Dress You Up In My Love: The Appearance of Your Self-Published Book

While I’m technically not releasing my book until Monday, August 4, it is actually listed for sale on Amazon/CreateSpace, Kindle, and Nook (shhhh…). Some of my friends did their own searches and found the links, and purchased the book (both versions, in some cases) anyway. Gotta love proactivity! I and my royalty statements thank them. 😀

Anyway, I asked one of my friends how the actual book looked, since my copies won’t arrive until next week. She told me that overall, it was a very solid, professional-looking book (and as an avid reader, she would know), and pointed out some things that, while not glaringly obvious, that she noticed. One of those things she mentioned irritated me because it would have occurred on the production end of CreateSpace, being that the proof looked just fine on my end. Grrrrr…

Which goes to show that the (free) digital proofing system isn’t always foolproof. One can always order a copy of a physical proof (for a small fee), but I would suggest this if you only have minor changes to make and have plenty of time before your publication date.  One of the things I love about today’s self-publishing technology is the ability to do everything online. But in light of my friend’s comments, I’m thinking that for the next book, I may go for the physical proof to see how it really looks and feels in the hands. Which means that I will need to finish the book (including rewrites, extra eyes on it by my pre-publication reading group, cover design, etc) way before I plan to release it.

Technology is both a blessing and a curse. Sometimes, it’s best to go analog in a digital world.

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Goodreads, Dentists, and Tapping Out

 

Thanks to prodding from a friend, I now have a Goodreads account. Feel free to stop by and peruse, and leave a review (if you happen to have stumbled across the book on Amazon or Nook ;)) should you feel inclined. 😀

My morning started out inauspiciously with an excruciating toothache at 3:30 am. It was so bad, I was calling on every deity I could think of for relief…and my generic Aleve had expired. *fights the air* I managed to find my last 800-mg Motrin tablet, and that plus an ice pack gave me enough relief to sleep. The morning looked up when my dentist’s office called and said they had a last-minute cancellation, and did I want to move up my afternoon appointment instead?

YES, PLEASE! *happy dance* I was wondering how I was going to eat something, since food (courtesy of an abcess) made the area beneath a tooth throb mercilessly.

Two hours, multiple x-rays, a teeth cleaning and a treatment later, I left the dentist’s office with a follow-up appointment for a deeper cleaning, and prescriptions for an antibiotic and painkillers. After dinner, I was quite thankful for the meds, which ended up being quite affordable. Obamacare FTW!

Oh, and I also walked 3.5 miles today.

Needless to say, I’ll probably tap out early tonight…I will try to stay awake for Graceland.

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Moving right along…

Today was the pre-release of my first solo novel, The Bastille Family Chronicles: Camille (informally known as The Camille Chronicles).

Camille ebook cover

I’ve had a pretty positive response (and sales!) so far, for which I am grateful. I got teary-eyed when I saw that one of the purchases was from someone I haven’t been in touch with for over four years…yet he took the time to buy my book. I felt so loved at that moment. I’m also getting some buzz in various college alumni groups, sorority groups, and the like. Whee!

(In case you missed it, the pre-release event is going on through Saturday, August 2! Free autographed copy of the book; you just pay shipping.)

Anyway, even though the official book release isn’t until August 4, I am already working on the next book in the series. I have lived and breathed Camille Bastille since November 2013 and, quite frankly, I’m tired of looking at her. 😀  Time to move on to another sibling; I already have drafts for two of them, plus a secondary character, so I will let my reading public decide which will be published next. I am also working on the stand-alone Bastille Family novel, which I started as part of Camp NaNoWriMo. And planning my upcoming book tour this fall. And keeping up with my exercise regimen. And taking naps.

Life is good. 🙂

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It’s Almost Here! The Camille Chronicles Pre-Release

Hi all,

It’s almost here! The release of The Bastille Family Chronicles: Camille (informally known as The Camille Chronicles ) occurs on August 4, 2014

 

Camille ebook cover

I’m excited, nervous, and glad. It’s been a long time coming…fourteen years, to be exact. The print copy will be available via CreateSpace/Amazon, and the e-book versions will be available in Kindle and NOOK.

In honor of this momentous occasion, I’m giving my readers the opportunity to get a FREE autographed copy of The Camille Chronicles. You just pay shipping, and I will send it to you as soon as the book arrives to me from the printer.

On the day of release, the regular price will be $14.95, no autographs. Or $16.96 plus s/h, if you want it autographed.

Free…$14.95…no-brainer! 🙂

If you’d like your FREE autographed copy (you just pay shipping), you can order securely here. Please make sure that you specify the proper shipping address, and how you’d like your name spelled. Please understand that this offer will ship after the August 4 release date.

You have six (6) days to take advantage of this offer!

Offer expires Saturday, August 2, 2014 at 11:59 p.m. EST

**the listed shipping price is for USA orders only. If you are ordering from another country, please send me an email so that your shipping costs will be calculated accurately.

Thank you all for following my brain droppings over the past couple of months and, as always, thanks for stopping by.

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A Surgeon and a DEA Agent Walk Into A Hospital…

A surgeon and a DEA agent walk into a hospital…

Camille ebook cover

(well, it’s better than a bar!).

How does that work, anyway? A forty-something neurosurgeon who is as beautiful as she is brilliant, and a Special Agent with the Drug Enforcement Administration who tends to talk in song lyrics?

Who does that? 🙂

The Bastille Family Chronicles: Camille (which is informally known as The Camille Chronicles) is a story about a demographic that is usually overlooked within the contemporary romance genre: women (and men) of a certain age (40 years old and up). Instead of twenty-something, nubile young women without much life experience who hook up with thirty-something, world-weary men, The Camille Chronicles offers a different take on love and dating past your thirties.

Set primarily in Baltimore, Maryland, The Camille Chronicles shows what happens when two people of two very different temperaments, from different backgrounds and vastly different professions, meet and sparks fly. See what happens when Camille Bastille, MD, a neurosurgeon from New Orleans meets Special Agent Andrew Paxson, a DEA agent from Chicago. To add a fun twist, the story incorporates the type of real music that is not often played on the radio anymore, and is usually relegated to Pandora, Spotify, or satellite radio. I’m talking Jodeci, Susan Tedeschi, Maxwell, Fleetwood Mac, Sly and the Family Stone, even The Sound of Music!

Save your shekels this weekend, because the pre-sale of The Bastille Family Chronicles happens MONDAY, July 28. How cool is that?

In case you missed it, learn a little about Dr. Camille Bastille and her five medical siblings in “Introducing the Bastilles“, a short story crafted especially for my readers.

See you Monday, and thanks for stopping by.

No Sleep Till Publication: Burning the Early A.M. Oil

I am slightly sleep-deprived today, having nodded off around 10 p.m. last night  only to wake up around 2 a.m.

What woke me up, might you ask? A book idea. More specifically, a furtherance of the plot in the novel I’m working on for Clarion Write-A-Thon. It grabbed me and wouldn’t let go, and I had to wake up and write it down. I felt like Pookie in the movie New Jack City:

 

Them plots be callin’ me, man…and I just gotta go to it! 😀

So I stayed up and wrote. And 2 a.m. turned into 5 a.m.  A bowl of soup and one disgruntled cat later (he thought that, since I was awake, it was time for his breakfast. Nope–too early!), I caught a few more hours of sleep before I awakened for the day.

Since then, I worked on another campaign for my upcoming novel, The Bastille Family Chronicles: Camille, and ran some errands for my mom. As my late grandmother used to say, no rest for the weary!

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