Monday, July 25, 2016

On Conversations: #metaphysical #author Sandra Cox

Please join me in welcoming the multi-published author Sandra Cox to Conversations today! Sandra is here to talk about her metaphysical non-fiction book, Power Stones, and it's on sale for a limited time for only 99¢ from July 25th to July 31st. So be sure and check out the cover, blurb, and excerpt below! And don't forget to check out her bio too and get to know Sandra Cox.

Lisa ~
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POWER STONES


Our love affair with stones is deep and long abiding. We lust for them, we use them daily in our lives and often we turn to them for guidance and surcease. Crystals have been used through the ages for all facets of life.

In olden times, Britons wore agates to protect their skin. Frogs carved from amber were worn by the ancients for fertility. During the renaissance an amethyst was commonly engraved with a bear and worn as a protective amulet. Bloodstone was used in the distant past by Egyptians to break bonds and crumble stone walls. They used carnelian to dissipate hatred and ground malachite for eye shadow. Rubies were known as carbuncles in former times and were deemed the perfect gift for Buddha. Ground turquoise was used by the Navajo in sand paintings to attract rain. The list goes on.

This book is geared toward today’s busy lifestyle. It’s not about teaching magic, though it deals with the magic in stones. Maybe you are dealing with a lot of negativity in your life and want a cheery little sunstone close at hand. “Power Stones” is designed to help you decide what crystals are best suited for your personal needs and lifestyle.



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EXCERPT

One of the questions we invariably ask acquaintances is, “What is your favorite color?”

Color plays an important part in our lives. Yellow reminds us of warmth and cheer, gray brings to mind more neutral feelings and blue calms us like the rhythmic lap of the ocean.

Listed below are the meanings of colors. The capabilities of gems sometimes overlap into other color fields and share meanings. 

What is your favorite stone?  Does it represent your favorite color?

Pink symbolizes love and can be worn for long periods at a time. This color also represents acceptance.

Red stones heighten sexuality, boost creativity and energize.

Orange crystals are lovely stimulators, very sensual and energy boosters. Often good luck stones.

Yellow stones aid organization and balance emotions. Yellow crystals give control, wisdom and happiness.

Gold is the color of wealth.

Green stones, like pink, are heart stones. They give empathy and balance. They also help attain a healthy mental state of mind.

Blue stones aid in self-expression, communication and understanding. Blue stones are peaceful. Like the clear blue sky overhead, they calm.

Indigo blue crystals are cool and also calm. They heighten our state of consciousness.

Purple stones are spiritual, magic and royal.

Violet crystals give a heightened sense of spirituality and belonging.

Brown crystals, like the earth, ground and protect. They empower.

Black stones are also grounding stones and symbolize stability.

White stones are energy stones used to cleanse and purify.

Clear crystals are energy stones used for clarity and like white stones purify.




Multi-published author Sandra Cox writes YA Fantasy, Romance, and Metaphysical Nonfiction. She lives in sunny North Carolina with her husband, a brood of critters and an occasional foster cat. Although shopping is high on the list, her greatest pleasure is sitting on her screened in porch, listening to the birds, sipping coffee or a latte, and enjoying a good book. She's a vegetarian and a Muay Thai enthusiast.

www.sandracox.blogspot.com

Friday, July 22, 2016

On Conversations: #romance #author Lynette Sofras

Please join me in welcoming author Lynette Sofras to Conversations today! Lynette is here to talk about her new cozy mystery, Cocktails and Lies. So be sure and check out the cover, blurb and excerpt below! And don't forget to check out her bio too and get to know Lynette Sofras.

Lisa ~
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COCKTAILS AND LIES

When Hannah’s house is burgled, she gains as much as she loses: she meets Jan, her reserved Dutch neighbour and successful antiques dealer, and Callum, the detective in charge of the case, then finds some hidden letters to her dead grandmother that take her on an emotional journey of discovery.

As Hannah juggles the attentions of the two men now firmly in her life, she works to uncover the secrets of the past, only to find these encroach on the present in unexpected ways.

And then there are the two men in her life, both vying for her attention, both hiding things from her and each other.  What does Callum really know about Jan?  What is Jan hiding from everyone?  And what did her grandmother—whose house it once was—hide from the world?

