Archive for September, 2014

Chills & Thrills Book Sale: Get Your Halloween On!

Sunday, September 28th, 2014

This time of year always gets me ready for Halloween. Yep, as many of you know, I’m wild about Halloween for a variety of reasons. Several of my paranormal romance novels are on sale at various outlets including Amazon, Barnes and Noble and Kobo. Plus I wanted to remind you that October 1 my Halloween Spooktacular starts here on the blog. Here are some of my paranormal novels for your spooky good reading pleasure.

 

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Forevermore is up at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Smashwords for 99 cents!

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Meet Me At The Castle is available at a variety of outlets, including Amazon and Liquid Silver Books.

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Blackout is a combo of paranormal romance mixed with suspense and post apoc. You can find it at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Smashwords.

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Last but not least, my Asylum Trilogy Bundle is on mega sale. Three full length paranormal romances for a very low price at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Smashwords!

These aren’t all my paranormal romances, but I wanted to highlight these for you. Have a great, spooky reading experience this October my friends.

Footprints In India: Heartwarming & Uplifting

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014

I’ve been meaning to recommend an extraordinary book, one written by my friend Arlene Van Belle. Footprints In India is a heartwarming and insightful journey told by Arlene as she has adventures with her tour group. Arlene had traveled through India before, but this journey would bring her and many of her companions new insights both cultural and spiritual in nature. I positively loved the depth and breadth of this book. I highly recommend it.

Footprints In India is available at a variety of outlets including Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

Writers: You Always Have A Choice

Thursday, September 18th, 2014

Choice. Many artistic people, whether they are writers or in another creative field, are prone to thinking that is destined to cause them significant grief. It is the same thinking even those outside of creative career fields are prone to believing. The belief that they have no choice.

Recently I read a post on social media that prompted me to write this blog because as an author and creativity coach, I don’t want anyone to lose their creative drive. The social media post hit a nerve with me, I’ll admit. It was one of those posts where one author tells other authors what they should be doing with their career, which publishers to submit to, etc. Advice is fine, and everyone gives advice to other people sometimes. I’ve given advice to other authors in blogs and in person. What worries me is when anyone insinuates that there is one right way to approach a career or a creative endeavor. “You should” was stated in this social media post over and over.

All of these shoulds give the impression there is only one way to have a writing career. Numerous articles, magazines, conference workshops and various other situations give authors continuous advice on the ins and outs of a publishing career.

If shoulds destroy creativity, what do you do? You have a choice. Always. Define for yourself what maintains your creativity. If you don’t have your ability to create, if you allow other people (no matter who they are) to define what you want to happen in your writing life, you’ll never be satisfied with your writing life. You’ll constantly be following trends, chasing someone else’s dream because you believe it “should” be your dream. You’ll stop writing because something bad happens in your career. You’ll throw your hands up and give up. Maintain your creativity. Fiercely defend it agains the shoulds.

You always have a choice.

99 cent sale for Halloween! Forevermore

Saturday, September 13th, 2014

For Halloween many of my self-pubbed books are on sale, but I wanted to remind you about Forevermore, my reincarnation romance set in Scotland which is 99 cents through at least Halloween. I hope you’ll stop by Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Smashwords, and Kobo and pick up your copy for some spooky good reading!

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Ebook Sale! Paranormal Titles In Time For Halloween

Tuesday, September 9th, 2014

I’m having a massive ebook sale on all my self published titles, but wanted to get a head start on telling you about the paranormal books just in time for Halloween. I hope you’ll check out each title on sale, read the blurbs and pick up a few for your Halloween reading. Links are for Amazon and Smashwords only at this time but I’ll have others added as soon as I get them. Thanks so much!

 

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Blackout

(post apoc/paranormal romance)

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Asylum Trilogy (Boxed Set)

Pardon me not having the boxed set cover. It’s gone missing for a bit it seems. So I have the cover for the first story here for you. You can also buy the books individually on sale.)

(Paranormal Romance)

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Smashwords

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Forevermore

(Paranormal Romance–only 99 cents for limited time.)

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Take a peek at all these titles and fill your ereader with some chilling reads for Halloween!

Favorite Quotes From Anne Lamott

Friday, September 5th, 2014

One of my favorite books on writing is Bird By Bird by Anne Lamott, and today I’d like to share my favorite quotes from the book. Anne hits so many places that I can really relate to in so many ways. In particular I love the last two quotes. Enjoy!

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Bird By Bird Quotes

“The problem that comes up over and over again is that these people want to be published. They kind of want to write, but they really want to be published.”

“Doctorow once said that “writing a novel is like driving a car at night. You can see only as far as your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way.””

“Just get it all down on paper, because there may be something great in those six crazy pages that you would never have gotten to by more rational, grown-up means.”

“Perfectionism is the voice of the oppressor, the enemy of the people. It will keep you cramped and insane your whole life, and it is the main obstacle between you and a shitty first draft.”

“I talked earlier about the artist who is trying to capture something in one corner of his canvas but keeps discovering that what he has painted is not what he had in mind. He keeps covering his work over with white paint each time that he discovers what isn’t, an each time this brings him closer to what it is.”

“If you find you start a number of stories or pieces you don’t ever bother finishing, that you lose interest or faith in them along the way, it may be there is nothing at their center about which you care passionately. You nee to put yourself at their center, you and what you believe to be true or right. The core, ethical concepts in which you most passionately believe are the language in which you are writing…Telling you these truths is your job.”

“The great writers keep writing about the cold dark place within, the water under a frozen lake or the secluded, camouflaged hole.”

“We write to expose the unexposed. If there is one door in the castle you have been told not to go through, you must. Otherwise, you’ll just be rearranging furniture in rooms you’ve already been in.”

“You cannot write out of someone else’s big dark place; you can only write out of your own.”