The week that was in the year of saying yes
First off I'm not going to lie- I didn't love 2018 from an author perspective. I set some lofty goals and I fell short. There were lots of reasons for this that include the fact that even I need to sleep and as much as I love my author life it's not worth missing out on real life to make it work. Still, I was bummed at the end of the year. 2017 was my best year in terms of sales and goals and I felt like I was gaining traction and it all slipped away in 2018.
Fast forward to 2019 and I set new ambitious goals that included launching a book a month - I haven't quite done that - but I will have published twelve times by the end of 2019 so we'll take it. In order to make that happen I said yes late last year to a lot of projects.
I said yes I'll try and get a on board with Sweet Promise Press when they launched last year which meant I had No Time For Temptation ready to roll in January.
I said yes to joining the Coffee Talk on the Board Walk multi-author series and yes to the Oceanic Dreams series as well. Originally that had me releasing my Oceanic Dreams book - Shut Up and Dance With Me in May and my Cinnamon Bay book with Coffee Talk in June. Then the Oceanic Dreams book got bumped to August and we added a novella to the Cinnamon Bay series.
So that meant that the novella Love on the Boardwalk, launched this week along with the first book in the Oceanic Dreams series. That was a lot of partying and promoting for both books.
You know what is awesome about being in a multi author series? Everyone has their own special talents that they bring to the table from graphic design, building websites, book formatting or book trailers. It's so nice to be part of a team and not figuring all that stuff out all on my own.
I'll be featuring all the amazing authors here on my blog and on my Facebook page so you can see how great they are for yourselves.
So that means we have two gorgeous book trailers which I will share over the next week. First Coffee talk on the Boardwalk and then Oceanic Dreams later this week.
Some of you may know I've set up a small business GetSocialWriteNow to help other authors on their path to publishing - I've learned a lot on my journey and I hate it when I see people struggling when there's no need. I've always been happy to help people and I know most authors are very generous with their time. Building an author platform takes quite a bit of know how so I started sharing mine,
Anyway, part of promoting this, and books as well is getting out there and talking about what I can do. As part of this strategy when I was asked to be on a panel at the WriteNow! Festival in Lake Macquarie I said yes. I had no idea it would end up being the same week that all of this was happening and I was a little overwhelmed mid-week thinking about it.
As it turned out it was the perfect way to spend the day - surrounded by authors and aspiring writers and librarians and books. It was actually a really fun and joyous experience I'm glad I said yes to.
So that's my week on review. If you want to support the projects I have said yes to you can see all my books here on Amazon.
A Wave of Love by Monica Donnelly
Fintan Doherty was back.
Polly had spent a decade avoiding the man who’d broken her heart as a teenager but now he was back in town and she couldn’t seem to escape him.
Fin wanted wanted to make amends, not for leaving but for the way he left. He’d gone to pursue a career as an World Champion Surfer, that was his dream and he’d fulfilled it. He didn’t regret going but he did regret that his leaving had broken Polly’s heart.
Polly hated that Fin was still the one man she’d ever loved. She’d tried to move on and now ran a successful vineyard but for some reason no one else had touched her like Fin, which meant here she was nearly thirty and still a virgin.
If Fin wanted her forgiveness all he had to to was commit to some no strings attached sex while he was in town. Polly was certain it was a win-win for everyone.
The only problem was Fin wasn’t planning on leave and he definitely wasn’t planning on kissing Polly good-bye again.
This is the second book in the Henley’s Bluff series and can be read as a stand-alone novel
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Dancing by the Moonlight: (A sweet summer romance to read on the beach) (A Carlisle Bay Novel) by Angie Ellington
Olivia Shields is a new resident to Carlisle Bay, Connecticut, after having traveled the world as a professional ballet dancer. Dancing was her life. Chasing performance dreams is all she's ever known or planned for. Now, she'll take on a new role as the manager of her aunt's coastal boutique.
Brady Carlisle has recently returned to Carlisle Bay; the hometown of his family's namesake. He's spent the last decade in California, designing and patenting surfboards. Becoming his own man without relying on the Carlisle name is all he's ever wanted.
Just as life seems to be getting on track, the boutique could be lost. The Shields women have got a few storms to weather. They aren't the only ones. The Carlisle family has held on to secrets for over a decade.
Starting over isn't always simple. Will they try and recapture a summer love swept out at sea thirteen years earlier.. Will secrets and heartache of the past keep them apart? Life may not always be smooth sailing along the shores of Carlisle Bay, but fireworks are sure to be found.
