Sunday, November 27, 2011


What’s the secret to making it as an Indie writer?

Successful self-publication is not a race where you win by beating the others to the top; it is a community where cooperation and collaboration increase everyone’s profits.   If you want to be a part of that community, ask yourself one simple question every time you meet a writer online or in person:  How can I help this person with their goals? Many times it is as simple as tweeting about one of their projects or mentioning them to your circle of friends. 

You might be thinking: Wait!  I thought this was about me and my book?  It is and it isn’t. If you genuinely care about how your fellow writers do, you’ll soon find that they begin to care about you.

Sound too simple?  Don’t underestimate the power of being good to people in the writing community.  Yes, there will be those who will not appreciate your efforts, but over time you’ll find that many more will…especially if you pick people who also share the collaborative spirit.

Where to start?

Let me introduce you to some of the nicest people I’ve come across in my promotional adventures this year.  Get to know them.  Some are authors.  Some are entrepreneurs.  Support them and you’ll find yourself welcome among some of the best and brightest in the Indie community.  Promote them and you just might find your projects being mentioned all over the internet. 

Monique is not a writer.  She is an avid reader who supports new Indie romance writers via her FB page and websites and will let you promote your books on her site for free.  She’s incredibly helpful and welcoming to new writers.  Her FB community is about 900+ and growing everyday.  Check out some of the people there.  Many will be on my list.  She’s not only a wonderful woman, but she is also surrounding herself with some of the nicest and most talented people I’ve come across.  Join the action there and start making connections.  How to help her out?  Mention her sites.  Encourage your friends to join the community.  Oh, and tell her I sent you.  She’ll get a kick out of that.

An author out of Africa who writes fantasy/adventure.  Her first book, The Eyes That See, is still free on Smashwords.  She is a talented writer who will take the time to write a review for your book if she likes it and those are like gold when you’re starting out.  Like so many of us, she’s at the beginning of her career, but I’m sure she’ll be a name people know in the future.  Give her free book a plug and you just might find your work being discussed on a whole other continent.

She is a new Harlequin Kimani Romance Author whose debut novel, These Arms of Mine, will be released on January 24, 2012.  Sure, she’s not an Indie writer, but you’d never know it by how supportive she is of self-published authors.  She’s active on Twitter and Facebook.  I’d friend her at both and help her make her first novel a hit.  Why?  Because in my experience, Judy is the type to repay your efforts by mentioning your projects…and she’s just a wonderful new friend to make.

Her Never Too Late series are making name for her in the Indie community.  Dating the Cougar is FREE on Amazon.  I met Donna online earlier this year when I put my own book up for free and am so glad I did.  She has a wealth of information about  the ins and outs of self-publication and she is another supporter of new writers.  When we first started to collaborate, she wrote to me about her realization – that my readers were also her readers.  So, when we promoted each other, we doubled our audience.  Isn’t that what all this networking is all about?  The readers we want to attract don’t read one book a year (ours).  They love to read.  Helping them find other great authors endears our readers to us more. 

Won’t this take up all my writing time?
It takes only a second to RT something an author mentions on Twitter or to share one of thier projects with my Facebook friends.  None of these connections detract from my writing time, but they add so much to my enjoyment of the process.

Annette Blair is a National Bestselling, award-winning author. In her thirty plus books, she’s explored nineteenth-century Amish Country; Regency and Victorian Britain; and madcap, modern Salem Mass, where bold women follow the Celtic faith with heart. There, she fought dragons, and fell in love with an angel. More recently, she’s solved mysteries beside Connecticut’s Mystic River.  She has a strong Facebook and twitter following and is cutting edge when it comes marketing.  Her background in traditional  publishing is a real asset as she moves into the self-pubbing arena.

