Wednesday, November 28, 2012

HOVER has a cover!




I officially feel like Dr. Seuss with that blog title, but it's true all the same. :)
 
HOVER now has a cover, and I need your help spreading the word! The official reveal will be Monday, December 3rd, and signups for the reveal will stay open through Friday, November 30th.  Please leave your email address in the comments if you would like to participate in the reveal and be added to my list of super awesome people that I adore. The reveal will include a giveaway to add to the juicy fun!
 
Can't wait for ya'll to see it!

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Winners announced!

After combining all the results, there are three clear winners--two of which were VERY close. :)
 
Grand Prize: Madison Louise
2nd Place Prize: Viola (knitpearl)
3rd Place Prize: Mary

I emailed the winners as well. Thank you to everyone who participated!!

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

GRAVITY's Launch Party is November 30th!

 
 
 
GRAVITY's launch party is November 30th from 6-8 PM at:
 
FoxTale Book Shoppe
105 East Main Street
Woodstock, GA 30188
 
We'll have drinks and food, a reading, a signing, and a giveaway.
I would love to see you there!

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Reviews and Why Even Bad Reviews Are Good

When I was little my dad used to always tell me that if nothing bad happened we would never have anything to compare the good and would then know no difference. As a kid, I'm sure I rolled my eyes at this or even questioned him, but as an adult--and now an author--I feel this is something we need to remind ourselves of again and again.

See, I have officially been a published author for about a week now, which means I have received reviews. Some have been very, very good. And some have been vomit-inducing. At first I found myself focusing on the bad reviews, wondering how the reviewer saw THAT in my book. Did they not get it? Did I completely jack up all 300 pages? And then suddenly I realized I was focusing on the wrong thing.

Here's the truth: If you write, plan on getting a bad review--or 50. Plan on getting a review so bad you want to curl up and hide. But do not focus on those reviews, because focusing on the bad is doing a massive disservice to the readers that LOVE your book. And those readers are your true audience.

See, as writers, we do not yet know who our audience really is. We think we do. Our editors and publishers even think they do. But until the book hits the world, we have no idea who the book is going to speak to. If you focus on the bad--the readers that may not be your audience--then you are completely missing the joy of those readers that couldn't put your book down, that tweet and message you for info on the next book. THOSE are your readers! THAT is your audience. Embrace them, celebrate your successes with them, and above all else, thank them. They are the reason you write. Feel fortunate. I do.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

GRAVITY blog tour

For the next two weeks, I will be popping by a few different blogs to talk about GRAVITY, the characters, and provide some insight into HOVER, book 2 in The Taking Series. The tour stops are listed below, but just to make this fun, I decided to offer up a giveaway for those that follow along.

On November 20th, I would love you all to join me for a Twitter party to celebrate the full release of GRAVITY. During the party I will ask a few questions pulled from the interviews. If you follow along then it shouldn't be a problem at all! The first person to answer each question correctly will win a prize! Prizes will include a signed copy of GRAVITY, swag, and an Amazon GC. Fun times! So here is the list and remember to follow along! :)