As if Hannah doesn’t have enough mysteries to solve, her best friend Rachel enlists her help in solving her marital crisis, while her pleasure-seeking mother seems intent on finding her a husband.

With so many skeletons rattling the door of Hannah’s house, can she unravel these mysterious threads and reveal the truth, changing her life forever?


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EXCERPT

"Are you stealing our junk mail?"

Voice accusing, mocking even, with a hint of an accent; masculine, unfamiliar and unexpected—so much so it made me lose my precarious balance and topple sideways, cracking my knee on the marble floor and putting me at an even greater disadvantage.  I bit back my sarcastic retort, realising I must appear pretty suspicious, crouching in front of the mailboxes in a building in which I didn't even live.

"Well, strictly speaking, no, I'm not.  I mean, some of this is mine," I said, pushing myself into a more dignified kneeling position.  He moved a step closer, making it even more difficult to see the face at the top of the rather long, charcoal grey-suited body without me aping Quasimodo.  He surveyed the neat pile of mail, mainly junk I must confess, on the floor beside me.

"You care about it that much?" He sounded mystified.

"Yes.  I mean no.  I imagine it must look odd, but I can explain," I told him, pushing myself upright and using the mailboxes to my left to haul myself up.  He didn't offer a helping hand, which was perhaps just as well.  I pride myself on my self-sufficiency.   "You see, I live in the little house just around the side of your building and since this new block opened, the postman has been leaving a lot of my mail here—too lazy to walk around the corner, I suspect."





A former teacher, Lynette gave up her career in education a few years ago in order to focus on her writing and thus fulfil her childhood dream.  She writes contemporary women's fiction, usually involving romance, and often with suspense or a supernatural twist.  She claims 'Killing Jenna Crane', a romantic thriller is her personal favorite to date.

Lynette currently lives in an early Victorian cottage (the inspiration for her latest story ‘Cocktails and Lies’) in a picturesque Surrey village, in the London Home Counties. When she's not reading or writing, she enjoys catching up with friends, visiting the theatre or cinema, and occasionally trying to tame her out-of-control garden and the family's eccentric cat.

You can find more details of her novels on her website or Amazon author page.


Tuesday, July 19, 2016

On Conversations: #bestselling #author Marie Higgins

Please join me in welcoming bestselling, multi-published romance author Marie Higgins to Conversations today! Marie is here to talk about volume one in her new series Your Every Day Hero Series, Prince Charming is a Liar. So be sure and check out the cover, blurb and excerpt below! And don't forget to check out her bio too and get to know Marie Hunter.

Lisa ~
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Let me tell you a little about myself. I have been writing clean romances for about twenty years, but I’ve only been published since 2010. My favorite genre is historical romance, however, a close second is mystery suspense. Because of that, I’ve added a little mystery to most of my stories—and a touch of humor—which for me, makes this a perfect read because it has a little of everything.

About two months ago, I took a little break from my writing and decided to watch some Netflix. I found a cool series—Beauty & the Beast. I was hoping it would give me inspiration to write more of fairy tale romances. Well, this TV series definitely inspired me, but not to write fairy tales. Instead, my muse slipped on her red tights and cape and decided to be a super hero (in a way). Not only were my fingers flying across the keyboard (faster than a speeding bullet), but my muse was having so much fun with these characters.

In the TV series I was watching, there was a line from one of the episodes that made me laugh, and then my head filled with ideas for a new series. Book #1 is “Prince Charming is a Liar”. Book #2 is, “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Altar”. And Book #3 is, “Love Me, Leave Me…Just Don’t Shoot Me.” My modern-day, romantic suspense series is called “Your Every Day Hero”, and all books are based around a precinct in Seattle, Washington, and the one case they just can’t solve.

I have broken personal writing records already. I finished “Prince Charming is a Liar” in seventeen days, and I finished “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Altar” in fifteen days. How many days will it take to finish book #3, “Love Me, Leave Me…Just Don’t Shoot Me”?

If you enjoy reading crime stories with a lot of action and suspense—and of course, romance—then you are going to love my new series.



