Happy Halloween!

I hope that everyone who celebrated Halloween/All Hallows Eve/Samhain, etc. really enjoyed it. Despite everything that is going on in the world, hopefully you were able to spend time with your family and enjoy the holiday as much as possible!

Quick update for everyone! I began working on Book Three: Prowess the other day and have plans to work on it again this weekend. Unfortunately, I have been working a lot of Saturdays lately. And between raising a toddler, exercising, cooking, cleaning, and working, I haven’t had much time to sit down to start the final book of this trilogy. But this weekend, I neither work nor have my daughter, so that is perfect for me to sit down, relax, and mentally get myself ready to write! I already have an outline and am very excited to share all of the twists and turns of this final book with all of you – my lovely supporters and readers!

I also thought about doing a writing prompt or two if I am not completely immersed in Prowess or need to get the ‘creative juices’ flowing. Stay tuned for, at the very least, some updates!

For those of you who haven’t had a chance to purchase Preservation, it is now available on Amazon – both hard copy and eBook. Barnes and Noble and Kobo are only available on eBook. I spent some extra time downsizing both books to be single-spaced and save on trees (paper) and to help it read better.

But back to Halloween! I decided, last minute, to dress up like Eva (minus her famous blades) to see if I could drum up additional sales from people asking about it at work. I dressed up on Friday and got a few inquisitors, but the coming weeks should yield a favorable result! Either way, it was fun to tear up some Goodwill clothes and spray fake blood and dirt on me. Let’s just say my costume was a stark contrast from everyone else. πŸ™‚

This isn’t the greatest picture I had, but it was the only one of my entire costume. πŸ˜€

KDP Finally Worked

I am finally FINALLY (and I mean finally this time) happy to say that Book 2 of The Wanderer Trilogy is available for purchase in size 12 font that matches the format of Book 1. The Chapter font is the same Courier New that Purpose is, and the same single-spacing as the new version of Purpose that was just recently released. Breathing a sigh of relief is an understatement at this point, but everyone can now enjoy the fruits of my labor! πŸ™‚

So where do I go from here? I have been getting a lot of requests to do an audiobook version of Purpose and Preservation for people who dislike reading or do not have the time to sit down and read an entire novel. While I may wait until the release of Book 3, it is an option that I am exploring. My fiancΓ© and I are in the early process of purchasing our first home and would like to find some space to have an office to write and record audiobooks. That would be ideal, anyway. πŸ™‚

But for the time being, I’m taking a little bit of time off before starting Book 3: Prowess to come into it with a fresh mind. It won’t be but for a few weeks, but work will begin shortly! Thank you again to everyone who supports my work! The best thing you can do to help me build on my dream and keep me writing is by writing reviews on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and other outlets where you purchase my books. This boosts my place among other writers and gives me a good handle on what you all are enjoying about my writing! Thank you again πŸ™‚

Hard Copies are Hard

Good Morning all!

I finally received my Author’s Copy of Preservation, and I am somewhat disappointed to say the least. When I originally published Purpose, the software the Amazon used was called CreateSpace. I had minimal issues and was able to publish relatively quickly and without delay. However, they took down CreateSpace and integrated it into KDP where everything has to be uploaded separately.

But for some reason, when I checked the Preview of my 2nd book, prior to publishing, it appeared standard. I was concerned that the page count was only 187 considering it was only 10K words less than the 1st (with 357 pages after single spacing). So I pushed it through and waited. Unfortunately, you never really know how it’s going to turn out until you receive the physically copy.

My copy was delivered yesterday evening. The cover looked amazing and lined up great! But the moment I opened the book, my heart sank. For some reason, the size font is like 8 or 10, not 12. It is so small that it would make sense for a book with 1,000 pages, but not for mine. I have already struggled with this Amazon software because it is so finicky and frustrating (and some other words that begin with the letter “f”). What do I have to do tonight? Fix it and hope that size 12 is the size that I need to match Purpose.

Writing Elation

Hi everyone!

I hope you are all doing well! I am happy to finally announce that Amazon has finally accepted the hard copy of Preservation! After numerous edits by the kind woman who formats my book covers, the sizing finally fits the print. I cannot describe how much elation I feel seeing the word “Live” next to my next novel.

Click here for a direct link to purchase Preservation. Amazon has both Hard Copies and eBooks available. The more condensed copies of Purpose are also available here at a lower price! And please, if you do me the kindness of purchasing and reading any of my books, reviews are greatly appreciated! Any feedback that I can take in future books makes me a both better writer and helps get my name out into the industry. One review from each book purchase can skyrocket my career as an author to help me realize my dream of being able to do this full time. And if that happens, it means more books for you, my amazing readers! πŸ™‚

Each and every person who supports my dream has a special place in my heart! Thank you so much for everything!

A Surprise for Your Patience

Happy evening to everyone! I am happy to finally announce that Preservation is in Hard Copy via Amazon within the next 72 hours (currently pending review). I will be posting the link on the Bookstore page as soon as it goes LIVE.

As with any craft, I am learning to format my books properly. While the cover formatting software has changed on Amazon since Purpose was released, I have spent a number of extra hours to try and make the 2nd book as close to the 1st as possible. Self-publishing and a tight budget really restrict options, so it isn’t the ‘perfect’ final draft that I always envision. My hopes and dreams of becoming financially stable as a full-time author will only be realized by continuing to write and release books. Everyone who supports me truly takes a place in my heart as each sale gets me one step closer to achieving my goal. I deeply thank you! πŸ™‚

As such, I have decided to reformat Purpose and re-release it in both eBook format and Paper Copy at a discounted price. I changed everything to ‘single-space’ with a space between each paragraph, so that has drastically reduced the amount of pages for each book. As long as the woman who formatted the cover isn’t terribly busy, you can expect it very soon! If you don’t already own a copy, get ready to purchase a cheaper version than the original edition.

Now that Book 2 is complete, you know what the next steps will be… writing Book 3! I am very excited to wrap everything up, bring everything together, and fill it will suspense and plot twists that will keep you on the edge of your seat! Once this is complete, I will be working on my next projects (a small book of short stories *possibly* or the beginning to the outline of a fantasy series).

Again, I appreciate your support from the bottom of my heart! Please check back for an update on Preservation‘s official release date along with a link on the Bookstore page.