Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Writer Goal Wednesday

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What a super busy week this has been!  First of all, I'm happy to announce that the winner of my giveaway from Monday's post is KATIE WATKINS! She's won an ebook copy of my novel All Fall Down and the companion novella Falling Slowly! Woohoo!  Thanks to everyone who entered.

*deep breath*  Okay, I got a lot of my writing goals accomplished. Some I'm still working on. Let's take a look.

I reviewed the final copy of Falling Slowly.  It is in the final stages before release now, WOOT! I'm so excited for this one!

I had a SUPER FUN cover reveal party and got so many ideas for romantic dates! Thanks again to everyone who entered.

The ARCs for Falling Slowly should go out this weekend.

I am slowly working through all the metadata tags on my books.  We're one step closer to having them all updated.

I am halfway through my update for On the Edge! I'm really excited about this one.  It's one of my favorite stories and seeing it get a facelift has really been fun.

I also learned how to do a favicon and made one for my blog and website! If you look at the tab in your browser, right beside my name should be a little icon that says "JCB." Isn't it pretty? It's like Facebook has the F, Twitter has a little bird, everyone has a cute little favicon for their tab, and now I do, too! I'm feeling really proud of that.

I also updated my header pictures to include the new cover for Falling Slowly. They all look so pretty. *stares*

All right, what are my goals for next week?
  • Keep working on metadata tags for all my books.
  • Finish the update for On The Edge.
  • Send out the ARCs for Falling Slowly.
Yeah, there's only three, but I really want to finish the update this week.  That's going to be a big job!

I'm feeling pretty good about my progress. Just a babystep or two every day and things are getting accomplished.  How are you doing on your goals?

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Tuesday Freebie

Since we had no new Castle last night (sob) and I am so stoked about the cover reveal yesterday (have you entered? You can still enter through today!) I thought I'd pass along a free ebook I came across, The Betwitching of Amoretta Ipswich by Marcia Lynn McClure.  I haven't read this one, but it looks like it could be a nice afternoon read. You can download your free copy here




 Here's the back copy:

The spirit of adventure and curiosity that dwelled within her bosom was passionate with excitement! It was obvious there was something wildly interesting inside the gristmill, and Amoretta silently swore to herself she would discover what it was no matter what. She promised herself that nothing short of torture could keep her from seeing what was inside now that her feet were set on the path.
Amoretta carefully knelt in the cool grass shaded by mill and trees. Once Prudence and Blanche had knelt down with the others, Prudence pointed to the low, loosely hanging board, indicating that Amoretta and Calliope should look through the open space it presented.

Amoretta’s heart was pounding like the rapids of some raging river! What were they about to witness? Spirits roaming the old mill? Pirates? Outlaws? Her imagination couldn’t list possibilities quickly enough.
 
And then, all at once—in the space of a moment and a short gasp—Amoretta Ipswich knew exactly why the young ladies of Meadowlark Lake liked to sneak out to the gristmill and peep through the loose siding board.
 
“Oh my—” Amoretta’s exclamation of astonishment was silenced by Winnie’s hand quickly covering her mouth.




Monday, March 2, 2015

Book Review: To My Friends



Today I'm excited to tell you about Jeffrey R. Holland's book, To My Friends. It's a beautifully bound book that has little vignettes on different topics that really spoke to me. As you all know, I'm really trying to incorporate more peace in my life and I definitely found the inspiration for achieving that in between the pages.

The entire time I was reading this book I heard Jeffrey Holland's voice in my head. If you've ever heard him speak, he has a voice that reverberates through your soul.  I loved the counsel he gives in this book.  In a time where there is chaos and fear all around us, I liked the peace and foundational principles this book gives like truly being a friend, truly wanting to change things in your life, truly wanting to find happiness.  The topics are timely and really touched my heart in a powerful way. It's so hard to describe, you'll just have to get your own copy so you can experience it yourself.

This is a go-to book that I know I will keep on my bedside table whenever I need a little inspiration. It really was like having a personal little chat with him. (Wouldn't that be a life-changing experience to have that opportunity in real life?)

You can download it here for $13.49

Here's the back copy:

If you need a burden lifted, I want you to imagine I am in a personal, private, closed-door chat with you. I want to help you if I can." With those words, Elder Jeffrey R. Holland invites every reader of his latest book to become a friend, to receive instruction and encouragement, counsel and comfort.