Karen is retired teacher in Ohio who is an avid supporter of new writers.  She’s also an example of how good networking can lead to real friendships. I met her when I put Maid for the Billionaire up for free and she wrote to me with a list of errors she’d found in it.  She knew I was just starting out and wanted to help me fix them before too many people saw them.  I’ve come to value her opinion and her eye for mistakes.  I wouldn’t put a book up without hiring her to look it over first.  How grateful am I to her and her book group, Brainless Bargain eBooks Book Club? – I dedicated one of my books to her.  No, she’s not a professional editor, but if you can’t afford one, she’s a skilled second set of eyes.  Check out her website for prices or just to say hello.

She has an amazing number of venues to promote Indie authors and does so for FREE.  She’s definitely knowledgeable to make it into a business, but for now she does it for the joy of getting to know new writers and knowing that she makes a difference in their lives.  She sure made a difference in mine.  How to help her?  Well, first and most importantly her series, Safe with Me, has two FREE  parts.  Check out her writing.  Recommend her to your friends if you enjoy her writing.  Check out her many websites.  Tweet about them.  Mention them in your blogs. 

Cali is a steampunk Indie author who has her first novel, Viridis, on Amazon for FREE.  Her second book, Devil on a Sparrow’s Wing, is holding its own on the charts.  She designs ebook covers and is a wonderful resource for how to use Twitter effectively. Ask her about designing your next ebook cover or just tweet about her free book.  She’s a good friend to have and is connected to many other up and coming authors. 

She writes romance novels with a twist, many have a lesbian theme, but not all. She rejoices in the many variations of humans in this world. She also writes sci-fi, fantasy, urban fantasy, etc.  If you want a free taste, check out her Novan Witch, (5 star rating). It’s free.  But don’t stop there.  She writes in such a variety of genres.  I admire her range.  We met via Twitter while discussing promotional contests. 

Elementary teacher by day, romance author by night, Christine absolutely loves to talk about writing and reading. She is willing to recommend any book she's thoroughly enjoyed reading. She firmly believes a good story is a good story no matter how it's published and that writers need to help each other reach the next level of success. She promotes on Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, various email loops where readers hang out, and the faculty lunch room where she teaches. "Hey, don't underestimate the power of a quick book suggestion over a ham and cheese sandwich." She writes a variety of adult romance, and her newest release, ABRA CADAVER, a dark paranormal, is coming in January 2012 from The Wild Rose Press.  

Writer and avid reader.  She writes reviews on her blog and is a wonderful source of information about the self-pubbing industry. 

Heather Peters is a Native New Yorker, an erotic romance e-book author of 6 books; loves writing alpha males, her latest SECRET DREAMS, finds an 80's rock star falling in love for the first time. Collaborating on her first erotic romantic fantasy with her writing partner, Angela Aaron. She's an avid reader, and she and Angela share a blog at http// where they've been known to promote new authors. You can find Heather's books at,

There were a couple people I wanted to mention that I couldn’t easily find information to post.  That is the second most important thing to remember.  Time is a precious commodity to writers.  If I can’t quickly discern what it is you want me to promote or easily locate information about one of your projects, chances are that I won’t mention you – no matter how much I like you.  For me, networking has to fit into quick slots during my day.  It can’t take away from my work, family or writing time.  Keep that in mind when you market yourself.  Make it easy for people to find you by putting your links everywhere and don’t be afraid to create an elevator pitch for yourself as a writer.

Oh, and me?  I’m saving the world one billionaire a time with my Legacy Series: sexy, alpha men and the strong women who tame them.  Book 1: Maid for the Billionaire is FREE on Amazon.  Book 2: For Love or Legacy is holding its own on Amazon and iTunes.  Any mention of my free book would be appreciated. 

Let’s not end this here.  Who has impressed you along your way?  Showcase them below and include their urls. Let's celebrate those who have been kind to us.

