Tuesday, August 22, 2017

What's Happening?

It's been a while since I've posted an entry here that's not a New Release promo for another author. As I've mentioned before, it's hard for me to talk about myself. I love to talk about my books, but I really suck at talking about my daily routine, how I write, the life of a writer, and those other good things other authors post. I'm trying to get over it. There's no need to have a blog, which isn't anything more than a web diary, if I'm not going to share on a regular basis. Right?

Well, the release of Born To Be Wild was wonderful. Release month (June) sales met my expectations. July and August were very good, but I've been wrestling with myself about my expectations. Although I am so thankful for each and every sale, I wonder if my expectations have been too low. Selling one thousand copies on Amazon during a release month seems like a dream to some indie authors, but compared to what big name romance authors sell during the first thirty days after releasing a new book, it's just a drop in the bucket.

My problem(s) is that I have no desire to work like a maniac to get those numbers. I do some paid advertising and lots of free social network promotion, but I'm so not interested in going out and doing signings, traveling to literary events in other states, doing blog radio shows, cable TV, etc., it's not even funny. Thank God for the Internet. I do quite a few online events to interact with readers online without having to go through a whole lot of aggravation. In fact, I'm doing one on Saturday. Here's the promotional video:

The majority of my writing colleagues are younger than I am, and they get a real charge out of doing this stuff. When I see pictures from the events, I feel as though I missed out on something wonderful. Yet, it's still not enough to drive me to participate. Perhaps if I did, my sales would increase. Maybe not.

That being said, let me tell about what I've been doing. Hubby and I are getting ready to do two local events in September and October. He's an artist who paints beautifully but has never offered any of his work for sale. Most of his work is landscapes and other settings.

I've already ordered our table banners, racks and stands, and I've checked out how other authors decorate their tables for events. So I'm stepping out of my cozy little author comfort zone. I'll post about each event once it's over and let everyone know how it went.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

New Release Spotlight!

Normally I don't to New Release Spotlights back to back, but it just so happens that the lovely Joy Avery also has a new novel, and I didn't want to miss about sharing it with you!

Write Now Literary is pleased to announce Maybe, Book Blast Tour with Joy Avery. August 3, 2017. @wnlbooktours @authorjoyavery Genre: Contemporary Romance ASIN: B072VJ9P6K

About The Book

Sometimes, all it takes is the right motivation… Artist Rana Lassiter has sworn off men. After being hurt, she prefers painting passionate scenes of love on her canvas instead of the real thing. But when she meets Mount Pleasance’s newest arrival, sexy and suave fireman Dallas Fontaine, she envisions a different kind of stroke than the ones she performs with her brush. To say she’s attracted to the debonair man is an understatement, but she refuses to fall victim to his good looks, charm or persistence. Dallas has never had a problem getting any woman he wants. And he wants Rana. In a way he’s never wanted any woman before. There’s just one problem…she doesn’t want him. But she will. By the time he’s done, she won’t be able to resist his blazing kisses. But nothing is easy, especially love. When a life-altering event occurs, it will test them both. Are they strong enough to forge through the catastrophic storm, or will they allow it to destroy their chance at happily-ever-after?
Rana eyed him curiously. “I like you?”
“I know.”
She barked a laugh. “I wasn’t confessing. I was asking—”
“If I wanted to kiss you? Why, yes, I do.”
When he tilted his head forward, Rana reeled back. “What do you think you’re doing?”
He would have actually been convinced she was insulted, had her eyes not been fixed on his mouth. “Giving you what you want.”
About The Author

By day, Joy Avery works as a customer service assistant. By night, the North Carolina native travels to imaginary worlds--creating characters whose romantic journeys invariably end happily ever after. Since she was a young girl growing up in Garner, Joy knew she wanted to write. Stumbling onto romance novels, she discovered her passion for love stories; instantly, she knew these were the type stories she wanted to pen. Real characters. Real journeys. Real good love is what you'll find in a Joy Avery romance. Joy is married with one child. When not writing, she enjoys reading, cake decorating, pretending to expertly play the piano, driving her husband insane, and playing with her two dogs. Joy is a member of Romance Writers of America and Heart of Carolina Romance Writers.
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Wednesday, August 2, 2017

New Release Spotlight

Today I am pleased and honored to present the new release entitled Beautiful from author Sylvia Hubbard!

Creative Expressions Literary Services is pleased to announce Virtual Book Tour for Beautiful by Sylvia Hubbard. The tour will run July 23-August 6, 2017.
Publication Date: July 7, 2017
Genre: Romance and Suspense
Paperback: 324 pages

About the Author
Sylvia Hubbard knew she’d wanted to be a writer of romance long before she knew there were black writers in the world. Weaving stories magically as a summer past time to writing stories to get through the humdrum of school, she was able to create something from nothing.

Today, she has independently published over 40 books, is the founder of Motown Writers Network and The Michigan Literary Network, CEO of HubBooks Literary Services, runs over five blogs on a variety of subjects, host The Michigan Literary Network Radio Show and is a happily divorced mother of three children in Detroit, Michigan.
“I’m no superwoman,” she states with a smile that seems infinite on her lips. “I’m just being an asset in the world instead of a liability.”

About The Book
Madison wanted more than anything to be beautiful and meeting a tall, handsome stranger was the answer to her prayers. Yet, was meeting the stranger all a ploy to steal her valuable research? Or did he really love her? She must discover the truth, but will she survive or lose herself and everything she has worked for. Find the answers wrapped around suspense, drama, and romance in Beautiful, Author Sylvia Hubbard’s 40th Novel. Read chapters 1-5 of Beautiful for free

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