which is helpful. It’s better than getting no response at all. Taking criticism is part of becoming a better writer.

I went into this journey as a learning one, and I hope to grow from it. Self publishing is not easy. There are very few that become an overnight success, and I’ve gone into this knowing I will get nothing back in return. I’ve had fun and am viewing it as working towards a goal.

It is nice to have a finished work under my belt. I have a few other projects I’m working on and hope to submit to some publishers soon. Is anyone else going through the same process? Tell me your experience with self publishing or going the traditional route.

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It’s Here!

After a lot of hard work it’s finally here! My debut novel, Never Settle is a standalone, contemporary romance set in New Orleans!

Below is a short blurb.

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Karina Capello gets the proposal of the year including a fancy dinner by the beach and a diamond fit for a celebrity. Except she turns it down and dumps her boyfriend on the spot. She knows deep down he isn’t the one and can’t settle for him. Is she really crazy for saying no to the perfect guy?
Karina then visits New Orleans for her first work project but is warned not to mix business with pleasure. She throws caution to the wind, when she meets the sexy hotel bartender, Travis Gavin. Travis is the dark haired, sapphire-eyed wonder who happens to be the hotel owner’s son and knows how to make Karina have a good time.
What started as a fling, turns into something more for Karina and Travis. But will they be able to get past the distance and make it work? After all, Karina can’t give up her career for just some guy.

It’s available on Amazon and Kindle Unlimited.

Note: This is not a sweet romance. It has explicit sex scenes and some profanity. 

My Favorite Books as a Kid

I just did a Books I’m Reading post, but thought I’d do a little throwback and talk about books I loved as a kid. This took me back to memory lane a bit, but here are a few. Tell me your favorite books when you were younger.

Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark by Alvin Schwartz

Gosh. These books scared the hell out of me. I remember my older brother reading them and I’d get nightmares. I’d read these again if I could get my hand on a copy. One short story I remember in particular was Bloody Fingers and from then on, I was terrified of the closet.

The Beatrix Potter Collection: Tale of Peter Rabbit

I checked Amazon but it appears the DVD’s are only available. I’m sure the book series is out there somewhere. I hope so, because I read these constantly as a child. The illustrations were also well done.

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The Goosebumps series by R.L. Stine

I think every kid in my age group was crazy about this book series. The TV show wasn’t too bad back then either. Then again it was the 90’s.

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I’m probably missing a few, but these are the ones that stood out to me.

 

Books I’m Reading #5

Another round of Books I’m Reading! Haven’t done one since January. Lately I’ve been on a romance kick, but still enjoy a horror story now and then. With fall around the corner I will probably read more horror/thriller.  These are just a few that stood out to me. Let me know if you’ve read any of these and what you’re reading.

Tarryn Fisher is an author I’ve recently discovered. So far I love her books and writing style. The characters draw me in, and when I pick up a Fisher novel I can’t put it down. I’ve read Atheists Who Kneel and Pray and F*ck Love. Both I recommend.

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The Unrequited by Saffron A. Kent. This book is different; the main character has a lot of issues and the sex scenes are pretty explicit, not saying it’s a bad thing. This one also sucked me in until the end.

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I read this series out of order without realizing it. Robert Dugoni, The Trapped Girl. This book drew me in because it takes place in Washington state. I do enjoy crime/mystery novels. This book shows the view of the victim and the detective solving the case. There are a lot of twists and character development.

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Karina Halle, one of my favorite authors…the first book in her new North Ridge series Wild Card. I’d been waiting on this book for months. Great story, memorable characters and I can’t wait to meet the rest of the Nelson brothers. This book made me want to drink whiskey and live on a farm. Even if you’re not into Western’s you should give this book a shot. I wouldn’t consider it a Western.

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I always post what I’ve read on Goodreads and it’s on the right side of my blog.

 

Books I’m Reading #4

It’s been a few months since I’ve done one of these, so here it goes! They are different genres because I don’t like sticking to just one. These are all books I recommend and enjoyed.

Harry Potter I know, I haven’t read the Harry Potter series. I never got into it but have recently read the third book. After reading each book I watch the movie. I’m way behind the times.

Sinister Entity by Hunter Shea– One of my favorite authors! I always enjoy his work and can’t wait to read the next one in the series.

Goliath: A Kaiju Thriller by Russ Watts- I love a good monster story. This one didn’t disappoint.

The Wheel Mages by Aimee Davis– I follow Aimee’s blog, this was her debut novel and she is a very gifted writer. If you enjoy fantasy you should check out her book.

Let me know what books your reading and recommend!

On Writing Horror from HWA

My writing craft needs a lot of work and there is a new book I can’t wait to dive into. I recently ordered On Writing Horror: A Handbook by The Horror Writers Association.

I am not a member of the HWA but hope to be one day. You don’t need to be a member to pick this book up. I ordered a used copy on Amazon for under five bucks and that included shipping.

I have skimmed the topics but so far they range from Developing Horror Concepts, Crafting your Novel and even Marketing. I will probably read a couple of sections each day and hope to gain something new from it.

Has anyone else read this book? What other writing books do you recommend?

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Book I Love: Loch Ness Revenge by Hunter Shea

I love a good monster story and the new novella by Hunter Shea, Loch Ness Revenge had me hooked from the beginning.

I don’t want to give away spoilers, but the main character Natalie McQueen had me rooting for her the entire time. She’s witty and quick on her feet. I also thought her inner monologue was quite funny.

If you’re in search for a fun, monster read I’d check this one out. I’m a big fan of Shea’s work.

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I will be doing more book reviews and the genres will vary. Let me know what books you’re reading and recommend!