Monday, July 12, 2010

To be or Not to be an Indie-Author

Rebecca J. Vickery is the author of Surviving with Love, Laser's nominee for Best book of 2009. She's here to share her adventures with Indie Publishing and how she launched her own publishing company. Meet the authors she's published and learn about the new books planned for 2010 and 2011. Let's give Rebecca a warm welcome.

*Contest: win four books. Read on and find out how.

Hi Karen and Everyone,

Thank you so much for inviting us to blog with you today. I’m Rebecca J. Vickery and I’ve brought authors, Laurean Brooks, Diane Craver, and Kinzie Monroe, to join us, And of course, Karen Michelle Nutt, who is already here as she issued the invitation.

I am an Indie-Author and truly love the experience. It provides me the freedom to choose my distributors, editors, cover artists, release dates, and also to set my own pricing (within limits of the distributors). I choose whether or not to go to print and I have total creative freedom over my work, plus my royalties are higher. Though it’s not for everyone, for me it is a win/win situation. I’ve also found some inexpensive ways to publish quality books, so it’s not as expensive as you might be led to believe.

My latest venture, after talking with other authors who would love to dabble their feet in the Indie pool, but don’t want to leap off the cliff like I did, was to begin helping those authors. For a small percentage of their future royalties for a designated period of time, we collaborate on the formatting and set-up, where they want their book to go, covers, pricing, and whatever else they need to get that book Indie-Published. In no time, they are also Indie Authors.

Our new website is under construction for Publishing by Rebecca J. Vickery.

http://www.rebeccajvickery.com

I hope you’ll visit us there when it’s up and running.

To date, the authors I’ve worked with are also part of Victory Tales Press, dedicated to publishing quality romance anthologies. We’ve released two anthologies so far, Bloodmaiden: A Fantasy Anthology (http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/12805) and A Summer Collection (http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/14519), with plans for a minimum of 16 more in 2010 and 2011. My hubby says I don’t do anything half-way. LOL

If you’d like to learn more about Victory Tales Press, please visit our forum-style site at: http://victorytalespress.lefora.com

We’ll also devote a section of our new website to Victory Tales Press once it’s completed. I always have to thank the talented, Laura Shinn, (www.laurashinn.com) for being my supporter, advisor, cover artist, and sometimes editor throughout all my projects.

***Drawing: One lucky name drawn from the comments we receive will win four free reads. One of each of the books by our talented authors below will be included in the prize. If you post as anonymous or as a guest, please make sure we have an email address to contact you should you win.

Let’s talk Books and Authors!

Rebecca: Laurean Brooks and I find that we are soul-sisters and have so much in common it’s scary. We clicked right off and when I read Jonquils in the Snow, I loved the emotion, the characters, and the presentation. Such a lot packed into a quick read. Laurean allowed me the pleasure of working with her to get this short story published.

Laurean: Jonquils in the Snow by Laurean Brooks is an inspiring story of renewed hope after loss and the ability to heal through God's love.

Miranda Stevens' fiance skipped town two days before their wedding. Bitterness fills her heart. She carries the bitterness until a handsome, blond man with honey-gold eyes knocks on her door after a disastrous ice storm. The gentle man's demeanor draws her like a magnet. Miranda recognizes grief in his eyes, but what caused the pain?

Brady Watson's anger toward the drunk driver responsible for his wife's death, has morphed into grief three years later. How can he get past it? Is he willing to let go?

Miranda determines to instill hope and a desire for a new beginning, in Brady's heart. Is her love strong enough to penetrate his hurting soul? Will God's answer be found in a cluster of jonquils bursting through the snow?

Reflecting on the previous year's crippling ice storm that brought a week of power outages, spurred me to ask, what if the storm broke huge limbs, scattering them across a young woman's lawn? What if she calls a tree service to remove them? And what if the owner of the tree service helps Miranda see how anger has stolen two years of her life?

