Category: News

My new paperback book cover and e-book cover for Mirabelle!

I

In a way, I feel as if I am re-inventing my writing career. My husband said that when I came back from RWA in Orlando, I was excited and filled with ideas for rejuvenating my so-called writing career. It feels so-called right now, because, quite frankly, nothing is happening. I met a fellow writer at the conference, however, Jami Albright, and she gave me tremendous advice on what I needed to do to revitalize my brand. One of the most important things I can do, among other things, is to refresh my book covers and make them look professional. I have been working with a local artist in Cincinnati, Amanda Walker of Amanda Walker PA & Design Services. These are the refreshed book covers for my first-ever erotica novel, Mirabelle. Aren’t they gorgeous?

I hired a professional to re-design my book covers, and woot!

This is the new audiobook cover for Part One of Trailer Park Wives. I attended the Romance Writers of America Conference in Orlando, Florida, this year, during the week of July 25 to July 29. While I was there, I attended a lot of seminars on . . . surprisingly enough . . . indie publishing.

I listened to Roxanne St. Clair discuss how she has a strict schedule she follows when it comes to self-publishing her series books.

I thought I’d attend seminars, etc., pick up a few goodie bags, etc., collect a lot of books, etc., and yes, I did all those things, but I came away from the conference excited, upset, and generally uplifted.

A writer who helped me tremendously, was Jami Albright. She met with me between the seminars, and walked me through the advertising process on Amazon. I had tried advertising years ago, on Amazon, and while I’d made a sale of one book, I spent a lot of money on the process, so I abandoned the idea of advertising on Amazon. That happened a few years ago, but one of the most important things I learned at the conference, is that many writers advertise.

Well, I was going about my advertising all wrong, and Jami showed me how to do it. It’s a process of micro-tuning your tag words, how much you’re willing to pay for “clicks” and other issues that comprise advertising.

Jami noted that my book covers were not wonderful. She was incredibly tactful. She suggested that I might want to hire a professional to re-do my book covers. She also suggested that I revise my blurbs, because my blurbs, especially the blurbs for my young adult novels, were too wordy and cerebral.

I learned so much, thanks to Jami Albright, and now I am pleased to begin the process of releasing my brand new book covers. I went to the website of the company that designs Jami Albright’s books, but they’re not accepting any new clients, and so I went looking for a new cover book artist, and found that in Amanda Walker PA & Design Services. Amanda has done a fantastic job, and these two images are the two new audiobook covers for Parts One and Two of Trailer Park Wives.

I am having the time of my life . . . acting!!!!!

Dodging the Bullet has ended, and there is a cast party scheduled for this weekend, and I was worried, wondering when I’d get the chance to act again.

Well, on Wednesday night, I got to attend a reading for a new film I get to be in!!!!! Woot!          

It’s a film called Empty Space, and it involves some people who also worked on Dodging the Bullet, which is kind of cool, if you ask me.

I love the fact that I’m getting involved in the acting world of Cincinnati. There are a lot of independent film-makers here, all pursuing their dream of making a film for the world to see.

My scene films next Wednesday, and on this past Wednesday night, I read my scene with the young lady who plays my daughter in the film.  It’s a terrific screenplay, and I hope you plan to see it when it gets released! Haroon Khan appears in both Dodging the Bullet and Empty Space, and in Dodging the Bullet, his character falls in love with my character’s son . . . complicated, I know.

Later, peeps!

 

A new release!

In earlier blog posts, I said I was going to start writing medical romances and submit them to Harlequin. Well, I submitted The Heartbalm Effect to Harlequin Medical Romance on July 14, 2016, and despite the fact that the version I sent them became corrupted, and I saved it as a docx file, and then re-submitted it, I have yet to hear back from Harlequin, so I thought what the hell, I’m going to release The Heartbalm Effect on my own!!!!!                                                                                            

I haven’t released anything new since I released Trailer Park Wives Part III as an ebook (on February 13, 2017), and as a paperback novel (on February 20, 2017), and so I decided to just release The Heartbalm Effect and get it out there.

I also got to play with my website again, something that I haven’t done in quite some time, and it was a lot of fun, because I’m adding a category called Medical Romances, and I had to fidget with the menus and my pages and make the edits work out just right.

