Anywho, my events and travels for 2016 have come to an end. My visit to Venice and Paris have created a new story I'm co-writing with the amazing Cait Reynolds. Look for it soon in a box set with Rebecca Hamilton and others, titled, Blood Fortune.
Last weekend I attended Beach Babe Book Blast in Tampa. A few weeks before that, Shameless Book Con. I came away with new friends and fascinating stories! How fascinating you ask? Well, let me tell you!
I picked up books and swag to giveaway to readers! Oh yes! I love my readers! So if you want in, comment on this post!
As for the new books, 2017 will be pumped FULL of new stories coming from me! I have two stories coming immediately at the first of the year.
Speaking of busy, check out the events I'll be at next year. I now have five on my plate! I hope to see you at one or more of them! Click here to check it out!
That's all from me for now. Keep reading and please remember to leave reviews. They help us out tremendously!
Who doesn't love the smell of a new book? The glue on the spine. The fresh pages. The euphoric aroma of getting lost in a story?
Let's not even get started with older books!
My point here is, online parties. I'm doing them, as well as in person! 2017 my calendar is beginning to fill up! I hope to see you at one of these fantastic events! Click here to check it out!
I'm going to begin to phase out some of my older books and bring more stock of my newer stuff. I'll let you know for sure when that begins to happen.
As far as parties, how often do you attend online parties? Do you participate? Do you get your winnings? If it's an ebook, do you read it and leave reviews? I love having the parties, but I've come to find, more often than not, people who win ebooks are not reading them. Why? It's a free ebook to you. All we ask if for you to leave a review. Consider letting the author know you'd like to send the book to a friend if there's no intention of reading. No offense will be taken; consider this, a new to us reader! Seriously, we'd love that. Sometimes life keeps us busy from reading (trust me, i get it). So read that book and leave a review. Referrals are a GREAT way to show appreciation!
NEW BOOKS ARE COMING! NEW BOOKS ARE COMING! NEW BOOKS ARE COMING!
Okay so yes, new books are INDEED coming soon! I'm working on The Power Here, the sequel to Symphony of Night (spin off of Chronicles of the Fallen series). I'm about 3k words in right now and knowing me, I'll go back and rewrite the first chapter three to four times before I'm happy with it. HA!
I'm also going to be working on book three in the Special Ops series, Ranger, and four, Seal, soon after The Power Here is completed.
Some have asked if Marianne and I will do a sequel to Dragon Master. We'd definitely love to, so let's get those ebook sales going! We would love to tell you more about Lanxston, Sebastian, Jamie's sister... oh yes, let's do this! Get Dragon Master today!
Events, events and MORE events! As 2016 is coming to an end for me, I have one more event left on the books, Beach Babe Book Blast! It's in Tampa and I hope to see you there! I had a great time with the group last year and am looking forward to a fantastic time again this year! Contact me about ticket information and I'll see you there!
I'm arrived home from the Sassy in Jacksonville event. It was small, fun, and the readers attending were fantastic! Everyone seemed genuinely excited to be there. During the signing I was able to reconnect with local readers I knew, met knew to me readers, reconnected with a reader I met last year who came specifically to see me (and y'all I fangirled her HARD for this!) and reconnected with an old friend and his wife. After the event, 9 of us in tow went to have dinner at an Irish bar, allowed an Irish man in a kilt to hit on us (IT WAS FUN!) and had a fantastic time! Laughs and howls were eminent! On our way back, we relaxed, stretched then had a great game of cards against humanity. In all, FANTASTIC!!
Now on to a subject I wanted to touch base on: the do's and don'ts of cons. Some of this may seem redundant others may be reading this for the first time. I've posted about this topic before, but the circumstances were different.
OK... and now for the don'ts:
To close, behave yourself. if there's something you don't like, voice your opinion to that person in a tasteful manner. Don't be mean about it. Don't walk around talking smack. And for all sake here, don't talk smack to readers. Seriously, don't. Always remember, do something good, they'll remember you for it, connection is made, and they'll tell your friends you're awesome (or amazing, or fantastic). If you're nasty, cruel, mean, and talk smack? Yeah, they'll remember you for that too. You pick how you want to be remembered.
