99 Cent Sale? Whee!

Yes, it's sale time.

From now until Saturday, Oct. 19 at midnight, ROMEO and JUDY ANNE is on sale for only 99 cents.

As a farewell to summer, I'm having a sale on ROMEO and JUDY ANNE, a steamy romance set in the hot, humid Texas summer.

Normally priced at $3.99, this romance is reduced to 99 cents for the sale, through midnight Saturday, Oct. 19.

About ROMEO and JUDY ANNE

With eccentric small town characters, a bratty niece, an overbearing school board president, and the temptation of a secret lover, Judy Anne has all she can do to keep her passion from turning into the biggest scandal little Clayton Bend, Texas, has ever seen.

Review

"Roman Carlisle is a wonderful hero, sophisticated, handsome, and charming.

"But what really engages the reader--aside from Roman's uber sexiness, ahem--is the warmth he exudes and his heartfelt pursuit of woman he wants but hasn't quite decided what that means.

"I can't recommend this story enough. The characterization is deep and the end as satisfying as the reader could hope for."

Takeaway Truth

I hope you love a bargain as much as I do. Get this one before Saturday.

Happy Autumn!

Thursday3Some: 3 Captivating Romances

Welcome to Thursday3Some!

I'm glad you stopped by today because I have 3 captivating romances to tell you about.

I think you'll like these books, and I hope you'll add them to your "to be read" stack. In fact, you might want to grab these for some weekend reading.

If these authors are new to you, that's even better because it's good to make new author friends.

Nom de Plume by Jan Scarbrough

When the dream of happily-ever-after is shattered, sometimes another door opens.

Devoted homemaker and mother C.B Lyons hadn’t known she was living a lie, right up until the moment when she caught her husband cheating. Betrayed and then divorced, with her dreams of a big, happy family smashed to pieces, C.B. takes her toddler son to Heritage Springs, Kentucky, to be near family. Typing manuscripts for a famous romance author seems like the perfect job until she discovers the hidden truth about the reserved, reclusive writer.

Nom de Plume, a second chance romance, is now on KindleUnlimited.

Visit Jan Scarbrough online: Bookbub * Facebook

Jan, why do readers read your books?

"I write contemporary romances about home and family, single moms and children, and if the plot allows, about another passion—horses. I also have a contemporary Western series with Maddie James, gothic romances, and a medieval."


Caught in a Trap by Elaine Raco Chase

Kit Forrester lived a life of lies - so what was one more? When her first vacation ever sank like the Titanic - she couldn't tell her friends THAT! So she did what she always did - she lied.

Kit told everyone about her fabulous five day cruise. Her days of fun in the sun and moonlit nights with the man of her dreams - Rafe Morgan - tall, handsome, incredibly sexy and successful. And well - now they were engaged!

Retired Navy SEAL and Texas business tycoon, Rafe Morgan was real and he was sure he was being set up by his suddenly acquired fiancee.

Why do readers select books by Elaine Raco Chase?

Caught in a Trap was accepted into LibraryJournal's curated SELF-e collections and is shared with subscribing libraries all over the country on BiblioBoard Library. —Library Journal, October 5, 2015


Romeo and Judy Anne by Joan Reeves

On sale today through Saturday, Oct. 18, for only 99 cents. Regular price is $3.99.

With eccentric small town characters, a bratty niece, an overbearing school board president, and the temptation of a secret lover, Judy Anne has all she can do to keep her passion from turning into the biggest scandal little Clayton Bend, Texas, has ever seen.

"Wonderful love story!" —Amazon Review

"Roman Carlisle is a wonderful hero, sophisticated, handsome, and charming. But what really engages the reader--aside from Roman's uber sexiness, ahem--is the warmth he exudes and his heartfelt pursuit of woman he wants but hasn't quite decided what that means. I can't recommend this story enough. The characterization is deep and the end as satisfying as the reader could hope for." —AmazonReview

Takeaway Truth

Grab some good books for the weekend. They're just a click away.







What Men Want Women To Know

I finished my work in progress so I'm having a glass of bubbly and chuckling at some funny things I fished out of My Archives.

You could file this under So True. I don't know who came up with this, but the guy is a genius! Come forth so everyone can put your name on it.

10 Things Men Wished Women Knew

1. You can either ask us to do something or tell us how you want it done, but not both. (OMG, yes, that's how it is.)

2. Don't cut your hair. Ever. (Some women could benefit by changing their style. High school was so long ago.

3. Sometimes, we're not thinking about you. Live with it. (LOL)

4. Sunday = sports (and that's why women like Romance Novels)

5. Anything you wear is fine. Really. (I probably wouldn't wear anything my hubby suggested.)

6. You have too many shoes. (Men think they need a brown pair a black pair, and some sneakers. That's it.)

7. You have enough clothes.(Probably true, but we like variety.)

8. Ask for what you want. Subtle hints don't work. (I tell this same thing to my hubby who somehow thinks I can read his mind.)

9. Don’t ask us for our opinion of how your butt looks. It’s a no win situation for us. (I probably wouldn't like the answer.)

10.If something we said can be interpreted in two ways, and one of the ways makes you sad or mad, we meant the other one. (There's a third choice. You could say something so we could interpret it in a way that made us happy!)

Takeaway Truth

I save the things the Inbox Fairy brings when they're funny.

