Monday, December 15, 2014

The highs and lows of being an #author

Let’s face it, every author has highs and lows.

We get a great review on our book.


We get a bad review, and we forget about all the good ones and yays.

We have a fabulous writing day where we’re in the ZONE and words and ideas are flowing through us and onto the keyboard. We’re on a creative high, and we do the happy Snoopy dance.

Then there are days when we’re STUCK. Our creative juices has dried up, and we have been working on the same damn scene for days, maybe even weeks. We start to question if we’re in over our heads, if the book is bigger than us, or if we have nothing left in us.

We take a break, check our emails and receive a message from a fan who says she loves our book and can’t wait for the next one. Now we’re on cloud nine, and our determination is reborn. We dive back into our manuscript vowing to break through the mental blockage.

The power goes out.

Son-of-a bitch!

The power comes back on, but right when you’re rebooting your computer it flicks off again.

You gotta be kidding me.


So you wait, hoping to God your computer isn’t fried and you haven't lost anything.

45 minutes later.

The lights and clocks pop back on.

Please. Please, be okay.

You hate being reliant on technology and long for the times when things were much simpler, but what are you gonna do? You have to suck it up. The reality is you ARE dependent upon the machine. So you pray that everything is okay.

The computer comes on.

Everything pops up fine.

You release a long drawn out breath that you didn’t realize you were holding.

But wait!

You’re not out of the water yet.


Did you lose everything you worked on that day?

Once again, you hold your breath and click on the file.

It opens up but all your hard work is gone.

You notice another file that says, Auto Save.

You click on that.


The computer saved the words you labored over in a new file.


Even though you always take extra precautions to save your manuscript, like a thumb drive or saving it to email so you won’t lose weeks or months of your work, what you had created that day could easily be gone when you’re in the middle of it and something like the power going off can cause you to lose it all.

You take a break from the stress and hop on Facebook, silently thanking the universe for not frying your computer. You see posts from your fellow authors who are churning books out like a manufacturing company. You’re happy for them, but you can’t help feeling low about your current situation.

You’re STILL working on the same frickin’ scene in chapter four.


What is wrong with this picture?

You remind yourself NOT to compare yourself with other authors. We all have our own path to walk. You may have a day job you have to go to every day during the week and can only write in the early morning before work, in the evenings, and on the weekends. 

How many people have the discipline to do that? 

How many people say they want to write a book and never do? 

How many people start a novel and never finish?

You give yourself some credit, reiterate not to compare yourself to others, and move on.

You get back to your writing-in-progress and get lost in the story.

This is only part of what authors face on a day to day basis.

Highs and lows.

Why do we do it?

Because we have a fierce passion for creating stories that we can’t ignore, and because we’re all mad.


Friday, December 12, 2014

Virtual Ebook Fair. A Booklovers Bash!

Do you love books?

Do you like to read excerpts, play fun games, and win cool prizes?

Join me and a bunch of authors this weekend at the Virtual Ebook Fair.

I’ll be sharing excerpts, book trailers, teasers and character photos. You can also win cool prizes! 

I hope to see you there. I’ll be setting up my virtual booth either today or tomorrow.


Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Read Tuesday. It’s Like Black Friday For Books. Give The #Gift Of Reading!

Today is Read Tuesday where tons of great books by amazing authors are discounted, including my own.

That’s right.

On Tangled Roots is 60% off when you use coupon code #LP87N which makes it only .99 cents! But you must jump on this now, because the offer ends in 24 hours.

Here are the links to open the treasure chest that will reveal all these money saving books. Also, I believe some books are free. So check it out.

           Find Kindle deals here:
           Here is our catalog for free print books:
           We also have Smashwords discount codes:
           Prefer print books? Check out our catalog for CreateSpace discount codes:
            Last, but not least, we have Buy-the-print-book-get-the-Kindle-free offers. These are great for gifting. Don’t you wish you could receive a free book for yourself every time you gave one as a gift? Well, here’s your chance:        

Monday, December 8, 2014

Blog Tour! Identity by Cleo Scornavacca

Title: Identity (Miss Taken #2)
Author: Cleo Scornavacca

Genre: Romance, suspense 

…………..People aren’t always who you believe them to be.

Dominick Kane and Rain Medici started their relationship with one another in the most unconventional way.

He kidnapped her.

With the kidnapping now behind them, life returns to normal, right?

Not a chance.

The push, the pull and their fights for control that we’ve come to love about Dominick and Rain still exist. And so does their passion.

People aren’t who you think they are. Familiar faces are not so familiar. The past and the present collide, opening up all of those old wounds and struggles once again.

Now, everything you thought you knew, gets blown out of the water.

Can Dominick and Rain finally heal what’s broken? Or will new discoveries push them even further apart.

Will love win out and bring them back together? Or will ghosts of the past ultimately destroy their love once and for all……………..


As far back as I can remember, I've loved books. I love reading them and finally, I've admitted to myself that I love to write them. Since the day I started to write Rain and Dominick's story, I've never looked back.

When I write, much of the time the story plays in my head as a movie and sometimes even includes background music. We can all use a little background music. I try to add elements of things I love. And share them with the readers. I'll continue to create characters and stories that you can laugh, cry, love, hate and even become slightly crazy about. Let's face it, we can all use some crazy every now and then.

Cleo is a wife and mom. She is an aesthetician and make-up artist and has worked for companies such as Bobbi Brown, Princess Marcella Borghese and MAC cosmetics. Besides writing and loving to read everything romantic; she has a healthy obsession with the Jersey Shore and loves to go there to write every chance she gets.