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Frankie B - The Ghost Ship - A paranormal witch cozy mystery (Marina Witches Mysteries Book 1) by Andrene Low
She’s a jinxed witch with Bruce Lee moves. The coven's being haunted and witches are disappearing. Will she be able to save the coven and herself?
Not yet over the loss of her mom, Frankie B's in a new city, without family, a home or her full powers. Thank goodness for her familiar, Dex, the best Jack Russell in the world.
They're faced with moving into a flea-pit motel, when Dex spots a vacancy at a nearby marina. But this is no ordinary marina, and before they've even had time to finish unpacking, life takes a deadly turn.
Will Frankie solve the mystery of the missing witches and rid the coven of the ghost of Captain Russell Garnet? Or will her ability to make him corporeal see her being held as his prisoner until her dying breath? Either way, she's not going down without a fight.
Frankie B and the Ghost Ship will have you longing to perform magic of your own and maybe even considering a few self-defence classes...
Claim your piece of magic by getting a copy today.
Three new releases for your to enjoy this #NewRelease Friday. Happy reading!
Aloha Love by Susan Murphy
From the author of the Confetti Confidential series, Susan Murphy, comes a new women’s fiction novel about finding yourself through the toughest of experiences and learning how to not only love again, but how to love yourself.
They say ‘true love comes but once,’ but what if you missed it?
Jennifer Bell knows she missed her chance more than twenty years ago. Heartbroken and alone, she fell into the arms of a charming guy and into his violent hold. Barely escaping with her life with scars that would likely never heal, she vowed never to let herself fall in love again.
Throwing herself into her work as a marriage celebrant, she spends her time helping others achieve their fairy tale ending. But what if the chance for love found its way back to her?
While on a working holiday to Hawaii, with her best friend Anna (who is having a major life crisis of her own), an encounter with the man she lost all those years ago could change everything.
Will she have the courage to fight for what she wants?
Get your copy here
Ellen the Bride by Diane Michaels
Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue. For an experienced wedding professional like Ellen, planning her own wedding should be as simple as the age-old rhyme.
Unfortunately, her something old is an ex-boyfriend itching to get back together, her something new is being the first bride to walk down the aisle at a venue still under construction, and her something borrowed is time. It’s enough to make a bride quite blue.
Trying to land her dream job offers her a distraction from her wedding blues. But when her fiancé Josh takes off for a Broadway tour without so much as a kiss goodbye, will Ellen’s plans for the perfect wedding disappear with him?
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Ms Medicine by Olivia Arquette
Her new career is everything she’s never dreamed of...
Caprice Bello is broke, living in her grandparent’s basement, and in need of a new career. When a friend offers to help her land a job selling pharmaceuticals she’s reluctant, but then caves. After all, the pay is decent, the company car is free, and doctors are the nice guys. Besides, how hard could it be? Turns out, plenty.
After completing a crash course in pharma sales, Caprice hits the field determined to earn a top award and luxury trip to Australia. Too bad she’s unprepared for mean doctors and even meaner coworkers. Add to that Caprice’s unrequited crush on an irresistible colleague, and suddenly her easy job is anything but.
Before long, Caprice experiences a series of unexpected snafus that cause her once rising sales to tank. Not only is her goal of winning the top award and trip waylaid, but her new career is in real jeopardy. Desperate, Caprice gambles on a risky strategy that will result in either glorious victory or spectacular defeat.
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Happy Release Week to me
This week sees the release of Any Way You Like It the final book in the Upper Crust Series.
I worked out yesterday that I'd been working on the series since 2014, that's quite a long time to spend writing a series you never planned to write. I'm pleased to say that I've enjoyed writing each and every one of these stories. There is definitely a bittersweet quality to finishing up but I think that it's time.
Dave has popped up in most of the books since Any Way You Dream It so it's fitting that his story helps us close it out.
If you want a shot at winning some cool unicorn merchandise as unicorns feature in the novel just a bit you should stop by my Facebook page an enter my release week competition.
It's important to celebrate a new release and I know lots of my readers have fallen in love with the characters in the Upper Crust Series almost as much as I have, Thank you to those of you who have kept me company on this fun journey.
Any Way You Like It, An Upper Crust Novel
The first time Dave saw Tasha again he thought he'd imagined her, the second time he wished he had. Years ago she'd broken his heart and never looked back, leaving him stuck in his hometown because of a long held promise to his late sister.
Tasha was back because she needed a place to hide. It was no coincidence she'd picked the only place she'd ever been happy. She hadn't expected Dave would to be happy to see her, or that he'd still be single. She was wrong on both counts. Still when she needed a safe place to stay and when he offered her one and she couldn't bring herself to refuse.