PRINCE CHARMING IS A LIAR
Your Every Day Hero Series Volume One

When Detective Brittany Russell goes undercover to expose a murderer, she had no idea what she was getting herself into—especially after meeting wealthy businessman, Austin Reeder…who happens to be a suspect. He is hiding something, and Brittany is determined to bring him down. Unfortunately, to catch the killer, she might have to break a few rules. The longer she talks with the charmer of women, the more she’s drawn to the gorgeous man. Thankfully, her partner, Kurt Hamill, is the one who has always kept her out of trouble. Loving him comes easy. But now she’s stuck in the middle of a love-triangle. Too bad she doesn’t know which Prince Charming is telling her the truth.


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EXCERPT


A bead of moisture trickled down Brittany Russell’s neck. Good grief! Why did it feel overly warm in here? It was early summer, so unless he was trying to cook food on his counter top, the temperature shouldn’t be this hot. Either that, or she’d found a hidden trap door into Satan’s lair.

She clutched her G42 and walked into the room further. The wealthy businessman had a glass case liquor bar, a large dining area, and living room. The three bookcases filled from edge to edge. It would seem he didn’t have a social life, and probably stayed at home reading. She’d had almost this many books when she was in college, and of course, she really didn’t have a social life, either.

She took another step, heading toward the hallway, but before reaching it, the floor creaked. She jerked to a stop and listened closer.

The door to one of the rooms opened, and out walked a man. He was tall, built like a quarterback, and wore a black bathrobe that reached his knees. His wet hair was slicked back on his head, and his face appeared freshly shaven. His attention was on his Ipod as he scrolled through it. In his ears were earphones with a cord attached to the electronic device.

Inwardly, she groaned. No wonder he hadn’t heard her calling out, announcing herself! A good detective checks every room, Russell. But in her defense, she was about to when he walked out.

Panic hammered away in her chest, bringing a momentary shut-down to her brain…and her lungs, because at this moment as she stared at his bathrobe and the muscular bare legs, she couldn’t breathe. Her worst nightmare—for today, anyway—had come true. She’d been caught in the suspect’s apartment looking like a girl going to her first prom, and holding a G42, no less! What kind of bad horror flick was this?

The rhythm of her heart was as fast as a speeding train, and she knew it would derail and crash at any moment. If that happened, she’d be standing in the middle of his room, looking like a complete idiot in a fancy dress, with a gun.

What would Austin Reeder think when he saw her? Although she could imagine plenty, it worried her that she didn’t look like a police detective. Naturally, he’d think someone was here to end his life. She definitely didn’t want him thinking that.

Without another thought, she pushed the glock back in her beaded purse. Just then, the man raised his head and saw her. He stopped. His mouth hung open as his gaze moved over her. It didn’t bother her the way he scanned up and down her body like some kind of hungry coyote, but what concerned her was the way her mouth dried so quickly and cotton had taken up residence in her throat. This man was absolutely the most handsome man she’d ever laid eyes on—and she’d seen many in her twenty-five years.

She forced herself to breathe—in through the nose, out of the mouth—before the oxygen stopped transporting to her brain. This handsome man made it impossible to concentrate. From his wet, short dark hair, to the cotton robe wrapped around his muscular frame, giving her a peep-show of his bare legs and thighs, was it any wonder her mind was so mixed up?

Willing the words to come to her mind, she struggled with an excuse of what to tell him. Standing before him without her glock, made her feel naked…and of course, brain dead. She certainly wasn’t being professional now. The captain is going to ask for my badge and gun!

Mr. Reeder’s narrowed gaze stayed on her as he walked toward her. When he finally stopped in front of her, the suspicious glint to his eyes had disappeared. A sexy, crooked grin touched his mouth.

Sexy? She tried to shake the image out of her head. He was a murder suspect! Thinking of him this way was against the rules, and she kept the rule book in her head at all times.




A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Altar
Your Every Day Hero Volume 2

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Love Me, Leave Me
Your Every Day Hero Volume 3

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Marie Higgins is a bestselling, multi-published author of romance; from refined bad-boy heroes who make your heart melt to the feisty heroines who somehow manage to love them regardless of their faults. Visit her website / blog to discover more about her – http://mariehiggins84302.blogspot.com  

New Release: DEADLY LEGACY by Margaret Daley

The Inheritance Book 6 is available now!


