Friday, September 26, 2014

New Anthology is Out! Just in Time for Autumn/Halloween!

And I have a story in it!  WAHOO!  It's the 2014 Autumn Collection Anthology: Sweet/Sensual by Victory Tales Press.

The cover (gorgeous!) looks like this:

Here are the blurbs:

Six complete sweet to sensual romances from six multi-talented authors in settings that are sure to keep you spellbound with tales about young magic, charming reunions, and new beginnings. Enjoy the darker side where witches cast spells, vampires exist, and zombies walk the earth. There's a story for everyone. Included in this autumn collection:

Man of Her Dreams by Gerald Costlow
Anise and Charlene are living the busy lives of young Goth women trying to juggle college and jobs and – in their case – training as apprentice Sherritt witches under the tutelage of Anise's mother, Annabel.

Then over Thanksgiving break, the girls encounter a young man named Donnie who claims to be running from a demon – a demon sent by the Devil himself. They might have dismissed the man as deluded, but Anise recognizes him from her dreams. He is the perfect lover she's been dreaming of night after night.

Now the witches are involved in a deadly game of hide-and-seek, discovering they have only days to figure out how to help Donnie. Are even the famous Sherritt witches up to the challenge? Third in the Modern Day Sherritt series.

Under the Harvest Moon by Markee Anderson
Victoria Sommerfield is the maid of honor at her neighbor's wedding, the day after the Harvest Festival. She's also very fond of Kirby, her best friend from high school, who's also in the bridal party. Victoria's forced to make a few decisions thanks to a crime in town. At least Kirby can save the day, for now. But can she take the next step with him?

Day of the Dead ~ (Dia de los Muertos) by Cecilia Corona
The Day of the Dead takes on a new meaning, when the dead don't stay dead. Dr. Valentina Bellmonte, a cancer survivor, is the new coroner at Hope Memorial. Her faith is put to the test when a body arrives at the morgue drained of blood and the man responsible for the crime is sporting fangs. Could vampires be real?

Her good friend, Dr. Xander Carlisle seems to know the truth, but he's unwilling to confide in her. He has a secret of his own and it's not just how he feels about her, but something else entirely, something he's forbidden to reveal.

Apple of His Eye by Nan O'Berry
Callie Dalton's truck runs out of gas on the road to her families fruit stand. When a forestry agent Marshall Albright comes to her rescue, little does she know that he is the grandson of her grandfather's worst enemy, Brice Huntington. It seems the Dalton's and Huntington's have been waging a feud for the past twenty-nine years, ever since Laura Huntington left Stephen Dalton at the altar.

Falling in love was the easy part; the hard part is going to be keeping their grandparents from confronting one another. Can their love bring these two warring factions together?

Alive by Vincent Nutt
A mutated form of Cholera infects the world, creating zeeks, a zombielike creature in every respect. The group I'm with has traveled far. We've all lost those we've held dear along the way, but when life is unpredictable, anything can happen... This Thanksgiving brings new friends into our lives, and a fresh look at what tomorrow may bring.

Young Witchcraft by Stephanie Burkhart
Rachel's secret would have Cotton Mather rolling over in his grave. She's been raised from an early age to use magic for good, despite her temptation to cast a spell against Phil the bully who can't stop teasing her.

Joe thinks Rachel is cool, especially when she weaves her healing magic spells on him, but he's got his own problems. It's not easy keeping Rachel safe from Phil's constant threats.

When Phil poisons Rachel, can love and little young witchcraft bring Rachel and Joe together or has years of Phil's bullying ruined their relationship for good?

I hope you can check it out and pick up a copy for yourself.  I think it's a terrific read!

Here are a few links (my website link will be updated when more sales venues are listed):
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Have a wonderful week!

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

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I'm doing the newsletters for a small publishing company.  They have the coolest books, too!  Want in on this wonderful FREE opportunity?

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Friday, September 19, 2014

A Million Dollar Book Plot

Have you ever sat back and said to yourself, 'I could write a book worth a million bucks?'  If you're an author, chances are, your answer is yes.  I'm not going to go into the pitfalls, because chances are, it won't happen, but think about what WOULD happen to you if that, indeed, came true.