I hired Dawn of Dawn Austenworks to design my website, and I’m so glad I did, because Dawn made my writer website look lovely and professional.

In other news . . . I finished an acting gig with Dodging the Bullet’s Josh Phillips and Josh Luckett. I needed to re-film my scene as the redneck mama, because one of the actors quit after my scene was originally filmed, and we had to re-film.

But Josh Luckett, who’s been working on Strangers 2, and conferring with the director, has added some new filming techniques to his style, and I believe that my performance–my command performance as redneck mama–is much better than the scene I filmed originally.

I can hardly wait till the film comes out! The photo you see is me in full costume and makeup on the day I re-filmed my scene as Redneck Mama in Dodging the Bullet.

The makeup lady, the very talented Ashley Panzeca, had me dry my teeth, and then she applied this pasty substance that made my teeth look black! When the filming ended, I easily brushed the black tar off my teeth with toothpaste.

Don’t I look nice?

It’s been a frustrating week, waiting for people to get back to me on various matters, and so when I decided to release The Heartbalm Effect on my own, it was such a cathartic experience, you wouldn’t believe!

 

 

 

One of the weirdest days of my Life . . . Part One

Yesterday morning, I jumped out of bed at eight and knocked on my son’s bedroom door and reminded him that he needed to get ready, pronto, to help me drop off my Volkswagen Bug at the VW dealership so that it could get its 50k mile service and oil change.      

Note Bene: I weighed myself and my weight came in at 157 pounds that morning (June 6, 2017). Not bad, but I’ve been thinner, and my lowest weight I’ve ever reached–as a middle-aged woman–is 151 pounds, but I’d like to get to 145 pounds.

Anyway, I digress.

My son is driving my beloved 2002 yellow volkswagen bug that we bought in 2008, and which I lovingly drove until 2016, when I bought my new (to me) 2013 fire-engine red volkswagen bug.

My son’s driving skills leave much to be desired. 

We get to the Volkswagen dealership and I drop off the red volkswagen bug. Oh, by the way, before we left the house that morning, my son noticed that the antifreeze coolant warning light was flashing red. Danger. So he called my husband, who said, “Go to the basement and get the antifreeze from the basement.” 

My son went to the basement to look for the antifreeze, couldn’t find it. I went to the basement to look for the antifreeze, couldn’t find it. Oh, well, my husband told us. Just get some before too much time passes.

So anyway,

My son is driving me home. Again, his driving scares me witless and I say so and he laughs at me. We stop at the Post Office, where I need to post a letter. He drops me off and drives to Dollar General. I walk over to Dollar General, it’s only a few hundred feet away, and wait for my son. He walks out of Dollar General with a jug of Peak antifreeze, some soda, and some corn dogs.

I do not approve of my son eating corn dogs, but I don’t say anything.

We get home, we park the car.

And here’s the part where I have to wonder where my brain is, because I pop the hood of the yellow volkswagen bug, and lift it, and show my son where the antifreeze section is, and I watch as he opens the gallon jug, tears off the plastic foil, and proceeds to pour Peak antifreeze into the 2002 yellow Volkswagen Bug with 177k miles on it.

I collect my stuff, and proceed to drive to a hospice center where a dear friend of mine is staying. She’s not doing well. She was in the hospital, and had pneumonia, and didn’t want to take the breathing treatments and didn’t want to accept some of the procedures that the medical staff was proposing, and so the hospital basically said they couldn’t do anything more for her if she was going to refuse treatment, and so, as her guardian, I approved of the transition to hospice.

You know what that means.

My friend was lying in her bed, having difficulty with breathing, but otherwise comfortable. The room she was in was lovely, with a gorgeous view of a tranquil inner courtyard garden filled with birds, chipmunks, and geese and lots and lots of bird feeders–every window in this facility has a fully-stocked birdfeeder–but the poor woman was too far gone to even notice the view.

I drove to Starbucks and it wasn’t until I started instant messaging with my hubby that I realized my mistake with the antifreeze.

We put the wrong antifreeze into the bug!!!!!!

Yikes!

More on this subject . . . tomorrow.