Sunday Snippet and a Sale!

Here is what I know:

  1. Without marketing (blogging, tweeting, talking to folks on Goodreads, posting giveaways. etc.), book sales will grind…to…a…halt. On the other hand, the payoff for steady communication is steady sales. So, with that in mind, I will be going back to blogging daily and Tweeting regularly. For your Sunday Snippet, an oldie but goodie!  Screen Shot 2015-06-24 at 9.16.22 PM
  2. The first draft of Book 2 is 1000 times harder than Book 1. Not because the ideas aren’t there, but because now I have real, honest-to-goodness readers to disappoint if the story is not as good (or better) than Book 1. Pressure much?
  3. And last….Kindle Countdown deals ROCK. At .99 cents, Blood Toy sold so well, I seriously considered making it permanently .99 cents despite lower royalties. While I ultimately decided against it, I am temporarily changing pricing to $2.99 to capture those new readers that look for books under $3. Updated pricing will be live soon! Grab yours while it’s on sale!
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Distractions

I know I have not blogged in ages (OK, 17 days). I didn’t just bail on you, I promise, but I did get distracted.  If you will recall, two of my last three blogs, were about the books on Blood Toy’s “Also Bought” list. So, for my first excuse:  I have not been blogging because I have been reading as many books on that list as I can get my hands on through Kindle Unlimited.

I reviewed Dark Moon Rising (Stella Brock Book 1) about a week ago. WOW, I loved this book. 5/5 Stars. The only thing that gave away this book was self-published was the few (and I do mean few) typos that a few more proof-reads would have caught. That said, I didn’t take off any stars for it, because this is just about the best self-published novel I have read in maybe…ever. Character development was solid. Characters were likable or detestable as needed. The story was just pleasantly dark. The sexual tension was high. The protagonist was bad*ss and the men in her life diverse enough it was hard to pick a favorite. This is as good as anything I have read recently published by the big 5!

I immediately tried to find Book 2 and was disappointed to see it was not out yet…but thought, hey no problem, I can wait for it. Then I saw that Book 1 had been published 19 months ago, and the author has not yet announced a release date for Book 2. I immediately searched her Amazon author page for answers and saw I was not the only reader hooked and hoping for a sequel. I sincerely hope to see more from this indie author eventually.

Speaking of eventually, while I have slacked on my blog over the past few weeks, Blood Toy Book 2 is moving right along! The first draft–which, for me, is the most difficult one–is halfway to completion. My goal is to publish Kindred Shadows Fall 2015 or by December 21st! I am not setting a release date yet, because I will release sooner if I can.

Aside from reading and writing, I am also doing some editing for a friend on her debut novel, Memories and Lies, also releasing this year! If you haven’t already, check out her page.

And last but not least, Blood Toy made it to the Top 100 Bestseller Lists for Dark Fantasy Horror in the UK! Check it out:)

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Kindle Countdown on Amazon.co.uk ends in 8 hours.

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The “Also Bought” list for Blood Toy is growing!  While kick*ss female protagonists, fae and underworldly characters still abound, I spotted a few vamps and werewolves in this latest bunch, along with one kick*ss male protagonist.  Also to my delight, there a few best-sellers on the list as well. So check these titles out if you enjoyed Blood Toy. 

If you are a fan of any of these series/authors, check out Blood Toy on Amazon.  Kindle Unlimited subscribers read for free.

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And In The Meantime…In The Real World!

Ever notice how protagonists in books and movies rarely perform mundane tasks like peeing or mowing the grass?  We authors ruthlessly cut any word, action or scene that does not move the plot forward or contribute to character growth, and, except in The Lawnmower Man, certain types of porn and fringe fiction, peeing and mowing the grass rarely serve these functions.  By extension, I don’t know about you, but I also never imagine my favorite authors performing common tasks or tackling conflicts related to the everyday world.

So tonight I bring you an account of one mundane crises and encounter with a real-life villain in this author’s life.

Yesterday our two very spoiled, very INDOOR dogs decided to investigate a noise in the woods behind our house and, after ignoring much hissing and stomping from the interloper and every damn “come” command they’d ever learned (including the freaking emergency whistle) from me, ended up with faces and mouths full of skunk spray.  Two and a half hours later we finally managed to neutralize the odor with a solution of one quart hydrogen peroxide, one quarter cup baking soda and one tablespoon dish soap.  This after six thorough baths with dish soap alone and one desperate soaking with tomato juice failed.

Tonight our daughter, who will only shower if the dog is on guard in the bathroom with her, had to lure her normally eager Springer Spaniel into the room with hot dogs after she gave the “bath” command and the dog returned a look that said clearly, “Um, ha-ell no.”

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