I am with a new Publisher

So, I am no longer an Author with my first Publisher, Luminosity Publishing. It is a sad, bittersweet ending and an outcome I hoped never would happen but because they don’t take the stories I write anymore, we had to sadly separate. However, I am thankful that they gave me a chance and that they published three of my books. At first, they were enthusiastic about my books and they gave me an opportunity to pursue my passion and my interest and for that I will forever be grateful.

**** But the good news is- All my books have been accepted and contracts have been signed with my new Publisher, Foundations, LLC https://www.facebook.com/foundationsbooks/?fref=ts

and to them I am grateful for picking me up during a very troubling, heart-wrenching time  in my life when I realized I no longer had a Publisher but I still wanted to write. It was one of the worst moments of my life of feeling lost and abandoned. My fourth book Apollo was under contract with Luminosity Publishing at the time but they decided to change what they would publish and unfortunately my M/F Paranormal Romance, Apollo, was not under their new guidelines of what they would take so my signed contract was defunct when I was expecting it to be published in September 2016.  

So here I was scrambling with the horrendous setback in my writing career, trying to re-focus and stop crying and figure out what to do with a manuscript that was no longer being published.  Despite my sweet friend Michael’s re-assurances that this was all for a reason, I sat at my computer between endless tears sending out query after query (after figuring out again how to write one), essentially pleading to Publishers, letting them know of my plight; however, one bit of a surprise happened for me, as a result of my query letters- I was really surprised with all I’ve accomplished in only two years of being Published.  I mean – I am Searchable – wow- when two years ago I wasn’t.  And I proudly sent query after query, outlining my accomplishments, the endless social media sites I am on, all the while marveling at the knowledge I’ve gained within the Author world that I didn’t know just two years ago.   

 ** What a painful experience for an Author to go through ** watching my books being taken down one by one when I worked so hard for them to be read and seen, watching as I was evicted from the Luminosity Authors group and my information taken down off the site, but I’m so glad my frightening period of limbo didn’t last long for me before another Publisher realized the value of my work and what I was trying to accomplish. So, a big thank you to Foundations from this one little ol’ Author who is trying to make it in this big, big world. I appreciate your confidence in me and your support!!!

 

~* I have to also thank my fans, readers and supporters, especially my Street Team members for rallying behind me and for being so patient because so many were affected by this upset with my previous Publisher  ~*.  Many read all of my books and were awaiting the Release of the next one that was under contract:  Apollo, The Guardian League, Bk 3 and now they’ve had to push back their own plans as I’ve had to and wait longer.  However, the good news is my Publisher, Foundations, also loved Apollo and snatched it up under contract within days of me sending it to them- it’s expected release date is in December 2016- just in time for the Holidays!

And to all of you who love my work, follow me and support me, I thank you so much from the bottom of my heart for sharing this journey with me.  I will have more books for you to enjoy soon!  **

The Space Between- the daily life of a writer between novels

Day 1-

Today is a tough day for me.  Not only am I dealing with the sadness of not having my mom, my best friend in my life but I also consciously aware of  the upcoming one year anniversary of her death.  I just want to cry, cry and do some more crying until I am fully spent.  To top this off, I am also dealing with my dad’s failing health problems while trying to ignore my own.   My husband and I have a new dog which we found out is more of a puppy.  We have no kids and this dog/puppy is driving us insane with sleepless nights, endless chewing of objects, play time starting at 10 or 10:30 at night every night and chasing and eating anything that moves plus eating wet grass outside, creating her own salad mixes.  She’s also only partially house trained so you never know when you might end up with a nasty, unexpected surprise in your house, like this morning, for example.

To top this all of, I am one of those unfortunate but very common authors that works a full time day job.  Things have become so stressful at work, I want to scream at the top of my lungs, run away and tell them to take their job back but unfortunately, as the bread winner of the family and the one who provides the health benefits, I do not have the luxury of leaving a job that interferes with my real career in order to pursue my writing full-time.  I will be lucky one day if I can work part-time instead of full-time but because I married for love and not money, this is my plight in life and I must deal with my lot.

