Book Launch Party Fun

Posted by on Jun 15, 2015 in books / reading, Faded, Flicker, Fracture, friends & family

Last Tuesday was my first ever book launch party and it was better than I expected! I’ve heard horror stories of only a handful of people showing up, so my biggest fear was that I’d be stuck twiddling my thumbs for two hours with my mom and husband. But we had a steady flow of people and — best of all — I sold out of FADED! It was so wonderful to see the friends and family who’ve supported me all in one place. Thank you to everyone who made it out, and a BIG thank you to The Bookman for hosting!

Posing at the table

Posing at the table

Pictures that represent the photos Biz takes throughout the series. (clockwise l to r) the fox & duck, the car crash at the beginning of Faded, the tree at the park, one of the missing girls.

Pictures that represent the photos Biz takes throughout the series. (clockwise l to r) the fox & duck, the car crash at the beginning of Faded, the tree at the park, one of the missing girls.

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Happy Book Birthday to Me!

Posted by on Jun 9, 2015 in books / reading, Faded

Faded cover

Book 3 of the Flicker Effect trilogy is Now Available

It’s been a crazy couple weeks but the entire Flicker Effect trilogy is now available! If you haven’t started the series, your patience (or procrastination) has paid off because now you can buy the entire series in The Flicker Effect bundle!

I’ve ditched Amazon’s KDP program and the entire series will be available at more than just Amazon, but due to a silly contract, it’ll be another week before you can buy Fracture on other devices. Have a Nook? B&N. Like Smashwords? Smashwords. Burning for your Kindle? Amazon.

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It’s Crunch Time!

Posted by on Jun 1, 2015 in books / reading, Faded, publishing industry

Crunch TimeNo, I’m not going to make you drop and give me 20 (although it’s done wonders for my love handles) — FADED will be published in EIGHT DAYS! 192 hours! 48 working hours! I’m super excited to release this book to the world, and even more excited to hear what people think.

I’ve spent a lot of time with these characters (5+ years!) and while I’m a little sad to wrap up their stories, I’m ready to set them free into the world. Especially after the last couple weeks. One perk to being an indie author is you control everything about your book, but that comes with its own share of headaches. I created the ebook files for FRACTURE last year, but something changed between then and now and I could not for the life of me get the digital files to behave. I know print formatting — that’s what I do in my day job — so the print book was a piece of cake. But the digital files? Oy vey.

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Here We Go Again

Posted by on Apr 20, 2015 in Faded, writing / editing

Hey! It’s been a busy month. After the Women’s Expo last month, Jeremy and I visited Portland for the first time, where we hit 12 breweries in 3.5 days (photos here) — quite an accomplishment, we’re told — and then Camp NaNoWriMo began and I started my next novel! This is a completely new story and it’s been fun getting to know my new characters. This novel is purely contemporary, heavy on the romance, and hopefully funny.

10k wordsI’ve said before that my wips don’t feel real to me until I hit the 10,000 word mark, and I hit that this weekend! Best of all, I’ve reached that milestone three months sooner than I thought I’d be starting this novel. With Faded I didn’t start writing until Fracture was published because I thought it’d be too hard to write one while editing another, but I’ve been so excited to start this story that I couldn’t wait. Big thanks to Stacey for pushing me to just start writing.

In other news, I’ll be at the Muskegon Hackley Public Library 2nd Annual Local Author Fair on Saturday, May 2nd, from noon until 3pm — just one more way I’m breaking out of my circle. Grab your friends and stop by and say hello! Or best of all, tell the teenagers you know and bring them along.

And finally, it’s my 2-year anniversary today! I can’t believe it’s already been that long!

What’s new in your world?

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ARC Winners & a New Book!

Posted by on Apr 8, 2015 in books / reading, Faded

Sorry for the delay in posting the winners, but since only two people wrote reviews, I decided they BOTH win an advanced copy of FADED! I’ve already contacted Becky and Lauren by email, so no need to do anything.

FADED is with my third round of beta readers, so while they’re busy nitpicking and hopefully swooning over my stupendous writing abilities, I started writing my new novel! I’m still in the early stages but —— and this in no way means I don’t love Biz and Cam —— I LOVE getting to know new characters! Cally is nothing like Biz and it’s fun writing someone so different.

I hope you’re all having a wonderful spring!

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40 Reviews for My 40th

Posted by on Feb 6, 2015 in books / reading, Faded, Flicker, Fracture

You Could Win an Advanced Copy of FADED!

imagesYou’ve heard me say it before—reviews are like gold for writers. Buying our books puts the bacon on the table, but we absolutely LOVE when you write a review. As of today, FLICKER has 29 30 reviews on Amazon. Yesterday was 40 days before my 40th birthday and I think it would be WONDERFUL if you all helped me reach 40 reviews for my birthday!

“But I don’t know how to write a review…”

Not to worry! Reviews on Amazon and Goodreads are nothing like the one-page single-spaced reports you had to write in English class. They can be brief and sassy and only a sentence or two (of course you’re allowed to write more). If you’ve never written an online review, here are a few ideas to get you started:

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