Sunday, December 1, 2013

Welcome author, K.C. Sprayberry


I'd like to welcome author, K.C. Sprayberry to my blog today. She has a new novel titled Grace soon to be released by Solstice Publishing.
 


KC Sprayberry started writing young, first as a diarist, and later through an interest in English and creative writing. Her first experience with publication came when she placed third in The Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge contest while in the Air Force, but her dedication to writing came after she had her youngest child, now in his senior year of high school.
Her family lives in Northwest Georgia where she spends her days creating stories about life in the south, and far beyond. More than a dozen of her short stories have appeared in several magazines. Five anthologies feature other short stories. She has three books that are Amazon best sellers: Softly Say Goodbye, Who Am I?, and Mama's Advice. Her other novels available are: Take Chances, Where U @, The Wrong One, The Ghost Catcher, Family Curse … Times Two, and Secret From The Flames.


Blurb: Grace Winston yearns for one last family Christmas before she leaves for England, but first she has to convince her brothers and sisters it's worth their while to come home. While her parents are happy that she's been accepted at Oxford University, they are pining for their family to gather together for the holidays. Grace talks her older brothers and sister into coming home, but then they must convince their other siblings: a brother who attacked their father to get money to feed his drug habit, and a sister who recently gave up alcohol and is raising her four young children alone. While Grace manages to bring them all together, she is soon wondering if this was really worth all the trouble she's gone through, especially when no one acknowledges her efforts to make this a Christmas to remember--until she receives an early gift that leaves her certain that everything will turn out all right.
Excerpt: Grace Winston had celebrated her eighteenth birthday a mere three weeks ago, the same day as Thanksgiving. There were no thanks in her house, no special foods prepared to celebrate her becoming an adult, nothing to mark the day as unique.

Her parents hadn't said "Happy Birthday" until it was time to go to bed. Even then, the acknowledgement had sounded more like "goodnight."
It's not Mama and Papa's fault. They can't help how sad they are. My brothers and sisters should have come like they said they would. They're not even making false promises anymore. All of them claim that they have other plans for Christmas, and we need to get over our selfish desire to have the family together.

For as far back as she could remember, that day has been one where her whole family showed up, until her oldest brother, Adam, decided that he had too much work to spend a week at his childhood home. Mark begged off the next year, claiming his wife's job required him to appear at the White House. The others never bothered to make an excuse the year after that.
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Friday, October 11, 2013

The Search for Trisha Campbell


Just in time for Halloween. A short story about a girl who goes missing in Halloween and the unfortunate police officer who finds her.

The Search for Trisha Campbell will be FREE for Kindle on October 14th and 15th.

http://www.amazon.com/The-Search-Trisha-Campbell-ebook/dp/B00FCGIWM0/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1379818680&sr=8-1&keywords=The+search+for+Trisha+Campbell

Here's just one of the five star reviews:

John Galloway, cop, faces his worst nightmare, a missing child. The Amber Alert goes out on Halloween night. Galloway finds memories of his own daughter's death haunting him as he searches for six-year-old Trisha Campbell. He goes out with backup, with the rest of the cops feeling he's not quite up to par for this search, and makes a discovery he can't handle.

Jeanne Bannon weaves a tale reminiscent of Stephen King. Ordinary situations, ordinary fears become malevolent. Bannon gets quickly to her point and yanks the reader into a paranormal horror story well worth the time you take to read this. The characters are alive, ordinary and yet extra-ordinary. I totally love The Search for Trisha Campbell, and recommend it for all readers, even teens who enjoy a good spook tale.

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Merry Christmas


Christmas in October

 

It is almost upon us.  Only five more days!

 

Every Monday and Thursday during October,

six different authors will be spotlighting their books. 

 

Some lucky commenter is going to win over 50 different prizes. 

 

It could be you!  All you need to do is comment.

 The more you comment, the more chances you have of winning

all of these fabulous prizes!

 

So mark your calendars for Thursday, October 3,

and be sure to visit


 

 

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Thursday, September 26, 2013

Censored!


I've recently published a short story entitled The Search for Trisha Campbell on Amazon. My husband, wanting to support me, decided he'd buy the story, read it and leave me a review. I told him to be honest - that was all I wanted. Even if it meant leaving me a one star review.

