Why Attend a Book Event?

Attending book events may seem too troublesome or expensive to some authors, but I think they are important. Not only do you meet new readers, which is the most important reason for me to go, but depending on the event I can learn so much.

I recently attended Indie Book Fest 2017 in Orlando, a wonderfully organized annual event. It was my third time around and I had a blast. There were informative panels on Industry Day. I attended panels on How to Write a Realistic Fight Scene – wicked fun and taught by author L.E. Perez. I learned about how to better build my brand as an author. Look for more information on that in the days to come.  AND I learned more about marketing than I can fit into my wee brain. Which is why I took gobs of notes.

I loved meeting new author friends and new readers and re-connecting with friends I’d already made. It recharges me as an author to be around those who write. It’s how I build those characters with passion, power and purpose! We sit around in the lobby of the hotel on the off hours and share so much information that it can make your head spin. Or was that the margaritas??

There are tons of events going on all over the place, some in your own neighborhood. Do some Google searches and search on Facebook. I know they seem expensive and if you avoid going because you won’t make your money back, go anyway. You won’t make your money back in most cases, but the other fringe benefits are very worth it.

Do research the event first. You do want to gauge if it is going to have enough attendees to get the above benefits, but usually if the event has happened multiple times it has gathered a following of fans.

Check some out and go have fun!

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New Release! The Dragon is Live! Soul Fire – Book One in the Soul Fire Series

Yep! Another new release. Soul Fire, the first book in the Soul Fire Series is out! This novella was first part of the Stoking the Flames boxed set with 13 other wonder authors. Now it is a stand alone and the first story of many to come in the series. I’m excited about it. It’s a little different because this hero and heroine are bound to the Order of the Hunters of the Cross and they rid the world of supernatural evil that threatens mankind. And there’s NO lack of sexual tension between the two.  Meet Grace and Gabriel…

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After a horrifying encounter with the Bride of the Dark Lord, Hunters of the Cross Gabriel and Grace Rome are paying a terrible price. Not only did Grace lose the child she carried, but Medea, the Dark Witch, bonded her to the Soul Fire Stone. Forever doomed to take the form of a dragon and do the witch’s bidding, Grace is forced to destroy the very human lives she’s sworn to protect. Not to mention, she’s forever separated from the love of her life and his passionate embrace.

Gabriel is determined to separate the dragon spirit from his wife’s soul and return her to human form. Together with the Archangel Michael he searches to find a way to break the curse of the Soul Fire stone. He’s located the Dark Witch and is eager to exact his revenge, but Medea has a soul shocking surprise for the couple. Even with all the powers of the Cross at their disposal, they couldn’t have foreseen what is about to change their lives forever.

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Sweet Revenge – Now A Stand Alone Short Story

Hello Readers,

Just wanted to let you know about a new release. Many of you have been asking for more books in the Haunted Destiny Series. Well…it’s not a book but it is a short story featuring Destiny and all her friends both human and other worldly.

This story was originally featured in The Thrill of the Hunt Anthology but I’m now releasing it as a stand alone short. If you haven’t read it yet, check it out! Please leave a review if you read it!

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Love It When a Story Comes Together

It’s dark and early this fine day, and yes, instead of sleeping, I’m up before the birds writing. Many times as a writer, I become frustrated with a story, and although I wouldn’t necessarily think of it as writer’s block, I guess in a way it is.

I’m involved in an upcoming anthology, and the due date is looming. The parameters around the story are a bit more defined than I’m used to, and, for some reason, I just couldn’t wrap my mind around the concept. I struggled and struggled, putting it off until I knew I just had to sit down and start writing. Some words on the page are better than nothing. So, I wrote a short synopsis to help get me started. This is often how I begin a book. I write what I will put on the back cover first. This often stimulates ideas and helps me plot out the rest of the story.

Nope…that didn’t work here. It wasn’t the genre. I’m a multi-genre author and believe in my own heart that I can write anything given enough time and research, but for some reason this concept was eluding me. I’m not one to write within parameters. I never liked to follow a specific formula for a genre–okay I’m a rogue, what can I say?–so I suppose my brain was just refusing to cooperate. But this anthology means a lot to me, and I didn’t want to let my fellow authors down so I pressed on.

I often spin tales while I’m walking around the 72 acre lake in our subdivision, while I clean house (my absolutely least favorite chore), driving from place to place, or even in the line at the grocery store. My mind is always working. But alas, nothing for this particular tale.

