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Write or Edit?

The above-noted question is a dilemma many self-published authors face.  After all, we're the entire package.  We're the writer, the editor (even though we also hire professionals), and the marketer.  We stop producing, guess what? Sales will slow down.  So what is an author to do? We look at the successful self-pubbed authors and we know that we need to produce quality books and the more the better, but how can we find time and the creative muse to do so when we're stressed about finalizing edits on an upcoming release?  (Side thought: I find stress about money and time to be the biggest creativity killers.) Well, I had a little bit of a break through yesterday.  Logically the goal plan can work, but it will take commitment.   I was fortunate that when I set out on my self-publishing course, I had several novels already written so I've been working through having them professionally edited and published.  I have 3 more releases planned for 2013 (see my

#SampleSunday & ARCs are Available of LIFE SENTENCE

Madison Knight is coming back...well sort of.  LIFE SENTENCE is the book that inspired her.  Although, it is a romantic suspense, Madison has a cameo role allowing my readers to learn a bit more about her background. And I'm giving you a chance to sign up for an advanced reading copy!  This version is publish-ready too!   The official release date is August 14, 2013. Here's the overview: "If I pay with my life, you will pay with yours." Defense Attorney Bryan Lexan may have just taken on the case which will cost him his life. When his client, a Russian Drug Boss, is convicted of first-degree murder, he vows to make Bryan pay. Meanwhile, Jessica Pratt has always prided herself on being a modern woman–you know, the kind who doesn't need a man to make her feel complete. So when she finds herself torn between two, she realizes that not all decisions are based on facts. If they were, her boyfriend, Bryan, would be the logical choice. He has

Show Don’t Tell -- Body Language

She smiled.  This was the happiest she had been in a  long time. As authors we hear the phrase  “s how don't tell ”  often.  When we’re starting out it’s a trickier feat to accomplish than after we’ve been writing for a while, but there is still no room for an author to get lazy. To simply state how a character feels, or appears when it comes to emotion is taking an easy way out--and a boring road for our readers.  Since we’d never want to head down that path, it’s imperative that we continuously call ourselves out on this. For example, a POV character makes the observation that another is feeling upset.  Does the narrative simply read, “He knew that she was upset with him”, or does it show us what makes him come to that conclusion?  Think of it this way, what characteristics or mannerisms indicate a person is upset/angry?  Even pull this from your own life and the people around you.  Take your spouse.  How do you know when they’re upset?  Do they make a certai

Ties that Bind is #99cents for a Limited Time

Ties that Bind, Justified, Eleven, and Pearls of Deception are no longer eReader prejudice.  What does this mean?  This means that these works are available from all the popular eRetailers now and not just Amazon.  My other published works will be also moving over soon. In celebration, you can grab Ties that Bind for only 99 cents! Your eReader, your way. You can pick up your copy at the following links: Amazon Barnes & Noble Kobo Apple Sony Diesel Smashwords