Well, he read it and liked it and gave me four stars. However, to his disbelief and frustration, Amazon would not post his review.

He contacted them and asked why his review was not yet posted. Their reply was that he is related to me. Hmmm, so does that mean none of my relatives, be they cousins, siblings, parents, etc. cannot leave a review on any of my work? Does this extend to friends as well?

The strange thing is that we have different last names and email accounts. Sounds like Big Brother is watching and monitoring us at Amazon.

Not sure I like that. What do you all think? I call it censorship. I never pay for reviews nor do I expect anyone who knows me to automatically give me a five star rating.

I'm curious about other writer's thoughts as well as readers.


Sunday, September 22, 2013

Christmas in October
 
The holidays will be here before we know it!  If you’re like me, you have at least one person who already has EVERYTHING!  Not to mention your sons, daughters, or nieces and nephews – who have so many computer games and toys, you trip over them when you walk into their bedrooms?
 
Instead of one more toy that will be forgotten by January, or spending money on a gift someone MIGHT like, why not go for something different. A gift that sparks a child’s imagination or allows your friends to relax and lose themselves in a world of humor, romance, mystery or fantasy – a book!
 
We just might have the solution and the good news is you just might
get them for free!
 
During the month of October we have over 45 authors to showcase their book covers, a tagline, AND a giveaway.  Every Monday and Thursday, for the entire month, different authors will show you what they have to offer! 
 
How does this help you?  Simple.  All you need to do is stop by Penny’s Tales, www.pennyestelle.blogspot.com on Mondays and Thursdays and add a comment.  The more you comment, the more chances to win.  On November 1, you might get an email stating you are the lucky winner of the big jackpot! 
 
Keep watching – more info will be coming!
 
 
  

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Saturday, June 8, 2013

It's been like, well, forever!

Hey there, can't remember the last I time I parked my butt in a chair and wrote a good ole blog post. I thought it was time, not that I have a lot to say. This post will be woefully short. However, I do have a question that I would love answers to. First, a little background. About a month ago, I signed a movie option agreement for my YA novel, Invisible. My question is, anyone else out there have any advice for me? I don't know what to expect (if anything). Do these things drag on for years ultimately leaving authors broken hearted with disappointment? I feel like I'm in limbo. Living in the land of dreams and what might be. Hope to hear from a few of my writer pals who have some experience with movie option agreements.

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Friends & Lovers Promo and Nook Giveaway

 
 
To promote the release of the Friends & Lovers Trilogy, Bethany Lopez is giving away a Nook, an autographed skin for the Nook, and an autographed paperback of Friends & Lovers. Enter through the Rafflecopter, and earn more chances to win by following everyone who is participating in the promo on Twitter!
 
Friends & Lovers is Make it Last, I Choose You, and Trust in Me, and includes a bonus ending for each couple.
 
Check out the Awesome cover by  
 
 
You can buy Friends & Lovers here: Amazon Barnes & Noble a Rafflecopter giveaway
Bethany Lopez
Friends & Lovers Trilogy/Stories About Melissa Series
IAN

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Interview with author, Dan Chamberlain



I'm pleased to welcome Daniel C. Chamberlain to Beyond Words. Dan is among the top sellers for Solstice Publishing. I've invited him here to share a few marketing tips as well as to get to know him and his work better. Welcome Dan!

Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

Well, I’ve been a police officer, Chief of Police and Special Agent with the Air Force Office of Special Investigations where among my “few” notable achievements; I broke the largest black market ring in post World War II Europe. I sort of stumbled into that one. After retiring from the Air Force, I became Director of Security for a multi-national corporation. I’ve also been a successful “Feature” contributor for national circulation firearms magazines.


I’ve combined a love of history and the old west, with my investigative skills, to  craft a frontier murder mystery: “THE LONG SHOOTERS,” that will satisfy lovers of traditional westerns, and detective fiction. 
 

My second novel: “BATTLE OF FORTUNE WELLS” pits a small group of settlers, army and desert travelers against relentless attacks by Comanche and dwindling water supplies.  It’s more of an action/adventure, but it’s loosely based on an actual event in the 1877/78 time frame. 


