Thursday, November 30, 2017

We're Going Back to Chandler County

It’s Thursday and you know what that means. Yep, we have yet another release in the awesome Chandler County series. This one is Missing the Gate by award winning author Aubree Lane.

About the Book:
After a thirteen-year hiatus, Bella returns home to discover her aunt Lily high-strung and unpredictable, her dad a recovering alcoholic, and her inheritance in ruins.
When Bella learns her uncle vanished the same day she and her mother fled from her father’s abuse, she enlists her new love, Eli, to help her uncover the many mysteries of Able Manor.

It's generally assumed that Uncle Gordon is dead, but his body was never found. Could there be a connection between his disappearance and his wife’s erratic behavior? Who’s the stranger lurking around the property, and what precipitated the downfall of the once esteemed horse ranch?

Corruption and intrigue plague the small town of Bourbonville. Bella’s prosperous father wants her back in his life. She sees him as a way to bring her ranch back to its former glory, but the price of trusting him may cost Bella her life.

About the Author:
Aubree Lane is a true story teller. This award-winning author has been writing in one form or another for most of her life and has loved every moment. Aubree lives in the beautiful foothills of Northern California with her husband, two wonderful sons, and a super special peek-a-poo named Tanner. When not managing the pooper-scooper, Aubree can be found at one of her favorite vacation spots ranging anywhere from Lake Tahoe to Maui. Her motto: Write Until Your Butt Hurts, And Your Eyes Are Crossed.

You can connect with Aubree at any of these sites:

Amazon Author page:
Twitter- @AubreeLane3:
Website & Mailing List Sign Up:

I don’t know about you guys, but I’m excited to get my hands on this book. Be sure you don’t miss out on Missing the Gate.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

It's Another Chandler County Release

Tomorrow may be Thanksgiving in the United States, but authors are still releasing books. One of those, is my fellow Chandler County author Tina Susedik who's giving us the sweet but suspenseful story, Missing My Heart.

About the Book:

After the death of the grandmother Ellie Farrell had lived with since she was sixteen, she is tasked with the job of cleaning out the over-packed house. When Ellie begins to find love notes and money from a Burt to Randi spanning over four decades, she sets out to find out who these people are and what they have to do with her. An unexpected check for $100,000 dollars delivered to her house, ramps up the mystery – especially when death threats begin to arrive.

Patton Trullinger, an investigative reporter, comes to Chandler County to research bootleggers for a book he’s contracted for. As a Vietnam veteran, he’s dealing with PTSD. When he meets Ellie, he finds her mystery too good to pass up.

Who are Burt and Randi? Who is sending death threats? Will Ellie and Patton’s love bloom as the mystery deepens?

About the Author: 

As a child, Tina Susedik always had stories floating around in her head, but had no idea those stories could be put down in book form as writing stories wasn't taught in her classes. One day her brother (yes, her brother) introduced her to Kathleen Woodiwiss’ The Flame and the Flower. Tina was hooked and a love of reading, and eventually writing romance, began. Besides her romances, she is also a non-fiction writer with seven history books in print. She also has written and published two children's books. She also writes under a pen name.

Tina has been married for forty-four years and lives in Northwestern Wisconsin. She has two children and five grandchildren. After careers in accounting and teaching (not necessarily at the same time), she found her career in writing is what fulfills her the most. When not writing, she loves camping, hiking, photography, reading, and playing with her five grandchildren.

She is a member of Romance Writers of America, Wisconsin Romance Writers of America, Sisters in Crime

Author Web Links:

Facebook: Tina Susedik, Author

This Thanksgiving, while you're full from too much turkey and stuffing, why not curl up with Tina's book? I know I will! 

Thursday, November 2, 2017

It's Time for the Next Stop in Chandler County

Last week, I introduced you to fellow Chandler County author Cherime MacFarlane and her book Missing Alaska. It’s a new week, and you know what that means. A new Chandler County novel is out.

This week’s offering is Missing Desire by PJ Fiala. So, let’s get to know the author and her book. I’ve read this one and trust me when I say you don’t want to miss it.

About the book:

Can love overcome the insecurities of the past?
Nita Brown is a big, beautiful, resilient woman. She’s endured the loss of a husband, the trials of raising three kids, and the joy of purchasing and running of her own business. Dealing with the issues her son has brought home at the same time meeting a man who sees her for who she is? Now this just might bring her to her knees.
Chuck Layton is new in town. He followed his boss, Levi, to Bourbonville to continue working in his newly found profession. Learning the security business has helped him over-come the insecurities his father drilled into him his whole life, and this new case is honing his skills. But, just as he’s figured out what he wants to do with his life he finds he must weigh his livelihood against his growing love of Nita. Chuck has some decisions to make.

