WTF, Universe?


Ah, Universe. You’ve really done a number on me. But that’s okay. I forgive you for being a bitch. It is often in your nature. And, really, you may have done me a favor. A shitty favor, but a favor, nonetheless.

You guys see that picture? Those are my legs. Let’s play one of these things does not look like the other one. Can you guess the difference? Yep, the left leg is purple and almost two inches in diameter bigger. Can you guess why? No? Neither could the first doctor that looked at me. Tried to send me home with a prescription for painkillers and told me to ice it. Ice what? The entire fucking leg?

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Sexy Covers for Lovers

I’m in the midst of writing a 3rd book for my Persimmon Series. I’ve also recently finished a first draft of a fantasy novel. None of which have covers. I’m curious, as an author who cannot afford to pay for a professional cover at this point in time, how other authors go about creating their covers.

I really like the covers I made for Working On It and Working For It. They kind of match, as in similar coloring, matching fonts, etc. And they’re uber sexy, if I don’t say so myself. See below.

But most of what I see out there now have half-naked men. Or half-naked men with women. Which I totally dig. I just want to know if romance readers prefer the dudes. I’m guessing the answer is YES. But, as a reader, I also like the sexy ladies on the cover. No, Deborah, I’m not bi-curious. I just like pretty things.

If you’re so inclined, leave me a comment or take part in my poll so I have some actual data to confirm my suspicions. Yeah, yeah, I know this isn’t great science. But I’m an author, not a physicist. So suck it, Deborah. Also, I’m going to attempt to embed the tweet I made on Twitter. Don’t judge. If it doesn’t work, you can click here to see my tweet on Twitter. I can’t stop saying tweet on Twitter! And why isn’t tweet capitalized???

#Giveaway Blast

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Salutations, Universe! I was going to say Hello World, but that’s a programming joke and I have a strict policy against mixing romance giveaways with programming jokes. Okay, okay, it’s not a policy per se–more like a guideline. Anyway, you look good today, Universe. Been working out? Let me reward you.

Today’s post will be short and sweet, much like that last date you had. The lovely Dii from Tome Tender Book Blog is doing me a solid by hosting a giveaway. Five lucky winners will receive a free copy of Working On It, the book Dii called, “Flat out, best romantic comedy and definitely BEST hysterically funny heroine EVER!” It’s true. She wrote it. You can read it here.

If you’re interested in taking a shot at a free copy, click the link below and enter this bad boy. Best of luck to ya!

Cass Alexander’s WORKING ON IT #Giveaway Blast
(If you can, please take a sec to Like/Follow/etc. the blog–we wanna show Dii some love)

p.s. If you read Working On It and like it, will you kindly leave a review? Much obliged!

#FREE Another Book


Hey, y’all! Working For It is free all day today (3/11). Yeah, yeah, it’s Book 2 in The Persimmon Series. But I wrote it so it could be read as a standalone. Because I’m nice like that. You’re welcome. Check it out here.

The blurb is in the image above. Also, in the image, is the super-sexy cover. That’s a picture my husband took of me. Do you believe it? You shouldn’t. I may be nice, but I’m also a liar. Do you believe it? 🙂

If you download, read, and like the book, would you please be so kind as to give it a rating? Much obliged!

Maketh Mistaketh


I’ve always thought that everything is a learning experience. And, I gotta tell ya, I’m learning an awful lot right now. Maybe it’s from all the mistakes and second-guessing I’ve been doing, but learnin’ is learnin’, right?

The second book in The Persimmon Series released today. I finished it about a month ago, put it on Amazon, and tried the whole pre-order thing. Yes, I did some research, but not until very recently. And here’s what I learned: I don’t know what in the hell I’m doing.  And my timing sucks. And I should have done my homework. Shut up, Deborah. I know I should have been a better student.

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Coffee with Characters

Love this idea! Ember’s the bestest!!!

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I have decided to try something new! Every Tuesday I am going to interview a character from a book. I’m so pleased to announce that my guinea pig…er Guest! Yeah that’s right! My first guest is Rebecca Banks in Cass Alexander’s book Working On It!

Thank you so much for joining us today! Please introduce yourself! Tell us who you are and what you do! Are you the main character in the story or a supporting role? What do you do for a living? How old are you?
Tell us about your story. What is it about and what role do you play?

Hi! I’m Rebecca Banks. I’m 21 and a senior at Persimmon College. Working On It is my story. It’s pretty much about me finding my first boyfriend. And falling in love. And losing my virginity. And freaking out about it all, turning into the internal dialogue head…

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Giving It Away


I ran my first KDP Select Free Day on Saturday, February 18, 2017. And I have to say, it was pretty damned exciting watching my numbers throughout the day. Yeah, yeah, I know I didn’t make any money. But I did post some numbers that I’ll brag about to people I know and that makes it worth it (Yes, Deborah, I’m that shallow–don’t act like you don’t know me).

The picture above shows my best numbers, as far as I know. I don’t know if I got any higher because on Saturday I had a head cold, a kid with strep throat, another kid I almost forgot to pick up from soccer, and forty million other things I had to take care of. So I was exhausted. I was asleep by 10 p.m.