I live in Illinois with my wife Noreen and three daughters, Lesley, Ashley and Rachel.  Ashley is the graphic artist who created my book covers.
 

Now, I’ve embarked on another career as an oncology nurse. 
 

What are you working on right now? Tell us a little about it.
 

I’ve decided to leave the “West” behind for a while.  My newest effort will be a contemporary “Action/Adventure” where I draw on my experience in counter espionage and my weakness for wise-cracking protagonists.  If you like Robert B. Parker, you’ll like this.
 

How long have you been writing? What influenced you to start?
 

I haven’t always wanted to be a writer.  First, there was potty training.  I didn’t really start seriously writing until I was living in Germany.  There I crafted a few short stories that I never attempted to market. 
 

It wasn’t until I was living in Illinois and newly married that I decided to try and market a piece.  It was a western short story entitled: “High Country Gold” that was picked up by a regional magazine called “Wordsmith” in Colorado.  Suddenly I realized, “Hey, I can do this stuff.”  What followed were several magazine articles and the manuscripts that would eventually become my first two books.
 

My influence was the love of the written word.  I’m not into flowery prose, but believe sentences and phrases can be crafted to read eloquently, without resorting to purple prose.  I count a book as worth reading, if I find myself re-reading certain passages out loud, just to feel the words roll off my tongue.
 

How do you market your work? What avenues have you found to work best for your genre?
 

I’m a terrible sales person. I’ve always believed a good book would generate its own sales, but of course I’ve discovered it might not happen in my lifetime!  So, I took to the Twitterverse and promoted the hell out of my first book, but I refused to Tweet things like: “Hey, check out my new book”.  I didn’t want to be one of two million starving writers using the same old lines.  I figured, hell, I’m a writer!  I should be able to craft tweets that intrigue people.  So, that’s what I did. 
 

Another thing I do, is I refuse to tweet quotes, inspirational or otherwise.  My feeling is, writers should focus more on crafting the things other people will one day quote and less on the words of others.  One of my favorite tweets which gets retweeted a lot is:

“It may be there are no original thoughts left to express.  So it’s my job to find original ways to express them.”

After each tweet, if there’s room, I put a link to my book and blog, or just the book if space is limited.
 

Another thing I’ve found ls very helpful, is every time someone mentions to me they loved my book, I ask them to do a review.  The more reviews, the greater the visibility.  Ask for reviews and not just from friends.  I’ve found creative ways to let people on the internet forums I frequent know that I’ve got books out there.  Many of them send me private messages that they read and love the books.  I reply with a lot of thanks and ask them to post a review if they have the time or inclination.  It works.
 

How much of the marketing do you do?
 

All of it.  I’m published by Solstice Publishing, but their marketing is minimal beyond their website.  I don’t mind. It’s my book and I’ll get the word out.  I tried Facebook, but discovered what a lot of people have probably discovered, we join Facebook to reconnect with old friends, only to “rediscover” why many of them were ‘old’ friends in the first place.
 

What was one of the most surprising things you learned while marketing your books?
 

How darned hard it is to sell yourself.  After all, you’re not selling a book, you’re selling yourself.  You’re saying, “take a chance” on me.  It requires a significant ego to be able to convince others your work is worth their money, while at the same time, it takes enough humility to know that you can’t over value your merchandise when you aren’t proven or have a reputation.  I’m not technically ‘self published’, but I’m not ‘mainstream’ either.  There is the attitude among the reading public that if a major house picks up an author, it’s because that person writes a good story.  That’s not necessarily the case.  I’ve read absolute trash coming out of mainstream houses. 
 

What was the hardest part of marketing your books?
 

See the previous answer.  While it’s not impossible, it’s not a case of “If you build it they will come.”  I’m here to tell you it takes more than an idea and a manuscript to make a book.  It takes professional editing – something Solstice gave me that I found to be invaluable!  Too many “Indies” believe they can write a book and edit it themselves, or have their spouse or best friend do a proof read.  I’ve read enough Indie books to know that’s what the authors resorted to.  It won’t work.  Another tweet I like to use is: “Good selling will sell poor writing one time. Good writing will sell the next one in advance.”