So join Ruth this week on Novel Works!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011


I hope everyone has a great Thanksgiving. I have so much to be thankful for and I am thankful. I have a wonderful husband, loving children, a job, awesome doggies... So why am I in such a grumpy mood. Oh, daughter just woke me up to get dismissed from school. Doesn't feel good. Means another trip to the doctor. Do you have a child like this? I mean I would ignore it, but the last time I tried to ignore it and tell her just to take some Tylenol, she really was sick. I would call it a hypochondriac. My sister is like that. She's a doctor with a lawyer's degree. She's always diagnosing herself with one ailment or another. So it means my daughter is coming home from school. Just like to understand why she couldn't survive another hour?

Then last night at work, I didn't stop. One machine was down (the backbone of the department). When I came in, they were sending out a lot of stat tests. Fixed the machine. At least so that we could run through the night. What did we get when day shift came in this morning, kinda just ignored. I tried to tell them what we did to get it up. They said they 'already knew'. I didn't even have time to write an email about the issues. So now day shift has psychic powers? No, they didn't even notice the machine was up and running. I could tell by their looks that if the night shift fixed it, the machine must not have been broken to start with. You know night shift only breaks things...

I'm not daughter from college is coming home for Thanksgiving! I'm so happy except for some reason or other her brother who has the whole of the basement to live in has moved into her room while she's been gone to school. Says he'll be out when she comes home. Do you think she'll notice he's been living in her room? Anticipating that one. Then the car...there'll be a fight for who gets the car. I can't wait.

Shadows of the Past
Writing. I'm on pins and needles. I'm releasing the second in my series, Whispers of a Legend, Part Two-The Path Now Turned next Monday. I'm happy with my numbers for Shadows of the Past and the reviews that are coming back. I couldn't be happier with my numbers at Barnes and Noble. Fell under #3000 in rankings. Although some of my co-workers gave me funny looks when I expressed how happy I was with the rankings. To their eyes #2824 is high (guess they haven't seen my rankings for my other books published by a publishing house). I mean in my genre( Sci-Fi/fantasy) at Barnes and Noble it's #265!  Right behind Alterant by Sherrilyn Kenyon and Diane Love and right in front of The Final Warning by James Patterson. That makes me would make me happier if Amazon had gone free.

What is with Amazon? How come my book hasn't gone free? I emailed them asking how does one go free on Amazon. They said it's their discretion which is fine. Others I talked to said it would come, but it hasn't. There is a tremendous difference with it going free and even selling it at $.99. People are so willing to give a relatively unknown author a chance for free it seems. Then over at Diesel ebooks it has an issue and even though Shadows is listed, you can't download it. Ahhhh!

Instead of letting Smashwords send it to Barnes and Noble, this time I'm going to do it myself. It took over 2 weeks for it to go up on Barnes and Noble when Smashwords sent it out. That was fine last time, but since this is where Shadows has done the best, I would like to release directly to Barnes and Noble.

Oh, almost forgot another reason I'm grumpy. I have to work Thanksgiving. Bummer!!!

You know I'm feeling better. Releasing a little pint up frustration. A glass of diet Coke to wake up. You know the world's not that bad. Strange, I guess I'm thankful I'm able to complain...

The Path Now Turned
Have a great Thanksgiving!

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Welcome Toni V. Sweeney

Today's a first for me. Should have been doing this for awhile. I've had a couple special bloggers, but never a guest blogger. Today I'm welcoming Toni V. Sweeney.

Blood Bay

On November 15 and again on December 15, two of my “lost” novels will find their way to publication.

I call them my lost novels because they were exactly that…for all intents and purposes lost, deleted, thrown away, and gone for good.

Almost twenty years ago, in what I can only describe as a fit of undiagnosed menopausal depression in which I decided I was about to die, I threw away the only copies of several of my manuscripts and deleted the originals from my computer.  Crazy, huh? Even I admit it was somewhat…rash.  Later, I regretted it, but by then, it was too late, of course.  Not only were the hardcopies gone, but the computer on which they had been written was on its last electronic legs and was in storage where I couldn’t get to it without a struggle. 

