Sunday, February 27, 2011

The Fruits Of My Labor And My Family's Patience

Finally, I'm ready to announce all the links whereby The Warriors of the Cross, Book One in The Warrior Series, can be purchased in either e-book or paper version.  Click the link below or the book cover to the right and...ENJOY!!

E-Book ($2.99):
      Barnes and Noble - Nook/IPAD 
     Amazon - Kindle/IPad     
      Smashwords - Nook/Kindle/IPad
Paperback Book ($10.08-14.00):
      Barnes and Noble

Saturday, February 26, 2011

There Is So Much To Do AND So Little Time....

The last few steps before publishing the book are as time-consuming as anything I've done to date.  I've gone through yet another editing round on the book (and will surely find unseen errors later).  I've submitted the e-book to both Amazon and Barnes and Noble for their final nod of approval before releasing for purchase.  I have a paper proof on route with delivery expected Monday.  I've created a book trailer (though I have absolutely no experience in performing that particular task).  The final action on my part will be to embed Amazon and Barnes and Noble links in websites.  This will help to make sure those who chose to read Warriors of the Cross will never be more than one click away from purchasing it. 

Going back to the book trailer.  There is so much involved in these 2-3 minute commercials, it is unbelievable.  Fortunate for me, I found a website that did all the hard work for me.  I also found they promote Indie Recording Artists, who are every bit as great as anyone I've ever heard on the radio, downloaded on ITunes, or watched on television.  In fact, I really enjoyed hearing something different than the songs which are repeated nonstop on the radio, as if there were only a dozen recording artists alive in the world.  I especially enjoyed the song I embedded into the trailer - Beautiful Design by Trading Voices. 

Trading Voices - Beautiful Design

I’ve included a link below and hope you all enjoy it.  Please let me know your thoughts before I formally post it on Tuesday.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Unexpected Inspirations

While it seems my whole life has been come down to writing, publishing, and advertising The Warrior Series, I can't forget to acknowledge those who encourage and inspire me daily.  I have some of the best friends (and family) a person could ever have.  They stand by me through thick and thin.  They listen and give me solid advice.  They support me unconditionally.  And they stand up for me with a passion that only comes when the love is pure, honest, and true.  Because of them, I know no matter what happens - if I sell one book or one million - I will still be a very, very lucky person.  In fact, there are those who have more success, money, and material things than I will ever have.  Those same people will never be a fortunate as me because they don't have my family and friends.

For each of you - and you know who you are - I love you. 


Sunday, February 20, 2011

Sometimes All the Stars Align

I spent the day working with one of the most professional and efficient people I could ever hope to collaborate with.  While I have been reading great things, it never occurred to me that working with her would be even better.  Within twenty-four hours of me telling her about my vision for the Warriors of the Cross book cover, she had it completed and to me.  She answered every question within minutes and was responsive to my every request.

As such, I want to make sure she gets credit for her hard work and dedication.  Go to her website, and see all of her pieces.  Be prepared to be there for a while because her portfolio is vast…and amazing. 

From there, you can visit because that is where Phatpuppy Creations found the model.  The number of people involved in and the amount of work surrounding the designs featured by Phatpuppy Creations is mind-boggling. 

Somehow all the stars aligned when it came to the Warriors of the Cross book cover, and for that, I am grateful.  I hope the next two go as smoothly and turn out as fantastic.  With Phatpuppy Creations on board, I’m confident that will be the case.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Thanks to My Beta-Reading Friends and Family

There are very few things harder than turning my book over to someone and letting them read it for the first time.  Without love, trust, and respect between me and my beta-reading friends, it would have been impossible for me to ask them to read it and give me a candid review.  Honestly, I am not sure I will ever be able to thank all the people who took time out from their busy lives to read for me while I edited and re-edited.  Their time, effort, patience, and input have been important in helping me to improve the story and its characters.  I hope I have always been as gracious receiving feedback as the beta-readers have been when giving it.