Sniper Cover Reveal!
By now you may have already seen Sniper's cover reveal. How do you like Brody? I love this cover! Fellow author and cover artist extraordinaire, AD Roland, brought my visions of Sniper to life with this amazing, hot cover!
I'm so very excited about this story! Check out the synopsis:
Sniper Tom Brody enjoys his life in the Special Ops. He also enjoys his best friend, Antonella, maybe a little too much. Brody and Antonella have an agreement: friends to never cross that line.
Toni has hidden her feelings from Brody for as long as she can remember. Both want to cross the line, so much so, they act on it just before his next deployment.
When life appears to pick back up upon his return home, tragedy strikes. When an idle threat becomes a reality, Brody will encounter a fight he never thought he would have to face; search and rescue for the woman he loves.
Look for Sniper, coming August 2016!
Sassy in Jacksonville!
June 3rd I'm driving up to Jacksonville for the Sassy in Jacksonville event! If you're in the area, or surrounding areas, please come by and see us! I'll have all my books in print with me! We'll be at the Hyatt Regency Riverfront. Click on the link to get hotel directions! I hope to see you!!!
Special Ops News and Information
Delta Force has been released a little over a month now. People have met Logan and enjoyed his story. Heartache followed by becoming a stubborn asshole to meeting the woman of his dreams who changes his life forever... Well let's say Delta Force invokes a lot of emotion!
OMG he's a beast! -- Amazon review
Holy Hannah! I figured I read a little before I go to sleep...well I could not put this book down and finished! -- Amazon review
[She] carried him when he didn't know he was being carried. -- Amazon review
This book is full of emotions, it makes you hopeful, cry, laugh, pissed and then happy. -- Author Lily-Ann Johnson, author of Blondie's Hero
What's next? Sniper is coming out mid-summer! If you've read Delta Force then you've met Tom Brody. Brody's story is told in the next installment and let me tell you... it's HOT!! Where Logan reclaims his life in Delta Force, Brody teaches his girlfriend, Tony, how to live life in the world of BDSM!
I've been planning out book three, Ranger, recently, and this story will take me into a very dark place. As thought on this story, plotting it out, and listening to the voice of Ponce (you'll meet him in Delta Force), I'm touched, moved, and scared to death to write this story. I chatted with a friend today about his story and before I could even tell her, I was on the verge of tears. Once I gained control of myself, she went a little nuts with me! It's dark story telling, more so than I have attempted before. So a part of me is excited to venture down this unknown road, while the other is fearful to considering knocking on that door. Once the door opens and I decide to walk through it, there's no going back. That is the exciting, and fearful part of it all!
You've also seen posts where I'm writing a book with Marianne Morea. Well we're closing in on being done! It may happen this week! Dragon Master is happening and our goal is to have it ready for Authors After Dark! We're both very excited about this story and cannot wait for you to meet King Tryst, Sebastian Lord Dragon, Jamie, Luke and Rowena!
Books, Books, and more... Returns?
There's been post among post recently of authors having books bought and returned. Maybe it's because the reader doesn't like it, maybe it was a duplicate purchase (although Amazon prevents this if you've already bought the book) or maybe the cost of the book is just too much.
Is 99 cents or the amount of $3.99 too much for someone's budget? Let's take a look at this and see...
Book for $3.99 is a one time purchase fee and the ebook you get to keep for the lifetime of your Amazon (or however you read through) account. (unless Amazon et al changes their dynamic, this is the way it is.)
Maybe the toilet paper was so good, but it was $1.00 more than the average? Would you use the toilet paper then return it to the store? Of course not! How embarrassing would that be! "Excuse me, Joe Q. Public. I wiped my ass with this, but I think it should be free, so I'm returning it."