I thought about those stories often, remembered enough of a couple to actually rewrite them and get them published, but the others…only a chapter or two or a mere set of fragments, a few sentences at most, and the glimmer of the idea.  Believe me, I found myself wishing more than once that I could go back and undo what I’d done but as we all know, that’s impossible. They were gone.  If I went any further with them, I’d have to rewrite those first, precious pages, and as everyone knows, you can rewrite something but you can never recapture exactly the way you originally said it.

Ten years passed, and then…one of those minor miraculous moments happened.  Someone I’d once known, and lost track of, sent me an e-mail.  He was deleting files from his computer and had come upon a folder with my name on it.  In it were copies of some early novels I’d written and sent him to read.  Would I like to have to have them back?

Are you kidding? Yes!

Most of the manuscripts I received were some I had copies of and I’d gone on to polish and edit.  They had actually been published, but tucked in among them were a partial chapter and two very small fragments…of something called Blood Bay…and For the Love in Adler’s Brain.

Blood Bay is my version of Cape Fear. Set on an island off the coast of Georgia, a young woman, agoraphobic after an assault ten years before, is brought out of her shell by a young man determined to show her that love is neither demented nor violent.  Their budding affair is interrupted by the escape from prison of the man who assaulted her and left her for dead, and he’s heading to the island, to finish what he started ten years before. That’s the premise of Blood Bay, told from the viewpoint of Connell Ambers, the victim, Tucker MacKenzie, her would-be lover, and Benjamin Reed, the escaped rapist.  It’s a thriller, like nothing I’d ever written before, and very graphic, and after I finished, I wondered if it was too different for me to submit anywhere.

For the Love in Adler's Brain
The other story was also outside the box.  For the Love in Adler’s Brain is a science fiction romance, light on the science, heavy on the romance.  Adler is a government assassin, an android, the most perfect human replicant ever created.  When he falls in love and decides to take his services and his secrets and retire, he’s destroyed instead.  Though his body is gone, his still-sentient brain continues to hold enough love for his human sweetheart to communicate with her, so she hires a private detective to finds its whereabouts with the idea of building him a new body in which to house it.  Unfortunately, the detective falls in love with her, also, and thereby hangs the tale…

Is that one also too different? I wondered. Finally, after much consideration, I submitted both books to Class Act Books;  Blood Bay was released November 15; For the Love in Adler’s Brain will follow on December 15.

What’s the moral of this story?  No matter if you’re certain you aren’t going to live another day, don’t ever throw away any manuscript without keeping at least one copy, tucked away somewhere.  The sun may come up tomorrow and you’ll still be here and wanting that story!

Excerpt from Blood Bay:

