Friday, June 24, 2016

Writers League of Texas Manuscript Finalist

Super excited to be attending a happy hour at the Writers League of Texas Agents and Editors conference! Not only will I get to reconnect with some great writer friends, but I get to hear my name called out as a finalist in their Manuscript Contest. My latest YA manuscript, Butterfly Suicide, made it to the top five. I really love the Manuscript Contest and have found that it provides excellent feedback and encouragement!

If you've never been to this Texas conference, I highly recommend it. It's a great way to meet other writers, as well as, agents and editors. There are informative workshops and seminars on all areas of writing and some great swag, too.

If you're at the welcome happy hour this afternoon, look me up! I'd love to say hello!

By the way, the first book in my YA series set against the swamps of Louisiana and the culture of voodoo, is free for the next few days at Amazon. Get lost in the world of teenage voodoo queen Joan Renault! Click here for your copy! BAYOU MYTH FREE KINDLE COPY

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Great Summer Reads

Ah...those lazy days of summer. I just got a great email from Amazon saying I had a $58 credit because of a lawsuit settlement about price gouging for ebooks. Whatever! This just means more awesome books to purchase for my summer reading list. While it's true I've had my nose to the writing grindstone for awhile, I'm finally coming up for air to read some great young adult fiction! Here's what's on my reading list:

1. Dumplin' by Julie Murphy
2. Kill the Boy Band by Goldy Moldavksy
3. Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
4. The Beginning of Everything by Robyn Schneider
5. Side Effects May Vary by Julie Murphy

That should tied me over for a week or two! And then it's back to the grind! I've got plans for Bayou Curse--the final book in the Bayou Myth series--to be completed by Spring 2017! Super excited about this!

I've also been working on several other projects which I can't wait to share with you soon!

Happy reading!

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Changes to Amazon's Publishing Program

Well, if you live in the self publishing world at all then you've probably heard about the changes KDP is making in regards to how authors enrolled in the select program will make money. Now it's based on pages read---this could be a good thing, could be a bad thing. I'm never very good at explaining royalties so I'm going to refer you to one of my fave blog sites on book marketing. I saw this woman, Penny Sansevieri, lecture last year at a writing conference. She rocks! Check out her views on this latest change!

The New Changes to Kindle Unlimited

Monday, July 6, 2015

RWA 2015~New York!!

I attended RWA 2014 last year in San Antonio and loved it!

Unfortunately, I won't be attending this year's conference in New York. The ever dreaded finances have gotten in my way. Am I depressed about it? You bet! I think RWA is one of the best conferences you can attend if you are a romance writer.

What is RWA? It stands for Romance Writers of America and is pretty big deal to be a part of. You have to have met certain criteria in order to be considered for membership, as well as, pay the membership dues. They have two levels: PRO and PAN and each forum for those groups is a great way to find a wealth of information about romance and the publishing world.

When I attended last year, I met writers from all walks of life and who write in all genres of romance. They had great workshops that also covered different styles of writing! One of my favorite parts was attending the book signings. It was a chance to get up close and personal with some of the biggest names in the world of romance today! Not to mention all the awesome free books get as well...

Speaking of those books, I made sure to grab the ones that were nominated for RITAs. I have enjoyed reading them this past year and getting a feel for what counts as award winning material in the world of RWA. Reading them inspired me to tighten up my own work and to delve more deeply into my material.

Another great thing about the RWA conference? It's a great place to meet agents and editors. However, if you've ever been curious about the small press or wanted to dip a toe in the world of self publishing, this conference provided a lot of insight into both.

So yeah...I'm bummed about not going to New York for RWA 2015, but hey...there's always next year! I'm already saving up for RWA 2016 in San Diego!


P.S. The The TAMING OF THE PRUDEis free all this week at Amazon!

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Need a quickie? Ravishing Rosaline is free...

Ravishing Rosaline is free this week at Amazon! Yay!

So much happened before Romeo met Juliet... 

Ravishing Rosaline...Romeo's first love or so the story of Romeo and Juliet tells us. But who was she really? In this sizzling erotic tale, we are invited in to Rosaline's world--a place where women are expected to be chaste and submissive. But Rosaline isn't like that. Her pleasures know no bounds, her need for revenge against a former lover consumes her. She will do whatever it takes to get her desires met--even if it means taking Romeo away from Juliet. 

Once again, Esmae Browder delivers a modern day prequel to one of Shakespeare's most timeless romances.