Monday, December 31, 2012
It always seems that if you mention to someone that you’re a writer, they respond with “I’ve been thinking about writing a book, too. One of these days…” Well, I went that extra step about twenty-five years ago and actually wrote my first book.
As most of you know, in real life I'm a lawyer. Often when I meet people and they find out I'm a lawyer they say something like "I thought about going to law school" or "I always wanted to be a lawyer". It seems like another of those "one of these days I will..." sort of things.
When I found myself saying the same sort of thing to writers, I realized I didn't want to be one of those "someday..." people so I got serious about writing.
What about you? What's your "One of these days I will...."?
Write a book?
Run or walk a marathon?
Play the piano?
Is 2013 the year that you go from "One of these days..." to "Today"?
Monday, December 24, 2012
Friday, December 21, 2012
I'm sure you're very busy and have many things to do, so if you don't mind could you please not bring me anything this year? Could you also make sure that Natalie doesn't give me any gifts, either? Her hints about my present make me worried.
Sorry to cause you trouble.
Dear Mrs. Claus,
First of all, I'd like to thank you for your unceasing efforts throughout the year. It is indeed unfortunately true that you do the lion's share of the work while Santa receives almost all of the credit. Second, I'd like to suggest that instead of setting out milk and cookies this year that we donate them instead for children who are in need.
You can read all about Kat and Nat this spring when The Way Home is published.
Kat, a shy farmgirl, arrives at her freshman dorm with a backpack, two suitcases, and her mother’s wish for Kat to attend college “at least until you get married”. Her roommate Natalie, a confident and fun-loving social butterfly, has decided sight unseen that Kat will become her honorary sister. Natalie teaches Kat about college life, academics, and friendship by taking Kat under her wing…and over her knee.
Then their lives fall apart one fateful night on campus, and for the rest of the decade Kat and Natalie struggle to find their way back to each other. Their way home.
Warning: This book contains scenes of spanking in a domestic discipline relationship.
Monday, December 17, 2012
”Fika” (pronounced FEE-kah) is a Swedish term for enjoying coffee, tea, and sweets over conversation with friends. It is a sacred tradition in many families, friends, and even workplaces, and it offers a chance to chat informally on a number of topics. While “Fika” may refer specifically to the coffee, in practice it refers to the moment of community. In this hectic world, it is nice to take a moment to stop, pause, and savor time getting to know a little more about each other.
I'm going to be making my grandma's sugar cookies to take along so pour yourself a cup of something good and come over and join the conversation.
Sunday, December 16, 2012
This my six sentences are from Judge Not: Class Reunion which is part of Legal Briefs: Over The Knee Justice.
Jimmy attends a high school reunion with his wife, Eileen. Throughout the night, Eileen exaggerates and pushes the limits of the truth in order to impress her classmates. Eventually, Jimmy has enough.
You can read a sample or buy the story on Amazon.
Hope you enjoyed Six Sentence Sunday. I'll see you next week.
Friday, December 14, 2012
It's an exciting day! Starla Kaye is here to give away a prize and share an excerpt from her book Oh So Nice...and Naughty.
If your letter to Santa this year included a request for a fun Christmas Treat from Starla Kay ( I know mine did) then this is your lucky day. Starla will be giving away this pillow to one lucky commenter who answers either of these two questions: What is your favorite Christmas Song? Or what Christmas song do you find most annoying?
And now...Oh So Nice...and Naughty.
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Oh...this sounds like an intriguing story. I like a man who can write a letter. Here's an excerpt from Ain't Too Proud to Beg.
“Vaughn, it’s Reese.”
Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Monday, December 10, 2012
First, thank you to everyone who voted and to those who spread the word so that I got a decent amount of participants. I think 49 people took the poll.
I'm going to talk about each criteria in the order of most votes to least. I listed ten options and asked people to vote for their top three criteria for selecting a book. Some may have voted more than that, some less. This isn't super scientific, but I think the results still have some good information for us.
Book Description--35 votes. To me, this is good and bad. The bad part is that I hate writing book descriptions and I'm not good at it. The good part is that it's something a writer can control and change. I'm going to spend some time reading book descriptions on Amazon and see what catches my attention and what doesn't.
Would anyone care to share what it is about a book description that piques their interest? Does an excerpt help?
Read Other Books By the Same Author--32 votes. This is good news. I have noticed that in the "people who bought this book also bought" list on Amazon most of my books are cross-referenced with each other which tells me that people who like one of my books are likely to buy others. Yay!
Note: These two criteria, Book Description and Other Books by the Same Author, were nearly tied at 35 and 32 votes respectively and were well ahead of the next highest vote getter, which was theme.