She brought the bowl to the table, setting it down, then reached for the saucer holding the toast. It joined the bowl on the table.
“That’s a lot of toast. Where are you going to put it?”
“It’s not for me.” She pulled another saucer from the cabinet, placed three of the slices on it and set it before him. “Enjoy.”
“I’ve already eaten,” he reminded her.
“My Mama taught me never to eat in front of anyone unless you offered him some. Eat.” While she was talking, she took a small jar from the refrigerator, placing it and a little knife beside the toast.
He inspected the jar. It was decorated with a raised design of apples and berries, was open-mouthed with paraffin poured thickly across the top.
“This looks home-made.” He used the knife to remove the paraffin, balancing it sticky-side up on the edge of the saucer. Tuck plunged the knife into the jam, scooped out a red mass--Plums? Raspberries?--then began to spread it evenly over the first slice of toast. He raised it, took a tentative bite. “This is good. Delicious, in fact.”
“Thank you.”
He looked up at her. She retrieved utensils from a drawer and sat down.
“You made this?”
“Don’t look so surprised. I don’t just sit around here and paint all day. I’m not just a pretty face. I’ve other talents.” She studied the bowl.
“Indeed you do.” He probably sounded more enthusiastic than he should but he couldn’t help it. No other young woman of his acquaintance could make jam. If any of them wanted jam, jelly, or preserves, she just drove to the nearest supermarket. “Artistic, beautiful, and she can cook. Ms. Ambers, marry me.”
She seemed to freeze but when she looked up at him, there was an odd glint in her eyes. “I don’t know you well enough to marry you, Mr. MacKenzie. No. Sorry.”
“Perhaps after I’ve been around a while?”
“Are you going to be around a while?”
“I hope so. Truthfully, I make a better second impression than a first. I kind of grow on people.”
“Like mold.” She made it a statement, studying her spoon. “Actually, this is your third impression. We’ll see.” She got up, going back to the refrigerator. This time when she returned, she held a tub of margarine. Opening it, she set it before Tuck. “Butter your toast before it gets cold.”
Obediently, he took the tub.  “Hey, this is real butter.”
“Nothing gets past you, does it?” Her observation was dry.
“Well, I am a college man.”
“And a comedian. Tell me, Mr. MacKenzie, how many times did you make the Dean’s List?”
“I quit counting after the third semester. Say, would it be too much to ask you to call me Tucker? Or Tuck, if you’d like.”
That made her look up at him again. Frowning. Thinking. He could see the wheels turning. The spoon fell from her fingers, sinking into the grits. “Oh God, you’re Friar Tuck!”
He wasn’t certain which shocked him more, the expletive or the nickname.
“Now I know why you thought I should know who you are. Jess talked about you all the time.”
“Not all of it was true,” he said it only half jokingly.
“No?” She looked thoughtful, obviously remembering things her brother had said. He hoped it wasn’t some of the more scandalous stuff. No such luck. “Not even that bit about the Farraday twins?”
“Oh. That.” Tuck had the grace to look away and was startled to feel his face getting hot. “Grossly exaggerated, I assure you.”
“As I remember, Jess sounded envious whenever he spoke of it, which was very often for nearly three months.” She plunged the spoon into the grits, blew on them slightly, then tasted and swallowed. “You know, I always envisioned you as a short, plump guy with a tonsure.”
“Wrong all around. Neither short, nor plump, and I have all my hair, as you can see.”
Presently, the toast was gone and the last spoonful eaten. She stood up abruptly, reaching for his saucer. “I’ll just wash these…”
“Let me help.” He caught at the saucer, tugging on it and after a moment, she let it go.
“That’s not necess--”
“Mother always told me a man who gets dishes dirty should be prepared to help clean them.”
“How’d your Daddy feel about that?”
“He bought her a dishwasher.”
She was laughing as she allowed him to carry the dishes to the sink. Not loud, more a soft breathy sound, but a laugh nevertheless. It sounded oddly sexy. Tuck forced that thought out of his mind.
The sink was a large single one, no compartments for washing and then rinsing. Connell splashed liquid soap onto the porcelain surface, turned the hot water on full blast and watched the suds rise. Taking the saucer and bowl from Tuck, she placed them on the surface of the bubbles. Together they watched the china sink through the suds. She was reaching for a plastic net scrubber as he turned back to get their cups.
“I’ll dry.” He dropped them into the water.
“Sorry. Around here, we don’t dry.” She gestured at a plastic-coated wire contraption resting on a white Rubbermaid drain mat to one side of the sink.
“Then I’ll drain.” He took the first washed-and-rinsed saucer from her and set it in the rack. She reached for another.

You can find Toni V. Sweeney on her blog Welcome to Toniverse. 

Monday, November 14, 2011


Tattoos, Leather & Studs

Went out to eat lunch on Saturday. The restaurant was already decked out in  Christmas decorations. Turned on the radio and there's a station already playing Christmas music. A little too soon. Probably. I've always liked to decorate after Thanksgiving, but Christmas is just around the corner. It's not too soon to start making your Christmas gift list. What do I recommend? Do you have to ask? Simply- Books!

