This will not be your typical Facebook Party…More details to follow next week! :D
As some of you may or may not be aware, The King’s Courtesan went live yesterday. In my excitement, I thought it was a pre-order link that I shared with my 6800+ newsletter subscribers. I found out an hour later that it was in fact ‘live’. I’m good with that.
We will still have our awesome Facebook party on October 20th. Like Tanya Anne Crosby told me this morning: it’s like having a baby shower after the baby has been born. It is still going to be an awesome event and I hope that you will still attend. Keep the evening of October 20, 2015 open, from 6:00 to 9:00 central time.
The last 18 hours have been quite busy here. I am learning all sorts of things about Amazon’s Kindle Worlds that I feel compelled to share with you, my lovely readers.
- The Kindle World is only available to US customers. Don’t panic. Come hell or high water, I will make certain my outside the US readers get a copy. ;o) If you are outside the US and want to read The King’s Courtesan please send me an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org. I will respond as soon as possible.
- When readers call Amazon’s tech support, the support people will tell you that it’s all my fault because I didn’t click a certain button to make it available in all countries. I can assure you this is not the case. There seems to be a disconnect between the tech support people and Amazon’s Kindle Worlds. I want all of my readers to be able to read this book. At this point, the matter is entirely out of my hands, but again, I’ll do whatever I can to make sure you get a copy. You’re all very important to me, not matter what country you live in! ;o)
- Any book that you find in Amazon’s Kindle World is not available in print or audio format. Amazon owns those rights. I didn’t realize that until after I agreed to be a part of this project. I have learned that I will get my rights back in ten years.
- Amazon also sets the price of the book based on length. This book is considered a full sized novel at over 82,000 words. I have absolutely no control over the pricing.
I know what a hassle this is for you and I am sincerely sorry for the inconvenience. If I had my way, it would be available in all countries, in all formats.
I’m still glad that I decided to write this story for HM Ward’s The Arrangement Series World. I would not trade this experience for anything. It was a joy to write The King’s Courtesan. I have no regrets. So far, my beta readers have loved reading it and I hope you do as well.
As many of you are already aware, a couple of weeks ago, I attended the InD’Scribe Author & Reader Conference in Palm Springs, California. I had a blast!
The conference was well run, the workshops for authors were amazing, the food and company was excellent. I had the opportunity to meet some very talented authors as wells as some exceedingly nice readers.
I was able to sit next to one of our keynote speakers, the talented author Anne Perry. Kind, gracious, and quite witty! I am always inspired by this woman. Yes, I fan-girled for a few minutes.
By the time her speech was over, I wanted nothing more than to go back to my room and begin writing. She talked about backstory, plotting, outlining, how to write great characters, self-doubt (can you believe SHE has moments of self-doubt?)
At our author luncheon the following day, I sat with her and her friend, Victoria Zackhiem!
I dressed as the Menopausal Scarlet O’Hara for our Costume party.
The Guardians of Cridhe sisters and I hosted a wonderful party on Friday night! Lots of authors and readers attended, as well as some very handsome and beautiful cover models. The Scotch Eggs were a hit!
Author Catherine Bybee gave a fantastic and inspirational speech. I just adore this woman!
Our Guardians of Cridhe Anthology – Highland Winds, Won the RONE for Best Anthology!
Fellow authors Kathryn Le Veque, Victoria Zak, tooled around Palm Springs together. We went shoe shopping at the Palm Springs Payless Shoe Store. Somehow, I doubt the rich and famous of Palm Springs shop there.
So many beautiful authors that I know I’ll forget to mention at least a handful. The guardians: Ceci Giltenan, Tarah Scott, Lily Baldwin, Sue-Ellen Welfonder, Kathryn Lynn Davis, Victoria Zak. Anne Perry, Catherine Bybee, Hildie McQueen, Victoria Vane, Amy Jarecki, Ev Bishop, Janna Shay, Beth Carter, April Holthaus… the list of women I got to hug or hang out with is a mile long!
Every luncheon, every workshop, every event was spot on fantastic! Readers could hang out with their favorite authors, either at the book signing room or in classes or even at night. Reader Sarah Renaud joined us for the RONE’s. She was our good luck charm!
I have to give 2 thumbs up and 10 gold stars to the girls from InD’Tale Magazine for hosting such a fabulous event. Seriously, they did a great job! Thank you to TJ Mackay, Tonya Smalley, Julie York, Stevie, Janna, all the InD’Tale women, Sebastian, all the people at Period Images, VJ Dunraven, Arline, Rosa, Foster, Brandon, Jax, the makeup and hair kids…
InD’Tale: you really hit this one out of the park! I’m already looking forward to next year!!
It’s a busy day here! I just sent out my newsletter which revealed the cover to The King’s Courtesan (among other things!)
