Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Black Orchid Novella Award - K.G. McAbee

Hey guys,

I just wanted to share some exciting news with you regarding a fellow Indie Fall Fest author, K.G. McAbee

K.G. McAbee won the Black Orchid Novella Award, sponsored by The Wolfe Pack and Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine, for her cotton-mill village mystery set in the 1920's, Dyed to Death. She attended the Black Orchid Banquet in NYC on Dec 6th to receive her award from Linda Landrigan, editor of AHMM. Dyed to Death will be published early next year in AHMM.

CONGRATULATIONS K.G.!!


Tuesday, December 16, 2014

My 2015 Publishing Schedule (Estimated)

In 2014 I published 5 books. Here is what it looked like:

2014-in-review

May
My Forever (Infinite Love Series, Book Two)

June
Beautifully Broken (Infinite Love Series, Book Three)
 
Aug
Pieces of Me (The Foundation Series, Book One)
 
Oct
The Fighter (The Foundation Series, Book Two)
 
Nov
Into the Darkness (Darkness Falls Series, Book One)

In 2015, I plan to publish 7 books. That may seem aggressive, but I think I can do it if I stay on track. Here's what it will potentially look like:

2015-in-review

Jan
Against All Odds (Infinite Love Series, Book Four)
Untitled (Infinite Love Series, Book One)
 
Feb
Love Notes (Four Contemporary Romance Musical Novels)

Mar
Emerging from Darkness (Darkness Falls Series, Book Two)

May
Untitled (The Foundation Series, Book Three)

July
Untitled (Standalone Novel)

Sept
???

Nov
???

I think I am going to try to return to Reality Squared sometime in 2015. It's a lot of work, but I think by the end of the year, I will be ready to tackle it. I'm excited for what 2015 will bring. Bring it on!

Celebrating the Small Successes

I started my publishing journey about 6 months ago. I guess I was disillusioned that success would come much quicker than it has. 6 months really isn't a long time and I guess I had unrealistic expectations. I am my biggest critic. Everyday I wonder what I could do better. The thing is, I don't celebrate my successes often, so I want to take a moment to do so. A lot of things have happened since I've began publishing that have made me smile. 
  • I have published 5 books in 6 months. 
  • I am approached by readers who love the books I write on a consistent basis.
  • I have been told on more than one occasion that I am someone's favorite author.
  • I compiled my most passionate readers and created a Street Team which currently has 15 members. It's still in it's infancy, but that is 15 readers who believe in me and my journey. 
  • Found an awesome PA. Apart from being a great friend and blogger, she is someone I trust, so it's been a great experience so far. 
  • All of my novels out currently have 20 reviews or more. 
  • Pieces of Me is nearing 50 reviews, 23 of those, 5-star. 
  • I've sold just about 500 e-books. Between all of my 5 books, it's really not a lot...but it is better than nothing. 
  • I met the most amazing cover designer who is also an author and has become an amazing friend. 
  • I have met incredible indie authors, PA's, and bloggers. 
  • My reach is growing. People are taking note of me and paying more attention than ever before.
  • My blog is finally being viewed after years of no one seeing it. Now on average, it is visited at least 25x a day. Which is a huge increase from nothing. 
  • More people offer to beta read/review for me than ever before. 
  • I joined 3 other authors in a box set of musical contemporary romance novels. 
  • I have over 1800 likes on my Facebook author page. Getting close to the 2000 mark!
  • My family is finally beginning to come around and take interest in my writing. 
Although some days I wish I had more instant success, I know how hard I have worked for everything on this list and I do appreciate the small successes.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

The 12 Indies of Christmas: Blog Hop & Giveaway


The Year I Realized Santa Was Mom
Christmas amongst my siblings throughout my childhood was definitely a favorite Holiday for all of us. I remember always being so anxious the night before it would make it difficult to sleep. My younger brother would always wake up around 5am, whereas my older one could sleep until 10am some years. Normally, we would all meet in the middle somewhere to open presents. 

One year, I was having trouble sleeping as usual and I remember hearing some whispering in the hallway. A few moments later I heard some commotion on the stairs. I could hear my mother and my older brother whispering. I remember sneaking a peek out of my door and seeing my mother sprawled out at the bottom of the stairwell and my brother hovering over her. Apparently as she had been sneaking downstairs to plant the presents from "Santa" she had taken a nasty spill. 

Of course i had heard the rumors that Santa wasn't real, but this was the first year that I made a promise to myself that I would find out once and for all. A few years before, my mother had hired someone to wear a Santa suit and come late at night just in case we woke up. So I had been convinced that these rumors were just that...rumors. Unfortunately, I was let down. After hearing my mother's spill at the bottom of the stairwell it helped me realize that even though Santa wasn't real, my parents were willing to go to whatever lengths necessary to keep the magic alive. In a way, I feel like this made the transition a smooth one.

How did you find out that Santa wasn't real?
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December 12th - Zane Sachs
December 13th - Kira Adams
December 14th - Chess Desalls
December 15th - Kai Strand
December 16th - Zoe Dawson
December 17th - A.G. Porter
December 18th - Joy Penny
December 19th - Mary Waibel
December 20th - Cynthia Witherspoon
December 21st - K.K. Allen
December 22nd - Ann Everett
December 23rd - Erin Rhew & Deek Rhew

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Best of 2014 Giveaway Hop


Welcome to my stop on the Best of 2014 Giveaway Hop!

I'm giving away an ebook of choice from my list to two different winners up to $2.99!
This giveaway is open internationally! Good luck!



Good luck!

Keep hopping!