Jonquils in the Snow was birthed from these musings. When I related the story in progress to author, Miss Mae, in January, 2010, she contacted Rebecca J. Vickery to post it on SmashWords. I had not even heard of SmashWords. But the more I heard about them, the more enthused I became. I finished the story the last week of January and Rebecca promptly posted it on Feburary 1, 2010. I can't thank her enough. Clicking over the site to check on the viewing statistics and downloads thrills me.

Then when Rebecca told me about Operation Ebook for deployed troops, I signed up. Several troops have taken advantage of the free download. I am proud to be part of a wonderful effort to bring these dedicated soldiers a taste of home, while entertaining them with encouraging stories.

http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/9341

http://www.amazon.com/Jonquils-in-the-Snow-ebook/dp/B003GIRPYW/

http://search.barnesandnoble.com/Jonquils-in-the-Snow/Laurean-Brooks/e/2940000821114/

http://www.laureanslore.blogspot.com/

Rebecca : D. S. Craver (better known to most of you as Diane Craver) came to me with questions about a highly sensual novella she was working on. After talking, we decided Smashwords would be the perfect choice for publication and distribution.

Your Place or Mine contains tastefully complete love scenes and is a mix of humor, true-to-life situations, and emotional ups and downs. Diane takes home buying to a whole new level. This is a “For Adults Only” read.

Diane: Marianne Arkins encouraged me to write a novella, so last spring I decided to take her advice and I wrote Your Place or Mine. It's a contemporary romance with two fun characters, Blake Smith and Sydney Smith. They are both determined to buy the same duplex. I had a blast writing it. The idea popped into my head to have two complete strangers show up at the same time to see a house. A mistake occurred in scheduling because they happen to have the same last name. Sparks instantly fly between the Mr. Hottie Engineer and the gorgeous newspaper columnist. I had real estate on my brain because we were actively looking for a ranch to buy.

Although I was offered a contract for this novella from another publisher, I decided to submit to Rebecca instead. I'm glad I did because she's great to work with. I'm also quite pleased with the cover Laura Shinn and Rebecca designed for Your Place or Mine.

Sydney Smith decides it’s time to move out of her tiny apartment and become a home owner. Blake Smith, no relation and a real hottie, also wants to see the duplex. A mix-up has them viewing it together. They both love the house. There's also some sparks flying between the two of them, or is Sydney the only one feeling that way? A highly sensual story of fun, home-buying, and more...

http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/18253

http://www.amazon.com/Your-Place-or-Mine-ebook/dp/B003UV8ZHQ/

http://www.lulu.com/product/ebook/your-place-or-mine/11722097

http://www.dianecraver.com/

Rebecca : Inspirational Author, Kinzie Monroe (many of you know her as Suspense author, Anne Patrick) recently sent No Greater Love to me for consideration after we discussed the premise and that it was one of those “hard to place” manuscripts. I was swept away by the sad, but inspirational story of this young woman’s life and death, and by Kinzie/Anne’s style and talent as a writer. I knew this story needed to be out there for others to enjoy. It touched my heart and had me laughing in some spots and crying in others. It’s a story which stays with the reader long after the last page.

Kinzie: No Greater Love is a unique book that has it all: romance, drama, salvation, and sacrifice. It gives a whole new meaning to what it means to lay down one’s life for a friend. Leah Dalton has been handed a death sentence in the form of a deadly brain tumor. Fearing a painful death, she comes up with a plan to end her life on her terms. Attorney Kirby Shelton reluctantly joins Leah on her journey and faces decisions that can and will change her life forever. Kirby’s life isn’t the only one about to be changed—five of Leah’s closest friends have been included in Leah’s plan to end her life. Will one of them risk their future and freedom for three hundred million dollars?

http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/18418

http://www.amazon.com/No-Greater-Love-ebook/dp/B003V4B36M/

http://www.lulu.com/product/ebook/no-greater-love/11722142

http://www.kinziemonroe.blogspot.com/

Rebecca: I was very happy when Karen Michelle Nutt began asking me questions about Indie-Publishing and gave me a chance to read her first manuscript in a new series she’s writing. Eli: Warriors for the Light captured my interest and my imagination. Sexy Fallen Angels, a spunky heroine, and undying love always grab me. But then she tossed in facts from the Book of Enoch (from the Dead Sea Scrolls) and a dash of time travel and this was a have to publish story. I think readers will be very pleased with the results.