I’m not trying to be a jerk or dissuade people from Indie publishing.  But for goodness sake, find someone who doesn’t owe you a favor to do the editing and make sure they know what it takes to edit.  If this means saving up your pocket change and putting off publication for a year, then do it!  Poor writing and craftsmanship by Indies, hurts everyone in the business. 
 

Where can readers find you?
 





Or at Solstice Publishing: http://store.solsticepublishing.com/

 
Is there anything you’d like to add?
 

Yes.  If you want to write, then write.  Tell your story, even if it is one no one else will ever know, or something your grand kids will discover in an old trunk after you’re gone.  Don’t let your life’s story include the book you never wrote. 

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Let’s go Blog Hopping!


My dear friend and author, Sheila Dalton has invited me to participate in the “My Next Big Thing” blog hop in which I am asked and answer the ten questions below.
You can read Sheila’s post here: http://sheila-anne-dalton.com/Bee%20Happy%20blog%20tour.html


1. What is the title of your book or project?

I’ve decided to talk about my YA novel, Invisible.

2. Where did the idea come from for the book or project?

The idea for Invisible came when I was watching my daughter, Sara, who was seven years old at the time, at her swimming lessons. She was not enjoying them and for a moment I put myself in her place and imagined that she was wishing with all her heart that she could disappear. That idea lead to a time in my life where I wished I was invisible. In grades seven and eight, I was bullied and would have done anything to be able to disappear.

3. What genre does it come under, if any?

Young adult.

4. If applicable, who would you choose to play your characters in a movie?

I’ve thought of this a lot. My main character, Lola is tall and overweight. I picture her looking like a younger Adele, the British singer, but of course, Adele is not an actress. It’s hard to come up with an actress who would fit the bill because there aren’t many young plus size actresses. However, after an Internet search, I did come up with a young Canadian actress/model, named Christina Schmidt who reminds me a lot of Lola.



For Lola’s love interest, Jon, I chose a young actor named Matt Lanter.


For Lola’s best friend, the sexually ambiguous Charlie, I chose Selena Gomez.


Lastly, for Lola’s Grandma Rose, I would die on the spot if Shirley McLaine was cast in the role. I love Ms. McLaine more than words can say and have the greatest respect for her.


5. What is the one-sentence synopsis of your manuscript or project?

Lola’s not pretty. Lola’s not popular. Lola wishes she could disappear … and then one day she does just that...

6. Will your book or story be self-published or represented by an agency?

My novel is already published by Solstice Publishing. www.solsticepublishing.com

7. How long did it take to write the first draft of your manuscript?

This story came quickly and easily for me. I wrote the whole thing in four months.  

8. What other book or stories would you compare this story to within the genre?

I read a novel by Gayle Forman called If I Stay that reminded me a little of Invisible.

9. Who or what inspired you to write this book or story?

I’ve always loved to write. I’ve always written but before writing Invisible, I only wrote short stories. I guess a source or higher power is what gave me the inspiration and determination to write this story. I also had the support of my many writer friends.

10. What else about the book or story might peak the reader’s interest?

Invisible may be a story about a young girl and her struggle with being the victim of bullying but at its core, it’s about love in all its forms. Love of family, love of a friend best, love of a boyfriend, but most of all, learning to love oneself.

 

NEXT!
I’ve tagged the talented author Linda Hutsell-Manning to continue on hopping. Her blog can be found at:
http://www.lindahutsellmanning.ca/

Thank you, Sheila for including me in this wonderful blog hop ... Jeanne

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Michael Thal and The Legend of Koolura

Michael L. Thal, an accomplished freelancer, is the author of The Legend of Koolura and Goodbye Tchaikovsky. He has written and published over eighty articles for magazines and newspapers including Highlights for Children, The Los Angeles Times, and San Diego Family Magazine. You can learn more about him at www.michaelthal.com.

On February 18th, Michael's Novel, The Legend of Koolura will be free on Amazon

 The Legend of Koolura tells the story of a sixth grade girl and how she obtained the cool powers. She has the ability to dematerialize at will and reappear where she chooses. She can move objects with her mind and she can even defy gravity!
 
But will these powers be of any use in stopping a stalker intent on her destruction? The stalker is determined to retrieve Koolura’s unrealized cool powers and hurt any of her friends who get into his way.
 