Oh, and let's not forget Starbucks. If the latte is so amazing, would you drink it, then demand your money back because it was too expensive? Would you pee and demand a refund because the latte is now out of your system and you think, "it should have been in my system at least another full day." Imagine taking a bottle of pee to the Starbucks counter... Eww... just as bad as returning poopy toilet paper. Disgusting, right?
SO WHY IS IT OKAY TO RETURN READ BOOKS? GO TO THE LIBRARY AND GET A FREE BOOK!!! Don't tell an author to make their books free! We spend a lot of our time away from home writing these stories, time away from our families, and put so much effort into them. Whether you enjoy them or not, do not steal by reading and returning. If you loved it, leave a review saying as much. If not, we'll take that one to two star over a return any day. Please, for all things holy, stop returning our books!!!
My first event is behind me for 2016, the Novel Experience Event in Atlanta. If you missed it, you sure missed a great time! My next event will be in Jacksonville on June 4th! I hope to see you there! To check out my next in person appearance, go to my events tab (click here).
Sassy in Jacksonville (June 4th) is a one day mass signing. We'll be right on the beach so I hope to see you there! I'm setting up two outings; one Friday night and one Saturday after the signing. I hope to see you there so we can hang out! Go to my events page for more information!
Next will be Authors After Dark in Savannah August 3rd through the 7th. This will be the last and final AAD event so I REALLY hope to see you there! I'll be releasing Sniper, book two, just before the event! I'm also co-writing a book with Marianne Morea called Dragon Master! Both books we plan on having available at the event!
You know who else is planning a release during AAD? Sherrilyn Kenyon! She will be joining us the entire week! She'll be releasing a book in her series and wants to celebrate it with you!
Click on my events tab for more information!
Finally to end the year on a high note, I'll be back in Tampa for Beach Babe Book Blast November 12th! Join us for this one day mass signing! Last years event was outstanding and I'm expecting good things to come around again! Click on my events tab for more information!
That's all from me for now. It's a lot, and a lot needed to be said. Make it a fantastic day and leave that review for the books you've read, don't return them, get excited with me for Sniper and Dragon Master, and I'll see you at the next event!
Readers gonna read. Writers gonna write. LOL!
TNEE went off as a huge success!!! Delta Force sold out within the first hour! Readers who already had read the story talked non-stop about Logan! I LOVED hearing that!!! They were also asking about Brody's story. <3
During my author book talk, basically a panel of just me with the readers, someone asked me about writing about my experience having an autistic child. This was a question I was not prepared to answer. Needless to say, I broke down and cried while answering. I apologize for that, as it was not expected. I hope I did not hurt anyone with my answer. Move, yes, touch, definitely. But not hurt.
That aside, TNEE was great! The Villain's ball was AMAZING and the food? Out of this world!!! If you missed out on TNEE, there's another con you can get into and trust me, you WANT to be there! Huge announcement is coming soon! HUGE!!! I'll post about it, tweet, and share as soon as it has been released! I already know so for now, my lips are sealed!
Delta Force, Deadly Alchemy, and Fatal Intentions sold out! Southern Roots did pretty well and Clive was talked about often. I also realize it's time to start drawing back on Chronicles of the Fallen. Which is good because MORE people have it so YAY!!
Most authors did very well at TNEE. Horror authors were represented well. Even YA and NA! Oh, did I mention the Villain's ball? Seriously awesome! Check me out as Lady Loki and Milly Taiden as Madam Magneto!
If you haven't attended a Romance Ink event, you really need to consider doing so. They BROUGHT it! Aside from hotel issues, which is bound to happen, the staff made the event completely seamless! Now, onto the next event!
Check out my events page.
Next for me is Sassy in Jacksonville. This event will take place June 4th. Are you coming? I hope to see you there!!!
Saturday, June 4th, 2016 the event will be at Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront. Main event time is Saturday 12-4. Currently there is no after party scheduled so I'm setting something up private with readers, more details coming soon! Click here for more information.