DEADLY LEGACY
(Strong Women, Extraordinary Situations Book 7)


Legacy of Secrets. Threats and Danger. Second Chances.

From USA Today Bestselling author, Margaret Daley, is another romantic suspense from her series Strong Women, Extraordinary Situations.

Down on her luck, single mom, Lacey St. John, believes her life has finally changed for the better when she receives an inheritance from a wealthy stranger. Her ancestral home she’d thought forever lost has been transformed into a lucrative bed and breakfast guaranteed to bring much-needed financial security. Her happiness is complete until strange happenings erode her sense of well being. When her life is threatened, she turns to neighbor, Sheriff Ryan McNeil, for help. He promises to solve the mystery of who’s ruining her newfound peace of mind, but when her troubles escalate to the point that her every move leads to danger, she’s unsure who to trust. Is the strong, capable neighbor she’s falling for as amazing as he seems? Or could he be the man who wants her dead?

 
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  THE INHERITANCE SERIES

A billionaire’s bequest changes everything…
 
Billionaire Harold Hopewell traveled the world, encountering people and letting their stories touch him. In death, he is giving back, leaving an unusual will filled with life-altering bequests to the people he met along the way. Read the Inheritance Series, and let their stories touch you.


March 8
A BURNING PASSION (Hidden Cove Firefighters Book 8) by Kathryn Shay
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March 15
TAKE THE LONG WAY HOME (The Magic Jukebox Book 6) by Judith Arnold
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April 19
WHERE LOVE LIVES (Wyoming Wildflowers Book 6) by Patricia McLinn
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May 17
THE WEDDING DRESS (Texas Hearts Book 7) by Lisa Mondello
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June 21
TEXAS SWEET (Texas Heroes Book 18) by Jean Brashear
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July 19
DEADLY LEGACY (Strong Women, Extraordinary Situations Book 7) by Margaret Daley
The Inheritance Book 6

August 16
ABBY'S COWBOY (The Texas Two-Step Series Book 6) by Kathy Carmichael
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SHOPPING FOR AN HEIR (Shopping for a Billionaire series) by Julia Kent
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BOUND BY BETRAYAL (Bound by Book 4) by Trish McCallan
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November 15
ENTRUSTED TO THE SEAL (The McRaes Series Book 6) by Teresa Hill
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SHELTERED BY THE SEAL (HERO Force) by Amy Gamet
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Friday, July 15, 2016

On Conversations: #romance #author Rebecca Hunter

Please join me in welcoming author Rebecca Hunter to Conversations today! Rebecca is here to talk about book one in The Stockholm Diaries Series, Stockholm Diaries, Caroline. So be sure and check out the cover, blurb and excerpt below! And don't forget to check out her bio too and get to know Rebecca Hunter.

Lisa ~
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STOCKHOLM DIARIES, CAROLINE
The Stockholm Diaries Series Book One

A pro hockey player with a rough reputation.
An American looking for a taste of adventure.
A chance to turn an intense attraction into something more.

Photographer Caroline Mendoza finally sheds her safe life in Michigan for adventure and a fresh start, and her first stop is Sweden. But Stockholm suddenly becomes more than just a casual stopover when Caroline discovers her reclusive next-door neighbor is ex-Red Wings player Niklas Almquist, whose high-profile alpha bad-boy image, both on and off the ice, has followed him back to Sweden.

While Niklas’s darker side draws her to him, she knows the sensible decision is to move on from Stockholm before she gets too attached. Her time in Stockholm is running out. She must choose between what is safe and what her heart tells her is right. Is she strong enough to take the risk?


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EXCERPT

The following excerpt takes place in Vasaparken in Stockholm, across the street from Caroline’s apartment:

Caroline looked around. She could see that she only had a few more minutes before the sun emerged, changing everything. She removed the lens cap and pointed the camera up through the magnolia tree branches in front of her, the pink and white blossoms soft against the deep morning sky. 

Suddenly, her arms prickled with goose bumps. Someone was there. She hadn’t heard anyone approach, yet she could feel the presence of another person. Close. Too close. Caroline’s heart pounded in her ears as she lowered her camera and turned around.

