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One Week Left!

Hi everyone!

Black & Red

My First Book!

Just wanted to let you know there is one week left to get my debut novel, Black & Red, for FREE through Smashwords.

Now I shall end the shameless self-promotion 😛

Thanks to those who have downloaded it and if you’d like to leave a review, please do so! Even if you say my book is horrible I’ll happily link to it.

I can’t fix things if I don’t know they’re broken! All the grammar issues, though, I know about those hahahaha 😉

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Have You Checked This Out Yet?

Don’t forget!

Black & Red

My First Book!

For the month of July you can get my debut novel for FREE!

This is a Smashwords Exclusive and you can access it here!

I appreciate anyone who takes the time to read it 🙂

I promise I’ll stop being annoying about it…..

In August 😉

 

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Smashwords Summer/Winter Sale

Hey everyone!

Black & Red

My First Book!

I just enrolled Black & Red into the Smashwords Summer/Winter Sale that’s going on for the month of July! If you head over to the Smashwords site you’ll find a coupon code that will let you download the book for free! It’s only available at this price on Smashwords, even though the title shows up on other ebook provider sites.

Feel free to check it out and maybe download a copy while you’re at it 😉

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Time Keeps on Keeping On

In my quest to craft my new work I have, admittedly, forgotten about Black & Red. It has been a very long time since I sold any units and most of that is because a) It’s not my best work and I know that plus b) I haven’t been promoting it as much as I probably should.

I’ve been so wrapped up in writing my shorts for TAK as well as my everyday life of being a full-time working mum Black & Red has fallen by the wayside.

I woke up this morning to something interesting, however.

Apparently, in January, I sold 2 units! This caused me to log in to my dashboard with KDP and I realized something.

Black & Red has been out for nearly two years now! Isn’t that amazing? It’s amazing for me!

I have a friend who is anxiously awaiting the release of TAK. In fact, she is probably the only one who looks at my Facebook page and every now and then she will post that she wants the book. She doesn’t come and read the shorts because they are not enough for her, as she’s said.

I can’t stop writing the shorts, however. I am finding myself spread very very thin and I don’t have the time I want to devote to writing the chapters. I am trying to save myself from forgetting about my characters and their lives completely by writing the shorts. I find it is a good way for me to flesh out the characters and their personalities in ways that would maybe take too long to do in the actual story.

Today I will be writing one of the shorts while I am at work during my breaks. I brought my outline so I can look at the maps and remember what my characters look like (because I can forget these things I have descriptions and such written down).

Stay tuned. This short I’m working on is about Aldric, one of the main characters in TAK. I believe it’s the first time I’ve written a short that includes one of my leads; who are surprisingly both male.

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Lines, lines, dropping lines

Hello!

I know I’ve been away for a long time now. Life kind of gets in the way when you’re a mother of two and you work.

I commemorate my return, I’ve discounted my book permanently. You can now purchase Black & Red for 99 cents! Cool right? I realized it’s not about the money. It never was. I don’t know why I thought I would sell my first book at $2.99. Thank you to those who purchased it at that price! I appreciate it.

I don’t have much time today to write anything too in depth. I just wanted to let all my followers and readers know that I am still around. I’m still working on TAK and I look forward to the day I can publish it. It is a huge step up in terms of development for both the characters and the story. I am really proud of what I have written so far. It’s hard for me not to fall in love with these characters. That’s not to say that I didn’t love all the characters in Black & Red.  I did, and I do, love all of them. That was why I wanted to publish that story because even though it’s rough around the edges and even though there is probably lots of room for development and refinement of my technique and basic skills, it was still a story I wanted to share with the world.

I hope I wasn’t missed too much. I’m back now. I doubt I’ll be able to go back to writing a post every day like I had before, but I will do my best to post more than once a month 😉

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I'm baaaack! Did you miss me?

I’ve finally managed to settle in to my new place a bit. We just got the internet hooked up last week and I’ve been trying to make the place neat and functional. Not doing too bad if I say so myself. Thank-you Ikea! You saved us a lot of trouble!

There have been some new reviews of my book posted. Please check them out at either Amazon or Smashwords. The links should still be under my Media tab 🙂

Living on a military base is definitely a new experience for me. Right now because it’s summer leave, it’s very very quiet. There are a few people here and there walking their dogs, but that’s about it. Maybe it’s just the area I live in that’s so quiet. That’s slightly difficult for me to adjust to since I’m so loud. Now I live in a duplex as well so I’ve got to watch my loudness and the loudness of the Boy and the Dog.

I will most likely not post as much as before as I generally did that at my Day Job. Now that I’m unemployed and a Stay-at-home-mum you’d think I’d have more time but not really. Now I have to focus all my energy on looking after a very energetic 3 year old. And because he’s in the stage of the “trying threes” it takes a lot more out of me than it used to.

Oh, and I’m pregnant and feeling huge. I do the pregnancy waddle now. Very sexy ahahaha.

That’s about it for today. Have a few things that need to get done. Please check out the reviews and the book itself if you’re so inclined 🙂

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Getting Lost

My favourite part about reading is getting lost in a book.

I love getting lost in the world, in the character’s lives, in the story itself. That’s also my favourite part about writing.

Sure, the characters will share something with me, be it personality, physical appearance, mentality, but they are also separate people. They are separate lives that are vastly different from my own and very much the same all together.

My book has been reviewed again: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18039327-black-red

It’s also on Amazon and Smashwords. The review is the same wherever you look, so you can decide where you’d like to read it. It made me feel really good when I read the review and I am very grateful for it. I’ve started my first book that I will review in exchange for having mine done. It’s a long book, but I am excited for it. I’ve just started the first few pages so we’ll see how it goes.

Ack. If only I didn’t have to work for a living…

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MY FIRST REVIEWS!

So I was checking out my stats etc for my book and realized that someone wrote a review on Amazon.com!

This is the link to the review: http://www.amazon.com/review/R2VFCIGE6TAXIM/ref=cm_cr_pr_perm?ie=UTF8&ASIN=B00D68GV7E&linkCode=&nodeID=&tag=

I also have a review on Smashwords which you can read here: http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/321718

I hope this will help people decide whether or not to read my story 🙂

 

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The Tiny Progress

Well, I’ve not even been published for an entire week yet but I’ve made some progress!

On Amazon.com I’ve sold 2 units. On Amazon.ca I’ve sold 3! All the Amazon.ca ones are probably people I know, but I feel so grateful they’re willing to spend the $3.10 it works out to in Canadian Dollars to read my book.

On Smashwords 8 people have downloaded the sample of my book, but no one has purchased it yet. But that’s okay! It still means at least 8 people were interested enough to read the 20% sample I’ve made available!

No one has taken me up on the review offer yet, but I’ll keep trying! Maybe next week I’ll write a post only for offering my book free in exchange for a review *insert evil grin*

In other news, I’m super-stoked to get back to work on the story I was writing when I decided to publish. I think I’ll call it either Three Abandoned Kingdoms or TAK. When I started re-reading it to sort of remember what was going on when I stopped I remembered that it takes place in the world of Tessera where 3/4 kingdoms have been plunged into war. Since the closing off of kingdom #4, the remaining became to be referred to as Three Abandoned Kingdoms, or TAK for short. I think that’s a good title for now. I can always change it later.

I’ll talk more about TAK in the coming days 🙂

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