Now That's Entertainment, Grayce Walters Style

One of the things I enjoy most about the holidays are traditional theater performances, such as Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker and Handel's Messiah. I've performed in the Nutcracker many times, but even listening to the music infuses me with the spirit of the season. Seattle is a diverse, multicultural city that offers a variety of seasonal performances. Here are a few of the highlights, as recommended by the cast of characters from the Grayce Walters series. The Nutcracker Ballet - Grayce Walters can't wait to see this year's new interpretation by the Pacific Northwest Ballet, featuring "new designs by celebrated author/illustrator Ian Falconer (Olivia the Pig), the mighty PNB Orchestra playing Tchaikovsky’s timeless score, and PNB’s incredible Company of 48 dancers."


Chitty Chitty Bang Bang - The Tacoma Musical Playhouse presents a vibrant, high energy performance based on the story written by Ian Fleming, and my good friend Stephen Bucheit plays the lead. As a child, Hollie Thomas didn't get to enjoy traditions such as this so she is looking forward to making new memories with Nick Welby at her side.

  Chitty Chitty  

Holiday of Errors - This spoof about William Shakespeare in the spirit of A Christmas Carol and Twelfth Night tickles Aunt Aideen's quirky sense of humor. A winner of two Seattle Times Footlight awards!


KPC's Campy Christmas - Hilarious holiday fun with drag performers, the Seattle Men's Chorus group Captain Smartypants, and the Seattle Women's Chorus group Sensible Shoes. Guests are invited to compete in three contests: Ugly Sweater, Lip Synching and Dancing. James, Grayce's best friend, has a front row seat and picked out a Christmas sweater so horrendous he's sure to win the Ugly Sweater contest.  


What local holiday performances do you enjoy during the holidays?

Beach Talk on Holiday Promotion

Hey Readers: Today we are going to talk about Christmas Promotion here on the Beach and we're going to do something different this week.

We'd like to hear from you! Kind of like asking all of you to write the blog for us.
 Do you have a promo plan for your books or a special launch, this month? What is your secret combination for getting the most bang for your buck to promote during the Indie Author's highest sales time of the year?

Comment below to tell us what has worked for you (BookBub ad?, Facebook boosts?, standing on the corner with your books and change for a twenty?) and make this blog a sharing thing. If no one comments, the sharing will never happen, so tell us what you have in mind for the Holiday Season! Don't be shy!

And while you're at it, give us a link to your book. We get about 100-300 hits on blogs so feel free to share and promote in the comments below.

Christmas is Coming!

Do you believe it? We are only weeks away from the holiday season. That actually leaves me feeling a bit panicked.
And slightly nauseous.

Remember, ladies who make the holiday season absolutely perfect for children, relatives, family, neighbors, whoever-- it's always good to pace yourself, don't lose steam early and take time to pamper yourself when you can. For me, that does not mean spas or facials, it means reading!

Today we announce the launch of a Suspense, Holiday Box Set of 8 Books - Criminal Christmas!
Several of us from the BEACH were involved in the making of this anthology--Alexa Grace, Alicia Dean, Lori Leger and Jacki Delecki.
We added USA TODAY Bestselling Authors Misty Evans and Adrienne Giordano and Blockbuster SUPERSTAR Mystery Novelist ANN CHARLES to the mix and newcomer Amara Draska and voila! A Holiday Suspense Box Set was born.
Steven Novak of Novak Illustration made the cover for us and kept it 50 shades of creepy so our readers will know that even though we talk about Christmas cookies and jingle bells, these stories have a suspenseful edge to them.