Niklas. He was standing only a few feet away, close enough to make her heart jump, though she now wasn’t sure if this was due to the surprise of his sudden presence or to the way she had sized him up before she was even aware of what she was doing. He was dressed in a t-shirt and shorts that barely contained his sizable body, and it was now clear that a considerable portion of this body was made up of muscle. The cut over his eye had healed a little. Though his gaze was as impassive as ever, his cheeks were flushed, and his mouth was parted in what looked like surprise.


 “What are you doing out here?” he asked softly. 

“Exactly what it looks like,” she said. She sounded a little more curt than she had intended, so she softened her voice a little. “I’m photographing the trees in the park. I just didn’t realize you were so… so near.” 

She could feel her face redden. His eyes bore into her as she said these last two words, and for a moment, his guarded look faltered. 

“I meant what are you doing out here, alone again at 4:00 in the morning?” 

“It’s when the light is best,” she said with a twinge of irritation. Why was she explaining herself to this man? Caroline put a hand on her hip and, with a hint of sass, added, “What are you doing out here?” 

He ignored her question. “It’s not safe to be out here by yourself.” 

Caroline raised her eyebrows, bristling at the implication that he, practically a stranger, was the authority on what was best for her. And he was implying that she wasn’t safe out here when he himself was, in fact, out here alone as well. After all the talk about pro-gender-equity men in Sweden, how had she managed to find a neighbor who hadn’t gotten the message? Caroline sighed. 

“I have pepper spray,” she said, digging in her pocket until she pulled it out. 

“Not sure that stuff is legal here,” he said, raising an eyebrow. “Besides, you weren’t ready to use it.” 

“I would have been if there were real danger.” 

She knew her answer sounded childish before the words even left her mouth, but she said it anyway. Much to her increasing irritation, he gave a dry laugh. 

“Fine,” he said. “Then spray me. Right now.” 

She looked at him hesitantly. 

“You don’t want me to do that. It’ll burn your eyes. Badly.”

“That reasoning is why the pepper spray won’t help you,” he said, the amusement still on his face. He was goading her—she could feel it—but it was working. Her hand twitched around the canister.

“Fine,” she said and reached to pull the cap off the spray.

But before she even reached the cap, he grabbed both of her hands together with one of his. He used the other to turn her around and hold her against his solid chest. Her pepper spray dropped to the ground. Caroline gasped, her mind trying to process the sensation of her back against the warmth of his hard muscles. She stopped breathing. His large arm held her firmly against him, and she felt her heart frantically pounding inside her chest. She looked down at the scarred knuckles of the hand that was easily holding both of hers.

Before her mind had fully registered all these details, his grip softened. Gently, he turned her back around by her waist so she was facing him, but he didn’t release her right away. She wasn’t sure where to look. At the broad, solid chest only inches away? At the tense muscles of his arms? She drew in her first, shaky breath in too long. Caroline tilted her head up and found his eyes fixed on hers.

“It’s not safe to wander around alone at night, even if it’s light out,” he said softly.
Though he didn’t move, she had the sudden, inexplicable feeling that Niklas was about to kiss her. And Caroline found herself parting her lips in anticipation. But a moment later the feeling was gone, and she felt the warmth of his large hands disappear. Niklas picked up her pepper spray from the ground and placed it back in her hand. His fingers lingered on hers before he pulled them away and whispered, “It’s especially not safe if you’re not ready to use this.”





Rebecca Hunter writes stories about romance in new places. She is a writer, editor and translator who has always loved to read and travel. Though she earned a Bachelor's in English and a Master's in English Education, most of what she learned about writing romance has come from other sources.

Rebecca has, over the years, called many places home, including Michigan, where she grew up, New York City, San Francisco, and, of course, Stockholm, Sweden. After their most recent move from Sweden back to the San Francisco Bay Area, she and her husband assured each other they'll never move again. Well, probably not.

To sign up for news, sneak peeks and free stories, go to Rebecca's website at www.rebeccahunterwriter.com.