Shadows of the Past
Books have always been a great idea for gifts, but now a days it's quick, easy and thoughtful, especially ebooks. Today the hottest gadget are Iphones, Ipads, NookTablets, and the Amazon Fire. What better way to give a gift than instantly? There are a couple of ways to give an ebook. You can always give a gift certificate to the book's website. These are easy and quick to do, but some book websites have ebook gift giving. Amazon does. Just be careful with Amazon ebook giving. It is extremely easy. All you need is your recipient's email address, but if they don't have an account with Amazon for some reason Amazon doesn't deliver the ebook. This happened to me last year. I didn't notice it to after Christmas.   There are other places though that have the same gift giving of ebooks like All Romance Books. I'm sure Barnes and Noble has something on that line that makes giving books easy also.

Warm Christmas Wishes
Think how easy it would be to give your friend a copy of her favorite book, your child's teacher a thoughtful gift, your niece or nephew a book they have been wanting. You can even give children's books! I know I have my mother on my list. I gave her a kindle for Mother's Day. She will be getting a nice gift certificate to add to her collection of books. Or you can simply give yourself a good book. Take a break from your hectic  holiday activity.

So what am I doing? Giving you ideas for your list. This week on Novel Works I'm starting GIVE A GIFT, GIVE A BOOK campaign for Christmas. Starting with New Release Week. I have authors coming in with recent relelases or soon to be released books. I'm throwing in a couple of others that I noticed on Barnes and Noble's new release list that I found of interest.

One of my fellow authors, Brenda Whiteside, on Roses of Prose blog has a few releases coming up, two in December and one in January. Busy lady. I'm also releasing my second installment under my pen name Carrie James Haynes. Whispers of a Legend, Part Two, The Path Now Turned, will be releases on November 28. Whispers of a Legend, Part One, Shadows of the Past was released in October. It's FREE! Excited. The numbers look good. It's # 4,578 at Barnes and Noble. Not as well on Amazon, but it's not free yet. Waiting patiently...

The Path Now Turned
Coming Soon!
So join me this week on Novel Works. A lot of great books and a lot of great gift ideas!

Sunday, November 6, 2011


Super Dog!

I had such a busy October! Novel Works took so much of my time. Some people might wonder why I devote so much of my time where I don't get any obvious benefit. Promoting others for free. Offering something for nothing. Would you believe it if someone offered you something for nothing?
Of course not. So what I'm doing on Novel Works? My intent from the beginning was to network. Network to met other authors, other readers. I enjoy Novel Works. There are so many books out there. However does one choose? How does an unknown author stand out? Good writing? A must without a doubt, but you need more. Most authors, if not all, have to promote now a days.
Cleaned and groomed!
The question becomes how do you promote when you have limited funds. When you don't have the major publishing companies resources behind you. It can be extremely frustrating. My first publisher did relatively little in promoting. I didn't do any promoting when my first book came out. By the time Patriot Secrets came out, I had learned but did I do the right things? 
I believe I made strides, but no, I don't think I have done the right things to get noticed. I love Patriot Secrets. One of the problems I encountered is that it's historical fiction, not historical romance. Historical fiction, I believe, has a harder road to travel in the world of ebooks. Or maybe its because I live in the world of romance. Romance has a formula. Most romance is suppose to take a reader into a fantasy world where an alpha male falls in love with the most unsuspecting young  woman. 

In this world, my books have been rejected by major publishers for many reasons. At first the rejections helped to a certain point. I learned from them, most blaring issues-none more so than POV. Now though, I feel rejections or acceptances come through subjectivity. My last rejection from a major publisher said that although they saw potential, loved the story, the genre (historical romance) was highly competitive and didn't feel they would have an edge with my book. Basically I took it to mean, I don't have a name that sells at the moment. I can understand. The field is bombarded. 
So if the book is worthy of being published by a major publisher, but isn't- how does one know it's out there? Do the major publishers have the best books? What about the other publishers on the outside of New York? What of their books? What of awards? The major awards? Reviews from the major blogs? 

