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H is for… #AtoZChallenge


Hopefully, I’m not cheating with this post. You guys are getting a two for one deal today.

Yesterday’s post for the letter G did not make it in time. Because I freaking passed out at 9:45… 9:45!! Who does that?! Tired people, that’s who. A six-day work week is a long one, especially when working in a cafe.

So don’t be too hard on me for missing it. 🙂

Now– for today’s post:

H is for Homework

At the ripe, young age of 32, I never thought I’d have homework again.

But I’m finding that there’s more and more to learn everyday, especially as a new, indie writer.

I just spent the last hour going through old emails. I found articles, programs and other tidbits of information that I haven’t looked at in well over a year.

I found tons of stuff that I completely forgot about. Stuff that I know will help me become a better writer and help me in the understanding of marketing.

Which is killing me!

So now, I’m faced with homework for the first time since high school. But fun homework. The stuff I want to learn and grow with.

How about you? What do you want to learn more about?

Much Love!

B is for…

Hola! Time for today’s letter…. B!

B is for Barnes and Noble.

So first off- exciting news that brought along this post: My book is in Barnes and Noble!

And it looks so pretty sitting on the shelf 🙂

I’ve had a few of my fellow indie authors ask me how I went about getting my book into Barnes and Noble, so I’ll explain. It’s not a hard process- just a timely one.

*Side note* I do work for the company. That doesn’t mean I got to bypass any of the requirements at all. It does mean that it’ll help me in my marketing plan because I do have a personal relationship with my store.

Moving on…

Months ago, I read that Barnes and Noble does not carry Createspace books. That company is own by Amazon, and being that they are direct competitors, it makes sense.

But they do carry books printed through Ingram Spark. Ingram Spark is a part of Lightning Source, a publishing company that works with Barnes and Noble.

I did go back and use Createspace, after the fact. But I had to go through the process twice. From formatting to cover art. Dimensions are different for each company.

Once the prints ready to go, I got to work on a marketing plan.

I found a great outline for one here: http://allindiewriters.com/free-book-marketing-plan-outline/

This was super tricky for me. Since Playing House is my debut, I don’t have much to go on with marketing. I don’t know what’s working and what’s not. So I did quite a bit of research to help me. A nice cover letter is good here too.

Once you have that done- you’re almost ready to send it to corporate. Makes sure that you have set the book at a 40% trade discount and make it returnable.

That last part is a MUST! What that means is, if your book doesn’t sell (eeeek!), the store can send it back to the publisher.

Okay- so now you can send it out to corporate. 🙂

Now- I’ll be honest. If you read my last post, I haven’t been keeping up with my numbers the way I should. I don’t know how many copies I’ve sold through the store. I do know that Barnes and Noble picked up 106 copies of the book and these are being distributed to random parts of the country. (Pick up yours today!)

I’ll keep you guys informed on what happens with this process.

Next step: Signings!

I want to this moment to throw a shout out to my editor, formattor and mentor- Nanette Day! She's the one who helped me through figuring out this process and has been showing me the ways of the author-force. Much Love Nanette! <3

To say Fail or not

December 1st.

NaNoWriMo is over.

What did I accomplish? Well, it wasn’t 50,000 words. I missed it by a “measly” 30k words. (oops!)

Well, the question wasn’t what I didn’t accomplish. It was what I did.  And I’m proud to say that I accomplished a lot! I’m so happy with how Runaway Road is coming along. So yes, I “failed” NaNo but in my mind, I made a huge dent in a story that I’ve been planning on writing for months.

So, to celebrate my success, here’s a snippet from my WIP Runaway Road

Hope you all enjoy!

**Unedited Copyrighted Material**

“Excuse me?”

She jumps at the sound of my voice, giving me a faint smile that strengthens my resolve to talk to her.

I stick out my hand. “Hi, I’m Brett.” She takes it, timid but firm.

