Happy Thanksgiving! Just wanted to take a moment to thank all the readers and bloggers who have supported me over the past two years. As a way of saying thanks, here's the first look at Before Hadley. Hopefully, it will be available in spring of 2016!
I am definitely the world's worst blogger...I always forget to update what's going on in my life. So, here goes...
The summer is almost over (I know, real newsflash), I'd hoped to have my third novel, tentatively titled Before Hadley, completed by now; however, I am only half way through with it. I know, Booooo!!!
On the other hand, I can't wait for everyone to meet the spunky Hadley and the mysterious Caynan when it is finally completed. The book is duel POV told in two parts, with a jump in time in the middle. So while the characters begin in high school, it is a new adult book and not YA. I can't say much more now since I really should be writing before I go back to my real job in less than two weeks and have minimal time to write. But I promise, it will be worth the wait:-)
Just realized I have not updated this blog in months. Lots going on these days. Off from my full-time job for the summer, so I have time to write. Last summer I didn't get a new idea (Since Drew) until almost the end of summer, which stunk because that left me little time to write (as much as I would have liked to). This year I've had the idea for my next book for a while. So I got started as soon as I could. I'm already 90 pages in, which is fantastic. It means I could possibly finish this summer. Right now, it's tentatively titled Before Hadley, but I'm still not sure. It is a new adult romance, of course, but some of it takes place while the main characters are finishing up high school. Well, I should probably get back to it now, since my son is sleeping upstairs and I feel motivated to write...
As release day comes to a close, I want to thank so many amazing bloggers and readers for spreading the word and making SINCE DREW the #28 Bestseller in Sports Fiction and #9 in Hot New Releases! I could not have done it without everyone spreading the word all over social media. I am indebted to every one of you!
With that being said, I have plans to add a couple additional scenes here on my webpage for those inquisitive readers who felt like they were left with unanswered questions during two key scenes. I can't say for sure when they will be here, but I will let everyone know via Facebook and Twitter. I love Andi and Drew so much, it is really a pleasure to revisit them. And since I have answers to those unanswered questions floating around in my head, they'll be easy to flesh out in a couple pages. Hopefully, readers will be happy with those answers and I get to spend a little more time with my main characters:-)
Thank you again to everyone who took part in the book blitz, or who have plans to participate over the next few days. I appreciate it more than you will ever know!
So tomorrow I'm heading to the North Shore Author Signing near Boston with my friend to meet some of our favorite authors. So while it's technically my first author signing, I'll be there as a huge fan and not an author. Who knows...maybe next year it will be me sitting at a table with my banner and stacks of my books. For now, though, I cannot wait to meet Jay Crownover. I lovvvvved Rule so much. SC Stephens brought one of my all time favorite book boyfriends to life in Kellan Kyle. Love Penelope Ward's books, especially My Skylar and Stepbrother Dearest. Toni Aleo is an awesome sports romance author and I just loved Shea in Taking Shots. Not sure I will be keeping all my autographed books, so be on the lookout for some giveaways on my Facebook page soon:-)
As an author, I’d be nowhere without amazing bloggers who’ve read my books and spread the word about them to all their loyal followers. I’ve met so many wonderful readers across the globe. It has been one of the most enriching experiences of my life—so much more so than I’d ever imagined when I released Until Alex, my first new adult novel last year.
To say that releasing self-published novels is a daunting task would be a complete understatement. The funny thing is…the writing part isn’t daunting; the promotional part of it is. I love connecting with readers; however, you can’t connect with readers if they don’t know about your book. And they won’t know about your book without reviews. And you can’t get reviews unless people read it. It’s a crazy, time-consuming, exhausting circle.
Before I self-published Until Alex, I was already an avid reader and reviewer on Goodreads and Amazon, so I knew I needed to get my novel into the hands of readers who enjoyed the new adult genre. My editor told me to email bloggers, which I did. And for all the email queries I sent, only a few bloggers were able to read and review my book because of over-booked reviewing schedules. But what I did find was that even if they couldn’t read it, so many of them spread the word on their blogs, Facebook page, and Twitter—which was beyond amazing since I was an unknown, first time author.
Looking back, I realize most of my reviews came from NetGalley. LJ at Mayhem Cover Creations introduced me to Kellie at Patchwork Press who listed my novel through a NetGalley co-op. Reviewers and bloggers were able to decide if my novel was something they wanted to read. And so many did! I’ve now listed Since Drew, my second NA novel, and am just floored by the response it’s already received. In just two weeks it has over fifty ratings and almost just as many reviews. To say I owe these bloggers a huge hug is another understatement. Without them reading my book, no one would even know it exists.
So I guess what I’m trying to say is…bloggers take time out of their busy lives to read and share their love for books. They become our friends and biggest cheerleaders. They deserve so much more credit and love than I could possibly give them in this blog entry. But without them, I would not be able to do what I enjoy doing and have others actually read my work. So thank you, thank you, THANK YOU wonderful bloggers!
I've had to keep quiet about this amazing cover since I got it back from Letitia at RBA Designs a month ago. And it's been tough because I love it so much. Drew is a complex character with irresistible good looks, so I needed a cover that reflected that draw women feel toward him. And, believe me, Andi Parker is no exception.
Please let me know what you think!
Pre-ordering is available through Amazon. And don't forget to add it to Goodreads!
Get ready to meet Andi and Drew on Thursday, April 23rd!!!
I've got a lot of exciting things happening over the next three months. Giselle at Xpresso Tours will be running a cover reveal on Monday, March 9th and a Release Day Blitz beginning Thursday, April 23rd. If you would like to sign up for the cover reveal and/or release day blitz, please visit her website for the signup sheet (for the reveal; the blitz signup will be available a month before the blitz). If you would like an ARC to review, those will be available through Net Galley beginning around March 20th..
And can I just say I cannot wait for everyone to see the cover designed by Letitia and RBA Designs! She has been amazing to work with and came up with something I looooove! Hopefully, everyone else will, too:-)
Just sent Since Drew off to be edited by the wonderful Stephanie Elliot. I'll keep everyone posted on a release day. In the meantime, I'll be putting together some teasers to hold everyone (including me) over until the release. For some reason, putting my second book out there is a lot more nerve-wracking than my first. There were no expectations the first time around. Now, I do feel a tiny bit of pressure to give readers something they'll enjoy as much as Until Alex. Crossing fingers...