It wasn’t easy

But I have published my book, Compelled,  at Smashwords, Createspace, and Amazon. I am excited about the new book cover designed by Donna Casey at DigitalDonna.com. Editorial service was done by Diane Reynolds.  I send a special thanks for your contribution to this book. I am equally excited about my next title The Genealogists Guest, but I have a lot of work to do with Compelled. Mainly get the news out that it is available. I’ve been reading about marketing, my true weakness, and much of what I gather is that social networking is key, along with word of mouth, and a few reviews. And so I have advertised, should I say, on Facebook, Twitter, and other social websites.

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Compelled

And so, after much thought and hard work on my book, I’ve finally come to a decision…the first and second books belong together, and so, part one The Tug and part two The Thrust will be under one cover.

Yep, I posted the message above on Facebook Saturday, June 16, 2012. It’s possibly the craziest decision I’ve ever made. But fact is as the author of the two titles I couldn’t see them as separate books. The second continued from the first and though I was told, “If people like the first one they’ll buy the second, you’ll sell two instead of one.” The better advice was that I, the author, am the one who knows best. And my gut tells me to do the crazy, to take a chance, and give my passion, my story under one cover. Well actually sell it under one cover.

Maybe it’s the first time published author thing. You know where the rush to get the first part The Tug out to readers was so exciting and, forgive me; irresistible, it had blinded me to the full potential of Compelled. And so, after much thought The Tug and The Thrust will be part one and two in my soon to be released new and not so new novel. The story, you may ask, is love at its strongest triumph, the will to stand against all obstacles, and in Macon’s case, criminals, to save his sweet Anna. A story of a good boy gone bad ass, forced, err, compelled to become whatever he had to, to assure his freedom and he won’t leave without Anna.

The cover is completed! I am happy to give great credit to my new book cover artist Donna Casey. Take a look at her portfolio at http://www.digitaldonna.com. If you’re in the market for a cover I recommend Donna!  I’m crazy about the new cover. It will soon be seen at Amazon, CreateSpace, and Smashwords. The editing process is complete with special thanks to Diane Reynolds my editor. All that’s left to do is join the two parts, and yikes, format, and send them on their way to readers. It feels like sending my baby off to, yep, jail!

Interested? Maybe crazy sparks a little curiosity?  I am an indie author! My taking a chance shouldn’t surprise anyone, right, you got me on that one. I don’t know whether my book will be a success, but I hope, pray, wish, want people to read and enjoy my work. So what’s this turmoil of mine all about? It’s about losing one’s self in fiction, mad writing and living, yes breathing each word to create an escape for readers. But not an escape from feeling the emotions because:

Macon will do anything for her. Anna soon finds out how far he will go. They are joined by love and separated by housing units. Set up by cunning criminals and forced to do the unthinkable. Macon finds the strength to free himself but Anna is left behind. He is driven by his love for her and revenge for those who did this to them. His predicament is worse than torture, but he’s relentless and dangerous. They pulled him into their world and now he must push his way back out. He’s not leaving without Anna.

Out and About

I’ve been out and about, on the net that is. And so I neglected my blog, but good news. I’ve been joing others at weRead, LibraryThing, The Book Marketing Network, Googl+, Branchout (Facebook), Goodreads, I think that’s it, and I got caught up in reading! Go figure, I should be writing more.  My book, The Tug was mentioned and rated it a three star. I was surprised to see it there.

So what else has kept me from posting, uh, researching ancestors, and reading Kindle Books. I read and enjoyed The Mill River Recluse by Darci Chan.  I am currently reading Daddy’s Home by A.K. Alexander.

I self published The Tug with CreateSpace in print edition and of course its available on Kindle edition at Amazon.com. I went with a new cover since my Kindle Cover didn’t meet CreateSpace’s specifications, but in all its been good. Have I been stopping by WordPress? Hell yes, I love your blogs! If you haven’t checked out the websites listed above go ahead and give them a look.

The Thrust

My next novel The Thrust is in the works, my being new to indi publishing required some learning, well a lot of learning actually. It’s all good, reaching specifications on Amazon and  CreateSpace was certainly a task though.  I’ve found an editor. She reads everything about crime, action, suspense, etc. She has edited my novel The Tug, and being she’s an avid reader when she told me The Tug kept her turning pages I was thrilled. Pressure about The Thrust-No. Excited is more like it.

The Thrust is a sequel to the The Tug, MC Macon has turned into a monster himself but it’s all for Anna, and he purposely placed himself back in jail…I know unheard of…. Who would do such a thing? It’s complicated and the only way to fathom the idea is to dive into Macon’s world. He was torn in the Tug but in The Thrust he’s a powerhouse and he’s dangerous. All he wanted was a simple life, but they destroyed his dreams, and he’s back for revenge.

And so I have been absent of late, failing to post, forgive me. Fulltime jailors work, family, learning how to self publish, ancestry search/post, shopping, cleaning, reading, etc., held me hostage. Not that I’ve been totally absent from WordPress…I’ve been reading blogs, very helpful blogs at that! I close this post with a big Thank You!

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