Monday, May 18, 2015

To Rant or Not to Rant-Things you might not know about loving your favorite author.

I've started this post probably a dozen times and stopped it. I don't want to come off as rude or whiny. I'm 100% thankful for each and every person that interacts with me, shares my stuff, leaves a review, takes the time to read, and clicks like every now and then. I still get frustrated though.

I'm sure some of you are rolling your eyes. Here it comes, right? The obligatory author complaining about social media and people not posting reviews. Well, sure, I suppose you're right.

I'm not begging for you to do those things though. I want you to, yes, but only if you want to. The indie community requires support from all around. I enjoy talking to my readers and the people that follow my page, bloggers, other authors. I share when I can, when I see it. Unfortunately social media has taken a huge dive recently. I'm sure you've seen all of us posting "can you see me" statuses. Thousands of people like my page but on any given post I'll get 1 or 2 likes. That doesn't make sense to me.

I know...I know...we're always shoving our promotion down your throat, and asking for reviews, and posing questions that are geared toward getting interaction on our pages. It's true I'll admit it. And yes it gets annoying. It's annoying for me too. I don't want to sit around and plan what to post on my page when really I just want to be real. I try to infuse some of me into all that promo but who knows what your even seeing. It all feels useless sometimes. And that's why I keep thinking about writing this. It's always hard to know how a business works from the outside. So maybe you don't know...maybe you think we're greedy, attention seeking, validation wanting animals.

Maybe you're right.

But here's the deal. If you like an author, their books, their personality, whatever it may be that you love about them and want to see more of...click like, hit share, comment on something. Get to know them. We love it. I promise! We can talk about whatever you want. Our books, shows we watch, music we love...I can go on and on. Leave reviews! Honest ones! I know I want to now what you think of my work. I learn from reviews. And they really do help our books get seen and give other readers and idea of what they are in store for. Vendors have all these fancy algorithms that I can't even begin to understand and they determine who our books get shown to and when and how many times. Your reviews and shares change those algorithms. The more you like and comment, the more our posts are seen, the wider our audience becomes (more algorithms) and then--then we can give you more books! We can share more with you. I've posted giveaways that had no entries because interaction on my page is so low. And yeah I know maybe people don't want what I'm giving away...well...what reader doesn't want Amazon dollars? I know I do! It's all about likes, comments, shares, reviews, google searches, Amazon searches, tweets, retweets...the list goes on and on and on and on...you get the idea.

I'll stop rambling...I promise!

I'm not saying you have to do these things for every author ever. Just the ones you like, love, or fangirl, the ones you want to keep publishing books. We do notice and we really do appreciate it. I suppose I can't speak for everyone but all the authors I know and chat with say the same things. We love you guys! We really do! But this business is frustrating and time consuming. It takes our heart and soul, our sleep, our money, our time with loved ones and we do it all for the love of telling a story.

I wouldn't take back one second of the time I've spent on this dream of mine but I do hope you all know you make a difference.

I'll step down from my soapbox now.
Until next time.



Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Lived and Learned

3 years...

That's how long I've been doing this writing thing. I love it. I still can't believe I do this for a job. I'm so incredibly thankful for everyone  that's taken the time to support me, read my books, leave a review, or reach out to me.

I've learned a lot in those 3 years.

The publishing industry has changed a lot since I entered into it. I went into this knowing that not every story is for every person. There will always be someone who hates something and someone who loves it. While I'll admit that sometimes bad reviews bother me I try hard not to let them get me down. Like I said some things just aren't for everyone. So I'll keep doing this. For me as much as for you.

When I first started this journey I was with a small press and I'm now on my own. So I've changed just as much as the industry. It's up to me to make sure my work is ready to go from beginning to end. I'm responsible for all of it. Finding an editor, the perfect cover, formatting, and proofreading as well as marketing. It's all me. My time. My money. My effort. It's been trial and error but I've enjoyed every second of it.

I've said before that every time I write a story I leave a part of myself on the page. That's even more true now. So for everyone that's taken a chance on me ... thank you! You mean more to me than you'll ever know. I'd love to hear from you and I love to read your reviews, good or bad. As long as they're honest I don't care.

Until next time...

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Frozen Dreams by Cori Williams

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My life was perfect. I had everything I wanted, including the love of a man that intended to make all of my dreams come true.
Until…
“…the night my life as I knew it ended.”




In the blink of an eye, all I'd once known was ripped away. Suffering in limbo, full of fear and regret, I had only memories and dreams to comfort me, urging me to fight.




"...marriage is honourable in all, and the bed undefiled..."




But they stole it all.




