Monday, January 26, 2015

Watching Jenny has a new look!

Welcome everyone! Quick, fill your plate with treats and pour your favorite beverage. Find a seat and let's begin. I'm excited to reveal Watching Jenny's new look.

Watching Jenny began as Peek A Boo, I See You! My first publisher cut it to just Peek A Boo and gave it the most ugly cover I'd ever seen. Then when I received my rights back the next publisher changed the name to Watching Jenny. At least the cover was a bit better. But now I've received my rights back again and the best cover ever! Of course, my cover artist is easy to work with and very talented. Sheri McGathy.

Without further ado... Here is the new look of Watching Jenny.

Known as Blade with wild pink hair, tattoos and piercings, Jenny McGregor works to keep her life private. But her self-constructed barriers are breached after she receives flowers and threatening notes signed by ‘Runner’.

Desperate to stop the threat before she goes on tour, Jenny hires hunky Detective Dan Janson for protection. Unable to catch the stalker before the tour bus leaves, Dan is forced to stifle his attraction to Jenny. They’re carried along on a dangerous game of cat and mouse from San Diego to Memphis the city of Elvis and the blues. Each day the two draw closer together. When ‘Runner’ lures Jenny away from the tour, Dan’s forced to acknowledge he’s fallen in love with the feisty singer.

Hot on Jenny’s trail, Dan soon learns ‘Runner’ is not one of the usual suspects.

To this day, this story is one of my favorites. I wrote it listening to Alanis Morissette and Gwen Stefani. You can check my web site for buy links or go to Amazon.

Monday, January 19, 2015

Reviews

I was going to finish watching the New England vs. Indianapolis game. However, it pretty much was over from the beginning. Anyway, welcome. It's been very spring like weather here. I still have heater's around, just in case. Fill your plate and grab a beverage, then a seat and we'll get started.

I want to talk reviews. I sell books, not as many as I'd like, but some. Way more than reviews I receive. So then I wonder, do my books suck? But the few reviews I've received are, on the majority, good. I've always heard not to have your friends or family give reviews because... I can't remember the exact reason why that's not good. But still some of my friends and family have given me a good review. But most of my reviews are from people I do not know.

Lately, I've noticed a few authors on various social media doing giveaways for reviews. If you give them a review you are placed in a drawing for a basket, or whatever. Is this the way to go? I want an honest review, and granted you hope people give you an honest review even if they do want to win the basket. BUT how do you really know if it is?

I figure if my books sucked, the reviews would all be bad. But they're not. How do you get your readers to give a review?

I've had GoodReads Giveaway's and out of the ten or so books given away only two people, that I'm aware of, have given me a review. Not great reviews, though not terrible ones. I don't know what to do. I've done contests, in hopes people will win my book and give me a review, but to no avail. Is a giveaway the only way to get a review? If it is, I'll try it, but I can't give something away every month in order to get one or two reviews.

But then after saying all that. I want people to give me a review because they liked/loved my book and want to give me one. What do you do? Anything special?

Monday, January 12, 2015

What's out there?





Good morning or afternoon as the case may be. Today, I'm checking out what is out there. In other words, it's NOT about me. What a refreshing thought, right? Anyway, most of you know the drill. Fill you're plates with healthy goodies (yeah, that time of the diet year) and with refreshing beverages. I have some Skinny Girl wine for those of us who CAN'T go without our wine.

Are you an Indie Author? If so, I have the best cover artist out there. No, I'm not kidding you! Check out her web site. Or just look to your right. Most of my covers are designed by Sheri McGathy, and the cover posted to the left, my cover, she designed. She's easy to work with and her rates are very reasonable. She also has pre-made covers that may work for you. They're a little less than ones she designs from scratch.
http://thefinalpolish.weebly.com/
www.thefinalpolish.net/

Do you need an editor? Well guess what, I have the best editor out there. Nope, I know you think having the best cover artist and editor just doesn't happen. Well it did. And I'm so lucky to have found both! Junie, my editor, is very easy to work with and her rates are unbelievable. Her site is The Final Polish. She doesn't accept rough drafts. It is literally the final round. She isn't a critique partner, or beta reader. She edits grammar and punctuation. So when your manuscript has been the rounds with your crit partners for story and plot holes, sagging middles and all that and you're ready to send to Amazon or an agent you send it to Junie, she'll give it The Final Polish. Check her web site for more information. It may make the difference between a yes or a no with an agent. Or a good or bad review.
http://judybaker.coffeecup.com/Books.html
So you're not a writer. You're a reader. I have something for you. Judy Baker/Anna Sugg. She writes romance, romantic suspense, and historical westerns. And you'll love her stories. You can find her information on her web site. And you're in luck, she has a January Giveaway. Don't miss out, check it out now.

I hope I've given you a bit of help today. I know that they all help me. Sheri, Junie, and Judy. Covers, edits, and relaxing!

Monday, January 05, 2015

Resolutions

Happy New Year! Fill your plates and pour yourself a drink. Take a seat and let's discuss...