Knowing how hard it is to trust my friends and family, I can barely imagine how anxious I'll be when I release Warriors of the Cross to anyone and everyone (love and friendship absent).  I suspect the anxiety will be similar to the type I suffer right before I speak to large crowds about subjects I know in and out...up and down.  No amount of preparation or passion alleviates the excruciating symptoms.  Even though I know what it will do to me, I’m excited about the book’s natural progression, and I refuse to let fear keep me from moving forward. 

I’ve said before, getting this book published has forced me to do things that I never thought I would ever be able to do.  It has made me overcome obstacles, which have shaped who I am now while pushing me toward the person I want to become.  In the end, this next step will solidify my goal of being a role model for my children.  I want to show them dreams can come true when you do everything possible to make them happen. 

Monday, February 14, 2011

No One Ever Said Writing Would be Easy

I have spent two years writing the first three books in The Warrior Series.  When I embarked upon this journey, it never occurred to me that I would have to be a writer, a researcher, an editor, a salesman, a web designer, an advertiser, a marketing director, a book cover artist, and an agent in order for my book to be successful. 

I certainly am not complaining.  I'm confident that every single thing I have done to get to this phase will be used in every thing I do for the rest of my life.  I am just not sure I would have ever begun this process if I had known all I would have to do to become a published author.  In some ways, it's a bit like being a parent.  There is no way to know beforehand how much work it will be, but the reward in the end is worth every second of hard work and sleep deprivation. 

After going through all of this, I have an all-new respect for anyone who has ever written, represented, or sold a book.  I am in jaw-dropping awe of anyone who has done it with even the smallest amount of success.

For me, I am confident that I have done all I can.  Soon, it will be up to the readers to decide if my best is good enough.  I hope and pray that at least a majority of those who read the books love the series and its characters as much as I do.

Friday, February 11, 2011

Jumping in Feet First

While I'm an unknown writer, I've spent the last twenty-four years writing anything possible, perfecting my craft.  For the first twenty-two years, I found joy in writing for family, school, jobs, employees, and employers.  Two years ago, I began writing for my own pleasure and found a passion that can't be denied or extinguished.
Initially, I just wanted to write a book with interesting characters who lived fascinating lives.  I dreamed of creating a story that would be as enjoyable for me to read as it would be for my teenage daughter.  The Warrior Series has offered an unexpected opportunity for my daughter to see that she and I are more alike than we are different.  She's my biggest fan and my toughest critic, and I use every ounce of her feedback.  With her input, Warriors of the Cross, the first book of the series, has become an 114,000-word book transcending genres and offering something for fans of young adult and women’s fiction. While I'm an unknown writer, I've spent the last twenty-four years writing anything possible, perfecting my craft.  For the first twenty-two years, I found joy in writing for family, school, jobs, employees, and employers.  Two years ago, I began writing for my own pleasure and found a passion that can't be denied or extinguished. 

Below, is a summary of Warriors of the Cross:

Allison La Crosse, beginning a challenging family medicine residency, leaves the protection of her family.  With the transfer, her worst nightmares come true.  Her closely guarded mystical talents – those which seldom appeared before the move – unleash themselves from her confinement and reveal their presence with very little provocation. 

Allison’s most terrifying power is her compulsion to cure the sick with her touch.  Given her career, this gift would be valuable if she were not drawn like a magnet to the ailing person's every symptom.  Some of which are fatal.

At the hospital and surrounded by life-and-death emergencies, Allison’s inability to manage her impulse turns deadly.  When it does, her mentor, Brody, rescues her from her own demise.  His resuscitation ignites an exciting and tempestuous bond between them.

Desperate for a cure, they join forces and embark upon a journey to uncover the origins of Allison’s lethal curse.  In the midst of their adventure, Allison exposes a secret pursued by many…known by few.  According to the discovery, she was not born into the family she adored.  Unbeknownst to her or the surrogate family, she was switched at birth.  With this knowledge, she learns there is a malevolent world her biological parents tried to keep from her.  In fact, her mother sacrificed herself to make sure Allison remained safe from its dangers and her enemies. 

Warriors of the Cross to be released March 1, 2011
Guardians of the Cross to be released July 1, 2011
Enemies of the Cross to be released December 24, 2011