Sunday, August 19, 2012

What Are You Reading?

Simple enough, I'd love to know what all of you are reading and whether you're enjoying the story thus far.

Me? My Kindle's on Living Violet: The Cambion Chronicles Book 1 by Jaime Reed. Witty, funny, character-driven, with interesting plot twists. All in heroine's PoV and holding well. Ms. Reed's one of those authors whose writing I'm a little jealous of; she'll definitely be a go-to from here on out.

So, spill, Peeps! Momma needs some more good books for the Keeper Shelf! :)

Peace, Love, and Junior Mints,


Sunday, August 5, 2012

7 Tips for a Successful Signing

Thanks to all of you, my dear friends and readers, I have labeled my first book signing a success.  Sure, I was nervous; so much so I couldn't eat breakfast or lunch and didn't have a real meal 'til 3:00 PM. And, yes, at times The CP and I found ourselves chatting with only each other, but that was cool, because we talked books and manuscripts while eating cookies and chocolate. She stayed with me the entire time, a truth for which I am most grateful if only so I wouldn't have to sit alone at a table stocked-full of books and bookmarks and Hershey's kisses, looking like a lonely, starving artist. (Please, please come talk to me! I promise I won't bite!)

So, that aside, it's time to get back into the flow. Start writing full-force again (I have an entire chapter to write by this evening, and I'm only maybe 1k words in...meep!). But I did want to share a few things with you I learned yesterday. A sort of checklist (yay, lists!) to help at your next book signing or first book signing or whenever you decide to sit behind a table and silently beg people with your eyes and a smile to come at least say, "Hi! So, what's your book about??"

1. Recruit someone to help you.  Someone who doesn't mind sitting for a few hours, taking money, etc.  The CP did a perfect job of this for me, and I can't wait to return the favor at her first signing.

2. Have extra pens, bookmarks, and notecards. Oh, and don't forget your favorite pen! With refills, if necessary.

3. Put out a guest book or a sign-up sheet tacked to a clipboard, so guests can write down their names and email addresses.

4. Bring plenty of books and a spool (or sheet) of "Autographed Copy" or "Signed by the Author" stickers. People love that their copies are personalized and autographed. You can find stickers on or or make your own at

5. Offer chocolate. Believe it or not, treats make people remember you.

6. Wear something comfortable, yet professional; something that reflects your personality and writing style.

7. Afterwards, send thank you's to those who helped you, especially but not limited to the person or place of business who hosted the event.

That's all I've got for now. If you're an author, how do you get through your signings? What tricks and/or tips have you learned along the way?

Peace, Love, and Junior Mints,


Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Update + Good News + Good Books!

Wow, I have a lot to tell you guys today. Been rather busy lately with the day job, Baby Jake, working on the new WIP, watching the Summer Olympics (GO TEAM USA!), and trying my hand at self-promotion.  That last one is easier said than done, folks; my hat's off to ALL you Indie publishers who have seen success with self-publication.  As for me, I'm overly grateful The Hubby's got a heart of gold and a flair for making bookmarks and other promotional folderol.

All right, so, down to business. Since I love lists--I never realized I loved lists until I, like, started hitting lists for everything on the net; there are so many!--I'm gonna take you through this point by point. 

1.) The first BETROTHED paperback book signing will be this Saturday, August 4 from 10 AM 'til 1 PM at Yankee Candle. See this page for the intimate details. Yes, the time has changed, but it actually works better for the Yankee staff, who have been slaving over the past few days to get the store lookin' awesome for their Boney Bunch 2012 Premiere.

Hey, it's always a good thing when the host is happy, right? :)


2.) In honor of Saturday's book signing, I will be throwing the ebook copy of BETROTHED on sale for 99¢ starting this Friday and ending late Sunday night. So, if you've been holding off, pick up a copy for that trusty Kindle you got for Christmas, aight?


I've actually been doing a lot of rereading lately--habit when I'm writing a new novel--but I did pick up a couple of new ones, both of which were recommended by fellow authors.

1.) SLAMMED by Colleen Hoover.  Oh my gosh.  Off the charts.  Seriously, if you don't buy this book, shame, shame, shame on you!  I feel very special that I actually made the plunge before it was grabbed by a big-time publisher. Superb writing, masterful characterization, and a stellar plot.  Oh, and the slam poetry weaved throughout? Gave me chills every time.  This book made me cry, laugh, and want to start all over again once I hit the end. Expect to see SLAMMED on your local bookshelves very soon.

Purchase it here for 2.99.

2.) LUST EVER AFTER by Rose de Fer.  I do not read erotica.  Well.  Let me back up a peg.  I do not prefer to read erotica, mainly because it seems the majority I've ever bought and started turned out to be nothing but sex scene after sex scene after sex scene with no real plot whatsoever.  I realize some people are cool with that, but I'm not. I want more. This one surprised me, one, because the main dude is Dr. Frankenstein. Yes, Victor Frankenstein, the scientist from Mary Shelley's classic novel. And two, because the writing was really, really exceptional.  Lovely word choices and sentence structure, not to mention the sex appeal of the good doctor is downright delicious.  Yes, of course, the sex scenes were typical of the erotic novel, but I thought they were well done.

Purchase it here for .99.

That's all I've got for today! If you're local, I'd love to see you out and about on Saturday. If not, thanks so much for your constant support and well-wishes.  Have a great rest-of-the-week!

Peace, Love, and Junior Mints,

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