Here's a rundown of what to expect inside:

Deadly Holiday by Alexa Grace - Novella, Suspense, from the Deadly Trilogy

The Old Man's Back in Town by Ann Charles - Short Story, The Old West meets Groundhog Day

Holiday Justice by Misty Evans and Adrienne Giordano - A Justice Team Holiday Novella

Christmas Interrupted by Kim Hornsby - Novella, Dream Jumper Series, Suspense/Supernatural

Marriage Under Fire (A Christmas Wedding) by Jacki Delecki - Novella, Romantic Suspense

Christmas 911 by Lori Leger - Brand New Novella, Suspense, Romance

The Twelfth Day by Alicia Dean - Short Novella, Brand New Romantic Suspense

The Way Evil Does by Amara Draska - Full Novel, Gritty Psychological Thriller

All of the books except for The Way Evil Does, has a satisfying conclusion with an imminent happy ending. Amara Draska's bestselling thriller is Book 1 in a trilogy.

Now here's how to get your copy for only 99 Cents! That's about 12 cents a book. Don't even get me started trying to figure out per page!

For Sale at:

Amazon U.S.
Amazon U.K.

Thanks for stopping by the beach! What's on your reading list for the holidays?

Historical Romance Readers-Why Ya Gotta Be So Cruel?

Today we have an interview with Award-Winning Author, Samantha Kaye, talking about Historical Fiction, Historical Romance, and her feedback by these different sets of readers.
Grab a glass of French champagne, Samantha, because I'm going to ask you some tough questions!

Kim: Thanks for joining us, Samantha! I know this topic is probably hard for you.
Samantha: It's not as hard as you think. I write because I love to write and if people who review on Amazon feel the need to tell others something about my writing, that's their prerogative. Although I have done a lot of thinking lately about the type of reader who reviews a book with very mean language.

Kim: Let me explain to readers what is going on. Samantha Kaye has two historical novels published, with a third and fourth expected to publish on Amazon before the end of the year. It's a continuing love story that spans several books, am I right so far?
S: Yes, originally the story was written as a huge novel and was an award winner in the Silver Ippy Awards for Independent Publishers.It was over one thousand pages, if you can imagine. I decided to break up the story into more manageable reads and make each book the least expensive I can. The first book is titled AMOUR, the second, Deception, and are about 170 pages each, with a continuing theme and continuing love story.

Kim: You recently went on KDP Select for free days, did very well with a BookBub ad (30,000 downloads) and are now getting slammed in the reviews because the book isn't HEA?
S: I wouldn't say slammed, but there's a number of one star reviews up there recently by readers who expected a stand alone novel with a satisfying conclusion. Most of these reviews don't even mention the history, the characters, the writing, only that it leaves the reader wanting more. And there is more. It's the novel Deception. The second book ends at a slightly more satisfying spot in the story, but like Twilight, the romance is not completely tied up until the final book.

Kim: Did you know before choosing the Historical Romance category for publishing that these readers expected a satisfactory romantic conclusion with each book?
Samantha: I did not. Some reviewers make it sound like I'm intentionally trying to pull a fast one on them. One reviewer even sounded like it was all a grand plot to get more money for my books by keeping everyone hanging. I assure you that was never my intention. I write very long books, and have kept the price low so readers can buy the next one, and the next one. When this story was one long book, it cost $8.99. Each book is much, much less.

K: 99 cents?
S: Yes, and soon I hope to make the first book, AMOUR,  permanently free. I'll probably get blamed by someone for trying to hook readers in on the first one just to get their 99 cents for the next ones. I'm baffled. Isn't this publishing business just that? A business? Of course we are trying to sell our books to readers. Do other authors get chastised because they write compelling stories that continue? I wonder.

 K: Let's talk about the review by the person who said she wouldn't even download the free book after reading that it dealt with racism.
S: She said she wouldn't buy the free book because it is an insult to people of color. She deduced this by the description that the story deals with the theme of a "mixed" romantic couple in the 1780's in Haiti. I mention that my hero has "tainted blood" but I'm writing from the perspective of the French aristocracy and how they see Nicolas Montferraud. Being tainted is exactly how mixed race was seen in those days. This creates a formidable obstacle for a romantic couple to overcome if they don't want to cut ties with their families and live the life of ostracized pariahs. The irony about this accusation is that I'm not without some "tainted blood" myself and I believe the reviewer took one look at my author photo and jumped to conclusions. Several other reviewers came to my defense and criticized the reviewer for not even reading the book. Why is it that people can review without having bought or read the book and anyone who has the same name as someone you mentioned in your acknowledgments cannot? Amazon needs to get on that.