When I asked the cover artist to blend my covers with HM Ward’s, I did not think she’d surpass my expectations on the first attempt. But she did!
The King’s Courtesan will go live on October 20, 2015 as part of HM Ward’s Kindle World, The Arrangement Series. Please note that we do not have pre-order links at this time.
My story takes place in 18th century Italy, more specifically in Turin and the House of Savoy. The story, while completely fictional, does contain some real-world characters from that time. Hours and hours of research went into this book and I have thoroughly enjoyed learning about that time period and the country.
On October 20th, I will be hosting a very different kind of Book Release Party. I think you will enjoy how we’re going to change things up! I’ll have more details for you as the time draws nearer to release day.
A few weeks ago, I blogged about “The Gift of Reading” wherein I decided to give away 5 6-month Kindle Unlimited subscriptions and a Kindle. I talked about where my love of reading evolved from and asked readers to tell us why they love reading and who gave them that gift. The responses were overwhelming in both number and in content. Some of you reduced me to tears.
It took me more than two days to choose the winners. But before we get to that, I want to thank each and every one of you for responding and for sharing. A few of the responses made me cry, a few made me laugh, but each and every one of you brought a smile to my face. Reading, for many of us, is like breathing or food; we can’t survive this big world without it.
I have contacted each winner by email but I will also list their names here.
Winners of the 6-month Kindle Unlimited Subscriptions are:
Yes, I chose six winners instead of five for a wide variety of reasons.
The winner of the Kindle is:
Again, thank you to all of you who participated and congratulations to the winners! May you all have a great weekend!
A few months ago, I hired Book Candy Studios to create a book trailer for me. I received the final files today. I cannot express to you just how much I love this video! I think it is stunning, but I’ll let you be the judge.
I will admit openly to stealing this idea from Hugh Howey. He’s one of my heroes in the indie publishing world and someone I admire a great deal.
This post is all about the love of reading. As a child, I was horribly, painfully introverted. Reading, as was writing, was a means of escape. It was my mother who gave me this love of reading. I firmly believe this was the best gift she ever gave me. Without that love and passion for reading, I doubt that I would have developed the love and passion for writing.
My favorite childhood memories were the weekly trips my mother and I would take to our local library. To this day, whenever I step into a library, I am instantly at peace. The world around me falls away. The smell of all those beautiful tomes is more relaxing than any scented candle or day at the spa.
As I grew older I would read read my books and all the books my mother would come home with. While many people go to yard sales to buy knick-knacks or furniture or what-nots, mamma and I went in search of books. Finding books for a nickel was akin to hitting the lottery. 20 books for a dollar? Heaven on earth!
I loved reading then and still do today. Though I have to admit to not being able to read three or four books a week like I used to. I’m too busy writing them — which is also like Heaven on earth to me.
I still love paperbacks and hardcover books and still visit my local libraries as often as I can, but I also love my Kindle. One of the things I love most about my kindle is that it’s like having every library in the world right at my fingertips. We have a lot of cold, dark, snowy winters here in the Midwest, days where you can’t leave the house because the snow is too deep or the windchill factor dangerously low. Instead of having to bundle up like I’m getting ready for the Iditarod, I can make a cup of hot chocolate, curl up in my favorite chair, and open my kindle. I’ve got hundreds of books on my TBR list, but if I want something different, I can visit the Kindle Store and find something new. One click and it’s mine. Hundreds of thousands of books all in the palm of my hand. I get goosebumps just thinking about it!
Because I believe reading is so important and I love the Kindle Unlimited Program, I’m going to do a special give away. I’m going to give away ONE Kindle with 6″ with glare free touch screen and wi-fi, valued at $79. I’m ALSO going to give away five (5), six-month Kindle Unlimited subscriptions which are worth $60 each. Yesterday, I discussed why I
liked this program — yes I am a member and use it all the time — and answered some common misconceptions about the Kindle Unlimited program.
I will choose five winners from those who comment on this post and tell me why you love to read, what reading meant to you as a child or what it means to you now. What were some of your favorite books as a kid? As an adult? No, you don’t have to answer all these questions, they’re just suggestions. I will announce the winners before I leave for the InD’Scribe Author and Reader event in September.
I was telling my friend, the divine and beautiful author Kathryn Le Veque about borrowing Hugh’s idea. She was so excited about it that she is going to give away five (5) Kindle Unlimited Subscriptions too. So now, you’ve doubled your chances of winning! Just visit Kathryn’s site by clicking here.
UPDATE: The response to this has been amazing! People are asking about hashtags. Please use #giftofreading, #giftofreadinggiveaway, or #suzantisdalegiveaway for tweeting or FB posts. Thank you all!!!
Now let’s share the gift of reading!