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.

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A Story Calling

My first thougth as I write this post is that right outside my window here the birds are singing, the sun is up and shining bright, and I am feeling much better after last weeks kick my butt illness kept my head on my pillow. Now I have lots to do, with my novels that is. I am currently writing The Thrust but as a writer’s need would have it my imagination keeps wondering to a story I seem destined to write. I have a title. I have the plot, I’ve toyed with the idea of having a cover designed for it, I might have to write it.

The Genealogists Guests

Torn as I am I must decide which to focus on, come on, I tell myself. Get it together. And so I’m leaning toward…

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.

Panic Mode

In my previous post I shared my very first publishing venture for my work The Tug.

Since then I’ve updated my book cover, for anyone looking to self publish creating a book cover is very easy, but the first one I created…honestly it was unappealing.

However, I knew it was temporary and the new amature cover looks much better. I also updated the product review, a short description of the book. Kindle Direct Publishing made it easy and now my work is on the Amazon web site, for sale, and free to select Kindle customers.

To my surprise this morning I woke and saw one unit had been sold. Ten minutes later another. Last check four! Excited? YES! But a little nervous at the same time. Because right now there are four people reading my novel and as I wait impatiently, nervously for a review I’m wondering…do they like it? I love the story and I hope they do too!

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