K: Another reviewer said the continuing story was "unacceptable adult behavior" and called you a lazy author for not finishing the book. The book was a "ripoff" How does that make you feel?
S: I try to not read them now. (laughing) You either love my style of writing, or you hate it with a fury, it seems. It's the French historical way of writing. I'm an historian. I have a degree in this, have studied French History my whole life and this is how I write. The names of the characters are long, the prose is flowery, the descriptions involved. Many praise me for these same things.

K: Did you remove AMOUR from the category Historical Fiction?
S: Yes. I found a category more appropriate, I believe. It's over here.

 K: How many books are in Passion and Glory and what is your timeline for publication?
S: There are 5 books. I've made the final two longer so that anyone who is reading because they are interested in the story, will probably be invested at this point and won't criticize me for a long book. The historical fiction readers originally said it was too long and that I should market to a wider audience, one that included romance readers, the romance being such a strong theme in the book. So I did.
Another question I'd like to ask is when did it become a personal affront to write a continuing series? Regardless, I've made the books affordable so anyone who loves the story (and there are many--thank goodness!) can continue to read.

K:I noticed that you have either 5 star reviews by people who totally understand your book and love it and then these 1 star reviews. Why is there very little in between?
S: I'm not sure, but I believe the historical fiction readers love the book, and some readers who got it for free hoping for the typical formulaic historical romance, do not. Or liked it so much that they were furious at the end because it doesn't conclude. I now understand that romance readers (who are faithful book buyers) have expectations of a happily ever after among other things. That's why I switched categories to historical fiction and to African American history. I'm still hoping for some historical romance readers even though I'm hesitant now to use the words "Romance" and "Historical Romance" if they carry such expectations.

K: Do you think that some of the one star reviewers were angry because they liked the story so much and had to wait for the next book? There was such passion in those reviews.
S: My wonderful writer friends and reader fans have said this. As a precaution, I've put a disclaimer at the top of all my books' descriptions to warn readers that it's a continuing love story, so I can only hope that those readers don't buy my book, or at least don't feel the need to review if they think they were left hanging.

K: Thanks for coming today and good luck with the series. I loved the first two books and am anxiously waiting for Courage, release date November 15th.
S: Thanks for having me. Merci beaucoup.

Look for Samantha Kaye's novels on Amazon. AMOUR and Deception

Another Year Older . . . and Wiser . . . Hopefully!

Look who's coming down the beach on the arm of a gorgeous older man. It's LORI LEGER, that Louisiana dynamo who heads up Cajun Flair Publishing! Take it away Cajun Girl...And Happy Birthday!

By Lori Leger
It's finally fall here in the south. More importantly, it's October, my favorite month. I have so many wonderful memories associated with this month . . . football games, homecoming parades, festivals attended with family and friends. We get our first break from the oppressive heat and humidity down here. It's a chance to open my windows, let the cool, dry breezes replace the filtered air-conditioning. A chance to enjoy the changing colors in the beautiful fall landscape.

October is also my birthday month. In December of last year, just after I'd cut one more notch in the "creeping ever closer to sixty" belt, I realized that the characters in my previous series are closer to my children's ages than my own. For the most part, they were about thirty-something-year-old men and women looking for love or advancement in careers. They are wonderful characters--they really are. Unfortunately, as I flipped the calendar on my fifty-seventh year of living, I was reminded that I have little in common with them.

