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Wednesday, August 1, 2012

A new ebook!

Sorry to blow my own horn but I just published a new ebook! This one is near and dear to my heart as I wrote most of it as blog posts and articles from my experiences with my special needs son.

Normally I write fiction ebooks but decided to publish this collection because I thought other parents might appreciate it or find some encouragement from my experiences. It is entitled "My Precious Child" and it's not a very long book.

Currently it is available on Smashwords and Amazon for only $1.99! I am considering publishing it as a print edition also.

Get your ebook copy now and let me know what you think!

Monday, July 16, 2012

The joys and sorrows of writing

As a writer, there are days when it's a wonderful job. There are also days when it really sucks. The sucky days for me are those when I wonder why I bother writing -- the days when I look at what I've written, measure my own success (or lack of) and wonder why I keep trying.

Those are the days when I think about alternative careers and wish I had a different set of skills.

On the good days, I am thrilled by the turn of a well-crafted phrase or an idea that takes root and blossoms into a complete story.

I enjoy the times when I write something and feel great satisfaction with it. I love the days when I am in love with stories or characters I create and I am anxious to write and discover what is happening next with the characters and the story.

I try to hold on to those good feelings when the sucky days hit. Yes, I've been having a few sucky days lately. I've had several days as of late in which I consider throwing in the towel. As an indie fiction writer, it is easy to become discouraged. There is a lot of work in being a writer and honestly, the easy part is really the writing.

As an indie fiction writer, I am responsible for everything -- creation, promotion, holding people down and forcing them to buy my books and read them...and it's not all that easy.

Promotion is not my strong point, I'll admit. I don't like blowing my own horn and trying to sell my own work. I feel like posting links over and over on Twitter and Facebook is like telemarketing -- I'm hitting my friends over the heads with "Buy my books! Look at me, I'm a writer! Go buy!" and it's hard for me.

Some people are great at promotion and don't have the same hangups I have. Unfortunately, I am not good at selling myself.

So today I will call it a non-sucky day as I have work to do and am hopeful that I will get it all done...or at least maybe most of it...some of it?

Hope your Monday is awesome and keep reading -- my books or someone else's!


Thursday, July 12, 2012

Grab some Kindle freebies from some awesome indie authors!

The great thing about indie authors is that most of us are in the same boat. We are trying to eke out a living and make a name for ourselves amongst a sea of others doing exactly the same thing. According to the laws of the jungle, it should be every man (or woman) for himself/herself and we should be trying to trip up the competition in order to pull in readers for ourselves.

That's just not the way it is with indie authors. Truthfully, that's not the way it is with most writers I know. We help each other out. We scratch each other's backs (figuratively -- I don't play that way) and promote each other's work. We encourage each other and rejoice in victories while consoling each other in failures. 

I happen to be part of the coolest group of indie writers and as a means of helping each other, we are all joining together to promote our free Kindle books over this coming weekend. Check out the list below and grab some great free reads from some awesome authors! 

While you're at it, check out my latest ebook, a short story entitled "Avenging Angel." It is available on Smashwords for Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Sony e-reader and also as an online web browser file as well as a printable PDF. You can also go directly through Amazon for Kindle or Kindle for PC. Only 99 cents so check it out and let me know what you think!

Check out these freebies that will be available over the weekend:


Dark and Twisted

Monday, July 9, 2012

New ebook -- a short story entitled "Avenging Angel"

I love my job. Sometimes crafting a character and a story fill me with great satisfaction. The short story I just finished and published was just one of those stories. I actually started writing this one last year, got about 500 words into it then stopped.

I had the idea in mind but it wasn't totally formed and I had other projects to work on. About two weeks ago I ran across the file in my computer and reading it conjured up the rest of the story. Not only that, but as I was finishing it up, I began to envision a continuation -- a series of short stories following this particular character.

My new character is Aurania, a woman who seems helpless but has a secret. What happens when she meets up with a nefarious character who is up to no good? Find out in "Avenging Angel" -- available via Smashwords for Nook, Kindle, Kobo, as a PDF and more! Only 99 cents!

Keep watching because I believe Aurania will have more to share soon.