I do enjoy most of the books I read from the major publishers. Most fall into a formula. Most from the same author. Although at times, the published book has me questioning who the author knows? Did I miss something along the way? There is one book in particular I love to pick apart. It has so many holes in it (POV, dialogue, hard time following the storyline...I could go on and on. I'll stop here.) Yet, it got a 5 star review from most review sites. The author of the book won a major award (with another book I haven't read so I can't tell you whether I think it deserved it or not). My question lies with how did she sale her book? It wasn't the writing. I will never know the answer and honestly I don't think that New York cares what I think or question. I'm the one searching for an answer.

Writing at this point in my life would not be considered my profession, but my obsession. I am a trained medical professional with over twenty years working in a hospital environment. In my work, I take pride in my work and patient care. I would greatly resent a lay person trying to tell me how to do my job. Comparing that to New York publishers, how can I now say to others there are books out there just as good or better than what the major publishers have published?
Who am I? In reality just an opinionated person with strong likes. I love Novel Works because I only do recommendations. I only present books for people to be exposed to and make their own decisions by linking to a website or publishing company. With Novel Works I want to help give exposure to authors seeking for that chance to be read. I do post major authors and greatly enjoy the ones I post. I will admit I am quite envious of J.K. Rowling and her writing talent. While Stephanie Meyer may not be as gifted an author as Ms Rowling, she had all the young girls reading her book with the love story she created. My own daughter read every book the moment they came out. We went to see every movie together. And yes, I confess, my high school senior daughter and I are planning a midnight venture opening night for Breaking Dawn. And I am a huge fan of Hunger Games series. 

With Novel Works, I will continue on my quest. Why do I promote for free? Because I want to help. Some I post because they were kind to me when they in truth they don't know me well, such as Teresa Medeiros and Stephanie Murray (if anyone wondered why I chose Crescent Moon Press to spotlight). Kindness goes a long way to me. I believe in goodness. I post for Brenda Novak because she's trying to use her name to help find a cure for diabetes. I post for Hannah Howell because she helps others. I don't know Ms Howell personality, but at the conference I attended I heard many people speak of her in such a positive light. Kindness in one way or another needs to be repaid. Don't you think?
Free at Barnes and Noble!

This blog has become longer than I first intended. I wanted to blog about my doggies. Dexter in his Superman costume; Colbie after she got groomed for the first time; Max just because he's the best dog in the world. My doggies make me happy. My children make me happy. My husband makes me deliriously happy especially after he went grocery shopping for me! Writing makes me happy. Novel Works does too...

I'm going to continue this blog because I haven't even touched on Whispers of a Legend, Part One- Shadows of the Past. It's up now and free on Barnes and Noble and Diesel! Amazon its still $.99. So's my goal to finish my train of thought! 

Wednesday, November 2, 2011


Loved OCTOBERFEST WITH BOOKS. Books, books, and more books! What more could I have asked for! Thanks to everyone that made this contest such a huge success. Coffee Time Romance, Jannine Gallant, Crescent Moon Press, Sherri Browning Erwin, Brenda Novak, Teresa Mederios, Ruth Cardello, Wild Rose Press's Suspense and Paranormal authors, and to everyone that dropped by!

Congratulations to LINDA KAGE- the grand prize winner. She wins a week to host Novel Works. Look forward to her hosting!

She's not the only one to have won. More books to be given away (PDF copies to be emailed).

Kiru Taye-  Dream Walker by Jerri Hines

Diedre DeGroot-den Boer- Patriot Secrets by Jerri Hines

Maureen Mulis- A Man Like That by Alison Henderson

Georgie Lee- Holly and the Millionaire by Margaret Tanner

Joya Fields- Sleeping with the Lights On by Brenda Whiteside

 Mimi Barbour- Storm's Interlude by Vonnie Davis

Congratulations to all the winners! Twenty books given away! A week of hosting Novel Works! So many great books during the last five weeks. Thanks to everyone again who donated. Thanks for participating. If you didn't win, don't worry there will be more contest to come!

There is a possibility I may have another winner announcement. Have to wait and see...