As I age, I change, as do my priorities, tastes, opinions, etc. Yes, I realize it's socially unacceptable to openly admit one's age, but isn't that an unrealistic attitude? I accept that my author shot, taken several years ago, is the best I'm ever going to look. I've chosen to embrace my age. I'm a mother, and a grandmother . . . I've earned these lines around my eyes, dammit!

So what's an aging author to do?  She changes her writing style. 

It all started while writing the last installment of the Cathryn and Zachary stories I created for the Seasons of Love anthology series.

Cathryn's mom, Ellen, widowed but still a very vibrant woman, begins dating again, and eventually remarries. At the end of Full Circle Christmas, Zachary's father, John Michael, makes an appearance and sees an old classmate of his, one he'd had a crush on back in junior high. I had so much fun writing the subplot stories of these characters, because I could relate to them easier. I decided to run with it.
Thus, the birth of a brand new series in a baby boomer style genre, Prime of Love. Book one, "Running Out Of Rain", continues with John Michael Ferguson's story, as well as his old classmate, Cynthia Ellender. 

The story deals with the loss of spouses, of parents, of siblings, and the reemergence of old friendships and new loves.

While I don't have erotically described sex scenes, the heat is still present. The older characters, namely John Michael's dad, J.D. Ferguson, add a great deal of humor to the stories in this series, something I'm getting better at writing. 

So, if you're looking for something just a little different, check out my Prime of Love series.

Eventually, all storms break for a little sunshine . . .

Prime of Love Series Book 1: Running Out Of Rain

Which led to Book Two, "Hanging On To Hope", the story of John Michael's first cousin, Clay Andrews, who meets Cynthia's younger sister, Allie Sarver. 

Sometimes you need to lose all hope in order to find true strength . . .
Prime of Love Series Book 2: Hanging On To Hope
So, embrace your "maturity", and accept that books about mature relationships don't necessarily have to rule out romance, or passion, or love.

As a matter of fact, loving after fifty has never been so damn good.

Fall at the Beach with Pat White

Help me welcome PAT WHITE to our humble blog!

I can still hear the sound of the waves

What's happening in the Pacific Northwest Pat?

Fall is an amazing time of year in the Pacific Northwest.  My family and I decided to spend part of our fall at the beach in Oregon.  There’s nothing like the sound of waves crashing up on the shore, or the smell of sea air or… stalking seagulls. Yep, you read that right.  The seagulls got awfully chummy as they tried to talk us out of our picnic lunches.

We had a blast playing football on the sand and catch-me-if-you-can with the waves.  Oh, and the nighttime campfires were amazing. My mouth is watering at the memory of the S'mores… yum!
The clouds blocked our sunset but still...

Anyway, I love so many things about the beach, and find the ocean both relaxing and creatively stimulating.  I dreamt up three new books while lying on the sand ignoring Fred the seagull’s death ray glare (after a while we just started naming them). However, those stories will have to wait a bit.  I have a book deadline for my alter ego, Hope White.

So, not only do I write YA thrillers and contemporary romances as Pat White, but I also I write romantic suspense as Hope White.  Christmas Undercover is out this month featuring rogue FBI agent Sara Vaughn, and Will Rankin, single dad of two little girls.  While on a hike in the mountains, Will finds Sara in a wounded and disoriented state.  When he tries to help, she thinks he’s an assassin hired to kill her and threatens him with a gun! Talk about a rocky start to a relationship.  Christmas Undercover received a 4-star review from RT Bookclub Magazine and is the fourth book in my search-and-rescue series.  However, you don’t need to read the first three in the series to enjoy this charming tale of a hardened agent learning to love and trust again.

I’m excited to announce the redesign of my contemporary romance covers for the Ringside Romance series.  Just in time for the holidays, the first book in the series is free!  It's a novella titled The Perfect Match.  Two of the books in the series were named Top Picks from Romantic Times Bookclub Magazine, and the third received a 4.5 star review. The Ringside Romance books are set in the crazy world of professional wrestling, featuring well-muscled hunks and the women who try to tame them. 