After Sassy is Authors After Dark in August! This is another Romance Ink event so if you're not setup yet to attend, you NEED to be! Seriously! If you wait to see who is attending, it may be too late to get a ticket! So sign up today! Click here for more information!
Oh! Back on TNEE for a moment, readers have been watching Marianne Morea and I talk online about Dragon Master! They asked for a reading and let me tell you... the room was silent and gasps were heard! Readers were ASKING for this story to be ready for AAD! So yeah, we're working our tails off to make that happen!!!
That's it from me for now. See you on the next trip!!!
In a matter of weeks I'll be heading up to Atlanta as a featured author at The Novel Experience Event (TNEE). This will be my third time as a featured author and cannot WAIT to see everyone!
There's so much happening, so much going on... just you WAIT! If you're interested in attending, which I highly encourage you to do so! You can still get your room at the hotel Thursday - Saturday, or even Friday and Saturday, up to you! Interested? Get with me for more details. Book your room and I'll gift you a VIP ticket just for signing up! I would LOVE to have you there!!!
Did you know that the Southern Roots series is now on KU? That's right, you can now read it for FREE on KU!! What are you waiting for? Go grab the stories and meet Bobby Ray, Blaine, Clive, Matt, and Derek! Each have a unique story, and each end a HEA!
It's almost time! Tuesday will be here in a matter of days! Who's ready for Fatal Intentions? Have you read Deadly Alchemy yet? If not, or if you're an audiobook lover, I'd love to gift the audiobook of Deadly Alchemy to someone! Comment on this post on my blog and I'll pick a winner!
Click on the Amazon link below to pick up your copy today!
Events for 2016, I just signed on for Sassy in Jacksonville! So if you're in the Jacksonville or surrounding areas, I'd love for you to come join us! It's Saturday, June 4th. Click on the image for further details!
To start out this post on a bit of humor, this is me when I write...sometimes.
This blog post went up a few months ago and I think it's time to retell some of what was told then.
In the last few months, I've been to a few different events, with more setup for 2016. I'm going to post my own, honest opinion on things.
Not everyone may be in agreement with my post, and that's okay. Please do not go out of your way to "ruin" another author or coordinator. Why would you want to do this? What is your goal in doing so?
Did the author write a story you don't agree with? Do not read it.
Did the author steal your story line? File a complaint with the library of congress. Get an entertainment attorney on speed dial.
Has a coordinator become a threat to the industry professionals? I highly doubt it. Even if so, be a professional and take it up with them. Work together.
Has a model, reader, blogger or author crossed the line in some fashion? Take it up with them rather than blasting them on social media.
This is not intended to blast anyone or anything, nor is there any name calling. If offense is taken (which is not my intent), then reach out to me. I am one of the kindest persons you'll EVER meet, but never, ever, mistake my kindness for weakness.
It takes years to build up trust in someone but it can take only a second to destroy it. The mouth is a powerful weapon, use it wisely. Use it in a book as a man who is seducing a woman. Use drama in your story to build your plot, not drive away authors and potential readers.
Why should you, as a reader, come to The Novel Experience Event (TNEE)? A lot of us just picked up the deal on Amazon, buy 5 Kindle Fires, get the 6th one free. A bunch of us ordered more than the required 5 for the deal. That's a LOT of kindles to give away!
Not intrigued yet? How about parties where books and premium swag will be handed out FOR FREE?
No? Hmm... would you like to sit in on a panel with ONE author, maybe 5 of them? What about a costume ball?
Oh, and don't forget the epic book signing! All of this is YOURS at TNEE. VIP tickets are $100. Buys your meals during the event...FOUR days worth of meals. I'm sponsoring a HUGE event with author Milly Taiden that will be completely beyond EPIC!!! So get on it and get with us! Click here to get your ticket!
Authors...so you know...we already have 300 readers signed on. 300! You WANT to be part of this action! Get your ticket today and become an attending author! Check out the attached video from the event director, Stella Price.
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