Thursday, June 8, 2017

Happy Book Birthday!

Taylor Kincaid's story, ONCE UPON A TIME, releases today! I'm so excited. In fact, I was already excited months ago, when I saw this sign and took its picture.

Once Upon a Time
Serendipity, Indiana - Book Eight

Taylor Kincaid has big plans for her post-college life. Falling in love with the mysterious new shop owner in the small town she grew up in isn't one of them.

You may have met Taylor (and her twin, Hannah) in Serendipity, Indiana book #2, EMILY'S DREAMS. Now the twins have graduated college and are ready to leave Serendipity forever... The only problem is an absence of jobs in their fields.

They decide to move back home temporarily, living with their parents again, and taking a little sabbatical from all the hard work (and partying) of college.

But Marcus Kincaid has different expectations of his daughters. The free ride is at an end, and they have to get jobs in Serendipity if they expect to live at home.

Hannah accidentally volunteers to work at the Standish Family Christmas Tree Farm with their sister Emily (Kincaid) Standish. But Taylor will float resumes in the little town, and find a job that will pad her bank account, and be easy to leave when the right employment opportunity comes along.

It's a great plan, until she steps into the antiques shop on the town square, and meets its handsome, enigmatic new owner. Now leaving may be more complicated than staying.

Sweet romance, "coincidences" that might be more than that, and a love that survives the unthinkable come together in this new Serendipity, Indiana tale.

Download your copy of the ebook here:
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Tuesday, June 6, 2017

New Release! Nina: Beach Brides ~ by Stacey Joy Netzel

Grab your beach hat and a towel and prepare for a brand new series brought to you by twelve New York Times and USA Today bestselling authors…

Beach Brides! Fun in the summer sun!
Twelve heartwarming, sweet novellas linked by a unifying theme.

You’ll want to read each one!

Twelve friends from the online group, Romantic Hearts Book Club, decide to finally meet in person during a destination Caribbean vacation to beautiful Enchanted Island. While of different ages and stages in life, these ladies have two things in common: 1) they are diehard romantics, and 2) they’ve been let down by love. As a wildly silly dare during her last night on the island, each heroine decides to stuff a note in a bottle addressed to her “dream hero” and cast it out to sea!

Four months later, a bottle washes up on a beach near Savannah, Georgia, where billionaire banker, Heath Wellington, is primed to propose to his socialite girlfriend. Pragmatic Heath has never believed much in signs, but the timing of this mysterious missive’s arrival is too uncanny to ignore. Can Heath disregard the compelling “message in a bottle” from a sassy bookstore owner in Beaumont, Maine? Or will her heartfelt plea change the course of his life forever?

Find all of the Beach Brides at Amazon!

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Thursday, June 1, 2017

Reclaim the Joy

I have some of my most interesting ideas and realizations when I'm out on a walk. I've read why that is, and if memory serves (unlikely) it's something about giving the mind a rest.

Wherever they come from, I do well to listen to my on-a-walk ideas. When I ignore them, I often regret it. I won't tell you about that, because it's a bit of a downer.

So anyway, on a recent walk, I realized what I've been doing wrong lately, and how to correct it. It's a simple thing. Quite obvious, really (especially with a big pink striped graphic at the top of the blog).

I decided to reclaim the joy of writing. 

Does that sound strange? Do you think that, because I made the intentional decision to write full-time, that means I enjoy every minute? Well, I do enjoy writing, and interacting with readers, and getting to know other authors. But, just like most work, there are some parts of this job that aren't exactly fun. I have been immersed in those, of late.

In the last year or so I've tried to be particularly organized, with my Big Markerboard of Goals, Deadlines, and Stuff. I have a calendar with Everything I Need to Do, and When, with Reminders that spring up in my face so I can't possibly forget. (Theoretically, at least.)

I've tried to do better at promoting my books, too. I've bought some ads, given away lots and lots (and lots!) of books, hoping to lead readers to the others. I've spent loads of time behind the scenes doing myriad other things in an effort to find readers and encourage them to find me back.

And you know what?

It stalled my writing, and still hasn't helped book sales.

Worse than that, it has resulted in less joy in the process--and more focus, worry, and focused-worry, about the money. Along with everything else in the world right now (the big one, and my small, personal one) focused-worry is not good for my mental health. I quit my day job because I felt called to write.* I didn't sign on for this gig to be depressed about it.

I have three novellas to finish for existing commitments, and then I move on to the project I promised to myself  in my 2017 goals. I didn't tell you about that yet, or if I did it was just a hint.

These three novellas? I'm going to love writing them! 

Instead of worrying about how books are selling or what I should be doing about promotion, I'll settle into my writing chair each morning, starting my day with coffee and fresh words. The Big Markerboard is still in sight, should I need to refer to it. 

I hope you'll want to read those books. They'll be written with love, sprinkled with humor, and they will not come from a place of worry or stress. I want my stories to always be a refuge where you can escape those things.

*As my tagline says, 

Try a romance novel on...for sighs!

Once Upon a Time releases a week from today. I wrote it during stolen hours between other projects, and when I could have been doing things like sleeping, or cleaning my apartment. I had to set the story aside several times, and when I finally finished, was so happy with the result. I hope you will be, too.

Now, tell me. Is there a way you can reclaim joy today?