As the hour approaches for Koolura’s final confrontation with her nemesis, she may finally find vengeance to the man who killed her mother.

 
Where does Michael Thal call home?

 

I live in Sherman Oaks, CA.

 

What is the name of your most recent book and if you had to sum it up in 20 or less words, what would you say? 

 

Solstice Publishing is preparing my most recent book for publication. Koolura and the Mystery at Camp Saddleback is the sequel novel to The Legend of Koolura. Here’s a quick summary: Koolura, a girl with amazing psychic powers, attends a summer sleep-away camp in the mountains outside of Santa Barbara only to discover that her powers have evaporated and crude boys are making devilish pranks against her cabin.

 

What or who inspired you to start writing?

 

And how long have you been writing? My college history professor, Dr. Abosch inspired my writing. He gave us many writing assignments needing in depth analysis teaching me to look deeper into an assignment and expressing my findings clearly and concisely. A novelist needs those tools to develop characters, setting and plot. My first novel was The Light: An Alien Abduction.  I started writing that back in the late 1970s. That’s when the writing bug hit. I’ve been writing ever since.

 

Do you have any advice for other writers?

 

And what’s the best advice that you have been given when it comes to writing? My advice to writers would be never give up. For example, I sent queries for The Legend of Koolura to 160 publishers and agents before its acceptance by Solstice Publishing. So take the advice that someone once gave me: “Believe in yourself, and when you do, so will others.”

 

Where can your readers find you?

 

My readers can learn about my books at http://www.michaelthal.com. I have a weekly column about children, parenting, and educational issues on the Examiner at http://www.examiner.com/academic-success-in-los-angeles/michael-thal.
 
 

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Freebie days are back!

For those who missed my last freebie day for INVISIBLE, I'm happy to announce that on February 8th and 9th, it will be free again. You can download the ebook on either of those days from http://www.amazon.com/Invisible-ebook/dp/B005LW21CC/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1360067421&sr=8-3&keywords=jeanne+bannon


Lola’s not pretty. Lola’s not popular. Lola wishes she could disappear … and then one day she does just that...

 

For seventeen-year-old Lola Savullo, life is a struggle. Born to funky parents who are more in than she could ever be, Lola’s dream of becoming a writer makes her an outsider even in her own home. Bullied and despised, Lola still has the support of her best pal Charlie and Grandma Rose.

 

Not only is she freakishly tall, Lola’s a big girl and when forced to wear a bathing suit at her summer job as a camp counselor, Lola’s only escape from deep embarrassment seems to be to literally vanish. Soon after, she discovers the roots of her new “ability”.

 

Slowly, with Charlie’s help, Lola learns to control the new super power. The possibilities are endless. Yet power can be abused, too…

 

Then, when tragedy strikes, Lola must summon her inner strength, both at home and at school. She has to stand up for herself, despite the temptations and possibilities of her newfound super power.

 

A coming-of-age story that will warm the heart.

Saturday, February 2, 2013

Interview with author, Melodie Ramone



Synopsis - After Forever Ends

 

Orphaned by her mother and brushed off by her dad, fifteen year old Silvia Cotton has lived a lonely life. That is until her father moves the family from the Highlands of Scotland to the Midlands of Wales. It is there she is enrolled in Bennington, a private boarding school, and meets the charming and rebellious Dickinson twins, Oliver and Alexander. Her regrettable life is changed forever.
 
 
Locked into a fierce friendship with Alexander and lost to a whirwind romance with Oliver, Silvia finds herself torn away from everything she thought she knew. Married too soon, she moves with Oliver to a rustic cabin deep in a Welsh wood and embarks upon a life she'd never planned for, surviving on hope she never knew existed and faith she never knew she had. Through the years of laughter, joy, sorrow and tears, she makes her way through university and onto a career, only to surrender her ambition to raising her children and living a life that was strikingly "normal." But what is normal? Certainly not what ensues in the wood.
 
True love, faeries, friendship, loves lost and gained. Fate, doubt, friendship, strength and courage, Silvia's story could belong to anyone, but it is her own. Simple yet extraordinary, told with wit and candor, Silvia unravels the tangled web of her days as she reveals the secrets that exist in an ancient wood, how hearts given freely can become the stuff of magic, and how true happiness is never any further than one's own back garden.