Karen: Rebecca is wonderful to work with and answered my million questions. Indie-publishing his still new to me, but I look forward to learning more. The Warriors for the Light are a group of Fallen Angels determined to save their souls even if it means breaking all the rules. Eli’s story is the first book in the series.

Eli: Warriors for the Light: At a very young age the Rules of Conduct for the Fallen Angels were drummed into Eli Grigori’s head. He managed to break all of them. He falls in love with Ryden O'Sullivan, a human, his soul mate. Hashasheen demons, assassins for hire are sent to take out Eli and Ryden. With his wings bound and his magic gone, can Eli protect his love? Will any of it matter to the Watchers?

http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/18441

http://www.amazon.com/Eli-Warriors-Light-ebook/dp/B003V4B48O/

http://www.lulu.com/product/ebook/eli-warriors-for-the-light/11722151

http://www.kmnbooks.com/


Thank you for joining us.

You can contact me with questions anytime at: booksbyrebecca@yahoo.com

59 comments:

Cherie said... Best Blogger Tips

This publishing company is an interesting concept. And I enjoyed reading about the books.
Cherie Le Clare.
cherieleclare@gmail.com

Diane Craver said... Best Blogger Tips

Karen,
Thanks so much for this opportunity to share news about my recent release!

Hi Cherie,
Glad you stopped by! Have a great Monday!

Miss Mae said... Best Blogger Tips

Really great interview (reading about Becca is always enjoyable!). She's extremely patient and forever ready to lend a helping hand. I know she helped (but did NOT push) me on the path to becoming Indie, and I'm loving it!

Cheryl said... Best Blogger Tips

Hey Karen and Becca!

What a great interview and showcase of the four books/authors. Very cool! All these books look wonderful--I remember seeing yours, Karen, when it came out the other day--had no idea that Becca had published it! (If I had, I'd have said "DOUBLE" congratulations!) Becca, I don't know how you do everything you do...and how many websites do you have now? LOL You truly are WONDER WOMAN! Now, I'm crossing my fingers to win!
Cheryl

Laurean Brooks said... Best Blogger Tips

I agree; Rebecca is Wonder Woman; but Wonder Woman with extreme patience.

She does a great job, too. Did I mention that? Efficient and quick, she gets 'er done.

When I email Rebecca with a problem, I can expect a reply within the hour. But most often, within a few minutes.

I am both honored and humbled to be one of the contributing authors to "A Summer Anthology Collection."

Our romance anthology stories not only provide hope, inspiration, and laughter, but will also instill the reader with the joy of romance and chemistry; chemistry they can feel.

Thank you, Rebecca! And thank you for allowing me to show-off "Jonquils In The Snow." Ain't the cover purty! LOL

Karen Michelle Nutt said... Best Blogger Tips

Cherie,

Thank you for stopping by.
It's always nice to chat with you. :)

Karen Michelle Nutt said... Best Blogger Tips

Diane,

You're so very welcome. Love your book cover.

Karen Michelle Nutt said... Best Blogger Tips

Miss Mae,

Rebecca should receive the patient award. I know I bugged her with questions and questions and questions, but she always emailed me back. lol

Karen Michelle Nutt said... Best Blogger Tips

Hi Cheryl,

Glad you could come by. I really excited about this venture. Don't you have a story in the summer anthology collection?

Karen Michelle Nutt said... Best Blogger Tips

Laurean,

Your cover is fabulous! :)

Debra St. John said... Best Blogger Tips

Hi All,

I enjoyed hearing about all of your stories.