The holidays are closing in fast, and along with this wonderful time of year comes added stress—what to buy hubby for Christmas, Thanksgiving Dinner conflicts with Da’ Bears game, oh, and I have not one but two book deadlines.  I think October is a good month to practice relaxation in preparation for the holiday season.  What do you do to relax?  I love going to the beach, but it’s 3 hours away so…  I’m open for suggestions!!

Thanks for stopping by!

Pat White aka Hope White

Christmas is Coming - Like it or Not!

Join Maddy and Hunter for a very special holiday wedding! Marriage Under Fire, featuring an exclusive wedding scene never before released, is part of Criminal Christmas, a collection of 8 holiday suspense stories. The box set is now available for pre-order for just $0.99 and be the first to read these thrilling romantic suspense stories on November 9.

Share in the anticipation as Grayce, Davis, Hollie, James and the entire Grayce Walters crew plan a ceremony overflowing with all the love, romance and fellowship of the season.

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Christmas isn't all Peace on Earth this Holiday Season in 8 Outstanding Suspense Stories of Murderers, Stalkers, Terrorists, Thieves, and Kidnappers. Criminal Christmas puts the Danger in the season of Mistletoe, Christmas Trees & Goodwill. Snuggle up by the fire with our books and enjoy Christmas like never before. This fabulous set is comprised of 6 Novellas (including never before published!), 1 Short Story and 1 Full Novel!
Deadly Holiday - Novella
It's four days before Christmas and the characters you grew to love in The Deadly Series are struggling with life-threatening problems. When a five-year old boy testifies against his father, then disappears without a trace, the town struggles to find him. But an impending blizzard threatens to halts the search just before Christmas. Deadly Holiday is an action-packed thriller you don't want to miss.
The Old Man's Back in Town - Short Story
A sizzling, suspenseful SHORT STORY wrapped in a puzzling mystery that will leave you hungry for more. **It's "Groundhog Day" meets the modern day Old West!**
Holiday Justice - Novella
A Justice Team Holiday Novella! When his Justice Team partners, Mitch Monroe and Caroline Foster, discover a Santa sneaking around behind the restaurant, Grey and Mitch uncover a theft ring that's leaving kids without toys and families without a reason to celebrate.
Christmas Interrupted - Novella
Christmas in snowy Carnation, Washington seems like the idyllic get away until Jamey Dunn has a prophetic dream of his father's house burning to the ground on Christmas Eve. Jamey and his wife Tina race to Carnation to prevent the tragedy that will take Pops' life and discovers something is strange about the new neighbors.
Marriage Under Fire - Novella
Marine veteran Maddy Jeffers never expected her most demanding and daunting mission would come off the battlefield. Ordered to infiltrate a Seattle terrorist cell, Maddy must pose as a loving wife to Major Hunter Hines. The undercover role begins to feel all too real when Maddy falls hard for the rugged, macho Marine.
The Twelfth Day - Novella
Years ago, Sabrina Spencer was the lone survivor of a serial killer's attack on her family, her testimony putting the killer behind bars. When she begins receiving daily packages containing bizarre gifts related to the Twelve Days of Christmas, Sabrina suspects her new love is behind the twisted countdown to the twelfth day.
Christmas 911 - Novella
When mother-to-be Corrine Landry stops off to purchase a gift for her niece on Christmas Eve, she finds herself in the middle of a crisis situation. Luke Oliver is about to end his final twelve-hour shift as a 911 dispatcher. After answering a desperate plea from a frantic pregnant woman, he suspects this particular call could change his life--maybe forever.
The Way Evil Does - Novel
When novelist Rebecca Reis interviews convicted serial killer, Thomas Eisenbrey in the Washington State Penitentiary she finds herself having strange feelings for the psychopath. Nicknamed the Hunter, Eisenbrey is crafty, aloof, and has somehow wheedled his way into her mind. When he escapes, Rebecca is terrified--who will he hunt next?