Welcome, Melodie. Your story sounds wonderful. Could you tell us what inspired you to write After Forever Ends?


The title actually comes from a line in the book itself. Oliver says to Silvia, “I love you. I have always loved you. I loved you before I knew you were real and I’ll love you more still after forever ends.” There is an on-going theme in the story coming from Oliver concerning “forever”. He uses the word a lot, but it’s really only he who understands the deeper implications of it…until the very end of the story when Silvia finally works out
what “forever” actually means.
 

What’s your writing schedule like?
 

Lately, it’s erratic. I’ve had sick kids and lots of doctor appointments, but when I get down to writing and I find my groove, I literally write from about seven in the morning until midnight or later. I’m lucky because I have children who are becoming an independent age and one of them wants to be a chef, so she’s happy to cook. She’ll plop a plate beside me and kiss my cheek. Now, keeping the house clean is a different story! Everything falls apart and lays on the floor when I go to work. Haha. But it’s all good.

 
Where do you hope to be in 5 years?
 
Hmm. Where do I hope to be? Back in Wales, living in a cottage, nestled deep in a wood. Where do I think I’ll be? Right here in the USA, living happily in my yellow house in the middle of a college town.
 

Tell us a little about your road to publication. Was it a long one?


I was actually published the first time at the age of twelve and have been published several times since. Never a novel, though. After Forever Ends is a deeply personal work for me. The main characters are based on people I have known. Some of them passed too soon and I wanted to give them the lives they didn’t have.

Some of them are still walking around and know I put them in a book. Some of the events and all of the places are real. You could literally visit them. And some of the conversations that occur actually happened, almost word for word. So, in the end, it was a conscious and purposeful decision NOT to go the traditional publishing
route with After Forever Ends. I self-published it exactly how I wanted it, without anybody telling me what to change and how to change it. So was it a long road? Yes and no. It was a series of choices, decisions based on passion and an absolute labor of love.


Are your books available as eBooks? If so what was your experience of that process?

 
Right now, After Forever Ends is only available as an e-book. It should be out in print by late spring, maybe sooner. I am a HUGE supporter of e-book publishing. It gives the author more or less total control of their work and their destiny, which is so important to me. The downside is that anybody can do it, so there is some substandard work out there, but…you know what? Who cares! If somebody has the passion to write something
and put it out there, it has worth, so I say –go for it! E-book publishing gives authors the ability to spread their wings and fly as high as they can take themselves. I think it brings the joy, hope and the magic back to an industry that was meant to be creative and liberating, but somehow became just about making money.
 

Anything you’ve found to be particularly helpful in marketing your book?
 

TWITTER. TWITTER. And TWITTER. Haha! Twitter, to me, is the single most powerful marketing tool an author has these days. Goodreads is great, too. But the best thing anybody can do is create chatter. Get people talking about your work and the sky is the limit.
 

Where can readers find you?

Twitter: @melodie_ramone
Website: melodieramone.com
e-mail: melodie@melodieramone.com

Book Links:

Amazon US:  goo.gl/JT6G2
Amazon UK:  goo.gl/dcp1P
Amazon CA: goo.gl/BhCNv
Barnes and Noble: goo.gl/jhg6n

 

 

 


Monday, January 21, 2013

Okay, here's the plan

 
 
It's nearly the end of January and I haven't yet abandoned my new year's resolutions. I'm still exercising and watching what I eat and I'm writing more. So, good for me. However, my weight hasn't changed much and this is frustrating. But, I think I may have found a diet that's not really a diet. It's the Paleo Diet or, as it's better known, the Caveman Diet. The idea behind this way of eating is to eat as our ancestors did and by ancestors I don't mean grandma and grandpa. I mean our ancestors from waaaay back - cavemen and women.
 
Apparently, our bodies haven't changed all that much from the way they were way back when. And since farming/agriculture didn't exist in the days of the caveman as it does now, our bodies aren't used to grains and other simple carbohydrates, thus, we have a hard time digesting them. Most of the energy from these foods are unfortunately stored as fat. The Paleo diet consists of eating mainly fish, fowl and meat along with plenty of fruits and vegetables. Nuts and seeds are also allowed. As for dairy, from what I've read, some suggest staying away while others say it's okay in moderation. I think I'll keep the dairy for now.
 