Sounds like a promising venture you've all embarked upon. Good luck!

debrastjohn08@yahoo.com

Karen Michelle Nutt said... Best Blogger Tips

Question for Rebecca,

If an author wants to venture out and become an Indie-Author, how do they find a book cover artist?

With your publishing company, do you offer this service to the authors or must they come up with their own cover art?

Miriam Newman said... Best Blogger Tips

Really interesting concept, Rebecca, and I am so glad you posted this.

Diane Craver said... Best Blogger Tips

Hi Karen,
Thanks - I like my book cover, too. It's tasteful and flirty - actually I'm stealing what Rebecca said about it. LOL

All the covers are great though. I've read Laurean's wonderful story, JONQUILS IN THE SNOW. I enjoyed it a lot. I'm looking forward to reading Kinzie Monroe's exciting NO GREATER LOVE and your series, WARRIORS FOR THE LIGHT, sounds fascinating and so creative.

Anne Patrick said... Best Blogger Tips

Hi ladies!
I can't give enough praise to Becca. She truly is a fantastic lady. Not once have I had to wait more than a few hours to receive an answer to an email, and believe me I've asked plenty of questions.

Karen, Laurean & Diane, I'm honored to be in the company of such wonderful talent. Best of luck to each of you in all your writing endeavors.

(((Hugs)))
Anne

Rebecca J Vickery said... Best Blogger Tips

HI Ladies,
Thanks so much for all the praise. I simply try to treat others like I want to be treated. When I ask a question, I want an answer, or at least an "I don't know, but I'll find out." LOL

Hi Cherie, Miss Mae, Cheryl, and Debra. So glad you took the time to come by.
Because we are such a small venture, we do ask authors to bring us a "publish ready," very well-edited manuscript, their cover or a photo that can easily be made into a cover, and a blurb (very short description for the back of the book) and ideas about what they want for their book (ebook, print, Data-CD?). This started out when I assisted a few authors with the difficult formatting, polishing, and set-up that is necessary for Indie Publication. Suddenly one of them said, would you do it for me for a part of the royalties? It sort of snow-balled from there, as all my projects seem to.

Rebecca J Vickery said... Best Blogger Tips

Cheryl Pierson does indeed have a story in our anthology, A Summer Collection. To Make the Magic Last, is a page-turning tale of two people caught in a tornado and a gun battle. Exciting scenes and romance to go with it. And on top of that great read you get four other stories for about what one would cost. Do I sound like a salesperson or what? LOL But I love all these stories and every author is so talented and just excellent to work with.

Rebecca J Vickery said... Best Blogger Tips

Laura Shinn, my friend, advisor in all my endeavors, and award winning cover artist, came up with Diane's cover for Your Place or Mine once we located the "right" photo. Please do make sure that your photos are legitimately purchased copies or "share" photos (and give proper credits when required.) We don't want folks taking our work and we definitely don't want to infringe on anyone else.

Rebecca J Vickery said... Best Blogger Tips

WE try to provide only the services an author needs and we NEVER push. If an author has a well-edited book, but no idea of how to do a cover, we head them Laura's way. She then makes a private arrangement with the author to do the book cover since at this time that is not part of our publishing agreement. We take such a small portion of royalties (which are for formatting, light editing, account set-up with the distributors, and admin duties) that we just can't provide covers, in-depth edits, and any out-of-pocket costs for going to print. (Some of our authors go to print with no costs at all as it depends on the plan they choose with the printer.) That is why we say we assist authors with their Indie-publishing rather than being a traditional publisher.
We would have to pay small royalties just as a traditional publisher (rather than accepting a small portion of the royalties) if we provided all those services. Hope that is as clear as mud. LOL

Rebecca J Vickery said... Best Blogger Tips

Finding a book cover artist, an excellent one who is affordable, can be difficult. A good way to do that is ask your friends and fellow authors who did their covers. You can contact me and I can give you some names to contact. "GOOGLE" it. You would be amazed at the names and businesses who will pop up if you put in book cover artists. LOL

Rebecca J Vickery said... Best Blogger Tips

Laurean Brooks also has a story in A Summer Collection. Over the Coals features a young woman at a summer cookout who gets a very bad first impression of a young man. But it seems there's a secret involved which Laurean skillfully unravels for us as the story goes on. Laurean reminds me of the storytellers of old who could draw a crowd to them, just by sitting by the fire and talking. Love her stories.