Elder Holland addresses these powerful messages "to my friends who love the Lord," "to my friends who want to change," "to my friends who face opposition," and more. Each chapter begins with a beautifully designed quotation to help convey the message in an artistic way, making the book a lovely gift for friends to share. Throughout, Elder Holland's powerful witness of the Savior shines through, for, as he writes, "I am grateful for the greatest friend any of us could ever have, in time or eternity, the Lord Jesus Christ.

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Cover Reveal AND A Giveaway!

I am so excited to show you the cover for my new novella, Falling Slowly.  This one is a companion novella to All Fall Down and tells what happens to Claire and Rafe when they come home from Afghanistan.

To celebrate cover reveal day, I am offering you a giveaway!  Since Claire and Rafe are dating and getting to know each other in this novella, I want to know---what do you consider to be a romantic date?  Is it a candlelight dinner? A hike? A bike ride? A movie? Star-gazing? A moonlit stroll? Tell me your ideas!  Everyone who comments with their idea of a romantic date will be entered to win an ebook copy of BOTH All Fall Down AND Falling Slowly.

Okay, are you ready?

*drum roll*

Here it is!



Rafe Kelly never thought he’d fall in love with Claire Michaels, the hostage negotiator sent to get him out of a life or death situation.  Though it was easy to see from the beginning that Claire was good at her profession, Rafe quickly realized she was even better for him personally―and that they might have a future together. 

When they get back from their mission in Afghanistan, however, Claire goes back to the Hostage Negotiation Team and Rafe is left to deal with the huge hole in his life after leaving the SEALs.  Trying to balance an uncertain future with a new relationship is made even more complicated when a family crisis strikes.  Will Rafe and Claire be able to turn to each other for strength or are they over before they've really begun? 

Friday, February 27, 2015

Friday Freebie



Today's Friday Freebie is A Perfect Fit by Heather Tullis, the first book in her DiCarlo Brides series. I've started it, and so far am really enjoying the story.  You can download your free Kindle copy here

Here's the back copy:

Cami DiCarlo doesn’t agree with her father that her life has been stuck in a rut, so she is not happy when he forces her hand into heading up guest services at his newest five-star hotel. The fact that he unveils the existence of four half-sisters at the same time, and insists that they live together while they launch the new resort, only makes things worse.

When she meets Vince Talmadge, the sweet, sexy landscaper her father would never have approved of, Cami can’t say no. If only she could be sure she is on the right track—and that they will be able to stop the person who is trying to destroy everything she and her sisters are working to build.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Writer Goal Wednesday on Thursday!

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So, as mentioned yesterday, today we'll be talking about the goals we accomplished in the past week. It's been a super busy week for me and I'm excited to share.

First of all, let's see how I did on my goals for last week.

I got the audition script ready for Through Love's Trials audio book and put that out there. I'm going through auditions now and there are some good ones!

I started the revision and update of On the Edge. So far, it's been a lot easier than I thought. 

I updated the metadata tags on two of my books.  I'm still working on the other nine.

But now for the awesome news!

*drum roll*

I updated my website! Go see it here! I'll wait.

Okay, what did you think? I love the drop down menus for all my books and the header image.  I can't stop looking at it! So awesome.

And the second happy dance item goes to the fact that I am nearly finished with my revisions for Falling Slowly and will be giving those to my critique group and beta readers for a final read-through tomorrow! Woohoo! I've worked so hard on this one and can't wait to share more of Claire and Rafe's story with you.

I also have some exciting news to share with you on Monday. I'll be doing a COVER REVEAL for Falling Slowly.  It is so amazing . . . but that's all I can say until Monday.  I'll also be doing a giveaway to celebrate, so don't miss Monday's post!

So, this next week, my goals are:
  • Review the final copy of Falling Slowly
  • Have a fun cover reveal party for Falling Slowly
  • Get the ARCs ready for Falling Slowly 
  • Keep working on metadata tags for all my books.
  • Keep working on the update for On The Edge.

It's definitely getting to the fun part of having a new book to release! Showing off the baby, so to speak.  But sometimes when you have a new book, the marketing process can be overwhelming which brings me to the other thing I wanted to tell you about.  



There's a new marketing book that just came out by Heather Moore and Tracy Daley.  It's called Ebook Marketing 101: Promotion Sites for Ebooks. 

