For the first time in several years, the Hollywood series is once again available in its entirety!
Not only that, but I know how you can get the first book for FREE!
Readers like Z. A. Maxfield have found book one, No Apologies, a "Highly emotional, sexy romance with vivid characters and an engaging plot."
Don't tell, but my personal favorites are split between No Apologies and Acting Out. If you haven't explored Kit and Jeremy's story about a love that catapults two actors into uncharted (and deliciously warm) Hollywood waters, then you're in for a treat!
Haven't read No Apologies yet and want to get started on the series? Well, here's the perfect opportunity! You can pick up a FREE copy for a limited time!
How? It's easy, and fun!
Just join my Seekrit Clubhouse, where I'll be letting members know how to snag a copy of No Apologies. But don't delay, because I'll be offering details on this exclusive deal to everyone who joins the Group in the month of August 2018 only!
Already read the series and want MORE? So glad you brought that up!
I'll also be hosting other events, including previews of draft chapters of Taste the Dark and other new works to
Please join today so you don't miss out! I can't wait to see you there!
Welcome! This is the inaugural post of my Authors Helping Authors series!
How many of you have had copies of your work made available for illegal download? Most of you, right? It's a constant source of frustration to authors. Or at least to this author who spends upwards of 9 months to a year writing a novel and shovels out boatloads of cash to get it in front of readers only to have it available for free an hour later. I'd honestly stopped looking for those nasty links, because it simply became too discouraging.
Well, I think...finally...there is a solution in Blasty!
Author, Kim Dare, mentioned the site to me yesterday. Curious, I went out to investigate. I tried the free version, and within 30 minutes paid for the full version. Since then, I've had over 700 illegally posted copies of my work discovered and DMCA takedown notices submitted. In less than 24 hours.
Seriously. Over 700! In less than 24 hours!
I'm never going to do justice to describing how Blasty works, so I'm providing the link to their YouTube video. While the Chrome add on is a tiny bit glitchy, it does work well for the most part. The Web interface itself was flawless. It only took me a few minutes to upload all of my backlist and start the takedown process. Automatically.
While I was sleeping, this brilliant app found over 300 pirated copies available for illegal download that are now being purged not only from the sites where they're posted, but also from search engines that will no longer serve the links.
Takedowns go to Bing, Yahoo, Google, and the infringing site. This is a total of over 2,800 takedown notices!
I couldn't have sent these out and kept on top of them (which Blasty does 24/7 with their Auto-Blast service) if I devoted my entire waking life to this task. I just banked so many writing hours with this tool, I'm seriously overwhelmed with gratitude.
Even more lovely? The app allows you to upload your entire Amazon author list, to name just one method, with little more than a few clicks. No joke!
The company offers an affiliate program where, if I posted the link (and you signed up), I could get my subscription price lowered or forgiven entirely. I'm not doing that, because I want you to believe me when I say "WOW!" There's nothing in this for me. Just one author trying to help other authors get more books written for awesome readers.
For those of you who have followed my shenanigans for a while, you know that I've been actively publishing in the Romance genre since 2009/2010 when Sheet Music placed 2nd in a Passionate Ink contest.
Since that time, I've published 10 novels and novellas, completed a Master's degree, moved to Boston, moved to Georgia, moved back to Boston, and had two major surgeries. It has been, shall we say, a wild ride. While much of this has been rewarding, there has been a lot of heartbreak and hard stuff as well.
Last year, I found myself at a crossroads, totally drained and not a little depressed. Physically, I had worn myself down to the point of utter nothingness. My brain, predictably, was struggling with the hormonal after effects of a hysterectomy. It's safe to say I ran out of cope.
Add to this the struggles I had with writing, rewriting, and editing both Surrender the Dark and Taste the Dark, and I had a complete failure of self-confidence and will. When Random House decided to cancel the series and asked me to come up with another concept for them due in part to poor sales and in part to my inability to face Akito's emotionally difficult story, I had nothing left to give.
Failure is a funny thing. It teaches you a lot, but in the middle of the experience you can often only see despair and a sense of creative annihilation. In the midst of that despair, I convinced myself that nobody wanted to hear from me and I was going to go away. For good. Never to set pen to paper again. (All of you authors out there can laugh at me now.)
If you look at my social media stats, you'll see that I certainly *thought* I was serious about not coming back to writing. It was a broken, dark time. (And *shakes fist at Akito* Taste the Dark didn't make this any easier!) Ultimately, when my job called me back to Boston from Georgia, I deleted everything I could of my author life and walked away. That, it would seem, was that.
Then, an amazing thing happened about 3 months ago...
I started to get fan mail. Letters and comments and support from people I'd never talked to before, who I didn't know, but who somehow I had managed to touch with the creative spark I thought was dead. They fed that spark back to me and reignited something within me.
That something was hope. The greatest gift one human can give to another.
For those of you who think you have nothing to offer--that your reviews and letters and social media posts fall into a void that we authors never see or hear or consider--I can tell you that you have a hell of a lot of power and influence. Many, many times for good (and a few heart rending times, for bad), you affect us in profound ways.
So, what I'm doing now, with the help of some amazing friends (both new and old), is paving a new path forward. I'm rolling up my sleeves and reformatting my existing backlist, and sticking my toes in the creative wellspring you've un-dammed. Thank you for reaching out, and for sticking around while I get my *bleep* back together.
Follow me on social media and I will follow back. Each little click is a point of light in the darkness. I know it sounds corny, but knowing you're there is something that keeps me going.
As E.M. Forster said in the flyleaf to Howard's End, "Only connect..."
Thank you for connecting. It has truly made all the difference.
The rights to the Hollywood series have reverted to me. I debated quietly slipping the new covers and layouts into the e-tailers without fanfare, but they turned out so beautifully that I was too impatient to wait.
Many thanks to cover designer, Kris Norris, for taking such good care with these books. I couldn't have imagined anything better or more lovely.
Full Disclosure, Outtakes, and Numbers Game have only been available in Audible format for quite a while. That will all change very soon. If you're looking for these in the online stores, I'm working on formatting the books as quickly as possible.
In the meantime, and without further ado, here is a preview of the full series!
Welcome to my new online home!
Take off your shoes, put up your feet, and stay a while. I can't wait to share great new content with you over the coming weeks and months. I'm preparing free reads and some spiffy new logos to help you navigate my backlist.
I've been on hiatus, completing projects for my other life. While I jump back into authoring and turn the page on some new stories for you, take a look around and let me know what you think of the new site design.
Many thanks to Bronwyn Green and Paige Prince, who have been keeping me sane over the past six months, as well as offering me their insight on marketing, book formatting, covers, and the like. What would I do without this amazing sisterhood?
These are the musings of a cynical romantic. Heroes on the page may be closer than they appear.