Cheryl said... Best Blogger Tips

Hi y'all,

Rebecca thanks so much for your praise of TO MAKE THE MAGIC LAST. I really enjoyed writing that story and I just know this time Christy and Steve are going to be able to hold onto that magic for a lifetime! And what a great collection of stories that anthology is, if I do say so myself!

For you who don't know it, Rebecca is a wonderful writer as well as publisher! She also has a story in "A SUMMER COLLECTION." I have enjoyed working with you, Rebecca, so much, and can't begin to thank you for all the support and help you have given me over these last several months since we have known one another.

And Karen, thanks so much for asking about my story--Lord, it is hard to get used to "tooting your own horn" -- or as my mom used to say, "You're not "tooting your own horn, you're playing your trumpet." LOLLOL

Cheryl

Karen Michelle Nutt said... Best Blogger Tips

Cheryl,

Play the trumpet. I love all your tales, but I have to say Time Plains Drifter hold a special place in my heart--Angels, time travel and cowboys-- all my favorites and in one book. lol

I have the Summer Collection on my TBL. Sounds like there's some good stories to look forward, too.

Who are all the authors involved?

Karen Michelle Nutt said... Best Blogger Tips

Rebecca,

Tell us about the works in progress. What do we have to look forward to in the future?

Karen Michelle Nutt said... Best Blogger Tips

Diane, Laurean, Anne,

What stories are you working on?

Karen Michelle Nutt said... Best Blogger Tips

Anne Patrick is writes under the name Kinzie Monroe just in case you missed that in the post.

Kinzie aka Anne,

What's in the works for you?

Rebecca J Vickery said... Best Blogger Tips

There are five authors featured in A summer Collection. Each anthology will average out to about 50,000 words with each author providing a complete novelette or novella.
Here is the blurbs from the back of the print book for you:

The Far Side of Lonesome by Rita Hestand
Widowed by her white husband, captured by the Indians and rescued by two black men, Sarah's fate was more unsettled than ever. Would her white family accept her back into their lives? Or would she remain on the far side of lonesome forever?

Over the Coals by Laurean Brooks
A summer cookout makes Jill Landers question her initial assessment of the boisterous Rob Canter. Is the cocky womanizer the true Rob? Or is this man masking a dark secret? Will Jill be prepared for what she uncovers?

To Make the Magic Last by Cheryl Pierson
Steve and Christy meet amid gunfire and tornado sirens in an apartment building in Oklahoma. He's injured and she's terrified. A magical attraction draws them close even as the building collapses around them and the gunmen find them. Will Steve and Christy have what it takes to help each other through this? Can they make the magic last?

Chances Are by Laura Shinn
Katie and her son, Byron, are weeks away from moving on to the next destination while running away. Sheriff Trent Stiller is instantly taken with the beautiful and intelligent waitress in Little, Texas, and convinces her to give them a chance. Will he still feel the same way when he discovers what she did to her ex-husband and why she and Byron are on the run?

The Trouble with Fishing by Rebecca J. Vickery
Surprised with a free trip, Lena would usually enjoy spending time with her boyfriend. But hiking and fishing? Not for this city girl. Then Walker, the fishing guide, takes one look at Lena and knows he’s in deep trouble. Does she feel the same spark and what about the man she came with?

The ebook is currently on "special" sale at both Smashwords and Amazon and this would be a great time to grab it up. Print is available at Amazon and B & N also.