Heather Moore hit the USA Today Bestsellers list and this book tells of all the things she did to do that and how she marketed her books before and after with different promotion sites. I thought it was really helpful and provided a lot of links to each promotion site, but is separated out into categories for people who are on a marketing budget (Free, $10 or less) and then goes up from there. I like how it also included the requirements for each site submission (price, reviews, etc.) and whether it resulted in sales or not. Of course it will be different for each genre and book, but it's a great starting point for authors. I plan to try some of the sites in there for sure!
If you're interested you can download your Kindle copy herefor $3.99

Here's the back copy:

Congratulations on writing and publishing your book! Now the nitty-gritty marketing starts. With a lot of excellent marketing tools and books available, why did we write this one? To share a journey of how it’s possible to indie publish a book and hit a bestsellers list. In 2014, Heather Moore hit the USA Today list with a self-published box set. A few months later, she put together the Triple Treat Romance Box Set series, and brought in Tracy Daley to market the series. 12 box sets and 36 authors later, and hitting multiple Top 5 & Top 10 lists consistently, we are ready to pass on our research and recommendations. The promotion sites included in this book are organized in an easy to find manner to target your specific marketing needs.

How did you do on your goals this week?

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Bonus Review AND $25 Giveaway: The Wife Maker

Wife Maker (1)


I know today is usually Writer Goal Wednesday, and I have SO MUCH to tell you about the goals I worked on this week, but I am so excited to be part of this blog tour for The Wife Maker, that I have moved my Writer Goal Wednesday post to tomorrow.  I know you'll want to have the chance to win $25 in the giveaway right? And talk goals tomorrow?  Okay, then.

The Wife Maker is the final book in the Husband Maker series (you can read my review of the first one The Husband Maker here and the second one, The Match Maker here) and I've really been looking forward to it.  Each previous book has left on fairly big cliffhangers so I was interested to see how the author would tie everything up. Last we read, Charlotte had realized she had feelings for Angus, but is she too late?

It opens with Angus getting ready to leave to take a position for his residency halfway across the country. Charlotte does not want him to go, but everything has changed between them. What once was easy and comfortable is now really uncomfortable.  But Charlotte isn't going to let him go so easily.

I have loved Charlotte's character through all of the books, and this one was no different. She's going through some painful growth and she's making a lot of mistakes, but at least her heart is in the right place. She puts a lot of her own wants and feelings aside to make Angus see that they can be good together if he'll only give her another chance.  She humbles herself so much, though, I was starting to feel like she was losing what made her unique and relatable. And the love I had for Angus was dwindling because of how much of a jerk he was, but there are still flashes of the old, fun Charlotte and the heroic sigh-worthy Angus, that kept me turning pages to see if they would get their happily ever after. Some of the scenes were laugh out loud (with her new "job" in the restaurant) and others were scary with her new apartment. (seriously it was a yikes! moment).  The author really draws you into the relationship from both sides to see the healing that is taking place. One of the surprise heroes in this book, though, was Charlotte's twin brother. I really loved him and how he dealt with being caught between his sister and his best friend.

The ending was definitely worth the angst and I thought the author tied up the series really well.  An entertaining read that will leave you with a smile when you've turned the last page.

You can download your Kindle copy for $3.99 by clicking here

And don't forget to scroll all the way down to enter the giveaway!

Here's the back copy:

Charlotte has spent years as the husband maker, sending every guy she dates off to enjoy marital bliss with the next girl he dates. But things have now changed, and she's determined to use her husband-maker abilities one last time--on herself. And she finally knows exactly who she wants.

 Angus has loved Charlotte since they were teenagers, but he's tired of waiting for her to realize how good they could be. She's broken his heart one too many times, and it's time to move on with his life. Maybe a position halfway across the country will be just what he needs to get over her. But when Charlotte won't let him go without a fight, Angus has to decide if he's willing to let her in again or if she's too late.


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Karey White


Author Karey White Karey White grew up in Utah, Idaho, Oregon, and Missouri. She attended Ricks College and Brigham Young University. Her first novel, Gifted, was a Whitney Award Finalist. She loves to travel, read, bake treats, and spend time with family and friends. She and her husband are the parents of four great children. She teaches summer creative writing courses to young people and is currently working on her next book.



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