This diet seems like a good fit for me because I have an intolerance to gluten and stay away from bread (for the most part). Today is my first day on the diet and so far, so good. I had peameal bacon and scrambled eggs for breakfast and then some roast beef and veggies for lunch. In between I snacked on a handful of trail mix. I'm not at all hungry and have lots of energy. I even managed a mid-morning workout which I never do because I'm always sluggish in the morning.
 
I'll keep everyone posted on how the diet goes. I just want to try it for 30 days. If there's anyone out there whose had experience with this diet, please let me know how it worked for you.
 
Until we meet again...Jeanne

Thursday, January 17, 2013

My Experience with Amazon's Prime Select Program

Invisible

 
 
As a writer I'm always trying new ways to market my book, especially in this day and age when publishers expect authors to do much more than simply write the novel. Since the publication of, Invisible, I've run the marketing gamut - from blog hops, to radio interviews, to guest blogs, to every type of social media out there. My novel was selling but in no way was it a best seller.
 
When I heard about Amazon's Prime Select Program, I figured I had nothing to lose and gave it a try. I was pleasantly surprised. Recently, I had my first 'free' day and just discovered that almost 6,000 copies were downloaded. This is a wonderful way to get your book out there and in the hands of readers in order to develop a following. I know I won't be making any money when my book is given away for free, but something wonderful happened. In the days following the freebie day, my sales soared. Another fringe benefit has been the positive feedback Invisible has received in terms of reviews and ratings on Goodreads.
 
I'd love to hear from other authors who've participated in the program. What has your experience been like?
 
Until we meet again...Jeanne

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Back on the Horse



It's been a week since my surgery and I'm feeling pretty good. So good in fact that I've started to exercise again. I'm not sure if I'm supposed to exercise yet but I took it easy and went slow, only doing light aerobics on my elliptical trainer. I did 40 minutes! Yay me! I'm still swollen and bloated from surgery so I'm not bothering to weight myself yet. I don't want to be disappointed.

Exercise and weight loss weren't my only resolutions. I'd also resolved to write more and to be more diligent with my writing. I'm proud to say that I've opened a vein and have begun to pour out my soul onto my computer screen again. I'm working on the second draft of my novel, Incarnate. I find rewrites to be slow going so I've set easily attainable goals. Just taking baby steps at the moment but at least I'm heading in the 'write' direction. I'd be curious to hear how other writers keep themselves motivated.

I want to thank everyone who stopped by Amazon to download a copy of Invisible yesterday. Invisible soared to #2 in the Kindle store under paranormal romance and was #72 in the Kindle store overall. I couldn't be happier with the results of the freebie day. It's all about getting my name out there and it looks like Invisible is in the hands of many more readers now. Another added bonus is that sales have continued today even though Invisible is back to its original price of $2.02.

Until we meet again...Jeanne

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Good News for Anyone Wanting to read INVISIBLE


Invisible will be free on Monday January 14th. If you've got Invisible on your 'to read' list, now is the time to download a kindle edition free. For one day only.


Lola’s not pretty. Lola’s not popular. Lola wishes she could disappear … and then one day she does just that...
 

For seventeen-year-old Lola Savullo, life is a struggle. Born to funky parents who are more in than she could ever be, Lola’s dream of becoming a writer makes her an outsider even in her own home. Bullied and despised, Lola still has the support of her best pal Charlie and Grandma Rose.
 

Not only is she freakishly tall, Lola’s a big girl and when forced to wear a bathing suit at her summer job as a camp counselor, Lola’s only escape from deep embarrassment seems to be to literally vanish. Soon after, she discovers the roots of her new “ability”.
 

Slowly, with Charlie’s help, Lola learns to control the new super power. The possibilities are endless. Yet power can be abused, too…
 

Then, when tragedy strikes, Lola must summon her inner strength, both at home and at school. She has to stand up for herself, despite the temptations and possibilities of her newfound super power.
 

A coming-of-age story that will warm the heart.


Download your copy from Amazon:
http://www.amazon.com/Invisible-ebook/dp/B005LW21CC/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1358008696&sr=8-2&keywords=jeanne+bannon