Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Frack It All!

On Monday, February 29th, the Rise of the Discordant series is coming to an end. What had initially been an open ended project became an ambitious seven book series, but ultimately, I brought it down to five. Why? Well, to be honest, I had a nice, natural end to this story arc and decided not to fight it.

Besides, I may return to this series one day. If nothing else, I'm interested in following  certain characters on their continuing adventures. Perhaps fate may even take some of them out of Blackbird at some point. But for now, we have to say goodbye to the gang.

This is now my second complete series. It's quite a bit different from my first, but I'm no less emotional, which surprised me. I mean, this is my twelfth book and this series has been humorous. Surely by now I've grown accustomed to hitting publish and being on my way. No, not at all. It still hits me just as hard.

I'm grateful for this. I never want to be jaded. I never want to take for granted that I am doing what I love. I know how special this is.

In the next few weeks, I will be working on four new projects to see which one will ultimately become my next book or series. That's just the four that are beating a path from my brain to my fingertips at the moment. There is certainly no shortage of ideas. I only hope to have time to give each their proper consideration in the coming years.

So what's on the immediate agenda? How about a huge sale beginning with the launch of Frack You on Monday. Splitsville and You Wish will be just 99¢ in the US and UK markets. Past Life Strife will be free on Tuesday, March 1st, and yes, there will be plenty of giveaway opportunities with the March contest, so keep an eye out for that post.

But of course, I'll also be taking a much needed break to dive into my to-be-read pile. Because what is an author but a reading fanatic who has taken matters into her own hands. 😉

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Love is in the Air!

That's right, it's Valentine's day weekend, a polarizing corporate holiday that brings out the best and worst in people. For me, it's a good excuse to show off, remind you that I'm still giving away free stuff, and let you fine folks know how much love and appreciation I have for you!

Oh sure, the hearts are a bit much, but I could have given you Sunshine Lollipops and Rainbows

No, I'm not drunk, but yes, I'm about to act like the sloppy drunken friend who has one too many drinks and loves the world. It's true, if you're reading this right now, I love you. I mean, in a totally-platonic-I'm-married-and-not-going-there kind of way, but there it is. I happen to know that I am pretty darn lucky and here recently, I've had several awesome reminders of how lucky I am. How lucky? Well...

In the last few months, I've had a Goodreads giveaway winner send me a handwritten thank you card for the book they won. I've had several emails from folks who read something I wrote and felt the need to write me personally and tell me how much they enjoyed reading. I've had people share my posts about staying positive and tell me that they appreciate what I'm doing on that front. And I've received a wonderful gift of fan art from a fellow author whose work I find to be magical. As far as I'm concerned, it doesn't really get a whole lot better than that.

Nothing makes me happier than hearing directly from readers. Nothing. Not sales, not reviews, not any kind of measurable success. That someone would take the time to personally reach out to me puts me over the moon in a way that nothing else can. Seriously, ask anyone, I'm walking on air for days after.

So for that, I thank you. All of you. 

For being awesome and for making me feel awesome!
Now seriously, go win something!!!