Do you have resolutions for the new year? Or do you call it something else, like intentions or goals? What is the difference? Let's see:
Resolution: a resolve; a decision or determination: to make a firm resolution to do something.

Goal: the result or achievement toward which effort is directed; aim; end.

Intention: an act or instance of determining mentally upon some action or result.

So, resolution by any other name, pretty much is the same thing. Every year people ponder the things they want to accomplish during the year. They start out with purpose and drive, and how many people actually complete those resolutions, goals, or intentions? Based on myself alone not many, if any.

This year I sat down to make my resolutions and it turned out to be a 'to do' list. Will I complete it? Yes, I'm good at to do lists. I take one task at a time until the list is completed.

When I compile resolutions, they're more complex, like. Promote every month. Make a schedule and stick to it. Come up with a marketing plan. Sell X amount of books. By the end of the year, I will have accomplished... Probably some of it. Anyway you get my drift. The problem with those are; life. Life happens. You can't know that you will have the same conditions next month that you have this month. Life, as you know it, can change in the blink of an eye. So resolutions, goals, and intentions change. Sometimes daily. And compiling those marketing plans, schedules, etc. take time away from my main objective. To Write.

A 'to do' list? That's the beauty, it's there, conditions may change but your list is still there to be checked off one at a time. There is no expiration date. When you are done with the list. You compose the a list of what you need to do next. It can roll from day to day, month to month, year to year. And it takes only a minute to write. It's on your phone and/or computer. Check it off anywhere.

What do you do?

Monday, December 22, 2014

Happy Holiday's

Whatever you celebrate, whether it is Christmas, Hanukkah, or the winter solstice, or even something else, I hope you have a wonderful holiday season. Be careful and stay safe.

I would like to thank all of you for a wonderful year. Thank you for your support of my characters. In their honor I am having a end of year giveaway. My next blog post will be on January 5, 2015, and the winners will be announced. Holy cow, I can't even believe 2015 is here already. Anyway I got off track. Back to my end of year giveaway. I will be giving away something to two lucky people.
The winners will have their choice of one of these fun things that are on the sides of the blog post.

All you have to do is, follow, like, join my circle/circles, subscribe or connect with me on one or more of the following social media:
Follow on Amazon Link.
Like me on Facebook Page, Join my circle/circles Google +, Follow me Twitter, Become my fan on Goodreads, connect on LinkedIn, Follow me on Pinterest, subscribe to my channel on YouTube, and subscribe to my newsletter** (you can sign up on my web site).
On January 4, 2015, I will put everyone's name into a hat, who did the above (you get your name in for each that you do), and then I will draw two names. January 5th the winners will be posted. Good luck!

**Just a little about my newsletter, I only send out my regular newsletter every quarter. Once in awhile I'll send out a quick note, but not often. Every regular newsletter I am giving away a $5 Amazon or B&N GC to one of my subscribers.

As you know, I visited NY and Brooklyn, the stomping grounds of the Beckett's, in November. While there, I had my friend take some clips of their favorite places. I thought I'd share.

I hope you have a wonderful new year!


Monday, December 15, 2014

What is your favorite holiday memory?

I don't know about the weather where you live, but here in Utah it hasn't got the memo that it is December. It's cool but not the usual cold accompanied by two feet of snow. Fill your plate with goodies, and pour a glass of your favorite beverage. Once you're settled in your seat we'll begin.

What is your favorite holiday memory? Doesn't matter what holiday, just that it's your favorite memory.

I'll start. I have lots of great holiday memories from my childhood, from Halloween to Easter. I am not sure which is my favorite. I do remember eating too much cherry pie at my grandmothers home. And believe me, it was a long time before I ate a cherry pie. Even now, years later, if there is a choice between cherry and something else... it's the something else.

I do know that every year it seems the season is here before I'm ready, I'm busier than I ever remember being. And it seems the year passes in the blink of an eye. I'm not sure, is this age? Or is time actually moving faster?

Anyway, I'd love to hear about your memories. Please share with us.

Just a reminder that my Indie books are all 25% off through the end of the month.
I found out--It's probably been like this for awhile sometimes I can be slow--that Amazon let's you follow an author. I'd love to have you follow me. Here's my Amazon Link.

And while I'm at it, I'll tell you the rest of my social media such as it is.
Facebook Page, Google +, Twitter, Goodreads, LinkedIn, Pinterest, and my newsletter (you can sign up on my web site). I only send out my newsletter every quarter. once in awhile I'll send out a quick note, but not often. Every regular newsletter I am giving away a $5 GC to one of my subscribers.

Monday, December 08, 2014

The Beckett Winter Celebration!

Welcome everyone, grab your plate and fill up with goodies. And don't forget your favorite cold or hot beverage. You're in for a treat. The Beckett's are having a celebration! It's on Facebook. There is going to be all kinds of goodies under the tree. The Beckett's have invited all of their favorite authors. Who will show up? And in honor of the celebration Disappear, Innocent, and Quiet will be on sale for $.99 and the Beckett Series bundle on sale for $1.99 through December 13th.


Hope to see all of you there!