Rebecca J Vickery said... Best Blogger Tips
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Rebecca J Vickery said... Best Blogger Tips

Future Works? I'm glad you asked. LOL
For Halloween/Fall, we have two anthologies (each with five stories) one version sweet/sensual and another sensual/spicy to be released in late September/early October.
Then for the Christmas/Winter Holidays we have four very special anthologies in the works. We want to have those released no later than mid-November to give folks time to purchase them as gifts and start enjoying them over Thanksgiving and all the holidays through the end of the year. Laura Shinn has graciously agreed to design all of our anthology covers.

Rebecca J Vickery said... Best Blogger Tips

For 2011 we already have plans for anthology releases near Valentine's Day, Spring/Easter, Summer, Halloween Fall, and Christmas/Winter again. WE also have several specialty anthologies we're working on such as Paranormal, Western Saga, Eastern Saga, Humorous, and Historical. To date, we have 22 very talented authors involved and they are doing a fantastic job.
Check out the forum at victorytalespress.lefora.com if you want to know more.

Karen Michelle Nutt said... Best Blogger Tips

Laura Shinn does a wonderful job on the book covers. Does she have a website?

Jennifer Mathis said... Best Blogger Tips

great interview and the four books sound fab

meandi09@yahoo.com

EA said... Best Blogger Tips

What a great blog post. I enjoyed reading about the win-winningness of being an indie author, and you're not alone in this pool. Great job to everyone. Keep pressing forward.

Karen Michelle Nutt said... Best Blogger Tips

This is from katekindle (it was posted on one of the previous interviews by mistake. I thought I'd forward it.)

I enjoyed this interview with Rebecca and with Laurean and Kinzie (Anne). I am an Indie author as well, and identify with Rebecca's feelings completely. It is a pleasure and a real gift to be associated with Victory Tales Press and with Romanceandmorepromotions. Have seldom been made to feel more welcome. My blog is http://kindlecloudnine.blogspot.com and I welcome any visits and comments you may care to make. I do interviews, as well. Feel free to contact me.

Rebecca J Vickery said... Best Blogger Tips

Laura Shinn's website addy is http://laurashinn.com/
She has one section that is nothing but the covers she has done. Absolutely gorgeous...like visiting an art gallery.

Rebecca J Vickery said... Best Blogger Tips

Hi Jennifer and Kate,
Thanks for the comments. Kate is one of our VTP authors and we are so fortunate to have her with us. She knows all about the trials and joys of Indie-Publishing too. LOL
We will have several of her stories included in various anthologies coming up.

Rebecca J Vickery said... Best Blogger Tips

Hi EA,
(Waving wildly) So glad you came by.
Thanks for the encouragement.
Evie is also involved in our anthologies. I can't wait to see the stories she contributes. Her "Obsessive/Compulsive" novels are wonderful and I can sooo relate. LOL

Diane Craver said... Best Blogger Tips

I just saw your question, Karen, about what stories we are working on. I just finished adding almost 4000 words to my A Christmas Gift so it will be in both print and ebook format. I'm very excited about it.

I'm writing a contemporary romance about a father and daughter. They both are secretly trying to find someone for each other. The father wants to see his daughter married and she wants her dad to move on. Her mother was killed 3 years ago.

Thanks for asking!

LORETTA CANTON said... Best Blogger Tips

Congrats on your new book and your new business.

lorettaC

booklover0226 said... Best Blogger Tips

I really enjoyed this post. I'm always thrilled to discover a "new" author and works.

Thanks,
Tracey D
booklover0226 at gmail dot com

Gail Pallotta said... Best Blogger Tips

An interesting blog with a couple authors I know are very talented, and it was great to read about two new authors. Good luck to all of you with your writing.
pallotta at gailpallotta dot com

Diane Craver said... Best Blogger Tips

Thank you, Gail! I'm glad you stopped by. Congratulations on your new romance, LOVE TURNS THE TIDE.

Brandlwyne said... Best Blogger Tips

I love the cover for Eli...

brandyzbooks@yahoo.com

Rebecca J Vickery said... Best Blogger Tips

Hi Miriam,
I'm sorry I missed saying hello to you. I'm so glad you had time to stop in. Seems you are busier than ever since you "retired." LOL

Hi Loretta, Tracey, and Gail,
We appreciate you dropping in and your good wishes. Hope you found something of interest. Yell out if you have any questions.