Tuesday, July 12, 2016

On Conversations: #author NJS Kaye

Please join me in welcoming author, NJS Kaye aka Nicola Simpson Khullar to Conversations today! Nicola is here to talk about "Writing and Publishing a Book in 90 Days". She also has a new release, Items May Have Shifted: How to Travel With Your Baby or Toddler. So be sure and check out the cover and blurb below! PLUS, she's offering a copy of her new book (Kindle or paperback version, winner's choice) to one lucky commenter! And don't forget to check out her bio too and get to know Nicola.

Lisa ~
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ITEMS MAY HAVE SHIFTED:
How to Travel With Your Baby or Toddler
by NJS Kaye

Do you know why babies really cry on planes?


Or what sends the most traveling tots to the hospital?

Do you know how to get twins to sleep in a tiny hotel room?

Believe it or not, infants used to be stowed in the overhead compartment on airplanes. There is a better way, and it involves duct tape.

It is easy to travel with babies, toddlers, even twins, without losing your mind or your moxie! Combining tested guerrilla tactics with scholarly research, Items May Have Shifted: How to Travel With Your Baby or Toddler offers guidance on everything from altitude sickness to zoological hazards for the under 5 set.

This book will help you:

 
• Develop goodwill on an airplane with a crying baby
• Master the B STUPID packing list
• Get a picky toddler to eat mystery food
• Unpack your emotional baggage
• Childproof a hotel room with no equipment
• Decide when to whine and when to wine

Chapters include: Packing and Hacking, Flying, Accommodation, Eating on the Go, Health and Safety, and more. Items May Have Shifted: How to Travel With Your Baby or Toddler also offers links to additional resources for readers.

How is this book different from other “travel with baby” guides?


• MacGyver approach to common sense (you would be surprised what you can do with a shoelace, duct tape, pipe cleaners, and a sock)
• Doing the maximum with the minimum supplies
• Supported by scholarly research, including medical journals

So don't rip up your passport! Tear around the world instead!

"Full of useful tactics to employ in nearly every situation a family may encounter while traveling. Kaye's sharp sense of humor makes the material both educational and entertaining. The guide stands out for its brevity and its thoroughness, as Kaye covers nearly every conceivable topic, from efficient packing to health and safety in foreign lands. Following her advice will result in a more comfortable travel experience for parents, children, and fellow travelers alike." ~Self-Publishing Review



Writing and Publishing a Book in 90 Days

I'm not new to writing, but I'm new to this self-publishing game. Really new. A few people have asked me how Items May Have Shifted: How To Travel With Your Baby And Toddler came about, so I sat down and recalled the process onto the keyboard.

If you are interested in the kamikaze approach to writing and publishing, here is the timeline for this book.
 

2012: Make a few half-assed blog postings on Tumblr. Get some positive feedback and people suggest I put it into a book. Then twin boys hit Terrible Twos, and project gets abandoned (what a shocker).

MARCH 2015: Decide to pick it up again now that children are sentient beings with rational brains (sort of). Work on a proposal and get in touch with my agent from long days ago. Agent retiring, new agent search fruitless. Bah.

JANUARY 2016: Get together with a close friend who is a fabulous author in multiple genres and have good conversation about writing and the new world of self/indie publishing. It occurs to me that self-publishing might actually be the best venue for this project, and I decide to give it a shot.

FEBRUARY 2016: Join self-publish Yahoo group and start doing research. Get a handful of ebooks on self-publishing and start Googling away, and start actually researching and writing the book.

MARCH 2016: Get busy. In addition to researching and writing, I realize that my ideal launch date is in less than three months. Holycrap.

•   Create email accounts for the book and my penname
•   Build website for the book (and purchase additional domain extensions)
•   Build a website for my penname
•   Take advantage of a great deal on Vellum to help me with formatting
•   Join Twitter (something I said I would never do) and set up Facebook pages
•   Research ebook design, branding, positioning, launch and promo strategies, try to get my head
around all the moving parts!

APRIL 2016: Still researching and writing the book! Travel days: 11!