The town Dave was itching to escape seemed idyllic to Tasha but she hadn't wanted to belong before - could she convince him that this time everything was different?
Will their past be a foundation for a new beginning or the very thing that keeps them apart?
If you've ever wanted a second chance at first love Any Way You Like It is for you. Buy it here today.
Isn't she pretty?
Don't you just love the cover for Something to Sing About? I adore it. It is one of my personal favourites - I know one isn't supposed to have them but I do...(Any Way You Want It is my fave Upper Crust Cover).
This book was a fun one to write. When I started this series I already had this book well and truly in mind. I love Ruby's character and I do love a bit of unrequited love. Let's face it we've all been there. ( I was the queen of unrequited love back in the day).
I also love Ryan's character. He's really trying to do the right thing by everyone but he seems to just keep getting it wrong - something else I can relate to, the harder I try the more complicated life gets.
Plus they're just a really cute couple together and I really enjoyed the banter between them. In fact I like all the characters in this book - well maybe not Pandora so much because she's somewhat self-absorbed but even she has potential. I can't imagine living in a world where people fawned over me day and night and said yes to everything I wanted - it must be hard when someone actually says no.
Anyway, I really hope you enjoy reading Something to Sing About. I released it on Boxing Day because I spend every Boxing Day reading and loading my Kindle and I was hoping others would do the same.
I'm already at work on Something to Savour which is Emme's story and Book 3 in the Jewel Sisters series and it will be out in the first part of 2018.
I have lots of exciting things planned publishing-wise in the New Year which I hope will keep you excited and engaged with my books and characters.
Cheers and Happy Reading
11/19/2016 1 Comment
I am so excited today to have Erin Cawood on the blog. Erin has done the cover for Snowbound, A Chicklit Christmas Novella which releases this week.
I absolutely love this cover. It really captures the feel and the essence of the book, which is what you always hope for when you set out to have a cover designed.
Erin has made a video talking you through her design experience and how we worked together to come up with the design which I think you will find really interesting.
Erin lives in the UK and I live in Australia so we've never met in real life so seeing her on video was extra fun for me. (Don't you just love how the internet makes it possible for us to collaborate with people who live a world away?)
This isn't the first cover Erin and I have done together, she did all my Upper Crust Series Covers as well, but this is our first illustrated cover together.
I really hope you enjoy the video and if you are an author I highly recommend getting in touch with Erin to look at working with her.
To celebrate the launch of the new anthology It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Chick Lit, which I have a story in I'm doing a series of interviews with some of the authors involved in the project. First up is Amy Gettinger.
The Five (Holiday) Five With Amy Gettinger
1. You have a holiday story in It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Chicklit...what’s your favourite holiday?
I probably love Thanksgiving more than Christmas at this point. I used to love Christmas best, but for the woman of the house, it is a huge, exhausting, month-long production with few surprises. Thanksgiving is much less material and just involves a huge, gorgeous meal with a lot of lovely people. Besides, I love turkey and mashed potatoes and cranberry sauce AND pumpkin pie.
2. What book are you reading right now or looking forward to reading next?
I’m reading In a Gilded Cage and Crowned and Dangerous, both by Rhys Bowen. I love mystery with a female sleuth, and I really enjoy both Bowen's Molly Murphy series and her Royal Spyness series.
3. Of your own novels do you have a favourite?
Probably. I think Roll with the Punches is my favorite. I loved the research into roller derby, and I really knew my stuff as far as Alzheimer’s, so it was easy to write. Plus, it helped me process my father’s long siege of Alzheimer’s.
4. Are you working on a novel/book/story now? Can you tell me a little bit about it?
I have a WIP about another roller girl, the biggest one on the team. I can’t say more at the moment. It’s very much in process, and it just isn’t calming down into a smooth story the way I’d like. (darn characters)
5. What’s your favourite holiday song/or food or tradition?
I send Christmas cards to over 100 people every year. If you’re on my good list, you get one—plus a long, thorough Christmas letter with pictures. I’m a good writer, and these letters are hilarious. It’s my favorite thing to do at Christmas.
Amy Gettinger, once a community college ESL instructor, now coaches reader’s theater for seniors. She lives in her dream house in Orange County, California underneath a eucalyptus windrow full of parrots and crows. For fun, she walks the local beach cliff path with her husband and the dogs--and thinks up perfectly ridiculous characters and crimes to write about.
8/26/2016 3 Comments
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