Finally, I realized what was wrong. I was working too hard. I had a premise, I’d written the first 800 words, but had no middle or end. I was forcing the story. So…I gave up. I went to bed last night with the idea floating in my mind, just the briefest of thoughts, and fell asleep. Guess what? Around 4 am this morning, my eyes popped open and the entire story played out in my head. From beginning to end. The ENTIRE THING!

Now to those of you who aren’t writers and happen to stumble upon my blog, I’m not insane. This really isn’t that uncommon for us. We live with our characters and storylines rattling around in our minds all the time. Very often they sneak up on us and announce their presence.  But my point in all of this rambling is to tell you from one writer to another….Relax.

The more you push and panic, the more frozen your brain came become. As in most things you do, taking a step back, breathing a deep breath, or, in my case, sleeping, allows the mind to gather its wits and refocus. So, fellow writers, when you find yourself in a similar position, in  the words of Elsa of Disney’s animated Frozen…Let it Go! Let the idea float in your mind as your drift off to dreamland and perhaps the same thing can happen to you. I just Love It When a Story Comes Together.

What do you do to shake a story loose?

Look for my renegade, troublemaker of a story, Of My Blood, coming soon.

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Great Contest You Don’t Want to Miss

Hey Folks,

If you’re a writer, you want to check out this contest over at Dan Alatorre’s blog. My company Select-O-Grafix, LLC is sponsoring one of the main prizes.

Check it out Here

Good Luck!

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Release Day!! Stoking the Flames is LIVE!

I’m so happy and excited to be a part of this boxed set. It challenged me to write a different kind of shifter story. And to make my shifter a heroine instead of a hero was also a new twist on this type of book for me. I fell in love with Grace in another story I wrote many years ago and to bring this back to life was a lot of fun.

The 12 other stories are all different and equally as entertaining. I hope you meet some new authors on your journey through this world of fantasy.

Authors love reviews, so if you read it, please let us know what you think, even if it’s only a sentence or two.

As always, a BIG THANK YOU to my readers. Without you I couldn’t do what I love!

To buy your copy, here are the links:

AMAZON: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01NAQ7IJR
AMAZON UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B01NAQ7IJR
AMAZON CA: https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B01NAQ7IJR
AMAZON AU: https://www.amazon.com.au/dp/B01NAQ7IJR
Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/…/stoking-the-flames-13-tales-of-drago…
iBooks: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/id1192874425
B&N: http://bit.ly/2ibLm94

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Tease from a Dragon – Excerpt From Soul Fire – Releases Tomorrow

Dragon Lovers Unite! Tomorrow is the big day. Stoking the Flames releases with 13 dragon shifter stories fromBest Selling authors. As a tease, here’s part of Chapter One from my story Soul Fire.

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How could she love a man who made her so furious? Because of his undying devotion, Grace had to murder thousands of innocent people. Her heart seized at the mere thought of what the Dark Witch’s curse held over her. When the witch enacted the bond of the Soul Fire Stone, Grace had no choice but to obey.

She rose higher in the sky, pressing down on the current with her strong wings. She’d need the height to swoop down on the village and release her rain of fire. She swiped at the air with her clawed feet, climbing higher with each stroke. If only she could figure out a way to fight the burning desire to destroy everything in her path each time the witch called upon her. She tried it once, and the pain nearly dropped her out of the sky. Some days, dying seemed a viable escape. Just refuse the Soul Fire’s call and let the agony consume her. It couldn’t hurt any worse than being forced to kill innocents. Only one thing kept her from surrendering…. Hope. Hope the infuriating man she loved would find a way to break the curse. But every time he got close, the witch summoned her dragon to destroy whichever town in which he sought information to the witch’s whereabouts.

I’m that dragon. I’m the one forced to expel my fiery breath upon all those who have no idea what danger is about to befall them. I’ve warned Gabriel time and time again. Search for the witch, but do not ask for information in town. He has the God-given talent to find her by other means. Why doesn’t he use it? He’s a hunter at heart, and I’m his prey. But this is inexcusable.

The call of the witch’s wrath flowed over her in a red-hot wave.

Do it! the witch’s voice commanded her.

Grace couldn’t resist. The burn rose in her breast as she banked for the turn. She prayed her love had moved on.

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