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 First Cover Reveal!

The title of this post is correct! I am revealing the cover for my debut novel, Never Settle. This is a contemporary romance set in New Orleans.  Sarah Hansen with Okay Creations accomplished the look I wanted and I couldn’t be happier.

I will release a blurb, sneak peeks and the release date soon.

Let me know what you think!

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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.

 

WIP Update

A lot’s been happening in my writing life which makes me nervous but excited all at once. My manuscript has been sent to an editor for her to copy edit. I’m not expecting to get my novel back until the end of September. I understand that won’t be the end of the editing process. I’m sure changes will follow and then a final proofread.

On a fun note, I hired a cover artist whose work I’m in love with and can’t wait to see what the outcome is. I’m not artistic whatsoever, drawing a stick figure is the extent of my artistic ability.  Trying to picture what kind of cover I want is difficult but I have an idea in mind. I’m hoping once it’s done it’ll give me some extra motivation!

There’s so much to self publishing it’s overwhelming, but I’m trying to take it one step at a time. I hear formatting the paperback is a pain and there’s no way around it.

I don’t have a specific date when my book will be available. With this being my debut novel, I need to make sure it’s the best it can be. This consists of a lot of time, effort and money. Self publishing isn’t cheap but I hope it’ll be worth it. Holding my own book in my hands is the end goal and I want to be proud of it.

For now I’m going to celebrate the small victories and see how far I’ve come. A glass of wine is in my future.

If anyone has tips or advice feel free to share!

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Reading Bad Reviews

This post doesn’t relate to bad reviews based off anything I’ve written, I don’t have anything published yet. This is about reviews from other readers that I’ve found on Goodreads or Amazon.

Sometimes if there is a book I’m interested in, I’ll look at the overall rating but typically don’t read reviews. I’d rather see something for myself and make my own judgement. I also don’t want spoilers. I’ve read several books that had a poor rating but I enjoyed it.

Most people talk about what they hate and sometimes dwell on that only. We often forget to write about something because we enjoyed it. I’ve read book reviews because the reader didn’t agree with who the main character chose for a love interest in the end. Another reader left a poor review because they didn’t agree with actions a character did because it wasn’t realistic. It’s fiction! It’s not supposed to be realistic! That’s a joy of being a writer, it’s your ball court and anything can happen.

I rate a book on the overall story, even if I don’t like the ending. Here are a few items I consider.

  • Did the book entertain me?
  • Could I not put the book down?
  • Did I enjoy the characters?
  • Did the story compel me?

Let me know your thoughts in the comments and your experiences.

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