Re-Release! Women’s Fiction!

“Chasing the Wind” is set for release on Wednesday, February 20th!

However, be one of the first 20 people to get an advanced FREE e-book in time for the weekend with the coupon code below through Smashwords.com!

USE COUPON CODE: YB88X

Coupon is only good at smashwords.com  and expires Monday, February 18th.

I’d love to know what you think about the book!

 

Kasey Hunter has lived a lifetime and she’s only 25 years old. Her strength is what has helped her survive, but it’s also what’s kept her alone.

When Kasey loses her mother to Alzheimer’s, the few friends she hasn’t pushed away rally around her, including her co-worker at Summer’s Coffee Shop and her loyal customers at the Rusty Anchor. But Willow, the woman who annoys Kasey most, may become her best ally, despite Kasey’s objections.

Being Kasey’s friend under normal circumstances is like trying to chase the wind. But when she’s faced with information that changes everything she’s known about her past, Kasey will have to decide if she can finally let down her guard to embrace whatever promises the future holds.

 

*Previously published as “Understanding Kasey.”

Coupon limited to the first 20 people.

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Giving Twitter Another Chance

I’m going to try again.

About a year ago, maybe longer, I had a Twitter account, but I shut it down, because it got so snarky.

On social media, I’m all about finding my happy place, and Twitter, at that point, was definitely NOT my happy place.

Pinterest? Happy.

Instagram? Happy.

WordPress? Mostly happy, you just have to know how to use it and avoid the trolls.

But I couldn’t seem to navigate the Twitter World without running into snark. Every where I turned, and it didn’t seem to matter who I followed. So, I closed my account. It was just too much.

But now that I am an officially published author, I figured I’d dip my toe in the Twitter pond one more time and see what comes of it.

Through Instagram and WordPress, I’ve managed to find a fairly docile community. It seems we’re all trying to connect on in a positive manner, and I can get into that.

If you have an account that you’d like to share, please feel free to do so in the comments below. I’d be happy to find some friendly people to follow. Just click on the Twitter icon to follow me.

Here’s to holding my breath. Any advice for a Twitter newbie?

NaNoWriMo…Here We Go!

 

Today marks the first day of #NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month). The goal is to write a 50,000-word novel by 11:59 on November 30th.

So, here we go…

 

The Either Or Bookstore was a twisty maze of shelves that went from floor to ceiling. It was only about twenty foot wide but about fifty foot deep. There were a few new books, mostly from independent authors, but it was comprised mostly of used books. There were books piled on the floor in front of the shelves and boxes of books that hadn’t been gone through yet. Audra wasn’t sure how Roy made any money being so disorganized. But somehow, he’d managed to keep the store open for about thirty years, from what she understood.

She walked past the fantasy section and grimaced. She didn’t see how anyone could read that drivel. She stopped in the self-help section and looked around to make sure she was alone. She sat down in the ‘relationship’ section. There were books about catching a man, saving a marriage, taming a woman, etc. One with a bright blue cover caught her eye: “When You Don’t Have Time for a Man.” She sat down against the shelves, pulled it out, and began to thumb through it.

It was as though she was reading her own life right there in black and white. All her excuses were there in the chapter titles: No Time No Way, Let Go of Your Past, Putting Your Career Ahead of Him, When He Doesn’t Show Up

Someone appeared at the edge of the tiny aisle, and it startled her.

“Oh!” she said and dropped the book.

The tall stranger bent down to pick it up. She was mortified as he read the title.

“Do you recommend this one?” he asked and smiled.

She stood awkwardly and reached for the book. “Oh, uh…I’m not…I just…I haven’t read it.” She was sure she was bright red.

He laughed a little.

“I didn’t mean to startle you,” he said.

The guy was handsome, and she tried desperately to cover the smear of red strawberry jam on her tank top. She also fumbled with her hair and tucked a strand behind her ear, hoping to look a little better. But she knew there was no hope.

“Ethan! Are you here?!” a woman called.

“Back here mom!” he said, his tall, lean stature stepping back to wave to the woman.

Dotty ran up and hugged his waist tightly. She was only as tall as his shoulder.

Mom? Dotty’s your Mom? Audra thought to herself.

“Oh, Audra! I see you met my Ethan!” Dotty said. “Isn’t it wonderful? He’s home!” she squealed and hugged him tighter.