Awakened to betrayal and pain, I struggle to find a new beginning. Yet the past seeps in, pulling me under. No matter how hard I try to keep my head above water, it threatens to ruin me.




How can I really live with my hopes for the future still frozen? And if the ice thaws, will I have the courage to build new dreams?




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I'm a stay at home mom to three crazy kiddos all under the age of five. I'm married to my high school sweetheart and I like to think we're living our own happily ever after. My contemporary romance's are all about the happy endings but of course there's lots of twists, turns, and a whole lot of drama added in. That's the fun part, right?




**Warning**These are NOT your mama's romance novels.




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Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Yay! It's release day! Loved is finally here!


My sweet, steamy peek at Western Palm is finally here!

Sun, sand, and sangria are what Megan wanted for spring break. Instead she’s getting linens, centerpieces, and dress fittings. The sister that constantly outshines her is getting married and Megan has to help with the preparations. While their friends are enjoying the beach and a typical college spring break, Matt and Megan are heading to her hometown.

An overbearing mother. A disapproving father. A stuffy, perfectionist sister. A poorly attempted set up.


Matt’s doing everything he can to show Megan and her family that she’s loved.

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Buy Loved here: 
Nook: coming soon



Check out other books in the Western Palm series!


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Monday, January 19, 2015

Loving Josie by AD Ellis Release Day

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Loving Josie, A Torey Hope Novel by A.D. Ellis
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~Synopsis~
This is a stand-alone novel and does not need to be read in order.
Josie Decker has spent her whole life as an unloved and unwanted bother. Like a wild horse captured and bridled, Josie’s spirit is broken. She devises a plan to start her life anew; silently biding her time, she waits for the perfect moment. When that moment arises, Josie takes the opportunity and runs freely into an uncertain future in Torey Hope.
Kyle Martin is a tattooed, pierced, bad boy with a heart of gold. Marching to the beat of his own drummer, Kyle meets his perfect match early on in life. Devastating circumstances beyond his control plunge Kyle into dark despair and suffocating blackness. In an effort to escape the blackness, Kyle accepts an offer from an old friend and moves to Torey Hope.
Josie and Kyle hit it off as close friends and kindred spirits right away. Both are harboring secrets and sadness, but the connection between them is bringing light back to their smiles, their hearts, their lives. Kyle and Josie cling to each other as they battle guilt and crushed spirits. Through it all, with a lot of help from an unexpected accomplice, Kyle and Josie come to view each other in a new light.
When the past catches up to them and causes their lives to come crashing down, will Kyle and Josie get the chance to see where their future is headed? Or will they be forced to admit they waited too long to embrace what was right in front of them the whole time?
A heart-wrenching and heart-warming love story of cherishing the past while embracing the future.
For ages 18+ due to adult language and situations.

This book will be available on Kobo, iBooks, Nook SOON (if it's not already!)
Amazon buy link: bit.ly/JosieAmazon
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Monday, January 5, 2015

A Real LIfe Blog Post from Me to You...

It's been a while since I've done one of these, but I thought it was time. So...



Happy New Year!! I'm usually not one to set resolutions. Let's face it most of us can't follow through on them and I know I'm one of them. I always get reflective toward the end of the year and this year was no different. I set goal for myself short-term and long-term. I do better with those than resolutions.

I'm pretty excited for 2015. I have a lot of things planned as far as my writing world goes. Hopefully that benefits my awesome readers.



It's been a little over a year since I self-published my first book. I re-released my first novel Tears in the Rubble in December of last year. It was previously released by Rebel Ink Press and I can't thank them enough for giving me a chance. Self-publishing has been a whirlwind though. I've learned so much and I'm still learning.

Cincy Author Event 2014



I went to my first author event in 2014 in Cincinnati. It was a blast! I also hosted an event in November of 2014 with Kate Roth. I still can't express how amazed I was by how smoothly it went. Everyone that attended (authors, bloggers, and readers) was amazing!

Kate and I with the Twinsies at Indie Unmasked!
HBICs! Kate and I at Indie Unmasked

 SO ... let's talk about 2015 and what's coming ...

Expected Releases (I made a pub schedule but it is tentative. It could change and I don't have dates set in stone.)
Loved (a Western Palm novella)-Feb 10th
Almost Never (standalone novel)-June 2015
Untitled (a Western Palm novel)-Aug 2015
Hitched (a Western Palm novella) Nov 2015

There may be more but those are the things I would like to put out this year.

Upcoming Events 2015
One More Romance Author Event
Dayton, OH
June 6th
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Louisville Authors Event
Louisville, KY
June 19th-20th
Get tickets!

I'm also planning some new swag and lots of fun giveaways!

That's all for now!
xoxo