About the Author:

Writing has been in PJ’s blood her entire life.  Once she found the courage to write, her life changed the most profound way. PJ Fiala has several published books and is carving her own unique niche in the romance genre with authentic characters and dramatic story lines often derived from her unique experiences.

She is currently working on three series; the Rolling Thunder series, the Second Chances series and Chandler County.

You can connect with PJ here:

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Our First Stop in Chandler County Is...

Happy release day to my fellow author Cherime MacFarlane whose Chandler County novel, Missing Alaska is out today! Let’s get to know Cherime and her book.

The book:

Kentucky holds a surprise for a young Native Alaskan man on the run, a young girl with a desperate need to get far from Chandler County.

Russell is running from the mess he made in Alaska during Thanksgiving. By allowing his resentment of his mother and step-father’s living arrangement to motivate him, he hurt both his mother and step-sister’s feelings. A road trip far from Alaska seemed like the cure. But Kentucky holds a surprise for Russ.

Gentry is the youngest of four children. Her sister and middle brother both joined the military and left her home to care for her father. Augie Dane is a ginseng hunter with a drinking problem. His oldest son isn’t much better. Gentry is on the run when Russ almost runs her over on Bald Knob Road. Things are about to get hot in Chandler County. 

The Author:
In 1976, Cherime moved to Alaska kicking and screaming. Now, she never wants to leave.
As a reporter for the Copper Valley Views, Cherime MacFarlane received a letter of commendation from the Copper River Native Association for fair and balanced reporting. Cherime won the Hardest Working Author Award from Author Classified. Cherime is an Amazon best-selling author whose works include Highland Light: The MacGrough Clan, Book One, The Copper River Romances series and the Life and Love in Alaska series just to name a few.
If you want to connect with Cherime, you can find her at any of the following:

I don’t know about you, but I can’t wait to read this first offering in the latest installment of Chandler County novels.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Chandler County Here We Come!

I knew it had been a while since I'd last posted here, but I didn't realize it had been almost a month. I usually try to post at least every two weeks. I'm sure you're wondering where I've been and what's next for me.

I'm happy to report that I've been a busy little bee. I've been working on the first book of my new adult series that I hope to release in January. In the meantime, let me tell you about my latest venture and the release of my next book, Missing Out, coming in November.

Earlier this year, I signed on to write a book in the Chandler County romantic suspense series. It's not the first time I've done a group project, but I will admit this one was harder than the others. First off, it's a romantic suspense novel which is not my usual genre. Second, it's set in Kentucky and centered around the Derby culture. Since it was something I knew nothing about, I had to spend a lot of time doing some research before I was ready to write the book.

It was a tougher road than I expected to walk, but I did it. By this time next month, Missing Out will be out. Truth be told, it's actually a novella coming in at just over thirty thousand words. That was the minimum word count, and while some of my peers have doubled that, I'm proud of my offering.

In preparation for the release of this book, I've spent a lot of time working with some amazing authors like PJ Fiala and Stephany Tullis and Traci Wooden-Carlisle to name a few. These ladies have been patient and encouraging and I'm humbled to be in their company. I can only hope that my book does as well as I know theirs will.

Over the next few weeks, I'm going to be devoting some time to introducing you to these ladies. Spotlighting other authors is something I've never done on my blog, but I can't tell you how excited I am to share the works and words of these talented authors with you.

So, saddle up your horse and hold on because we're taking a trip to Chandler County that you don't want to miss!

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Mythbusting, The Writer's Edition

Before I even learned to write, I was a storyteller. As soon as I learned to write, I turned that in to a dream of wanting to be a writer. I'm probably going to date myself here, but I wanted to be the next Judy Blume or Lurlene McDaniel or even SE Hinton.

There are a lot of myths associated with being a writer, things that well-meaning people tell you. People think they know what it means to be a writer, but if you aren't one, you may not know the truth. I'm here to tell it to you. Here they are, in no particular order, the myths and the truth about being a writer.

1) Writing a good book is enough.
Sadly, this is not the case. It's certainly the first step, but it doesn't guarantee that your book will be published or that it will sell well if it is published.

2) Only self-published writers need to worry about book promotion.
Nope this is not the case. Many publishers require prospective authors to submit a marketing plan along with their manuscript. Even big name publishers won't invest much, if any, in their lesser known authors. They save their budget for the big boys and girls with a proven track record for stellar sales.