I Like The Theme (i.e., cowboy, historical)--- 23 votes. Now the question is, what themes are most popular? Is "married couples" a theme? I might do another poll on this topic, but feel free to share your thoughts in the comments.
Intense Spankings--- 19 votes. Interesting. What's considered intense? Probably a topic for another poll.
Cover Image-- 12 votes. This is interesting and I'm surprised it's not higher. You probably need to see the cover image before you click to read the description, but it only got 12 votes. I may test this theory by changing the cover on The Birthday Wish (again) to include a rear end and see if that boosts sales.
Price--- 10 votes. Another interesting stat. Is it fair to conclude that people will pay a bit more to read a book by an author they like that has a description they like and is possibly a theme they like? What do people think about 99 cent books? Do consumers think price is an indicator of quality?
Amazon Reviews ---10 votes. After all the angst and hand-wringing over few reviews or bad reviews, it appears they may not be that big a deal or at least not a big enough deal to warrant the aforementioned angst and hand-wringing.
My thoughts on these last three. Cover Image, Price and Amazon Reviews all got nearly the same number of votes. They are also all items which can be viewed at the same time on Amazon. How much, if at all, do the three things work together?
Romance ---8 votes. Hmm. Intense spankings got twice as many votes. Can we draw any conclusions from that? Is it that people read spanking books for the spanking and not necessarily for the romance?
Recommendation From a Friend-- 5 votes. Not sure what to say about this, though in real life I only have one friend whose book recommendations are similar to my tastes, so I understand this might not be a good indicator for many people.
Lots of Sex-- 5 Votes. What? People don't want to read sex? According to the un-scientific results of this survey, they are 5 times more interested in intense spankings and twice as interested in romance. Again, not a scientific poll, but still interesting.
Author Interview on Blog--- 2 votes. Now, nearly all author interviews include a book description, so what I take from this statistic is that a clever author interview isn't necessarily going to lead to sales, but if the book description that is included with the interview catches a reader's eye, then they are likely to buy the book, so please don't cancel author interviews on your blog, just make sure they include a good book description.
Thoughts and Conclusions.
- For me, the takeaway here is that I should keep writing books and work to expand my fan base. That's good news because that's something I can control and focus my efforts on.
- I'm going to stop fussing about Amazon reviews. Not that I don't appreciate all the nice people who have written reviews of my books, because I do, but because I can't control whether I get reviews or not and what they say and it appears they aren't a huge factor in the buying decision.
- I'm going to work on writing better descriptions for my books and I'm going to read a variety of book descriptions to see what catches my attention.
- I'm curious about themes and which ones are most popular. Cowboys sure seem to be a hot topic.
Sunday, December 9, 2012
This excerpt is from my current Work In Progress, tentatively titled Millie Rules the World. I'm sure that will change eventually.
Millie is the president of the homeowners' association at The Wilderness At Cedar Knoll (ThWACK) and takes her duties very seriously. She wants to make sure that all the women in the neighborhood are good wives and good to themselves.
One morning Millie noticed Julia wearing dumpy, baggy clothes instead of her usual smart professional attire. Determined to find out what was going on, Millie baked a batch of Snickerdoodles and went calling. When Millie wondered if maybe Julia's washer wasn't working, Julia jumped on the excuse, but---you can't fool Millie.
As you can see, this is totally different from anything I've written before, but I just love Millie and I'm looking forward to having her help the ladies in her neighborhood learn a few lessons. I like to think of her as Mrs. Piggle Wiggle for adults.
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Saturday, December 8, 2012
My goals were to exercise for 60 minutes 3 days and write 5,000 words this week. I wrote zero words (but lots of emails and blog posts) and did essentially no exercise.
But, tomorrow is another day and the start of a new week. I sure don't want to report failure two weeks in a row.
How about the rest of you?
I had such a wonderful birthday that there really isn't anything left for my Christmas List. Oh, wait. Paolo says that we need a new flogger since the pink one is nearly worn out. I've heard that you know if I've been bad or good, so I'll assume you understand about the flogger.
I know this is sort of an unusual request but I'm sure that if you put elves Emma Snowsparkle and Renee Mistlekiss in charge of this they will do a much better job than they do with rocking horses.
Gotta run, Paolo is calling me.
P.S. Paolo would like the new flogger to be any color but pink. Thanks!
Here's more about the flogger from The Birthday Wish
Friday, December 7, 2012
There are several interesting articles in this issue so get yourself a snack and enjoy!
A big Thank You to the wonderful people at Wellred Weekly for allowing me to be part of their outstanding publication.
Apparently even Vampires can get the Christmas Spirit! That's good new for some of us more Grinchy people.
Tracey has kindly provided two excerpts---PG and Adult.