So you write this book and you decided to go indie.  For some reason, word of mouth goes viral and you become a household name.  Your book sells hundreds for the first week, thousands the second week, and then tens of thousands or hundreds of thousands week after week until you sell at least a half a million books (for a $2.99 book, you get about $2 per book on Amazon).

Wow.  500,000 books sold.

What would your life be like?  I'm sure you're thinking of Amanda Hocking or Hugh Howey when you consider this.  These are two of the big sellers for indie books.

For me, I'm glad I'm rather anonymous.  My pen names are nothing like my real name.  I don't want people to talk about what I buy at the grocery store, or see me on the street eating a donut, for example (not that I can with my diabetes, but I can dream).

But if I sold that many books, chances are the big book publishers would wow me, like they did with Amanda Hocking, to get the books in print for her.

What would you do with that money?  I'd pay off our house, fix it up so it's actually not falling apart, and put the kids through college.  I'd also buy a new car (since mine has over 106,000 miles on it) and move to another state.  Then I'd sell our house where we are now, and live on a few acres out in the woods.  But then again, I'm an introvert.  I don't like being around tons of people.

I had a friend once, who would've loved to have been famous.  She wanted her books to be on the shelves and have people fawn over her. She wanted to be someone special.  I don't have that desire, myself.

How about you?  What would you do if you sold that many books? How would your life change?

Friday, September 12, 2014

Pet Peeve

When we were kids, we all misspelled things.  There was no such thing as a spell checker.  If you wanted to check how to spell something, you opened the dictionary and figured it out.

So why, these days, don't people know how to spell?  I get emails from people with amazing misspellings that you wouldn't believe.  I'm not talking about the minor misspellings, but biggies. For example, someone wrote to me that something was bizarre, as in out of the ordinary.  But it wasn't 'bizarre,' it was 'bazaar.'  That spelling is a type of fair, not something out of the ordinary.  I figured, since she was a teacher, she'd just typed it wrong.  But she's written that phrase to me many times, she really thinks that's the word for 'out of the ordinary.'  I'm not about to correct her, because she's the type to get upset with me.

I worry about my own grammar and misspellings, as well.  I'm not perfect and I know I've written a few things that aren't spelled right.  I play a free game of scrabble in my free time, just to learn how to spell and to learn new words.  It's amazing what one can do with so few letters and/or spaces available.

I guess my pet peeve is more my problem than anyone else's.  I should just let it go, but like my daughter, who loves to edits others' emails, papers, and books without anyone asking, it's something I have a hard time letting go.

How about you?  Does it bug you when someone makes mistakes in their emails or posts?  I just hope I haven't committed my own pet peeve in this posting.  LOL!

Have a great week!

Friday, September 5, 2014

A Character Reunion

Dear Characters,

I've missed you so much.  You fill my mind with your antics, and I can't wait to visit with you again.  I'm so sorry I've been busy with life, but sometimes, fantasies have to be put on hold to deal with the problems of today.  Now that my kids have gone back to college and will only encompass an hour or two of my time daily, (and yes, I'm being honest), and our two Boston terriers (Calvin and Hobbes) are older and don't whine QUITE as much, I can now get back to your stories.  You've told me your plight over and over again in my mind over the past few months, so I know your story backward and forward.  However, when I put my fingers to the keyboard, sometimes, your stories take a twist into the unknown.  Don't'll be fine in the end and will more than likely find the love of your dreams.

I'm so ready for a character reunion, it's ridiculous.  I dream about many of them, more than what's just out there and published.  My head's full of the characters' quips and comments for everything I do.

And yes.  I am a writer.  I don't consider myself an 'author' because I feel closer to my characters than someone who makes their profession as an author.  I am my characters' best friend and feel badly when I have to finish their stories, and they can go off on their own, into a world of bliss and romance.

So characters, I'm back.  My last kid went back to college on Sunday morning.  I'm now free to write again.  We're going to have a character/family reunion in my head this weekend.  Remind me who you are and your story that's begging to be told, once again.

Thanks for listening,

***  Note to readers...I'm not crazy, I just wanted you to know what I miss the most--writing about the people in my head.  LOL!

Have a super week!