AMAZON ENCORE - Boost Sales?

Look who's coming down the beach with a Blue Hawaii drink in her hand! It's Kim Hornsby, one of the c0-founders of BRA and a Bestselling Author.

This month AMAZON has taken her first book (originally published by the Wild Rose Press in late 2012) and re- released the Romantic Suspense in the Amazon Encore program. Here's what Amazon has to say about this 2nd chance Publishing offer:
AmazonEncore is a new program whereby Amazon will use information such as customer reviews on to identify exceptional, overlooked books and authors with more potential than their sales may indicate. Amazon will then partner with the authors to re-introduce their books to readers through marketing support and distribution into multiple channels and formats, such as the Books StoreAmazon Kindle, and national and independent bookstores via third-party wholesalers.

That said, Kim's book NECESSARY DETOUR came out recently with Encore and is now enjoying a boost in sales. Nothing mind blowing, but doing well considering she has no control over it as an author whose given it up to a boutique publisher and now Amazon.

Here's what Kim had to say about taking necessary detours in life

Taking Necessary Detours in Life

I have been coupling those two words Necessary Detour for so long now that I had to stop the other day and ask myself what a necessary detour is. And, as is the case when you have conversations with yourself in your head, the other side of me answered. Here’s what I said to myself.
It’s a time in your life when you are on a path and need to step off the path, turn, take another road. We’ve all done it, probably countless times. Even literally. You are on your way to the grocery store or to your Italian boyfriend’s mansion to drop off the diamond necklace he gave you the night before because it’s just too generous and you’re not that serious about him, when you see signs up ahead closing the road ahead of you and pointing to another route. That’s an easy choice because you’re probably not going to barrel ahead if the signs say “Keep Out.” The more difficult detours are when there are no signs to tell you which way to go or perhaps a sign that even says it’s perfectly allowable to continue on that road and maybe you shouldn’t consider a detour.
How many of us have made decisions in our lives to get off the beaten path, take a big risk and blaze a new trail? (Ahem, writing a book might have been a route that didn’t look safe at first glance.) Without a catalytic moment, making the decision to detour might be a tough one. Nothing is stopping you from taking the path you’re on. Why not continue? Well, if you feel a great need to shake it up, do something different, you might be compelled to get out of your comfort zone and take on a challenge.
It’s scary taking that last leap of faith and jumping into new territory. Do you close your eyes and fall or are you the type to put your toes in first to test the water? (so many metaphors here)
In my novel Necessary Detour the protagonist, Goldy, makes the decision to leave the spotlight, shocking everyone who’s loved her over the years. She takes off with her teenage daughter for her hidden lakehouse to let the media frenzy die down. The detour is inevitable. The road ahead is closing and she’s sure that it narrows to a narrow, bumpy path if she continues. Signs are everywhere to turn around and her foray into new territory comes with a big price.
Authors write about these moments for our protagonists, the journey, the obstacles, the resolution. And that is the book, right there. You could say that every book begins with a Necessary Detour. As a former song writer and lyricist I wrote a song for this novel and borrowed the title of the song after I realized the working title wasn’t going to work. So you could say that I took a detour that became necessary when agents told me a series based on nursery stories wouldn’t sell. (The original title was Goldy and the Bayers.)  Now the title of the book copies the song title and I’m pleased that I made this choice seeing the book got picked up right after I changed the title.
The thing to remember is that there are no wrong or right paths in life. Agonizing over what to do can drive a woman crazy but we make our choices given all that we know and take the new route to our Italian boyfriend’s house to return the necklace. Or not.

Detours are necessary. Good luck with yours.

Toby Neal Drops by the Beach for an Interview!

