Pre-Order Alert – Love Bites by TL Clark

 In spite of her so-called normal life, Shakira doesn’t fit in.

She moves to Wales in search of a home, the sense of belonging which has always eluded her.

She gets more than she ever dreamed possible when a handsome young man unwittingly transforms her.

Suddenly her world is full of magick and mystery, which she struggles to come to terms with.

Witches and vampires exist, and Shakira’s very existence is against the vampire clan’s law. 

 

Available for Pre-Order on Amazon and will also be available on Kindle Unlimited.

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New Romance Release – My Absolution by Joz Maxel

Have you ever loved a woman with your heart and soul, just to watch her slip away?
I had her.
I broke her.
I left a piece of me behind.
My best friend put her back together. 
Cherished her.
Loved her the way she deserved. 
My time for absolution has come. 
And I’ll stop at nothing until I get it. 
Now I’ll have to fight my way back to what I left behind.

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GOODREADS

The Magician’s Curse – Romance Novel Addicts Anonymous Recommended Read

This was a gripping read with truly engaging characters. This book is an excellent mix of romance and intrigue, and is a nice change of pace from so many cookie-cutter romances. Stephen Dagmur is a compelling and somewhat tortured hero, and the heroine is innocent but strong and resilient. An excellent start to a new series and doesn’t end on a cliffhanger. I look forward to more from this author. You can get the book at AMAZON.

The Cowgirl Takes Her Man – Romance Novel Addicts Anonymous Recommended Read

 

This was a thoroughly enjoyable read. Sweet and with a bit of spice, it was a terrific small town romance with well-developed characters and an engaging plot. The author truly captures the flavor of a small town and even includes a brownie recipe at the end. What’s not to love?

You can get the book here – AMAZON

 

Spinning Time – Romance Novel Addicts Anonymous Recommended Read

 

This was a truly engaging read with engrossing characters and several sweet romances. It is a standalone novel, which was very refreshing. This was different from what I normally read, and I’m glad I gave it a chance. Terrific, engaging writing and a clever story. 

The book is available on AMAZON

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Protector by Michelle Horst – Romance Novel Addicts Anonymous Recommended Read

This was a terrific story, but NOT for the faint of heart. Personally, I’m used to reading much lighter fare but I decided to give this a try. Not gonna lie…I almost quit on this book as the beginning is pretty violent and very depressing (some readers love that, so who I am I to judge?) I’m glad I hung on and stuck with it, because this turned out to be a terrific, page-turningly good read. There of moments of violence and sadness, but also romance and hope. Overall, a great read.

Find the book HERE.

Love on Fire – Romance Novel Addicts Anonymous Recommended Book

 

This was a light, sweet, and steamy read with characters you can’t help but root for. It also featured a main character who was bisexual which is rare and a nice change of pace. It’s part of a series, but can easily be read as a standalone. You can buy it HERE on Amazon.

6 Tips for Writers for Dealing with Icky Technology

 

There are a lot of talented, creative writers out there who are great with all that left-brained, complicated, technological stuff.

I am not one of those writers…

As an indie author, I still have to deal with graphic design for book covers and advertisements, formatting for eBooks and paperbacks, and lots of other icky techy stuff like that. I’m serious about self-publishing, so I’m doing my best to attack that kind of thing head-on, rather than try to avoid it. I truly believe that embracing the business side of self-publishing means the difference between success and failure.

I am generally a fairly patient person, but when it comes to dealing with technology, it takes precious little for me to absolutely lose my damn mind. I am just no good at it! Give me a cooking recipe, I can follow it and make a delicious meal. However, if you give me plain, step-by-step instructions on how to use a computer program, I just do not get it. Not the first time. Not the second time. Sometimes not even the third or fourth of fifth. This usually results in a lot of yelling things like “I am so STUPID!! I just CAN’T DO THIS!”

Believe it or not, I’ve found that completely flipping out and screaming doesn’t usually make me understand the technology any better. However, I have developed some coping mechanisms that I have found helpful, and maybe you will, too.

  1. Give Yourself A Damn Break – If you’re like me, you’re just not good with technical stuff. Well, guess what? You’re not good at it, and you’re tackling it anyway. Good for you. Good for me. Anybody can do what comes naturally to them, but it takes hard-working folks to master things that are difficult. Give yourself a cookie and a pat on the back.
  1. Decide You Can Do It – You already know it’s not going to be easy, but you need to make a conscious decision that you can and will do it.
  1. Baby Steps – Yes, you should decide that you can do it, but you shouldn’t give yourself a super-short timeframe. My recent frustration was in learning how to do a Facebook Ad. I really wanted to sit down for an hour or two, learn how to do an ad, and have it up and running before I got up from my desk. It didn’t quite work out that way… I needed, once again, to remind myself that this is tough for my airy-fairy right-brainy self. It works best for me to learn anything technological just one or two steps at a time.
  1. Ask Yourself – Do I Know More Today Than I Did Yesterday? If the answer is yes, give yourself another cookie. Sometimes my baby-steps learning sessions still end in tears, but I’ve learned to ask myself that question. It’s incredibly frustrating to spend an hour trying to learn how to do something, only to run out of time before you get it figured out. Still, I take a deep breath and ask – do I know more than I did when I started? The answer is almost always YES, even if I only learned what didn’t work.
  1. Stop When You’ve Hit a Brick Wall –There were many times when I was trying to figure out how to put together an ad that I got to a point when I was totally stuck. I just didn’t know the answer. I’ve learned that that is the time to stop for the time being. Now is the time to ask for help. If you don’t have a technology expert in your house, ask fellow writers on KBoards, Facebook groups, message boards, or reach out to tech support. Yes, you might have to wait a few hours to get a response, but it’s likely that somebody else has a quick answer, thus saving you hours of frustration. It’s not admitting defeat to admit you need help. It’s a lot wiser than banging your head against that brick wall.
  1. Don’t Give Up – This is simple, not easy, advice. It’s great to say Rah-rah! You can do it! But it’s hard to keep going when you feel like you’re never going to get it. If you give yourself reasonable time to accomplish a goal, ask for help when you get stuck, and just keep going until you get it, you really can do it. You’ve worked so hard on your books, and you really owe it to yourself to master the business side so you get the word out about your stories.

Remember, each time you master something, you own that knowledge forever. Be sure to take ample notes – notes in plain language that you can understand – so you can refer to them time and time again. It’s taking me forever to figure out the tech aspects of preparing a Facebook ad – but once I master it, I will use that knowledge for every book I write and publish. Plus, the more I master techniques that once seemed impossible, the more confident I become.

What’s most difficult for you? What are some of your coping techniques?

Romance Novel Addicts Anonymous Recommended Read – Do You Want to Start a Scandal?

My Brief Review:

This was a truly enjoyable book. Humorous, clever, with a fun mystery. The hero was sexy and brooding yet NOT an alphahole. The heroine was smart and engaging. Terrific couple, sexy and fun read. 
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Recommended Romance Read – Bedside Manner

 

This was a sweet, sexy story about two guys finding their happy ever after while dealing with problems concerning family and society. This was the second book in a series, but it flows perfectly well as a standalone. I didn’t even realize it was part of a series until I finished it. Well-written story, tender and poignant.

Get the book HERE.