3) You're going to be a best selling author.
Believe it or not, this is harder than it sounds. Again, writing a good book is only the beginning. You have to find a way to get that good book into the hands of your readers. It's rare for most authors to be best sellers with their debut novel. It usually takes time for us to build a following.

4) You're going to be famous.
Some writers are but not all of us will. I've been writing for thirteen years, and I have yet to be recognized by an adoring member of the public. I have had readers reach out to me and express their excitement when I actually respond, and that still floors me. Those few incidents aside, I have yet to be out shopping and be recognized for being a writer.

5) You're going to have a ton of fans.
That's true for some of us, but it's not common. It also depends on the genre of your book. Authors who write in the more popular genres seem to have an easier time amassing fans. For the rest of us, we're more likely to have a small contingency of loyal fans who snap up everything we write and then post glowing reviews online. I love those people. They are the reason I keep writing even when I feel discouraged.

6) Having a widespread social media presence will increase your book sales.
It's not working for me. Now, I'll be honest, I don't take advantage of every social media forum. The truth is I just don't have the time. I currently have a Facebook page, a Twitter and Instagram account and a blog and a website, all of which I try to regularly update. My book sales don't change. No clue why. Maybe my social media posts aren't that interesting.

7) If readers like your book, they will write an Amazon review.
Your die hard fans will do this for you because they love you and they know how much this means to you. A majority of readers will not. They think buying the book and liking it is enough, but here's the thing. Book reviews are warm fuzzies, and if you don't post those reviews then I don't have any way of knowing how much you liked my book.

8) You should write a blog.
I've been blogging for a few years now. A fellow author strongly encouraged me to do it as a way to connect with my readers. I'm sure a few people are reading it, but it's rare that people comment on my blog posts or share my blog on their social media.

9) You should tweet incessantly about your book to generate more interest and sales.
You can, but it's probably not going to do any good. I don't know about you, but I follow a lot of people on Twitter. It doesn't take much for my twitter page to fill up and for tweets to bury one another. I'd have to tweet all day, every day to make a difference. Even then, would it work? Would you be more likely to buy my book because I tweeted about it?

10) Giveaways are a good way to generate interest in your books.
No, they're a good way to generate interest in free stuff. People will happily like, share, retweet or whatever you ask for a chance to win that gift card or coffee mug. That doesn't mean they are going to be so moved by your generosity that they buy your books.

11) Your books are good enough to be made into movies or a TV series.
They might be. This happens to a lot of books. It also happens a lot less than you'd think considering the sheer number of books that are published every year.

12) If your book is good, you could be part of Oprah's book club.
I'm not sure if Oprah still has a book club, but she did when I started out. I can't tell you how many times I heard friends and family tell me I needed to get on Oprah's book club. Sounds good. When you figure out how I can do that, you let me know.

It occurs to me, I could probably go on and on, but I think that's enough for now. Don't get me wrong. I love being a writer, and I'm happy with it. I just wish someone would have busted some of these myths for me before I started down this career path. It might have been less of a shock, but it wouldn't have stopped me from trying.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Now What?

When I find an author that's new to me, if I like the book I read, I'll go in search of everything else she wrote so I can read that as well. This can be a little discouraging when it turns out the book I just read is the author's latest or first release in a series and the next one isn't out yet.

Even though I'm a writer, I will freely admit that I am guilty of being impatient. I look at the book sitting in the new release section for a month or so, and I start doing a mental toe tapping and thinking it's time for the next book. Of course, as a writer, I know better than anyone it's not possible to release books in rapid succession. Well,  not unless you've already got several of the books written and ready to go, which most writers don't.

That being said, it occurred to me that I need to give you an update on what's next for me. It's been two weeks since Going Even Wilder was released. Going Even Wilder is a kindle world novella, the second I've done in the last year. So, now what?

My next book will actually be out in November. It's a romantic suspense novella entitled Missing Out that's part of the Chandler County series. It's currently in the editing stage and then will be sent for formatting. It will be available in preorder in September.

While Missing Out is being edited, I've already gotten started on my next book. The Truth Inside will be the first book in my New Beginnings new adult series, and I've got good news. There are currently six books planned for my New Beginnings series, but it's more likely to stretch to ten or more, provided you enjoy the first few.

Next year, I am also going to join the Romance Writers Association. You want to know this because it means I might be able to start doing author appearances. I don't do them now because I don't know about these conventions and events until it's too late. Being part of the RWA will change that, and I am excited about the possibilty of meeting my readers. It's always so humbling to hear that people like my books.

There you have it. New books and a new series are on the horizon, and I can't wait to share it all with all of you.