As any other author, I too want to make it big but I don’t know how.  My days are filled with angst, stressing over book sales and why there aren’t more when I market my books to more than 100+ Facebook groups and pages every other day.  I am trying to reach my population- the readers who love Paranormal Romance or even Paranormal Erotic Romance since my books are fitting more and more in this category.  I crave interaction with my readers and am saddened by the low level I receive.  How does an Author make it and what are the tools?  I wish the Author community was more generous with information, too.  It seems Authors like to withhold information and this saddens me deeply for learning the trade and all that comes with it – the extensive marketing and social media platforms- is hard in itself.  If you can help someone, why wouldn’t you?  Fortunately, I’ve encountered some good people along the way, generous and giving, offering to help promote me for free- I am thankful for such loving, kind souls.

All these thoughts and ideas go through my head as I sit here at Day One, with a WIP I am struggling to get through, a book under contract, expected to publish by August 2016 and three books already out on the market.  But instead of appreciating my accomplishments, I am wanting more, just like most authors.  The life of an Author is hard, it’s a struggle, it’s a dance between what you want and what you have and trying to figure out how to get to where you want to be with the resources you have.

And this is Day One.

A current list of reviews for Nightfall all in one place

Hi Readers,

 

I just found something extraordinary when I searched for new reviews for my Paranormal Romance, wolf-shifter book, Nightfall.  All the latest and most current reviews for the book are listed on one page, one site to make it easier for Readers to read the most current reviews by date.

 

This is such a great advantage, and is an easy to read format, I thought I’d share the page with you:

candidbookreview.blogspot.com/p/tk-laywer-nightfall.html

Upcoming April Author Takeovers

Hi Readers.

 

~Here’s a list of events I will be participating in during the month of April on Facebook.~

**There will be lots of goodies, prizes, giveaways and free e-books so come join the fun!!**

April 1st- There’s No Fooling Love- 2:00 -3:oopm EST

April 2nd- Nite Owl Author Appreciation & Anniversary Celebration- 11:00- 11:30am EST

April 15th- Black Magic Woman Release Party- 5:00 – 6:00pm EST

April 26th- Belong to the Night Re-Release Event- 5:30 – 6:00pm EST

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Vote for my book cover and help me win**

My book cover is a top 5 Finalist to win (2)- 5 day Author Spotlights on Facebook but I need your help to win.  The contest closes Monday, January 25th.

If you have a Facebook Account, you can help me win and support a newbie PNR Author (me).

Go to:  Renfield’s Ramblings- Book Blog and “Like” the post for Jasper, The Guardian League, Book One at the top of the page that shows the 5 Finalist Book Covers.  That’s all you have to do.

Here’s my book cover.  It deserves to win.  But I can’t win without your votes.

Please share this with others.  I thank you, beautiful readers.  Let’s get me to the finish line!

Jasper

Upcoming Author Spotlight

Hi Readers!  Hope you are all staying warm today.  It is a chilly 43 degrees here in Florida but at least we don’t get snow, so can’t complain (smile)

Just wanted to let you know of my upcoming Author Spotlight on the awesome sight Redz World Reviews.  I will be spotlighted on September 27th.  I invite you to check it out and leave a comment for me.

Until then…take care of yourselves.  ***

http://redzworld.blogspot.com/

Jasper, The Guardian League featured on WordPress!

A big shout out to all my readers****

 

Check out the post featuring my book Jasper, The Guardian League, Book One on a fellow blogger’s site.

 

http://sugafootluv.com/

If you’d like to review Jasper, mosey on over to http://www.candidbookreviews.net.  Click on the tab “Books,” search for my book and click on “Want to Review” for your opportunity.  I need 15 reviewers for the book.  Thanks!

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