And I’m super pissed that I didn’t check my numbers at the end of the promo because I was off in Slumber Town. At the time the pic was taken, maybe around 9 p.m., I was #21 in the Romance>Sports sub genre, and #92 in the Romance>New Adult & College sub genre. I broke into two top 100 lists. It felt amazing! And that was with 200-some-odd downloads. I ended the night with 316 downloads. So I’m guessing I went a little higher in the lists.

And there’s probably a way to check it, but that would require some effort on my part, which I’m not so interested in figuring out. I mean, did you not hear me tell you about the head cold and the strep throat and Child Protective Services? Okay, okay, nobody called CPS, but I was seriously late to practice. Hello, Mommy Guilt. It’s been all of three days since I’ve seen you.

Also, my Sales Rank (Free) was 1,188, which is pretty freakin’ great for me. I’m lucky to get below 100k. So, yeah, I feel good about the one free day I ran with KDP Select. It’s my hope that the readers enjoy the book and will tell people. Or buy the second. Or, at the very least, leave a review. Why do I have to beg for reviews. Author friends, if I ever read your book, I swear to all that is holy on this Earth that I will leave you a review. They’re part of the magic algorithm for helping your book move up the magic list.

Oh, and the best part? I didn’t pay a penny for any advertising or promotions. I annoyingly Tweeted all day using a variety of hashtags, I put a post on the Kindle forum (don’t ask, I don’t even know how I found it, or what ‘it’ really is…I probably accidentally put my name on a list to adopt a goat from South America). And some very lovely author friends re-Tweeted.

I don’t know if this will turn into future sales for Book 2, or if word-of-mouth will start for Book 1, but tonight I don’t really care. I’m drinking some cheap wine and toasting myself for doing something very few others have. And that feels damn good. Too bad I used a pen name and can’t tell very many people.

Getting Selective


I’ve gone back and forth and back and forth on this decision. And I finally came to a conclusion. I don’t really know what I’m doing. In daily life, I’m okay (yes, Deborah, I’m being serious). But when it comes to this marketing thing for my books? No freakin’ way.

When I first published, all the way back in September of 2016, I had decided to go wide. That means I published everywhere (Amazon, Apple, Barnes and Noble, Sony, etc.). But then I got tangled in the weeds. So many articles and data on how to promote this and you need to post here, but watch out because you can’t have more than one thread per book. What in the ever loving hell did that mean? I had to Google ‘thread’ and figure it out. That was after I got blocked by a moderator because, apparently, I’m a moron. Thank god I use a pen name.

So, to simplify my life for the next 90 days, I unpublished everywhere except Amazon. I enrolled in Select, and scheduled my first free book day (details will be below, Deborah–you need to calm down, we all know you’re cheap as hell). I posted something on KBoards, which I didn’t even know existed until three days ago. Yeah, yeah, I’m not 22. I don’t know shit. Thanks for reminding me.

But I gotta tell ya, I feel good about this. It’s the first time I could easily make my book free on Amazon. And I like that. I know I get $0.00 from ‘free’ sales. But I think it’s a great way to promote the fact that the second book in the series will come out 2/23/17. I’ll let you know how it goes. Or not. If you hear about a trail of fire and brimstone scattered across the Midwest in a week or so, you’ll know.

Now let’s get down and dirty, y’all:
1. Working On It (Book 1) will be FREE 2/18/17, then $0.99 through 2/23/17
2. Working For It (Book 2) releases 2/23/17 and is available for Pre-Order now ($2.99)
3. Both are free on KU
4. Both have paperback versions (not free!)

Much love and happy reading! If you have any thoughts on KDP Select (good, bad, ugy), I’m open to suggestions (that’s what she said). 😉

Loving Love

It’s Valentine’s Day, y’all! And I’m sitting here, typing away on my computer, thinking about how in the hell I’m going to kill off this annoying character. It’s not easy writing fantasy romance, while worrying about how to kill people, getting to the grocery, getting cards for my kids, getting them to soccer on time, figuring out which sexy outfit to wear (not for the kids, Deborah–for my husband! Sicko). I thought the day of love was supposed to be … lovely. But it’s really just stressing me the F out. And the next person who asks, “What’s for dinner?” dies. I will seriously kill you, like the character in this book. Seriously.

No, Deborah, it’s not my grandmother getting murdered this time. It’s … well, I can’t tell you because I haven’t finished the damned book. It’s super-secret info. If I told you, I’d have to kill you. So, I guess you’re the character. Kidding! Can you tell I’ve had too much coffee? I kind of feel like I have ADD right now. I have a million things to do and I just want to write.

Why can’t I just do what I wanna do when I wanna do it? Oh, because I’m not 3? Okay. Yes, Copernicus, I know I’m not the center of the universe. But sometimes I really want to be, for like three hours in a row. Can I get three hours? All you humans out there juggling 50 balls in the air right now, you get it. It’s not that I don’t love the balls I’m juggling. I just want to focus on one of them without the other balls getting all pissy and whiney about it. Know what I mean?

And now I feel guilty about bitching on love-day. And that ticks me off. I seem to be an angry elf today. Wait, what day is it? Oh, yes, it’s PMS Day 1. Totally makes sense now. Thank god there’s chocolate in the house. Everyone is safe. Crisis averted.

Thanks for talking me down, Universe. That was a close one.

Happy Valentine’s Day!