“At risk of sounding like a creeper, we’ve been following each other since Charlotte.” I lean against the gas pump. Mia takes a look around me and her smile grows.
“You’re right.”
I run my hand through my hair. “I’m going inside to grab a drink. May I get you something?”
She replaces the pump and tightens the gas cap on her car. “Are you trying to pick me up at a gas station?” The humor is dancing in her eyes.
“Well, yeah, I guess I am.” I shrug. “If we’re road tripping, probably not smart to take you to a bar.I mean, I know it’s not Starbucks, but–”
She brushes her long hair off her shoulder, the corner of her mouth twitching. “A cup of coffee would be great.”
I push off the pump station and turn to replace the pump. We lock our cars and walk toward the store.
“So Mia, where are you heading?”
“San Antonio. You?”
Grabbing the door, she walks under my arm inside, leaving a trace of vanilla and cinnamon behind. I could breathe that in all day.
I follow her to the coffee machines, noticing her petite frame. Her arms are smaller than they should be and a worry I can’t explain overcomes me.
Without looking at me, she reaches for a coffee pot and pours the liquid into a small cup. “Austin, huh?” I watch her full lips blow the steam across the top and I have to remind myself that I’m in a public place.
“Yeah, looking for a new adventure.” Her eyebrows perk up. I grab a large coffee cup and rip open four sugar packets. Placing the cup under the instant coffee dispenser, I hit the button for the vanilla cappuccino. Out of the corner of my eye, she’s staring at me, mouth open.
She blinks. “Nothing. It’s just…that’s a lot of sugar.” She giggles as I stare at my cup. “How do you even taste the coffee?”
She laughs even harder as I scrunch my face. “Ugh! Why would you want to taste that?” Her laugh is adorable and hearty. And contagious.
I stir my cup and lean against the counter. “Don’t judge my coffee.” Chuckles rumbling through my body.I take a sip and tip my head to the snack aisle.
“Drinks and dinner? You sure do spoil a girl on a first date.”
“I do what I can.”
We walk around the back side of a rack to the snack aisle. I immediately grab a bag of gummy worms and beef jerky. Mia’s bottom lip is clamped between her teeth, her shoulders twitching with a laugh.
“What?” I give her a glare. “Are you judging my food too?”
“I would never!” Her mock horror has me laughing along with her.
“Whatever. Beef jerky is healthy. It’s protein.”
Her eyes twinkle. “Whatever you say.”
“What are you going to have?”
“Oh, no. I’m good. Maybe just a bottle of water.”
I purse my lips in disbelief as she starts to walk towards the coolers. “Can you grab me one too?” I call. She whips her head around and nods, giving me a small smile that makes me want to stay in this gas station for a long time.

My Sexy Boyfriend- #MySexySaturday #Saturday7 #MSS105

Week two of My Sexy Saturday!

Today- I’m bringing you a scene from a work in progress of mine called That Next Chapter. It’s a story about a girl moving on from a past relationship and realizing that its okay to finally let it go.

Anyways- hope you enjoy!


** This is an unedited scene and due to change **

As Grayson continues to talk to the driver, his hand is resting on my knee, his thumb tracing my skin. He’s leaving a trail of heat that has me panting.

This is it. The taxi is going to park and I’m going to need to make a decision. Am I going home or staying with Grayson? Can I do this? Should I do this? Jacob will be at my house in the morning.  He won’t understand…

I feel Grayson squeeze my knee and I flash him a quick smile. “Stop over thinking things, Abby. Do whatever it is that you want to do and makes you happy. No one else’s feelings matter, understand?”

The street lights pass through the car as we drive over the Ravenel Bridge. Mount Pleasant is quiet for this time of night and that quietness makes me nervous. Like a calm before a storm. My heart is pounding in my chest and I swear the others can hear it.

Do I want this? The answer seems so obvious. Yes, I do. My crush on Grayson has grown into desire. I have fantasized of this moment; thinking of Grayson’s smile, his bright eyes, the cocky way he talks about himself, all of it. It drives me crazy. And the thought that he wants me as much as I want him has sent my nerves into overdrive. I never saw myself with anyone after Jacob, and now– now I can’t think of anything else.

I feel the car stop and I come out of my thoughts to see we’re in front of Grayson’s. He reaches over and pays the cab driver. The driver turns around and shakes his hand, “Congratulations, my friends. May you have a blessed marriage, and live each day enveloped in the same passion as I saw tonight.”

I smile at the man and nod. His words are so kind and he means them. I open my door and step out. Grayson steps out on his side and I turn to see him watching me. The car drives away, leaving empty space between us. In two strides, he’s in front of me, his lips inches from mine.  “Stay with me. Nothing has to happen; I just want you to stay.”


Late Summer Sexy- #MySexySaturday #Saturday7 #MSS104

So my fellow writer, Corrissa James, introduced me to this awesome blog called My Sexy Saturday.

It’s a blog hop for romance writers. We can use 7 words, 7 sentences, or 7 paragraphs to promote a sexy scene from any work. Pretty awesome way to find some different authors to check out.

This week’s theme is late summer sexy. It’s my favorite time of year, which is why Playing House is set during it.


** Excerpt from Playing House**

He picks me up and sets me on the countertop, mumbling “I want dessert in here.” He steps between my legs.

Caleb takes a spoon, dips it in the sorbet, and holds it to my mouth. He traces my bottom lip, the cold spoon sending chills throughout my body. Then again, it could be the intense look Caleb is giving me. I open my mouth, allowing the sorbet to coat my tongue. Without taking his eyes from mine, Caleb spoons sorbet into his own mouth. Leaning in, he kisses my lips. They’re cold, but his tongue is warm.

God, he tastes delicious.

He eats another spoonful, kisses my neck right behind my ear and moans. I lean into him as he trails kisses along my neck, around my bruises and up to the other ear. He stops to swallow another spoonful before flicking his tongue against my earlobe.

“Want some?” he asks, teasing my lips with the cold spoon.

I swallow the cold sorbet, my body burning with desire for him. I lean in to kiss him.

He pulls backs. “No ma’am. I’m pleasuring you.”

Playing House coverPlaying House will be released on Sept. 1st but is available for pre-order on Amazon, Barnes and Noble and iBooks.