Karen Michelle Nutt said... Best Blogger Tips

Brandlwyne,

Re: Book cover for Eli

Thanks so much!

Karen Michelle Nutt said... Best Blogger Tips

Diane,
Congratulations on A Christmas Gift being able to go to print, too. I know ebooks are the new thing, but I just love holding a book in my hands. lol

Your contemporary story sounds interesting, too. I look forward to reading more about it. :)

Diane Craver said... Best Blogger Tips

Thanks Karen! I went to your website and it's awesome. Your pic is cute.

Laurean Brooks said... Best Blogger Tips

Karen,

I'm working on a fulll length story I'd placed on the back burner while working on shorter ebooks.

This one is about a a cowgirl in Wyoming who innoncently disguises herself as a "cowboy" to obtain a job on a ranch in Colorado.

Desperate to flee a manipulative stepmother, whose plans are to force her into a marriage with an undesirable, Melody Larsen finds a Help Wanted ad for a ranch hand in Coloado. It comes at an opportune time.

How long can Melody keep up this disguise? Or does ranch owner, Cord Ryker already suspect the truth?

Karen Michelle Nutt said... Best Blogger Tips

Diane,

Thanks so much for stopping by my website. I've been messing with photoshop and making headers. lol A new obsession of mine. I need to keep the program closed and concentrate on writing. lol It's as distracting as the Internet.

Karen Michelle Nutt said... Best Blogger Tips

I will have to read this one and find out if Cord suspects who's really working for him. I have a hunch he does. This should be fun. Love cowboys stories.

Keep us posted. :)

Laurean Brooks said... Best Blogger Tips

Thank you for your encouragement, Rebecca. Glad you like my story telling. I felt honored to be part of the "Summer Anthology Collection" and look forward to contributing to the "Sweet Christmas Anthology."

Strange, but this was the first time I've come up with a title (Over The Coals) "before" I came up with the story. LOL. Rebecca will vouch for that.

Also, I started with the idea that the heroine would have the biggest emotional obstacles to overcome, but by page two I'd had a brainstorm and switched it to give the hero a huge problem.

OVER THE COALS has a moral. "Don't judge too quickly. People aren't what they first appear to be."

Rebecca J Vickery said... Best Blogger Tips

Hi Brandlwyne,
I agree that Karen did an excellent job choosing that cover. It looks good on the ebook sites, but it is going to look fantastic in print.

Caroline Clemmons said... Best Blogger Tips

This company is a very interesting concept. A friend has also formed his own company for his short stories, novellas, and a book. I suspect this is a wave of the future. Best of luck with your endeavor!
caroline@carolineclemmons.com

Brandlwyne said... Best Blogger Tips

You are welcome!!!

brandyzbooks@yahoo.com

Laurean Brooks said... Best Blogger Tips

Thank you for hosting us, Karen. It was fun and you are such a gracious hostess.

Karen Michelle Nutt said... Best Blogger Tips

Laurean,

You're very welcome. If you want to promote one of your books in the future say...the cowgirl undercover tale (hint, hint) or any other releases, let me know. I'd love to have you back.

This goes for anyone else, too.

Diane Craver said... Best Blogger Tips

Thanks Karen. That's very kind of you and I'd love to return sometime! It's been fun being here.

Rebecca J Vickery said... Best Blogger Tips

Karen,
Thank you so much for hosting us on your blog. Thanks to authors Laurean, Diane, Anne, and Karen for being with us and providing such wonderful books to talk about. And a special thank you to all of our friends and followers for your continued support.

Drawing results:
DEBRA ST. JOHN you are the winner of our 4 book grand prize. An email is on its way to you right now with the particulars.

Karen Michelle Nutt said... Best Blogger Tips

Congratulations, Debra!