He pried himself away from her grip and reached for Audra’s hand.

“It’s nice to meet you…Audra, was it?” he asked.

Audra smiled and shook his hand. “Yes.”

Dotty pushed her way between them. “Audra, this is my Ethan! Isn’t he handsome?” Then Dotty turned back to Ethan, “Oh, I just can’t believe you’re home! And for good!”

“Now, Mom. I’m not sure for how long, okay?” Ethan corrected.

“Yes, well. Look at you! You’re so skinny! First thing you need is a home-cooked meal. Come on!” she said and dragged him out of the store by the hand.

He looked over his shoulder. “See you again?” he called to Audra.

She waved. “Maybe!” she said.

When they left the store, Audra said to herself, “He belongs to Roy and Dotty? But how?”

She also realized how homely she looked and knew he was way out of her league. Why did she always meet the good ones when she was a mess?

 

to be continued…

If you’re participating in NaNoWriMo, best of luck! Happy writing!

There’s Nothing Wrong with “Happily Ever After”

In certain writer’s circles, “happily ever after” is frowned upon. It’s “predictable,” it “isn’t real life,” things don’t always turn out the way you want them to.

I may get thrown out of the Indie Writer’s Club (not a real thing) but I’m going to go out on a limb and say that there is nothing wrong with “happily ever after.” Hallmark has made a million dollar industry off predictable, simple, and formulaic scripts. Do you know why? Because people like happily ever after. That’s it. It’s just that simple.

Spoiler alert: my novels have happily ever after endings. Why? Because I like happily ever after. I was one of those girls who believed my prince would come (and he did). Sure, he was a D&D playing nerd in a bar, but he’s my prince nonetheless.

I have to tell you that I loathe stories that don’t resolve themselves, or movies that I invest two or more hours of my time in, only to find out that the hero dies senselessly, or worse, to find out the murderer gets away with it. Can I tell you that the end of “Gone Girl” (the movie) made me absolutely insane?!

Happily ever after offers the reader hope and then delivers. Happily ever after promises a smile from the reader as they read “The End.” Happily ever after doesn’t necessarily mean “romance” either. Happily ever after just means that all the characters find what they’re looking for, or at least get where they want to go.

So, if you’re a writer of sweet romance or family saga or just contemporary fiction that has happily ever after…embrace it. Write the story you want to write. There’s enough trouble in the real world, sometimes people want to escape for a while.

And if you’re a reader of contemporary fiction and like a story with happily ever after, check out Hope for Haley or Understanding Kasey. Spoiler alert – they end happily ever after.

Here’s to “Happily Ever After”…may you continue to give readers all the hope and joy they can stand.

Calling All Moms

Moms Opinion

Hello Moms and welcome,

I’m doing a bit of research and I need your help.

WHERE DO YOU FIND YOUR BOOKS TO READ, IF YOU READ AT ALL?

If you’ve read my blog before, you know that I’m a writer. I have two books published at the moment, and more on the way.

My target demographic for my women’s fiction novels is women, usually moms, of ages 30 and up. This is my general demographic.

In the “novelling world” (not a real term, I know), independent authors spend money, sometimes lots of it, marketing their books to their “target audience.”

My target audience, however, generally doesn’t have time to read. Nor do they spend their time searching hours on end for a new book. They just don’t have the time. They’re busy being moms and scheduling appointments, and driving carpools, and meeting repair men for the newest leak in the roof.

I get it…I’m you.

So, I’d like to know how you choose your next book to read, and what format works best for you?

Do you prefer it in audio format, so you can listen while making dinner? Do you prefer a novel in small chunks on a blog post, so you can read it when you get a chance? Do you prefer it in electronic form or as a tangible book you can hold in your hands?

Also, where do you get your recommendations? From searching amazon? From friends? From the library? From Twitter? From Facebook? Or other social media outlets?

And one last thing…

Do you prefer stories that you can relate to, or would your prefer to read a book where you can escape from life (ie. Romance)?

You see, your opinions matter to me. I’m not in the writing business to make money, however, that would be a lovely side effect. I write because I want to tell stories and entertain.

Please take a few minutes and let me know your opinions in the comments below, when you get a quick 2 minute break. And feel free to share this post so I can get more opinions.

Besides, when was the last time someone asked for YOUR opinion?

Have a fabulous day!