The Milk of Female Kindness

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Back in late spring I was con­tact­ed by Kasia James. She hon­ored me with an invi­ta­tion to con­tribute in an anthol­o­gy about moth­er­hood. Being both a moth­er and a writer, of course I accept­ed. The anthol­o­gy is slat­ed to be com­plet­ed and ready to go by the begin­ning of the new year, if mem­o­ry serves, and will be avail­able in both paper­back and ebook for­mats.

My chil­dren are ages 22, 20, and 12 and they make me hap­pi­er than any­thing or any­one in this world. They are bril­liant, artis­tic, wise, fun­ny, and a joy to hang with. Peo­ple tell me that my chil­dren are such fan­tas­tic human beings because I have been such a won­der­ful moth­er to them. I say the truth is the oppo­site. I am a won­der­ful moth­er because I’ve been blessed with three chil­dren who are among the most stel­lar human beings that I know. I’ve learned far more from them than they have ever learned from me.

Okay, enough gush­ing.

Kasia, our con­tribut­ing edi­tor, has just revealed the cov­er of our sweet lit­tle anthol­o­gy and I want­ed to share it with you all.

The Ministry Blog Tour

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I am excit­ed to be able to par­tic­i­pate in The Min­istry Blog Tour in cel­e­bra­tion of the com­ple­tion of the final book in Ale­sha Esco­bar’s Gray Tow­er Tril­o­gy, Cir­ca­di­an Cir­cle. Con­grat­u­la­tions Ale­sha! It’s phe­nom­e­nal to be able to rub shoul­ders with such smart pro­duc­tive indie authors. It inspires me to work hard­er and to believe in my writ­ing. Thanks Ale­sha for being an inspi­ra­tion and for pro­duc­ing a qual­i­ty piece of fan­ta­sy lit­er­a­ture.

The Gray Tow­er Tril­o­gy is a mash-up of mag­ic and espi­onage, set in an alter­nate WWII era where the Nazis join with war­locks and vam­pires to gain the upper-hand, and the Allies employ wiz­ards to stand in their way. The tril­o­gy fol­lows the exploits of Isabel­la George, an alchemist trained by the Gray Tow­er and hired as a spy by British intel­li­gence. After los­ing friends and col­leagues to the hor­rors of war, she’s ready to retire. How­ev­er, a vam­pir­ic war­lock stalk­ing her, and a dead­ly secret from her past, only draw her fur­ther into a world of dan­ger and decep­tion.

If that doesn’t sound like a fun and inter­est­ing sto­ry line check out what oth­ers have to say about it:

In addi­tion to the vari­ety of allies and ene­mies Isabel­la George encoun­ters in the first book, an array of new char­ac­ters and sit­u­a­tions await a read­er in Dark Rift. Some of the char­ac­ters are warm while oth­ers are of a most sin­is­ter and evil nature. I even found myself hav­ing some dif­fi­cul­ty falling asleep at night after one par­tic­u­lar encounter. While I will not dis­close any of the major plot ele­ments, I will reveal that there are sev­er­al plot twists for which there is lit­tle or no warn­ing. While there might be extreme­ly sub­tle hints, Ale­sha keeps her secrets well hid­den.” (Goodreads Review)

This is a fan­tas­tic finale to a series of espi­onage and fan­ta­sy woven into a com­plex plot with well-devel­oped char­ac­ters and intrigu­ing sto­ry line. I could not put this book down! There was ten­sion, sus­pense, mag­ic, love, mys­tery, and more over an excit­ing con­clu­sion. Cir­ca­di­an Cir­cle gripped me to the very end.” (Saman­tha LaFan­tasie, Made To For­get)

Go for a chance to win some loot by sign­ing up for the Min­istry Raf­fle. Come on, you  know you want to! Have fun! And con­grats again Ale­sha!

a Raf­fle­copter give­away

The-Towers-Alchemist-Kindle-cover-600x800-72dpi1The Tower’s Alchemist (The Gray Tow­er Tril­o­gy, #1)

Dark-Rift-Cover-low-rez-singleDark Rift (The Gray Tow­er Tril­o­gy, #2)

Circadian-Circle-CoverCir­ca­di­an Cir­cle (The Gray Tow­er Tril­o­gy, #3)

Old Endings, New Beginnings & Getting Down to Business

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Blank Pages In An Open NotebookFor about the past year I’ve been exclu­sive with Amazon’s KDP pro­gram. Ini­tial­ly I saw an upsurge in sales. Noth­ing huge, mind you, but a notice­able dif­fer­ence. Then I ran into some major hic­cups. My ebook kept show­ing up for sale on oth­er sights, mak­ing me not so exclu­sive, and KDP would kick me out of the pro­gram. I have my past with Smash­words and my very unfor­tu­nate past with Xlib­ris (hor­rif­ic van­i­ty pub­lish­ing) to thank for that. Each time I man­aged to get my ebook removed from one mar­ket, I’d sign back up with KDP. Each time this hap­pened, about four times in total, I found that I couldn’t recov­er and sales were even few­er.

I real­ized that I was prob­a­bly going about things all the wrong way. Go fig­ure, I’m new at this, and besides hav­ing lit­tle time, I’m lazy. I want­ed to make sell­ing my book as sim­ple as pos­si­ble. I also spent more time wor­ry­ing about that book than I spent wor­ry­ing about my cur­rent projects and about this site.

Along the way I also just got off track with my writ­ing. I was los­ing my resolve and my hope. Then I came upon this fair­ly new and inter­est­ing pod­cast called Rock­ing Self Pub­lish­ing host­ed by Simon. I encour­age you to lis­ten to a few of the inter­views. They are incred­i­bly enlight­en­ing and edu­ca­tion­al. You will quick­ly learn just how gen­er­ous oth­er indie authors are as they share some incred­i­ble infor­ma­tion about self pub­lish­ing. A site that always helps set a fire beneath my cre­ativ­i­ty and give me indie author hope is that of Lind­say Buro­ker, author of The Emperor’s Edge series. Besides being a suc­cess­ful and pro­lif­ic indie author she imparts some amaz­ing advice over at her site.

So, I made the deci­sion to make some changes. We are always chang­ing aren’t we? It’s sup­posed to keep us on our toes, I guess, but to be hon­est, it tires me out.

  • I didn’t sign back up for the KDP pro­gram. What’s the point? Few­er venues means less vis­i­bil­i­ty and few­er sales.
  • I’ve repub­lished An Unpro­duc­tive woman on Smash­words and as a result it will soon be avail­able at many out­lets. In this case, more is more.
  • I’ve come to the real­iza­tion that I need to STOP avoid­ing out­lin­ing and give it an hon­est try. I’ve been pants­ing myself into lit­er­ary holes. I can’t seem to stay jazzed about a sto­ry or com­plete a sto­ry because I end up float­ing in space with no direc­tion.
  • I’ve decid­ed to start work­ing with some inter­nal dead­lines. I need to com­plete one of the mul­ti­ple projects I’ve start­ed over the last year. Not hav­ing done so when I know that I am capa­ble has dealt a blow to my writer’s self esteem.
  • I’m active­ly look­ing for reli­able betas and rea­son­ably priced edi­tors. So if you have any sug­ges­tions please send them my way.
  • I’ve dust­ed of the pic­ture I pur­chased over a year ago with the intent to use on a book cov­er. I’m using it as the back­ground on my desk­top to keep me moti­vat­ed about this project that I whol­ly believe in.
  • I’m get­ting back to my old sched­ule, where I rise at 0400 to get some writ­ing done.
  • I will take no pris­on­ers or excus­es.

See you at suc­cess.