•   Apply for ISBN numbers.
•   Open accounts with vendors.
•   Research metrics and create spreadsheet of the top 100 bloggers and meta sites in the book’s target categories.
•   E-mail bloggers asking if they’d be interested in giving me their honest opinion on the book,and offering myself for guest blogs, Q&As, or whatever might provide benefit to their audiences.
•   Add to spreadsheet:book review sites, other targeted media and contact some. Keeping records of when emails are sent and replies received.
•   Build list of resources and links to add to book’s website.
•   Already doing impromptu promo! Talk to airline personnel I know about chatting up the book to passengers, talk to passengers on various flights I’m on, talk to people at baby stores who are looking for travel gear, etc. Hand out book’s website address like Halloween candy in a rich neighborhood.

•   Start working on laptop in car while boys are in junior kindergarten.
•   Inspired by all this activity, decide to dust off old romance manuscripts and plan out editing and publication schedule for them and new short stories (which I’m calling“quickies”).
◦   Decide on romance pen name, get email address
◦   Build romance pen name website
◦   Start outlining and writing some shorts, drafting cover ideas and branding!

MAY 2016: Yep, still writing! Boys start little league, and I consider taking one of their bats to my head. Travel days: 15!

•   So inspired! Plan more non-fiction books and start putting together schedule for next year of juggling writing, production, and promotion of long and short non-fiction books,and long and short romances.

•   Create master spreadsheet of writing and self-publishing activity, scheduling, sales(hopefully!), budgets.
•   Create a spreadsheet detailing the "costs" so far of self-publishing. So far the most significant cost is to my family. Boo.
•   Explore Trello and KindleSpy
•   Play with Vellum to upload and tweak drafts of travel book and a romance novel (looks purty)
•   Discover Canva! Create cover for first full-length romance release, then decide to use Canva to redo travel book cover. Also make sell sheet and promo posters.
•   Head shot finally done (totally procrastinated on that one). My assistant forces me to wear useless fake eyelashes. Most of my shots are of me smirking in preparation for killing her later.
•   Seriously? I want to soft launch in a few weeks? I’m not FINISHED WRITING IT YET! Holy crap.Frustrated that writing is getting in the way of all this business planning.
•   Tweak websites,attempt to ramp up social media (Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest).
•   Obsessively analyze all comparable titles, their categories, release dates, reviews, and sales.Realize that I must be crazy for trying to do this since there’s already stuff out there, but convince myself that my book is different—at least that’s what my press release and cover copy says.

•   DH still not entirely sure WTF I’m doing all the time. Kids acting up because my writing books about parenting is getting in the way of actually parenting.
•   Mothertrucker, I should really finish WRITING THE BOOK!
•   Agh. More family crisis travel less than a week before Europe.
•   Send ARCs to interested reviewers for hopefully positive editorial reviews.
•   Prepare material for Amazon author page. I sound way cooler than I really am.
•   Create promotional flyers/posters and sell sheets for buyers and distributors (will look for pigs in the sky in August).
•   Design and create cover for print on demand paperback, format interior for Createspace until my eyes are crossed.
•   Damn it, why did I do edits in Vellum? Now I have to figure out what to change in Word as well and I can’t back-convert it! Argh!
•   May 23-June 2: In Europe. Promised kids I would not work until after they are in bed. Most nights I am asleep before they are. While away, wrangle with Createspace and do stealth promo by leaving dozens of promotional business cards for the book in family/baby changing rooms in major international airports.

JUNE 2016: No rest for the wicked. Travel days: 8.




NJS Kaye is a smart ass. And she’s okay with that. A former professor and journalist, she has published groundbreaking research on such diverse topics as the porn business, globalization in the media, and insurance policies in antebellum slavery.

Professionally, she has worked with movie stars, Ivy League brainiacs, and the United Nations. Now she avoids stepping on Lego and has a slight addiction to her power tools and creating elaborate birthday cakes. She has lived in Philadelphia, Paris, Oxford, Toronto, and Vancouver, but calls Edmonton, Canada home with her husband and 5 year-old twin boys.

When she’s not writing, she runs a medical consulting company and serves on the board of an independent cinema. She also publishes romance as Nikky Kaye (but keep it quiet please; remember she has to protect her reputation as a smart ass).


Connect with NJS Kaye:
Website: www.njskaye.com
Twitter: @itemsmayshift

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