Short & Sweet Paraphrases Heinlein's Quote

Robert A. Heinlein once said: "You must write. You must finish what you write. You must refrain from rewriting except to editorial order. You must put it on the market until sold."

Well, I finished what I was writing, and I really love it. I hope readers do too.

I think maybe I should make a version of that quotation as it applies to indie authors who self-publish.

How About This?

You must write. You must finish what you write. You must refrain from endlessly rewriting  because you're scared to let it go. You must put it on the market so readers can buy it!

Takeaway Truth

I like my version because as an indie author, I can immediately put it out there to sell. No making an endless round of submissions, hoping, praying an editor will contract it and eventually—meaning 9 months to a year or more—it will be available for readers to buy it.

What Is a Successful Author?


Hardly any writer is an overnight success. Very few writers sell his or her first manuscript.

There's one thing I want to tell you though. You don't have to sell a manuscript to feel like a successful author.

Writing is a business involving:

1. a learned set of narrative skills - grammar, spelling, plotting, characterization, viewpoint, scene and sequel, etc. If you don't know the full extent of narrative skills necessary, do yourself a favor and study so you can learn what you need to know.

2. the desire to tell stories - I think if you've got the desire to do something, that is an innate form of talent.

3. business sense - You need this to network, market well, get the professional assistance needed (that's an agent), take care of the money aspects of your career, learn how to promote you and your writing if that's in your game plan.

4. persistence - You must keep plugging away until success is achieved.

These characteristics are what all successful authors share in common. You notice that selling a manuscript isn't on the list. That's because selling a manuscript is something out of your control.

Do an inventory of your writing characteristics. How do you stack up? Room for improvement? If so, you know what to do. Get started on improving.

Takeaway Truth

In today's world, you actually can control publishing and selling your book. That's what an independent publishing author does. If I can do it, anyone can!

Free Ebook for Indie Author Day

Happy Indie Author Day!

Today, all over the world, libraries and literacy organizations are paying tribute to independent authors and their books.

Want to know more? Click Indie Author Day to find out about this annual event.

In the meantime, I'm celebrating by giving away Kindle copies of LuvU4Ever,  a holiday romance that's free at most Kindle stores.

(Some countries try to charge for it, and I apologize for that. I have no control over the situation. Make sure it says free before you check out.)

About LuvU4Ever
At your Kindle Store

A Moment in Time is all it takes for Love to be revealed.

LuvU4Ever. That's what was engraved on the gold heart David gave Noelle when he proposed. David and Noelle have been married 10 years. He promised to love her forever? So what happened?

"I told you to never call me at home."

Can nine little words destroy love? This year as Christmas approaches, Noelle faces the biggest decision of her life. Will she choose payback? Will she choose love? Or will she just walk away?

LuvU4Ever has been expanded and is now the anchor book for a 13-story series, A Moment in Time Romance, very sexy short stories with each short story introducing new characters and revisiting the heroes and heroines of previous stories.

What Reviewers Say About LuvU4Ever

Jane Jones, Amazon TOP 1000 Reviewer. 5 Stars —"I love a good short story with a beginning, middle and strong ending and LuvU4Ever delivers with no cliffhangers to cheat the reader. I can relate to Noelle taking care of her mother when she is sick and away from her husband as I have done it several times for both my parents and it does put stress on the best relationship with a spouse.

"LuvU4Ever is based on a giant misunderstanding and David soon sets Noelle right with a perfect gift. LuvU4Ever is one short story I would recommend to all lovers of romance!"

Free! Just for YOU.

Bestselling Author Karen Kelley —"I devoured this story. The emotions tugged at my heartstrings and didn’t let go until the very end. Fantastic story!"

Amazon Reviewer — "It's a lovely story about a couple falling out of love - when things look like they're falling apart, we get our twist and a HEA! Makes you "awww!" and believe in true love!"

Amazon Reviewer — "What a wonderful short story. It is amazing the conclusions we can jump to and what lack of communication can do to a marriage. What a great story. Perfect for a quick get-away from reality!"

Takeaway Truth

Get your free copy of LuvU4Ever today. Indie Authors like me appreciate your buying our books and posting reviews. Happy Indie Author Day!

Success One Step at a Time

Do you ever feel that when you set goals, the universe throws all the storms of life at you to keep you from achieving them?

That’s how I feel—far too often. I had all these ambitious plans for 2019. Real Life laughed and said, “Think again.”

It's not as if I'm lounging on the couch every day and inhaling chocolate candies either. I use my time for work, home, family, and friends, but it's a let-down to watch the days slip away with not enough accomplished.

Good Advice to Remember

Nothing great was ever created quickly. To develop a great scientific discovery, to paint a masterpiece, to write a book, to become a minister or a college graduate–to do anything great or different requires time, patience, and perseverance.

Success is achieved by degrees, little by little, like water filling a gallon bucket, one drop at a time.

Michelangelo did not paint the Sistine Chapel ceiling in a day. Mozart did not compose his most famous work in a day, Milton did not write Paradise Lost at one sitting, nor did Shakespeare create Hamlet in a day.

Just as the most famous musicians begin with basic musical notes and artists first draw with Crayons, the greatest writer who ever lived began with the alphabet.

The ABCs lead to words which leads to anything from articles and blogging to novels and nonfiction books.

Takeaway Truth

You too must start with baby steps toward whatever wish to achieve. Baby steps lead to giant steps. Accept and get started.