This weekend we welcome a true Beach Girl to the Beach, Ms. Toby Neal. We asked BESTSELLING CRIME and mystery author, Toby, a few questions about her writing process and she even threw in some advice for new authors!
As well as her hugely successful Lei Crime Series (It has its own Kindle World!!) Toby is releasing a romance line this fall and we're excited to read. As a Hawaii resident and someone who grew up in the islands, who better to write about love surrounded by beaches and palm trees? And one of them is free right this weekend! Read on...

You are an extremely successful Mystery/Suspense/Police Procedural Author with your Lei Crime Series. Why write a romance series?
Well, as time went on I found writing the romantic scenes within my mysteries became the thing I looked forward to most in writing the books, so to corral that a little I decided to write a separate line of romance. That way, I could put all that "gooshy stuff" readers had begun to notice cropping up all around the murder investigations in one place where it was expected! 
Each of my romances are very different from each other, but they are united as a "take me away" immersive emotional experience to exotic locales with character-driven plots and fabulous lovers. Somewhere on Maui was inspired by friends and clients I knew from my home on Maui who were trying internet dating. It has a fun "accidental matchmaker" situation that could easily happen, and It's FREE from 9/4 to 9/8, so I hope you'll grab a copy and get away to Hawaii for one of the last weekends of the summer!
With 4.7 stars on 91 reviews, Somewhere on Maui is a steal for free!

Plotter or Pantser?
 As a mystery writer, you have to plot. There are clues, and subplots, and red herrings. It’s a lot of organizing. And then, there’s the research. Half the time I’m writing about something I’ve never heard of before, so there are experts to consult, and Google searches on things like bomb deactivation, arson, and the best blade to dismember a body with.
Not so these stories. I’m a “plotter” going “pantsing” and the freedom and fun are dizzying! I start with the female character. I see her clearly, and her wounds and hopes. I develop her on the page. And then, dear reader, her love appears, and he’s just absolutely right for her. I’m bedazzled by him too. And then complicated stuff begins happening that I never planned or imagined.
It’s kind of like being a magical bartender. I decide on a main liquor, and turn on the blender, and suddenly ingredients start hopping in, and the drink takes on a life of its own as the story emerges. Organic. Emotional. Mystical, almost. 

Do characters from your other series flow into this new one?
Not at this time, but it's a great, fun idea!

How long does it take you to write a book, from conception to publishing?
 I shoot for 65,000 words and 2,000 words a day, so it's conceivable I can get a book done in a month. The romances I can! Mysteries always take longer due to the planning, organizing, experts, etc. Another reason I love writing romance!

Advice for new authors wanting to self-publish?
I wrote a detailed blog post on this, so I'd just prefer to direct folks to that, there's no short answer!
That said, here are some additional nuggets that may not be in there: 

  • Focus on writing a great book, and then two more. Don't try to promote yourself if you're self pubbing until you have at least three books. Then the discounting and other strategies and can work to get you attention.
  • Write a series. Can be any genre, but series do a heck of a lot better at hooking readers than standalones.
  • Download my free author platform building book from my website if you want more.

Find Toby Neal by heading over to her free book on Amazon:

Somewhere on Maui 
FREE September 4-8

Sometimes only an accidental matchmaker can make lighting strike the people who need it most.

Zoe moves to Maui to live her dream of being an independent journalist walking the beaches of paradise every day—but she never expected to be doing it with just her dog Sylvester. Divorced and heartbroken, and she ends up in therapy. 
Adam’s born and bred on Maui, a true “local” who surfs to stay in shape and deal with his many sources of stress: care of his mother, a busy contracting business, and a custody fight for his beloved stepkids. A workplace confrontation sends him to anger management counseling. 
Adam and Zoe happen to share a therapist who gives them the same advice: try Internet dating. And though their Crazy Blind Date match-up ignites sparks neither have felt since high school, finding love is complicated. Can Adam and Zoe find a way to live a deeper dream on Maui? 
"Heartfelt, rich, inspiring—Neal’s fans will instantly fall in love with the charming cast of Somewhere on Maui." --Christine Nolfi, author of Treasure Me

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